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.

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My Top 10 Hits – Week 118

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 May 19TH 2019:

  1. “Alive” – Big Daddy Weave [# 1 last week / 10TH week on chart]
  2. “Greatness Of Our God” – Newsboys [2 / 13TH]
  3. “Born Again” – Austin French [3 / 12TH]
  4. “Church (Take Me Back)” – Cochren & Co. [5 / 13TH]
  5. “Confidence” – Sanctus Real [4 / 13TH]
  6. “Is He Worthy ?” – Chris Tomlin [6 / 7TH]
  7. “Resurrecting” – Elevation Worship [8 / 6TH]
  8. “Scars” – I AM THEY [10 / 2ND]
  9. “Prize Worth Fighting For” – Jamie Kimmett [9 / 6TH]
  10. “Greater Things” – Mack Brock [- / 1ST]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week:
“The Way (New Horizon)” – Pat Barrett

# 1 Two Years Ago This Week:
“Oh My Soul” – Casting Crowns

It’s the 118TH week of this 3RD era of my personal hit music chart – and Mack Brock scores his debut solo hit on my chart with “Greater Things” – the track that kicked-off a night of positive, encouraging, and inspirational music at the Hertz Arena in Estero Florida. After Mack Brock – Amanda Lindsey Cook rocked the house – and then Hillsong UNITED took over from there for the next 2 hours and 20 minutes. It was an awesome concert that surely glorified God. I believe that lives were saved on that glorious night.

Tonight marks my 26TH anniversary online. Early in the morning (after Midnight) on May 21ST 1993 (a Friday) in Melbourne Florida I went online as “Captain Airwaves” on my own MS-DOS based electronic bulletin board system – MANx CAT BBS. It was hosted on my new 486SX / 25 desktop computer system at the time. It quickly became one of the most popular bulletin board systems for message posting within the local Melbourne / Palm Bay / Cocoa Beach telephone calling area, and it was the place to meet, greet, and chat with such legendary characters collectively known as the MANxsters. We were part of the original social media of Melbourne Florida !

That BBS led to its World Wide Web spinoff – MANx On The Net – and that led to my longtime web site – MASSIVESMASH.COM – which hosted the 14+ year 2ND era of my personal hit music chart. After the web site ran its course I ventured over to Myspace (that didn’t last long), and then WordPress (2007), Twitter (2009), Facebook (2013), and then back here to WordPress (last year).

It’s been a crazy ride online over these past 26 years, and I’m still having the time of my life, so let’s keep this going. Let’s keep moving forward on this fantastic journey towards God’s bright light at His golden gates.

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 blog 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.

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

Sunday Scripture

On this Sunday at 11 AM I praised, worshipped, and celebrated the Almighty God that rescued and saved me with my brothers and sisters of my church family. The music was positive and encouraging from our Worship Pastor Ben and his wife Jen, and the sermon was powerful and inspiring from our Lead Pastor Bob. It was another beautiful day at Living Waters !

It was to great hear our Pastor Bob preach again. (Last Sunday I preached, and the previous Sunday I was out-of-town on vacation.)

His sermon was based on the Matthew 17:14-20 story of the demon-possessed boy that Christ’s disciples couldn’t heal, so Christ Himself performed the miracle. Jesus called His disciples faithless and corrupt. The disciples couldn’t figure out why they were unable to heal the boy, so they asked Christ why that was so. The answer was quite simple. They didn’t have enough faith. All it takes is faith the size of a mustard seed to move a mountain.

Matthew 17-20

Our Pastor put us to the test. How much faith do we have ? We have the fire within us. Do we use it ?

