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    By Michael Hernandez

    OXNARD—”Build the dream…Tear down lies…Serve the Next Generation,” said Sacramento Pastor Samuel Rodriguez during a Friday message given at New Life Community Church’s ‘First Things First’ conference. “God is seeking mighty heroes and mighty warriors (like Gideon).”

    Pastor Samuel Rodriguez

    The New Season Christian Worship Center pastor, movie producer, author, civil rights activist and television personality asked: “kingdom reformers and cultural architects to stand up.” Pastor Rodriguez speaking about Gideon (Judges 6-7) gave three main points:

    1. “Hidden warriors reap a harvest from unexpected places.”
    2. “Our identity precedes our destiny.”
    3. “Hidden warriors work with what they have.”

    “Come out and build the dream given you. Build with innovation. Tear down the lies and false altars. Stand on the ruins and serve the next generation,” said Pastor Rodriguez, who founded in 2000 the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, the largest Hispanic Evangelical Christian organization in the world with over 40,000 Latino Evangelical churches as members.

    “For every single person who has been threshing wheat at the bottom of a winepress, you are about to reap the greatest harvest of your life. There is a harvest coming our way.

    “Heaven is looking for a bunch of Gideons. I believe the revival and awakening coming to this nation will make the Jesus movement look like a rehearsal. We are being called to storm the gates of hell in the name of Jesus.”

    Pastor Samuel Rodriguez most recent book published in November, 2020 is “From Survive to Thrive.” He has five books listed on In June 2016, Rodriguez’s book “Be Light,” reached #1 on the Los Angeles Times Bestseller List. “You are Next,” released in 2019, was a Publishers Weekly bestseller.  Rodriguez was also executive producer for the 20th Century Fox motion picture Breakthrough and will be the executive producer for the Fox Searchlight film Flamin Hot.

    New Life Community Church located at 1251 N. Rice Avenue in Oxnard was founded by Pastors Steve and Tami Abraham in 1997 and is home to nearly 4,000 people. Two in-person services are held Sundays at 9 and 10:45 a.m. These two services are also online as well as a 12:30 p.m. online-only service. The online services can be found by going to the church website at: and selecting the church online tab which directs you to either YouTube or Facebook.


    Michael Hernandez, Co-Founder of the Citizens Journal—Ventura County’s online news service; editor of the History Makers Report and founder of History Makers International—a community nonprofit serving youth and families in Ventura County, is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor. He worked 25 years as a middle school teacher in Monrovia and Los Angeles Unified School Districts. Mr. Hernandez can be contacted by email at [email protected]

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