Sunday Scripture

On this Sunday we praised, worshiped, and celebrated our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. After the first song of worship I greeted my church family, and I led a prayer for all of our kids, parents, teachers, administrators, school bus drivers, and all of us affected by the new school season which begins locally tomorrow morning. I prayed for our God to continue to bless all of us in His powerful name for safety and security in and around our schools, and to and from our schools.

Our Lead Pastor continued his message series on the “Road To Heaven” with a lively sermon that looked like a lot of fun for him to preach. I love watching him preach. I’m an Associate Pastor, so I’m observing and learning from him every step of the way. When I preach it is Chris Day proclaiming and teaching God’s Word to anyone who’s listening. My style is a conglomerate of every Pastor I’ve had the privilege of personally serving with, observing in action, and watching on TV over the past 12½ years.

One of my favorite verses of Scripture was part of our Pastor’s sermon today:

But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are a royal priesthood – a holy nation – God’s very own possession. As a result – you can show others the goodness of God, for He called you out of the darkness into His wonderful light. (1 Peter 2:9)

This week marks 13 years of salvation for me. God rescued and saved me on this upcoming week of August of 2006 while I was driving to work in the twilight of the morning. The first miracle occurred on that otherwise mundane morning, and then a few weeks went by before I realized what God was up to. The miracles have been endless ever since.

For (I) have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. (My) new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal living Word of God. (1 Peter 1:23)

Thank You my friends for reading my blog, and for being part of my global church family. I’ll leave you with the same message that I gave to my brothers and sisters today to close out our church service. I’m not a fan of “going to” church or “leaving from” church. I believe in “being” the church and “bringing” the church in everything we do and everywhere we go, so let’s be God’s wonderful light out there (outside) wherever there’s darkness.

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Sunday Scripture

Pastor Bob's Easter 2019 Sermon

On this day I observed and celebrated my 13TH Easter Sunday with my brothers and sisters of my church family. Before salvation Easter was just another day of the year. After salvation it’s the most important day of the year – and the reason why I exist today.

As the Bible says in the Gospel According to Mark – Chapter 16 (1-7):

Saturday evening – when the Sabbath ended – Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome went out and purchased burial spices so they could anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on Sunday morning – just at sunrise – they went to the tomb. On the way they were asking each other, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb ?” But as they arrived – they looked up and saw that the stone – which was very large – had already been rolled aside.

When they entered the tomb – they saw a young man clothed in a white robe sitting on the right side. The women were shocked, but the angel said – “Don’t be alarmed. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth – who was crucified. He isn’t here !  He is risen from the dead !  Look – this is where they laid His body. Now go and tell His disciples – including Peter – that Jesus is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see Him there – just as He told you before He died.”

HE IS RISEN !  HE IS RISEN – INDEED !  The Lord has really risen !  He appeared to Peter. (Luke 24:34). He was seen by the Twelve, and the more than 500 of His followers at the time, and by James (the half-brother of Jesus), and by all the apostles, and by Paul. (1 Corinthians 15:5-8)

Today we join our brothers and sisters in Christ – God’s children – all across this great nation of ours – and all around the world – nearly 2½-billion Christians – as we observe and celebrate the glorious resurrection of Jesus Christ – our Lord and Savior.

We join our brothers and sisters of this global church family on this Easter Sunday, but we know that every waking moment of every new day is a renewed celebration of Christ conquering the grave, and rising from the dead, and giving us life.

HE IS RISEN !  HE IS RISEN – INDEED !  And since He is risen – we have risen from where we once had been.

See Jesus keeps His promises – then and now. He does what He says He is going to do. He is who He says He is. He is risen. He is risen – indeed. He is alive. He sits on the throne of Heaven. He is the King of Kings. He is the Lord of Lords. He gives us life. He breathes life onto our dry bones. Breath of God – breathe on us !  He makes all things new. He gives us hope. He gives us purpose. He makes us vessels of vibrant living waters.

