The Major’s Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1989

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, 20, or 30 years ago (rotating each week). Here it is – for the week ending Sunday February 12TH 1989:

  1. “Straight Up” – Paula Abdul
  2. “The Lover In Me” – Sheena Easton
  3. “She Wants To Dance With Me” – Rick Astley
  4. “When I’m With You” – Sheriff
  5. “Born To Be My Baby” – Bon Jovi

30 years ago this weekend Paula Abdul completed her ascent from relative obscurity to becoming a household name worldwide as her “Straight Up” skyrocketed to # 1 nationwide (and simultaneously on my chart). It fueled one of the most successful debut albums (“Forever Your Girl”) in U.S. pop history. Its award-winning music video was an instant classic for MTV near the end of the peak of the network’s music video era, and it was created and released just a few weeks before its single hit the top of the charts.

Meanwhile on the local party scene a young 21½-year-old wild and crazy version of me occasionally partied the club scene at Confetti on East Commercial Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale – where Uptown’s “(I Know) I’m Losing You” – got everyone out on the dance floor as whistles blew, sirens blared, and confetti blasted in the air all around us. Good Times. (A Regions Bank now sits on the former site of that legendary nightclub.)

It’s halftime my friends. I’ll be back on Sunday afternoon with “Sunday Scripture” – because Thank God – I’m not the man I used to be back then in 1989. Enjoy your Saturday. Make it memorable.

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Waffle House

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We’re getting our very own Waffle House here in my neighborhood – about a mile from my home. This is a photo that I took of it under construction on December 30TH 2018 from across the street at Applebee’s. I glanced over there, and I saw it for the very first time. I had no idea that it was over there until that precise moment.

5½ weeks later it may or may not be open now. I should drive-by to find out for myself.

Waffle House is actually brand new to Miami-Dade County. The very first one opened just last Summer some 50 miles up the road at the north end of the county. There’s also one 30 miles down the road in Key Largo. I’ve only been to Waffle House once in my life – and it was the Key Largo location maybe 6 to 8 years ago.

I’m looking forward to this location close to home. I’ll have to study their menu online to see how I want my hash browns, but it’ll probably be covered and perhaps even diced.

The Lunch and Dinner menu looks good too !  I could become a regular.

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The Major’s Top 10 Hits – Week 103

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 February 03RD 2019:

  1. “Nobody Loves Me Like You” – Chris Tomlin [# 1 last week / 14TH week on chart]
  2. “Maybe It’s OK” – We Are Messengers [2 / 10TH]
  3. “Best News Ever” – MercyMe [5 / 7TH]
  4. “Even Then” – Micah Tyler [3 / 25TH]
  5. “Red Letters” – Crowder [4 / 7TH]
  6. “Forever On Your Side” – NeedToBreathe [6 / 6TH]
  7. “Known” – Tauren Wells [9 / 26TH]
  8. “Well Done” – The Afters [7 / 16TH]
  9. “God Only Knows” – for King & Country [- / 1ST]
  10. “Never Alone” – Tori Kelly & Kirk Franklin [- / 1ST]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week:
“Gracefully Broken” – Matt Redman Ft. Tasha Cobbs Leonard

No new entries last week for the unpublished chart during my hiatus, and two new entries this week. “God Only Knows” is sort of a surprise follow-up radio single to “joy” for Joel & Luke. I was actually expecting it to be the title track of their new album “Burn The Ships” (which I really like). Maybe it’ll be the next radio single later on in 2019.

One of the many highlights of my trip in the Caribbean last week was walking in to Rusty Fish at the West End of Roatán Honduras, and hearing Christian hit music blaring loud and proud all throughout the store – specifically Jordan Feliz. It put a big smile on my face. Check out their web site to see their mission to save the world in multiple ways.

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This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again next weekend – 4 blog posts 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 God bless you – always and forever.

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

Sunday Scripture

I am back in the U.S.A., back in South Florida, back at home, back with my church family this morning, and back on social media. My regularly-scheduled Thursday, Friday, Sunday, and Monday blogs are back in business. I’m not going anywhere anytime soon, so let’s blog together.

It was a quick turnaround from vacation time for me. Upon receiving a cell phone signal for the first time in 7 days I received a message via Messenger early on Saturday morning (4 AM) asking if I could preach this Sunday. Of course I can !

Preach the Word of God. Be prepared – whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching. (2 Timothy 4:2 NLT)

Today I preached a brand new sermon that I wrote in the days and weeks leading-up to my vacation. It’s a sermon all about Communion – its importance, and why we do it.

In remembrance of Him.

I preached mostly from Romans (3:25-26, 5:6-11, 6:11).

We are dead to the power of sin, and alive to God through Christ Jesus. (Romans 6:11),

and because of this connection – this Communion with Christ – we will be spared from God’s wrath on the last day.

When Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world – we will share in all His glory. (Colossians 3:4)

The early church observed and celebrated Jesus by taking Communion – often. They realized that every time they gathered around a table to eat and drink in fellowship – in Communion with each other – it was a time to recognize Jesus, and thank God for all that He has done.

