Hollywood Christmas - Home Alone - It's Not About Belonging When eight-year-old Kevin is accidentally left behind while his family flies off on vacation he has to fend for himself. At first he enjoys being home alone but soon discovers it’s a dangerous place to be. For some, Christmas with family is a wonderful celebration, for others it brings some pain. But something inside all of us aches for that sense of belonging and safety that ought to be “home”.
Direct download: NGM_12-28-08_MESSAGE_SCOTT_BLOYER.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 8:00am PST

Hollywood Christmas - The Santa Clause: It's Not About Appearances One Christmas Eve, Scott Calvin suddenly inherits the job of Santa Claus. At first he thinks it’s just a dream but when he begins to take on all of the characteristics of Santa he begins to accept his new assignment. When angels announced the coming of a new king there was nothing special about his appearance. But in his humble beginnings Jesus was fulfilling the promise.
Direct download: NGM_12-21-08_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 6:30am PST

Hollywood Christmas - A Christmas Story: It's Not About Stuff Nine-year-old Ralphie Parker has only one thing on his Christmas list -an official Red Ryder, 200-shot, BB rifle with a compass in the stock. That one desire occupies his every waking thought, it influences his behavior, it determines his choices. What one thing in our lives has that kind of power? Is there anything or anyone worth that kind of devotion?
Direct download: NGM_12-14-08_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
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Hollywood Christmas - Scrooged: It's Not About You In the modern remake of Charles Dicken’s classic, a cynically selfish TV executive comes to grips with the realization that he needs to change. And the change needed is a complete turn-around. With the coming of Jesus, God has begun the great reversal. All because a young peasant woman was willing to say, “I am the Lord’s servant, may it be to me as you have said.”
Direct download: NGM_12-07-08_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
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Tom Eggum: Hope 4 Kids International Impacting the lives of kids around the world has never been a job for Tom Eggum; it has been a lifestyle. Thirty years ago, Tom sat in a college classroom reading about the struggles in the Soviet Union who suffered silently behind the Iron Curtain. Tom took matters into his own hands and began to smuggle suitcases full of aid into the Soviet Union. He had eight successful trips into the Soviet Union until 1981 when he was caught, arrested and blacklisted by the KGB. He had his visa revoked and was forbidden to enter the Soviet Union for five years. Instead of standing on the sidelines, he took six trips into China. He brought medicine, vitamins, antibiotics, clothes and shoes. From these life-altering experiences, he founded Hope 4 Kids International. Currently, Hope 4 Kids International has been in over 94 countries bringing hope and necessary care to kids.
Direct download: NGM_11-30-08_MESSAGE_TOM_EGGUM.mp3
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Money: Where's It All Go? Part 4-Why Has God Given Me So Much? You may not consider yourself to be rich but by all measurements we have considerably more than most people in this world. Have you ever asked yourself, “Why me, why do I have so much when others in this world live in need?”
Direct download: NGM_11-23-08_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
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Money: Where's It All Go? Part 3-How does God view money? Whenever a preacher teaches about money people jump to the conclusion that he only wants them to give. Jesus taught more on the topic than any other subject yet he never asked anyone to give him their money. So what is God’s view of money? What does He want us to do with it?
Direct download: NGM_11-16-08_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 6:30am PST

Money: Where's It All Go? Part 2-Why Is It That More Is Never Enough? Have you ever noticed that no matter how much our income increases it still doesn’t seem to be enough? No matter how much stuff we accumulate we still want more. Why is that? What is it that makes us so discontent and how can we change the situation?
Direct download: NGM_11-09-08_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 6:30am PST

Money: Where's It All Go? Part 1-Where Does It Go? Many people live on the edge financially. Extending ourselves beyond our financial means we live with the constant stress of trying to make ends meet. We come to the end of the month and we wonder, “Where did it all go?” “How can I be making so much and still feeling such financial pressure?” Is there a way out of this mess?
Direct download: NGM_11-02-08_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 8:00am PST

