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Eric’s Sunday Sermon; “A Day Late?”

Updated on December 2, 2018
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Holding degrees in philosophy and Law. Formal studies or certificates or degrees in business, theology, insurance and security. Ex-preacher.

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Let's Dance With Love

Many years ago I realized that I could get to a party whenever. I simply could not be late. End of story, no more debate. The party plainly did not start until I arrived, for I am the life of a party. That is both so wrong and so right on so many levels.

I studied all the interesting stuff about the Biblical end of times and where we go etc. etc.. I am unsure about a few things. Are St. Peter’s gates pearl or gold or maybe both? Regardless we all know the party in heaven does not start until I get there. I know, I know totally irreverent. But preachers tell irreverent jokes all the time – the taboo is what makes them funny. Not to compare but a seven year old boy laughs the hardest when the joke is about taboo poo poo.

Once again a perfect sermon lays in a bin for not worthy to publish as a sermon. I am seriously tossing around the idea of written but not published sermons in a “magazine”. They are mostly not published because they go too far into taboo. I have never worried about irreverent taboo Christianity. I love God and God loves me and we both try to pass that on. All else is merely supplemental.

We pause here. Some would say that is blasphemous. The “try” part and the being supplemental will rub someone wrong. It is my thought and believe that we will see this throughout all spiritual paths. And that if you do not see it, you may want to look for a different path. I think the clearest possible statement in this regard is a simple one.

So Christ was hanging out doing some teaching and some chit chat. A companion at the time asked him what he thought were the most important commissions. Christ did not miss a beat.

Matthew 22:36-40 New International Version (NIV)

36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Many say scripture qualifies this. They have it backwards. This qualifies all scripture.

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Perhaps Better Not to Overcome - Just Accept

The boy is clearly horsing around. The boy is obviously handling fragile plates. In this situation the boy drops and breaks the plate. Clearly not an accident situation. The boy must be punished. The father is already to hand out some brimstone and lashings. But instead he just follows the above rule. “Son that is between you and God”. Neither the father on earth, nor the Father in heaven need peep a word. Of the boy, the father, and the Father who would punish the boy the most? I suggest it is the boy who beats himself up. Why add to his misery?

Unlike us old farts the boy has not developed guilt yet. But self-condemnation is inherent. No big deal, the boy repents feels better and off he goes to slay dragons in his yard.

Maybe all that stuff above to add to Christ’s teaching there. Kind of seems like loving and forgiving yourself is left out. Hold on there, ladies and gents. You simply cannot fulfill properly loving others as yourself if you don’t love yourself. Really cool. Can you imagine the Christ meant to be in self-loathing and therefor loath your neighbor. That is like 4+5=3. Never met a joyful person that did that.

Perhaps folks who do not study up on psychobabble do not get that the grumpy old man is just a reflection of his grumpiness toward himself. All to the good and bad.

Now I have jumped off very high cliffs. I have done significant rock climbing and I have stood on the edge of half a mile drop into the abyss. Such a braggart you say. I mention it because I have a near paralyzing fear of heights. (acrophobia). I am likely going to bite off your head if you bug me during these things. Is it because of you? Not hardly. It is because of my fear. Fear does not just cripple you but saps the love right out of your being.

So like the boy who repents, I face the fear in order to overcome it and let there be no blocking of the love. Yes I succeed a good 50% of the time. Reminds me of the comment above that God tries. I wonder if God is winning or losing with me. I think I have the love thing down so probably God is batting around 400 with me.

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I Like This Silly Notion

Fear On My Breath

I start most days with some time out in the sunrise. You know that whole gig with first light on your skin, silence of man and birds just having a blast and letting you know it. I told a gal that I was having a bad day once. She gently touched my shoulder and explained that I could restart my day whenever I wanted to. In competition my son and I call that a restart. And of course we can do over and mulligan. Why not?!

Second chances in amorous love.

