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Eric's Sunday Sermon; What of Inspiration?

Updated on June 5, 2016

Sometimes the heavens can provide inspiration

A great way to start a day.
A great way to start a day. | Source

Finding the right stuff

It has been awhile since I last published a Sunday sermon. I have been writing them but not publishing. The reason is quite simple really. They were not inspired, and therefore not inspiring. Words put together that make perfect sense but carry not a message worthy of a sermon. A sermon mustn’t be a lesson. Oh sure one can learn things through a sermon but that can only be a partial purpose.

A much more important part of a sermon is the questioning that it instills in the receiver. To be sure many preachers then answer the question for the audience. That is an interesting idea. It reminds me of those huge lecture halls in college. If you want to get a good grade you had better regurgitate the answer on tests or papers. No not your answer but the professor’s answer. Does this method instill introspection and inspire further study and learning? I think not. So if the thoughts and questions posed do not inspire then the listener is not an active participant in their own growth. If the answer is provided what reason is there for further inquiry?

A scripture or other writing is provided/quoted. Then the preacher tells the group what it means. There are two men. They could not be any different. What brings them peace and pleasure are totally different. They have different goals and aspirations. They even have different health issues. One has a family and one does not. One is rich and the other poor. Now they both live by the Golden Rule “Do onto others as you would have them do unto to you”. Please ponder that for a moment.

Sometimes the path just seems to hard

A long way to go.
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Just a cool inspirational chorus song

Look for angels all around you

Now how are they to treat each other. Is it correct for either man to give to the other what he desires himself? To illustrate, my brother heard this rule and so bought mom a baseball glove for her birthday. Could it be that the unsaid clear implication of the rule makes it go like this; “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you – if you were them”? Would you visit to help a homeless man and give him a fancy blender? Now for you who follow such things there is a line in scripture, Mark 12:31 “Love your neighbor as yourself”. That is interesting stuff to think about. What of the many many people who simply have not learned to love themselves?

So here we find ourselves contemplating what seems straight forward at first glance. But the practical application of such concepts requires something else perhaps. We can see in loving relationships a wonderful common occurrence. Couples give into each other because it is what one of them really wants to do something or get something. Funny thing but I am more happy when my wife is happy than when I am happy, if that makes sense to you. The best explanation that I can come up with is that true love is added to the mix. But I am not sure if there is more to it than that.

If we are somehow inspired to act in love then we will act in love. I hope that you can find that inspiration from whatever source.

Some people equate motivation with inspiration. To me that is not correct. One of my favorite sayings is “If you take action motivation will follow”. Now our friends at Merriam-Webster give us this definition of inspiration: “something that makes someone want to do something or that gives someone an idea about what to do or create: a force or influence that inspires someone”. I find it interesting that they say “something”. I like the second part best “a force of influence that inspires someone”. How are we to inspire someone? Certainly not by telling them what to think or do. Perhaps by supportive words and a simple touch. Perhaps by example. Perhaps simply loving and showing that love. And perhaps by complimenting them on what they have already done. The right poem often does it for me.

For me most of the time my inspiration, I believe, comes from God. But I often find myself lacking that inspiration. That it would seem is a result of not putting God first. If we believe that God is pure love it would mean that we did not put love first. I have seen people motivated by anger and harshness but I have never seen anyone inspired by those actions. I have been both inspired and motivated by loved ones in my life.

Open up your eyes so you can see

Somehow my roses inspire me.

What beauty, grace and inspiration.
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Find it so you can share it.

How can I inspire others through a sermon? I cannot. But we can delve into areas where you may find inspiration. It is a personal thing. I read and inspirational poem one day and am inspired by the thoughts. I read the same poem on another day and it does nothing for me. I really like a church service where there is uplifting music and singing before the service begins in any liturgy. I need to get into the right spirit and receptiveness. We are just wired so that our cognitive brain function can open or close our hearts. But we have the power within us to choose to open our hearts and seek inspiration in our day to day lives.

Here is one for thought. Sometimes my six year old needs attention. Sometimes it is reading a book or helping with homework or making sure he eats right. Now there are times when I just do it through motivation. There are other times that I am inspired to do things with him out of love for him. The difference in how we interact is like night and day. I can say the same for all family members and friends. Do I act out of and in love or do I just do the action because it must be done. One can be extremely gratifying and pleasurable. The other pure drudgery. And that difference can be felt by all those we interact with.

There are people who are just on fire with living and loving life. These people inspire me. So if I can do what it takes to be like that then I can inspire others. Love without sharing it is just about useless.

I suppose what much of this boils down to is looking for inspiration. Sometimes I just get in a funk and have no interest in looking for inspiration. I find myself just putting one foot in front of the other. There is an emptiness. It is a place where I must motivate myself to look for and be receptive for inspiration.

And now let us talk about the good news. God is always right there. Always available to us. Sometimes we set God aside and try to do it on our own. I do not and cannot know how God feels about that. But in my experience God does not abandon me because I abandon God. I like to think of it as coming home to a parent that just loves me even though I sometimes a screw up. A safe haven. And when I do that turn around and embrace God’s love things also turn around. Most often I find inspiration and my steps are lighter and I can find purpose.

My friends on this day and all others, I implore you to just look for inspiration. It is truly my belief that if you seek you shall find. And I hope that you do it not just for you but for those whose lives you touch. Please go out and inspire.

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

      Perhaps among the ego driven narcissists the most dangerous are those that believe themselves elevated to sit at the right hand of God. Can you imagine being so puffed up as to think you actually speak for God? Imagine thinking that you are so anointed that you stand on equal footing with Paul. And then to self proclaim it. I cannot remember a prophet or disciple that claimed they spoke for God.

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      Norine Williams 17 months ago

      Keep "tickling" those "ears" and working for Satan because JESUS told Disciples to "Feed His Sheep" (with HIS WORD) to draw them into "HIS FOLD!" Are you doing this?

      I Corinthians 10:21 "You cannot eat of the Lord's table and Satan's!" Who do you preach your "sermons" for drawing more into "his fold?"

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

      Hi Lawrence,

      For me there is a sweetness in age. As I look back I can see in the story of the prodigal son that now I have been both the father and the son.

      Your recent hub; https://hubpages.com/business/If-all-else-fails-Re... was a great example of "keep on going". Thanks for coming by.

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      Lawrence Hebb 17 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Eric

      I'd say you hit a nerve with a few people here, and it was a good one!

      I think we all go through those patches, the best advice I heard about them is "keep on going"

      As I got to the end of the hub I found myself thinking of the story Jesus told about the rebellious son who decided to return home "While he was still a long way off" MAN HIS FATHER DIDN'T wait for him to get home! As soon as he knew the son was on his way he was off like a rocket to find and welcome him!

      Awesome hub, and just what I needed.

      Thank you

      Lawrence

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

      Thank you for that reminder -- I got nothing to worry about.

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      Norine Williams 17 months ago

      Remember: "Worst than Sodom and Gomorrah in the Day of Judgment!"

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

      Sorry Norine that last comment had no redeeming social or spiritual qualities. Please wipe the dust off and go elsewhere.

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      Norine Williams 17 months ago

      THE WORD "IS" THE HOLY SPIRIT! I don't "interpret" ANYTHING!

      LISTEN: Have you EVER heard a preacher say "MOSES was the Messenger ("vessel") who brought us the Message of the LAW under the Old Covenant; likewise PAUL was the Messenger ("vessel") who brought us the Message of GRACE under the New Covenant?"

      Now some will deny because of "pride" or "ego," but if one KNOWS SCRIPTURE, they know this "revelation" from GOD (aka HOLY SPIRIT) is not of "man" or "me" and is TRUE!

      When I give WORD, IT is not from "me" but GOD! Things that "seem" strange or insane have been "revealed" by GOD and I am just HIS "vessel" which is NOTHING! HE could have used an ant, but he choose me! Thank you JESUS! Now I know this sounds "crazy" to the natural man, but GOD is ALIVE and HE WORKS "the same yesterday, today and forever" - through "man!"

