Strength to Strength

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Strength to Strength is a virtual, live meeting held every other week.

The purpose of Strength to Strength is to advance Jesus’ kingdom by tackling thought-provoking topics, by stimulating candid discussions, and by sharing faith-building testimonies.

All are welcome to join and participate; the meeting is led by an invited guest. We host speakers who are supportive of a Christ-centered, Kingdom-focused, Scripture-based way of life, specifically as modeled by the Anabaptist tradition.

We encourage you to invite your friends to our meetings.


Episode Date
S2S Sisters: From the World and Into His Kingdom by Christina Baer
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Strength to Strength Sisters welcomed Christina Baer to share her life testimony.

Christina grew up in a home with her mom and younger sister in Calgary, Alberta. She had little religious influences and God was not part of their home. Christina struggled with depression and in her search for joy, she found it in a place she didn’t even think of looking, Jesus Christ. Join us as Christina shares her testimony.

An interactive question-and-answer period follows

Recommended: Testimony by Christina Baer’s husband, Sam Baer

May 07, 2022
Patriotic Ambassadors: Hospitality Worthy of a Jesus Embassy by Bryant Martin
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Strength to Strength welcomed Bryant Martin to discuss how we can be ambassadors of radical welcome.

What on earth is hospitality anyhow? Is it a hallmark of our King and his kingdom? If so, how are we going to remove the bottlenecks to be obedient citizens?

My goal is to convince you that at the heart of Christianity and kingdom advance is bringing-heaven-to-earth hospitality.


There are two mandates in the New Testament. One is witness, the other is service. To ignore either of them is to seriously cripple the church . . . to engage in evangelism of soul without recognition that those souls also have bodies is foolish and unreal . . . love which is demonstrated in tangible acts of Christian caring is irresistible.

-Stanley Mooneyham


Jesus wants a society of redeemed people to show the world what the whole world would look like if everybody obeyed the King.

-John D. Martin


An interactive question-and-answer period follows.


Bryant recently shared a topic with Anabaptists Perspectives called “Christian Hospitality and Why It Matters.” Listen to these two episodes for a foundation for this talk.


May 07, 2022
The Economics of the Kingdom of God by Edsel Burdge
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Strength to Strength welcomed Edsel Burdge to discuss God’s vision of how economics should work within His nation.

Where is your treasure?

This survey of the Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus and the apostles will demonstrate a consistent attitude toward economics and the accumulation and distribution of riches.

His talk highlights some of the teaching he presented in this four-part series.

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

Apr 23, 2022
Singlehood: a Calling to Be Stewarded by Bill Shiley
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Strength to Strength welcomed Bill Shiley to share about Christian singlehood.

Is singlehood a season to be endured? Does God, in fact, place a premium on marriage?

Is the common perception that singles need to “find their fulfillment in God” an adequate response? In this presentation, Bill shares about where the New Testament teaches fulfillment is to be found.

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

This poem, shared during the presentation, captures an important reminder to all:

As the King Passed By
As the king passed by, thro’ the narrow street,
With a thousand menials in his train,
Ready to catch the downcast rein,
Or lie in the dust at his princely feet,
A peasant sat in his lowly door,
And the sunshine lay on his cottage floor,
As the king passed by.
And unto himself the peasant said,
As he caught the shimmer of purple and gold,
And saw the menials young and old
Attend each turn of the royal head:
“How enviable a man is he —
A life of ease and minstrelsy!”
As the king passed by.
As the king passed by, his eyes beheld
The peasant sitting by his door,
And the golden sunlight on his floor.
And beneath the purple his weary heart swelled,
And he sighed: “What were it worth to be
Like yonder peasant, trammell free”
As the king passed by.
Charles Stebbins


https://strengthtostrength.org/singlehood-a-calling-to-be-stewarded/

Apr 09, 2022
S2S Sisters: Beauty in Suffering by Linda Miller
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Strength to Strength Sisters welcomed Linda Miller to share on how God redemptively lightens the dark journeys of our lives.

