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Monday, March 23, 2020 - 21:26

"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat:"

Sweet Revenge

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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.

Now ruler of all Egypt, Joseph is suddenly brought face to face with the demons of his past. Can he forgive his brothers who sold him to a life of slavery? Or will they suffer his wrath?
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Program: 
As We Begin
Josef Rheinberger
Cantilena
Praise
Agnus Dei
From The Inside Out
Lord I Need You
Prayer
Michael Wahlen & Joanna Moses
Baptism
Christopher Andre Gomez with José Bourget
Baby Dedication
Micaiah Eli presented by Derill & Lailane Legoh with Sharon Terrell
Worship Survey
Children's Story
Ralph Manuel / Cross
Alleluia
Worship in Music
Ola Gjeilo
Spheres (Lord, Have Mercy)
Sermon
Dwight K. Nelson
“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat: Sweet Revenge”
Connect Card, Tithes & Offerings
Hymn
Forgive Our Sins as We Forgive • 299 sung to 108
As We Depart
Kyrie Eleison (Lord, Have Mercy) • Traditional Melody / Johann Habert

More In This Series

04/25/2015
As we enter the final chapter of Joseph's story, we ask "what does it all mean?" Perhaps most important, what does it all mean for us today?
04/11/2015
Joseph's hard work and dedication to God is seemingly paid off as he is placed in charge of all the household of his master Potiphar. But his master's wife has a wandering eye...
04/04/2015
When Jacob learned that his son Joseph still lived, it was as if his boy had been resurrected from the dead. It is fitting then that we look to this story as we celebrate the resurrection of the One who died that we might live.
03/28/2015
It's one of the most beloved stories from the Bible: the story of Joseph. But what can this ancient story teach us about our own broken relationships?

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat: Sweet Revenge”

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  • Genesis 40-45
  • ANGER
  • Dick Tibbits: Anger—“a strong emotion of displeasure brought on by feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. . . .  A very fine line separates from anger. Most people do not consider hurt and anger as even related, but they are, in fact, two different words describing the same thing. Hurt and anger are simply two sides of the same coin.” (Forgive to Live: How Forgiveness Can Save Your Life 42-43)
  • “The seven deadly strategies of anger”:
    • #1—Overlooking the by pretending it didn’t happen or by discounting its impact
    • #2—Focusing on the unfair behavior of the .
    • #3—Displacing anger on a .
      • Tibbits: “Some hurt and angry people who can’t deal directly with the one who offended them—maybe that person has died, moved away, or is too intimidating—instead focus their anger on a substitute. This substitute is often weaker and therefore more likely to accept the displaced anger without expressing much (if any) objection.” (49)
    • #4— the anger
    • #5—Developing a mental picture of
    • #6—Using drugs, alcohol, or food to the pain
    • #7—Becoming about life.
      • Tibbits: “Some of the worst cynics you’ll ever meet are angry people who have never effectively dealt with a deep and perhaps long-held hurt. They have become experts in scorn, ridicule, and derision. . . . They get whatever joy they can from skewering the naïve hopes of the gullible.” (51)
    • Based on the science of research done at Duke University, the American Heart Association now declares a risk factor alongside other markers like cholesterol, exercise and nutrition. (Tibbits 63)
    • The journal Circulation warns: “A person who is most prone to anger is times more likely to have a heart attack than someone who is least prone to anger.” (Tibbits 63)
  • FORGIVENESS
    • Patriarchs and Prophets: “They humbly confessed their sin and entreated his forgiveness. They had long suffered anxiety and remorse, and now they rejoiced that he was still alive.” (231)
    • Samantha Boardman MD: “Forgiveness is linked with lower mortality rates, lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, lower cortisol (the stress chemical in our brains) and a lower likelihood of developing cardiovascular disease. Forgiveness may even support a healthier immune system. In addition to physical benefits, forgiveness is associated with psychological benefits as well. Overall well-being is linked with forgiveness, as are higher quality marriages and committed romantic relationships. Forgiveness is even related to better sleep.” (http://www.everydayhealth.com/emotional-health/the-healing-power-of-forgiveness.aspx)
    • If anger can kill you, clearly can heal you.
    • Joseph had one choice: bitter or
    • “When you refuse to forgive, you are in effect handcuffing yourself to the person who offended you, to a person you don’t even like. And you know the worst thing about that? While you wait for that person to unlock the cuffs, you are holding the key in your own hands.” (74-75)
    • Anne Lamott: It’s like drinking rat poison and then waiting for the rat to die.
    • Jesus: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34)
    • Desire of Ages: “That prayer of Christ for His enemies embraced the world. It took in every sinner that had lived or should live, from the beginning of the world to the end of time. Upon rests the guilt of crucifying the Son of God. To forgiveness is freely offered.” (745)

 

The gift of forgiveness is the sweetest revenge of all.

 

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During this time of potential boredom and cabin fever, enjoy these fun ideas for spending quality time together as a family.

After the long winter of gray and brown, get outside and look for all the buds, sprouts, and new leaves you can find. Try to identify what each one is. You can use your phone to look on the Internet or use an app like Pl@ntNet to identify leaves. Currently, you can see things like crocuses, daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, lilies, snowdrops, moss, ferns, ramps, and wild chives. It is so nice to be reminded that even when things look bleak, God is still there and recreating!

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Love on the Move

Over the summer and fall of 2019 Pioneer underwent significant physical renovation—including a new roof and a major Sanctuary makeover. During the same time congregation leaders engaged in multiple conversations about our missional renovation—how does a faith community like Pioneer seriously engage and impact the people around us for Christ? From this dialogue emerged a fresh new expression of our Pioneer mission: "Love on the Move."

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