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.
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.
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.
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.
Over the past 50 years, the nature of families and relationships has changed. A lot. And despite great advancements in technology, were actually less connected. However, our families and primary relationships are worth fighting for. Discover God’s game plan for winning families.
We live in a world today that is constantly calling our name and defining our worth. It tells us who to be and how to act and often times tells us that we are either too much or not enough. But as Christ-followers, our identity isn’t dictated by the world; we go to God’s word to discover that. God created us in His image with His very imprint. He calls us by name. We were made to have a deep awareness of who we represent. We represent the King. We are a representation of our Heavenly Father. We are strong, we are powerful, and we are warriors. We are made in His image.
Why do so many believers struggle to walk away from sin after saying “yes” to Jesus? Listen as Pastor Pete wraps up this series by sharing a powerful message on the tension between grace and truth and teaches about what grace really is, the difference between saving grace, sanctifying grace and serving grace, and the power that it gives us to turn away from sin.
We've all got a race to run: a place to go, a task to complete, a person to help, a challenge to overcome. But we can't stay where we are. We have to move forward. You're not the first person to run this race, and you're not the last. You can make progress like those who've gone before you. You can do this, one step at a time. It's not easy, but you're not done. You've got what it takes. Pastor Pete continues the series by talking about the step of baptism in the life of a Christ-follower. Following Jesus is personal, but it is not private. Baptism is an outward reflection of an inner connection with God.
Jesus said that his followers would be his witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, and to the uttermost parts of the world. But for many Christ-followers, the concept of foreign missions has historically been something that they feel pretty removed from and maybe throw a few dollars in the offering for a few times a year without it ever really impacting their life. But the call to be his witnesses is for all Christ-followers. Listen as Dr. Paul “Bobby” Gupta, President & Director of the ministries of Hindustan Bible Institute & College, which Life Church Buffalo supports, shares that you’ve got what it takes to think globally and act locally as a witness of Jesus Christ.
Our lives tell a story. But what does it take to live a great story? Find out as Carol McLeod, best-selling author, popular speaker and CEO of Just Joy! Ministries, encourages you to live a story that is worth being read.
We've all got a race to run: a place to go, a task to complete, a person to help, a challenge to overcome. But we can't stay where we are. We have to move forward. You're not the first person to run this race, and you're not the last. You can make progress like those who've gone before you. You can do this, one step at a time. It's not easy, but you're not done. You've got what it takes. In part one of the series, Pastor Pete shares three things that are required to do something great with your life.
If you’ve ever experienced the pain of unexpected loss or been confused by the trials and tragedies that happen in life and said “God, why? Where are you?,” then you can relate with Jesus’ disciples after they watched their leader and their friend die. They were hurt, shocked, and confused. God hadn’t done what they expected Him to do. But when the disciples thought God was absent, idle, or not paying attention, He was actually engineering the greatest miracle of all time. The resurrection is an anchor you can hold on to no matter what difficulty you’re going through. You might be living in a Friday, but God knows that Sunday is coming!
Most people know that Good Friday is the day we remember that Jesus died on the cross for the sins of humanity. But the night before he died he shared his final Passover meal with his disciples at which he gave new meaning to the elements of that meal, and He also uttered the famous words “Remember me.” Listen as Pastor Pete shares why it’s so important to intentionally remember what Christ has done for us through communion. Remember Him because He hasn’t forgotten you.
Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week. It’s the day we remember and celebrate the Triumphal Entry of Jesus as he made his way into Jerusalem just a few days before his crucifixion. But was the cross His ultimate destination? Listen as Pastor Pete kicks off this new series by explaining that the cross was just a stopping point on the way to His ultimate destination, which tells us that Easter really is for everyone!
As Christians, the church doesn’t exist for us. We are the Church and we exist to reach the world. But we can’t do that if we’re not fervent in spirit. Listen as Pastor Pete describes what it means and why it’s so important to be “fired up” for God.
Spiritual fire comes from above, but it must be sustained by love. It also goes out if it’s left alone. We need to fan into flame the fire of our love for God and the people in our lives. We must love people enough to invite them to church. It's up to us to remember that Jesus is coming soon and everyone will spend eternity somewhere.
Wedding vows are more than a declaration of love—they hold the keys to a strong, lasting marriage. Whether you hope to get married someday or you’ve already tied the knot, discover what The Vow can mean for the future. In the 4th and final part of this series, Pastor Pete and his wife, Kelly, share some of their story to highlight the truth that secrecy is the enemy of intimacy, and that confession brings healing.
Wedding vows are more than a declaration of love—they hold the keys to a strong, lasting marriage. Whether you hope to get married someday or you’ve already tied the knot, discover what The Vow can mean for the future. In part three, Pastor Pete and his wife, Kelly, talk about the difference between a contract and a covenant, leadership and submission, and the importance of working together towards a common vision.
Wedding vows are more than a declaration of love—they hold the keys to a strong, lasting marriage. Whether you hope to get married someday or you’ve already tied the knot, discover what The Vow can mean for the future. In part two, Pastor Pete addresses the importance of continuing to pursue your spouse even after you’re married and gives you three ways to apply it in your marriage.
Wedding vows are more than a declaration of love—they hold the keys to a strong, lasting marriage. Whether you hope to get married someday or you’ve already tied the knot, discover what The Vow can mean for the future. In the first installment, Pastor Pete tackles the common belief in our culture that to truly be happy in life you have to find and marry “the one.” Listen and discover what our priorities need to be to lay a foundation for a marriage that will truly honor God and is worth building a life on.