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Tools for Parents: June 2018

Tools for Parents Archive


June 2, 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.


June 9, 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.


June 16, 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.


June 23, Episode #17: A Conscious Effort—Your Sin Will Find You Out

Staci's new toy goes missing and only C.J. knows the truth, but he's not telling . . . that is, until he hears a familiar tune.
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"Fear factor"

Have you ever made a list of things you want to accomplish before you die? For some, all that keeps them from checking off items on their list is fear. It is a particularly powerful immobilizing force. Lose the fear, and there's seemingly no limit to what can be accomplished. This week, David Carl suggests that some people may use fear to keep them from doing the wrong thing, but it's best to lose that kind of fear as well.


June 30, Episode #18: Tiffany Cometh—Rebellion

Everyone is excited about Wildwood's newest and richest student . . . everyone, that is, except Miss Harbor, who quickly realizes that Tiffany doesn't want to play by anyone's rules but her own.
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“Question authority"

"Question authority." It was the mantra of the 60s and emblematic of a generation that believed its government was lying to them. The only one a person could really trust, they said, was himself. Nearly half a century later, our culture still embraces and venerates the spirit of the rebel. But David Carl explains why a "question authority" attitude will ultimately send one spiraling out of control.


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