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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.

Part 4 of this 7-part series.
Saturday, January 30, 2016

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03/05/2016
Part 7 of this 7-part series.
02/27/2016
Part 6 of this 7-part series.
02/20/2016
Part 5 of this 7-part series.
01/16/2016
Part 3 of this 7-part series.
01/09/2016
Part 2 of this 7-part series.
01/02/2016
Part 1 of this 7-part series.

“Charmed into Righteousness: The Fairest Judge”

www.newperceptions.tv

 

  • The Judge
    • Steps to Christ: “Satan [has led humanity] to conceive of God as a being whose chief attribute is stern justice—one who is a severe , a harsh, exacting creditor. He pictured the Creator as a being who is watching with jealous eye to discern the errors and mistakes of men, that He may visit judgments upon them. It was to this dark shadow, by revealing to the world the infinite love of God, that Jesus came to live among men. The Son of God came from heaven to make manifest the Father.” (10-11)
    • John 1:14, 18; 3:16; 14:5-10
      • Kevin J. Vanhoozer: “The son’s humanity is the ultimate form of God’s self-presentation, Jesus is God’s definitive word and in his person and history corresponds to what it is that makes God .” (In John Peckham, The Love of God: A Canonical Model 61)
      • John Peckham: “Depictions of divine compassion in the Old Testament and New Testament are strikingly similar to that manifested by Christ in the Gospels. Thus Leon Morris contends that ‘Christ’s action is action. Christ’s love is love.’” (The Love of God 64)
  • The Judged
    • The protagonist: “Mary had been looked upon as a great sinner, but Christ knew the circumstances that had shaped her life. He might have extinguished every spark of hope in her soul, but He did not. It was He who had lifted her from despair and ruin. Seven she had heard His rebuke of the demons that controlled her heart and mind. She had heard His strong cries to the Father in her behalf. She knew how offensive is sin to His unsullied purity, and in His strength she had overcome.” (Desire of Ages 568)
      • “When to human eyes her case appeared , Christ saw in Mary capabilities for good. He saw the better traits of her character. The plan of redemption has invested humanity with great possibilities, and in Mary these possibilities were to be realized. Through His grace she became a partaker of the divine nature. The one who had fallen, and whose mind had been a habitation of demons, was brought very near to the Saviour in fellowship and ministry.” (Ibid)
    • The antagonist: “When Judas joined the disciples, he was not insensible to the beauty of the character of Christ. He felt the influence of that divine power which was drawing souls to the Saviour. . . . In connecting this man with Himself, He placed him where he might, day by

day, be brought in contact with the outflowing of His own unselfish love. If he would open his to Christ, divine grace would banish the demon of selfishness, and even Judas might become a subject of the kingdom of God.” (Desire of Ages  294)

  • “When he came into association with Jesus, he had some traits of character that might have been made a blessing to the church. If he had been willing to wear the yoke of Christ, he might have been among the chief of the apostles; but he hardened his heart when his defects were pointed out, and in pride and rebellion chose his own selfish ambitions, and thus unfitted himself for the work that God would have given him to do.” (Ibid)
  • John 12:1-8
    • “[Jesus’] heart was crying, How can I give thee up? The constraining power of that love was felt by Judas. When the Saviour’s hands were bathing those soiled feet, and wiping them with the towel, the heart of Judas thrilled through and through with the impulse then and there to confess his sin. But he would not humble himself. He hardened his heart against repentance; and the old impulses, for the moment put aside, again controlled him.” (Desire of Ages 645)
    • “The Saviour did not reproach His betrayer. He knew that Judas did not repent; his confession was forced from his guilty soul by an awful sense of condemnation and a looking for of judgment, but he felt no deep, heartbreaking grief that he had betrayed the spotless Son of God, and denied the Holy One of Israel. Yet Jesus spoke no word of condemnation. He looked pityingly upon Judas, and said, For this hour came I into the world.” (Desire of Ages 722)
  • The Judgment
    • John 5:22—“‘The Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the .”
    • 2 Corinthians 5:10—“For we must all appear before the judgement seat of , so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.”
    • 1 John 2:1-2
      • He who is the Savior of the world and the Judge of the world is the Advocate of the world, the of the human race.
      • Steps to Christ: “We shall have to bow down and weep at the feet of Jesus because of our shortcomings and mistakes, but we are not to be discouraged. Even if we are overcome by the enemy, we are not cast off, not forsaken and rejected of God. No; Christ is at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.” (64)

 

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Sabbath School Lesson Quarterly

Adult Sabbath School teachers, you may pick up next quarters Sabbath School lesson quarterly for your class at the lower level Welcome Center beginning today. If you are a member of PMC and not a member of a Sabbath School class, you may pick up no more than two quarterlies. Please complete the sign-out sheet if you are not a class member.

10 Days of Prayer

Start the New Year right! Come and enjoy PMC’s 10 Days of Prayer from January 1-10 in the Youngberg home, 4731 Greenfield Drive in Berrien Springs, MI. This is the 29th consecutive year. Each session begins at 6:00 PM. We will be praying for your requests and for an abundant outpouring of the Latter Rain. There will be special handouts for attendees each session. Bring your Bible.

