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.

Offering

Saturday, November 09, 2019
Program: 
Opening Music
A Mighty Fortress Is Our God • Max Reger
Songs of Praise
A Mighty Fortress Is Our God—506 • Before The Throne Of God Above • Lord Have Mercy
Prayer
Ben Martin
Children's Story
Marvelous Grace • Kenneth Logan
Worship in Music
Love Unfailing • Kenneth Logan
Homily
“A DIY Guide to Better Sexual Health: Taming Your Tiger”
Dwight K. Nelson
Connect Card, Tithes, & Offerings
Global Mission
Hymn of Commitment
Whiter Than Snow • 318
Benediction
Closing Music
Symphony No. 3: Maestoso—Allegro • Camille Saint-Saëns

“A DIY Guide to Better Sexual Health: Taming Your Tiger”
www.newperceptions.tv

» THE TIGER

• 64% of young people, ages 13–24, actively seek out pornography weekly or more often.

• A study of 14- to 19-year-olds found that females who consumed pornographic videos were at a significantly greater likelihood of being victims of sexual harassment or sexual assault.

• A Swedish study of 18-year-old males found that frequent consumers of pornography were significantly more likely to have sold and bought sex than other boys of the same age.

• A 2015 meta-analysis of 22 studies from seven countries found that internationally the consumption of pornography was significantly associated with increases in verbal and physical aggression, among males and females alike.

• Porn sites receive more regular traffic than Netflix, Amazon, & Twitter combined each month.

• 35% of all internet downloads are porn-related.

• The “teen” porn category has topped porn site searches for the last six years.

• At least 30% of all data transferred across the internet is porn-related.

• Recorded child sexual exploitation (known as “child porn”) is one of the fastest-growing online businesses.

• 624,000+ child porn traders have been discovered online in the U.S.

• Porn is a global, estimated $97 billion industry, with about $12 billion of that coming from the U.S.

• In 2018 alone, more than 5,517,000,000 hours of porn were consumed on the world’s largest porn site.

• The world’s largest free porn site also received over 33,500,000,000 site visits during 2018 alone.

• National Center on Sexual Exploitation (www.endsexualexploitation.org/wp-content/uploads/NCOSE_Pornography-PublicHealth_ResearchSummary_8-2_17_FINAL-with-logo.pdf)

• Denny Burk: “A growing number of young men are convinced that their sexual responses have been sabotaged because their brains were virtually marinated in porn when they were adolescents. Their generation has consumed explicit content in
  quantities and varieties never before possible, on devices designed to deliver content swiftly and privately, all at an age when their brains were more plastic—more prone to permanent change—than in later life.” (in Meet Generation Z 61)

» THE TAMING

• Luke 5:17-20

Desire of Ages: “Oh, wondrous love of Christ, stooping to heal the guilty and the afflicted! Divinity sorrowing over and soothing the ills of suffering humanity! Oh, marvelous power thus displayed to the children of men! Who can doubt the message of salvation? Who can slight the mercies of a compassionate Redeemer?” (269)

 

Five Steps (Maybe Six) to Overcoming Pornographic Addiction*

» Admit your .

• To yourself for honesty—Romans 7:14-15

• To God for help—2 Chronicles 20:12

» Confess your .

• To Jesus for cleansing—1 John 1:7

• To someone else for accountability—James 5:16**

» Surrender your and .

• To the Holy Spirit—1 Corinthians 6:18-20

• To the Lord—Joshua 24:15

» Worship your .

• Daily through prayer—Daniel 6:10/Psalm 55:17

• Daily through His Word—Joshua 1:7-8/Psalm 119:9-11

» Consecrate your .

• Take up your cross—Mark 8:34-35

• Obey His commands—Luke 19:13

» Turn in your .

• Jesus’ radical counsel—Matthew 5:29-30

• The Father’s radical warning—Revelation 21:6-8

 

*For further study/reflection:

1. www.wikihow.com/Overcome-a-Pornography-Addiction-As-a-Christian

2. www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2019/august-web-only/sexuality-sexual-temptation-repression-sure-fire-failure.html

** ADVENTIST RECOVERY MINISTRIES: The Journey to Wholeness (269.281.1520/harelene.e.smith@gmail.com)/GROW Groups: “Sexual Purity for Men” & “Conquer”

 

 

“Friend, your sins are forgiven”

 

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2024-2026 VEC Report First Reading

The 2024-2026 VEC report is available at each Welcome Center or online. For any comments on edits, please text “VEC” to 269.281.2345.

2024 VEC Report - 1st Reading

To Volunteer

Offering for June 22, 2024

Michigan Advance Partners

Before we step into this new quinquennium, it's important to look back with gratitude for how God has guided us.

