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Vantage Point: Israel: Bringing the Bible to Life

By Ken Horn
Feb. 17, 2013

The Assemblies of God has most of the departments one would expect any church organization to have. But it also has one that’s unique. It’s called the Center for Holy Lands Studies.

And it’s headed by an incredibly qualified and experienced expert on the Holy Lands and travel, Marc Turnage.

The Center’s mission is basically to make the lands of the Bible come alive for laity, ministers and educators. It does this by revolutionizing biblical education, uniquely resourcing Bible study, reinforcing biblical preaching and theology, and renewing spiritual experience for participants through an educational and interactive encounter with the biblical worlds in the lands of the Bible that is second to none.

The Center utilizes the physical settings of the Bible as a portal through which Christians can enter into the world and thought of the Scripture, and thus gain a clearer sense of its events and message.

In November, I traveled to Israel with Turnage and a group of 40 pastors and laypeople from various churches and states for the Discipleship Journey the Center offers — a more in-depth, discipleship-oriented offering than a simple tour.

“I have been to Israel before, and I’d classify that as more of a ‘tourist trip,’” said Gene Ver Steeg, of Inwood, Iowa, who came with his wife, Beverly. “But this was quite a bit more than just being a tourist and seeing the sights. This was a tremendous educational opportunity, plus definitely a discipleship experience. I’ve gotten my faith reinvigorated through this trip.”

Glen Mitchell of Plymouth, Ind., who celebrated his 76th birthday in the land of the Bible, said, “I’ve preached it for 45 years, but never really seen it. Being here has totally transformed my viewpoint. I’ve already begun to find the Bible more alive because I’ve walked and seen the places [spoken of in the Word].”

Going to Israel is something every believer needs to do at least once. Like the participants on this trip, you will never see the Bible the same way after you’ve been there. Its words will be far more meaningful.

Since you can’t go right now, read on in this issue for more about the land of God’s chosen people, Israel.

Ken Horn

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