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Eric's Sunday Sermon; Let Us Talk About Your Personal God

Updated on July 31, 2016

My son now six wants to remain a small child forever.

Maybe I can instill in his heart the child of God he shall always be.
Maybe I can instill in his heart the child of God he shall always be. | Source

Celebrate that we are made different

(a quick note. Medical issues held me back a week. Great Doc's and Great prayers left me without a moment of despair or worry. I wish I could give my faith away to others who need it more than I)

Let us begin with a simple absolute truth. The absolute truth we speak of here is that we are all different. Probably most of us believe that our God has much to do with truth. But this one is easy across the board even for an Atheist or Agnostic. We are all different.

A young son asked his father; “Dad why are all the roses on our rose bushes different?” So the father duly went and got a good magnifying glass and had the boy examine the blades of grass. Then they poured out some rice and examined those. Then they examined their model of the planets in our system. And finally they ended with the boy writing out love ten times trying hard to make each word just like the one before. Then ants were discussed along with the stars at night. The message became obvious. All things in nature are ultimately different. And each is special in it’s own way.

Now we contradict the above. I have traveled the globe and been in confidential positions to illicit actual deep conversations, from legal to clergy to therapy and of course employment. To a person I have never met someone without love. Oh to be sure the love was different and yet I tell you it was also the same. A force within each of us that transcends our thoughts and intellect. Somehow an energy that is a bridge between our humanness and our godliness. In case you are wondering about the exception of the psychopath I now believe that even they possess this thing of love. Psychiatry just cannot tap into it for they are based on a type of scientific logic. My considered opinion is that love is omnipresent and therefor omnipotent.

Hopefully this introductory stuff allows us to talk about your God. In short, how can we share a concept of God when each of us has our own body, mind and soul? We propose that this is not a bad thing but a good thing.

I got real lucky.

Daughters that love like sisters and best friends. They count me a friend also.
Daughters that love like sisters and best friends. They count me a friend also. | Source

My wife has arms like this song

I would have trouble loving you if you were just like me.

Just for an example I like to attend a church where there are two quiet moments. One to review our lives and ask God to relieve of our errors and help guide us to do better. Some call that a confession of sins. Then there is the time when we are to quietly just between our God and us pray for others. There is absolutely no need for me to attend a church to do that by myself. In my case I get so wonkers that I have do it at the least 1 time a day. Now make no mistake in the church setting everyone is different, seeing a different personal God and praying for different things. But love is involved. No hate. No anger. No hubris. A love born in supplication and humility. We are all so different, yet we are so the same in taking the same action at the same time. In essence a communion with a God special and different for everyone. I find the same in communal singing. The choir is made up of so many voices each different, the real choir is of course is the community and most are lousy singers. But to a one the voice most heard is their own.

We use the above example to illustrate that even within a group of “like minded and like faith”, there is still the differences. Let me not fail to mention the wonderful mosques, temples and monasteries and sanghas and sweat lodges where I have seen the same. Like snowflakes not one the same but together leaving a blanket of snow, that actually nourishes our wonderful earth.

Now I diverge from what is my like. Leaders of groups and folks that want all to accept texts the way that they “understand” them are missing the juice of this happening of creation where we are all different. This is contrary to the reality. Your God and mine would not be so contrary to what is. How can we even accept that we are to think and feel the same if we are so clearly created different? The beauty of what your God has created should not be changed by man. I make no condemnation of organized religion here, not at all. I think commonality of ritual and doctrine is like warm ups before a sporting competition. They help get our heads and bodies focused. But we should be weary between community and blind commonality.

Why did a Native American leave this mark that looks so much like a cross?

Please do not forget that in our difference we are really all one - what I call a Holy Mystery.
Please do not forget that in our difference we are really all one - what I call a Holy Mystery. | Source

This song reminds me that I don't want to meet my maker with anger in my heart.

My God don't need to punish me, I do that fine all by myself.

Now let us get to the good stuff – your God. There are something like 7 billion folks on this earth. Now assuming the absolute truth that everyone of us is different and special, does that mean there are 7 billion Gods? I think that is just too hard of a leap of faith to make. In probably all colleges in many disciplines from philosophy to police science to sociology they do a stunt. It goes like this. A gunman bursts into the room and shoots the professor and then turns and runs out. The students then write a report of what happened. Same occurrence and yet there are invariably as many accounts as there are students.