Over the past five years, Education has emphasized the "Key3" initiative, which lies at the heart of our mission:

1. Bringing students to the foot of the Cross.
2. Ensuring quality at all levels.
3. Training our students in the message and mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

This focus has led to an increase in baptisms among students in our schools, and we thank God for this! Adventist Education's mission is truly to introduce children to Jesus as their loving Savior, prepare and equip them to serve in any vocation to which God calls them, and help them understand the unique and urgent eschatological mission given to the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

As we look ahead to the next five years, we aim to make this mission even more intentional across our 34 schools in the Michigan Conference footprint. Your offerings to Michigan Advance Partners will help us move forward in these changing times. Thank you for your faithfulness to MAP and to the cause of education in the plan of salvation.

North American Division Stewardship Ministries

Cashier Needed at Neighbor to Neighbor

Neighbor to Neighbor is looking to hire a part time cashier to work at least 27 hours per week. (Tuesday through Thursday from 9 am to 6 pm).

Selected qualification's skills and responsibilities include:

Qualifications & Skills:
• High School diploma
• Work experience as a retail cashier or in a similar role would be preferred
• Customer satisfaction oriented

Responsibilities:
• Greet customers politely
• Manage transactions with customers using cash registers
• Bag, box, or wrap purchased items
• Be able to lift items over 25 lbs.

 

For more information or to apply please call Neighbor To Neighbor at 269-471-7411.

 

Hymnsing at The Old Rugged Cross Church

 You are invited to a hymn sing on June 22, 4:00-5:00pm at The Old Rugged Cross Church, 61041 Vermont St., Pokagon,, MI49047.  Please bring your Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal. A freewill offering will help to maintain the church.  Please contact Melchizedek Ponniah, (269) 876-7476 or melponniah@gmail.com for any additional information. 

Save the Date for Church Business Meeting

Pioneer members are encouraged to attend the Church Business Session which will be held in the Pioneer Commons, Tuesday, June 25 at 7:00 pm.  The topics to be discussed and voted upon include the 2024-2025 budget.

Changes to ADRA Giving Options

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) and the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventist have decided to simplify the number of donation options. Historically, a significant number of options have been available when giving to ADRA allowing donors to specify a specific project or program. Going forward all currently existing ADRA donations will be consolidated into 5 major categories.

ADRA Health Programs
Poor health is often at the heart of poverty and suffering. Giving to the ADRA Health fund helps build healthier lives for those we serve by improving access to safe water sources, providing hygiene and sanitation solutions, helping families access nourishing food, supporting pregnant women and mothers, and delivering reliable health support.

ADRA Education Programs
Education for all helps safeguard against chronic poverty, violence, abuse, exploitation, and even reduces vulnerability to natural disasters. The ADRA Education fund will help remove obstacles to learning by providing access to primary, secondary, and tertiary education, delivering school supplies, uniforms, and other resources, teaching adult literacy classes, and providing technical and vocational education.

ADRA Livelihood Programs
Livelihood training is a key contributor to breaking the cycle of poverty. The ADRA Livelihoods fund will help end generational poverty by empowering savings and loan groups in vulnerable communities, preparing communities for climate resiliency, training farmers to improve their methods, and empowering women to become business leaders in their communities.
ADRA Emergency Response and Preparedness
When disaster strikes, those whose lives are the most at risk are often furthest from help. Every year, ADRA responds to more than 100 emergencies around the world: earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, droughts, civil strife, and more. Contributions to the ADRA Emergency Response and Preparedness fund will help support a global network of offices and partners to quickly mobilize resources and bring relief to the hardest-hit areas.

ADRA General Fund
ADRA, the global humanitarian arm of the Seventh-day Adventist Church delivers relief and development assistance to individuals in more than 120 countries. Gifts to ADRA will provide families with emergency aid in times of crisis or natural disaster and longer-term, sustainable assistance to people battling chronic hunger, homelessness, and other life-threatening challenges, so they can live as God intended.

 

Pioneer Spiritual Life Survey

This quick survey will give our church leadership team a better understanding of how to lead our church. All responses are anonymous and every precaution will be taken with the data.

 

Something in Common Sabbath School

Healing The Mind by Timothy R. Jennings, MD Have you ever been hurt, lonely, depressed, frightened and hopeless? Or maybe you have found yourself feeling helpless, that gut wrenching helplessness when someone you care about is hurting, distressed and on the verge of giving up and you don’t know how to help them. Did you wish you had something to give them, something that would help? Healing the Mind is six of Dr. Jennings' most important lectures, recorded live during a 2-day seminar. The material is based on his book, "Could It Be This Simple”. The Six lecture topics are: 

  • June 22- The Mind: God's Design. What Went Wrong? 
  • June 29- God's Principle: The Law of Love and Liberty 
  • July 6- The Fix for Failing Families 
  • July 13- Demolishing Satan's Strongholds 
  • July 20- Depression: The Brain-Body Connection 
  • July 27- Forgiveness: Seven Common Myths (+ Q&A) 

Everyone is Welcome Sabbath mornings from 10:30-11:30 in PMC room 141.

Adventist Heritage & American History Tour

Explore Scenic New England and it's Rich History from September 1-8, 2024