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.
January 6, 2017
Mid-Week Pastor’s Update
I apologize for not getting my mid-week pastor’s update out last week. I could make excuses, but I’d rather say that I’ve resolved to write my updates earlier in the week so that, if unseen things come-up, I can be well-prepared.
Last week I found myself trapped in extraordinary, yet all-too-ordinary traffic. In my frustration I thought: “All these people in all these cars! They are really causing a problem!”. I’ve had similar thoughts in recent weeks in places like DMV lines, and fighting the holiday crowds at Disneyland. “All these people! What a problem they’re causing!”. Then I was somewhat surprised humbled to realize that, even as I grumbled at all these other people for making a crowd, a line, or traffic, I myself was contributing to the problem just as much as anyone else was.
I think we as Christians are sometimes tempted to do the same thing spiritually: we frustratingly utter through gritted teeth: “Ugh! This sinful world and its ways! Those people are really causing a problem!” Yet, I think it would be wise to swallow our pride and admit that, even as we gripe about others, we are guilty of contributing to the problem ourselves.
I must realize that, before I can point the finger or complain to God about others, I first have to admit my own faults and bring them to God in humility. This is the gist of Jesus’ teaching outlined above, and I’m sure His hearers were shocked to hear it. How many Christians might be shocked to hear Jesus tell them the same thing today? After all, he uses a very strong word: “Hypocrites!”
I don’t get to stand with God and gripe about the earth’s condition: I am one of the ones that needed/needs to be saved from a condition I have contributed to. Only by God’s grace have I been invited to His side, but I don’t get to judge from the outside. Let’s remember that meekness, humility, responsibility are our callings, not judgmentalism (specifically not judgmentalism! Matthew 7:1).
I pray we will be helpful where we can be, prayerful where we can’t be, and eagerly looking for opportunities to speak well of our Lord and Father. May God bless you this week and beyond.
Pastor Mark Tatum