One of my greatest regrets in life is that up until the Spring of 2010 I didn’t own a camera. Once I bought my first smartphone 8 years ago (at the age of almost 43) I started taking pictures of my life and times. Photography has become my hobby over the past 8 years. It was my Dad’s hobby during much of his life. He was a photographer for the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War.
I’ve taken thousands of photos over the past 8 years. I created a Flickr account about 1 year in to my hobby in April 2011. My goal has always been to only upload the best of the best photos to my Flickr. The rest can sit on my computer’s hard drive forever after. I also caption all of my photos on my Flickr. To date I’ve got almost 2,600 photos posted within 59 albums. Most of my photos and albums are online for the entire world to see. I’ve held back 9 albums of photos for my family’s personal viewing only.
This past month of May 2018 was a breakout month for my Flickr with 61 new photos posted – the most in 24 months ! I made a commitment a month ago to resurrect my lately-neglected Flickr. I succeeded in May, and I hope to keep the momentum going into June and July. I’ve got trips planned to the Florida Panhandle, Middle Georgia, SW and NW Ohio, and (for the first time ever) Niagara Falls Ontario Canada. There will be a lot of new photo opportunities to be captured.
Feel free to check out my Flickr. Here’s the URL for my albums – www.flickr.com/photos/cmday6567/albums
On the web site edition of my blog you can always check my last 3 photos posted along the right-hand column down towards the bottom, and you can access my Flickr from there as well to view more photos.
For the record – I don’t Instagram. I don’t think I’ve ever visited the web site. Aside from Twitter I’ve been with Flickr longer than any other social media site.
Every Monday night I post my all-new Top 10 Christian hit music chart based on personal preference. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday May 27TH 2018:
- “The Way (New Horizon)” – Pat Barrett [# 1 last week / 4TH week on chart]
- “Do It Again” – Elevation Worship [2 / 4TH]
- “All In” – Matthew West [6 / 4TH]
- “The Answer” – Jeremy Camp [7 / 2ND]
- “Grace Got You” – MercyMe [4 / 8TH]
- “No Matter What” – Ryan Stevenson Ft. Bart Millard [5 / 8TH]
- “What A Friend” – Matt Maher [3 / 10TH]
- “Resurrection Power” – Chris Tomlin [8 / 16TH]
- “More Than Anything” – Natalie Grant [10 / 2ND]
- “Reckless Love” – Cory Asbury [- / 4TH]
Cory Asbury’s got the # 1 spot again this week on the Billboard Christian Airplay chart, and this week he reenters my chart at # 10 with “Reckless Love” – a song that spent just 3 weeks on my chart a couple of months ago. Like I stated last week – sometimes it takes weeks and months for a popular radio song to grow on me. I’m starting to hum this one offline, so it’s finally grown on me.
SPOILER: “Reckless Love” won the 2018 K-LOVE Fan Award for Worship Song Of The Year. (I actually didn’t vote for it.) It also won for “Breakout Single”. (Again I voted for another one.) This Thursday night at 8 PM EDT / 5 PM PDT I’ll be watching the K-LOVE Fan Awards on TBN. Last year I paid $17 to see them in a large movie theatre, and that movie theatre was packed-out. It was an awesome experience. This year I’ll be live-tweeting from my living room during the awards telecast @ChrisMDay with the hashtag #KLOVEFanAwards. You can follow along on Twitter, or via the web site edition of this blog. My Twitter feed appears along the right-side column. Tweet back at me if you wish.
This concludes my 4 blogs this weekend. I’ll do it again this upcoming 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 win souls for Christ. Enjoy this week. Love thy neighbor.
Last night I officially completed my next sermon titled “Faith & Works”. It’s a continuation of my message series (started in February) based on the Book Of James. In this sermon I cover the 2ND half of James Chapter 2. I compare Paul and James, and how they viewed faith and works from different angles. I also include Scripture from Chapter 5 of Paul’s letter to the Galatians. The Book Of James and The Epistle To The Galatians were probably the first 2 books written chronologically in the New Testament – right around 50 A.D.
Paul describes meeting James for the first time in his letter to the Galatians. Paul called James – and Peter – and John – as “pillars of the church”. They collectively accepted Paul – the new guy – as a co-worker. They suggested that Paul should continue helping the poor while preaching the Gospel to the Gentiles.
I also introduced John The Baptist, or John The Baptizer in my sermon. He was a Preacher, a Prophet, and even a Saint. He preached all about the importance of baptisms. He baptized thousands along both sides of the Jordan River – including Jesus Christ Himself. That started Christ’s ministry. Matthew 3:13-17 describes that critical event.
John The Baptist preached, “Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God.” (Luke 3:8 NLT)
My sermon leads-in perfectly to my Communion based on the first 10 verses of Chapter 2 of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians (“Made Alive With Christ”).
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago. (Ephesians 2:10 NLT)
I’m looking forward to sharing this soon with my church family !
Go forth and share God’s Good News to all who will listen. Go forth and live your fantastic journey for all to see. Go forth and love God and all His children.
Every Friday night I post the Top 5 of one of my classic hit music charts based on personal preference from either 10, 20, or 30 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday May 29TH 1988:
- I Should Be So Lucky – Kylie Minogue
- Together Forever – Rick Astley
- Naughty Girls Need Love Too – Samantha Fox
- Shattered Dreams – Johnny Hates Jazz
- One More Try – George Michael
I’m not a big fan of ’80s music. I actually place the music of the 1980s behind the music of the 1960s, 1970s, 1990s, and 2000s. It’s pretty much the 2ND least-favorite decade of my life as far as pop music is concerned. (This current decade is by far the worst.) I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that I was simply not happy during much of the 1980s (at least the first-half of it).
