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.
“Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.” Romans 13:8
It used to be sound financial advice to avoid debt like the plague: to not get involved in it at all. In recent decades, however, the financial structure of things, as well as upwardly spiraling costs, have made it near impossible for a person to get through life without taking on debt. Things like getting a college education, a house, even cars increasingly are expected to be attained via credit being extended and payment plans entered into. Mortgages and student loans aren’t even considered “bad debt”; they pretty much go with the territory. It is not strange these days for people (particularly young people) to owe for years or even decades into the future.
Of course, getting into deep debt is nothing new. Jesus even used the concept of heavy debt in some of His parables to illustrate Salvation! (see, for example, Matthew 18:23-35) One of the most touching ones to me is this: In Luke 7, when Jesus is invited to Simon’s house, a ‘sinful woman’ (who tradition ascribes to Mary Magdalene) came in, broke an alabaster jar of expensive perfume, and tearfully anointed Jesus’ feet, drying them with her hair. Simon thought begrudgingly about this woman’s reputation and the shame at Jesus’ accepting this disgraceful display, when Jesus looked at him and said this:
“Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred days’ wages, and the other fifty. Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?” Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.” “You have judged correctly,” Jesus said. Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? …She wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair…This woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. …She has poured perfume on my feet. Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.” Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”
This story always brings tears to my eyes: and the principle convicts me deeply whoever is forgiven much will love much.
I suppose that in living the Christian life; in, over the years, learning to walk according to God’s precepts and keep the commandments, etc. we could describe it as ‘lessening our debt’ (or at least ‘racking-up less debt’). Let’s remember, though, that no matter how small our ‘debt’ may appear (especially in contrast to others we see around us), that the debt we have accrued is an unpayable debt. May our self-perceived goodness never be a reason to love Jesus less! Even one fib or insulting thought accrues a debt we could never pay with our own good works.
Let us, as this woman did, fling ourselves at Jesus feet; brokenhearted for our failures, but ever loving of him and his precious sacrifice.
May God bless you all.
Pr. Mark Tatum