God wants to be your Daddy. Jesus has taught us who Daddy is and what He wants from us. And the Holy Spirit is stirring within us the desire to please Daddy and to do what He wants us to do. Discover what that is and what you should do about it. Recorded on 3-19-17.
Do you know God? Jesus came to reveal who He is and how to have a relationship with Him...as a child relates to his "daddy". Do you have "daddy" issues? Discover how you can find healing, wholeness, and purpose by knowing your heavenly Father as "Daddy". Recorded on 3-12-17.
Ron McIntosh has been a close friend of Pastor Craig McLeod for many years and has served on the Oversight Team of Life Church Buffalo since it’s planting in 2006. If you’re tired of being stuck in the same place year after year in your relationships, finances, calling, etc, then Ron has a message for you. It is essential that we possess a fresh (something not past its best, not previously known or experienced) empowerment and ability of God’s anointing. The essence of this anointing is simply this understanding – God is with us. The way to get God to be with us is to be with Him. God doesn’t bless our plans…His plans are already blessed. You don’t need to get an anointing; you simply need to renew your mind to what you already possess. It’s time to step out of the shadows and into the light with a fresh (something not past its best, freshly invigorated, something beyond what you have presently known or experienced) anointing. Recorded on 3-5-17.
Anyway you slice it, relationships are unavoidably messy. So in an effort to avoid the drama and uncomplicate their lives, some people choose to push others away & keep their relationships at a superficial level, going through life shoulder to shoulder with people. But God wants more for us than that. He intends for us to experience the blessings and the benefits of having true relational community with people we can go through life face-to-face with. Listen as Pastor Pete closes out this series by talking about why we need close relationships with people in our lives, especially within the church community. Recorded on 2-26-17.
Loving people isn’t always easy. In fact, sometimes it’s downright difficult. Conflict is a real part of any relationship. And how you deal with conflict is the best indicator of whether or not your relationships will make it or not. Conflict handled the right way can be PRODUCTIVE & make your relationships stronger. If handled the wrong way, it can be very DESTRUCTIVE. Listen as Pastor Pete teaches on the right way to fight in your relationships. Recorded on 2-19-17.
The purpose of God is to reveal Himself through us. His mission is to establish His kingdom by filling the earth with life-giving worshiping communities where people love each other and demonstrate who God is, his character and nature. This requires tightly connected communities of faith where the light of Christ shines in the context of our relationships. The problem is that relationships can get messy. Love is not always easy. This message lays the ground work for the series, learning what the apostle Paul has to say about how we make this practical. Get ready for the nitty gritty! Recorded on 2-12-17.
In this fifth and final message in the series, "Chase the Lion", we look at "going long". You will leave a legacy, good or bad, whether you like it or not. If you were to die today, what would your legacy look like? How do you feel about your past? How do you begin leaving a lasting legacy, starting today? Record on 2-5-17.
For some, “Chase The Lion” may sound like a nice book title, but it doesn’t reflect the script for their life, especially if they’re trapped in a “cave” of depression. Pastor Pete continues this series by journeying into the cave of Adullam with David, a dark time of depression for him, to learn some lessons that might just help you understand that sometimes God’s preparation comes packaged as pain. Recorded on 1-29-17.
Pastor Pete preaches on the Ripple Effect, inspiration taken from Mark Batterson’s new book "Chase the Lion". One encounter can change everything. You are one risk away from a totally different reality, one idea away from a totally different mentality, one decision away from a totally different eternity. Your decisions determine your destiny and can create a ripple effect that can alter the course of history. Recorded on 1-22-17.
John Spaschak continues the "Chase the Lion" series with an encouraging message on how to fight for your dream. It’s not the size of the dog in the fight. It’s the size of the fight in the dog. You’ve got to 1) Define Success, 2) Take it One Step at a Time, 3) Get Around the Right People, 4) Adopt a Growth Mindset and 5) Fight for Your Dream until your Hand Freezes to the Sword. Recorded on 1-15-17.
Pastor Pete begins the Chase the Lion series encouraging us to run to the roar. When we lack the guts to go after our God-sized dreams, we rob God of the glory He deserves. Quit running away from what you’re afraid of. Run to the roar! Recorded on 1-8-17.
What can happen in the course of a half hour? Decisions can be made that can impact the rest of your life, both good and bad. Significant conversations can happen with a close friend. A project can begin that you have been putting off. And then there is that special half hour with the one who created you. Even God brought heaven to silence for half an hour for the purpose of prayer and intercession to be engaged. Discover the power of a daily half hour that will change the direction of your life. Recorded on 1-1-16.
They say that Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year! At least it’s supposed to be. But Christmas has become something else entirely and in our fast-pace, busy, modern lives, it’s easy to lose the wonder of the greatest event in all of human history. Is it possible to recapture & relive the wonder we had when we first heard the story? Listen as Pastor Pete suggests a few ways we might be able to do just that. Merry Christmas! Recorded on 12-24-16.
Have you decided what you want for Christmas? How about EVERYTHING! Soooo... come and discover the two gifts you have to choose from. You might be surprised where you will find what it is that you really want. Recorded on 12-18-16.
Joy is the promise of God proclaimed by the angels to the shepherds and "which will be to all people" through the child that was born to us that day. But what God has given to us through Christ is not circumstantial joy, but rather the work of an inside job. And once you discover that joy you will find that you will not be able to keep it. It is a joy to be given; a joy to be shared. In there lies the true power of that joy. It is a joy TO the world! Recorded on 12/11/16.
Joy and peace are the promise of God proclaimed by the angels to the shepherds and "which will be to all people" through the child that was born to us that day. Yet in the same chapter of scripture, written by the same author, inspired by the same Holy Spirit, came another promise to Mary, the mother of Jesus, that her son would be the cause of a lot of conflict "that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed". What God has given to us through Christ is not circumstantial joy or peace, but rather the work of an inside job. God changes the world by changing people from the inside out! Recorded on 12-4-16.
"Joy to the world"... We sing it, or at least hear it, every year around Christmas. But do we know what we are singing? Do we know what this joy is in a joyless world? What is this joy? And how is it so different from other joys. "Where" is this joy? How will "the world" discover it if it is for them? This is the first in a series for December. Discover the Joy! Share the joy! Recorded on 11-27-16.
The table has long been a centerpiece for some of our most significant conversations. You could say that the table represents the environment where you discuss life, relationships and even faith. The church is like a table, and we know that God is preparing a feast that everyone is invited to. In the final week of this series, Pastor Pete suggests it’s time Christ-followers regained a sense of our master’s urgency as we invite people to the table so that His house would be full. Recorded on 11-20-16
The table has long been a centerpiece for some of our most significant conversations. You could say that the table represents the environment where you discuss life, relationships and even faith. If anything that’s healthy grows, in a healthy church, who should be sitting at the table? In part 3 of this series Pastor Pete talks about the 3 different types of people that should be seated at the table if a church is to remain healthy and grow. Recorded on 11-13-16.
The table has long been a centerpiece for some of our most significant conversations. You could say that the table represents the environment where you discuss life, relationships and even faith. If the church is a table where the spiritually hungry and those that are far from God can come to have the best meal in town, where does that leave Christians? Isn’t the church for Christians anyways? Listen as Pastor Pete dives into that tension and discusses what the place at the table is for those that follow Christ. Recorded on 11-6-16