Sunday, August 20, 2017

Lessons From Mary and Martha

When Jesus and His disciples arrived in Bethany, Martha invited them into her home. Jesus goes into the other room and starts teaching, but Martha rushes into the kitchen and starts preparing a meal for the crew. She’s running around the kitchen gathering ingredients, and it really bothers her that her sister Mary hasn’t lifted one finger to help. Mary had followed Jesus to the other room to listen to Him.

Think about it. God is in a human body sitting in her living room, revealing truths hidden from the beginning of time, but Martha is too busy to listen. Meanwhile, Mary is taking in every word. Finally, Martha stomps into the room and interrupts the Bible study. With hands on her hips, she commands Jesus to do something. “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Tell her to help me." (Luke 10:40)

Martha expects Jesus to say, “Martha, you’re so right!  Doesn’t anyone here remember my teachings on being a servant?  Take a look at my servant, Martha. Mary, you could learn a few things from her. Now go help Martha fix my favorite meal!” Instead He says, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part.” (Luke 10:41-42). 

Mary and Martha represent two different ways to live:
#1 We can serve God—but do it with a bad attitude. Martha was serving, but she wasn’t serving cheerfully. It drove her crazy that Mary wasn’t helping. Being bothered means everyone and everything gets on your nerves. What annoys you and gets on your nerves?  The problem really isn’t with other people, but our attitude inside our hearts.

#2 Being worried and bothered means our focus is wrong. Martha was “worried and bothered” because she focused on “many things.” Mary was focused on “one thing.” Martha was constantly stressed-out about everything. She continually worried about the future. Little things always bothered her. She wasn't enjoying life because she focused on events rather than God.

#3 God wants us to choose to spend time with Him. I’m not sure what Jesus was teaching that day, but it wouldn’t surprise me if it was, “How to Not Be Worried and Bothered.” Jesus told Martha, “Only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part.” What did she choose?  She chose to hear Jesus speak to her heart.

How do we spend time with God? I’ve made it a practice to read God’s Word every day. I’ll pick a book of the Bible, start in chapter 1, read a portion, and ask God to speak to my heart. I’ll jot down in a journal or on my computer what I’ve learned. The next day I start where I ended the day before. After I’ve read the entire book, I’ll choose another book of the Bible. If you’re not spending daily time with God, I hope you’ll start today. www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com  www.makinglifecount.net
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Sunday, August 13, 2017

God Will Reward Your Faithfulness

When you receive Jesus Christ as your Lord, God saves you by His grace alone. But many people don’t realize that their rewards in heaven will be determined by their faithfulness in serving Him after they’ve been saved. The few brief moments you live on earth will determine what you’ll be doing in heaven forever.

God is evaluating your faithfulness in this life because He wants to reward you with something much greater in the next life (Matt. 25:21, Luke 19:17). Life on earth is a test. He wants us to be faithful where you are right now, with what you have right now. Faithfulness means:

1. Faithfulness means excellence. Excellence doesn't mean doing more things, but doing things better. It’s doing your very best in every situation because you believe the Lord is watching and you want to please Him (Eph. 5:10).

2. Faithfulness means integrity. Integrity means being above reproach morally, even when no one is watching. A store owner interviewed a young man for a job and asked, "If I hire you to work for me, will you be honest and truthful?" He answered, "I'll be honest and truthful whether you hire me or not."

3. Faithfulness means dependability. Dependable people can be relied upon to fulfill their commitments. When a job is assigned to a dependable worker, the boss never has to worry if the job will get done on time. Your faithfulness is determined by the commitment in your heart and not by outside pressure.

4. Faithfulness means sacrifice. Sacrifice means giving up something now to get something better later. When you cheerfully give your offerings to Him, you’re laying up for yourself treasure in heaven (Matt. 6:19-20).

5. Faithfulness means perseverance. Jesus said, "Be faithful until death and I will give you the crown of life" (Rev. 2:10). Faithfulness means you keep running until you cross the finish line. The race you're running won't be over until you die. Be faithful until death. He promises you a great eternal reward if you will.

