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Happy September my friends. It’s Wednesday September 01ST 2021, and with this special midweek edition I begin an all-new season of blog posts.

Normally I don’t post on Wednesdays, and I probably won’t do so again until my Winter Season Premiere on Wednesday December 01ST 2021.

I publish new blog posts 4 times per week on Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays, and Mondays at 3 AM U.S. East Coast time. Each day has its own unique theme. My Thursday posts are travel-related. My Friday posts are retro music-related. My Sunday posts are Scripture-related. My Monday posts are current music-related. So my hashtags are #TravelThursday, #RetroFriday, #SundayScripture, and #Top10Monday.

I publish occasional special posts on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, but not too often.

If you’re new to my blog then I welcome you. Thank You for checking it out. You may have clicked on my link on Facebook, Twitter, or Flickr. Perhaps Google or Feedspot sent you here awhile back, and you’ve been coming back on a regular basis. Maybe you only read my posts on #TravelThursday, or you’re only interested in my messages on Sundays. Either way I’m glad you’re here. This is a no-judgement zone. This is also a politics-free space online. There’s plenty of judgement and politics elsewhere.

Feel free to comment on any post. You can also reach me on Twitter @ChrisMDay. Some of you have your own blogs that I check out on a regular basis. Keep doing what you do. Keep blogging alive !

I’ve been blogging since 2007, and really I was blogging for 14 years before that via my own dial-in bulletin board system (BBS) and its spinoff on the early World Wide Web of the late-1990s into the early-2000s. It’s my favorite hobby online. But I can get too much of a good thing; hence, the typical 4-post-per-week schedule.

#TravelThursday will be posted tomorrow at 3 AM. Last week I traveled within my own hometown here in South Florida. Tomorrow I’ll check-out a stateside location that’s about 1,500 miles away.

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There’s an abundance of disinformation, misinformation, and fake news available to us at every minute of every day. You can find it on most of the broadcast and cable TV networks. You can read it in the newspapers (if you still read those). You’re definitely exposed to it here on social media – especially on Facebook and Twitter. Many otherwise intelligent people have been duped and brainwashed by propaganda and conspiracy theories, and they have spread them unknowingly or intentionally online and offline.

This blog existed on Facebook for over 4½ years from 2013 to 2017. I moved it off of there and returned it to its original home on here at the start of 2018. I haven’t posted original material on Facebook since I did that. WordPress seems like an oasis from the clutter and noise of social media. Sure it’s one of the lesser-popular sites, and it’s one of the older sites (almost 16-years-old). But you found my blog, so it’s in a good place.

Any born again Christian who spends any amount of time watching mainstream TV news and talk shows or reading social media knows that we are portrayed as radical extremists. We are those crazy lunatic nutcases on the far-right who believe in a God that nobody has ever seen or heard. We are members of a cult who keep drinking the Kool-Aid. We are hypocrites and bigots who believe that we are better than everyone else.

Radical extremist ? OK I’ll take that one.
Crazy lunatic nutcase ? #Accurate
Far-right ? Hardly. My political views are all over the spectrum on both sides.
A God that nobody has ever seen or heard ? That’s fake news.
Member of a cult ? Not at all. I didn’t discover true freedom until salvation began.
Drinking the Kool-Aid ? No. That’s those who believe everything they see on TV.
Hypocrite ? Sure. All humans are hypocrites.
Bigot ? No. You know what a bigot does ? They accuse others of being bigots.
Better than everyone else ? No. I’m better than nobody.

Jesus replied – “I assure you – no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life. So don’t be surprised when I say – ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.”
(John 3:5-8 NLT)

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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Tuesday Night Grab Bag O’ Thoughts

I. #Introduction – Surprise. I’ve brought back an old favorite of this blog, but just for a single return appearance. This won’t become a regular weekly feature again. This was once the flagship of this blog. It started in 2007 on Myspace – inspired by fellow bloggers of the era. It continued here on WordPress for 129 well-read editions. This is the first edition on WordPress in over 11 years. I brought it back briefly on Facebook after that. This is essentially my instant “brain dump” online. It’s what’s on my mind – right here – right now. I have no idea what I’ll write – until my fingers hit the keyboard. Once it’s done it gets posted immediately. I wanted to do something different to observe 2,000 blog posts here on WordPress, and this is what I came up with. #Blogging101

