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Eric's Sunday Sermon; Of Coveting, Pride and Prejudice

Updated on June 12, 2016

Nature from the creator is in and of itself inspiring.

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If we can focus on the love.

Let us have no doubt that any thinking man will tell you that these are harmful sins. But any deeply thinking man will tell you that they are also human nature and have their place. If we have done our duty to God and man then we can view these attributes not as character defects but rather good. Of course that duty is to love. If we fill our hearts with love and allow our vision to be through the lens of love. As in my case I draw great inspiration from a man who walked this earth 2,000+ years ago. However it is of great consternation to fundamentalist Bible thumpers that I always quote two parts of scripture to guide my life and thoughts. These of course are the notions that we have two great commandments requiring us to love our God with all our might and to love our neighbor the same, and that great definition of love that is read at all traditional Christian weddings. “Love is”. Make no mistake this is 1 Cor. 13 4-8. And here is something really cool – all you have to do is type in “love is” into google and it will bring you right to it. Isn’t that cool that a search engine puts this notion only on the first page. We can go look for a definition and the most popular one was written thousands of years ago and still holds true and applicable today. I think that is great.

Lest I bore who with my devotion to the concept of love I suppose I should get along with some discussion of the title of this hub. But it is the above premise that allows us to see the good in what is so often thought of as bad.

If this song and artist do not move you in some way. Meditate and get your head on straight so you won't miss the miracles.

Religion has been responsible for some great architectural art

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Coveting

Hey there is some bad coveting go on out there. Coveting a married couple spouse is a really bad thing in my mind. Coveting the possessions of another is disgusting. It is both materialistic to a fault and just plain wrong. Coveting the worldly success of another is just plain stupid and counterproductive to a healthy life. Coveting the wealth of another puts you in a bad place and out of harmony with love. We can see that most coveting is not loving or caring or charitable. Environmentally it leads us to want more and more stuff and our mother earth needs us to want less and less stuff. “Keeping up with the Jones’s” causes a consumer frenzy that creates the using up and destroying our precious natural habitat and beauty of creation.

Ah ha! I admit and confess to coveting. But I can no longer covet as above as I have prayed on it and thought on it for many years. Those are roads to destruction and despair and take us away from our purpose to love one another.

So we ask how coveting can be good. Let us take a man with great love in his heart and charitable deeds. If we are at all religious Let us take a man who is not hypocritical and walks the talk. Let us take a couple that shows great commitment and love for each other. Let us take a man who is a great steward of our earth. Well I want what they have. I aspire to have what they have. I am inspired to do better to be more like them. I covet their love of others and life. This takes nothing from them and letting them know that I want what they have in this sense is of inspiration to them. This leads me to become a better more loving man.

Pride

There is a term called vainglory it is one of those words that leads immediately to thoughts of vanity and the glorification of ourselves. This is bad stuff. Boy let me tell you I have been there and regret every minute of it but will not forget that that period got me to where I am today. Oh sure we all agree that we should love ourselves before we go about loving others but vainglory is different. It is self-centered, egotistical and self-serving. It is the epitome of not loving.

But regular old pride is different. I wish for every father and mother to be proud of their children. I wish for all to be prideful in their work for good health. I wish for everyone to be proud of their deeply held beliefs. I wish for everyone who does charitable deeds to the glory of their God to be proud of that. I wish for everyone who guides others to lead a better life to be proud of that. I wish for everyone who works in service to provide for their family blessings.

Oh to be sure these are gifts we are given by our creator. Given in love and freely. But we must put those gifts into action and when we do we should be prideful that we have served our God with the honor due God, adoration and love.

I want you to love me.

Just a bouquet.

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Prejudice

This is a sticky wicket and one we should tread careful with. Prejudice to the point of hatred is always a bad thing. Certainly prejudice based on differences is a bad thing. Prejudice based on geographies is harmful to our growth and understanding. Prejudice against societal status is pretty much evil. Prejudice against another due to beliefs is not in accord with love and compassion. Basically prejudice is bad when it emanates from our preferences and desire.

But I admit and confess that I am prejudice. If it makes sense I am prejudice against prejudice as just described. I am prejudice toward murderers and sex offenders. I am prejudice against any man who abuses children or women. I am even prejudice against those that through sloth and choice remain ignorant. So call me prejudice and I will actually agree with you.

