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Intellectual Courage: The Courage of Daniel

This semester we want to talk about intellectual character and its virtues. To have intellectual character is to care about learning and knowledge and to have a desire to find truth. Before you can act like a good person, you have to think like a good person. Intellectual character is the finding of the true way to live and act by first thinking of the true way to live and act.

For example, if there is candy that is not yours on a table and you want to take it, but you don’t, there had to be a truth in you of why you shouldn’t steal that candy. Or perhaps, maybe you see someone making fun of someone else, but you don’t make fun of them and instead stand up for them. You first had a truth of loving your neighbor in your thoughts that lead to your act. That is intellectual character–knowing what is right and what is wrong in your thoughts, that leads to you acting it out. In order to have intellectual character, you must work on different intellectual virtues.

The first virtue we will discuss is intellectual courage. Over the next three weeks we will discuss intellectual courage. But the first thing we need to understand about intellectual courage is that it is different than courageous acts. Courage is the act of being brave. We will talk about it in the next few weeks, but today I want to explain intellectual courage. Intellectual courage helps you find the truth and live out the truth. Let’s read Daniel 1:1-4:

In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. And the Lord delivered Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, along with some of the articles from the temple of God. These he carried off to the temple of his god in Babylonia and put in the treasure house of his god. Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, chief of his court officials, to bring into the king’s service some of the Israelites from the royal family and the nobility—young men without any physical defect, handsome, showing aptitude for every kind of learning, well informed, quick to understand, and qualified to serve in the king’s palace. He was to teach them the language and literature of the Babylonians.

So let’s talk about Daniel. He was a noble young Israelite man who was smart, who studied, and who was qualified to work with the King of Judah, but he was taken to work with the king of Judah’s enemy. However, throughout his studies while he was young and went to school, he used his intellectual courage to find the truth that God was the only true God and that Daniel would be taken care of by God.

What I really want us to see is that he knew beyond everything the truth of God.

He was not going to change by learning about another country or language.  He was going to a new country with new laws, and a new language and new leaders, but God stayed the same. Daniel had the mindset to be brave and courageous even before he went before the king, was told to not pray to God, and was ultimately thrown into a lion’s den. He had been trained in the virtue of intellectual courage and that kept him alive and blessed in a nation that was not his own.

Today you will take tests and read and write. You will study and work math problems.  You will be taught by your teachers and parents. What we should all do is look for the truth that is out there that helps us live the life God wants us to live–the truth of life, salvation, love and grace in Jesus. That truth will give us the courage to seek God more, desire to learn more, the bravery to stand up for others, and for the truth.

No matter where we grow up and where we live, God is still the same truth!  And it is the everyday decisions that build up our intellectual courage. So today, seek and stand up for what is good and true and beautiful and in doing so you will start to gain courage!

Epiphany and the Three Wise Men

We just sang Joy to the World and you might be wondering why we are singing about Christmas in January.  Did you know that the traditional celebration of Christ’s birth begins on Christmas Day and lasts for twelve whole days.  I like that idea—instead of remembering Christ’s birth and celebrating for only one day, it sounds wonderful to celebrate longer. Continue reading

All in the Family: A Thank You Letter from Patti & Caleb Terry

We at Annapolis cherish the opportunity to impact the lives of our students and their families.  However, it warms our hearts even greater to receive positive feedback about our mission in providing high quality, academically-driven, and God-centered education.  We invite you to read the following testimonial from one of our newer families, Patti and Caleb Terry.

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Amen to God’s Promises

Today is the last day we will discuss the promises of the Lord. But don’t make the mistake to forget God’s promise’s. We need to always lean on the promises of God and to remember them in our lives. That is what today’s message is about… Continue reading

Thanking God for His Promises

In Chapel this year, we have been talking and learning about God’s promises for us: promises to save us, love us, and always be with us.  Promises to protect us, not to harm us, to forgive us and to be slow to anger.  Promises that were fulfilled in Jesus Christ and are given to us now for all eternity.  These are beautiful promises that are made for us.

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The True Testimony: A Sermon on the Ninth Commandment

The command to give no false testimony against your neighbor is important because it was designed to protect people against the predatory practice of malicious witnesses siding against the innocent to reap illicit gain in the ancient world. Continue reading

You shall not steal: A brief sermon on the 8th commandment

This command explicitly says not to steal. In our Scriptures, this is given several applications with respect to its literal meaning.

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God’s Promise to be Slow to Anger

The gifts and promises of God are great for us. They prove to us the love and kindness and beauty of God. But do we know how big and righteous God is?

Do we really know how holy, holy, holy, high and exalted God, the Creator of the universe really is?

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God Promises to be our Strength

As we get ready to hear another story about one of God’s promises, I want to ask some questions. Have you ever been nervous about having to do something? Have you ever had to ask a stranger a question—maybe for directions–and you felt nervous about it? Or have you ever had to speak in front of your whole class—maybe to give a report or a speech?  Did you feel scared to do it?

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