So Long, Israel…You Stole My Heart

Tears formed in my eyes as I hugged my sister good-bye. Our trip had come to an end, and we were both so thankful we had taken this journey together, but it was hard to leave. This beautiful country had stolen both of our hearts. We also knew we probably would never...

Masada: The Fortress

Tobiah crouched in the dark cistern as he covered his ears in an attempt to block out the screams of his people. One by one the Jewish Zealots fulfilled the pact they made. They would not be taken alive by the Roman soldiers to live as slaves. Ten men where chosen to...

Ancient Ruins

“We do not follow maps to a buried treasure, and X never marks the spot.” “That belongs in a museum!” “If you want to be a good archaeologist, you’ve got to get out of the library.” “I’ve got a bad feeling about this.” “Snakes…I hate snakes.” I’m sure if you’re an...

Baptized in the Jordan River

A crowd gathered at the edge of the Jordan River, waiting anxiously for their turn to be baptized by the one named John. The sun glistened on the water bouncing reflections everywhere. Children skipped rocks nearby creating ripples on the river. Excitement filled the...

What’s in a Grave?

The Oxford dictionary defines a grave as “the place where someone is buried, often marked by a mound or stone.” We tend to think of graves as morbid, dark and cold. However, to the Christian a grave is just a resting place for our physical body, not our soul. Our...

Palm Sunday Road

“He’s coming,” Dalia said as she ran into her one room shack just outside the Jaffa Gate. “Hurry, we need to join the others.” Her mother wiped her dough-filled fingers on her apron. “What’s the rush? I’m trying to finish today’s bread. He’s just another religious...

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