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

Are you disappointed?  Sometimes we feel disappointment if we don't get what we want for Christmas, but it is usually a lot deeper.  What happens when you are disappointed with life?    How do you deal with it?

Direct download: 2010_12_26_AM_1-2.mp3
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This is Pastor Brad's original theme song for our new Five for the Fight series, which starts in January 2011.  Go ahead and download the song and start listening!  This is going to be an inspiring, energetic way to start the new year!



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Pastor Rod ends the giant series with this inspiring message.  Just like the underdog David, you can defeat the giants in your life! Your victory will inspire others to tackle their giants.

Direct download: 2010_12_12_AM_1-2.mp3
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One of the most powerful speeches in the Bible was delivered by a young shepherd boy.  It was undoubtedly inspired by God.  It's just 124 words long, but filled with meaning.  If you are facing a big challenge, a struggle, a giant in your life, you need to make this speech your declaration and your prayer!

Direct download: 2010_12_05_AM_1-2.mp3
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What is the one thing in your life that is holding you back from your potential? What is the one area you've struggled with, but can't seem to overcome?  What is your giant?  We all face difficult battles and tests, but we have a big God on our side.  You + God = an overwhelming majority!

Direct download: 2010_11_28_AM_1-2.mp3
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Everyone deals with critics.  Believe it or not, if you choose to take on your giant, not everyone will be pleased. They might question your motives.  Why aren't other people always supportive of your efforts to defeat your giant?

Direct download: 2010_11_21_AM_1-2.mp3
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In this series, we have been facing the giants in our lives:  the one thing that holds us back from what God wants us to be.   You may not feel qualified to tackle your giant.  You've been wanting to learn the latest technique, or talk to an expert.  God doesn't need an expert.  He uses unlikely heroes.  It has nothing to do with you and everything to do with the God you serve.

Direct download: 2010_11_14_AM_1-2.mp3
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What is the big thing in your life that is holding you back?  What is it that keeps you from being everything God wants you to be?  Is it a hurt, illness or financial setback?  If you could pick one area of your life to overcome a weakness, habit, or tendency, what would it be?  What is your giant?  Get ready to fight!

Direct download: 2010_11_07_AM_1-2.mp3
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Storms in life can take many different forms.  You may have a financial or health storm, or you've lost a loved one.  You have survived the initial storm, but just when things start looking up, something else happens.  In this message, Rod Loy looks at what happens when One More Thing hits you.

Direct download: 2010_10_10_AM_1-2.mp3
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The storms of life - at one time or another, we all face them.  The question is, how do you survive a storm?

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Sometimes, our lives are thrown into storms through no fault of our own.  You might lose a loved one, your finances take a sudden turn for the worse, or your older years are not what you anticipated.  What should we do when we are tossed into a storm?

Direct download: 2010_09_26_AM_1-2.mp3
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If life is a cruise, nothing is more difficult than a shipwreck.  Shipwrecks in your life aren't like the ones from old movies or television shows.  They result in pain, devastation, and death.  You think everything is great, but then the storm hits.  Many times, we have no control over a shipwreck, but there are times when your ship of life wrecks because of bad decisions. You should have known better, but there you are, in the middle of a shipwreck.

Direct download: 2010_09_19_AM_1-2.mp3
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An interesting story about the Israelites, after the famous battle of Jericho, involves one guy who thought nobody would know what he did in secret. It ended up costing him everything.  In this message, Pastor Patrick Lander looks at the story of Achan.

Direct download: 2010_09_05_AM_1-2.mp3
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Do you ever get tired of waiting?  We all get tired in doctor's waiting rooms, at stop lights, and so on.  But do you get tired of waiting on God?  Do you see others experiencing blessings while you wait?   How do you respond when it seems like your answer is never going to come?

Direct download: 2010_08_29_AM_1-2.mp3
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We tend to bring our rational, logical American mindset into our relationship with God. We want everything to make good, solid logical sense.  We want to be able to figure it out.  But, God doesn't always work that way.  What do you do when God's instructions don't seem to make sense?

Direct download: 2010_08_22_AM_1-2.mp3
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A lot of us have a fear of the unknown.    What makes it so difficult is the uncertainty.  When you know what is coming, you can brace yourself for it.    When you don't know what's ahead, you don't know how to prepare yourself.  How can we deal with this fear?  What's the best way to handle things when you are facing the unknown?

