That's NOT All, Folks! Cartoons feature fun characters, catchy music, and hilarious stories , but if that's all you think they're good for----you're missing out! Behind the wacky dramas and laugh-out-loud gags, cartoons can teach viewers a little something about life, about themselves, even about God. Author Steven Case explores the world of cartoons for subtle spiritual principles. He gives these modern fables the respect they're due by calling attention to important topics such as: -Friendship -Integrity -Motivation -Prayer Open the door to serious discussion by breaking the ice with laughter. As Paul writes, there is a 'basic holiness that permeates all things.' Toons That Teach shows us how to look for the presence of the Holy Spirit in the most unlikely of places. By providing tools and lessons on how to connect the sacred and the animated, students will learn to recognize biblical principles anywhere and everywhere!
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Steven L. Case has been in youth ministry for more than 20 years. The author of several books, inlcuding The Book of Uncommon Prayer 1 and 2, Steve works at the United Church of Christ, in Windermere, Florida. He lives near Orlando with his wife, Becky.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
TOONS THAT TEACH Themes: Consequences, Decisions Scriptures: Proverbs 3:56: Confused? Ask God. Matthew 6:33: God in all things makes you fully human in all things. Romans 13:1114: 'Hey, over here! Remember Me?'--God Synopsis: Fred wants to buy Wilma a gift she has always wanted---a piano. But when Fred buys the gift from a lessthanreputable source, hilarity ensues. Fred and the boys eventually get the piano to Wilma, and the boys sing 'Happy Anniversary' to the loving couple. Discussion Questions: When was the last time you tried to take the easy way out? What happened? Have you ever heard the phrase 'There's no such thing as a free lunch'? What does it mean? Do you ever get to a point where you hear a little voice inside your head say, 'You know, this is a bad idea'? Do you listen to this voice, or do you ignore it? Who do you consult when you make important decisions? What if you are trying to decide about something that might get you in trouble---who do you ask then? Have you ever made a bad decision---and then made another bad decision to try to cover the fi rst one up? How'd that work out? Toon Trivia optional extra When could Fred have just 'fessed up and gotten himself out of trouble? Why do you think he didn't want to do that? (Granted, that would have made for a much shorter episode!) If you were offered a deal where you could get a B on every test without studying, but could never get an A, would you take that deal? Why, or why not? Would you rather succeed as part of a team and share the recognition, or succeed as an individual but go unnoticed? What were Fred's motives? How many chances did Fred have to back out of the deal? If you were Barney, would you have quit at some point and said, 'Sorry, you're on your own'? Would Jesus be singing with the boys, or telling Fred he had to return the piano? Closing Prayer: God, sometimes we do things even when we know they will get us in trouble. So many times you put up fl ashing warnings, but we plow right on through. Protect us when we get stupid, God. Lift us out of the holes we make for ourselves. Amen. The 'Happy Anniversary' song at the end of this episode is to the tune of 'The William Tell Overture'---also known as the theme from The Lone Ranger. THE FLINTSTONES: THE HOT PIANO The Flintstones was famous for its 'stone' puns, so have a punoff. Break the group into two teams and have players come up one a time and make puns. Each player has five seconds to respond. All puns must have something to do with rocks or stones. Themes: Communication, Dating, Parents Scriptures: g Proverbs 2:36: Seek wisdom and you will fi nd it. g 2 Timothy 2:7: Stay with the program. God will show you the answer. g James 3:912: Garbage in = Garbage out. Synopsis: Judy enters the 'Win a Date with Jet Screamer' contest, but George tries to make sure she doesn't win by substituting her song with Elroy's secret code. Judy wins the big date anyway, and George follows close behind to make sure nothing bad happens. Discussion Questions: -When is someone old enough to date? What are the rules in your family? -Is there any current celebrity that you would like to date? -What would you do if your mom or dad followed you on a date? -Is it hard to communicate with your parents? What's the hardest part? -What do you think your parents would say is hardest about communicating with you? -We're actually closer to the Jetsons' reality now than we were when your parents were dating. How have cellphones changed the dating scene since your parents were kids? -Have your parents ever told you stories about when they were dating? What they did? Where they went? 02 SERIES Toon Trivia optional extra -Who puts up the wall that sometimes appears between parents and teens? Was it always there? -Do your parents talk to you differently now from the way they did when you were a kid? Explain. -How much do your parents trust you? When was the last time you gave them reason not to trust you? How long did it take to earn that trust back? -Is George being unreasonable? Is Judy? Would you let your kid go out with Jet Screamer? -Complete this sentence: The biggest misconception adults have about dating today is... -Complete this sentence: The biggest thing teenagers don't understand about dating is... Closing Prayer: Loving God, we are amazed at the differences between us. Help us understand our parents. Help them understand that we are becoming new creations, changing every day. Help them remember what that is like. Amen. The Jetsons, like The Flintstones, originally aired in prime time. It went up against The Wonderful World of Disney. Yes, the same voice actor who did the voice of Astro also did the voice of Scooby Doo. THE JETSONS: A DATE WITH JET SCREAMER Create your own secret code with symbols and letters, and then write out one of the suggested Scripture verses on posterboard in your code. Give your group blank sheets of paper and pencils. The first one to translate and read the verse aloud gets an icecream bar.
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