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Eric's Sunday Sermon; And Our Connection to God and Others

Updated on May 7, 2017

Does Heaven open up because you spoke the right words.

Illiteracy was and is a fact among Prophets
Illiteracy was and is a fact among Prophets | Source

Let your heart dial the number to God

I am sorry for the lateness of this Sermon. But I was enjoying my Sunday so much that fun got in the way. Make no mistake the sermon was written. Two in fact. But God joined me in my fun today and perhaps guided me to write a new Sermon.

Yesterday there was a birthday party. It was for a wonderful and beautiful souled 13 year old. My son and I were invited because her little brother and mine are best friends. Sorry for any confusion but in Christ I often speak of my seven year old son as a brother of mine. There resides in me a belief that we are all brothers and sisters and that includes pappy’s and baby’s. Why would it not. And so in thinking such things we here at DICK, (Dierker Institute of Conceptual Knowledge), explored the area of communication through concepts other than speech.

Around here we pray. Praying is really just so darned good for you. “Good for you” is normally thought of as something like money or physical health. And the strange thing is that prayer actually increases your likelihood of success in both regards. But we speak of it for the soul and spirit and increasing love.

When my wonderful wife gets in a car to go somewhere she prays out loud and my son and I haler Amen. Or sometimes either my boy or I say it and it is super cool to pray as a family for safety and the will of God be done. We dig it and it is cool doing it out loud with others. A real nice way to get in tune with each other and God. We happen to be Jesus freaks, if that is still a term, so we pray with Jesus and through him as the great advocate to our heavenly father that is the great I Am of love.

So we are all in our car and we communicate with God and each other using words and vocalizing them. I caution folks about who they pray to. Not a worry about who, but a worry that they have true love of who they pray for and it is not a ritual. I love rituals but family and self prayer needs to be intimate. And so you must feel good about who you pray to as a loved one.

We can do better than language - Music for example

I could not do this climb without support

shucks I could make it physically but I was afraid to my son gave me courage without words, just by being there.
shucks I could make it physically but I was afraid to my son gave me courage without words, just by being there. | Source

Do words make a prayer?

But lately I have been noticing some quirks about our language and God. We are not opposed to attending a Vietnamese service or a Spanish speaking and honestly a Mexican service. We get it no matter the language. I do not even struggle with the language where I can pick up many of the words and it is easy because it is focused on love of fellow and God. And the liturgies are the same so we get most the prayers and readings. But the best is the big “Let Go”. Let go of the language. Go with the feeling and the love.

Perhaps you are aware about one of the things Martin Luther was so upset about. It wasn’t just no Bibles for the commoner but about the Masses, as in church services. They were in Latin that no one spoke or could understand accept the priests. And most of the Mass was done with the priest facing the Altar so the pew sitters could not hear. Those funny little bells were to tell the sheeple when to rise, sit and kneel. Millions attended Masses never understanding a single word that was said. And yet in my heart I believe those people were Christian, although they never read or understood a word from the Bible. At first we wag a finger and say how horrible = Dark Ages.

But lately I have been given a new insight into this notion. Perhaps a culmination of attending at least one hundred services in foreign lands in foreign speech. Hang on now. We can get it through a different source of communication. I hope that sounds crazy. It is in a way.

If you have never been to a rock and roll service where everyone busts out in tongues you need to go to one. Very uncomfortable for my old staunch ways. But wow how interesting. I find myself just going with the flow though. It is not all that weird. OK, it is weird but you still get a sense of prayer and invocation of Christ as the wonderful interceder. Of course this drives the theme here home.

Sometimes in distress I just hold a hand, my distress of theirs. Not a body language deal but more like a mind meld thing like Spock. I can explain it, but who cares, it need not be explained. Love is a language far beyond words. It flourishes in action but it transcends in communication.

Give this a shot. Breathe in and breathe out many times and then do some ritual of your own to begin to pray. And then just shut the voices down. Really work hard on prayer without words. You basically cannot do it. But the attempt is worth one thousand words. Don’t we say that about non verbal pictures?

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I hope you feel a blessing and excuse that I communicate with words.

The best of these sermons is when my words loose their meaning. We do not mean that they are meaningless. We mean that the specifics, the intricate is no longer thought of but the gist is fully touching you. Perhaps a phrase is lost in your pondering but you pondered nevertheless. Perhaps I misspeak but you allow yourself to be away from the word content and into a thought that is important to you. Could it be that a great sermon is one where you do not hear the words but move into your own thoughts, the sermon somehow lets you be free to love.

