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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.

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?
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“The Bondage Breaker:
Global Addiction, Global Deliverance”

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  • □  Genesis 3 and Matthew 4
    •   Gerald G. May, MD: “I am not being flippant when I say that all of us suffer from

      addiction. Nor am I reducing the meaning of addiction. I mean in all truth that the psychological, neurological, and spiritual dynamics of full-fledged addiction are actively at work within every human being. The same processes that are responsible for addiction to alcohol and narcotics are also responsible for addiction to ideas, work, relationships, power, moods, fantasies, and an endless variety of other things. We are all in every sense of the word.” (Addiction & Grace 3, 4)

    •   What do food, drink and sex have in common? They are all human .
    •   In Genesis 3:1-6 six times in six verses the words “eat” “ate” and “food” are embedded to highlight the enemy’s strategic attack on .
    •   The heart of is unbridled, unregulated, uncontrolled .
    •   American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy: “Nearly 12 million people suffer from sexual addiction in the United States. Due to the accessibility of sexual material available on the Internet, cable television and videos, these numbers are increasing.” (www.aamft.org/imis15/content/consumer_updates/sexual_addiction.aspx)
      •   The Internet porn industry now rakes in over billion a year.
      •   Online porn makes over $3000 .
      •   According to the Polaris Project 27 million people are in “modern-day slavery” across

        the world—with 800,000 people trafficked across international borders every year— and million children “exploited by the global commercial sex trade, every year.” (www.cicatelli.org/titlex )

  • □  Four Anti-Addiction Actions You Can Take:
    •   #1—A the P (of temptation).
      •   “In order that Satan might not us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.” (2 Corinthians 2:11)
      •   Therefore “avoid [even] the of evil.” (1 Thessalonians 5:22)
    •   #2—A through P (your dependence on God).
      •   Rick Warren: “Think of it this way: You have a small battery inside of you. It has a limited amount of energy. When it depletes, you shut down. At the same time, God offers you access to his unlimited power plant. All you need to do is plug in—and the power cord is .” (The Daniel Plan 52)
      •   “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the , and he will flee from you. Come near to and He will come near to you.” (James 4:7, 8)
      •   “ upon Me in the day of trouble, and I will deliver you; and you will glorify Me.” (Psalm 50:15)
      •   “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you .” (1 Corinthians 10:13)
    •   #3—A the P (of God’s promises).
       “He has given us His very great and precious , so that through

      them you may participate in the divine nature, having the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” (2 Peter 1:4)

  •   “I have hidden Your in my heart that I might not sin against You.” (Psalm 119:11)
  •   Desire of Ages: “When assailed by temptation, look not to circumstances or to the weakness of self, but to the power of the . All its strength is yours.” (123)

 #4—A to a P (for accountability).

  •   “Therefore confess your to each other and pray for each other so that you

    may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” (James

    5:16)

  •   “Carry each other’s , and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”

    (Galatians 6:2)

  •   “Nothing is apparently more helpless, yet really more invincible, than the soul that

    feels its nothingness and relies wholly on the merits of the Saviour. By prayer, by the study of His word, by faith in His abiding presence, the weakest of human beings may live in contact with the living Christ, and He will hold them by a hand that will never let go.” (Ministry of Healing 182)

    Because He won, you can. 

Fellowship Dinner

There will be a fellowship dinner at Pioneer this Sabbath following second worship service in the commons on the lower level. Bring a dish to share and join the fellowship. Visitors are always welcome.

Offering for December 10, 2022

Adventist Community Services

1 Peter 4:10, “As each has received a gift, use it to serve another, as good stewards of God's varied grace.”

A man, beaten down by the rain, came to our Food Pantry for clothes & food. He was wearing a thin jacket, no shirt or socks, and we were able to serve him. He was so happy to receive the clothes that he put them on in the parking lot. Then he sat in the  parking lot and ate an entire 16 oz. jar of peanut butter. He left a little more full, dressed, and hopeful than when he arrived. Thank God for the Better Living Center. (Spokane, Washington) This is only one story of many that is a result of Adventist Community
Services Centers around the North American Division that commit to serving God’s children.

Community Services is God’s invitation to do amazing things with Him. Hard times come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, and Adventist Community Services is responding to individual needs, developing relationships, and committing to make a difference in people’s lives.

ACS supports community outreach programs by funding development projects that make a major impact in your communities. A washer/dryer serves thousands of homeless to bring dignity and value to their lives. A shelter provides protection and offers hope. A portable shower trailer prepares someone for abjob interview. And so much more.

