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The Boy Teacher and the Father Student #72; Climate Change and Love

Updated on September 26, 2019
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Eric started working with children when he was still one himself. He taught first aid through Scouting. All the way to preaching to youth.

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Just a Simple Life

Climate change is everyone’s business. The notion of climate change is not a joke. We take our responsibility seriously in protecting our planet against man made climate change. We do not “believe” in the hype around climate change. We use (often used when bought) then we re-use and then we recycle.

Now our environmental footprint is just about as low as it can go. We let our house get cold in the winter – not by Vermont standards. We like to wear our thick socks and sweaters. It gets over or near 100 degrees here about 15 days a year. We do not do air conditioning. Yes I keep my shorts on but nothing else – child and wife are at work and school during the heat. I average driving 5 miles a day. I have a 2005 Corolla that still gets over 20 mpg in the city and is fully smogged. Plastic bags and straws are banned. I am that weirdo who picks up trash as seen on the ground. (sorry not around homeless on sidewalks) Our total gas and electric bill is less than $100 on any month. In California that is crazy.

Yours truly was taught to be a steward and I want to pass that on. Love of earth is a part of my soul.

B: Hey dad do you know why we did not get to do the big “walk out” for the environment?

F: Our school district said no?

B: Yea because it was too hot outside, hihihi. My friends and I made up that joke.

F: I actually think that is very funny. But our climate is serious stuff.

B: Dad you know I really like dinosaurs. But there weren’t any cars when they went bye bye.

F: I wonder how many years that was and If we only have a million left.

B: I am always grossed out with that black stuff when I hose off the sidewalk to the driveway. It has this black greasy stuff. And that goes into the ocean I think.

F: You know how we follow the Vietnamese tradition of shoes off and pajamas on in the house? Why?

B: Mom says ‘cuz it is yucky outside. But she does not go camping with us either. Wow I never thought of that. She just doesn’t like dirt either.

Celbrate!

Some Grace Going On Here

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The New

Now on a lighter note. I gave Gabriel a choice. 7 lines plus one responsive line as our conversation or poetry. He likes to say “shew, go away” when he is creating. So off I ran to pull weeds. Weeding is never ending if you don’t use that gross roundup deal. (I am a member of a mass tort action against Monsanto as it is directly related to my type of cancer – don’t expect to make a buck but it is important for our environment) At least slow those bastards down. Oops I said lighter note;

And so the poetry goes like this;

Once upon a time there was a boy who liked to rhyme

For breakfast he ate pancakes

At school he learned about landscapes

When he came home he felt like a gnome

Then he felt groovy and watched a movie

The movie cool but not cool as a pool

Then he was hungry and saw a cookie

I like the style and he could have busted it down to 14 lines so good on him to just let it flow.

F: Son that is great poetry. I know you meant it as fun and funny and it worked. Thank you.

B: Next week I will be thinking about it and so I will do even better, remind me.

F: Right now I will put it on the calendars for Monday. This is going to be fun.

B: Dad mom say’s not everything needs to be fun. She says I need to be more serious.

F: Well that is fun all by itself. You know how we always crack up when we try to frown.

B: But she is serious about a lot of stuff. And you do what she “asks” when she is serious.

F: Concept time. I tell you to “never stress on the small stuff, and everything is small stuff.”

B: Grades are important and not small stuff and If I am not serious about them I will not get good grades.

F: Cool, say this word “Juxtaposition”.

B: Juxtaposition.

F: Two seemingly antagonistic views that help you see the middle ground or fallacy within each. Get it? Forget it about food until we have an example.

B: That is cool. Now I get the devil on one shoulder and the angel on the other. They are both right and wrong. Wow! I am on fire today.

B: Give me something harder.

F: Who is the president of the world?

B: Let me think. You are tricking me, there is not one.

F: So you know we cannot really have favorite children right? So who was Christ’s favorite?

B: That is easy from Sunday School, Peter.

F: Kind of cold hearted to the others.

B: Well Rico is my favorite friend and you are my favorite dad. So I don’t care. And I know that I am your favorite youngest child.

