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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.

“STORM: Finding Jesus in the Gathering Dark”—3

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  • Two sides to the coin
    • Jesus: “If you remain in Me [ are in Christ] and I remain in you [Christ is in ], then you will bear much fruit.”
    • Two sides to the Salvation Coin:
      • → Christ = forgiveness/justification
      • Christ →   = fruit/sanctification
      • Galatians 2:20—“I am crucified with Christ [ are in Christ]: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me [Christ is in ]: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
    • The “Christ is in us” side of the coin:
      • John 15:5—“‘Abide in Me and I .’”
      • Galatians 2:20—“Christ lives .”
      • Galatians 4:19—“My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed .”
      • Ephesians 3:17—“ . . . so that Christ may dwell in through faith . . .”
      • Colossians 1:27—“ . . . God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this [Gospel] mystery, which is Christ , the hope of glory.”
      • Revelation 3:20—“‘Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will and eat with that person, and they with me.’”
    • Jesus—“‘I am the Vine and you are the branches. If you remain in Me and I in you, you will bear much .”
      • For God—the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit—bearing fruit is a huge deal—because it is the only way to that the branch is truly connected to the Vine.
      • Luke 13:6-9—“‘If it bears   next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’”
      • Galatians 5:22-23 NRSV—“The   of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”
      • Job was bearing fruit that showed he had the faith of Jesus: “Though He slay me, yet will I   Him” (Job 13:15).
      • And what is “the faith of Jesus”? “I will put My   in Him” (Hebrews 2:13).
      • There will be a generation at the end of time that will demonstrate the faith of , because they have the faith of .
      • And the faith of Jesus is revealed in the fruit of the .
    • Desire of Ages 677: “‘Herein is My Father glorified,’ said Jesus, ‘that ye bear much fruit.’ God desires to manifest through you the holiness, the benevolence, the compassion, of His own . Yet the Saviour does not bid the disciples to bear fruit. He tells them to   in Him.”
    • Mike Mason—“Marriage, even under the very best of circumstances, is a crisis—one of the major crises of life—and it is a dangerous thing not to be aware of this. Whether it turns out to be a healthy, challenging, and constructive crisis or a disastrous nightmare depends largely upon how willing the partners are to be changed, how malleable they are. Yet ironically, it is some of the most hardened and crusty and unlikely people in the world who plunge themselves into the arms of marriage and thereby submit in almost total naiveté to the two most transforming powers know to the human heart: the love of another person and the gracious love of God. So be prepared for ! Be prepared for the most sweeping and revolutionary of a lifetime.’’ (The Mystery of Marriage: As Iron Sharpens Iron 60-61)
  • One example to follow
    • Matthew 4:4—“‘It is written: “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every   that comes from the mouth of God.”’”
    • Psalm 40:8/Hebrews 10:7—“‘I desire to do Your will, my God; Your   is within My heart.’”
    • Psalm 119:11—“I have hidden Your   in my heart that I might not sin against You.”
    • Psalm 16:8-10—“I will keep my eyes always on the LORD. With Him at My right hand, I will not be shaken. . . . because You will   abandon Me to the realm of the dead, will You let Your faithful one see decay.”
    • Cameron Schofield: “If you don’t get anything else out of this study, I want you to listen carefully and get this. Take it home with you and do not forget it. How was it that Christ was able to give himself up into the hands of the Father? How was it that no matter how dark the malignity of sin was, how terrible the weight of guilt, how impossible it seemed that there was any way out, how did He conquer? He believed that God would keep His . By faith Christ was victorious! ‘And this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith.’ 1 John 5:4. Is your faith the faith of Jesus?” (Heralding the Loud Cry 94)
    • Desire of Ages 677: “It is through the   that Christ abides in His followers. . . . The words of Christ [in the Gospels] are spirit and life. Receiving them, you receive the life of the Vine. You live ‘by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’ Matthew 4:4. The life of Christ in you produces the same   as in Him. Living in Christ, adhering to Christ, supported by Christ, drawing nourishment from Christ, you bear fruit after the similitude of Christ.”
    • If you want to abide in Christ and want Him to abide in you, everyday ask for the   of Jesus as you read the   of God.

 

“Abide in Me and I in you”

 

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Andrews Academy - Play Presentation

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

Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair

The 4th Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair exists primarily to provide Adventist artists and crafters avenue at which to sell their hand-crafted creations. Over 20 vendors will be showcasing hundreds of beautiful and useful items.

Sunday, December 3, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Chan Shun Hall 
Contact: Diane Helbley - simplestirrings@yahoo.com

Laughing All the Way! AU Wind Symphony Christmas Concert

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

Community Christmas and Live Nativity - Come experience a celebration of Christ's birth from 4 to 7 pm on December 3 at the Eau Claire Community Center in downtown Eau Claire. Featuring a Live Nativity from 4:30 to 6:30 pm with live animals the kids can pet, live Christmas music, FREE refreshments, FREE Christmas craft for the kids, and many Silent Auctions ending every hour on items donated by local businesses as a fundraiser for the Eau Claire Pathfinders.   Admission: FREE or bring non-perishable food items that will be donated to families in need. Questions? Call or text (269) 409-1880 or email brandonlubbert@gmail.com or Facebook: @EauClaireCritters.

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.

February 4-9, 2018
Location: Camp Au Sable

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

Holiday Luncheon

Berrien Springs Public Schools cordially invites the school district's senior citizens (60+) to our Holiday Luncheon. Lunch will be served at 11:45 AM. Entertainment will be provided by our students. Turkey and vegetarian entrees will be available. Please call (269) 471-2891 to make your reservation no later than Friday, December 1st! 

December 6, 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM
Location: Berrien Springs Public High School Gym

A Foster Care Christmas

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.

Madagascar Project

Andrews University's Community and International Development department provide an opportunity for students to attend the Madagascar Study tour each year. The goal every year is to implement a humanitarian & development project. Dr. Joel Raveloharimisy, director of the CID program, has coordinated and sponsored many projects such as Mantasoa Youth Center, Orphanage Hanitry ny Ala, and Orphanage Mampitasoa, and this years project funds a Seventh-day Adventist school, "La Chretienne" College. Students that attend this school are in need of books, computers, and resources to make their education more successful.

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"
"Education is the better heritage of all heritages"

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.

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