I lived in southern England (Gloucestershire) for 2 years from November 1985 to November 1987. During that time I was exposed day and night to the British pop scene, and I pretty much loved every minute of it. I immersed myself in it. It was a refreshing (and radical) change from the American pop scene that I left behind. In 1988 a lot of that great British pop music followed me home stateside, so American radio in 1988 was like a rerun of British radio in 1987. And then the ’90s arrived early – in 1989 – when pop music began changing (for the better).
A week after I compiled the chart above (and the other 35 songs below it – I did personal Top 40 charts back then) – I turned 21 years old. I was ready for “grown-up music” that the ’90s would soon provide. (The ’90s were my favorite decade for music.)
It’s halftime. My weekend blogs continue on Sunday and Monday. In the meantime I’ll be posting more new photos over on my Flickr site (accessible via the web site edition of this blog).
It’s Memorial Day Weekend here in the U.S.A. Some of us will be going on vacation, and some of us have already gotten a head-start on that. It’s the unofficial start of Summertime, and some schools are out for the season. It’s a time for beaches and barbeques. It’s a time to explore this great nation of ours.
Unlike most of our other Federal and otherwise observed holidays this is not a happy holiday. It’s never appropriate to say “Happy Memorial Day”. It is one of our most solemn days of the year – a day to remember and honor those brave military men and women who gave up the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and our nation – their lives. We must never forget them. We must always remember the reason for this holiday weekend.
Every Monday night I post my all-new Top 10 Christian hit music chart based on personal preference. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday May 20TH 2018:
- “The Way (New Horizon)” – Pat Barrett [# 1 last week / 3RD week on chart]
- “Do It Again” – Elevation Worship [2 / 3RD]
- “What A Friend” – Matt Maher [3 / 9TH]
- “Grace Got You” – MercyMe [4 / 7TH]
- “No Matter What” – Ryan Stevenson Ft. Bart Millard [5 / 7TH]
- “All In” – Matthew West [6 / 3RD]
- “The Answer” – Jeremy Camp [- / 1ST]
- “Resurrection Power” – Chris Tomlin [9 / 15TH]
- “I Just Need U.” – TobyMac [7 / 9TH]
- “More Than Anything” – Natalie Grant [- / 1ST]
There’s no change this week to my Top 6, as all of the action starts at # 7. Jeremy Camp follows-up his # 1 smash “Word Of Life” with “The Answer”. A little more than 2 months after my salvation began in 2006 Jeremy was part of the rockin’ soundtrack of the earliest days of my fantastic journey with his track “Tonight”. It peaked at # 18 on my chart back then.
Chris Tomlin’s “Resurrection Power” appears to have just that. It actually rises back up a notch after spending the past 6 weeks in a row stalled at # 9. It’s by far the longest-running smash on my chart in its 15TH week.
Finally Natalie Grant’s “More Than Anything” enters my chart at # 10. If I produced a Top 20 or Top 25 chart every week it would’ve been on my chart for a few months by now. It’s been lurking beyond the Top 10 since pretty much the start of 2018. It’s currently in its 19TH week on the Billboard Christian Airplay chart. Sometimes I hear a new song on the radio, and it’s an instant out-of-the-box smash. (See this week’s Top 2.) Sometimes it takes a new song on the radio a few weeks or even a few months to grow on me to the point where I end up humming it over and over again. That’s what I’m finally doing now with “More Than Anything”; therefore, it’s made it into my Top 10 !
This concludes my 4 blogs this weekend. I’ll do it again this upcoming 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 win souls for Christ. He is “The Answer”, as He has “Resurrection Power” – “More Than Anything”. Amen.
Our 5-month (May to October) rainy season has begun with a vengeance here in South Florida. We’ve received over a half-foot of rain over the past 7 days, and we could receive even more than that over the next 7 days. We receive from 4 to 5 feet (48 to 60 inches) of rain during a typical rainy season. That’s about 75% of our annual rainfall in just 5 months.
I gave a weather report this morning to my church family during Praise & Worship. It was straight from Psalm 97, and as the Bible says:
The LORD is King ! Let the earth rejoice ! Let the farthest coastlands be glad. Dark clouds surround Him. Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne. Fire spreads ahead of Him, and burns up all His foes. His lightning flashes out across the world. The earth sees and trembles. The mountains melt like wax before the LORD – before the LORD of all the earth. The heavens proclaim His righteousness. Every nation sees His glory. Those who worship idols are disgraced – all who brag about their worthless gods – for every god must bow to Him. Jerusalem has heard and rejoiced, and all the towns of Judah are glad because of your justice – O LORD ! For you – O LORD – are supreme over all the earth. You are exalted far above all gods. (Psalm 97:1-9 NLT)
I’m currently working on my 15TH full sermon. It’s titled “Faith & Works”, and it continues my message series on the Book Of James. I’ll be updating my SERMONS page soon with the new entry. Last night I learned all about John The Baptist – or John The Baptizer. He baptized everyone from Jesus Christ Himself to tax collectors all along the banks of the Jordan River. He figures prominently in my new sermon. He believed that baptism was ultimate proof that one was turning from darkness and towards light – God’s light.
Prove by the way you live that you have really turned from your sins and turned to God. (Luke 3:8a NLT)
Have a great week my brothers and sisters online. Go forth and share God’s Good News will all who will listen. Go forth and live your fantastic journey. Go forth and love God and all of His children.