It's a new year and we all know what that means: Time to dust off our resolutions from last year and make a new list! The truth is, we have good intentions when it comes to resolutions, but we've all heard the old saying: "The road to Hell is-" well, you know the rest. Perhaps in 2018, we need more than just good intentions if we are going to see real results. In part 2, Pastor Pete talks about another battle that we need to win if our good intentions are ever going to lead to lasting change: the battle for our sight. How you view your destination and the gap between where you are now and where you want to be can affect your motivation to keep pursuing the change you desire. This message will inspire you to not stop short of your goal and to keep taking steps in the right direction, because direction, not intention, determines destination.
It's a new year and we all know what that means: Time to dust off our resolutions from last year and make a new list! The truth is, we have good intentions when it comes to resolutions, but we've all heard the old saying: "The road to Hell is-" well, you know the rest. Perhaps in 2018, we need more than just good intentions if we are going to see real results. In this first installment, Pastor Pete teaches how our lives move toward our strongest thoughts and how there is a battle for your mind every day. Since our thoughts are affected by what we hear, we’ll learn how to change the way we think by crafting and reciting some spiritual truths to declare over ourselves every day.
The battle for our time begins the moment we wake up. The most important thing doesn’t always get the first priority – but it should. Today, let’s decide to put First Things First.
Have you ever noticed that what you see determines what you do? That perception changes everything. The same is true of Christmas. How you see it determines how you respond to it. You may see the magic of Christmas, or you may see the stress of it all or even sadness, but have you have tried to look at Christmas through heaven’s eyes? What did the angels see? Why did they shout “Glory to God in the highest heaven”? This year, try to see Christmas through fresh eyes…because if you could see what heaven saw, then you’d respond the way heaven responded. Merry Christmas!
We all have questions. Questions about life. Questions about God. And we want answers to those questions. The Magi in the Christmas story had questions too. They were searching for an answer to the meaning of life in the stars. But what if the answer to your deepest questions isn’t an answer? What if it’s a person? Listen as Pastor Pete tries to help you see Christmas in a new light by looking through the eyes of the “wise men from eastern lands.”
We all have a filter that we use to view life. And how you view life drives how you do life. When our past and our circumstances become the primary filter through which we view life, oftentimes the result is control, fear, anxiety, greed, or insecurity. But what does this have to do with Christmas? Everything! At Christmas, our Heavenly Father gave us a new way, a new filter, to view life and Him. Pastor Pete continues this series by looking at what the shepherds saw on that first Christmas, and how their view of life and God changed when they came in contact with the God of the Christmas story. When this happened, they saw God with fresh eyes. What happened to them can happen to us. It’s the beauty of Christmas.
The Christmas story is 2,000 years old, and sometimes it feels as if we’ve heard it 2,000 times. We can bring so much knowledge and awareness of this story that we aren’t able to see it with Fresh Eyes. As a result, we could potentially miss some of the powerful nuances of the story. In this series, we are going to look at some specific characters in the Christmas story with Fresh Eyes and point out some plot twists in the story that you might not be as familiar with. In doing so, we will see some very helpful, practical and inspiring new insights into this amazing story. In this first installment, Pastor Pete talks about what that first Christmas was like for Mary, the mother of Jesus. If you’ve ever disagreed with how God is writing your story, then you’ll be encouraged by this message.
Gift-giving is a part of the Christmas season. We are bombarded by advertisements “informing” us of the things we should possess, covet or give to others to find true happiness. We end up spending most of our time fighting crowds (sometimes literally) and spending money we don’t have just to be a part of the gift-giving experience. In the end, the gifts we give and receive are usually worn for a season or played with for a couple weeks and tossed aside. Where was the promised happiness? This Christmas let us be reminded of the love sacrifice, and personal nature of the greatest gift of all.
We live in constant motion. Moving within the systematic chaos the culture has created we are bombarded by advertisements “informing” us of the things we should possess, covet or give to others to find true happiness. Slow down this season & listen as Nate kicks off this new series by taking a very unique look at a verse most of us know – John 3:16.
We all have regrets from the past. The problem is many of us get stuck in our regrets and seem unable to move forward. Through this series, we’ve learned that we can start over and live a life beyond regret. Doing so is not a one-time fix, but a discipline God can help you employ whenever you need it.
We all have regrets from the past. The problem is many of us get stuck in our regrets and seem unable to move forward. This series is intended to help people understand that they can start over and live a life beyond regret. But, in order to fully exit the Sorry Cycle and start over, we need to allow God to redeem our regrets, trusting him to make something good out of them
We all have regrets from the past. The problem is many of us get stuck in our regrets and seem unable to move forward. In order to be free from the Sorry Cycle and the burden that holding on to regret can have on us, we must move to the second step and release it.
We all have regrets from the past. The problem is many of us get stuck in our regrets and seem unable to move forward. In this message, Pastor Pete talks about how we all have a choice to make when it comes to our regrets. Option one, which many people choose, is to hide them. But if we ever want to break out of the Sorry Cycle of longing and regret, then we must choose to first recognize our regret and be honest with ourselves, God & others. That’s the first step to starting over.
We all have regrets from the past. The problem is many of us get stuck in our regrets and seem unable to move forward. In this series, we want to help people recognize specific regrets, release them to God, and learn to see regrets as an opportunity to start over. In this first message, Pastor Pete talks about how when we learn to love our regrets, we can grow from them and discover that it’s never too late to start over.
What is your vision of church? The Church wasn’t intended to just be a place we go, but rather a community we belong to. And what responsibility, if any, does that community have when it comes to meeting the practical needs of the people around us? Listen as Pastor Pete wraps up this important series and shares his heart for what the 2020 vision for Life Church Buffalo is and how we’re going to achieve it by redefining outreach.
What is your vision of church? The Church wasn’t intended to just be a place we go, but rather a community we belong to. While gathering on the weekend is vital to our spiritual health, it’s possible to go to church on the weekend and still never feel connected. Listen as Pastor Pete continues this important series on vision and shares his heart for why circles are better than rows & what happens when we prioritize & pursue authentic community & spiritual growth.
What is your vision of church? The Church wasn’t intended to just be a place we go, but rather a community we belong to. Gathering on the weekend is vital to our spiritual health. But we can go to church on the weekend and still never feel connected or get out of it everything that it is intended to deliver. Listen as Pastor Pete kicks off this important 3-week series on vision by talking about what it should be like for us when we go to church on the weekend.
From fashion to food, we live in a culture that is pretty obsessed with trends. But trends are impossible to keep up with. Hot & new becomes old & obsolete overnight. While it’s ok to keep up with the trends, there are things in life that do stand the test of time. And we don’t want to make the mistake of sacrificing the timeless for the trendy. So listen as Pastor Pete wraps up this series by discussing a timeless trait has the potential to not only change your life, but your family tree as well. Cause at the end of the day, in a trendy world the best things in life are timeless.
Time is the most valuable resource we have. And your view of heaven will have a big impact on how you decide to spend your time. As kids began a new school year & moved up a grade this week, Sarah Grice, our KidsLife Director, presented the core values of KidsLife to the church & assured parents that we are making the most of the time we have with their kids. And Pastor Pete then challenges each person in the church to ‘move up’ and take a step to embrace their role in helping the church accomplish it’s mission…because how we spend our time matters!
There’s only one place in the Bible where God asks us to test Him. It’s a specific invitation and command. Understanding and applying this command will prove to be the greatest investment you will ever make.