Venice Florida

Venice

This is Venice Florida. I’ve never been there before, but in about 2½ months I’ll arrive and explore this quaint seaside city of about 23,000.

Every couple of years or so – generally before Spring Break (February) – or after Spring Break and before Summer Vacation (late-April / early-May) – I visit a new city in Florida that I’ve never been to before – or haven’t been to in many years. I’ve lived here for over 31 of my nearly 52 years, and there are large chunks of Florida that I’ve never seen before. In 2017 it was Lakeland / Bartow (east of Tampa). In 2016 – Saint Augustine (south of Jacksonville).

So this year it’s Venice – “The Shark Tooth Capital Of The World”. I’ll do a lot of walking – walking along the sandy surf of the Gulf Of Mexico, walking up and down Venice Avenue to and from the historic downtown district, and walking into restaurants I’ve never heard of before to enjoy some fine foods (probably Italian).

I’ll take a lot of pictures too, and many of them will ultimately end up on my Flickr Photostream. That reminds me – my Flickr has been very active lately with new photos being added almost daily. You can check out the last 5 photos added right here at revchrismday.com, or you can check out my full Flickr Photostream.

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My Top 10 Hits – Week 105

Every Monday night I post my all-new Top 10 Christian hit music chart based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday February 17TH 2019:

  1. “Maybe It’s OK” – We Are Messengers [# 1 last week / 12TH week on chart]
  2. “Best News Ever” – MercyMe [2 / 9TH]
  3. “Red Letters” – Crowder [4 / 9TH]
  4. “Nobody Loves Me Like You” – Chris Tomlin [3 / 16TH]
  5. “God Only Knows” – for King & Country [8 / 3RD]
  6. “Known” – Tauren Wells [7 / 28TH]
  7. “Even Then” – Micah Tyler [6 / 27TH]
  8. “My Feet Are On The Rock” – I Am They [- / 1ST]
  9. “Never Alone” – Tori Kelly & Kirk Franklin [9 / 3RD]
  10. “Look Up Child” – Lauren Daigle [10 / 2ND]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week:
“Gracefully Broken” – Matt Redman Ft. Tasha Cobbs Leonard

This week marks the 2ND anniversary of the start of the 3RD era of my hit music chart. The original era lasted not quite 7 years (1985-1992), and the 2ND era was alive for a little over 14 years (1995-2010). After an over 7-year hiatus I quietly resurrected my chart with a single song – TobyMac‘s “Love Broke Thru”. It was the # 1 and only song that week exactly 2 years ago.

That (Sunday) night 2 years ago I saw TobyMac (and friends) LIVE in concert in Tallahassee Florida. This Friday night I’ll be seeing TobyMac (and friends) LIVE in concert again – here in South Florida. Toby’s friends this time around will be Jeremy Camp, Jordan Feliz, Ryan Stevenson, We Are Messengers, and Aaron Cole. I am so looking forward to this show. I’ve got a great seat on the floor just 8 rows from the stage. Needless to say I probably won’t be seated for very long. I’ll be singing and dancing in Row H.

The day after that TobyMac concert two years ago is the day (Presidents’ Day) that I discovered that K-LOVE is a national over-the-air radio network with a station back home in South Florida. The next day (Tuesday) I headed home, and about 100 miles from home I tuned-in to K-LOVE for the first time ever. I’ve been listening ever since then. It’s great that their signal comes from a 100,000 watt / 1,000-foot transmitter that’s just 5 miles from my home. (I can actually see it from my home.)

That one-song chart exactly two years ago became a Top 3 the following week, a Top 5 the week after that, and a Top 10 in its 4TH week. This 3RD era of my hit music chart is known by me as the “K-LOVE Era”.

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again next weekend – 4 blog posts 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. Enjoy this week my friends. I’m on Twitter @ChrisMDay, and I’m also the man behind the tweets for my church @LivingWatersHFL. May God bless you – always and forever. Amen.

