Sunday Scripture

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The meticulous background and the state-of-the-art lighting of our brand new stage made its debut on this Sunday morning. It’s beautiful !  (The lighting is multi-colored. Today we went with a midnight blue.)

Our Lead Pastor Bob began a new message series this morning on the “Journey To The Cross”. Today’s sermon was based on Luke 9:51 and Luke 18:35-43. We all have a little bit of spiritual blindness on Jericho Road.

I led our monthly observance and celebration of Communion. It was based on 1 John 5:1-6:

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has become a child of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves His children too. We know we love God’s children if we love God and obey His commandments. Loving God means keeping His commandments, and His commandments are not burdensome. For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. And who can win this battle against the world ?  Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God. And Jesus Christ was revealed as God’s Son by His baptism in water and by shedding His blood on the cross – not by water only, but by water and blood. And the Spirit – who is Truth – confirms it with His testimony.

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Sunday Scripture

This blog post will go online at exactly 11 AM EST today. That’s when we’ll kickoff our Sunday morning celebration with Praise & Worship at Living Waters Full Gospel Church in Homestead Florida. After 4 songs of worship I’ll step up to the pulpit. I’ll pray to our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. After that I’ll preach a full sermon titled “Old & New”. I’ll be preaching mostly from Exodus, Leviticus, Matthew, and James. It’s all about God’s Law in the Old & New Testaments.

This is the 11TH Anniversary of my blogging here on WordPress. I previously blogged for about 6 months (in 2007) over on Myspace. I actually posted over 300 blog posts on Myspace before I moved over here to WordPress. I was encouraged to get in to blogging during my first year of salvation to share my day-to-day journey following God. Many of my brothers and sisters of my church family at the time were over here on WordPress blogging, and they encouraged me to join them. I did, and we had fun together for a year or so before they moved on and left for Facebook. I chose to avoid Facebook, as I went with Twitter instead. I was on Twitter before most of my friends were on Twitter. I eventually surrendered to the power of Facebook early in 2013, and again we had fun together for a few years before many of them moved on again and left for Instagram. I stayed on Facebook for almost 5 years. I quit posting new material over there last New Year’s Eve. (Not too many people even noticed.)

This past January I returned here to WordPress, and I resurrected my blog.

Now I have an all-new worldwide audience reading my blog posts 4 times per week. This is my 1,472ND blog post here on WordPress over the past 11 years. Not bad – considering I only posted 10 times in 2011 and 2012 before this blog went dark for 5½ years.

I’m on here indefinitely. I’m enjoying this current run on WordPress, and my blog posts will continue into 2019. I have some exciting plans for my ministry in the new year, and God will surely get all of the glory.

I’ll leave you with the intent of “Sunday Scripture” each week, and that is to share Scripture with you that I’ve been reading and studying. This is part of my sermon for today:

Don’t speak evil against each other – my dear brothers and sisters. If you criticize each other and condemn each other – then you are criticizing and condemning God’s law. But you are not a judge who can decide whether the law is right or wrong. Your job is to obey it. God alone – who made the law – can rightly judge among us. He alone has the power to save or to destroy. So what right do you have to condemn your neighbor ?  (James 4:11-12 NLT)

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Sunday Scripture

I have returned home from vacation up north. In one of my longest vacations ever (14 days) I visited my mom, brother, sister-in-law, two nieces, and dog up north of Cincinnati Ohio. I flew up there on Saturday November 10TH (Veterans Day holiday weekend), and I flew back home to South Florida on (Black) Friday November 23RD. It was probably my final trip to Ohio for awhile, as in about 5 months my family will very likely move SW back to north of Dallas Texas – where they lived previously from 2006 to 2013.

