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Eric’s Sunday Sermon; “How to Feel Well”

Updated on October 6, 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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Is Well OK?

My buddy told me the other day that he did not feel well. He asked me how to feel well. Now that sounds a bit strange. I simply stated that I don’t know how to feel well. I have had so much disease that how to feel well hasn’t crossed my mind in 20 years. I simply do not feel well.

I feel GREAT! I just assume that dying, while I might embrace it, might be doing well. I am living and so every day is great. But his question got me to thinking about this whole fantastic idea of “How to Feel Well?”

By golly I never gave it a thought. To me, “well” is a dark deep hole in the ground to get water. Now do not get me wrong in all happiness here. My wife pissed me off well and good this morning. Well just a bit later we did our group family hug and everything was fine and dandy and well with our little family. I like the word “wellist”. Well fine, it is not a word but should me. That would be a person. “Wellest” would and should be an adjective.

But back to a point here. I do not do well. What to heck? If you can do well why not do great.
I refused to get a stent type deal. I told them to just put the chemotherapy in my arm. Well those drugs were nasty ass. So I signed up for a stent. Tubes going right into your Aorta or near. My arm did not do well on the first go around. But I did great. “We” reversed the advancement of a grapefruit sized tumor. Whahoo! Can you imagine in July they say maybe 4 months to go and by early September they are bringing in interns to marvel as those drugs are hell on earth but getting that job done? “Great” is living.

Now I have never not been loved. Perhaps having no love would suck raw chicken eggs and you could not even do well. In the past 20 years or so I have not met a person not loved. That formula is easy. I love them. I learned somewhere, I think during a murder trial, that everyone needs love. But more importantly that in order to do great I had to love. Go ahead and try to love a brutal murderer.

Buddies Call Me "The Good The Bad and The Ugly"

This Gal is Great

One of my daughters. Bless her for love.
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My Brother Told Me To Get a Job

It would be a humble opinion of mine that the weller you make another the weller you become. But if you do that enough you become great. Or is that just doing great? That escapes this pea brain. Grand is cool also. I like doing grand. Does that mean I am grand? I suppose not but I can feel all grand. My favorite place is the Grand Canyon. And boy hiking down 18 miles in 110 degree heat ain’t so grand at all yet it is great adventure as long as you plan well. These descriptive words can boggle a mind.

Check this one out; she is my great grandmother. Or even more cool; she is my great granddaughter. Why don’t we say she is my super well child of my child’s child? Us peoples are strange or greatly mistaken.

I have this deal with my God. Which for me is a Trinity. Fantastic. If stuff hits the fan I know there is a plan. Maybe a great big plan. When things are going great I know there is a plan. I am just one of those folks who are not just organisms but have a soul. That stinks and is great and well all in one.

So today I have issues. A big paver block fell off of truck in front of me in my little car and busted up my whole wheel. Bent it all up and took out the tire obviously. Today I get a new one. But here is the deal. Three blocks fell off. Two bouncing all around. I did some fancy maneuvering and only one hit my back window. Well you figure that is a bad day. But hold on to your horses. Easy as pizza pie one could have gone through my front windshield and I would be dead. Now that is funny and made for one great (and not well) week.

My wife was mad at me. She would rather I stay home and rot slowly. And that is great she loves me so much. My youngest gets really good grades in school. But he talks too much with his buddies and gets in trouble from time to time. Isn’t that great he is not a total wimp. I am no spring chicken and I took a nasty fall yesterday morning. I got up out of my sleeping bag too quick and got tangled up. As I laid there on the ground for a bit. I once again noticed just how great the Milky Way is.

You Are The Master

I Know

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Love Greatly

There is this concept of tough love. I think it is overrated but I get the point of being brutally honest and insisting on not leaving until there is a resolution. My big brother pulled that on me. Into the wee hours of the morning we went at it. It was great that he cared and loved enough to do that. I am still not well from what he was honest about but it was good.

I really want my elder children to feel guilty about not contacting me enough and pouring out the love. They think my attempts are great fun. I was guilty of beating someone greatly that kind of got me in jail. I had a great car wreck down Mexico way that got me airlifted to a fancy hospital in San Diego. I was doped up and the ride in the really cool helicopter was great. I heard some old guy refer to WWll as the Great War. Well now I don’t know if I get that right.

Writing These Sermons

This has been a great honor for near on five years. I called them by different names until about four and a half years ago. It was my pleasure to find a group of folks that liked my preaching after I stopped preaching in church. Nowadays our congregation is well over two hundred people. I really like my Bible and Jesus. This week next I am going to go all Biblical on people. We are going to have a great time and I expect some great – maybe negative comments.

