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Monday, March 23, 2020 - 21:26

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
Kenneth Logan
O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High
Sermon
Dwight K. Nelson
“Galaxy Three: Why What Is Happening a Billion Light Years Away Right Now Matters to You [Magnificence in the Middle]”
Connect Card, Tithes, & Offerings
Closing Hymn
179 sung to 108
The Wonders of Redeeming Love
As We Depart
David Johnson
O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High

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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Prayer Car Caravan for Our Medical Professionals

Our medical professionals are on the front line of this epidemic and we want to show them love and support. In the next week or two, we want to send a prayer caravan to drive around the hospital. We'll let them know ahead of time that we'll be praying—and perhaps honking our horns—at a designated time. To get more information and to register, please click below and select the prayer caravan option. We'll see you soon!

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GC 100 Days of Prayer Commence

This week I learned of our world church headquarters appeal for prayer throughout the global Seventh-day Adventist family. Originally timed to end during the recently-postponed General Conference session in Indianapolis, our church leaders are calling us to now focus 100 days of praying (March 27-July 4) on behalf of the global coronavirus pandemic. There could hardly be a more urgent need for earnest praying! 

A pastor friend of mine, Jim Moon, pointed out a two-verse juxtaposition I'd not noticed before: "When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a pestilence among My people, if My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land" (2 Chronicles 7:13-14). While everyone knows the beloved prayer call in v 14, few of us connect it with the preceding divine action in v 13. "A pestilence among My people" certainly could represent a global pandemic like the coronavirus COVID-19. While Satan is the originator of destructive calamities, what more faith-appropriate response is our collective prayers to the One who can deliver this nation, this world, these people, from the grips of pestilence.

So let's join together in humbling ourselves before God and praying and seeking His face—that our world might be saved and our faith community might yet be mobilized to share the glad tidings of Jesus' soon return. 

- Pastor Dwight

First Tuesday Comes This Tuesday

Since October 2018, our Pioneer congregation and the Andrews campus have joined together in setting aside the first Tuesday of every month as a Day of Fasting and Prayer. Since most of us this coming Tuesday will be safely ensconced in our homes, it will be a fitting opportunity to band together to seek God's face on behalf of our nation, our world, our church. The economic collapse on multiple fronts as a result of this pandemic has seriously affected the Adventist church and schools globally and locally. Let's unite our petitions to appeal to Christ to minister to the members, the leaders, the students, the teachers and all who serve our faith and academic community in this time of financial duress for many. "And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of glory in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19).

Neighbor to Neighbor

Neighbor To Neighbor is hosting a food giveaway on April 6, 2020, sponsored by Feeding America. It will begin at 11:00 AM.

2nd Quarter Adult Sabbath School Lessons

Due to the COVID-19 stay at home mandate, Pioneer is unable to provide physical copies of the Adult Sabbath School Lesson at this time. Both teacher's edition and standard edition are available online for free.

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Livestreaming Schedule

Pioneer will be worshipping online online until further notice. We look forward to having you join us there.

  9:00 AM ET - Pioneer at Worship
10:30 AM ET - Sabbath School
11:45 AM ET - Pioneer at Worship

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Home Visits

The Board of Elders, under the leadership of Bryan and Becky von Dorpowski, has responded to the immediate spiritual and emotional needs of our oldest Pioneer members. Recognizing many of them will chose to protect themselves from the coronavirus by limiting their time in the wider community and thus missing the weekly fellowship that worship and Sabbath School provided, the elders will be focusing on those Pioneer members in their 70s, 80s, 90s and 100s—and will be reaching out by phone to visit with them. (In order to protect the health of our members our elders will not be making home visits at this time.)

If you know of an at-risk member who needs personal attention, please call Claudia Sowler 269.471.3134. The elders are praying these targeted phone calls will bring the ministry of our Good Shepherd Savior to these who have faithfully walked with Him throughout their lives.

Family, Faith, and Fun!

During this time of potential boredom and cabin fever, enjoy these fun ideas for spending quality time together as a family.

After the long winter of gray and brown, get outside and look for all the buds, sprouts, and new leaves you can find. Try to identify what each one is. You can use your phone to look on the Internet or use an app like Pl@ntNet to identify leaves. Currently, you can see things like crocuses, daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, lilies, snowdrops, moss, ferns, ramps, and wild chives. It is so nice to be reminded that even when things look bleak, God is still there and recreating!

You can also "adopt a friend" each day or week! Send several encouraging and kind notes to a friend via text, email, Messenger, etc. Let them know you are thinking about them and even praying for them.

Sponsored by the Family Life Committee

Volunteer for the Most Vulnerable

We are looking for teams of volunteers that can help people who are more vulnerable in our community to run errands such as picking up groceries and medicine. We're also asking for volunteers to make calls and pray for our members and community.

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COVID-19 Grow Group Update

Community and gathering in some form remains vital. We have asked Grow Groups of more than ten people to start meeting online. For Grow Groups of less than ten people, we're asking them to practice safe social distancing of at least six feet—as per the CDC. 

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