Pastor Terry: As you know, the ‘life apps’ is a really interesting way of trying to engage technology and faith, at least the way we present it. We’re trying to grapple with what it means to have a real-world sense of where things are at a technological level. At the same time, we want to ask, “How does our life in Jesus interface with that?” This past New Year’s, I was reading a bunch of things that had to do with technology. So many of the projections and much of the discussion is built around technology. It is a characteristic of this time that we’re living in. It’s stunning and comprehensive. It’s making things normalized that would have seemed incredible and almost like science fiction in previous generations. Now it’s part of our everyday life. I was reading an article that talked about people getting more and more invasive with technology. We’re having to rework our social mores and how we engage. This article was having fun with it. It was called The Well-Mannered Technophile. It was essentially advice for all of us and having fun with it. It talked about different things that go on and how we might think about it. I want to have a little fun together and listen to some of the things that the article highlighted.
It says, “Look, starting this year, when we’re talking about the well-mannered technophile, how about let’s do this?” This is something that affects my life directly. I have a wife who, when we go out together, we’ll pray together. We try to do that in a very nondescript but sincere way because it’s part of how we want to live our lives. We pray together, then the meal comes. Right before we start eating, I now know the ritual. I’m supposed to stop and pose over the food. I’m not allowed to eat until the shot is taken. So I’ve been trained. This is The Well-Mannered Technophile suggests, “Only one food Instagram per day. Sorry. That’s the only way to ensure that as a country, our omelets are not getting cold.” The whole idea of only one per time hit home for me. Another one is about the Apple Watch that’s coming out. People are talking about how that’s going to revolutionize things. Only certain people who have access to it can wear it, but it’s going to come. There are other smart watches out there right now. “Early Apple Watch owners, yes, you are the proud owners of the wearable that will make wearables go mainstream, but don’t act like you’re better than the rest of us because you can order pizza by talking into your wrist, or all smartphone owners, smart watch owners, no messaging during dinner, and pretending that you’re just scratching your wrist. Wrists aren’t that itchy, okay?”
I just saw this one, “You may hear about something called a selfie stick.” That is a telephoning pole. This is like a telescoping pole with an attachment for a camera or a smartphone. It allows photographers to get more of themselves into the frame. It’s okay to use one, but do know that you will be labeled as that stupid tourist with the selfie stick. This also hits home for me because of who I married. That’s all I’ll say about that. “It is inappropriate to make fun of someone for using a ginormous phone, like the iPhone 6+ or the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. That moment of making fun has passed. Phablets are here to stay. Also, if you put your phone on vibrate, it must remain in your pocket, because if it’s on the table, it will cause a tremor that will register on the Richter Scale, and this is more annoying than a Miley Cyrus ringtone.”
One from Andy Dunn, who’s the CEO of Bonobos, the fashion retailer, says, “My mom says I’m on my phone way too much. On the subway, I look up and I see everyone on their phones. I feel like we’re in the Matrix. When my friends and I go out to dinner, we’ll sometimes go phones down. As soon as we’re seated, the phones go down, and whoever accidentally picks up the phone first has to pay the tab for everyone.” It is a totally effective way. I’m a little worried about that one, to be honest. I wouldn’t want to do that. It says, “It’s a really effective way of getting people off their phones.” This next one was fun too. It is called Four Politeness-Improving Technologies We Wished Existed. Some of us have been to public environments where someone will have a big iPad. All of a sudden, when the time or moment comes, people will stand up. These Four Politeness-Improving Technologies We Wish Existed, one is called a tablet camera disabler. Essentially, it’s a feature that prevents people from using a tablet as a view-blocking camera in public events. A line goes through it when it gets lifted up in front of everybody else, a tablet-blocking inhibitor.
Smartphone shorthand translator is another way of improving these politeness-improving technologies. A smartphone shorthand translator translates emoji and instant message abbreviations into complete sentences for us. So when someone sends us stuff like, “ICYMI.” There is a couple holding hands, a broken heart, a girl with scissors in her hair, an emoji with an airplane, a French flag, and praying hands with a halo around them. It means if this shorthand smartphone translator existed, “In case you missed it, I broke up with my boyfriend, cut my hair, moved to France, and I joined a nunnery.” One of my two favorites is the spoiler revengenator. “Whenever friends inconsiderately post a spoiler on social media, instantaneously, a spoiler of equal magnitude will automatically appear in their news feeds as a means of equaling it out.” The last one, the humble brag neutralizer app, “Takes friends’ Facebook and Instagram photos of all sunsets, fancy shoes, decadent brunches, and selfies, and turns them into scenes of misery.” Oh, that was great.
