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Saturday, November 14, 2020 - 00:29

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.

Part 4 of a 5 Part series
Saturday, October 05, 2013

More In This Series

08/31/2013
Part 1 of a 5 Part series
09/07/2013
Part 2 of a 5 Part series
09/28/2013
Part 3 of a 5 Part series
10/12/2013
Part 5 of a 5 Part series

“The Galilean: Good-bye Shame”

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□ The Black Angel

□ The Paralytic

 Mark 2:1-12

  •   Desire of Ages: “Yet it was not physical restoration he desired so much as relief from the burden of sin. If he could see Jesus, and receive the assurance of forgiveness and peace with Heaven, he would be content to live or die, according to God’s will. The cry of the dying man was, Oh that I might come into His presence! There was no time to lose; already his wasted flesh was showing signs of decay. He besought his friends to carry him on his bed to Jesus, and this they gladly undertook to do.” (267)
  •   Desire of Ages: The words “fell like music on the sufferer’s ear. . . . The burden of despair rolls from the sick man’s soul; the peace of forgiveness rests upon his spirit, and shines out upon his countenance. His physical pain is gone, and his whole being is transformed. The helpless paralytic is healed! the guilty sinner is pardoned! In simple faith he accepted the words of Jesus as the boon of new life. He urged no further request, but lay in blissful silence, too happy for words. The light of heaven irradiated his countenance, and the people looked with awe upon the scene.” (268)
  •   C. S. Lewis: “Now unless the speaker is God, this is really so preposterous as to be comic. We can all understand how a man forgives offences against himself. You tread on my toe and I forgive you, you steal my money and I forgive you. But what should we make of a man, himself unrobbed and untrodden on, who announced that he forgave you for treading on other men’s toes and stealing other men’s money? Asinine fatuity is the kindest description we should give of his conduct. Yet this is what Jesus did. He told people their sins were forgiven, and never waited to consult all the other people whom their sins had undoubtedly injured. He unhesitatingly behaved as if He was the party chiefly concerned, the person chiefly offended in all the offences. This makes sense only if He really was the God whose laws are broken and whose love is wounded in every sin.” (Mere Christianity 55)

□ The Shame

  •   Brene Brown: “Shame is the intensely painful feeling or experience of believing that we are

    flawed and therefore unworthy of love and belonging.” It is the “fear of disconnection—it’s the fear that something we’ve done or failed to do, an ideal that we’ve not lived up to, or a goal that we’ve not accomplished makes us unworthy of connection.” (Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead 68)

  •   Brene Brown: “Shame thrives on secret keeping, and when it comes to secrets there’s some serious science behind the twelve-step program saying, ‘You’re only as sick as your secrets.’” (81)

□ The Forgiveness

  •   Lewis Smedes: “God invented forgiveness as the only way to keep his romance with the

    fallen human family alive.” (How Can It Be Alright When Everything Is All Wrong? 33)

  •   Dostoyevski’s The Brothers Karamazov: “There is one who can forgive everyone everything,

    because he shed his innocent blood for everyone and everything.” (Smedes 35)

  •   Luke 23:34—“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”
  •   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

    all rests the guilt of crucifying the Son of God. To all, forgiveness is freely offered.” (745)

  •   Steps to Christ: “When Satan comes to tell you that you are a great sinner, look up to your

    Redeemer, and . . . . tell the enemy that ‘Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners,’ and that you may be saved by His matchless love. . . . We have been great sinners, but Christ died that we might be forgiven.” (35, 36)

    He who forgives our sin heals our shame. 

Volunteer Engagement Committee Second Reading

Please find included in this email our Volunteer Engagement Committee report for our second reading. We will be voting this report this coming Saturday in both our worship services. We thank those who have committed their service for the next 2 years as well as the Committee for their exceptional job under extraordinary circumstances for a job well done.
—David Nowack, Co-chair

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Neighbor to Neighbor Helps

At Neighbor to Neighbor, we've had a whirlwind year. Our brand new Thrift Store enjoyed a successful opening at the beginning of November, thanks to our dedicated volunteers and wonderful patrons. Sunday, November 22nd, was poised to be our grand dedication service. Restrictions on indoor gatherings had just been issued, so sadly the event was not as grand as initially anticipated.

With over 10,000 square feet of retail space that allows for socially distanced shopping, Neighbor to Neighbor's Thrift Store boasts a beautiful selection of holiday and house decor, well-stocked shelves full of household items, small appliances to make your life easier, gently used furniture and footwear, clean clothing for the whole family, books, games, and so much more.

If you haven't been to Neighbor to Neighbor recently, you're missing out on one of the best shopping experiences in Berrien Springs. Our friendly volunteers are happy to help you find what you’re looking for.

Over the years our Pioneer family has supported us through their finances, volunteers and of course their prayers. However, one thing is missing in all of our improvements and new developments: you! From prayer partners to organizers, from greeters to greens keepers, Neighbor to Neighbor needs volunteers like you with talents like yours.

We always need volunteers with specialized skills who are willing to serve. If you have a talent for janitorial services, landscape maintenance, plumbing, or electrical work, you could be an answer to our prayers!

From Sunday through Thursday, volunteers help make Neighbor to Neighbor's various ministries possible. Our current volunteers invite you to join them in using your time and talents to give back to our community. To volunteer or become part of the Neighbor to Neighbor family of "love in motion," just call (269) 471-7411, or send an email to info@n2nhelps.com. We look forward to serving with you!

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Giving Online

Thank you for giving purposefully, faithfully, and joyfully! If you have been giving on Adventist Giving Online, please help us by creating and then signing in to your account each time you give. It helps us better when you sign to give in rather than when you give as a guest. 

We appreciate your gifts and thank you for your faithfulness.

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Pioneer Veterans

We are so grateful for our Veterans service to God and Country. With that in mind, we wish to update our Veteran's prayer list and ask our congregation to send us the names of spouses, sons, and daughters who are serving or who have served. We also ask you now to bow in prayer for God's presence with and protection of our Service people.

—James North, Jr., Pioneer Veterans Coordinator
jamesn@andrews.edu | 269-471-1590

Earliteen and Youth Sabbath Schools Go Digital

For your safety, Pioneer's Earliteen and Youth Sabbath morning programs are now meeting virtually, until further notice. Join the Earliteen Sabbath School via Zoom, and Elevate - Youth Sabbath School via YouTube. Meet you there!

—Earliteen & Youth Leadership

Pioneer on Vimeo

Did you know that Pioneer video archives are all availale online through a Vimeo account? Pioneer uses Vimeo to post more than just sermons including announcements and special features. Start watching today at https://vimeo.com/pmchurch.

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Make a Difference as an Online Chat Host

Are you friendly and do you enjoy social media? Then, we have a great opportunity for you to be involved in ministry. Through streaming its services on Facebook Live and our website, Pioneer Memorial Church reaches thousands of people every single week. We’re looking to build a new team of local moderators/hosts for our online chat experiences. You could do this from your home. For more information contact Rodlie Ortiz at rodlie.ortiz@pmchurch.org.