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My Top 10 Hits – Week 292

Every Monday I post my all-new Top 10 Christian hit music chart based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay from the previous week. It’s the continuation of a weekly hobby that goes back nearly 45 years. Here’s this week’s chart – for the week ending Sunday September 18TH 2022 – the 292ND week of this current era that began on Presidents’ Day Weekend of 2017:

TW LW WKS SONG TITLE ARTIST / SITE
1 3 6 Good Morning Mercy
[1ST week @ # 1]
Jason Crabb
2 4 5 New Creation Mac Powell
3 2 13 Thank God For Sunday Morning Cochren & Co.
4 1 14 Hold You Tight Dan Bremnes
5 5 4 Build A Boat Colton Dixon
6 10 2 Miracle Power We The Kingdom
7 8 2 God Is In This Story Katy Nichole Ft. Big Daddy Weave
8 9 2 Perfectly Loved Rachael Lampa Ft. TobyMac
9 7 7 Don’t Lose Heart Steven Curtis Chapman
10 6 10 Good Lord David Leonard

# 1 This Week In:
2021 – “Into The Wild” – Josh Baldwin
2020 – “God So Loved” – We The Kingdom
2019 – “Nobody (But Jesus)” – Casting Crowns Ft. Matthew West
2018 – “Only Jesus” – Casting Crowns
2017 – “Broken Things” – Matthew West

PRAISE & WORSHIP – Yesterday I filled-in for my Pastor, and I preached a sermon to my church family. But before that Praise & Worship consisted of 3 songs / videos listed above. We started with “Nobody (But Jesus)”. I then formally greeted my brothers and sisters, as I do every Sunday after our first song together. Our 2ND song was “Good Morning Mercy” – my new # 1 smash this week, and it sounded great in our sanctuary. Our final song was “Thank God It’s Sunday Morning”, and that was a perfect lead-in to my message.

SUMMER OF 2022 – Next week I’ll take a look back at the 15 weeks of summer that ended earlier this month here in the U.S.A. – that time-period that starts with U.S. Memorial Day Weekend and ends with U.S. Labor Day Weekend. The tradition continues, as I’ll present a special #CountUp of my Top 10 hits of the summer. My regular weekly Top 10 chart returns in 2 weeks on Monday October 03RD 2022.

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again with the new weekend – and 4 new entries – known as #TravelThursday, #RetroFriday#SundayScripture, and #Top10Monday.

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 our 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) 2022 Christopher M. Day, CountUp

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Sunday Scripture

Greetings my friends. It is Sunday September 18TH 2022, and this is the day that our LORD has made. Let us rejoice. Let us be glad in it. Let us celebrate this great new day of believing, following, trusting, loving, and being more like our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. Let us love our neighbor as ourself.

This past Wednesday I got the word that I’ll be preaching God’s Word from the pulpit today. I’ll be preaching my sermon “Good & Evil”. It’s based on 1 Peter 3:8-4:8, and it’s the follow-up to “Honor & Respect”.

Last month I preached – “Honor & Respect” – to my church family. It’s based on 1 Peter 2:10-2:25. Here on #SundayScripture I’m presenting it in its original written form. Here’s Part 6 of this series:

Our God has placed each and every one of us here on this Earth and in His church so that our lives can have an impact on the people with whom we come into contact with. Some will run away from us, and they won’t look back. Some will ridicule us, or criticize us, or persecute us, or even harm us for living a godly life. Some will receive our message, and they will want to hear more from us about the God we know. They may come to know our God themselves – because of us. That’s another miracle. They will glorify God for our testimony and their salvation.

You have to be there for 100 – in order to reach that 1. In other words – you may testify about the God you know to 100 people, and only 1 of those 100 listens to you, and takes it in, and thinks about it, and wants to hear more from you. If you reach that 1, so that God can reach that 1 – then it’s all worth it. That’s another miracle.