      I give "ALL" GLORY to GOD! II Corinthians 3:5 "Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing of ourselves; but our sufficiency IS OF GOD!"

      Don't you recall when the Question was posed on HubPages "Why are Christians Afraid To Follow Jesus?" and the author told ALL something to the affect "It would behoove ALL to listen to this prophet?" He is a Jew! GOD called me from my sleep that night (I thought it was my husband screaming my name- twice!) and told me to go to the computer. That is when I saw the above comment made by the author!

      I tell the TRUTH! GOD is watching and I KNOW this! I wouldn't LIE! I KNOW "in my spirit" that is the night GOD called you to LISTEN to TRUTH for you are a "very wise man!" I did say "man" which makes it very difficult to turn from "carnal" things and move into the "Spiritual" realm.

      However, John 4:23-24 "But the hour cometh, AND NOW IS, when the TRUE WORSHIPERS shall worship the Father in SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH: (LISTEN:) For the Father SEEKETH such to worship him. GOD is a SPIRIT: (LISTEN:) and they that worship him MUST worship in SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH!"

      That's the whole nut in the shell! Unless we can "worship HIM in SPIRIT and in TRUTH, we are NOT "TRUE WORSHIPERS!"

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

      Let me make sure I got this right -- "I" give Word! Where else is there truth". In other you are giving us the word and the Holy Spirit should be cast aside? And that a reading of the word takes second place to your interpretation of the word. Wow! I am amazed to hear a professed Christian place themselves above God.

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      Norine Williams 17 months ago

      "Interesting that you could not come up with a scripture chastising me for not having scripture."

      "For he whom GOD hath SENT "speaketh the words of GOD..." (John 3:34)! "WHATSOEVER you do in word or deed, do ALL in the name of the LORD JESUS" (Colossians 3:17)! And there are MORE!

      Oh Eric! I wish you KNEW I'm telling TRUTH! I give WORD! Where else is there TRUTH?

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

      Thank you Dianna, it always brightens my day to have friends here visit and let me know. If this is what we look for we shall surely find it.

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      Dianna Mendez 17 months ago

      We should look for love in all things, as God intended. Great post on inspiration. I chuckled at your brother's gift to your mom -- how funny. I can see how someone might take this differently. God bless you and have a great week.

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

      Norine you still cannot provide scripture. And you are backsliding to your rather abusive ways.

      I just deleted your last comment as abusive to a fellow hubber. Act respectful or stay out of the space that I use. Yes loving thy neighbor requires respect.

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      Ann Carr 17 months ago from SW England

      What a lovely sentiment, Eric! I love your sentence 'So if the thoughts and questions posed do not inspire then the listener is not an active participant in their own growth'; that is so true.

      Inspiration is a catalyst. I am most inspired by my grandchildren because they have faith and innocence and are charmed by the world around them; they make me feel the same. I'm inspired by wonderful writing, something which makes me smile and something which makes me think - just as you have now done. Thanks for inspiring us and making us think, Eric.

      Ann

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      Norine Williams 17 months ago

      Did you not use the word "Sermon" in the titles of your HUBS? Well, you used it FIRST and I continued for "your understanding!" I know WORD says we "PREACH" and is used throughout Scripture: Mark 16:15; Matthew 10:5-7;28:18-20; Ephesians 3:7-9; I Corinthians 2:4-5; Mark 1:38; Luke 4:43; Matthew 11:1-5; Mark 3:14-15; Acts 15:35; I Thess 2:4; II Timothy 2:4-5; Titus 1:7-9; I Corinthians 1:17-18; Romans 1:14-15; I Corinthians 22-25; II Timothy 4:2; Romans 10:14-15; Romans 10:17; I Corinthians 1:21; James 3:1 + MORE!

      Eric, what use are these "sermons" if they don't do what JESUS wants HIS "preachers" (Disciples of Christ) to do? Bring sheep into HIS FOLD by giving TRUTH from HIS WORD that leads them to SALVATION!

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

      Interesting that you could not come up with a scripture chastising me for not having scripture. Now you have totally changed the word sermon to mean preaching. There is not scripture for that concept either. Whether you admit it or not, I am glad you clearly have learned something from this dialogue which is how Jesus taught.

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      Norine Williams 17 months ago

      I agree! That's why I said "PRECISELY!" "You used that term" and I continued using for "your understanding!"

      Again, we are to give MESSAGE of the "Gospel of Christ" in our "preaching" (which you call "sermons!")! The Message should bring sheep into Fold not define words or tell of "our feelings" which is "irrelevant" for "SALVATION!" Therefore, your "sermons" are AGAINST WORD!

      Paul said "I am not ashamed of the GOSPEL OF CHRIST: for it is the POWER of GOD unto SALVATION to every one that believeth..." (Romans 1:16)! That's the way we should preach or give "sermons!"

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

      Give one scripture that backs up your definition of a Sermon -- and don't try being cute and saying that the HS told you that something different means sermon. The word sermon was just plain not in use during the time of writing and compiling the books of the Bible.

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      Norine Williams 17 months ago

      PRECISELY!

      It is THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST one is to preach! You used the word "Sermon!" Where in your "sermon" did you speak of anything concerning the GOSPEL OF CHRIST?

      Your "sermons" are very Unscriptural!

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

      Norine, I will tolerate you for this comment. Because it is reasonable in length and it is about a word's usage. There is this funny thing; the Bible never mentions Sermon. Even what we call the Sermon on the mount was an opening concept provided to set the stage for dialogue. If you can read anything other than the Bible to further your understanding of the Bible you would very much enjoy this article; http://www.everlastingkingdom.info/article/26/

      Your propounded notion of sermon is one created by churches and religion and not the Bible. Mine is one that describes an act, transliterated long after the Bible was written.

      Feel free to respond but if you do it in a bible thumping obnoxious lengthy repetitive way I will delete it faster than a rattlesnake strikes a mouse.

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      Norine Williams 17 months ago

      Eric, I'm not on HP to gain "friendship" from ALL. The Holy Spirit asked me to tell TRUTH in HIS WORD and to "correct" those with HIS WORD! Whether they accept or not is up to them (choice)!

      You can continue to display "love" and "kindness" to all, but hypocritical if you don't adhere to HIS WORD! John 14:23 says "...If a man love me, he will keep my words..." HIS WORD'S (Not Webster's definition!) definition of a "sermon" is to "preach" the "Gospel of Christ" to bring souls to Salvation.

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

      Thank you Ed. I had read your comment and appreciated it but then got called away to play soccer with my son, and spaced out coming back and thanking you. You are of great comfort as a good friend.

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

      Thank you Devika. I hope to see more of your work soon.

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      Devika Primić 17 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great words from a great mind thank you

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      ahorseback 17 months ago

      Eric , you sir have done extremely well to reject the same vitriolic dialog that SO MANY people can spout forth with in today 's twisted world . And yes , even when quoting the exact words of the bible , many will still attach their own resentful bitterness and open hatred for this humanity into that conversation , Everyone here knows that you are one of the fairest and most virtuous ministers in the realm of faith ........well .....at least on this side of this awesome hemisphere !

      "Ignore those who shall openly decry God's written or spoken words and meanings ".........you won't find that in the bible , I just threw it in there ...........:-}

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

      Norine I tried to show you kindness and love here. But when you continue to deride in your own holiness and to interrupt other peoples peaceful loving thoughts being shared it is too much and too often. Perhaps the best way I can help you is to stop enabling you. I saw that you wrote a question of your own. That is healthy and you should strive forward in your own space.

      I know that you think any criticism of you or rejection of you is because you are like Christ and ordained by the Holy Spirit. Perhaps you even like being that kind of victim.

      But there is more to being Christ like than yelling at people and calling them an instrument of Satan. There is love and compassion and a desire to act in Charity.

