Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills: Jan. 26, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Because of Your Unfailing Love! 

One of my favorite Psalms is Psalm 51. This was written in response to Nathan’s message to David following his sin with Bathsheba.

What is refreshing to me is how David owns his sin. He doesn’t make excuses. He doesn’t blame it on anyone else, he admits it – along with his helplessness to make it right.

He does what we all need to do. He asks for forgiveness and cleansing, not because he deserves it, but because he needs it so badly – and because of God’s unfailing love and compassion. If you will take the time to read this prayerfully, perhaps it will help you connect better with God.

Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins. Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin. For I recognize my rebellion; it haunts me day and night. Against you, and you alone, have I sinned; I have done what is evil in your sight. You will be proved right in what you say, and your judgment against me is just. For I was born a sinner – yes, from the moment my mother conceived me. But you desire honesty from the womb, teaching me wisdom even there.

Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Oh, give me back my joy again; you have broken me – now let me rejoice. Don’t keep looking at my sins. Remove the stain of my guilt. Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. Do not banish me from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me.

Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you. Then I will teach your ways to rebels, and they will return to you. Forgive me for shedding blood, O God who saves; then I will joyfully sing of your forgiveness. Unseal my lips, O Lord, that my mouth may praise you.

You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one. You do not want a burnt offering. The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God. Look with favor on Zion and help her; rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. Then you will be pleased with sacrifices offered in the right spirit – with burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings. Then bulls will again be sacrificed on your altar. (Psalm 51, NLT)

Romans

We are now in a sermon series on the book of Romans. Because of church being cancelled last week due to weather, we are still looking at Romans 1:18 – 3:31. Here are some questions to think about as you read this passage. Pastor T will give you a chance to share what you learn or ask a question about it at the beginning of his sermon. To download a PDF copy of the first sermon in this series titled Welcome to Rome, click here.

    1. How bad is the bad news of Romans 1:18 – 3:20?
    2. Where do you find yourself in the bad news of Romans 1:18 – 3:20? What part of it describes you the best? Why?
    3. What thought in Romans 3:21-31 do you find most comforting?
    4. What, to you, is the most important thing in this passage (Romans 1:18 – 3:31)?

Take Time – Rely on God: from 24-7 Prayer

"Relying on God has to begin all over again every day,
as if nothing had yet been done."

– C S Lewis –

Today, take time to stop, pause and rely on God again. Try one of these simple ideas:

    • Be inspired by Scripture: The Bible contains incredible stories of how God provides for His people. Over and over and over again. Take a moment to find your favorite passage or story and be encouraged by God's character.
    • Write a "trust list": Grab a piece of paper, and write down the different parts of your life where you want to rely on God more. Perhaps your work, time, money or relationships. Then pray through each one and invite God to be present.
    • Remind yourself each day: Encourage yourself to rely on God. You could write out the quote above and set it to repeat on your phone each day. Or stick a post-it on your fridge, mirror or somewhere you'll see it with words of encouragement.

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Calendar Events

Pathfinders Honors Festival this weekend (Jan. 25-27) in Wichita, Kansas. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information (e-mail or 402-201-6370). Click here for a schedule of events.

Sunset this Friday – 5:31 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 we will continue our sermon series on the Book of Romans. Pastor T will share a sermon titled The Big Problem – Part 1, based on Romans 1:18 – 3:31. This passages is likely to hurt a bit, but it ends with great news! See the section titled Romans above for a few questions to consider as you read this passage.

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.

Pathfinders & Adventurers do not meet this Monday (Jan. 28). 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 this Tuesday (Jan. 29) at 6:00 pm. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Pathfinder’s Valentine Dinner, February 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 scarlson@ks-ne.org). Registration deadline is March 4.

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.

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, April 12-14, 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 January 31. For more information or to register go to https://midamericaprays.com or call 785-478-4726.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Why the Jewish Roots of Christianity are Important: The church was created by Jesus, who was born Jewish. His early followers were both Jewish and Gentile, and the church's early culture was rooted in Judaism and a Jewish understanding of God's relationship to his people. Over time, Christianity became increasingly more Roman than Jewish. How did this transformation affect the church's identity? Bible Gateway interviewed Rabbi Curt Landry about his book, Reclaiming Our Forgotten Heritage: How Understanding the Jewish Roots of Christianity Can Transform Your Faith. (Click here to read more.)

Persecution of Christians is Increasing Worldwide: Christians remain one of the most persecuted religious groups in the world, experiencing imprisonment, loss of home and assets, rape, torture, beheadings, and other forms of murder because of their identification with Jesus Christ, according to the 2019 Open Doors World Watch List. (Click here to read more.)

A Game Changer for the Selfishness Problem: “'What! Are you kidding me? The only jerk in this car is you!' This is always a great approach to building oneness in your marriage.” So says Dave & Ann Wilson, authors of Vertical Marriage: The One Secret That Will Change Your Marriage. (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.

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).

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).

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