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 via phone at 714.635.0990, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“…There is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have spoken in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have spoken in the ear in inner rooms will be proclaimed on the housetops.” Luke 12:2-3
I try not to get political in my pastoral dealings: after all, we exist for a kingdom far beyond this one (2nd Peter 3:13), where partisan squabbles (in addition to party platforms, repeated elections, etc.) will be a thing of the past. But I think it’s safe to say that we’re living in a pretty unique moment in our country’s history: only the fourth time that impeachment proceedings have been opened against a sitting president, and likely only the 3rd time it will be voted (since Nixon apparently resigned before the vote was taken).
Apparently 13 million people watched the opening day of public hearings which began last week. (That number, by the way, is approximately the same as watched the Game of Thrones finale some months back). Everyone appears eager to ‘get to the bottom’ of what may have happened with international players and political opponents, yet you see both sides intentionally limiting information that doesn’t favor their side. Democrats won’t reveal the identity of the ‘whistleblower’, or permit Republicans’ requested witnesses to testify, and White House appointees are ignoring congressional subpoenas to come and testify. This whole thing really smacks of a ‘circus’, and while part of me is intrigued to follow the proceedings, another part of me is disgusted, inclined to say “just tell me how it ends.”
The laughable thing from heaven’s perspective, though, is that all of this covering certain information and releasing other information is ultimately futile. Jesus says in the quote stated above (and in other places like Luke 8:17 and Mark 4:22), that in the end all secrets will come to light. Any desire to maintain secrecy for gain or advantage is only helpful in the short-term. On the day of God’s judgment, and particularly afterward, when the saints have a thousand years to review God’s judgment (Rev. 20:4), everything will be known: everything about people from political leaders to drug-dealers, and, yes, Gospel ministers too, will be laid bare for all to see.
How shall we live in the light of this? It seems obvious: don’t enter into things that would need to be kept secret in the first place! As Jesus says in John Ch. 3: “For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”
While seemingly useful in this life, in the long scope of things, the keeping of secrets is ultimately pointless. What gains would secret-keeping even get us, if we lose it all on judgment day for eternity? As Jesus so poignantly said in Mark 8:36: “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?”
I pray we will resolve to live our daily lives with eternity in mind: with things that lead to life and eternity, rather than passing worldly interests (1st John 2:7).
May God bless you and your families this week.
Pr. Mark Tatum