When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box

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Zondervan, 2007 - Religion - 254 pages
Remember the thrill of winning at checkers or Parcheesi? You become the Master of the Board---the victor over everyone else. But what happens after that, asks bestselling author John Ortberg. You know the answer: It all goes back in the box. You don't get to keep one token, one chip, one game card. In the end, the spoils of the game add up to nothing.Using popular games as a metaphor for our temporal lives, When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box neatly sorts out what's fleeting and what's permanent in God's kingdom. Being Master of the Board is not the point; being rich toward God is. Winning the game of life on Earth is a temporary victory; loving God and other people with all our hearts is an eternal one. Using humor, terrific stories, and a focus on winning “the right trophies,” Ortberg paints a vivid picture of the priorities that all Christians will want to embrace.
 

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When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box neatly sorts out what’s fleeting and what’s permanent in God’s kingdom. Being Master of the Board is not the point; being rich toward God is. Winning ... Read full review

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John Ortberg takes the image of a game, such as Monopoloy. He recounts anecdotes with his grandmother, who taught him a great deal about sportsmanship and games in general, and he relates it to daily ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
7
Acknowledgments
8
The Game
9
Learn Rule 1
11
The Object
19
Be Rich toward God
21
Setup
33
Three Ways to Keep Score
35
Roll the Dice
137
Play with Gratitude
147
Find Your Mission
157
Hazards
167
Beware the Shadow Mission
169
Two Cheers for Competition
181
More Will Never Be Enough
189
Winning Alone Is Called Losing
201

Master the Inner Game
47
Untie Your Ropes
53
Resign as Master of the Board
59
No One Else Can Take Your Turn
71
Remember Your Stuff Isnt Yours
83
Prevent Regret
97
Play by the Rules
111
Fill Each Square with What Matters Most
123
Be the Kind of Player People Want to Sit Next To
209
To
212
Collect the Right Trophies
221
The King Has One More Move
229
Sources
241
Bible Translations
254
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John Ortberg is senior pastor at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in Menlo Park, California. He is the bestselling author of Who is this Man , The Life You've Always Wanted and If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat . John and his wife, Nancy, have three grown children.nbsp;nbsp;

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