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Don’t be afraid…..

Phil. 3:12-14;

12  Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
13  Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
14  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

 

1 Cor. 9:24-27;

24 ¶  Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.
25  And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
26  I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:
27  But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

 

2 Tim. 4:7.

7  I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

The above reveal that Paul likened his Christian walk to a race. This race however was not a race to win, but one to finish. Satan’s focus is to stop us from finishing the race. Fear is his greatest weapon, for fear negates faith, and without faith, it is impossible to please God.

We are living in a time of immense uncertainty, and peoples hearts are even now failing them for fear of what is to come upon the earth. Fear of the unknown is bringing stress and perplexity not only to individuals, but also to governments, and most have abandoned historical solutions and are blindly following ideologies for answers, but finding none.

1 John 4:18

18  There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

Perfect love is implicit trust. Trust in a God of care, power, love, devotion, and faithfulness: confidence in God’s willingness and ability to do what He has promised – that is, to see us through to the end of the race.

So can we have confidence in God? As we look around us at a world being orchestrated into a state of induced chaos by the devil through his representatives here on earth, the equivalent of the post flood Babel builders, can the Christian believe God is still in control? Or has He lost it? Is the world now out of His hands and under the control of His enemies?

Has God abdicated His authority??? View full article »

Ecumenism Again Promoted

 

Bishop Tony Palmer is continuing to promote the potential unity between Rome and the rest of the Christian world. I leave the text and video to speak for itself.

With an unprecedented appeal from Pope Francis to a combined convocation of Pentecostal and charismatic church leaders under the aegis of the well known Kenneth Copeland, a challenge has been issued to all protestants worldwide. Anglican Bishop Tony Palmer claims that the ‘protest’ is now over, and a union between Protestantism and Catholicism now the only logical outcome. Is he right? Is the protest over? Has the reformation, which the pope claims as a ‘misunderstanding’, now been all cleared up and become redundant?

Watch the accompanying Youtube clip and you decide.

 

The more I think about this the more I am convinced that the crisis to come is imminent. Protestantism is no longer the bastion of truth she once was. She has forgotten her heritage, and is repudiating all the sacrifice, the hard fought for freedoms we enjoy today, trampling upon the blood of her forbears. Has the papacy changed? Not in any sense whatever. She is in fact far more dangerous now than she ever was. When her priests were chasing you down the street with an army of some nation’s soldiers wielding swords willing to cut you down at a word from her clerics, she was easily and instantly recognizable. The reformers had her dead to rights. Antichrist they called her. And they were right. But today? The reformers’ children no longer recognize the Antichrist, but see only the overtures of friendship and smiling sweetness failing to  look behind the smiles and proffered hands in friendship to see the rottenness and corruption that lies beneath.

The Beast that has his head over your back fence with puppy-dog eyes seeking affection and a friendly pat on the head has in its hand a  sword stained with the blood of millions of her victims and ready to cut you down should you decide to refuse submission to her offers of friendship. Those who would welcome her are traitors to truth, apostates who will turn on their own should they refuse to follow.

“And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” Revelation  13:7,8.

 

 

 

 

Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. (Isaiah 55:6,7)

The principles and concepts that under-gird promises such as quoted above echo across the pages of the Holy Bible from the first book, Genesis, to the final pages of Revelation. They reveal a Creator God who, despite being despised, maligned, ignored, disobeyed, and/or being treated presumptuously by every living creature upon the planet (“For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23) , in contradistinction to what many religions portray and what most individuals believe, is earnestly and passionately awaiting the slightest reason, the most meager of excuses, to forgive, to show mercy, and to pardon.

Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. (Isaiah 1:16-18)

Nearly forty years ago at age 24, after too many years spent in quiet but determined refusal to acknowledge or consider God, His ways or His people, and imbibing in practices and substances and a lifestyle which pleased me well, but impinged greatly on other’s rights and freedoms, I was asked a question that challenged me to the core.

“Do you think the life you are leading is pleasing to God?”

Today, after all these years, I like to think that my immediate response was a humble expression tending toward the negative, however, in light of what transpired later in the evening, I think that possibly my response initially may have been more of a non-committal grunt. To be honest, I can’t even remember how I responded at first, if at all. View full article »

Overcoming

What a sad defeatist attitude there is in today’s professed Christians, that they would gaze into the mirror and proclaim ‘you are too far gone…too evil…too weak…too sin bound…to ever think or believe that you could obey God’s commandments. God does not have the power to change your life. His Holy Spirit, even though He promises He would abide and live within you, is not powerful enough to overcome your wicked sinful passions and lusts. He is not powerful enough to change your lifestyle, your habits, your evil tendencies…so don’t bother to surrender your life to Him…what can He do? Just believe His promise of the good life after you die and in the meantime try not to get into too much trouble”.

