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Eric's Sunday Sermon; The Stewardship of Love

Updated on February 24, 2016

A river of love flows through our lives.

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Love is miraculous

Love is not a commodity sold and bought. It is not even something taught. Love is not an encapsulation. And love is not a compilation. Love is not made of human mind. And love is not just being kind. Love is special in a tenth degree. Love does not come from a decree. There is something special in this thing. The more you give the more you bring. But love does not live all by itself. It must be found within the self. And then all good people gather round. And exclaim the virtue of what they found. But love can never ever stop there. It depends on how much we care. Stewards of this lovely gift. Their souls shall get a heavenly lift.

Are we to receive the gift of love and place it under our bed and pull it out when the time is just right? I think not. What do you think? I think it such a wonderful gift that it is to be paraded about and shown about as though it is the greatest treasure on earth and of course it is. A cool Bible verse is perfect here. “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” The impetus for this sermon came from a wonderful writer known as carbdiva here on Hubpages see her article here: http://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/Living-Stewardship-the-gift-of-talent

Now let us just say that God made man in his image. And let us just presume that does not mean that we all look like God, but rather something deeper. Now let us just say that there is good and evil in the world. Now let us say that man is born with two basic emotions and the rest are basically from being taught and experience, which is to say the same thing. Those emotions are love which is good and fear which is evil. And now let us just take a truth that withstands many tests but is written in the Bible like so: “If you do not know love you do not know God for God is love” (paraphrase from 1 John 4:8)

See how that ties into a nice little package. Love is a gift we are all given and acting in love is having part of God within you. Love beats fear and evil if you let it. That love is within us already. It is the light of God. It causes good deeds which glorifies love and therefor our father in heaven.

Even a great sunset evokes a love.

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Denial

The cost of love.

This thing called love is as natural as the day is long and is a gift freely given to one and all. The difference in how it appears in the individual. Both how it appears to them and how it appears to others. But it is really important to get the notion down that love is ours alone yet it is the connection to all others. It is in a sense a dichotomy. Nothing can be as personal to ourselves and yet a shared “feeling”.

Now a lot is made about the different kinds of love, indeed I have made a big deal about it but for now turn that off. All love is essentially the same. From amorous love to the love of a spring morning and the love of a game. It emanates from the same place inside us. I just challenge anyone to show me a man truly and completely in love with his wife that is not truly in love with life. I have a young son and I love him deeply. In being with him there is much love going on, both ways. It is very difficult for me to act outside of love when I am with him. Even in traffic. One of my favorite was to express something is like this: I am not saying love is contagious, I am saying love is contagious. It gets a point across.

Now I am not so sure that I want all this love all the time. I have a cantankerous streak in me a mile wide and twice as long. I love to argue. I am good at it. I used to make a living at it. And I promise you I have ruined relationships over it. When I was young I took argument as far as fisticuffs and enjoyed every broken nose minute. I am better now that I am older. But I must confess I still hold on to that need to argue and love just ruins that. By golly it is hard to enjoy arguments when you are acting in love. It changes arguing from talking to listening and that is no fun at all if you are arguing. Competition is addictive. Love stops that addiction and turns it into something positive. Nowadays I will normally settle for love and sleep better because of it. I hope you do also.

Sharing is essential.

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Kind of cool how they put this together. Different

Stewardship

Now back to this marvelous notion of stewardship. Now as I grew up I was taught in no uncertain terms that we must be good stewards of gifts. The two most important gifts that we must be good stewards of are possessions and nature. That is what I was taught and what I believe to be true to an extent. But now I have come to the conclusion that the paramount gift that we must be good stewards of is love. What in the heck does stewardship of love mean? What the heck does stewardship mean? And I love to get a certain definition from Merriam-Webster – here is one: “the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one's care.” Wow that is cool when you apply it to love. I wonder if my wife expects me to be careful and responsible in my care of the love I have for her. By golly I think she has a right and that she has entrusted that love to me. And so I must be careful not to betray that trust.

Now take that a step further. Back to the beginning. I believe God made me in God’s image as a gift. That image is love. God gave me a gift and entrusted it to me. The careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one's care. How do I manage such a gift I ask? And the answer comes back to me. ““In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”” (Yes I do not quote the Bible gratuitously) Wow let the light shine by my good deeds—done in love? Amen to that one.

