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Eric’s Sunday Sermon; Of Nutrition for the Soul

Updated on June 22, 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.

Love Can Grow Like This Tree From a Tiny Mustard Seed Thrown Away in the Dirt

The creation of love.
The creation of love. | Source

Bombs and More Bombs. Russia or The USA?

Some people just get lucky with health. Just, genetically they are healthier than the rest of us with all things being equal. And, by golly, it so sad but some people are just destined to be sickly and die earlier.

There was a man who was as “healthy as a horse”, “strong as a horse” and “ate like a horse”. (no clarity on the origin of those phrases – seems like you can exchange Ox in there.) Now this young man, late 30’s was minding his business, a restaurant and exercising hard a 7,000 ft. elevation. Bicycling, climbing, running and sports from kayaking to volleyball to Horseback riding. You get the picture.

In four months his cancer went from not there to stage 4 and a malignant tumor the size of a large grapefruit that actually grew so fast that it broke a rib. People just shook their heads and many examined their own mortality because it just seemed so wrong and shocking to a very healthy one. One friend quipped that he would stop exercising if this is what it causes.

So many of us look to God for answers to such matters. Time eternal tells that on this question he does not answer directly. But in general we assume God has a hand in such matters. It is like those questions of war and violence and rich and poor. It is good we think about this and even give out answers ourselves but really? Why a hurricane wipes out thousands of lives?

And of course we all have an inkling that how we treat our environment gets us a payback in a major way, perhaps we call that the “Mother Earth” concept.

Well probably as in 85% probable. By a preponderance of evidence. This cancer this man had was man caused not nature and not nurture. The used to blow up nuclear/atomic/plutonium bombs on the contiguous United States Land. Normally it was at White Sands Trinity testing grounds a place in New Mexico.

What is known as the four corners, where New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and Utah meet in a corner. Sometimes the wind blows in pretty much all four directions depending. It is really cool, you can stand on all four states at once.

So you blow up your bomb at Trinity and prevailing winds carry the radiation all the way to Northern Arizona.

I Was Not Even Old Enough Kindergarten

Worry For Our Young

Can you imagine worrying about your little boy runny free?
Can you imagine worrying about your little boy runny free? | Source

Peace and Love My Friends

Back to the past and the 85% probability.

So this radiation blows over where some people live. Inside the house is safe. With clothes on you would block the sun and with shoes. There really was no significant threat. However take your shirt off and do not wear shoes and run around in the direct sun, and be say 4-10 years old and 7,000 ft. elevation and that was that. And in several known dates of exposure and that was really that – maybe to 95% that boy would sooner or later get Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Usually between 30 to 40 years later.

You meet that criteria and the government gives you money with absolutely no resistance because it is so above 85% probable. This young man was actually tracked from about age 15 until the cancer. That is freaky. Perhaps “test subjects”?

Now aside from the obvious treatment which is hellish chemotherapy and the losing of 6 months of his life basically and the stress to himself and others. It is interesting about our bodies. The man sat there with five others getting his chemotherapy. Great big recliners with TV and these IV bags. The chemicals were so hard on him that they placed a shunt in his chest so the chemicals go right into the massive blood and blood flow of the heart - yes a tube inserted into the heart.

He would get his treatment and exactly 3 hours later at home he would have to inject himself with chemicals to revive his functions.

It would seem to me that man and God have a deal. God does either the natural or God does the supernatural or allows the natural. Some say that is how some terrible people come out alright in the end. And why others who suffer if in love come out alright in the end.

Man does horrible things yet that is overwhelmed by the capacity of several billion to spread the Love. The calculations there are amazing for an earth/world. Millions affected by violence and catastrophe. Let us just accept over 100 million devastated by something every year. It goes like this 1,000 = 1 thousand, 1,000,000 = 1 million, 1,000,000,000 = 1 billion. You do the math. Let us just say it is about 1.5% if that of our population. So your news cares more about the 1.5% than the rest of us.

These are odds akin to dying in a railroad wreck or getting hit by lightning divided.

So the man is not angry at God or Man. One has to be allowed to be ignorant in order to grow in knowledge. Same for all men and women, child and elder as fellow members of earth.

Earth and Man Battle Back

What could be worse than an attack?
What could be worse than an attack? | Source

Every Dawn is Such a Blessing

I Love My LIfe

There are things that happen in catastrophe. Love shines through, it just plain and simple always does. So would you get cancer in order to bring loved ones closer in a rally to promote good things? I would suggest not.

