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Tools for Parents: April 2017

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April 1, Episode #25: If the Tooth Be Known—God Frees Us from Our Fears

Opening night of Miss Harbor's new play is just days away, but the star is sick! Or is he? Staci and Marsha do their best to cure him, but C.J.'s real problem is fear. Will he find the real remedy in time to save the play?
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"Fear or faith"

"There is much in the world to make us afraid. There is much more in our faith to make us unafraid." Frederick W. Cropp's quotation helps remind us of the tremendous comfort that a relationship with Christ provides. So why do we still allow fears and anxiety to stop us cold? In this week's Director's Notes, David Carl explains that it isn't usually the big things that keep us immobilized by fear. All too often, we allow the small things to keep us from growing in Christlikeness.


April 8, Episode #26: The Grecian Urn—The Value of Honesty

Ned and C.J. break something in the Collins Mansion. Instead of confessing and asking for forgiveness, they deceitfully try to hide the evidence. Now, what should have been a small matter becomes a volcano in the hands of Mrs. Collins' sister, Eunice McGruff!
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"The Butterfly Effect"

In 1960, American mathematician Edward Lorenz published a paper in which he suggested that minute variations in initial weather variables could result in grossly divergent weather patterns over time. In other words, a butterfly flapping its wings in Japan could cause a tornado in California. The idea became the foundation of "Chaos Theory" and his example was coined as The Butterfly Effect. It might seem particularly absurd that something of little consequence like a butterfly's flapping wings could have such a great effect. But David Carl explains that when it comes to the spiritual realm, a tiny sin can easily ripple into a tidal wave.


April 15, 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.


April 22, Episode #27: The Gift—God Has Given Us Gifts

C.J. and Ned see Hugh and his gang committing a crime, and C.J. alerts the authorities. But Hugh discovers that C.J. turned him in and wants revenge! Now the club must protect one another from Hugh and his cronies. In his weakest moment, C.J. discovers he has a gift that could have come only from God.
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"Gift or curse?"

Have you ever received a gift that later became something of a curse? Many people play the lottery hoping a big win will provide them financial security and happiness. But various studies over the years show that unplanned windfalls can bring other complications, and winners typically experience no greater happiness than they had before their wins. Conversely, perhaps you have known someone whose disabilities or setbacks have become a true gift to them or to those who know them. This week David Carl explains how God can turn the unexpected things into wonderful gifts.


April 29, Episode #30: The Dedication—Being a Good Steward of God's Gifts

"The Fortress" is finally completed. But the club can't agree on what to use it for! Surprised by an uninvited "guest," the club must work together to discover the fortress's true purpose.
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"Hands off my stuff!"

Do you have a garage full of stuff you seldom use anymore? Most of us do. And yet if someone were to come by while your garage door was open and help himself to some of that stuff, you'd pitch a fit, wouldn't you? What if God wanted something you didn't want to give up? David Carl explains why it is essential for us to have the proper focus on what is truly ours and on how God intends for us to use it.


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