Keep Going

By Pastor Rob Norris Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. Luke 14:27 We don’t talk a lot about cross carrying. That’s more the fine print of being a follower of Christ–the part we don’t generally go around advertising to those we’re hoping to draw into Christian […]

Holes in the Wall

By Pastor Rob Norris   “Watch the path of your feet and all your ways will be established.” Proverbs 4:26 The Great Wall of China is one of the great wonders of the world, a true masterpiece of engineering. It’s the only man-made structure that can be seen from outer space. Five to six horses […]

Quiet Down

By Pastor Norris “But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness to pray.” Luke 5:16 Did you know there are cultures in the world that don’t have a word for “minute” or “hour”? They simply have no need or desire to measure time in such short increments. Nor do they attempt to maximize […]

Show Up, Lord

By Pastor Rob Norris   “Ah Lord GOD! Nothing is too difficult for You.” Jeremiah 32:17 How many times have you prayed for God to “show up”–that He would reveal His purpose and power and presence in an unmistakable way? Some people might say, “Aw, that’s just the way Christians talk. No one really expects […]

A New Legacy

By Pastor Rob Norris “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.” -Joshua […]

Home Of The Brave

By Pastor Rob Norris “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up,” (1 Thessalonians 5:11). Maurice “Mo” Cheeks has enjoyed a long and successful career as a player and coach in the National Basketball Association. But in my opinion, his greatest moment in basketball had nothing to do with the action on the court. […]

Ready, Willing And Able

By Pastor Rob Norris “The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but victory belongs to the LORD,” (Proverbs 21:31). On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, former Staff Sergeant, David Karnes, was watching the horrific events unfold on television at his office in Connecticut. But this ex-Marine – now an accountant – felt […]

Home Fires

By Pastor Rob Norris “We will not hide these truths from our children; we will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the Lord, about his power and his mighty wonders.”  (Psalm 78:4) Five grown siblings came together at the event of their parents’ 50th wedding anniversary. When the time came to express […]

Living The Blessed Life

By Pastor Robert Jewett In a world of lies and deception, we are blessed to have God’s word to lead us in righteousness. Since God cannot lie (Hebrews 6:18), every word of His proves true (Proverbs 30:5).  God promises great peace to those who love His word and says nothing can make them stumble (Psalms […]

Without A Friend

By Pastor Rob Norris   “Better is a neighbor who is near than a brother far away,” (Proverbs 27:10). We’ve never had so many options for connecting with people – mail, email, phone, text-messaging, Facebook. Yet recent findings reported in the American Sociological Review show that the number of people who claim to have no […]

Down But Not Out

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By Pastor Rob Norris “We have troubles all around us, but we are not defeated. We often don’t know what to do, but we don’t give up,” (2 Corinthians 4:8). Have you been through a period of life when everything looked bleak? When it seemed everything around you was coming unraveled? When you hoped the […]

Dreaming Dreams

By Pastor Rob Norris “So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people,” – Galatians 6:10. I think one of the greatest needs in the Christian community is for individuals to dream some dreams about how they can use their talents to impact people’s lives for Christ. Let me tell you […]

Bringing It Home

“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her,” Ephesians 5:25. By Pastor Rob Norris On Valentine’s Day 2005, Arkansas Governor, Mike Huckabee, and his wife, Janet, restated and renewed their wedding vows along with 4,000 other couples gathered in Little Rock’s Alltel Arena. It included husbands […]

Believe God, Not the Deceiver

By Pastor Rob Norris “Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies,” (John 8:44). A Long Island businessman in the 1930s bought an expensive brass barometer to mount in his home. However, when the man pulled the instrument out of the box […]

Near Beliefs

By Pastor Rob Norris “But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it,” (2 Timothy 3:14). I’m afraid too many of us Christians don’t know what we really believe. Like a cork in the ocean, driven and tossed by the waves, we bounce from […]

Missed Opportunities 

By Pastor Rob Norris “God has reserved a priceless inheritance for His children. It is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay,” (1 Peter 1:4). A man at speaking engagement in Switzerland stayed at a beautiful hotel, compliments of the conference host. Each day, as he walked […]

Bouncing Ball

BY PASTOR ROB NORRIS “I considered all my activities which my hands had done and the labor which I had exerted, and behold all was vanity,” Ecclesiastes 2:11. There are seasons in life when our work requires more of us than it does at other times; tax season for the accountant; Christmas season for the […]

Comeback Of The Year

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BY PASTOR ROB NORRIS 2 Corinthians 4:1 – Through God’s loving-kindness, He has given us this job to do. So we do not give up. It’s easy to become discouraged when we fail. It’s easy to lose heart and stop trying. That’s why I love stories like this one: For many years, Bob Brenly was […]

Love at Sublevel

BY PASTOR ROB NORRIS Love one another, even as I have loved you (John 13:34). Danny Akin, a seminary president with the bold audacity to write a book on sexual intimacy, shares this true, touching story: A woman had been diagnosed with breast cancer so severe that the doctors had no choice but to do […]

Inside Baseball

BY PASTOR ROB NORRIS   “I know that you want truth to be in my heart. You teach me wisdom deep down inside me,” Psalm 51:6. Sometimes in the midst of correcting your kids, you can easily lose sight of the main reason you discipline them in the first place. It’s not just to get […]