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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  • Enabled

    Contributed on Mar 17, 2019

    We have been Enabled with the authority of God to act in this world. This message is about what it means to be a delegate/representative of Christ.

    Enabled Scriptures: Matthew 3:16; Luke 4:18-21; 10:1, 17 The title of my message this morning is “Enabled.” I want you to think about what it means to be enabled and to help with our understanding I want to give you the definitions of three words. • The first word is “Able.” Able is defined more

  • Hindsight, Insight, Foresight: The Importance Of History

    Contributed on Feb 9, 2019

    This message is about understanding and remembering our history so that we will be able to prepare for our future.

    Hindsight, Insight, Foresight The Importance of History Scriptures: Proverbs 30:18-19a; Deuteronomy 4:7-10; 6:5-12 Solomon said, “There are three things which are too wonderful for me, four which I do not understand: the way of an eagle in the sky…..” (Proverbs 30:18-19a) Eagles have excellent more

  • Spiritual Equilibrium Part 2

    Contributed on Feb 3, 2019

    This message focuses on the last two temptations that Jesus faced and how He responded.

    Spiritual Equilibrium: Part 2 Scriptures: Matthew 4:5-11; Mark 16:17-18 This is part two of my message “Spiritual Equilibrium.” In part one we reviewed the first of three temptations that Jesus experienced at the hands of Satan. Last week we learned that we needed to have a balance in our flesh, more

  • Spiritual Equilibrium Part 1

    Contributed on Jan 27, 2019

    This message is about having spiritual balance. It utilizes the story of Jesus being tempted by Satan to identify areas where we need to be in spiritual equilibrium in order to fulfill our mission here on earth.

    Spiritual Equilibrium: Part 1 Scriptures: Ephesians 6:12; Galatians 5:17; Matthew 4:1-4 The title of my message this morning is “Spiritual Equilibrium” and we will be dealing with this subject for the next two weeks. Several years ago I developed some seasonal allergies that led to fluid more

  • Let It Be

    Contributed on Jan 19, 2019

    This message is about how powerful the words "Let", "It", and "Be" are in Scripture as it relates to how we are to function as Christians in this world.

    Let It Be Scriptures: Philippians 2:3, 5-8; 4:6; Ephesians 4:25, 29; 1 John 4:7 The title of my message this morning is “Let It Be.” Two weeks ago I asked all of us to make a choice, a choice to be all in for Christ in 2019. Making this choice requires each of us to change how we think and how more

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