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Eric’s Sunday Sermon; “Discernment and Diagnosis”

Updated on March 10, 2019
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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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We keep having apprehension or perhaps normal fear. We are just dancing in the dark. Why not? It is imperative that we have motivation. The drunkard trying to get sober has the concept of “hitting rock bottom”. Good on them. Sometimes I have to get real low to see the heights in perspective. That is just the natural fact.

Now this writer is not young by years. I had to see a doctor about a shooting pain in my right hand. My normal doc. was not available on the quick so I saw a different one. Shingles was the doctor’s diagnosis. But I got into my doc in just two days. Clear and simple in 2 minutes he saw minor arthritis. Very minimal dose of a drug and the pain was gone. Really just 2 days. No return to the medication or pain. The point is that you have to diagnose the problem to fix it.

If we are letting something other than love into our heart we need to diagnose why. My big deal is how others, especially is how my wife treats me. I have to get out of my self-orientation. Then I can listen. No, not give advice. After spilling her guts to me she just naturally relaxes. Make love as a receiver only and all you receive is a lover. I love the term “lover”. It means someone who loves you, but Hollywood has changed it into “sexual”, how wrong is that?

How interesting is this idea; “I am a lover of love”. Kind of circular logic but that fits into a fashion of our “circle of life”.

There is a wonderful song that includes “I was so much older then, I am younger than that now”. This is my life in a nutshell so to speak. Some folk say “being reborn”. I would declare for me younger than that now means that, and not some fancy pantsy religiosity idea. Rebirth is a truly wonderful idea. This applies especially to this preacher man. My youngest son of 3 sons keeps me young at sixty one.

Now it could be said of me that I reversed course. I do not know much about music. Not my area of expertise, kind of like poetry and baking. I have played some clarinet, bongo and I sing daily but these are not my talents. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGEIMCWob3U . Well, I am fine in a Choir. Or base harmony with my sisters. Although Alto Soprano is my favorite. But that is just between God and me. Somethings should be that way as a Father loves your stuff no matter what.

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Now we labeled this of discernment and diagnosis. Maybe I should just stop writing and leave it there. But I have been a trial attorney and a preacher and neither of those know when to shut up. (do not tell my wife I used “shut up” as that and “stupid” are cuss words in our home not permissible) We are not having fun here we are having great love. Hey if I can a have a coffee habit, I can darn sure have a love habit. Like a smoker can need a fix of tobacco, I can need a fix of love.

Does that sound codependent? Wonderful! I fully admit to a codependency issue regarding that guy in the sky and love. Perhaps I should go see a doctor for therapy to fix that “illness”. Seems like that fits into some people’s agenda. Don’t know and don’t care. Our agenda is battling anything that stands in the way of loving each other.

“Discernment” is a really cool word. It is like saying judgment in a polite way. I confess to using “darn” which is really just a polite cuss word. I am a discerner. I just love it. Check-out lines, churches and work. A writer who does not discern folks and situations might as well get off the field of play and get in the bleachers. Bystanders only view for their pleasure or angst. Players discern to do better and field their art.

Now it can be said that I am a religious man. I don’t really pay attention as about 90% of people do not know what that means. Koran/Qu’ran tells us not to compel a thought but to just love the person, it is somewhere around Holy Quran 28. The Darhma is so filled with love I near tear up just delving into it. I am not a denominational Christian. My perspective is that Christ taught us love is God and God is love. Seems that is not religious at all but rather a faith. But a rose by any name is still a rose. Discernment and diagnosis.

Sorry but I am having a great time here. Just so fun to discuss love. But we now get down to the sermon.

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Who Is The Doctor Here?

Diagnosis is such a right on word. Figuring out an illness basically, although it can refer to what my boy and I like to do in figuring out some botany. What illness do I have inside me that blocks love? If in my discernment I can diagnose the problem I am on my way to living amazing grace. You can take this to the bank and deposit it, I am a better sinner than you. We have this wonderful term called repenting. Right on. It basically means on any giving moment I can confess my sins, turn around and walk the other way. In considered opinion I have decided that is for us, not for God. God is love more than I love my children He loves me.

But to repent I have to discern and diagnose what I did wrong. Then I can deal with it. In this humble servant I rely heavily on my wife. She is not shy. For a decade I argued with her about it. This last decade I just process my loved one’s input. How fantastic is that. I rely on others discernment and diagnoses. What the heck, I do it with my oncologist why not with loved ones.

We demand love takes first chair in our orchestra of life. What other tune could lead our songs than love?

So I reckon that all has something to do with love. Seems like it is. One of the strongest loves is to lead rather than to rebuke. Discernment means to judge actions and not people except to prophesy what another will do and that is dangerous to your love. I reckon I generally am not strong enough to judge another. Just me. What they might do to me would be far less than what not loving can do to me.

