Tools for Parents: Proof for Dec 2022

December 3, “True Riches”

Lesson 41: Counting Our Blessings (Christmas Episode)

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.

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.

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December 10, “Every Good Thing”

Lesson 42: 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.

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?

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December 17, “The Road to Christmas”

Lesson 43: 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.

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.

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December 24, “The Perfect Christmas Gift”

Lesson 15: 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?

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.

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December 31, “And Then There Were None”

Lesson 33: Serving One Another

When Miss Harbor teaches a lesson on King Arthur, The Club decides it should make up some rules of conduct, just like Arthur and his knights did. But instead of bringing peace, the club’s rules threaten to divide them all.

Standing up on the inside

You have no doubt heard the story of the strong-willed girl whose teacher called on her repeatedly to sit down at her desk. Finally, after much consternation on the part of the teacher, the girl took her seat. As the relieved teacher returned to the blackboard to continue the lesson, the girl softly muttered under her breath, “I may be sitting, but I’m standing up on the inside.” In this week’s Director’s Notes David Carl writes, “We can force good behavior out of others, but it may very well be at the expense of their heart—and that is the very thing that God is interested in most.”

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