“I love this facility (New Life Food Pantry, Fultondale, AL) because their Christian walk shows in their attitude of the volunteers and the way they treat the pantry participants.” – Client A

“God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.” Hebrews 6:10 By supporting ACS, you can make a lasting impact and know that your dollars are going to something that is making a difference in someone’s life.

North American Division Stewardship Ministries

Something In Common: Who Needs Christmas

Something In Common Sabbath School presents “Who Needs Christmas” video series with Andy Stanley

December 10- The World Did
December 17-God Did
December 24-We Do

The details of the Christmas story can seem unbelievable. So now, thousands of years after shepherds watched their flocks and wise men followed the star, you may be asking, “Who needs Christmas?” 

Well, as it turns out, we all do. In the 3-part series, Andy Stanley shows us that the world needed Christmas, God needed Christmas, and we still need Christmas—but maybe not for the reason you think. Everyone is welcome. Sabbath mornings from 10:30-11:30 in PMC room 141.

Fellowship CHRISTMAS Breakfast

Let’s gather before the main worship service for a Christmas breakfast potluck on Saturday morning, December 24 from 9:00 – 10:15 AM at the Pioneer Commons. Bring your favorite breakfast items.
A – G – bread, muffin, or pastries
H – P – breakfast casserole or hot/cold cereal
Q – Z – fruits
Pioneer will provide hot and cold drinks and nuts.

Dec 10 Groupe Francophone

The Groupe Francophone D’Andrews will host a French sabbath school at 10:30, a francophone worship service at 11:45, and a fellowship potluck at 1:30 on Sabbath, Dec 10 in the Seminary Chapel. All speakers, learners, and lovers of the French language are invited to attend. Please bring a dish to share for potluck as able. RSVP to Lucile Sabas at sabas@andrews.edu if you can help with the meal.

Celebrate Community Christmas and Live Nativity

Celebrate Community Christmas - Come experience a celebration of Christ's birth from 3-6 pm on Sunday, December 18 at the Student Activity Center in downtown Eau Claire located at 6295 West Main Street Eau Claire, MI. The event also features a FREE Live Nativity from 3:30 to 5:30 PM with live animals the kids can pet, FREE Hot Cider/Hot Chocolate, popcorn and cookies, FREE Christmas Ornament Craft for the Kids, FREE Christmas Music/Karaoke, FREE Photo Backdrops for Christmas Family Photos, Silent Auctions and a Christmas Market, and Blacksmithing Demonstration. Admission: FREE Sponsored by the Eau Claire Critters Pathfinder Club and the Eau Claire SDA Church. Questions? Call or text 269-405-5026 or email Eauclairecritters@gmail.com

Garden Club Christmas Cookie Exchange Dec 11

The Berrien Springs Garden Club cordially invites you to attend our annual Christmas cookie exchange from 2-5pm on Sunday, December 11 at Love Creek Nature Center. Come learn tips and tricks from fellow local gardeners and share delicious bakery next to the festive fireplace. All ages and abilities welcome.

The BSGC is a registered non-profit affiliated with Michigan Garden Clubs and National Garden Clubs which focuses on encouraging community gardening skills, appreciation of nature, and protection of native species and pollinators.

Nathan Greene Christmas Art Studio

You are invited to a special Nathan Greene Art Studio Christmas Open House. The studio is located at 8458 Painter School Road, Berrien Center, MI. All are welcome to attend!

December 4 & 11, 6:00 PM

Update for Renovate 2.0

At the end of November, the Renovate 2.0 project and fundraising is as follows:

The Project: The final guaranteed cost, as submitted by the general contractor, Weigand Construction, is $929,641.00. This amount includes a 3% contingency. The project begins on Tuesday, Dec. 27, and is to keep on-budget. The elevator is on order and should be here mid-May 2023.

Fundraising: As of this week, there are $225,627.00 that have been given. This amount includes one portion of a $100,000 matching grant. Update #2 will be Dec. 3. Remember Renovate 2.0 in your year-end giving plans and pray for its success.

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Volunteers for Weight-Loss Program

This January our Health and Wellness Ministry will launch a weight management program for the church and community called Best Weigh. It’s a proven system that combines spiritual principles with nutrition and weight management. It will be led by Dr Ken
Kelln. We’re looking for up to 20 volunteers who can serve as greeters, weigh-in helpers, a/v, parking help, and more. To get more information or to register as a volunteer, text the word HEALTH to 269-281-2345 or you can call 801-513-8809.

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