      Certainly there is a place for your brand of faith. May you find it now.

      But my hubs are not that place. I will begin to delete your answers and comments with a heavy heart. I wish you well elsewhere and our paths will cross elsewhere on HP. But not here.

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      Norine Williams 17 months ago

      Eric, IF you want to "inspire" or "preach" you MUST do according to WORD is all I'm saying. Those who defy TRUTH are in "trouble!" II Peter 2:21 says "For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have know it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them."

      John 12:43 "For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of GOD."

      To ALL giving "praise," John 5:39-44 (v39) "Search the Scriptures..." (v41-44) "I receive not honour from men. But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you. I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?"

      When WORD is given and one defies, "ye receive HIM not!"

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

      Thank you Dora it is always so good to hear from you. I feel very blessed to have this as a gift.

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      Dora Weithers 17 months ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, you pushed up the bar on this one, and your inspiration clearly came through. Keep on giving what God has given you--love and inspiration!

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      Norine Williams 17 months ago

      Eric, I had to get up from my bed and tell you what came to mind (What JESUS told me to tell you!)! I "chasten" you "For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speak truth in love, may grow up into him all all things, which is the head, even Christ" (Ephesians 4:12-15)!

      READ THE REST OF THE CHAPTER!

      I know you probably won't believe this, but I had to tell you!

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      Norine Williams 17 months ago

      They thought JESUS "did harm" ("blasphemer, eating with sinners, wine bibber," etc). You know Eric, if what I said was not in Bible, you would have a valid reason to harp on what "you think" or what Webster or Merriam has said a "sermon" is, but Scripture doesn't say that and that's ALL that matters!

      You "initially" used the word "sermon" and I only gave Scripture that we should give His Word or "inspire" others by leading them to Salvation as Bible says! What's wrong with repeating what Bible says?

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

      Norine, I am not sure why I read your latest rant. (actually I was waiting for my tea to steep and thought what the heck) You really need to learn the common parlance and modern usage of the word sermon. Here again is the second definition from dictionary.com: 2. any serious speech, discourse, or exhortation, especially on a moral issue. This is just fact. keyway.ca gives us some insight into the origin of the word: The English word "sermon" originated from a Latin word, sermonis, which meant a connected discourse, that is, to join or weave together . If you are so misguided that you think the original writings in Greek or Hebrew contained the word sermon then you need to rethink that. Your type of hyperbole is misplaced here. You should write more hubs so people can choose to read your thoughts. My thinking on that is that they wouldn't so you attach yourself to other people's writing. And of course condemn as you believe that is your job that God gave you.

      You are always welcome here. But you might want to rethink the harm you do.

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

      Hi John, I hope everything is grand with your wife, children, grandchildren and farm animals. I was just musing on the idea of what folks without a bible based Christian background think of Norine's writing. I have come to the conclusion that they would be afraid of believing in her selective version of God. It reminds me of once Catholic kids who were abused by nuns in their formative years and when they could ran away from that faith. There is a certain kind of sadness in it. More like pity I suppose. It is a good reminder that certain people are tormented by their concept of God.

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      Norine Williams 17 months ago

      Eric, we all have different gifts ("in the Spirit;" I Corinthians 12) but when you claim to "preach" or give "sermons," they should be according to how Scripture (WORD/JESUS) says they are to be given and "in the Spirit!" There's nothing wrong with man giving "inspiration" to each other, but again I ask, "What does that do for one's Salvation?"

      I saw a Scripture I've never noticed before! After Matthew 6:33 says "Seek ye first the kingdom of GOD and HIS righteousness, then all these things shall be added unto you," the Scripture I'd never noticed before was I Corinthians 4:20 "For the kingdom of GOD is not in word, but in POWER." WOW! Then it is the POWER of GOD we should seek! No wonder the Holy Spirit kept telling me to tell ALL to "GO BACK" Isaiah (28:13) and "WAIT" (Acts 1:4) for the POWER (Acts 1:8) then ALL "sermons" would be "straight from GOD" (aka Holy Spirit, aka JESUS)!

      Coincidentally, I heard on television this morning Scriptures that resonated in my mind: John 5:39-44 (v39) "Search the Scriptures..." (v41-44) "I receive not honour from men. But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you. I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?"

      I say "coincident," by I know It was the Holy Spirit Who allowed me to hear those Words ("leads and guides") to give to HP! When we glorify each other or seek glory, it doesn't please GOD (Romans 8:8)! Isaiah 42:8 says "I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither praise to graven images."

      When JESUS sent the 12 out delivering "sermons" or HIS Message, it was not to "inspire" but to lead "sheep into HIS fold!" It is good that you love people (as I) enough to want to "inspire" (and GOD sees your heart), but when giving "sermons" we MUST "Worship HIM in Spirit and in Truth" (John 4:23-24)! I Corinthians Chapter 12 tells us of the "Spiritual gifts" and to (v31) "Seek the best gift..." which is ALWAYS confirmed by the WORD of GOD!" In other words, you have to give Scripture to support why you said Something; otherwise, it's your opinion!

      You certainly have a "desire" to love but the ONLY TRUE way to "LOVE" another is to tell them what GOD SAYS in HIS WORD which "inspires," "motivates," and MOST IMPORTANTLY "Saves!"

      I'm not trying to "hurt" you Eric because I feel the "love" you have for others! My position is to TELL sheep TRUTH in HIS WORD and that is as Disciples of Christ delivering HIS MESSAGE we are to do as HE commanded the 12, use Scripture to tell the world (Matthew 10:6-7 "But go rather to the "lost sheep" of the house of Israel. And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand." (v14) And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet (v15) Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city. (v20) For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you." You see? It is the WORD (aka Holy Spirit) that should be speaking when you give "sermons!" Your job as "preachers" should be as the 12 and as John the Baptist's (although they called him "crazy!") in Matthew 3:2 saying "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!" Verse 16 says "Behold, I send you forth as "sheep" in the midst of "wolves" be ye therefore "wise" as serpents (KNOW WORD or "RESEARCH"), and harmless as doves."

      Verse 22 "And ye shall be HATED of ALL men (Are you HATED?) for my name's sake..." Something is WRONG! When Hubbers HATE me, I know I'm doing my job! Sounds "crazy" huh? Not if one has "STUDIED" Scripture! Remember: Verse 24 "The disciple is NOT above his master, nor the servant above his lord." Verse 26 tells us not to worry! "Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered (HE will "reveal" ALL things), that shall not be "revealed;" and "hid," that shall not be "known!" Did HE not say HE would "lead and guide us into ALL truth" (John 14:26)? Praise HIM!

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      John Hansen 17 months ago from Queensland Australia

      I don't think you need to appologise or eplain anything, Eric. Your style of writing and delivering a sermon using your life eperiences are why people read and love your hubs. If anyone wants to read endless Bible quotes (without actually reading the Bible) and fire and brimstone preaching is what turns them on..let them go read Norine's hubs. I am sure she could do with a few more followers.

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

      And so we are now in need of an apology. Not in the sense that I am sorry but rather in the sense of Plato's "The Apology" written regarding Socrates's defense of himself in a trial against him. In these sermons I do not do much Bible quotations nor will I. I believe that I gather much knowledge and insight from the Bible. It truly effects my sermons. I think most people who read can see the influence in my writing. That is good enough for me. There are no tests given at the end. I must assume that the inspiration given me comes from my personal relationship with God.

      There are plenty, and I mean plenty of authors here who write and give wonderful references by quoting verses from the Bible. That is not my calling. Likewise fire and brimstone is not my calling. Some of us are given the blessings of gifts of talent. I have not been given the gift of preaching about wrath and vengeance. You must go elsewhere to find someone with those talents. (although it might be fun to try to convey a message about going to hell but I probably could not find the inspiration to do so)

      So I shall continue on as I have doing my best to convey trials in my own life so others can relate. And then lending some thoughts that we can think about to inspire to both overcome and charge forward.

