Where We Begin - Top 6 Lessons Overview

Anne on April 10

 

For me it’s Influence… I struggle with knowing that I’m an influencer for God. I’ve had a Christian Childcare Center for over 40 years but …I don’t always see my worth in His eyes.

 

On the positive side is Returning…the Lord has blessed me by letting me return to Israel, Ireland and Russia many times -all praise to Him💥

Anne

 

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Wayne Stiles on April 11

 

I like that you chose two lessons to highlight, Anne. Influence and Returning are two of mine as well. What an amazing blessing you've had to travel to Ireland, Russia, and the Holy Land. God bless you-- and welcome to Walking the Bible Lands!

 

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rjames576 on April 5

 

Trust is the lesson I am learning now.

 

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Wayne Stiles on April 6

 

That is a lifetime lesson, isn't it? God bless you.

 

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Susan Hollingsworth on April 5

 

Influence is the lesson that strikes me

 

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Wayne Stiles on April 5

 

That's a great lesson, Susan. Influence is so huge in our passion for serving God.

 

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Kathryn Wright on Apr 3

 

Hope is the lesson I am most interested in

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 4

 

Hope is near the top for me too, Kathryn. Where would we be without it? Welcome to Walking the Bible Lands, and I pray the Lord powerfully blesses you through the videos.

 

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Jamie on Apr 3

 

Trust , stepping away from my church of 40 years and trusting Jesus will lead me to a church that follows the Bible.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 4

 

I applaud you, Jamie, for seeking to follow the Word of God and not the words of people. If you're looking for a good church in your area, you might find this tool handy. It helps you find churches in your area with staff from a seminary (mine, in fact) that teaches pastors to preach the true Word of God.

 

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Joyce on Mar 26

 

Contentment: I do not always feel contentment about where I live. I think I should be doing more to spread His word . I am trying to be more useful within my own family and community.

 

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Marcia Kirby on Feb 16

 

All lessons spoke to me. I'll just comment on the "authenticity" of RETURNING. God took me back to a geographic place of disobedience 34 years ago where I had so failed Him 13 years earlier. I will never forget the 'cleanness' and 'joy of obedience' I felt at the time of return. It was the first time I felt totally forgiven and then through a fresh step of obedience, it became a private life-long anchor in my soul. God has used returning ever since then as a pattern of teaching deeper truths, new steps of obedience/trust, and expectation of His leading to fresh challenges.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 17

 

Thanks for sharing that, Marcia. How gracious is our God to redeem even places in our memory. I pray that our time together in these videos will continue to be a great encouragement for you. Welcome! God bless you.

 

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Sandy Sirovey on Feb 1

 

Trust. In trusting God, it gives us all the other attributes, security, hope, etc. In order to be saved, we are asked to believe, or trust, in Jesus Christ and we are His. Through that trust we need only to call on Him whatever the circumstance or need and “trust” that He hears and answers.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 2

 

I love the way you put that, Sandy. I pray that the Lord deepens your trust in Him as we walk together through the Bible lands in these videos. God bless you — and welcome!

 

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Diane Heck on Jan 28

 

Trust. I need to trust that Jesus is in control no matter what is happening.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 30

 

Me to, Diane. Trust covers so much, doesn't it? God bless you-- and welcome.

 

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Newton on Jan 16

 

The Trust lesson was the one that spoke to me the most. We are in a place of trusting the Lord for our finances. We are in our 70's and the Lord has always taken care of us and since we retired, this year is the first year that it has been tight and He is leading us to trust Him more. Thanks for the good lessons.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 17

 

I'm right there with you on the need to Trust the Lord for finances, Newton. May the Lord powerfully encourage and provide in surprising ways for you. God bless you.

 

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Dee on Dec 30, 2022

 

All of them!

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 1

 

Right, Dee? I agree. :-)

 

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Ty on Dec 28, 2022

 

Hope, as Hope in the Christian meaning means certainty in the Person of Jesus Christ.

 

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Pamela Drake on Jun 22, 2022

 

All of the lessons are important for me the returning is what touches me most

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jun 22, 2022

 

Indeed, Pamela, they are all essential, aren't they? I can relate to the "returning" as a touching emphasis. God bless you.

 

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Pamela Drake on Jul 16, 2022

 

Wayne I wanted to let you know I've been. Away because I have COVID omnicron I am on the mend now

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jul 17, 2022

 

So glad you're doing better, Pamela! God bless you.

 

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David on May 15, 2022

 

Seems to me trusting God and seeking His face are one and the same. We must trust Him for all we need never be let down as He keeps convent forever. May I obey His commands.

 

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Wayne Stiles on May 16, 2022

 

What a great insight, David. I join you in that prayer of obedience, and in linking trust and seeking God. God bless you – and welcome!

 

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Bobbye Casner on May 10, 2022

 

Trust is the lesson that is of great importance and most concerning to me. I feel that this should be the first lesson to focus on and hope to feel closer to God by at least trying to get this lesson understood..

 

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Wayne Stiles on May 10, 2022

 

I'm with you there on the need to trust Him, Bobbye. Indeed, I think you'll find many, many videos that highlight our need to trust the Lord each day. May God bless you as you watch the videos and explore the Bible lands. Welcome!

 

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Stephen on Apr 24, 2022

 

For me it seems that Trust is the key to accessing and obtaining all the rest.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 25, 2022

 

So glad to see you on Walking the Bible Lands, Stephen! I pray that the full spectrum of all the videos would be a great encouragement to you.

 

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Stephen on Apr 24, 2022

 

The land and its geography is indeed the stage upon which God's story of redemption takes place. Past, present and future. The land is the silent but ever present "actor" in every scene of the "play."

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 25, 2022

 

Absolutely true, Stephen. Geography is the stage upon which the divine drama took place. And the future drama! :-)

 

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Sharon Paxton on Apr 23, 2022

 

All six of the qualities work together in God’s mighty plan. The Bible gives us the past, present, and future of Israel. We are blessed by the history and the prophecies. We pray for peace in Israel as Christ instructed us. Both the Jews and the Gentiles are blessed by our LORD and Savior. I look for the rapture and the Second Coming of Christ.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 25, 2022

 

That is a great perspective, Sharon. Indeed, all of the qualities worked together in God's plan. Well said.

 

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Sharon Paxton on Apr 25, 2022

 

God bless you, your wife, family and team. I thoroughly appreciate your amazing videos. They are powerful. I talked to a USBank employee from Idaho checking on my balance from the videos I ordered from you. It was a blessing. It was a God incidence. I told her about the videos, and she is going to buy them. We talked for 20 minutes about our Savior. Thank you for giving me a witnessing tool. I am learning so much. Blessings!

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 26, 2022

 

Wow, Sharon, I am thrilled to hear about your conversation with the bank employee. Isn't God amazing? I pray that the Lord continues to encourage you through every single video. God bless you.

 

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Sarah Valentine on Apr 23, 2022

 

Trusting in God that He wil provide the security and contentment that I need.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 25, 2022

 

I am right there with you, Sarah, in trusting God each day for these essential elements of his grace. God bless you as you walk with him in security and contentment.

 

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Frances Tencza on Apr 16, 2022

 

Trusting God, for He is all knowing and so forgiving of our mistakes!

I have made so many mistakes and poor decisions specially at the times of my life I didn’t know the Lord. Even now, when I fall off the path of righteousness and forget to pray, I am leaning on my own understandings and not placing my trust in Him!Forgive me Lord!

Frances Tencza

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 17, 2022

 

I am right there with you, Frances, in the daily struggle to walk with God. I pray that he continues to encourage you in your walk with him.

 

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Karen Ernst on Apr 15, 2022

 

Trusting God is most important for me. Even when I don't understand, I need to constantly trust & obey his goodness and faithfulness.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 17, 2022

 

I am right there with you, Karen, with the need to daily trust our God. God bless you.

 

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Carol Brewer on Apr 13, 2022

 

Trust - Looking forward to God returning for us some day hopefully soon to live a much nicer life than this world has become. That is my HOPE!

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 14, 2022

 

I am right there with you with the need to trust, Carol. May the Lord strengthen you and encourage you with each video to deepen your hope.

 

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Patty on Apr 13, 2022

 

HOPE - in the present turmoil of the world today - the trust challenge is that my hope is to be in my Lord God alone.

 

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Desiree Guerrero on Apr 12, 2022

 

To me it means security. One foundation

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 13, 2022

 

Yes, Desiree, our God is our sole foundation and our complete means of security. God bless you.

 

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Yvonne Chang on Apr 12, 2022

 

Trust. Trust is having faith in God who is omniscient. He knows the beginning to the end and He is able and faithful.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 13, 2022

 

I am right there with you in the need to trust God. Thank you, Yvonne, for continuing to walk with the Lord and for trusting him.

 

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Anne on Apr 10, 2022

 

CONTENTMENT -- I am learning to not push back against any adversity which God may bring me but, rather, to find its lessons and grow in spiritual maturity. Each time I do this, my faith (TRUST) grows.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 11, 2022

 

I am right there with you, Anne, seeking contentment with God's gift of life. So easy to struggle with discontent! God bless you.

 

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Bill & Lenora Raines on Apr 9, 2022

 

In my returning to the Lord, it would be Trust. Lenora

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 11, 2022

 

Yes, Lenora, trust is an essential part of our walk with God each day, isn't it? It is essentially a synonym for faith. God bless you as you trust Him today.

 

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Kelly Santilli on Mar 28, 2022

 

Hope & Trust

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 28, 2022

 

Yes, Kelly, I am right there with you on hope and trust. They seem to stem from the same need and desire in our walk with Christ.

 

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Pamela on Mar 26, 2022

 

My husband and I both feel contentment resonates with us most. It fits well with all of these lessons!

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 28, 2022

 

What a blessing, Pamela, that the Lord is encouraging you both with contentment. God bless you.

 

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Sharon on Mar 23, 2022

 

Trust…I must always trust the Lord and His plans for me. He planned my past, my present and my future. Therefore, I will receive His blessings as I follow His plan for me.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 24, 2022

 

That is a wonderful perspective, Sharon. I pray the Lord continues to give you faith to trust Him, and I pray that these videos will deep in your walk with Christ.

 

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Beverly on Mar 2, 2022

 

Hope and Trust

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 3, 2022

 

I am right there with you, Beverly, on hope and trust. May the Lord bless you as you explore these wonderful places through the videos.

 

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Beverly on Mar 3, 2022

 

I have been to the Holy Land and love you videos. I will relive the places we visited.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 4, 2022

 

What a blessing for you, Beverly, to have been able to go to the Holy Land and to experience those wonderful sites! I pray that these videos will be a wonderful reminder to you of your significant journey. I can't wait for you to experience it all over again. Welcome!

 

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Louis on Feb 24, 2022

 

Off subject question on the Pictorial Library. Do you know the resolution of the photos (.jpg files) in the Israel Collection?

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 25, 2022

 

Louis, the resolution of the photos in the Israel Collection varies — but they are all high quality and high resolution.

 

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Diana Davidson on Feb 12, 2022

 

Hope and trust

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 13, 2022

 

Yes, Diana, hope and trust are high on my list as well. May the Lord continue to give you grace as you hope and trust in him.

 

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Shelley on Feb 1, 2022

 

contentment

 

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Friend on Jan 31, 2022

 

Loved it. HOPE resonates the most followed by Influence and Trust.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 1, 2022

 

I'm right there with you on HOPE as a huge motivator in my life. Thanks and God bless you.

 

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Jody on Jan 31, 2022

 

Returning, I have actually enjoyed a trip to the Holy Land. The trip brought to life for me the places in the Bible where Jesus grew up, where he taught, and brought the true meaning of salvation into my life. The Masada was awesome. Thank you for providing this return in depth for a closer walk with Jesus. I’m now awaiting His glorious return ith anticipation!!

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 1, 2022

 

What a blessing for you, Jody, that you got to go to Israel. I pray that the videos are a blessing to you as you remember and as you see brand new places as well. God bless you.

 

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Janet on Jan 27, 2022

 

Contentment means the most to me. I am elderly, single, and living in semi-seclusion, due to Dr's orders re. COVID and a vulnerable state of health. The Holy Spirit keeps prompting me (through the study of the Word with a dear friend via FB Portal) to continue obedience to and hope and trust in our Lord. This has led to a state of contentment that I have never experienced, All glory to God for this!

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 27, 2022

 

I'm thrilled, Janet, to read of your commitment to the Lord during these unusual days-- and during this very special season in your life where God has afforded you such FOCUS on Him. May the Lord continue to grant you the grace of contentment.

 

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Victoria on Jan 17, 2022

 

what a wonderful journey this has stared out to be. i am seminary student but i have mobility limits. thank you for making this journey possible.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 17, 2022

 

I am thrilled for you, Victoria, that you are studying the Scriptures in seminary. I applaud you! I pray that the Lord will bless your studies not only for a course to pass but for a livelong ministry. I also pray that these videos would add a marvelous context to your study of the Word of God.

 

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Lesieli on Jan 16, 2022

 

Thanks be to God. He actually leads me to come across your program so I can learn how Holy Land looks and more importantly to witness the places that I have been reading in the bible. Very grateful to see the videos as if I am on tour already. It really touched my heart to see the path Christ went through because of His unconditional love. God bless.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 17, 2022

 

What a blessing, Lesieli, that the Lord has led you for our paths to cross! I pray that the videos will continue to encourage you as you see the many sites that Jesus walked and the places where He taught. God bless you — and welcome!

 

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Norma on Jan 12, 2022

 

Influence- God chose these lands and its people to become a witness to the world of the plan that He layouts and has for all of us.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 13, 2022

 

Amen, Norma! I pray that as you study the lands and the Scriptures that the Lord would powerfully encourage you.

 

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Chito on Jan 10, 2022

 

It is exciting to see close up views of the land. Israel has especially embodied a place of promise and hope; I have not been there, but thank God for bringing the Messiah to this land,and reading about how the promised hope will play out in the future.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 11, 2022

 

Yes, Chito, indeed Israel is an amazing land-- not just for being the place of the Bible's past, but also for being the place of the Bible's future. I pray the Lord encourages you greatly as you watch the videos and explore these wonderful, biblical places.

 

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Stacy on Jan 8, 2022

 

Thank you! I love this study already! We are so excited and Blessed to have found you and your teachings .Thank you!! We, my husband and I need to trust God's way our not our ways! 💝

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 8, 2022

 

I am excited to have you both on this virtual tour with me! I pray that the Lord would encourage you with each and every video. God bless you.

 

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Elvarene on Nov 28, 2021

 

thank you for this study, I'm very excited to receive the teaching and training with all of the knowledge, I will get, to further my growth in Him and His Word! 6 lessons contentment, hope, returning, influence, security, and trust. and we need all of them. I went on a 10 day tour of the Holy land, i was baptize in the Jordan River, that was a special feeling that i never had. thank you again for all of your hard work. Blessing to you.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Nov 29, 2021

 

What a blessing, Elvarene, that you got to go to the Holy Land! I pray that these videos will bring back many moments from your significant journey, and that you will also discover many new and wonderful places. God bless you.

 

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Heather on Jan 12, 2022

 

Wow, that sounds amazing! I hope to go to the Holy land one day and see the places I've read about in Scripture and walk where Jesus walked. It is my dream to go to Capernaum, Nazareth, Jerusalem and Bethlehem. I am so grateful to have found this and I know it wasn't coincidence. Thank you Lord!

I am truly enjoying the videos and the rich history of Israel.. So wonderful to be able to see the places I've read about in Scripture. I would love to be baptized in the Jordan river, but I read that it is too contaminated now. Is that true?

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 13, 2022

 

Welcome, Heather! I am thrilled that you were with me on these virtual tours. I would love for you to go to the holy land one day – and when you go, I hope you go with me! :-) The southern baptismal spot is indeed fairly dirty, but the northern baptismal spot by the Sea of Galilee is crystal clear, beautiful, and safe. You'll see what I mean in the video on the Jordan River.

 

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Brian on Nov 3, 2021

 

I am new to Walking the Bible Lands. I can't wait to deepen my walk with my Savior by seeing where my Savior walked.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Nov 4, 2021

 

Welcome, Brian! I'm thrilled you're on the "bus" with me here in Walking the Bible Lands. I pray the Lord will powerfully encourage you as you watch the videos and experience the sites of the Bible. God bless you.

 

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Barbara on Oct 21, 2021

 

Trust. I trust Jesus to keep His promises.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Oct 22, 2021

 

I am right there with you, Barbara, regarding trust. It's just another name for faith, isn't it?

 

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Barbara on Oct 21, 2021

 

Love the scenery. Almost feel like am there.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Oct 22, 2021

 

Thank you, Barbara. I'm so glad that you are enjoying the visuals in the video. God bless you.

 

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Dianne Reynolds on Oct 6, 2021

 

Hope...just knowing that as believers we have hope of eternal happiness with our heavenly Father

 

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Wayne Stiles on Oct 7, 2021

 

Amen, Dianne! God bless you.

 

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Debi Kristall on Sep 30, 2021

 

Hope

 

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Wayne Stiles on Sep 30, 2021

 

I resonate with hope as well, Debo. Only the hope of resurrection gives us the strength to keep going. God bless you.

 

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Donna on Sep 26, 2021

 

Through my years of walking with the Lord, I have learned a lot about these lessons, but I think "trust" stood out to me during this video. In this season of my journey, I have had to totally trust the Lord for everything day by day after my husband "went home to be with the Lord." Let's just say He has my undivided attention right now, as I navigate this "new beginning" and transition to life without my spouse after being happily married almost 50 years, and serving the Lord together for 30 years. I am learning to "rest in Him" simply trusting that He is with me, and will lead and guide me the rest of my life.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Sep 26, 2021

 

Hi there, Donna. Thank you so much for sharing with me this season of your journey. I pray that the Lord would encourage you in this important time where you are fully focused on Him. I also pray that these videos would play a part in that encouragement. God bless you.

 

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Norma on Sep 12, 2021

 

Trust of the past, present and future!

 

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Marsha on Sep 4, 2021

 

You really need all these things together to grow. Learning God's grace is essentially allowing Him to lead you. All we need do is follow! It can be hard when we lack trust or have little faith because, let's face it, there are too many distractions in this world that make better sense to us than what God is trying to tell us.

 

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Linds on Sep 4, 2021

 

My trip to Israel was November/December 2018. I was an unprepared visitor. I called myself a Christian since a young girl, etc... BUT upon returning and reflecting, I realized. how much more the trip would have meant had I really understood the value of what I was viewing and walking on. Once home, when I eagerly began to research where we had been, my historical understanding of the places and cities where things took place so enriched my understanding that the Bible is more real to me at 78 than ever.

These videos will help me remember my visit and further strengthen my faith.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Sep 4, 2021

 

I felt exactly the way you did, Linds, after I returned from my first trip to Israel. I am so excited for you, having gone there and having returned to study the deeper significance of these holy places. I pray that these videos would be a powerful encouragement to you as you grow closer to the Lord you met as a little girl.

 

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Juanita on Aug 11, 2021

 

Please allow me to share one of my poems. Hope you like it.

 

You received the letter I wrote to you as a little girl,

I was asking for forgiveness for all those in this cruel world.

 

All those decades ago, as I drifted further and further away,

Not realizing, close to You is where I should have stayed.

 

I ventured off on my own without knowing which path to take,

Thinking I could make it without You, was my biggest mistake.

 

So here I am once again, I’m the same little girl You knew,

I’m begging for Your forgiveness that will make me brand new.

 

You know everything about me, how I’ve lived and what I’ve done,

I have finally discovered “This woman’s heart, You have won”!

 

You’ve been there to pick me up whenever I would falter,

I didn’t know you wanted me kneeling at Your alter.

 

Instead I wandered off on my own, never looking back

Not knowing, without You, my days would turn to black.

 

You know my story, You were the Writer and the Creator

I’m now praying for forgiveness so I can become something greater.

 

You’ve got to know how sorry I am, because you know my heart,

I wish I could have been following You from the very start.

 

So, this is where I will begin

God, please forgive me of all my sin,

I’ll never leave You, never, ever again!

 

AMEN

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 11, 2021

 

What a beautiful poem, Juanita! I love the way you put that and your metaphor is perfect. We are God's children — always! Thank you so much for sharing. By the way, welcome!

 

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Juanita on Aug 11, 2021

 

Thank you so much. I'm so new to discovering what the Good Lord created me to be. I've lived a life far from Him and when I nearly died in 2018 due to an aneurysm and brain surgery, I knew it was high time I make some changes in my life. I really did write a letter to the Lord when I was a little girl. I didn't grow up in church, instead I grew up in housing projects in CA. Some girls picked on me on my way home from school, so I asked if they could be forgiven and tucked the letter into mom's Bible. My poem is basically my life story. Glad you enjoyed it.

 

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Amanda on Aug 4, 2021

 

I would say HOPE. At this time in my life I am not where I'd like to be. However, I can see Adonai's hand of SECURITY in placing me here in this job. I am a caregiver, I live with my client, I am not running around all over the place like I was with my other clients. Even though I am here 24/7 and do not have much freedom to come and go when I want, being here right at this moment has given me protection from being in the public and less chance of being exposed to the covid-19 virus. Nevertheless I have HOPE and look forward to the day that I can have a change in my life, being a full-time Novelist and always being an ever learning student in the Bible.

I would like to one day remarry, if that is in God's plan for my life. I want to be able to be with family and have the joys of my grandkids being around more often.

I never thought in a million years I'd be where I am at right now, However I know this, "For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the LORD, Plans for welfare (to prosper you) and not for calamity, to give you a future and a HOPE. Jeremiah 29:11"

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 4, 2021

 

Isn't it amazing, Amanda, how the Lord sovereignly guides our lives? I love that you have chosen HOPE as the emphasis of your focus right now. Indeed, the Lord gives us an amazing hope! I join you in your prayers for your future – that God would grant you great joy in His plan.

 

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George on Aug 3, 2021

 

The video cuts out before continuing until stopping again. I do not have this problem with youtube. What can you suggest to get a strong signal. It has been fine up to now.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 3, 2021

 

George, what you're describing typically isn't an issue with the other subscribers. So sorry for the trouble... Try downloading the video to your computer and then watch it. That way, streaming isn't an issue for you. God bless you.

 

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George on Aug 5, 2021

 

How do I down load your materials and videos to my computer. My internet connection for streaming is a little poor at times, but I don't see how to down load the video due to my poor knowledge of computers. Thanks so much.

 

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Charles on Jul 23, 2021

 

Thank God for teaching me to trust in Him completely and to be content in whatever circumstance I find myself.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jul 23, 2021

 

That is a magnificent application, Charles, and I applaud you for trusting God completely and finding contentment in every circumstance. I pray the Lord gets me to that place as well! God bless you.

 

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Dawn on Jul 14, 2021

 

True security comes from God - Often I feel insecure in my life and have to regularly work on trusting God to see me through.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jul 15, 2021

 

I know what you mean, Dawn. Insecurities creep in through our emotions and we need God's grace to fill in the cracks. May He strengthen you as you trust in Him each day.

 

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Linda on Jun 28, 2021

 

Trust and Security. I can see back to His Hand in first grade. Also all I have been through had His lessons.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jun 29, 2021

 

Great choices, Linda. Trust and security-- those are powerful lessons of faith. God bless you.

 

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Jenny on Jun 15, 2021

 

Trust . Boy, I have returned again and again, going higher up the mountain of trust each time. This resonates in a season of tremendous personal change right now.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jun 18, 2021

 

I am right there with you, Jenny, with needing to trust the Lord in a deeper way. May the Lord strengthen us as we cling to him!

 

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Maria on Jun 10, 2021

 

Contentment. There is always a thorn in me seems like it... so I need the. O tenement to focus on God and all is well with my soul. He is in control. He is got my back. He is for me like no other. He is faithful. Right here contentment because of Him... not the circumstance.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jun 10, 2021

 

I appreciate your honesty, Maria. Indeed, contentment is a daily challenge, isn't it? I pray that the Lord would continue to encourage you with a thankful heart and greater insight into the Scriptures. God bless you.

 

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Maria on Jun 19, 2021

 

Thank you. 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏God continue blessings that we are comforted with as well. Glory to God.

 

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Lynda on Jun 4, 2021

 

Trust is what keeps me going. I just know that God is with me and I trust He will do what is best for me

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jun 4, 2021

 

Well said, Lynda. I am right there with you in trusting God as an essential part of our walk with Him.

 

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Deanna on May 13, 2021

 

I am new here, and so far I am loving these videos, as Israel is a place I would never be able to travel to, but thanks to these videos, I can learn about the area historically and geographically. I'm very excited that this is made possible. I would say Influence is the lesson I resonate with, because I am constantly asking myself how I might be of a godly influence to others. Thank you for making these videos available! I can't wait to dive further into these!

 

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Wayne Stiles on May 14, 2021

 

Welcome, Deanna. I'm excited for you to explore and to see the many places of the lands of the Bible! May God bless you as you watch each video and dig deeper.

 

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Sara on May 11, 2021

 

TRUST is what I need physically and spiritually. I think that is true for what Israel needs too - to trust in the LORD. I want to experience His presence - just like Israel's blooming in the desert in spite of her enemies. Thank you for this opportunity!

 

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Wayne Stiles on May 12, 2021

 

Yes, Sara, I also have trust as a huge lesson in my life. I pray that these videos will encourage you to trust the Lord on a deeper level. God bless you.

 

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Charlene on May 8, 2021

 

Hope

 

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Wayne Stiles on May 10, 2021

 

I can certainly relate to your desire for hope, Charlene! It is our anchor. God bless you.

 

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Joe on May 6, 2021

 

Hope, for without Hope there is no tomorrow

 

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Wayne Stiles on May 6, 2021

 

Well said, Joe. Yes, hope is what keeps us going as we walk with Christ. God bless you.

 

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Maria on Apr 28, 2021

 

Contentment! I was a 'cactus' from sunny México and was transplanted to the shores of Lake Superior in Upper MI. I had to bloom where God had planted me! I met Jesus here...on this frozen land!

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 29, 2021

 

I love your metaphors, Maria! What an amazing journey and transplant you have had! From Mexico to Lake Superior? Wow… May the Lord continue to bless you there in the frozen land.

 

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Kendra on Apr 22, 2021

 

How do I access this from the internet? Ex: email? Facebook?

I am an annual member.

Also, once I watch a video, am I permitted to watch it again?

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 23, 2021

 

Hi, Kendra. You are welcome to watch the videos as many times as you'd like-- and you can even download them to watch when you don't have internet access. You access all of the videos only from the website. God bless you, and welcome! I pray the Lord encourages you with each video.

 

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Lynn on Apr 21, 2021

 

Though I know all of God's lessons are vitally important and I look forward to learning more of how they impact my daily life, I am going to say that HOPE is the main lesson that resonates with me. Why? It is because of that HOPE I know that I have everlasting life, love, and happiness. All the other lessons are great bonuses. Again, I look forward to learning how the other lessons God wants me to learn will help me to grow.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 22, 2021

 

What a wonderful perspective, Lynn. Indeed, Hope is our major anchor of the soul. Jesus gave us a real reason to look forward to the future, didn't He? I pray that the Lord would encourage you and bless you through this video tours, and I pray that He would draw you closer to Himself in the Scriptures. God bless you.

 

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Barbara on Apr 20, 2021

 

Influence - I had not realized that God placed the children of Israel in this fertile land with its natural roads (paths) and valleys as a way of influencing the neighboring nations. They would travel through Israel and see the opportunities that God had provided His children. They were a witness to other nations of the one true God by living in this tiny nation.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 21, 2021

 

That's right, Barbara. Influence was a huge part of Israel's assignment-- and it's part of ours. God bless you as you shine His light in the places God has placed you.

 

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Genie on Apr 7, 2021

 

Trust. Trusting God when things don't look so good.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 7, 2021

 

Yes, Genie, trust is huge… It is another word for faith, an essential part of our walk with Christ.

 

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Jeff on Apr 1, 2021

 

Returning, is the part that relates to me now. I'm more like the Prodigal Son that has returned back home to God. Now starting to grow again in Jesus.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 2, 2021

 

I'm thrilled, Jeff, that the "returning" is the aspect that resonates with you the most. But I'm most thrilled that the Lord has drawn you back home to Him and that you're growing in Christ. These videos are a PERFECT companion to your time in God's Word. I pray for you, truly, to be blessed and encouraged with every video.

 

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Garry on Apr 1, 2021

 

Dear Wayne,

This video is stunning in its filming, your simple delivery, and the presentation of what the Lord promises. I loved the airplane filming coming into Israel as I have enjoyed that view so very much. You also covered North, South, East and West of Israel in this video. I could not really choose one very easily, but I think Trust would be my choice. So easy to give our troubles to the Lord, and just like the Hebrews did, take them back into our own hands to handle them ourselves. There are no perfect people among us. . A lady in a furniture store had a nice sofa for sale. She told her costumers that "you could seat four people on this couch without problems"!!! Good luck with finding four people without problems. A little humor for the day. An empty couch.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 2, 2021

 

Indeed, Garry, we all have empty couches! I'm so glad the video was an encouragement to you. I pray it continues! God bless you.

 

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Lucy on Mar 28, 2021

 

Your statement, "God takes us places we would never choose in order to to give us what we could get nowhere else...Himself.", resonated deeply in my heart. It provides ALL SIX of the lessons at once. As I pondered and wrote it down, it seemed a lightning-fast review of my life occurred and confirmed the truth of it.

 

Thank you for all you invested to create this Bible walk. My husband and I spent a month in Jerusalem helping remodel the home of Roy Kendall. Our evenings were filled with wonderful discoveries of the city. So glad we could do that before God called him home. These videos will be more meaningful.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 29, 2021

 

What a blessing for you, Lucy, to have spent that month in Jerusalem! You know, better than most, how significant the Bible lands can be to Bible study. I pray that the Lord brings back wonderful memories for you of your time with your husband. I also pray that all of the MANY new places you'll see will be just as encouraging. God bless you.

 

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Stephen on Mar 28, 2021

 

That is a difficult question as all 6 resonate with me, but on this Palm Sunday, I think Hope is the one thing to truly resonates the most. I live in the hope of the coming of our Lord and Savior. I have been in ministry for 30 years and the hope of God never disappoints. I also hope to one day to visit the Holy Land.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 29, 2021

 

Welcome, Stephen! I'm thrilled that you're taking this journey to the Holy Land with me. I agree, Hope is the overarching magnet that keeps us moving forward in our lives and passion for Christ. Thank you so much for your significant ministry of three decades... I pray that the videos will powerfully encourage you and offer insights you can pass along to your flock. By the way, when you do go to the Holy Land one day, I hope you'll come with me! God bless you, Stephen.

 

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Taylor on Mar 27, 2021

 

Wow...I've never trusted ANYONE this quickly with taking my money, i.e., your organization, so maybe I'm well on my way towards trusting God! So I would say my word is TRUST!...lol

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 28, 2021

 

That is great, Taylor! Let me say, you can trust me. :-) My whole goal is for you to see the wonderful land of the Bible and glean marvelous lessons for your life. God bless you, and welcome!

 

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Kelsey on Mar 27, 2021

 

Trust resonates the most learning to trust him. As a single woman it is difficult to trust in Him because I have no security unless I do it myself.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 28, 2021

 

I am right there with you with regard to trusting the Lord. I have learned that whether I am a single person or a married person, it all boils down to trust. May the Lord continue to strengthen you as you walk daily beside Him.

 

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Jim on Mar 26, 2021

 

Hope

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 26, 2021

 

I am with you there, Jim. Hope is what I cling to each day. May the Lord continue to bless you as you hope in Him.

 

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Diana on Mar 22, 2021

 

Returning. When I was there I felt like I was at home & I really did not want to go back to the us. I felt contentment, security, hope, trust & at peace when I was there. That Israel but specifically Galilee & capernaum area was where I belonged. And watching for our lords return also brings me joy & peace knowing that we will be reign with him soon & eternally. Diana

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 22, 2021

 

What a great thought of reflection, Diana. And what a privilege you had in journeying to Israel! I pray that you will have many wonderful memories from your trip there through these videos. God bless you.

 

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Travis on Mar 21, 2021

 

Travis: Trust. I"ve been through a number of difficult times in my life and the Lord has seen me through them. This has helped me to trust the Lord more.

Carol: Contentment- I have depression and many times I feel that I am not good enough. This way of thinking is very exhausting on my life every day, but God shows me that trusting in Him I am good enough as He created me. This brings contentment to me. Also, seeing the Bible lands gives me contentment, too.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 22, 2021

 

These are wonderful takeaways, Travis and Carol! Thank you so much for sharing your insights and your spiritual challenges. I have prayed for you… I also pray that the Lord would powerfully encourage you through the places and through the applications in these videos. God bless you.

 

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Travis on Mar 22, 2021

 

Thank you so much for praying for us! We will pray for you and that you will continue to have strength from God for this work that God has given to you. God bless you.

 

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Leta on Mar 18, 2021

 

Hope. Hope that the world isn't collapsing into the devil's control

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 18, 2021

 

I know exactly what you mean, Leta. Indeed, we have to cling to hope and to faith that the Lord God is in complete control. We know He is! May the Lord continue to strengthen you as you cling tightly to Jesus Christ.

 

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Debbie on Mar 13, 2021

 

After I became born again in 2011 I realise that the Lord has always been there with me I just didn't know it. In my new walk I have learned not to worry and to trust in God's timing. I know that He takes care of me so I can trust in Him. I have also learned that I may not have everything I want but I am everything I need and with that I can be content and happy

 

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Leslie on Mar 12, 2021

 

Trust. It is incomprehensible how faithful our God is! Over and over and OVER throughout my life, He has led me to places and circumstances where I had to completely trust Him. And He has NEVER ONCE let me down or failed me! But every year older I grow, the more intense are the situations where I have to trust Him. And I do! But WOW do I sometimes wonder where it’s all going!

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 14, 2021

 

I love your honest words, Leslie. So true! Our gracious Heavenly Father has never failed us once – and never will He! God bless you.

 

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Janice on Mar 11, 2021

 

Hope and security.......with hope for the future and security for today.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 11, 2021

 

I am right there with you, Janice. Hope and security go hand-in-hand, don't they? I pray that the videos will be a great encouragement to you as you watch each one. God bless you.

 

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William on Mar 8, 2021

 

Trust. In this time of the pandemic, isolation, and uncertainty, we need to learn to TRUST God who is the Creator of the Universe and knows all things.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 8, 2021

 

That is right, William. Trust in God during these difficult days is the best way to move forward. May He give you grace and strength as you trust in Him! God bless you.

 

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Cheryl on Mar 4, 2021

 

I would say hope and security. I depend on the Lord for my protection during and in the difficult times of life. I know that He is my helper, protector, provider, healer and redeemer; and that I can hide under His wing. In Jesus I have His gift of hope in and for my forever home with Him. He gives me peace in knowing that life down here is not all there is (Praise God!), but rather my true home is with Him forever!!!!

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 4, 2021

 

Well said, Cheryl. Indeed, hope and security are rolled together, aren't they? So much of our hope comes from the fact that God's promises are secure and we can trust Him for the future. God bless you as you watch these videos.

 

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Rowena on Mar 3, 2021

 

Security! I’m so thankful in our day that we have the security that the Lord has us in the palm of His hand.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 3, 2021

 

Yes, Rowena, isn't security an amazing blessing? Thank you so much for your reminder and your comment.

 

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Greg on Feb 28, 2021

 

God is our hope and salvation. I’m so thankful that God alone provides all our needs if we just trust him.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 1, 2021

 

Well said, Greg. Indeed our hope is in God alone. God bless you.

 

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Lenora on Feb 26, 2021

 

Returning. I want to reignite the zeal that I used to have for studying GOD's word and spending time with him. I need to be more dedicated to making time daily to study and pray.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 27, 2021

 

I just prayed for you, Lenora, that the Lord would bless your time in His Word and in study and prayer.

 

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Kathy on Feb 25, 2021

 

Trust and Security- I have often struggled with these 2 areas. I’ve always in life had to rely on myself and trusting God for my Security is so often a scary thing. I’ve gotten better over the years, but I still need to grow in these areas!

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 27, 2021

 

I'm with you too, Kathy, on trust and security. How essential these are. God bless you.

 

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Nan on Feb 25, 2021

 

Trust - Through the most difficult times of my life I have learned to trust the Lord and His word because they have NEVER let me down.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 27, 2021

 

So true, Nan. The Lord is the only one we can fully trust, who will never leave us or forsake us. God bless you as you follow Him.

 

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Marlene on Feb 25, 2021

 

Hope and trust resonates with my life, my struggles with bipolar, COVID 19, and believing that God will help pull me through.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 27, 2021

 

I'm with you, Marlene, and I resonate with hope and trust in my life. May the Lord give you strength as you hope and trust in Him day by day. I pray the videos are a great encouragement to you. God bless you.

 

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Maureen on Feb 24, 2021

 

Hope most resonates as I strongly believe in these covenants However Trust is the one that I think I need to work on.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 24, 2021

 

I am with you, Maúreen. Indeed, hope is what I cling to each day! God bless you.

 

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Lili on Feb 22, 2021

 

Returning is important to me and I have a hope to return where God put me first in the beginning.I do like to find how God will lead me and my family while I am Waking the Bible Lands.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 23, 2021

 

Thank you for sharing this, Lili. I pray that the Lord will bless you as you return to your first love with Him. God bless you.

 

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Teresa on Feb 20, 2021

 

Both trust and contentment. I live in a state that is not predominantly Christian, and I wonder every day if I should think about moving away; but I am absolutely positive that I am here because it has pushed me to become closer to God than I probably would have been anywhere else.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 22, 2021

 

I appreciate you considering where God would have you live, Teresa. He will lead you when it is time.

 

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Elaine on Feb 20, 2021

 

All 6 are important to me. However, trust is an issue that God is working in my life everyday. He is gracious and patient and His blessings surround me. However, I need to let Him work in my life on all the issues. I am looking forward to understanding more of the scriptures through the videos of the Bible lands.

Thank you and God bless.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 22, 2021

 

I know what you mean, Elaine. Trust is so essential, and it is basically a synonym for faith. May the Lord bless you and keep in your trust in Him. I pray that He uses the videos to do so! God bless you.

 

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Diane on Feb 19, 2021

 

Both contentment and trust really spoke to me. I have learned to be content in my situation because I can trust that God allowed it and had a purpose in it and 4 years later I can now see the spiritual growth that has taken place in me because of that.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 20, 2021

 

You've been blessed, Diane, to find contentment in a world that demands we be discontent. I pray the Lord continues to bless you with His wonderful perspective!

 

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Rosemarie on Feb 17, 2021

 

All 6 are important and resonate with me and looking forward to learning, growing, and loving God more and more each day.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 17, 2021

 

So true, Rosemarie, that all of the lessons are essential for us. I pray that the Lord will bless you as you take these virtual video tours with me! God bless you.

 

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Brenda on Feb 8, 2021

 

The thread of places that God uses throughout Scripture and the lessons in each place, over the thousands of years that scripture was written and the consistency of the Word through so many authors certainly speaks to the fact that truly God inspired each individual author to write as He would have them to write; without error or contradiction. Amazing truth!

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 9, 2021

 

I like the way you put that, Brenda. No doubt, the Bible could only be the Word of God with its amazing consistency in spite of its amazing diversity – 40 authors, written over 1500 years, on three continents, and yet, one message!

 

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Cheryl on Feb 5, 2021

 

Thank you so much! I have always wanted 2 go 2 this special place and walk where Jesus walked.....but never could afford it and now have many physical limitations which would prevent me from doing so. You are an answer 2 my prayers...I can now experience the Land of my Father and have His Word come 2 life. Thank you again 4 making this prayer and dream possible.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 5, 2021

 

I am thrilled for you, Cheryl, and you are exactly the reason I created Walking the Bible Lands. I hope and pray that the Lord genuinely encourages you through each video, and I pray you will be enlightened and excited as you see all of the places where the Bible occurred. God bless you.

 

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John and Kathy on Jan 26, 2021

 

Very interesting! Captivating message. Looking forward to seeing more!

