*Anaheim SDA Church*
*Mid-week Pastor’s Update*
*February 6th, 2019*
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*“Every eye will see him…** and all peoples on earth will mourn because of
him.” Revelation 1:7*
I start my devotional today with a question: What is your attention worth?
So many things in society are clamoring for our attention (billboards,
radio ads, sales calls, etc.) that it must be worth a lot. In fact, I
recently heard a numeric value placed on the event of the year that gets
the single greatest number of eyeballs on it: for this year’s Superbowl,
CBS was charging an unprecedented $5.25 million dollars for a 30-second
advertisement slot. I don’t know if any company at all purchased a full
minute ad, that would set them back more than $10 million (in addition to
costs incurred for actually *producing* the commercial)!
Most of us see/hear dozens if not hundreds of ads per day, and the chances
are slim that any one of them will actually affect our spending patterns.
But, *just on the chance* that a tiny percentage of people will consider
and decide to purchase a given product or service, advertisers are willing
to fork over big bucks for the opportunity.
Sometimes I come close to despairing, thinking: how does the Good News of
the Gospel stand a chance, given society’s over-saturation in undesired
messages? Why isn’t God (or various churches at least,) trying to keep pace
with frequent advertisements, trying to keep up with the likes of Pepsi or
But then I sit and consider what God *has* given us: firstly, he has given
us *time* – months, years, several decades even! He didn’t have to give us
so much of it: humanity would be able to survive & procreate with a 20-30
year time-span. But God gives us *extra* decades to become dissatisfied
with the world’s empty promises, and seek and find Him (Jer. 29:13). And it
is often in those last decades where the ‘pull’ of God is the strongest,
outweighing the world’s short-lived claims.
What else does He give us? He gives us His Word: yes, it sits silently on
the shelf all too often, but when the Netflix cue is exhausted, it still
offers its testimony to any who will pick it up. I, for one, praise the
Lord that the Bible is available in motel rooms and on phone apps or
websites at the touch of a button.
He’s also given us relationships: families, friends, co-workers, etc.
Likely all people, religious or not, know someone who is: and when a crisis
or other time of dissatisfaction comes, that person can be there to testify
of the goodness of God, and the reliability of His promises.
Taken together, these factors (plus undoubtedly more) end-up *outweighing*
the clamor and fleetingness of the easily-visible advertisements. God’s
Gospel has outweighed former titans of commerce (anyone remember Sears,
Blockbuster, and Radio Shack?), and, if we can imagine it, it will endure
past Amazon, Google, and Wal-Mart. All the way to Jesus’ 2nd coming is his
promise! (Matt. 24:30, 38-41).
Revelation’s ominous prophecy, quoted above at the beginning of this
devotional, declares that Jesus will indeed make Himself visible to
everyone at once, but so many who have refused to acknowledge the small,
persistent call of God will be loathe to receive him. That is a sad
testimony, which is why we should be working to minimize it with the time &
resources God has given us now! We at the church are always ready to help
by providing Glow tracts, Bible lessons, etc. for sharing our faith here
before the door of opportunity has closed.
May God keep Jesus and his selfless ministry forefront in our attention,
despite the scores of other things vying for it. And may we be loving him,
growing closer to him, and serving others until that Great Day comes.
May God bless you all.
Pastor Mark Tatum
Please pray for Elder Lloyd Sellers, who was taken to the hospital
yesterday with respiratory disability. Praise the Lord, he’s awake and
alert, but will be staying at the hospital for a few days for observation.
He appreciates the church’s prayers and overall support. Please keep
Esther’s fragile health condition in prayer as well.
Please continue to keep in prayer others who are enduring long-term
* Vasile Tolan, Victor’s Father, who is recovering from a surgery he had to
remove a cancer on his foot.
* Betty Caballero’s sister-in-law niece Carol, and friend Lupe, who are
both suffering with health problems.
* 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. They also request
prayer for their children & grandchildren as they go through various
challenges in their decisions in life.
We are glad that the government shutdown has ended, for the time being.
Please pray for our branches of government to work together to keep serving
the people, rather than be perpetually locked in partisan standoffs. And
pray the government doesn’t shut-down again, that those workers & families
don’t have to go without pay again. You can wrap these into your overall
prayers for our leaders, as we’re praying for those 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.
Let’s of course continue praying for victims of tragedies both natural and
man-made, in places near and far around the globe. Fires, earthquakes,
tsunamis, hurricanes, and wars never stop making their marks, leaving
tragedies in their wakes. Come quickly, Lord Jesus!
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 &
*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
*Food Bank Distribution 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.
*Grupo de Oración en Español: *Reunimos a las 5:30 en el Fellowship hall
para revisar un capitulo del Deseado de Todas Las Gentes, y elevar
peticiones en oración. Esta semana estamos revisando el capitulo 60: *“La
ley del Nuevo Reino”*. Ven para experimentar una bendición en compartir fe
con hermanos y comunar con Dios y otros.
*Sabbath Morning *schedule will be normal, with a 9:30 start time. Adults
will meet in the sanctuary, followed by lesson study is 10:00 in room
305/306 with Pr. Mark leading the discussion. *Kids & Youth* will be
meeting at 9:30 in the Youth room as usual for songs & light breakfast,
before going to their age-based Sabbath school classes in the various
classrooms. En esta semana los hermanos *Hispanos* reunirán en el
fellowship hall a las 9:00 para tener su devocional y clase de Escuela
Sabática. Come and join our most dynamic & interactive part of the church
*Kids’ Clubs of Pathfinders and Adventurers* are back on for this Sabbath,
meeting at 3:00 p.m. in front of the youth room. A big thanks goes out to
Craig Voelker (Adventurers) and Margarito Gonzales (Pathfinders), as well
as their volunteers for leading our kids in growing in God through their
activities and projects. The Pathfinders have a special Sabbath coming up
on the 16th, in which they will be providing our church service for us!
*Sociedad de Jovenes:* Our Sabbath afternoon youth program is on for this
week at 5:00 p.m. in the youth room. Come for a fun, warm time together as
we say farewell to the Sabbath together in singing, playing a Bible game,
and welcoming the new week.
*“Diabetes Undone” Health Seminar:* We are planning to hold a Sabbath
afternoon health seminar through March & April which will focus on
reversing the progress & effects of Diabetes naturally & healthfully. Cost
is $99, which will include 8 guided sessions plus food samples & examples.
Several folks showed high interest after last week’s post-potluck
information session. If you missed that, but are still interested in info
and the possibility of enrolling, speak with Pr. Mark or Michael Warr
sometime here in early February.
*Tuesday Night Prayer Meeting:* will be meeting next week at 6:30 p.m. in
Room 304. Each week we review a chapter of The Desire of Ages (next week,
chapter 61: Zacchaeus), and lift up petitions in prayer. Please consider
coming & joining this close-knit group of faith & friendship.
*Church Board Meeting* meets a week from tonight, Wednesday the 13th, at
6:30 p.m. in the Primary room. Elders and department leaders, please plan
on attending. If you have any agenda items, please get them to Pastor Mark
or the church office as soon as possible. And all members: please keep our
leaders in prayer as they seek to discern God’s will & plan for our
church’s future accordingly.
*Pastor’s Availability: *Pastor Mark plans to be available for the majority
of this week and next for meetings by appointment either at the church,
your home, or another location. Feel free to call/text him at (714)
650-1245, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to communicate
something to him, or arrange for a time to meet together.
Alright! It looks like that is what’s going on for our church community! We
pray that you and your families are blessed as you continue walking in
God’s grace. May we ever be seeking his guidance, comfort, and will in our
God bless you all.
Pastor Mark Tatum