So is it hard to believe that God is one occurrence and yet we have over 7 billion accounts of God? Of course we all know the uncomfortable scene of husband and wife telling stories of their adventures on a vacation and they just arguing about what really happened. My wife and I were praying for some friends of ours. When we were done I was compelled to go to them and lend a physical hand, my wife picked up the phone and just listened and let the wife vent. Same God basically the same prayer and basically two different answers. Hey, and we think our God is the same as each others.

There is a man and in his life he has been a trial attorney, the kind with twelve jurors and he has been a preacher, the kind with 50 or more in the pews and he has been a coach, the kind with 20 or more players. He was one man yet each person in each circumstance heard something different from him even though he spoke the same words. How much more does God speak the same to millions and yet everyone hears something different?

Can I, as the author of a sermon tell you who is your God? I think that would be folly. But I can speak of my God. My God is the energy of the billions of souls sending forth the synthesis and synergism of love. A non-being yet a force that can conquer all and is everywhere at once. A power we can and do tap into whenever we seek or act in love. God granted me four children, three who are adults. In error I punished each one twice. They are wise enough to know that when they error, they fall away from the love which is God and they do what it takes to get back to being right.

You really do not need to connect with what is already part of you.

Let me end with a word of suggestion. Don’t let anyone tell you how to connect to your God. Because you do not need that advice. You need to get really comfy and fill your heart with love and poof God is so much a part of you that you really do not need to connect any more than you need to connect with your own heart. I pray today that you shine on your God.

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      Word 9 months ago from Chicago

      Hey Eric,

      This was hilarious. You have a wonderful family. No wonder you are a cool and happy guy. Keep up the good work. God bless!

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      Eric Dierker 9 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Word. I hope my blessings shined through.

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      Eric Dierker 9 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Norine your comment was nearly as long as the hub. It was not on point with the sermon. It was repetitive of what you always say. It attacked me personally. I hope you copied it so you can make your own hub which your hundreds of readers will follow. So I just had to delete it. Speech should be accorded freedom but it must at least try to fit into a space that is not libelous. I wish you luck at your own space.

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      Linda Lum 9 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric - Although I believe in the one true God, I do share your analysis that each of us approach that God in our own unique way because no two of us are alike.

      We all have our own set of burdens, sins, things of which we are ashamed. Each of us has a relationship with God that is very personal. I believe that you and I pray to the same Heavenly Father, and He hears your prayers as well as He hears mine, and those of the other 7 billion souls on this planet. However what we hear from Him when we read His word or listen to a sermon--is not the same Each of us hears the message we need to hear for our own personal troubles.

      I think that is what the Holy Spirit does. Some people might call it a miracle. I just call it love.

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      John Hansen 9 months ago from Queensland Australia

      A fine sermon once again, Eric. I do think that as we are all different, God comes to us in different ways (or we see him in our own way) to use whatever gifts we have been given to try and better the world. As you say he is in our hearts. I feel my writing and whatever message it contains is often guided by "my God."

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      Eric Dierker 9 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda my friend, I must thank you for your prayers for me. I truly felt and feel them. I am thinking of writing a non-sermon hub about my deep abiding love, confidence and faith in my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and my faith in the Holy Mystery of the triune. For me Jesus is the life blood that keeps my life so abundant in goodness.

      Of course I could go on and on. So I shall in a hub for that purpose. Thank you again for being here in my heart.

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      Eric Dierker 9 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      John, you are one of my writing heroes. Somehow in your writing you reflect not only a gift for the technical and interesting but a piece of you. And that piece is a love. A giving of what has been given you. Your words are an actual action reflecting that guidance that you listen to.

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      Mel Carriere 9 months ago from San Diego California

      I never thought of it before, but being in the same room with someone just like me would be a little unsettling. Your sermons have a flow and cadence that soothes as much as the words. Hope you are doing well.

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      Eric Dierker 9 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mel, thank you much. And yes I am now doing well. The great thing about being not well is we appreciate be well more.

      Yes indeedy if we were all the same we would all know what others were thinking. And just think of the fun that would take out of life.

      I am looking forward to coming by and catching up on your wonderful writing art.

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      CH Elijah Sadaphal 9 months ago from New York, NY

      "Let us begin with a simple absolute truth. The absolute truth we speak of here is that we are all different."

      Here is the paradox: while we are all different, we are all astonishingly the same, which is also an absolute truth.

