Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills: June 30, 2018

Web Master - Thursday, June 28, 2018

Trust God? Do We Really?

One of the Bible verses we often learn early in life is Proverbs 3:5-6. Verses 7-14 give a similar message and round out the message a bit:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.

Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.

My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.

Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. (Proverbs 3:5-14, NIV)

These are powerful verses that I have read over and over. I urge you to read them again prayerfully as you consider these questions:

1.    Do I trust Him enough with my life to spend regular time with Him getting to know Him better – which will help me trust Him more?

2.    Do I trust God enough to do the things He directs me to do in His word (Sabbath, honoring parents, healthy habits, truthfulness, etc.)?

3.    Do I trust Him enough to avoid the things He tells me not to do (sex outside of marriage, unclean foods, judging others, etc.)?

4.    Do I trust Him enough to line up my finances based on His instructions (tithe, offering, debt, etc.)?

 

Christian Record Services EYE RUN

Join Christian Record Services for the Blind’s EYE RUN on Sunday, October 7, at 10:00 a.m. at Holmes Lake Park in Lincoln, Nebraska. Or if you live too far away, or are traveling, participate virtually. That's right! Register for the run, snap a picture of yourself, and we'll send you the EYE RUN t-shirt. Registration is $25 per person. Proceeds from the EYE RUN provide magazines, books, Bibles, and more, to people who are legally blind through the ministry of Christian Record Services for the Blind. Register now at www.EYERUN.info.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

What Does the Bible Say about Refugees and Foreigners? In time for World Refugee Day this past week, the following verses found throughout the Old and New Testaments can help us understand and formulate our beliefs concerning those whom Scripture refers to as “the stranger,” “the foreigner,” “the alien,” as well as "neighbor." (Click here to read the Bible verses.)

The Only Way to Deal with Your Pain and Mistakes: Johnny Baker, author of The Road to Freedom: Healing from Your Hurts, Hang-Ups, and Habits, says, "Lots of people say recovery is hard, and usually dealing with the past is the part they're referring to. Facing our past mistakes and pain, head on, is the only way to get it where it belongs: behind us." (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.

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 9:00 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 continue our series on the book of Acts titled New Beginnings. Pastor T’s sermon is titled Holy Appointment and examines the story of Phillip and the Ethiopian Eunuch. It is based on Acts 8. You’ll find some interesting reading about this story in Acts of the Apostles, chapter 11.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled Dollars & Sense, click here.

PBE Team Study, Monday, July 2, 6:30 pm – Luke 5-8. Contact Lori Knutson for more information (e-mail or 402-980-5018). The will meet in the Fellowship Hall of the Church.

Pathfinders & Adventurers are taking a summer break. 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 next Tuesday (July 3) 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).

Independence Day next Wednesday (July 4).

Potluck After Church one week from Sabbath (July 7) in the Fellowship Hall. If you’re a member, please plan to bring your favorite dish to feed your family plus a few more. If you’re a guest, just show up and enjoy it!

Pathfinder’s PBE Team – from Lori Knutson

For any of the Pathfinders that would like to meet for an informal study of the Book of Luke over the summer, I will be at the church Fellowship Hall on Monday nights from 6:30 - 7:30 for us to review and discuss various chapters of Luke. It will be more of an overview of the chapters and we will get into more of the practice questions for PBE once the Pathfinder Year is started. I will be gone for a couple of weeks in July, but am planning to meet the following six weeks:

Pathfinders should read through the chapters prior to meeting and make note of any questions they might have.

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 Dollars & Sense, 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.)
    • Steve Wilhelmsen’s mother, Nana, is recovering from emergency surgery.
    • 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
    • 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), Emma (Mary Jane Agan’s granddaughter), Tammy Gagne, John Hiers, Jane (Mary Jane 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, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Cindy Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s mother).

Pastor T’s Contact Information

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This Week at Golden Hills: June 23, 2018

Web Master - Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Beware of Criticizing Others

In my devotional reading this past Sunday, I came across this selection from the devotional book My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers. As I was reading it, I kept thinking of people who should be reading this – and then God’s Spirit said: “this is for you, not someone else.”

I realized I was doing exactly what this was telling me I shouldn’t. I read it again with new eyes and realized it was just what I needed to think about. Perhaps you will find it speaks to you too!

“Judge not, that you be not judged.” (Matthew 7:1)

Jesus’ instructions with regard to judging others is very simply put; He says, “Don’t.”

