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THE DIFFICULTY OF POSSESSING TRUE PEACE

 SEPTEMBER 5, 2004

SCRIPTURE READING: PHILIPPIANS 4:4-9 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: PHILIPPIANS 4:7 

   And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  

INTRO: Almost everybody desires and longs for true peace. 

    There is so much unrest and turmoil in our world today that very few ever possess true peace. 

   There is a false peace that the world has to offer but it never satisfies nor does it last very long. 

   The false peace that the world seeks to offer is: 

·         Life without conflict.

·         Life without needs.

·         Life without difficulties. 

   But true peace is not that kind of peace. 

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.  

   The peace that Jesus gives us will keep us in peace when there are things around us that should trouble us and we are facing things that should make us afraid. 

   God longs to impart true peace to His people, but too often we struggle with possess this peace that God desires to give us, because we fail to recognized the difference between false peace and true peace. 

Isaiah 55:2, 8-9, 12  Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness…For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts…For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

   There are two different parts of True Peace; the Peace of God and Peace with God.  You can’t have one without the other.

 

I.  PEACE OF GOD 

NOTE:  False peace is dependent on what is happening around us, true peace is dependent on who is reigning within us. 

A.  TRUE PEACE IS BEYOND OUR UNDERSTANDING. 

Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 

NOTE: One of the greatest robbers of peace in our lives is that we walk in our own wisdom and fail to put our trust in God’s promises. 

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.  

Isaiah 55:8-9 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.  

   B.  TRUE PEACE IS FOUND IN OUR HEARTS AND MINDS. 

   “Peace is not made at the council tables, or by treaties, but in the hearts of men.”  Herbert Hover 

   True peace can only come when our hearts love the things of God more than the things of man and our minds dwell on that which is pleasing to God. 

  • Any love that supplants our love for God will rob us of the peace of God.

Matthew 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?  

Mark 4:19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.  

  • Peace comes through proper thinking. 

NOTE: A worldly mind leads to anxiety, emptiness and un-satisfaction and will never possess true peace. 

Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.  

Romans 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.  

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.  

II. PEACE WITH GOD. 

NOTE:  Before we can possess the Peace of God, we must first experience and possess Peace with God. 

Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:  

NOTE:  Our peace with God comes through our relationship with Jesus Christ. 

John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

  • Our relationship with God has been restored through the Grace of Jesus Christ. 

Ephesians 2:14-15 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;  

Colossians 1:20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.  

  • We are no longer seeking to live a sinful life. 

Romans 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

  • We have not only allowed Jesus to be our Savior, but we have made Him our Lord as well. 

2 Corinthians 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;  

Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.  

NOTE: When we allow the PEACE OF GOD to rule our hearts we then become one body. 

  • There is only one Body of Christ.
  • There is only one body of Believers. 
  • There is only one Church. 

CONCLUSION: Let us seek to possess Peace with God so we can possess the Peace of God.

THE DEATH AND RESURRECTION OF A VISION

 SEPTEMBER 12, 2004

SCRIPTURE READING: GENESIS 37:5-11 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: HABAKKUK 2:2-4  

And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.  For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.  Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.  

INTRO: On October 14, 1975 this church bought the present parsonage property with the vision of seeing a new church built there.   

   Was this a false vision because it has not been fulfilled yet? 

   Let us consider the story of Joseph. 

   There will always be those like Joseph’s brother who laugh at the dreams and vision of others. 

   They lack the courage, imagination and passion to dream so they seek to ridicule and criticize those who do. 

ILL: FAILURE AND PERSEVERANCE

   When he was seven years old, his family was forced out of their home on a legal technicality, and he had to work to help support them. At age nine, his mother died. At 22, he lost his job as a store clerk. He wanted to go to law school, but his education wasn't good enough. At 23, he went into debt to become a partner in a small store. At 26, his business partner died, leaving him a huge debt that took years to repay. At 28, after courting a girl for four years, he asked her to marry him. She said no. At 37, on his third try he was elected to Congress, but two years later, he failed to be reelected. At 41, his four-year-old son died. At 45, he ran for the Senate and lost. At 47, he failed as the vice-presidential candidate. At 49, he ran for the Senate again, and lost. At 51, he was elected president of the United States. His name was Abraham Lincoln, a man many consider the greatest leader the country ever had. Some people get all the breaks.

