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Editorial: Yes, the Bible tells the stories of real people and places


Admit it: Sometimes, it’s easy to read the Bible or hear it preached and become complacent.

It’s helpful to be reminded that the Scriptures are the living, breathing word of God. Amen!?

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us,” John 1:14 tells us. “We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”


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In this issue, we’ve devoted several pages of coverage to the Holy Land. In researching this topic, we enjoyed talking to a number of Christians who travel to Bible sites.

Dan Cooper, minister for the Pitman Church of Christ in Sewell, N.J., and his wife, Katherine, are among those who make faith-affirming journeys to the Middle East. Since 1976, they’ve led eight tours to Israel and neighboring countries.

Dan and Katherine Cooper at Mars Hill.

Dan and Katherine Cooper at Mars Hill.

“It is not possible for me to ever sail on the Sea of Galilee too many times,” Katherine Cooper said. “It’s just not possible to meditate in the Garden of Gethsemane too many times. Each trip to Israel is profoundly spiritual for us. That’s one reason Dan and I continue to visit.”

Said Dan Cooper: “My groups are usually composed of both believers and nonbelievers, those who are very devout in their Christian faith and those who travel with us merely to learn and experience history.” 

As a result of what they see, some of those nonbelievers turn to Jesus and ask to be baptized in the Jordan River.

Praise God!

Filed under: Christians in the Holy Land Editorial Holy Land Israel Jordan River living breathing word of God Opinion Sea of Galilee Top Stories

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