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A Vocal Celebration of Eddie Vedder

Happy 49th birthday to Eddie Vedder, lead singer of Pearl Jam. I'm a little obsessed so I thought I would celebrate today by describing some of my favorite vocal performances by this talented man. Thank you all for indulging me, and thank you, Eddie, for being born and allowing me the pleasure of enjoying your beautiful voice.

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Jesus Christ, Eddie Vedder and Jeff Winger walk into a bar…

What do Pearl Jam, NBC’s “Community” and Jesus Christ have in common, besides the fact that I am obsessed with them? They each have loyal followings, and people willing to go to the ends of the earth (sort of…) to be part of their movements.  

Pearl Jam fans travel around the world to hear their favorite band with the hope that maybe, just maybe, they will play a rare song. 

Community fans bog down Twitter every Thursday night -Friday night for half a season- with quotes like #sixseasonsandamovie, and pleas for their family and friends to tune in.  Many also travel to Comic-Con every year with the hope that “Troy” and “Abed” will do their secret handshake.  

For 2,000 years, Christians have traveled thousands of miles to share the good news of the Gospel to anyone willing (or not willing) to listen. Now we have hundreds of millions of Christians spanning every continent.

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Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth...

As Richard and I attempt to sell may of our possessions to dig ourselves out of the materialistic hole we've made, I haven't really been looking at the spiritual aspect of our behavior. Matthew 6:19-23 reads "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money."

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