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My Top 10 Hits – Week 315

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 February 26TH 2023 – the 315TH week of this current era that began on Presidents’ Day Weekend of 2017:

1 2 6 The Lord’s Prayer (It’s Yours)
[1ST week @ # 1]
Matt Maher
2 1 11 My Story Your Glory Matthew West
3 3 13 I See Grace Micah Tyler
4 6 2 Running Home Cochren & Co.
5 5 3 I’m So Blessed Cain
6 4 11 First Things First Consumed By Fire
7 7 22 Love Me Like I Am for King & Country Ft. Jordin Sparks
8 1 That’s Enough Brandon Heath
9 9 4 I Believe It (The Life Of Jesus) Jon Reddick
10 10 8 Gratitude Brandon Lake

# 1 This Week In:
2022 – “Jesus Is Coming Back” – Jordan Feliz Ft. Mandisa & Jonathan Traylor
2021 – “Say I Won’t” – MercyMe
2020 – “Almost Home” – MercyMe
2019 – “Maybe It’s OK” – We Are Messengers
2018 – “Gracefully Broken” – Matt Redman Ft. Tasha Cobbs Leonard
2017 – “Love Broke Thru” – TobyMac

MATT MAHER – Musician Matt Maher has been singing for God since 2000, but I had never heard of him until 2017 when I began hearing his recurrents on K-LOVE. In 2018 he hit my chart for the first time with the fast-paced “What A Friend”. It was a # 1 smash in May 2018. His 2020 hit “Alive & Breathing” reached # 2, and it spent 25 weeks in a row on my chart. And now he’s back at # 1 with his 3RD hit – “The Lord’s Prayer (It’s Yours)”.

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again with the new weekend – and 4 new entries – known as #TravelThursday, #RetroFriday#SundayScripture, and #Top10Monday.

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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Sunday Scripture

Greetings my friends. It is Sunday February 26TH 2023, 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. Let us love our neighbor as ourself.

This morning I’m back at my home church here in Homestead Florida for the first (and last) time this month. On February 05TH I was part of the large church family that meets at the downtown city park in Naples Florida. On February 12TH I stayed home as I recovered from an unusual cold that came and went in about a day-and-a-half. On February 19TH I was part of a church family that meets in Lake Placid Florida. They were very nice and friendly towards me. My longtime friend (formerly from Homestead) introduced me to everyone. I attended their Sunday School for adults, and regular church service. They even did baptisms at the end of the service. It was a great experience there, and I’ll visit again in the future. It’s about 19 miles from my new home, and I’m looking for a new home church within about 3 to 5 miles. (There are many to choose from.)

This morning at my home church I’ll be filling-in for my Pastor (currently on vacation), and I’ll be preaching. My sermon today will be non-traditional for me. It will be spontaneous and unrehearsed. Titled “Sebring & Beyond” I’ll be preaching about God’s plans for me in Sebring Florida. I bought my new retirement home there 10 days ago, and I’ll begin moving there in a couple of weeks.

Don’t worry about anything. Instead – pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace – which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7 NLT)

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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My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1988

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, 20, 25, 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 February 28TH 1988:

  1. “Never Gonna Give You Up” – Rick Astley
  2. “Need You Tonight” – INXS
  3. “Father Figure” – George Michael
  4. “Foolish Beat” – Debbie Gibson
  5. “Hungry Eyes” – Eric Carmen

One of my favorite songs of all time is from the Summer of 1972 – “Go All The Way” from Raspberries – fronted by Eric Carmen. I hear that song almost every day via my iPod Shuffles that play at my desk at my workplace. That same Eric Carmen reemerged some 15½ years later in 1987 with a big hit that was featured on the soundtrack of “Dirty Dancing”. His “Hungry Eyes” was a Top 5 smash here in the U.S.A., and it was a popular music video on a young MTV at the time:

Next #RetroFriday I’ll go back 15 years ago to March 2008. It’s when Aaron Gillespie and his hard rock band – The Almost – scored a huge hit on my chart about something that I specialize in.

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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My Carnival Celebration Vacation 2023

Welcome back to #TravelThursday. Last week I wrote about my day visiting Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas U.S.V.I. – where I spent most of the day enjoying the cruise ship docked portside. That was Day 5 of my 7-day cruise aboard the Carnival Celebration from Sunday January 08TH 2023 to Sunday January 15TH 2023.

This week it’s on to Days 6, 7, and 8. That was Friday, Saturday, and Sunday – with Sunday being debarkation morning. That’s always the saddest part of any cruise – having to leave it all behind after all of those fun days aboard. This was the newest and biggest cruise ship that I’ve ever sailed on – with the most passengers (6,000+) and crew (1,700+). As a local in Miami-Dade County Florida I always strive to get off the ship as soon as I possibly can – if only to avoid as much traffic as possible between the port and my home – about 32 miles. (That 32 miles is a long and rough 32 miles that usually takes anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes.)

But also I wish to get off the ship early to avoid prolonging the inevitable. Why hang around for a couple more hours when I can put a cap on the fun and look back at all of the great memories had and great people met.

Days 6 and 7 were fun days at sea sailing west-northwest from the U.S. Virgin Islands back to Miami. The ship took a more southerly (than usual) route back (along the north coast of Cuba) due to ferocious winds north of us in the Bahamas caused by an unusually strong Arctic cold front that had made its way that far south. Winds were actually gusting up to 50 MPH at times against the starboard (right) side of the ship, but surprisingly the big ship handled it well. I could barely feel the motion of the ship, and that was a great thing, as I can easily get seasick when the ship gets a rockin’ and a rollin’. As we traversed the north coast of Cuba we lost the heat of the tropics and we plunged into the cold air of the north with temperatures into the 60s and wind chills into the 50s. (When we arrived en Miami early on Sunday morning – wind chills were well into the 40s !)

This was another excellent Carnival cruise. Why sail any other cruise line when I usually enjoy a fantastic experience on Carnival ? I feel like I’m returning home every time I board a Carnival cruise ship – old or new. I know what to expect, and I enjoy every possible minute of it. Carnival specializes in activities and things to do and see from early in the morning until early the next morning. I think they do it better than any other cruise line. Their customer service is the friendliest at sea.

As for my next (17TH) Carnival cruise – I’ve been looking – but I haven’t booked yet. It’ll likely be out of Port Tampa Bay (the closest cruise ship port to my new home) – or Port Canaveral – a little further away. (Carnival sails out of both ports, but with not as many ships as PortMiami.)

I may skip a year of cruising in 2024, or maybe I’ll wait until later in the year to do so. My income will change dramatically next year since I’ll be retired instead of employed, so I’ll need to assess my budget once I reach that milestone in my life.

And speaking of which – I spent 4 days and 3 nights up in Highlands County Florida last weekend, and I activated the start of a dream that I’ve been dreaming (and blogging about) for the past 7 years. That dream is to retire near Sebring. Last Thursday morning with my Real Estate Agent I toured 5 condos in my dream neighborhood, selected my favorite one, made a purchase offer on it, and it was quickly accepted by the seller. I am now 8 days into the 30-day closing process, and everything is working out smoothly so far. I’ll write more about that – next – #TravelThursday.

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