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  • Grace in Vain

    Posted on July 2, 2012 by Boyd Bailey

    “As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain.” 2 Corinthians 6:1

     

    There is a vanity associated with someone who has been saved by the grace of God, but who does not appropriate the grace of God. Ironically, they believe in Jesus for the forgiveness of their sin, but they do not behave like they believe. Pride has a way of working itself back into the good graces of a life that is not governed by God’s grace. Humility, on the other hand, flourishes in the hothouse of a heart that appreciates and applies God’s grace.

    We are all in danger of forgetting how faith in Christ changed us and brought us into a place of grace. The flesh forges ahead of faith and facilitates graceless living. Before we know it we are back to bad habits, putting grace on the back burner of our belief. Hence, we need reminders of the transformational work of the Holy Spirit that seizes the heart of a life in submission to Almighty God. Grace empowers a humble heart.
     
    “They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.” Mark 7:7
     
    Furthermore, grace becomes vain when it is crushed under the weight of loveless legalism. Grace converts knowledge about God into knowing God. You are protected from man-made rules that grasp God’s glory when you use grace as a filter for your faith building. For example, your family may need your financial support, so make sure you do not feed the poor in Africa and ignore your relatives at home. Legalism is hard and inflexible—grace is gentle and moldable. Legalism lacks compassion—grace gives grace.
     
    Graceless living loses Christians creditability. Are you a church member who gossips in the name of prayer or are you a gracious saint who prays with quiet confidentiality? Are you a religious person who holds a grudge or are you a gracious Jesus follower who forgives freely? Are you a proud and self-centered believer or a sinner saved by grace? Praise the Lord, that we the redeemed are a container and dispenser of God’s grace. You are a cherished co-worker with Christ—His grace grows in your humble, teachable heart.
     
    “But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, “ GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.” James 4:6, NASB

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, by faith I receive Your grace, so I can extend Your grace.
     
    Related Readings: Proverbs 3:34; Matthew 22:12; 1 Corinthians 3:9; 15:2

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  • Heart Probe

    Posted on July 1, 2012 by Boyd Bailey

    Though you probe my heart, though you examine me at night and test me, you will find that I have planned no evil; my mouth has not transgressed. Psalm 17:3

     

    God’s spirit is interested in probing our hearts. He knows the heart is the source of our speech and conduct. The heart can conceal our anger or release it in Christ-honoring conversation. Unreleased anger is ugly. It eventually comes out in damaging portions. If our heart goes unexamined, then we drift into a sick state of denial. We lose touch with reality and lead others into our wrong thinking. On the other hand, a healthy heart keeps us honest and engaged. It is the tender touch of Jesus that reminds us to look inward. If we don’t manage our motives and confess our sins, we create a mess. Our hearts can be a hindrance or a conduit for Christ-centered living. So how do we exercise the Spirit’s examination of our heart and soul? What is necessary to make sure we come under the scrutiny of our Savior Jesus? How do we get to the heart of the matter?
     
    A heart probe by God does not happen accidentally. It occurs intentionally. Just as we daily determine to take care of the physical dimension of our heart, so we are instructed to exercise our spiritual condition. Appointments, good or bad activities, and life responsibilities can all crowd out our candid conversations with Christ. So margin for our Master is a must. We cannot spend all of our time doing the work of God while ignoring the voice of God. Goodworks from an unguarded heart only give an illusion of selfless service. Our works cannot resolve a conflicted heart. It is only under microscopic probing by the Holy Spirit that we see ourselves for who we truly are. Sometimes selfishness comes into focus. Other times timidity surfaces because we are afraid of conflict. It is in these moments of discovery that we invite God’s grace to enter and heal our hurting heart.
     
