Pastor Wendt Starts His Talk on Addiction
The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on May 9, 2015 began with an introit by Beth Brandt on the piano.
Rodney Herra followed with the announcements. This Sunday beginning at 8:30 a.m. there will be a work bee at the church. Raccoons have made a mess in the attic and chewed up the climate control system. The next work bee will be after graduation.
Elizabeth Castle had the Personal Ministries Corner. Bob and Michelle Gustafson talked about the Michigan trip; the students (all except seniors) got a glimpse of the work behind the scenes at a conference camp. The group worked on four roofs during their stay. Conference workers were impressed with the coordination and speed of the student workers. The group also worked on various trails. During the concert the group gave, students gave testimonies of their life and work at Laurelbrook. Keep uplifting students as you work and interact with them on campus.
The congregation had a silent invocation. The congregation then sang “Balm in Gilead”. Rodney Herra then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”. Rodney Herra then called for the offering, which was for disaster and famine relief. Matthew (9th grader) and Daryll Ellis then collected the morning offerings; the loose offering went to the local church budget. The congregation sang the doxology, and Rodney Herra prayed for the offering.
Laura Mae Zollinger sang “Master, the Tempest Is Raging” for special music. Lorealle (junior) then read Proverbs 23:29-35 “29 ¶ Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes? 30 They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine. 31 Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, [when] it moveth itself aright. 32 At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder. 33 Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things. 34 Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast. 35 They have stricken me, [shalt thou say, and] I was not sick; they have beaten me, [and] I felt [it] not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.”
Pastor David Wendt started discussing the topic “Understanding Addiction”. The congregation sang “I Must Tell Jesus”. Pastor Wendt had the closing prayer.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Beth Brandt - wife of Clayton Brandt, who works with Laurelbrook's heavy equipment
Bob Gustafson – Laurelbrook men’s work coordinator
Daryll Ellis - works for nearby Majestic Stone Company / local church deacon
Elizabeth Castle - Laurelbrook church personal ministries director / works in the Laurelbrook Nursing Home
Laura Mae Zollinger – retired nurse living on the edge of Laurelbrook’s campus
Michelle Gustafson - student vocational coordinator +
Pastor David Wendt - pastor of the Laurelbrook and Pikeville Seventh-day Adventist churches
Rodney Herra - local head church elder / works with Laurelbrook auto body program
Following are some notes on the sermon by Pastor Wendt:
- Addictions can include cigarettes, work, bad habits, music, food, internet, pornography, drugs, shopping.
- Addiction usually starts with an emotional trigger like anger or hurt or pain (emotional or physical), celebration.
- God has designed our bodies to have automatic systems like shivering when cold.
- Emotions shouldn’t take over our lives but should have a part in our lives.
- The lymph system dumps dopamine when pain comes to us and looks for the last place where we have pleasure. Then the craving starts on a sub-conscious level, increasing as time goes on.
- The craving reaches an almost-impossible to resist the cravings.
- Guilt and shame follows with adrenaline kicking in (the pain of shame).
- Proverbs 23:29 “Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes?” There is emotion causing addiction.
- Proverbs 23:33-34 “33 Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things. 34 Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast.” Addiction causes a person to go out of control.
- Genesis 3:1 “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” Eve hears the serpent and says that she might die if she ate.
- Genesis 3:4-6 “4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. 6 ¶ And when the woman saw that the tree [was] good for food, and that it [was] pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make [one] wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.” The snake set off Eve’s cravings. So she then touched the fruit (as we do with many temptations).
- Genesis 3:7 “And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they [were] naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.” Now the shame comes in; their eyes are wide open.
- Genesis 3:8 “And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.”
- Note that five things made up these temptations – emotional, physical, mental, social, and spiritual.
- God asks where Adam and Eve are – they hide.
- Genesis 4:1-5 “1 ¶ And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. 2 And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. 3 ¶ And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. 4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: 5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.” Note the emotion Cain shows, displaying it on his face.
- Other emotions include tiredness, rest, anger, or boredom.
- Genesis 4:6 “And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?”
- God is trying to tell Cain that he has to deal with the pain at this level. Genesis 4:7 “If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee [shall be] his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.” God is saying that sin is at this level; the sin will increase more than more.
- We have to bring this emotion to the conscious and deal with it before the emotion becomes overwhelming and causes more pain, shame, and guilt.
- Socially you start separating yourself from people when you are in the throes of addiction. Close friends help us immensely deal with stress and how you are feeling right now by talking out the problem.
- A lot of times we don’t want to talk to God because we are spiritually angry at God for not preventing losses.
- Genesis 3:7-13 “7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they [were] naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. 8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. 9 ¶ And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where [art] thou? 10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I [was] naked; and I hid myself. 11 ¶ And he said, Who told thee that thou [wast] naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? 12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest [to be] with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. 13 And the LORD God said unto the woman, What [is] this [that] thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.”
- Note that they are really blaming God for their problems. Satan gets us to get angry at God, thus hurting God.
- We must not shut off our emotions but bring our problems to the consciousness so God can help us take care of them before they become an addiction.
- Many times we shut people off and try to condemn them to the wrong side of God’s judgment. This is not our place to do this.
- If we can say “no” to our addictions, then we will have more strength to stand during the events of the Last Days.