Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills: Feb. 9, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, February 06, 2019

As If You Had Not Sinned! 

The last couple of sermons I have preached have been on the first three chapters of Romans, which has some really bad news in it. However, it ends with some really good news. This good news is powerfully expressed in the little devotional best-seller, Steps to Christ, pages 62-63.

The condition of eternal life is now just what it always has beenjust what it was in Paradise before the fall of our first parents – perfect obedience to the law of God, perfect righteousness. If eternal life were granted on any condition short of this, then the happiness of the whole universe would be imperiled. The way would be open for sin, with all its train of woe and misery, to be immortalized.

It was possible for Adam, before the fall, to form a righteous character by obedience to God's law. But he failed to do this, and because of his sin our natures are fallen and we cannot make ourselves righteous. Since we are sinful, unholy, we cannot perfectly obey the holy law. We have no righteousness of our own with which to meet the claims of the law of God.

But Christ has made a way of escape for us. He lived on earth amid trials and temptations such as we have to meet. He lived a sinless life. He died for us, and now He offers to take our sins and give us His righteousness. If you give yourself to Him, and accept Him as your Saviour, then, sinful as your life may have been, for His sake you are accounted righteous. Christ's character stands in place of your character, and you are accepted before God just as if you had not sinned.

More than this, Christ changes the heart. He abides in your heart by faith. You are to maintain this connection with Christ by faith and the continual surrender of your will to Him; and so long as you do this, He will work in you to will and to do according to His good pleasure. So you may say, “The life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20. So Jesus said to His disciples, “It is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.” Matthew 10:20. Then with Christ working in you, you will manifest the same spirit and do the same good works – works of righteousness, obedience.

So we have nothing in ourselves of which to boast. We have no ground for self-exaltation. Our only ground of hope is in the righteousness of Christ imputed to us, and in that wrought by His Spirit working in and through us. (Steps to Christ, pages 62-63)  

Pastor T & Pat on Vacation

Pastor T & Pat will be on Vacation through February 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.

Romans

The Sabbath after next we will continue our sermon series on the book of Romans with a sermon title The Incredible Solution. We will be 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 Big Problem – Part 2, click here.

    1. What point does Paul make about Abraham in Romans 4?
    2. In Romans 5:1-11, what is Paul telling us about God’s love and the effect it will have on our lives?
    3. What is the main point Paul makes about Adam & Jesus in Romans 5:12-21?
    4. In Romans 6, Paul is making a transition from salvation to how that salvation will affect the way we live. 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 (justification).
    5. What is the symbolism in the act of getting baptized? What does this indicate in our lives?
    6. What will start happening as we stay with Jesus?
    7. How does Romans 6:23 sum all this up? Why is this important to you?

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 5:49 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 Roney, our student pastor, will present our sermon.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled The Big Problem – Part 2, click here.
    • Children’s Church this Sabbath at 11:15 am in the Fellowship Hall.

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

Pathfinder’s Valentine Dinner, this Saturday night at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Tickets for supper are $6 per person, the movie, which will begin around 7:00 pm, is free. For more information or tickets, talk to any Pathfinder member or leader – Kalvin Tuel (e-mail or 402-201-6370).

Pathfinders & Adventurers meet this Monday (Feb. 11) 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).

    • 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 meets this Tuesday (Feb. 12) at 6:00 pm. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Church Board meets Tuesday (Feb. 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).

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 scarlson@ks-ne.org). 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 scarlson@ks-ne.org). 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 cbarker@ks-ne.org).

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 https://midamericaprays.com or call 785-478-4726.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Make the Most of Your Parenting Time: How can a jar of 936 pennies transform our parenting? What can it teach us about making family time richer, not busier? When we practice “counting time,” as David penned in Psalm 90:12, “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom,” God begins to bring new life to our home and family. Bible Gateway interviewed Eryn Lynum about her book, 936 Pennies: Discovering the Joy of Intentional Parenting. (Click here to read more.)

How to Make Disciples Where You Are: According to Barna research, only 17% of all churchgoers know what the Great Commission is. Jesus said it plainly: "Go and make disciples of all nations." How is this commission to be lived out in our ordinary lives? With God bringing people from other countries and cultures into new neighborhoods, workplaces, and schools, how should we shift our perspective to align our hearts, minds, and everyday lives with God’s heart for the nations? Bible Gateway interviewed Jeannie Marie about her book, Across the Street and Around the World: Following Jesus to the Nations in Your Neighborhood ... and Beyond. (Click here to read more.)

Prayer – The Antidote to What Ails Your Marriage: Joel and Nina Schmidgall, authors of Praying Circles Around Your Marriage, says, “We know it is a foundation of prayer that offers the hope in marriage. It is through prayer that challenges will be overcome, hurts will be healed, and commitments reestablished....” (Click here to read more.)

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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 2, 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.)
    • Amy (Newman) Holub requests prayer for her cousin Tammy Burville as she has had a major stroke this week and is in ICU.
    • 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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