When the Israelites left Egypt they were a people united with a common vision and following one leader – Moses. The first time in some four hundred years, the people of God were a people with renewed purpose and led by one, chosen leader. Moses led God’s people for nearly four decades and he was the first dedicated leader than many of them ever had. And then he died.
After he died, God spoke a wonderful truth about Moses. God called him “My servant”. The people found themselves without a leader, yet God held the plan and God wanted the Israelites to continue with the vision he gave them through Moses.
The Life’s Journey congregation may feel like a people without a shepherd, but we are reminded that God is the leader and he is the true shepherd. As Life’s Journey begins the process of finding a new senior pastor, we know that God is with us where ever we go. Be encouraged as Casey reminds us that God sets the vision and we will continue with purpose, strength and courage if we are willing to listen and move just as Joshua and the Israelites learned.
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.
Rod continues a new series on the book of Philippians.
Knowing Jesus prepares you to live and prepares you to die. There is a boldness that you receive and that grows as you get to know Jesus. The boldness is not that of physical power, strength, or superior intellect. The boldness given to and learned by the Christian is found in abounding love. Paul found emotional, mental, and even physical strength in the abounding love of God. That abounding love pours into you and the boldness increases as it pours out of you into the lives of others. Intentional living is intentional dying; for you must die to all of your personal hopes and dreams so that you can find them again in Jesus. The more you intentionally live for Jesus, the more you are intentionally ready to die. You give your whole life to God for his good work and let him decide when it’s time to take you out of this world. He made and chose you for a specific task of showing love and truth to some part of this world. Therefore, find your life and death in abounding love.
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