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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.
December 9, 2017
Isaiah 9:2, 6-7; Matthew 1:18
Mid-Week Pastor’s Update
“But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.” 2nd Peter 3:13 NIV
Hello friends. As of a couple days ago, I had a totally different devotional thought in mind for this week’s update, but find that, once again, the magnitude of recent events is unignorable. We find ourselves in the same cycle of suffering, both on a societal level, with hundreds of homes being destroyed and thousands evacuated again due to recent fires, as well as on a local church community level, mourning again, with brother Demecio Alvarado having suddenly passed away (If you hadn’t heard about that, see the announcement below).
The feelings of angst and despair that the combination of these societal and local factors cause are both jarring at their suddenness, yet wearying in their repetitiveness. They make me look to the heavens and cry “How long, O Lord, must we endure this earth with its suffering?!”. As with those who similarly cried out to God in Revelation 6:10, He seems to respond “A bit longer”, but meanwhile assures us of his fulfillment of the promise (v. 11).
The quote from 2nd Peter above speaks of both the sure destruction of the earth, and the restoration of a new creation afterwards. And how we need it! As many nice conveniences as we have invented for ourselves over the centuries, our world today is no substitute for God’s everlasting Kingdom which the prophets have foretold. Every ache we experience is a reminder that “this world is not our home”. As the verse says, we long for new heavens & earth in which righteousness reigns.
Let us make no mistake, though: we are not to merely wait passively, but rather, we are to act! There is important work to be done before this earth wraps-up. Jesus made it very plain what must take place before his coming: “This gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14). What powerful, clear words! The Apostle Peter also tells us the reason for God’s apparent delay is that he wants more to find Him: “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but wanting everyone to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9).
Truly, our role is to wait with eager expectation our Lord’s coming. “Come quickly, Lord Jesus” is the 2nd to last verse in the Bible (Revelation 22:20). But as we await, we are also called to “hasten” it (2nd Peter 3:12) by living holy and godly lives (v. 11) and calling others to it (Matt. 28:19-20). His beautiful promise is that He accompanies us as we faithfully endure and advance in these last days.
I pray that for a while we won’t have calamitous and tragic emergencies that we have to focus on. I pray we can live peacefully and stably, so we can do God’s work fittingly (1 Timothy 2:1-4). May He ever hold our hand and guide. Even as we pass through dark valleys (Psalm 23:4), we know that green pastures, still waters, and dwelling with Him forever is His will for us (vv. 2, 6).
May God bless you all.
Pastor Mark Tatum