Facebook Revival

I was on Facebook for not quite 5 years – from 31 March 2013 to 31 December 2017. Before Facebook I was on WordPress and Twitter, and after Facebook – I’m on WordPress and Twitter. OK – I’m still on Facebook; although, I stopped posting new material on 31 December 2017. I’m only on there now to keep up with my friends and family – nearly all of whom are only on Facebook and nowhere else.

Lately though I’ve been enjoying somewhat of a Facebook revival. I’m essentially reminiscing on my 35-year United States Air Force career. I’m a member of groups of alumni of my:

  • Basic Military Training Squadron (at Lackland AFB Texas)
  • Technical Training Base (at Chanute AFB Illinois)
  • 1ST Permanent Duty Station (at RAF Fairford United Kingdom)
  • 2ND Permanent Duty Station (at Homestead AFB Florida)

The Lackland, Chanute, and Fairford alumni pages are lots of fun, and I enjoy seeing all of the photos of yesteryear and interacting with my colleagues of the era. Eventually someone is going to post a photo of me from back then. I’m looking forward to that. Those 3 bases represented my first 2 years and 5 months of my military career from June 1985 to October 1987.

The Homestead AFB page is a bit different. The photos from the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s are fun, but for the most part it’s a bunch of long-retired guys with somewhat faded memories chitchatting back and forth about how beautiful the base once was when it existed back then. Most of them have moved far away from Homestead and South Florida, and many of them don’t even think that the base exists today. Some who have recently visited the area surrounding the base think that it looks post-apocalyptic.

It’s actually a bit annoying to read at times because I’m still working there, I’ve been working there since 1987, and these days I have a little something to do with the beauty of the base and its upkeep. So I take it a little bit personal when I read disparaging remarks about my workplace then and now. I think I’m one of just a few members on that page that actually works on the beautiful and busy base today.

So I’m keeping up with my military career over on Facebook. It’s a whole lot more fun than the political hatred that some of my Facebook friends and family engage and indulge in.

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May is National Military Appreciation Month here in the U.S., Armed Forces Week is May 10TH to 15TH, and Armed Forces Day is May 16TH. Throughout the month of May I’ll feature military-themed stories here on my blog.

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My Top 10 Hits – Week 167

Every Monday I post my all-new Top 10 Christian hit music chart based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay. It’s the continuation of a weekly hobby that goes back 40+ years. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday April 26TH 2020:

  1. “Almost Home” – MercyMe [# 1 last week / 19TH week on chart]
  2. “Alive And Breathing” – Matt Maher [2 / 7TH]
  3. “I Will Fear No More” – The Afters [3 / 14TH]
  4. “(I’ll) Never Let You Down” – Hawk Nelson Ft. Hunter & Tara [4 / 5TH]
  5. “Your Name Is Power” – Rend Collective [6 / 16TH]
  6. “See A Victory” – Elevation Worship [5 / 12TH]
  7. “The God Who Stays” – Matthew West [7 / 23RD]
  8. “Waymaker” – Michael W. Smith Ft. Vanessa Campagna [8 / 14TH]
  9. “Keep Me In The Moment” – Jeremy Camp [10 / 2ND]
  10. “Great Things” – Phil Wickham [- / 1ST]

# 1 This Week In:
2019 – “Alive” – Big Daddy Weave
2018 – “Freedom Hymn” – Austin French
2017 – “Even If” – MercyMe

Phil Wickham returns to my chart for what appears to be an annual tradition; although, he’s a little bit early this year. His “Living Hope” was a Summer of 2018 hit, and his “Till I Found You” was a # 2 hit during the Summer of 2019. Now he’s back with his Summer of 2020 hit – a couple of months early. It’s “Great Things”, and it’s the lead-off track of his Summer of 2018 studio album, “Living Hope”. All 3 hits mentioned were actually released as promotional digital singles several weeks apart just prior to the album’s release, but their respective releases to Christian radio have been staggered since then.

Phil has used the upbeat “Great Things” to kickoff Praise & Worship at various churches where he led the music.

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again this upcoming weekend – with 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. I’m also on Twitter and Flickr.

Be blessed my friends !  May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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Sunday Scripture

On Sunday May 07TH 2017 I preached my 4TH sermon to my church family. It was titled “Testify & Preach”.

Here’s an excerpt of it that I’ve updated and enhanced 3 years later:

John Chapter 15 Verse 27, and this final verse (of this Chapter) is so critical. This is what it all leads up to. This is what it’s all about – as the branches of the vine that is Our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ – through the love of God and the hate of the world – as God’s arms, hands, legs, and feet in this world:

You must testify about Me – because you have been with Me from the beginning.

John 15-27

Merriam-Webster defines “testify” in this way:
– to make a statement based on personal knowledge or belief; to bear witness
– to serve as evidence or proof
– to express a personal conviction

YES ! – I will always testify on what I know – on what I believe – is the Truth.