      You and I and everyone all share the same fundamental anatomy, with the same proportion of elements and who all breathe in the same air. Genetically speaking, every human being is more than 95% the same and it is the remaining 5% that produces distinction.

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Late as always but at least I'm here, and as always, I'm not disappointed. Great wisdom here.....and you have lovely daughters, and a lovely family in general, and ain't it cool when good things happen to men like you and I?

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      Catherine Mostly 8 months ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      I just came across Norine's response to this hub, and now I see why she is so worried about you, Eric: you don't put nearly enough bible verses & theology into your sermons for her taste, LoL! I'm surprised she doesn't create a new hub response for every one of your sermons because they are all very nice and tame - not much more than a breeze and certainly not a storm. Very Independent & NonDenominational. Awwww... :)

      We're all different and yet very much the same as Dr Che said above... As 'one' we are all part of a whole - sort of like cells in a body. We mirror each other, as much as we hate to admit it. The people that we dislike or love the most are exactly the way 'we would be' under the same circumstances and born with the same disposition, etc. Once you realize that, it is so much easier to stop judging people, forgive and LOVE them - and their quirks.

      Yeah, wouldn't we ALL love to wring Norine's neck sometimes - but, she is SPOT ON with what she has had to deal with in her life. Any of us would be just like her if we had been born into her shoes; had to deal with the way her religion has been pounded into her head; are as worried about going to hell; and shrill about 'saving the world' as she is because of it. People don't view someone like her as 'needing to be ministered to'.

      I'm really not sure that I agree with the image of the Native American art looking like a cross - that is a bit of a reach. That 'crossing' symbol is a big one and it means so many different things. For all we know, it could have been an 'X marks the spot' for a buried treasure.

      I'm also not sure how I feel about God being a 'non-being'... Why do you think that? Sure, he/she isn't a human being; but how could a non-being 'give' you anything, do anything for you, or deserve adoration for anything?

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      Catherine Mostly 8 months ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      Again with insisting that the bible isn't 'the word' while spewing scripture after scripture at me. What WAS your problem with Eric's neat little sermon if it wasn't that he didn't have something technically incorrect according to you?

      I don't question God or his power - you have simply judged me as being insane (like my mother), possessed by evil, and unable to come to any valid, logical or SPIRITUAL conclusions other than something 'evil'.

      Like I've told you... Pray for God's will in my life not your's if you just HAVE to pray for me. I simply trust that your 'christos' is taking care of you just fine; and is leading you wherever, whenever.

      You are way too wound up about everyone's soul. This is the main reason why I know you're still embedded into religion; and that pagan book that was written to keep your mind enslaved still has its spell on your mind.

      Its okay. It will all come undone on its own when you die. That is when we'll all know the truth of our existence. Its just that it would be nice and make things so much easier for everyone - if extremists & fanatics like you could find some balance. Your state of mind is both heartbreaking and frustrating to people in the equal extremes.

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      DDE 8 months ago

      A beautiful hub with such great thoughts

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      Rich Kelley 8 months ago from The Ekklesia

      "My son now six wants to remain a small child forever"

      Matthew 18:3 and said, "Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.

      Your son is wise beyond his years. :)

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      Eric Dierker 8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Dr. As usual the HP minigods are not sending me notices of comments on my hubs. I really must get myself into the habit of checking in my comment section under statistics. Isn't that special relationship of us all being different yet all the same just fascinating. Just to think of it - all us newborns are about 78% water, going down to about 65% as we grow. What could be more common than water? And our wonderful earth is about 70% water.

      And yet the most important thing we share does not even make itself known as matter -- Love.

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      Eric Dierker 8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill I am always delighted to sing to myself that great song "Why me Lord"

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_VgTVtI5cU

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      Eric Dierker 8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Catherine it is great to hear from you and I hope you are having great weather up there Seattle way. Your words challenge us to think and feel harder -- grow.

      About that marking. I reckon I was 6 when I was allowed to go for a hike with the big kids to see it. About a mile and a half from our cabin. The cross is about 3 miles up canyon from Sedona, AZ. Our land was a first deed from a homestead deed. The Piute peaceably co-existed with the "Europeans" in the area. No missionaries allowed in the area. The best knowledgeable estimate of that drawing was that it was just someone doodling.

      That notion of omnipotent and omnipresent leaves me to lend my belief that "being" is not really what my God is. There must be a nothingness and an everythingness. A being is something I can wrap my head around, but I do not think I can wrap my head around the concept of God. But thanks I will ponder it more.

