Patrick Day

The Melody of the Holy Spirit


Thursday, November 16th, 2017

TYLER PITCHES FOR THE HOLY SPIRIT TEAM

I received a call yesterday from Tyler, the ex-inmate I’m mentoring. He was as excited as excited could be. I’ll let him tell the story.

I reconnected with a guy named Dillon who I’d been good friends with in grade school until I started doing drugs and he didn’t. We’ve been talking a lot for the past few weeks.

He said to me, “I’ve seen you’re a different person. Why?”

I answered, “Because I have Jesus within me.” He was going through a rough time in his life and asked what my resources were for learning about Jesus. I told him, “The Bible. Do you have one?” He didn’t so I gave him one and recommended he also read about Jesus on a couple of online addresses I gave him. I suggested he put his heart in a place of surrender and share his brokenness with Jesus and ask Him into his life.

He made a commitment yesterday to do just that, and he’s going to church with me this Sunday.

I’ve left out a few pieces or this blog would be too long. When he finished his story, I said, “Score one for the Holy Spirit.” Tyler laughed.

Saturday, November 11th, 2017

THE HOLY SPIRIT WENT TO JAIL TODAY

The Holy Spirit shoved me out the door early this afternoon and hauled me off to jail to visit with two inmates. I say it that way because that’s out of the comfort zone for my natural self. If you would have told me two years ago that I’d be going to jail to talk to drug addicts, thieves, and other criminals, I’d have said you’re crazy.

Anyway, the first inmate I talked to in the library was Jake. He’s so depressed he doesn’t care whether he lives or dies. One of the things that brings him down is that he has no money in his account to buy soap to wash with, shampoo, or detergent to clean his clothes. That leaves him with stuff bought out of an indigent fund that smells bad and makes his skin dry and his clothes scratchy. Not real high quality stuff. I told him I’d use the $20 in my God pocket to put into his account in the kiosk in the lobby when I left. He bowed his head and said, “Thank you God.” It moved me that he knew God had given him the gift, not me. I think he had a little more hope when he left than when he came in. I first met Jake when he came to the Lord during a Gideon session. Then he got out of jail, and now right back in again.

The next person I talked to was Kennis. He is facing more time than Jake, but he’s at peace because he trusts that God will take care of him no matter the outcome. He wants to be furloughed to Adult and Teen Challenge because he can’t kick his drug habit on his own. I asked him the following question: “Kennis, if I were a judge and offered to set you free with no probation and no other strings attached or furlough you to Adult and Teen Challenge, what would you do?”

He didn’t hesitate for even a second. “I’d say send me to Adult and Teen Challenge tomorrow. I need thirteen months of God and being around godly people. If I got out of jail, I’d be going back to the environment I came from, where all my friends were doing stuff that’s illegal. He told me about men who sell $500 worth of food stamps for $250 so they can go out and buy drugs. And those are the nicer guys. “I need to separate myself from my previous life so I can start anew when I get done with my thirteen months. I feel like a new person now and don’t want to get back into the same place I came from.”

Pray for these two guys – that Jake can learn to lean only on God and that Kennis is furloughed into a drug rehab facility. I may have been dragged there, but I came back joyful that God had seen fit to entrust me with the rabble of His kingdom. You might call me a somewhat reluctant servant.

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

Where does the power to pray come from? Where does the power to do anything of significance in the kingdom of heaven come from?

As with electricity, power comes from a source, and the source of spiritual power is the Holy Spirit.

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

THE HOLY SPIRIT PASSES OUT BIBLES

The Holy Spirit gave away seven Bibles on my recent trip to Dublin, Ireland. The first one went to Craig, a cardiologist on his way to Toronto from Minneapolis, the first leg of my journey. After some small talk of why he was in Minnesota (research meetings at the Mayo clinic), I asked him what church he went to, and he said, “I only go on Christmas and Easter to placate my wife’s parents.” Then he gave a nervous laugh.

More small talk about churches, and then I asked, “Craig, how do you think anyone gets to heaven?”

“Oh, by being a good person and helping others, I guess,” he said, without much conviction.

I answered, “If you can earn your way into heaven, why did Jesus come to earth to die on the cross for our sins?”

“You have me there,” Craig said. “I’ve never thought about that.

“Would you like a pocket Bible to find out why Jesus came?” I asked.

“I guess so,” he said, this time with a little more conviction.

My parting suggestion to Craig was this: “Read the gospel of John and you’ll find out exactly who Jesus is and why He came.”

“I will,” he said, this time with definite conviction.

And off I went. Score one for the Holy Spirit.

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

PUTTING GOD TO THE TEST

Tyler is the young man I’m mentoring who met the real Jesus a year and a half ago and is now drug free, has a good job, and has matured in his Christian faith. He’s the most passionate Christ follower of the inmates I have been blessed to be associated with.

