Be Still And Know That I Am God

I miss the stars. Of course, they haven’t gone away. But, the world has changed and I’ve gone away.

Please let me explain.

I remember staring up at the splendor of the stars when I was a child. There were few street lights where I lived in my little town. There was even less light when I spent time at our relative’s farms.

I loved finding the Big Dipper, the Little Dipper, Orion and Taurus. But, those days are almost gone for me.

Now, there are so many street lights where we live that it’s hard to see the stars at night.

But, they’re not the big culprit. I am.

I usually keep myself so busy that I don’t take the time to experience the quiet “wow” of staring into the sky at night and seeing God’s glorious creation.

That’s one reason why I love the desert at night. I’ll never forget a few months ago when Elsa and I were in the desert in the Middle East. All the lights were turned off, we lay on the ground and we stared up into the majesty of the skies. We didn’t talk. Our heartbeats slowed. Our “to do list” took a break.

As I stared up at the majesty of the stars, I was struck with the reality of God’s immeasurable power.

Power to heal. Power to save. Power to care.

I pondered some immense obstacles that I was facing.

In the power of that moment, staring up at the star-splashed skies, I remembered anew, “The God who holds these stars and planets in their order is the God who not only cares for me but also is unlimited in His ability to deal with my miniscule challenges.”

I think the writers of the scriptures had a better understanding of this than we do. Every night, unburdened by blinding street lights, they stared into the skies and wondered:

“I look up at your macro-skies, dark and enormous,
    your handmade sky-jewelry,
Moon and stars mounted in their settings.
    Then I look at my micro-self and wonder,
Why do you bother with us?
    Why take a second look our way?” – Psalm 8:4 MSG

I also wonder if many of our favourite scriptures were written in the stillness of the desert, amid awe, wonder and stillness:

“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 40:31

So, when I’m in the desert, especially in the Lands of the Bible, my heart stills and I hear once again, “Be still, and know that I am God.” – Psalm 46:10

The truth is: It’s not that God doesn’t speak. It’s that we seldom take the time to quiet our hearts to listen.

May we all be encouraged to have our “desert time” each day and to quietly wait to hear the gentle whispers of God.

 

 

 

PS – One of the highlights of our Break Forth Israel & Jordan NEXT Level 2018 tour will be spending a night in the desert in Wadi Rum. We’ll be ‘glamping’ with luxurious accommodations where each ‘tent’ has private washrooms, hot showers, Egyptian cotton bedding and maid service. But, even more important: We will take the time at night to get away by ourselves, look up at the immense star-studded sky, experience the wondrous
overwhelm of  God’s power and then listen to His gentle whispers of loving care.  

Would you like to experience that star-studding evening in Wadi Rum and all Break Forth Israel & Jordan Next Level has to offer? To ask for your free brochure, just click here.   

Break Forth Israel & Jordan Next Level 2018

We’re thrilled to announce Break Forth Israel & Jordan Next Level 2018.

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Your Bible will come alive as you step onto the land where prophets, priests, kings and our Messiah walked.

You’ll experience scholarly teaching, amazing sites, grace-centered ministry, personal renewal, wonderful fellowship, heart-lifting worship and maybe more smiles than you’ve had in years.

This tour is for those who’ve been to Israel before or those who want to dig deeper.

You’ll experience:

  • 11 Days of wonder and growth from Jerusalem to Masada to Mount Nebo to Petra to Jericho to Mt of Temptation and more!
  • A breathtaking luxurious ‘glamping’ experience in Wadi Rum
  • Daily sumptuous breakfast and dinner buffets
  • Exceptional 4 and 5 Star accommodations
  • Teaching from the world-renowned Hans Weichbrodt at every Biblical site
  • Heart-lifting Worship experiences along the way with Arlen & Elsa Salte and team.
  • Experienced leadership who’ve led over 2,000 people to the Lands of the Bible
  • The best of the best, hand-picked guides and drivers.
  • Travel by first-class air-conditioned motorcoach
  • Free pre-trip study and preparation materials
  • Free audio recordings of all teachings sent to you after the trip
  • International round-trip air, deluxe airport transfers to and from hotel (not included in land only option)
  • Opportunities to add on incredible post-trip extensions
  • And so much more!

