Monday, November 24, 2008

Mount Carmel, Mount Arbel, Armaggedon Valley

On top of Mount Arbel. Close toe the Valley of the Doves leading down to and overlooking the Sea of Galilee. There were tons of zealot caves dug into white faced cliffs. It was really amazing. Lesson learned here: "Build God's Kingdom & Not My Own!" Eg: Simon Peter. Peter was saved by his faith and decided to follow Jesus. BUT then the next day he was right back in the fishing boat going about his life as usual. He was supposed to start fishing for men, but went back to his routine. He wasn't catching anything. Then Jesus caught up with him, told him to try the other side of the boat and they pull in a TON of fish. SO much they almost sank! That event really changed Simon Peter and he understood his mission was no longer among the waves, but among men. A hard thing to accept! How was he going to provide for his family and himself. He had to quit he day job, you know! Same with us and myself. It's much easier for me to simply work day to day as a designer in my office. It is easy, fun, and doesn't require the faith needed to "lay down our own nets and walk with Jesus.

Overlooking the Sea of Galille.
Picture coming later show us hiking down from up here!!!

The Armaggedon Valley looking down from Mount Carmel.

Mt. Carmel. A pretty intense place. Where Elijah burnt his sacrifice and the killed all the Baal servants and prophets and then demanded that Isreal follow God as the one true God and live with out doubt, or waviering.

Pictures Pictures and more Pictures!

So I finally got all the good shots from Israel uploaded to facebook. It was much faster than blogging them here. I will get to this part eventually... =) For now though you can check out the pictures on my profile. Yippe!

This sweet lady gave Nathan a free coke at lunch because she thought he was cute. =) I agree!

Herod Aggrippa's amphitheater. Beside his huge palace. This is where he sat and got the worms which later ate him alive! Ew!!! That's what you get when your country worships you as god instead of worshiping the one true God!

Herod's ocean front pool. Must have been beautiful! Same place as where Paul was in prison for two years - Acts 9-10
Note from Paul's life - he was a peppery debater and not such a great listener. In contrast to his approach to spreading the gospel, we are called to be the salt and light of the world. Not the pepper burns the skin and pushes people away!
Maybe that is why I put salt on everything!!! (Just kidding=)

Two fishermen pulling in their nets just like the disciples' method. Except one of these guys was sporting a speedo!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Cesceraea Maritima and The Sea of Galilee

We drove from Tele-Aviv up to Ceserea Maritima. This was an aquaduct from Mount Carmel (where Abraham almost sacrificed Issac) that Herod built to bring water down to Ceserea. 2000 years old!

The proper FIG LEAF.

Outside of our kabutz - our hotel on the side of the the Sea of Galilee. This was my favorite spot of the whole trip. Every morning at the kabutz we got up early and ran up and down along the shore and watched the sunrise over the mountains. It was so peaceful and calm. Perfectly serene. No wonder God calls this His chosen land. I miss the kabutz. Even though is was a bit rustic it's character and peacefulness was unbeatable.

Israel Adventure Day 1 & 2

Away we go!!!
A journey of a lifetime...
I will do my best to share all the goodies, and hope my little blog will convey the thrill and excitement of this amazing, unforgettable trip.

Tele-Aviv, Israel - the view from our hotel Dan Panorama.Atop of Mount Arbel overlooking the Sea of Galilee.

Joppa - 10 min walk from Tele-Aviv.
Off the shore of Jonah's famous whale-belly swim! And Simon the Tanner's house.

Overlooking Tele-Aviv from the Sea of Galilee. It was beautiful. No wonder so many people go to the Med. Sea for vacations. :)