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

Lay Aside Every Fear Hebrews 11 is often called the “Faith Chapter”. The author of Hebrews runs down a list of people in the bible who exhibited extraordinary faith when faced with an obstacle. In Hebrews 12:1 we read, “Therefore, since we have such great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance, and the sin that so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” The author is telling us here to use these men and women of faith as examples of how to live our own lives of faith. He compares our lives of faith to a race, a faith race, and he encourages us to not let anything keep us from running our race. In America today, there is a great evil that is gripping the human heart and causing people to run for cover, and that great evil is fear. Nothing stops the race of faith like fear. Fear is something that God designed, not the enemy. God designed fear so that we would flee real danger. Fear is meant to be a help in times of trouble and its purpose is to direct us to safety. When we are right before God, we fear the Lord and turn from evil (Job 28:28). But the devil perverts this reality with his lies and seeks to use fear in the wrong way. He wants us instead to fear the evil and turn away from the Lord. He wants us to believe that the place of destruction is actually the place of safety. If he can convince us of that, then he can stop our race of faith. So, how do we keep running our race of faith in a world of fear with an unseen enemy all around us? “We fear the Lord and turn from evil”. Fearing the Lord is believing the Lord. Here is an example. In Luke 8, when the windstorm hit the disciple’s boat, with Jesus sleeping, the storm looked stronger than Jesus and the disciples panicked. When Jesus rebuked the storm and it stopped, He said to them, “Where is your faith?” We then read that they were fearful and amazed. Of the storm, not of Jesus! Jesus transferred their fear from the storm to Jesus. Jesus’ word was stronger than the evil in the world. In 1 Peter 1:5 we read: You “by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” You are guarded through faith by believing in the promises of God. Gods says: “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10) “For, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, ‘fear not, I am the one who helps you.’” (Isaiah 41:13) “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9) Believing these, and many more, will guard you wherever you go. And through these promises Jesus says to you: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. Not as the world gives do I give you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”  (John 14:27) So, lay aside every fear (Hebrews 12:1) and believe in Jesus. Jesus is running the race with you (Hebrews 13:5) and He is stronger that the evil. (1 John 4:4) “For I am sure that neither life nor death, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39) May the God of hope be with your Spirit, Pastor Jim For 100 bible verses about “Do Not Fear” go to - https://www.openbible.info/topics/do_not_fear
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

Lay Aside Every Fear Hebrews 11 is often called the “Faith Chapter”. The author of Hebrews runs down a list of people in the bible who exhibited extraordinary faith when faced with an obstacle. In Hebrews 12:1 we read, “Therefore, since we have such great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance, and the sin that so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” The author is telling us here to use these men and women of faith as examples of how to live our own lives of faith. He compares our lives of faith to a race, a faith race, and he encourages us to not let anything keep us from running our race. In America today, there is a great evil that is gripping the human heart and causing people to run for cover, and that great evil is fear. Nothing stops the race of faith like fear. Fear is something that God designed, not the enemy. God designed fear so that we would flee real danger. Fear is meant to be a help in times of trouble and its purpose is to direct us to safety. When we are right before God, we fear the Lord and turn from evil (Job 28:28). But the devil perverts this reality with his lies and seeks to use fear in the wrong way. He wants us instead to fear the evil and turn away from the Lord. He wants us to believe that the place of destruction is actually the place of safety. If he can convince us of that, then he can stop our race of faith. So, how do we keep running our race of faith in a world of fear with an unseen enemy all around us? “We fear the Lord and turn from evil”. Fearing the Lord is believing the Lord. Here is an example. In Luke 8, when the windstorm hit the disciple’s boat, with Jesus sleeping, the storm looked stronger than Jesus and the disciples panicked. When Jesus rebuked the storm and it stopped, He said to them, “Where is your faith?” We then read that they were fearful and amazed. Of the storm, not of Jesus! Jesus transferred their fear from the storm to Jesus. Jesus’ word was stronger than the evil in the world. In 1 Peter 1:5 we read: You “by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” You are guarded through faith by believing in the promises of God. Gods says: “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10) “For, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, ‘fear not, I am the one who helps you.’” (Isaiah 41:13) “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9) Believing these, and many more, will guard you wherever you go. And through these promises Jesus says to you: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. Not as the world gives do I give you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”  (John 14:27) So, lay aside every fear (Hebrews 12:1) and believe in Jesus. Jesus is running the race with you (Hebrews 13:5) and He is stronger that the evil. (1 John 4:4) “For I am sure that neither life nor death, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39) May the God of hope be with your Spirit, Pastor Jim For 100 bible verses about “Do Not Fear” go to - https://www.openbible.info/topics/do_not_fear