Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills: July 14, 2018

Web Master - Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Last Blog Post for a While

I will be on vacation next week and then having surgery – so it will be a few weeks till I get back to posting another blog. If you would like to keep up with what’s going on at church in the meantime, sign up for our on-line newsletter. To do so, click here and enter your information in the space provided in the lower right-hand portion of our church home page and then follow the instructions.

Keep Going

What do you do when you come to a dry place in your spiritual life?

You know the place I am talking about, right?

    • … when it seems that God is silent
    • … when it becomes hard to continue praying for the same people who show no signs of responding to God
    • … when you spend your quiet time with Jesus, and it just doesn’t feel meaningful or worthwhile
    • … when you try to pray, but your mind keeps wandering to other things
    • … when you sit in church and nothing seems to connect any more
    • … when you hear other people’s testimony of what God is doing for them, and it feels like you’re going through hell

The list could go on for a long time.

When I come to a place like this – and yes, even as a Pastor I go through these times – here are few things I have found helpful.

First, Thoughtfully and prayerfully look inside yourself to evaluate if:

    • You are disobeying a commandment of God or you have said no to something God has asked you to do – if yes, go to Him right away and confess your sin and ask Him to help you do what He has asked. Then step out in faith and do it! (2 Chronicles 7:12-14)
    • You have hurt another person in some way – if yes, again confess it to God and then go to that person to do what you can to make it right. (Matthew 5:23-24)
    • You are holding tight to something (or someone) that is more important to you than God – if yes, take this to God and ask Him to enable you to let go of those things and help you to value Him above anything or anyone else. (Matthew 6:19-34)

Many times I have found the solution to my trouble here. And, as hard as it is to act on some of these, you will find that your feelings will follow your actions. When these things are made right, you will feel rest and peace in ways you can hardly imagine possible.

And then, there are those times when life is tough for no apparent reason other than we live here in a world dominated by sin and largely ruled by Satan. He would like nothing better than to have us let go of God.

He is hard at work against anyone who is trying to draw close to God. He will do everything within his power to make us feel distant from God and convince us that He doesn’t really care about us.

In those times, we must simply hold on to God, not because we feel like it, but because we are desperate to not fall into Satan’s control. We need to choose to do the things that will nourish our spiritual life; things like:

    • Fellowship with other people who are on the same journey
    • Finding some way to get God’s word into our hearts. For those who have trouble reading, an audio Bible may help that you can listen to when your driving or when you’re doing chores or walking.

Take the Bible in small chunks, find a part of it that is meaningful to you and spend every day with it until it becomes familiar to you, perhaps even becoming a part of your memory bank. Look for God’s story, not just a list of doctrines.

Ask God to teach you as you do this day after day, and you will find insights pop up at random times – if you’re like me, you may need to find a way to write them down or dictate them to a voice recorder so you don’t forget what He has said to you.

Consider some of His promises to you – think about what they mean and maybe even commit a few of them to memory. Some you may want to start with are: Psalm 25, Psalm 103, Psalm 139, Proverbs 3:3-12, Isaiah 40:27-31, Isaiah 41:10-13, Isaiah 43:1-7, Jeremiah 31:31-34, Ezekiel 36:25-27, Matthew 11:28-30, John 14:1-3, Romans 5:1-10, Ephesians 2:8-10, Philippians 4:4-7, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, 1 John 5:10-13, Revelation 21:1-4 – and there are many others!

    • And then, you need to talk with God through prayer. Forget about the formality of it, and just talk to Him like He’s riding in the car with you, sitting next to you on your bed, or walking with you wherever you may be headed. Tell Him about your day – the things you’re excited about and the things that make you nervous. Ask him to guide you through your day and to recognize divine appointments He may have for you that simply pop up and surprise you.
    • And finally, look for ways to express God’s love to those around you – your family, your friends, people at school or work, and people you bump into as you go about your day. Ask God to help you recognize the opportunities and to give you the courage to step into them.

As Christians, we are meant to do more than just take in God’s word and draw closer to Him – we are designed to love others the way God has loved us. We will never be happy just sitting around and gaining more knowledge, we must act on it in order to experience everything God has in mind for us.

Don’t put this stull off. Take the steps now to begin following God where He leads you today. Your feelings will catch up with your actions before too long. Quit focusing so much on yourself and what your feel, and start obeying God with your actions. My experience has been that this makes all the difference in the world!  

Pastor T & Pat Gone

Pastor T & Pat will be gone on vacation from Monday, July 16 – 24. On July 25, Pastor T will have surgery on his shoulder and will be on Medical Leave for a couple of weeks. For a some days after that he will be back in a limited capacity as he will be unable to drive. He should be cleared to drive by August 7 and will then be back full time. If you have an emergency please feel free to contact any one of our elders – click here for a list of elders with their contact information.

Adventurers

Looking for Boys and Girls between the ages of 3-9 to come and join us for some fun as we learn more about our Best Friend Jesus and the beautiful things He has created. We enjoy fitness activities and crafts as well! Join us for our 2018-2019 Adventurer Year. You can register anytime between now and our first meeting which will be held on Monday August 27th from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. For more information or to get a registration packet, contact Lori Knutson (e-mail or 402-980-5018 – text or call).

    • Click here to download a copy of the 2018-2019 Adventurer Calendar.

Survey for Parents with School-Aged Children

Our church has received a request to participate in a study about current trends among Adventist parents who have children in kindergarten through the 12th grade. If you are in this group, please participate in this short survey by clicking here to get started.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

How the Holy Spirit Changes Everything: Who is the Holy Spirit? How did our relationship with the Holy Spirit change from the Old Testament to the New Testament? What are the common misconceptions we have of the Holy Spirit? How are we to think, speak, (and sing) rightly about him? Bible Gateway interviewed Daniel Henderson about his book, Transforming Presence: How the Holy Spirit Changes Everything – from the Inside Out. (Click here to read more.)

How Should Christians Engage with Culture? This guest Blog post is by Philip Yancey, author of Vanishing Grace: Bringing Good News to a Deeply Divided World. He says the shift in American society from admiring Christians to fearing and criticizing them provides an opportunity for self-reflection. How have we been presenting the message we believe in? Might there be a more grace-filled way? (Click here to read more.)

Learn about and download the free award-winning Bible Gateway App by clicking here.

Check Out the entire Weekly Brief by clicking here. To subscribe to any one of their many email newsletters and Bible Studies, click here.

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 8:56 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church

    • Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall, 9:20 – 9:50 am
    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class – Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (Church Sanctuary, 10:00 am (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class – Studying the New Testament books 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John, and Jude using the book Exploring the Letters of John & Jude by George Knight (Hearth Room, 10:00 am. The emphasis is on making it relevant with personal application for each class member. Hard copies of the book will be available at class but if you wish to purchase one for your tablet – click here for a Kindle, click here for I-Tunes, and click here for a Nook.)
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, we will continue our series on the book of Acts titled New Beginnings. Pastor T’s sermon is titled Holy Encounter and examines the story of Saul’s conversion. It is based on Acts 9:1-31. You’ll also find some interesting reading about this story in Acts 22:3-23, Acts 26:9-23, and Acts of the Apostles, chapters 12 and 13.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of the last sermon in this series, from two weeks ago, titled Holy Appointment, click here.

PBE Team Study, Monday, July 16, 6:30 pm – Luke 13-16. Contact Lori Knutson for more information (e-mail or 402-980-5018). They will meet in the Fellowship Hall of the Church.

Pathfinders & Adventurers are taking a summer break. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

    • Click here to download a copy of the 2018-2019 Pathfinder Calendar.
    • Click here to download a copy of the 2018-2019 Adventurer Calendar.

Prayer Meeting next Tuesday (July 17) at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. We are watching a series of videos on Daniel 10 – 12. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333). This will be our last Prayer Meeting for this summer. We will pick up again sometime in September.

Christian Record Services EYE RUN: Join Christian Record Services for the Blind’s EYE RUN on Sunday, October 7, at 10:00 a.m. at Holmes Lake Park in Lincoln, Nebraska. Or if you live too far away, or are traveling, participate virtually. That's right! Register for the run, snap a picture of yourself, and we'll send you the EYE RUN t-shirt. Registration is $25 per person. Proceeds from the EYE RUN provide magazines, books, Bibles, and more, to people who are legally blind through the ministry of Christian Record Services for the Blind. Register now at www.EYERUN.info.

Pathfinder’s PBE Team – from Lori Knutson

For any of the Pathfinders that would like to meet for an informal study of the Book of Luke over the summer, I will be at the church Fellowship Hall on Monday nights from 6:30 - 7:30 for us to review and discuss various chapters of Luke. It will be more of an overview of the chapters and we will get into more of the practice questions for PBE once the Pathfinder Year is started. I will be gone for a couple of weeks in July, but am planning to meet the following six weeks:

Pathfinders should read through the chapters prior to meeting and make note of any questions they might have.

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Used Stamps Needed! Your used stamps can help Christian Record Services for the Blind raise money. Just tear them off the envelope, being careful to include the entire stamp and bring them to church. Put them into the container provided out on the table and we will take care of getting them where they need to go.

Miscellaneous Information

Lippincott Family Updates: Check out the latest update from Lorilee and Bryon Lippincott about their family’s experiences serving God in Asia. To access a PDF copy of the most recent update, click here. To access a PDF copy that includes all we have received from  2018, click here. To access a PDF copy from 2017, click here. To access a PDF copy from 2016, click here. To access a PDF copy of all the updates we received prior to 2016 (2013-2015), click here. To check out their website, click here. Don’t forget to check out Sharing Dots for Kids. To sign up for their e-mail newsletter, click here.

Free Estate Planning & Wills: Norm Zimmerman, Trust Director for the Kansas Nebraska Conference, is available by appointment to assist anyone who needs Estate Planning, Wills, etc. For more information contact Norm (e-mail or 402-617-2001).

On-Line Giving Available! Our church offers on-line giving through our website. If you would prefer to give electronically or if you are going to be away and want to stay up-to-date with your giving, click here. Adventist Giving now has an App you can download directly to your smart phone to make the process even easier. For an iPhone, click here. For Android phones, click here.

Our Church E-Mail Newsletter, Directly to Your Computer! If you would like to receive our weekly, e-mail newsletter, directly to your computer, click here and enter your information in the space provided in the lower right-hand portion of our church home page.

Verified Volunteers – Child Protection Screening

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Verified Volunteers to provide background checks and on-line education for our church officers and everyone who works with our children. This helps ensure that we have some training to help us recognize and avoid situations that would put our children at risk. In addition to our elected Church Officers, everyone who works with Pathfinders and Adventurers, Children’s or Youth Sabbath School Classes, Children’s Church, and VBS must go through this training and submit to a background check (there is no cost to you). It will take about an hour of your time. These need to be finished ASAP.

Even if you have recently completed this process with Shield the Vulnerable, you need to do this now with Verified Volunteers because the information did not transfer from one program to the other and we are no longer using Shield the Vulnerable due to many problems with their work.

To download a PDF page of instructions and links to help you through this process, click here. To go to the website where you begin this process, click here and then select First-Time Registrant and follow the instructions. For more information, contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Last Week’s Sermon

To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled Holy Appointment, click here.

Prayer Watch

There are several people and concerns that we are praying about, for more information about any of these or to request something to be added to our list, feel free to contact Pastor T. (e-mail or 402-517-5333)

    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Our mission team who will be going to Alaska – let’s pray for their success and safety.
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Tom Plant, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Jane (Mary Jane Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson (click here for updates and to contribute towards her medical expenses), Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody (Donna & Gary Parker’s daughter), Donna & Gary Parker, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Cindy Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s mother).

