There is no fellowship dinner this Sabbath, September 30, or on Sabbath, October 7.
The Last Letter
Reading Between the Lines
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.
More In This Series
"The Last Letter: Reading Between the Lines"
- Oswald Chambers: "We have to get rid of the idea that we understand ourselves—it is the last conceit to go. The only One who understands us is God. The greatest curse in spiritual life is ." (My Utmost for His Highest 12)
- Ellen White: "God does not regard all sins as of equal magnitude. . . . The is despised and is told that his sin will exclude him from heaven; while pride, selfishness, and covetousness too often go unrebuked. But these are sins that are offensive to God; for they are contrary to the benevolence of His character, to that unselfish love which is the very atmosphere of the unfallen universe. He who falls into some of the grosser sins may feel a sense of his shame and poverty and his need of the grace of Christ; but feels no need, and so it closes the heart against Christ and the infinite blessings He came to give." (Steps to Christ 30)
- Sigve Tonstad: "The Laodicean community revels in a sense of wholeness, ensconced within an all-around edifice of accomplishment. The community has no sense of need. We should assume that the community is too sophisticated to say openly the things attributed to it, but it is capable of behaving in ways that convey the attitude described. The message to the community is the keenest statement of how difficult it is to see the discrepancy between self-representation and ."
- Isaiah 55:1—"'Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no , come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without and without cost.'"
- Jesus and Laodicea
- Three priceless gifts:
- Gift #1—"I counsel you to buy from Me ."
- 1 Peter 1:7—". . . that the genuineness of your , being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ."
- Hebrews 2:13—"I will put my in Him."
- Revelation 14:12—"Here are they that keep the commandments of God and the faith of ."
- Gift #2—"I counsel you to buy from Me ."
- Isaiah 61:10—"I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For He has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a of righteousness."
- Isaiah 64:6—"All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags."
- Desire of Ages: "Christ was treated as we deserve, that we might be treated as He deserves. He was condemned for our sins, in which He had no share, that we might be justified by His righteousness, in which we had no share. He suffered the death which was ours, that we might receive the life which was His. ‘With His stripes we are healed.'" (25)
- Gift #3—"I counsel you to buy from Me .
- Ephesians 1:18—"I pray that the eyes of your may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you."
- 2 Corinthians 4:6—"The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers. . . . [But] God made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of ."
- Gift #1—"I counsel you to buy from Me ."
- One persistent truth:
- Jesus became all we Laodiceans are, so He could give us all we Laodiceans need.
- And what do we need most of all?
- Three priceless gifts:
We need Jesus
Dr. Brian Strayer, Emeritus Professor of History at Andrews University, will take a look at the life of the Adventist pioneer, Hiram Edson, who introduced the "Sanctuary Doctrine" to Adventists. The presentation will provide a synopsis of Dr. Strayer's new book by the same title as the talk. All are invited to attend this event on Sabbath, September 30, at 3:30 PM in Garber Auditorium, Chan Shun Hall, Campus.
Fall Grow Groups are beginning, and we need you! Join online at pmchurch.org/grow and enjoy meeting with others who share your interests. (There will not be a printed brochure this fall.)
Alumni Homecoming Weekend is happening this week! Highlights of the weekend include the Golf Tournament (players still welcome!), the Classic Car Show (in a more convenient location at the HPAC parking lot this year), and the Homecoming Parade. Andy’s Eats, AU's fun new Food Truck, will be on site so you can enjoy a snack or a meal (no cash; card only). After the International Flag Raising Ceremony Friday at 6:30 choose from a variety of Vespers programs.
Sabbath afternoon many departments and museums will be open. Then on Sunday come join the fun for the Bradley Family 5K/10K Harvest Run - a fun way to run or walk to support a healthy lifestyle. For more information and the full weekend schedule, visit alumni.andrews.edu/homecoming.
Come One, Come All--who are at least 55 years of age and desire to listen to an inspiring program and eat a delicious potluck on Sunday, October 8, at 1:00 PM at the Village Church Fellowship Hall. Dr. Brian Strayer will have a powerful presentation entitled "Romans were known for their Aqueducts." Come prepared to pay your dues, if you didn't already, and contribute to the donation jar so that we can have many more interesting programs in the future.
The Evergreens Pathfinder Club will hold its annual fruit fundraiser where you'll have the opportunity to support our club by purchasing fresh fruits such as oranges, apples, pears, and other dried products. This year, the fundraiser will run from September 25th through November 10th. Stay tuned for details in the coming weeks! Thank you for supporting the PMC Evergreens!
Michigan Women's Ministries is hosting two events in October. The first is our Mother/Daughter Weekend October 13-15 at Camp Au Sable in Grayling, Michigan. The guest speakers will be Nancy Hansen and her daughter, Adele. The second event is our One-Day Getaway on October 21. This year the Getaway will be held just up the road at The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor! The guest speaker is Donna Willey. For more information about the events and speakers, as well as to register, visit michiganwm.com. We look forward to seeing you at one or both of these events!
"Akram & Gladys Yaqub, a Husband Wife couple, have taken on the difficult role of Principal & Vice Principal, trying to turn things around at South Bend Junior Academy, 1910 Altgeld St, South Bend, IN 46614
They are looking for a volunteer Wood Worker for Fridays, 2-3 hours. Top notch Shop, all equipment like new, neat, and tidy. Just needs an able instructor! They are also looking for a volunteer Auto Mechanic.
Recently purchased $6000 3D printer with a Laser Engraver in acquisition process.
"Please contact, Akram at 269-362-2357, If you wish to donate your time and expertise."
Pioneer Women’s Ministries is hosting an "End of Time Life Kit" presentation by Pastor Celesta Babb. This timely presentation will be held on Sabbath (Saturday), October 7, 2023, at 4:00 PM, in the PMC Commons. Check-in begins at 3:30 PM. We will start
promptly at 4:00 PM. What guidance does God give us about being mentally, emotionally and spiritually ready for the end of time? During our afternoon sessions we will look at what it looks like to be ready for Jesus’ second coming as well as how to process our emotions connected to living in the last days. Vegetarian, vegan, & gluten-free salad, soup, and bread will be served. Registration is important for planning the food. To register text the word “PREPARED” to 269-281-2345. Registration deadline: October 5, 2023. For more information contact email@example.com.
The “Wholistic Healing: Challenges and Opportunities for the Church” conference addresses fundamental health and healing issues the church is facing today, like mental, emotional, social and family health, and much more. Therefore, while God is constantly working to heal people on the deepest level, His healing power calls the church to wholeness in our brokenness.