Weekends Begin On Thursdays

Greetings my friends. It’s Thursday March 12TH 2020, and it’s the start of a fresh new weekend of blogging here at #CountUp.

This blog is currently experiencing great growth worldwide, so it’s time again to explain what I do here and when I do it. I blog on Thursday and Friday mornings, Sunday afternoons, and Monday mornings. My blog posts go LIVE at 3 AM U.S. East Coast Time on Thursdays, Fridays, and Mondays, and by 3 PM on Sundays – following my time spent with church family. I don’t blog on Saturdays at all. That’s my day of rest with Christ and His Word. I generally do Bible Study and Sermon Writing on Saturdays. I occasionally blog on select Tuesdays during the year – generally when Monday is a U.S. Federal holiday.

My Thursday blogs can be about anything that comes to my mind at the time. They are my most spontaneous blog posts of the weekend. My Friday blogs go RETRO, as I look back at my life and the music that shaped it. My Sunday blogs reveal the God I know – the 3-in-1 God – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. My Monday blogs highlight God’s music on the radio – my Top 10 hits of the week. It’s the continuation of a weekly music chart hobby that goes back 45 years.

This blog is currently nearing the end of its 13TH year online. It started on Myspace in May 2007, and then it moved over to WordPress (right here) in November 2007. It began fading away during the early 2010s, and that’s because I was tweeting on Twitter way too much before most of my friends even knew what a tweet was. All of my friends kept urging me to join them over on Facebook, and I finally (and hesitantly) did so on Easter Sunday of 2013. My blog was eventually resurrected on Facebook, but not too many of my friends were actually reading it. I ended my blog on Facebook on the final day of 2017, and just a couple of weeks later I brought it back here to its original home.

This is a political-free blog. I’ll never discuss politics on here. I don’t discuss anything that may be controversial on here. (I’m the same way in public.) This blog is essentially about my life of almost 53 years – then and now – 39 years before Christ and 14 years in Christ. I know that it’s not for everyone, but if you like what you see then I thank you for coming, and reading, and liking, and coming back again. As long as you keep coming back – I’ll keep blogging more.

I try to keep my blog posts short. Most of them can be read in 3 minutes or less. Your time online and offline is valuable. I thank you for spending a few minutes with me.

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Take A Picture

(Good song by Filter from early-2000.)

Well Happy Thursday February 27TH 2020 my friends. It’s the final Thursday of February, and it’s the start of another blogging weekend for me. But this weekend will be curtailed. In lieu of the usual 4 new blog posts I’m only publishing 2 – this one right here -and tomorrow’s RETRO. After that I’m going on hiatus for a little over a week to hang out with church pastors, preachers, planters, ministers, leaders, and disciples up the road in Orlando. I’ll also be singing and dancing in the middle of the Hertz Arena in Estero Florida with MercyMe and Jeremy Camp performing their greatest hits. That’s how I “Spring Break” at nearly 53 !

So here’s where that Title above (“Take A Picture”) is significant. Last weekend (Friday in fact) I posted original material on Facebook for the first time in 13 months. It was actually quite benign (or so I thought). I swapped out my profile picture. That’s it. I replaced a picture from 2018 with a picture from 2012. It’s a picture of me up on stage with my former church family with a wireless mic hosting a Sunday morning service. I didn’t think anything of it really when I posted it. Some friends recently asked me to change the picture, so I did. In the next few days it garnered 35 likes and loves and 15 comments. It’s one of my most reacted-to Facebook posts ever (since I created my account in 2013).

Incidentally – other than the occasional profile picture and cover photo swap – I don’t post much on Facebook anymore. I still have friends (lots of them) who are only on Facebook, so I keep in touch with them on there and sometimes post a comment on something that they have posted. But this is where I really live on social media – right here on my own blog.

And so – here’s that profile picture that went viral on my Facebook account for a few days. Enjoy, and I’ll be back tomorrow for my Winter Season Finale.

LPC 20120205

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Sunday Scripture

On this 522ND and final Sunday of the 2010s I did what I’ve done for about 475 of those 522 Sundays, and that is to praise, worship, and celebrate our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ with my brothers and sisters of my church family.

I opened the service with God’s Word from First Thessalonians Chapter 5 (9 to 11):

For God decided to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ – not to pour out His anger on us. He died for us so that we can live with Him forever – whether we are dead or alive at the time of His return. So encourage each other and build each other up – just as you are already doing.

We had an unusually well-attended Sunday morning service for the final Sunday of the year – during the peak of holiday vacation time. In fact it was actually one of our biggest crowds of the year !

Today I led with my 30TH sermon over the past 3 years and 3 months. It was a groundbreaking sermon for me personally, and one that I was most nervous about. It’s the first time I went unscripted. I essentially had no idea what I was going to say until I actually said it. I used Internet memes to tell the story of how great our God is.

