Joshua in the Bible learned that leadership is courage and obedience to God.
In Capernaum, Israel, Jesus taught about Himself being the bread of life, which was very hard for the disciples to understand. John 6:47 … I say unto you, He that believeth hath eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life. John 6:58 This is the bread which came down out of heaven: not as the fathers ate, and died; he that eateth this bread shall live for ever. 59 These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum. John 6:33 For the bread of God is he who comes down out of heaven and gives life to the world. 34 They said therefore to him, Lord, ever give to us this bread.
These synagogue structures in the pictures were built in the 4th century over the synagogue Jesus taught from.
Capernaum and Nazareth in Israel, the places that Jesus went and did many things. The best Bible verse is Matthew 4:12 But having heard that John was delivered up, he departed into Galilee: 13 and having left Nazareth, he went and dwelt at Capernaum, which is on the sea- side in the borders of Zabulon and Nepthalim,
These synagogue structures in the pictures were built in the 4th century over the synagogue Jesus taught from. Notice in the picture below the darker rock below the lighter rock. The lower darker rock was the original Synagogue Jesus taught in, the upper lighter one was built in the 4th century.
The synagogue was a place that both Jesus and Paul taught in. Mark 1:21 And they go into Capernaum; and straightway on the sabbath day he entered into the synagogue and taught. 22 And they were astonished at his teaching: For he taught them as having authority, and not as the scribes. 23 And straightway there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out,
We traveled to the ruins of Capernaum in Israel 2 years ago and took these pictures.
Jesus in Capernaum said “I am the bread of life”. See more at the blog on Capernaum. This town in Israel is a fishing town.
Jerusalem, Israel, is very special place to God.
Jerusalem is mentioned almost 800 times in the Bible in both the Old and New Testaments. In the Old Testament Abraham offered Isaac on Mount Moriah, the site which today is known as the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
David reigned from Jerusalem and spoke often of it. In the New Testament Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was in Jerusalem many times and spoke of it. The major writers of the New Testament including Peter, Paul, and John spoke of Jerusalem.
Psalms 83:1, O God, do not keep silence; do not hold your peace or be still, O God!
Psalms 132:13-14, For the Lord has chosen Zion;he has desired it for his dwelling place: This is my resting place forever; here I will dwell, for I have desired it.
Psalms 122:6-7, Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! “May they be secure who love you! Peace be within your walls and security within your towers!”
Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.
Beth Shean, Israel is an ancient city in northern Israel situated near the Jordan River and the Jezreel Valley.
Beth Shean is about 17 miles south of the Sea of Galilee. The city seems to have been established thousands of years before the time of Christ. It is also know as Scythopolis.
It may have been visited by Jesus in Mark 7.31 “And again he went out from the borders of Tyre, and came through Sidon unto the sea of Galilee, through the midst of the borders of Decapolis.”
The city was allotted to the tribe of Manasseh. Joshua 17:11 “And Manasseh had in Issachar and in Asher Beth- shean and its towns,…”
But the city was not conquered. Judges 1: 27 “And Manasseh did not drive out the inhabitants of Beth- shean and its towns, nor of Taanach and its towns, nor the inhabitants of Dor and its towns, nor the inhabitants of Ibleam and its towns, nor the inhabitants of Megiddo and its towns; but the Canaanites would dwell in that land.”
King Solomon made Beth Shean a major city:
1 Kings 4:7 “And Solomon had twelve officers over all Israel, who provided victuals for the king and his household: each man had to make provision for a month in the year. ” 1 Kings 4:12 “Baana the son of Ahilud, in Taanach and Megiddo, and all Beth- shean which is beside Zarethan, beneath Jezreel, from Beth- shean to Abel- meholah, as far as beyond Jokmeam;”
What Happens When We Die – in simplicity, we actually meet God.
Look at the pictures above and below of Chorazin, Israel, a Bible city, in northern Galilea. The city is a few miles from Capernaum on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee. The city is also called Korazin. Jesus talked about Chorazin in both the gospels of Matthew and Luke. Today no one lives in this ancient city, the residents (as far as we know) have all died. What happened to each of them after death?
God, on His calendar has a date for our birth and a date for our death. It is usually non-negotiable, at least I know of few who been able to change those dates. Life and death is in the hands of God. Death is unknown to us, it just happens.
Here is one of Jeremiah’s Prayer in Jeremiah 23, I know, O Lord, that a man’s life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his steps.
John 5:24 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.
Read more in the article: What Happens When I Die.
Prayer is simple. Prayer is just talking to God. Nothing formal is necessary.
God exists and listens, we just need to talk to Him. Prayer does not need to be formal or in some special place. Prayer is just talking to God in reality. So we don’t need make-up something, just start saying what is on your heart as you talk to God. Prayer is just a dialog between us and God. Prayer can be alone for with others. Prayer can be when we love God and when we hate God. Sometimes we are hurting because of something that happened, so tell that to God. Prayer can be what we feel when we are very encouraged and when we are very depressed and low. Prayer can be when we think we are perfect (only God is perfect), and when we are a sinner (and we all are sinners) and when we feel we are a saint. Prayer can be when we are happy and when we are sad. Sometimes after we pray we feel high and sometimes low.
The Spirit makes it easy, because He knows how and what to pray. Without the Spirit, prayer is hard. With the Spirit prayer us easy. Romans 8:26 And in like manner the Spirit joins also its help to our weakness; for we do not know what we should pray for as is fitting, but the Spirit itself makes intercession with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Look at the prayers of David in the Psalms where David just talks to God. David tells God just what he thinks and how he feels. When David is low, he says “God, I am depressed”.
When David was feeling great, He praises God. Sometimes when he is low is also praises God. Psalms 8:2 Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou established praise because of thine adversaries, to still the enemy and the avenger.
Also consider some of the points in the article on “What is Prayer”