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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Joseph, Part 3: The Test Of Prosperity

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Joseph, Part 3: The Test Of Prosperity

It's easy to turn to God when our circumstances are grim. It’s another thing to rely on Him when all our needs are met. The truth is wealth and prosperity erode faith far more than poverty and need. When Joseph is suddenly thrust into the spotlight and given more wealth and power than we can imagine, Pastor Pete reveals how Joseph is a perfect example of a man who lived every day believing God was with him.

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Joseph, Part 2: From Bad To Worse

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Joseph, Part 2: From Bad To Worse

After being thrown into a pit & sold into slavery by his brothers, Joseph winds up serving in a somewhat privileged position, at least for a slave, managing the affairs of Potiphar’s household, one of Pharaoh’s officials. As a reward for his faithfulness, Potiphar’s wife falsely accused him of rape and he was thrown into prison! When things go from bad to worse and most people would give up on God assuming He doesn’t care or isn’t real, Pastor Pete shares how Joseph continued to respond the way anyone would if they were confident God was with them.

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Joseph, Part 1: I Don't Deserve This

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Joseph, Part 1: I Don't Deserve This

The story of Joseph opens like no other story, abandoned by his brothers, thrown in a well, and sold into slavery. Yet, through all of his incredible struggles and conflicts, Joseph trusted God to provide. In part one, Pastor Pete examines Joseph's amazing reaction to his unbelievable circumstances. And he asks the question, What would you do if you were absolutely confident God was with you?

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Arrows: Readying A Generation For Battle

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Arrows: Readying A Generation For Battle

Psalms 127 describes children as arrows in the hands of a skilled warrior. So often we treat our children as though we need to keep them safe at all costs, instead of realizing they were born to be dangerous to the enemy themselves. So how do we raise up a generation of battle-ready arrows? We train them to hear God's voice. Listen as Sarah Grice, the KidsLife Director at Life Church Buffalo, dives into five common questions people have when it comes to hearing God's voice, and as you do, we pray you come to the realization that God loves speaking to His children, and He's still speaking today!   

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We Can Do More Together, Part 2

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We Can Do More Together, Part 2

A city in ruins. A community struggling. A crisis of faith and an unpredictable future. That’s the setting for the story of Nehemiah. And what we learn in his journey about rebuilding and restoring what is broken is timeless. It has multiple layers. On the surface his story reaffirms this idea that “we can do more together.” But it also is an indicator of something more critical. When we do something together, it has the potential to affect how a generation sees God.

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We Can Do More Together, Part 1

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We Can Do More Together, Part 1

A city in ruins. A community struggling. A crisis of faith and an unpredictable future. That’s the setting for the story of Nehemiah. And what we learn in his journey about rebuilding and restoring what is broken is timeless. It has multiple layers. On the surface his story reaffirms this idea that “we can do more together.” But it also is an indicator of something more critical. When we do something together, it has the potential to affect how a generation sees God. Listen as Pastor Pete begins to unpack how we can help those around us when we have one voice. How, like Nehemiah, we can leverage what we have for the sake of others.

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No Place Like Home, Part 4: Where Do We Go From Here?

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No Place Like Home, Part 4: Where Do We Go From Here?

Conflict is one of the most difficult things to manage in a family. That’s because most of our default ways to handle it aren’t very healthy. But if we ask God for His wisdom, we can deal with it in a healthy way and experience less of it. Discover how to close the gap between what’s ideal and what’s real in your family when it comes to conflict.

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No Place Like Home, Part 3: Training Wheels

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No Place Like Home, Part 3: Training Wheels

There is nothing quite as rewarding as parenting. There's also nothing quite as challenging as parenting. It's easy to get discouraged and even feel guilty when our kids don't follow our leading. But it is possible to train them in a way that honors God and teaches them to transfer their dependence away from us and onto Him.

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No Place Like Home, Part 2: It Runs In The Family

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No Place Like Home, Part 2: It Runs In The Family

Some of us have great family memories. Others of us? No so much. Painful experiences, negative habits and other difficult things in our past make those memories tough. But if we’re willing to make a few certain choices, it is possible to get past our past. Discover how to keep your past from affecting your current relationships and your family’s future.

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