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

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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!

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
912.529.3422
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.

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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.

Finding Israel … in Dublin!

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The worship center at First Baptist Church in Dublin (Ga.) is more than 100 years old. For the first time ever, virtual tours are part of the stained-glass, polished wood environment!

Israel in Dublin? It sounds like quite the international event. And perhaps it is … only this Dublin is in Central Georgia, not Ireland!

Our first Bible Conference of the fall is under way in Dublin, Georgia, at First Baptist Church. After a Sunday-morning visit to the Gates of Hades, we’ll be visiting great Bible sites each evening this week through Wednesday.

If you’re near Dublin (Georgia, not Ireland!), we’ll meet at 6:30 p.m. Sunday and Wednesday nights, and 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.

Want to “bring Israel” to your church, school, prison ministry or business? It’s what we do … we want everyone to experience Israel now! Contact us for more information.

The 9/11 Memorial you may have missed

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Within sight of Israel’s largest cemetery (background) is the 9/11 Living Memorial Plaza. All of the names of the nearly 3,000 victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks are inscribed here.

Just outside Jerusalem is a solitary hill with an amazing monument.

It’s called the “9/11 Living Memorial.” The first memorial built outside the United States to include all the names of the nearly 3,000 victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks, this $2 million plaza was paid for by the Jewish National Fund.

… history will show that the first blow struck for America in the War against Terror … came from an Israeli IDF veteran. He was also the first to die in the fight that continues to this day.

Shaped like a flag morphing into a memorial flame, the monument rests on metal taken from the twin towers in New York. Dedicated in 2009, the memorial sits just across Israel’s main highway from the largest cemetery in Israel. Five Israeli citizens are included among the names of the victims.

One of the five Israelis who died that Tuesday was Daniel Lewin, who had served in an elite branch of the Israeli Defense Forces. The 9/11 Commission Report said evidence suggests Lewin tried to fight back against the hijackers on American Airlines Flight 11, the doomed flight that would soon be the first to slam into one of the World Trade Center towers.

The hijackers killed the unarmed Lewin, apparently slashing his throat. Nevertheless, history will show that the first blow struck for America in the War against Terror … came from an Israeli IDF veteran. He was also the first to die in the fight that continues to this day.

In addition to the plaza, Israel has also honored the memory of the 9/11 attacks on postage stamps.

From the trash, a treasure

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Did Jesus see this section of tile when he walked, taught and argued in the Temple Mount complex? It’s possible!

I happened to be in Israel not long after a shocking discovery had been made. The Islamic Waqf — authorities in charge of the Temple Mount — had been illegally digging underneath the Al Asqa mosque on the Temple Mount.

We’re not talking about a little bit of digging. In a place where every stone is carefully handled in the few archeological projects that are allowed, the Waqf had been using bulldozers to remove tons of soil in what has to be the most sensitive property on earth.

“Approximately 400 truckloads saturated with the history of Jerusalem were illicitly removed – barbarically removed … to promote a political agenda,” Gabriel Barkay said in a Jerusalem Post interview. “All of that was dug up with bulldozers in a place where even a toothbrush is too large a tool to carry out excavations.”

Somehow, the bulldozers did their work for some weeks without drawing the attention of the Israeli authorities. When it was discovered, the dumped dirt in the Kidron Valley was removed by the truckload. To be specific, there were 400 truckloads! The fury in Jerusalem in the first few weeks of history’s “greatest archeological crime,” as the media began to call it, was fierce.