II. #Lunch – I’ve written about Longhorn Steakhouse, Olive Garden, and Red Lobster many times before here on my #GrabBag. Back in 2008 and 2009 they were being built and opened in my city right next to each other just 3 miles away from my home. Longhorn and Olive Garden continue to thrive with delicious food, great service, and an abundance of customers all day every day. Red Lobster is struggling. I don’t go there very often anymore, and when I do there aren’t that many people there – both customers and employees. They appear to be poorly managed at this time. As a church group we’ve dropped the place from our regular rotation due to poor service. I went back today solo on a reconnaissance mission to see if they have improved. They failed. They were closed 18 minutes after they were supposed to be open at 11 AM. I went back to Longhorn – the place that I’ve been to more than any other restaurant in my city. My favorite waitress served me. She was fantastic, and my meal was delicious. #CaseClosed

III. #ManOnTheMoon – 52 years ago today on July 20TH 1969 (a Sunday) man walked on the moon for the first time ever. It was one small step for man – one giant leap for mankind. I actually remember watching it as a 2-year-old toddler in our cozy Greenbelt Maryland apartment on our giant (25-inch) living room TV set that was essentially heavy furniture that weighed several hundred pounds. I smiled when R.E.M.‘s “Man On The Moon” played on my iPod Shuffle at my desk at work this morning. #Appropriate

IV. #WeatherOnTheFours – Today we had a lot of quick-moving heavy showers around the area, but we also had a lot of hot sunshine. Sometimes the sun was shining bright while the rain was pouring down. Sounds like a typical “rainy season” day. We started-off this morning right around 78°F / 26°C, and we managed to reach 90°F / 32°C. Slightly drier and hotter days are headed this way – along with some Saharan dust. #Gesundheit

V. #FamilyPhotoOn5 – I stumbled across this photo recently. It’s from a long time ago – the Summer of 1977 (I believe). It could be ’78. I’m 10 (or 11). My little brother is 2 (or 3). We’re definitely in Ocean City Maryland with our neighbor friends. I went fishing for the first time ever in my life, and look what I caught !  Please excuse my outfit. I didn’t dress myself back then. #CutenessOverload

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again this upcoming weekend (which starts very soon) – 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 and Flickr.

Be blessed my friends !  May the 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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Winter Season Premiere

Greetings my friends ! This post serves as my U.S. Winter Season Premiere. There was not the usual break this year between my Autumn season of blog posts and my Winter season. The fact of the matter is that November was (by far) my biggest month ever as far as readership, so I wanted to keep the forward momentum going during Thanksgiving Week here in the U.S. when I would normally be on hiatus.

So my blogging continues this Winter with no expected breaks in action. You can expect new blog posts published on Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays, and Mondays at 3 AM U.S. East Coast Time, so that’s 8 AM in Great Britain, 10 AM in South Africa, 1:30 PM in India, 4 PM in Singapore, and 9 PM in New Zealand. Thank You for following my blog from all around the world !

As a general guideline each new weekend of blog posts begins on a Thursday, and my Thursday posts can be about anything and everything. My Friday posts are about pop music history from my own vast archives going back 35 years. My Sunday and Monday posts are Christ-centered with a short message on Sunday, and my favorite positive and encouraging songs of the week on Monday.

This blog was created on Myspace back in May of 2007. 6 months later I moved it here to WordPress. This post begins my 14TH year here on WordPress. You can still read every single blog post that has ever been published by me here on WordPress (1,861 and counting), but don’t look for any from 2013 to 2017. (My blog was published solely on Facebook during that time.)

To my fellow bloggers who also read my blog – keep doing what you do. I enjoy reading many of your blogs, and I’m glad that you’re staying active as a blogger during these times when blogging is so passé / “old school”. I guess we’re about 15 years past its prime, but I’d rather do this than waste countless hours of brain energy reading all about other people’s narrow viewpoints and prejudices on Facebook and Twitter. Hatred and negativity thrives over there.

Well that’s all for this Thursday blog post about anything and everything. It’s my first of 18 posts in December. It’s going to be a fun month on here, as we wrap-up 2020 and prepare for 2021. Let’s do this together.

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