“Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” Luke 18:17 (NIV)
A Little Understanding – The Entryway isn’t Enough
Childlike faith is the key to the entire floor plan, starting with the entryway but going far beyond. We must believe that there is more, laying out our lives in such a way that we can discover it. Childish faith is just happy where it is, in the entryway. When the entryway dweller does become a little restless, their options are limited by their one-room floor plan. They can look all over the space they have and discover there is no more to discover! The only way to improve the entryway is to give it a facelift. Make things look better. Continuing with the entryway metaphor, adding a coat of paint, a new closet organizer, updated tiles, a table for cell phones and keys, and new door mats should do it. It may be the same room, but it looks so much better!
Alliteration is a great tool to get people to take notice but in this case putting Jesus and the popular game Jenga™ in the same sentence may do much more. Because of this, I believe I should make a few things clear. I have not found any scriptures that lead me to believe that Jesus played Jenga™. I do not believe that Jesus has or ever will promote the game Jenga™. I do not believe that following Christ requires the playing of Jenga™. Lastly, and probably most important, just because I am using the name of the popular game Jenga™, doesn’t mean that I am promoting the game Jenga™, nor am I under any obligation to mention the game Jenga™, and I do not receive any money or other benefits from using the name of the popular game Jenga™ over and over again in this blog – but I should!
I am excited to announce that my book, BLUEPRINT- for the Christ Follower and Collective of Christ Followers will be available next week – if you are sick of the “How-To” Christian books that look at how to decorate and landscape so that your life as a Christ follower and your collective of Christ followers (church) looks good, if you are looking for a book that helps you create a structurally sound spiritual life and church, Blueprint is for you!
I must apologize for not keeping up with my blog reading and writing. I hope to return to regular writing and reading next week after I am fully settled into my new job as transitional pastor at Covenant Alliance Church in Orangeville ON Canada.
Just so you don’t think I am lazing around doing nothing I have posted a link to my sermon from last week!
August 6th of this year I posted a blog about my writing journey called They Told Me I Need To Write A Blog. It had a tone of hopelessness because, quite frankly, I felt hopeless. A lot has changed since then. I have had people offer to help and I have gone from shelving my book “Blueprint” to working with an editor. I also have a cover designer and, when the time comes to bring it to the public, I have someone who will guide me through the process. I never thought life would change so much in a matter of weeks but then I often forget (I know better) the fact that my God can do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine Ephesians 3:20 (NIV). If you are wondering what this book is about, here is the newly edited Introduction in blog format as a teaser to my book launch which will take place tentatively near the beginning of November 2020.