      Norine is good for me, she makes me go head on with the notion of enabling. We have to balance our love for her. She really does need to write in her own space and not usurp ours.

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      Eric Dierker 8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Devika, I hope you are doing well in your adopted home country.

      Your comment makes me happy. If I can refrain from telling people what to think, but inspire them to think, then I am a happy man.

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      Eric Dierker 8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Rich, that little boy of mine is a miracle. I had cancer real bad and so I had chemo real bad. It left me sterile. But God clearly had other plans. My son gives me the gift of remembering to be childlike in my understanding. I have learned more from my four children than all the studying to get my doctorate.

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      manatita44 8 months ago from london

      An inspirational Hub, and yes, I did miss you. I can only hope that all is now well. I work in a hospital setting and have some 43 years of experience, so if you feel that I can be of service in any way, please let me know.

      What is needed, perhaps, is more holistic ways, such as yours...opportunity to raise the Consciousness, the only way to heal the form. Let us serve... continue...the Universe is as unfolding as it should.

      A most beautiful song! Much Peace!

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      Eric Dierker 8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you much Manitita,

      We seem to be on the mend. What was hope is now joy. Yes indeed we need to be more inclusive in our views of the world and others. Even If I try very hard I will not know all the wonderful views my fellow humans have.

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      Frank Atanacio 8 months ago from Shelton

      Eric this sermon gave me pause... inspirational and moving.. thank you for the chat... bless you

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      manatita44 8 months ago from london

      Brother, I did not know that you'd borne so much suffering...our Lord is more compassionate to you. Unfair (chuckle) My sister has cancer stage 4. Like you, she is a dynamo! Perhaps she'll defeat death. (ha ha.)

      Sorry to take up more space here. You know I love your Hubs. Just returned to empathise, but I suspect that you already know that you are in safe hands and with a bonus environment. What more can any man ask for? Higher blessings.

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      Eric Dierker 8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Frank, I think you know that these sermons are "we" things. I feel like we can take a look at some issues together and come to some positive thoughts.

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      Eric Dierker 8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Manatita, thank you. I like to say around here that there are few things that we are in control of, and one of those are suffering. A really cool thing happens in our home. More hardship = more prayer. I am not saying we like the hardships but we do like the side effects.

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      Dianna Mendez 8 months ago

      You are truly blessed with lovely family by our God. Your message speaks truth, the Bible is filled with accounts of his existence and creation demonstrates it further. I enjoyed the music video, sad but hopeful.

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      Eric Dierker 8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dianna, we are really having a great day. A church wedding and reception for one we call brother. Hugs and kisses and a lot of praising God. What a blast to celebrate all that He has provided.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 8 months ago from Southern Illinois

      This was truly a gift to me today. When I attended church this morning I felt blessed, yet I know each person felt the same, yet in a different way and for differing reasons. That to me is why the spirit is so precious. God knows our every need , and it is personal , which leads me to think every need is important to God. I am late because my computer crashed when I was attempting to download the new windows 10. It spent a week in the shop for repairs. Thank you for writing your thoughts. It enlightens me so much. You are in my prayers. God is a healer. Peace!

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      Eric Dierker 8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ruby that together yet apart miracle of faith is just amazing. We are so intertwined and yet left to our own free and different will. One of the cool things I like about church is when the preacher somehow focuses all attention on a matter of spiritual import. You can literally feel it. When we join our love together it is just amazing.

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      Linda Lum 8 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric - I have been facing some scary things this past week (and will be this next week as well). Once again today's Bible readings and sermon in my church were so spot-on. I felt like my Pastor knew exactly what I have been going through and that he was talking to ME, just me.

      But maybe the person sitting in front of me, behind me, across the aisle, felt the same thing. There is one message, but 7 billion recipients. We all need God in the same way, but what we hear miraculously becomes a personal, one-on-one conversation.

      That, my friend, is the beauty of this Hub.

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      Eric Dierker 8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Linda, I am so pleased you made time to commune with other lovers. You must know that Bill and you are in our prayers from our home to yours.

      You remind me on this glorious day that "we are required". Not that we must do something. But that in order for there to be miracles there must be us.

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      Dana Tate 8 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      Dear Eric- I loved this Sermon, it reminds me of what a lady at my church would always say " God tailors Himself according to our needs" He seems to wear many hats. Imagine all these people on earth and God knows us so intimately that He knows exactly what we need. Beautiful Sermon as usual. God bless.