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Break Forth Israel & Jordan NEXT Level 2018!

Keep an eye on this website. Registrations will open soon for this spiritual Journey of a Lifetime!

We have a trip planned that is simply astounding.

You’ll experience deep ministry, jaw-dropping sites, engaging worship and prayer, wonderful fellowship and visits to some of the most amazing places in the world.

To be put on the advance notice list, email us at journeys@breakforthministries.com.

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Do you want to know Hans Weichbrodt’s morning prayer?

Hans teaching outside Philippi

Have you ever struggled with a morning prayer pattern? Does your mind tend to wander?

Here is the prayer pattern that I’ve used for years. It was passed to me from my spiritual father.

The Biblical Foundation for my morning prayer pattern is the temple-service Numbers 28: 1- 4 and Daniel (Dan 6:10

These passages show us that God’s people could pray “linked” to the temple-service even if the temple at that time was in ruins!

We can also see that the early Church seemed to have this focus:

We see this with Peter and John in Acts 3:1 on their way to pray at the evening/afternoon prayer.

We also see this with Peter himself in Yafo (Jaffa) praying in Acts 10:9. Just like Daniel, Peter seems to be praying three times per day. Peter and John probably learned this pattern from Jesus himself!

Yet, this didn’t end with the Apostolic Age!

The tradition of praying at fixed times during the day (morning-prayer included) was passed on through the centuries. A good example of this is the monasteries who have prayed this way for almost 2000 years.

I was inspired to pray this way by my spiritual father. He follows a fixed order (just like the monasteries).

I’ve altered it somewhat so it fits me all the better. I believe that this is spiritually sound- We inherit an order but we’re free in Christ to change a fixed order so that it fits us personally “like a hand in a glove”.

So here´s my order – You should also feel free to change this order so that it fits you as well. 

1. Greeting of the Lord (standing):

“Lord, let us see your grace and give us your salvation! Honor be to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, as it was from the beginning, now is and shall be forever and ever, Amen!”

2. Confession and Absolution (kneeling)

“I confess to you holy and righteous God that I have sinned with thoughts, Words and deeds. Think on me with mercy and forgive me for the sake of Jesus Christ the sins that I have committed.”

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

Here I add my own Little addition: “In Jesus name! In the blood of the Lamb!!!” I often proclaim this with a loud voice. This is especially appropriate when I’m under spiritual oppression.

3. Psalms (from now and also during the Gospel standing or sitting)

Here I read 3 psalms. I just flip open the pages and take the first three psalms I see in the book of Psalms. It´s probably even better to have a fixed order (that’s the way my spiritual father prays), even though I’ve been amazed through the years at how many times God has spoken to me prophetically through my “random” reading of three psalms. If it´s a long Psalm (like 119) than it’s of course ok not to read the whole Psalm.

4. Gospel

Here I read one passages/section from any of the four Gospels. I do it the same way as I do with the psalms and also here a fixed order of reading might be preferred.

5. Benedicamus- The blessing (from now and on standing)

Here I read (as my spiritual father does) the prayer of Zechariah in Luke 1: 68- 79. It truly has become a treasure for me but this is the section of the morning- prayer that I would suggest for you to omit if you want to shorten your morning- prayer.

6. Our Father (The Lord’s Prayer)

A suggestion is to try to pray it not to quick but to take a minute to reflect on at least one of the passages in Jesus prayer.

7. Free Prayer 

This section is, of course, totally flexible and that´s a great strength. If you´re in a hurry perhaps you will only pray for 30 seconds. If you have time, it´s an awesome privilege to take some time and now let the anointing of the Holy Spirit just lead you where He wants to go.

You can also include some soaking-time perhaps combined with some specific things he leads you to pray for.

Even though I try to “go with the flow” there is a pattern that I most often follow:

  • I start with thanking the Lord for all the good things He has blessed me with. This often creates joy, thankfulness and faith!
  • I pray for others in the following order:
    • Family
    • Ministry
    • People I think I’m going to meet that day
    • People I don’t yet know that I´m going to meet.
  • Then I pray for myself.  I try to pray with boldness, knowing that I am secure in the grace, love and promises of God. 

8 . Blessing

I finish the prayer with proclaiming a blessing over my family and myself. I will often use the priestly blessing in Numbers 6: 23- 24.