But back to our preface and beginning here. I still have to love those that I am prejudice against. I still have to show compassion and charity to them. There is a notion that it is just plain easy to love your friends and family. Anybody save a depraved soul can do that. But it takes all the love we got and extreme effort to love one whom you are prejudice against. For me, I can only do this through the strength I gather from my God. Most assuredly for me it requires reading of scripture, meditation and prayer. I hope you have some practice that helps you stay in tune with that core love that you can spread even to your enemies.

Can we turn a negative into a positive?

You can do it. You can examine your own heart. Be careful of letting another do it for you. You can do your job here on earth and spread the love and inspiration to others. You were given a gift more so than any other creature of the earth. You are a child of the Most High. You can take your negatives and turn them into positives through the love freely given to you. We can be better stewards and servants of what is good we just have to give it some thought and try. Perhaps today we can put aside our negative side of coveting, pride and prejudice and embrace those concepts with love. Actually we could say embrace your love with love.

From Paul to us.

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

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

      Hi Lawrence, do not ever worry about when you visit, my door is always open. I have to set a new practice as my hubs are not notifying me of comments anymore. I need to work on these very thoughts today.

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      Lawrence Hebb 14 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Eric

      I might have been a couple of weeks getting here (sorry for that) but I'll be meditating on this hub for the rest of the day.

      Thank you for this hub to think on, putting 'good stuff in'

      Lawrence

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

      Linda it is like that danged old enabling problem. We want to encourage the person but not the unwanted destructive actions. I reckon God puts people in our lives that test our love to get us to recommit to loving more fully.

      I hope that around me you always feel welcome to speak your mind, for I am always eager to hear what you have to say.

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      Linda Lum 15 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, you are so amazingly loving and kind. I feel that I owe you and your followers an apology. This is your hub and the comments on it should be directed to you. I will no longer engage the person who caused all of this trouble. Talking to a brick wall would be more fruitful.

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

      John I just love your work over at creativeexiles.com . I am in awe of the gifts you folks were given. Touching us deeply bringing us pleasure in a good good way.

      I just love that verse. There is one version out there that says that we are an empty gong without love. I just do not have the time to read the entire Bible everyday. So I have to choose what I read. I think everyone does. So I think my friends and neighbors know what kind of versus I read.

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

      Hey Norine I let your last comment stand because while obnoxious seems to be an earnest attempt at socially acceptable behavior. I of course have no way of knowing if you are acceptable to God, but I lean toward thinking your conduct is not.

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

      Frank you know that I always consider it a blessing when you come by and comment. It is like a friend who drops by when you are gone and leaves a nice note to let you know.

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

      Hi Linda, I am sorry for any consternation you have been caused here. In that I deleted Norine's comments I took a look at those responding to her to see if they made sense without her comments. And your wonderful comments stand alone and are helpful and instructional for anyone inclined to take a "fire and brimstone and condemnation" approach to spreading the Good News. They are very good to read and awaken our sense of need to spread goodness. Thank you.

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

      Dora, thank you for your love shown through your uplifting comment. We are so close to God when in love we boost one another up.

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      John Hansen 15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Norine, I'd just like to repeat what Carb Diva posted:

      "If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. (1 Corinthians 13:1-2)."

      PLEASE TAKE THAT IN!! then disappear. Your words are NOT from God.

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      Frank Atanacio 15 months ago from Shelton

      Eric this lesson/sermon was so worth the read, I read it earlier, but for got to comment on it.. awesome my friend :)

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      Norine Williams 15 months ago

      Eric, read HUB to Ms. Dora! You're doing as she did! WWJD? Think about it you hypocrites "deleting" what HE SAID in HIS WORD!

      You'll "Stand before the judgment seat of Christ!" Then see where all that "false" love gets you! LOVE is TRUTH whether one likes it or not! GOD'S WORD is TRUE and you "delete?" Woe be unto you who has "caused his brother to stumble" by not "hearing!"