The fact of the matter is we’re talking about this particular service that we’re going to get into. We want to talk about life apps and the platform. We’re going to do this service a bit differently than we normally do. We will share briefly around a portion of scripture. It’s an exchange Jesus had. At the end of that, we will hear someone share who’s doing this series in tandem with me. We have created a video piece that we’re going to be doing as part of the life apps approach. It will connect to what was just shared as a means of bringing it into a more practical workplace overall general sense that what we are exploring has real practical outlays to it.
The person who’s going to be sharing is someone some of us are familiar with, Rusty Rueff. He’s been part of our church for a number of years. He and his wife have been serving in children’s ministry now for over a decade. Rusty just had something happen to him that was pretty cool. He was named as the President Advisory Committee on the Arts. He’s been on the board of trustees at ACT Theatre. He has been the chairman of the Grammy Foundation and is serving presently as the corporate director at glassdoor.com. He has a blog called purposedworking.com. Anybody can subscribe. It has to do with living out our faith in the workplace. It has a lot to do with technology and work.
We’re going to try to make this very applicable to our lives. I’m going to share the teaching, we’ll hear a little bit there, and then we’ll have our time of giving and closeout. Let me pray and ask God to bless what we’re about to do together. Lord, I want to ask you to be with us right now. We’re here in your house. We’re making an investment in a desire to honor you. Also, we’re saying that we want to be open to the things that you want to encourage us towards, and things that you want to enlarge in us. I want to ask for your blessing. I want to ask for your blessing over this time. I pray that you would be honored in it and establish some things inside of us. Or at least get them moving in the right direction. This is what I ask. We ask this together, in Jesus’ name. Amen, God.
Have you ever been in a storm? I don’t mean a natural storm. We all have those. Weather changes all the time. I’m talking about a stormy place in life. It’s quite possible that some of us are in that place right now. I’m talking about it as a metaphor for when things are very hard. When things are breaking down. When we find ourselves having a number of things going in the wrong direction or at least a couple of things that are making it really difficult. We feel under a tremendous amount of pressure. Some of us may, when we’re in these stormy places in life, feel like we’re not going to make it. When storms hit, it’s very dark. When storms hit, sometimes the things we’ve been counting on start to crumble. They make us very insecure. Some storms may look like things with our health. They may have to do with external things we can’t control, something happening in our job. It might have to do with things that are going on with our finances or relationships. We might be in that place right now.
This is the amazing thing about human beings. We can wear certain types of demeanors that, unless people know us well or are very intimate with our lives, they wouldn’t know. We can sit next to them and they would have no idea what we’re walking under. We’re around a group of people together here, and many of us are hurting. We came in with storms in our lives. We have people we love who are experiencing storms, and it is affecting us. Sometimes, the hardest things are the things that aren’t even external. They’re internal. Some are struggling with addictive behavior. We’re having a really hard time not wanting to go back into things that we know won’t help us. They can create personal storms. When we’re under an enormous amount of pressure, we feel tremendously stressed. Some of us might even feel emotionally paralyzed where we’re not feeling much anymore. We’re very tired, and we’re tired a lot.
These stormy places have everything to do with what we’re talking about. They have to do with foundations and platforms. Jesus had something to say about it. Follow with me if you could in Matthew 7. It is something Jesus had to say. He was talking about foundations, the storms of life. One of the things God wants to teach us is how to have a life of faith with Him that is capable of enduring hard things. Everything in us may want to quit and give up. Maybe part of us feels like we’re falling apart from the inside out. The Lord has something to say to us.
“Therefore,” He says, “whoever hears these sayings of mine and does them, I will liken this person to a wise man who built their house on the rock. And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and it beat on that house.” It felt beaten. If it ever felt like things were coming apart, in that place, Jesus says, “It did not fall, because it was founded on the rock. It was built on something solid that could endure even though the elements were coming at it in every direction.” Jesus contrasted that with, “But, everyone who hears these sayings of mine but then doesn’t do them, I’m going to say that that person is like a foolish man who built his house on the sand, and the rain descended, and the floods started to come, and the winds blew, and it beat on that house, but that house fell.” He got everybody’s attention, and says, “And it was a great fall. It collapsed under the weight. It couldn’t make it.”
