Sunday Scripture

I’m currently writing a new sermon that I hope to preach soon to my church family. It’s tentatively titled “Kindness & Love”, and it’s what I like to refer to as a standalone “back-to-basics” sermon. It’s one of those sermons that we need to hear from time-to-time (especially me) to remind us of God’s “Kindness & Love”. It’s what happened on that cross on that day. It’s what happened 3 days later.

See if Christ never rose from the dead then our faith is useless. There’s nothing to testify to. There’s nothing to preach about. There’s nothing to live for. There would be no Bible. There would be no church. We would all be unforgiven. We would all be under the judgment of God. We would all be guilty of all of our sins. See Christ’s resurrection is proof that His sacrifice took away all of our sins.

Here’s the Good News:

But in fact – Christ has been raised from the dead. He is the first of a great harvest of all who have died. So you see – just as death came into the world through a man – now the resurrection from the dead has begun through another man. Just as everyone dies because we all belong to Adam – everyone who belongs to Christ will be given new life. But there is an order to this resurrection: Christ was raised as the first of the harvest. Then all who belong to Christ will be raised when He comes back. (1 Corinthians 15:20-23 NLT)

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Sunday Scripture

TODAY with my (Living Waters) church family our Lead Pastor Bob continued his message series on “The Road To Heaven”. Today’s sermon was on “The Three Women Of The Book Of Revelation” with Scripture not from Revelation – but from the Book of Esther – 1:19, 2:5-6, 3:1, and 5:1-3.

The Book of Esther takes place for about 21 years during her reign as Queen of Persia from 486 B.C. to 465 B.C. That’s exactly 100 years after my sermon from last week – “Neco & Nebuchadnezzar” – ended at (with the final fall of the Kingdom of Judah).

At that time there was a Jewish man in the fortress of Susa whose name was Mordecai – son of Jair. He was from the tribe of Benjamin and was a descendant of Kish and Shimei. His family had been among those who – with King Jehoiachin of Judah – had been exiled from Jerusalem to Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar. (Esther 2:5-6 NLT)

King Jehoiachin was the second-to-last King of Judah before its final fall in 586 B.C. His grandfather was the good King Josiah. He became King at the age of 18, and he was King for just 3 months in 597 B.C. before King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon took King Jehoiachin prisoner and led him away as a captive to Babylon. Mordecai’s ancestors were part of the group of thousands that were taken into captivity to Babylon.

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Overcomer

This past Labor Day Monday I saw “Overcomer” at my local movie theatre. There were about 5 or 6 of us in the theatre, and I think that we all laughed, cheered, and teared-up at the same time. (I didn’t watch what others were doing, but I could hear them.)

This was a wonderful movie. I loved it from start to finish. I highly recommend it for believers and not-yet-believers of Christ alike. If you’re a not-yet-believer of Christ then go in with an open mind and a soft heart. You could walk out of that theatre the same person as you walked in, or the movie could change your life forever. God can use a movie to rescue and save you from the pit of despair – out of the mud and the mire.

Post-movie back at home I decided to do what was suggested in the movie – and that is to read Ephesians 1 & 2 – and study it – and understand it – and apply it to my eternal relationship with Christ. It’s also inspired me to write a brand new sermon based on Ephesians 1. I hope to preach it to my church family soon.

All praise to God – the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ – who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. (Ephesians 1:3 NLT)

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My Top 10 Hits – Summer Of 2019

15 weekly hit music charts and 24 positive and encouraging hits (same as last Summer) have created this cumulative hit music chart of my Top 10 hits of the Summer Of 2019 based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay. Here it is – from Memorial Day Weekend (last Sunday of May) to Labor Day Weekend (first Sunday of September):

  1. “Raise A Hallelujah” – Bethel Music
  2. “Resurrecting” – Elevation Worship
  3. “Prize Worth Fighting For” – Jamie Kimmett
  4. “Till I Found You” – Phil Wickham
  5. “Church (Take Me Back)” – Cochren & Co.
  6. “Greater Things” – Mack Brock
  7. “Symphony” – Switch
  8. “Born Again” – Austin French
  9. “Is He Worthy” – Chris Tomlin
  10. “Nobody (But Jesus)” – Casting Crowns Ft. Matthew West

Elevation Worship owned last summer’s # 1 smash with “Do It Again”, and they nearly did it again with this summer’s smash, “Resurrecting”. It fell 10 points shy of the # 1 spot for this summer.