“Be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, KNOWING that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Cor. 15:58). For more about God rewarding our faithfulness read Making Today Count for Eternity.  www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com  www.makinglifecount.net
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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Imaginary Movies in Your Mind

When was the last time you watched a movie? Not at the mall, but the imaginary movies in your mind. Satan has produced a number of films he wants you to watch. He projects imaginary movies on the screen of your mind, trying to stir up ungodly emotions so you’ll react in the wrong way.
A seat is reserved for you. Admission is free. The popcorn is ready and the show is about to begin. All Satan asks is for you to believe what you see even though none of it has yet happened.

The Worry movie plays in your mind and you see every tragedy happening to you or someone you love. The Angry movie stars foolish people who keep doing things you don’t like, trying to steal your joy. You are the star of the dark Depression movie where you seemingly have lost all hope. The Temptation movie shows you doing something wrong without any consequences. Killers watch the Murder movie before they do the crime. You’ve probably seen the Jealousy movie, Envy movie, and Rejection movie. Have you ever noticed how the movies in your mind never have a happy ending?

This is why 2 Corinthians 10:5 says, "Casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ." Notice we must carry out a two-step process—stop and replace.

STOP THE MOVIE!Casting down imaginations.” You don’t have to keep watching it. You can turn off the movie by commanding the thoughts to leave in Jesus’ name. You realize Satan has made the movies and you’re determined to shut down his operation. When you take a stand against him, he’ll leave and take his movie projection with him. “Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7)

REPLACE IT. “Bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” It’s not enough to cast down the imaginations. We also need to replace it with right thinking. Don’t leave the lot vacant but build a godly house there. If we’ll dwell on godly thoughts (Phil. 4:8) we’ll be happy both now and in the future.
FOR MORE about the movies in your mind read Slaying Your Giants.
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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Humbling Yourself Under God's Hand

Don’t skip first base. A relationship with God begins with humbling ourselves before Him. Humility is the key that unlocks God’s grace and mercy in our lives. “Clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God that He may exalt you at the proper time” (1 Peter 5:5–6). Notice 4 things:

1. God opposes proud people but gives grace to the humble. How would you like God to oppose everything that you do? Proud people see themselves as self-sufficient and don’t need God. When we humble ourselves it opens the door to receive God’s grace and mercy, which brings His blessing on our lives.

2. The only one who can “humble yourself” is yourself. No one can do this for you. Only you can do humble yourself. Humility means to yield right of way. A “yield” street sign means to let the other person go before you. We view others as more important than ourselves. “With humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself” (Phil. 2:3).  

3. Humble yourself under God’s mighty hand. We realize God’s hand is powerful and that He is ruler over the entire world (1 Chron. 29:11-12). Humbling ourselves means we yield completely to Him and let Him have His way in our lives.

4. God exalts humble people at the proper time. The proper time means in eternity after this life is over. Humbling yourself in this life means you will be exalted in the next life. Jesus said, “For everyone who exalts himself shall be humbled, and he who humbles himself shall be exalted” (Luke 14:11).

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Catching the Fish with a Coin in its Mouth

The tax collectors came to Capernaum and asked Peter if he and Jesus were going to pay the temple tax (Ex. 30:13). When Peter went into the house to inform Him, Jesus spoke about the tax before Peter could say anything. He told Peter to throw a hook into the Sea of Galilee and the first fish he caught would have a coin in its mouth, which was the amount to pay the temple tax (Matt. 17:24-27).

If you’re single and wonder how you’ll find the right person to marry, or if you’re unemployed and need a job, Matthew 17 shows how God can make a divine appointment to meet your need. If God can lead a fish to a man, He can lead a woman to a man, or a man to a woman.

