Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills: April 6, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, April 03, 2019

The Wonderful Promise!

This Sabbath I will preach on Romans 8, one of the most powerful chapters in Scripture. Below, I have listed a few selections from this chapter that really stand out to me. I urge you to spend a few quiet, prayerful moments considering these before Sabbath.

So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. (Romans 8:1-2, NLT)

So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. And since we are his children, we are his heirs … (Romans 8:15-17, NLT)

Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. (Romans 8:18-19, NLT)

And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. (Romans 8:26-28, NLT)

What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one – for God himself has given us right standing with himself. Who then will condemn us? No one – for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us. (Romans 8:31-34, NLT)

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrownot even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below – indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39, NLT)

Click here to read Romans 8 through in the Christian Standard Bible or The Voice (hint: it is meant to be read out loud).

Take Time to Pray, from 24-7 Prayer

"Our praying needs to be pressed and pursued with an energy that never tires, a persistency which will not be denied, and a courage that never fails."
- E M Bounds -

Persist in courageous prayer. Take time to pause and pray: 

    1. Pray the Promises of God: Remind yourself of God's character and power by finding a promise in the Bible that speaks to you. Reflect and pray on it today.
    2. Try the Inner Room Challenge: Get hold of our Inner Room prayer app (click here), and join in with our challenge to pray every day until Easter, increasing your prayer time by a minute each day.
    3. Spend time with those who encourage you: Join with other Christians and share stories of how God is at work in your lives. It's an incredible way to be encouraged and reminded of the power of prayer.

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Romans, Our Sermon Series

This Sabbath we will continue our sermon series on the book of Romans with a sermon titled The Wonderful Promise, Part 2, based on Romans 8. To download a PDF copy of the last sermon in this series titled The Wonderful Promise, Part 1, click here. Here are some questions you may wish to consider as you read these chapters.

    1. Paul uses the imagery of Adoption to illustrate our relationship with God. What point do you think he is making through this picture of family?
    2. What promises do you see in this chapter? Why are they important to you?

Calendar Events

Men’s Retreat this Weekend at Broken Arrow Ranch. The featured speaker is Martin Weber. For more information or to register contact Cheryl Barker (785-478-4726 or Click here to download a PDF information sheet with a schedule for the weekend.

Sunset this Friday – 7:52 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church

    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class – Church Sanctuary: Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class – Hearth Room: Studying the Gospel of John using the book God With Us - According to John by James W. Gilley (book 1, book 2). Paper copies of the book will be available at class but if you wish to purchase one for your tablet – for a Kindle (book 1, click here; book 2, click here), for i-Tunes (book 1, click here; book 2, click here), or for a Nook Book (book 1, click here, book 2, click here).
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, we will continue our sermon series on the Book of Romans. Pastor T will share a sermon titled The Wonderful Promise, Part 2, based on Romans 8.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled The Wonderful Promise, Part 1, 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!

Pathfinders & Adventurers Meet this Monday (Apr. 8) at 6:30 pm here at the church. 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 meets this Tuesday (Apr. 9) at 6:00 pm. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Church Board meets Tuesday (Apr. 9) 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).

Pathfinder/Adventurer Family Campout (Apr. 12-14): On the weekend of April 12-14 the annual Pathfinder/Adventurer Family Campout will take place at Woodland Acres. For more information contact Kalvin Tuel (e-mail or 402-201-6370) or Lori Knutson (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

Enterprise/Great Plains Academy Alumni Weekend: Alumni Weekend this year will take place April 12-13 at the Enterprise SDA Church located in Enterprise, Kansas. We pray that each one who can attend the 56th annual Alumni Weekend will experience not only a wonderful weekend reminiscing with their former classmates and faculty members, but also leave having a closer friendship with our Savior.

Friday Evening Communion Service, April 19: Our annual Passover/Easter Season Friday evening Communion Service/Agape Feast will take place on the first day of Passover, Friday, April 19 and will begin with Footwashing in the church lobby at 6:45 pm.

