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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



  • “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)


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Electronics Recycling Event

Recycle your unwanted electronic items! Accepted items include computers, laptops, smart phones, monitors, TVs, telephones, cameras, DVD players, cords/ cables, printers, toner cartridges, cell phones, refrigerators, air conditioners, appliances, and any other electronic items or items with a cord. A hazardous waste fee will be collected for ALL monitors and TVs. All other items are recycled free of charge.

May 10, 3:00 - 7:00 PM
Location: Transportation Building

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed for the Michigan Community Services for the Blind Tandem Bikers Ride (July 31-August 6). We need consolers, bike captains, van drivers, sighted guides, janitors, and helpers in the kitchen. If you can help, contact Larry Hubbell ((248) 459-3165 or (248)634-4379). We also need a couple of drivers to help us drive blind campers to Wakonda Blind Camp in Wisconsin from June 28 to July 2-2017. If you can't volunteer and would like to help by giving a donation, make out your check to Michigan Conferance and put it in a tithe envelope, marked Blind Camp. Send it to Michigan Conferance Blind Camp, 812 Academy Rd., Holly, MI 48442.

Monterey Bay Academy Westwinds & Oceanaires

The select band, Westwinds, and select choir, Oceanaires from Monterey Bay Academy in California will be presenting a vespers concert, directed by Lance Downing. Please join us and be blessed.

Free Admission

April 28, 7:00 PM
Location: Howard Performing Arts Center
Contact: (831) 728-1481 ext. 1272 

Boba Tea Fundraiser!

Come and join us on Thursday, April 27th from 11:30am-7:30pm in the Campus center on Andrews University  as we fundraise for the students and other spirited individuals who are going on a 2017 Haiti Missions Trip! We will be serving some of the best Vegan Bubble Tea around! Come and support this trip by getting your very own Boba Tea!

April 27, 11:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Location: AU Campus Center

Great Lakes Adventist Academy Concert

Enjoy an hour of your favorite gospel melodies! Hear the themes of the gospel in the thundering powerful moments and revel in the whisper of the sweet and gentle words--all of this primed with the enthusiasm of this group's recent music film-production tour of Israel!

Monday, April 24, 7 p.m. 
Location: Niles Westside Adventist Church (1105 Grant St, Niles, MI)

AU Wind Symphony Spring Concert

The AU Wind Symphony, directed by Alan Mitchell, will present their annual spring concert. This will be the last concert directed by Alan Mitchell; after directing the ensemble for nearly three decades, Mitchell will enter retirement this summer. They will perform “Fanfare for the Common Man” by Aaron Copland, “Overture to Candide” by Leonard Bernstein, “Irish Tune from County Derry” by Percy Granger, and many more. The program will also feature two soloists. Call the HPAC Box Office at 471.3560 for tickets or visit www.howard.andrews.edu.

Sunday, April 23, 4:00 PM
Location: Howard Perfoming Arts Center

Pathfinder Bible Experience

The final PBE meet of the year is happening today in the Chicago area. Your PMC team is gathered with over 75 teams from across the country, Canada,  and England, and are having their final  test this morning. Please pray that God's Spirit give them quick minds and peace, and that the blessing of God's word stay with these kids as they complete this year's journey. They have worked hard studying Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and 1 & 2 Timothy.