Sunday Open Thread | Praise & Worship

Eddie James 3Eddie James, born in Phoenix, AZ, accepted Christ as his personal Lord and Savior at the age of 8. He entered into music ministry at the tender age of 9 and it is for this reason that Eddie recognizes the gifts of God inside of young people. God has placed a burden inside of Eddie James, to minister to those who are hurting and lost, with an extraordinary emphasis on youth and young adults. As a result of his efforts, God has established Eddie James as a leader of music and ministry in the nation and around the world.

Higher with The Phoenix Mass Choir was Eddie James his first recorded national album. Higher debuted at number 10 and went to number 3 on the national charts. Since then he has recorded ten other projects that have impacted our nation and our world. His group ColourBlind, a culturally diverse group of five young men, released an album called, The David Story. This album contains twelve chapters of the book of Psalms put to music. They also recorded a soundtrack to their musical production called, Break the Walls. Break the Walls is a musical production designed for high school and college youth that deals with the issues of drugs, violence, pre-marital sex, racism, and dysfunctional families. Eddie James along with ColourBlind has reached over 200,000 youth in America with this musical drama presentation. Through this message of hope, countless numbers of lives have been changed.

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102 Responses to Sunday Open Thread | Praise & Worship

  1. rikyrah says:

    Ken Burns at Stanford (on Trump):

    ” … For 216 years, our elections, though bitterly contested, have featured the philosophies and character of candidates who were clearly qualified. That is not the case this year. One is glaringly not qualified. So before you do anything with your well-earned degree, you must do everything you can to defeat the retrograde forces that have invaded our democratic process, divided our house, to fight against, no matter your political persuasion, the dictatorial tendencies of the candidate with zero experience in the much maligned but subtle art of governance; who is against lots of things, but doesn’t seem to be for anything, offering only bombastic and contradictory promises, and terrifying Orwellian statements; a person who easily lies, creating an environment where the truth doesn’t seem to matter; who has never demonstrated any interest in anyone or anything but himself and his own enrichment; who insults veterans, threatens a free press, mocks the handicapped, denigrates women, immigrants and all Muslims; a man who took more than a day to remember to disavow a supporter who advocates white supremacy and the Ku Klux Klan; an infantile, bullying man who, depending on his mood, is willing to discard old and established alliances, treaties and long-standing relationships … “

  2. rikyrah says:

    @BroadwayBlack 38s39 seconds ago
    Cynthia Erivo wrote “Fly Before You Fall,” featured on the Beyond The Lights
    Soundtrack! #TonysBlackOUT #TonyAwards

  3. rikyrah says:

    @kevinpokeeffe 5m5 minutes ago
    For the first time in 70 years, all four musical acting #TonyAwards went to actors of color.… …

  4. rikyrah says:

    In Brock Turner’s home town, we’re raising kids who are never told ‘no’

    I live in Oakwood, Ohio, the home of the Stanford sex offender. Communities like this one have a dark side.

    By Kate Geiselman June 8

    An alternate version of the Brock Turner sexual assault story has been spinning in my imagination since last January, when I first heard of his arrest.

    In my version, he recognizes that what happened on Stanford’s campus behind that dumpster last year was rape. He comes to understand that intoxication is not consent. He takes responsibility for his violent “action” that irreparably harmed another human being, instead of blaming it on alcohol. Rather than spending a year and a half honing his story, making excuses and lawyering up, he pleads guilty. He looks his victim squarely in the eyes and says: “I’m sorry. I had no business putting my hands on or in you after you were no longer able to give consent. I should have helped you to safety instead of running and lying about why I did. I will do everything I can to spare you any further pain. I will spend the rest of my life educating young people about consent and sexual violence.”

    Then he serves his punishment, perhaps a sentence mitigated by his understanding of the crime, his taking responsibility, even his character references — because he gets it. He bears the weight of his guilt and in doing so eases the burden of his victim.

    But that’s not what happened. And because I live in the community that spawned Brock Turner, I have known on some level for many months that my version would never be reality.

  5. Ametia says:

    Lin Manuel Miranda picks up a Tony for best score.

  6. Ametia says:

    Tony Awards are on CBS NOW. Hamilton up for 16 award, and will do a live performance.

  7. Ametia says:




  8. Liza says:

    @igorvolsky is calling them out one at a time on Twitter. Good for him. This is a public service.

    .@NRA contributed $3,000 to @RepMarthaRoby.@RepMarthaRoby just prays for gun massacres to stop.— igorvolsky (@igorvolsky) June 12, 2016


  9. Liza says:

    GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump weighs in:

    Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism, I don't want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance. We must be smart!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 12, 2016


  10. sunshine616 says:

    Hearing number of casualties likely to go up. I’m so devastated. This is horrible

  11. Ametia says:

    So we’re clear, no other country’s folk could be more OPENLY HOMPHOBIC than America’s so-called rightwing Evangelicals.

