The Major’s Top 10 Hits – Week 100

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 13TH 2019:

  1. “Nobody Loves Me Like You” – Chris Tomlin [# 2 last week / 11TH week on chart]
  2. “Maybe It’s OK” – We Are Messengers [4 / 7TH]
  3. “Well Done” – The Afters [1 / 13TH]
  4. “Even Then” – Micah Tyler [3 / 22ND]
  5. “Not Today” – Hillsong United [7 / 17TH]
  6. “joy” – for King & Country [5 / 8TH]
  7. “Known” – Tauren Wells [6 / 23RD]
  8. “Red Letters” – Crowder [8 / 4TH]
  9. “Best News Ever” – MercyMe [9 / 4TH]
  10. “Forever On Your Side” – NeedToBreathe [10 / 3RD]

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

The 100TH week of the 3RD era of my personal hit music chart brings a brand new # 1 smash from a familiar artist. Chris Tomlin scores his 2ND # 1 smash. It’s the follow-up to His “Resurrection Power” which peaked at # 3 last summer which was the follow-up to his # 1 debut smash “Home” during the previous summer (2017).

We Are Messengers inch closer to the top with a track that has really grown on me over the past month-and-a-half. I’m really looking forward to seeing them LIVE in concert here in South Florida next month at the TobyMac show. I have a floor seat just 8 rows from the end stage near the middle. I’ll be required to sing and dance all night long !

Hillsong United’s latest “Not Today” reaches my Top 5 for the first time – in its 17TH week. Fun Fact:  It spent 10 non-consecutive weeks at # 7. I love when it comes on the radio. I always sing along to it.

Today marks the end of a full year in my return to WordPress. I left this platform behind during the early-2010s to tweet and put up a wall (on Facebook). This blog actually started on MySpace back in 2007, and then I modernized it to WordPress towards the end of that same year. This past year of blogging was my most satisfying (and most read – worldwide) since the peak of my original WordPress run a full decade ago. It was more active than every year of blogging during my ill-fated run on Facebook. I have all of you – who read this blog – who like it – who follow it – who tell their friends about it – to thank – for supporting this rejuvenation of my ministry. Let’s keep this forward momentum going. Let’s continue to glorify our everlasting God !

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.

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Sunday Scripture

What an amazing concert experience at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Florida !  Almost 20,000 brothers and sisters in Christ made this the largest church family for a night that I’ve ever been a part of. This was Winter Jam 2019 !

As I walked in to the arena Dan Bremnes was already performing (as part of the preshow). Hollyn officially kicked-off the show at 6 PM, and then after her set was NewSong. They actually created Winter Jam back in the 1990s, and they themselves have been performing together for almost 40 years. They kicked-off their set with “I Am A Christian (And My Name Is Pilgrim)”. I loved this song immediately, and I loved their entire set. They are my kind of band (and older than me too). I’m a new fan of NewSong.

Jen Ledger was up next. She rocked the house with her new spinoff band. She’s been the drummer for Skillet for the past 11 years – since she was 18. Skillet headlined Winter Jam 2018 one year ago this weekend. I was there.

Mandisa was awesome as always. I’ve seen her twice before, and I’m a fan. I sang along to all of her hits. Danny Gokey joined her for “Bleed The Same”, and he was the next artist up. I didn’t realize how many hits he’s had over the past 5 years. He and Mandisa are two of the more successful artists to come out of the “American Idol” franchise; although, mainstream Top 40 radio have largely ignored them. When you sing about our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ your fate is sealed. You won’t get played on mainstream radio. Mainstream television will ignore you too.

After a brief intermission Rend Collective put on a lively Irish set, and everyone was up and dancing. Everyone in the arena turned Irish. (I’m already part Irish.)

Newsboys were the final act of the night, and this was my 3RD Newsboys show in the past 14½ months. I feel like a groupie now. What can I say about Newsboys ?  They rocked the house. Nobody was sitting down. Everybody was singing and dancing in the aisles. My Fitbit went crazy during their set. We did church together on this night.

For the 3RD time I saw the original Newsboys perform a crazy psychedelic version of their Christian radio # 1 smash from 25 years ago “Shine”. I had never heard this song until 14½ months ago. I love it.

 

Shine.
Make ’em wonder whatcha got.
Make ’em wish that they were not.
On the outside looking bored.

Shine.
Let it shine before all men.
Let ’em see good works and then.
Let ’em glorify the Lord.

Let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father. (Matthew 5:16 NLT)

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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 January 15TH 1989:

  1. “She Wants To Dance With Me” – Rick Astley
  2. “Smooth Criminal” – Michael Jackson
  3. “Love Bites” – Def Leppard
  4. “The Promise” – When In Rome
  5. “Waiting For A Star To Fall” – Boy Meets Girl

30 years ago this weekend Rick Astley scored his 4TH # 1 smash on my chart, Michael Jackson scored his 2ND # 2 smash on my chart, and Def Leppard reached # 3 with “Love Bites” in its 22ND week on my chart.

I was listening to all 3 of those big hits on South Florida’s heritage Top 40 station Y-100 – in a new car !  That’s the answer to my teaser from yesterday’s blog post. After a little over 13 months of essentially riding a 10-speed bike all around Homestead AFB I decided to buy my first brand new car of my life. I bought a shiny red 1989 Geo Spectrum. I was free at last – free to flee the base and drive the mean streets of South Florida for the first time ever. So I’ve now been driving for the past 30 years, I’m on my 6TH new car, and I’m approaching 330,000 miles driven – an average of just shy of 11,000 miles per year.

