Patrick Day

Category: Scripture Observations

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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 […]

Friday, September 1st, 2017

MY FATHER’S BUSINESS I like the King James Version of Luke 2:49: “I must be about my Father’s business.” That’s what Jesus said to Mary and Joseph when they finally found him after a long search in Jerusalem following the Feast of Passover. As I’m sitting in my office chair and typing this message, I […]

Friday, July 28th, 2017

TWO WORLDS There is a natural world and a spiritual world. There are natural men and women and spiritual men and women. The message of the cross is a spiritual one that has to do with eternity. Jesus’ message to His followers is that there will be suffering and death in this world, but He […]

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

PRAYING SCRIPTURE Lately I have been in the habit of not only reading Scripture but also praying it. Let me give you an example. Because I live you also will live. John 14:19 Lord Jesus, what a profound truth this is! Where else would I put my trust but in You? I may be stricken […]

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

A FRESH LOOK My good friend Phil suggested I use The Message to better relate to the inmates I’m presenting to in my visits to county jails. If you don’t know, The Message is a contemporary rendering of the New Testament by Eugene Peterson. But he didn’t do it on his own. He  had five […]

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

THE STRUGGLE Oh, what a struggle it is for me to live out the Christian life! Stop. Rewind. Oh, how easy it is for Jesus to live out His life through me. Question. But certainly there’s something I need to do to live out the Christian life? Yes. Be receptive. Listen. Submit. “Not my will […]

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

LITTLE ALICE “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14 Grandchildren are one of God’s greatest blessings. They are among the little children Jesus was talking about in Matthew 19:14. Little Alice graduated from kindergarten this past Monday. My wife and I were there to witness her […]

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

HOW TO BE A CHRIST-FOLLOWER “He must become greater; I must become less.”  – John 3:30 It’s a matter of logistics. You can’t be a Christ-follower if you’re the main actor at the front of the stage and He’s standing behind you in a supporting role. You must step back and let Him take the […]

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

PRAYING SCRIPTURE I learned how to pray Scripture from Jeanne Guyon, a 17th Century Christian mystic. For example, read the Parable of the Tenants in Luke 20:9-18. It’s a rather straightforward story of a king who planted a vineyard, rented it to some farmers, and then went away. He sent three different servants at three […]

Friday, April 21st, 2017

THE HEART OF CHRISTIANITY Apart from Me you can do nothing. – John 15:5 This verse has haunted me for years. I came to an understanding of it in 2006 and wrote the following in my journal. “If Jesus is not right there with me, and if the Holy Spirit is not speaking to me, […]