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

Pastor Rod tells how to avoid making 2018 a New Year and a NEW YOU!

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If the thought of spending Christmas with your family fills you with dread, or if you don't have family to send Christmas with.  Remember that You are part of God's family.  Because He is your "Everlasting Father", you are His forever daughter or His forever son.  You are part of His family!

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When we are reluctant to worship, perhaps we have simply forgotten what Jesus has done for us. He is bigger than anything we face. He is strong, mighty, great and powerful... Jesus is Mighty God!

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This is the first message in a series entitle Jesus Is... We must keep in mind during the holiday season that Jesus IS wonderful.

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The Bible teaches us that it is wise to seek good counsel.  While there are many wonderful sources of good counsel--professional therapists, mature believers, spiritual mentors--there is none better than our Savior, Jesus Christ, the Counselor who holds our future in is hands.

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What do we value?  Worth and value are directly tied to priorities, so others are able determine our priorities by watching where we put our time and money. Since we decide what we value, we should make sure that we are prioritizing the things that matter to God.

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Have you ever bought something from an unknown seller to save a few dollars only to find out later that it would have been better to spend the extra money to deal with someone who could be trusted?  Trust and value are connected.  The more you trust, the more willing you are to pay the price.

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Have you ever looked at what someone else paid for something and said, "That's not worth that kind of money!"?  How about being mid-way through a frustrating job and thought, "Is it worth all of this stress?"  Likewise, we observe the difficult life of Paul the Apostle and wonder why he would be willing to face imprisonment, torture, and possible death time after time in so many places?  Paul believed that Jesus is worth it!

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When you have the courage to defeat your Giant, you also inspire others to do the same.  Young David's triumph over Goliath and the Philistine army, teach us a valuable lesson about the contagious nature of courage.

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We all love a powerful speech from a great leader.  Young David gave perhaps the greatest speech of them all while standing toe to toe with Goliath, and through his words we learn how to face down the giants in our life.

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Have you ever faced a challenge that makes you think: "There's no way. I can't do this. I don't have a chance"? This week, we continue "Giant" with an encouraging message that will restore your hope!

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Young David was the only person willing to fight Goliath, and yet he still had to deal with critics.  We all face critics, and David's response to his critics help us understand how we can silence ours.

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David, a simple messenger boy from the country, was the least likely person to end the forty-one day stand-off with Goliath.  God can make a giant killer out of anyone, regardless of age or size... anyone who is willing to fight.

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David, a simple messenger boy from the country, was the least likely person to end the forty-one day stand-off with Goliath.  God can make a giant killer out of anyone, regardless of age or size... anyone who is willing to fight.

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In one of the Bible's most epic stories, the army of Israel faced a enormous, terrifying giant. Goliath was unstoppable as long as no-one was willing to fight. From David we learn that if we are to ever defeat the giants in our life, we must decide that it's time to fight.

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Titus was a young leader in training, assigned by Paul to look after the new church in Crete.  We can learn much about leadership from Paul's letter to Titus, in which he lists the qualities of a great leader.

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As we see in sports, television, politics, and even in how we use our social media accounts, popular culture rewards those that self-promote.  As we learn from our study of Paul's instructions to the people of Crete, Christians are supposed to stand out by being humble.

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To some so-called Christians, the concept of grace has been interpreted as permission to live how we want to live. But, we learn from studying Paul's letter to Titus and the church on the island of Crete, that we must live as an example to others.

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You only live once, and you intend to make this life count, but when your plans go wrong it is easy to think that maybe God isn't planning to use you like you thought?  Through the story of Mordecai and Esther you can find assurance that God is still preparing you for your moment.

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Esther had a lot to lose when her cousin asked her to approach King Xerxes to save her people.  From the story of Esther we learn how to recognize when the moment that God has been preparing us for arrives.

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What can we learn from one of the most ruthless and evil dictators in history?  In todays message we learn how not to be like Xerxes, one of the biggest jerks in the Bible.

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Pastor Randy continues our Elephant in the Room on the subject of Extremes of Grace.  Grace is God’s wonderful gift to his followers, yet some overemphasize the power of grace to excuse sinful living. Others rob grace of its power by adding requirements to grace resulting in legalism.  In this message on Radical Grace, Pastor Randy lays out a biblical view of grace that avoids these extremes.

