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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My Top 10 Hits – Week 153

Every Monday I post my all-new Top 10 Christian hit music chart based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay. This week I’m doing it on Tuesday due to the U.S. holiday yesterday. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday January 19TH 2020:

  1. “Holy Water” – We The Kingdom [# 1 last week / 8TH week on chart]
  2. “Rescue Story” – Zach Williams [2 / 15TH]
  3. “The God Who Stays” – Matthew West [3 / 9TH]
  4. “Almost Home” – MercyMe [4 / 5TH]
  5. “Smile” – Sidewalk Prophets [5 / 7TH]
  6. “Your Name Is Power” – Rend Collective [8 / 2ND]
  7. “Unstoppable God” – Sanctus Real [6 / 11TH]
  8. “Nobody (But Jesus)” – Casting Crowns Ft. Matthew West [7 / 25TH]
  9. “Like You Love Me” – Tauren Wells [- / 1ST]
  10. “In The Arms” – Terrian [10 / 3RD]

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

# 1 Two Years Ago This Week:
“Lions” – Skillet

“Holy Water” holds at # 1 for a 3RD week in a row, but this could be its final week at the top of my chart. Zach, Matthew, and the MercyMe crew are heating-up in the next 3 chart positions, and any 1 of them could take over the top spot next week.

Yesterday afternoon I returned home from a 3-day / 3-county / 360-mile Florida road-trip to and from Fort Myers. I listened to a lot of K-LOVE on the radio in my car and even some WAY-FM. Next week’s chart should be very active. I’ll write all about my road-trip in just 48 hours as I begin a new weekend of blogging this upcoming Thursday morning.

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.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2020

Darkness Vs. Light

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. (John 1:5)

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Sunday Scripture

I recently completed my sermon titled “Church & State” which I hope to preach to my church body in a few weeks. I’ve also started writing my next sermon on the prophet Malachi.

Here’s an excerpt from my sermon on “Church & State”:

… You know I keep saying the word “church”, and when I say “church” – I’m generally not referring to the building. I’m speaking of the people who are meeting corporately to learn more about our God – to get closer to Him.

You see no matter where church is done – we must always remember that church is not the building that we’re in. Church is the body of current and future (remember that – future) believers and followers of Christ. We are the church. You and I. We are the church – in here. We are the church – out there. We are the church – at the grocery stores. We are the church – in the restaurants. We are the church – in our homes. We are the church in everything we do – and in everywhere we go. When we are the church – we honor our God. This is His church. You and I. We belong to God.

I’m not a fan of the phrase “go to church” – because – if you “go to church” – then that means that you’re apparently coming from somewhere else – which physically you are, but spiritually – you are too. What I’m saying – is that you’re not being the church in everything you do – and in everywhere you go. If you “go to church” on Sunday mornings at 10 or 10:30 – then you’re not the church before that. You’re the world before that.

When we are the church – we are learning more about our God, and we are getting closer to Him – in here – and out there – on all days – at all times – not just for 90 minutes in here on Sunday mornings.

So we must always be the church, and on Sunday mornings we must bring the church in here – because this is where we meet. Each and every one of us represents God’s church – in and out of our homes. So we must bring God’s church with us on Sunday mornings …

Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another – especially now that the day of His return is drawing near. (Hebrews 10:24-25)

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My Top 10 Hits – Week 152

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 12TH 2020:

  1. “Holy Water” – We The Kingdom [# 1 last week / 7TH week on chart]
  2. “Rescue Story” – Zach Williams [6 / 14TH]
  3. “The God Who Stays” – Matthew West [7 / 8TH]
  4. “Almost Home” – MercyMe [5 / 4TH]
  5. “Smile” – Sidewalk Prophets [4 / 6TH]
  6. “Unstoppable God” – Sanctus Real [2 / 10TH]
  7. “Nobody (But Jesus)” – Casting Crowns Ft. Matthew West [3 / 24TH]
  8. “Your Name Is Power” – Rend Collective [- / 1ST]
  9. “Faith” – Jordan Feliz [8 / 14TH]
  10. “In The Arms” – Terrian [10 / 2ND]

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

# 1 Two Years Ago This Week:
“Lions” – Skillet

“Holy Water” remains at # 1, as I sing along to it every time I hear it on the radio. I especially love these lyrics:

♫ Dead man walking – slave to sin
I wanna know about being born again
I need You
O God I need You ♫

Christ said, “I assure you. No one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit … You must be born again.”
(John 3:5,7b)

There’s significant chart movement below # 1. That includes the current hit from Zach Williams. His “Rescue Story” rises to # 2 this week – tying the # 2 peak of his debut smash from the Summer of 2017 – “Old Church Choir”. (“Chain Breaker” was a 2016 smash for Zach – a year before this chart was resurrected.)

