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Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 18:41

In Exile: Cadences of Home

Really, Really Faithful Under Fire

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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.

Saturday, May 18, 2019
Program: 
Opening Voluntary
Be Not Afraid (from Elijah) • Felix Mendelssohn
* Introit
Be Thou My Vision • Traditional Irish Melody
* Call to Worship
John Glass
* Doxology
Praise God, From Whom All Blessings Flow • 2
* Invocation
Dwight K. Nelson
Hymn of Praise
Great Is Thy Faithfulness • 100
Praise
You Are Holy (Prince of Peace) • Whom Shall I Fear • I Give You My Heart
Congregational Prayer
John Glass
GROW Groups
Rodlie Ortiz
Children's Offertory
Dare to Be a Daniel • Philip Bliss
Children's Story
Michael Hales
* Scripture Reading
Daniel 4:34-35 NIV
William Helbley and Andrew Burrill
Worship in Music
Give Me Jesus • Spiritual / Moses Hogan
Julie Reid, Kenneth Logan
Homily
"In Exile: Cadences of Home—Really, Really Faithful Under Fire"
Dwight K. Nelson
Connect Card, Tithes & Offerings
PMC Operating Budget
Closing Hymn
So I Send You • 578
Closing Voluntary
Allegro Maestoso e Vivace • Felix Mendelssohn
* First Service Only

“In Exile: Cadences of Home—
Really, Really Faithful Under Fire”
www.newperceptions.tv

»Four very short stories

»Four very simple reasons

• #1—Persecution is the expected modus operandi of the devil (“evil”
with a “d”) in his “great controversy” warfare to the divine allies and exiles on earth.

• 2 Timothy 3:12—“In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be .”

• #2—Trials and tribulations character and dependency
on God.

• John 16:33—“‘I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have . But take heart! I have the world.’”

• 1 Peter 4:12-13—“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to you [as gold purified in the fire—1:6-7], as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.”

• #3—Persecution keeps the line of demarcation between the exiles and the culture of the captor .

• Walter Brueggemann: “The great problem for exiles is cultural . The primary threat to those ancient Jews was that members of the community would decide that Jewishness was too demanding, or too dangerous, or too costly, and simply accept Babylonian definitions and modes of reality.” (Cadences of Home: Preaching among Exiles 41)

• Lee Beach: “While integration with culture is necessary, to it in all aspects is not.” (The Church in Exile: Living in Hope After Christendom 89)

• #4—Persecution actually the Kingdom of God on earth!

• Esther 8:17—“And many people of other nationalities became because fear of the Jews had seized them.”

• Daniel and Nebuchadnezzar’s dream—the king at Daniel’s feet in obeisance to Daniel’s God (Daniel 2:46).

• Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and Nebuchadnezzar’s image—the king their God above all other gods (Daniel 3:29).

• Daniel and Nebuchadnezzar after his insanity—“I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and the King of heaven, because everything he does is right” (Daniel 4:37).

• Daniel and Darius the Great—“I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence the God of .” (Daniel 6:26)

• Tertullian: “The blood of Christians is .”

• Frederick Dale Bruner: “In Matthean and biblical teaching the tribulation of the latter days is a Christian experience and ‘runs from the first advent to the second.’ We’re in it! . . . The tribulation of persecution is the essence of Christian . . . . A winnowed, persecuted, purged, minority church—paradoxically,
evangelically— .”
(Matthew: A Commentary 2:483-484, 292)

• Acts 8:1, 4—“On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were throughout Judea and Samaria. . . . Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went.”

• Ellen White: “The two armies [faith communities] will stand distinct and separate, and this distinction will be so marked that many who shall be convinced of truth will come on the side of God’s commandment-keeping people. When this grand work is to take place in the battle, . . . many will be imprisoned, many will flee for their lives from cities and towns, and many will be for Christ’s sake in standing in defense of the truth.” (Maranatha 199)

• Jesus: “Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will persecute also.”
(John 15:20)

• Dietrich Bonhoeffer: “When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and .” (Cost of Discipleship 99)

• Frederick Dale Brunner: “Though the church is winnowed down, betrayed, arrested, and martyred, nevertheless, like the betrayed, arrested, and executed Jesus himself, it experiences resurrection after crucifixion. The slaughtered lamb becomes a lion!” (492)

If persecution grows the Kingdom—
why not?

 

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Spring Grow Groups are Ready to Join!

Our brand new roster of Spring Grow Groups is online and ready to join!  We have support groups, activity groups, study groups, and more! Some groups are meeting online and some will meet in person, so find a group that works for you and register today! Grow Groups are open to everyone, so invite a friend or neighbor to join with you! Groups will officially run from February 6-April 30, but start and end dates vary. Text JOIN to 269-281-2345 or head to pmchurch.org/grow to check out the exciting array of groups we have lined up for this semester.

Natural Approaches to Prevention and Management of Alzheimer's

The series is on lifestyle issues and other medical issues pertaining to Alzheimer's on how to address them.
-Dates: January 31-February 4, 2022
-Time: 2-4 pm
-Speaker: Linda Mammen, M.D.
-To register or inquire, contact (269) 268-0109

Offering for January 29, 2022

Pioneer Operating Budget

The Price of Life

Numbers 8:17 “Every firstborn male in Israel, whether human or animal, is mine. When I struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, I set them apart for myself.”

