Pilgrimages

I have a soft spot in my heart for this man because he has had a PROFOUND impact on our family.

It was his message over the airwaves in 1953 When Billy Graham was doing a crusade in Detroit that first brought my mom to Christ. She tells me even today at 96 years old that she fell to her knees in tears that day and asked Jesus to save her.

Screen-Shot-2014-03-13-at-10.19.31-AMMy dad followed her conversion and is life was totally changed, My mom and dad then brought us boys to a living and vibrant knowledge of Jesus Christ.

[Link to My conversion story with Billy Graham woven in]

Then when I was 17 years old Billy Graham had a huge impact on me — so much so that after hearing him on the radio in about 1969 I slipped out the back door of our country home and with my long hair and bell bottom jeans walked down the dirt road with tears in my eyes.

Screen-Shot-2015-04-26-at-9.57.18-AMIt was a — if not THE, defining moment in my life. I have great respect and admiration for this good Baptist preacher and will some day in heaven look him straight in the eyes and thank him for reaching a rebellious 17 year old kid for Christ.

In the family picture, I am the top row left with the plaid jacket :-)

Below is a video of Billy Graham, now old and weak, giving a talk to the scientists in Silicon Valley. He may be fragile with age but his words are powerful, precise and ever so pertinent to our society today. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Screen-Shot-2014-03-13-at-10.19.15-AM Below is a video of Billy Graham, now old and weak, giving a talk to the scientists in Silicon Valley. He may be fragile with age but his words are powerful, precise and ever so pertinent to our society today. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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Camels, Dead Sea, Museum, Jericho and more

by Steve Ray on February 8, 2018

Our last full day in Israel. This is the fun day when we go to Jericho, the Jordan River, swim in the Dead Sea, ride camels and much more.

Our final Mass was very moving and the homily was exceptional. You can hear the homily HERE.

We also have a video here of all the people saying goodbye, with compliments and comments and farewells.

Farewells & Comments

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Via Dolorosa, Calvary, Mass at Tomb Weatern Wall…

by Steve Ray on February 7, 2018

Busy day! Enjoy!

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

February 7, 2018

Since today we are at the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, I thought I share an e-mail I received 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 […]

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Gethsemane, Mount of Olives, Mount Zion, Dinner and Dancing in Bethlehem

February 6, 2018

great day starting with Mass at Gethsemane (homily here) and visiting the top of the Mount of Olives where Jesus ascended back ito heaven. Lunch at a Jewish kibbutz before Steve’s talk The Story of Salvation History as we overlooked Jerusalem. Mount Zion, Death of Mary, Upper Room and Prison of Christ on Holy Thursday […]

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Bethlehem All Day and Solemn Entry to Jesus’ Tomb

February 5, 2018

Everyone was excited to spend the day in Bethlehem because it’s like a different world. There are 4000 years of history here all the way from Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob through King David, the birth of Jesus, all the way to our own time. Touching the birthplace of Christ is very emotional and a highlight […]

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Sailing Galilee, Mass at Capernaum, eating St. Peter’s Fish, Visitation…

February 4, 2018

Today was a big day because we leave Galilee and head to Jerusalem. But first we saw the ancient boat from the time of Christ, then we had Mass at Capernaum where Jesus said, “Eat My Flesh and Drink My Blood” where I gave my talk “Defending the Eucharist”. For Fr. Vasek’s great homily, click […]

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Transfiguration, Wedding Vows in Cana and lots in Nazareth

February 3, 2018

This is one of peoples’ favorite days although every day is special here. The taxi ride up the mountain to the Transfiguration Church is always exciting and gets a lot of “oohs and ahs.”  Another great homily in the beautiful Church of the Transfiguration – a church built to be filled with light – guess […]

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Beatitudes, Caesarea Philippi, Golan, Syrian Border, Multiplication, Primacy

February 2, 2018

With both groups together we had our first full day in Galilee. Of course, Mass at the Mount of Beatitudes is always special in the homily was especially good. You can hear it HERE. Everyone had a great time – fun, devout, inquisitive and punctual group. I gave my talk on “Peter: the Rock and […]

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Israel Group Arrives to Join our Jordan Group

February 1, 2018

The group that went to Jordan first has arrived in Israel. Now the group that is coming only for the Israel portion has arrived.
All is well and everyone is happy. Tomorrow we begin our first day with two both groups included.

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Jordan Day 5: Baptism Site, Jordan to Israel

February 1, 2018

Busy day today for everyone. For our group traveling through Jordan we went to the authentic baptismal site of Jesus on the Jordan side. We celebrated Mass right on the edge of the river. Fr. Craig’s excellent homily is HERE. I gave my talk “ Are You Born Again?“ And here are adventures and travels […]

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UNESCO Adds the Baptismal Site of Jesus to the World Heritage Sites

February 1, 2018

Since we are at this site TODAY with a bus full of pilgrims, I thought I would share this post again. This is an exciting development which helps establish the authentic baptismal site of Jesus. With the involvement of UNESCO the site will receive protection, funding and recognition. This is the place where the last three […]

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Petra Jordan – Wow!

January 31, 2018

We got up early this morning to a beautiful sun rise over the mountains of Petra. Prominent was the Tomb of Aaron the Prophet from over 3000 years ago. No one was disappointed with Petra. We spent a good bit of time wandering around thru the unprecedented gourge of colored sandstone and learning about it while […]

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Jordan Day 3: With Moses on Mount Nebo, Imprisoned with John the Baptist and more

January 30, 2018

I am posting four videos today because it was a rich and full day here in Jordan. The first video will cover our visit to Mount Nebo where Moses looked out over the Promised Land for the first time and that’s where he died and was buried. We had Mass here.  For the excellent homily […]

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Jordan 2: Birthplace of Elijah, Roman Jerash, Wrestling with God and more

January 29, 2018

Lots of biblical sites covered on our first full day here in Jordan. We started with Mass way up in the mountains of Gilead in northern Jordan. The church is called Our Lady of the Mountain Church and one of my good friends, a Jordanian priest named Fr. Imad Twal celebrated the Mass for us […]

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Arrival in Amman Jordan, the Biblical Pilgrimage Begins…

January 28, 2018

Our pilgrims have arrived. There are 34 in this group. Last year we had 24 so the momentum is increasing. This is a beautiful country, very free and Christians are able to celebrate their faith freely. Jordan is also full of biblical sites and beautiful churches. We will share them all with you through video […]

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