Happy 243RD Birthday U.S.A. !

I recently stumbled across this cool homemade music video on the YouTubes. It’s been there for almost 11 years now – uploaded by a guy with the handle “2cor517man”. I like that Scripture – 2 Corinthians 5:17:

… Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone. A new life has begun !

So the video is set to the Newsboys’ version of “In Christ Alone”. It was recorded in 2003, and it was on their worship album, “Adoration: The Worship Album”.

I think this is a wonderful video for this day – Independence Day here in the U.S.A.

What joy for the nation whose God is the LORD – whose people He has chosen as His inheritance. (Psalm 33:12)

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My Top 10 Hits – Week 124

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 June 30TH 2019:

  1. “Church (Take Me Back)” – Cochren & Co. [# 1 last week / 19TH week]
  2. “Is He Worthy ?” – Chris Tomlin [2 / 13TH]
  3. “Prize Worth Fighting For” – Jamie Kimmett [4 / 12TH]
  4. “Till I Found You” – Phil Wickham [5 / 4TH]
  5. “Born Again” – Austin French [3 / 18TH]
  6. “Resurrecting” – Elevation Worship [6 / 12TH]
  7. “Greater Things” – Mack Brock [7 / 7TH]
  8. “Raise A Hallelujah” – Bethel Music [8 / 4TH]
  9. “Symphony” – Switch [9 / 4TH]
  10. ”God’s Not Done With You” – Tauren Wells [- / 1ST]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week:
“Do It Again” – Elevation Worship

# 1 Two Years Ago This Week:
“The Comeback” – Danny Gokey

Cochren & Co. are still at # 1 on my chart for a 3RD week in a row. Even more impressive is the fact that out of 118 charted songs since the resurrection of this chart in February of 2017 – “Church (Take Me Back)” is now ranked at # 5 overall during this era !

The local South Florida radio station that God used to rescue and save me nearly 13 years ago (next month) is getting ready to leave the terrestrial airwaves after 25 years. I’ve actually been listening to this radio station just a little bit in my car over the past few days, as K-LOVE has actually been mostly off-the-air here in South Florida due to maintenance and repair work on its 1,000-foot transmitter a few miles away from my home. My old radio station that I listened to faithfully for about 3½ years actually sounds more like it did from 2006 to 2009 than it did in 2010 when I drifted away from it. They even played several hits from the day. It was eerie hearing some of these hits from 10 to 13 years ago since I really haven’t tuned-in for over 9 years now. The station lost its way during the early-2010s, and they made promises to listeners they couldn’t keep. I stayed away from Christian radio for about 7 years – until I discovered K-LOVE 123 weeks 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.

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Sunday Scripture

Today our Lead Pastor preached on Faith with the following verses of Scripture – James 2:26, Hebrews 11:1 & 7-8, Romans 10:9, Proverbs 18:21, and Matthew 10:32.

The entirety of Hebrews 11 – all 40 verses – illustrate “Great Examples Of Faith”.

Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen. It gives us assurance about things we cannot see. (Hebrews 11:1 NLT)

In order to truly live for God you must have a living faith that is filled with works.

Back at home I’m still working on my next sermon titled “Josiah & Judah”. I’m just past the halfway mark with my manuscript for it. My sermons have been running just a little bit long recently. I need to cut them back slightly from over 45 minutes to closer to 35 minutes. I never in my wildest dreams ever thought that I would be considered a “long-winded Preacher of God”. I love that. It makes me smile and laugh anytime someone says that about me. I treat it as a high-compliment. I look at it this way. If I cut about 10 minutes off of each new sermon then I’ll have a brand new sermon by itself in about 4 months. Good Stuff. Good News.

That’s my Sunday, and that wraps-up this blog for the month of June 2019. This was actually the busiest / most-read month for this blog since I resurrected it 18 months ago. Thank You for checking it out, and for being a part of this online ministry. Let’s keep it going into July. That starts tomorrow. See you then !

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My Top 10 Hits – Week 123

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 June 23RD 2019:

  1. “Church (Take Me Back)” – Cochren & Co. [# 1 last week / 18TH week]
  2. “Is He Worthy ?” – Chris Tomlin [3 / 12TH]
  3. “Born Again” – Austin French [2 / 17TH]
  4. “Prize Worth Fighting For” – Jamie Kimmett [5 / 11TH]
  5. “Till I Found You” – Phil Wickham [8 / 3RD]
  6. “Resurrecting” – Elevation Worship [4 / 11TH]
  7. “Greater Things” – Mack Brock [6 / 6TH]
  8. “Raise A Hallelujah” – Bethel Music [7 / 3RD]
  9. “Symphony” – Switch [9 / 3RD]
  10. ”Build My Life” – Pat Barrett [10 / 8TH]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week:
“Do It Again” – Elevation Worship

# 1 Two Years Ago This Week:
“Home” – Chris Tomlin

We are now 123 weeks into this 3RD era (I call it the K-LOVE era) of my personal hit music chart, and it’s the continuation of a hobby that began over 40 years ago when I – as a kid – listened to “American Top 40 With Casey Kasem” – and wrote down the songs as Casey counted them down from coast to coast.

I never imagined that a childhood hobby that became an adult hobby would eventually become part of my online ministry, but here we are.

