Rodney's church

New Light Christian Fellowship
Kansas City, Kansas 66102

About Rodney
  • Education: B.S. in Business Management M.S. in Operations Management
  • Experience: I have been in ministry for32 years. I was licensed in 1981 and ordained in 1985. I have worked in several areas of ministry while serving under other Pastors. These areas include the education, music, singles, couples and trustee ministries. My wife and I also served on the Board of Directors of "United Marriage Encounter", an interfaith, international ministry focused on making good marriages better. My ministry style is that of a teacher.
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: Sometimes you may have to read them two or three times for them to make sense. I sometimes approach things from a very different perspective to make a point, but once the point is made, they generally last. As you read my sermons, please feel free to use any of them for your congregation. God gave the message to me but He did not tell me to copyright them so you do not need my permission if something I have shared speaks to you and you want to share it with others.
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: My sermon series on forgiveness. I had to preachg it to myself before I could deliver it to others.
  • One of my favorite illustrations: How God wipes our sins away. I fill a see through cup with water. I add in red food coloring to illustrate our sins being as scarlet. When I talk about Christ wiping our slate clean, I pour bleach into the cup and the water turns clear again.
  • Family: Married for 31 years with two daughters.
  • What my parents think of my sermons: They loved them. Before my mother died, I remember preaching my second sermon which was very similar to my first sermon. My mother told me that I basically preached the same sermon. From that moment till now, 32 years later, I make sure I pray about what I am to say and study hard. My father always told me not to make them happy twice: once when I get into the pulpit and two, when I sat down. In other words, keep the message simple and to the point.
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: I think she spends a lot of time wondering where I come up with some of my topics. Every now and then she will tell me it was a "good" message, and she encourages me when I share something that is very difficult. She sees me as her husband and because she knows me she understands my heart in a way that my members cannot. That gives her a deeper insight (even when we disagree) into my sermons.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: To make sure I studied my topic and was correct in the information I was delivering as God would hold me accountable for whatever I said or taught to His people. If I got it wrong and someone took what I said and shared with others that I’ll never meet, I am still held accountable for what they shared with others as I was the one who gave them the wrong information.
  • Books that have had an impact: Bible "The Case For Christ" by Lee Strobel Sparkling Gems from the Greek by Rick Renner
  • Hobbies: I love reading; baking and playing a relaxing round of golf.
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: That God loves us and for that we should be encouraged. We will continue to face difficult times in our life but by the grace of God He has already provided what we need to make it through each trial and circumstance. It might not work out as we would like, but it will lead to our good.
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: My notes got mixed up and I did not realize it until the sermon started making no sense. I apologized to the Church, straightened my notes and continued.
  • What I want on my tombstone: He lived his faith in Christ everyday.
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  • Memorial Day - A Day To Remember

    Contributed on May 25, 2023

    This message is in honor of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in an on-going spiritual war to free us from sin and to those who died in wars to maintain the freedom of this country - the United States of America.

    Memorial Day – A Day to Remember Scriptures: John 15:13; Mark 10:45; Acts 6:8-10 The title of my message is “Memorial Day – A Day to Remember.” This morning I want to share with you why we should take a moment and reflect on why we celebrate Memorial Day – the day we remember those who gave the more

  • Guilt

    Contributed on May 6, 2023

    If you have committed a wrong that is weighing you down with guilt, even though you have repented and received God's forgiveness, please read this message of hope.

    Guilt Scripture: Psalm 32:1-5; Romans 3:22-24 The title of my message this morning is “Guilt.” I do not know about you, but there are times when I lay in bed at night thinking about things that I have done that were not right and actually hurt others. I think about the repercussions of more

  • I Live In Goshen

    Contributed on Apr 27, 2023

    This message is about living in todays' world with the mindset that God is protecting us. It does not mean that we will not suffer traumatic experiences, but that through everything, He is with me and delivering me.

    I Live In Goshen Scripture: Matthew 24:6-12; Genesis 45:9-10; Exodus 20:20-23 The title of my message this morning is “I Live in Goshen.” Now all of you know that I actually live in Lenexa, KS so I am not speaking of a physical address, but a mental one, a mindset. Based on my being a child more

  • Why Are We Afraid

    Contributed on Apr 19, 2023

    This message is about fear, asking the question "Why are we so afraid?" Fear is one of the drivers of hate so what we are seeing is exactly what Jesus prophesied would happen in these last days.

    Why Are We Afraid? Scriptures: Second Timothy 1:7; Luke 12:22-32; First John 4:18 The title of my message this morning is “Why Are We Afraid?” This past week a man was charged with murder after he allegedly shot and killed a young woman who was in a car that mistakenly pulled into his driveway more

  • Palm Sunday 2023

    Contributed on Mar 31, 2023

    How do we know with certainty that Jesus is the One and Only Son of God? This message examines the "odds" and/or probability based on the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies.

    Palm Sunday 2023 Scripture: Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1:26-27; Micah 5:2; Matthew 2:1-2 Today we celebrate Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday is always the Sunday before Easter and commemorates Jesus arriving into Jerusalem riding on a donkey. As He made His entrance into the city, some people laid down more

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