Behind The Scenes

Happy Thursday my friends !  It’s the start of an all-new blog weekend. I generally post new blogs on Thursday mornings, Friday nights, Sunday afternoons, and Monday nights (U.S. East Coast time). My Friday, Sunday, and Monday blogs all have the same respective format and structure each weekend – while my Thursday blog is a free-for-all where I blog about whatever comes to me in the moment. I usually have no idea what I’ll blog about on my Thursday blog until I actually get going with my fingers on the keyboard. (Yes – I still do most of my online activity via a traditional desktop computer system with a keyboard and a mouse – an hp Pavilion in fact. I’ve been using a series of hp Pavilions going back to the 1990s.)

I don’t get political online (or offline for that matter). I don’t discuss politics with anyone really. I have my own personal opinions and viewpoints on just about everything, and some of them are quite radical – on both ends of the political spectrum. Some are rather centrist. I’m really all over the place. I left Facebook after nearly 5 years because it got too political over there. Now I still lurk on Facebook because many of my friends from afar only utilize Facebook, and I wish to stay in-touch with them on all things non-political. I’ve recently come very close to expressing my viewpoint on a few key political issues on Facebook and Twitter, as it’s just so easy to do so – to be pulled-in to a discussion. Once I realized what I did I quietly backed myself out of the discussion. I’d rather talk about fun things on social media – like food and travel.

I spend most of my social media time here on WordPress (for blogging), Twitter (for tweeting), and Flickr (for photokeeping). I’ve been on WordPress since 2007, Twitter since 2009, and Flickr since 2011. I promote my blog on Twitter, and I promote my tweets here on WordPress. I also promote my photos here on WordPress. Collectively my WordPress, Twitter, and Flickr make-up my online ministry – CountUp Ministries. This blog serves as the flagship of CountUp Ministries at http://www.revchrismday.com.

When I’m at home I spend much of my time online, but when I’m not online I’m watching some of my favorite television shows, and I’m spending time with my Lord & Savior Jesus Christ reading and studying His Word and writing sermons based on what I’ve read and studied. I usually get the call to preach a full sermon about once per month, so I’m always ready with at least one – preferably two sermons that are ready to go. I’ve got my next two sermons already written, so I’ll probably start working on a new sermon this weekend. (Unless I get the call to preach this Sunday. If that’s the case then I’ll select one of my two sermons, enhance it, finalize it, and rehearse it.)

Well there’s a little “Behind The Scenes” action for you. I didn’t know how this blog post would go, but there it is. That’s how I write my Thursday blog. It’s really spontaneous. I’ll be back tomorrow night with my regular weekly Friday night blog – a venture back in time via the music soundtrack of my life. We’ll check-out Sunday March 05TH 1989.

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My Top 10 Hits – Week 106

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 February 24TH 2019:

  1. “Maybe It’s OK” – We Are Messengers [# 1 last week / 13TH week on chart]
  2. “Red Letters” – Crowder [3 / 10TH]
  3. “Best News Ever” – MercyMe [2 / 10TH]
  4. “My Feet Are On The Rock” – I Am They [8 / 2ND]
  5. “Confidence” – Sanctus Real [- / 1ST]
  6. “Church (Take Me Back)” – Cochren & Co. [- / 1ST]
  7. “Nobody Loves Me Like You” – Chris Tomlin [4 / 17TH]
  8. “Known” – Tauren Wells [6 / 29TH]
  9. “God Only Knows” – for King & Country [5 / 4TH]
  10. “Greatness Of Our God” – Newsboys [- / 1ST]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week:
“Gracefully Broken” – Matt Redman Ft. Tasha Cobbs Leonard

It’s a very active chart week with only one non-mover – the # 1 smash (my favorite song) for the 3RD week in a row. It was awesome watching We Are Messengers perform it LIVE right in front of me this past Friday night.

Sanctus Real shoot straight-in to my chart at # 5. It’s the highest new entry in nearly 11 months, and it arrives exactly a year to the day that it was released as a single. K-LOVE is starting to playing it now, and I love it. (Better late than never.) This is their 2ND hit on my chart. They previously peaked at # 5 way back in August 2008 during the “Salvation Era” of my chart with “Turn On The Lights”.

