Visiting Ceaserea by the Sea today.  Such a beautiful place.  I could walk around and look for hours, but sadly the children are not so enthused by more ruins.  We took a picnic lunch and ate before we walked around.  This city is referenced in Acts where Paul was brought as a prisoner after appealing to Ceaser, Acts 25.  And it is where he addressed King Agrippa recorded in Acts 26.

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Today there was a bus bomb in Jerusalem. I was in a store a few blocks away. I walked over and got a few pics but my phone was dying. Soldiers were all over the place. The news reports we are hearing are saying several different things but it does not sound as though anyone was killed.  Two buses were involved but it’s unclear from the news which was carrying the bomb. Continue reading A Sad Day in Jerusalem

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Not many people get to be at the spot where the greatest events in history happened on Resurrection Sunday.  We were here.  And it was a very special day for our family.  We started near the top of the Mount of Olives and read about the triumphal entry.  2016-03-27 20.11.33We talked about how Jesus rode a donkey into Jerusalem and the people were ecstatic thinking their deliverance and military triumph was at hand.  We talked about how He wept over the city because they were so lost. Continue reading Resurrection Day in Jerusalem

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I was privileged to spend a few hours in the place called Golgotha today, Good Friday, and observe the people as they came to this place where Jesus was crucified.

As I sat in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and observed, I began to write this poem.


No Longer a Question

Every nation, so many faces

Weary, crying eyes, fearful questions


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1 Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.

Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the Lord‘s hand double for all her sins.

When the children of Israel sinned, they were often smitten in the very thing that they sinned, but they were also comforted with the very thing that caused them to sin.

(Excerpt from Theological Dictionary of Rabbinic Judaism, Vol 3, 31. Jacob Neusner – Slight modifications and edits.)

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