In a world of brokenness, we experience pain and hardship. We shy away form suffering, longing for healing and relief from the pain. How can there be beauty in my difficult circumstances? Can any good come out of the hard situation I’m in? God is our Redeemer; He makes all things beautiful in His time. He walks with us in our suffering, to bring about His purpose.

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

https://strengthtostrength.org/beauty-in-suffering/

Apr 02, 2022
Serving the King in Mexico by Josué Moreno
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Strength to Strength welcomed Josué Moreno to share his testimony of faith as a disciple of Jesus in Mexico. 

Josué tells his life story of growing up in a happy evangelical home. Growing up, he experienced doubts and fears, and departed from the Lord for a season of his life. He came across the Anabaptists at age 15. 

In his words, “The Lord brought me home again. I just want to follow and serve My King here in Mexico!” 

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

https://strengthtostrength.org/serving-the-king-in-mexico/

Mar 26, 2022
Patriotic Ambassadors: The Kingdom Message, Visually Presented by Shawn Miller
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Strength to Strength welcomed Shawn Miller to share an overview presentation of the kingdom of God.

To be a “kingdom person” means to be under the reign of God. Like earthly nations, Jesus’ kingdom has four components including a leader, constitution, domain, and citizens. However, in contrast to the nations of the world, Jesus’ kingdom is international. He came as a King with all the intended consequences of that terminology. His citizens are disbursed among all nations of the world.

How can we present this idea of God’s kingdom to the world around us? A visual presentation can help people firmly grasp the meaning of this concept and open the door for deep discussions about what it means to be a part of the marvelous kingdom of God.

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

https://strengthtostrength.org/patriotic-ambassadors-the-kingdom-message-visually-presented/

Mar 12, 2022
S2S Sisters: The Battle for Emotional Purity by Darla Weaver
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Strength to Strength Sisters welcomed Darla Weaver for a practical topic for women of all ages.

What happens when we bring God into the secret longings of our heart? What does emotional purity look like for a young woman? How does God fit into that vulnerable part of our life and what do we do with these desires for intimacy and connection?

Join us as we talk about God’s heart for purity, His desire for a relationship of intimacy with His daughters, and the why’s behind His standards of holiness.

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

Mothers, please be conscious of the age and maturity of your listening daughters. Thank you!

Mar 05, 2022
BONUS TALK: Ukraine Crisis by four brothers
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Strength to Strength welcomed four brothers from four different countries on an off-Saturday to join us to discuss the current Ukrainian crisis. Each of the four brothers are directly involved in providing assistance through various channels.

Jesus’ words in the Judgment scene are a reminder that while we serve others, we are serving Jesus:

“Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.”
Matthew 25:40 NKJV


An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

Mar 05, 2022
Patriotic Ambassadors: Reclaiming Responsibility by Zack Johnson and David Anderson
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Strength to Strength welcomed Zack Johnson to discuss how those politically uninvolved are to remain active in effecting change in the world.

Given voting is an abdication of responsibility, then how should Christ followers be reclaiming responsibility? This talk explores Christianity’s burden in global poverty and world change. Together with David Anderson, the two introduce James Hunter’s paradigms in To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World.

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

Feb 26, 2022
“Creation to New Creation” Curriculum by Charlton Sweazy
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Strength to Strength welcomed Charlton Sweazy to introduce and discuss a new Bible study course.

Many people don’t have a comprehensive understanding of the storyline of the Bible. As a result they blindly follow false teachers who strip them of their money, life and dignity while fanning a false hope of a better future. We believe everyone should understand the storyline of the Bible from creation to new creation, freeing them to love and create a better world without being stripped of their possessions by scamming pastors.

The new “Creation to New Creation” (C2NC) Bible study course is no ordinary course where you go and do as you please. Instead, the goal is deep, biblical transformation over time.

We want to empower and equip Gospel-informed disciples of the Kingdom to answer the call to a serious and holy witness for our King Jesus.

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

Feb 12, 2022
S2S Sisters: Faithfully Running the Race, Seeing Eternity by Deborah Bercot
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Strength to Strength Sisters welcomed Deborah Bercot to reflect on characters whose lives are worth replicating.

