The Major’s Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1998

  1. I Know Where It’s At – All Saints
  2. I Want You Back – ‘N Sync
  3. As Long As You Love Me – The Backstreet Boys
  4. One More Night – Amber
  5. (I Wanna Be Your) Number One – Alexia

These were my Top 5 hits exactly 20 years ago this weekend – Sunday March 29TH 1998.

The # 1 pop smash nationwide on this date was Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” from “Titanic”. I actually saw “Titanic” on March 12TH 1998 in Fort Worth Texas with coworkers during a military trip. We saw it rather late – nearly 3 months after its box office release. It was still # 1 when we saw it.

(For fun I maintain a database of every movie I see at the box office. I’ve been doing this since 1989.)

I’ve been producing my own personal weekly hit music chart off and on for the past 30+ years. Next Friday I’ll go back another 10 years to the 2ND weekend of April of 1988.

This Sunday I’ll be back with Scripture. I’m leading my church family in Communion on Sunday, and I’ll be using Matthew 28:1-10 as my guide. Today and tomorrow I’ll continue building my May 2018 sermon on “Pride & Prejudice” from the end of Chapter 1 and the start of Chapter 2 of the Book Of James.

That’s all for now. Keep moving forward towards God’s bright light. Remember that it’s Friday now, but Sunday is coming !

The Major’s Top 10 Hits – Week 58

  1. “No One Like Our God” – Lincoln Brewster [# 1 last week / 11TH week on chart]
  2. “Gracefully Broken” – Matt Redman Ft. Tasha Cobbs Leonard [2 / 15TH]
  3. “Freedom Hymn” – Austin French [- / 1ST]
  4. “Fear Is A Liar” – Zach Williams [4 / 7TH]
  5. “Resurrection Power” – Chris Tomlin [5 / 7TH]
  6. “Come To The Table” – Sidewalk Prophets [6 / 8TH]
  7. “I Just Need U.” – TobyMac [- / 1ST]
  8. “Reckless Love” – Cory Asbury [- / 1ST]
  9. “What A Friend” – Matt Maher [- / 1ST]
  10. “So Will I (100 Billion X)” – Hillsong UNITED [8 / 3RD]

Lincoln Brewster holds at # 1 for a 3RD week in a row on my personal weekly Christian music chart, and “Gracefully Broken” holds steady at # 2 for the 3RD week in a row following its 6-week reign at # 1.

Entering the chart – straight-in at # 3 this week – is newcomer Austin French with his “Freedom Hymn”. Austin was actually the runner-up of the ABC-TV singing competition show “Rising Star” during its lone season in the Summer of 2014. “Freedom Hymn” celebrates chains breaking, a heart changing, and a soul forgiven.

I frequently preach about freedom. Back before I was saved – I was a slave to the world, and I didn’t even know it. Now I’m free. I never experienced true freedom – until God placed me on this fantastic journey. I am freer today than I was yesterday, and I’ll be freer tomorrow than I am today. God is freedom.

For you have been called to live in freedom – my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead – use your freedom to serve one another in love. (Galatians 5:13 NLT)

Thank You – my brothers and sisters – for liking and following my blog. May God bless you – always and forever – as you walk towards His bright light.

Sunday Scripture

It’s been 70 days since I returned to my original blog on social media – a blog that I regularly posted in a full decade ago. I blogged over 1,300 times back then, and every single one of those blogs can still be read today. I enjoy reading some of those classic gems.

I burnt out on blogging, and I discovered Twitter in 2009. I fell in love with the 140-characters-or-less universe. I then joined Facebook 5 years ago this week on March 31ST 2013 (Easter Sunday). I brought my blogging back to Facebook. It was popular at first, but then it eventually got buried by all of the politics that people prefer discussing over there. Towards the end of my blogging (this past New Year’s Eve) I was dismayed that I’d pour my heart and soul for hours on a blog, post it on Facebook, and watch it get maybe 10 likes (on a good week). Meanwhile others would post fake news or a politically-charged meme, and it would get 10 likes in less than a minute.

