Saturday, November 11, 2017

Northern Galilee had all of our attention today. Starting out with the Mass at the Mount of Beatitudes. Always hard to get people out of there it’s such a beautiful place :-)  Fr. Nathan‘s homily was exceptional and passionate and you can see/hear it here.

Up to Caesarea Philippi were Jesus said “You Are Rock!“  I gave my 1/2 hour talk entitled “Peter: the Rock, the Keys and the Chair.”  We ate a marvelous lunch at a little family restaurant up in the Golan Heights before stopping at the Syrian border to talk about the situation in the Middle East and to pray for the persecuted Christians.

After visiting the church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fish we visited the church of the Primacy of Peter E. Sabella or I Give My 1/2 Hour Talk on St. John Chapter 21.

After visiting the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fish we visited the Church of the Primacy of Peter where I gave my 1/2 hour talk on St. John chapter 21.

Two hours of free time at the hotel on the shore of Galilee before heading for a short drive to arguably the finest restaurant in Israel where people from Tel Aviv fly in on helicopters to have dinner. It’s owned by a Christian and we love to support him and give our pilgrims the finest dining experience you can have a nice country.


St. Paul Walks Passed the Brothal

by Steve Ray on November 11, 2017

Every time I visit Ephesus I show my tour group my favorite  things in this ancient city. We filmed here for our Paul and Mary DVDs and have brought groups here on numerous occasions.

One of my favorite things to show people in Ephesus is the Billboard for the Brothel that is carved into a large stone on the main road. Every man getting off the ships in the harbor, would see this advertisement. Of course it is well worn with age after 2000 years, but it is still clear enough to “read.”

Men looked for these kind of ads when they arrived in a new city. Where are the prostitutes? Sure enough this billboard carved in the stone gave them directions. If you want the love (heart shape) of a pretty girl (image of pretty girl) turn left (left foot) at the next crossroad (T-shape). Sure enough, archaeologists found a two-story brothal up the road to the left. It was even connected by an underground tunnel to the library.

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Men have always been tempted by sinful lusts and passions. St. Paul and his fellowworkers had to resist the same ubiquitous temptations confronting men today. But I suspect things are a bit more subtle and insidious today. Men don’t have to step out of the door or risk the embarrassment of being seen going into a brothal in the heart of the city. Today they can watch porn in the privacy of their own home. This insidious and addicting sin can destroy a man, a marriage, a family and bring the soul down to hell.

Paul challenged the men in Corinth to avoid the prostitutes and sexual sin (1 Corinthians 6:15-16). He said to flee immorality. We have joined ourselves to Christ; how can we then join ourselves to a prostitute. Strabo wrote that at night 1,000 prostitutes descended from the Temple of Aphrodite to entice the men in the city. It was wicked then; it is wicked today. Like Paul we have to pass by the brothal, the magazine rack, the internet porn. When men win this moral victory the angels in heaven rejoice. St. Paul, pray for us!