July 2017  
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Bible Search
"To infinity and beyond."

Dear Church family at Berlin Center and LeValley UMC and beyond,

Buzz Light Year in Toy Story says, “To infinity and beyond.”  I feel like that right now after a long flight 14 hours there and back, plus years of walking condensed into 10 days. Thanks to all of you that have been praying for our parish trip to Jordan and Israel even before we left.  I plan to write thoughts about the trip in the months ahead and hope you will view my letters as educational and spiritual and not just a travel report. Please know that at no time did I feel unsafe in Jordan or Israel.  God was in control.

Thank you for your prayers and know that they were answered on so many levels.  I want to thank also those that went on the trip with me.  I feel extremely grateful to God, to the church, to those that went, to Educational Opportunities, to our tour guides, our bus drivers, airline pilots, soldiers keeping things safe in Jordan and Israel.  I feel greatly privileged to have been able to share this trip with our oldest son, Jason and to walk in the footsteps of Jesus.  I want to thank my wife, Jennifer who went with me to Israel around 21 years ago, who decided she wanted Jason to be able to go in her spot.  

This was much more than going to historical places from the people or ancient cities this was a spiritual journey connected with reading the Scripture at certain biblical sites and taking time to worship.  The singing was incredible with our group of Christians on our larger bus in Israel.  Words do not do the experience justice.  At so many places God was present and active.  As one of our guides in Jordan, a wonderful Christian named Sam would say often, "God is everywhere !" Sam is so right.  Pray that Jordan will continue to develop its Biblical sites because they have many that are being discovered and more to uncover. 

Many of the Old Testament events took place in Jordan as well as some New Testament places. A baptismal site related to John the Baptist is being developed in Jordan at this time. The oldest first century church has been found in Jordan.  Mt. Nebo is just one site in Jordan that relates to the Old Testament.  Moses was buried by God some place on Mt Nebo.  Arron was buried on a mountain top near Petra.  Keep Jordan also in your prayers a country of 6 million people both Christians and Muslims that live together in peace as they have allowed 4 million refugees from a neighbor country Syria to come across their borders for safety and to live.

Dt 34 The Death of Moses

Then Moses went up to Mount Nebo from the plains of Moab and climbed Pisgah Peak, which is across from Jericho. And the Lord showed him the whole land, from Gilead as far as Dan; all the land of Naphtali; the land of Ephraim and Manasseh; all the land of Judah, extending to the Mediterranean Sea; the Negev; the Jordan Valley with Jericho—the city of palms—as far as Zoar. Then the Lord said to Moses, "This is the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob when I said, 'I will give it to your descendants.' I have now allowed you to see it with your own eyes, but you will not enter the land." So Moses, the servant of the Lord, died there in the land of Moab, just as the Lord had said. The Lord buried him in a valley near Beth-peor in Moab, but to this day no one knows the exact place. Moses was 120 years old when he died, yet his eyesight was clear, and he was as strong as ever. The people of Israel mourned for Moses on the plains of Moab for thirty days, until the customary period of mourning was over.       

Now Joshua son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands on him. So the people of Israel obeyed him, doing just as the Lord had commanded Moses. There has never been another prophet in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face. The Lord sent him to perform all the miraculous signs and wonders in the land of Egypt against Pharaoh, and all his servants, and his entire land. With mighty power, Moses performed terrifying acts in the sight of all Israel.

Holy Bible, New Living Translation ®, copyright © 1996, 2004 by Tyndale Charitable Trust. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers. All rights reserved.

We are coming up on Thanksgiving this month and Advent and Christmas next month.  Please know how thankful Jen  and I are to be serving God in our parish at this time in our life.  May God bless you greatly with His wonderful Love!  John 3:16 

Happy Thanksgiving!

In Christ,

Jen and Pastor Ray