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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.

Keywords: love, caring, Holy Spirit, Washington Post, My Bright Abyss, Vanishing Grace, For the Glory, Philip Yancey
Saturday, January 06, 2018

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02/03/2018
Keywords: Love, Heartbeat, Heart, Danny Gokey, Gregory Boyle, Jerry Cook

"Bring Your Heart to Life"
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  • The Dream
  • The Promise
    • Romans 5:5—God's love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us."
    • Christian Wiman: "In any true love—a mother's for her child, a husband's for his wife, a friend's for a friend—there is an excess energy that always wants to be in motion. Moreover, it seems to move not simply from one person to another but through them, toward something else. . . . This is why we can be so baffled and overwhelmed by such love (and I don't mean merely when we fall in love; in fact, I'm talking more of other, more durable relationships): it wants to be more than it is; it cries out inside of us to make it more than it is. And what it is crying out for, finally, is its essence and origin: God. Love, which awakens our souls and to which we cling like the splendid mortal creatures that we are, asks us to let it go, to let it be more than it is if it is only us. To manage this highest form of loving does not mean that we will be showered with earthly delights or somehow be spared awful human suffering. But for as long as we can live in this sacred space of receiving and releasing, and can learn to speak and be love's fluency, then the greater love that is God brings a continuous and enlarging air into our existence." (My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer 23-24)
    • Spence Reece: "All I know now / is the more he loved me the more I loved the world." (23)
    • Philip Yancey:  "When she enters a room Susan assumes that, bidden or not, God is already present. 'We love because he first loved us,' she says, quoting John, 'and I picture God pouring his pitcher into me so that I can pour out to others, and then be replenished with God's love. I enter with a smile, feeling privileged to share the sacred ground on which someone clings to life. If I forget that God goes ahead of me, and think instead that I am bringing God into the room, I can have an air of smugness. I feel pressure to say the right thing, try to impress the patient and staff—in short, I take myself too seriously. I need the constant reminder that God precedes me in that room, and that the person in the bed has a story I can learn from." (Vanishing Grace: What Ever Happened to the Good News? 66-67)
    • "What is a saint? I like Reynolds Price's definition: someone who, however flawed, 'leads us by example, almost never by words, to imagine the hardest thing of all: the seamless love of God for all creation, including ourselves.'" (Yancey 71)
    • Duncan Hamilton: "Amid the myriad moral dilemmas in Weihsien, [Eric] Liddell's forbearance was remarkable. No one could ever recall a single act of envy, pettiness, hubris, or self-aggrandizement from him. He bad-mouthed nobody. He didn't bicker. He lived daily by the most unselfish credo, which was to help others practically and emotionally. Liddell became the camp's conscience without ever being pious, sanctimonious, or judgmental. He forced his religion on no one. He didn't expect others to share his beliefs, let alone live up to them. . . . 'You came away from his meetings as if you'd been given a dose of goodness,' said a member of the camp congregation. 'Everyone regarded him as a friend,' said another, giving voice to that unanimous verdict." (For the Glory: The Untold and Inspiring Story of Eric Liddell, Hero of Chariots of Fire 8-9)
  • The Strategy
    • #1—Ask to be filled (in the morning).
      • Ellen White: "Our heavenly Father waits to bestow upon us the fullness of His blessing. It is our privilege to drink largely at the fountain of boundless love." (Steps to Christ 94)
      • Romans 5:8—"But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners Christ died for us."
      • Picture the cross in your mind, kneel there, ask to be filled with God's love.
      • www.steps-to-personal-revival.info
    • #2—Ask to be unfilled (through the day).
      • Next Steps on your Connect Card

"Ask to be filled—and then unfilled"

 

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This New Year I would like to pour out the love God pours in by:
Burt & Babb Wedding

The Burt and Babb families invite you to rejoice with us over the marriage of our children Celesta and Zack. We hope to see you there!

March 4, 3:30 PM
Location: Pioneer Memorial Church

Benefit Concert featuring Jamie Jorge

Come for a wonderful night of violin music by the world renowned Jaime Jorge and a special dedication for the Care for Cuba mission team leaving March 16 to spearhead evangelistic efforts in Cuba. A free-will offering will be collected to support Care for Cuba. Admission is free.

