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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.
The King commands the battle for Earth from His throne in Galaxy One. His followers in Galaxy Three are instantly provided with aid an reinforcements the moment they ask. But can such a proxy war be won?
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Rejoice, All You Christians • Ernst Pepping
JoAnna Moses, Brock Menhardt
Dwight K. Nelson
Worship in Music
O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High
“Galaxy Three: Why What Is Happening a Billion Light Years Away Right Now Matters to You [Magnificence in the Middle]”
The War rages on as the Rebel releases his latest weapon upon the inhabitants of Galaxy Three: a viral infection of "self" rule. Every man, woman and child is infected. What response can the King in Galaxy One bring to counter such a powerful deception?
The disease the Rebel unleashed on Galaxy Three must be not just contained, but completely cleansed from the Galaxy. However, the Council declares that three separate cleansings must be conducted. The universe wonders: Why?
An intergalactic civil war threatens the existence of the universe. The King of Galaxies battles the tyrannical Rebel who seeks the throne. Now the fate of all life will be decided at the battle for Galaxy Three.
• “Even now my witness is in heaven; my advocate is on high. My is my
as my eyes pour out tears to God; on behalf of a man he pleads with God as a man
pleads for his .” (NIV)
• I.e., He is my —just as I am His .
□ Hebrews 3:1/2:17-18; 4:14-16; 7:25
• Four adjectives about the High Priest in Hebrews:
William Johnsson: “Because we have such a high priest, the doors of heaven’s temple swing
open wide to welcome us. The command center of the universe no longer holds fear and
uncertainty for us—we there.” (The Abundant Life Bible Amplifier: Hebrews 105)
Peter O’Brien: “Nowhere else in the Greek Bible are priests or high priests explicitly said to be
. But again and again the Old Testament asserts that Yahweh is
[Exodus 34:6—the first word of His self-revelation]. . . . The Gospels picture Jesus perfectly
reflecting the character of Yahweh, the one. Jesus is often entreated to
have ‘mercy’ (Matt. 9:27; 15:22; 17:15, and parallels), while this theme turns up in his teaching
(Matt. 5:7; 18:33; Luke 16:24).” (Hebrews 119-120)
F. F. Bruce: “He is merciful because through his own sufferings and trials he can sympathize
with [ours]; he is because he endured to the end without faltering.” (Hebrews
William Johnsson: “Our faith rests on something solid, on Someone. . . . We have a great high
priest in heaven, and He guarantees that what we profess isn’t a matter of feeling or
philosophy, of speculation or possibility. At the heart of our religions stands a Man, and His
name is Jesus—a Man, but much more, for He is God’s Son!” (Hebrews 103)
• Two adverbs about the High Priest’s actions in Hebrews:
Desire of Ages: “The Lord would be so bountiful to His human family that it could not be said
of Him that He could do more. In the gift of Jesus, God gave all heaven. . . . The atonement
for a lost world was to be full, abundant, and complete. Christ’s offering was exceedingly
abundant to reach every soul that God had created. . . . There must be enough and to spare.”
Amazing Grace: “As our Intercessor, His office work is to introduce us to God as His sons and
daughters. Christ intercedes in behalf of those who have received Him. . . . And the Father
demonstrates His infinite love for Christ, who paid our ransom with His blood, by receiving and
welcoming Christ’s friends as His friends.” (68)
• Our merciful, faithful and great High Priest is interceding for us in order that He might save
us forever. Therefore, “my is my .”
□ “Magnificence in the Middle”
• At Calvary: John 19:18—“There they crucified Him, and with him two others—one on each side and
Jesus in the .”
• In Heaven: Hebrews 7:25
o John 16:26, 27—“The Father Himself you.” (John 3:16; Romans 8:32, 38-39)
o Zechariah 3:1-4—We do need an Intercessor to convince God on our behalf—we need an
Intercessor to silence on our behalf.
o 1 John 2:1,2—“My dear children, if anybody does sin, we have an advocate [ ] with
the Father—Jesus Christ, the atoning sacrifice for our sins and the sins of the whole world.”
“My Intercessor and My Friend”
Pioneer Fellowship Dinner Returns in September
Pioneer Fellowship Dinners Return this September. This time, there's an exciting new twist. Every meal will be an opportunity for fellowship among members and visitors.
Appetizer! Pioneer's large congregation will meet each week in groups of about 135 persons, so that over a year, each group can participate twice. This means more opportunities for fellowship among members and visitors alike.
