My Fantastic Journey: It’s In The Lyrics

With this 1ST Friday of the month I’m bringing back a fan favorite from the early years of my blog.

It’s no secret that God used rock music to rescue and save me during the 3RD week of August of 2006. He lifted me out of the pit of despair – out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground, and (He) steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing – a hymn of praise to our God. (Psalm 40:2-3a)

One of the earliest songs to sing that God presented me with was “Rebirthing” by Skillet. Debuting on my personal hit music chart just 4 weeks after salvation began for me – it spent 15 weeks on my chart – peaking at # 2 for 3 of those weeks. It tells the story of a “Rebirthing”:

♫ Feel Your presence
Filling up my lungs with oxygen
I take You in – I’ve died

Rebirthing now !
I wanna live forever – wanna live for You and me
Breathe for the first time now – I came alive somehow

Rebirthing now !
I wanna live my life – wanna give You everything
Breathe for the first time now – I came alive somehow

Right now !  Right now !  ♫

Are you ready for a “Rebirthing” ?  He’s ready for you.

If you’re not yet ready to repent of your sins, receive His forgiveness, accept Jesus Christ into your heart as your Lord & Savior, and begin your own personal “Rebirthing” – then He will wait for you until you are ready.

Don’t wait too long. There’s a fantastic journey waiting for you. It’s in the lyrics.

It’s halftime my friends. I’ll be back on Sunday and Monday with 2 more blog posts for this weekend. Enjoy your Saturday. Thanks for going RETRO with me !

All rights reserved (c) 2020 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

My Top 10 Hits – Week 163

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 March 29TH 2020:

  1. “Almost Home” – MercyMe [# 1 last week / 15TH week on chart]
  2. “I Will Fear No More” – The Afters [2 / 10TH]
  3. “Alive And Breathing” – Matt Maher [3 / 3RD]
  4. “See A Victory” – Elevation Worship [4 / 8TH]
  5. “Amen” – Micah Tyler [6 / 6TH]
  6. “Your Name Is Power” – Rend Collective [5 / 12TH]
  7. “The God Who Stays” – Matthew West [7 / 19TH]
  8. “Waymaker” – Michael W. Smith Ft. Vanessa Campagna [9 / 10TH]
  9. “Edge Of My Seat” – TobyMac Ft. Cochren & Co. [- / 1ST]
  10. “(I’ll) Never Let You Down” – Hawk Nelson Ft. Hunter & Tara [- / 1ST]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week:
“Confidence” – Sanctus Real

# 1 Two Years Ago This Week:
“No One Like Our God” – Lincoln Brewster

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

MercyMe is still at # 1 for a 6TH week. I rented (on demand) and watched “I Still Believe” this past Saturday afternoon. I loved it. I shed tears. Be sure to stick around for the closing credits so that you can hear Jeremy Camp perform “Almost Home” with MercyMe. Lead Singer Bart Millard served as Executive Producer, and Jeremy Camp was actively involved throughout the retelling of his story. #TeamBelieve

TobyMac is back with his 6TH hit since 2017 / 8TH hit since 2007. It’s a song that took a long time for me to like. I really didn’t like this song for the first few months that I heard it, but it’s gradually grown on me, and now it’s worthy to be one of my Top 10 favorite songs right now.

Finally Hawk Nelson are back with a track that they began performing LIVE in concert in 2017. Its official lyric video was dropped to YouTube a little over 2 years ago on March 09TH 2018, and many radio stations picked-up on it in October 2018. It reached the Top 25 nationwide in February 2019. Better late than never for this unusual dance track for God that channels an earlier era of my hit music chart when European trance and techno music dominated the notches.

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again this upcoming 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 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.

All rights reserved (c) 2020 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1990

Every Friday I post the Top 5 of one of my classic hit music charts based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay from either 15, 20, or 30 years ago this weekend (rotating each week).

