My Top 10 Hits – Week 127

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 July 21ST 2019:

  1. “Prize Worth Fighting For” – Jamie Kimmett [# 1 last week / 15TH week]
  2. “Raise A Hallelujah” – Bethel Music [3 / 7TH]
  3. “Till I Found You” – Phil Wickham [2 / 7TH]
  4. “Greater Things” – Mack Brock [4 / 10TH]
  5. “Resurrecting” – Elevation Worship [5 / 15TH]
  6. “Symphony” – Switch [9 / 7TH]
  7. ”God’s Not Done With You” – Tauren Wells [10 / 4TH]
  8. “Let It Rain” – Crowder Ft. Mandisa [8 / 2ND]
  9. “(Love Is The) Reason” – Unspoken [- / 1ST]
  10. “Dead Man Walking” – Jeremy Camp [- / 1ST]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week:
“Grace Got You” – MercyMe

# 1 Two Years Ago This Week:
“Wonder” – Hillsong UNITED

Two new entries this week – First at # 10 it’s one of the few artists on this “K-LOVE Era” of my chart that was on the original “Salvation Era” of my chart from 2006 to 2010 – Jeremy Camp. He’s in his early-40s now, and he’s been lighting-up the radio airwaves since he was in his mid-20s. I saw him LIVE in concert this past February, and he put on an awesome set. I’m looking forward to the movie based on his life – “I Still Believe” – next March 20TH.

Coming in at # 9 this week is the latest from Unspoken. It’s their follow-up to “Miracle” which peaked at # 2 in January 2018. It’s a fast-paced pop song that sorta sounds like Micah Tyler’s “Even Then”. Check out the official music video for “Reason” – from the album of the same name:

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again next weekend – 4 new entries on Thursday, Friday, Sunday, and Monday. 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

Today was another beautiful day with my church family at Living Waters. We had a special guest speaker this week, and he brought God’s Good News to us in an awesome way.

He preached on all 21 verses of Daniel Chapter 1 – which begins in 605 B.C. – the 3RD year of King Jehoiakim’s reign in Judah. Jehoiakim was the oldest son of Josiah who I’ve been studying for the past month or so, and it’s actually become my next two sermons that I hope to preach to my church family. My first sermon covers the entire 31-year reign of King Josiah. My second sermon covers the crumbling of the Kingdom of Judah immediately after Josiah’s untimely death.

During the third year of King Jehoiakim’s reign in Judah – King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. The LORD gave him victory over King Jehoiakim of Judah, and permitted him to take some of the sacred objects from the Temple of God. (Daniel 1:1-2)

Today’s sermon went a long way in helping me to understand the fall of the “Southern Kingdom” to Babylon.

Jehoiakim was twenty-five years old when he became King, and he reigned in Jerusalem eleven years. His mother was Zebidah – the daughter of Pedaiah from Rumah. He did what was evil in the LORD’s sight – just as his ancestors had done. (2 Kings 23:36-37)

Our Special Guest Speaker this week was Jeff Carter – Author of “I Can Prove God Exists: Only God Could Be An Atheist” – available on Amazon.

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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, 15, 20, or 30 years ago this weekend (rotating each week).

It’s the 3RD Friday of the month, so I go back 20 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday July 18TH 1999:

  1. “Sexual (Li Da Di)” – Amber
  2. “Smile” – Vitamin C Ft. Lady Saw
  3. “All Star” – Smash Mouth
  4. “Someday” – Sugar Ray
  5. “It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay” – Whitney Houston

Lady Saw was once known as the Queen of dancehall music. In addition to her rap vocals on the Vitamin C song above you may remember her 2002 Grammy award-winning collaboration with Gwen Stefani and No Doubt in “Underneath It All”.

Her songs were quite risqué (especially her solo material), but now she serves a different master – her Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. She was rescued and saved by God at the end of 2015. She’s a born again Christian, and now she’s known as Minister Marion Hall. She preaches God’s Word and performs Gospel music now. Score another beautiful win for God’s Kingdom and another miserable loss for the devil.

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. Thanks for going RETRO with me !

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Moving

I’m not moving (for now). I’m not a fan of moving. I’ve lived in the same home for over 24 years. I moved in here when I was in my late-20s, and now I’m in my early-50s. When I do move away (in about 4 or 5 years) I’ll continue to own this home, but I’ll also own another home about 3 hours north of here up in South Central Florida. This home is all paid off. It was all paid off over 6 years ago.

During my first 28 years of life I moved no less than 14 times. I’ve stayed put ever since.

The worst move ever occurred in November 1980 when – 2 months into my 8TH grade – my family moved from Lanham Maryland to McLean Virginia (opposite sides of the Washington D.C. area). It was a radical change of culture for a 13½-year-old. I was plunged into a completely different environment that I was not prepared for, and I never got used to. I had friends in Maryland. I knew nobody in Virginia. I was a “normal” kid in Maryland. I was a “poor” kid in Virginia that nobody really wanted to associate with. I had very few friends in Virginia – and nobody that I hung out with after school. I did poorly in school, as the school system in Virginia was actually at a much higher academic level than the one that I came from in Maryland. I was essentially a “C” and “D” student through my 11TH grade. That wasn’t good enough for college, and everyone around me was definitely going to college in 1985. I eventually made the honor roll during my Senior year in high school – making all “A”s and “B”s. But it was too late. I ended up joining the military – where my now 34-year career continues.

Had it not been for that move from Maryland to Virginia towards the end of 1980 I’m thinking that my life may have been completely different than it turned out to be. Maybe I would have gone with my friends from elementary and junior and senior high school to the University Of Maryland (where my Dad went 25 years earlier). Maybe I would’ve become a Meteorologist, or gone into Radio or Television Broadcasting (my dream jobs as a teen). Maybe I would’ve met the woman of my dreams, gotten married, and started a family. Maybe I would’ve had the perfect life. Maybe I would’ve never known God. Maybe I would’ve never created this blog 12 years ago to journal this journey.

