On Sunday, March 24, the Niles Westside Adventist Church (110 N. Fairview Ave, Niles, MI 49120) is inviting all widows/widowers to a 1:00 PM potluck in the Adventist school building across the parking lot. Come enjoy a Spring outing! Bring a favorite vegetarian dish to pass and relax among old and new friends.
The Galilean: Grace Notes for Dis-Grace - 5
SpeakerDwight 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 Galilean: Grace Notes for Dis-grace”
W. H. Auden:
“I know nothing, except what everyone knows— if there when dances,
I should dance.”
“Grace means there is nothing we can do to make God love us . And grace means there is nothing
we can do to make God love us .”
(What’s So Amazing About Grace 70)
□ Matthew 26-27: A Tale of Two Young Men
Desire of Ages: “Now [Judas] pretends to have no part with them. Coming close
to Jesus, he takes His hand as a familiar friend. With the words, ‘Hail, Master,’ he kisses Him repeatedly, and appears to weep as if in sympathy with Him in His peril. Jesus said to him, “, wherefore art thou come?” His voice trembled with sorrow as He added, ‘Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss?’ This appeal should have aroused the conscience of the betrayer, and touched his stubborn heart; but honor, fidelity, and human tenderness had forsaken him. He stood bold and defiant, showing no disposition to relent. He had given himself up to Satan, and he had no power to resist him. Jesus did not refuse the traitor’s kiss.” (696)
Desire of Ages: “While the degrading oaths were fresh upon Peter’s lips, and the shrill crowing of the cock was still ringing in his ears, the Saviour turned from the frowning judges, and looked full upon His poor disciple. At the same time Peter’s eyes were drawn to his Master. In that gentle countenance he read deep pity and sorrow, but there was no anger there. The sight of that pale, suffering face, those quivering lips, that look of compassion and , pierced his heart like an arrow. Conscience was aroused. Memory was active. . . . Peter had just declared that he knew not Jesus, but he now realized with bitter grief how well his Lord knew him, and how accurately He had read his heart, the falseness of which was unknown even to himself. A tide of memories rushed over him. The Saviour’s tender mercy, His kindness and long-suffering, His gentleness and patience toward His erring disciples—all was remembered. . . . Once more he looked at his Master, and saw a sacrilegious hand raised to smite Him in the face. Unable longer to endure the scene, he rushed, heartbroken, from the hall. He pressed on
in solitude and darkness, he knew not and cared not whither. At last he found himself in Gethsemane. . . . On the very spot where Jesus had poured out His soul in agony to His Father, Peter fell upon his face, and wished that he might die.” (712, 713
- Desire of Ages: “Judas now cast himself at the feet of Jesus, acknowledging Him to be the Son of God, and entreating Him to deliver Himself. The Saviour did not reproach His betrayer. He knew that Judas did not repent; his confession was forced from his guilty soul by an awful sense of condemnation and a looking for of judgment, but he felt no deep, heartbreaking grief that he had betrayed the spotless Son of God, and denied the Holy One of Israel. Yet Jesus spoke no word of condemnation. He looked pityingly upon Judas, and said, For this hour came I into the world.” (722)
□ What made the difference?
David Seamands: “Many years ago I was driven to the conclusion that the two
major causes of most emotional problems among evangelical Christians are these: the failure to understand, receive, and live out God’s grace and forgiveness; and the failure to give out that love, forgiveness, and grace to other people. . . . We read, we hear, we believe a good theology of grace. But that’s not the way we live. The good news of the Gospel of grace has not penetrated the level of our emotions.” (Yancey 15)
- Intellectually we Grace—but emotionally we do not Grace.