We all need to testify.

“But Chris I’m not qualified to testify. I’m new at this. I’ve done many bad things in my life. I don’t know what to say. I don’t talk good. I’m shy. I have stage fright. I’m scared of the spotlight. I don’t have credentials. I don’t have a seminary degree.”

Let me tell you this. Everyone who believes, and follows, and trusts, and obeys, and loves God is qualified and obligated to testify. It doesn’t matter if your dad was a Preacher and you grew up in a Christian family, or if you’re the only one who’s been saved in your immediate family. It doesn’t matter if you were saved 10 years ago, or 10 months ago, or 10 weeks ago, or 10 days ago, or even 10 minutes ago. If you call on Christ as your Lord & Savior then you must testify and preach !

Someone once described my teaching – now preaching style – as a series of personal testimonies interconnected by Bible verses. OK – I’ll take that. It’s what I know how to do. I read the Bible. I learn something new every time I read the Truth. I try to understand everything I read. Sometimes I don’t understand – so I keep reading until I do. I try to apply what I’ve read to my own personal journey of the past nearly 14 years. I put my thoughts to written words on my home computer as best as I can. Those written words eventually form a lesson plan or a sermon based on a title, a theme, or a subject matter. Sometimes I’m writing several sermons simultaneously. I have a collection of sermons that I’ve written over the past 4 years. I update and enhance them on a regular basis, and then when I’m called upon to do so I determine which sermon is the most relevant at this time to preach on. I ask God which sermon are you going to place on my heart to “Testify & Preach”.

So I’m testifying on what I’ve lived – on what I’ve experienced – and I’m teaching and proclaiming – I’m preaching – on what the Bible tells me so about those life experiences. God gives me the right words at the right time through the Spirit.

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My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1990

Every 2ND, 3RD, and 4TH Friday of the month I post the Top 5 of one of my classic hit music charts based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay from either 15, 20, or 30 years ago this weekend (rotating each week).

It’s the 4TH Friday of the month, so I go back 30 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday April 22ND 1990:

  1. “Get Up ! (Before The Night Is Over)” – Technotronic Ft. Ya Kid K
  2. “Dangerous” – Roxette
  3. “Roam” – The B-52s
  4. “Don’t Wanna Fall In Love” – Jane Child
  5. “This Old Heart Of Mine” – Rod Stewart & Ronald Isley

What a jam that was 30 years ago – and it still is today. Imagine a young almost 23-year-old version of me dancing to that jam at the hottest clubs of South Florida in 1990. It’s still in heavy rotation on my iPod Shuffles. I can’t keep still in my chair when I hear it at almost 53 years old. It’s aged quite well over the past 30 years. (It’s aged better than me.)

The Eurodance era of the 1990s was my favorite era of music (by far) prior to salvation in Christ. Many credit “Gonna Make You Sweat” from C + C Music Factory in kickstarting the nearly decade-long pop radio era in 1991, but Technotronic was getting the world to dance with hip hop treats and house beats some two years earlier. They stormed the world with two back-to-back mammoth hits – starting with “Pump Up The Jam” in 1989 and continuing with “Get Up ! …” in 1990.

It’s halftime my friends. I’ll be back on Sunday and Monday with 2 more blog posts for this weekend. Enjoy your Saturday. Thanks for going RETRO with me !

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Work At Home; Walk Near Home

I’m nearing the end of Week 5 of working at home (out of my kitchen). The commute from my master bedroom to my “desk” (kitchen table) is right at about 6 seconds.

I actually drove to my actual workplace for the 2ND Monday morning in a row this past Monday, and I spent over 5 hours there trying to work as normal of a traditional work day as possible. I plan to do it again this upcoming Monday !  Maybe in May I’ll expand to Thursdays as well at my actual workplace.

I still don’t miss the traffic between here and there. My workplace is about 5 miles away as the crow flies, but it’s currently a rough and tough 9½ miles away by road (due to road detours). On a really good day it can take 20 minutes to get between home and work. On a bad day – 40 minutes or more.

Meanwhile my walking (for exercise) has intensified recently. Between March 22ND and April 22ND (a full month) I walked on 9 mornings at dawn. My start times were as follows:  0715, 0709, 0707, 0706, 0705, 0701, 0703, 0658, and 0650. (Dawn is starting earlier each morning.) I’ve walked a total of 13.09 miles. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic I had only walked 3 times this season (once in December, January, and February) for a total of 8.50 miles. Those 3 walks were at the walking / jogging track at the (currently closed) city park down the road from my neighborhood.

This is Season 13 of my fitness program (also known as “The Major’s Walk-A-Thon”). It’s my busiest season since Season 10 (2016-2017), and it’s my 5TH-busiest season ever.

