Welcome to the website of the Anaheim Seventh-day Adventist Church. If you are looking for a place to worship, we would be honored to have you join us. We are very close to Disneyland and the surrounding hotels.
We are located at 900 Sunkist St., Anaheim, CA 92806. Our main worship service is on Saturdays at 11:00 AM. We also offer Sabbath School classes for all ages beginning at 9:30 AM. In addition we offer a Spanish speaking Sabbath School and Devotional service that begins at 9:00 AM. You can go here to see recent bulletins from our worship services.
Our office hours are Tuesday – Thursday, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. For more information, you may contact us us via phone at 714.635.0991, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mid-Week Pastor’s Update
October 11, 2017
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.” Matthew 6:19-20
Boy oh boy! I have not intended to make these weekly updates a continuing commentary on disasters, but they seem to be increasing in intensity, and getting closer and closer, week by week! Hopefully soon we can be back to more regular, pleasant topics.
Jesus, of course, wasn’t talking specifically about fires in the passage above, but he was surely talking about the temporary nature of earthly goods. How true that’s been this week for families up and down California! A week ago at this time, they’d have no idea their possessions would be stripped away, their very lives would be in danger, and their way of life changed forever. 🙁 We weep with them, and God surely feels their pain and weeps as well.
I did not quote the passage above to be at all condemnatory to those who live well: rather to remind us not to become too attached to our belongings – however luxurious or humble they may be. And in terms of investments: of money, as well as time and priority; how much more crucial to invest in stable, eternal things than the temporal ones that can disappear so quickly! I pray that many are taking this lesson to heart after the recent earthquakes and hurricanes: God’s Kingdom is the only thing we can count on!
Of course, fire is a reminder to us, as well as a warning, of what is to come over this entire earth before too long. The apostle Peter reminds us in his 2nd epistle that: “the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly… the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.” (2 Peter 3:7, 10) Similarly, Jude v. 7 says “Sodom and Gomorrah…serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.” We, of course, recall that those cities were burned & destroyed by fire from heaven. We are called to remember and be warned.
We might be inclined to question: “How can a just God do such a thing?! I thought he was a God of love!” But let us remember two principles: First, being the maker of all things, He unarguably has the right to destroy & remake as He sees fit. Second, the righteous will be rescued into His Kingdom by this point: so those who love Him & practice righteousness have nothing to fear. In fact, it is clear that the very elements of this fallen, evil age must be destroyed and made new in order for the universe to have a harmonious, perfect future.
So friends, even as we provide for ourselves and our families here, and pray for and help those affected by recent tragedies, let us keep our eyes on things eternal! And let’s do all we can to encourage others to seek His Glorious Appearing as well. I don’t know about you, but every time I learn of a new tragedy like the ones in recent weeks, it gives me yet another reason to cry out: “Come quickly, Lord Jesus!” But we know He waits, because more sincere souls must be reached and turned to Him (2 Peter 3:9).
May God bless you and your families for the remainder of this week.
Pastor Mark Tatum