My Little Buddy Boots

Boots On Guest Bed

This was my little feline buddy ‘Boots’. I met him in 1994, and we officially became housemates on New Year’s Day 1995. Over the years Boots developed my personality in a cat’s body. He was the smartest cat I’ve ever met. I talked to him, and he understood me and responded to me.

Boots’ favorite hobbies included greeting me at the front door all the time, following me everywhere I went, watching my every move, eating with me, sleeping with me, and (for fun) pushing geckos off the back porch screen in order to “save my life”. If Boots saw a gecko climbing on the outside of the screen it would only take him mere seconds to jump up and push that gecko off the screen and tumbling 15 feet to the ground below. Once he did that he’d look back at me for my instant approval (which I always granted).

Boots was with me for 12½ years – the toughest 12½ years of my adult life. Exactly 12 years ago tonight on May 16TH 2007 was a horrible night for Boots and I. He was in agonizing pain (due to the effects of various diseases), and he could no longer hide it. He was screaming all night long. He could no longer walk. He lost the ability to purr. I knew that was his last night of life.

The next morning I made the ultimate decision to put him to sleep to end his terminal pain and suffering that he was enduring. I was with him at the very end, and he meowed at me one last time as if to thank me for loving him for all of those years. His eyes slowly closed after that, and I cried.

His doctor said it was my final good deed for him, and that he probably lived much longer than he should have – due to the love that I provided to him over the years.

Boots On The Couch

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My Top 10 Hits – Week 117

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 May 12TH 2019:

  1. “Alive” – Big Daddy Weave [# 1 last week / 9TH week on chart]
  2. “Greatness Of Our God” – Newsboys [2 / 12TH]
  3. “Born Again” – Austin French [5 / 11TH]
  4. “Confidence” – Sanctus Real [3 / 12TH]
  5. “Church (Take Me Back)” – Cochren & Co. [4 / 12TH]
  6. “Is He Worthy ?” – Chris Tomlin [8 / 6TH]
  7. “Scars” – TobyMac [6 / 5TH]
  8. “Resurrecting” – Elevation Worship [- / 5TH]
  9. “Prize Worth Fighting For” – Jamie Kimmett [9 / 5TH]
  10. “Scars” – I AM THEY [- / 1ST]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week:
“The Way (New Horizon)” – Pat Barrett

# 1 Two Years Ago This Week:
“Forgiven” – Crowder

It’s great to be back to present the 117TH week of this 3RD era of my personal hit music chart. The 116TH week was compiled as usual (last week), but not published. There were no new entries, and Austin French and TobyMac switched places at # 5 and # 6 respectively.

This week there are some surprises. Austin French continues his ascent, and now he’s got his 2ND Top 3 smash in a row. Could “Born Again” become his 2ND # 1 smash in a row ?  It is my theme song right now.

Elevation Worship has a rare re-entry onto my chart at # 8 – one notch higher than its previous peak at # 9 a couple of months ago. “Resurrecting” has done just that. The song was actually recorded almost 4 years ago, and one of the singers and writers of the song is Mack Brock – who I saw LIVE in concert last week. He was an opening act for Hillsong UNITED. He opened with his current radio hit “Greater Things”. He closed with the refrain from “Do It Again”. That got the entire arena up on their feet – with arms raised – singing out loud to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ !

At # 10 this week I AM THEY (out of Carson City Nevada) replace themselves with their follow-up hit to the late-blooming “My Feet Are On The Rock”. It’s called “Scars”, and that makes 2 hits on my chart this week all about “Scars”.

Finally – a special note about my # 1 smash from exactly 2 years ago this week. My man Crowder. I saw him LIVE in concert last week as well. He opened for MercyMe. He put on an awesome show. He performed about 12 or 13 hits – including “Wildfire” which I absolutely loved. I actually thought it was one of his older songs because the crowd was really into it. As it turns out it’s one of his newer songs from his new album “I Know A Ghost”. Ironically he did not perform “Forgiven” – my # 1 smash on this date in 2017. I was surprised. I was a little disappointed. But he’s “Forgiven”.

