Speaker

Dwight K. Nelson

Since 1983, Dwight Nelson has served as lead pastor of the Pioneer Memorial Church on the campus of Andrews University. He preaches on the “New Perceptions” telecast, teaches at the theological seminary and has written some books, including The Chosen. He and his wife, Karen, are blessed with two married children and 2 granddaughters.

Martyrdom. Not a word you hear often in the comfort of our own pulpits. Yet it's a reality that literally millions of Christians around the world face everyday. Should you care? Should we care? Let's see what Christ had to say on the matter.
Saturday, March 08, 2014

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“SOLD OUT!”—3

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Martyrs

  • The Center for the Study of Global Christianity has adopted a broad definition of

    “martyr”: “Believers in Christ who have lost their lives prematurely, in situations of witness, as a result of human hostility.” (www.worldwatchmonitor.org/2013/10/2815601/)

  • Frans Veerman, director of Open Doors’ World Watch List: “There is a huge gray area around the question of ‘martyrs.’ When Christians are isolated and denied clean drinking water and medical care because they are Christians and refuse to become Muslims—[and thus] they perish quicker than others—are they martyrs? In a strict sense, they aren’t. But when the whole mechanism behind [their deaths] is studied, we can say they are.” (www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2013/september/counting-cost-accurately.html)
  • John Allen, The Global War on Christians: “The truth is two thirds of the 2.3 billion Christians in the world today live . . . in dangerous neighbourhoods. They are often poor. They often belong to ethnic, linguistic and cultural minorities. And they are often at risk. And ultimately I think making that point is more important than being precise about the death toll.” (www.worldwatchmonitor.org)

□  The Lord of Martyrs

  • • John 16:1-3
  • • Matthew 24:9
    •  John the Baptist
    • Desire of Ages: “[Satan] had been unwearied in his efforts to draw away the
  • Baptist from a life of unreserved surrender to God; but he had failed. And he had failed to overcome Jesus. In the temptation in the wilderness, Satan had been defeated, and his rage was great. Now he determined to bring sorrow upon Christ by striking John. The One whom he could not entice to sin he would cause to suffer. Jesus did not interpose to deliver His servant. He knew that John would bear the test. . . . But for the sake of thousands who in after years must pass from prison to death, John was to drink the cup of martyrdom. As the followers of Jesus should languish in lonely cells, or perish by the sword, the rack, or the fagot, apparently forsaken by God and man, what a stay to their hearts would be the thought that John the Baptist, to whose faithfulness Christ Himself had borne witness, had passed through a similar experience!” (224)
  • • Revelation 2:10
    • stephanos—Stephen

□  How then shall we live?

  • Lord Jonathan Sacks in an address to Parliament, December 2011: “‘I have
  • followed the fate of Christians in the Middle East for years, appalled at what is happening, surprised and distressed . . . that it is not more widely known. It was Martin Luther King who said, “In the end, we will remember not the words of our
  • enemies, but the silence of our friends.” That is why I felt I could not be silent
  • today.’” (Liberty January/February 2014)
  • If you want to be involved politically:

     S. 653: Near East and South Central Asia Religious Freedom Act

    https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/s653

     Write your senators and petition the bill to be brought to the floor for a vote.

  • If you want to be involved spiritually:

     Pray for Seventh-day Adventist prisoner Bruno Amah in Togo  Pray for those incarcerated or suffering for their faith

  • If you want to be involved personally:

     Jim Elliot: “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he

    cannot lose.”

    •   Desire of Ages: “Of all the gifts that heaven can bestow upon men [and

      women], fellowship with Christ in His sufferings is the most weighty trust and

      the highest honor.” (225)

    •   Will you follow the Lord of martyrs to where you will find both them and Him

      today?

“R U willing 2 B SOLD OUT 4 Jesus?” 

Andrews Academy Feast of Lights 2019

Join us on Friday evening, December 13, and be inspired by a program of music, Scripture readings, and drama honoring the King of Kings.

Feast of Lights is an evening of bells, instrumental music, choral and congregational singing, lights, and a Nativity scene joyfully retelling the Christmas story.

Friday, December 13, 7:00 PM
Location: PMC

Andrews Academy Christmas Pops Concert

Usher in the Christmas season by attending an evening of popular Christmas music on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019 at 7:00pm. Join us at the Howard Performing Arts Center on the campus of Andrews University for a variety of well-known Christmas songs including a grand finale played by the combined musical groups.

November 26, 7:00 PM
Location: Howard Perfoming Arts Center

Feed the Need

We invite you to take part in the Feed the Need, PMC’s annual Thanksgiving food collection coordinated by the PMC Evergreen Pathfinder club. Please bring non-perishable food to church on Sabbath November 23 to bring forward during the Procession of Thanksgiving during Hymn Fest. We will also be passing and collecting out bags in portions of the community for community members who wish to contribute.

November 23, 2019,  9:00 AM & 11:45 AM
Location: PMC

Four Ways You Can Help the Children and Youth in Benton Harbor, MI at the Harbor of Hope Seventh-day Adventist Church

1) Pray for the children, youth, their parents, teachers, and the leaders/
volunteers at Greater Young Kids and Greater Youth Movement.
2) Order Florida Citrus Fruit for yourself, a food pantry like Harbor of
Hope, Neighbor to Neighbor, or God’s Abundant Pantry or order gift boxes
for Christmas gifts! See pictures and order sheets all around Andrews
University.  If you are buying fruit for others make a note of where you want
the fruit to go on your check memo line. WE NEED THE ORDERS AND MONEY BY
NOVEMBER 15!!!! We will get the fruit early in December.
3) Order Rada Cutlery and Gifts at:
https://radafundraising.com/?rfsn=1862551.e0e1d5
4) Or you can donate money to go straight to helping the children and youth
of Harbor of Hope, just send checks and we will use it to help out.
Contact Terry Trecartin at fundraising4hoh@gmail.com or (423) 645-5684. Make
out checks to Harbor of Hope and send them to the Harbor of Hope church at
769 Pipestone Street Benton Harbor, MI 49022.

The fruit will be delivered to the Harbor of Hope church and you can pick it up there or we can bring it to you at Andrews. Order some for Christmas!
We have order forms and information on some bulletin boards there at Andrews and there are some at Neighbor to Neighbor.
Thank you

 

Dinosaur Encounter!

Sabbath November 23 at 4pm WILDERNESS ADVENTURE children's church continues at Andrews Academy.  Bring a friend and have fun learning about God!  Music, skits, puppets, prizes, crafts and games.  Don't miss out!

Saturday, November 23, 2019
Location: Andrews Academy

AU Passion Play Seeking Actors

The Andrews University Passion Play is returning to campus on April 11, 2020! Anyone interested in acting is encouraged to sign up on the website: passionplay.andrews.edu. Additionally, interested volunteers may contact the Drama Director Katharina Burghardt for more information at katharina@andrews.edu. Please join us in telling Jesus' story this Easter!

Book Sale

Hundreds of used Adventist books, pamphlets, periodicals, Ellen White books, audio-visuals, and more on sale. The sale is conducted during the hours the Center is open (S: 1 - 5 pm, M-Tr: 9 am - 7 pm and F: 9 am -1 pm) and will run for about three or four weeks as long as materials last.

Begins: October 28, 2019, 9:00 AM
Location: Center for Adventist Research