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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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Calling All Worker Bees!

It's time for fun and fellowship again, while we work to beautify the exterior of our Spiritual Home… Pioneer. Time to spruce it up before the new school year begins. We will meet at the parking lot end of the church to assign work areas. Pull out your tools, sharpen them up, and please put your name on them to identify them as belonging to you. They will be used as "community tools" during the work bee. Be sure to bring your own work gloves. (We will need shovels, saws of all kinds, dandelion pickers, hedge trimmers, wheelbarrows, hoes, brooms, dustpans….any tool that you think could possibly be used.) Come out for some good old-fashioned work and fellowship fun. Thank you to all who gave their time putting their backs and tools into the project in the past. Looking forward to seeing each of you and the new volunteers on August 15.

August 15, 9:00 AM – Noon
Location: Meet at Pioneer Parking Lot

—Karen Nelson

Memorial Service for Bonnie Steele

A memorial service to celebrate Bonnie Steele's life will be held this Thursday, August 5, at 6:00 PM in the Pioneer Memorial Youth Chapel. Visitation will take place at 5:30 PM.

Pioneer Safety Update

As we draw closer to Graduation weekend at Andrews University, Pioneer has been monitoring the spread of COVID-19, especially the Delta variant, closely.  About 80% of the counties in our country are at substantial or high risk, as classified by the CDC, with Berrien being surrounded by substantial risk counties.

As the risks are higher in an indoor environment, with people coming from all over the country (and the world), we encourage all who worship and/or attend events at Pioneer this weekend to:

  • wear a mask
  • practice social distancing, and
  • practice good hand hygiene

We wish for everyone to return home safe and healthy.

—Pioneer Safety Committee

Offering for August 7, 2021

Pioneer Operating Budget

After the fall of Israel because of their apostasy, God gave the nation time to consider what they had done. Seventy years later, when their probation ended, the time arrived for Israel to return to rebuild the walls and the temple at Jerusalem.

However, they didn’t have the resources to go back and rebuild. Yet God had ways of opening the treasures of heaven to bless His people. Never underestimate our God!

The Bible says, “In the first year of King Cyrus, King Cyrus issued a decree concerning the house of God at Jerusalem: "Let the house be rebuilt, the place where they offered sacrifices; and let the foundations of it be firmly laid, its height sixty cubits and its width sixty cubits …. Let the expenses be paid from the king's treasury.” Ezra 6:3,4

God touched the heart of the pagan king to allow Israel to return to Jerusalem. Not only that, but the king offered to finance the entire project for the restoring of the temple.

Years later, God touched the heart of Darius, the king who followed Cyrus. He provided the lambs, bullocks, and rams needed for the sacrifices. He also provided wheat, salt, wine, and oil for the ceremonies connected to the worship services.

It was God Himself who touched the heart of the king to support the cause of spreading the Gospel. Today, may our hearts also be open to support the gospel ministry our church has for this community.

—North American Division Stewardship Ministries

Pioneer Fellowship Dinner Returns in September

Pioneer Fellowship Dinners Return this September. This time, there's an exciting new twist. Every meal will be an opportunity for fellowship among members and visitors.

Appetizer! Pioneer's large congregation will meet each week in groups of about 135 persons, so that over a year, each group can participate twice. This means more opportunities for fellowship among members and visitors alike.

The scoop! The dinners will be like a traditional potluck. Fellowship Dinner Ministry Team will provide the main course each Sabbath, and members who attend will be asked to bring side dishes. Members who are invited for that week will receive an email or text message listing the menu and suggesting what side dishes are needed. Single members are encouraged, where possible, to bring one side dish to serve at least 12-15 persons; families are encouraged, where possible, to bring 2 dishes—each to serve at least 12-15 persons. A form will be provided to RSVP.

S'More! If your name is not included in the alphabetical list for a particular Sabbath, but you would like to join the meal, that is not a problem—just bring a dish to share and join the fellowship.

Please plan to join us!

District 9 Family Camp

Labor Day weekend is just around the corner and with it comes the District 9 Family Camp. Reserve your spot online or obtain application materials from the church office. The deadline for reservations is Noon on Sunday, August 22. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ric Streelman at 269-208-7172. You will be physically refreshed and spiritually blessed!

September 3–6, 2021
Camp Au Sable

ASM Sweet Corn Feed Postponed

Due to the recent COVID-19 concerns, the Corn Feed has been postponed. September 12 has been selected as a tentative date. Mark your calendars!

New College Students Welcome Reception

A reception will take place on the lawn in front of Pioneer (Campus Mall) immediately following the 11:45 AM service on August 28. We are looking for volunteers to help furnish 3 dozen cookies for the event. We will serve cookies and lemonade to welcome the new students. To help, please call the church at 269-471-3131 or confirm online. Instructions will be sent to volunteers furnishing cookies. We hope you'll join us in welcoming the new students!

I Will Help

Support SDA Church Members in Madagascar

Andrews University is helping to support the SDA church members in southwest Madagascar who are currently experiencing severe drought and famine in addition to the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, you can provide food to those in desperate need.

We have been told that some members eat mud, roots, and leaves to try and remove hunger cramps. As a member of the Adventist family, you can feed a family of four for one month for $50, providing vital rice, beans, oil, and other essential food. The neediness of these families is serious. There are eleven churches scattered around the affected area with 494 families and over 1,691 individuals. Even though some food aid was collected and distributed in November 2020, the drought has continued, and that food is now used up.
 
Give online or write a check to Andrews University with the memo “CIDP-Famine Relief” and send it to:
 
Office of Development
8903 US Hwy 31
Andrews University
Berrien Springs, MI 49104-0660
 
More Info: cidpprojects@andrews.edu

Something In Common Sabbath School

Something in Common Sabbath School is meeting again! For the summer we are temporarily meeting in the Pioneer Commons. We are watching portions of Gary Smalley's classic "Keys to Loving Relationships" and discussing how to apply these principles to our families. Come and join us!

Saturdays, 10:30-11:30 AM
Location: Pioneer Commons

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