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 email@example.com.
January 6, 2017
Mid-Week Pastor’s Update
I was preparing to write this week’s devotional thought about the Olympic games, which are going on in South Korea currently. Paul has an inspiring section in 1st Corinthians ch. 9, which compares our steadfast Christian living with that of a disciplined athlete, striving for the prize. He summarizes his comments in saying “Run in such a way as to get the prize” (v. 24).
But then, in the midst of this celebration of human accomplishment, training, achievement, in an international setting in which the nations of the world come together, our own nation was rocked with the news of yet another high school mass shooting, in which 17 people unexpectedly lost their lives, and a whole community shocked into grief, at the hands of a mentally ill person wielding a semi-automatic rifle. I shed tears as I watched the scenes from Florida, and have been impressed with the driven, articulate students, determined to turn their grief into social change.
The contrast of these two things really shocks me, and makes me stop in my tracks. Who are we, as humans? Are we great? Or are we tragic? Surely God, too, is experiencing mixed feelings as he looks down on this planet. What he has to endure in striving with us generation after generation!
Our current situation, though, really encompasses all of humanity: we strive for and attain such heights! Yet our own brokenness as a species is always evident in its accompaniment. Humanism would only acknowledge the former: “Look at all we’ve accomplished! Look at all we can do, as individuals and societies!”, whereas pessimism would only acknowledge the latter: “We can’t rid ourselves of our social and individual demons.”
Biblical Christianity, however, strikes the balance. Our significant achievements and advancements are acknowledged because we affirm that we are made in the image of the Most High: we are autonomous, free, driven agents who can achieve much if we disciplinedly learn, train, organize, plan, and accomplish. On the other hand, though, we recognize that this great humanity has been deeply and irrevocably marred by the impact of sin in the fall. We will never ‘reach the heavens’ with our ‘towers of Babel’ because we are, in our innermost beings, flawed, twisted, and broken.
Jesus Christ is the solution to our dual, conflicting characteristics as humans. He Himself identified sin as our central problem and primary need for resolution (John 5:34, 31-32). He demonstrated humanity in its most upright form: free from selfishness, prejudice, corruption, and so many other vices which continue to vex us. And He invites us to follow him in learning & living His way.
It is only as we fall to our knees before the cross, asking Jesus to purify and conform us to his image that we get on the path of reconciling our two natures. Sanctification is the work of a lifetime, but it is a work that God loves to do with and in us. He asks us to participate in it as well. We are truly “co-laborers with Christ” (1 Cor. 3:9)!
As we continue on this path, we are continuedly “being changed from glory unto glory” (2 Cor. 3:18), and we remember that “He who began a good work in us will bring it to completion in the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6). Let us continue to strive! But not on our own; taking Jesus’ hand every step, every mile, every day.
May God bless you all.
Pastor Mark Tatum