Strength to Strength

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Strength to Strength is a weekly, virtual, live meeting designed to advance Jesus’ kingdom by tackling thought-provoking topics, by stimulating candid discussions, and by sharing faith-building testimonies.


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"King and Country: the King Inaugurated" by Ken Miller
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Strength to Strength welcomed Ken Miller to discuss the fifth segment of this “King and Country” series.

How does the Resurrection of Jesus Christ “inaugurate” Jesus as King of kings and why is the resurrection central to our faith? Can the resurrection be documented historically, and if so, how? What difference should the resurrection make in our lives at 9:55 on Thursday morning?

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

Jul 17, 2021
"From Atheist to Follower of Jesus" by Shihua Zhu
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Strength to Strength welcomed Shihua Zhu to describe his spiritual journey into the kingdom of God.

Shihua is a former atheist whose life has been completely transformed by God. His story of salvation is full of God’s love and work in his heart, and a worthy example to all.

In his testimony, he discusses his life in China, his immigration to the United States, and most importantly his experiences of being introduced to Jesus and his subsequent coming to faith.

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

Jul 10, 2021
"In God We Don’t Trust" by Matthew Milioni
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Strength to Strength welcomed Matthew Milioni to discuss the relationship that God wants his people to have with the kingdoms of the world.

How is a Christian to relate to a national holiday such as Independence Day and the celebration of the American Revolution? What is our role as Christians who belong to the Kingdom of Heaven?

Join us for a very important conversation around the Christian and the empire.

Thanks to Kevin Brechbill who helped to develop this presentation, but was unexpectedly unable to participate.

Jul 03, 2021
"King and Country: the King’s Stories" by David Adams
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Strength to Strength welcomed David Adams to discuss the fourth segment of this “King and Country” series.

When the promised King became flesh to dwell with man, He brought with Him a new constitution with new laws. He also came telling stories, wonderful stories. These stories, He told His followers, contain the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven.

We will explore the parables of the King, what are they, how Jesus used them, and how they fit with His other teaching. As an example, we will look at an unusual parable, the parable of the unjust steward in Luke 16, plumbing its depths for the King’s wisdom as to how His followers are to use their money.

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

Jun 26, 2021
"Discovering the Kingdom" by Daniel Willis
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Strength to Strength welcomed Daniel Willis to discuss his spiritual journey from nominal Christianity into Jesus’ kingdom.

His testimony is that “although the Kingdom of God was right in front of me, I was so nearsighted, believing the lies of the worldly church, that I could not see the narrow gate. I kept seeking, wanting to know the truth, and I believe God brought me to China so that I can see that Jesus actually means everything He says.”

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

Jun 19, 2021
"King and Country: The King's Constitution" by John D. Martin
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Strength to Strength welcomed John D. Martin to discuss the third segment of this “King and Country” series.

The Sermon on the Mount is often referred to as the constitution of the Kingdom of God. Is that just an oft-repeated phrase, or is there reason to understand this sermon as foundational?

When Jesus concluded this sermon, “the people were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes” (Matthew 7:28, 29). If we understand Jesus’ authority in these words, how will it affect our lives?

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

Jun 11, 2021
"My Word Shall Not Return Void" by Joseph
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Strength to Strength welcomed Joseph* for an interview of his church planting work.

Bryant Martin, representing All-Nations Bible Translation, interviews Joseph on his work of Bible translation, community development, and church planting among a large unreached Muslim people group in Asia.

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

* alias used for security purposes.

Jun 05, 2021
“King and Country: the King Arrives” by Wendell Martin
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Strength to Strength welcomed Wendell Martin to discuss the second segment of this “King and Country” series.


From Alexander the Great to Julius Caesar to King James, rulers have grabbed power and controlled empires. But Jesus of Nazareth was made in a different mold. As Pilate asked: “Are you really a King then?”


Let’s look at the arrival of King Jesus and how He controls creation, governs his citizens, and conquers his enemies.