Earlier this year I began saving, collecting, and organizing Internet memes – mostly from Facebook. I then came up with the idea of preaching an entire sermon based solely on memes. Then I decided that it was a silly idea – perhaps even corny. Then I kept thinking about it, and praying about the best way to have a few dozen memes tell the story that I wanted to tell without the usual full manuscript that I write, edit, rewrite, enhance, finalize, rehearse, and print for each of my typical sermons.

I preached “Ways & Memes” today. It lasted a little over 45 minutes, and I think that it went fairly well considering I was out of my comfort zone at the pulpit. It can be rather risky giving me a wireless mic and 45 minutes to preach without a script, but I managed to do so without saying anything controversial.

Here’s 1 of the 30 memes that told the story of God’s Way:

Jesus Is

My next sermon is already half-written, and it’s titled “Church & State”. I hope to preach it to my church family in January or February. Meanwhile the saving, collecting, and organizing of Internet memes continues on. I’ll start compiling a new batch for “Ways & Memes 2” later in 2020.

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Twitter

This weekend marks my 10TH Anniversary on Twitter. I created my account just before 9 PM EDT on August 17TH 2009 (a Monday), and I posted my first tweet as follows:

Yeah. That’s right. I’m on Twitter now. I surrender to the hottest web site in the universe.

As all of my friends at the time were ranting and raving about how great Facebook was – I ignored them and I went to Twitter instead. Unlike nearly everyone I know who started on Facebook and then discovered Twitter – I was on Twitter for over 3½ years before I finally caved-in to peer pressure, created a Facebook account, and began posting over there. This blog – created on Myspace and continued here on WordPress – was actually resurrected on Facebook before returning here on WordPress in January 2018.

So back to Twitter where I’ve been for 10 continuous years – longer than any other form of social media. Last weekend I posted my 8,000TH tweet, so that’s an average of 800 tweets per year, or more than 2 per day. I tweet less nowadays, and I’m far more careful about what I tweet compared to 10 years ago. Actually I use Twitter mostly to promote this blog. With every new blog post published a tweet is automatically generated to the #Twitterverse.

Want to see what I’m tweeting about ?  You don’t have to look far. If you’re reading this blog post online at revchrismday.com – then simply glance over to the right-hand side of your computer or device screen. You’ll see the last 5 tweets I’ve posted. If you’re already on Twitter then you can follow me @ChrisMDay.

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Social Media RoundUp

It’s Thursday. It’s 3 AM EDT (Eastern Daylight Time) here in South Florida U.S.A. I’m hopefully sound asleep right now. I wrote this last night just before I went to bed, and I set it to publish at this time.

It’s time to kickoff another weekend of blogging here at CountUp Ministries. My blogging weekends typically begin early on Thursday mornings, and they end on Monday nights with my new Top 10 personal hit music chart.

This blog continues to expand worldwide, so I thought it would be a good idea to update you on my ongoing social media activities.

I’m barely on Facebook. I don’t even promote it anymore. I’m only on there because I still have a few friends who are still on there. I don’t post material on there anymore. I only “like” or “love” or “haha” or “wow” or comment on my friends’ posts. I left Facebook after almost 5 years because there’s just too much fake news, nonsense, profanity, hatred, and racism over there. People say things over there that they would never say in public.

In a couple of months I’ll be observing my 10TH anniversary on Twitter. I’m @ChrisMDay (that’s my real name), and to date I’ve posted over 7,800 tweets. That’s an average of about 2 per day over the past 10 years. If you’re reading this blog post at http://www.revchrismday.com then you can always check out my last 5 tweets over on the right-hand column (just scroll down a little bit). Coming up on Sunday June 09TH starting at 9 PM EDT I’ll be live-tweeting during the K-LOVE Fan Awards broadcast on TBN.

I’m on Flickr, and I’ve been on there for the past 8 years. I’ve been actively posting a lot of vacation photos on there recently – in fact over 225 new photos over the past 6 months. I caption all of my photos too. They mean a lot to me. They bring back a lot of good memories away from home. They are the “best of the best”, and they represent less than half of all of the photos that I take at any given location. You can always check out my last 5 photos over on the right-hand column (just below my tweets). There’s also a link there to access my entire Flickr site.

Finally I’m here on WordPress. I came here towards the end of 2007 after a short stint on Myspace (where my blog was born). I disappeared for about 7 years (defecting to Twitter and Facebook), but then I returned at the start of last year (2018). This now serves as my official web site, and it’s the home page of my online ministry.

Not every blog post you read on here will be about my Lord & Savior Jesus Christ, but most of them will be. He is the center of my life. I am His servant. My ministry’s mission statement is “sharing God’s Good News through His music”. I hope to do that and glorify God at all times.

I’ll never get political on social media. I’ll never get political in real life – away from technology. Some of my viewpoints are rather extreme on both ends of the political spectrum (left and right), and they are mine to keep to myself. I’ll continue to vote for those politicians who I believe share the majority of my political viewpoints.

I’ll continue to tweet, post photos, and blog along this fantastic journey. As a reader / viewer I’m happy to have you here to walk alongside me !

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

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