Matthew West was # 5 last Summer with “All In”, and his collaboration with Casting Crowns was my 10TH biggest hit of this Summer.

It’s 2 in a row for Chris Tomlin as well. “Resurrection Power” was # 6 last Summer.

Unlike last Summer no song spent all 15 weeks of Summer on my chart. Elevation Worship’s “Do It Again” did it last Summer, and their “Resurrecting” came the closest this Summer with 14 out of 15 weeks on my chart.

Years from now when I look back at this chart I’ll remember the good times that I enjoyed during these 100 days of summer. This was the soundtrack of my summer.

If you’re not familiar with one or any of these songs then use Google or YouTube to check them out. Enjoy the music, but listen to the words. The words of these songs represent God’s Word. Any one of these songs can change your life forever. God used music to rescue and save me from the darkness during the Summer Of 2006.

He has given me a new song to sing – a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what He has done, and be amazed. They will put their trust in the LORD. (Psalm 40:3 NLT)

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 completely with joy and peace as you trust in Him.

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Sunday Scripture

Today I led my church family on our journey to get closer to our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. I preached about a 35 to 40 minute sermon on the fall of the “Southern Kingdom” of Judah following the untimely death of the good King Josiah on the battlefield at Megiddo. Titled “Neco & Nebuchadnezzar” (the two Kings mostly responsible for the final fall of Judah) – it was the follow-up (or sequel) to my previous sermon of 4 weeks ago titled “Josiah & Judah” which was all about the 31-year reign of King Josiah.

Here’s an excerpt of my sermon:

King Josiah didn’t see the end of his life coming, and as the Bible says:

While Josiah was King – Pharaoh Neco – King of Egypt – went to the Euphrates River to help the King of Assyria. King Josiah and his army marched out to fight him, but King Neco killed him when they met at Megiddo. (2 Kings 23:29)

… So the year is 609 B.C. Josiah was the King of Judah – the smaller “Southern Kingdom” of the Jewish homeland. Jerusalem and Bethlehem were both in Judah – the far-northern part of Judah. To its north was the Kingdom of Assyria – or the Assyrian Empire. That northern part was once the Kingdom of Israel. That’s when there were two divided Kingdoms – Israel and Judah. And of course before that they were one United Kingdom – of Israel and Judah. After the split the two Kingdoms started as bitter enemies, but then they ended-up as somewhat friendly allies. Bethel and Samaria were both in the “Northern Kingdom”.

So King Josiah heard (through the grapevine) that Pharaoh Neco – the King of Egypt – and his loyal army – were to march northward – out of Egypt (along the coastline of the Mediterranean Sea) – and then inland – across the mountains – towards the Euphrates River – to help the King of Assyria in fighting the Babylonians – who were becoming increasingly powerful and expanding westward into the region …

… King Josiah didn’t like that idea. He had major problems with that maneuver. He didn’t want the Assyrian Empire (to the north) to get any stronger. He didn’t want the King of Assyria to receive any outside help. The Assyrian Empire was fading fast. It was crumbling from within due to a series of brutal civil wars and attacks from outsiders. King Josiah really wanted the Babylonians to finish the job. King Josiah was on the side of the Babylonians – for reasons unknown. It’s not really clear in the Bible as to why Josiah favored the Babylonians over the Assyrians. Maybe he thought that they would be friendlier / more accommodating neighbors to the north – and to the east.

So King Josiah was not going to let the Egyptians help out the Assyrians against the Babylonians. Deep within the Kingdom of Assyria – King Josiah and his loyal army intercepted Pharaoh Neco and his loyal army at a place called Megiddo. Modern-day Megiddo is located in far-northern Israel – north of the West Bank – very near Nazareth …

… So at Megiddo – the two Kings talked. King Josiah urged Pharaoh Neco to stop and turn around. Neco refused, and in fact he told King Josiah that the LORD wanted him to fight the Babylonians. Neco told Josiah that if he really listened to the LORD who he believes, follows, and trusts – then he would know that the enemy was not the Assyrians or the Egyptians. The enemy was the Babylonians. Josiah didn’t believe Neco. Josiah was enraged at Neco. Josiah led an attack on Neco and his army. That didn’t end well. It ended in disaster. King Josiah was killed in the battle.