Debuting at # 6 this week is a song I really love, and I have a feeling that this will soon be # 1 for a long time. This past week I tweeted the chorus of the song, and I tagged K-LOVE. They responded positively. They thanked me for sharing the lyrics. Hopefully they continue to play it every day. Check out this lyric video, and crank up the volume – loud and proud. Sing along !

 

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. Amen.

All rights reserved (c) 2019 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

Sunday Scripture

This past Friday night I was part of an enormous church family for nearly 5 hours – from the time that we were strangers in line entering the BB&T Center in Sunrise Florida – to the time that we were singing songs together out of the arena and into the sprawling parking lot after 10:30 PM.

Aaron Cole, We Are Messengers, Jordan Feliz, Ryan Stevenson, Jeremy Camp, TobyMac, and their respective bands led “Praise & Worship” with their performances for God for the better part of 4 hours, and the near sellout crowd (all the way up to the rafters) was in it for Jesus – singing and clapping and dancing and waving their smart phone flashlights in the air in unison. It was a miraculous night of celebration for our Lord.

I enjoyed all of the artists – particularly We Are Messengers, Jeremy Camp, and of course my homeboy from Fairfax County Virginia – TobyMac. Toby is still gettin’ it done at 54. I’ve been listening to both Toby and Jeremy since pretty much the start of my salvation in 2006.

This church family that I speak of comprised of many different colors, races, nationalities, and ages. Every demographic was represented. That’s what Heaven will look like. There were babies, kids, teens, young adults, parents, and grandparents there. But we were all brothers and sisters on that night.

Most of us in attendance were believers and followers of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ – God’s children – and for those in attendance who were not – they were likely invited and brought in by their friends and loved ones who were. I believe that many of those non-believers and non-followers at the start of the show were saved by Christ sometime during the show. Salvation was born for many of them. God’s miracles abound. That’s how God The Holy Spirit works, and He is always at work – even at a rock concert.

If you have not yet accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, and you receive an invitation to attend a Christian rock concert by a friend or a loved one – accept it – and go – with an open mind and an open heart. Let me tell you something, and I’m speaking from personal experience here. That rock concert that you say “YES !” to – can change your life forever. God used His music to rescue me and save me exactly 12 years and 6 months ago (this past week). I was 39 at the time. You’re not too old to begin a new journey in your life. It will truly be a fantastic journey that you can’t possibly imagine !

But why wait until the next concert ?  Google any one of those artists. Look them up on YouTube. Tune-in to K-LOVE or The Message on SiriusXM. Listen to their music. Hear their words. Absorb God’s Good News for you.

From the 40TH Psalm (1-3):

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.

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My 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 February 21ST 1999:

  1. “Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here” – Deborah Cox
  2. “Believe” – Cher
  3. “Slide” – Goo Goo Dolls
  4. “One Week” – Barenaked Ladies
  5. “It’s All Been Done” – Barenaked Ladies

I just looked at my web site from exactly 20 years ago this weekend when I owned the massivesmash.com domain name during the peak of the dot-com revolution on the World Wide Web. It looks so primitive compared to today’s modern technology. I used a lot of bright colors back then. It even looks outdated compared to my blander and rather basic web site of today – the one you may be viewing right now – which looks more like 2009 than 2019. I’m sure there are a lot of kids, teens, and even young adults who have no idea what a domain name or the World Wide Web is. “What’s a personal computer ?” Incidentally if you have problems with your smart phone – they can assist you with that. #LOL.

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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Venice Florida

Venice

This is Venice Florida. I’ve never been there before, but in about 2½ months I’ll arrive and explore this quaint seaside city of about 23,000.

Every couple of years or so – generally before Spring Break (February) – or after Spring Break and before Summer Vacation (late-April / early-May) – I visit a new city in Florida that I’ve never been to before – or haven’t been to in many years. I’ve lived here for over 31 of my nearly 52 years, and there are large chunks of Florida that I’ve never seen before. In 2017 it was Lakeland / Bartow (east of Tampa). In 2016 – Saint Augustine (south of Jacksonville).

So this year it’s Venice – “The Shark Tooth Capital Of The World”. I’ll do a lot of walking – walking along the sandy surf of the Gulf Of Mexico, walking up and down Venice Avenue to and from the historic downtown district, and walking into restaurants I’ve never heard of before to enjoy some fine foods (probably Italian).