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 27, 2021

 

Welcome, John and Kathy! Indeed, there is so much more to see… I pray that the Lord would powerfully encourage you.

 

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Mary Jo on Jan 25, 2021

 

I'm not sure how I missed this first video. I am not certain if I am technically following the correct steps for entrance to the site, but I will learn.

 

I trust and ask God for patience. I know through much trial and tribulation that if Christ is in the center of our lives we will prevail. I know at those times God gives us strength to endure as long as we stay in His word. He gives us hope and our walk without fear in the core of the storm. He has shown this to me so many times.

 

I must stay in His word. I must pray. This is how to live a life in faith with contentment, hope and trust.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 25, 2021

 

You are absolutely correct. Trust is such an essential part of our walk with Christ. It is essentially the same as having faith. I pray that the Lord would encourage you with and trust as you walk with Him. God bless you.

 

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Carol on Jan 22, 2021

 

Thank you so much for these videos. Lesson of hope particularly moves me. In the times we are living in sometimes it seems like there is no hope. But with Jesus we find that there is hope for the future. He is in control and He will never leave us or forsake us. God Bless you.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 22, 2021

 

I am so glad that the video was encouraging for you. I agree, hope is one of my huge priorities in the Christian life. So essential that we have our Lord to look forward to! God bless you.

 

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Donna on Jan 21, 2021

 

As a result of a close & personal relationship with Christ, that developed through 36 years of great sufferings, I have learned these 6 lessons. Through obedience as He's led and guided me and my family, we have learned to be content whether we have a lot or have a little. As He has rescued me through every trial, I have found hope in Him to be my rescuer and deliverer. He helped me to return back to Himself as my first love. The changes He's made in me by His indwelling Spirit, have worked character and integrity into the fiber of my being and made me an influencer to others. As a result of all the battles I've faced, I have learned that He is my Security. Due to not having anyone who could pour His living water into my heart, His Spirit and His Word became my rain and fresh well to drink from daily, to help me survive the wilderness seasons of my journey of life. As a result I've learned to trust Him and Him alone. This one video alone provided great truths! Thank you so much!

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 22, 2021

 

I am so grateful, Donna, the Lord encouraged you through this initial video. There are many more to come! May God continue to keep His hand upon your life and your heart as you walk with Him each day. God bless you.

 

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Laura on Jan 20, 2021

 

Lately I’ve been trying to draw closer to God and delve deeper into the Bible. I’ve told my husband how awesome it would be to go to the Holy Land. I’m a very visual person and it helps to see places I read about. It’s amazing how God answers prayers and opens doors when you seek Him. It’s no coincidence that your free webinar came across on my phone. Now I can experience the Bible in a unique way. God is good...AlWAYS!

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 20, 2021

 

I am really excited for you, Laura. If the Lord led you here through answered prayer, He has much He wants to show you and teach you in these marvelous lands of the Bible! God bless you.

 

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Sharon on Jan 19, 2021

 

Trust is my problem. I have a hard time trusting. I always have. Prayerfully that is improving as I practice being still before the Lord.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 19, 2021

 

I am right there with you, Sharon. Trust is a tough assignment, isn't it? Thankfully, the Lord gives us plenty of opportunities to grow in our trust of Him by day, month by month, year by year…. The Lord strengthen you and encourage you as you walk with Him.

 

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Kathy on Jan 18, 2021

 

Thank you, Dr. Stiles, for developing this wonderful collection of videos. My sister and I live in different cities, but this gives us the opportunity to "study" the Bible together. The beautiful photography definitely adds to my understanding of how God has lead God's people to a deeper relationship.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 18, 2021

 

How exciting, Kathy, that you and your sister get to study the Bible together and watch the videos. I pray the Lord powerfully blessed your time in His Word. God bless you!

 

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Leah on Jan 18, 2021

 

Sister, I'm looking forward to touring the lands, and the Bible, with you and Dr. Stiles.

 

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Louella on Jan 15, 2021

 

TRUST. When I first saw how dry some of the land are, I thought wow, it must be very hard to live there, why would they want to? And when I heard the reason, it humbled me, Yes indeed, we should trust the Lord in our lives FIRST and the rest will follow; for “He alone provides and He alone protects“. Thank you Dr. Wayne Stiles for not only showing us the places in super clear and amazing shots BUT also putting it all together with a reflection ❤️

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 16, 2021

 

I am so glad, Louella, that you are enjoying the videos and their applications. In truth, application is one of the greatest reasons we do these videos. God bless you.

 

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Rayne on Jan 14, 2021

 

Hope and Trust. All of my hope and trust are in God. It's nice to know that this thread existed when the Bible began to help God's great soldiers and it exists today to help me.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 16, 2021

 

I am right there with you, Rayne. My hope and trust are in God. May the Lord strengthen you as you cling to Him.

 

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Maria on Jan 8, 2021

 

It is hope, security and trust. With God in my life, there is always something to be hopeful for no matter how difficult my circumstances may become. Security, in God alone I know I can find my security and protection from any evil nor harm. Trust in God who is always true to His promises and He alone is in control of everything.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 9, 2021

 

Wonderful applications you've shared, Maria, on hope, security and trust. Thank you.

 

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Jerry on Jan 6, 2021

 

Of the six lessons of the land, the one that resonates mostly with me is the Hope, since God's promises of Blessings through Abraham have made it possible for me to be drafted into that promise as a Gentile. My plans to come on an actual tour in 2020 was cancelled due to the COVID- pandemic. Therefore, I am thankful that I am a subscriber to Walking the Bible Lands to see these historical lands explained.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 6, 2021

 

I have to say I agree with you, Jerry. Hope is such an essential part of our walks as Christians. It is the foundation of our commitment to wait on God. This may indeed open up again for travel to Israel. If so, I invite you to join me. It would be a magnificent tour with you. God bless you-- and welcome!

 

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Rhonda on Dec 30, 2020

 

I have been wanting to go to the Holy Land but could not. I am caring for my mom. I was caring for both parents but my dad passed away Oct. 22, 2020 so I have my mom left to take care. I feel this is what God wants me to do.

I have taken a couple of classes on virtual and wanted to go to Israel to take a tour under the people I studied (they are also tour guides of the Holy Land). I believe God lead me to you Dr. Wayne Stiles.

 

For some reason what's on my mind is Return and cant wait to get to all the lessons but return hits my heart and I dont know why.

Thank you for this tour and study. I am very excited. Rhonda R

 

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Wayne Stiles on Dec 31, 2020

 

I applaud you, Rhonda, for caring for your mom after your father's recent passing. I pray that these virtual video tours will powerfully connect the Bible and its lands to your life. May God bless you abundantly as you see these wonderful sites.

 

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Abigail on Dec 26, 2020

 

Anyone else notice how the first letter of each lesson spells CHRIST

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Wayne Stiles on Dec 26, 2020

 

Great observation, Abigail! 😄

 

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Sue on Dec 23, 2020

 

Trust! I always say to people that not having trust in God and His Word in one of His biggest bugaboo!!

 

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Wayne Stiles on Dec 24, 2020

 

Well said, Sur! May the Lord strengthen you to trust Him even more. God bless you.

 

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David on Dec 21, 2020

 

I didn't catch how to get the 30 devotions

 

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Wayne Stiles on Dec 22, 2020

 

Hi, David. The 30 devotions are a gift for those who attended the webinar, but since you've joined Walking the Bible Lands, you have access to all 90 audio devotions (which include the 30). You can download the audiobook here.

 

God bless you, David, and welcome to Walking the Bible Lands. I pray the Lord will bless and encourage you through the videos and His Word.

 

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Mary on Dec 21, 2020

 

I can’t wait to get started! After suffering from a traumatic event which shook my faith to the core, I have been praying for a sense of reality to Christianity, the reality I knew and never doubted as a child and young adult. I believe this might be a step toward an answer to that prayer.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Dec 21, 2020

 

What a wonderful step for you, Mary, to dive deeply into the reality of the Scriptures! I am confident you won't be disappointed in what you find. In fact, I did an episode that focuses on this very subject of faith and doubt. Check out the video on Machaerus and John the Baptist's doubt. I hope it is a great encouragement to you! May the Lord bless you as you seek the truth in His Word. I am always here for you for any questions.

 

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Mary on Dec 21, 2020

 

Thank you. That was a good reminder to put faith in God’s promises not our feelings.

 

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Martha on Dec 20, 2020

 

Trust I have to not compare my Heavenly Father with earthly fathers. His expectations and love for me is so very different !!!

 

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Wayne Stiles on Dec 21, 2020

 

I do understand that struggle, Martha, of comparing our earthly fathers with our Heavenly Father. Your comment reminds me of the encouragement found in Hebrews 12:9–10: “We had earthly fathers to discipline us... For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness.” Indeed, our gracious Heavenly Father is perfect in every way. May you continue to deepen in your understanding and love for Him. I pray that the videos will be a great encouragement to you as you understand the Bible lands and the God of the Bible even better! God bless you.

 

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Annabelle on Dec 16, 2020

 

Contentment and trust.contentment because without it I will never be happy with anything I have or will achieve and probably anxious of what will become of my tomorrow if I have no trust in God’s provisions.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Dec 17, 2020

 

Those are wonderful takeaways, Annabelle. May the Lord continue to give you contentment, trust, and His blessing as you watch the videos and study His Word.

 

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Levi on Nov 30, 2020

 

We have committed to taking each of our children, with their Sunday School Teacher, to Israel when they turn 12. We took our eldest daughter last year and had an amazing trip. She applied for membership in our church as soon as we returned. Our next daughter’s trip is scheduled this Spring, though we can’t expect travel to be open by then. Your videos will be a wonderful way to introduce her in preparation for her special time there. Thank you for what you are doing to bring the Holy Lands, and the Word of God that Infuses them, to life, right where we are now and in our own homes.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Dec 1, 2020

 

What a magnificent blessing, Levi, for your family – and especially for your daughters! We have taken both of our daughters to Israel multiple times, and it has transformed the way they read the Bible. You are investing in a lifetime of blessings. So sorry your spring trip has been canceled. I invite you and would love to have you join me for any of my upcoming tours to Israel and the Bible Lands– including the fall of 2021. In the meantime, I pray that these videos will be a great preparation and blessing for your trips. God bless you.

 

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Penny on Nov 29, 2020

 

Visited Israel in 2019 and just did not see enough. Looking forward to "Walking the Bible Lands" to see & learn more.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Nov 30, 2020

 

What an amazing blessing for you, Penny, to have visited Israel in 2019. I pray that these videos will bring back many wonderful memories from your significant journey – and also offer some additional insights for your study in God's Word. God bless you.

 

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Teresa on Nov 20, 2020

 

What are we looking at in the beginning of each video. You may tell in a video and I haven't watched it yet. Thanks

Teresa

 

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Wayne Stiles on Nov 20, 2020

 

Each video stands alone, Teresa. Go ahead and watch a few, and let me know if it doesn’t make sense. God bless you.

 

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Teresa on Nov 20, 2020

 

I mean when the music is playing. All of them are the same.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Nov 21, 2020

 

The opening music and map are just visuals, similar for each video—except the map changes slightly, depending on where the video's location is. It's more of a visual introduction rather than an attempt to teach much. The video itself is the content.

 

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Joan on Sep 28, 2020

 

Wow, It never occurred to me that the land could shape the lives of the people and the events that took place in the Bible. Not just every given names, numbers, but also the geographic settings have all been chosen by God when He inspired the scripture, so

knowing the land should help us to have a fuller understanding of the Bible truths and better apply them to our lives. I am looking forward to the next 6 lessons on Contentment, Hope, Returning, Influence, Security, and Trust. Thanks your insight and for making this program.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Sep 29, 2020

 

I am glad that the video provided some encouragement and insight, Joan. There are many more videos to come, most of which point to one of the six lessons – though not specifically mentioning them. I pray you are encouraged as we continue this journey together. God bless you.

 

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Patricia on Sep 27, 2020

 

Returning. It shows God's wonderful grace and patience. He is constantly pursing me and never gives up!

 

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Wayne Stiles on Sep 28, 2020

 

That's exactly right, Patricia. Returning to the same places over and over shows God's amazing grace in our lives. I am so grateful that He never gives up on us. God bless you.

 

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Deborah on Sep 17, 2020

 

Exciting ! Looking forward to watching and learning!

 

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Wayne Stiles on Sep 18, 2020

 

Welcome, Deborah! May the Lord bless you and encourage you as you watch the videos and take the tour.

 

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Greg on Sep 17, 2020

 

I think this is a video that I will need to watch multiple times. So simple and yet so profound.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Sep 17, 2020

 

Very true, Greg. In fact, you will see these same six principles repeated a number of times. They are so significant in our study of the Bible lands. May the Lord bless you as you continue to study.

 

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Pamela on Sep 16, 2020

 

I have learned and still learning that my trust in God goes to several different levels. By faith, my trust is continually being developed in Him. I believe that He can trust me to trust Him through whatever situation I am faced with, because He always, always, always gives me the victory through Christ.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Sep 16, 2020

 

I admire your faith, Pamela. Indeed trust is a huge aspect to our walk with Christ. The longer we live, ideally, the greater our trust in him will be as we see over and over his faithfulness in our lives. God bless you – and welcome!

 

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Leigh on Sep 14, 2020

 

Trust is my first. As I have been learning more I am trusting the Lord more and he continues to give me hope. As we all have been going through a rough year I have realized more so now than ever that I can’t succeed on my own. I have tried and it never works out well. And so I was baptized February 23 2019 and since then I have had set backs but I am mores dedicated to now to put my trust, faith and hope in the Lord for I know he is always with me, loves me and will never forsake me. You can’t say that about any human.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Sep 15, 2020

 

Those are some wonderful insights God has given you this year, Leigh. Trust is indeed so essential, isn't it? It is almost synonymous with faith in our daily lives with God. May the Lord continue to encourage you with truth and to give you a great confidence in Him.

 

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Carolyn on Aug 27, 2020

 

I believe contentment resonates with me more because I am 74 and I am happy to be where I am at this point in my life. I have lived fully and the ups and downs refined me. I embrace peace , joy, and contentment now more than I ever have. I am walking everyday with Jesus and I rejoice!!

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 28, 2020

 

Your joy is contagious, Carolyn! Thank you so much for sharing – and I am thrilled you're on the bus here. :-)

 

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Linda on Aug 20, 2020

 

Contentment, hope & trust. No contentment w/out hope & no hope w/out trust.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 20, 2020

 

Well said, Linda. Isn't it amazing how each of these tends to interweave with each other? May the Lord bless you as you continue to follow Him.

 

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Linda on Aug 16, 2020

 

Hi There,

 

My name is Linda and I have just signed up about 1/2 hour ago.

I had been to the Holy Land in January 2020 with Pr Rick Ousley and members of his Alabama Church and my Pastor. We have had a great time of learning and seeing where Jesus had actually walked and taught. It was a totally breath taking experience. I loved the tour and it made the Bible came alive and allowed me to see God from a different perspective. I will not be able to afford another such trip soon and this virtual tour will help me relive those places and lots more. Looking forward to this Virtual Tour and God Bless you and team, Dr Stiles.

 

Shalom,

 

Linda

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 17, 2020

 

I am excited for you, Linda, to relive your significant trip you took to Israel. I pray that the memories that you get to relive will be a wonderful encouragement to you in your walk with God. In addition, there is so much more to see! God bless.

 

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Karlene on Aug 13, 2020

 

Hi, I m Karlene & have just become a member! I am so excited to get started & there s so much in ur videos to see, read, absorb.....!!!! This will be my Israel trip via you! I like the way u explain, calm voice, pleasant, & all. I have to charge my iPhone up now but am very much looking forward to enjoying the Biblelands with u!!! Now, next month, u will send more info & so in? God bless u! Appreciatively, Karlene

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 14, 2020

 

Welcome, Karlene. I am excited for you to take these virtual tours. Yes, you will be receiving an email each Thursday that introduces you to another video. You can also browse the various videos at your leisure. The bonus section is full of wonderful resources. God bless you, and welcome!

 

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Elena on Aug 13, 2020

 

Hope. My hope is in the Lord! With God there is always hope!

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 14, 2020

 

I am with you on the need of hope, Elena. Indeed, hope is what we cling to every day in these uncertain days. God bless you.

 

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Marge on Aug 13, 2020

 

During this season the lesson of hope; that no matter what is going on around us and with us, we have eternal hope. The word of God assures us of this promise.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 13, 2020

 

What a wonderful perspective, Marge. I agree with you that hope is so essential in these uncertain days. How thankful we are that our powerful and sovereign God is on the throne.

 

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Pat on Aug 1, 2020

 

The Good Shepherd photo, Jesus holding the lamb

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 2, 2020

 

It is a wonderful visual, isn't it, Pat? Jesus is our good shepherd and we are the lambs He holds.

 

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Pat on Jul 31, 2020

 

Security.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 1, 2020

 

That's wonderful, Pat. Security is such a huge need for us these days. God bless you as you seek Him and as you enjoy these videos.

 

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Cathy on Jul 30, 2020

 

Hope I say this because I'm transitioning from my job of 29 yrs not because I chose to but because of downsizing and giving the option to go out on FMLA at the young age of 60.In August 61. Hope Rms 8:24😊. 🙏🏽🙏🏽

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jul 31, 2020

 

May the Lord bless you, Cathy, as He leads you into this new season of life. And welcome to Walking the Bible Lands! I pray you are encouraged as you see the places where the Bible happened.

 

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Steven on Jul 29, 2020

 

My Adult Bible Class will soon complete our multi-month study of the book of ISAIAH. We began this study well before my own first visit to Israel in the spring of this year. The theme of "Return", of course, runs throughout this important Prophetic text. This theme particularly stood out to me as I watched your wonderful introductory video. Many thanks!

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jul 29, 2020

 

Welcome, Steven! What a wonderful privilege your congregation and class have as you introduce them to the complete "context" of the Bible. May the Lord bless you as you shepherd, teach, and grow personally.

 

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Mary on Jul 28, 2020

 

Trust in God. We never walk alone because God is with us always.. He will protect us. God will never take you into a challenge or bad situation without leading you through it. We must trust God and he will always be there for us. God will provide.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jul 28, 2020

 

I like the way you put that, Mary. It reminds me of those wonderful, familiar verses in Proverbs 3:5-6.

 

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Sherry on Jul 23, 2020

 

Amazing footage! :)

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jul 24, 2020

 

Thank you, Sherry. I am glad you enjoyed the video, and I pray the Lord continues to bless you abundantly.

 

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Linda on Jul 23, 2020

 

Ready for this

 

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Julia on Jul 16, 2020

 

Just joined and was already challenged to dig deeper. Might not get anything else done. Dust just settle down and spider webs go to sleep!!

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jul 16, 2020

 

That's great, Julia. I hope you continue to be challenged to dig deeper into God's Word. May the Lord bless you as you do so.

 

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Janet on Jul 9, 2020

 

I watched the first video and the pictures where Jesus walked are simply breathtaking

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jul 10, 2020

 

I am glad you enjoyed the video, Janet. If you want to dive in and see many of the places Jesus walked, you might enjoy watching the nine-part video series on the life of Jesus. You can see it here.

 

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Katherine on Jul 6, 2020

 

Contentment most resonates with me as I would keep looking for the next best thing. I want to learn how to be content no matter what.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jul 7, 2020

 

That is a wonderful goal, Katherine. Contentment is such a challenge, isn't it? How essential that we cling to our Good Shepherd in moments of want. God bless you as you walk with Christ.

 

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Judy on Jul 6, 2020

 

Acceptance of all cultures and people. I live in Hawaii and am in the minority most of the time, but have never had problems. Have just loved and accepted everyone and they have done the same.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jul 6, 2020

 

What a blessing, Judy, that God has given you such a grace-filled environment. I pray that you enjoy these videos and that they give you a great encouragement into the Word of God and into the lands of the Bible. God bless you.

 

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Nancy on Jul 2, 2020

 

Trust resonates with me. Too often I grab the wheel and try to drive when it's The Lord whom I should trust!

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jul 2, 2020

 

I do understand that tendency, Nancy. How easy it is to be a backseat driver with the Lord. May He give you strength and grace as you trust Him.

 

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Amy on Jun 30, 2020

 

I am looking forward to this. I really like seeing the places talked about in the Bible.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jun 30, 2020

 

How exciting! Seeing the places where the Bible occurred really makes a difference in your study of the Word of God.

 

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Jeanne on Jun 29, 2020

 

I am really excited to see more of the Bible come to life and in a way that I can understand it. Thank you.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jun 29, 2020

 

I am excited for you, Jeanne. I pray that the Lord will powerfully bless you as you watch the videos and experience the land of the Bible.

 

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Karen on Jun 28, 2020

 

I am so excited that i found this and joined thank you

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jun 28, 2020

 

Welcome, Karen! Just curious, but was your family in our church years ago? I know your name. :-)

 

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Yvette on Jun 27, 2020

 

I had the awesome opportunity to travel to the Holy Land this year. As you mentioned earlier it was a “Blur “ so much to take in, so I’m excited to have this opportunity to build upon that time.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jun 28, 2020

 

What an amazing privilege you had, Yvette, to visit the land of the Bible. I pray that you enjoy some clarity to the blur you experienced! May the Lord bless you through these videos. God bless you.

 

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Yvette on Jun 27, 2020

 

Contentment relates most but I have struggled with them all,

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jun 28, 2020

 

You're not alone, Yvette. Contentment is a huge challenge for us in a world of marketing, comparisons, and lack. I'm so grateful to the Lord for those occasions when His security overwhelms us enough to rest our hearts in Him.

 

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Linda on Jun 25, 2020

 

This is truly incredible..to be able to take a virtual tour with bible teachings,showing us the actual places that we have been reading in the bible for all of these years is so very beautiful. I am absorbing everything. I definitely feel that God has led me to this program. Thank you so very much for this opportunity. I will make sure to refer others. Blessings, Linda Scarpitti

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jun 26, 2020

 

I am so glad, Linda, that the Lord has led you to this site and these videos. I pray that you are encouraged and inspired as you see the places and lessons from the Scriptures. God bless you.

 

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Jerry on Jun 18, 2020

 

I couldn't write fast enough to fill in the blanks.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jun 18, 2020

 

Hi, Jerry. Are you referring the webinar? If so, I've put the replay in the bonus section. You're welcome to watch the webinar again. God bless you.

 

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Nick on Jun 11, 2020

 

Good teaching !

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jun 12, 2020

 

Thank you, Nick! God bless you.

 

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Lynne on Jun 11, 2020

 

Hope resonates most with me because it reminds me that what God promises, He fulfills. All one has to do is look to Scripture to confirm that truth. Our world today desperately needs that hope.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jun 12, 2020

 

Hope is at the top of my list as well, Lynne. It is the magnet that pulls me forward in my walk with God and my love for people. May the Lord continue to deepen your help in His coming! God bless.

 

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Martin on Jun 5, 2020

 

Contentment. While equally as valid, it seems to me the other 5 can fall into place when we rely on the fact and accept that contentment and much more (hope, returning to grace, influence, security, and trust) can be ours when we accept that He always knows what's best for us, even if we don't.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jun 5, 2020

 

Well said, Martin. I agree-- and I'm amazed at how interrelated all of the lessons are to one another. Like legs on a stool, the all serve to support us in our walk with Christ. God bless you.

 

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Rebekah on May 28, 2020

 

Trust...... I want to lean into the Lord, for trust, with trust, and to abide in trust. I would love to walk away with the kind of trust the Israel people have with the Lord.

 

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Wayne Stiles on May 28, 2020

 

That's a wonderful goal, RebeKah! I pray and hope that the Lord gives you a deeper trust in Him – and in a gracious way along a path of mercy.

 

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Denise on May 23, 2020

 

My previous comment was from seeing the videos on Judah. God has moved me to a place " beside the still waters " and given me this study. I love the teaching that" God puts us in places that we would not choose in order to give us what we could not receive any where else...Himself" Thank you so much for sharing

 

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Wayne Stiles on May 23, 2020

 

I’m glad, Denise, that the principle of God putting us in unwanted places was an encouragement to you. So often those moments are only encouraging in hindsight! I am grateful the Lord has led you to this study and I pray you are encouraged each time. God bless.

 

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Denise on May 23, 2020

 

I loved to see the beauty of the sheep in the green areas. I loved seeing the relationship of the Alleiha Valley to Bethlehem and Gath. I loved seeing and learning about the Herodian and how God has the final word.

Thank you for the spiritual insights. What a joy to know "God leads us, comforts us and goes behind us with His goodness". An important instruction I gained to encourage my walk is to just " do the next right thing and trust God to make my days great in His time and for His purpose".

 

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Wayne Stiles on May 23, 2020

 

I agree with you, Denise. That principle of just doing the next right thing is a helpful one when you’re not sure what to do.

 

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Alejandra on May 11, 2020

 

The returning lesson really spoke to my heart. I'm in a place in life where I feel the need to return to where I met the Lord the first time. Returning to my first love. Returning to Him with all my heart, with all my soul, with all my mind, and with all my strength. I'm praying for a renewed spirit within me, a renewed passion for Him, and for even greater things to do for His name and His kingdom.

 

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Wayne Stiles on May 11, 2020

 

That's a wonderful goal, Alejandra. I pray that the Lord grants you the desires of your heart – and allows you to do even greater things for His name and His kingdom.

 

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Lauralee on May 14, 2020

 

Alejandra, I'm praying for you right now that you will "return to where you met the Lord the first time." May you be revived and refreshed and useful for His work.

 

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Alejandra on May 26, 2020

 

Thank you so much for your prayers!

 

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Laura on May 8, 2020

 

Absolutely Beautiful.. Someday would love to visit in person.

 

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Wayne Stiles on May 8, 2020

 

I will join you in that prayer, Laura, that you can visit Israel in person one day. It is a magnificent experience!

 

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Sandy on May 7, 2020

 

I loved the video of the Top 6 lessons but it went so fast it was hard to complete the written notes or fill in the blanks. Is there a place to watch the video again. I found the audio but it isn't the same.

 

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Wayne Stiles on May 7, 2020

 

Hi, Sandi. Yes, you can watch the recorded webinar in the Bonus Section. Please let me know if you need something else! God bless you.

 

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Rose on Apr 30, 2020

 

RETURNING is the word that most resonate with me after viewing the video from the 6 lessons of the land. For my 49th Birthday this year, I was very fortunate enough to visit Jerusalem for the very first time. The experience was quite overwhelming, profound and special. I am an international flight attendant for United airlines and I started flying for work to Israel since May of 2019, which is almost a year from now. But before flying to Israel, I began reading and learning about Israel and Jerusalem. I did not do much planning for this birthday trip but everything came into place for my work schedule in order for me to have made this unexpected birthday trip possible. In fact, I found out that I will be able to go to Jerusalem for my birthday just two weeks prior to my birthday which also coincidently fell into Ash Wednesday this year. I feel in my heart that it wasn't just a coincidence and that I was meant to be there. I want to go back to Israel after this lockdown is over. In the meantime, I look forward to virtually traveling and learning about the Holy Land and the Bible through these wonderful video series.

 

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Wayne Stiles on May 1, 2020

 

What a blessing, Rose, that you got to go to Israel after all this time. And what a blessing that the Lord provided you a vocation that enables you to do so! I pray that your membership to Walking the Bible Lands will be a great encouragement to your walk with God, as well as a great preparation for your next journey to Israel. God bless you.

 

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Apple on May 1, 2020

 

hi uncle Wayne how do i turn the volume on?

 

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Cheri on Apr 30, 2020

 

I’m so excited about this!! I visited the Holy Land in 2013 with my husband for our 20th wedding anniversary and really want to go back. I can’t wait to discover the Holy Land more through this video series.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 30, 2020

 

What a blessing, Cheri, for you to have gone to Israel in 2013 with your husband. I am sure that these virtual video tours will remind you of many things that you saw, and I pray that they will introduce you to many, many more new sites and insights! God bless you.

 

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Heather on Apr 28, 2020

 

Trust most resonates with me. We are taught in several scriptures that the Lord will provide, we need to be still, we need to wait for him, we need to trust him. Contentment was a little shocking. I have never thought of it as not being content with what the Lord gives you (as you said they moved from where the Lord placed them). I can't wait to delve deeper into this part.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 28, 2020

 

I have to agree with you, Heather. I think trust is so foundational because it is almost synonymous with faith — which is the entire underpinning of our walk with Christ. Most of the other lessons and characteristics stand on faith's foundation. May the Lord bless you as you continue to seek Him! And I pray that these videos will be a helpful part of that journey. God bless you.

 

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Judy on Apr 23, 2020

 

All 6 resonate equally with me, I think, because I have a hunger for God that hasn't begun to be satisfied by several years of Bible studies. It's my hope that thru these videos I will become closer to my Lord and Savior.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 24, 2020

 

I'll join you in that prayer, Judy, that the Lord will draw you closer to Himself through His Word and through experiencing the "context" of the Bible in these videos on the Bible lands. God bless you.

 

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Judy on Apr 24, 2020

 

Thank you so much for your prayers, Wayne! Your videos and commentary are amazing....looking forward to seeing and hearing about the Holy land in the coming days and weeks! God bless you.

 

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Paul on Apr 21, 2020

 

What are the three wonderful and unconditional covenants? Land, Seed, and Blessings... what are the bible verses associated with these covenants?

 

Thank you...

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 22, 2020

 

Great question, Paul. The three unconditional covenants are to:

1. Abraham -- for land, descendants, blessing (Gen. 12:1-3)

2. David -- for his house, throne, kingdom (2 Sam. 7:16)

3. New Covenant to Israel -- for indwelling Holy Spirit and forgiveness of sins (Jer. 31:31-34)

The video series on the Birth of Jesus talks more about these as well. God bless you.

 

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Julie on Apr 17, 2020

 

Trust is something I have struggled with my entire life, as persons who were in positions to be most trustworthy let me down and I was injured. Perhaps God has placed me in a "land of lack" - not necessarily geographically - but relationship wise in order to show me He is the only one who can provide for me.......the need to be loved and accepted for whom He created me to be and to be dependent on Him alone. The more I begin to trust His love, promises, leading and guiding, I will no longer allow the past to interfere with current beautiful trustworthy relationships.....even trusting myself to become all that He created me to be. I will be able to freely and confidently say, "He's got me" in every area of life in all situations.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 17, 2020

 

I’m sorry to hear that, Julie. Your situation sounds like it was a tough one to have been in. Sometimes when I look back at the people who have betrayed me, it does make me very wary of trusting anyone ever again. But I believe the Lord would have us try. I appreciate your bravery and courage. God bless you.

 

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Jaz on Apr 16, 2020

 

“Trust” resonated with me the most. My entire faith walk with God is based on me trusting His faithfulness. He is my sustainer, provider and so much more!

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 17, 2020

 

That's a great aspect, Jaz (great name). It really is a matter of trust each day, each step, each breath. God bless you.

 

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Patricia on Apr 13, 2020

 

I am totally enjoying my new membership. I have never been to the Holy Lands. These videos are helping me so much to aborb the place, what happened there, and the principles to apply to my life. Thank you.

I wonder if there is the potential to somehow do a bible study with these?

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 14, 2020

 

Good to hear from you, Patricia. Welcome, once again, to Walking the Bible Lands! I'm thrilled you're taking these virtual video tours with me.

You asked about a Bible study? Many people simply print the PDF transcripts for personal or group study, and then they watch the video and discuss its relevant Scriptures as a group. Is this what you're asking? God bless.

 

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Hayden on Apr 13, 2020

 

I am filled with joy and contentment as I wind my busy day down to the first video. It is exciting! Thank you, Mr. Wayne. I look forward to our journey. :)

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 14, 2020

 

I'm excited too, Hayden, to be taking this journey with you. I pray the Lord powerfully blesses and encourages you with each and every video. There's SO much to see. :-) God bless you.

 

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Susan on Apr 13, 2020

 

I am very excited to be taking this journey.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 13, 2020

 

It is great to have you on these virtual tours, Susan! I pray that this journey would be a great encouragement to your walk with Christ. I believe that you will see some wonderful places that connect the Scriptures to your life. God bless you.

 

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Caroline on Apr 11, 2020

 

Hope....that our country returns to Him. Hope for a massive revival in the hearts of men...worldwide as a result of COVID-19.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 11, 2020

 

Amen! Thanks and God bless.

 

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Julie on Apr 17, 2020

 

Caroline - I've been calling this period....."The Great Pause"....and it can be so purposeful! I, too, have been praying that God's children use this pause as a means to really "listen in the quiet" and return to Him. We have seen so much good happening in our city.

 

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Paul on Apr 10, 2020

 

Is it possible that you add subtitle to the video... it will help tremendously...

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 10, 2020

 

Hi, Paul. I don't have subtitles available, but most videos do have the full transcript for download in the sidebar. I hope this helps some. God bless you as you take these virtual tours and see the lands of the Bible. Thank you.

 

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Kimber on Nov 25, 2019

 

I don't know that there is one lesson that resonates with me. I've been to Israel twice and want to take it all in, learn and be shaped by all 6 lessons.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Nov 26, 2019

 

You're way ahead of the curve, Kimber, having taking two tours to Israel. What a privilege. I hope and pray the virtual tours help you relive many moments in Israel and that you'll also experience many, many new places and principles for your walk with God. Welcome!

 

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Stacey on Aug 27, 2019

 

Hope, I am blessed with hope, the confidence that God will fulfill all His promises, that all His promises are Yes in Christ!

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 27, 2019

 

That's a wonderful expectation, isn't it, Stacey? Hope is so, so vital to our perseverance. Thanks!

 

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Barbara on Jul 27, 2019

 

I trust in the Lord, I am living God’s plan for my life. I have been to Israel last year and am planning on returning this November. These videos will enrich my next trip. Thank you and God Bless

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jul 28, 2019

 

I hope your enjoy reliving your trip to Israel, Barbara, as well as preparing for your next tour in November. How exciting for you! God bless you, and welcome to Walking the Bible Lands.

 

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Corlyus on May 1, 2019

 

Having visited Israel twice I want to learn all I can. Trusting is probably most important to me. Knowing God will take me exactly where I need to be & when.

 

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Wayne Stiles on May 2, 2019

 

I'm right there with you, Corlyus. Trust is a huge part of the Christian life that we need help with from the Lord. I'm so glad you've joined Walking the Bible Lands, and I pray that you're blessed and encouraged by God as we journey through the Bible Lands together.

 

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Lynn on Apr 25, 2019

 

I love the clarity of the videos because I was just in Israel 2 months ago and I feel like am transported back when I watch. Wayne's explanations which are easy to understand and very effective.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 25, 2019

 

So good to hear from you, Lynn. And thanks! That's precisely what I'd hoped and pray you would receive as a member of Walking the Bible Lands. I hope you relive MANY of your experiences from Israel-- and so many more new ones. God bless you.

 

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Dawn on Apr 24, 2019

 

Security and Trust most resonated with me. Knowing that God's plan for my life is always good.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 25, 2019

 

Those are huge for me too, Dawn. I especially appreciate knowing God's plan for our lives always has His best intentions. God bless you.

 

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Tera on Apr 23, 2019

 

I am excited to explore these lands. I really want to know more of where Jesus was and all the events in the Bible took place.

Thank you

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 23, 2019

 

Great to hear from you, Tera. In addition to the weekly video emails you'll receive, you can explore the sites on your own. In fact, there are 9 videos on the life of Jesus-- the Passion Week videos are the final 3. Once again, welcome!

 

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Gloria on Apr 19, 2019

 

I had never thought about the location of Israel as important in God's plan for the nations. I realize that because of its location, Israel was able to exert influence over all of the other nations in the then-known world. I wonder if that might not be so today also. Sometimes, I think, Americans view the United States as the center of influence in the rest of the world, but is that just an acknowledgement of our egotism or a reality? Could it be that the REALLY influential area of the world is the area in and around the Bible lands? I look forward to learning more as I explore these lessons and videos.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 19, 2019

 

Geography played a huge role in Israel influence, but since we have airplanes now, influence is more of a principle to apply. You'll see this much more in the videos on Capernaum and Megiddo. Thanks, Gloria.

 

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Marianne on Mar 23, 2019

 

What a unique perspective about what the Land of Israel teaches us in the six areas of our walk with Him. Thank you, Wayne!

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 23, 2019

 

You're welcome, Marianne! I pray you and John enjoy re-experiencing these places. :-)

 

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Marta on Feb 8, 2019

 

We are going to enjoy the coming adventure

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 11, 2019

 

Marta, I'm thrilled that you've joined Walking the Bible Lands! I pray that you TRULY are encouraged by God's Word and the land of the Bible. God bless you.

 

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Judy on Nov 11, 2018

 

contentment!- Realize how often God's children want to be someplace else, instead of learning the lessons the Lord has for us- in the very place He put us..

 

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Wayne Stiles on Nov 12, 2018

 

Yes, Judy, contentment seems to be a lesson we need to learn over and over... Thanks.

 

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James on Sep 17, 2018

 

"The Holy Land gives a sense of authenticity to our Holy Bible." It sure does, especially when you lift out those 6 lessons for us. Thanks.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Sep 17, 2018

 

Thanks, James. Those lessons have tons of implications, scattered like stones in most every site in Israel.

 

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Laura on Aug 19, 2018

 

Hope, security and trust.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 19, 2018

 

Those elements of faith are high on my list as well, Laura. Thanks for your comment.

 

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Christine on Aug 14, 2018

 

I am so looking forward to continuing this journey into a deeper understanding of my Lord, Jesus Christ. I had the opportunity to visit Israel for 10 days in January 2018. I was asked upon my return if the trip had made a difference. I thought for a short while and responded that God created such a wonderful world and that He has blessed us abundantly regardless of where He placed us. I still believe that, but visiting Israel, in reality, was a dream of mine since I finally realized that Christ Jesus, in His love, saved even me. I am content where I am, but hope to return to Israel again. Until that time, I am so looking forward to revisiting via this Walking the Bible Lands site. Thank you so much for offering this.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 14, 2018

 

So glad you've joined the "tour", Christine! I pray the Lord profoundly blesses you as you re-enjoy the Bible lands. God bless you.

 

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Mary on Jul 12, 2018

 

Lesson #4 Influence spoke to me the most with where I am right now. God has been convicting me and showing where I have lost my self-control and have taken my eyes off of the Kingdom and onto the world. I have been letting the world influence me but I am ready to commit and surrender to God to transform me and remove the desire to give into a temptation that for years I had conquered. It is a little seed that has been growing and growing and I have let it get to a point where now I am sinning in this area. I know that God uses me to influence others for Christ, but I also know that I cannot take others where I'm not willing to go myself. Thank you, Lord for your Holy Spirit that has been convicting me and revealing to me my sin.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jul 12, 2018

 

How wonderfully transparent of you, Mary. You might enjoy watching the video on Megiddo, which is all about influence—and how essential it is that we guard our hearts.

 

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Mary on Jul 12, 2018

 

Thanks Wayne. I have learned through the years that people can relate to you more when you are transparent and don't pretend that you have it all together. There is so much in our culture that we need to guard against. And it starts in our minds. I will watch the Megiddo video. Thanks for recommending. Blessings.

 

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Jeffrey on Jun 24, 2018

 

It is difficult to pick just one of the six lessons because they all resonate with me, but I would say that trust resonates the most. I know that no matter what happens in my life or what I face, I can always trust in God's love and His promises to us.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jun 25, 2018

 

What a fabulous truth you share here, Jeffrey. Yes-- trust is so foundational to our walk. It really is another word for faith, I think, which is essential from the beginning of our relationship with God all the way to the end. Thanks for your comment. God bless.

 

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Judy on Jun 21, 2018

 

Thank you. Comprehensive and exciting overview of the Bible lands. looking forward to seeing more soon.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jun 21, 2018

 

Glad you enjoyed the video, Judy. Thanks for letting me know. God bless.

 

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Karen on Jun 14, 2018

 

All 6 do, but TRUST resonates the most. I would (and sometimes still do) go through the same trials over and over till I open the Word and listen to the Holy Spirit, and be obedient. And the biblical promises happen. Now I go to the Word first to hopefully cut off a huge trial beforehand with perfect wisdom and knowledge from God. Obedience truly is key, and is actually freeing. Love God’s way for us.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jun 14, 2018

 

It really does seem to boil down to trust, doesn't it, Karen? I like the way you put it: "Obedience . . . is actually freeing." So, so true.