All rights reserved (c) 2019 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

Sunday Scripture

One of my duties every Sunday morning with my church family – whether I preach a full sermon or not – is that I open our service with inspiration (following our first worship song and leading-in to our second worship song), and I also close our service with encouragement.

After about 75 minutes of service the goal is to send out my brothers and sisters into the world on a high note – to encourage each of them to keep the praise, worship, and celebration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ going through the front doors, into our vehicles, and continuing on in whatever we do and wherever we go. That’s how we bring the church instead of go to the church. If you’re going to church on a Sunday then you’re doing it all wrong. You’re going through the motions. You’re following a religion. If you are the church, and you’re bringing the church with you on a Sunday then you’re glorifying God. That’s not a religion. That’s a way of life. That’s a fantastic journey that started at the point of salvation and continues through the point of resurrection.

I always have an opening and a closing prepared in advance of each service, but my plans are not God’s plans. (I write that with a smile on my face because I have to remind myself of that on a fairly regular basis.)

Today I had this Scripture from Colossians 4 prepared for my closing:

Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart. Pray that God will give us many opportunities to speak about Christ. Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive, so that you will have the right response for everyone.

Well God took me on an impromptu mission at the precise moment that I would’ve recited that Scripture. I essentially went rogue, walked off the stage, welcomed a couple of new faces by name to our church body, and lifted-up in prayer our brothers and sisters (by name) who weren’t present with us. I went straight from that to a few ad-libbed remarks, and then I read one of my longtime Scriptures of Benediction (Psalm 19:14 KJB).

It’s good to be prepared in-season and out-of-season, but when God leads you in a different direction then you must abandon those plans and go with God. He is The Way, The Truth, The Life.

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My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 2009

Every Friday night I post the Top 5 of one of my classic hit music charts based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay from either 10, 20, or 30 years ago (rotating each week). Here it is – for the week ending Sunday February 15TH 2009:

  1. “Stand Up” – Remedy Drive
  2. “Sing” – The Classic Crime
  3. “Homemade Valentine” – Children 18:3
  4. “Dead Man” – We As Human
  5. “Lose Control” – House Of Heroes

That’s some good rockin’ music right there that I remember from exactly a decade ago – back when I was in the middle of my 3RD year on this fantastic journey. On this particular Sunday morning I attended our 9 AM service, and I served Communion to my brothers and sisters. During our 10:30 AM service I served out in the main lobby.

Here’s what I wrote on my blog on this day 10 years ago:

– The highest level of living is generous living.
– Jesus says, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’
– I choose to be generous with my time.
– The Good News says, ‘Nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.’
– I choose to be generous with my talent.
– God made us what we are.
– He made us to do good on this Earth.
– I choose to be generous with my testimony.
– I choose to share my fantastic journey with the entire world.
– I choose to tell the story of how I was rescued and saved from the darkness.
– I choose to love and adore God for giving me a second chance at Life.
– I choose to never allow the euphoria of His light to ever dim.

That was the Truth back then, and it is the Truth today !

It’s halftime. I’ll be back on Sunday and Monday with two more blog posts for this weekend. Enjoy your Saturday. Share the Good News with all who will listen.

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Upgraded

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but this blog site got an upgrade a couple of nights ago. This site now has a new address, and it’s based on my name now – http://www.revchrismday.com. If you go to the original URL it’ll automatically forward you to the new .com address. With the new address comes the removal of all advertising. No matter what device you view this site on – computer, smart phone, tablet – you won’t see anymore ads mixed in. I’ve retired the former “Saturday Night Retro” name of this blog site. That name dates back to a previous social media existence online, and it’s not congruent with the current direction of my social media presence. I will also no longer utilize “The Major” nickname. That name actually goes all the way back to the early-1990s when I first entered the alternate world of online via the BBS (bulletin board system) on my computer via dial-up telephone.