Running the race faithfully to the end, even unto death. Our sisters and brothers have done this through the ages. Deborah presents a glimpse into the lives of some early Christian and Anabaptist sisters who faithfully ran their race toward

Christ and eternity.

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

Feb 05, 2022
Kingdom Reductionism: an Atonement Talk & Discussion by Dean Taylor
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Strength to Strength welcomed Dean Taylor to discuss the atonement.

When it comes to the doctrine of the Atonement, most theologically minded Anabaptists (including myself) would consider ourselves a “Christus-Victor-guy.” What I mean by this is that we believe that the story of what Jesus accomplished on the cross includes the bigger picture of Christ’s victory over Satan and all of Satan’s kingdom. That’s good. However, what’s not good is that in the process of championing Jesus’ victory over Satan, we have often thrown the sacrifice of Christ under the bus.

As a historical theologian, I feel that many in the neo-Anabaptist world have gone way too far with “Christus Victor” and “Ransom Atonement” theories of the Atonement. I think I understand why we have done this. But we were wrong. For this reason, I wrote a paper (see link below) where I discussed a few possible reasons why this reductionism occurred. I called this problem “Kingdom Reductionism.”

The current rhetoric among neo-Anabaptist (and many in the academic world) is that the sacrifice themes of the Atonement, commonly known as “Penal Substitutionary Atonement (PSA),” started centuries after the early Church with Anselm in the middle ages. In my paper and in this presentation, I look at several critical early Christian passages related to the Atonement. In doing so, I demonstrate that from a historical perspective, this rhetoric is complete nonsense.

In saying that, please understand that I will not be trying to claim that PSA was the exclusive view of the early Church. All that I am saying is that PSA was very clearly one of the metaphors used by the early Church to describe the miracle of the Atonement. From a historical perspective, this is easily proven.

As a conclusion, I argue that pastorally I believe that the loss of PSA has hurt our churches producing unnecessary division, a loss of holiness, spiritual pride, and anemic worship.

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

Download: Kingdom Reductionism by Dean Taylor

Jan 29, 2022
BONUS TALK: Kingdom Opportunities in 2022
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Strength to Strength welcomed four brothers on an off-Saturday to introduce and discuss ministry opportunities in 2022.

Jesus said,

Do you not say, “There are still four months and then comes the harvest”? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!
John 4:35 NKJV

Our goal with these testimonies is to raise awareness of ministry opportunities around the world, and also to serve as inspiration for you to seek out opportunities for outreach in your area.

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

Jan 22, 2022
Sing the New Song by John D. Martin
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Strength to Strength welcomed John D. Martin to share about music and what it means to “Sing the New Song.”

In the first part of the discussion, John D. spoke about the importance of music and what it accomplishes in the life of the Christian.

In the second part of the discussion, he covered more practical aspects of what our music should be like, using Revelation 5:9 as a model for the music of the redeemed:

And they sang a new song, saying:

“You are worthy to take the scroll,
And to open its seals;
For You were slain,
And have redeemed us to God by Your blood
Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation.
Revelation 5:9 NKJV

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

https://strengthtostrength.org/sing-the-new-song/

Jan 15, 2022
Rise Up, O Man of God by Lamar Showalter
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Strength to Strength welcomed Lamar Showalter to encourage us to rise up in this new year.

Hunger and starvation are not new tragedies. But did you know people are dying of starvation right in your own town? This is a challenge for 2022 to rise up and feed the “starving” people around you with the fruit of the Spirit.


Rise up, O men of God!
Have done with lesser things;
Give heart and soul and mind and strength
To serve the King of kings.
William Merrill


An interactive question-and-answer period follows.https://strengthtostrength.org/rise-up-o-man-of-god/

Jan 01, 2022
BONUS TALK: Experiences as a Hostage in Haiti by Sam Stoltzfus
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Strength to Strength welcomed Sam Stoltzfus on an off-Saturday to share about his experiences during the highly-publicized Haiti hostage crisis.

On October 16, 2021, the 400 Mawozo gang kidnapped seventeen volunteer missionaries serving in Haiti under Christian Aid Ministries. Most remained captive until their miraculous escape on December 16, 2021.

