• Giving at First Assembly

    There are lots of ways to give your tithe and offering at First Assembly! We’ve made it easy for you! Below are all of the options for giving most efficiently:

    Online (Computer or Mobile)

    Give online at firstnlr.securegive.com on a computer, tablet, or phone, or on our app (for Apple and Android devices)! Also, there is a button that says “Online Giving” on our website. Create a secure account that stores your information and makes giving regularly easy and quick. Give to any offering and even set it up to automatically tithe from your bank account on a set schedule. It’s convenient, secure, and easy!


    Give at the kiosks in our lobbies! It’s the same as giving online from our website or app, but it’s conveniently located in our lobbies. Create a secure account that stores your information and makes giving regularly easy and quick. Tithe or give to any offering and it will even print you a receipt!


    Give by writing a check and putting it in the offering! There’s no need to put it in an envelope. Simply mark the memo line for tithe or which offering you would like to give to and drop it in the offering bag as it comes by during service.

    Offering Envelope (Cash or Credit Card Slip)

    Give by inserting cash or our credit card slip in an offering envelope. Just detach the credit card slip, fill it out, and put it in the envelope. Then, whether it’s a credit card slip or cash, fill out the information on the envelope and drop it in the offering bag as it comes by during service.

  • Celebrate Recovery

    Celebrate Recovery is a biblical and balanced program that helps us overcome our hurts, hang-ups, and habits.

    A wide variety of hurts, hang ups, and harmful behaviors are represented at Celebrate Recovery. Examples include dependency on alcohol or drugs, pornography, low self-esteem, need to control, depression, anger, co-dependency, depression,fear of rejection, fear of abandonment, perfectionism, broken relationships, and abuse.

    Celebrate Recovery offers a person the opportunity to participate in a group fellowship where love and hope combine with God’s purpose to mend our lives. Ask yourself:

    • Are there things in my life that I do that hurt others?
    • Is there something I wish I could live without?
    • Is it time to crack my denial and admit I am not in control of my life?
    • Do I have a painful habit or hang-up from which I need to be freed?  
    If you answered “yes” to any of these statements then we urge you to attend a Celebrate Recovery meeting to see if it is for you.

    Thursdays at First NLR
    Dinner at 6pm
    Group at 6:45pm

    Facebook:  www.facebook.com/crfirstnlr
    Twitter:  www.twitter.com/crfirstnlr (@crfirstnlr)
    Instagram:  www.instagram.com/crfirstnlr (@crfirstnlr)

    Fore more information, contact Layne Mason at (501) 833-3270 or laynemsn@yahoo.com.

  • Chronic Illness Support Group

    First Assembly is starting a support group, lead by Tamara Holliman, providing Christ-centered connection, encouragement, and care to those managing a chronic illness.  We will focus on our hope in Christ instead of our physical limitations.

    Are You Managing A Chronic Illness?

    Auto-Immune Disease
    Kidney or Liver Disease
    Chronic Pain and/or Fatigue
    Heart Disease
    Crohn’s Disease

    There is Hope

    Your diagnosis may not be listed. But, if you have recently been diagnosed with a chronic illness, living with chronic pain, or managing a chronic illness, this group is for you!

    Managing Your Chronic Illness

    When you are first diagnosed with a Chronic Illness, it is hard to know where to turn. Even after you have been living with it for a while, you can still feel like you are alone. Together, we can encourage each other and carry each other’s burdens.

    Tamara's Story:

    My Journey with Lupus
    Nearly nine years ago, I was diagnosed with Lupus and Fibromyalgia. I had no idea what this really meant, but I soon found out as my life came to a complete and painful stand still. I would have loved to talk to others that knew what I was going through, but there was no one around. Since then, with Christ’s help, I have learned how to cope with this disabling disease. Having others to share this journey with is so important!

