Holy Week Devotional

Hello Church family,     This week the entire Christian world directs its’ attention to the events of Jesus’ last week of life on earth.  By the end of this week in history, our savior will pour out his life in one final act of self-sacrifice on the cross, and then...

Continue reading

The Laborers in the Vinyard

The Laborers in the Vineyard  –  January 7th , 2018  Grace Communion Orlando                     Steve Schantz Scripture reading:  Matt 20:1 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. 2 After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage,...

Continue reading

Should Christians Participate in Christmas / Easter?

Should Christians Participate in Christmas and Easter? Many have questioned what relationship ancient and present ways of worship engaged in by pagans have to do with Christian practice and liturgy today. For a long time in my life I believed (and taught as a Church Pastor) that any celebration of...

Continue reading

Jesus As a Kid

Jesus as a Kid – June 25th, 2016 Pastor Steve Schantz   Like the Holy Land experience in Orlando, summer Vacation Bible School programs sometimes offer children a Home Town Nazareth experience. This often includes costumes and characters from 1st century Galilee, sometimes a taste of the native foods Jesus would...

Continue reading

A Resolution of Hope

A Resolution of Hope By Pastor Steve Schantz “Give hope, give life, give blood.” That’s the slogan of the Southern California blood bank where I volunteer as an Appreciation Ambassador, or canteen lady as my mom calls those who help blood donors have a pleasant experience. (I guess she would...

Continue reading

The Milk of Human Kindness

The Milk of Human Kindness “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Luke 6:38 NIV)   by Pastor Steve Schantz Someone...

Continue reading

Wash Before Using

Wash Before Using by Pastor Steve Schantz Rom 6:1  What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus...

Continue reading