No Immunity

June 21, 2016

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Scripture

As the scriptures say, “There is no one who is righteous… All have turned away from God; they have all gone wrong; no one does what is right, not even one.

~Romans 3:10-12, GNT

Quote

“The depravity of man is at once the most empirically verifiable reality but at the same time the most intellectually resisted fact.”

~Malcolm Muggeridge

June and I got hooked on TNT’s The Last Ship which comes on Sunday nights at 8:00. A deadly virus broke out causing a pandemic, the entire human race was threatened until Dr. Rachel Scott came up with a vaccine. The antagonistic in the drama is a group they call the “Immunes“. Due to their rare DNA, they are immune to the virus and many of them form an alliance to rule the world. On the final episode of the 2015 season, an Immune shot and killed Dr. Scott and I am not happy about her departure.

There are no immunes when it comes to sin, we are all infected; from the poorest peasant to the richest king, we are all hopelessly depraved. We all have a self-centered rebellious nature. Our sin has been sufficiently dealt with by Jesus but to appropriate this cleansing we have to acknowledge our sin which most refuse to do. The liberals not only deny personal sin, they deny the presence of evil. It takes a fool to deny the existence of God or the presence of evil. So we have another word for the “Immunes;” it is “fool.”

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  • I am not going to complain about hot weather but I am going to praise the LORD for the two cooler days {Sunday and Monday}.
  • I’ve decided that I will not go home in the evening until I have made four visits. My problem is that I enjoy them so much, I tend to stay way too long. I spent an hour and a half at my last stop yesterday. It seemed like 30 minutes.
  • VBS evaluation: I realize things that the average DBC member does not-We are blessed with good help. Mandy and Shohn are VBS, they do all the planning, enlisting workers, props, etc. They put hours into the planning before VBS begins. You are not going to find two better employees who not only know what they are doing but enjoy doing it. It might be a good idea to appreciate them. We are also blessed at DBC to have a lot of school teachers. Although some that could have helped didn’t, still our school teachers help us. Our master teachers are superb and we have had the best refreshment crew in VBS for a number of years. As far as I know the school went great and the program and picnic was the best ever. The unsung heroes in our VBS were the nursery workers, we had 26 children in our three nurseries.
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Disappointment

March 29, 2016

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Scripture

We can rejoice when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance and endurance develops character, and character strengthens our hope …And this hope will not lead to disappointment

~Romans 5:3-4

Quote

Disappointment is God’s way of saying, “Be patient, I have something better.”

Disappointment is the feeling of sadness or displeasure that comes when our hopes or expectations are unfulfilled. Sometimes we cover our disappointment for the sake of others but there are times when we are visibly shaken. In any human relationship, disappointments are going to happen, they are unavoidable. I don’t like to be on either end, the disappointing or the disappointed but I know it happens.
What’s the solution? Well, I don’t think we are going to be able to live a life free of disappointment but their are some key adjustments we can make:
  1. Understand that only Christ is completely trustworthy. The higher your expectations of people, the greater your risk of being disappointed.
  2. Deep disappointments sometimes lead to great revelations. We had an example in our LCBS lesson last Sunday. Mary and Martha were deeply disappointed in Jesus for not responding to their request immediately. They were hurt and they could not hide it. Jesus did not scold them but He did give them something better, they expected a healing but He gave them a resurrection.
  3. Disappointment hurts because it is so personal. What is deeply disappointing to you may have no affect on those nearest to you. It is one of those pains that only Jesus can understand. This is what makes a personal relationship with Jesus vital: He always understands. I learned years ago that disappointment can lead to heartbreak but if you aren’t careful, you will get a greater heartbreak from the indifference of those that you thought really cared.

The thought reminds me of a Baptist hymn, “Tell It To Jesus.” 

Are you weary, are you heavy hearted?
Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus.
Are you grieving over joys departed?
Tell it to Jesus alone.

