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Eric's Sunday Sermon; How to How Too And Faith

Updated on September 19, 2017
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Holding degrees in philosophy and Law. Formal studies or certificates or degrees in business, theology, insurance and security. Ex-preacher.

How do we overcome our fears?

How do we overcome our reluctance to create?
How do we overcome our reluctance to create? | Source

I Always Wonder How I Can Love More.

There are millions and millions of “how to” articles out there. They say you can get a “how to” tutorial on 75% of things to do just at YouTube. Just plain old how to get it done. 40 years ago I was an avid “….For Dummies” Kind of guy. Just recently I saw one for cognitive therapy and another for defending yourself in a criminal trial. At least that is what they looked like on a quick glance. Well put that stuff times 300% squared and that is how much is out there on the internet.

Please check this out: How to Start a Religion (with Pictures) – wikiHow. Sorry but I only glanced at it but I don’t think it was satire. And why would it be. My eldest has married around 10 couples and he got his certificate/or whatever online. Loves God and hates religion.

Those facts are just perfect to reflect on when writing a sermon on the missing elements of How To. I have a friend named Linda Lum and she goes by Carb Diva sometimes and has a website called Creative Corner covering whatever she feels like. But the point of pointing out Linda is the concept of really getting to the matter of how to. She writes recipes? No she does not. She includes recipes in histories and social stuff about food. I mean informative yet creative. Somehow she gets the how to of the how to.

As good cooks, especially those from a home, often say; “make sure to add a healthy portion of love.” Have you ever noticed that some writers/marketers like to write about these sure fire ways for you to be healthy, happy and live forever. They insert how you are going to die if you do not stop eating this or that, only to find in the article a product you can buy which will cure you of this and that. Kind of like inverse How To Die. And mostly they lie by omission and do not call their articles “how to”. It is just interesting. Unless you fall for it and then it is sad and possibly some interstate criminal misrepresentations which if it targets seniors is very bad indeed. Basically a Nigeria scam as they like to use “Dr.”. Dr. Phil is cool he has a doctorate but is not a practicing doctor.

“How to use these five steps to a happier life”. I like that. It is like the above “How to start a religion.” Hmm, maybe I should give a How to read this sermon at the beginning of every one. For sure novelist should do it as we must assume most people do not know how to properly read the novel.


My Rose But Not My Creation

I just tend the soil and bush but God created it.
I just tend the soil and bush but God created it. | Source

Create a New Creation in You

Now let us get to the real work of a creative person. While most think of a creative person as being in the arts like writing, sculpting, ballet, painting songwriting and so many more. But let us think of teachers creating minds of capability in his students. The physician using her knowledge to create plans for each patient and not just one size fits all. The tailor. The carpenter and the mechanic. No skill or creation is mastered by the How To.

A favorite notion that shows the difference quite well. The Preacher wrote 52 great sermons in 2,000. His creativity sponsored by heaven. Somehow he lost his creativity. He read the same sermons each week for years. The man became just a preacher and you could probably get his sermons as a how to preach notion.

Have you ever driven someplace frequently like to work and followed your GPS mapping and driving guide every day? You know the one with a voice you can pick. What I mean to say is that that device tells you how to get to work. Perhaps you have the fancy one that warns of gridlock and redirects you to another way How To get to work and you just followed. Isn’t that awesome. Do you make your spaghetti sauce How It Says To on the can?

Here we cannot say we are guilty of doing the above for if we did we would all be in creativity jail. And our creativity sentenced to death via atrophy. If you ever did outreach in a prison you would note that inmates would come listen to whatever BS you were selling in order to get points and get out of something else. This and other things show us that a person living in the most How to and when to environment can be creative.

So what enables a creative mindset and soulset? I wonder about this deeply. A walk through nature it inspires this writer to write of beauty and majesty that we enjoy as a connection to God which is love. This is a perfect way to see a distinction. Inspiration from earth and a muse angel spiritual inspiration. They a different even in this wonderful pure setting. And so how much less is inspiration from society or call that How To?! Perhaps it is a human fear that separates the two.


Beauty Comes From Where?

