Home Sweet Homestead

I’m back from vacation !  My 6-day / 590-mile / 14-county Florida road-trip has come to a close. My trek started in deep South Miami-Dade County (where my home is), and it continued northward through Broward, Palm Beach, Hendry, Glades, Highlands, and Polk Counties, westward into Hillsborough County (Tampa), southward through Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee, and Collier Counties, and then back into Miami-Dade County. I also came within a few feet of touching (mainland) Monroe County for a second.

It was a fun trip. I saw a couple of current movies, I did a little bit of shopping (didn’t buy anything), I ate a lot of good food, I walked over 60,000 steps (to burn-off that good food), I did a lot of sightseeing, I visited some historical museums and animal-based tourist attractions, I went to two Christian music concerts, and I spent a lot of time at the beach.

I saw and I did things that I had never seen or done before in my life. This was a classic vacation. I get to spend the near future reminiscing about the times I enjoyed via the 140+ photos and 1 video I captured during all of the fun.

The 1 video I captured is a spectacular 3½-minute video of this past Tuesday night’s sunset on Venice Beach Florida. The video captures the 3 minutes leading up to the sun dropping below the horizon at sea as well as the 30 seconds right after that moment. I intended to post that video in its entirety here on my blog, but I realized that I can’t upload videos on here with my current WordPress plan. The video is also about 1:10 too long for Twitter, so I’ll have to figure out how to trim it down to 2:20 for Twitter.

In the meantime here’s Monday night’s sunset at 8:05 PM EDT on Venice Beach.

Sunset

From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets – the name of the LORD is to be praised. (Psalm 113:3 NIV)

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My Top 10 Hits – Week 115

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 April 28TH 2019:

  1. “Alive” – Big Daddy Weave [# 2 last week / 7TH week on chart]
  2. “Greatness Of Our God” – Newsboys [1 / 10TH]
  3. “Confidence” – Sanctus Real [3 / 10TH]
  4. “Church (Take Me Back)” – Cochren & Co. [4 / 10TH]
  5. “Scars” – TobyMac [7 / 3RD]
  6. “Born Again” – Austin French [5 / 9TH]
  7. “My Feet Are On The Rock” – I Am They [6 / 11TH]
  8. “Is He Worthy ?” – Chris Tomlin [8 / 4TH]
  9. “Prize Worth Fighting For” – Jamie Kimmett [9 / 3RD]
  10. “With Lifted Hands” – Ryan Stevenson [- / 1ST]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week:
“Freedom Hymn” – Austin French

# 1 Two Years Ago This Week:
“Even If” – MercyMe

Newsboys fall to # 2 after a single week at # 1. It’s only the 4TH hit to spend 1 week at # 1 since the start of the K-LOVE era of this chart 26 months ago.

Check out the official music video for my brand new # 1 smash:


♫ But God
Rich in mercy
You came to save me
Now I’m alive

My God
Strong and mighty
You reached down for me
So I could rise ♫

That’s the God I know. The God that saved me. The God that reached down for me. Now I’m “Alive”.

Do you know God ?  He knows you. He knew you before He created you. He loves you. He wants to be with you forever.

Not ready for God yet ?  That’s OK. He’ll wait for you. Don’t wait until it’s too late.

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again in 2 weekends – 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 the next 2 weeks 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

My Top 10 Hits – Week 114

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 April 21ST 2019:

  1. “Greatness Of Our God” – Newsboys [# 3 last week / 9TH week on chart]
  2. “Alive” – Big Daddy Weave [4 / 6TH]
  3. “Confidence” – Sanctus Real [1 / 9TH]
  4. “Church (Take Me Back)” – Cochren & Co. [2 / 9TH]
  5. “Born Again” – Austin French [5 / 8TH]
  6. “My Feet Are On The Rock” – I Am They [6 / 10TH]
  7. “Scars” – TobyMac [7 / 2ND]
  8. “Is He Worthy ?” – Chris Tomlin [8 / 3RD]
  9. “Prize Worth Fighting For” – Jamie Kimmett [10 / 2ND]
  10. “Haven’t Seen It Yet” – Danny Gokey [9 / 2ND]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week:
“Freedom Hymn” – Austin French

# 1 Two Years Ago This Week:
“Even If” – MercyMe

Happy day after Easter my friends, and how fitting for a new # 1 smash on Resurrection Sunday with the title “Greatness Of Our God”. “Greatness” is a great word to describe our almighty God – the risen One.