Jesus says, “Foundations matter. What we build on matters,” It shows up in stormy weather and the storms of life. I know some of us are younger. We may say, “Well, I haven’t experienced a lot.” We live long enough, we’ll experience storms. Some of us, that was our youth. We already know what that’s like. We walk with it. There are many times when things are going great, the weather’s great, everything’s moving in the right direction, or at least it’s not bad. Then all of a sudden, something hits us. When it hits with compounding force, even the strongest among us can be rocked. Jesus said it matters what we build on. Our platform matters.
There was one moment when Jesus was talking. He had this great conversation about the platform of life. He didn’t call it that, but that’s what we will call it. A man asked him a question. The question, as he interacted with Jesus, helps us to understand what matters most as a building place. What we can build our life on. I want to look at one of the greatest exchanges recorded that took place between Jesus and another person. It has a lot to say to us. Look with me at Mark 12:28. It says that one of the scribes came. When we read through the Bible the accounts of Jesus’s life in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, the scribes are referred to a lot. A scribe in Jesus’s day was a religious lawyer. The way in which society was constructed at that time was built around the principles of Mosaic law. A scribe would have been someone who had tremendous knowledge of the rules, nuances, and regulations of the law of Moses. He was a religious specialized lawyer.
We also know there were two predominant political parties just like today. In their day, they were religious parties. It’s important to remember that when Jesus was alive, Israel is not autonomous. They were ruled. Most of the known world at that time in Europe, Asia, and parts of Africa were ruled by the Romans. The Romans had a significant weight of military force. Rome had what we refer to as the Pax Romana, the peace of Rome. We know the Jewish people despised being under the Roman overlords, and that was a big part of Jesus’s group. He had a couple of disciples who had been revolutionaries. Everybody was upset with Rome, and they didn’t want to submit. They had to pay taxes to Caesar. Tributes had to be given to Rome. They had to make way for the Romans, and it was humiliating. It was always in their conversation.
Rome, on the other hand, didn’t want rebellion. It cost more to put down a rebellion, so they tried to give different people or groups, different levels of autonomy. They gave Israel a degree of autonomy that was somewhat unique. They allowed them to have a lot of self-governance as long as they kept to certain criteria. The two-party religious system, like we have a predominantly two-party political system. There were two groups, the Sadducees and the Pharisees. The scribes or religious lawyers were more aligned with the Pharisees, who were the more conservative of the two groups. The Sadducees were a little bit more powerful. They were a little bit more wealthy. They were men of intellectual heft. They had a predominantly more urban locale. They didn’t have the same kind of sacred regard for the scriptures that the Pharisees and scribes had. In that sense, Jesus was more in alignment with the Pharisees and the scribes than he would have been with the Sadducees. The Sadducees represent the more liberal wing.
I say that because Mark 12:28 opens with, “Then one of the scribes came and having heard them reasoning.” Who is ‘them?’ If you go back, you’ll see that ‘the them’ had to do with an exchange that occurs between Jesus and some of the Sadducee leaders. They are some of the most powerful men in Jerusalem. They have a discussion based around something that you and I might not think much of, but at the time, it was one of the religious hot button issues of the day. They had a discussion around the issue of resurrection. What happens when a person dies? They were going back and forth with Jesus. The Sadducees didn’t believe anything happened. Jesus said there is a resurrection. This is not the end. A scribe, who would have been more in Jesus’s camp, was listening and watching it take place. He was very impressed with the way Jesus dealt with it. For not only did Jesus give them a rebuttal, he gave them a stoutly woven rebuke, and he was impressed. This man of the letters was hearing people say that Jesus might be the Messiah.
The scribe had a question for Jesus.He says, “I would like to ask you a question.” In this case, the question wasn’t designed to catch Jesus or to box Him in. There were times when people would ask Jesus questions to try to put Him in a position to become vulnerable and exposed. That didn’t work too well, but this guy was sincere. We don’t know his name. He’s just called a scribe. He’s an unnamed scribe. His question is so good. It allows us to wrestle with what is the supreme issue of life. It is something that leads us into the discussion, “what is the real platform on which life should be built?”