    Our words, or the lack thereof, are evidence of what dwells in our heart. Sometimes the Holy Spirit checks our heart and moves us to silence. Trust trumps the trouble we face, and we exhibit long suffering with the Lord and other people. This is a heart of faith. Other times, the Spirit prompts us to speak up. We are unclear of the outcome but He gives us the courage to converse. This is a heart of boldness. Whether in silence or speech, it is the Holy Spirit that governs a heart controlled by Christ. Therefore, do not allow your words to get ahead of your heart. Don’t speak your mind until your heart has been examined and set free by the Spirit. Sometimes a simple good night’s sleep brings perspective into focus. Bare your soul before your Savior before you boldly confront others.
     
    Your heart probe may come from a variety of exercises. It may be a prescription of perpetual prayer that penetrates your heart with grace and forgiveness. It may be the treadmill of trust that builds endurance and creates within you a stronger heart of faith. Sometimes our Savior’s stethoscope of conviction discovers sin that needs confession and repentance. Above all else, lay your heart before the Lord. Ask others to validate the Lord’s probing and promptings. Resolve, by God’s grace, to keep short sin accounts. A Spirit-probed heart produces right speech, spoken the right way. Effectiveness on behalf of our heavenly Father hinges on a healthy heart. Therefore, allow the Lord to examine it often. The Spirit’s scripts are just what we need. Administer them daily.
     
    Taken from Reading #11 in the 90-day devotional book, “Seeking God in the Psalms”… http://bit.ly/bQHNIE
     
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  • Responsible Grace

    Posted on June 30, 2012 by Boyd Bailey

    “What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?”  Romans 6:1-2

     

    Grace is a gift from God, one that requires responsible and wise stewardship. Grace is not a license to sin but permission to live. Grace is all about living for God and walking with Him. It engages with eternity by approaching God’s throne of grace with gratitude, awe, and boldness. God’s grace is a guarantee of eternal life. It is absolutely amazing because Christ collateralizes it. There has never been a shortage of your Savior’s grace.
     
    No group or individual has ever made a run on heaven’s grace account. You can go to the bank with God’s grace. It is as everlasting as the Lord. However, though unlimited in supply, it may be the most underused resource available. People miss grace when they thrash and stumble about in their own strength. They apply bad theology. They believe in salvation by grace through faith, but drift into living on their own strength. Demons must chuckle when they observe Christians applying dead works.
     
    Working to earn God’s favor after receiving salvation is as futile as it was before salvation. Do not fall into the trap of graceless living for grace is God’s remedy for the self-indulgent. Grace values community with people and communing with Christ. There is a spirit of acceptance and peace with those who receive and apply God’s grace often.
               
    Learn to use grace responsibly. Grace is not a safety net for your fall into sin, for sin still has its consequences. Grace is not an excuse to sin and is not your pass for disobedience. Judgment, both harsh and extreme, is the natural outcome for graceless Christians. Grace is, more than anything, an honorable motivation for your attitude and actions. Without grace, you gravitate toward pride for not sinning. Yes, grace is a governor on your behavior, while never promoting pride.
               
    Grace means you have a stewardship of wise choices to manage for the Lord. It gives you permission to be free in Christ, but your freedom is for Him. His kingdom agenda is what drives grace. Grace integrates all of life around faith. Christ does not compartmentalize the sacred from the secular. Grace includes, it doesn’t exclude. It discloses rather than hides. Sin is subservient to your Savior’s grace.
     
    Grace gives you the perspective and power for forgiveness and honesty. It is the delivery channel of truth. Grace is your excuse for extending forgiveness and second and third chances—and more—to culprits. Use grace to remove sin’s stain from the fiber of your faith. Indeed, as you extend grace, you are more likely to receive grace. Be responsible with grace and you will be trusted with more. Grace saved you from sin; so don’t go back to your pre-grace condition. Because of grace, you are free from sin, not free to sin. Therefore, be a responsible and gracious follower of Christ.
     
