Social Media RoundUp

It’s Thursday. It’s 3 AM EDT (Eastern Daylight Time) here in South Florida U.S.A. I’m hopefully sound asleep right now. I wrote this last night just before I went to bed, and I set it to publish at this time.

It’s time to kickoff another weekend of blogging here at CountUp Ministries. My blogging weekends typically begin early on Thursday mornings, and they end on Monday nights with my new Top 10 personal hit music chart.

This blog continues to expand worldwide, so I thought it would be a good idea to update you on my ongoing social media activities.

I’m barely on Facebook. I don’t even promote it anymore. I’m only on there because I still have a few friends who are still on there. I don’t post material on there anymore. I only “like” or “love” or “haha” or “wow” or comment on my friends’ posts. I left Facebook after almost 5 years because there’s just too much fake news, nonsense, profanity, hatred, and racism over there. People say things over there that they would never say in public.

In a couple of months I’ll be observing my 10TH anniversary on Twitter. I’m @ChrisMDay (that’s my real name), and to date I’ve posted over 7,800 tweets. That’s an average of about 2 per day over the past 10 years. If you’re reading this blog post at http://www.revchrismday.com then you can always check out my last 5 tweets over on the right-hand column (just scroll down a little bit). Coming up on Sunday June 09TH starting at 9 PM EDT I’ll be live-tweeting during the K-LOVE Fan Awards broadcast on TBN.

I’m on Flickr, and I’ve been on there for the past 8 years. I’ve been actively posting a lot of vacation photos on there recently – in fact over 225 new photos over the past 6 months. I caption all of my photos too. They mean a lot to me. They bring back a lot of good memories away from home. They are the “best of the best”, and they represent less than half of all of the photos that I take at any given location. You can always check out my last 5 photos over on the right-hand column (just below my tweets). There’s also a link there to access my entire Flickr site.

Finally I’m here on WordPress. I came here towards the end of 2007 after a short stint on Myspace (where my blog was born). I disappeared for about 7 years (defecting to Twitter and Facebook), but then I returned at the start of last year (2018). This now serves as my official web site, and it’s the home page of my online ministry.

Not every blog post you read on here will be about my Lord & Savior Jesus Christ, but most of them will be. He is the center of my life. I am His servant. My ministry’s mission statement is “sharing God’s Good News through His music”. I hope to do that and glorify God at all times.

I’ll never get political on social media. I’ll never get political in real life – away from technology. Some of my viewpoints are rather extreme on both ends of the political spectrum (left and right), and they are mine to keep to myself. I’ll continue to vote for those politicians who I believe share the majority of my political viewpoints.

I’ll continue to tweet, post photos, and blog along this fantastic journey. As a reader / viewer I’m happy to have you here to walk alongside me !

All rights reserved (c) 2019 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

Welcome To The Weekend !

It’s 3 AM on this Thursday the 23RD day of May of 2019. That’s 3 AM here in South Florida U.S.A., so 8 AM in the U.K., 9 AM in South Africa, and 7 PM in New Zealand. Welcome aboard wherever you’re reading this from.

I kickoff most new weekends of blogging on Thursday at 3 AM my time, and this weekend is no different. It’s a holiday weekend here in the States – Memorial Day Weekend. Monday is Memorial Day where we honor those military personnel who died while serving their country in a time of war. I’ll have a special tribute to our fallen heroes this Monday here on my blog. That pushes my new Top 10 personal hit music chart back a day to Tuesday. So I’ve got 5 new blog posts for you this weekend in lieu of the usual 4 – starting with this one.

I’m staying in during this long holiday weekend – not going anywhere – staying out of traffic. It’ll be a sunny, dry, and hot weekend here in South Florida, so I just want to relax and enjoy my air conditioning. I’ll do my usual Bible study on Saturday, and I’ll hopefully finish writing my next sermon that I’ll preach titled “Pray & Believe”. I also want to get started on my next sermon after that. We’ll see where God takes me this weekend. Sometimes I think I know exactly what I wish to write, and then God leads me in an entirely different direction. That’s the Holy Spirit at work. I just want to go where He guides me.

I just ate a pear a few minutes ago, and it was absolutely delicious. I then Googled the health benefits of eating pears, and I found this article. I really need to buy and eat more pears. I need all of those health benefits. The results of my recent ultrasound are in. My liver, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts, and right kidney were all checked-out. There were 3 “impressions” or anomalies, but nothing to be overly concerned about. My liver is normal size, and it measures 13 centimeters in length. The “impression” there was a “minimal diffuse fatty liver”. If I improve my diet, exercise more, and lose a little weight then the fat can go away. More pears !