Fear - What's Gripping You - Part 4: Fear of Rejection hat will people think of me? Will they think I’m weird or crazy? How do I let other’s know what I believe without being judged?
Direct download: NGM_10-26-08_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
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Fear - What's Gripping You - Part 3: Fear of Failure What if I want to help, but I just can’t do it? What if I end up making things worse? Is the church better off without me?
Direct download: NGM_10-19-08_MESSAGE_SCOTT_BLOYER.mp3
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Fear - What's Gripping You - Part 2: Fear of Being Hurt If I let my guard down, will the people I trust hurt me? I’ve been hurt by friends in the past, are church people any different?
Direct download: NGM_10-12-08_MESSAGE_SCOTT_BLOYER.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 6:30am PST

Fear - What's Gripping You - Part 1: Fear of Death Where do we go when we die? How do I know that I’m going to heaven? I’m a good person, is that enough?
Direct download: NGM_10-05-08_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 6:30am PST

Change is Good Part 4: Changing How We Share A decision to follow Christ not only changes us, it changes they way we view those around us. Once you’ve experienced His life-changing power you just can’t keep it to yourself. It’s such good news you’ve just got to share it. But how can you share your faith without being “preachy”. How can you share it without being weird?
Direct download: NGM_09-28-08_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 8:00am PST

Change is Good Part 3: Changing How We Serve Anyone who has volunteered their time and energy to helping others can tell you that they got back far more than they gave. The fulfillment that comes from serving others is life-changing. The old saying is true, “You make a living by what you get but you make a life by what you give.”
Direct download: NGM_09-21-08_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 6:30am PST

Change is Good Part 2: Changing How We Care Change happens best in a caring community. It’s within our closest, caring relationships that we find acceptance so we can be ourselves and be honest about our short-comings. It’s also within a caring community that we experience the encouragement, support and provision to grow. Where can we find such relationships and how can we better care for each other?
Direct download: NGM_09-14-08_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 6:30am PST

Change is Good Part 1: Changing How We Connect Nothing can be more life-changing than an encounter with God. God loves us and longs for us to be connected with Him but it turns out that the biggest obstacle to such a connection is us. Our pride, negligence and hectic pace of life keep us from experiencing the love that God has for us. How can we live better connected to God?
Direct download: NGM_09-07-08_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 6:30am PST

Sex: Getting It Together Part 4 - Sexual Freedom Followers of Jesus Christ believe that he came to redeem the whole person— body, soul, and spirit. Christ has set us free from the distortions and compulsions that bring us harm. "Sexual Freedom" will explore how He has also set us free to love and embrace, to experience self-giving and unreserved intimacy.
Direct download: NGM_08-24-08_MESSAGE_SCOTT_BLOYER.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 8:00am PST

Sex: Getting It Together Part 3 - Distorted Sexuality Sexual desire may very well be the strongest of human urges. When that desire runs out of control it can leave a mass of heartache in its wake. How do we keep our sexuality in its proper place? "Distorted Sexuality" will explore how can we get back to sexual sanity.
Direct download: NGM_08-17-08_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 6:30am PST

Sex: Getting It Together Part 2 - Setting Moral Boundaries Everyone has moral boundaries. Whether they have been well thought out or not, we all have certain lines which we will not cross when it comes to our sexual morals. But where do we draw the line? How far is too far? "Setting Moral Boundaries" will look at whether there is a reliable standard for setting those boundaries.
Direct download: NGM_08-10-08_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 8:00am PST

Sex: Getting It Together Part 1 - It's God's Idea In a culture that uses sex to sell us everything from sports cars to breath mints it’s difficult to avoid the subject, yet it is seldom talked about in our churches. Our sexuality is a gift from God, designed to be enjoyed as the fulfillment of the intentional, committed relationship of marriage in which two become “one flesh”. "It's God's Idea" will look at what God had in mind when he created us as physical beings, male and female in His own image.
Direct download: NGM_08-03-08_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 8:00am PST

iDoubt Part 4: What Do I Believe? Everybody believes. Everyone is a person of faith. Whether it’s a belief in human nature, in science, in a some vague “higher power” or in a personal God, everyone has a set of beliefs that they build their life on. Ultimately, all of us must answer the question, “What Do I Believe?” This weeks message concludes the "i Doubt" sermon series.
Direct download: NGM_07-27-08_MESSAGE_SCOTT_BLOYER.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 6:30am PST

