2 Corinthians 12:8-10 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.10 That is why,… Read More
“Please, do you want a picture?” Our guide herded us into position in front of the photographer. “This is how we live,” she said.
God put on skin and moved into this neighborhood two thousand years ago. Today Bethlehem is part of the West Bank, cities walled in behind concrete erected by the Israeli government.
Inside the walls unemployment is almost 60% today. Outside, in the rest of Israel, it is less than 6%. Inside the walls Christians make up, at the very least, 15% of the West Bank’s population. Outside the walls Christians are less than 2% of Israel’s population.
Almost all of us bought a copy of our group’s photograph. To support our brothers and sisters living in Bethlehem. View Post
“You are my first customer of the day,” he answers when Becky asks how much the bracelet costs. Becky is the very worst haggler. She listens. She smiles. She never walks away. “In Arab culture,” he continues, “the first customer is good luck for the day.” He speaks through a… Read More
When King Saul and his sons fell in battle the rest of the Israelite troops fled for the mountains – thousands of them not able to outrun the enemy. The next day the Philistines walked the miles of corpses, stripping the bodies of valuables and weapons. When they came upon… Read More
“Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” -John 1:36 Soldiers drove wooden stakes into the crevices of walls throughout the city, lit them, and waited for the heat to burst the limestone bricks. Smoke rose from the hill for days as survivors from the massacre were dug from the rubble,… Read More
High atop Mount Tabor Jesus’ face shone like the sun. His clothes gleamed as white as light. Then, beside him, appeared Moses and Elijah – prophets long dead. And Peter didn’t want to leave that place where the barrier between heaven and earth gave way to something miraculous…something holy. Peter… Read More