Category Archives: Jerusalem

Jerusalem’s Mountains Offer a Reminder

While in Jerusalem, I like to ponder the psalms that the pilgrims of old would recite from memory as they came “up” to Jerusalem for the annual feasts.

These Psalms of Ascents (Psalms 120-134) stirred up critical reminders of basic themes in a believer’s life. Reminders of faith, forgiveness, family, children, peace, hope, brotherhood, sacrifice, and right attitudes toward God and people. Indeed we need to hear these themes often.

Built into the first-century Jewish culture was the necessity of reminders and repetition—the need of rehearsing truth when the Roman world around them countered God’s Word at every step.

—Wayne Stiles
Bible Teacher for Sapphire Bus 6
(Read more of my Bible lands devotionals here)

Old Jerusalem

We were privileged to be able to have our devotional time inside the Sanctuary of the Dominus Flevit, where Jesus wept over the city of Jerusalem.

Sanctuary of the Dominus Flevit
Sanctuary of the Dominus Flevit
The Jewish Cemetery on the Mt. of Olives
The Jewish Cemetery on the Mt. of Olives
St. Annes Church
St. Anne’s Church

We sang “How Great Thou Art” with amazing acoustics inside St. Anne’s Church. So moving!!

Gretchen Stevens

David’s Fateful Point of View

Flanked on two sides by steep valleys, the ancient City of David enjoyed a tremendous military advantage—making it relatively easy to defend.

City of David
City of David in the foreground on the right

At the summit, a stepped-stone structure represents one of the largest Iron Age constructions ever excavated, dating from the 12th Century BC.

Many archaeologists believe it likely supported the palace of King David, the ruins of which are partially visible after descending some stairs.

From the vantage on the platform, it’s plain to see how David could easily have looked down over the homes built on the slope below him and seen Bathsheba bathing that fateful evening.

—Wayne Stiles
Bible Teacher for Sapphire Bus 6
(Read more of my Bible lands devotionals here)

Bet She’an and Jerusalem

Today we started with worship in Bet She’an and ended with a drive over the hill to feast our eyes on the Holy City, Jerusalem. Breathtaking!

Worship in Bet She’an
Overlooking Jerusalem

Oh yeah, and I got to see a stinky camel up close and personal. Pastor Chuck says they look like a horse put together by a committee.


Cathy Carl
Bus 12