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Many years ago, when I was planting churches, someone in one of those churches asked me if I would consider opening another church if they paid me $30,000 a year, plus housing and benefits.

It was more than I was making at the time, but I told that person, “No, God called me here and now is not the time to leave.”

Then the person asked, “How about if they gave you $50,000 a year?”

And I told him, “No, my place is right here.” But when I walked away from that conversation, I thought to myself, “If I were offered $100,000 a year, I think I might hear a call to go,” except it wouldn’t be the call of God.

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