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

https://strengthtostrength.org/experiences-as-a-hostage-in-haiti/

Dec 25, 2021
Patriotic Ambassadors: Crossing Cultures by Leonard Hege
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Strength to Strength welcomed Leonard Hege to discuss bringing the written word of God to unreached people groups.

Being an effective ambassador requires a familiarity with the society in which we represent our King. What about our host culture is hostile to the message we bring? What provides an open door for ministry? This talk provides a case study in thinking about strategic ambassadorship.

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

https://strengthtostrength.org/patriotic-ambassadors-crossing-cultures/

Dec 18, 2021
S2S Sisters: God, Grace, and Godly Womanhood by Darla Weaver
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Strength to Strength Sisters welcomed Darla Weaver for this important and timely topic.

What does it mean to walk in grace as a woman of God? In a conservative Christian culture that embraces obedience to the Word of God, grace can easily get lost in the details. My personal journey from obedience rooted in fear and a desire for perfection, to obedience rooted in love, relationship, and freedom has been long and varied, but it’s also been life changing in the best kind of way. Legalism demands perfection from everyone, especially ourselves, but grace points to the finished work on the cross, enabling us to walk in obedience with a heart of joy and surrender.

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

https://strengthtostrength.org/god-grace-and-godly-womanhood/

Dec 04, 2021
Patriotic Ambassadors: Turning Obstacles into Opportunities by Gary Miller
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Strength to Strength welcomed Gary Miller to discuss his recent book, Reaching America.

Few of our unbelieving American neighbors are coming to faith and joining our conservative Anabaptist fellowships. Does our culture lack spiritual interest, are we doing something wrong, or should this be considered normal?

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

Dec 04, 2021
Hope in Depression, a Mental Health Challenge by Verlynn Yoder
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Strength to Strength welcomed Verlynn Yoder to provide hope to those struggling with depression, and answer.

Some of us may ask ourselves, why am I feeling down so often lately? Circumstances and pressures can feel large and looming. Stress levels rise without us identifying how they affect us. We should be asking ourselves honestly, am I depressed?

The world of depression is an awful world. It is a lonely place. A place that seems to have no end in sight. Everyone else seems to come out of their lows except me. Is there some switch to flip so that life can be like it was before? Yes, there is hope. There is a journey out of depression. For most it is a steady process that requires discipline, hard work and humility. With God’s promise of grace to the humble there is hope. With depression can come anxiety and much insecurity but this too can be overcome.

Others have walked this dark valley and have come out better than before. I know because I have been there and by the grace of God, I have come back. There is hope.

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

Recommended book: “The Secret of the Singing Heart” by C. W. Naylor

https://strengthtostrength.org/hope-in-depression-a-mental-health-challenge/

Nov 20, 2021
Patriotic Ambassadors: Plundering the Strong Man’s House – part 2 by Chuck Pike
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Strength to Strength welcomed Chuck Pike to discuss expanding the borders of the kingdom of God.

Join Chuck as he shares practical insights on evangelism based on decades in a very evangelistic, church-planting movement that emphasized repentance, commitment, and discipleship.

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

https://strengthtostrength.org/patriotic-ambassadors-plundering-the-strong-mans-house-part-2/

Nov 06, 2021
Patriotic Ambassadors: Plundering the Strong Man’s House – part 1 by Chuck Pike
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Strength to Strength welcomed Chuck Pike to discuss expanding the borders of the kingdom of God.

Join Chuck as he explores how we can use the Old Testament prophecies to convince unbelievers.

We can learn from the earliest Christians how we too can do the same today to great effect.

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

https://strengthtostrength.org/patriotic-ambassadors-plundering-the-strong-mans-house-part-1/

Nov 06, 2021
Patriotic Ambassadors: Advancing Jesus’ Kingdom by John D. Martin
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Strength to Strength welcomed John D. Martin to discuss his favorite topic, the Kingdom of God.

God’s kingdom here on earth is to be a colony of heaven that demonstrates how God intends the whole world to be.

God’s righteous rule is just, and kind, and good, and right. The problem is that the gospel is presented a lot of times as a “save me” gospel. Salvation is a means to an end, not an end in and of itself.

