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.
In Genesis, we see that man is made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). Part of what this means can be found in the way God creates. He first creates a formless mass of chaos (Genesis 1:2) and then progressively organizes the world after a fashion that makes it amenable to human beings and their experience of God’s presence. This is capitulated in the story of Eden (Genesis 2:7-15), where God creates a space for man to meet with God that is the ideal composition between chaos and order. If we see God’s creative work as a symbol of what it means to be a human being in God’s image, we can see that man is the being that negotiates between chaos and order on the earth. We do this by finding ways to cultivate nature in a way that brings something new out of it that was not there before without eliminating its potential entirely. A good example might be a garden in which there are no insects. Without bugs, the garden will produce no fruit. It is too orderly. But in a field without cultivation there may or may not be food fit for humans depending upon weather and animal activity. In connection with John 1:1-18 and Colossians 1:15-20, we can see that
The book of Psalms is a beautiful but extremely honest look at life. The very first word in this book is “blessed” and Psalm 1 sets up the whole book by talking about how you can live a blessed life. The word “blessed” itself means either set apart as holy, like when I say Jesus our “blessed” savior, but it can also mean extremely happy like I am so blessed today. The question that I want to ask today is, what do you think makes you happy, I mean really happy? Last week was on Matthew 6:33 and keeping first things first and second things second and my own struggle with this. God created us to want to be happy but we have to live life His way. He made us to enjoy life not only now but forever. The problem is that sin deceives and tricks us into believing that things in this world will bring about the great happiness that we all want.
I wasn’t born in Nebraska. My dad was in the Air Force so we moved around a lot when I was young but we finally settled in Nebraska and I consider it home. I started attending a public school until my dad made the decision to quit his job and become a Christian school teacher. I joined the school a year later as a student. The school was not like Annapolis but I appreciated being taught in a Christian environment. I participated in junior high band and enjoyed choir. I acted in One Act and in one of the school plays, Anne of Green Gables. I was in the pivotal role as “farmhand #2”. I also played sports. The sport I excelled in the most was volleyball. My dad was the assistant girls’ volleyball coach and he was my ride home so, out of boredom, I began playing volleyball. After high school, I went to a Christian college where I played college volleyball and got a teaching degree. My first teaching job after graduation was back in Nebraska, where I spent the last 20 years in education.
As we end the school year with our final chapel today, I want to take the time to share from my heart what my prayers and wishes will be for each of you as I retire this summer. I am stepping down after being involved in various roles at the school for over 20 years—the last 6 as principal. It seems only fitting that I take this last opportunity to speak to you in my final chapel talk today and address you as a student body and as individuals who I have come to know and love.
This semester we have been studying intellectual character. Today we want to review all we have talked about. Continue reading
In our Easter chapel service, we talked about how Jesus Christ is the perfect example of intellectual character and virtue. We have been talking about the following intellectual character traits all semester:
- Intellectual courage, which helps you to find the truth and live out that truth.
- Intellectual honesty is how we use the truth we know. It is the link that goes from our thinking to our actions.
- Intellectual tenacity is the character of being very determined and persistent in seeking truth and knowledge.
- Intellectual carefulness involves being patient, diligent, and careful in the search for truth and knowledge.
- Intellectual humility is seen in those who want to know the truth, and therefore constantly recognize that they, like all people, are sinful and capable of error.
As we continue to talk about humility, let’s look at Proverbs 11:2 which says: “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.” Continue reading
This semester chapel has been about intellectual character and virtue. We have defined intellectual character as the thought process behind every decision we make. Today we’re going to talk about the greatest example of intellectual character. Not only is He the greatest example of intellectual character, He is also the Savior of the world. Continue reading
In chapel this semester, we have been talking about intellectual character and virtue. Intellectual character involves the thought process behind every decision we make.
We began with intellectual courage, which is the virtue that helps you to find truth and live out that truth. We then discussed intellectual honesty, which demonstrates how we use the truth we know. It is the link that goes from our thinking to our actions. We moved on to intellectual tenacity, which we defined as being very determined and persistent in seeking truth and knowledge. For the last few weeks, we discussed intellectual carefulness, which involves patience, diligence, and carefulness in the search for truth and knowledge.
This week we turn to another virtue, intellectual humility. People who have intellectual humility want to know the truth, so they constantly recognize that they, like all people, are sinful and capable of error. They are humble because they are aware that truth is none of their making, but is God-breathed. Continue reading