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

Cling to God’s Word During my dad’s later years, he had a small room in his house where he liked to sit and read. There was a bookcase on one wall that was full of his many books. After my dad passed away, my mom gave me the privilege of going through his library and selecting the books that I wanted to keep. As I was going over the many titles, I saw his old leather- bound Bible. I immediately grabbed ahold of it and put it into my box of books that I was going to keep. I remember that day when I pulled dad’s Bible out of the box and started to look through it. I was amazed at the many underlined passages and notes that he made in the margin. I knew that my dad had always been a student of God’s word, but as I read his heartfelt notes, I realized just how much God’s Word meant to him and how much he treasured it. Every morning, as I scan the newspaper, I read about our world that is being pulled down in a suffocating feeling of fear and panic. Some people are afraid for their lives or the lives of their loved ones. Many are worried about their financial situations, both immediate and long term. Others are concerned about the breakdown of society and all the associated political confusion. On top of all that, we find that some of the comforts that we have known are being taken from us. But there is one thing that cannot be taken away, and that is the Word of God. God’s Word is eternal and everything we need can be found in it. So, I would like to highlight two of the underlined verses from my Dad’s Bible that can help us through these trying times. Psalm 1:1,2 – Spend time in God’s word. “How blessed is the man who does not walk in the council of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law, he meditates day and night.” A large part of what gave my dad the strength to face his last days was his reliance upon Scripture. Because he had studied it, the promises of God were hidden in his heart. You see, the Bible is a “living Word”. It holds boundless wisdom, guidance, and encouragement. In a badly broken world, the Bible is our anchor and provides all that we need to stand firm. (Proverbs 18:10; Psalm 46:1; Romans 8:28). If we will slow down and meditate on God’s word, it will impact our lives today and for eternity. Romans 8:18 – Realize that this world is not the end. “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time  are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed.” Whatever you are facing today, whether it is short-term or long-term, it is temporary. For followers of Christ, who call upon His name as Savior, we have faith that our present struggles will one day fade as we close our eyes in this world and wake up in the presence of Jesus. In this life we will suffer, grieve, and sometimes feel overwhelmed. We may have to endure broken relationships, health problems and job loss. Jesus said that “in this world you will have tribulation” (John 16:33). However, as believers we cling confidently to the second half of verse 33, “But take heart, I have overcome the world.” When the hardships and pain of this world one day fades, Jesus will replace our mortal bodies with glorious heavenly bodies (Philippians 3:21). Until that day, we are to keep our eyes on Him. Instead of being caught up in the pain of this dark world, sink deep into the light of His Word. Remember that Jesus suffered and died on the cross FOR YOU. And because of His great sacrifice, your present situation is not the end and that one day, glory awaits all those who call upon His name.  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

Cling to God’s Word During my dad’s later years, he had a small room in his house where he liked to sit and read. There was a bookcase on one wall that was full of his many books. After my dad passed away, my mom gave me the privilege of going through his library and selecting the books that I wanted to keep. As I was going over the many titles, I saw his old leather- bound Bible. I immediately grabbed ahold of it and put it into my box of books that I was going to keep. I remember that day when I pulled dad’s Bible out of the box and started to look through it. I was amazed at the many underlined passages and notes that he made in the margin. I knew that my dad had always been a student of God’s word, but as I read his heartfelt notes, I realized just how much God’s Word meant to him and how much he treasured it. Every morning, as I scan the newspaper, I read about our world that is being pulled down in a suffocating feeling of fear and panic. Some people are afraid for their lives or the lives of their loved ones. Many are worried about their financial situations, both immediate and long term. Others are concerned about the breakdown of society and all the associated political confusion. On top of all that, we find that some of the comforts that we have known are being taken from us. But there is one thing that cannot be taken away, and that is the Word of God. God’s Word is eternal and everything we need can be found in it. So, I would like to highlight two of the underlined verses from my Dad’s Bible that can help us through these trying times. Psalm 1:1,2 – Spend time in God’s word. “How blessed is the man who does not walk in the council of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law, he meditates day and night.” A large part of what gave my dad the strength to face his last days was his reliance upon Scripture. Because he had studied it, the promises of God were hidden in his heart. You see, the Bible is a “living Word”. It holds boundless wisdom, guidance, and encouragement. In a badly broken world, the Bible is our anchor and provides all that we need to stand firm. (Proverbs 18:10; Psalm 46:1; Romans 8:28). If we will slow down and meditate on God’s word, it will impact our lives today and for eternity. Romans 8:18 – Realize that this world is not the end. “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time  are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed.” Whatever you are facing today, whether it is short- term or long-term, it is temporary. For followers of Christ, who call upon His name as Savior, we have faith that our present struggles will one day fade as we close our eyes in this world and wake up in the presence of Jesus. In this life we will suffer, grieve, and sometimes feel overwhelmed. We may have to endure broken relationships, health problems and job loss. Jesus said that “in this world you will have tribulation” (John 16:33). However, as believers we cling confidently to the second half of verse 33, “But take heart, I have overcome the world.” When the hardships and pain of this world one day fades, Jesus will replace our mortal bodies with glorious heavenly bodies (Philippians 3:21). Until that day, we are to keep our eyes on Him. Instead of being caught up in the pain of this dark world, sink deep into the light of His Word. Remember that Jesus suffered and died on the cross FOR YOU. And because of His great sacrifice, your present situation is not the end and that one day, glory awaits all those who call upon His name.  Blessings, Pastor Jim