It’s the 4TH Friday of the month, so I go back 30 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday March 25TH 1990:

  1. “I’ll Be Your Everything” – Tommy Page Ft. New Kids On The Block
  2. “The Price Of Love” – Bad English
  3. “Sometimes She Cries” – Warrant
  4. “Roam” – The B-52s
  5. “Dangerous” – Roxette

30 years ago this week Tommy Page was high atop my secular pop chart at the time with his song that he cowrote with Jordan Knight and Danny Wood of New Kids On The Block. Jordan actually wanted it as a solo single for himself, but after working on the song for awhile Tommy fell in love with it and asked if he could record it for his own solo project. Jordan agreed, and he even helped produce the song along with Donnie Wahlberg. The result was an instant “out-of-the-box” smash that blew-up the all-request lines at U.S. Top 40 radio stations nationwide. It hit # 1 in its 5TH week on my own Top 40 chart at the time, and 3 weeks later it was # 1 from coast-to-coast on the Billboard Hot 100.

I wish they still made pure pop songs like that.

Tommy Page:  1970-2017

It’s halftime my friends. I’ll be back on Sunday and Monday with 2 more blog posts for this weekend. Enjoy your Saturday. Thanks for going RETRO with me !

All rights reserved (c) 2020 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

My Top 10 Hits – Week 162

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 March 22ND 2020:

  1. “Almost Home” – MercyMe [# 1 last week / 14TH week on chart]
  2. “I Will Fear No More” – The Afters [4 / 9TH]
  3. “Alive And Breathing” – Matt Maher [9 / 2ND]
  4. “See A Victory” – Elevation Worship [3 / 7TH]
  5. “Your Name Is Power” – Rend Collective [2 / 11TH]
  6. “Amen” – Micah Tyler [8 / 5TH]
  7. “The God Who Stays” – Matthew West [5 / 18TH]
  8. “Rescue Story” – Zach Williams [6 / 24TH]
  9. “Waymaker” – Michael W. Smith Ft. Vanessa Campagna [7 / 9TH]
  10. “Love Moved First” – Casting Crowns [10 / 2ND]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week:
“Confidence” – Sanctus Real

# 1 Two Years Ago This Week:
“No One Like Our God” – Lincoln Brewster

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

MercyMe spends a 5TH week atop my chart with “Almost Home”. It’s at # 2 nationally on Christian radio at big-market stations, and # 1 nationally for the 6TH week in a row on Christian radio at small-market stations. It’s my longest-running # 1 smash since Building 429’s “Fear No More” last November.

And speaking of “Fear No More” – “I Will Fear No More” jumps to # 2 this week for the long-running band The Afters. They are one of the few bands that originally charted during the “Salvation Era” of my chart from 2006 to 2010. They’ve been together for about 20 years (since they were teens working at Starbucks in North Texas), and they’ve been singing God’s music on the radio for 15 of those 20 years.

How would you like the song “I Will Fear No More” for free ?  The Afters are giving it away for you to enjoy and share. Simply go to FREECCM.COM to download it.

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Good News on the movie “I Still Believe” based on Jeremy Camp’s life story. Since movie theatres are now shuttered nationwide you’ll be able to pay to watch it starting this Friday March 27TH in the comfort and safety of your own home via your favorite video-on-demand platform. I’ll be doing so this upcoming weekend.

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.

All rights reserved (c) 2020 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 2000

Every Friday I post the Top 5 of one of my classic hit music charts based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay from either 15, 20, or 30 years ago this weekend (rotating each week).

It’s the 3RD Friday of the month, so I go back 20 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday March 19TH 2000:

  1. “Bye, Bye, Bye” – ‘N Sync
  2. “Private Emotion” – Ricky Martin & Meja
  3. “Better Off Alone” – DJ Jurgen Presents Alice Deejay
  4. “It Feels So Good” – Sonique
  5. “He’s All I Want (All I Need)” – Angelmoon

This Top 5 chart is actually identical to the Top 5 chart that I presented last month for February 2000 with the exception of the # 2 hit, as “Blue” from Eiffel 65 is replaced by “Private Emotion” from Ricky Martin and Meja. It was the 6TH and final single from Ricky’s self-titled album (which is one of the best-selling albums in the history of the rock era).

#RETRO EXTRA – 20 years ago last weekend I saw “Drowning Mona” at the movie theatre during its 2ND weekend. I gave it 4.0 stars (out of 4).

