Galilee

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Today we spent the day in Galilee.  OH My….If you have a chance to come to Israel, please spend time up here.  This is the most relaxing part of the journey.  Tiberius, Galilee, Capernaum, all are resort-like towns that are slow-moving.  I love bringing people here, because built into the time seeing the sites, students can spend time thinking, meditating, and wrestling through the issues they’re dealing with in their faith.

My absolute favorite spot in Galilee is the Mt. of Beatitudes.  This is the place where Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5,6,and 7.  I can’t overstate how important this message is for those who follow Jesus to incorporate into their DNA.  If you truly want to know and follow Jesus, there is nothing more crucial than understanding the message Jesus spoke on this mountain.

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I captured a unique site inside the church today.  One of our students took time to pray at the altar inside the Beatitudes church.  I just wondered, even as I looked at this picture, what kind of issues are prayed here.  Thousands of people from all over the world come here to see where Jesus began revealing the mission to bring the Kingdom of God to earth.

I wonder what kind of pain is left at this altar?
What kind of world issues are prayed for God to come and heal?
How many tears have fallen to the marble ground soaking this “Jesus” memorial?

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One of our students made a remark I thought was interesting.

“What do you think about today?” I asked.

“There sure are a lot of fences here.” she said.

And She was TOTALLY RIGHT.  As I walked around the grounds, there were fences everywhere.  They have fenced in the very God-Man who came to tear down the fences of the world so even the “Poor in Spirit” can be in line to receive the Kingdom of Heaven.

The wheels are turning here in Galilee.

Tomorrow, we start heading down south.  Get ready.  It’s about to get dicey.

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