I got this gift called love. I got no right to put it under the bed and pull it out when it suits my needs. I got this gift that I must show off. And I must show that off by doing good deeds in love. It just ain’t no option to do otherwise.

Let us leave off with a simple prayer and an amen.

Lord grant me thy favor

The favor to do thy will in love

Help me to be a good steward of your most precious gift

Love

Amen

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      Eric Dierker 5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Larry It actually is very exciting.

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      Larry W Fish 5 weeks ago from Raleigh

      You have it right on, Eric.

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      Eric Dierker 5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Good News Larry, in my son's school they are all over that. One is the popular "Hate Has NO Home Here".

      It is a wonderful program but must be mixed with some direction about not calling out the victim card.

      But in our home that is not a problem because I believe strongly that the best way to resolve problems is taking responsibility of the problem.

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      Larry W Fish 5 weeks ago from Raleigh

      Eric, It is just my personal opinion but I think starting early in elementary school there should be a course teaching love and showing that hate is wrong. You are right, there is a small percentage that hate, but maybe we can make that percentage evern smaller.

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      Eric Dierker 5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Larry I think the numbers prove your feeling right. Conflict of a violence type is so terrible. But it really is "just" about 10 million a year effected. I know I sound callous but that is a very tiny portion of 7.2 billion. Quadruple the amount and add in 50 million in horrible poverty. So you have 100 million. Double it. What percentage is 200 million of 7.2 billion?

      But that is because most of us love. I hope we keep it up. We check the hate here in the USA. I think it really is about 500 thousand that are in hate. But we have 326 million. So that is what?

      Love abounds so much we notice hate.

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      Larry W Fish 5 weeks ago from Raleigh

      I loved this article, because it makes me feel that there is more love in the world than hate. I will always think that love will beat hate every time. It is sad that people hate and people are not born to hate. It is learned and often from parents that hate. Hate is what I call a disease that needs to be cured. Keep writing good articles.

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      Eric Dierker 3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Audrey my friend. I was out playing with me boy. I am kind of old. If he falls down at seven he just kind of bounces back up. I do not do so good. God makes it hurt more these days. Perhaps God is saying that I am a do do. That I should know better by now.

      You are doing good by caring. Love is like that. Maybe we do not do good, maybe we just try harder. I am not enlightened in such a sense yet.

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      Audrey Hunt 3 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      I've always thought of myself as a loving person. During my life it's been easy to love others and spread the love. But now I'm learning that the true measure of love is to love people who despitefully use you. Whoa...this is a hard one! But when I remind myself that God loves these people despite their nasty ways I realize this is what I should do too. I want to be a steward of love as you are.

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      Audrey Hunt 7 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      It's so much easier to love than it is to be any other way. I've tried to be mad when I'm hurt by the words of another person. I tell myself, "I'll be tough and with hold my love for a time". But it never works. :) It just feels better to continue to be loving. Wonderful sermon, Eric.

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

      Holle, you are one of those folks who just naturally love life. I bet it did take a bit of wrong turns to there. But if we are in love with life we must look back and love the wrong turns also. Thanks for coming by. Our Lobster last night was oh so good. But your recipe will be used on Friday -- I know it is not fish, but close enough.

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      Holle Abee 7 months ago from Georgia

      I enjoyed reading this. Like you, as I've gotten older, I think about love differently. I think it takes some maturity to fully appreciate how important love really is.

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

      Namaste Deborah, I just got a vision of dogsleding up your way, what great memories of X-Country skiing laying the first track.

      Now back to love. This connectivity is a wondrous thing. For me, I can wrap my head around it and wrap my heart and soul around it. Hate/apathy and disconnect. Love and action and be.

      Well I think I am due to relate another sermon. Thank you.

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      Deborah Demander 9 months ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      This is a great article, Eric. I appreciate your teaching on love. I try to practice being and expressing love every day, and it is a lesson I hope to impart on my students, my clients and my children.

      We are all connected to each , and we are all connected to God. Thanks for the beautiful reminder of love.

      Namaste, my friend

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

      Thank you much for the reminder today. Being not so perfect at being loving always gives me room to improve.

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      vespawoolf 13 months ago from Peru, South America

      I agree that we should show love in every aspect possible of our life. Thank you for sharing.