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  • We have a prayer request…We desperately need VBS workers. Many of the school teachers are unable to work due to Summer programs. The school system is killing us. Our culture values education more than faith. Very few people will put church before school and this is sad. Pray to the LORD of the harvest, that He would send workers into the fields that are white. The most prosperous field for evangelism is children.
  • I didn’t check our attendance yesterday but it was no where close to a record. We may have had a record in Sunrise but not the kind we would want. We did have more than usual and I thought the praise and worship was awesome. Joe David’s message was very good and I thought we would have some decisions. I know one thing, God is working. 
  • I have an 85 year old woman that we will refer to as Mrs. C. I went to share with her son [an old middle school class mate] Saturday’s a week ago and I noticed her listening and afterwards showing interest. I carried her the Billy Graham book, WHERE I AM last Saturday and I am supposed to go back in two or three weeks and discuss it with her. Buford’s conversion has given me more confidence. I really believe God may be at work in this woman’s heart.
  • This Sunday is SENIOR ADULT DAY with special guest John and Joye Tucker. We are going to have an old fashioned service with piano and organ. We will also have SWAMP JOHN’S for lunch. David and the band get a much deserved rest. This is just the am service.

 

Man Up!

June 13, 2015

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SCRIPTURE

“I am going where everyone on earth must someday go. Take courage and be a man.”

1 Kings 2:2, NLT

QUOTE

Being a male is a matter of genetics; being a man is a matter of courage and being a gentleman is a matter of choice.

~Source Unknown

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David was no sissy; I give him credit for being a man. Solomon was not cut from the same cloth as David; I think his mama’s genes were dominant. David was warrior, a man of valor and courage. Solomon was an intellectual. I am not saying that he was a sissy but I think David was concerned because he did not see the toughness in Solomon that he saw in himself and his generation.

Bro. Tim has a great sermon on this verse…”Take courage and be a man,” and I remember his first point: IF YOU ARE A MAN, EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW IT. THERE SHOULD BE NO DOUBT ABOUT YOUR MANHOOD. Every time I check out at Dollar General, I walk by the magazine rack and there is Bruce Jenner. This narcissistic freak has ten children; what are they going to do for FATHER’S DAY? You cannot convince me that the three wives and ten children are not hurt by what he has done. He says that he has always been female in his soul but he completed in the Olympics as a male. I think the only fair thing to do is to strip him of his gold medal since was a woman competing in a men’s event.

I got a rule I try to live by, “Don’t mess with mother nature.” Be content with whatever God made you.

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  • I probably say this every year, but we had a great VBS and I enjoyed it thoroughly. We did some things different this year and everything we tried worked perfectly or very close to perfect. The kids don’t need my help on the pledges: they do great and it was music to my ears. We enrolled 243 and had an average attendance of 188.
  • Deacon’s meeting Sunday morning. We have something that needs discussing.  LCBS at 9:15 and worship at 10:15. The VBS program is at 5:00 followed by the picnic. All the meat and buns are furnished. You can bring Tea, chips, desserts or a freezer of cream. Don’t bring Cokes, we have a lot of coke left.

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An Honest Book

June 12, 2015

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SCRIPTURE

“The LORD will return his blood on his own head, because he fell upon two men more righteous and better than he and killed them with the sword, while my father David did not know it: Abner the son of Ner, commander of the army of Israel, and Amasa the son of Jether, commander of the army of Judah.”
~1 Kings 2:32

QUOTE

It is not at all incredible, that a book which has been so long in the possession of mankind should contain many truths as yet undiscovered.
~ Bishop Butler
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The above verse is part of Solomon’s conversation with Benaiah who has just received orders to execute Joab. Solomon mentioned Joab’s treacherous and cold blooded murder of two good men and one was his first cousin. I don’t disagree with Solomon, I have no doubt that Abner and Amasa were better men than Joab. My problem is that I think they were better men than David. I think Jonathan and Uriah were better men than David. Matter of fact, the more I read through the O.T. the less I think of David. Promises came easy to David but keeping them was a different matter. David is without a doubt one of the most gifted humans in history but he lacked integrity. He lied, murdered, cheated, manipulated people to get what he wanted and broke up two marriages.
You may or may not be surprised to know that I think even less of Bathsheba {Daughter of wealth or abundance}. She was the granddaughter of Ahitophel, one of David’s advisors who joined Absalom in his rebellion. Bathsheba was capable, ambitious, gifted, clever,  and unscrupulous. I do not have a single doubt that she stripped with the intention of David seeing her. She knew what time of day he took his walk. I guarantee you, she was three steps ahead of him. She wanted to get pregnant by him and she wanted her son to be king and she very much wanted to be queen mother. She was a political animal, more manipulative than David himself.
What do I think of Uriah? I think he was a man of honor, nobility, integrity, courage and loyal to a fault which makes him a much better man than David. How do I explain David’s success, his beautiful Psalms, his orthodox theology, his ability to lead? GRACE! David is the bible poster boy for GRACE. 
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  • Another absolutely wonderful day of VBS. I cannot praise the LORD enough. I am thankful to be a part of such a noble enterprise. Little Ceasar’s Pizza today.
  • Betty Harpe had surgery Wednesday at Princeton and was intending to come home last night. Surgery went well.
  • Carmen Livingston has been in ICU at DGH all week but he is better.

