Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills: March 2, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, February 27, 2019

When You Hear the Whisper

I know I shared one of Don Jacobsen's blogs last week, but this one was too good to pass up. It puts Christian living and loving into some practical terms. It is titled When You Hear the Whisper. It’s worth reading.

Some call it a whisper. Some call it a nudge. You may have sensed it as a prompt. Whatever the definition, I'm sure you have felt it, too. It's not an audible sound, but it's as real as though it were. A familiar Scripture term is "a still, small voice."

There's no predictable pattern; it may go like this: You're rushing around the house getting ready for the day, when a name comes to mind. It's a friend you haven't talked to for a while. Nothing to suggest there is any trouble, it's just the name – or the face – you can't shake. Is that God's whisper, saying, "Why don't you give Sally a call?" Why not assume it is and call her. Something simple ... "I was combing my hair this morning and your name came to mind so I thought I'd just call and tell you I prayed for you today." Three minutes.

But what if Sally didn't need a call? OK, but what if she did? You may never know the answer to that question. Or Sally may tell you. Either way, you've been faithful to respond to the whisper you sensed from the heart of God. He loves that.

You're sitting in a worship service as the saints are assembling. A couple comes in and sits across the aisle from you. You don't recognize them but they kinda look like they could use a friend. You think to yourself, "I probably should speak to them after service." Then the nudge seems to suggest, "Maybe they need it now?" Have you just created a minor disruption during the prelude, or have you just responded to a nudge from the throne room of the universe? Have you embarrassed the guests or have you honored them by showing love that was spontaneous and genuine? I believe God smiles when we err on the side of showing we care.

"But brother Don, I'm too shy to do that." This isn't about you. This is about people God loves and how He searches for those who will deliver that message for Him. So you and I seek to live in a way that is sensitive to His nudge, to His whisper. It can happen often and our goal is to walk with Him so that we sense the prompt and have the grace to respond to it. He loves that.

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Romans

This Sabbath we will continue our sermon series on the book of Romans with a sermon titled The Incredible Solution, part 2. We are still looking at Romans 3:21 - 6:23. Here are some questions to think about as you read this passage this week. To download a PDF copy of the last sermon in this series titled The Incredible Solution – Part 1, click here.

    1. In Romans 5:1-11, what is Paul telling us about God’s love and the effect it will have on our lives?
    2. In Romans 6, Paul is making a transition from salvation (justification) to how that salvation will affect the way we live (sanctification). He has repeatedly made the point that we are saved by grace aside from our works and that we will not be saved by keeping the law.
      • What is the symbolism in the act of getting baptized? What does this indicate in our lives?
      • What will start happening as we stay with Jesus?
      • How does Romans 6:23 sum all this up? Why is this important to you?

Calendar Events

Sunset this Friday – 6:14 pm                                                           

This Sabbath at Church

    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
    • No Breakfast or Potluck today – Potluck has been moved to March 16.
      • Traditional Sabbath School Class – Church Sanctuary: Studying the current Sabbath School Lesson (click here to read it on-line).
      • Alternative Sabbath School Class – Hearth Room: Studying the Gospel of John using the book God With Us - According to John by James W. Gilley (book 1, book 2). Paper copies of the book will be available at class but if you wish to purchase one for your tablet – for a Kindle (book 1, click here; book 2, click here), for i-Tunes (book 1, click here; book 2, click here), or for a Nook Book (book 1, click here, book 2, click here).
    • 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 Incredible Solution, Part 2, based on Romans 3:21 – 6:23. This is some of the best news in the Bible! See the section titled Romans above for a few questions to consider as you read this passage.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of the last sermon in this series titled The Incredible Solution – Part 1, click here.

Diabetes Undone concludes 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 Meet this Monday (March 4) 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 5) at 6:00 pm. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Children’s Sabbath School & Ministry Resource Workshop: Sabbath, March 9 at the Great Bend SDA Church (7 SW 30 Avenue, Great Bend, KS 67530) from 3:00 – 7:00 pm. To register or for more information contact Sue Carlson (785-478-4726 or scarlson@ks-ne.org). Registration deadline is March 4. Click here to download a PDF copy of the poster for this event.

2019 SDA Jamii Kingdom VBS Demonstration: Sabbath, March 16 at the New Haven SDA Church (8714 Antioch Road, Overland Park, KS 66212) from 3:00 – 7:00 pm. To register or for more information contact Sue Carlson (785-478-4726 or scarlson@ks-ne.org). Registration deadline is March 11. Click here to download a PDF copy of the poster for this event.

Men’s Retreat, April 5-7, at Broken Arrow Ranch. The featured speaker is Martin Weber. For more information or to register contact Cheryl Barker (785-478-4726 or cbarker@ks-ne.org).

Mid-America Spiritual Retreat & Prayer Conference: April 19-21, 2019 at Lied Lodge & Conference Center in Nebraska City. The guest speaker is Pavel Goia, the Editor of Ministry Magazine. The early bird registration deadline has been moved to March 11. For more information or to register go to https://midamericaprays.com 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.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

How to Interpret the Book of Genesis: What does it mean to be a good reader of Genesis 1-11? What does it mean to take these ancient stories seriously and how does that relate to taking them literally? Can we even take any of this material seriously? How can we have a responsible conversation regarding science and biblical faith? Bible Gateway interviewed C. John Collins about his book, Reading Genesis Well: Navigating History, Poetry, Science, and Truth in Genesis 1-11. (Click here to read more.)

The Bible Shows How God Overcomes Chaos: When God created the world, he brought perfect order out of what was “without form and void.” But with human rebellion against God, disorder (chaos) was introduced into creation which God continues to redeem (cosmos). How is this "chaos to cosmos" theme interwoven through the Bible from Genesis through Revelation? Bible Gateway interviewed Sidney Greidanus about his book, From Chaos to Cosmos: Creation to New Creation. (Click here to read more.)

How to Love a Spouse Who Drives You Crazy: Karen Ehman, author of Keep Showing Up: How to Stay Crazy in Love When Your Love Drives You Crazy offers 7 ways to help you love like Jesus as you embrace the grit and grace of living with your spouse who drives you crazy. (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 Open

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).

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), 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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