And the face that steers back at you from the mirror cowers in defeat and succumbs once again to Satan’s lies…

However, there is another way. Paul didn’t stop writing at Romans 7. In Romans 8 he daclared that:

1 ¶ There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
(now see why Christ condemned sin in the flesh….)
4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
6 For to be carnally minded is death (why is it that to be carnally minded leads to death? Because the wages of sin is death); but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
(Note that the carnal mind is not subject to God’s laws…the carnal mind cannot obey God…it is in fact at war with God)
8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
(But note the very next word)…..
9 But ….BUT….ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. (Note this carefully.The born again Spirit filled believer in Christ is set in direct contradistinction to the carnal flesh minded unsaved unregenerated non-believer. The latter cannot obey God…but the former..what can He do???)

By the creative power of God, the same power that created the universe and everything in it, and the same power that raised Jesus from the dead, you claim is not powerful enough to make such a change in your life that you cannot overcome sin???

Jesus was fully man, yet fully God. We cannot understand this, but this divine/human union we accept as Biblical fact do we not? Are we also , if truly born again, and filled with the Holy Spirit, a union of the divine and human? If Jesus can overcome temptation, then by the grace and power of a living loving Savior who intercedes on our behalf in heaven so can we…if we believe. Stop looking at yourselves in the mirror and getting depressed because of what you see there…Satan is lying to you when you draw the conclusion that he who stares back at you is a sinful hopeless habit bound person. That person is dead in Christ!!! Look to Christ. Look away from yourselves and look to your example, and to the source of your power. For Him who created galaxies, it is not difficult for Him to recreate you in His image. To invest in you His character. The difficulty my friends lies not in His ability to do what He has promised, but the difficulty lies in your unbelief.
If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.

Keeping it Real

Further to my previous post Access to God, I left that post with a text from Hebrews 10:22  Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

Sincerity, trust, humility, and a desire for a better way.

A true heart…sincerity…honesty…keeping it real. 

Don’t waste yours and God’s time if you are not serious. Speaking words that sound right, that sound ‘religious’ and ‘spiritual’ is not prayer. It is not true communication. God desires your company. Your fellowship, your friendship. This means He wants you as you are. Not as you think you should be, but he wants the real you, warts and all. Being honest is the first step to healing, restoration, change. We may be wrecks…our lives in utter disarray….depressed, addicted, sick, potentially a ruin, but God’s promise is that if we come just as we are, He will not leave us as we are. So we bare all, leave nothing hidden, nothing behind, we give our all.

Full assurance of faith…trust…belief.

Heb 11:6  But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. So many Christians have got things totally wrong when it comes to God’s character. They think Him austere and stern. That we need to impress Him with our ‘goodness’ and religiosity before we can expect Him to listen to us. So many are afraid to draw close to God because they don’t ‘feel’ worthy. So they choose to go through a mediator. A favorite ‘saint’ or an earthly priest. Or they ask someone else to pray for them, not believing that they will be heard but because of someone else’s ‘holiness’ then their prayers may be answered. Listen to God’s word, and let the following speak to you.

Romans 8:31 ¶  What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
32  He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
33  Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.

If your Creator is on your side; if the ruler of the entire universe …the heavens, the earth, the sea and everything that is in them…would rather die and forsake eternity Himself than live in eternity without you…what is there to fear in approaching Him? If God has given His own Son for you, would He not even more so give all things that would be good for you? It is God Himself who died in your place and paid in full the price of your redemption. You have already been justified.

34  Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

Jesus is the only Mediator anyone needs. You can trust Him with your life…you can trust Him with the truth regarding your pain, your sorrow, your hopes, your dreams, your doubts, your fears.

having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience…guiltless…declared innocent…declared righteous. 

The blood of Jesus was all sufficient to pay the price of your redemption. No further payment required. Paid in full. Salvation is a free gift.The door to the heavenly sanctuary is open, our way to the throne of God is free and clear, and the welcome mat is laid out.

and our bodies washed with pure water…cleansed by the power of God’s promises in His word. 
The Bible is God’s word…it is through God’s promises that we find hope. Read it and trust it…God cannot lie.

