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Blogging Driving Travel

Weigle House Museum

Welcome back to #TravelThursday. This week I’m writing about the Charles F. Weigle House Museum near downtown Sebring Florida – located at 1989 Lakeview Drive.

My first visit to the museum almost didn’t happen. It was back on Wednesday February 17TH 2021, and I had just arrived in the local area from neighboring Avon Park – disappointed that the Depot Museum there was closed due to COVID restrictions. (I wrote about that last #TravelThursday.)

So I drove to the local area, and I went to the city pier to hang out and absorb God’s nature on Lake Jackson – a 3,212-acre mostly-clear and fairly-shallow freshwater lake with a sandy beach-like shoreline.

After several minutes of lake-viewing I decided to explore the area just off the pier. I saw a sign nearby leading to the Sebring Historical Society, so I went to the door, and it was locked-shut even though they were supposed to be open. So I walked around to the side of the building (which is actually up a hill and on the 2ND floor). I thought I was walking-in to the upper-part of the museum, but as it turns out I walked straight into the Sebring Public Library !

I walked around the library pretending that I was actually interested in everything there. (I actually was not. As a kid I was regularly dumped at the local public library for many hours at a time. As a result – public libraries turn me off and bring back negative childhood memories.)

I eventually walked-up to the front desk, and I asked the librarian on-duty about the museum downstairs. She said that it should be open. I told her that it is locked-shut. She called someone that she knew who worked there. They talked for a minute or two. After she got off the phone she said that the guy in charge was running late, and that he would be there soon to open it up. In the meantime I should go check-out the museum across the parking lot in the bright yellow building. So I did !

I walked-in, and a friendly docent greeted me at the door. She showed me all around the museum. She was fantastic. After the personal tour we just talked for another hour or so. She lived in Miami for many years, and then she retired to Sebring many years ago. I told her that I’ll be doing the same. I’m getting ready to retire and move from Miami to Sebring. I also told her that I’m interested in serving at the museum. She told me that I must talk to the guy in charge of the Sebring Historical Society on the ground floor of the building across the parking lot directly below the public library. I took her advice. I walked back over to where I started, and the door was unlocked. The guy in charge was there, and we talked for an hour or so – all about Sebring.

What almost didn’t happen on that day turned out to be the highlight of that short trip to Sebring in February of 2021. It may also be the start of some great experiences in the not-too-distant future.

Earlier this month on Wednesday June 08TH 2022 I drove back to the parking lot, and I walked-in to the museum expecting to take a tour of it again and enjoy some friendly conversations with the docent on duty. I walked right in to a regularly-scheduled Wednesday morning “social” with coffee and donuts and several local residents just sitting in folding chairs in a circle and enjoying fellowship with each other. They invited me to take a seat as well, so I did. I enjoyed their company for a couple of hours. It seemed like many of us had a military connection – as well as a South Florida connection. I learned about some of their life experiences / war stories, and they learned about some of mine. (I never toured the museum.)

I am now absolutely sure that if this Wednesday morning “social” with coffee and donuts is still active when I’m retired and living there full-time that I will definitely be a part of this community. I also plan to join the Sebring Historical Society as a member and as a volunteer. I’d like to do some social media work for them, and maybe even take over their blog.

Next #TravelThursday we’ll return to South Florida and Miami-Dade County and a museum in a historic house that overlooks scenic Biscayne Bay. Let’s keep traveling together.

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Blogging Christian God Ministry Music Radio

My Top 10 Hits – Week 280

Every Monday I post my all-new Top 10 Christian hit music chart based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay from the previous week. It’s the continuation of a weekly hobby that goes back nearly 45 years. Here’s this week’s chart – for the week ending Sunday June 26TH 2022 – the 280TH week of this current era that began on Presidents’ Day Weekend of 2017:

TW LW WKS SONG TITLE ARTIST / SITE
1 2 8 Me On Your Mind
[1ST week @ # 1]
Matthew West
2 1 20 Sunday Sermons Anne Wilson
3 5 5 Love Is Everything We Need Unspoken
4 3 14 Fill My Cup Andrew Ripp
5 4 16 Egypt Cory Asbury
6 7 22 See Me Through It Brandon Heath
7 8 22 Brighter Days Blessing Offor
8 9 2 Hold You Tight Dan Bremnes
9 10 2 Getting Started Jeremy Camp
10 1 Thank God For Sunday Morning Cochren & Co.

# 1 This Week In:
2021 – “Yes He Can” – Cain
2020 – “Keep Me In The Moment” – Jeremy Camp
2019 – “Church (Take Me Back)” – Cochren & Co.
2018 – “Do It Again” – Elevation Worship
2017 – “Home” – Chris Tomlin

500TH # 1 – My # 1 artist (by far) over the past 280 weeks claims my 500TH # 1 smash over the past 37 years (minus hiatus years). It’s Matthew West, and it’s his 5TH # 1 smash – 4TH as a solo artist. When I saw his passionate performance of “Me On Your Mind” at the recent K-LOVE Fan Awards – I knew I was hearing a future chart-topper. Thank You Matthew for such an uplifting song.

