Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills: March 9, 2019

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White as Snow

This is the 8th winter we have been here in the Omaha area. One of the things we had been looking forward to when we moved here was to experience winter again – where we previously lived in Florida winter seemed more like fall or spring (depending if it was early winter or late winter.

We have been disappointed so far in that we have not had what we would categorize as a real winter. But here we are now experiencing a real winter. And I will add that I know feel it’s a bit over rated.

However, one thing that I consistently enjoy, is the beauty of a pure white blanket that covers all the ugliness underneath. Everything looks so clean and refreshing. And every new snow storm has added to that beauty.

It reminds me of what we have been learning in the first few chapters of Romans summarized by this passage from Romans 4:4-8:

When people work, their wages are not a gift, but something they have earned. But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners.

David also spoke of this when he described the happiness of those who are declared righteous without working for it: “Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sins are put out of sight. Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of sin.” (Romans 4:4-8, NLT – quoting Psalm 32:1-2)

God, speaking through the prophet Isaiah said:

“Come now, let’s settle this,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool …” (Isaiah 1:18, NLT)

And in the little devotional best-seller, Steps to Christ is says:

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.
Steps to Christ, page 62)

When we accept Jesus, His righteousness and perfection covers our sinfulness like a beautiful, white blanket of snow. And we stand before God as clean and pure.

And then, just as the snow melts and brings forth fresh, beautiful, new life in the spring, Jesus will nourish our lives so that we become what He had planned for us to become. He paints His love in our lives so people looking at us will see His work!

Paul puts it this way in His letter to the Ephesians:

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.  For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. (Ephesians 2:8-10, NLT)

The good news about winter is that it will give way to spring and new life!

The great news about Jesus is that His perfect life covers our sinful life and – as long as we stay with Him – He will bring His character to life in us. And this will bring great joy and glory to Him! And we will get to live with Him forever!!

Romans, Our Sermon Series

In three weeks (Mar. 30) we will continue our sermon series on the book of Romans with a sermon titled The Wonderful Promise, based on Romans 7 – 8. To download a PDF copy of the last sermon in this series titled The Incredible Solution – Part 2, click here.

Temporary Housing Needed

Two young people from Union College need temporary housing here in Omaha for about a month. A young man in the PA program doing an Orthopedic Rotation here and a young woman in the nursing program do a NICU Rotation at Creighton Medical Center, Bergan Mercy. They need housing beginning in the last week of March for about four weeks. If you have a place they could stay, contact Pastor T and he will get you connected to the right place (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 6:22 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, Brenda Eitel will share a sermon titled: What are You Afraid of?
      • To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled The Incredible Solution – Part 2, click here.
    • Chili Cookoff has been postponed due to the weather forecast.

Children’s Sabbath School & Ministry Resource Workshop: This 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.

Daylight Savings Time beings early Sunday morning. Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead an hour.

Pathfinders & Adventurers Meet this Monday (March 11) at 6:30 pm here 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).

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

Church Board meets Tuesday (Mar. 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).

One week from Sabbath we will have a special program for our Worship Service titled: What Does Jesus Mean to You? It will be followed with Potluck in the Fellowship Hall. If you have something you would like to share as part of this program, please text Andria (402-949-0006) or Rita (402-215-2015).

2019 SDA Jamii Kingdom VBS Demonstration one week from Sabbath (Mar. 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.

Biblical Archaeology Presentations, March 29-30: Dr. Michael Hasel, Professor of Near Eastern studies, Biblical studies, and Archaeology at Southern Adventist University since 1998, will be presenting a series of lectures on the Bible and Archaeology at the Kimmel Theatre on the campus of Midland University (905 N. Clarkson, Fremont, NE 68025) and at the Fremont SDA Church on the weekend of March 29-30. For more information, click here.

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 end this next Monday (Mar. 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.

Wildwood Lifestyle Center

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From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Living Life the Supernatural Way: How should you rely more fully on the power of the Holy Spirit for growth and satisfaction in your life? How can you avoid getting swept up in the routine of life and missing out on supernatural joy, contentment, and peace? Bible Gateway interviewed Jared C. Wilson about his book, Supernatural Power for Everyday People: Experiencing God's Extraordinary Spirit in Your Ordinary Life. (Click here to read more.)

Who Were the 72 Disciples Jesus Sent Out? They were not professionals. They were not celebrities. We don't even know their names. We know very little about them, except that they were ordinary people who were drawn to Jesus. When Jesus asked them to join him in his mission, they stepped up, answered the call, and went out in his name. And amazing things happened as a result. They were the 72. Bible Gateway interviewed John Teter about his book, The Power of the 72: Ordinary Disciples in Extraordinary Evangelism. (Click here to read more.)

STARTS MARCH 18 – You're Invited to the Six Hours One Friday Online Bible Study: In the new Six Hours One Friday Online Bible Study, Max Lucado delves into the meaning of Jesus' last hours on the cross. Through his death, your life has purpose and meaning. And the empty tomb proclaims that death does not have the final word. Sign up for the study now and get free access to 4 teaching videos with Max, free access to two Facebook Live Community events with Max, free downloads of the first 2 chapters of Six Hours One Friday: Living in the Power of the Cross to get started, and free beautiful printable art of John 3:16. (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 to Fill

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 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.)
    • 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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