At 7:00 am we off to the northern part of Israel near Syria. the area of the tribe of Naphtali. Very beautiful, prostate like Wisconsin with rivers and trees. We are going to give our gifts to the Israili soldiers (IDF). We

Pastor Mark at Caesarea

Pastor Mark at Caesarea

brought 3 hats and 3 shirts each representing our area or favorite sports team. Thanks to Bruce Dalfonso I have a few more John Deere hats. I have seen a John Deere tracker and also a Case IH. It is very cloudy, viagra sindy, find and cool this morning. Very foggy, poor visibilty.

Yesterday in Capernaum we had an object lesson on the reading from

Mark 9:42-50, “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.  43  And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire.  45  And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell.  47  And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell,  48 ‘where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’  49 For everyone will be salted with fire.  50  Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.” ESV

Again I wish I could put in pictures, but still cannot. A number of the pastors were saying that seeing the millstones gave them a better understanding to the words of Jesus above. For me, as I prepare for the next sermon series — my thoughts are stuck on our calling to “be defenders of the truth.” Jesus preached with authority and he calls for accountability from us. In this day of spiritual warfare do we take that seriously enough? Jesus did nort water down the message of the gospel to make it more comfortable. In fact, as in the reading above says we are to be the salt. From the very beginning of the trip we have been emphasizing the kingdom of God over and over again. Just as we have at Faith — I believe that there is something to that. I believe that we have to have a kingdom dream as followers and as a church. Pray that as a church God finds us as “definders of the truth.”

Shalom

Pastor Mark

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