The scribe asks, “What is the first commandment of all? I would like to get your opinion on what is the supreme duty of a human being?” Many teachers or rabbis in that time had opinions. The question is more about a general answer. He’s asking, “Where do you put the accent?” Even more than that, “If you were to distill the law down to its core essence, what would you say it is? What is the greatest thing we can do as human beings?” He said this in front of everybody, and Jesus gave him an answer. We see it in verse 29. Jesus answered, “The greatest of all the commandments is this,” and Jesus quotes from Deuteronomy, “Hear, oh Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one, and you shall love the Lord your God with all of your heart, with all of your soul, with all of your mind, and with all of your strength.” This is the first and greatest thing a person can ever do.
It was very important because Jesus was responding to the question, “What is the ultimate purpose and meaning of life?” The answer Jesus gives is what we would call the Hebrew. It is often referred to by the Jewish people as the Hebrew because the Hebrew as a verb means “to hear.” The opening line is, “Hear, oh Israel,” not like here, but, “Listen, oh Israel.” “Hear, oh Israel,” the Hebrew or the hearing. “Hear, oh Israel, the Lord our God is one, and you shall love the Lord your God with all of your heart, with all of your soul, with all of your mind, and with all of your strength.” This is the greatest commandment. This is what Jesus says.
What Jesus was getting at was God desires us to love Him in a way that is tender, committed, sincere, intentionally thoughtful, and utterly devoted. He reminded all of us that the first duty of every man and woman is to acknowledge God, to truly acknowledge and love Him. That would have been challenging enough but what does that mean? What does it mean to really love God? We can contemplate that. We can take a walk, and spend a day thinking, “What does it look like to love God and be open to His love in my life?” Jesus could have stopped right there and said, “That’s it. Nothing more,” but he said, “But there’s one more thing,” and he coupled something onto it. He says, “There is a second. The second is like unto this.” He quotes from another book in the Old Testament that they would have all been familiar from Leviticus 19:31. He says, “The second is you shall love your neighbor as you love yourself.” There is no other commandment that is greater than these.
To the Jewish mind at the time, a majority of what had been interpreted as the neighbor had a very narrow scope. It meant, “My fellow Jew,” and Jesus knew that. “That is my neighbor, and that’s the one I am to love.” A lot of people were saying, “We are not responsible to love the gentiles, and we are certainly not responsible to love the Romans. We despise them,” and that was understood. There were other tensions as well. When you read it, you’ll see some tensions existed between the Jews and the Samaritans at the time. The Samaritans were partly Jewish people who had developed a hybrid expression. There was tremendous ethnic and subtle religious tension between the two of them to the extent that a lot of Jewish people of the day went in both directions. Many Jews wouldn’t go through Samaria. They would bypass it and take a longer route to avoid any interactions. There was real tension there.
Remember, Jesus has an interaction with a woman at the well. She says, “What are you doing talking to me? People like us don’t talk.” Jesus talks to her about the water. If she will drink it, she’ll never thirst again. It’s a beautiful moment. But Jesus had another person ask him a question. It was connected, “Who really is my neighbor? Who am I truly responsible to love?” Based on that question, Jesus gave one of His great parables. That’s what initiates the parable of the good Samaritan. It has to do with my neighbor being a lot bigger than just the people I like. This is something as the scribe is listening to this, he’s intrigued. Watch the passion that comes out. The scribe says to Him, “Well said, teacher. You have spoken the truth. There is only one God, and there is no other than He, and yes, to love Him with all of your heart, with all of your understanding, with all of your soul, and with all of your strength, and to love one’s neighbor as yourself, yes, there is nothing more than this. It is more than all the whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
He was saying, “All the things of the temple that we do, all the sacrifices, rules, and rituals we do that are embedded in the law of Moses, that greater than all of those things is what you just said.” He was excited. He agreed with Jesus. Jesus got excited back. He says, “Now, when Jesus saw that the man answered wisely, He said to him, ‘You, my friend, are not far from the kingdom of God. You are right there.'” It was a great statement. It’s almost like He’s saying, “Look, you are so close. Your heart is open. Cultivate that. Stay there, and it will lead you to me, like a lighthouse on the shore. You’re right there. The kingdom is before your very eyes. Your heart is open.” Then it says no one asked Him any more questions because “We’ve had enough asking Him questions to try to catch Him.”
