En-Gedi (God our Refuge)
by Ray Matteson on May 23rd, 2023
Graphic from: https://www.touristisrael.com/ein-gedi-nature-reserve/5529/  (All I had was a video of this area)   “En-Gedi” means “spring of the goat” or “spring of the kid.” It gets this name from the fresh water spring located there and from the many wild goats which live in the area. This place with a fresh water spring and waterfalls is literally an oasis in the desert. It is only a few miles ...  Read More
by Ray Matteson on May 17th, 2023
MIkvehsThis is a mikveh. It is a pool designed for ritualistic cleansing. They are found all over Israel.This is what Wikipedia has to say about mikvehs: Mikveh or mikvah (Hebrew: מִקְוֶה / מקווה‎, Modern: mīqve, Tiberian: mīqwe, pl. mikva'ot, mikvoth, mikvot, or (Yiddish) mikves,[1][2] lit., "a collection") is a bath used for the purpose of ritual immersion in Judaism[3] to achieve ritual purity....  Read More
Solid Rock or Sinking Sand?
by Ray Matteson on May 11th, 2023
“On Christ the solid Rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand, all other ground is sinking sand.When Ray and I drove with our tour group to Masada, we traveled along the Dead Sea. The shoreline we followed looked alien to me. There were no sandy beaches, no dunes or beach grass, no seagulls and seashells. Just barren ground with craters in random places. We learned that because the Dead Sea,...  Read More
Israel Day 1: Masada
by Ray Matteson on May 1st, 2023
What commitment looks like.   Read More