My Top 10 Hits – Week 142

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 November 03RD 2019:

  1. “Fear No More” – Building 429 [# 1 last week / 14TH week on chart]
  2. “Burn The Ships” – for King & Country [3 / 7TH]
  3. “Nobody (But Jesus)” – Casting Crowns Ft. Matthew West [2 / 14TH]
  4. “Up Again” – Dan Bremnes [5 / 6TH]
  5. “I’m Gonna Let It Go” – Jason Gray [4 / 13TH]
  6. “Dead Man Walking” – Jeremy Camp [7 / 16TH]
  7. “Yes I Will” – Vertical Worship [8 / 12TH]
  8. “Faith” – Jordan Feliz [6 / 4TH]
  9. “Better” – Pat Barrett [10 / 4TH]
  10. “Rescue Story” – Zach Williams [- / 4TH]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week:
“Only Jesus” – Casting Crowns

# 1 Two Years Ago This Week:
“Different” – Micah Tyler

A couple of noteworthy anniversaries related to this weekly hit music chart:

  • 4 weeks from now will mark the 34TH anniversary of my very first printed hit music chart. This hobby goes back over 40 years into the late-1970s, but it wasn’t until the week ending November 30TH 1985 when I actually wrote down via paper, pen, and pencil my personal favorite songs of the week. (Starship’s “We Built This City” was my first # 1 smash.)
  • This upcoming week marks 27 years since that very first era of my hit music chart came to an end. (Toad The Wet Sprocket’s “All I Want” was my 174TH and final # 1 smash of that initial 7-year era.)
  • This past week marks 24 years since my hit music chart came back to life for a 2ND run that lasted over 14 years. (Gin Blossoms’ “Til I Hear It From You” was my 175TH and first # 1 smash of that 2ND 14-year era.)

And so here we are on this 142ND week of this 3RD era of my hit music chart – the continuation of a hobby that goes all the way back to when I was in elementary school. Nowadays I share my love for Christian Contemporary music on the radio. That is – pop songs about God – performed by believers and followers of God. This is part of my online ministry. My vision statement is “Sharing God’s Good News through His music”. If you’re not familiar with one or more of the songs identified above then I encourage you to look them up on Google or YouTube, and listen to them. I think you’ll hear God’s voice in the music.

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again next weekend – with 5 new entries on Thursday, Friday, Sunday, Monday, and a special bonus post on Tuesday. 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.

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

Sunday Scripture

Today I led my church family in our monthly observance of Communion. I shared God’s Word from Romans 3:22-26:

Communion

We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes – no matter who we are. For everyone has sinned. We all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God – with undeserved kindness – declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when He freed us from the penalty for our sins. For 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. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when He held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, for He was looking ahead and including them in what He would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate His righteousness, for He Himself is fair and just, and He declares sinners to be right in His sight when they believe in Jesus.

We are made right with God – despite the fact that we are sinners. We have always been sinners. We will always be sinners. But Christ took all of our sins to the cross, so that we may live eternally with Him – because we believe in Him – because we follow Him – because we have faith in Him.

God has declared us righteous through Christ Jesus. We didn’t earn it. We don’t deserve it. With undeserved kindness. With unmerited favor. With grace. With mercy. With love. Christ Jesus is God’s greatest gift to us – now and forevermore.

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My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 2009

WELCOME TO NOVEMBER !  It’s my favorite month of the year for a bunch of reasons, and I’m looking forward to the next 30 days of family, fellowship, food, and fun.

Yesterday I went RETRO all the way back exactly 55 years ago to October 31ST 1964 with a captivating performance of “Monster Mash” from Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett. I had never seen that performance before until I compiled that post.

Some fun facts – Bobby was 26 – almost 27-years-old when he did that. He was 24 when the song hit # 1. He actually had a comedy nightclub act in Hollywood where he did a lot of similar impressions of stars from horror movies. He was also a Veteran of the U.S. Army from age 18 to 21.

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 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 November 01ST 2009:

  1. “Forget And Not Slow Down” – Relient K
  2. “Rolling With The Punches” – Ruth
  3. “Trying” – Eleventyseven
  4. “Where To Start” – Philmont
  5. “You’re A Fake” – I Am Empire

A decade ago right here on this blog I posted a regular feature under the banner of “My Fantastic Journey: It’s In The Lyrics” where I testified God’s Word using the lyrics of a popular song at the time. This is from the October 21ST 2009 edition of my blog where I used the lyrics of “You’re A Fake” from I Am Empire:

If you ever think that nobody loves you – then think again – and think long and hard about this fact, for this is about as real as it gets. God loves you. He loves you more than you can ever imagine. He loves you more than you can ever love Him back. You will never ever in your entire lifetime love Him more than He loves you right now. It is as simple, honest, and real as it gets. You can experience this true love right now – by simply believing in Him. Love Him more than any one – more than any thing. Love Him overwhelmingly. Love Him like your Life depends on it – because it does. Just walk away from everything you were. Believe. Love. It’s in the lyrics.

