Sunday, December 16, 2007

Petra, Petra, read all about it.

Today, we traveled across the boarder into Jordan. We went to see Petra, which is believed to be a refuge for the Jews during the second half of the tribulation. What I don't understand is how they are going to hide there if we all already know where it is. It has been built up as a tourist attraction and they have carts and horses and camels and donkeys that you can ride down or up the ravine. I rode a donkey. Ben rode a horse. The horses could only go down about half a mile, then you would have to walk another half mile through the ravine until you came to the facade used in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. From there, you can ride a donkey or a camel to the bottom, which was about another mile and a half. We had a teaching in the restaurant and sang some worship songs. The workers took pictures of us as we sang... I didn't sing because I was still eating.

The process of getting into Jordan was easier than getting back into Israel. I had to go through a metal detector and have my backpack x-rayed. The security people asked me lots of questions, but they finally let me back in.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Morning in Eilat, Israel

This morning, I saw the sun rise over the Jordan Mountains. The rooms have a Thai theme and mine has an outdoor jacuzzi... my room, not the hotel. We are going to the Petra Valley this morning in Jordan. We're really exited.
Yesterday, we went up to Ein Geti and Pastor Matt Dragoun did a teaching on David's life. We were at the base of a tall, but skinny waterfall in an oasis in the desert. It's amazing, because there is also a spring here. Everywhere, we go in Israel from the fertle valleys in the north to the desert springs in the south, I am reminded of God's provision. I've just seen water coming out from the rock.
We got into the hotel late because we were waiting for the Holyde family to catch up to us. I suppose I have time now to talk about it. The day before, when we were traveling from Tiberias and the Sea of Galilee down to the Dead Sea, we stopped for lunch, Chante hopped off the bus first, and was hit by golf cart. I was off the bus before I knew what happened and I saw her on the ground. They were pushing the cart off her and the emts on our trip were getting to work. I went to talk to Hannah, who saw the whole thing, and everybody started praying. Without going into the scary details, the end of that chapter is that Chante is fine and suffered no broken bones. She had a mild concussion and stayed overnight in the hospital for observation. We only missed seeing the caves where the dead sea scrolls were found and we've all seen holes in rock before. The scrolls aren't there anymore. I gotta go now. I'll try again later.

Hello dear internet,

It's been a while. I never got a chance to get back on the computers in Tiberius. So, here I am, in the resort town of Eilat, staying in a Thai village hotel... I don't know what's it's called, but it starts with an "o". I'm tired. I've been really tired all trip. I don't know if it's because I'm not used to the time change. (I'm waking up early evryday, about 6, but that's because they make us.) We've been to for seas so far, the Medittereanian Sea (We are going to pretend that I can spell.) the Sea of Galilee, the Dead Sea, and the Red Sea. We've stayed in four different hotels, visited countless historical sites and sat through many teachings. We've done a lot of touristy things, but I did get a chance to share Jesus with someone named Sarr in Tel Aviv. He didn't accept Jesus, but I'm praying for him and he now knows the gospel.

I've been learning a lot. I've seen a lot, and it's hard to regurgitate it here and now. We've had a spot of drama including a trip the the hospital, but we're okay. I would like to get into more detail, but I'm tired and there is a long line of people who want to use the computer behind me. I'll try and get on again tomorrow.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

I made it and I found internet

I am waiting to get onto the boat on the sea of Galilee. I don't have a lot of time, but I just wanted to let you know I'm here. I'll say more later.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Israel 2007

I'm leaving for Israel in a matter of hours. I'm really excited. I'll post here when I have internet access. Leave messages for me by commenting on this blog. I made a special page for this trip too. Check out JonathanDow.com

Saturday, December 01, 2007

A Call For Prayer

My father has the unique opportunity to turn his life around. He was hospitalized to rid his dependency on alcohol. This is the chance that he needs to start living life again. Please
pray that he takes it.

I drove 200 miles to see him and was disappointed. He wasn't alert enough for me to talk to him like I wanted. I told him that I hate alcohol because of what it did to him, and I told him that I didn't want him to die yet because I don't know if he's going to heaven. He said he doesn't know either. He also said he'll take his chances. I told him, you can only get in through Jesus. I could tell that he didn't want to listen to me. His eyes never looked at me when I talked and half his answers were the unintelligible grumbling that he does when someone is trying to correct him. I am very discouraged in my visit. I hope it did him some good just knowing I made the trip.

I need prayer too. I need to remember that I'm not being rejected, but Christ is... although that doesn't make me feel better about my dad's situation. I would rather he reject me and accept Christ. I called the local Pastor and asked for prayer. He is praying and ready and willing to visit him when my dad wants to talk... if he wants to talk.

On a brighter note, God taught me something in the car ride home that I've been wondering for a while. What is the Kingdom of God? Jesus tells a bunch of parables of what it is like, but I haven't (until now) understood what it is. It is not heaven. I know this because a lot of the parables include weeds and birds and tares and other bad things. Also, it's not eternal because all of the farming parables only last until harvest. The Kingdom of God is the body of the Church. Just as a King is head over his loyal subjects, so is Jesus over us. There are people within the church who have been planted by the evil one, or have nested in the branches, but the true believers are attached to the vine and the evil weeds and tares will be thrown into the fire at harvest time. The Kingdom of Heaven is now, and the theocratic government
of the entire Church body... basically everyone who calls himself a Christian. I just thought that was cool.