 

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Melinda on Jun 3, 2018

 

Contentment. There is no true, lasting contentment to be found in this fallen world. I have learned through the challenges of my life that only faith and trust in God provides the peace that is needed.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jun 5, 2018

 

You're right, Melinda. Contentment from this world is truly an illusion. My challenge (far too often) is to resist the urge to become a cynic. Still choosing genuine joy in the Lord-- that's the assignment. :-) Thanks.

 

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Lydia on Jun 1, 2018

 

The lesson that most resonates with me:

Security--I in God, and He in me. He never leaves me behind. Even the land itself is

secure in its place. So many things of God happened right here for many years, God also chose this land and its people and never let go.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jun 2, 2018

 

I like that perspective, Lydia: "Even the land is secure..." That's true-- and it's a great illustration of our security. Thanks and God bless.

 

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Brenda on May 31, 2018

 

This was excellent.

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jun 1, 2018

 

Thank you, Brenda. So glad you enjoyed the video. God bless.

 

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James on May 31, 2018

 

Contentment and Hope resonate with me especially after the closing lesson, "God alone, provides; and God alone, protects." In this we find contentment and hope!

 

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Wayne Stiles on May 31, 2018

 

Great perspective, James. I like the way you connected those thoughts. Thanks!

 

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Wayne Stiles on May 23, 2018

 

Which of the 6 lessons from the land—contentment, hope, returning, influence, security, and trust—most resonates with you?

 

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Top 6 Lessons Overview

The Wilderness - Enjoying Security from the Good Shepherd

Anne 

 

I can look back on my 74 years and see the consistency and promises of God in my life…even before I was a Christ follower ! 

He’s the BEST! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 14 

 

Yes, Anne, isn't that so true-- and amazing? We love because He first loved us. 

 

 

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Wanda on Apr 13 

 

How foolish I can be to try and provide for myself when Jesus is right there by my side with abundance and love that has no end. How foolish of me to want something else when only Jesus knows what I really need. I’m amazed that Satan can snatch away from my mind how God has ALWAYS provided for me. Again, thank you Wayne for giving me the means to be a part of this wonderful medium. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 14 

 

We all need those reminders, Wanda! I'm right there with you. 

 

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Cynthia on Feb 15 

 

My eyes are flooded with tears as I read and listen to your teaching and watch the video, Psalm 23, I have never received it as I did today. 

Blessings 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 15 

 

Isn't Psalm 23, wonderful, Cynthia? What grace our Good Shepherd gives us! 

 

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Ty on Jan 28 

 

A great video to see again and soak in the anointed teaching and expounding Wayne has in his given gifting and talents from the Lord. A wonderful reminder again of the goodness of our faithful God. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 30 

 

Indeed, Ty, we always need that reminder and encouragement, don't we? God's provision in the wilderness is so good. 

 

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Frances Tencza on Aug 23, 2022 

 

I recited the Psalm 23 at my mom’s death bed! She was in a comatose state, and not sure if she believed in the Lord Jesus. I pray that God gave her comfort and before she drew her last breath He took her home to be with Jesus.🙏🙏🙏 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 24, 2022 

 

What a privilege you had, Frances, to recite Psalm 23 to your mom. We can rest in our sovereign God. 

 

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Marcia Visker on May 26, 2022 

 

I love your comment: Contentment comes from security. I think that has been the basis of the spiritual gift God has given my husband and me - Giving. We are not rich but we love to give financially to our church, missions and even individuals. We have long ago decided what lifestyle we would live and give the rest away. We are content because of our security in Christ! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on May 27, 2022 

 

There are SO many ways to be rich, Marcia. God bless you as you serve Him and give so generously. 

 

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Rosemary on May 13, 2022 

 

Beautifully presented - thank you. It is so 'calming.' 

It's one that could be played many times for assurance that God leads, walks besides us during stormy times etc, and to know that when I look back on circumstances to see that God was indeed with me through that season even though it felt that He wasn't. 

 

The visuals are so good showing the geographical areas and changing seasons of Israel, with lushness and spaseness of the Judean Wilderness. It is so helpful to see the tracks that are crisscrossed across the hills that the sheep follow their own track. It's very helpful to see that in relation to sheep following their shepherd and that the sheep "know" their shepherd. But also understand that in that rocky terrane that at times the shepherd may leave the others to go searching for the one that is lost etc. The other sheep have a "known" track that they could follow until the shepherd returns with the one that was being searched for. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on May 13, 2022 

 

I appreciate your comments, Rosemary. Indeed, we need to remain "on track" and not wander away from our Good Shepherd. God bless you as you follow Him today. 

 

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Yvonne Chang on Apr 20, 2022 

 

Contentment comes from God's assurance of provision and security in Christ, my personal shepherd. Feeding on the Word of God gives me contentment for my spiritual nourishment. 

 

Paul teaches us in Philippians 4:11-13 about contentment. "Not that I speak from want, for I have learnt to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I knew how to get along with humble means and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any need, in any circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me." 

 

So no matter what happens, we will know how to abound when we are prosperous or when we have nothing by knowing that we can face through all our circumstances in life the way He wants us to. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 21, 2022 

 

Magnificent applications you share, Yvonne. Thank you so much. 

 

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Karen Ernst on Apr 15, 2022 

 

I was baptized in the Jordan in 2018. What a blessed memory that is! In the video you quoted Phil 1:6 and I need to cling to it. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 17, 2022 

 

Indeed, Karen, we all need to claim closer to our Lord Jesus Christ. What a blessing for you to have been baptized in the Jordan River several years ago! God bless you. 

 

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Karen Ernst on Apr 15, 2022 

 

I am hanging on to the image of Jesus the Good Shephard rescueing my grandsons from sin & fornication. Also rescueing me from worry that they will refuse to return to the Lord. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 17, 2022 

 

Your grandsons are blessed beyond measure, Karen, for your prayers for them and for your compassion. I pray the Lord powerfully encourages you and answers your prayers very soon. God bless you. Luke 18:1 

 

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Patty on Apr 14, 2022 

 

Gods leading leads me through the valleys- where I press into my Shepherd more and more. The narrower the valley the closer I press - until I end up on His shoulders ❤️ 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 14, 2022 

 

You paint a beautiful word picture, Patty. Thank you. 

 

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Katherine Medina on Apr 12, 2022 

 

Great teaching on trusting God. I really enjoyed the transcript of the teaching on Other Downloads. I was able to go through and pick up the 3 steps much easier than from the video. 1 Look Ahead You. 2. Look Beside You & Look Behind You. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 13, 2022 

 

Thank you for letting me know that the transcript was a help, Katherine. I pray that the Lord will continue to bless you through each video. 

 

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Bill & Lenora Raines on Apr 9, 2022 

 

Contentment and security come from hearing and following God’s Word through Jesus. Lenora 

 

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Ty on Apr 3, 2022 

 

A good thought provoking video with some great teaching and expounding to go along side the superb filming. The question in the "join the conversation', What other lessons do you find in the biblical picture of God as your Shepherd? drew me to Psalm 96 which paints a glorious song to sing to the Lord.. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 4, 2022 

 

Thank you for adding the reference to Psalm 96. 

 

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Pamela on Mar 26, 2022 

 

He leads us through the wilderness, good and bad times. 

 

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Dana on Feb 12, 2022 

 

Great video, I love how you compared the two passages, Psalm 23 and John 10, from the perspective of the sheep and shepherd. I also love how you tied them both together by reminding us that contentment can only be found in Jesus as we allow his security, comfort, and grace to be our guide. It's been great to meditate on these truths. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 13, 2022 

 

That’s right, Dana, the Lord‘s grace as our shepherd is also there as our keeper. May he continue to bless you with every video. 

 

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Marian on Feb 5, 2022 

 

I will never be able to go to the Bible Lands, being able to visit all the geographical locations daily I brings Gods word to life for me! 

The 23rd Psalm is a highlight of my journey as he leads me, is beside me and his loving kindness follows me. 

God bless you and this ministry! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 6, 2022 

 

What a blessing, Marian, that you get to see all of these biblical places, even though you will not perhaps see them in person. I pray that the Lord will continue to bless you through the videos. 

 

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Shelley on Feb 1, 2022 

 

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Ruthann on Jan 27, 2022 

 

I appreciate the three perspectives. Looking back into the valleys and seeing God’s Grace and prevision increases my faith and gives me even more assurance that he is always with me. This helps me safe the future dealing with my husband’s terminal cancer. We both feel so blessed. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 27, 2022 

 

I pray for God's grace and strength for you, Ruthann, as well as for your husband in this final season of struggle and hope. I'm thrilled that the Psalm 23 principles encourage you. God bless you. 

 

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Vicki on Jan 25, 2022 

 

What a beautiful way to start my day. The scripture, video, music and your lesson poured God's love, peace and comfort over me. Thank you. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 25, 2022 

 

I'm so glad you enjoyed the video on Psalm 23, Vicki. May the Lord continue to give you grace as you follow the Good Shepherd. God bless you. 

 

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Ann on Jan 23, 2022 

 

Thank you for this lesson , the beautiful verses, & lovely music. It was a blessing to me. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 23, 2022 

 

I'm so glad you enjoyed the video on Psalm 23, Ann. I pray you continue to enjoy the videos. God bless you. 

 

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Jerrie on Jan 21, 2022 

 

This video really brought the 23rd Psalm alive for me. I've read it many times, but to see it visually made it real! I'm beginning to see total focus on the Lord brings contentment no matter what's going on all around. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 23, 2022 

 

Yes, Jerrie, it's amazing how seeing the land where all these events took place makes the events come to life! I'm so glad you're enjoying the videos and the Lord is encouraging you. God bless you. 

 

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Lynn on Jan 20, 2022 

 

Love this it really helps with the meaning of the scripturrd 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 21, 2022 

 

That's wonderful, Lynn. I'm so glad the Psalm 23 video encouraged and helped. God bless you. 

 

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Cynthi on Jan 20, 2022 

 

Your voice is very peaceful and I feel, I can trust you! Thankful to the Holy spirit. I take learning about God very seriously and not too many people have been able to teach me, so thank you 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 20, 2022 

 

Thank you, Cynthi! What a blessing to be able to connect with you over the videos and to encourage you in your walk with Christ. God bless you. 

 

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Neil on Jan 20, 2022 

 

I loved it and was blessed by the clamness of the video of fields. I also love your commentary. 

I loved it but am I able to cast these videos on to a Television, My wife and I would like to watch them with a full picture and full sound. I know I can us an HDMI cord and put on the screen but casting is much easier then getting the cord and plugging it in. 

Neil Timpson 

NeilTimpson@gmail.com 

(603) 703-6790 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 20, 2022 

 

Hi, Neil. You should be able to cast the video to your television. I will ask someone on my team to connect with you about that. God bless you. 

 

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Lorraine on Jan 19, 2022 

 

It is comforting to know that trusting Jesus brings us to a place of peace 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 19, 2022 

 

So true! Our Lord Jesus indeed is our Comforter as well as our Shepherd. God bless you. 

 

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Cynthia on Jan 18, 2022 

 

I watched the original video and was impressed. I prayed for about an hour about purchasing it. Money is very tight right now. But I felt led to purchase it for myself and my 15 yo grandson who I have raised. I firmly believe there is much to gain by immersive history. Thank you for this opportunity to join you in this journey. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 18, 2022 

 

I am thrilled, Cynthia, that the Lord led you to join and that He confirmed it by encouraging you through these videos. I pray that He would continue to encourage you and to provide for you to be encouraged. God bless you — and welcome! 

 

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Claudia on Jan 4, 2022 

 

I was able to read Psalm 23 to my husband on his deathbed . What a comfort to know Jesus was with him and he need not fear .Jesus wax also holding me. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 5, 2022 

 

Wow, Claudia, what a magnificent memory of Psalm 23. May the Lord continue to be your Shepherd… 

 

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Donna on Sep 26, 2021 

 

When I think of God as my Shepherd, I think about his leading and guiding me along the path of life. He leads me to His Word that feeds my soul, and quenches my thirst to know Him, and to grow and mature in my walk with Him. As our Shepherd He takes care of His sheep who are sick or hurt. He's placed me on the path of healing many times. Shepherds protect their sheep from harm, as God protects me day by day. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Sep 28, 2021 

 

Great insights, Donna. Thank you for sharing them. Our good Shepherd cares for His sheep. Oh, I am so glad He does… 

 

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Patti on Sep 22, 2021 

 

When I had a panic attack and had to take a stress test I recited the Ps. 23. A calm came over me and I imagined holding Jesus hand while walking beside a creek on a green grassy hillside. I was able to pass the stress test and haven’t had a panic attack since. The Lord truly is our shepherd and cares deeply for each of us. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Sep 24, 2021 

 

What an interesting story, Patti. Thank you so much for sharing it. I'm so glad that the scripture in Psalm 23 was an encouragement to you. 

 

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Charmaine on Sep 16, 2021 

 

Everytime I feel my faith being weakened all I have to do is read this Psalm and He definitely Restores my Soul" Loved the video. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Sep 16, 2021 

 

I'm so glad that the video encouraged you, Charmaine. I pray that Psalm 23 continues to be a close companion for you and continues to offer you much encouragement. God bless you. 

 

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Deloris on Sep 11, 2021 

 

Psalm 23. Has been a favorite for many years. Good to start this day 

With that word And to look for contentment thank you. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Sep 11, 2021 

 

I’m so glad that the video on Psalm 23 encouraged you, Deloris. May the Lord continue to lift you up with each video as you look at the land and read the Scriptures. God bless you. 

 

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Judith on Aug 23, 2021 

 

I enjoyed the first video and my heart longs to be there. I look forward to seeing the reminder of the videos. My husband, a Baptist pastor, and I took our first trip to the Holy Land in 1975. Our first church recognized how much he wanted to go, but they also understood he would not want to go without me. That little country church completely paid for our trip. I would not take anything for the experience. Israel then was very different from today. We went to Samaria and Bethlehem with the same ease as my going to my mailbox. We made our next trip in 2000, and during the coming years, twelve trips were made. My husband also participated in an archaeological dig at Hazor. As co-host for these tours, I have been blessed to introduce many people to the Holy Land. A trip really is an eye opener. We read the Bible from a Western perspective and usually do not give much thought to the lay of the land. During one of our trips, I spent most of the ten days with a pastor who was blown out of the water. His minds eye view varied differently than reality. My husband and I made our last trip in 2018. A 2019 trip was planned but because of COVID, it was cancelled. I hope to make a 2021 trip. My husband had a heart for the Holy Land, but little did we know in 2018 it would be his last trip. In December 2018 he was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia that resulted in his death on April 13, 2020. He loved walking the streets of the Old City but now he is walking on streets of gold. I would encourage Christians to budget a way to go on a tour. It is life changing and one will never be the same! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 24, 2021 

 

Your story is magnificent, Judith, and I'm thrilled to read it. What a HUGE blessing God gave you and your husband in your many tours to Israel. As a veteran traveler to the Holy Land, you'll find many familiar places in these videos-- and also many new sites! I pray the Lord gives you much encouragement as you remember your journeys and as you see the rest of the Bible lands. God bless you -- and welcome! 

 

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Wanda Faith Sewell on Aug 16, 2021 

 

Jesus and the Father are ONE and that goes beyond purpose. Jesus told Philip if you see Me you have seen the Father in John 14:5-11. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 17, 2021 

 

What a great connection you make here, Wanda. I love that truth that Jesus and the Father are one. YES. 

 

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Suzanne on Jul 12, 2021 

 

This video made me feel peaceful because I once was lost but my shepherd found me and brought me back and my love for Him is increasing day by day. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jul 12, 2021 

 

What a blessing, Suzanne, that the video was an encouragement to you as a reminder of your great salvation. God bless you. 

 

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Jenny on Jun 15, 2021 

 

I am weeping. The “paths of righteousness” is an image I’ll keep close to my heart...the paths aren’t glamorous looking, and have cost me everything, in some earthly sense. But I know I’m walking with my good shepherd. 

 

The images and devotional style of this passage I’ve rehearsed since childhood touch my heart w fresh rivers of his love. 

 

Finding this website today is a tangible reward for me from the Fathers heart for trusting Him in the journey. Thank you Jesus for the encouragement to keep going! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jun 18, 2021 

 

I'm so glad that the good shepherd video was an encouragement to you. God bless you, Jenny. 

 

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Donna on Apr 29, 2021 

 

My small group did a 12 week lesson on Psalm 23 which brought us all great comfort. We know that our comfort and contentment only comes from the security of knowing that our Lord is with us at all times, when we’re on a Mountain or in the valley. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 29, 2021 

 

What a great blessing, Donna, to have studied Psalm 23 for three months! Wow… I am glad that this video was able to remind you of your significant study and hopefully encourage you in those biblical essentials. God bless you. 

 

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Mary on Apr 29, 2021 

 

In my life there is only security in knowing that Christ is my Savior! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 29, 2021 

 

Amen, Mary! Indeed, only our Lord Jesus and His powerful hands give us the security we need. God bless you. 

 

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Patricia on Apr 27, 2021 

 

the scenes are just beautiful and the words comforting! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 27, 2021 

 

I am so glad, Patricia, that the video encouraged you and that the Word of God was a comfort. May the Lord continue to bless you. 

 

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Lynn on Apr 23, 2021 

 

I was moved and inspired by the lesson and imagery from David that each flock/sheep has their own path as they follow the Shepard. Just as we each have our own path of Righteousness in our lives that the Lord leads us through. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 23, 2021 

 

It's amazing, isn't it, Lynn, how the Lord leads us along a path He has made for us? May He continue to bless you as you follow Him. 

 

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Carol on Apr 21, 2021 

 

Really enjoying these videos! Almost feel like I’m there and learning so much more 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 22, 2021 

 

That is wonderful, Carol! That is exactly what I had hoped you would feel as you watch the videos. I pray that you continue to enjoy the videos and that the Lord would encourage you through the Scriptures, the land, and everything else to draw you closer to Him. God bless you. 

 

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Bobbie on Apr 21, 2021 

 

Mr Wayne, I’ve watched this again over and over and finally took notes this time. Love Psalm 23 and how you broke it down - He makes... He leads... He restores... He guides... This such a powerful way to understand Psalm 23 so much better. Thank you. I do feel more secure in my soul knowing God is always with me in the pastures and the valleys and that my salvation is secured. Love this video. That’s why I didn’t want to click the button that I watched it. I kept going back to it bc it is so good. 🥰 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 21, 2021 

 

I love reading your words, Bobbie. And I'm thrilled you watched the video again and again so that the Word can encourage you again and again. Even if you click the button, you can always come back and watch all the videos as many times as you want. God bless you. 

 

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Gayle on Apr 12, 2021 

 

I have always pictured the Shepherd with a calming and comforting voice. The sheep need to hear that to stay on the path. I think that the knowledge of being cared for with a familiar voice gives a person a secure and safe outlook on the future. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 12, 2021 

 

I like that perspective, Gayle. The sheep need the familiar and calming voice of the Shepherd. How essential that we seek His voice in His Word. God bless you. 

 

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Peggy on Apr 8, 2021 

 

I love the story of the Shepard caring for his sheep. My daily prayer is to be listening for and following His guidance in my everyday life. The video and scriptures are inspirational. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 9, 2021 

 

So true, Peggy. The Lord is our Shepherd and He leads us in directions we would never choose, but in hindsight as we look back, we understand He has led us the best way all along. May the Lord bless you as He leads you and as you follow Him. 

 

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Theresa on Apr 6, 2021 

 

That video was so peaceful this is what God brings to us all the time. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 6, 2021 

 

What a blessing, Theresa, that the Lord encouraged you through the wilderness and Psalm 23 video. God bless you. 

 

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Janis on Apr 6, 2021 

 

I found great comfort, contentment in your analogies from Psalm 23: God leading in front, the Lord beside us, and looking back- seeing and knowing his goodness and kindness follows us. So excited to be a part of this journey- your pictures, video, commentary far exceed what I expected this journey to be. Much gratitude to you and your partners. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 6, 2021 

 

I am so glad, Janis, that the Lord is greatly blessing your journey with me through these various Bible lands sites. May He continue to do so! Thank you very much for taking a moment to let me know. God bless you. 

 

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Kelsey on Mar 31, 2021 

 

He reveals things to me which I need to change in order to grow. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 31, 2021 

 

I know what you mean… And isn't it a blessing? Imagine how lost we would be if the Lord never graciously opened our eyes to truth. God bless you. 

 

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Marilynn on Mar 27, 2021 

 

I visited Israel years ago, but your photography/words makes this video experience very spiritual for me. 

I am looking forward to continuing this beautiful journey. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 28, 2021 

 

How exciting for you, Marilynn, to experience the lands of the Bible through these videos. I pray that the journey is encouraging for you and offers tremendous insights. God bless you. 

 

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Macaria on Mar 27, 2021 

 

Looking forward to follow and learn the Bible. I grew up uninformed about the Bible. I am quite old but better late than never. Thank you for this opportunity. 

CG 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 28, 2021 

 

I applaud you, Macaria, that the Lord is providing you the opportunity to learn His Word through the experience of the Bible lands. Hooray! May He bless you and encourage you through each and every video. 

 

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Sally on Mar 25, 2021 

 

Beautiful video 1. Thank you so much in producing these videos. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 25, 2021 

 

I'm glad you are enjoying the videos, Sally. May the Good Shepherd continue to walk with you and comfort you. 

 

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Debbie on Mar 13, 2021 

 

I became born again on Good Friday. The next day I purchased a bible but did not know where to start. I just opened it up and there was psalm 23. I new the Lord was telling me that He was going to guide me and take care of me. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 15, 2021 

 

What a blessing for you to have open your Bible to Psalm 23. And to be saved on good Friday? Wow… Such wonderful memories for you, Debbie. 

 

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Pat on Mar 13, 2021 

 

I have had some contentment in my life when I didn’t know what direction to go but I knew he would tell me.. And he did in better ways than I would have imagined. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 15, 2021 

 

What a blessing for you, Pat, to have received clear direction from the Lord in the past. Isn't that amazing? In spite of the fact that we read a Bible written so long ago, its truth is still relevant for us today. May the Lord bless you as you continue to follow His leading. 

 

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Lydia on Mar 13, 2021 

 

God has protected me from some many dangers in my life and it is only because of him that I am alive today 

 

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Natalie on Mar 9, 2021 

 

I love knowing that we can never be taken out of Gods hand. That to me is contentment. Knowing we are sealed and His for eternity. It is all about not what I can do but what Jesus has already done on that rugged cross. I love the 23rd Psalm and I think it’s important for every Christian to memorize it. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 10, 2021 

 

I love the way you put that, Natalie. It is so true! There is great contentment in security. God bless you. 

 

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Mely on Mar 7, 2021 

 

Contentment is something everyone should seek, but no one does nor understands. It precedes bliss. 

 

Contentment comes as pure grace in trusting God. We all strive for happiness, which is temporal and fleeting, on the surface, abundant but unstable. Happiness is self-satisfying , contentment is spirit-driven. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 7, 2021 

 

I like the way you describe contentment, Mely. I pray that the Lord would give you grace to have contentment in an ever-increasing way. God bless you. 

 

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Mely on Mar 7, 2021 

 

Thank you, Wayne. 

 

I truly appreciate your blessing. 

 

God be with you! 

 

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Doreen on Mar 6, 2021 

 

The 23rd Psalms has always been one of my prayers that I have learned from a child. I always ask God to walk before me stand beside me and stay behind me. Contentment is now added when I say this Psalms. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 7, 2021 

 

What a blessing, Doreen, that Psalm 23 has always been with you. I pray and always will be! God bless you. 

 

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Rosemarie on Mar 2, 2021 

 

Psalm 23 was never explained to me like you did in this video. I have a much better understanding of it now. This was my late husband’s favorite psalm and he loved it. I can appreciate that now thank you. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 3, 2021 

 

I’m so glad, Rosemarie, that the Psalm 23 video blessed you. I pray it continues! 

 

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Andrea on Feb 28, 2021 

 

There have been many crossroads in my life where I could wander as sheep wander. I turn to the Lord for direction. The Lold is my Shepherd. I shall not want. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 28, 2021 

 

I know what you mean, Andrea. Thankfully, our gracious Heavenly Father is also our good Shepherd. May God bless you as you follow Him. 

 

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Lenora on Feb 26, 2021 

 

Psalm 23 is a favorite of mine. One that I learned in childhood. As an adult I recite it often because the LORD is my Shepherd and I do not want. As the shepherd tends his flock so my LORD takes care of me and I can rest in that security. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 27, 2021 

 

I also love Psalm 23, Lenora. Isn't it comforting? Much like the Lord's Prayer. May the Good Shepherd bless you and encourage you. I hope you continue to be blessed as you watch these videos. 

 

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Maria on Feb 26, 2021 

 

What a lovely video! Psalm 23 has always been a great comfort to me. The way you presented it came to life! I loved the sheep tracks! 

Contentment is what I always pray for. With Jesus as my shepherd, I feel secure! Thank you! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 27, 2021 

 

Yes, Maria, aren't those sheep tracks a great illustration? Contentment is such a wonderful goal. God bless you. 

 

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Karen on Feb 20, 2021 

 

My contentment comes from security. And my security is in Him. What a wonderful thought to meditate on and live by especially in these challenging times. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 22, 2021 

 

So true, Karen. Security in the Lord is the only true security. God bless you. 

 

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Vicki on Feb 18, 2021 

 

The picture of the sheep tracks (tracks of righteousness) was a new revelation! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 18, 2021 

 

That's great, Vicki. Those tracks of righteousness are the kind of ruts we want to stay in. :-) God bless you as you follow the Shepherd. 

 

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Mary on Feb 11, 2021 

 

The 23 psalm is one of my favorites. It says it all. I trust in the Lord and He shall lead me . 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 11, 2021 

 

Absolutely yes, Mary. God is our shepherd and walks with us through those valleys. God bless you. 

 

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Jae on Feb 6, 2021 

 

Thank you for listing the scriptures and the charcters 

 

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Kim on Feb 5, 2021 

 

Wow! I love this video. Such a comfort. Fills my heart with thankfulness. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 5, 2021 

 

I am so glad you enjoyed the wilderness video, Kim. There is a lot to be encouraged by and the truth of God's Word. 

 

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Glenda on Jan 29, 2021 

 

I have read this psalm so many times but I had not seen the transition from He to You. Just goes to show the Word is "alive " it speaks to every situation 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 29, 2021 

 

I know what you mean, Glenda. God's Word is living and active — and it often shows us new truths every time we open it. God bless you as you continue to study His Word and watch the videos. 

 

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Barbara on Feb 18, 2021 

 

In psalm 23 we also see the covenant names of God and the depth of His relationship with us. Verse 6 in the Hebrew speaks of God pursuing us with His goodness and mercy rather than following us. A beautiful psalm to visualize daily and I love how you scenes from Israel and the music bring such contentment. 

 

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Susan on Jan 28, 2021 

 

My Dad passed away Aug. 17th and I think of him almost daily as something comes up just like this. This verse was on his memorial card. Love this scripture and the video too! Thankyou! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 28, 2021 

 

Thanks for sharing about your Dad, Susan. I pray the Lord continues to bring him to mind for you in many ways such as with these videos and God's Word. May He comfort you. 

 

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Rosemarie on Jan 26, 2021 

 

Psalm 23 means so much to me. Loved this video and the sheep. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 27, 2021 

 

I am so glad you enjoyed the video on Psalm 23, Rosemarie. I pray the Lord continues to encourage you through the videos. God bless you. 

 

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Donna on Jan 23, 2021 

 

Just as the shepherd leads sheep to green pastures and still waters, Jesus as my Shepherd has given me His Word as my daily bread, and His Spirit of living water, that sustain me and fill me with His life. My Shepherd's Words become my prayer as I go through life's trials in the valleys, and look to Him to lead me through them, and to help me respond to those trials in a Christ-like way. His Spirit protects me from the words and actions of others like the oil poured on sheep's heads, that protected sheep from other rams butting heads with them, and insects/parasites that affected their health. His Word is my rod and my staff that comforts and protects me as He guides, directs, moves, and corrects me through each day, keeping me in the fold under His constant care. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 24, 2021 

 

I love these devotional and applicational thoughts you have here, Donna. Thanks so much for sharing them. God bless you. 

 

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Joan on Jan 22, 2021 

 

Psalm 23 has always been of great comfort and assurance to me, on which I have called many times in the valleys of challenges I've faced. The passage about His rod and staff became clear to me a few decades ago in reading a book about Psalm 23 (forget the author sadly): He will use His staff to pull us back from danger and draw us close and He will use His rod to stave off predators and obstacles as well--I am always secure in Him! This visual depiction showing what David saw, knew, and experienced as his inspiration for writing Psalm 23 has greatly edified my favorite Psalm of all! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 22, 2021 

 

How wonderful, Joan, that the video encouraged you with regard to a psalm that was already a favorite! I love how the Lord takes what is great and makes it even better in our lives. God bless you. 

 

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Joan on Jan 22, 2021 

 

Thank you so much for taking time to respond and for your blessing, Dr. Stiles. In researching the earlier book I mentioned on Psalm 23, it may have been one of Phillip Keller's much earlier editions of "A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23" (early 1970s), as I just learned today of his extensive background in Africa. Our Associate Minister at that time had recommended the book, which thoroughly blessed me. Rocket forward another 45-ish years and my church did a sermon and Bible Study series on "A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23" across all church groups--it was an awesome study. I highly recommend that book for everyone's library. Thank you again. 

 

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Karen on Jan 15, 2021 

 

I have helped Senior Citizens in their homes for 20 years and more. When I have to do a daily report of my visit and peace prevails in the home...I just write the word Content. That was a natural word for me to use for when love, peace, and blessed feelings abound that word remained strong in my definition of the day. Enjoyed the beauty of this video and message. Very awesome meditation material. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 16, 2021 

 

I like your reflective thought here, Karen. And may I applaud you and thank you for your work and your ministry among the elderly. God bless you. 

 

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Sherry on Jan 14, 2021 

 

We are excited to rediscover Israel, it’s been 10 yrs since we have been there and time has taken some of the sweet memories but we are so happy to relive it through this resource. Thank you very much for giving this opportunity to replace those memories for us today! 

Rich and Sherry DeCosta 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 14, 2021 

 

I'm really excited for you both, Rich and Sherry, that you get to relive your experience in Israel. God bless you as you enjoy the videos, the memories, and as you get to see so many NEW places. 

 

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Maria on Jan 8, 2021 

 

Psalm 23 has always been my go to passage especially when I am facing the valleys of life. In Jesus Christ, our Shepherd, I find rest with my weary heart and mind. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 9, 2021 

 

Yes, Maria, Psalm 23 is a marvelous chapter of comfort and peace in the midst of the world's chaos. May the Good Shepherd Jesus lead you in His paths of righteousness. God bless you. 

 

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Sandi on Jan 7, 2021 

 

Beautiful pastures, and the sheep graze so peaceful. Jesus wants us to leave our worries with him and have his peace. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 7, 2021 

 

That's right, Sandi. The Lord wants us to cast all our cares on Him. What a beautiful picture is the sheep and shepherd. God bless you. 

 

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Cynthia on Jan 6, 2021 

 

Such a peaceful video. Very welcome after the events of today. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 7, 2021 

 

I am glad that this video encouraged you, Cynthia. Indeed we need much hope to look forward to God's kingdom. 

 

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Barbara on Jan 4, 2021 

 

I love the fact that our Good Shepherd walks beside us through the valleys. He is always with us and promises to never ever leave us. That deinfitely provides a security that we won't find anywhere else. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 4, 2021 

 

I like the way you put that, Barbara. May the Lord encourage you and strengthen you as you walk beside Him each day. God bless you. 

 

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Greg on Jan 4, 2021 

 

That's a really great devotional, but I expected it to be more of a "tour" of the Land? 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 4, 2021 

 

I understand, Greg. I think you'll find that different sites lend themselves to different emphases. I hope you enjoy the rest of the videos. God bless you. 

 

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Doris on Dec 29, 2020 

 

Awesome as a child I had to memorize the 23 Psalm and over the years has provided comfort. So neet to hear that Jesus will not allow Satan to take you away Him. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Dec 29, 2020 

 

Isn't it wonderful, Doris, to see the context of Psalm 23 for real? It's neat how our memorization as children is not always what we see in reality. I hope that the videos are a great encouragement to your walk with Christ. God bless you. 

 

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Sue on Dec 17, 2020 

 

I loved the realization that David's intimacy with God...and God's intimacy with us...increases as we walk through the valleys 

What an awesome God we serve!🙌🙌 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Dec 17, 2020 

 

Yes, Sue, isn't that a wonderful observation from the text? How gracious of our God to embrace us in those moments we need Him most. Only He knows the perfect timing of it all. May the Lord bless you as you continue to walk with Him. 

 

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Nancy on Dec 14, 2020 

 

I just watched the video of the good shepherd. It was amazing I could have reached out and touched the sheep 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Dec 14, 2020 

 

That's perfect, Nancy! I had hoped you would be able to feel the wool in your fingers and God's encouragement in your heart. God bless you. 

 

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Gina on Dec 10, 2020 

 

I 'am absolutely loving these videos and lessons. Thank you for all the hard work you've done to bless us with these beautiful Bible land translations. It really does bring the Bible to life. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Dec 12, 2020 

 

I'm thrilled, Gina, that the Lord is blessing you through His Word, the land, and the videos! May He continue to do so. God bless you. 

 

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Robin on Nov 21, 2020 

 

Awesome and helps me so 

Much to learn on the Bible 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Nov 22, 2020 

 

Robin, I'm so grateful that the videos are helping you to learn more about God's Word. May the Lord continue to bless you as you watch and as you read. Thanks! 

 

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Denise on Oct 17, 2020 

 

Because God is my Shepard, I have food to eat- He provides for me... I can rest at night- He watches over me and protects me,.. and I don't have to worry or stress in planning for my future- He knows the right way and what tomorrow holds. Thank you for this beautiful reminder. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Oct 17, 2020 

 

I love the beautiful reminders you mentioned, Denise. Thanks so much. 

 

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Jane on Oct 16, 2020 

 

I just joined. I am loving this video of the good Shepherd! It is so peaceful and calming. I am sure I’ll be watching this video often, especially when I get nervous or upset. God bless you. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Oct 17, 2020 

 

Welcome, Jane! I'm so glad you've joined and that the Lord is already blessing and encouraging you through the videos. May He continue to do so! God bless you. 

 

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Charolette on Oct 14, 2020 

 

Hello! I just joined for a year last night after watching the tour. I am sad I have never been to Israel, but maybe one day I can see it up close. I would love to walk where Jesus walked. Thank you for creating this amazing experience for all His children to enjoy. I loved watching this video and hearing more about Psalms 23. I enjoyed watching all the animals too. It looks so beautiful. Look forward to watching more videos in the coming months so I can learn more about one of my dream vacations. God Bless You! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Oct 14, 2020 

 

Welcome, Charolette! I am so glad that you have chosen to join this journey with me. I pray that these virtual tour videos will be a great encouragement to your walk with Christ. I hope that you will go to Israel one day! When you do, I hope you go with me. God bless you. 

 

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Veronica on Oct 8, 2020 

 

I am new here and didn’t get to see much but I am already loving it! I was in Israel in January of 2020 and had a wonderful experience! The highlight of the trip was being baptized in the Jordan river! Go is so good! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Oct 8, 2020 

 

What a great privilege you had, Veronica, going to Israel in 2020 before everything shut down! What a blessing. I am thrilled that you are getting to see some of the significant places you’ve experienced on your journey – as well as so many more! God bless you. 

 

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Debbie on Oct 7, 2020 

 

Loved going to the Jordan River in 2010 and was baptized there and and changed so many beliefs in my life. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Oct 7, 2020 

 

Wow, Debbie, what a privilege for you to be baptized in the Jordan River. I am glad it had a profound impact on you, and I pray that the Word of God would continue to encourage you and be the source of growth and encouragement in your life. 

 

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John on Oct 3, 2020 

 

Do you have a cd or download with the music only? Beautiful. Would make a great add on for increase in revenue. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Oct 4, 2020 

 

That is a nice idea, John. Most of the background music I have purchased with a license only for this purpose, so I couldn't resell it. So glad you enjoyed the video, and I pray the Lord will continue to bless you and encourage you. 

 

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Jeanette on Sep 22, 2020 

 

Very powerful and beautiful. Such a simple reminder, that I tend to forget at times, that Jesus protects and provides - He will not forsake me. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Sep 23, 2020 

 

Yes, Jeanette, it is a beautiful reminder. How gracious is our God to protect us and to provide for us like a good shepherd! May the Lord continue to bless you as you seek Him. 

 

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Greg on Sep 17, 2020 

 

Contentment. Easier said than done, especially when you know there is something more, something better waiting for you. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Sep 17, 2020 

 

Very true, Greg. Contentment is such a challenge, isn't it? The tempter always has an alternative that seems to be a quicker and easier solution. But it always has long-term regrets. How essential that we cling to what God has provided. 

 

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Terry on Aug 15, 2020 

 

Watching this today, the imagery of sheep walking the same paths really resonated with me. Mind blowing how the Psalm was written oh so many years ago, yet remains relevant today. Thanks be to God! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 15, 2020 

 

Isn't that amazing, Terry? God's Word is profoundly timeless in our lives. May the Lord continue to bless you as you read the Scripture. 

 

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Lucila on Aug 14, 2020 

 

The Lord is always with us holding us protecting us providing for us. He is our shepherd He is the way. Enjoyed the video beautifully done. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 15, 2020 

 

I am so glad that the video encouraged you, Lucila. May the Lord continue to give you encouragement through the videos and through his word. 

 

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Marge on Aug 14, 2020 

 

So much truth in this statement "contentment comes from security". This is the security I look for in Christ. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 15, 2020 

 

Absolutely, Marge. The security we have in Christ is such an amazing contributor to the contentment we can feel each day. God bless you. 

 

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Linda on Jul 23, 2020 

 

Beautiful and Spiritually encouraging. 

 

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Pamela on Jul 9, 2020 

 

I love knowing he is my shepherd. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jul 9, 2020 

 

I agree with you, Pamela. Knowing that God is our Shepherd gives such peace and contentment. God bless you. 

 

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Sheryl on Jul 8, 2020 

 

I love seeing the land with scripture. Jesus is my shepherd and savior and Lord. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jul 8, 2020 

 

I agree with you, Sheryl. I also enjoy connecting the land with the Bible. May the Lord bless you as you continue to do so! 

 

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Katherine on Jul 7, 2020 

 

God as my shepherd protects me. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jul 7, 2020 

 

That's right, Katherine. If God is for us, who can be against us? God bless you. 

 

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Judy on Jul 6, 2020 

 

My father died when I was 13, but the Lord told me He was my daddy. He has shown that he is faithful by guiding, providing, comforting, healing, protecting, and restoring my soul. And He knows my name! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jul 7, 2020 

 

What a wonderful perspective, Judy. Thank you so much for clinging to your Heavenly Father. In a very similar way, I understand what it is like to be without a father. How gracious of our God to draw us closer to Him. 

 

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Nancy on Jul 3, 2020 

 

I watched this just after viewing several videos regarding Black Lives Matter, the LGBTQ community and the church’s response, and COVID-19 current events. Your video was a drink of fresh, pure water - living water! He is always beside us through the valleys—and there are so many valleys we are all experiencing today. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jul 4, 2020 

 

You're so right, Nancy. Such a refreshing contrast to drink from God's Word when the world hands us cups of mud to slug down. May the Lord continue to refresh you! God bless you. 

 

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Yvette on Jun 28, 2020 

 

While I have been single over 20yrs, I realize along this journey “He”has been my strength, security and guide. 

