Alive! 55+ and Kickin’ (The Power of Personal Testimony)

I just saw a section of CBS’s 60 Minutes that vividly shows the power of personal testimony.  It had me weeping as ordinary men and women shared life’s battle scars, humbly from their heart, and then sang victoriously about them.    Lesley Stahl describes it this way:

“A show opened in New York recently that didn’t get a whole lot of attention, but it features some of the most powerful singing voices you’ve never heard. You haven’t heard them because for most of the performers, this is their first time on the stage. They’ve been singing their whole lives — in church, in amateur groups, in the shower — but like so many who had dreams of making it big, life somehow got in the way . . . It’s a message that feels a lot like redemption. And that’s what comes through in the music, and the real life stories.”

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The name of the show is Alive! 55+ and Kickin’ and it is directed by Vy Higginsen.     The show clearly demonstrates what I have been blogging about for years.  When everyday people show and tell what God has done, something amazing happens!  Hearts are deeply moved.  People are challenged and encouraged.  Love is released.  Lives are changed.

So why are heart-felt salvation testimonies so rare nowadays?  Even in church?  Why is such a powerful media seldom used?

About a week ago I challenged pastors to schedule a different person each week in 2015 to give a 10 minute salvation testimony during Sunday morning church.  This would transform any congregation from a passive group of spectators to a passionate group of believers like the cast of Alive! 55+ and Kickin’.  Click here to see the challenge.

Read my challenge.  Watch the 60 Minutes section   And share them both with your pastor.  If he/she will act on the challenge, the spiritual energy you feel in Alive 55= and Kickin’ will be released in your church!


About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @
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6 Responses to Alive! 55+ and Kickin’ (The Power of Personal Testimony)

  1. Hello… I havent heard of that 55+ and kicking. Sounds great! Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope you found something that blessed you. I will be sharing more soon on hearing the voice of God. You also keep up this great work! 🙂 have a great day!

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  6. Carolyn Bonelli says:

    I saw the play in December. It was so awesome and I enjoyed it so much that I took the info back to the Seniors Ministry of my church and First Baptist Church of Paschall, Phila Pa will be in the house June 4th and I am coming back again to see it. I haven’t stopped talking about the play since December.

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