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The Major’s Top 5 Hits RETRO – 2008

Every Friday night I post the Top 5 of one of my classic hit music charts based on personal preference from either 10, 20, or 30 years ago (rotating each week). Here it is – for the week ending Sunday December 07TH 2008:

  1. “Maps” – Falling Up
  2. “Outrage” – Capital Lights
  3. “I Give Up” – Stellar Kart
  4. “Sure Shot” – Run Kid Run
  5. “Say What You Will” – Ever Stays Red

“Maps” was the 6TH of 7 hits for Falling Up during the latter portion of the 2ND era of my chart. It spent the entire month of December of 2008 at # 1, and it was the middle of 3 straight # 1 hits for them in 2008 and 2009.

The word “Maps” does not appear in the song. Here’s the chorus:

The further I’m from you – the harder I try to exist.
Take these blinds from my eyes, and wake me from the inside.
Somebody tell me how did it come to this ?
Take these blinds from my eyes, and wake me – wake me from the inside.

Sounds like my story from the Summer of 2006 – just prior to salvation. I was far from God. I didn’t even know Him. But God knew me. He saw me struggling. He extended His hand. I reached for it. He rescued me. He saved me. He asked me to follow Him. I did. He took the blinds from my eyes. He woke me from the inside. Thank You God for saving my life !

God can do the same for you too. Here are two more lines from the song “Maps”:

Further out – maybe You could meet me where I am.
Further out – I know there is hope within Your hands.

God will meet you wherever you are. You are not too far away from the reach of God. If you’re not ready yet – then God will wait for you. He will be there for you when you are ready. It’s not too late to receive Him, as long as you are still living here on His creation. There is hope within His Hands.

It’s halftime. I’ll be back on Sunday and Monday with my remaining two blog posts for this weekend. Enjoy your Saturday. Thank You for your time.

All rights reserved (c) 2018 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries.

The Major’s Top 5 Hits RETRO – 2008

Every Friday night I post the Top 5 of one of my classic hit music charts based on personal preference from either 10, 20, or 30 years ago (rotating each week). Here it is – for the week ending Sunday September 14TH 2008:

  1. “Sleeping In” – Nevertheless
  2. “Closer Than We Think” – The Classic Crime
  3. “All My Balloons” – Children 18:3
  4. “Shine With Me” – P.O.D.
  5. “This Is A Warning” – Dizmas

On this day 10 years ago it was a Sunday, and I wrote right here on this blog about the kickoff of our church’s 3-service schedule at 8:30, 9:45, and 11:00. “As it turns out all three services were solid as a rock and rather evenly distributed in attendance. Flagship Cinemas dreams of the number of people that we had in their building this morning during the regular work and school week.” (Our church met in our town’s movie theatre at the time, and I made light of the fact that our movie theatre was struggling. It still is, but it’s still in business showing first-run movies.)

Look what else this Christian of 2 years at the time wrote on his blog 10 years ago:

“God sees the whole picture. He is the only one who does. That is why He does things His way for His reasons in His own time. It is fine to question God at any time. In fact it is beneficial to do so. That is what a deeply-committed believer in Him does. It’s one who expresses questions for God and faith in Him simultaneously.”

That’s some Good News right there.

This weekend I’ll be mostly Bible-studying and sermon-writing. I’m writing two sermons simultaneously – one on James 4 and one on Genesis 4 – and I’m building a foundation for a 3RD sermon. May you have a weekend of fun, good times, and Good News. I’ll be back on Sunday with Scripture.

The Major’s Top 5 Hits RETRO – 2008

Every Friday night I post the Top 5 of one of my classic hit music charts based on personal preference from either 10, 20, or 30 years ago (rotating each week). Here it is – for the week ending Sunday August 24TH 2008:

  1. “Closer Than We Think” – The Classic Crime
  2. “Out Of Control” – Capital Lights
  3. “Shine With Me” – P.O.D.
  4. “Sleeping In” – Nevertheless
  5. “You Have What I Need” – Hawk Nelson

10 years ago this past week I was celebrating the 2ND anniversary of the start of my salvation, and those were the hottest radio hits at the time.

