Sermons by Pastor Schreiner

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A Family Growing in Christ

Download Life Guide  It’s Thanksgiving, and you can’t wait to celebrate with your family. Pushing through the open front door, you expect to be warmly greeted. But instead, as you enter, a few family members glance up with half-hearted smiles. Others don’t even seem to notice you. As you sit down next to someone to […]

Picture Perfect

Download Life Guide Have you ever noticed the fake family photos that come inside new picture frames? They always look too perfect, don’t they? The parents are always attractive, with perfect hair and skin, wearing the most stylish clothing. I mean, check out dad’s loose tie/rolled up sleeves combo! The kids are beautiful. They’re always […]

When Jesus Is Your Brother

Download Life Guide When Jesus is your brother, you can’t do something wrong, and then blame it on him. When Jesus is your brother, his birth story will always be more exciting than yours. When Jesus is your brother, you can expect to hear, “Why can’t you be more like your brother Jesus?” When Jesus […]

In Need of Some R&R

Download Life Guide Do you have your summer vacations planned yet? Whether it’s Disney or camping, your cottage or your timeshare in Hawaii, the itch really starts this time of year; that persistent voice calling, “It’s time for you to get some R&R!”—rest and relaxation. So we head off on our vacations, certain that rest […]

Faith in the Unfathomable

Download Life Guide What would you say is the most unfathomable thing about God? Mysteries that are beyond our ability to logically understand? I’ll give you three choices. Would you say A.) The Triune God, that God is three distinct persons, but just one God?  B.) The dual nature of Christ—that Jesus is both 100% […]

“To Whom Shall We Go?”

Confirmands, can I tell you something really important? This is NOT your graduation. Parents, can I tell you something really important? This is NOT your kids’ graduation. Yes, there will be parties, family celebrations, and special meals. There will be cards, gifts, and pictures. You even get to wear a robe. But this is NOT […]

Living with “He Is Risen Indeed” Peace

Download Life Guide “He is Risen!” “He is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!” Just a week ago, we celebrated my absolute favorite day of the year, Easter Sunday. The joy of the comforting message of the Risen Christ, the beautiful music, the powerful shouts of “He is Risen Indeed!” Even my Facebook newsfeed transformed from a spiteful […]

A Meal of Promise

Have you ever been disappointed with a meal? I’m not talking about the fries at McDonald’s being cold, or the gas station burrito you gambled on for lunch being your day’s biggest regret. Those are meals you might expect to be disappointed with. No, I’m talking about being disappointed with a meal you thought would […]

Weak Fools for the Cross

Download Life Guide “Alexamenos worships his god.” Around 200 A.D., an unknown Roman citizen carved that phrase in Latin into a wall near the Palatine Hill in Rome. Accompanying the phrase was a crudely etched picture which depicts a young man, presumably “Alexamenos,” worshiping a man with a donkey head…hanging on a cross. You get […]

Consequences, Crosses, and Christ

Download Life Guide There’s an old phrase used by German theologians that I’ve always found interesting. “Das Liebe Kreuz.” For those who don’t “sprechen sie deutsch,” that means “The dear cross.” When you understand that the cross was a torture device used to execute the vilest criminals, “The dear cross” is kind of like saying, […]