First Assembly NLR Audio Podcast
Weekend messages from Pastor Rod Loy and FirstNLR.

Most people make big plans for the New Year - life-altering decisions called resolutions. Most of the time, though, we waste these opportunities at "do overs."  This struggle is not new.  And just like everything else we face, the Bible has some answers. 

Direct download: 2014_12_28_AM_1-2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:50pm CDT

Over the week of Christmas, business will shut down, schools will let out and stores will be absolutely packed.  In an increasingly secular society, everything still stops for Christmas.  Why? What's the big deal about Christmas?

Direct download: 2014_12_21_AM_Podcast_1-2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:32pm CDT

Worry is fear about things that haven't happened yet or are already in the past.  Worry is toxic.  It affects your relationships, your energy, and your health.  It can dominate your thinking.  No one enjoys worrying.  But, how do you stop?  What's the answer?  Is there a cure?

Direct download: 2014_12_07_AM_1-2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:51pm CDT

Loneliness isn't discussed in church very often.  Even talking about loneliness can be uncomfortable.  But it's important to talk about it because at some point, everybody feels alone.  Feeling lonely isn't a sin and it doesn't mean that you are a failure or are flawed.  What does the Bible have to say about loneliness?

Direct download: 2014_11_30_AM_1-2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:43pm CDT

The dictionary definition of weary is: physically or mentally exhausted by hard work, exertion, strain; faitgued; tired.  Does this describe you?  What do you do?  Is there an answer?  Is there hope?

Direct download: 2014_11_23_AM_1-2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:18pm CDT

We all like to receive gifts.  But in this message, Pastor Rod talks about a gift from God - a gift we really need in life's most difficult, stressful times. 

Direct download: 2014_11_16_AM_1-2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:39pm CDT

Long-term illness is a topic the church doesn't often address.  In this message, Pastor Rod answers some questions about long-term illness as we look at a famous healing in the Bible.

Direct download: 2014_11_09_AM_1-2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:52pm CDT

You can't "kind of" follow Jesus.  It's all or nothing.  Reaching out to others is part of the deal - whether that's here in the US, or some remote corner of the world.  That's what missions is about.  We creatively build bridges and strategically partner with other bridge builders in order to lead people to Jesus.  

Direct download: 2014_11_02_AM_1-2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:08pm CDT

Our mission as followers of Jesus is to be "bridge builders", to share the Good News about Jesus, whose death on the cross bridged the gap between God and man. Having walked across that bridge ourselves and discovered the love of God, we have an obligation and an assignment to help others walk across the bridge, too.

Direct download: 2014_10_26_AM_1-2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:25pm CDT

It's often hard to tell someone the truth.  Really, we should be grateful that someone loves us enough to tell us the truth.  But that's not always the way it is in life, is it?  The old saying, "the truth hurts," is often true.

Direct download: 2014_10_12_AM_1-2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:55pm CDT