In Exile: Cadences of Home

Really, Really Faithful Under Fire

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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 2 granddaughters.

Offering

Saturday, May 18, 2019
Program: 
Opening Voluntary
Be Not Afraid (from Elijah) • Felix Mendelssohn
* Introit
Be Thou My Vision • Traditional Irish Melody
* Call to Worship
John Glass
* Doxology
Praise God, From Whom All Blessings Flow • 2
* Invocation
Dwight K. Nelson
Hymn of Praise
Great Is Thy Faithfulness • 100
Praise
You Are Holy (Prince of Peace) • Whom Shall I Fear • I Give You My Heart
Congregational Prayer
John Glass
GROW Groups
Rodlie Ortiz
Children's Offertory
Dare to Be a Daniel • Philip Bliss
Children's Story
Michael Hales
* Scripture Reading
William Helbley and Andrew Burrill
Daniel 4:34-35 NIV
Worship in Music
Julie Reid, Kenneth Logan
Give Me Jesus • Spiritual / Moses Hogan
Homily
Dwight K. Nelson
"In Exile: Cadences of Home—Really, Really Faithful Under Fire"
Connect Card, Tithes & Offerings
PMC Operating Budget
Closing Hymn
So I Send You • 578
Closing Voluntary
Allegro Maestoso e Vivace • Felix Mendelssohn
* First Service Only

“In Exile: Cadences of Home—
Really, Really Faithful Under Fire”
www.newperceptions.tv

»Four very short stories

»Four very simple reasons

• #1—Persecution is the expected modus operandi of the devil (“evil”
with a “d”) in his “great controversy” warfare to the divine allies and exiles on earth.

• 2 Timothy 3:12—“In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be .”

• #2—Trials and tribulations character and dependency
on God.

• John 16:33—“‘I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have . But take heart! I have the world.’”

• 1 Peter 4:12-13—“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to you [as gold purified in the fire—1:6-7], as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.”

• #3—Persecution keeps the line of demarcation between the exiles and the culture of the captor .

• Walter Brueggemann: “The great problem for exiles is cultural . The primary threat to those ancient Jews was that members of the community would decide that Jewishness was too demanding, or too dangerous, or too costly, and simply accept Babylonian definitions and modes of reality.” (Cadences of Home: Preaching among Exiles 41)

• Lee Beach: “While integration with culture is necessary, to it in all aspects is not.” (The Church in Exile: Living in Hope After Christendom 89)

• #4—Persecution actually the Kingdom of God on earth!

• Esther 8:17—“And many people of other nationalities became because fear of the Jews had seized them.”

• Daniel and Nebuchadnezzar’s dream—the king at Daniel’s feet in obeisance to Daniel’s God (Daniel 2:46).

• Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and Nebuchadnezzar’s image—the king their God above all other gods (Daniel 3:29).

• Daniel and Nebuchadnezzar after his insanity—“I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and the King of heaven, because everything he does is right” (Daniel 4:37).

• Daniel and Darius the Great—“I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence the God of .” (Daniel 6:26)

• Tertullian: “The blood of Christians is .”

• Frederick Dale Bruner: “In Matthean and biblical teaching the tribulation of the latter days is a Christian experience and ‘runs from the first advent to the second.’ We’re in it! . . . The tribulation of persecution is the essence of Christian . . . . A winnowed, persecuted, purged, minority church—paradoxically,
evangelically— .”
(Matthew: A Commentary 2:483-484, 292)

• Acts 8:1, 4—“On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were throughout Judea and Samaria. . . . Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went.”

• Ellen White: “The two armies [faith communities] will stand distinct and separate, and this distinction will be so marked that many who shall be convinced of truth will come on the side of God’s commandment-keeping people. When this grand work is to take place in the battle, . . . many will be imprisoned, many will flee for their lives from cities and towns, and many will be for Christ’s sake in standing in defense of the truth.” (Maranatha 199)

• Jesus: “Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will persecute also.”
(John 15:20)

• Dietrich Bonhoeffer: “When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and .” (Cost of Discipleship 99)

• Frederick Dale Brunner: “Though the church is winnowed down, betrayed, arrested, and martyred, nevertheless, like the betrayed, arrested, and executed Jesus himself, it experiences resurrection after crucifixion. The slaughtered lamb becomes a lion!” (492)

If persecution grows the Kingdom—
why not?

