Sunday Scripture

Today was another beautiful day with my church family at Living Waters. We had a special guest speaker this week, and he brought God’s Good News to us in an awesome way.

He preached on all 21 verses of Daniel Chapter 1 – which begins in 605 B.C. – the 3RD year of King Jehoiakim’s reign in Judah. Jehoiakim was the oldest son of Josiah who I’ve been studying for the past month or so, and it’s actually become my next two sermons that I hope to preach to my church family. My first sermon covers the entire 31-year reign of King Josiah. My second sermon covers the crumbling of the Kingdom of Judah immediately after Josiah’s untimely death.

During the third year of King Jehoiakim’s reign in Judah – King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. The LORD gave him victory over King Jehoiakim of Judah, and permitted him to take some of the sacred objects from the Temple of God. (Daniel 1:1-2)

Today’s sermon went a long way in helping me to understand the fall of the “Southern Kingdom” to Babylon.

Jehoiakim was twenty-five years old when he became King, and he reigned in Jerusalem eleven years. His mother was Zebidah – the daughter of Pedaiah from Rumah. He did what was evil in the LORD’s sight – just as his ancestors had done. (2 Kings 23:36-37)

Our Special Guest Speaker this week was Jeff Carter – Author of “I Can Prove God Exists: Only God Could Be An Atheist” – available on Amazon.

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My Top 10 Hits – Week 126

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 July 14TH 2019:

  1. “Prize Worth Fighting For” – Jamie Kimmett [# 2 last week / 14TH week]
  2. “Till I Found You” – Phil Wickham [3 / 6TH]
  3. “Raise A Hallelujah” – Bethel Music [5 / 6TH]
  4. “Greater Things” – Mack Brock [6 / 9TH]
  5. “Resurrecting” – Elevation Worship [7 / 14TH]
  6. “Is He Worthy ?” – Chris Tomlin [4 / 15TH]
  7. “Church (Take Me Back)” – Cochren & Co. [# 1 / 21ST]
  8. “Let It Rain” – Crowder Ft. Mandisa [- / 1ST]
  9. “Symphony” – Switch [9 / 6TH]
  10. ”God’s Not Done With You” – Tauren Wells [10 / 3RD]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week:
“Grace Got You” – MercyMe

# 1 Two Years Ago This Week:
“Wonder” – Hillsong UNITED

Jamie Kimmett does it. He hits the pinnacle of my chart this week – becoming my 37TH # 1 smash during this K-LOVE era. It’s also the 87TH # 1 smash of my salvation, and the 461ST # 1 smash of the entire recorded history of my hobby.

Like some of its recent predecessors – this one was a slow and steady build to the top – touching every chart position along the way except for # 7. It even spent 5 consecutive weeks at # 9 in April and May. Essentially K-LOVE was playing it, but I wasn’t into it that much during those early weeks. They kept playing it, and it really grew on me to the point where I was singing along with it, and then I kept singing it over and over again for hours after I last heard it. (I’m actually singing it right now as I write about it !)

My brothers and sisters in Christ – it’s a rough and tough world out there. Many people hate you because of what you believe in – because of who you believe – and follow – and trust – and love – more than any one – more than any thing – and that’s our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. Most people won’t tell you that they hate you. Some are bold enough to say it out loud to your face. As the Bible says, “Everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.” (2 Timothy 3:12).

But we must love our enemies, and pray for those who persecute us.

♫ When every day is just another struggle
And every choice is an act of war
Gotta pray / gotta press on
To the prize worth fighting for
When it feels like I’ll never make it
When my heart’s crying out for more
Gotta pray / gotta press on
To the prize worth fighting for ♫

God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. (Matthew 5:10)

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

This morning I did what I’ve done for pretty much every Sunday morning over the past 12½ years (since Sunday January 21ST 2007), and that is – hang out with my church family. I don’t “go to church”. I don’t “come from church”. That would be religious, and I am not religious. I am the church. I represent God and His church with every new moment of my new life.

It’s the highlight – the pinnacle – of every week for me – those 4 hours every Sunday that I get to hang out with those who believe and follow and love our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ as much as I do. They are my closest brothers and sisters of my church family, and they know more about me than anyone else in the entire world – more than my blood family – more than my coworkers – more than anyone on social media. I’ve shared my life with my (current) church family now for the past 4 years and 4 months. We walk together on this fantastic journey.

