Beginning the Journey to Mount Sinai…and Beyond

Peri and I are sitting in the lounge at Newark airport getting ready to board our all night flight to Tel Aviv. We are celebrating 25 years of fulltime ministry with a trip to Israel and Greece and an excursion into the Sinai penisula of Egypt so that we can climb Mount Sinai. Thursday is the 32nd anniversary of my salvation — when as a 15 year old boy I met Jesus in a most dramatic way. At 2:00 A.M. on that day Peri and will begin the three hour climb to the summit of Sinai. Why are we doing this? I have a word from God:

Be ready in the morning, and come up in the morning to Mount Sinai, and present yourself to Me there on the top of the mountain…Behold, I make a covenant. Before all your people I will do marvels such as have not been done in all the earth, nor in any nation; and all the people among whom you are shall see the work of the LORD. For it is an awesome thing that I will do with you. (Exodus 34:2 & 10)

I have made Mount Siani on November 9 a point of faith where I will meet with God.

God says to be there in the morning, so I will. That’s why we’re leaving at 2:00 AM…so we can be on the summit at sunrise.

I will again dedicate my life to serving God and prepare for the next 25 years.

This is the promise of God: That he will do a unique thing among us (Word of Life) that will be marvelous and awesome. Amen!

After we climb down from Sinai, we plan to visit St. Catherine’s Monastery where five worship services a day have been conducted without fail for nearly 1,500 years!

We will then have a few days in Greece where I am particularly interested in visiting some of the sites connected with the ministry of Paul, before returning to Tel Aviv to meet our group for our 9th tour of Israel.

I believe that over the next couple weeks I will encounter some significant moments and places in my spiritual pilgrimage.

I am preparing for 2007 and the next 25 years of ministry!

On the flight from KCI to NYC I read Following Jesus: Biblical Reflections on Discipleship by N.T. Wright. Some good stuff.

I’m excited about the next 17 days…and the next 25 years.

Stay on the journey.