Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills: Feb. 2, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Killing Christians 

I recently finished reading a book titled Killing Christians. I found it more challenging and encouraging than anything else I have recently read outside of the Bible and Desire of Ages.

The book tells the story of several Muslim followers of Jesus. It tells how each one was converted and experiences they had as a result of living in a culture deeply antagonistic to those who leave the Muslim faith.

This book affected in several ways:

    • First, I was impressed how active God is in the Muslim Community.
    • I was inspired by the joy and peace these new followers of Jesus had.
    • I was moved by the deep commitment these followers made to Jesus. Nothing else in their life mattered more to them than staying connected to Him and sharing what they found in Him with others
    • I was motivated by their courage and by their trust in Jesus; even in a culture that routinely tortured and killed any person who turned their back on the Muslim faith – something so deeply ingrained that law enforcement would mostly ignore it.

I would recommend this book to anyone who feels a need for a deeper relationship with Jesus. Their stories will inspire and motivate you!

To purchase a copy of the book Killing Christians, by Tom Doyle, click here. To purchase a copy for iBooks, click here; for Kindle, click here; or for a Nook Book, click here.

Soaking Prayer

This is the beginning of a recent blog from the NAD Prayer Ministries Website. It was good enough that I wanted to make it available to you. To read the entire message, click on the link at the end of the 3rd paragraph.

Because we live in the South, a phrase like soakin' prayer isn't all that unusual. But let me explain how it became very real to us. 

A lady we know well began to notice that at times she was beginning to see double. It was a nuisance around the house, but when she ventured out on the highway, it would create some significant complications. At times it seemed there were two cars coming toward her but she couldn't tell for sure which one was real.

What one thing has God laid on your heart? What one thing do you sense would honor Him and multiply the influence of your church in your city? What one decision would radicalize your church's presence to the folks you serve? I believe if you ask He'll let you know. (Click here to read the entire article)

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Pastor T & Pat on Vacation

Pastor T & Pat will be on Vacation from February 4 – 11 and will be unavailable during that time. In the case of an emergency, please feel free to contact any one of our Elders. click here for a list of elders with their contact information.


We are continuing our sermon series on the book of Romans. We are still looking at Romans 1:18 – 3:31 as we complete the topic we began last week. Here are some questions to think about as you continue reading this passage. You will have a chance to share what you learn or ask a question just before the sermon. To download a PDF copy of the last sermon in this series titled The Big Problem – Part 1, click here.

    1. What part of Romans 1:18 – 3:20 do you find most discouraging? Why?
    2. What thought in Romans 3:21-31 do you find most comforting? Why?
    3. What do you personally need to do in order to participate in the Good News of Romans 3:21-31?

Operation Christmas Child Report

To view a report on this year’s Operation Christmas Child campaign, where more than 10.6 million shoeboxes were prepared and given away, click here.

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 5:40 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 Big Problem – Part 2, based on Romans 1:18 – 3:31. There will still be a bit of pain this week, but it ends with wonderful news! See the section titled Romans above for a few questions to consider as you read this passage.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled The Big Problem – 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!

Diabetes Undone continues this Sabbath afternoon at Omaha Memorial SDA Church, 4:00 pm. Call 402-639-8996 or email ( to register or for more information. Click here to download an informational flyer.

Pathfinders & Adventurers meet this Monday (Feb. 4) at 6:30 pm 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).

No Prayer Meeting this Tuesday (Feb. 5). For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Pathfinder’s Valentine Dinner, one week from Saturday night (Feb. 9) at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. For more information or tickets, talk to any Pathfinder member or leader – Kalvin Tuel (e-mail or 402-201-6370).

Children’s Sabbath School & Ministry Resource Workshop: Sabbath, March 9 at the Great Bend SDA Church (7 SW 30 Avenue, Great Bend, KS 67530) from 3:00 – 7:00 pm. To register or for more information contact Sue Carlson (785-478-4726 or Registration deadline is March 4. Click here to download a PDF copy of the poster for this event.

2019 SDA Jamii Kingdom VBS Demonstration: Sabbath, March 16 at the New Haven SDA Church (8714 Antioch Road, Overland Park, KS 66212) from 3:00 – 7:00 pm. To register or for more information contact Sue Carlson (785-478-4726 or Registration deadline is March 11. Click here to download a PDF copy of the poster for this event.

Men’s Retreat, April 5-7, at Broken Arrow Ranch. The featured speaker is Martin Weber. For more information or to register contact Cheryl Barker (785-478-4726 or

Mid-America Spiritual Retreat & Prayer Conference – New Date: April 19-21, 2019 at Lied Lodge & Conference Center in Nebraska City. The guest speaker is Pavel Goia, the Editor of Ministry Magazine. The early bird registration deadline is February 17. For more information or to register go to or call 785-478-4726.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

How to Be the Kind of Christian People Can't Resist: Jesus envisioned his followers would be hard to resist: a wildly diverse yet compellingly unified multitude of strangers that would penetrate the world with love. They would lead the world in acts of love and justice and be the most life-giving bosses, employees, neighbors, and friends. How does Christianity stack up to Jesus' expectations? Bible Gateway interviewed Scott Sauls about his book, Irresistible Faith: Becoming the Kind of Christian the World Can't Resist. (Click here to read more.)

Why Is Spiritual Warfare a Continuing Struggle? Do you ask yourself, "Why do I still struggle if I'm faithfully following God?" How can you discern whether you’re dealing with battles within yourself, resistance from God, or genuine fights with the devil? What did Jesus say about our spiritual authority and the certainty we have in him? Bible Gateway interviewed Havilah Cunnington about her book, Stronger Than the Struggle: Uncomplicating Your Spiritual Battle. (Click here to read more.)

When Grief Forced Me to Start a Whole New Life from Scratch: Lisa Leonard, author of Brave Love: Making Space for You to Be You, says, “Extreme, soul-breaking grief took me apart. What was, was no longer. What would be, was unknown. I was brought face-to-face with my complete lack of control, my utter lack of understanding. There was no pretending I had it all together, no way to fake anything at all …” (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.

Omaha Memorial Adventist School

Omaha Memorial Adventist School is now registered on Amazon Smile. Amazon will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to the school. To get set up for your purchases to assist the school, start by clicking here. Please contact Rosa Perez if you questions (402-885-3731).

Church Positions Available

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).

    • Head Deaconess: This person would coordinate the activities of our Deaconess Group. This would include preparation and participation in Communion services and may include arranging for things like flowers for people in the hospital, planning meals for funerals, and providing support and assistance to people in need.
    • 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.
    • Prayer Coordinator: This person would work with a prayer team from the church to coordinate special requests and prayer for our church’s outreach and events. They can choose to moderate the Church Prayer Team Facebook page as a tool to communicate with the prayer team and the church.
    • 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

Hospice Volunteers are needed to provide companionship and support for individuals living with terminal illnesses and their families. Volunteers choose the hours they are able to serve and determine the geographical location in metro Omaha/Council Bluffs and surrounding area. Volunteer education will take place in February and is sponsored by CHI Health at Home Hospice, VNA Hospice, and Hospice House – The Josie Harper Residence. Please call one of the agencies below to request an application. Space is limited.

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 Big Problem – 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.)
    • 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), 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 (Donna & Gary Parker’s daughter), 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 Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s mother).

Pastors Contact Information

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