My Top 10 Hits – Week 172

Every Monday I post my all-new Top 10 Christian hit music chart based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay. It’s the continuation of a weekly hobby that goes back 40+ years. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday May 31ST 2020:

TW LW WKS SONG TITLE ARTIST / SITE
1 1 19 I Will Fear No More The Afters
2 3 7 Keep Me In The Moment Jeremy Camp
3 2 12 Alive & Breathing Matt Maher
4 5 5 Love We Are Messengers
5 4 24 Almost Home MercyMe
6 6 6 Great Things Phil Wickham
7 7 3 Amadeo (Still My God) Ryan Stevenson
8 8 3 No Impossible With You I AM THEY
9 9 3 The Father’s House Cory Asbury
10 1 See The Light TobyMac

# 1 This Week In:
2019 – “Born Again” – Austin French
2018 – “The Way (New Horizon)” – Pat Barrett
2017 – “Live Like You’re Loved” – Hawk Nelson

Welcome to June. It’s one of my favorite months of the year – mostly because it’s my birthday month. I turn 53 this Friday, and I’ll celebrate with a special edition of my Friday blog series RETRO.

This past week marked 13 years of this blog. It started on Myspace during the final week of May of 2007. After 6 months and 310+ blog posts I moved it here to WordPress. It was also on Facebook from 2013 to 2017. As I enter my 14TH year of blogging my commitment remains the same – to maintain a positive Bible-based and Christ-centered blog with a music theme – and new material posted 4 times per weekend on Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays, and Mondays. Occasionally I’ll post a 5TH entry during a week on a Tuesday.

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 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

Sunday Scripture

On this 31ST and final day of May of 2020 my church family – the children of the lady – met corporately in our sanctuary for the first time in 77 days – since 11 Sundays ago.

Our Lead Pastor Bob welcomed us and addressed us, and then the Praise, Worship, and Celebration began – led by our Worship Pastor Ben and our sister Shirley. After the first song I greeted my church body with help from the start of the 122ND Psalm:

I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD.” And now here we are …

We continued to sing to our LORD, and then Pastor Bob preached his timely sermon on “The Church Under Attack”.

Our courts oppose the righteous, and justice is nowhere to be found. Truth stumbles in the streets, and honesty has been outlawed. Yes – truth is gone, and anyone who renounces evil is attacked. The LORD looked and was displeased to find there was no justice. He was amazed to see that no one intervened to help the oppressed. So He Himself stepped in to save them with His strong arm, and His justice sustained him. (Isaiah 59:14-16 NLT)

That Scripture sounds a lot like Sunday May 31ST 2020.

Following service I went to my other family at the workplace. We became an instant church family this afternoon, as we mourned and then celebrated the life of our beloved coworker who suddenly lost his life early this past Saturday morning while driving himself to the local hospital. I preached to my brothers and sisters – my coworkers – on this afternoon – barely keeping it together with sweat and tears covering my face.

God has our brother now. He will take great care of him. And our brother will root us on from up above, as we continue to fix the base and clean it up.

MORRIS ‘THE CAT’ MAXWELL – 29 February 1956 – 30 May 2020

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My Top 10 Hits – Week 171

Every Monday (except this week on Tuesday) I post my all-new Top 10 Christian hit music chart based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay. It’s the continuation of a weekly hobby that goes back 40+ years. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday May 24TH 2020:

TW LW WKS SONG TITLE ARTIST / SITE
1 1 18 I Will Fear No More The Afters
2 2 11 Alive & Breathing Matt Maher
3 4 6 Keep Me In The Moment Jeremy Camp
4 3 23 Almost Home MercyMe
5 5 4 Love We Are Messengers
6 6 5 Great Things Phil Wickham
7 8 2 Amadeo (Still My God) Ryan Stevenson
8 9 2 No Impossible With You I AM THEY
9 10 2 The Father’s House Cory Asbury
10 7 9 (I’ll) Never Let You Down Hawk Nelson Ft. Hunter & Tara

# 1 This Week In:
2019 – “Born Again” – Austin French
2018 – “The Way (New Horizon)” – Pat Barrett
2017 – “Live Like You’re Loved” – Hawk Nelson

Welcome to the first week of Summer, and with the new season comes an upgrade to my chart. It’s displayed in an actual chart now !  It’s easier to read, and it’s actually easier to update now each weekend. “TW” is this week’s chart position, ‘LW” is last week’s, and “WKS” is total number of weeks on my chart.