      Please do not be dismayed by those who may attack this type and style of writing. Please do your best to love them also.

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

      Thank you so much Frank. I think maybe I get more inspiration from uplifting comments like yours than I could ever deliver. We are surely blessed with our community here. I am glad you are a part of it.

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      Frank Atanacio 17 months ago from Shelton

      Eric I'm so glad your publishing sermons again.. I tried reading other hubbers and I couldn't narrow anyone of them down to what you deliever. Don't get me wrong.. They publish sermon type hubs well.. yours just seem realistic.. and true to form.. Bless you.

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      Norine Williams 17 months ago

      Eric, well if you don't keep ALL of HIS commandments as in John 14:15 which says "If you "LOVE" me, keep my commandments" (listen to this psychotic person who ONLY "repeats GOD'S WORD"), I can say nothing but what HE has SAID "IF ye keep my commandments (Did you hear "IF?") ye shall abide in my "LOVE..." (John 15:10)! Where does that leave MOST? Not Believing! GOD does not "LOVE!" Then gives "sermons of inspiration!" From whom? Eric? WOW!

      "LOVE" is not going to SAVE you! "Keeping HIS commands" SAVES! That's why it's "imperative" that one "RESEARCH" ("STUDY") HIS WORD to learn "commands" (Galatians 1:6-9) in "chronological order" with HELP from the Holy Spirit for "revelation" of TRUTH in HIS WORD!

      You all can try and "discredit" the WORD of GOD by calling what IS WRITTEN "psychotic," but IT IS WRITTEN and NO ONE can CHANGE! Revelation 6:17 (in addition to Others) says "For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?" No one on HP!

      RELIGION has "taught" anyone who hears from the Holy Spirit is "psychotic!" WOW! Satan is laughing because HE'S (Holy Spirit) the "Promise" JESUS spoke of that would "lead and guide us into ALL truth!" Satan is ELATED! You have NO "HELP!" Satan has "cut you off at the path" in a relationship with GOD!!! Yet MOST say, "I have a "personal relationship" with GOD! How can this be? "FOOLS!"

      Giving the statement you gave is why you remain "IGNORANT" and defy Scripture (Acts 17:11) "But I must admit I do not normally read her comments as if you have read one you have read them all."

      What "love" are you spreading with your inspirational sermons when not caring what's in Scripture by not reading HIS WORD given you? Matthew 10:14-15 says "And WHOSOEVER shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet, (v15) Verily I say unto you, IT SHALL BE MORE TOLERABLE FOR THE LAND OF SODOM AND GOMORRHA IN THE DAY OF JUDGMENT, THAN FOR THAT CITY."

      OH MY GOD! Look what you've done! "For we must all stand before the judgment seat of Christ..." (II Corinthians 5:10) and see where all of that "love" will get you!

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

      Denise thank you for letting me know that I gave you inspiration -- I can hardly wait for your next hub.

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

      Ruby, "how easy is it to love a friend?" My firm belief in God is love, compels me to try (though I fail often) to love Norine. I do worry that she believes God speaks directly through her. I must say that I have met such people before. And not a one did not ultimately seek help from the medical profession. Perhaps it is therapeutic here for her. But I must admit I do not normally read her comments as if you have read one you have read them all.

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      Norine Williams 17 months ago

      Who me?

      I only give HIS WORD!

      That's what WORD does - "INSPIRES!"

      Looking forward to your HUB! Notify me when published! Hope it aligns with the WORD of GOD or guess what? I'll do my job! All I ask is that you don't "delete" (As Eric didn't, which GOD appreciates!) to allow flow of discussion!

      I Corinthians 2:2 "For I determined not to know any thing among you, save JESUS CHRIST, and HIM crucified!"

      "Analyze" GOD girl! lol "Because the foolishness of GOD is wiser than men; and the weakness of GOD is stronger than men" (I Corinthians 1:25)!

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      Norine Williams 17 months ago

      Who me?

      I only give HIS WORD!

      That's what WORD does - "INSPIRES!"

      Looking forward to your HUB! Notify me when published! Hope it aligns with the WORD of GOD or guess what? I'll do my job! All I ask is that you don't "delete" (As Eric didn't, which GOD appreciates!) to allow flow of discussion!

      I Corinthians 2:2 "For I determined not to know any thing among you, save JESUS CHRIST, and HIM crucified!"

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      Denise W Anderson 17 months ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      This is great! I needed a little bit of inspiration on what to do for my next hub, and you have just given it to me! Thanks!

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      Norine Williams 17 months ago

      Get thee behind me "Satan!"

      In the manner John the Baptist forewarned of Christ's coming, I say, "REPENT!" "THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS AT HAND" (Matthew 3:2)! Like the 'psychiatric patient' I'm telling you what is in HIS WORD which you've called "crazy!"

      Why HP puts up with it, because they have more JESUS than you and will "prosper!" GOD SEES (you too)!

      You call GOD'S WORD "crazy" and "harassment" to which I say "...the Lord reward him (her) according to his (her) works" (II Timothy 4:14)!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 17 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Oh for God's sake, SHUT UP norine! You need help, and you need it badly. Why HP puts up with you is a mystery. You're like the man who stands on the corner with a sign that says, " The end of the world is near. " REPENT! Then he's admitted to an institution for psychiatric care. Please stop harassing our friend...

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      Norine Williams 17 months ago

      Eric, It is GOD'S WORD that I gave and when one attacks what they "think" is Norine, it is not, BUT GOD! Therefore, I do not see where an apology is necessary to me, for I have NEVER spoken only delivered Message!

      I pray that during your morning prayer you asked "HIM" to forgive anything that offended "HIM" and "create in you a clean heart" for you are ready to accept "HIM" and Anything "HE" reveals in "HIS WORD" whether it offends others or not because It is "HIM" you wish to please and "HIM" alone!

      That's what GOD wants - "Humbleness!" II Chronicles 7:14 says "IF my people, which are called by MY NAME, shall HUMBLE themselves, and PRAY, and TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS; "then" will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land!"

      I deliver Message to ALL from HIS WORD to remind them what HE has said and is why you think "Norine sounds like a broken record!" IT is there and has been there for years but because of the flesh's desire to continue be "satisfied" it constantly changes one's "interpretation" of IT for "self gratification!" However, they have forgotten, "JESUS CHRIST is the same yesterday, today and forever" (Hebrews 13:8)!

      Was JESUS "LOVE" when HE tore up the Temple when they were "sinning" therein (Matthew 21:12-13)? When "sin" is involved, GOD is NOT "LOVE!" HE even went as far as to call one of HIS Disciples "Satan" when the disciple told HIM what HE SAID was "not so!" In Matthew 16:21-23 after JESUS told them HE (v21) "....must go unto Jerusalem and suffer many things...be killed, and be raised again the third day. (v22) The Peter took HIM, and began to "rebuke" HIM saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall "not" be unto thee. (v23) But he turned, and said unto Peter, GET THEE BEHIND ME, "SATAN"..."

      You see Eric, when GOD incurs unrighteousness, HE "REBUKES," vs "LOVES!" When one goes against what IS WRITTEN (GOD), I "REBUKE" with HIS WORD! It is not what MOST have been "taught" for FALSE PROPHETS (Pastors, Popes, non-denominational and denominational preachers, and of course those who worship idol gods) who do not "preach" "The Gospel of Christ" (After the Cross) only soothe "itching ears" to continue lining their pocketbooks or for "political reasons!"

      They don't care! They have ulterior motives be it "self gratification" or money! However, we must turn to HIS WORD to "research" (with the HELP of the HOLY SPIRIT) what GOD LOVES (II Timothy 2:15)! As mentioned earlier, JESUS wants us to "Feed His Sheep" with HIS WORD to "bring them into HIS fold!"

