July 2, “A Closer Look”
Lesson 8: Using the Gifts God’s Given Us
After losing all confidence in her ability to do anything well, Staci is given a mysterious gift that just may change the way she thinks of herself forever.
All good gifts
David Carl writes, "Each of us has truly been gifted by God. What may come as a surprise to many is that He didn’t give us these gifts to use just for ourselves. This misunderstanding creates confusion and disillusionment in the whole area of gifts. If we use them only for our glory, things tend to go wrong—sometimes very wrong." Read about the valuable gifts God gives in the Director’s Notes section of the Tools for Parents.
July 9, “God with the Wind”
Lesson 9: Knowing God by His Creation
Wally Wickett, a new friend, thinks you can’t believe in something you can’t see . . . including God! But on a campout on Wild Mountain with Paw Paw Chuck and The Club, Wally sees first-hand that some things may be invisible but very real.
Science and truth
David Carl writes, "As Christians, we never have to shy away from the facts. We have truth on our side. We have answers to the questions of science, if only we are prepared. Science will never disprove any truth." Read about how God uses His creation to reveal Himself in the Director’s Notes section of the Tools for Parents.
July 16, “The Lighthouse”
Lesson 10: Our Conscience Is from God
C.J. has a job! He is filling in for the injured keeper of the lighthouse. But if he doesn’t start taking it more seriously, a ship full of sailors might not make it to port—ever!
Here’s some really bad advice
Have you ever gotten bad advice—just really rotten guidance that sounded great at first but led to you making a mess of things? Did you stop taking tips from that "advisor"? There are those out there who suggest that we shouldn’t pay taxes, in order to lodge a protest against governmental waste. Now that’s just plain bad advice, yet there are those who follow it. This week’s Director’s Notes section of the Tools for Parents reveals the identity of an advisor that wants to destroy us, but keeps us coming back for more!
July 23, “A Race against Time”
Lesson 11: Putting Others First
C.J. and Staci have to finish an important list of errands for Paw Paw Chuck, but they find themselves delayed and falling further behind at every turn. Just when they are within sight of their deadline, they find an injured skunk in need of help. Will they risk disappointing Paw Paw Chuck to help someone in need?
David Carl writes, “Souls will last forever. The Word of God will last forever. Everything else on earth will not. We are eternal beings who have immense value to God. Sadly, most of the time we view people as mere tools to help us achieve our goals or as obstacles between us and our objectives.” Read why people matter to God in this week’s Director’s Notes section of the Tools for Parents.
July 30, “The Honey Buzz Principle”
Lesson 12: Greed Steals Our Joy
After finding a beehive that makes the world’s best honey, C.J. goes into business and finds that he hasn’t the time for anyone or anything that doesn’t make him more money!
The love of money
David Carl writes, “Money is a tough subject. . . . There is nothing inherently wrong with money or even with having a lot of it. Clearly there is nothing evil about a coin or a piece of paper in and of itself. Our attitudes toward money are a spiritual matter. It is difficult, very difficult, to keep money from becoming too important in our lives.” Discover the impact of the love of money in this week’s Director’s Notes section of the Tools for Parents.