Earlier this weekend I quietly uploaded a brand new chart to my blog. It’s a compilation chart (in an actual chart) of every single # 1 hit during this current era – all 47 to date since February 2017. This chart will be updated each week with each new weekly chart. You can track to it via the “CHART-TOPPERS SINCE 2017” menu item near the top of this page.

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 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

Sunday Scripture

Happy Sunday May 24TH 2020. This is the day that our LORD has made. Let us rejoice. Let us be glad in it. Let us be the church. Let us bring the church – in everything we do – and everywhere we go.

For me (and for many of you as well) this is our 10TH Sunday in a row of no corporate church services. Many church services have been presented online – either LIVE or on Memorex. (If you get that reference then you are as old as me.)

I’ve watched many church services online. My Pastor has generally preached solo on Saturday nights from our sanctuary – recording his sermons – and then uploading them to Facebook soon after. I’ve been watching them the next morning – on Sundays right around 10 AM – the exact time when I would normally be driving to our church building. (Hopefully we’ll be able to do that again real soon – maybe as soon as next Sunday.) I miss my church family in-person.

Incidentally you can view any of my Pastor’s recent sermons on Facebook by clicking this link.

I’ve recently updated and enhanced my SERMONS page here on my blog. Check it out for my own sermon history. I’ve got future enhancements planned for this blog to include audio files of sermons. It would be a new concept for me – preaching a sermon while recording it (via my iPhone), and then uploading it as an audio file to my blog. I’ve never done it before, so I’ll experiment with it. Maybe there’s a podcast in my future ?

You know our God doesn’t want us to stay in place in neutral mode. He wants us to keep moving forward towards Him and His light. He wants us to move forward physically and spiritually. I believe that if you’re not learning something new about God on each new day of this journey then you’re not moving forward towards Him. You may not be retreating, but you may be standing still, or just barely moving along. Standing still does not get you closer to God. Barely moving along means you’re missing out on a lot of opportunities – on a lot of miracles – that God has planned for you. We must keep learning each and every day that God gives us on this Earth. Older people can learn about God from younger people. Longtime believers and followers of God can learn about God from newer and even baby Christians just learning how to walk on this journey.

Together we must:

Trust in the LORD with all your heart. Do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead – fear the LORD and turn away from evil. Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones. (Proverbs 3:5-8)

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My Top 10 Hits – Week 170

Every Monday I post my all-new Top 10 Christian hit music chart based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay. It’s the continuation of a weekly hobby that goes back 40+ years. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday May 17TH 2020:

  1. “I Will Fear No More” – The Afters [# 2 last week / 17TH week on chart]
  2. “Alive And Breathing” – Matt Maher [3 / 10TH]
  3. “Almost Home” – MercyMe [# 1 / 22ND]
  4. “Keep Me In The Moment” – Jeremy Camp [6 / 5TH]
  5. “Love” – We Are Messengers [5 / 3RD]
  6. “Great Things” – Phil Wickham [7 / 4TH]
  7. “(I’ll) Never Let You Down” – Hawk Nelson Ft. Hunter & Tara [4 / 8TH]
  8. “Amadeo (Still My God)” – Ryan Stevenson [- / 1ST]
  9. “No Impossible With You” – I AM THEY [- / 1ST]
  10. “The Father’s House” – Cory Asbury [- / 1ST]

# 1 This Week In:
2019 – “Alive” – Big Daddy Weave
2018 – “The Way (New Horizon)” – Pat Barrett
2017 – “Oh My Soul” – Casting Crowns

I have a new # 1 smash this week, as MercyMe pull back from the top spot after 12 weeks. The Afters score with their 2ND consecutive # 1 smash in the timely “I Will Fear No More”. It’s their follow-up to “Well Done” – which was my Christmas # 1 in 2018. Going back even further The Afters scored a # 4 hit on my chart in January 2008 with “Never Going Back To OK”. While that song was tracking Hawk Nelson were spending 10 weeks in a row at # 1 with “Friend Like That”. #RETRO

Currently # 1 on Christian Top 40 radio from coast to coast is Cory Asbury’s “The Father’s House”. It finally reaches my chart after hovering just below my Top 10 for the past several weeks.

