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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.

Does addiction seem like an unbeatable challenge? Here are 7 steps you can take to turn your defeats into victory.
Saturday, April 12, 2014

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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.
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?
04/19/2014
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 Turn Your Defeats into V-I-C-T-O-R-Y”

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The Principle
• Luke 8:1-3
• Luke 11:24-26
• You must what you .

• Re video gaming:

  • Philip Zimbardo in an Aug 2011 TED talk: “Boys’ brains are being digitally rewired in a totally new way, for change, novelty, excitement, and constant arousal. They’re totally out of sync in traditional classes, which are analog, static, and interactively passive. And they’re totally out of sync in relationships [with young women], which build gradually and subtly.” (www.TED.com TED Talk, Aug 2011/quoted in Leadership Fall 2011)

The Plan

  • #1—Replace hi-visual/hi-tech stimulation with .

     Psalm 46:10—“Be and know that I am God.”

    •   Richard Foster: “In contemporary society our Adversary majors in three

      things: , , and .”

    •   Desire of Ages: “When every other voice is hushed, and in quietness we wait

      before Him, the of the soul makes more distinct the voice of

      God.” (363)

  • #2—Replace self-absorbed stimulation with .

    Wall Street Journal “Can Faith Rewrite an Addict’s Brain?”: “Frequent involvement in seems to help in the treatment of those who do abuse alcohol and drugs [according to a research report to be released next month in Alcohol Treatment Quarterly]. . . . Our study showed spiritual experiences predicted abstinence, increased social behavior and reduced narcissistic behavior. . . . Why might this combination work? Neuroscientists, including Andrew Newberg in his 2010 book ‘How God Changes Your Brain,’ are beginning to uncover what happens to the mind when the unconscious neurological foundations of addiction are short- circuited by [1] spiritual awakening and [2] a new focus on others. Neuronal pathways in the brain appear to be instantaneously realigned.” (WSJ 3-28-2014)

  • #3—Replace hormonal stimulation with /physical exertion.
  • #4—Replace dietary stimulation with .

     “I have come to realize that the ‘lust on/off switch’ primarily starts with my .” (Graduate student email)

 “Physical habits have a great deal to do with the success of every individual. The more careful you are in your , the more simple and unstimulating the food that sustains the body in its harmonious action, the more clear will be your conception of duty. . . . The has much to

do with the disposition to enter into temptation and commit sin.” (Counsels on

Diet and Food 52)

  • #5—Replace beverage stimulation with .

     The stimulation that injects into the nervous and circulatory systems, pumping you up before dropping you down, is an artificial stimulation for both you and your body.

  • #6—Replace stress stimulation with .
     Blaise Pascal, the French mathematician and philosopher and Christian of the

    seventeenth century, wrote: “All the unhappiness of men arises from one single fact, that they cannot stay in their own room.” (Ruth Barton, Invitation to Solitude and Silence 9)

  • #7—Replace some of your old friends with .
     April 16—Wednesday 7 p.m.—a special prayer and anointing service for all
    •   Counseling and Testing Center— (269) 471-3470/

      www.andrews.edu/services/ctcenter/resources

    •   www.MichianaSober.org for local Alcoholics Anonymous groups
    •   www.alcoholics-anonyous.org for national directory
    •   Sexaholics Anonymous/Sundays 5-6 p.m./call Ed (480) 274-8114
    •   Google for local information for other 12-Steps

      Desire of Ages: “Jesus knows the circumstances of every soul. You may say, I am sinful, very sinful. You may be; but the worse you are, the more you need Jesus. He turns no weeping, contrite one away. He does not tell to any all that He might reveal, but He bids every trembling soul take courage. Freely will He pardon all who come to Him for forgiveness and restoration.” (568)

      You must replace what you remove! 

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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.

The fund-raising plan was simple; Give a dime per month. A dime then would be equivalent to $2.25 today. Even though $2.25 is 22 ½ times more than a dime, it still isn’t much money in today’s economy!

Widespread participation brought success. When the members took this as their project, the Lord blessed.

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

—North American Division Stewardship Ministries

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.

Adventurers & Pathfinder Registration Open

Our Pathfinder and Adventurer Clubs are back in session this fall. Join below:

Pathfinders text "PMCEP" to 269-281-2345 or join online.

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Pathfinder Staff Members text "EPSTAFF" to 269-281-2345 or join online

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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 Helping Hands Team

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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