But get this, I got nothing or maybe I do. Facebook. Now I do understand that many get all angry there. We do love there and get it back. Maybe that is cool. Maybe if you pour out love it gets poured back. Now how can that be well? That is just plain great. We need to stand for something or we will fall for anything.

Let us wrap this crazy sermon up. I promise you and would lay down my life to you. But you have to stand for love. Stand up and be counted among the loving and I will never do well again, I will do great with you.

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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Lori thank you much. My doc's say I am depressed and been "battling" it for years. I get the flip side also. My buddy from pre-kindergartner asked me* "If you are so danged happy and optimistic being depressed why would you want to get better?". Isn't that just a wonderful question? I only have my standard answer "love".

      *Facebook is cool for somethings.

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      Lori Colbo 

      7 weeks ago from Pacific Northwest

      I agree with Pamela, attitude is important as you have shown. We can't always help feeling sick, but we can be sick and feel good mentally and emotionally. My struggle is with depression. How does one do that with a clinical case of severe depression? All I know is that it draws me closer to God and so I have learned at least there can be an inexplicable beauty to be found in the midst of pain. I think I have finally learned what the Bible says about the combination of suffering and joy. The joy is not of the "Whoop-te-do variety, but a quiet peace and sacred knowledge of His presence; of knowing He will never leave us or forsake us.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      8 weeks ago from Washington DC

      The word indifference isn't in the Bible but "the straight is the way with the narrow the gate" is an example. It's the same as walking the narrow strip of time between sun's set and dark which includes first light til just pre-sunrise. Evening half off a day and morning is the other but the narrow strip one is in neither, it is indifferent to both while including both.

      What is the copywriter of them, post 1940s? My mother's had a 1940 or earlier because she had it before I began school in 1950. this nation can maintain control over its people as long as they are not wise enough to see their intent. when one seek truth they can't depend on the people getting paid to deceive its people. Wake up, Eric, you are sleepwalking.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Elijah epistemology is great and etymology so interesting. I do some of both everyday. But I never change a word back in time. 1Cor 13 I think tells us about charity. There are two basic concepts; one of the ultimate love and one just about giving to the needy - both kinds of needy.

      Where is this word indifference in the Bible and we start from there if you choose. And just cannot find a citation where indifference is that you claim. Not Oxford or Funk & Wagnells.

      The concept of "in" difference does not hold water.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      8 weeks ago from Washington DC

      I don't know where, Eric, except maybe the Library of Congress. My mother taught school from the late 1920s until '53 and had one of those 4 or 5 inch dictionaries that sequenced definitions with the first definition last and newer ones first she got in the '40s. The word's definitions showed the changes it went through to get to the one commonly used. I would suggest you can seek out one to find out how this land that's spiritually called "Mystery, Babylon The Great, The Mother Of Harlots And Abominations Of The Earth" has worked to cause its citizens to become "the babblers" we are.

      That dictionary indicated "indifference" originally meant "in the difference between opposites" and gradually changed over time. I don't remember how many transitions it had gone through then but I remember the word "dominion" had gone through 16 in the '40s, if that was the copyright's decade. Dominion's 16th definition was "to exceed the ability of" and its first was "to rule over" with 14 between them that I counted.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Bronwen it is a pleasure to hear from you. Isn't cool that we don't need to be physically present to share and spread love. Overwhelming sometimes.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Show me someplace with your definition -- not your place. Give me a 5th down definition that says what you say about indifference.

      You don't just get to change definitions of communication is over. That is not love at all.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      8 weeks ago from Washington DC

      Eric, apathy is not a synonym for indifference, "Apathy" doesn't care at all, "Indifference" is "in the difference between the opposites and accepting both because of understanding they are the two sides of a judgment."

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      8 weeks ago from Victoria, Australia

      Thanks for a great sermon, it's just fine. I might be ancient and my body is not so great, but I love and am loved by family, friends and especially by my loving Father God and that's fine and enough for me to be able to say 'All is well in my world!'

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Dora, I have no idea why but the shoulder is just fine. My eldest was all concerned. And that was as it should be. Who does God love the most; Widows, orphans or idiots?

      Well he is doing just fine by this idiot!

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Linda I have come to think of Luke 6:20 something to mean to really love our enemies. And the last one I found was Satan. That dognosed horrible creature tries to torture me. But Jesus made it clear I was to love him. I think I will go sit in the dirt.