This prayer time can take less than 5 minutes to pray if there´s no “free” prayer.

I think it’s important to point out that it doesn’t take a longer time to pray just because you pray following a specific order. The only difference in my opinion is that this order gives you focus!

This is, not the least, due to this order being founded in the Word of God! 

Because of the power in prayer I have seen in those who have used this biblical pattern,  people who follow this pattern might finding themselves praying longer than they expected.  They may not be able to resist to take time to rest in the anointing during the “free” prayer.

This prayer time has been transformational for me. I pray that if you choose to follow this scriptural prayer pattern that it will be a blessing to you as well.

In Christ,

Rev. Hans Weichbrodt

Spiritual Teacher, Break Forth Journeys

Please note: We’ve seen miracles during our prayer ministry times throughout our Break Forth Journeys trips. Hans, Arlen and Elsa choose to lead trips of spiritual impact. If you want to learn more about our upcoming trips, please email us at journeys@breakforthministries.com.

My father was killed at 38. It changed me forever.

Our car from the accident where my father was killed. It’s a miracle some survived.

July, 1963.

On a dusty Saskatchewan road. My father was killed.

My life changed forever.

I went through dark years. I felt I’d been abandoned by God. 

Years later, God changed my life.

When that happened, I knew that He gave me a gift.

A gift of life. A gift of love. A gift of purpose.

Every day was a gift. It still is.

When I outlived my father’s 38 years, my heart was especially stirred.

I determined to honour each day as a gift from God.

We each have a choice. We can choose one: A life of purpose. Or a life of complacency.

How about you? 

Who have you outlived?

Each day is a gift.

Let’s live it with purpose. Let’s change the world.

We only have one earthly life.

This is it.

“So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” – Ps 90:12

 

 

Arlen Salte

PS – One of Elsa and my life’s purposes is to bring people to the Lands of the Bible. People fall in love with the scriptures anew. Break Forth Israel Signature Tour 2017 is sold out. We’re putting the details together for Break Forth Israel & Jordan NEXT Level for May, 2018.

New Dead Sea Scrolls Cave Found

Hans sharing about the accuracy of the Word of God as confirmed by the Dead Sea Scrolls.

One of the highlights of any of our Break Forth Israel trips is visiting Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discouvered.  Now – a stunning new discouvery has been made.  Read on to learn more . . .

After more than 60 years, a new Dead Sea Scroll cave has been discovered and excavated on the cliffs west of Qumran, near the northwestern shore of the Dead Sea, by Hebrew University archeologists in “Operation Scroll”. The excavations prove that Dead Sea scrolls from the Second Temple period were hidden in the cave, and were looted by Bedouins in the middle of the last century. With the discovery of this cave, scholars now suggest that it should be numbered as Cave 12.

The surprising discovery, representing a milestone in Dead Sea Scroll research, was made by Dr. Oren Gutfeld and Ahiad Ovadia from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Institute of Archaeology, with the help of Dr. Randall Price and students from Liberty University in Virginia USA. The excavators are the first in over 60 years to discover a new scroll cave and to properly excavate it.

Fragments of jars that contained stolen scrolls

Excavation of the cave revealed that at one time it contained Dead Sea scrolls. Numerous storage jars and lids from the Second Temple period were found hidden in niches along the walls of the cave and deep inside a long tunnel at its rear. The jars were all broken and their contents removed, and the discovery towards the end of the excavation of a pair of iron pickaxe heads from the 1950s (stored within the tunnel for later use) proves the cave was looted.

Until now, it was believed that only 11 caves had contained scrolls. With the discovery of this cave, scholars have now suggested that it would be numbered as Cave 12. Like Cave 8, in which scroll jars but no scrolls were found, this cave will receive the designation Q12 (the Q=Qumran standing in front of the number to indicate no scrolls were found).

Remnant of scroll when removed from jar

“This exciting excavation is the closest we’ve come to discovering new Dead Sea scrolls in 60 years. Until now, it was accepted that Dead Sea scrolls were found only in 11 caves at Qumran, but now there is no doubt that this is the 12th cave,” said Dr. Oren Gutfeld, an archaeologist at the Hebrew University’s Institute of Archaeology and director of the excavation. “Although at the end of the day no scroll was found, and instead we ‘only’ found a piece of parchment rolled up in a jug that was being processed for writing, the findings indicate beyond any doubt that the cave contained scrolls that were stolen. The findings include the jars in which the scrolls and their covering were hidden, a leather strap for binding the scroll, a cloth that wrapped the scrolls, tendons and pieces of skin connecting fragments, and more.”

