Tools for Parents: October 2020

October 3, “Shadow Valley, Part 4”

Lesson 61: 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?

“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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October 10, “Shadow Valley, Part 5”

Lesson 62: Healing from Past Hurts Requires Courage

Bandits are kidnapping children from surrounding villages, throwing the entire mountainside into chaos. Chuck reluctantly helps recover the children in a daring rescue that earns him a new name, Paw Paw Chuck. But the wounds of his past life as Goliath are slow to heal and he faces a life-changing decision: to move forward or to live forever in the past!

“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.

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October 17, “Shadow Valley, Part 6”

Lesson 63: Our Future Is in Christ

The thrilling conclusion to the Goliath, King of Shadow Valley series finds Chuck experiencing new life in Christ and a new mission. This broadcast also features an interview with Paws & Tales’ creators Dave Carl and Eric Baesel discussing why the Goliath Series was written and encouraging parents to download the new Tools for Parents guides available free on

“Spiritual triage”

David Carl writes, “Healing is not for the faint of heart. It may take everything we have. This is doubly true for spiritual healing, which involves the difficult process of letting go. Many of the things that ‘worked’ for us in the past must now be left behind. This is disorienting, because the process is not just about growth but about transformation as well.” In this week’s Director’s Notes, discover how spiritual transformation is necessary to experience all of the blessings God has for us.

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October 24, “The Story of Saul, Part 1”

Lesson 64: Responding to God’s Call

“We want a king like the other nations!” The nation of Israel turns its back on God’s leadership and calls for a king to be chosen from among them. But following God’s direction, the prophet Samuel makes an unlikely choice—a man whose last job was rounding up wild donkeys!

“Answering the call”

David Carl writes, “When we are called by God to a task, the proper question is not, ‘Am I capable?’ but ‘Am I willing?’ You are not ready, I guarantee it! God wants you to be overwhelmed. He wants to change you and make you something entirely different than you are now.” Read about what happens when we answer God’s call in this week’s Director’s Notes.

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October 31, “The Story of Saul, Part 2”

Lesson 65: Stepping Up to the Challenge of Doing God’s Will

A reluctant king rises to the challenge of leading a nation. King Saul’s humility and obedience brings his people back to worshiping God. But as the Philistine armies prepare to attack, the king’s faith is put to the ultimate test.

“A humbling thought”

David Carl writes, “It is curious how we tend to be afraid, humble, and open to suggestion at the beginning of a mission, but then after some success—when God steps in and does the improbable or even the impossible—we then begin to scoop up the credit for ourselves by the armload. This alone should be proof of the darkness of the heart of man. The problem with us Christians is that we think of ourselves entirely too much in every way! Humility is making God the center of our thoughts and our goals and our hopes.” Read about the poison of pride in this week’s Director’s Notes.

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