Close Encounters of the Worst Kind


Idolatry-Discerning: Purity of thought


Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.

Philippians 4:8

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.


To sort out what's important in your life and in your family's life, reflect on how you spend your free time. If there is too much of one thing- like sports, television, texting, fashion, or reading- find a way to get some balance in your family's life. Choose an activity to do together. Search out in scripture what God wants you do. How can you reflect on whatever is noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy unless you go back into scriptures?


How well did you listen to the story?

Q. What is Liz's favorite game?
A. It’s “X-Monsters from Planet Xenon II!”

Q. Whose house was close by?
A. Grandpa Anole's house was close by.

Q. In the field, what was cut into the grass?
A. There were weird shapes--crooked lines and half-circles and crazy triangles.

Q. With Granny, what kind of cookies did Lucille eat?
A. They had chocolate chip cookies with nuts.

Q. What caused the weird shapes?
A. They were caused by Granny's sled.


This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.


What's the difference between an interest and an obsession?


With an interest, a person can learn about something they like. They can explore it deeply and learn to become an expert. With an obsession, the interest consumes the person. The obsession is everywhere, and the person will sacrifice other interests, situations and relationships in order to be with their obsession. An obsession is unhealthy.


Make a list of how you spend your free time. If there is too much of one thing, think and pray about how you can get more balance in your life. Choose different activities than what you regularly do. Do a family activity together!
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