- Anne Lamott: “Not forgiving is like drinking and then waiting for the rat to die.” (Traveling Mercies 134)
- George Herbert: “He who cannot forgive another breaks the over which he must pass himself.” (Yancey 82)
- Shakespeare in Merchant of Venice: “How shalt thou hope for , rendering none?” (Yancey 88)
- Jesus: “Freely you have received; freely .” (Matthew 10:8)
Desire of Ages: “It is the gospel of the of God alone that can uplift the soul [from its dis-grace].” (47)
that saved a wretch like me”
If you're the type of person who enjoys helping others, Pioneer Women's Ministries has the perfect opportunity for you to be a blessing! On Sunday, March 24 from 2-4PM, bring your friends and join us in the Commons as Laura Meyer (Neighbor-to-Neighbor), Llona Chapman (PMC Visiting Ministry), and Carol Jordan (God's Hands for Kids) share ways we can be the hands, feet, and heart of Jesus in our community. In order for us to know how much pizza and salad to provide, please register in advance by sending the word "SERVE" to 269-281-2345. Hope to see you then!
On March 9, at 8 PM, four young and talented student-conductors will lead the Andrews University Symphony Orchestra in the Howard Performing Arts Center. They will present an exciting and beautiful program featuring works by Rossini, Strauss, and Dvorak. Join us in supporting these young leaders while enjoying an evening of great music!
Dr. Ray Mayor was an active member in the Michigan conference for more than 50 years, and an elder at PMC during the years he resided in Berrien Springs. He died on November 28,2023 in Walla Walla, Washington. The Michigan memorial service is Sabbath March 2, 2024 at 4:30 PM in the Seminary Chapel at Andrew’s University.
Pioneer Women's Ministries is again happy to share Easter Reflections. This year the text and email devotionals will focus on hymns celebrating our Lord's Second Coming. To receive the text "teasers" and emails, text the word "SOON" to 269-281-2345.
There will be a fellowship dinner, following the second worship service in the commons on the lower level.
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When Joshua began leading the Israelites, there was likely a lot of uncertainty around how things would go. Moses had spent years leading the children of God through the wilderness and through many miraculous events! In Joshua 1, we can see that God calls Joshua to be both “strong and courageous” (Joshua 1:6, NIV) in a transition of leadership that surely may have felt overwhelming to Joshua at times.
And yet, God walked with Joshua through the ups and the downs of his journey as a leader. Joshua proved to be a faithful steward of what God gave him. God gave him the task of leadership, and Joshua leaned on God to see that through. The beautiful thing about Joshua’s story is that God did not just give Joshua an enormous task – God took it upon Himself to provide Joshua with the wisdom to be the leader that Israel needed at that moment.
We too have been given the privilege of supporting the work of God at a local level. Our offering today will go to support our local church budget. The ministries of the local church are the heartbeat of the gospel spreading in our community. As we collect our offering today, consider how you can best steward all of the resources that God has blessed you with!
—North American Division Stewardship Ministries
NEXT ASM POTLUCK--Find out about the event that won't happen again for 20 years! The regular ASM (Adventist Seniors of Michiana) program will feature Dr. Tom Shepherd in his presentation: "Secrets of the Upcoming Solar Eclipse." Bring your favorite
food to the potluck, along with your friends, to view this exciting topic at the Village SDA Fellowship Hall on March 10 at 1:00 p.m. If you need further information, call Cleon White (269) 471-5553.
Hugs and Bugs, Work and Worship - The Honduras Mission Trip During the New Years’ break, our eleven Pioneer Youth Mission volunteers served at the Hogar de Niños (children’s home) conducting a day camp for about 75-90 children from the Hogar and the local community. The camp, directed by Scott Schalk, provided Bible class, music, crafts, health and sports activities each day. Afternoons and evenings were spent with the children at the Hogar de Niños operated by REACH International. Additionally the team conducted worships each evening and on Sabbaths. Thanks to generous donations to Pioneer Youth Missions we were able to provide 65 families with food for an entire month. Glenn Russell described the team’s experience: “Pioneer Youth Missions teams have been coming to this special place in Honduras for 25 years. Our lives are blessed by the hugs, prayers, laughter and worship together with these precious children. And we are inspired by the dedicated staff at the home. It was a privilege to support and assist in their service for God.”
Glenn Russell, Pioneer Youth Missions director
Scott Schalk, Pioneer Friendship Camp director
Students who will be in the 1st - 8th grades next school year are invited to visit Ruth Murdoch Elementary School on March 5. Make friends, meet teachers and have fun! Grades 1-6 will visit 8:15-11:30 AM and Grades 7-8 will visit 8:15-3:30 PM. Please call 269-471-3225 to register