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Tampa Bay Men's Conference

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Higgins Hall

Date: 2/10/18

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Pilgrimage Updates!

April 2018 "Faith of the Irish" Pilgrimage

Registration Is Still Open for April 21-30, 2018 with optional pre-tour and Discipleship Seminar with Jeff Cavins. Tour Hosts: Jeff & Emily Cavins and Fr. Matt Guckin. Please register by January 29 to ensure pricing!

May 2018 "Time of Decision" Holy Land Pilgrimage

SOLD OUT! Waitlist only for May 14-24, 2018 pilgrimage with Fr. Mike Schmitz and Jeff Cavins. Click here for forms and more information.

January 2019 Annual Holy Land Pilgrimage:

Registration will begin in March of 2018. Please keep an eye on our website for the the registration forms!

Please view Cavins Tours photo gallery for a glimpse of some of our past pilgrimages.

Here is what a recent pilgrim had to say about our annual Holy Land pilgrimage!

 Thank you for a most wonderful, spiritual experience these past 2 weeks. The pilgrimage surpassed any expectations I had. Your teachings, Jeff, were so meaningful at each site. You are able to pull together all the history, the spirituality, the geography of the area, the archeological aspects, etc. so well to make the whole story make sense. You have challenged us to grow spiritually not only with questions to ask ourselves, but ways to ponder those question in our lives, and the wonderful "weapons" we have to tackle them, grow from them, and make necessary changes in our lives so that we may be better disciples of the Lord and spread the Good News to others. Certainly my times in adoration, and daily prayer will be enriched because of this Holy Land experience. ~~ Barb K

Please feel free to contact us at Cavins Tours phone number --763-420-1074.



The Exclusion of Dan

In Revelation Chapter 7, why was Dan the only one of the ten tribes of Israel that was excluded or set aside, since all ten tribes fell into idol worship?

In order to address why the tribe of Dan was symbolically set aside in the image of the 144,000 people marked in heaven as the "new Israel", we need a little history about the 12 tribes of Israel. Bear in mind that the audience during the time of Revelation knew the history of Israel and would instantly see the meaning behind the omission of the tribe of Dan.

In 930 BC the royal kingdom of God's chosen people, which consisted of the twelve tribes of Israel, was divided into two separate kingdoms: Israel and Judah. Israel, consisting of 10 tribes, was in the north and ruled by King Jeroboam. And, Judah which was made up of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin was in the south and ruled by King Rehoboam. The center of worship for both kingdoms, the temple, was in Judah in the south. This posed a problem for Jeroboam, the king of Israel; for he knew that he could lose the loyalty of his people if they continued to worship in the temple in Jerusalem. Fearing a reunification of the twelve tribes of Israel, Jeroboam's solution was to make a parallel mock religion. He instituted his own priesthood, feast days, and high places, and made two golden clave (false idols) for the people to worship, and said to the people, "You have been going up to Jerusalem long enough. Here is your God, O Israel, who brought you from the land of Egypt.' And he put one (golden calf) in Bethel and one in Dan. This led to sin, because the people frequented these calves in Bethel and in Dan" (1 Kings 12:28-30).

With the placement of the golden calf in the northern most boundary of Israel, the tribe of Dan completely lost its identity and fell into idolatry. So extensive was their worship of a false god that the tribe itself eventually disappeared. This idolatry, the bestowing on a creature the reverence due to God alone, is in itself the greatest of mortal sins. And with the gravest sin, comes the gravest punishment 'eternal separation from God. Those reading the book of Revelation would have received the message loud and clear and known why the tribe of Dan was not counted among the 144,000 protected by the seal of God; for those who choose to worship a false god, choose their own demise.


Revelation & Ezekiel Chart

I mentioned in my class on the Book of Revelation that there is a parallel between the book of Ezekiel and the book of Revelation. All you have to do is Click Here for the pdf download of that chart. Enjoy!


