Mick’s Memo

Mick’s Memo – Love, The Highest Standard

Thanks for your prayers and many encouraging acts of love—homemade soup, concerned care from my Doc, being “grounded” by the elders and Howard Carr subbing for me.  The Lord willing and voice cooperating I expect to finish our Hebrews series this weekend. Happy Valentine’s Day!  This (I’m writing Thursday) marks the 49th anniversary of Betsy […]

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Mick’s Memo – Finishing the Race

The Apostle Paul and the writer of Hebrews both drew upon the principles of athletics and running in their teaching.  As we conclude our sermon series from Hebrews this Sunday, we will consider the exhortations that conclude the litany of “faith heroes” in chapter 11.  Another familiar use of the metaphor is found in Paul’s […]

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Mick’s Memo – Relational Faith

The words belief, trust and faith are often used interchangeably, both in contemporary communication and in the language of the New Testament.  They are certainly connected. What I believe to be true, I act upon as though it is fact, putting my trust in the truth claim or the object or the person involved.  For […]

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Mick’s Memo – “Yes” or “No” Faith

How do you measure mature faith?  Many take the “Yes” approach. They would say you have mature, strong faith when you demonstrate the ability to extract “yes” answers from God.  If you get the promotion, the healing, the bonus, the winning bid, the perfect spouse and the compliant kids; you must have great faith and […]

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Mick’s Memo – Due Diligence

In his letter to the believers in Rome, before he had ever visited them, the Apostle Paul gave a comprehensive explanation of the truths he believed and taught; as found in chapters 1-11.  His letter then pivoted on an appeal for believers to offer themselves as “living sacrifices” by refusing to be “conformed” and submitting […]

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