Memorial Day

2008 Memorial Day Poster #3.

It’s Memorial Day here in the U.S.A. It’s not appropriate to say “Happy Memorial Day”, for this is a truly solemn holiday. It’s the day each year that we honor our fallen heroes – those military personnel who served their country in a time of war – and who gave the ultimate sacrifice to keep our freedom strong. They gave their life.

This is not a day for those like me who once served in the U.S. Armed Forces, for I am still alive. My day is Veterans Day on November 11TH. It is not a day for those who are currently serving in the military. That day is Armed Forces Day – the 3RD Saturday of May.

On this day I remember our fallen heroes. I will never forget.

There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. (John 15:13)

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Sunday Scripture

Today our Lead Pastor delivered a powerful and relevant message with the title – “Faith:  The Fulfillment Of Righteousness Of The Law”. It was a classic New Testament sermon all about Grace and Mercy. (That’s his expertise.)

Our Pastor has been preaching for about 35 years now – since a few weeks after he was rescued and saved by Christ in his mid-30s. He preaches with authority – and without the use of notes. It’s like watching a college professor teaching a class – while keeping it lively and simple enough for someone like me to understand.

Me ?  I’ve been on this journey for going on 13 years now. I’ve been actively preaching full sermons for not even 3 of those 13 years. I’ve preached 24 sermons thus far, and yesterday during my nearly all-day Bible study I finished writing my 25TH sermon titled “Pray & Believe”. I’ll be preaching it next month – if it’s in God’s will. I’ll also be printing it out the night before I preach it – all 11 or 12 pages in Microsoft Word – Font Type Calibri Size 16. It’ll be in document protectors in a 3-ring notebook, and I’ll be mostly reading from it. I’m actually relying on my full manuscripts less and less with each new sermon. I’ve been doing more ad-libbing during my sermons. Sometimes that works out, and sometimes not so much. Eventually I’ll get to the point (once I get more sermons under my belt) where I won’t even be referring to my manuscripts anymore. I’ll escape the pulpit “bubble” if you will. I pray to God all the time that He guides me and directs me away from my full manuscripts. I’m a work-in-progress.

So our Pastor preached today, and I wrote down a lot of notes including all of the verses of Scripture that he referenced. (There were 12 verses total from 7 books.)

Here’s my major takeaway from his sermon:  Grace releases Faith, and once you add that Faith to that Grace – you get Authority.

I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe Him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated Him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 1:19-20)

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My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1989

Every Friday night I post the Top 5 of one of my classic hit music charts based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay from either 10, 20, or 30 years ago this weekend (rotating each week). Here it is – for the week ending Sunday May 28TH 1989:

  1. “Baby Don’t Forget My Number” – Milli Vanilli
  2. “Into The Night” – Benny Mardones
  3. “I’ll Be There For You” – Bon Jovi
  4. “Iko Iko” – The Belle Stars
  5. “The Look” – Roxette

It’s another strong Top 5 chart from exactly 30 years ago this Memorial Day Weekend here in the U.S.A. 4 of those 5 hits are in active rotation on my iPod Shuffles at work. The one lone song that’s not – “Into The Night” – has just been added to my Wish List on iTunes. I had to listen to several different versions of that track to pick out the one that I remembered from 1989 (which was actually from 1980). It’s Benny Mardones’ signature song, and he still performs it LIVE in concert. The song has evolved over the years, but it’s the original version that tops them all. Yep – that’s the version that a young almost 22-year-old Chris cranked-up on Y-100 while driving up and down Dade County Florida’s U.S. 1 / South Dixie Highway in his red 1989 Geo Spectrum sedan.

Well it’s the last Friday night of May of 1989, so what’s on TV tonight ?  Well obviously I’m watching “Full House” – followed by “Perfect Strangers”- followed by “Mr. Belvedere” (my favorite TV show back then). “Just The Ten Of Us” was on after that, but I didn’t really care for it all that much. Prime Time Television was a whole lot more fun back in 1989 !

It’s halftime my friends. I’ll be back on Sunday afternoon, Monday morning, and Tuesday night with 3 more blog posts for this weekend. Until then – enjoy your Saturday. Make memories that’ll make you smile 30 years from now !

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Welcome To The Weekend !

It’s 3 AM on this Thursday the 23RD day of May of 2019. That’s 3 AM here in South Florida U.S.A., so 8 AM in the U.K., 9 AM in South Africa, and 7 PM in New Zealand. Welcome aboard wherever you’re reading this from.