Here on this site you’ll continue to see my new blog posts every Thursday, Friday, Sunday, and Monday. Those are my 4-day “blog weekends”. Saturdays will remain my day of rest. My last 5 tweets will continue to appear on the right-hand side of this site, and my last 5 photos (from Flickr) will continue to appear below the tweets. I’m still on Facebook, but I stopped posting new material over there over a year ago. I’ve kept my account active so that I can stay current with my friends who only utilize Facebook.

I’ve got a lot of “housecleaning” to do on this site. I’ve neglected my “SERMONS” page, so that will be the next page to be updated and enhanced. I’m also working on mission and vision statements for this site (and for my online ministry).

I’ve got a lot of big plans coming up for this site in 2019 and beyond, and for the most part – I don’t even know what those plans are. You see it would be foolish and arrogant for me to say – this is going to happen, and that is going to happen, and it’s going to leave a mark, and it’s going to change the world. The Truth is that such plans can’t possibly succeed if God is left out of the picture.

When I returned this blog to its original home on the WordPress platform 13 months ago I made a commitment to God to have Him guide and direct me on the journey forward for this online ministry. I’m spending more time in a quiet place – listening to God – listening to His whispers to me. I’m ready to react with His blessings to proceed forth. Where God leads me – is where I will go.

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The Major’s Top 10 Hits – Week 104

Every Monday night I post my all-new Top 10 Christian hit music chart based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday February 10TH 2019:

  1. “Maybe It’s OK” – We Are Messengers [# 2 last week / 11TH week on chart]
  2. “Best News Ever” – MercyMe [3 / 8TH]
  3. “Nobody Loves Me Like You” – Chris Tomlin [1 / 15TH]
  4. “Red Letters” – Crowder [5 / 8TH]
  5. “Forever On Your Side” – NeedToBreathe [6 / 7TH]
  6. “Even Then” – Micah Tyler [4 / 26TH]
  7. “Known” – Tauren Wells [7 / 27TH]
  8. “God Only Knows” – for King & Country [9 / 2ND]
  9. “Never Alone” – Tori Kelly & Kirk Franklin [10 / 2ND]
  10. “Look Up Child” – Lauren Daigle [- / 1ST]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week:
“Gracefully Broken” – Matt Redman Ft. Tasha Cobbs Leonard

We Are Messengers finally reach # 1 on my chart with their 3RD hit single in a row. “Magnify” peaked at # 2 in 2017, “Point To You” hit # 3 in 2018, and now “Maybe It’s OK” becomes the 30TH # 1 smash of this 3RD era of my chart. That makes it my favorite song on the radio right now. I’ll be singing along loud and proud when they perform it LIVE right in front of me at the upcoming TobyMac concert here in South Florida.

Micah Tyler does something amazing this week. His former # 1 smash “Even Then” spends its 26TH week on my chart. A year ago this week his former # 1 smash “Different” fell off of my chart after 26 weeks. Micah is getting ready to go on a 9-week nationwide tour with MercyMe, and I’ve got a floor seat for their Tampa Florida show in May.

Tauren Wells sets an all-new longevity record during this 3RD era of my chart, as “Known” spends its 27TH week on my chart. I’m still singing along to this song at home and in my car.

I’m fully known, and loved by You.
You won’t let go – no matter what I do.
And it’s not one or the other.
It’s hard truth and ridiculous grace.
To be known – fully known, and loved by You.
I’m fully known, and loved by You

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again next weekend – 4 blog posts 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. Enjoy this week my friends. I’m on Twitter @ChrisMDay, and I’m also the man behind the tweets for my church @LivingWatersHFL. May God bless you – and fully know you – always and forever. Amen.

All rights reserved (c) 2019 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

Sunday Scripture

And so – dear brothers and sisters – we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. By His death – Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house – let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting Him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water. Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep His promise. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, but encourage one another – especially now that the day of His return is drawing near. (Hebrews 10:19-25 NLT)

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