In the minds of many Westerners, "Holy Land" is a synonym for "Israel." That's understandable; much of the biblical story is concerned with the nation that came out of Egypt and settled primarily west of the Jordan River. But the stories of the Bible—and its geography—are much larger than that. They don't fit within today's national boundaries. And a visit to the Holy Land that doesn't extend beyond modern Israel misses some extremely significant sites.
Take Umm Qais, for example—the town once known as Gadara. A demon-possessed man living among the tombs encountered Jesus there and was never the same again. The demons left him and entered a herd of pigs, which then ran violently down the cliffs and into the sea. Far more significant is the site widely considered to be...
This month, please pray for:
- for Nepal: the 7.8 strong earthquake left 5000 dead and millions dislocated. Our regional leader Kamal Rai and his family are safe, but living in a tent.
- for the instability in Ukraine. Ukraine is in a state of war after the rebellion in the eastern part of the country. Our regional director of the CIS, Yuri is finding a great difficulty in operating at this time. Pray for security for our workers. Pray also for the deteriorating economy.
- for the instability in Israel. The Ethiopian Jews were mistreated by the police and thousands have started demonstrating.
- for the upcoming Mena conference taking place in Beirut, Lebanon during the last week of June.
- for the safety of Painito, our director in Burundi as the country started a political instability.
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This month, we are featuring Walk Thru the Bible's newest resource: Jesus In The Old Testament. Please enjoy this reading from the devotion for Day 1 (John 1:1-5).
John opened his gospel with a pretty astounding statement: Jesus was with God in the beginning. In fact, He was and is God, and He is the one through whom all things were made. Paul wrote essentially the same truths in his letter to the Colossians, calling Jesus the image of the invisible God and the firstborn of all creation. "In him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him" (Colossians 1:16 niv). But these staggering declarations are not...
Last month, Walk Thru the Bible held its annual Global Consultation in Nairobi, Kenya. This is an opportunity for our global leaders to meet and discuss new teaching curricula and ministry opportunities and and to fellowship with one another. In case you missed the updates on Phil's Blog, here are the highlights from the trip:
- Prayers needed for Kenya Conference
- Where you sit says a lot about what you believe
- A view through fresh eyes
- Meet the "Class of '58!"
- A Lasting Legacy
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