If You’ve Ever Thought of Touring the Holy Land, Now is the Time

It’s a fact: a tour to Israel changes the way you read your Bible. I’ve seen in the lives of hundreds of Christians. I’ve experienced it myself. If you’ve been, you know what I mean. If you have yet to go, now is the time. 

10 Reasons a Tour to Israel Belongs on Your Bucket List

(Photo: Mount Arbel overlooking the Sea of Galilee. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

I’m convinced you should do your best to take a tour to Israel at least once in your life.

Here are 10 reasons you should consider going to the Holy Land now.

(By the way, if you’d like to join Cathy and me for our tour this fall, time is short! The tour is filling up and registration ends next month. Get more info here. There’s also a tour next March.)

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I’m excited to lead an upcoming tour to the Holy Land which will focus exclusively on applying select Old and New Testament sites to your life. This will be an exclusive, one-bus tour, seeing sites that average tours to Israel don’t get to see—around a theme most never get to experience first-hand. Click for more information.

I hope you’ll join Cathy and me for this trip of a lifetime.

Date: March 16, 2018—March 27, 2018
Event: Journey through the Holy Land
Topic: Journey through the Holy Land
Sponsor: Imagine Tours and Travel
863.709.9208
Venue: Israel
Location: Israel
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

Download a brochure with all the details.

I’m excited to lead an upcoming tour to the Holy Land which will focus exclusively on applying select Old and New Testament sites to your life. This will be an exclusive, one-bus tour, seeing sites that average tours to Israel don’t get to see—around a theme most never get to experience first-hand. Click for more information.

I hope you’ll join Cathy and me for this trip of a lifetime.

Date: October 26, 2017—November 6, 2017
Event: Journey through the Holy Land
Topic: Journey through the Holy Land
Sponsor: Imagine Tours and Travel
863.709.9208
Venue: Israel
Location: Israel
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

Download a brochure with all the details.

Come to the Holy Land with Me

And you will NEVER be the same!

You’ve heard the names before: the Sea of Galilee, Jerusalem, Nazareth, and the Mount of Olives. For many people, these places are just words on the pages of the Bible. I had this frustration too.

Sunrise over Jerusalem

(Sunrise over Jerusalem. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

For years of my Christian life, the places and stories of Scripture seemed like a puzzle dumped on the floor. I had no idea how they all fit together. Then I went to Israel . . . and it all changed.

I want to help make that same connection for you.

If you’ve ever dreamed about a journey to the land of the Bible, now is the time. See the itinerary and details of a trip of a lifetime this fall.

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There’s Still Room for You on My Holy Land Tour This Fall

But time is running out. Sign up before July 15!

If you’ve been putting off taking a tour to Israel, I’d like to give you another invitation to join my tour to the Holy Land this fall. The tour already has a great group! But there’s room for you.

On the Mount of Olives overlooking the Temple Mount.

(Explaining the Second Coming of Jesus on On the Mount of Olives)

We still have space on our tour, but I urge you to reserve your place today. Why? Because this is no ordinary tour to Israel.

This will be an exclusive, one-bus tour devoted entirely to following the life of Jesus . . . from His birth in Bethlehem . . . to His ministry in Galilee . . . to His death and resurrection in Jerusalem . . . and His ascension from the Mount of Olives.

Todd Bolen“Wayne Stiles has a unique gift for bringing the biblical world into our own. Some teachers are history gurus, but they can’t translate their research into how it affects us today. Wayne is superb at doing this in his books, on his blog, and at the sites. He is passionate, accurate, and faithful.

I’d encourage you to take the opportunity while you can.”

—Dr. Todd Bolen

Learn the life of Jesus by walking where He walked.

On this tour, I will help you understand the life of our Lord as we connect the Bible and its lands to your life every time we stop—and all along the way.

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The Jordan River—Your Place of Transition

What served as a border also represents a bridge to your new life.

Other rivers have more beauty. Many are much longer. Most are far cleaner. But no river has garnered as much affection as the Jordan River. There’s a good reason.

The Jordan River—A Place of Transition

(Photo: The Jordan River, courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

It wasn’t the beauty of the Jordan River that inspired centuries of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to include it in their verses.

Its significance began as a simple geographic barrier, which—practically speaking—represented a border (Joshua 22:18-25). In fact, the serpentine river still represents a border between Israel and the nation of Jordan.

But in Scripture, the Jordan River’s presence on Israel’s eastern edge stood as an enduring metaphor of transitions.

These transitions point directly to your life as well.

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3 Reasons You Need to Journey to Israel

What Touring the Holy Land Gives You That's Like Nothing Else

Before we ask, “What does this verse mean to me?” we need to understand what it meant to the original readers. That requires context—something a journey to Israel can forever change.

3 Reasons You Need to Journey to Israel

(Photo: Jerusalem. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

Context means more than mere words on the page. It also includes the setting of the action—including its history and geography—the stage upon which the events took place. That’s why a tour to Israel is so valuable.

Experience and statistics reveal 3 benefits you will receive when you journey to Israel.

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Our Holy Land Tour is Over—It is Well with My Soul

Day 9: Insight for Living Ministries Israel Tour

Our Israel tour has come to an end. Hard to believe! It’s been a fabulous tour connecting the Bible and its lands to life. One place in Israel that’s special is the lobby of the American Colony Hotel. That’s right, the lobby.

American Colony Hotel

(Picture: The American Colony Hotel)

The best part of this hotel is that the lobby has framed the original manuscript to one of my two favorite hymns: “It is Well with My Soul.”

I’ve posted a picture of it here. Can you make out the words?

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At the Garden Tomb, Contemplating the Resurrection

Day 9: Insight for Living Ministries Israel Tour

We spent the morning at the Garden Tomb, where hundreds of us gathered in the beautiful gardens that surround the ancient tomb. Chuck Swindoll led us in a communion service.

The tomb itself is not the tomb of Jesus, but the location gives the best place in Jerusalem to contemplate the resurrection of Jesus.

At the Garden Tomb, Contemplating the Resurrection

(Photo: The Garden Tomb)

In my many visits to the Garden Tomb through the years, I have only had one guide tell me the tomb was the tomb of Jesus—and that visit was back in 2000. Since then, each guide has expressed that the Association makes no official claim that the tomb represents that of the resurrection of Jesus.

“The important thing is,” they always point out, “the tomb is empty.” I couldn’t agree more.

There is no better oasis in Jerusalem than the Garden Tomb to contemplate the central truth of Christianity’s faith—the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.

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