My Top 10 Hits – Week 109

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 March 17TH 2019:

  1. “Confidence” – Sanctus Real [# 3 last week / 4TH week on chart]
  2. “Church (Take Me Back)” – Cochren & Co. [4 / 4TH]
  3. “Red Letters” – Crowder [1 / 13TH]
  4. “My Feet Are On The Rock” – I Am They [2 / 5TH]
  5. “Greatness Of Our God” – Newsboys [7 / 4TH]
  6. “Maybe It’s OK” – We Are Messengers [5 / 16TH]
  7. “Born Again” – Austin French [9 / 3RD]
  8. “Build My Life” – Pat Barrett [10 / 2ND]
  9. “Resurrecting” – Elevation Worship [- / 1ST]
  10. “Alive” – Big Daddy Weave [- / 1ST]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week:
“No One Like Our God” – Lincoln Brewster

Welcome back Elevation Worship to my chart, and welcome to Miami !  You guys are performing LIVE in concert tonight on Miami Beach, and I unfortunately won’t be there. It’s a work night for me, and frankly I can’t deal with the heavy traffic between my home and Miami Beach – especially during Spring Break. You guys will be around for a long time, so I know that there will be future opportunities to see you perform LIVE. Have a great show. Glorify God. Save lives tonight !

Sanctus Real have the new # 1 smash on my chart this week with their long-running single “Confidence”. This chart is truly influenced by radio airplay. This song has been playing on the radio for almost 13 months now. It even crossed-over to mainstream rock stations where it was a Top 20 hit nationwide. But K-LOVE just started playing it a month ago, and as soon as they did so – I loved it. I hum and sing it long after I hear it on the radio. I love these lyrics:

So give me faith like Daniel – in the lion’s den
Give me hope like Moses – in the wilderness
Give me a heart like David – Lord be my defense
So I can face my giants with confidence

 

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again next weekend – 4 new entries 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 the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him. AMEN.

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Sunday Scripture

As I begin my 5TH year with my current church family I’m reminded yet again why I love everyone so very much.

Praise & Worship

We had a beautiful, encouraging, and inspirational church service today – even with more than a dozen out and about on this pseudo-holiday (Saint Patrick’s Day). Everyone returns home safely and securely next week, and we will celebrate as we always do each and every Sunday morning starting at 11.

Today we were introduced to several new songs during Praise & Worship, and then we were in for a treat. Pastor Terry led the message, and she went “old school” by delivering God’s Truth entirely from the Old Testament – 1 Samuel 30 (all 31 verses), Psalm 107, Job 42:10-17, and Judges 11:10. Her sermon was titled “Recovering Losses”, and she told the story of how (future King) David and his men recovered their losses in a holy war against the Amalekites (enemies of the Israelites). She related it to the present-day, and how we can recover our losses through the guidance and direction of our Lord & Healer Jesus Christ.

“LORD – help !” they cried in their trouble, and He saved them from their distress. (Psalm 107:6 & 13 & 19 & 28 NLT)

My friends – I am living proof of God’s glorious miracles. I have personally experienced 12½ years of miracles since salvation started for me. If you’re a believer and a follower of our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ then you know what I’m talking about. If you are not yet a believer and a follower (or if you’re unsure) then it’s not too late. Our God is a powerful God. He wants you to come to Him. You don’t have to go far at all. He will meet you right where you are. You just need to reach out to Him into His arms wide open. He wants to take you on a fantastic journey. Go with Him. Follow Him. Trust Him. He’s got an abundance of miracles with your name on it. He’s got a church family waiting for you to join them in His eternal celebration.

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My Top 5 Hits RETRO – SPECIAL

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). But not this week. This week it’s a SPECIAL #RETRO:

We’re just about 24 hours away from Saint Patrick’s Day on March 17TH. It’s the day when most people of Irish descent (like myself) observe and celebrate by wearing green, and eating green foods, and drinking green liquids, and talking Irish-like. I’m not that crazy. I just wear green. When I was a kid in school (many years ago) if you didn’t wear green on Saint Patrick’s Day then you were likely to get pinched over and over again by someone wearing a lot of green. That pretty much made everyone Irish for a day.

My family had a Manx cat named Fluffy for over 17 years. She was a brown cat, but sometimes when the light (or the sun) hit her fur just right she looked greenish. This much is certain:  Fluffy loved me more than any other human. When I wasn’t around she looked for me. During her final few years she “came back to life” whenever I came home to visit her.

I lived away from Fluffy in the south of England for exactly 2 years and 1 week from November 1985 to November 1987. I served in the United States Air Force at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire. Saint Patrick’s Day was a big thing in England back then. I imagine it still is. I know it’s even bigger in Ireland and Northern Ireland. I never got to visit either nation while I was so close by in England. I saw a lot of England during those two years when I was 18, 19, and 20 years old. I also visited Scotland, Wales, The Netherlands, Belgium, and France. One day in the future I’ll make it to Ireland – maybe even the Isle Of Man – home of the Manx cat.

Back on my Top 50 personal hit music chart for the week ending Sunday March 29TH 1987 an unsuspecting Irish ditty about a great ship made its debut at # 47. It was a collaboration featuring The Pogues and The Dubliners titled “The Irish Rover”. They actually performed that song LIVE on BBC’s “Top Of The Pops”. They kicked-off the show that week. The following week it skyrocketed 40 notches on my chart from # 47 to # 7. It peaked at # 4 the week after that. It was a Top 10 U.K. pop smash, and a # 1 smash in Ireland. Here’s a video of a TV broadcast where the two bands joined forces and performed it LIVE before a studio audience:

 

It’s halftime. I’ll be back on Sunday and Monday with two more blog posts for this weekend. Enjoy your Saturday. Have fun. Make memories that will last a lifetime.

