WOODLAND HILLS CHRISTIAN CHURCH * 5920 SHOUP AVENUE * 818-340-5613 *PLEASE JOIN US SUNDAY AT 10:00 AM FOR WORSHIP SERVICE*
Woodland Hills Christian Church

Pastor Jim Thomsen

ABOUT PASTOR JIM

Pastor Jim Thomsen, and his wife Carol, have been associated with Woodland Hills Christian Church for over 25 years. In May of 2017 Pastor Jim retired from an aerospace company in Simi Valley, after a 40-year career as an engineer. He has served as an elder and church president of WHCC in years past and was called to be the full-time pastor in July 2017. He and his wife Carol have two adult daughters and an eight-year old grandson. They currently live in Simi Valley with their 8-year old grandson, three dogs and miniature donkey, Eeyore.

A MESSAGE FROM PASTOR JIM

It’s Dangerous Out There Every Tuesday morning, I go to Trader Joes for one of our weekly shopping ventures. I like to get there early and take advantage of the “senior shopping hour”. As I park, I do a quick inventory of what I am going to need; shopping list-check, pencil-check, mask-check, hand sanitizer-check, patience-check, good attitude-check. Going shopping requires a lot more these days, physically and mentally. When I get to the door I pass by the cute little signs that remind me of the new shopping protocol; keep your mask on inside of the store, keep 6 feet apart of other shoppers, shop alone, buy for more than one week to minimize your shopping. When I am done shopping, I go to the front, stop at the yellow line, and push my cart to the cashier, who is behind a Plexiglas shield. When he/she is done, I get permission to approach, pay and exit the store. Whew! Another successful shopping adventure. It seems like everywhere we go and everything we do these days, there are so many precautions put in place. Everything screams at us – danger – danger – danger!! In the bible we find many warnings of even greater dangers. They are greater dangers because they do not just kill the body but an also kill the soul. Jesus said that few will heed these warnings and as a result, many will die. Listen to a few of the warnings: “For the ages of sin is death.” (Romans 6:23a) “Did that which is good, then bring death to me? By no means! It was sin producing death…” (Romans 7:13) “Wretched man that I am, who will deliver me from this body of death?” (Romans 7:24) “There is a way that seems right to man, but its end is the way of death.” (Proverbs 14:12) Over and over in the bible we are warned that sin is deadly, and it spreads quickly. If it continues, it will ultimately lead to death. This death is not just a physical death but an eternal death, eternal separation from God. God, in His great mercy warns us because He doesn’t want us to miss it. That is why along with the bad news He tells us the good news. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23). The good news is that there is a cure for eternal death, it is Jesus Christ. He paid the deadly consequences for our sin on the cross. Because of the cross of Christ, our debt to God has been paid and we no longer face death if we place our trust in His sacrifice on our behalf. In addition to warning us about the consequences of our sin, God also warns us about not getting caught up again in what was killing us. Let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,… (Hebrews 12:1b) So, what are some practical ways to “lay aside” and fight against the sin that tries to get in the way of our race to glory? 1. Guard What Comes In (Philippians 4:4) To protect yourself from disease, you put on a mask to keep the germs from getting inside your body. In the same way, what you are looking at and what you are listening to will affect what you think about. Our actions always follow our thoughts so as Paul says, “thinking on these things” will guard our minds and keep us from compromising. 2. Guard Where You Go (Psalm 1) Another way to protect ourselves from disease is to keep a safe “social distance” for each other. We need to be careful to not get in close proximity of someone who may have a disease. It is the same with sin. We need to be mindful of our “sin distance” and not allow ourselves from going to places where we will be tempted. Keeping a safe distance from those people who will lead you back towards sin and the places that tempt you is always a good practice. 3. Boost Your Immune System (Ephesian 6:10-17) One of the best ways to protect yourself from disease is to have a good immune system. A healthy body and immune system are more important than a mask or keeping a safe distance. In our fight against sin, the best defense is a good offense. Our spiritual bodies immune system is the armor of God. Putting our armor on “before” the battle will help us to “be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.” Just like the suggestions of the health professionals are no guarantee that you will not contract a disease, the above 3 biblical suggestions are no guarantee that you will not sin. But, when you rely on God’s strength you are guaranteed two things, He will be with you in the battle and that the battle can be won. (Reference: “More Dangerous than Covid-19” by pastorppw) Blessings,   Pastor Jim
WOODLAND HILLS CHRISTIAN CHURCH 5920 SHOUP AVENUE * 818-340-5613 *PLEASE JOIN US SUNDAY AT 10:00 AM FOR WORSHIP SERVICE*
Woodland Hills  Christian Church