      You are Right when speak of James 3:1 "...let not many of you become teachers..." for Jeremiah 23:1 (witness Scripture) says "Woe be unto the shepherds who lead my "sheep" astray..." and is why I continue to give HIS WORD and "sound like a broken record," but guess what? It's called "LOVE!" REAL "LOVE!" For WORD is GOD and GOD is "LOVE!"

      Paul said in II Corinthians 11:6 "But though I be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge; but we have been throughly made manifest among you in all things." I may not present HIS WORD the way "itching ears" prefer, but I tell TRUTH for It is HIS WORD!

      I notice you continue to "hang on" to "love!" Eric, GOD doesn't "LOVE" anyone who goes against HIS WORD! If you truly "LOVED GOD," you would "STUDY" ("research") to find out what HE "LOVES!" I have! HE "LOVES" for HIS Disciples to "Bring sheep into HIS Fold!"

      Being a TRUE "Christian" is a continuous "learning and/or growing process!" As HE changes from "Glory to Glory" (ALL manifestations in Old and New Testaments), so should we! II Corinthians 3:18 says "But we ALL...are CHANGED into the SAME IMAGE from GLORY TO GLORY, even as (just like) by the Spirit of the Lord!"

      I've grown since I've been on HubPages! The two most recent "revelations" are "No Communion" based on Hebrews Chapters 7, 8, and 9 in which GOD said "No more rituals and sacrifices for Christ has "DONE IT ALL," and I Corinthians 11:20-21 ("Witness Scripture") which says "When ye come together therefore into one place, THIS IS "NOT" TO EAT THE LORD'S SUPPER. (V21) For in eating every one taketh before other HIS OWN SUPPER: and one is hungry, and another is drunken." Well, although WRITTEN, how do you think RELIGION is going to accept That based on "tradition?" Who cares what IS WRITTEN? I didn't put it there! However, they will try and justify by any means necessary because of "tradition!"

      Just as RELIGION will not accept living "AFTER THE CROSS!" I didn't put any of the Scriptures There which justifies the New Covenant and that we are to "OBSERVE" the apostles since JESUS "put HIS laws in their hearts and minds;" therefore, it was JESUS speaking through them as HE did the Prophets of Old! But who cares IT IS WRITTEN? As the Scribes and Pharisees believers continue to say "We got this!"

      Well, I find that IF one does not believe ALL of HIS WORD, you are NOT a BELIEVER or a Christian!

      The other "revelation" is Moses was the Messenger of the Old Covenant (Law) and Paul is the Messenger of the New Covenant (Grace)! Notice both experienced THE LIGHT (Moses-Burning Bush and Paul-THE LIGHT on the road to Damascus! Moses gave Commandments from GOD of LAW as did Paul who gave us commandments from GOD of GRACE!

      Wonderful "revelations!" To GOD Be The "GLORY!"

      I pray you all will experience what I'm experiencing! It's Awesome! And you can! The hard part about it, you have to become as a little child, cast yourself upon HIM, forget how "you feel" and abide by HIS WORD, "BELIEVING" and "HAVING "FAITH" in EVERYTHING HE'S SAID, no matter what you have been "taught," no matter what "you think," no matter what people say about you, no matter - JUST GOD!

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

      Norine I thank you on this fine early morning before the birds start singing and a new day begins. As is my want after morning prayers and a short meditation, I read James "let not many of you become teachers" is one of my favorite lines. But then I actually read your latest comment. I most often do not as you are somewhat of a broken record, back when we had those.

      But I did not feel the love for you that I should so I quickly ran back over to 1 Cor 13:4-8 especially the concept of long suffering and patience.

      "4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

      8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away."

      I just love the Bible. It helps me get my thinking straight. So if I have treated you with less than love I apologize and will try to repent and do better.

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

      John, I have heard it said the insanity is the doing of something over and over and expecting a different result. Now I must admit that I publish my sermons over and over again -- but I hope for the same results. I look at our sister Norine and wonder just what her results are as she writes the way she does, over and over again.

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

      Ed, I was just thinking that rants about what Norine rants about would be just as appropriate on a recipe hub. Did you know that there is no rule in the Bible that says to hug your wife and children everyday. I admit to being foolish and doing it anyway.

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

      Tom it gives me great pleasure to have you come back and read. And it sure is nice of you to leave me a note to let me know. I surely do like it when inspiration finds me.

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      John Hansen 17 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Sorry to tell you this Norine, But you will NEVER bring any "sheep into the fold!" with your approach. Even based on what you say, it is God's right to punish and discipline us as he sees fit...not yours. Of course, if you are totally without sin, feel free to cast a few stones but hijacking someone else's hub isn't really the way to do it. I see from reading some of your hubs you have already had your comments deleted from other people's hubs, so I don't think you are doing a very good job of promoting your cause....it certainly isn't anything Jesus or God would want their name even associated with.

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      ahorseback 17 months ago

      Norine ,

      "Oh Follish Hubbers " , .....I missed that line in the bible , one more of your personal rants . Are you not getting enough attention in your own hubs that you have to attach yourself to someone who people listen to ?

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      Norine Williams 17 months ago

      Are you so blind? Did I not say "Inspiration" is fine, BUT our job as Disciples of Christ (or Christ Followers) is to bring "sheep into the fold!"

      Don't you recall what JESUS told the twelve before HE sent them out?

      Matthew 10:5-20 "These 12 Jesus sent forth, and COMMANDED them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not. But go rather to the LOST SHEEP of the house of Israel. And as ye go, PREACH, saying, THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS AT HAND!" Not Inspiration! (v14) And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake the dust of your feet. Verily I say unto you, It shall be tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city. (v19) But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you."

      You see what a Disciple of Christ's "sermon's" should be about? "THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS AT HAND!" NOT INSPIRATION! Do you also see how the Holy Spirit gives us what to say? Does your "sermons" reflect this?

      Yes, Inspiration satisfies the "itching ears" of man, but doesn't fulfill what JESUS commanded us to do IF preaching HIS WORD! Do you see how many have "itching ears" on HP? You see how many think that RELIGION consists ONLY of peaceful, inspiring, sermons? What does that do to help them receive "SALVATION?" If "The Kingdom of GOD is at Hand," does "Inspiration" help them avoid the "Lake of Fire?"

      "O FOOLISH HUBBERS!" "THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS AT HAND!!!" and you prefer to continue to "satisfy" your "itching ears!"

      II Timothy 4:3-4 says "For the time will come when they will not endure SOUND DOCTRINE; but after the own LUSTS shall heap to themselves TEACHERS, having "ITCHING EARS; And they shall TURN AWAY their ears from the TRUTH, and shall be turned unto FABLES."

      Does Scripture LIE? Look at you Hubbers! You have allowed RELIGION (Satan) deceive you with it's "wiles" believing GOD is "ALL LOVE," which should only be peaceful, showing love for sinners, those in "twisted" and "false" doctrine, and to accept ANY and ALL who worship and say there is a god!

      "FOOLS!"

      Therefore, your (world) definition of a "sermon" does not align with WORD according to Matthew 10:5-20!

      Continue "tickling their ears," but it has NOTHING to do with Salvation or working for the LORD!

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      Tim Mitchell 17 months ago from Escondido, CA

      It's early. Checking in to reread today while knowing inspiration cannot be found, even though is not hid, but discovers us at times. Thanks for the reminder available for us authors . . . well . . . for all discovering this sermon / article . . .

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

      Norine, this was a sermon ("any serious speech, discourse, or exhortation, especially on a moral issue.") "Of Inspiration". Why would someone want to interject things directly different than on the subject of inspiration? Appropriateness and timing are necessary to get a valid point across. You are sincere and committed but you might want to think about the idea of tact.

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      Norine Williams 17 months ago

      Do ALL "feel good" now? Continue! And you ALL will "feel good" when approaching the Lake of Fire along with your "Father of Lies" (John 8:44)! One thing you can say, "You had a good time while it lasted!"