1. Jesus knew about the need before Peter told Him. Matthew 17:25 says Jesus spoke to Him first about the tax. Even though Jesus wasn't outside to hear the conversation, He wanted Peter to know He supernaturally knew of the need before he asked. He also knows about your need and how to answer your prayer (Matt. 6:8).

2. Jesus told him to throw out a hook, not a net. Jesus didn’t tell him to throw out a net and sort through all the fish one by one. He told Peter to throw out a line to catch only one. Many times when God wants to provide He asks us to throw out a line. He may ask you to fill out a job application, make a phone call, or move to a new location.

3. Peter’s responsibility was to obey Jesus and trust God to make it happen. Peter had no control over which fish would bite on his hook. All he could do was throw out a line and hold the fishing pole. After you obey what God says, you may need to patiently wait for Him to make the divine connection. “Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him” (Ps. 37:7)

4. God made sure the right fish would bite on his hook. Out of the thousands of fish in the sea, only one had a coin in its mouth. Peter threw his line and after a few seconds, his cork began to bob and disappeared under water. He pulled back on his pole, lifting the fish out of the sea. When he opened its mouth he found a stater inside, the exact amount to pay the tax for Jesus and Peter. 

The only way it could have been more miraculous was if he had taken the coin out of the fish's mouth, and the fish had said, "TA-DA!" The right fish was at the right place at the right time with the right amount. God 's divine appointments never disappoint.
FOR MORE ABOUT HOW GOD MAKES DIVINE APPOINTMENTS read The Sure Cure for Worry.
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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Do You Trust the Kicker?

Suppose you’re at a football game and your team is on the other team’s 20-yard line with the clock stopped. One second is left in the game and you’re losing by 2 points. The kicker runs on the field and if he kicks the field goal your team wins the game.

Only one problem. The kicker is terrible! He’s missed most kicks all year. Nervous fans are squirming and afraid to watch. A fan yells, “He'll miss this one, too!” Why are they worried? They don’t trust the kicker.

Consider another scenario. A different kicker comes in for the final play. This player has never missed a field goal all season. The fans give each other high-5's because they're confident he will make the kick. Why aren’t they worried? They trust the kicker.

Here’s the real kicker. Worry is a trust issue. We worry because we don’t trust that God is in control and will fail us in our time of need. Worry never trusts—and trust never worries. You can’t worry and trust God at the same time. Since trust forces out worry, your worry will leave by placing your complete trust in God. Here's how.

1. Trust begins with having a relationship. I can’t trust someone that I don’t know, so trusting God begins with having a relationship with Him (Rom. 10:13) and trusting His heart.

2. Trust grows as we believe what He has promised. Trust increases as you deepen your fellowship with God. Although you won’t see God until after you die, you can see what He has promisedin His Word, the Bible. God has given us proof the Bible is true through fulfilled prophecies about the future. It’s impossible for Him to lie (Heb. 6:18) and He stands behind His promises (2 Cor. 1:20).

3. To quit worrying we must choose to put our trust in God. Psalm 56:3-4 says “When I am afraid, I will PUT my trust in You…in God I have PUT my trust. I shall not be afraid.” To “put” means to transfer from one place to another. You put gasoline into your car by transferring it from the gas pump to the tank. So when you put your trust in the Lord, you transfer it from yourself to HimFor much more about trusting God for provision and the future read The Sure Cure for Worry.
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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Catching a Connecting Flight

My wife and I were on a flight from California to Florida when the pilot was forced to land in Texas due to severe weather. We stayed that evening in Houston and the next morning caught a connecting flight to Jacksonville. Even though our original travel plan was interrupted and diverted, we still ended up at the right destination.

As we seek to follow God and His plan, sometimes we’re diverted to another path. That doesn’t mean we can never get back to the right place. God’s sovereignty works like catching a connecting flight. He takes you where you are right now and redirects you to the correct destination.

1. We can be diverted to another path by others’ rejection. Joseph’s brothers hated him and sold him as a slave to some Midianite traders. Joseph caught a “connecting ride” to Egypt where God promoted him to be a ruler (Gen 37, 41). If you lost your job or went through a divorce, remember that God still has a plan you.

