Let me ask you this question, what sets apart someone who is in favor with God and on the way to enjoy the blessings of heaven and someone who is turning away from God and on the path of destruction? The answer is, what makes you happy. I mean deep down, what you really want to satisfy your heart desire.
As “there are no small things” we are told to “work heartily, as for the Lord” (Col. 3:23), something as simple as making your bed can do wonders for your happiness and health, and carefulness is a virtue, according to Aristotle, then paying attention to details and concentrating on bettering seemingly unimportant small skills is important for the overall well-being, success, and fulfillment of a student. Thus, the insistence when a teacher makes you put your heading in the correct corner with each piece of information, or makes you use graph paper for math, or makes you re-do an answer that she cannot read—are all examples of an effort to help a student realize the importance of being careful with details.
The sermon uses the metaphor of games for resource allocation and human cooperation to help understand the story of the creation of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in Genesis 2. Students were challenged to ask themselves about the goals of the various games they play in life (family, school, religious, etc) and whether or not the strategies they employ will lead them to desirable outcomes. The standard is God’s claim that the world is a better place with humanity than without it (Genesis 1:26-31). Are you handling your life in a way that allows you to assess it the way God originally assessed man’s presence in his creation?
Deuteronomy 5:16 states: “‘Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may go well with you in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.” What does this mean for us today?
The following is an excerpt from a sermon preached to students in the School of Logic and Rhetoric of Annapolis Christian Academy by faculty member, Rev. Geoff “The Unmerciful” Smith.
The following excerpt is from a sermon preached to the Grammar School students of Annapolis Christian Academy by ACA faculty member, Rev. Andres Garcia on the promise of God’s forgiveness.
We are studying the Promises of God in chapel this year. Last week we talked about Presents and Promises. We agreed that God’s promises are for sure. When God promises something, it will happen. When God makes a promise, you can count on it. We also said that God’s promises are like presents—the best kinds of presents you will ever receive. God’s promises are the kinds of presents that don’t wear out; they don’t break and they don’t get old. God’s promises last forever and they also tell us something about God and His nature.
The first two commands in the ten commandments prohibit idolatry. There are two very good reasons for this:
I just heard from the other room my 3 year old son tell my wife, “I’ll protect him!” This is a pretty common phrase around here and he’s an awesome little boy, but I don’t want you to believe for a moment that he’s an exception to the rule (you know the rule: toddlers are insane and unruly little monsters).