“Sleeping In” by Nevertheless went on to hit # 1 on my chart 3 weeks later, so that’s a spoiler right there for the next time I present my Top 5 from 2008. I absolutely love this song – probably more so now than I did back then. I love the message of the song. I love the beat of the song. It is one of the greatest Christian pop songs in the entire 12-year history of my fantastic journey.

… And it’s got me sleeping in.
Every day God. It’s the same thing.
Yeah you caught me sleeping in.
I’m still hiding. I’m still waiting.
I need you here with me to face the world outside.
Cause I’m tired of sleeping in …

But you – lazybones – how long will you sleep ?
When will you wake up ?  (Proverbs 6:9 NLT)

It’s halftime. I’ll be back on Sunday with Scripture, and then on Monday it’s my brand new Top 10 music chart. Enjoy your Saturday. Don’t get caught sleeping in.

My Fantastic Journey: 12TH Anniversary

This weekend I celebrate the 12TH Anniversary of my fantastic journey. My salvation began without warning. It wasn’t planned. I didn’t see it coming. But there it was. I was being rescued and saved from the darkness, and I didn’t even realize it – in the beginning. (It took me a few weeks to figure out God’s miracles for me.)

Early in the morning towards the latter part of August of 2006 during a typical 7¼-mile drive from home to work (in Homestead Florida) I flipped the radio dial off of Y-100 (Mainstream / Secular TOP 40) and I randomly discovered CALL-FM (Christian TOP 40).

Little did I know that such a mundane moment as changing the radio station in my car would signal the beginning of God’s Fantastic Journey for me. Little did I know that my previous life was about to come to a gradual end. Little did I know that I was about to be saved and reborn onto a new Life.

For you have been born again. Your new Life did not come from your earthly parents because the life they gave you will end in death. But this new Life will last forever because it comes from the eternal living word of God. As the prophet says, “People are like grass that dies away. Their beauty fades as quickly as the beauty of wildflowers. The grass withers, and the flowers fall away. But the Word of the Lord will last forever.” And that word is the Good News that was preached to you. (1 Peter 1:23-25 NLT)

On that morning when salvation began – Jonah33’s “Desensitized” rocked my radio:

I’m growing numb.
But what is wrong, and what is right ?
When did I start to lose this fight ?
Somehow I lost track of who you are.

I’m so amazed at what sin’s become.
I’m so ashamed that I’ve grown so numb.
Somehow I became desensitized.
I don’t want to be desensitized.

The Major’s Top 5 Hits RETRO – 2008

Every Friday night I post the Top 5 of one of my classic hit music charts based on personal preference from either 10, 20, or 30 years ago (rotating each week). Here it is – for the week ending Sunday August 03RD 2008:

  1. “Goodnight Gravity” – Falling Up
  2. “Captives Come Home” – Run Kid Run
  3. “Out Of Control” – Capital Lights
  4. “Run” – Ever Stays Red
  5. “Closer Than We Think” – The Classic Crime

A full decade ago I was approaching the 2ND anniversary of the start of my salvation. This blog was very active back then. I actually blogged daily, and sometimes twice and even thrice daily. I created this blog to journal each new Glorious day on my fantastic journey.

Look at what I wrote on this exact day 10 years ago – following that morning’s Sunday service with my church family at the time:

“We act upon what is in our hearts, and our Lives are a direct result of the condition of our hearts. Poverty is fueled by our human mind. Jesus challenges the quality of our Life by what drives our heart, what fuels our mind, and what moves our soul. We live in freedom, but our minds are in poverty. Our goal is to be fully alive and aware that we are totally blessed through it all. The fate of the world and the people around us depends on the outcome of our funk, and that funk doesn’t define us. It actually refines us.”

I clearly wrote that based on notes I took during the Pastor’s message. I did good !

It’s halftime. I’ll be back on Sunday with a transcript of my entire Communion that I’m leading with, and then on Monday it’s my brand new Top 10 music chart. Enjoy your Saturday. Be safe. Have fun. Love all. Live life.