My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 2010

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 10, 15, 20, or 30 years ago this weekend (rotating each week).

It’s the 1ST Friday of the month, so I go back 10 years ago. But for the week ending Sunday February 07TH 2010 there was no hit music chart. I had compiled and published my final Top 10 chart the week prior. The longest era of my personal hit music chart hobby had ended after 14 years and 3 months.

It’s no secret that God used His rock music and lyrics on the radio to suddenly rescue and save me during the 3RD week of August of 2006. I’ve told that story countless times here on this blog, on social media, and via vocal testimonies over the past 13 years. In fact God used a local independent radio station here in Miami-Dade County Florida to save me. I listened to that station – and only that station – through the start of 2010 (almost 3½ years).

Towards the end of my loyalty to that radio station it had made many changes to its format, sound, and style – changes that made it sound like a radio station that I really no longer recognized compared with the first 3 years. This was a radio station that I supported with my ears, with my word-of-mouth, and with my wallet. I prayed for this radio station daily and nightly. I loved this radio station so much that early on I decided that I wanted to work there – or even serve there gratis. I even visited the radio station (by personal invitation), went on-the-air, and told my story of salvation once or twice. Along the way they made some promises to me (and others) that they simply couldn’t keep (whether accidentally or intentionally). All I got out of those collective promises was a tee shirt, and I had to beg for that.

At the end I decided to part ways with this radio station and essentially end my music ministry. It wasn’t meant to be. 10 years ago this week I “flipped” (radio business term) from Christian Rock & Pop to Classic (Secular) Hits of the 1960s and 1970s via another local (commercial) radio station at the time.

Nevertheless my fantastic journey continued onward into the 2010s. There were peaks and valleys along the way – including some soaring highs and some deep craters. I even left my church family of 8 years and joined a new one a mile down the road. After a 7-year exile of Christian music on the radio K-LOVE entered my life on Presidents’ Day (the actual holiday) of 2017. Next weekend I celebrate 3 years as a loyal K-LOVE listener !

That first radio station ultimately let me down in many different ways, but God introduced Himself to me through that radio station. If it weren’t for that radio station I may not know God today. For that I am eternally grateful.

So this is my final look-back at 10 years ago. I haven’t yet decided how to go RETRO on future 1ST Fridays of the month, but I’ll come up with something interesting by April.

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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I’ll Take Potpourri For The Weekend

Greetings my friends !  It’s the weekend again – because here at #CountUp weekends always begin on Thursday mornings !

This weekend I’ll post the usual 4 new blog posts now (Thursday morning), Friday morning, Sunday afternoon, and Monday morning.

This Saturday I hope to do another “Walk-A-Thon” at dawn at the city park down the street from my neighborhood. After that I plan to visit the Fruit And Spice Park about 7 miles away from my home. I visited last March, and I was convinced (before I even entered the park grounds) to buy an annual pass for $25 in lieu of a one-time visit ticket for $10 thinking that (as a local) I would visit on a regular basis. Well I haven’t been back since then, so I might as well get in a free visit this weekend while it’s cool out. (We’ll be in the 50s and 60s this Saturday morning.)

Fruit & Spice Park

Later on Saturday I’ll return home (probably exhausted from all of that walking), and I’ll continue my Bible study and sermon-writing. I’m currently working on my sermon after next – tentatively titled “Malachi & Messages”. It’s probably the first of two (maybe even three) sermons in a row all about the minor prophet Malachi.

Oh ! – I’m part of #LivePDNation – so there’s that on Friday and Saturday night.

On Sunday I’ll enjoy quality time praising, worshiping, and celebrating my Lord + Savior Jesus Christ with my church family. As I tell my brothers and sisters in Christ on each new Sunday morning – it’s the peak of my week. It’s the greatest 4 hours of my life each week.

On Monday at 3 AM U.S. East Coast Time I’ll post my brand new Top 10 weekly hit music chart. Get ready for a brand new # 1 smash. (You read it here first.)

