Sitting on the Temple Steps, Jerusalem

Sitting on the Temple Steps, Jerusalem

It never ceases to amaze me how God brings so many wonderful people together for my Israel and Greece & Turkey tours.  Without fail, it is God who gathers people from all over the world (literally) for the purpose of encountering the “lands of the Bible.”  From families with kids, to folks in their eighties, each tour member and group has been a pure delight and joy to lead. Imagine Tours & Travel, our tour agency who specializes in Christian travel, always does an exceptional job in coordinating every travel detail as well, serving to optimize our group experiences.

Tour group at the Treasury Building in Petra

Tour group at the Treasury Building in Petra

Many people ask me, “What kind of groups do you take on your tours?”  It’s an easy question to answer given the people of faith God leads to join any given tour. What’s wonderful is that people from all Christian backgrounds (Baptists, Presbyterians, Lutherans, Catholics, Methodists, Church of God, Assembly of God, and many from non-denominational evangelical churches … you get the picture) all bring a uniting spirit with them. In fact, “unity” is what we enjoy in and through our relationship with Christ.

Standing on the Mt. of Olives, Jerusalem

Standing on the Mt. of Olives, Jerusalem

Speaking of the importance of unity with his church, for instance, Pastor Kevin DeYoung says, “Unity will only be vibrant and lasting when it is a by-product of the pursuit of truth. It cannot be achieved by a concoction of institutional formulas and prolonged guilt-tripping.” (from an article called Finding Denominational Unity, June, 2012). To aim for Christian unity grounded in the truth of Christ and the Word of God would serve as a vital and powerful testimony to a fallen world.  This is why the unity shared and celebrated within each and every tour group is a glimpse into what heaven will be like.  It’s special!

Given our culture of division, what the Church needs to do is to find unity in Christ, and the Christmas Season is the perfect time to celebrate our unity.

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