I just got kicked out of home. I have to stay in my office. Headphones on drinking my drink (a special one with half water and soda water, Tumeric, Lemon and Apple cider vinegar and coconut. I don’t need no Coca Cola) I discerned her need for space and diagnosed the problem that she dealt with too many people today. The medicine is space. Let me be the doctor of love and give that medicine.

We do not do perfect here but we are all doctors of love. We give it and receive it. Perhaps apology fits into the package. Maybe not. Not important here. Unspoken.

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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Thank you Bill, somewhere I heard a term "seeing the world through rose colored glasses". I think they thought that was pejorative. Seems to me that rose may be the color of love ;-)

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      William Kovacic 

      7 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      So much love flows through the internet when you write. My only hope is that it equals out much of the hate that is also on the internet. Thanks for standing for love!

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Dana thank you. (I love when people reference the Bible without quoting, I hope people see that in my sermons.

      Isn't it interesting that judgment and discernment are about the same yet as some interpret is that judgment bad yet judgment is bad. Hmmm.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Sam, my take on suffering is basically "Bad stuff happens but suffering may be optional" But it takes a lot of work to reach that spot. I am Christ oriented and the Passion reminds that Christ chose to suffer.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      My apologies for taking too long to get back. Life getting in the way of writing is not my favorite. And I am in good health at this time. Thank so much for caring.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Sean this is great. I never phrased love that way. In my faith God is Love and love is God. So I might say God is Life. Life is God if we live in love.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Linda you reminded me of Sound of Silence "People hearing but not Listening".

      Thank you I will turn it on now.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Dora, this makes me think your great articles with quotes. Seems those may help us filter. I know verses help me with that. Thank you much

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Nthya you are so right. "root cause". Thank you

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      Dana Tate 

      7 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      I always use discernment as a way to protect myself from the motives of others. For example: If I notice someone is manipulative, I make sure they do not draw me in a situation where I am manipulated by them.

      I used to take everything and everyone at face value, I couldn't understand why I was always getting hurt but then I began to use my discernment. Discernment can be a "cool way to judge others" or, it can be a necessary tool for self-survival, when you understand everyone doesn't always have the best intentions or, your best interest at heart.

      I also liked when you said " In order to be cured you must be diagnosed" That's true. A person can be diagnosed, someone can have the cure but the person ill also has to have the desire to be well. Of course I'm going scriptural on that one and is a lesson I had to learn. Anyway, I loved this article. Hope all is well.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Elijah due to our weather which is not weather just a lot rain for a desert. It is not worth the risk hiking back country alone. So it is suburban walking for me right now. But I have a Canyon in late April and this could make it more difficult.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Chitrangada my wife is kind of serious. But when faced with troubles she turns to love. (In her case God) But still too serious LoL Nothing a hug can't fix.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Thank you Bill I very much appreciate you coming by and encouraging.

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      Sam Shepards 

      7 months ago from Europe

      The diagnosis, life should be more about shedding? Otherwise I feel like a pinball in life's cause and effect machine. There is only a narrow path that provides me pleasure with bearable suffering. Understanding suffering is probably the most liberating and loving thing I have encountered, it makes things clear. Hope you are doing ok, Eric!

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      7 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      My dear brother, I am sure you know that the word diagnosis is Greek. Διάγνωση (δια+γνώση) means to comprehend the cause of something. You know, as I know that any illness of body or Soul comes from blocking Love of being our life. Discernment and diagnosis, if Love and Life aren't synonymous for us, we have a problem! I consider you my brother because we both are addicted to Love!

      Love is the Cure!

      Sean

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      Linda Lum 

      7 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Love opens the door to listening, then discernment. There is no discernment without listening. A caring heart guides the path we take with others. If we do not care, do not love, we will not bother to listen. Beautiful sermon brother.

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      Dora Weithers 

      7 months ago from The Caribbean

      "Love takes first chair in our orchestra of life." This sets the mood and attitude for everything else. When love filters everything, we are in a good place. Thanks, Eric.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      7 months ago from Dubai

      A wonderful sermon, find the root cause of the problem and then it can be fixed. Love and faith plays an important role in the whole process. Hope you are feeling better now, take care.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      7 months ago from Washington DC

      Eric, Beginning in 1977, all of my nomadic traveling was by walking unless someone offered me a ride across 5 provinces of Canada, 11 states of and the city of Mexico, Belize and 44 continental US states most of them twice. I found my food wherever I could and drank from any water I saw life in or other animals drinking from it and carried everything for sleeping comfort on my back until after 2005 when I was stationary in Grambling, Louisiana. Even then it was usually walking unless offered a ride and now in DC I walk where I go most of the time although I have a METRO senior card.