I figure I get that at least every day from my lover of quite some time. She is quite the critical one and not always in a loving way. So sometimes I do something properly but she has it in her head that it should be done a different way. Like growing my roses or house painting. Chances are she will forgive me? Have you ever had someone walk up to you and say “I forgive you”? In their brain you did something wrong and you do not have a clue what they are talking about. Sometimes a consternation or resentment is only in our minds.

So we say “I hate….” Fine, we know it is a figure of speech.

May we assume that just about all emotions pretty much stem from the brain/thinking? Now many of us who spend our time thinking have concluded that love is not an emotion. It is not a thinking thing. Although clearly thinking in love is great. But that is a choice.

For many years I feared my “thinking too much”. I think a rational fear as it could result in blocking love. But that does not necessarily flow. We can choose to go all mental and not block love. The “heat of battle” only blocks love if we let it.

So the title here. “A Day Late”. I wonder and wander about if love is ever a day late. The heroes in the movies just cannot express their love until it is too late. (I think we call that sexual tension)

It has been so long since I have been furious I think I lost the ability. I somehow got over fight or flight. OK maybe the Aphids on my roses or rats eating my tomatoes. I love going commando on them. (no chemies)

Just yesterday I was having some feelings I did not like. I called a buddy of nearly 40 years. He listened carefully letting me know he was engaged. He said three words and hung up rudely. “Get a Labotomy”. Point taken friend.

If we follow rules and commandments and commissions without Love then we cannot love. “For God is Love”.

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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Dora, I like two songs with lyrics about having a friend in Jesus and loving the one your with. Jesus is always with me.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Tim we are in a wonderful desert coastal downpour. Halelujah! Good thing the boys mom will be at work as he splashes in mud puddles and makes one heck of a mess.

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      Dora Weithers 

      10 months ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, no matter where you start; no matter how early or late, you always find your way back to love. That is the language God speaks. I'm sure that He finds a good friend in you.

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      Tim Truzy 

      10 months ago from U.S.A.

      Eric, now that's something I'm looking forward to reading. I think I may go find a Bible in another language. Great idea.

      Much respect and thanks for a good idea I can use.

      Sincerely,

      Tim

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Thank you much Tim you. We are now doing a translation exercise with the Bibles. He picks a verse in English and then finds it in his Vietnamese Bible. More in my series.

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      Tim Truzy 

      10 months ago from U.S.A.

      The selection of Groban's song hit the spot, Eric. The whole sermon is powerful and right on the money. Love is not a thinking thing, I must remember that.

      Thoughtful, well written, and full of spiritual wisdom.

      Thanks, spiritual brother.

      Much respect and admiration,

      Tim

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Elijah you are a great friend. I hope things are too glum around your parts. I celebrate worldly death. Seems like a lot like to make a show that they can grieve harder than the next.

      I am going to go check out ending - always glad to have a good fellow to point out chances to do better.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      10 months ago from Washington DC

      How does one determine a sermon is a day late just because in its title is "Sunday", Eric? When it's filled with love without conditions can it ever be late? I didn't like how you ended it but so what, the message was clear.

      Peace.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Dana, I scolded my young one once and tried to act all mad. I think it lasted all of two minutes. And my young one Gabe came up to me and said we do not have time for mad dad. We just snuggled for a minute and out to plant tomatoes which he insufferable calls Tomato.

      That choice is so precious. What a gift from God.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Linda both of my boys are real empaths. I need not add much to that. Gabe and I do like such during a day off: Concentration, Go Fish, Chess and a strange something else like math flash cards. Then we have to squeeze in a 3+ mile walk/hike, sometimes with a picinicnk. Soccer, B-ball, golf and something else, like balloon volleyball.

      We have to read for 45 minutes and do some cooking.

      Yikes! Time for remorse or bummer time? And don't forget about an hour of electronics.

      I am exhausted just thinking about it. My docs say "keep doing what you are doing". Thank goodness after school is only half that stuff.

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      Dana Tate 

      10 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      I love your Sermons because they are not traditional or cookie cutters. If I wanted that I could go to my own church, look at church television, or as much as I hate to admit it read my own religious articles. I like your flavor and your style. Regardless of how you present it your message is always clear.