I’ve been eating smaller lunches at my desk at work, and then after that I’ve been using the 2ND-half of my lunch hour by walking it off – basically walking around the exterior grounds of my building. My Fitbit likes that. I’ve been walking about 0.6 to 0.7 miles in a nice casual walk after eating. Nothing too strenuous. In fact once I break a sweat I walk back inside. Today my walk after eating was 15 minutes – 3 minutes “peak”, 8 minutes “cardio”, and 4 minutes “fat burn”. My average heart rate was 130 BPM, and it peaked at 145 BPM. More exercise !

I think that most of you will agree with me that blogging peaked about 15 years ago during the mid-2000s (post-AOL and pre-Myspace, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram). I started this blog in 2007 towards the end of my first year of salvation to begin a dialog online about the God I know. There’s a lot of hatred on social media today. It’s one of the main reasons why I returned to the WordPress community 16 months ago to get back into full-time blogging again. Many of you reading this blog host your own blogs. I know that because I visit them on a regular basis. Some of your blogs surely glorify our God. This is the LORD’s doing, and it is wonderful to see. Never be discouraged that you’re not getting enough visits, or likes, or comments. Keep blogging and writing about your life. Keep expanding God’s Kingdom – one blog post at a time.

All rights reserved (c) 2019 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

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).

All rights reserved (c) 2019 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

Sunday Scripture

Some Assembly Required (2)

It was a great message and a great sermon on a great day at Living Waters in Homestead Florida. Our Lead Pastor Bob preached on the power of the Holy Spirit in his sermon titled “Breath Of God, Breathe On Us” based on John 20:22 and 3:5, Acts 2:1-4, Luke 24:32, Exodus 3:2 and 13:21-22, Leviticus 6:13 and 9:24, Numbers 3:4, and 2 Chronicles 7:1.

Then He breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” (John 20:22 NLT)

DON’T LET THE FIRE GO OUT !

Today is my 6TH Anniversary on Facebook. I was one of the last of my friends to join Facebook due to peer pressure. I created an account on Easter Sunday March 31ST 2013. It was supposed to be an elaborate April Fool’s Day joke, but it backfired.

The first 3 years on Facebook were fun. I tried this blog on Facebook, and it started out strong but then it quickly faded after that. None of my friends really cared to read a 5-minute blog about my journey once or twice per weekend. Nowadays I’m just a lurker and occasional commenter of other peoples’ posts on Facebook.

WordPress is where I belong. I get to blog alongside fellow bloggers !

I’ll be back tomorrow night with my new Top 10 music chart for this weekend. No April Foolin’ !

All rights reserved (c) 2019 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

Behind The Scenes

Happy Thursday my friends !  It’s the start of an all-new blog weekend. I generally post new blogs on Thursday mornings, Friday nights, Sunday afternoons, and Monday nights (U.S. East Coast time). My Friday, Sunday, and Monday blogs all have the same respective format and structure each weekend – while my Thursday blog is a free-for-all where I blog about whatever comes to me in the moment. I usually have no idea what I’ll blog about on my Thursday blog until I actually get going with my fingers on the keyboard. (Yes – I still do most of my online activity via a traditional desktop computer system with a keyboard and a mouse – an hp Pavilion in fact. I’ve been using a series of hp Pavilions going back to the 1990s.)

I don’t get political online (or offline for that matter). I don’t discuss politics with anyone really. I have my own personal opinions and viewpoints on just about everything, and some of them are quite radical – on both ends of the political spectrum. Some are rather centrist. I’m really all over the place. I left Facebook after nearly 5 years because it got too political over there. Now I still lurk on Facebook because many of my friends from afar only utilize Facebook, and I wish to stay in-touch with them on all things non-political. I’ve recently come very close to expressing my viewpoint on a few key political issues on Facebook and Twitter, as it’s just so easy to do so – to be pulled-in to a discussion. Once I realized what I did I quietly backed myself out of the discussion. I’d rather talk about fun things on social media – like food and travel.

I spend most of my social media time here on WordPress (for blogging), Twitter (for tweeting), and Flickr (for photokeeping). I’ve been on WordPress since 2007, Twitter since 2009, and Flickr since 2011. I promote my blog on Twitter, and I promote my tweets here on WordPress. I also promote my photos here on WordPress. Collectively my WordPress, Twitter, and Flickr make-up my online ministry – CountUp Ministries. This blog serves as the flagship of CountUp Ministries at http://www.revchrismday.com.

