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.
When you feel you are surrounded by the enemy, open your eyes and see that God surrounds the enemy!
When a servant came to the prophet Elisha and cried out in fear because the enemy army had the city surrounded, Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes.” The servant then saw horses and chariots of fire on the hills surrounding the enemy.
Whether your enemy is a group of people threatening physical harm or the fear of shame and rejection, turn to God and look at the situation through his eyes. God wants you to know that he chose you and had a plan for you before the foundation of the world and that Jesus is for you.
In Pastor Rod’s last sermon, he reminds us that God is big and Christ is powerful. God is forgiving, God is powerful, God is in control, and God is love. He loves you. He will uphold you. He cares for you.
Open your eyes and see the presence of God around you and know, when Jesus is your master, the power of Jesus lives inside you. When you know what God wants you to know, you’ll see what God wants you to see.
God improves your sight to let you see circumstances better.
As we get older our eyes start to have problems. Our physical eyes can begin to weaken as we age, but our spiritual vision is weak or impaired from a young age. Spiritual vision improves as you get to know God more personally.
Situations come into our lives and we don’t see them they way God wants us to see them. Things you want to visually disappear are sometimes the very things God brings into your life to make you holy and look more and more like Jesus Christ.
How’s your soul? Are you caught up with the circumstances of your life or are you caught up in the Spirit of God?
How can you make it through dark times of life and still be joyful? The condition of your soul has much to do with how you respond.
A healthy soul has less to do with how perfect people think you are and more with who you rely on. Jesus is the sure foundation for life. If you lean on Jesus, then you will still be joyful even when your emotions and physical body feel pain. Can you keep your eyes on Jesus Christ or are you swamped with the circumstances of life?