So that’s my weekend forecast. It should be a fun one !

I’ll be back here in 24 hours to go RETRO – back a full decade ago – to a time when I gave up Christian music on the radio forever (or so I thought at the time).

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My Top 10 Hits – Week 155

Every Monday 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 February 02ND 2020:

  1. “Rescue Story” – Zach Williams [# 1 last week / 17TH week on chart]
  2. “The God Who Stays” – Matthew West [2 / 11TH]
  3. “Almost Home” – MercyMe [3 / 7TH]
  4. “Waymaker” – Michael W. Smith Ft. Vanessa Campagna [5 / 2ND]
  5. “Your Name Is Power” – Rend Collective [6 / 4TH]
  6. “Holy Water” – We The Kingdom [4 / 10TH]
  7. “Like You Love Me” – Tauren Wells [8 / 3RD]
  8. “I Will Fear No More” – The Afters [9 / 2ND]
  9. “One Day” – Cochren & Co. [10 / 2ND]
  10. “Let The Redeemed” – Josh Baldwin [- / 1ST]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week:
“Nobody Loves Me Like You” – Chris Tomlin

# 1 Two Years Ago This Week:
“Gracefully Broken” – Matt Redman Ft. Tasha Cobbs Leonard

Zach Williams holds on at # 1 this week with his “Rescue Story”, but Matthew West could soon replace him with another track that was slow to grow on me. I love the words that begin “The God Who Stays”:

♫ If I were You
I would’ve given up on me by now
I would’ve labeled me a lost cause
‘Cause I feel just like a lost cause

If I were You
I would’ve turned around and walked away
I would’ve labeled me beyond repair
‘Cause I feel like I’m beyond repair

But somehow You don’t see me like I do
Somehow You’re still here ♫

I don’t understand why God chose me. I don’t understand why He rescued me. I was a lost cause. I was beyond repair. But He did rescue me. He did save me. I didn’t deserve it. But He gave me the gift of Grace. I accepted it. He took away all of my sins. He wiped the slate clean – as white as snow. He said, “Follow me.” I did. I am born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. My new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal living Word of God.

Jesus Christ wants a relationship with you. Do you want one with Him ?  He’s waiting for you. When you are ready He will be there. As long as you are living and breathing it is not too late. But know this. Tomorrow is not guaranteed.

You are not too far away from God’s reach. Reach out for God. He will lift you out of the pit of despair – out of the mud and the mire. He will set your feet on solid ground and steady you as you walk along. He will give you 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.

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again next weekend – with 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. I’m also on Twitter @ChrisMDay, and I’m the man behind the tweets for my church @LivingWatersHFL.

Enjoy this new week my friends !  May the God of hope fill you completely with joy and peace as you trust in Him.

All rights reserved (c) 2020 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

Sunday Scripture

Today was Communion Sunday with my Living Waters church family. Here’s how God led me:

It is the 1ST Sunday of a brand new month – February – and it’s our time here at Living Waters to observe and celebrate Communion. It’s an observance. It’s an opportunity – that allows us to slow down, and reflect, and honor, and remember what our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ did for us on that cross on that day. It’s also the continuation of this celebration that we enjoy corporately as a church body every Sunday morning when we bring the church from out there to in here.

Christ suffered for us. Never did He sin. Never did He deceive anyone. Never did He retaliate against anyone. Never did He seek revenge against anyone. None of us can claim that, but Christ can. Christ was innocent. We are guilty.

See He had no sins of His own, so He carried all of our sins – past, present, and future – to the cross. He died a horrible death to pay the penalty for our sins forever. He did that for us. That allows us to be dead to sin. That allows us to live for what is right. We didn’t deserve it, but by God’s Grace – we are saved. By His wounds – we are healed. By His suffering – we are free.

So let’s remember – what Christ did for us – and what He continues to do for us.

This is our believer’s Communion. We believe that we have one living and true God – in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. 3 Persons – 1 God. Each is God individually; yet, they are one God together. One God – who is almighty. One God – who never changes. One God – who is eternal.

