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

This message kicks off our new series: “Songs of Christmas”. In this series, we’ll look at some of the most well-known and loved Christmas songs. We’ll learn about their origin and the lessons that apply to us. We’ll start with “Go, Tell it on the Mountain”. Christmas is a time people are open to visiting church and hearing the gospel. They will come, but they must be invited and told. You will be challenged to take the good news and share it!

Direct download: 2022_12_04_Audio_Podcast.mp3
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In this message, we conclude our study over the book of Jude. We will take a look at Jude's closing words - a powerful lesson on how biblical Christians should treat others. You will learn three principles for helping others and making a difference. We’ll also enjoy some laughter and fun - it’s going to be a great weekend! 

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It's easy to tell when someone has a destructive person speaking into their life. If someone is angry, frustrated, and rude - often they are surrounded by angry, frustrated, and rude people. If someone is generous, loving, and intentional - often they are surrounded by the same type of people. The people who speak into your life, influence how you act and what you value.

In this message, we continue our study over the book of Jude - a letter written to a church influenced by false teachers sharing a false gospel. It was a dangerous situation for the church because the false teachers provided a low commitment, "do what feels good" religion. You will learn how to detect false teachers and choose the right voices to speak into your life! 

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Have you ever believed something that turned out to be fake? Maybe you were led down the wrong path by a business partner, spouse, or family member. Knowing that someone you trusted misguided or intentionally took advantage of you hurts. These people - false teachers - are selfish and destructive. 

In this message, we begin a new series on the book of Jude. Even though Jude is a short book, it holds many lessons on how you can defeat false teachers. As a biblical Christian, you must learn what it takes to resist temptation and remain faithful to God!

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Have you ever made a purchase and then instantly regretted it?  Maybe it was an unreliable car, an outfit you thought was trendy, or a trip that ended up being a disappointment.  What did you learn from that purchase?  Some things aren't worth it - they are worthless, not priceless!
 
In this message, you will hear amazing stories of what God is doing around the world!  You will learn the value God places on people and will be challenged to do the same.  The opportunity you receive to express God's love to hurting people will be completely worth it - it will be priceless!

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Every day you make value decisions - you decide what's worth the price and what's not.  People around you can tell what you value by looking at what you spend money on and how you spend your time.  When something is valuable, you don't think twice when it comes to time and money. 

In this message, we will learn about the most valuable thing of all.  It's worth more than a new house, a nice car, or a long vacation.  When we align our values with God's, it's absolutely worth the time and money.

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What do holding your child for the first time, having the entire family together for Christmas, and watching your grandchild chase their dreams have in common?  They are all priceless moments.  Whether it is a sentimental moment, a family heirloom, or a silly drawing your kid made in class, there are things worth more than money.
 
This message is the start of our new series, "Priceless."  We talk about the most precious, priceless moment of all!  We will take communion together and remember Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.

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How many times have you been angry this week?  Maybe you yelled at a co-worker for missing a detail or punched the steering wheel after being cut off in morning traffic.  Whatever the situation, anger caused you to lash out in an unhealthy way. 
 
In this message, we finish our series "Life Lessons from a Loser."  Saul was known for being a hothead - he couldn't control his anger.   You will learn the root causes of anger and how you can defeat it when it rises in your spirit.  Because anger is common and dangerous, you must learn to control it before it's too late.

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Have you ever been jealous of someone's family, success, or popularity?  When someone else is living the life you have always dreamed of, it can be difficult to deal with.  This feeling is common for many people.  Even though jealousy is common, it is also dangerous - it has the power to destroy you and your future. 
 
In this message, we continue to study the life of King Saul.  In spite of everything he had been blessed with, Saul couldn't stand when David was blessed.  You will learn from Saul's actions that jealousy has the power to ruin your life.

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Everyone wants to live a blessed life.  You dream of a big house, a perfect family, and a long life.  Living a blessed life sounds wonderful - but as a biblical Christian, you must recognize that blessings are the result of your obedience to God's commands. 
 
In this message, we continue to study "Life Lessons from a Loser."  We learn from a moment in Saul's life when he directly disobeyed God's instructions and had to face the consequences.  Saul's actions expose the pattern and results of disobedience.

