There will be a fellowship dinner at Pioneer this Sabbath following second worship service in the commons on the lower level. Bring a dish to share and join the fellowship. Visitors are always welcome.
Tattoos on the Heart
Tattoos on the Heart: A Case for Apocalyptic Compassion - 3
SpeakerDwight 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.
More In This Series
“Tattoos on the Heart:
A Case for Apocalyptic Compassion”—3
□ Luke 15:1 ,2
- “‘This man welcomes immoral people and enjoys their company over a meal!’” (v 2 The Voice)
□ Luke 19:1-10
- “‘For the Son of Man came to seek and to liberate the lost.” (v 10 The Voice)
□ Luke 5:17-26
- Desire of Ages: “ . . . this paralytic had lost all hope of recovery. His disease was the result of a life of sin, and his sufferings were embittered by remorse. . . . The Pharisees regarded [his] affliction as an evidence of divine displeasure, and they held themselves aloof from the sick and the needy. Yet often these very ones who exalted themselves as holy were more guilty than the sufferers they condemned.” (267)
- Gregory Boyle: “Compassion isn’t just about feeling the pain of others; it’s about bringing them in toward yourself. If we love what God loves, then, in compassion, margins get . ‘Be compassionate as God is compassionate,’ means the dismantling of barriers that exclude. . . . The focus of the story [Luke 5:17-26] is, understandably, the healing of the paralytic. But there is something more significant than that happening here. They’re ripping the roof off the place, and those are being let in.” (Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion 75)
- That was the mission of Jesus—and that is the mission of those who : margins get erased, and those outside get let in.
□ Three prayers you can pray to love the lost back to Jesus (Luke 15:20)
Prayer #1—Ask God to open your to see the one in need.
- Luke 15:20—“The father looked off in the distance and the young man returning.”
Matthew 9:36 The Message: “When [Jesus] out over the crowds his heart broke. So confused and aimless they were, like sheep with no shepherd.”
- Prayer #2—Ask God to open your to love the one in need.
Luke 15:20—“He felt for his son.”
Luke 6:36 The Voice: “‘So imitate God and be truly , the way your Father is.’”
Gregory Boyle: “God is compassionate, loving kindness. All we’re asked to do is to be in the world who God is. Certainly compassion was the wallpaper of Jesus’ soul, the contour of his heart, it was who he was. I heard someone say once, ‘Just assume the answer to every question is .’” (Tattoos on the Heart 62)
Prayer #3—Ask God to open your to hold the one in need.
- Luke 15:20—“He enfolded him in an , and kissed him.”
- When Jesus lepers, the news sent shock waves through the community of the untouchables as well as the circles of the respectables—because conveys a solidarity that words can never prove.
Ellen White: “The strongest argument in favor of Christianity is a loving and lovable Christian.” (Last Day Events 191)
Just like Jesus
Adventist Community Services
1 Peter 4:10, “As each has received a gift, use it to serve another, as good stewards of God's varied grace.”
A man, beaten down by the rain, came to our Food Pantry for clothes & food. He was wearing a thin jacket, no shirt or socks, and we were able to serve him. He was so happy to receive the clothes that he put them on in the parking lot. Then he sat in the parking lot and ate an entire 16 oz. jar of peanut butter. He left a little more full, dressed, and hopeful than when he arrived. Thank God for the Better Living Center. (Spokane, Washington) This is only one story of many that is a result of Adventist Community
Services Centers around the North American Division that commit to serving God’s children.
Community Services is God’s invitation to do amazing things with Him. Hard times come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, and Adventist Community Services is responding to individual needs, developing relationships, and committing to make a difference in people’s lives.
ACS supports community outreach programs by funding development projects that make a major impact in your communities. A washer/dryer serves thousands of homeless to bring dignity and value to their lives. A shelter provides protection and offers hope. A portable shower trailer prepares someone for abjob interview. And so much more.
