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Eric's Sunday Sermon; Rebirth, Reborn and Resurrection

Holding degrees in philosophy and Law. Formal studies or certificates or degrees in business, theology, insurance and security. Ex-preacher.

Things Are Looking Up

A new life.

A new life.

Reinvent By Sharing

Each day is a new day. Rebirth of the earth? Creating a reincarnation within and beginning a new life can happen more often than we think. Yes, there is no rule against starting a new day any time you wish. We can be “not right” then be reborn whenever we desire to. The catch is that we cannot do it ourselves. We need God as he is revealed in love.

With love we can spiral upward. Without love we will spiral downward. The heart as a vessel must be filled with the fuel of love lest we have no power to be born again. An interesting thing is that allowing oneself to be filled with anger, apathy and/or hate is like a negative charge that will propel us downward into the depths of living hell, yet love at any time can rocket us upward into the gates of heaven on earth.

Free will can truly only happen in a soul free of the bondage of self, and into the tender loving hands that sets us free. The man that is a captive, even of good works, is still not free. The man who is free in good works has been reborn into the world that transcends earthly restraints on our loving soul. Truly I tell you that this can be done by going backwards, into a strong foundation that provides the keys to a life doing God’s will not ours. And that will is honest and pure and of good results. Backward without luggage.

Again a word of caution. If this new rekindling of love is toward “things” then we have some diversion of the flow of love. I have shoes I bought in 1983. Yes I still wear them regularly and they have walked on four continents. To say I love them may just be wrong. But I just love them like a best longtime friend. That may not be so good. A talisman or a token or an amulet may just be wrong. You figure that out just for you. For me, I try not to do that. Something designed for worthy use may be different?

Maybe it is just that concept that a “thing” of the past tethers us to it. Being reborn might require that we let go of that notion. No, not of the thing but of its importance in a mystical way.

Which brings us to further thoughts on letting go of the past in order to enter the present and future. A dichotomy.

Oh Boy a New Toy!

Get back the joy.

Get back the joy.

Recreate The Love

From a Book nearly two thousand years old we find a beginning of a rebirth of a soul into the light of love. One of my favorite authors by the name of James, just James, writes in chapter five, of his book, that we should confess our sins to one another. It seems that this means also to God. But perhaps we do not go too far there as it might be that talking with another is talking to God. My vision is that as I treat another so I also treat God. The beggar which happens to be an angel?

Rebirth of one’s self seems to require a good “spic & span” cleaning of dirt left behind by our previous transgressions. What a blessing that the best way to do that is by “confessing” with another. Many people just do that automatically. They share their day and problems with others. Many never do that. Yes showing a vulnerability to others is risky business. There are consequences. Some really good and some not so good. I dare say that prior to getting it together enough to talk in full earnestness with another we pray for discernment. Who may we hurt and who may hurt us? But count this a good thing as it allows us to pause and consider the value of our relationships. And this helps us start a new with good friends or perhaps say good bye to not so good friends. Sometimes growing means to cut ties to that which holds us back. Certainly we want to cut our ties to our negative traits. And a few matters must be shared only with God.

Just a quick look back to those who talk a lot with others about things. This is not what James had in mind. That is social interaction. What we strive for is spiritual interaction. That diving off the springboard of our comfort zone and going with all of ourselves into the water that is made safe through faith and hope. I like to call it the big let go. Which coincides with our letting go of the resentments and guilt trips of the past so that we may grow even further into the realm of love.

We begin to untether and fuel up with love to reach a reincarnation of our own child of God.

A New Pair of Glasses

Let The Love Shine

Think not so long but constantly on these matters and worthy things. Our good friend Paul tells us (ok we sneak a peak at what he was telling the Philippians) to grab ahold of some things and place your thoughts onto them. This is new for those still with one foot in the past and the other in the future and nothing in the present. He exhorts us to find things that are of these traits; true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous and praiseworthy. And then he tells all who listen to think of these things. Clearly he meant to pause and be still and really think on them.

One cannot do this looking through the lens of past antagonisms. It becomes foggy and too dark to see. Your lens to the world must be well cleaned of that which causes us to move forward in darkness. A new day means new life and new light. Perhaps like a spring time when all the bitter cold just melts away and the warmth of the glow of the heavens is on our childlike face.

Reincarnation is thought of as different than resurrection. The former returns to a new body and the later into the old. I wonder if a full rebirth into love is not a little of both.

Some, I would say, have an instant reunification with, God which is love, through mountain top epiphanies of a better perspective of our fellows and earth. An automatic rebirth so to speak. But work and action are required to keep it and grow in it. The hard work may be over but the good works are now a part of our being.

Who has the time to meditate, pray, read, do devotions, pause and breathe deeply, stand outside in stillness and praise for our earth, call someone just to say I love you and listen and confess our sins on a daily basis? The science is in and the obvious is true. People who do this have more productive lives. Just imagine a world where the energy used to worry, fret, fight and resent is gone – Poof. Or at the least is seen for what they are, distractions away from doing Love’s bidding and God’s wonderful will for us. Gone is the wasted time confronting replaced as a synergy of positive thinking we can bring to all those around us.