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If you are like most, failing terrifies you!  You don't want to fail so you work your hardest to be seen as a winner.  Winners - people who succeed in life - are liked and looked up to.  Losers - people who fail - are ridiculed and forgotten.

This message is the start of our new series called "Life Lessons from a Loser."  We will learn from the life of a guy in the Bible who seemed to have everything going right.  Even though he had great potential, his choices and actions propelled him towards failure and the legacy of being a loser. There are valuable lessons in his story and mistakes to avoid!

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In this lesson, we will look at the message to the seventh church in Revelation. Jesus' words show you that being a biblical Christian is not simply following God when it is convenient or beneficial - it requires a commitment that lasts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Jesus calls you to commit your entire life and follow Him.

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Have you ever been in a season where everything seems to go wrong? Your family is struggling, your finances are suffering, your job is in jeopardy, and your health is going downhill.  Maybe you are there right now.  If so, Jesus' message in Revelation 3:7-12 will give you the hope you need. 
 
In this message, you will learn the powerful lesson that nothing can stop God's plan.  No sickness, rumor, or attack of the enemy can stop God's will from being accomplished.  In the season where you can't seem to catch a break, this is an important promise to remember.

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If you are like most, you care about your reputation.  You don't want others to believe you are a bad person, so you work hard to put yourself in a good light.  But a reputation means nothing if you don't live up to it.  In this message, we will look at Jesus' message to the church in Sardis.  Jesus' words in Revelation 3:1-3 show that you cannot truly follow Him based on the reputation of a relationship that you once had.  A healthy relationship with Jesus must be active and genuine.

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In a world where your time, habits, and values are pulled in multiple directions, it can be hard to remain faithful to God.  Cultural Christianity tries to convince you that your ethical code can change based on the situation you are in.  As a biblical Christian, fight this temptation! 
 
In this message, we will look at Jesus' words. They are a strong warning for those who fail to remain faithful to Him.  But His words also provide a promise for those who do remain faithful - there is a reward waiting!

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Have you ever felt alone in your walk with God?  Maybe you feel like your faith is being pried away by the people around you.  If so, Jesus has a message for you.
 
In this message, you will discover comforting words and a powerful promise from Jesus' message in Revelation 2:12-17.  When you are surrounded by evil, remember, God has not forgotten you!

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In this message, you will learn powerful principles every Christian needs to know. If you are going through a challenging time and feel like people are against you, this will be a great message for you! No matter what is going on, stay faithful.

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This message is the beginning of our series, 7 Churches of Revelation. In this series, we focus on God’s message to these churches and to us. We start by looking at God’s message to Ephesus. Pastor Parker teaches about the warning signs of someone drifting away from God and about how to get back on track. If you feel like your relationship with God has not been growing, this is an excellent message for you!

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Watch Pastor Shelby speak on his life vers, 2 Chronicles 7:14.
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

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Watch Timothy Espejo speak on his life verse, Psalm 91:1
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

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Watch Pastor Tim Hill speak on his life verse, Nehemiah 8:10
...the joy of the Lord is your strength!

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Watch Yvette Rivera speak on her life verse, Romans 8:28
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

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Listen to Derick Brooks speak on his life verse, Ephesians 4:31-32
Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

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Listen to Phyllis Brents speak on her life verse, Romans 8:28
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

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Listen to Morganne Jumper speak on her life verse, James 1:2-4
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

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Listen to Jacob speak on his life verse, Matthew 28:19-20
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

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Listen to Charity Workman speak on her life verse, Proverbs 3:5-6
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight."

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Listen to Pastor Gary Tomlinson speak on his life verse, John 15:5
"I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing."

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Listen to Michael Holland speak on his life verse, Psalm 1:1-3
"Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers."

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Listen to Richard Tatum speak on his life verse, Psalm 116:1-2
"I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live."

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Listen to Donnivane Hall speak on his life verse, 1 John 4:4.
"You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world."

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Listen to Melody Jones speak on her life verse, Romans 15:13.
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."

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Listen to Ronnie Ruple speak on his life verse, John 12:24.
"Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds."

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Listen to James Decanter speak on his life verse, Philippians 1:6.
"Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."

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In this message, Pastor Parker will share his life verse.  If you - or someone you love - battle fear and anxiety, this is the perfect message to watch!  Pastor Parker's life verse will encourage and remind you that God is with you.