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      Eric Dierker 8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dana in my faith God knows everything about me. My wife and I communicate pretty well. And we are very much in love. Yet we do not know everything about each other. Probably just fine that way.

      But my God knows what I think before I think it. How cool is that?

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      Norine Williams 8 months ago

      Not "many hats" Dana but "GLORIES!" HE operates in "GLORIES" (Jeremiah 23:24)! I keep telling ALL there is "ONE SPIRIT" who is the BIG "O;" Omnipresent, Omnipotent, and Omniscient!

      You ALL "must" READ the Bible to find "I'm not LYING!" There are not three "persons" or "gods" (II Kings 17:29-41 applies to "Christianity" too because of the Catholic Faith) but "ONE SPIRIT" who operates in MANY "GLORIES" simultaneously (As in Father, Son, Holy Spirit and in ALL of us (plus everywhere else & in ANY form) who "BELIEVE" at the SAME time!) if HE desires! We're talking G-O-D, not some "magician!"

      If MOST don't get away from that "Trinatarian" thinking, they will be LOST!

      Satan is ELATED!

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      Dana Tate 8 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      Norine, I will use my words the way I choose and I do not need your approval or correction. If you don't like the words I choose that's your problem. Have a blessed day.

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      Eric Dierker 8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Norine I know you feel duty bound - but. So I have a friend and we are discussing something that we like to talk about. You are also a friend. You interrupt the conversation and call my other friend bad names and grossly preach at her. Now even if you are right, I would tell you to do it in an acceptable friendly fashion or leave us alone. God gave me free will also. No one is called upon to be a jerk by God. You are being such a person so you clearly are not called by God.

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      Norine Williams 8 months ago

      Dana, *I* "correct" no one but ONLY remind ALL of what is in the WORD of GOD who does the "CORRECTING" although WHO CARES because you will believe as you please confirming you are not interested in "seeking" TRUTH or "seeking ye FIRST the kingdom of GOD and HIS righteousness" (Matthew 6:33)! Did not those who wished to be saved "Searched the Scriptures to see if these things were so" (Acts 17:11)? Were we not commanded to "work out our own salvation" (Philippians 2:12)? This doesn't mean trying to become "self righteous" by DOING GOOD but "STUDYING" for TRUTH in HIS WORD! I love ALL "souls" Dana, and not trying to offend personally but if HIS WORD does, It's doing It's job (Hebrews 4:12)! Blessings

      Eric, when did I call Dana "a bad name?" I called her nothing but asked her to "STUDY" (II Timothy 2:15) which is from the WORD of GOD! You mean giving GOD'S WORD is not "politically correct" or not "in an acceptable friendly fashion?" At least I'm not doing as JESUS who "tore up the temple!" Or am I? I hope so!

      I guess if your "political correctness" was there to see JESUS tear up the temple, you would have said "You are not of GOD" also, huh? You need to remember what GOD SAID and DID in Scripture to those who were unbelievers and you would see me through different eyes!

      Blessings

      BTW, you KNOW "I'm Right" (WORD), IF you've "STUDIED!"

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      Eric Dierker 8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Norine -- do you really think people avoid you and ignore you and censor you because you have divinely inspired wisdom? Do you really think you are like "martyr" status?

      If 20 folks out of 20 folks think you are obnoxious you may want to take a look at yourself -- of course the 20 could all be wrong and you right ;-)

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      Norine Williams 8 months ago

      I'm trying to tell ALL, ALL are "martyr" status," IF they BELIEVE!

      JESUS KNEW "MOST" would be "UNBELIEVERS" so 20 out of 20 is about right!

      Matthew 7:13-14 "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for WIDE is the gate, and BROAD is the way, that leadeth to DESTRUCTION, and MANY there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and NARROW is the way, which leadeth unto LIFE, and FEW there be that find it!" Well?

      However, Isaiah 5:20 says "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil;..." Well? It looks like you should do as "commanded" and "STUDY" (II Timothy 2:15) to "See if these things are so" (Acts 17:11) instead of remaining "politically correct" IF you don't want to join them "in the BROAD way!"

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      Dana Tate 8 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      Norine, I know there is only one spirit "Many hat's " is a figure of speech that I didn't pull out of thin air it has been said many times by many different people, meaning God, can manifest Himself into anything at anytime. Norine, you knew what I meant when I said it and I don't need you to point out scriptures because I do study.