      Satan has "Deceived" ALL of you "FOOLS!" You ALL remind me of the Scribes and Pharisees "Just going alone "thinking" "We've got this!" when in fact, you have NOTHING at all!

      "FOOLS!"

      Horse: They called JESUS a Blasphemer too didn't they? Well, I welcome your pitiful insults which proves I'm right! Sorry dear, but in order to insult me, I must first value your opinion. Nice try though!

      None of you on here are TRULY "Christians!" Celafoe is about the only one who comes close to it! Keep going in your "feel good" RELIGION as Satan welcomes you with him into the "Lake of Fire!"

      RELIGION (Satan) has eaten you guys "ALIVE!" Proclaiming to be "Christian," but not "Searching to see if these things are so" (Acts 17:11) shows you guys are only "Hypocrites!"

      I'm sure that's why JESUS SAID in 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." Continue in your "feel good" RELIGION and join them on that broad path!

      I've given WORD and you don't accept! However, II Peter 2:21 says "For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them." Therefore, you will remember me when you "Stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ" (II Corinthians 5:10)!

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

      Mel, you have a great way with words. I like your view on inspiration. Sometimes my thick head does not even feel the bonk. And sometimes I just stand on the bank and watch the current flow by. I really have to adjust my Sprung Valley attitude.

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      Mel Carriere 17 months ago from San Diego California

      Happy wife, happy life. I know where you're coming from.

      I don't think you look for inspiration. I think it looks for you. When it bonks you on the head you have to pay attention.

      Like you, I believe inspiration comes from a divine source. It flows like a river, and sometimes you have to be standing in exactly right spot in the current to catch it.

      You can tell the difference in someone's writing when they just know what they are talking about, and when they are truly inspired. The best writing is inspired, the other stuff is good for tech manuals and cookbooks.

      You, my friend, are truly inspired. The river of inspiration definitely flows through the Sprung Valley. Excellent work.

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

      Thank you much Ed. Perhaps the simple act of sharing feelings is one of the finest gifts of all.

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

      Dana, it is great to hear from you. Yes we caused a bit of a stir. It really was not on point of inspiration. But I think it gave us some insight into what some people think are priorities. My hiatus from publishing and then getting a good response reminds me that the best part of publishing is connecting with people I call friends.

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      ahorseback 17 months ago

      Eric has a positive way of affecting many hearts with his amazing sermons ! Even for those needing a little extra attention !.....:-}

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      Dana Tate 17 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      Eric, I was a little shocked when I read your hub and seen that you had sixty comments already. Then I began to read them and found out why. It appears as if your motivating sermon has caused quite a stir. I say well done! It has been awhile since I've read a hub that has inspired others to participate.

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

      Thank you Ed. It is good that we are tested in our beliefs. Like climbing a mountain. The struggle to maintain a steady pace makes us better humans.

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

      Thank you much Whonu, it is a pleasure when good friends come by and leave me a note. Know that your writing touches me deeply.

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      whonunuwho 17 months ago from United States

      Eric I believe in a god who created us all...every living thing and the whole universe. Your sermons help cement that belief and are inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing these great sermons.Your pal, whonu.

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      ahorseback 17 months ago

      What says it all ,to me , Is the patience shown by better men than I , Eric's Sunday Sermons have shown this " heathen" [as my mother used to call us when misbehaving ] how patience , compassion for fellow man and a higher tolerance of all people and their often closed or narrow minded opines are still worthy and important ,......Thank you for that wisdom Eric !

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

      Faith Reaper it is lovely to read your words. There is a peaceful easy feeling in your faith.

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      Norine Williams 17 months ago

      Faith, stop evading the issue! The Gospel of Christ in Acts 2:42 says "They continued in the apostles' doctrine" which was not the apostles' but JESUS speaking through them as HE said HE would in Jeremiah 31:33 under the New Covenant "I will put my laws in their hearts and minds!"

      Answer one question! If you currently live under the New Covenant and follow the apostles, how then were you baptized (Acts 19:3)? Were you baptized according to how the apostles said we MUST be baptized (Acts 19:5; Acts 2:38)? The only right way to be baptized is AFTER THE DAY OF PENTECOST or AFTER THE CROSS for that's where we NOW live under the New Covenant!

      Everyone "thinks" they are "in Christ" but are not doing as HE has said! READ Acts 1:4! This was HIS last commandment to us before HIS ascension (Acts 1:9)! HIS LAST WORDS (COMMAND)? And NO ONE LISTENS? I continue to ask ALL to go back and "WAIT" (Acts 1:4) for HELP from the Holy Spirit for "revelation" of TRUTH in HIS WORD but everyone "Got it Right" and will continue to do it "their way" REGARDLESS if IT IS WRITTEN!

      Eric, thanks so much for not "deleting" HIS WORD! I now know you "Fear the LORD which is the beginning of wisdom" (Proverbs 9:10)!

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      Faith Reaper 17 months ago from southern USA

      Of course I know what it means to be in Christ Jesus, Norine, and I have certainly heard of the "Gospel of Christ" before. He came not to condemn the world, but to save it. He does not have to condemn us, for we are already in that state, our own human nature, that is why He had to place himself on that cross. Enough said.

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      Norine Williams 17 months ago

      Faith, but first one MUST BE "in Christ Jesus!" Do you know what that means? Did Scripture not say "If anyone preaches anything but "The Gospel of Christ" they would be "ACCURSED" (Gal 1:6-9)? Had you ever heard of the "Gospel of Christ" before I preached It? MOST likely, NO! If we MUST preach the "Gospel of Christ" then one IS ONLY "in Christ" by believing in the "Gospel of Christ" which is AFTER THE DAY OF PENTECOST "observing" (Matt 28:20) and following the Apostles (Acts 2:42)! Christ left the apostles to continue HIS mission! No one wants to hear anything from the apostles because RELIGION (Satan) has LIED to those who truly wish to serve the LORD by telling them Paul was not JESUS! Neither were the Prophets of Old yet MOST believe GOD spoke through them! Did not Scripture say in Hebrews 13:8 "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and forever?" Yet HE used Paul as "a vessel" (Acts 19:5) and NO ONE believes!

      Faith, why did HE come and DIE for us? Not only to shed HIS blood for the remission of our sins, but to send the Holy Spirit to HELP us so we could "commune" with HIM for reconciliation to HIM! That was HIS Message!

      Now, if ANYONE, is not in "communion" with HIM, you are NOT "in Christ!" If anyone "preach any other gospel than the "Gospel of Christ" which is AFTER THE CROSS or AFTER THE DAY OF PENTECOST you are not "in Christ!" IT IS WRITTEN!

      Eric, AGAIN I ask, "Did your mama HATE you when disciplining you or telling TRUTH?

      Matthew 13:41-42 "The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity, And shall cast them into a furnace of FIRE: THERE SHALL BE WAILING AND GNASHING OF TEETH."

      Does JESUS sound like ALL "LOVE?"

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

      Norine, I can only imagine what it is like to hate. I would think that a heart filled with hate has little room for anything good.

      I wish you would have read the title "of inspiration", that is the topic to be discussed here.

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

      Faith Reaper, I have this crazy notion about being in Christ. It is a choice to try to emulate Him. And what stands out the most to me about that is that even to the crucifixion He loved man. If I really try to do that, and do my best all other matters fall into place.

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

      Ed, your words ring true to me as usual.

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      Faith Reaper 17 months ago from southern USA

      Norine,

      Unfortunately, it seems you are getting into semantics here. The English word "sermon" originated from a Latin word, sermonis, which meant "a connected discourse," that is, to join or weave together thoughts about a single topic. Maybe you would have felt better if I used the word "message" ...

      As God's Word tells us, "There is therefore no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus," and so you seem to be placing the burden upon yourself to condemn those who are already in Christ Jesus. Nothing can take away from what Jesus did on that cross for all, especially the use of the word, "sermon" not being used in the context in which you would like it to be used.