But the sermon is so not important. The sermon you give to others without words is so much more important than my lazy use of language. We would hope that you read this and you get lost in your own connection to truth and love. The words start your commutation with your spiritual connection and the specifics be forgotten.

If a sentence of mine entraps you into my belief then I am a poor preacher man without the ability to set you free. That which is communicated through words must only be a stepping stone to your connection away and afar from my words. The Sermon must be a key to you unlocking your own connection, it must never be a mechanism for you to feel as my words direct. And yet it must be a mechanism for you to just click and be gone into your oneness with your God.

There is this really cool captured interchange with Jesus and the Lawyers of faith: Luke 17, 20When asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The kingdom of God will not come with observable signs. 21Nor will people say, ‘Look, here it is,’ or ‘There it is.’ For you see, the kingdom of God is in your midst.”

That is freaky cool. Certainly language and speech are observable signs. But that ain’t how it works. In my midst. Not my language oriented mind but my midst. May God be in your midst.

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      Linda Lum 2 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric - First, there is no need to apologize--you were enjoying God's blessings of friends and family. That is where your heart should be.

      Second, I would like to enroll in the Dierker Institute of Conceptual Knowledge (DICK). Please let me know how and where to apply.

      Next (I'll stop enumerating), I always say a prayer when one of my loved ones drives away. Always.

      And, thank God for Martin Luther (and I don't just say that because I am a Lutheran). He recognized how wrong it was that people could not hear and understand the word of God and had to obey (like sheep), the ring of a bell.

      I don't think it matters that you attend a service that is spoken in another language (as long as you are able to feel the love of God there--I don't think those poor illiterate people in the churches in Luther's time could feel that love). Honestly, does God speak in English only? He speaks to all of us.

      And he speaks for us. My very favorite, cherished Bible verse is Romans 8:26-27 "In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God."

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      Tim Mitchell 2 weeks ago from Escondido, CA

      Fine sermon and fine words. Usually, I ponder your sermons, but this time I am savoring it. :-)

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      Eric Dierker 2 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda this is wonderful. That is such a great Bible verse. The language of food seems to reflect the love or lack of love of the cook. One time I watched one of those competitive cooking shows. I wonder if that food reflects the tension that went into cooking it. Your heart speaks volumes to me.

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      Bill Holland 2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      I think he is, Eric. I certainly try my best to invite him in for a chat daily. He's a pretty good guest, so I invite him often. :) And if you ever get your butt up to Washington, you have an invite too.

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      Eric Dierker 2 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Tim. I really get what you are saying and it makes me real happy, a great way to start a great weather Monday.

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      Eric Dierker 2 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill, We got some of your weather down here in the desert. Yahoo!! I hope you got some of ours for your planting time. It is fun that we can call Him - him and also know that there is really just a core origin of Love. Best buddy and best spirit.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      "Oneness is God" as you put it is a safe goal for our prayers. I also like "prayer needs to be intimate." There shouldn't be much more to figure out. Thanks for your insights.

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      manatita44 2 weeks ago from london

      Yes Bro.

      He is here and after all, Scriptures teach us that He is omnipresent. No fear!

      Inspirational and with clear reasoning. An interesting climb and good old Louis as usual. Nice music.

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      Eric Dierker 2 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you brother. We are just so blessed you and I that we are given the gift of growth or maybe more important to gift to want to grow. And we do it so much better together.

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      Eric Dierker 2 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Isn't cool Dora. The more we walk together the more we love each other. You guide me and maybe I guide Brooks. Or maybe not at all but we trudge together knowing we love each other and that is so so so cool. My friends here are like God's grace, I do not deserve it but I live in love.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 13 days ago from Washington DC

      Concerning your being "a Jesus freak" I only want to encourage you to read https://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/Why-Its-W... that mainly say Jesus is not an actual name of anyone in scripture past or future but a pseudonym of both the one called Christ and the second coming. You may want to also check out some of my other Hubs to see what I'm saying. I also believe in the "family-hood" of earthen life with "spirit father and earth mother." Check out my poem

      LOVE aka INDIFFERENCE

      Love, a word which cannot be defined,

      not what you do but a frame of mind;

      yet it does create an effect

      few are ever able to reject.

      It does not build empires by setting boundary lines,

      neither does it stake out claiming things as mine.

      It's not selfish to any at all,

      not to rich nor poor, nor great nor small.

      It's not bias in any light,

      not to red nor yellow nor black nor white;

      but it does make every living thing your brother,

      spirit your father and the earth your nursing mother.

