Haifa & Mt. Carmel

Haifa is the port city where we docked. Most noteworthy is Mt. Carmel. Carmel is actually the southern end of a range of mounts, and Haifa wraps around both sides of the point of it, separating it from the shore of the Mediterranean. Perhaps you assumed it was one round, flat-topped mound? Well I always have. Think again! First, some of the great events that happened here. This is where the churlish Nabal lived (I Sam. 25) and died. Joshua killed the []

Israel

A full day in Haifa, Tel Aviv (passing through) and Jerusalem limited my time. I took over 500 pics, but will have to blog later. I fell asleep last night organizing them, and have to run off to today’s adventures which includes the Sea of Galilee, Mt. Carmel and more. What you see here is just a taste of the Valley of Elah (I Sam. 17) showing the valley where David slew the giant Goliath of Gath. AWESOMENESS! You also see the []

Whatever you gotta tell yourself!

This goddess of Crete model was made to show her uh…power. Power over the serpents and cats! (Cat on the head) “Yeah, whatever ya gotta tell yourself!” I guess they had to tell themselves that their goddess had power, but the next photo tells the truth. In the Bible, God spoke of idols saying “they have eyes, but cannot see; ears that cannot hear.” Well this goddess must not have been able to think because in this photo, she doesn’t even HAVE []

Crete

“Crete” – (pron. ‘Cree-tee’) Until now I never realized how BIG this island is! And it’s location, at the juncture of four different seas, explains why it was once such an important maritime stopover for merchants from everywhere. Paul sent Titus here to ordain elders in every city, and to set things in order, so it was quite populated even then. There are 300,000 living here now. Heraklion is the name of the portion of the island we toured, which means ‘the []

Napoli

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick! ” (Solomon) One of the most anticipated parts of our trip was blown Sunday. We had two tickets for the Colosseum and though we’ve been there before, we never got to explore the tunnels and gladiator/slave prisons beneath; this time we would have! We were so excited, and we had only one day in Rome. But then… I had some indigestion Saturday night, so Sunday morning, en route to the tour bus to the Colosseum, I []

A Touch of Faith

Message from Woodbrook, WA in celebration of Chapel remodel and reopening. TEXT: “… 46 And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.” BR: Luke 8 …But as he went the people thronged him. 43 And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, 44 Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue []

Burning up the chaff

TEXT: Luke 3 (17) “17 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable.” BR: Luke 3 (15-18) INTRO: Verse 17 said that Jesus’ fan is in His hand; the winnowing process is a method used to separate grain from chaff. CHAFF: The husks of corn or other seed, which is separated from that corn by winnowing or threshing. …the process in []

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

2018, a fresh start and a clean slate! As we begin a new year, I feel compelled to look back on, and honor, 2017 – it was a great year! Busy, busy, busy, and blessed, blessed, blessed! Jan 2017 took us to Shreveport, La., for a fellowship meeting, where the host pastor Rev. Watson was healed of kidney stones. He was headed to the ER before church, but everyone prayed and he stayed to lead that service. February we were in Lakeland, []

Crumbs from the Master’s Table

TEXT: Matt. 15 (27) 27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table. BR:  Matt. 15 (21-28) INTRO: The woman that came to Jesus sought help for her daughter, but she was a Canaanite woman. Jesus didn’t intend to insult her, but He said -(26)  “It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.” What He really meant, is more obvious in His previous statement: (24) “I []