2. We can be diverted to another path by our own rebellion. God told Jonah to go preach to the people in Nineveh. Instead of obeying Him, Jonah caught a ship going in the opposite direction. The sailors threw him overboard and a “connecting whale” swallowed him and took him back to Israel. No matter how far you’ve strayed from God, He will still provide a way back to Him.

3. We can be diverted to another path through adverse circumstances. These are unforeseen situations that sidetrack us, like the severe weather that forced our plane to land in Houston. The apostle Paul was sailing to Rome when a terrible storm wrecked the ship on the island Malta. After God used Paul to heal many people on the island, he caught a “connecting ship” (an Alexandrian boat) and still ended up in Rome (Acts 27-28).

Trust God to lead you in your current situation and show you the steps to take. Prayer: “Lord, please forgive me for choosing the wrong way. I surrender to you and ask you to lead me in the right path.” www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com  www.makinglifecount.net
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Sunday, July 2, 2017

How to Forgive Your Enemy

Jesus told a parable about a king that forgave a slave who owed him $50 million in today's dollars. It would take him 4,500 lifetimes to pay it off, yet the merciful king dismissed him from the entire debt! You’d think the slave would be so grateful for being forgiven that he would forgive everyone who owed him as well. Not so with this guy. When he found a fellow-slave who owed him $15, he started choking him, saying, “Pay back what you owe me!” (Matt. 18:28).

Are you choking someone who has hurt you? You aren't physically strangling your enemy, but what about in your mind? The $50 million debt represents the debt we owe to God. When we ask God's forgiveness, the merciful King dismisses the debt. Since we’ve now received His mercy, He wants us to extend mercy to our enemies and dismiss their debt as well.

How can you forgive those who have hurt you?
1. Focus on what God did FOR you, not what that person did TO you.
I can’t give away something that I haven't first received. I can't give you $15 if I haven't first received $15. And I can't give forgiveness to others until I’ve first received it from God. But since the Lord has forgiven my $50 million debt, it’s no problem for me to forgive $15.

2. Change the way you view the person who hurt you. You won’t forgive as long as you’re angry at your enemy, so you’ll need to change how you view him. The king was angry at first but then "felt compassion" for the slave, which moved him to forgive him (Matt. 18:27). When his emotions changed from anger to pity, forgiveness followed. Find a way to feel pity and compassion for your enemy. Perhaps the person is lost, is mentally ill, or was abused as a child—see them in that way. (I’ve shared real examples of this in my book Slaying Your Giants pp.59-70.)

3. Let go by taking your hands off your enemy’s neck. People owe different kinds of debts. Some people owe money. Others might owe you an apology. Perhaps you’re upset because someone hasn’t thanked you. Keep in mind that hateful people never apologize, and ungrateful people don’t say thank you. Quit expecting your enemy to make things right with you. Instead of choking him (or her), trying to force him to repay, take your hands off his neck. Take the loss and let it go, just as the king let go of the $50 million debt that was owed to him.

Prayer: “Lord, thank you for forgiving my $50 million debt. I choose to forgive (name the person) for (describe the offense). I’m letting go of (person) and I’ve changed the way I view him/her.”
When you forgive your enemy you’ll stop being tormented inside. And that's worth a whole lot more than the $15 debt you forgave. www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com  www.makinglifecount.net
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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Get Out of Debt!

Many people have never been taught how to manage their money. They’re crippled with debt and don’t know what to do. A recent survey revealed 44% of Americans don’t have enough money to pay an unexpected $400 expense. Another survey showed 75 percent of Americans live paycheck to paycheck. Americans have now accumulated over a trillion dollars credit card debt, over a trillion dollars student loan debt, and more than a trillion dollars car loan debt.