Rend Collective from the United Kingdom (Northern Ireland) are back on my chart for the first time in 18 months with their current radio song “Your Name Is Power”.

Coming up in 5 weeks this current era of my chart celebrates its 3RD anniversary. To mark the occasion I’ll present my Top 20 hits of the past 3 years representing 157 weekly music charts. I’ll do so on a special Tuesday blog post on that Presidents’ Day holiday weekend here in the U.S.

Next weekend is a holiday weekend as well – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is Monday January 20TH. I’ll post a special blog on that day. That pushes my next Top 10 music chart to next Tuesday.

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again next weekend – with 5 new entries on Thursday, Friday, Sunday, Monday, and 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. 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 we had another near full house with my Living Waters church body, as we came together corporately to praise, worship, and celebrate our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ.

Our Lead Pastor Bob continued his message series titled “The Days Of Noah Have Come” – based mostly on Scripture from Genesis 6, 7, and 8. He continued his ongoing theme on types and shadows as well – a theme that our Worship Pastor Ben introduced to us in a sermon last June (which I continued in a few of my sermons since then).

I never heard of types and shadows before last June, and now I’ve been studying them almost nonstop since then.

The water receded steadily from the earth. At the end of the hundred and fifty days the water had gone down, and on the seventeenth day of the seventh month the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat.
(Genesis 8:3-4 NIV)

So Noah is a type of Jesus Christ. The ark is a type of church. The single door of the ark is a type of Jesus Christ (“I am the door.”). The 17TH day of the 7TH month (Nisan) is a type of a Glorious day !  (It’s also the day that Christ is risen.)

Yesterday (my day of rest) I spent much of the day in God’s Word sitting in front of my desktop computer finishing the manuscript of my next sermon that I hope to preach titled “Church & State”. It’s all about the importance of being a part of – and playing an active role in – a church body. I’ll share a portion of my sermon on my next “Sunday Scripture”.

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My Top 10 Hits – Week 151

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 05TH 2020:

  1. “Holy Water” – We The Kingdom [# 2 last week / 6TH week on chart]
  2. “Unstoppable God” – Sanctus Real [1 / 9TH]
  3. “Nobody (But Jesus)” – Casting Crowns Ft. Matthew West [3 / 23RD]
  4. “Smile” – Sidewalk Prophets [4 / 5TH]
  5. “Almost Home” – MercyMe [8 / 3RD]
  6. “Rescue Story” – Zach Williams [6 / 13TH]
  7. “The God Who Stays” – Matthew West [7 / 7TH]
  8. “Faith” – Jordan Feliz [9 / 13TH]
  9. “Dead Man Walking” – Jeremy Camp [5 / 25TH]
  10. “In The Arms” – Terrian [- / 1ST]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week:
“Well Done” – The Afters

# 1 Two Years Ago This Week:
“Lions” – Skillet

It’s the start of a brand new year for my personal hit music chart. It’s technically the start of my 35TH year of writing down / typing in my favorite songs of the week, as I’ve been doing this since 1985. This radio music hobby predates my chart by another 10 years, so this is essentially a lifelong thing for me. And now it’s based on the music that tells the Glorious story of my Lord & Savior Jesus Christ.

We start the new year with a new # 1 smash from We The Kingdom. The man behind the band is Mr. Ed Cash – a longtime producer and songwriter who’s been behind many of Chris Tomlin’s hits including his most recent – “Home”, “Resurrection Power”, and “Nobody Loves Me Like You”. He also wrote “Forgiven”, “All My Hope”, “Red Letters”, and “Let It Rain” with Crowder.

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 first full week of 2020 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

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