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Tuesday, June 8, 2021 - 20:46

Galaxy Three: Why What Is Happening a Billion Light Years Away Right Now Matters to You

Galaxy Three: Magnificence in the Middle

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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.

The King commands the battle for Earth from His throne in Galaxy One. His followers in Galaxy Three are instantly provided with aid an reinforcements the moment they ask. But can such a proxy war be won?
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Program: 
Opening Voluntary
Rejoice, All You Christians • Ernst Pepping
Praise
Prayer
Sharon Terrell
GROW Groups
JoAnna Moses, Brock Menhardt
Children’s Story
Dwight K. Nelson
Worship in Music
O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High
Kenneth Logan
Sermon
“Galaxy Three: Why What Is Happening a Billion Light Years Away Right Now Matters to You [Magnificence in the Middle]”
Dwight K. Nelson
Connect Card, Tithes, & Offerings
Closing Hymn
The Wonders of Redeeming Love
179 sung to 108
As We Depart
O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High
David Johnson

More In This Series

11/22/2014
The War approaches it's bloody end. The Rebel unleashes his full fury upon the inhabitants of Galaxy Three. The Loyalists cry out to their King for deliverance. How long must they endure? How long...?
11/15/2014
The War rages on as the Rebel releases his latest weapon upon the inhabitants of Galaxy Three: a viral infection of "self" rule. Every man, woman and child is infected. What response can the King in Galaxy One bring to counter such a powerful deception?
11/08/2014
The disease the Rebel unleashed on Galaxy Three must be not just contained, but completely cleansed from the Galaxy. However, the Council declares that three separate cleansings must be conducted. The universe wonders: Why?
10/18/2014
The War rages on. The inhabitants of Galaxy Three groan under it's weight. How can such suffering go unchecked? The universe looks to the King for an answer...
10/04/2014
The War has changed. No longer a battle for territory, the Rebel and the King both desire only one thing from the inhabitants of Galaxy Three – Allegiance
09/27/2014
When the King left Galaxy One to infiltrate Galaxy Three, there were 270 days during which his whereabouts were unknown. Yet this mystery could hold the key to victory in the long war...
09/06/2014
There is a disease in Galaxy Three that threatens the existence of humanity. It's effects are devastating and it carries a 100% fatality rate. But there exists a rare and costly cure...
08/30/2014
An intergalactic civil war threatens the existence of the universe. The King of Galaxies battles the tyrannical Rebel who seeks the throne. Now the fate of all life will be decided at the battle for Galaxy Three.

“Galaxy Three: Magnificence in the Middle”

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□ Job 16:19-21

• “Even now my witness is in heaven; my advocate is on high. My is my

as my eyes pour out tears to God; on behalf of a man he pleads with God as a man

pleads for his .” (NIV)

• I.e., He is my —just as I am His .

□ Hebrews 3:1/2:17-18; 4:14-16; 7:25

• Four adjectives about the High Priest in Hebrews:

o (3:1)

 William Johnsson: “Because we have such a high priest, the doors of heaven’s temple swing

open wide to welcome us. The command center of the universe no longer holds fear and

uncertainty for us—we there.” (The Abundant Life Bible Amplifier: Hebrews 105)

o (2:17)

 Peter O’Brien: “Nowhere else in the Greek Bible are priests or high priests explicitly said to be

. But again and again the Old Testament asserts that Yahweh is

[Exodus 34:6—the first word of His self-revelation]. . . . The Gospels picture Jesus perfectly

reflecting the character of Yahweh, the one. Jesus is often entreated to

have ‘mercy’ (Matt. 9:27; 15:22; 17:15, and parallels), while this theme turns up in his teaching

(Matt. 5:7; 18:33; Luke 16:24).” (Hebrews 119-120)

o (2:17)

 F. F. Bruce: “He is merciful because through his own sufferings and trials he can sympathize

with [ours]; he is because he endured to the end without faltering.” (Hebrews

87-88)

o (4:14)

