Day 5 in Israel

Day 5 is coming to a close. Here are the places we visited and some of my observations.

1-Capernaum. This was the place where Jesus spent most of time once he turned 30. It is a beautiful location right on the Sea of Galilee. Here we saw the location where Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount.

2-We took a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. So many stories are tied to the Sea of Galilee which means it was pretty special to be out there on a boat.

3-We visited the site of the feeding of the 5000. Luke 9:10-17.

4-Magdala. This was the hometown of Mary (Magdalene). The more you reflect on the life of Mary Magdalene the more you are amazed by her love and devotion of Jesus. Jesus exorcised 7 demons out of Mary and the result was a woman who was willing to follow him wherever he went. She was there at his crucifixion and his resurrection.


The archeology and all the discoveries strongly affirm the validity of God’s Word! I mean this has to be a huge takeaway from visiting all of these sites. No doubt about it these sites increase our faith in the trustworthiness of God’s Word.

It is neat to think about Jesus walking all over Galilee loving people and setting them free from all kinds of bondage. Luke 4:18 seems like a perfect verse to describe what I am thinking, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed.”

Taking the last observation one step further. Jesus loves sinners. The misfits. The people who live out of the spotlight. The whole trip is really a reminder of God’s unwarranted grace, mercy and compassion for people like me.

Church on Mount of Beatitudes
View from our boat on the Sea of Galilee
Flag of Israel on our boat. The cross is a reminder of what it’s all about.
In one of the gift shops
The home of Peter
Synagogue in Capernaum (right next to Peter’s home)
Synagogue in Magdala. Hometown of Mary Magdalene. I would like to have a cup of coffee with Mary one day and listen to her testimony!
Statue of Mary Magdalene giving Jesus a piece of bread
Please pray for me as I deal with this ongoing tribulation.


  1. Jaragoske Stacey L says:

    I’m definitely thinking of you as I make coffee this morning! At least tell me they offer refills?

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    1. I’m pretty sure if we asked for a refill they would comply. 😄👍🏻


  2. Mamalava says:

    I want to have a cup of coffee with Mary Magdalene too- and since there is no sorrow In Heaven, I’m sure it will be larger than what you’re finding in Israel now! Haha! Press on, brother! I am not confident I will ever get to the Holy Land myself. It is wonderful tagging along with you on your adventure! Thank you for sharing.

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    1. How fun to know that you are reading this and “joining” us on our journey! God bless you sister!


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