Greece & Turkey 3.1 -Morning in Istanbul

Day 3 – 9/10/15 – Istanbul, Turkey

Today was our let’s-cram-as-much-as-possible-into-one-day-in-Istanbul day so we toured the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome of Constantinople, Chora Church, had lunch in the Grand Bazaar, went on a boat cruise along the Bosphorus, and explored the streets of Istanbul in the evening. But before any of that happened, we started off the morning with some delicious Turkish breakfast:

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Greece & Turkey 1.1 – Flight to Istanbul

Day 1 – 9/8/15 – The Sky

After three months of recovering from my trip in May touring famous Reformation sites in Europe (pictures coming soon), the day finally arrived for 2015 Epic Trip No. 2 –  Greece and Turkey! This 16 day trip was led by Pastor Mark Foreman of North Coast Calvary Chapel and would include visiting most of the ancient Biblical sites in Greece and Tukey, including Ephesus, Pergamum, Laodicea, Patmos, Thessaloniki, Corinth, Athens, Berea, and many more. I couldn’t be more excited and started snapping pictures as soon as the plane took off. Here are some photos from the sky:

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Before the Beginning

Before the Beginning

The Bible begins in Genesis 1 with “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” However, upon further reading of the Scriptures, we learn a bit more about what happened at the beginning, and even before the beginning of creation. This piece is a chronological reconstruction of passages that describe the events in and before the very beginning.

Before the BeginningReferences:
Matthew 28:19, Romans 8:29, Revelation 13:8, Ephesians 1:3-10, John 1:1­‐3, Genesis 1:1­‐5

God’s Heart in the Old Testament

God's Heart in the Old Testament

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I started this project out of a desire to know God’s love more, as expressed in the Old Testament. After going through each book, I chose some verses that I thought especially reflect God’s heart toward his people. I wanted to think of these passages as looking through panes of a stained glass window. The verses are outlined in red, representing the blood of Christ, which challenges me to see each passage in light of the cross.

Above the Circle of the Earth

Above the Circle of the Earth
Do you not know? Do you not hear?
    Has it not been told you from the beginning?
    Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?
It is he who sits above the circle of the earth,
    and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers;
who stretches out the heavens like a curtain,
    and spreads them like a tent to dwell in;
who brings princes to nothing,
    and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness.
Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown,
    scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth,
when he blows on them, and they wither,
    and the tempest carries them off like stubble.
To whom then will you compare me,
    that I should be like him? says the Holy One.
Lift up your eyes on high and see:
    who created these?
He who brings out their host by number,
    calling them all by name,
by the greatness of his might,
    and because he is strong in power
    not one is missing.
Why do you say, O Jacob,
    and speak, O Israel,
“My way is hidden from the Lord,
    and my right is disregarded by my God”?
Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
    his understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the faint,
    and to him who has no might he increases strength.
Even youths shall faint and be weary,
    and young men shall fall exhausted;
but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
    they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
    they shall walk and not faint.
-Isaiah 40:21-31

He stretches out the north over the void
    and hangs the earth on nothing.
He binds up the waters in his thick clouds,
    and the cloud is not split open under them.
He covers the face of the full moon
    and spreads over it his cloud.
He has inscribed a circle on the face of the waters
    at the boundary between light and darkness.
The pillars of heaven tremble
    and are astounded at his rebuke.
By his power he stilled the sea;
    by his understanding he shattered Rahab.
By his wind the heavens were made fair;
    his hand pierced the fleeing serpent.
Behold, these are but the outskirts of his ways,
    and how small a whisper do we hear of him!
    But the thunder of his power who can understand?”
-Job 26:7-14
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