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Sunday Scripture

Greetings my friends. It is Sunday April 30TH 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’ll be with my new church family here in Sebring Florida – weather-permitting. We could have some severe weather moving through the region this morning, so I’ll monitor that. (My new church is a little over 4 miles away by road.) In the event of severe weather – I can watch the livestream online as it happens. But I’d rather experience service in-person. (That’s the Pastor in me.)

So it’s been about 2½ months since I wrapped-up my last sermon here on #SundayScripture. That was the one that was based on the Matthew West song – “The God Who Stays”. I’d like to write another sermon based on another contemporary worship song. I just don’t know what that song is yet.

Starting with this edition and continuing through the month of May and into June – I’ll be presenting my March 05TH 2023 sermon on “Paul & Titus” – in its original written form. I hope that it inspires you and encourages you.


You know if I asked you to – quickly – list 10 names out of the Bible – I’m thinking maybe you would mention Adam and Eve, Moses, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, Paul, James, and Peter. I think those are the 10 most prominent names out of the Bible – 3 from the Old Testament and 7 from the New Testament.

Today – I want to share with you the story of one of the lesser-known names of the Bible – Titus. Who ?  Titus ?  Who’s Titus ?  You know there’s an entire book of the New Testament on Titus, and it was written by – not Titus – but Paul (as in The Apostle Paul). It’s 1 of 13 letters or epistles that Paul wrote that make-up about half of the New Testament.

They are known as Pauline epistles. They are formal letters sent by the Apostle Paul to a person or a group of people – to inspire them – to encourage them – to set them in the right direction. Paul sent his letters to friends who were church leaders, and he also sent letters to the church in general. You know these Pauline epistles as his letters to the Romans, and the Corinthians, and the Galatians, and the Ephesians, and the Philippians, and the Colossians, and the Thessalonians, and his friend Timothy, and his friend Titus, and his friend Philemon. I’ve preached a lot from the Pauline epistles, as they are my favorite part of the Bible.

That’s a lost art from the past – writing letters to someone to inspire them – to encourage them – to make them happy. That was popular back before smart phones, and social media, and the internet, and computers. We would grab a pen and a piece of paper, and write a letter to someone to show that person that we’re thinking of him or her. Some of us even had manual typewriters at home, and we would type a letter. And then we would place that letter in an envelope, and write (or type) the address on it, and then place a stamp on it, and then drop it in the mailbox. Yep. That’s what we did – way back in the ‘60s and ‘70s and ‘80s. Even into the early-‘90s.

When I was serving in the desert of Saudi Arabia – during Desert Storm – 32 years ago – each of us received a random handwritten letter sent to “Any Serviceman / Servicewoman” – usually written by a student in school. They were words of encouragement from one stranger to another – from stateside to warside. They were awesome to read. They made us feel happy – thousands of miles away from home.


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 – 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 May 01ST 1988:

  1. “I Should Be So Lucky” – Kylie Minogue
  2. “Always On My Mind” – Pet Shop Boys
  3. “Together Forever” – Rick Astley
  4. “You Don’t Know” – Scarlett And Black
  5. “Shattered Dreams” – Johnny Hates Jazz

At the very end of 1987 – exactly 6 weeks after I left The United Kingdom after living and working there for 2 years as an 18, 19, and 20-year-old – an unsuspecting HI-NRG pop song entered the U.K. pop charts way down near the bottom of it. By late-February of 1988 – “I Should Be So Lucky” was a # 1 smash, and it stayed there for 5 weeks. It became one of the best-selling singles in the U.K. in 1988. Its success continued on pop charts worldwide including here stateside, and it kicked-off the music career of Ms. Kylie Minogue – which continues to this day. Kylie was 19 when she recorded and released the single, and I admit it – I had a crush on her back then when I was 20 and 21.

“I Should Be So Lucky” (and Rick Astley’s “Together Forever”) were products of the #SAW (Mike Stock, Matt Aitken, Pete Waterman) hit music factory of the mid-to-late-1980s and into the early-1990s. They wrote and produced over 100 U.K. Top 40 hits during that era. They created Eurodance before we even knew what Eurodance was. I was a big fan of their sound, and I still enjoy it to this day.

Next #RetroFriday I’ll go back 15 years ago to the start of May 2008. It’s when Sonny was addicted.

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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Blogging Driving Geography Home Travel

Venus Florida

Welcome back to #TravelThursday. This morning I’m returning to my new home in my new neighborhood in my new part of Florida – near Sebring. I don’t live within the city limits of Sebring. I live in unincorporated Highlands County. I actually live real close to where the Avon Park zip code and addresses begin (just a few thousand feet to the north). I live a little closer to downtown Avon Park than downtown Sebring.

Both Sebring and Avon Park are located in the northwestern part of Highlands County, and much of the population of the county lives in this area. The “south county” is much more rural; although anyone traveling from any of the big cities along either coast would think that the entire region is “out in the middle of nowhere”.

Way down near the southeast end of the county – about 35 to 40 miles from the Sebring / Avon Park population center – is the community of Venus. It’s located entirely west of U.S. 27 – and right up against it. Its small Post Office (Zip Code 33960) faces the main highway.

There’s a fun web page with reader interactions that you can link to that explores Venus and Old Venus. It’s referred to as a ghost town in the article, but I don’t think that’s really an appropriate term for the area. To me – a ghost town is the remnants of what used to be – with no existing life. There’s life in Venus, and I bet that it’s a peaceful and relaxing life there. It appears that there are anywhere from about 700 to 1,000 people who live in the area.

Next #TravelThursday I’ll present an update on my Flickr site. Let’s keep traveling together.

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Blogging Christian God Ministry Music Radio

My Top 10 Hits – Week 323

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 April 23RD 2023 – the 323RD week of this current era that began on Presidents’ Day Weekend of 2017:

1 1 14 The Lord’s Prayer (It’s Yours)
[9TH week @ # 1]
Matt Maher
2 2 12 I Believe It (The Life Of Jesus) Jon Reddick
3 3 19 My Story Your Glory Matthew West
4 4 21 I See Grace Micah Tyler
5 6 8 This Is Our God Phil Wickham
6 7 4 Easy To Praise Patrick Mayberry
7 8 4 Fingerprints Dan Bremnes
8 9 2 Desert Road Casting Crowns
9 10 4 Cornerstone TobyMac Ft. Zach Williams
10 1 Thank God I Do Lauren Daigle

# 1 This Week In:
2022 – “See Me Through It” – Brandon Heath
2021 – “Fires” – Jordan St. Cyr
2020 – “Almost Home” – MercyMe
2019 – “Greatness Of Our God” – Newsboys
2018 – “Freedom Hymn” – Austin French
2017 – “Even If” – MercyMe

DAN BREMNES – My #PickHitOfTheWeek is the one song that I’d like to hear more on the radio, as once I do – the song should climb into the top tier of my chart. I’d like to hear “Fingerprints” more on K-LOVE and The JOY-FM. It’s got a cool quirky upbeat sound to it, and its lyrics glorify our God. I like its chorus:

When you see love – leave a mark
Healin’ broken hearts
You see chains fall apart
You see hope rise from the dark
It’s so much more than ordinary
It’s nothing less than extraordinary
It’s the fingerprints of God

3 weeks ago – I featured its official lyric video. Since then – Dan has released the official music video. Check it out, and sing along to God:

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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