Good Friday

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It’s Friday, but Sunday is coming !

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Well Done My Good And Faithful Servant

Well Done My Good & Faithful

It’s easy to get comfortable on this journey, and think that God is happy with us for being a Pastor, a Preacher, a Teacher, or any of a number of titles used in the church and in ministry. But God is really impressed when we are servants first.

The Master was full of praise. ‘Well done My good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together !’ (Matthew 25:21 NLT)

The Lord expects His servants to be faithful to Him in doing what He has commanded us to do in this world as we await His return. We must serve the LORD with gladness !

For even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve others and to give His life as a ransom for many. (Mark 10:45 NLT)

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My Top 10 Hits – Week 113

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 April 14TH 2019:

  1. “Confidence” – Sanctus Real [# 1 last week / 8TH week on chart]
  2. “Church (Take Me Back)” – Cochren & Co. [2 / 8TH]
  3. “Greatness Of Our God” – Newsboys [3 / 8TH]
  4. “Alive” – Big Daddy Weave [5 / 5TH]
  5. “Born Again” – Austin French [4 / 7TH]
  6. “My Feet Are On The Rock” – I Am They [6 / 9TH]
  7. “Scars” – TobyMac [- / 1ST]
  8. “Is He Worthy ?” – Chris Tomlin [9 / 2ND]
  9. “Haven’t Seen It Yet” – Danny Gokey [- / 1ST]
  10. “Prize Worth Fighting For” – Jamie Kimmett [- / 1ST]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week:
“Freedom Hymn” – Austin French

# 1 Two Years Ago This Week:
“I Have This Hope” – Tenth Avenue North

TobyMac scores his 7TH hit on my chart since 2007 with his latest – “Scars” – which he performed LIVE in concert as the 5TH song of a 20-song set on his recent swing through South Florida. Once he got in to the beat and the lyrics of the song I kind of knew that it would be a future hit on the radio.

One of the ministries that my ministry supports financially is the Greater Miami (Florida) chapter of Youth For Christ. This organization gives kids age 11 to 19 an alternative to a life on the streets and of the world. They exist to help young people develop a relationship with Jesus and reach their God-given potential. Each March or April they put on a fundraiser Saturday dinner and Sunday lunch where they spotlight some of the kids who are prospering in the program, as well as some of the leaders who were once kids in the program. They give wonderful testimonies of how redemption and salvation have changed their lives forever – despite their circumstances – and thanks to our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ.

I sometimes wonder what if a Youth For Christ organization had existed in my local area when I was a troubled teen in the early-1980s, and I had joined it ?  How much different would my life be today nearly 40 years later ?  Would I have joined the military, and stayed working for the military for all of these years ?  Would I have followed Christ into my adult life ?  Would I have retreated back to the ways of the world ?  How different would my life be at 52 than it is now ?

I don’t need to wonder much, for God rescued me and saved me at just the right time – in His time – at age 39. He knew what He was doing when He used His music as an invitation to follow Him. And I did.

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

Palm Sunday

Most of the crowd spread their garments on the road ahead of Him, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Jesus was in the center of the procession, and the people all around Him were shouting, “Praise God for the Son of David !  Blessings on the One who comes in the name of the Lord !  Praise God in highest heaven !” The entire city of Jerusalem was in an uproar as He entered. “Who is this ?” they asked. And the crowds replied, “It’s Jesus – the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.” (Matthew 21:8-11 NLT)

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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 (rotating each week). Here it is – for the week ending Sunday April 11TH 1999:

  1. “Fly Away” – Lenny Kravitz
  2. “Praise You” – Fatboy Slim
  3. “I Want It That Way” – The Backstreet Boys
  4. “Give It To You” – Jordan Knight
  5. “Stay The Same” – Joey McIntyre

Lenny Kravitz was one of my favorite singers back at the top of the new millennium, and he got the party started a year early in 1999 with two back-to-back # 1 smash hits on my personal hit music chart at the time. He charted 7 times during that era with these hits – “Fly Away” (# 1 in 1999), “American Woman” (# 1 in 1999), “I Belong To You” (# 39 in 2000), “Again” (# 1 in 2000), “Dig In” (# 4 in 2001), “Where Are We Runnin’ (# 14 in 2004), and “Lady” (# 2 in 2004).