And so this believer’s Communion is open for everyone who hears me – everyone who believes this. If you believe that we are now under the eternal protection of our shepherd – then I invite you to accept this bread and this juice.

I’ve asked Larry and Shirley to serve us these elements today, so as they make their way up here to retrieve the elements I invite you to join me in honoring our 3-in-1 God – who reigns – now and forever.

At this time come forth to accept this bread and this juice. Take them back to your seat – and remain standing (if you can). After everyone is back at their seats – we’ll accept these elements together as a church body. Come forth.

[Praise & Worship Pastor leads us in “We Believe” from Newsboys.]

Communion

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 bow our heads. Let us pray:

Thank You God for this Glorious moment – in this place – at this time. Thank You Lord for being the unchangeable and unstoppable God that You are – Creator, Christ, and Spirit as One.

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. We celebrate You Lord. We love You Lord – on this day – and with each new day. And we confirm this by saying – AMEN.

(You may be seated.)

As the Bible says in the Gospel According To John (6:57), and this is in red letters, so Christ said it Himself:

I live because of the living Father who sent Me. In the same way – anyone who feeds on Me will live because of Me.

Receiving the body and blood of Christ during Communion means that we are embracing the life-giving sacrifice of Jesus.

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My Top 10 Hits – Week 154

Every Monday 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 January 26TH 2020:

  1. “Rescue Story” – Zach Williams [# 2 last week / 16TH week on chart]
  2. “The God Who Stays” – Matthew West [3 / 10TH]
  3. “Almost Home” – MercyMe [4 / 6TH]
  4. “Holy Water” – We The Kingdom [1 / 9TH]
  5. “Waymaker” – Michael W. Smith Ft. Vanessa Campagna [- / 1ST]
  6. “Your Name Is Power” – Rend Collective [6 / 3RD]
  7. “Smile” – Sidewalk Prophets [5 / 8TH]
  8. “Like You Love Me” – Tauren Wells [9 / 2ND]
  9. “I Will Fear No More” – The Afters [- / 1ST]
  10. “One Day” – Cochren & Co. [- / 1ST]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week:
“Nobody Loves Me Like You” – Chris Tomlin

# 1 Two Years Ago This Week:
“Gracefully Broken” – Matt Redman Ft. Tasha Cobbs Leonard

Zach Williams sings my new favorite song on the radio this week, as his “Rescue Story” becomes my 44TH # 1 smash in the nearly 3 years of this current era of my chart. It’s Zach’s 4TH Top 5 hit in a row (since “Old Church Choir”), and this is his 46TH week on my chart (combined). I love Zach’s personal “Rescue Story”. I’ve seen him in concert a couple of times, and he shares his testimony with the audience in-between his songs about his Lord & Savior Jesus Christ.

Michael W. Smith is back with his 5TH hit on my chart over the past 29 years. He hit with a trio of songs that crossed-over onto many secular Top 40 radio stations back in 1991 and 1992 with “Place In This World”, “For You”, and “I Will Be Here For You”. He also hit with “Surrounded” in September 2018. I really like this song a lot !  K-LOVE added it to their active playlist a couple of weeks ago, and I think that it’s caught-on quickly with us – their listeners – because they are playing it often throughout the day and night.

With 3 new entries this week we lost 3 songs including a pair of # 1s – “Unstoppable God” (Sanctus Real) and “Nobody (But Jesus)” (Casting Crowns Ft. Matthew West). The latter returns in 3 weeks and a day when I present my Top 20 hits of the past 3 years on a special Tuesday blog post on the day after Presidents’ Day here in the U.S. (That marks the 3RD anniversary of the resurrection of my weekly hit music chart.)

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again next weekend – with 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. I’m also on Twitter @ChrisMDay, and I’m the man behind the tweets for my church @LivingWatersHFL.

Enjoy this new week my friends !  May the God of hope fill you completely with joy and peace as you trust in Him.