Here is what I want us to think about. Here’s how I’d like us to pull it in. Loving God, according to Jesus, is the greatest thing we can ever do in this life. That presupposes something. Loving God is the greatest thing we can do, but what it presupposes is that we believe there is a God. Hebrews 11:6 says, “For without faith, it is impossible,” Hebrews 11:6, “It is impossible to please God, for those who come to God must believe that He exists and that He can be known, His reality and knowability, that He is a rewarder of those who will diligently seek after Him.” Jesus said, “It doesn’t take a lot of faith. It could even be imperfect faith. It could be a faith the size of a mustard seed, but it takes faith.” When you open up your heart, something happens. Jesus took it even further. He says, “Not only must we believe in God,” because before we can love Him, but we also have to believe in God. This is where the difference line was drawn. Jesus said, “But it’s more than that. It’s more than that. You must believe in me.”
We talked about this last week when we were talking about Nicodemus, the Pharisee struggling with Jesus to understand and grasp what he meant by being born again. Jesus says this verse that we all, or at least most of us, recognize, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son,” he was talking about himself, that whoever would believe in Him would not perish, that death would not be the final word, but have life everlasting. I like to say it is life overflowing, life abundant, the undying life of God in us, both now and yet to be. Jesus said, “Not only does it have to do with believing that there’s a God, not only does it have to do with believing in me,” but he says, “If you believe in me, then you’re going to need to do what I say.” That’s the platform.
Later on, He would say these words, John 14:21 says “The person who has my commands and keeps them,” look how that connects back to Matthew 7, “The person who has my words and keeps them, this is the person who loves me.” It’s almost like Jesus is saying, “If you love me, my father will reveal himself to you, I will show myself to you, we will be in a relationship together,” it’s almost like Jesus was saying, “Don’t think that what I really want is just compliance. What I want is your heart.” It’s almost like the Lord is saying, “Why do you say you love me?” He would quote this from Isaiah, “But you don’t do what I say?” That’s why I said we’ve got to read what He says and think about it, pray about it, and let it become part of who we are.
That’s the foundational and most important piece. That’s the first piece that life is to be built on, but the other part of that platform is connected to it. It’s a reminder that we are to also love others. Loving God and loving people are intertwined. I’ve heard a few people say, “You know, I love God. I can’t stand people, but I love God.” They were joking. Seriously, to say we love God and then not to have that show up in our relationships is a disconnect. It has to show up. Jesus told us. He said it has to be. Part of loving God means that we’re going to love people, even people we don’t like. We’re going to struggle with it sometimes, but Matthew 5 says, “Let your light so shine before people, before men, that they may see your good works, the goodness of your life, a life characterized by goodness, and then glorify God, who is in heaven, the Father.” The idea is that we are to live life in a way that invites people to see God working in our lives. So how we treat people matters. How we love people matters. It means we’re going to have to challenge ourselves in the way in which we love.
I know that it’s possible. It’s clearly a disconnect to say, “I love God, but I really don’t care about how I’m coming across to people. I don’t really love the people in my life that well.” That’s a disconnect, but it’s equally a disconnect to say, “Well, I just love people, but I don’t think that much about God.” It’s possible to be loving and kind to people. Good as we define it may not have anything to do with God. That good is a disconnected good because it ignores the very origin from which that capacity came from. It’s cutting itself off from its root so that my goodness is not connected to God. God is the very one who gave me the ability to love. I’m ignoring and throwing it out of the equation. Jesus said don’t do that. Don’t do that because there’s only one truly good.
How’s it supposed to show up in our lives? I want to talk about these questions. These are questions for us to probe more deeply into. I’m going to quickly move through them. Based on what Jesus taught us, what then does it mean to truly love God? How would this show up in our everyday life? How’s it going to show up? When we say we love God, what does that mean practically speaking? How’s it going to affect how we treat people, how we speak? What does it mean? What does it mean to love people? What was Jesus getting at when He told us to love our neighbor? When it comes to loving people, what do we find comes most easily? What is hard, if we’re being honest, does God want us to work on helping us improve this? Some of us have trigger points. I can love someone well, but when this happens, I become another person. Some of us are very good at loving people who are a little bit further away from us. When it comes to our interpersonal relationships, the closer we get, the harder it is to be loving.
