How To Quantify Your Happiness

How To Quantify Your Happiness: In the Churchyard of Cambridge

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

In his famous poem Henry Wadsworth Longfellow embedded the key to happiness and a life of meaning. What secret lies within the Churchyard of Cambridge?
Saturday, May 17, 2014

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“How to Quantify Your Happiness: ‘The Churchyard in Cambridge’”

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  • □  Susan Reimer on the latest Journal of Consumer Research study
    •   “‘While people tend to define happiness in terms of excitement,

      enthusiasm and high stakes arousal, people define happiness in terms of calm, peacefulness and low states of arousal,’ the authors wrote. We still love thrills as we age, the researchers found. experiences give young and old almost the same amount of pleasure. But happiness from experiences as people got older.” (South Bend Tribune 3-2-14)

    •   Ninety-three year old essayist Roger Angell on aging: “‘We’ve outgrown our ambitions. If our wives or husbands are still with us, we sense a trickle of contentment flowing from the reliable springs of routine, affection in long silences, calm within the light boredom of well-worn friends, retold stories and mossy opinions.’” (Ibid)
  • □  Jesus in Acts 20:35
    •   “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
    •   Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “In the Churchyard at Cambridge”:

       “Dust is in her beautiful eyes”—a graphic depiction of the unassailable truth that you can’t it with you.

       Thus the poet can describe “Christian charity”—the charity of —as “the richest and rarest” of .

    •   The way Jesus Himself lived: “He went about doing ” (Acts 10:38).
  • □  Tim Aka in End Game Economics: Understanding the Financial Crisis through Scripture
    •   “It has become painfully obvious the world is suffering under a tremendous burden of debt. From Portugal, Ireland, Greece, and Spain in the European Union, to Japan, China, and of course the United States, nations have become saddled with unstainable amounts of debt.” (8)
    •   “Individuals have also taken on great amounts of debt to try to attain and maintain a lifestyle. . . . Of course there are those who are truly impoverished without the necessities of life, but the majority of us have all we need for a comfortable life. Yet we don’t realize the extent to which has played a role in the creation of this lifestyle.” (8-9)
    •   USDTA: “Credit card debt in the USA currently amounts to a total debt of about billion dollars. The average credit card debt per credit card owning household is dollars. This is the total credit card debt divided by the number of households with credit cards. Credit card penalty fees in the US add up to about billion dollars a year.
    •   “Approximately million credit cards are currently in use in the United States, with credit card users having an average of cards each. There are about 176.8 million credit card users in the US. Every year, about billion credit card solicitations are mailed in the USA.
    •   “Students are particularly likely to have credit card debts and they are also likely to have multiple credit cards. The average credit card debt of a new graduate is dollars, with about 20 percent of graduates having credit card debts of more than dollars.” (http://www.usdta.org/credit-card-debt-in-the-usa.php)
    •   Romans 13:8 NLT—“Pay all your , except the debt of love for others.”

□ God in Malachi 3:10

  • “The 90 Day Tithe Challenge”
  • “The 90 Day 2nd Tithe Challenge”
    • “The first tithe was strictly for the support of the priests and Levites [Numbers 18:21; Deuteronomy 14:22]. The second tithe [Deuteronomy 14:23, 28-29] provided either for a sacred family feast before the Lord or for a table provided by Jehovah for orphans, for the poor, and for ‘strangers’ within the land. Levites were eligible to partake of all such feasts. The provisions among Israel for the needy encouraged the practice of true religion. The apostle James expressed the same principle for the Christian church (James 1:27).” (SDA BC 1:1003)
  •  Desire of Ages: “Having undertaken our redemption, [God] will spare nothing, however dear, which is necessary to the completion of His work. No truth essential to our salvation is withheld, no miracle of mercy is neglected, no divine agency is left unemployed. Favor is heaped upon favor, gift upon gift. The treasury of heaven is open to those He seeks to save. Having collected the riches of the universe, and laid open the resources of infinite power, He gives them into the hands of Christ, and says, All these are for man. Use these gifts to convince him that there is no love greater than Mine in earth or heaven. His greatest happiness will be found in loving Me.” (57)

“Test Me . . . Again” 

You Can't Take It with You

The Andrews University Theatre Wing is proud to present Kaufman and Hart's classic comedy, You Can't Take It With You.

  • February 24 at 8 pm
  • February 25 at 2 pm

Location: Newbold Auditorium
Tickets are free, donations accepted.

Andrews University Seeks Qualified Applicants:

Andrews University is seeking qualified Seventh-day Adventists who may fill open roles in fulfilling our mission to Seek Knowledge, Affirm Faith, and Change the World. If this is of interest to you, please check out our current openings at: https://www.andrews.edu/admres/jobs. Thank you and have a blessed day!
 

21st Annual Music & Worship Conference, 2024

The Andrews University Music & Worship Conference seeks to provide a forum for scholarly and professional dialogue, the advancement of knowledge, and the promotion of best practices in Christian worship and music.

What: 21st Annual Music & Worship Conference, 2024
Theme: Worship in Transition
When: February 22-24, 2024
Where: Seminary Chapel

Something in Common Sabbath School

Something in Comon presents I Promise. In this video-based small group study, Dr. Gary Smalley uses humor, practical insights, years of research, and biblical principles to reveal 5 key commitments that will determine the destiny of your marriage. 

  • February 3- Security: The Secret to a Great Marriage
  • February 10- I Promise to Conform My Beliefs to God’s Truths
  • February 17- I Promise to be Filled by God
  • February 24- I Promise to Find God’s Best in Every Trial
  • March 2- I Promise to Listen and Communicate with Love
  • March 9- I Promise to Serve You all the Days of My Life

Everyone is Welcome Sabbath mornings from 10:30-11:30 in PMC Room 141.
 

Renovate 2.0 Elevator nearing completion of its fundraising goal.

“An House of Prayer for All People” is embedded in the very substance of the Pioneer Memorial Church building. Yet for decades, important functions of the church congregation did not fit in the original church structure. The massive expansion in the late 1990’s that added the “wings” to the church more-than-doubled the space available for ministry and finally brought all functions such as the older Children’s Sabbath Schools and a Commons area into one facility. There was still one significant issue that was not fully addressed- access to the Sanctuary for those with limited mobility.

The wheel-chair lift that was a part of the “wings” expansion soon proved to be significantly hindering and unreliable. Unfortunately, it would take 25 years or so before a full-size elevator and other minor improvements became a reality. Pastor Dwight Nelson, in the spring of 2023, encouraged the Pioneer Memorial Church board to initiate the construction and fundraise for a full-size elevator also called Renovate 2.0. The Board agreed. That elevator is now completed and its funding nearly so!

As shown in the newly released video (to be shown during the church service soon and online), the elevator has met a significant need for young and old. In the video, the users of the elevator express a deep and abiding gratitude for its existence and the access that it provides. It is a blessing for so many. As you consider your giving plans for this year, please include the Renovate 2.0 project. We are so close to the goal! Let’s finish Renovate 2.0 soon! Thank you in advance for your support!

BELONG Ministries Adopt-a-Student

 Winter is coming and for many of our students these are the hardest months to get through without their families. You can help create a home away from home by joining our Belong Ministries Adopt-a-Student program. You'll build meaningful connections by hosting the student for a home cooked meal, surprising them with their favorite treats, and reminding them that they've been prayed for. The time commitment is at your discretion.

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