All rights reserved (c) 2020 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

Sunday Scripture

It was wonderful to be back with my church family on this beautiful sunny and cool Sunday morning in Homestead Florida. (Last Sunday I was 3 hours away over in Fort Myers and Estero. Read all about it on my blog post from this past Thursday.)

Praise & Worship was awesome as always – led by our Worship Pastor Ben. One of my favorite songs that we sing to God is “Victor’s Crown”. I love this part:

Hallelujah
You have overcome
You have overcome
Hallelujah
Jesus You have overcome the world

Our Lead Pastor Bob continued his Noah message series, and I learned 3 new terms today – “Kaphar”, “Kopher”, and “Pitch”.

Build a large boat from cypress wood and waterproof it with tar – inside and out. Then construct decks and stalls throughout its interior. (Genesis 6:14 NLT)

The large boat was the ark. Inside the ark was the only way to survive – with redemption and salvation.

“Kaphar” means to cover over – to atone for. “Kopher” is the price of a life. “Pitch” is the tar or the blood covering.

Jesus Christ covered over all of our sins – past, present, and future – with His blood, so that we may survive – so that we may live eternally with God.

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Southwest Florida Road-Trip

This past U.S. holiday weekend I enjoyed a 3-day / 3-county / 360-mile Florida road-trip to and from Fort Myers. It was my first visit to the region since last July. I always enjoy visiting Southwest Florida (Collier and Lee County). Usually I venture over there to see a concert at the Hertz Arena, and this trip was no exception.

My first stop though after crossing the Everglades via the Tamiami Trail was the flagship branch of the multi-site Collier County Museum in East Naples. It was my first visit since June 2012. Back then I thought it was my first visit ever – until I saw some of the exhibits outside – and then I realized that I had been there years earlier.

At the end of my 90-minute visit I picked-up a brochure for a nearby place that I never knew existed – the Naples Museum Of Military History – at the main terminal of the Naples Airport. So I went there, and I immersed myself in all of the awesome displays there. They were overflowing at the seams in the two rooms that they occupy there. They need more space, and hopefully they get it.

After that I took a ride out to the country and into the woods for another first-time visit ever – the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. What a wonderful and beautiful place this was – especially on a sunny and coolish day. I’m sure that it would be a miserable place to be during our 9-month bug season and especially our 5-month rainy season, but that was truly a great day to be outdoors strolling the 2.25-mile elevated boardwalk absorbing nature’s beauty – created by my Almighty God.

By the way all of the above was Day 1 of my road-trip !  Day 2 started in Fort Myers at probably their # 1 tourist attraction – the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. It was my first visit since April 2011. I love this place. I could work and have fun at this place after I retire from my military / civil service career. I took the 1-hour and 15-minute guided tour which was a lot of fun (even though I had done it before). I’d do it again !

On Sunday night I went to the Hertz Arena to see Franklin Graham conclude his recent tour of Florida. He led us in prayer for our nation and our leaders, and then he preached a classic Billy Graham Crusade sermon on Repentance & Salvation. That’s a topic that I’m quite familiar with, as many of my sermons are about the same. Jeremy Camp opened and closed for Franklin, as he performed 7 of his greatest hits. I’ll be seeing Jeremy Camp perform again at this very same arena in 6 weeks, as he opens for MercyMe.

Day 3 of 3 started back in East Naples at the Naples Botanical Garden – yet another first-time visit. I walked well over 3 miles for 2 hours at this fun place on a chilly and overcast morning.

I’ve got over 80 photos of this fun road-trip to and from Southwest Florida – also known as Florida’s Paradise Coast. At least 60 of those 80 photos will probably be uploaded and captioned on my Flickr site over the next few weeks. But I’ll close this blog post with a sneak-peek. It’s a photo of the chalkboard at the start of the boardwalk at the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary where visitors can write-down what they’ve seen along their walk on the boardwalk. A little less than 90 minutes later – there were more sightings documented on the chalkboard.

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