mid-week pastor’s update 4-3-2019

*Anaheim SDA Church*

*Mid-week Pastor’s Update*

*April 3rd, 2019*

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*“Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God
through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” *

* Hebrews 7:25 NKJV*

As you may be aware, we have some upcoming baptisms in March and April
approaching, and I’ve been going through our doctrines and points of faith
with some of the baptismal candidates. It’s something I never tire of!
Concentrating on God & His excellencies in so many dimensions is a
continued, refreshing blessing! Truly every one of our ‘fundamental
beliefs’ is something that reveals God’s glory, and is worth getting
excited about. If it’s something you haven’t experienced recently (or
ever), let me know your interest in getting involved in such studies.

Earlier this week, I was discussing with a candidate our belief in the
Heavenly Sanctuary & Jesus as our High Priest, and was getting excited, as
usual. 🙂 I’ve heard that this, being one of our ‘toughest’ doctrines (and
a uniquely SDA one at that), makes some people go “ugh”, but for me it
makes me go “yay!”, for three reasons.

First, it explains perfectly why so much time and attention is given to the
earthly Sanctuary system in the Old Testament. It shows why God was so
specific to Moses about dimensions, materials, etc. “Make sure you follow
the pattern exactly” in Exodus 25:40, finds its fulfillment in Hebrews 8:5,
which says the earthly sanctuary was a copy and a shadow of heaven’s. God
is revealing his divinely-planned layout here! What a blessing that God has
shown us details of heavenly realities. Down to the very furniture and
placement!

Secondly, it shows just how difficult a problem sin is, and what God is
willing to go through to remove it from us. Unlike two friends who can
simply wave away a misunderstanding or a problem, for God it is much more
serious. It necessitated Jesus being our sacrifice on the cross (Hebrews
9:22, Titus 2:14), and presenting his own blood in the Most Holy place in
heaven, applying it to our accounts (Hebrews 9:12). Even *after* probation
has ended & Christ returns, our sin isn’t simply ‘disappeared’, it is
transferred back to Satan, from whom it originated (as illustrated in the
High priest putting the sins of Israel on Azazel, the ‘demon goat’ who
represents Satan in Leviticus 16:21). Showing all this difficulty and
multiple steps mean God is willing to go through even more to save us than
we’d previously thought. It endears us to him, and increases our love for
Him (and raises our detestation for sin too!).

And thirdly, it means Jesus is an active Savior for us, even today. More
than just doing a big work to secure our salvation 2,000 years ago, He is
*daily* applying the merits of His sacrifice to us. As Hebrews 7:25, quoted
above, says *“He ever lives to make intercession for us.”* That means, that
as we go throughout our daily tasks, work here, errands there, Jesus is
constantly ministering in our behalf. While we think throughout our week
“today I’ve got this to do, tomorrow I have that”, On Jesus’ calendar
is ‘*intercede,
intercede, intercede’!* And it’s not just “today I have to intercede”, it’s
“today I *get* to intercede!”

Nothing gives Jesus more pleasure than to be actively involved in the
saving of his beloved children. What a thing He has done and is doing for
us! And we, all too often, are nonchalant and wishy-washy in our faith. How
I’m ashamed at times I’ve been so! I just want to ask Jesus to forgive me
and to please keep me inspired toward Him. I imagine this brings a big
smile to His face as he washes my sin clean and keeps cleaning accounts &
writings name in His book of life (Revelation 21:27).

May God ever keep us firm in His grip, and in loving relation to Him.

Sincerely,

Pr. Mark Tatum

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*Prayer Requests:*

Please keep the two families who have recently lost fathers in your
prayers, especially Rosa Ferreras & Victor Tolan. May Jesus come quickly
and wake these men up to be restored to their families on the resurrection
day. (see announcement below for Vasile Tolan memorial service time)

Please keep in prayer the places that have been rocked with religious &
political violence recently, including New Zealand, Ethiopia, and
Venezuela. Many people who, like us, are trying to live their daily lives
have found their societies rocked by instability & violence. Pray for
peace, stability, & mutual understanding to prevail.