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

https://strengthtostrength.org/patriotic-ambassadors-advancing-jesus-kingdom/

Oct 23, 2021
Patriotic Ambassadors: Politics, Culture, and Kingdom Church Planting by Dwight Nisly
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Strength to Strength welcomed Dwight Nisly to discuss his experiences with expanding the kingdom of God.

Have you ever wrestled with the role of politics and culture in advancing God’s Kingdom? The Apostle Paul answers these questions with a call to “the ministry of reconciliation” and a profound political analogy!

What is the message Christians should be communicating to the world?

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

https://strengthtostrength.org/patriotic-ambassadors-politics-culture-and-kingdom-church-planting/

Oct 16, 2021
S2S Sisters: The Woman’s Role in the Kingdom by Tania Taylor
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Strength to Strength Sisters welcomed Tania Taylor for our first S2S Sisters’ topic.

Is your heart’s deepest longing to advance the kingdom of God, right where you are today? Join us as we explore with Tania what a woman’s role should be in the kingdom of God. And come prepared – we want to hear your questions and input afterward!

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

https://strengthtostrength.org/the-womans-role-in-the-kingdom/

Oct 09, 2021
Managers in God’s Household – The Second Side of Stewardship by Marlin Sommers
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Strength to Strength welcomed Marlin Sommers for a discussion about stewardship.

Christians talk a lot about stewardship. Being stewards is indeed a biblical idea (though “servant managers,” or “household managers” may be better terms). We know that what we are entrusted with is ultimately God’s resources.

What we may miss is that stewardship also describes our social roles in our various communities. We are stewards of God’s resources for the individuals or communities he intends those resources to bless.

This broadens our perspective on stewardship to include our skills, roles, and responsibilities, not just our money.

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

Resource: Business People Are Stewards

Resource: Stewards Are God’s Household Managers

Oct 09, 2021
The Joys, Challenges, Tears and Laughs of a Dad with Special Children by Tony Zook
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Strength to Strength welcomed Tony Zook to discuss his experiences with parenting children with special needs.

Have you struggled with your children’s disabilities? Do you wonder “Why me?”

Tony will share things that encouraged him and his wife Martha when their daughter was born with down syndrome. He will also share tips from their family’s experience on how to relate to families with special needs.

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

Oct 02, 2021
Afghan Refugee Crisis: How Can We Help? by four brothers
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Strength to Strength welcomed four brothers to discuss the refugee flow from Afghanistan.

There are urgent and long-term opportunities to provide physical, emotional, and spiritual support to needy people-groups arriving at our doorsteps.

Join us as we explore ways help immigrants in our communities arriving from Afghanistan. How can we offer assistance to the most needy among us?

I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.
Matthew 25:35 NKJV

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

Resource: Plain News: Helping Afghan Refugees #2

You can help: contribute to Christian Aid Ministries

You can help: contribute to Advance 1040

Sep 25, 2021
In My Father's House Are Many Mansions by Darvin Martin
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Strength to Strength welcomed Darvin Martin for a Bible study of John 14.

Are you looking forward to a mansion in heaven? Waiting for Christ to come again and take us to the place which He has prepared?

Scores of Gospel songs feed this anticipation. But what specifically did Jesus promise in John 14?

2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.
John 14:2,3 NKJV

Join me as we listen once again to Jesus’ last words with the disciples before going to the cross. Let us believe the promise that He gave! It may be better than you thought!

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

Sep 18, 2021
The Name We Trust by Aaron Crider
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Strength to Strength welcomes Aaron Crider for a Bible study of God’s name.

The name of the LORD is a strong tower;
The righteous run to it and are safe.
Proverbs 18:10 NKJV

Join us for a worshipful meditation on “The Name We Trust.” Does the name of our God matter? Why is it hidden in most of our Bibles? What happens to The Name after the Old Testament?

Read the Bible with fresh appreciation, and marvel at who our God really is. A study of The Name is a study of our God Himself!