In 2ND Chronicles an account of this deadly battle is described in greater detail than in 2ND Kings, so as the Bible says:

King Neco sent messengers to Josiah with this message: “What do you want with me – King of Judah ?  I have no quarrel with you today !  I am on my way to fight another nation, and God has told me to hurry !  Do not interfere with God – who is with me, or He will destroy you.” (2 Chronicles 35:21)

And the very next verse of 2ND Chronicles reveals that God had indeed spoken to Neco, and Neco was truly following the will of God.

So the one time that Josiah failed to listen to God’s voice – it cost him his life. Maybe after 39 years of life, and 31 years of reign, and 23 years of listening to the LORD – he had gotten just a little bit complacent – maybe a bit too comfortable.

You can’t get complacent or comfortable on this journey. That type of thinking won’t move you closer to God. The enemy loves that type of thinking.

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My Top 10 Hits – Week 132

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 August 25TH 2019:

  1. “Nobody (But Jesus)” – Casting Crowns Ft. Matthew West
    [# 3 last week / 4TH week on chart]
  2. “Fear No More” – Building 429 [4 / 4TH]
  3. “Raise A Hallelujah” – Bethel Music [1 / 12TH]
  4. “Symphony” – Switch [2 / 12TH]
  5. “I’m Gonna Let It Go” – Jason Gray [5 / 3RD]
  6. “Dead Man Walking” – Jeremy Camp [8 / 6TH]
  7. “(Love Is The) Reason” – Unspoken [7 / 6TH]
  8. “Resurrecting” – Elevation Worship [9 / 20TH]
  9. “Yes I Will” – Vertical Worship [10 / 2ND]
  10. “Power” – We Are Messengers [- / 1ST]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week:
“Who You Say I Am” – Hillsong Worship

# 1 Two Years Ago This Week:
“Broken Things” – Matthew West

Casting Crowns score their 2ND # 1 smash in less than a year with “Nobody (But Jesus)”. It’s the 39TH # 1 smash during this era of my personal hit music chart. They also owned the 26TH # 1 smash – “Only Jesus” – as well as the 5TH # 1 smash in 2017 – “Oh My Soul”.

I love the 2ND verse of “Nobody (But Jesus)” sung by Matthew West:

Moses had stage fright
And David brought a rock to a sword fight
You picked twelve outsiders nobody would’ve chosen, and You changed the world
Well the moral of the story is
Everybody’s got a purpose
So when I hear that devil start talking to me saying, “Who do you think you are ?”

“Nobody (But Jesus)” was cowritten by Mark Hall (lead singer), Matthew West, and Bernie Herms (popular producer and songwriter – married to Natalie Grant).

I absolutely love this song. It’s a perfect pop song for the radio with a country feel to it. Its music video is fun to watch, and sing along with, and clap your hands to.

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again next weekend – 5 new entries on Thursday, Friday, Sunday, Monday, and a special post on 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. 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 is Day 4 of a bad cold that has had me bed and couch-ridden at home since last Thursday. I awoke on Thursday morning with a sore throat that got progressively worse as the day went on. I was actually convinced that I had strep throat because I had no other conditions. And then on Friday all of the other conditions of the common cold arrived.

It’s Day 4, and after 11 hours in bed I awoke in recovery mode. Today’s symptoms include leftover congestion (improving), mucus and phlegm, a weak voice, and excessive sweating. I’m missing my weekly celebration of Christ with my church family today for the first time in a long time (other than vacation time). As I write this blog post my church family is gathering for our 11 AM service.

Are any of you sick ?  You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you – anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord. Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well. And if you have committed any sins – you will be forgiven. (James 5:14-15 NLT)

Have true faith that our Lord will answer our prayers, and He will. Faith for healing is a gift from God. Trust Him !

The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing. (1 Corinthians 12:9)

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