Citation: Unknown, Leadership, Vol. 4, no. 1. 

   It was at least 21 years from the time Joseph dreamed of his family bowing down to him and the fulfillment of that dream. 

   One of the most incorrect phrases that Christians often use is: “If its God’s will it will be done”.  God still works through people and He allows them to use their free will to either obey or disobey His will. 

I.  THINGS THAT WILL KILL A VISION: 

   A.  UNBELIEF. 

John 12:37-40 But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him: that the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed?   Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again, He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.  

NOTE: If we continue to practice unbelief, there will come a time when we will want to believe but will be unable. 

   B.  DISOBEDIENCE OR REBELLION. 

NOTE: It was disobedience and rebellion that kept the Children of Israel out of the Promise Land. 

   C.  LACK OF PASSION OR CONCERN. 

ILL:  THE PARABLE OF THE GOOD SAMARITAN.   LUKE 10:30-37 

   D.  IMPATIENCE. 

ILL.  WAITING IS PART OF GODS REFINING PROCESS 

   In smelting and forging, the cooling process is as important as the heating. Metallurgists have discovered that changes occur in the metal itself during the cool-down period. If the cool-down is too fast, it can cause microscopic cracks in the metal that will inevitably lead to fatigue—and ultimately to disaster.

   To insure that the cooling process aids in strengthening, the metal is typically placed in a quenching bath. Then, when the right temperature is reached, it's dropped into a constant-temperature bath until it attains uniform temperature throughout. Next, it's allowed to cool slowly in the air until it reaches room temperature. This waiting is essential to insure the metal's structural uniform strength to accomplish its end use.

   We, too, go through cool-down periods. In those times the Great Refiner strives to build into our lives the qualities that will fit us for effectiveness in the ultimate use he has in mind. Waiting becomes an inescapable segment of the process. It's essential that you and I understand that God is every bit as interested in the process he takes us through as in the product he's forming us into. 

Citation: Bob Reccord, Forged by Fire; reprinted in Men of Integrity (May/June 2003) 

   E.  LACK OF LEADERSHIP. 

NOTE: We need godly men and women who are willing to stand in the gap and be willing to be counted against those who resist the vision that God has for our church. 

II.  WHAT WILL RESURRECT THE VISION? 

   A.  FAITH 

Habakkuk 2:4 Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.  

   B.  TRUST 

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.  

   C.  PATIENCE. 

Psalm 37:7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.  

ILL: Trying It Again

   If your beliefs and behavior are initially misunderstood, don't cave in to popular opinion. Hang in there and watch God reward your persistence.

   Acclaimed novelist James Lee Burke discovered first-hand the validating sweet fragrance of perseverance. In the mid-'70s the creator of the Dave Robicheaux detective series wrote a book he called The Lost Get-Back Boogie. To his dismay his novel was rejected 111 times by New York publishers alone. (It is still considered the most thoroughly rejected manuscript in American publishing history). But Burke didn't give up and eventually one reluctant publishing house decided to take a chance on his story. In 1985 James Lee Burke was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for The Lost Get-Back Boogie. Imagine the reaction of those scores of editors that originally said the manuscript was unfit.

   Another celebrated writer also knew the benefits that come when we choose not to give up or give in. St. Paul wrote "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." (Galatians 6:9)

Citation: Greg Asimakoupoulos. From the files of Leadership. 

   D.  COMMITMENT. 

Deuteronomy 1:35-36 Surely there shall not one of these men of this evil generation see that good land, which I sware to give unto your fathers, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh; he shall see it, and to him will I give the land that he hath trodden upon, and to his children, because he hath wholly followed the Lord.  

   E.   YIELDED TO GOD’S WILL. 

NOTE: We must put the will of God above our own. 

Psalm 40:8 I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.  

Psalm 143:10 Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.  

Matthew 12:50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.  

Matthew 26:42 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.

 

WHEN MAYBE IS GOOD ENOUGH

 September 19, 2004

SCRIPTURE READING: I SAMUEL 14:6-14 

SCRIPTURE TEXT:  I SAMUEL 14:6  

And Jonathan said to the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over unto the garrison of these uncircumcised: it may be that the Lord will work for us: for there is no restraint to the Lord to save by many or by few.  

INTRO: One of the most difficult things for a Christian to learn is when to step out by FAITH. 

   Just what is Christian Faith? 

   Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.  

Hebrews 11:7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.  

   Noah built an ark to prepare for a flood before he had ever seen rain, because God told him to do that. 

   But what happens when you don’t hear the voice of God, do you just sit still and do nothing? 

   Jonathan is one of the most unsung hero’s of Faith. 

   Saul the king had all the power and authority to lead the attack against the enemy but all he did was sit under the pomegranate tree feeling sorry for himself. 

   Saul wanted the power of God in his life but he wanted it at a cheap price. 

   Saul missed the Divine moment because he could only see with the natural eye. 

   Jonathan experienced the Divine moment because he saw the opportunity to do something and did it. 

ILL: A little boy helping a crippled man at the beach.

   How often do we miss God’s blessings because we are unwilling to step out in Faith. 

   People can look at the same situation and see things in two different ways. 

v      Saul, we only have two swords to fight with.

v      Jonathan, I have half the swords in Israel. 

   Do we see things through eyes of faith or are we looking through eyes of doubt. 

I.  JONATHAN KNEW THAT HE DIDN’T KNOW WHAT WAS GOING TO

     HAPPEN.

1 Samuel 14:6 And Jonathan said to the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over unto the garrison of these uncircumcised: it may be that the Lord will work for us: for there is no restraint to the Lord to save by many or by few.  

NOTE:  Waiting until all the i’s are dotted and the t’s crossed is not walking by faith. 

Romans 8:24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?  

II Corinthians 4:18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.  

II Corinthians 5:7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)  

ILL: Abraham.  

Hebrews 11:8 By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going.  

   Many people want God’s will in their lives, but only if it comes easy. 

   There are two Christian lies that are often used to keep us from doing the will of God. 

  1. If it is God’s will there won’t be any problems.
  2. If it is God’s will it will be done.

II.  JONATHAN KNEW WHAT HE HAD. 

   A.  HE KNEW THE PROMISES OF GOD. 

Exodus 23:27 I will send my fear before thee, and will destroy all the people to whom thou shalt come, and I will make all thine enemies turn their backs unto thee.  

Deuteronomy 1:30 The Lord your God which goeth before you, he shall fight for you, according to all that he did for you in Egypt before your eyes;  

Deuteronomy 3:22 Ye shall not fear them: for the Lord your God he shall fight for you.  

NOTE: It is one thing to know the promises of God it is something totally different to believe and walk in the promises of God. 

   B.  HE KNEW THE PASSED DELIVERANCES OF GOD. 

v      Exodus from Egypt.

v      Joshua and Jericho. 

NOTE: So often when we are facing a time of difficulty we forget what God has done for us in the pass and we can only see the present situation. 

   We need to remember the things God has provided for us in the past. 

v      New pews

v      New carpet

v      Three new furnaces

v      Parking lot

v      Three new roofs 

   C.  HE KNEW HE HAD TO DO SOMETHING. 

NOTE: When we walk in faith we often step forward not knowing the outcome. 

   There will always be those who see the need but are unwilling to do anything about it. 

ILL: The ad about littering.  People standing around looking at a piece of litter but doing nothing about it. 

   D.  HE KNEW THAT WITH GOD SIZE AND NUMBER IS NOT IMPORTANT.   

NOTE: With God on our side nothing is impossible. 

Romans 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? 

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.  

   E.  HE WAS WILLING TO PUT EVERYTHING ON THE LINE. 

I SAMUEL 14:11-14 

NOTE: To walk by faith is not easy on the flesh. 

  1. He exposed himself to the enemy.
  2. He put himself and his armor bearer in jeopardy.

   F.  GOD GAVE HIM A GREAT VICTORY. 

  1. He and his armor bearer killed 20
  2. God sent an earthquake.
  3. God turn the enemy against themselves.
  4. The Hebrews that were with the Philistines joined the Israelites.
  5. The Israelites that had been hiding came out and join with Israel.

   This all happened on, it may be that the Lord will work for us: for there is no restraint to the Lord to save by many or by few.”  

CONCLUSION: There are times when God will make His will and plan plain to us, then there are other times when maybe is enough.  

   Put your trust in God.  Do not look at the difficulty of the situation look at the one who can change the situation and turn it from defeat to victory.