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      Norine Williams 15 months ago

      You can "go to church" all you like, you can lead people's souls into destruction all you like, but if you don't adhere to the WORD of GOD (which does not include a "Trinity," does not include taking of communion "literally," and have not been baptized as JESUS commanded us AFTER the New Covenant (in JESUS' NAME), then you are not living under "The Gospel of Christ" and Galatians 1:6-9 applies - "ACCURSED" and the souls you've "lead to Christ" also!

      Did you forget what Jeremiah 23:1 said? If so, I'll repeat: "Woe be unto those shepherds who leads my sheep astray. saith the LORD!" If you have "lead some to "Christ," under that gospel, you are in BIG (Ops, there goes that cap lock key again!) "TROUBLE" (Stuck again!)!

      You may "think" when I repeat GOD'S WORD I'm speaking "fire and brimstone," but IT'S not me, but GOD! However, look what you're doing: Leading souls to HELL in the name of "Love!"

      Who do you think GOD is going to be more please with? One that has not lived AFTER the way HE told us to BEFORE HE ASCENDED (New Covenant) or one who lives under the Old Covenant? Check, check, check or "STUDY" (II Timothy 2:15)!

      How many souls have you "brought to Christ" in FALSE DOCTRINE? "Woe be unto you, shepherd!" I want numbers! No! That's between you and GOD when you "Stand before the judgment seat of Christ!"

      I'm covered! How about you?

      If you or your brother do not do what CHRIST DIED FOR, guess what, "ACCURSED" (Galatians 1:6-9)! I didn't say IT or write IT! If you don't like IT, talk to GOD!

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

      Sorry friends and readers. I just felt I had to delete Norine's comments. Calling people names is just not appropriate no matter how "accursed" you may think they are. Not to mention that it is simply embarrassing to be a member of the human race and see a fellow human act that way.

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      Linda Lum 15 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Wow Norine, you sure know how to dish it out, don't you? You are constantly on attack and never acknowledging that you might be fostering more hurt than help. Of course I care about people's souls. I belong to an evangelical church. Baptism, communion, belief in the Trinity, knowing that I/we are saved by grace (which means undeserved love) rather than our own actions--check, check, check, and check.

      Stop the Bible-thumping already! Your brand of "Christianity" is what turns people off to Christians or anything that has to do with religion. Your rhetoric is hateful and hurtful.

      Did you not take to heart the comment I made last week? If by chance you missed it, allow me to repeat myself:

      The fire and brimstone method of preaching is not instructional, edifying, or beneficial--it only serves to turn people away from the Word of God. You may think that your purpose in life is to save our souls from damnation, but the message fails if it is delivered in a manner that is so unfriendly and confrontational.

      "If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. (1 Corinthians 13:1-2).

      How dare you say that I am not a disciple of Christ! You do not know me and you know nothing of what I believe or what is in my heart. I know that I have personally brought many people to belief in their Savior. They have come to church with me, have been baptized and accepted their Lord and Savior. I have seen this. How many people do you KNOW (oops there goes that Caps Lock) that you have personally saved by your shouting and inflammatory ranting? I want numbers.

      I usually do not engage in discussions that deal with politics or religion, but when you attack my brother you attack me and I simply cannot let that slide.

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      Linda Lum 15 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Norine - You continue to repeat the same scripture verses again, and again, and again. We get it already!

      If you don't like what is being presented by Eric, you don't have to read it. The rest of us do appreciate what he has to say--I don't see how he is detracting in any from the Word of God.

      Please get a life. Oh, and I wish you would get someone to fix your keyboard. The caps lock is stuck.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 15 months ago from The Caribbean

      "You can take your negatives and turn them into positives through the love freely given to you." You showed both sides of the coins in dealing with these issues and you encourage us to choose the better one. Thanks to you for the message and to those of your readers who comment to encourage.

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

      Denise we are wise to remember that being a Christian does do mean being a doormat for people to walk on. Then there is that tough issue of allowing someone to be co-dependent through us.

      The only way I can reconcile the constant choices I have to make is through love. We cannot give away something we do not have so we must remain steadfast in loving ourselves.

