Stories by Dr. Gene Norris

Friday, Aug 6, 2010

Paul's experiences show how Christ influences us

All the ways in which our lives have meaning, purpose and direction are the result of Christ working in us to do that which is pleasing in his sight.
By Dr. Gene Norris

Friday, July 2, 2010

Intercessory prayer changes us, not God

Before we explore the differences our prayers make, we need to be clear about the kind of God to whom we direct our prayers.
By Dr. Gene Norris

Friday, June 4, 2010

Column: Gain comfort through God's promises

Part of the good news of the Resurrection is the promise that we will experience bodily resurrection at the time of the Second Coming.
By Dr. Gene Norris

Friday, April 30, 2010

Scriptures' eternal truths reinforce faith in Christ

God did and still does use such people to fulfill his will for his people. But Christ is the glue that holds the world together.
By Dr. Gene Norris

Friday, March 5, 2010

God's compassion embraces all people

God used the story of Jonah to shock the Jewish people of that day into realizing the absurdity of limiting God's grace to only Jewish people.
By Dr. Gene Norris

Friday, Feb. 5, 2010

Persistent faith can pay great dividends

As I approach four score years, the one characteristic I value most in myself and others is persistency. Can anything be achieved without it?
By Dr. Gene Norris

Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009

This can be season for renewed hope

The story of the birth of Jesus is fraught with hardship, poverty, plots to murder, death of innocent children, stress and anguish.
By Dr. Gene Norris

Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009

Steadfast faith is required of the ones called to serve

The gospel writer Mark is a person I would like to have known.
By Dr. Gene Norris

Saturday, July 4, 2009

God is close, especially when we think he's not

To live in covenant with God means that God cares. Try to tell that to people smarting from the sting of the death of a loved one, and they might laugh in your face:
By Dr. Gene Norris

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Disagreements will occur, even in the family of God

Everyone yearns to belong, to be a part of a family or fellowship, and to have friends.
By Dr. Gene Norris

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Easter People celebrate triumph of Resurrection

Easter is when we pick up the pieces of our lives and reclaim that sure, strong faith of our childhood, that God works through all circumstance, the bitter and the sweet, for our good and for his ...
By Dr. Gene Norris

Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009

We have only one day to overcome in a new year

Life is unpredictable, so how do we face the future with a minimum amount of fear and anxiety?
By Dr. Gene Norris

Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008

Advent confirms need to never forsake faith

Advent bids us come to rediscover that the Lord is good, his mercy is everlasting and his truth endures forever.
By Dr. Gene Norris

Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008

Preparation for ministry follows call

At Jesus'sbaptism, he received his calling. In Old Testament language, Jesus was anointed by God himself.
By Dr. Gene Norris

Saturday, Nov. 10, 2007

God's ways are evident even in midst of family conflicts

The story of Joseph in Genesis 37-50 provides hope for all families who experience conflicts.
By Dr. Gene Norris

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2006

Be careful to avoid divided loyalties to God

No one likes a fence straddler. We like people to take a stand, even if not our own: "Be either for me or against me."
By Dr. Gene Norris

Saturday, June 3, 2006

Party loyalties can cause trouble in congregations

We fall down the devil's slippery slope of idolatry when we start worshipping the God who has been fashioned from our stubbornly held prejudices and belief systems rather than the God of grace, ...
By Dr. Gene Norris

Saturday, May 6, 2006

Parents can turn to Proverbs for wisdom

As a former family therapist, I often heard parents lament, "I can't believe my own child could have done such a thing. Why, we all go to Sunday school and worship. We have tried to teach our ...
By Dr. Gene Norris

Saturday, April 1, 2006

Suffering is no match for strong faith in God

The Book of Job teaches us volumes about what we are to believe about God and what God wants us to learn when he permits (does not cause) suffering.
By Dr. Gene Norris

Saturday, March 4, 2006

God has called us to care for the planet

Each time I read Psalm 8, I pleasantly recall my adolescent years when my family lived near a golf course.
By Dr. Gene Norris
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