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Tools for Parents: October 2017

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October 7, Episode #56: The Problem with Purity, Part 1—Sharing Jesus with Others in a Simple Way

Paw Paw Chuck and C.J. make a delivery to a local church in Pleasant Valley, a town that sounds like . . . well, a pleasant place to visit. But when the townspeople mockingly describe the members of the "Big White Church," it doesn't sound like any group of Christians Paw Paw Chuck and C.J. have ever heard of.
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"Legally pure"

David Carl writes, "Legalism is the conviction that our good behavior is the way to earn God's approval and acceptance. Legalism is deceptive because at first blush that is a statement that seems so true. Our behavior is indeed important to God; that is true. The lie is that our behavior, even our near-perfect behavior, will make God like us more. Our souls are broken beyond our ability to repair." Learn about the problem with pursuing legalism in this week's Director's Notes.


October 14, Episode #57: The Problem with Purity, Part 2—Being Pure in Heart

C.J. befriends Saint Merrion, a member of "The Big White Church." When she decides not to return to her strange church to spend every day of her life telling others about Jesus, C.J. helps Saint Merrion realize she has a lot to learn about the world she hopes to witness to. Together they discover that the purity of our heart is more important to God than just appearing to be godly on the outside.
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"A symbol of distraction"

David Carl writes, "The church building is a symbol of a place dedicated to worship and service to God. What a great symbol that is! However it is common for Christians to become so involved with their buildings and traditions that we exclude people who don't comply. We can easily show as much devotion to our symbols as we do to our God—and when we do that we are in serious trouble." Discover how something meant to remind us of God sometimes can distract us from Him in this week's Director's Notes.


October 21, Episode #58: The Truth about Truth—Learning to Love Truth

Staci makes a new friend who helps her understand that "truth speaks even when we don't want it to." That mysterious saying leads Staci to a discovery of how important it is to love the things God loves. Meanwhile C.J. has to face the truth himself when his new buddy reveals a dishonest streak!
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"The truth about truth"

It has been said that the crisis of our times is not that there are a growing number of people who refuse to believe in certain truths. It is that there are a growing number of people who deny that truth even exists. As we raise children to understand the truths of God's Word, how do we protect them from worldviews that are built on shaky foundations or people who would say all truth is subjective? In this week's Director's Notes, David Carl explains the spectrum of truth and how to avoid the extremes when teaching children the "truth about truth."


October 28, Episode #63: A Cage Called Freedom—Our Choices Decide Our Character

It's the first day of summer, and C.J. and Ned are dreaming of sailing on the high seas! But when Captain Gus shows them what it really takes to be a sailor, they discover their ideas are all wet. Meanwhile, Paw Paw Chuck helps a drifter learn that real freedom means being anchored to something.
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"Existentialism for third-graders"

David Carl writes, "'Question authority,' 'That may be fine for you but I make up my own rules,' 'No one tells me what to do!' These are just some of the catch phrases that will come out of the mouth of an existentialist. These kinds of ideas permeate our advertising, our music, our favorite movies, and the attitudes of our favorite sports heroes and movie stars. We are so surrounded by existentialism, we don't even recognize it—it's just the way things are. Well, it's not the way it's supposed to be!" In this week's Director's Notes, read about the perils of existentialism and what God expects us to do about it.



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