God With Us, Part 1: In The Valley

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God With Us, Part 1: In The Valley

You’re not alone. Christmas reminds us of the impact of Christ’s birth and that God is with us in every season of life. In part one, Pastor Pete provides a hopeful reminder that God is with us even in the valley seasons when life is hard. We may enjoy God on the mountaintop, but we get to know Him intimately in the valley.

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This Is What We Do, Part 3: Abundant Givers

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This Is What We Do, Part 3: Abundant Givers

Do you do "this?" This opens doors and solves problems. This inspires others to do this, too—it’s the good kind of contagious. When they tell our life stories, we want them to put this at the top. We are hardwired for this. This is who we are, and This Is What We Do. "This" is all about the joy of giving. In the final installment of this series, Pastor Pete explains three ways that Jesus followers can give to become abundant givers reflecting the heart of our abundantly good and generous God: spontaneously, strategically and sacrificially.

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This Is What We Do, Part 2: Living In Abundance

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This Is What We Do, Part 2: Living In Abundance

Do you do "this?" This opens doors and solves problems. This inspires others to do this, too—it’s the good kind of contagious. When they tell our life stories, we want them to put this at the top. We are hardwired for thisThis is who we are, and This Is What We Do. "This" is all about the joy of giving—it's a complete paradigm shift in talking about giving. In part two of this series, Pastor Pete explains how to move from a scarcity mindset to an abundance mindset.

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This Is What We Do, Part 1: Put God First

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This Is What We Do, Part 1: Put God First

Do you do "this?" This opens doors and solves problems. This inspires others to do this, too—it’s the good kind of contagious. When they tell our life stories, we want them to put this at the top. We are hardwired for thisThis is who we are, and This Is What We Do. "This" is all about the joy of giving—it's a complete paradigm shift in talking about giving. Walking through this 3-week series, we'll learn how to move from a scarcity mindset to an abundance mindset. It highlights how generosity and giving are foundational parts of who we are as a Church and as Christians—because of what God did for us, this is what we do.

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Finding Your Way Back To God, Part 5: Awakening to Life

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Finding Your Way Back To God, Part 5: Awakening to Life

Throughout this series we’ve been discovering there is a universal pattern that awakens us to finding love, purpose, and meaning in life when we find our way back to God. We’ve talked through the awakenings to longing, regret, help, and love. In this final installment, Pastor Pete unpacks the awakening to life and explains that in Christ, we find life that is really living! Find your place in the community of God’s sons and daughters as we celebrate, connect, and contribute together.

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Finding Your Way Back To God, Part 4: Awakening to Love

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Finding Your Way Back To God, Part 4: Awakening to Love

Throughout this series we’ve been discovering there is a universal pattern that awakens us to finding love, purpose, and meaning in life when we find our way back to God. We’ve talked through the awakenings to longing, regret and help, and in part four, Pastor Pete explains how when we find our way back to God, we will discover our true identity as a deeply loved, unconditionally accepted child of God.

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Finding Your Way Back To God, Part 3: Awakening to Help

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Finding Your Way Back To God, Part 3: Awakening to Help

Our universal longing for love, purpose, and meaning in life can only be fulfilled inside a relationship with God. Unfortunately, too many of us try to find fulfillment for these longings apart from God and wind up disappointed and disillusioned. When we come to the realization that we are powerless to fulfill our longings on our own, we’ll discover there’s help and that help has a name. His name is Jesus.

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Finding Your Way Back To God, Part 1: Awakening to Longing

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Finding Your Way Back To God, Part 1: Awakening to Longing

Our universal longing for love, purpose, and meaning in life can only be fulfilled inside a relationship with God. Regardless of where you are on your journey, you can find your way back to God and awaken to living a life that matters! This series will help us to see there is a universal pattern that awakens us to finding love, purpose, and meaning in life when we find our way back to God.

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Get A Grip, Part 3: Upward Vision

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Get A Grip, Part 3: Upward Vision

Like a mountain climber who firmly grips every ledge as they scale a mountain, we must all get a grip on the part that we play in seeing the upward vision that God has given to Life Church Buffalo become a reality. Listen as Pastor Pete wraps this series up by recasting the vision for where Life Church Buffalo is headed and shares a new vision statement and core values that will define how we go about carrying out the vision.

