Sunday Scripture

Then the LORD told him, “Make a replica of a poisonous snake and attach it to a pole. All who are bitten will live if they simply look at it !” (Numbers 21:8 NLT)

Serpent On The Pole

And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness – so the Son of Man must be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in Him will have eternal life. (John 3:14-15 NLT)

Today our Lead Pastor preached on “Faith – The Steps To Heaven”. It’s all about the God that loves us so much – even when we don’t love Him back. It’s all about the God who has given us unmerited favor – grace – even though we don’t deserve it. He is sinless and perfect in every way. We are not. We will never be sinless. We will never be perfect. But our God sees us as being without fault. If we believe – if we follow – He will lead us forever and ever – AMEN.

Next Sunday I’ll be preaching my new sermon (just completed last night) on God’s “Kindness & Love” based on Ephesians 1:3-11.

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Weekend Kickoff Mini-Thoughts

Let’s try this again – a rapid-fire session of thoughts on my mind right this minute:

  • It’s been awhile since I last did this.
  • In fact it’s been since Thursday August 01ST 2019.
  • I’m not sure that some of you “get this” feature.
  • If you’ve been following my blogs for the past 12 years then you “get this”.
  • For those that don’t “get this” no worries – just follow along.
  • Last night was our last sunset at 7 PM or after here until next March.
  • It’s getting darker earlier, and I like that.
  • In a little over 3 weeks we return to Standard Time.
  • I prefer Standard Time over Daylight Saving Time.
  • I wish we stayed on Standard Time all year long.
  • Most people don’t know what Daylight Saving Time is.
  • Pretty soon we’ll start getting cooler here in South Florida.
  • By “cooler” I mean the 60s in the morning instead of the 70s.
  • We’re still a good month away from feeling some 50s.
  • Our 5-month rainy season is almost over.
  • It’s been a below average rainy season.
  • I enjoy our 7-month dry season from October to May.
  • I hope to begin my dry season weekend fitness walks soon.
  • I hope to do much better than I did last dry season.
  • It’s Columbus Day Weekend here in the U.S.
  • I adore 3-day holiday weekends.
  • Maybe I’ll go for a walk in the park this Saturday morning.
  • I mostly plan to continue writing my next sermon this weekend.
  • It’s on God’s “Kindness & Love”.
  • I have another sermon that I’m working on titled “Ways & Memes”.
  • I’ll be stepping completely out of my comfort zone for that one.
  • There’s a few movies that I hope to see on HBO On Demand this weekend.
  • One of them is that World War 1 movie, “They Shall Not Grow Old”.
  • I’m really looking forward to a quiet and productive weekend at home.
  • Tomorrow on the blog my RETRO series continues with 15 years ago.
  • My new blog posts go LIVE at 3 AM U.S. East Coast time aside from Sunday.
  • I blog 4 times per weekend on Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays, and Mondays.
  • I don’t blog on Saturdays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.
  • If I were to add a 5TH day of blogging then I’d add Tuesdays.
  • But I have no plans to do that anytime soon.
  • Programming Alert:  The 50TH GMA Dove Awards are coming soon.
  • The show occurs LIVE in Nashville next Tuesday October 15TH.
  • It airs on TBN the following Sunday October 20TH at 8 PM EDT.
  • I’ll be live-tweeting during the entire telecast !
  • Join me that night on Twitter @ChrisMDay as I talk God’s music.
  • The next morning I’ll reveal my brand new Top 10 music chart.
  • Well those are my rapid-fire one-line thoughts for now.
  • Enjoy your weekend and this 10TH day of the 10TH month.

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Sunday Scripture

Today I returned home – where I belong – to my church family for the first time in 3 weeks. It was great to be able to praise, worship, and celebrate our God corporately with my brothers and sisters in Christ.

Today I led Communion. Here’s the full manuscript for today’s Communion:

You know we often think of worship to Christ as singing songs of praise to Him at the start of every service. But worship is so much more than singing songs.