      For the past two years walking is difficult because of soreness in my lower back - I also use Tumeric and other spices for it like you - so I've done a minimum walking lately. When I look back at my childhood, I've noticed I mostly walked even in Ft. Worth, TX where I was raised. Walking is human's born course of transportation so why be in a hurry and miss out on the learning our meeting people affords us? The meeting and talking with people is where I got my education, people say something they'd done and I experimented with it to see for myself. That is whyJesus said forsake everything civilization offers and go into all the world sharing what you understand about what you "observed, participated and reasoned with the outcome".

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm young mentally,and I'm young in my heart. My body is seventy and there ain't no getting around it. lol But, like you, I love my life, so bring it on!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      7 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Wonderful Sermon, as always!

      Any problem in this World can be solved, by love—so beautifully true!

      Wish you good health and lots of happiness, dear friend!

      Thank You for the faith and optimism!

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Patricia those who know my cancer condition normally just look at me funny with my optimism. Love is the cure. Maybe they will not take me back alive. Who cares!!? Tomorrow will be another great day of learning with my son. You show us so well about loving love. I release my guardian angels and send them over your way.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Elijah life on the road is the best. I think it was Buddha who said "a day of travel is worth more than a year of school". Hitchhiking is so cool. From Flag town to Rapid City it was either hitchhiking, hopping trains or walking. Can you believe I actually hopped rail cars? I just had no boundaries. That was fine.

      Now I have no boundaries of thought. Although I do have boundaries of home. Maybe that will change again.

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      Patricia Scott 

      7 months ago from sunny Florida

      Amen and amen. In love with love..me too!! Enough said. Angels headed your way, Eric.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      7 months ago from Washington DC

      Eric, I say if you knew you were going there and intentionally carried no water you were being tested by your inner guide for obedience.

      In 1984 I was leaving the Likely, California's Rainbow Gathering heading for Louisiana. I was walking the Interstate highway that goes through Salt Lake City and Denver without water or food (I had a little money) and I spent the last of my money in the first town I entered in Nevada where I spent the first night. Without food or water I left early the next morning and walked until almost dark when someone picked me up and gave me body nourishments because they had seen me the night before and desired to know what I was about. Obedience to the higher self always pays off.

      Things like that and many of the endeavors you talk about are what makes me believe you have a place in the end-time scenario.

      It is written "except (we) become as a little child we will not enter the kingdom of heaven" or something like that.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Lori that same doctor caught my cancer early at stage two about 5 years ago. And then my elder son came into my home and diagnosed the cause as the chemicals causing illness in my food. Well here I am.

      Probably the love factor has kept me well though.

      What an awesome ride this thing we call life.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Thank you Pamela for being such an uplifting friend. In my writing I get a bit too much investigative. But in day to day I am just a big old kid.

      We hike much in the back country meaning your own trail, we just holler and whistle regarding the best way. OK sometimes my elder son calls me a knuckle head - but hey I taught him how to hike.

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      Lori Colbo 

      7 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      I liked your emphasis on diagnosis and discernment and as always, your emphasis on love. You could be in a movie - Eric and the Love Bug. loo

      I'm glad your doctor was able to give the right diagnosis. God bless, brother.

      PS excellent music choices.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 months ago from Sunny Florida

      Hi Eric, The doctor of love sounds like a great idea. To lead reather than rebuke is another good way to teach and show love. This sermon talking of love made me feel so good. I think I needed to hear that today.

      Have a very good week Eric.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Elijah it brings good joy to me that you approve and yet we will discuss this further. Please explain your thoughts and lingua on these words/notions. I once went two days in the high desert with no water.

      My thirst is best quenched with learning and love.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      7 months ago from Washington DC

      Here I was waiting to get into a dialog concerning "discernment and diagnosis" when you went a completely other way but you did present your case clearly. One doctor discerned your condition as something it wasn't, your normal doctor correctly diagnosed the problem. You observed your wife's state and diagnosed she needed her space and provided it. I don't think you could have explained it any other way. That's especially true since "discern" means only to guess based on schooling and "diagnose" means to work to find the cause. I give you an A+ for today's sermon "indifference", LOL.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Tim I truly think of you as a brother. Perhaps some do not get my paraphrasing Jesus. But some find some truth and start to accept the greatest teacher who ever was. I have some but that is not me. Just love comes out here.

      I will be what I am.

      Thanks for your care of me.

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      Tim Truzy 

      7 months ago from U.S.A.

      Find the problem, and then give it a dose of love - Great sermon, Eric. What I needed to read today. Sometimes, I believe we find what we need at the right moment when we listen. Something kept telling me all day: "Now, Tim! You have some messages you need to catch up with from people who care like Eric. Get on with it!" I'm glad I listened.

      Beautiful, my brother in Christ.

      Now, to see what else I've missed in your other work.

      God bless you, Eric.

      Sincerely,

      Tim

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