  12. Notice this? When a Muslim is involved in mass shooting, they’re ISIS inspired but Dylann Roof’s terrorism is not KKK inspired. #AMERIKKKA

    • Ametia says:


      Segment of HATE, that Trump and other right-winger and his minions have been fueling for ions

  13. Ametia says:

    POTUS will be speaking today on these KILLINGS.

  14. Don’t even think abt blaming all Muslims for this horrific crime. Black people didn’t blame all white people for Dylann Roof’s terrorist act.

  15. Good morning, everyone.

    To wake up to this horror is just too much. America and these damn guns. Designing weapons to rip through the body causing tissue damage is pure wicked.

  16. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    My heart is overwhelmed.

  17. Ametia says:

    Rick Scott comes out and immediately praises law enforcement.


  18. Ametia says:

    Churches, malls, schools, clubs. Is there any place left in America where we can go and not have some deranged killer enter and shoot up the place?

    But of course the NRA will retort: get yourself a gun! IT FUCKED UP

  19. Ametia says:

    I’m sorry, but I frankly don’t want to hear from congress critters!

    Alan Grayson, Marco Rubio, Gov Rick Scott, these are the very folks who can ACT to get gun legislation passed, but would rather line their pockets with NRA $$$ and hide behind the nonsensical INTERPRETATION of the 2ND AMENDMENT.

    Save your fucking prayers, congress folks, and DO THE RIGHT THING.

  20. Liza says:

    The Orlando shooting is why your homophobia isn't just "disagreeing" with a "lifestyle"…it's condemning people to violence and death.— Nessa. (@curlyheadRED) June 12, 2016


    • Ametia says:

      ON POINT. It’s the saying

      They came for…


      Religion based on ANTI- PEOPLE is a LIVING RECIPE for DEATH & DESTRUCTION.

      • Liza says:

        The answer eludes me, these massacres are so beyond my comprehension.

        The haters have free speech, the psychopaths have access to any type of gun, including weapons intended for war.

        I keep thinking that pictures of these massacres are going to have to be publicized. It was the pictures that stoked the flames of public outrage to help bring an end to the war in Vietnam. Honestly, I can’t think of anything else.

  21. Ametia says:

    Here’s how this mass killing will go down:

    1. Outrage, prayers to family, victims

    2. MEDIA is salivating for coverage of this worst mass shooting in U.S HISTORY; will continue distorting, manipulating and fear-mongering with their reporting

    3. President Obama will make a statement in the coming hour/days

    4. Political whores-will come on the scene claiming they were right about BANNING ALL
    MUSLIMS. *LOOKING@YOUTRUMP* just in time to pump up the rabid supporters

    5. NRA has its defense ready, because ‘people kill people’ not guns

    6 AG Lynch will make a statement, on what, who knows?

    7. PBO will visit Orlando, possibly & meet with families of the victims & attend funerals



  22. Ametia says:

    I couldn’t stand Lionel Richie. Then he made the best speech ever at an awards show you can’t see.
    By Geoff Edgers

    NEW YORK – “This is the top of the line,” Lionel Richie said Thursday night, as he held the Songwriters Hall of Fame lifetime achievement award. “I’m going to have to say that this is the best night of my entire life as a songwriter.”

    It was a stunning wrap to the best entertainment-world acceptance speech I’ve ever heard. And it came from Richie, for whom, I confess, I never felt the love. In the super-funk era of the Commodores, he was the soft cheese. In the ‘80s, while he blasted up the charts with “Endless Love” and “Say You, Say Me,” I was listening to the Clash, Thin Lizzy and Elvis Costello. But when I heard his speech, I wanted to rewind the tape and give “Hello” another try.

    First, a bit about the Songwriters Hall of Fame induction. Why is it so much better than every other award show? First, it’s not televised. That means no preening for the camera, no shtick, no political speeches, no get-off-the-stage music.

  23. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    I am thinking of the wonderful brotherhood rejoicing at Muhammad Ali’s funeral. Let’s dedicate ourselves to keeping that spirit alive!

  24. Ametia says:

    Muslim Christian, Jew, Black, White, Asian, male, female, 50 or 9, the shooter TERRORIZED and MURDERED 50 people in a gay club.

    Omar IS a DOMESTIC TERRORIST. And so is Dylan Roof. Let’s not get it twisted.

  25. Ametia says:

    My God. I wake up this morning to more hate and death.

  26. sunshine616 says:

    It is not right that one person can cause so much pain

  27. sunshine616 says:

    Wow 50 dead. I’m speechless. I’m always in Orlando..tears

  28. rikyrah says:

    About the Orlando massacre:

    Shooter is American born.
    Was his gun legally bought?
    Did he have a conceal carry permit?
    Was he LGBT himself?

  29. rikyrah says:

    Prayers for those killed in Orlando 😢😢😢

  30. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning ☺,Everyone 😃

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