Undulation! What?

June 10, 2015

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SCRIPTURE

In His hand are the deep places of the earth; The heights of the hills are His also.

~Psalms 95:4, NKJV

QUOTE

The important thing is not to be in a certain state, but to be a certain kind of person in whichever state you find yourself.

~Michael Ward

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Rolling-WavesIf you have read the Screwtape Letters, you may recall the “Law of Undulation.” God created the deep places, the valleys and high places, the mountain peeks. What we see in nature is true in life, we have our highs and our lows. Michael Ward is a graduate of Oxford. He is a native Brit with conservatives views. He loved his time at Oxford and aspired to do great things but after graduation, he fail into deep depression. He dreamed of being a writer but soon discovered he could not make a living writing. He experienced three years of failure; going from one thing to another and finding no success. He did bounce back and the pass quarter of a century has spoken to over 100 Colleges and Universities in the U.S. alone and that includes Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Athens State. {Kidding about ASC, just wanted to get your full attention} He is an ardent student of C.S. Lewis and Winston Churchill.

If God allowed us to succeed in every endeavor, we would become proud and arrogant. In His divine wisdom, He mixes failure with success: enough failure to keep us humble, enough success to keep us going. There is a majestic view from the mountain top but the water is in the valley. Enjoy the view when your on the mountain top and partake of the water in the valley. A good attitude will always trump bad circumstances.

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  • Another great day at VBS. I don’t know what to say: the kids are doing great, the youth are fantastic workers and our Master Teachers and Directors are the best in the world. PTL for 197! Opps, I bet we forgot to count the Sparkman Triplets, that makes 200.
  • REMEMBER: No mid-week services tonight.
  • Friday is Little Ceasar’s Pizza Day at 11:00
  • Sandy Cochran needs you to bring items for MILESTONE MINISTRIES: The Xers are going there Thursday. I thinking clothes and yard sale items. MILESTONE has a thrift store on Hwy 31. I’m supposed to do a phone message tomorrow so don’t let me forget.
  • VBS COMMENCEMENT PROGRAM Sunday Night at 5:00; followed by a T & T Hamburger Supper.
  • Don’t stop praying for Keri and Kane: Stop and say a prayer right now. It is important!

THANKSGIVING

June 8, 2015

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SCRIPTURE

O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
~1 Chronicles 16:34, NASB

QUOTE

A sensible THANKSGIVING for mercies received is a mighty prayer.
~John Bunyan
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VBS is a big deal; it requires a lot of preparation and patience. Danville Baptist is blessed with two very good administrators who work great together. I am speaking of Mandy and Shohn who have been working for weeks; my work started yesterday and trust me, it is a hard day for a 65 year old. When I got home last night at 8:30, I was tired and tickled. Tired from a 12 hour day and tickled that we got our work done and are ready for day one. I have a few things I have to do in the morning but basically we are ready. We also want to thank Jamie and Sue for doing our T-Shirts. I want to thank all those visitors who went out with us last night. David, Lori and Holly were on my team. I could not keep Lori and Holly in the car, they wanted every door. Our youth turned out in force and so did adults, especially women. We did have some good men show up also. Hey, I could not be more pleased. We made a few mistakes this year and it was all my fault. We are so use to operating on a shoe string budget that we didn’t even think of a mail out which would have been great. I thought of it when Joe David mentioned the flyers. Any who, I am thankful for a good day.
I am tired, dead tired, so no EXTRA today.

TODAY WE PRAY FOR VBS ADMINISTRATORS

{Mandy and Shohn}
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Criticism

May 27, 2015

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SCRIPTURE

Finally, all the elders of Israel met at Ramah to discuss the matter with Samuel. “Look,” they told him, “you are now old, and your sons are not like you. Give us a king to judge us like all the other nations have.”

~I Samuel 8:4-5, NLT

QUOTE

You can judge a man’s character by the way he treats the very young and the very old.

