Israel and Middle East

Is it Safe to Travel to the Holy Land? Real Comments and Experiences

May 10, 2012

I have two things here to inform, entertain and instruct. Many Americans think it is unsafe and dangerous to come to the Holy Land. However, 3.5 million people are walking the streets, praying at holy sites and following the footprints of Jesus and his Mother. In the first you will hear the testimony of pilgrims [...]

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How Do We Know the Holy Sites are Authentic (Protestant Skeptic)?

May 3, 2012

Today I received an e-mail from a man whose Protestant friend just returned from the Holy Land a bit disillusioned and skeptical. Here is the e-mail I received: Hi Steve, Here’s the question in brief (read more if you have time). How do we know that the sites such as the Church of the Holy [...]

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Radio Show Live from the Holy Land

April 27, 2012

Teresa Tomeo and Steve Ray were in Bethlehem together on Friday. They broadcast live from Shepherds Field, click HERE to listen.

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Wedding in Nazareth (almost Cana)

April 23, 2012

Our friend Nael Malouf got married on Sunday in Nazareth. We were happy to join the festivities. Traditions are still much like biblical, ancient times. This is a very traditional Palestinian Christian wedding (Catholic). Enjoy the short video HERE.

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Is it Safe to Visit Israel This Year?

April 18, 2012

Here is my response to a few people who have asked me about safety in Israel. FIrst, right now we are filling buses at an unprecedented rate. Second, 3.5 million people will visit Israel this year. Here is my letter: Steve Ray here. My wife and I have been to Israel over 100 times in [...]

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Jews as Proof of God’s Existence & Faithfulness

March 4, 2012

Winston Churchill wrote “Some people like the Jews, and some do not. But no thoughtful man can deny the fact that they are, beyond any question, the most formidable and the most remarkable race which has appeared in the world.“ He is absolutely right! I have often said they are remarkable people –gifted in a [...]

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Meeting with Patriarch of Jerusalem

February 6, 2012

Janet and I met with Auxiliary Bishop of Jerusalem Msgr. Shomali and Jerusalem Patriarch Faoud Twal to deliver our gift of new English Missal. They invited us to come back any time with our groups.

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Invitation from Patriarch of Jerusalem (and us)

December 23, 2011

In his Christmas greetings from Jerusalem, the Patriarch of Jerusalem (covering Israel, Palestinian areas, Jordan and Cyrus) said, “I would like to conclude with an invitation to all Christians to come on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.  Do not be afraid. Our warm welcome awaits you. Come as pilgrims. It is one of the [...]

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I Smell Like a Fish! Fishing with Andrew, Peter, James and John

November 30, 2011

Today is the Feast Day of the Apostle, St Andrew, brother of St. Peter. I wrote this in 2000 after a night of fishing with Jewish fishermen on the Sea of Galilee. Since today I am discussing St. Andrew with Drew Mariana of Relevant Radio, thought I would share this story with you again. To [...]

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A Poem entitled “Bethlehem”by Joe Marmion, one of our recent pilgrims

November 11, 2011

Bethlehem 2011 By Joe Marmion Pilgrim on October 28, 2011 Pilgrimage Pictures taken in Bethlehem’s Chapel of the Angels My favorite line in Joe’s poem, is the last line. Remember that day he took fresh straw and swept the clods and dung away to clear a place for his wife to lay? She was the [...]

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Israel Council of Religious Communities to meet with Pope Benedict

November 10, 2011

The Israel Council of Religious Communities is expected to meet with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican on November 10, 2011. The Pope had met the Council in Nazareth during his visit to Israel in May 2009, and invited its members to meet again in Rome. The Council accepted the invitation, and the encounter tomorrow [...]

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New Libyan Leader Declares Islamic State, Sharia Law to Be Enforced

October 24, 2011

Libya’s new leader declared his country’s liberation Sunday and set out plans for the future with an Islamist tone. In a televised address, transitional leader Mustafa Abdul-Jalil declared his nation will adopt Sharia law as the basis of government, and immediately announced the canceling of all bank loans in violation of such law. The announcement [...]

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Zenit Article: Arab Spring becomes Terrible Autumn

October 12, 2011

Does this surprise anyone? Christians in the Middle East saw it coming from the beginning. As soon as the strong dictators are removed, Christians are the first victims. It happened in Iraq, now in Cairo and it will happen in Libya and Syria too. When Christians are the minority in a Muslim country with no [...]

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History of Middle East in 90 Seconds

September 26, 2011

Fascinating moving map. Click the image below to see biblical and modern history of the volatile Middle East.

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