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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 12:01pm — 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 December 6, 2012 at 11:56am — No Comments

Discovering The Kingdom Culture

 The Attractional Lifestyle Of The Kingdom 3

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,…

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Added by Martin Schmaltz on July 3, 2012 at 5:33pm — No Comments

What's God's Plan?

 The Attractional Lifestyle Of The Kingdom 2 - The Kingdom Is His Plan!

 

“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…

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Added by Martin Schmaltz on July 3, 2012 at 5:29pm — 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, I believe…

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Added by Martin Schmaltz on July 3, 2012 at 5:26pm — No 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…

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Added by Martin Schmaltz on April 3, 2012 at 4:57pm — No 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…

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Added by Martin Schmaltz on April 3, 2012 at 4:57pm — 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 6:17pm — No Comments

What Did They Say?

The other day, I heard my wife chuckling in our dinning area. As I inquired regarding her laughter, she told me of a passage in a book she had just read. In this story, a man was describing his first visit to a charismatic type church: let’s say, he was quite a shocked. The point that made my wife chuckle was his statement regarding his visit: “I got gypped,” he complained, “In twelve years of being a Christian I have never heard one person or pastor mention anything about this Holy Spirit guy… Continue

Added by Martin Schmaltz on March 28, 2011 at 12:01pm — No Comments

Have You Experienced The Whole Gospel?

Have I Experienced the Whole Gospel?



A funny title you may think to yourself: after all, I have been saved for “x” number of years.



For the most part, contemporary Christianity focuses on only two aspects of the Gospel (Good News), the fall and redemption. The goal of many churches is to win the lost, getting them to a personal experience of redemption. To accomplish this, much of the preaching focuses on either our deplorable sinful state or the grace of His redemption.… Continue

Added by Martin Schmaltz on March 26, 2011 at 9:06am — No Comments

Do I Really Want To Be Like Jesus?



Part of my prayer this morning was probably like most christians: there was a desire to become more like Jesus. While praying this, the thought occurred to me, just what am I asking for? Then I took some time to meditate on what could the answer of this prayer entail.



It is a common theme today for many…

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Added by Martin Schmaltz on February 10, 2011 at 12:33pm — 2 Comments

The Successful 21st Century Church

For a recent conference, I was asked to be one of the members of a panel discussion, our topic was: The Church in the 21st Century. A lofty theme for a two-hour dialogue.

In preparation, I spent much time ruminating on what has been written about the current church situation and what is seen as biblical models of a New Testament church. The following is a few thoughts I jotted down. Now they are not a complete dissertation, but I think, they are…

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Added by Martin Schmaltz on February 1, 2011 at 7:28pm — No Comments

Does Your Church Have Curb Appeal?

So I have finished the makeover on this house and we now have it on the market. To help make the sale, a key step is to stage the house. The idea of staging is to place furniture, pictures and decorations in key places to give the prospective buyer an idea of how they could arrange the house. When done correctly, you find they will begin to discuss how their furniture would fit in the particular room.



One of the components of staging is the outside, particularly the front door:…

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Added by Martin Schmaltz on January 28, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

Mind Altering Books of 2010

The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it. ~James Bryce

 

The following is a list of the books that significantly impacted me in 2010. To reach this list, these books changed, clarified or reinforced my (new way of) thinking. Obviously, I do not agree with every word, but enough to recommend them.

 

Total ChurchChester & Timmis

What impacted me most regarding this book was their grasp on the holistic…

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Added by Martin Schmaltz on January 13, 2011 at 12:15pm — 2 Comments

What's Your Precious?

I’m a huge Lord Of The Rings Fan. I was introduced to Tolkien and the Hobbit back in eighth grade algebra with Mr. Parkinson. I was in desperate need of extra credit (notice the emphasis added!).  For those of us who were sinking fast, Mr. Parkinson offered extra points if we read The Hobbit and gave a short a report. What it had to do with algebra, I still do not know, but like any drowning man, I grasped for a lifeline!



It so happened that our family was… Continue

Added by Martin Schmaltz on January 6, 2011 at 6:32pm — 1 Comment

Faith: The Journey of Self Discovery

“Faith faith faith, just a little bit of faith. You don’t need a whole lot, just use what you’ve Got. “ Who ever wrote the lyrics to this song: I wonder if they really listened to what they were saying? It seems that they are implying that faith is this magical, mystical elixir that just “a little dab will do ya!” I don’t know, maybe they have a better understanding, but this is not the faith that I see in the word.



The faith I read of is something that takes us on a process of… Continue

Added by Martin Schmaltz on July 19, 2010 at 11:27am — 1 Comment

When God's Promises Hurt!

“What!” you may be exclaiming: “That is absurd, when can God’s promises hurt?” May I offer a response – when they do not seem to be coming to pass.



Think for a moment of the excitement you experience when the Lord gave you a promise. Maybe it is about your job, finances, loved ones or a particular ministry. Daily you anticipate its fulfillment. Yet as time passes and the promise does not seem to materialize, there is a change in our attitude. Excitement now becomes frustration, maybe… Continue

Added by Martin Schmaltz on June 24, 2010 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

The Viral Gospel

We have entered a transition phase of business marketing and advertising. There is this shift from interruption tactics to a more organic form. The day of mass TV ads, full-page magazine spreads, billboards, radio spots and direct mail seem to waning in effectives. Why?



• First, we are so inundated with these ads: we begin to block them.

• Second, many have become irritated with these unsolicited interruptions of our valuable time.



In short, the interruption marketing… Continue

Added by Martin Schmaltz on April 26, 2010 at 11:58am — 4 Comments

Church Leaders: What Are We Building?

Recently I viewed a video of legendary basketball coach John Wooden describing his definition of success. In essence, his goal was not to build a winning basketball team: his goal was to build people. By help each individual come closer to realizing their full potential, they would be a success and the by-product would be a winning team.



My mind naturally went to Christianity and church. I asked my self a question: “Do we seek to build successful churches or to build people?” Jesus’… Continue

Added by Martin Schmaltz on January 18, 2010 at 9:44am — No Comments

Will Your 2010 Goals Cost You?

Happy New Year. It is the beginning of 2010. Usually at this time we plan a fresh start – which is good. Many of us have made the resolutions, stated our goals and we are looking forward with anticipation to a better year. Yes, 2010 can bring a year of success if we are willing to do the one thing all goals have in common and that is – change.



It seems like it is a law somewhere, if I want to go up I must give up. To be different I have to do different. So if my goals challenge me to… Continue

Added by Martin Schmaltz on January 9, 2010 at 4:33pm — 3 Comments

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