Worship is also what happens before and after we sing songs together. Worship is driving – or riding – or walking to this place that we call home on Sunday mornings. Worship is fellowship with family before the music begins a few moments after 11. Worship is playing the guitar – for Christ. Worship is singing out loud – for Christ. Worship is raising our arms – for Christ. Worship is clapping our hands – for Christ. You see we worship Christ – our Savior – and no other.

Worship is our Pastor leading us in prayer. It’s our Pastor preaching God’s Word.

And we continue our worship to Christ, as we transition to Communion. We observe and celebrate Communion once a month here at Living Waters. Communion must never be routine. It must always be a special occasion. It must be solemn. It must be intimate. It must be intentional.

This is where we – as brothers and sisters of God’s church family – walking together on this journey – this is where we make a commitment to continue to praise, to worship, to honor, to love, to move closer to, and to strengthen our Communion with our living and loving God.

He’s the One that’s always there for us. He’s the One that rescued us from the dead. He’s the One that saved us from the world. He’s the One that saved us from ourselves. He’s the One that took our punishment for us. He’s the One that died for us. He’s the One that gave us life !

And so we observe, rejoice, and celebrate – this believer’s Communion – this agreement – of Creator, Christ, and Spirit as One. It’s open for everyone who hears me – everyone who believes that:

God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed His life – shedding His blood. (Romans 3:25a-b)

I invite this church family to accept these elements that have been prepared – this bread and this juice. You’ll come up, receive them, take them back to your seat – and remain standing (if you can). After everyone has received them – we’ll accept them together.

(Please come forth at this time.)

Communion

Let us take this bread, and know that it represents the sacred body of Christ that was given up for us on that cross. We take this bread in remembrance of Him.

Let us take this juice, and know that it represents the precious blood of Christ that was shed for us on that cross. We take this juice in honor of Him.

Our God Himself is righteous. He is fair and just. He declares us sinners to be right in His sight when we believe in Christ – and repent to Him. Repentance is worship.

Let us pray. Thank You God for being here with us – at this time – in this place. Thank You for always accepting us – despite our past – despite ourselves. Thank You Lord for Your awesome presence in our lives – and Your intentional purpose for our lives. May all of Your beautiful blessings and marvelous miracles constantly strengthen our faith in You, increase our love towards others, and unify our hearts and our souls. We honor You Lord. We praise You Lord. We worship You Lord. We celebrate You Lord – on this day – and on every day. And we confirm this by saying – AMEN.

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Sunday Scripture

I’m currently writing a new sermon that I hope to preach soon to my church family. It’s tentatively titled “Kindness & Love”, and it’s what I like to refer to as a standalone “back-to-basics” sermon. It’s one of those sermons that we need to hear from time-to-time (especially me) to remind us of God’s “Kindness & Love”. It’s what happened on that cross on that day. It’s what happened 3 days later.

See if Christ never rose from the dead then our faith is useless. There’s nothing to testify to. There’s nothing to preach about. There’s nothing to live for. There would be no Bible. There would be no church. We would all be unforgiven. We would all be under the judgment of God. We would all be guilty of all of our sins. See Christ’s resurrection is proof that His sacrifice took away all of our sins.

Here’s the Good News:

But in fact – Christ has been raised from the dead. He is the first of a great harvest of all who have died. So you see – just as death came into the world through a man – now the resurrection from the dead has begun through another man. Just as everyone dies because we all belong to Adam – everyone who belongs to Christ will be given new life. But there is an order to this resurrection: Christ was raised as the first of the harvest. Then all who belong to Christ will be raised when He comes back. (1 Corinthians 15:20-23 NLT)

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Sunday Scripture

TODAY with my (Living Waters) church family our Lead Pastor Bob continued his message series on “The Road To Heaven”. Today’s sermon was on “The Three Women Of The Book Of Revelation” with Scripture not from Revelation – but from the Book of Esther – 1:19, 2:5-6, 3:1, and 5:1-3.

