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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.

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Part 1 of this 4-part series.
Saturday, March 26, 2016

More In This Series

04/23/2016
Part 4 of this 4-part series.
04/16/2016
Part 3 of this 4-part series.
04/09/2016
Part 2 of this 4-part series.

“Chasing Hope: From an Empty Tomb”

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  •  “The Instinct of Hope”

Is there another world for this frail dust
To warm with life and be itself again?
Something about me daily speaks there must,
And why should instinct nourish hopes in vain?
'Tis nature's prophesy that such will be,
And everything seems struggling to explain
The close sealed volume of its mystery.
Time wandering onward keeps its usual pace
As seeming anxious of eternity,
To meet that calm and find a resting place.
E'en the small violet feels a future power
And waits each year renewing blooms to bring,
And surely man is no inferior flower
To die unworthy of a second spring?

                              —John Clare (1793-1864)

  • The Narrative of Hope
    • Matthew 28:1-10
    • Desire of Ages: “The earth trembles at his approach, the hosts of darkness flee, and as he rolls away the stone, heaven seems to come down to the earth. The soldiers see him removing the stone as he would a pebble, and hear him cry, Son of God, come forth; Thy Father calls Thee. They see Jesus come forth from the grave, and hear Him proclaim over the rent sepulcher, ‘I am the resurrection, and the life.’ As He comes forth in majesty and glory, the angel host bow low in adoration before the Redeemer, and welcome Him with songs of praise.” (780)
  • The Promise of Hope
    • 1 Peter 1:1-3
    • 1 Corinthians 15:13-19
    • Earnest Becker: “The soberest conclusion that we could make about what has been taking place on the planet for about three billion years is that it is being turned into a vast pit of fertilizer.” (The Denial of Death 283/in Lewis Smede’s How Can It Be All Right When Everything Is All Wrong? 132)
    • 1 Peter 1:3-5 The Message: “What a God we have! And how fortunate we are to have him, this Father of our Master Jesus! Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven—and the future starts now! God is keeping careful watch over us and the future. The Day is coming when you’ll have it all—life healed and whole.”
    • Lewis Smedes: “We may as well be very candid: Christian hope is fixed on the last square of our date book. Hope bets that the last square is not that closed closet commonly called a coffin, but a front door into a new world where everything is right, right in all its dimensions. There will be an intermission, of course, between my arrival at my own private last square and the arrival of the new world. But I will not feel as if I need to wait for it to come. In fact, when I find myself in the new earth, I will feel as if I got there at the moment I left the last square of my calendar. It may be light years away, but in the new dimension it will seem like tomorrow.” (How Can It Be All Right, When Everything Is All Wrong? 124)
    • Rubem A. Alves: “Hope is hearing the melody of the future. Faith is to dance to it.”

 

“And the future starts now!”

 

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PMC Traffic Team Volunteers Needed

The Pioneer Traffic Team is in need of volunteers to commit one Sabbath a month to help with the flow of traffic during Sabbath services. If interested or for more information, call or text (732) 379-1300.
 

RMES Kindergarten Parent Night and Visitor's Day

Kindergarten Parent Night at RMES
Come meet Mrs. Curnutt and check out the developmental, hands-on program. Get a $50 coupon for tuition credit. Enjoy refreshments & meet other parents.

April 2, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. 
Location: Ruth Murdoch Elementary School
 

Kindergarten Visitor's Day at RMES
There will be singing & worship, crafts & stories, P.E. & music classes, play in some of 20+ centers and have outdoor play time.

April 3, 8:15 - 11:30 AM
Location: Ruth Murdoch Elementary School

Call (269) 471-3225 to register.

Seeking a Volunteer

We need an individual willing to volunteer 8-10 hours per week to keep the WIN! Wellness web site updated.  If you are interested or need to ask questions, please contact Candice at the email provided. Please make application to John Youngberg and Candice Hollingsead at the following email address. Tell us why you are interested and what skills you can bring to the task.

Contact: Candice Hollingsead - cchollingsead@gmail.com

PMC Youth Missions Lebanon

On Wednesday (March 13), the 26-member youth missions team flew to Beirut, Lebanon for missions and ministry. The team will conduct the week of spiritual emphasis at Middle East University and the local Adventist elementary school and academy. These schools have a minority Adventist population. Our mission team includes 16 physical therapy students and clinicians led by Kim Ferreira, chair of the Physical Therapy department, who will be partnering with a medical clinic for Syrian and Iraqi refugees and the local population. As special aspect of the mission will be partnering with John Bradshaw and the It Is Written team conducting evangelistic meetings. Thank you for your support of PMC Youth Missions and we solicit your fervent prayers for God to do a mighty work in this challenging mission field. For further information contact the mission team director, Glenn Russell.

Contact: Glenn Russell - glenn@andrews.edu

Volunteers Needed at Neighbor to Neighbor

Now that N2N (neighbor to neighbor) thrift store is now open every Wednesday, we need more volunteers!
We need volunteers in the following areas: cashier, sorting clothes, general organizing, praying with customers (Spanish and English speaking volunteers needed), unloading donations, sorting donations, restocking shelves & clothing racks, vacuuming, dusting, food shelving and more! Pray for us and please consider volunteering at neighbor to neighbor thrift store and client services Monday through Thursday any time between 9-5.

Family Life Game Night

The evening of March 9 had no lack of options for activities and entertainment around the campus and community, yet the Family Life Committee hosted a good crowd for a Game Night in the Commons. The evening began with Pastor Ben sharing the importance of gathering together not only as literal families, but also as a church family. In a church our size, not only is it a blessing to get to know the people we worship with week after week, but it's important to our cohesiveness and connection to each other in Jesus. While Pastor Ben was talking with us, his son, Arlo, ran up to him to be picked up as if to emphasize the point his daddy was making. It's good to be with family, whether we're family by blood, family by choice, or family through Christ.

After sundown, out came an incredibly wide variety of games: Clue Jr., Yahtzee, Journey to Egypt, Bible Bingo, Rummikub, Scattergories, Connect 4, and even a game called "Farkle", to name just a few. Kids also burned off energy by playing Hide & Seek and Tag. Everyone had plenty of snacks & beverages to keep their energy up during their grueling matches. Laughter, groans, cheers, and a lot of good conversation went on until the last call for snacks was announced. Clean-up was quick & easy thanks to those who stayed behind to help pick up food, wash and dry dishes, wipe down and put away tables and chairs, vacuum, sweep, and empty trash before locking up for the evening. Watch for future events from your Family Life Committee!

N2N (Neighbor to Neighbor) Thrift Store will now be open EVERY Wednesday

N2N (Neighbor to Neighbor) Thrift Store will now be open EVERY Wednesday beginning in March. March 6 we will still have 50% off for the first Wednesday of the month as before. The following Wednesdays, each week will feature a different Wednesday FLASH SALE yet to be determined. N2N Thrift store is open to the public and hours are Tuesday, WEDNESDAY, and Thursday 10am-6pm. N2N Client Services hours are Tuesday, and Thursday 10am-3pm. We are located across from the Berrien County Youth Fair near Apple Valley in Berrien Springs.

Equipping Missionaries to Cuba

After 60 years of strict communist rule, the doors have opened to equip Cuban pastors and Bible workers with crucial resources like technology, transportation, and ministry materials. Help today by adopting a project like a computer, a smartphone, a bike, or tablet. In addition, we are also conducting a special musical instrument drive. Bring these items to the church and visit www.CareforCuba.org to donate online. Your donation of any amount is 100% tax deductible. For more info mdivstudytour@andrews.edu.

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.

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.