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Our Task as Parents

The Bible couldn’t be more clear. 

Our task as Christian parents is to raise our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord as Paul notes in Ephesians 6:4.

What does that verse mean anyway? Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary gives us some clues.

  • Nurture: (verb) to nourish or educate; to bring or train up

  • Admonition: (noun) gentle reproof; counseling against a fault; instruction in duties, caution or direction

In other words, God wants us to train our children, during their formative years,by instructing them in their duties to God, us, their parents, and their fellow man.

That’s the goal anyway.  Easier said than done.

Hectic Schedules

Let’s be honest!

Between going to work, getting the dinner on the table, and attending all of their extra-curricular activities, it seems as if there’s little time left to disciple our children.

We have good intentions, but we’re exhausted! By the time we catch our breath after we complete the family’s nightly routine, we find ourselves fast asleep in our over-stuffed chairs as the TV’s about to transition from local news to late night comedy.

The day-in and day-out demand of the urgent must-do items on our checklist seem to push out what’s really important.  And, before we know it, our toddlers are battling bad acne. If you’re not careful, time will slip through your fingers like sand in the hourglass and you’ll have missed out on the chance to have a meaningful spiritual impact on their lives.

And, if we miss that God-given opportunity, we’ve missed the boat entirely.  It’s that serious.

Why did we have children anyway?

Having children isn’t about having people to carry on the family name.  Or getting our emotional needs met.  Or having someone to be there for us in our twilight years.  While all of those things might be true, God has entrusted these beings into our homes for a finite period of time for the express purpose of populating heaven throughout infinity.  And, when your children have children of their own, the bigger goal is that they would eagerly pass the baton of Christian faith to your grandchildren.

A multi-generational vision

King David understood this well. 

We are tasked with teaching our children God’s ways “so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children.” (Psalm 78: 5-6)

In fact, there’s another verse from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians that puts our mission as Christian parents into crystal clear perspective.  In 5:16, Paul challenges us to “redeem the time for the days are evil.”

Cultural Landmines

Sadly, the Enemy has strategically placed cultural landmines all around our precious blessings.  We have to fight against the coarseness of pop idols like Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, and even the allegedly “safe” Miley Cyrus.  Not to mention the availability of soul-robbing perversion on the internet. Oftentimes, the real dangers aren’t necessarily “out there”, but right next to our children in the form of their best friends.  Satan can seduce our offspring through peers with the ways of the world – even within the context of youth groups and church itself!

Listen, we’re not here to put a big guilt trip on you.  You’re trying to do the right thing.  Why else would you have come to our website?

The Answer

The Collins Family has the same convictions you do.  That’s why we created the DVD series Samuel L. Collins: The Search for Biblical Truths.

As we looked throughout the Christian marketplace, we saw a big gap between the talking celery stick in the animated Veggies Tales series for the little tykes and the Christian version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the superhero-oriented Bibleman fantasy series.

Frankly, we thought it was time that 6-12 year-old Christian children could finally have a role model who was an actual child from an actual family who dealt with real-life challenges from a Biblical perspective.

Like the old Mission Impossible TV series, Samuel Collins will be tasked by Special Operations Commander with a different mission each time.  The differences?  First, Samuel Collins doesn’t look anything like Peter Graves!  But, second, and more importantly, our hero is tracking down applicable biblical truth through several clues.  In each episode, as we follow Samuel and his family around the globe – in one exotic locale after another -- he will learn a different Christian principle based upon his Bible verse for the day.

What is distinctive about The Search for Biblical Truth Series?

Throughout this Christian version of thisYoung Raiders of the Lost Ark, your children will witness:

  • A father who maintains a biblical position of authority as provider, protector and disciplinarian. He disciples Samuel and Katie through father-led devotions.

  • A mother who maintains a biblical position of authority and nurturer of their children while acting as helpmate to her husband.  She is the primary home educator.

  • Mother and daughter are modestly dressed.

  • Children maintain a biblical position of submissiveness, respectfulness and obedience.

  • Children spend time alone with God in Bible reading and prayer.

  • Children seek out Scriptural principles to evaluate decisions, to ask for forgiveness when necessary and to repent from false ideas.

  • Children are taught to obey the Lord, consider His providential ways and evangelize others.

DVD series inspires interactive family fun

Throughout each 28-minute-long episode of Samuel L. Collins: The Search for Biblical Truths, your children will be invited to become actively engaged in the adventure themselves. 

Between special hidden clues planted in the show itself and in the bonus features, your children will learn how to use a “cipher” and participate in “geocaching -- a treasure-hunting game where you use a GPS to hide and seek containers with other participants.  In addition, they can qualify to win prizes in separate contests at www.SearchForBiblicalTruths.com ranging from ciphers, t-shirts, hats, pens, and action figures as well as the $10,000 Grand Prize.

And, most critically, throughout the fun of the Samuel Collins adventure, your children will be equipped in the ways of the Lord, learning lessons that they will treasure for a lifetime of Christian obedience.

 

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