A reception will take place on the lawn in front of Pioneer (Campus Mall) immediately following the 11:45 AM service on August 28. We are looking for volunteers to help furnish 3 dozen cookies for the event. We will serve cookies and lemonade to welcome the new students. To help, please call the church at 269-471-3131 or confirm online. Instructions will be sent to volunteers furnishing cookies. We hope you'll join us in welcoming the new students!
The Last Letter
Wretched (Last Letter for America)
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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.
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"The Last Letter: Wretched (Last Letter for America)"
» Laodicea and America (Revelation 3:14-19)
• Parallel #1—
• Ranko Stefanovic: “Because of its favorable location on the system of Roman roads, the city became one of the greatest commercial and financial centers of the ancient world.” (Revelation of Jesus Christ 144)
• Parallel #2—
• Parallel #3—
• Parallel #4—
• Roy Allen Anderson: “Valuable wool was produced in the valley, soft in texture, glossy black in color, but tinged as it were with violet. Black garments were worn almost exclusively by the Laodiceans as evidence of their wealth.” (Unfolding the Revelation 42)
• Parallel #5—
• Parallel #6—
• Jacques Doukhan: “Their mentality is but the symptom of a civilization that prides itself in its secularism and humanism while excluding God. . . . The human has usurped the divine on all levels.” (Secrets of Revelation 46)
• Parallel #7—
• Greek—”a people judged”
•Ellen White: “The Lord has done more for the United States than for any other country upon which the sun shines. . . . Here Christianity has progressed in its purity. . . . But the enemy of all righteousness has designs upon God’s purpose for this country. He will bring in enterprises that will lead men to forget that there is a God. Worldliness and covetousness, which is idolatry, will prevail through the working of the archdeceiver, till the law of God, in all its bearings, shall be made void.” (Maranatha 193)
• James Warren: “[Roger] Williams disavowed the Puritan’s cherished belief that their Holy Commonwealths were in a special covenant with God. There was no ‘chosen nation’ in the seventeenth century, nor had there been once since Moses’ Israel. Williams believed . . . that ‘since the coming of Christ the only way God had contracted with men . . . was through the churches of Christ. . . . Nobody of men who now employed force in defense of religion, whether at home or abroad, could claim the name Christian.’” (God, War and Providence 70-71)
• America is a Christian nation.
• Martin Luther King, Jr: “The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the of the state.”
• Jonathan Walton: “‘Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness’ are promised by America and God. But they are not the same in origin, practice, or motive. The goals and intentions of the Declaration of Independence sit in opposition to the gospel of Christ. The totality of Scripture does not endorse the marriage of God and country or the establishment, development, or practices of any country in the name of Jesus.” (Twelve Lies That Hold America Captive: And the Truth That Sets Us Free 18)
»So what hope is there for this nation?
•Revelation 14:6-7—”And I saw another angel flying in midheaven, having an eternal gospel to preach to those who live on the earth, and to every nation and tribe and tongue and people; and he said with a loud voice, ‘Fear God, and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come; worship Him who made the heaven and the earth and sea and springs of waters.’”
• Facebook now offers gender options: “Last year we were proud to add a custom gender option to help people better express their identities on Facebook. We collaborated with our Network of Support, a group of leading LGBT advocacy organizations, to offer an extensive list of gender identities that many people use to describe themselves. After a year of offering this feature, we have expanded it to include a free-form field. Now, if you do not identify with the pre-populated list of gender identities, you are able to add your own.” (www.facebook.com/facebookdiversity/posts/last-year-we-were-proud-to-add-a-custom-gender-option-to-help-people-better-expr/774221582674346/)
• Jesus is America’s last great hope.
• Acts 4:12—”’Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved [than the name of Jesus].”
• John 4:42—”They said to the woman, ‘We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this Man really is the Savior of the world.’”
• Jon Meacham: “‘A bold President who knew himself to be supported by a majority in the country, might be tempted to override the law, and deprive the minority of the protection which the law affords it,’ [James] Bryce wrote. ‘He might be a tyrant, not against the masses, but with the masses.’” (The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels 271)
• America’s thought leaders need Liberty.
God save America—and let me help You!
Andrews University is helping to support the SDA church members in southwest Madagascar who are currently experiencing severe drought and famine in addition to the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, you can provide food to those in desperate need. We have been told that some members eat mud, roots, and leaves to try and remove hunger cramps. As a member of the Adventist family, you can feed a family of four for one month for $50, providing vital rice, beans, oil, and other essential food. The neediness of these families is serious. There are eleven churches scattered around the affected area with 494 families and over 1,691 individuals. Even though some food aid was collected and distributed in November 2020, the drought has continued, and that food is now used up.
Give online or write a check to Andrews University with the memo “CIDP-Famine Relief” and send it to:
Office of Development
8903 US Hwy 31
Berrien Springs, MI 49104-0660
Joel Luc Raveloharimisy, MBA, PhD
Director of Community and International Development Program
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Michigan Advance Partners—Adventist Education
Most people have some idea about how the stock market is doing because the health of their investments is tied to it. It is safe to say that everyone who invests in the stock market wants to find investments that will provide a positive dividend and increase to their portfolio. Essentially, they want to get more money out of their investment than what they originally put in.
The Bible talks about an investment that is completely different than the investments of the world. From a purely worldly perspective, it doesn’t seem to make any “cents.” And, in fact, this is beautifully true. Matthew 6:13 says, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
Adventist Education perfectly fits the concept of heavenly investment because investing in the life of a child has an incredible impact. In fact, investing in Adventist Education provides a double impact because of the positive force students can have as citizens of this life and in the life to come.
As we near the coming of Jesus, the need for Adventist Education has never been greater. Additionally, the need for financial support for families to send their children to our schools has never been greater.
As you consider your investment portfolio, won’t you consider choosing one of the most important investments possible, that is, a child of God?
Investments deposited in the heavenly treasury will never result in loss or ruin. Furthermore, throughout eternity you will be able to reap the dividends and be grateful that God empowered you to be a channel of blessing to a child of God.
—North American Division Stewardship Ministries
Something in Common Sabbath School is meeting again! For the summer we are temporarily meeting in the Pioneer Commons. We are watching portions of Gary Smalley's classic "Keys to Loving Relationships" and discussing how to apply these principles to our families. Come and join us!
Saturdays, 10:30-11:30 AM
Location: Pioneer Commons
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 range around the world. Here are some resources to share with those who may be grieving loss.
Bible verses of comfort to share in a card:
- "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels or 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 anything 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Join us for our Sabbath afternoon prayer walk on campus! We meet at the stairs behind the statue, and it starts at 5:00 PM and ends by 6:00 PM. We would love to have you join us. If that day/time does not work for you, there are other days that people are
prayer walking, as well. Questions? Contact: Ildiko at email@example.com; Andrew at firstname.lastname@example.org; or Andrea at email@example.com.