THEO - Teaching Children God's Word
Learning About God and Who He's Called Us to be is Easy and Fun!
DVD #3 - God's Heart
Introducing Key Aspects in the Christian Faith in a Entertaining Way
Each lesson focuses on a spiritual topic that both entertains and teaches children about key aspects in the Christian faith.
- Lesson 7 - Justification (approx. 10 mins.)
- Lesson 8 - Adoption (approx. 11 mins.)
- Lesson 9 - A Day in Prayer (approx. 11 mins.)
- Bonus Lesson - The Good News (approx. 5 mins.)
If only God could somehow make sinners righteous without violating His holy character and justice. But that's just what He did through a process known as justification, a legal term that means, "to declare righteous." Big word, huh? Theo makes it simple for children--and his two mischievous church mice--to understand, by telling the beautiful story of the thief on the cross, who was justified by his faith in Jesus.
All of us want to belong to a caring family, full of unconditional love, don't we? When Theo welcomes a dog named Bumper into his home, a suspicious Luther and Belfry want him out! That is, until Bumper saves them from a life-threatening encounter with Scratch the cat! Using the beautiful and touching story seen in the Shoebox Bible Theatre, Theo illustrates the biblical teaching of adoption in the Bible, to show how God lovingly welcomes homeless sinners into His family.
A Day in Prayer
In this episode we catch an insightful glimpse into Theo's daily prayer life, which is basically an illustration of the Lord's Prayer model to His disciples. It is important that we learn how to pray, but it is also important to learn how not to pray. We are taught both examples through the Shoebox Bible Theatre and through our humorous UPA sequences. Meanwhile, our two mice friends are faced with a problem of going without their daily cheese, and Belfry learns that we "have not because we ask not."
- Region 1 (US and Canada Only), NTSC
- Category: Children
- Ages: 4 to 12
- Single DVD
- Running Time: 77 minutes
- Language: Spanish, Portuguese, Korean and Japanese
- 2 Bonus Features:
- Director Commentary with Mike Joens
Parents - select a printable guide here to continue the discussion from these episodes with your child.
"A Great Message You'll Want Your Kids to Watch! Michael Joens is the producer and director of Theo and has produced dozens of animated commercials for Milton Bradley, Hasbro, Kenner, McDonald's and Playskool. In addition to commercial work, he produced and directed the animation segments of the award-winning series, "McGee and Me," as well as the animated "Adventures in Odyssey" for Focus on the Family. He is now using his talents to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ through Theo into all the world."
(P. K. - CA)
"Excellent for young children ages 2 - 12. I found this DVD to be quite adorable. My children, ages 10, 7, & 3 especially loved watching the funny antics of Belfry and Luther - the 2 mice. It is difficult to find good videos and teaching tools for children that teach about God and the Bible while also entertaining at the same time. I was pleased to see scriptures quoted throughout the segments, as well as snippets of hymns in the background. A unique way to acclimate young ones to traditional hymns and sneak in some wonderful scripture while they are entertained by the adorable mice and Bible stories. The animation is exceptionally well done. The stories are short and cute. The kids were entertained, and I was even interested in watching the whole episode with them. I highly recommend checking out this new DVD series! Click on some of the links below for more information. This DVD was released in stores on September 13th, 2011 - make sure to get a copy!!!"
(S. M. - IL)
"My husband found this DVD to teach our daughter about God and we love it! We are buying more in the series."
(M. M. - MA)
"Bought this as a gift for my grandchildren and was very pleased. Since I wanted a DVD that would span different ages, I wanted something that could keep the little ones attention but not bore the older ones. This DVD did the trick! What a good message of faith to pass on to the next generation! I would highly recommend this DVD."
(J. L. - WI)
"With a mom of two little ones, finding movies that offer a really cute story line and the teachings of God's is really important to me. I was really happy with the length of the movies not to long but just the right amount of time to get the point across. Plus, the animation was quit well. My kids have learned quit a bit from this DVD God's word and I couldn't be happier. I know personally this DVD is a much better teacher then I could be. I am sure my future little ones will love this just as much as my two little ones I have right now."
(A. M. - AZ)
"I will first say, I was expecting this to be full length like most other kids DVD's, 20-30 minutes at least. I was a little disappointed when after 5 minutes for one and 9 for the other, they were over. The content was great, just short. I will say for my younger kids it is perfect. They loved them and will watch them over and over. As mentioned above, there are two episodes, Saving Faith which was about having faith in the right things and Good News which was about salvation. Theo is a grandfather type guy and he talks straight to the kids in terms my kids can understand. I love Theo, you might remember him from McGee and Me and Adventures in Odyssey. There are also two mice who are quite funny, but I would have liked to see them more. Although, in such short stories I think they added a great touch. I think overall most parents would be somewhat disappointed at the length if purchasing just for pleasure but if used in homeschool, as a teaching tool, they would be fabulous. Also, with us being Children's Ministry Consultants, I can see these short Theo episodes being a great "go to" tool to reinforce something already being taught. They do have a Children's Church curriculum available from LifeWay Christian stores and I will be recommending it to our children church contacts for use in their preschool classes."
(A. M. - OK)