While not always content , James 1 has held me up, all along the way ,as I’ve watched the daily return of the birds singing , each morning and the lilies along the road, So after visiting the land earlier this year I’m certain finding your program is really the clarification of Another beginning .Thankful 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jun 28, 2020 

 

I praise God, Yvette, that He has given you tangible expressions of His grace in your life – like your trip to Israel, birds, and flowers. I’m also privileged to play a small part of His ongoing grace in your life. God bless you! 

 

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Teresa on Jun 27, 2020 

 

I lived this message. You opened my eyes to see Psalm 23 in a new way. I will share these insights with others. Thanks for taking me deeper. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jun 27, 2020 

 

That’s wonderful, Teresa. I pray that Psalm 23 continues to be a comfort to you and to those you share it with. God bless you. 

 

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Friend on Jun 26, 2020 

 

He leads sheep and us, he is our comfort walking beside, and blessing following. Beautiful truth. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jun 27, 2020 

 

Yes, it is a beautiful truth-- and so essential to our contentment. Thanks and God bless. 

 

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Patricia on Jun 25, 2020 

 

A beautiful reminder of what true contentment is. This video reminded me of summers I spent with my grandparents and uncles. They all were dirt farmers but each uncle specialized in a different animal. I walked with the sheep and herded the cattle. I collected eggs and cleaned poultry houses. I worked in the slaughterhouse when I was older. I had a very turbulent childhood with divorce, death through illness and flood, and assault. God gave me those summers to restore my soul and to give me a solid foundation of what a family could be. I was 10 years old and my beloved stepfather was dying. I was sitting on a huge rock on top of the hill overlooking the town. I was crying and asked God why I couldn't have a father who could stay with me. I felt his love and heard his answer. clearly. "You do. I am your Father and I will always be with you." That was 66 years ago. He has kept his word. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jun 26, 2020 

 

Thank you for sharing that wonderful testimony, Patricia. Like you, I had a troubled childhood and the Lord drew me close to Him at a very early age. It is amazing how His grace sustains us and continues to walk beside us along each path. May the Good Shepherd continue to guide you and give you strength. 

 

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Tamra on Jun 25, 2020 

 

The video was great. The scenery was beautiful and a great teaching. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jun 26, 2020 

 

I am thrilled, Tamra, that you enjoy the video and the scenery and teaching. May the Lord continue to encourage you through the land in through His Word. God bless you. 

 

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Maureen on Jun 25, 2020 

 

In our morning devotional I spoke this to my husband. "At this stage of my life I want contentment. As I was watching and listening to this video I heard "contentment comes from security" there is contentment in my life with God ; knowing His promise that He will never leave me gives me security that my Savior is and will always be. Also, I have security in my marriage that God is our guide and our counselor. He is at the center of our marriage. God is our security. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jun 25, 2020 

 

What a wonderful application of the promise of security, Maureen. May the Lord indeed bless you both and affirm your commitment to Him and to each other. God bless you. 

 

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Joyce on Jun 15, 2020 

 

I like to think that the Table He set before us (that covenant meal He shared with His own) was referring to the bread (His flesh) and the wine ( His blood). So powerful! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jun 15, 2020 

 

Yes, Joyce, the metaphors of Scripture are so rich and full of meaning. It really does take pondering and studying the Scriptures to glean all of the nuances that God is trying to teach us. God bless you as you study! 

 

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Nick on Jun 11, 2020 

 

The Good Shepard, Jesus ! 

 

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Lynne on Jun 11, 2020 

 

The 23rd Psalm always reminds me that the Lord loves me so much that He provides everything I need, walks beside me in good times and bad, and at the end of my life I will be with Him in eternity. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jun 12, 2020 

 

You are right, Lynne, this psalm is wonderful in all that it communicates to us of the love and security we have with our Savior. God bless you. 

 

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Martin on Jun 8, 2020 

 

Great insight into David’s perspectives in Psalm 23. I’ve never thought of them like that. I particularly like the fact He walks beside the psalmist and us in the valleys. Thanks for sharing. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jun 8, 2020 

 

Thank you, Martin. Yes, I love the way David says that in the psalm. Such a helpful reminder in those valleys that the Lord is walking with us. God bless you as He walks with you! 

 

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Rhodora on May 30, 2020 

 

"well worn tract"... a history of abiding with Him. 

 

Wayne, your voice is so soothing...matched your teaching on contentment. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on May 30, 2020 

 

Thank you, Rhodora. God bless you. 

 

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Susan on May 29, 2020 

 

With Covid 19 it seems like being in the valley. At this time, it is good to remember how secure we are in God and that he is leading and yet walking beside us as we go through this valley. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on May 29, 2020 

 

Well said, Susan. The current situation is a stark reminder of what is always true – but sometimes it takes a crisis of sorts to make it plain. God bless you. 

 

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Heather on May 15, 2020 

 

Have just watched this again today and it is of comfort to know that wherever we might be in life - if we know Him He will keep hold of us in our situations, help us through those valleys that otherwise overwhelm us and lead us to higher places in time. Even if we don't feel it always He remains with us waiting for us to see again and lead us on again. He is Good 

 

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Wayne Stiles on May 15, 2020 

 

Well said, Heather. What a blessing that Christ, our Good Shepherd, keeps His hand on our lives and souls forever. I like the way you put it: "Even if we don't feel it, always He remains with us waiting for us to see again and lead us on again." Thanks. 

 

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Alejandra on May 12, 2020 

 

I'm eternally grateful for the gift of His salvation! Knowing that nobody and nothing can snatch me away from His hand gives me so much peace. Thank you for putting this truth in such a wonderful way! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on May 12, 2020 

 

Amen, Alejandra! Our security in the hands of our Good Shepherd is such a comfort. God bless you as you rest in Him. 

 

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Melinda on May 4, 2020 

 

Great,thank you 

 

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Wayne Stiles on May 4, 2020 

 

I'm glad you enjoyed the video, Melinda. God bless you. 

 

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Ellen on May 3, 2020 

 

Such a timely video as we are studying Psalms 23 in my (presently by zoom) Bible Study. Also, the idea that Jesus is our eternal Shepherd and is with us all eternally and even through the "valleys" of life (the coronavirus pandemic) is so reassuring, comforting and does lead to contentment. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on May 4, 2020 

 

How wonderful, Ellen, that you're studying Psalm 23 and also get to see the video of the same area. What a providential blessing. :-) I pray the Lord continues to provide timely connections to your personal studies. God bless you. 

 

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Heather on Apr 30, 2020 

 

I've watched this one several times now, and I'm still beinng blessed by it in new ways. I'm preaching this Sunday on these two texts and you've inspired me greatly. I wish I could show everyone in my congregation this video. I'll be sure to let them know about your website tours. :) 

 

 

Wayne Stiles on Apr 30, 2020 

 

I'm glad, Heather, that the video has blessed you each time you've watched it. I find the same is true with God's Word. It is an inexhaustible text! God bless you. 

 

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Apple on Apr 24, 2020 

 

It's quite fun watching it. That you know about the Good Shepherd. I learn more about Psalm 23, to be content. Psalm 23 is my favourite Psalm. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 24, 2020 

 

I'm so glad you enjoyed the Psalm 23 video, Li-Ann. It really is a wonderful truth to be connected to the Good Shepherd. God bless you. 

 

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Apple on Apr 26, 2020 

 

Thankyou Uncle Wayne 

 

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Julie on Apr 17, 2020 

 

I loved having a visual for "the "paths of righteousness" that David used as an illustration and also seeing the steep drop-offs in the "valleys of the shadow of death". Walking with Jesus, knowing He walks before us, beside us and behind us is very powerful....giving way to security and contentment. Thank you. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 17, 2020 

 

That’s great, Julie. It really makes such a difference to see the terrain and the area about which David wrote. God bless. 

 

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Sue on Apr 15, 2020 

 

I appreciated seeing this psalm through the lens of God in front, beside, and behind us and knowing the context of God's lovingkindness is a covenant relationship. Ours through faith in Jesus! I noticed the yellow tag on the ear of each sheep. Are they tracked in some way? 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 15, 2020 

 

Hi, Sue, I'm glad you enjoyed the video about God as our shepherd! I believe those yellow tags are used for identification, and they may also have some sort of insect repellent on them. :-) Much like our Texas cattle. 

 

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Sue on Apr 15, 2020 

 

Interesting. Thank you! 

 

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Heather on Apr 14, 2020 

 

Beautiful scenery and teaching. I've never thought of Psalm 23 in the way you shared it here in this video. Very satisfying. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 15, 2020 

 

That's wonderful, Heather. I'm so glad the Psalm 23 video offered a fresh look at a familiar passage. God bless you as you follow the Good Shepherd. 

 

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Susan on Apr 13, 2020 

 

I love that Jesus is the Good Shepherd and that He walks with me daily. I am thankful for his leading, guidance and restoration. The video was amazing and I want to watch it again. 😀 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 13, 2020 

 

That's wonderful, Susan! One of the great reasons for joining Walking the Bible Lands is that you can even download the videos and watch them as many times as you want. So glad you are taking advantage of these tools. God bless. 

 

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Paula on Apr 12, 2020 

 

I loved hearing about the Lord's caring for us and the setting in the video was comforting and beautiful. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 13, 2020 

 

Yes, Paula, seeing the Lord as our Shepherd is a marvelous metaphor for His grace and our security. I'm so glad the video was an encouragement to you. God bless you. 

 

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Gina on Apr 10, 2020 

 

I really learned so much about being the sheep from a small book called, A Shepherd Looks at The 23 Psalm by Phillip Keller. I just opened my eyes to all the times the Bible says how we are His sheep.. and boy, after reading that book, I realized how much we are and Christ is the Good Shepherd. So I am truly enjoying your video.. I can really relate. It's so wonderful to be in the care of the Good Shepherd. I am content in His care. I want to learn so much more about Him. Thank you for this, Dr. Wayne. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 10, 2020 

 

Good to hear from you, Gina. Yes, I know of Keller's great book. We have had it for many years-- and it does offer a wonderful perspective on us as sheep and Christ as Shepherd. Thanks for reminding me of that. I hope and pray you continue to enjoy these videos as we journey through the lands of the Bible. God bless you. 

 

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Marcella on Feb 23, 2020 

 

A wonderful reminder that I am loved and cared for by the Father in all circumstances! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 23, 2020 

 

Yes, Marcella! These passages are such a magnificent reminder of God's love, care, and grace in our lives. May the Good Shepherd bless you as you continue to follow Him. 

 

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Tammie on Jan 2, 2020 

 

Loved this video with the sheep in Israel! Such a great visual of how our Shepherd cares for us! 

Thank you for sharing this😊 

Tammie 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 2, 2020 

 

Yes, Tammie, those sheep are a wonderful illustration of our loving Good Shepherd. It was a blessing to come upon the flock that day and to allow them to contribute in such a powerful way to this video. God bless. 

 

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Laurene on Oct 29, 2019 

 

WOW! Such a beautiful visual. This is my third video and I can already tell that this site is going to be one of my top 10 bible tools. Thank you and bless all involved in making this available. You have planted such a beautiful seed for his kingdom. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Oct 29, 2019 

 

I'm so glad, Laurene, that the Lord is blessing your time with the videos. You're right, there really is nothing like seeing where the biblical story takes place. It adds so much to the context of the Bible. God bless you. 

 

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Judy on Oct 9, 2019 

 

The best teaching on Psalm 23! 

The shift in person/perspective from "He" (leading) to "you" (beside us) stood out to me - the proximity and position in relation to the visuals of the valley and the green pastures. Also, the "well worn tracks of righteousness" for "each flock" reminds us of the security in His presence in our covenant relationship with Him. I very much appreciate the Hebrew reference and would like to know lovingkindness in Hebrew. Also, the Greek reference to "one" - "in person and in nature" - and would appreciate references for both. 

Do you have any videos that specifically address the Hebrew festivals and their application? Especially during this sacred time on the Jewish calendar, I would like to explore any videos you might have that touch on Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur and the Feast of Trumpets. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Oct 9, 2019 

 

Judy, I love your questions. The Hebrew for "lovingkindness" is hesed. It basically refers to an unconditional devotion based on relationship or covenant. It's the New Testament's corresponding term for "grace." As far as the Greek term for "one," heis (εἷς), refers to being one "in opposed to a division into parts, and in ethical matters to dissensions... to be united most closely (in will, spirit)" (Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament, paragraph 3332). 

 

I have a new video on the Hebrew feast of Sukkot releasing next week with the video on the Pool of Siloam. Just watch the sidebar of the website, as it will appear next Thursday. I also did an audio devotional on The Passover - What the Feast Means to Us as Christians. 

 

I hope that helps some! God bless. 

 

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Stacey on Aug 27, 2019 

 

He is the gate into the sheepfold - the only way into the place of protection. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 27, 2019 

 

Jesus as the "gate" is a beautiful picture in SO many ways. I love that image. Thanks, Stacey. 

 

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Teresa on Nov 11, 2018 

 

We can only find contentment through Jesus Christ. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Nov 12, 2018 

 

That's succinct and true, Teresa. The Lord provides His great security, which allows our contentment to have a basis of truth. 

 

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James on Sep 17, 2018 

 

Contentment comes through security. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Sep 17, 2018 

 

Yes, James, I agree. :-) Thanks. 

 

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Jennifer on Jul 3, 2018 

 

I was so encouraged listing to this today! This video was a blessing to my eyes and soul. Thank you for your ministry! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jul 4, 2018 

 

So grateful, Jennifer, that the Lord blessed Psalm 23 and John 10 through this video for you. Such an honor for me to participate in it. Thanks for your encouraging words. 

 

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Cathy on Jun 26, 2018 

 

I will now always have a picture of what the “paths of righteousness”,that David talked about, look like. Writing from everyday experiences, validates to me that the Bible was written by everyday people inspired by God. Connecting God to everyday even in our minds eye is what sanctifies us. To this visual learner, the tours you are giving us help me to do that. Thanks 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jun 26, 2018 

 

I'm thrilled, Cathy, that the virtual video tours give you the picture of the words God's Word shares. Thanks also for your insights. 

 

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Karen on Jun 14, 2018 

 

My lessons are obedience really does bring blessings, God will never bless sin. When I chose to stay in sin, though not in peace with sin, things were always going wrong around me. I thought God didn’t care or heard my cries, turned out (as I opened my bible & studied with the Holy Spirit) I was the one who was ignoring, and I reaped my actions. Thank God I get it now! I become freer with every sin I work to let go of, and ecstatic for that huge lesson. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jun 14, 2018 

 

Great lessons here you share, Karen. Sometimes it seems the Lord also ignores our faithfulness, though we know He doesn't. All that to say (along with the psalmist in Psalm 73), evil sometimes seems to be getting the better deal in life. We have to keep the bigger picture in mind. 

 

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Karen on Jun 14, 2018 

 

God is always telling me don’t react the ways of the flesh, but of the Word and Spirit. He tells me do good so good will follow, for me and all involved, for His glory. Shwew 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jun 14, 2018 

 

So true, Karen. I've discovered (as the video mentions) that seeing the good following us often comes from looking back. So often the current situation feels like the shadow of death. 😊

 

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Enjoying Security from the Good Shepherd

Jordan River - A Reflection of Your Spiritual Life

Wanda 

 

Thursday at 3:18pm 

 

My son, Stephen, was saved as a young boy. In his teens he got involved with the “bad” kids and started doing drugs and even vandalized the Junior High School. Finally we gave him a choice, go to the boy’s home or rehab. He chose rehab. After many months he finally came around and accepted he had a problem. He got clean. He met a girl fell in love and they planned to get married. Our pastor took them through pre marriage classes and Stacie was saved. She was baptized and Stephen wanted to be baptized again as a testimony that he had changed. We live in a small town and they all knew what he had done in the past. It was a beautiful ceremony and testimony of God’s grace and mercy. 

 

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Wayne Stiles 

 

Friday at 10:00am 

 

What a magnificent testimony you have here, Wanda. Praise God for His amazing mercy in the lives of your son and daughter-in-law. God bless you. 

 

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Susan on Apr 13 

 

Your video reminds me of when my two sons and I were baptised in 1995 and my youngest daughter took the same step two weeks ago. Thank you for a wonderful and explanatory video. You always help me to 'see' things in a new light. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 13 

 

How wonderful, Susan, that your daughter was recently baptized! What a marvelous blessing. 

 

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Ty on Apr 11 

 

Lovely to see this video again and allow the Spirit to use Wayne and his team members to encourage us. Marvellous teaching and expounding on the Word to stretch us and deepen our commitment to the relationship we are developing. It is a great crossing over for anyone from the old life to the new life, 'in Him, in Christ'. (Ephesians 1:3-10) 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 11 

 

Yes indeed, Ty. As Jesus says, “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life." (John 5:24) 

 

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Susan Hollingsworth on Apr 6 

 

so much information- wow! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 7 

 

I'm glad you enjoyed the Jordan River video, Susan. God bless you. 

 

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Joyce on Mar 26 

 

I can’t recall a hymn but I have been baptized in the Jordan River. What an awesome experience! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 27 

 

Wow, Joyce... What a privilege to be baptized in the Jordan. God bless you. 

 

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Steve Johnson on Feb 7 

 

Wonderful video! Thank you from those of us who have not been there. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 8 

 

You're welcome, Steve. You should GO! :-) 

 

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Cynthia on Feb 3 

 

thank you so much for this video. Reminds me of how faithful God is, He sent me to Israel in answer to prayer and I was able to be baptized in the Jordan river. Would love to go again with you Wayne. You have such a heart and gift to present Gods word. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 3 

 

I would love for you to come with me to Israel, Cynthia! I have second-timers tours as well, which allow you to see sites you didn't see on your first tour. See them here. 

 

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Donalee Susich on Feb 2 

 

I have been baptized at Yardenit! So amazing and I still get goosebumps when I think about it. Who is singing the hymn Rest Beyond the River in this video? 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 3 

 

I'm so glad you enjoyed the video and song, Donalee. The singer at the end of the video is my father, Dudley Stiles. You can hear his music on Spotify. 

 

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Robin on Jan 28 

 

Thank you for what you do, you are a true blessing. Do people still get baptised there today? 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 30 

 

Thanks for your encouragement, Robin. And YES-- people get baptized in the Jordan every day. :-) God bless you. 

 

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Maxine on Jan 3 

 

I’m so blessed to have been baptized here! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 4 

 

Wow, Maxine... You are blessed indeed. What a thrill to journey to where the Bible actually occurred. 

 

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Ann on Dec 28, 2022 

 

Love this video. It gives you hope . Beautiful! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Dec 28, 2022 

 

Thank you for letting me know, Ann, how much the Jordan River video it was an encouragement to you. God bless you. 

 

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Jeanetta on Sep 8, 2022 

 

The first hymn that comes to mind is "On Jordan's Stormy Banks I Stand." 

Is the Jordan often stormy? 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Sep 9, 2022 

 

Honestly, Jeanetta, I have never seen the Jordan stormy! Usually it is nice and calm down south, and it has a few rapids up north. But that's it! 

 

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Jeanetta on Sep 9, 2022 

 

Thanks, Wayne. Since in your videos the Jordan seems to be in a sort of valley, I wondered how it would have storms like the Sea of Galilee does. Perhaps that hymn writer was just imagining it based on a river nearby. 

 

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Paul Kizanis on Aug 27, 2022 

 

I got baptized in the northern section of the Jordan this past May. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 29, 2022 

 

Congratulations, Paul, on being baptized in the Jordan River earlier this year. How exciting – and what a privilege. God bless you. 

 

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Diane Shields on Aug 5, 2022 

 

I can't think of a Hymn off hand but I do like Jordan Feliz's song - "The River"! I heard it first on KLOVE my new favorite radio station of choice these days.... :) 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 9, 2022 

 

I have never heard of that song, Diane. I will need to check it out. God bless you. 

 

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Judy on Aug 3, 2022 

 

This is an excellent video. I toured Israel in June with The Crossing Church, Columbia, MO. Such a thrill to tour with our daughter, Kelly,Pastor Irwin Lutzer from Moody Church, and pastors and believers from The Crossing. Of course we went to The Jordan River at the place where John baptized Jesus. Two from our group of 77 were baptized. Such an honor to witness their transition from death to life. 🙌🏻 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 9, 2022 

 

What a privilege, Judy, to have been to the Jordan River and to have seen those baptisms as you have! I have a deep respect and appreciation for Dr. Lutzer and the Moody Church. You are very blessed to have those associations. 

 

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Judy on Aug 9, 2022 

 

Wonderful. 

Have you ever been a part of something God was doing, but did not recognize it, or have you ever realized “after the fact” how God blessed you? Well, that is what happened for me on this trip to Israel. Honestly, I had not t heard of Dr. Lutzer. He, his wife, their three daughters and all their families came together on the trip. They each were just one of us, so to speak. He did some teaching at some of the sites, but I didn’t think anything of it, as others taught at sites, also. It was not until I arrived home and a friend said to me, ‘I listen to Dr. Lutzer every day at 1:00 p.m. on Bott Radio.’ 😃 

Sometimes, when we lose our focus or become preoccupied, we miss the gifts God has given us right in front of our eyes! I sure did! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 11, 2022 

 

There are so many wonderful programs on Bott Radio. Thank you for that reminder, Judy. I am thrilled that your journey to Israel was so significant for you. 

 

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Sheron Keeling on Jun 2, 2022 

 

One of my favorite hymns, I walked today where Jesus walked. My choir often sang this song at Church, but it really touched me when we sang this song in the Holy Lands, with a whole new meaning. I am thankful to God for this trip had been delayed due to Covid for 2 years, and this year we were able to go. God said, "When the time is right, I the Lord will make it happen". Isaiah 60:22. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jun 3, 2022 

 

How exciting, Sheron, that you were finally able to go to Israel. I know that you had a wonderful time, and I pray that these videos would be a wonderful reminder of your significant journey. God bless you. 

 

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Sheron Keeling on Jun 3, 2022 

 

Thank you so much, and May God bless you too! 

 

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Sheron Keeling on Jun 2, 2022 

 

I really enjoyed this lesson. There is so much history with the Jordan River. The video, the music was so peaceful, calm and inviting. To see the flow of the water, as it replenishes, cleanses as God restores. 4/27/22-Yardenit, I was re-baptized. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jun 3, 2022 

 

How exciting that you were able to get baptized in that special place, Sheron. This is a memory you will treasure forever. 

 

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Sheron Keeling on Jun 3, 2022 

 

Thank you, I had been patiently waiting for that moment! 

 

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SHARON L BROWN on Jun 1, 2022 

 

HELLO WAYNE, I HAVE BEEN CRYING TEARS OF JOY, THE MUSIC WAS BEAUTIFUL, MY EYES WERE FIXED MORE ON THE TURQUOISE JORDAN. THE HOLY SPIRIT LED ME TO YOU. THANK YOU SIR, I WILL ALSO SHARE THIS WITH MY SON BRANDON. THE LORD CAME TO ME IN 2021, AND WHAT HE TOLD ME, THE LORD TOLD ME AS A BABY I WAS IN A FIELD CRYING AND MY HEAVENLY FATHER ADOPTED ME AS HIS OWN, AND THAT I WAS IN THE BLOOD LINE OF KING DAVID. I HAVE TOLD SEVERAL PASTORS, WHAT I SPEAK IS TRUTH, AND IN MY HEART I KNOW I WILL COME TO JERUSALEM AND AND AS THE HOLY SPIRIT LEADS ME, I WILL BE OBEIDIANT AND FOLLOW. I KNOW IT IS TO BUILD THE 3RD TEMPLE, I LOVE JESUS SO VERY VERY MUCH, MY LIFE WAS PLANNED IN HEAVEN BEFORE I CAME INTO THIS WORLD. I HAVE BEEN LISTENING TO A LOT OF PREACHERS AND TEACHERS, APOSTLE, PROPHETS. GODS CHILDREN KNOWS, THAT THIS IS WHAT I WILL DO FOR JESUS CHRIST OF NAZARETH!!! GOD BLESS YOU SIR. MAY YOU HAVE A BLESSED DAY!!! SHALOM!!! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jun 3, 2022 

 

I am thrilled, Sharon, but the Lord encouraged you through the Jordan River video. I pray that He will continue to encourage you to the videos and especially through the Scriptures as you read them. God bless you. 

 

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Stephen on Apr 28, 2022 

 

Very nicely done Wayne! My heart rejoices that the same grace that saves us is the same grace that leads us home. What a burden lifted, to know that even I can't sabotage my salvation. He will finish what He started, in me. These days the word TRUST resonates more with me, than FAITH. I trust completely in His faithfulness. Emphasis on "His" faithfulness. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 28, 2022 

 

Amen, Stephen. The same grace that saved us will lead us home. I really, really love that thought. 

 

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Patty on Apr 21, 2022 

 

Beautiful video photos Wayne - focusing solely on Jordan R - ThankYou! 

 

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Patty on Apr 21, 2022 

 

OVER THE RIVER JORDAN WE’LL MEET 

by Frank Davis (1800’s) 

 

1 Over the River of Jordan we’ll meet, 

In the beautiful by-and-by; 

Loved ones long gone on before we shall greet, 

In the beautiful by-and-by. 

Ties of affection are broken no more, 

Life is a treasure sublime on the shore, 

Angelic bands wait to welcome us o’er, 

In the beautiful by-and-by. 

 

2 Joy will illumine each step of our way, 

In the beautiful by-and-by; 

Darkness will melt in the brightness of day, 

In the beautiful by-and-by. 

Yes, far away in the city of gold. 

Teeming with pleasures to mortals untold, 

We shall the face of our Saviour behold, 

In the beautiful by-and-by. 

 

3 Gladly we’ll join the sweet strains of the blest, 

In the beautiful by-and-by; 

Gladly we’ll enter the heavenly rest, 

In the beautiful by-and-by. 

Far from the shadows that darken this land, 

We shall be one of a glorified band, 

Led by the Father’s own bountiful hand, 

In the beautiful by-and-by. 

 

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Frances Tencza on Apr 21, 2022 

 

I was baptized twice in the Jordan River, however after the first time in 2015, I fell away into carnal sin! 

The second time in 2019, I felt the presence of the Holy Spirit! I am still struggling with letting go of my past! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 21, 2022 

 

I am right there with you, Frances, in the constant battle of renewing the mind. Our past has deep roots, and the grace of God often takes its sweet time to pull them out of our hearts. Remember that God's mercies are new every morning. Just keep going… 

 

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Frances Tencza on Apr 21, 2022 

 

Thank you Wayne, 

I need to be in constant prayer to the Lord, who is concerned I’ m sure about my past inadequacies, that keep holding me back to a strong relationship with Him!! I was always afraid of speaking from the heart in 

love. I was angry with the poor decisions I made. There were a lot of insecurities in my past and I had difficulty having a sound relationship with someone. I didn’t know how to react then!I recently came across someone who might have been the person I had profound feelings some 53 years ago, but was not brave enough to confront him!Praying that the Lord will help me to overcome those insecurities! 

Frances 

 

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Audrey on Apr 20, 2022 

 

I️ am listening right now to a beautiful song: “Just Beyond the River Jordan- 

A better life is waiting for me.” My husband and I️ were baptized in the Jordan 10 years and it was so meaningful. We questioned where Jesus was baptized because we were told it wasn’t there. Now I️ understand why! I️ love your teaching and seeing this area again. Thank you so much. Audrey 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 21, 2022 

 

What a blessing, Audrey, that you and your husband were baptized in the Jordan! I'm also thrilled that you were able to tie a bow on the location of where Jesus was baptized. 

 

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Yvonne Chang on Apr 20, 2022 

 

Thank you for such a good insight on the source of the Jordan River (with aerial view too). Crossing Over Jordan is a good song, 'When you reach the other side you shall be free'. 

 

Praise God for the many people coming from all over the world to be baptized. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 21, 2022 

 

Amen, Yvonne! So amazing to see all of these people desiring to follow Christ and be baptized. God bless you. 

 

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Nancy on Apr 11, 2022 

 

I just noticed that the Wayfaring Stranger song was by Dudley Stiles. Maybe just a coincidence, but is that your father or another relative? 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 13, 2022 

 

You have a good eye, Nancy! Yes, Dudley Stiles was my father, and he sang opera for many years. Very gifted… 

 

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Nancy on Apr 19, 2022 

 

Thank you , it didn’t seem like the typical music for the videos, but very fitting. Wow, really cool that your dad was so talented. 

 

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Pamela on Mar 26, 2022 

 

“Jordan River, I’m Bound to Cross” - the verse that says “my Jesus he’ll be awaiting there, and he will help me across.” The significance of this being the last River I’ll ever cross alone touches my heart every time I sing it! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 28, 2022 

 

That is a great song, Pamela. I need to listen to it again! Thank you. 

 

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Janice Markley on Mar 17, 2022 

 

When I was baptized in the Jordan River the presence of the Holy Spirit filled me with joy and a strength to go forward with my life. My husband had gone on to the Lord a few months before and this was truly part of my healing and assurance of a future and a hope that the Lord would be with me. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 21, 2022 

 

What a marvelous gift from God, Janice. Thanks so much for sharing. 

 

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Janet on Feb 17, 2022 

 

My husband and I watched the Jordon River this morning. My husband has been a pastor for over 50 years. Started a church in Lodi, CA over 30 yrs. ago. He liked the Jordon River video and said well done. 

We are leaving for Israel 3/24/22. I really wanted to see your travels to Israel before we leave but my husband really enjoyed your work too. 

We traveled to Israel in 2019. Looking forward to 3/24/22. 

God Bless, 

Janet 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 17, 2022 

 

Janet, I am glad you enjoyed the Jordan River video. Your rich history in ministry and Scripture is a wonderful preparation for your next journey to Israel. I pray that this next year will be a a time of great anticipation as you watch the videos and prepare to go once again. 

 

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Lisa on Feb 16, 2022 

 

First I would like to thank you for the best first day ever, I have trouble opening the Bible and reading it instead I was looking at my phone and I ran into you and your Bible study while I walk through Israel and I am already loving it thank you so very much for helping me understand more about Jesus, I still have many questions and I’m sure they are in all of these videos thank you so much you are awesome God bless 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 16, 2022 

 

What a blessing, Lisa, that the Lord would bring us together to read the word together. I prayed that he would continue to encourage you through these videos. God bless you. 

 

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Dana on Feb 12, 2022 

 

The same God who redeemed me will lead me home. That spoke to my heart and comforted me. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 13, 2022 

 

Yes, Dana, our God is our God from the very beginning to the very end. I’m so glad that this video encouraged you. 

 

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Delgadillo on Feb 12, 2022 

 

that is amazing stories I listing so far help me see God and hear him talking to me thought these videos. Thank you 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 13, 2022 

 

I am thrilled that the Lord is encouraging you through the videos, Tammy. May the Lord continue to do so! God bless you. 

 

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Cathryn on Jan 31, 2022 

 

I shall not be moved this song isn't specific about the Jordan but definitely a great song about being rooted 💘 and The strength he gives us to withhold the storms 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 1, 2022 

 

Great song, Cathryn. Thanks for adding it here. God bless you. 

 

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Krishna on Jan 28, 2022 

 

Very insightful! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 28, 2022 

 

Thank you, Krishna. I'm so glad you enjoyed the Jordan River video. :-) God bless you. 

 

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Stacy on Jan 19, 2022 

 

Peace like a river 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 19, 2022 

 

That's a great song, Stacy. Thanks for mentioning it. God bless you. 

 

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Norma on Jan 13, 2022 

 

My favorite hymn in Spanish "En las Aguas del Bautismo". It says that we are forgiven and pardoned by Grace. When I visited the Jordan River I was not accompanied by a spiritual leader, so I decided not baptize. I will do it next time and be prepared for the experience. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 13, 2022 

 

I have never heard that hymn, Norma. It sounds beautiful! I do pray that you go again to Israel, and perhaps you can come with me this time! God bless you. 

 

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Lola on Jan 5, 2022 

 

I purchased this program a few months ago and have watched 22 of the videos. I absolutely love the job that you have done with the program and love this video very much in particular. I long to visit the Holy Land but there are so many barriers, and now we have COVID and it's cronies .. I am going to start over and re-watch and post/share some of my thought about the video. I want to be more interactive other members of this great program. so I'm gonna go back to the beginning again LOL 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 5, 2022 

 

I am thrilled, Lola, how the Lord has blessed you as you have watched these videos the past few months. I pray that He continues to encourage you! God bless you. 

 

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Georgia on Jan 2, 2022 

 

“Shall we Gather at the River” is one of my favorite songs. I’m not sure if it was written with the Jordan River in mind, but it certainly speaks to the transition all believers will experience at the end of this life. But it also speaks to our earthly transitions, where our faith “parts the waters” and gives us the strength to carry on, particularly as aging brings new frontiers. Two years ago my husband and I made the decision to move from our home to a Senior Living Facility; six months later we both had Covid and my husband did not survive. These were two very big changes, and there is no doubt that God’ s Grace has sustained me and given me a new purpose for this stage of my life. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 3, 2022 

 

My heart goes out to you, Georgia, for the significant transition the Lord has taken you through these past two years. I pray that He continues to bless you and encourage you through these videos! And yes – "Shall We Gather at the River?" is indeed speaking of the Jordan River. :-) 

 

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Marian on Dec 13, 2021 

 

This section on The Jordan touched my heart and brought me to tears! Seeing the joy on the faces of followers says it all. Thank you for this travel to see Israel! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Dec 14, 2021 

 

Yes, Marian, those tears flow right into that special baptismal water. :-) Such a beautiful moment. I'm so glad the video encouraged you. God bless you. 

 

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Shane on Nov 16, 2021 

 

I have found it curios as to why the Israelite people didn't get to Jericho from the south of Israel through Beersheba, Arad, Canaan, Hebron, Jerusalem and then to Jericho; instead going around Kadesh Barnea for years and eventually crossing Ezion-Geber and then going north to Jericho through eastern wilderness. Why take the long way around? 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Nov 16, 2021 

 

GREAT question, Shane! In fact, Israel asked that very question. I did an entire video on the episode: King's Highway - When God Takes You the Long Way. In short, God was developing the lives of His people-- and entering from Jericho was far more strategic from a military standpoint. 

 

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Shane on Nov 21, 2021 

 

Hi Wayne, unfortunately, when I clicked on the link to the video "King's Highway - When God Takes You the Long Way Around", I got a blank page with 'you don't have permission to access this page'. I guess it's because I haven't paid the full yearly registration. I'm only paying $25.00 per month. If that's the case, I understand and can wait until I have enough money to pay for a year, or even wait 12 months. I'll note it down anyway and look forward to one day watching it. God bless. 

 

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Mary on Oct 29, 2021 

 

Far Side Banks of Jordan 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Oct 30, 2021 

 

That's a good one, Mary-- but so seldom sung. God bless you. 

 

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Terry on Sep 26, 2021 

 

Beautifully written and filmed. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Sep 27, 2021 

 

Thank you so much, Terry, for your gracious words. God bless you. 

 

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Donna on Sep 26, 2021 

 

Growing up, my favorite song about the Jordan River was "Michael Row the Boat Ashore. Years later, I heard one by Barbara Streisand called "The Water Is Wide/Deep River" that I enjoyed that sang about the Jordan. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Sep 28, 2021 

 

I have never heard the Barbra Streisand version, Donna. I would love to hear that! God bless you. 

 

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Patti on Sep 23, 2021 

 

Down to the river to pray. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Sep 24, 2021 

 

Yes, Patti! I love that song as well. Alison Krauss, I believe. 

 

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Janelle on Sep 20, 2021 

 

I am deeply touched by this video. My 49-year old son, Brent, and I visited Israel for the first time in 2019. He was baptized in the River Jordan, which I captured on an iPhone video. God had done great miracles in his life prior to that trip. Almost four months later he died unexpectedly. I thank the Lord that he is in Heaven with our Savior. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Sep 21, 2021 

 

Wow, Janelle... What an amazing blessing for you to be able to experience the Holy Land with Brent just before his home-going. Our God is a giver of good gifts. Thanks so much for sharing this with me. 

 

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Janelle on Sep 21, 2021 

 

Thank you, Wayne. I am happy to join you on this wonderful online experience through video. God bless your work! 

 

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Fred on Sep 18, 2021 

 

One of my favorites. I loved the old hymns played in this video. One could certainly feel God while watching. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Sep 20, 2021 

 

What a blessing, Fred, that the Lord encouraged you through the Jordan River video. I pray that He continues to do so in the rest of the videos. God bless you. 

 

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Fred on Sep 18, 2021 

 

One of my favorites. I loved the old hymns played in this video. One could certainly feel God while watching. 

 

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Marsha on Sep 5, 2021 

 

What a wonderful video! I started balling at the end when the lady that was baptized was smiling so big. I could feel her joy! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Sep 6, 2021 

 

I know what you mean, Marsha, about weeping out the lady who was baptized. Such a special event! 

 

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Judith on Aug 26, 2021 

 

There are two places in the New Testament when God affirms that Jesus is his son in whom he is well pleased. 

 

The first is at the southern end of the Jordan River near Jericho. Jesus went to John the Baptist for His baptism and to start his three year ministry. 

Matthew 3:16-17 

At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” 

 

The second time is at Mount Hermon, the highest peak in Israel and where at the base the Jordan River begins. Jesus is in his final days as he prepares His disciples to go to Jerusalem where He will be killed. 

 

Matthew 17:5 

a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 26, 2021 

 

We’ll said, Judith! Thanks. 

 

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Wanda Faith Sewell on Aug 20, 2021 

 

I had to watch this again and love where your spoke that when Jesus was baptized, rather than the river parting, the heavens parted! What a keen observation! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 20, 2021 

 

That’s right, Wanda. Often the Lord uses geographic insights to teach right along with the Scripture. God bless you. 

 

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Donna on Aug 19, 2021 

 

It is interesting to note that God parted the Red Sea for the Israelites and then the Jordan so they could enter the promised land. I need to learn more about Elijah and Elisha to understand why he parted the Jordan for them. 

It’s comforting to note that the grace Jesus gave us by dying on the cross is the same grace that will lead us home. Thank you! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 19, 2021 

 

It seems that the Jordan River parted at significant points of transition in Israel's history. With Moses and Joshua, it was entering the land. With Elijah and Elisha, it was in preparation for the exile — leaving the land. And with Jesus, the sky parted as another wonderful transition! 

 

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Donna on Aug 20, 2021 

 

Thank you for your answer. I’m going to save it because these are powerful reminders of God’s sovereignty. 

Would you please send me the name of the book you recommended for understanding the beatitudes better? You said it was detailed and thorough. I deleted it by mistake. I really need to read it and have sought deeper insight into the beatitudes with little success for many years. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 20, 2021 

 

Donna, that book again is Studies in the Sermon on the Mount by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. 

 

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Donna on Aug 20, 2021 

 

I have ordered the book and it is here now! Thank you! 

 

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Wanda Faith Sewell on Aug 18, 2021 

 

I loved this. Interesting to see the Bible referenced while showing us the footage of it. Just beautiful! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 18, 2021 

 

Yes, Wanda! Isn't it great to be able to connect the Bible and the lands together — and then connect these to our lives? Such a privilege… 

 

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Deanna on May 13, 2021 

 

This video was amazing! I love how it details the biblical metaphors of transition, and I love that scripture references are provided. Some songs that instantly pop into mind are Ernie Haase & Signature Sound's "Get Away Jordan" and "John In The Jordan." Now I'm interested in looking up a list of songs pertaining to the Jordan River. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on May 13, 2021 

 

I am familiar with some of the songs, Deanna. I’m so glad you enjoyed the video. God bless you. 

 

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Karma on May 12, 2021 

 

I love and appreciate the metaphors and the also the beginnings of where the River Jordan begins and ends. 

Karma 

 

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Wayne Stiles on May 13, 2021 

 

I am so glad, Karma, that the Lord blessed you through the Jordan River video. I pray that He continues to bless you with each video you watch! Thanks. 

 

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Sara on May 11, 2021 

 

I felt so much peace with this video. God is doing a healing on my heart. I can just enter His rest by watching and listening. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on May 12, 2021 

 

How exciting, Sara, that the Lord is using the videos to bring peace in your life. I certainly pray that He continues to do so! 