    For More Info:

    Phone: 501-758-8553
    Email: tamara_adeline@yahoo.com

  • 1 John 4

    Testing the Spirits 1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God,because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God :every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God ; 3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God ; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world. 4 You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. 5 They are from the world ; therefore they speak as from the world, and the world listens to them. 6 We are from God ; he who knows God listens to us; he who is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. God Is Love 7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God ; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has seen God at any time ; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us. 13 By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. 14 We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17 By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment ; because as He is, so also are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love ; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. 19 We love, because He first loved us. 20 If someone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar ; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. 21 And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also. Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society
  • 1 John 3

    Children of God Love One Another

    1 See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God ; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. 2 Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. 3 And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. '4 Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness ; and sin is lawlessness. '5 You know that He appeared in order to takeaway sins ; and in Him there is no sin. 6 No one who abides in Him sins ; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him. 7 Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous ; 8 the one who practices sin is of the devil ; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. 9 No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. 10 By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious : anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother. 11 For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning,that we should love one another ; 12 not as Cain, who was of the evil one and slew his brother. And for what reason did he slay him? Because his deeds were evil, and his brother's were righteous. 13 Do not be surprised, brethren, if the world hates you. 14 We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death.15 Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer ; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. 16 We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 17 But whoever has the world's goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him? 18 Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth. 19 We will know by this that we are of the truth, and will assure our heart before Him 20 in whatever our heart condemns us; for God is greater than our heart and knows all things. 21 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God ; 22 and whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight. 23 This is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us.24 The one who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. We know by this that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.

    Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society

  • 1 John 2, Part 2

    Do Not Love the World

    15 Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. 17 The world is passing away, and also its lusts ; but the one who does the will of God lives forever. 18 Children, it is the last hour ; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared ; from this we know that it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, so that it would be shown that they all are not of us. 20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you all know. 21 I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it, and because no lie is of the truth. 22 Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son. 23 Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father ; the one who confesses the Son has the Father also. 24 As for you, let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father.

    The Promise Is Eternal Life

    25 This is the promise which He Himself made to us: eternal life. 26 These things I have written to you concerning those who are trying to deceive you. 27 As for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you,you abide in Him. 28 Now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming. 29 If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone also who practices righteousness is born of Him.

    Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society

  • Mother's Day 2014

    We hope you enjoyed Mother's Day!  It was a fun day at First Assembly!  Thanks again, moms, for all you do!

    Click HERE for Mother's Day Family Photos!

  • Vilonia Tornado Relief

    Monday morning, April 28, we woke up to devastating images from tornado damage in Vilonia as the result of a massive storm.

    As you know, First Assembly has a church in Vilonia, where Sunday night’s storms caused massive damage.  Our pastors, staff, and their families are all safe and actively ministering to people in our church family and in the community.  Our lead pastor in Vilonia is Pastor John Wimberly.  Immediately after the tornado, John assisted in locating people in the wreckage of homes.  He and the rest of our team are involved in the efforts to help people recover possessions.  Please pray for our pastors to have wisdom, strength, and safety as they minister to hurting people.  Our other pastors in Vilonia are Pastor Ashley Duff and Pastor B.J. Herndon.  In addition, Pastor Jim King, from our Little Rock Campus lives in Vilonia.

    Pastor Ashley spent much of Sunday night attempting to locate and account for our church family.  As of now, here’s what we know:  at least four families in our church had their homes completely destroyed, while many others sustained damage.  We are thankful that although their homes were destroyed, their lives were spared.  At least one of our church members lost his business.  We are still getting reports from others.  We are ministering to the families and providing whatever help and assistance they need.

    Vilonia is a small town, and a close-knit community.  Although none of our church members were killed, many of them have lost people whom they know and love.  There are many families in shock, grieving after suffering devastating loss.  We will minister not only to our church family, but to others in need in the area.  

    Ladies in the church are helping wash clothes, and sort through items.  Convoy of Hope is helping with supplies.  It's so wonderful to be part of an organization that quickly mobilizes to help.  Monday morning, our state leader of the Assemblies of God, Larry Moore, sent an email to all 432 Assemblies of God churches in Arkansas, asking for their help.  Our General Superintendent (national leader) George Wood, has also contacted us offering prayers and assistance.

    Many have asked how they can help.  At this point, the best thing we can do is make funds available for needs as they arise.  We have established a fund to assist the church in Vilonia as they reach out to the community.  We began giving assistance Monday night, knowing people would want to give towards the need.  The money you give will be distributed through the church and our pastors in the community.  

    Give Online HERE – use the giving option, Vilonia Disaster.

    *Or you can bring a check by or mail it to the church office – write “Vilonia Disaster” on the memo line.

    We appreciate your donations very much and ask that you continue to give to help those in need in Vilonia.  Having the resources to assist families with short-term immediate needs has been incredibly beneficial.  In addition, having the resources to strategically help families and the community rebuild long-term is a huge testimony to the city of what a healthy body of Christ should look like.