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This is the start of our new series – “Life Verse”.  Pastor Rod will kick it off by sharing his life verse and how it has guided him and his family through life's most difficult moments.  The music is powerful in this message!

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In this message, we’ll consider some of your questions about the Family Farm and deal with some difficult painful truths.  Here are some of the questions we will consider:
 
How do you not reproduce bad seeds that were planted in you?  
How do you avoid passing negative things down to the next generation?
How do you deal with the regrets of planting the wrong things?

You’ll discover how making the decision to change your harvest can transform your family’s legacy.  You can’t change the past, but you can control your future.

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In this message, we continue "Family Farm" and the study over the right seeds to plant in your family!  By now, you understand that whatever seed you plant grows - good or bad.  The three seeds that we will look at in this message don't just work in your family - they work in your job, with your friends, and even in our church!

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In this message, we’ll talk about the right seeds to plant.  You will learn characteristics and behaviors that will cause your family to grow into everything you imagined and everything God planned they could be.  It’s time to plant the right seeds!

If you don't yet have a family or don't plan on having one, these principles will still impact the way you approach other relationships.

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At First NLR we believe in building healthy families.  In fact, it is one of our Core Values!  But building a healthy family, raising healthy children, and fostering a healthy marriage is much easier said than done.  It takes work - hard work. 
 
In this message, you will discover principles that have the power to change your family's legacy for the better.  No matter where your family is at on this journey, We challenge you to watch each message.  We want your family to be healthy, whole, and life-long followers of Jesus.

If you are single, don't click away!  The principles we will learn are easily transferable to other relationships.  And, you’ll discover the important role you play as together we raise the next generation of leaders.

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In this message, we’ll look at a passage that covers the most difficult teaching of Jesus’ entire ministry, but one that is absolutely necessary to be His follower.  It’s a clear command, that ends with a difficult question and forces a decision.  This will be challenging and convicting. We praying that you will rise to the challenge as you discover just how high a price there is to obey and follow Jesus.

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Our world is more independent than ever!  With self-help books, tutorials on YouTube, and DIY projects the emphasis is doing it on your own.  But Jesus tells us that in this world, we will face trouble - trouble that we cannot conquer alone.  In this message, we will discover the power behind seeking God's help.  When you ask, God responds! ⁠

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The fear of being judged is something that keeps people away from church.  There is no doubt that the Church in America has the reputation of being judgmental - but this is not how it should be.  In this message, as we continue to study the commands of Jesus, we will see the biblical view on judgment.  Nobody is perfect, therefore nobody has the place to judge.  When you judge others from a place of imperfection, you fall into the vicious trap of hypocrisy.  Together we will learn how to escape this cycle of judgment.

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Jesus said, Mt.28:19 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…”  In this message, we’ll consider our response to that command.  You’ll enjoy some incredible stories of how the seed you have planted has resulted in an incredible harvest.  It’s going to be a fun look at how God has used your generous giving in remarkable ways.
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In this message, we continue our study of the commands of Jesus.  There is no question where Jesus stands when it comes to forgiveness - we must forgive everyone.  That's hard when our world values revenge and retaliation over biblical restoration.  But as biblical followers of Jesus, we know that the price for failing to forgive is clear.⁠

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When you think of Easter, you may not think of it as a love story. In this message, we explore the remarkable love of Jesus and His commands for us regarding love. It really is the ultimate love story!

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An important part of living as a biblical Christian is obeying Jesus’ commands.  You’ll be challenged to obey and to grow in the new series we start: “Obeying Jesus”.

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In this message, we conclude Lessons from Ephesians with a look at the very real battle between good and evil.  You’ll learn powerful principles that will help you fight and defeat Satan!

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In Ephesians 5:8, Paul instructed us to “live as children of light”.  In this message, we’ll look at more of Paul’s instructions regarding how children of the light should live.  It will be challenging and convicting but will finish with an uplifting encouragement.

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In this message, we will continue our study of Ephesians with a particularly interesting command from Paul in: “Be imitators of God…” (Eph. 5:1). Ephesians 5:1-9 is a powerful passage that will help you learn what it means to live like Jesus.
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In this message, we continue our study of Ephesians with instructions from Paul about living as the new you and leaving the old you behind. We finish with a life-changing principle from Scripture that will fill you with hope for the future.

