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After saying these things – Jesus crossed the Kidron Valley with His disciples and entered a grove of olive trees. Judas – the betrayer – knew this place – because Jesus had often gone there with His disciples. The leading priests and Pharisees had given Judas a contingent of Roman soldiers and Temple guards to accompany him. Now with blazing torches, lanterns, and weapons – they arrived at the olive grove.

That’s from the first 3 verses of the Gospel of John – Chapter 18. It’s the start of the suffering and death of Jesus. He had just completed His final prayer to the Father (John Chapter 17). On that Thursday He and His disciples left the city and walked across the dry river valley just outside the east walls of town.

He wanted to pray once more in one of His favorite places – Gethsemane – a beautiful garden of flourishing olive trees along the western foot of the Mount Of Olives. He and His disciples went there often to rest and pray.

Armed Roman soldiers and Temple guards – led by Judas – met Jesus and His disciples there. Jesus already knew what was going to happen.

At The Last Supper Jesus said, “I tell you the truth – one of you will betray Me ! It is the one to whom I give the bread I dip in the bowl.” He gave the bread to Judas who ate the bread. Satan entered into him at that moment. Judas left at once. He went out into the darkness of the night.

I’ll continue this journey through John Chapter 18 – next Sunday Scripture.

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My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1971

Every Friday 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, 25, 30, or 35 years ago this weekend (rotating each week).

It’s the 5TH Friday of the month, so it’s a special, as I go back 50 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday January 31ST 1971:

  1. “Knock Three Times” – Dawn
  2. “My Sweet Lord” – George Harrison
  3. “Lonely Days” – Bee Gees
  4. “One Less Bell To Answer” – The 5TH Dimension
  5. “Rose Garden” – Lynn Anderson

That’s obviously not my Top 5 chart from exactly 50 years ago. That’s the Top 5 of the Billboard Hot 100 from back then. Casey Kasem counted down the hits from coast to coast on the new “American Top 40” weekly radio show, and he counted down those hits towards the end of his broadcast on that Sunday in 1971.

I was 3½-years-old back then. That was a year or two before I got my own radio to play with and listen to, but I do remember hearing all of those songs on the radio when they were hits. I lived with my Mom and Dad in a cozy apartment in Greenbelt Maryland at the time. They were in their mid-to-late-20s.

Next Friday on RETRO I’ll go back 15 years ago to February 2006.

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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Weekend Kickoff Mini-Thoughts

It’s Thursday, and it’s the start of a fresh new weekend of blogging. Longtime readers of my blog will know that this was once a Thursday night tradition. I only do this every once in a while these days. It’s my ‘Mini-Thoughts’ – a rapid-fire session of random thoughts on my mind right this minute:

  • I got my first dose of the Moderna COVID vaccine a couple of days ago.
  • Right now only Seniors are getting in Florida.
  • I work for the military, so I was lucky to get it early.
  • My second dose will be in 4 weeks.
  • I got the COVID vaccine 18 days after getting the Shingles vaccine.
  • That was my second of two doses of the Shingles vaccine.
  • I am not an “anti-vaxxer”.
  • I didn’t know there was such a thing as an “anti-vaxxer” until recently.
  • Some don’t get vaccines because they believe they do more harm than good.
  • Some don’t get vaccines because it’s against their religious beliefs.
  • Getting vaccines are a personal choice for each individual.
  • I neither promote nor denounce vaccinations to anyone.
  • I recently signed-up for the Discovery Plus streaming service.
  • If I’m not careful I can easily binge-watch shows on it for many hours.
  • Looks like I’ll soon sign-up for Peacock as it absorbs WWE Network.
  • I also like to “Hulu & Hibernate”.
  • I don’t “Netflix & Chill”.
  • I’m looking forward to my upcoming Florida road-trip.
  • Looks like I’ll cover about 575 miles in 5 days.
  • I’ll blog all about it after I return home.
  • Looks like I’ll drive more miles this month than 7 months last year.
  • Next month I’ll drive more than twice as many miles as this month.
  • It’s been a chilly winter here in South Florida.
  • I was shivering in December and the first-half of January.
  • I think it’s our coldest winter since 2010-2011.
  • Recently we’ve enjoyed a few days in the 80s for the first time in 2021.
  • But it’s gonna get chilly again starting today.
  • 50s in the morning is chilly for us.
  • We’ve had 7 mornings in the 40s since the start of December !
  • Exactly 35 years ago today the Space Shuttle Challenger disintegrated.
  • It occurred right after I got home from work (in England).
  • I think I watched BBC coverage of it for the rest of the night.
  • Exactly 2 years ago today I was in the middle of the Caribbean on a cruise.
  • We were supposed to spend the day on Grand Cayman Island.
  • But we couldn’t reach the island due to ferocious northerly winds.
  • A strong cold front had made it deep into the Caribbean.
  • It was an unusually chilly day on the islands and at sea.
  • So we had an “extra fun day at sea”.
  • I can’t wait to get back on a cruise next year.
  • Here’s my towel animal from exactly 2 years ago:

Towel Animal

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My Top 10 Hits – Week 206

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 – this week’s chart:

COUNTUP MINISTRIES WEEK ENDING SUNDAY JANUARY 24TH 2021
TW LW WKS SONG TITLE ARTIST / SITE
1 1 9 Every Step Of The Way Cade Thompson
2 2 16 Truth Be Told Matthew West
3 3 11 Out Of My Hands Jeremy Camp
4 4 9 Sparrows Cory Asbury
5 5 5 Another In The Fire Hillsong United
6 9 2 Say I Won’t MercyMe
7 7 22 Rise Up (Lazarus) Cain
8 8 11 Image Of God We Are Messengers
9 1 Less Like Me Zach Williams
10 1 Fires Jordan St. Cyr

# 1 This Week In:
2020 – “Rescue Story” – Zach Williams 
2019 – “Nobody Loves Me Like You” – Chris Tomlin
2018 – “Gracefully Broken” – Matt Redman Ft. Tasha C. Leonard

Zach Williams is back with his 6TH hit on my chart with a radio-friendly track that just feels good. It’s got that trademark Zach Williams sound to it – with those powerful lyrics of salvation and moving closer to his Lord & Savior Jesus Christ: 

♫ Oh – I have days I lose the fight
Try my best, but just don’t get it right
Where I talk a talk that I don’t walk
And miss the moments right before my eyes

Somebody with a hurt that I could have helped
Somebody with a hand that I could have held
When I just can’t see past myself
Oh Lord – help me be

A little more like mercy – a little more like grace
A little more like kindness, goodness, love, and faith
A little more like patience – a little more like peace
A little more like Jesus – a little less like me ♫

“Less Like Me” is Zach’s 3RD hit single from his late-2019 album “Rescue Story”. (The title-track was my # 1 smash exactly a year ago.)

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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