Mid-America Spiritual Retreat & Prayer Conference: April 19-21, 2019 at Lied Lodge & Conference Center in Nebraska City. The guest speaker is Pavel Goia, the Editor of Ministry Magazine. Registration has been re-opened until April 11. For more information, contact Susan Treolo at 785-478-4726.

Mary Grace, April 27: Mary Grace, a pianist with only a stump where her right hand should be, will present a concert of piano music along with her personal testimony. You can read more about her by clicking here. To watch a video that includes an interview and some samples of her music, click here.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Mere Discipleship: How should Christian discipleship affect the way you think, imagine, and act? How can you best hold on to hope while journeying through darkness and live meaningfully in a world in which things don't always seem to make sense? Bible Gateway interviewed Oxford professor Dr. Alister McGrath about his book, Mere Discipleship: Growing in Wisdom and Hope. (Click here to read more.)

God Uses Grace in Surprising Ways: This article from the new English Standard Version (ESV) edition of The Jesus Bible, says grace turns the natural order of things on its head. Time and again throughout the book of Genesis, the headlines to these narratives seemed shocking to their original audience. God seeks to restore worshipers to himself by graciously pouring out his favor upon them. (Click here to read more.)

Why Satan’s Temptation of Jesus Failed: When Satan confronted Jesus with temptation in the desert, he had to appeal to Jesus and then wait for Jesus’ response. Rather than speak on his own behalf, Jesus used the Scriptures to respond to Satan. Read more about this from Dallas Willard, author of Life Without Lack: Living in the Fullness of Psalm 23. (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.

Volunteers Needed – Church Positions to Fill

We are looking for people to fill some vacant positions here at church. If you would be interested or would like to suggest someone for these jobs contact John Stroman (e-mail or 402-871-9764) or Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

    • Women’s Ministries: This person would work to connect with the women of our congregation and plan some events that would bring them together and provide mutual support. They would also be our contact person with the Conference Women’s Ministries Coordinator.
    • Social Media: If you are really into social media and would like to help our church have a greater visible presence there (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.), please let us know.

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

Help Those Impacted by Our Recent and Continuing Flooding

    • Volunteer Your Time: he Seventh-day Adventist Disaster Relief Team, under the leadership of Rick Young from Union College, is now in charge of manning the warehouse where supplies will be stored and distributed to flood victims. The warehouse location is 8457 W Center Road in Omaha. Volunteers are needed. To volunteer, click here, then fill out the form and submit it. You will then receive further instructions via email. 
    • Donate Money through Golden Hills Church: If you would like to donate through our church, you may send a check, written to Golden Hills SDA Church, 3005 Golden Blvd., Bellevue, NE 68123 (please note flood relief in the memo line of your check or on a tithe envelope before you turn it in). If you wish to donate on-line, click here and list the funds in the Local Community Services line. These funds will be sent to the Norfolk SDA Church, where they will be distributed as needed in their community. You may also donate to the Kansas – Nebraska Conference disaster fund by writing that in on your tithe envelope or marking it through our on-line giving option.

Help for Survivors of Current Natural Disasters: ADRA (Adventist Development and Relief Agency) works with other disaster relief agencies to assist survivors of the many current natural disasters. To find out how you can help, click here.

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 2019, click here; 2018, click here; 2017, click here; 2016, click here;  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.

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 The Wonderful Promise, Part 1, 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.)
    • Betty Cushman has asked that we pray especially for Dennis as the effects of Parkinson’s disease continues to impact his life.
    • Gary & Donna Parker ask that we specially lift up their daughter Melody who has had some complications from surgery and is facing another surgery to fix them
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Gary Jeffers, Michael McKinnie, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, 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), Tammy Burville (Amy Newman-Holub’s cousin), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Irene (Mike Guy’s mother), Jane (Mary Jane Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Donna & Gary Parker, Chad Pelley (Flo Filkins’ grandson),  Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents).

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