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The Seven Deadly Sins Series with Rev. William “Geoff” Smith

The Bible says that a man who controls his temper is better than a man who can overthrow a city. Jesus himself says that anger can start a process in which an individual and the communities of which he is a part can devolve into the fires of hell. Paul says that unchecked anger gives a foothold to Satan. If anger is so dangerous and so difficult to overcome, what can we do about this powerful passion that dwells within us?

The Bible and the Christian tradition through the ages offer several solutions. We’ll start with tradition and end with Scripture. Thomas Aquinas makes the point that

one must distinguish between just and unjust anger.

Just anger is anger which desires to correct sin (whether personal or in others). Unjust anger is anger which wishes to harm others or get even. Knowing these distinctions can be very helpful, as we can ask, if we’re angry, “Do I wish to harm another or to correct sin? If I wish to harm, I should shut my mouth and not act right now. If I wish to correct a sin, I should measure my words to do exactly that and nothing more.” Another strategy, which Jesus recommends, is to take extreme ownership over your community, team, or family and if you are about to worship then remember that if you have wronged another, go reconcile immediately.

In other words, the Christian is a part of a kingdom whose citizens all take 100% ownership of their actions and therefore try to right whatever wrongs they have done.

A final strategy is one offered by Paul the Apostle. In Philippians 4:8-9, he recommends thinking of the best in others so that we might experience the peace of God in the midst of interpersonal conflict.

Coming up this week at SoLaR Chapel…”Pride!”

An Alternate Function for Technology

As “there are no small things”[1] we are told to “work heartily, as for the Lord” (Col. 3:23), something as simple as making your bed[2] 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.

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A Brief Sermon on the 6th Commandment

One of the interesting features of the 10 Commandments is that each of them ties back to the early chapters of Genesis and represents a positive value contained therein.

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Honor Your Parents

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?

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The Promises of God Part II

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.

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Meet the ACA Board of Trustees

Members of the Annapolis school board consist of current and past parents and grandparents, alumni and interested community members who are passionate about the mission of the academy and committed to ensuring its prosperous future. The ACA Board has the responsibility of being assigned the care and oversight of the school, but is not involved in the day-to-day operation of the organization, which it delegates to the school’s employees through the Headmaster.  Each year, Annapolis board members work closely with the Headmaster to provide the necessary resources for the school to fulfill its mission from one generation to another.  This year (2016-2017) Annapolis is proud to have on it’s Board of Trustees a group of extremely fine and talented people.

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Regain Adult Authority: The Blessing of Christian Discipline

Our 1 year old is all over the place, and for the most part we welcome this new mobile intensity.

Some parents love the newborn stage and dread the infamous toddler, but let us sleep through the night and we’re game for most anything he gets into. This morning, this thought, brought me to my favorite coffee mug.

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Train Up A Child: Tips on Early Childhood Training

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).

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