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Family Celebration Sabbath 2009

Berrien Springs, Mich.─ This year’s Family Celebration Sabbath weekend was held, July 17-18, at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, Andrews University. Prominent author and speaker on the topics of sexual addiction and pornography, Mark Laaser, of Faithful and True Ministries was the weekend’s presenter.

Through worship, inspiration, and Scripture-based guidance, the weekend was designed to offer encouragement and help to hurting families and advice for those who minister to them. The weekend also included inspirational praise and worship led by Terrance Taylor, previous youth and associate pastor of Emerald City SDA Church, Seattle, Wash.

Events began on Friday when AdventSource hosted a resource reception in the Seminary Commons, followed by worship in the chapel. Sabbath morning, Laaser preached in the Seminary Chapel and organized a workshop for the afternoon programming. He addressed the issues of human sexuality, sexual addictions, pornography and their effects on the family, challenging all to realize that “Without vision, people perish” and “Spiritual discipline works!” Laaser also stressed the importance of positive vision and pure thoughts, encouraging families to “Take every thought captive” and “Share the vision God has given ... He’ll make it happen.”

 
L-R Dr. Willie Oliver, Dr. Mark Laaser, Karen and Dr. Ron Flowers, and Dr. Peter Swanson
   
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