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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 2 granddaughters.

"The Last Letter: Wretched (Last Letter for America)"
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» 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”

» America

•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!

 

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Community Service Opportunity

God's Hands 4 Kids would like to present you with the opportunity to show support to those who foster or adopt in our community. We invite you to join us for our monthly support group hosted here at PMC. You can provide a pot of soup, help with setup or clean-up, or help with childcare/activities for ages 0–teen You are also welcome to join us as a guest to learn more about fostering or adopting. For more info or to let us know you will help email godshands4kids@gmail.com or visit us at www.godshands4kids.org and find us on Facebook.

March 14, 5:30 PM
Location: PMC Commons

Resolve to Be Healthier This New Year!

PMC Health Ministries offers free co-ed exercise classes for anyone 18+ years old:

ToBoFit (Total Body Fitness)
Tuesday & Thursday • 5:00-5:50 PM
Lamson Hall Health Club Aerobics Room

H2OFit
Monday & Wednesday • 7:30-8:15 AM
AU Beaty Pool (free admission to class members)

Tai Chi
Wednesday • 4:30 - 5:00 PM
James White Library (begins mid-Jan.)

Check www.healthtent.org for updates.

Ruth Murdoch Elementary School Visitor's Day

Students who will be in the 1st – 8th grade next school year are invited to visit RMES on March 5. Make friends, meet teachers and have fun!   

Grades 1-6:  8:15 AM – 11:30 AM
Grades 7-8:  8:15 AM – 3:30 PM 

Please call (269) 471-3225 to register.

(A special Kindergarten Visitor’s Day is planned for April 3)
 

AU Wind Symphony Vespers Concert

For our annual Vespers Concert as part of the Andrews University Music Festival, the Wind Symphony presents a wide of variety of inspirational sacred music for wind band. Headlining the program is John Stevens' Benediction, an appropriate conclusion to a long week as we enter the Sabbath hours. Other pieces include gorgeous arrangements of The King of Love My Shepherd Is and Amazing Grace, as well as sturdy early American hymns Angel Band and Inventions from the Sacred Harp. Come be blessed and inspired by these moving pieces.

March 1, 7:30 PM
Location: Howard Performing Arts Center

Give the Gift of Life— Mark Your Calendars

Hope Begins With You! Many blood drives have been cancelled or postponed recently because of weather-related issues. The need for blood is urgent. PMC, Andrews University and the American Red Cross are sponsoring this event. To schedule an appointment, log onto redcrossblood.org (sponsor code: Andrews University) or call 1.(800).Red.Cross (1.800.733.2767). Walk-ins Welcome! For more information contact Larry Ulery. We challenge you to give blood and help save lives.

February 27, 1:00-7:00 PM
Location: PMC Commons
 Contact: Larry Ulery - ulery@andrews.edu or (269) 208-5663

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.

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. www.radafundraising.com/?rfsn=1862551.e0e1d5
  3. To help and support children and youth of Harbor of Hope contact: Terry Trecartin at fundraising4hoh@gmail.com or 423-645-5684, 2601 Pixley Ave. Saint Joseph, MI 49085.
PMC Vespers

This evening we will watch and discuss "Raising the Remnant" by Scott Ritsema.

February 23, 5:30 PM
Location: PMC Youth Chapel

Adventist Forum Meeting

Dr. Olive Hemmings, theologian from Washington Adventist University, will present "The Prophetic Power of Sabbath:It Is Not What You Assume It to Be" on Sabbath February 23. All are invited.

February 23, 3:30 PM
Location: Chan Shun Hall, Garber Auditorium

Horn Lectureship Series

The Horn Lectureship Series Presents: “Archaeology, Women, and the Early Church, Part II” by Randall W. Younker, PhD. This event is free and open to the public.

March 4, 7:00 PM
Location: Seminary Chapel

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