The Major’s Top 10 Hits – Week 89

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 October 28TH 2018:

  1. “Only Jesus” – Casting Crowns [# 1 last week / 9TH week on chart]
  2. “Known” – Tauren Wells [2 / 12TH]
  3. “Even Then” – Micah Tyler [3 / 11TH]
  4. “You Say” – Lauren Daigle [4 / 9TH]
  5. “Stand In Your Love” – Josh Baldwin [8 / 4TH]
  6. “Well Done” – The Afters [10 / 2ND]
  7. “Survivor” – Zach Williams [5 / 6TH]
  8. “Who You Say I Am” – Hillsong Worship [6 / 14TH]
  9. “Not Today” – Hillsong United [7 / 6TH]
  10. “Changed” – Jordan Feliz [9 / 3RD]

“Only Jesus” becomes the longest-running # 1 smash of this era of my personal hit music chart, as it spends its 7TH consecutive week at # 1.

Tonight at 8 PM EDT / 5 PM PDT TBN airs a one-hour telecast of the Michael W. Smith “Surrounded” concert from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Tennessee (taped on August 30TH 2018). I’m looking forward to watching it, and I’ll be live-tweeting during the show at my Twitter feed – @ChrisMDay – using the hashtag #SurroundedEvent.

This concludes my weekend of 4 blog posts. Next weekend I’ll do it again 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 God bless you – always and forever.

All rights reserved (c) 2018 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries.

Sunday Scripture

Yesterday (Saturday) afternoon at 3:37 PM EDT I got the call to preach today at 11 AM. I wasn’t scheduled to preach, but when I get the call to preach I accept it, I stop everything I’m doing, and I immediately prepare my sermon for God. I look at it this way. I’m preaching a sermon to my brothers and sisters of my church family, but my sermon is for God – just as our praise and our worship is for God.

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I preached from the Book of James – Chapter 4 – Verses 1 to 10. My sermon was titled “War & Peace”. Here’s an excerpt:

The more personal time you spend with the Lord – the less likely the devil will be able to get to you. When you pray. When you read the Bible. When you read “The Upper Room”. When you watch a preacher on TBN. When you listen to a program on 90.9 Life-FM Miami. When you sing out loud – in your car – in a traffic jam – through a school zone – at 15 MPH – to music – on Positive & Encouraging K-LOVE. When you participate in a bible study with a small group. When you come here on Sunday mornings to sing and dance and celebrate. When you perform a song for God with your guitar or your voice or both. When you write a sermon for God. When you preach God’s Good News to all who will listen. When you share your testimony with the world out there. All of that – draws you closer to God – and further away from Satan.

I sang a portion of Chris Tomlin’s “At The Cross” as part of my sermon. (I used to sing fairly regularly in my early sermons.) After I sang to God I concluded with this:

Don’t be afraid to sing out to the Lord – in here. He’s listening. And don’t be afraid to praise and worship the Lord – out there. And don’t be afraid to speak of the Lord – no matter where you are. Get closer to the Lord – closer than you were yesterday – closer than you were when you walked in here today. May the Lord be with you in everything you do and everywhere you go.

All rights reserved (c) 2018 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries.

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 October 30TH 1988:

  1. “The Loco-Motion” – Kylie Minogue
  2. “Je Ne Sais Pais Pourquoi” – Kylie Minogue
  3. “It’s No Secret” – Kylie Minogue
  4. “Go To Be Certain” – Kylie Minogue
  5. “Simply Irresistible” – Robert Palmer

Kylie had a huge week 30 years ago !

Further down my chart Bon Jovi debuted at # 6 with the hard-rockin’ “Bad Medicine”. The Escape Club moved up 18 notches to # 7 with “Wild Wild West”. U2’s “Desire” was the week’s fastest climber – up 21 to # 11.

Phil Collins topped the Billboard Hot 100 with “A Groovy Kind Of Love”. The Beach Boys were at # 2 with “Kokomo”. (It hit # 1 the following week.)

