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Eric's Sunday Sermon; Christmas Eve

Updated on December 24, 2015

Of all nights

So I hopped on that phone to call my friends and family that are alone. To send my love. To extol the love I have for them. I have free time as my son plays with church school buddies and cousins. My wife is busy helping with the cooking for 100 of our closest friends. Bah Humbug I cry out while my grin makes me look like a clown with a mouth too big to hold my grin. It is not about the season.

We reach out and extend love through our handshakes and hugs. We reach within ourselves and find more to give than to receive. And by all golly jingles we become greater than ourselves in love.

Peace to all homes and peace to the countries in which they are. And peace be to children everywhere. Stop now and leave my words behind and find that love which is someone else's but only you can give.

Grace of God is in the air. I will not bore with Biblical quotes or Zen master diatribes. For tonight we are not taken for what we believe or for what we have accomplished we are held up and lifted up and given grace. We are captive on this lovely night. Captured by the love of others. Lucky and blessed to give unto our own hearts to love one another. Let us all surrender to that which is good and blessed among us.

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      Eric Dierker 19 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Lawrence. I certainly needed the reminder.

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      Lawrence Hebb 19 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Eric

      This was a good reminder of what Christmas is about.

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      Eric Dierker 20 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Dana, it is great to hear from you. We look forward to the New Year. Not that 2015 was a bad year we just always look forward to the New.

      I hope 2016 grants you all the wishes you desired.

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      Dana Tate 20 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      Amen Eric, and here's to a Happy New Yew Year! With all the things that have tried to keep me down this year, I realized I'm still here with a sound mind. Sadly I can't say that for many people who didn't make it to 2016. So if God is willing and I make it into 2016, I say to you, my friend...May 2016 bring you and your family blessings and joy. God bless.

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      Eric Dierker 20 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you for coming by Denise and a happy new year to you.

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      Denise W Anderson 20 months ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      Thanks for the Christmas wishes! May your New Year be filled with peace and joy!

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      Eric Dierker 20 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Ms. Dora, and may they grace you also.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 20 months ago from The Caribbean

      Beautiful Christmas message. May the love, joy and peace continue in your household.

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      Eric Dierker 20 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you much

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      Chitrangada Sharan 20 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Beautiful message !

      Merry Christmas to you and your family! Stay blessed.

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      Eric Dierker 20 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      And also unto you and yours Clive. May your Christmas be a merry one.

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      Clive Williams 20 months ago from Nibiru

      peace be onto u eric. merry christmas

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      Eric Dierker 20 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Wowsa Bowsa, we are having some fun here and it is mixed in with a healthy dose of prayers of thanksgiving. What internal bounty God has laid out for us. Hugs and kisses to you as they overflow here. Fun and praise -- it just don't get no better.

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      Reynold Jay 20 months ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Nice message. Merry Christmas, Eric!

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 20 months ago

      Amen! Thank you for sharing this Holy Spirit filled message as we celebrate the love of Jesus with others. His grace and redemption for those who wish to partake in the blessings he gives to all his children.

      Merry Christmas Day Brother Eric.

      (((((((((((( Brother Eric ))))))))))))))

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      Eric Dierker 20 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ruby I just noticed that you are an RN from Illinois, just like my mom from Naperville and attended Northwestern in the early 40's. Certainly before your time. Merry Christmas my hubber friend.

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      Eric Dierker 20 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Merry Christmas my friend Bill. I am sure you remember Christmas with little ones around the house. What a treasure. Thank you for joining me this wonderful day.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 20 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Beautiful and amen to your sermon. Have a blessed day!

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      Bill Holland 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Sorry I didn't spend Christmas Eve with you, but I got up bright and early to say MERRY CHRISTMAS MY FRIEND!!!!!

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      Eric Dierker 20 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Carb Diva, I have been given a reprieve of sorts. I have no clue how she does it but she has got our 5 year old sleeping in on Christmas morning. Bizarre. So I checked my mail to find your wonderful comment and I got a great present to remind me just how glorious this life with God is. Thank you.

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      Eric Dierker 20 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Whonu thank you. This is a most wonderful time. We live in a world of shoulds and supposed to's. It is nice to have a time of supposed to be in peace and love and goodwill. I wish all for you.

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      Linda Lum 20 months ago from Washington State, USA

      How amazing to recognize that, even though He knew we would sin, He knew we would disappoint Him and break His heart, God made us. He still allowed us to be because He loved us. And He had the perfect plan to make us whole again--that perfection was born last night. Sleep in Heavenly peace.

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      whonunuwho 20 months ago from United States

      A message well received my friend. Blessings to you and yours at Christmas. whonu

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      Eric Dierker 20 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you my friend it is our season of love and we are in full swing. They give me a break between eating and services. We are happy.

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      Venkatachari M 20 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Nice message, Eric. Wish you and your family a 'Merry Christmas' and blessings and love.