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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.

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!” 

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During the early days of the Seventh-day Adventist movement, church buildings were few. Battle Creek, Michigan, had become the center for the Seventh-day Adventist Church. They needed to build a church large enough to house the rapid membership growth, camp meetings, and General Conference sessions.

Elder James White, one of the founders of the church, thought of a plan. He suggested, “If each month, every member would donate one dime, within one year we could raise enough money to build a new church structure.” At that time, the average price of a home was around $2,000.

The members adopted the project. On April 20, 1879, they dedicated the new church, debt-free. The “Dime Tabernacle,” capable of seating 4,000 people became the fourth church structure of the Seventh-day Adventist denomination.

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When God’s people come together, like they did with the Dime Tabernacle, God will move hearts to accomplish His will through His children. “And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.” Luke 18:27

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Volunteers Needed for Upcoming Fellowship Dinners

Volunteers are needed by the Fellowship Dinner teams to assist with the preparation and service of the fellowship dinners which we hope to be able to resume soon. Teams serve about three times a year, so the time commitment is minimal, but your help is invaluable. Please let us know you if can help by emailing Ben Chilson at bennettc43@gmail.com. You will be assigned to a team that fits your schedule.

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It's Time for Fall Grow Groups!

Fall Grow Groups are here and we are so excited to have more than 50 groups available to join this semester! The session officially begins September 19, so don’t wait!

We have a variety of groups meeting every day of the week. Pioneer is continuing to offer groups both in-person and online, so we think you’ll be able to find one that works for you--whether you’re looking for Bible study, support, art, prayer, discipleship, or activity groups.

Grow Groups are open to everyone–so invite a friend and join us! Text "JOIN" to 269-281-2345 or choose your group online.

If you have any questions, email us at growgroups@pmchurch.org.

The Darkness Will Not Overcome Series

The Darkness Will Not Overcome is an 8-part series that will inspire, equip, and empower you to live your best life possible. In every presentation you will learn practical ways we can experience healing, hope, and change. Whatever your "darkness" is—an addiction, a mental health struggle, dysfunction, past trauma, broken relationships, or lack of direction—the Darkness Will Not Overcome! Beginning Friday, October 1.

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Neighbor to Neighbor (our local Adventist Community Services center) is currently looking for volunteers for their "Helping Hand Team". To respond, please call 269-471-7411 or visit them at 9147 US 31, Berrien Springs, MI.

Pioneer Collegiate Sabbath School

Pioneer's new Collegiate Sabbath School meets in the Pioneer Commons! This is a place for interactive connections with Collegiates and with God, to study the stories of Jesus and what they mean for us today. Breakfast snacks will be provided.

Weekly on Sabbath, 10:30 AM
Location: Pioneer Commons

Care Giver's Support Group

Are you the primary caregiver for your spouse or another person? If so we have a resource available for you. Care Giver's Support Group, Thursday evenings starting at 6:30 PM, at Neighbor to Neighbor (West entrance). You're invited to come and  recharge your "batteries". For more information call Pastor John Glass at 262-825-3632.

Howard Series Presents: Risus Quartet

Winners of the 2021 Fischoff Grand Prize and Gold Medal, the Risus Quartet was officially founded in 2020 in South Korea by four young passionate musicians. "Risus" in Latin means "laugh" and was named in the sense of wanting to give joy and laughter to their audiences.  After graduating from Seoul National University, the quartet members began their studies in the United States where they broadened their view as musicians.

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