The Book of Esther takes place for about 21 years during her reign as Queen of Persia from 486 B.C. to 465 B.C. That’s exactly 100 years after my sermon from last week – “Neco & Nebuchadnezzar” – ended at (with the final fall of the Kingdom of Judah).

At that time there was a Jewish man in the fortress of Susa whose name was Mordecai – son of Jair. He was from the tribe of Benjamin and was a descendant of Kish and Shimei. His family had been among those who – with King Jehoiachin of Judah – had been exiled from Jerusalem to Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar. (Esther 2:5-6 NLT)

King Jehoiachin was the second-to-last King of Judah before its final fall in 586 B.C. His grandfather was the good King Josiah. He became King at the age of 18, and he was King for just 3 months in 597 B.C. before King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon took King Jehoiachin prisoner and led him away as a captive to Babylon. Mordecai’s ancestors were part of the group of thousands that were taken into captivity to Babylon.

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Overcomer

This past Labor Day Monday I saw “Overcomer” at my local movie theatre. There were about 5 or 6 of us in the theatre, and I think that we all laughed, cheered, and teared-up at the same time. (I didn’t watch what others were doing, but I could hear them.)

This was a wonderful movie. I loved it from start to finish. I highly recommend it for believers and not-yet-believers of Christ alike. If you’re a not-yet-believer of Christ then go in with an open mind and a soft heart. You could walk out of that theatre the same person as you walked in, or the movie could change your life forever. God can use a movie to rescue and save you from the pit of despair – out of the mud and the mire.

Post-movie back at home I decided to do what was suggested in the movie – and that is to read Ephesians 1 & 2 – and study it – and understand it – and apply it to my eternal relationship with Christ. It’s also inspired me to write a brand new sermon based on Ephesians 1. I hope to preach it to my church family soon.

All praise to God – the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ – who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. (Ephesians 1:3 NLT)

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My Top 10 Hits – Summer Of 2019

15 weekly hit music charts and 24 positive and encouraging hits (same as last Summer) have created this cumulative hit music chart of my Top 10 hits of the Summer Of 2019 based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay. Here it is – from Memorial Day Weekend (last Sunday of May) to Labor Day Weekend (first Sunday of September):

  1. “Raise A Hallelujah” – Bethel Music
  2. “Resurrecting” – Elevation Worship
  3. “Prize Worth Fighting For” – Jamie Kimmett
  4. “Till I Found You” – Phil Wickham
  5. “Church (Take Me Back)” – Cochren & Co.
  6. “Greater Things” – Mack Brock
  7. “Symphony” – Switch
  8. “Born Again” – Austin French
  9. “Is He Worthy” – Chris Tomlin
  10. “Nobody (But Jesus)” – Casting Crowns Ft. Matthew West

Elevation Worship owned last summer’s # 1 smash with “Do It Again”, and they nearly did it again with this summer’s smash, “Resurrecting”. It fell 10 points shy of the # 1 spot for this summer.

Matthew West was # 5 last Summer with “All In”, and his collaboration with Casting Crowns was my 10TH biggest hit of this Summer.

It’s 2 in a row for Chris Tomlin as well. “Resurrection Power” was # 6 last Summer.

Unlike last Summer no song spent all 15 weeks of Summer on my chart. Elevation Worship’s “Do It Again” did it last Summer, and their “Resurrecting” came the closest this Summer with 14 out of 15 weeks on my chart.

Years from now when I look back at this chart I’ll remember the good times that I enjoyed during these 100 days of summer. This was the soundtrack of my summer.

If you’re not familiar with one or any of these songs then use Google or YouTube to check them out. Enjoy the music, but listen to the words. The words of these songs represent God’s Word. Any one of these songs can change your life forever. God used music to rescue and save me from the darkness during the Summer Of 2006.

He has given me a new song to sing – a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what He has done, and be amazed. They will put their trust in the LORD. (Psalm 40:3 NLT)

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 completely with joy and peace as you trust in Him.

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