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My Magic Glasses

Rev. Crystal February 5, 2014 0 comments
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My Magic Glasses
By Rev. Crystal Schmalz

I sometimes put a pair of magic glasses on, and this is how I see the world. I see a world where people from all religions, cultures, races, genders, socioeconomic statuses, skin colors, and educational backgrounds can come together and work for the Kingdom of God. I see women and men standing together in unity, and with the power of the Holy Spirit. I see revival. I see a time where we help others receive their calling from God, and a time where we put down our selfishness and promote others above ourselves. I see a time where we value honesty and integrity. I see a people who show the love of Jesus Christ in their actions, words, and behavior. I see a place where boards and executive committees are comprised of both women and men, where the voice of women is heard. I see equality. I see liberty. I see freedom. I see a church where single parents are given the help they need. I see pastors who are humble servants. I see prophets and evangelists. I see both female and male apostles. I see a community where the poor are fed and equipped to fight against their poverty. I see water wells being built in communities which do not have access to clean water. I see medicines given to those who need vaccines and are sick. I see a time where children are valued, and not sold into slavery or prostitution. I see schools where children have textbooks, and are given an opportunity to succeed. I see churches which care more about people than about large buildings and cathedrals which are empty. I see worship services which aren’t about lights and a show. I see small house churches and Bible Studies in homes which bring hope to people. I see care programs and grief programs for those who are hurting, feel abandoned, and are alone. I see empty streets with no homeless people. I see sermons which change and transform people by the power of the Holy Spirit. I hear the Word of God bringing revival and reconciliation. It’s a new creation, it’s a new time. I see all people and all nations receiving the message of Jesus Christ. I see people standing up for peace, and advocating for freedom. I see nations helping nations, and people helping people. I see friends helping one another, and being there for one another to be a listening ear. I see conferences where the Spirit of God is strong and powerful, and this is the driving force for attendance. I see hands raised and hearts open. I see revival. I see women who are more concerned about the inner parts of their spirit, being, and soul rather than an outward show. I see modesty and balance. I see women and men who have been freed from their addiction to pornography and sin. I see the power of God at work. I see people taking responsibility for their life. I see empowered people changing the world. I see radicals, those who were once rejects, but now through Christ are made whole.  I hear a message from the most unlikely source, but I know it is the voice of God to be right now. I see a world where men support women, and women support men. I see revivals. I see transformation. I see change. I see courage. I see a people which have God’s vision and purpose. I see a time like no other. I see a woman leading a movement and preaching to a people alongside her brothers in the Lord. I see miracles. I see healings. I see wonder and amazement. I see a different world, a little bit of heaven transcending into the now. And so I fight for a cause, for a change, for a reality, for a vision, and for a purpose. It’s not now, but someday it will be. I hold onto hope, and pray for this one day vision to become a reality.  
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About The Author Rev. Crystal Rev. Crystal Schmalz is a licensed minister in the United Pentecostal Church International, holds a Master of Divinity degree from Urshan Graduate School of Theology, and a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Humanities and History from Michigan State University. Crystal has served as a staff chaplain at Barnes Jewish Hospital, has completed five units of Clinical Pastoral Education, and is a member of ACPE. She served as a ministry staff leader for ACMNP in Yellowstone National Park and enjoys the beauty of God’s creation. She served on staff at Life Christian Church pastored by David Stephens doing outreach, guest coordination, youth leadership, Sunday school, and music ministry. She currently attends New Life Center pastored by Garry Tracy, and is involved in teaching Sunday school, preaching at nursing homes, teaching Bible Studies, and helping people connect to God and community. Crystal loves to spend time with her husband Luke, and her hobbies include writing, “thrifting,” eating ice cream, and playing Settlers of Catan and Scrabble with friends and family.

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