Some of us have a very hard time with vulnerability because we’ve been hurt, so we’ll love from afar. Others are really good loving close. Our world is so small that it’s like what He was talking about. We have a very narrow view of a neighbor. There are other kinds of reactive patterns that we have. God wants to get at those things. God’s trying to grow us. That’s the thing. The key is our platform though. That brings number three. What was the platform Jesus taught us to build a successful life on? How are we doing in terms of our focus and prioritization? What I mean by that is, if we say this is what’s most important, “I agree with Jesus on the platform,” but then look at our life, priorities, predominant time investment, and the way we’re spending this limited gift we call life and are going in the opposite direction. We may say, “This is what I think is the most important thing. This is what Jesus said was the key to true success. He taught me, love God, love people.” But then my life is going in a very different direction as a priority. What does that say? The Lord will call us to places of alignment. This is a great time to think about that. The more aligned we become with what Jesus says is important, the more we become a success in the eyes of God and a blessing to people.
Lastly on that note, what practical ways can we align our lives better with what Jesus taught us was the greatest opportunity and calling of life? This is always about practical stuff in my mind. That’s why we’re getting into the Bible readings. We thought, “Okay, what can we do?” One thing we can do is say, “Let’s commit ourselves to a six-month easy reading plan.” Read through the scriptures. Read His words. Read the New Testament and sit with it. Commit to it. For some, this might be the time God’s calling us to become part of a small group. I know we’re busy, but we invest with people who are moving in the same direction. We train together. It’s like we’re rowing. We’re on a ship, fellowship. We’re rowing together.
Sometimes, I can’t row. I’ve got nothing in me, but another person might. It’s better to be in something with a few people than all by myself. It’s wise. We provoke one another to good works. For some, it might be a time to get more involved. This might be a time to be more courageous at work about our love for Him. We say we love Him. Do we ever talk about Him? It might be time for us to start getting out there a little bit more in our social world and declare our love for Him with all the risks that are involved in that. We’re going to show that little video piece that connects to the workplace and to what we’ve been sharing from the scriptures have a brief time of giving and a final song.
Rusty Rueff: Here, we stand on the stage of one of the great theaters of San Francisco. This theater was built just after the 1906 earthquake. It has stood the test of time, including the 1989 earthquake. But that’s not why we’re here. We’re here because a theater is a great metaphor for understanding the difference between a platform and an application. Or what we’re calling an app. This stage is like a platform. It’s the foundation of a theater that all else is built upon. Without the stage, there wouldn’t be a place for actors to practice their craft. Nor a place for the sets or the props to be placed and used. The stage carries all the weight. The stage can be counted on. The stage doesn’t go away. The stage is the platform for a theater. All the rest can be considered the applications. The sets change, the scenes change, the actors change, the costumes change, the lights change, the plays or the musicals, they change often. With the sets, costumes, and makeup, we can create whatever we desire.
Pastor Terry described our life platform and how our faith becomes the one constant and truly sustainable part of our life. How do we live this platform out throughout all of our life? What about the things in our life that are part of every day that aren’t built on the right platform, that then become a problem and a conflict? We have to consider those things as applications too. We must be sure they are built upon a firm, strong, and consistent platform. Things like our occupation, job, friends, relationships, interests, hobbies, politics, education, geography, fashions, finances, health, emotions, and even our age. Yes, it changes every day, as does and will our physical appearance.
All these come and go. They’re like the apps on our phone or tablets. They’re here today, needing an update tomorrow, or maybe even gone tomorrow, but our platform doesn’t come and go. It stays. It stands the test of time and change. It bears all the weight of the apps that are built for it. The platform, we can depend upon. The apps, while seemingly so important at the time, get installed and removed. They are only as good as the platform underneath them. We’re going to take the next few weeks and go deeper into the ways we can extend our life platform into many life apps so that we can learn to make the right choices, to live our lives fully as God has desired for us to do. We’re going to explore how our platform can sustain and strengthen each of our life apps. Taking them with us each week into the world, outside of the church walls, to our workplaces and homes. For now, let’s remember we must actively accept and build our life platform upon God’s platform. Then build our life apps on top of this, and this only.