The Major’s 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 January 24TH 1999:

  1. “One Week” – Barenaked Ladies
  2. “Baby One More Time” – Britney Spears
  3. “Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here” – Deborah Cox
  4. “Believe” – Cher
  5. “Thank U” – Alanis Morissette

One of those hits I heard today at work, and I hear it almost every day at work because it’s on my iPod Shuffles that play all day every day at my desk at work. It’s the # 3 smash – the Hex Hector Dance Radio Mix of Deborah Cox’s “Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here”. It still sounds as fresh today as it did exactly 20 years ago. Spoiler Alert: It would go on to spend 5 consecutive weeks at # 1 in February and March of 1999, so you’ll see that the next time I feature 1999 on a Friday night.

This blog is now going on hiatus for the next 8 days. The same goes for my Twitter and Flickr feeds. It’s #WinterBreak2019. I’ll be back on social media on Super Bowl Sunday February 03RD 2019. I’ll post a new “Sunday Scripture” on that day, and then the next day it’s my brand new Top 10 Christian hit music chart.

Thank You all for checking me out online. Enjoy your next 8 days. Be blessed.

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Sebring Strong

moon over sebring

Yesterday afternoon after I got home from work I sat down at my computer to begin my normal routine. I brought up Twitter to catch-up on the latest tweets, and I glanced over to see what was trending. I saw Sebring over there. For a second I thought it was trending simply because I’ve tweeted a lot recently about Sebring. But then I saw why Sebring was trending. There was a mass shooting at a bank during the busy lunch hour in Sebring where 5 innocent lives were lost. This bank is about a half-mile (within eyesight) from the hotel I stayed at for 3 nights this past Christmas.

I then Googled Sebring Florida to read and see all of the shocking and horrific details of the day. I shed tears, and I lifted-up Sebring Florida in prayer to my Lord & Comforter Jesus Christ.

Sadly the entire nation has now heard of Sebring Florida, and they’ve seen a map of the state to see where it’s located at, as well as photos and videos and live reports of the deadly scene.

I had never heard of Sebring Florida up until just a few years ago. Then I started driving through it over and over again to and from North Florida and beyond. The more I drove through Sebring – the more I admired it from my car. Sebring intrigued me. It piqued my interest. I decided that I needed an extended visit in Sebring to discover and explore the area. That time was this past Christmas. My suspicions were confirmed. I fell in love with the city, its places, and its people. I confirmed that I want to retire there in a few years, and I want to live the rest of my life there. I think I already know where exactly (the specific neighborhood) I wish to live. I also think I know where I wish to work part-time and volunteer (two separate places) – to keep me busy. On my next visit I hope to find a church family there. I can’t wait to get back up there. I’m looking forward to taking-in the sights and sounds of Sebring.

The peaceful and quiet “forgotten” town of Sebring Florida – nowhere near any Interstate highway or expressway – just experienced perhaps its deadliest and most violent day in its 107-year history. I am in deep sorrow alongside my future neighbors – from 180 miles away.

God blesses those who mourn – for they will be comforted. (Matthew 5:4 NLT)

#SebringStrong #HighlandsStrong

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The Major’s Top 10 Hits – Week 101

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 January 20TH 2019:

  1. “Nobody Loves Me Like You” – Chris Tomlin [# 1 last week / 12TH week on chart]
  2. “Maybe It’s OK” – We Are Messengers [2 / 8TH]
  3. “Even Then” – Micah Tyler [4 / 23RD]
  4. “Well Done” – The Afters [3 / 14TH]
  5. “Not Today” – Hillsong United [5 / 18TH]
  6. “Red Letters” – Crowder [8 / 5TH]
  7. “Best News Ever” – MercyMe [9 / 5TH]
  8. “Forever On Your Side” – NeedToBreathe [10 / 4TH]
  9. “Known” – Tauren Wells [7 / 24TH]
  10. “joy” – for King & Country [6 / 9TH]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week – “Lions” – Skillet

No new entries this week, and most of the action is down at the bottom-half of my chart. On my next chart Tori Kelly & Kirk Franklin could enter with “Never Alone”.

My next chart online will be in 2 weeks on Monday February 04TH 2019. This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again next weekend – 2 blog posts on Thursday and Friday. After that this blog takes a short hiatus through the end of January. #WinterBreak2019

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) 2019 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

Sunday Scripture

Today I celebrate 12 years as part of a church family. It was a full dozen years ago on this Sunday of January of 2007 (the 21ST that year) that I anxiously and nervously walked in to a movie theatre less than 3 miles from home to attend a church service for a church I had been hearing about on the radio and reading about on the World Wide Web (before Myspace, WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, etc.).

Life Pointe Church in Homestead Florida was my first church family. I was immediately welcomed with love, hugs, and opened arms on that morning. Within 15 minutes I realized that I had a new home on Sunday mornings.

That was my church family for a little over 8 years from January 2007 to March 2015. I left Life Pointe to join another church family a mile down the road, and to resurrect my fantastic journey which had stalled at that point.

I am now a leader at Living Waters Full Gospel Church, a Reverend, and a Licensed Minister. I am a Pastor-In-Training. I am preparing myself for bigger and better things in my not-too-distant future. God’s plans.

But let’s go back to 2006. My salvation began unexpectedly late that summer during the latter part of August of that year. I wasn’t planning it. It just happened. That’s how God works. He had a plan for me, and it was executed magnificently. I was saved for about a month or two before I realized it. I didn’t even know what salvation was all about until He led me to His Word via His music and Scripture on a local Christian radio station.

I’m a firm believer that you can’t fully and effectively believe and follow God unless you are an integral part of a church family. I figured that out during my first 3 months on this fantastic journey. I used the next 2 months after that to find a church family online.