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      Denise W Anderson 15 months ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      One of the great detriments of our current society has been to put up with the behavior of those who tear down society in the name of prejudice and tolerance. Just this weekend, we received a phone call from someone claiming that we owed money to them, and we had better pay up or else! Of course, it was a scam, but the innocent often suffer from the actions of those who take advantage of them in the name of tolerance. I am very prejudiced against these people. I do not put up with them, I hang up on them. And yet, I am a Christian, and I will do my best to teach those in my immediate circle that God is love, and that it is only through His Son, Jesus Christ that we are saved.

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

      CH Elijah it is very good to hear from you and your message is a wonderful contribution to this hub. I definitely believe that if we can do our best to keep our minds off of things and on the Lord. We get that much closer to Him.

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      CH Elijah Sadaphal 15 months ago from New York, NY

      I always appreciate it when anyone delivers a message on coveting which, in my humble opinion, is a commandment often forgotten in a capitalistic, consumer-driven society. Truly, we all inescapably live in an environment where incessant comparison crushes contentment and encourages perpetual feelings of inadequacy.

      Theologically speaking, the Tenth Commandment (Don't covet) both causes reflection upon a person's relationship with God and their neighbor. Lack of covetousness find full joy and peace with God, and this crushes the need to juxtapose what one has with their neighbors. Ultimately, this means being able to have something yet at the same time being able to do without it.

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

      Norine - has it ever even entered your mind that comments like that are demeaning and insulting rather than attracting and spreading the Word?

      That an the length and repetitiveness is why I delete your comments. Perhaps this might guide you if you read it under the influence of the Holy Spirit.

      1 Cor. 9:19-23

      Serving All Men

      19 For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more; 20 and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might win those who are under the law; 21 to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ), that I might win those who are without law; 22 to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. 23 Now this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I may be partaker of it with you.

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

      John I sure hope you get the inkling.

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      John Hansen 15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Eric, I am considering another "Cackleberry Farmer" article soon. Thanks for the encouragement.

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      Norine Williams 15 months ago

      It only shows your can't stand "meat" (I Peter 2:1-3) but continue to drink "milk" (I Corinthians 13:11)!

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

      Norine, I just denied another of your comments. Please be more concise and lay off with the personal attacks.

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

      Hi Dana. That simple word can change lives and has a ripple effect. I am a bit of a recluse, I have to remember just having love is not enough, I have to share it with others.

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      Dana Tate 15 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      l-o-v-e- a simple word that carries a lot of weight.

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

      John you bring an extra dish to any banquet of love. There is a joy in your heart that is infectious. How about another cackle-berry article, please!

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

      Linda isn't that just a marvelous verse. I learned this lesson so well from my children. Going through the motions is just not gratifying to myself or to God. I must step it up and act in love or I am just an empty sounding gong. I just kind of morphed into a belief, held by many, that the gifts from our creator are free. All we are required to do in return is love.

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      John Hansen 15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Yes, Norine, these words of Eric's do satisfy my soul, not my flesh (as you put it). Well said Carb Diva. Good to have someone quote verses that really matter.

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      whonunuwho 15 months ago from United States

      I enjoyed this sermon very much my friend. It was so well written and shows our human side very well. There are so many obstacles in our lives and how we approach each one makes all the difference. Thank you for sharing this fine work. whonu

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

      Alright Chris it is great to hear from you. If I am not mistaken it is into June and you are on the road someplace. So it is especially great to have you come by. My son and I got in a great rock collecting hike yesterday and were treated to our local roadrunners and Red Tail hawks and a Peregrine falcon along with an assortment of small little critters. It is a wonderful time of year to get out and about.

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

      Ruby, I hope the birds are singing great songs for you on this day. My son and I will attend a outdoor sunset gathering of spiritual songs and a whole bunch of hugging this evening. Sometimes just showing up is good enough action.

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

      DDE I am hoping to hop over to read your new piece. Thank you for your constant support.

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      Linda Lum 15 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric - Thank you for reminding us to focus on the beautiful, positive things of this life.

      Norine - What are you trying to achieve here? Are no words of man worthy of being uttered or must we strictly adhere to a personal reading of the King James version of the Bible to find our salvation? The apostles did not merely quote readings of the Old Testament. They preached the Gospel message and in doing so were following God's command AND sharing saving faith with others.