F: I have got to lay off the humor with you. You are starting to be quicker than I am.

It seems like every day Gabe picks up on new stuff. Well I know for sure he is in school and reading.

Now back to that climate change deal. Needless to say that if everyone dropped their foot print size to ours we would solve the problem. Isn’t it ironic but some folks just can’t afford to use up less. For my wife’s work we have a hard time here. Now go do nothing.

Good Stuff

Worry? Nope, Just Do Right

It is getting a bit scary with this Gabriel. A little wise beyond his years. But it seems to me my other 3 elder children were the same. At around 9 years old they have a clarity not muddled with confusion of society. Vocabulary soaring. Memory off the charts. Questioning. Doubtful yet still gleeful. And then someone with an empty noggin comes along and explains the horrors of war and how the world will end for man in ten years.

A dad cannot stop that. But if you look at it in a philosophical mode. Doing that to a child is the worst “climate” change. Really? He does not even watch violence, news or sexy on TV yet. But some braindead waste case tells him he will die with all others in ten years unless he does what? Lower our footprint more? Yell and block traffic that causes more pollution. All in the name of bringing awareness to people who clearly are already aware? I have never found demanding as helpful to any situation.

B: Dad are we really all going to be dead before I am 40 if I don’t stop drinking water that takes energy to make pure? Is what you said about heavy metals in solar power will kill more animals than coal? And that wind power kills more endangered birds in a day than all hunters.

F: Dude you are talking way too heavy on this stuff. Back to our cool word juxtaposition. Most climate change stuff is almost a yen and yang. Our formula is easy peasy.

B: What?

F: Do your best to be a good steward without going total ape on us. Remember the word “steward”?

B: Take care of.

F: What does Jesus say about worrying?

B: It ain’t worth spit.

F: Words not his. But the point is made.

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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Well feller I will go with that. It has been a great pleasure in life to study Algebra, geometry, basic physics, trigonometry and more in the pursuit of logic. Same can be applied to a combustion engine.

      But I tune that out and tune in to love. Now you know my work has to do with the practical applications of love, the basic Socratic method but look close they end without logic of semantics.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      7 months ago from Washington DC

      All implications indicates everything is logical but most people are not even willing to attempt to be logical. Their attachments and rejections, beyond "love and hate judgments," is why so few people even temp to understand life. God acceptors are told "all things are possible through God" yet they will not turn to their God to discover truth.

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      Eric Dierker 

      7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Wait are you using your knowledge about the two? Interesting. Somethings are mysteries how they work. Not all fit into your logic of semantics.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      7 months ago from Washington DC

      Eric, "Samuel Clemons' School of Philosophy" is using human to teach us "God's wisdom," which as written, "is higher than man's (wisdom) as heaven is over earth," therefore it will be an err to compare his wisdom to the wisdom of God. That in itself should be ENOUGH SAID.

      So, if you "love God with 'ALL' your body, mind, soul and strength" where would you have love for loving "your neighbor as yourself"? That doesn't compute in my understanding UNLESS everything that is is God. If that be the case there is no need of separating them, loving God is all inclusive. On the other hand, if they are separate entities it is an impossible commandment.

      As for my studying the Bible:

      Since the beginning and ending is given I should first seek their understanding before attempting to comprehend where we are between them. Unless a seeker is satisfied with living one life and being eternally eliminated that is the thing to do without going either way. What happens between them explains how and why it will end. My love of "God's school of wisdom," which is "objectively observing, participating and reasoning to be able to convey my findings to others" (Matthew 28:19-20), I am inclined to determine the what's, why's and how's things are. "Ignorance might be bliss" but I would rather understand than be ignorantly obedient, after all, the means of becoming wise is available to us so why not use it and become it?

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      Eric Dierker 

      7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Sorry Elijah I finally got to this though.

      Elijah let me give you some old horse sense in the vain of Samuel Clemons school of philosophy.

      You have a bushel of apples. And because the weight of the whole bushel you can only take about 8 - or about 8 thousand verses. Sometimes the ship will sink with more weight. So you take what is the most valuable to you.

