Missions

Missions

Here are some testimonies and stories from missions around the world. Pray and ask God how he wants you to be part of the harvest!

Rev 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

Fast Forward -The Untapped Catalyst to Spiritual Growth

An excellent teaching on fasting/dieting/self image by Lisa Bevere called “Fast Forward -The Untapped Catalyst to Spiritual Growth.” This is based on her personal testimony. Find it online Here, or on this site –Fast Forward Here is the intro: “The Bible says God shares insights and secrets with those who fear Him (Ps. 25:14). Since this book is all about changing your focus from what you look like to what you see, it is only fitting that I discuss the ways you can sharpen…

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Caring Enough to Ask

Here is a good word from Bruce Lengeman about caring for people. Do we care enough about people to know the condition of their heart? This convicted me. When People Don’t Care Enough to Ask, “How are things going with you?”  

Wheel of Family Life

Keeping balance in our lives isn’t easy -at least for me anyway! I get emails from Zig Ziglar and appreciate his focus on family life. At the end of this month they have a 7 day family challenge and I am looking forward to see what it is like. Here is a link to sign up to get the emails related to it. I also just finished filling out their questionnaire to see what the condition of our family is…

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Interesting Stats

Are terrorist attacks from Muslim believers significant? It felt to me that Islamic attacks in the United States were on the rise but what does the data show? After a little research and some number crunching I came up with the following information. This is based solely on the research as shown on this page which was just updated within the last week. Is this website reliable? I hope so, but I didn’t take the time to verify it. Fortunately…

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Five Dysfunctions of a Team

“The Five Dysfunctions of a Team” is a subject that I just ran across yesterday. I didn’t read the book, but here is a SlideShare that is excellent. I may post more on this later. The five dysfunctions of a team from Christina Abraham  

Positions & the Kingdom of God

This morning I was reading a little from Rick Joyner’s book called “There Were Two Trees in the Garden.” He was contrasting the difference between the kingdom of this world and the kingdom of God. Here is a an excerpt that I thought was really good: Until God’s kingdom comes, men will incessantly form clubs, societies and boards in order to “feel a part” of something. There will be a striving for rank and recognition. To some degree this appeases…

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CHRISTMAS – CHRISTIAN OR PAGAN?

Men are likened to sheep. And sheep have a tendency to follow the crowd without questioning. Jesus however came and taught us to examine everything by God’s word. The Pharisees exalted human traditions. Jesus exalted God’s word. Man was to live by every word that proceeded from God’s mouth (Matt. 4:4). The battle that Jesus was constantly engaged in with the Pharisees was the age-long battle of God’s Word versus human traditions. In the church, we are engaged in the…

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Remembering September 11, 2001

Today as I was contemplating what happened 15 years ago, I wondered at how large an impact so few people can have. Think about it…several hijackers in a few planes (with outside help) changed the course of millions of people. Here is small list of things that come to my mind now Thousands in NY were killed, injured or had their lives turned upside down due to the towers collapsing The US took advantage of the situation and invaded Afghanistan…

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A One Woman Man

Bruce Lengeman has wrote an excellent article explaining what is needed for a man to have a healthy relationship with his wife. It blessed me so I am passing it along. Ruthie: A notable incident happened around the second year of our marriage. Bruce was a youth leader, helping to host a weekend youth retreat along with a few other leaders from our church. Our baby girl and I went along. Many of the teens were being touched by God….

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Take Every Thought Captive

It continually amazes me how much our thoughts/emotions have an affect on our physical body. Here is an article that shows the connection between our thoughts and sickness & disease. The article ends with this thought: An undisciplined mind is one filled with a continuous stream of thoughts, worries, fears and distorted perceptions, all of which trigger degenerative processes in the mind and body. We cannot afford not to ”bring all thoughts into captivity to Christ Jesus (2nd Corinthians 10:5)!…

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Are You God?

Here is a story that I read this morning. It is a powerful reminder that we are called to represent who God is. How can we do that today? This story is told from many years past by Dr. John Maxwell, but the message is so poignant and says so much it will always be a timeless story. Shortly after the end of World War II, Europe was in ruins. Perhaps the saddest sight was the little orphaned children, starving…

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Community Tent Revival Meetings

Gospel Express will be having a tent meeting in the New Holland area. It starts Sunday evening on August 14 and is scheduled to end on August 28. I am looking forward to what in will happen! See the flyer below for details.