Drowning Mona

This was one of the most hilarious movies I have ever seen in my entire life, and I still talk about it 20 years later. I actually haven’t seen it in many years, but if I get the opportunity to do so again I will take it and laugh all over again. #Yugo

It’s halftime my friends. I’ll be back on Sunday and Monday with 2 more blog posts for this weekend. Enjoy your Saturday. Thanks for going RETRO with me !

All rights reserved (c) 2020 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

My Top 10 Hits – Week 161

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 March 15TH 2020:

  1. “Almost Home” – MercyMe [# 1 last week / 13TH week on chart]
  2. “Your Name Is Power” – Rend Collective [2 / 10TH]
  3. “See A Victory” – Elevation Worship [6 / 6TH]
  4. “I Will Fear No More” – The Afters [7 / 8TH]
  5. “The God Who Stays” – Matthew West [3 / 17TH]
  6. “Rescue Story” – Zach Williams [4 / 23RD]
  7. “Waymaker” – Michael W. Smith Ft. Vanessa Campagna [5 / 8TH]
  8. “Amen” – Micah Tyler [9 / 4TH]
  9. “Alive And Breathing” – Matt Maher [- / 1ST]
  10. “Love Moved First” – Casting Crowns [- / 1ST]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week:
“Confidence” – Sanctus Real

# 1 Two Years Ago This Week:
“No One Like Our God” – Lincoln Brewster

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

Matt Maher is back on my chart with his 2ND single. It’s his follow-up to the # 1 smash “What A Friend” – which debuted at # 9 exactly 2 years ago next week. I absolutely love his new song. I loved it the first time I ever heard it on my recent road-trip to and from Orlando and Fort Myers. I love its feel. I love that I can dance and dream to it. I love its simple but powerful lyrics:

♫ Joy still comes in the morning
Hope still walks with the hurting
If you’re still alive and breathing
Praise the Lord !

Don’t stop dancing and dreaming
There’s still Good News worth repeating
So lift your head and keep singing
Praise the Lord ! ♫

I tweeted those lyrics yesterday morning @ChrisMDay, and I tagged @MattMaherMusic. Matt was the 2ND one to like it.

Let everything that breathes sing praises to the LORD !  Praise the LORD !  (Psalm 150:6)

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There he is – Matt Maher – on keyboards – as Kim Walker-Smith and Tauren Wells sing God’s Word. Chris Tomlin is also on the stage singing. This is from an April 2018 concert that I had an excellent floor seat at right alongside the stage.

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.

All rights reserved (c) 2020 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 2005

Every Friday I post the Top 5 of one of my classic hit music charts based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay from either 15, 20, or 30 years ago this weekend (rotating each week).

It’s the 2ND Friday of the month, so I go back 15 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday March 13TH 2005:

  1. “Numb / Encore” – Jay-Z Vs. Linkin Park
  2. “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams” – Green Day
  3. “Since U Been Gone” – Kelly Clarkson
  4. “Rich Girl” – Gwen Stefani Ft. Eve
  5. “On The Way Down” – Ryan Cabrera

“Numb / Encore” was actually my # 1 smash of all of 2005, with “Since U Been Gone” and “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams” as my # 3 and # 4 hits of the entire year respectively. Back in 2005 I compiled and published online a Top 25 (secular) pop music chart each week.

All this year on the 2ND Friday of the month I’ll be looking back at the year that was 2005. What a forgettable year that was. It was one of the worst years of my life. It’s the year that I turned 38, and it’s the year that I observed my 20TH anniversary working for the United States Air Force. I hated my job. I didn’t care for most of the people that I worked with because of what they did to me over the years. I couldn’t wait to get home each day, so that I could suffer in silence with my cat. I had more intelligent conversations with my cat at home than I did with people at work. I was not in a good place emotionally. But all of this would eventually lead to something miraculous and life-changing just a year later.

It’s halftime my friends. I’ll be back on Sunday and Monday with 2 more blog posts for this weekend. Enjoy your Saturday. Thanks for going RETRO with me !

All rights reserved (c) 2020 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries