Nostalgia

I’m feeling rather nostalgic this week.

Yesterday – the 10TH of July – was the 9TH anniversary of the passing of my Dad. He slowly began exhibiting the effects of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS or “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”) during the latter portion of 2006, and it eventually crippled him. He passed on to Heaven after 4 years of bravely battling the disease. I believe that in his final weeks of life he repented to his Lord & Savior Jesus Christ, and God immediately rescued and saved him. That’s why he’s in Heaven today – watching from up above – cheering on his wife, his two sons, his daughter-in-law, and his two granddaughters.

As long as you’re still breathing it is not too late to ask God to take control of your life. He will do so immediately, and He will give you a new life – a life that will last forever because it comes from the eternal living Word of God.

Today – the 11TH of July – “7/11” – is the 25TH anniversary of a career change at work that I didn’t see coming until the moment it occurred. It actually began the worst 13 years of my (now) 34-year USAF career. It was also the worst 12 years of my life, and I say 12 years because just after the start of my 13TH year during that time-period I hit rock-bottom, and God rescued and saved me. 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.

God also flipped my career almost a year later, and I’m getting ready to observe the 12TH anniversary of the best era of my career (by far).

The 13TH anniversary of the start of my salvation through Christ is 40 days away. That’s the day that I’ve been celebrating above all ever since. That’s the day that my #CountUp began.

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My Top 10 Hits – Week 125

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 July 07TH 2019:

  1. “Church (Take Me Back)” – Cochren & Co. [# 1 last week / 20TH week]
  2. “Prize Worth Fighting For” – Jamie Kimmett [3 / 13TH]
  3. “Till I Found You” – Phil Wickham [4 / 5TH]
  4. “Is He Worthy ?” – Chris Tomlin [2 / 14TH]
  5. “Raise A Hallelujah” – Bethel Music [8 / 5TH]
  6. “Greater Things” – Mack Brock [7 / 8TH]
  7. “Resurrecting” – Elevation Worship [6 / 13TH]
  8. “Born Again” – Austin French [5 / 19TH]
  9. “Symphony” – Switch [9 / 5TH]
  10. ”God’s Not Done With You” – Tauren Wells [10 / 2ND]

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

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

This will likely be the final week at # 1 for “Church (Take Me Back)” by Cochren & Co. Either Jamie Kimmett or Phil Wickham will score my next # 1 smash. Both of their current radio singles were released last year, and they were slow to build momentum at Christian pop radio. Jamie’s “Prize Worth Fighting For” was released in December 2018, and it’s currently in its 23RD week on Billboard’s Top 50 chart. Phil’s “Till I Found You” was released in April 2018 (over 14 months ago), and it’s currently in its 35TH week on Billboard’s chart.

♫ When every day is just another struggle
And every choice is an act of war
Gotta pray / gotta press on
To the prize worth fighting for
When it feels like I’ll never make it
When my heart’s crying out for more
Gotta pray / gotta press on
To the prize worth fighting for ♫

♫ I never knew anything lasts forever
Till I found You / till I found You
I never dreamed anything could be better
Till I found You / till I found You
You’re rewriting my story
And I’m brand new like a morning
Oh I never knew anything lasts forever
Till I found You / till I found You ♫

It’ll be an exciting chart next week to see who finds the top prize.

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

It was another glorious Sunday with my Living Waters church family. Our Lead Pastor continued his message series on moving mountains out of the way. Today he told the story of Isaac. God promised Abraham a son, and Isaac was that son. God tested Abraham’s faith by telling him to sacrifice Isaac. He did as he was told. God intervened, and He provided a sacrificial ram in Isaac’s place.

“Take your son – your only son – yes – Isaac – whom you love so much – and go to the land of Moriah. Go and sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains – which I will show you.” (Genesis 22:2)

Our Pastor then showed us how Isaac was a type of Jesus !  #TypesAndShadows

Post-Sermon I led Communion with the story of Freedom – our nation’s freedom – and our own freedom in Christ.

Freedom In Christ

But when the right time came – God sent His Son – born of a woman – subject to the law. God sent Him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that He could adopt us as His very own children. And because we are His children – God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts – prompting us to call out, “Abba – Father !” (Galatians 4:4-6)

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My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 2009

Every Friday night I post the Top 5 of one of my classic hit music charts based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay from either 10, 15, 20, or 30 years ago this weekend (rotating each week).

It’s the 1ST Friday of the month, so I go back 10 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday July 05TH 2009:

  1. “Open Season” – Air Five
  2. “Control” – Clemency
  3. “The Unavoidable Battle Of Feeling On The Outside” – FM Static
  4. “Best Night Of Our Lives” – Everyday Sunday
  5. “Code Name: Raven” – House Of Heroes

House Of Heroes from Hilliard / Columbus Ohio scored their 3RD big hit in a row 10 years ago this month. “Code Name: Raven” was the follow-up to “In The Valley Of The Dying Sun” (#9 in July 2008) and “Lose Control” (# 2 in January 2009). This one hit # 1. It replaced “Open Season” (later in July 2009).

It was a unique song with a different sound for Christian Rock radio at the time with complicated historical lyrics about war. Check out this “making of the song” video from AJ Babcock (guitarist) and Tim Skipper (lead singer) of the band.

♫ You’re the only reason I stayed
In this coward’s melee
I’d rather die than live without mercy and love
Sing while the city decays
We’d rather go up in flames
Lest we betray thy names of dignity and love ♫

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

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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.

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

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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