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      Dora Weithers 

      8 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      I found your title interesting and I was not disappointed in my expectation of a unique discourse. Sorry you fell, but I like that you gained a celestial view as a result.

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      Linda Lum 

      8 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, I have a philosophy similar to yours I think. When things look bad, I tell myself it's because Satan is up to his old nonsense. He doesn't bother with everyone, just the ones who are always goofing up his plan. The closer we are to God the more he (Satan) has to work to discourage us.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      You Elijah are wrong. And yes we understand that the best synonym of indifference is apathy.

      I refuse to be indifferent.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      8 weeks ago from Washington DC

      "Charity", Eric, is to ensure as much as possible that everything gets their requirements for life. For man that is still only "Air, Food, Water and Wisdom enough to get it." It doesn't require liking nor disliking, only doing what living environmentally require of us, that is to consume what we require for maintaining our lives, ingest it and return the rest to earth for further use. That alone is 100% charity.

      I'll still reply with my indifference to your love but we understand each other. OK?

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Fair enough Elijah, Be indifferent but I still think you got the Spirit's message wrong. Indifference is the opposite of charity.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      8 weeks ago from Washington DC

      I got that directly from "Spirit" so preach until you turn green but "change my term" I will not do. Obedience to God is better than sacrifice!

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Indifference is not love of anything. Change your term.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      8 weeks ago from Washington DC

      I feel it all. I have all of the emotion that would cause me to cry and laugh, and the others, but crying rewards me with nothing so I yep and laugh instead. I give due respect to all things alike, for a pain I will yep but not cry and for pleasure laugh but don't cling.

      You might say I'm like he prey of a lion, I will attempt to evade it but once caught I recognizes it is my time, in both cases I'm indifferent.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Sorry for you Elijah. I am consumed with greatness and do not buy into neutrality.

      Your fine belief in nothing except not any emotion and not loving adoration to others is different than mine.

      I cry and I laugh and I love without condition and I feel it all and would have nothing different.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      8 weeks ago from Washington DC

      Eric, if you are walking the line that's between "sunrise and morning into the one between sunset and evening" that goes around the entire earth, how is it possible for you to be separated form things? I appreciate them when I'm in their area but don't hang on to anything so they can benefit someone else like it did me.

      I look at life like "breathing, eating and urinating," we ingest the substances, extract what's needed and expel them to do the same for something else. There is no hanging on to anything because we know when a need comes there will be the substance available and providing. In that way it is not about judging (happy and sad are judgments) but life requirements.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Life is tough Bill but today shall be great!

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Sounds like you and I are going to have a great day, buddy! It's a rainy day here today, but in our house it's raining love.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Hi Bill. I was just contemplating what to do if someone does not love you back. After consideration I found that it was to love them more. Quiet passive love.

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      William Kovacic 

      8 weeks ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Well, Eric, your love shines well through again. What a great positive attitude you have, even in the worst of times. I'm praying well for you - or should it be I'm well praying for you. You are special!

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Flourish we are in good company. Up to us.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      No Elijah. I get to grab and let go of things that "make" me happy. I am not a neutral being. I have passion about life. I am made sad and I am made happy. I care about life. I do not view it as though I am separate from it. Sometimes it hurts.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Ruby you are on the money in my thinking. Not important really but I just got woken up with some pain. Read your comment and what a great day it is going to be. I already have music on and a cup o joe brewing. Whahoo!

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Pamela, thank you. You just took me to think of two things. My country is founded on Freedom to pursue liberty. And my Lord gave Free will. So we have full Freedom to choose our attitude. That is a bit cool.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      8 weeks ago from USA

      I like the spirit of embracing life in the spirit of love.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      2 months ago from Washington DC

      Eric, "well" defined by computer's dictionary "in a good or satisfactory way" but "good" is only a judgmental adjective used to represent anything one prefer so I'll accept "satisfactory" as the definition. With that definition "I am always well" since I realize everything is temporary.

      As for love, I don't do loved, I only love (I call "In The Difference") which require me to respect everything for what it is without control or attachment, I let things be what they want to be and how its wants tho be.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 months ago from Southern Illinois

      The way I see it, we have a choice, we can try to be happy or go along with a frown and be unhappy or we can meet the day smiling. It's up to us? Another great lesson to think about...

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 months ago from Sunny Florida

      It would seem that attitude is important as you can choose to feel well, but how about feeling great or maybe, awesome? I think when I decide to not let thing get me down, I feel so much better. As always, you spread love. I really like that ideal, and I like to give love and receive love as well. Good sermon, as always my friend.

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