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Tools for Parents: December 2018

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December 1, Episode #41: True Riches—Counting Our Blessings

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 in 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.


December 8, Episode #42: Every Good Thing—Learning to Give Thanks for the Gift and the Giver

During the school gift exchange, Miss Harbor challenges her class not just to appreciate the gift, but spend time being thankful for the giver. Through her challenge, The Club poignantly discovers the depth of God's love for us.
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"Unclaimed treasure?"

Perhaps you've heard the news about the hundreds of thousands of dollars in refunds, tax credits and rebates that go unclaimed by folks each year. It's hard to believe. After all, why would anyone turn down free money—especially money that is owed them? This week's Director's Notes draws our attention to unclaimed gifts of a different kind. Is there an unclaimed gift out there with your name on it?


December 15, Episode #43: The Road to Christmas—Jesus Came That We Might Have an Abundant Life

On the way to perform their Christmas pageant in Modesty, The Club, Paw Paw Chuck, and Miss Harbor run into an unexpected delay. Forced to seek shelter in a hillside home, the group helps a man and his son find healing, restoration, and a reason to have the Christmas spirit.
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"You're being robbed!"

Are roots of bitterness choking your joy? Are unresolved conflicts or deep-seated griefs stealing the abundant life Christ promises us? This week's Director's Notes shines light on the robbers in our midst, the thieves of peace and contentment in the Lord. Discover how God uses others to help us heal from our hurts and arrest those thoughts that would steal away the life Jesus came to give us.


December 22, Episode #15: The Perfect Christmas Gift—Christmas Is about Jesus

Just days before Christmas, a mysterious illness spreads through the town sapping everyone of their strength and their hopes of winning the big Christmas decorating contest. With only hours before the judges arrive, can The Club find a way to save Christmas or has everyone been making Christmas something it's not?
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"You're invited to a gift exchange"

You probably get several invitations in the mail this time of year. Office parties, Christmas tree lightings, church pageants, and chances to see family and friends are all a part of the holidays. But did you know that you are invited to a very special gift exchange—one unlike any you will attend this year? This week's Director's Notes challenges us to think of Christmas in a new way and exchange the junk we think is precious for the gifts God has for us instead.


December 29, Episode #45: The Story of Esther, Part 1—God Causes All Things to Work Together for Good

C.J. and Staci discover one of Mr. Collins' cylinders that tells the amazing Bible story of Esther, a beautiful, young Jewish girl who God used to accomplish extraordinary things. In part one of the story, Esther is kidnapped and forced to compete in a contest to become the next queen. Realizing she might have to spend the rest of her life in the palace separated from her family and friends, Esther wonders in despair if God has forgotten about her.
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"Character actor"

David Carl writes, "God's first priority is not our comfort—it's our character. Our response to trials also indicates how well we understand God's character. If our view of God tells us that His only job is to do good things for us, then we will be utterly unhinged when disaster strikes. We will believe He did not live up to His part of the bargain, and we will be angry and confused." Read how God shapes and molds our character to be like Christ in this week's Director's Notes.


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