On January 22, 2018, Pastor Rod Benner left this world for his eternal home with Jesus. His Christian family at Life’s Journey Christian Fellowship grieve with the thousands of other people who came to know Rod during his long life and ministry. The grief is mixed with joy because although we lost a mentor, spiritual father, brother, and a friend, we know we will see him again in glory in the life to come. We know this because we know Jesus.
We can rejoice in sadness not only because of where Rod is now (and Who he is now with), but we can rejoice because of the life and example Rod showed us. In teaching thousands of people who Jesus is, Rod lived a noble and worthy example of who Jesus is. As a friend of Rod’s wrote, “Thank you for saying yes to Jesus and never looking back. Thank you that you refused to let bitter people make you small; that pain didn’t break you; that darkness couldn’t dim your light and fear didn’t hid your love. Thank you for loving without reservation; in a reckless almost boyish way you displayed the “can’t help myself” love of Jesus. Thank you for loving us without an agenda. Thank you for your commitment to reaching the world one soul at a time; to see as Jesus saw, to hear as Jesus heard, and to do as Jesus did. Thank you for not condoning, not condemning but being filled with compassion. Yours is a life to to be honored and imitated; lived with passion and integrity in pursuit of the heart of God. Only heaven knows the full impact of your life and it’s mark in eternity. One thing is sure, the best is yet to come!”
Be sad with us, but rejoice with us too. As Rod would have wanted you to, get to know the Jesus he called friend and Lord. Rod led a life worthy of the Master’s praise, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”
Rod’s funeral will be held on Saturday, January 27, at 10 AM at the Colstrip High School (gym) in Colstrip, MT.