4 Easy Steps To Talk With Anyone With Less Stress

I’m an introvert. Some people think that’s strange.

I often stand in front of thousands of people. So, how can this be?

I’ve come to accept how God made me.

Maybe you can relate.

Maybe you get stressed at the thought of striking up new conversations with people you don’t know.

I know, I do at times.

Maybe the thought of being on a Holy Land bus tour with a lot of new people makes you nervous.

I get it.

When I started giving concerts across North America in the late 70s, there were some days that my stomach absolutely rolled at the thought of meeting new people and carrying on a conversation.

Then, a Pastor friend shared an old secret with me that he used. It’s called F.O.R.M.

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Salespeople have used this for years. For them, it means:

  • Family
  • Occupation
  • Recreation
  • Money

For me, it stands for:

  • Family
  • Occupation
  • Recreation
  • Meaning

After forty years, I don’t use it as often as I used to. But every now and then I pull it out of my toolkit when my introverted self starts to take over.

Here’s how it breaks down for me (you should adjust it to fit the setting you’re in):

F: Family: Ask them about their family. If natural, you can share about your own.

  • Can you tell me a little about your family?
  • What are they doing now?
  • Where did you grow up?
  • What was it like growing up there?
  • How did you meet your husband/wife?
  • Do you have any children?
  • How old are they?
  • What are they doing now (or what do they like to do – if they’re young)?

O: Occupation: Ask them what they do for a living. They might ask you about yours as well.

  • What do you do for a living now?
  • What led you to this job?
  • What do you like best about it?
  • What do you find the most challenging?
  • If someone came to you interested in your field, what do you think you’d tell them?
  • What was one of your most interesting jobs you had when you were younger?

R: Recreation: Ask them about what they like to do for fun (hobbies, sports, arts, experiences). They might ask you about your recreation.

  • What do you like to do in your spare time just for fun?
  • How did you get into that?
  • Do you have any other vacation plans?
  • Have you seen any good movies or read any good books lately?

M: Meaning: Here’s where you want to find out what’s important to the other person.

  • Aside from your job and what you do for fun, what’s really important for you?
  • If you could ask God anything and He would give you an answer, what would you ask Him?
  • At the end of life, what do you want to be remembered for?
  • Why is that important to you?

One of the great things about FORM is that not only does it help to ask questions; it also has a progression. It usually starts with some of the least difficult questions (depending on their circumstances – so be aware), and it moves to a deeper conversation about the meaningful things in life.

pexels-photo-42504Remember that most people love to talk about themselves. When people walk away from a conversation thinking they had a good talk, it’s usually because they were able to share a lot about themselves and that you didn’t dominate the conversation.

Also, remember that a good conversation is like a tennis match. You ask questions and they comment and then they ask questions. If they don’t ask you questions, that’s OK. You don’t need to be the hero of the story – they should be.

Finally, a conversation is not an interrogation. If they don’t want to go deep or answer or if they just want some quiet time, that’s OK. It’s fine to let things go.

Hopefully, these suggestions may help you if you’re starting a new conversation or if you’re on a Holy Land tour bus and want to get to know people a little better.

Or, maybe you’re an extrovert and have no problem at all in speaking with strangers. You can feel free to use F.O.R.M. on introverts like me.  There are many of us.

Arlen

Get a Pilgrimage Tattoo in Jerusalem? Are You Serious?

erase-tat-4-exlarge-169Maybe you think tattoos are a new style (aside from sailers of old).

Would you be surprised to learn that Christians have been marking their pilgrimages to the Holy Land with a tattoo for hundreds of years?

It may seem like the last thing you’d want to do on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Yet, these tattoo artists have been offering their services for hundreds of years.

The Razzouk family business began in the 14th century in Egypt then moved to Jerusalem in the 17th century after discovering there was a high demand for their services in the holy city.
“Where the ancestors started the tradition of the tattoo … of course no electricity was available and it was done by hand,” says 76-year-old Anton Razzouk, Wassim’s father, who has now retired.
“Christian tattooing has always been used as a certificate of pilgrimage,” his son adds. “The only way for people to prove … they’ve done the pilgrimage is by actually getting tattooed.”

A Free Magazine on Highlights of Israel

Screen Shot 2016-08-23 at 3.31.49 PMCheck out this new free magazine featuring a few of Israel’s top attractions, must-visit sites, culinary delights and exciting activities.

There are beautiful photos inside as well as insights to help you on your next visit or even to learn just a little more about this beautiful and spiritually rich land.

You can view your free magazine by clicking on the photo for the full PDF version.

Do you want to learn how to make your own authentic fish falafel? Check out page 15.

Do you want a recipe for exceptional hummus (and avoid the expensive store bought versions)? Check out page 19.

Ancient Rural Synagogue Discovered in Galilee Confirms New Testament Accounts

Galilee panorama taken from Mount of Beatitudes which is believed to be the one from where Jesus gave Sermon on the Mount

Galilee panorama taken from Mount of Beatitudes which is believed to be the one from where Jesus gave Sermon on the Mount

In the lower Galilee region of Israel, an archaeological team from Kinneret College has discovered the ruins of a synagogue which would have been around during Christ’s lifetime.

