Strength to Strength

Strength to Strength

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.

Episodes

May 7, 2022 56 min

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.

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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 witne...

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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.

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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.

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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 walk...

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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!” 

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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 c...

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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 wit...

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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...

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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 Iron...

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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 l...

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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.

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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...

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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 serv...

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January 15, 2022 65 min

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:

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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 strengthTo serve the King of king...

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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.

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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.

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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 als...

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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?

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