    Others have asked about going to Vilonia to give some hands-on help.  As of Tuesday, the town is open to visitors and you are more than welcome to go and help.  We ask that you report to our Vilonia campus pastors, Pastor John Wimberly, Pastor Ashley Duff, & Pastor B.J. Herndon at the church (851 Highway 64 E, Vilonia, AR 72173) for instructions.  They will need help, not just this week, but for many weeks and months to come, so if you can’t help this week, feel free to plan a time in the coming weeks to go to Vilonia to work. If you have specific questions about help you can contact Vilonia First Assembly at (501-796-8250).

    We appreciate your willingness to go work, your generosity in giving, and your faithfulness in prayer!

    *Our focus has been on ministering to families rather than thoroughly checking our facility, but it does not appear our Vilonia campus sustained any major damage.

  • 1 John 2, Part 1

    Christ is Our Advocate

    1 My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous ; 2 and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins ; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world. 3 By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. 4 The one who says, "I have come to know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; 5 but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: 6 the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked. 7 Beloved, I am not writing a new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning ; the old commandment is the word which you have heard. 8 On the other hand, I am writing a new commandment to you, which is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true Light is already shining. 9 The one who says he is in the Light and yet hates his brother is in the darkness until now. 10 The one who loves his brother abides in the Light and there is no cause for stumbling in him. 11 But the one who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes. 12 I am writing to you, little children, because your sins have been forgiven you for His name's sake. 13 I am writing to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you haveovercome the evil one. I have written to you, children, because you know the Father. 14 I have written to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one.

    Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society

  • 1 John 1

    Introduction, The Incarnate Word

    1 What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life - 2 and the life was manifested, and we have seen and testify and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was manifested to us- 3 what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ. 4 These things we write, so that our joy may be made complete.

    God Is Light

    5 This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth ; 7 but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.

    Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society

  • Remember the Cross

    Good Friday, April 18 at 7pm

    Live at our Online Campus - firstnlr.tv!

    Join us as our Choir and Orchestra lead us in a night of worship, communion, and remembrance of the sacrifice of our Savior.  It will be a special service that you don't want to miss!

    For info about the rest of Easter Weekend:
    Super Spring Eggstravaganza
    Picture This - Easter Services

  • Timechangian Rhapsody

  • Snore

  • What Does the Clock Say?

  • The New Slam Stage - Coming Soon!

    Want to know more?  Email Pastor Brian or Pastor Tyler.  They’re super excited and would love to tell you all about it!

  • Hymn Medley

    This is the Hymn Medley arranged and performed by our very own trio, Harrison, Lauren, & Kayla!

  • Santa Photos

    Get your Photos with Santa by clicking here!

  • Christmas Lane & "Lights, Camera, Christmas!"

    Inclement Weather Plan

    We are currently planning to have Christmas Lane and “Lights, Camera, Christmas!” as scheduled. Since inclement weather is in the forecast, we have made plans to adjust if necessary. We will make a final decision regarding these events at the following times each day:

    Friday at 4pm
    Saturday at 2pm
    Sunday at 2pm

    We will communicate our final decision via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, email, and on our website at those times. If you are unable to access those mediums at those times, you can call the church at 501-758-8553.

    Latest Update (for Sunday, December 8):  

    “Lights, Camera, Christmas” is ON tonight at 6 p.m.!

    It’s a great show you don’t want to miss.

    Christmas Lane is still ice-bound, so we are moving the party inside. Everything (well, almost everything) you love about Christmas Lane will be in the building beginning at 4:00.

    Pictures with Santa
    Free Hot Dogs, Nachos, Cookies and Coke
    Free Kettle Corn, Cider and Hot Chocolate
    And, most of all – after some serious negotiation – FREE FUNNEL CAKES!

    Show starts at 6 p.m. Fun starts at 4 p.m. Nursery and Pre-school will be open for show.

    We're not giving away just 1 iPad Air, we are giving away 3 at the end of the show!

  • Lights, Camera, Christmas!

    Looking for FREE Christmas Fun for Your Family?

    Lights, Camera, Christmas is a fantastic, multi-media production that's fun for all ages.  See the Christmas story as it's never been told before, as a group of kids set out to tackle an off-the-wall Christmas Break homework assignment.  It's only at First NLR!  Plus, you could win an iPad Air!  Make sure you don't miss it!

