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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Newest Sermons

  • Living In The Kingdom 17

    Contributed on May 12, 2022

    In this message we examine what Jesus said about worrying.

    Living In the Kingdom Part 17 Scripture: Matthew 6:25-34; Psalm 90:12; Psalm 139:23-24 This is a continuation of my series, “Living in the Kingdom.” This morning I want to share what Jesus said about worrying. We will be looking at verses twenty-five through thirty-four of Matthew chapter six more

  • Mother's Day 2022

    Contributed on May 6, 2022

    In this Mother's Day message, I examine the in-law relationship between Naomi and Ruth and Jesus' request of John to take care of Mary after He died.

    Mother’s Day 2022 Scripture: Ruth 1:8-17; 2:11-12; 4:17; Matthew 1:1; 16; John 19:25-27 Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mothers present here in the sanctuary, who are watching this live stream and who will receive this message via email. You are special in the eyes of God and it is a blessing more

  • Living In The Kingdom 16

    Contributed on May 1, 2022

    In Part 16, we examine what Jesus said about storing up riches in heaven. The term "riches" mean difference things to different people, but what is important is that we value nothing here on earth as more important than God and His Son, Jesus Christ.

    Living in the Kingdom 16 Scripture: Matthew 6:19-24; Proverbs 4:23; Mark 7:20-23 This is a continuation of my series, “Living in the Kingdom.” This morning we will examine what Jesus says about riches in His Sermon on the Mount. We will look at verses nineteen through twenty-four which says, more

  • Living In The Kingdom 15

    Contributed on Apr 21, 2022

    In this message we will examine what Jesus said about fasting. While it is common for people to say they are fasting from watrching TV, playing video games, etc, this is not scripturally an accurate protrayal of what fasting truly is and the power that comes through it when combined with prayer.

    Living in the Kingdom 15 Scripture: Matthew 6:16-18; 17:14-21; Isaiah 58:2-6; Psalms 35:13 This is a continuation of my series, “Living in the Kingdom.” This morning we will examine what Jesus says about fasting and riches in His Sermon on the Mount. We will look at verses sixteen through more

  • Easter 2022

    Contributed on Apr 13, 2022
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    "What God has shared with you in the Light, do not forget in the darkness." The is the overall message from this Easter sermon. When we have hard times, do not forget what Jesus has already spoken into our lives.

    Easter 2022 Scripture: John 8:12; Mark 10:32-34; 16:9-11; James 1:2-3 I want to thank Pastor Cynthia for her continuing to cover for me as I travel back and forth to Tennessee for the next several months. It is a blessing to have someone that you can depend on when you need them most. Thank more