The only thing that stands between us and God is our attitude. Our unbelief, our fears, and our reluctance to give up those habits and addictions which so easily beset us. But God is fully able to overcome all…His love is unbounded and personal for you. Cleave to it and stay real.

This post is primarily for those who do not believe in God, or who are not convinced either way as yet.

Can you describe the God you don’t believe in?  Who is he, this God you believe does not exist? What is he like? What are his characteristics; what manner of nature is he, that you find so disagreeable that you refuse to acknowledge any possibility of his existence? I ask these questions because I strongly suspect that the vast majority of unbelievers or doubters would present a fairly similar description, agreeing with one another an many points. Now I am a Christian, and have been for many years. I believe in the Bible, I belong to a recognized global denomination, yet I am going to say something that would likely surprise you.

If the God you would describe to me is anything like the God that fits the description that the vast majority of Christendom believes in, then you may describe me as an atheist too, for I do not believe in such a God either. View full article »

Access to God

One of the most wonderful and beautiful of Christian truths as revealed in the word of God, the Bible, is the deeply held desire of God the Father to be near to His most cherished creation, man. From the very beginning God sought out man’s company. And from Eden, to the present day, God throughout history has accomplished everything possible  to allow a close intimate friendship to develop between Himself and those who would by faith be willing to avail themselves of this precious privilege.

Unlike the Israelite of the O.T., in our age we no longer have available to us a physical temple here on earth, nor do we have a human priesthood or mediatorial system through which we may approach God. We have something infinitely better. We have a Man who through His perfect and sinless life and the self sacrificial shedding of His own blood, prepared a way for man to directly approach the very throne of God with the utmost confidence and assurance. No further need of offerings or sacrifice; no further need of a human earthly mediator or priest who is sinful and in need of a Savior as ourselves; no further need of anyone else to offer prayers on our behalf to placate a presumably distant or disinterested God; no,no, the Bible tells us that because of what Jesus Christ accomplished through His life, death, and resurrection, we can now approach God directly, intimately, and be fully confident that as we draw close to Him, He will draw close to us.

Hebrews 4:16  Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Believers now have spiritual access to the heavenly sanctuary, to the very throne room of God. We have in Jesus the perfect High Priest who through His intercession on our behalf accepts our prayers and presents them to His Father who hears and answers, not just because He loves Jesus, but because He loves us and has already adopted us as His own children and considers us as co-heirs with Christ.

Hebrews 6:19  Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;
20  Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

We have all just this past week celebrated Christmas,  the focus of which is the incarnation of the Son of God. Consider this for a moment. The Creator of the universe forever setting aside whatever form He took as the only begotten Son of God, and taking upon Himself the form of man that the Father may once again enjoy the pleasure of a relationship with redeemed sinners such as you and I. The amazing thing is that Jesus did not become a man in order for the Father to love us, but as a direct result of the Father’s love for us. This is true hope. This is absolute and sure grounds for confidence in God and as the following tells us, we may be boldly assured that when we approach the very throne of God in the heavenly sanctuary, we can do so without fear, without shyness, without doubt.
Hebrews 10:19 ¶  Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
20  By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
21  And having an high priest over the house of God;
22  Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

It is for this purpose we were created. To know God and Jesus Christ whom the Father sent for the salvation of mankind. This is eternal life, that we may know Him. (John 17:3)

Christian Unity.

There is a cry going forth from mainstream Christianity that the current disunity within Christendom needs to be addressed, and that uniting on those points upon which all can agree must be pursued with vigor in order to keep the Christian message alive and relevant to a post-modern society. Whilst it is indeed true that the number of Christian denominations, and independent churches,are many, and increasing exponentially, ‘unity’ at all costs, particularly at the cost of truth, must be avoided by any and all means.