 

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Bonnie on May 6, 2021 

 

Loved it.. My favorite songs: At the Cross and Get Away Jordan. I saw the Jordan but not the waterfalls or much of the river. I injured my arm slipping on rock steps. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on May 6, 2021 

 

So sorry, Bonnie, that you did not get to see the waterfalls or much of the river. I am glad that the video I was able to take you there! God bless you. 

 

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Elsie on May 4, 2021 

 

The river’s peace is reflected on the faces of the faithful. 

Thank you for capturing the essence of this special place. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on May 5, 2021 

 

I never thought of it that way, Elsie. In a way, I guess the river does reflect the peace of the place. God bless. 

 

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Lynn on Apr 23, 2021 

 

There are so many great hymns about the Jordan River. The question for this lesson took me on a journey to discover (listen to) Jordan River songs that I may not have yet heard. I enjoyed listening to several different songs I never heard before. Even after all the Jordan River songs I listened to, I am still drawn back to the old hymn that I grew up with: Shall We Gather at the River 

 

Yes, we'll gather at the river 

the beautiful, the beautiful river 

gather with the saints at the river 

that flows by the throne of God 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 23, 2021 

 

Yes, Lynn, that hymn offer us a beautiful hope, doesn't it? I can't wait to gather at the river. 

 

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Friend on Apr 23, 2021 

 

I'm enjoying the teachings. And thank you for including the verses from the bible. It helps to re-read them. The visual plus your teaching on where the Jordan river begins and ends helps too. I will have to watch the video again but I suppose the river was much wider when the Israelites crossed. It had to be very wide. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 23, 2021 

 

That's right. The Jordan was at flood stage, the time of year when it reached its peak level. When they crossed, we're told: 

 

“For the Jordan overflows all its banks all the days of harvest...” (Joshua 3:15). 

 

I have seen the Jordan at its height, and it is amazing the difference between its flood stage and its lower level. God bless you. 

 

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Charis on Apr 22, 2021 

 

These tours are perfect because it shows all the places with historical descriptions and the beautiful detail of nature. It is also so comforting to listen to scripture and learn and see the actual places talked about in scripture. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 23, 2021 

 

I'm so glad, Charis, that the Lord is encouraging you though the videos and especially through the Scriptures. May He continue to do so with each video! God bless you. 

 

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Janet on Apr 8, 2021 

 

I am so happy that I discovered your virtual tours! I've always wanted to visit The Holy Land, but couldn't afford the trip. Now, in the comfort and safety of my home, I can visit the sites I've heard and studied about over the years. I now have more of a "feel" of the scriptures. God bless you and your work Dr. Stiles! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 8, 2021 

 

How wonderful, Janet, that you are experiencing the Holy Land in such a beneficial and blessed way! This is precisely what I had hoped. I pray that the Lord would continue to encourage you with each and every video. God bless you. 

 

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Randy on Apr 8, 2021 

 

I got baptized at Yardenet by my grandson who worked at a military base south of Beer Sheva. We visited there in December, 2015. It was cold then and no one was there so I had the honor to baptize him and he baptized me.! I have a video of the event!😍 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 8, 2021 

 

What an amazing experience, Randy, to baptize your grandson in that river! That is something that neither of you will ever forget. God bless you. 

 

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Randy on Apr 8, 2021 

 

I was raised Methodist and at age 12 I got baptized by water sprinkled on my head. When I was an adult I joined an Evangelical Church where they baptized by immersion and I prayed that could be baptized by immersion! The Lord answered my prayer to have that happen in the Jordan River, so I was doubly blessed! I’ve had other answers to prayer in my 85 years of life but best one was when I 19 I prayed God would give a personal experience that I could use to win others to Christ so when I went to Atlanta to supply school for 3 months while in the Naval Air Reserves, I went to church there and attended revival meetings that summer and invited my buddy to go with me. He declined and said he didn’t believe in God. After the Monday night meeting, he asked how it went and I witnessed to him. He decided to attended the Tuesday night meeting and when we got back to the barracks, he wanted to talk. He told me their was something different about me and he thought it was my Christian beliefs and if what the preacher said was true about Heaven and Hell, he was going to Hell! If there was no after life, he would just go to the ground. If there was an eternal life, Heaven was a better choice. He accepted Christ that night and went with to the revival meetings the rest of the week. He told his parents and they made him leave the house! 

 

He later married a Christian girl and they joined an Evangelical Lutheran church where he became Lay Leader. 

He called one summer when we were we were in our 60’s to inform me that he would be in Heaven before me. He had a brain tumor and was expected to pass in six months and he did! He planned his funeral message with his pastor and I drove up to Cleveland, Ohio 200 miles to his funeral. At the end of his service the pastor said that had known Mike for many years and appreciated the work he had done for the church and asked those in attendance if any of them knew how Mike got saved? I I went to the pulpit and shared Mike’s story and people came to the alter at his funeral! To this day, I cry when I share his story and it has been an effective tool the Lord has given me to lead others to Christ! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 8, 2021 

 

What a magnificent testimony, Randy! Thank you so much for sharing it with me and with others here. May the Lord continue to use your story to draw many people to Him. God bless you. 

 

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Cris on Apr 4, 2021 

 

Loved the "revisit". I love that "I Won't Have to Cross Jordan Alone". 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 5, 2021 

 

I am with you on that thought, Cris. What a blessing that we never have to cross that river alone. God bless you. 

 

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Barbara on Apr 1, 2021 

 

I love these videos!! So happy to be along on the journey!! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 2, 2021 

 

I'm thrilled, Barbara, that the Lord has led you to be with me on these tours of biblical sites! May He continue to bless you as you watch each video. Thanks. 

 

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Travis on Mar 31, 2021 

 

I really enjoyed this video on the Jordan river. All I have ever seen were still shots of small sections of the Jordan. I almost feel like I've actually been there after seeing this video. 

Carol: I truly enjoyed learning that so many important events occurred at the Jordan RIver such as Jesus being baptized there, the meaning of Jordan and that God had important events happen many times at the same place. For example, God parted the Jordan River so that the Israelites could cross into the promised land. Another event at the River. Thank you for all of your work to bring this information to us. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 1, 2021 

 

I'm thrilled, Travis and Carol, that the Jordan River video encouraged you both! It's such a beautiful and significant location for us who love the Bible. God bless you. 

 

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Susan on Mar 31, 2021 

 

Gonna Lay Down My Burdens???? When we were there, I and others in our tour group got baptized. Thank you for sharing ! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 1, 2021 

 

That song is a GREAT one, Susan. And what a lifetime memory that you got to get baptized in the Jordan. Such a privilege. 

 

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Marilynn on Mar 27, 2021 

 

I was there at the Jordon River, however, you were blessed with sites we did not enjoy. Thanks for sharing! I feel like I am on a whole new journey. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 28, 2021 

 

What a privilege you had, Marilynn, to experience the Jordan River. I am also thrilled that you are getting to experience so many more sites through these videos. God bless you. 

 

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Sally on Mar 25, 2021 

 

I got rebaptised with water from the Jordan River poured over my head when I went on our pilgrimage to Israel, I did not know there are water falls. So much we didn't get to see. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 25, 2021 

 

So true, Sally! There is so much to see in Israel. One tour, or several, is not enough. I hope you enjoy these videos that will take you to dozens and dozens of sites. God bless you. 

 

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Sharon on Mar 20, 2021 

 

I loved seeing the people get baptized. thanks for including that. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 20, 2021 

 

You’re welcome, Sharon. I’m so glad that the baptism moments encouraged you. God bless you. 

 

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Amelia on Mar 18, 2021 

 

Thank you for this information about the Jordan River and its significance. I love the hymn Baptized in Water and On Jordan's Bank. When I went on a Pilgrimage last 2019 we renewed our Baptism at the Jordan River. None of us in our group went down the water. I didn't even get water from there, though we were told to bring empty water bottle. We didn't get to see that part of the River where the water is clean. Just being there was enough for me. I was privileged to walk where Jesus walked. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 18, 2021 

 

What a great privilege you had, Amelia, to go to Israel and to this unique place at the Jordan River. Absolutely profound, isn’t it, to ponder all of the history that occurred there? God bless you. 

 

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Amelia on Mar 18, 2021 

 

I treasure that experience and I remain grateful to God and to those people who helped realize my dream. 

 

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Debbie on Mar 13, 2021 

 

I loved hearing about the significance of the crossing of the Jordan river and where it starts and where it ends And the meaning of its name 

 

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Doreen on Mar 6, 2021 

 

In November 2018 I traveled with my Pastor and a few of my church members to Israel. Most of us was baptized in the Jordan by our Pastor and it has been for me one of the most exciting event in my life. My lufe have not been the same. I feel such a strong connection to Israel now I cannot explain it. I see myself going back, I dont know how but I know that I will be going back. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 7, 2021 

 

What an incredible privilege for you, Doreen, to be able to go to Israel in 2018 with your church. And baptized in the Jordan River? Amazing… I do hope that you will go back again, and when you do, I pray you will come with me! God bless you. 

 

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Maria on Mar 5, 2021 

 

I loved the video. Wonderful memories came back from our visit in 2018! Next time we travel to Israel we want to be baptized in the Jordan River! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 6, 2021 

 

What a blessing for you, Maria, to have journeyed to Israel in 2018. I hope when you return, you'll come with me! :-) God bless you. 

 

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Maria on Mar 10, 2021 

 

God bless you too, Mr. Stiles. When is your next trip to Israel? It would be wonderful to go back and walk where Jesus walked once more! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 11, 2021 

 

Maria, our next tour to Israel is THIS fall. See all my upcoming tours here. Would love to have you join me! 

 

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Maria on Mar 13, 2021 

 

Thank you, Mr. Stiles, we'll check it out, and especially we'll be praying about it! May you have a Blessed day...every day! 

 

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Andrea on Mar 4, 2021 

 

Having visited the Holy Land in 2018, I stood beside the River Jordan and the scripture reading about John the Baptist baptizing Jesus just cemented the reality —Jesus was baptized here and God audibly spoke—“This is my So.n. In Him I am well pleased.” Awesome revelation. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 5, 2021 

 

What a blessing for you, Andrea, to have journeyed to Israel in 2018. Wasn't it a magnificent time? I love that you were able to read the Scripture by the Jordan River. These are the moments we never forget. God bless you. 

 

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Katherine on Mar 4, 2021 

 

Sincerely enjoyed the video. I just finished reading Deutoronomy so these visuals definitely enhanced my understanding and connection to the places, people, and events of this Biblical chapter. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 4, 2021 

 

I love that, Katherine! I am thrilled that you are reading the Word in conjunction with these videos. In my view, there is no better way to watch them! God bless you. 

 

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Maxine on Mar 3, 2021 

 

I was fortunate to go to this spot to be baptized. It is a memory I will never forget! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 4, 2021 

 

What an amazing privilege for you, Maxine, to be baptized in the Jordan River. So true, you will never forget it! I pray that the videos continue to encourage you and to remind you of your significant journey to the Bible lands. God bless you. 

 

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Marlene on Feb 25, 2021 

 

Just Beyond the Jordan River song 

 

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Lois on Feb 25, 2021 

 

Very interesting video of the Jordan River and the map. Didn’t know there was a beautiful section and dirty and muddy area of the river. A very moving and spiritual moment watching those getting baptized in the same river Jesus was baptized. Wow! We’re all those people new Christians? Do groups come there from other countries to get baptized? Thank you. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 27, 2021 

 

Yes, Lois, people come from all over the world to be baptized in the Jordan River. I hope they are all new Christians. :-) No way to know. God bless you. 

 

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Norma on Feb 22, 2021 

 

Wow God that was inspirational. the explanation was very informative and i enjoyed hearing it. Thank you 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 23, 2021 

 

What a blessing, Norma, that the Jordan River video was an encouragement to you! I pray that the other videos will be just as inspiring. God bless you. 

 

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Donna on Feb 21, 2021 

 

I did not realize the Jordon continued on south of the Sea of Galilee and that the river could be muddy looking or clean, depending on where you are and that there's such a beautiful waterfall.. Hope I can visit someday! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 22, 2021 

 

Yes, Donna, the Jordan River looks wonderful up north and muddy down south. :-) I do hope you will go to Israel at some point – and that you will come with me! God bless you. 

 

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Kimberly on Feb 19, 2021 

 

My biggest regret when I was there is that I got sick and wasn’t able to be baptized there. One day I will go back and be baptized. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 20, 2021 

 

I understand that disappointment, Kimberly. I do hope you'll return to Israel soon-- and that you'll come with me! The Jordan River isn't going anywhere. In fact, being baptized in the Sea of Galilee is also magnificent. It's just a wide spot in the Jordan. :-) 

 

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Diane on Feb 19, 2021 

 

No song comes to mind but had the privilege on going on a tour to Israel in January of 2020 and was baptized at the Yardent Baptismal Site on a cold drizzly day in January but I'm so blessed to have had that opportunity. This brought back some memories. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 20, 2021 

 

What a privilege for you, Diane, to have traveled to Israel so recently (just in time!) and also to get baptized in the Jordan. What a treasure of memories for you. 

 

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Lynne on Feb 17, 2021 

 

Wonderful to see it 

More meaningful now 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 18, 2021 

 

I'm so glad you enjoyed the Jordan River video, Lynne. I pray the encouragement continues! God bless you. 

 

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Barbara on Feb 12, 2021 

 

I have been to that spot 6 times in my 7 visits to Israel and it never gets old. Thank you for all the wonderful connections from the Old testament to the New as a place of transition and death to life. Blessings 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 13, 2021 

 

Wow, Barbara... Seven tours to Israel? You, more than most, know the amazing value of experiencing the land of the Bible. I'm thrilled that the video was able to make some connections and offer encouragement in addition to your many visits there. By the way, the next time you go, come with me. :-) God bless you. 

 

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Mary on Feb 11, 2021 

 

Brings back memories from 50 years ago. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 11, 2021 

 

What a blessing you had, Mary, to visit the Jordan River a half a century ago! I am glad that video brings back memories. God bless you. 

 

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Melissa on Feb 11, 2021 

 

Literal tears in my eyes seeing such a place of beauty. So many emotions seeing a place that God used many times in His Word. Truly hoping one day I'll actually be able to experience it. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 11, 2021 

 

What a joy, Melissa, that your virtual tour to the Jordan River brought literal tears to your eyes. That is my prayer for you as you watch these videos on Walking the Bible Lands. :-) I also join you in your prayer and hope to go to Israel. When you go, I hope you'll come with me. :-) God bless. 

 

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Kim on Feb 9, 2021 

 

Praise God! What a moving video. I love seeing what I read come to life. Thank you for these videos. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 9, 2021 

 

I am glad you enjoyed the Jordan River video, Kim. God bless you. I pray that they continue to be an encouragement to you. 

 

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Anne on Feb 8, 2021 

 

Love seeing the baptisms in the Jordan! I did not have the opportunity to do this when I visited Israel in 2016! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 9, 2021 

 

What a blessing, Anne, that you got to go to the Jordan River! A rare privilege… I'm also thrilled that you get to see these baptisms in the very place where you were. God bless you. 

 

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Carol on Feb 4, 2021 

 

Loving this wonderful virtual. It brings back many happy memories of being there. 

Carol 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 5, 2021 

 

What an amazing blessing you have experienced, Carol, in going to Israel. I am thrilled that the videos are bringing back happy memories for you, and I am excited of all the new places you will see! God bless you. 

 

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Jonathan on Feb 4, 2021 

 

Thank you Dr. Wayne for the Jordan River video teaching. A place of beauty to surrender and be baptized. To die to the old self and to come up new in the faith and hope...a new beginning. Hallelujah. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 5, 2021 

 

I am so glad you enjoyed the Jordan River video, Jonathan. It is a beautiful picture of new life, isn't it? God bless you. 

 

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Bobbie on Feb 4, 2021 

 

I watched this video now three times. In March 2019 my Husband and I were baptized in the Jordan River at the same spot in the lower geographical area. Oh what a wonderful day it was. I had been baptized before however my Husband had not. My journey to Israel was my dream since I was a little girl. And for my Hubby to be with me, well, what a blessing. I just wish there was someway I could share the Jordan River video with my younger son Nick, who lives in Japan and has not received Salvation- yet. Please pray for him. I feel time is running out before the Rapture and my heart aches for his Salvation. I pray for him all the time. He knows his older Brother and SIL, his Dad and I have all been baptized. Now if God will open his eyes and heart to Him I pray Nick will except Jesus as his Lord and Savior. Sorry for the long text- this video really hit me hard. Thank you Dr. Wayne. Love your videos. I would love to go back to Israel Looking forward to more videos. Learning way more here than when in Israel. Thank you Thank you. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 4, 2021 

 

I am thrilled to read about your baptism in the Jordan River, Bobbie. What an amazing blessing that you and your husband were able to travel to Israel and be baptized there. A rare privilege! I am praying for Nick that he will see and understand his need to have Jesus forgive him of his sins by faith alone. When he believes, I would love to know about it. :-) When you return to Israel, I hope you will come with me! 

 

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Bobbie on Feb 4, 2021 

 

Thank you for praying for Nick. Of course, we would love to take our next Israel trip with you. Keep us posted. Thank you. 

 

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Marilyn on Jan 28, 2021 

 

Your videos are awesome!! We have been to Israel 2 times 2006 and 2009 and I have never learned as much as I have watching these videos. I wish I had known about these videos before we had gone. I was so overwhelmed both times we went. We had excellent guides and our Pastor of a Bible Church went with us both times, but these videos really bring it to life for me. I will be eternally grateful to you!! Thank you thank you. I hope to go back again some day Marilyn Huffer from Texas 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 28, 2021 

 

What a privilege for you, Marilyn, to have gone to Israel twice! Such a blessing… I am thrilled that the videos are bringing to your mind all of the places you've seen him– as well as providing you new insights from the Scriptures. And I do hope that you are able to go back to Israel one day – and that you will go with me! God bless you. 

 

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Raymond on Jan 27, 2021 

 

My bucket list is to See the Holy Lands. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 27, 2021 

 

That is wonderful, Raymond! Seeing the land of the Bible will absolutely change the way you read the Scriptures. When you go, I invite you to come with me! God bless you. 

 

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Rosemarie on Jan 26, 2021 

 

To think I just saw the Jordan River....... WOW 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 27, 2021 

 

Yes indeed, Rosemarie, and there is so much more to see! 

 

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Gary on Jan 23, 2021 

 

Gday Wayne,I enjoyed video of jordon i have studied book of Joshua a bit especially while going through extreme hardships. I dont when i can travel overseas yet. Looks like another 12 mths at least. Texas is my first choice though.. cheers Gary Steele. I was baptised back in 1992 September 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 23, 2021 

 

I'm glad you enjoyed the Jordan River video, Gary. God bless you as you walk with Him each day and study the Bible. 

 

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Joan on Jan 22, 2021 

 

My favorite Jordan River song has been "Michael Row the Boat Ashore" for years; but I just discovered a new favorite as sung by Jimmy Fortune (favorite tenor of the Statler Brothers), "Far Side Banks of the Jordan", which helps me picture my late husband on the other side of the Jordan. Then there's the popular Christian song by Jordan Feliz (see the connection) entitled, "The River", picturing a group of people going to the river and getting baptized, which I also love! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 23, 2021 

 

Wonderful connections to the Jordan River, Joan. I've never heard of the final two songs you mentioned. Thanks for sharing. God bless you. 

 

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Ellen on Jan 18, 2021 

 

Loved this. Was so wonderful seeing so many people being baptized. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 19, 2021 

 

Yes, Ellen, isn't it wonderful to see all these people baptized? And in the Jordan River! I am glad the video was an encouragement to you. God bless you. 

 

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Sharon on Jan 19, 2021 

 

Me too! I love seeing people get baptized. I've just joined. The last woman baptized looked transformed. It appears this will be a good thing for me. I doubt I will ever get to Israel because my health isn't good plus my husband has no interest in going. 

 

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Bonnie on Jan 16, 2021 

 

I was moved spiritually just watching the baptisms in the Jordan! ( okay-I cried). I was baptized in a river and felt like it was a very spiritual blessing! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 17, 2021 

 

Baptisms are a very moving experience, aren’t they? What a blessing that your faith in Christ is such an encouragement to you that you can weep when you behold it in the lives of others. God bless you. 

 

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Karen on Jan 15, 2021 

 

Don't have any Jordan River songs....but my favorite songs are Jesus Loves Me, Jesus Loves All The Little Children, Old Rugged Cross, Because He Lives, Amazing Christ, Crucified With Christ. When people say Why get baptized? I don't have to prove to anyone that I have done so? I say Jesus was baptized to please the commitment to His Father. It's a hope in God that we believe in Jesus Christ and be baptized in order to feel salvation as a completed accomplishment thru obedience of His Will for our lives. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 16, 2021 

 

That’s a great point, Karen. Indeed, we are baptized not because it changes anything, but because God commanded it and we are obedient to display to a watching world that we are Christians. 

 

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Sherry on Jan 14, 2021 

 

This brought back memories when we were baptized in the Jordan River in the Mighty name of Jesus! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 14, 2021 

 

What a privilege for you, Sherry, to be baptized in the Jordan. Wow... 

 

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Sherry on Jan 14, 2021 

 

Yes it was and life changing going to the places where the prophets walked was so amazing! 

 

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Sandi on Jan 14, 2021 

 

"In the 'Sweet Bye and Bye' we shall meet on that beautiful shore" that hymn came to mind. The crossing over aspect. 

 

It is sad that the waters where Jesus was baptized & the sky split open are so dirty. It is nice that further up clean waters are available for baptisms. It is interesting how many different scenic views can be found along the Jordan River. That would be a fun trip all in itself. Thank you again for sharing. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 14, 2021 

 

Yes, Sandi, that is a great hymn, isn't it? The Jordan River is an amazing body of water. Such a variety! North of the Sea of Galilee, it is absolutely beautiful. Check out the video footage of the Jordan River in the Ministry of Jesus video. So beautiful... 

 

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Angelo on Jan 8, 2021 

 

Are the 12 stones still there today? 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 8, 2021 

 

Great question, Angelo. No, those stones are not visible anywhere. It is safe to say only God knows where they are. :-) God bless you. 

 

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Debra on Jan 7, 2021 

 

Beautiful 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 8, 2021 

 

Thanks, Debra, and I am so glad you enjoyed the video on the Jordan River. God bless you. 

 

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Greg on Jan 4, 2021 

 

This is a great video. You do a great job mixing elements of touring the Land with devotional thoughts. Loved it. Thanks. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 4, 2021 

 

Thank you, Greg. I am thrilled that you enjoyed the Jordan River video. May the Lord continue to bless you as you work your way through the videos. 

 

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Ty on Jan 3, 2021 

 

Playing catch up with the viewings and readings today. I have read 'The Book' in a year (OT,NT, Psalms & Proverbs - Tyndale House Publishers) for about 3 decades. Indeed it is a scriptural/spiritual journey. The visual impact and the expounding with this interpretation is almost like sitting at the Almighty's feet and allowing Him to give us a personal story telling with visual effects of His story to us for our own personal journey 'with Him and in Him'. 

 

Where is yours and my Jordan? If you have to travel to get there you may be missing the point, it's right in front of you in your local area. So the key word in this whole undertaking is 'obedience' and it's right now not later. It's on God's terms not mine or yours. 

 

Funny thing about obedience it's personal in hearing, seeing, sensing, knowing a prompting. As God walked daily in the garden with Adam and Eve prior to the fall, He intends to walk daily with all His kids whether we understand and surely don't appreciate it, at least in the way we need to, in how I understand things for my personal relationship with our Creator God. Key word is 'personal', so don't make it religious or a head knowledge learning only. (Two trees in the garden of Eden, the tree of knowledge of good and evil and the Tree of Life. Don't relive the same result of that first wrong choice in using yours/mine gift of 'free will'. What's yours and my garden looking like?) 

 

This undertaking is designed by our Creator God for our personal DNA as it is unique and personal only to us individually. Only one person can carry out yours and my life and it is ourselves. Surely we can all follow the God we see inside someone, but to follow another fallen human being, is dangerous. Yet God in His wisdom (wonder why Proverbs is picked in this interpretation and presentation?) uses what is broken to restore what He intended. 

 

What God is doing through Wayne and the others putting this together is remarkably personal to everyone participating in it. It's as close to a Hollywood sign to get all of our attention as one is going to get outside a person appearance of the Almighty Himself. 

 

Obedience will not come easy to any of us. One only has to read the Word to see the many miscues and the struggles with those who have went before us had and made, yet God in His daily grace and mercies has used them to inspire us, right now, not tomorrow. One of the first names we read of Him, our God, is 'I am who I am', He's right now in each and every moment. So although we know He is the I was, and He will be the future, He is very much I am, right now and personal to every one of us. 

 

We are 'visually' and 'audibly' inspired beings who are greatly influenced by these 2 gifts. Every day our Creator is allowing us a choice (His grace and mercies are new every morning) to take a walk with Him in His created garden we walk in. It's call God's practical daily school of life in class room 101. We have been given a super Teacher called the Holy Spirit (always with us, He who is in you and me is greater than he who is in the world) and the School's Head Master (His church) is Jesus Christ, Himself who leads us to the path to our diploma at graduation death of being lead by the natural into our being lead by the spirit (2 Corinthians 5:17) and ultimately to heaven to be with the Father and the Godhead Trinity.. 

 

Pretty exciting story to be unravelled by the story tellers God Himself is using for us, so we get a front row seat personally. This is pretty amazing of God, who gives us one job to do this side of heaven. Get to know Him personally and allow Him to lead as we all follow. How does one follow someone you can't see in the natural? 

 

Stay tuned as lots of the story teling is in the making and forthcoming. Pretty exciting and challenging new year's gift with what we all have just come through in 2020 and what lies ahead for us in 2021 and ......... in the natural. 

 

Ever feel like Moses when God was telling Him to be His scribe? One encouraging brother has often reminded me, if I get the Word in me (daily), the Holy Spirit with my obedience, will get the Word out of me for the benefit others and myself. (Colossians 3:17). And yes, those deeds, do speak louder than words as they create moments for questions by others. Preach (do, obey) the Word with all your/my might and only use words as a last result. But, be ready in season and out with ...... 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 4, 2021 

 

It's amazing, Ty, how your comments are often like small devotionals all by themselves! Thank you for your continued enthusiasm and for your passion for God's Word. 

 

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Doris on Dec 27, 2020 

 

First hymn to come to mind was When Jesus Came to Jordan. Before visiting I thought the Jordan was alot wider and cleaner. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Dec 28, 2020 

 

I do understand what you mean about the Jordan River, Doris. This southern part of it is the dirtiest, for sure – but it is the place where Jesus was likely baptized. Of course, it was much cleaner in His day. If you want to see a more pristine and beautiful part of the river, check out the video series on the Ministry of Jesus. The Jordan River is absolutely beautiful north of the Sea of Galilee. God bless you. 

 

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Joan on Dec 27, 2020 

 

Just this morning during Bible Study we talked about the angels announcing Jesus' birth to the Shepherds & how he is The Good Shepherd and we talked about being Baptized in the Jordan River. When the study was over & I logged in to your site here were 2 videos of exactly what we talked about. I love God's sense of humor. My husband and I had the privilege of being Baptized in the Jordan River a few years ago. What an awesome experience!! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Dec 28, 2020 

 

What a wonderful providential morning, Joan! How amazing that the Lord connected your Bible study with the videos. In truth, I hope and pray He continues to do so. God bless you. 

 

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Nancy on Dec 13, 2020 

 

It was such a wonderful experience and I loved the waterfall 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Dec 14, 2020 

 

I'm so glad, Nancy, that you enjoyed the Jordan River video. Such a special, beautiful place and such a great reminder of the grace of God in our lives. God bless you. 

 

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Nancy on Dec 14, 2020 

 

I am going to the next video,I can’t wait 

 

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Sue on Oct 28, 2020 

 

Can you be baptized more than once? It looks like that's what people are doing. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Oct 29, 2020 

 

Great question, Sue. If by more than once (all at the same time), yes-- the early church actually baptized new believers three times in a row-- for the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Also, if someone was baptized as an unbeliever (say, as a child), they should be re-baptized as a believer (we see Paul doing this with converts in Acts 19, but under different conditions). But if you mean can one be baptized more than once as a true believer-- there's no need for it. But there's also no prohibition against it. Some pilgrims choose to do it as a rededication, although it isn't necessary. 

 

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Karen Kalinowski on Sep 29, 2020 

 

“Every time I feel the spirit moving in my heart, I will pray. 

The Jordan River is chilly and cold. It chills the body, but not the soul!” 

I love the old spirituals! This was the first to pop into my head that mentions the river Jordan. 

I was so blessed this morning with your video. I was baptized in the Jordan River at Yardenit just days before the COVID-19 lockdown. I have been using my new-found free time at home to read and study God’s word. This free time has been a gift to me from Jesus, as he reveals new things to me every day! 

Thank you, Pastor Wayne! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Sep 29, 2020 

 

What a blessing, Karen, that you got to journey to Israel and be baptized in the Jordan River. Wow… Such a rare privilege. I am thrilled that the videos are encouraging you, and I pray that the Lord continues to bless you as we take this journey together. 

 

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Jeanette on Sep 22, 2020 

 

I love listening to water run, whether at a beach, river, lake, etc. As I watched this video I found it so soothing and then thought God is the fountain of living water - He soothes my soul 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Sep 23, 2020 

 

What a wonderful response, Jeanette. Come to think of it, I also enjoy listening to water run – especially rivers. Very peaceful and quiet. I need a river in my home! :-) God bless you. 

 

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Lucila on Aug 26, 2020 

 

Beautiful video very nice to see how they got baptized so excited and can imagine what everyone felt having the chance to be there 🙏 Blessings 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 26, 2020 

 

Yes, Lucila, it really is amazing to see all of the baptisms and the joy. Such a blessing! 

 

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Helena on Aug 21, 2020 

 

Profound spiritual meaning set in a beautifully done video. Thank you! 

Just one question about Jordan meaning "descending from Dan." In the Bible the name "Jordan" is used long before the Tribe of Dan moved up north. How then is "Dan," as in the name of the tribe, part of the name of the river? 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 22, 2020 

 

That's a great question, Helena. Sometimes the Bible will refer to a location in terms the current (then) readers would recognize, much like we might refer to "North America" back before there was an America. Genesis 14:14 is a good example, where Abram went "as far as Dan." There wasn't even a "Dan" at that time! I hope that helps some. 

 

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Helena on Aug 22, 2020 

 

Great answer! Wow, Dan mentioned in Gen 14 - food for thought. Thank you! 

 

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Rick on Aug 21, 2020 

 

Another "transition" crossed my mind when viewing this video - transitioning from this life and the next. It reminded me of the old hymn "I Won't Have to Cross Jordan Alone." 

 

When I come to the river at the ending of day 

When the last winds of sorrow have blown 

There'll be somebody waiting to show me the way 

I won't have to cross Jordan alone 

 

I won't have to cross Jordan alone 

Jesus died all my sins to atone 

In the darkness I see 

He'll be waiting for me 

I won't have to cross Jordan alone 

 

It comforts me to know He's waiting to welcome us home! 

 

God bless you. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 22, 2020 

 

That's a great one, Rick. Your comment reminds me of Pilgrim's Progress when Pilgrim crosses the river at the end. 

 

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Elena on Aug 16, 2020 

 

I really enjoyed seeing people getting baptized in the Jordan River! A blessing to witness! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 17, 2020 

 

Yes, Elena, it really is a blessing to see people get baptized anywhere – but especially in the Jordan River. I am glad the video encouraged you. I pray they continue to do so! God bless you. 

 

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Robin on Aug 15, 2020 

 

I was baptized in one of those exact! Spots! I am a newby here and so very excited. Thank you and God (continue) to bless! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 16, 2020 

 

I am so glad you had the privilege of being baptized there, Robin! How wonderful for you to relive your significant experience through the video. I pray that the other videos will be of similar encouragement to you. God bless you — and welcome! 

 

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Marge on Aug 14, 2020 

 

There's a song that is very endearing to me. Its called Down To The River to Pray. Beautiful song by Alison Krauss. I always think about the river Jordon. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 15, 2020 

 

I love that song, Marge! Alison Krauss is so gifted. She has so many good hymns as well. 

 

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Cathy on Aug 5, 2020 

 

I stood on the banks of Jordan by Rance Allen 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 5, 2020 

 

I have never heard that one, Cathy. I will have to check it out. Thanks. 

 

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Rita on Aug 4, 2020 

 

It surely would be great to be baptized in the Jordan. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 4, 2020 

 

The entire journey to Israel is an amazing experience, Rita. If you have not been, it would be great for you to take the plunge. 

 

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Steven on Jul 29, 2020 

 

"On Jordan's bank the Baptist's cry"... On my recent Israel visit, we visited both of these baptism sites on the Jordan. Your video presentation is profoundly evocative and very moving. Many thanks! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jul 29, 2020 

 

How wonderful that you got to relive your significant moments along side a Jordan River, Steven. I am so glad that you got the visual reminder as well as the spiritual memory. 

 

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Wes on Jul 23, 2020 

 

That was amazing! Thank you Wayne 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jul 24, 2020 

 

I am so glad you enjoyed the Jordan River video, Wes! May the Lord continue to bless you. 

 

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Linda on Jul 23, 2020 

 

Amazing to learn the Word and see the sights that was the backdrop of the actual events that took place...I am a Bible College student and wish I could have had this resource back then. I am enjoying it so much. Thank you. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jul 23, 2020 

 

I am so glad that you are getting to see the real thing, Linda! How wonderful for you to have studied the Bible in college – and now to add to your studies the visuals. May God bless you as you enjoy these videos. 

 

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Rosa on Jul 23, 2020 

 

I just joined! Recommended this to several friends! Excellent Wayne. Dr. Charlie after endorsed your video devotions on FaceBook where I saw this’ll it this morning! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jul 23, 2020 

 

Welcome, Rosa! I am so glad that you have joined and that you are able to enjoy these virtual tour videos. Charlie is a wonderful friend and a great man of God. God bless you 

 

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Rosa on Jul 23, 2020 

 

I was blessed to have Charlie as my tour guide when I went to Israel years ago. I love your teaching, videos and questions to help us grow spiritually! Thank you! 

 

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Rose on Jul 23, 2020 

 

I'm being blessed by these videos. Going to Israel has been on the top of my bucket list. I'll probably not get there for many reasons. 

So, thank you for this opportunity. Blessings, Rose 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jul 23, 2020 

 

You are not alone right now, Rose. Traveling to Israel is a challenge for all of us at this point. I am thrilled that you are being blessed by the videos. May the Lord continue to bless you! 

 

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Katherine on Jul 10, 2020 

 

I would love to know the name of some songs that you recommend that has the Jordan River in it. I was trying to look up some. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jul 11, 2020 

 

A few hymns that are my favorite that mention the Jordan River: "Wayfaring Stranger," "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot," "Deep River," "On Jordan's Stormy Banks," and the list goes on! God bless. 

 

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Judy on Jul 6, 2020 

 

I am 75yo, so God's grace has strengthened me many times in my life, but probably most after my divorce after 32 yrs of marriage. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jul 7, 2020 

 

Thank you, Judy, for clinging to the grace of God during the painful days of your life. I pray that the Lord would restore those years that the locusts have eaten. God bless you in this new season as you serve Him. 

 

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Zina on Jul 4, 2020 

 

In 2018 I was baptized in the Jordan River a reaffirmation of 42 years of being a believer in Jesus Christ. Our group sang Amazing Grace afterward. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jul 5, 2020 

 

What a wonderful and special memory, Zina. I bet this video really brought back some special moments for you. May God bless you as you follow Him beyond your 44 years of faith to eternity. 

 

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Lynne on Jun 12, 2020 

 

The video was so enlightening! I had never thought about transition in relation to the Jordan River, or the way the river winds and wanders its way through the land to the Sea of Galilee representative of the Israelites' wanderings to and from God. Ultimately it represents us and our own wanderings and transitions. God's grace leads us home to Him. "Shall we Gather at the River" is one of my favorite hymns. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jun 13, 2020 

 

That's a great hymn, Lynne! Yes, it is amazing to see the many ways that God uses the lands of the Bible teach us about our spiritual lives. God bless you. 

 

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Nick on Jun 11, 2020 

 

"The same Grace that Redeemed us will lead us Home". WOW ! 

I needed that gold nugget ! 

Just lost my younger brother (48) in March of 2020. He was saved and baptized as a child, so I have no doubt he is in the arms of God. 

We were so close. He was a wonderful person but, the last few years of his life, he made selfish choices of substance abuse and it costed him his life. 

He still read his Bible and was always singing gospel songs, but was unable to do for his kids and others as he previously had. 

But, God always knew his heart and his mind. And while kids go astray, the parent still loves them. 

God does too ! 

Consider the lilies and the sparrows , He cares for us so much more ! 

Thank you for these videos. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jun 12, 2020 

 

What a tender time of life for you, Nick. How wonderful that the Lord was able to give you a closer relationship with your younger brother – as well as the confirmation and encouragement of his salvation as a boy. May the Great Comforter continue to extend His hand of grace in your heart. 

 

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Daisy on Jun 11, 2020 

 

Greetings everyone; Blessings in the name of the Lord... Iam new to the group. so excited to be here. Don’t have a favorite hymn yet but will be listening to the ones mentioned soon. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jun 12, 2020 

 

The longer I have thought about the Jordan River, Daisy, the more hymns I continue to hear that include this wonderful metaphor. God bless you. 

 

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Rebekah on May 30, 2020 

 

The River by Jordan Feliz 

 

Lets go down to the river, you will leave changed. 

All of my dirt, all of my shame. Drowned in the steams 

that made me born again. 

 

awesome song, Praise Jesus I'm born again! 

loved seeing this, I was baptized in the Jordan brought back great memories. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on May 30, 2020 

 

What a privilege, RebeKah, and thank you for sharing. 

 

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Alejandra on May 15, 2020 

 

When I first trusted the Lord Jesus, I bumped into this song "Glory Defined" by Building 429. It became my favorite song of hope for many years. 

 

"I'll wake up to find 

Your glory defined 

I will finally bow at Your feet 

I will lift up Your name, in honor and praise 

When I cross over the Jordan, I know that I'll be running home to You." 

 

Looking forward to finally being home with Jesus. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on May 16, 2020 

 

Nice song, Alejandra. It's nice to see the Jordan River as a metaphor in a song that isn't a hymn. God bless. 

 

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Adele on May 14, 2020 

 

Deep River... 

my home is over Jordan. 

Deep River, I want to cross over into campground. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on May 14, 2020 

 

Yeeesss.... I love that great hymn, Adele. Such a beautiful metaphor. God bless. 

 

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Diana on Apr 26, 2020 

 

How about Wade in the Water? :) 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 27, 2020 

 

Yes, Diana, that is a wonderful spiritual song. Great addition! Thanks. 

 

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Susan on Apr 16, 2020 

 

On Jordan’s Stormy Banks I Stand...I am bound for the promised land. 

 

I enjoyed the video. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 16, 2020 

 

I love that song, Susan, "Bound for the Promised Land"-- such a great hymn. Thanks. 

 

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Sue on Apr 15, 2020 

 

Loved it! I remember the tremendous power of the Banias Falls and think of Jesus, the Living Water. There's never a moment we can't be cleansed, refreshed, renewed when we turn to him. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 15, 2020 

 

I love the way you put that, Sue. The Jordan River is such a beautiful metaphor for so many spiritual truths in the Scriptures. Thanks for your insightful comment. And what a blessing that you got to see the falls! Wow… 

 

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Judy on Sep 27, 2019 

 

For many years I have "heard" the LORD speak to me to cross over the Jordan. When I first heard that message, it frightened me because I always understood it to mean a passing over from earthly life to death, and I wasn't ready for that (not that I have much say, of course)! As I allowed the message to move in me, instruct me, and saw it come back in various forms, I understood intuitively that God was taking me through a transition, and all I needed was to trust Him and take a step. Never have I heard anyone teach that the Jordan was a metaphor for transition. Thank you! I feel liberated to hear and understand in the spirit before I understand in my brain or my heart. Some obvious things escape us in this journey of faith. Still, God's timing to reveal something is perfect! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Sep 28, 2019 

 

Judy, I do pray that the Lord gives you strength to cross over into the significant transitions He leads you to. Of course, whatever He leads us to do will never contradict His Word — the ultimate source and guidance for our Christian lives. God bless you and thanks. 