An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

May 29, 2021
"Does My Understanding of the Atonement Matter?" by Philip Hess
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Strength to Strength welcomed Philip Hess to discuss the implications of Jesus’ atonement.

Does it matter how we understand Christ’s death? How do our views about this topic affect our view of God and the Christian life? In this talk we discuss biblical teaching about the atonement, and historical developments in the doctrine. In particular, we will look at the popular Protestant understanding of the Atonement, known as “Penal Substitution.”

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.


Recommended audio message from David Bercot of Scroll Publishing about the atonement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTdv-fI3VR4

Recommended book by Philip Hess: Penal Substitution on Trial.

Recommended book by Keith Crider about the atonement: Sacrifice or Penalty.

May 22, 2021
"When Jesus Says 'Follow Me'" by Siraji Admomati
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Strength to Strength welcomed Siraji Adomati to share his testimony.

Born and raised as a Muslim, Siraji shares his journey from Islam to a follower of Jesus Christ. He is now an active church-builder in a kingdom church in Uganda.

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

May 15, 2021
"King and Country: the King Foreshadowed" by Chuck Pike
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Strength to Strength welcomes Chuck Pike to discuss the first segment of this “King and Country” series.

For centuries, the Holy Spirit pointed to an eternal kingdom that would come, and the great King who would reign over it.

In this session, we explore many prophecies that reveal clues about this kingdom: beginning in Genesis, sweeping throughout the Old Testament, and ultimately fulfilled by Jesus in the New Testament. This will show the importance of the kingdom in God’s plan, and lay a solid foundation for sessions to follow.

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

May 08, 2021
"Contending Earnestly for the Faith" by Clark Wray and Zack Johnson
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Strength to Strength welcomed Zack Johnson and Clark Wray to discuss the ministries of The Historic Faith, and Sattler College.

Clark Wray joined to discuss The Historic Faith, a project by Sattler College in collaboration with Scroll Publishing to deliver online courses that combine intellectual honesty, spiritual integrity, and sound scholarship.

Zack Johnson discussed Sattler College in Boston, Massachusetts. Sattler College was founded upon the biblical vision of Christian discipleship that addresses the mind, soul, and heart. Their mission is to provide an education that instructs the mind, discipleship that shapes the soul, and inspiration that inflames the heart.

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

May 01, 2021
"Leveraging Business for Kingdom Advance - part 2" by Finny Kuruvilla
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Join Finny Kuruvilla as he outlines how business can be leveraged for advancing Jesus’ kingdom.

In the last ten to twenty years, business has come to the foreground for its potential to alleviate global poverty in a more sustainable and dignified manner compared to traditional charity.

In this talk, Finny Kuruvilla outlines the potential of using business for the advance of the church. This two-part talk will include theological foundations and applications.

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

Apr 24, 2021
"Leveraging Business for Kingdom Advance - part 1" by Finny Kuruvilla
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Join Finny Kuruvilla as he outlines how business can be leveraged for advancing Jesus’ kingdom.

In the last ten to twenty years, business has come to the foreground for its potential to alleviate global poverty in a more sustainable and dignified manner compared to traditional charity.

In this talk, Finny Kuruvilla will outline the potential of using business for the advance of the church. This two-part talk will include theological foundations and applications.

An interactive question-and-answer period follows in Part 2.

Apr 24, 2021
"Reaching Prisoners: Literature, Covid-19, and Criminal Justice Trends" by Mike Fisher
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Strength to Strength welcomed Mike Fisher to effective ways to reach prisoners.

There are more than two million people locked up in prisons and jails of the USA. Many of these people are hurting and looking for answers.

Mike introduces the Loaves and Fishes Magazine, which is a free Christian discipleship magazine for prisoners. Also, he discusses implications of Covid-19, as well as trends of violent crime and incarceration rates in the past sixty to seventy years.

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

Apr 17, 2021
"Rooted and Built Up in Him" by Jimmy Nsanze
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Strength to Strength welcomed Jimmy Nsanze to share his testimony.

Here he shares his life story, and particularly how God in recent years has brought him from the Pentecostal tradition into a kingdom church. Among other factors, he notes the impact that The Historic Faith online courses have had on his faith journey.

He also speaks about the importance of an obedient love-faith relationship with Jesus, and accountability in Christian community.

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

Apr 10, 2021
"The Unreached People Group Next Door" by Clyde Zimmerman
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Strength to Strength welcomes Clyde Zimmerman to discuss practical evangelism. What would the the impact if our churches became intentional about being missionaries as part of our daily lives?

Are our neighbors in North America a new “unreached people group”?

Has the Anabaptist community simply accepted the lost around us as normal, and believe we need to board an airplane to be a missionary?

Using tools like SALT Microfinance by Christian Aid Ministries, Clyde has worked among the poorest communities in the world. In the past few years, be started asking, “What about our neighbors afflicted in generational poverty at home? Can’t these same Bible principles work at home?”

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

Apr 03, 2021
"Stories of Enemy Love" by Pablo Yoder
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Join Pablo Yoder as he outlines what it means to be “wise as serpents and harmless as doves” (Matthew 10:16). This two-part event highlights proactive peace-making and loving your enemies, illustrated through first hand experiences.

In the afternoon session, Pablo’s presentation is accessible to younger children. Besides story-telling, he shows a collection of items left behind by the robbers.

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

Mar 27, 2021
"The Power of Enemy Love" by Pablo Yoder
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Join Pablo Yoder as he outlines what it means to be “wise as serpents and harmless as doves” (Matthew 10:16). This two-part event highlights proactive peace-making and loving your enemies, illustrated through first hand experiences.

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

Mar 27, 2021
"Tools for Developing Sexual Integrity" by Tim Kuepfer
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Strength to Strength welcomed Tim Kuepfer to open conversation around sexual sin in the church.

We know pornography and other sexual sins are a big problem in the church because we’ve heard scary statistics thrown around. How can families and churches safely navigate the age of the internet in a sexualized world? What tools are effective for setting men and women free from addictive sexual sin?

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

Mar 20, 2021
"The Power of a Story" by Merle Burkholder
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Strength to Strength welcomed Merle Burkholder to discuss how stories connect with people in a wholistic way. They communicate a truth, connect with our emotions, and bring understanding that leads to change.

Merle also shares his personal experiences through his YouTube channel with 180+ stories (and counting), many from his time in Haiti, and all with valuable instruction.

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

Mar 13, 2021
"Economics Jesus' Way" by John D. Martin
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Strength to Strength welcomes John D. Martin to discuss what Jesus intended for his followers in relation to finances.

Using the Sermon on the Mount as his text, he explores the difficult words of Jesus. Can we make sense of these passages without dodging its plainest meaning?

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

Mar 06, 2021
"Life Lessons from a Zillion Canoe Trips" by Brian Martin
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Strength to Strength welcomes Brian Martin to discuss his experiences as “Chief Brian” at the Bald Eagle Boys Camp and the Allegany Boys Camp.

Using stories, he shares Scriptural discipleship lessons drawn from many years of experience discipling boys.

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

Feb 27, 2021
"Vaccines: Efficacy and Ethics" by Philip Hess
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Strength to Strength welcomes Philip Hess to discuss the history of vaccines, as well as the health and moral implications.

Of particular relevance in the Covid-19 era, Philip helps to carefully sort through the known data, while identifying popular myths circulating online.

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

Feb 20, 2021
"Christians & Politics: A Challenge From History - Part 2" by Dean Taylor
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Join Dean Taylor as he surveys the landscape of Christian involvement in politics. Dean takes a historical approach to expose the devastating results when Christians get involved in the political arena.

Constantinianism was not only a fourth, twelfth, or sixteenth-century problem for the church. It is still a corrupting influence in the twenty-first century. Dean will challenge you to reconsider how the Church should engage the culture today.