Clinton Foundation -What Power Does It Hold?

I found this article to be very interesting. There are very real reasons as to why the Clintons have never been prosecuted. It is called blackmail. FBI Source: Clinton Foundation Can Bring Down Entire Government

Kingdom of God is not in Word…

For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power -Paul, 1 Corinthians 4:20 I find this verse really provoking. Am I satisfied with receiving just “word” (logos) or am I not satisfied until the Spirit of God comes? We can have right doctrine but deny the need for the Holy Spirit to show up, right belief in Jesus, but never experience his presence, & the understanding of who God is but never experience him as our loving…

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It is Time for a Facebook Alternative

Facebook has been the main player in the social media world since since most of us have been on the internet. It provides a good way to share what has been happening to friends and family, but is it the best option? I believe that it is not. Facebook Pros A lot of people are already using it ??? Cons They track your web usage on other internet sites if you are still signed into your account Their mobile apps…

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It’s a Package Deal

It’s a Package Deal (En Español) In 1983 I was asked to serve as pastor of a Faith church. I had been away from the ministry for three years, and I had no idea what a “Faith” church was, except that faith as a biblical concept seemed fairly sound. So I agreed. I should add, this was not just any Faith church; it was a satellite-dish-in-the-front-yard Faith church. Painted across the top of the dish in huge, bright red letters…

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Esther & the Feast of Purim

A few times this week I read that feast of Purim was being observed and so I decided to learn more about it. It was celebrated by Jews and some Christians yesterday as it started this past Wed. evening and concluded last evening. I learned that the Feast of Purim was likely observed by Jesus and he also healed the man at the pool of Bethesda at this time. There is so much symbolism and meaning behind the feast! It…

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Holy Spirit Radar

As Christians we may sometimes wonder if God speaks to us. However, I believe it is usually just a matter of knowing and understanding the ways in which he is speaking. One of the most common ways is through the “peace of God.” In Col 3:15 we read this: And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. God’s peace in our hearts or the…

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Five Trends That Will Change The World in 2016

A good update on things whether or not you have been keeping up with the news… MorningStar Prophetic Bulletin #96 – December 14, 2015 Rick Joyner A geopolitical shift has taken place at the end of 2015 that could change the world more than we have seen since the collapse of the Iron Curtain. Core beliefs and values are being challenged across the globe. With such a major change of direction happening, where are we headed? The following are the…

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What Are You Tolerating?

Sometimes we internally tolerate things but on the outside we act like everything is fine. Two days ago a friend of mine pointed out the video clip below and it made me ponder this whole idea of how much should we be quiet and when we should speak. Jeff VanVonderen is sharing that we become emotionally unhealthy if we feel one way inside, but we act a different way. He bases a lot of this on: Matthew 5:37 (AMP) 37…

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9 Principles for Healthy Confrontation

-by Kris Vallotton When Jesus walked the earth, He had a few advantages over us. Minor things like He never sinned, for instance, so He never had to worry about hypocritically pointing out faults in others while neglecting His own. He was also God and knew the hearts of men; therefore, His assessments of people’s motives were always accurate. Undoubtedly, these advantages gave Him confidence and grace when it came to approaching a confrontation; He was neither shy nor overly…

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Who You Are in Christ

Who You Are in Christ & Why He Lives in Us -by Dan Mohler, Christ Community Church, Oct. 4th 2015 An amazing, easy to hear, but hard hitting message! I never heard of this man before yesterday when a friend recommended I listen to this message. This topic was on my heart so when I heard it, it really resonated with me. Warning, if you listen to the first 10 minutes, you won’t want to stop before the end!

Francis Chan -Transparency and Suffering

Chan opens by sharing on the beauty and need for transparency. Later on he talks about how to view suffering. My inspiration for today!

Is Good Really So Obvious?