The topics are:

  • Jan. 1 “For Such a Time as This”
  • Jan. 2 “My Sheep Hear My Voice”
  • Jan. 3 “Faith is the Victory”
  • Jan. 4 “His Name Shall Be Called WONDERFUL”
  • Jan. 5 “Toning up my Flabby Spiritual Muscles”
  • Jan. 6 “Snacking on Spiritual Food or Enjoying a Full Course Meal?”
  • Jan. 7 “Exceedingly Abundantly Above All that We ASK or Think”
  • Jan. 8 “And the Earth Was Illuminated with His Glory”
  • Jan. 9 “These Follow the Lamb Wherever He Goes”
  • Jan. 10 “You Are My Hiding Place”

January 1-10, 6:00 PM
Location: 4731 Greenfield Drive, Berrien Springs, MI

District 9 Prayer Conference

On behalf of the thirteen churches in southwestern Michigan, we’re delighted to host Pavel Goia, editor Ministry magazine and international prayer conference speaker, on Sabbath, January 5, 2019. Pastor Goia was featured significantly in Ron Clouzet’s Adventism’s Greatest Need because of a resurrection he and his wife sought and received from God. A man of bold prayer and intercession, Pastor Pavel is the right preacher to lead us into an uncertain New Year globally, nationally and even locally. He will preach in both the 9:00 AM and 11:45 AM services at Pioneer, and in between will preach in the Berrien Springs Spanish Church (10:30 AM). An afternoon district-wide prayer conference will follow here at Pioneer (3:00 PM). Mark your calendar, and let us discover how to make collective prayer our high priority in 2019.

January 5, 9:00 AM & 11:45 AM
Location: Pioneer Memorial Church

Ruth Murdoch Elementary School Christmas Programs

Please join us at the Howard Performing Arts Center for our annual Christmas programs. The Vocal Christmas program is 7:00 PM on December 18 and the Instrumental program is at 7:00 PM on December 19.

December 18 & 19
Location: Howard Performing Arts Center

Share Your Story!

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Update Regarding Pastor Dwight K. Nelson

On Sunday, December 2, 2018 Dwight K. Nelson, Lead Pastor at Pioneer Memorial Church, took the pastoral team and their families on a Christmas excursion. Following a delightful meal, they headed to a nearby ice skating rink. The team is thankful for the time together!

Seasons cheer was in the crisp, cool air as the pastor's kids and the rest of the team circled around the rink. A few huddled on the sidelines while laughing, taking pictures, and waving through the merry gang of PMC skaters. Almost an hour after getting on the ice, Pastor Nelson incurred an injury to his right hip and right shoulder. Everyone is thankful that he did not hit his head on the ice.

The staff from the arena responded professionally, assessing the situation and calling for the paramedics. They even responded warmly to the suggestion from one of the other pastors. That suggestion was that along with the paramedics, they include a local marching band to escort him to a local hospital where he would get x-rays taken. (unfortunately, they were not available). On arriving at the hospital, they were received and attended with great care. Thank you to all who work in medical services for the professionalism and attentiveness you offer your patients.

As of December 3, Pastor Dwight went through his first successful surgery for his hip, and on December 5 he is scheduled to go into surgery again to attend to his shoulder. During this season we are reminded of many things, but today we are thankful that even through the disruptions this life brings God is watching over us. He is the Lead Physician and the Loving Shepherd.

We welcome your prayers and cards. We have set up a CaringBridge site (www.caringbridge.org/visit/dwightnelson) to read updates as they are made available and for you to leave your words of encouragement (we are not setting up a donation portal through CaringBridge). At the present time, we are asking for no-one to visit so that Pastor Dwight can have the necessary rest and recovery important in these early days post surgery. If you have care packages or cards, please feel free to deliver them to the church office. The pastoral staff will ensure they are delivered.

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Funeral Dinner Team

The funeral dinner team needs additional helpers to bring food and/or work in the kitchen. If you would like to assist in this way, please contact Pat Erhard at (260) 471-7366 or the church office at (269) 471-6565.

Christmas Angel Tree (previously known as Adopt-A-Family)

Brighten someone's holiday and bring smiles to struggling individuals. This is a great opportunity to show someone in need that we as a church care. Please stop by the Christmas Angel Tree located at the Welcome Center. Choose an angel from the tree, you can either give a donation (money, gift card, food, toys, etc.) or buy a gift for them. Then bring the gift wrapped with the angel attached to it to PMC by December 17 (Monday). 

November 17 - December 17
Contact: Lailane Legoh - (269) 471-3543

Adventist Giving Online Apps Available

Dear Member,

Thank you for your ongoing financial support which makes ministry happen at Pioneer! Many of you have been utilizing our SecureGive portal for giving recurring and one-time gifts, both online and via the SecureGive App. 

In August, 2018, Adventist Giving Online (AGO) announced the launch of their own mobile apps for both iPhone and Android devices. You can download the Adventist Giving App on the App Store for your iPhone or Google Play for Android.

With the Adventist Giving App now available, Pioneer Memorial Church will discontinue the use of SecureGive as of January 1, 2019. Please move your recurring transactions to Adventist Giving Online as soon as possible by creating an account at https://www.adventistgiving.org/?OrgID=ANFFDG or search "Berrien Springs - Pioneer" in the AGO app.

Once again thank you for your commitment to Pioneer Memorial Church. If you need assistance with moving your recurring gifts please call JoAnn at 269.471.7656 or Richard at 269.471.3246.

PMC Finance Team

Additional Details: https://nadadventist.org/news/adventist-giving-announces-launch-mobile-app

Youth Mission Trip to Honduras

On December 13 our PMC Youth Missions team leaves for Honduras where they will be serving at the Hogar de Niños and conducting a day camp for about 125 children. A great team is in place but we still need a couple of Spanish translators. We seek your prayer support and contributions should be labelled PMC Youth Missions Honduras. For more information contact Glenn Russell by email: glenn@andrews.edu.

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