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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 one granddaughter.

#RxF4Now—2nd Hand Faith

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  • “The Maker of all things loves and wants me.”
    • Clinton Meharry’s 5 Foundational Truths from “Jesus Loves Me”:
      • #1—When I know I am   by Jesus, I am drawn to Him.
      • #2—When the conviction that He loves me is based on what the   says, rather than my feelings, I will be able to experience inner peace and security, no matter what circumstances I am in.
      • #3—When I understand that I to Jesus because He created me and redeemed me, I am free to serve Him out of love and appreciation, rather than out of fear of punishment or a desire to earn His favor.
      • #4—When I remember that I am   and helpless to do anything good on my own, I will remain humble and dependent on Him.
      • #5—When I remember that He is and has already conquered the enemy, I am free to live without fear, trusting in His power and providence every day. (The Compelling Love of God 33)
    • But why this reiteration of so simple a truth?
      • I am concerned that we may be tempted to think that R x F (justification, sanctification, glorification)—all those dry ancient theological terms—is archaic language to describe theological jurisprudence, legal niceties that allow God to be true to Himself, while still saving abject sinners like us.
      • I am concerned that R x F will become more 1888ish and not 2016ish.
      • After all R x F is a universal story . . .
  • Romans 4
    • Romans 4:3—what did Abraham do to become righteous?
      • Psalm 33:6, 9
      • Isaiah 55:11
      • John 6:63
      • AMEN—I believe!
      • “And it was credited to Abraham as righteousness.”
    • Romans 4:4-5—“God justifies [acquits/pardons/forgives] the ungodly/the wicked.”
    • Camron Schofield: “God says [it], I believe it, I assent to it, and God counts it as righteousness. Can you see how simple it is? It takes a bit of sinking in because it’s almost too simple. In Romans 5:1 it says: ‘Being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.’ We have peace with God. Connect that with Amos 3:3: ‘Can two walk together, except they be agreed?’ If God says a thing and we agree, then we have peace with God. Peace with God is righteousness by faith.” (Heralding the Loud Cry 81)
    • Romans 4:17—God is “the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were.”
      • Gideon—Judges 6:12
      • Peter—John 1:42
      • Abraham—Romans 4:17
      • God calls things that are not yet as though they already .
    • Desire of Ages: “God counts the things that are not as though they were. He sees the end from the beginning, and beholds the result of His work as though it were now accomplished.” (606)
    • 2nd hand faith is my   in the God who has   in me.
    • Ellen White: “The Lord in His great mercy sent a most precious message to His people through . . . Waggoner and Jones. This message was to bring more prominently before the world the uplifted Saviour, the sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. . . . Many had lost sight of Jesus. They needed to have their eyes directed to His divine person, His merits, and His changeless love for the human family.” (Testimonies to Ministers 91)
    • Camron Schofield: “When we are at that point where, whatever it is that God says to us, we will say, ‘Lord, it is so!’ and we will believe it and assent to it; then Jesus can come soon, very soon! Can you see that? Because God says, ‘Righteousness!’ and even though you don’t see righteousness, if you believe it, there is righteousness. And what’s He waiting for? He’s waiting for righteousness. When He sees His righteous character perfectly reflected in His people, then He will come and take them home. So He is waiting for us to believe, because when we believe, then He can say, ‘There is righteousness, and I can come and take them home.’” (83)

“AMEN!”

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A Foster Care Christmas

Share some joy with a foster kid this Christmas! Donate items for mini stockings (a small toy, chocolates, or small candy canes), buy a gift, or sponsor a wish list. There are collection bins in the PMC lower lobby and the receptionist area, Berrien Springs Ameriprise, and South Shore Women's Health Care in St. Joe. For more information go to gh4k.org.

Madagascar Project

Andrews University's Community and International Development department provide an opportunity for students to attend the Madagascar Study tour each year. The goal every year is to implement a humanitarian & development project. Dr. Joel Raveloharimisy, director of the CID program, has coordinated and sponsored many projects such as Mantasoa Youth Center, Orphanage Hanitry ny Ala, and Orphanage Mampitasoa, and this years project funds a Seventh-day Adventist school, "La Chretienne" College. Students that attend this school are in need of books, computers, and resources to make their education more successful.

For more information about donating to these specific projects in Madagascar go to: https://www.andrews.edu/agenda/44185

Your tax-deductible donations can be made as one-time gifts or through several donations over time. Please visit https://vault.andrews.edu/vault/app/pages/advancement/login/development select "Madgascar Study Tour Projects".  In the text box titled "My Instructions" type in "Smart Future" and this will allow you to donate to La Chretienne College.

"Ny fianarana no lova tsara indrindra"
"Education is the better heritage of all heritages"

Adopt a Family for Christmas

Experience the joy of bringing smiles and feelings of deep appreciation to families struggling to provide basic needs as well as gifts to their children during the holiday season. We are looking for people who would like to adopt a family, give a donation (money, gift cards, food, toys, etc.), or help in other ways. We hope you choose to get involved by bringing cheer and gladness to many families this Christmas. To choose a family, or for more information, call Deby Andvik (269) 471-6648, or Carmelita Arthur (269) 471-6651.

PMC Office Closed

The PMC office will be closed Wednesday through Friday (November 22–24) for the Thanksgiving holiday. We will reopen at 8:00 AM on Monday, November 27, and look forward to serving you.

Welcome New Member! Orientation

If you have recently transferred your church membership, been baptized or joined by profession of faith or have recently enrolled at Andrews University, you are invited to attend the Pioneer new member welcome. We want to meet you, share the mission and vision of Pioneer with you and help you become better acquainted with your new church family. R.S.V.P. and  help us reserve your spot(s) and materials.

Sabbath, December 9, 10:30 AM
Location: Pioneer Memorial Church
Contact: Pastor Sabine Vatel - (269) 471-3133  |  vatel@pmchurch.org

House of Prayer Continues

Join us morning (Youth Chapel) or evening (Sanctuary) as we continue our focus on the Holy Spirit.

Wednesdays, 7:00 AM & 7:00 PM

Volunteers Needed

Do you have 30 minutes each week on Tuesday at 10:30 AM? Read with a 3rd-grader at Ruth Murdoch Elementary School. Make a difference in a child's life. Contact Mrs. Hickerson or RMES at (269) 471-3220.

Swim 'n Gym

Saturday, January 13, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Location: Andrews University's Johnson & Beatty Gyms
Sponsored by the Family Life Committee

PMC Youth Mission to Honduras

Would you like to make a difference in the lives of children in Honduras during our PMC Youth Missions trip to Honduras December 14-24.  Our youth mission team will  volunteer at the Hogar de Ninos children's home operated by REACH International. We'll be serving the children at the home as well as conducting a Friendship Camp for about 150 children. This is the 19th team going to Honduras and it is such a joy to renew the friendships year after year as the children grow. If you would like to join the team or receive further information contact Glenn Russell (glenn@andrews.edu).

December 14-24

Soup for Students

Let’s give some bowls of love to students during finals week. We need commitments for 25 pots of soup and some cookies or bread. We also need volunteers to help clean up after the event. Let us know by November 29 if you can help by calling Lailane Legoh at (269) 471-3543.

December 5, 6:00 PM
Location: PMC Commons