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" 'What's in it for me?' is the most powerful motivating force" was the headline over a feature article in a newspaper. The article explored the ideas of two persons who teach their concepts of power and its management in seminars for business groups. According to their view, people do not respond to direction because their better nature is appealed to. Rather, "we do what someone asks because it is our benefit to do so, because we will realize some personal gain from doing so."
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Proper 23 | OT 28 | Pentecost 20
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27 – Children's Sermons / Resources
25 – Worship Resources
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4 – Pastor's Devotions
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