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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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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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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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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My Top 10 Hits – Week 122

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 June 16TH 2019:

  1. “Church (Take Me Back)” – Cochren & Co. [# 2 last week / 17TH week]
  2. “Born Again” – Austin French [1 / 16TH]
  3. “Is He Worthy ?” – Chris Tomlin [5 / 11TH]
  4. “Resurrecting” – Elevation Worship [3 / 10TH]
  5. “Prize Worth Fighting For” – Jamie Kimmett [4 / 10TH]
  6. “Greater Things” – Mack Brock [6 / 5TH]
  7. “Raise A Hallelujah” – Bethel Music [7 / 2ND]
  8. “Till I Found You” – Phil Wickham [9 / 2ND]
  9. “Symphony” – Switch [10 / 2ND]
  10. ”Build My Life” – Pat Barrett [8 / 7TH]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week:
“Do It Again” – Elevation Worship

# 1 Two Years Ago This Week:
“Home” – Chris Tomlin

The oldest song on my chart replaces the 2ND-oldest song on my chart at # 1. After 8 non-consecutive weeks at # 2 Michael Cochren and his friends from South Indiana finally reach the pinnacle with a song that sounds just as fresh today as the day I first heard it on the radio back in February. It’s a song about going to church – something I’ve done nearly every Sunday morning since the first time I went to church as an adult at age 39 on Sunday January 21ST 2007.

This track was nominated for the K-LOVE Fan Award of Breakout Single Of The Year – and deservedly so. I voted for it. It lost the award to “Maybe It’s OK” – another great track – from We Are Messengers.

Here’s the official lyric video of “Church (Take Me Back)”. I can’t stop singing along to it when I hear it – and for hours afterwards:

God has given me the responsibility of serving His church by proclaiming His entire message to you.
(Colossians 1:25)

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

Here’s an excerpt from my sermon today titled “Pray & Believe”:

… The Bible says “keep on praying.” That’s a short 3-word verse in First Thessalonians Chapter 5. That’s actually the New Living Translation First Edition. That verse was updated for the Second Edition from “keep on praying” to “never stop praying”. Now it doesn’t mean to pray with every single breath and every waking moment. It means don’t give up when troubles come your way. Pray.

I learned this verse early on as a baby Christian. It helped me a lot:

Don’t worry about anything. Instead – pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. (Philippians 4:6)

I’ve heard it said that worry is a conversation you have with yourself about things you can’t change. Prayer is a conversation you have with God about things He can change.

When I pray almost every sentence has the words “Thank You” in it. I thank God for the current situation. I thank the Lord for what He’s already done. I thank Him for what He’s going to do.

I like (Romans 12:12)Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.

You see when we rejoice in our confident hope – when we trust in Christ – we can be patient in times of trouble. Praying to God shows God that we truly trust in Him. Praying to God from the valleys confirms to Him that we believe that He is in control, and that He is right there with us – leading us out of the valley.

So who has this confident hope ?

The Bible says – We were given this hope when we were saved. (If we already have something – (then) we don’t need to hope for it. (We don’t need to wait for it.) (Romans 8:24)
But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have – (then) we must wait patiently and confidently.) (Romans 8:25)
And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example – we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. (Romans 8:26)
And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. (Romans 8:27)

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Sunday Scripture

Last night I started writing a brand new sermon. It’s my 26TH sermon over the past 3 years of preaching. As soon as I sat down and decided that I wanted to read, study, and learn more about a character in the Bible that I knew nothing about – God led me on a journey online where I discovered Josiah – King of Judah – from the 2ND Book of Kings.

My goal is to do more teaching in my preaching and expand my sermons into the Old Testament. There’s a lot of great material in the Old Testament – types and shadows. Our Praise & Worship Pastor preached today back-and-forth from both the Old and the New Testaments. You’ve probably heard it said before, and I’ve preached it before – The New is in the Old concealed, and the Old is in the New revealed. Our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ is in the Old Testament concealed. In the New Testament He is revealed.

If you will obey Me and keep My covenant – you will be My own special treasure from among all the peoples on earth – for all the earth belongs to Me. And you will be My kingdom of priests – My holy nation. This is the message you must give to the people of Israel. (Exodus 19:5-6)

You are a chosen people. You are royal priests – a holy nation – God’s very own possession. As a result – you can show others the goodness of God, for He called you out of the darkness into His wonderful light. “Once you had no identity as a people. Now you are God’s people. Once you received no mercy. Now you have received God’s mercy.” (1 Peter 2:9-10)

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P.S.  Wanna see and hear some great Christian music tonight ?  Tune-in to TBN (either nationally or a local affiliate or stream it online) tonight from 9 PM to 11 PM EDT (U.S. East Coast Time) for the K-LOVE Fan Awards. I’ll be live-tweeting during the show @ChrisMDay using the hashtags #KLOVE, #FanAwards, and #TBN. Join in on all of the fun on Twitter !

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