I probably have a few more walks to go before this season ends (due to unbearable weather conditions). Here in South Florida we have a 5-month rainy season that runs from the middle of May through the middle of October. We receive over 70% of our annual rainfall during those 5 months. That’s about 4 feet of rain in 5 months. Additionally minimum temperatures at dawn generally hover between 77°F and 83°F with relative humidity at or just below 100%. Did I mention all of the bugs (many of which bite) that love that moisture ?

Yeah Season 13 is nearing its end, but Season 14 shall commence later this year once a new dry season takes hold here in South Florida.

“The Major’s Walk-A-Thon” is dedicated to my dad – William L. Day – who lost the ability to walk on his own in 2006 due to the crippling effects of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). The disease would take his life less than 4 years later. 54 years ago today – April 23RD 1966 – he and my mom got married in the Philippines.

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My Top 10 Hits – Week 166

Every Monday I post my all-new Top 10 Christian hit music chart based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay. It’s the continuation of a weekly hobby that goes back 40+ years. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday April 19TH 2020:

  1. “Almost Home” – MercyMe [# 1 last week / 18TH week on chart]
  2. “Alive And Breathing” – Matt Maher [2 / 6TH]
  3. “I Will Fear No More” – The Afters [3 / 13TH]
  4. “(I’ll) Never Let You Down” – Hawk Nelson Ft. Hunter & Tara [4 / 4TH]
  5. “See A Victory” – Elevation Worship [5 / 11TH]
  6. “Your Name Is Power” – Rend Collective [7 / 15TH]
  7. “The God Who Stays” – Matthew West [9 / 22ND]
  8. “Waymaker” – Michael W. Smith Ft. Vanessa Campagna [10 / 13TH]
  9. “Amen” – Micah Tyler [6 / 9TH]
  10. “Keep Me In The Moment” – Jeremy Camp [- / 1ST]

# 1 This Week In:
2019 – “Greatness Of Our God” – Newsboys
2018 – “Freedom Hymn” – Austin French
2017 – “Even If” – MercyMe

No change at the top – or in the Top 5. All of the action is in the bottom-half of my Top 10 as several long-running songs actually ease back up a notch or two.

Jeremy Camp is back with his follow-up to my # 1 smash “Dead Man Walking”. It’s his 4TH hit since 2017, and he joins The Afters, Hawk Nelson, and Michael W. Smith as current artists who were on my chart during previous eras. Jeremy made his debut on my chart in November 2006 with “Tonight”.

I’ve seen Jeremy LIVE in concert 4 times now (since 2015) – including twice in 2020 alone !  He puts on a solid set of his hits past and present, and I love his story as told in the recent movie “I Still Believe”.

I also love his new hit. Check out his official music video:

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again this upcoming weekend – with 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. I’m also on Twitter and Flickr.

Be blessed my friends !  May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

All rights reserved (c) 2020 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

Sunday Scripture

Happy Sunday April 19TH 2020 !  This is the day that our LORD has made. Let us rejoice. Let us be glad in it. And let us continue this praise, this worship, this celebration of our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ – right where we are – in our own homes.

This is the 5TH Sunday in a row in which my church family will not be meeting corporately at our building for our weekly celebration of Christ. Our Worship Pastor taped a sermon and placed it on Facebook on our 1ST Sunday away from each other, and our Lead Pastor did the same for the next 3 sermons after that. I’m looking forward to the next one online, as they have all been relevant and powerful – giving glory to God.

Here at #CountUp I preached a full sermon in blog form in 4 parts over the past 4 Sundays. I broke my own rule of “3 minutes or less”. That is – each one of my blog posts can be read in 3 minutes or less – except for my 4-part sermon. Each part was closer to a 5-minute-read. I knew I wanted it to culminate on Easter Sunday, so that gave me 4 Sundays to do so. I actually thought about breaking it up into 5 shorter parts and then presenting the extra part on a Thursday – perhaps Holy Thursday / Maundy Thursday – but I didn’t need to do so. While it may have taken you about 20 minutes to read it all it would have taken me over 45 minutes to preach it all from the pulpit in front of my church family. At 13 Microsoft Word pages it’s actually my longest sermon ever written.

It was even longer than that. I removed an entire section on Satan and hell. That got spun-off into its very own sermon (which I’m currently writing). I’m making pretty good progress so far. I’ve already got about 10 minutes of pulpit-preaching material. Incidentally my goal is to keep my sermons at about 35 to 40 minutes. I’ve been known to be “long-winded” in the past, so I’m learning how to shorten my sermons to my church family.

My 4-part sermon – “Faces & Heels” – was substantially enhanced from its original form – written in 2017. It was the 11TH sermon that I wrote since 2016 (when I started preaching). It sat idle since then. My new sermon – “Satan & Hell” – is my 35TH sermon.

As for future sermons here at #CountUp – I may do it again sometime soon.

Preach the Word of God. Be prepared – whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching. (2 Timothy 4:2 NLT)

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