We worship God with our resources because He has preserved our lives. We all remember Joseph and Mary bringing baby Jesus to the temple 33 days after his birth. This event is known as the dedication of Jesus and has inspired many Christians. The origin of this practice goes back to the time that the Israelites left Egypt. During the 10th plague, the firstborn of the Egyptian was killed whereas God protected the Israelite firstborn.

As a sign of remembrance, every parent in Israel would consecrate their firstborn son to the Lord and make the corresponding offerings. Depending on the family’s wealth it was either a one-year-old lamb or two turtledoves, offered in appreciation and for the consecration of a spared life.

God is still sparing lives today.

Eric was a young man when he realized how God spared his life. His summer job was to clean some large windowpanes of a three-story building. He had to step out of each room and stood on a 12-centimeter edge to clean the outside surface of the fixed middle panel of each window. There was no security gear, only holding tight the frame with one hand while working with the other. One day, while he was working outside of a room on the third floor, a violent wind closed the window on his hand that was holding the frame.

As a reflex reaction, he opened his grip. For some few seconds, he was standing still, hands free, 20 meters above the ground with no security. Miraculously, Eric came back to himself and managed to take hold of the frame with his injured hand. God had preserved his life and he chose to fully consecrate himself serving His Protector. After going through a pandemic we have many reasons to be thankful. This week as we worship with our tithe and regular offerings let us show appreciation to our Protector.

—North American Division Stewardship Ministries

Pathway to Health Rally

Do you want to participate in the ultimate human experience? Learn more about it on Sabbath, February 5, 2022, at 2:30 PM at the Howard Performing Arts Center. You will hear about an amazing mission opportunity that you can be a part of.

Pathway to Health provides mega health clinics that serve the community. We provide free medical, dental, and other non-medical services to anyone in the community. This year the health clinic will take place in Indianapolis at the Lucas Oil Stadium from April 17-21. Volunteers are needed anytime between April 14-21. Come join us and share the joy of service.

Andrews University
Howard Performing Arts Center
4160 E Campus Circle Drive
Berrien Springs, MI

 

Honduras Mission Vespers

Come hear the testimonies, see the pictures, rejoice in the answers to prayer! A special mission vespers sharing the blessings of the recent PMC Youth Missions team to Honduras. To God be the glory. Missions Vespers - 5:00 PM. - Sabbath, February 5 - Youth Chapel

 

Wind Symphony Winter Concert

Come join us for the Wind Symphony Winter Concert this Saturday (January 29) at 8:00 PM in the HPAC, featuring our annual partnership with the SMC Brass Band under the direction of conductor Mark Hollandsworth. We will explore an outdoors theme, with music from the Grand Canyon (Sunrise at Angel’s Gate by Philip Sparke), the Sierra Nevada (The Grand Sierras by Gary Kuo), an Illinois barn dance (Spoon River by Percy Grainger), a Roman volcano (Vesuvius by Frank Ticheli), Rudyard Kipling’s poem The White Seal (The Seal Lullaby by Eric Whitacre), and a tribute to the late Stephen Sondheim (In the Woods).

 

Anthony Brown and Group TherAPy concert

Anthony Brown is a creative force in music with unparalleled talent as a songwriter, vocal director, producer, worship leader and singer. Brown, along with his background singers, group therAPy, emerged as a breakthrough artist with their first album in 2012 and they have been going forward ever since with four albums to date. “Uplifting” and “invoking a fresh and joyous spirit” have been words used to describe Brown & group therAPy’s music.

More information and tickets at howard.andrews.edu

 

New Zoom Sabbath School Class

We would like to inform you that the Seminary Sabbath School class usually taught by Jacques Doukhan and others in room 150 at the Seminary, will be held this quarter (January-March 2022) via Zoom, with the participation of Dr. Felix Cortez, author of the current quarterly on Hebrews. If interested, here is the zoom link for the whole quarter. We appreciate your help in spreading this information to other class members.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84675178306?pwd=ZDNmSEV0Q2pGTVd6OUJ5RWMrdkJtQT09
Time: Jan 1-Mar 26, 2022 10:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 846 7517 8306
Passcode: 603507

Dear friends,
Dr. Jacques Doukhan will teach this week's lesson (January 22), "Jesus our Faithful Brother." I invite all of you to this spiritual feast, to think, discuss and grow together. See you soon,

Jacques Doukhan

MAP Funding for N2N

Recently, Neighbor To Neighbor(N2N) received $35,000 from the Michigan Advance Plan (MAP) special projects fund to help with the renovation of the Client Services area. This is a gift to the churches in District 9 that support N2N. Have you supported MAP recently? It is an opportunity to support projects like this as well as evangelism, education, camp meeting and camp. Consider being a MAP Partner and devoting one percent of income each month to these lay sponsored projects.

How To Be Rich

We will show a four part series How to Be Rich by Andy Stanley 1/15 "Congratulations" 1/22 "Side Effects" 1/29 "Dollar Cost Living" 2/5 "Diversify"

Come and learn the Bible way: “I will not put my trust in riches but in HIM who richly provides.”
Something In Common Sabbath School meets in Room 141 at 10:30 am

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