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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!
The Andrews University Band & Keyboard Festival this year includes nearly 100 academy students from four states and Canada. The festival band will be directed by Byron Graves, performing Sacred Suite by Brant Karrick, Simple Gifts by Frank Ticheli, and more. The festival keyboard students are under the direction of Chi Yong Yun, and will perform a variety of selections. Admission is free.
March 18, 4:00 PM
Location: Howard Performing Arts Center
Dr. John Kelly, MD, MPH, will make a presentation on “Epigenetics and Lifestyle: Your Genes Are Not Your Destiny” at the St. Joseph Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1201 Maiden Lane, St. Joseph. Dr. Kelly was founding President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, serves as an adjunct faculty at two medical schools, and is the new President of Oak Haven in Pullman, MI. There is no admission fee for his presentation, which is sponsored by Healthy Together Friends in partnership with the St. Joseph Seventh-day Adventist Church. For more info and to register, go to our website at www.htfriends.org or call (269) 697-3405.
March 3, 3:00-5:00 PM
Location: St. Joseph Seventh-Day Adventist Church
1201 Maiden Lane, St. Joseph
All eighth-grade students are invited to attend and see the exciting programs Andrews Academy offers. You will experience one day with us. While there you will worship together, go to a number of classes with Academy students, and participate in a number of games and activities. Lunch will be served; T-shirts and prizes will be given. Registration begins at 7:30 AM, the full day of activities will begin at 8:00 AM and will conclude by 3:15 PM. You are invited to stay for the optional dodgeball tournament and pizza supper to follow. Call (269)471-3138 with any questions you may have.
March 5, 7:30 AM - 3:15 PM
Location: Andrews Academy
We will be spending time and handing out flowers to the people at the Pine Ridge Center. This is a great opportunity to interact with the people who live in our local community. We will be leaving from the PMC Church parking lot, and transportation will be provided. Please contact Alexander Hales at email@example.com for further information.
March 1, 2:00-3:00 PM
Contact: Alexander Hales - firstname.lastname@example.org
The AU Campus are invited to join Ted Wilson, General Conference president, and some of his colleagues on Sabbath, March 2, from 3:00-5:00 PM in the PMC Sanctuary. During that time, Elder Wilson will share some exciting updates on mission and talk with us about unity in the church. The last 40 minutes will be for questions and answers. So that we can ensure he and his team have a chance to be prepared and time to be responsive to the majority of questions, we are asking for questions to be submitted in advance. These can be submitted through PMC at www.pmchurch.org/gcqa or through the University at email@example.com. Please send your questions before the end of Sunday, February 24. Thank you so much and please do come and join us for this important time of reflection and engagement.
March 2, 3:00-5:00 PM
Location: PMC Sanctuary
Come and learn about Christian sexuality from internationally renown authors and speakers Drs. David and Beverly Sedlacek.
March 2, 3:30-5:00 PM
Location: PMC Commons
Pioneer welcomes all members to its next business session. Come for supper at 6:00 PM with the business meeting at 7:00 PM. Hear reports and updates regarding our building program and church life.
February 25, 7:00 PM
Location: PMC Commons
Join the AU students in a unique and beautiful vespers featuring inspiring music and poetry on the theme of gratefulness. This annual vespers is presented by the Andrews University Departments of English and Music.
February 22, 7:00 PM
Adventist Engaged Encounter is an intense weekend workshop for seriously dating, engaged, and newlywed couples. It is biblical, results oriented, and designed for couples to interact in a private, safe environment allowing you to explore your relationship with each other and with God. Engaged Encounter runs from Friday March 1 through Sunday March 3. The cost is $75 per couple, meals are included on Sabbath and Sunday.
Friday, March 1, 6:15-9:00 PM
Sabbath, March 2, 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday, March 3, 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Griggs Hall, Council Chamber