Pastor T’s Contact Information

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This Week at Golden Hills: July 7, 2018

Web Master - Thursday, July 05, 2018

Don’t Worry

I am a first class worrier. I come by it naturally – my mom is too. We can take a little bit on information and then fill in the rest of the “facts” with the worst possible outcome and then worry ourselves sick thinking about it.

I’m not sure why worrying is so attractive. Perhaps it gives me a sense of doing something about the perceived problem – at least I am thinking about possible solutions to the worst case scenarios.

God says:

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7, NLT)

I love the way the Message translates the last part of verse 7:

… It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. (Philippians 4:7, the Message)

The last two readings in My Utmost for His Highest, by Oswald Chambers, are about worry. They really spoke to my heart and my needs. Perhaps they will be helpful to you as well. The first part of each reading is listed below, click on the link at the end of each selection to read the entire piece.

One of God’s Great “Don’ts” (July 4)

Do not fret – it only causes harm. (Psalm 37:8, NIV)

Fretting means getting ourselves “out of joint” mentally or spiritually. It is one thing to say, “Do not fret,” but something very different to have such a nature that you find yourself unable to fret. It’s easy to say, “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him” (Psalm 37:7) until our own little world is turned upside down and we are forced to live in confusion and agony like so many other people. Is it possible to “rest in the Lord” then? … (Click here to read more.)

Don’t Plan Without God (July 5)

Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. (Psalm 37:5, NIV)

Don’t plan without God. God seems to have a delightful way of upsetting the plans we have made, when we have not taken Him into account. We get ourselves into circumstances that were not chosen by God, and suddenly we realize that we have been making our plans without Him – that we have not even considered Him to be a vital, living factor in the planning of our lives. And yet the only thing that will keep us from even the possibility of worrying is to bring God in as the greatest factor in all of our planning … (Click here to read more.) 

To purchase My Utmost for His Highest, click here. For an iBook version for Apple products, click here. For a Kindle version, click here. For a Nook Book, click here. To read it online or to subscribe to devotionals based on it, click here.

Adventurers

Looking for Boys and Girls between the ages of 3-9 to come and join us for some fun as we learn more about our Best Friend Jesus and the beautiful things He has created. We enjoy fitness activities and crafts as well! Join us for our 2018-2019 Adventurer Year. You can register anytime between now and our first meeting which will be held on Monday August 27th from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. For more information or to get a registration packet, contact Lori Knutson (e-mail or 402-980-5018 – text or call).

    • Click here to download a copy of the 2018-2019 Adventurer Calendar.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Evangelism in a Skeptical World: How can everyday Christians best share the gospel in today's skeptical world? With the rise of Bible illiteracy and the view that the Bible is irrelevant, how does a Christian begin to communicate their love for Scripture and the gospel message it contains? How can you get past people’s defensive posture toward Christianity so they can seriously consider the claims of Jesus Christ? Bible Gateway interviewed Sam Chan about his book, Evangelism in a Skeptical World: How to Make the Unbelievable News About Jesus More Believable. (Click here to read the Bible verses.)

Quiz: How Well Do You Know the Land of the Bible? Which famous biblical event took place on the mountainside in northern Israel? While on the run from King Saul, David took refuge in the Cave of ...? Mount Arbel in northern Israel is marked by what unusual feature? (Click here to read more.)

Pushing Through My Season of Suffering: In this article excerpt from Perfectly Unfinished: Finding Beauty in the Midst of Brokenness, Andrea Logan White, says, "Pretending I’m living in victory when I’m not will just lead me deeper into defeat. We are defenseless against our enemy if we are living a lie. But we truly heal from each other’s stories ..." (Click here to read more.)

Learn about and download the free award-winning Bible Gateway App by clicking here.

Check Out the entire Weekly Brief by clicking here. To subscribe to any one of their many email newsletters and Bible Studies, click here.

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 8:59 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church

    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class – Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (Church Sanctuary, 10:00 am (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class – Studying the New Testament books 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John, and Jude using the book Exploring the Letters of John & Jude by George Knight (Hearth Room, 10:00 am. The emphasis is on making it relevant with personal application for each class member. Hard copies of the book will be available at class but if you wish to purchase one for your tablet – click here for a Kindle, click here for I-Tunes, and click here for a Nook.)
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, John Stroman will share a message with us titled Birthstones-R-Us based on Matthew 13:45-46. You are invited to the annual shareholders meeting of Birthstones-R-Us.  We will be addressing our traditional and changing business practices. John will be delivering the state of the company address to shareholders.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled Dollars & Sense, click here.
    • Potluck After Church this Sabbath in the Fellowship Hall. If you’re a member, please plan to bring your favorite dish to feed your family plus a few more. If you’re a guest, just show up and enjoy it!

PBE Team Study, Monday, July 9, 6:30 pm – Luke 9-12. Contact Lori Knutson for more information (e-mail or 402-980-5018). They will meet in the Fellowship Hall of the Church.

Pathfinders & Adventurers are taking a summer break. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

    • Click here to download a copy of the 2018-2019 Pathfinder Calendar.
    • Click here to download a copy of the 2018-2019 Adventurer Calendar.

Prayer Meeting next Tuesday (July 10) at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. We are watching a series of videos on Daniel 10 – 12. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Church Board meets Tuesday (July 10) at 7:15 pm in the Board Room of the Education Annex. If you have any items that need to be considered, please contact our Head Elder, Steve Wilhelmsen (e-mail or 402-708-2730).

Christian Record Services EYE RUN: Join Christian Record Services for the Blind’s EYE RUN on Sunday, October 7, at 10:00 a.m. at Holmes Lake Park in Lincoln, Nebraska. Or if you live too far away, or are traveling, participate virtually. That's right! Register for the run, snap a picture of yourself, and we'll send you the EYE RUN t-shirt. Registration is $25 per person. Proceeds from the EYE RUN provide magazines, books, Bibles, and more, to people who are legally blind through the ministry of Christian Record Services for the Blind. Register now at www.EYERUN.info.

Pathfinder’s PBE Team – from Lori Knutson

For any of the Pathfinders that would like to meet for an informal study of the Book of Luke over the summer, I will be at the church Fellowship Hall on Monday nights from 6:30 - 7:30 for us to review and discuss various chapters of Luke. It will be more of an overview of the chapters and we will get into more of the practice questions for PBE once the Pathfinder Year is started. I will be gone for a couple of weeks in July, but am planning to meet the following six weeks:

Pathfinders should read through the chapters prior to meeting and make note of any questions they might have.

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Used Stamps Needed! Your used stamps can help Christian Record Services for the Blind raise money. Just tear them off the envelope, being careful to include the entire stamp and bring them to church. Put them into the container provided out on the table and we will take care of getting them where they need to go.

Miscellaneous Information

Lippincott Family Updates: Check out the latest update from Lorilee and Bryon Lippincott about their family’s experiences serving God in Asia. To access a PDF copy of the most recent update, click here. To access a PDF copy that includes all we have received from  2018, click here. To access a PDF copy from 2017, click here. To access a PDF copy from 2016, click here. To access a PDF copy of all the updates we received prior to 2016 (2013-2015), click here. To check out their website, click here. Don’t forget to check out Sharing Dots for Kids. To sign up for their e-mail newsletter, click here.

Free Estate Planning & Wills: Norm Zimmerman, Trust Director for the Kansas Nebraska Conference, is available by appointment to assist anyone who needs Estate Planning, Wills, etc. For more information contact Norm (e-mail or 402-617-2001).

On-Line Giving Available! Our church offers on-line giving through our website. If you would prefer to give electronically or if you are going to be away and want to stay up-to-date with your giving, click here. Adventist Giving now has an App you can download directly to your smart phone to make the process even easier. For an iPhone, click here. For Android phones, click here.

Our Church E-Mail Newsletter, Directly to Your Computer! If you would like to receive our weekly, e-mail newsletter, directly to your computer, click here and enter your information in the space provided in the lower right-hand portion of our church home page.

Verified Volunteers – Child Protection Screening

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Verified Volunteers to provide background checks and on-line education for our church officers and everyone who works with our children. This helps ensure that we have some training to help us recognize and avoid situations that would put our children at risk. In addition to our elected Church Officers, everyone who works with Pathfinders and Adventurers, Children’s or Youth Sabbath School Classes, Children’s Church, and VBS must go through this training and submit to a background check (there is no cost to you). It will take about an hour of your time. These need to be finished ASAP.

Even if you have recently completed this process with Shield the Vulnerable, you need to do this now with Verified Volunteers because the information did not transfer from one program to the other and we are no longer using Shield the Vulnerable due to many problems with their work.

To download a PDF page of instructions and links to help you through this process, click here. To go to the website where you begin this process, click here and then select First-Time Registrant and follow the instructions. For more information, contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Last Week’s Sermon

To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled Dollars & Sense, click here.

Prayer Watch

There are several people and concerns that we are praying about, for more information about any of these or to request something to be added to our list, feel free to contact Pastor T. (e-mail or 402-517-5333)

    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Tom Plant, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Jane (Mary Jane Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson (click here for updates and to contribute towards her medical expenses), Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody (Donna & Gary Parker’s daughter), Donna & Gary Parker, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Cindy Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s mother).

Pastor T’s Contact Information

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This Week at Golden Hills: June 30, 2018

Web Master - Thursday, June 28, 2018

Trust God? Do We Really?

One of the Bible verses we often learn early in life is Proverbs 3:5-6. Verses 7-14 give a similar message and round out the message a bit:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.

Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.

My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.

Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. (Proverbs 3:5-14, NIV)

These are powerful verses that I have read over and over. I urge you to read them again prayerfully as you consider these questions:

1.    Do I trust Him enough with my life to spend regular time with Him getting to know Him better – which will help me trust Him more?

2.    Do I trust God enough to do the things He directs me to do in His word (Sabbath, honoring parents, healthy habits, truthfulness, etc.)?

3.    Do I trust Him enough to avoid the things He tells me not to do (sex outside of marriage, unclean foods, judging others, etc.)?

4.    Do I trust Him enough to line up my finances based on His instructions (tithe, offering, debt, etc.)?

 

Christian Record Services EYE RUN

Join Christian Record Services for the Blind’s EYE RUN on Sunday, October 7, at 10:00 a.m. at Holmes Lake Park in Lincoln, Nebraska. Or if you live too far away, or are traveling, participate virtually. That's right! Register for the run, snap a picture of yourself, and we'll send you the EYE RUN t-shirt. Registration is $25 per person. Proceeds from the EYE RUN provide magazines, books, Bibles, and more, to people who are legally blind through the ministry of Christian Record Services for the Blind. Register now at www.EYERUN.info.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

What Does the Bible Say about Refugees and Foreigners? In time for World Refugee Day this past week, the following verses found throughout the Old and New Testaments can help us understand and formulate our beliefs concerning those whom Scripture refers to as “the stranger,” “the foreigner,” “the alien,” as well as "neighbor." (Click here to read the Bible verses.)

The Only Way to Deal with Your Pain and Mistakes: Johnny Baker, author of The Road to Freedom: Healing from Your Hurts, Hang-Ups, and Habits, says, "Lots of people say recovery is hard, and usually dealing with the past is the part they're referring to. Facing our past mistakes and pain, head on, is the only way to get it where it belongs: behind us." (Click here to read more.)

Learn about and download the free award-winning Bible Gateway App by clicking here.

Check Out the entire Weekly Brief by clicking here. To subscribe to any one of their many email newsletters and Bible Studies, click here.

