Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills: July 6, 2019

Web Master - Tuesday, July 02, 2019


This week we celebrate freedom. July 4, 1776 was the day our forefathers declared their freedom from England by signing the Declaration of Independence. We still celebrate these unique freedoms 243 years later – although it does seem like many of these freedoms are being challenged.

More than 1,980 years ago, another event took place that produced the greatest freedom we can ever experience. This freedom has been enjoyed by countless millions down through the centuries – far more than have enjoyed the freedoms of our country.

This kind of freedom can take place independent of your place of residence, your income, your health, your marital status, or your vocation. I have met people in prison who are experiencing this freedom. I have met people on their deathbeds who are experiencing this freedom. And, I have lived alongside many who are learning what this freedom means.

Just like the freedom of our country, which we enjoy freely – this freedom is free to everyone, but it cost the very best Heaven had to offer, the life and death of God’s only Son. (See 1 John 4:9-10)

What He has promised, and offers you and me is:

Freedom from the Penalty of Sin – a life free of guilt and regret, allowing you to live free from worry about your eternity. (See Romans 3:20-26; 1 John 5:11-13; Steps to Christ, page 62)

Freedom from the Power of Sin – a life that continues to be more and more free from the power of sin, freeing you to live the way God created you to live – trusting in Him and glorifying Him with your life and your words. (See Romans 5:20 – 6:8; Romans 6:20-23; Romans 8:1-4; Steps to Christ, page 62)

Freedom from the Presence of Sin – an eternal life free from the enticements and the consequences of sin. If you die before He comes, you will be resurrected as a perfect person. If you’re alive when He comes, you will be changed as you are taken to meet Him (see 1 Corinthians 15:51-58 and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). And you will live with Him in a place free from the influences of sin – a place where God Himself will wipe every tear from your eyes … (See Revelation 21:1-4)

Even in our “land of the free” it is possible to live without real freedom – to be controlled by our sinful desires and consequences of poor choices. Don’t miss out on the best freedom there is to offer.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. (John 3:16-17, NKJV)

I hope you have a great 4th. I pray that every day you may experience the freedom you can only find in Jesus!

We have spent several weeks looking at this freedom as expressed in the Book of Romans. Click here to download a PDF copy of the latest sermon in this series which has links to all of the sermons in this series listed in the Resource Section of the document.

Calendar Events

Celebrating Freedom, a free community event for the whole family, is happening this Evening (July 2) at 8:00 p.m. at the Lifespring Church (13904 S 36th Street, Bellevue, NE). It will included an indoor patriotic service (our own Carol Fennessy will be singing in the choir), snacks, door prizes, and a fireworks show provided by Wild Willy’s Fireworks.

Independence Day, Thursday, July 4

Sunset this Friday – 8:59 p.m.                                                          

This Sabbath at Church

    • Sabbath School (10:00 a.m.)
      • 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 a.m.) – This Sabbath, Trey Wisecup, a member of our Youth Group, will present our sermon.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of last week’s sermon titled A Living Sacrifice Defined, click here.
    • Potluck After Church this Sabbath 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!

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 Meets this Tuesday (July 9) at 6:00 p.m. For more info contact Pastor T (e-mail or 402-517-5333).

Church Board meets Tuesday (July 9) 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).

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.

Ride for Richard

Richard Coffman is in need of someone who can regularly pick him up at the Eastern Nebraska Veterans’ Home (about 1.5 miles from church) and bring him to church on Sabbath Mornings and back again after church. He is willing to help with gas money. If this is something you would be willing to add to your Sabbath Morning routine, please contact Pastor T. (e-mail or 402-517-5333). For the occasional Sabbaths you would need to be someplace else, we can arrange for an alternate.

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

What Made Jesus Mad? Christians love to focus on the gentle and tender heart of Jesus. But what about his righteous rage? In the Gospels, what, and who, ignited Jesus’ anger? How should we appropriately respond like Jesus when necessary? Bible Gateway interviewed Tim Harlow about his book, What Made Jesus Mad?: Rediscover the Blunt, Sarcastic, Passionate Savior of the Bible. (Click here to read more.)

What Does the Bible Say about Wealth and Prosperity? Costi W. Hinn, author of God, Greed, and the (Prosperity) Gospel: How Truth Overwhelms a Life Built on Lies, asks, "Is God opposed to a Christian making a high salary? What’s wrong with an employer rewarding an employee for doing his job? Should Christians take a vow of poverty and purposely try to suffer? Is poverty God’s will for us? …" (Click here to read more.)

When Grief Forced Me to Start a Whole New Life from Scratch: "Extreme, soul-breaking grief took me apart. What was, was no longer. What would be, was unknown. I was brought face-to-face with my complete lack of control, my utter lack of understanding …" (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 A Living Sacrifice Defined, 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.)
    • Trisha is requesting prayer for Charise Talley, a former member of our youth group (along with Pam & Trisha) who is dealing with cancer.
    • 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), Cindy & Bob Tice (Elizabeth Knutson’s parents)

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