(Excerpt of Jeremy’s message to Stonewater Church during his journey, June 5-15, 2012.) Church Family, Misti and I have had an amazing time on our trip to Israel. I am spiritually refreshed and ready to serve our Lord. I am totally in love with the Lord and my wife. This was the most amazing trip I’ve ever taken. It was hard, exciting, full of adventure, peaceful, and created much joy. Please pray for us as we travel today. I look forward to seeing you on Father’s Day. Your Pastor, Jeremy White
I have been challenged in several areas spiritually and will be using this next year to work through some of the spiritual truths that were shared on the trip. On my first trip to Israel two years ago, I felt like it was more learning about the places and what happened there, but on this trip I really sensed a greater connection between the places we visited with the spiritual themes being emphasized. The repeated spiritual truths and connections were great. I am so grateful John got to share spiritual insights I could grasp. He greatly increased the spiritual growth experience and was always ready to answer my many questions. Ron was also easy to understand and I appreciated his teaching as well. I thought it was great how well they worked together to help us understand the spiritual truths related to what we were seeing. All the materials and suggested readings before the trip really helped. The trip increases your desire to learn even more. I loved having specific Scriptures to read and information to research. I can’t wait to go back in 2013. I definitely want our youngest to have this experience too. I’m praying our whole family will be able to return Christmas of 2013.
Summarizing the NAUMS 2011 Father’s House Israel Trip, despite the fact that it was the most informative and enlightening trip I have ever been on, has been a surprisingly difficult task. As one might imagine, I have been asked by numerous friends and family members, and members of our congregation, to share what the most influential or to isolate what my favorite part, of the trip was, but I have to admit that there wasn’t a most influential or favorite part of the trip for me. Each and every day there were multiple parts that I was very fond of and that were quite influential, The entire trip, from beginning to end, was packed full of information and spiritual depth. I honestly wish the trip hadn’t ended, and I have been suffering from feelings of … homesickness??? Kind of strange, but it is true. I want to return with the The Father’s House each and every time they go to Israel. Perhaps the Lord will open a door for that to happen. I have come down to one simple statement that sums up my feelings about the trip, or maybe a better way to say this is to say that this statement sums up my feelings toward God since experiencing the NAUMS 2011 Father’s House Trip to Israel, and that is this … I have a lot more “Want To” where it comes to serving the Lord. Having experienced Him on such a real and personal level, I don’t want to do anything that would displease him. The experience has deepened my relationship with The Lord and has made me a better minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The phrase that I use over and over again when people ask me about my trip to Israel with the Father’s House Foundation is “I literally saw the Bible come alive!” What do I mean by that? I mean that while I have never doubted the inerrancy of the Word of God, it is something else to stand in the places that in times past, I had only read, studied, and preached about. I gained new geographical and theological perspectives on the Scripture that I never expected.What it has done to my preaching has been phenomenal! I started both a discipleship class and a sermon series called “Lessons From The Holy Land”. My congregation feels like they are diving deeper into the Word than they can remember doing in a long time. Watch Video Testimonials from members of Rick’s Church
How amazing! I can’t wait to go back. Thank you for the privilege to be in the Holy Land last year and dreaming for another trip in His time.
A trip of a lifetime! No words can described being where Bible history was lived, walk and recorded for us now. Soooo Blessed!
Part of me wants to say a hundred ways how much Mom and I love each one of you and how the journey with each of you (sovereignly chosen by God) has forever imprinted our lives. And, and part of me, on this quiet day back home, just wants to simply say, “Thank you!” Thank you for all your prayers and acts of kindness towards Mother and me. John and Roxie called us to meditate of Psalm 91 in anticipation of our trip and this morning I read it again, and I thank the Lord for who He is. Join me in praising Him. “…He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”…If you make the Most High your dwelling– even the Lord, who is my refuge– then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;…”Because He loves me,” says the Lord, ” I will rescue him [her]; I will protect him [her], for he [she] acknowledges my name. He [She] will call upon me, and I will answer him [her]; I will be with him [her] in trouble, I will deliver him [her] and honor him [her]. With long life will I satisfy him [her] and show him [her] My salvation.” And He has…and He does…and I thank Him. Thank you, again, for your prayers and acts of kindness. Know you each remain in our prayers for God to give you rest and refreshment, and for God to sweetly whisper His truth and grace to you…to lead you in His path all the days of your life. We’ll never be the same, will we, since this journey. He is good and you are beautiful.
Phenomenal! I have traveled anywhere I wanted to go over the years because my mother owned a travel agency. I’ve never been on a trip like this one. To get to walk where Christ walked – just phenomenal.
Words cannot express the gratitude I feel towards you for what you have done in my life. A number of years ago when I was doing some work to help in the aftermath of Katrina I met a new Christian who was telling me about his story. He said that God had totally “messed up” his life! He went on to explain that God had so changed his life that he would never be the same in a good way God had changed his whole perspective of life. Well this Israel trip and what I saw and heard has totally “messed up” my life! In a good and most incredible way! It is as if blinders have been removed from my spiritual eyes! Every passage, every reference to God’s people, a place so captures my attention that I get hung up in a verse or two and feast upon His Truths. The perspective of what God did where it took place layer upon layer literally blows my mind! I can’t take it all in. And I feel like I am just getting started. Needless to say, it has transformed my life, my preaching and my ministry. How God allowed my life to be connected with you, with Bono, Moshe, the Fathers House… Well, that still amazes me! But I do know this, what you have sown into me has spread to our church! Like a wild fire, the desire to go to Israel is spreading we will, Lord willing, go with the Fathers House next year. This is the plan we believe God is leading us in and I can’t wait for it to come about! Your gift came at such a good time for us. Leslie and I needed a break together. We are so blessed to have such a gracious and loving church family, but our time away was refreshing and invigorating. In fact, Leslie and I have resolved one day to find a spot on the Sea of Galilee to just spend a week or two! Who knows what will happen but we take great delight in even thinking about it. Well, more could be said. Yet “words” seem so inadequate in expressing the overflow of my heart. Thank you. Thank you for your gift for your investment in me for looking beyond the things of this world that you might sow for the next. That is a rare thing in our day yet I believe you have brought the Father and all His House great joy and glory in what you have done. May the fullness of His Spirit rest upon each of you this day, and like Joseph of old may He cause to prosper all that you set your hands to! To God be the Glory!
Distances of populated sites to others were much closer than previously thought; Historically, the same sites were richly reused. Mountains much steeper than pictured before; great effort, thought, & preparation required then & now to scale them & transport goods & people. The Bible is more personally real now in understanding site, task, & time difficulties faced by the Jews. Seeing, hearing, & witnessing the Bible places unfold: “They were here” & “I am in the same place!” The guide and leader of the group were well educated with clear delivery. Safety minded. Compassionate, pleasant, & professional. Free connections on the bus to the internet, laptops, & cell phones. Materials beforehand & “live” on location. More time to study!! I would recommend a Father’s House Trip to others as it was excellent on all counts.
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His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, (Eph 2:15-16)
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