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In this message, our study of Ephesians will continue with a look at Paul’s instructions regarding living worthy of your calling. We look at another powerful passage in this incredible book that is helping us learn to live as biblical Christians.⁠

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In this message, you will learn from one of the most beautiful passages Paul wrote to the Ephesians. Pastor Rod teaches you how biblical passages can be extraordinary prayers!

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Our series over Ephesians has been both challenging and encouraging.  The last three weeks have pushed us to become better followers of Jesus - biblical Christians.  
 
In this message, we'll look at the kind of people God uses.  It’s an awesome, uplifting passage.  If you feel useless or like God's plan for you has failed, this is the perfect message for you!  Don't miss your chance to find hope!
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In this message, we’ll look at a passage where Paul challenged his audience to put aside their differences and rally around what they had in common – Jesus, His sacrifice on the cross, His love, and His grace. It’s a passage that contains powerful lessons that hit close to home and will likely make you uncomfortable. We challenge you – watch until the end! We are all part of the solution. Every Soul Matters!
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What word do you put before “Christian” to define yourself? Black Christian? White Christian? Conservative Christian? Liberal Christian? Evangelical Christian?⁠ We cannot and will not allow culture, political parties, or society to define Christianity. The Bible is our guidebook for living. We must follow its teaching.
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Watching American Christians the last couple of years can be concerning. Many have re-defined Christianity to match their political preferences, personal opinions or how they wish things would be. Often, they panic and freak out over the very things Jesus told us would happen. Their actions and reactions don’t represent Jesus well and their social media posts are an absolute embarrassment to the kingdom. If we are going to impact our world for Jesus, something has to change. In this message, you are going to be really, really challenged by the shift we must make – what the Lord is calling us to become. Don’t worry – it’s not an opinion; it’s straight from Scripture.
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What would you do with a time machine? You could use it to get rid of debt or make amazing investments.⁠

Sadly, you don’t have the benefit of a time machine.  You can’t undo the past.  However, you can approach the future with a different mindset, and a changed perspective on money.⁠

In this message, we conclude our series, Money Talks, with an important message that will change your financial life.⁠

Direct download: 2022_01_23_Audio_Podcast.mp3
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In “Money Talks”, we are learning three principles that will radically change your financial life and financial future. In the last message, we learned the first word and principle: obey. If you obey God in any area of your life – including your finances – He responds with blessing. If you missed part one, watch it before you watch this message.

In this message, you will learn the second life-altering principle. This concept will be simple to understand but may be difficult to apply. Be ready to learn and willing to change.

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Money is in the news a lot. Gas prices are going up. Groceries cost more. Everything seems to cost more. You can’t watch the news or go online without seeing something about money and the economy.

Because money is a natural part of the world, it should be natural that we talk about how to handle money wisely according to the Bible. In this message, we will begin our series by talking about the first of three words that will help you to be wise with your finances.

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At the beginning of the year, people are thinking about and making New Year’s Resolutions – their plans for growth and change in 2022. The typical resolutions focus on starting healthy habits and stopping unhealthy habits. As you set your goals, don’t just focus on weight, working out, and quitting unhealthy stuff. Make spiritual goals for 2022. Ask God what He would have you to do, and become. Decide to make this New Year your best year with Jesus!

Growing with God best occurs in the context of a healthy church. In this message, we will talk about what a healthy church looks like, and how you can be a part.

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The day after a special occasion - Christmas, a birthday, graduation - always seems to be a letdown. The "day after" can never live up to the "day of". But this isn't just true for special occasions - sadly, it can be true for our relationship with God.

In this message, you will learn that you don't serve a distant, unfamiliar God. You follow a personal God and from His life, you will learn important lessons about how to live yours. God calls you to be an imitator of Jesus - to be Christlike. Together, we will learn to approach our world as Jesus did.

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Are you searching for the perfect gift?⁠ ⁠

Good news! The perfect gift has already been given to you. God sent His son, Jesus to save you. It was the ultimate display of love and care. In this message, we will celebrate the birth of Jesus.⁠

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How well do you know the Christmas story? The real story - not the commercialized one where Santa comes to visit baby Jesus before he is off to stuff our stockings. Who was really at the manger that silent night?