Pastor Jim

Thomsen

ABOUT PASTOR JIM

Pastor Jim Thomsen, and his wife Carol, have been associated with Woodland Hills Christian Church for over 25 years. In May of 2017 Pastor Jim retired from an aerospace company in Simi Valley, after a 40-year career as an engineer. He has served as an elder and church president of WHCC in years past and was called to be the full-time pastor in July 2017. He and his wife Carol have two adult daughters and an eight-year old grandson. They currently live in Simi Valley with their 8-year old grandson, three dogs and miniature donkey, Eeyore.

A MESSAGE FROM PASTOR JIM

It’s Dangerous Out There Every Tuesday morning, I go to Trader Joes for one of our weekly shopping ventures. I like to get there early and take advantage of the “senior shopping hour”. As I park, I do a quick inventory of what I am going to need; shopping list-check, pencil- check, mask-check, hand sanitizer-check, patience- check, good attitude-check. Going shopping requires a lot more these days, physically and mentally. When I get to the door I pass by the cute little signs that remind me of the new shopping protocol; keep your mask on inside of the store, keep 6 feet apart of other shoppers, shop alone, buy for more than one week to minimize your shopping. When I am done shopping, I go to the front, stop at the yellow line, and push my cart to the cashier, who is behind a Plexiglas shield. When he/she is done, I get permission to approach, pay and exit the store. Whew! Another successful shopping adventure. It seems like everywhere we go and everything we do these days, there are so many precautions put in place. Everything screams at us – danger – danger – danger!! In the bible we find many warnings of even greater dangers. They are greater dangers because they do not just kill the body but an also kill the soul. Jesus said that few will heed these warnings and as a result, many will die. Listen to a few of the warnings: “For the ages of sin is death.” (Romans 6:23a) “Did that which is good, then bring death to me? By no means! It was sin producing death…” (Romans 7:13) “Wretched man that I am, who will deliver me from this body of death?” (Romans 7:24) “There is a way that seems right to man, but its end is the way of death.” (Proverbs 14:12) Over and over in the bible we are warned that sin is deadly, and it spreads quickly. If it continues, it will ultimately lead to death. This death is not just a physical death but an eternal death, eternal separation from God. God, in His great mercy warns us because He doesn’t want us to miss it. That is why along with the bad news He tells us the good news. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23). The good news is that there is a cure for eternal death, it is Jesus Christ. He paid the deadly consequences for our sin on the cross. Because of the cross of Christ, our debt to God has been paid and we no longer face death if we place our trust in His sacrifice on our behalf. In addition to warning us about the consequences of our sin, God also warns us about not getting caught up again in what was killing us. Let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,…” (Hebrews 12:1b) So, what are some practical ways to “lay aside” and fight against the sin that tries to get in the way of our race to glory? 1. Guard What Comes In (Philippians 4:4) To protect yourself from disease, you put on a mask to keep the germs from getting inside your body. In the same way, what you are looking at and what you are listening to will affect what you think about. Our actions always follow our thoughts so as Paul says, “thinking on these things” will guard our minds and keep us from compromising. 2. Guard Where You Go (Psalm 1) Another way to protect ourselves from disease is to keep a safe “social distance” for each other. We need to be careful to not get in close proximity of someone who may have a disease. It is the same with sin. We need to be mindful of our “sin distance” and not allow ourselves from going to places where we will be tempted. Keeping a safe distance from those people who will lead you back towards sin and the places that tempt you is always a good practice. 3. Boost Your Immune System (Ephesian 6:10-17) One of the best ways to protect yourself from disease is to have a good immune system. A healthy body and immune system are more important than a mask or keeping a safe distance. In our fight against sin, the best defense is a good offense. Our spiritual bodies immune system is the armor of God. Putting our armor on “before” the battle will help us to “be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.” Just like the suggestions of the health professionals are no guarantee that you will not contract a disease, the above 3 biblical suggestions are no guarantee that you will not sin. But, when you rely on God’s strength you are guaranteed two things, He will be with you in the battle and that the battle can be won. (Reference: “More Dangerous than Covid-19” by pastorppw) Blessings,   Pastor Jim