Video John Bevere The early church leaders repeatedly warned us about about deception. Jesus Himself warned that deception would be so cleverly concealed in our time that even the elect could fall prey to it. Can we treat those warnings lightly? Can we brush them off, assuming we are above deception and can instinctively discern good from evil? The good news is that God is not trying to hide His best from us. He’s not in the business of pulling…

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Hyper Doctrines

What are hyper doctrines? You could say it is when one doctrine is taken to an extreme and is at the expense of  other truths that are in God’s word. It is so easy to become unbalanced in what we believe, and history has shown that many believers have been deceived by believing things that are partially true, but not the whole truth. I have felt for a while already that the pressure from our society is to bow to…

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Exposing the Accuser of the Brethren

A few months ago a friend of mine mentioned an author that sounded vaguely familiar, but I wasn’t sure. The name was Francis Frangipane. I have read a few of his articles since then and appreciated his depth and his focus  on Christ. Then just last week I decided to buy two of his books and the one that I am reading now is called, “Exposing the Accuser of the Brethren.” It is more like a booklet with just four…

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Time to Seek the Lord

I have recently started reading a book by Francis Frangipane titled, Holiness, Truth & the Presence of God and this morning I read about the need for us to not rely on the familiar, but instead to rely on God. There are times that God calls us to seek him (more than our daily devotions). Here is an excerpt from his book that challenged me. God has given everyone enough time to seek Him. It is there. Having done what…

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How Do You Know that You Are Saved?

This message preached by Paul Washer at a youth conference has to be one of the most provoking, straight forward messages on how to know you are saved that I have ever heard. I really love how he describes it. I can’t help but think of the thought that comparing ourselves among ourselves is not wise. Here are some excerpts, but you really need to read or watch the message in order to get his context. “I want you to…

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Good or God?

This morning I listened to a short video about the revelation that John Bevere had regarding what is good. I believe it is a timely word for our culture. Too often it is easy to assume that if something is good then obviously it must be of God. But that is the ultimate deception! Just ask Eve.  She opted to go with what was “good,” and “pleasant,” and desirable. How wrong could something be that also appeared so right? In…

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End-Time Ethics

End-Time Ethics This morning I read this passage and it really stood out to me. Here are some words that Peter shared in light of the end being near. I believe most Christians agree that we are living in the last days. Reading this in the HCSB version can help bring out the thoughts more clearly so that is what I used below. 1 Peter 4:7 Now the end of all things is near;  therefore, be serious and disciplined  for prayer….

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11 Simple Values I Appreciate from My Anabaptist Heritage

Here is a good article by Asher Witmer. I believe that if we come from a Christian home there are likely things we take for granted. Asher  took time to evaluate the things he was thankful for and it caused me to also pause and reflect on the many blessings that I experienced. — Heritage is powerful. God saved Lot because of his family heritage through Abraham. If it wasn’t for Abraham’s intercession, Lot would have destroyed along with Sodom….

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Inadequate or Dependent?

Where is my focus? I was reminded again that my focus needs to be on Christ. It is only as the Holy Spirit illuminates and brings conviction that I can be changed into His likeness. 2 Corinthians 3:18  But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. I believe I remind myself all to often…

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I love you with an everlasting love…

This morning I felt the Father saying… (and may be He’s speaking this to you) I love you with an everlasting love. A love that is overflowing, overwhelming. It covers all your sin. You are righteous before me because I have made you clean. You are clothed with my righteousness. Just follow me. Obey me. Learn to know me and my ways. Remain humble and pliable. Always be listening and you will hear more than you imagined. Don’t get sidetracked…

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Aligning our Lives with God’s Priorities

“Christians should regularly examine our hearts to ensure we are focusing on things with real eternal value; so that we will be investing our time, energy and resources on the things that matter to the Lord Jesus Christ, who declared, “God knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God” (Luke 16:15). Because it’s so easy to lose focus, we ought to pray fervently, asking the Lord to open our eyes…

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What Are You Becoming?

