Each Sunday, your child will learn the Bible and how it relates to Jesus in an age-appropriate way.
This morning we are going to head back to our study of John 17. Each and every Sunday we pray the Lord’s Prayer together as a congregation. The truth of the matter is what we pray is the prayer Jesus taught His disciples. The Lord’s Prayer is found in John 17, it is the prayer Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane before He was arrested, tried in a kangaroo court, and sentenced to death on the cross. Jesus’ prayer fills the entire 17th chapter of John’s Gospel. Read more
I hope you won’t mind me taking you back to Israel for one more week before we turn our attention back to our study of the Gospel of John. There are just so many sites I wish you could see and so much of God’s Word I wish we could read together while actually sitting in the very place where it took place. I can remember the first time I went to Tel Dan. I have to be honest with you and tell you that I really had no idea of the significance of the site or the important lesson for you and me that is found in the life of Jeroboam.
I want to take you to the site of the Northern tribe of Dan and the time of the divided Kingdom of Israel. Dan is located about 100 miles north of Jerusalem and it is the place of one of the saddest stories you will read about in God’s Word. Let me set the stage for you. It is a sad story, but a great lesson for you and for me. Read more
One of the highlights for me, each time I’ve been to Israel, is the time I’ve spent in Jerusalem at the Temple Mount. The first Temple was built by Solomon about 970 B.C. David had wanted to build the Temple, but God wouldn’t allow him because David was a warrior who had shed much blood (1 Chronicles 22:8). David was intimately involved in the preparations for the building of the Temple, but it was Solomon who spearheaded the effort. The Temple stood for almost 400 hundred years until it was destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 B.C. Read more
Today I want to take you to the Sea of Galilee. Most of Jesus’ three year ministry took place around the Sea of Galilee. When I say, “sea,” you shouldn’t think “ocean.” The two share nothing in common. For one, the Sea of Galilee is fresh water. At 700 feet below sea level, it is the lowest fresh water body of water in the world. Secondly, it is more like a lake than an ocean. The Sea of Galilee is seven miles wide and thirteen miles long. The Sea of Galilee is fed by the Jordan River which begins in the far north of Israel near Tel Dan, another place we visited while we were in Israel. In Jesus’ day the Jordan flowed into and out of the Sea of Galilee. Many years ago the the Israelis stopped the flow of water out of the Sea of Galilee because it was their main source of water for the nation. Today, the Israelis have mastered the process of desalination, removing salt from saltwater to make it usable, so the waters of the Sea of Galilee provide only about 10% of the nation’s water today. Read more
We’re back from our trip to Israel and Jordan. I have to tell you that it was a life-changing trip for all of us. You have to walk around Israel and Jordan with a Bible in one hand because so many of the events of the Bible took place right there in the land. I want to take a couple of weeks to share some of what we learned with all of you.
Our very first stop was a seaside city called Caesarea. Caesarea is an ancient city that dates back to the 5th century B.C. The Romans had taken control of Caesarea in the year 6 A.D. and the city became the capital of the province of Judea for the next 500 years. It also became the headquarters for the Roman fighting forces stationed in Judea. The city really took off after the Roman Emperor Augustus gave the city to King Herod in 30 B.C. Herod was a master architect and his building projects in Caesarea were nothing short of spectacular. Two of Herod’s building projects that led to Caesarea becoming such an important city was the building of a huge harbor covering 40 acres and able to handle 300 ships and the building of aqueducts to bring fresh water into the city. Before the time of Herod Caesarea had no fresh water, but Herod solved the problem by building two aqueducts from the southern slopes of Mount Carmel into the city, a distance of ten miles. You can still see remains of the aqueducts today. Read more