I kickoff most new weekends of blogging on Thursday at 3 AM my time, and this weekend is no different. It’s a holiday weekend here in the States – Memorial Day Weekend. Monday is Memorial Day where we honor those military personnel who died while serving their country in a time of war. I’ll have a special tribute to our fallen heroes this Monday here on my blog. That pushes my new Top 10 personal hit music chart back a day to Tuesday. So I’ve got 5 new blog posts for you this weekend in lieu of the usual 4 – starting with this one.

I’m staying in during this long holiday weekend – not going anywhere – staying out of traffic. It’ll be a sunny, dry, and hot weekend here in South Florida, so I just want to relax and enjoy my air conditioning. I’ll do my usual Bible study on Saturday, and I’ll hopefully finish writing my next sermon that I’ll preach titled “Pray & Believe”. I also want to get started on my next sermon after that. We’ll see where God takes me this weekend. Sometimes I think I know exactly what I wish to write, and then God leads me in an entirely different direction. That’s the Holy Spirit at work. I just want to go where He guides me.

I just ate a pear a few minutes ago, and it was absolutely delicious. I then Googled the health benefits of eating pears, and I found this article. I really need to buy and eat more pears. I need all of those health benefits. The results of my recent ultrasound are in. My liver, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts, and right kidney were all checked-out. There were 3 “impressions” or anomalies, but nothing to be overly concerned about. My liver is normal size, and it measures 13 centimeters in length. The “impression” there was a “minimal diffuse fatty liver”. If I improve my diet, exercise more, and lose a little weight then the fat can go away. More pears !

I’ve been eating smaller lunches at my desk at work, and then after that I’ve been using the 2ND-half of my lunch hour by walking it off – basically walking around the exterior grounds of my building. My Fitbit likes that. I’ve been walking about 0.6 to 0.7 miles in a nice casual walk after eating. Nothing too strenuous. In fact once I break a sweat I walk back inside. Today my walk after eating was 15 minutes – 3 minutes “peak”, 8 minutes “cardio”, and 4 minutes “fat burn”. My average heart rate was 130 BPM, and it peaked at 145 BPM. More exercise !

I think that most of you will agree with me that blogging peaked about 15 years ago during the mid-2000s (post-AOL and pre-Myspace, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram). I started this blog in 2007 towards the end of my first year of salvation to begin a dialog online about the God I know. There’s a lot of hatred on social media today. It’s one of the main reasons why I returned to the WordPress community 16 months ago to get back into full-time blogging again. Many of you reading this blog host your own blogs. I know that because I visit them on a regular basis. Some of your blogs surely glorify our God. This is the LORD’s doing, and it is wonderful to see. Never be discouraged that you’re not getting enough visits, or likes, or comments. Keep blogging and writing about your life. Keep expanding God’s Kingdom – one blog post at a time.

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My Top 10 Hits – Week 118

Every Monday night I post my all-new Top 10 Christian hit music chart based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday May 19TH 2019:

  1. “Alive” – Big Daddy Weave [# 1 last week / 10TH week on chart]
  2. “Greatness Of Our God” – Newsboys [2 / 13TH]
  3. “Born Again” – Austin French [3 / 12TH]
  4. “Church (Take Me Back)” – Cochren & Co. [5 / 13TH]
  5. “Confidence” – Sanctus Real [4 / 13TH]
  6. “Is He Worthy ?” – Chris Tomlin [6 / 7TH]
  7. “Resurrecting” – Elevation Worship [8 / 6TH]
  8. “Scars” – I AM THEY [10 / 2ND]
  9. “Prize Worth Fighting For” – Jamie Kimmett [9 / 6TH]
  10. “Greater Things” – Mack Brock [- / 1ST]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week:
“The Way (New Horizon)” – Pat Barrett

# 1 Two Years Ago This Week:
“Oh My Soul” – Casting Crowns

It’s the 118TH week of this 3RD era of my personal hit music chart – and Mack Brock scores his debut solo hit on my chart with “Greater Things” – the track that kicked-off a night of positive, encouraging, and inspirational music at the Hertz Arena in Estero Florida. After Mack Brock – Amanda Lindsey Cook rocked the house – and then Hillsong UNITED took over from there for the next 2 hours and 20 minutes. It was an awesome concert that surely glorified God. I believe that lives were saved on that glorious night.

Tonight marks my 26TH anniversary online. Early in the morning (after Midnight) on May 21ST 1993 (a Friday) in Melbourne Florida I went online as “Captain Airwaves” on my own MS-DOS based electronic bulletin board system – MANx CAT BBS. It was hosted on my new 486SX / 25 desktop computer system at the time. It quickly became one of the most popular bulletin board systems for message posting within the local Melbourne / Palm Bay / Cocoa Beach telephone calling area, and it was the place to meet, greet, and chat with such legendary characters collectively known as the MANxsters. We were part of the original social media of Melbourne Florida !

