A Year Ago Today – Galilee

March 30, 2011

Mt. of Beattitudes

Jill sitting on the traditional site of the Sermon on the Mount

Close to the height of His popularity, Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount, which included the Beatitudes.  It is perhaps the most read of Jesus’ teachings and introducing something more than what the Law of Moses had become.  It moved the focus from things we do – our behavior, to the feelings and motives we have.  If we have correct motives, if we develop the attributes of Christ, our Christian acts will follow – a by-product of who we have become. Read more of this post


A year ago today. A photo essay about the Holy Lands.

A year ago this and next week, Jill and I, along with her parents, experienced the trip of a life time. A number of my posts have recounted the experiences we had in the Holy Lands. In fact, one was even published in the Church News and expressed the sentiment that you don’t have to go to the Holy Lands to experience deep spiritual feelings. One can walk where Jesus walked right here in holy temples. One can come to know Jesus is the son of God right where one stands.

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Deseret News Print – May 9, 2011

Dream: Fulfilled

Walking where Jesus walked.

What a trip. We’re back in 30 degree less, rainy weather and feeling the effects of our travels. (I thought this jet-lag thing was a myth!) Our dream to go to the “holy land/s” has been fulfilled and it was everything we hoped. As we have returned home, the question we keep hearing is, “what did you like most?” It is a tough question indeed. It is very similar to the question, “which of your children do you like best?” (Or least depending on whether you have teen-agers or not.)

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Capernaum Experiences

Jill & I at the synagogue in Capernaum

One of the most important towns in the ministry of Jesus Christ was the town of Capernaum. Jesus begins to talk in parables at Capernaum. The Centurion’s servant[1], the man with palsy who was lowered through the roof[2], the woman with the “issue of blood”[3], and the man with a withered hand[4] were all healed in this small fishing village.  Jairus’ daughter was raised from the dead[5] and Jesus invites Peter, Andrew, James and John to be “fishers of men”[6] in what becomes “Church Headquarters.”

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