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

THE LOVE THAT CONQUERS RACISM The bible is very clear that all people are created in God’s image (Genesis 1:27) and that God does not show partiality (Acts 10:34). No person or skin color is more or less important to Him. The bible also teaches us to love others as we would love ourselves (Leviticus 19:18). We should treat others, all others, the way we want to be treated. And even more, we are to treat others as God has already treated us, with grace and mercy and love. Jesus dealt with the issue of racial discrimination when He told the parable of the Good Samaritan. He pointed out to His listeners that a man of an ethnicity that they looked down upon, even despised, was the hero of the story, doing the right thing in healing the victim of violence and injustice. Jesus then told us, “You go and do likewise.” Racial discrimination has caused deep wounds in our country. Unfortunately, until Christ returns, we will continue to see acts of violence, prejudice, and injustice because we live in a fallen and broken world that is under the influence of satan. The bible calls satan, “the price of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience” (Ephesians 2:2). He wants to steal, kill, and destroy, and all around us we see the terrible results of his activity. I believe that in the parable of the Good Samaritan Jesus is telling all who follow Him that to sit back and do nothing is not good enough, we must act to bring about positive change. Our job as followers of Christ is first and foremost to make our Savior’s name known. We are to tell a hurting world that Jesus shed His blood and died for our sins. He was despised and rejected by men. He was falsely accused, beaten, and crucified on the cross. The bible tells us that “by His stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5). He took the punishment for our sin that we deserve, and if we will turn away from sin and put our trust in Him, He will forgive us, save us, and fill us with His love that will conquer racism and hatred. Jesus has called us to go into the world and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19), calling people to be reconciled to God through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 4:18-20). That is the action that we are called to and should be doing as faithful followers of Jesus. And this is the message that will bring about the positive change that our nation so vitally needs at this time. In proclaiming the message of reconciliation, we must remember that prayer is our most powerful weapon. We need to pray for peace, because the “anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God” (James 1:20). We pray also for perspective, because “the wisdom from above is pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere” (James 3:17). Lastly, we pray for patience, because of God’s “kindness and forbearance and patience” towards us all” (Romans 2:4). Paul instructed Timothy: “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (I Timothy 2:1-4). When we pray like this, we are not just praying for a trouble-free world. We are praying for a world where God’s truth will prevail, and many will come to Christ in repentance and faith – a world transformed by the relentless love of our Lord Jesus Christ. 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

THE LOVE THAT CONQUERS RACISM The bible is very clear that all people are created in God’s image (Genesis 1:27) and that God does not show partiality (Acts 10:34). No person or skin color is more or less important to Him. The bible also teaches us to love others as we would love ourselves (Leviticus 19:18). We should treat others, all others, the way we want to be treated. And even more, we are to treat others as God has already treated us, with grace and mercy and love. Jesus dealt with the issue of racial discrimination when He told the parable of the Good Samaritan. He pointed out to His listeners that a man of an ethnicity that they looked down upon, even despised, was the hero of the story, doing the right thing in healing the victim of violence and injustice. Jesus then told us, “You go and do likewise.” Racial discrimination has caused deep wounds in our country. Unfortunately, until Christ returns, we will continue to see acts of violence, prejudice, and injustice because we live in a fallen and broken world that is under the influence of satan. The bible calls satan, “the price of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience” (Ephesians 2:2). He wants to steal, kill, and destroy, and all around us we see the terrible results of his activity. I believe that in the parable of the Good Samaritan Jesus is telling all who follow Him that to sit back and do nothing is not good enough, we must act to bring about positive change. Our job as followers of Christ is first and foremost to make our Savior’s name known. We are to tell a hurting world that Jesus shed His blood and died for our sins. He was despised and rejected by men. He was falsely accused, beaten, and crucified on the cross. The bible tells us that “by His stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5). He took the punishment for our sin that we deserve, and if we will turn away from sin and put our trust in Him, He will forgive us, save us, and fill us with His love that will conquer racism and hatred. Jesus has called us to go into the world and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19), calling people to be reconciled to God through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 4:18-20). That is the action that we are called to and should be doing as faithful followers of Jesus. And this is the message that will bring about the positive change that our nation so vitally needs at this time. In proclaiming the message of reconciliation, we must remember that prayer is our most powerful weapon. We need to pray for peace, because the “anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God” (James 1:20). We pray also for perspective, because “the wisdom from above is pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere” (James 3:17). Lastly, we pray for patience, because of God’s “kindness and forbearance and patience” towards us all” (Romans 2:4). Paul instructed Timothy: “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (I Timothy 2:1-4). When we pray like this, we are not just praying for a trouble-free world. We are praying for a world where God’s truth will prevail, and many will come to Christ in repentance and faith – a world transformed by the relentless love of our Lord Jesus Christ. Blessings, Pastor Jim