First Assembly NLR Audio Podcast
Sunday messages from Rod Loy

Whether it's during the holiday season or not, many of us struggle with depression, stress, and anxiety.  It seems like the hubbub of the holidays makes the stress level rise even higher.  Jesus faced a lot of stress.  How did he manage to be at peace under pressure?

If you sometimes feel like you can't take it anymore, if life feels out of control, this message that looks at the teachings of Jesus could change your life!

Direct download: 2007_12_23_AM_2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:44pm CDT

We've all been lonely.  Feeling lonely doesn't make you a failure.  Feeling lonely isn't silly.  It's something we all face at some point.  In this message, Rod Loy looks at five common causes of loneliness and what we can do when we feel lonely.

 

Direct download: 2007_12_09_AM_2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:17pm CDT

At one point or another, most of us have struggled with depression.  People tell you, "just be happy, deal with it."  That sounds good, but when you are depressed, you don't know how to deal with it.  You want to be happy, it's just not that easy.  In this message, Rod Loy looks at what the Bible says to do when you are depressed.
Direct download: 2007_12_02_AM_2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:24pm CDT

Forgiveness is a tough issue - it seems that all of us have been in situations where friends or family members have hurt us in some way.  Some of us have what seem to be good reasons to be offended.  Why should we forgive?  In this message, Rod Loy talks about the eternal importance of forgiveness.
Direct download: 2007_11_25_AM_2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:51pm CDT

Conflict between people is inevitable - in marriages, in families, at work, and even at church.  The true test of our faith is - how will we conduct ourselves and how will we resolve those issues?
Direct download: 2007_11_18_AM_2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:55pm CDT

We all fear something.  For some of us, though, fear dominates our thinking and controls our lives.  Whether it's the fear of failure, rejection, sickness, or intimacy, there are many fears that can consume us.  So, how do you deal with fear?  What does the Bible say about overcoming it?

 

Direct download: 2007_11_11_AM_2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:08pm CDT

What makes you mad?  Is it traffic?  A relationship? The person in front of you with 15 items in the "10 items or less" line at the grocery store?  What really makes you angry? 
Direct download: 2007_10_07_AM2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:59pm CDT

It's funny, isn't it?  We should learn from other people's mistakes and failures.  We should be able to apply those lessons to our own lives.  We should, but often we don't.  We are most likely to learn life lessons when we are forced to learn them, not unlike Jonah in the Biblical story.  In this message, Pastor Rod Loy looks at the story of Jonah, and what it tells us today about running from God.
Direct download: 2007_09_30_AM2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:51pm CDT

There are many people who are spending their lives running from God.  Maybe you know someone like this.  Maybe that someone is you.

A runner is not physically sprinting from God, but they've made a decision to run away from God in their whole life, or in a particular area.

In this message, Rod Loy talks about a predictable pattern that develops in the lives of people who are running from God.

Direct download: 2007_09_23_AM2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:35pm CDT

What do you do when you survive a storm?  Whether it's a storm in your marriage, your finances, or your health, you have been in survival mode.  What happens when the storm is over?  Survival mode doesn't work anymore. What should you do now?
Direct download: 2007_09_09_AM2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:31pm CDT