    Taken from June 26th reading in the 365-daydevotional book, “Seeking Daily the Heart of God”… http://bit.ly/bQHNIE
     
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  • Hopeless to Hopeful

    Posted on June 29, 2012 by Boyd Bailey

    “There is hope in your future, says the Lord.” Jeremiah 31:17, NKJV

     

    In Christ there is hope; outside of Christ there is no hope. Those focused on heaven find hope; those focused on earth find hope illusive. A life lived by faith is hopeful, but a life lived in fear is hopeless. Hope is not just the outcome of an optimist, it is the fruit of those whose security is in their Savior Jesus Christ. Moreover, money messes with the mind as it demands full allegiance to the almighty dollar in exchange for a false hope.
     
    However, we discover authentic hope and freedom in our submission to Christ as Lord and Master of our fate. Deep abiding hope is not a strategy, but a reality when we bow in reverent obedience to God. He does not tease His children with pseudo promises. On the contrary, our heavenly Father gave what was most precious to Him, His Son, so we could become sons and daughters of the most High. Indeed, hope is a gift from God.
     
    “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” Romans 8:32
     
    Where is the root of your hope grounded? In your job or Jesus? With friends or faith? In your home or heaven? In earthly riches or the riches of God’s grace? Satan cannot steal the seed of hope when you plant it in the soil of Scripture. Your hope in Christ is not conditional to circumstances; rather it thrives on trust when assaulted by ambiguity. You move from hopelessness to hopefulness when what matters most, matters the most.
     
    Jesus matters most. Faith matters most. Family matters most. Friends matter most. Love matters most. Fear of God matters most. Evangelism matters most. Discipleship matters most. Stewardship matters most. A healthy diet and regular exercise matter most. Prayer matters most, bible study matters most and forgiveness matters most. Your focus on what matters most is fuel for attaining comfort, hope and courage from Christ. He matters most.
     
    Therefore, be hopeful as a child of God. Your hope in Christ is an advertisement for the Almighty. Those with no hope are attracted to the genuine hope in your heart. Indeed, you are hopeful, because of the origin of your optimism, and the greater purpose of your hope is to bring hope to the hopeless. Suicide shrivels with the prospect of hope. Faith comes alive in Christ and His loving acceptance. Praise the Lord that your hope is alive!
     
    “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” 1 Peter 1:3
     
    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I embrace Your living hope in Christ, thanks for our hope in Him.
     
    Related Readings: Ecclesiastes 9:4; Jeremiah 17:13; 1 Timothy 4:10; Colossians 3:1-4
     
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  • Business As Mission

    Posted on June 28, 2012 by Family Christian

    “Paul went to see them [Pricilla and Aquila], and because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them. Every Sabbath he reasoned in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews and Greeks.” Acts 18:2b-4

     

    Business is an excuse to be an excellent example of a Jesus follower. It is a professional platform to perform good deeds and exhibit integrity in business interactions. The sacred and secular are partners in business as a Kingdom mission models actions that speak louder than words. When work exceeds the industry standard, people begin to ask “Why?” Indeed, a company that acknowledges Christ as the owner is positioned for God’s favor.
     
    Do the values of your company mirror the heart of Jesus? Are honesty, humility and hard work embraced as everyday virtues to live out? Are team members quick to serve, find solutions and give positive feedback? If our work culture reflects the character of Christ we will attract team members with the character, competency and chemistry to take the company to the next level. Great people are not motivated by money alone, but by a mission much greater than themselves. Greatness comes to a company with a greater purpose.
     
    “You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.” 2 Corinthians 3:2-3
     
    Is your real mission just to make money or is it to transform lives? Is going the second mile service to the customer the creed of your culture or are they seen merely as a means to a financial end? An enterprise that glorifies God with outstanding service and superior products will produce fruit that remains. Become better and you will become bigger for the right reasons. Your work done well is a testament to God’s grace, faithfulness and favor.
     
    Furthermore, a leader who submits to the Lord does not lord it over other team members. There is a gratitude that governs a humble leader’s heart so that they lead and manage out of appreciation and accountability, not as an intimidating, autocratic ruler. Even if a supervisor or employee does not believe in Jesus they can still behave like Jesus. When we create a culture friendly to faith, we grow a team of people who have faith in each other.
     