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Get A Grip, Part 2: The Comparison Trap

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Get A Grip, Part 2: The Comparison Trap

Compared to everyone else, it’s easy to see what we don’t have, where we’re lacking, and how we don’t measure up. We protect ourselves from vulnerability by projecting a flimsy, false perfection to the world around us. But what do we miss when we choose to hide our true selves? In part 2 of our series ‘Get A Grip’, Pastor Pete talked through how to avoid The Comparison Trap by teaching the steps that cultivate contentment, because you’ll never be content on the inside if you’re always looking at what other people have on the outside.

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Get A Grip, Part 1: Overwhelmed

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Get A Grip, Part 1: Overwhelmed

So much to do, and so little time to do it...sound familiar? When you're overwhelmed, it's easy to feel defeated—but you don't have to be. This new series will help us settle things down, regain focus and get a grip on the things that matter most. Pastor Pete kicks it off with a message about taking time to find the right place to start, the right perspective, and the right priorities to avoid the feeling of being overwhelmed. Whether it’s busyness, finances, marriage problems, kids, illness, or any another struggle, this message will look at how putting God at the top of our list of priorities is always the right choice.

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Pray First...So That You May Glorify God

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Pray First...So That You May Glorify God

Prayers aren’t empty words hurled at the sky. They’re conversations—in fact, they’re the most important conversations of our lives. This series focuses on Paul's prayers for the early church and the "so that" statements he used in his writing. This week, Pastor Pete concludes this series by focusing on a topic that unfortunately too often seems to elude the body of Christ…unity. Like Paul prayed in Romans, let’s pray for God to give us the same mind toward each other that Jesus had so that we'll have one mind and voice to glorify God!

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Pray First...So That You Can Know What Is Best

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Pray First...So That You Can Know What Is Best

Prayers aren’t empty words hurled at the sky. They’re conversations—in fact, they’re the most important conversations of our lives. This series focuses on Paul's prayers for the early church and the "so that" statements he used in his writing. This week, Pastor Pete looked at Paul’s prayer to the Philippians and taught us that the key to knowing what’s best is knowing God.

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Pray First...So That Christ May Dwell In Your Heart

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Pray First...So That Christ May Dwell In Your Heart

Prayers aren’t empty words hurled at the sky. They’re conversations—in fact, they’re the most important conversations of our lives. Pastor Pete is back from vacation and continues this series focusing on Paul's prayers for the early church and the "so that" statements he used in his writing. This week, we learn from his prayer to the Ephesians to pray for power so that Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith.

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Display in the Delay

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Display in the Delay

There are times in our life that we go through a death. The death of a loved one, the death of a relationship, the death of a dream, the death of a future we thought we would have.  When things get dark and you feel like you’re buried, Jesus is stands at our tomb and says “Lazarus, Come Out!” He calls your name. Jesus is STILL in the business of resurrecting things that appear as though they were dead!

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Pray First...So That You’ll Understand Every Good Thing You Have In Christ

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Pray First...So That You’ll Understand Every Good Thing You Have In Christ

Prayers aren’t empty words hurled at the sky. They’re conversations—in fact, they’re the most important conversations of our lives. This four-week series focuses on Paul's prayers for the early church and the "so that" statements he used in his writing. This week, we learn with Pastor Loren, to share our faith so that we'll understand every good thing we have in Christ. Every follower of Jesus has a powerful story. And it’s a story that must be told!

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Pray First, Part 2: A Lifestyle of Prayer

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Pray First, Part 2: A Lifestyle of Prayer

The Bible says that we should never stop praying. How exactly do we that? How do grow in our ability to communicate with God, and how do we build that into our daily lives so that we become pray first, pray always followers of Jesus? Find out as Pastor Pete concludes this 2 week miniseries talking about the priority, the place, the plan, and the Persons of prayer.

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Pray First, Part 1: Teach Us To Pray

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Pray First, Part 1: Teach Us To Pray

Why did the disciples ask Jesus to teach them to pray when they had grown up memorizing prayers? Find out as Pastor Pete kicks off this new series by unpacking the template that Jesus gave us when he taught them what we refer to today as The Lord’s Prayer, and we adopt a new rally cry for our lives and our church, Pray First.

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Joseph, Part 4: Right Where You Want ‘Em

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Joseph, Part 4: Right Where You Want ‘Em

How do you respond when those who have hurt you are now at your mercy? As Joseph's story concludes, we find him in a position to take revenge against his brothers. Yet his example teaches that forgiveness isn't a sign of weakness; it's a sign of strength. Instead of looking back, Joseph chose to look up.

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