The weather up in Ohio was mostly cloudy, wet, and miserable with 20s, 30s, and some 40s. On my 9TH day there we actually crawled up above 50°F for the only time. I returned home with dry, flaky, cracked, white skin with isolated spots of blood. The healing process began immediately as I stepped foot in our moist tropical air. It was almost 80°F with relative humidity near 70%. No more cold weather for me aside from perhaps a dozen mornings between now and the end of March. We’ve actually got a powerful cold front in the forecast for this Tuesday. We’ll have a rather chilly 48 hours from Wednesday morning to Friday morning with afternoon highs in the low-70s and morning lows in the mid-50s. No complaints here. I survived 14 days of winter up north !

My last two Sundays felt a bit empty, as I was without my church family. I was definitely looking forward to this day – the day the LORD has made. We rejoiced, and we were glad in it. It was great to be back home with my church family celebrating our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. Our Lead Pastor Bob spoke on “Knowing God ” – our Creator. He began with this Scripture:

The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display His craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak. Night after night they make Him known. They speak without a sound or word. Their voice is never heard. Yet their message has gone throughout the earth, and their words to all the world. God has made a home in the heavens for the sun. It bursts forth like a radiant bridegroom after his wedding. It rejoices like a great athlete eager to run the race. The sun rises at one end of the heavens, and follows its course to the other end. Nothing can hide from its heat. (Psalm 19:1-6 NLT)

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The Major’s Top 10 Hits – Week 92

Every Monday night I post my all-new Top 10 Christian hit music chart based on personal preference. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday November 18TH 2018:

  1. “Only Jesus” – Casting Crowns [# 1 last week / 12TH week on chart]
  2. “Even Then” – Micah Tyler [2 / 14TH]
  3. “Well Done” – The Afters [3 / 5TH]
  4. “Nobody Loves Me Like You” – Chris Tomlin [4 / 3RD]
  5. “Known” – Tauren Wells [5 / 15TH]
  6. “Who You Say I Am” – Hillsong Worship [8 / 17TH]
  7. “Not Today” – Hillsong United [7 / 9TH]
  8. “You Say” – Lauren Daigle [6 / 12TH]
  9. “Stand In Your Love” – Josh Baldwin [9 / 7TH]
  10. “Survivor” – Zach Williams [10 / 9TH]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week – “Different” – Micah Tyler

Casting Crowns remain at # 1 for the 10TH week in a row in a rather quiet week on my chart. Nationally on Billboard’s Christian Airplay chart Lauren Daigle remains at # 1 for the 10TH week in a row.

I’m currently on vacation in cold and cloudy and dark and gloomy Ohio. It’s one of the coldest Novembers of the past 100 years, and I just happen to be here for half of it. This is my 10TH day here, and I think I’ve seen the sun for a small portion on about 3 days. A few days ago we had fog, rain, freezing rain, ice, and snow – all in a matter of hours. We hit 52°F / 11°C yesterday. It was and will be the only day in the 50s while I’m here. I’m ready for the return of the 70s and 80s back home in South Florida this weekend !

Thanksgiving Day is just 3 days away. May you enjoy the day with family, friends, fellowship, food, and football.

I give thanks to you – O Lord my God – with my whole heart, and I will glorify Your name forever. (Psalm 86:12, ESV)

Aside from this flagship Monday night post my blog remains on hiatus until Sunday November 25TH 2018. I’ll return with “Sunday Scripture” and my new chart next Monday. I’ll return to 4 blogs per weekend starting on Thursday November 29TH 2018.

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

From our Lead Pastor Bob’s sermon today:

“The gates of hell shall not prevail against the church.”

“The devil may oppress you, but he will not possess you.”

Today we observed and celebrated our Thanksgiving edition of Communion with the 100TH Psalm:

Shout with joy to the LORD – all the earth !  Worship the LORD with gladness. Come before Him – singing with joy. Acknowledge that the LORD is God !  He made us, and we are His. We are His people – the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with Thanksgiving. Go into His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, and praise His name. For the LORD is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and His faithfulness continues to each generation.

“Sunday Scripture” returns in 3 weeks on Sunday November 25TH 2018.