Mary, Ark of the Covenant

Mary, Ark of the Covenant

This Fall I've been teaching the book of Revelation in the Twin Cities. Today we spoke about "the woman" in chapter 12. I had mentioned that many times on my travels to Israel I was inspired by a statue of Mary on top of a church in the ancient city of Kyriat Yearim (Abu Gosh). The statue depicts Mary as the New Ark of the Covenant. The Old Testament Ark was in Kyriat Yearim for twenty years before Israel brought the Ark to Jerusalem.

There are some striking parallels between David bringing the Ark into Jerusalem in 2 Samuel 6:1-19 and St. Luke's account of Mary's visit to Elizabeth in Luke 1:39-56.

In 2 Samuel 6:2, "David arose and went" to Judah.

In Luke 1:39, "Mary arose and went" to the hill country of Judea.

In 2 Samuel 6:9, David cries out: "How can the ark of the Lord come to me?"

In Luke 1:43, Elizabeth asks: "Why is it granted me that the mother of my Lord should come to me?"

In 2 Samuel 6:14-15, David is found leaping and dancing before the ark of the covenant.

In Luke 1:41-44, the baby in Elizabeth's womb is leaping for joy in Mary's presence.

In 2 Samuel 6:11, the ark of the covenant remained at the house of Obededom for three months.

In Luke 1:56, Mary (the new Ark of the Covenant) remained at the home of Elizabeth and Zechariah for three months.

Another interesting comparison between the Old Testament ark and the New Ark (Mary) is that the Old Testament ark contained a bowl of manna, the two tablets of stone (10 Commandments) and Aaron's budding rod (speaking of his authority). In Mary, the new Ark of the Covenant we find Jesus, the living bread from heaven, the Word made flesh and the King of Kings and Lord of Lord's.


Purpose of this website

I want to thank you for visiting my website.

I put this site up for one basic reason; I want to communicate with you. I'm very appreciative for all the wonderful people that God has brought into my life. So often I find myself thinking; I wish I had a place to send my friends to pick up that great quote I found in a book or that certain document I mentioned in one of my lectures.

I see this website as a kind of Grand Central Station for communicating with you. I hope to meet you here often to share insights and useful information as well as hearing from you. Many times I find that my students and those who attend my seminars are far wiser than I and others need to hear from you too. I'm interested in a lot of topics but usually I will write about God, the Bible, the Catholic Church, family and and even a little discussion about technology (being a Mac fan). I hope to integrate photographs, video and podcasts in the future.

God Bless You!

Jeff Cavins



June 13, 2009


Peoria, IL: Jeff Cavins & Thomas Smith

Adventures in 1 Corinthians Seminar

Diocese of Peoria Summer Institute

St. Vincent de Paul Church 8:30am-3:15pm

Contact: Theresa Meister 317-671-1550 ext.283



June 26 & 27, 2009

Denver, CO

The National Catholic Bible Conference

St. Thomas More, Centennial, CO

Contact: Kelly at kmwahlquist@mac.com


July 20-22, 2009

Denver, CO

The Augustine Institute

Journey with St. Paul: His Life Mission & Letters

Click Here for flyer



July 28, 2009

Vancouver, British Columbia

The Power of Praise & Thanksgiving

St. Mary's Parish, 5251 Joyce Street

7:00pm -9:00pm

Contact: Kyle Neilson

email: kneilson@rcav.bc.ca


July 29 - August 5, 2009

Alaskan Scripture Cruise

Sailing with the Psalms

Info: www.cavinstours.com

Contact: Kelly Wahlquist

email: kmwahlquist@mac.com


September 12, 2009

Roswell, GA

Revelation in a Day

St. Peter Chanel Church


Contact: Deacon Mike Bickerstaff

phone: 678-277-9424


September 25-26, 2009

Spooner, WI

The Bible Timeline Seminar

St. Francis de Sales Church

Contact: Jaci Sacco

Email: jsacco@centurytel.net

phone: 651-247-7883


October 3, 2009

Somerville, NJ

Matthew in a Day Seminar

Church of the Immaculate Conception

Contact: Patti Jannuzzi

Email: pjannuzzi@icsomerville.org

phone: 908-725-1112 ext.1124