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Tales from a Vineyard
Making Love in the Vineyard-An Old Song
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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
“Tales from a Vineyard: Making Love
in the Vineyard—An Old Song”
»A Love Song in the Vineyard
• Song of Solomon 1 & 8/Isaiah 5:1-7
»A Parable about the Vineyard
• Matthew 21:33-43/John 15
»This may be the most important truth you have yet to learn:
• John 15:1-5, 8, 16
• Jesus talks about “fruit” seven times.
• What kind of fruit?
• Craig Keener: “In Palestine, the grapes ripen in late summer as the shoots stop growing and the bark changes from green to darker shortly before the vintage of August or September. Yet John writes figuratively; of what sort of fruit does the passage speak? . . . [T]he immediate context . . . suggests fruit.” (The Gospel of John: A Commentary 2:997)
• Galatians 5:22-23—“But the fruit of the is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”
• Desire of Ages: “The life of Christ in you produces the same as in Him. Living in Christ, adhering to Christ, supported by Christ, drawing nourishment from Christ, you bear fruit after the similitude of Christ.”(677)
• Acts of the Apostles: “The sap of the vine, ascending from the root, is diffused to the branches, sustaining growth and producing blossoms and fruit. So the life-giving power of the , proceeding from the Saviour, pervades the soul, renews the motives and affections, and brings even the thoughts into obedience to the will of God, enabling the receiver to bear the precious fruit of holy deeds.” (284)
• But what about pruning (John 15:2)?
• Hebrews 5:8—“During the days of Jesus' life on earth, He offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the One who could save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverent submission. Son though He was, He learned obedience from what He .”
• 2 Corinthians 12:8-10—“Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.’ . . . That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am , then I am strong.”
• Philippians 3:10—“I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in His , becoming like Him in His death.”
• Hebrews 12:10-11—“Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in His holiness [“Become like Me”]. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces the of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained [pruned] by it.”
• 2 Timothy 3:12—“Everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus [connected to the Vine] will be [pruned].”
• Mark 10:30—Jesus promises all who give up all to follow Him will be rewarded a hundred times as much in this life with “ .”
• The point: we won’t get through this life without being .
• Desire of Ages: “The pruning will cause pain, but it is the Father who applies the knife. He works with no wanton hand or indifferent heart.  There are branches trailing upon the ground; these must be cut loose from the supports to which their tendrils are fastening. They are to reach heavenward, and find their support in God.  The excessive foliage that draws away the life current [sap] from the must be pruned off.  The overgrowth must be cut out, to give room for the healing beams of the Sun of Righteousness. The husbandman prunes away the growth, that the fruit may be richer and more abundant.” (677)
• Andrew Murray: “Christian, pray for grace to see in every trouble, small or great, the Father’s finger pointing to Jesus, and saying, Abide in Him! . . . A believer may pass through much affliction and yet secure but little blessing from it all. Abiding in Christ is the secret of securing all that the Father the chastisement to bring us.” (Abiding in Christ 122-123)
• “I will put my in Him.” (Hebrews 2:13)
• “Prune me, dear Father, that there may be more fruit . . . in my life . . . for Your glory.”
You gotta have fruit!
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).
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
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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
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 will be available for live streaming June 18–26 at www.misda.org/livestream2021. The theme this year is "How Much More".
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).
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.
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 email@example.com. You can also learn more about the tour, find application forms, payments, itineraries and more via our website; www.digtheadventure.com.
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.