Can’t Miss Video from the Historic Jerusalem Prayer Breakfast

Arlen & Elsa Leading in Prayer

It was historic. It was miraculous.

As Founders of the Jerusalem Prayer Breakfast, we were overwhelmed with the miraculous response. Sixty nations were represented as we came together in June for several days at the first Jerusalem Prayer Breakfast and conference. Incredibly, this Christian gathering was supported by the Knesset (Government of Israel) and Israel’s President.

During the Prayer Breakfast day, we were hit with the reality that it was 50 years to the day since the Six-Day War.  Remembering this, the former Israeli Ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren stepped to the stage and presented the stirring message below.

The video may be the most inspiring 11 minutes of your day.

Will you watch it? Will you join us in prayer for Israel?

In Christ,
Arlen & Elsa Salte, Hans Weichbrodt
Founders: Jerusalem Prayer Breakfast
Break Forth Journeys

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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.   

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.

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

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.

Was Jesus born on Christmas Day?

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For those wishing for a white Christmas, remember this:

As beautiful as it is to see the trees frosted with snow and white flakes slowly drifting to the ground, snow is more nostalgia than historically related to the time of Jesus’ birth.

A white Christmas is more related to the genius marketing by Coca-Cola of Santa Claus. (Yes, we know of the historical St Nicholas from Turkey – but he never saw a reindeer in his life, wasn’t surrounded by elves, didn’t ride through the sky in a sleigh, didn’t shimmy down chimneys and didn’t give gifts only to the nice and neglected the naughty – but I’m sure he would have enjoyed milk and cookies)

The chance that Jesus was born in winter is infinitesimally small. Here are two reasons why:

  1. Shepherds were tending their sheep on hillsides. If it was winter, they would shelter them in the multiple caves in the Bethlehem hillsides. This opened a cave for Mary and Joseph and where Jesus was most probably born. Luke 2:8 – “there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.”
  2. Caesar Augustus “issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.” There was fomenting tension at that time (leading to insurrections and the destruction of the temple in 70 AD) and it is highly unlikely that Caesar Augustus would have exacerbated the situation more by causing families to walk untold distances with little food and shelter through the depth of winter.

The most common estimate is that Jesus was born in early fall.

So – maybe Thanksgiving is a better time to celebrate the birth of our glorious Messiah – God wrapped in frail human flesh!

So, yes, we now traditionally celebrate Jesus’ birth on December 25th but more importantly, let’s remember to celebrate the loving miracle of God coming to us all year long.

It really doesn’t matter if we’re “walking in a winter wonderland” or feeling the kiss of a gentle breeze as it rustles leaves.

Every day He comes to us with His gift of life.

Every day we have an opportunity to kneel before Him in worship.

Every day is Christ incarnate.

“O Come Let us adore Him – Christ the Lord”

Merry Christmas to all!

Arlen and Elsa Salte

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Arlen & Elsa Salte – Directors – Break Forth Journeys

Is Israel Safe? Here’s The Real Story . . .

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Is Irrational Fear Stealing Your Dreams?

The news cycle spins again and again. Running out of fresh video content, networks loop the same sensationalistic clips on a never-ending cycle.

Their plan?

To grab your attention long enough until they can sell you fabric softener during the next TV commercial.

There is no doubt that you’ll find crime almost anywhere if you search for it long enough.

But when things are exaggerated it’s does no one any good.

While some people are afraid of going to Israel and other Lands of the Bible, these are irrational fears.

If you want to be afraid to travel somewhere, you should certainly avoid the USA. From terrorist attacks to mass shootings to high crime rates, America is a far more dangerous place to be.

Just look at these crime statistics from NationMaster:

  • Crime levels in the USA are twice as high as Israel.
  • Drug use (opiates) in the USA are 90% more than Israel
  • Violent Murder rate in the USA is eighty-two times higher than Israel
  • Violent crime in the USA is more than twelve times higher than Israel
  • Violent Crime (Rapes) in the USA are more than 68 times higher than Israel
  • Robberies in the USA are more than 4 times higher than Israel
  • Fear of crime in the USA is more than 77% higher than Israel
  • Murders committed by youth in the USA are more than 633 times higher than Israel

Still, every year people pile in by the millions to one of the most dangerous developed countries in the world – the USA.

(For our Canadian readers: Canada’s crime statistics are similar to Israel, aside from Canada’s murder rate, which is 3 times higher than in Israel)

How about Middle East tensions? Travel writer and blogger, John Nicholson says it well:

“While we in the United States have only had marginal success developing our own missile defense systems dating back to the days of the Star Wars initiatives under President Reagan, Israel has implemented a system of both tight border and air security that allows Israelis to now go about their daily lives under a blanket of relative calm, stability, and security. For tourists to Israel, this means that visiting the country and even traveling around within it is completely safe, despite the occasional incident or flare up that makes the news back home.”

Is the USA safe? Yes, if you use wisdom, keep your eyes open and stay away from the rougher parts of town. Is Israel safer than the USA? Yes, without a doubt. The statistics prove it.

How sad it is when sensationalistic news reports and unfounded fears keep people back from experiencing one of the highlights of their lives; a life-changing journey to the Lands of the Bible.

Has CNN caused you to cower in a corner? Are you setting aside a life-long spiritual dream because of irrational fears?

Maybe it’s time to live life to the full again. Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” – John 10:10 NIV

A fullness of life and a prison of fear cannot co-exist. It’s time to swing wide those prison doors!

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” – 2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV