Defeating the Dragons

What comes to your mind first when you think of Tales of the Kingdom? If it is that it is an allegory, that’s fine, because it is. But we encourage you to follow this series of blogs until you see the Tales as a tool for teaching Biblical principles in a format that young children can readily understand. Just like Bible stories, the point is not the story itself, it is the lesson that the story teaches.

Defeating the Dragons

You never know when you will have to face a dragon. There may be one lurking just around the corner, waiting frighten you will its menacing look, its mighty roar and its fiery breathe.

When a wise person is aware of potential danger, they prepare ahead of time so that they are not overcome by the element of surprise. They know what a dragon looks like, they understand how dragons act, learn how to defend themselves and, ultimately, how to defeat a dragon.

A foolish person walks through life believing that, somehow, they are immune from attack. They get caught off guard, unprepared, and end up caught in the clutches of the beast. Then there problem is figuring out how to escape from the misery of the dragon’s dominion.

Tales of the Kingdom’s allegorical setting allows parents to prepare their precious children from the dragons in this world that are attacking them at younger ages than ever before. The battle is actually won in the preparation, as we teach our children to recognize dragons, how to avoid them and how to conquer them.

The very best tactics for defeating dragons are found in Scripture.
• Know the truth. The truth sets us free and keeps us free. (John 8:32)
• Avoid dragons by abstaining from even the appearance of anything evil. (I Thess. 5:22)
• Stay close to the Lord. (Romans 8:37-39 & Ephesians 6:10,11)
• Resist the dragons. We know that if we resist that Dragon, the Devil himself, even he will flee from us. (James 4:7)

Our children need to know that the Lord has already given us to power to be victorious against any demon, dragon or devil and all of their devices and deceptions. Use the Tales of the Kingdom as you would Scripture to train your child for the life that lies ahead of them. If you are faithful in your instruction and live according to the Word of God, they will be prepared to defeat the dragons.

Embracing Our Scars

What comes to your mind first when you think of Tales of the Kingdom? If it is that it is an allegory, that’s fine, because it is. But we encourage you to follow this series of blogs until you see the Tales as a tool for teaching Biblical principles in a format that young children can readily understand. Just like Bible stories, the point is not the story itself, it is the lesson that the story teaches.

Embracing Our Scars

Some scars are uglier than others. Regardless of their size and shape, no one likes to have scars. Some scars are hidden and some are where the whole world can see. The bigger and uglier the scar, the more we want to hide it, because we don’t want the world to see us as ugly. And we don’t want people to make fun of our scars.

In Tales of the Kingdom, Scarboy’s scars are a result of wounds inflicted by others, so the suffering he endures, both in the wounding and from the ensuing embarrassment, is not his fault. Nonetheless, the scars impose the effect of their ugliness upon him.

We all have scars. Some of our scars, like Scarboy’s, have been caused by other people. Other scars may be accidental, or even self-inflicted. The source of our scars becomes less relative with the passing of time. It is the presence of scars – and, often, the memory of their infliction – that is the greater burden to bear.

We see scars as the imperfections and blemishes that they are. We all want people to see us as blameless and pure. We do not want their derision and ridicule, because it makes us think about the ugliness of the scars that we bear. The problem is that scars – and the ridicule they spawn – are real. But they are the realities in which grace is often best received and understood.

Grace gives us the ability to bear our scars with dignity. Where grace abounds, people look beyond the scars, offering kindness and forgiveness, revealing the potential and beauty of a soul heretofore bound by depression and fear.

We encourage you to bless your children by using Tales of the Kingdom to teach your children the truth about scars and to accept scarred people with grace and kindness. It may also be an opportunity for you to be sure that you have allowed the grace of God to strengthen you against the debilitating power of your own scars.