In His kindness God called you to share in His eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while – He will restore, support, and strengthen you, and He will place you on a firm foundation. All power to Him forever !  Amen. (1 Peter 5:10-11)

You see we have to deal with stuff here on this Earth – this temporary place that we call home. These sufferings – they appear endless, but can I tell you ? – they are not. They will be over – just like that, and then we will spend a glorious eternity with our God in Heaven. The Bible says that what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory He will reveal to us later (Romans 8:18). For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. (2 Corinthians 4:18b)

You know our God is pleased with us when we do what we know is good and right – even when people treat us unfairly, or disrespect us, or discriminate against us, or hurt us – mentally or physically.

Christ suffered for us. He died for us. This is how Chapter 2 of Peter’s first letter ends (22-25):

He never sinned, nor ever deceived anyone.
He did not retaliate when He was insulted, nor threaten revenge when He suffered.
He left His case in the hands of God – who always judges fairly.
He personally carried our sins in His body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right.
By His wounds you are healed.

Ah – let me say that again:
By His wounds you are healed.

Once you were like sheep who wandered away.
But now you have turned to your Shepherd – the Guardian of your souls.

That’s from Peter’s letter to persecuted Christians who live in a hostile world. Sounds like us today. It also sounds very Old Testament-like. That’s because much of it is from the prophet Isaiah – from some 770 years earlier – before Peter.

In fact – let me be more specific. Much of that is based on Isaiah Chapter 53. Peter is not alone in quoting or referring to Scripture from Isaiah Chapter 53. Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John do so in their respective Gospels. Luke also does so in Acts – which begins where his Gospel ends – with the ascension of Christ into Heaven. And Paul also refers to Isaiah 53 in his letter to the Romans.

(End of Part 6)

If you wish to learn more about the God I know then stay tuned to #SundayScripture. The best is yet to come !

Thank you for reading my blog for this day, and may:

The LORD bless you, and keep you.
The LORD make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you.
The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. AMEN.

All rights reserved (c) 2022 Christopher M. Day, CountUp

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Blogging Christian God Ministry Music Radio

My Top 10 Hits – Week 291

Every Monday I post my all-new Top 10 Christian hit music chart based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay from the previous week. It’s the continuation of a weekly hobby that goes back nearly 45 years. Here’s this week’s chart – for the week ending Sunday September 11TH 2022 – the 291ST week of this current era that began on Presidents’ Day Weekend of 2017:

TW LW WKS SONG TITLE ARTIST / SITE
1 1 13 Hold You Tight
[4TH week @ # 1]
Dan Bremnes
2 2 12 Thank God For Sunday Morning Cochren & Co.
3 3 5 Good Morning Mercy Jason Crabb
4 4 4 New Creation Mac Powell
5 7 3 Build A Boat Colton Dixon
6 6 9 Good Lord David Leonard
7 5 6 Don’t Lose Heart Steven Curtis Chapman
8 1 God Is In This Story Katy Nichole Ft. Big Daddy Weave
9 1 Perfectly Loved Rachael Lampa Ft. TobyMac
10 1 Miracle Power We The Kingdom

# 1 This Week In:
2021 – “Into The Wild” – Josh Baldwin
2020 – “God So Loved” – We The Kingdom
2019 – “Nobody (But Jesus)” – Casting Crowns Ft. Matthew West
2018 – “Who You Say I Am” – Hillsong Worship
2017 – “Broken Things” – Matthew West

TOP 5 LOGJAM – It’s very competitive atop my chart this week with 4 strong non-movers occupying my Top 4 spots. Any 1 of those 4 songs could be # 1 next week, or it could be Colton Dixon’s emerging hit “Build A Boat”. I love its chorus:

♫ I will build a boat in the sand where they say it never rains
I will stand up in faith – I’ll do anything it takes
With Your wind in my sails – Your love never fails or fades
I’ll build a boat in the desert place
And when the flood and the water starts to rise, yeah
I’ll ride the storm ’cause I got You by my side
With Your wind in my sails – Your love never fails or fades
I’ll build a boat, so let it rain ♫

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again with the new weekend – and 4 new entries – known as #TravelThursday, #RetroFriday#SundayScripture, and #Top10Monday.

