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

In this final message of our Year with Jesus, Pastor Rod examines Jesus: what can we learn from His interactions with people about His character, His priorities, and His values?  What does it really mean to follow Jesus?

Direct download: 2015_12_27_AM3_1-2-MP3_for_Audio_Podcasting.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:34pm CDT

No telling of the Christmas story is complete without the star:  Jesus.  But He is more than just a baby born long ago.  He is the Savior.

Direct download: 2015_12_20_AM2_Podcast_1-2-MP3_for_Audio_Podcasting.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:12pm CDT

The arrival of Jesus changed everything.  Jesus did not come as a savior for one selective group of people.  Jesus came for all people.

Direct download: 2015_12_06_AM3_Podcast_1-2-MP3_for_Audio_Podcasting.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:46pm CDT

When we tell the Christmas story, we don't spend a lot of time dwelling on Herod the Great, who brutally ruled the area where Jesus was born.  But his story is an important part of the real Christmas story.

Direct download: 2015_11_29_AM3_1-2-MP3_for_Audio_Podcasting.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:27am CDT

The Bible doesn't say much about Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus.  But we can learn a lot about what it takes to be a person of integrity by his actions.  He was wiling to give up his own plans and dreams in order to further God's plan for our world.

Direct download: 2015_11_22_AM3_1-2-MP3_for_Audio_Podcasting.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:01pm CDT

Our society is once again racing headlong into the Christmas season. But for the next 40 days, we are going to slow down and really consider the first Christmas.  We're going to look closer and learn from the main characters in the story.   Perhaps the most famous woman in the Bible is Mary, the mother of Jesus, who was fantastically used by God.

Direct download: 2015_11_15_AM2_Podcast-MP3_for_Audio_Podcasting.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:53pm CDT

Closed, locked doors do not stop God!  Pastor Rod finishes our missions series with more stories about the Gospel reaching into impossible places, and how one 5 year old boy made a difference in a distant country.

Direct download: 2015_11_08_AM3_1-2-MP3_for_Audio_Podcasting.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:09pm CDT

There are countries all over the planet that are closed to the Gospel. But closed and locked doors don't stop God!   

Direct download: 2015_11_01_AM3_1-2-MP3_for_Audio_Podcasting.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:17pm CDT

Doors can be used to let people in, but they can also be used to keep people out.  Or keep people in.  We're not talking about literal doors in this series, but figurative ones. People and people groups, and in some cases, entire countries that are closed to the Gospel.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:54pm CDT

Have you ever been in a situation where your supply was just not enough?  Have you ever totaled your expenses and your income just didn't cut it?  Pastor Brian Dollar looks at one of Jesus' most unusual miracles, which reminds us that God knows our needs.

Direct download: 2015_10_17_Sat_1-2-MP3_for_Audio_Podcasting.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:26pm CDT

Maybe you feel like your situation is hopeless - like you don't have a chance - that all hope is gone?  Maybe you just feel like giving up.  It's a horrible feeling.  But with Jesus, even in our darkest moments, it's never too late!

Direct download: 2015_10_11_AM2_1-2-MP3_for_Audio_Podcasting.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:34pm CDT

Your biggest crises reveal your best friends: the people you can always count on, someone you can trust.  Sometimes, we need someone to lean on.  We give up on people who reject us and move on.  But not Jesus.  He comes back over and over. He wants relationship with you.

 

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:53pm CDT

There is likely something in your life that is out of control.   It didn't start that way, you didn't plan on losing control, but you have.    Regardless of what has you trapped, you can be free.

Direct download: 2015_09_27_Sun_AM3-MP3_for_Audio_Podcasting.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:44pm CDT

We have been taught that faith is a formula.  If we'll just pray the right prayer, do the right things, give in the right offering, or go to the right church, God will heal and bless us.   But is that the case?  How much is up to you, and how much is up to God?

 

Direct download: 2015_09_19_Sat_1-2-MP3_for_Audio_Podcasting.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:02pm CDT

In our culture, we've devalued the word "miracle."  But a real miracle is not something that people can do, it's something only God can do.  You may think that you or something in your life is too far gone.  It's too late to change. But your opinion of when it is over and too far gone is not necessarily right.  

