Patrick Day


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Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

I’ve talked about Tyler any number of times in this blog. He’s the young man who changed his life around after he met the Real Jesus and decided to go His way instead of his own way. He’s a Christian success story. But all stories of the men I mentor are not so positive. Take […]

Friday, March 16th, 2018

My name is Patrick, and tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day. When I was growing up, on the front side of my life and part of a proud Irish family, I held this day higher than my birthday. Now that I’m on the back side of my life, it’s not St. Patrick that I celebrate as […]

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

A friend of Tyler’s died of an overdose of heroin two days ago. As Tyler told me, he had lost all hope that he could ever get his life back again. When I speak to inmates in jails throughout Minnesota, as I did yesterday at the Sherburne County Jail, and I mention that I have […]

Friday, March 9th, 2018

So do not fear, for I am with you;     do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you;     I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 Are you going through an especially hard time right now? Do you fear what may happen to you in the months ahead? Isaiah wrote […]

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

How can you be thankful if you are not humble, and how can you be humble if you are not patient, and how can you be patient if you are not dependent on God, and how can you be dependent unless you trust in the Lord God Almighty with all your heart and lean not […]

Friday, March 2nd, 2018

Tyler has his eyes set on bringing salvation to his old school chum Eric, who has been in and out of jail for the past year and is best friends with John Barleycorn (look that up on Google).  One night, in a drunken stupor,  Eric jumped out of a moving car, hit his head on […]

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

The school shooting in Florida has become the latest incidence that divides this country of ours. And prayers are prayed to the Lord above. On one side of the great divide, we hear this prayer: “Lord, smooth the way so that gun laws can be passed to protect the children throughout this land.” On the […]

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

WHEN THE DISCIPLES, overearnest as ever, asked Jesus who was the greatest in the kingdom of heaven, Jesus pulled a child out of the crowd and said the greatest in the kingdom of heaven were people like this (Matthew 18:1-4). Two thousand years of homiletic sentimentalizing to the contrary notwithstanding, Jesus was not being sentimental. He was […]

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

“Yawn! The start of another day in jail. Day after day after day in jail, one week after another in jail.” That’s the interior dialogue of sleepy Christians in the Wright County Jail, or any other jail or prison for that matter. Below will be my opening statement when I give two talks at the […]

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

My wife and I dashed off to the Great Southwest for the past two weeks, a welcome relief from a steady procession of bleak and wintry days in Minnesota.  We stayed with my sister and her husband in Palm Desert, CA, for a week. Every day was in the 80s.  Then off to Phoenix for […]