~Hubert H. Humphrey

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Paul gives a list of spiritual gifts in Romans 12, I Corinthians 12 and Ephesians 4: the gift of criticism is not listed. Samuel had devoted his life to his country and his thanks was to be referred to as an “Old Man.” “Give us a king” they demanded; we want to be like the other nations.” The criticism was displeasing and disappointing to Samuel but he took his pain to the LORD. The Lord said, “Don’t take it personal, they are not rejecting you, they do not want Me to be their King. Give them what they ask for but make sure they understand what they are getting.”

How do you react to criticism? Is there such a thing as constructive criticism? Is it wise to despise an ‘Old Man’s’ advice? Lord willing I will answer all three questions in tomorrow’s blog.

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TODAY WE PRAY FOR THE WORLD

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  • Our travelers are coming home one by one. We had a group get back yesterday evening and more late last night. Pray for traveling mercies for those still out there.
  • Senior Adult Cookout this Friday…BBQ Chicken and ribs..11:30 at the pavilion. Seniors your option is anything you want to bring. I’ll do the meat and Mandy will do the baked beans and get us some dinner rolls. We will also have the team and a freezer of cream.
  • The GATHERING tonight at 6:30…You will hear the best band in the land and I will be doing the part 2 message on Temptation.
  • VBS-VBX June 8-12…8:30-11:30…this could be a historic VBS.
  • A SPECIAL THANKS to David Hopper. He is not only a whiz with a guitar, he is a whiz with computers. He fixed my computer with a text message. All I had to do was follow his instructions.
  • There is a lot going on June 6th which is unfortunate but nothing can be done about it. I am praying for someone to go to Montgomery with me but I am not afraid to go alone. I will say this: we are going to keep on until the left takes every right we Christians have. For some reason, we don’t get upset unless they get into our pocket book. TAKE A STAND FOR BIBLICAL MARRIAGE.
  • I visited with J.W. and Sandra Blackwood yesterday. Sandra is about the same. The entire family is gracious to me and they seem to appreciate everything I do which is not much. Keep them in your prayers. Also: Alaina Fitzgerald became seriously ill while the family was on vacation in Branson. It is my understanding that she has multiple blood clots in the left lung. I know the family would appreciate your prayers.
FRIENDS STICK TOGETHER

FRIENDS STICK TOGETHER

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Promises

May 23, 2015

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SCRIPTURE

God’s way is perfect. All the LORD‘s promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to him for protection.”

~2 Samuel 22:31, NLT

QUOTE

The difference between God and a politician is that God keeps His promises.

~Ya’akov

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Not only do most politicians not keep their promises, they have no affinity for Jesus Christ. The great majority of our founding fathers knew God and they knew His Son Jesus Christ. Actually there are many differences between God and politicians: God is God forever; there will be no elections. No one preceded Him and no one will succeed Him. God does not respond to opinion polls: Our God is in heaven and He does what He wishes [Psalm 115:3]. The LORD does whatever pleases Him throughout all heaven and earth [Psalm 135:6]. With politician’s, there is not a lot you can count on but with God you can count on Him to fulfill all His purposes and keep all His promises.

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TODAY WE PRAY FOR STUDENTS

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  • The schedule for tomorrow will be light due to the Holiday weekend. We will have you some donuts and biscuits and we will have LIFE CHANGING BIBLE STUDY but no Deacon’s meeting or PM service. We are planning a patriotic service for Sunday morning. We have video that is very good and Wendy Greenhaw is coming to sing the National Anthem and our special music. We’ll call it our MEMORIAL DAY EVE worship celebration.
  • It is not too late to send me pictures of your family members who served in the armed forces. We probably added a dozen yesterday. It takes only seconds if you email me the pic and give me the info…Branch of service, rank, overseas tours if any, etc. WWI, WWII, Korea, Viet Name Desert Storm, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.
  • I visited JW and Sandra Blackwood yesterday. Sandra cancer has gotten into the bone. Hospice of the Valley is helping them but they need our prayer support and ministry. June carried them lunch yesterday. Every act of kindness counts. Remember our LCBS lesson last week. Here is an opportunity to put that lesson into practice.
  • June 6…Rally for Biblical Marriage in Montgomery. I hope to carry the van. I encourage every believer to take a stand before it’s too late.
  • I am a little worried: I have weakness in the right leg and that is how it started last time. I was trying to walk a 100,000 steps this week but I may have over done it. We will know in the morning. I got the ice on my back and I am doing the stretching exercises.
  • June 8-12…VBS and VBX
  • Mandy showed me how to go on facebook and get last years VBS pics but she he did it too fast and I couldn’t remember how she did it so I am showing you whatever.
Got It made in the shade!