Man and God Create So We Can Experience
Man and God Create So We Can Experience | Source

Me Too!

First let us get over any issue with Muses. Yes the name comes from the Greeks. That was an anthropomorphic time. (all things made into man like items) Calliope ( writing), Clio (history), Euterpe (lyric poetry and kind of music), Thalia ( pastoral, maybe comedy), Melpomene (tragedy) Terpsichore (dance), Erato (love poetry), Polyhymnia (sacred poetry), Urania (astronomy). And do not get caught up in my summary derived from “how to” type sources for expediency. That is just personification like the Greeks like to label the spiritual godlike categories, kind of. Point is you can understand them without being a pagan.

Personally I like angels as I named my youngest Gabriel.

But putting a name on the concept of receiving something in the spiritual kind of limits us. It needs to be a gut check and not a how to.

Here is the theory about how to connect. Whatever we create is already there. But somehow out of the ethereal we are actually bestowed it. That level of “above us” is set to human. They have it but cannot bring it to earth except through you and I. That is real creativity. Being open to receive. Resist that and you have betrayed your fellow man. Overcome the internal resistance and give gifts of love to your fellow.

I have two issues when writing these creative sermons. The first is intellectualizing. Although this is good in preparation to receive, it must not become an impediment. The second is sharing it with others, call me nervous Nelly but sometimes I freeze over the publish button. Not to mention the person to person real sharing. But I am buffeted from downright sinning as above because most of my writing is to open the door toward you overcoming the fear. By communicating the commonalities we have, the fear goes a bit to the side giving us a leeway to squeeze through to accept that which comes from the already. In common parlance; open to ideas and the willingness to accept the challenge to create for others.

So the big HOW TO HOW TOO is about the me too. If Billy Bob can listen to sometimes inner voices and sometimes outer voices and create so can I. Me too! Eric also. But not of Eric of something far more important. This sermon was written by me but not mine.


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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Patricia thank you for getting me to review here. This crazy, wonderful season I do need that gut check. Love more strangers speak well of others and praise the reason for the season. Not your how to just mine.

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      Patricia Scott 

      11 months ago from sunny Florida

      "But putting a name on the concept of receiving something in the spiritual kind of limits us. It needs to be a gut check and not a how to." I hear you....well to read and reread ....Angels are once again headed your way ps

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Thank you Lawrence you stirred some memories here. I just do a map and then right down a note or two. But I have excellent compass in my head.

      Now my son says to me ask someone when I cannot find a product I need. Saturday at age 7 he just went asked someone and found it.

      Life is great!!

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      12 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand


      A couple of years ago we took a holiday in Wellington, we went by road and borrowed a 'tomtom' GPS unit.

      We didn't realize but the unit didn't have the latest roads in it and we found ourselves driving a road the unit said wasn't there.

      I often think relying on others to 'show the way' isn't always the best, and takes a lot of the fun out of life!

      For me, give me a few guidelines, then let me figure it out, I love it that way!

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Thank you Dianna, I think it is very fun looking at how to stuff. And like you I take them with a large grain of salt.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      13 months ago

      I always look for the "how to" in life. It saves me time. However, as you mentioned, I came across a few bad ones that cost me.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      I am very sorry I missed this Venkatachari. Thank you for coming by. I am way on the other end. One of my favorite lines is "I can break myself thank you very much" (actually adapted from the movie -The Verdict)

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Marlene the area is very interesting. Lately I have been dealing with a little "How do you do that?" monster. I am beginning to think that it is part and parcel with how we learn how to engage in conversation.

      If you think about it, "How do you do that?" is the perfect starter to communication.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      14 months ago from USA

      I really enjoyed this sermon. And, I have to admit that, sometimes, I use the GPS gadget to get home (didn't like admitting that). You are right. There is a "how to" for just about everything. I read them, but just like the directions on the spaghetti sauce can, I don't always follow the instructions. I fail a lot. But, I learn much more from the failures. Stay blessed, my friend.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Great thoughts as is your norm Linda. I was doing dishes yesterday and the reality hit me. I had a choice. Treat the cleaning as something to be proud of and good for the safety of my family or dread and be bored. Just a little attitude adjustment and I cleaned the stove top also.