    Free Fun on Christmas Lane
    Photos with Santa, Train Rides, Carriage Rides, Carnival Rides, Funnel Cakes, Kettle Corn, Hot Dogs, Hot Chocolate, and much more!

    Friday, December 6
    Christmas Lane 6-7:30pm
    Performance 8pm

    Saturday, December 7
    Christmas Lane 4-5:30pm
    Performance 6pm

    Sunday, December 8
    Christmas Lane 4-5:30pm
    Performance 6pm

    For more info call 501.758.8553!

  • The Christmas Times

  • The Power of One - From Philip to First NLR

  • The Power of One Dominoes

  • Family Month 2013

    Share this video, by posting the link, FirstNLR.com/FamilyMonth2013, to your Facebook and Twitter!  And on be sure to include @FirstNLR (on Twitter) and #FamilyMonth2013 (on Twitter AND Facebook)!

    Question:  Who are you and your family most looking forward to seeing this year?

  • Family Devotion - Monopoly

    Watt's Up:

    "I Must Give God Total Control!"

    Power Verse:

    "No one can serve two masters.  For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other..." - Matthew 6:24

    To Start this weeks devotion, start by reading the Power Verse (above).

    Questions to ask you children:

    - Does anybody know what this scripture means?
    - How would you define a “master”?
    - What was Jesus trying to tell us?

    Spend some time explaining this scripture to your children. Helping them understand that Jesus was saying He wants “all” of us, that nothing else can be more important then Him!

    Ask your children:

    - What are some things that are important to you?
    - Are those things more important then Jesus?
    - How can we be sure that Jesus stays #1 in our lives and not something else?

    Spend time with each of your kids making a list of the things that are important to them… Friends, sports, money, etc. Then talk about how they can be sure to keep Jesus above everything else. Afterwards, spend time praying as a family that you will keep Jesus as #1 in your family.


    Make a chart or list of things you can do as a family to help Jesus be the most important thing in your lives. (example: Reading from the bible every night together, getting involved in a ministry, etc.) As a family work through this list to help Jesus be the center of your lives!

  • Family Devotion

    Watt's Up:

    "I will memorize what the Bible says!"

    Power Verse:

    "I have hidden Your Word in my heart, that I might not sin against You." - Psalm 119:11

    This week, we learned the importance of memorizing the Bible.  It is important that your child sees you participating in Bible Memorization as well.  For the next few days, you and your family will be memorizing the Power Verse (shown above).  Each day, focus on memorizing and understanding the verse.  In order to do this, you need to think about the following:

    How does each of my kids learn best?  Do they remember things by writing them down, by drawing pictures, by saying them out loud, by putting them down to rhythm, or by moving around?  Keep in mind that one single way may not work for all of your family members.

    What are the ages of my kids?  Older kids, for example, may not want to skip or sing while they're memorizing a verse, and younger kids may not be able to write down the verse.

    What can you do to encourage your kids to work on the verse every day?  Do they need some kind of incentive, or are your kids self-motivated?  Working on a verse just one time probably won't be enough to really memorize it.

    Here are some ideas that you might try for younger kids:

    Write the verse on a piece of paper and cut the words into puzzle pieces for your kids to put together.

    Think of simple songs (Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star or Row, Row, Row Your Boat, for example) and see if the verse you're learning can be sung to that song.

    Do jumping jacks or march to the verse with a definite beat.

    Hang a chart on your refrigerator and give your kids a star each day they say the verse correctly.  At the end of the week, give them some money or a treat for each start they have.

    Bible Memory Challenge

    For the next two weeks, challenge your family to memorize these three scriptures.  To help you, we have provided some "scripture memory songs" that will help.  You can find these songs on the Blog or by going to firstnlr.com/memoryverses.

    On May 19, we will have special "Memorization Stations" set up at the church where you can stop by and quote the three scriptures.  If you quote all three, you will receive a special prize.  So, make this a fun experience!

    The Scriptures:

    2 Corinthians 5:17 - "Therefore if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come.  The old has gone, the new is here.

    Proverbs 3:5,6 - "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean non on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight."

    Philippians 4:8 - "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things."

  • Memory Verses

    Below are the 3 scriptures that we are committing to memory together as a church!  Read these, listen to the songs in the videos below, and let's memorize God's Word and hide it in our hearts!