 

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Beverly on Jun 28, 2019 

 

Loved it! Thank you! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jun 30, 2019 

 

You're welcome, Beverly. And thanks! 

 

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Diane on Apr 20, 2019 

 

Is there any way to cast the videos to our tv? Chromcast or other? 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 22, 2019 

 

Diane, the best way to cast the videos to your TV is to use Apple TV or another device that plays from your computer or smartphone. We do this often! Thanks. 

 

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Mary on Sep 19, 2018 

 

Oh, I forgot to mention, too that I was here a couple years ago, standing in the Jordan. This video brought me to tears watching the people get baptized. 

 

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Mary on Sep 19, 2018 

 

Thank you, again for an amazing video and teaching! I'm showing it tonight to our life group that meets in our home. We are studying the Bible in Chronological order. The video will go perfectly where we are at in the Bible-Joshua taking the reigns from Moses and leading the people into the promised land. Of course this covers the parting of the Jordan. I have a question. I have heard that the Jordan river today is much different than it was 3,000 years ago. I'm assuming it was probably wider?? I know when Joshua crossed it was at flood stage and that the water piled up in a heap at a town called Adam in the vicinity of Zarethan. Do we know where that is today and is there any archaeological ruins there? 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Sep 20, 2018 

 

I'm thrilled, Mary, that you enjoyed the video and that you shared it with your study group. That's great! 

 

You're right. Most of the Jordan River’s flow has been diverted for agricultural use—with sewage replacing it. It's a real issue, so much so that the Dead Sea's survival is at risk. (The Jordan River is the Dead Sea's only source of intake.) The site of Adam is still known today, yes—about 16 miles north of Jericho. Here's the spot on Google Maps by Damia Bridge. As far as I know, there are no ruins-- and access is prohibited since it's the border between Israel and Jordan. 

 

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Mary on Sep 20, 2018 

 

Thanks Wayne for your and for the info! So sad about the Dead Sea! Who controls the River, Jordan or Israel or both? Is the Jordan River part of Israel or Jordan? 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Sep 20, 2018 

 

If you zoom in real closely on the Google Maps, you'll see the border between Israel and Jordan is right in the middle of the river. So they each control it up to the center. Israel and Jordan work well together, so it's rarely an issue. 

 

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Mary on Sep 20, 2018 

 

Thanks! 

 

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Diane on Aug 29, 2018 

 

the teaching and the photography are outstanding! we learned much and enjoyed every minute of it. Can you tell us who sang that beautiful rendition of "in the cross"? 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 29, 2018 

 

Thanks, Diane. The composer is listed as Brittney Phelan, though I'm not sure if she's the vocalist. I got the recording from Audioblocks. 

 

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Deborah on Aug 21, 2018 

 

This was such a moving video, thankyou Wayne. There are so many wonderful hymns about crossing over Jordan, and Poor Wayfaring Stranger was the best choice! I have just been there in June to the southern baptismal site and 'baptised' myself on the Jordan side even though noone else in the tour group went in! I would always have regretted not doing it otherwise. This was a once-in-a-lifetime chance. Yes the Jordan River was muddy, shallow, and tepid (not "chilly and cold", not "deep and wide"), but that moment of being fully immersed in its waters as our Lord once was felt very meaningful. Such peace, relief, longing, and joy all at once! Praise God. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 21, 2018 

 

So glad you got to experience such a special moment, Deborah. Indeed, the Jordan River is so meaningful! So much history and truth in its metaphors. God bless. 

 

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Cobi on Aug 18, 2018 

 

This video brought me to tears, and reminded me of my baptism in the Jordan a few years ago, I have grown up in a traditional church where infants were baptized. When I was baptized, i realized how visual God really was. When I came out of the water, it felt like all my sins were being washed from me, and for the first time I felt clean. I knew I was saved, I had been a follower of Christ all my life, yet that experience changed me in a way I had not expected. Praise be to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 18, 2018 

 

That's wonderful, Cobi. I'm thrilled that the Lord encouraged you at your baptism that your faith in Christ washed you clean. I'm honored that this video reminded you of that special memory. Thanks and God bless. 

 

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Rosario on Jul 15, 2018 

 

Excuse me, but the Download video link (blue button) seems to link to the Qumran title. Is it supposed to be so? 

Still, thanks for the helpful videos. 

 

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Jeffrey on Jun 26, 2018 

 

One thing that came to mind as I was finishing watching this video was how the Jordan River is kind of a metaphor for new beginnings and fresh starts. Whether it was crossing the Jordan River into the Promised Land for the Israelites or repenting of sins and being baptized by John the Baptist, I think the Jordan River can symbolize that type of change for everybody. For me, I can see it as representing the first time I began to experience God's grace and His promises He has in store for me or a new direction when it comes to realizing God's purpose and how I can serve Him in new ways. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jun 26, 2018 

 

Magnificent insights, Jeff. The Jordan certainly represents those truths. Thanks for offering your input! 

 

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Karen on Jun 14, 2018 

 

“I Am Bound For The Promised Land” that contains Jordan River. Not the best tune...but the words, yes! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jun 14, 2018 

 

Great song, Karen. Yes-- on our tours I'll often have our group sing that hymn as we're driving away from the Jordan on the way to the Promised land. :-) 

 

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Karen on Jun 14, 2018 

 

Wayne, your videos are perfect! We get to see areas up close, far above, highlighted maps, it’s history, meanings & definitions, related scriptures, and develop an even more closeness to God visually. And it’s all to the glory of our most amazing Lord and Savior. Thank you. 

 

(I’m finally getting a chance to catch up, so I’ll be commenting a lot till I do. Thank you in advance for your patience with me about that, lol) 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jun 14, 2018 

 

So glad you're catching up, Karen. Keep the comments coming. :-) And thank you for the kind words; it's really an honor. 

 

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Jordan River - A Reflection of Your Spiritual Life

Elah Valley - What to Do with Your Ordinary Days of Life 

Joyce on Mar 28 

 

Throughout my life I have had what I call “God moments”. He has shown up at just the right time or has sent someone to intervene when I needed it most. When I reflect on the situation I justify it away by saying it was just a coincidence. I know it really wasn’t. There are no coincidences. God always takes care of me. What a great feeling! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 29 

 

Right, Joyce? Those God moments are so very special. 

 

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Roy Stewart on Mar 25 

 

Thank you Wayne...Your videos bring the Bible to life. I look forward to walking with you daily. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 26 

 

I'm right there with you, Roy. And I'm thrilled that the Lord is blessing you as you watch the videos. :-) 

 

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Susan on Apr 13 

 

I so very much agree with Roy Stewart. Your videos and podcasts do bring the Bible to life. They are special and I look forward to them daily. God bless, Wayne. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 13 

 

Thank you, Susan! God bless you as well. 

 

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Lori on Sep 18, 2022 

 

Its so amazing to see where biblical events actually took place. What an honor. Thank you for this amazing opportunity. 

God Bless you ❤ 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Sep 27, 2022 

 

Thank you, Lori. I'm so glad that the Lord continues to encourage you through these virtual tours to biblical sites. God bless you. 

 

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Debra on Aug 10, 2022 

 

Thank you so much for these videos. They hit home. Every time. God bless you. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 11, 2022 

 

Thank you for letting me know, Debra. I am thrilled that the Lord continues to encourage you through the videos. God bless you. 

 

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Ty on May 8, 2022 

 

‘In looking through the comments section where I don't see any left by myself, so I can only determine this is the first time viewing of this video by myself. 1 Samuel 16:7 comes to mind immediately. 

 

'But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart”.' 

 

How easy is it for any of us to get caught up in this? We see seem to only see in the natural, but God sees it all. The only heaven on earth I believe in the here and now is the gift (Holy Spirit) from God that resides in His adopted sons and daughters. The cost of that gift was a price of a life (God's Son's life), which we really can't appreciate, as we live in a fallen world. We must remind ourselves where does this gift of God reside and it is in us. Revelation 3:20 says: 

 

'Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.' 

 

To look for heaven on earth in any other place is worthless, in my personal opinion. So, we can't see what's in a person heart without God. Who is doing the looking for any one of us? Without heaven on earth (Holy Spirit, the third person of the Godhead) living in us, we can only see in the natural and reason it out that way. But with God's help we can be elevated into the spiritual realm and get a glimpse of God in what He is doing in changing us from the inside out. To be honest, we all fear that, so we refuse to understand and step into the 'fear of the Lord'. We instead back away with our limited understanding and we fear everything else, which can and will defeat us every time. 

 

The question Wayne poses to us is found in everyday life as every day is normal in a fallen world. The only way to get out of the normal is through the spiritual realm and only God can elevate us to that level or the prince of the air restricts us from stepping into that spiritual realm. One can only reflect upon that and answer for oneself how they are doing. Every day is a school day in God's practical school of life. Our choice is do we desire to show up and attend God’s practical class of life happening every day. For the most part we are too busy to even think about this, so taking the proper time is beyond any of us as we are too swept up in all the goings on in this fallen world. The negatives used by the prince of the air suppresses the positives of that of an adopted child of God, which is available in our life. Many are called but few are chosen. (Matthew 22:14) Hard to read these scripture words and not feel the weight of them. We seem to bow down to what we see in the created as the real thing. (Revelation 19:10)’ 

 

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Wayne Stiles on May 9, 2022 

 

So true, Ty. We are often so busy that we do not think about the significance of the small things we do each day. 

 

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Patty on Apr 21, 2022 

 

ThankYou for another great devotional scripture land video. It’s a good exhortation to me to be aware/alert/attuned to the truth our Lord is in every day. Even very early in morning at gym - prayer assignments were given for folks there - always with redemption in mind. Love this David/Goliath location - just read through this area 😊👍 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 21, 2022 

 

What a blessing, Patty, that the Lord encouraged you through the Elah Valley video. It's a valley we walk in every day! 

 

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Frances Tencza on Apr 15, 2022 

 

This was no ordinary day, because I was able to introduce a neighbor to the Widows group at my church! It was painful for her, but hopefully it will be a blessing to her as it has been for me! I realize that my past relationships before I met my husband, which have lately been haunting me, must not have been meant to be!My relationship with my deceased husband, even though we had little in common,was a challenge, but God saw us both through all our trials and gave us the strength to persevere! 

Praise God! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 15, 2022 

 

Thank you, Frances, for persevering in your marriage and for sharing how God gave you the strength to do so. God bless you. 

 

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Dave on Feb 14, 2022 

 

Pastor, I am in the process of putting a men's bible study together for my church men's group. It will be Friday evening and all day Saturday. Looking at the last weekend of March as the dates. 

 

Do you have any recommendations for me? I want the study to be based around living as men of God in our society or something like that. Please get back to me with any resources you can provide. Thanks. 

 

Also, I wanted to know if you knew Dennis and Sharon Malone. They worked with my dad in the highlands of New Guinea for Wycliffe Bible Translators 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 14, 2022 

 

Dave, please call me Wayne! :-) I do not know Dennis and Sharon, unfortunately. As far as a resource for your men's retreat, you might check out Gene Getz's excellent book, The Measure of a Man: Twenty Attributes of a Godly Man. 

 

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Ivette Rebecca on Feb 1, 2022 

 

My husband and I have been in a long Sabbatical from active full time ministry. In may occasions I have asked the Lord why, when. At one time He gave me this poem: 

(I don't know the author) 

 

Where shall i work? 

Master, where shall I work today? 

And my loved flowed warm and free! 

And He pointed out a tiny plot. 

And He said, "Tend that for Me." 

 

But, I answer quickly, "Oh, no, 

Not there; not anyone could see 

No Matter how well my task was done; 

Not that-that little place for me." 

And His voice when He spoke, 

Was not stern but kind. 

But he answered me tenderly, 

"Friend, search that heart of thine." 

 

"Are you working for YOU, 

For them, or for ME? 

Nazareth was just a little place, 

And so was Calvary." 

 

Wherever, when ever, that's the call. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 1, 2022 

 

Great poem, Ivette, with an even great message. Thank you for including it here. God bless you. 

 

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Kathy on Jan 7, 2022 

 

What was an ordinary visit to stand outside an abortion clinic turned into an opportunity to reach out to the workers inside the clinic. What followed was notes and gift cards with a story about a young girl who found herself scared and pregnant and not married. The baby was unexpected but planned by GOD....a Christmas story was given to each Planned Parenthood worker, 12 in all!!! This story told of Jesus, the planned and unplanned Son of God and His love for the workers! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 8, 2022 

 

Wow, Kathy... THANK you for serving the Lord, as well as these mothers and babies. I pray that the fruit of your labor would save lives and save souls. God bless you. 

 

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Emmet on Jan 2, 2022 

 

Two widows whose paths crossed in a mega church went out for coffee one Sunday morning after church. Four months later, they married and have been joyously happy because of their many similarities, i. e., Christians, high school teachers, life-long learners. We love your series. Thanks! Emmet and Kay 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 3, 2022 

 

It is amazing how the Lord uses every day events to bring about extraordinary blessings. May the Lord continue to bless you both. Thanks for sharing – and thanks for telling me how much you enjoy the videos. I pray they continue to encourage you! 

 

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Sharyl on Dec 2, 2021 

 

I’ll just do the next right thing today. 

It is in the valley where we live, learn and lead our lives. The mountain top experiences are marvelous but we can not live there. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Dec 6, 2021 

 

I like the way you say that, Sharyl. Just do the next right thing — and trust God with the results. God bless you. 

 

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Shane on Nov 21, 2021 

 

I find it amazing how we chase the extraordinary because we don't want to live ordinary lives. What David did was ordinary to him, but God turned it into extraordinary. In these days of people bringing glory to themselves we have been caused to chase the extraordinary. But do we pursue God who is extraordinary and let Him change our ordinary into extraordinary in "His time" as Wayne said? Learning to rest in God just doing the ordinary things of daily life is what I've grappled with for a very long time. This is because I want to know that when I have left this earth, I have done what God called me to do. We have a book in Heaven of our life. We need to know what it is; or do we? I believe we do. But how we pursue this is, I believe, has been missing for decades. Enlighten me Wayne on this subject. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Nov 22, 2021 

 

Shane, you asked about the Book of Life. This book isn't a book about our lives, but rather it is a book that records the names of those to whom God has granted eternal life. It is referred to a few times in the Scriptures, but most notably and frequently in the book of Revelation (i.e. Rev. 13:8). 

 

As far as knowing God's will for our lives, the Scripture is replete with examples that He is far more interested that we know about His will for us than we are. He has prepared good works in advance for us to do (Eph. 2:10). That being so, He will communicate it to us and lead us in His time in His way. In the meantime, we do what this video shows. We simply remain faithful with what we know today, and trust God for tomorrow. 

 

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Sharon on Oct 8, 2021 

 

Thank you so much for doing these videos. I have always wanted to go to The Holy Land. I have enjoyed seeing the beautiful lands my Jesus' life is built around. I am looking forward to seeing them all and learning more. Thank you so much. God Bless you and your ministry. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Oct 9, 2021 

 

I'm so glad that the videos encourage you, Sharon. I pray they continue to do so. God bless you. 

 

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Donna on Sep 26, 2021 

 

One day years ago, I woke up hearing these words by the Spirit..."You can get there by going past two Food Lions." When I heard that, I knew which two Food Lion grocery stores were being referenced. I had also just had a dream and knew what I'd been shown in the dream was what would be found after passing the two Food Lions. After getting the kids off to school I asked my husband if he'd like to go on an adventure. He agreed, and off we went for a drive, first past the two Food Lions which took about a half an hour, and then crossed over the state line. I started looking for the things I'd seen in the dream...a building with an "Open" flag hanging outside of it, and a building supplies store next to it, on the left side of the road. Sure enough, we found the building with the flag, and a building supplies store next to it, on the left side of the road! It looked like an indoor flea market of some kind and we went inside feeling excited that we'd found what we were looking for. Inside, we had an interesting conversation with a young man and we shared contact information. Before going completely around the room looking at things on the tables, we saw a woman who played the organ at our church services. She actually belonged to another church but was employed by our church to play the organ. After we began talking with her, we learned her Dad had just passed away and she was distraught, and had important decisions to make. We knew that THIS was the situation God had sent us there for, and began to minister to her. We ended our time together with prayer, inside the flea market. After that, I shared with her how we happened to get there that day and she was amazed to think that God cared about her so much that He would have sent us there just for her. She then told us that it was the last day the place would be open and if we had waited a day to follow His lead, that there would have been no "Open" sign and the building would have been closed. It felt like an ordinary day, as it started out, but God had a mission for us, and thank God, we were on time to help the person He knew needed both prayer, and people who would listen to her pouring out her heart. What an "adventure" that ordinary day turned out to be! 

 

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Patty and Jeff on Sep 23, 2021 

 

I love this study. Thank you for your leading. It has been quite interesting. Patty Harp 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Sep 24, 2021 

 

Thank you, Patty, for letting me know how much you are enjoying the study and the videos. I pray they continue to encourage you. 

 

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Patti on Sep 23, 2021 

 

When I first became a Bible teacher I felt a little intimidated. I had 2 doctors and a dentist in my mixed group and I hadn’t finished college. But I always prayed that the Holy Spirit put words in my mouth and that His message was given and received. At the end of the year one of the doctors got baptized. I am still teaching over 15 years later. God does supply when you humble yourself before Him. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Sep 24, 2021 

 

What an amazing testimony, Patti! Thank you so much for faithfully following and being used by God. 

 

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Mitchell on Sep 18, 2021 

 

So far it is AMAZING!!! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Sep 20, 2021 

 

I am so glad, Mitchell, that the Lord is encouraging you through the Elah Valley video. I pray that the rest of the videos would continue to do so as well; God bless you. 

 

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Judith on Aug 26, 2021 

 

From what I understand, very few tour groups go to the Elah Valley. During the 2008 trip to the Holy Land, we asked if we could go. Our local guide accommodated our request. We saw several points of interest and many in the group collected stones from the waterbed. We were able to go to Abraham’s well, and Lachish where we had a devotion. A shepherd was in the field, and with the local tour guide interpreting, our leader was able to demonstrate how sheep only respond to the shepherd’s voice. We were not allowed to stop at Hebron but we drove past slowly. From there we enjoyed a magnificent meal in Bethlehem. This is a tour that I shall never forget. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 30, 2021 

 

This is true, Judith. It is fairly uncommon for tours to go to the Elah Valley, but my tours go there! :-) These off-the-beaten-path sites are magnificent contributions to a rich experience in the Holy Land. God bless you. 

 

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Michelle on Aug 23, 2021 

 

That was awesome. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 24, 2021 

 

I'm so glad you enjoyed the Elah Valley video, Michelle! God bless you. 

 

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Wanda Faith Sewell on Aug 20, 2021 

 

That was good! So informative and makes the Bible come alive. I'm truly enjoying this series so far. Thank you! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 20, 2021 

 

Thanks, Wanda! I’m thrilled you’re enjoying the videos. God bless you today. 

 

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Donna on Aug 19, 2021 

 

We were 150 miles away from home at St Louis for a ballgame. It was a month before my son was expected to be born. We soon realized that this was the time and God calmed our fears and got us safely home in time. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 19, 2021 

 

Isn't God's providence amazing? I pray that you continue to recognize His hand in your life in the everyday things. God bless you, Donna. 

 

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Michael on Jun 11, 2021 

 

I had just driven 65 miles on my way to Bible College, a trip of 1800 miles loomed before me. We had car trouble and stopped to see a mechanic. He said the problem was significant and that we should turn around and go home. But my wife and I knew that God had told us to continue our course. That ordinary day became a turning point in our lives. Now forty years later we continue to serve the Lord in pastoral ministry. Michael 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jun 12, 2021 

 

What a magnificent story, Michael. Isn't it amazing the courage and fortitude we can have when we know we are pursuing the will of God! I pray that the Lord would continue to give you such insight and courage. God bless you. 

 

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Lynda on Jun 4, 2021 

 

My life is ordinary now 

No more working no more children 

I have had to endure sickness loneliness loss of friends and family through it all I have learned patience I don't always have the answer but He does. He has saved me many times so I look to Him for the answer to a problem and trust that He has the answer I need 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jun 4, 2021 

 

For sure, Lynda, the Lord has not forgotten you. You might enjoy watching the video on the Cave of Adullam, during a season of David's lonely life. May the Lord continue to be with you as He reveals to you next steps in serving Him and the body of Christ. 

 

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Lynn on May 8, 2021 

 

I continue to be amazed as I watch these tour videos and learn how it is figured out where the stories we read in God's word played out in the days before us. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on May 10, 2021 

 

Yes, Lynn, it is amazing to be able to connect real live places to the Scriptures. Really helps the Bible come to life! God bless you. 

 

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Eugenia on May 6, 2021 

 

My friends wedding day someone didn't show up to do flowers but my friend had everything written out so I just followed what she had written down she has thanked me for saving her wedding...all I did was follow the instructions 

 

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Wayne Stiles on May 7, 2021 

 

Your story reminds me of the importance of following the instructions of Scripture, Eugenia. May the Lord bless you as you follow Him. 

 

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Bob on Apr 10, 2021 

 

Thank you for this great reminder of the importance of being faithful to the Lord's leading one day at a time, today! As we grow much older, it is good to be reminded that "it's not our job to figure out what great works God has prepared for us. We just do the next right thing," The reminder is always helpful! It has been a pleasure to share with our students at the college how the Lord used a very ordinary day and info I normally would have overlooked from a friend about teaching positions available in Australia. This 'chance' event occurred back in the 1970s and changed the total course of my life. Only because of God's grace in connecting the information from my friend to a very honest, frustrated prayer thrown heavenward about there being no teaching positions, did I have the faith/courage to step out. I made phone calls, went through interviews in NYC, and took a teaching position offered in Australia. There I met my godly husband who loves the Lord. We have had an incredible journey far greater than we could ever imagine and now teach as professors in our senior years at Alaska Bible College. GOD is always faithful and He has far greater plans than we can ever imagine. Wayne, this has been a refreshing blessing. 

Thanks! 

Linda 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 12, 2021 

 

Thanks so much, Linda, for sharing this. Indeed, trusting the Lord's leading in the ordinary days of life can be challenging, but daily faithfulness works out in amazing ways in God's grand plan. I appreciate your personal story and also that the video was able to encourage you with your following of God. 

 

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Marlon on Apr 9, 2021 

 

I am enjoying the videos very much. It is almost like being there. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 10, 2021 

 

I'm so glad, Marlon, that the Lord is blessing your time with the videos and helping you see what the Bible lands are like. That's great! God bless you. 

 

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Janet on Apr 8, 2021 

 

Thank you for your videos. I just started watching today. They make the Bible come alive. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 9, 2021 

 

I am thrilled to have you on this journey with me, Janet. What a blessing that the videos are encouraging you and that they help the Bible come alive in a new and more vibrant way. May each video continue to do so! God bless you. 

 

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Marilyn on Apr 8, 2021 

 

I have visited the Holy land 3 times. I'm enjoying the videos. It's helping me visualize. As I read the bible. I still have a lot of questions in my mind and the narration is helpful in my understanding . 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 8, 2021 

 

What an amazing privilege you have had, Marilyn, to have gone to Israel several times! I am so glad that the videos are helping you to visualize the Word of God. I pray that your questions get answered and that the videos will give you greater insight. God bless you. 

 

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Helen on Apr 8, 2021 

 

Enjoyed this very much. It felt like I was right there. Thanks 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 8, 2021 

 

That's great, Helen! I am so glad you got a sense of what it was like for David that day in the valley. May the Lord continue to bless you as you watch these videos. 

 

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Judith on Apr 8, 2021 

 

Thank you for this video. I now can understand with this visual of where David actually killed Goliath. I have always wanted to go and visit the Holy Lands. This is amazing outreach to all born again Christians and the unsaved. I, Praise God for you, Wayne and your videos. I find or learn something daily with my walk with my Savior and Lord. What a wonderful Ministry, Wayne. God bless! 

Judy 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 8, 2021 

 

Thank you so much, Judy, for your gracious words. It is such a joy to be able to share these Bible lands with you and with many others! Isn't it amazing how much insight they offer us into the Word of God? 

 

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Barbara on Apr 2, 2021 

 

I am 81 - as I look back I see God’s working in my life on ordinary days! So many important things in my spiritual life took place on those days - mainly coming to know who He is!! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 2, 2021 

 

Yes, Barbara, the Lord has used so many of our ordinary days in special ways, hasn't He? And He's not done! There are more days He still wants to use in your life. God bless you. 

 

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Jeff on Apr 1, 2021 

 

On just a ordinary day apx the 3rd week of September last year in 2020 I rededicated my life to Jesus. Ever since that night, I have repented & turned away from sinful ways & on a new better road of life following Jesus & learning so much reading the Bible daily. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 2, 2021 

 

How wonderful, Jeff, that Christ used that ordinary September day in an extraordinary way for you. There are many more to come... 

 

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Travis on Mar 31, 2021 

 

We were fascinated by seeing the area that David killed Goliath! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 1, 2021 

 

Yes, isn't the Elah Valley area amazing? So powerful to see the very place where this pivotal event in David's life took place. 

 

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Connie on Mar 25, 2021 

 

Thank you for the video. I really enjoyed how you connect to us today. Thank you again 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 25, 2021 

 

Thank you, Connie, for your gracious words. I am so glad that the Elah Valley video was an encouragement to you. David's faithfulness in just doing the next right thing – is always a wonderful model. God bless you. 

 

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Russ on Apr 8, 2021 

 

This is Pastor Russ Winn from Bonita Springs, Florida. Do you have available small group questions that coordinate with each video segment? 

 

russ_winn@yahoo.com 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 8, 2021 

 

Hi, Russ. Yes, each downloadable transcript (in the sidebar) includes a couple of questions to consider at the end. God bless. 

 

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Sally on Mar 25, 2021 

 

Thanks for connecting the Bible events to our lives.I am enjoying the videos and learning too. God bless you for your creation of these videos. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 25, 2021 

 

What a blessing, Sally, that we are able to connect the Bible and its lands to our lives. I am thrilled you enjoyed the video on the Elah Valley. God bless you. 

 

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Robbie on Mar 20, 2021 

 

Fascinating! 

 

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Amelia on Mar 18, 2021 

 

I’d like to go back to the Holy Land. in fact, there’s a group going this summer from my new parish, but as you said money is one of the things that will prevent me from going. The day I saw the invitation about the Passion - I thought I was just going to watch it.,.then came your offer - Walking the Bible Lands by becoming a member... God has gifted me with this opportunity. This is much less expensive tour.. God surprised me that day. I am so grateful. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 19, 2021 

 

What a blessing, Amelia, that you got to go to the Holy Land! I am also thrilled that you are on these virtual tours with me. I hope and pray that you will remember many significant places – and that you will enjoy many brand new places as well. God bless you. 

 

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Debbie on Mar 13, 2021 

 

I have always liked the stories with David. He lived a ordinary yet hard life. He made many mistakes yet loved the Lord deeply. He gives me inspiration. It's awesome to see this Valley and to be able to picture the stories of old. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 15, 2021 

 

So true, isn't it, Debbie? Seeing the places of the Bible makes the Bible come alive. I pray that you continue to be encouraged through the many videos. God bless you. 

 

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Lynda on Mar 7, 2021 

 

After being sick for so long one day I started feeling better. SOON o mb e medication was dropped to 2 tablets a week rather than 4 per week God has been so good to me throughout a horrible disease. HE IS STILL healing me one day at a time 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 8, 2021 

 

May the Lord continue to be with you, Lynda. May He strengthen your day by day as you look toward your healing and ultimate healing. God bless you. 

 

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Lydia on Mar 5, 2021 

 

Yes he definitely did like today I was on Facebook and I saw the invitation to view this free espoused of walking 🚶‍♀️ the Bible land and I’m so thankful To God that I did 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 6, 2021 

 

I'm glad the Lord made the day special for you through Walking the Bible Lands, Lydia! That's wonderful. God bless you. 

 

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Marlene on Mar 5, 2021 

 

My uncle called me and we enjoyed a nice visit, which changed my ordinary day into an extraordinary day!! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 5, 2021 

 

That’s great, Marlene. Isn’t it amazing sometimes how the simple things can become significant? God bless you. 

 

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May Joy on Mar 1, 2021 

 

I just heard a teaching recently that talked about the ordinary mundane days of our lives as the “Kronos” time of our lives and then there’s that one day among the ordinary days that God chooses when He strategically intervenes in our lives and create something extraordinary and that day is called “Kairos”. 

 

True, it’s being faithful in the Kronos times that leads us to the strategic Kairos time of our lives. After a long season of unsuccessful job hunting and job searching, there was that one day, when my last application caught the eye of a recruiter which led to a phone call, then two Interview sessions and just very recently, I have been finally offered the job! Praise God that He finally intervened in my life, gave me a breakthrough and granted me a victory over my ordinary, Kronos days of job hunting! God is good! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 1, 2021 

 

I rejoice with you, May Joy, in your new position! How wonderful of our God to provide in a way that He alone gets the glory. 

 

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Sandi on Feb 25, 2021 

 

One of my ordinary work day assignments is to go to the post office. I at times wish someone else could do this; however, I thank the Lord for my blessings & go. Today I was blessed to see my daughter & grandson in their vehicle while leaving the post office! We have not been able to visit much due to COVID. 

I enjoyed this video on the Elah Valley. It is fascinating how David from Bethlehem & Goliath from Gath begins & ends Elah Valley. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 27, 2021 

 

Thanks for sharing that, Sandi. So true, isn't it? God blesses ordinary events in ways only He can. 

 

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Lili on Feb 22, 2021 

 

Yes,Remaining faithful to our Lord is what I can do daily. 

Praise the Lord! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 23, 2021 

 

I like your perspective, Lili. Daily faithfulness and trusting God with the results is an absolutely successful day! God bless you. 

 

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Jae on Feb 6, 2021 

 

closed caption = words of what being said please 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 8, 2021 

 

I have considered using closed caption before, Jae, but there hasn't been much request for it to warrant the work it would take. However, I do provide a transcript of every video, which you can download in the sidebar, if you are looking for the words of what is being said. 

 

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Rosemarie on Feb 5, 2021 

 

These days now with the pandemic my days seem very ordinary. But on reflection I see many of them become extraordinary. Daily prayers and now these wonderful videos have changed things for me. Thank you. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 5, 2021 

 

I am honored and encouraged to be able to walk alongside you through these videos, Rosemarie. I pray that the Lord would continue to encourage you as you watch the videos, read His word, and walk with Him. God bless you. 

 

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Lola Fitch on Feb 4, 2021 

 

This series is amazing in photos and lessons. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 5, 2021 

 

Thank you, Lola, and I am so glad you enjoyed the video on the Elah Valley. May the Lord continue to encourage you as you watch these videos! God bless you. 

 

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Margaret on Feb 3, 2021 

 

Thank you for the reminder about ordinary days. I was recently blessed in an ordinary day. I'm currently in a rather stressful time in my life. I'm a 71-year-old widow and grandmother homeschooling my learning disabled 10-year old grandson for the year. I recently became aware I was in need of some new undergarments (you can't get more ordinary than that). I hadn't yet gone shopping when my daughter brought me a new package she had bought for herself but they were too small for her, just my size. Since no one knew I was in need, I know He is the one who so kindly provided. Just an ordinary day He made special because of His love. 

Thank you for your site & being able to read your transcripts. You seem to have thought of everything. I also appreciate the length of the videos. Just right. So thankful I found this treasure. 

Marge 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 3, 2021 

 

What a wonderful story of God's provision for you, Marge! How much I appreciate and treasure your kind words about Walking the Bible Lands. I am thrilled that the Lord is blessing your time with the videos, and I pray He does so each time you watch. God bless you in the ordinary days. 

 

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Marilyn on Jan 30, 2021 

 

Stay strong, be patient, keep the faith and watch what God will do in your life. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 30, 2021 

 

I like the way you put that, Marilyn. Indeed, we need to cling to the strength of God and trust that He will make good on our future. God bless you. 

 

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Rebecca on Jan 16, 2021 

 

Long time ago when I was at 4th grade, we moved to a new city , I was enrolled to a new school, and one night I heard a story about Jacob's dream seeing a ladder to heaven! Days later I heard story Jacob wresting a man till daybreak! Actually he wrestled with God face to face. It happened at lonely and upset times. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 17, 2021 

 

So true, Rebecca. It seems we wrestle with God so many days of our lives, doesn’t it? May the Lord bless you as you walk alongside Him. 

 

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Bonnie on Jan 16, 2021 

 

These video visits really bring a deeper understanding of the biblical events! Thank you for making this possible! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 17, 2021 

 

I am so glad that seeing these videos is giving you a deeper understanding of the significant events that occurred in these biblical places. God bless you! 

 

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Bonnie on Jan 17, 2021 

 

Thank you! 

 

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Debra on Jan 16, 2021 

 

This makes the Bible come alive. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 17, 2021 

 

I am thrilled, Debra, that this video about David and Goliath helps to bring the Bible alive for you! God bless you. 

 

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Karen on Jan 15, 2021 

 

If we pay attention there is always someone in need that approaches us as well as surprise miracles that come unexpectant. Sometimes I am so busy that I don't wish to be bothered by other people's problems but somehow grace and amazement on how I deal with each situation that decides to pop in my daily rush. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 16, 2021 

 

I know what you mean, Karen. Being interrupted isn’t always the best feeling, but sometimes God brings great joy from the conversation that follows. God bless you. 

 

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Mary Jo on Jan 14, 2021 

 

My husband and I moved to AZ in June. With Covid19, we as yet have not had the opportunity to socialize with our neighbors who are all over the age of 55. The majority in their late 70's and 80's. I have for the last two weeks been feeling down and depressed. My husband is recovering from being very sick for almost 5 months. He has much anxiety causing harsh irritability, which the doctor stated will take time for his hormones to adjust. I have been praying for peace on our marriage. With the stress and depression I was feeling, I decided to learn how to do Loom Knitting online and went to the store to buy yarn. A lady walked by and complimented the yarn I placed in my cart. She said she just started learning how to do Loom Knitting. We talked, exchanged phone numbers to text. I thanked God for this person he sent. I was given joy and hope. I was freshened. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 14, 2021 

 

Isn't it amazing how God comes to us and refreshes us in those critical moments. I rejoice with you at God's reminder that He hasn't forgotten you. I also pray for His mercy upon your marriage and your joy. You're not alone in the struggle... 

 

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Mary Jo on Jan 15, 2021 

 

Thank you so much for your prayers for our marriage. I will pray each day God bless your ministry. 

 

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Barbara on Jan 11, 2021 

 

I'm enjoying seeing the actual places these Bible stories took place. I appreciate the way you point out that David had ordinary days just like we do and yet God shows up and changes it into something extraordinary for His Kingdom's sake at just the right time. I pray that I am open and willing to be used by God for whatever He has planned for my life. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 12, 2021 

 

How great, Barbara, that you're enjoying the videos and seeing the real thing where these events occurred. I appreciate you reminding me of this principle again-- ordinary days. God bless you. 

 

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Peg on Jan 9, 2021 

 

I am loving your video's and teachings, on an ordinary morning of devotions somehow Walking the Bible Lands appeared in my inbox, I have been wanting to go to the Holy Lands, so why not? Just a few days later, my bible study is taking a break from planned studies and wanted to study a chapter in the Bible, Phillipians being selected. Guess who can step up and offer some insight on Phillipians and Pauls teachings now, I plan to share the 4 video's you have indexd for Phillipians, I feel this is wonderful history, beautiful scenery and Godly teachings all in one, thank you Wayne for your expertise. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 10, 2021 

 

I am thrilled, Peg, that the Lord is blessing your time with the videos. May God continue to bless you abundantly! Thank you. 

 

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Doris on Jan 8, 2021 

 

Love how the Bible shows us how He takes care of His faithful servants, whether David or Daniel. Over the years the Lord has surprised me many times with changing my plans, protecting me,providing for my needs and showing me that he is with me even in trying situations. An awesome God. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 9, 2021 

 

Isn't He an awesome God? Thank you, Doris, for sharing how the Lord has led you, in spite of the changed plans and redirections. His unusual leading is always best, though seldom does it make sense at the time. God bless you. 

 

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Sandra on Jan 7, 2021 

 

Can you give me an approximate feet as to how far the stone traveled from David to goliath? 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 7, 2021 

 

It's just a guess, Sandra, as the Bible doesn't say how close they were. The sling had an amazing range, and some experts suggest it could be accurate in excess of 1300 feet. Pretty amazing! 

 

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Beth on Jan 5, 2021 

 

God's peace ruled the day our daughter was diagnosed with glioblastoma and died 5 days later. So thankful for the gift of faith to walk these years of grief yet hope to be with her again in our prepared mansion. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 5, 2021 

 

I applaud you and your courage, Beth. Amazing journey that the Lord has called you to walk… May He continue to give you strength and greater insight into His good character and His deep love for your family. 

 

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Nancy on Dec 13, 2020 

 

It is amazing to be able to sit in my living room and get to see the places in the Bible 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Dec 14, 2020 

 

Yes, Nancy, isn't it wonderful to see the biblical sites from your own home? I'm thrilled the videos are encouraging you. May the Lord continue to bless you as you seek Him. 

 

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Phyllis on Dec 11, 2020 

 

These are wonderful videos. Its probably the closest I'll ever get to Isreal. Thanks. I have some questions. Was Goliath really a giant or just a big man? Does Jesus have brothers or sisters? Did Jesus drink wine and during the Last Supper? Thanks. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Dec 12, 2020 

 

I'm thrilled, Phyllis, that the Lord is blessing your time with the videos. And you ask great questions! Goliath was about 9 feet 9 inches tall (1 Sam. 17:4), so although he wasn't a giant in the sense of movies or cartoons, he still stood much taller than any on the field. Yes, Jesus had brothers and sisters; see Mark 6:3. As far as drinking wine at the Last Supper, yes, He did, as He says, “I will never again drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God" (Mark 14:25). His word "again" suggests He was drinking wine but won't again until the kingdom. I hope that helps some. God bless. 

 

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Andy on Nov 16, 2020 

 

I love the line... God can use our “ordinary days in extraordinary ways”! Wow, that can preach! Thanks Wayne. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Nov 17, 2020 

 

You're welcome to it, Andy! God bless you, my friend. 

 

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John on Oct 5, 2020 

 

If we start tomorrow at sundown today (Gen 1:5) we are more attuned to His greatness every "ordinary" day. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Oct 5, 2020 

 

I agree, John. The best days start the night before. I wrote a post about this you might enjoy. God bless you. 

 

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Greg on Sep 18, 2020 

 

As I watched this again I am reminded that the ordinary in my hands can become extraordinary in GOD'S hands. The stone that David downed Goliath with was an ordinary stone, but GOD used it to accomplish an extraordinary feat. I have five stones from the dry creek bed in Elah Valley. I think I need to make a display with them to remind me what GOD can do with the ordinary. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Sep 19, 2020 

 

What a great idea, Greg! Those five stones would make a wonderful display and reminder of God‘s ability to make extraordinary events occur from ordinary days. May the Lord bless you as you walk with Him today. 

 

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Greg on Aug 22, 2020 

 

Such a timely word of counsel for me, especially given what I am going through right now. Be faithful to GOD and walk in HIS ways and HE will shape my "ordinary" life in order to achieve great things THROUGH me. Had I watched this video last week, or even yesterday, it may not have had the impact it is having right now. Thank you, Wayne, for your faithfulness and obedience to GOD in your life. Much shalom! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 22, 2020 

 

I'm so glad, Greg, that the Lord's perfect timing worked that you recognize His special message for you from the Elah Valley. I pray you continue to walk in His grace each day and find joy in the faithfulness of each moment, trusting Him to make them great in His time. 

