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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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The (Virtual) Tent

The Junior High students from Ruth Murdoch would like to invite you to join us for our "Virtual Tent" meetings. They began on Friday, May 22 and continue through June 2. Meetings are held at 7:00 PM each night, except Saturdays. Please come and support our kids and invite a friend or family member to watch so they can get to know Jesus better.

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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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Steps to Christ Reading Guide

You're invited to take a 13-week journey through the short classic Steps to Christ. Each week read a chapter, then write down your personal reflections in the accompanied reading guide.

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