But this man’s story does not end here. Horrible headaches (ultimately caused and cured) caused a need for a CT Scan. The radiologist was a bit sloppy going further down and into the gut area. And boom! Cancer was seen and dealt with immediately very much before issues. No not remission. The chance of that happening are astronomical. And the lawyers are all after him, because ‘Radon’ is a 70% cause here.

So To the Love

So the man’s love of life grew and in time he found that love for one another was the most critical driving force of life. Not sickness and not anger therefor. Certainly not riches, interesting but that concept is far below our %’s of above. “I realize it is no shame to be poor, but it is no great honor either”. (Rich Man Song)

Being real sick is nothing to celebrate. But the love that surrounds makes it more palatable. So God must be Love. So why put me through all of the above just to get me to love more sweetly and more completely. Does a really stubborn mule of a man really need to be smacked so hard just to get him to move in the right direction. Well it may appear so.

The road that was taken to get to the current state of a loving, helping and joyful man, is what it is and that must be what it took. “If you smite me yet it adds to the love and happiness in time how can I possibly not love you?” We wonder if it is the hard hand or the hand up that contributes to a space of love.

We are going to run a little long here. Justice and success are words to behold. What justice is to us and what success is to us are different by miles. Fairness from God is not capable to understand except the one omnipresent and omnipotent God which is love. If I look in love I know two concepts; “if you can meet with triumph and disaster and treat those two imposters just the same…. (Kipling). “Life can be tough but suffering is optional.” (Dierker)

3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4 Blessed are those who mourn,

for they will be comforted.

5 Blessed are the meek,

for they will inherit the earth.

6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,

for they will be filled.

7 Blessed are the merciful,

for they will be shown mercy.

8 Blessed are the pure in heart,

for they will see God.

9 Blessed are the peacemakers,

for they will be called children of God.

10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Stay focused on love please.



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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Thank you Lori, that is a great thing with your grandson. Having you as "Nana" indicates to me very little suffering so far for the boy. Which shows me two things; Some suffering somewhere caused the compassion and questions to be asked and that suffering lifted the boy up closer to God; Through your experiences -the good the bad and the ugly you were the Angel of choice - the conduit.

      Miracles always happen if we spend time with young ones.

      Now I pray for your grandson. We should pray more in thanks for the good, not just when trouble strikes.

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      Lori Colbo 

      17 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      My 18 year old grandson and I have been talking a lot lately about his struggles with the age old question, "Why does God allow good people to suffer?" I can give him a pat answer, and even though there is truth to the answer it takes more than a brief moment to mine that question. Jesus said in this world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." But offering that as a pat answer doesn't quite do it for some people. But the other day on the way home from church he said "Nana, I'm not struggling with that question so much anymore. I think suffering serves a purpose and prepares us for greater things." I almost drove off the freeway. It will be a moment I will never forget. My friend says she believes Satan causes everything negative that happens in the world. Well, we live in a fallen world, yes, but God causes some suffering and allows all negative experiences because he loves us and has a greater purpose. That's not the answer we always want to hear, nor is it easy to fathom. If you lose a child or someone is brutally murdered or raped, well that's just hard to swallow. But trust in the Lord with all your heart means not leaning on your own understanding. If I think of all the suffering I've experienced in life and look back I can see amazing things God has done, things I would not have seen had I not gone through them.

      It seems that in all your health issues and other life challenges, you've found what's most important - love. And thankfully, you have not hoarded it. Not only do you love, but you share with thousands of people on hubpages that love is the main thing. Thank you Eric for your inspiration. Love ya back dude.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Just a note before I go off and think. Our house is so joyful it makes us wonder why. We are a diminutive Vietnamese and an Italian. We scream and yell. But life is emotional for us. And we are hardcore Christians. I am not going to ask why it works. Good enough that it does.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Linda that is a comment that reminds my soul to stop worrying. Not me in the body but me in the spirit.

      Matthew 17:20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

      I am one bad dude if God let's me do dat! In faith what can be truly hard? Not the task and not our hearts.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Mary I was just stealing your knowledge on Solomon's Seal. You are just a great writer and nutritionist. Though if I travel in Southern Europe your articles there will be my guide.