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

      Thank you Audrey for adding so much here. You make great points and give me food for thought. That sharing "in Love" is just a wonderful part of life. Divine love is something I wish I could just give to every one.

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      Audrey Hunt 13 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Love is the highest form of all vibrations..it's our very essence. If everyone of us pledged to love one another each day what magnificent changes might occur within the universe.

      With divine love everything falls into place. Without it chaos raises its ugly head. Your sermon is timeless. We all need to be reminded to practice more love, forgiveness and patience in our lives. Not just with others but with ourselves as well.

      Thank you Eric for this up-lifting message.

      Bless your heart!

      Audrey

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

      Jackie it is always good to have you visit. I think I will put the song on now - for some reason it does not interfere with my train of thought.

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      Jackie Lynnley 14 months ago from The Beautiful South

      Great loves and love the song My Love is Blue. Had quite forgotten it and how much I loved it. Thanks!

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

      Boomer, thank you for your kind words and inspiration. May favorite question to be asked is: "How can you love that guy?" I am afraid that only God knows the answer.

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      Boomer Music Man 15 months ago

      I love your article. Everyone should know the real meaning of love. Love is truly is truly a free gift from God. We should display it all times and never hide it. We should be good stewards of love. Keep on writing about spiritual and uplifting articles. This will give hope to many.

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      Eric Dierker 15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Kristin, it is nice of you to drop by and leave an encouraging note. I am glad you liked it.

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      Kristin Shay 15 months ago from Illinois

      Loved reading this article, awesome thoughts

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      Eric Dierker 16 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you very much. We share a common faith.

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      Guilherme Radaeli 16 months ago from São Paulo - Brazil

      Oh I didn't mean that your article lacked anything! Quite the contrary. I meant that I often find discussions of faith that do not include the greatest value of them all, which is love, which is why your hubs are a refreshing change to that status quo.

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      Eric Dierker 16 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hello new friend. Dakk, there is this daily issue we face. When trying to help others, do we do what they are doing just fine by themselves or do we add something to the endeavor? There are plenty and I mean plenty writing about that stuff you mention, so maybe I can help the cause by trying to help by adding to it and not redoing it.

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      Guilherme Radaeli 16 months ago from São Paulo - Brazil

      This is very good. Its easy to find articles that proselytize over and over with moralistic maxims and faithfulness to ritualistic ideas of how faith works, but talk very little about our duty with love, which is the core of christian faith. Great hub Eric, wish you and your family the best.

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      Eric Dierker 16 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Patricia I am happy that you shared your journey and tragedy with us. It allows at least me, to pray for you and yours mores specifically.

      My family is doing great. I am pleased that with this cancer I have that my wife's faith in the Lord keeps her upbeat and without much worry. I must not struggle of suffer, there is much loving to be done.

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      Patricia Scott 16 months ago from sunny Florida

      Eric the prayer was a perfect ending, a new beginning at the same time, you know ? Knowing that love surrounds us even when we wish to argue...that is a good thing. Hoping all is good with you and yours, Eric.

      Please know that Angels are on the way to you ps

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

      There was this great teacher that walked the earth a couple of thousand years ago. I think He was a better teacher than Buddha or Plato or even my favorite Geronimo. I just love him. There is a book written about him and we call it the Holy Bible. My wife just loves the book.

      Is it even possible that you are not my friend? Let me think about that.

      That guy Jesus insisted that you are my brother. Was He wrong? Be I wrong of be I right, the meek shall inherit the earth.

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      charlie 17 months ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth. between the oceans

      First---I AM NOT YOUR FRIEND.,

      you are the one that has the false doctrine to promote. you being an ex lawyer blinds you to scripture truth because you have to manipulate everything to fit your plan. a Christian has to change his life to fit scripture. your feel good doctrines of men HAS NO ETERNAL VALUE and does not lead people into the Kingdom of God, but to the kingdoms of apostate men like you

      AS FAR AS PARROTING, I have learned all I know from many years spent in the word with the Holy Spirit. not one thing I teach came from man.

      Stop slandering me, and stop nipping at my heels as that has no place in the Christianity section. as I said I never attack you, just your false doctrines and then your friends join in.I have NO DESIRE for further

      COMMUNICATION with you. unless you can prove with scripture in context, the false, misleading and slanderous comments just be quiet and stop attacking me. slander is a terribly EVIL thing of which no real Christian would partake.

