Anaheim Seventh-day Adventist Church
Mid-week Pastor’s Update
November 28th, 2018
"Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of
wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought
from death to life… Don’t you know that when you offer
yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey?"
Romans 6:13a, 16a NIV
One weekday morning recently, I was at a lube shop getting my oil
changed. As they worked on my car, I sat in the little lobby, thumbing through
my phone. A local morning news program was on the TV, and I was listening with
one ear as I wrote some texts, checked Facebook and the like.
After a commercial break, the news came back on, saying that they had a
special guest with them in the studio, a hypnotist who was going to try to hypnotize
the news anchors. They sat on some couches, and the hypnotist animatedly took
turns causing the hosts to fall asleep, then bringing them back awake in
alternate states of mind: one he convinced was a superhero, another a farm
animal, and a third he convinced he was a famous musician visiting the studio.
Of course, nervous laughter ensued from the other folks observing, and the 5-minute
piece ended with the anchors being brought out of their trances, and all
present exchanged expressions of “ooh, how weird/creepy/funny was that? Simply
amazing.” They concluded.
It was meant for amusement, of course, and different people will come
to their own conclusions as to what does or doesn’t happen during a hypnosis
session, but I wish to urge people caution, warning, and remind that such a
thing is far from innocent.
On the one hand, what I saw on TV that morning could’ve been a hoax. I
actually would rather it was a hoax.
I will tell you, though, that those anchors, who were hypnotized, did not seem
to be in on the joke that they were not, indeed a superhero, farm animal, or in
the presence of a great music star. There was no glisten in their eyes of ‘isn’t
what we’re doing here hilarious’? As far as could be told, they believed it.
The other possibility is that there was actually some mind control
going on, possibly with the help of some dark spiritual forces. While
entertaining on the surface, ‘dabbling’ in the supernatural is forbidden by
scripture (Deut. 18:10, Num. 19:31), and I wondered that morning how many
people might’ve been watching the program, and got fascinated to the point of
saying ‘I may look up some hypnosis stuff from the internet or a library book’.
We are warned in scripture about who to submit ourselves to, and what
the consequences are (See, for example, Romans 12:2). We are warned even more
strongly in the Spirit of Prophecy writings, where Ellen White tells us that mesmerism
is a tool of Satan to lead away and destroy minds (Early Writings p. 21, 59, also see Selected Messages book 2, chapter 44).
It may seem minor, may be far from our daily lives to seem important,
but it was literally on a local network news program recently, for all to see. It
went out to who knows how many houses and waiting rooms (as the one I saw it
in). How I would love for some equal time, 5 minutes, for me or a fellow pastor
to come on and talk about how much we love the Sabbath, what a blessing it is! Or
the true meaning of Christmas, what have you. I have even written an e-mail to
the producers of that news program to that effect. But, truth be told, I won’t
be holding my breath on that happening any time soon.
Oh, and by the way, during that same hour, the morning news program had
an interview with an actor who plays an openly gay character on a show (showed clips
of him kissing another man/men), had a piece on the Pope presiding over some
ceremony, and had a Mormon singer on set singing a Christmas song. I’m sure the
producers were patting themselves on the back for having a diverse and
interesting show, but I was seeing Great Controversy flags left and right. I
did mention in the e-mail that I had noticed that many of their pieces had
religious undertones throughout.
Let’s remain steadfast, friends. There are, quite literally, a hundred
forms of deception out there. But let’s keep faithful: keep our noses in our Bibles,
our prayer connection strong with heaven and others, and keep steadfast and
resolute in our stand for truth. We may not get a society-wide megaphone with which
to speak our beliefs, but with each of us acting faithfully where the Lord puts
us, we can make a major affect for good.
(And who knows, we just may get that ‘megaphone’. Jesus says we may be
brought in front of judges and rulers (Luke 12:11), and 1 Peter 3:15 encourages
to always be ready to give a reason for our hope. Let’s be ready for whatever
the Lord has in store!)
God bless you all.
Pastor Mark Tatum
pray for sister Rosa Fererras, who has been admitted to the hospital with an
infection. While on the surface it is minor, the complications with her
Multiple Sclerosis make it a more serious thing. Pray for her to be released
soon, and back to us at church when she’s able.
continue to urgently pray for proper treatment for those in the migrant caravan
in Mexico: there are many women and children in the group, and they are
vulnerable in many ways. Pray that our leaders, as well as Mexican/Tijuana
leaders, can come to a compassionate and cooperative-based solution, for the
benefit of all.
keep praying for the victims of the devastating fires, and their aftermath. The
rains are surely complicating efforts to search the rubble and aid the victims.
If you haven’t done so already, remember to donate via or (SDA church disaster response).
Caballero expresses appreciation for the continued prayers for family members Rosa,
who’s improved significantly, and Carol, who is still struggling. She adds
another request to be prayed for: a friend of hers named Lupe, who has just
been diagnosed with a tumor in her lung. May God help and heal her. May he work
through the doctors’ treatment efforts.
Please continue to keep in prayer
others who are enduring long-term illnesses:
* Vasile Tolan, Victor’s Father,
who is recovering from a surgery he had to remove a cancer on his foot.
