First Assembly NLR Video Podcast (podcasts)
Weekend messages from Pastor Rod Loy and FirstNLR.
 

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!

 

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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_DVD_Podcast.mp4
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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_DVD_Podcast.mp4
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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_DVD_Podcast.mp4
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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_24_AM_DVD_iPod.mp4
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What does being content mean to you?  What makes you discontent?  In today's society, marketers play on our tendency to want the newest, best, and shiniest.

In the final message from the Gift series, Pastor Rod Loy unpacks another of God's gifts to us: contentment.
Direct download: 2009_12_27_AM_DVD_iPod.mp4
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How do you know what something is worth?  You know what it's worth by what people are willing to pay for it.  Jesus paid the ultimate price for us.  What does that tell you about our worth to Him?
Direct download: 2009_11_29_AM_DVD_iPod.mp4
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People don't like to talk about death and loss.  But when someone close to you dies, you are forced to think about it.  In this message, Rod Loy covers what happens when we grieve and what to do if you or someone you know is going through grief.
Direct download: 2009_07_19_AM_DVD_iPod.mp4
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In this message, Rod Loy talks with six couples from different stages of life about the challenges and lessons they've learned from their marriages.
Direct download: 2009_07_12_AM.mp4
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Why should we stay stuck in the same rut we've always been in? It's time to lift! In this message, the first of the Lift! series, Rod Loy examines habits and how they have control of our lives and how we can change for the better.
Direct download: 2008_11_09_AM_DVD_iPod.mp4
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In the race of life, we eventually will finish. We need to take as many with us across the finish line as possible!
Direct download: 2008_11_02_AM_iPod.mp4
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How do you succeed? That's what everyone wants - to be a success. When you start anything, that's the goal. You don't plan to fail. In school, in your marriage, in your business or ministry - your goal is to succeed. So, how do you do it?
Direct download: 2008_10_05_AM_iPod_DVD.mp4
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We all know someone who has gone through some kind of tragedy. It seems odd that even good people can be stricken by illness or other disaster. Many will ask why, if God is so good, does He allow these things to happen? In this message, Rod Loy answers the question, why do bad things happen to good people?
Direct download: 2008_09_28_AM_DVD_iPod.mp4
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Are you so busy working and doing things for God that you've forgotten your initial love for Him? What happens to the fervor of a new Christian as he or she matures?
Direct download: 2008_09_21_PM_for_podcast.mp4
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It's relatively easy to forgive the guy who cuts you off in traffic. You don't have to see him again. It's over and done. The people closest to us, however, are harder to forgive. Their wounds hurt the most. The memories stay fresh. The offense lingers. Why should we forgive? Why not get revenge?
Direct download: 2008_09_21_AM_DVD_iPod.mp4
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We understand - bad things sometimes happen in life. We shrug it off, laugh it off, or have a good cry and move on. But it's different for others. They begin to expect bad things to happen-and more bad things to follow. They become pessimistic. How can you avoid negative thinking?
Direct download: 2008_09_14_iPod_DVD.mp4
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Nobody is out of the reach of God, who is willing to go to great lengths to bring them back to Him. How does God get through to someone whose conscience has been seared, cut off from feeling - who no longer feels or knows the difference from right or wrong?
Direct download: 2008_09_07_AM_DVD_iPod.mp4
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Sometimes we get in situations in our lives that everything seems hopeless. We wonder where God is, and why isn't He doing anything? In this special message, Rod Loy looks at story of Joseph, and how he went from prisoner to ruler.
Direct download: 2008_08_31_AM_iPod.mp4
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It's not a fun topic to talk about. We want the Christian life to function as a predictable formula. No surprises or setbacks, just blessing after blessing. But when problems happen, and they will happen, it can test our faith. How should we handle life when it throws problems our way?
Direct download: 2008_08_24_AM_DVD_iPod_FINAL.mp4
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Every day, we are bombarded with temptations that would draw us away from our responsibilities and our families. There aren't too many news cycles that don't include the latest story on a politician or preacher who has failed morally. Is it possible in today's world to stay pure?
Direct download: 2008_08_17_AM_DVD_iPod.mp4
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As kids, we all had dreams - hopes for what we want for the future. It's easy to get discouraged about dreams, though. How do we know if a dream is the real deal? In this message, Rod Loy talks about how we can tell if a dream is from God.
Direct download: 2008_08_10_AM_DVD_iPod.mp4
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Many people have hurt and pain caused by their families. If your family was, or is, dysfunctional, is there hope for you to overcome your past? Is there hope for you?
Direct download: 2008_08_03_AM_DVD_iPod.mp4
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This series is titled Family Survivor, but really, you want to do more than survive. There are times that just surviving is a victory, but for the most part, surviving isn't winning. You want to do more than survive. You want to win!
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Not all family moments are fun or funny. Life is not one long fun-filled vacation. Challenges arise. Hard times come. How do you not only survive tough times with your family, but grow closer as a result?
Direct download: 2008_07_20_AM_DVD_iPod.mp4
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Have you ever wanted to kick someone out of your family for doing something stupid? Unlike reality shows, we really can't kick someone off our "island," but in every home, in every relationship, conflict will arise. Solving conflict in a Biblical manner is key to a healthy home.
