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.
Mid-Week Pastor’s Update
“Now these three remain: Faith, Hope, and Love. But the greatest of these is Love”
(1 Cor. 13:13)
Well, Valentines Day has passed: I hope it was a good one for you all. Hopefully we all had a chance to cherish, appreciate, and express the various types of Love which God has blessed us with. Truly, love is the glue that holds us together, and makes life worth living.
In the weeks and days approaching, the tell-tale signs of the approaching of Valentines Day were evident: a quick stop-in to a store like Rite Aid would put you in the midst of multiple rows of candies, cards, and stuffed-animals (all brightly red colored); stores with electronic marquees proclaimed Valentines Day deals, and even proclaimed themselves to be “Valentines Day Headquarters”, and roadside tents with gift baskets and trinkets popped up at prominent intersections. Florist shops were abuzz, Valentines Day-related internet pop-up ads were present in abundance. All leading up to the big day.
But now the day is over: the street-side vendors have packed-up, internet pop-up ads have gone back to their normal content, and stores are “un-decorating” their Valentines Day aisles. Whereas yesterday it would’ve been super-easy to find cards, candies, flowers for the occasion, today it would be very difficult (although I’m sure there are some 75% discount bins out there!)
Has the opportunity to love passed? (I’m endebted to the Apostle Paul as I raise my fist to proclaim:) “By no means!”
Rather, only the opportunity to profit financially from love has passed: it’s marketability is gone. And, in a consumer-driven culture, what isn’t in demand simply isn’t present for long at all.
The scripture verse quoted above is likely a familiar one to many of us: it comes at the end of Paul’s famous chapter on love, 1st Corinthians 13. Paul calls up one of the three greatest principles of Christianity: Faith, Hope, and Love. Only one, however, garners his highest praise.
Why not Faith? While faith is crucial to our Christian walk today, one day our ‘faith will be sight’, and we essentially won’t need faith anymore! We will see God face to face, just as we see our friends now. (1 Cor. 13:12, Rev. 21:3)
Why not Hope? Hope is certainly the element of our faith which keeps us hanging on, longing for better things to come in the future, but again, once our redemption is made reality, we will no longer need to hope. We will simply bask!
But Love. Love, my friends, goes on forever and ever! In the heavenly kingdom, it will not be made obsolete, but will rather be magnified; made more immense, concentrated, and pure than we have ever known it in this world. Love will be the very pulse of harmony that beats throughout the universe, unifying all creation (see the ending of Great Controversy)
So, in the world’s way of doing things, seasons of love come and go. The cards and plush-dolls will be put into storage until next year when they are marketable again.
Not so in the kingdom of God: God’s storehouse, yes, is replete with love, but it is not to be doled-out sporadically or seasonally: it is a continuous flowing, as real as the river of life which will procede from God’s throne.
I, for one, look forward to the day when all this will be made so. One thing I do know: we are one Valentines Day closer to the Coming Kingdom of God! May it come soon. Amen.
God Bless you all.
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