The same is true 2,000 years later. We observe and celebrate Jesus by taking Communion. It’s a time set aside – once a month – for us to pause, reflect, and recognize Jesus corporately – as a connected and united church body in fellowship – and thank God for all that He has done for us.

It’s a glorious and intimate moment in Communion with God. This must never become mundane, or a ritual, or an obligation. This is a celebration of death becoming life – forever.

In remembrance of Him.

We observed and celebrated Communion towards the end of my message.

Body & Blood

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The Major’s Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1999

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, 20, or 30 years ago (rotating each week). Here it is – for the week ending Sunday January 24TH 1999:

  1. “One Week” – Barenaked Ladies
  2. “Baby One More Time” – Britney Spears
  3. “Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here” – Deborah Cox
  4. “Believe” – Cher
  5. “Thank U” – Alanis Morissette

One of those hits I heard today at work, and I hear it almost every day at work because it’s on my iPod Shuffles that play all day every day at my desk at work. It’s the # 3 smash – the Hex Hector Dance Radio Mix of Deborah Cox’s “Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here”. It still sounds as fresh today as it did exactly 20 years ago. Spoiler Alert: It would go on to spend 5 consecutive weeks at # 1 in February and March of 1999, so you’ll see that the next time I feature 1999 on a Friday night.

This blog is now going on hiatus for the next 8 days. The same goes for my Twitter and Flickr feeds. It’s #WinterBreak2019. I’ll be back on social media on Super Bowl Sunday February 03RD 2019. I’ll post a new “Sunday Scripture” on that day, and then the next day it’s my brand new Top 10 Christian hit music chart.

Thank You all for checking me out online. Enjoy your next 8 days. Be blessed.

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Sebring Strong

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Yesterday afternoon after I got home from work I sat down at my computer to begin my normal routine. I brought up Twitter to catch-up on the latest tweets, and I glanced over to see what was trending. I saw Sebring over there. For a second I thought it was trending simply because I’ve tweeted a lot recently about Sebring. But then I saw why Sebring was trending. There was a mass shooting at a bank during the busy lunch hour in Sebring where 5 innocent lives were lost. This bank is about a half-mile (within eyesight) from the hotel I stayed at for 3 nights this past Christmas.

I then Googled Sebring Florida to read and see all of the shocking and horrific details of the day. I shed tears, and I lifted-up Sebring Florida in prayer to my Lord & Comforter Jesus Christ.

Sadly the entire nation has now heard of Sebring Florida, and they’ve seen a map of the state to see where it’s located at, as well as photos and videos and live reports of the deadly scene.

I had never heard of Sebring Florida up until just a few years ago. Then I started driving through it over and over again to and from North Florida and beyond. The more I drove through Sebring – the more I admired it from my car. Sebring intrigued me. It piqued my interest. I decided that I needed an extended visit in Sebring to discover and explore the area. That time was this past Christmas. My suspicions were confirmed. I fell in love with the city, its places, and its people. I confirmed that I want to retire there in a few years, and I want to live the rest of my life there. I think I already know where exactly (the specific neighborhood) I wish to live. I also think I know where I wish to work part-time and volunteer (two separate places) – to keep me busy. On my next visit I hope to find a church family there. I can’t wait to get back up there. I’m looking forward to taking-in the sights and sounds of Sebring.

The peaceful and quiet “forgotten” town of Sebring Florida – nowhere near any Interstate highway or expressway – just experienced perhaps its deadliest and most violent day in its 107-year history. I am in deep sorrow alongside my future neighbors – from 180 miles away.

God blesses those who mourn – for they will be comforted. (Matthew 5:4 NLT)

#SebringStrong #HighlandsStrong

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The Major’s Top 10 Hits – Week 101

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 January 20TH 2019:

  1. “Nobody Loves Me Like You” – Chris Tomlin [# 1 last week / 12TH week on chart]
  2. “Maybe It’s OK” – We Are Messengers [2 / 8TH]
  3. “Even Then” – Micah Tyler [4 / 23RD]
  4. “Well Done” – The Afters [3 / 14TH]
  5. “Not Today” – Hillsong United [5 / 18TH]
  6. “Red Letters” – Crowder [8 / 5TH]
  7. “Best News Ever” – MercyMe [9 / 5TH]
  8. “Forever On Your Side” – NeedToBreathe [10 / 4TH]
  9. “Known” – Tauren Wells [7 / 24TH]
  10. “joy” – for King & Country [6 / 9TH]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week – “Lions” – Skillet

No new entries this week, and most of the action is down at the bottom-half of my chart. On my next chart Tori Kelly & Kirk Franklin could enter with “Never Alone”.

My next chart online will be in 2 weeks on Monday February 04TH 2019. This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again next weekend – 2 blog posts on Thursday and Friday. After that this blog takes a short hiatus through the end of January. #WinterBreak2019

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 God bless you – always and forever.

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

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