The scoop! The dinners will be like a traditional potluck. Fellowship Dinner Ministry Team will provide the main course each Sabbath, and members who attend will be asked to bring side dishes. Members who are invited for that week will receive an email or text message listing the menu and suggesting what side dishes are needed. Single members are encouraged, where possible, to bring one side dish to serve at least 12-15 persons; families are encouraged, where possible, to bring 2 dishes—each to serve at least 12-15 persons. A form will be provided to RSVP.
S'More! If your name is not included in the alphabetical list for a particular Sabbath, but you would like to join the meal, that is not a problem—just bring a dish to share and join the fellowship.
Please plan to join us!
District 9 Family Camp
Labor Day weekend is just around the corner and with it comes the District 9 Family Camp. Reserve your spot online or obtain application materials from the church office. The deadline for reservations is Noon on Sunday, August 22. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ric Streelman at 269-208-7172. You will be physically refreshed and spiritually blessed!
September 3–6, 2021
Camp Au Sable
Memorial Service for Ellen Council-Croak
July 31, 2021, 4:00 PM
Pioneer Youth Chapel
ASM Sweet Corn Feed
IT'S GOING TO HAPPEN! Adventist Seniors of Michiana (60 and up) will hold its annual sweet corn feed at Wolf's Prairie Park, Berrien Springs, by Lake Chapin. (Take Cass Street to the end, and you'll be in the park.) It's a potluck, so fix one of your specialties. We'll provide the sweet corn. This will be the resumption of our regular ASM meetings. Thank you for waiting patiently as we've been apart. Feel free to bring a friend and we'll see you on the 15th.
August 15, 2021, Noon - 2:00 PM
Wolfs Prairie Park, Berrien Springs
Happy 97th Birthday, Esther!
Happy birthday, to Esther Tarangle who turns 97 on July 28! Her family is blessed to have her. To send wishes, please bring them to the Pioneer front office.
Offering for July 31, 2021
Pioneer Operating Budget
A blessing is on the man who puts his faith in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he will be like a tree planted by the waters, pushing out its roots by the stream; he will have no fear when the heat comes, but his leaf will be green; in a dry year he will have no care, and will go on giving fruit. (Jeremiah 17:7, 8 - Bible in Basic English)
One of the fun activities available at Camp AuSable is High Adventure. You can climb a rock wall, glide down the zip line, ride the swing, or leap of faith. If you choose the leap of faith you will climb a pole 26 feet high, stand on the top, and then jump off into the air.
Of course, you are strapped into a harness, and that is where the faith comes in. Someone is on the ground controlling your fall with ropes that are attached to the harness. You are trusting them to bring you smoothly and safely to the ground.
Sometimes it may seem like a great leap of faith to return to God His tithe and our offerings. But God has proven that He is Someone we can have faith in. When we are faithful with tithe and offering we can be confident that God will keep His Word, and our needs will be provided for.
Today, take a leap of faith. Give a faithful offering to the Local Church Budget and trust God to provide for your needs.
—North American Division Stewardship Ministries
New College Students Welcome Reception
A reception will take place on the lawn in front of Pioneer (Campus Mall) immediately following the 11:45 AM service on August 28. We are looking for volunteers to help furnish 3 dozen cookies for the event. We will serve cookies and lemonade to welcome the new students. To help, please call the church at 269-471-3131 or confirm online. Instructions will be sent to volunteers furnishing cookies. We hope you'll join us in welcoming the new students!
Andrews University is helping to support the SDA church members in southwest Madagascar who are currently experiencing severe drought and famine in addition to the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, you can provide food to those in desperate need.
We have been told that some members eat mud, roots, and leaves to try and remove hunger cramps. As a member of the Adventist family, you can feed a family of four for one month for $50, providing vital rice, beans, oil, and other essential food. The neediness of these families is serious. There are eleven churches scattered around the affected area with 494 families and over 1,691 individuals. Even though some food aid was collected and distributed in November 2020, the drought has continued, and that food is now used up.
Give online or write a check to Andrews University with the memo “CIDP-Famine Relief” and send it to:
Office of Development
8903 US Hwy 31
Berrien Springs, MI 49104-0660
Something in Common Sabbath School is meeting again! For the summer we are temporarily meeting in the Pioneer Commons. We are watching portions of Gary Smalley's classic "Keys to Loving Relationships" and discussing how to apply these principles to our families. Come and join us!
Saturdays, 10:30-11:30 AM
Location: Pioneer Commons
Financial Peace University
It's time to stop worrying about money! In Financial Peace University, you'll learn the biblical truths to help you keep a budget, beat debt, and build wealth! Class begins Tuesday, June 8, 2021 (6:30—7:30 PM).