The average Christian is the most piercingly critical individual known. Criticism is one of the ordinary activities of people, but in the spiritual realm nothing is accomplished by it. The effect of criticism is the dividing up of the strengths of the one being criticized.

The Holy Spirit is the only one in the proper position to criticize, and He alone is able to show what is wrong without hurting and wounding. It is impossible to enter into fellowship with God when you are in a critical mood.

Criticism serves to make you harsh, vindictive, and cruel, and leaves you with the soothing and flattering idea that you are somehow superior to others.

Jesus says that as His disciple you should cultivate a temperament that is never critical. This will not happen quickly but must be developed over a span of time. You must constantly beware of anything that causes you to think of yourself as a superior person.

There is no escaping the penetrating search of my life by Jesus. If I see the little speck in your eye, it means that I have a plank of timber in my own (see Matthew 7:3-5). Every wrong thing that I see in you, God finds in me. Every time I judge, I condemn myself (see Romans 2:17-24).

Stop having a measuring stick for other people. There is always at least one more fact, which we know nothing about, in every person’s situation. The first thing God does is to give us a thorough spiritual cleaning. After that, there is no possibility of pride remaining in us. I have never met a person I could despair of, or lose all hope for, after discerning what lies in me apart from the grace of God. (My Utmost for His Highest, June 17)  

To purchase My Utmost for His Highest, click here. For an iBook version for Apple products, click here. For a Kindle version, click here. For a Nook Book, click here. To read it online or to subscribe to devotionals based on it, click here.

Melodie Burrows Memorial Service

Melodie Burrows passed away on Sabbath, June 9. There will be a memorial service for her this Thursday (June 21) at 11:00 am – followed by lunch - at Omaha Memorial SDA Church (click here for a map). Family visitation begins at 10:00 am, just before the service. Please remember her family in your prayers.

Pathfinder’s PBE Team – from Lori Knutson

For any of the Pathfinders that would like to meet for an informal study of the Book of Luke over the summer, I will be at the church Fellowship Hall on Monday nights from 6:30 - 7:30 for us to review and discuss various chapters of Luke. It will be more of an overview of the chapters and we will get into more of the practice questions for PBE once the Pathfinder Year is started. I will be gone for a couple of weeks in July, but am planning to meet the following six weeks:

Pathfinders should read through the chapters prior to meeting and make note of any questions they might have.

Be Still | Stop to Pray | from 24-7 Prayer

"Just as each day brims with your beauty, my mouth brims with praise ..." (Psalm 71:8, the Message)

Every day, we can carve out moments to connect with God in prayer. Get creative with where you can invite God into your day: try praying ...

    • ... in your bathroom: You’ve heard of singing in the shower, but have you tried praying?! Give thanks for three things as you get ready each morning.
    • ... when you travel: Whether you’re walking, driving or on public transport, take a few minutes to invite God into your journey and pray for someone on your mind.
    • ... between episodes: Pause your box-set or series for a few minutes, and take a moment to acknowledge and praise God for who He is.

For more prayer ideas at 24-7 Prayer, click here. To view the 24-7 Prayer’s YouTube Channel, click here.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Don’t Compare Yourself—You’re Always Enough: As a woman, do you suffer from thinking you don't measure up to others? Do you struggle with constant comparison, hide because you're afraid, yet want to live a fulfilled life? What does the Bible say about a person's self-image and how to handle the society's burdens? Bible Gateway interviewed Jess Connolly, who, along with Hayley Morgan, wrote Always Enough, Never Too Much: 100 Devotions to Quit Comparing, Stop Hiding & Start Living Wild and Free. (Click here to read more.)

The Prayers of Jesus: How did Jesus pray? Why did he pray? What can we learn from his attitude toward prayer and the importance he gave it? Based on the example of Jesus, how should we pray in modern times of trauma and catastrophe? Bible Gateway interviewed Janet Holm McHenry about her book, The Complete Guide to the Prayers of Jesus: What Jesus Prayed and How It Can Change Your Life Today. (Click here to read more.)

Quiz – The World Cup, Athleticism, and the Bible: The 2018 World Cup is underway in Russia with 32 teams playing 64 matches in 12 venues located in 11 cities. The final will take place July 15 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. We thought this would be a good opportunity to help you gauge how well you know the Bible’s athletic allusions and sports-related illustrations.. (Click here to take this short quiz.)