So I’m back on here, I’ve got a new audience, I’ve brought some friends over from Facebook and Twitter, and I’m blogging 3 times per week again. It’s peaceful here on WordPress, and I don’t have to dig through all of the political nonsense to get to the positive, encouraging, and inspirational news that I’d rather read and absorb online.

Thank You for joining me here on Fridays, Sundays, and Mondays. I love you all !

It’s Palm Sunday. I preached this earlier today from John 12:12-19 (NLT):

The next day – the news that Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem swept through the city. A large crowd of Passover visitors took palm branches and went down the road to meet Him. They shouted, “Praise God !  Blessings on the One who comes in the name of the Lord !  Hail to the King of Israel !” Jesus found a young donkey and rode on it – fulfilling the prophecy that said: “Don’t be afraid – people of Jerusalem. Look – your King is coming – riding on a donkey’s colt.” His disciples didn’t understand at the time that this was a fulfillment of prophecy. But after Jesus entered into His glory – they remembered what had happened and realized that these things had been written about Him. Many in the crowd had seen Jesus call Lazarus from the tomb – raising him from the dead, and they were telling others about it. That was the reason so many went out to meet Him – because they had heard about this miraculous sign. Then the Pharisees said to each other, “There’s nothing we can do. Look – everyone has gone after Him !”

The Major’s Top 5 Hits RETRO – 2008

  1. Friend Like That – Hawk Nelson
  2. Yours – Dizmas
  3. Casting Off – This Beautiful Republic
  4. Good Morning Planetarium – Falling Up
  5. The Flame In All Of Us – Thousand Foot Krutch

These were my Top 5 hits exactly 10 years ago this weekend – Sunday March 23RD 2008.

I saw Newsboys LIVE in concert last night in downtown Fort Lauderdale Florida at First Baptist Church. The jam-packed sanctuary was alive for God for their 27-hit set. Current lead singer Michael Tait led the first 6 hits, and then he began the 7TH hit “He Reigns” (one of my all-time favorites). After the first chorus Peter Furler and Phil Joel walked out front-and-center to continue the jam, and then they stampeded through 12 more of their classic hits of the 1990s and 2000s as Michael Tait took a break backstage. (Phil Joel was out earlier as one of the opening acts with his current band Zealand. Adam Agee of Stellar Kart and Audio Adrenaline was the first opening act and the host of the show.) After a short intermission Michael Tait returned for 7 more recent hits including “We Believe”. “Jesus Freak”, and “God’s Not Dead. For the encore the entire 6-man band were united on stage for their 27TH hit of the night, “The Cross Has The Final Word”.

It was an AMAZING show from start to finish, and the several thousand in attendance were on their feet singing, dancing, clapping, and raising arms in unison. It was a beautiful night for God’s church family in Fort Lauderdale Florida.

I’ll be back on Sunday with Scripture, and then on Monday it’s my brand new Top 10 music chart featuring a whole bunch of new entries. See you then.

… It’s all God’s children singing Glory Glory – Hallelujah – He reigns – He reigns.

The Major’s Top 10 Hits – Week 57

  1. “No One Like Our God” – Lincoln Brewster [# 1 last week / 10TH week on chart]
  2. “Gracefully Broken” – Matt Redman Ft. Tasha Cobbs Leonard [2 / 14TH]
  3. “Bleed The Same” – Mandisa Ft. TobyMac [3 / 15TH]
  4. “Fear Is A Liar” – Zach Williams [7 / 6TH]
  5. “Resurrection Power” – Chris Tomlin [5 / 6TH]
  6. “Come To The Table” – Sidewalk Prophets [4 / 7TH]
  7. “When We Pray” – Tauren Wells [6 / 6TH]
  8. “So Will I (100 Billion X)” – Hillsong UNITED [10 / 2ND]
  9. “God Of All My Days” – Casting Crowns [9 / 2ND]
  10. “Broken Prayers” – Riley Clemmons [8 / 3ND]

Lincoln Brewster holds steady for a 2ND week at # 1 on my personal weekly Christian music chart. We’ll see if Zach Williams continues his ascent towards the top in the weeks to come. #NoFear

I listen to K-LOVE every day at home and in my car. In fact it’s on all night long while I sleep, and it’s the first thing I hear when I awake each day. I’ve been a loyal K-LOVE listener and financial supporter for the past 13 months. It’s one of my all-time favorite radio stations. After my first 5-year “relationship” with a local (Miami Florida) Christian music radio station ended sourly in 2011 I thought I would never return to the format. I actually flipped to classic hits of the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s for about 5 years.

