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Remembering Jerry Bridges

Remembering Jerry Bridges

Jerry Bridges died on Saturday and I wanted to share my own thoughts about the significant impact he made in my personal gospel journey. We have had many different retreat speakers at Wellspring since our beginning. While every one of them has been blessed us, one made such an inedible mark on all who had […]

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  March 8, 2016   No comments
The Arrogance of Worry

The Arrogance of Worry

Tim Keller hits the mark regarding humility and worry Do you know where constant worry comes from? It’s rooted in arrogance that assumes, I know the way my life has to go, and God’s not getting it right. Real humility means to relax. Real humility means to laugh at yourself. Real humility means to be […]

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  February 5, 2016   No comments

Veneration Versus History

One challenge I have had thus far in taking everything in is the impact of the Catholic Church on these spiritually historic sites. I am appreciative, on the one hand, for the Catholic Church’s care of such sites. Perhaps if they did not build on the sites, there would be nothing more than a mere […]

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  October 21, 2015   No comments

Some Quick Scenes

The seashore of Galilee… It was a location such as this where Jesus called Peter, Andrew, James, and John. The city of Capernaum, where Jesus spent most of his early years. Peter’s mother-in-law’s home…allegedly. A pagan altar from Jeroboam of Nebat’s time at Tel Dan. Herod Agrippa II palace

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  October 21, 2015   No comments

A Strange Tension

A number of people warned us about the ongoing violence in Israel. According to our tour guide, it has really hurt business as many people and groups cancel their long-planned trips to the Holy Land. Before I came, I had believed the threats were from outside of Israel. But little was I aware of the […]

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  October 20, 2015   No comments

Sea of Galilee and the Village People

Ok, more to come on today’s adventure. But as I was taking this pic of the Sea of Galilee coastline, this party boat pulled up close by playing the song YMCA by the Village People and Abba’s Dancing Queen. Suffice it to say, not necessarily the best contemplative music in reflecting on such an important […]

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  October 20, 2015   No comments

Lost! But Really Good Food

We made our way to the town of Akko where we are spending our first night. It’s a town in northern Israel off the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. After taking a nap, we were recommended a restaurant overlooking the sea. We were also told it was close by and it was easy to find […]

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  October 19, 2015   No comments

Mount Carmel

Our next stop was at Mount Carmel. This is the location of the prophet Elijah’s stand against the Baal prophets and King Ahab. They made a statue to commemorate the scene: The top of the mount has a beautiful scene overlooking the Jezreel Valley. How Elijah took all those prophets all the way down to […]

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  October 19, 2015   No comments

Caesarea

It’s been a challenge fighting jet lag, but we’ve made it past the first night. Our first stop is Caesarea where the apostle Paul stood trial before Felix, the governor of Rome. It was awesome to be in the midst of the very place where Paul stood as a witness for the sake of Jesus. […]

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  October 19, 2015   2 comments