      You clearly hinge all Biblical commandments On Elijah, Genesis and Revelation.

      Personally I like to do it on the two greatest commandments.

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dora when I started this series Gabe was just 7. Now at 9 1/2 He is starting to lecture me. Wow the stuff he knows is incredible and he is now my IT department.

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      Dora Weithers 

      8 months ago from The Caribbean

      What a good way to pass on your values to your son in dialogue as opposed to boring instructions! Thumbs up, Dad.

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Glass straws are really cool Denise. What harm do I suffer for taking care? My life just does not seem worse for caring and acting on it.

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      Denise McGill 

      8 months ago from Fresno CA

      I think you said right that we just need to do the best each of us can do to be a good part of the global community. I don't use plastic straws (I have glass straws) and recycle as much as I possibly can.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Sean I gave Gabe a buck for some work around here. I asked him if I could spend it instead on some joy.

      "Dad you are crazy you know that right?" And another day in crazyland.

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      8 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      "Worry? Nope, Just Do Right!"

      You said it all, my brother! A way of happy living for everyone! Thank you so much!

      Love and let Love to do the rest!

      Sean

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I wonder about growing up Bill. My elder son said to me; "Are you a taker or a giver? Do you insist on growing down rather than growing up?" We then laughed and stared at stars in the middle of the Grand Canyon. What a climb down. I reckon part of my job is to preserve their youth.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      8 months ago from Washington DC

      Eric, I find he words Jesus said to Peter in John 21:15 "Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.

      16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

      17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep" apply to everyone who loves God and God's Creation.

      You can feed me how you love but what will that do for my hunger for understanding of my life's purpose? Am I supposed to accept only loving others is all I am supposed to do? Am I supposed to believe I will live one life and not have to happen to me what I did to others while in this life? How about the people who deceive us by acts of "Treason" to go to war against a people who did nothing to us, will they find themselves being sent to war for the same reasons? Or am I supposed to live in love's bliss and say "to hell with everyone else" and leave from earth to 'heaven"?

      Come on, Eric, you claims to be a philosopher, give me some of the wisdom you love by saying you are a philosopher. I want something for the mind, so, if you accept one part of the book why don't you accept the whole and help me and others find theirs way by "feeding" us your understanding of how you came to and why you believe what you do?

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      William Kovacic 

      8 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      As always, Eric, an enjoyable piece to read - oh, and thank you also adding the definition of Juxtaposition. - lol. You're right, your boy is definitely ahead of his time. They grow up way too fast so enjoy while you can, and I know you are.

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Ruby, I have issues in this area. Sometimes it is not so good to use containers that are reusable. The water it takes to keep them clean is not negligible.

      Our water stinks bad. But we are in a desert. And the water it takes to clean plastics for full recycle is wasteful and on and on go the complications. Shaving and brushing teeth with water running is taboo.

      I reckon we just care and do our best and so be it.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      8 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I must admit that I use bottled water because the public water is yucky. The climate is surely warming. What to do? At least you are making Gabe aware of the problems we face, but not scaring him. Life is meant to enjoy, but it's smart to conserve energy. Way to go Gabe!

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Elijah interpret this: 1 John 4,,,, 7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

      So that regardless of Revelation this is revelation. God is in me and I in God. Because I came upon true love I am not subject to the same that have not -- your revelation, not mine. I moved there much sooner apparently, than you. Revelation is secondary to 1 John. Same author.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      8 months ago from Washington DC

      So, Eric, what have you for basing your belief on, hearsay and/or Gospel without prophetic support? A wise philosophy will reason the how's, when's and why's of things; that causes me to suppose philosophers are willing to believe blindly and never discover nor discuss the how's, when's and why's of matters. As a lover of wisdom, I want to know how everything works so I seek "evidence and substance" to verify whatever I believe. Until I find substance I generally say "that I am still seeking proof of the that."

