Esther's friends beg her to consider competing to become queen. If she doesn't, they say, the wicked Mahnoosh may win the crown and all of the girls in the harem will suffer. Esther realizes that God may have placed her in the palace for this very reason. But God's plan for Esther extends far beyond reigning beside the king. When Esther learns that the evil prince Haman is plotting to kill Mordecai and all of the Jews, she must decide if she will risk her own life to save her people.
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“Real scared heroes”
David Carl writes, "When I was a child, well-meaning adults occasionally told me Bible stories. They described Elijah, David, Esther, and other biblical figures as though they were always confident, calm, and emotionless when facing danger or death. What a disservice! It would be much better if I had heard the truth—these great people wavered and sometimes ran away. That's an example I could relate to!" Read how God uses real people to do extraordinary things in this week's Director's Notes.
Haman's plan to kill all of the Jews is made into law, and no one—not even the king—can stop him. As Haman's pride swells, Esther is certain that God's plan for her life is "for such a time as this." God uses Esther in a mighty way and shows His sovereignty in a thrilling conclusion that is celebrated by Jews even today.
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“A twilight zone moment”
David Carl writes, "I grew up watching The Twilight Zone with my older brother. One of the stories followed a rather unsuccessful comic whose only wish was to make people laugh. Mysteriously, he suddenly received his wish. The irony of the situation came when he could no longer talk to anyone without making them laugh hysterically. His wish became his own personal source of unending torture." Read how Haman experiences his own "Twilight Zone moment" in this week's Director's Notes.
The New Wildwood Library is nearly completed and Miss Harbor's class has been given the honor of making something to go on permanent display. Ned knows just the thing and sets off to create his masterpiece. But his foolish pride and anger put the project and his life in jeopardy! Can his friends save him from destruction?
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“Freedom in chains”
David Carl writes in this week's Director's Notes, "Leprosy is a strange and horrible disease. It attacks various parts of the body including the eyes and skin, but it attacks the nerves in a particularly insidious way leaving the victim without any sense of feeling in the affected area. This might not seem so terrible until you realize what happens when your body loses all input from the outside world. If you accidentally hit your hand against the sharp edge of the table you don't feel the pain. . . . Sin does much the same thing to us spiritually."
"It's time for a spiritual workout!" C.J. and Gooz, each in their own way, try to use the gifts that God has given them. But when they meet some unexpected failures, they both vow to give up and never use them again! Find out how a little "gift exercise" will help keep you spiritually strong.
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“The art of salt and light”
David Carl writes in this week's Director's Notes, "This episode was inspired by Modern Art and the Death of a Culture by H. R. Rookmaaker. In this book, the author explains how art possesses meaning and communicates ideas in the minds of those exposed to it. The world has no reason to believe that one idea has more merit than another, and herein lies the problem. For disciples of Christ, there are some ideas that are not worthy of being exposed to. What we don't need is more poorly conceived, badly constructed art that we are expected to embrace merely because it was made by a believer. We need to encourage our kids to use art to say the things that our culture needs to hear but that very few are saying."