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 9:00 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church

    • Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall (9:20 – 9:50 am)
    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class – Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (Church Sanctuary, 10:00 am (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class – Studying the New Testament books 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John, and Jude using the book Exploring the Letters of John & Jude by George Knight (Hearth Room, 10:00 am. The emphasis is on making it relevant with personal application for each class member. Hard copies of the book will be available at class but if you wish to purchase one for your tablet – click here for a Kindle, click here for I-Tunes, and click here for a Nook.)
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, we will continue our series on the book of Acts titled New Beginnings. Pastor T’s sermon is titled Holy Appointment and examines the story of Phillip and the Ethiopian Eunuch. It is based on Acts 8. You’ll find some interesting reading about this story in Acts of the Apostles, chapter 11.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled Dollars & Sense, click here.

PBE Team Study, Monday, July 2, 6:30 pm – Luke 5-8. Contact Lori Knutson for more information (e-mail or 402-980-5018). The will meet in the Fellowship Hall of the Church.

Pathfinders & Adventurers are taking a summer break. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

Prayer Meeting next Tuesday (July 3) at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. We are watching a series of videos on Daniel 10 – 12. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Independence Day next Wednesday (July 4).

Potluck After Church one week from Sabbath (July 7) in the Fellowship Hall. If you’re a member, please plan to bring your favorite dish to feed your family plus a few more. If you’re a guest, just show up and enjoy it!

Pathfinder’s PBE Team – from Lori Knutson

For any of the Pathfinders that would like to meet for an informal study of the Book of Luke over the summer, I will be at the church Fellowship Hall on Monday nights from 6:30 - 7:30 for us to review and discuss various chapters of Luke. It will be more of an overview of the chapters and we will get into more of the practice questions for PBE once the Pathfinder Year is started. I will be gone for a couple of weeks in July, but am planning to meet the following six weeks:

Pathfinders should read through the chapters prior to meeting and make note of any questions they might have.

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Used Stamps Needed! Your used stamps can help Christian Record Services for the Blind raise money. Just tear them off the envelope, being careful to include the entire stamp and bring them to church. Put them into the container provided out on the table and we will take care of getting them where they need to go.

Miscellaneous Information

Lippincott Family Updates: Check out the latest update from Lorilee and Bryon Lippincott about their family’s experiences serving God in Asia. To access a PDF copy of the most recent update, click here. To access a PDF copy that includes all we have received from  2018, click here. To access a PDF copy from 2017, click here. To access a PDF copy from 2016, click here. To access a PDF copy of all the updates we received prior to 2016 (2013-2015), click here. To check out their website, click here. Don’t forget to check out Sharing Dots for Kids. To sign up for their e-mail newsletter, click here.

Free Estate Planning & Wills: Norm Zimmerman, Trust Director for the Kansas Nebraska Conference, is available by appointment to assist anyone who needs Estate Planning, Wills, etc. For more information contact Norm (e-mail or 402-617-2001).

On-Line Giving Available! Our church offers on-line giving through our website. If you would prefer to give electronically or if you are going to be away and want to stay up-to-date with your giving, click here. Adventist Giving now has an App you can download directly to your smart phone to make the process even easier. For an iPhone, click here. For Android phones, click here.

Our Church E-Mail Newsletter, Directly to Your Computer! If you would like to receive our weekly, e-mail newsletter, directly to your computer, click here and enter your information in the space provided in the lower right-hand portion of our church home page.

Verified Volunteers – Child Protection Screening

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Verified Volunteers to provide background checks and on-line education for our church officers and everyone who works with our children. This helps ensure that we have some training to help us recognize and avoid situations that would put our children at risk. In addition to our elected Church Officers, everyone who works with Pathfinders and Adventurers, Children’s or Youth Sabbath School Classes, Children’s Church, and VBS must go through this training and submit to a background check (there is no cost to you). It will take about an hour of your time. These need to be finished ASAP.

Even if you have recently completed this process with Shield the Vulnerable, you need to do this now with Verified Volunteers because the information did not transfer from one program to the other and we are no longer using Shield the Vulnerable due to many problems with their work.

To download a PDF page of instructions and links to help you through this process, click here. To go to the website where you begin this process, click here and then select First-Time Registrant and follow the instructions. For more information, contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Last Week’s Sermon

To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled Dollars & Sense, click here.

Prayer Watch

There are several people and concerns that we are praying about, for more information about any of these or to request something to be added to our list, feel free to contact Pastor T. (e-mail or 402-517-5333)

    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Steve Wilhelmsen’s mother, Nana, is recovering from emergency surgery.
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Tom Plant, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Jane (Mary Jane Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson (click here for updates and to contribute towards her medical expenses), Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody (Donna & Gary Parker’s daughter), Donna & Gary Parker, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Cindy Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s mother).

Pastor T’s Contact Information

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This Week at Golden Hills: June 23, 2018

Web Master - Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Beware of Criticizing Others

In my devotional reading this past Sunday, I came across this selection from the devotional book My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers. As I was reading it, I kept thinking of people who should be reading this – and then God’s Spirit said: “this is for you, not someone else.”

I realized I was doing exactly what this was telling me I shouldn’t. I read it again with new eyes and realized it was just what I needed to think about. Perhaps you will find it speaks to you too!

“Judge not, that you be not judged.” (Matthew 7:1)

Jesus’ instructions with regard to judging others is very simply put; He says, “Don’t.”

The average Christian is the most piercingly critical individual known. Criticism is one of the ordinary activities of people, but in the spiritual realm nothing is accomplished by it. The effect of criticism is the dividing up of the strengths of the one being criticized.

The Holy Spirit is the only one in the proper position to criticize, and He alone is able to show what is wrong without hurting and wounding. It is impossible to enter into fellowship with God when you are in a critical mood.

Criticism serves to make you harsh, vindictive, and cruel, and leaves you with the soothing and flattering idea that you are somehow superior to others.

Jesus says that as His disciple you should cultivate a temperament that is never critical. This will not happen quickly but must be developed over a span of time. You must constantly beware of anything that causes you to think of yourself as a superior person.

There is no escaping the penetrating search of my life by Jesus. If I see the little speck in your eye, it means that I have a plank of timber in my own (see Matthew 7:3-5). Every wrong thing that I see in you, God finds in me. Every time I judge, I condemn myself (see Romans 2:17-24).

Stop having a measuring stick for other people. There is always at least one more fact, which we know nothing about, in every person’s situation. The first thing God does is to give us a thorough spiritual cleaning. After that, there is no possibility of pride remaining in us. I have never met a person I could despair of, or lose all hope for, after discerning what lies in me apart from the grace of God. (My Utmost for His Highest, June 17)  

To purchase My Utmost for His Highest, click here. For an iBook version for Apple products, click here. For a Kindle version, click here. For a Nook Book, click here. To read it online or to subscribe to devotionals based on it, click here.

Melodie Burrows Memorial Service

Melodie Burrows passed away on Sabbath, June 9. There will be a memorial service for her this Thursday (June 21) at 11:00 am – followed by lunch - at Omaha Memorial SDA Church (click here for a map). Family visitation begins at 10:00 am, just before the service. Please remember her family in your prayers.

Pathfinder’s PBE Team – from Lori Knutson

For any of the Pathfinders that would like to meet for an informal study of the Book of Luke over the summer, I will be at the church Fellowship Hall on Monday nights from 6:30 - 7:30 for us to review and discuss various chapters of Luke. It will be more of an overview of the chapters and we will get into more of the practice questions for PBE once the Pathfinder Year is started. I will be gone for a couple of weeks in July, but am planning to meet the following six weeks:

Pathfinders should read through the chapters prior to meeting and make note of any questions they might have.

Be Still | Stop to Pray | from 24-7 Prayer

"Just as each day brims with your beauty, my mouth brims with praise ..." (Psalm 71:8, the Message)

Every day, we can carve out moments to connect with God in prayer. Get creative with where you can invite God into your day: try praying ...

    • ... in your bathroom: You’ve heard of singing in the shower, but have you tried praying?! Give thanks for three things as you get ready each morning.
    • ... when you travel: Whether you’re walking, driving or on public transport, take a few minutes to invite God into your journey and pray for someone on your mind.
    • ... between episodes: Pause your box-set or series for a few minutes, and take a moment to acknowledge and praise God for who He is.

For more prayer ideas at 24-7 Prayer, click here. To view the 24-7 Prayer’s YouTube Channel, click here.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Don’t Compare Yourself—You’re Always Enough: As a woman, do you suffer from thinking you don't measure up to others? Do you struggle with constant comparison, hide because you're afraid, yet want to live a fulfilled life? What does the Bible say about a person's self-image and how to handle the society's burdens? Bible Gateway interviewed Jess Connolly, who, along with Hayley Morgan, wrote Always Enough, Never Too Much: 100 Devotions to Quit Comparing, Stop Hiding & Start Living Wild and Free. (Click here to read more.)

The Prayers of Jesus: How did Jesus pray? Why did he pray? What can we learn from his attitude toward prayer and the importance he gave it? Based on the example of Jesus, how should we pray in modern times of trauma and catastrophe? Bible Gateway interviewed Janet Holm McHenry about her book, The Complete Guide to the Prayers of Jesus: What Jesus Prayed and How It Can Change Your Life Today. (Click here to read more.)

Quiz – The World Cup, Athleticism, and the Bible: The 2018 World Cup is underway in Russia with 32 teams playing 64 matches in 12 venues located in 11 cities. The final will take place July 15 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. We thought this would be a good opportunity to help you gauge how well you know the Bible’s athletic allusions and sports-related illustrations.. (Click here to take this short quiz.)

Learn about and download the free award-winning Bible Gateway App by clicking here.

Check Out the entire Weekly Brief by clicking here. To subscribe to any one of their many email newsletters and Bible Studies, click here.

Calendar Events

Memorial service for Melodie Burrows this Thursday (June 21) at 11:00 am – followed by lunch - at Omaha Memorial SDA Church (click here for a map). Family visitation begins at 10:00 am, just before the service. Please remember her family in your prayers

Sunset this Friday – 8:59 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church

    • Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall (9:20 – 9:50 am)
    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class – Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (Church Sanctuary, 10:00 am (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class – Studying the New Testament books 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John, and Jude using the book Exploring the Letters of John & Jude by George Knight (Hearth Room, 10:00 am. The emphasis is on making it relevant with personal application for each class member. Hard copies of the book will be available at class but if you wish to purchase one for your tablet – click here for a Kindle, click here for I-Tunes, and click here for a Nook.)
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, Pastor T will share a sermon titled Dollars & Sense as we explore what God has to say about our money in His Word.

PBE Team Study, Monday, June 25 – Luke 1-4. Contact Lori Knutson for more information (e-mail or 402-980-5018). The will meet in the Fellowship Hall of the Church.

Pathfinders & Adventurers are taking a summer break. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

Prayer Meeting next Tuesday (June 26) at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. We are watching a series of videos on Daniel 10 – 12. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

MLT Meeting next Tuesday (June 26) at 7:15 pm in the Pastor’s Study. If you wish to submit something for them to discuss, please contact John Stroman (e-mail or 402-871-9764).

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Used Stamps Needed! Your used stamps can help Christian Record Services for the Blind raise money. Just tear them off the envelope, being careful to include the entire stamp and bring them to church. Put them into the container provided out on the table and we will take care of getting them where they need to go.

