My Top 10 Hits – Week 152

Every Monday 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 January 12TH 2020:

  1. “Holy Water” – We The Kingdom [# 1 last week / 7TH week on chart]
  2. “Rescue Story” – Zach Williams [6 / 14TH]
  3. “The God Who Stays” – Matthew West [7 / 8TH]
  4. “Almost Home” – MercyMe [5 / 4TH]
  5. “Smile” – Sidewalk Prophets [4 / 6TH]
  6. “Unstoppable God” – Sanctus Real [2 / 10TH]
  7. “Nobody (But Jesus)” – Casting Crowns Ft. Matthew West [3 / 24TH]
  8. “Your Name Is Power” – Rend Collective [- / 1ST]
  9. “Faith” – Jordan Feliz [8 / 14TH]
  10. “In The Arms” – Terrian [10 / 2ND]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week:
“Nobody Loves Me Like You” – Chris Tomlin

# 1 Two Years Ago This Week:
“Lions” – Skillet

“Holy Water” remains at # 1, as I sing along to it every time I hear it on the radio. I especially love these lyrics:

♫ Dead man walking – slave to sin
I wanna know about being born again
I need You
O God I need You ♫

Christ said, “I assure you. No one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit … You must be born again.”
(John 3:5,7b)

There’s significant chart movement below # 1. That includes the current hit from Zach Williams. His “Rescue Story” rises to # 2 this week – tying the # 2 peak of his debut smash from the Summer of 2017 – “Old Church Choir”. (“Chain Breaker” was a 2016 smash for Zach – a year before this chart was resurrected.)

Rend Collective from the United Kingdom (Northern Ireland) are back on my chart for the first time in 18 months with their current radio song “Your Name Is Power”.

Coming up in 5 weeks this current era of my chart celebrates its 3RD anniversary. To mark the occasion I’ll present my Top 20 hits of the past 3 years representing 157 weekly music charts. I’ll do so on a special Tuesday blog post on that Presidents’ Day holiday weekend here in the U.S.

Next weekend is a holiday weekend as well – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is Monday January 20TH. I’ll post a special blog on that day. That pushes my next Top 10 music chart to next Tuesday.

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again next weekend – with 5 new entries on Thursday, Friday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. 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 @ChrisMDay, and I’m the man behind the tweets for my church @LivingWatersHFL.

Enjoy this new week my friends !  May the God of hope fill you completely with joy and peace as you trust in Him.

All rights reserved (c) 2020 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

Sunday Scripture

Today we had another near full house with my Living Waters church body, as we came together corporately to praise, worship, and celebrate our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ.

Our Lead Pastor Bob continued his message series titled “The Days Of Noah Have Come” – based mostly on Scripture from Genesis 6, 7, and 8. He continued his ongoing theme on types and shadows as well – a theme that our Worship Pastor Ben introduced to us in a sermon last June (which I continued in a few of my sermons since then).

I never heard of types and shadows before last June, and now I’ve been studying them almost nonstop since then.

The water receded steadily from the earth. At the end of the hundred and fifty days the water had gone down, and on the seventeenth day of the seventh month the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat.
(Genesis 8:3-4 NIV)

So Noah is a type of Jesus Christ. The ark is a type of church. The single door of the ark is a type of Jesus Christ (“I am the door.”). The 17TH day of the 7TH month (Nisan) is a type of a Glorious day !  (It’s also the day that Christ is risen.)

Yesterday (my day of rest) I spent much of the day in God’s Word sitting in front of my desktop computer finishing the manuscript of my next sermon that I hope to preach titled “Church & State”. It’s all about the importance of being a part of – and playing an active role in – a church body. I’ll share a portion of my sermon on my next “Sunday Scripture”.

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My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 2005

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 10, 15, 20, or 30 years ago this weekend (rotating each week).

It’s the 2ND Friday of the month, so I go back 15 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday January 09TH 2005:

  1. “Welcome To My Life” – Simple Plan
  2. “I Don’t Want To Be” – Gavin DeGraw
  3. “Lady” – Lenny Kravitz
  4. “True” – Ryan Cabrera
  5. “Beautiful Soul” – Jesse McCartney

Jesse McCartney’s debut smash was huge on my chart back at the start of 2005. It actually debuted in December 2004, and it spent 30 weeks on what was my Top 25 mainstream pop chart at the time. (Back then I listened to heritage Top 40 radio station Y-100 out of Miami Florida.) “Beautiful Soul” finished as my # 5 hit of 2005. Jesse was actually a “2-hit-wonder” on my chart. He also scored with “She’s No You” – a # 11 hit a few months later in 2005. Jesse was 17 when he filmed the music video for “Beautiful Soul”, and here it is:

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 !

All rights reserved (c) 2020 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

My Top 5 Movies – 2019

Last year I managed to see 20 movies at various theatres in Florida and Texas. That’s the least amount of movies seen at the theatres in a full decade – since 2010. It’s way down from the average of 36 movies seen per year between 2012 and 2017. (That includes a record high of 43 in 2015.) The steep downward trend (of the past two years) can be attributed to a lack of quality product that interests me, and the fact that I’ve been busier at work and busier at home when I’m not at work.

