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Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 15:24

The Bondage Breaker

The Bondage Breaker: How to win (and help your friends win) the battle of addiction

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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.

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Innocently deceived. Ruthlessly held. This series will take a closer look at the Enemy's tactics in this raging spiritual warfare, and how freedom is not just possible, but promised.
Saturday, March 29, 2014

More In This Series

04/05/2014
No matter where you go on this planet there are always three things that people universally love. Could the greatest blessings God gave to humanity be the very things the Enemy uses to enslave us?
04/12/2014
Does addiction seem like an unbeatable challenge? Here are 7 steps you can take to turn your defeats into victory.
04/19/2014
Feeling trapped by addiction? What if the very same power that freed Jesus from the tomb was available to free you from you're own bondage?
04/26/2014
The same One who can break your bondage to sin can also wash you clean and keep you that way for the rest of your life.

“The Bondage Breaker:
How to Win (and Help Your Friends Win) the Battle of Addiction”

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  • □  One Story
    •   The American Society for Addiction Medicine: “Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain

      reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors.” (http://www.asam.org/for-the-public/definition-of-addiction)

    •   “The secret cause of the affliction that had made this man a fearful spectacle to his friends and a burden to himself was in his own life. He had been fascinated by the pleasures of sin, and had thought to make life a grand carnival. He did not dream of becoming a terror to the world and the reproach of his family. He thought his time could be spent in innocent folly. But once in the downward path, his feet rapidly descended. Intemperance and frivolity perverted the noble attributes of his nature, and Satan took control of him.” (Desire of Ages 256)
    •   Mark 1:21-28
  • □  Seven Truths
    •   #1—We are in a between two invisible .
      •   Ephesians 6:12—“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers . . . the authorities . . . the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual of evil in the heavenly realms.”
      •   Neil Anderson: “There is no inner conflict which is not , because there is never a time when your mind, emotions, and will are not involved. Similarly, there is no problem that is not . There is no time when God is not present. . . . The Bible presents the unseen spiritual world just as real as the natural world we see with our eyes [2 Corinthians 4:18].” (The Bondage Breaker 21)
    •   #2—The primary weapon of Satan is .
      •   John 8:44—“ . . . there is no truth in him. When he lies, [the devil] speaks his native language,

        for he is a and the father of lies.’”

      •   Duane McBride: “Cultural leveling, Dr. McBride explains, describes the tendency of a minority

        group to gradually conform or change to reflect

        the attitudes of the majority group.” (Student Movement 3-5-14 p 3)

      •   If the devil can put your conscience to sleep, you will do under the influence what you

        wouldn’t think of doing in your right and sober mind!

      •   Duane McBride: “‘Responsible alcohol use? I’m not sure how much “responsible” there is. . . .

        The clarity and quality of our relationship with God depends on, essentially, sobriety and a

        mind that functions.’” (Ibid)

      •   The only defensible position for a Christian to take is abstinence.
    •   #3—The primary weapon of Christ is .
       John 8:32—“Then you will know the , and the will set you free.”  John 8:36—“So if the sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
    •   #4—The showdown at the decided the of the war.
      •   Colossians 2:15—“Having disarmed the powers and authorities, [Christ] made a public

        of them, triumphing over them by the cross.”

      •   The Great Controversy: “In the Saviour’s expiring cry, ‘It is finished,’ the death knell of Satan

        was rung. The great controversy which had been so long in progress was then ,

        and the final eradication of evil was made certain.” (503)

      •   Read Matthew 27:24-54—every day.
      •   “Tell [Satan] of the blood of Jesus, that cleanses from all sin. You cannot save yourself from

        the tempter’s power, but he trembles and when the merits of that precious blood

        are urged.” (5T 317)

    •   #5—You must decide your .
  •   #6—To not decide is .
  •   #7—You must call on the B B.

     Steps to Christ: “As you see the enormity of sin, as you see yourself as you really are, do not give up to despair. It was sinners that Christ came to save. We have not to reconcile God to us, but—O wondrous love!—God in Christ is ‘reconciling the world unto Himself.’ 2 Corinthians 5:19. He is wooing by His tender love the hearts of His erring children. No earthly parent could be as patient with the faults and mistakes of his children, as is God with those He seeks to save. No one could plead more tenderly with the transgressor. No human lips ever poured out more tender entreaties to the wanderer than does He.” (35)

    “Free indeed!” 

