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Today, some tips to avoid ID theft combined with some good news

The number of people who reported being victims of identity theft in affidavits to the IRS has “fallen dramatically” this year, according to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “Through the first nine months of this year, that number is down by more than 50 percent,” he said in a press call, adding that there are about 275,000 fewer identity theft victims than there were a year ago. Fighting ID theft has been one of the IRS’s top priorities in recent years. In the first nine months of 2016, the IRS’s systems stopped more than $4 billion in fraudulent refunds from identity thieves. Almost 500,000 fewer tax returns were stopped this year than in the same period last year, and the commissioner said this is because it has become more difficult for criminals to file fraudulent tax returns as a result of efforts by the software industry. While this is a big improvement, you must be vigilant to protect your personal ID. I favor two simple steps to avoid being a victim. First ...

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You are not what is printed on your business card

Identity confusion is a major problem in our culture. Your identity in God’s Kingdom is not printed on a business card, it is not related to your income or lack of income, it is not derived from your education or lack thereof, it is not taken from your accomplishments or failures or the color of your skin. These are all temporary labels the world gives us.  Your true identity in God’s eyes is taken from John 1:12: Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. You and I belong to and are a part of the family of the Lord God Almighty. Now read carefully: a college degree, a big company, lotsof money, or a political office are temporary at best, and pale in  comparison to our eternal identity in the family of God. When we see our eternal identity, we make decisions based upon that identity, not the temporary one. So to be specific, money does not give you an identity. It does not make me a rich man or a poor man ...

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