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Jury Duty

Yesterday I had jury duty up in downtown Miami. It was my first jury duty in almost 6 years. I was part of the manic Miami morning rush hour yesterday. It took me about an hour and 20 minutes to drive 30 miles. That was rather reasonable. Traffic was heavy (as expected), and I actually gave myself up to 2 hours to drive that 30 miles. If I had left 20 or more minutes later – I probably would’ve needed all 2 hours.

In the large jury pool room I pretty much read the current issue of a magazine that I brought with me (AAA Living), and I spent quality time on social media on my old iPad Mini connected to the unstable / unsecure public WiFi. Oh yeah – and I also glanced up at the TVs that were playing continuous family-friendly (and forgettable) romantic dramedy movies – a couple of which starred Diane Keaton. Isn’t that the only type of movie she plays in nowadays ?

A lot of people got selected for various trials by jury, but I was not one of them. At the end of the day I received my certificate of participation, and my civic duty was done for the year.

Happy π Day my friends. This entry kicks-off a fresh new weekend of blog posts. Tomorrow night I’m going #RETRO (as I usually do on Friday nights), but this week I’m not revisiting 2009, 1999, or 1989. In honor of Saint Patrick’s Day in a few days I’ll be celebrating the most Irish song to ever crack my Top 5, and I’ll share a little story behind the song.

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My Top 10 Hits – Week 108

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 March 10TH 2019:

  1. “Red Letters” – Crowder [# 1 last week / 12TH week on chart]
  2. “My Feet Are On The Rock” – I Am They [4 / 4TH]
  3. “Confidence” – Sanctus Real [5 / 3RD]
  4. “Church (Take Me Back)” – Cochren & Co. [6 / 3RD]
  5. “Maybe It’s OK” – We Are Messengers [2 / 15TH]
  6. “Best News Ever” – MercyMe [3 / 12TH]
  7. “Greatness Of Our God” – Newsboys [7 / 3RD]
  8. “Nobody Loves Me Like You” – Chris Tomlin [8 / 19TH]
  9. “Born Again” – Austin French [10 / 2ND]
  10. “Build My Life” – Pat Barrett [- / 1ST]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week:
“No One Like Our God” – Lincoln Brewster

MercyMe have kicked-off their 9-week “Imagine Nation” tour with shows this past weekend in Texas and Louisiana. They head over to the Carolinas and Georgia for 4 shows this weekend. I’m 55 days away from seeing them LIVE in Tampa (along with Micah Tyler and Crowder). It’s gonna be an awesome show, and I’ll be singing and dancing from start to finish. 3 nights later I’ll see Hillsong United LIVE in concert in Estero Florida. That’s gonna be a wonderful week on this fantastic journey on the road !

I used to sing and dance the night away with the world, but now I sing and dance for Christ alongside His believers, His followers, His joyful celebrators. God’s Kingdom is truly alive !

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again next weekend – 4 new entries 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 the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him. AMEN.

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

Sunday Scripture

Today on this first morning of Daylight Saving Time – historically the worst-attended Sunday morning church service of the year – we actually had a nice turnout today. Following 5 songs of Praise & Worship and Happy Birthday greetings to two of our own I led today’s message with a full sermon.

My sermon was titled “Present & Future”, and it was all about God’s plans versus our own plans. It was my 11TH and final sermon from my very first message series that started 13 months ago on the Book of James. (I usually preach once per month.) Now that I’ve finally wrapped-up a full message series I plan to start the next one immediately lasting the next two years !

Just kidding. That message series was grueling. God got me through it. God led me all the way. He showed me The Way through 5 chapters and 108 verses – about half of them God’s commands or obligations.

My next group of sermons (one already written) will come from all throughout the New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs with a little bit of Old Testament included as well.

From today’s sermon:

If you think you are too important to help someone – you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important. (Galatians 6:3 NLT)

Carry each other’s burdens. If your neighbor is struggling – then lend him or her a helping hand. If he or she is suffering – then comfort him or her. If he or she is joyful – then celebrate alongside him or her. That’s how you love your neighbor as yourself. That’s how you fulfill the law of Christ. That’s how you disciple. That’s what we must do in the present in order to secure an eternal future with God.

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My 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 March 08TH 2009:

  1. “Surrender Saved My Life” – This Beautiful Republic
  2. “Dead Man” – We As Human
  3. “Cross My Heart” – Nevertheless
  4. “Let’s Dance” – Hawk Nelson
  5. “The Last, The Lost, The Least” – Relient K

Nevertheless – what an awesome band that I grew up with as a baby Christian. They were very prominent on Christian radio, and as a result – the soundtrack of my life during those early years discovering and exploring who Jesus Christ was, is, and will be.

Nevertheless charted with 5 radio singles back then – “The Real” (peaked at # 24 in 2006), “Live Like We’re Alive” (# 2 for 4 weeks in 2007), “Time (To Let This Go)” (# 5 in 2007), “Sleeping In” (# 1 for 3 weeks in 2008), and “Cross My Heart” (# 3 in 2009). Hearing some of those early songs a dozen years later gives me goosebumps, and reminds me of just how far I’ve come since I first stumbled onto this fantastic journey.

Music has played an important role in my life of nearly 52 years. At the age of 39 God used music to lift me out of the slimy pit – out of the mud and mire. He set my feet on a rock – and gave me a firm place to stand. That’s why I share God’s Good News through His music.

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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