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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”—4

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  • Two four-letter words
    • 1 Samuel 15:22-23—“To is better than sacrifice . . . for rebellion [disobedience] is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry [the worship of ].”
      • At the heart of our trouble with the 4-letter word “obey” is our trouble with the 4-letter word “ .”
      • After all doesn’t “obey” mean you must accept someone else’s authority over your ?
    • Romans 6:16-18—“. . . you are slaves of the one you —whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to , which leads to righteousness.”
      • Bob Dylan is right—“You’re gonna have to serve somebody”—so pick your  carefully.
    • John 15:5—“‘I am the Vine; you are the branches. If you abide   and I , you will bear much fruit.’”
    • John 14:15—“‘If you   Me,   [obey] My commandments.’”
  • One four-letter example
    • Obedience is by —i.e., obeying God comes through God.
    • Hebrews 2:13—“I will put My trust in Him” is called “the   of Jesus.”
    • Hebrews 5:7-9
      • F. F. Bruce: “. . . Son of God though he was—even he was granted no exemption from the common law that learning comes by suffering.” (Hebrews 130)
      • “Son though He was, He learned from what He suffered.”
      • “He became the source of eternal salvation for all who Him.”
      • F. F. Bruce: “We learn to be obedient because of the unpleasant consequences which follow disobedience. It was not so with him. . . . He set out from the start on the path of obedience to God, and learned by the sufferings which came his way in consequence just what obedience to God involved in practice in the conditions of human life on earth.” (Hebrews 131)
    • Yes, but what if the Tempter comes to me and whispers, ‘Indulge your desire’—what do I do then?”
      • You call upon “the faith of Jesus.”
      • “How do I do that?”
      • Repeat the 7 words: “I will put my trust in Him.”
      • And then walk away.
      • “But what if the devil follows me?”
      • Keep repeating “the faith of Jesus”—“I will put my trust in Him.”
    • Illus: Desire of Ages 668: “All true obedience comes from the heart. It was heart work with Christ. And if we consent, He will so identify Himself with our thoughts and aims [Christ in us], so blend our hearts and minds into conformity to His will [we in Christ], that when obeying Him we shall be but carrying out our own impulses. . . . When we know God as it is our privilege to know Him, our life will be a life of obedience. Through [1] an appreciation of the character of Christ, through [2] communion with God, sin will become hateful to us.”

 

“I will put my trust in Him.”

 

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December 15, 5:00 PM
Location: PMC Sanctuary

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

Andrews Academy Christmas Pops Concert

You are invited to an evening of popular Christmas music on Saturday, December 15, at 7:00pm at the Howard Performing Arts Center on the campus of Andrews University. Join us as we bring in the holidays with a variety of well-known Christmas songs including a grand finale played by the combined musical groups.

December 15, 7:00 PM
Location: Howard Performing Arts Center

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

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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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Violin Needed

The Honduras mission team needs a used violin and children's recorders (or funds to buy some) for the children's home in Honduras. We want to share the joy of music with these precious children.

Contact: Glenn Russell - glenn@andrews.edu

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.

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