    2 Corinthians 5:17 - "Therefore if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come.  The old has gone, the new is here.  (TNIV)

    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."

    Philippians 4:8 - "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things."

    For more songs like these, visit jumpstart3.com!

  • Family Devotion

  • The Game of Life

    The Game of Life, our brand new series starts April 7, 2013 at First Assembly!  Watch and share this video to invite your friends by posting the link, www.firstnlr.com/thegameoflifepromo, to your Facebook or Twitter!

  • Come Back Home Music Video

  • Time Change - Change the Time

    Time Change Sunday is March 10th!  Don't forget!  :)

  • Family Devotion

  • Time Change - Call Me, Wake Me

    Time Change is March 10th!  Set an alarm or two (or 10) and maybe have a friend call you, wake you!  :)

  • Time Change - On Time Style

    Hopefully, this will help you remember Time Change Sunday is March 10!  :)

  • What We Believe About Water Baptisms

    What is baptism?

    Baptism is an outward sign, act, and expression of what God has done in our lives.  Scripture teaches us that the act of Baptism is symbolic in many ways.  Paul, in Romans 6:1-4 says that the act of baptism symbolizes our old life in sin dying and being buried, and when we come up out of the water, it is like we have been raised with a new life in Christ.  The word baptism used by John and Jesus means to “cleanse, to wash and to purify.”  Baptism is a symbol of Jesus washing away the sins of our life and making us a new person.  God has saved us, cleansed us and made us a new person.  We are not saved when we are baptized, but baptism tells the world what God has done.

    Why should I be baptized?

    First, we want to follow Jesus’ example.  Jesus, who never sinned, was baptized in Matthew 3.  Secondly, baptism is a way to publicly declare your faith in Jesus Christ.  It is a serious, important step.  It’s a great opportunity to communicate to your friends and your family that you are a changed person.  Thirdly, and most importantly, Jesus instructed us to be baptized.  In Matthew 28:19, he told the disciples, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”  In the Book of Acts, early followers of Jesus followed this command (Acts 8, 9, 10, 16).  Being baptized is an act of obedience for a follower of Jesus.  We do it because Jesus commanded it.

    When should I be baptized?

    Because baptism is a public declaration of faith, it should happen after you have put your faith in Jesus Christ.  There is not a right age to be baptized.  A person should be baptized when they understand they were a sinner, but have now committed to being a life long follower of Jesus and their sins have been forgiven.  An individual should be baptized as soon as they have put their faith in Jesus Christ.  Some people want to be baptized again because they did not understand their first baptism or left the faith and now have returned.  This is a great opportunity to communicate their return to Jesus.

    How is someone baptized?

    Scripture does not give an instruction guide on how baptism should take place.  Different faith traditions have used various ways of baptism throughout history.  We follow the examples of Scripture as closely as we can at First Assembly without being legalistic.  Therefore, we baptize people in water by letting them go under water and come up again (symbolizing the death and resurrection of Romans 6), this is called immersion.  Jesus commanded us to “baptize in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,” so we obey His command to baptize with those words (Matthew 28:19).

    Why do we celebrate baptism at First Assembly so much?

    As a church we place a high emphasis on being baptized.  We regularly schedule this moment for people at First Assembly to declare their faith in Jesus Christ.  We know this is a sacred moment when someone publicly declares their love of Jesus Christ, but it is also a joyful moment for us. The Bible tells us that heaven rejoices when a person places their faith and hope in God.  We want to rejoice with them.

  • A Note from Pastor Rod

    This Sunday morning, we start a brand new series, "Following Jesus 101".   In this series, we'll look at some foundational beliefs and practices that are important in following Jesus.  If you've been a Christian for years, it will be an excellent reminder, a new way of thinking about things and a GREAT chance to invite a friend.  If you are new to following Jesus, or just trying to figure it all out, this will be an important look at what following Jesus is all about.

    Sunday night, I'll continue my 3 week series on obedience.  It was awesome last Sunday night, seeing people make the commitment to immediate obedience in 2013.  I'm praying for you as you seek to immediately obey Him!  If you missed last week, watch it online (firstnlr.com) and join us live this Sunday night.   We'll look at the results of disobedience and the blessings of obedience.

    Every Soul Matters,
    Pastor Rod

    Question:  Will you be here this Sunday?

