Jason C. Stanley

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Walls

Walls are typically built for protection.  Nehemiah, in the Old Testament, leads a huge undertaking in rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem.   The Great Wall of China was built to protect dynasties from invasions by surrounding tribes.  We build fences around our yards to prevent the neighbor’s pets from trampling our lawns.  Emotional walls are produced to protect ourselves from getting hurt by others.

Walls are protective.

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“Go Out of the Ark”

“Then God said to Noah, ‘Go out of the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you.'” (Genesis 8:15-16, NRSV)

For forty days and forty nights Noah and his family, along with an ark full of animals, floated. Finally, the rains stopped and the waters receded. And then, God said to Noah, “Go.”

“Go out of the ark.”

They had gone into the ark to seek shelter from the coming storm. They had gone in obedience to the word of God.  But once the waters receded, it was time to go out.

They had been inside long enough.

Too often we choose to stay inside the ark. Read “church” or “comfort zone” or “pew.”   And it’s comfortable in our arks. It is safe and familiar. We know what to expect inside our ark.

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The Yoda Verses: Anger Leads to Hate

The Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why do you look so resentful?” (Genesis 4:6, CEB)

The Jedi Master Yoda warns both Aiken and Luke Skywalker about anger. Yoda tells Luke in The Empire Strikes Back, “Fear is the path to the Dark Side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”

Someone should have warned Cain.

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YouTubevotional: We Three Kings

YouTubevotionals are designed to be used in personal devotion time, with small groups, youth groups, or Sunday school classes. To see other YouTubevotionals, click here

Introduction

Do you remember the Claymation Christmas special? It was aired in 1987 and won an Emmy. In celebration of Epiphany, this YouTubevotional includes their version of the hymn “We Three Kings.”

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YouTubevotional: Lend a Paw

YouTubevotionals are designed to be used in personal devotion time, with small groups, youth groups, or Sunday school classes. To see other YouTubevotionals, click here

Introduction

Lend a Paw is a Mickey Mouse short from 1941. It is the only Mickey Mouse short to win an Academy Award for Best Animated Short. Since Steamboat Willie in 1928, Mickey’s popularity skyrocketed! Mickey’s personality was so good-natured that, as journalist Irving Wallace wrote in 1949, “No expletives, violence, practical jokes, double dealings, cruelty, nor arrogance may be found in his present-day make-up.”

Mickey represented the best of humanity. So other characters, like Donald Duck, began to embody other human characteristics. In Lend a Paw, that duty fell to Mickey’s pal Pluto. Like Donald Duck, Pluto has a little devil and a little angel chattering in his ear.

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