C.J. and Ned are shepherds for a day! Really, how tough can it be? But when wolves plan an attack, C.J. and Ned learn firsthand it's not as easy as it seems. Discover how our Good Shepherd cares for His sheep.
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“Spare the rod . . . "
It's been said that disciplining children is like dieting; we all know what to do, but it's a matter of actually doing it. And it doesn't help that there are countless approaches to behavior correction—isolation, alone time, spanking, loss of privileges, restriction, etc. Which one is best for your child only you can decide, but it's clear that some form of discipline is essential for raising decent human beings. If you strive to raise a godly child though, you might want to take some tips from how The Good Shepherd cares for His sheep. David Carl explains in this week's Director's Notes.
Mr. Rockler's new railroad threatens to run right over The Fortress! Now the Club must band together to save it. They don't know it yet, but the battle is for much more than just their clubhouse . . . it's a spiritual battle for the future of Shadow Valley!
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“Angels and demons and bears—Oh my!"
David Carl writes, "I know, because the Bible teaches it clearly, that there is a spiritual realm that is swimming with angels and demons. This realm is real. Here, the important battles are won and lost. If we succeed in the flesh but not spiritually—all is lost. I know all of this and I am still uncomfortable saying that realm is real out loud." In this week's Director's Notes, Dave explains the importance of acknowledging the spiritual realm and overcoming our fears of its unknown.
"It's a battle between the 'Haves' and the 'Have-Nots'!" With his father making a lot of money working for Mr. Rockler, C.J. quickly finds himself on the outs with his jealous friends. New clothes, new privileges—even Tiffany thinks C.J. is okay now! When God told us to "weep with those who weep and rejoice with those who rejoice," He didn't mean we have to be happy for C.J., or did He?
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“I'm so happy for you”
Romans 12:15 tells us we are to rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. David Carl writes, "To rejoice with others is a pleasure when they have worked hard for a long time to achieve something that I do not particularly want for myself. However, if by some fluke or just plain "dumb luck" a friend is given something that I would very much like for myself, rejoicing becomes tough. . . . It takes an incredible amount of selflessness to be able to rejoice under these circumstances, and I think that is the very point." In this week's Director's Notes, David explains that it's at these times we may need additional help to be a blessing to others.
Ol' Gus tells the Bible story of Achan, a man who disobeyed God and suffered for it. Meanwhile, Marsha's food and blanket drive for the needy in Wildwood is coming together nicely. But when Marsha falls to temptation, she finds herself in Achan's place!
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David Carl writes, "The story of Achan is one of the lesser known jewels of the Old Testament. This story also tells us about the nature of God. It is utterly shocking that God demands death for Achan and his entire family for this seemingly minor bit of shoplifting. We are inclined to tell Achan not to do it again and give him a time out. God sees this sin as it really is: a threat to the very lives of His chosen people." Discover why there are some major problems with what we might think are minor issues in this week's Director's Notes.
When gifts begin to mysteriously appear on doorsteps all over Wildwood, Ned and Tiffany join forces to reveal the identity of the "Christmas Gift-Giving Bandit." What they discover is a special lesson in God's goodness and counting His blessings.
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“The Gift that keeps us giving”
Have you ever received a gift that required you to put so much money into being able to enjoy it that you were better off never receiving it in the first place? Anyone who has spent hundreds of dollars refilling things labeled "batteries not included" will tell you . . . sometimes it really is better to give than to receive! Can you ever imagine a gift that could actually make you glad to give more? This wonderful paradox is at the heart of this week's Director's Notes. Discover a gift God gives us that demands a generous response.