If you’re in trouble with debt, you’ll never get out of it unless you follow a plan. Write a budget and stick to it. To be debt-free, you’ll need to increase your income (if possible), reduce your expenses, and pay extra on the principal.
1. Increase your income. Perhaps you can get a part-time job. Sell things you don’t need and use that money to pay extra on your debt. Use your income tax refund to pay off debt or save it for unexpected expenses.

2. Reduce your expenses. Quit dining at restaurants and eat at home. Downgrade your cell phone plan. Most people don’t need a smart phone but can use a flip phone instead. Drop cable or satellite TV. You can buy an antenna and still pick up many stations free. Drive a reliable used car instead of a new one. I recently sold my 20-year-old car and upgraded to a “like new” 2008 Camry with only 92,000 miles.

3. Pay extra on the principal. With the money you’ve saved by reducing your expenses, pay more than the minimum amount by adding the extra money to the principal on the debt. Get rid of your Payday Loans first because you’re paying up to 400% interest! After you pay that off, put extra money on your credit card debt, with is typically 15% or more. Again, you must pay more than your minimum payment. When that debt is eliminated, pay off your car and home mortgage ( Read 10 Secrets to Life’s Biggest Challenges pp.131-151).
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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Proof the Bible is True!

Many people attack the Bible because they think it isn’t true, but what if it can predict the future?

In the movie Back to the Future part 2, Marty McFly gets in his time machine and travels 30 years into the future. As Marty walks down the street, he sees a sports almanac in an antique store window, which lists all the scores from the year 1950 to 2000. Marty buys the book and takes it back to 1985 so he can bet on all the games. Since the outcome of every game has already been determined in history future, he would win every time. The plan backfires when his enemy, Biff Tannen, steals the book and places the sure bets, making himself rich instead of Marty.

The prophecies of the Bible can be compared to the sports almanac that Marty bought. Just as the scores of future games were recorded in his almanac, God’s predictions of future events are recorded in the Scriptures. We’re not talking about the end-of-the-world prophecies that are still waiting to be fulfilled, but the hundreds of predictions by the Old Testament prophets that have already come to pass.

How is it possible to predict the future when it hasn’t occurred? The prophets received specific information directly from God, who told them to record in the Scriptures what would happen in the future. The prophets would die long before most of their predictions would come to pass.

Time has proven the prophets to be correct. The prophet Micah (5:2) predicted the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem over 700 years before Christ was born. Zechariah (11:12) looked over 500 years into the future and foresaw the Messiah would be betrayed for 30 pieces of silver. Psalm 22 describes the crucifixion of Jesus 1,000 years into the future, prophesying His hands and feet would be pierced and lots would be cast for His garments.

God made sure these prophecies were recorded in Scripture so that we would be able to verify them after they came to pass. Jesus said, "I am telling you before it comes to pass, so that when it does occur, you may believe that I am He" (John 13:19, 14:29).

Jesus fulfilled more than 300 prophecies made hundreds of years before He was born. The probability of one man fulfilling just 48 prophecies is one in 10 to the 157th power. This gives us indisputable proof God controls earthly events and the Bible is true.
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Monday, June 12, 2017

How Did We Get the Bible?

How did we get the Bible? God inspired over 40 prophets to write the original manuscripts, which were later copied. Because they didn’t have copying machines or duplicating presses, each manuscript had to be copied by hand. This task was done by scribes, who patiently copied the Scriptures when the scrolls became too worn and had to be replaced. The material they wrote on only lasted about 40 years, so they had to keep making new manuscripts over the centuries to preserve the text from being destroyed.

The Jewish scribes valued the Scriptures so much that they counted every letter on every page they copied. The word for scribes, sopherim, literally means, “the counters” because they counted, not only every word, but every letter. The middle letter of the manuscript was marked, as was the middle word of each major section of a book. If the letters of the copy didn’t match up with the original, they destroyed the entire page and started over.

By the time of Jesus, the most recent Old Testament book, Malachi, had been copied and recopied over a span of more than 400 years. The books of Moses had been copied for more than 1,400 years! Imagine copying the book of Exodus without making a mistake.

