Tools for Parents: February 2020

February 1, “The Grecian Urn”

Lesson 26: The Value of Honesty

Ned and C.J. break something in the Collins Mansion. Instead of confessing and asking for forgiveness, they deceitfully try to hide the evidence. Now, what should have been a small matter becomes a volcano in the hands of Mrs. Collins’ sister, Eunice McGruff!

The Butterfly Effect

In 1960, American mathematician Edward Lorenz published a paper in which he suggested that minute variations in initial weather variables could result in grossly divergent weather patterns over time. In other words, a butterfly flapping its wings in Japan could cause a tornado in California. The idea became the foundation of “Chaos Theory,” and his example was coined as The Butterfly Effect. It might seem particularly absurd that something of little consequence like a butterfly’s flapping wings could have such a great effect. But David Carl explains that when it comes to the spiritual realm, a tiny sin can easily ripple into a tidal wave.

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February 8, “The Gift”

Lesson 27: God Has Given Us Gifts

C.J. and Ned see Hugh and his gang committing a crime, and C.J. alerts the authorities. But Hugh discovers that C.J. turned him in and wants revenge! Now the club must protect one another from Hugh and his cronies. In his weakest moment, C.J. discovers he has a gift that could have come only from God.

Gift or curse?

Have you ever received a gift that later became something of a curse? Many people play the lottery hoping a big win will provide them financial security and happiness. But various studies over the years show that unplanned windfalls can bring other complications, and winners typically experience no greater happiness than they had before their wins. Conversely, perhaps you have known someone whose disabilities or setbacks have become a true gift to them or to those who know them. This week David Carl explains how God can turn the unexpected things into wonderful gifts.

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February 15, “The Dedication”

Lesson 30: Being a Good Steward of God’s Gifts

“The Fortress” is finally completed. But the club can’t agree on what to use it for! Surprised by an uninvited “guest,” the club must work together to discover the fortress’s true purpose.

Hands off my stuff!

Do you have a garage full of stuff you seldom use anymore? Most of us do. And yet if someone were to come by while your garage door was open and help himself to some of that stuff, you’d pitch a fit, wouldn’t you? What if God wanted something you didn’t want to give up? David Carl explains why it is essential for us to have the proper focus on what is truly ours and on how God intends for us to use it.

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February 22, “Eye of the Tiger”

Lesson 31: Whatever We Do, We Should Do It for the Lord

Marsha goes head to head with spelling bee champ, Tiffany Rockler. When Tiffany shows her true colors, Marsha must decide if the championship is worth winning at any cost. It’s a real D-I-L-E-M-M-A!

Outwit, outlast, sellout?

So-called “reality TV” has become a cultural phenomenon, with each network pumping out seemingly endless variations on the basic formula: game shows on steroids interrupted by soap operas. In the end they all ask the same question, “How far would you go to win something? Would you be ruthless? Would you lie? Would you cheat?” The questions are compelling, which explains the huge ratings these shows generate. In this week’s Director’s Notes, David Carl discusses the importance of properly defining the goal of a game—and it’s not to win.

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February 29, “The Hire Principle”

Lesson 32: Putting Others First

When it seems that Tiffany can fire anyone who works for her father, she forces all of the kids of Mr. Rockler’s employees to be her personal servants . . . or else. C.J. decides Tiffany must be stopped. But can he carry out his plan when he finds out who her next victim might be?

I’d like to thank the academy. . . .

If you have ever seen an awards show, you have undoubtedly experienced the “thank-you” speeches of the winners. They can sometimes be a very moving experience when the winner demonstrates true humility and gratefulness to the countless others who helped him or her win the honor. The truth is, we would not think highly of an individual who bragged pridefully about doing it all alone. This week David Carl explains why humility is the fertile soil that bears invaluable fruit.

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