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Some people find analogies everywhere. Not being a fan of “Haunted Houses”, myself, I can still appreciate how some learn from almost any experience. Don Miller, author and blogger, relates what he learned leading a group through a local “Haunted House”

Donald Miller

“The trick to leading a group through a haunted house is knowing the scary stuff can’t actually kill you. The management won’t let them.

It’s the same with all the scary stuff we have to deal with, all the fear of abandonment and loneliness and wounds we have to address. They aren’t allowed to kill us. Sure we might feel some fear, and a lot of it. But in the end (even if it kills our earthly bodies) we don’t die. We just come through the other side with a knowledge we faced our fears, and we got out of that haunted house alive, our screaming and giggling friends in tow. — Don Miller 09/23/2011

Jesus said scary times are coming — and today’s news makes it seem like they are here! But Jesus also told his followers how to lead through scary times — by looking up and knowing we are closer than ever to our hope.

Be not terrified … there shall not an hair of your head perish … Men’s hearts [shall be] failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken … [but] when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. Luke 21:9, 18, 26

Remember your hope, they can’t kill us. The management won’t let them.

— fritz@langgang.com
Read Don’s Post here
Read Jesus’ Post here

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Here are some actual characteristics of the disciples I think we can safely trust. If you resonate with any of these, you’re in a good spot and likely following Jesus:,

1. You think Jesus wants to take over the government so you cut off a soldiers ear in order to get the fighting started. (The neo cons are definitely disciples!)

2. You keep pestering Jesus about who he will give more power to in heaven.

3. You have no theological training but own a small fishing business which somehow makes you qualified because you “get it.”

4. The Holy Spirit crashes into one of your mini sermons so everybody can speak different languages and outsiders think you’re drunk.

5. People ask you if you know Jesus and you freak out and say no and run away.

6. You hear they killed Jesus on a cross and you figure the whole thing was a wash and you got duped.

7. You choose other disciples by playing rock, paper scissors.

8. You teach bad theology and have to have somebody else come over and correct you.

So there you go. My guess is there’s a place in there for you. So if you’re confused about theology or power hungry or just an average idiot, take the first step. You’ll get sorted out along the way. The disciples “became” some pretty great guys in the end. – Don Miller March 29, 2011

– fritz
Related Post: Not Very Clever – March 28, 2011

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“If you want to be a person of influence, or if you want to lead, or for that matter if you want to succeed, start reading…

Turn off your television and read two books a week next year and you’ll be counseling the Pope or the President.

It’s true what I learned all those years ago: Readers are leaders.” 1

–Don Miller

Who will join me in setting a goal of reading an average of one good book a week for the rest of 2011?

– fritz
1 – Read Don Miller’s whole article Here
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See what I am currently Reading/Listening — here!.
See what I have read and recommend — here!

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