This is the music that I enjoy listening to on the radio. I mostly listen to K-LOVE (over the airwaves), but every so often I listen to The Message on SiriusXM (online or via satellite). The Message tends to play newer music, as K-LOVE plays about 75% recurrent hits (of the past few years) and 25% current hits. K-LOVE actually reminds me a lot of a late-1970s / early-1980s Top 40 radio station – the type of radio station that inspired this hobby in the beginning.

If you’re not familiar with this music then Google or YouTube any song, and listen to it. Listen to the words. Hear God’s Good News for you. Open your heart. May it encourage you. May it inspire you. May it change your life forever. That’s what it did for me almost 13 years 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.

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Sunday Scripture

I’m currently writing a new sermon that I’ll be preaching soon to my church family. It’s titled “Josiah & Judah”.

Never before had there been a king like Josiah – who turned to the LORD with all his heart and soul and strength – obeying all the laws of Moses. And there has never been a king like him since. (2 Kings 23:25)

Here’s an excerpt from my sermon-in-progress. It picks-up with 2 Kings 22:8:

During the restoration process the Book of the Law was found in the LORD’s Temple by the high priest Hilkiah. He gave it to Shaphan – the court secretary, and he read it. He then went to Josiah with the scroll, and he read it to him.

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When the King heard what was written in the Book of the Law – he tore his clothes in despair. (The King said), “Go to the Temple, and speak to the LORD for me – and for the people – and for all Judah. Inquire about the words written in this scroll that has been found. For the LORD’s great anger is burning against us because our ancestors have not obeyed the words in this scroll. We have not been doing everything it says we must do.” (2 Kings 22:11,13)

See the King – Josiah – feared the LORD. He tore his clothes in sorrow – in pain – knowing that the LORD had great anger against the land and its people for not obeying the Law. Josiah realized that even after 10 years of righting the wrongs of his forefathers – it was not enough. There was still much work to do to reform the land of Judah. There was much non-belief in the LORD in the land. The Law was not being followed by the people of the land. There are great penalties for that.

(To Be Continued …)

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My Top 10 Hits – Week 122

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 June 16TH 2019:

  1. “Church (Take Me Back)” – Cochren & Co. [# 2 last week / 17TH week]
  2. “Born Again” – Austin French [1 / 16TH]
  3. “Is He Worthy ?” – Chris Tomlin [5 / 11TH]
  4. “Resurrecting” – Elevation Worship [3 / 10TH]
  5. “Prize Worth Fighting For” – Jamie Kimmett [4 / 10TH]
  6. “Greater Things” – Mack Brock [6 / 5TH]
  7. “Raise A Hallelujah” – Bethel Music [7 / 2ND]
  8. “Till I Found You” – Phil Wickham [9 / 2ND]
  9. “Symphony” – Switch [10 / 2ND]
  10. ”Build My Life” – Pat Barrett [8 / 7TH]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week:
“Do It Again” – Elevation Worship

# 1 Two Years Ago This Week:
“Home” – Chris Tomlin

The oldest song on my chart replaces the 2ND-oldest song on my chart at # 1. After 8 non-consecutive weeks at # 2 Michael Cochren and his friends from South Indiana finally reach the pinnacle with a song that sounds just as fresh today as the day I first heard it on the radio back in February. It’s a song about going to church – something I’ve done nearly every Sunday morning since the first time I went to church as an adult at age 39 on Sunday January 21ST 2007.

This track was nominated for the K-LOVE Fan Award of Breakout Single Of The Year – and deservedly so. I voted for it. It lost the award to “Maybe It’s OK” – another great track – from We Are Messengers.

Here’s the official lyric video of “Church (Take Me Back)”. I can’t stop singing along to it when I hear it – and for hours afterwards:


God has given me the responsibility of serving His church by proclaiming His entire message to you.
(Colossians 1:25)

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

Here’s an excerpt from my sermon today titled “Pray & Believe”:

… The Bible says “keep on praying.” That’s a short 3-word verse in First Thessalonians Chapter 5. That’s actually the New Living Translation First Edition. That verse was updated for the Second Edition from “keep on praying” to “never stop praying”. Now it doesn’t mean to pray with every single breath and every waking moment. It means don’t give up when troubles come your way. Pray.

I learned this verse early on as a baby Christian. It helped me a lot:

Don’t worry about anything. Instead – pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. (Philippians 4:6)

I’ve heard it said that worry is a conversation you have with yourself about things you can’t change. Prayer is a conversation you have with God about things He can change.

When I pray almost every sentence has the words “Thank You” in it. I thank God for the current situation. I thank the Lord for what He’s already done. I thank Him for what He’s going to do.

I like (Romans 12:12)Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.

You see when we rejoice in our confident hope – when we trust in Christ – we can be patient in times of trouble. Praying to God shows God that we truly trust in Him. Praying to God from the valleys confirms to Him that we believe that He is in control, and that He is right there with us – leading us out of the valley.

So who has this confident hope ?

The Bible says – We were given this hope when we were saved. (If we already have something – (then) we don’t need to hope for it. (We don’t need to wait for it.) (Romans 8:24)
But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have – (then) we must wait patiently and confidently.) (Romans 8:25)
And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example – we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. (Romans 8:26)
And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. (Romans 8:27)

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