March 14, 7:00 PM
Location: Howard Performing Arts Center

AUSA Service Gala

The AUSA Service Gala is premiering student-led service opportunities with the intention of inspiring and connecting students with opportunities to serve. The AUSA Service Gala will be a two part event, the first part will feature a series of speakers in the Howard Performing Arts Center (HPAC) Concert Hall representing different avenues of service. The second part will be a black-tie/red carpet style reception during which the AU UNICEF will be facilitating a silent auction fundraiser to raise funds for UNICEF emergency disaster relief.

Sunday, February 25, 6:00 PM
Location: Howard Performing Arts Center

Organic CSA Shares Available

CSA is short for Community Supported Agriculture. Sower's Purse Microfarm LLC is offering full and half share memberships for the 2018 growing season. With a focus on seasonal culinary diversity and growing methods which honor the Creator and His creation, your membership helps to ensure fresh, healthy produce remains available in the area for the forseeable future. It's the best way to connect with where your food comes from without growing it yourself. Weekly deliveries will be available at Neighbor to Neighbor every Friday from early-June to late-October. For more information on this season's limited membership please e-mail: christopher.dicicco@gmail.com.

Academy Day

All eighth grade students are invited to attend Academy Day March 6.  Come see the exciting programs Andrews Academy offers and experience one day with us. While there you will worship together, go to a number of classes with academy students, and participate in a number of games and activities.  Lunch will be served, T -shirts and prizes will be given.  Registration begins at 7:30 am, the full day of activities will begin at 8:00 am and will conclude by 3:15 pm. You are invited to stay for the optional dodgeball tournament and pizza supper to follow.   Call (269) 471-3138 with any questions you may have.

Tuesday, March 6, 7:30 AM to 3:15 PM
Location: Andrews Academy

Wind Symphony Vespers Concert

For our annual Vespers Concert as part of the Andrews University Music Festival, the Wind Symphony presents a wide of variety of inspirational sacred music for wind band. Headlining the program is David Gillingham’s No Shadow of Turning, a distinctive arrangement of Great is Thy Faithfulness and other moving repertoire pieces. Come be blessed and inspired by these moving pieces!

March 2, 7:30 PM
Location: Howard Performing Arts Center

In the Beginning: A Vespers in Music and Poetry

Andrews University Departments of Music and English invite you to join them in welcoming the Sabbath at their annual vespers in the Howard Performing Arts Center on Friday, February 23, at 7 p.m. This hour of worship and quiet reflection explores the creation story through music and the spoken word. All are welcome.

Friday, February 23, 7:00 PM
Location: Howard Performing Arts Center

Keys to Personal Revival and a Lifestyle of Vibrant Living in Christ

Female spouses of seminary students and student women clergy are invited to a Prayer Retreat. Be prepared for an extraordinary life changing experience with guest speaker and author Melody Mason of the GC Prayer Ministries Dept. Melody is the author of the bestselling book "Daring to ask for More". Register at the NADEI Office in the Seminary Building.

March 2, 5:30 PM
Location: Five Pines Ministries

New Member Orientation

If you have recently transferred your church membership, been baptized, joined by Profession of Faith, or enrolled at Andrews University, you are invited to attend the Pioneer new member orientation. We want to meet you, share the mission and vision of Pioneer with you, and introduce you to your pastors as we help you become better acquainted with your new church family. Click below to register or call pastor Sabine or Gracie Gaytan via (269) 471-3133.

Sabbath, March 3, 10:30 AM
Location: PMC Boardroom

Used Adventist Book Sale

There will be a used Adventist book sale on Sunday, April 8, 10am-4pm at the Village Adventist Elementary School. There will be about 7,000 used books for sale. If you are looking for something specific, John Segar is encouraging you to call him in advance at (269)781-6379. Part of the proceeds will go to the Village Adventist Elementary School.

There will have a large assortment of used Adventist books including:

  • Doctrinal
  • Ellen G. White books
  • Story books
  • Bible Story/Uncle Arthur Bedtime Story
  • SDA Bible Commentary
  • Song Books
  • Cook Books

Sunday, April 8, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Village Adventist Elementary School Gym
               (409 W Mars St, Berrien Springs, MI 49103)

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