Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills: May 12, 2018

Web Master - Wednesday, May 09, 2018

More Peace – Less Anxiety!

The other day I was reading through the little book of 1 John and a phrase jumped out at me that I had never noticed before. It’s in the first part of chapter 4, verse 16:

We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in His love. (1 John 4:16, NLT)

Most of us would say we know God loves us, although many times we act as though we think He doesn’t really like us all that much. But, how many of us can say that “we have put our trust in His love”?

I can only speak for myself, so I won’t project my thought process on you – God tends to be the first person I blame if something goes wrong. For much of my life, I haven’t trusted in His love, but have doubted it.

I’ve said things to Him like, “If you really loved me, you would not have let …” And, there are a whole bunch of things I could fill in there.

God generally doesn’t explain Himself but just lets things play out – and more often than not looking back on it I’ve had to admit it was the most loving thing He could have done at that moment.

How much simpler life would be if we would just trust in His love. We would find more peace and have less anxiety If we would follow the advice of Paul, where he wrote:

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7, NLT)


Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, NLT)

If we would go back to what it was like when we were children, it would be much easier. When we were hurt, or bad things happened to us then, if we had a loving home, the first place we would go was to our mom and dad for comfort and help.

We didn’t blame our parents for those bad things, we counted on them to help us through!

When you are in trouble now, or experience bad things, perhaps you should assume there is an enemy at work and run to God, who demonstrated His love for us through the life and death of Jesus, for comfort and strength.

Perhaps it is time that you and I decide to trust in His love – and experience more peace and less anxiety!

To read 1 John 4:16 in context or in other translations, click here.

MLT Ballots Coming this Sabbath!

MLT (Ministry Leadership Team) Ballots Coming this Sabbath! Our MLT coordinates the various ministries in our church, especially being sure that people are in place to keep these ministries active. It is a combination of a standing nominating committee and ministry visioning group that advises the board. Look for the ballots coming and if selected, please prayerfully consider the privilege of serving our church in this way. If you would like to download and print a copy of the Ballot to complete and turn in at church, click here. Please don’t turn in more than one ballot per member. Contact Pastor T. for more information (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Bite-Sized Bible Knowledge: What if aspects of biblical scholarship could be distilled into understandable bite-sized insights you could read each in 60-seconds to unlock the Bible's individual sections and main teachings? Bible Gateway interviewed Michael Heiser about the 60-Second Scholar Series. (Click here to read more.)

The Bright and Dark Sides of King David: The Bible describes King David as "a man after God's own heart," yet it recounts David's many indiscretions and sins. Do we really reckon with who he was? Have we reduced him to a shepherd boy with a slingshot? How do we come to terms with this flawed-but-mighty king in all his moral complexity? Bible Gateway interviewed Mark Rutland about his book, David the Great: Deconstructing the Man After God's Own Heart. (Click here to read more.)

How to Find the Strength to Move Forward After a Crisis: In this guest Blog post, Tom Holladay, author of Putting It Together Again When It's All Fallen Apart: 7 Principles for Rebuilding Your Life, says, "Our greatest problem is not our problem; it is how we react to that problem. One of the keys to rebuilding is the way we look at problems. The optimist sees possibilities in the problems, and the pessimist sees problems in the possibilities." Check it out by clicking here.

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.

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 8:30 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church:

    • Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall (9:20 – 9:50 am)
    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class – Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (Church Sanctuary, 10:00 am (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class – Studying the New Testament books 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John, and Jude using the book Exploring the Letters of John & Jude by George Knight (Hearth Room, 10:00 am. The emphasis is on making it relevant with personal application for each class member. Hard copies of the book will be available at class but if you wish to purchase one for your tablet – click here for a Kindle, click here for I-Tunes, and click here for a Nook.)
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, we will celebrate mothers and, in anticipation of Memorial Day, those who have given their lives in the service of our country. Steve Wilhelmsen will lead out.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon, titled Holy Martyr, click here.
    • Children’s Church this Sabbath at 11:15 am in the Fellowship Hall. This will be our last Children’s Church of this school year. It will resume in the fall.
    • Game Night this Saturday Evening at the church beginning at 6:00 pm. Bring your favorite game and your favorite Mexican food to share.

Pathfinders & Adventurers meet this Monday (May 14) at 6:30 pm. 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 this Tuesday (May 15) at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. We are watching a series of videos on Daniel 10 – 12. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Pathfinders/Adventurers Sabbath, May 19 at 11:15 am. 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).

Camp Meeting Begins in Three Weeks, May 30 – June 2: All meetings will be held at the College View Church in Lincoln (click here for a map). Speakers this year include Roy Ice (an Associate Pastor of the Loma Linda University Church), John Matthews (Stewardship Director of the North-American Division), Douglas Elsey (Lead Pastor of the New Haven Church in Kansas City), Gary Krause (Associate Secretary of the General Conference) & Ron Carlson (President of the KS-NE Conference). Sara Groves will present the Sabbath Afternoon Concert. For those living outside the Lincoln area there is free lodging available in the Union College dorms. To reserve a room, contact Sue Sweigart (e-mail or 785-478-4726). Rooms are limited – reserve one right away.