Got It made in the shade!

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I Will Praise HIM!

June 9, 2014

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SCRIPTURE

I will praise You, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done.

~Psalm 9:1, NLT

QUOTE

In almost everything that touches our everyday life on earth, God is pleased when we’re pleased. He wills that we be as free as birds to soar and sing our maker’s praise without anxiety.

~A.W. Tozer

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I try not to make a habit of personal testimony but every now and then I take a privilege. I am truly thankful for a great week of VBS and feel extremely blessed to have such fantastic workers. Our divisional directors were outstanding; our music teachers were excellent and so was our refreshment team. Our craft barn is always great and so is our rec. Probably the hardest job is the nursery and our Nursery team was out of this world, all were Senior Adults ranging from 55-93 except three, maybe four. The kids did great on the pledges all week long and last night they were outstanding. I have never heard a group of kids do so well. It was thrilling and chilling. Our Drama team is superb! Tara wrote the drama for last night. To top it off, a father came up to me last night and thanked me for working with his children is VBS. It’s very ironic, I talked about being unappreciated yesterday morning in LCBS and then this man proved me wrong.  When I got home last night, I started listing the good things God has done for us this week. I just want to praise God for yesterday and last week.

  • Kenny Holladay had a good day yesterday. He and Gregg went riding around and he went down to see his mom. He also ate a good meal and enjoyed it. PTL!
  • The rain passed over us!
  • Great VBS program and picnic. [Great turnout]
  • Great message yesterday morning.
  • Fantastic Guatemala offering, over $1,500
  • Zeb’s LCBS class cooking and Johnny letting us use his grill.

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I had to chew my cud twice yesterday: first on the unappreciated remark and then on the “Loving each other” during fellowship. Peggy Lindsey is always late for the GG breakfast, but it is usually 5 minutes. We waited on her 15 minutes Saturday am and then I finally called Sheila to see if Peggy had picked up Mrs. Jewel. Sheila said, “Oh, they are not coming, didn’t they tell you.” I told the girls at the table, she is in for the chewing of her life. Our LCBS lesson was on love and loving each other. So I get preachy in the welcome time and tell everyone to greet someone and love them. Then like a hypocrite, I make a bee line for Peggy to chew her out. I found her and started chewing, she interrupted me immediately and said, “Aren’t you suppose to be loving me?” It cut to the bone, plus it amused all who heard. I hate to admit it but Peggy Sue got the best of me. She put me in my place.

CONCERNS AND PRAYER REQUEST

  • Anna Shaneyfelt to have heart test today at DGH.
  • Lori, Dena, Haley Rae, Bev and the General flying to Guatemala this week [Thursday].
  • Naola and Sheila flying to the Islands on Tuesday.
  • Jennifer Burks COLS today at West Hartselle.
  • Josie was sick last night and had to miss program and picnic.

God’s Forgiveness

June 3, 2014

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SCRIPTURE

Lord, if you kept a record of our sins, who, O Lord, could ever survive? But you offer forgiveness, that we might learn to fear you.

~Psalm 130:3-4

QUOTE

God has a big eraser.

~Billy Zeoli

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Some preachers are afraid to preach grace for fear that some will abuse it. Never fear, true grace cannot be abused; Jesus said, “The one who is forgiven much, loves much.” Grace can be misunderstood but not abused. Real grace transforms. His grace has brought us safe thus far, His grace will lead us home.

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  • Good first day in VBS/VBX…no major problems PTL. We were down some but we knew some were out of town. We had 182 but we should go over 200 by Wednesday. It is probably not ideal to begin VBS as soon as school is out [Actually some teachers had to go to work shops yesterday] but its just the way the calendar fell. We were trying to stay away from Father’s Day. All in all, I have to give day 1 an A. It always takes one day to get the kinks worked out.
  • I got to hold General Joe yesterday and he did not cry: he loves the VBS music. Baby A really loves the music; she breaks it down. The most excitement we had yesterday was that I killed a 5 foot chicken snake in the Amphitheater. He got his head caught is some of the netting that Don put on the back doors. I should not have killed it but I can’t help myself.
  • This year we are featuring a cooking show [Skit] with Guy Spaghetti and GG Cupcake. They are pretty good. They are teaching us how to make a fruit salad…love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, gentleness, self-control, kindness and faithfulness

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