      AGAIN I SAY STOP SLANDERING ME.

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

      How marvelous to have you visit Charlie. Your passion is always refreshing and compelling. I always wonder if the Holy Spirit is tied to the mind and regurgitation of written words or tied to our feelings and heart strings. I had a good buddy in undergrad who could quote Aristotle to Freud to Washington and Franklyn. He was quite Jewish also and obeyed all the functions of being so. But the poor SOB could not analyze a paper towel. He simply could not come up with an original thought to save his mom's life.

      I like you Charlie and your information is great. But buddy you are just a parrot. You just are one of those guys in the front of the class that raise their hands and repeat what the teacher wants them to say. Cloak your "knowledge" in the Bible does not make you wise, it makes you a mimic.

      Some folks just don't get it. Christianity is a space and a place of well being, it is not a dogma of scripture. It is not like a photo of the Bible, repetition of words but rather a love for each other. You are a Bible thumper. Join those of us who think.

      Friend you need to do some study. Your definitions and construction of love are compulsion. I speak English really well. Greece underwent a renaissance. And now these words you speak of are not considered love at all. You are an old man in thought. Wake up. There simply is not concept of real love that is negative, it was a false idea. Love and bad do not fit within the definitions of themselves.

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      charlie 17 months ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth. between the oceans

      eric-- because I treasure the pure word I will give you a few, you have said you don't think the bible needs to be consulted , that your heart is to lead you in "your false love doctrine". God says

      Jer 17:9 "The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked;Who can know it?

      not that I believe you can accept it, but for others that may read your false doctrines. it is amazing that you attack and falsely accuse me of using too many scriptures, but Christians do that , we refer to scripture FOR EVERY ASPECT of our live. but of course those who are not born again and filled with the Holy Spirit CAN NOT understand the scriptures because the ONLY way to understand them is by the Holy Spirit.

      you attack me and others that know truth with false accusations and NEVER BACK UP YOUR FALSE ACCUSATIONS WITH SCRIPTURE. The very few times you use a scripture it has always been out of context or does not appl y at all.

      you and some of your cohorts have attacked me personally, (and continue) because you cannot prove me wrong showing that you are not of God, Christians do not do that.

      I attack your beliefs that are scripturally wrong which is what we are to do look in my profile you will see I say in all my teaching to " do not believe what I or any other man teaches you unless you have studied the scripture (any one that does not provide scripture backup should NOT BE HEARD) with the aid of the Holy Spirit (who will lead us into all truth. do you anyone bold enough to say that? so how can you say I am trying to make you accept my beliefs, which is a lie.

      TO ALL READERS-- before you accept this man's words or any other man, including your "pastor. GET the confirmation from the Holy Spirit.

      you falsely state I am trying to tell you what to believe. I present truth you can do with it what you will BUT YOUR SLANDER, LIES, attacks AND MISREPRESENTATIONS MUST STOP. !!NOW!!

      ***shame on you people that accept teaching that do not line up with scripture test.****

      now here are some scripture loves that are NOT GOOD AND CAN BE EVIL if not understood correctly. Enjoy

      NT:5365

      philarguria (fil-ar-goo-ree'-ah); from NT:5366; avarice:

      KJV - love of money.

      NT:5366

      philautos (fil'-ow-tos); from NT:5384 and NT:846; fond of self, i.e. selfish:

      KJV - lover of ownself

      NT:5383

      philoproteuo (fil-op-rote-yoo'-o); from a compound of NT:5384 and NT:4413; to be fond of being first, i.e. ambitious of distinction:

      KJV - love to have the preeminence.

      NT:5369

      philedonos (fil-ay'-don-os); from NT:5384 and NT:2237; fond of pleasure, i.e. voluptuous:

      KJV - lover of pleasure.

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

      You are a blessing in and of yourself.

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      Shaloo Walia 17 months ago

      I am not so lucky in the matters of heart but I am blessed with the most amazing & supportive parents, an adorable son, the presence of a spiritual master in my life and some real gems as my friends. And I am thankful for all these different forms of love in my life.

      Thanks for sharing this wonderful piece!