It is insightful to me that when Luke listed the twelve apostles, when he came to Judas Iscariot, he identified him as the apostle “who became a traitor” (Luke 6:16). Let me start with a question, a sincere question that may be the most important question you can ask yourself: What are you becoming? Judas Iscariot was an apostle “who became a traitor.” This was a man who had been used mightily by the Lord to “heal the sick, raise…

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The Devastation of Defeat

I’m going to be honest with you. I’m upset right now! Upset at all the ways that so many people are experiencing deep hurts and devastation in their lives because of the wrong choices of others. I’m angry at the way Satan has bound so many and has built strongholds that are gripping lives. My heart is aching for the hurting people we’ve been meeting who are stumbling around with a spirit of heaviness, when they should be experiencing joy….

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Spiritual Warfare

by Nancy Missler Why do we bring up the subject of spiritual warfare? We do so because if we are going to be true worshipers of God, now more than ever before we need to be knowledgeable in the art of spiritual warfare. We need to know the enemy — his tactics and his ways — because, believe me, we are going to need this wisdom! If we want to survive these “end times,” we really have no other option…

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Passion or Passivity?

By Henry Wright Passion grows out of our vision for the future. It gives us a good reason to get up in the morning even when trials and tribulations come our way. Passion can be destroyed by passivity. Passivity requires no action or faith. It is first cousin to faithlessness and hopelessness. Habakkuk 2:2 instructs us to write the vision based on our desire for something to happen. Habakkuk 2:2-4  And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision,…

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When You Hate Church

      David Cannistraci When I first saw Survivor, I was overcome with a strange deja vu experience. Where had I seen this kind of reality–the social cliques, secret divisions, unbridled rivalry and shocking betrayals–before? Then it came to me: I know where I’ve seen this. These people are in my church, and they’re playing this game! That’s when an idea for another reality series was born in my heart: Survivor: The Local Church! OK, this may be a…

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Keeping Things Simple

By Paul & Joy Hattaway “I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him. But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 11:2-3).   Over the years we have come to understand that the Gospel is a…

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Spiritual Gifts

The Spiritual Gifts are among the richest blessings for Believers, and yet also remain among the most divisive topics within the Christian community. 1 Corinthians chapters 12 and 14 reveal more about the work of the Holy Spirit than do any other passages in the Word of God. Our challenge will be to blindfold our prejudices and carefully examine what the Word tells us. Read the full article…

Head Coverings – History, Context, and Exegesis

  Dr. Carlton C. McLeod, Senior Founding Pastor Calvary Revival Church Chesapeake

The History of Christmas: Is It Pagan?

Here is a good perspective on Christmas. Christmas (www.Dictionary.com) noun 1. the annual festival of the Christian church commemorating the birth of Jesus: celebrated on December 25 and now generally observed as a legal holiday and an occasion for exchanging gifts. Every year after Thanksgiving, multitudes of nativity scenes—wood, plastic, and living—go up in towns across the United States, and every year somebody has to complain about one or two of them. This year, the Cherokee County Courthouse in Rusk,…

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7 Mistakes That Make Your Accountability Group Shallow

He came to me a few days ago and told me his nagging secret. From a young age, he had been hooked on Internet porn. The shame and guilt were constant burdens for him. He had tried everything to stop—everything, of course, except getting real help from real people. Along with other recommendations, I urged him to find some regular accountability right away, and the look on his face told me he wasn’t thrilled by my advice. “Accountability? I’ve been…

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How Gay Rights Advocates use Head Covering to Support their Position

Here is an interesting video clip. The head covering passage (1 Corinthians 11:2-16) is a battleground for one of the most important issues of our day. Those who advocate for the normality of same-sex relationships by appealing to the Bible, use this passage to garner support for their position. Read the full article…

Our Final Exam

Are we living & preparing for “Our Final Exam”? It can be easy to forget, but we all have one coming. [Chuck Missler] There are three principal judgments that are often confused: the Bema Seat Judgment, the Sheep and Goat Judgment, and the Great White Throne. They are each quite different. They say experience is a hard teacher because it gives the test first and the lessons afterward. However, we have ample lessons in life well in advance of our…

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Depressed?