This is my final weekly chart prior to summertime. As I’ve done for many years now I’ll be tracking in greater detail every song that’s on my chart during the 16 weeks of summer starting on Memorial Day Weekend and ending on Labor Day Weekend here in the U.S. (Normally it’s 15 weeks, but Memorial Day occurs on its earliest possible date this year while Labor Day occurs on its latest possible date. That gives us an extra week of summer.) On the Tuesday after Labor Day I’ll publish a special chart featuring my Top 10 hits of the entire summer.

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again this upcoming weekend – with 5 new entries on Thursday, Friday, Sunday, Monday, and a special 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. I’m also on Twitter 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 10 Hits – Week 169

Every Monday I post my all-new Top 10 Christian hit music chart based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay. It’s the continuation of a weekly hobby that goes back 40+ years. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday May 10TH 2020:

  1. “Almost Home” – MercyMe [# 1 last week / 21ST week on chart]
  2. “I Will Fear No More” – The Afters [2 / 16TH]
  3. “Alive And Breathing” – Matt Maher [4 / 9TH]
  4. “(I’ll) Never Let You Down” – Hawk Nelson Ft. Hunter & Tara [3 / 7TH]
  5. “Love” – We Are Messengers [10 / 2ND]
  6. “Keep Me In The Moment” – Jeremy Camp [9 / 4TH]
  7. “Great Things” – Phil Wickham [6 / 3RD]
  8. “Your Name Is Power” – Rend Collective [5 / 18TH]
  9. “The God Who Stays” – Matthew West [7 / 25TH]
  10. “Waymaker” – Michael W. Smith Ft. Vanessa Campagna [8 / 16TH]

# 1 This Week In:
2019 – “Alive” – Big Daddy Weave
2018 – “The Way (New Horizon)” – Pat Barrett
2017 – “Forgiven” – Crowder

MercyMe’s “Almost Home” is my # 1 smash for the 12TH week in a row. It’s currently my # 5 hit of this current era (now in its 39TH month) – just behind another hit of theirs at # 4 – “Grace Got You”.

2 big movers this week – “Love” and “Keep Me In The Moment”. I love their unique sounds. “Love” sort of reminds me of a 1970s urban sitcom theme song. “Keep Me In The Moment” sounds very country to me. I expect both of these emerging hits to continue their climbs towards the top next week.

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 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 10 Hits – Week 168

Every Monday I post my all-new Top 10 Christian hit music chart based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay. It’s the continuation of a weekly hobby that goes back 40+ years. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday May 03RD 2020:

  1. “Almost Home” – MercyMe [# 1 last week / 20TH week on chart]
  2. “I Will Fear No More” – The Afters [3 / 15TH]
  3. “(I’ll) Never Let You Down” – Hawk Nelson Ft. Hunter & Tara [4 / 6TH]
  4. “Alive And Breathing” – Matt Maher [2 / 8TH]
  5. “Your Name Is Power” – Rend Collective [5 / 17TH]
  6. “Great Things” – Phil Wickham [10 / 2ND]
  7. “The God Who Stays” – Matthew West [7 / 24TH]
  8. “Waymaker” – Michael W. Smith Ft. Vanessa Campagna [8 / 15TH]
  9. “Keep Me In The Moment” – Jeremy Camp [9 / 3RD]
  10. “Love” – We Are Messengers [- / 1ST]

# 1 This Week In:
2019 – “Alive” – Big Daddy Weave
2018 – “What A Friend” – Matt Maher
2017 – “Forgiven” – Crowder

It’s May now, and MercyMe is still there at # 1. They’ve been there since February. This is the 11TH week in a row at # 1 for “Almost Home”. That makes it the longest-running # 1 smash on my chart of the current era which began 3 years and 3 months ago. Going back even further it’s the longest-running # 1 smash since 2009 when “Open Season” from Air Five spent 11 weeks at # 1.

At the other end of my chart We Are Messengers are back with some “Love” for us. It’s their 5TH hit on my chart over the past 3 years and 3 months. Their “Magnify” was one of the earliest hits I heard on the radio back in 2017 when I returned to Christian radio after more than 7 years away. I saw We Are Messengers LIVE in concert last year while their 3RD hit – “Maybe It’s OK” – was # 1 on my chart. They put on a great set !

Here’s the official video with lyrics for “Love”. You can’t sit down for this one. You need to get up out of your chair or couch, and sing and dance along to these fun people in the video. After that share the video with someone you love. Support positive and encouraging Christian music on the radio and at retail.

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 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