Tools for Parents: August 2019

August 3, “To Have and Give Not”

Lesson 3: Sharing

After finding a treasure of pirate coins, Gooz has to decide the best way to handle her newfound wealth. Meanwhile, Staci and The Club are at odds on how to spend their club dues.

The money problem

David Carl writes, “Money is a very thorny issue, especially for Christians. Wealth has been spuriously promised as the obvious result of a righteous life and preached against as the obvious proof that one is living in selfish ignorance of the needs of others. . . . We are commanded to give and to give with a joyful spirit. This is true with everything God asks of us. If we obey and do what He asks, we cannot avoid benefiting.”

Read about one of the laws of “spiritual physics” in this week’s Director’s Notes.

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August 10, “High Noon”

Lesson 4: Overcoming Fear

The town bully, Hugh McClaw, has warned The Club his cousin Joey is coming to town for a visit, and they have plans to make trouble for The Club. They just might even take over the clubhouse and make it their own!

What to do about fear

David Carl writes, “To minimize someone’s fear, whether he is a child or an adult, is to shame him. We should never shame anyone—ever. We can help to dispel the fear or perhaps prove that fear can be overcome, but we should never dismiss or shame someone who is afraid. It is not only ineffective; it’s damaging.”

Discover the steps to dealing with fear in this week’s Director’s Notes.

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August 17, “The Princess”

Lesson 5: Prayer

Staci wishes that she were a princess so she could help others who are in need. She soon learns that every Christian has the King as their Father and that our prayers to Him make a difference in ways we cannot even imagine!

The mysteries of prayer

David Carl writes, “Certain things will only happen after they have been prayed for. For example, in James 1:5–7 it is clear that God will give us wisdom when we ask for it. The logic then is that if we do not ask it of Him, we will not receive it from Him. This flow of logic leads us into the nature of prayer, which is where the mystery begins.”

Discover the mysteries of prayer in this week’s Director’s Notes.

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August 24, “Standing Alone”

Lesson 6: Standing Up for Truth

C.J.’s dad, Theo, is in for the legal battle of his life. As he struggles to do the right thing, he discovers that not only does the whole town want him to give up—so does C.J.!

Truth defenders

David Carl writes, “When I’m tired, confused, and feel like giving up, I think about what my dad would do in the situation. My dad never gave up. He finished things he started. When I am at my best, I follow his example. If my dad had been a quitter and a dishonorable man, that would have been my example and guide. We fathers must start thinking less of ourselves and live our lives according to the knowledge of the impact our actions will have on the next two generations.”

Read about standing up for truth in this week’s Director’s Notes.

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