Here’s your chance for the Easter of a lifetime!

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Our April 2017 trip to Israel has just taken a turn for the incredible!

When we couldn’t get reasonable airfare for our planned April trip, we started looking around for other options. And boy, did we find one! Instead of going to Israel the day after Easter in 2017, we’re going to be there for Easter!

Our new days for this “traditional” trip are April 10-20, 2017. The price is a gift, too … an amazingly low $4,290 for everything. If you’re interested, act quickly. We could only secure 30 places at this price! Check out all the details here.

Why virtual tours are changing sermons

Andy with Bible in motion

Pastors and Bible teachers can use photographs and video clips from the land of the Bible to deliver the life-changing truths of the Bible. That’s the Sea of Galilee in the background of this message.

Not that long ago, an excited news anchor announced that a terrible event had just taken place in Europe. Even as he breathlessly uttered the “breaking-news” announcement, a video clip using Google Earth software was zooming down to the city where a reporter was waiting.

Why use Google Earth video clips on a national news program?

Because every network wants you to know that the stories it broadcasts are true. It’s part of a time-tested philosophy of delivering news. The “where” of the story is part of the evidence that the story actually happened.

Pastors and Bible teachers are discovering that the same philosophy works when teaching or preaching great Bible stories. Google Earth video clips can take any audience to Jerusalem, Bethlehem, or the valley where David defeated Goliath. Want to go to the “Gates of Hades” at Caesarea Philippi? Google Earth can take you there!

UNESCO resolution should have been trashed long ago


This year’s “Jerusalem Day” Celebration brought thousands of Israeli citizens to the Western Wall. The illuminated building in the top right-hand corner of this photo is the Al Aqsa Mosque. Israel allows Islamic control of the Temple Mount, even though the area is obviously sacred to Jewish people. Julia Chin photo/

You may have heard news clips in the last few days about a proposed resolution from UNESCO concerning the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

Israel is up in arms about the five-page document, which speaks of “Occupied Palestine” and repeatedly uses phrases like “deeply regrets,” “deeply deplores” and “strongly disapproves” actions taken by Israel in relation to the Temple Mount and the area of archeological work immediately around the Temple Mount.

One thing that’s hard to find in all the news reports is the document itself. If you’d like to see it, click here.

And perhaps, like me, you’re not even sure what UNESCO is.

Join Pastor Jimmy Corbitt and the church family at Bethany Baptist Church on the first Sunday of December for an incredible kick-off to the Christmas season. We’ll take two “trips” to the land of the Bible, first at 11 a.m. and again at 6 p.m. We’ll visit the Christmas story during the evening service … and if you’ve not encountered the “King of Bethlehem” yet, you’ll never forget this experience!

Date: December 4, 2016
Time: 11 a.m., 6 p.m.
Event: Bethany Baptist Church
Venue: Bethany Baptist Church
478 974 0002
Location: 365 Pea Ridge Road
Juliette, GA 31046

This finding will leave you flushed with amazement …


When workers found this ancient toilet seat earlier this year at the gate of Tel Lachish, they knew it was no ordinary latrine. This was a direct connection to King Hezekiah’s reforms we read about in II Kings 18:4! (Igor Kreimerman photo.)

Tel Lachish has long been one of the most important and most impressive of the ancient cities on display in Israel today.

The massive hill lies 26 miles southwest of Jerusalem. When Lachish was a fortified city, it served as the southern-most guard for all of Judah. Along with Azekah, these two cities and their armed forces were critically important for Jerusalem’s protection.


Because he knew Assyrian forces would eventually attack Judah, Hezekiah heavily fortified Jerusalem, Azekah and Lachish. In time, the two smaller cities were taken, but Jerusalem was saved as a direct result of Hezekiah’s zealous faith in the Lord alone.

The problem with Judah’s people, of course, is that they constantly wavered between a devotion to God and the lure of the pagan religions that also permeated the area.

In Lachish, there came a time when one of the pagan religions took hold of the city. As visitors crossed the moat and climbed an incredibly impressive ramp to the city gate, they were met with a most unusual scene at the city entrance.

It was a shrine to a pagan god, complete with a “holy of holies!”

It was one of those seasons when the people of Judah had completely lost their spiritual bearings.

Thankfully, some kings and leaders in Israel’s history did their best to lead the people back to the worship of God. When Jehu was cleaning house in the northern kingdom, for instance, he not only killed the prophets of Baal and destroyed the sacred objects, but he made the Baal temple a latrine!

If we could smell that last sentence, the impact would be more impressive. The psychological effect would have been amazing. Can you imagine your community using your place of worship as a public restroom?

Some years later, Hezekiah led a series of reforms in the southern end of Israel. That shrine of pagan worship at the entrance of Lachish? Apparently, he flushed it.

We’re delighted to return to Northway Church in Macon for morning services on Oct. 30. Join Pastor Kevin Mills and EIN as we take another virtual trip to the land of the Bible … and discover more of what the Bible’s message has to say to us!

Date: October 30, 2016
Time: 9 and 10:30 a.m.
Event: Northway Church
Venue: Northway Church
(478) 476-1971
Location: 5915 Zebulon Rd
Macon, GA 31210

A few years ago, Pastor Andy Cook was senior pastor at Soperton First Baptist. Now he’s returning, and he’s bringing Israel with him! It’s a one-service visit to an amazing biblical site.

Date: October 2, 2016
Time: 11 a.m.
Event: Soperton First Baptist
Venue: First Baptist Church
Location: 4991 S. Third Street
Soperton, GA 30457

We’ll join Pastor Chet Cooper and the church family at Victory Baptist for a week of incredible Bible study. We’ll start on Sunday morning with the 11 a.m. service, continue that night at 6 p.m., and be back Monday-Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Date: November 6, 2016—November 9, 2016
Time: 11 a.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m.
Event: Victory Baptist Church Bible Conference
Location: 243 Marshall Mill Road
Ft. Valley, GA 31030

We’ll be at The Assembly on Oct. 2, taking an evening tour to a biblical site in Israel!

Date: October 2, 2016
Time: 6 p.m.
Event: The Assembly
Location: 6040 Watson Boulevard
Warner Robins, GA 31008

When it comes to ignoring the evidence, Temple Denial isn’t the only insanity facing us


Not long ago, a group of American tourists stood about 30 steps from the Dome of the Rock, the gold-covered landmark of Jerusalem. While an Israeli tour guide was sharing information about the entire Temple Mount, a member of the Islamic Waqf walked up and stood right next to the guide.

It was an act of intimidation, and both men had an idea of the argument that was coming. Immediately, it was an uncomfortable situation for the tourists.

The Israeli guide pointed out that the Jewish Temple once stood on or very near the spot where the Dome of the Rock now stands.

“There was never a Temple here!” challenged the intruder. The tour guide held his ground and the two men entered into a heated – and familiar – argument.


NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2016)

This is truly one of the best study Bibles to ever be published. It’s packed with insight on the culture of the Bible and of all the cultures interacting with biblical passages. Wonderful charts, maps and photographs are listed throughout.