Tales from a Vineyard

When You Can't Get Any Closer!

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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.

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Saturday, September 29, 2018

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"Tales from a Vineyard: When You
Can't Get Any Closer!"

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  • John 15:1-9
    •  "It is a matter of historical interest that one of the earliest literary works of Karl Marx was a graduation essay written at the age of seventeen on 'The union of believers with Christ according to John 15:1-14, showing its basis and essence, its absolute necessity, and its effects.'" (F. F. Bruce, The Gospel of John 316, footnote #2)
       
    •  Ellen White: "One evening a gentleman who was much depressed because of deep affliction was walking in a garden, where he observed a pomegranate tree nearly cut through the stem. Greatly wondering, he asked the gardener why the tree was in this condition, and he received an answer that explained to his satisfaction the wounds of his own bleeding heart. 'Sir,' said the gardener, 'this tree used to shoot out so strong that it bore nothing but leaves. I was obliged to cut it in this manner; and when it was almost cut through, it began to bear fruit.'" (My Life Today 93).
       
    •  "Our sorrows do not spring out of the ground. In every affliction God has a purpose to work out for our good. Every blow that destroys an idol, every providence that weakens our hold upon earth and fastens our affections more firmly upon God, is a blessing. The pruning may be painful for a time, but afterward it 'yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness.' [Hebrews 12:11] We should receive with gratitude whatever will quicken the conscience, elevate the thoughts, and ennoble the life. The fruitless branches are cut off and cast into the fire. Let us be thankful that through painful pruning we may retain a connection with the living Vine; for if we suffer with Christ, we shall also reign with Him. The very trial that taxes our faith the most severely and makes it seem as though God had forsaken us is to lead us more closely to Him, that we may lay all our burdens at the feet of Christ and experience the peace which He will give us in exchange." (My Life Today 93)
       
    •  "Lord Jesus, please abide in me, and let me abide in You."
       
    •  Andrew Murray: "Love needs an object to whom it can give itself away, in whom it can lose itself, with whom it can make itself one. Because God is love, there must be a Father and a Son. The love of the Father to the Son is that divine passion with which He delights in the Son, and hence declares, 'This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.' The divine love is as a burning fire; in all its intensity and infinity it has but one object and but one joy, and that is [in the Other]." (Abiding in Christ 139-140)
       
    •  "As one of His redeemed ones, you are [Christ's] delight, and all His desire is to you—with the longing of a love which is stronger than death, and which many waters cannot quench. His heart yearns after you, seeking your fellowship and your love. Were there the need, He could die again to possess you. As the Father loved the Son and could not live without Him—could not be 'God the blessed' without Him—so Jesus loves you. His life is bound up in yours; you are to Him inexpressibly more indispensable and precious than you can ever know."(Abiding in Christ 140, emphasis supplied)
       
    •  Psalm 73:25—"Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever."
       
    •  Tommy Tenny: "God isn't looking for religious people; He's looking for people who are hot after His heart. He wants people who want Him, who want the Blesser more than the blessings." (The God Chasers 149)
       
    •  A Prayer: "O God—more than the blessings I want the Blesser—more than anointings I seek the Anointer—and more than the gifts, I desire the Giver."

 

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Offering for September 24, 2022

Michigan Advance Partners

John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

Have you ever looked at all the ministries happening across Michigan and think, I would love to be able support all of them? While it does not include every possible ministry happening in the state, Michigan Advance Partners helps to support many of the major initiatives across the state, including the following: 

Evangelism – 1/3 of MAP offerings go to fund public evangelism, CAMPUS Ministries, Bible Study Offer, lay training, VBS, and many other evangelistic areas.

Education – 1/3 of MAP offerings go to fund several areas of education, including Project Assist which has helped hundreds of students with financial needs to attend one of the four senior academies in the state. It also helps fund school equipment purchases, and a special subsidy for our Conference boarding academy, GLAA. 

