The Dead Sea Story Explained

The Dead Sea story The Dead Sea has an amazing history and diversity. It is 42 miles long and 11 miles wide at its widest point, and lies in the Great Rift Valley. The Jordan River is its main tributary. The whole area has great significance for Jews due to the historical records mentioning this as the location for many important events. Geology The Dead Sea in Hebrew literally translates as Sea of Salt, and certainly lives up to its name. Lying on the Israel/Jordan border, it is known as the lowest point not that is not under water or…

The Church of Annunciation- Christmas in Israel

As the country of all religions, the Christians in Israel celebrate Christmas and the New Year with religious freedom, joy and happiness. Look at the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth with the breathtaking tree outside. The Church of the Annunciation The towering cupola of the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth stands over the cave that tradition holds to be the home of the Virgin Mary. Here, it is believed, the archangel Gabriel told the young Mary, aged about 14, that she would become the mother of the Son of God…

Christmas in Israel

Christmas in Israel, is truly Christmas in the Holy Land, a magically meaningful experience for Christians. Less commercialized than in much of the Western world because Judaism and Islam are the two main religions of Israel, Christmas in Israel is meaningful for its historic significance as the land where the Christmas story took place. Whether experiencing Christmas in Nazareth, spending Christmas in Haifa, Jerusalem or in Tel Aviv-Jaffa, it is sure to be a memorable experience. Christmas in Israel generally coincides with Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of light which diffuses a festive spirit across the land. However, beyond this festive spirit icons of…

Magic Orange?

https://vimeo.com/27138120 [vimeo 27138120] “Consider the cost…” – Jesus- Ahh! the beautiful privilege of having the chance to be able to make choices. So many of us in the world go through life without knowing this privilege and so many of us wish at times that we didn’t have to make so many of them. Everyday we make choices. We choose to get out of bed, to have a shower, to eat certain foods, to drink coke or water, to eat the 5000 calorie dessert or a piece of fruit, to wear a certain dress or…

God is on my side… Really?

“God is on my side” I heard someone say the other day as they shared about a dispute they were having with someone else. As I sat there listening to this person give me all the details about why they thought God was on their side and not on the other party’s side I began to wonder. So many of us are so quick to say that God must be on our side because of what we have read and others have told us. Clearly when it comes to the way he feels towards us as our father…

Feast of Tabernacles

The Feast of Tabernacles is always a wonderful foretaste of that future time when all peoples will come up to Jerusalem to celebrate Sukkot. It is a prophetic statement that our Lord is indeed coming soon. And it declares to Israel and the nations that a new day is dawning. The King is coming, and we are here to rejoice in His transforming power and soon arrival. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8-OAYgB1Y8&feature=youtu.be Every biblical holiday given to the Jewish people has three aspects. Israel was to observe the holiday in the present in order to remember something God had done…

Finding Faith in the Holy Land

Every year, millions of people make their pilgrimage to the Holy Land, a place considered to be the most sacred on Earth. Of course, they expect to have fun and excitement, to discover the historical sites, visit the ancient structures and explore the amazing land of the Bible that they heard so much about. They want to be in the setting of the biblical times, which dates back thousands of years and offers them beautiful scenery, rich culture, and a wealth of history. . However, for many, it’s more than the tourism element that peaks their interest…

Why Support Israel? Small Things Bring Eternal Connections

Small Things Bring Eternal Connections- By Edward Lee on Nov 12, 2015 When I read the Bible, a book of eternal dimensions in more ways than one, I try to imagine what it was like to live in the Holy Land during the days of David and Jesus. And it’s certainly on my bucket list to visit Israel one day. I’ve never been to Israel. But I try to keep tabs on what is currently happening there through news feeds. I also connect with that nation and her people through prayer as the Bible exhorts me to: Pray for…

It’s Hard To Be a ‘Christian Arab’ in Israel, But Not Why You’d Think

OPINION It’s Hard To Be a ‘Christian Arab’ in Israel, But Not Why You’d Think Only in Israel can Middle Eastern Christians fully practice their faith and be productive members of society By Father Gabriel Naddaf | 03/26/15 7:43pm I have the privilege of being a Greek Orthodox priest from Nazareth in the Galilee. My people have mistakenly been called “Christian Arabs,” but the reality is that we are Arameans, descendants of people who lived here in Israel since the time of the Bible. Following a lengthy public campaign, Israel’s Interior Ministry has recently…

This is Israel

This is Israel: a fast-paced view of a fast-paced nation, that also knows how to relax and have fun. Blessed with beautiful landscapes, life in Israel is jam-packed with energizing events, cutting-edge technologies and exciting people. From parties to prayers, beaches to bicycles, visitors to Israel can look forward to an unforgettable experience… and great food.