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Tools for Parents: March 2018

Tools for Parents Archive


March 3, Episode #1: A Good Foundation—Spiritual Formation

This was the very first Paws & Tales broadcast! C.J. and Staci set out to build a clubhouse, but they build it in an old rotten tree. Discover why having a good foundation is essential to building a godly life.
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“A good foundation"

David Carl writes, "I believe that even elementary school children are capable of learning theology. Actually, kids are already learning theology at that age and have been learning it all along. They can't help it. Every day a child must somehow make sense out of a complicated and sometimes chaotic world. I want to help kids build a foundation of solid theology at an early age to avoid having to rebuild a shaky foundation that was built on bad theology." Read about the foundations of Paws & Tales in this week's Director's Notes.


March 10, Episode #2: Grace to Hugh—God Gives Us Grace

"I know who set fire to the Collins Mansion!" C.J. discovers a clue that unlocks the mystery of how the fire got started. Now Mrs. Collins must figure out how the culprit should be punished. Find out how showing a little grace can change a hardened heart!
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"Showing others grace"

David Carl writes, "There are many difficult concepts to understand when we come to the subject of grace, but perhaps the most difficult is the sheer unreasonableness of it. Grace is not fair! We all are rebellious sinners who are largely without remorse. So, why would anyone give someone like that grace?" Read about how grace comes from a God who loves us unreasonably in this week's Director's Notes.


March 17, Episode #3: To Have and Give Not—Sharing

After finding a treasure of pirate coins, Gooz has to decide the best way to handle her newfound wealth. Meanwhile, Staci and The Club are at odds on how to spend their club dues.
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"The money problem"

David Carl writes, "Money is a very thorny issue, especially for Christians. Wealth has been spuriously promised as the obvious result of a righteous life and preached against as the obvious proof that one is living in selfish ignorance of the needs of others. . . . We are commanded to give and to give with a joyful spirit. This is true with everything God asks of us. If we obey and do what He asks, we cannot avoid benefiting." Read about one of the laws of "spiritual physics" in this week's Director's Notes.


March 24, Episode #4: High Noon—Overcoming Fear

The town bully, Hugh McClaw, has warned The Club his cousin Joey is coming to town for a visit, and they have plans to make trouble for The Club. They just might even take over the clubhouse and make it their own!
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“What to do about fear"

David Carl writes, "To minimize someone's fear, whether he is a child or an adult, is to shame him. We should never shame anyone—ever. We can help to dispel the fear or perhaps prove that fear can be overcome, but we should never dismiss or shame someone who is afraid. It is not only ineffective; it's damaging." Discover the steps to dealing with fear in this week's Director's Notes.


March 31, Episode #29: I'm a Believer—Easter Is a Time for Rejoicing

C.J. thinks he knows everything about Easter. He's heard it all before. But he's never experienced an Easter like this. Discover with C.J. what it means to be a true believer of Jesus Christ. Paws & Tales presents a very special Easter story for your whole family.
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"What wondrous love is this?"

Nineteenth century preacher, eminent scientist, and college president Alexander Means penned the words to this American folk hymn: "What wondrous love is this, O my soul? What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss to bear the dreadful curse for my soul!" "Wondrous" only begins to capture the enormity of God's love for us. David Carl explains how such love can leave one struggling to find an appropriate response.


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