Pastor Thure Martinsen

This Week at Golden Hills: Sept. 21, 2019

Web Master - Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Do Our Prayers Really Limit Satan?

Don Jacobsen's blog last weekend was titled Do Our Prayers Really Limit Satan?. This, at least, is one time when it did.

My sister-in-law, Hazel, believes they do. Her phone rang about 2:30 one morning. A call at that hour is seldom good news and this one certainly wasn’t. It was Jan, a teen who had called often before, desperate. Usually Hazel could reason with the girl and convince her to go home from wherever she was. But this time she was calling from a bar and was in no mood for a discussion.

Hazel told her to wait there, dressed and drove downtown to pick her up.

Seeing that Jan was in no condition to be left alone, Hazel brought her to her own home. Jan lay down on the floor in the family room and passed out. Hazel sat beside her for two hours, praying. For the teen’s deliverance, for her salvation, and that she might discover how much Jesus loves her.

Suddenly Jan roused, stood up, and lunged at Hazel with an evil, angry look on her face. She grabbed Hazel around the neck and began to choke her with a strength that seemed superhuman. Desperate under the attack, Hazel called out, “In the name of Jesus take your hands off my neck now!” Instantly Jan released her grip and collapsed on the floor. Hazel sat by her side the rest of the night.

Hazel would learn that Jan had been using alcohol since she was in the seventh grade. One Saturday night she and some friends were attending a party where they were introduced to Satan worship. Although the details were hazy in Jan’s mind she remembered that that night she had committed her life to Satan.

The next couple of years Jan lived in hell. She seemed incapable of escaping Satan’s harassment. Everywhere she turned she seemed to meet him there. The friends she had chosen only helped to pull her down.

Jan’s mom and Hazel were part of a prayer group and they all covenanted to surround Jan with fervent, unceasing intercession. They held up before her promises from God’s Word of victory and cleansing. They built in her a realization of how much God loves her. They helped her discover that God had a plan and purpose for her life and that the enemy who hated her was no match for the God who loved her, that “… greater is He who lives in me than he that is in the world.” (I John 4:4)

You know how this story ends: the enemy’s strongholds were broken! Jan discovered that Jesus is who He claims to be. God got His child back. Jan’s mom got her daughter back. The enemy was repelled and it was reinforced in his mind that he is the loser – now and forever. (Click here to read this on line.)

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On-Line Church Directory Information

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    3. Enter your email as it’s listed in our church directory.
    4. Follow the directions on the screen to complete the login process.

Scam Information

There is a scam going around that looks like this: You receive an email or text message from the pastor or from the church asking you to make a contribution through a gift card.

This is against IRS guidelines for churches or non-profit organizations. We will never ask for donations or funds in this way. If you receive a request from the pastor or the church like this, do NOT respond or act.

Calendar Events

Union College: Join us this weekend for a special Preview Day event (Sept. 19-22). To register, visit or text/call 402.419.1122. See below for more information.

Sunset this Friday – 7:24 pm

This Sabbath at Church

    • Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall (9:20 – 9:50 am)
    • Sabbath School (10:00 am)
      • 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 – Quest for Glory: So You Want To Be A Hero: We will look at the individual stories of the people mentioned in Hebrews 11 to see what made them a hero of faith and how we can apply those principles to our lives. Click here to see a basic outline of our study.
    • Worship Service (11:15 am) – This Sabbath, we will continue our sermon series The Sermon, based on Matthew 5 – 7. Pastor T’s sermon is titled You Have Heard … (Concluded). The book, Thoughts from the Mount of Blessings provides important insight into this passage as does Desire of Ages, Chapter 31.
      • To download or print a PDF copy of the last sermon in this series titled “You Have Heard …”, click here.

Women’s Bible Study, this Sunday (Sept. 22) at the home of Lori Knutson (3316 N 47th Ave., Omaha, NE 68104) from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.  We study what the Bible teaches us about Eve as we continue our series Women of the Bible. If you are interested in attending, please see Lori Knutson after church, email or call / text (402) 980-5018.

Pathfinders & Adventurers meet this Monday (Sept. 23) at 6:30 pm. For information about Pathfinders contact Holly Degerness (402-917-4718) or Marina Nolasco (402-594-0671); for information about Adventurers, contact Lori Knutson (402-980-5018).

    • Click here to download a copy of the 2019-2020 Pathfinder Calendar.
    • Click here to download a copy of the 2019-2020 Adventurer Calendar.

Prayer Meeting meets this Tuesday (Sept. 24) at 6:00 pm. For more info contact Pastor T (402-517-5333).

MLT Meeting this Tuesday (Sept. 24) at 7:15 pm in the Hearth Room. If you wish to submit something for them to discuss, please contact Kalvin Tuel (402-201-6370).