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No matter how big or strong you are, there is something you fear.  Whether we want to admit it or not, we all face fear.  But for some of us, it's bigger.  They face fear daily, and it controls their lives.  They are consumed with fear.  If you are struggling with fear, what should you do?  How do you deal with fear?

Direct download: 2010_08_08_AM_1-2.mp3
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Almost everyone fears something - heights, closed spaces, snakes, and more.  These fears don't really control your life that much.  But there are some fears, real fears that can dominate your thinking and control your life.  Some of us face those fears daily: rejection, change, failure, other people's opinions, the unknown.

What do you fear?  What keeps you from doing and being everything God made you to be and do?


Direct download: 2010_08_01_AM_1-2.mp3
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In this message, Pastor Rod looks at the third preparation principle.  We can never accomplish what God has for us without spending time in His presence.

Direct download: 2010_07_25_AM_1-2.mp3
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Do you ever get impatient with God?  We're impatient these days.  We like stuff to happen right now.  We know He has a plan for our lives, but sometimes it seems to take too long.  What can happen if we decide to "rush" things and not wait for God?

Direct download: 2010_07_18_AM_1-2.mp3
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We don't like preparation all that much.  It's not always fun.  We'd rather jump right in to what we want to do or what we feel God wants us to do.  We see in the Bible, though, when God called someone, there was often a time of preparation.  When we are ready to go, often God says, "Wait."

Direct download: 2010_07_11_AM_1-2.mp3
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Have you ever met a spiritual snob?  You know, someone who feels they are better than you, because of their exalted faith?  Jesus had a lot to say about spiritual snobs.  In this final message in the Between the Lines series, Rod Loy examines the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector.

Direct download: 2010_06_27_AM_1-2.mp3
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In this message, Pastor Rod looks at the Parable of the Sower.  What was Jesus saying with this parable?  What should we do in response?

Direct download: 2010_06_20_AM_1-2.mp3
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In this message, Pastor Gary Tomlinson talks about people who are hoarders:  those who have a lot, but are stingy with God.  Are you a hoarder?

Direct download: 2010_06_13_AM_1-2.mp3
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Prejudice.  It's about more than black and white.  And it strikes at the core of what it means to be a Christian.  In Luke, chapter 10, Jesus tells the parable of the Good Samaritan.  What does it have to do with prejudice?  A lot, when you read between the lines...

Direct download: 2010_06_06_AM_1-2.mp3
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Pastor Brad's special song for Project Rescue.  Learn more about them and their work at

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In the parable of the Unjust Steward, Jesus tells a curious tale about a wealth manager who learns he is to be fired.  He uses his influence to cost his employer money, while setting himself up for the future.  Strangely, once his employer finds out, he commends his dastardly former employee for his shrewdness and cunning.  Why would Jesus teach using this story?  What does it have to teach us today?

Direct download: 2010_05_30_AM_1-2.mp3
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What does Jesus think about empty seats in a church?

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Jesus often taught using stories, called parables.  In this particular story, about the Prodigal Son, He did not explain the meaning of it.  He left it up to the listeners to figure out its meaning.

In this message, Pastor Rod doesn't tell us the meaning either.  The congregation helped decide what lessons we can learn from this parable, and the results are interesting!


Direct download: 2010_05_16_AM_Audio_1-2.mp3
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Do you have talent?  We see it in the media every day, and everyone is good at something.

You've got a choice.  You can use the talents God gave you for personal gain, or you can live according to God's priorities.  It's not a meaningless choice.  The way you live on earth determines where you live forever!

(This podcast also includes Pastor Brad Russell's spur of the moment instant Mother's Day songs!)

Direct download: 2010_05_09_AM_Audio.mp3
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Have you ever been afraid to share a difficult truth?  Paul asks, "Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth?".  Telling the truth can cause divison, it can make enemies, and if we make truth-tellers our enemies then we become blind to the truth.  How can we be brave enough to tell the truth and strong enough to hear it? 

Direct download: 2010_04_25_AM3.mp3
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When we find ourselves in a low valley--when we've spectacularly failed--we often ask questions like: "Why me? How could I fail like this? How did I ever let myself get to this place?  What went wrong?"  Whether you have been there, or will someday, this message will be an eye-opener.  Are you trying to live your life through your strength, or God's?