Camp Au Sable and Campmeeting/Campground each receive 4% of MAP offerings to help fund improved facilities and provide necessary equipment. Both facilities provide numerous opportunities for ministry throughout the year. Lastly, 25% of MAP offerings are pooled together to support building purchases, new build and remodeling, and special evangelism projects. During the last 5 years, the Lay Advisory Committee has reviewed and approved over  $1.1 million of funding to numerous churches and schools across the state to help them continue to minister in their respective areas. Thank you for your continued support to MAP. Together we can partner to grow these ministries and hasten the soon coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

—North American Division Stewardship Ministries

Sabbath School Information

If your Sabbath School class is meeting anywhere on campus other than Pioneer Sanctuary, please send us the location, teacher's name, and time of meeting. This will help compile a master list of all class on campus. Email your class info to Melchizadek Ponniah, melponniah@gmail.com.

True Confidence Seminar

Pioneer Women's Ministries presents "True Confidence”-- a seminar for young women 12 years and older. Come hear guest presenters Lisa Sawvel and Tamara Conway speak on the themes "Who Am I in Christ?" and "Core Fears,” as they address the real challenges and choices young women face today. Both women are certified life coaches and members of the Women's Ministries Board of the Michigan Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. There will be a Q&A session at the end of the presentations. "True Confidence” will take place Sabbath, October 1, at 2:30 PM, in the PMC Youth Chapel. Pre-register by texting the word VALUED to 269-281-2345. More questions?  Email Yolande.Robertson@pmchurch.org

Fellowship Dinner

There will not be a fellowship dinner this Sabbath nor next Sabbath (September 17 and 24). Dinners will resume on October 1.

Pure Desire Conference

This fall Pioneer is partnering with the Center for Faith Engagement at Andrews University to offer the Pure Desire Conference. This is a two-day event designed to raise an awareness of the factors that create and reinforce unhealthy sexual behavior. It provides a comprehensive understanding and the tools required to develop a healing ministry that offers hope and freedom to men, women, students, and families.

October 21-22, 2022
Location: Andrews University Seminary Chapel

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Support the RMES Bike-a-Thon/Walk-a-Thon

Home & School is hosting a Bike-a-Thon/Walk-a-Thon fundraiser for the RMES students on October 23. Students have been challenged to raise at least $100 each in sponsors. Some students may not have many contacts from which to solicit sponsorship. We would like to create a list of names of potential sponsors that students could contact. If you'd like to add your name to the list, please email your contact information and the number of students you're willing to have contact you to RMESHomeAndSchool@gmail.com. Proceeds from this fundraiser will be used for the RMES carpet upgrade project (90%) and Home & School activities (10%). If you’d like to make a general donation to this fundraiser, mark your tithe envelope RMES Bike-a-Thon.

Something In Common Sabbath School

Relat(able)-video series with Louie Giglio. What if instead of looking for the right person, we become that person, that friend or spouse everyone is looking for? What if we start holding ourselves to the standards we expect of those around us? We only have one life to leave a permanent mark on eternity; why not make our relationships count? 

Sessions include:

September 3 - The Shovel and the Spoon
September 10 - The Man/Woman in the Mirror
September 17 - A God to Call Father
September 24 - The Friend Everyone Longs For
October 1 - Becoming Someone vs. Finding Someone
October 8 - Handshake of Peace
October 15 - Why Date?
October 22 - Marriage with a Mission

Everyone is welcome.

Pioneer Room 141
Sabbath, 10:30-11:30 AM

Romans 8 - The Mountaintop of Scripture

Beginning on Wednesday (7PM), August 17, House of Prayer/PM will slowly climb the summit of the Bible, Romans chapter 8. It will be a simple word by word reflection. Through discussion and meditation you’re invited to recover and revisit the heart of the gospel, the heart of God. Join the conversation and prayers in the youth chapel any Wednesday you’re free.

Food Donation for Funerals

Would you like to be a blessing to someone during difficult times? Sign up to be placed on the list to donate food for funeral receptions. This is an easy way to share and such a blessing for the families. Call the church office at 269-471-3133 (Heidi Ha) with your name and phone number or email them to members@pmchurch.org.

Homebound Ministry Reaching Out

Pioneer's Homebound Ministry is looking for names and contact information of people who are homebound and in need of some personalized attention. Text your information to 262-825-3632.

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