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Tools for Parents: November 2018

Tools for Parents Archive



November 3, Episode #38: C.J. and Ahab—Envy

When Ned refuses to part with an autographed baseball that C.J. wants, C.J.'s envy threatens to get the better of him. With the help of Mr. Collins' cylinder player, C.J. hears the story of King Ahab and Naboth's vineyard and discovers how destructive envy can be.
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“Burning desire”

David Carl writes, "Desire is a monster that we have become comfortable with. We have been told that to always want more is simply living life to the fullest, grabbing the gusto. This is a lie. To fulfill any and all desires may feel like ultimate freedom, but it is actually the most profound sort of slavery." In this week's Director's Notes, David explains why, with God's help, we can refine our focus and learn to tell our sinful desires to "sit down and shut up!"


November 10, Episode #39: Miss Helga Grissel—Showing Grace to Others

Staci can hardly believe what a rude reception she received from Miss Helga Grissel. After all, she was only trying to welcome Miss Grissel to Wildwood. With Miss Harbor's help, Staci learns an important lesson in showing grace to someone who's hard to love.
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"Loving the unlovable"

David Carl writes, "The world is full of damaged and hurting people. I'm one of them, and you are too. Though some suffer far more than others, no one is free from the pounding waves of life. They crash over us in the form of disappointments, betrayals, or physical suffering." In this week's Director's Notes, David explains why we need to take the time to love hurting people, even the unlovable ones.


November 17, Episode #40: The Least of All—All Things Are Possible with God

Marsha has a great idea but thinks she could never do it since she's just a kid. With some encouragement from Paw Paw Chuck and the Bible story of Gideon, Marsha learns that nothing is impossible with God.
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"Don't follow your dreams"

David Carl writes, "Perhaps while in pursuit of some grand goal, God reveals a new path He has for us. God does this all the time! We think it is all about striving for the goal when it is really about becoming more Christlike." In this week's Director's Notes, David explains that as Christians we don't live to follow our dreams, a popular aphorism these days. Rather we seek to follow Christ and the plans God has for us, and usually they involve much more than we could possibly dream.


November 24, Episode #44: The Plans I Have—God Is Our Rock in Times of Change

Staci's life seems to be going really well. She enjoys her church, her family and she even likes going to school. But all of that is about to change. Now Staci must learn how to trust God's plans when everything around her seems out of control.
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"The winds of change are blowing"

Sometimes change comes upon us like a tornado. With little or no warning, our lives can be turned inside out. Like trying to change the weather, we have little control over the external things that affect us, but we have power over how we react and respond to them. Holding fast to the things we know are true helps us steel ourselves against the winds of change. As David Carl explains, fixing the compass of our lives on an immovable point will always help us know which way is up when lives get turned upside down.


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