Tales from a Vineyard

When You Can't Get Any Closer!

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.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

More In This Series

"Tales from a Vineyard: When You
Can't Get Any Closer!"

www.newperceptions.tv

  • John 15:1-9
    •  "It is a matter of historical interest that one of the earliest literary works of Karl Marx was a graduation essay written at the age of seventeen on 'The union of believers with Christ according to John 15:1-14, showing its basis and essence, its absolute necessity, and its effects.'" (F. F. Bruce, The Gospel of John 316, footnote #2)
       
    •  Ellen White: "One evening a gentleman who was much depressed because of deep affliction was walking in a garden, where he observed a pomegranate tree nearly cut through the stem. Greatly wondering, he asked the gardener why the tree was in this condition, and he received an answer that explained to his satisfaction the wounds of his own bleeding heart. 'Sir,' said the gardener, 'this tree used to shoot out so strong that it bore nothing but leaves. I was obliged to cut it in this manner; and when it was almost cut through, it began to bear fruit.'" (My Life Today 93).
       
    •  "Our sorrows do not spring out of the ground. In every affliction God has a purpose to work out for our good. Every blow that destroys an idol, every providence that weakens our hold upon earth and fastens our affections more firmly upon God, is a blessing. The pruning may be painful for a time, but afterward it 'yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness.' [Hebrews 12:11] We should receive with gratitude whatever will quicken the conscience, elevate the thoughts, and ennoble the life. The fruitless branches are cut off and cast into the fire. Let us be thankful that through painful pruning we may retain a connection with the living Vine; for if we suffer with Christ, we shall also reign with Him. The very trial that taxes our faith the most severely and makes it seem as though God had forsaken us is to lead us more closely to Him, that we may lay all our burdens at the feet of Christ and experience the peace which He will give us in exchange." (My Life Today 93)
       
    •  "Lord Jesus, please abide in me, and let me abide in You."
       
    •  Andrew Murray: "Love needs an object to whom it can give itself away, in whom it can lose itself, with whom it can make itself one. Because God is love, there must be a Father and a Son. The love of the Father to the Son is that divine passion with which He delights in the Son, and hence declares, 'This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.' The divine love is as a burning fire; in all its intensity and infinity it has but one object and but one joy, and that is [in the Other]." (Abiding in Christ 139-140)
       
    •  "As one of His redeemed ones, you are [Christ's] delight, and all His desire is to you—with the longing of a love which is stronger than death, and which many waters cannot quench. His heart yearns after you, seeking your fellowship and your love. Were there the need, He could die again to possess you. As the Father loved the Son and could not live without Him—could not be 'God the blessed' without Him—so Jesus loves you. His life is bound up in yours; you are to Him inexpressibly more indispensable and precious than you can ever know."(Abiding in Christ 140, emphasis supplied)
       
    •  Psalm 73:25—"Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever."
       
    •  Tommy Tenny: "God isn't looking for religious people; He's looking for people who are hot after His heart. He wants people who want Him, who want the Blesser more than the blessings." (The God Chasers 149)
       
    •  A Prayer: "O God—more than the blessings I want the Blesser—more than anointings I seek the Anointer—and more than the gifts, I desire the Giver."

 

"I'd rather have Jesus"

 

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Howard Series Presents— Callisto Quartet

Formed in 2016 at the Cleveland Institute of Music in Cleveland, Ohio, the Callisto Quartet brings together four dedicated and passionate musicians who share a love for chamber music. The quartet won the coveted Grand Prize in the Senior String division and the Gold Medal in the Senior String Division of the 2018 Fischoff Nation Chamber Music Competition, held at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.

October 21, 7:00 PM
Location: Howard Performing Arts Center

Howard Series Presents...Presidio Brass

Founded primarily as a vehicle for promoting music education, Presidio Brass has become known as a contemporary brass ensemble that combines piano, percussion instruments, guitar and vocals with original arrangements to bring a fresh approach to well-loved music. Through their touring show of Hollywood’s greatest hits, Sounds of the Cinema, these five young men present film music with a good dose of wit and humor that together have become hallmarks of every Presidio Brass performance.

