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.
What is a “win” in the kingdom of God? How do I know if I am succeeding? What is it that God is after in the end? What is Jesus accomplishing in and through us, His people? The answers to these questions will determine how you should live your life. Craig McLeod, former and founding pastor of Life Church Buffalo, returns to explain the “win”, and re-connect with his home church.
We all have good intentions when it comes to the changes we want to make in life. But good intentions never seem to be enough to produce lasting change. We can even get some instructions on how to implement the change we want, but eventually we have to do something with the information we’ve been given. Unapplied truth is like unapplied paint. It doesn’t do anybody any good. The value is in the application. Merely reading the Bible or coming to church and hearing a sermon is one thing. But real life-change happens in the “doing”. Application makes all the difference. Information without application does not lead to transformation.
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 all 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 3 of this series, Pastor Pete encourages us to stop making excuses for our inactivity when things get hard and instead to see the opportunity through the obstacles. If you’re going to win the battle for your good intentions, then you can make excuses or you can make progress, but you can’t make both.
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.