In this message, you will learn from the story of the most and least influential characters in the Christmas story - the shepherds and wise men. You will see from the drastic social difference between the shepherds and wise men that Jesus is for everyone - Every Soul Matters to God.

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Every good story has some sort of villain. Disney movies, marvel comics, and even Hallmark Christmas classics all have someone who you would consider the villain.

In this message, we will take a look at a Christmas story character that often is not focused on. King Herod – the villain of our story – was a ruthless and self-centered ruler who tried to stop Jesus’ life at its very beginning. But Herod’s power was temporary and his kingdom faded away – just like every force that is intent on destroying Jesus and His kingdom. You will be encouraged that we serve the King of Kings who will reign forever.

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When the Christmas story is told, Mary always gets top billing. But Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus, also played a meaningful role. In this message, we’ll learn powerful lessons from Joseph. You’ll be challenged and encouraged to obey God and be part of His plan for the world.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:56am CST

Have you ever wanted to be used by God, but wondered if He could really use you?

This message is the start of our new series: "The Real Christmas Story!" We will slow down and take a closer look at the main characters in the Christmas story. The first person we are studying is Mary – a simple, ordinary girl who was used by God in an extraordinary way. You will be encouraged to believe that God can and will use you!

Direct download: 2021_11_21_Audio_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:55am CST

Have you felt overwhelmed? Does it seem like there is a spirit of heaviness in your life? You feel like something is wrong, but you aren't sure what. You have a sense of burden and pressure. One day you feel great, but the next day, without anything changing, you are ready to give up. If that's how you feel, this message is for you. God has a word for you.

Direct download: 2021_11_13_Audio_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:52pm CST

Have you ever seen someone rescued? Maybe they were drowning and the lifeguard pulled them out of the water in time. Maybe they had to be pulled out of a car after a bad wreck. People have to be rescued from "life-or-death" situations all of the time. In this message, you will have the opportunity to hear about some of the amazing work that Project Rescue is doing to rescue women and children from sexual slavery! You will hear about their "life-or-death" situations and be challenged to run to their rescue.

Direct download: 2021_11_07_Audio_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:41pm CST

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you needed to be rescued? If it hasn't happened yet, it will. Maybe the small arguments in your marriage have turned volatile and it seems like it is heading for disaster. Maybe the city shut off your power and you aren't sure how you will make it through the winter. Whatever the situation may be, you are bound to be in need of a rescue. In this message, you will see how the enemy strikes in our lowest times. You will be encouraged to stand with your brothers and sisters in Christ during times of need.

Direct download: 2021_10_31_Audio_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:39pm CST

Have you ever felt trapped? Don’t give up – there is hope!

In this message, we will start a new series exploring some of the greatest rescues found in the Bible. We will start by seeing how we all need to be rescued from the trap of sin. You will learn how the love of Jesus saves you in even the most impossible situations. You’ll also be challenged to share that love with others!

Direct download: 2021_10_23_Audio_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:12am CST

Have you ever received bad advice? At times bad advice is funny to laugh at, but other times it is devastating. Maybe someone convinced you to do a business deal. It fell through and you lost everything. Maybe you listened to your friends and now your reputation is damaged. Maybe you followed the wrong crowd and now you no longer follow God.

In this message, you will hear a story from the life of Joshua that will give you the directions back to God. If you are following the wrong directions, you do not want to miss this hope-filled weekend!

Direct download: 2021_10_17_Audio_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:08am CST

Have you ever failed? Has a decision you made caused people around you to suffer horrible consequences? No doubt, you wish you could take it back, but the damage was done!

In this message, we will look at the story of one man’s failure that brought an entire nation to its knees. When all hope was lost, God made his plan of restoration known to all of His people. You will be challenged to inspect your heart for the things that can often lead to failure.

Direct download: 2021_10_10_Audio_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:33am CST

Have you ever dealt with something difficult and it seemed like it would never go away? Maybe you find yourself in that position right now! How long do you trust God to make it right? Why should you keep trusting when nothing is happening? Is it even worth it at this point?


In this message, we see that Joshua and the Israelites found themselves in a similar situation. After a long process that required them to trust God's plan and timing, they received their miracle with a shout of praise. Don't give up yet - this could be your miraculous moment!

