Check Out These Books!

On the Recommended Reading page of this site, we've listed some excellent introductory resources to help Holy Land travelers prepare for the journey ahead and to reflect or follow up on a journey completed. Take a moment to browse those recommendations and choose something to enrich your preparation and experience of the Holy Land. At …

Jericho

Jericho is another city mentioned many time in the Bible and History books. It is a fascinating city to visit. One place this town is mentioned is the story of Zacchaeus in Luke 19:1-10. See Pastor Tommy's sermon. Zacchaeus See additional information. Jericho wiki info

The Holy Land as Faith’s Testing Ground

The Holy Land was a place where God's people had continual opportunity to practice their faith as they trusted God for their very survival. "It was here, in this land where both personal and national existence were threatened, that Israel’s leaders and people were called upon to learn the true meaning of security and well-being, …

Jesus asked “Do you Love me…?”

John 21 There are so many times during our pilgrimage that I am hit with scripture. It pops into my head and I understand it at a different level. John 21 is one of those passages. We stayed at a hotel in Tiberias on the banks of the Sea of Galilee. One morning I woke …

Emmaus

Luke 24:13-35 We drive by the town of Abu Ghosh where the Crusaders believe was the town of Emmaus during the time of Jesus and the disciples. It is located between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. See Pastor Tommy's sermon about Emmaus. Emmaus Sermon Link to Wikipedia about Abu Ghosh. Many things are believed to have …

Listen for God’s voice

This last Sunday as I was sitting in Wellspring listening to Doug's sermon, I could clearly see the locations he was talking about. 1 King's 18:16 - 19:18 Doug describes the events that took place on Mt. Carmel between Elijah and the prophets of Baal. Mt. Carmel is one of our stops on the trip. …

Getting to Know Petra

Last Fall, Smithsonian magazine published a feature article on Petra, which is being digitally modeled, photographed (including drone imaging), and mapped at the most detailed levels ever by a new company called Virtual Wonders. We will visit Petra on the Jordan extension of our Holy Land trip, and it will surely be a highlight for …

As the Deer

As the deer panteth for the water so my soul longeth after You; You alone are my heart’s desire and I long to worship You. You alone are my strength, my shield; to You alone will my spirit yield; You alone are my heart’s desire and I long to worship You. You’re my friend, and …

Never the Same

When Jesus ascended to heaven after his resurrection, the disciples were assured that he “will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven” (Acts 1:11). When we return to our homeland in the same manner by which we traveled to the Holy Land, we do not return the same. Our …

The Main Thing

One of the most interesting things that visitors to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem discover is the proximity of Golgotha to the place that marks the tomb. The current church encloses both the traditional location for the crucifixion and the place of the tomb under one roof. We often suppose that Jesus’ …

Walking the Via Dolorosa

On our last full day in the Holy Land, our focus remains on Jesus. During Holy Week, my mind drifts back to the memories of this day. An early walk along the Via Dolorosa toward Calvary and the traditional location of the empty tomb is a powerful beginning. We surely experience the global significance of …

Did you pack your camera?

What? A camera? I don’t need a camera. I have my cell phone! Many of us don't need a camera, our cell phones are always with us and are many times just as good as our cameras. Select International Tours has a good list of guidelines to consider before you pull out your camera. Travel …

Choose Your Lamb

As we celebrate Holy Week, I'm reminded of the route of our walking tour down the Mount of Olives toward the Old City wall on the east side of Jerusalem which is called the “Palm Sunday” road. Jesus walked from Bethany (the home of Martha, Mary, and Lazarus) into Jerusalem (about three quarters of a …

Are you a Green Traveler?

Green, red, purple, yellow, orange, rainbow? Is it the color of my parachute? or the color of my pin? or the color of my car? It must be the color of my travel group!! Green traveling refers to sustainable travel, the environment, nature and religion. This might be a new subject to think about as …

Preparing to travel responsibly

In addition to preparing ourselves for a spiritual journey, remember that while we travel, we are visiting the home land of our hosts. Items to consider - cultural differences, respecting the environment ours and theirs (especially water), dress, shopping, dining, and cameras and video. Please read through these items on the Select International Tours web …