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

Memorial service for Melodie Burrows this Thursday (June 21) at 11:00 am – followed by lunch - at Omaha Memorial SDA Church (click here for a map). Family visitation begins at 10:00 am, just before the service. Please remember her family in your prayers

Sunset this Friday – 8:59 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, Pastor T will share a sermon titled Dollars & Sense as we explore what God has to say about our money in His Word.

PBE Team Study, Monday, June 25 – Luke 1-4. Contact Lori Knutson for more information (e-mail or 402-980-5018). The will meet in the Fellowship Hall of the Church.

Pathfinders & Adventurers are taking a summer break. 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 next Tuesday (June 26) 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).

MLT Meeting next Tuesday (June 26) at 7:15 pm in the Pastor’s Study. If you wish to submit something for them to discuss, please contact John Stroman (e-mail or 402-871-9764).

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).

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.)
    • Melodie Burrows’ family
    • Steve Wilhelmsen’s mother, Nana, is recovering from emergency surgery.
    • Donna Parker is in Midlands Hospital being treated for an infection in her blood.
    • Anita St. Onge’s niece’s friend, Elizabeth Baldon, is in critical condition following a car accident and Elizabeth’s father, David Baldon, has recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer.
    • 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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This Week at Golden Hills: June 16, 2018

Web Master - Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Getting There

In my devotional reading this week I came across this selection from the devotional book My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers. It really spoke to where I am right now in my life. Then I discovered it is the first of three selections with the same title. All of them were very meaningful to me. If you would like to access the following two devotionals, click on the links following this selection.

“Come to Me…” (Matthew 11:28)

Where sin and sorrow stops, and the song of the saint starts. Do I really want to get there? I can right now. The questions that truly matter in life are remarkably few, and they are all answered by these words – “Come to Me.” Our Lord’s words are not, “Do this, or don’t do that,” but – “Come to me.” If I will simply come to Jesus, my real life will be brought into harmony with my real desires. I will actually cease from sin, and will find the song of the Lord beginning in my life.

Have you ever come to Jesus? Look at the stubbornness of your heart. You would rather do anything than this one simple childlike thing – “Come to Me.” If you really want to experience ceasing from sin, you must come to Jesus.

Jesus Christ makes Himself the test to determine your genuineness. Look how He used the word come. At the most unexpected moments in your life there is this whisper of the Lord – “Come to Me,” and you are immediately drawn to Him. Personal contact with Jesus changes everything. Be “foolish” enough to come and commit yourself to what He says. The attitude necessary for you to come to Him is one where your will has made the determination to let go of everything and deliberately commit it all to Him.

“… and I will give you rest” – that is, “I will sustain you, causing you to stand firm.” He is not saying, “I will put you to bed, hold your hand, and sing you to sleep.” But, in essence, He is saying, “I will get you out of bed – out of your listlessness and exhaustion, and out of your condition of being half dead while you are still alive. I will penetrate you with the spirit of life, and you will be sustained by the perfection of vital activity.” Yet we become so weak and pitiful and talk about “suffering” the will of the Lord! Where is the majestic vitality and the power of the Son of God in that? (Getting There, June 11)

To read the next selection, click here; and to read the last one, click here. 

To purchase My Utmost for His Highest, click here. For an iBook version for Apple products, click here. For a Kindle version, click here. For a Nook Book, click here. To read it online or to subscribe to devotionals based on it, click here.

Melodie Burrows

Melodie Burrows passed away last Sabbath. There will be a memorial service for her, one week from Thursday (June 21) at 11:00 am – followed by lunch - at Omaha Memorial SDA Church (click here for a map). Please remember her family in your prayers.

The Prayer Ambulance:

The Prayer Ambulance – Helping people discover the Power of Prayer: It all started with a call to engage in prayer more deeply, inspired by our experiences of 24-7 Prayer ... One of the things we’ve loved is passing the baton of prayer from one person to the next. The idea of a prayer ambulance takes it up a notch: from one worshipping community to the next! Click here to read more.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

Hope for the Hopeless: Where do you turn in a world full of despair, depression, anxiety, and instability? A world where an increasing number of people are choosing suicide out of an extreme lack of hope? How can the realization of God's promises in the Bible stem whatever hopelessness you feel to bring you lasting security? In this Q&A, Max Lucado talks about his book, Unshakable Hope: Building Our Lives on the Promises of God. (Click here to read more.)

