Tools for Parents: April 2020

April 4, “Love Hopes”

Lesson 37: Love Hopes All Things

Staci tells “The Club” the shocking news: Hugh wants to join the club! But the club only wants him if he’s changed his ways. Hugh is seen doing good deeds and being kind to others. His transformation even impresses Miss Harbor. But C.J. quietly struggles with how one can know if a person has really changed.

Love-o-meter

Anyone who has wandered into a penny arcade has probably spent some time playing with a “love tester.” You know the one; you grip the handle and a ladder of lights flash from “clammy” all the way up to “hot stuff” as the machine “senses” your level of ardor. And if you were on a date, you hoped you rated pretty highly so as to not give any false impressions to your companion about your romantic ability. If a “love-o-meter” existed that could actually measure the love we have for others, would we ever risk playing with it, knowing we might rate “cold fish”? David Carl explains that, for Christians, true love for each other and for our neighbors is the distinctive quality that should set us apart as God’s people.

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April 11, “C.J. and Ahab”

Lesson 38: 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.

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!”

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April 18, “I’m a Believer”

Lesson 29: Easter Is a Time for Rejoicing

C.J. thinks he knows everything about Easter. He’s heard it all before. But he’s never experienced an Easter like this. Discover with C.J. what it means to be a true believer of Jesus Christ. Paws & Tales presents a very special Easter story for your whole family.

What wondrous love is this?

Nineteenth century preacher, eminent scientist, and college president Alexander Means penned the words to this American folk hymn: “What wondrous love is this, O my soul? What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss to bear the dreadful curse for my soul!” “Wondrous” only begins to capture the enormity of God’s love for us. David Carl explains how such love can leave one struggling to find an appropriate response.

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April 25, “Miss Helga Grissel”

Lesson 39: 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.

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.

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