Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills: July 27, 2019

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The Revelation of Relational Integrity

James Rafferty, one of the founders of Lightbearers, recently wrote this blog looking at the first three chapters of Revelation. I found it enlightening and want to share it with you.

What is Relational Integrity?

Relational = “concerning the way in which two or more people or things are connected”

Integrity = “the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness”

This last year and a half I have been fully immersed in discipleship ministry. We grew together, hurting, hugging, helping, and healing. We learned about the quality of being honest, moral, and connected – about relational integrity.

Relational integrity at its best is seen in Jesus Christ. Consider His honest words to us through the faithful aged disciples imprisoned on the isle of Patmos. Jesus says in part:

You don’t love Me as you didEphesus

Some among you say you are My people when you not – Smyrna, Philadelphia

You are allowing things into your life which I hate – Pergamos

You are allowing people to teach ideas that lead to faithless self-worship – Thyatira

You are believers in name but the relationship we once had is lifeless and dying—Sardis

You make Me want to throw up with all your knowledge minus practical love and faith Please let Me back into your life so that we can turn this around and make our relationship hot again – Laodicea

Pretty intense!

Jesus responds to our relational failures by turning up the heat on His unchanging love.

But that’s only part of the message. In the context of these failures (that not one of us are immune to), there is in God “no variableness neither shadow of turning” (James 1:17). Even in the prophetic book of Revelation Jesus responds to our relational failures by turning up the heat on His unchanging love.

First-God stays with us in spite of us, He is in our “midst” (Revelation 1:13).

Second-God affirms us and communicates to us from the perspective of acceptance and hope (Revelation 2:2).

Third-God is honest with us, He doesn’t gloss over our failures—it’s not always easy to be honest (Revelation 2:4).

Fourth-God makes promises to restore us (Revelation 2:7).

Fifth-God fulfills His promises to us and conquers sin and death in our behalf (Revelation1:5, 18).

Sixth-God exercises faith towards us by giving us time to respond to His goodness and turn around (Revelation 2:21).

Seventh-God exposes the true source of our dysfunctional relationship with Him and with each other (Revelation 2:24). And guess what? The source of our dysfunction is not Him.

God has all the relational integrity and we have all the need. He has promised to provide what we by nature fail to bring. His simple request – open the door and connect with Me. (Revelation 3:20). The reason? I love you (Revelation 3:19). Your answer … ?

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Hospice Volunteers Needed

Hospice Volunteers provide companionship for individuals living with terminal illnesses and their families. Volunteers choose the hours they are able to serve and determine the geographical location in metro Omaha/Council Bluffs and surrounding area. Volunteer education will take place in September (9/5, 9/9, 9/10) and is sponsored by CHI Health at Home Hospice, VNA Hospice, and Hospice House – The Josie Harper Residence. Please call one of the agencies below to request an application. Space is limited.

NAD Whole & Holy Women’s Ministries Convention

(From Sue Carlson.) We have a unique opportunity to experience inspiration and education on a grand scale! September 26-29, 2019 in Orlando, Florida is the date and place for the NAD Whole & Holy Women’s Ministries Convention. If you have ever been to one of these you will know what I mean when I say it’s like attending a women’s retreat on steroids!! You just can’t take it all in and it’s so wonderful! This event only happens once in five years! If you are able to attend this I guarantee you will be blessed! Click here for more information.

Calendar Events

Camp Meeting at Camp Arrowhead: Camp Arrowhead, in Lexington, Nebraska, is sponsoring a weekend Camp Meeting this Friday evening & Sabbath. The speaker will be Pastor Lawrence Francis. For information, or to make reservations call 308-324-1956 or email

Sunset this Friday – 8:46 p.m.                                                          

This Sabbath at Church

Pathfinders & Adventurers are on summer break until the fall. Contact Kalvin Tuel for more information about Pathfinders leading up to the International Camporee (e-mail or 402-201-6370); Holly Degerness for more information about Pathfinders after the Camporee (e-mail or 402-917-4718); or Lori Knutson for the Adventurer Club (e-mail or 402-980-5018).

Prayer Meeting is taking a summer break. We will pick back up in the fall. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Managing God’s Gifts God’s Way: No matter what your job, whether you have a paying job or not, God has blessed you. What are you doing with what has been entrusted to you? What does the church do with the means you entrust to it? Come find out one week from Sabbath (Aug. 3) following our Potluck lunch. This seminar will be presented by John Sweigart from our Conference Office. For more information, click here.

NAD Whole & Holy Women’s Ministries Convention: September 26-29, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. Click here for more information.

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at Golden Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church. Ultrasound screenings to Identify risk factors for Cardiovascular disease include; Carotid Artery (plaque buildup-a leading cause of stroke), Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (an enlargement or weak area in the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body), Peripheral Arterial Disease (hardening of the arteries in the legs), a Heart Rhythm Screening (an EKG to detect Atrial Fibrillation-irregular heartbeat) and an Osteoporosis Risk Assessment for men and women. Being proactive about your health by knowing your risks helps you and your doctor address problems early. Register online TODAY by clicking here and receive your “Community Circle” discount and your Preferred Appointment! For more information about the services provided, click here.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

God, Greed, and the (Prosperity) Gospel: What is the “prosperity gospel” and how did it originate? Why is it considered a dangerous theology? How does its teaching conflict with the concept of God’s sovereignty? How does prosperity theology abuse and exploit people? Bible Gateway interviewed Costi W. Hinn about his book, God, Greed, and the (Prosperity) Gospel: How Truth Overwhelms a Life Built on Lies. (Click here to read more.)

What if God Has More for Your Marriage Than Happily Ever After? What if God has a unique purpose for your marriage? Is your marriage God-centered or us-centered? Are you and your spouse ambassadors of holy love to a hurting world? Is your marriage what God intends it to be: a life-saving, hope-inspiring, and transforming force of his love? Bible Gateway interviewed Aaron Smith, who, along with his wife Jennifer Smith, is the author of Marriage After God: Chasing Boldly After God's Purpose for Your Life Together. (Click here to read more.)

Seeing the Creator in the Wonders of Our Cosmos: The heavens beckon us, telling us this wonderful, mind-boggling cosmic display is indeed the work of the creator. And now, using rovers and satellites, explorations venture further out into the vastness of space than ever before. Bible Gateway interviewed Dr. David Bradstreet about his book, Star Struck: Seeing the Creator in the Wonders of Our Cosmos.  (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.

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 Seek Ye First, 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.)
    • Mun and his wife are asking for special prayer for their daughter, Nyadhol
    • 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), Dennis Cushman, 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, Paul Lostaglia, Dagny Martinsen, Steve Newton (and family), Melody Parker, Donna & Gary Parker, Sheila and her brother Paul, Dane Swensen, Donald & JoAnn Swensen (Les Swensen’s father and step mom), Charise Talley, Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

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