From First Corinthians Chapter 12 Verses 27 to 31 in the New Living Translation, and as the Bible says:

All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.
Here are some of the parts God has appointed for the church:

– first are apostles
– second are prophets
– third are teachers
– then those who do miracles
– those who have the gift of healing
– those who can help others
– those who have the gift of leadership
– those who speak in unknown languages

Are we all apostles ?  Are we all prophets ?  Are we all teachers ?  Do we all have the power to do miracles ?  Do we all have the gift of healing ?  Do we all have the ability to speak in unknown languages ?  Do we all have the ability to interpret unknown languages ?  Of course not !  So you should earnestly desire the most helpful gifts.
But now let me show you a way of life that is best of all.

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Nostalgia

I’m feeling rather nostalgic this week.

Yesterday – the 10TH of July – was the 9TH anniversary of the passing of my Dad. He slowly began exhibiting the effects of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS or “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”) during the latter portion of 2006, and it eventually crippled him. He passed on to Heaven after 4 years of bravely battling the disease. I believe that in his final weeks of life he repented to his Lord & Savior Jesus Christ, and God immediately rescued and saved him. That’s why he’s in Heaven today – watching from up above – cheering on his wife, his two sons, his daughter-in-law, and his two granddaughters.

As long as you’re still breathing it is not too late to ask God to take control of your life. He will do so immediately, and He will give you a new life – a life that will last forever because it comes from the eternal living Word of God.

Today – the 11TH of July – “7/11” – is the 25TH anniversary of a career change at work that I didn’t see coming until the moment it occurred. It actually began the worst 13 years of my (now) 34-year USAF career. It was also the worst 12 years of my life, and I say 12 years because just after the start of my 13TH year during that time-period I hit rock-bottom, and God rescued and saved me. He lifted me out of the pit of despair – out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground, and He steadied me as I walked along.

God also flipped my career almost a year later, and I’m getting ready to observe the 12TH anniversary of the best era of my career (by far).

The 13TH anniversary of the start of my salvation through Christ is 40 days away. That’s the day that I’ve been celebrating above all ever since. That’s the day that my #CountUp began.

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Sunday Scripture

It was another glorious Sunday with my Living Waters church family. Our Lead Pastor continued his message series on moving mountains out of the way. Today he told the story of Isaac. God promised Abraham a son, and Isaac was that son. God tested Abraham’s faith by telling him to sacrifice Isaac. He did as he was told. God intervened, and He provided a sacrificial ram in Isaac’s place.

“Take your son – your only son – yes – Isaac – whom you love so much – and go to the land of Moriah. Go and sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains – which I will show you.” (Genesis 22:2)

Our Pastor then showed us how Isaac was a type of Jesus !  #TypesAndShadows

Post-Sermon I led Communion with the story of Freedom – our nation’s freedom – and our own freedom in Christ.

Freedom In Christ

But when the right time came – God sent His Son – born of a woman – subject to the law. God sent Him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that He could adopt us as His very own children. And because we are His children – God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts – prompting us to call out, “Abba – Father !” (Galatians 4:4-6)

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Happy 243RD Birthday U.S.A. !

I recently stumbled across this cool homemade music video on the YouTubes. It’s been there for almost 11 years now – uploaded by a guy with the handle “2cor517man”. I like that Scripture – 2 Corinthians 5:17:

… Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone. A new life has begun !

So the video is set to the Newsboys’ version of “In Christ Alone”. It was recorded in 2003, and it was on their worship album, “Adoration: The Worship Album”.

I think this is a wonderful video for this day – Independence Day here in the U.S.A.

What joy for the nation whose God is the LORD – whose people He has chosen as His inheritance. (Psalm 33:12)

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Sunday Scripture

Today our Lead Pastor preached on Faith with the following verses of Scripture – James 2:26, Hebrews 11:1 & 7-8, Romans 10:9, Proverbs 18:21, and Matthew 10:32.

The entirety of Hebrews 11 – all 40 verses – illustrate “Great Examples Of Faith”.

Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen. It gives us assurance about things we cannot see. (Hebrews 11:1 NLT)

In order to truly live for God you must have a living faith that is filled with works.

Back at home I’m still working on my next sermon titled “Josiah & Judah”. I’m just past the halfway mark with my manuscript for it. My sermons have been running just a little bit long recently. I need to cut them back slightly from over 45 minutes to closer to 35 minutes. I never in my wildest dreams ever thought that I would be considered a “long-winded Preacher of God”. I love that. It makes me smile and laugh anytime someone says that about me. I treat it as a high-compliment. I look at it this way. If I cut about 10 minutes off of each new sermon then I’ll have a brand new sermon by itself in about 4 months. Good Stuff. Good News.

That’s my Sunday, and that wraps-up this blog for the month of June 2019. This was actually the busiest / most-read month for this blog since I resurrected it 18 months ago. Thank You for checking it out, and for being a part of this online ministry. Let’s keep it going into July. That starts tomorrow. See you then !

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