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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 one granddaughter.
“The most fearful threatening ever addressed to mortals is contained in the third angel’s message.” (The Great Controversy 449)
□ Revelation 13:11-17—Power #2
What power on earth sprang into existence and began its comparatively rapid growth into global dominance around the (see Matthew 13:17 for same verb)?
What power on earth sprang into existence from the waters, from the masses and multitudes of the great nations of the Middle Ages (compare with Revelation 17:15)?
What power on earth sprang into existence with those credentials and today holds sway?
Given the historical background as well as the time frame for its emergence, there is only one international power that fits the prophetic description of Revelation 13—late 1700s, away from Europe and the masses, growing rapidly into eventual global dominance—the .
“The Lord has done more for the than for any other country upon which the sun shines.” (Maranatha 193)
□ Catalysts of American Confusion
#1—The mistaken belief that the United States is God’s chosen .
Paul Dean: “Most American Christians believe that America has a special place in God’s heart. ‘God and Country’ are inseparable in the minds of many to the point that to be a good Christian is to be a good American and vice versa. . . . [However] we must learn to think biblically about ‘God and Country’ and the connection between the two. We must debunk the popular notions that America is a Christian nation (the is the only Christian nation according to the Scriptures); or that America is the New Israel; or that America will one day establish a Christian government and be the light of the world; or that to be a good Christian is to be a good American. . . . You can be a good Christian anywhere in the world and love your country of origin. The issue is not what country we love but whether we truly love .” (www.crosswalk.com/blogs/dr-paul-j-dean/the-shining-city-on-a-hill-americ...)
#2—The mistaken belief that any is God’s chosen agent.
Loren Seibold: “It has become virtually impossible to get elected as a Republican without leaning in some way toward conservative Christian values and promising governmental advocacy for the ideas that conservative Christians hold dear. I should clarify that many of these Christian values are also mine. However if were running for president today, it’s unlikely he could even be nominated by his own Republican Party. He was a member of no church, never publicly confessed a creed, and never publicly used religious beliefs to justify his policies.” (“Is God a Republican?” Signs of the Times November, 2012)
“Jesus never placed much value on occupying an earthly throne. His kingdom, He insisted, wasn’t anywhere on this earth (John 18:36). Who ruled the nations down here was far less important to Him than that everyone understood the character and purposes of the of the universe.” (Ibid)
“Suppose, for example, that a politician decided that everyone should worship on Sunday (an idea that has been proposed from time to time through history). That would be fine for most Christians, but it would put Jews and Seventh-day Adventists (who observe the seventh day of the week) in a situation where they’d have to choose between obeying a human law or their understanding of obeying God’s law. The politicians who give one religious group what they want may be taking from another.” (Ibid)
“When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government . . .” (5T 451)
□ The Prayer of John Knox
“Give me America or I die!”
Young Family Sabbath School
Parents with pre-school children (0-5 years) are invited to a special family Sabbath School. Join in singing and learning about God together. Become part of a new family discipleship vision. High schoolers will adventure into the 0-5 year Sabbath Schools rooms for special workshops during this time.
February 16, 10:30 AM
Location: PMC Youth Chapel
Give the Gift of Life— Mark Your Calendars
Sponsored by Andrews University, The American Red Cross and PMC. You are needed! There is no substitute for human blood.
February 27, 1:00-7:00 PM
Location: PMC Commons
Contact: Larry Ulery - email@example.com or (269) 471-0467
Seniors of Michiana Dinner Invitation
No sign-up is required. We look forward to a delightful afternoon of food and entertainment provided by the Andrews Academy administration and students. We hope to see you there. If you have any dietary restrictions, please contact the academy directly at 471-3138.
January 27, 1:00 PM
Location: Andrews Academy Commons
Contact: (269) 471-3138
Howard Center Presents - Jasmine Murray
Jasmine Murray is an independent American singer and beauty pageant titleholder from Starkville, Mississippi. Best known for her powerhouse vocals as a finalist in season eight of “American Idol,” Jasmine has worked hard to overcome and achieve so much at a young age. Now at 25, Jasmine’s experience contributes to the wisdom and poise she carries. She is on a mission to reach people with the message that God has given her, and she is just getting started.
January 27, 7:00 PM
Location: Howard Performing Arts Center
2018 Contribution Statements
In just a few weeks the 2018 Contribution Statements will be printed and mailed out to you. Please make sure Pioneer has your current address - for the contribution statements and also for any future mailings from Pioneer!
Backpacks for Berrien Collection
Each month one of the various denominational churches in Berrien Springs collects food to be distributed on Fridays by Backpacks for Berrien to Berrien Springs public school students who otherwise may not have much to eat over the weekend. January is PMC’s month. The food must be packaged in individual serving sizes. No cans or bottles. By the types of food we select to donate, we can even make a health statement. Here are the healthful items on the Backpacks’ food list: fruit cups, pasta, rice, beans, nuts, protein bars. Food can be brought to the church and placed in the collection box in the lobby.
CSA Produce Shares & Nursery Plants
We are now accepting Community Supported Agriculture memberships for the 2019 season. Sign up to receive Certified Naturally Grown fresh vegetables and fruits delivered to your doorstep weekly. We are also taking orders for nursery plants for home gardeners. All of our plants are from Certified Organic seed and grown in Certified Organic soil. Click the link below for details. Call or text Shelli at (269) 277-3621 with questions. We look forward to providing you with high quality healthy food.
Contact: Shelli - (269) 277-3621
Swim N Gym
Come and join your church family for some fun playing games in Johnson Gym and swimming in the Beatty Pool. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
January 19, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Location: Johnson GYM & Beaty Pool
Ways to Help Children and Youth in Benton Harbor
1) Pray for the children, youth, their parents, teachers, and the leaders in the Sabbath School classes.
2) Order Rada Cutlery and Gifts—Affordable and durable. Proceeds go directly to Harbor of Hope.
3) Order Citrus Fruit for yourself and/ or a food pantry like Harbor of Hope, Neighbor to Neighbor, or God's Abundant Pantry. Just make a note of where you want it to go on your check memo line. Order it by mid-January. Proceeds also go to Harbor of Hope.
4) To help and support children and youth of Harbor of Hope contact: Terry Trecartin at firstname.lastname@example.org or (423) 645-5684, 2601 Pixley Ave., Saint Joseph, MI 49085.
Media Team Volunteers
The Pioneer Media Team is looking for new audio and video technicians for its local media ministry. If you want to use your talents to have a positive impact on the world through digital evangelism and learn new things while sharpening your technical skills, email email@example.com. Volunteer teams rotate every 3rd Sabbath and are asked to volunteer for both services on their scheduled Sabbath.