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 anaheimsda@gmail.com.

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Mid-Week Pastor’s Update

 

May 17, 2017

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
2 Timothy 1:7

When I was a teenager in the late 1990’s, the “No Fear” logo was all the rage. Hats, shirts, and shoes bearing the slogan were peppered everywhere it seemed. It carried with it a connotation of daring and even rebellion, and I, being a teen whose religious convictions were deepening at the time, was initially inclined to avoid it.

Then, however, I came across the above passage from Paul’s 2nd epistle to Timothy, and I saw that it lined up greatly with the catchy logo of the time! So I went to a clothing store and bought 3 white t-shirts that sported the logo. Then, when I’d brought them home, I took a sharpie marker, and, below the logo, in my best teenage lettering, wrote “In Christ” (so it looked something like the image above). Then I would wear my shirt proudly around school and in public, to boldly show my faith in Jesus. I got some eye-rolls, but also some positive comments and inquiring questions about it! I was happy to both “fit in” with a trend, and also proclaim my faith. It’s a distinct, positive memory I have from those days.

This world does give us a thousand things to freak out about. And I worry that, too often, in attempting to convince people for Christ, Christians talk about the world in such negative ways that it increases our fears about society and how the devil’s working in it. He surely is, but if we are connected to Christ, do we really have anything to fear? As Paul writes in Romans 8:31: “If God is for us, who can be against us?” Prompting the inevitable answer of: “Of course! How could I have worried about that?!”

My personality naturally inclines toward a worrying/fearful one. But I remember coming across a remarkable encouragement back years ago when Facebook was young, saying that the phrase “Fear not” (or some derivative thereof) occurs 365 times in the Bible. That is one instance for every day of the year! What a fascinating coincidence (or, perhaps, providence?)! Just knowing that, from the scriptures, God is telling me today: “Do not fear”, brings me great encouragement.

Jesus himself also said to not worry/fear in his Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). Could he who created the universe, instituted life, reigns over the seasons, promises to save us for eternity, etc., be out of control in something as relatively simple as my own life? Trusting is hard, but we are continually encouraged to do so gratefully, joyfully, in the scripture.

Perhaps this week we could examine our own hearts, and see what fears we may need to give up to God. After all, as 1st John says: “Perfect love casts away fear”. Let’s let God do that in our hearts today.

God bless you all.

Sincerely,
Pastor Mark Tatum

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