Israel and Jordan – 7

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Israel and Jordan – 7

Israel and Jordan – 7

“John answered them, ‘I baptize with water. Among you stands one whom you do not know, the one who is coming after me; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandal.’ This took place in Bethany across the Jordan where John was baptizing.” Today, we departed the hotel in Aman at 7:00 […]

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Jordan Trip – 6

Jordan Trip – 6

We began the day in one of the seven wonders of the ancient world– the city of Petra. This place was the capital of the Nabatean empire that ruled this area from the 3rd century B.C.-2nd century A.D. Their name, which means “the carvers,” suggests their legacy. They carved massive buildings out of sandstone that […]

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Jordan Trip – 5

Yesterday, we retraced Jesus’ steps in Galilee over a brief three-year period of time in the first century. Today, we crossed into new territory. We were like biblical time travelers, spanning centuries of tribal history in just a few hours. At 9:00 a.m. we crossed into the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan at the Sheik Hussein […]

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Israel Trip – 4

Israel Trip – 4

The Sea of Galilee is the stage for so many performances in Jesus’ ministry. He was full of surprises for the disciples and the crowds. Today, we boarded the boat and journeyed together through so many exciting places on and around the Sea. We even had a few surprises of our own along the way. […]

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Artaban’s Example

Artaban’s Example

Thank you for giving generously in 2013. With gratitude for God’s blessings to First Baptist, we have surpassed our 2013 budget goal of $2,438,299 and received $2,608,019. This figure represents a 12% increase in giving this year. Praise the Lord. Your generosity changed so many lives, but I want to tell you the story of […]

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Israel Trip – 3

Israel Trip – 3

Today was homecoming day. We traveled to the regions that Jesus knew best– Nazareth and the surrounding countryside. We visited Jesus’ hometown as well as Sepphoris, the capitol of Galilee during Jesus’ life. Sepphoris is a 10-mile walk from Nazareth and the traditional birthplace of Mary, Jesus’ mother, and one of the cities where Joseph […]

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Israel Trip – 2

Israel Trip – 2

Lift up your heads, O gates and be lifted up, O ancient doors that the King of glory may come in. Psalm 24:7 We began the day at the ancient port city of Caesarea Maritima on the Mediterranean Sea. We visited ruins of an amphitheater, hippodrome (horse and chariot racing stadium), aqueduct, harbor, and the […]

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Israel Trip – 1

Israel Trip – 1

For the next eleven days, I’ll be blogging from Israel and Jordan. Rhonda Smith and I are leading a group of twenty-two on a pilgrimage to Galilee, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, the Dead Sea, Masada, Amman, and Petra. Please follow us on twitter as well. After a safe arrival in Tel-Aviv, we met our guide, Yair “Jayah” […]

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Preparing for Connections Weekend

“Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all nations.” The first part of Jesus’ great commission combines mission and teaching, service and education, witness and formation. Both work hand in hand. You learn as you go. When you move, you grow. The Connections Weekend conference, February 7-9, focuses our attention on the first part of […]

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Live Sent – part 1

Live Sent – part 1

One of the fun things about living in a college town is that I’m always reminded of the adventure of faith. People change their plans because God speaks, and they follow. A college student changes majors, changes universities, or goes a totally different direction in life because they are disciples. During Advent, one of our […]

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