Stories by the Rev. Gene Norris

Friday, Nov. 6, 2015

Differences between people can be overcome

The fact that differences of opinion and likes and dislikes exist can be good news. After all, life would be terrribly boring if all people around us were simply carbon copies of ourselves.
By the Rev. Gene Norris

Friday, Oct. 2, 2015

Church members must reach out to visitors

Far too often, however, all the good intentions of the pastors and the congregation remain outside on the church sign and not inside where visitors can feel genuinely welcome.
By the Rev. Gene Norris

Friday, Sept. 4, 2015

Gene Norris: Be an encourager, like Barnabas

What Barnabas did for Paul was not easy. This side of heaven we will never know how much he was a source of encouragement for Saul to become Paul, our first theologian. The world has never been ...
By the Rev. Gene Norris

Friday, Aug 7, 2015

Does God like fruitcake?

If you were asked "Does God like fruitcake?" how would you respond? Let's quit superimposing our biased thoughts on what we think God likes and dislikes and be about ministering to others.
By the Rev. Gene Norris

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Norris: People of faith can heal nation

The community of faith, composed of many different congregations, can offer a message of hope and reconciliation to a nation that is deeply divided by political and racial differences.
By the Rev. Gene Norris

Friday, June 5, 2015

Gene Norris: Church members can be God's most powerful tools

When I entered Georgia Tech to become a chemical engineer, I never intended to become a professional clergy person.
By the Rev. Gene Norris

Friday, April 3, 2015

Easter should be a time of spiritual rebirth

Easter is a time to pick up the pieces of our lives, that once upon a time when we had the strong faith of our childhood that trusted and believed that God could and would work through all events, ...
By the Rev. Gene Norris

Friday, March 6, 2015

There are times when we must refuse to compromise

Compromise is not to be done in connection with our basic moral values and our basic beliefs about God and what God would have us to do
By the Rev. Gene Norris

Friday, Dec. 5, 2014

Advent reminds us that our salvation is in Christ

Writing this column again as Advent begins, I appreciated being reminded again that God sent His Son to help us deal with our human predicaments and struggles to discover what life is all about.
By the Rev. Gene Norris

Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

The 'valley of dry bones'

Have you ever made elaborate plans to do something and greatly anticipated fulfilling those plans only to have to cancel because of an accident or illness? Then you know what it means to walk in ...
By the Rev. Gene Norris

Friday, Oct. 3, 2014

Trust in God in the midst of turmoil

People with weak faith do not bother to have a quarrel with God. Questions can help build a bridge between ourselves and Him.
By the Rev. Gene Norris

Friday, July 18, 2014

Conflict resolution fosters unity

As a family therapist, I spent a lot of time helping family members move beyond constant conflict and discover how to fight fairly in the family in order to achieve resolution. The same guidelines ...
By the Rev. Gene Norris

Friday, Feb. 28, 2014

God's kingdom abides forever

Our wills (plans, purposes, bucket list) must always give way to God's will.
By the Rev. Gene Norris

Friday, Jan. 31, 2014

Gene Norris: Don't just listen, take action

Worship was never intendeed to be an end unto itself. We are called of God to serve him and others.
By the Rev. Gene Norris

Friday, Jan. 3, 2014

Sabbath is God's gift for our well being

There is a time to work and a time to rest from our work. Otherwise, we end up worshiping our work, working at our play, and playing at our worship.
By the Rev. Gene Norris

Friday, Dec. 6, 2013

Wise Men show how to experience joy

How can we experience more of the joyful times during Advent? Perhaps the story of the Wise Men offers some clues.
By the Rev. Gene Norris

Friday, Nov. 1, 2013

Story of Moses shows God's providence at work

Painful times can be a blessing in disguise. It is at this point in the story that Moses’s birth takes place, his rescue by Pharaoh’s daughter, his early childhood development and rise to a place ...
By the Rev. Gene Norris

Friday, Aug 2, 2013

Rest well, for the Lord is awake

We are to commit our lives and those we love into the safe keeping of that source of power that cannot be destroyed by terrorist attacks, high explosives or even nuclear bombs.
By the Rev. Gene Norris

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

New beginnings have both joys, sorrows

People who have been successful in their new beginnings have several things in common. The story of rebuilding the Temple following the Babylonian Captivity includes these common elements, too.
By the Rev. Gene Norris

Friday, June 7, 2013

Worship can help us understand loss

In the midst of our trying to figure out why our loss happened, we need to hear during our worship: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not upon your own understanding."
By the Rev. Gene Norris
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