Please keep medical/health prayer requests in mind for the following
families:

· Carmen Warr’s daughter, Liza, who is undergoing tests &
treatment. Pray for quick recovery.

· Lloyd & Esther Sellers, who we are thankful are at home, but have
significant health challenges. Pray for strengthening and physical healing,
that they might be able to return to us.

· Christina Rebensczuk requests prayer for her health & ability to
sleep, as well as for her sister, who is dealing with a couple health
problems, and her neighbor, who is in his 90s and is in a fragile state as
well. May God uphold these people in strength.

· 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.

Let’s pray for our government leaders, both domestic and international, as
peoples’ ability to live stable, peaceable lives depends on them making
good, wise decisions. Let’s continue to pray 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.

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.

*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.*

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*Announcements:*

*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. A
big thanks goes out to our volunteers who dedicate dozens of hours per week
in collecting, organizing, & distributing the food. Also we are looking for
additional *drivers* who would be able to help out with doing grocery
pickups 1 or more mornings per week. Please let Pastor Mark or the church
office know if you are able to help.

*Grupo de Oración en Español: *Reunimos a las 5:30 en el Fellowship hall
para revisar un capítulo del Deseado de Todas Las Gentes, y elevar
peticiones en oración. Esta semana estamos revisando el capítulo 67: *“En
el atrio exterior”*. Ven para experimentar una bendición en compartir fe
con hermanos y comunar con Dios y otros.

*Sabbath Morning Schedule* will be normal this week, with Pastor Mark
leading songs & a discussion topic in the sanctuary at 9:30. *Kids & Youth*
begin in the youth room with songs & light refreshments, before going to
their age-based classes at 10:00. Esta semana los hermanos *hispanos*
tendrán su servicio junto con los anglos en el santuario, y tendrán su
estudio de la lección de escuela sabática allí tambien.

*Special Guest Speaker for Church:* Elder Geral Babanezhad, leader of “A
Sure Harvest” muslim-outreach ministry, will be speaking for church. A
free-will offering will be taken for this Adventist outreach ministry at
the end of the program.

*“Diabetes Undone” Health Seminar continues this Sabbath Afternoon *in *room
305/306*, and continues through April. We are about half done! What a
blessing it’s been getting to know more about our bodies, health, and
growing closer & fellowshipping with fellow members.

*”Celebration of Life” service for Vasile Tolan this Sabbath**,* at 4:30
p.m. in the sanctuary. We will gather to remember the life of the wonderful
man, “Leslie” who blessed our church & community so many years. A reception
will be held afterward in the Fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, the
family requests that donations in Vasile’s name be made to Orangewood
Academy.

*Kids’ Clubs of Pathfinders & Adventurers* will be on hold this Sabbath,
because of the Tolan Memorial service. Clubs will resume next Sabbath,
April 13th. A special thanks goes out to our club leaders, Craig Voelker &
Margarito Gonzales for making the clubs great as our kids learn more about
God’s love.

*Sociedad de Jovenes* empezará a las *6:00 p.m.* en el salón de jóvenes.
Ven para cantar, jugar un juego bíblico, y escuchar un tema relevante y
inspiracional por nuestros días.

*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 69: “Jesus on the Mount of Olives”, and lift up petitions in
prayer. Please consider coming & joining this close-knit group of faith &
friendship.

*Pastor’s Availability: *Pastor Mark plans to be available for the
remainder of this week, as well as next week, 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 prmarktatum@gmail.com if you’d
like to communicate something to him, or arrange for a time to meet
together.

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Okay! I believe that pretty well sums it up for what’s going on in our
community this week! Thanks to all who committedly dedicate themselves to
the Lord’s service in the many ministries this church provides. May God
continue to oversee & bless our community.

Sincerely,

Pastor Mark Tatum