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A service to His little ones through you in His name by His Word
(2005), NR [G*] (22min)
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Producer(s): Myung Soo Kim, William Thorn, Bruno John, Jeff Holder, Mark Young
Written by: Mark Young
Music: Willie Aames
Story Editing: Jeff Holder
Narrated by: Willie Aames
Art Direction: Christine Hye Ja Yu
Voices: Barbara Goodston, Marc Graue, David Lucas, Julie Maddelena, Dave Mallow, Anthony Mozdy, Bob Papenbrook
Viewed on: Lightning Bug Flix/Kim's Communications Home DVD
After a one-minute introduction of the Buggelsville citizens building a fine fishing boat that would not sail without prayer, the story opens as harpist David of Bethlehem, son of Jesse, tends a flock of sheep and successfully defends them against a hungry bear. While David tends the sheep, the battle lines are drawn between King Saul of Israel and the Philistine armies in the valley of Elah. For 40 mornings and evenings the Philistine of Gath known as Goliath who was over nine feet tall had taunted and insulted the armies of Israel, daring even one of the Israelites to fight him. No one would answer Goliath's challenge. Not one. (1 Sam. 17:1 - 50)
Interspersed with the story of David and Goliath is a story of the terror, peril and heroics of the Buggelsville citizens as they battle the ravages of a flood caused by the footsteps of Goliath. Rather clever I would say.
The central theme of this episode 2 of the Bugtime series is the desperation and fear when faced with seemingly impossible odds are indeed not impossible when God intervenes through prayer. Prayer not only made the winds blow to sail the fishing boat that would not sail, prayer provided restoration for the flood-ravaged Buggelsville. And prayer for a champion to defeat the monster Goliath produced that champion in the seemingly woefully unfit child David.
By the way, though not advertised as such, Bugtime Adventures: A Giant Problem, The David Story is truly based on a True story.
This is a timeless Bible story. And as with some other stories found in our Lord's Book it is a story of man's violence in a violent time. While there is none of the gore typically found in most of Hollywood's films of violence, there is a defensive killing. Whether justified by holy provision, it is a killing and has the potential to influence questionably. [Prov. 13:2, 1Cor. 15:33]
The only other matters that might be of importance to you as parents when determining the age stratum for which this film may be suited are the flooding peril, the name-calling [Eph. 4:29] and the extortion by Goliath to goad into recklessness in order to gain victory and plunder. [Ps. 62:10, Hab. 2:6]
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
(The heart of the CAP Analysis Model)
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
Christian Educators Association International
|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|
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Lord, Master, Teacher, Savior, God.
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