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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.

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“Three Angels, One Warning: American Confusion”

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□ Revelation 14:9-11—Angel #3

 “The most fearful threatening ever addressed to mortals is contained in the third angel’s message.” (The Great Controversy 449)

□  Revelation 13:11-17—Power #2

  •   What power on earth sprang into existence and began its comparatively rapid growth into global dominance around the (see Matthew 13:17 for same verb)?
  •   What power on earth sprang into existence from the waters, from the masses and multitudes of the great nations of the Middle Ages (compare with Revelation 17:15)?
  •   What power on earth sprang into existence with those credentials and today holds sway?
  •   Given the historical background as well as the time frame for its emergence, there is only one international power that fits the prophetic description of Revelation 13—late 1700s, away from Europe and the masses, growing rapidly into eventual global dominance—the .
  •   “The Lord has done more for the than for any other country upon which the sun shines.” (Maranatha 193)

□  Catalysts of American Confusion

 #1—The mistaken belief that the United States is God’s chosen .

 Paul Dean: “Most American Christians believe that America has a special place in God’s heart. ‘God and Country’ are inseparable in the minds of many to the point that to be a good Christian is to be a good American and vice versa. . . . [However] we must learn to think biblically about ‘God and Country’ and the connection between the two. We must debunk the popular notions that America is a Christian nation (the is the only Christian nation according to the Scriptures); or that America is the New Israel; or that America will one day establish a Christian government and be the light of the world; or that to be a good Christian is to be a good American. . . . You can be a good Christian anywhere in the world and love your country of origin. The issue is not what country we love but whether we truly love .” (www.crosswalk.com/blogs/dr-paul-j-dean/the-shining-city-on-a-hill-americ...)

 #2—The mistaken belief that any is God’s chosen agent.

  Loren Seibold: “It has become virtually impossible to get elected as a Republican without leaning in some way toward conservative Christian values and promising governmental advocacy for the ideas that conservative Christians hold dear. I should clarify that many of these Christian values are also mine. However if were running for president today, it’s unlikely he could even be nominated by his own Republican Party. He was a member of no church, never publicly confessed a creed, and never publicly used religious beliefs to justify his policies.” (“Is God a Republican?” Signs of the Times November, 2012)

  “Jesus never placed much value on occupying an earthly throne. His kingdom, He insisted, wasn’t anywhere on this earth (John 18:36). Who ruled the nations down here was far less important to Him than that everyone understood the character and purposes of the of the universe.” (Ibid)

  “Suppose, for example, that a politician decided that everyone should worship on Sunday (an idea that has been proposed from time to time through history). That would be fine for most Christians, but it would put Jews and Seventh-day Adventists (who observe the seventh day of the week) in a situation where they’d have to choose between obeying a human law or their understanding of obeying God’s law. The politicians who give one religious group what they want may be taking from another.” (Ibid)

  “When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government . . .” (5T 451)

□ The Prayer of John Knox

“Give me America or I die!” 

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Bring a Toy, Spread Some Joy

On Sabbath December 10, during both services, we are bringing back the toy collection to give and share with the children in our community. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy to share for ages newborn through 16. These will be given to the children in our
community.

Soup for Students is back!

Soup for Students is back! It is time again to show our students love and support during finals week. We are looking for commitments for 30 pots of soup and volunteers to help serve and clean up. If you are willing to participate, please text “SOUP” to 269-281-2345 Please drop off your pot of soup at the Church on December 13, Tuesday between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM. Thank you!
 

Offering for November 26, 2022

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Don’t Just Manage … Produce Wealth

Deuteronomy 8:18 - “But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.”

We worship God with our resources because He gives us the power to produce wealth. The parable of the talents tells the story of three servants who received a share of their Master’s property and their reports about how they used it to produce more wealth. The three servants had this in common: They faithfully returned to the Master what belonged to Him. However, the first two did something in addition. They produced wealth with what they had received, and they were rewarded for that practice. As God promises the “ability to produce wealth” to all His servants, it is unfortunate that the third servant failed in this area and was deprived of his master’s reward. 