My friends – I preached a full sermon on this yesterday at my church. God used music to rescue me and save me from the mud and the mire almost 13 years ago. Music makes me happy. God’s music – God’s believers making music – it obliterates any “Gloom & Despair” (the title of my sermon) that the enemy tries to place forth on me. That’s the message that I share with you here on my blog. I do this to share God’s Good News through His music.

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again next weekend – 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. Enjoy this week my friends. I’m on Twitter @ChrisMDay, and I’m also the man behind the tweets for my church @LivingWatersHFL. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him. AMEN.

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Sunday Scripture

Today at my church I preached a sermon titled “Gloom & Despair”. It’s actually the resurrected remains of an early sermon (one of my first 10) that I wrote in 2017. It sat on my computer all this time as God led me in other directions and placed different messages on my heart.

When deciding on an appropriate sermon to preach to my church family it must be the right sermon at the right time. If it’s not then I ask God for guidance and direction. I ask Him to lead the way for me to discern what I and my brothers and sisters need to hear to get closer to God in the current environment.

Today “Gloom & Despair” was the right sermon at the right time.

At the end of my sermon I read the 150TH Psalm. I read part of each verse, and my church body repeated it after me:

Praise the LORD !  [REPEAT]
Praise God in His sanctuary. [REPEAT]
Praise Him in His mighty heaven !  [REPEAT]
Praise Him for His mighty works. [REPEAT]
Praise His unequaled greatness !  [REPEAT]
Praise Him with a blast of the ram’s horn. [REPEAT]
Praise Him with the lyre and harp !  [REPEAT]
Praise Him with the tambourine and dancing. [REPEAT]
Praise Him with strings and flutes !  [REPEAT]
Praise Him with a clash of cymbals. [REPEAT]
Praise Him with loud clanging cymbals. [REPEAT]
Let everything that breathes sing praises to the LORD !  [REPEAT]
Praise the LORD !  [REPEAT]

We must recommit ourselves to Christ daily. We can’t let a day go by without praising the Lord. And that Psalm right there – the 150TH and final Psalm – is a wonderful ending to the entire book of Psalms that confirms the greatness of our God. If you’re ever struggling with words in your prayers to God – just read out loud Psalm 150.

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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 this weekend (rotating each week). Here it is – for the week ending Sunday May 10TH 2009:

  1. “Open Season” – Air Five
  2. “The Difference” – Philmont
  3. “The Unavoidable Battle Of Feeling On The Outside” – FM Static
  4. “Black Sea” – The Contact
  5. “Set The Dial” – Run Kid Run

Air Five’s pop-punk song “Open Season” began an unprecedented 11-week run atop my chart on this weekend exactly 10 years ago. It was the longest-running # 1 smash of the 3½-year salvation era of my personal hit music chart, and it was my # 1 smash of all of 2009.

Sitting at # 4 was “Black Sea” from a Canadian band known as The Contact. They started together as a high school band in the late-1990s. I really liked this song back in the day (still do today), and it was played on my local Christian rock station a lot during the first-half of 2009.

It had an unusually dark and eerie feeling to it, but it delivered the Message that with God leading us through the darkness – the “Black Sea” – we will be just fine. It’ll be rough. It’ll be tough. We may think we’re drowning. We can’t do it by ourselves. We can’t rely on the world. The world will abandon us and leave us for dead. We need God to get us through it all. And He will. And He does. We will pass through alive !

♫ Outside
Out free
Marching through a black sea
We fight
In one direction

Inside
Liberty
Breathing in a black sea
Alive
With your infection ♫

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

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Home Sweet Homestead

I’m back from vacation !  My 6-day / 590-mile / 14-county Florida road-trip has come to a close. My trek started in deep South Miami-Dade County (where my home is), and it continued northward through Broward, Palm Beach, Hendry, Glades, Highlands, and Polk Counties, westward into Hillsborough County (Tampa), southward through Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee, and Collier Counties, and then back into Miami-Dade County. I also came within a few feet of touching (mainland) Monroe County for a second.

