Categories
Blogging Christian God Ministry Music Radio

My Top 10 Hits – Week 286

Every Monday I post my all-new Top 10 Christian hit music chart based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay from the previous week. It’s the continuation of a weekly hobby that goes back nearly 45 years. Here’s this week’s chart – for the week ending Sunday August 07TH 2022 – the 286TH week of this current era that began on Presidents’ Day Weekend of 2017:

TW LW WKS SONG TITLE ARTIST / SITE
1 2 11 Love Is Everything We Need
[1ST week @ # 1]
Unspoken
2 3 8 Hold You Tight Dan Bremnes
3 1 8 Getting Started Jeremy Camp
4 8 7 Thank God For Sunday Morning Cochren & Co.
5 7 5 The Goodness TobyMac Ft. Blessing Offor
6 4 14 Me On Your Mind Matthew West
7 5 26 Sunday Sermons Anne Wilson
8 1 Don’t Lose Heart Steven Curtis Chapman
9 9 4 Good Lord David Leonard
10 10 3 We All Need Jesus Danny Gokey Ft. Koryn Hawthorne

# 1 This Week In:
2021 – “Gospel Song” – Rhett Walker
2020 – “There Was Jesus” – Zach Williams Ft. Dolly Parton
2019 – “Raise A Hallelujah” – Bethel Music
2018 – “Dream Small” – Josh Wilson
2017 – “Wonder” – Hillsong UNITED

UNSPOKEN – Their 5TH hit in 5 years becomes their 1ST # 1 smash on my chart after a cumulative 43 weeks. They’ve come close in the past. “Miracle” spent 3 weeks at # 2 early in 2018. I got to see Unspoken LIVE in concert last year. They were one of the opening acts for TobyMac. In fact they kicked-off the 3½-hour concert. Another one of the opening acts was Cochren & Co. It’s good to have those 3 acts together in my Top 5 this week !

900 – This is my 900TH blog post since the post-hiatus revival in January 2018. I don’t really count the blog posts that were done before that on Myspace, WordPress, and Facebook. Thank You everyone for continuing to check-in with this blog each weekend from Thursday to Monday. I appreciate you immensely. It’s on to 1,000 !

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again with the new weekend – and 4 new entries – known as #TravelThursday, #RetroFriday#SundayScripture, and #Top10Monday.

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 and Flickr.

Be blessed my friends !  May our God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

All rights reserved (c) 2022 Christopher M. Day, CountUp

Categories
Bible Blogging Christian Church God Ministry Scripture

Sunday Scripture

Greetings my friends. It is Sunday August 07TH 2022, and this is the day that our LORD has made. Let us rejoice. Let us be glad in it. Let us celebrate this great new day of believing, following, trusting, loving, and being more like our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. Let us love our neighbor as ourself.

Last #SundayScripture I wrote about the construction of my sermons.

8 weeks ago on Twitter I revealed this –

Chris M. Day @ChrisMDay · Jun 11
Today was a phenomenal day of Bible-studying and sermon-writing. I finally finished writing my next sermon – “Honor & Respect”. It’s a traditional sermon that serves as the direct follow-up to “Stones & Stumbles” – now featured on my blog.

This past Friday afternoon on an afternoon that was full of pleasant surprises I got the call to preach this morning. So I opened that sermon on my computer in Microsoft Word, and I commenced rehearsal, update, and enhancement mode. (That continued into Saturday.)

“Honor & Respect” is based on 1 Peter 2:10-25, but I also preach on much of Isaiah 53 – which Peter quotes in his letter.

I’m looking forward to preaching this sermon this morning to my church family, and as promised I’m also looking forward to sharing it with you in multiple parts starting next #SundayScripture.

I hope that it encourages you and inspires you to move closer to our God, and to also share your journey with others.

If you wish to learn more about the God I know then stay tuned to #SundayScripture. The best is yet to come !

Thank you for reading my blog for this day, and may:

The LORD bless you, and keep you.
The LORD make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you.
The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. AMEN.

All rights reserved (c) 2022 Christopher M. Day, CountUp

Categories
2000s Blogging Christian God Music Radio

My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 2007

Hello again retro music fans. 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 15, 25, 30, or 35 years ago this weekend (rotating each week).

It’s the 1ST Friday of the month, so I go back 15 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday August 05TH 2007:

  1. “You’re On Fire” – MxPx
  2. “Finding Out” – Stellar Kart
  3. “Let’s Go Back” – Everyday Sunday
  4. “Zero” – Hawk Nelson
  5. “Sing To Me” – Run Kid Run

Hawk Nelson’s “Zero” was huge in 2007. It actually entered my Top 25 weekly chart at the time straight-in at # 1 – and it stayed there for 6 weeks in a row. Exactly 15 years ago was when it fell from the top spot down to # 4. It finished 2007 as my # 21 hit of the year (out of 132 that charted).

Back then Jason Dunn was the lead singer (as well as rhythm guitarist and keyboardist) of the band. He cowrote “Zero” about someone he knew who committed suicide.

Next #RetroFriday I’ll go back 25 years ago to August 1997. It’s when Isaac, Taylor, and Zac Hanson asked “Where’s The Love ?”.

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) 2022 Christopher M. Day, CountUp

Categories
Blogging Driving Nature Travel Weather

Clingmans Dome Tennessee

Welcome back to #TravelThursday. Exactly 30 years ago this week during the first week of August of 1992 me and my brother visited the highest point on land in our lives at Clingmans Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It was part of a road-trip together that started at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville Alabama (where my brother attended Space Camp). That trip continued into Tennessee. We walked around Nashville for a little while. We spent the night in Knoxville. The next morning we walked around the main tourist district of Gatlinburg. It reeked of smoke. (We later found out that much of a city block was destroyed by an electrical fire almost 3 weeks earlier.) From there we drove U.S. 441 / Newfound Gap Road up into the Great Smoky Mountains.

We stopped at Newfound Gap which straddles the Tennessee / North Carolina state line at an elevation of 5,048 feet. From there we drove the 7-mile road up to Clingmans Dome (which also runs on both sides of the state lines, but mostly the North Carolina side). Once there we parked in the parking lot, and then we walked the steep (12%-grade) half-mile paved trail up to the top of the observation tower. (That was a tough walk going up – much easier coming down.)

The 45-foot concrete tower – built in 1959 – stands at the summit of Clingmans Dome – the highest point in Tennessee (but not North Carolina) at 6,643 feet. It actually stands just across the border in North Carolina. The summit itself is the third-tallest mountain east of the Mississippi River, and it’s the highest point along the Appalachian Trail.

The views can be spectacular from the tower (and even from the parking lot 330 feet lower than the tower) on sunny and clear days. I remember it to be very cool up there on that early August morning – in the low-to-mid-50s – about 25 to 30 degrees cooler than it was in Gatlinburg Tennessee and Cherokee North Carolina at both park ends of U.S. 441. Of course on many days you may not see much of anything – because you’re in the clouds. You’re on top of old Smoky.

WEBCAM (with current weather conditions)

I’m going to make it back to Gatlinburg – and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park – and Newfound Gap – and Clingmans Dome – sometime on a future road-trip during my upcoming retirement. And when I do I’ll take pictures. (I don’t believe that any pictures exist from this trip of exactly 30 years ago.)

I mentioned the Appalachian Trail above. Next #TravelThursday I’m staying on the trail to reminisce about my fun (and not-so-fun) experiences on it during the late-1970s as a Boy Scout. Let’s keep traveling together.

All rights reserved (c) 2022 Christopher M. Day, CountUp