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.Resource: “How Shall We Translate THE NAME?” by Aaron Crider

Resource: “Pronouncing & Translating the Divine Name: History & Practice” by Andrew Case

Sep 11, 2021
Revival or Heresy? the So-called New Apostolic Reformation by Joel Nisly and Dru Lattin
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Strength to Strength welcomed Joel Nisly and Dru Lattin to discuss the so-called New Apostolic Reformation.

The New Apostolic Reformation, also known as Independent Network Charismatic Christianity is a rapidly-growing and influential global movement led by so-called apostles and prophets who claim an authority like that of the Twelve. While many groups have traditionally used the term apostle to mean one gifted or commissioned as a church planter, this movement views these offices as speaking directly for God.

The teachers and theology from this movement are exerting an influence upon the Anabaptist faith tradition. Our goal is to expose these errors, and call us to contend earnestly for the faith once for all delivered to the saints.

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

Recommended article: Dangerous Doctrine: The New Apostolic Reformation in Plain Clothes by Joel Nisly

Sep 04, 2021
Overcoming the Overwhelm by Austin Lapp
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Strength to Strength welcomed Austin Lapp to discuss practical steps for how knowledge workers can better manage their digital world.

Digital tools and toys continue to permeate every corner of our world introducing new issues that require new, creative solutions. Knowledge workers, which include educators, students, pastors, authors, analysts, consultants, administrators, and others, depend on uninterrupted, focused time during which their minds can operate at optimal capacity.

Unfortunately, the digital world wasn’t designed with knowledge workers in mind. As a so-called knowledge worker, you have likely experienced an overwhelming barrage of emails, instant messages, interruptions, and notifications keeping you from maintaining your commitments and from dedicating sufficient focused time on your most important projects.

In this talk, we will better understand the nature of the problem and be introduced to systems and tools you can use right now to overcome the overwhelm, freeing you from the tyranny of the urgent to be fully present with your family, walk with integrity towards your commitments, and produce high quality work.

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

Download: Slides and Resources

YouTube: The Social Dilemma

Recommended book: Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World

Recommended book: Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

Aug 28, 2021
Witnessing Jesus by Zach Barkman
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Strength to Strength welcomed Zach Barkman to discuss reaching unbelievers through apologetics.

Here’s Zach’s burden for this talk:

After years of street/open-air/campus evangelism, I surveyed all of Jesus’ Gospel conversations — and compared them to methods of evangelism that I’d been taught. The results surprised me and provided me with a few principles that I hope can help us have conversations about Jesus in the current culture.

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

Aug 15, 2021
King and Country: the King’s Final Victory by Sam Baer
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Strength to Strength welcomed Sam Baer to discuss the seventh and final segment of this “King and Country” series.

What is the final victory of our King? Has His victory been won, or is it coming? What does the victory of Jesus mean for us, His followers? These questions are addressed in this final installment of the “King and Country” series.

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

Aug 07, 2021
Reflections on My Use of Apologetics by Bill Shiley
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Strength to Strength welcomed Bill Shiley to discuss reaching unbelievers through apologetics.

Always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you.
1 Peter 3:15

In this talk Bill relayed lessons he has been learning from his personal reliance on and use of apologetics, as well as its typical use in the public arena. Also, he shared the most productive and often neglected apologetics of the Christian faith.

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

Jul 31, 2021
King and Country: the King’s Constituents by Leo Eby
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Strength to Strength welcomes Leo Eby to discuss the sixth segment of this “King and Country” series.

A King and a country without humanity wouldn’t be a kingdom at all! The bride of the King is His “purchased possession,” His “inheritance,” human beings whose transformation transcended race, language, gender, culture, bondman or freeman, Jew or Gentile. They live to please their King and to bring Heaven to His country in spite of the hostility of Satan, the world, and the flesh!

The “new humanity” rejoices in tribulation, uses crucified flesh to do the will of their King, speaks truth in love, overcomes evil with good, loves their enemies, and is obsessed with obeying and worshipping their King!

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
1 Peter 2:9, 10

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

Jul 24, 2021
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.

Resource: see Joseph’s interview with All-Nations Bible Translation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffC0o6BX4JI

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
Story of 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 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