It was a fun trip. I saw a couple of current movies, I did a little bit of shopping (didn’t buy anything), I ate a lot of good food, I walked over 60,000 steps (to burn-off that good food), I did a lot of sightseeing, I visited some historical museums and animal-based tourist attractions, I went to two Christian music concerts, and I spent a lot of time at the beach.

I saw and I did things that I had never seen or done before in my life. This was a classic vacation. I get to spend the near future reminiscing about the times I enjoyed via the 140+ photos and 1 video I captured during all of the fun.

The 1 video I captured is a spectacular 3½-minute video of this past Tuesday night’s sunset on Venice Beach Florida. The video captures the 3 minutes leading up to the sun dropping below the horizon at sea as well as the 30 seconds right after that moment. I intended to post that video in its entirety here on my blog, but I realized that I can’t upload videos on here with my current WordPress plan. The video is also about 1:10 too long for Twitter, so I’ll have to figure out how to trim it down to 2:20 for Twitter.

In the meantime here’s Monday night’s sunset at 8:05 PM EDT on Venice Beach.

Sunset

From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets – the name of the LORD is to be praised. (Psalm 113:3 NIV)

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My Top 10 Hits – Week 115

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 April 28TH 2019:

  1. “Alive” – Big Daddy Weave [# 2 last week / 7TH week on chart]
  2. “Greatness Of Our God” – Newsboys [1 / 10TH]
  3. “Confidence” – Sanctus Real [3 / 10TH]
  4. “Church (Take Me Back)” – Cochren & Co. [4 / 10TH]
  5. “Scars” – TobyMac [7 / 3RD]
  6. “Born Again” – Austin French [5 / 9TH]
  7. “My Feet Are On The Rock” – I Am They [6 / 11TH]
  8. “Is He Worthy ?” – Chris Tomlin [8 / 4TH]
  9. “Prize Worth Fighting For” – Jamie Kimmett [9 / 3RD]
  10. “With Lifted Hands” – Ryan Stevenson [- / 1ST]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week:
“Freedom Hymn” – Austin French

# 1 Two Years Ago This Week:
“Even If” – MercyMe

Newsboys fall to # 2 after a single week at # 1. It’s only the 4TH hit to spend 1 week at # 1 since the start of the K-LOVE era of this chart 26 months ago.

Check out the official music video for my brand new # 1 smash:


♫ But God
Rich in mercy
You came to save me
Now I’m alive

My God
Strong and mighty
You reached down for me
So I could rise ♫

That’s the God I know. The God that saved me. The God that reached down for me. Now I’m “Alive”.

Do you know God ?  He knows you. He knew you before He created you. He loves you. He wants to be with you forever.

Not ready for God yet ?  That’s OK. He’ll wait for you. Don’t wait until it’s too late.

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again in 2 weekends – 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. Enjoy the next 2 weeks my friends. I’m on Twitter @ChrisMDay, and I’m also the man behind the tweets for my church @LivingWatersHFL. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him. AMEN.

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Sunday Scripture

Today our Lead Pastor preached on the red letters of Matthew 24:3-14 in his sermon titled, “The End Of The Age”.

We are in the end times. Verses 4 through 13 are happening right now. Many are deceived. We have wars and threats of wars. We have famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world. We have arrests, persecutions, and murders of the followers of Jesus Christ. We have hate all over the world. We have false prophets. We have sin running rampant everywhere. We don’t have enough love in this world. That’s the state of our world today,

But the one who endures to the end will be saved. And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it. And then the end will come. (Matthew 24:13-14 NLT)

We need to get to Verse 14 in this world, so that God’s Good News spreads and expands throughout the whole world to all nations.

And now on a personal note – this blog is taking a break after tomorrow night. I’m taking all next weekend off – from the Thursday morning (May 02ND) blog post through the Monday night (May 06TH) Top 10 chart. I’ll be back on the following Thursday (May 09TH) for the start of my next big weekend of blogging, but before that I’ll present my Top 10 music chart for this weekend tomorrow night at its regularly-scheduled time – just after 6 PM EDT (U.S. East Coast time).

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