If 'Righteousness Exalts a Nation,' What's Going 2 Happen 2 the USA


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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.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

#RxF4Now—If 'Righteousness Exalts a Nation,' What’s Going 2 Happen 2 the USA?



  • Preamble
    • Elijah Mvundura: “Primal passions: fear, egoism, anger, and hatred, the kind that Mussolini and Hitler exploited and mobilized, are once again potent factors in the politics of Western democracies. Driving these passions is the same disillusionment with liberal democracy, the same gnawing sense of overwhelming crisis that things are falling apart and the center cannot hold. The parallels with Europe in the 1920s are ominously striking.” “. . . not only do we have a thoroughly interconnected and interdependent global economy—social media connects people globally, which allows them to speak with one voice. Now imagine a catastrophic global economic collapse against a background of social unrest, radical jihadist and anarchist violence, hordes of extremists inflaming passions and speeches, blogs or tweets of demagogues going viral; and new totalitarianisms become conceivable. As a matter of fact, democracy has been in retreat worldwide. This drift toward authoritarianism brings to mind Christ’s words, ‘If people do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?’” (Liberty May/June 2016 p 6)
  • Premise #1—God is in —He .
    • Daniel 2:19-22
    • Portrayal of God #1—He is the ultimate .
      • Desire of Ages: “But like the stars in the vast circuit of their appointed path, God’s purposes know no haste and no delay.” (32)
    • Portrayal of God #2—He is the ultimate .
    • Portrayal of God #3—He is the ultimate .
    • Portrayal of God #4—He is the ultimate .
      • Review and Herald 8-5-1902: “Those who place themselves under God’s control, to be led and guided by Him, will catch the steady trend of events ordained by Him to take place.”
  • Premise #2—God’s purpose in Earth politics is always to display His as revealed in His   who carry out His .
    • Daniel 2:46, 47 
    • Daniel 3:28, 29
    • Daniel 4:37
    • Daniel 5:22
    • Daniel 6:26, 27
  • Premise #3—God expects political leaders—no matter their religious persuasion (or the lack thereof)—to abide by the principles of .
    • Proverbs 14:34—“[right-doing] exalts a nation, but   [wrong-doing] condemns any people.”
    • Proverbs 16:12—“Kings detest wrongdoing, for a throne is established through   [right-doing].”
    • Proverbs 20:28—“and faithfulness keep a king safe; through   his throne is made secure.”
    • Proverbs 24:11-12 The Message: “Rescue the perishing; don’t hesitate to step in and help. If you say, ‘Hey, that’s none of my business,’ will that get you off the hook? Someone is watching you closely, you know—someone not impressed with weak excuses.”
    • “The Lord has done more for the United States than for any other country upon which the sun shines. Here He provided an asylum for His people, where they could worship Him according to the dictates of conscience. Here Christianity has progressed in its purity.” (Maranatha 193)
    • “The Bible was held as the foundation of faith, the source of wisdom, and the charter of liberty. Its principles were diligently taught in the home, in the school, and in the church, and its fruits were manifest in thrift, intelligence, purity, and temperance. . . . It was demonstrated that the principles of the Bible are the surest safeguards of national greatness.” (Great Controversy 296)
    • “As nations forget God, in like proportion they become weak morally. . . . It is sin that is ruining nations today. . . . A disregard for God’s law has brought the sure result.” (Character Sketches from the Life of Daniel 45)
    • 5T 713


“Once to every man and nation
comes the moment to decide,
in the strife of truth with falsehood,
for the good or evil side.”
—James Russell Lowell



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Andrews Academy’s Literary Interpretation class presents “Cheaper by the Dozen,” dramatized by Christopher Sergel. Show times are 8 pm Saturday, December 2, and 5 pm Sunday, December 3, in the AA chapel. Tickets are – $5 for students and $7 for adults. See a cast member or Mr. VanDenburgh for tickets. Tickets will also be available at the door the night of the performance. See you there!.

Sabbath, December 2, 8:00 PM
Sunday, December 3, 5:00 PM
Location: Andrews Academy

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Sunday, December 3, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Chan Shun Hall 
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Get in the Christmas spirit as the Andrews University Wind Symphony performs its annual holiday concert on Saturday, December 2, at 8:00 pm in the Howard Performing Arts Center! Performing under the direction of new director Byron Graves, the Wind Symphony will present familiar favorites like Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride and selections from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker suite, as well as some lesser-known works such as Percy Grainger’s Sussex Mummer’s Christmas Carol. Bring the whole family and enjoy the evening of festive music!

Sabbath, December 2, 8:00 PM
Location: Howard Performing Arts Center

Community Christmas and Live Nativity

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December 3, 4:00 to 7:00 PM
Location: Eau Claire Community Center

Volunteers Needed for Winter Camp for the Blind

Volunteers are needed for the Michigan Winter Camp for the Blind. If you are able to help, please contact Larry Hubbell at (248) 459-3165 or (248) 634-4379. If you are unable to volunteer but would still like to help—you can make a donation. Make your check payable to Michigan Conference and put "Blind Camp" on the memo line. Send to MI Conference Blind Camp, 812 Academy Rd., Holly, MI 48442.

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Directory Photos

For those who wish to appear in the PMC Directory and did not have a picture taken by the LifeTouch photographers, you may submit your own photo (with everyone in the photo identified). It must be dropped off at the church office during business hours or emailed to nowack@andrews.edu. The photo must be accompanied (even if emailed) by a release form (if the picture is commercially produced). Each picture to be added to the Directory must be also accompanied by $10. The deadline for submission of all three items: photo, photo release, and $10 fee is Monday, December 4. All three items must be submitted for the picture to be included in the directory

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Share some joy with a foster kid this Christmas! Donate items for mini stockings (a small toy, chocolates, or small candy canes), buy a gift, or sponsor a wish list. There are collection bins in the PMC lower lobby and the receptionist area, Berrien Springs Ameriprise, and South Shore Women's Health Care in St. Joe. For more information go to gh4k.org.

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For more information about donating to these specific projects in Madagascar go to: https://www.andrews.edu/agenda/44185

Your tax-deductible donations can be made as one-time gifts or through several donations over time. Please visit https://vault.andrews.edu/vault/app/pages/advancement/login/development select "Madgascar Study Tour Projects".  In the text box titled "My Instructions" type in "Smart Future" and this will allow you to donate to La Chretienne College.

"Ny fianarana no lova tsara indrindra"
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Adopt a Family for Christmas

Experience the joy of bringing smiles and feelings of deep appreciation to families struggling to provide basic needs as well as gifts to their children during the holiday season. We are looking for people who would like to adopt a family, give a donation (money, gift cards, food, toys, etc.), or help in other ways. We hope you choose to get involved by bringing cheer and gladness to many families this Christmas. To choose a family, or for more information, call Deby Andvik (269) 471-6648, or Carmelita Arthur (269) 471-6651.