The Major’s Top 10 Hits – Week 76

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 July 29TH 2018:

  1. “Dream Small” – Josh Wilson [# 2 last week / 9TH week on chart]
  2. “Grace Got You” – MercyMe [1 / 17TH]
  3. “Resurrection Power” – Chris Tomlin [5 / 25TH]
  4. “Do It Again” – Elevation Worship [3 / 13TH]
  5. “The Way (New Horizon)” – Pat Barrett [4 / 13TH]
  6. “The Breakup Song” – Francesca Battistelli [7 / 3RD]
  7. “Who You Say I Am” – Hillsong Worship [- / 1ST]
  8. “Living Hope” – Phil Wickham [8 / 4TH]
  9. “Wherever I Go” – Dan Bremnes [9 / 4TH]
  10. “Heaven On Earth” – Stars Go Dim [10 / 2ND]

Josh Wilson scores the 24TH # 1 smash of the past 76 weeks of my chart. It’s his follow-up to “That Was Then, This Is Now” from a few years ago that still receives significant radio airplay as a recurrent.

Initially a song by the name of “Dream Small” may seem counterproductive for an Evangelical Christian boldly living this fantastic journey that God has created, but then when you hear the words that Josh sings you realize that it’s the simple moments that can change the world when you just let Jesus use you where you are.

God will come to you right where you are. He chose you. Let Him in to your heart. Let Him show you His love, so that you can show that love to your neighbor – so that you can change the world.

This concludes my 4 blogs this weekend. I’ll be back next weekend with all-new blogs 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 win souls for Christ. Enjoy this week. May the LORD bless you and keep you.

Sunday Scripture

When I arrive at my workplace building early tomorrow morning I’ll observe and celebrate my 11TH anniversary of the rebirthing of my USAF career.

It was on Monday July 30TH 2007 when I was escorted by my longtime supervisor at the time about 1,000 feet down the road to my new building, new supervisor, new coworkers, and new job. It was the end of the worst 13 years of my career (and life), and the start of the best 11 years of my career (and life).

It’s what I prayed to God about the most during my first year of salvation. I turned it over to God, and I waited for Him to lead me out of the mud and mire – and down the road.

I waited patiently for the LORD to help me, and He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair – out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground, and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing – a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what He has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the LORD. (Psalm 40:1-3 NLT)

God is in the miracle business, and I believe in His miracles. I’ve been the recipient of His miracles since the beginning. I have proof of His miracles. My proof is in my testimony.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart. Do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take. (Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT)

The Major’s Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1985

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 (rotating each week).

But this week it’s a special. I’m going back 33 years to 1985. My chart didn’t exist yet, so here’s the Top 5 of the Billboard Hot 100 – for the week ending Sunday July 28TH 1985:

  1. “Everytime You Go Away” – Paul Young
  2. “Shout” – Tears For Fears
  3. “You Give Good Love” – Whitney Houston
  4. “A View To A Kill” – Duran Duran
  5. “If You Love Somebody Set Them Free” – Sting

33 years ago this weekend was my final weekend of Basic Military Training (BMT) at Lackland AFB (San Antonio) Texas. Back then Air Force Basic Training was 30 weekdays (not including Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays). On the 31ST weekday you were shipped out to either technical school at another base (unless your school was at Lackland), or to your first permanent duty station. My technical school was located at Chanute AFB (Rantoul) Illinois.

The 30TH and final weekday of Basic Training for me and my flightmates was on Friday July 26TH 1985. On Saturday and Sunday we were basically on hold for the weekend with not much to do (“liberty in place”) awaiting the 31ST weekday on Monday July 29TH 1985. Our Training Instructor (T.I.) came in on that Saturday morning and surprisingly started talking nice to us like regular people – unlike the previous 30 weekdays in which he yelled and screamed at us. He told us to enjoy the weekend, listen to the radio, and stay out of trouble until Monday morning. He then left us alone for the rest of the weekend.

So we listened to the T.I.’s radio all weekend – a Top 40 radio station in San Antonio, and we heard all of the greatest hits of the day. We even listened to “American Top 40 With Casey Kasem” on Sunday morning. Further down on the Billboard Hot 100 that weekend were these hits that we heard over and over again in heavy rotation:  “Raspberry Beret” – Prince And The Revolution (# 7), “Sussudio” – Phil Collins (# 13), “Freeway Of Love” – Aretha Franklin (# 19), and “Like A Surgeon” – “Weird Al” Yankovic (# 68).

Early on Monday morning we left the pop music behind, boarded busses, saw Lackland AFB behind us, and proceeded to the next chapter of our new military career.

It’s halftime. I’ll be back on Sunday and Monday with my remaining two blogs for this weekend. Enjoy your Saturday. Make memories of a lifetime !

My 29 States

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These are the 29 states that I’ve visited during my lifetime of 51 years. I’ve done pretty good from Texas to New York !

Arkansas was my 29TH state in September of 2016 when I drove north from Louisiana along I-49 into Texarkana (and then into Texas).