Direct download: 2021_10_03_Audio_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:44am CST

Have you ever felt God tell you to do something that you didn't think would work? Maybe you even thought God could be wrong this time! What do you do when God's instructions don't seem to make sense? In this message, we continue to walk through the life of Joshua. We will look at one of the most famous stories in the Bible. You will see that God can provide extraordinary miracles through unconventional ways.

Direct download: 2021_09_26_Audio_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:32pm CST

Have you ever kept something, not because it is valuable, but because it is a reminder of a special moment? The thing isn’t really special, but the memory is priceless. In this message, as we continue our study of Joshua, we will look at a story where even though the circumstances said “No way”, God made a way. Joshua and the Israelites did something special so the moment would never be forgotten. You’ll learn how to mark special moments in a way that will remind you of God’s promises and power.

Direct download: 2021_09_19_Audio_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:33pm CST

Have you ever been in a place where God’s Word doesn’t seem to match your current circumstances? What do you do when God says “Go," but everything around you seems to say “No”? In this message, we’ll look at an amazing moment where the Israelites confronted an impossible obstacle. There seemed to be no way to obey God’s word to “Go”. It’s a story that will let you know how God responds when you take a step of faith. You’ll be encouraged to move forward in obedience!

Direct download: 2021_09_12_Audio_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:43pm CST

It seems like there’s a lot to be afraid of in our world today. Every day brings more bad news. What do you do? How do you respond to the fear? In this message, as we continue our study of Joshua we’ll take a look at a fear-filled moment in Joshua’s life. You’ll learn God’s answers to your fears. It’s an exciting, encouraging message that will help you move forward with confidence and faith!

Direct download: 2021_09_05_Audio_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:03am CST

We all face fear. In this message, as we continue our study of Joshua, we’ll look at a story where Joshua led the people of Israel past their fear and toward their promised reward. You’ll learn a powerful principle about perspective and how to change your focus.

Direct download: 2021_08_28_Audio_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:04am CST

This message kicks off our new series on Joshua. There is so much to learn from his life and leadership! We start our study with an often-overlooked four verse story – that contains the key to Joshua’s success as a leader and victory in battles. You will be challenged to change!

Direct download: 2021_08_22_Podcast_EDITED.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:43pm CST

In this message, we’ll look at an amazing story from the book of Acts where Paul spoke truth to power in the place of power. It’s going to challenge you to consider what truth you speak and encourage you to boldly share your faith.

Direct download: 2021_08_15_Audio_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:56am CST

When you pick and choose what the Bible has to say, you lose key passages that can help you through difficult seasons of life. In this message, you will learn important pieces from God's Word that will give you the keys to persevere through difficulty and struggle. It will be an eye-opening look at often-ignored Scriptures.

Direct download: 2021_08_08_Audio_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:13am CST

When the Bible specifically addresses something, your decision is clear and easy. But what do you do when the decision you face is not specifically addressed? How do you decide and live in a way that honors God? In this message, we look at "How to Make Decisions in Life’s Grey Areas”.

Direct download: 2021_07_25_Audio_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:12pm CST

If you have grown up in church, you may be familiar with the term "holiness." But how can you live a holy life in a world where standards are always shifting? In this message, you will discover that you must empty the trash from your life if you wish to be the "salt and light" of the world - just as Jesus has called you to be.

Direct download: 2021_07_31_Audio_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:11pm CST

In this message, we look at a time when Jesus was criticized for sharing a meal with lost people. He wasn’t afraid to spend time with even the worst sinners—and He provides an example for us to follow. You’ll be reminded of the importance of putting lost people first, and you’ll learn some practical ways of introducing them to Jesus.

Direct download: 2021_07_17_Audio_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:45pm CST

It’s easy to see the needs of others around you and be moved to do something about them. But trying to meet them based on your own strength, time, and resources can be overwhelming—or even impossible. In this message, we’ll look at a time when Jesus used a little to make a huge difference. We'll discover how Jesus modeled what His followers should do in the face of overwhelming need. He can do a lot with a little!

Direct download: 2021_07_11_Audio_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:27am CST

In a culture that didn’t value children, Jesus not only welcomed them—He said adults should be more like them. In this message, we look at what it means to have childlike faith.