      I won't comment to you anymore because I see you. You are a busy body who has nothing productive to do. Your own house (life) I'm sure is not in order because you're spending too much time worrying and picking at everyone else.

      I suggest you take those double-sword messages, that the Holy Spirit is giving You to study and understand before you deliver them. Being able to quote and point out scriptures does not mean you understand them. And, it shows that you do not understand the scriptures, though you can quote them, by the way you deliver them.

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      Norine Williams 8 months ago

      As I told Eric, "I guess if you and your "political correctness" would have seen JESUS tear up the temple you probably would have said "It shows you don't understand GOD, though you quote Scripture, by the way you deliver, huh?"

      I never professed to be a "perfect man," only that I KNOW I am "in Christ" and HE has spoken Isaiah Chapter 61 to me and that I will do!

      Now, you can call "teaching ALL nations" (as we ALL were commanded) - "picking at everyone" and IF you were interested in "working out your own salvation" rather than how delivered you would "seek ye first the kingdom of GOD and his righteousness" by "searching the scriptures to see if these things are so." Paul said in II Corinthians 11:6 "But though I be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge; but we have been thoroughly made manifest among you in all things." So whether you see me as "rude" or not "politically correct," is not my concern, but to "make manifest the "rightly divided" WORD of GOD!"

      I suggest you "quench not the Holy Spirit" (I Thessalonians 5:19) but pray to HIM for "leadership and guidance into ALL truth!" Deliverance has nothing to do with TRUTH or have you not heard in Scripture? Again, I guess you would say of JESUS when he tore up the temple, "You are not GOD," huh?

      No, you don't fight (Ephesians 6:10-20), take on the role of Satan and allow him make you think "Good is evil and evil is good" (Isaiah 5:20)!

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      Eric Dierker 8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Norine this is so cool, I found it while looking into all this whining about bullies. I think we give bullying too much power -- but it is a very serious problem.

      "To define God complex, it is a person that has an un-moving mind set that he is infallible and not capable of being wrong or failing at any task no matter how difficult or daunting it might be. The person would most likely disregard the rules of society, and consider himself worthy of doing as he pleases. The God complex is not seen as an diagnosable disorder, and is not present in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Medical Disorders."

      Isn't it cool that it is not a diagnosable disorder. Which means that it is wholly a choice a person makes. I am not so sure on that, seems to me in your case there could be some mommy/daddy issues.

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      Norine Williams 8 months ago

      Why don't you spend as much time IN THE WORD rather than wasting time (which "we" don't have a lot of) "trying" to analyze me!

      I KNOW you've probably NEVER met one who tells TRUTH regarding salvation, but I didn't "ask" for this assignment (and the flesh is weak but the Spirit is STRONG) but whether you "think" I'm "a bully" or not, I will continue to do as GOD asks (Isaiah Chapter 61)! Isaiah 5:20 applies AGAIN! READ IT!

      The DSM can't define GOD! GOD ways are NOT man's ways and its would be like trying to figure out how to fix a car using a recipe for baking a cake using a DSM to "try" and figure out someone filled with the Holy Spirit! First, the Holy Spirit "puts HIS laws in our hearts and minds" some of which are not "literally" written in Scripture; for example, "Moses was the Messenger (or vessel) for the LAW under the Old Covenant as was Paul the Messenger (or vessel) for GRACE under the New Covenant!" Now who has ever delivered this Message?

      Listen Eric! Do you recall the Jewish guy on HP that told everyone responding to the Question "Why are we afraid to follow Jesus?" or something to that affect, told all to "Listen to this prophet?" I'm telling you GOD called me! The very night he wrote that comment, GOD awoke me from my sleep, screaming my name (who I thought was my husband)! I went to the computer and as I did, Joan of Arc was on TV and something was said that resonated in my spirit which was "A life without courage and conviction is a life without nothing!" You see? - GOD speaks to me! HE called me out of my sleep, told me to go see what the Jewish guy had written and "coincidentally" Joan of Arc was on and I heard those words! Amazing - but TRUE!

      Eric, I have an undergrad degree in Psychology and their diagnosis' are as in the medical field "estimated guesses" based on statistics! As Paul in Philippians 3:8 "...I count it all dung (SHIT)..."