Direct download: 2010_04_18_AM.mp3
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With so many messages bombarding us every day, who do we listen to?  How can we really please God?  What does it mean to follow Jesus? 

Direct download: 2010_04_11_AM_Audio.mp3
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Sometimes, we find ourselves in traps:  addiction, pornography, and many other things can keep us trapped in sin.  Like a mouse attracted to cheese, there was initially something appealing in the trap.  What looked good, easy, and fun at first didn't stay that way.  It was a trap.

All you want to do is get out, but you can't get yourself out of a trap.  You need a Rescuer.

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What do you do when you are  facing a big challenge, a huge test, or a devastating disappointment?  It can be frightening, uncertain, emotional, and unsettling.  Jesus faced what you are facing.  He experienced the same emotions and thoughts. In this message, Rod Loy looks at how the Bible gives us an inside look into how Jesus prepared Himself for the biggest battle of His life.

Direct download: 2010_03_28_AM_Audio_1-2.mp3
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People pick a church for a variety of reasons, but what really matters in a church is whether it is healthy or not.  What is a healthy church?  What are the core values of a church that is striving for health?

Direct download: 2010_03_21_AM_Audio_1-2.mp3
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We voted on one more scripture to include in the Ten for Life series, and chose Romans 8:38,39.

As a culture, we like love stories and love songs, but there's a love that is bigger than all that.  There is nothing that can separate us from the love of God!



Direct download: 2010_03_14_AM_Audio_1-2.mp3
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Many religions claim to know the way to Heaven, but Jesus has a pretty specific and very counter cultural statement: "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

Direct download: 2010_03_07_AM_Audio_1-2.mp3
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Ever had a bad day?  How about bad times that last a little longer than a day?  What should our attitude be in difficult times?

Direct download: 2010_02_28_AM_Audio_1-2.mp3
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Every day, you make decisions based on priorities.  And every day you send a message with those decisions.

Where do we spend most of our time?  How should we spend our time?



Direct download: 2010_02_21_AM_Audio_1-2.mp3
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Have you ever been in a place where the world seemed to be closing in on you?  You may have felt overwhelmed and overloaded, like there was just no way you could handle anything else.

In this message, Pastor Brian Dollar talks about Philippians 4:13: "I can do everything through Him who gives me strength."  This passage of scripture was written by the Apostle Paul to people who were suffering.  The passage has a lot to say to us today!

Direct download: 2010_02_14_AM_Audio_1-2.mp3
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In Matthew  22,  the Pharisees ask Jesus, "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" 

His answer was clear and simple for them, and for us.  If you wan to know how to be a life-long follower of Jesus Christ, this is the starting place.

Direct download: 2010_02_07_AM_Audio_1-2.mp3
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In this message, Rod Loy looks at the signs of an unhealthy relationship.  This is an important message for anyone, from students to adults!

Direct download: 2010_01_31_PM_1-2.mp3
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The fifth message in the Ten for Life series, in which Rod Loy examines ten scriptures that are key to the Christian faith.

In this message, Pastor Rod looks at Joshua 1:9.  If we are to live the lives God has for us, we have to be courageous!

Direct download: 2010_01_31_AM_Audio_1-2.mp3
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The fourth message in the Ten for Life series, in which Rod Loy examines ten scriptures that are key to the Christian faith.

We don't try to run our cars for very long on empty, so why do we run our lives that way?  In this message, Rod Loy looks at the cure for burnout.

Is. 40:31 "…those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."
Direct download: 2010_01_24_AM_Audio_1-2.mp3
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The third message in the Ten for Life series, in which Rod Loy examines ten scriptures that are key to the Christian faith.

This week:  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 will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land."
Direct download: 2010_01_17_AM_Audio_1-2.mp3
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The second message in the Ten for Life series, in which Rod Loy examines ten scriptures that are key to the Christian faith.

This week: "For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life." (John 3:16)
Direct download: 2010_01_10_AM_Audio_1-2.mp3
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The first message in the Ten for Life series, in which Rod Loy examines ten scriptures that are key to the Christian faith. 

This week: Proverbs 3:5,6:
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will keep your paths straight."

Direct download: 2010_01_03_AM_Audio_1-2.mp3
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