Mick’s Memo

Mick’s Memo—A Question to Ask Yourself at Christmas

Sometimes we can lead ourselves down a dark path with questions.  Other times asking questions and seeking their answers carefully can lead us to the light.  For more than two millennia followers of Jesus have set aside a time of year to reflect on the incarnation—the event when divinity took on human flesh.  Traditions and […]

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Mick’s Memo – Suffering: Unanswered Questions

Literature and human experience often address the problems of evil and suffering.  The questions persist irrespective of one’s spiritual perspective.  If we approach it from the Judeo-Christian perspective, we face the challenge of reconciling God’s characteristics as revealed in Scripture–holy, just, loving, and omnipotent and sovereign; with the existence of injustice, suffering and the persistence […]

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A Thanksgiving Reminder (from prison)

Last week’s memo drew advice from Paul about peace in relationships from his letter to the Philippian church.  Another of his letters written from prison was addressed to the church in Ephesus and gives this advice for thanksgiving: Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one […]

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Mick’s Memo – The Path to Peace

Conflict seems dominant in human history.  Wars mar the passage of time century after century.  Human relationships between spouses, between siblings (like Cain and Abel), between neighbors (Hatfields and McCoys), between people groups (Arabs and Israelis), between races, between corporations, between political or religious ideologies, between Jesus’ followers (Euodia and Syntyche), between…I could go on, […]

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Mick’s Memo – Taking Direction

We men are notorious for not seeking direction.  Typically, it is claimed, we would rather proceed to an unknown destination than take direction from someone else.  While this stereotype attaches mostly to men when it comes to navigating automobiles, I believe the hesitance about taking direction is not limited to males. We all have difficulty […]

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