But the consequences of his burglaries to obtain money for meth and alcohol back when have a monetary impact on his life now. He’s currently paying restitution for the robberies and for court costs assigned to him. That takes a significant amount out of his checks.

Tyler called me yesterday and told me his car has breathed it’s last and is sitting in a parking lot in Maple Grove. Tyler lives in a small town near Willmar, Minnesota. He has a company truck to get to work and home but can’t use it for personal use. For Tyler, personal use is about giving back to the Lord. He missed a testimony he was scheduled for at Metro Hope Ministries in Minneapolis last night, the place where he stayed for 14 months. He’s unable to get to the three churches in the metro area that he’s involved with. He can’t travel to visit with his Christian network of friends, including other mentors like me. And he’s unable to go out for street ministry with a church in St. Louis Park.

In short, Tyler needs a car, but with his court costs, he’s unable to get one. And he does not have a good enough credit rating to get a loan or payment schedule or lease a car. Maybe in a few months, but not right now.  My purpose in writing about Tyler’s case is not to ask any of you for donations to buy Tyler a car. He said to me yesterday, “What am I going to do, Pat? I can make payments but can’t put money down.” He’s located some possibilities but everyone wants something down. One person said he’d hold the car for Tyler until he saved enough for a down payment, but that would take months. He needs to stay active in his Christian life now.

Here’s what I said to Tyler. “Let’s put God to the test with getting you a car.” I’ll write a blog for you tomorrow morning and you can post something on your Facebook.” Maybe someone will know someone who has a car they have no use for and will give it to you or let you pay on it monthly without a down payment. He’s taken care of you so far. I expect He will do so in this situation.”

So there’s the matter. Do you know someone who may know someone who knows someone…you get the drift. God has a car out there with Tyler’s name on it. It’s just a matter of finding it. Let me know if you know of anything: patrickday@pyramidpublishers.com.

Saturday, October 28th, 2017

A SIMPLE CHRISTIAN

Argh! If I am a Christian, I must do this, this, and this; and I must not do that, that, and that. Rule upon rule. Restriction upon restriction. It’s enough to make your head spin and your emotions swirl.

What if you could simplify it down to one guideline that would cover everything? Here’s how John the Baptist saw it: He must become greater; I must become less. (John 3:30). This is the definition, I believe, of a simple Christian.

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

GROWING OLDER

As you grow older, if you are focusing on this world, your life is behind you. If you are focusing on heaven, your life is before you. The focus on heaven makes life exciting. The focus on this world makes life depressing.

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

OFF TO DUBLIN

I’m off tomorrow for ten days in the Irish city of Dublin. It’s a secular city, like most of the larger cities in Europe, and many in the United States, I might add. The people are friendly and generous to a fault, but they are wandering around without a lifeline to Jesus.

I hope to change that for ten people that I will be handing a Bible to, supplied by the Gideons, of which I am a member. I have no idea who those ten people will be, but the Holy Spirit knows. Pray that He is preparing them even now and will guide me to them as I roam through the streets of Dublin looking for lost souls that need to be found. They just don’t know it yet.

Friday, October 6th, 2017

THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY

The Good: Kennis is one of the inmates I’m mentoring at the county jail. He’s a surrendered soul who’s waiting to get into Adult and Teen Challenge. I’m going to visit him today and am looking forward to it. Pray for him.

The Bad: Another inmate I’m mentoring, Aaron, called me last week as I was walking the streets in Clinton, Iowa, with friends on the way to Branson. He’s in Stillwater and having a very hard time with other prisoners there who don’t like that he’s a Christ-follower. They’re picking on him mercilessly. I didn’t have much time for him in Clinton and asked him to call me back when I returned from Branson. That hasn’t happened yet. Pray for him.

The Ugly: I am no longer able to mentor Joe, the one who called me Ridiculous Pat for telling him he needed to stop being so centered on Joe, Joe, Joe, and start turning to God. He got tossed out of  the rehab facility in St. Paul because of his aggressive behavior and now is in lockdown at the county jail awaiting his next hearing, which I don’t think will go well for him. The judge before had given him one last chance, and had emphasize “the one last.” He’ll most likely be heading to prison for two years. The program director at the jail and I still pray for him to surrender to God’s plan for his life. You could do the same. He needs a lot of prayer to break down the barriers to God in  his life that have been fortified with layers of concrete.

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

 

X

X is the Greek letter chi, which is the first letter of the word Christ.  Thus Xmas is shorthand for Christmas, taking only about one-sixth as long to write. If you do your cards by hand, it is possible to save as much as seventy-five or eighty minutes a year.

It is tempting to say that what you do with this time that you save is your own business. Briefly stated, however, the Christian position is that there’s no such thing as your own business.

Frederick Buechner