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Take a Pilgimage with Me!
by Tom Goodman
November 21, 2007

The more you read the Bible, the more you want to visit the places described in its pages.  You have a chance to do that with me in just four months!  Diane and I want you to join us on a trip to Israel March 4-11, 2008.

Imagine a gentle boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, or a walk along the Jordan River where Jesus was baptized.  What does Bethlehem look like, the city of his birth?  Or Nazareth, his boyhood town?  Or Cana, the place where Jesus performed his first miracle?  Or Jerusalem, where he was executed and rose again?

I want to see the traditional site for Christ's Sermon on the Mount, and the Mount of Olives where he outlined the events leading up to his return, and the Garden of Gethsemane where he agonized in prayer before submitting to the cross.  I want to walk the Via Dolorosa (the Way of the Cross) in Jerusalem.  I may even float in the Dead Sea when we visit the lowest spot on earth at 1300 feet below sea level!

We'll do all of this and more.  We'll visit Caesarea, Capernaum, Jericho -- and Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, one of the most important archaeological discoveries of our time.  We'll stop at the Western (Wailing) Wall and the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount.  We'll view the excavations of 20 civilizations in Megiddo and see the Dead Sea Scrolls.  We'll visit the Knesset (Israel's Parliament Building), and the Holocaust memorial.  We'll tour Masada, the fortress where from AD 70 to 73, Jewish revolutionaries took their stand against Rome.

Roger and Carol Lawhon have taken this trip with Maranatha Tours numerous times and highly recommend it.  In fact, they are organizing this trip that I'm leading on March 4-11, 2008.  The basic cost is $1599.  Additional fees and detailed information about the trip can be found in our brochure, including information on extended tours that many of our group will take.  You can download the brochure about the trip here or just contact the church office for a printed copy.

To reserve your place on the trip, your deposit of $300 needs to be mailed to Maranatha Tours before Christmas.  The registration form and address is in the brochure.  For more information, contact Roger and Carol Lawhon at (512) 250-0655 or email them.

I hope you'll join me on this chance to walk where Jesus walked!


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Celebrate This Season!  Make time for the "Kids Music Theater" performance of "Angels Aware" December 9 at 6pm, then the Christmas Festival of Music December 16 at 6pm, and then our Christmas Eve Service December 24 at 6pm.

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