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

      Boy o Boy o, I can always stand some correction Charlie. Break it down for me and show me so evil love. I have this sneaking suspicion that "love" that is evil ain't love.

      But what an interesting concept that we must break down love into the intellectual in order to experience it -- especially God's love or a mother's love. Something tells me this is right in line with having to "prove" faith. Perhaps the world needs more rules and less free flowing compassion for each other.

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      charlie 17 months ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth. between the oceans

      but you lump them all together and call them love which is scripturally incorrect. each kind is different and each has its place. it does not matter who does the loving, it fits a specific Greek form which we must understand, NOT ALL FORMS of love are good, some are downright evil..

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

      It is always good to hear from you Charlie. Your confidence in how you see things is always interesting. I think you downplay the amount of different kinds of love. Certainly each soul has a distinct and appreciable love of their own. I just cannot love like my wife does. I very much enjoy finding love in all it's forms and people.

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      charlie 17 months ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth. between the oceans

      eric- and again you are found writing about a subject you do not correctly understand. there are over 20 different kinds if love, each specific, and each with its own Greek word, but you continue to lump them all into one perverted kind of sloppy love. please do yourself and those that follow you a favor and study ALL the different kinds of love and the proper use of each

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      Eric Dierker 18 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ed I am a stumbler. And now in somewhat older years I look for a hand up from my older sons and daughters and wife. Dang it! I may have all the questions but I ain't got but a few answers.

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      ahorseback 18 months ago

      Oh Eric , how humble you really are ! But then I'm not surprised ,you being an excellent man of god and all ! Keep on giving , you are one of the best givers I've ever known.

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      Eric Dierker 18 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ed, I ain't got much in the area of giving. I do my best. All this simple man can do is offer his thoughts. Perhaps that is worth something to others.

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      ahorseback 18 months ago

      I never read or re-read one of your sermons but I don't think " what a giving soul you are ", awesome !

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      Eric Dierker 19 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I apologise my friend I am having a lymphoma cancer moment. They come and they go but we carry on. Disease tries to wrestle the good out of us. But we do not let it. We move on.

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      ahorseback 19 months ago

      Eric , go my friend , we await your enlightened return , But then ,I suspect you will be the "almost "perfect minister then. I am so proud of knowing you !

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      Eric Dierker 19 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Nope I am stuck here in the Sonoran Coastal desert. But I am planning my trip to Israel. Africa and the Mediterranean I can visualize but I have got to see the middle east.

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      ahorseback 19 months ago

      Spring Valley ? OMG , I thought you were at the canyon ! Either way , You are an inspiration ! Ca. is a gorgeous and inspirational state !.......No ,no matter the day the sermon is perfect!

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      ahorseback 19 months ago

      You are so right , "No matter the day " what, are you in Thailand again? No ?, I thought you were at the canyon! You are so cool !

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      Eric Dierker 19 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Buddy I think I will send the next one out on Saturday. That way my pards across the big pond will get it for Sunday. I tried calling them tuesday an Friday sermons but it does not have the ring, no matter the day.

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      ahorseback 19 months ago

      So one of the things I love about these "Eric's Sunday Sermons " is that I get them on Thursday or Friday ,so, now either my awesome friend Eric is late ------Or Eric is early !.....Now I realize that the Stewardship of Love and MY responsibility dictates that it must be early .......right ? , As usual - great sermon , thank you Eric.

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      Eric Dierker 19 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Wonderful Lawrence. I am glad you found a sermon at the right time for you. I believe that our love is all that.

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      Lawrence Hebb 19 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Eric

      It's a Sunday morning here. The sun is shining, I've just made a coffee (instant) and I'm reading this 'spiritual food' here.

      Love is a gift, one we all have and can all enjoy. I remember the principle at my Bible college saying once that he thought there was only one fruit of the Holy Spirit and that was Love, all the others are just ways that gict is manifest to us!

      Thank you for reminding me to be a good Steward of that fruit!

      Lawrence

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      Eric Dierker 19 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Rolly thank you for the hugs and the uplifting comment. It does my heart good.

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      Rolly A Chabot 19 months ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Eric... My I have been away and I see your talent shining through on this wonderful piece. You are so right about the gift of love. It rewards in both directions and costs nothing but time. Once one has received and given in its truest sense it is an emotion so precious.