Turning my back on Christian music (and Scripture) on the radio negatively affected my fantastic journey. My walk towards God’s light was slowing down from its former vigorous pace – even stalling at times. I switched to a new church family 3 years ago this month, and that kick-started a new beginning – even a renaissance on this journey. 2 years later God delivered K-LOVE into my life, and I’m a warrior for Christ again.

For I am about to do a brand-new thing. See – I have already begun !  Do you not see it ?  I will make a pathway through the wilderness for My people to come home. I will create rivers for them in the desert !  (Isaiah 43:19 NLT)

Don’t allow the world around you to interrupt your fantastic journey. Keep moving forward into His light. Walk vigorously towards your Lord & Savior Jesus Christ !

Sunday Scripture

I’m currently between sermons right now. I preached a full sermon on March 04TH, and I’ll possibly be preaching again on April 08TH. Last night I finished writing my next sermon on “Light & Dark”. It’s all about living in the light – and constantly moving towards the source of the light – God’s light – and away from where I came from – the dark – Satan’s dark. My new sermon continues my message series on the Book Of James; although, this particular message contains much Good News from First John Chapters 1 and 2. I tweeted this verse yesterday:

If anyone claims, “I am living in the light,” but hates a Christian brother or sister – that person is still living in darkness. (1 John 2:9 NLT)

I Can Only Imagine” shocked the box office this weekend. Initial estimates suggested that it could possibly make $2 to $4 million this weekend in box office receipts. When I saw that I said, “NO WAY !  This movie will be HUGE. This movie will make $15 to $20 million this weekend. You’re underestimating the power of God and His people.”

It ran out of the gate with $1.3 million during its Thursday night previews and nearly $5 million on Friday, $6 million on Saturday, and $5 million today. That’s over $17 million this weekend. It was the # 3 or # 4 movie on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday – just behind the big budget Hollywood blockbusters “Black Panther” and “Tomb Raider”. It was the # 1 movie of the weekend in per theatre average. That means it was the most crowded movie to see this weekend. That’s God’s Glory shining His light at the movie theatres from coast to coast.

I’m seeing it this upcoming Thursday. Later that same day – Newsboys LIVE in concert !

The Major’s Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1988

  1. I Get Weak – Belinda Carlisle
  2. Out Of The Blue – Debbie Gibson
  3. Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley
  4. Just Like Paradise – David Lee Roth
  5. Father Figure – George Michael

These were my Top 5 hits exactly 30 years ago this weekend – Sunday March 20TH 1988.

WHYI Y-100 and WHQT HOT-105 were my (Miami Florida) radio stations of choice back then. Y-100 was the heritage TOP 40 radio station at the time – approaching its 15TH anniversary. (It’s still going strong today as the longest-running continuous TOP 40 radio station in North America.) HOT-105 was the new kid in town, and their strategy was to play continuous back-to-back hits during the 8-hour work day with 1 or 2 long commercial breaks per hour and no deejays. They played their biggest hits frequently – about every 90 to 120 minutes around the clock. That strategy ultimately failed, and HOT-105 flipped to Urban Contemporary later in 1988 – a format that’s been wildly successful for them over the past 30 years.

I abandoned mainstream TOP 40 radio at the start of 2002 (going electronic dance) – returned early on in 2004 – and then abandoned it for good during the Summer of 2006 (upon my salvation).

This upcoming Monday night I’ll present my TOP 10 current hits – God’s music on the radio.

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