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BONUS DAY #116

As an over view of our Signature Tour to the 30 sacred holy sites on our Holy Land Tour, I am using my “Bonus Days” blog to take you on a journey using the acrostic:  H.O.L.Y.L.A.N.D.P.I.L.G.R.I.M.A.G.E.

MADE TO MAKE DISCIPLES WHO MAKE DISCIPLES—the Upper Room.  Jesus couldn’t wait to get back to Heaven because He had the insight and understanding to realize if He was at the Right Hand of the Father and His Spirit (the Holy Spirit) was in our hearts, nothing could limit our potential for what He has planned for eternity.  The key element is for us to make disciples who make disciples.  Always be discipling someone in your journey of life.  (Disciple people in such a way they have the understanding and insight to disciple other disciples—thereby taking it past the first level of development). 

Every day is a Bonus Day!

Much Love,

Marc

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BONUS DAY #115

As an over view of our Signature Tour to the 30 sacred holy sites on our Holy Land Tour, I am using my “Bonus Days” blog to take you on a journey using the acrostic:  H.O.L.Y.L.A.N.D.P.I.L.G.R.I.M.A.G.E.

INTERACT WITH PEOPLE.  The only way to bring about any kind of peace is for people to interact with each other.  If people will talk, (and especially listen), a new understanding can emerge personally and eventually in/through people groups.  Interaction is intentional, not by accident, not incidentally, (BUT BY INTENTION).

Every day is a Bonus Day!

Much Love,

Marc

BONUS DAY #114

As an over view of our Signature Tour to the 30 sacred holy sites on our Holy Land Tour, I am using my “Bonus Days” blog to take you on a journey using the acrostic:  H.O.L.Y.L.A.N.D.P.I.L.G.R.I.M.A.G.E.

RELINQUISH THE “CONTROL.”  Traveling through airports, customs, border control, passport control.  The times we don’t have any control over are the times most important to teach us there are some things we aren’t supposed to control.  We are supposed to yield our control OVER/BACK to God. 

Every day is a Bonus Day!

Much Love,

Marc

BONUS DAY #113

As an over view of our Signature Tour to the 30 sacred holy sites on our Holy Land Tour, I am using my “Bonus Days” blog to take you on a journey using the acrostic:  H.O.L.Y.L.A.N.D.P.I.L.G.R.I.M.A.G.E.

GATHER AROUND YOU PEOPLE WHO HAVE THE SAME VALUES AS YOU.  The community of love and fellowship developed when people travel together, pray together, eat together, and share together.  This Tour Group became more than friends, but family.  It is important for us celebrate and enjoy each other.  Everyone who comes into our life has an important contribution to make in the world AND in our own world.  Everyone we meet makes a difference in how we are able to see and experience the world.  It is important to meet and appreciate everyone—not just some people!

Every day is a Bonus Day!

Much Love,

Marc

BONUS DAY #112

As an over view of our Signature Tour to the 30 sacred holy sites on our Holy Land Tour, I am using my “Bonus Days” blog to take you on a journey using the acrostic:  H.O.L.Y.L.A.N.D.P.I.L.G.R.I.M.A.G.E.

LEARN TO LOVE THE WORD OF GOD.  THE QUMRAN CAVES/COMMUNITY.  The Essenes were definitely a legalistic, (and even weird) group of people, but their effort in scribing on leather scrolls the Old Testament, has become one of the greatest evidences of Biblical evidences ever discovered.  The Bible is our sourcebook for all direction in life. 

Every day is a Bonus Day!

Much Love,

Marc

BONUS DAY #111

As an over view of our Signature Tour to the 30 sacred holy sites on our Holy Land Tour, I am using my “Bonus Days” blog to take you on a journey using the acrostic:  H.O.L.Y.L.A.N.D.P.I.L.G.R.I.M.A.G.E.

INVESTIGATE THE “WHY”.  DEAD SEA STORY OF ABRAHAM AND LOT.  When their herds grew, so did the tensions between the shepherds.  Abraham had the sense to realize the blessing of God shouldn’t become a curse so he talked with Lot about separating and going in different directions.  A great diversity in vision developed between the two men.  Lot looked for a place of popularity, comfort, options, and convenience.  Abraham looked for a place to build his altar to worship.  Are we looking for the convenient or for the altar?

