Pastor Pete delivers down-to-earth, life-changing messages that address today’s real problems. Sunday School classes, Connect Groups, and Bible Study classes show us how to apply God’s Word to our lives on a daily basis.
I am a morning person. I love the stillness and the calm feeling of the early morning sunrise. The quietness that comes before all the people, who have to rush off to work in their cars, seem to crack the presence of joy and peace. I also know that not everybody likes the morning like I do. Some are night people that love the moments of peace after everybody goes to sleep in the house, and the stillness that comes from the calming presence of darkness. Which category do you fit in? There are some days that I awaken to a place of great faith and victory. I don’t know why but it just happens. The joy of the Lord is my strength. The feeling that nothing can come against me is there when my eyes open. But it is funny that you can awaken with victory in your spirit one day and wake up the very next day with fogginess of mind, and a spirit that seems void of faith. Wishing that it was another way doesn’t change the feeling that is there. All of us experience this natural ebb and flow of life and when we are in the mysterious state of nothingness, God comes to us and His Word encourages us to “build yourselves up in the most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit” (Jude 20). Whatever state that you find yourself in today, it is good to remember that greatness, in whatever form you need, is in your sprit through the power that the Lord has placed within you. So awaken yourself, pray to the Lord, and allow His perfect peace that “surpasses all understanding” (Php 4:7), to penetrate you today. Build yourself up and be blessed. We are in His favor Pastor Pete ... See MoreSee Less
It's good to build quality habits. Consequently, bad habits can enslave you and keep you focused on the negative instead of all the positive things that the Lord would love for you to experience. One of the great habits that we need to form is the habit of starting our day off with a thoughtful conversation with the Lord. We call this prayer. “Ask and you will receive, that your joy may be full” (John 16:24). If your prayers are not answered, ask yourself: How is my relationship with the Lord? “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me” (Psalm 6:6). Anything that adversely affects your relationship with the Lord also affects your prayers. Friendship gives you favor; intimacy gives you access. All great relationships in the world work like this. If you struggle with intimacy in marriage you will struggle with your life; because it affects your thoughts and will eat at you in the back of your mind. If we struggle with our relationships with those closest to us, like parents, friends, professors, or anyone that we truly care about, the struggle will pop into or mind when we least expect it. Finally, intimacy with the Lord will open doors of reconciliation with the other important people in your life and enable you to resolve conflict and allow you to walk in freedom from the inner turmoil that can grasp your thoughts and take over your physical presence. God has a promise to fulfill in your life, in His time. So endeavor to receive the joy of the Lord today; starting with great moments of communication with Him. We are blessed Pastor Pete ... See MoreSee Less
If you are like me, you will admit that it doesn’t take much effort for your mind to drift into a world of what ifs. I can be reading the Word of God and the next thing I know I am figuring out what I am going to do with my lottery winnings, even though I don’t even play the lottery! It takes great effort to set your mind to the task of developing a clear goal, or having a clear and compelling dream. Proverbs 4:25 admonishes us to “Fix your gaze directly before you.” A clear picture may come to you all at once, in a lightning-bolt fashion, but for most people it doesn’t work that way. Most people need to keep working at it, clarifying it, and redrawing it. If the process is difficult, that’s no reason to give up, in fact, if it’s too easy, perhaps you re not dreaming big enough. We often hear and say that “life is a marathon not a sprint.” Just like personal training is vital to achieving any physical goal, personal training for our mind is vital to achieving the wonderful vision and goal that the Lord has placed into our heart. Anything good is worth the work. Anything good is worth fighting for. The life-goals that God has placed within you are worth the struggle to see them formulated and achieved. So today; just keep working at it because a clear dream is worth fighting for. And when you feel yourself drifting into a lottery dream world, laugh and giggle at yourself, enjoy the goofiness and get back to the task at hand: achieving the greatness that you were created for! We are blessed Pastor Pete ... See MoreSee Less