♫ Who am I that the King of the world
Would give one single thought about my broken heart ?
Who am I that the God of all grace
Wipes the tears from my face, and says “Come as you are” ?
You paid the price. You took the cross.
You gave Your life. And You did it all.
With me on Your mind – me on Your mind ♫

400TH # 1 – I was just wondering myself – when and what was my 400TH # 1 smash ? It was 14 years ago this month back in 2008 towards the end of the 2ND year of my Salvation Era (2006-2010). Demon Hunter hit # 1 with “Fading Away”. It was a metallic hardcore song about waiting to being rescued by the Savior – straight out of the gates of hell. It was a powerful song for the era. The band from Seattle Washington are still around. They are celebrating “Twenty Years In Exile” with a tour and new music.

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again this upcoming weekend – with 5 new entries – known as  #TravelThursday, #RetroFriday#SundayScripture, a special #IndependenceDay post on the 4TH Of July, and #Top10Monday on Tuesday.

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 our 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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Bible Blogging Christian Church God Ministry Scripture

Sunday Scripture

Greetings my friends. It is Sunday June 26TH 2022, and this is the day that our LORD has made. Let us rejoice. Let us be glad in it. Let us celebrate this great new day of believing, following, trusting, loving, and being more like our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ.

Last month here on #SundayScripture I began transcribing one of my recent sermons that I preached to my church family at the end of February – “Stones & Stumbles”. It’s the follow-up to “Holy & Redeemed” which I presented on here in December and January. “Stones & Stumbles” covers 1 Peter 1:23-2:9.

Last week I concluded what turned out to be a 5-part series here online. I actually anticipated it to be a 6-part series, but I somehow got it done in 5. You can click on these links to look back at any of the 5 parts (or all of them from the beginning) – Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 / Part 4 / Part 5.

If you’re wondering – for now this is the only way you’ll be able to experience one of my sermons (if not LIVE and in-person here in Homestead Florida). I’m part of a small and low-budget church. We don’t have sophisticated (or any) cameras like the big churches have. We generally don’t record our sermons. We’ve experimented via personal iPhone and iPad, but both did not live up to expectations. We’ve even put a few of our sermons on Facebook (particularly during the peak of the COVID pandemic in 2020), but sound quality was not good at all. I’ve thought about (voice) recording my sermons via iPad, but I’m not that technologically savvy to do it right. I also don’t do a podcast of my sermons (or other editions of my blog) because I have no idea how to do so. I’m not really interested in learning how to do any of that. I’d rather just keep it simple for now – read the Bible, absorb and understand what I’ve read, pray about it, and then write a sermon about it so that I can share the God I know with others.

I get to preach my sermons to my church family about 8 to 10 times per year. (I’ve done so 5 times in 2022 thus far.) I’m coming-up on my 50TH sermon in 6 years later this year.

My last 3 sermons (during 3 Sundays in a row in May) were non-traditional and spontaneous in nature. I essentially had no idea what I would say until I actually said it. That can be dangerous (if you know me), so I try to be very careful when I venture out and try something new and different like that. (I don’t think I offended anyone during those 3 sermons.)

But then again – I’m of the belief that if you don’t offend someone when you’re preaching the Gospel – then you’re not trying hard enough.

My next sermon is a traditional (written and rehearsed) “behind-the-pulpit” sermon titled “Honor & Respect”, and it’s the follow-up to “Stones & Stumbles”. It’s also my 4TH sermon of my 1 Peter message series that I started last September. This too will be transcribed and presented on here – starting the Sunday after I preach it to my church family. It’ll cover 1 Peter 2:10-2:25 – including this gem:

If you wish to learn more about the God I know then stay tuned to #SundayScripture. The best is yet to come !

Thank you for reading my blog for this day, and may:

The LORD bless you, and keep you.
The LORD make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you.
The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. AMEN.

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1980s Blogging Music Radio

My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1987

Hello again retro music fans. 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 4TH Friday of the month, so I go back 35 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday June 28TH 1987:

  1. “Star Trekkin'” – The Firm
  2. “Let’s Dance” – Chris Rea
  3. “Don’t Dream It’s Over” – Crowded House
  4. “When Smokey Sings” – ABC
  5. “It’s A Sin” – Pet Shop Boys

Has it really been 35 years since this 20-year-old teenybopper danced like a maniac in his dorm room to “Star Trekkin'” (across the universe – on the Starship Enterprise under Captain Kirk !)

What a corny song that was, but it was a # 1 smash on my chart – # 1 nationwide in the United Kingdom, and it was also huge at the record stores on the European continent and also in Australia and New Zealand. Dr. Demento made it a cult favorite here stateside as well.

But allow me to share more on my # 2 hit exactly 35 years ago. It’s Chris Rea. You may remember him for his Summer of 1978 radio hit “Fool (If You Think It’s Over)”. It was his biggest hit here stateside. But it wasn’t his biggest hit worldwide. That would be “Let’s Dance”. I took an instant liking to “Let’s Dance” as soon as I heard it for the first time in late-May 1987. The very fast-paced song (175 BPM) spent 11 weeks on my chart – peaking at # 2 for 3 weeks in a row. To this day I still hear this song almost daily via my iPod Shuffles that play at my desk at my workplace. I consider it to be one of the greatest pop songs ever made, and it’s part of the amazing soundtrack of the greatest summer that I’ve ever seen – the Summer of 1987 – living and working in Gloucestershire England.

Next #RetroFriday I’ll go back 15 years ago to the start of July 2007. It’s the week that a hard rock band was in my Top 5, and they showed me how I can my rock face off to my Lord & Savior Jesus Christ.

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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