Today we have over 14,000 manuscripts: 5,000 Greek manuscripts, 8,000 Latin manuscripts, and 1,000 manuscripts in other languages. Compare this with the non-biblical manuscripts—we have 7 manuscripts of Plato’s writings (380 BC) and 5 manuscripts of Aristotle (350 BC).

Over 3,000 years, thousands of scribes spent their lives carefully copying manuscripts so that we could have a Bible today. They did all that work for you—and have you read the Bible through even one time? www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com  www.makinglifecount.net

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Evolution Can't Explain This

You were probably taught in school that evolution is a scientific fact. It isn’t. It’s only a theory that takes a great deal of faith to believe. If you think evolution might be true, here are three things you must believe.

1. To believe in evolution, you must believe that life arose from non-life. Evolution can’t explain how this happened. Brilliant scientists have tried to create life in a laboratory with the purpose of proving life arose by accident—and that no intelligence was required to do it! But they’ve failed to make it happen.

2. To believe in evolution, you must believe that all life on earth originated from a molecule in a “primordial soup.” Isaac Asimov said, “Once upon a time…perhaps two and a half billion years ago, under a deadly sun, in an ammoniated ocean topped by a poisonous atmosphere in the midst of a soup of organic molecules, a nucleic acid molecule came accidentally into being that could somehow bring about the existence of another like itself.”

Evolution claims that all life on earth—every elephant and every ant, every fish and every bird, every person and every gnat, every tree and every blade of grass in the entire world came from this one molecule. It takes a great deal of faith to believe that a single molecule eventually produced every living thing on the entire planet.

3. To believe in evolution, you must believe every part of the amazingly complex human body coordinated itself by accident. All 206 bones, 600 muscles, respiratory system, circulatory system, etc. are fitted in the right places and coordinated to work together. This makes it an irreducibly complex system, meaning that each part is useless without being coordinated with the other parts. For example, take away the spring of a mousetrap and the trap becomes useless. All the parts of the human body had to come together at the same time, which can’t be explained by evolution.

There’s a better answer for how we got here. The intricate design of every living thing must have come from an Intelligent Designer. Your computer has many complex parts that work together as a unit, and you know an intelligent person designed and coordinated each part so that it can function. Even though you weren’t there to see the computer being designed and built, you have no doubt that someone, somewhere, made it happen. The same can be said for the human body.

Romans 1:20 says God’s “eternal power and divine nature have been clearly seen, being understood through that has been made, so that they are without excuse.” Life on earth didn’t come from a primordial soup but a supernatural God. www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com  www.makinglifecount.net
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Sunday, May 28, 2017

The Monopoly Game

Dr. James Dobson once played the Monopoly game with his family where he won the game by collecting all the houses and money. After the game ended, he tossed all the pieces back into the box and realized this is exactly what many people do with their lives—collecting houses and money as if that’s all there is to life. Then when they die, everything they own is thrown back into the box and someone else plays with what they owned.

You can’t take anything with you when you die (1 Tim. 6:7), but you can send it ahead. Jesus said, “Lay up for yourselves treasure in heaven” (Matt. 6:20-21). If you are a follower of Christ, God has entrusted things for you to manage during this life. When you give to His kingdom and help others in need, you are laying up treasure for yourself in heaven. Your earthly resources are being transformed into something much more valuable that will last forever. This earthly life is simply a temporary world to get us ready for what we’ll be doing in His eternal kingdom.

It takes faith to let go of money and lay it up as treasure in heaven because you won’t see what you’ve laid up until after you die. But according to the promise of Jesus, whatever you’ve sent to heaven during your life on earth will be multiplied and waiting for you in heaven. I believe that “treasure in heaven” will be rewards, which are our eternal assignments according to our faithfulness.
      Your life doesn’t have to end like a Monopoly game. You can start today preparing for the next life by faithfully managing what God has given to you. www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com www.makinglifecount.net 
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