  • A Note from Pastor Rod

    Whatever you do, don't miss this Sunday!  The whole day promises to be the highlight of the Christmas season.

    Sunday morning is Family Christmas.  Family Christmas began nine years ago with the dream of seeing people's needs met and our church family celebrate Christmas with a loving, tender display of giving.  There have been so many great moments over the years.  The Family Christmas Team, led by Pam Harrell, spends the entire year thinking, dreaming, praying and scheming to make this day meaningful and special.  Expect to laugh, cry and be reminded again what Christmas is all about and how wonderful it is to be part of a church family.  All three services are different.  There is no S.L.A.M. for elementary age children, who will join us in the sanctuary.  The Grove (nursery) and Backyard (preschool) will be open as usual.

    Reminder: No Sunday School or Connection classes this week or next (Dec. 16 and 23).

    Sunday night is an all-new celebration of Christmas, "Wonder"!  "Wonder" will feature our sanctuary choir and orchestra and includes a special appearance by our handbell choir.  We'll celebrate the season with traditional Christmas music, and some wonderful new songs you will love.  It's a great night to bring someone who loves Christmas, and Christmas music.

    We will have church (of course!) on Sunday morning December 23rd.  We plan the day very intentionally, knowing many of you will have family visiting.  Here's my promise:  It will be fun, funny, full of Christmas, and meaningful.  Most importantly,  I will give your family the opportunity to respond to Jesus.  I'm praying with you for changed lives!

    Glad to be part of the family (and Family Christmas!),
    Pastor Rod

    P.S.  I've been praying that 2013 will be a great year of growth for me personally, spiritually and as a leader.   I'm excited about it!  As I've prayed,  I've had the sense there are other who are ready for a huge growth year -  spiritually, personally and in leadership.  Here's what I feel God has put on my heart:  I'm going to lead a small group of 15-20 people on a one year growth journey.  It will be focused, intense and challenging.  Being part of the group will require outside reading, in addition to attending periodic meetings.  The group will be open to men, women or even couples.  If you are interested, please send me an email.  In the subject line put: Growth Group.   I will respond next week with some basic parameters for involvement and more details.

  • Family Devotion

    Watt’s Up: “I Know God Can Heal The Sick!”

    Power Verse: “And their prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make them well...” - Psalm 55:16

    This week we will be discussing healing with your children. Healing is something many have decided doesn’t exist anymore in the world today. We want your children to understand, healing is for today and God can heal them and those they love!!!

    Begin by asking your children some questions....
    · What is healing?
    · What does it mean to be healed?
    · Who can heal you? Take time talking to children about healing: what it is and why God want us to     be healed. Here are some scriptures to help you: “... for I am the Lord, who heals you.” - Exodus      15:26 “O Lord, my God, I called to you for help and you healed me.” - Psalm 30:2 “Praise the Lord,   O my soul, and forget not all his benefits- who forgives all your sins and heals all your disease.” -      Psalm 103:2-3 Scripture tells us God can heal us! 

    Discuss these questions with your kids:
    · When was the last time you were sick? (Remind them how much they just wanted to feel better    and that God can and may have miraculously healed them)
    · Who else do you know that is sick?
    · Why do you think God would want to heal them and us? Take time together as a family to pray for   people you know who need healing - grandmas, grandpas, friends, anyone who may need a touch    from God. Give your children a chance to respond and pray with you!

    Family Activity:

    Together, this week, spend time together as a family looking through the New Testament and finding stories about God’s healing power. Let your kids read and learn that God is a mighty Healer!

  • A Note from Pastor Rod

    This Sunday morning, we continue "God, I Need You" with a look at an amazing story with a surprise ending.  I'm aware many of you have family visiting.  Bring them to church!  It will be fun, high energy and have a powerful message.  The lessons are powerful!

    Sunday night, we conclude our series "When Life Goes Wrong".  We'll learn about the difference between dream killers and dream builders.  The goal?  That you will dream God's dream, follow His plan and surround yourself with the right kind of people.

    I pray you and your family have a wonderful, restful Thanksgiving.

    Pastor Rod

    P.S.  I've already received several great testimonies of healing from last Sunday.  I am celebrating the fact that God still heals!

  • Metro Thanksgiving

    Question:  Are you planning to be there?

  • Metro Thanksgiving

    Question:  Will you be there?

  • Family Devotion

    Big Idea:  
    “I Will Call On God For Help!”