Miscellaneous Information

Lippincott Family Updates: Check out the latest update from Lorilee and Bryon Lippincott about their family’s experiences serving God in Asia. To access a PDF copy of the most recent update, click here. To access a PDF copy that includes all we have received from  2018, click here. To access a PDF copy from 2017, click here. To access a PDF copy from 2016, click here. To access a PDF copy of all the updates we received prior to 2016 (2013-2015), click here. To check out their website, click here. Don’t forget to check out Sharing Dots for Kids. To sign up for their e-mail newsletter, click here.

Free Estate Planning & Wills: Norm Zimmerman, Trust Director for the Kansas Nebraska Conference, is available by appointment to assist anyone who needs Estate Planning, Wills, etc. For more information contact Norm (e-mail or 402-617-2001).

On-Line Giving Available! Our church offers on-line giving through our website. If you would prefer to give electronically or if you are going to be away and want to stay up-to-date with your giving, click here. Adventist Giving now has an App you can download directly to your smart phone to make the process even easier. For an iPhone, click here. For Android phones, click here.

Our Church E-Mail Newsletter, Directly to Your Computer! If you would like to receive our weekly, e-mail newsletter, directly to your computer, click here and enter your information in the space provided in the lower right-hand portion of our church home page.

Verified Volunteers – Child Protection Screening

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Verified Volunteers to provide background checks and on-line education for our church officers and everyone who works with our children. This helps ensure that we have some training to help us recognize and avoid situations that would put our children at risk. In addition to our elected Church Officers, everyone who works with Pathfinders and Adventurers, Children’s or Youth Sabbath School Classes, Children’s Church, and VBS must go through this training and submit to a background check (there is no cost to you). It will take about an hour of your time. These need to be finished ASAP.

Even if you have recently completed this process with Shield the Vulnerable, you need to do this now with Verified Volunteers because the information did not transfer from one program to the other and we are no longer using Shield the Vulnerable due to many problems with their work.

To download a PDF page of instructions and links to help you through this process, click here. To go to the website where you begin this process, click here and then select First-Time Registrant and follow the instructions. For more information, contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Prayer Watch

There are several people and concerns that we are praying about, for more information about any of these or to request something to be added to our list, feel free to contact Pastor T. (e-mail or 402-517-5333)

    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Melodie Burrows’ family
    • Steve Wilhelmsen’s mother, Nana, is recovering from emergency surgery.
    • Donna Parker is in Midlands Hospital being treated for an infection in her blood.
    • Anita St. Onge’s niece’s friend, Elizabeth Baldon, is in critical condition following a car accident and Elizabeth’s father, David Baldon, has recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer.
    • Al Bakerlis – Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law who has recently been diagnosed with cancer.
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Tom Plant, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family – Lorilee is again struggling with her health
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Jane (Mary Jan Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson (click here for updates and to contribute towards her medical expenses), Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody (Donna & Gary Parker’s daughter), Donna & Gary Parker, Marilyn Sabata, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Cindy Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s mother), and RoLayne Wilhelmsen.

Pastor T’s Contact Information

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This Week at Golden Hills: June 16, 2018

Web Master - Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Getting There

In my devotional reading this week I came across this selection from the devotional book My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers. It really spoke to where I am right now in my life. Then I discovered it is the first of three selections with the same title. All of them were very meaningful to me. If you would like to access the following two devotionals, click on the links following this selection.

“Come to Me…” (Matthew 11:28)

Where sin and sorrow stops, and the song of the saint starts. Do I really want to get there? I can right now. The questions that truly matter in life are remarkably few, and they are all answered by these words – “Come to Me.” Our Lord’s words are not, “Do this, or don’t do that,” but – “Come to me.” If I will simply come to Jesus, my real life will be brought into harmony with my real desires. I will actually cease from sin, and will find the song of the Lord beginning in my life.

Have you ever come to Jesus? Look at the stubbornness of your heart. You would rather do anything than this one simple childlike thing – “Come to Me.” If you really want to experience ceasing from sin, you must come to Jesus.

Jesus Christ makes Himself the test to determine your genuineness. Look how He used the word come. At the most unexpected moments in your life there is this whisper of the Lord – “Come to Me,” and you are immediately drawn to Him. Personal contact with Jesus changes everything. Be “foolish” enough to come and commit yourself to what He says. The attitude necessary for you to come to Him is one where your will has made the determination to let go of everything and deliberately commit it all to Him.

“… and I will give you rest” – that is, “I will sustain you, causing you to stand firm.” He is not saying, “I will put you to bed, hold your hand, and sing you to sleep.” But, in essence, He is saying, “I will get you out of bed – out of your listlessness and exhaustion, and out of your condition of being half dead while you are still alive. I will penetrate you with the spirit of life, and you will be sustained by the perfection of vital activity.” Yet we become so weak and pitiful and talk about “suffering” the will of the Lord! Where is the majestic vitality and the power of the Son of God in that? (Getting There, June 11)

To read the next selection, click here; and to read the last one, click here. 

To purchase My Utmost for His Highest, click here. For an iBook version for Apple products, click here. For a Kindle version, click here. For a Nook Book, click here. To read it online or to subscribe to devotionals based on it, click here.

Melodie Burrows

Melodie Burrows passed away last Sabbath. There will be a memorial service for her, one week from Thursday (June 21) at 11:00 am – followed by lunch - at Omaha Memorial SDA Church (click here for a map). Please remember her family in your prayers.

The Prayer Ambulance:

The Prayer Ambulance – Helping people discover the Power of Prayer: It all started with a call to engage in prayer more deeply, inspired by our experiences of 24-7 Prayer ... One of the things we’ve loved is passing the baton of prayer from one person to the next. The idea of a prayer ambulance takes it up a notch: from one worshipping community to the next! Click here to read more.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Hope for the Hopeless: Where do you turn in a world full of despair, depression, anxiety, and instability? A world where an increasing number of people are choosing suicide out of an extreme lack of hope? How can the realization of God's promises in the Bible stem whatever hopelessness you feel to bring you lasting security? In this Q&A, Max Lucado talks about his book, Unshakable Hope: Building Our Lives on the Promises of God. (Click here to read more.)

What the Gospel Means for Our Work, Money, and Possessions: How should Christians biblically and practically earn, invest, spend, compensate, save, share, and give money in ways that embody God's love and provision for the world? Bible Gateway interviewed Michael Rhodes and Robby Holt about their book, Practicing the King's Economy: Honoring Jesus in How We Work, Earn, Spend, Save, and Give. (Click here to read more.)

The Man Behind the Story That Sparked the US Civil War: Uncle Tom’s Cabin, the ground-breaking anti-slavery novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe, is known as the book that started the US Civil War. What few people realize is that the story was inspired by the real-life Christian preacher, Josiah Henson. Read this Blog post by Jared Brock, author of The Road to Dawn: Josiah Henson and the Story that Sparked the Civil War. (Click here to read more.)

Do Miracles Happen?: How should miracles be defined? What's the difference between a miracle, answered prayer, and a coincidence? How many adults believe in miracles and say they've experienced them? Can miracles be proven? What could be considered the greatest miracle of all? In this Q&A, investigative journalist and bestselling author Lee Strobel talks about his book, The Case for Miracles: A Journalist Investigates Evidence for the Supernatural. (Click here to read more.)

Learn about and download the free award-winning Bible Gateway App by clicking here.

Check Out the entire Weekly Brief by clicking here. To subscribe to any one of their many email newsletters and Bible Studies, click here.

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 8:57 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church

    • Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall (9:20 – 9:50 am)
    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class – Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (Church Sanctuary, 10:00 am (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class – Studying the New Testament books 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John, and Jude using the book Exploring the Letters of John & Jude by George Knight (Hearth Room, 10:00 am. The emphasis is on making it relevant with personal application for each class member. Hard copies of the book will be available at class but if you wish to purchase one for your tablet – click here for a Kindle, click here for I-Tunes, and click here for a Nook.)
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, Pastor T shares a sermon titled Dollars & Sense. We will explore why God has so much to say about our money in His Word.

Father’s Day – Sunday, June 17

Pathfinders & Adventurers are taking a summer break. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

Prayer Meeting next Tuesday (June 19) at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. We are watching a series of videos on Daniel 10 – 12. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Church Board meets Tuesday (June 19) at 7:15 pm in the Board Room of the Education Annex. If you have any items that need to be considered, please contact our Head Elder, Steve Wilhelmsen (e-mail or 402-708-2730).

Memorial service for Melodie Burrows, Thursday (June 21) at 11:00 am – followed by lunch - at Omaha Memorial SDA Church (click here for a map). Please remember her family in your prayers

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Used Stamps Needed! Your used stamps can help Christian Record Services for the Blind raise money. Just tear them off the envelope, being careful to include the entire stamp and bring them to church. Put them into the container provided out on the table and we will take care of getting them where they need to go.

Miscellaneous Information

Lippincott Family Updates: Check out the latest update from Lorilee and Bryon Lippincott about their family’s experiences serving God in Asia. To access a PDF copy of the most recent update, click here. To access a PDF copy that includes all we have received from  2018, click here. To access a PDF copy from 2017, click here. To access a PDF copy from 2016, click here. To access a PDF copy of all the updates we received prior to 2016 (2013-2015), click here. To check out their website, click here. Don’t forget to check out Sharing Dots for Kids. To sign up for their e-mail newsletter, click here.

Free Estate Planning & Wills: Norm Zimmerman, Trust Director for the Kansas Nebraska Conference, is available by appointment to assist anyone who needs Estate Planning, Wills, etc. For more information contact Norm (e-mail or 402-617-2001).

On-Line Giving Available! Our church offers on-line giving through our website. If you would prefer to give electronically or if you are going to be away and want to stay up-to-date with your giving, click here. Adventist Giving now has an App you can download directly to your smart phone to make the process even easier. For an iPhone, click here. For Android phones, click here.

Our Church E-Mail Newsletter, Directly to Your Computer! If you would like to receive our weekly, e-mail newsletter, directly to your computer, click here and enter your information in the space provided in the lower right-hand portion of our church home page.

Verified Volunteers – Child Protection Screening

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Verified Volunteers to provide background checks and on-line education for our church officers and everyone who works with our children. This helps ensure that we have some training to help us recognize and avoid situations that would put our children at risk. In addition to our elected Church Officers, everyone who works with Pathfinders and Adventurers, Children’s or Youth Sabbath School Classes, Children’s Church, and VBS must go through this training and submit to a background check (there is no cost to you). It will take about an hour of your time. These need to be finished ASAP.

Even if you have recently completed this process with Shield the Vulnerable, you need to do this now with Verified Volunteers because the information did not transfer from one program to the other and we are no longer using Shield the Vulnerable due to many problems with their work.

To download a PDF page of instructions and links to help you through this process, click here. To go to the website where you begin this process, click here and then select First-Time Registrant and follow the instructions. For more information, contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Prayer Watch

There are several people and concerns that we are praying about, for more information about any of these or to request something to be added to our list, feel free to contact Pastor T. (e-mail or 402-517-5333)

    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Melodie Burrows’ family
    • Steve Wilhelmsen’s mother, Nana, is recovering from emergency surgery earlier this week.
    • Donna Parker is in Midlands Hospital being treated for an infection in her blood.
    • Anita St. Onge’s niece’s friend, Elizabeth Baldon, is in critical condition following a car accident and Elizabeth’s father, David Baldon, has recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer.
    • Al Bakerlis – Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law who has recently been diagnosed with cancer.
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Tom Plant, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family – Lorilee is again struggling with her health
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Jane (Mary Jan Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson (click here for updates and to contribute towards her medical expenses), Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody (Donna & Gary Parker’s daughter), Donna & Gary Parker, Marilyn Sabata, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Cindy Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s mother), and RoLayne Wilhelmsen.

