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Speaker

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”—7
www.newperceptions.tv

 

  • Storm
    • James Hunter: “We say we want renewal of character in our day, but we don’t really know what we ask for. To have a renewal of character is to have the renewal of a creedal order that constrains, limits, bind, obligates, and compels. This price is too high for us to pay. We want character but without unyielding conviction. We want strong morality but without the emotional burden of guilt or shame. We want virtue but without the particular moral justifications that invariably offend. We want good without having to name evil. We want decency without the authority to insist upon it. We want moral community without any limitations to personal freedom. In short, we want what we cannot possibly have on the terms we want it.” (The Death of Character: Moral Education in an Age Without Good or Evil quoted by Gordon Bietz in Southern Columns Spring 2016)
  • Walk and Talk
    • Genesis 5:21-24
    • Hebrews 11:5
    • Ellen White: “In every phase of your character building [i.e., growth is taking place] you are to please God. This you may do; for Enoch pleased Him though living in a degenerate age. And there are Enochs in this our day.” (Christ’s Object Lessons 332, emphasis supplied)
    • John 15:5 à John 5:19 à John 5:30 à John 14:10
  • Credo
    • Hebrews 2:13—“‘I will put My trust in Him.’”
    • When you walk by faith, you will be like Jesus.
      • “By faith Enoch walked with God” (Genesis 5:24) 
        • “By faith Jesus walked with God” (Hebrews 2:13)
      • “By faith Enoch pleased God” (Hebrews 11:5) 
        • ​“By faith Jesus pleased God” (John 5:30)
    • Ellen White: “Enoch kept the Lord ever before him, and the inspired word says that he ‘walked with God.’ He made Christ his constant companion. He was in the world, and performed his duties to the world; but he was ever under the influence of Jesus. He reflected Christ’s character, exhibiting the same qualities in goodness, mercy, tender compassion, sympathy, forbearance, meekness, humility, and love. His association with Christ day by day transformed him into the image of Him with whom he was so intimately connected. Day by day he was growing away from his own way into Christ’s way, the heavenly, the divine, in his thoughts and feelings. He was constantly inquiring, ‘Is this the way of the Lord?’ His was a constant growth, and he had fellowship with the Father and the Son.” (Review & Herald 4/28/1891)
    • Mark Labberton: “I started to read the New Testament just as I was about to enter college. With very few assumptions, and with no theological or spiritual commitments, I simply picked up the Bible and began to read. I read and reread the Gospels, and then the whole New Testament. . . . I was by no means sure there was a god, nor was I sure that this text and its apparent claims were true or relevant to some possible divine being. It simply seemed to me that a literate person should be acquainted with the Bible, and so it all began.”
    • “I came to discover that what Jesus offered was in fact the antidote to smallness: the kingdom of God. The smallness that pervades much of our natural human enterprise, whether it is business, education, politics, or religion, was the problem of a shrunken heart and mind. By contrast, the kingdom of God—life under the reign of God’s grace and truth in Jesus Christ—expands and unleashes our heart, mind, soul, and strength for the profound purposes for which we were made.”
    • “To my utter surprise, the Bible proved itself to be clear to me, even though I knew almost nothing about it. What the Bible made plain was that I was loved, sought, convicted, called, and redeemed by the true and living God who came to save the world—including me—in Jesus Christ. The clarity of Scripture was not an abstract principle; it was an apt description. . . . Over time, it has formed my spiritual genealogy and biography.”
    • “However urbane and cosmopolitan, skeptical and doubting, or poor and broken people may be, God’s Word speaks with authority and power. Just as water will always find its own way, so the Bible’s ‘streams of water’ do the same—finding their way into parched and thirsty lives to bring new life. . . . It’s not simply the clarity of comprehension for which Jesus calls us to be ‘perfect,’ but a life that looks increasingly like the life of the Word made flesh. This is the final test of the Bible’s clarity: Can people read our lives and see the life of God in us? This is the perspicuity [transparency] that God has given us in the Bible, a clarity that is meant to be readable in part through the unfinished lives of those who read and trust it.”
    • “The clarity of our faithful Bible reading is meant to show up in the clarity of our faithful lives.” (Christianity Today Jan/Feb 2017)

 

When you walk by faith in the Word,
 you will be like Jesus in the world.

 

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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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