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.
In his book Half Time: Changing Your Game Plan from Success to Significance, author Bob Buford says, "The first half of life has to do with getting and gaining, learning and earning. The second half is more risky because it has to do with living beyond the immediate." By that he means living for a cause greater than yourself, and for others beyond yourself. The great men and women in Scripture were not great because of what they earned and owned; they were great because they gave themselves to people and causes that lived beyond them. Their dream was to do something that benefited others. Only a rare minority of people are able to hold closely to their dream to make a difference, and are willing to give up everything to make that dream come true. Of people like that it will never be said that when they died, it was as though they never lived. Their dream lives on after them, because they lived for others. And it was in living for others and not for self that they found their greatest joy and fulfillment. Jesus said "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep" (Jn 10:11). I believe that everyone has the opportunity for significance. Take time today to whisper a prayer and ask the Lord to open your eyes to His plan for you today. We are blessed Pastor Pete ... See MoreSee Less
So you’ve been scrolling through Facebook. And you see a post here that just gets under your skin. How can someone be THAT absurd in their opinion? Don’t they have a moral compass in them whatsoever?? And then we click into the “Comment” box. The words fly as fast as we can type them. We will NOT stand for such injustices! Our voice must be the LOUDEST! Because if we don’t say what we came here to say, then we would do everyone a disservice. People must know the truth! Right? We mean well, don’t we? …right? I’m not pointing fingers. I’ve been there. Oh, man. I’ve had the times where I’ve said, “If I wasn’t a Christian because I have some words to share!” But you know? That’s not my place. That’s not who we’ve been called to be. That’s not our job. And butting in the conversation? How’s that working for you? We are called to have a different life, a harder life. 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 says, “Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life. You should mind your own business…so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders.” Slow down. Go back. You read that too fast. Seriously take a moment and read that slowly and reflect. Once we spew every word out of our mouth, we have lost credibility. There is wisdom in being silent. We are to be quiet and mind our own business. Hey, I didn’t say you had to LIKE it. I didn’t write it; God did. As much as I hate reading it, if I don’t do what I’m told to do in the Word, then I have let sin rule in me instead of winning people for Him. So what will you allow to shine? Your opinions? Or your witness? Be encouraged, my friend, Pastor David Gregory Children’s Pastor at Crosswinds ... See MoreSee Less
You yourselves are all the endorsement we need. Your very lives are a letter that anyone can read by just looking at you. Christ himself wrote it—not with ink, but with God’s living Spirit; not chiseled into stone, but carved into human lives—and we publish it. (2 Cor. 3:2-3, MSG)
“But it’s no use now, to pretend to be two people! Why, there’s hardly enough of me left to make one respectable person!” This is another quote from one of my favorite ladies, Alice (in Wonderland). The funny thing is, it’s true. Friends, we should not be one person at church or around our Christian friends and another person elsewhere. We can lose ourselves. “For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.” James 1:23-25. Listen we all have bad days, but if we are doers of the Word, we have promises. Promises that if we do our part, our gracious God in Heaven will do His. Take it from me and the Word—He does so much more. “God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams!” Eph 3:20. But, we must do our part. We must be doers of the Word, DOERS! Don’t pretend to be a doer and miss out on His promises. You can try insanity—doing the same thing over and over and expect different results or you can try God’s way. He doesn’t fail, He can’t. And if you’ve tried, try again and again. He never promises that life is easy, but He does make us overcomers. Don’t pretend work on yourself every day to be that person you want to be. You can do it, just don’t give into the ideals of this world, but God’s Word. Ask God to help you work on your character. After all, Pastor Pete says, “your character is more important than your circumstances.” You should never have to pretend, God made you an amazing person and if you’re behaving your best to follow God’s Word, you will be blessed.