iDoubt Part 3: Reality Check The life of faith is meant to be lived out. Living is faith’s reality check. If faith is not being practiced it will eventually be considered impractical. If it is only doctrine and dogma it will eventually be doubted as untrue. So, if we live out what we claim to believe, will doubt diminish? Join us for "Reality Check as we continue our "i Doubt" sermon series.
Direct download: NGM_07-20-08_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 8:00am PST

iDoubt Part 2: Faith Out of Focus Everyone experiences times of confusion, questioning and doubt. As humans we always live with uncertainty and we will always be left with questions. How should we deal with our questions and doubts? Some of our doubts arise from a faulty view of God. Faulty presuppositions lead to faulty foundations of faith and when those foundations are shaken, so is our faith. That gives rise to doubt. Can doubting actually lead us to a better understanding of God and therefore grow our faith? Join us for "Faith Out Of Focus" as we continue our "i Doubt" sermon series.
Direct download: NGM_07-13-08_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
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iDoubt Part 1: Doubt, Belief and Faith Everyone experiences times of confusion, questioning and doubt. As humans we always live with uncertainty and we will always be left with questions. How should we deal with our questions and doubts? Sometimes we think that faith requires that we not have any doubt. We may feel guilty because we don’t believe with enough certainty. Is there really a difference between faith and belief? How about between doubt and unbelief? This weeks message, "Doubt, Belief and Faith", is the first of a new sermon series entitled "i Doubt".
Direct download: NGM_07-06-08_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 6:30am PST

Can You Hear Me Now? Learning How To Pray PT 5: Unlimited Long Distance God has invited us to participate in His work in this world through prayer. Prayers offered up in one part of the world can have incredible impact around the globe. Join us for "Unlimited Long Distance" as we conclude our current sermon series, "Can You Hear Me Now?"
Direct download: NGM_06-29-08_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
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Can You Hear Me Now? Learning How to Pray PT 4: Who's In Your Fave Five? One of the privileges of our relationship with Christ is the ability to support and strengthen others through prayer. God encourages us to serve as His go-between on behalf of others. Join us for "Who's In Your Fave Five?" as we continue our current sermon series, "Can You Hear Me Now?"
Direct download: NGM_06-22-08_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 6:30am PST

Can You Hear Me Now? Learning How to Pray PT 3: Raising the Bars Prayer isn’t an event as much as a lifestyle. God invites us into an ongoing conversation. Prayer is really about experiencing God in your everyday life. Join us for "Raise The Bars" as we continue our current sermon series, "Can You Hear Me Now?"
Direct download: NGM_06-15-08_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
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Can You Hear Me Now? Learning How to Pray PT 2: Permission to Speak Freely God invites us into communion with Him where we can be open at the deepest levels of our souls. Don’t settle for polite, nice-sounding prayers. God wants us to speak from our hearts. Join us for "Permission To Speak Freely", as we continue our current sermon series, "Can You Hear Me Now?"
Direct download: NGM_06-08-08_MESSAGE_SCOTT_BLOYER.mp3
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Can You Hear Me Now? PT 1: Learning How to Pray If God knows everything and already has a plan, why should we pray? The answer begins with understanding that prayer isn’t about getting God to see things my way as much as my learning to see His way. This week begins a new monthly sermon series, called "Can You Hear Me Now?"
Direct download: NGM_06-01-08_MESSAGE_SCOTT_BLOYER.mp3
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Desperate House Lies 4: Someday, Things Will Settle Down Our pace of life plays havoc on our physical well-being. We tell ourselves, "Someday I'll pay attention to my health, when things settle down." But that "someday" never comes. God designed us with limits for our own protection. If we don't follow His instructions we will suffer the consequences. This weekend we conclude our "Desperate HouseLies" series with a look at another lie we tell ourselves: "Someday, Things Will Settle Down".
Direct download: NGM_05-25-08_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
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Desperate House Lies 3: The Perfect Job It's tempting to define yourself by your career. But can the key to professional success actually be found in learning to do less? Join us as we continue our series, “Desperate HouseLies” , with lie #3: "Getting the Right Job Will Make Me Happy".
Direct download: NGM_05-18-08_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 6:30am PST