Direct download: 2015_09_13_AM_1-2-MP3_for_Audio_Podcasting.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:25pm CDT

After Jesus physically left the earth, His disciples accomplished amazing things!   The reason was not their ability or accomplishments.  It was through the power of the Holy Spirit -- the Helper who worked in them and through them.  The Holy Spirit still works in and through us today!

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:31pm CDT

This world is not our home.  Not our permanent one, anyway.  We are citizens of Heaven!   

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:58pm CDT

What does peace mean to you?  A lot of people think of peace as an absence of trouble, but life isn't like that very often.  When Jesus talked about peace, what did He mean?

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:39pm CDT

Jesus said "I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly."  What does that mean?  What are things that keep us from having abundant lives today?

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:27pm CDT

Why did God send His Son, Jesus, to earth?  What was so important that Jesus would leave Heaven and all its perfect wonder to come to flawed, me

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:12pm CDT

In life, you are going to experience conflict.  It's inevitable.  How we deal with conflict makes the difference.  Jesus had another radical idea about go through your conflicts.  In this message, Pastor Randy Jumper examines how Jesus said we should restore broken relationships.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:53am CDT

This is one of Jesus' most challenging statements.  But we can't avoid it.   We must deal with it, because for many people, this is the single biggest issue in their lives.  It's an issue that keeps people locked in the past - in a cycle of bitterness, anger, hurt, and regret.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:31pm CDT

We say it often, Every Soul Matters to God.  But do we really believe that?  Did Jesus really die for all people?  Or, are there some people who are just too bad, even for God? It is possible to disqualify yourself from His love and forgiveness?

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:50pm CDT

Jesus said we are supposed to love our enemies and do good to those who curse us. What in the world?  How are we supposed to do that?  In this message, Rod Loy examines one of Jesus' most counter-cultural statements.

 

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:20pm CDT

Worry isn't a new problem, and these days there is never any shortage of things to worry about.  Thankfully, Jesus was not silent on the subject.  He knew our struggles and offered a solution - a completely different way to approach daily concerns.

Direct download: 2015_06_28_AM3_1-2-MP3_for_Audio_Podcasting.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:26pm CDT

Our world tells us it's all about ME.  But Jesus has a different take on things. In this message, Pastor Brian Dollar talks about another of Jesus's teachings that seem so out of step with our world.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:36pm CDT

In life, it can sometimes seem like we are stuck in impossible situations.  Our human minds struggle to understand because a lot of things are impossible, or seem impossible, but the Bible tells us over and over, that nothing is impossible with God.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:34pm CDT

In this series, we are looking at bold, counter-cultural teachings of Jesus that have changed the way people view life, circumstances, relationships, and problems.  In this message, Pastor Rod Loy looks at Jesus' teachings on money.  Jesus said we should be more concerned with treasures in Heaven than on earth.  What does that mean?  How should we do that?

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:08pm CDT

Are you a doubter?  You can read so many crazy stories, hoaxes, and conspiracies on the Internet these days, it's hard to believe if anything is the truth anymore.   Thomas, one of Jesus's disciples, had a hard time believing that Jesus had actually risen from the grave.  The way Jesus showed him the truth is the same way He helps us when we doubt.  

Direct download: 2015_05_30_Sat_1-2-MP3_for_Audio_Podcasting.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:30pm CDT

We are studying Jesus' encounters with unlikely people. In this message, we look at a lifetime loser with multiple failures.  Life was empty, she couldn't find fulfillment.  Then, in an instant, everything changed.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:45pm CDT

In the short time Jesus was in active ministry on earth, you'd think He would choose the best and the brightest to be his disciples, but that wasn't the case.  In some cases, he chose people you'd never think would make good followers.   But He saw the potential in people like Matthew, and He sees the potential in you, too.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:53pm CDT

The church is the one place where you shouldn't have to fear being judged and rejected for your past.  We should be able to bring our hurts, sins, and our pasts to church and receive acceptance and forgiveness.  But, it can be a real fear.  Will people condemn me?  Will God even accept me?

