Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills: Aug. 29, 2020

Web Master - Thursday, August 27, 2020

Where Do You Stand?

The Apostle John wrote:

God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. The one who has the Son has life. The one who does not have the Son of God does not have life. I have written these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. (1 John 5:11-13, CSB)

He couldn’t have made it more simple.

If you have given your life to Jesus, you have eternal life. If you haven’t made that move, you don’t have eternal life.

You either have Jesus or you don’t. Where do you stand on this?

Sabbath Services

We continue to worship in person – at our building – and on line. It’s been nice to have people around us as we worship.

We still continue with social distancing, required face masks, and a format for our worship that focuses on both those who are watching at home and those attending in person. We continue to add more participation in our worship service.

Tentatively, we are still looking to begin Sabbath School classes following Labor Day (Sept. 12). Of course, this will depend on the current recommendations from our health professionals and government guidelines. We will let you know more as we get closer.  

Whenever you feel you’re ready to join us in person, you’ll be welcome – as long as you’re willing to follow the current health and safety guidelines (click here to see them).

Worship Service DVDs

There is a video recording made of each week’s worship service. It is available on DVD. If you would like to receive these please contact Lori Knutson (402-980-5018).

Your Questionable Conduct

Don Jacobsen's blog last weekend was titled Your Questionable Conduct and shares some thoughts about loving others.

A couple of New Years back one of our neighbors invited us over for a party. Probably half a dozen couples showed up. Would you have gone? We did. But what if the drinks weren’t kosher? They weren’t. We drank right along with them; we just drank different stuff. Sodas are not our beverage of choice, but for the privilege of spending a couple of hours with some of the sweetest people in the community, we might even imbibe a soda.

Jesus got in trouble for that, too, you know. We have the address of some of the parties He went to … Matthew’s house, for instance (Matthew 9:10 ) and the wedding in Cana (John 2:1-2 ). I find it more than a little interesting that among some of His critics He had a reputation as a glutton and a drunkard (Luke 7:34 ). Now neither charge was true, but the word was out that it was not unthinkable to find Him at a party.

That’s my cue.

Here’s where I’m going with this: Long before it was mandated by the government, some of us were practicing social distancing … (Click here to read the entire post.)

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From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Devotional Insights from Little House on the Prairie: What are the devotional lessons about loyalty, hard work, faith, family, and love of God, neighbor, and country that can be drawn from the popular TV series Little House on the Prairie? Bible Gateway interviewed Wendi Lou Lee, the child actor who played Baby Grace on Little House on the Prairie, about her book, A Prairie Devotional: Inspired by the Beloved TV Series. (Click here to read more.)

All About Thessalonians: When and why were the ancient biblical letters to the Thessalonian church written and why are they important for us to read and apply in the 21st century? What were the social and sociopolitical dimensions of life in the Roman world back then and how were Christians treated? Bible Gateway interviewed Dr. Nijay K. Gupta, author of 1 and 2 Thessalonians: Zondervan Critical Introductions to the New Testament Series. (Click here to read more.)

God’s Wondrous Design in Dandelion Seeds: Earth is filled with spectacular natural wonders and many of them are so common or small we pass by them each day without a glance or second thought. Vivid examples are the parachutes on the puff ball of a dandelion. Recent discoveries by an international team of scientists reveal how these miniature aircraft can – under optimal conditions – remain aloft for miles. The dandelion seed’s aeronautical design is more efficient than any man-made parachute …" (Click here to read more.)

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What’s Happening

Sunset this Friday – 8:01 pm

Logan Tuel & Lexi Varndell are getting married this Sabbath Afternoon in Kansas. Let’s remember then with special prayers of blessing today!

Sabbath School Resources

    • Our Alternate Sabbath School Class is meeting through video conferencing. If you would like to be a part of this group, please text Alfredo Diaz (920-216-3625) to get the information you need to join them.
    • To study the current Sabbath School Lesson on-line, click here .
    • Hope Sabbath School, click here.

This Sabbath at Church: Please click here for information on attending as we reopen.

    • Our Worship Service begins live and online at 11:05 with Mission Spotlight followed by the Children’s Corner. This Sabbath, Pastor T will continue the series Beyond the Fluff with a message titled Mortal or Immortal?. You can view it on our Website, our Facebook Page, or our YouTube Channel.
    • To download and print a PDF copy of last week’s message titled Distracted or Focused,  click here. You can watch it by clicking here . You can download the page with Bible verses, questions, and this week’s assignment by clicking here .
    • You can watch any of our previously recorded worship services by clicking here.

Pathfinders & Adventurers will not meet until further notice. For information about Pathfinders contact Holly Degerness (402-917-4718) or Marina Nolasco (402-594-0671); for information about Adventurers, contact Lori Knutson (402-980-5018).

Prayer Meeting is taking a summer break. We will begin again sometime after Labor Day. Contact Pastor T for more information.

Miscellaneous Information

Remind is our emergency alert service. To get notices through Remind, you must be signed up. You can do this by simply texting the message “@tmartinse” to the number 81010 (or 941-787-5566) – click here for more detailed instructions.

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.

Video Streaming: We are now live streaming our sermons each Sabbath – you can watch it on our Website, on our Facebook Page, or on YouTube.

On-Line Church Directory Information: If your contact information has changed in the last few months (phone number, email, address, etc.) please either log on to the Church Directory App and correct it or send a note with your updated information to Judy Carroll ( or 402-290-3306).

You can sync our church directory directly to your Apple, Android, or Kindle Fire device with a FREE APP! You can search for other members – and then email, call, or text right from the directory app. It’s easy!

    1. Go to your device’s App Store. (Click here for Apple products, click here for Android devices, or click here for Kindle Fire.
    2. Search for Instant Church Directory.
    3. Enter your email as it’s listed in our church directory.
    4. Follow the directions on the screen to complete the login process.

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, the Golden News, directly to your computer, click here and enter your information in the space provided.

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 2020, click here; 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.

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Last Week’s Sermon

To download and print a PDF copy of last week’s message titled Distracted or Focused,  click here. You can watch it by clicking here. You can download the page with Bible verses, questions, and this week’s assignment by clicking 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. (402-517-5333)

    • The COVID-19 Virus epidemic here and around the world
    • Logan Tuel & Lexi Varndell are getting married this Sabbath Afternoon in Kansas. Let’s remember then with special prayers of blessing today!
    • Lon Pelly’s mom, Wally
    • The Future of Our Church – Please pray that God will make His will and the path to The Future of Our Church – Please pray that God will make His will and the path to achieving it known and that we will have the courage to follow wherever it leads
    • Our Church Leaders (Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Board Members, Sabbath School Class Leaders, Pathfinder/Adventurer Leaders, Etc.)
    • 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. has is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Bill Agan, Al Bakerlis (Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law), Tammy Burville (Amy Newman-Holub’s cousin), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Brenda Carroll (Judy Carroll’s sister-in-law), Dennis Cushman, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Jane (Mary Jane Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson, Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Gary Parker, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s step mom), Charise Talley, Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

Pastor T’s Contact Information or call/text 402-517-5333. 


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