Desperate House Lies 2: The Perfect Neighborhood We all want the best for our kids —the best school, the best home, the best sports team. But in pursuing all of this we may be neglecting more important matters. This weekend we continue our “Desperate HouseLies” series with a look at another lie we tell ourselves: "The Perfect Neighborhood Will Get Me The Perfect Family".
Direct download: NGM_05-11-08_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
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Desperate House Lies 1: Life Is What You Get Out Of It In an effort to get the most out of life we tend to spend more than we take in. We overextend ourselves and then live with the stress of making ends meet. Giving God priority in our finances can bring relief and give us more out of life. “Desperate HouseLies?, our new series, begins this weekend with a look at one of the lies we tell ourselves: "Life Is What You Get Out Of It".
Direct download: NGM_05-04-08_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 8:00am PST

cHarmony.com-Part 4: Encouraging Each Other In a culture filled with criticism, fault-finding and blame a single word of encouragement can work wonders. And when our words of encouragement are coupled with action it can be life-giving. “Encouraging Each Other?, concludes our series "c Harmony.comm" with a look at practical, Biblical ways we can support each other.
Direct download: NGM_04-27-08_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 8:00am PST

cHarmony.com-Part 3: Restoring Broken Friendships Even the best of friends can have disagreements and differences, and sometimes hurt each other. That’s why we need to practice the fine art of forgiveness. “Restoring Broken Friendships?, this week's study, continues our series "c Harmony.comm" with a look at forgiveness.
Direct download: NGM_4-20-08_MESSAGE_SCOTT_BLOYER.mp3
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cHarmony.com-Part 2: Authenticity-Honesty With Each Other In a family you can be yourself and know that you'll be loved. Openness, honesty and authenticity are the qualities needed for deeper relationships in our homes and in our church families. "Authenticity: Honest With Each Other", this weekend's study continues our series "c Harmony.com" with a look at how to build authentic relationships.
Direct download: NGM_04-13-08_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 6:30am PST

cHarmony.com-Part 1: Committed to Each Other One of the great myths of relationships is that the key is finding a "perfect match." The truth is that we never find that perfect match. The real key is making the commitments to each other that provide the foundation for deeper friendships. "Committed to Each Other" —beginning a message series titled "cHarmony.com" focusing on church harmony.
Direct download: NGM_04-06-08_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
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Our Worship: It's Not What You Think "Our worship - it’s not what you think!" Churches have literally closed their doors because of the battles that have been waged over how we are to worship. Denominations have looked down their noses at other denominations because of the idea of how we are to worship. Jesus was very clear about worship! Are you?
Direct download: NGM_3-30-08_MESSAGE_SCOTT_BLOYER.mp3
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God So Loved-Part 4:Will Have Eternal Life Jesus said "I have come that you might have life in all its fullness!" And then he freely offered up his own life for us. The good news of Easter is, He accomplished what he promised. Because He lives, we can have a brand new life. "Will Have Eternal Life.", this weekend's study concludes our series on John 3:16, What's It Really Mean?
Direct download: NGM_03-23-08_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
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God So Loved-Part 3: That Whoever Would Believe Belief is a strange thing because it can be so illusive. We sometimes think we have "beliefs" but they don't run very deep. In truth, they're really nothing more than opinions. Our true beliefs —true convictions— show themselves in the way that we live our lives. "That Whoever Would Believe...", this weekend's study, continues our series on John 3:16 looking at the question, What does it mean to believe?
Direct download: NGM_03-16-08_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 6:30am PST

God So Loved-Part 2: He Gave His One and Only... It is the nature of love to give. When the Bible says, “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son.?, it's not only telling us about love it's telling us about the very nature of God. "He Gave His One And Only...", this weekend's study, continues our series on John 3:16 with a look at what God gave when He gave us Jesus.
Direct download: NGM_03-09-08_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 6:30am PST