What the Gospel Means for Our Work, Money, and Possessions: How should Christians biblically and practically earn, invest, spend, compensate, save, share, and give money in ways that embody God's love and provision for the world? Bible Gateway interviewed Michael Rhodes and Robby Holt about their book, Practicing the King's Economy: Honoring Jesus in How We Work, Earn, Spend, Save, and Give. (Click here to read more.)

The Man Behind the Story That Sparked the US Civil War: Uncle Tom’s Cabin, the ground-breaking anti-slavery novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe, is known as the book that started the US Civil War. What few people realize is that the story was inspired by the real-life Christian preacher, Josiah Henson. Read this Blog post by Jared Brock, author of The Road to Dawn: Josiah Henson and the Story that Sparked the Civil War. (Click here to read more.)

Do Miracles Happen?: How should miracles be defined? What's the difference between a miracle, answered prayer, and a coincidence? How many adults believe in miracles and say they've experienced them? Can miracles be proven? What could be considered the greatest miracle of all? In this Q&A, investigative journalist and bestselling author Lee Strobel talks about his book, The Case for Miracles: A Journalist Investigates Evidence for the Supernatural. (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.

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 8:57 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, Pastor T shares a sermon titled Dollars & Sense. We will explore why God has so much to say about our money in His Word.

Father’s Day – Sunday, June 17

Pathfinders & Adventurers are taking a summer break. 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 next Tuesday (June 19) 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).

Church Board meets Tuesday (June 19) 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).

Memorial service for Melodie Burrows, Thursday (June 21) at 11:00 am – followed by lunch - at Omaha Memorial SDA Church (click here for a map). Please remember her family in your prayers

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).

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.)
    • Melodie Burrows’ family
    • Steve Wilhelmsen’s mother, Nana, is recovering from emergency surgery earlier this week.
    • Donna Parker is in Midlands Hospital being treated for an infection in her blood.
    • Anita St. Onge’s niece’s friend, Elizabeth Baldon, is in critical condition following a car accident and Elizabeth’s father, David Baldon, has recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer.
    • 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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This Week at Golden Hills: June 9, 2018

Web Master - Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Assurance – Do You Have it?

Do you know that God loves you and really likes you?

Do you have confidence that God will take care of you?

Are you sure of your eternal life?

Unless I am really strange (and you don’t have to comment on this), I am not the only one who has struggled with this. In fact, these questions are at the heart of our relationship with God.

The issue is – do we trust Him to do what He has said He would do? Or, do we think we have a better chance if we just try to take care of ourselves?

We all know the “right” answer, but most of us live as if we don’t really believe it.

Consider these three promises from God:

When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (Romans 5:6-8, NLT)

Be satisfied with what you have, for he himself has said, “I will never leave you or abandon you.” Therefore, we may boldly say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5-6, CEV)

And this is what God has testified: He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God’s Son does not have life. I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life. (1 John 5:11-13, NLT)

Is God telling us the truth or are these just nice words to help us feel a bit better?

Yesterday’s reading in My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers is what got me thinking about this. It’s worth reading. The first part of it is below with a link to the entire selection.

My assurance is to be built upon God’s assurance to me. God says, “I will never leave you,” so that then I “may boldly say, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear’ ” (Hebrews 13:5-6). In other words, I will not be obsessed with apprehension. This does not mean that I will not be tempted to fear, but I will remember … (click here to read more).

If we believe that God meant what He said, isn’t it time for us to step out in faith, following His instructions as carefully as we can, and then trusting in Him to take care of things as He has promised?

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) this Friday (June 8), 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. Click here to download or print a PDF flyer for more information.

    • 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 brandan.farwick@llsa.com

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

The Daniel Code: Are you struggling to live out your faith in a rapidly changing culture that seems to have lost its way? The ancient book of Daniel speaks of how he survived and thrived in a pagan, permissive, and perverted society. Bible Gateway interviewed O. S. Hawkins about his book, The Daniel Code: Living Out Truth in a Culture That Is Losing Its Way. (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.

Calendar Events

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community this 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!

Sunset this Friday – 8:54 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, John Stroman, one of our Elders, will share a message. Are you ready for the zombie apocalypse? While there are no such things as zombies, today we will explore our salvation through from a leper's point of view in a message entitled “The Zombie Gospel.”

Pathfinders & Adventurers are taking a summer break. 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 next Tuesday (June 12) 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).

Church Board meets Tuesday (June 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).

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).

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.)
    • Anita St. Onge’s niece’s friend, Elizabeth Baldon, is in critical condition following a car accident and Elizabeth’s father, David Baldon, has recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer.
    • 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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