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. To download a brochure you can print or share, click here. See below for more information

Pathfinder & Adventurer Sabbath will be October 5 during our worship service. For information about Pathfinders contact Holly Degerness (402-917-4718) or Marina Nolasco (402-594-0671); for information about Adventurers, contact Lori Knutson (402-980-5018).

Church Hayrack Ride on Saturday Night, October 12 at Santa’s Woods (3764 State Hwy. 133, Blair, NE 68008). See below for more information.

Healthy for a Lifetime, October 19, 2019 at the CHI Health Center in Omaha (455 N. 10th St., Omaha, NE). Click here for a  printable information sheet. Click here to go to their website. See below for more information

Called – Conference-Wide Women’s Retreat, October 25-27, 2019: Bonita Shields, the keynote speaker, will present Courage, Character, Commitment and Confidence for the Call. There will multiple seminars to choose from and a Saturday night full of fun! Registration forms and brochures are available in the church lobby or by clicking here. For more information, call 785-478-4726.

Response Worship Summit, October 31-November 2, 2019 at College View Church in Lincoln NE. Three days of rich worship experiences, captivating speakers, biblical preaching, and expert equipping. Pastors, worship leaders, and worshippers who long to get beyond the show and back to the substance, join us as this year we worship through the riches of inspiration, instruction, and experience within the Psalms. For more information and to register, visit

From Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief

How the Gospel Applies to Motherhood: As a mom, do you assume Scripture doesn’t have much to say about the food you make for breakfast, how you view your postpartum body, or what school choice you make for your children? How should you apply the gospel to common issues you face every day so you can connect your Sunday morning faith to the Monday morning tantrum? Bible Gateway interviewed Emily Jensen and Laura Wifler about their book, Risen Motherhood: Gospel Hope for Everyday Moments. (Click here to read more.)

What if What I Fear Most Happens? Jess Connolly, author of You Are the Girl for the Job: Daring to Believe the God Who Calls You, asks, "What if the circumstances we fear the most are the ones that will afford us the most abundance?" (Click here to read more.)

Bible Reflections – Unity Among Believers: We see little but disunity these days. But it’s faith that precedes obedience, just as obedience precedes understanding in the Christian’s life. With God, unity is possible among believers. (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.

Union College

Looking for the right college? Come see why Union College may be the perfect fit. Join us this weekend for a special Preview Day event (Sept. 19-22) and explore an educational community committed to helping you discover and prepare for your God-given calling. You’ll visit classes, meet with professors and financial advisors, and spend the weekend living, worshipping and making friends on our campus in Lincoln, Nebraska. Plus, its free! And we’ll even help pay for the trip. To register, visit or text/call 402.419.1122.

Life Line Screening

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, calling toll-free 866-229-0469, or texting the word circle to 797979 to receive your Community Circle discount and your Preferred Appointment! For more information about the services provided, click here. To download a brochure you can print or share, click here.

Hayrack Ride

Come to Santa’s Woods (3764 State Hwy. 133, Blair, NE 68008) on October 12th at 7:00 pm! The church will be having a bonfire and hay-rack ride. The hay-rack ride will be at 9 pm. S'mores, hot drinks, and condiments will be provided. Please bring your own hot dogs, buns, and skewers. Adults cost $9, kids ages 5-12 cost $6, and kids 5 and under are free. Please pay in cash to Hannah Eitel that night. If you want to come and just enjoy the fire and the fellowship without the ride, there is no charge. We hope to see you there!

Healthy for a Lifetime

Healthy for a Lifetime offers a powerful and positive message of hope to everyone who has seen family and friends affected by heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other conditions. There are few things more important than our health and while much time, effort, and money has been spend on ways to improve health over the past 50 years, obesity has nearly tripled, diabetes is up about 600%, and heart disease remains the leading killer.

Only whole food plant-based nutrition has been scientifically proven to actually reverse all these conditions without negative side effects, but this information has not been widely shared with the public. This is an opportunity to hear the evidence firsthand from the leading experts in a relaxed, fun, and non-medical atmosphere where all are welcome.

Healthy for a Lifetime will take place Saturday, October 19, 2019 starting at 9:00 am and concluding around 5:00 pm at the CHI Health Center in Omaha (455 N. 10th St., Omaha, NE). The cost for the seminar is $49.50 per person ($39.50 for full-time students) and includes a buffet lunch, free parking, and a gift bag. Click here for a  printable information sheet. Click here to go to their website. Click here to register.  

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 (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.

Adventist Screening Verification

Verified Volunteers has changed their name to Sterling Volunteers. The NAD has decided to select a parent name that can remain in their publications and website landing pages on a permanent basis. The name chosen for all our background screening and training needs is Adventist Screening Verification.

In cooperation with the Kansas Nebraska Conference, we are working with Adventist Screening Verification 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 or to our church). It will take about an hour of your time.

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 (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. (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.)
    • Donna & Gary Parker continue to have health issues and are both at Hillcrest Heath and Rehab in Bellevue (click here for a map).
    • 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)

Pastor’s Contact Information

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