There’s a small possibility that I may have visited a 30TH state – New Jersey – either as a little kid (as part of a school field trip to Philadelphia), or upon returning home from Desert Storm in March of 1991. (I just can’t remember.)

North and west of Texas is mostly uncharted territory for me – aside from Arizona (Hoover Dam and the northern rim of the Grand Canyon), Nevada (Las Vegas 3 times from 2002 to 2005), and Hawaii (March of 2006 as part of a cruise).

Before my time is done here on Earth I’d like to claim all 50 states. I think the state that I’d like to visit more than any other right now is Maine. I actually have two friends who live in Maine who once lived here in Homestead Florida !

The Major’s Top 10 Hits – Week 75

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 July 22ND 2018:

  1. “Grace Got You” – MercyMe [# 1 last week / 16TH week on chart]
  2. “Dream Small” – Josh Wilson [2 / 8TH]
  3. “Do It Again” – Elevation Worship [3 / 12TH]
  4. “The Way (New Horizon)” – Pat Barrett [5 / 12TH]
  5. “Resurrection Power” – Chris Tomlin [6 / 24TH]
  6. “Good News” – Mandisa [7 / 5TH]
  7. “The Breakup Song” – Francesca Battistelli [10 / 2ND]
  8. “Living Hope” – Phil Wickham [8 / 3RD]
  9. “Wherever I Go” – Dan Bremnes [9 / 3RD]
  10. “Heaven On Earth” – Stars Go Dim [- / 1ST]

It’s the 75TH edition of the 3RD life of my personal hit music chart, and it’s still going strong, and it’s still a lot of fun to compile and share each week.

Stars Go Dim debut at # 10 this week. Their 2016 U.S. # 1 smash “You Are Loved” is an awesome song that I hear almost daily on my orange iPod Shuffle at work. You may remember the recent ADT ad campaign on TV featuring the song. Here’s the official music video to remind you of just how much God loves you:

 

This concludes my 4 blogs this weekend. I’ll be back next weekend with all-new blogs 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 win souls for Christ. Enjoy this week. Love all of God’s children.

Sunday Scripture

Today after our Lead Pastor Bob preached a fun yet powerful sermon that made me smile and laugh I followed him up with Scripture from 1 John Chapter 2 Verses 1 to 6:

My dear children – I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin – we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ – the One who is truly righteous. He Himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins – and not only our sins – but the sins of all the world.

And we can be sure that we know Him if we obey His Commandments. If someone claims – “I know God” – but doesn’t obey God’s Commandments – that person is a liar and is not living in the Truth. But those who obey God’s Word truly show how completely they love Him. That is how we know we are living in Him. Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.

So how do we live our lives as Jesus did ?  Get in His Word. Learn His Truth. In other words – open the Bible. Read it. Study it. Do so at every opportunity. With today’s modern technology you can take the Bible everywhere you go via smart phone app. The more you read about God – the more you learn about His ways – the more you’ll want to be more like Him.

Pray to God. Just talk to Him in your own words – anywhere – anytime. Tell Him what is on your mind. He already knows, but He wants to hear it from you – in your voice. He wants you to ask Him for guidance and direction. He will always provide it.

Spend time in fellowship with your closest brothers and sisters of your immediate church family, and also spend quality time with those around you who do not yet believe and follow our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Share God’s Good News with them. Let them see Christ in you – not just by the way you talk – but also by the way you walk your fantastic journey. Share your lives with all, and love all of God’s children.

That’s how we live our lives as Jesus did. That’s how we expand God’s Kingdom here on Earth.

The Major’s Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1988

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 (rotating each week). Here it is – for the week ending Sunday July 24TH 1988:

  1. “I Don’t Wanna Go On With You Like That” – Elton John
  2. “Lost In You” – Rod Stewart
  3. “Simply Irresistible” – Robert Palmer
  4. “Hole In My Heart” – Cyndi Lauper
  5. “Do You Love Me ?” – The Contours

I’ve got an old-school early-2010s-era iPod Shuffle (4TH Generation – orange in color) that I listen to at work, and it’s essentially got 305 of the greatest hits of my lifetime – from the mid-1960s clear through to present-day time. 120 of the 305 are hits before 1980, and another 45 hits are from the 1980s.

Looking back at my entire Top 40 chart for this weekend exactly 30 years ago there are a few songs that are on my iPod Shuffle, so I hear them almost every day at work:  Guns ‘N Roses debuted with their massive smash – “Sweet Child O’ Mine” – at # 37. I consider it to be one of the greatest hard rock songs of its time. Cheap Trick’s “The Flame” rose to # 28. It still sounds fresh today – just like it did in 1988. Additionally Robert Palmer’s “Simply Irresistible” (# 3) is a long-running hit on my iPod Shuffle – garnering 864 plays over the past 6½ years.

# 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for this weekend exactly 30 years ago – Richard Marx with “Hold On To The Nights”.

It’s halftime. I’ll be back on Sunday and Monday with my remaining two blogs for this weekend. Enjoy your Saturday. Make memories of a lifetime !

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