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Author: Focus on the Family

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The "Official Average Boy" podcast encourages children and parents to laugh and learn about God together. Hosted by Focus on the Family Clubhouse editor Jesse Florea and Christian comedian Bob Smiley. This podcast joins Focus on the Family's already very popular "Official Adventures in Odyssey" podcast as great entertainment and faith-building fun. The 13 episodes of season 1 cover topics such as technology, reading the Bible, handling peer pressure, finding identity in Christ, sibling relationships and being part of God's body.
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Having boundaries in our lives keeps us safe and lets others know what we believe in. If Bob had better boundaries, he probably wouldn’t have gotten stuck in a tree trying to rescue what he thought was a cat. Bob also tells an embarrassing story about what happened when he ignored a boundary that his parents set up about playing video games.
Knowing what to do and when to do it takes common sense. Bob learns that lesson during family movie night. As a normally verbose movie viewer, Bob keeps his mouth shut during an actual bug attack and the results get messy. Bob and Jesse also discuss how Bob’s goal of trying something new every month is going. Bonus: Listeners are encouraged to call in with the best advice they’ve received from their parents.
Bob’s family has been spending more time at home, so they’ve gotten creative with their family activities. By combining different board games, they’ve created new challenges. Like by mixing “Sorry!” and Jenga, they made “I’m sorry your wooden tower fell over!” But they’ve also been creatively reaching out to their neighbors who have been struggling. All in all, the Smileys’ have learned a lot about putting up with each other and forgiving each other—just like it says in Colossians 3:13.
Bob’s brother, Brian, has a problem with listening. He never does what Bob says! On the other hand, with Bob’s big ears, he’s a great listener . . . or is he? This podcast digs into the difference between hearing and listening, and provides some great listening tips, such as: stay focused when someone talks, avoid distractions and never try to have a conversation with a goat.
Bob crashes his friend’s Segway, but that’s not what he’s afraid about. He actually messed up at church and is afraid that he wasn’t a good example of being a follower of Christ. Fortunately, Sarah is there to encourage Bob and save the day. Jesse also finally finishes telling a joke that he started six podcasts ago. Now that’s something to be afraid about!
From parents to pastors to police officers, the list of people who help our lives is pretty long. And don’t forget teachers and doctors and nurses! Bob tells how he tried to thank his youth pastor for helping him, but ended up flattening a gigantic stuffed hippo instead. As a bonus, podcast listeners share their favorite Bible verses. Hint: Sharing encouraging verses and praying for the people who help us are great ways to honor them.
Bob and his brother, Brian, get in a football throwing battle. Instead of getting angry and escalating the situation, Bob’s Mom reminds her boys that “the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God” (James 1:20). Bob and Jesse discuss how loving others in the way God loves us can help keep the peace and build relationships.
Bob and his parents develop a chore chart. As his dad always says, “It may be summer, but there’s no break from chores.” For some reason, eating ice cream on Wednesdays doesn’t make the list. Bob and Jesse also talk about when they prayed to receive Jesus as their Savior in response to questions from two listeners.
Bob is the best at being humble. Just ask him, he’ll tell you all about it! But seriously, Bob learns an important lesson about humility at his family’s “Showdown at the Better-Than-OK Dessert Corral” that develops after his mom bakes a delicious cherry pie. In the end, the Bible is proven right, “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom” (Proverbs 11:2).
Bob and his best friend, Billy, host the Billy-Bob Olympics in Bob’s backyard. This highly competitive neighborhood competition features a bowling ball toss, long jump and melt-athon. Who wins, and what are those events? Listen to find out. Also, discover what it means to run the race that God has prepared for each of us. Spoiler alert: Endurance plays a big part.
Doctors have patients, but everyone should all show patience. Waiting for what we want isn’t easy. Bob discovers life is no cake walk. Plus, listeners receive fantastic pointers from the Bible and Bob’s grandma about the importance of patience. Patience certainly helps the situation when “someone” packs a trumpet to practice playing during a family road trip.
Bob helps his neighbor Mrs. Dodd clean out her garage and get organized. It’s a big job with big consequences when Bob breaks a cherished keepsake. What will he do? What will Mrs. Dodd do? And what will “Charity” do with all the stuff donated from the garage? Find out, and hear a great joke from a podcast listener.
God created people with different personalities. The more we understand about each other, the better we can get along. In this podcast, Bob takes a personality test to discover if he’s a Talker, Leader, Thinker or Peacemaker. The results are surprising . . . so are Bob and Jesse’s response to a listener who asks for tips on being kind.
Honesty truly is the best policy. And honestly, Bob is not a very good pickleball player. (And what exactly is pickleball? Can you squeeze it on a hotdog?) On the other hand, Bob is really good about being honest, which we learn after he and his brother return a lost wallet.
In this podcast Bob explains the power of logical reasoning. He just learned about it at school and has lots of great, err, good examples that he thought up. God’s Word encourages us to “acquire knowledge” (Proverbs 18:15) and use our brains. Bob and Jesse also share their best pieces of advice.
Sharing your faith can be scary. But the Bible tells us in 1 Peter 3:15 to: “Always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks you about the hope you have. Be ready to give the reason for it. But do it gently and with respect.” Bob talks about ways he tells others about Jesus, including a story about winning a radio contest.
It’s not good to take things for granite. After all, it’s a really hard rock and it might actually be quartz, dolostone or basalt. But seriously, we should express thankfulness to all the people who help us and give us gifts. Bob and Jesse share some of the things they’re thankful for and their favorite Bible verses.
Jesse shares the “Rule of 2’s” for math. Bob talks about volunteering with his family at a food bank and at church. All of this adds up to a podcast filled with tips about helping others and using our time for God’s glory. Bob and Jesse also give encouragement to Daniel—a podcast listener who gave up following God because it was too hard.
Bob’s class just celebrated Valentine’s Day, and Bob wonders why all those candy hearts have the same saying on them—“No way!” (There should be other sayings too, right?!?) Relationships and friendships can be hard, because sometimes people’s feelings change. But God’s love always stays the same. He loves us unconditionally, and we should try to follow His example. This podcast also reveals which pet Bob likes best: Dogs or Cats?
God’s armor can protect and keep us safe—even if someone happens to attack with a giant turkey leg. (You’ll have to hear this story to believe it.) In the end, Bob and Jesse agree that God’s shield of faith is waaay better than Captain America’s shield.
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Comments (6)

Adrian Howard Schulz

Jessie  where do you get your jokes???????????? I see a lot of jokes on Clubhouse magazine :-)

Aug 6th
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Adrian Howard Schulz

What did the janitor say when he jumped out of the closet ?????? … Supplies LOL :-)

Aug 6th
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Adrian Howard Schulz

What did the janitor say when he jumped out of the closet… Supplies LOL!!!!! :-) :-) 

Aug 6th
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Adrian Howard Schulz

OMG I Love your stories so much they really help me and they’re really funny☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️😬😆 

Aug 3rd
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HeyDabid

I hate how this podcast is shorter than my attention span.

Jul 31st
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