* Vivian Rodriguez, Rosa
Ferreras, and Daniel Geli, who are enduring effects of long-term illness. May
they do so with grace, faith, and improvement over time.
* Lloyd & Esther Sellers, who
have both had health problems, that they would gradually strengthen and be able
to return to us.
Please pray for stability and
improvement in each case, that God would strengthen and sustain so many sincere
children of his.
We praise the Lord for two cases of
improvement and return to us recently: Elder Glicerio overcoming his heart
problems, and Mark Hennig after a long bout with intestinal cancer &
Pray for families and relationships
that are strained and broken. Pray for prodigals to be ‘nudged’ by the Holy
Spirit to return home to the faith of their upbringing. Pray also for the
church’s marriages to be strong & fulfilling.
Pray for our leaders, local, broad,
and abroad, to be wise and judicious in their leadership. Let’s remember that
the Bible’s instruction is to pray for our leaders (Romans 13:1, 1 Tim. 2:1-2)
so we can live peaceably, doing God’s work day by day.
There is, of course, much more
to pray for. Please consider joining our weekly prayer groups, and if you have
a prayer request to submit for our list, please communicate it either to pastor
Mark or the church office. God bless you.
Food Bank Distrubution tonight (Wednesday): From 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., our food bank
will be open for distribution. If you or someone you know could benefit from
some free food, please encourage them to come and receive. Also we are looking
for additional drivers who would be able to help out with
doing grocery pickups 1 or more mornings per week.
de Oración en Español reúne a las 5:30 cada Miercoles en el Fellowship Hall. Cada
semana, revisamos un capitulo del Deseado de Todas Las Gentes (esta semana,
capitulo 50, “Jesús Entre Trampas”), y oramos por las necesidades de nosotros y
otros. Siempre es una bendición grande, ven y juntase con nosotros.
Board Meeting Tonight! At 6:30 p.m. in
the Primary Room, our leaders will gather to make decisions on plans going forward.
Elders and Department leaders, please prioritize attending. All church members:
please pray for the Lord to lead and bless the meeting and the plans that will
be executed as a result. Thanks and God bless.
Orange County Young Adult Bible Study will be meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall. This
college-aged group is composed of young people from around different churches
in Orange County. May the study be a blessing.
Saturday Morning Sabbath Schools: begin at 9:30 a.m. for all age groups! Kids &
youth begin with refreshments & songs in the youth room, before being
sent to their age-based classes @ 9:50. Adults (English) begin
at 9:30 in the sanctuary, where Pastor Mark will be continuing his series on
“The Spirit of Missions”, focusing on the ethical difficutly of avoidable
lesson study is at 10:00, in room 305/306 as usual. Esta semana, nuestros
hermanos hispanos estarán juntos en el santuario con los
anglos a las 9:30, y tendrán su escuela sabática allí también.
Kids’ Clubs of Pathfinders & Adventurers are going out to sing for some senior citizens at a
retirement center this Sabbath. Departure will be about 1:00, so bring a lunch
to eat. Check with your club leaders as to how they’d like to have you dressed.
Sociedad de Jovenes our closing of the Sabbath, bilingual youth program is
being moved up to 5:00 going forward, on account of the sunset
being so early now. Pastor Mark will be sharing music and a relevant Spiritual
talk. There will also be a Bible activity game, as usual.
Mid-week Prayer Group meets at 6:30 next Tuesday in room 304. Each week
we review a chapter of Desire of Ages (next week, chapter 51 “The Light of Life”),
and lift up ours & others’ needs in prayer. Come join this mid-week
Spiritual recharge, it’s always a big blessing.
Mid-week Pastor’s E-mail: Each Wednesday, Pastor Mark sends out
an e-mail which includes a devotional thought, prayer request list, and church
announcements. If someone you know would like to be on this list, please get
their e-mail address to Pastor Mark at .
Pastor’s Availability: Pastor Mark is
available by appointment to meet together to pray, study the Bible, discuss
Spiritual matters, etc. He’s happy to meet either at the church, at home, or
another place. Feel free to call/text him at (714) 650-1245, or e-mail him at .
No potluck Sabbath Dec. 1st: we will be moving our December potluck back to the 15th,
in order to coincide with our VBS Reunion/Visitors’ Sabbath. We will also have
a Christmas concert in the afternoon, and social in the evening.
Mark your Calendars: big church Christmas
celebration day Dec. 15th! Three weeks
from today we will be having a full day of Christmas events, including: VBS
Reunion/Visitors’ Sabbath during SS/church time, a visiting music group, a
Potluck lunch, a 3:00 p.m. Christmas music concert, and our annual Christmas
Party @ 5:00, including fund-raiser Pathfinder Supper. That’s going to be a
big, fun Sabbath together!
Dec. 13th Orangewood Academy Christmas Program
Dec. 15th Church Christmas Sabbath Celebration
Okay! That is what’s going on in our church
family coming up. I pray that you, your families, and your loved ones have a
great Thanksgiving together, and that recognition and gratitude of God’s goodness
fills your day with joy. All God’s blessings to you and your loved ones.
Pastor Mark Tatum