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It’s all about CHARACTER, isn’t it ???

Good character is taught and caught and the new DVD series Samuel L. Collins and the Search for Biblical Truths, helps you do both.   Imagine a DVD series combining the fun adventure of a Young Raiders of the Lost Ark, the high-tech gadgetry of Mission Impossible and the Scriptural conviction of Bibleman.  All of those elements are masterfully interwoven throughout Samuel L. Collins and The Search for Biblical Truths, a product line designed to reach Christian children and tweens.

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Off on my BIGGEST event yet!

Today, something AMAZING happens.  Yes, that’s right- something AMAZING.

Today, I get to dress up in a suit and go to work with my Dad at a corporate event.  My father owns his own Audience Response business and for over ten years I’ve watched him get up early, get packed with suits and equipment and fly off to some unknown destination and run an ARS event.

Now, I’ve worked behind-the-scenes with my father for years.  I clean, quality control check, count and pack his bags to ensure he has everything he needs, and I even know how to run and build the software components for the events (I’ve helped out on almost every ministry event we’ve done in the last 5 years) but I’ve never had this opportunity to join him AT work.

Yes, today is special and I can’t wait to share ALL of what happens with YOU, my fans and readers.  Be back soon!

God speed,

Sam

 

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“The boys were thrilled by Samuel’s “cool” gadget watch…”- Mom

Lisa Marie Fletcher and Titus 2 blog review

I recently was offered the opportunity to review some videos for a fun new family movie series called Samuel L. Collins and the Search for Biblical Truths.


This month, I’m sharing our review of their first movie – Samuel L Collins in Singapore. Next month, we’ll check out the adventure in Bali.

Samuel L. Collins and the Search for Biblical Truths - Singapore episode

Samuel L. Collins and the Search for Biblical Truths – Singapore episode

Samuel L Collins’ series is designed for families (especially boys, I think), obviously modelled off the idea of Indiana Jones and the idea of making learning Bible Truths into an adventure quest.

When the box arrived with our videos, I showed them to the boys and thought that we would wait to watch them on the weekend. The kids, apparently, had other ideas and before I knew it – the 4 of us were snuggled on the couch eagerly starting the video.

In this first video, Samuel is a secret agent and his family are called to Singapore, where Samuel finds some money dropped by a lady walking down the street and then is sent on a mission to learn more about integrity and treasures.

What I really liked about this movie is that although the title would lead you to believe that Samuel is the only one on the adventure – it actually is a whole family activity. His sister, Katie, is an active part of the search and helps Samuel complete his challenges. I like that it takes something as simple as a Bible verse and makes it exciting and special. The special digital effects were really well-done.

The boys were thrilled by Samuel’s “cool” gadget watch, and as the story progressed, were eager to participate in the challenges of deciphering codes. Samuel has to use his GPS to find the geobox, an activity that we love doing too – geocaching (aka “Treasure Hunting”).

It was a nice treat to have a live-action movie for Christian values that my kids would sit through and enjoy! We are going to watch it a few more times this week, I’m sure!

Wow!  Thanks Mrs. Fletcher for the awesome review!

Gotta run,

Sam

 

Do your children have the ‘moral mustard’ – Part 2

When you last visited, my precious Ipod Touch had been reduced to ‘garbage’ and was located here….

Mom left the room and banished me to my room to think about things.  I glanced over to Katie sitting in shock and awe realizing that Mom had thrown away my life.

Yes, my life! 

My music, my games, my entertainment, my GPS, my dictionary, books I was reading on it and more!  My life!  I sat wondering how this all went so wrong.  Mom mentioned something about my attitude and that if I couldn’t throw it away easily, it might be an idol.

An IDOL?

“Surely not” I thought to myself, but i was devastated by what Mom had done.  It didn’t seem fair and I felt crushed.  In fact I was down right MAD at her.

“How dare her throw away my object?

“She doesn’t have the right!”

“I’m going to talk to Dad when he gets home from his business trip.”

Yes, that’s exactly what I’m going to do!  And for a brief moment I felt better… but suddenly it dawned on me that Dad wouldn’t be back for at least three more days…. and sometime in there the garbage would be taken to the street.

Noooooooooooooo!  This is just not fair!

My mind continued to return to what my Mom had said. “Sam, if you can’t easily throw that object away it just might be an IDOL in your life.” 

I spent the afternoon distracting myself with Legos.  I turned on my CD player and listened to music convinced that Mom was wrong and I was RIGHT, but I still hadn’t come up with a plan to rescue my Ipod, and the garbage can was getting fuller and fuller every hour.

As soon as I was engaged in an activity, my mind wandered back again to my Mom’s statement, “Sam, if you can’t easily throw that object away it just might be an IDOL in your life.” 

An IDOL?  Not the kind that sings on the American Idol show, but the kind where you bow down and worship.  Like this guy…

An IDOL! An IDOL? an idol.

As I sat on the edge of the bed and I had to admit, for the first time, that I did worship my Ipod Touch.

  • I did think the world of it.
  • I did honor it with all my spare time.
  • And, more importantly, I was attached to it, probably way more than I should have been.

If I honestly looked at the situation  I do worship my Ipod!

Staring at the floor I gently closed my eyes and prayed.  I was wrong and I asked God to forgive me for placing an item above my relationship with Him, my mother, my sister and my schoolwork.

I found Mom and asked if we could talk and I shared my feelings.  When Mom and Dad bought me the Ipod Touch I felt invincible. I thought I had my parents wrapped around my finger and that I could do or say anything I wanted.  I thought too highly of myself, and I thought too highly of my Ipod Touch.  I realized that I had plugged myself in to a world of never-ending news, music, and entertainment.  I apologized and told Mom that I was glad she got my attention for I felt lost, but free…

I want to worship only one thing- God!

Signing off,

Sam

P.S.  Our Bali episode is about Idols.  Do your children know the truth about idols: find out here….

 

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Do your children have the ‘moral mustard’?

My Dad thinks I”m a good son (most of the time) but he also knows that I need boundaries. 

Unfortunately, I can often weasel my way out of those boundaries and that is not ‘cutting the mustard’.

No Moral Mustard

I don’t always have the “moral mustard”…

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