Friday, March 29, 2013

The Guest Suite Bathroom

We've made some good progress with the bathroom in our guest suite recently.
 
Adding a pocket door.
 

Sheetrock up.


Putting a waterproof coating on the shower surround.



Painting the pocket door.



Thursday, March 21, 2013

Israel: the Jerusalem Area

The view from Mt. Scopus.
 

Atop a camel on the Mt. of Olives.

 
Jerusalem, as seen from the Mt. of Olives.
 

Olive tree in the Garden of Gethsemane.

 
The Wailing Wall.  This was such a sad place-- to see these people praying with such devotion, yet knowing that most of them are without the true hope that can only be found in Christ.  They come to this remnant of the temple of stone, but they have missed the true, spiritual temple that Christ is building in and with His people.


The Dome of the Rock, as seen from the Temple Mt.


A dungeon cell beneath what was likely the house of Caiphas; Jesus may have been held in this very cell.


I love how this picture captures the blend of old and new in Jerusalem-- young girls playing on the remains of a 2,000-year-old Roman column.  It is also an example of the thriving, vibrant life that we saw throughout the Old City.

 
Square in the Jewish quarter of the Old City.
 

We had lunch at this place one day.  They served the best shawarma we had on the whole trip!


A flock of sheep near Bethlehem.


Shops in the Old City.
 

A spice store.

 
The model of Jerusalem as it was before its destruction in 70 AD.
 

Remains of the Roman destruction.


Southern steps of the temple.


Hezekiah's tunnel.


A crushing stone for olives.


The olive press.


A house from the 2nd millenium BC.


The hill country between the central mountains and the coastal plain.

 
The Valley of Elah, where David killed Goliath.
 

The Garden Tomb.



Thursday, March 14, 2013

Israel: From North to South

At the beginning of my trip to Israel, our group spent one day along the Mediterranean coast, three days near the Sea of Galilee, and one day in the Jordan Valley.
 
View of the Mediterranean from our first hotel.
 

The theater at Caesarea...  "So on the next day Agrippa and Bernice came with great pomp, and they entered the audience hall with the military tribunes and the prominent men of the city. Then, at the command of Festus, Paul was brought in."  (Acts 25:23 ESV)  The Greek word for "audience hall" indicates an auditorium or theater, making this the most likely location in Caesarea for Paul's great defense. 

It is also the likely place of Herod's death (Acts 12:19-23), so we can see the contrast between the man of God in chains, faithfully pointing even the rich and powerful to God, and the godless king who accepted for himself worship which is only to be given to God.


The aqueduct bringing water from Mt. Carmel to Caesarea.


On top of Mt. Carmel.

Lunch.


An ancient Canaanite altar at Megiddo.


 The plains of Megiddo.


The Sea of Galilee.



Catfish in the Jordan River.


The Sea of Galilee, as seen from the Mount of the Beatitudes.


Elders at the gate (Tel Dan).


An ancient Canaanite gate made of mud brick and dating to the time of Abraham.


Almond blossoms.


I got a kick out of seeing this spot in one of our hotels!


The Spring of Harod (Gideon's spring).


The theater at Scythopolis.


The Cardo (main street) in Scythopolis.


The Dead Sea.



View from our hotel at the Dead Sea.


Riding the cable car up to Masada.



Original frescos at Masada.


Desolate wilderness near Masada... I think this is one of the most inhospitable places I've ever seen.


Ibex (wild goat) at the oasis of Ein Gedi.


Waterfall from the spring of Ein Gedi.


Q4, one of the Qumran caves. 


To be continued...