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For your safety, Pioneer Memorial Church offices are now closed until further notice. Pastors and staff continue to work remotely to serve your needs. Read more regarding the COVID-19 Pioneer response here.

 
Monday, March 23, 2020 - 21:26

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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.

Saturday, November 09, 2019
Program: 
Opening Music
A Mighty Fortress Is Our God • Max Reger
Songs of Praise
A Mighty Fortress Is Our God—506 • Before The Throne Of God Above • Lord Have Mercy
Prayer
Ben Martin
Children's Story
Marvelous Grace • Kenneth Logan
Worship in Music
Love Unfailing • Kenneth Logan
Homily
Dwight K. Nelson
“A DIY Guide to Better Sexual Health: Taming Your Tiger”
Connect Card, Tithes, & Offerings
Global Mission
Hymn of Commitment
Whiter Than Snow • 318
Benediction
Closing Music
Symphony No. 3: Maestoso—Allegro • Camille Saint-Saëns

“A DIY Guide to Better Sexual Health: Taming Your Tiger”
www.newperceptions.tv

» THE TIGER

• 64% of young people, ages 13–24, actively seek out pornography weekly or more often.

• A study of 14- to 19-year-olds found that females who consumed pornographic videos were at a significantly greater likelihood of being victims of sexual harassment or sexual assault.

• A Swedish study of 18-year-old males found that frequent consumers of pornography were significantly more likely to have sold and bought sex than other boys of the same age.

• A 2015 meta-analysis of 22 studies from seven countries found that internationally the consumption of pornography was significantly associated with increases in verbal and physical aggression, among males and females alike.

• Porn sites receive more regular traffic than Netflix, Amazon, & Twitter combined each month.

• 35% of all internet downloads are porn-related.

• The “teen” porn category has topped porn site searches for the last six years.

• At least 30% of all data transferred across the internet is porn-related.

• Recorded child sexual exploitation (known as “child porn”) is one of the fastest-growing online businesses.

• 624,000+ child porn traders have been discovered online in the U.S.

• Porn is a global, estimated $97 billion industry, with about $12 billion of that coming from the U.S.

• In 2018 alone, more than 5,517,000,000 hours of porn were consumed on the world’s largest porn site.

• The world’s largest free porn site also received over 33,500,000,000 site visits during 2018 alone.

• National Center on Sexual Exploitation (www.endsexualexploitation.org/wp-content/uploads/NCOSE_Pornography-PublicHealth_ResearchSummary_8-2_17_FINAL-with-logo.pdf)

• Denny Burk: “A growing number of young men are convinced that their sexual responses have been sabotaged because their brains were virtually marinated in porn when they were adolescents. Their generation has consumed explicit content in
  quantities and varieties never before possible, on devices designed to deliver content swiftly and privately, all at an age when their brains were more plastic—more prone to permanent change—than in later life.” (in Meet Generation Z 61)

» THE TAMING

• Luke 5:17-20

Desire of Ages: “Oh, wondrous love of Christ, stooping to heal the guilty and the afflicted! Divinity sorrowing over and soothing the ills of suffering humanity! Oh, marvelous power thus displayed to the children of men! Who can doubt the message of salvation? Who can slight the mercies of a compassionate Redeemer?” (269)

 

Five Steps (Maybe Six) to Overcoming Pornographic Addiction*

» Admit your .

• To yourself for honesty—Romans 7:14-15

• To God for help—2 Chronicles 20:12

» Confess your .

• To Jesus for cleansing—1 John 1:7

• To someone else for accountability—James 5:16**

» Surrender your and .

• To the Holy Spirit—1 Corinthians 6:18-20

• To the Lord—Joshua 24:15

» Worship your .

• Daily through prayer—Daniel 6:10/Psalm 55:17

• Daily through His Word—Joshua 1:7-8/Psalm 119:9-11

» Consecrate your .

• Take up your cross—Mark 8:34-35

• Obey His commands—Luke 19:13

» Turn in your .