 William Johnsson: “Our faith rests on something solid, on Someone. . . . We have a great high

priest in heaven, and He guarantees that what we profess isn’t a matter of feeling or

philosophy, of speculation or possibility. At the heart of our religions stands a Man, and His

name is Jesus—a Man, but much more, for He is God’s Son!” (Hebrews 103)

• Two adverbs about the High Priest’s actions in Hebrews:

o Saves

Desire of Ages: “The Lord would be so bountiful to His human family that it could not be said

of Him that He could do more. In the gift of Jesus, God gave all heaven. . . . The atonement

for a lost world was to be full, abundant, and complete. Christ’s offering was exceedingly

abundant to reach every soul that God had created. . . . There must be enough and to spare.”

(565)

o Intercedes

Amazing Grace: “As our Intercessor, His office work is to introduce us to God as His sons and

daughters. Christ intercedes in behalf of those who have received Him. . . . And the Father

demonstrates His infinite love for Christ, who paid our ransom with His blood, by receiving and

welcoming Christ’s friends as His friends.” (68)

• Our merciful, faithful and great High Priest is interceding for us in order that He might save

us forever. Therefore, “my is my .”

“Magnificence in the Middle”

• At Calvary: John 19:18—“There they crucified Him, and with him two others—one on each side and

Jesus in the .”

• In Heaven: Hebrews 7:25

o John 16:26, 27—“The Father Himself you.” (John 3:16; Romans 8:32, 38-39)

o Zechariah 3:1-4—We do need an Intercessor to convince God on our behalf—we need an

Intercessor to silence on our behalf.

o 1 John 2:1,2—“My dear children, if anybody does sin, we have an advocate [ ] with

the Father—Jesus Christ, the atoning sacrifice for our sins and the sins of the whole world.”

“My Intercessor and My Friend”

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Pathfinder Fun Day

Pathfinders love to have fun and Pioneer's Evergreen Pathfinders are no different. They recently celebrated a successful year of learning with a "Pathfinder Fun Day". Here's a recap:

Will This Be the Last Pandemic Communion Celebration?

Please mark your calendar for Sabbath, June 26, when we will gather both services—in person or online—to celebrate the gift of our Savior in summertime fashion. 

Will this be the last time we commemorate the cross with at-home foot washing and prepackaged emblems of bread and wine? It could very well be. But no matter—it will be a high day in worship for us all. If you wish to celebrate communion at home, please stop by the church office this next week (Monday thru Friday noon) to pick your packaged emblems. For on-site worship, you may receive the emblems as you arrive that Sabbath morning. 

But how will we celebrate foot washing? We're inviting families and friends to experience Jesus' example in John 13 by washing each other's feet Friday evening where you live. Why not make this foot washing a part of your Friday evening worship as we gather across this community to welcome the Lord of the Sabbath into our homes at sundown?

Then Sabbath morning through music, prayer, the reading, and reflections from the Word (“For the Love of an Animal: Baaa”) let's throw wide our hearts to the Christ we love to worship. "Do this in remembrance of Me" (Luke 22:19).

AU Chess Group

Do you like chess, or want to learn how to play? You can make new friends and build new skills like critical thinking, strategizing, and self-control while playing this classic game. Join us on Sunday afternoons, 3-5 p.m. in the Commons. Register today: churchteams.com/m/Register.asp?a=MThGZzJLQ0FnSnc9

Offering for June 19, 2021

Local Church Budget

Naaman was the commander of the Syrian army, a great and honorable man in his nation. But he was a leper. During one of the conquests against Israel, Naaman captured a young girl and gave her to his wife as a maid. The Bible never gives the name of this precious child, but her influence in the house of Naaman was great. She spoke of the God of Israel who could heal the husband of her mistress.