      May the peace of the Lord be with you.

      Thank you, dear Eric ...not at all any distress.

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      Norine Williams 17 months ago

      Eric, why then have you not taken Bible into consideration in "chronological order?" Why are you not teaching "The Gospel of Christ" under the New Covenant? Why are you not trying to bring souls into the fold with TRUTH? Why are you only concentrating on making people "feel good?" A glass of wine could do that! There is no Message but Salvation and the repercussions if they do not obey! That is the position of a Disciple of Christ or a preacher!

      One doesn't have to "concentrate on the entire Bible" if being lead by the Holy Spirit! Did HE not say HE would "lead and guide us into ALL TRUTH and BRING ALL THIS TO OUR REMEMBRANCE" {paraphrasing John 14:26; 16:13}? Why then do we have to "concentrate?" Not a "choice" but what I hear HIM "bringing to my remembrance" at any particular time regarding a particular issue!

      A "new law?" You stated that you've read the Bible several times (and I have not)! Do you see how HE places Scripture in my mind and "bring all things to my remembrance?" It is not a "new law" Eric, It has been there all the time! It's just that RELIGION and FALSE DOCTRINE has lead people who wish to serve the LORD astray with LIES! That is why GOD (aka Holy Spirit) placed me on HP! Do you see why "I HATE ALL RELIGIONS!" READ MY HUB!

      However, It is as Scripture says in Matthew 13:3-9 "...Behold, a sower went forth to sow; And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: (Those who refuse to listen!), Some fell upon stony places, (Those who says "No matter how many Scriptures you quote" and have a hard heart!) where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: (Not enough WORD!) And when the sun was up (WORD presented!), they scorched; and because they had no root (TRUTH in WORD), they withered away. And some fell among thorns; (FALSE DOCTRINE), and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: But others fell into good ground (OPEN MINDED TO WORD!), and brought forth fruit (GOOD WORKS as "preaching!") some an hundredfold, some sixty fold some thirty fold (Depending on one's FAITH or BELIEF in HIS WORD!) (v9) WHO HATH "EARS TO HEAR," LET HIM "HEAR!"

      Horse: Our concern is NOT with "modern day society" or WHAT the "world" does! Our concern is "preaching HIS WORD" as "IT IS WRITTEN!"

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      ahorseback 17 months ago

      Last word Eric , sorry again ,

      For Norine alone ,..... Perhaps it is the unforgiving , unrelenting fire and brimstone message of such as yourself that have helped to drive other wise good Christian souls away from the churches . And perhaps it was the original language of the bible teachings to be so unbending , Todays world , sadly , is moving away from Godlike behaviors , disciplines and compassions , Our culture in America is doing much the same - would it not then serve us all better for a more inclusive ministering ? I suspect anyone can reprint the lines of the bible , but CAN YOU interpret them to modern day compassions , can you inspire , Can you minister between the lines as well as Eric does ? Or is it more your style to have to hijack another 's humble message and popularity ? Is it not more about the winning of hearts minds and souls ?

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

      Faith Reaper, I am sorry if any comments here have caused you distress. This is a rare occurrence on my sermons as most people get the gist of the concepts involved. But sadly some folks have a predetermined agenda. I hope we can step back and thank our blessings we are not one.

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

      Norine, my my you have a lot to say. I have been around Christianity for about 58 years. I have read the Bible a few times. And I use several versions to cross check certain things. Here is an interesting observation; I have never met someone who can quote the entire Bible without having to use it. From Genesis to Revelation it is just impossible to call to mind everything in the Bible. What this points out is that we mere mortals have to pick what portions of the Bible we concentrate on. We simply cannot concentrate on the entire Bible. You have chosen to concentrate on the "fire and brimstone" parts. Well that is an interesting choice. You view the teachings as a "new law" that we must adhere to as you understand it. Good for you, maybe.

      One definition of a sermon is this: " any serious speech, discourse, or exhortation, especially on a moral issue." That is the type of sermon we have here. There are plenty of people that preach like you do. I see a need to preach like I do. We all fall short of a sinless life. And many people get down on themselves for it - like I do. So if I can I try to lift them up and let them know they are not alone in their struggle. I contemplated just deleting your comments like many people here do.

      But I seem to think it is good for people to see how some people think.

      I just hope you do not drive people away.

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      Norine Williams 17 months ago

      Faith, you referred to HUB as "inspirational words" in an "inspirational sermon!" Did you not? A "sermon" brings one into the fold! Was even ONE Scripture given? A "sermon" bring one unto Salvation! Was WORD given for that?

      READ my last comment and as I said before, Eric may as well have written "a poem" for we cannot compare this HUB to "a sermon!"

      All I have to say about "your personal relationship" with JESUS CHRIST is that it shouldn't contradict Galatians 1:6-9 or you will be "ACCURSED!" In other words, you MUST believe AFTER THE CROSS or "ACCURSED!"

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      Faith Reaper 17 months ago from southern USA

      Norine, please don't put words in my mouth, as I did not say anything here about inspirational words saving anyone ...that is not the topic of this hub. I believe that most of us here have already made that choice. There is no "religion or religious" aspects going on here in this discussion, for I am in a personal and intimate relationship with Christ our Lord God, which has nothing to do at all with "religion" ...I will not speak for others here, but please do not put words in my mouth.

      In His Love always

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

      Hi Venkatachari, it is always great to hear from you. Isn't it neat that we can live so far apart and yet be so close in thought and feelings. That idea of doing service and getting "outside of ourselves". Is key to living a good life. Thank you for pointing that out for me.

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      Norine Williams 17 months ago

      Yes, continue to confirm "WHO CARES WHAT GOD SAYS!" This HUB was not a "sermon!" GOD gives Message of Salvation! Where was that? Was ONE Scripture given telling what one must do to be saved?

      This HUB was a man sharing his personal experience of how GOD is working with him showing his belief is wrong! That's why he thinks he "lost inspiration!" It's hard for a man to "humble himself" unto GOD! He is struggling with "traditions" and "teachings" (which GOD has shown is wrong) and coming into TRUTH! To GOD Be The Glory!

      Paul said in I Corinthians 15:31 "I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I DIE DAILY." This does not mean a "physical" death, but "die" from "our belief," "STUDY," and take heed to the WORD of GOD!

      John 15:13 says "Greater LOVE hath no man than this: That a man lay down his life for his friends." John 14:21 says "He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that LOVETH me: and he that LOVETH me shall be loved of my Father, and I will LOVE him, and will manifest myself to him." Do you not want the "manifestation of GOD?" John 15:14 says "Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command."

      It's time we ALL "humble ourselves" by letting go of our pride, ego, traditions and teachings and adhere to the WORD of GOD! FOR IT IS WRITTEN!

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

      Tom thank you for sharing that with us. You added something of importance to this sermon. It is a mystery exactly how inspiration just happens. For me I know why when it does not happen. I close myself off and just go through life instead of experiencing it.

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

      Ed, thank you for your advice. I really like to think about things. While I have great friends and family I cherish the time, especially in nature, that my mind can just wander. Your poetry brings me to a place of contemplation. Thank you.

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

      John, indeed God help us. We are blessed that God works through people. We have the great opportunity to help others and that is a Godsend.

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      Venkatachari M 17 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very inspiring Sermon as always. Doing things as a duty or an obligation is not a great thing. Getting inspired to do some service and thereby making others also get inspired is really a great quality. I appreciate you much.

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      Norine Williams 17 months ago

      Although WRITTEN in WORD, see how "RELIGION" has shown the statement to be true "It's HARD to teach and old dog new tricks?"

      Laying all jokes aside, GOD SAID "HE LOVES JUDGMENT!" Why don't you care what's in Scripture? Does that reflect "LOVE" for GOD? It's as Jodah said "...no matter how many Scriptures you quote" in other words, "I'm right so forget GOD!" You display the same attitude!