As believers, we are responsible for what we have received and for what we can produce. Ellen G. White writes these words: “In making a profession of faith in Christ we pledge ourselves to become all that it is possible for us to be as workers for the Master, and we should cultivate every faculty to the highest degree of perfection, that we may do the greatest amount of good of which we are capable. —Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 330. Growth in all areas of life and participation in the production of resources is a divine assignment. This responsibility often needs courage, strength, perseverance, and self-discipline. It is a daily uphill journey. However, no one has to be discouraged or to quit. God made a permanent promise: the ability to produce wealth. 

The principle of doing “the greatest amount of good” is an invitation to reassess our giving. Today, through our faithful giving, we are a source of blessing. This week as we worship with our tithe and regular offerings, let us reflect and pray on how to become a greater blessing by growing our resources to their real potential.

North American Division Stewardship Ministries

Fellowship Dinner

There is no fellowship dinner this Sabbath, November 26.

Andrews Academy Feast of Lights 2022

Join us on Friday evening, December 9, 7:00 PM, at Pioneer Memorial Church, and be inspired by a program of music, Scripture readings, and drama honoring the King of Kings.

Feast of Lights—now in its 49th year—is the Christmas musical gift from Andrews Academy to the Berrien Springs community and beyond. It is an evening of instrumental music, bells, choral and congregational singing, lights, and a Nativity scene.

Chorale and Orchestra will end the program with the Hallelujah chorus. The church sidewalks will be arrayed in Christmas lighting. The program will speak to your hearts of His wondrous love.

Experience with us the joyful retelling of the Christmas story: beginning with the humble incarnation of the long-expected Messiah, and culminating with the Lord of Lords receiving "the kingdoms of this world" and our universal expression of praise: "Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.... and He shall reign for ever and ever (Revelation 19: 6, 11:15)."

“First Advent Reflections!” “Unwrapping the Names of Jesus”

How precious is Jesus' name! Isaiah 9:6 says: "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." This Christmas season the Pioneer Women’s Ministries Team is delighted to unwrap twenty five names of Jesus until Christmas. A daily e-mail and a text will be sent to the those (women & men) who sign-up. To register text the word “GIFTS” to 269-281-2345

Announcement Submissions

Do you have an announcement to share with the Pioneer family? Please submit all announcements online when possible. If you do not have access to Internet, you may call and leave a detailed message at 269-471-3647.

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Pathfinder Fruit Fundraiser

Pioneer's Evergreen Pathfinder club invites you to support their participation in the upcoming International Pathfinder Camporee in Gillette, Wyoming, August 5-11, 2024. To raise the needed funds, they are partnering with Florida Indian River Groves to bring you fresh fruit. Fruit is harvested the very same day it ships to ensure that you receive fruit that is hours off of the tree. Now that's fresh! Now's the time to pick up a box of Navel Oranges that are sure to be bursting with flavor or a box of sugar-sweet, Indian River Red Grapefruit. And don't forget your friends, family, and coworkers. Everyone loves fresh fruit from Florida; and you'll be supporting our Pathfinder club at the same time! 

Quick Facts:

  • Each Pathfinder must raise $950.
  • Pioneer has approximately 100 Pathfinders in its club.
  • You can help cut the individual costs for our club by starting an order today!

Please spread the word by sharing our website pmchurch.org/pathfinders. Thank you in advance for your support - and enjoy the fresh fruit!

Update: You can still order fresh fruit with $9.95 flat-rate shipping

If you miss the deadline for ordering fruit, you can also give directly to the Evergreen Pathfinder Club. Select "PMC Pathfinder Club" from the "Local Offering" categories.

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Neighbor to Neighbor Work Day

On Sunday, December 4 from 10:00 AM-12:30 PM Pioneer will be working on various projects at Neighbor to Neighbor. We will be forming small teams to complete tasks, and we need volunteers! Let's spend time together being Love on the Move at N2N! Register here: https://churchteams.com/m/Register.asp?a=NFFwcTRMdEhIY1E9 or text NEIGHBOR to 269-281-2345

Something In Common Sabbath School

Balancing Life’s Demands dvd series with Chip Ingram

October 29- The Peace and Power of a Prioritized Life- Part 1

November 5-The Peace and Power of a Prioritized Life- Part 2

November 12-How to Put First Things First - Part 1

November 19-How to Put Furat Things First- Part 2

November 26- How to Keep First Things First- Part 1

December 3- How to Keep First Things First-Part 2

Join us in Pioneer Room number 141
Each Sabbath morning from 10:30-11:30.

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