Dr. Dotti Aviam, a senior researcher at the Kinneret Institute for Galilean Archaeology at the Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee spoke to JNS News about the significance of the find. “This is the first synagogue discovered in the rural part of the Galilee and it confirms historical information we have about the New Testament, which says that Jesus preached at synagogues in Galilean villages,” Aviam states. The passage Aviam refers to is Matthew 9:35: “Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.”

Read more here

Renew Your Heart With This Video from Israel

Do you need some Holy Land inspiration today? Do you want this without packing your suitcase?

Then, this video is for you.

In this video, you’ll visit:

  • The Garden Tomb
  • The Wailing (Western) Wall
  • Caesarea By The Sea
  • Ein Gedi where David hid from Saul
  • The reverence of the desert
  • The beauty of the Sea of Galilee
  • And so much more.

If you’re ready to be inspired, why don’t you click on this heart-lifting video below? It may be the best 4 minutes of your day:

You can download a free brochure for our Break Forth Israel Signature Tour here.

Immerse Yourself in Worship in the Stunning Acoustics of St Anne’s Church, Jerusalem

st_anne_church_and_bethesdaWe’ve seen it time and again. The Church of St Anne in Jerusalem has a holy signature in acoustics like few other places.

When most people start singing in this historic church, tears well up in their eyes.

The Church of St Anne in Jerusalem is known for having some of the best choral acoustics in the world.

As you sing, notes cascade off the stone and come back at you like a thousand angels singing.

But, it’s more than just acoustics that are amazing.

It’s the spiritual sense that you’re joining with fellow believers who’ve worshipped here for nearly one thousand years.

Do you want to step into that scene?

Well, now you can.

This video is from Break Forth Israel Next Level 2016.  As we joined in worshiping together, there was a sense of holy presence. There was awe-inspiring reverence.

If you’d like to join us as we worship at the Church of St Anne, why don’t you watch the video below? You probably know the songs.

Do you want to join us in worshipping at the Church of St Anne? Do you want to do this in person? We’d love to have you join us for our Break Forth Israel Signature Tour. You can download a free brochure here.

 

It’s Here: Break Forth Israel 2017 Signature Tour!

BREAK FORTH ISRAEL 2017 HEADERWe’re thrilled to announce our latest tour, Break Forth Israel 2017: Signature Tour.

This is not just another tourist trip!

Are you looking for something more than just another “Holy Land’ trip that just ticks boxes at famous sites and moves on?

Do you want to: 

  • Walk where Jesus walked?
  • Worship where Elijah called fire down on the mountain?
  • Stand on Tel Megiddo (Armageddon) and sweep your eyes across the heavens as you imagine Christ’s return?
  • Make friends for a lifetime?
  • Worship with in unforgettable settings (like a communion service in the desert as the sun sets)?
  • Sit under the teaching of Messianic pastors, world-renowned scholars, orthodox rabbis and more?
  • Be led by grace-centered, fun-filled Swedish teacher and author, Rev Hans Weichbrodt?
  • Enjoy this in spring-like weather and when the crowds are smaller?
  • Do this all at prices as low as $2,000 less than we’ve seen other trips offered for?

Are you looking for something more than a short devotion, short prayer and then you climb onto another tour bus?

If you’re looking for more, then this experience is for you! Break Forth Israel 2017 is for those who want more! This is our signature tour that sells out year after year.

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Rev. Hans Weichbrodt

You’ll grow with the spiritual teaching  by dynamic speaker, scholar and renowned author, Rev. Hans Weichbrodt.

You’ll experience times of worship that are so powerful and unique that they will be remembered for a lifetime. You will experience teaching from local scholars and prominent teachers along the way. You’ll worship with a local messianic congregation. You’ll explore places few tour groups go.

Are looking for a unique experience in the Holy Land? Do you want your pilgrimage to be unique and spiritually deep? Have you been before but you want something new and inspiring?

Then, Break Forth Israel 2017 is for you.

You can download your free brochure here.

We expect an early sell out so please contact us today. You can hold your space with just a deposit.

Please contact us today as we often sell out months early. 

This is for you! You will never be the same!

Download Your Free Brochure

Download Your Free Brochure

Please send us an email at journeys@breakforthministries.com 

You can download a free brochure now by clicking here or the photo on the right.

Then, we encourage you to inquire about Break Forth Israel today by emailing us at journeys@breakforthministries.com.

Or call: 1-866-978-2997

We don’t want anyone to miss out.

 

You’ll never read the scriptures the same.

You’ll see and feel the sights, sounds and experiences like never before.

Faith and gratitude will be renewed in your hearts.

We’d love to see you, your family and friends book your spaces before they’re gone.

Please join us for Break Forth Israel 2017 (Signature Tour)! You’ll never be the same. Just click here to read more.

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Arlen & Elsa Salte

Shalom,

Arlen and Elsa Salte

Directors and Founders; Break Forth Ministries / Break Forth Journeys

Break Forth Journeys Tours 2016-2017

We’re thrilled to share with you our Bible Lands Tour lineup for 2016 to 2017.

Please join us for Spiritual Journeys of a Lifetime. Join us for:

  • Break Forth Israel & Jordan NEXT Level: 2016.
  • Break Forth Paul 2016: Missionary Journeys of Paul & 7 Day Cruise
  • Break Forth Israel Signature Tour: March 2017
  • Break Forth Revelation: 7 Churches & Isle of Patmos

Please click on the image below to download your free brochure today!

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