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Pastor Wendt Discusses Addiction and Boredom

The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on August 15, 2015 began with an introit by Min Sterling on the piano. Rich Sutton interviewed a Korean teacher who had accompanied several of the Korean ESL students to Laurelbrook for the start of the school year. The teacher emphasized several things about his school. 
  • His school emphasizes missions.  
  • His students who come to Laurelbrook as ESL students come for a semester.  
  • His school has 60+ students and wants our students to go there, too. 
  • His school has just joined EASEA, the state-chartered accreditation body that accredits Laurelbroo
Rich Sutton then had special prayer for the teacher and his school as he goes back to Korea, leaving his daughter and a nephew as students.
Bob Gustafson followed with the announcements.  There will be a special lunch in the cafeteria after the service.  Please consider that this sanctuary is God’s House.  If you wish to have special music, see the music committee.
Bob Gustafson had the invocation.  The congregation then sang “Sound the Battle Cry”. Bob Gustafson then had the Morning Prayer after calling for prayer requests. These requests included the families of the two truckers whose truck loaded with rock overturned yesterday afternoon at the bottom of the mountain and killed them; Michelle Gustafson’s mother who is fighting asthma; Luke Crawford, who is heading to Belize tomorrow; the wedding this weekend; the new students who have come to Laurelbrook; and Beth Brandt, who is fighting sickness.
The congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”. Adiv (sophomore) then called for the offering, which was for local church budget.  Luke Crawford and Daryll Ellis then collected the morning offerings.  The congregation sang the doxology, and Bob Gustafson prayed for the offering. 
Lorealle (senior) told the children a story.  A group of Koreans then played a hymn for special music. Adiv (sophomore) read Ezekiel 16:49 “Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fullness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.”

Pastor David Wendt discussed the topic “Bored to Death” and asked for a commitment to do one of these things. The congregation sang “Faith Is the Victory”.   Pastor Wendt had the closing prayer.

Edna Brandt, mother of Clifton and Clayton Brandt, attended the services.  She is 97 years old and visiting from California.

Personnel Other Than Students:
Clayton Brandt – works with Laurelbrook’s heavy equipment / local church elder
Clifton Brandt – works with Laurelbrook’s water, sewer, and boiler systems / local head church deacon
Daryll Ellis – works for nearby Majestic Stone Company / local church deacon / Laurelbrook graduate
Luke Crawford – 2015 Laurelbrook graduate who has worked in Bolivia for this summer and is now headed to Belize
Min Sterling – works in the Laurelbrook Academy office
Pastor David Wendt – pastor of the Pikeville and Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist churches
Bob Gustafson– local head elder / works with Laurelbrook’s auto body program
Following are some notes on the sermon by Pastor Wendt: 
  1. Most sinners caught in their sins know they need help.
  2. Addiction starts with stress triggers.  Stress often comes from unplanned change, from not talking to people ahead of doing something, from not taking a walk in God’s creation, from not being creative in our own right.
  3. If we don’t deal with our emotions, our bodies deal with our emotions by leading us to do something bad.
  4. 2 Corinthians 13:11 “Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.”
  5. Addiction is really trying to find comfort. Addiction to food is often called “comfort food”, for example.
  6. We need to acknowledge that addictions lead to false comfort.
  7. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 “3 ¶ Blessed [be] God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; 4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”
  8. God should provide all of our comfort so we can comfort others and be comforted by other Christians when we need comfort.
  9. Exodus 20:1-2 “1 ¶ And God spake all these words, saying, 2 I [am] the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.”
  10. Notice that the first commandment demands that we have no other things or people as gods.
  11. There are five things to do to make sure we are not mentally bored or SR. RAD.   S = Share.  Not sharing leads to mental boredom.   R = Reading and Research and writing down what is happening.  This helps us to discover where we went wrong. R = Recreation. Do something new for a time. A = Adventure. D = Dream.
  12. 1 Corinthians 10:11 “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.”
  13. Do you have adventure in your life?  Do something different like sharing your testimony in an unusual place.
  14. What are the dreams God has for you? Set God-driven goals that change your life.
  15. Start with one of these five things.

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