      Well written my friend, well written.

      Hugs from Canada

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      Eric Dierker 20 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Good morning Mel. Yes we will have to suffer through another 74 degree winters day here. Hey that could be me Johnny was talking about if I grew a bunch ;-) Thank you for coming by.

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      Mel Carriere 20 months ago from San Diego California

      Beautiful sermon for a Sunday morning, when I haven't even flipped the first bird yet. How does that Johnny Cash song go: "Six foot six he stood on the ground, He weighed two hundred and thirty-five pounds, But I saw that giant of a man brought down to his knees by love." Love can tumble the haughty and the mighty. Have a nice February summer's day over there in the Sprung Valley. Wonderful work as always.

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      Eric Dierker 20 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Emunah, it is great to have you drop in and leave a note. This is my favorite time in Arizona so I am missing it right now. Blessings to you.

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      Emunah La Paz 20 months ago from Arizona

      What an amazing Hub! There are different ways in which love can be defined. Your concept surrounding a sunset that presents love, is beautiful. Once again great Hub!

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      Eric Dierker 20 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I would hope that the messages are not set for a particular time. So that anytime is appropriate. I thank you for your constant support Frank.

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      Frank Atanacio 20 months ago from Shelton

      you know Eric.. even though I get to the sermons late I really enjoy them keep them coming my friend :)

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      Eric Dierker 20 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you for that Clive it is a wonderful addition to the sermon.

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      Eric Dierker 20 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill you are most welcome here anytime you can drop in and I sure do appreciate you look'n in on us.

      Now let you and I get back the the practice of love. If we keep practicing we make it to the big leagues some day.

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      Eric Dierker 20 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ruby how right you are. It is just amazing when you think about it. What a blessing love is.

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      Clive Williams 20 months ago from Nibiru

      love is kind

      Love can be mean

      Love can make you happy

      Or make you blow steam

      Love can bring life

      Love may bring death

      Love is still the most wonderful feeling, Love is the best

      Nice hub bro

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      Bill Holland 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I believe in every word you wrote....love is my religion, as you know...and yet there are times I find it so hard to love someone. I think I have some work to do, my friend.

      Sorry I'm late...my outside job had me gone until one.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 20 months ago from Southern Illinois

      It's funny how much more one can love when we come to the realization that we love God and that love is a gift God gives us. Wonderful message Eric. Thank you.

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      Dana Tate 20 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      Thanks Eric, I appreciate you saying that.

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      Eric Dierker 20 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Denise I have a brother that just cannot show love in a normal sense. He is gracious and giving and has love in his heart. But he just cannot say a loving word. We love him just the same and it is good.

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      Eric Dierker 20 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mona, that is so nice of you to say. Thank you. You know we write for love around here and it is nice to get some like your comment.

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      Eric Dierker 20 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda, I cannot write poetry. I have know idea where that came from but it came right after reading your excellent piece. It makes me think that the sharing of love can lift us up to do more than we are capable of. Isn't that cool.

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      Eric Dierker 20 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dana you exude so much love for life. You definitely let your light shine.

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      Denise W Anderson 20 months ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      I have never thought of being a good steward of love. It makes sense, though, as we are stewards of our possessions, and like you have so aptly stated, love is a gift from God. Being a good steward of love is giving it when it is most needed and least deserved. There are many around us who are unable to return our love to us. It is these people who need it the most!

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 20 months ago from Philippines

      This is a wonderful piece that examines love from so many aspects. You can write anything and make it meaningful.

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      Linda Lum 20 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, thank you so much for this. You have expressed so beautifully the feeling I was trying to convey. And I LOVE the poem you wrote as an introduction. Thank you my friend.

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      Dana Tate 20 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      Eric, this has to be my favorite of all your Sermons. I am reading a book named "Kingdom Citizenship" By Dr. Myles Munroe. It is an excellent read and talks a lot about stewardship. This Sermon was right on time for me.

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      Eric Dierker 20 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Love has been good to me Dora, the least I can do is return some respect. Love is the key to my very existence and and the cornerstone of my spirituality. Thank you for being such a supportive loving friend.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 20 months ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, you see love from every angle and discovers things about it that other people have never found. "Nowadays I will normally settle for love." You're so good on this topic.