Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills: Feb. 23, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, February 20, 2019

I Think I Found Our Why 

I have shared a number of blogs through the past couple of years from the website, They are written by Don Jacobsen, a leader in Prayer Ministries for our church. The one I received over the weekend has some interesting thoughts on why we exist as a church – it’s titled I Think I Found Our Why. It’s worth reading.

In the time of Noah the invitation was to leave the streets and come join the club ...  it's the only place that's safe. But the church Jesus birthed had an entirely different template: Go out from the club and do church in the streets. Of all the miracles performed during His earthly ministry, only two were done in church. All the others were done "in the streets," by the road, by the pool, in a home, near a market. Maybe a football huddle paints an acceptable parallel. The team gathers for a brief time to get directions from the coach but the game is played on the field, not in the huddle. Team members need a huddle but only because of what they're going to be doing when it's over.

In what we have come to call the Great Commandment Jesus told us to love God and love others. That's elegant in its clarity. And it really defines our Why. Our communities deserve to see in us both sides of the gospel – truth and proof. We trust every promise God has made. And as evidence of that, we don't just go hunker down in the club house, we unselfishly invest in those God brings to us.

Our passion becomes to connect to people through acts of amazing love while connecting them to a God of amazing grace.

God defined His wishes for His people early on ... in the time of father Abraham. He said, "... I will bless you ... and you will be a blessing." (Genesis 12) There it is: He blesses us; we bless others. That's our Why.

A man I know walked in to a sporting goods store and soon discovered that the manager was distraught. The store was about to go under, he was working 60-hours per week, and his marriage was in deep trouble. The customer immediately asked himself, "How can I bless this man?" so he said, "Sir, I believe God sent me here to bless you. Can I pray for you right now?" Early the next week the customer returned and the manager sought him out. "I sold the store," he said, "and did well on it. My wife and I have worked out a deal to see a counselor and my world is entirely different than when you were in here last week." Exhibit A.

A building full of blessers, eager to get out where life happens. That's how God designed it – earning the right to tell His story because of their acts of reckless love. Truth and proof. That's our Why.

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One week from Sabbath we will continue our sermon series on the book of Romans with a sermon title The Incredible Solution, part 2. We are still looking at Romans 3:21 - 6:23. Here are some questions to think about as you read this passage this week and next. To download a PDF copy of the last sermon in this series titled The Incredible Solution – Part 1, click here.

    • In Romans 5:1-11, what is Paul telling us about God’s love and the effect it will have on our lives?
    • In Romans 6, Paul is making a transition from salvation (justification) to how that salvation will affect the way we live (sanctification). He has repeatedly made the point that we are saved by grace aside from our works and that we will not be saved by keeping the law.
      1. What is the symbolism in the act of getting baptized? What does this indicate in our lives?
      2. What will start happening as we stay with Jesus?
      3. How does Romans 6:23 sum all this up? Why is this important to you?

Calendar Events

Pathfinders will be on their annual Winter Campout this weekend. Let’s pray for them and their leaders as they enjoy this unique experience. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information (e-mail or 402-201-6370)

Sunset this Friday – 6:06 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church

    • Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall, 9:20 – 9:50 am
    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, John Sweigart, the Vice-President for Administration of the Kansas – Nebraska Conference, will present a sermon titled Real Love, based on Romans 12:9-10.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled The Incredible Solution – Part 1, click here.

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.

No Pathfinders or Adventurers this Monday (Feb. 25). 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 (Feb. 26) at 6:00 pm. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

MLT Meeting this Tuesday (Feb. 26) at 7:15 pm in the Hearth Room. If you wish to submit something for them to discuss, please contact John Stroman (e-mail or 402-871-9764).

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: 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 has been moved to March 11. For more information or to register go to or call 785-478-4726. We still have two, $100 scholarships available to help cover some of the costs for two people who request it. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333). To download and print a PDF copy of the information and the registration form to mail in, click here.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

The Inexpressible Mystery of God’s Lovingkindness: Scripture uses one particular word to describe the distinctiveness of God's character: the Hebrew word hesed; a concept so rich in meaning that it doesn't translate well into any single English word or phrase. The many dimensions of hesed are often expressed as lovingkindness, covenant faithfulness, steadfast love; an everlasting love beyond words. Bible Gateway interviewed Michael Card about his book, Inexpressible: Hesed and the Mystery of God's Lovingkindness. (Click here to read more.)

When I Discovered My Dream Had Become an Idol: Tiffini Kilgore, author of Misfit Table: Let Your Hunger Lead You to Where You Belong says, "Since I said yes to God, I’ve been journaling my thoughts, my questions, and God’s responses. But this morning, I sit at the table and read, you have 'relied on oppression and depended on deceit' (Isa. 30:12). The words pull my face to them and say, 'Sweet one, pay attention. You are shaping your life on lies.'” (Click here to read more.)

14 Most Popular Bible Verses About Love: Love is the universal language everyone understands. Whether in English or Spanish, the most-popular keyword searches conducted on Bible Gateway year after year is for the word “love” (“amor” in Spanish). Here are 14 popular Bible verses that emphasize love. (Click here to read more.)

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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.
    • 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 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 Incredible Solution – 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.)
    • Lori Knutson’s mom, Carolyn, has been admitted to the hospital
    • Pathfinder’s Winter Campout this weekend
    • 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 (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).

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