“I tell you the truth. If you have faith and don’t doubt – you can do things like this, and much more. You can even say to this mountain – ‘May you be lifted up, and thrown into the sea’ – and it will happen. You can pray for anything, and if you have faith – you will receive it.” (Matthew 21:21-22)

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My Top 10 Hits – Week 117

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 May 12TH 2019:

  1. “Alive” – Big Daddy Weave [# 1 last week / 9TH week on chart]
  2. “Greatness Of Our God” – Newsboys [2 / 12TH]
  3. “Born Again” – Austin French [5 / 11TH]
  4. “Confidence” – Sanctus Real [3 / 12TH]
  5. “Church (Take Me Back)” – Cochren & Co. [4 / 12TH]
  6. “Is He Worthy ?” – Chris Tomlin [8 / 6TH]
  7. “Scars” – TobyMac [6 / 5TH]
  8. “Resurrecting” – Elevation Worship [- / 5TH]
  9. “Prize Worth Fighting For” – Jamie Kimmett [9 / 5TH]
  10. “Scars” – I AM THEY [- / 1ST]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week:
“The Way (New Horizon)” – Pat Barrett

# 1 Two Years Ago This Week:
“Forgiven” – Crowder

It’s great to be back to present the 117TH week of this 3RD era of my personal hit music chart. The 116TH week was compiled as usual (last week), but not published. There were no new entries, and Austin French and TobyMac switched places at # 5 and # 6 respectively.

This week there are some surprises. Austin French continues his ascent, and now he’s got his 2ND Top 3 smash in a row. Could “Born Again” become his 2ND # 1 smash in a row ?  It is my theme song right now.

Elevation Worship has a rare re-entry onto my chart at # 8 – one notch higher than its previous peak at # 9 a couple of months ago. “Resurrecting” has done just that. The song was actually recorded almost 4 years ago, and one of the singers and writers of the song is Mack Brock – who I saw LIVE in concert last week. He was an opening act for Hillsong UNITED. He opened with his current radio hit “Greater Things”. He closed with the refrain from “Do It Again”. That got the entire arena up on their feet – with arms raised – singing out loud to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ !

At # 10 this week I AM THEY (out of Carson City Nevada) replace themselves with their follow-up hit to the late-blooming “My Feet Are On The Rock”. It’s called “Scars”, and that makes 2 hits on my chart this week all about “Scars”.

Finally – a special note about my # 1 smash from exactly 2 years ago this week. My man Crowder. I saw him LIVE in concert last week as well. He opened for MercyMe. He put on an awesome show. He performed about 12 or 13 hits – including “Wildfire” which I absolutely loved. I actually thought it was one of his older songs because the crowd was really into it. As it turns out it’s one of his newer songs from his new album “I Know A Ghost”. Ironically he did not perform “Forgiven” – my # 1 smash on this date in 2017. I was surprised. I was a little disappointed. But he’s “Forgiven”.

My friends – I preached a full sermon on this yesterday at my church. God used music to rescue me and save me from the mud and the mire almost 13 years ago. Music makes me happy. God’s music – God’s believers making music – it obliterates any “Gloom & Despair” (the title of my sermon) that the enemy tries to place forth on me. That’s the message that I share with you here on my blog. I do this to share God’s Good News through His music.

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.

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

Sunday Scripture

Today at my church I preached a sermon titled “Gloom & Despair”. It’s actually the resurrected remains of an early sermon (one of my first 10) that I wrote in 2017. It sat on my computer all this time as God led me in other directions and placed different messages on my heart.

When deciding on an appropriate sermon to preach to my church family it must be the right sermon at the right time. If it’s not then I ask God for guidance and direction. I ask Him to lead the way for me to discern what I and my brothers and sisters need to hear to get closer to God in the current environment.

Today “Gloom & Despair” was the right sermon at the right time.