In awesome wonder – He reigns forever.
We know – the greatness of our God.
His power is endless – He lives within us.
We know – the greatness of our God.

Newsboys will be hanging out here in South Florida this weekend with a couple of LIVE shows in West Palm Beach (Saturday) and Estero (Sunday). I saw them this past January in Tampa, last March in Fort Lauderdale, and a couple of Octobers ago in Estero. I’d see them for a 4TH time at either one of their shows this weekend, but I found out too late about these shows. I’m seeing MercyMe (supported by Crowder and Micah Tyler) and Hillsong United in a couple of weeks, so my upcoming road-trip vacation plans are already set.

Big Daddy Weave are at # 2 now with “Alive” – a song that I like to crank-up the volume of when K-LOVE plays it. It’s their follow-up to “Jesus I Believe” which peaked at # 3 on my chart 18 months ago.

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.

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

Sunday Scripture

Pastor Bob's Easter 2019 Sermon

On this day I observed and celebrated my 13TH Easter Sunday with my brothers and sisters of my church family. Before salvation Easter was just another day of the year. After salvation it’s the most important day of the year – and the reason why I exist today.

As the Bible says in the Gospel According to Mark – Chapter 16 (1-7):

Saturday evening – when the Sabbath ended – Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome went out and purchased burial spices so they could anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on Sunday morning – just at sunrise – they went to the tomb. On the way they were asking each other, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb ?” But as they arrived – they looked up and saw that the stone – which was very large – had already been rolled aside.

When they entered the tomb – they saw a young man clothed in a white robe sitting on the right side. The women were shocked, but the angel said – “Don’t be alarmed. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth – who was crucified. He isn’t here !  He is risen from the dead !  Look – this is where they laid His body. Now go and tell His disciples – including Peter – that Jesus is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see Him there – just as He told you before He died.”

HE IS RISEN !  HE IS RISEN – INDEED !  The Lord has really risen !  He appeared to Peter. (Luke 24:34). He was seen by the Twelve, and the more than 500 of His followers at the time, and by James (the half-brother of Jesus), and by all the apostles, and by Paul. (1 Corinthians 15:5-8)

Today we join our brothers and sisters in Christ – God’s children – all across this great nation of ours – and all around the world – nearly 2½-billion Christians – as we observe and celebrate the glorious resurrection of Jesus Christ – our Lord and Savior.

We join our brothers and sisters of this global church family on this Easter Sunday, but we know that every waking moment of every new day is a renewed celebration of Christ conquering the grave, and rising from the dead, and giving us life.

HE IS RISEN !  HE IS RISEN – INDEED !  And since He is risen – we have risen from where we once had been.

See Jesus keeps His promises – then and now. He does what He says He is going to do. He is who He says He is. He is risen. He is risen – indeed. He is alive. He sits on the throne of Heaven. He is the King of Kings. He is the Lord of Lords. He gives us life. He breathes life onto our dry bones. Breath of God – breathe on us !  He makes all things new. He gives us hope. He gives us purpose. He makes us vessels of vibrant living waters.

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Well Done My Good And Faithful Servant

Well Done My Good & Faithful

It’s easy to get comfortable on this journey, and think that God is happy with us for being a Pastor, a Preacher, a Teacher, or any of a number of titles used in the church and in ministry. But God is really impressed when we are servants first.