I’ll take a lot of pictures too, and many of them will ultimately end up on my Flickr Photostream. That reminds me – my Flickr has been very active lately with new photos being added almost daily. You can check out the last 5 photos added right here at revchrismday.com, or you can check out my full Flickr Photostream.

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My Top 10 Hits – Week 105

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 February 17TH 2019:

  1. “Maybe It’s OK” – We Are Messengers [# 1 last week / 12TH week on chart]
  2. “Best News Ever” – MercyMe [2 / 9TH]
  3. “Red Letters” – Crowder [4 / 9TH]
  4. “Nobody Loves Me Like You” – Chris Tomlin [3 / 16TH]
  5. “God Only Knows” – for King & Country [8 / 3RD]
  6. “Known” – Tauren Wells [7 / 28TH]
  7. “Even Then” – Micah Tyler [6 / 27TH]
  8. “My Feet Are On The Rock” – I Am They [- / 1ST]
  9. “Never Alone” – Tori Kelly & Kirk Franklin [9 / 3RD]
  10. “Look Up Child” – Lauren Daigle [10 / 2ND]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week:
“Gracefully Broken” – Matt Redman Ft. Tasha Cobbs Leonard

This week marks the 2ND anniversary of the start of the 3RD era of my hit music chart. The original era lasted not quite 7 years (1985-1992), and the 2ND era was alive for a little over 14 years (1995-2010). After an over 7-year hiatus I quietly resurrected my chart with a single song – TobyMac‘s “Love Broke Thru”. It was the # 1 and only song that week exactly 2 years ago.

That (Sunday) night 2 years ago I saw TobyMac (and friends) LIVE in concert in Tallahassee Florida. This Friday night I’ll be seeing TobyMac (and friends) LIVE in concert again – here in South Florida. Toby’s friends this time around will be Jeremy Camp, Jordan Feliz, Ryan Stevenson, We Are Messengers, and Aaron Cole. I am so looking forward to this show. I’ve got a great seat on the floor just 8 rows from the stage. Needless to say I probably won’t be seated for very long. I’ll be singing and dancing in Row H.

The day after that TobyMac concert two years ago is the day (Presidents’ Day) that I discovered that K-LOVE is a national over-the-air radio network with a station back home in South Florida. The next day (Tuesday) I headed home, and about 100 miles from home I tuned-in to K-LOVE for the first time ever. I’ve been listening ever since then. It’s great that their signal comes from a 100,000 watt / 1,000-foot transmitter that’s just 5 miles from my home. (I can actually see it from my home.)

That one-song chart exactly two years ago became a Top 3 the following week, a Top 5 the week after that, and a Top 10 in its 4TH week. This 3RD era of my hit music chart is known by me as the “K-LOVE Era”.

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. Amen.

All rights reserved (c) 2019 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

Sunday Scripture

One of my duties every Sunday morning with my church family – whether I preach a full sermon or not – is that I open our service with inspiration (following our first worship song and leading-in to our second worship song), and I also close our service with encouragement.

After about 75 minutes of service the goal is to send out my brothers and sisters into the world on a high note – to encourage each of them to keep the praise, worship, and celebration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ going through the front doors, into our vehicles, and continuing on in whatever we do and wherever we go. That’s how we bring the church instead of go to the church. If you’re going to church on a Sunday then you’re doing it all wrong. You’re going through the motions. You’re following a religion. If you are the church, and you’re bringing the church with you on a Sunday then you’re glorifying God. That’s not a religion. That’s a way of life. That’s a fantastic journey that started at the point of salvation and continues through the point of resurrection.

I always have an opening and a closing prepared in advance of each service, but my plans are not God’s plans. (I write that with a smile on my face because I have to remind myself of that on a fairly regular basis.)

Today I had this Scripture from Colossians 4 prepared for my closing:

Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart. Pray that God will give us many opportunities to speak about Christ. Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive, so that you will have the right response for everyone.

Well God took me on an impromptu mission at the precise moment that I would’ve recited that Scripture. I essentially went rogue, walked off the stage, welcomed a couple of new faces by name to our church body, and lifted-up in prayer our brothers and sisters (by name) who weren’t present with us. I went straight from that to a few ad-libbed remarks, and then I read one of my longtime Scriptures of Benediction (Psalm 19:14 KJB).

It’s good to be prepared in-season and out-of-season, but when God leads you in a different direction then you must abandon those plans and go with God. He is The Way, The Truth, The Life.

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