Pastor T’s Contact Information

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This Week at Golden Hills: June 9, 2018

Web Master - Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Assurance – Do You Have it?

Do you know that God loves you and really likes you?

Do you have confidence that God will take care of you?

Are you sure of your eternal life?

Unless I am really strange (and you don’t have to comment on this), I am not the only one who has struggled with this. In fact, these questions are at the heart of our relationship with God.

The issue is – do we trust Him to do what He has said He would do? Or, do we think we have a better chance if we just try to take care of ourselves?

We all know the “right” answer, but most of us live as if we don’t really believe it.

Consider these three promises from God:

When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (Romans 5:6-8, NLT)

Be satisfied with what you have, for he himself has said, “I will never leave you or abandon you.” Therefore, we may boldly say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5-6, CEV)

And this is what God has testified: He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God’s Son does not have life. I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life. (1 John 5:11-13, NLT)

Is God telling us the truth or are these just nice words to help us feel a bit better?

Yesterday’s reading in My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers is what got me thinking about this. It’s worth reading. The first part of it is below with a link to the entire selection.

My assurance is to be built upon God’s assurance to me. God says, “I will never leave you,” so that then I “may boldly say, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear’ ” (Hebrews 13:5-6). In other words, I will not be obsessed with apprehension. This does not mean that I will not be tempted to fear, but I will remember … (click here to read more).

If we believe that God meant what He said, isn’t it time for us to step out in faith, following His instructions as carefully as we can, and then trusting in Him to take care of things as He has promised?

Life Line Screening Update

Have You Taken Control of Your Health Today? Life Line Screening will be here at the Golden Hills SDA Church (click here for a map) this Friday (June 8), offering safe, painless, non-invasive preventive health screenings that are typically not a part of a routine physical. To learn more about your risk of having a stroke or vascular disease, there is no time like the present to take advantage of this limited-time offer, being extended to our members only! In order to receive your special member pricing, and first choice of appointment times, you must pre-register by one of the methods below and attend your scheduled appointment time at the Church on June 8. Click here for a personal instruction sheet that includes a $10 off coupon for family or friends. Click here to download or print a PDF flyer for more information.

    • Call:  1-888-653-6450 (identify yourself as a member at our church)
    • On-Line: click here to go to their website
    • Text: the word ‘circle’ to 797979
    • Email:  The participant name, phone, and address to brandan.farwick@llsa.com

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

The Daniel Code: Are you struggling to live out your faith in a rapidly changing culture that seems to have lost its way? The ancient book of Daniel speaks of how he survived and thrived in a pagan, permissive, and perverted society. Bible Gateway interviewed O. S. Hawkins about his book, The Daniel Code: Living Out Truth in a Culture That Is Losing Its Way. (Click here to read more.)

Learn about and download the free award-winning Bible Gateway App by clicking here.

Check Out the entire Weekly Brief by clicking here. To subscribe to any one of their many email newsletters and Bible Studies, click here.

Calendar Events

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community this Friday, June 8, 2018 at Golden Hills SDA Church (click here for a map). For more information see the announcement below. Register today to receive your “Community Circle” discount and your Preferred Appointment!

Sunset this Friday – 8:54 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church

    • Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall (9:20 – 9:50 am)
    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class – Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (Church Sanctuary, 10:00 am (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class – Studying the New Testament books 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John, and Jude using the book Exploring the Letters of John & Jude by George Knight (Hearth Room, 10:00 am. The emphasis is on making it relevant with personal application for each class member. Hard copies of the book will be available at class but if you wish to purchase one for your tablet – click here for a Kindle, click here for I-Tunes, and click here for a Nook.)
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, John Stroman, one of our Elders, will share a message. Are you ready for the zombie apocalypse? While there are no such things as zombies, today we will explore our salvation through from a leper's point of view in a message entitled “The Zombie Gospel.”

Pathfinders & Adventurers are taking a summer break. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

Prayer Meeting next Tuesday (June 12) at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. We are watching a series of videos on Daniel 10 – 12. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Church Board meets Tuesday (June 12) at 7:15 pm in the Board Room of the Education Annex. If you have any items that need to be considered, please contact our Head Elder, Steve Wilhelmsen (e-mail or 402-708-2730).

Tutoring Needed

We have a church member who needs some tutoring help to finish up his high school experience. English is not their first language, so the help will be mainly in understanding English. If you would be able to take some time regularly for a few weeks, please contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Used Stamps Needed! Your used stamps can help Christian Record Services for the Blind raise money. Just tear them off the envelope, being careful to include the entire stamp and bring them to church. Put them into the container provided out on the table and we will take care of getting them where they need to go.

Miscellaneous Information

Lippincott Family Updates: Check out the latest update from Lorilee and Bryon Lippincott about their family’s experiences serving God in Asia. To access a PDF copy of the most recent update, click here. To access a PDF copy that includes all we have received from  2018, click here. To access a PDF copy from 2017, click here. To access a PDF copy from 2016, click here. To access a PDF copy of all the updates we received prior to 2016 (2013-2015), click here. To check out their website, click here. Don’t forget to check out Sharing Dots for Kids. To sign up for their e-mail newsletter, click here.

Free Estate Planning & Wills: Norm Zimmerman, Trust Director for the Kansas Nebraska Conference, is available by appointment to assist anyone who needs Estate Planning, Wills, etc. For more information contact Norm (e-mail or 402-617-2001).

On-Line Giving Available! Our church offers on-line giving through our website. If you would prefer to give electronically or if you are going to be away and want to stay up-to-date with your giving, click here. Adventist Giving now has an App you can download directly to your smart phone to make the process even easier. For an iPhone, click here. For Android phones, click here.

Our Church E-Mail Newsletter, Directly to Your Computer! If you would like to receive our weekly, e-mail newsletter, directly to your computer, click here and enter your information in the space provided in the lower right-hand portion of our church home page.

Verified Volunteers – Child Protection Screening

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Verified Volunteers to provide background checks and on-line education for our church officers and everyone who works with our children. This helps ensure that we have some training to help us recognize and avoid situations that would put our children at risk. In addition to our elected Church Officers, everyone who works with Pathfinders and Adventurers, Children’s or Youth Sabbath School Classes, Children’s Church, and VBS must go through this training and submit to a background check (there is no cost to you). It will take about an hour of your time. These need to be finished ASAP.

Even if you have recently completed this process with Shield the Vulnerable, you need to do this now with Verified Volunteers because the information did not transfer from one program to the other and we are no longer using Shield the Vulnerable due to many problems with their work.

To download a PDF page of instructions and links to help you through this process, click here. To go to the website where you begin this process, click here and then select First-Time Registrant and follow the instructions. For more information, contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Prayer Watch

There are several people and concerns that we are praying about, for more information about any of these or to request something to be added to our list, feel free to contact Pastor T. (e-mail or 402-517-5333)

    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Anita St. Onge’s niece’s friend, Elizabeth Baldon, is in critical condition following a car accident and Elizabeth’s father, David Baldon, has recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer.
    • Al Bakerlis – Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law who has recently been diagnosed with cancer.
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Tom Plant, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family – Lorilee is again struggling with her health
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Jane (Mary Jan Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson (click here for updates and to contribute towards her medical expenses), Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody (Donna & Gary Parker’s daughter), Donna & Gary Parker, Marilyn Sabata, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Cindy Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s mother), and RoLayne Wilhelmsen.

Pastor T’s Contact Information

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This Week at Golden Hills: June 2, 2018

Web Master - Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Blog Break

Pastor T is in Lincoln for Camp Meeting this week and will not post a new blog. The next one should come out a week from this Wednesday.

No Services at Golden Hills this Sabbath

This Sabbath (June 2) there will not be any services here at our church due to Camp Meeting. Memorial SDA Church will still be holding services and the services at Camp Meeting are usually great. They are held at the College View SDA Church in Lincoln (click here for a map) – click here to view an on-line copy of the Camp Meeting Brochure.

Camp Meeting Live Stream Available

To view the Camp Meeting Sanctuary Services via Union College’s Live Stream, click here.

Arvid & Linda Barr Open House this Sunday

Arvid & Linda Barr are hosting an Open House at their new home in Lincoln this Sunday at 1:00 pm. Their address there is 4500 S 47th St., Lincoln, NE 68516 (click here for a map – they are 2-3 blocks from Union College). Contact Linda if you have questions. (402-330-7711).

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

The Daniel Code: Are you struggling to live out your faith in a rapidly changing culture that seems to have lost its way? The ancient book of Daniel speaks of how he survived and thrived in a pagan, permissive, and perverted society. Bible Gateway interviewed O. S. Hawkins about his book, The Daniel Code: Living Out Truth in a Culture That Is Losing Its Way. (Click here to read more.)

Learn about and download the free award-winning Bible Gateway App by clicking here.

Check Out the entire Weekly Brief by clicking here. To subscribe to any one of their many email newsletters and Bible Studies, click here.

Calendar Events

NO Prayer Meeting this evening (May 29) due to Camp Meeting.

Camp Meeting Begins this Wednesday Evening: For those living outside the Lincoln area there is free lodging available in the Union College dorms. To reserve a room, contact Sue Sweigart (e-mail or 785-478-4726). Rooms are limited – reserve one right away. Click here to view an on-line copy of the Camp Meeting Brochure. To see the Sanctuary Services via Union College’s Live Stream, click here.

Sunset this Friday – 8:49 pm                                                           

No Services this Sabbath at Golden Hills Church

Arvid & Linda Barr Open House in Lincoln this Sunday at 1:00 pm. See announcement above for details.

Pathfinders & Adventurers are taking a summer break. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

Prayer Meeting next Tuesday (June 5) at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. We are watching a series of videos on Daniel 10 – 12. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Parenting Solo Retreat at Broken Arrow Ranch June 7-10, 2018. The cost is $40 per parent and $15 per child. This year they have added a Dad’s Track. To view a schedule of events, click here. For questions or to sign up, contact Sue Carlson (email or 785-478-4726).

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community one week from Friday, June 8, 2018 at Golden Hills SDA Church (click here for a map). For more information see the announcement below. Register today to receive your “Community Circle” discount and your Preferred Appointment!

Life Line Screening Update

Have You Taken Control of Your Health Today? Life Line Screening will be here at the Golden Hills SDA Church (click here for a map) on Friday, June 8, 2018 offering safe, painless, non-invasive preventive health screenings that are typically not a part of a routine physical. To learn more about your risk of having a stroke or vascular disease, there is no time like the present to take advantage of this limited-time offer, being extended to our members only! In order to receive your special member pricing, and first choice of appointment times, you must pre-register by one of the methods below and attend your scheduled appointment time at the Church on June 8. Click here for a personal instruction sheet that includes a $10 off coupon for family or friends. Click here to download or print a PDF flyer for more information.

Call:  1-888-653-6450 (identify yourself as a member at our church)

On-Line: click here to go to their website

Text: the word ‘circle’ to 797979

Email:  The participant name, phone, and address to brandan.farwick@llsa.com

Tutoring Needed

We have a church member who needs some tutoring help to finish up his high school experience. English is not their first language, so the help will be mainly in understanding English. If you would be able to take some time regularly for a few weeks, please contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Used Stamps Needed! Your used stamps can help Christian Record Services for the Blind raise money. Just tear them off the envelope, being careful to include the entire stamp and bring them to church. Put them into the container provided out on the table and we will take care of getting them where they need to go.