Recommendations of books shared during the presentation:

Though this presentation used a PowerPoint presentation, you will still be able to glean a lot if listening to audio-only.

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

Feb 13, 2021
"Christians & Politics: A Challenge From History – Part 1" by Dean Taylor
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Join Dean Taylor as he surveys the landscape of Christian involvement in politics. Dean takes a historical approach to expose the devastating results when Christians get involved in the political arena.

Constantinianism was not only a fourth, twelfth, or sixteenth-century problem for the church. It is still a corrupting influence in the twenty-first century. Dean will challenge you to reconsider how the Church should engage the culture today.

Though this presentation used a PowerPoint presentation, you will still be able to glean a lot if listening to audio-only.

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.


Feb 13, 2021
"Give Me This Mountain!" by Glenn Martin
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Strength to Strength welcomed Glenn Martin to discuss the story of the twelve spies who were sent into Canaan.

When they returned, Joshua and Caleb were ready to face the giants and conquer: “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.”

The other ten said: “There we saw the giants… and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight.” What was the root of their “grasshopper syndrome?” too risk-averse? or faithlessness?

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

Feb 06, 2021
"My Journey into Kingdom Christianity" by Adam Boyd
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Strength to Strength welcomed Adam Boyd to share about his journey into kingdom Christianity.

Join us to hear the story of Adam’s journey over the past 20+ years. From an early life growing up in the church, to a season of hostility towards Christians, and ultimately to a radical surrender to Christ, his story shows the unrelenting pursuit by God. After growing disillusioned with evangelical Christianity’s support of Trump, he and his wife began a spiritual search that eventually led them to embrace many of the tenets of Kingdom Christianity. Adam and his family live in Papua New Guinea where he serves as a Bible translation advisor.

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

Jan 30, 2021
"God's Hand in Bangladesh" by Arnold Eby
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Strength to Strength welcomed Arnold Eby to share about his experiences in Bangladesh.

We believe God orchestrates the events of life but many times it is hard for us to tie the story line together. Other times, the narrative seems to jump at you in very obvious ways. Join us as we retrace this story of God at work.

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

Jan 16, 2021
"Direction in Chaos Q&A" by David Bercot
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2020 has been a year like none other. Who could have imagined the Covid-19 pandemic, rioting in the streets, a contested election, and restrictions of freedoms we’ve always taken for granted – all in one year!?

2021 has opened with high tensions culminating with violence in the US Capitol.

This has resulted in an abundance of fake news, conspiracy theories, and a highly divided society.

In this second session on January 9, Strength to Strength welcomed David Bercot to help us navigate through these challenges, and project a way for the Kingdom of God to move forward in these times.

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

Jan 09, 2021
"Don't Let This Crisis Go to Waste" by Patrick Matthews, Andrew Kurtz, and Jonathan Heisey
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2020 has been a year like none other. Who could have imagined the Covid-19 pandemic, rioting in the streets, a contested election, and restrictions of freedoms we’ve always taken for granted – all in one year!?

2021 has opened with high tensions culminating with violence in the US Capitol.

This has resulted in an abundance of fake news, conspiracy theories, and a highly divided society.

In this first session on January 9, Strength to Strength welcomed three speakers to share about practical ways in which you can exploit the challenges of our time for the purpose of advancing the Kingdom of Jesus.

  • Patrick Matthews lives in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. In the past ½ year, he has organized a “Matthew 25 Project” and has distributed 10,000,000+ pounds of free food to organizations within a four-state area that can then distribute those food resources to their local ministries.
  • Andrew Kurtz lives in Granby, Massachusetts, and has organized a distribution with his church family to address food-insecurity in their local area. He will share how with minimal effort you can reproduce this model in your own community to establish connections and turn strangers into relationships.
  • Jonathan Heisey lives in Pueblo, Colorado, and will be sharing about his interactions in ministry with international students at their local college. Now with the pandemic, they’ve utilized Zoom for an international reach. Learn how he is stewarding this crisis as an opportunity for the advancement of the Kingdom.