 

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Elena on Aug 16, 2020 

 

Love the story of David and Goliath. David had so much faith God would be with him, he didn't even question his ability to win against Goliath. I strive to have faith like David.; especially in the times we are living in now. I find myself in the word more. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 17, 2020 

 

Going to God's Word is the perfect place, Elena, to find strength and encouragement in these uncertain days. May the Lord continue to bless you as you seek Him in the Scriptures. 

 

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Marge on Aug 14, 2020 

 

Especially in these days when I'm unable to lead the ministry I'm called to do. In the ordinary, I'm finding in God a new level of faith and a patience I need to have. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 15, 2020 

 

Indeed, these are challenging times for us, aren’t they? It is so helpful to remember that we just stay faithful in the ordinary tasks of each day, and we trust God to make them great in his time. May the Lord bless you as you continue to follow him. 

 

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Loni on Aug 1, 2020 

 

I liked the perspective being committed and faithful in our ordinary lives and allow God to bring His glory to extraordinary events. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 2, 2020 

 

I agree with you, Lonnie. It is so essential that we keep our focus on faithfulness and simply allow God to make our actions great in His time. God bless you. 

 

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Steven on Jul 29, 2020 

 

Wayne, you have provided us with an excellent invitation to personal application of the familiar David and Goliath story. God's providential entering into what begin for us as "ordinary" days does prove to be truly "extraordinary"--when viewed through the right lens. Thanks again for inviting us to consider this important divine perspective. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jul 29, 2020 

 

Steven, you are really going to town on these videos! I love it, and I'm so appreciative of your gracious words. 

 

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Mary on Jul 28, 2020 

 

David had such faith and confidence in God. Like in my life today, I talk with God everyday and know that he will be with me always. I often look up at him, smile and say, thank you God, I know that was you. Our faith in God gives us strength. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jul 28, 2020 

 

Yes, Mary, isn't it wonderful when we can attribute to God what is truly from His hand? Being able to recognize God's special place and activity in our lives is a gift all on its own. 

 

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Wes on Jul 24, 2020 

 

Thank you for this Tour of how David was confident in God.. It reminds me of my college career In wrestling… I had confidence in the Lords Strength to get me through overcoming the demands. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jul 24, 2020 

 

That is a wonderful metaphor, Wes. It reminds me of Jacob wrestling with the Lord. Seems so often we do that, doesn't it? Thanks for your encouragement – and God bless you. 

 

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Janet on Jul 23, 2020 

 

I am loving the video’s, I can’t help but to think that whatever we face in this life, we can always trust God and to know that he is still in control even when we don’t think he is .. he never stops working .. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jul 24, 2020 

 

I like the way you put that, Janet. Indeed, it really all boils down to trust. Either God is in control or he is not. And He is! May the Lord continue to bless you. 

 

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Linda on Jul 23, 2020 

 

Very educational. 

 

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Debbie on Jul 19, 2020 

 

Thank you Bro. Wayne, with your simple comment yet profound at the same time, "We just need to do the next right thing and trust God..." It reminded me of what my previous Pastor (now in Heaven) used to say from the pulpit also filled with wisdom and I believe is a similar application to what you are saying. When you don't know what the next step is (in life), just keep doing what you know you're supposed to be doing and leave the rest up to the Lord. It's the ordinary things, regardless of how small in our eyes, that can literally change the course of another person's life. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and making everything easy to understand. My husband and I made one trip to Israel in Mar/Apr 2019, and it profoundly changed the way I see pictures in my mind when I read scripture. I just can't get enough of Israel and the Biblical application to all of the sites that you are showing us. Bless you for your passion in this ministry. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jul 20, 2020 

 

What a privilege, Debbie, for you and your husband to go to Israel! You know, more than most, what an amazing journey it is and how it profoundly affects the way we read the Scriptures. I am glad that the videos are encouraging you and reminding you of your time in the land. May the Lord continue to bless you. 

 

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Katherine on Jul 10, 2020 

 

God surprised me by giving me a person to talk to about Him on a bus ride on the way to work. He was using this person to help me. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jul 11, 2020 

 

What a blessing for both of you, Katherine. May the Lord bless the memory of that conversation for His glory. 

 

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Judy on Jul 6, 2020 

 

You never know when God will choose to use you. We just need to show up and do the next fight thing. God equips the faithful. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jul 7, 2020 

 

That's exactly right, Judy. We just do the next right thing and trust God to make it magnificent in His time. God bless you today. 

 

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Amy on Jul 2, 2020 

 

Wayne, your last words in this video truly struck a chord with me. "We never know what events God will use even today for His glory. But it’s not our job to figure 

out what great works God has prepared for us. We just do the next right thing. So, we should always remain faithful in our ordinary, daily tasks wherever we find ourselves—and let God make them great according to His time and His purpose." Thank you for helping me to see Scripture in a new light. 

 

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Jeanne on Jul 1, 2020 

 

This video spoke with me about how I want to serve him but just don’t know how. I think that he is saying just to relax and realize that I am serving him with the daily things and he will orchestrate the rest. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jul 1, 2020 

 

Yes, Jeanne... That is a perfect application. God bless you 

 

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Daisy on Jun 20, 2020 

 

This video brought back to memory when God on one ordinary day blessed me with a new job that tripled my income after being unemployed for 4 months and my funds were running out that same week ! Amen He is never late always on time!! To Him belongs the Glory!!🙏 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jun 21, 2020 

 

What an amazing story, Daisy! I rejoice with you in God‘s provision and that he reminded you of his grace in your life each day. God bless you. 

 

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Alejandra on May 19, 2020 

 

It was just an ordinary day at the office in the Bible school. Sitting at my desk, I used to leave the doors open so I could hear the Bible teaching in the classroom next door. That day, the teacher was teaching about missions in China, and all of a sudden the Holy Spirit came to me and said: "Whom should I send?". I started crying uncontrollably and feeling a heavy burden in my heart for the Chinese people, something I had never felt before. That same day in the evening, He asked me the same question again. I raised my hand high and said: "Here I am! Send me!". 

The events and divine appointments that followed after that day still amaze me! 14 years later, and I'm still serving Him in China, all by His grace alone. He is so faithful! 

That ordinary day the Lord turned my life upside down! Lol! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on May 20, 2020 

 

What a wonderful story, Alejandra. It's amazing how the Lord continues to use ordinary days in our ordinary lives to do extraordinary things. May the Lord bless you as you serve Him in China! 

 

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Heather on Apr 30, 2020 

 

The "ordinary" day that comes to mind is the day I first met my husband. I was home all day and did not expect the chance encounter through a friend later that evening. We never know what God will put into place, even as the light of the day is gone. God blessed me with my husband for 19 amazing years until he was called home and I'm so thankful. This video really put into perspective for me that God really does have out lives planned out for us and even if we may be having a bad day or things just don't seem to be going right, God has a plan for us. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 30, 2020 

 

I love your perspective here, Heather. God's plan in our lives is amazing and includes the little details as well as the large, anticipated turning points. In fact, as you've mentioned, He often uses those small events in big ways. I pray the Lord powerfully blesses you as you seek Him and find comfort in His presence with you and His leading in your life. 

 

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Esperanza on Apr 28, 2020 

 

this video spoke very loud to me. God will make my simple faithfulness great in His time. I need to release everything more and more each day and stop trying to figure it out all the time. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 28, 2020 

 

I think we are all at different places in learning the same lesson, Esperanza. The Lord is the one who makes our days great for His purposes. Our one and only task is faithfulness. May God bless you as you follow Him! 

 

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Nancy on Apr 23, 2020 

 

David likely did not realize he had done something extraordinary as he was accustomed to using his expert marksmanship on predators throughout the long days and nights he was doing his very ordinary job- guarding the flock. We are to be faithful in using the gifts and abilities God gives each of us, honing our craft, being diligent in what we are trained to do, and letting God make something extraordinary out of it for the Kingdom. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 24, 2020 

 

I love the way you put that, Nancy. Yes, David just showed up and did what he had already done every day as a faithful follower of the Lord. We never know what days the Lord will make great for His glory. I like the idea of honing our craft for His use. Great application. God bless you. 

 

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Karen on Apr 22, 2020 

 

On a not so ordinary day for me, and while on a tour of Israel, I walked the dry creek bed in the Elah Valley, so as you walked it, I felt I was walking it again! I enjoyed the map showing Gath and Bethlehem and appreciated your comments on David's ordinary day turning into something extraordinary for God's glory. Thank you for making that connection. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 22, 2020 

 

What a privilege you had, Karen, to walk in that stream bed! I'm glad that the video brought that memory to mind, and I am thrilled that the principles encouraged you as well. God bless. 

 

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Julie on Apr 21, 2020 

 

I've never interpreted the story of David and Goliath as David just being faithful to what he did every ordinary day. He had the foresight to step into the opportunity through his ordinary day. Thank you for that insight! I've learned a lot through volunteering over the years about concerning myself only with being faithful to the work I am called to do rather than looking for results that I expect to see. The results are always up to God and in His timing even if I don't ever see them. When we are faithful in what we are doing and leave the rest to God.......those are good hands to be in and it sure takes the pressure off of anything I can or cannot do. Reliance on Him in the ordinary makes all the difference in our every day living. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 21, 2020 

 

I love the way you put that, Julie. Thanks for your insightful comments. God bless. 

 

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Jessie on Apr 19, 2020 

 

Wow! The end of this is profound! "We just do the next right thing, Stay faithful to ordinary tasks, and let God make them great according to His time and for His purpose.". So often I try to control instead of letting God be God. However, the joy and freedom comes when I see God show off. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 19, 2020 

 

I'm glad you enjoyed the Elah Valley video, Jessie. And you're right, it's such a helpful reminder to just keep faithful and trust God with the results. God bless you as you seek and follow the Lord. 

 

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Heather on Apr 15, 2020 

 

Just do the next right thing- wherever we are, and be faithful to God. That is really good advice. I really liked this simple but powerful video. 

 

Its hard to believe that much grows in the Elam Valley. The soil looks so dusty and rocky there compared to what I see here in Iowa right now as farmers prepare to plant. Our soil is dark and clay-like and sticks to your shoes. I guess it all depends on what you're trying to grow. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 16, 2020 

 

That's right, Heather. Israel is amazingly fertile, especially in the valleys. This area of the Shephelah is super-fertile in spring, as it gets a lot of rain. I'm glad the video hit home for you. Thanks. 

 

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Kathy on Apr 13, 2020 

 

On my first day of junior high a girl came up and asked me to be her friend. Over 50 years later we are still friends. I followed her pathway throughout school with a mutual goal of being teachers. When I moved away after high school I stopped attending church and for 10 years spiraled down in a life that did not include God. This friend early on after I moved had written me a letter and simply said “If I were to move away the first thing I would do would be to find a church.” When I was hired to teach kindergarten I shared a classroom with a devout Christian. Attending her church I first learned about God’s grace and forgiveness and after 10 years of turning my back on God I gave my life to Him. That church was a teaching church and I grew strong in my faith as I learned to study the Bible and pray and serve. A few years later six months before my wedding a friend invited me to attend a Bible study which I have since attended for over 30 years continuing to walk deeply with God who I had walked away from so many years ago. Ordinary days with pivotal events for which I will forever be grateful. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 13, 2020 

 

Wow, Kathy! What a relevant and magnificent example of this very principle. Thank you so much for sharing it! Thank you also for responding to the gentle nudging of God's Holy Spirit in your life. I applaud you. 

 

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Steven on Dec 7, 2019 

 

Such a practical and relevant point made out of an extraordinary event in the life of David. It is so encouraging to realize that David's courage to face the giant was forged in the unseen battles of the humble occupation of a shepherd. I've been to the Elah Valley twice and this video and your message was a wonderful reminder of such an important principle. I've recently re-entered the academic world (seminary) at 62 to prepare for whatever God has in store for the next phase of my life and ministry. This principle is so relevant as the daily grind is somewhat different at this phase of life than when I was younger and preparing for a longer professional career. Nevertheless, there will be more "giants" ahead to be slain :-) 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Dec 8, 2019 

 

What a great insight you've gleaned in your years of life and ministry, Steven. And what a privilege to have been to the Elah Valley twice! Thanks for following the Lord's leading to return to seminary to get prepared for more effective service. I admire that! May the Lord bless you as you face those Goliaths. 

By the way, I wrote a post on 5 Reasons to Get the Best Training for Ministry You Can. I hope it encourages you in your pursuit of God's will. 

 

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Stacey on Sep 16, 2019 

 

It was an ordinary Thursday when my husband and I flew to get our adopted son, 6 days old, from the hospital. Because of God’s gift, it became an extraordinary day and continues to be 41 years later! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Sep 16, 2019 

 

Amazing story, Stacey! How blessed you were on that ordinary day... 

 

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Dari on Sep 5, 2019 

 

I visited the Elah Valley for the first time on my trip to Israel last summer in 2018. A strategic place indeed. The provision God gave to the Israelites was neat to see. A stream for water, trees for food, and other resources only God could provide in such a desolate area. It really brought the story of David and Goliath alive. Your video is awesome and shows the connection with an ordinary day of David serving food and drink to his brothers on the front lines and how God used what appeared an ordinary task for David to bring out an extraordinary result in battle against the enemy. Indeed, as you reference in your video, just when we are going about our daily routines, God shows up and performs extraordinary feats using us as a tool to accomplish his will. That is truly amazing! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Sep 5, 2019 

 

I agree with you, Daria, and that principle is one of the most powerful applications for our daily lives. The Lord seldom calls us to do anything great, but just to stay faithful in the daily, little things, and allow HIM to make them great. Thanks for your comment. God bless you. 

 

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Linda on Aug 1, 2019 

 

Amazing to see these sites on a virtual tour as I will never get to travel there in reality.thank you 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 1, 2019 

 

You're welcome, Linda. I'm thrilled that you get to see these magnificent places. God bless you. 

 

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Sally on Feb 7, 2019 

 

I have wanted to see the site where David and Goliath met- thank u and thank you for the narration 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 7, 2019 

 

You're welcome, Sally! I'm glad the journey to the Elah Valley encouraged you. Thanks. 

 

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Mary on Jan 23, 2019 

 

Love this video! Showing it tonight to my class as we are studying king Saul and David. Thanks Wayne for all your work for the Kingdom! Blessings to you and your family;) 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 23, 2019 

 

Thank you, Mary. There are a few videos that include David (just look at the Character Index). Also, don't forget the recent release: En Gedi! I pray your class is encouraged. Thanks. 

 

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Mary on Jan 23, 2019 

 

THanks so much! I forgot about the new video. Thanks for telling me. Listening to it now!

 

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Karen on Nov 15, 2018 

 

“Just do the next right thing”, perfect. We’re told that in all we do do it to the glory of God. 

 

It’s wonderful to be able to put these sceneries in my mind now when I read scripture. Thank you! Just imagining the efforts that went into learning and knowing the areas back then without google earth, radars, and helpful video drones has me stressed and impressed. Constant people spying and watching and having to be ready, wow. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Nov 15, 2018 

 

I'm really glad, Karen, that the videos help you get the context. That's great! 

 

 

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Laura on Aug 19, 2018 

 

Hello Wayne, 

 

What a beautiful and simple concept. Letting God make the ordinary great...on his own time. Sometimes we get so caught up on finding a meaning to our ordinary lives when all we have to do is to stay still and let God do his work, not on our time but his. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 20, 2018 

 

You're right, Laura. It's the ordinary days when God shows up to surprise us with His amazing sovereign hand. 

 

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Anita on Jul 17, 2018 

 

Wow, the tours really gave me new insights to the words on the pages of my bible. I love the aerial views of place I visited in March 2018. Thank you for your ministry. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jul 18, 2018 

 

So glad, Anita, that the videos are giving you new insights to familiar places—both in the Bible and in review of your recent journey to the Holy Land. May God bless you as you explore Walking the Bible Lands! Thanks so much. 

 

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Elah Valley - What to Do with Your Ordinary Days of Life 

Herodium - Geographic Ironies Guide Us to God's Path 

Steve Johnson on Feb 16 

 

Wonderful! 

 

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Ty on Feb 11 

 

I believe this is the first time viewing the well filmed and presented video. Lot of wonderful teaching and expounding done by Wayne in using his gifting and talents he does so well. My response to the question Wayne ask in the comment section is as follows. Knowing and realising the difference between the fear of the Lord and the fear of man/woman. 

 

As Oswald Chambers says, if one knows and has the fear of the Lord in one's life he/she will fear nothing else, but if one doesn't know or have the fear of the Lord in one's life, he/she will fear everything else. Isaiah 11:3 God delights in those who fear Him. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 13 

 

I'm thrilled that the Herodium video offered some encouragement and personal challenge to you, Ty. God bless you. 

 

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Leslie Lance on Feb 7 

 

I am confused how did Herold order the slaughter of all boys 2 and younger if he died 4bc 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 8 

 

Perhaps the confusion, Leslie, is because the dating system of BC and AD missed the birth of Christ by some years. Jesus was born closer to 5 BC than to year 0. 

 

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Janet on Jun 3, 2022 

 

So awesome!!! Thank you!! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jun 7, 2022 

 

So glad, Janet, that you enjoyed the video on the Herodium. God bless you. 

 

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Patty on Apr 21, 2022 

 

Gods sovereignty is huge in the arena of trusting Him for everything and everyone. It all comes back to the Lord and His commanding control over all - all HIS creation. I’ve come to appreciate the book of Job so much- particularly the last chapters. In everything it comes down to no choice but to bow the knee and surrender in worship- in trust - by faith not sight. The only other road is a torture of fear and flesh. 

Interesting how Herod built his final resting place high up - trying to get up close to Heaven with all his pomp and ceremony. Futility. The only way is through the cross and the only path is through our Saviors resurrection and ascension. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 21, 2022 

 

Indeed, Patty, all earthly efforts to reach the heights of life end up in ruins, like the Herodium. 

 

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Frances Tencza on Apr 16, 2022 

 

All the beautiful Herod’s palaces and fortresses with all their splendor didn’t bring any true security wholeness, and completeness, ( all materials and temporal).But the Lord provides us eternity in dwelling with Him ! 

Frances Tencza 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 17, 2022 

 

Indeed, all of the beautiful trappings of our world are, in a sense, only trappings. 

 

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Sharon on Mar 31, 2022 

 

The YouTube video of Herod the great in the winter palace complex, does not have any sound. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 1, 2022 

 

That's right, Sharon. I guess they released it without sound. 

 

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Donna on Sep 26, 2021 

 

During moments when fear came to try me through the years, I spoke God's Word to my circumstances, and held onto its promises. Psalm 91 offered great assurance that God was with me, and had His angels assigned to protect me, and always gave me great confidence and peace. 

 

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Donna on Aug 26, 2021 

 

When God gives us an impossible task we need to remember that he doesn’t call the equipped. He equips the called. Moses was a stutterer. We need faith - just as Peter did to walk to Jesus 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 30, 2021 

 

Fabulous perspective, Donna! I love the way you put that: "He doesn’t call the equipped. He equips the called." Well said, and so true! God bless you. 

 

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Jay on Jan 5, 2022 

 

Thank you, Donna, for sharing this truth with us. 

 

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Donna on Aug 26, 2021 

 

God’s sovereignty let’s us know He is in control. He is the Alpha and Omega. He helps us, guides us and directs us. Things work best when we follow His plans. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 30, 2021 

 

Yes indeed, Donna, His plan is the best – although it is so seldom easy to see before hand. May the Lord continue to strengthen you as you follow Him step-by-step. 

 

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Wanda Faith Sewell on Aug 21, 2021 

 

At 50 I got my very first apt. where I lived alone. I saw a marking that showed a lock was there but now was not. I was scared and was going to buy another lock to replace it. Then God spoke: "Wanda, I am your Protector." So I never got the extra lock and only use the regular lock of the apt door. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 21, 2021 

 

The Lord is your security, indeed, Wanda. May He continue to protect and provide for you. God bless you. 

 

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Donna on Aug 19, 2021 

 

We need to remember that God is in charge and have faith that he will do what’s best for us. We can see this by looking back at positive happenings in our lives. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 19, 2021 

 

Isn't that true, Donna? Looking back is one of the greatest benefits to strengthen us as we move forward. God bless you as you walk with Him each day. 

 

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Dawn on Jul 14, 2021 

 

These tours are wonderful. I have wanted to go to the Holy Land for decades, and you are making it possible and enriching it with commentary I may never hear otherwise. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jul 15, 2021 

 

You are the reason I produced these videos, Dawn! I'm so excited that the Lord is encouraging you through the videos. I pray He continues to do so. 

 

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Anne on Jul 13, 2021 

 

I am stunned and amazed at the amount and quality of work you have put into this project. Personally, I was in Israel in 2019 for 3 weeks. I travelled alone (long story), so I missed the running commentary of a good tour guide. Your videos are filling in lots of gaps for me. God is so good. This is EXACTLY what my heart desired. 

thank you so much--I'm gonna love this. Anne 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jul 14, 2021 

 

What a blessing, Anne, that the Lord has encouraged you so profoundly through these videos. I pray that He continues to do so! And you are right, the tour guide makes ALL the difference in a tour to the Holy Land. If you go again, come with me! I offer a second-timers tours as well as journeys in the steps of Paul. God bless you. 

 

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Linda on Jun 28, 2021 

 

Dr. Stiles I thank you ever so much for these tours. You are taking me to places I long to visit but without funds to do so. I gain so much information as I am sure countless others do also. Hopefully you will continue to post these wonderful tours that many can and will enjoy. Thank you again Linda Sanders 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jun 28, 2021 

 

What a blessing, Linda, that the Lord has encouraged you and enabled you to enjoy these videos so much. God bless you. 

 

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Sherry on Jun 9, 2021 

 

Visited Israel in March 2020 barely getting back to states before closing down everywhere due to COVID. I miss it so much. We didn’t get to see Jericho or Bethlehem because they had shut those cities off. It is so good to be able to review places that were visited and see more places not visited. You could stay a life time and not see all that is there! Thanks for bringing Israel to my home, especially in a time where travel is still on hold. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jun 9, 2021 

 

I was right there with you, Sherry, and we barely made it back in time. I'm thrilled that you're here on the virtual bus with me. I pray you're encouraged as you recall the many places and as you see all the new ones. God bless you. 

 

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Mary on May 13, 2021 

 

I am enjoying the videos as I visited Israel in 2016! Such fun to renew or extend my visit! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on May 14, 2021 

 

Welcome, Mary Lou. I'm excited for you to explore and to see the many places of the lands of the Bible! May God bless you as you watch each video and dig deeper. 

 

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Charis on Apr 23, 2021 

 

Incredible..I have no words to describe my gratitude for all these resources! Thank you. God bless you as you continue to serve Him! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 23, 2021 

 

I am thrilled that the Lord is encouraging you through these resources, Charis. May he continue to do so! God bless you. 

 

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Kelsey on Apr 16, 2021 

 

God is in control no matter how much of life seems out of control to us. Look at the year 2020! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 16, 2021 

 

Great example! It’s amazing how the Lord can get us through the most trying of times. May He continue to do so! God bless you. 

 

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Peggy on Apr 8, 2021 

 

Thank you for bringing the geography and pictures to the scripture. The visuals add so much more meaning to His word. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 9, 2021 

 

You are welcome, Peggy! I am so glad that the videos continually encourage you with a greater grasp and visualization of the Scriptures. May the Lord continue to bless you as you watch and as you read. 

 

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Loi on Apr 8, 2021 

 

Thanks Dr. Stiles for guiding me to the Herodium you bring the story in the Bible and see how it looks. I also noticed on the map where John the Baptist was killed. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 8, 2021 

 

That's great, Loi, that you enjoyed the Herodian video. I pray that each video continues to be a great encouragement to you! God bless you. 

 

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Travis on Mar 31, 2021 

 

We have seen over and over again how God takes care of things and makes it right in the end. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 1, 2021 

 

So true, Travis-- and so amazing that the Lord can take evil and turn it on its head for good. God bless you. 

 

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Jim on Mar 28, 2021 

 

Built on human slavery! 

 

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Connie on Mar 25, 2021 

 

This is amazing. Thank you so much WOW what a fortress Herodium was. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 25, 2021 

 

Isn't the Herodium amazing, Connie? I'm so glad you enjoyed seeing the virtual tour of the site. God bless you. 

 

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Loi on Mar 20, 2021 

 

For 39 years since I became Catholic , I never known Herodium , where King Herod was buried . Now I can see with my own eyes .The tomb of babies killer. Thank Dr. Wayne Stiles. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 20, 2021 

 

So true, Loi. How wonderful that after all this time you got to see a place significant in biblical history. Even though that history has a terrible turn to it. Our God will make all things right in His time. 

 

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Debbie on Mar 13, 2021 

 

I am always in awe when I see God at work especially in my own life. He has brought me out of despair and healed me. He has been guiding me and providing for me. God is good and faithful. 

 

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Marlene on Mar 1, 2021 

 

Just knowing He is with me all the days and moments of my life!! 

 

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Marlene on Mar 1, 2021 

 

Just knowing He is with me all the days and moments of my life!! 

 

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May Joy on Mar 1, 2021 

 

God’s sovereignty and supremacy rule through time. This video has reframed the perspective that what may cause fear and paranoia for us, in this moment, may actually be a part of God’s glorious purpose in the big picture! In the end, God always turns around anything that may be weak, frightening or dark, and twists it into something that will ultimately bring Him glory! He is the master of turning tables around! Just look at the Crucifixion which turned into resurrection in a matter of days! He knows the ending before the beginning. He always work things out in the end! 

 

Thank you for this video on the Herodium. I’ve never been to Israel and my first time to learn great details about this place. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 1, 2021 

 

How exciting, May Joy, that you get to experience the lands of the Bible this way! I am excited for you and I am thrilled to be on this journey with you. God bless you. 

 

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Sandi on Feb 25, 2021 

 

God's Sovereignty is like none other! "Be still and know I am God" Ps 46:10 comes to mind. 

 

The first time I have seen the Herodium. What a wonder. Only God could have brought about such bookends & events. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 27, 2021 

 

So true, isn't it, Sandi? Our sovereign God is able to weave His wonders in and through our lives all at once. He is truly awesome. God bless you. 

 

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Tammy on Feb 21, 2021 

 

This is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! 😍🙏🏽🥰 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 22, 2021 

 

Right, Tammy? The Herodium is an amazing place. I'm so glad video encouraged you. God bless you. 

 

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Diann on Feb 15, 2021 

 

I still have NO IDEA how they constructed such monumental structures with no fork lifts, excavators, cement trucks, etc. AMAZING 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 15, 2021 

 

They probably just built it one bucket at a time. :-) It TRULY is amazing. Thanks, Diann. 

 

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Mary Jo on Jan 29, 2021 

 

In response to your question, I have experienced a time when asking God for guidance in what was an extreme occurrence due to corruption in our city. I felt the Lord's presents all around me. His answer was "Do not be afraid." From that day forward, I was not afraid. God gave me strength and peace to endure a great loss. There is much to tell, but what is most important is having faith in our sovereign Lord.; we can be at peace when riding the storm. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 30, 2021 

 

Thank you so much for sharing this, Mary Jo. It is amazing how the Lord gives strength in those moments we need it most. May He continue to strengthen you as you walk with the Lord each day. 

 

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Rhonda on Jan 28, 2021 

 

I find King Herod very interesting and I enjoyed the tour of Herodium. I have a book Killing Jesus" by Bill O'Reilly and the first few pages of the book was interesting talking about King Hetod. 

Another King I find interesting in Daniel is King Nebuchadnezzar. Are you going to have anything on your Virtual tour about Daniel ? 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 29, 2021 

 

I would love to include something about Daniel in Walking the Bible Lands, Rhonda. Of course, the challenge is finding a safe way to journey to and film in Persia and Iran. :-) Perhaps we can find a way to make it happen. 

 

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Rhonda on Jan 29, 2021 

 

I understand. Safety is important and dont risk your life or any other life. 

I found King Herod very interesting. I did not know some facts about him that you brought up. King Herod and evil man (killing), also had beautiful architect. 

Learning so much from your videos. I also find it easier on your videos because if I miss something I can go back to listen. Thank you, Rhonda 

 

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Sherry on Jan 25, 2021 

 

This was sorta like Masada I love this! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 26, 2021 

 

Thanks, Sherry. :-) I'm glad you enjoyed it. Herod built many different fortresses. You may find the video on Machaerus very similar! God bless you. 

 

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Bonnie on Jan 16, 2021 

 

This is an amazing experience! I had no idea! Thank you for sharing the details!!💕 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 17, 2021 

 

I am so glad you enjoyed this video on the Herodium! God bless you. 

 

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Debra on Jan 16, 2021 

 

Thanks. Too many steps, Too high, Too old. Thanks for the opportunity to see the land where Jesus walked. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 17, 2021 

 

I do understand, Debra, about those many steps! That is one of the many reasons I created these videos… My hope is that it would encourage you to be able to see many sites that you could not otherwise. God bless you. 

 

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Karen on Jan 15, 2021 

 

Scriptures have Do not be afraid mentioned multiple times by the Lord often. Even when I am fearful at times.....the Lord says to me......Let me handle this. Peace be still. And I relax eventually. But does the emotions start strong and I am an emotional wreck at times especially when no one on earth is near to help me. I depend on God every second of the day. 

 

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Barbara on Jan 15, 2021 

 

Is this sight on one of your tours? What an amazing structure! How many steps can you walk up today? Do you know how many people it took to construct it? I need to know more! Thanks! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 17, 2021 

 

Hi, Barbara. Yes, the Herodium is on one of my tours! It is an amazing place. You can walk all the way to the top. I have no idea how many thousands of slaves Herod used to build this place, but it must have been enormous. 

 

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Leigh on Sep 21, 2020 

 

This was an amazing video not that the others aren’t but just seeing the places and you explaining how they all tie in together and the irony. It’s easier to see it versus trying to read about it. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Sep 22, 2020 

 

I know what you mean, Leigh. It is so much more educating and inspiring to see the places, as opposed to just reading about them. I am glad you enjoyed the video, and I pray that the Lord would continue to encourage you through them. God bless you. 

 

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Greg on Sep 18, 2020 

 

The Herodium is one of the (many) places in Israel I still need to visit. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Sep 19, 2020 

 

I am glad, Greg, that you got to see this video on a place that you have not seen. Truthfully, there are still so many places in the holy land to see! I pray that the videos will be a great encouragement to you. God bless you. 

 

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Rhonda on Aug 29, 2020 

 

I love the Google maps! How wonderful to virtually tour these places! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 30, 2020 

 

That's right, Rhonda; it's amazing what you can see with those Google Maps. There an entire video in the Bonus Section on "how" to do it, if you haven't seen it. 

 

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Elena on Aug 16, 2020 

 

History and archeological discoveries prove that the stories from the Bible are true. Science tries to deny Jesus's existence, His existence is proved time and again by history. Love seeing the videos with the story from the bible. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 17, 2020 

 

Indeed, Elena, it is wonderful to see how archaeology supports the Word of God. I'm glad the video encouraged you in that way. I pray these continue to do so! 

 

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Karen on Aug 16, 2020 

 

God’s sovereignty offers me comfort if I might feel fear, because I remember He is my own safe fortress wherever He has me. I’m okay when I’m in His will. 

 

I appreciate archeology and enjoy you taking us there. It’s too easy to fib about or change history in a school book or online, so thank you for the biblical visuals and proofs that backup scripture, and finding videos that graphically reconstruct too. The camera work is always amazing, thank you. Blessings! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 16, 2020 

 

So true, Karen. Archaeology gives us great insight and affirmation to the truth of Scripture. I am glad that this video helped encourage you and your understanding of the context around Jesus’ life. 

 

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Onilda on Aug 15, 2020 

 

Great exhibit! Enjoyed watching all the "extras"! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 15, 2020 

 

Fantastic! Praise God. 😄 

 

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Loni on Aug 6, 2020 

 

It was interesting to learn that both Herod and Pontius Pilate did not recognize that Jesus was truly a Savior of the world. Both were fearful of His message. 

 

That once regal palace is a pile of rubble. 

 

It is reassuring to know that God is in control of every situation and we don't have to dear. 

 

Although we will go through difficult situations, God will be right there with us. Providing comfort. 

 

The Bible has certainly come alive when watching these videos. 

 

I like how you bring biblical perspective and incorporate it into our lives today. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 6, 2020 

 

I am so glad, Lonnie, that you are enjoying the videos. You're right, there's just something about seeing where it all took place that helps the Bible come alive more than words on a page. God bless you. 

 

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Cathy on Aug 5, 2020 

 

God's sovereignty can offer comfort to us when we walk the bible of all the Faith walkers that where before us those great clouds of Witnesses. Even when Elijah the man God used on Mount Carmel against Baal`s prophets BUT this same Elijah ran from Jezebel and his in his paranoia God had to remind Elijah just as he does us today I. Our doubting I Am who I say stay in God keep the faith🙏🏽 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 5, 2020 

 

Absolutely, Cathy! God's sovereignty is such an amazing comfort. Without it, we would surely wander off course and suffer consequences we could never imagine. Thank God for His amazing providence and grace in our lives. 

 

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Katherine on Aug 2, 2020 

 

It helps to know that God is in control even when things are scary. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 3, 2020 

 

I agree with you, Katherine, and what a wonderful comfort it is to know that God is in control. Our world will always seem like the wheels are coming off, but God has proven Himself over and over throughout history. How grateful we are for His sovereign, providential care. 

 

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Janet on Jul 30, 2020 

 

I think when life gets hard and overwhelming circumstances.. that we first need to pray and ask God what it is he wants or needs me to do .. then just be still and know that he is God .. listening to God is just as important as talking to him .. we must never allow the pervasive bitterness and rage of the majority culture, which is nearly undeniable at present, to invade and capture our souls .... God, heal us ! God, restore us! God, revive us! God, enflame us with your love ! Jesus doesn’t leave us hopeless, does he ? “ But the one who endures to the end will be saved .. there it is ! What ever we go through for Christ .... “ Endure. “ .. Endure. Endure . I Soo look forward to your videos and walking and learning more and more about Jesus !!. His love Endures forever !!!! Thank you for sharing all this information and videos!! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jul 31, 2020 

 

I "Amen" your prayer, Janet! It is so essential that we endure, isn't it? May the Lord bless you as you press on for His glory. 

 

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Steven on Jul 29, 2020 

 

This visit to the ruins of Herod the Great's palaces offers a valuable meditation on how the greatest achievements of man pale in contrast to the eternal Glory of God. Thanks again for your excellent commentary. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jul 29, 2020 

 

Yes, Steven, it is a wonderful reminder that all the glory this world offers ends up little more than a pile of stones and rubble. Hardly worth comparing to the glory of knowing our eternal Savior. 

 

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Mary on Jul 28, 2020 

 

Just knowing I can and do pray to God to help me through something whenever I have anxiety or fear brings and knowing God is there helps to reduce the anxiety and/or fear and brings peace knowing God is in control and loves us. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jul 28, 2020 

 

Absolutely, Mary. Knowing God is in control brings immeasurable peace to our chaotic emotions. May God bless you as you continue to trust in Him. 

 

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Nelda on Jul 24, 2020 

 

I am excited to see and experience these historical sites.. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jul 24, 2020 

 

I am so glad, Nelda, that you get to enjoy these virtual video tours with me. May the Lord powerfully bless you as you do so. 

 

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Ruthann on Jul 16, 2020 

 

My husband John and I are thrilled to be able to learn things that help us visualize the things we read in God's Word. It helps us gain a more clear understanding. We watch two or three clips every morning while eating breakfast. We start our day with devotions and study and prayer and then take a walk through the Bible. A great start to each day. Thank you so much for all the effort you have all put into these clips. They are so well done. Blessings! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jul 16, 2020 

 

What a privilege to be part of you and your husband's breakfast table each morning, RuthAnn! May the Lord continue to bless your journeys through the Scriptures and through the lands of the Bible. 

 

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Sheryl on Jul 13, 2020 

 

So happy I can see these places. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jul 13, 2020 

 

I'm thrilled you get to see them as well, Sheryl. May God bless you as you watch the videos and continue to walk with Him. 

 

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Judy on Jul 11, 2020 

 

I always know God is in control,even when I don't understand. My trip to Holy Land was cancelled due to pandemic. I was disappointed, but finding out this may be better. Thank you, Pastor Wayne! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jul 12, 2020 

 

I am so sorry, Judy, to hear that your trip to Israel was canceled. God's timing is perfect. If He allows, I would love to have you come with us. Here is all the information. God bless you. 

 

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Jeanne on Jul 2, 2020 

 

The reconstruction video was amazing! To think that they can learn all of that from just the ruins! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jul 2, 2020 

 

Right, Jeanne? Archaeology is amazing. I love how modern technology can blend with the ancient to inform us. 

 

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Rebekah on May 30, 2020 

 

In the video, it says that for centuries, Herod’s tomb was not found. Then it was found in 2007, and seemingly in a rather prominent place. How was it not considered to have been there before, and what was discovered that made it apparent that it was indeed the site? 

 

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Rebekah on May 30, 2020 

 

I also found the comment that the Wise men’s visit and the trial before Pilate took place in the same location! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on May 30, 2020 

 

Great question, Rebekah. The Archaeologist knew that it was at the Herodium, but just wasn’t sure where. Finally they found it. For years they searched in the lower Herodium. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on May 30, 2020 

 

Yes, isn’t that uncanny? That’s how God works. 😄 

 

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Alejandra on May 21, 2020 

 

I have to admit that I struggled with paranoia and fear at the beginning of this pandemic. My husband felt led by the Lord to leave China when the outbreak started there in late January. We've been living in States out of a suitcase since then. And now that the Chinese border is closed to foreigners, we can't go back. 

It's been a rough emotional journey for me, but also a good one. I see the Lord's sovereignty and control of everything. I see His faithfulness in provision and protection. We might have lost all the material possessions we left in China, but by His grace, we haven't lost our faith and trust in Him. He has given us peace and contentment in the midst of these difficult and sometimes impossible circumstances. We still don't know if He will take us back to our home in China, but one thing is sure, He is in control and we trust Him. 

 

PS: Finding this website has been part of that comfort and peace the Lord has given me. I'm enjoying this so much! Thank you, Wayne! God bless you! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on May 22, 2020 

 

So often our disappointments, though deep and genuine, are often God's grand, sovereign way of leading us into a new season far better than we could have imagined in our little boxes. I pray the Lord allows you to return to China, if it is His will. Either way, His blessings lie before you, Alejandra. 

 

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Alejandra on May 26, 2020 

 

Amen! Thank you for your insight! 

 

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Rebekah on May 30, 2020 

 

@Alehandra, I seem to be following your footsteps. I left China later when my income was cut. The Lord had been bringing the story of the rich young ruler to mind, “go, sell your possessions and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven, then come follow Me.” Things were so rushed and community access limited, that many things went by the trash can where random people picked them up. I still brought three cases home, but got rid of so much. Since then, the Lord has provided everything. Like Abraham I left with hardly more than the next step. And like you, I’ve stumbled upon this site. I’m going through the comments to see if my question on the video above is answered, and saw your comment. God is with you in this season, and he has purpose, like in the videos in this series, purpose when the path is through green pastures or the valley, purpose on the ordinary days preparing you for the extra-ordinary. 

 

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Alejandra on May 30, 2020 

 

Hi Rebekah! Thank you for your words! Miraculously, I still have my job back in China and continue working online. But only God knows for how long, if this ban gets extended. However the case, I have already gave up the possessions we left to the Lord. The other day I counted my blessings and realized I have everything I need! Clothes, food, water, a safe place to sleep (although it’s a rental and we will need to move very soon because the owners need the place). Lol This nomadic life is not near to end! :D 

I’m so glad to know your testimony and how the Lord has provided everything you need. That’s our Papa! Always faithful and never failing! 

 

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Esperanza on Apr 28, 2020 

 

I've been to Israel twice and didn't get to visit this place. I really don't need to be there physically because the video and your commentary is wonderful. I can replay over and over. On a tour, you have to keep moving. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 28, 2020 

 

So true, Esperanza. Tours have to keep moving! That is one wonderful thing about these video virtual tours – you can watch them repeatedly. I am thrilled that you are enjoying the videos and that the Lord is blessing His Word for you. God bless. 