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      Linda Lum 

      14 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Oh Eric, I feel so humbled. Thank you for your kind words my friend.

      Now as for Muses--like you I don't believe in Muses, but I know that angels are among us. All of us have creativity within us. It took me 6 decades to find what I really wanted to do, and find a way to do it. So, for those still struggling I would say "don't give up."

      It's all about love. Creativity comes from passion. Find what you are passionate about, what really "floats your boat" and I'm sure you'll find that creative angel.

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      14 months ago

      Interesting essay. Enjoyed it. Had to read fast, was called to needy person. One of the immediate response calls. Still I did enjoy it and will come back for seconds.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Lori, you just made me remember the series of Chicken Soup for the....

      And those Dummy books, I would steal them from the library so there was no proof I had them ;-)

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Tim thank you. I have this wonderful process in writing the sermons. I like to go and just learn and learn, study and try to understand. Then I write about the questions that came up for me. So I have a blast.

      I hope my fun shines through.

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      Lori Colbo 

      14 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      What a unique and interesting topic. I love how you showed the difference between good and bad how to's. I refuse to use for dummies books lest I give myself away.

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      Tim Mitchell 

      14 months ago from Escondido, CA

      An insightful article I enjoyed reading perking my curiosity as I reflected with contemplation. For me your articles are How-to articles on inquiry creatively expressed with a foundation on spiritual love. Keep on keeping on . . .

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      Venkatachari M 

      14 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      An interesting and thought-provoking post. Very few people think with this perspective. Most of them blindly follow the how-to routes even without noticing it. But, they can not do it independently without that how-to app or lesson. These things are making us more and more weak and lazy depriving us of the wisdom that we possess or inherited from our lineage.

      Thanks for this intelligent and inspiring Sermon.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Thank you much Chitrangada Sharan that is a very nice compliment and is appreciated.

      You are so right about being careful on How To articles. You really do need to check out a few before following them.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      14 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Interesting and insightful thoughts and I was totally engrossed while reading it!

      Your writing style is so unique and exclusive and I have great Regards for this.

      Regarding 'How to ' articles, there are too many of them. And surprisingly they are the most popular ones too. But one should be cautious while following them .

      Thanks for sharing this wonderful article!

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      John, thank you for reminding me of my roots. Pre Kindergarten and all I knew for the next few years was tidy "Jesus loves me and I know for the Bible tells me so"

      We did not even read the Bible for a few years. Just these glorious loving guiders of love. I still just love them still today. Last I attended that church the minister was my Philosophy and Theology professor.

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      John Lyons 

      14 months ago from UK & USA

      In my youth I was a member of a christian community in the UK called, not surprisingly called, "New Creation". I was educated by the Christian Brothers and later seminary to explore newness, truth and how to bind-it-all-together. I still don't think any religion has all the answers, just a big bundle of more questions. Your philosophical training is so obvious when reading your work! Cheers, John

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Bill isn't it great that our gifts are so different but the writing them down is so similar.

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      Bill Holland 

      14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Truth be known I don't know how it all works. I'm just riding this horse as far as it will go, and then I'll start walking into the sunset. :) Have a great week, buddy!

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Thank you Demas. We also look to the Bible as written by man but created by God. It is such an old concept.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      You are so right Jackie. In looking into the great How To's we looked at checkers. And oh my what differences. Some not even helpful at all, obviously just going for hits by being cutesy cutesy. I suppose some go "viral".

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Hari, I had not thought of that. But you are right. thank you.

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      Demas W Jasper 

      14 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      "Fear not..." appears 88 times in the scriptures, and is the key in "For God hath not given us a spirit of fear, but of ..." Faith casts out fear for me, too.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      14 months ago from The Beautiful South

      Well I think a how to would come different from each one of us, no matter what it is about. I mean there is the basic facts but how does it apply to us individually.

      I mean I am sure I use tools my own way and while dealing with love it would be my own way too. Every heart is different, just like every tool.

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      Hari Prasad S 

      14 months ago from Bangalore

      Interesting thoughts Eric.

      How to help articles should be experience based then only it will be of some real value to readers.

      - hari


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