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 our 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) 2022 Christopher M. Day, CountUp

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Sunday Scripture

Greetings my friends. It is Sunday September 11TH 2022, and this is the day that our LORD has made. Let us rejoice. Let us be glad in it. Let us celebrate this great new day of believing, following, trusting, loving, and being more like our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. Let us love our neighbor as ourself.

Last holiday weekend was very productive for me with Bible studying and sermon writing. I finished writing what will be my next sermon – “Good & Evil” – the continuation of my First Peter message series. It covers much of Chapter 3 into Chapter 4. I also immediately began writing my next sermon after that – “Blessings & Benedictions” – which you may guess is a sermon based on Benedictions. And you would be right with that guess. I’m writing on blessings that while they may be proclaimed at the end of our church services – they are blessings that must be taken into the world for our neighbor to hear and experience.

Last month I preached my sermon – “Honor & Respect” – to my church family. It’s based on 1 Peter 2:10-2:25. Here on #SundayScripture I’m presenting it in its original written form. Here’s Part 5 of this series:

Ignorant people who make foolish accusations. There’s a lot of them out there:

Speaking of which:  Recently – I was accused of – get this – stealing several bags of groceries – from my own front porch – that I never ordered – and I never saw. I know. Sounds crazy – doesn’t it ?  A few minutes after I got home from work one day someone was frantically banging on my front door. I answered the frantic knock, and that’s when I was blindsided by the foolish accusations. I almost lost it with this guy – an older Walmart delivery guy – who allegedly delivered groceries to my front porch – by accident – 20 minutes earlier – and he had photos on his phone of said groceries – on my front porch – that were no longer there. Either it was some elaborate scam in my neighborhood, or we have porch pirates running loose – following delivery people – and stealing packages from front porches – including bags of groceries.

After I almost put that guy in his place – I showed him grace and mercy, and then I prayed for him later on. (I really did.) I was on the edge of evil for a moment, but then my God – our God – He pulled me back from evil. You know what that is ?  That’s the Holy Spirit at work within.

You know that was just a minor skirmish on a recent afternoon. It made for good material for this sermon. As soon as it happened – I thought to myself – I’m gonna somehow preach about this some Sunday. So there you go.

We Christians are persecuted every minute of every hour of every day in every country all around the world – for being Christian. For wherever The Good News about Jesus Christ was and is preached – there are various levels – there are various forms – there are various forces – of suffering and persecution – seen and unseen – direct and indirect.

You and me – we are free – but that’s not an excuse to do evil against our neighbor – even when we are the recipients of what we perceive as evil done to us. Respect everyone.

You know how easy it is to get distracted by a bad driver on the road here in Homestead – and nearly lose it ?  Don’t do it. Respect everyone. Love your neighbor. I’ve said this countless times before. I do my best praying while driving.

Later in Peter’s letter (5:8-9) he writes:

Stay alert !  Watch out for your great enemy – the devil. (Who’s our great enemy ? – the devil.) He prowls around like a roaring lion – looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are.

You notice Scripture does not say “Keep quiet, and keep your faith to yourself, so that the devil doesn’t notice you.” No – it does not say that. It says “Stay alert !”. It says “Stand firm against him (the devil)”. It says “be strong in your faith”. We must “Honor & Respect” the Lord our God. We must “Honor & Respect” our neighbor.

(End of Part 5)

If you wish to learn more about the God I know then stay tuned to #SundayScripture. The best is yet to come !

Thank you for reading my blog for this day, and may:

The LORD bless you, and keep you.
The LORD make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you.
The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. AMEN.

All rights reserved (c) 2022 Christopher M. Day, CountUp