    Power Verse:
    “But I will call on God, and the Lord will rescue me.” - Psalm 55:16

    Gather together as a Family in the Living Room, Bedroom, or some place where you can talk and discuss this week’s lesson. Begin by asking your children some questions about Christmas.

    · What holiday is coming up really soon?
    · Have you begun to think about what you want for Christmas? (give time for children to respond)
    · Why do you want these things? Or why do you think you “need” these things?
    · How do you make sure mommy and daddy know what you want for Christmas? (prompt your kids    to help them realize they have to ask for things they want!)

    Explain to your kids that people don’t know what you want or need unless you ask for it. (Give some examples that would relate specifically to your family- for example– Mommy would not know Daddy needed her to fix dinner unless he asked—or Daddy wouldn’t know to pick you up from soccer unless he was asked.) Help your kids understand God is the same way. He wants us to ask Him for the things we need.

    · Why do we sometimes find it hard to ask God for the things we need?
    · What do you think we have to say to ask God for help?
    · Do you think you can ask God to help you with the things you need?

    Talk to your children about the importance of prayer. Prayer really is as simple as saying, “God I need you!” Discuss together some of the things you need God to do for you as a family and then pray together.

    Family Activity:

    Together, this week, create a book, poster, chart, etc. of all the needs you can think of that you are praying together for as a family. (Example - grandma who is sick, my friend Sally who needs Jesus) Use this chart or book to keep track of the things you are praying for and record when God answers these prayers. It will be awesome to have your kids see that God really does respond when we say “God I need help.”

  • Wanna See Something Funny?

    Just another day in the office at First Assembly....  This is totally random and has absolutely no purpose - just thought we'd share!  :)

    Post your own silly version of "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" with your family/friends at Facebook.com/FirstNLR!

  • IGNITE Worship Conference

    Friday, August 24 - Worship Concert with Klaus
    Saturday, August 25 - General/Breakout Sessions, Artist Q&A, Worship
    Sunday, August 26 - Connect With God with Ricardo Sanchez

    Are you a musician?  Involved with worship somehow or another?  Do you just love to worship God?

    Perfect - we have an event you don't wanna miss!  This weekend is the IGNITE Worship Conference!

    First Assembly will be full of guests from all over, including Klaus and Ricardo Sanchez!  Both, talented musicians and Spirit-filled worshipers!

    If you want to learn how to be a better musician, become a greater worship leader, or just an opportunity to spend time in worship, this conference is for you!

    If you're from First Assembly, it's FREE - just bring 5 bucks for meals!

    For more information, check out igniteworshipconference.com, or watch this video!

    Question:  Will you be attending?  What do you look forward to the most?

  • Family Farm

    Get ready to grow!  Our newest core value at First Assembly is that we must grow healthy families.  Family Farm is all about practical ways to grow together as a family!

    Question:  What is your favorite story or moment of growth in your family so far?  (Here's a chance to brag on your kids/grandkids!)

  • Yancy

    This week at Family Month we will have special guest Yancy!  Watch this video announcement we'll be playing on Sunday morning and check out Yancy and some other guests coming up in the next few weeks!

    For more information on Family Month and the line up of activities we'll be having, check out firstnlr.com/family-month!

  • FX Live

    This week at Family Month we will have special guests FX Live!  Watch this video announcement we'll be playing on Sunday morning and check out FX Live and some other guests coming up in the next few weeks!

  • Denver & the Mile High Orchestra

    This week at Family Month we will have special guests Denver & the Mile High Orchestra!  Watch this video announcement we'll be playing on Sunday morning and check out DMHO and some other guests coming up in the next few weeks!

  • Family Month

    Family Month is gonna be great this year!  We have some fun and exciting guests each week of July during our Sunday PM services!  You don't want to miss it!  Bring your family and get ready for a fantastic time together!

    Here's the line-up!

    July 1 - Keith Coast

    The Keith Coast experience is designed for elementary age kids and their families.  It will be a time for high-energy music, interactive games, side-splitting comedy, illusions, and all-around clean family fun!

    July 8 - Denver & Mile High Orchestra

    Blending a red hot horn section, along with jazz and big band roots, Denver and the Mile High Orchestra have created a sound that is unlike any other.  Silky smooth vocals combine with a wall of sound that calls up the images of blues, funk, and soul!

    July 15 - F/X LIVE!