November 18, 7:00 PM
Location: Howard Performing Arts Center

Penny Arcade

Andrews Academy would like to invite all 7th- and 8th-graders to Penny Arcade. This is a fun evening of games, activities & food; all for just pennies. Get to know Andrews Academy students better as 7th- & 8th-grade enjoy Penny Arcade. Due to costs, we can open this only to 7th- & 8th-graders & Andrews Academy students. This is not open to siblings and families. Parents can drop their child off at 7:45 PM and can pick them up at 10 PM. If you have any questions, please contact the school at (269) 471-3138.

October 27, 8:00 - 10:00 PM
Location: Andrews Academy
Contact: (269) 471-3138

Adventist Giving Online Apps Available

Dear Member,

Thank you for your ongoing financial support which makes ministry happen at Pioneer! Many of you have been utilizing our SecureGive portal for giving recurring and one-time gifts, both online and via the SecureGive App. 

In August, 2018, Adventist Giving Online (AGO) announced the launch of their own mobile apps for both iPhone and Android devices. You can download the Adventist Giving App on the App Store for your iPhone or Google Play for Android.

With the Adventist Giving App now available, Pioneer Memorial Church will discontinue the use of SecureGive as of December 31, 2108. Please move your recurring transactions to Adventist Giving Online as soon as possible by creating an account at https://www.adventistgiving.org/?OrgID=ANFFDG or search "Berrien Springs - Pioneer" in the AGO app.

Once again thank you for your commitment to Pioneer Memorial Church. If you need assistance with moving your recurring gifts please call JoAnn at 269.471.7656 or Richard at 269.471.3246.

PMC Finance Team

Additional Details: https://nadadventist.org/news/adventist-giving-announces-launch-mobile-app

Dementia Awareness Training

Buchanan SDA invites you to come learn how to recognize , help and be a friend to caretakers and families of those affected with dementia. They need you more than you know, it is a lonely situation. The speaker will be Keryl Conkright, RN who has worked in this field for years and has alot to offer those suspecting or living in the situation.

November 6, 6:00 PM
Location: Buchanan SDA Church
               3115 Niles-Buchanan Rd.
               Buchanan, MI 49107

Horn Lectureship Series

The Horn Lectureship Series Presents: “Studies in the Dead Sea Scrolls,” by James C. VanderKam, PhD. The lecture will take place on Monday, October 29 at 7:00 PM in the Seminary Chapel. This event is free and open to the public.

October 29, 7:00 PM
Location: Seminary Chapel

Free Tai Chi Class

Learn the 24 forms of Tai Chi. These slow movements result in better balance, strength, coordination for those of all ages. For more information, xu@andrews.edu.

Mondays, 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Location: PMC Commons

Used Children's Sabbath School Quarterlies available

Are you looking for help in reaching your neighbors, need materials for a church plant, or going on a mission trip? Used Children's Sabbath School Quarterlies for all divisions are available on a first come, first serve basis at the Children's Ministry Resource Center (located at the far end of the downstairs hallway). Stop by between 10 AM-12 Noon on Sabbaths or call Debi Robertson at (269) 471-7150. Available only through October 20, 2018.

Andrews Academy Alumni Weekend October 19 & 20

Andrews Academy invites you to the ALUMNI WEEKEND, October 19 & 20, 2018. Come and reunite with your Andrews Academy family. Remember the defining moments of your past and reconnect with old friends. We look forward to seeing all of you once again at our Alumni Reunion! (All are invited, this year’s honored classes end in 4 and 9).  Friday, 7 p.m. Vespers.  Saturday, 9-9:45 a.m. Continental Breakfast, 10 a.m.  Sabbath School & Roll Call led by five different honored classes, 11:15 a.m. Alumni Worship Convocation followed by honor class photographs & Fellowship Haystack Luncheon. 

Local Alumni please bring the following according to last name: 
A-D Chips
E-G Cheese
H-J Lettuce
K-M Tomato
N-P Olives
Q-S Sour Cream
T-V Salsa
W-Z Brownies/Cookies

Pastor's Thank You!

Our Pioneer pastors diligently work on our behalf, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their efforts. October is Pastor Appreciation Month and we have provided a card which you can use to write a personal note to one or more of our pastors (Dwight Nelson, Jose' Bourget, John Glass, Ben Martin, Taurus Montgomery, Rodlie Ortiz), or ministers (Kenneth Logan, Richard Parke). Return your completed cards today to the welcome stations located at the back of the church, in the basement lobby, or at the desk located between the Youth Chapel and the Sanctuary. You and your family may want to show your appreciation in another creative way as well but we wanted to give you this opportunity today. Thank you.

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