• Jesus’ radical counsel—Matthew 5:29-30

• The Father’s radical warning—Revelation 21:6-8

 

*For further study/reflection:

1. www.wikihow.com/Overcome-a-Pornography-Addiction-As-a-Christian

2. www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2019/august-web-only/sexuality-sexual-temptation-repression-sure-fire-failure.html

** ADVENTIST RECOVERY MINISTRIES: The Journey to Wholeness (269.281.1520/harelene.e.smith@gmail.com)/GROW Groups: “Sexual Purity for Men” & “Conquer”

 

 

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Neighbor to Neighbor

Neighbor To Neighbor is hosting a food giveaway on April 6, 2020, sponsored by Feeding America. It will begin at 11:00 AM.

20 volunteers are needed to facilitate an efficient distribution process. Out of an abundance of caution we will be explaining new protocols which will be put in place. Masks and gloves will be provided. For volunteers interested in assisting with this event, join us on Zoom on Monday, March 30, 2020 at 6:00 PM for a briefing.

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2nd Quarter Adult Sabbath School Lessons

Due to the COVID-19 stay at home mandate, Pioneer is unable to provide physical copies of the Adult Sabbath School Lesson at this time. Both teacher's edition and standard edition are available online for free.

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FLAG Camp Staff

Each year, FLAG Camp seeks enthusiastic, responsible high school and college students to work as counselors, teachers and support staff. If you have a love for children and are committed to setting a wholesome example for our campers, consider joining our team. The application deadline is April 5, 2020. At this time FLAG Camp is still scheduled this summer. Due to the COVID-19 virus, please stay tuned for further updates.

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Livestreaming Schedule

Pioneer will be worshipping online online until further notice. We look forward to having you join us there.

  9:00 AM ET - Pioneer at Worship
10:30 AM ET - Sabbath School
11:45 AM ET - Pioneer at Worship

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Home Visits

The Board of Elders, under the leadership of Bryan and Becky von Dorpowski, has responded to the immediate spiritual and emotional needs of our oldest Pioneer members. Recognizing many of them will chose to protect themselves from the coronavirus by limiting their time in the wider community and thus missing the weekly fellowship that worship and Sabbath School provided, the elders will be focusing on those Pioneer members in their 70s, 80s, 90s and 100s—and will be reaching out by phone to visit with them. (In order to protect the health of our members our elders will not be making home visits at this time.)

If you know of an at-risk member who needs personal attention, please call Claudia Sowler 269.471.3134. The elders are praying these targeted phone calls will bring the ministry of our Good Shepherd Savior to these who have faithfully walked with Him throughout their lives.

Family, Faith, and Fun!

During this time of potential boredom and cabin fever, enjoy these fun ideas for spending quality time together as a family.

After the long winter of gray and brown, get outside and look for all the buds, sprouts, and new leaves you can find. Try to identify what each one is. You can use your phone to look on the Internet or use an app like Pl@ntNet to identify leaves. Currently, you can see things like crocuses, daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, lilies, snowdrops, moss, ferns, ramps, and wild chives. It is so nice to be reminded that even when things look bleak, God is still there and recreating!

You can also "adopt a friend" each day or week! Send several encouraging and kind notes to a friend via text, email, Messenger, etc. Let them know you are thinking about them and even praying for them.

Sponsored by the Family Life Committee

Volunteer for the Most Vulnerable

We are looking for teams of volunteers that can help people who are more vulnerable in our community to run errands such as picking up groceries and medicine. We're also asking for volunteers to make calls and pray for our members and community.

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COVID-19 Grow Group Update

Community and gathering in some form remains vital. We have asked Grow Groups of more than ten people to start meeting online. For Grow Groups of less than ten people, we're asking them to practice safe social distancing of at least six feet—as per the CDC. 

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Love on the Move

Over the summer and fall of 2019 Pioneer underwent significant physical renovation—including a new roof and a major Sanctuary makeover. During the same time congregation leaders engaged in multiple conversations about our missional renovation—how does a faith community like Pioneer seriously engage and impact the people around us for Christ? From this dialogue emerged a fresh new expression of our Pioneer mission: "Love on the Move."

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