 

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Diana on Apr 26, 2020 

 

I didn't get to see the Herodian, just the lower section. we saw a boy with some sheet at sunset. I think we were too tired at the end of the day to go up the hill. Thank you. That was eye opening. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 27, 2020 

 

How wonderful, Diana, that you were able to see the parts of the Herodium that you were not able to see on your tour. Yes, it is quite a hike to the top! Thanks so much for your comment. 

 

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Julie on Apr 23, 2020 

 

Wayne, I've only just begun, but your virtual tours are "unearthing" much for me as I study God's Word. I never would have thought of the irony that you pointed out in this lesson. It is also very helpful to be able to visualize these "earthly masterpieces" in ruins - as you said, "a testimony to all earthly glory" and its futile end." God's sovereignty is beyond our understanding in how He can use even evil as a part of His master plan. That's why I don't worry about evil leaders in our world. 

Proverbs 24:19 - "Don't let evil people worry you or make you jealous. They will soon be gone like the flame of a lamp that burns out." Thank you! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 23, 2020 

 

I love the verse, Julie, that you included from Proverbs. You're right, it is so essential to keep God's sovereign power in mind when we look around at the chaos in our world. The biblical days also had chaos, but God showed Himself sovereign. God bless you. 

 

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Heather on Apr 15, 2020 

 

Wow- This is wonderful. I like the Irony you pointed out in the location where the Magi asked about Jesus born king of the Jews, and then Pilate asking Jesus at the end of his life, "Are you king of the Jews?" That blew my mind. God is so amazing. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 16, 2020 

 

That really is amazing, isn't it, Heather? God has so many geographic ironies like that in the Bible. I like how they're under the surface and require study. Then when you find them, WOW... :-) 

 

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Patricia on Apr 14, 2020 

 

Today we look for His Second Coming ......a rich promise still to be fulfilled. Security is a strong motivator. I found this very eye opening. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 14, 2020 

 

You're right, Patricia. Jesus' first coming in humility paved the way for His second coming in glory. Won't that be magnificent? I like the way you refer to it as security; great thought. 

 

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Rosemary on Dec 19, 2019 

 

Thanks for this great video. I saw it before I went to Israel recently and it was really helpful in having an understanding of what I would see. I’ve just reviewed the video again since returning and I can really understand it more. Nothing like visiting the area shown in the video and exploring the site and climbing down those tunnels. I read the scriptures now where various sites are referred to like Bethlehem and Jerusalem with so much more understanding and greater interest because I can relate so much more to it. Thank you. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Dec 19, 2019 

 

What a great privilege you have had, Rosemary! And you're right, revisiting the videos repeatedly — especially after having visited the sites — allows a much deeper appreciation of the land and a greater gleaning of the facts surrounding it. God bless you and thank you for your gracious words. 

 

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Steven on Dec 7, 2019 

 

The Herodium is a great reminder Wayne to me of how many times the insecurity of man apart from the God of the Bible revealed in Jesus motivates the quest for security in this world. Despots such as Herod use their power in abusive ways to secure their kingdom on earth. What a contrast to God's path to security and greatness! Herod's architectural accomplishments are indeed incredible, but they stand as a dramatic reminder to me of just how far fallen man will go in a quest for the security and peace we all desire, but which is ultimately available only through a different path. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Dec 8, 2019 

 

Well said, Steven. I appreciate your words and reminder. Indeed the despots of history (and today) are mere puppets in the grand plan of God. I'm so glad He's sovereign over the affairs of history and of our lives. 

 

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William on Nov 18, 2019 

 

When I visited the site they were still looking for the tomb. August 76. Jim Munson gave a few possible locations. Rainy and cold where I am today, glad to see the sunshine in the virtual tours. The way these locations communicate the reality of the NT is so encouraging. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Nov 18, 2019 

 

It's amazing to think Herod's tomb lay there that whole time. I'm glad the videos encourage you, William! You encourage me. 

 

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Tammie on Jan 13, 2019 

 

Never knew about this place & the history you gave- wow! Just amazing! Thank you! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 14, 2019 

 

Yes, Tammie, the Herodium is an amazing place-- full of irony and history overlooking Bethlehem. 

 

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Herodium - Geographic Ironies Guide Us to God's Path 

Sea of Galilee - When God Gives You an Impossible Task

Robin on Apr 6 

 

The water reflects the shining ray 

Of the morning sun at the break of day. 

A place where our Lord had trod 

And soothed the storm, this Son of God. 

 

He spoke the word and all was still. 

He calmed the fears of men until 

All was peace, the tempest past. 

Our Lord and Savior revealed at last. 

 

Now the sea reflects the light 

Of evening dusk from edge of night, 

A grace reminds of faithful love, 

The Word who came from God above. 

 

He promises an inner peace, 

But does not mean our strife has ceased. 

He calms our storms, our fears allayed, 

For on the cross the price was paid. 

 

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Kelly Kleine on Mar 26 

 

It has been thought provoking for me that it was due to a drought that led to the discovery of that boat! We often don't care for periods of drought as we see it as a lack of provision. But in this case, the drought surfaced an artifact as a result of it. It is the same in our own lives. We have personal periods of drought where we don't see the provision, yet after the fact, we can often look back and see these times as a season where God unearthed a treasure within us that needed to be brought to the surface. God may not be providing what we see as the solution to our thirst, but He is still working to levitate something in us that can be explored!! I've been experiencing this both figuratively and literally. God has been revealing things to me in a period of wait in a dry, desert season personally. And then the environment we live in has been in a drought for as long as I can remember! But then this year, we have been dumped on with an uncharacteristically wet, rainy and snowy climate that is unprecedented in our area! It's like after the dry spell, the heavens will once again bring about the refreshing waters to revitalize things again so that everything can flourish. He will close up the hard dry cracks in the ground so that we can continue on His path of vitality!! He will provide the source of refilling. Just like the Sea eventually experienced after the boat was revealed. Lesson learned. Don't doubt the drought! Search and dig for the treasures that are revealed in the dry spell! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 27 

 

Those are some tremendous insights, Kelly. Thank you so much for sharing. What wonderful applications! 

 

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Marcia Kirby on Mar 19 

 

Faced with impossibility, give thanks to the Father for exactly what you have and pass it out. The multiplication is Jesus' responsibility, and you may not see it at all as you give. Only later will it become apparent that Jesus did what only He could do. Jesus is more than enough. Do I understand it takes only one, and a weak one at that, willing to be broken, divided, sent out, and multiplied in ways only God can do? 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 20 

 

Yes, Marcia, you have explained it well. It's a tough assignment, and often the Lord's multiplication/provision is only seen in hindsight. There are times also when His wisdom continues to allow the lack in our lives, which is a tough assignment. Trust is the important part. 

 

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Steve Johnson on Feb 23 

 

Wayne, I don’t want to overwhelm you with questions or remarks, but do you happen to know, my dear friend, Dr Randy Price? He’s a world, renowned archaeologist, specifically a biblical archaeologist. He just retired as a museum curator at liberty university, he also was an instructor there in the study of Judaism. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 24 

 

Steve, I've heard of Randall Price for years-- but we've never met. 

 

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Steve Johnson on Feb 23 

 

Thank you for that presentation 

 

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Ty on Feb 22 

 

Another well done and challenging video to watch again. Surely faith is going to be part in answering the question posed to us, but there's a lot more involved too. Knowing the Word of God and refreshing myself in the Word of God often, daily for me, allows me to reflect upon and gives the Spirit freedom to remind me of that Word just how faithful God is and that He is a Promise Keeper. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 24 

 

So true, Ty. We need DAILY to be in the Word and to meditate on its truths for the renewal of the mind. 

 

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Ty on Jul 14, 2022 

 

Great video reminding us of the faithfulness and promise keeping of our Creator God. His grace and mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23) as a starter. We only have to look around us to see His great provision with so much we take for granted i.e. the air we breathe, the gravity we have to walk on this planet, the seasons we have, our working bodies, our mind to think and increase in knowledge, the uniqueness of our own DNA, the emotions we have to express ourselves and our free will to choose. Our ability to participate to be fruitful and multiply. Our ability to create and improve our standards of living. The ability to love and be loved. 

 

In response to this short incomplete list of abundance He provides for us daily we respond with a heart of thankfulness and to express our appreciation for His agape love poured out on us. His Word says if you love me obey my commands. (John 14:15) To do this one must know His Word while being sensitive and realise His promptings as He communicates to us in applying His Word to our life for His glory. We show our love for Him with our obedience to His Word and His life in us as freely we have been given, we can freely give in demonstrating His love. (Matthew 10:8) 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jul 17, 2022 

 

I was thinking of that verse from Lamentations 3 earlier this week, Ty. As I was talking to my wife from Israel (and her in the States), I realized that "morning" is a relative term. My morning was her evening. In other words, it's always "morning" somewhere-- at every moment. That means His mercies are new every moment. :-) 

 

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Jeanetta on Sep 8, 2022 

 

I love that - His mercies are new every MOMENT! 

As a caregiver for my parents in my home, every day-hour-minute has a need. Early this morning my Mom rang her home call button when she awoke confused from a nightmare. Being stuck in her home hospital bed she has to wait until I hear it, wake, & get to her. My Dad & husband are both hard of hearing, so I needed God's mercies in that moment to quickly get to her to help her understand it was just a bad dream and stay with her until she relaxed & was able to sleep another hour. 

"God's mercies are new every moment" is going on my fridge! 

 

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Louis on May 11, 2022 

 

Dr. Stiles, I am a little confused as to where the 5000 were fed. From your notes it looks like they were fed near Bethsaida. The point of confusion comes after they were fed when I read Mark 6:45 saying: Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. 

Any help here would be greatly appreciated. 

After searching on the internet I see the verse in Mark is in question compared to the other gospels. No need to answer, it was in the Bethsaida area. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on May 12, 2022 

 

Yes, Louis, this is a head-scratcher at first. They were indeed near Bethsaida, as Luke 9:10 tells us. But they were also in a "desolate place," which would have required them to go into surrounding villages to find something to eat. So, the location of the miracle was likely in the Plain of Bethsaida. You can see a video on this location. So the boat journey would have begun at the Plain-- with the intent of going to Bethsaida. But the storm blew them west into the lake. 

 

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Patty on May 3, 2022 

 

So many times when called to do something - having to step out in faith as He provides. Most recently a Covid interrupted overseas outreach lasting over past 2 years. Having to start over with provisions and He provided within 24 hours for new reassignment country. Now within weeks of leaving I come down with Covid and He provides quick healing. When He calls - He does it. So we can focus on Him and His Kingdom He takes care of the rest. Matthew 6:33 

 

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Wayne Stiles on May 3, 2022 

 

I like the way you put that, Patty. God provides, and this frees us up to focus on obedience. 

 

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Mary on Apr 30, 2022 

 

I really enjoyed this video. It reminded me of the times Jesus came 

To my aid. I have had a few very dark days and weeks in my 75years of life. 

The latest was last year. I was diagnosed with troath cancer. Somehow I knew he would take care of me. I remained calm and 

Put my life in his hands. It was quite a testimony to everyone who knew me. I remained calm and upbeat. I told them that Jesus was taking care of me . I had lived a good life, had 3 wonderful children 

And 7 beautiful grandchildren, what more did I need! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on May 2, 2022 

 

I pray that the Lord continues to uphold you, Mary, and you trust him each day. God bless you. 

 

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Julia Thomas on Apr 21, 2022 

 

We can spend our time concentrating on God and His attributes instead of worrying about all of the details of our day. As we do that the cares of the day diminish and we can face each task with the knowledge that He has our day all mapped out. We just walk through it with Him! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 22, 2022 

 

Well said, Julia. Indeed, God's promise to provide has freed us from the worry and concern of the swirling storms around us. We simply trust Him and obey Him and watch the storms eventually calm down. But in the meantime, we hang on! :-) 

 

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Frances Tencza on Apr 16, 2022 

 

It was so awesome to visit the boat museum twice, once in 2015 & again in 2019! I wondered if the boat was one that got caught up in a storm, like the one Jesus and His disciples were in! 

The issues of relying on Jesus during the storms of our life or just trusting in Him at all times and leaning on His strength is so important to bring direction and purpose to our lives! 

Frances 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 17, 2022 

 

How exciting, Frances, to be on a storm on the Sea of Galilee! What a rare treat for you. 

 

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Terri on Apr 7, 2022 

 

O ,so beautiful, the video of the Sea of Galilee, it's my birthday today , a beautiful gift. I so want to go there.and now I have . Thank you so much, this app has blessed me so much ,this look at where Jesus was is priceless to me Praying someday I will be there and walk there and sleep there and song there and praise Jesus there. God bless you 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Apr 7, 2022 

 

Happy birthday, Terri! I'm so glad that you got to journey to the sea of Galilee on this special day. God bless you. 

 

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Terri on Apr 7, 2022 

 

Thank you , so much 😀😀😀✝️✝️✝️ 

 

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Sara on Feb 25, 2022 

 

This is exactly what I needed to hear today. Thanks for your prophetic words of wisdom. I pray the Lord continue to bless you for all you do for His kingdom. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 26, 2022 

 

God bless you, Sara. May the Lord continue to encourage you through each video. 

 

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Shelley on Feb 1, 2022 

 

love it 

 

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Ruby on Jan 27, 2022 

 

I'm loving this. I've been to Israel twice, 20 years between, wish I had had these tours before each. Your tours cover some of the places we were, bringing to life the places we visited. 

The Church where I go is without a Pastor, Song Leader & Pianist, Please Pray for us as we go about God's work. Thank you so much 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 27, 2022 

 

Yes, Ruby, I'm praying that the Lord leads your church to find the right man as pastor—one who preaches from the Word and loves the people. God bless you. By the way, you can always go again to Israel—with me! :-) See the tours here. 

 

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Liza on Jan 8, 2022 

 

It takes the pressure away, knowing what he calls is to do, he will provide the resources for us to complete his calling. We must stay close to him and seek him daily, and watch him work in our lives. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 9, 2022 

 

I like the way you put that, Liza: "What He calls us to do, He will provide the resources for us to complete His calling." Such a great statement of faith and of fact. God bless you. 

 

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Beth on Jan 25, 2022 

 

That is really good Liza. 

 

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Shane on Jan 3, 2022 

 

In just re-watching this video I heard something that I didn't catch previous. We do a lot of spiritual maintenance compared to spiritual growth, which only can be achieved when we let Jesus challenge us and we respond. The last 4 minutes of this video are rich in wisdom and revelation Wow! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 3, 2022 

 

I am thrilled that the Sea of Galilee video encouraged you afresh, Shane. Indeed, we need to submit to the Lord both in maintenance as well as in growth. The Lord strengthen you for each! 

 

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Shane on Nov 21, 2021 

 

If I'm right, Peter got out of the boat to go to Jesus in the midst of a storm. That small amount of faith to do just that would have been a lot for Peter, but it was all Jesus required for Peter to be empowered for later in his journey, namely the Day of Pentecost. I see tithes and offerings in this. What we give is just enough for God to do something we cannot do. But, how many times do we with-hold; because we are not sure of the outcome; or we have an expected (our own outcome - what we would like to see happen, as opposed to what God can do outcome. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Nov 22, 2021 

 

Well said, Shane. It is that mustard-seed faith that God is looking for. It's all He needs to work in our lives. But for us, it often is so much! 

 

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Alan on Nov 7, 2021 

 

I need to always remember that as Christ who comes to see and not myself. As long as I focus on Jesus in the midst of the storms I will be OK it is when I like Peter step out and then only see the waves not see Christ. As I have grown older the storms come more frequently in the waves are getting higher but God‘s grace is abounding more. Thanks for these reminders in this Message God bless 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Nov 8, 2021 

 

So glad to hear, Alan, that the Lord is encouraging you to keep your eyes on Him in the storms. May He continue to give you the grace to focus! God bless you. 

 

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Norma on Oct 18, 2021 

 

That is so true in my life, well shared to all. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Oct 18, 2021 

 

I am right there with you, Norma, on needing to trust God with the impossible. May the Lord strengthen you as you trust him. 

 

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Fred on Oct 10, 2021 

 

When will you have more videos? I'm really enjoying these studies and can't get enough of them. Because of these videos, I'm studying the Bible more than ever. Thank you. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Oct 10, 2021 

 

I'm so glad you're enjoying the videos, Fred. We produce new videos every month. I noticed you're a Monthly Member. Once you have been a Monthly Member for a year, you have access to ALL videos from all countries and Bible lands. With an Annual Membership upgrade, you can watch them all today. :-) Just contact us if you're interested in an upgrade discount. God bless. 

 

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Patti on Oct 7, 2021 

 

You said our inadequacy doesn’t matter when we rely on Christ. If God calls us He will supply our strength and support the outcome. God proves over and over He is enough. He is all we need. Let us rely solely on Him and not only on ourselves. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Oct 8, 2021 

 

I like the way you put that, Patti. God bless you. 

 

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Donna on Sep 26, 2021 

 

When my husband and I were first called to serve the Lord, He gave us a promise that "we'd never have to worry about what we'd eat or wear, and that we'd always have a place to sleep." By simple faith we believed and were obedient to His leading and guiding. It gave us great confidence and whenever there was a need for food, clothing, or shelter, we leaned on His promise and reminded Him of His Word to us. A few years later we came upon Matthew 5, and saw that promise we'd been given right there in God's Word. It was a foundational truth we clung to during our 30 years of ministry, and God was faithful to honor that promise every step of the way. It allowed us to "rest," rely, and lean on HIM as our Source. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Sep 28, 2021 

 

Thank you for sharing this, Donna. Isn't it amazing how God is so faithful? Always surprising and always amazing. 

 

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Wanda Faith Sewell on Sep 9, 2021 

 

A number of times God has told me: "Wanda, I have set you apart for Myself." And another time: "Wanda, I am your Provider." Yet another: "Wanda, I am your Protector." With all these affirmations plus God telling me what He has me do will flow out from our relationship I cannot help but to focus on all He desires and follow Him! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Sep 9, 2021 

 

I love that each of your promptings from the Lord is rooted in Scripture, Wanda. Indeed, Scripture is the best way to hear God's voice. God bless you. 

 

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Marsha on Sep 5, 2021 

 

When my kids were little, I used to worry about everything, despite knowing that God always found a way to provide for our needs. I have since learned not to worry so much. He is faithful to those who trust him. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Sep 6, 2021 

 

Funny how young children can spur our worries, isn't it, Marsha? One of the great benefits of living a little while is seeing the consistency of God's faithfulness. 

 

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Donna on Aug 19, 2021 

 

If we obey Him we are doing what’s best for us which to some extent will fulfill our needs. If we don’t focus so much on providing for ourselves He will provide for us. This will free us to obey Him perhaps by performing works of charity and the corporal works of mercy. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 19, 2021 

 

I love that perspective, Donna. If we simply obey Him, we can trust Him and His sovereignty to allow everything to fall into place. 

 

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George on Aug 12, 2021 

 

very important and personal commentary to make practical applications of the life of J.C. and disciples two thousand years ago. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 13, 2021 

 

So true, George. Personal application is the goal of God's Word in our lives. God bless you. 

 

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Dawn on Aug 6, 2021 

 

Worry - relying on God to supply my needs is the security blanket or lifeline. Knowing that God 'has my back' lets me move through my day with less anxiety about what might be next. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 7, 2021 

 

What a wonderful application against anxiety, Dawn! How wonderful it is to know that God has our backs. Thank you so much for including that. God bless you. 

 

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Anne on Jul 13, 2021 

 

I am enjoying these. Learning more and more. Thank you 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jul 13, 2021 

 

I'm so glad you're enjoying the videos, Anne. May the Lord continue to encourage you through each one! God bless you. 

 

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Jenny on Jun 15, 2021 

 

I’m learning to trust, one area at a time. Knowing him intimately by his names. Which takes time. And process. Experiencing him in one area strengthens my faith for the next challenging area. I hold doggedly to his word, character and what He says...and “not believing” my circumstances have the last word! 

. I will know him as Provider and recompense in this season. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jun 18, 2021 

 

I am right there with you, Jenny, learning to trust the Lord one place at a time. I am glad that the video encouraged you. God bless you. 

 

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Diane on Jun 12, 2021 

 

I not only forget to call On Jesus, I go ahead and do what I think is the best thing to do. And when it doesn’t work out, I ask God why He didn’t work it out, and wonder why I’m in another quandary!! I can’t seem to WAIT, ever!! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jun 13, 2021 

 

I know what you mean, Diane. So often the Lord will put us in places of lack in order to see what we will do with it. O for the grace to trust him more and to see his blessings right in front of us! 

 

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Diane on Jun 13, 2021 

 

I forget to wait on his grace, I need not to be in such a hurry to sell things on my own! 

 

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Saleem on May 20, 2021 

 

So blessed to see and learn about the Holy Land but at the same time hearing the news of what is happening there is so depressing--- the land where the Lord's peace should prevail is devasted by Satanic Scheme. Praying for His Peace there as we have been commanded to do so. 

God bless you for such wonderful videos & teachings !! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on May 20, 2021 

 

What a blessing, Saleem, that the Lord is encouraging you through the videos and the Scriptures. I pray that He continues to do so! God bless you. 

 

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Vanessa on May 13, 2021 

 

I am overwhelmed with the videos it suits my soul I can’t stop watching I am learning so much it is opening my eyes to the Scriptures thank you very much for the videos 

 

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Wayne Stiles on May 13, 2021 

 

How exciting, Vanessa! I am thrilled that the Lord is encouraging you through the videos. May He continue to do so! God bless you. 

 

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Donna on May 4, 2021 

 

I love how you incorporate history, places and scripture. I am learning so much. Thank you 

 

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Wayne Stiles on May 5, 2021 

 

I think this is the best way to experience the lands of the Bible, Donna. Taking history, places, Scripture, and application all together. God bless you. I pray that the videos will continue to be an encouragement to you. God bless you. 

 

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Frances on Mar 26, 2021 

 

I like the devotional applications as much as the history and geography in the videos. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 26, 2021 

 

That is wonderful, Frances! I have to agree… Without application, the rocks and hills and dates are just dust. May God continue to bless you as you watch the videos and dig deeper into His Word. 

 

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Sally on Mar 25, 2021 

 

Whenever I started my work day in prayer asking help from Jesus my days always went much better. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 25, 2021 

 

That is a wonderful way to start the day, Sally! Prayer is so essential in our relationship with God. God bless you. 

 

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Connie on Mar 22, 2021 

 

I am truly enjoying my journey through the Bible comparing the geographics of the Holy Land. I love learning, and that's exactly what I am doing. Thank you for your work in providing this to others. God bless! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 22, 2021 

 

This is wonderful to hear, Connie. You are exactly the reason I designed these videos to educate and inspire in your walk with Christ. God bless you. 

 

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Loi on Mar 21, 2021 

 

First question in Galilee Essential Tour.Yes I have seen God work the impossible in my life in the past. 

I escaped the Viet Nam Communist more than 40 years ago after the Fall of Saigon Apr 30 1975. On the boat we were hungry and thirsty and everyday we prayed asking for the direction to the safe journey also foods. And God provided us with a large net of fish in the sea, we found the black triangle flag in the ocean and we tried to pull it up, there was a large net full of fish. we cooked and sharing among 43 people on the boat. We dried the left over for the journey. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 22, 2021 

 

That is an amazing testimony, Loi. May the Lord continue to bless you as you trust Him each day. 

 

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Loi on Mar 23, 2021 

 

Yes Dr. Stiles . After I came to America worked and back to High school to be graduate at the age of 30. I waited for 10 years remain single until our reunion with my wife and 3 teenagers and raised them up in America. Now I am retired 2 months ago I have desired to visit Holy land . And now you are Walking the Bible. You are helping me to see Israel. I am not very good with English I start at junior high with the helped by a local high school principle . He let me back to the classes . I am Viet nam veteran spent 5 years in the Navy. 

 

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Karen on Mar 19, 2021 

 

Very reassuring. A good reminder of where my resources truly are. Need to watch again though! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 19, 2021 

 

Yes, Karen, how essential it is we remember that Jesus has all we need and we can go to Him repeatedly. God bless you as you rely on Him. 

 

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Maria on Mar 18, 2021 

 

I love the videos! Such a blessing to relive happy and memorable moments in The Holy Land! Thank you, Mr. Stiles, may God bless you and your family every day! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 19, 2021 

 

Thank you so much, Maria, and I am thrilled that you got to go to Israel! I pray that the videos will bring back all of your wonderful memories and that you will also discover many brand new places from the Scriptures. God bless you. 

 

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Maria on Mar 19, 2021 

 

Thank you, Mr. Stiles, God bless you too. 

 

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Michelle on Mar 18, 2021 

 

Wonderful to have the opportunity to see the Holy Land and the surrounding areas that help to make the bible scriptures and locations come alive. 

The maps help to visualize where these places are, but I wonder are they current maps or maps from back in those times when Jesus was in obedience to God the Father? 

I will have to re watch these videos after reading those sections in the bible. Currently in Deuteronomy and Mark on my reading plan for the year.. 

 

I also found it very emotional seeing people getting baptized in the river Jordan. Thank you for showing in person and on the map the beginning and end of the river Jordan. Very interesting! Also loved seeing the "Jesus boat" that was discovered, makes my faith seem more truthful and authentic! The Herodian, David's victory over Golaith, the paths created by the sheep all so amazing! Thanks again! Look forward to watching more videos. The scriptures connected with the videos really bridge the gaps. "You can do nothing apart from me, said Jesus!! Amen! Amen! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 18, 2021 

 

I am so glad, Michelle, that the Lord is blessing your time with the videos. Some of the maps are of recent times, but most of them focus on ancient times. May the Lord continue to bless you as you watch the videos and draw closer to Jesus. 

 

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Edna on Mar 15, 2021 

 

your video have problem 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 15, 2021 

 

Sorry about that, Edna. What problem are you having with the video? 

 

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Debbie on Mar 13, 2021 

 

Knowing how much He has already done for me I can tell when I start drifting and trying to do things on my own I start struggling and realize that I have to look to Him 1st. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 15, 2021 

 

What a blessing for you, Debbie, to be able to realize when you are drifting from the Lord. How gracious of Him to tap your shoulder and to draw you back. May He strengthen you each day! 

 

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Lynda on Mar 8, 2021 

 

I believe He will provide. For me when I stop trying to provide for myself. I am learning to let God provide what he already knows I need 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 8, 2021 

 

That is a wonderful perspective, Lynda. Indeed, our Lord will provide and has proven it so in our lives every day of our past. God bless you 

 

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Tonya on Mar 3, 2021 

 

I believe he will provide and stop trying to provide for myself. Then the only thing left to do is trust. When I am uncomfortable like I have been last 5 months being sick I find myself seeing I’m not as steadfast in my trust as I’d like to b. I started to overthink and reason and felt frustrated then started withdrawing which just brought me more pain. One scripture God brought me to was Honor Me by trusting Me in your days of trouble. Which shows me I will have trouble and I’d like to reach the point where my trust and praise does not waiver or weaken in those days of trouble. It is something I struggle with. I don’t want to allow the valley to steal my song idea from the song stones. The valley won’t steal my song. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 3, 2021 

 

I like hearing your faith, Tonya. I pray that the Lord would continue to strengthen you as you wait on Him. God bless you. 

 

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May Joy on Mar 1, 2021 

 

I have seen many times in my life, how He has miraculously provided for me and how He has rescued me from so many impossible and difficult situations. From my difficult divorce, to the loss of my job, to having a stroke (hemorrhage in the brain). Because I know now that He always provides and my difficult situations are His perfect staging to reveal His character and purposes in my life (like what you mentioned in the video) then I shall keep depending, trusting and abiding as well as obeying Him. My recent experience of a difficult job hunting process riddled with lots of rejection and painful waiting, brought me to despair, fear and anxiety but I kept praying to God, reading His Word and obeying his teachings. I thought I must have displeased God with my negative thoughts and anxiety but I learned later on, that God’s power is best manifested in the sanctifying process, in the ability to endure contradictions, and persevere through the pain and heartbreak. After all it happened to Elijah and Moses too. Now I understand what it means to keep obeying God even if the pain and circumstances don’t change yet. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Mar 2, 2021 

 

Thank you for sharing your story, Mary Joy, and I rejoice with you and how the Lord is working in your life. God bless you. 

 

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Marlene on Feb 27, 2021 

 

I have fear of water and escaping it by not showering. I need to face my fear knowing God is with me and I will be fine! This video has meant more than you'll ever know to me. Thank you!! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 28, 2021 

 

I am glad that these videos are encouraging you, Marlene. May they continue to do so! 

 

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Katherine on Feb 20, 2021 

 

It gives me the freedom to obey Him and to know that He will provide a way for me. I have no need to worry then for all my needs will be meant. I just need to Trust God which is something I need to work on. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 22, 2021 

 

So true, Katherine. God's promise to provide for us gives us the freedom to follow Him in faith. I pray that He will continue to strengthen you to do so. God bless you. 

 

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Donna on Feb 19, 2021 

 

It allows me to live from a place of rest, where I simply trust Him to be my everything day by day, as He leads and guides me. I can live KNOWING that as I "seek first the Kingdom and its righteousness" keeping my "branch attached to His vine" that all my needs will be met, because His abundance life will be my source. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 20, 2021 

 

Well said, Donna. How gracious is our God to provide our needs as a good Father. May He bless you as you walk with Him. God bless you. 

 

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Kim on Feb 18, 2021 

 

What perfect timing. Much needed reminder for the times we are in. I liked what you said about spiritual growth, not spiritual maintenance. Let us not forget how God has blessed us as a nation. I know that God is working to draw hearts toward Him in these times. Knowing His Word has never been more important. God's promises are what I hang onto each day. He will never leave me, nor forsake me. The 23rd Psalm. I am able to freely tell others about Our Great God!!! I just tell them what He has done in my life! 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 20, 2021 

 

Well said, Kim. We are abundantly blessed indeed. Thanks for the good reminder. 

 

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Jennifer on Feb 14, 2021 

 

God makes the impossible, possible when it is His will. Let's see if He finds funding for seminary for me, as He sent the fish for Simon Peter. If he does, then I'll know it's His will, and if not, then I'll also know it's not. So to answer the question, "how does God's promise to provide, free you to focus on obeying Him?," well to put it simply, as long as a person keeps their eyes solely on Him, nothing else seems to matter and peace comes to that person throughout all diversities. Even growing up in church, I'm just now learning this is very true. My life has been riddled with all types of obstacles and diversities; however, the ones I am currently facing, I've never felt such peace and that's because I've learned to keep my eyes on Him and to take up my full armor. I've seen God provide for me (money, helping hands, spiritually, etc.) since my eyes opened and my spirit began to awaken after a very long slumber. So maybe, my post here will help another where they don't get to middle age like me, before realizing they don't have their eyes solely on God by allowing outside distractions in and have failed to put on their full "Armor of God." I hope you read this and learn from my own failure and rise up and become whom God made you to be. When you do, you'll understand the complete peace I speak of and then you will be ready and willing to be God's servant. God bless to you all! 

-Jennifer 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 15, 2021 

 

Thank you so much, Jennifer, for sharing your story and how the power of God gave you the strength to press on in an impossible situation. May the Lord continue to give you strength to take each step each day. God bless you. 

 

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Marlene on Feb 27, 2021 

 

Thank you Jennifer!! I need to put my trust in God more, as well 

 

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Gary on Feb 13, 2021 

 

Wayne, I'm going through many obstacles at the moment but staying focused on my dreams and goals that look impossible created by toxic people.. But God is still givingme strength to get there though it still looks impossible today. God will do the same for me what He done back then i enjoyed video. Cheers Gary Steele 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 13, 2021 

 

Gary, I pray the Lord strengthens you in the Word and in the peace that passes understanding that only He provides. God bless you. 

 

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Sandi on Feb 6, 2021 

 

We have help. What you said really rings clear, "just like salvation we can't live a Christian life alone." Thank you for this calming video. It increases spiritual growth to see where Jesus & his disciples walked & sailed. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 6, 2021 

 

I am so glad, Sandi, that the video encouraged you and offered a wonderful reminder of the grace we have each day of our Christian life. May you continue to walk in His strength each day. God bless you. 

 

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Barbara on Feb 5, 2021 

 

We are loving your video series and look forward to each week. We love your humble and quiet spirit and excellent teaching! God bless you Dr. Stiles and staff. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 5, 2021 

 

Thank you so much for your gracious words, Barbara. It is truly an honor to serve alongside you as we walk the Christian life together. I am thrilled that the videos are encouraging you, and I pray that the Lord continues to bless you through them. 

 

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Mary on Feb 4, 2021 

 

This video really hit me at the end. I recently felt pulled to lead a Bible study, virtual of course, with 6-8 other people. I had never lead a study and almost backed out...but I didn't. I am so glad I didn't because we now have two young men...possibly another to join...that have had hard lives but now want to know about Jesus. One of the young men was a self admitted ashiest...but has now turned to the Lord. The group is at 10 and growing. My day is filled with busy...work, training team members, household duties on and on. But knowing Jesus is there for me every step of the way gives me strength to continue on. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Feb 5, 2021 

 

How exciting, Mary, for you to be led by God to lead your Bible study. And what an amazing honor that the atheist turned to a theist! Only God could bring about such wonderful change. May He continue to bless you and encourage you as you watch the videos. 

 

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Rosemarie on Jan 28, 2021 

 

Knowing the Bible stories but now seeing them thru the Bible lands and your narrative and video is so complete. Thank you for this. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 28, 2021 

 

I am so excited for you, Rosemarie, to see the places of the Scripture in their actual locations! I pray that the Lord would bless and encourage you with each and every video. 

 

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Victoria on Jan 26, 2021 

 

Love the videos and your narrations Wayne. It is still my desire to one day visit the Bible Lands. Thank you so much for bringing to us these videos. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 27, 2021 

 

What a blessing, Victoria, that the Lord is encouraging you through these videos. I do hope you will go to Israel very soon! And when you do, I hope that you come with me. :-) God bless you. 

 

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Rebecca on Jan 22, 2021 

 

Thank you so much,I have learned so much by just listening an letting the word help me understand I want to go to the holy lands one an it will happen, but until then this is the next best thing 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 23, 2021 

 

I'm thrilled, Rebecca, that you're learning and that God is encouraging you through the videos. I pray you DO go to the Holy Land one day soon. God bless you. 

 

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Doris on Jan 20, 2021 

 

It was at the Sea of Galilee where I felt a real presence with Jesus. While riding on the boat across the Sea of Galilee i pictured Jesus feeding the 5000, walking on the water, choosing His disciples, His healing Peter"s mother and the pigs ran off the cliff into the sea.. This was very humbling and thought revoking. So blessed to have been given the opportunity to walk where Jesus Walked, Thanks for bringing back fond memories. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Jan 21, 2021 

 

What a blessing for you, Doris, to have sailed on the Sea of Galilee and to hold those precious memories. Memory is indeed a gift the Lord uses to spur us to action as well as emotion. God bless you as you walk with Him. 

 

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Pamela on Oct 4, 2020 

 

To actually see the places where Jesus was is so inspiring. I hope and pray that He allows me to be able to visit one day. Nothing is impossible to them that believe, and I believe that He will allow this to happen. I can do absolutely nothing without Him. As long as I put Him first in everything I say and do, I believe everything He has promised will come to pass. Thank you for these beautiful videos and inciteful teachings. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Oct 5, 2020 

 

I am so glad you enjoyed seeing the Sea of Galilee and the very places where Jesus traveled. Truly, a journey to Israel is unlike anything else you will ever experience. I pray that the Lord will open the door for you to go one day, Pam, and I pray that you will go with me! God bless you. 

 

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Pamela on Oct 5, 2020 

 

That would be wonderful, Dr. Stiles. 

 

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Ruth on Sep 26, 2020 

 

The videos are beautiful. I will never have the opportunity to visit in person, so these videos make Jesus so real. To see the places where he actually lived, worked and even played is a treasure. Thank you again, Jesus I Trust in You ❤️🌈 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Sep 27, 2020 

 

I'm thrilled for you, Ruth, that you get to see these sacred places of your faith. What a blessing that the videos are encouraging to you. God bless you. 

 

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Lucila on Sep 12, 2020 

 

Beautiful video. God is always with us. Thanks for your words 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Sep 13, 2020 

 

I am so glad you enjoyed the video, Lucila. It is indeed amazing how the Lord is always with us and gives us occasional reminders of that truth that we cannot miss. Maybe Lord continue to bless you. 

 

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Greg on Aug 31, 2020 

 

Such a great reminder of GOD's sufficiency in our lives. The calling that I believe GOD has put on my life certainly is way beyond my meager means. I know He has to provide....but my impatience often gets in the way of my faith. It is a daily struggle. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 31, 2020 

 

You are not alone, Greg, and your struggle with impatience and waiting on God. Thankfully, He shows himself faithful each and every time. Slowly, slowly, slowly we grow to trust Him more. May He strengthen you to do so today! 

 

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Linda on Aug 28, 2020 

 

I am not a beach person but I definitely had fallen in love with the Sea Of Galilee. The calmness and tranquility. When I stood on the beach that day and in that small tourist boat, what Jesus did 2,000 years ago kept flashing across my mind.....Everything seemed so so real. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 28, 2020 

 

I agree with you, Linda. The Sea of Galilee is a wonderful and special place. So much of it looks exactly like what Jesus must have seen. 

 

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Marilyn on Aug 28, 2020 

 

This was very inspiring. A lesson in trust! The Lord will always have our back!! Thank you 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 28, 2020 

 

Thank you, Marilyn. I agree with you – the Lord always is supporting the challenging commands He gives us. May we draw upon His strength as we do His will today. God bless you. 

 

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Karen on Aug 24, 2020 

 

I have been to the Sea of Galilee twice. It is my favorite place in all the earth. It is powerful and healing. This video made me homesick 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 24, 2020 

 

How wonderful for you, Karen, to be able to relive your experience and revisit your favorite place on earth. What a thrill! 

 

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Elena on Aug 16, 2020 

 

I'm so thankful God is in my life to guide me in what I need to do and say. I pray I will remember to always ask for that guidance. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 17, 2020 

 

That is a wonderful prayer, Elena. I am grateful also that God is in your life. May He continue to draw you closer to Him. 

 

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Cathy on Aug 8, 2020 

 

God's promise free`s me up to focus in obeying him would be me learning how to become more selfless knowing that there are those that are in greater need than I and knowing that when I go through it's not always for me there are lessons we learn to lift up others. Patience is something none of us really want to ask for due to the fact we will find ourselves being tested but when we have task that appear to be impossible God is waiting for us to obey him. If I have this mind of Christ the promises will come by obedience. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 9, 2020 

 

Well said, Cathy. We never have to ask for opportunities to apply patience, do we? How wonderful that God gives us the strength we need in the moment we need it. 

 

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Loni on Aug 8, 2020 

 

I am reminded from this video that we must keep our eyes fixed on Jesus. 

 

When we take our focus away from Him, we end up failing. 

 

The Holy Spirit empowers and emboldens us if we seek him. 

 

It seems in life when the seas are calm it lulls us into a false sense of complacency and when the storm hits we turn to God. 

 

Life is so much more joyful when we seek a relationship with God and we gain wisdom through mediation on the scriptures and prayer.. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 8, 2020 

 

I agree with you, Lonnie. We have to keep our eyes on the Lord at all times. And yes-- Scriptures and prayer are so key for me too for the renewal of the mind. God bless you as you seek Him. 

 

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Apple on Aug 8, 2020 

 

We must put God first and put our trust in Him wherever we go. I am reminded of a song called Nothing is Impossible by Planetshakers. I have faith in God now and forever more, Amen. 

 

I really like the video. I am really touched by the video so much. Thank you for the videos. 

 

I learn that I need to obey God and my parents too. 

 

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Wayne Stiles on Aug 8, 2020 

 

I'm so glad you like the videos, Li-Ann. We are all learning to obey. God bless you. 

 

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Nancy on Jul 30, 2020 

 

This is a great reminder that I’m not in this alone and can never do it on my own. This reminder relieves a lot of the pressure I put on myself and gives me peace to wait for him instead of forcing my own solutions to life’s challenges.