      How does a sermon (do I dare use that word?) today do any less than that? It appears that you have memorized a vast number of Bible verses, but why? The fire and brimstone method of preaching is not instructional, edifying, or beneficial--it only serves to turn people away from the Word of God. You may think that your purpose in life is to save our souls from damnation, but the message fails if it is delivered in a manner that is so unfriendly and confrontational.

      "If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. (1 Corinthians 13:1-2).

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      Chris Mills 15 months ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Leave it to you, Eric, to see the positive in even these characteristics. Marvelous job explaining and showing us how it's done. Thanks for another bright spot in my week.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 15 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Love speaks louder than words. I love your message.

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      Devika Primić 15 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Thank you for a wonderful thought!

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      manatita44 15 months ago from london

      I forgot to comment on Louis Armstrong's immortal piece.

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

      Manatita, thanks for coming by. I surely enjoyed your short story hub this morning.

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      manatita44 15 months ago from london

      Super-excellent Hub. God bless you, Bro. Keep on keeping on!

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

      Great Norine, another concise comment worthy of thought. You make me ponder. Do the words of man, even the quoting of scripture ever lead to salvation? We look at Tim's comment, words are really just words. It is our action that shows our love both for each other and for God. Actions and words of man cannot provide salvation.

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

      Tim that is a really good addition for further thought on this subject, thanks,

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

      Thank you Clive your support is uplifting.

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      Norine Williams 15 months ago

      To all with "itching ears," what has his message done for your "salvation?" It satisfied "flesh" but what about your spirits?

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

      OK Mel, I admit I really just let him play with his tablet.

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      Tim Mitchell 15 months ago from Escondido, CA

      . . . (Pause) . . . much to ponder while agree the words should not be condemned while actions perhaps? Thank you for your sermon Eric presenting that to me.

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      Clive Williams 15 months ago from Nibiru

      God Blessings To You

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      Mel Carriere 15 months ago from San Diego California

      I roundly approve of your Old Testament style fathering methods. I'll look forward to your visit.

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

      Mel, I just saw you published a new work on politics no less. I will later tie my son up and put him in the closet so I can read it without interruption. Isn't cool that if we try we can always find good.

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      Mel Carriere 15 months ago from San Diego California

      Once again you've taken perfectly satisfying hate words, turned them on their head and made them something good. What amazes me about you is you can see the good, even in the bad. Your sermons are a breath of fresh air. Stay the course.

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

      Norine I am so happy that you are writing reasonable comments that give us pause for thought rather than a beating about the head. Very cool scripture. Which Bible version are you using it is very old English? I would like to learn more about it.

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

      Thank you Paul. It is good to hear from you. We are given such a precious gift of intellect. For me that requires a certain duty to use it.

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      Paul K Francis 15 months ago from east coast,USA

      Great ideas. I like your choices from scripture that you use to guide you; puts everything into perspective, a good lens through which to view the world. Good music too. Have a great day.

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      Norine Williams 15 months ago

      Proverbs 15:31-33 says "The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise. He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding. The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honor is humility."

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      Ann Carr 15 months ago from SW England

      Glad to read (above reply to John) that you're looking at origins of words - right up my street, as you know!

      This is a great reminder of the measure we must put on our actions. Be proud of ourselves and our children, yes, but not 'vain-glorious' (such a great phrase!). Pride and Prejudice always makes me think of Jane Austen's novel; both concepts are portrayed so well in the main characters (and some of the others) but all comes right and they acknowledge their faults. As you say, love is the key.

      I always enjoy reading your slant on the world; always refreshing and makes us think laterally.

      Sorry for my absence again! I'm still working on the house but will eventually get round to reading all these lovely articles my fellow hubbers write.

      I salute you this Sunday - may it be full of the above in the best of possible ways!

      Ann

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

      Thank you John. They are marvelous areas for us to take a deeper look. As I was writing I was compelled to do some fun research on the words - you know, origins and stuff like that. Boy, isn't that love a key to so much.

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      John Hansen 15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Eric, this is another wonderful life lesson. I could see the positive side of "pride" as in bein proud of your children's achievements etc, but I had not considered that coveting and prejudice could have a positive side. You have expressed that very well, but they need to be done in conjunction with love. 1 Corinthians 13 4-8 is one of my favourite scripture verses too. I read that at my mother's funeral. Anyway, have a great week.