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.
March 3, 2018
Mid-Week Pastor’s Update
King David in Psalm chapter 2 asks “Why do the nations so furiously rage?”. We see the same thing happening today and similarly wonder why. Despite treaties and the organization of the United Nations, we still see bombings, genocides, land-grabs, and saber-rattling. This all in an environment in which our own leaders (in fact, administrations of both parties) are accused of treating our friends like enemies and treating our enemies like friends. If you follow the news, you hear concerns about trade wars, a return to the cold-war, and of course, actual wars in places like Syria and Afghanistan.
In truth, we as Christians should not be surprised at such a state: Jesus himself predicted that in the last days: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom” (Matthew 24:7), and indeed we have seen it for some time now (in truth, it has always been so). He tells us not to worry, though, nor to be surprised, because “Such things must happen, but the end is still to come… All these are the beginning of birth pains.” (vv. 6, 8). He tells us this in the context of natural disasters and pestilences, and religious deceptions and persecutions, all of which we have beheld recently.
In the light of such disastrous international strife, continuing for centuries, it is comforting and important that there is talk of an ongoing healing process taking place in heaven and on the new earth, even after salvation has been finalized. Many of our prejudices and nationalist sentiments are deep-rooted and will take some time to heal. Thankfully, John’s description in Revelation of the glorious New Jerusalem and the presence of the Tree of Life within it include just such a provision.
Truly, the descriptions in places like the great commission and Revelation, including people of ‘every tribe, tongue, language, and people’ praising God are inspiring ones, and their fulfillments are what all true Christians yearn for. But we will not be brainwashed, nor will the presence of Christ vanish away our worldviews, including our potential prejudices. So, just as for centuries, people from various cultures have found ointments, salves, and medicines in plant leaves, so we will find nation-healing balm in the leaves of the New Jerusalem’s tree of life.
We are of course invited to accept Christ into our hearts now, currently, for renovation and purification of our worldviews. To know that such a process includes ethnic and national acceptance means we can begin the process even now with Christ’s help. May we all be inspired to be peace-makers (Matthew 5:9), even as our Lord has made peace with us (Romans 5:1-2).
God bless you all.
Pastor Mark Tatum