Miscellaneous Information

Lippincott Family Updates: Check out the latest update from Lorilee and Bryon Lippincott about their family’s experiences serving God in Asia. To access a PDF copy of the most recent update, click here. To access a PDF copy that includes all we have received from  2018, click here. To access a PDF copy from 2017, click here. To access a PDF copy from 2016, click here. To access a PDF copy of all the updates we received prior to 2016 (2013-2015), click here. To check out their website, click here. Don’t forget to check out Sharing Dots for Kids. To sign up for their e-mail newsletter, click here.

Free Estate Planning & Wills: Norm Zimmerman, Trust Director for the Kansas Nebraska Conference, is available by appointment to assist anyone who needs Estate Planning, Wills, etc. For more information contact Norm (e-mail or 402-617-2001).

On-Line Giving Available! Our church offers on-line giving through our website. If you would prefer to give electronically or if you are going to be away and want to stay up-to-date with your giving, click here. Adventist Giving now has an App you can download directly to your smart phone to make the process even easier. For an iPhone, click here. For Android phones, click here.

Our Church E-Mail Newsletter, Directly to Your Computer! If you would like to receive our weekly, e-mail newsletter, directly to your computer, click here and enter your information in the space provided in the lower right-hand portion of our church home page.

Verified Volunteers – Child Protection Screening

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Verified Volunteers to provide background checks and on-line education for our church officers and everyone who works with our children. This helps ensure that we have some training to help us recognize and avoid situations that would put our children at risk. In addition to our elected Church Officers, everyone who works with Pathfinders and Adventurers, Children’s or Youth Sabbath School Classes, Children’s Church, and VBS must go through this training and submit to a background check (there is no cost to you). It will take about an hour of your time. These need to be finished ASAP.

Even if you have recently completed this process with Shield the Vulnerable, you need to do this now with Verified Volunteers because the information did not transfer from one program to the other and we are no longer using Shield the Vulnerable due to many problems with their work.

To download a PDF page of instructions and links to help you through this process, click here. To go to the website where you begin this process, click here and then select First-Time Registrant and follow the instructions. For more information, contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Prayer Watch

There are several people and concerns that we are praying about, for more information about any of these or to request something to be added to our list, feel free to contact Pastor T. (e-mail or 402-517-5333)

    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • Camp Meeting Services this week in Lincoln
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Anita St. Onge’s niece’s friend, Elizabeth Baldon, is in critical condition following a car accident and Elizabeth’s father, David Baldon, has recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer.
    • Al Bakerlis – Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law who has recently been diagnosed with cancer.
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Tom Plant, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family – Lorilee is again struggling with her health
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Jane (Mary Jan Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson (click here for updates and to contribute towards her medical expenses), Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody (Donna & Gary Parker’s daughter), Donna & Gary Parker, Marilyn Sabata, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Cindy Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s mother), and RoLayne Wilhelmsen.

Pastor T’s Contact Information

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This Week at Golden Hills: May 26, 2018

Web Master - Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Unreasonable Faith?

Here is another selection that spoke to my heart this week from the devotional book My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers.

“Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33, NIV)

When we look at these words of Jesus, we immediately find them to be the most revolutionary that human ears have ever heard. “…seek first the kingdom of God….” Even the most spiritually-minded of us argue the exact opposite, saying, “But I must live; I must make a certain amount of money; I must be clothed; I must be fed.” The great concern of our lives is not the kingdom of God but how we are going to take care of ourselves to live. Jesus reversed the order by telling us to get the right relationship with God first, maintaining it as the primary concern of our lives, and never to place our concern on taking care of the other things of life.

“…do not worry about your life…” (Matthew 6:25). Our Lord pointed out that from His standpoint it is absolutely unreasonable for us to be anxious, worrying about how we will live. Jesus did not say that the person who takes no thought for anything in his life is blessed— no, that person is a fool. But Jesus did teach that His disciple must make his relationship with God the dominating focus of his life, and to be cautiously carefree about everything else in comparison to that. In essence, Jesus was saying, “Don’t make food and drink the controlling factor of your life, but be focused absolutely on God.” Some people are careless about what they eat and drink, and they suffer for it; they are careless about what they wear, having no business looking the way they do; they are careless with their earthly matters, and God holds them responsible. Jesus is saying that the greatest concern of life is to place our relationship with God first, and everything else second.

It is one of the most difficult, yet critical, disciplines of the Christian life to allow the Holy Spirit to bring us into absolute harmony with the teaching of Jesus in these verses.. (Having God's Unreasonable Faith, May 21) ·Print

To purchase My Utmost for His Highest, click here. For an iBook version for Apple products, click here. For a Kindle version, click here. For a Nook Book, click here. To read it online or to subscribe to devotionals based on it, click here.

Scott Michael Bennett Concert this Sabbath!

Scott Michael Bennett will present a musical concert for our worship service this Sabbath at 11:15 am. You don’t want to miss this special service. It will be a great Sabbath to invite a friend! Click here to go to his website.

No Services at Golden Hills on June 2

One week from Sabbath, on June 2, there will not be any services here at our church due to Camp Meeting. Memorial SDA Church will still be holding services and the services at Camp Meeting are usually great. They are held at the College View SDA Church in Lincoln – click here to view an on-line copy of the Camp Meeting Brochure.

Breakfast at Church

Come and Get It! Whether you would like it in a box, or you would like it with a fox, on a train or in the rain, or here or there, you can certainly get it in the fellowship hall.  It’s not green eggs and ham, but breakfast is now being served from 9:20-9:50 am in the Fellowship Hall each Sabbath Except the first week of the month. Join us!

You can also be part of a breakfast serving team, either by assisting or being in charge of breakfast for a week of the month. If that interests you, please contact Brenda Stroman.

Parenting Solo Retreat at BAR

This year, the Kansas Nebraska Conference Parenting Solo Retreat will take place at Broken Arrow Ranch June 7-10, 2018. The cost is $40 per parent and $15 per child.

This year they have added a Dad’s Track. If you are a father wanting to take part you must sign up by Monday, May 28. To view a schedule of events, click here. For questions, contact Sue Carlson (email or 785-478-4726).

Be Still | Stop to Pray | from 24-7 Prayer

"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." (Psalm 119:105, NKJV)

The Bible is where we can turn when we don't know how to pray. Right now, take a moment to be still with God's word.

    • Reflect on a promise from the Bible: Start simple, use the verse above.

      Pray a prayer from the Bible: Start simple, try praying the Lord's Prayer. 
    • Find out what the Bible says about Prayer: Start Simple, we've made a list

READ| Community Roots: #2 – Switzerland: Stadtkloster Thun are a beautiful expression of community who have welcomed refugees into their home while running a prayer room that's been called illegal by their city council ... Read Their Story 

READ| How to Embrace Distractions when you Pray: Ever wondered how to make your commute less about you and more about Jesus? Read How 

PRAY| Simple Prayer Ideas: 6 ideas for you, right now, to spark new life into your prayer times. Be Inspired 

For more prayer ideas at 24-7 Prayer, click here. To view the 24-7 Prayer’s YouTube Channel, click here.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Esther is the Tale of Evil in a World Where God Seems Absent: How can Christians live without compromise in an increasingly hostile society? And what if Christians have already been shaped by their surrounding culture in harmful, soul-destroying ways? What are the parallels between the modern world and the biblical story of Esther? Bible Gateway interviewed Mike Cosper about his book, Faith Among the Faithless: Learning from Esther How to Live in a World Gone Mad. (Click here to read more.)

What Does It Mean to Live in Post-Truth? Increasingly, Western culture embraces confusion as a virtue and decries certainty as a sin. This cultural phenomenon led the compilers of the Oxford English Dictionary to name "post-truth" their word of the year in 2016. How can Christians offer truth and clarity to a world that shuns both? Bible Gateway interviewed Abdu Murray about his book, Saving Truth: Finding Meaning & Clarity in a Post-Truth World. (Click here to read more.)

Learn about and download the free award-winning Bible Gateway App by clicking here.

Check Out the entire Weekly Brief by clicking here. To subscribe to any one of their many email newsletters and Bible Studies, click here.

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 8:44 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church:

    • Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall (9:20 – 9:50 am)
    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class – Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (Church Sanctuary, 10:00 am (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class – Studying the New Testament books 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John, and Jude using the book Exploring the Letters of John & Jude by George Knight (Hearth Room, 10:00 am. The emphasis is on making it relevant with personal application for each class member. Hard copies of the book will be available at class but if you wish to purchase one for your tablet – click here for a Kindle, click here for I-Tunes, and click here for a Nook.)
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, Scott Michael Bennett will present a musical concert for our worship service. You don’t want to miss this special service. It will be a great Sabbath to invite a friend! Click here to go to his website.

Memorial Day this Monday (May 28).

Pathfinders & Adventurers are taking a summer break. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

NO Prayer Meeting this Tuesday (May 29) due to Camp Meeting.

No Services at Golden Hills one week from Sabbath, on June 2, due to Camp Meeting. Memorial SDA Church will still be holding services and the services at Camp Meeting are usually great. See below for Camp Meeting information.

Camp Meeting Begins next week, May 30 – June 2: All meetings will be held at the College View Church in Lincoln (click here for a map). Speakers this year include Roy Ice (an Associate Pastor of the Loma Linda University Church), John Matthews (Stewardship Director of the North-American Division), Douglas Elsey (Lead Pastor of the New Haven Church in Kansas City), Gary Krause (Associate Secretary of the General Conference) & Ron Carlson (President of the KS-NE Conference). Sara Groves will present the Sabbath Afternoon Concert. For those living outside the Lincoln area there is free lodging available in the Union College dorms. To reserve a room, contact Sue Sweigart (e-mail or 785-478-4726). Rooms are limited – reserve one right away. Click here to view an on-line copy of the Camp Meeting Brochure.

Parenting Solo Retreat at Broken Arrow Ranch June 7-10, 2018. The cost is $40 per parent and $15 per child. This year they have added a Dad’s Track. If you are a father wanting to take part you must sign up by Monday, May 28. To view a schedule of events, click here. For questions or to sign up, contact Sue Carlson (email or 785-478-4726).

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community on Friday, June 8, 2018 at Golden Hills SDA Church (click here for a map). For more information see the announcement below. Register today to receive your “Community Circle” discount and your Preferred Appointment!

Life Line Screening Update

Have You Taken Control of Your Health Today? Life Line Screening will be here at the Golden Hills SDA Church (click here for a map) on Friday, June 8, 2018 offering safe, painless, non-invasive preventive health screenings that are typically not a part of a routine physical. To learn more about your risk of having a stroke or vascular disease, there is no time like the present to take advantage of this limited-time offer, being extended to our members only! In order to receive your special member pricing, and first choice of appointment times, you must pre-register by one of the methods below and attend your scheduled appointment time at the Church on June 8. Click here for a personal instruction sheet that includes a $10 off coupon for family or friends. Click here to download or print a PDF flyer for more information.

    • Call:  1-888-653-6450 (identify yourself as a member at our church)
    • On-Line: click here to go to their website
    • Text: the word ‘circle’ to 797979
    • Email:  The participant name, phone, and address to brandan.farwick@llsa.com

Tutoring Needed

We have a church member who needs some tutoring help to finish up his high school experience. English is not their first language, so the help will be mainly in understanding English. If you would be able to take some time regularly for a few weeks, please contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Used Stamps Needed! Your used stamps can help Christian Record Services for the Blind raise money. Just tear them off the envelope, being careful to include the entire stamp and bring them to church. Put them into the container provided out on the table and we will take care of getting them where they need to go.