Out of the 20 movies seen in 2019 I rated 14 of them as a perfect 4.0 stars. I rated 5 movies as 3.5 stars (the equivalent of a “B” letter grade). 1 movie got only 3.0 stars – “Long Shot“. It was rated as my worst movie of the year.

So how about my Top 5 movies of 2019:

  1. A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood
  2. Richard Jewell
  3. “Ben Is Back”
  4. Breakthrough
  5. Yesterday

Just below my Top 5 – a couple of honorable mentions – “The Art Of Racing In The Rain” and “Knives Out“.

Here’s hoping that 2020 is a better year at the movies for my personal tastes. I actually enjoy sitting in a movie theatre and watching a movie including all of the commercials and previews before the movie – despite the annoying things that other moviegoers do.

All rights reserved (c) 2020 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

My Top 10 Hits – Week 151

Every Monday 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 January 05TH 2020:

  1. “Holy Water” – We The Kingdom [# 2 last week / 6TH week on chart]
  2. “Unstoppable God” – Sanctus Real [1 / 9TH]
  3. “Nobody (But Jesus)” – Casting Crowns Ft. Matthew West [3 / 23RD]
  4. “Smile” – Sidewalk Prophets [4 / 5TH]
  5. “Almost Home” – MercyMe [8 / 3RD]
  6. “Rescue Story” – Zach Williams [6 / 13TH]
  7. “The God Who Stays” – Matthew West [7 / 7TH]
  8. “Faith” – Jordan Feliz [9 / 13TH]
  9. “Dead Man Walking” – Jeremy Camp [5 / 25TH]
  10. “In The Arms” – Terrian [- / 1ST]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week:
“Well Done” – The Afters

# 1 Two Years Ago This Week:
“Lions” – Skillet

It’s the start of a brand new year for my personal hit music chart. It’s technically the start of my 35TH year of writing down / typing in my favorite songs of the week, as I’ve been doing this since 1985. This radio music hobby predates my chart by another 10 years, so this is essentially a lifelong thing for me. And now it’s based on the music that tells the Glorious story of my Lord & Savior Jesus Christ.

We start the new year with a new # 1 smash from We The Kingdom. The man behind the band is Mr. Ed Cash – a longtime producer and songwriter who’s been behind many of Chris Tomlin’s hits including his most recent – “Home”, “Resurrection Power”, and “Nobody Loves Me Like You”. He also wrote “Forgiven”, “All My Hope”, “Red Letters”, and “Let It Rain” with Crowder.

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again next 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 @ChrisMDay, and I’m the man behind the tweets for my church @LivingWatersHFL.

Enjoy this first full week of 2020 my friends !  May the God of hope fill you completely with joy and peace as you trust in Him.

All rights reserved (c) 2020 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

Sunday Scripture

On this 1ST Sunday of the new year, the new decade, and the new season our Living Waters church body came together corporately to praise, worship, and celebrate our living Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. It was one of our biggest attended services in recent memory, and 2020 looks like a brighter year for the expansion of God’s Kingdom in Homestead Florida.

Our Lead Pastor Bob kicked-off a new message series today about Noah, the ark, the raven, the dove, and the olive tree. We are descendants of Noah, the ark represents the church, the raven represents death, destruction, and Satan, the dove represents life, love, and God, and the olive tree represents peace. Pastor Bob said that we’ll explore the story of Noah from mostly Genesis 7 and 8 over the next few weeks. I’m looking forward to it. I loved today’s clear and concise introductory message. It’s actually inspired a few future sermons of my own.

After another forty days – Noah opened the window he had made in the boat, and released a raven. The bird flew back and forth until the floodwaters on the earth had dried up. He also released a dove to see if the water had receded, and it could find dry ground. But the dove could find no place to land because the water still covered the ground. So it returned to the boat, and Noah held out his hand and drew the dove back inside. After waiting another seven days – Noah released the dove again. This time the dove returned to him in the evening with a fresh olive leaf in its beak. Then Noah knew that the floodwaters were almost gone. He waited another seven days and then released the dove again. This time it did not come back. (Genesis 8:6-12 NLT)

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My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 2010

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 10, 15, 20, or 30 years ago this weekend (rotating each week).

It’s the 1ST Friday of the month, so I go back 10 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday January 03RD 2010:

  1. “Trying” – Eleventyseven
  2. “Rolling With The Punches” – Ruth
  3. “Where To Start” – Philmont
  4. “Forget And Not Slow Down” – Relient K
  5. “Forest” – Number One Gun

This is the week that I reduced my chart down to a Top 10 (from a Top 15). The end was near. I would go on to compile and publish 4 more weekly hit music charts after this one (through the end of January 2010). Once February 2010 rolled in this hobby had ended after 14 years in a row (and over 30 years overall). The “Salvation Era” of my weekly hit music chart lasted not quite 3½ years.

On the 1ST Friday of the month next month I’ll reveal the never-before-told story of how and why this chart came tumbling down, and why I quit listening to Christian music on the radio. The story has a happy ending (obviously) – because here I am in 2020 listening to and promoting Christian music again.

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 !

All rights reserved (c) 2020 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

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