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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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Bob shocks everyone by asking to hear a Jesse joke. After sharing a glorious guffaw, they talk about the different definitions of grace. The most life-changing one being: God's Riches At Christ's Expense. God showed us amazing grace by sending His Son to die for us (Romans 5:8). Bob and Jesse also discuss why it's so important to show each other grace.
Bob tries a new sport where 20 kids run around trying to hit each other with sticks. Using his unique athletic abilities, he surprises the other team with some heads-up play. Bob and Jesse also try to help a listener who has difficulty making friends. Hint: Trying new things and being yourself can help!
Bob doesn't make any apologies for being so good at apologetics. He displays his ability to make a well-reasoned defense of the Christian faith when he talks to a big kid at the rodeo. By asking questions and sharing what he believes, Bob helps this kid to start thinking about God in a new way. As it turns out, defending our faith is like cheesy potatoes – we shouldn't make up our minds that we don't like it, until we try it.
Jesse admits that he's so inflexible that he can't even touch his toes. Bob suggests bending at the knees. Then this duo realizes that the best kind of flexibility is showing perseverance when our plans don't turn out as we'd hope. Instead of remaining rigid and giving up, we need to come up with new ideas to succeed. This proves to be especially true for Bob, who has just started lifting weights.
What do oxygen, obedience, and getting stuck in a tube all have in common? Listeners find out when Bob's dad takes him and his best friend, Billy, to Henry Hippo's Pizza and Prizes. Bob discovers that God and his dad look at obedience the same way: When we obey, it shows our love for them. Bob and Jesse also answer the question, "Did Jesus disobey His parents when He stayed at the temple instead of returning home?"
Bob buys and plants "potato seeds" in hopes of growing something good for his family. He quickly learns that waiting is the hardest part of gardening, not to mention the hoeing, watering, planting and tending. What sprouts up is quite a surprise – so is the fact that Jesse tells a funny joke! In the end, Bob realizes that he reaps what he sows, and he helps a listener to always trust in God's plan.
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.
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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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