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

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.

Direct download: 2022_09_18_Audio_Podcast.mp3
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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.

Direct download: 2022_09_11_Audio_Podcast.mp3
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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.

Direct download: 2022_09_03_Audio_Podcast.mp3
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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!

Direct download: 2022_08_28_Audio_Podcast.mp3
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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!

Direct download: 2022_08_21_Audio_Podcast.mp3
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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!

Direct download: 2022_08_07_Audio_Podcast.mp3
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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.

Direct download: 2022_07_31_Shelby_Audio_Podcast.mp3
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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.

Direct download: 2022_07_31_Tim_Espejo_Audio_Podcast.mp3
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Watch Pastor Tim Hill speak on his life verse, Nehemiah 8:10
...the joy of the Lord is your strength!

Direct download: 2022_07_31_Tim_Hill_Audio_Podcast.mp3
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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.

Direct download: 2022_07_31_Yvette_Audio_Podcast.mp3
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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.

Direct download: 2022_07_23_Derick_Audio_Podcast.mp3
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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.

Direct download: 2022_07_24_Morganne_Audio_Podcast.mp3
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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.

Direct download: 2022_07_23_Jacob_Audio_Podcast.mp3
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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."

Direct download: 2022_07_17_Charity_Audio_Podcast.mp3
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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."

Direct download: 2022_07_17_Gary_Audio_Podcast.mp3
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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."

Direct download: 2022_07_17_Michael_Audio_Podcast.mp3
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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."

Direct download: 2022_07_16_Richard_Audio_Podcast.mp3
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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."

Direct download: 2022_07_10_Donnivane_Audio_Podcast.mp3
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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."

Direct download: 2022_07_10_Melody_Audio_Podcast.mp3
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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."

Direct download: 2022_07_10_Ronnie_Audio_Podcast.mp3
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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."

Direct download: 2022_07_10_James_Audio_Podcast.mp3
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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.

Direct download: 2022_07_02_Audio_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:13am CDT

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!

Direct download: 2022_06_26_Audio_Podcast.mp3
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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.

Direct download: Audio_Podcast_6_18_22.mp3
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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!

Direct download: 2022_06_12_Audio_Podcast.mp3
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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.

Direct download: Posdcast_June_5.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:12pm CDT

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.

Direct download: 2022_05_22_Audio_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:39pm CDT

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! ⁠

Direct download: 2022_05_15_Audio_Podcast.mp3
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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.

Direct download: 2022_05_08_Audio_Podcast.mp3
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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.
Direct download: 2022_05_01_YouTube_Edit_-_Video_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:38pm CDT

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.⁠

Direct download: 2022_04_24_Audio_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:45pm CDT

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!

Direct download: 2022_04_17_Audio_Podcast.mp3
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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”.

Direct download: 2022_04_10_Audio_Podcast.mp3
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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!

Direct download: 2022_04_02_Audio_Podcast.mp3
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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.
Direct download: 2022_03_20_Audio_Podcast.mp3
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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.

Direct download: 2022_03_13_Audio_Podcast.mp3
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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.⁠

Direct download: 2022_03_06_Audio_Podcast.mp3
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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!

Direct download: 2022_02_27_Audio_Podcast.mp3
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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!
Direct download: 2022_02_20_Audio_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:55am CDT

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!
Direct download: 2022_02_13_Audio_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:48pm CDT

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.
Direct download: 2022_02_05_Audio_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:51pm CDT

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.
Direct download: 2022_01_30_Audio_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:53pm CDT

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.

Direct download: 2022_01_15_Audio_Pocast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:11am CDT

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.

Direct download: 2022_01_09_Audio_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:04pm CDT

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.

Direct download: 2022_01_01_Audio_Podcast.mp3
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