 

THE ATTRIBUTES OF A STRONG CHURCH IN THE LORD

 SEPTEMBER 26, 2004

SCRIPTURE READING: ROMANS 15:1-14 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: ROMANS 15:13 (GW) 

   May God, the source of hope, fill you with joy and peace through your faith in Him. Then you will overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. 

INTRO: There are many strong churches: 

v      Strong in programs

v      Strong is talent

v      Strong in mission

v      Strong in finance  

   But what the Church really needs to be strong in is to be Strong in the Lord. 

   We may be strong is everything else, but if we are not strong in the Lord then we are not strong at all. 

   I want to share with you the four attributes a church must have in order to be Strong in the Lord. 

  1. Strong in bearing the weak.
  2. Strong in Biblical understanding and knowledge.
  3. Strong in working together in unity.
  4. Strong in accepting one another.

   The end product is a church that is filled with Joy, Peace and Hope. 

I.  STRONG IN BEARING THE WEAK. 

Romans 15:1-3 (GW) So those of us who have a strong faith must be patient with the weaknesses of those whose faith is not so strong. We must not think only of ourselves.  We should all be concerned about our neighbor and the good things that will build his faith.  Christ did not think only of himself. Rather, as Scripture says, "The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me." 

NOTE: A Strong Church in the Lord is more concerned about his brother or sister in the Lord than he is about himself. 

   Not everyone who accepts Jesus Christ as his or her Savior matures in Christ the same way or in the same time frame. 

   An immature Christian is impatient with those who are more immature than them. 

v      To “bear the weak” means to support, encourage and carry them as a shepherd would carry a weak or sick lamb. 

ACTS 20:35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.  

v      To “bear the weak” means to make sure we do nothing to put a stumbling block before them. 

Romans 14:13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way.  

v      To “bear the weak” means we don’t insist on own way to please ourselves. 

Romans 15:3 For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, the reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.  

1 CorINTHIANS 10:33 Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.  

II.  STRONG IN BIBLICAL UNDERSTANDING AND KNOWLEDGE. 

Romans 15:4 (GW) Everything written long ago was written to teach us so that we would have confidence through the endurance and encouragement which the Scriptures give us.  

Psalm 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.  

Psalm 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.  

ACTS 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

2 TimOTHY 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.  

2 TimOTHY 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  

NOTE: The Word of God will keep you from sin and sin will keep you from the Word of God. 

III.  STRONG IN WORKING TOGETHER IN UNITY. 

ROMANS 15:5-6 (GW) May God, who gives you this endurance and encouragement, allow you to live in harmony with each other by following the example of Christ Jesus.  Then, having the same goal, you will praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  

Psalm 133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!  

1 Corinthians 1:10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.  

Ephesians 4:3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.  

1 Peter 3:8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:  

IV.  STRONG IN ACCEPTING ONE ANOTHER AS EQUALS. 

Romans 15:7-12 (KJV) Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.  Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers: and that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name.  And again he saith, Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with his people.  And again, Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles; and laud him, all ye people.  And again, Esaias saith, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust.  

Romans 12:5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.  

1 CORINTHIANS 10:17 For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.  

GALATIANS 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.  

1 Corinthians 12:12-26 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.  For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.  For the body is not one member, but many.  If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?  And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?  If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?  But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. 19And if they were all one member, where were the body?  But now are they many members, yet but one body.  And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.  Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: and those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked: that there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.  And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. 

V.  A STRONG CHURCH IN THE LORD WILL POSSESS, JOY, PEACE AND

     HOPE.

Romans 15:13 (GW) May God, the source of hope, fill you with joy and peace through your faith in him. Then you will overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. 

NOTE: We possess joy and peace through the hope we have received from God, and God alone.  “…through your faith in him.” 

   The joy and peace of this world is temporal because it is based on circumstances and possessions, but the joy and peace we received from the hope God has given us is eternal because it is dependent on Who God is and what He has done for us

CONCLUSION:  Out church may never be: 

v      Strong in programs

v      Strong is talent

v      Strong in mission

v      Strong in finance  

   But we can be a church that is STRONG IN THE LORD.   

Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.  

   It is up to us as individual members of His Body and of our church to strive to be Strong in the Lord.  

v      Strong in bearing the weak.

v      Strong in Biblical understanding and knowledge.

v      Strong in working together in unity.

v      Strong in accepting one another as equals. 

   As we are strong in the Lord, our church will be Strong in the Lord.

 

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