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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.

 

"Gone to the Birds: Lessons from the Divine Ornithologist"—2
Ravens

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  • 1 Kings 17:1-16
    • James 5:17-18—"Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops."
    • Prophets and Kings: "Unbelief was fast separating the chosen nation from the Source of their strength. Viewing this apostasy from his mountain retreat, Elijah was overwhelmed with sorrow. In anguish of soul he besought God to arrest the once-favored people in their wicked course, to visit them with judgments, if need be, that they might be led to see in its true light their departure from Heaven." (120)
  • Ravens
    • The differences between ravens and crows (https://www.audubon.org/news/how-tell-raven-crow)
    • The intelligence of ravens and crows: "Common ravens have been observed calling wolves to the site of dead animals. The wolves open the carcass, leaving the scraps more accessible to the birds. They watch where other common ravens bury their food and remember the locations of each other's food caches, so they can steal from them. This type of theft occurs so regularly that common ravens will fly extra distances from a food source to find better hiding places for food. They have also been observed pretending to make a cache without actually depositing the food, presumably to confuse onlookers." (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_raven#Intelligence)
    • BBC report on crow's 8-step problem solving skill (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVaITA7eBZE)
    • Job 38:41/Psalm 147:9
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  • Luke 12:24, 6, 31
    • John Banister Tabb (1900) Holy Ground:
                 PAUSE where apart the fallen sparrow lies,
                 And lightly tread;
                 For there the pity of a Father's eyes
                 Enshrines the dead.
    • Illus: Desire of Ages: "Not even a sparrow falls to the ground without the Father's notice. Satan's hatred against God leads him to hate every object of the Saviour's care. He seeks to mar the handiwork of God, and he delights in destroying even the dumb creatures. It is only through God's protecting care that the birds are preserved to gladden us with their songs of joy." (356)
    • "Not a sigh is breathed, not a pain felt, not a grief pierces the soul, but the throb vibrates to the Father's heart." (Ibid)
    • Malachi 3:10
    • Nelson Searcy: "God is a giving God. He gave us life; he gives us breath; he gave us the earth and all its inhabitants; he gives us purpose; he gives us new mercies every single day. Most importantly, he gave us his Son on a Jerusalem hillside. God withholds no good thing from those who love and honor him. So how could we possibly be stingy with God in the area of our finances, especially when he has gone so far as to ask us to 'test him' in this one thing?" (Maximize 39)
    • Education: "Only in the light that shines from Calvary can nature's teaching be read aright. Through the story of Bethlehem and the cross let it be shown how good is to conquer evil, and how every blessing that comes to us is a gift of redemption." (101)
       

Make God first, and He will make it last . . .
and last . . . and last.

 

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Backpacks for Berrien Collection

Each month one of the various denominational churches in Berrien Springs collects food to be distributed on Fridays by Backpacks for Berrien to Berrien Springs public school students who otherwise may not have much to eat over the weekend. January is PMC’s month. The food must be packaged in individual serving sizes. No cans or bottles. By the types of food we select to donate, we can even make a health statement. Here are the healthful items on the Backpacks’ food list: fruit cups, pasta, rice, beans, nuts, protein bars. Food can be brought to the church and placed in the collection box in the lobby.

CSA Produce Shares & Nursery Plants

We are now accepting Community Supported Agriculture memberships for the 2019 season. Sign up to receive Certified Naturally Grown fresh vegetables and fruits delivered to your doorstep weekly. We are also taking orders for nursery plants for home gardeners. All of our plants are from Certified Organic seed and grown in Certified Organic soil. Click the link below for details. Call or text Shelli at (269) 277-3621 with questions. We look forward to providing you with high quality healthy food.

Contact: Shelli - (269) 277-3621

Swim N Gym

Come and join your church family for some fun playing games in Johnson Gym and swimming in the Beatty Pool. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

January 19, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Location: Johnson GYM & Beaty Pool

Ways to Help Children and Youth in Benton Harbor

1)   Pray for the children, youth, their parents, teachers, and the leaders in the Sabbath School classes.

2)   Order Rada Cutlery and Gifts—Affordable and durable. Proceeds go directly to Harbor of Hope.

3)   Order Citrus Fruit for yourself and/ or a food pantry like Harbor of Hope, Neighbor to Neighbor, or God's Abundant Pantry. Just make a note of where you want it to go on your check memo line. Order it by mid-January. Proceeds also go to Harbor of Hope.

4)   To help and support children and youth of Harbor of Hope contact: Terry Trecartin at fundraising4hoh@gmail.com or (423) 645-5684, 2601 Pixley Ave., Saint Joseph, MI 49085.

Media Team Volunteers

The Pioneer Media Team is looking for new audio and video technicians for its local media ministry. If you want to use your talents to have a positive impact on the world through digital evangelism and learn new things while sharpening your technical skills, email mediateam@pmchurch.org. Volunteer teams rotate every 3rd Sabbath and are asked to volunteer for both services on their scheduled Sabbath.

Expedition to Biblical Jordan and Egypt 2019

Join Timeless Tours this coming June 8-21 for an adventure to the biblical lands of Jordan and Egypt. Featuring Andrews University professors Robert Bates - Archaeologist and Egyptologist, and Stefanie Elkins - Archaeologist and Art Historian. This all inclusive tour, which includes RT airfare, features visits to Jerash, Petra, the baptismal site of Jesus, the Valley of the Kings, The Great Pyramids of Giza, a hot air ballon ride, and cruise on the Nile! Cost is $4950.00 per person based on double occupancy.
Website: www.digtheadventure.com

Facebook page: Expedition to Biblical Jordan and Egypt
Email: selkins@andrews.edubates@andrews.edu

Grief Share Support Group

Grief Share, a support group for those who are hurting or suffering the loss of a loved one, is available in January. The group meets at the Village Church on Sundays from 4:00-6:00 PM. Contact Shirley Gammon for more information or to register for the first session.

Sundays, 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Location: Village SDA Church
Contact: Shirley Gammon (989) 427-5669