      READ THESE SCRIPTURES: Isaiah 59:8; Psalms 37:30; Amos 5:14-15; I Corinthians 1:10; 2:15; 6:1-5; Romans 16:17-18; II Corinthians 6:17; II Timothy 3:5-6; I John 4:1; Malachi 3:8; Revelation 2:2; Proverbs 24:23 and there are more!

      "STUDY!" Why would there be a Book of Judges if we are not to JUDGE? John 7:24 tells us to "Judge RIGHTEOUS judgment" which can be done ONLY with the WORD of GOD! If it's not in Scripture, you judge and not GOD which is unrighteousness!

      I keep telling ALL Matthew 7:1 is an IMPERATIVE SENTENCE which mean "YOU" Judge not.." and GOD expects us to judge one another or HE would not have WRITTEN Leviticus 17:19!

      I Corinthians 6:3 says "Don't you know we will judge ANGELS...?" Therefore, don't you think we should be using HIS WORD to get our practice in now?

      MY GOD! "I HATE ALL RELIGIONS" (Read my HUB)! Look what it's done to people who wish to serve the LORD!

      SATAN IS ELATED! He's laughing all the way to your churches saying "Got cha!"

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      Tim Mitchell 17 months ago from Escondido, CA

      Thank you Eric for an inspiring sermon as an open discussion sharing feelings while raising them too through introspection. Once I wrote a Hub on inspiration and motivation. It looked at the present day scientific theories, of which only one on inspiration and recent too. The Hub is no longer published today. If I may be bold and share a paragraph from it of inspiration . . .

      "A focus of that study’s [Inspiration] aim is to point out inspire is phenomena that happens with spontaneity. It matters not that that may be within, another person, or a divine revelation. Further they say it relates to openness to experiencing with a flow, but not of diligence. That is to say inspired happens and isn’t willed."

      A conclusion with that article is motivation follows inspiration, yet there is no timetable. The actions of motivation may occur much later while inspiration may have eternal essence. In other words perhaps I remain inspired from such a sermon or some such other phenomena shared from forty years ago. Or, inspiration has a life of its own perhaps eternal in an odd sense?

      I discovered that inspiration within your sermon. What I reflected upon with introspection danced intimately with 'yours' shared. Easily most know we can teach how to motivate and acquire those skills, but inspire is cosmically mystical and magical . . . and a blessing . . .

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

      Faith Reaper - I just love that name. A compliment from somebody like you who inspires so many helps me greatly in my battle against lack of confidence. You bring me joy, thank you.

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

      Ruby, I got to get up before sunrise and there is that wonderful time just as it gets light that all of my friends, the birds, start the music for the day. Sunrise and beautiful nature's music is so cool.

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

      Bill I posted this late for a Sunday. It is a treasure to me to call you friend. And I deem it an honor when you come by and comment. Thanks

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

      Ed it is a constant thorn in my side that my immediate thought is to judge another or a situation. Yes I judge things when I am driving like distances and speeds. But that judgment of another is bothersome. I am now lucky not to act or think too long on my judgment of others. Someday I will be able to curb that immediate negative reaction.

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

      Janis, we lift each other up. I wrote a sermon that I am pleased inspired you. And you wrote a comment that lifted me up. I call that love. I also call that a blessing. Thank you.

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      Norine Williams 17 months ago

      Yes Jodah, "GOD help us!" Help us to "STUDY" Your WORD and "seek Salvation" FIRST and FOREMOST before we trying to "inspire" others! Once we are "born again," we can then tell TRUTH in HIS WORD which would "inspire" and not "offend!" SOMETHING MUST BE WRONG if Eric is ONLY "inspiring" and not "bringing sheep to the fold!" Don't you think? Isn't that "supposed to be" a CHRISTIAN'S job?

      Leviticus 19:17 says "Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt IN ANY WISE "REBUKE" THY NEIGHBOR, AND NOT SUFFER SIN UPON HIM." We MUST get past allowing our neighbor suffer sin upon himself FIRST based on this Scripture (and More)!

      Guys RELIGION has "taught" us to "love everyone" and have "respect" for whatever they believe for we ALL serve the same GOD, but that is "A LIE!" If that were TRUE, why did JESUS (Speaking through Paul as HE did The Prophets of Old) "If any one (even an angel) preach any other Gospel than the Gospel of Christ, they would be "ACCURSED" {paraphrasing Galatians 1:6-9)? Why did GOD SAY of "other nations" in II Kings 17:29-41 "Howbeit every nation made gods of their own, and put them in the houses of the highj places which the Samaritans had made, every nation in their cities wherein they dwelt, fearing the LORD, but made sacrifices for them in the houses of the high places. They didn't fear the LORD or they wouldn't have "worshiped other gods" as HE commanded us not to do! Why would HE say that?

      BUT WHO CARES? MOST have been "taught" we're all serving the SAME GOD which is "A LIE" and I'll see you in heaven! When one "adds" or "take away" by adding gods such as Mary (Hail Mary=Catholics), the Prophet Muhammad (Muslims), Buddha (Buddhism), Men (Hinduism, Jehovah Witnesses and other "twisted" FALSE DOCTRINES rather than what IS WRITTEN in SCRIPTURE), there's NO WAY we'll see each other in heaven!

      We are NOT serving the SAME GOD when GOD has explicitly stated in HIS WORD that HE would "NOT SHARE HIS GLORY" with another man or thing (gods)!

      Revelation 22:7 says "BEHOLD, I COME QUICKLY..." (v18) "For I testify unto EVERY MAN that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, IF ANY MAN SHALL "ADD" UNTO THESE THINGS (What they believe is right other than what IS WRITTEN spoken by man), GOD shall "ADD" unto him the PLAGUES that ARE WRITTEN in this book: (v19) And if any "man" shall "TAKE AWAY" from the words of the book of this prophecy, GOD shall "TAKE AWAY" his part of the BOOK OF LIFE, and OUT OF THE HOLY CITY, and FROM THE THINGS WHICH ARE "WRITTEN" IN THIS BOOK!"

      Knowing that ALL "MAN MADE" RELIGIONS derived from "men," I would say "We're in a heap of trouble" and YES, "LORD have MERCY on us!" Doesn't sound like we're all "SERVING THE SAME GOD" now does it?

      Faith, "Inspirational words" won't SAVE us!

      Horse, "modern times?" JESUS CHRIST the same yesterday, today and forever" (Hebrews 13:8)!

      GET IT RIGHT!

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      Faith Reaper 17 months ago from southern USA

      Dearest Eric,

      I'm so happy to see you publishing. It is always a blessing to read such inspirational words from your life experiences. God's children are so unique and we all have those special gifts to inspire to His glory, just as you always do.

      I love that you mention about putting God first and am reminded of the scripture about when we seek His kingdom first, then all things will be provided unto us. What a beautiful truth you have reminded us of here.

      I missed the praise and worship music at church yesterday and I, too, need that at times to fill me up to the overflow. Yes, indeed, God is always there and He will never forsake you or leave you.

      Lovely and inspirational sermon, dear heart.

      Peace and love to you and yours always

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      ahorseback 17 months ago

      Friendly advice , Is not man allowed to use this written word of God to inspire in our own language in modern times ? Because that is exactly what Eric always does . The pure written word of the original bible would be indecipherable to modern man , had it not been for modern man , in modern language , in modern inspirations .......You and I wouldn't even be here . Norine Williams , you might learn that there is much grey between the black and white of each printed line of man . Perhaps you might learn to answer a question , literally or figuratively , by using the mind as much as the written phrases .

      God would want you to think.

      And , Eric simply invites us all to think .

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      John Hansen 17 months ago from Queensland Australia

      GOD help us!

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      Norine Williams 17 months ago

      Keep "satisfying the flesh" with man made "inspiration" versus taking heed to the WORD of GOD! All disobedient children will suffer "consequences!"