The wife told her husband about the hope of a cure. Naaman asked the king of Syria to write a letter to the king of Israel requesting healing. After several delays, Naaman arrived at the home of the prophet Elisha. Rather than meeting Naaman himself, Elisha sent his servant with a simple
message: “Go and wash in Jordan seven times.” 2 Kings 5:10

Angry that the prophet did not come out and make a grand display of healing him, and instead, commanded him to wash in a dirty river, Naaman headed home. But his servants urged him to follow the command of the prophet and wash 7 times in the Jordan. When he did, God healed him of leprosy. 

A little girl shared with her mistress. The woman shared with her husband. Her husband shared with the king of Syria. Today, we can do the same. When we give to the local budget, the funds are used to help share the gospel with others. Your name may never be known, but by sharing—like the little maid—lives will be changed just as Naaman was.

—North American Division Stewardship Ministries

Caring Hearts

The estimated number of widowed persons worldwide in 2020 was approximately 350 million, with the large majority, approximately 80 percent, being widowed women. But, the actual number is likely to be much higher and to grow further as the coronavirus and its related effects on health continue to rage around the world. Here are some tips to help those grieving:

Bible verses of comfort to share in a card:

  • "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8:39)
  • "Don't be afraid, for I am with you." (Isaiah 41:10)
  • "The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble." (Psalm 9:9-10)
  • "Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace—because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for in the Lord God you have an everlasting rock." (Isaiah 26:3-4)

What is appropriate to say to a grieving widow/widower:

  • "I'd love to make you dinner and drop it off tomorrow night if that's okay with you."
  • "I am here for you and care about you."
  • "Know that I am here to support you."
  • "I am here anytime you'd like to talk."
  • Don't push for details. Let the bereaved talk about their loved one. Be a good listener. Elderly spouses, in particular, will likely want to talk and tell stories about the spouse. Don't bring up other people's losses. Let the spouse focus on his/her loss.

What is appropriate to do for a grieving widow/widower:

  • Soon after the death, show up at their door and say, "I'm here to clean your house, or polish your shoes, or take out the trash, or shovel snow. People are numb after such a loss and will need help with simple things. One friend stayed overnight with a new widow until her sister arrived. She also met people at the door, wrote down names of visitors, and put food in the fridge.
  • Sit with them in church. It’s difficult for many to return and sit alone.
  • Call them from time to time or send occasional cards.
  • Invite them to be part of a small group.
  • If they have young children, offer to babysit one day so they can have time to do something without worrying about the kids.
  • Ask them to help you in an outreach activity.
  • Include them in holiday plans. This is a particularly wrenching time for the bereaved.

Above all, continue your friendship. Don’t stop including them in your social activities just because they are no longer part of a couple.

–General Conference Ministries

Michigan Camp Meeting Live Stream

Michigan Camp Meeting will be available for live streaming June 18–26 at www.misda.org/livestream2021. The theme this year is "How Much More".

Financial Peace University

It's time to stop worrying about money! In Financial Peace University, you'll learn the biblical truths to help you keep a budget, beat debt, and build wealth! Class begins Tuesday, June 8, 2021 (6:30—7:30 PM).

Register Online

A.U. Eats

A.U. Eats is back! Offering chef made vegetarian/vegan meals delivered to your door. Go to GET.CBORD.com to place your order or for more information call 269-471-3161.

Timeless Tours

Join Timeless Tours next March 16-27, 2022 for an unforgettable tour to ancient Egypt. Two experienced biblical archaeologists will be your guides. For more information contact Timeless Tours through Stefanie Elkins at selkins@andrews.edu. You can also learn more about the tour, find application forms, payments, itineraries and more via our website; www.digtheadventure.com.

Mommy and Me has a New Name!

Mommy and Me is now Preschool Pray & Play! Our goal is for our new name to reflect the way we welcome ALL caregivers--moms, dads, nannies, grandparents, babysitters, etc.—as well as our faith-based approach to friendship and play.

Pray and Play is a great group for caregivers and children ages 0-5 to meet new people, make friends, sing, pray, and play together. This year, we'll be meeting through the summer months, and we'd love you to join us! Text PLAYINFO to 269-281-2345 to be notified about upcoming meetings/events, or join online

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