Direct download: 2021_07_04_Audio_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:36pm CST

In this message, we look at a story Jesus told that demonstrates His heart for people who are lost and hurting. In this story, Jesus gives specific instructions to His followers to partner with Him in filling every seat at the table. There’s room for everyone!

Direct download: 2021_06_27_Audio_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:39pm CST

Eating together is just as important as the eating. We gather around kitchen tables to share meals—but more importantly—to talk, laugh, learn, and even make decisions. In this message, we study a time when Jesus gathered His disciples for one last meal before His crucifixion. We get a clear picture of who Jesus is and how we should relate to Him.

Direct download: 2021_06_20_Audio_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:56am CST

Do you feel surrounded and overwhelmed?

In this message we look at a passage of Scripture that illustrates God’s attentive care for you in the middle of your most desperate circumstances.

Direct download: 2021_06_13_Audio_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:15pm CST

This weekend Pastor Rod and Cindy celebrate 20 years as the senior pastors of First NLR. In these 20 years they have learned a lot - from victories, mistakes, and from you. In this message Pastor Rod will share the biggest lessons he's learned in the last 20 years and how you can apply them to your life.

Direct download: 2021_06_06_Audio_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:49am CST

Do things just keep getting worse?

The Bible tells us that trouble is part of living in this world. In this message, we look at a story in the Bible of a man who suffered a series of devastating losses—and stayed full of faith through it all. In his comeback story, you’ll discover principles for making it through difficulty to find blessing and victory on the other side.

Direct download: 2021_05_30_Audio_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:47pm CST

Are you discouraged?

Depression and anxiety can seem to come out of nowhere. And, even committed followers of Jesus experience times of discouragement and fear. In this message, we'll break down the story of an Old Testament prophet who faced intense depression on the heels of an incredible victory. If you have been struggling to find hope, you are not alone! God knows where you are, and He’ll help you make a comeback.

Direct download: 2021_05_23_Audio_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:42pm CST

Do you get angry and lose your temper? Have you lost influence because of your angry outbursts, or have you been hurt by the outbursts of others?

In this message we look at the story of an Old Testament hero whose anger had devastating consequences for him and the people around him. Through this story you will see that there is hope. You can come back from anger, form new habits, and walk in healing!

Direct download: 2021_05_16_Audio_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:19am CST

Are you in a hopeless situation?

You're not seeing answers to your prayers. You can’t remember the last time you expected something good to happen. Over a period of time, you've lost all belief that your situation could change. In this message we look at a story from the book of Luke, where all hope was gone. If you are in a hopeless situation, this story will help you re-discover hope. It’s never too late for Jesus!

Direct download: 2021_05_09_Audio_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:53am CST

Are you looking to mend a broken relationship?

In this message we will look at a letter the Apostle Paul wrote to a friend named Philemon, who was in conflict with another friend of Paul’s. Paul was caught in the middle. In Paul’s letter, you’ll discover principles to make broken relationships whole—principles not just for the offended and the offender, but also for those of us caught in the middle.

Direct download: 2021_05_02_Audio_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:53pm CST

When you are in the middle of a defeat, it’s difficult to believe victory is coming. Other people might be able to make a comeback, but you just don’t believe it’s going to happen for you. As you watch this video we will look at a time when God’s people were in crisis. The incredible story of their comeback will give you hope that victory is still possible for you, too!

Direct download: 2021_04_25_Audio_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:21pm CST

How should you respond to people that you don’t agree with?

 

In this message we answer that question by looking at the end of Jonah’s story. What Jonah did once he got out of the whale serves as a good grid for checking whether your concerns line up with God’s concerns.

Direct download: 2021_01_27_Audio_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:42pm CST

Three days inside the belly of a fish?

The Bible says Jonah spent three days inside the fish that swallowed him! But it was inside that fish that Jonah found his way back to God. Jonah’s story has important lessons for each of us. In this message you will be reminded of the deep love of your Heavenly Father, and His desire to see you restored. He still has a plan for you!

Direct download: 2021_03_20_Audio_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:36am CST

Remember that story about Jonah getting swallowed by a giant fish? Well, there's more to that story...

Jonah was a runner. When God called him to go to Nineveh, he decided to run the opposite direction. He thought he could outrun God...but God orchestrated events to get him back on track. He will do the same for us. Don't run. Follow.

Direct download: 2021_03_13_Audio_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:08am CST