      Your talking about "speaking in tongues" that you called "rock and roll services" brought two things to my remembrance. The first I has prayed for any "talking in tongues" that was from god the interpretation be given to me before someone rises to interpret it. That has never happened since my asking for it during my "news gestation" between 1973 and '76. What did happen was someone from another country had been in a "rock and roll service" and the interpreter spoke in here language so I asked if the interpretation was the actual translation and she said no. That, I believe, was the answer.

      The second was when I was in Villa Hermosa, Mexico. I had walked most of the night and arrived in the afternoon and fell asleep on a bench in the village's central park. I don't know how long I slept but awoke to children speaking Spanish and sat up causing them to back up a bit. After a while most of the village came out and began to question me in Spanish. I knew a few words and began attempting to talk with them and the next thing I knew I was thinking in English and the words coming out were Spanish. That gave me the understanding of what had happened on Pentecost, the disciples spoke in their language but the words came to the ears of the listeners in their own language.

      As for the last third; I believe the proper translation of Luke 17:21 is "the kingdom of god is within you" rather than "the kingdom of God is in your midst" as your translation reads. My reasoning is because of Jeremiah 31:33C and somewhere in Hebrews we find "I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people."

      Peace

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      Dana Tate 13 days ago from LOS ANGELES

      The family that prays together, stays together. And, I truly feel that a successful sermon takes you into your own thoughts, in order to unlock your understanding. It's not the words of others that change your heart but the understanding of the words that you hear. God bless.

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      Eric Dierker 13 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dana I think that I am being taught to be with others more, or at least communicate with them more. In a way I am being shamed into it by love. "Oh Lord, how can you give me so much, yet I am miserly in giving it forward?"

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      Eric Dierker 13 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Elijah this is wonderful. I have sat in so many business meetings in foreign tongues. Almost always I meet sans interpreter and we muddle through. This "after the meeting meeting", is what strikes a deal. Of course I cheat. I know the nuance of the language of the culture I do business with and never have I met with a party that has done the same. A wink in Taipei is OK, a shoe on crossed legs in Hanoi had better not point at another. Bowing deeper than the other in So. Korea is very touchy. Insisting that the other go first in France is a necessity and a handshake in London means absolutely nothing while a bro hug in Mexico means everything.

      It is a desire to understand each other without encumbrance of words that gives fruit to intimacy on all levels.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 12 days ago from Washington DC

      Eric, the "the interpreter spoke in here language" was one of my errors, "the tongues talking" was in her language and I asked if the interpretation was correct and "no" was her reply.

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      Eric Dierker 12 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      That is very interesting. It reminds me that we often make the mistake of assuming what someone else says, means they are thinking what we understand them to be thinking. People can be in perfect sync yet describe it differently yet their real brain sees it the same.

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      lovetherain 12 days ago from Untited States

      I think it is the intent behind the prayer that matters, not the words. God knows our heart.

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      EricDierker 12 days ago

      Lovetherain, that is my prayer every day. Please Lord forgive my words. We have to gather that our words are faulty. I am good with that.

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      Demas W Jasper 12 days ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Goes nicely with some of my thoughts that listening is the other half of prayer. Thanks for your urging. I was doing too many questions and answers of late, and too little commenting on Hubs such as this one. I still feel I have not been getting Notifcations and that others also do not get quite a few of the folks they "follow."

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      Eric Dierker 11 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Demas I really respect you and enjoy your articles and questions. It is quite nice to have you come visit. That listening part is so hard to get in the habit of. But I am getting better with God and others.

      For sure HP is strange on some matters. What should be a simple and direct "algorithm" goes into pick and choose mode. I go ahead and spend time on it but it is getting very time consuming. I will have to migrate soon I am afraid.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 11 days ago from Washington DC

      Yes, Eric, I've seen that happen many times before. Thanks for the reminder.

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      Jackie Lynnley 10 days ago from The Beautiful South

      I believe too prayer is so important and keeping a prayer in our heart does invite Jesus with us wherever we go.

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      Eric Dierker 10 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Jackie it is very good to hear from you and read a new article from you. Indeed, sometimes I just take my prayers for granted, like a habit. I should be more grateful that I have the connection.

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      Denise W Anderson 10 days ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      Prayer is a great blessing. It is a way for us to be in the presence of God while we are still in the world. It gives us a chance to connect to a source of power that can bless our lives immeasurably. I believe in it wholeheartedly.

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      Eric Dierker 10 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Denise it is always so good to hear from you. I trust all is well. Sometimes I forget what a privilege it is to pray. I hope I honor it with praying for others more than myself.

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