      When something can't be proven statistically or scientifically, don't MOST blame "mommy/daddy?" The ONLY problem I had with my mother and father (before I knew the LORD) was that did exactly what HE SAID which was "Bring up a child in the way he should go (in the WORD) and when they're old they will not depart" (Proverbs 22:6)! As most children (and children in Christ or you) I had "issues" with that! BUT NOW (and they're both deceased) I couldn't appreciate them more and have nothing but "gratitude" for my upbringing! Little did I know, they loved me but at the time (as you) it seemed like "bullying!"

      Scripture says in Hebrews 12:11 GOD SAID "Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby." So you see? - My "bullying" by giving HIS WORD is not joyous at present, but appears to be "bullying" but "afterwards" it will bring you into righteousness IF you "STUDY" and allow the Holy Spirit do HIS JOB!

      Blessings

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      Eric Dierker 8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Well I think you kind of just proved my point.

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      Norine Williams 8 months ago

      Of course because the Prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 5:20) didn't LIE!

      Want to see one in Scripture who was "taught from a child" besides JESUS? READ II Timothy 2:5!

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      Eric Dierker 8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Wow Norine, subtlety in human interaction just goes right over your head. Could God have made a messenger who is totally ignorant and actually a little stupid in communicating with others? I think I read Moses couldn't talk right. Maybe you are sought for your social handicap?

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      Norine Williams 8 months ago

      You should be so "blessed!"

      II Corinthians 5:13 "If it seems we are crazy, it is to bring glory to God. And if we are in our right mind, it is for you" (NIV)!

      I Corinthians 1:20 "...hath not GOD made foolish the wisdom of this world?"

      (v19) "For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring nothing the understanding of the prudent."

      (v27) But GOD has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and GOD hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty."

      Therefore, THANK YOU JESUS!

      I couldn't put it into words any better than Paul: "But though I be rude in speech (uneducated), yet not in knowledge (of "revelation" in HIS WORD); but we have been thoroughly made manifest among you in all things."

      I GIVE WORD! TAKE HEED and try to "figure out" this "Stupidity!"

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      Eric Dierker 8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Norine, and so you have clarified for me that you are more harmful than helpful in spreading the Gospel of Christ. Therefor the only logical thing for me to do is to censor you so as to limit the damage you cause. I look forward to "discussing" with you your bent in places more suitable for such hurtful messaging.

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      Norine Williams 8 months ago

      You wish to "hide" and not afford your brethren "TRUTH?" I thought you "LOVED your neighbor as yourself?" Why don't you want them to be taught TRUTH too?

      I keep telling ALL the WORD of GOD says not to "DELETE" HIS WORD!

      Romans 14:13 let "...no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in his brother's way." (v 7) "For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself."

      GOD desires "no one should perish" (II Peter 3:9) and when you "DELETE" HIS WORD (although you might not want to hear), you could be "causing your brother to stumble!"

      Eric, don't let your ego, pride, etc (flesh) get in the way of GOD'S WORD for "...we must ALL stand before the judgment seat of Christ" (II Corinthians 5:10)!

      ONLY giving WORD!

      Blessings

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      Eric Dierker 8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Norine you just do not get it. You and I share some things about our faith in Christ. I would like people to join with me in looking into Christ for themselves. I believe that through attraction rather than promotion we may find more people who may find some answers in Christ.

      You just damned well drive them away from anything to do with Christ because you are do utterly obnoxious. Not necessarily what you say as much as your purely antisocial ugly hateful presentation.

      If you mission is to drive people away -- you are fulfilling it.

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      Lawrence Hebb 8 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Eric

      One of my favorite verses.

      "He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end."

      Ecclesiastes 3 verse 11.

      It's God that set eternity in our hearts and it's him that nurtures that picture we have of him. yes sometimes he will send someone or thing along to 'tweak' the picture we have of him, but it's him doing it.

      For me, it's the Bible that does the 'tweaking' in my life, but I try never to lose sight of the one who put that Bible together.

      Blessings

      Lawrence

      Actually just reading a few of the comments it was Karl Barth who said "The Bible isn't necessarily the word of God, but as the Holy Spirit takes that word and applies it to our lives it becomes God's word to us!" I so like that idea.

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      Eric Dierker 8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Lawrence I heard a great notion the other day, I am not worried about it's accuracy, just the thought. Without man there are no miracles. Kind of like the question about a tree falling with no one around.

      We are so entwined with God, thinking of us as different or apart from misses a great thing in life.

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