    Therefore, be intentional to integrate Scriptural principles into your life and work. Use your business or ministry to make life better for people and people better for life. Be bold to tastefully and professionally pray for people. Give time off for team members to invest in their marriages and travel on mission trips. Grow leaders who will pour into their teams. Dedicate your company to Christ and He will determine your steps for success.
     
    “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” Proverbs 16:9
     
    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I dedicate Your company to You, for Your purposes.
     
    Related Readings: Exodus 32:16; Jeremiah 31:33; 1 Thessalonians 2:9; 2 Thessalonians 3:8
     
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  • Humbled by Health

    Posted on June 27, 2012 by Family Christian

    “Naaman’s servants went to him and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, ‘Wash and be cleansed’!” So he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy.” 2 Kings 5:13-14

     

    Softening happens when sickness seizes the body. There is a sensitivity and tenderness of heart that may have been dormant in the behavior of a controlling Christian. But a body under fire from illness is asking to let go of control and cling to Christ. At first there may be an angry reaction, then succumbing to a sense that God’s got it—He is in control. Faith in the face of fiery trials is the fruit of humility. Sickness is an invitation to submission to Jesus.

    Yes, there are acts of obedience that accompany a life smothered by a cloud of uncertainty. As we walk in humility we listen for the Lord’s voice. He speaks through His word, His teachers, His preachers, His children and experts in treating physical ailments. Prayer and modern medicine are a powerful partnership in producing positive outcomes. A humbled heart creates clarity of mind for wisdom in decision-making. Humility invites healing.

    “Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” And immediately the leprosy left him. Then Jesus ordered him, “Don’t tell anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.” Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses.” Luke 5:13-15 

    Your cure may very well be different from another suffering saint’s. It is a mystery why your body responds well to certain treatments while someone in a similar condition experiences a totally different result. So, you pray, research, and trust the Spirit to lead you in the Lord’s physical plan for you. Indeed, don’t miss the holistic approach of healing in your body, mind, will, emotions and spirit. Humility is the gateway to God’s grace and wholeness.

    Allow the Lord to use health issues to bring vulnerability and intimacy into your relationships. Be real about your fears and ill feelings, allow friends to comfort you. Emotional awareness and engagement is a healthy outcome of a humbled heart. Renew your mind daily with the truth of Scripture and bend your will toward your biblical beliefs. Physical health is good, but spiritual wholeness is best. A humbled heart hears the Lord.

    “Lord, do not forsake me; do not be far from me, my God. Come quickly to help me, my Lord and my Savior.” Psalm 38:21-22

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I humble my heart, so I can hear from You and be healed.

    Related Readings: Job 14:22; Psalm 38:6-8; Proverbs 17:22; Mark 7:37; 3 John 1:2

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  • Choose Your Battles

    Posted on June 26, 2012 by Family Christian

    “Whoever corrects a mocker invites insult; whoever rebukes a wicked man incurs abuse” (Proverbs 9:7).

     

    We all have a limited amount of time and energy. Wisdom says to spend them both on productive people, not destructive ones. Verbal sparring with a proud person only invites insult. It is better to ignore their venomous venting than try to reason with them. Do your best, stay focused on the task, and trust your reputation with the giver of reputations—your Savior Jesus.

    Mockers look to stir things up in the moment. They have no long-term solutions, so avoid their cynical, crazy cycle. A mocker’s mind is already made up; he will not change regardless of wise rationale. There are those who return evil for good so do not go there or you may end up in despair. Jesus says the caustic cynic is full of pride.

    “Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if a blind man guides a blind man, both will fall into a pit” (Matthew 15:14 NASB).