At the end of my sermon I read the 150TH Psalm. I read part of each verse, and my church body repeated it after me:

Praise the LORD !  [REPEAT]
Praise God in His sanctuary. [REPEAT]
Praise Him in His mighty heaven !  [REPEAT]
Praise Him for His mighty works. [REPEAT]
Praise His unequaled greatness !  [REPEAT]
Praise Him with a blast of the ram’s horn. [REPEAT]
Praise Him with the lyre and harp !  [REPEAT]
Praise Him with the tambourine and dancing. [REPEAT]
Praise Him with strings and flutes !  [REPEAT]
Praise Him with a clash of cymbals. [REPEAT]
Praise Him with loud clanging cymbals. [REPEAT]
Let everything that breathes sing praises to the LORD !  [REPEAT]
Praise the LORD !  [REPEAT]

We must recommit ourselves to Christ daily. We can’t let a day go by without praising the Lord. And that Psalm right there – the 150TH and final Psalm – is a wonderful ending to the entire book of Psalms that confirms the greatness of our God. If you’re ever struggling with words in your prayers to God – just read out loud Psalm 150.

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My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 2009

Every Friday night I post the Top 5 of one of my classic hit music charts based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay from either 10, 20, or 30 years ago this weekend (rotating each week). Here it is – for the week ending Sunday May 10TH 2009:

  1. “Open Season” – Air Five
  2. “The Difference” – Philmont
  3. “The Unavoidable Battle Of Feeling On The Outside” – FM Static
  4. “Black Sea” – The Contact
  5. “Set The Dial” – Run Kid Run

Air Five’s pop-punk song “Open Season” began an unprecedented 11-week run atop my chart on this weekend exactly 10 years ago. It was the longest-running # 1 smash of the 3½-year salvation era of my personal hit music chart, and it was my # 1 smash of all of 2009.

Sitting at # 4 was “Black Sea” from a Canadian band known as The Contact. They started together as a high school band in the late-1990s. I really liked this song back in the day (still do today), and it was played on my local Christian rock station a lot during the first-half of 2009.

It had an unusually dark and eerie feeling to it, but it delivered the Message that with God leading us through the darkness – the “Black Sea” – we will be just fine. It’ll be rough. It’ll be tough. We may think we’re drowning. We can’t do it by ourselves. We can’t rely on the world. The world will abandon us and leave us for dead. We need God to get us through it all. And He will. And He does. We will pass through alive !

♫ Outside
Out free
Marching through a black sea
We fight
In one direction

Inside
Liberty
Breathing in a black sea
Alive
With your infection ♫

It’s halftime my friends. I’ll be back on Sunday afternoon and Monday night with two more blog posts for this weekend. Enjoy your Saturday. Share God’s Good News with all who will listen.

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

Home Sweet Homestead

I’m back from vacation !  My 6-day / 590-mile / 14-county Florida road-trip has come to a close. My trek started in deep South Miami-Dade County (where my home is), and it continued northward through Broward, Palm Beach, Hendry, Glades, Highlands, and Polk Counties, westward into Hillsborough County (Tampa), southward through Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee, and Collier Counties, and then back into Miami-Dade County. I also came within a few feet of touching (mainland) Monroe County for a second.

It was a fun trip. I saw a couple of current movies, I did a little bit of shopping (didn’t buy anything), I ate a lot of good food, I walked over 60,000 steps (to burn-off that good food), I did a lot of sightseeing, I visited some historical museums and animal-based tourist attractions, I went to two Christian music concerts, and I spent a lot of time at the beach.

I saw and I did things that I had never seen or done before in my life. This was a classic vacation. I get to spend the near future reminiscing about the times I enjoyed via the 140+ photos and 1 video I captured during all of the fun.

The 1 video I captured is a spectacular 3½-minute video of this past Tuesday night’s sunset on Venice Beach Florida. The video captures the 3 minutes leading up to the sun dropping below the horizon at sea as well as the 30 seconds right after that moment. I intended to post that video in its entirety here on my blog, but I realized that I can’t upload videos on here with my current WordPress plan. The video is also about 1:10 too long for Twitter, so I’ll have to figure out how to trim it down to 2:20 for Twitter.

In the meantime here’s Monday night’s sunset at 8:05 PM EDT on Venice Beach.

Sunset

From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets – the name of the LORD is to be praised. (Psalm 113:3 NIV)

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