That BBS led to its World Wide Web spinoff – MANx On The Net – and that led to my longtime web site – MASSIVESMASH.COM – which hosted the 14+ year 2ND era of my personal hit music chart. After the web site ran its course I ventured over to Myspace (that didn’t last long), and then WordPress (2007), Twitter (2009), Facebook (2013), and then back here to WordPress (last year).

It’s been a crazy ride online over these past 26 years, and I’m still having the time of my life, so let’s keep this going. Let’s keep moving forward on this fantastic journey towards God’s bright light at His golden gates.

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again next weekend – 5 new entries on Thursday, Friday, Sunday, Monday, and a special blog post on Tuesday. I don’t blog on Saturdays. That’s my day of rest.

Your likes, follows, and comments are always appreciated. Thank You for being part of my online ministry to share God’s Good News and win souls for Christ through His music. Enjoy this week my friends. I’m on Twitter @ChrisMDay, and I’m also the man behind the tweets for my church @LivingWatersHFL. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him. AMEN.

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Sunday Scripture

On this Sunday at 11 AM I praised, worshipped, and celebrated the Almighty God that rescued and saved me with my brothers and sisters of my church family. The music was positive and encouraging from our Worship Pastor Ben and his wife Jen, and the sermon was powerful and inspiring from our Lead Pastor Bob. It was another beautiful day at Living Waters !

It was to great hear our Pastor Bob preach again. (Last Sunday I preached, and the previous Sunday I was out-of-town on vacation.)

His sermon was based on the Matthew 17:14-20 story of the demon-possessed boy that Christ’s disciples couldn’t heal, so Christ Himself performed the miracle. Jesus called His disciples faithless and corrupt. The disciples couldn’t figure out why they were unable to heal the boy, so they asked Christ why that was so. The answer was quite simple. They didn’t have enough faith. All it takes is faith the size of a mustard seed to move a mountain.

Matthew 17-20

Our Pastor put us to the test. How much faith do we have ? We have the fire within us. Do we use it ?

“I tell you the truth. If you have faith and don’t doubt – you can do things like this, and much more. You can even say to this mountain – ‘May you be lifted up, and thrown into the sea’ – and it will happen. You can pray for anything, and if you have faith – you will receive it.” (Matthew 21:21-22)

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My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1999

Every Friday night I post the Top 5 of one of my classic hit music charts based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay from either 10, 20, or 30 years ago this weekend (rotating each week). Here it is – for the week ending Sunday May 16TH 1999:

  1. “The Hardest Thing” – 98°
  2. “I Want It That Way” – The Backstreet Boys
  3. “Livin’ La Vida Loca” – Ricky Martin
  4. “Special” – Garbage
  5. “That Don’t Impress Me Much” – Shania Twain

Good solid pop music back then – with Garbage being the anomaly.

I like to do this from time to time. Looking back at my checkbook register is a lot of fun. Back then I wrote a whole lot more checks than I do today. (The only checks I typically write today are my weekly tithes to my church.)

So 20 years ago this week I got paid. I got paid today too. My net pay back then was about 58.6% of what it was today. That’s good progress.

My telephone bill for a month of service 20 years ago was $52.85. Last weekend I paid $78.99. You may be thinking, “Why do you even have a telephone bill ?  It’s 2019 !” There are many logical reasons why I still have an “old-school” land-line telephone. I get very few telemarketing calls on my cell phone – because I rarely give out my cell phone number. I give out my longtime land-line number instead. The telemarketers call that number. I also live deep in the heart of hurricane country. During bad storms cell phone towers lose power, get damaged, or topple over. Most of our standard telephone lines are underground and operate continuously during and after hurricanes.

I paid my Chevron bill during this week 20 years ago. Gas was cheap back then – about $1.25 per gallon. It’s more than twice that amount today, but I’m not complaining about $2.70 per gallon. I remember when it was approaching $5 per gallon. I’m planning a road-trip in about 4 months from South Florida to North Texas and back. That’s about 3,000 miles. At $2.70 per gallon and about 42 miles per gallon with my car that’s a little less than $200 in gas. I got this !

You know 1999 was not that good of a year for me – privately and professionally. It was a rather forgettable year, or I’ve just chosen to forget about that year over time. The music of yesteryear brings back those memories – good and bad. As Shania said, “That Don’t Impress Me Much”. I feel the same about 1999.

It’s halftime my friends. I’ll be back on Sunday afternoon and Monday night with two more blog posts for this weekend. Enjoy your Saturday. Go make some good memories that you’ll cherish for years to come.

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