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Thursday, July 30, 2020 - 22:38

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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, December 17, 2016
Program: 
As We Begin
Sing We Now of Christmas • Wayne Wold Glory to God (from Messiah) • George Frideric Handel
Praise
Joy to the World (Our God Saves) • O Come All Ye Faithful • Away in a Manger
Prayer
Sharon Terrell
Tithes & Offerings
Pastoral Symphony (from Messiah) • George Frideric Handel
Children's Story
Bible Reading
Luke 9:57-58, 61-62 NIV
Worship in Music
Hallelujah (from Messiah) • George Frideric Handel
Sermon
#RxF4Now—The Ogre by the Manger • Dwight K. Nelson
Connect Card
In the Bleak Midwinter • 126 sung to the tune of 224
As We Depart
Sinfonia (from Messiah) • George Frideric Handel

 

RxF4Now—The Ogre by the Manger

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  • Research
    • Eastern Tennessee State University research published in the American Journal of Public Health (reported in Los Angeles Times 11-18-16)
    • American Journal of Public Health (reported in Los Angeles Times 11-18-16)
    • The median household income in the poorest “state” was $ —while in the richest “state” it was $ .
    • The average number of people per county in the poorest “state” was about —compared with about   in the richest “state.”
    • Although the poorest “state” had a much smaller population, the ratio of people to primary care doctors was that of the richest “state.”
    • Smoking prevalence was as high in the poorest “state,” and the prevalence of obesity was %  higher.
    • Life expectancy for women in the poorest “state” was   years, compared to   years in the richest “state.” For men, life expectancy in the poorest “state” was   years and   in the richest “state.”
    • The proportion of the population that was African American was   times higher in the poorest “state” than in the richest one.
    • In the richest “state” %  of residents lived in rural areas—whereas in the poorest “state” %  of people did.
    • People in the poorest “state” were living under conditions seen in the real United States around 1975 or 1980—whereas people in the richest “state” were already living under conditions that won’t apply to the real United States until 2020 and beyond—i.e., “the poorest “state” is between   years behind the living conditions achieved by the wealthiest “state.”
    • Comparing these poorest and richest “states” with 222 actual countries of the world—if the richest “state” were an independent country it would rank 8th in the world for life expectancy for men, 25th for women—but the poorest “state” would rank 123rd for men and 116th for women—meaning more than   the countries in the world have longer life expectancy than the poorest counties in the United States.
  • Reflection
    • Mark 10:17-22
    • The Greek for “great wealth” (NIV) literally reads: “. . . because he had     .”
      • The average American home today contains   items—which would certainly qualify for “many possessions”!
    • According to Joshua Becker, the author of The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own, we see about   ads every day telling us to buy more.
    • As the Huffington Post suggested, the mantra to hook us third millennials seems to be: “Buy like you , only more frequently.”
    • “Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus, known as ‘The Minimalists’ to their 4 million readers, help people live more meaningful lives with less through their website, books, podcast, and documentary.” (www.theminimalists.com)
      • Millburn: “How might your life be better with ?”
      • Millburn: “Consumption is not the problem.  consumption is the problem.”
    • Proverbs 30:15—“The leech has two daughters. ‘’   they cry.”
    • Julie Schor: “There is a widespread sense among the population that people have gotten too materialistic, and that's been around for a while. It’s also the case that materialism is the other person’s disease, so percent of people think that Americans are too materialistic.”(http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/10/juliet-schor-american-dream/409321/)
    • Schor: “Economically privileged people can be very critical of the materialism of very poor people, because they have a large television or a pair of sneakers.”
    • Desire of Ages: “The story of Bethlehem is an exhaustless theme. In it is hidden ‘the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God.’ Romans 11:33. We marvel at the Saviour’s sacrifice in exchanging the throne of heaven for the manger, and the companionship of adoring angels for the beasts of the stall. Human pride and   stand rebuked in His presence.” (49)
      • The Ogre? There beside the manger human   stands rebuked.
    • Desire of Ages: “Selfishness is . . . . and the soul that refuses to impart will perish.” (417)
    • Self-surrender is most convincingly demonstrated by “  surrender.”
    • Jerry Bridges: “Contentment with what we have—whether it is possessions, or station in life, or mental and physical activities—is worth far, far more than all the things we don’t have. A multimillionaire reportedly was once asked how much money was enough, to which he replied, ‘One dollar more.’” (Transforming Grace 78)

 

 

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Thank You!

Thank you to all those who helped in any way to promote and support our July 23 Red Cross Blood Drive. That includes the Pioneer pastors and staff and especially the Pioneer Safety Committee who helped us establish COVID-related safety protocols and procedures with the Red Cross for the drive. Thank you to those who recruited someone to give, promoted the drive, helped set up, take down, register participants and
provide refreshments after donations. And, a SUPER SPECIAL THANK YOU to those that Gave The Gift Of Life by donating precious blood. We had one of our most successful summer blood drives ever despite the COVID virus (or, maybe because of the COVID virus). Less people away at camp meetings and traveling and vacationing? Just a hunch. Our next blood drive is scheduled for October 20, 2020 and again on February 24, 2021. Be well and God Bless! -Larry Ulery

Neighbor to Neighbor Celebration

Come join Neighbor to Neighbor and our community as they celebrate their new addition.

August 16, 2:00 PM
Location: 9147 US 31, Berrien Springs, MI 49103

The Least of These

Do you have the heart to serve the "least of these?" One of our Pioneer ministries provides a simple church service to those in the Juvenile Detention Center in Berrien Center. Saturday evenings at 6:00 PM we host an interactive Bible study and sing songs with the young people there. For more information and to get involved contact Rodlie Ortiz at rodlie.ortiz@pmchurch.org or call 269-471-6154.

Love on the Move

Over the summer and fall of 2019 Pioneer underwent significant physical renovation—including a new roof and a major Sanctuary makeover. During the same time congregation leaders engaged in multiple conversations about our missional renovation—how does a faith community like Pioneer seriously engage and impact the people around us for Christ? From this dialogue emerged a fresh new expression of our Pioneer mission: "Love on the Move."

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