Direct download: 2008_07_13_AM_DVD_iPod.mp4
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Life is pretty hectic these days, isn't it? The average family doesn't even eat dinner together that often anymore. In this message, the first in the Family Survivor series, Rod Loy talks about the importance of keeping your family together in a busy world.
Direct download: 2008_07_06_DVD_iPod.mp4
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So, gas prices have you down? They keep getting higher and higher with no sign of coming down any time soon. Gas prices are causing a lot of people to rethink their spending. In this final message of the Living Large series, Rod Loy talks about more principles to share with your family about money and finances.
Direct download: 2008_06_29_AM_iPod_DVD.mp4
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Ants are tiny creatures with tiny brains. Yet, they somehow know to put away food and supplies for the future. Are you as smart as an ant? In this message, Rod Loy talks about more principles to teach your children about finances.
Direct download: 2008_06_22_AM_DVD_iPod.mp4
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Like Veruca Salt, the little brat in the Willy Wonka movie, we often want to buy possessions right now. Stewardship, though, involves spending our money more wisely. In this message, Rod Loy examines some more principles of stewardship.
Direct download: 2008_06_15_AM_DVD_iPod.mp4
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Some people get nervous when a preacher starts talking about money in church. But today, everywhere you go, people are talking about money. It's on TV, in the newspapers and the internet. In this message, Rod Loy teaches some principles that can transform your financial life and future and positively impact the lives of the next generation.
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In this message, Rod Loy looks at the story of King David bringing the Ark of the Covenant back into Jerusalem. From this story, we can learn some leadership lessons that affect our lives today.
Direct download: 2008_06_01_AM_iPodDVD.mp4
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People looking at your life would assume you to be incredibly happy. You wish that was true. If you have been trying to fill an empty spot in your life with money, power, fame, or position, you know it doesn't work. You can climb to the top in the world and still feel empty. There has to be something more, right?
Direct download: 2008_05_25_AM_DVD_iPod.mp4
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Worship is more than a time in a church service when we sing. Worship is being in the presence of God anytime. In this message, Rod Loy looks at this principle: when you spend time in God's presence, blessings follow.
Direct download: 2008_05_18_AM_iPod_DVD.mp4
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As we get older, our focus should shift from achievement to legacy. It's not about what we can do, but what we can pass on. In this message, Rod Loy looks at this principle: each generation has a responsibility to the ones behind it to serve as an example and leave a legacy of faith.
Direct download: 2008_05_04_DVD_iPod.mp4
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How do you know God's will for your life? A lot of people aren't sure what God wants them to do in life. God wants you to understand and know His will for you. He's not playing a celestial game of hide and seek, trying to keep you in the dark. In this message, Rod Loy talks about how you can know God's will for you in any situation.
Direct download: 2008_04_27_DVD_iPod.mp4
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Detours are usually not very fun. You are heading for a goal, and suddenly life throws up a detour in your life. In this message, Rod Loy looks at what happens when our plans don't always seem to be working out.
Direct download: 2008_04_20_AM.mp4
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It seems like freeways are always under some sort of construction. In this message, Rod Loy talks about how our lives should be under construction, too.
Direct download: 2008_04_13_AM.mp4
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Pastor Gary Tomlinson investigates one of the most mysterious women of the Bible: Mary Magdalene.
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When you cruise down the highway of life alone, it's not too bad. But when other people have to merge with you on the road, that's when problems can happen. When you merge, you often clash. In this message, Rod Loy talks about conflict resolution.
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On life's highway, the road isn't always smooth. We make some wrong turns, and occasionally lose our way. In this series, Rod Loy uses highway signs as memory helpers - so every time you see a road sign, you'll recall some truths about our journey through life. In this first message, he discusses the most most common sign of all - Stop. With God's help, we can stop things that lead us down the wrong roads.
Direct download: 2008_03_30_AM_DVD_iPod.mp4
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We're not certain where we learn it: the phrase, or even the concept that life is supposed to be fair. But one of the first phrases you learn as a kid is "That's not fair!" In this message, Rod Loy looks at this idea: while life isn't fair, maybe that's a good thing.
Direct download: 2008_03_23_AM_DVD_iPod.mp4
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When we mess up, whether it is little or big, we have a tendency to do whatever we can to cover it up. Confession is the furthest thing from our minds. After all, we got away with it. No one will ever know. But inevitably, something happens, and we get caught. What happens when we try to cover up our mistakes? Rod Loy takes a final look at the story of David and Bathsheba.
Direct download: 2008_03_16_AM_DVD_iPod.mp4
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When you've realized you've messed up, you've blown it -- you have a decision to make. You can confess, or you can conceal. You can tell on yourself, or you can cover it up. What happens when you try to cover things up? What if you think you've gotten away with it? Will anyone ever know?
Direct download: 2008_03_09_AM_DVD_iPod.mp4
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It makes people uncomfortable, but the church has been silent way too long--it's important for Christians to talk about sex and sexual sin. We cannot allow culture to shape our beliefs in this area. In the first message of this series, Rod Loy looks at the stranglehold that pornography has on many people in our society, our homes, and yes, even our churches.
Direct download: 2008_03_02_AM_DVD-iPod.mp4
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