Don’t Miss Our Agape Feast!

This coming Friday (7PM) we gather in our empty under-construction sanctuary for a memorable Agape Feast and Lord’s Supper. All ages and worshipers are invited. Sacred concert at HPAC to follow. See eLetter for details. www.pmchurch.org/newsletter.

June 28, 7:00 PM
Location: PMC Sanctuary

Farewell

A farewell for Katherine Smith will be held on June 26, 2019 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at the home of Stan & Glenda Patterson, 11261 Bridlewood Trail, Berrien Springs, MI.

Adventist Forum Conference

Though summer hasn’t officially arrived and Labor Day may seem far away, we urge you to SAVE THE DATES for our 2019 annual Adventist Forum Conference: August 30-September 1 in Orlando, Florida on the campus of AdventHealth University.

Guided by the theme of Identities: Within and Beyond the Borders of Adventism, we are looking forward to being together for a weekend which will stretch our minds and hearts, posing valuable questions and probing essential aspects of numerous identities. Here is a peek at current line-up of presenters and facilitators:

Gerald Winslow--always a terrific speaker and a key voice of reason within the church on tough issues like abortion, homosexuality and transsexuals
Edwin Hernandez--president of AdventHealth University and renowned researcher who has written a history of Hispanic Adventis
Michael Nixon--vice president for diversity at Andrews University, he will bring a panel of students to talk about how their Adventism impacts their lives
Vanessa Corredera--Shakespearan scholar now at Andrews University whose research explores issues of Otherness and diversity, particularly the intersection and representation of gender and class in contemporary Shakespearean adaptations and appropriations.
Miquel Mendez--one of the associate pastors from the Loma Linda University Church who is a terrific speaker in the tradition of Randy Roberts
Nick Zork--worship musician extraordinaire
Daniela Jean--Alex Carpenter did a podcast with her posted May 16, 2019. She is originally from Haiti, now lives in Miami and regularly hosts a JAVA event for SDAs in the Miami area where poetry, music, and food provide for an entertaining evening. She has won several regional “under forty” awards and was a 2018 EBONY magazine POWER 100 people’s choice nominee. She will be hosting our Saturday night program.

Having representatives from each Chapter participating in our conference conversations and fellowship would be superb. Keep in mind that there is a reduced fee for Early Bird Registration, so keep an eye out for details regarding discounted hotel rates as well as conference registration options.

Would love to see you soon in Orlando!

August 30 - September 1
Location: Orlando Florida

Hymn Sing at the Old Rugged Cross Church

You are invited to join a hymn-sing at The Old Rugged Cross Church. We’ll be singing your favorites from the Church Hymnal, an old Adventist hymnbook. If you have one or more copies of the Church Hymnal, please bring them along to share with others. A tour of the historic site will follow immediately after the hymn-sing. For more information, contact Melchizedek Ponniah.

June 29, 4:30 - 5:30 PM
Location: 6104 Vermont Street, Pokagon, MI
Contact: Melchizedek Ponniah (269) 876-7476 or melponniah@gmail.com

Ruth Murdoch Rummage Sale

House or garage bursting at hte seams? Ruth Murdoch Elementary School will be accepting unwanted items for their annual Rummage Sale. Items accepted include anything from clothing to applicances, decorations to furniture, and everything in between! You donate. They sell it. All proceeds benefit the school.

Drop-off Dates: June 3 - July 2, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: 8885 Garland Ave., Berrien Springs, MI

Sale Dates: July 11, 12, 14, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: 8885 Garland Ave., Berrien Springs, MI

PMC Prayer Ministry Team Seeking New Members

Please join our PMC Prayer Ministry Team by volunteering to pray with us during 1st or 2nd service on available Sabbaths. We need you to help us intensify and grow this ministry. For more information contact Andrea Gibbs.

Contact: Andrea Gibbs - gibbsak777@gmail.com | (209) 663-9891 (can text)

Signs of the Times

The annual Signs of the Times campaign has begun and continues through the month of May. Signs of the Times was first published in June, 1874, and celebrates its 145th birthday this June. Signs of the Times is a monthly magazine that encourages readers to lead joyful Christian lives as they await the soon return of Jesus. For more information about Signs of the Times, visit www.signstimes.com.