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:58pm CDT

In the ancient world, children were considered to be very low status, valuable to families only if it was thought they could be productive.   Jesus had a radical attitude about children: that all of them were priceless treasures who had a part in God's Kingdom.  

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:16am CDT

Many people picture God sitting up in Heaven with a big stick, waiting for you to do wrong so He can punish you.  He can't wait to catch you.   In this message, we see that Jesus tells us things are very different.

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:08pm CDT

Do you have questions about God and Christianity?  The greatest verse in the Bible was originally said to someone who was curious and had questions.  

Direct download: 2015_04_19_AM_1-2-MP3_for_Audio_Podcasting.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:11pm CDT

It's a tough place to be, in the middle of a crisis.  When it doesn't turn out the way you thought it would, it's easy to give up.  It's easy to pack your bags and walk away.  But when things seem to be going wrong, God's plan for your life still applies.  In this message, Pastor Randy Jumper examines the story of the road to Emm

Direct download: 2015_04_12_AM_1-2-MP3_for_Audio_Podcasting.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:57pm CDT

The value of something is determined by how much someone is willing to pay for it.  At Easter, we celebrate that God made the decision to value us.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:31am CDT

Everything in Jesus' life pointed to this one event.  From day one, this was Jesus' purpose on Earth.  Saving the world was Jesus' assignment, His purpose, and God's plan.  For that to be accomplished, He had to die.

Direct download: 2015_03_29_AM3_1-2-MP3_for_Audio_Podcasting.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:51pm CDT

Jesus was betrayed, not just by Judas, but the other disciples abandoned Him as well.  His closest friends let Him down.  If you feel like you've let God down, like He could never forgive you, and no longer has a plan for you, you need to hear the full story of the night Jesus was betrayed and how He responded.

Direct download: 2015_03_21_Sat_1-2-MP3_for_Audio_Podcasting.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:12pm CDT

At the Last Supper, Jesus didn't give the disciples a pep talk.  He knew what was coming.  He knew the disciples were in for the fight of their lives.  Life with Jesus is not worry and trouble free.  He never promised that.  But He also promises to be with us through it all.

Direct download: 2015_03_15_AM1_1-2-MP3_for_Audio_Podcasting.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:07pm CDT

Week after week, people who are burned out, stressed out, and worn out come staggering into church.   They need to be introduced to Jesus,  He alone is the way, the truth, and the life and we have been looking for.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:34pm CDT

At the Last Supper, Jesus humbled Himself and served the disciples.  What would happen if we all had an "others first, me last" mindset?

Direct download: 2015_02_28_Sat.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:14am CDT

Jesus said we should love our neighbor as ourself.  So the question is: who is my neighbor?  Pastor Parker Loy takes a look at one of the most famous stories in the Bible to see how Jesus answered this question.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:09pm CDT

Like the Pharisees of the Bible, we often make up rules that have little to do with Scripture. Too often, love seems to give way to judging.  Grace has been replaced by score keeping.  What did Jesus have to say about this? How should we respond?

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:15pm CDT

Are you in a storm?  We're not talking about weather, but a life storm - when it feels like your life is crashing all around you.  It may seem impossible, unending, and devastating. Jesus, on the other hand, isn't frightened in the least by your storm.  

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:14pm CDT

Often, we think we don't have any talents to use for God, but the Bible says that He can use our particular gifts, even when they seem small to us.

Direct download: 2015_01_31_Sat_1-2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:54am CDT

Are you grateful?  It's not enough for us just to be obedient to God.  He also commands us to be grateful.  What does a grateful life look like?

Direct download: 2015_01_24_Sat_1-2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:07pm CDT

Following Christ is not a free ticket to everything we've always wanted.  Jesus tells us that in order to follow him we must be willing to pay the price he requires of us.  What is the price tag for following Jesus?

Direct download: 2015_01_18_AM_1-2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:37pm CDT

Just like a tree, the product of your life reveals what's in your heart.  You can't claim to be good and do evil.  Your heart reveals itself in your words and actions.

Direct download: 2015_01_10_Sat_1-2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:41pm CDT

What makes a church healthy?  In this message, Rod Loy looks at the model we should follow for building a healthy church.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:03pm CDT