Miscellaneous Information

Lippincott Family Updates: Check out the latest update from Lorilee and Bryon Lippincott about their family’s experiences serving God in Asia. To access a PDF copy of the most recent update, click here. To access a PDF copy that includes all we have received from  2018, click here. To access a PDF copy from 2017, click here. To access a PDF copy from 2016, click here. To access a PDF copy of all the updates we received prior to 2016 (2013-2015), click here. To check out their website, click here. Don’t forget to check out Sharing Dots for Kids. To sign up for their e-mail newsletter, click here.

Free Estate Planning & Wills: Norm Zimmerman, Trust Director for the Kansas Nebraska Conference, is available by appointment to assist anyone who needs Estate Planning, Wills, etc. For more information contact Norm (e-mail or 402-617-2001).

On-Line Giving Available! Our church offers on-line giving through our website. If you would prefer to give electronically or if you are going to be away and want to stay up-to-date with your giving, click here. Adventist Giving now has an App you can download directly to your smart phone to make the process even easier. For an iPhone, click here. For Android phones, click here.

Our Church E-Mail Newsletter, Directly to Your Computer! If you would like to receive our weekly, e-mail newsletter, directly to your computer, click here and enter your information in the space provided in the lower right-hand portion of our church home page.

Verified Volunteers – Child Protection Screening

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Verified Volunteers to provide background checks and on-line education for our church officers and everyone who works with our children. This helps ensure that we have some training to help us recognize and avoid situations that would put our children at risk. In addition to our elected Church Officers, everyone who works with Pathfinders and Adventurers, Children’s or Youth Sabbath School Classes, Children’s Church, and VBS must go through this training and submit to a background check (there is no cost to you). It will take about an hour of your time. These need to be finished ASAP.

Even if you have recently completed this process with Shield the Vulnerable, you need to do this now with Verified Volunteers because the information did not transfer from one program to the other and we are no longer using Shield the Vulnerable due to many problems with their work.

To download a PDF page of instructions and links to help you through this process, click here. To go to the website where you begin this process, click here and then select First-Time Registrant and follow the instructions. For more information, contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Prayer Watch

There are several people and concerns that we are praying about, for more information about any of these or to request something to be added to our list, feel free to contact Pastor T. (e-mail or 402-517-5333)

    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Anita St. Onge’s niece’s friend, Elizabeth Baldon, is in critical condition following a car accident and Elizabeth’s father, David Baldon, has recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer.
    • Al Bakerlis – Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law who has recently been diagnosed with cancer.
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Tom Plant, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family – Lorilee is again struggling with her health
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Jane (Mary Jan Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson (click here for updates and to contribute towards her medical expenses), Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody (Donna & Gary Parker’s daughter), Donna & Gary Parker, Marilyn Sabata, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Cindy Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s mother), and RoLayne Wilhelmsen.

Pastor T’s Contact Information

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This Week at Golden Hills: May 19, 2018

Web Master - Thursday, May 17, 2018

Keeping a Clear Conscience

Here is a selection that spoke to my heart this week from the devotional book My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers.

… Strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and men. (Acts 24:16, NIV)

God’s commands to us are actually given to the life of His Son in us. Consequently, to our human nature in which God’s Son has been formed (see Galatians 4:19), His commands are difficult. But they become divinely easy once we obey.

Conscience is that ability within me that attaches itself to the highest standard I know, and then continually reminds me of what that standard demands that I do. It is the eye of the soul which looks out either toward God or toward what we regard as the highest standard. This explains why conscience is different in different people. If I am in the habit of continually holding God’s standard in front of me, my conscience will always direct me to God’s perfect law and indicate what I should do. The question is, will I obey? I have to make an effort to keep my conscience so sensitive that I can live without any offense toward anyone. I should be living in such perfect harmony with God’s Son that the spirit of my mind is being renewed through every circumstance of life, and that I may be able to quickly “prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:2 – also see Ephesians 4:23).

God always instructs us down to the last detail. Is my ear sensitive enough to hear even the softest whisper of the Spirit, so that I know what I should do? “Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God …” (Ephesians 4:30). He does not speak with a voice like thunder – His voice is so gentle that it is easy for us to ignore. And the only thing that keeps our conscience sensitive to Him is the habit of being open to God on the inside. When you begin to debate, stop immediately. Don’t ask, “Why can’t I do this?” You are on the wrong track. There is no debating possible once your conscience speaks. Whatever it is – drop it, and see that you keep your inner vision clear. (The Habit of Keeping a Clear Conscience, May 13) 

To purchase My Utmost for His Highest, click here. For an iBook version for Apple products, click here. For a Kindle version, click here. For a Nook Book, click here. To read it online or to subscribe to devotionals based on it, click here.

John Michael Bennett Concert One Week from Sabbath!

John Michael Bennett will present a musical concert for our worship service one week from Sabbath (May 26) at 11:15 am. You don’t want to miss this special service. It will be a great Sabbath to invite a friend! Click here to go to his website.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Bite-Sized Bible Knowledge: What if aspects of biblical scholarship could be distilled into understandable bite-sized insights you could read each in 60-seconds to unlock the Bible's individual sections and main teachings? Bible Gateway interviewed Michael Heiser about the 60-Second Scholar Series. (Click here to read more.)

The Bright and Dark Sides of King David: The Bible describes King David as "a man after God's own heart," yet it recounts David's many indiscretions and sins. Do we really reckon with who he was? Have we reduced him to a shepherd boy with a slingshot? How do we come to terms with this flawed-but-mighty king in all his moral complexity? Bible Gateway interviewed Mark Rutland about his book, David the Great: Deconstructing the Man After God's Own Heart. (Click here to read more.)

How to Find the Strength to Move Forward After a Crisis: In this guest Blog post, Tom Holladay, author of Putting It Together Again When It's All Fallen Apart: 7 Principles for Rebuilding Your Life, says, "Our greatest problem is not our problem; it is how we react to that problem. One of the keys to rebuilding is the way we look at problems. The optimist sees possibilities in the problems, and the pessimist sees problems in the possibilities." Check it out by clicking here.

Learn about and download the free award-winning Bible Gateway App by clicking here.

Check Out the entire Weekly Brief by clicking here. To subscribe to any one of their many email newsletters and Bible Studies, click here.

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 8:37 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church:

  • Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall (9:20 – 9:50 am)
  • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
    • Traditional Sabbath School Class – Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (Church Sanctuary, 10:00 am ( click here to read it on-line).
    • Alternative Sabbath School Class – Studying the New Testament books 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John, and Jude using the book Exploring the Letters of John & Jude by George Knight (Hearth Room, 10:00 am. The emphasis is on making it relevant with personal application for each class member. Hard copies of the book will be available at class but if you wish to purchase one for your tablet – click here for a Kindle, click here for I-Tunes, and click here for a Nook.)
  • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, we will celebrate our Pathfinder and Adventurer Clubs as they lead out in our worship service!

Pathfinders & Adventurers are taking a summer break. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

Prayer Meeting this Tuesday (May 22) at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. We are watching a series of videos on Daniel 10 – 12. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

MLT Meeting this Tuesday (May 22) at 7:15 pm in the Pastor’s Study. If you wish to submit something for them to discuss, please contact John Stroman (e-mail or 402-871-9764).

John Michael Bennett will present a musical concert for our worship service one week from Sabbath (May 26) at 11:15 am. You don’t want to miss this special service. It will be a great Sabbath to invite a friend! Click here to go to his website.

Memorial Day one week from Monday (May 28).

Camp Meeting Begins in Two Weeks, May 30 – June 2: All meetings will be held at the College View Church in Lincoln (click here for a map). Speakers this year include Roy Ice (an Associate Pastor of the Loma Linda University Church), John Matthews (Stewardship Director of the North-American Division), Douglas Elsey (Lead Pastor of the New Haven Church in Kansas City), Gary Krause (Associate Secretary of the General Conference) & Ron Carlson (President of the KS-NE Conference). Sara Groves will present the Sabbath Afternoon Concert. For those living outside the Lincoln area there is free lodging available in the Union College dorms. To reserve a room, contact Sue Sweigart (e-mail or 785-478-4726). Rooms are limited – reserve one right away. Click here to view an on-line copy of the Camp Meeting Brochure.

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community on Friday, June 8, 2018 at Golden Hills SDA Church (click here for a map). For more information see the announcement below. Register today to receive your “Community Circle” discount and your Preferred Appointment!

Life Line Screening Update

Have You Taken Control of Your Health Today? Life Line Screening will be here at the Golden Hills SDA Church (click here for a map) on Friday, June 8, 2018 offering safe, painless, non-invasive preventive health screenings that are typically not a part of a routine physical. To learn more about your risk of having a stroke or vascular disease, there is no time like the present to take advantage of this limited-time offer, being extended to our members only! In order to receive your special member pricing, and first choice of appointment times, you must pre-register by one of the methods below and attend your scheduled appointment time at the Church on June 8. Click here for a personal instruction sheet that includes a $10 off coupon for family or friends. Click here to download or print a PDF flyer for more information.

    • Call:  1-888-653-6450 (identify yourself as a member at our church)
    • On-Line: click here to go to their website
    • Text: the word ‘circle’ to 797979
    • Email:  The participant name, phone, and address to brandan.farwick@llsa.com

Tutoring Needed

We have a church member who needs some tutoring help to finish up his high school experience. English is not their first language, so the help will be mainly in understanding English. If you would be able to take some time regularly for a few weeks, please contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Used Stamps Needed! Your used stamps can help Christian Record Services for the Blind raise money. Just tear them off the envelope, being careful to include the entire stamp and bring them to church. Put them into the container provided out on the table and we will take care of getting them where they need to go.

Miscellaneous Information

Lippincott Family Updates: Check out the latest update from Lorilee and Bryon Lippincott about their family’s experiences serving God in Asia. To access a PDF copy of the most recent update, click here . To access a PDF copy that includes all we have received from  2018, click here. To access a PDF copy from 2017, click here. To access a PDF copy from 2016, click here. To access a PDF copy of all the updates we received prior to 2016 (2013-2015), click here. To check out their website, click here. Don’t forget to check out Sharing Dots for Kids. To sign up for their e-mail newsletter, click here .

Free Estate Planning & Wills: Norm Zimmerman, Trust Director for the Kansas Nebraska Conference, is available by appointment to assist anyone who needs Estate Planning, Wills, etc. For more information contact Norm (e-mail or 402-617-2001).

On-Line Giving Available! Our church offers on-line giving through our website. If you would prefer to give electronically or if you are going to be away and want to stay up-to-date with your giving, click here. Adventist Giving now has an App you can download directly to your smart phone to make the process even easier. For an iPhone, click here. For Android phones, click here.

Our Church E-Mail Newsletter, Directly to Your Computer! If you would like to receive our weekly, e-mail newsletter, directly to your computer, click here and enter your information in the space provided in the lower right-hand portion of our church home page.

Verified Volunteers – Child Protection Screening

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Verified Volunteers to provide background checks and on-line education for our church officers and everyone who works with our children. This helps ensure that we have some training to help us recognize and avoid situations that would put our children at risk. In addition to our elected Church Officers, everyone who works with Pathfinders and Adventurers, Children’s or Youth Sabbath School Classes, Children’s Church, and VBS must go through this training and submit to a background check (there is no cost to you). It will take about an hour of your time. These need to be finished ASAP.

Even if you have recently completed this process with Shield the Vulnerable, you need to do this now with Verified Volunteers because the information did not transfer from one program to the other and we are no longer using Shield the Vulnerable due to many problems with their work.