 

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Swim & Gym

All are invited to a swim and gym night at the new wellness center! This event is brought to you by your Family Life Committee.

February 29, 7:30-9:30 PM
Location: Andreasen Center for Wellness

Simply Sandi: An Intimate Night of Songs & Stories with Sandi Patty

Simply known as “The Voice,” Sandi Patty is one of the most highly acclaimed performers of our time with five Grammy Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, three platinum records and five gold records. Sandi is the most awarded female vocalist in contemporary Christian music history with 40 Dove Awards.  Join us for an evening with Sandi Patty as she shares her message of hope, life and love.

March 8, 7:00 PM
Location: HPAC

Ruth Murdoch Elementary School Visitor's Day

Students who will be in the 1st through 8th grade next school year are invited to visit RMES on March 10. Make friends, meet teachers and have fun! 
Grades 1-6: 8:15 - 11:30 a.m. 
Grades 7-8: 8:15 - 3:30 p.m. 
Parents, please call 269-471-3225 to register.
(A special Kindergarten Visitor's Day is planned for April 1)

"Crossing Point. Songs of an Immigrant" by Adriana Perera

Adriana Perera is professor of music theory and composition at Andrews University. She is a prolific composer with her main interest being sacred music. This concert of her compositions will be performed by various guest artists. Also performing will be the University Singers, conducted by Stephen Zork, and the Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Chris Wild.

April 4, 8:30 PM
Location: HPAC

There Is No Substitute For Blood

Give the Gift of Life!
Donate blood on February 26, 2020 at PMC from 1-7pm in the PMC Commons. Sponsored by PMC, AU,and the Red Cross. More information at redcrossblood.org or contact Larry Ulery at 269-471-0467. Help save lives, treat cancer and other illnesses and make a difference.

February 26, 1-7 PM
Location: PMC Commons

AU Passion Play "Hebrew" Dancers Needed

The Nagilah Grace Jewish Folk dance group is looking for recruits of all ages to perform in the Andrews University Passion Play. To learn dance moves that date back to King David's time, come join us at 4:00-6:00 pm every Sunday afternoon in the Neighbor to Neighbor Community Center.  Please feel free to come even if you cannot be at pratice for the whole time.  If you would like more information, please contact Doug Adams at dancingdouggie53@yahoo.com.

Grandpa's Two Minute Bible Stories

Please invite all kids to call 740-571-4365 to listen to a daily recording of two minute Bible Stories or visit http://gpasdd.com for YouTube Bible Stories. The seed of God's Word sown into the hearts and minds of children has great potential of bringing forth much fruit!

Food Collection for Backpacks for Berrien

During the month of February, PMC will be collecting nonperishable, single serving food items for children within the Berrien Springs community.  B4B is currently handing out food bags to 110 children with breakfast and lunch items for both Saturdays and Sundays.  Bins will be in the welcome centers with a photo of items that are needed.

 

More Volunteer Opportunities!

The Siegfried H. Horn museum would like to have a few more docents (volunteers). We are working to keep the museum open every Sabbath (Saturday) from 3:00p to 5:00p but we need help. Let us know if you would like to help and if you have not been to the museum (or it has been a while) come on over! 9047 US Highway 31, Berrien Springs, MI 49103.

Seeking Volunteers!

PMC and this area have more volunteer opportunities than can be filled but we would like to let you know about another few things that you can keep in mind.

1. The Harbor of Hope Food Pantry is always looking for those that could help sort and serve the families that come in to get food. We are open every second and fourth Sundays from 12:30 to 3:30 and you are welcome to come in for Set Up: 10:30- 12:30p,  Food Distribution: 12:30-3:30p and/or Clean up: 3:30-until finished. The address is 769 Pipestone Street Benton Harbor, MI 49022

2. Another way to help is with donations. Any non perishable, unexpired food items: new, unopened household cleaning products, laundry products, toiletries: new socks of all sizes: warm hats, gloves and diapers or money is always welcome.

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