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Eric’s Sunday Sermon; Amen and Hallelujah

Updated on February 16, 2020
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Holding degrees in philosophy and Law. Formal studies or certificates or degrees in business, theology, insurance and security. Ex-preacher.

A Rose

A rose by any other name is still a rose.
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Exclamation

Amen fits just right for me. Amen is not necessarily religious. You can use amen however you want to but know it is an affirmation of something that happened. “Amen to that bro”. Try starting out a prayer or meditation with “amen”. Amen is not a thank you. In my little brain I said amen to something I thought. That is real. So let’s move on from here; can I get an amen?

It is hard to reconcile amendment and amends to this word. Use the word ratification or condemnation instead. One works the other not unless you are saying amen to someone condemning an action. Personally I cannot ratify condemnation normally. It may work sometimes.

Hallelujah is different and a great word. We use “sermon” here. It is not meant like a sermon from a pulpit and “religious” notions. Sermon can mean a strong statement regarding matters of moral and civil matters. But the word use here is meant to caution folks with preconceived notions. We are not here to argue, although that is welcome. So hallelujah (alleluia) is close. We consider it mostly as a type of giving credit to God. Our notions are limited quite often by our religious preconceived notions. Hallelujah can be secular. Just deal with that. Hallelujah bro, can I get an amen to that?

Easy Does It

I think Christians are perhaps a bit zealous in these matters. Meditation? They got rid of that out of new versions of the bible as it seemed to be mystical or something. Yoga or stretching while in a peaceful state. Do not call it yoga to a Catholic. I do not know of “Anger Yoga” or “Hate Yoga”. Abhikama and Bakti are cool words about Yoga techniques – they are all about the love baby. My mantra is “Thank you Lord Jesus” or for some breathing practices just “Jesus is Love”. Maybe my Warrior poses need some work but not my faith in that regard.

Prejudice is wrong in most places and uses. Amen? But I am prejudiced toward apathy or apathetic actions. Apathy and not hate is the opposite of Love. Read that also as opposition to Love. It takes real effort not to care. Do not go sideways here. It is just fine to not care about stuff in tabloids. Or is that the actual news I see? Don’t know and do not care.

What about exclaiming gratitude?

Oldie But Goodie

No Two Waves Sound Just The Same

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Say It With Feeling

Amen and hallelujah maybe should be used more often as in; Amen – “thanks for saying that.”, and Hallelujah – “thanks to whatever, whoever or why ever you are here.” Of course for me it is all about the God of Love. Love that in fact connects us all.

Gratitude

Gratitude is cool. But I do not think we say hallelujah in thanks to another much. But much hallelujah in gratefulness that a person was put in your life. I think I say it about my children and wife. I know I say it to and through my bounty like food and saying grace.

Now the Hindi have this great deal where you put your hands in prayer position bow and say “Namaste’”. It has like about 10 ancient meanings and several modern meetings which can be as simple as “I bow to you”. I searched for way too long and could not find a negative meaning. I even looked it up in my real books. It is about spreading love and peace and tranquility to each other and to all. Kind of a bonding thing. I suppose some people think hallelujah and amen are strange and not cool, Namaste’ fits right in.

Seems like the same as with people, with words we can focus on the negative or embrace the positive in our own way. I have a room for you in my home if you are that negative where you have to take it out on words. You can sleep in my library/office/den. But be careful the books may give you nightmares.

So Amen and Hallelujah are fine words. They certainly mean no one harm.

Word abuse

There was a time and in some places still are I imagine, where the “new” Christians would cruise around and verbally and loud say ‘praise the Lord’ for every good thing. Well of course we do, but you do not constantly shove that down, non-religious folk’s gullet. And those people may be very spiritual or atheists. It clearly became, for those proclaimers, a habit, probably after a bit, a meaningless habit.

I took two of these aside one time and explained the parable of the salt from Luke chapter 14. If salt loses its taste it is worthless. If words are repeated too often they lose their light. Note it is the use of the word and the circumstances of the use and not the word itself.

A Mustard Seed?

That came from that tiny seed?
That came from that tiny seed? | Source

Song of Praise

Look For The Good

Now I drop in on the Southern Baptist church from time to time. Forced friendly lot they are, but I enjoy them. They have a five hundred seat auditorium type “chapel”? Filled half way I would say. Sermons are good and families in attendance are the norm.

However in the back they have what I call the glorytoGodamenhallelujahpraisetheLord section. A few of the ten say some form of this to every sentence the preacher utters. Seriously, he was announcing a calendar of events and they were doing it. How ingenuous is that?

Give Thanks Always

Now pray unceasingly but be real. I give thanks at least once an hour, probably usually more. I think that is weird in the sense of being not normal. Although I do know others that do, but rarely do we even know that about someone. I think that is the way it is supposed to be. Hopefully that ties in with the above about an empty gong. Which reminds us that words used in contemplation of love are the best words. Do you use patronizing words in a habit with your spouse? “OK honey I understand”. The empty gong teaching is cool; “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.” ( 1 Cor. 13:1 )

Is it ok to say “damn it” when stubbing your toe?

So I think we agree. Amen and Hallelujah are good words when said in love. Bad words when said in wrote habit. And lousy words when meant to create a negative feeling or thought. “Take this you atheist!”

Now our teacher/Rabbi told us this in Matt. 6:6 “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.” (I like that old King James wording) That is a cool concept. So do we yell out Amen and Hallelujah? It seems to have a place. But perhaps we can think of our quiet brain as the closet and do it more there.

I wonder if you can retire being a preacher man. You can retire from active preaching but I think you cannot stop being one. My point is that when we are engrained in a certain way we will continue that in our being. If love is engrained then words very seldom are used poorly.

