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Monday, March 23, 2020 - 21:26

How to Survive the Coming Economic Crisis

He Is Risen–Breaking the Chains of Financial Bondage

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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, April 20, 2019
Program: 
Praise
Christ Is Risen • Because He Lives • Worthy Is the Lamb/Agnus Dei
Prayer
Rodlie Ortiz
Children’s Story
On an American Spiritual [WereYou There?] • David Holsinger
Worship in Music
Wondrous Love • Donald Grantham
Processional of Hope
Dwight & Karen Nelson
Hymn of Hope
Christ the Lord Is Risen Today • 166
Homily
Dwight K. Nelson
"He Is Risen: Breaking the Chains of Financial Bondage"
Commitment Card, Tithes & Offerings
He Lives • 251

More In This Series

"How to Survive the Coming Economic Crisis:
He Is Risen—Breaking the Chains of Financial Bondage"

www.newperceptions.tv

» The Story

• Luke 24:1-8

» The Stats

• At the end of last year million Americans had a credit card(s).

• The average credit-card debt per borrower is $—up about 7.5 percent from 2015.

• If you paid only the minimum payments on a $5000 credit card debt, you would be in debt for more than years and end up paying $ in interest based on national averages.

• According to a NerdWallet study, the average American household has more than $ in credit card debt.

• Millennials (18-34) carry around $ in debt (student loans, credit cards, mortgages).

• Total student debt now exceeds $ .

• Thus % of Americans live from paycheck to paycheck.

• More than have less than $1000 reserved for emergency purposes.

• According to USA Today some million Americans—or 16% of the adults—think they will miss at least one credit card due date in 2019.

www.usatoday.com/story/money/2019/02/27/student-loan-debt-4-things-keep-...) (www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/2019/03/12/national-debt-ri...) (www.investopedia.com/investing/early-warning-signs-next-financial-crisis/)

» The Scripture

• "'The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of , be crucified and on the third day be raised again.'" (Luke 24:8)

• Isaiah 53:6—"And the LORD has laid on Him the of us all."

• 2 Corinthians 5:21—"God made Him who had no sin to be for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God."

• He died a Debtor, so that we might live free.

• 2 Corinthians 8:9—"For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was , yet for your sake He became , so that you through His poverty might become ."

» The Steps

• Jesus: "Seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." (Matthew 6:33)

• #1—Perform what Dave Ramsey calls a " ."

www.thriventcu.com offers this practical counsel: (1) Do not use debt (credit cards) to buy short-term consumer goods, such as clothing, entertainment or electronics; (2) avoid debt over items with a short life span and little resale value; and (3) avoid debt which comes with a very high interest rate.

• Dave Ramsey: "There is NO positive side to credit card use. You will spend more if you use credit cards instead of cash. If you 'have to' use plastic, I suggest a debit card. I use them for travel and the occasional convenience of ordering something over the Internet or phone. Other than that, I use ." (www.daveramsey.com)

• #2—Always pay more than the .

• #3—Pay off your credit cards beginning with the lowest in order to experience success as soon as possible.

• #4—Reduce the rate.

• #5—Beware of debt settlement companies.

• #6— to somebody.

• James Scurlock: "Maybe it’s because of what Dave Ramsey calls the intense that everybody feels about debt—the false certainty that everyone else has got it together. Or maybe it's what Bob, the Debtors Anonymous member I interviewed, told me: debt is simply not a socially acceptable topic; one can talk about one's sex life or even one's drug addiction as though it were fashionable, but owning up to one's financial troubles means being ostracized from the world of polite conversation." (Maxed Out 123)

• National Foundation for Credit Counseling (800-388-2227)

• #7—When you make God . . . He will make it .

• Malachi 3:10-12

Make God First

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Guest Speaker: Taurus Montgomery

Join us next Saturday, June 13, as Taurus Montgomery, Pastor of our church plant, Harbor of Hope, is our guest preacher.

Grow Group Opportunities

We're heading into summer, and with that comes new opportunities for Grow Groups!

Grow Groups will meet from June 22–August 3 (just 6 weeks) and will be held online only again this session. Meeting online allows us to seek friendship as well as social, mental, and spiritual engagement together in community, while prioritizing health and safety. Going digital also allows participants who live outside of our local area to join our groups!

If you're interested in leading, please register your group today!

New Group Registration Deadline: June 11
Questions? Email growgroups@pmchurch.org

Lead a Group

Report: The (Virtual) Tent 2020

In no way was The Tent normal this year. After all, nothing has been! That is not to say, however, that it was not a win for the Kingdom of God. Although it was online only, God came through in a mighty way! With about 200 different video clips the whole thing came together against all odds. There were decisions for baptism and people tuning in from all over the world!

This was the 7th year of The Tent. Some of our preachers this year were in the first grade when this all began. That year, Pastor Dwight came to Ruth Murdoch Elementary School and asked the 1st graders which of them would like to preach when they were Junior High students. Well, some of those kids preached last week! These messages were driven by the Holy Spirit as they profoundly spoke to events that took place after the messages were even recorded.

It was not just the speakers who did well this year. Micah Leiterman and Marco Sciarabba Badenas welcomed guests every night with intros that were fun and engaging! What was awesome about their video clips was the way that these two students not only wrote the scripts but they filmed and edited the clips together.

The students came together in an incredible way to make the music as well. Each student created their videos for music individually and these were edited together to create music as a team. We had an incredible team of seminary students who helped bring all of this together, and we also depended upon the musical genius of Chuck Reid who did our fine-tuning.

What was most amazing about The (Virtual) Tent was the seamless way all of these pieces made a whole. This is what the Holy Spirit longs to do with us as a church! Imagine what God could do with a church connected to Him! The (Virtual) Tent is a call to action. This is a picture of what God can do in the worst of circumstances with people who are listening to His voice.

Watch The Tent

FLAG Camp Update

We are saddened to inform you that due to COVID-19 FLAG Camp will be canceled this summer. Thank you to each who has applied to be on staff. Please apply again next year for the summer of 2021. We will be working to make next summer a great and safe experience!

COVID-19 Updates

For your safety, Pioneer Memorial Church offices are now closed until further notice. Pastors and staff continue to work remotely to serve your needs.

Latest Updates

GC 100 Days of Prayer Commence

This week I learned of our world church headquarters appeal for prayer throughout the global Seventh-day Adventist family. Originally timed to end during the recently-postponed General Conference session in Indianapolis, our church leaders are calling us to now focus 100 days of praying (March 27-July 4) on behalf of the global coronavirus pandemic. There could hardly be a more urgent need for earnest praying! 

A pastor friend of mine, Jim Moon, pointed out a two-verse juxtaposition I'd not noticed before: "When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a pestilence among My people, if My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land" (2 Chronicles 7:13-14). While everyone knows the beloved prayer call in v 14, few of us connect it with the preceding divine action in v 13. "A pestilence among My people" certainly could represent a global pandemic like the coronavirus COVID-19. While Satan is the originator of destructive calamities, what more faith-appropriate response is our collective prayers to the One who can deliver this nation, this world, these people, from the grips of pestilence.

So let's join together in humbling ourselves before God and praying and seeking His face—that our world might be saved and our faith community might yet be mobilized to share the glad tidings of Jesus' soon return. 

- Pastor Dwight

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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Campus News

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