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Flourish we have that plastic bag law also. In one year the difference was obvious. Now my wife likes her straws. But she basically only drinks cold drinks. So high quality paper ones work just fine. (not cool for hot drinks)

      Although they are 100% reasonable re-use and recycle I am close to banning any plastic water bottles.

      Thanks for coming by and leaving such a fine note.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      8 months ago from USA

      I like that you pick up trash and ban straws. When I visited Ireland they made customers pay for any plastic bags (if they didn’t bring their own bags). If we had to do that we’d be more sensitive to how many we use.

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Lori. I made a mark on a 16 ounce plastic bottle just placed in the fridge and wrote it down on a date. One month later it is still being used by maybe 8 times. hihihi. I have got to get to our "winter" planting. I feel a need for oxygen. Unless they take over, leave my weeds alone they breathe carbon dioxide as well as a potato plant.

      I think you can see I can go way out there. Gabe seems to get a chuckle out of me but has rows set up for planting this eve.

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      Lori Colbo 

      8 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      I agree with you and Bill, we need to be good stewards of our environment. I don't know if the socialist leaders in this country are exceedingly panicked by climate issues, but the hysteria passed on to our children is getting out of hand. How you converse with children can make or break them. Facts need to be presented in a manner of truth, calm, and common sense, not hysterics.

      The whole straw plastic bag thing is all well and good, but why not water bottles?

      What do I know? I'm a proud bobble-head.

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Nell. When I was knee high, about 25 years old, Penatuba went off. Thousands of miles away. We had wonderful So, Pac. sunsets all the way up to California. But even that far away it was the ash in the air here.

      Here we think we should spend less time worrying and more time studying about if we should.

      To date it is clearly out of our hands.

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      Nell Rose 

      8 months ago from England

      I loved your chat with your boy. Climate change is really complicated, its not just human mess it is probably natural too, the earths cycle. And then of course 2004 Tsunami and Earthquake caused the world to shift. It all contributes.

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Elijah I simply believe that there is a space we call heaven. Sometimes even here on earth. And I believe once dead of body we move. I do not believe in a place called Hell. But probably some folks have to wait for tribulation and rapture. Me and mine will not have to wait.

      So I am not concerned with T&R.

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Pamela, I really would anticipate these conversations around 12 years old. So the early mental maturation is almost disconcerting. I suppose it is OK as I act like a child, he can do the adult deal. LoL

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      8 months ago from Washington DC

      Eric, how can you believe the Gospels of Jesus if you don't seek to see what so much of his teachings are referring to? Both, what's written in the Gospels and in the Revelation to John fit hand in glove, so unless you don't understand Rev. then you don't understand the gospel it is written he preached. As I see it, understanding Rev is paramount to understanding the gospels. If you understand something I don't please tell me where I went off base.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 months ago from Sunny Florida

      You had a rather serious discussion witth that precious boy. It shows his growing vocabulary and his understanding. I also liked his poem. I agree about worry and that phrase is new to me. :) I enjoyed your talk.

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill I concur. But Gabe and I like to talk when doing our natural stuff. hihihi

      However I am not so sure about moving into a 400 ft cabin on wheels.

      Everyone read this; https://theartoflivingsimple.wordpress.com/2019/09...

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm not much for discussion. I'd rather do, and do in this case means being a steward of this planet. It's a matter of priorities, I guess, and to me,all living things are priorities. Keeps things simple for me. :)

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Elijah I prioritize. Beginning at 3 or so I have in some way been reading the Bible. Certainly cover to cover several times. I focus where and when I want to.

      When I say "do" it, you know just what I mean. I "do" not sit around in crazy discussions about what Rev means. Those conversations do not apply to me.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      8 months ago from Washington DC

      Eric, Everything in the Bible, from Genesis on, points to the Revelation revealed to John including most of the parables given by Jesus so how can you not do it? How can any of the Bible apply to you if its main message doesn't? I need some help here, you just lost me in that curve.

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mary next week it is "high country" in the rain and later this year snow camping. We are having a blast with our earth.

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      Mary Norton 

      8 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      You are right about this climate change. Scaring people is not the answer. I like what you do, be a steward. You really educate your kids and you make it fun, too.