Triggers

In a previous lifetime in my job, sometimes I was called to rip a poor witness a new one. I learned that certain words are triggers for negative or positive reaction. Each person has theirs, the trick is figuring them out – the trigger word and the person. Now I can use that to trigger good stuff in a person.

Only use Amen and Hallelujah to trigger love.

I hope this sermon was short enough. Too lengthy and it is done in ego. Let us not use Amen in egotism. This should have taken about five minutes to read aloud or silently. Can you imagine a thirty minute sermon? You will get no Amen from my pew seat.

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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Devika I have always appreciated your views on life. You are an inspiration.

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      Devika Primić 

      6 weeks ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A brilliant thought here and this allows me to see life as I know it and from my experience.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Denise I just watched a video on post exercise stretching. Presented by BowFlex. If you closed your eyes you have sworn it was yoga by his directions.

      Then I looked up Christian Mantras and ancient Hebrew meditation techniques. Cool stuff, "Yawey" during in and out breathing I will try.

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      Denise McGill 

      6 weeks ago from Fresno CA

      I really appreciate the salt story from Luke 14. I also do yoga to help my health and see nothing wrong with namaste. God knows my heart. Plus it is all done in the privacy of my own home so no one cares.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dora you are so gifted as a wordsmith, this compliment makes my day.

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      Dora Weithers 

      6 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Your "Word Abuse" section made me smile, but it should also be taken seriously. Beautiful comparison with the salt. You explained it very well. Words can lose their flavor.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Manatita you are all over the use of words to bring them to their loving potential. Truly an inspiration to all those who read.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      6 weeks ago from USA

      You’re right that certain words are triggers,?either negative or positive. Amen and hallelujah are not often said by me. I guess if they are overused they lose impact.

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      manatita44 

      6 weeks ago from london

      Amen to that brother. Alleluia! A beautiful piece!

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ruby thank you. You got me laughing to myself as I thought if you got that out of this "My work here is done now." But I was certain he said it to Tonto and used his name at the end before High Ho Silver.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Lori that is a great comment. I looked into it for a bit. Seems that indifference is more of a neutral term than apathy. But used in this way very similar. For some reason it strikes me that we try to be indifferent and apathy there is no effort at all like atrophy.

      I wrote it down to look at more closely. Oops - off I go.

      Thanks for the attention and time from you to me.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Clive. I give a deity one millennium of obscurity and then they lose their status. Amon had his show. No one prays to you for that long, you are a has been - Amen "was" a deity.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Sean. You bring the warmth of love with you. blessings.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Your sermon was just long enough for me to get the message of love. Thank you Eric. Namaste...

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Vidya you make very valid points. I always appreciate your input.

      I was originally taught "the spirit in all of us" as part of the transliteration. I think that must be combined with honor from one to another and not just in passing. But alas with so many words being globalized we need to speak as such; "the original meaning." or "Common western or eastern" And some only know it through Yoga and those uses are just not in line with the original to my mind.

      Great stuff Vidya thank you for bringing attention to it.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill I have two friends that don't even know each other. And they both have told me to the effect "Dierker for being as screwed up as you are you sure are just disgustingly positive". Kind of a sideways compliment. LoL.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda that is a horrible story. Is the audience stupid maybe? The judges aren't.

      Repetition is so repetitive. We are going to have a great week you and I.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      John I follow HP "guidelines" to the T. What, for 3 years since these ones?

      I like these oldies. For some reason I can remember them by name but not one I just heard yesterday ;-)

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Happy Sunday Pamela. I went to a great Eucharist celebration today. Only 8 of us. And just one under 60. How fun. Not one Amen or Hallelujah missed but none added.

      You are so right.

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      Lori Colbo 

      6 weeks ago from Pacific Northwest

      Perfect length Eric. The comment about apathy being the opposite of love was similar to Eli Wiesel's, which was "The opposite of love is not hate but indifference." He went on to say, "The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.”

      I don't know if I agree with every point there but indifference is a painful thing to experience from another and a sin easily fallen into.

      I love the words Hallelujah and Amen. I also love Glory to God.

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      Clive Williams 

      6 weeks ago from Jamaica

      Amen to this Article. Actually Amen is a deity.

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      6 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

      I am 100% with you about apathy, my brother! You did an exceptional sermon here! Thank you for all the good motivations!

      Love to all the helpless of the world!

      Sean

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      VIDYA D SAGAR 

      6 weeks ago from BENGALURU

      A very good sermon Eric. I think gratitude is the best form of worship and being humane is the best religion. Love for all and looking for the good in others can ensure a harmonious life. Namaste literally means I bow to the god in you, as the Hindus believe that the consciousness in each one of us is a manifestation of the supreme consciousness or God as some would like to call.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      You know what I wish? I wish you would cheer up a bit and quit being so negative and gloomy! LOL God i hope you know I'm kidding.

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      Linda Lum 

      6 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, quality over quantity. If you say it well, you don't need to fluff it up with extraneous words. The debate coach used to say "tell them what you're going to tell them, tell them, and then tell them what you told them." Ugh!

      This was a perfect sermon for the start of the week. Amen and Hallelujah.

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      John Hansen 

      6 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      It’s a perfect length, Eric. Much food for thought as always. Those videos sure brought back memories...Sydney Poitier was so young. Namaste.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      6 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

      I think the sermon was a perfect length. I say amen and hallelujah on occasion but when i deem appropriate. Love is always the motivation for speaking and for how we treat others.

      I had not heard Andy Williams sing in a long time and that song is beautiful. Have a wonderful, loving Sunday, Eric.

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