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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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Support Those Affected by Flood Waters

February 22, 2018

 
Pioneer Family:

As you know, our community has experienced one of the worst flooding events in recent memory. Dozens of families have been displaced from their homes and are taking refuge at Berrien Springs Middle School. And we just got word that families from Sodus have also been affected and will also be seeking shelter at Berrien Springs Middle School.
 
Our team has been in contact with Lucy Randall, one of our Pioneer members, who is the Family Emergency Services Coordinator at Neighbor to Neighbor. We've also been in contact with Mike Hildebrand, the Oronoko Township Supervisor, and have been able to determine the needs.
 
Here's how you can help and make a difference:

  1. Donate Items to Neighbor to Neighbor: You can bring financial contributions, clothing, blankets, coats, diapers, baby items, toys, coloring books, crayons, and food items.
     
  2. Volunteer at Neighbor to Neighbor: Neighbor to Neighbor will be open Friday through Sunday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM to facilitate emergency assistance to those affected by flooding. They will need volunteers for two shifts each day: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM and 1:00 to 4:00 PM. Volunteers will be answering the telephone, receiving donations, processing beneficiaries, and guiding them through the process of accessing needed items. We need 8-10 people each shift. Then on Sabbath afternoon at 5:00 PM, we need 20 people to pack flood buckets. We plan to start with 50 buckets and will be packing more as needed.
     
    To volunteer for a shift or for more information, please contact Lucy Randall at 269-471-7411.
     
  3. Help Feed Those Taking Shelter: Mike Hildebrand, the Oronoko Township Supervisor, has asked Pioneer Memorial Church to take a shift feeding the 100-150 people in the shelter. Our turn will be this Sunday from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Ben Chilson, our hospitality leader, is leading the effort and will be looking for volunteers to bring food and to serve the meals.
     
    If you'd like to be involved in this effort, please contact Ben at 317-674-6120.

What a privilege it is to serve our neighbors at a time like this. After all, that's what Jesus would do. Of course, we must pray—but let’s also become involved. It’s when our actions speak louder than our words and even our prayers that people can “feel the love.”  Which is why I’m looking forward to seeing you at one of these shifts over the next few days—as we live out Jesus’ love together—

 

Dwight K. Nelson
Lead Pastor
Pioneer Memorial Church

Burt & Babb Wedding

The Burt and Babb families invite you to rejoice with us over the marriage of our children Celesta and Zack. We hope to see you there!

March 4, 3:30 PM
Location: Pioneer Memorial Church

Benefit Concert featuring Jamie Jorge

Come for a wonderful night of violin music by the world renowned Jaime Jorge and a special dedication for the Care for Cuba mission team leaving March 16 to spearhead evangelistic efforts in Cuba. A free-will offering will be collected to support Care for Cuba. Admission is free.

March 14, 7:00 PM
Location: Howard Performing Arts Center

AUSA Service Gala

The AUSA Service Gala is premiering student-led service opportunities with the intention of inspiring and connecting students with opportunities to serve. The AUSA Service Gala will be a two part event, the first part will feature a series of speakers in the Howard Performing Arts Center (HPAC) Concert Hall representing different avenues of service. The second part will be a black-tie/red carpet style reception during which the AU UNICEF will be facilitating a silent auction fundraiser to raise funds for UNICEF emergency disaster relief.

Sunday, February 25, 6:00 PM
Location: Howard Performing Arts Center

Organic CSA Shares Available

CSA is short for Community Supported Agriculture. Sower's Purse Microfarm LLC is offering full and half share memberships for the 2018 growing season. With a focus on seasonal culinary diversity and growing methods which honor the Creator and His creation, your membership helps to ensure fresh, healthy produce remains available in the area for the forseeable future. It's the best way to connect with where your food comes from without growing it yourself. Weekly deliveries will be available at Neighbor to Neighbor every Friday from early-June to late-October. For more information on this season's limited membership please e-mail: christopher.dicicco@gmail.com.

Academy Day

All eighth grade students are invited to attend Academy Day March 6.  Come see the exciting programs Andrews Academy offers and experience one day with us. While there you will worship together, go to a number of classes with academy students, and participate in a number of games and activities.  Lunch will be served, T -shirts and prizes will be given.  Registration begins at 7:30 am, the full day of activities will begin at 8:00 am and will conclude by 3:15 pm. You are invited to stay for the optional dodgeball tournament and pizza supper to follow.   Call (269) 471-3138 with any questions you may have.

Tuesday, March 6, 7:30 AM to 3:15 PM
Location: Andrews Academy

Wind Symphony Vespers Concert

For our annual Vespers Concert as part of the Andrews University Music Festival, the Wind Symphony presents a wide of variety of inspirational sacred music for wind band. Headlining the program is David Gillingham’s No Shadow of Turning, a distinctive arrangement of Great is Thy Faithfulness and other moving repertoire pieces. Come be blessed and inspired by these moving pieces!

March 2, 7:30 PM
Location: Howard Performing Arts Center

Keys to Personal Revival and a Lifestyle of Vibrant Living in Christ

Female spouses of seminary students and student women clergy are invited to a Prayer Retreat. Be prepared for an extraordinary life changing experience with guest speaker and author Melody Mason of the GC Prayer Ministries Dept. Melody is the author of the bestselling book "Daring to ask for More". Register at the NADEI Office in the Seminary Building.

March 2, 5:30 PM
Location: Five Pines Ministries

New Member Orientation

If you have recently transferred your church membership, been baptized, joined by Profession of Faith, or enrolled at Andrews University, you are invited to attend the Pioneer new member orientation. We want to meet you, share the mission and vision of Pioneer with you, and introduce you to your pastors as we help you become better acquainted with your new church family. Click below to register or call pastor Sabine or Gracie Gaytan via (269) 471-3133.

Sabbath, March 3, 10:30 AM
Location: PMC Boardroom

Used Adventist Book Sale

There will be a used Adventist book sale on Sunday, April 8, 10am-4pm at the Village Adventist Elementary School. There will be about 7,000 used books for sale. If you are looking for something specific, John Segar is encouraging you to call him in advance at (269)781-6379. Part of the proceeds will go to the Village Adventist Elementary School.

There will have a large assortment of used Adventist books including:

  • Doctrinal
  • Ellen G. White books
  • Story books
  • Bible Story/Uncle Arthur Bedtime Story
  • SDA Bible Commentary
  • Song Books
  • Cook Books

Sunday, April 8, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Village Adventist Elementary School Gym
               (409 W Mars St, Berrien Springs, MI 49103)

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