Every day is a Bonus Day!

Much Love,

Marc

BONUS DAY #110

As an over view of our Signature Tour to the 30 sacred holy sites on our Holy Land Tour, I am using my “Bonus Days” blog to take you on a journey using the acrostic:  H.O.L.Y.L.A.N.D.P.I.L.G.R.I.M.A.G.E.

PONDER THINGS IN YOUR HEART.  BETHLEHEM.  We need to remember this special town in prayers just like we did as we drove the streets of Bethlehem.  There are very few Christians left in Bethlehem.  Let’s remember the Christians under persecution and pressure for their faith around the world. 

Every day is a Bonus Day!

Much Love,

Marc

BONUS DAY #109

As an over view of our Signature Tour to the 30 sacred holy sites on our Holy Land Tour, I am using my “Bonus Days” blog to take you on a journey using the acrostic:  H.O.L.Y.L.A.N.D.P.I.L.G.R.I.M.A.G.E.

DETERMINE TO FORGIVE YOURSELF.  YAD VESHEM.  The Holocaust Museum is a reminder of what happens when people look the other way or are too apathetic to realize what is happening to people around them.  How could it happen?  How could world leaders allow it to happen?  How could it be done while the world just watched?  The truth is, most things in life become about politics and/or money.  Abortion is seen as political NOT as moral.  A baby is murdered once every 20 seconds through abortion.  An important aspect of this atrocity is there are many who have had abortions who need help in dealing with their past.  We get so caught up in the atrocity we often forget people who need help in forgiving themselves of the sins of their past.  Another issue we turn away from, is the amount of sexual slavery occurring in our world today.  It is happening right here in America.  This are important matters of pray and important matters of helping support ministries and organizations helping people. 

Every day is a Bonus Day!

Much Love,

Marc

BONUS DAY #108

As an over view of our Signature Tour to the 30 sacred holy sites on our Holy Land Tour, I am using my “Bonus Days” blog to take you on a journey using the acrostic:  H.O.L.Y.L.A.N.D.P.I.L.G.R.I.M.A.G.E.

NEVER FORGET THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IN “WITH IN YOU.”  The Israel Museum.  The model of Jerusalem at the Israel Museum is during the time of Christ.  It is important to remember Jesus’ teaching is “the Kingdom of Heaven is in you.”  The Kingdom of Heaven IS NOT in a building, a temple, a church, or a synagogue.  The Kingdom is an internal thing—it is the Holy Spirit filled believer!

Every day is a Bonus Day!

Much Love,

Marc

BONUS DAYS #107

As an over view of our Signature Tour to the 30 sacred holy sites on our Holy Land Tour, I am using my “Bonus Days” blog to take you on a journey using the acrostic:  H.O.L.Y.L.A.N.D.P.I.L.G.R.I.M.A.G.E.

ALLOW GOD’S PROMINENCE TO FLOW THROUGH YOU.  1.  The City of David & Hezekiah’s Tunnel—The prominence of God’s plan for you.  Nothing is every wasted with God.  He can turn anything ugly into something beautiful.  God is present (and prominent) in taking the most impossible of any situation and turning it around.  2.  The Pit—The prominence of following God’s path.  Jesus faced the last hours of His life in true surrender to the Father.  It was the only path to OUR redemption.   3.  The Courtyard of Denial—The prominence of fear.  Peter fulfilled Jesus prediction in full knowledge after the rooster crowed.  Fear of a situation causes us to act and react in ways beyond our normal range of understanding.  Peter didn’t have proper perspective of his own level of fear.   4.  The Upper Room—the prominence of the Holy Spirit.  Acts Chapter 2 shows us the events surrounding the Day of Pentecost, especially how the Holy Spirit would use Peter—(the one who denied Jesus only two or three blocks down the hill) to win 3000 people to Christ in one day.  The Upper Room was also the place of the Last Supper AND James’ headquarters of the early Church.  5.  The Western Wall—the prominence of God’s presence.  The only place on earth where everyone who comes there calls on the Divine Deity for help.    6.  The Old City Jerusalem—the prominence of historical diversity.  St. Anne’s Church with it’s great acoustics, the Pools of Bethesda, the historical walk of the Via Delarosa, to the place of Jesus crucifixion.    

Every day is a Bonus Day!

Much Love,

Marc