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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
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.
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.