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

Kevin Cushing

Kevin was a pastor’s kid, and quickly came to understand that loving God was the most important choice he could make in his life. As he got older he came to appreciate that a relationship with Jesus Christ was not only spiritually fulfilling, but intellectually and emotionally satisfying as well. Professionally, Kevin started off acting on stage and in media, and he wrote and directed some Christian films and documentaries when he was a young man.  He spent many years in motion picture and television development, and then as a marketing executive at a successful dotcom. Throughout his career, Kevin has maintained a close relationship and love for the local church and has been a sought-after speaker as well as writer of devotions and dramatic material used in worship.

A MESSAGE FROM KEVIN

“BORN FREE” At the beginning of Jesus’ ministry he was invited to speak in the synagogue of the town where he grew up.  There in front of his friends and family at Nazareth, he opened a scroll to Isaiah, and read: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me.  Because He has appointed me to preach the gospel to the poor.  He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted.  To proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind.  To set at liberty those who are oppressed.  To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” He closed the book, gave it back to the attendant and sat down.  The eyes of all who were in the synagogue were upon him.  And he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”  (Luke 4:18-21) During this month where we celebrate our freedoms, it is a good time to remind ourselves that Jesus didn’t come just to make us holy.  Jesus didn’t come just to teach us or make us members of a church.  Jesus came to set you free.  To free you from the prisons that life, and other people, and even religion, will try to put you in.  Jesus came to allow you to laugh, to set down your burdens and walk with the easy and unstressed mind of a redeemed child of God. As a Christian, your heritage is freedom.  Despite that, many of us do not feel free.  We pile up a sense of obligation, of guilt.  We allow others to set an agenda for us that is not properly ours.  Or we set expectations for ourselves that are impossible to meet.  We have been studying Jesus’ teaching on how to be free from worry and anxiety.  In July we will move into a new series from the book of 1st John—How to Have Assurance of Our Salvation. The apostle John’s greatest desire was that the people of God would have such an intimate knowledge of Jesus that their walk would be unencumbered by doubt, by fear and by the accusations and upsetting behavior of others. This summer, let us lay down the chains that we sometimes allow to drag us down—chains God never meant for us to carry.  Jesus came to buy our freedom.  Let us emerge from our prisons of fear, doubt, and false obligation. Let us walk into the sunlight of our freedom.  I’ll see you in church! In Christ’s love, Kevin
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

Kevin Cushing

Kevin was a pastor’s kid, and quickly came to understand that loving God was the most important choice he could make in his life. As he got older he came to appreciate that a relationship with Jesus Christ was not only spiritually fulfilling, but intellectually and emotionally satisfying as well. Professionally, Kevin started off acting on stage and in media, and he wrote and directed some Christian films and documentaries when he was a young man.  He spent many years in motion picture and television development, and then as a marketing executive at a successful dotcom. Throughout his career, Kevin has maintained a close relationship and love for the local church and has been a sought-after speaker as well as writer of devotions and dramatic material used in worship.

A MESSAGE FROM KEVIN

“BORN FREE” At the beginning of Jesus’ ministry he was invited to speak in the synagogue of the town where he grew up.  There in front of his friends and family at Nazareth, he opened a scroll to Isaiah, and read: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me.  Because He has appointed me to preach the gospel to the poor.  He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted.  To proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind.  To set at liberty those who are oppressed.  To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” He closed the book, gave it back to the attendant and sat down.  The eyes of all who were in the synagogue were upon him.  And he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”  (Luke 4:18-21) During this month where we celebrate our freedoms, it is a good time to remind ourselves that Jesus didn’t come just to make us holy.  Jesus didn’t come just to teach us or make us members of a church.  Jesus came to set you free.  To free you from the prisons that life, and other people, and even religion, will try to put you in.  Jesus came to allow you to laugh, to set down your burdens and walk with the easy and unstressed mind of a redeemed child of God. As a Christian, your heritage is freedom.  Despite that, many of us do not feel free.  We pile up a sense of obligation, of guilt.  We allow others to set an agenda for us that is not properly ours.  Or we set expectations for ourselves that are impossible to meet.  We have been studying Jesus’ teaching on how to be free from worry and anxiety.  In July we will move into a new series from the book of 1st John—How to Have Assurance of Our Salvation. The apostle John’s greatest desire was that the people of God would have such an intimate knowledge of Jesus that their walk would be unencumbered by doubt, by fear and by the accusations and upsetting behavior of others. This summer, let us lay down the chains that we sometimes allow to drag us down—chains God never meant for us to carry.  Jesus came to buy our freedom.  Let us emerge from our prisons of fear, doubt, and false obligation. Let us walk into the sunlight of our freedom.  I’ll see you in church! In Christ’s love, Kevin