"Being unable to cure death, wretchedness, and ignorance, men [and women] have decided, in order to be happy, not to think about such things."  ~ Blaise Pascal, Pensees (133).

"Our lives are empty. We cannot face the vacuum. So we fill our lives up with junk, with trash, with refuse.... we divert ourselves from our real needs.... We invent little problems and hold them close, fixating on them to block us from seeing the bigger problems." ~ Thomas V. Moore, Making Sense of it All: Pascal and the Meaning of Life, pp. 32-33.  

"The only good thing for men therefore is to be diverted from thinking of what they are, either by some occupation which takes their minds off it, or by some novel and agreeable passion which keeps them busy, like gambling, hunting, some absorbing show, in short by what is called diversion" ~ Blaise Pascal, Pensees (136).

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CBS Tour: Deeper Look into Old Testament
& New Testament Israel Tour of Israel:
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Interested in taking in a deeper Look into the biblical, religious, and historical sites of Israel? Join Dr. Charles Savelle of Center Point Bible Institute and Criswell College and Dr. Paul R. Shockley of the College of Biblical Studies-Houston & Stephen F. Austin State University for an extensive in-depth tour of the Holy Land from March 11 -24,  2015.  
See link below for details:
This tour of Israel is not only designed for those who have never been to Israel, but also for those who have been before.  All are invited; you don't have to be a student of CBS to join us for this trip.
11 March 2015 to 24 March 2015
We will see all the places we always love to see each and every time, but we will also places people rarely seen such as Samaria, Akko, Shiloh, Qumran Cave # 1 (where Isaiah scroll was found), Sepphoris, and the "inpenetrable" Belvoir Fortress.  We also travel to places like Jericho, the Sea of Galilee, the Dead Sea, Carmel, and of course, beloved Jerusalem. We will walk the ramparts of the old city walls, do an archeological dig, ride on a replica of a boat from Jesus' time across the Sea of Galilee, touch the actual southern steps of the Temple, and have a special communion service at the Garden Tomb. We will also offer free time to relax, explore, and experience the sites, sounds, and tastes of this beautiful country.  Spring time in Israel is gorgeous! 
If you are interested in an outstanding life-changing adventure over Christmas break and experience the first of a new year in Israel,  please contact me at paul.shockley@cbshouston.edu
Please secure your spot as soon as possible for this unique and extensive trip to the land of the Bible; we are only taking one bus!
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