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

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Monster Mash

That’s from the Saturday October 31ST 1964 edition of “American Bandstand” on ABC-TV hosted by the late great Dick Clark, and that’s guest Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett performing his # 1 smash “Monster Mash”. What a fascinating facial performance that is too !

It was actually the # 1 smash all across the U.S. 2 years earlier during the week leading up to Halloween of 1962 (during the Cuban Missile Crisis), but just like in 1964 and every year since then it’s the unofficial radio song of Halloween. I even add it to my iPod Shuffles that play at my workplace. I usually add it right around October 01ST of each year, and it plays almost every day all month long.

Come November 01ST (tomorrow) I’ll remove “Monster Mash” from my iPod Shuffles playlist, and I’ll add about a half-dozen Christmas songs. ‘Tis the season …

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My Top 10 Hits – Week 141

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 October 27TH 2019:

  1. “Fear No More” – Building 429 [# 1 last week / 13TH week on chart]
  2. “Nobody (But Jesus)” – Casting Crowns Ft. Matthew West [2 / 13TH]
  3. “Burn The Ships” – for King & Country [4 / 6TH]
  4. “I’m Gonna Let It Go” – Jason Gray [3 / 12TH]
  5. “Up Again” – Dan Bremnes [5 / 5TH]
  6. “Faith” – Jordan Feliz [6 / 3RD]
  7. “Dead Man Walking” – Jeremy Camp [9 / 15TH]
  8. “Yes I Will” – Vertical Worship [8 / 11TH]
  9. “Echo” – Elevation Worship Ft. Tauren Wells [7 / 6TH]
  10. “Better” – Pat Barrett [10 / 3RD]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week:
“Only Jesus” – Casting Crowns

# 1 Two Years Ago This Week:
“Word Of Life” – Jeremy Camp

No new entries this week as K-LOVE continued their Fall Pledge Drive with limited music during the week. As they return to their regular programming their playlist should be freshened a bit with less recurrents and more new music.

You may be wondering just how much K-LOVE I listen to in a typical day. Well I awake to it each morning, as my bedside radio plays low all night long. I’m listening while taking a shower, and putting on my clothes for the day. On work days I listen to it for about 30 minutes during my 7-mile drive to work. That’s right it takes me almost a half-hour to drive 7 miles. The drive home in the afternoon is a bit quicker – close to 20 minutes – and I’m listening to K-LOVE. I’m listening when I get home – as I change out of my work clothes. I listen again while I brush my teeth later in the evening, and then K-LOVE plays low all night long. So aside from the nighttime listening while I sleep I estimate that I listen to K-LOVE an average of about 100 minutes per day.

Oh yeah – I should add that K-LOVE is the only radio station that I listen to at home and in my car. I discovered K-LOVE on Presidents’ Day of 2017, and I’ve been listening to it ever since then. That’s when this chart was resurrected – 140 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 completely with joy and peace as you trust in Him.

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

Sunday Scripture

Today at Living Waters (my church family) we honored our Lead Pastor Bob for Pastor Appreciation Month at the start of our service, and I was also honored. Post-service most of us ventured over to the local Longhorn Steakhouse for good food, fun, and fellowship.

Today Pastor Bob preached on the “Healing Power Of Grace”. Grace brings us to the cross where our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ died a brutal bloody death because of all of our sins past, present, and future. We need Grace. Our God has given Grace to everyone in the whole world. Some accept it. Many reject it. For those of us that accept it we must use it towards others because God gave it to us as His gift – unmerited favor that we did not deserve. We are now justified eternally !

For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this – not because we deserved it, but because that was His plan from before the beginning of time – to show us His grace through Christ Jesus. (2 Timothy 1:9 NLT)

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My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1989

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 10, 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 October 29TH 1989:

  1. “Sowing The Seeds Of Love” – Tears For Fears
  2. “Cover Girl” – New Kids On The Block
  3. “Puss N’ Boots / These Boots Are Made for Walkin'” – Kon Kan
  4. “Cherish” – Madonna
  5. “We Didn’t Start The Fire” – Billy Joel

30 years ago this weekend Tears For Fears hit # 1 on my chart with their Beatles-sounding anthem that’s actually a politically-charged song that takes aim at late-1980s British politics. “Sowing The Seeds Of Love” hit # 1 in Canada and # 2 here in the U.S.

“Puss N’ Boots” was the 3RD of 3 big hit singles in a row for the Canadian duo known as Kon Kan. It peaked 30 years ago this weekend at # 3, and it followed-up the # 2 hit “Harry Houdini” which followed-up the # 1 smash “I Beg Your Pardon”. How durable is that “Puss N’ Boots” track ?  It’s currently in heavy rotation at my workplace on my iPod Shuffles. I heard it today. I sang along to it. It still sounds as fresh as it did back in 1989.

Next Friday is November 01ST, and so I’ll start over again with RETRO. I’ll take a look back at my chart from exactly 10 years ago in 2009.

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

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