Tools for Parents: January 2017
Tools for Parents Archive
January 7, Episode #12: The Honey Buzz Principle—Greed Steals Our Joy
After finding a beehive that makes the world's best honey, C.J. goes into business and finds that he hasn’t the time for anyone or anything that doesn’t make him more money!
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"The love of money"
David Carl writes, “Money is a tough subject. . . . There is nothing inherently wrong with money or even with having a lot of it. Clearly there is nothing evil about a coin or a piece of paper in and of itself. Our attitudes toward money are a spiritual matter. It is difficult, very difficult, to keep money from becoming too important in our lives.” Discover the impact of the love of money in this week’s Director’s Notes.
January 14, Episode #13: Snake Oil—Becoming a Disciple of Christ
The slick traveling salesman, Dr. Theron, promises to teach C.J. the secrets of success and fame. But C.J. must decide whom he wants to follow more, “the good doctor” or “The Good Shepherd.”
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David Carl writes, “Choice is an amazing power—a “super power,” if you will. With it we can change our fate and affect the lives of everyone around us. Why God gave us such power is a mystery. It is part of our jobs as parents and teachers to instruct our kids on the use of this power, not to withhold it from them.” Read about how valuable it is to give children the opportunity to make godly choices.
January 21, Episode #14: The Great Go-Cart Race—Cooperation
The big go-cart race is coming up. But without teamwork, The Club discovers just how hard it is to be on the winning team.
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“I did it my way"
David Carl writes, “Cooperation is pretty hard, but obtaining unity is extremely difficult. Christians are called not just to cooperate; we are commanded to achieve unity. I think it is fair to say that the abundant life Christ came to give us cannot be had without community and unity with other believers. The peace, the end of loneliness for our souls, humility, and the transformation of our lives through spiritual growth cannot occur without the scrutiny and care of fellow believers.” In this week’s Director’s Notes, David Carl points out the blind spots in the “I did it my way” attitude.
January 28, Episode #16: Hold the Anchovies—Obedience
C.J.'s in a pickle. He knows God wants him to do something he doesn't want to do. Captain Gus reminds C.J. of the story of what happened to someone in a similar situation—someone named Jonah!
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"Because I said so"
As a kid, did your mother ever use "because I said so" as a reason for demanding action? It wasn't a particularly clever or compelling argument but her authority was unquestionable. Whether you liked it or not, if she said to do it, it got done . . . or there were consequences. Funny how things aren't much different for grownups having to answer to a boss. This week's Director's Notes reveal one of the Bible's most extreme "because I said so" moments.