Just as our bodies have many parts, and each part has a special function – so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. In His grace – God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy – speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others – serve them well. If you are a teacher – teach well. If your gift is to encourage others – be encouraging. If it is giving – give generously. If God has given you leadership ability – take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others – do it gladly. (Romans 12:4-8 NLT)

Don’t be an orphan on your fantastic journey. Find a church family that will help you grow in Christ. Find a church family that you can walk with, as you move forward at a steady pace towards eternity with God in Heaven.

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The Major’s Top 5 Hits RETRO – 2009

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 January 18TH 2009:

  1. “Homemade Valentine” – Children 18:3
  2. “Lose Control” – House Of Heroes
  3. “Return” – The Wedding
  4. “Guilty” – Since October
  5. “Dead Man” – We As Human

I love to go #Retro back to the early years of my salvation by Jesus Christ. On this particular January weekend in 2009 I celebrated my 2ND anniversary with my original church family, and I observed 29 months on this fantastic journey.

In the words of me from my blog post of exactly 10 years ago today:

– This year is going to be even better than the first two.
– That’s because I have higher expectations this year for my journey.
– I refuse to be content and satisfied on this journey.
– I will never be there where I need to be.
– I will always strive for higher and better.
– I will never be as righteous or as effective as Jesus.

Good words back then. Still the Truth today.

As for my # 5 hit back then well let me just say that “Dead Man” rocked my face off. This hard rockin’ track was definitely the anthem of the soundtrack of my life back during the Winter of 2009. Check it out online.

It’s in the lyrics:

Sitting here at my graveside. I’ve never been so alive.
You pulled the dead man out of me.
I am not what I was – never again what I was.
You pulled the dead man out of me.

It’s halftime. I’ll be back on Sunday and Monday with two more blog posts for this weekend. Enjoy your Saturday. Share the Good News with all who will listen.

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Another Cold Morning !

It’s another cold morning here in America’s Riviera – mid-50s with wind chills in the low-50s. We dropped down to 51°F on Wednesday morning, and 56°F on Tuesday morning. Now you may think that temperatures at dawn in the 50s is a heatwave for you, but here at sea level at 25.5° north latitude (near the Tropic Of Cancer) that makes for a cold morning. Our average minimum temperature for the entire year (right now – mid-January) is right at 60°F, so once we drop below normal – it’s cold outside !

When we drop into the 40s – now that’s downright frigid. That’s “severe weather” for us. We’ve had two such mornings so far – one in late-November and one in mid-December. Last winter we had 12 such mornings in the 40s. The last time we hit the 30s ?  February 20TH 2015. Most of us hibernated that day.

South Floridians don’t dress like everyone else in North America. When we hit the 50s in the morning we’re all bundled up as if there’s a raging blizzard out there. When we reach the 40s we start calling in sick (cold) from work.

YES – This is the exciting time of the year where our weather changes rapidly based on approaching and passing cold fronts from the northwest. Once our rainy season gets started in mid-May – well then we pretty much know what to expect for the next 5 months after that. We can expect everything – except for cold temperatures. During the rainy season we’ll be stuck in a narrow 20°F range from 73°F to 93°F day and night.

Uh-oh. We just dropped another degree as I wrote this blog post. It’s 54°F at 6 AM.

 

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The Major’s Top 10 Hits – Week 100

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 January 13TH 2019:

  1. “Nobody Loves Me Like You” – Chris Tomlin [# 2 last week / 11TH week on chart]
  2. “Maybe It’s OK” – We Are Messengers [4 / 7TH]
  3. “Well Done” – The Afters [1 / 13TH]
  4. “Even Then” – Micah Tyler [3 / 22ND]
  5. “Not Today” – Hillsong United [7 / 17TH]
  6. “joy” – for King & Country [5 / 8TH]
  7. “Known” – Tauren Wells [6 / 23RD]
  8. “Red Letters” – Crowder [8 / 4TH]
  9. “Best News Ever” – MercyMe [9 / 4TH]
  10. “Forever On Your Side” – NeedToBreathe [10 / 3RD]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week – “Lions” – Skillet

The 100TH week of the 3RD era of my personal hit music chart brings a brand new # 1 smash from a familiar artist. Chris Tomlin scores his 2ND # 1 smash. It’s the follow-up to His “Resurrection Power” which peaked at # 3 last summer which was the follow-up to his # 1 debut smash “Home” during the previous summer (2017).

We Are Messengers inch closer to the top with a track that has really grown on me over the past month-and-a-half. I’m really looking forward to seeing them LIVE in concert here in South Florida next month at the TobyMac show. I have a floor seat just 8 rows from the end stage near the middle. I’ll be required to sing and dance all night long !

Hillsong United’s latest “Not Today” reaches my Top 5 for the first time – in its 17TH week. Fun Fact:  It spent 10 non-consecutive weeks at # 7. I love when it comes on the radio. I always sing along to it.

Today marks the end of a full year in my return to WordPress. I left this platform behind during the early-2010s to tweet and put up a wall (on Facebook). This blog actually started on MySpace back in 2007, and then I modernized it to WordPress towards the end of that same year. This past year of blogging was my most satisfying (and most read – worldwide) since the peak of my original WordPress run a full decade ago. It was more active than every year of blogging during my ill-fated run on Facebook. I have all of you – who read this blog – who like it – who follow it – who tell their friends about it – to thank – for supporting this rejuvenation of my ministry. Let’s keep this forward momentum going. Let’s continue to glorify our everlasting God !

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again next weekend – 4 blog posts 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) 2019 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

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