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Tools for Parents: July 2019

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July 6, Episode #67: The Story of Saul, Part 4—Getting Back on Track When You Fail

King Saul's victories on the battlefield lead his nation to prosperity, but when he refuses to obey Samuel's instruction, Saul pays a great price. God directs Samuel to select for Israel a new king, a man after God's own heart.
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"Neither hot nor cold . . . "

David Carl writes, "It occurred to me while studying the story of King Saul that he is the embodiment of the lukewarm believer. Now I realize the very term lukewarm is a New Testament phrase, but there were lukewarm believers long before John coined the phrase, and their numbers have only increased since. . . . King Saul wanted to be close enough to God to use Him. And that is why I believe being lukewarm is so uniquely odious to God." Discover why being neither hot nor cold is a terrible place to be in this week's Director's Notes.


July 13, Episode #68: Let There Be More, Part 1—Desiring God

A trip to a huge abandoned factory turns into an adventure in discovery for C.J. and Ned. There are more machines than they can count! But instead of sharing in their enthusiasm, the new owner wishes they had never come. Meanwhile, the girls learn that some Christians settle for less than God's best.
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“Less is more”

David Carl writes, "We want about twice what we have right now. We want twice the money and twice the peace. We certainly want twice the comfort, and we want things to be twice as good as they are now. But God wants us to have something altogether different. He wants us to become something altogether different from what we are now." In this week's Director's Notes, David Carl reveals a disturbing truth about most Christians.


July 20, Episode #69: Let There Be More, Part 2—Exercising Faith to Experience What God Has for Us

Alma teaches Staci, Marsha and Gooz how to put their faith into action with a "Hug from God Supper" program. But will the town rally behind the girls' efforts? Meanwhile the boys help Alex realize his factory's amazing potential.
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“Risk management”

David Carl writes, "God wants us to have peace; we will settle for a mirage of security. He wants us to love and be loved; we want fame—a cheap imitation of love. God wants to give us Himself to guide us and grow us; we want to be masters of our own destiny. The cruel joke is on us, and we keep repeating it like a mantra until it sounds true." In this week's Director's Notes, David Carl challenges readers to risk everything and try God's way.


July 27, 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.


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