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community on Friday, June 8, 2018 at Golden Hills SDA Church (click here for a map). For more information see the announcement below. Register today to receive your “Community Circle” discount and your Preferred Appointment!

Faith for Today

Faith for Today is a television ministry committed to sharing God's grace with the world through broadcast media. That’s been our vision since 1950, when Faith for Today launched its live inspirational television drama on ABC from New York City. That was more than 60 years ago, and we are now the oldest religious television broadcast in the world!

Lifestyle Magazine is a half hour television talk show focused on living a full, healthy and balanced life.  It is the second longest show on air after “Meet the Press.”  The show features panel discussions, interviews and demonstration segments focused on whole life health, which includes fitness, nutrition, relationships, outlook and more ways to promote overall health.  This multiple award-winning show reaches a wide age demographic and covers a wide variety of topics and was recently voted a Top 20 brand influencer for health & fitness on Twitter (above Shape Magazine, GQ and more) by analyst group Onalytica.

The award-winning Lifestyle Magazine can be seen on the NRB network on DirectTV on Tuesdays at 4:30pm EST on channel 378 and Sky Angel 1- (DISH-TV) Channel 262 on Saturday and Sundays at 3pm EST and on Thursdays at 2:30pm EST. Lifestyle Magazine is also carried on The Hope Channel and many other stations. For more information click here or call our office at 805-955-7681.

Life Line Screening Update

Have You Taken Control of Your Health Today? Life Line Screening will be here at the Golden Hills SDA Church (click here for a map) on Friday, June 8, 2018 offering safe, painless, non-invasive preventive health screenings that are typically not a part of a routine physical. To learn more about your risk of having a stroke or vascular disease, there is no time like the present to take advantage of this limited-time offer, being extended to our members only! In order to receive your special member pricing, and first choice of appointment times, you must pre-register by one of the methods below and attend your scheduled appointment time at the Church on June 8. Click here for a personal instruction sheet that includes a $10 off coupon for family or friends.

    • Call:  1-888-653-6450 (identify yourself as a member at our church)
    • On-Line: click here to go to their website
    • Text: the word ‘circle’ to 797979
    • Email:  The participant name, phone, and address to

 “The Healthiest People on Earth”

A new book written by Ellen G. White's great-great-grandson is now in bookstores nationwide and available from

"The Healthiest People on Earth," by John Howard Weeks, shares the secrets of how anyone, anywhere can create a "Blue Zone" of their own and live a longer, healthier life like Seventh-day Adventists. The book is full of exclusive family stories, tips, home remedies and plant-based recipes -- including some of Ellen G. White's favorite recipes, published for the first time anywhere.

Click here for early reviews, excerpts from the book, a chapter list, an author profile and more.

Tutoring Needed

We have a church member who needs some tutoring help to finish up his high school experience. English is not their first language, so the help will be mainly in understanding English. If you would be able to take some time regularly for a few weeks, please contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Outreach/Community Service Opportunities

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  2018, click here. To access a PDF copy from 2017, click here. To access a PDF copy from 2016, click here. To access a PDF copy of all the updates we received prior to 2016 (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. These need to be finished ASAP.

Even if you have recently completed this process with Shield the Vulnerable, you need to do this now with Verified Volunteers because the information did not transfer from one program to the other and we are no longer using Shield the Vulnerable due to many problems with their work.

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 Holy Martyr, 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.)
    • Al Bakerlis – Diane Harrington’s brother-in-law who has recently been diagnosed with cancer.
    • Raul Calderon, Larry Carter, Ron Egger, Dusty Mayhew, Floyd Morrison, Tom Plant, Darin Stotler, Irvin Surber, Christian Willey, Gary Wilson, & Thaddeus Woolsey (inmates Pastor T. is studying with)
    • The Lippincott Family – Lorilee is again struggling with her health
    • Kevin Klesh (Safety in his work as a Police Officer)
    • Those dealing with Health Issues: Mary Jane Agan’s father, Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Heather Boulais (UC Student), Tanya Callahan (Elizabeth Knutson’s sister), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Jane (Mary Jan Agan’s daughter-in-law), Janice (Elma’s friend), Dick & June Klein, Brett Knutson, Reagan Knutson (click here for updates and to contribute towards her medical expenses), Ginger Kroeker, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody (Donna & Gary Parker’s daughter), Donna & Gary Parker, Marilyn Sabata, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Cindy Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s mother), and RoLayne Wilhelmsen.

Pastor T’s Contact Information

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