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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.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

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Keywords: Love, Heartbeat, Heart, Danny Gokey, Gregory Boyle, Jerry Cook
Keywords: love, caring, Holy Spirit, Washington Post, My Bright Abyss, Vanishing Grace, For the Glory, Philip Yancey

"Game of Hearts: Can You Feel the Love?"

  • The one-liner
    • Mark 10:21—"Jesus looked at him and him."
    • The testimony of Rosaria Champagne Butterfield
    • Philip Yancey: "The uncommitted share many of our core values, but if we do not live out those values in a compelling way, we will not awaken a thirst for their ultimate Source. Christians can do no better than follow the example set by Jesus, who specialized not in techniques and arguments but in spirit and example. He took skeptics seriously, listening to them and responding forthrightly and yet compassionately. The gospel of Mark adds a telling detail to a scene in which a potential wealthy convert rejects Jesus’ message and walks away: ‘Jesus looked at him and him.'" (Vanishing Grace: What Ever Happened to the Good News? 59)
    • An anonymous note
    • The Samaritan woman
    • Philip Yancey: ". . . turn again to the conversation between Jesus and a Samaritan woman who had found some solace in an alternative religion. What if Jesus had engaged in an argument with her about their differences over where to worship? Instead he summoned up a thirst already evident in her troubled life of five failed marriages. ‘Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again,’ he said, referring to the well water she was drawing for him, ‘but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.’. . . We dare not disdain the choices others have made, for that would not show . Instead, we should tune in to the underlying thirst.” (Ibid)
    • Jerry Cook: "The minimal guarantee we must make to people is that they will be —always, under every circumstance, with no exception. The second guarantee is that they will be totally accepted, without reservation. The third thing we must guarantee is that no matter how miserably they fail or how blatantly they sin, unreserved forgiveness is theirs for the asking with no bitter taste left in anybody’s mouth.... A church that can make that commitment to every person is a church that’s learning to love and a church that will be a force for God" (Love, Acceptance, and Forgiveness 11, 13).
    • Jesus: "'I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven'" (Matthew 18:22).
    • Clearly, God does not intend to attach a statute of to how often we are to love, to accept and to forgive fellow sinners.
    • Remember—love, acceptance and forgiveness are not about granting license to sinners, but rather about showing to sinners like us.
  • The fruit
    • #1—The Fruit of the
      • Galatians 5:22-23
      • Jesus: "'I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much ; apart from me you can do nothing'" (John 15:5).
    • #2—The Fruit of
      • 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
 Galatians 5:22-23 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Love Love
Joy Rejoices
Long suffering Suffers long
Kindness Kind
Goodness Does not delight in evil
Faithfulness Always trusts
Gentleness Keeps no record of wrongs
Self-control Is not self-seeking
  • "Morning by morning [Jesus] communicated with his Father in heaven, receiving from him a fresh baptism of the Holy Spirit. The Lord awakened him from his slumbers in the early hours of the new day, that his soul and his lips might be anointed with grace [love] which he should impart to others" (Signs of the Times November 21, 1895).
  • The two prayers:
  • "Pour God’s love into me today, Holy Spirit."
  • "Pour God’s love out of me today, Holy Spirit."

"Just like Jesus"

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Kindergarten Visitation Day

Bring your child for a morning of singing, worship, stories, a craft, PE class, music class, outdoor playtime, and time to enjoy one of the 20+ learning centers. Please call (269) 471-3220 to register your child for this fun-paced day!

April 4, 8:15 to 11:30 AM
Location: Ruth Murdoch Elementary School

Kindergarten Parent Night

Come meet Mrs. Curnutt and learn about the creative, hands-on, developmental program that will help your child to grow in academic, social, physical, and spiritual ways. Tour the classroom and school, ask questions, and enjoy refreshments while you meet other parents. A $50 coupon toward tuition for the first month is available only on this night. Please come early if you need to drop off your child for child care.

April 3, 6:30 to 7:30 PM
Location: Ruth Murdoch Elementary School

Pathfinder Bible Experience

There will be 25 PBE teams from around the Lake Union that will be participating. Clubs from this area are PMC Evergreens, Stevensville Challengers, and Eau Claire Critters. Daniel and Esther are the books they have been studying this year. Come to encourage, support a team, and challenge your bible knowledge. 

Sabbath, March 17, 3:00 PM
Location: Pioneer Memorial Church

Knitting Hearts Together

Please join this Spirit-led ministry as we create and deliver hand-created comfort to the seriously ill and bereaved.

March 27, 7:00 PM
Location: MacCarty Residence
Contact: Alice Williams - alicew@andrews.edu | (269) 461-6815
              Lyn MacCarty - (269) 471-9060 or (269) 208-3377

Experience the Gospel of Mark

Celebrate Easter with us by attending a live performance of the story of Jesus. Experience the good news of Mark’s gospel by attending this stage performance told by Jared Nudd. Pastor Nudd has committed to memory the entire gospel and will be sharing Mark’s words as it was originally intended - orally in its entirety. This event is free and open to the public. We hope you and your family will plan to attend!

Sabbath, March 31, 5:00 PM
Location: South Bend First SDA Church
                1936 Altgeld Street, South Bend, IN 46614

Get Your Life Back!

Depression & Anxiety Recovery Seminar by nationally acclaimed depression recovery/research specialist, Dr. Neil Nedley (via video and with locally trained presenters). Thursdays, March 29—May 17, 6:30- 8:30 PM (9 sessions). Info session will be held March 15. 

Information Session: March 15, 6:30 PM
Seminar Dates: Thursdays, March 29 - May 17, 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Location: Village SDA Church
Register: (269) 471-7795

Not All Wounds Bleed 5K

The Andrews University Psychology Club is hosting a 5K run/walk fundraiser for Not All Wounds Bleed. Through this run/walk, they hope to bring awareness to PTSD, provide an outlet for the expression of physical health, and bring both the AU students and community members together. Runners will be given a free t-shirt and wristband. Click the link below to sign up.

April 15
Location: Andrews University Track Field

“Heart Stories: A Celebration of Praise, Testimonies and Prayer”

Come March 17 and be inspired at either worship service with something new at Pioneer—a Sabbath morning worship service devoted entirely to spirited praise, live testimonies and interviews, and collective prayer. For months we have shared a conversation about the daily baptism of the Holy Spirit and His call to love, acceptance and forgiveness. Now let’s share the “heart stories” as we prepare for God’s “next steps.”

Sabbath, March 17
Both PMC services

Adventist Community Service Disaster Relief Introduction Training

This 1-2-hour course is intended to prepare for disasters. Types of disasters are identified and basic information is presented. If individuals are prepared to survive a disaster, they may be able to assist others. The course is the first step to get your ACS Disaster Relief certification. If you are interested in attending this free training, email teela@andrews.edu or call (517) 290-1518.

March 31, 4:00 PM
Location: PMC Commons

Community Supported Agriculture

CSA is short for Community Supported Agriculture. Sower's Purse Microfarm LLC is offering full and half share memberships for the 2018 growing season. With a focus on seasonal culinary diversity and growing methods which honor the Creator and His creation, your membership helps to ensure fresh, healthy produce remains available in the area for the forseeable future. It's the best way to connect with where your food comes from without growing it yourself. Weekly deliveries will be available at Neighbor to Neighbor every Friday from early-June to late-October. For more information on this season's limited membership please e-mail: christopher.dicicco@gmail.com.