Whitney Houston topped the BBC-Gallup British Top 40 with “One Moment In Time”. Enya’s “Orinoco Flow” was the week’s fastest climber – up 24 to # 5. (It hit # 1 the following week.)

Aside from the British pop music scene while I was living and working in England from November 1985 to November 1987 I was not a big fan of Top 40 music during the 1980s. But in late-1988 the music scene began to shift. It began to change for the better. I’ve always considered 1989 as the first official year of 1990s music. For me the 1990s were the greatest decade of music of my life.

It’s halftime. I’ll be back on Sunday and Monday with two more blogs for this weekend. Enjoy your Saturday. Make memories of a lifetime that will have you looking back at them fondly some 30 years from now !

All rights reserved (c) 2018 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries.

No Politics Zone

I voted by mail last weekend. I’ve been voting by mail for many years now – ever since I realized that it was an option in my local area. I receive my ballot up to a month in advance, and I study the people and the issues that are on the ballot in the privacy of my own home on my own time.

I never discuss politics publicly – whether it’s on social media or in-person. I believe that if I know who you voted for, who you plan to vote for, who you love, who you hate, and if you voted “yes” or “no” on an issue – then I know way too much about you. I don’t want to know any of that information about you.

Broadcast and Cable TV News is extremely biased nowadays across the board since it’s very easy to know exactly what political affiliation most hosts and anchors are just by watching them report their version of the news and current events. Fact-based newscasts and daily, nightly, and Sunday morning news shows are few and far-between. Most are overwhelmingly opinion-based.

Almost a year ago I ended nearly 5 years on Facebook because it became so over-the-top political – by my own “friends” on there. I still go on Facebook throughout a typical day for a few minutes at a time. I’m pretty much looking for encouragement and inspiration on there, as well as a few laughs. After a few minutes I’ve had enough of everyone’s political opinions.

I know I just wrote this blog post on politics in general, but this blog really is a “No Politics Zone”. The same is true for my Twitter and Flickr feeds. Here on my blog I mostly write about God and music. I write about the music that I liked from my childhood through my late-30s, and I write about the music that God has introduced me to over the past 12 years of salvation. God rescued and saved me using His music. I am alive today, and I am here on this blog because of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Since He did this to me – I know that He can do it to you as well – if He hasn’t already done so.

I’ll always keep my political beliefs to myself, but I’ll never do that with my spiritual beliefs. I believe in God The Father, God The Son, and God The Holy Spirit – as One God. I love God more than anyone and more than anything. I will praise and worship God above and beyond everyone and everything else in my life. I will share God’s Good News with you on this blog, on my Twitter feed, and out there in the world that we live in.

I know that what I write online is not for everyone. If it’s not for you then you don’t have to read it. If it is for you then let’s keep moving forward together as we get closer to God. That’s what this ministry is all about.

All rights reserved (c) 2018 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries.

The Major’s Top 10 Hits – Week 88

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 October 21ST 2018:

  1. “Only Jesus” – Casting Crowns [# 1 last week / 8TH week on chart]
  2. “Known” – Tauren Wells [3 / 11TH]
  3. “Even Then” – Micah Tyler [4 / 10TH]
  4. “You Say” – Lauren Daigle [2 / 8TH]
  5. “Survivor” – Zach Williams [5 / 5TH]
  6. “Who You Say I Am” – Hillsong Worship [6 / 13TH]
  7. “Not Today” – Hillsong United [7 / 5TH]
  8. “Stand In Your Love” – Josh Baldwin [8 / 3RD]
  9. “Changed” – Jordan Feliz [10 / 2ND]
  10. “Well Done” – The Afters [- / 1ST]

Last night on TBN‘s (taped) telecast of The 49TH Annual Gospel Music Association (GMA) Dove Awards Tauren Wells performed “Known” and Lauren Daigle performed “You Say” among other great performances. It was an awesome show, and I thank you for watching it with me. I live tweeted 19 times during the 2-hour show, and it was a lot of fun – and worth it too – with hundreds of Twitter impressions and lots of engagements, likes, and retweets. I announced during the show that I’ll be doing it again next Monday night during the one-hour Michael W. Smith concert special “Surrounded”. That airs at 8 PM EDT / 5 PM PDT on Monday October 29TH 2018 on TBN. My Twitter feed is @ChrisMDay, and I’ll be using the hashtag #SurroundedEvent

The Afters return to my chart for the first time in nearly 10½ years. Their “Never Going Back To OK” reached # 4 in January 2008 and spent 26 weeks on my chart.