      Thank you for giving me a friendship of love.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Dora, My beloved, son and I just did a 3 hour road trip up the coast. Spent some time in a shrine type place for Vietnamese Christians and ate more than we should have and now we are home.

      On the way back as the boy slept we went at it. And it was brutal. But there you are with nowhere to run. Take the pummeling and keep taking it until.... What a fantastic rest of the ride, too much laughing. Love takes work.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Mr. Holland you are so right. But a funny thing is that I have so much stuff to do and love to give -- sometimes I just freeze not knowing which on to do :-) My wife and Gabe usually settle that for me.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Chitrangada, You really just lifted me up. I was a bit worried about this Sermon. It flowed too easily in my fingers. I am so happy that you liked it. Good morning!

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      Linda Lum 

      17 months ago from Washington State, USA

      His ways are not our ways. Eric, I actually find comfort in knowing that I don't have to be in charge. God is guiding me--if it were in my hands what a mess there would be. Thank you for sharing your faith with us. You are a blessing to us, and you will be blessed. (I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Romans 8:18).

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      Mary Norton 

      17 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      After all the workshops on what really my mission is, in the end, there is only one word, Love. Somehow, all our paths converge to this.

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      Dora Weithers 

      17 months ago from The Caribbean

      Suffering has a purpose and everyone has to figure out its purpose in his or her life. Your perspective is good, Eric, as always: it must not control us; it must not make us forget to love. It must impact the soul positively. Did I say it is easy? No. We need the love and support of our loved ones, as well as the grace of God to get through it.

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      Bill Holland 

      17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm one of those people, healthy as a horse. I also clearly remember my dad dropping dead of a heart one moment,gone the next. So I take nothing for granted other than the power of love, baby, the power of love!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      17 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Beautiful and intense Sermon, written with deep thoughts, about love, life, people and God. I feel enriched after reading this.

      God has his own ways, which we can’t understand. We have to accept the pains in the same way, as we accept the pleasures.

      Thanks for sharing this wonderful and absorbing article. God Bless.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Bill you and I are in accord on this one. I add to the list of Holy Mysteries. And yet as you point out with Peter 2 it is explained quite clearly.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Pamela know that you are on our prayer list. Please get a good friend to listen to you. And hopefully not have answers.

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      William Kovacic 

      17 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      You know, Eric, I Peter 2:21 tells us that Christ suffered and we are to follow in His steps. The world is filled with suffering, but your perspective is right where it needs to be. The suffering of Christ fills us. The love of Christ is the only answer that really makes sense. Thanks for sharing, my friend!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      17 months ago from Sunny Florida

      Dear Eric, This is the first time I have spoken publically. Thank you so much for your sweet prayer, my friend. It has been a very difficult few months, but now my mother is in Heaven with my father and no more suffering.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Pamela, we will speak privately. But sense you published this publicly our wonderful congregation will pray with you as a whole body of love.

      This passing of our wonderful sister which is shown by her wonderful daughter Pamela is your will. Lord our Savior and redeemer we rest easy knowing that those who formed Pamela were angels in your sight. You created and let be created in such loving compassion.

      For if you can make the miracle of our beloved Pamela we rest assured that her mom is in the miracle of your love.

      You have taken an angel home and left us with the treasure of another angel. Thank you Lord for the mom of Pamela.

      Thank you, Thank you and Thank you.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      17 months ago from Sunny Florida

      I love the beatitudes, Eric. I also love the 23rd Psalm, "Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, thou art with me, for thy rod and thy staff they comfort me... This tells me God is always with us even though we may be ill for whatever reason. We all have difficult times, and if we remember the love that you often teach us, and everything will just be okay. When it is our time, we will go.

      My mother passed away this past Tues. after a difficult illness, but I know she has no more pain now. While I miss her, I am glad she is at peace. She lived a long life, even though I grieve for her. Treasure each day my friend as you are a wonderful man, a good father, and husband. I love your Sunday sermons, and you are such a good friend. That means so much to me.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Marlene thank you so much. You touched on receiving better than I did here -- so little room and so much to say :-) When you real need the loving it is so freeing.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      17 months ago from USA

      The beatitudes! We should read them every day.

      I think people do have to be slapped down hard to shake them up and unravel them - to open them up to the point where they can receive love. God has a way of making us see things His way, even if we have to suffer until we get the message loudly and clearly.

      Another very lovely sermon, Eric. Have a beautifully blessed weekend.


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