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My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1987

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, 20, 25, or 35 years ago this weekend (rotating each week).

It’s the 4TH Friday of the month, so I go back 35 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday November 29TH 1987:

  1. “Got My Mind Set On You” – George Harrison
  2. “Need You Tonight” – INXS
  3. “Hourglass” – Squeeze
  4. “True Faith” – New Order
  5. “Heaven Is A Place On Earth” – Belinda Carlisle

35 years ago this weekend I was enjoying the last of my 13 days with my family in Northern Virginia. I got to enjoy Thanksgiving with them for the first time in 3 years. (The previous two I was living and working in England.)

I was also being reintroduced to American Top 40 radio, and in the Washington D.C. area there was only one station at the time – All-Hit-105-WAVA. It was a Top 40 station for a little over 8 years starting near the end of 1983. (I actually didn’t listen to Top 40 radio back in 1983 into 1985.)

My music chart 35 years ago included British holdovers and American newcomers.

Former Go-Go Belinda Carlisle was one of those American newcomers. She scored a huge hit – in fact her biggest hit ever – with “Heaven Is A Place On Earth”. When I arrived home stateside it was in heavy rotation on WAVA, and MTV was playing it around the clock as well. It was brand-new to me. It was actually a hit here stateside before it broke-through overseas in the U.K. and European markets. It was also big in South Africa and Australia and New Zealand.

Next #RetroFriday I’ll go back 15 years ago to December 2007. It’s when a hard rock band from Southern California were lighting up my Top 3.

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 !

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My Top 30 Hits – 300 Weeks

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. But this week it’s a special chart to celebrate the past 300 weeks. It’s my #Top30Of300 !

RK PK WKS SONG TITLE ARTIST / SITE
1 1 25 Nobody (But Jesus) Casting Crowns Ft. Matthew West
2 1 26 Every Step Of The Way Cade Thompson
3 1 24 Almost Home MercyMe
4 1 22 Do It Again Elevation Worship
5 1 27 Fires Jordan St. Cyr
6 1 27 Even Then Micah Tyler
7 1 26 I Will Fear No More The Afters
8 1 24 Grace Got You MercyMe
9 1 27 See Me Through It Brandon Heath
10 1 23 Yes He Can Cain
11 2 25 Alive & Breathing Matt Maher
12 1 22 Weary Traveler Jordan St. Cyr
13 1 21 Church (Take Me Back) Cochren & Co.
14 2 30 Known Tauren Wells
15 1 26 Sunday Sermons Anne Wilson
16 1 23 Rise Up (Lazarus) Cain
17 1 22 Broken Things Matthew West
18 2 26 Truth Be Told Matthew West
19 1 19 Even If MercyMe
20 1 17 Fear No More Building 429
21 1 25 Brighter Days Blessing Offor
22 1 25 Dead Man Walking Jeremy Camp
23 1 19 Nobody Loves Me Like You Chris Tomlin
24 1 25 The God Who Stays Matthew West
25 1 26 Different Micah Tyler
26 1 20 Home Chris Tomlin
27 1 20 Gracefully Broken Matt Redman Ft. Tasha Cobbs Leonard
28 2 22 Come What May We Are Messengers
29 1 20 No Impossible With You I AM THEY
30 1 20 What If Matthew West

300 WEEKS – We made it. From February 2017 to November 2022 – 5 years and 9 months – and still going strong. It’s been a fun 300 weeks. It’s also been a comforting 300 weeks during these troubled times in the world. The resurrection of my music chart after a 7-year hiatus from 2010 to 2017 was due to the discovery of K-LOVE – the nationwide Christian Adult Contemporary radio station. K-LOVE has been a blessing in my life, as it has been the soundtrack of the renaissance of my fantastic journey in Christ. I’m looking forward to the next 300 weeks, for the best is yet to come !

MATTHEW WEST – I had never heard of him before 2017, but now he’s my favorite singer. He’s hit my weekly chart with 7 songs, and 5 of them have gone to # 1. (2 peaked at # 2.) 4 of his 5 # 1 hits are in my Top 30 above. His last # 1 – “Me On Your Mind” – fell well short of my Top 30. He’s been on my chart a combined 143 weeks (more than any other artist) – with just 9 overlapping weeks. So that’s 134 out of 300 weeks, for a Matthew West presence of 44.7% of the era.