This concludes my weekend of 4 blog posts. Next weekend I’ll do it again 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 God bless you – always and forever.

All rights reserved (c) 2018 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries.

Sunday Scripture

This morning I preached a sermon on Cain & Abel titled “Wander & Create”. Here are 33 highlights:

  • Today I preached mostly out of the Old Testament – all the way back – to Genesis.
  • Cain was the oldest son to Adam & Eve. Abel was the second born son.
  • When Cain & Abel grew up Cain became a farmer, and Abel became a shepherd.
  • Cain & Abel both loved God. They worshipped Him.
  • Cain was a proud farmer – maybe too proud. He thought all of his crops were great.
  • Cain proudly brought forth some of his self-proclaimed great crops to God.
  • God was not enthused. He was not impressed.
  • Abel was more independent than his older brother Cain.
  • Abel did his own thing. He was the quiet one. He was the shy guy.
  • Abel didn’t seem to have a relationship with his mom like Cain did.
  • Abel had a closer relationship to God. He knew what would impress God.
  • Abel brought forth the best portions of the firstborn lambs from his flock.
  • Abel – the second born – brought forth the best portions of the firstborn.
  • Abel got it right. The LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering.
  • Cain was shocked and stunned. He was dejected and felt rejected. He got angry.
  • Cain produced the first temper-tantrum in the Creation.
  • Cain was like a modern-day sassy and rebellious backtalking teenager.
  • Cain was warned by God to do what is right, and subdue his sin.
  • Cain didn’t listen to God. He was manipulated by Satan – just like his mom.
  • The rage within intensified. It soon controlled and consumed Cain.
  • Cain murdered Abel. It was the first act of violence – the first murder scene.
  • God confronted a guilty and defiant Cain.
  • God banished Cain from Eden forever – making him a homeless wanderer.
  • God gave Cain grace. He marked Cain. He vowed to protect Cain.
  • Anyone who kills Cain will be avenged sevenfold and feel the wrath of God.
  • God gave Cain a second chance at life.
  • God wanted Cain to realize his deadly sins of the past, and repent.
  • God wanted Cain to rely on Him for guidance and direction in a new life.
  • God wanted Cain to see his full potential in a new land.
  • God wanted the same for each of us while we were slaves to the world.
  • The God of the Old Testament is the same as the God of the New Testament.
  • He’s the same God today. He’s loving. He’s forgiving. He’s compassionate.
  • Receive God’s grace today. It’s abundant. It’s everlasting. His grace is sufficient.

All rights reserved (c) 2018 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries.

The Major’s Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1998

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 October 18TH 1998:

  1. “Tearin’ Up My Heart” – ‘N Sync
  2. “Take Me Away” – Mix Factory
  3. “Jumper” – Third Eye Blind
  4. “One Week” – Barenaked Ladies
  5. “The Way” – Fastball

Third Eye Blind scored 6 Top 20 hits on my chart during the late-1990s and into the 21ST Century:  “Semi-Charmed Life” (# 1 in 1997), “How’s It Going To Be” (# 1 in 1998), “Jumper” (# 3 in 1998), “Never Let You Go” (# 1 in 2000), “Deep Inside Of You” (# 20 in 2000), and “10 Days Late” (# 7 in 2000).

“One Week” spent one week at # 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on this weekend exactly 20 years ago.

It’s halftime. I’ll be back on Sunday with the highlights of my sermon, and then on Monday it’s my brand new Top 10 music chart. Enjoy your Saturday. Be safe. Have fun. Love all. Live life.

All rights reserved (c) 2018 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries.

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