“I love this facility (New Life Food Pantry, Fultondale, AL) because their Christian walk shows in their attitude of the volunteers and the way they treat the pantry participants.” – Client A
“God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.” Hebrews 6:10 By supporting ACS, you can make a lasting impact and know that your dollars are going to something that is making a difference in someone’s life.
—North American Division Stewardship Ministries
Something In Common Sabbath School presents “Who Needs Christmas” video series with Andy Stanley
December 10- The World Did
December 17-God Did
December 24-We Do
The details of the Christmas story can seem unbelievable. So now, thousands of years after shepherds watched their flocks and wise men followed the star, you may be asking, “Who needs Christmas?”
Well, as it turns out, we all do. In the 3-part series, Andy Stanley shows us that the world needed Christmas, God needed Christmas, and we still need Christmas—but maybe not for the reason you think. Everyone is welcome. Sabbath mornings from 10:30-11:30 in PMC room 141.
Let’s gather before the main worship service for a Christmas breakfast potluck on Saturday morning, December 24 from 9:00 – 10:15 AM at the Pioneer Commons. Bring your favorite breakfast items.
A – G – bread, muffin, or pastries
H – P – breakfast casserole or hot/cold cereal
Q – Z – fruits
Pioneer will provide hot and cold drinks and nuts.
The Groupe Francophone D’Andrews will host a French sabbath school at 10:30, a francophone worship service at 11:45, and a fellowship potluck at 1:30 on Sabbath, Dec 10 in the Seminary Chapel. All speakers, learners, and lovers of the French language are invited to attend. Please bring a dish to share for potluck as able. RSVP to Lucile Sabas at email@example.com if you can help with the meal.
Celebrate Community Christmas - Come experience a celebration of Christ's birth from 3-6 pm on Sunday, December 18 at the Student Activity Center in downtown Eau Claire located at 6295 West Main Street Eau Claire, MI. The event also features a FREE Live Nativity from 3:30 to 5:30 PM with live animals the kids can pet, FREE Hot Cider/Hot Chocolate, popcorn and cookies, FREE Christmas Ornament Craft for the Kids, FREE Christmas Music/Karaoke, FREE Photo Backdrops for Christmas Family Photos, Silent Auctions and a Christmas Market, and Blacksmithing Demonstration. Admission: FREE Sponsored by the Eau Claire Critters Pathfinder Club and the Eau Claire SDA Church. Questions? Call or text 269-405-5026 or email Eauclairecritters@gmail.com
The Berrien Springs Garden Club cordially invites you to attend our annual Christmas cookie exchange from 2-5pm on Sunday, December 11 at Love Creek Nature Center. Come learn tips and tricks from fellow local gardeners and share delicious bakery next to the festive fireplace. All ages and abilities welcome.
The BSGC is a registered non-profit affiliated with Michigan Garden Clubs and National Garden Clubs which focuses on encouraging community gardening skills, appreciation of nature, and protection of native species and pollinators.
You are invited to a special Nathan Greene Art Studio Christmas Open House. The studio is located at 8458 Painter School Road, Berrien Center, MI. All are welcome to attend!
December 4 & 11, 6:00 PM
At the end of November, the Renovate 2.0 project and fundraising is as follows:
The Project: The final guaranteed cost, as submitted by the general contractor, Weigand Construction, is $929,641.00. This amount includes a 3% contingency. The project begins on Tuesday, Dec. 27, and is to keep on-budget. The elevator is on order and should be here mid-May 2023.
Fundraising: As of this week, there are $225,627.00 that have been given. This amount includes one portion of a $100,000 matching grant. Update #2 will be Dec. 3. Remember Renovate 2.0 in your year-end giving plans and pray for its success.
This January our Health and Wellness Ministry will launch a weight management program for the church and community called Best Weigh. It’s a proven system that combines spiritual principles with nutrition and weight management. It will be led by Dr Ken
Kelln. We’re looking for up to 20 volunteers who can serve as greeters, weigh-in helpers, a/v, parking help, and more. To get more information or to register as a volunteer, text the word HEALTH to 269-281-2345 or you can call 801-513-8809.