The Master was full of praise. ‘Well done My good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together !’ (Matthew 25:21 NLT)

The Lord expects His servants to be faithful to Him in doing what He has commanded us to do in this world as we await His return. We must serve the LORD with gladness !

For even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve others and to give His life as a ransom for many. (Mark 10:45 NLT)

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My Top 10 Hits – Week 113

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 April 14TH 2019:

  1. “Confidence” – Sanctus Real [# 1 last week / 8TH week on chart]
  2. “Church (Take Me Back)” – Cochren & Co. [2 / 8TH]
  3. “Greatness Of Our God” – Newsboys [3 / 8TH]
  4. “Alive” – Big Daddy Weave [5 / 5TH]
  5. “Born Again” – Austin French [4 / 7TH]
  6. “My Feet Are On The Rock” – I Am They [6 / 9TH]
  7. “Scars” – TobyMac [- / 1ST]
  8. “Is He Worthy ?” – Chris Tomlin [9 / 2ND]
  9. “Haven’t Seen It Yet” – Danny Gokey [- / 1ST]
  10. “Prize Worth Fighting For” – Jamie Kimmett [- / 1ST]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week:
“Freedom Hymn” – Austin French

# 1 Two Years Ago This Week:
“I Have This Hope” – Tenth Avenue North

TobyMac scores his 7TH hit on my chart since 2007 with his latest – “Scars” – which he performed LIVE in concert as the 5TH song of a 20-song set on his recent swing through South Florida. Once he got in to the beat and the lyrics of the song I kind of knew that it would be a future hit on the radio.

One of the ministries that my ministry supports financially is the Greater Miami (Florida) chapter of Youth For Christ. This organization gives kids age 11 to 19 an alternative to a life on the streets and of the world. They exist to help young people develop a relationship with Jesus and reach their God-given potential. Each March or April they put on a fundraiser Saturday dinner and Sunday lunch where they spotlight some of the kids who are prospering in the program, as well as some of the leaders who were once kids in the program. They give wonderful testimonies of how redemption and salvation have changed their lives forever – despite their circumstances – and thanks to our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ.

I sometimes wonder what if a Youth For Christ organization had existed in my local area when I was a troubled teen in the early-1980s, and I had joined it ?  How much different would my life be today nearly 40 years later ?  Would I have joined the military, and stayed working for the military for all of these years ?  Would I have followed Christ into my adult life ?  Would I have retreated back to the ways of the world ?  How different would my life be at 52 than it is now ?

I don’t need to wonder much, for God rescued me and saved me at just the right time – in His time – at age 39. He knew what He was doing when He used His music as an invitation to follow Him. And I did.

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again next weekend – 4 new entries on Thursday, Good Friday, Easter 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.

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

My Top 10 Hits – Week 112

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 April 07TH 2019:

  1. “Confidence” – Sanctus Real [# 1 last week / 7TH week on chart]
  2. “Church (Take Me Back)” – Cochren & Co. [2 / 7TH]
  3. “Greatness Of Our God” – Newsboys [4 / 7TH]
  4. “Born Again” – Austin French [6 / 6TH]
  5. “Alive” – Big Daddy Weave [7 / 4TH]
  6. “My Feet Are On The Rock” – I Am They [5 / 8TH]
  7. “Red Letters” – Crowder [3 / 16TH]
  8. “Maybe It’s OK” – We Are Messengers [8 / 19TH]
  9. “Is He Worthy ?” – Chris Tomlin [- / 1ST]
  10. “Resurrecting” – Elevation Worship [10 / 4TH]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week:
“Freedom Hymn” – Austin French

# 1 Two Years Ago This Week:
“I Have This Hope” – Tenth Avenue North

Chris Tomlin has the lone new entry this week, and it’s with a song that’s the most Sunday morning worship-ready I’ve heard from him in a long time. Check out the lyric video for this new song, and let others here it too.

 

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.

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

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