      Love God with all your heart and love your neighbors as you would love yourself.

      If you really love God, loving your neighbors should not be hard because such as yourself, they are also made in God's image.

      You can say you love God and, some will here. Or you can show your God-like character, and all will certainly see.

      You are always in my prayers dear friend, God bless.

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      Linda Lum 

      10 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Oh, Eric, where to begin? I could simply say "I love this" (and I do) but allow me a few brief comments. Your first segment on joking and Christianity. I would like to think that Jesus joked with his disciples. God created us with a sense of humor.

      Gabe did not feel remorse simply because of what he did. If he did not love you, would there still be remorse, or is the guilt because he knows that he disappointed you, let you down?

      Love yourself. Forgive yourself. Love others. So simple but sometimes so hard to do.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Bill. Me, I can't get it off my sleeve and back in my chest ;-)

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      Bill Holland 

      10 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I had to learn how to unlock my heart. I could not find that damned key for years and years. Turns out it was in my pocket all along. :)

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Thank you Rodric I never heard that about distraction before. I will give it some thoughts and you may see a change in my next sermon. Too funny about your song pick. So true to follow the little ones.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Hi John. Thank you. Probably I look at things a little skewed. But I have a license around here someplace, I think it is an emancipation proclamation that says I can ;-)

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      Rodric Anthony 

      10 months ago from Peoria, Arizona

      I have one criticism: The music distracted me while I was reading! I love REM. When I was about to be baptized, the missionaries asked me what songs I want to sing at the ceremony. Not knowing they meant songs out of a hymnal with which I wasn't familiar, I told them "Losing My Religion!"

      Each time I see hear that song I get a little chuckle about me because of that. I was losing my religion of the world. So glad it is mostly gone.

      Whiskey on my breath was powerful with the words you wrote with FEAR On My Breath. Perfect love casteth out fear. It is hard to get into heaven with fear on the breath.

      What you say about your boy, I notice in my kids, particularly my youngest girl. She feels remorse for doing wrong and then gets over it. That is what God wants us to do. Repent, and forgive ourselves to be forgiven. That is why Jesus wants us the follow the lead of the little children.

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      John Hansen 

      10 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Great sermon here, Eric. I love the music choices, especially Whiskey on My breath because I haven't heard it before....however "You Raise Me Up" is an inspiring classic.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Manatita, my hike was good today. But now my first and second fingers are going paralytic. A Dalliance with a Spanish Dagger spike. The red lines cross my wrist. The pain takes my breath away.

      Another day on the ranch.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Lawrence Thank You. Your support is good for me. I appreciate it. Miles apart in body yet not even a touch away in friendship.

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      manatita44 

      10 months ago from london

      I like the penultimate video. So touching and charming... sweet voice.

      Fear is a big one and yes the Heart has its own, very different emotions. usually 'longing', 'agony'; 'spiritual pain.'

      It is good indeed necessary to dance with Love. I believe my last poem is called When Love Came Dancing. Suyo affectisimo. hasta manana.

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      10 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Eric

      Really enjoyed this.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Pamela just took a break with my ACV, lemon and pure honey drink. Now back to battle fall growth that keeps my "flowers" from looking their best.

      I spend more time looking up at the clouds than down at the weeds.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      10 months ago from Sunny Florida

      I really enjoy that Josh Groban song. Trying to always control your thinking is a choir if you are a worrier. I use to worry about everything, but not much any more. Love feels good and I don't think it is a thinking thing either. Good sermon Eric.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Patricia you always remind me of hope. You should be glad and rejoice in it, you are the Angel. My boy named after Gabriel the Angel gives his love away everyday. As you do. Love from mine to yours, is already there.

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      Patricia Scott 

      10 months ago from sunny Florida

      Uhhummmm...no words to add...'love ain't a thinkin' thing'!! And. O, yes....Josh added he t e says it sooo well. Angels on the way this afternoon. ps

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