Surprisingly I only have “Again” in my iTunes library. I just went to the iTunes store to add “Fly Away” and “Dig In” to my wish list. They still sound as awesome today in 2019 as they did back in the day. A few times per month I go to my wish list and purchase some of the songs on there. I also listened to “Lady” which was a # 2 smash for me at the end of 2004. For the life of me I listened to it as if I had never heard it before. It spent 17 weeks on my chart; yet, I don’t remember ever hearing it before. I think that maybe that period of time was a low-point for me in my life, and I’ve forgotten everything about it. Salvation occurred 18 months later.

It’s halftime my friends. I’ll be back on Palm Sunday and Monday with two more blog posts for this weekend. Enjoy your Saturday. Go outside and make some memories !

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Remembering Barney & Fluffy

WELCOME to an all-new weekend of blogging !  This weekend I’m remembering Barney and Fluffy. They passed away during this same week of April 5 years apart in 2001 (Fluffy) and 2006 (Barney). They were the childhood cats of me and my brother (8 years younger than me), but I should clarify that a bit.

We found Fluffy (a Manx) outside on our elevated patio deck on a bitter cold and icy Northern Virginia morning on the 23RD of December in 1983. We brought her in, gave her some milk to drink, loved on her, and then she refused to leave. She remained with us (our family) for over 17 years – until 2001 – long after me and my brother had become adults and moved on with our respective lives.

Barney arrived about 4½ years later in 1988 while I was living here in Homestead Florida (where I’m still living today). My brother was still living at home. I’m not sure where exactly we got Barney, but it may have been from a coworker of our Mom. Barney remained with our family for about 18 years – until 2006.

Both cats lived long, fat, and happy lives. Fluffy was the most lovable feline I have ever known in my entire life. I had never heard a purr in my life until I heard it from her. Barney was simply “the cat that didn’t like me” – although during his last year (of perhaps senility) he came over to me and purred on me as if to ask me for my forgiveness for all of those years in which he didn’t care for me. Barney loved my brother more than anyone else.

Here are some classic photos of Barney and Fluffy. The first one has a date imprinted on the back of it of ‘APR 89’; however, I suspect that the photo was actually taken around Christmas-time of 1988. That would make Fluffy about 5½ to 6 years old and Barney less than a year old. The second photo was taken several years later well into the 1990s. Same wall and location – different couch.

Barney & Fluffy - Christmas-Time 1988

Barney & Fluffy – Christmas-Time 1988

Barney & Fluffy - Mid-1990s

Barney & Fluffy – Mid-1990s

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My Top 10 Hits – Week 112

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 April 07TH 2019:

  1. “Confidence” – Sanctus Real [# 1 last week / 7TH week on chart]
  2. “Church (Take Me Back)” – Cochren & Co. [2 / 7TH]
  3. “Greatness Of Our God” – Newsboys [4 / 7TH]
  4. “Born Again” – Austin French [6 / 6TH]
  5. “Alive” – Big Daddy Weave [7 / 4TH]
  6. “My Feet Are On The Rock” – I Am They [5 / 8TH]
  7. “Red Letters” – Crowder [3 / 16TH]
  8. “Maybe It’s OK” – We Are Messengers [8 / 19TH]
  9. “Is He Worthy ?” – Chris Tomlin [- / 1ST]
  10. “Resurrecting” – Elevation Worship [10 / 4TH]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week:
“Freedom Hymn” – Austin French

# 1 Two Years Ago This Week:
“I Have This Hope” – Tenth Avenue North

Chris Tomlin has the lone new entry this week, and it’s with a song that’s the most Sunday morning worship-ready I’ve heard from him in a long time. Check out the lyric video for this new song, and let others here it too.

 

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

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