To download a PDF page of instructions and links to help you through this process, click here. To go to the website where you begin this process, click here and then select First-Time Registrant and follow the instructions. For more information, contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Prayer Watch

There are several people and concerns that we are praying about, for more information about any of these or to request something to be added to our list, feel free to contact Pastor T. (e-mail or 402-517-5333)

Pastor T’s Contact Information

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This Week at Golden Hills: May 12, 2018

Web Master - Wednesday, May 09, 2018

More Peace – Less Anxiety!

The other day I was reading through the little book of 1 John and a phrase jumped out at me that I had never noticed before. It’s in the first part of chapter 4, verse 16:

We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in His love. (1 John 4:16, NLT)

Most of us would say we know God loves us, although many times we act as though we think He doesn’t really like us all that much. But, how many of us can say that “we have put our trust in His love”?

I can only speak for myself, so I won’t project my thought process on you – God tends to be the first person I blame if something goes wrong. For much of my life, I haven’t trusted in His love, but have doubted it.

I’ve said things to Him like, “If you really loved me, you would not have let …” And, there are a whole bunch of things I could fill in there.

God generally doesn’t explain Himself but just lets things play out – and more often than not looking back on it I’ve had to admit it was the most loving thing He could have done at that moment.

How much simpler life would be if we would just trust in His love. We would find more peace and have less anxiety If we would follow the advice of Paul, where he wrote:

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7, NLT)

And:

Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, NLT)

If we would go back to what it was like when we were children, it would be much easier. When we were hurt, or bad things happened to us then, if we had a loving home, the first place we would go was to our mom and dad for comfort and help.

We didn’t blame our parents for those bad things, we counted on them to help us through!

When you are in trouble now, or experience bad things, perhaps you should assume there is an enemy at work and run to God, who demonstrated His love for us through the life and death of Jesus, for comfort and strength.

Perhaps it is time that you and I decide to trust in His love – and experience more peace and less anxiety!

To read 1 John 4:16 in context or in other translations, click here.

MLT Ballots Coming this Sabbath!

MLT (Ministry Leadership Team) Ballots Coming this Sabbath! Our MLT coordinates the various ministries in our church, especially being sure that people are in place to keep these ministries active. It is a combination of a standing nominating committee and ministry visioning group that advises the board. Look for the ballots coming and if selected, please prayerfully consider the privilege of serving our church in this way. If you would like to download and print a copy of the Ballot to complete and turn in at church, click here. Please don’t turn in more than one ballot per member. Contact Pastor T. for more information (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Bite-Sized Bible Knowledge: What if aspects of biblical scholarship could be distilled into understandable bite-sized insights you could read each in 60-seconds to unlock the Bible's individual sections and main teachings? Bible Gateway interviewed Michael Heiser about the 60-Second Scholar Series. (Click here to read more.)

The Bright and Dark Sides of King David: The Bible describes King David as "a man after God's own heart," yet it recounts David's many indiscretions and sins. Do we really reckon with who he was? Have we reduced him to a shepherd boy with a slingshot? How do we come to terms with this flawed-but-mighty king in all his moral complexity? Bible Gateway interviewed Mark Rutland about his book, David the Great: Deconstructing the Man After God's Own Heart. (Click here to read more.)

How to Find the Strength to Move Forward After a Crisis: In this guest Blog post, Tom Holladay, author of Putting It Together Again When It's All Fallen Apart: 7 Principles for Rebuilding Your Life, says, "Our greatest problem is not our problem; it is how we react to that problem. One of the keys to rebuilding is the way we look at problems. The optimist sees possibilities in the problems, and the pessimist sees problems in the possibilities." Check it out by clicking here.

Learn about and download the free award-winning Bible Gateway App by clicking here.

Check Out the entire Weekly Brief by clicking here. To subscribe to any one of their many email newsletters and Bible Studies, click here.

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 8:30 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church:

    • Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall (9:20 – 9:50 am)
    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class – Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (Church Sanctuary, 10:00 am (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class – Studying the New Testament books 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John, and Jude using the book Exploring the Letters of John & Jude by George Knight (Hearth Room, 10:00 am. The emphasis is on making it relevant with personal application for each class member. Hard copies of the book will be available at class but if you wish to purchase one for your tablet – click here for a Kindle, click here for I-Tunes, and click here for a Nook.)
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, we will celebrate mothers and, in anticipation of Memorial Day, those who have given their lives in the service of our country. Steve Wilhelmsen will lead out.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon, titled Holy Martyr, click here.
    • Children’s Church this Sabbath at 11:15 am in the Fellowship Hall. This will be our last Children’s Church of this school year. It will resume in the fall.
    • Game Night this Saturday Evening at the church beginning at 6:00 pm. Bring your favorite game and your favorite Mexican food to share.

Pathfinders & Adventurers meet this Monday (May 14) at 6:30 pm. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

Prayer Meeting this Tuesday (May 15) at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. We are watching a series of videos on Daniel 10 – 12. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Pathfinders/Adventurers Sabbath, May 19 at 11:15 am. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

Camp Meeting Begins in Three Weeks, May 30 – June 2: All meetings will be held at the College View Church in Lincoln (click here for a map). Speakers this year include Roy Ice (an Associate Pastor of the Loma Linda University Church), John Matthews (Stewardship Director of the North-American Division), Douglas Elsey (Lead Pastor of the New Haven Church in Kansas City), Gary Krause (Associate Secretary of the General Conference) & Ron Carlson (President of the KS-NE Conference). Sara Groves will present the Sabbath Afternoon Concert. For those living outside the Lincoln area there is free lodging available in the Union College dorms. To reserve a room, contact Sue Sweigart (e-mail or 785-478-4726). Rooms are limited – reserve one right away.

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community on Friday, June 8, 2018 at Golden Hills SDA Church (click here for a map). For more information see the announcement below. Register today to receive your “Community Circle” discount and your Preferred Appointment!

Faith for Today

Faith for Today is a television ministry committed to sharing God's grace with the world through broadcast media. That’s been our vision since 1950, when Faith for Today launched its live inspirational television drama on ABC from New York City. That was more than 60 years ago, and we are now the oldest religious television broadcast in the world!

Lifestyle Magazine is a half hour television talk show focused on living a full, healthy and balanced life.  It is the second longest show on air after “Meet the Press.”  The show features panel discussions, interviews and demonstration segments focused on whole life health, which includes fitness, nutrition, relationships, outlook and more ways to promote overall health.  This multiple award-winning show reaches a wide age demographic and covers a wide variety of topics and was recently voted a Top 20 brand influencer for health & fitness on Twitter (above Shape Magazine, GQ and more) by analyst group Onalytica.

The award-winning Lifestyle Magazine can be seen on the NRB network on DirectTV on Tuesdays at 4:30pm EST on channel 378 and Sky Angel 1- (DISH-TV) Channel 262 on Saturday and Sundays at 3pm EST and on Thursdays at 2:30pm EST. Lifestyle Magazine is also carried on The Hope Channel and many other stations. For more information click here or call our office at 805-955-7681.

Life Line Screening Update

Have You Taken Control of Your Health Today? Life Line Screening will be here at the Golden Hills SDA Church (click here for a map) on Friday, June 8, 2018 offering safe, painless, non-invasive preventive health screenings that are typically not a part of a routine physical. To learn more about your risk of having a stroke or vascular disease, there is no time like the present to take advantage of this limited-time offer, being extended to our members only! In order to receive your special member pricing, and first choice of appointment times, you must pre-register by one of the methods below and attend your scheduled appointment time at the Church on June 8. Click here for a personal instruction sheet that includes a $10 off coupon for family or friends.

    • Call:  1-888-653-6450 (identify yourself as a member at our church)
    • On-Line: click here to go to their website
    • Text: the word ‘circle’ to 797979
    • Email:  The participant name, phone, and address to brandan.farwick@llsa.com

 “The Healthiest People on Earth”

A new book written by Ellen G. White's great-great-grandson is now in bookstores nationwide and available from Amazon.com.

"The Healthiest People on Earth," by John Howard Weeks, shares the secrets of how anyone, anywhere can create a "Blue Zone" of their own and live a longer, healthier life like Seventh-day Adventists. The book is full of exclusive family stories, tips, home remedies and plant-based recipes -- including some of Ellen G. White's favorite recipes, published for the first time anywhere.

Click here for early reviews, excerpts from the book, a chapter list, an author profile and more.

Tutoring Needed

We have a church member who needs some tutoring help to finish up his high school experience. English is not their first language, so the help will be mainly in understanding English. If you would be able to take some time regularly for a few weeks, please contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Used Stamps Needed! Your used stamps can help Christian Record Services for the Blind raise money. Just tear them off the envelope, being careful to include the entire stamp and bring them to church. Put them into the container provided out on the table and we will take care of getting them where they need to go.

Miscellaneous Information

Lippincott Family Updates: Check out the latest update from Lorilee and Bryon Lippincott about their family’s experiences serving God in Asia. To access a PDF copy of the most recent update, click here. To access a PDF copy that includes all we have received from  2018, click here. To access a PDF copy from 2017, click here. To access a PDF copy from 2016, click here. To access a PDF copy of all the updates we received prior to 2016 (2013-2015), click here. To check out their website, click here. Don’t forget to check out Sharing Dots for Kids. To sign up for their e-mail newsletter, click here.

Free Estate Planning & Wills: Norm Zimmerman, Trust Director for the Kansas Nebraska Conference, is available by appointment to assist anyone who needs Estate Planning, Wills, etc. For more information contact Norm (e-mail or 402-617-2001).

On-Line Giving Available! Our church offers on-line giving through our website. If you would prefer to give electronically or if you are going to be away and want to stay up-to-date with your giving, click here. Adventist Giving now has an App you can download directly to your smart phone to make the process even easier. For an iPhone, click here. For Android phones, click here.

Our Church E-Mail Newsletter, Directly to Your Computer! If you would like to receive our weekly, e-mail newsletter, directly to your computer, click here and enter your information in the space provided in the lower right-hand portion of our church home page.

Verified Volunteers – Child Protection Screening

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Verified Volunteers to provide background checks and on-line education for our church officers and everyone who works with our children. This helps ensure that we have some training to help us recognize and avoid situations that would put our children at risk. In addition to our elected Church Officers, everyone who works with Pathfinders and Adventurers, Children’s or Youth Sabbath School Classes, Children’s Church, and VBS must go through this training and submit to a background check (there is no cost to you). It will take about an hour of your time. These need to be finished ASAP.

Even if you have recently completed this process with Shield the Vulnerable, you need to do this now with Verified Volunteers because the information did not transfer from one program to the other and we are no longer using Shield the Vulnerable due to many problems with their work.

To download a PDF page of instructions and links to help you through this process, click here. To go to the website where you begin this process, click here and then select First-Time Registrant and follow the instructions. For more information, contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Last Week’s Sermon

To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon, titled Holy Martyr, click here.

Prayer Watch

There are several people and concerns that we are praying about, for more information about any of these or to request something to be added to our list, feel free to contact Pastor T. (e-mail or 402-517-5333)

    • The Holy Spirit – to fill and guide our church
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • Al Bakerlis – Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law who has recently been diagnosed with cancer.
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Tom Plant, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family – Lorilee is again struggling with her health
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Jane (Mary Jan Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson (click here for updates and to contribute towards her medical expenses), Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody (Donna & Gary Parker’s daughter), Donna & Gary Parker, Marilyn Sabata, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Cindy Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s mother), and RoLayne Wilhelmsen.

Pastor T’s Contact Information

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