I'm on my way to Israel

I’m sitting at JFK airport in NYC waiting to board a flight to Tel Aviv. To say I’m excited would be an understatement! I’ve never been there before.

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Well, I’ve been close.

For those of you who know us, you will probably remember that we were headed that way two years ago. And we got close.

Real close.

Like a hundred miles close.

Then the boat caught on fire. (You can read about that HERE) I felt a little like Moses. We could see the promised land but we couldn’t get in.

This time I think it’s going to be different. Here’s the deal: I’m going with several of my friends who pastor ARC churches, as guests of the Israeli government. I’m not sure if they felt bad about my experience last time or are just interested in promoting good will between our countries. I’ll take it either way!

Seriously, this seems like a wonderful opportunity to grow in my faith and understanding of the Jesus story. After having celebrated Easter I’m looking forward to experiencing it first hand. I want to bring back a fresh understanding and a renewed passion to share the Good News.

You can do two things:

  • Pray for us over the next few days. I really covet that.
  • Check in regularly here as I post photos and tell you what I’m seeing.
  • That’s it for now.

    Shalom

    Greg is the founding pastor of Seacoast Church, one of the early adopters of the multi-site model. Located in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, Seacoast has been recognized by various media as an innovative and influential thought leader in future strategies for church growth and development.

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    19 comments
    Bryan Beyer
    Bryan Beyer

    Shalom, Pastor Greg! So excited for you as one who has been there 11 times--I always learn something new. May the Lord richly bless your time in Israel; I know you'll spend the rest of your life unpacking all you see and experience. Bryan Beyer Professor of Old Testament, Columbia International University Regular, Irmo Campus!

    susan peckham
    susan peckham

    Hello Pastor Greg, We are so glad you have finally made it to Israel. We pray that God will fully open your eyes to whatever the reason is that he brought you there at this time. It is an amazing thing to walk where Jesus walked and just be at the sea of Galilee. Scriptures come alive! Be safe and we will look forward to hearing your stories when you return. Blessings, John and Sue Peckham

    Kathy Horne
    Kathy Horne

    Bless you all. Beliveing for such an encounter with the Holy Spirit for each one of you. So excited for you (only there one memorable time)and know that your heart will bring back so much of Israel to us as a church. Will be praying for you and for the peace of Jerusalem.

    Ann Shower
    Ann Shower

    Walking the Holy Land changes your life. Jesus will meet you there in a very special way. Keep a watch out for the moment. Also, here's a question to ponder: is a holy place a place where Jesus was or where Jesus is? A question put to us by our guide, which becomes quite profound during the whole experience. God bless you and the other pastors!

    Bill Gadol
    Bill Gadol

    Karen and I will be cruising the Med between the 9th and the 28th. We will be praying for you and ask you to pray for us...no fires please...

    Jane Howerth
    Jane Howerth

    Pastor Greg, I am so excited for you to go to Israel. I fly there June 7th!! I have been blessed to go before, but am really looking forward to my trip. I was invited to an orthodox wedding of dear friends over there. It just puts a new depth of love for The Lord, and His People in you. The Bible really came alive for me after visiting there. I will love following your trip here!! Be Blessed!! Jane Howerth

    Love
    Love

    You have yoursel a great time! Will definitely praying for you and your group.

    Jack and Lolie Ward
    Jack and Lolie Ward

    Greg, Lolie and I toured Israel in January, up north near the border, south to the Dead Sea, back to Jerusalem. It is life changing to say the least! We went inside the tomb, which was the highlight among many...Have a safe trip. The food is very good!

    Brenda Hatton
    Brenda Hatton

    Safe journey Pastor Greg! I'm sure you will be blessed! My prayers will be with you and the group!

    Diana Warren
    Diana Warren

    God is with you all Greg. It's a wonderful experience, and one that you will cherish for the rest of your life, as I have. Safe home, Diana

    Alice Brunk
    Alice Brunk

    Praying for safe travel. Romans 15:13! God had great plans for you!

    SandyM
    SandyM

    This is a great opportunity! Praying that you will have a wonderful, meaningful experience.

    JANIE GIORGI
    JANIE GIORGI

    SHINING FOR US AGAIN AS ALWAYS, WE ARE TRUELY BLESSED HAVING SURRATTS TO IMPACT OUR LIVES.

    cyndi
    cyndi

    OH how wonderful this trip will be. I have always wanted to see some of the Holly land. Prayers to you all. It very well might be your trip of a life time.

    Vicki Bane
    Vicki Bane

    I'll be praying for your trip Greg. Is Debbie with you this time?

    Betsy Clark
    Betsy Clark

    I'm SO excited and happy for you! I was able to go to Israel in 1992. What a joy to be able to see so many of the places we read about all the time in the Bible. I will pray for your trip and the encounters you will have there. God bless your whole group. Shalom!