The Bible tells us (for those who claim the name of Christ and still believe in the Bible) that the time is coming that the only denominations will be those who have accepted the mark of the beast and are worshiping according to the government dictates. They are the daughters of the Mother, Babylon the Great. Because they have left the truth, they have become harlots in the same character as their mother from whom they originally came. This will leave only a small minority, a united movement who resist the majority traditions and pressures of the NWO, If they were at any stage a denomination, it has long been annulled by government decree due to their practicing their religion according to the Bible, and the Bible only. Teaching the true gospel, they will be accused of hate speech, hated of all nations for Christ’s sake, and be considered the execration of society. Accused of being the cause of God’s judgments falling upon the earth, they will in the end be sentenced to death. This is they who keep the commandments of God and have the faith of Jesus.(Revel. 12:17; 14:12) They are the only ones patiently waiting for Christ’s coming. And the only ones to be translated when He appears in glory. The majority have long given up hope of the second coming; the Bible is no longer seen as relevant to modern society, its history shrouded even now in doubt and skepticism; and doctrine no longer viewed as necessary to salvation, because today there are as many roads that lead to heaven as there are that lead to Rome.
The minority believers are united in the cause for truth, in the preaching of truth in the power of the Holy Spirit, in the living of truth by their living faith in the grace of God. One with Jesus and the Father, empowered by the Spirit of God, they love one another and their chief priority in life is to see as many people as possible come out of Babylon into a saving relationship with Christ.
They have a Truth they know is not to be compromised, and with courage and selfless love for lost souls, they repudiate everything not in harmony with that Truth.
Soon “let us be united” will be the rallying cry of the majority. And unite they will, but under a banner of error and deception.
Beware of false calls to unity. Have a look at Matthew 24:4-9. Note that up to the first part of verse 7, the world is in utter disarray. Wars and rumors of wars, nation against nation, kingdom against kingdom. This has been the state of this world since Cain slew Abel. Conflict has been the one constant thread that is woven throughout human history. But note that in verse 9 there is a major shift. We see the nations of the world united for the very first time…united against the church! But let us pause a little and also consider Revelation 13:3…all the world wondered after the beast…. 8: and all that dwell upon the earth shall worship.…14: and deceiveth them that dwell upon the earth…The whole world is going to be deceived into false worship. This will not be Islam. Babylon the Great is a symbol of the Roman Catholic Church. The world will be deceived into worshiping according to Roman tradition; they will believe they are worshiping according to the truth, for they are deceived. Thus the final great conflict of the ages is not between atheism and theism, but will be between two brothers, one worshiping according to truth and revelation, the other according to tradition and occultist and demonic new age philosophy. An end time repeat of Cain and Abel. What evils and wickedness that permeated religious intolerance  during the 1ooo odd years of papal dominion in Europe during the dark ages will be repeated on a global scale with as much ardor, fanaticism, and violence as the worst of the inquisitions of the past.

Our allegiances in those days will not about denominations but about truth and obedience to the commandments of God as opposed to the commandments of men.

The coming separation of Christianity under the aegis of the false prophet is the separation we ought to be more concerned about. For then there will be only two sides. How do you know you wont be deceived along with the rest of the world? How do you know you aren’t already deceived and ripe picking for the coming NWO? What is it about your beliefs and faith that makes you different from the vast majority of Christianity who will take the side of the Antichrist and worship the beast and his image?

The modern controversy that exists between the various hermeneutical methods of prophetic interpretation, those being preterist, historicist, and futurist, goes deeper than simply being ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ regards understanding prophecy. What we teach has far greater impact than we can possibly know. The Holy Spirit I believe has just revealed to me something that the futurist hermeneutic demands, something that distorts and confuses the truth of the war that is currently raging between the powers of darkness and Christ. This war is a fact of life for all who believe and all who reject Christ as Savior. We believers are intimately engaged in this war. through prayer, through the sharing of the gospel, we are not only at the front lines, but are also the ultimate prize to be claimed by the eventual victor, who we know of course to be Jesus.
So what is this tenet of futurism that distorts the truth of this spiritual warfare? View full article »

The Creative Power of God

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

Psalm 33:6 By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth……
….9 For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.

Isaiah 40:26 Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.
27 ¶ Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from the LORD, and my judgment is passed over from my God?
28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.

Hebrews 1:1 ¶ God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

Colossians 1:9 ¶ For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;
11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;
12 ¶ Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

John 1:1 ¶ In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

Ephesians 1:15 ¶ Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,
16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;
17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, 
and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

Ephesians 4:14 ¶ For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

Ephesians 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

Ephesians 4:22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness……
…..5:9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)

John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

Romans 1:16 ¶ For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

From the above scriptures we may ascertain a number of points. 

  • The same power that created all things is directed toward them that believe.
  • That power is made effective through God’s word.
  • That word is both written, and personal in the form of our Saviour. It is thus a living Word.
  • It is the Word’s purpose to re-create that which was lost through sin.

We can conclude therefore that the mighty creative power, that same power that established the universe with all its myriad of stars and unknown life-forms, and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them; that same power that raised Jesus from the dead; it is that very same mighty power that enables men and women of God to be over-comers. View full article »

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