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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 2 granddaughters.

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“The Bondage Breaker: The Easter Rout!”

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  • □  The Resurrection
    • Matthew 28:1-6
    • Frederick Buechner: “If we are to believe [Christ] is really alive with all that that implies, then we have to believe without proof. And of course that is the only way it could be. If it could be somehow proved, then we would have no choice but to believe. We would lose our freedom not to believe. And in the very moment that we lost that freedom, we would cease to be human beings. Our love of God would have been forced upon us, and love that is forced is of course not love at all. Love must be freely given. Love must live in the freedom not to love; it must take risks. Love must be prepared to suffer even as Jesus on the Cross suffered, and part of that suffering is doubt.” (The Magnificent Defeat)
  • □  The Evidence
    • #1—The of Jesus (Matthew 20:17-19; Mark 10:32-34; Luke 18:31-33; John 2:19-

      22)
       It was common knowledge in Jerusalem that this Man predicted He would rise from the dead

      (Matthew 27:63).

    • #2—Many “” proofs (Acts 1:3; 1 Corinthians 15:5-9)

       The NT records at least 10 such appearances

    • #3—The conversion of witnesses—James and Paul

       James, the step brother of Jesus, publicly declared that Jesus was “out of His mind” during Christ’s ministry (Mk 3:20-21—but see Acts 1:14).

       Saul/Paul was the archenemy of the infant church (Acts 9:1; but see 9:22).

    • #4—Fearful to
    • #5—The tomb

       Even the soldiers, assigned to guard that tomb, testified that it was empty—to which the chief priests concocted the lie while the soldiers slept Jesus’ disciples had stolen the body (but how would a sleeping soldier know who had stolen the body?).

    • #6—The existence of the (Acts 2:23-24; 3:14-15; 4:10-12; 4:33; 5:30-31, et al)  Tim Chaffey: “The reality of the Resurrection was central to the message the apostles

      preached. The book of Acts, almost universally recognized as reliable history of the period,

      claims that these men spoke about the Resurrection repeatedly.” (Answer April-June 2014)

    • #7—Principle of

       Why would writers of history invent details that do not seem to help their cause?
       Tim Chaffey: “Either the writers were quite foolish or exceedingly clever or they wrote

      precisely what happened.”

    • #8— hearts in later generations
  • □  The Change
    • Ephesians 1:18-20; 2:1, 4-5
    • Paul’s inescapable point: The power that freed Christ from His is the identical power

    that can free us from our .
    • The devil can no more hold you in your sepulcher of than he could hold Christ in the

    tomb of .
    • “Christ’s death and resurrection have opened before every soul an unlimited source of

    from which to draw.” (RH 11-5-1901)

    Unlimited! 

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Hasten His Coming

Matthew 24:14 “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”

We worship with our tithe and offerings because we wait eagerly to see our God face to face. The Scripture associates the Second Coming with the proclamation of the gospel to the whole world (Matt. 24:14). He desires all to come to repentance (2 Pet. 3:9). Our involvement in doing and supporting God’s mission makes it possible for others to hear and receive the good news.

Peter describes the waiting experience as an active one: “as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.” Ellen G. White clarifies Peter’s words: “By giving the gospel to the world it is in our power to hasten our Lord's return. We are not only to look for but to hasten the coming of the day of God” (The Desire of Ages, 633, 634). It appears that God has given us the possibility to hasten His coming.

The example of a sled helps us to understand the meaning of hastening His return. If you put a sled at the top of a hill and allow it to glide, it will reach the bottom after some time. This is the natural course due to gravity and normal force. However, kids who like playing in the snow know that you can speed up your sled as it goes downhill. Among other tricks, you can spray cooking oil at the bottom of the sled, pack down the snow on the track, stay low on the sled, or balance your weight on the sled. As a result, you go faster, and it is more fun. In the same way, the reality of His Second Coming is unalterable; it will take place, but it can happen earlier if we associate with Him to reach out to others.

Are we going to forsake this opportunity to speed up his coming? This week, as we worship with our tithe and regular offerings we can reveal how hard we wish for the Second Coming.

—North American Division Stewardship Ministries

Our Next Fellowship Dinner is July 2

PMC members who are invited to join the Fellowship Dinner on July 2 are last names Abriot-Byrd. Invitations have been sent to those with email addresses, and members are asked to respond by June 29 via email with the number attending. If you don't have an email address, you may call the church office at 269-471-6565 to reserve spots.

Rocky Railway VBS

July 11-15 from 9-11:45 AM at Niles Westside Adventist Church (1105 Grant St, Niles). Join us for Bible stories, crafts, games, and more! Please pre-register ASAP at www.NilesWestside.org or by calling 269-683-5998.

 

Something in Common

 From Anger to Intimacy with Gary Smalley DVD series

June 11-Anger: Stuff It, Spew It, or Study It

June 18-Personal Responsibility and Emotions

June 25- The Spirit of Forgiveness

July 2- Crafting the Perfect Apology

July 9-Roadblocks to Forgiveness

July 16- Forgiving the Difficult, Addicted or Cheating Spouse

Everyone is welcome Sabbath mornings from 10:30-11:30 in PMC room 141.

Church Access for Attendees with Physical Challenges

Pioneer is pleased to announce that transportation will be provided for Sabbath services for attendees with physical challenges who would have trouble in negotiating stairs.

Pioneer Traffic and Deacon teams will transport attendees by golf carts from the canopy entrance to the doors at the east entrance (JN Andrews statue). At the end of the service, attendees will be invited to return to the door and alert a greeter to contact the cart that will transport them to their cars.

If you would like to be picked up from your car at the start of the service instead of at the canopy entrance, please call the church office on (269) 471-3133 by Friday at 10:00 AM and supply the following information:

  • Name(s) of attendees
  • Service attending
  • Make, model, and color of car
  • Estimated time of arrival

We hope that this interim measure will be a helpful blessing to you.

Ministry Design Project Submission

Ministry and Grow Group Leaders: We are here to help you create appealing materials both digital and in print in order to familiarize people with your ministry or upcoming event. Because we support many ministries, kindly provide us with at least 10 design days from the time we receive your project details to completion. Additional time may be needed for printing and shipping when applicable. Submit your project online today at pmchurch.org/design/submit. -Pioneer Media Ministry