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Sunday Scripture

Yesterday (Saturday) afternoon at 3:37 PM EDT I got the call to preach today at 11 AM. I wasn’t scheduled to preach, but when I get the call to preach I accept it, I stop everything I’m doing, and I immediately prepare my sermon for God. I look at it this way. I’m preaching a sermon to my brothers and sisters of my church family, but my sermon is for God – just as our praise and our worship is for God.

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I preached from the Book of James – Chapter 4 – Verses 1 to 10. My sermon was titled “War & Peace”. Here’s an excerpt:

The more personal time you spend with the Lord – the less likely the devil will be able to get to you. When you pray. When you read the Bible. When you read “The Upper Room”. When you watch a preacher on TBN. When you listen to a program on 90.9 Life-FM Miami. When you sing out loud – in your car – in a traffic jam – through a school zone – at 15 MPH – to music – on Positive & Encouraging K-LOVE. When you participate in a bible study with a small group. When you come here on Sunday mornings to sing and dance and celebrate. When you perform a song for God with your guitar or your voice or both. When you write a sermon for God. When you preach God’s Good News to all who will listen. When you share your testimony with the world out there. All of that – draws you closer to God – and further away from Satan.

I sang a portion of Chris Tomlin’s “At The Cross” as part of my sermon. (I used to sing fairly regularly in my early sermons.) After I sang to God I concluded with this:

Don’t be afraid to sing out to the Lord – in here. He’s listening. And don’t be afraid to praise and worship the Lord – out there. And don’t be afraid to speak of the Lord – no matter where you are. Get closer to the Lord – closer than you were yesterday – closer than you were when you walked in here today. May the Lord be with you in everything you do and everywhere you go.

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Sunday Scripture

This morning I preached a sermon on Cain & Abel titled “Wander & Create”. Here are 33 highlights:

  • Today I preached mostly out of the Old Testament – all the way back – to Genesis.
  • Cain was the oldest son to Adam & Eve. Abel was the second born son.
  • When Cain & Abel grew up Cain became a farmer, and Abel became a shepherd.
  • Cain & Abel both loved God. They worshipped Him.
  • Cain was a proud farmer – maybe too proud. He thought all of his crops were great.
  • Cain proudly brought forth some of his self-proclaimed great crops to God.
  • God was not enthused. He was not impressed.
  • Abel was more independent than his older brother Cain.
  • Abel did his own thing. He was the quiet one. He was the shy guy.
  • Abel didn’t seem to have a relationship with his mom like Cain did.
  • Abel had a closer relationship to God. He knew what would impress God.
  • Abel brought forth the best portions of the firstborn lambs from his flock.
  • Abel – the second born – brought forth the best portions of the firstborn.
  • Abel got it right. The LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering.
  • Cain was shocked and stunned. He was dejected and felt rejected. He got angry.
  • Cain produced the first temper-tantrum in the Creation.
  • Cain was like a modern-day sassy and rebellious backtalking teenager.
  • Cain was warned by God to do what is right, and subdue his sin.
  • Cain didn’t listen to God. He was manipulated by Satan – just like his mom.
  • The rage within intensified. It soon controlled and consumed Cain.
  • Cain murdered Abel. It was the first act of violence – the first murder scene.
  • God confronted a guilty and defiant Cain.
  • God banished Cain from Eden forever – making him a homeless wanderer.
  • God gave Cain grace. He marked Cain. He vowed to protect Cain.
  • Anyone who kills Cain will be avenged sevenfold and feel the wrath of God.
  • God gave Cain a second chance at life.
  • God wanted Cain to realize his deadly sins of the past, and repent.
  • God wanted Cain to rely on Him for guidance and direction in a new life.
  • God wanted Cain to see his full potential in a new land.
  • God wanted the same for each of us while we were slaves to the world.
  • The God of the Old Testament is the same as the God of the New Testament.
  • He’s the same God today. He’s loving. He’s forgiving. He’s compassionate.
  • Receive God’s grace today. It’s abundant. It’s everlasting. His grace is sufficient.

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