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Taxes To Caesar - What To God?

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MONEY AND THE KINGDOM OF GOD
Can The Rich Be Righteous; Can The Righteous Be Rich?
A young politician running for office asked a veteran politician for advice on how to assure victory. "My advice," said the older politician, "is to grow a large mustache." "A large mustache?" asked the younger politician. "Why should I grow a large mustache?" "So people can't read your lips," replied the old pro.
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