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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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RMES Golf Scramble

Golfers, save the date! The Brookwood Golf Course in Buchanan will be hosting a Golf Scramble for the benefit of Ruth Murdoch Elementary School. Registration will open soon so mark your calendar, gather your team of 4, and keep an eye out here for the registration website information!

April 30
Location: Brookwood Golf Course

2nd Annual Health & Wellness Fest

Join us on the MISSION: Fully Alive, celebrating the transforming power of wellness in this community. This is an event for all students, AU employees, and the community! For detailed information and a schedule of events, please visit www.andrews.edu/wellness/ healthandwellnessfest.

Garden Plot Sign-Up

The Department of Agriculture Community & Student Garden Sign-Ups will be April 9 from 10 AM to 12 PM in Smith Hall Room 111. A single or double plot can be purchased, per family. Faculty & Staff Garden Sign-Ups are March 21 through April 12 in Smith Hall Room 109 (Tuesdays—12 to 1 PM; Wednesdays—9 to 1 1 AM). These plots have been relocated to the area by the AU track and Burman Hall (W. Campus Circle Drive). For questions call (269) 471-6006 or email agriculture@andrews.edu

Tim Zimmerman and The King's Brass

Tim Zimmerman and The King’s Brass present hymn classics with a contemporary flair. The King’s Brass features three trumpets, three trombones, a tuba, percussion and keyboards. These instruments blend together to create a time of innovative worship that will be enjoyed by all generations. Check out their website at www.kingsbrass.org or listen to their music on Youtube. Call the HPAC Box Office at 471-3560 for tickets.

April 2, 7:00 PM
Location: Howard Performing Arts Center

International Sabbath

We would like to invite you to attend a special worship service prepared for you by the International Students. Our guest speaker this year will be Elder Leslie Louis, President, Carolina Conference of SDA. For this special Sabbath celebration, please come dressed in your traditional attire. As many of you would remember, last year we made an appeal on behalf of our international students for a special offering for “international students emergency fund” and many of you gave extremely generously. We have been blessed to receive that offering and we have been able to assist many of our students that had urgent needs (with groceries, eyeglasses, doctor’s visits and so on). So, we are extremely grateful for last year's gift. We would like your generous gift once again on April 8 to continue the work that we are doing for our students. Please mark your tithe envelope as—“International student fund.” May God bless you abundantly and provide for you as you provide and care for our neediest. Thanking you on behalf of our grateful international students.

April 8
Location: PMC Sanctuary

Mentor for Teens

Are you interested in being a long-term mentor for teens at the Berrien County Juvenile Center? Every Sabbath evening from 6 to 7 PM we visit the teens and they give us such a blessing. For more information, please call Rodlie Ortiz (269) 471-6154 or Rhoda Wills (269) 471-7466.

Solar Run 5K

Join us this year at the   "SOLAR"  5K Fun Run hosted by  Andrew's University Engineers Without Borders Chapter! This will be held on campus on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 9:00 AM  to help fund raise towards  a project in Madagascar. The project that is being organized is to help provide lighting for a school and clinic in Ambatolampy, Madagascar. With an assessment trip soon approaching  in 2018,  all the proceeds from this fundraiser will be used to continue this project. Your contributions are greatly appreciated. Hope to see you out on the track!

Hinsdale Men's Chorus

The Hinsdale Men's Chorus (as sometimes heard on LifeTalk Radio in Berrien Springs) will be presenting an afternoon vespers service.

April 8, 4:30 PM
Location: All Nations SDA Church (4259 East Snow Rd.)

International Food Fair

This year's annual International Food Fair will represent over 80 countries and nearly two dozen ethnic clubs. Come and participate in this opportunity to showcase the cultural diversity at AU and experience food and culture from around the world. 

April 9, 12:00 TO 7:00 PM
Location: Johnson Gym

Music & Worship Conference

This conference provides biblical training opportunities for church musicians, pastors, worship leaders, and anyone involved in worship ministry. Our theme is "We Are One: Cultivating Diverse Community through Christian Worship." In a world where division is increasingly evident, worshipping together as a diverse community offers us the opportunity to celebrate and practice our unity in Christ. To register and for more info click the link below.

April 20-22

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