The finds from the excavation include not only the storage jars, which held the scrolls, but also fragments of scroll wrappings, a string that tied the scrolls, and a piece of worked leather that was a part of a scroll. The finding of pottery and of numerous flint blades, arrowheads, and a decorated stamp seal made of carnelian, a semi-precious stone, also revealed that this cave was used in the Chalcolithic and the Neolithic periods.

The excavation was supported by the Civil Administration of Judea and Samaria, by the Israel Nature and Parks Authority, and the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), and is a part of the new “Operation Scroll” launched at the IAA by its Director-General, Mr. Israel Hasson, to undertake systematic surveys and to excavate the caves in the Judean Desert.

Archaeologists Oren Gutfeld & Ahiad Ovadia survey cave

This first excavation to take place in the northern part of the Judean Desert as part of “Operation Scroll” will open the door to further understanding the function of the caves with respect to the scrolls, with the potential of finding new scroll material. The material, when published, will provide important new evidence for scholars of the archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea caves.

“The important discovery of another scroll cave attests to the fact that a lot of work remains to be done in the Judean Desert and finds of huge importance are still waiting to be discovered,” said Israel Hasson, Director-General of the Israel Antiquities Authority. “We are in a race against time as antiquities thieves steal heritage assets worldwide for financial gain. The State of Israel needs to mobilize and allocate the necessary resources in order to launch a historic operation, together with the public, to carry out a systematic excavation of all the caves of the Judean Desert.”

*Photo 1 by Arlen Salte. All other photos Casey L. Olson and Oren Gutfeld

2 Things I Learned By Skydiving (& jump video)

arlen-skydivingPeople ask me. Why would I leap out of a perfectly good plane at 14,500 feet? (highest tandem jump in Canada).

It wasn’t just the rush (and boy, oh boy, was it a rush – see the video below)

Here are two things I learned from my skydive:

You don’t want irrational fears to rule your life.

According to studies, you’re 24 times more likely to die in a car accident than skydiving. Driving a car is commonplace. Skydiving isn’t. So, when someone dies when skydiving it gets distorted press coverage.  That distorts our perceptions.

I don’t want irrational fears to rule my life. How about you?

News media hypes extraordinary events. So, people are afraid of terrorism in the Holy Land and this keeps them from experiencing a life-changing experience. Do you know there’s a greater chance of dying in the bathtub or being killed by your home appliances than by worldwide terrorism?

How many are scared of their bathtub or appliances?

My refrigerator doesn’t scare me. In fact, I probably should visit it less often.

You never know what tomorrow will bring.

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Elsa and I before the Skydive

These past two years, my wife and I have lost many friends and family. Everyone we lost lived wonderfully rich lives. But not everyone can say this.

I don’t want my dreams to be cut short because I kept putting them off. This was my dream since my twenties.

No more procrastination! It was time to jump!

More importantly – I don’t want to hold back on God’s calling because I kept putting it off.

How about you?

Here’s an important question for us all:

Would the Apostle Paul and the other disciples have ever turned the world right-side-up with the gospel if they would have allowed fear or procrastination to rule their lives?

Now, getting back to skydiving.

I’m not saying you should leap from an airplane. It’s not for everyone. (Just look at my video below to make up your own mind.)

But, what I do encourage you to do is consider what God has placed on your heart, let go of the fear and procrastination and take a leap through that door.

The joy of seeing people blessed through your obedience is a blessing beyond words.

What door is God calling you to leap through today?

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Arlen Salte: Director: Break Forth Journeys

PS – Our hearts surge with joy when we see people experiencing the Word of God by walking in the Holy Land. They’ll never read the scriptures in the same way again. We know this opportunity may never come again for some of our guests. We’re so glad they stepped up, set aside their fears and took charge of that bucket list. Just send us an email to get your free Break Forth Israel 2017 brochure by clicking here.

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Click here to watch me leap from 14,500 feet. What fun!

 

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