When I’m at home I spend much of my time online, but when I’m not online I’m watching some of my favorite television shows, and I’m spending time with my Lord & Savior Jesus Christ reading and studying His Word and writing sermons based on what I’ve read and studied. I usually get the call to preach a full sermon about once per month, so I’m always ready with at least one – preferably two sermons that are ready to go. I’ve got my next two sermons already written, so I’ll probably start working on a new sermon this weekend. (Unless I get the call to preach this Sunday. If that’s the case then I’ll select one of my two sermons, enhance it, finalize it, and rehearse it.)

Well there’s a little “Behind The Scenes” action for you. I didn’t know how this blog post would go, but there it is. That’s how I write my Thursday blog. It’s really spontaneous. I’ll be back tomorrow night with my regular weekly Friday night blog – a venture back in time via the music soundtrack of my life. We’ll check-out Sunday March 05TH 1989.

All rights reserved (c) 2019 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

Upgraded

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but this blog site got an upgrade a couple of nights ago. This site now has a new address, and it’s based on my name now – http://www.revchrismday.com. If you go to the original URL it’ll automatically forward you to the new .com address. With the new address comes the removal of all advertising. No matter what device you view this site on – computer, smart phone, tablet – you won’t see anymore ads mixed in. I’ve retired the former “Saturday Night Retro” name of this blog site. That name dates back to a previous social media existence online, and it’s not congruent with the current direction of my social media presence. I will also no longer utilize “The Major” nickname. That name actually goes all the way back to the early-1990s when I first entered the alternate world of online via the BBS (bulletin board system) on my computer via dial-up telephone.

Here on this site you’ll continue to see my new blog posts every Thursday, Friday, Sunday, and Monday. Those are my 4-day “blog weekends”. Saturdays will remain my day of rest. My last 5 tweets will continue to appear on the right-hand side of this site, and my last 5 photos (from Flickr) will continue to appear below the tweets. I’m still on Facebook, but I stopped posting new material over there over a year ago. I’ve kept my account active so that I can stay current with my friends who only utilize Facebook.

I’ve got a lot of “housecleaning” to do on this site. I’ve neglected my “SERMONS” page, so that will be the next page to be updated and enhanced. I’m also working on mission and vision statements for this site (and for my online ministry).

I’ve got a lot of big plans coming up for this site in 2019 and beyond, and for the most part – I don’t even know what those plans are. You see it would be foolish and arrogant for me to say – this is going to happen, and that is going to happen, and it’s going to leave a mark, and it’s going to change the world. The Truth is that such plans can’t possibly succeed if God is left out of the picture.

When I returned this blog to its original home on the WordPress platform 13 months ago I made a commitment to God to have Him guide and direct me on the journey forward for this online ministry. I’m spending more time in a quiet place – listening to God – listening to His whispers to me. I’m ready to react with His blessings to proceed forth. Where God leads me – is where I will go.

All rights reserved (c) 2019 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

Final Weekend Of 2018

Greetings Readers !  It’s the start of the final weekend of 2018 here on my blog, and I’m going out with a bang. I’ve got 5 new blog posts for you (starting with this one). Tomorrow night I’ll go #Retro back to the final weekend of 2008. Saturday is my day of rest. On Sunday I’ll present my normal “Sunday Scripture”. On Monday it’s my final Top 10 music chart of the year. On Tuesday (New Year’s Day) I’ll kickoff 2019 with a special bonus blog post featuring my Top 18 hits of 2018.

So keep checking-in to this blog for all-new material including new tweets and photos. My active Twitter and Flickr feeds (last 5 tweets and last 5 photos respectively) can be seen along the right-side panel on the web site edition of this blog at majorhitwaves.wordpress.com.

In addition to my 5-blog-post weekend I also plan to (need to) get back into the sermon-writing business. December was not a very good month for me in this area of my ministry. I preached my 12TH sermon of the year back on Sunday December 02ND. I actually wrote much of it while on vacation in Ohio in November. I also wrote about half of my next sermon that I plan to preach. That’s pretty much where the forward momentum stalled. I need to complete my half-written sermon – tentatively titled “Now & Later”, but I may change it to “Present & Future” based on its recurring theme. Once I get that sermon completed, enhanced, and finalized I need to do a quick turnaround and write my next sermon after that. So let me get me started with all of that instead of merely blogging about it !

All rights reserved (c) 2018 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

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