PRAISE TO OUR GOD – What a great chart that praises and worships our God and gives Him all of the glory. Each song on here makes me smile – and sing along. Some have a beat that make me want to dance for Jesus. If you’re not familiar with one or any of these songs then use Google, Bing, Amazon, Apple, or YouTube to check them out. Enjoy the music, but especially listen to the words. The words of these songs represent God’s Word. Any one of these songs can change a life forever.

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 with the new weekend – and 4 new entries – starting with a special #ThanksgivingThursday, and continuing with #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.

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Sunday Scripture

Greetings my friends. It is Sunday November 20TH 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.

This #SundayScripture I’m taking a one-week break in presenting my September 18TH 2022 sermon – “Good & Evil” – in its original written form. Parts 1 to 6 have already been presented. I’ve got 2 more parts to go, and I’ll do that on November 27TH and December 04TH.

After that I’ve got some interesting non-sermon posts that I’m planning for the rest of December and into the new year.

As promised last week I’m presenting the transcript for Communion which I led a couple of Sundays ago. It is a Thanksgiving-themed Communion. For those of you reading here in the U.S.A. or serving the U.S.A. in a foreign country – I wish you a very safe, secure, happy, and healthy Thanksgiving week. I hope that you get to spend it with those who you love.

(Begin Communion)

It’s the first Sunday of a brand-new month – November – and we continue our tradition of observing and celebrating Communion on this first Sunday.

In 18 days Americans will be observing and celebrating Thanksgiving. It’s the modern day set aside each year on the 4TH Thursday of November to reflect on what we have – and give thanks for it – alongside family and friends – with food and fellowship – and football. For most Americans it’s a day of rest – right before that Friday when we begin preparing and shopping for that next big commercialized holiday – Christmas.

You know on this fantastic journey that our God has blessed us with – every day should be a day of Thanksgiving. We should give thanks to our God – every day – for what He has given to us – for what He gives to us – and for what He will give to us – past, present, and future – constantly and abundantly.

When the Apostle Paul wrote to the believers in Philippi – he began, “Every time I think of you – I give thanks to my God.” Paul wrote to the believers in Corinth that “as God’s grace brings more and more people to Christ – there will be great Thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory.

Whenever God’s Kingdom expands – whenever God gets all of the glory – the enemy is defeated.

And so on this day of glory – on this day of victory – I present the 100TH Psalm – “A Psalm Of Thanksgiving” – and as the Bible says:

Shout with joy to the LORD – all the earth !  Worship the LORD with gladness. Come before Him – singing with joy. Acknowledge that the LORD is God !  He made us, and we are His. We are His people – the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with Thanksgiving. Go into His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, and praise His name. For the LORD is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and His faithfulness continues to each generation.

Let’s observe. Let’s rejoice. Let’s celebrate – this believer’s Communion – this agreement – of Creator, Christ, and Spirit as One God. It’s open for everyone who hears me – everyone who believes – that we ourselves no longer live, but Christ lives in us – so we live our life in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God – who loved us and gave Himself for us. (Galatians 2:20)

You know our God always comes to where we are. Today – something a little bit different. I’m coming to you – where you are – to serve you these elements. As you receive them from me – you may carefully peel back the two wrappings to reveal the wafer, and to open the juice. We will accept these elements together as a church family.

[Distribute elements.]

Let us take this bread, and know that it represents the sacred body of Christ that was given up for us on that cross. We take this bread in remembrance of Him.

Let us take this juice, and know that it represents the precious blood of Christ that was shed for us on that cross. We take this juice in honor of Him.

Let us pray. Thank You God for loving us, and giving Yourself for us. We love You Lord. We need You Lord. We are nothing without You Lord.

Thank You Lord for Your awesome presence in our lives – and Your intentional purpose for our lives. May all of Your beautiful blessings and marvelous miracles constantly strengthen our faith in You, increase our love towards others, and unify our hearts and our souls. We honor You Lord. We praise You Lord. We worship You Lord. And all God’s people say – AMEN.

And the angels and the elders and the living beings all fell before the throne with their faces to the ground and worshiped God. They sang:

“Amen !  Blessing and glory and wisdom and Thanksgiving and honor and power and strength – belong to our God – forever and ever !  Amen.” (Revelation 7:11-12)

(End Communion)

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.

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