Be careful when you make decisions. Think about the possible consequences of your decisions before you go through with them. Some decisions that you make can be far bigger than you can ever imagine at the time. One decision today could change your life – or a family member’s life – or a loved one’s life – forever – for better or for worse.

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My Top 10 Hits – Week 126

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 July 14TH 2019:

  1. “Prize Worth Fighting For” – Jamie Kimmett [# 2 last week / 14TH week]
  2. “Till I Found You” – Phil Wickham [3 / 6TH]
  3. “Raise A Hallelujah” – Bethel Music [5 / 6TH]
  4. “Greater Things” – Mack Brock [6 / 9TH]
  5. “Resurrecting” – Elevation Worship [7 / 14TH]
  6. “Is He Worthy ?” – Chris Tomlin [4 / 15TH]
  7. “Church (Take Me Back)” – Cochren & Co. [# 1 / 21ST]
  8. “Let It Rain” – Crowder Ft. Mandisa [- / 1ST]
  9. “Symphony” – Switch [9 / 6TH]
  10. ”God’s Not Done With You” – Tauren Wells [10 / 3RD]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week:
“Grace Got You” – MercyMe

# 1 Two Years Ago This Week:
“Wonder” – Hillsong UNITED

Jamie Kimmett does it. He hits the pinnacle of my chart this week – becoming my 37TH # 1 smash during this K-LOVE era. It’s also the 87TH # 1 smash of my salvation, and the 461ST # 1 smash of the entire recorded history of my hobby.

Like some of its recent predecessors – this one was a slow and steady build to the top – touching every chart position along the way except for # 7. It even spent 5 consecutive weeks at # 9 in April and May. Essentially K-LOVE was playing it, but I wasn’t into it that much during those early weeks. They kept playing it, and it really grew on me to the point where I was singing along with it, and then I kept singing it over and over again for hours after I last heard it. (I’m actually singing it right now as I write about it !)

My brothers and sisters in Christ – it’s a rough and tough world out there. Many people hate you because of what you believe in – because of who you believe – and follow – and trust – and love – more than any one – more than any thing – and that’s our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. Most people won’t tell you that they hate you. Some are bold enough to say it out loud to your face. As the Bible says, “Everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.” (2 Timothy 3:12).

But we must love our enemies, and pray for those who persecute us.

♫ When every day is just another struggle
And every choice is an act of war
Gotta pray / gotta press on
To the prize worth fighting for
When it feels like I’ll never make it
When my heart’s crying out for more
Gotta pray / gotta press on
To the prize worth fighting for ♫

God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. (Matthew 5:10)

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again next weekend – 4 new entries on Thursday, Friday, Sunday, and Monday. 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.

All rights reserved (c) 2019 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

Sunday Scripture

This morning I did what I’ve done for pretty much every Sunday morning over the past 12½ years (since Sunday January 21ST 2007), and that is – hang out with my church family. I don’t “go to church”. I don’t “come from church”. That would be religious, and I am not religious. I am the church. I represent God and His church with every new moment of my new life.

It’s the highlight – the pinnacle – of every week for me – those 4 hours every Sunday that I get to hang out with those who believe and follow and love our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ as much as I do. They are my closest brothers and sisters of my church family, and they know more about me than anyone else in the entire world – more than my blood family – more than my coworkers – more than anyone on social media. I’ve shared my life with my (current) church family now for the past 4 years and 4 months. We walk together on this fantastic journey.

From First Corinthians Chapter 12 Verses 27 to 31 in the New Living Translation, and as the Bible says:

All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.
Here are some of the parts God has appointed for the church:

– first are apostles
– second are prophets
– third are teachers
– then those who do miracles
– those who have the gift of healing
– those who can help others
– those who have the gift of leadership
– those who speak in unknown languages

Are we all apostles ?  Are we all prophets ?  Are we all teachers ?  Do we all have the power to do miracles ?  Do we all have the gift of healing ?  Do we all have the ability to speak in unknown languages ?  Do we all have the ability to interpret unknown languages ?  Of course not !  So you should earnestly desire the most helpful gifts.
But now let me show you a way of life that is best of all.

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My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 2004

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, 15, 20, or 30 years ago this weekend (rotating each week).

It’s the 2ND Friday of the month, so I go back 15 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday July 11TH 2004:

  1. “Ocean Avenue” – Yellowcard
  2. “Meant To Live” – Switchfoot
  3. “The Reason” – Hoobastank
  4. “Hey Mama” – The Black Eyed Peas
  5. “Pieces Of Me” – Ashlee Simpson

15 years ago this weekend seems so long ago. I had recently flipped away from electronic dance music and returned to my roots in calmer pop music. I actually don’t remember much about 2004, and I really choose to not remember much about that year. It was a forgettable year. I wasn’t happy at work, and I wasn’t particularly happy at home either. I came home to my cat every afternoon, and he adored me. He was my best friend at the time. I still miss him over 12 years after his passing. #Boots

It’s interesting what I discover when I review old E-Mails. 15 years ago TODAY – the 12TH of July of 2004 (a Monday) I drove about 650 miles from a hotel very near Walt Disney World (like a mile away) to a suburb south of New Orleans. I was TDY (military term = temporary duty) at NAS JRB New Orleans during that week. According to my extensive records I filled-up with gas twice that day during my drive westward, and I paid $1.959 and $1.919 per gallon for gas.

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. Thanks for going RETRO with me !

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