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Tim my oncology shrink asked/stated, "If I recall correctly you are not in the slightest afraid of dying"? "No doc. it never occurred to me to be so."

      And so the pulse of life goes on. Do my best and be ready that it might not be good enough.

      Gabe has no such morbid thoughts.

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Elijah I don't do the (Rev) very much but found myself all up in a conversation about it at a birthday party. Interesting stuff that does not apply to me or mine.

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Linda. I am loving my earth today. We actually got some sprinkles here.

      Maybe again tomorrow morning. Just a little goes a long way down in our desert here.

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      Tim Truzy 

      8 months ago from U.S.A.

      Insightful work, Eric. Worry "ain't worth spit," Gabe said. Good to remember although Jesus didn't say it, Gabe hit it on the head.

      I was just reading how parts of Russia and the Arctic are melting and they are finding all of these fossils. I'm hoping this climate change is something we eventually overcome, but I got a home beyond here, so I guess I'm o.k., and people like you do, too.

      I just do my part, like you said. Pick up trash, reduce my footprint, but if a neighbor needs a lift to a medical appointment--Oh, well, we might have to drive a bit today.

      Respect and admiration.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      8 months ago from Washington DC

      Very interesting as always, Eric. All of the thing it brought up caused me to add my "two bits" to the conversation and the following is what came out of me as my input. Don't get mad at me, old friend, because of how I see the “juxtaposition” or "middle path" of things.

      "And then someone with an empty noggin comes along and explains the horrors of war and how the world will end for man in ten years." I'm that foregoing someone. Yes, but if the world doesn't end then we will not have the alternative world to bring back the dinosaurs for us to wonder about.

      My answer to "But some braindead waste case tells him he will die with all others in ten years unless he does what?" is forget everything civilization has taught us and learn to live environmentally as Isaiah 7:14-22 tells us will allow us to enter Armageddon to replenish the earth over the 7000 years for the alternative world to flourish for its evening half of the cycle governing civilizations. That is the way to be a "steward". To those of us who are blinded to the cycle governing everything anything we can come up with is designed keep our eyes closed to what time has the cycle reached. The following is what I see but don't be concerned over it, I just an idiot who thinks everything has a different meaning than what the words actually say. But If we have an ides we should PETITION, per the Constitution, the governors to do something about it that require them to at least respond to you in writing concerning what they can or can't do.

      Trump’s impeachment was revealed in Daniel chapter 2:1-45 where Nebuchadnezzar questioning what would happen in the future was shown he, as King of Babylon, was giving birth to the world ending’s ruling nation mixed with the seed of man or most ethnics as iron doesn’t unite with clay or Mystery Babylon (Rev. 17:15).

      Daniel 3 shows Mystery Babylon’s destruction (Rev. 18:1-15) will contain the Safe Heaven (Rev. 16:15-16) for 5% of the world’s end time population (Mat. 25:1-13) along with the messiah.

      Daniel 4:1-33 reveals how to recognize Mystery Babylon as the first space traveling nation with (military) branches around the world and zoos in many major cities but a stump, Armageddon, will remain within it and that nation’s leader would exalt himself and will be removed from office by God in such a way that he will have to live like an animal to be among the 5% of the population who will become “the Dead in Christ” (Rev. 14:13) who will replace those (Rev. 6:9-11) who will reincarnate (Rev. 20:4-5) after The Battle of That Great Day of God Almighty (Rev. 16:13-14) ends the rest of civilization for replenishing the earth for the Revelation 21’s alternative civilization.

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      Linda Lum 

      8 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Beautiful sermon today Eric. No one in our household is Vietnamese, but we also remove our shoes inside the house (living in the woods there could be anything on those soles). We don't have AC and we bundle up when the temperature drops.

      Like you, I believe that we are to be proper stewards of the earth that was loaned to us. But, I believe it's wrong to brainwash children into believing that our world will cease to exist before they reach middle age. Climate DOES change, but that's nothing new. It always has and it always will.

      Use with love. Respect the earth with love. Teach with love. Share with love.

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