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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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*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 ( https://thehistoricfaith.com/ ) 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.
*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 ( https://christianaidministries.org/program/salt-microfinance-solutions/ ) 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.
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.
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.
*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.
*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 ( https://youtube.com/channel/UCLgW3xLIcBYO2V7fMrtsrVg ) with 180+ stories (and counting), many from his time in Haiti, and all with valuable instruction. An interactive question-and-answer period follows.
*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.
*Strength to Strength* welcomes Brian Martin to discuss his experiences as “Chief Brian” at the Bald Eagle Boys Camp ( https://www.baldeagleboyscamp.org/ ) and the Allegany Boys Camp ( https://www.alleganyboyscamp.org/ ). Using stories, he shares Scriptural discipleship lessons drawn from many years of experience discipling boys. An interactive question-and-answer period follows.
*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.
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: * “The Anatomy of a Hybrid” by Leonard Verduin ( https://scrollpublishing.com/products/anatomy-of-a-hybrid/ ) * “The Reformers and Their Stepchildren” by Leonard Verduin ( https://scrollpublishing.com/products/the-reformers-and-their-stepchildren/ ) * “How Christians Made Peace with War: Early Christian Understandings of War” by John Driver ( https://www.amazon.com/How-Christians-Made-Peace-Understandings/dp/1556351763 ) 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.
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.
*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.
*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.
*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.
*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.
*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.
*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.
*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.
*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.
*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 ( https://allnationsbt.org/ ) on their website.
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