Stories by Gene Norris

Friday, July 1, 2016

Gene Norris: Seek peace with God, country, all people

We will never feel at peace with another person until we tear down the wall of enmity that separates us from that person.
By Gene Norris

Friday, June 3, 2016

Worship the Lord, not gods of habits, superstitions

Do our faces show the marks of defeat or victory? Because of what God has done for us through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we can always feel as victors of life’s events ...
By Gene Norris

Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015

With God's help, we can meet future challenges

What is the best way for us to begin 2016 with a minimum of fear and anxiety? How do we get a handle on all of the unknowns? How can we stop being intimidated when we ask all the "what-if" questions?
By Gene Norris

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Norris: Church should employ skills of laity

To accomplish the mission of the local congregation with any degree of success, what is required is a blending of God's gifts found in the pastor or pastors and the laity of the congregation.
By Gene Norris

Friday, Feb. 6, 2015

We are charged with protecting God's creation

We all need to reaffirm our role as God's caretakers so that generations to come can celebrate the wonders of the created world we have been privileged to enjoy in our lifetime.
By Gene Norris

Friday, Jan. 2, 2015

Avoid your fears with faith

To what is our hope anchored? There are times when we anchor our hope to our fears. We need to listen to the advice of Stonewall Jackson who told his soldiers, "Never listen to the counsel of your ...
By Gene Norris

Friday, Aug 1, 2014

Gene Norris: Life is the hardest, and most rewarding, classroom

The important lessons of life are rarely learned in formal classrooms where there are textbooks to read, teachers to guide us, and laboratories to run experiments.
By Gene Norris

Friday, June 6, 2014

What we need to overcome obstacles

There are times when we face insurmountable obstacles, which require character we can only muster by trusting in God's promise to help us. The Book of Haggai is a good place to discover what these ...
By Gene Norris

Friday, April 25, 2014

We can learn from Jesus' tempation story

God knew we could benefit from the way in which Jesus dealt with temptations as someone who was truly human and truly divine.
By Gene Norris

Friday, April 11, 2014

OK to get angry, but keep control

In Ephesians 4:26, the Apostle Paul provided us with a key verse we need to keep in mind when we feel called to express our anger: "Be angry but do not sin."
By Gene Norris

Friday, Sept. 6, 2013

God calls us to take care of his creation

God has created a wonderful place for us to live out our days. We are reminded by Psalm 104 that only we humans, created in God's image, have the wisdom and power to maintain God's creation, ...
By Gene Norris

Friday, April 1, 2011

Guest Columnist: Having a dynamic faith helps us be mentors to others

A lot of passing of the faith happens in informal settings as well as intentional ones. Let us, however, never leave such essential learning only to happen-chance occasions.
By Gene Norris

Friday, Nov. 5, 2010

Remember and celebrate the saints

All Saints Day is a time to remember those people who played a significant role in our faith development.
By Gene Norris

Friday, Sept. 17, 2010

Moses' story affirms God's blessed mercy

As we begin our study of Moses and his mission, we need to know the what and why of the mission and that "his" refers not only to Moses, but in a much larger context, God.
By Gene Norris

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Letter: 'Christian militia' doesn't speak for God

I rest my case against all who would join the ranks of the "Christian militia," which does not represent the Gospel message in the Bible.
By Gene Norris

Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010

Letter: Health-care debate needs bipartisanship

In a recent correspondence from a fellow member of the clergy, I was encouraged to read words by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on a talk show about health care. He said, "We Republicans must ...
By Gene Norris

Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010

Testament tales make our transitions minor

When life is in transition, we are reminded by one author that if we don't throw in the towel and call it quits, we will pass through three stages: an ending, a time of ambiguity and, by God's ...
By Gene Norris

Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009

Christian life is difficult but worth the effort

"Holy" means separate or apart. Historically, there have been Christians who feel that in order to live as God's holy people, they have to withdraw from the world (hence the emergence of the ...
By Gene Norris

Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009

Following God 's plan creates balance

Buying a manufactured item and following the directions for how best to use the product is analogous to the Biblical concept that we need to follow the guidelines outlined for us in the Bible by ...
By Gene Norris

Saturday, June 6, 2009

God frees those who admit they need his help

God's invitation to enter into covenant with him has its roots in a deliberate and generous act of deliverance from bondage.
By Gene Norris
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