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Tools for Parents: May 2019

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May 4, Episode #59: Shadow Valley, Part 1—The Promise of Sin Is a Lie

Paw Paw Chuck reveals the next chapter in the story of his life before coming to know Jesus. His reputation as Goliath grows as he viciously fights back bandits on Wild Mountain. But facing an ambush and certain death, he is given an offer too good to refuse: a chance to escape and be ruler over his own army in a place called "Shadow Valley"!
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"Beware: spiritual quicksand"

David Carl writes, "Yes, there is pleasure in sin. What is in the fine print, so to speak, is the price. It is always more than we could have imagined. We may steal and become rich, but we will never have the peace and well-being we thought it would bring. Instead, we become consumed ourselves with keeping others from stealing it from us. The thing we sinned to possess now possesses us." Discover how sin traps like quicksand in this week's Director's Notes.


May 11, Episode #60: Shadow Valley, Part 2—God Is Always with Us

Goliath finds his way in the strange land he now rules! The story of how Paw Paw Chuck came to know Christ continues. This week, Goliath meets Ava, a crazy yet seemingly wise woman who lives in a tower in the castle. She tells Goliath something that could change his life, but can she be trusted?
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"A strange and twisted hope"

David Carl writes, “The simple truth is, there are some sins that carry greater consequences than others. Some sins trap us so deeply we cannot get ourselves out. While trapped, we often hold a strange and twisted hope that may keep us from realizing just how bad our situation really is. As long as we cling to this false hope, it will keep us from repenting and coming to God for forgiveness.” Discover how clinging to a false hope can trap us in sin in this week’s Director’s Notes.


May 18, Episode #61: Shadow Valley, Part 3—Showing Mercy

When an attempt to show mercy causes his enemies to rise up against him, King Goliath becomes a fugitive in his own land. His only hope of survival is to somehow escape from Shadow Valley!
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"Healing from the outside in"

David Carl writes, "A tender heart is required to survey one's own soul and admit it is a garbage dump. The irony is that often a tender heart cannot rise to accept the forgiveness and healing that is offered by our Savior. . . . If our physical body is damaged, it has some ability to heal itself. Our souls, on the other hand, have no such capacity. We have the ability to harm or malnourish our souls, but healing for them comes from a place outside ourselves." Discover how God heals our souls in this week's Director's Notes.


May 25, Episode #62: Shadow Valley, Part 4—Accepting God's Forgiveness

Barely escaping from Shadow Valley alive, the feared grizzly once known as Goliath tries to put his name and his past behind him. Weak and battered, “Chuck” relies on the help and healing of a kindly country preacher, Pastor Flint, and his daughter, Cindy. When bandits begin kidnapping children from surrounding villages, Chuck is called back into action. But will the shadow of his past keep him from facing his future?
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"A dumb way to live"

David Carl writes, “Christ came not only to offer salvation but also to offer us the abundant life. I have personally seen people accept salvation but show only the slightest interest in the rest of the blessings that have been prepared for them. We can be saved and live wounded. It’s just not the way God wants our lives to be and it’s just dumb.” Read about living abundantly in this week’s Director’s Notes.


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