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Martin Schmaltz

Martin�۪s passion is to see the kingdom of God manifested in the lives of each believer. In his 13 years as a pastor, he has experienced the transformation from traditional Christianity to kingdom illumination. During this time, he has seen the Jesus manifest his power and presence is mighty ways. Today, he is challenging the traditional paradigm of church, enlightening the body of believers to the potential that lies within them. www.martinschmaltz.com www.twitter.com/martinschmaltz

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Promises

By Martin Schmaltz / last month

“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 […]

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Jesus Brand Manager

By Martin Schmaltz / last month

A significant change in our culture today, especially the business world is the focus on personal branding. Many aspects of corporate branding have been distilled and applied to the individual for the enhancement of their personal success. According to Wikipedia (http://tinyurl.com/6rjb2s ) “Personal branding is the process whereby people and their careers are marked as […]

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The Viral Gospel

By Martin Schmaltz / a couple of months ago

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 […]

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Do People Look At You Strange? Are You a Gaijin?

By Martin Schmaltz / a few months ago

When I minister in other countries, there is this barely perceptible, but yet real emotional maybe psychological thing that happens when I return home.  It seems that when I arrive back at the first major U.S. airport, there is this sigh and relaxation that passes through me. As I am making my way to immigrations, […]

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Used To

By Martin Schmaltz / 11 months ago

Used To I was at lunch the other day enjoying good food and conversation with some friends. One of them was discussing what he was like before we knew him and made this statement: “I’m not what you are used to.” My mind began to reel! I wonder if Jesus said that: I can imagine […]

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Decline of Christianity

By Martin Schmaltz / last year

Decline of Christianity The cover story for the April 9th issue of Newsweek magazine is entitled “The Decline of Christian America,” and presents a bleak picture of the church’s future of impacting society. Based on the 2009 American Religious Identification Survey, the article quotes the following statistics: The “number of Americans claiming no religious affiliation […]

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Amway

By Martin Schmaltz / last year

Years ago when my wife and I were newlyweds, we got involved in the Amway craze. I see your head nodding – you did too! Well, one of their encouragements was that you did not have to sell the products; they sold themselves, as you demonstrated their effectiveness. I remember removing shoe polish, waterproofing handkerchiefs […]

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Image

By Martin Schmaltz / last year

Image Representative: One that serves as a delegate or agent for another.    – American Heritage Dictionary Gen 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion… This scripture gives us wonderful insight into God’s purpose for mankind. Adam was created in the image and […]

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Plates

By Martin Schmaltz / last year

Plates As a kid growing up, I remember seeing the juggler who would spin plates. They would place an individual plate on a thin stick and spin it; then repeat this process over and over. Periodically they had to return to a previous plate and give it an extra spin to keep them from falling […]

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Tradition

By Martin Schmaltz / last year

Tradition In a previous article, we presented the idea that the proof of being apostolic was not in our doctrine or structure, but it was obediently going and doing what we have been sent to do. The challenge we face is that in many (if not most) believers lives and churches we are not going. […]

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