The athlete stretches and warms up before each engagement, they perform better with less energy and a lessoned possibility for harm to themselves. I ask that you stretch your spirit and warm it up before engaging that crazy world around us. Clear the wreckage and begin anew with smooth waters and a good steady wind at your back, and let that wind be love.

Comments

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on May 14, 2021:

A great sermon Eric filled with wisdom and many points to think about and remember. A new day starting afresh without the resentments of yesterday will be a truly blessed day. If we could start afresh everyday life will be much easier to live.

FlourishAnyway from USA on May 14, 2021:

Eric, I'm glad to see that you're back at it. We have missed you. Thank you for giving us all these thoughts to ponder.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on May 14, 2021:

Hi Eric great to have you back. Your hub leaves me with lots to ponder on here. Just what it needed for a clean soul. To believe and know that our bodies need nurture.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on May 13, 2021:

It’s lovely to read another article from you, Eric. All of your articles give me interesting information and ideas to think about, which I appreciate.

Rania Heikal from Egypt on May 13, 2021:

I like your pieces full of the word “love”. It gives a positive energy and spreads a feeling of peace while one’s reading. God bless you!

MG Singh emge from Singapore on May 13, 2021:

Eric, I am commenting on your sermon after a long time maybe you were not writing and I was not reading. In this sermon, you have so nicely integrated human thought and goodness. Your amalgamation of resurrection and reincarnation to love was wonderful.

KC McGee from Where I belong on May 13, 2021:

Great Sermon Eric, it's been a while. Good to see you back.

Many blessings.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 13, 2021:

It is so good to be able to read words from you again. Your sermon about letting go of the past and approaching the new with a focus on love surely is needed right now. May each day bring you new blessings.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on May 13, 2021:

It is so nice to read another wonderful sermon by you, Eric. This article touched my heart. To be born again and cleansed is the most wonderful way to live. This is such a good sermon and I pray all is well with you.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on May 13, 2021:

Thank you Chitrangada, I think that for me I get into a nice place with my spirit and forget that it takes some effort and contemplation to stay there. I am blessed to have the time to do it.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on May 13, 2021:

Welcome back, Eric Dierker!

So good to read your thoughtful articles, once again.

I liked the idea and the need for spiritual cleansing, for some time. I believe, it helps us to rejuvenate and refresh ourselves.

An excellent sermon, filled with words of wisdom. Thank you for sharing.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on May 13, 2021:

Lorna thank you, I have missed your guidance. Amazing but this time I caught the downward spiral early. With a lifetime of practice I came back upward without the daunting despair. God surrounds me with angels like you.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on May 13, 2021:

Thank you Dora, I really do adore the constraints they are good for me. And I adore you and missed you much.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on May 13, 2021:

Such words of joy you write Linda. There was much hard work that I had to do to improve my connection with God. It was not a crisis just a need to grow in faith and togetherness with God through love.

I am so happy it is now time to truly be WITH friends again. I missed you.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on May 13, 2021:

Bill it feels right to write again. A big chunk of love is missing in my life without it. Sure I wrote to myself - but not sharing it is well, not sharing it.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on May 13, 2021:

Denise it is so good to be back. This is something I really love and have missed my good friends. A new time beckons. thank you so much for the support.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on May 13, 2021:

Eric,

So good to see you and your thoughtful sermon again. It has been too long. Thanks for the renewed visions.

Blessings,

Denise

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 13, 2021:

Well look what the cat dragged in! It's about damned time you showed your face here again, my friend. I wasn't too worried by your absence. I figured you would resurface when you were good and ready.

Loved the message, as always! It's about one of my favorite subjects, as it always is.

Be well, my friend. Thanks for returning!

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on May 13, 2021:

Eric, there are no words to adequately express my joy in seeing you here today. I have missed you; I have wept over you; and I have prayed for your body, mind, and soul.

So, you have undertaken a spiritual journey, a cleansing of the spirit. Have you ever wondered why the Israelites wandered for 40 years in the desert? The actual distance from Point A to Point B was not 40 years of footsteps. But life in the desert required that they maintain their focus on God, rely on Him and talk with Him.

I'm glad you weren't absent for 40 years (I won't be here); thank you for writing to us today. Your thoughts are clear and honest and beautiful.

Peace unto you.

Dora Weithers on May 13, 2021:

Welcome back. Eric. I missed you and your theses on love. I pray that the concepts of recreating and reinventing are generated by your personal rejuvenation, moving forward. The love of God constrains us.

Lorna Lamon on May 13, 2021:

It's good to see you gracing these pages again Eric. This is an interesting sermon and much needed today. I agree that with love we can spiral upward, however, I have found that it is only when we are in the depths of despair that we seek out our spiritual truth. Perhaps this is to help us understand the love of being loving. An enlightening read.

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