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Saturday, November 14, 2020 - 00:29

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.

Part 1 of a 3 Part Series
Saturday, November 02, 2013

More In This Series

11/09/2013
Part 2 of a 3 Part Series
11/16/2013
Part 3 of a 3 Part Series

“Don’t Cry but Do”

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□ Bono

  •   “ Africans are dying each day of preventable, treatable diseases—

    AIDS, malaria, TB—for lack of drugs that we take for granted. This statistic alone makes a fool of the idea many of us hold on to very tightly: the idea of equality. . . . Deep down, if we really accept that their lives—African lives—are to ours, we would all be doing more to put the fire out. It’s an uncomfortable truth.”

  •   “We can be the generation that no longer accepts that an of latitude determines whether a child lives or dies—but will we be that generation? . . . We can’t say our generation didn’t know how to do it. We can’t say our generation couldn’t afford it. And we can’t say our generation didn’t have reason to do it. It’s up to us.” (In Richard Stearn’s The Hole in Our Gospel 104, 105)

□ Jesus

  •   PORTRAIT #1
    •   Luke 19:41—“As he saw the city, he over it.”
    •   The Great Controversy: “. . . the world’s Redeemer was overwhelmed with a sudden

      and mysterious sorrow. He, the Son of God, the Promised One of Israel, whose power had conquered death and called its captives from the grave, was , not of ordinary grief, but of intense, irrepressible agony. His tears were not for Himself, though He well knew whither His feet were tending. Before Him lay Gethsemane, the scene of His approaching agony. . . . Not far distant was Calvary, the place of crucifixion. . . . Yet it was not the contemplation of these scenes that cast the shadow upon Him in this hour of gladness. No foreboding of His own superhuman anguish clouded that unselfish spirit. He wept for the doomed thousands of Jerusalem. . . .The Majesty of heaven in tears! the Son of the infinite God troubled in spirit, bowed down with anguish! The scene filled all heaven with wonder.” (18, 22)

    •   He weeps over a city and a world.
    •   We must come to the place where what the heart of God

      our hearts, too.

    •   Portrait #1—God over the lost.
  •   PORTRAIT #2
    •   Luke 15:5-7, 9-10, 22-24
    •   Henri Nouwen: “ belongs to God's Kingdom. God not only

      offers forgiveness, reconciliation, and healing, but wants to lift up these gifts as a source of joy for all who witness them. In all three of the parables which Jesus tells to explain why he eats with sinners, God rejoices and invites others to rejoice with him. . . . All these voices [of the shepherd, the woman, the father] are the voices of God. God does not want to keep his joy to himself. He wants everyone to share in it. God’s joy is the joy of his angels and his saints; it is the joy of all who belong to the Kingdom.” (The Return of the Prodigal Son 113, 114)

    •   Portrait #2—God over the found.
    •   We must come to the place where what the heart of God

      our hearts, too..

    •   And what is it that breaks and then elates God’s heart?
  •   Just look at Jesus—heartbroken over the and ecstatic over the !

  It’s the truth about God—because of the lost and the found, He lives with a , heart.

 Earth’s death rate—2/sec, 120/min, 7200/hr, 172,800/day
 How many of those are going to a Christless grave?

  •   “O God, please give me Your happy, broken heart.”

  John Wesley:

Do all the you can,

By all the you can,

In all the you can,

In all the you can,

At all the you can,

To all the you can,

As long as you .

Women's Ministries

Pioneer Women’s Ministries engages women in Christ-centered discipleship, fellowship and service to glorify God through prayerfully planned activities and events. We are inviting you to participate in a survey that will help plan these activities and events this year. We would be delighted to hear from you either by completing the online survey or by phone by calling Lyn McCarty at 269-208-3377.

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Lead or Join a Grow Group

It's a fresh new year, and it's time for a fresh new Grow Groups season! Grow Groups are Pioneer's small groups that incorporate 5 S's: Shared interest, Spiritual touchpoint, Service project, Social event, Semester-based. That's it, in a nutshell! Grow Groups are for EVERYONE—all welcome to join.

Leaders, if you are passionate about something and want to use that to foster community and lead others to Jesus, we can probably help you turn that passion into a Grow Group! Let us know as soon as possible because the deadline to sign up to lead a group is January 21. For more information please email growgroups@pmchurch.org or visit pmchurch.org/grow to sign up.

Dates to Keep in Mind:

  • Digital Group Leader Registration Deadline: January 21
  • Leader Orientation (via Zoom): February 1, 7:00 PM
  • Spring Grow Groups Meet: February 7 – May 1

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Year-end Contribution Statements

It is almost time for you to receive your Year-end Contribution Statement. Pioneer knows that you have had an unusual year and wants to make it easy for you to receive your Year-end Contribution Statement. This time around, you will receive your Contribution Statement easily and conveniently via email. If you have not recently updated your contact details, please email clerk@pmchurch.org with your current email address to ensure that you receive your statement. Thank you!

Military Service Connection

"Military life can be a lonely life away from family on deployment," notes James North, Pioneer's Servicepersons Coordinator. "Military families may have a difficult time in a foreign country even though they are together," he continues. "I spent 358 days (I marked each day on a self-created calendar) in Viet Nam away from my wife and 3 toddler daughters. My access to some of the following material was vital."

SDA military persons may receive complimentary subscriptions to Adventist Review, the Adult Bible Study Guide (Sabbath School), and For God and Country and the choice of 2 journals from Guide, Liberty, Message, Our Little Friend, Primary Treasure, Signs of the Times, and Vibrant Life.

A 2021 order form and instructions are found on page 28 of the current issue of For God and Country and I will post a copy of the form in next week's bulletin. If you have military Adventist family members we invite you to send this information to them.