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Wisdom For Your Weekend: your weekly installment of things we’ve been reading (and watching) around the web.

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How to Survive World Religions 101, Michael Kruger. Student ministries often focus on preparing their students for college morally, making sure that when they leave home, they continue to live out the Christian faith in a new environment. But they too often fail to prepare students to consider the intellectual implications of their faith. Dr. Kruger offers some very tangible help for Christians entering an atmosphere in which their faith is considered intellectually indefensible.

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The following is a modified excerpt from Gaining by Losing: Why the Future Belongs to Churches that Send. If you’d like more, be sure to pick up a copy of the book today!

I once heard a story about an old grandfather sitting lazily on the porch of his country home with his grandson, his six dogs lying underneath the porch. About a hundred yards across the field a rabbit darted out of a bush, stared back at the house for just a second, and then darted back into the undergrowth. One of the dogs perked up, let out a short bark, and took off across the field. Immediately, the other five dogs jumped to their feet, yapping excitedly, in hot pursuit of the first dog.

The grandfather said to his grandson, “Son, let me tell you what is about to happen. In about ten minutes, them other five dogs are going to come back, one by one, heads hung and tongues out. In about thirty minutes, that first dog will come back with the rabbit in his mouth.”

Sure enough, that’s what happened. The grandson asked, “How did you know?”

The grandfather replied, “’Cause that first dog, you see, is the only one who actually saw the rabbit. The others were just running and yapping because there was some excitement.”

Like those first five dogs, a lot of people in the church get swept up in the passion of a good sermon and start to yap and run … one by one, however, they come back, heads hung low, tongues out, clamoring for the way things used to be. Only those who have really “seen the rabbit” keep running until they catch him.

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Samson has always reminded me a lot of myself. Not that I’m a beefy muscle-head with hair like Fabio (at least, not anymore). But like Samson, my greatest enemy is not someone else. It’s the guy staring me in the face every morning when I look in the mirror.

Samson’s greatest enemy was himself. And that’s true for us as well. Aren’t there certain chapters in your life that you look back on and think, “What if I had just held my tongue?” Or, “Why couldn’t I have just controlled myself?” Or “What if I had just not returned that call?” One little decision sabotaged everything else.

Samson tells our story. He is a representative of the people of God, and a warning to us that our greatest enemy is never out there, but in here. His life shows us five ways that he sabotages everything from the inside out:

1. Samson is impulsive.

Everything Samson does is driven by some sort of lust. He wants sex, so he visits a prostitute. He wants food, so he eats honey that he’s forbidden to eat. He gets angry, so he picks up a random jawbone and kills 1,000 men. He’s not following anything but his gut, and the result is an ever-escalating cycle of vengeance.

Impulsivity is a cancer that, left unchecked, will wreck your life. It’s just that simple.

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