God So Loved-Part 1: John 3:16 What's It Really Mean? The most familiar sentence in the Bible begins, "God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son..." But what do the words really mean? Does God really care about my hurt? If God is so loving, why does he allow such pain? Why doesn't he do something about it? "God So Loved...", this weekend's study, begins a new series, "John 3:16, What's It Really Mean?", with a look at how God's love can heal a hurting world.
Direct download: NGM_03-02-08_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 6:30am PST

Breaking the Barrier: Breaking the Barrier of Small Caught up in our day-to-day routine we easily lose sight of what truly matters. Schedules, errands and appointments replace relationships. Details and deadlines get in the way of time spent with people. And the urgent distracts us from the eternal. These are all symptoms of "Small-Minded" living. God has given us a bigger vision, a higher calling and a far more meaningful way of life. But to live it, we'll have to break through our small-minded thinking. "Breaking The Barrier Of Small", this weekend's study, concludes our series, "Breaking Barriers and Living Beyond", getting God's perspective on life, relationships and ministry.
Direct download: NGM_02-24-08_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
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Breaking the Barrier:  Breaking the Barrier of Fear The promise of Jesus is the promise of life— a life freed by forgiveness, a life transformed by grace, life as God intended it to be lived. That's good news and it's worth sharing. But many of us don't share our faith because of our own insecurities and fears. "Breaking The Barrier Of Fear", this weekend's study, continues our series, "Breaking Barriers and Living Beyond" as we look at the best way to share our faith by sharing our life's story.
Direct download: NGM_02-17-08_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
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Simple Faith - Simply Share As you read the accounts of Jesus' life one thing stands out above everything else— his love for people. Though his teachings were powerful, he wasn't just an educator. When he encountered people who were hurting, broken, lonely and struggling with real-life issues he accepted them. He forgave them. He loved them. And, after he had paid the ultimate price, he gathered his followers together and told them to pass it on— share that message of love, acceptance and forgiveness. "Simply Share", this weekend's study, concludes our "Simple Faith" series looking at how the message of God’s love and grace can be shared, not just with words, but through our lives.
Direct download: NGM_02-03-08_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
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Simple Faith - Simply Serve There seems to be no end of "how to" books designed to help us make more, earn more or get more out of life. Very few, if any, give us pointers on how to give more, share more or serve more. The teachings of Jesus run counter to this approach to life. Jesus said, "The greatest among you will be your servant." and "It is more blessed to give than to receive." The thing that makes Jesus' teaching so powerful is that he didn't just talk about giving and serving, he did it! "Simply Serve", this weekend's study, continues our "Simple Faith" series looking at how to be better at loving by getting better at serving.
Direct download: NGM_01-27-08_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
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Simple Faith - Simply Care Many people begin the New Year with a resolution to pay more attention to their spiritual growth and development. That usually means a resolve to go to church, read the Bible, or spend more "quiet time" with God. All of these activities are commendable, even vital for nurturing your faith but they'll be incomplete if they don't translate into life and relationship transformation. In other words, "People don't care how much you know, they want to know how much you care." "Simply Care", this weekend's study, continues our "Simple Faith" series looking at how growth happens best in the contest of a caring community.
Direct download: NGM_01-20-07_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
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Simple Faith - Simply Love Clearing away all of the religious clutter and sanctimonious double-talk of his time Jesus simplified his message with a straight-forward command: "Love God with all of your being and love your neighbor as yourself." Incredibly simple, incredibly profound, because the type of love that Jesus taught was far different and far more penetrating than what passes for love in our culture. "Simply Love", this weekend's study, continues our "Simple Faith" series looking at how nurturing our love for God enables us to more deeply love others.
Direct download: NGM_01-13-07_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 8:00am PST

Simple Faith - Simple Focus As we begin a new year we always should take time to look back. But then there is always the New Year, so we need to take time to look at what we hope for in this New Year. So with looking ahead, we are starting a series called SIMPLE Faith. With all that is going on in life, wouldn’t it be nice to find something that is simple for this New Year? This Sunday: Simple Faith & Simple Focus. Let’s take a look at how Jesus took the religion of his day and made it SIMPLE.
Direct download: NGM_1-06-08_MESSAGE_SCOTT_BLOYER.mp3
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