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

Jan 09, 2021
"The Lord's Prayer" by John D. Martin
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Strength to Strength welcomed John D. Martin to share about the Lord’s Prayer, as recorded by Matthew:

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
Matthew 6:9-13 KJV

How is this easily memorized and commonly recited prayer applicable to us? How did the early believers use this prayer? Is this a prayer for us to pray, or is Jesus illustrating the types of concerns to be prayerful of?

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

Jan 02, 2021
"The Moravian Option" by Ken Miller
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Strength to Strength welcomed Ken Miller to share about “The Moravian Option.”

The Moravian Option is one response to Rod Dreher’s “The Benedict Option.” Despite their doctrinal problems, what can the 18th century Moravians teach us about “Strong Group” community life, and worldwide mission enterprise?

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

Dec 26, 2020
"The Glorious Majesty of His Kingdom" by Leo Eby
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Strength to Strength welcomed Leo Eby to share about the Kingdom of God as described by David:

They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power; To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom. Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations.
Psalm 145:11-13 KJV

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

Dec 19, 2020
"All-Nations Bible Translation" by Aaron Crider
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Strength to Strength welcomed Aaron Crider from All-Nations Bible Translation. He shared about how this organization partners with Anabaptist churches for the unreached, pursuing the All-Nations’ vision: Communities of believers in every language group living out the Word of God.

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

Though this presentation used a PowerPoint presentation, you will still be able to glean a lot if listening to audio-only.

Check out more information about All-Nations Bible Translation on their website.

Dec 12, 2020
"The Fuel That Drives" by Harold Troyer
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Strength to Strength welcomed Harold Troyer to speak on the topic of prayer life, which he referred to as the fuel that drives.

What is driving your life and how do you get from point A to point B? Is your life filled and driven by fervent prayer in the Holy Ghost? In this topic, Harold shares a few thoughts on how to obtain and maintain a passionate prayer life.

Harold Troyer also spoke about an endeavor to have folks commit to a 24/7 prayer chain. Learn more at Eternal Prayer Flame.

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

Dec 05, 2020
"Cultivating Kingdom Communities of Faithful Practice - part 2" by Bryant Martin
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Strength to Strength welcomed Bryant Martin to share a message on the hope of the world, “Cultivating Kingdom Communities of Faithful Practice – part 2.”

What is the answer for our world? How does God’s Kingdom get advanced?

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

Nov 28, 2020
"Cultivating Kingdom Communities of Faithful Practice - part 1" by Bryant Martin
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Strength to Strength welcomed Bryant Martin to share a message on the hope of the world, “Cultivating Kingdom Communities of Faithful Practice – part 1.”

What is the answer for our world? How does God’s Kingdom get advanced?

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

Nov 21, 2020
"Families Perpetuating the Faith" by Philip Hess
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Strength to Strength welcomed Philip Hess to share about the importance of family in perpetuating the faith.

Closely tied in is the change from the historic church’s teaching about family planning and birth control, and how that change has opened Pandora’s box toward the destruction of society and the family.

Not advised for children.

Nov 14, 2020
"He Drew Me Back" by Sam Baer
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Strength to Strength welcomed Sam Baer to share about his faith journey. He grew up in Calgary, Alberta as a conservative Mennonite, but left that about twelve years ago.

He shared the story of his journey, and how in the past two years God has brought him and his wife into the Kingdom and is leading them in the paths of King Jesus.

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

Nov 07, 2020
"No Blood but Our Own" by Zack Johnson
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Strength to Strength welcomed Zack Johnson from Sattler College to share about peacemaking.

He has previously served in the US Air Force, but was granted dismissal after coming to an understanding of Jesus’ teaching of peacemaking.

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

Oct 31, 2020