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

“If My People Will Pray” Last Sunday was a “red-letter” day as we opened church and worshiped together after 14 weeks of meeting on Facebook. Although a lot of things were different, it was wonderful to be together on Sunday morning and worship our Lord face-to-face. I look forward to welcoming back more people in the coming weeks as things start to settle down and get back to some sense of normalcy. These days, church is not the only thing in our lives that is different. Besides churches, our schools have also moved on-line, businesses, restaurants, and recreational activities, including our beaches, were temporarily shut down as we were encouraged to keep a ‘social distance’ from each other. It is not stretching it to say that economically, personally, medically, emotionally, socially, and physically, it is a national disaster. When disaster strikes, how are God’s people supposed to respond? Wear a mask? Keep a social distance from others? Abide by all government restrictions? Yes, these are all things that help keep us and others around us safe and healthy. But there is one thing God’s people can do more effectively than anyone else. Pray! There are many clear examples for us in scripture of people who have faithfully turned to God in prayer during times of national disaster. One of these examples is the Old Testament Prophet Habakkuk. He knew the mounting sin in his nation was pushing God beyond the limits of his patience. When God confirmed that His judgment would fall in the form of a disaster so catastrophic that Habakkuk wouldn’t believe it even if he were told (Habakkuk 1:5), the prophet turned to God and poured out his heart in prayer. As we read Habakkuk’s prayer in Chapter 3, we learn from his example that when disaster strikes, we need to turn to God and keep our focus on Him. 1. Habakkuk 3:1 – “Stay focused on God’s availability.” Like Habakkuk, we too are faced with a disaster that if someone told us about just 4 months ago, we wouldn’t have believed it. When faced with disaster Habakkuk focused on God (1:2, 12 & 3:2). Our first step in prayer is to realize that God has not gone anywhere, and that He is available to us at anytime and anywhere. “Our God does not sleep nor slumber” (Psalm 121). 2. Habakkuk 3:2 – “Stay focused on God’s consistency.” Our world is changing at a fast pace, but our God never changes (Psalm 102:26-28; Malachi 3:2). He is still as powerful as He was in the beginning and His divine will is still accomplished in the lives of His people. What God has done for you in the past, He will continue to do in the future. 3. Habakkuk 3:3-6 – “Stay focused on God’s glory.” Habakkuk says that God’s glory “covered the heavens”, it was everywhere. Like the sun, God’s glory spread His radiance throughout the heavens and the earth. God’s Shekinah Glory protected and led Israel though the wilderness and was a sign of His continued presence (Psalm 19:1-6). 4. Habakkuk 3:6 – “Stay focused on God’s eternity.” When faced with disaster, Habakkuk clung to God’s eternity. God does not come and go depending on what happens on the earth, “His ways are everlasting” and “in His right hand are pleasures forever” (Psalm 16:11). 5. Habakkuk 3:7-16 – “Stay focused on God’s authority.” In these 10 verses, Habakkuk used the personal pronoun “you” or “your” 20 times. His focus was on what God did and what He was going to do. God was in complete control of all things and in that, Habakkuk was encouraged. He didn’t have to worry what “man” could do to Him, because God ruled the heavens and the earth (Psalm 56:1-4). 6. Habakkuk 3:17-19 – Stay focused on God’s Sufficiency.” In verse 17 he lists 6 things that might happen if the situation didn’t change. But as his national situation worsened, Habakkuk relied on God. God was His strength, and God was his joy. During this unsettling time in our world, make sure and take the time for sincere, honest, and heartfelt prayer to the One who hears and answers, our Heavenly Father and God of all creation. (2 Chronicles 7:14) 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

“If My People Will Pray” Last Sunday was a “red-letter” day as we opened church and worshiped together after 14 weeks of meeting on Facebook. Although a lot of things were different, it was wonderful to be together on Sunday morning and worship our Lord face-to-face. I look forward to welcoming back more people in the coming weeks as things start to settle down and get back to some sense of normalcy. These days, church is not the only thing in our lives that is different. Besides churches, our schools have also moved on-line, businesses, restaurants, and recreational activities, including our beaches, were temporarily shut down as we were encouraged to keep a ‘social distance’ from each other. It is not stretching it to say that economically, personally, medically, emotionally, socially, and physically, it is a national disaster. When disaster strikes, how are God’s people supposed to respond? Wear a mask? Keep a social distance from others? Abide by all government restrictions? Yes, these are all things that help keep us and others around us safe and healthy. But there is one thing God’s people can do more effectively than anyone else. Pray! There are many clear examples for us in scripture of people who have faithfully turned to God in prayer during times of national disaster. One of these examples is the Old Testament Prophet Habakkuk. He knew the mounting sin in his nation was pushing God beyond the limits of his patience. When God confirmed that His judgment would fall in the form of a disaster so catastrophic that Habakkuk wouldn’t believe it even if he were told (Habakkuk 1:5), the prophet turned to God and poured out his heart in prayer. As we read Habakkuk’s prayer in Chapter 3, we learn from his example that when disaster strikes, we need to turn to God and keep our focus on Him. 1. Habakkuk 3:1 – “Stay focused on God’s availability.” Like Habakkuk, we too are faced with a disaster that if someone told us about just 4 months ago, we wouldn’t have believed it. When faced with disaster Habakkuk focused on God (1:2, 12 & 3:2). Our first step in prayer is to realize that God has not gone anywhere, and that He is available to us at anytime and anywhere. “Our God does not sleep nor slumber” (Psalm 121). 2. Habakkuk 3:2 – “Stay focused on God’s consistency.” Our world is changing at a fast pace, but our God never changes (Psalm 102:26-28; Malachi 3:2). He is still as powerful as He was in the beginning and His divine will is still accomplished in the lives of His people. What God has done for you in the past, He will continue to do in the future. 3. Habakkuk 3:3-6 – “Stay focused on God’s glory.” Habakkuk says that God’s glory “covered the heavens”, it was everywhere. Like the sun, God’s glory spread His radiance throughout the heavens and the earth. God’s Shekinah Glory protected and led Israel though the wilderness and was a sign of His continued presence (Psalm 19:1-6). 4. Habakkuk 3:6 – “Stay focused on God’s eternity.” When faced with disaster, Habakkuk clung to God’s eternity. God does not come and go depending on what happens on the earth, “His ways are everlasting” and “in His right hand are pleasures forever” (Psalm 16:11). 5. Habakkuk 3:7-16 – “Stay focused on God’s authority.” In these 10 verses, Habakkuk used the personal pronoun “you” or “your” 20 times. His focus was on what God did and what He was going to do. God was in complete control of all things and in that, Habakkuk was encouraged. He didn’t have to worry what “man” could do to Him, because God ruled the heavens and the earth (Psalm 56:1-4). 6. Habakkuk 3:17-19 – Stay focused on God’s Sufficiency.” In verse 17 he lists 6 things that might happen if the situation didn’t change. But as his national situation worsened, Habakkuk relied on God. God was His strength, and God was his joy. During this unsettling time in our world, make sure and take the time for sincere, honest, and heartfelt prayer to the One who hears and answers, our Heavenly Father and God of all creation. (2 Chronicles 7:14) Blessings, Pastor Jim