I’m 51½ now, so I bought my first new car at 21½. YES – I drove as a teenager too. I used my newspaper carrier money to buy a used (no frills) 1980 Chevy Citation in 1983. I got to drive around in that for a couple of years through my first 5 months in the Air Force. In November of 1985 I was sent to the United Kingdom, and I sold my car. I never drove in the U.K., but one of my friends did. I wouldn’t drive again until 30 years ago this weekend.

It’s halftime my friends. I’ll be back on Sunday with an all-new blog post. Enjoy your Saturday.

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Winter Jam 2019

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I’m headed to Tampa Florida (5 hours north of my home) for the first time in a little over 12 years. I’ll be over there for just a couple of days, and the main event of this short visit will be this 5+ hour experience at the Amalie Arena with thousands of my brothers and sisters in Christ, as we praise and worship Him led by about a dozen artists. There will be singing, dancing, hand-clapping, and arm-raising as the Holy Spirit inundates the arena.

I’ll review the big show later this weekend on “Sunday Scripture”, but first it’s my normal Friday night blog post tomorrow night. I’m going #Retro back to Sunday January 15TH 1989. It’s the weekend that I began doing something for the first time ever here in South Florida – and I’ve been doing it almost every day since that weekend exactly 30 years ago. Find out what it is on my next blog post.

 

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The Major’s Top 10 Hits – Week 99

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 06TH 2019:

  1. “Well Done” – The Afters [# 1 last week / 12TH week on chart]
  2. “Nobody Loves Me Like You” – Chris Tomlin [2 / 10TH]
  3. “Even Then” – Micah Tyler [3 / 21ST]
  4. “Maybe It’s OK” – We Are Messengers [6 / 6TH]
  5. “joy” – for King & Country [4 / 7TH]
  6. “Known” – Tauren Wells [5 / 22ND]
  7. “Not Today” – Hillsong United [7 / 16TH]
  8. “Red Letters” – Crowder [8 / 3RD]
  9. “Best News Ever” – MercyMe [9 / 3RD]
  10. “Forever On Your Side” – NeedToBreathe [10 / 2ND]

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

My first new weekly chart of 2019 looks pretty much like my last new weekly chart of 2018. There are no new entries, and only one hit makes upward momentum – “Maybe It’s OK” – the 3RD big hit in a row from We Are Messengers. Their “Magnify” hit # 2, and their “Point To You” hit # 3 in 2017. I get to see them LIVE in concert next month at the TobyMac show !

Next Monday night I’ll present my 100TH weekly chart of this current era that began on Presidents’ Day Weekend of 2017 – the night of the last TobyMac show that I attended. I’m not planning anything special. It’ll just be another new weekly chart. That’s the way this chart was born again. No fanfare. No planning. It just happened. God’s Glory.

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

Today at Living Waters Full Gospel Church we celebrated God’s Glory in 2019 with Praise, Worship, & Celebration, and another powerful sermon from our Lead Pastor Bob who continued his “Journey To The Cross” series.

We also observed and celebrated Communion for the first time in 2019. (We do so on the first Sunday of every month.) Here’s a portion of how I led that:

Let me share God’s Word with you – about living water – from John Chapter 7 – and as the Bible says:

On the last day – the climax of the festival – Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to Me !  Anyone who believes in Me may come and drink !  For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from His heart.’”

That’s Verses 37 and 38, and the next Verse 39 does something very unique. It actually explains the previous two verses. Verse 39 reads:

(When He said “living water” He was speaking of the Spirit – who would be given to everyone believing in Him. But the Spirit had not yet been given – because Jesus had not yet entered into His glory.)

Jesus was preaching in Jerusalem at the Festival Of Shelters – the 7-day Fall harvest festival – also known as the Feast Of Tabernacles – or Sukkot. We learned more about this festival about 3 months ago when Pastor Bob preached about it.

See the Fall festival occurs right at the end of the 6-month dry season for the region. Water is precious at that time of the year. Jesus stepped forth and proclaimed that anyone looking for fresh moving water – living water – should come to Him and drink. He is the source of living water. Water that renews.

On each day of the festival the believers prayed for rain – living water. On the last day of the festival – “The Great Day” – they prayed for rain – 7 times.

Let’s be renewed on this great day. Let’s be renewed in 2019

Communion

Next Saturday night I’ll be at “Winter Jam 2019” in Tampa Florida with thousands of my brothers and sisters in Christ praising and worshipping our Lord, and singing and dancing with such artists as Hollyn, Newsong, Ledger, Rend Collective, Mandisa, Danny Gokey, and Newsboys United. On my next Sunday Scripture I’ll review the big show !

Until then may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him.

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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 03RD 1999:

  1. “One Week” – Barenaked Ladies
  2. “Thank U” – Alanis Morissette
  3. “Baby One More Time” – Britney Spears
  4. “This Kiss” – Faith Hill
  5. “From This Moment On” – Shania Twain

4 out of 5 of those hits were featured 3 weeks ago when I last went #Retro to 20 years ago. Faith Hill has the lone new entry with her long-running country-pop crossover global smash “This Kiss”. It was in its 24TH week on my chart 20 years ago this weekend. It spent 5 weeks in my Top 5 and 20 weeks in my Top 10. It still sounds great today !

 

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 reading my blog.

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