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4 Steps To Transform A Church

“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” ― Albert Einstein

"Change is a challenge. Many want change until it is required of them!" - Me

Jesus' greatest challenge was the religious status quo of his day. His inaugural message declared the Kingdom and addressed…

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Added by Martin Schmaltz on March 5, 2013 at 11:22am — No Comments

Blessed: The Fruit Of Character

The Attractional Lifestyle Of The Kingdom 5

A foundational truth of the Kingdom lifestyle: it is to be a blessed life. Jesus reveals to us that this lifestyle answers the longing of the heart of man: to be blessed, happy and content. In the first nine verses of the Sermon On The Mount, The Beatitudes, Jesus presents a spiritual mindset that is counter to that of natural mankind and the world. The blessed lifestyle of the Kingdom is a product of His nature or character…

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Added by Martin Schmaltz on December 6, 2012 at 10:29am — No Comments

Finding Happiness

The Attractional Lifestyle Of The Kingdom  #4

 

In the last Kingdom Note, we defined what makes up a unique culture. We also demonstrated that the culture of the Kingdom was based on a changed mentality, mastery and morality.

 

SERMON ON THE MOUNT

Lets begin to look at the spiritual beliefs that result in the values and actions of the Kingdom culture.

 

The intro to the sermon on…

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Added by Martin Schmaltz on November 20, 2012 at 8:54am — 1 Comment

Discovering The Kingdom Culture

In the previous note we demonstrated that the Kingdom is God's plan. Beginning with Adam, through Israel, Jesus and now the church: He is revealing his domain or rule. As citizens of His kingdom, we are to live a lifestyle that is attractive to those around us.

 

Jesus first message was to "Repent for the Kingdom of heaven was at hand" (Mt 4:17). The word repent is an interesting one. For many in Christendom, its meaning entails an emotional response to a convicting sermon.…

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Added by Martin Schmaltz on July 30, 2012 at 12:26pm — 3 Comments

The Kingdom Is His Plan!

The Attractional Lifestyle of the Kingdom 2

 

“The doctrine of the Kingdom of Heaven, which was the main teaching of Jesus, is certainly one of the most revolutionary doctrines that ever stirred and changed human thought.”~  H G Wells

 

The Kingdom has a particular lifestyle, one that does not necessarily match modern North American Christendom. It is a lifestyle that is to be so…

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Added by Martin Schmaltz on July 5, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

Are You Attractive?

The Attractional Lifestyle Of The Kingdom #1

If you are involved in church/ministry leadership, I am sure you are aware of the reported condition of North American Christendom and the traditional church structure. While there may be a couple of organizations that claim growth, as a whole, Christendom or the traditional organized church is on a steady decline. In fact, there are those who are labeling our culture now as post-christian. Whatever you may think,…

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Added by Martin Schmaltz on July 1, 2012 at 6:30pm — 4 Comments

Does The Gospel Provoke You?

What is the goal of the effective communicator ~ provocation! It is to challenge the status quo of groupthink. It is to call into question the tribal norms. To provoke is "to arouse to a feeling or action, to stir up purposely, to provide the needed stimulus."The effective communicator challenges our paradigm, stirs emotions, stimulating us to do something about what we have heard.

 

Think of a speech that…

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Added by Martin Schmaltz on April 3, 2012 at 4:04pm — No Comments

The Ambassador & Kingdom Authority

 When we are born again, we change our citizenship: from a kingdom of darkness to a kingdom of light. Paul tells us "our citizenship is in heaven" (Philippians 3:20 ESV). It is from this new kingdom that we are sent as representatives, or ambassadors if you will, to the micro-cultures where we find our selves living.

 

A quick glance at some of the facts about ambassadors will give us some insights regarding how we are to live as representatives of our King. According to…

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Added by Martin Schmaltz on March 20, 2012 at 5:27pm — 2 Comments

Releasing The Next Generation

One generation will praise your deeds to the next. Each generation will talk about your mighty acts. Ps 145:4 GOD'S WORD translation



So recently, while sitting at Starbucks, I took some time to really listen to the music of Jesus Culture. I have heard of them and even caught snippets of their music, but never really stopped to…

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Added by Martin Schmaltz on February 14, 2012 at 8:06am — 3 Comments

Finding Happiness

The Attractional Lifestyle Of The Kingdom  #4

 

In the last Kingdom Note, we defined what makes up a unique culture. We also demonstrated that the culture of the Kingdom was based on a changed mentality, mastery and morality.

 

SERMON ON THE MOUNT

Lets begin to look at the spiritual beliefs that result in the values and actions of the Kingdom culture.

 

The intro to the sermon on…

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Added by Martin Schmaltz on November 30, 1999 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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