    The message of FX Live for parents and kids illustrates that your family is a team. When family members think of their family as their home team, it encourages them to work together, cooperate and move toward the same objectives. FX Live is a high-energy way to remind families that working together can be fun.

    July 22 - Yancy

    Yancy splits her main focus between ministering in concerts and leading worship for kids/pre-teens and their families, merging upbeat pop ditties with a serious side that is sure to usher listeners of any age into the presence of God.

    July 29 - Reggie & Ladye Love Smith

    Musically, the Smith's versatile voices and broad range of influences lend themselves to a variety of styles, from country to big band to contemporary worship. Yet in all of its refreshing variety, the music of Reggie and Ladye Love Smith always retains their signature, heart-melting sound. With smooth, soulful vocals and impeccable musicianship, their communication beautifully reflects what is true of them both on and off stage - authenticity.

    Question:  Which artist do you look forward to the most?

  • Latest Update from Zanzibar

  • New Website Have You Confused?

    We've had a few questions and concerns about some of you finding what you're looking for on our new website design.  No problem though - we're here to help you!  Hopefully, you haven't given up and decided to never visit our website or watch us online ever again.  Hopefully, you're willing for us to help bring some clarity and guidance to your online experience at FirstNLR.com!  Here's some frequently asked questions:

    1.  I can't find the link to Watch Live anymore.  Where is it?

    We just moved this button since last week to make it even easier to find.  It's now at the top right of your screen.

    2.  Where do I find the Archived Messages, Podcasts, &/or other media?

    You can find those things by clicking "Messages & Media" on the right side of your screen.  A menu box will pop open from there to give you options.  Select an option to be taken to the page of your choice.

    3.  Why is there a countdown on the Watch Live button?  Why does it have all 0's?

    The countdown starts every week to count down to the next available live service.  If the countdown shows all 0's, that means that service is currently live.

    4.  What's all this talk about "Chat"?  You mean I can chat during church?  Who do I chat with?  How do I do it?

    With our new online campus layout, we have a new option to chat.  We know you all have doodled or passed notes in church, so we know it's gotta be appealing to you!  This is a way that we can connect with each other during church.  Since our online viewers ordinarily aren't walking the halls at our brick-and-mortar campus, we want to create an option to allow them to connect with us in a special way each week.  We'd love to get to know our online viewers!  Also, this allows our online viewers a way to meet and connect with our new online campus pastor, Tim Hill!

    When you get to the online campus page, underneath the player, there are several links.  The first one to the left is "Chat".  When you click on it, a pop-up box will open so you can enter your username (first and last name would be helpful, but a first name is fine).  Then you can proceed to chat with others that are watching online.  Also, your pop-up box is able to move around, so click on the top of it and move it where you want it!

    5.  I have an old bookmark that I use to watch online.  Does it still work?

    It should!  The following link will take you to the new online campus page:  firstnlr.tv.
    Or just go to firstnlr.com and follow the links as explained in Question 1.

    The old link, <firstnlr.com/watch-now>, will take you to a live player and you can watch service there, but it is not the new online campus page.  Therefore, you can't chat, give, take notes, etc. from that page.

    6.  How do I give online?

    You can can give online from the "Online Giving" link on the righthand side of the homepage, or on the new online campus, there is a link underneath the player that says "Give".

    7.  I'm still confused!  I still have questions about the website or watching service online.  Who do I talk to?

    You can contact our new online campus pastor, Tim Hill, at THill@FirstNLR.com.
    Or leave a comment below and we'll reply with an answer!

    Thank you for your patience and understanding during our transition to a new website!  We understand that change is always tough and sometimes confusing, but we're working hard to make it easier for you!

  • What to Expect Here...

    I'm so excited about starting up a blog for First NLR!   When you come here, you can expect to read up on what's going on at First NLR, watch and listen to exclusive videos, songs, and other media, as well as, connect with different individuals connected to the church.  We have created a space to share content and connect with you, away from the clutter of Facebook and Twitter.

    But, don't think you can just visit the blog and not participate!  What's the fun in that?  We'd love to hear your feedback, answer your questions, and get to know you a little more!  At the end of most posts, we'll have a question that we'd love to know your answer to!  Just click "Comments" at the bottom of each post and comment away!

    So, now that we've cleared that up - get ready for some fresh content and to comment away!

    Pastor Tim

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