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Anger and bitterness are destructive forces as we learn from the story of Haman in the book of Esther.

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In this lesson we learn how the right actions of a compassionate, Jewish man in exile honored God, earned the gratitude of his king, and ultimately saved his people.

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Do you feel too insignificant for your needs to matter to God or anyone else?  We learn from the story of two blind beggars that Jesus is interested in those who others ignore.  Ask anyway.

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What does the Bible tell us about Sexuality? Dr. Ryan Darrow lays it out for us Biblically.

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In this message, Pastor Rod teaches about the freedom and protection that comes from submitting to Gods authority.

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Pastor Rod Loy teaches us the steps to be truly forgiven. 

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What does the Bible say about Alcohol? Find out what it says and also find out what our stance as a church is. 

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Becoming a Christian isn't a free pass to a storm-free life.  On the contrary, Jesus warned that His followers will have difficulties in this life.  Thankfully, as Jesus's disciples discovered one evening on the Sea of Galilee, we can weather the storms of life as long as Jesus is in the boat with us.

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We continue the Never Forget series with a beautiful story of four men who risked everything to bring their friend to Jesus.

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By looking at the life of Zacchaeus in the Bible, we see that Jesus has a plan for everyone. 

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After being caught in sin, consequences come.  It seems like every time you turn around, there is another consequence.  Does it feel like God's plan for you has been ruined forever?  In this message, we learn from King David's response to his own failure that God has provided a path to complete restoration.

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As we begin a new series called "I've Got A Secret", we discuss secret sin and the destructive nature of secrets, as well as the pattern of thinking that leads to sin, and some safeguards you can put in place.

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This message Pastor Rod teaches us one of the most difficult lessons he has ever had to preach on. We are raising the bar on attitude and behavior.

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We continue our "Ouch!" series with Jesus's radical teaching about how you are supposed to act toward your enemies.  It is a completely different way to live!

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We continue our series by looking at a command of Jesus that is often difficult to follow.  This one is life-changing!  You will be challenged to make things right with other believers and to learn to forgive.

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Unfortunately, some people avoid church because they fear encountering "judgmental church people".  Whether their fear is based on reality or just perception, it is still a problem. In fact, it is an old problem that Jesus addressed in his day.

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Did Jesus really say, "If your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off"?  Ouch!, that sounds extreme!  What did Jesus really mean, and how can this passage help us eliminate sin from our lives?

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It isn't a matter of if we will face difficulty as followers of Jesus, but when.  However, Jesus told us that we should be happy when we suffer for His sake.  How can we rejoice and be glad when we suffer because of Jesus?

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When your reality is far from your expectation, the result is disappointment. In this message, Rod Loy talks about how to deal with it. There is hope!

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What do you do when your dreams have died - when it's obvious that what you hoped for and dreamed for isn't going to happen?

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What you do when you've lost it all? When everything you've worked for is gone? When everything is falling apart? The answer might surprise you!

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If you've been hurt and want to lash out or get even, check out this message first. It will make you think in a different way about revenge.

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“How do I know God’s will for my life?” is a difficult and important question. It’s not always easy or clear. In this message, we look at a situation in David’s life and three questions that kept him from missing God. If you are trying to make key decisions or determine God’s direction, this is an important message for you!

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At some time or another, everyone faces discouragement, even depression.  In this message, Pastor Rod Loy continues the Under Pressure series by talking about how to deal with discouraging times.  You will learn some of God's awesome promises!

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When you are desperate, there is a predictable pattern of mistakes. In this message, we learn how to recognize those mistakes and how to escape the pattern. This message could change your life!

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God's desire for us to be a healthy church.  How many people attend?  Not the point. How cool is our building? That's not the goal.  Our goal and our purpose is to create life long followers of Jesus.  What does a healthy church do? What does it look like? Why is it important for a church to be healthy?

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Many people make long lists of New Year's resolutions, only to abandon them by mid-February.  If we ever want to change, and change in the right direction, maybe it's time for a new approach.  What would happen if you could discover the one thing that God wants for you this year?

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