[Steve Stutzman] Depression conjures up all kinds of thoughts, word pictures, and notions, none of them positive. It ranges from a feeling of a “cloudy day” to a darkness that forbids the very possibility of escape or happiness. While everyone will face certain things that discourage us temporarily, it was not God’s design for people to live in a state of perpetual depression. In its rawest form, depression is a series of thoughts, connected to a series of emotions, that…

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The Lord Gives Strength

  As I was reading this morning, I realized again how awesome and jealous the LORD is. He wants to be our source, our strength. God is waiting and wanting us to cry out to him, because he really does want to show himself strong on our behalf. Isaiah 40 is a chapter full of descriptions of how big and great God is. He is so big that he can hold the waters of the earth in his hand! Isa…

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Terry Bennett: 21-year Prophetic Timeframe 2008 to 2028

In December 2001, prophetic minister Terry Bennett was shown a 21-year timeframe, which began in 2008 and will end at the end of 2028. He saw this 21-year period divided into three periods of seven years each with each period having different kinds of shakings. Read the full article…

TD Hale’s Dream

The following is a transcript of an interview with Pastor TD Hale from Calvary Christian Center in Galipolis, Ohio. In the interview, Pastor Hale describes the details of two dreams that he received from the Lord. The first dream was on December 28, 2011. The second dream was the very next night. The interview was conducted on March 27, 2012 by Rick Wiles, and was broadcast on Trunews.com. You can listen to the interview here. Read the full article…

The Vision -by David Wilkerson, 1973

Just this past week I heard of a vision that David Wilkerson had back in 1973 where he saw many things that were in the future of the United States. I didn’t remember hearing of this before so I did some research. I found that David Wilkerson preached a message where he explained the vision that the Holy Spirit gave him 3 months earlier in April, 1973. It can be found on YouTube and the on Sermon Index. I also…

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16 Dangers of the ‘Positive Christianity’ Movement

This article by John Burton has to be one of the most timely messages for the American church. I believe we fall prey to the spirit of our age due to misunderstanding who God really is. I hear the phrase, “Always encouraging, always uplifting!” and I wonder if that is the complete picture of God that we are to be showing…. -Verlin Are we are forming a culturally acceptable version of God? “And he received the gold from their hand…

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Don’t Follow Your Passion!

This title caught my attention and the author, Mike Rowe, has some thought provoking, good advice: “Don’t Follow Your Passion, But Always Bring it With You.”

Are You Adicted to Busy?

I heard an interview just the other evening with Brady Boyd, who wrote a book called, Addicted to Busy: Recovery for the Rushed Soul. I didn’t read the book, but the interview was very good! I found the book on Amazon if you are interested in learning more.

“Be Still and Know”

Here is an article that really spoke to me. In the middle of all the news, in the middle of all the busyness of life, we must take time to be still.

‘A Gate of Hell’ has been Opened

A little over a week ago, Rick Joyner shared a prophetic dream he had that is a warning of what is in store for the United States if we don’t repent. “Don’t respond in fear, walk in faith!” -Rick Joyner Here is a link to the video where he describes the dream he just had. Then later he released this follow up video where he went into more detail into what he saw. On Oct. 1st he release a Prophetic…

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When My Tumor Disappeared

Here is a testimony demonstrating that the power of Jesus is still bring salvation -body, soul, & spirit! When My Tumor Disappeared

The Importance of Sacrifice in Building the Body of Christ

Zac Poonen We would all like to have the authority that a man like Paul had.

The Power of Honor: My Experience at the Grave of Charles Finney

Dutch Sheets Ministries God is big on honoring the memory of the righteous…

Leaders Alive School of the Word

Leaders Alive School of the Word Enrollment is now open for 2015 Classes. Information about the application process is available on the Admissions page.

What is Grace?

Grace is a word that we hear used in a few songs. We may hear the phrase, “Have some grace with the person,” but what does the word, “grace” mean? Does it mean to have mercy? Not really. According to the definition in Strong’s dictionary, it can be defined several ways: G5485 1. graciousness (as gratifying), of manner or act 2. (especially) the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life 3. (also) gratitude {abstract or concrete,…

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His Grace is Enough

The phrase, “Your grace is enough -for me” is ringing in me since I heard the song yesterday morning. Do I really believe that? I know it is true though. God’s grace, his enabling power, is more than enough for me to fulfill His will in my life. It is enough so that I can have peace in my heart in the middle of any situation. God’s grace is available, but am I receiving it? Help me Father, to know…

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