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Youth Ideas Jack-O-Lantern
Use the legend
of the Jack-olantern to share
the gospel.

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Tradition says the Halloween “Jack-oLantern” gets it’s name from an old Irish
story about a dru...
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Since the devil could turn into any
shape, the devil would turn himself into
a coin and Stingy ...
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The next year, the Devil met
Stingy Jack walking on a country
road and told him that he was
th...
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Jack pointed to an apple at the
top of the tree and the devil
began to climb. But just as he
r...
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Later, Stingy Jack died. But when he
knocked on the heavenly gates he
was not allowed inside b...
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Being unable to go to heaven or hell
Jack asked the Devil where he should
go. The Devil only r...
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The Irish referred to him as “Jack of
the Lantern,” and later, just “Jack O’
Lantern.” After a...
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You don’t need a pumpkin to scare
away evil spirits. And you don’t
need the light of a jack-o-...
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And while you can’t make a deal with
the devil, Jesus has already made a
deal on your behalf. H...
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  1. 1. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com Youth Ideas Jack-O-Lantern Use the legend of the Jack-olantern to share the gospel. www.CreativeHolidayIdeas.com
  2. 2. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com Tradition says the Halloween “Jack-oLantern” gets it’s name from an old Irish story about a drunkard called “Stingy Jack.” According to one version of the story, which has many variations, on October 31st, Stingy Jack was being chased by some villagers for stealing. It was his time to die and because of his wicked life he was going to hell. But he offered the devil an opportunity to create chaos and distrust in the whole village if the devil would free him for a year. The devil, gleeful at any opportunity to cause conflict and destroy relationships, agreed to hear Stingy Jack’s plan. You want to know what his plan was? www.CreativeHolidayIdeas.com
  3. 3. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com Since the devil could turn into any shape, the devil would turn himself into a coin and Stingy Jack would use the coin to pay for the things he had stolen. Later the devil could change back to his original shape and the villagers would accuse each other and fight over who had stolen the coin. The devil agreed to the plan, but when he changed into the coin, Stingy Jack dropped the coin into his pocket next to a cross he had stolen from the village. The devil was powerless next to the cross and couldn’t change back into his original form. Stingy jack eventually freed the devil, but only after the devil agreed not to bother him for a whole year. www.CreativeHolidayIdeas.com
  4. 4. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com The next year, the Devil met Stingy Jack walking on a country road and told him that he was there to collect his soul. Jack, pretended he was ready to go, but asked the Devil if he would grant him one last wish. Would he climb an apple tree and get him an apple? The Devil, thinking it was a small request in exchange for Stingy Jack’s soul agreed. www.CreativeHolidayIdeas.com
  5. 5. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com Jack pointed to an apple at the top of the tree and the devil began to climb. But just as he reached for the apple, Stingy Jack pulled out his knife and quickly carved the sign of the cross in the tree’s trunk. Again, powerless before the cross, the Devil was unable to come back down from the tree. Stingy Jack, very proud of himself made the Devil promise to never again ask him for his soul. Seeing no other choice the Devil reluctantly agreed. www.CreativeHolidayIdeas.com
  6. 6. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com Later, Stingy Jack died. But when he knocked on the heavenly gates he was not allowed inside because of his wicked life. But the devil, because of his promise not to take his soul, also refused to let Stingy Jack enter hell. www.CreativeHolidayIdeas.com
  7. 7. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com Being unable to go to heaven or hell Jack asked the Devil where he should go. The Devil only replied, “Back where you came from!” The way back was very dark so Jack begged the Devil to at least give him a light to find his way. So the Devil tossed Jack a hot burning coal from the fires of hell to light his way. Jack put the coal into a carved-out turnip and has been roaming the earth ever since. www.CreativeHolidayIdeas.com
  8. 8. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com The Irish referred to him as “Jack of the Lantern,” and later, just “Jack O’ Lantern.” After a while, the Irish began to carve scary faces into potatoes and turnips and place them in windows and doorways to frighten away Stingy Jack and other roaming spirits. When they came to the United States, they discovered pumpkins were much more suitable for jack-O-lanterns since they were softer and easier to carve than the turnips and potatoes of their Irish homeland. www.CreativeHolidayIdeas.com
  9. 9. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com You don’t need a pumpkin to scare away evil spirits. And you don’t need the light of a jack-o-lantern to light your way. Jesus the light of the world has come to you! Your name might not be Stingy Jack, but the Bible tells us that no one is worthy to get into heaven. (Romans 3:23) www.CreativeHolidayIdeas.com
  10. 10. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com And while you can’t make a deal with the devil, Jesus has already made a deal on your behalf. He exchanged his life for yours that you might receive eternal life. (Romans 6:23) And the devil is still powerless next to the cross where Jesus gave his life for yours! You don’t need to wander the earth, fearful about whether or not you will get into heaven or afraid the devil will get your soul. You can know for certain you will go to heaven. (1 John 5:12-13, John 14:6) All you need to do is confess your sin, believe in Jesus, and trust him with your life. (Romans 10:9) www.CreativeHolidayIdeas.com
  11. 11. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com Holiday Collection Games and Activities in Celebration of common Holidays. Creative Holiday Ideas has over 300 pages of ideas to help you plan your next New Year’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Halloween or Fall Festival, and Thanksgiving event. If you’ve ever wondered what you’re going to do for all these holidays and how you’re going to do it, this resource is for you. => Tell me more about the Holiday Collection
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