    What about a family member who seems to be hurtling down a path of destruction? Specifically, you may have a teenager or adult child whose entire focus is friends and freedom. They seem to have rejected all common sense and Christ-like influence. First and foremost, focus on their heart with love and acceptance. If you battle over the external, it will be messy and costly. However, if they change from the inside out, the transformation will be beautiful and enduring.

    Ask them to pray, asking the Lord what He thinks about their decisions and choice of friends. Direct them back to Scripture as their Savior’s standard for living. Above all, pursue a peaceful and patient attitude in prayer. Our most significant battles are spiritual; they are won or lost on our knees. The Holy Spirit will lead you when to speak, what to say, and when to remain silent. Everyone wins when you value the relationship over winning the argument.

    “Do not rebuke a mocker or he will hate you; rebuke a wise man and he will love you” (Proverbs 9:8).

    Prayer: What relationship do I need to quit striving over and give to the Lord?

    Related Readings: 2 Chronicles 30:7–9; Proverbs 23:9; Matthew 7:6; 22:4–6

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  • Tenth Avenue North - The Struggle

    Posted on June 25, 2012 by Family Christian

    Acclaimed band Tenth Avenue North announces “The Struggle” fall tour, its biggest headlining tour to date, visiting more than 35 cities from mid-September though late November.  The tour, featuring guest artists Audrey Assad and Rend Collective Experiment, will support Tenth Avenue North’s Aug. 21 studio release, The Struggle, whose lead single “Losing” debuted with an incredible 73 adds out-of-the-box that included the KLove, WAY-FM and Air1 networks.

    Kicking off Sept. 13 in Sewell, New Jersey (Philadelphia area), “The Struggle” fall tour will hit major markets including New York, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Detroit, Chicago, Minneapolis, Denver, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Phoenix, San Antonio, and Houston, among others.  Singer-songwriter Audrey Assad and Kingsway artist Rend Collective Experiment will join Tenth Avenue North, who will perform new music from its latest project as well as fan favorites.

    The tour is named for Tenth Avenue North’s third label project, The Struggle, available for pre-order now, with a street date of Aug. 21.  Produced by six-time SESAC Christian Songwriter of the Year, and two-time GRAMMY nominee, Jason Ingram (Chris Tomlin, Sanctus Real), The Struggle is a bold, creative leap forward for the band, reflecting influences ranging from fan insight to the addition of two band members to a new recording process.

    For more information on “The Struggle” fall tour, visit: www.thestruggletour.com

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  • Used By God

    Posted on June 25, 2012 by Family Christian

    “So the king did not listen to the people, for this turn of events was from God, to fulfill the word the Lord had spoken to Jeroboam son of Nebat through Ahijah the Shilonite.” 2 Chronicles 10:15

     

    Sometimes the Lord uses negative situations to get His positive results. What looks like a serious mistake on the surface turns out to be an opportunity for the Spirit to succeed. The Lord can use unruly people and a crisis of faith to carry out His game plan. One person’s blunder in judgment becomes an open door for Jesus to walk through showing Himself up close and personal. God can use  a turn of events to bring about His desired outcome.
     
    We are wise not to fight against God but to wait on the validation of His will and way. If we rush to correct a person or circumstance we may be delaying the inevitable. The Holy Spirit directs the hearts of men and women for His directive. So it’s from our humble heart that we hear from the Spirit the steps we need to take. We listen intently gaining insight into the heart of the matter. We wait until we have peace from God.
     
    “Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.” Acts 5:38-39
     
    Are you disappointed in a leader who lacks leadership qualities? Are your ideas and recommendations dismissed before they even have time to be considered? If so, stay true to what you know is true, trusting the Lord will use you and others to accomplish His purpose. Indeed, roadblocks are an opportunity to slow down and watch Christ work. Man’s “no” is an opening for God’s “yes”. He is faithful to fulfill what He has promised.
     
    Moreover, the Lord uses the unremarkable to accomplish the remarkable. Do not despise your small contribution as insignificant; you may be the “tipping point” in advancing the Kingdom’s agenda. Your influence over influencers is a behind the scenes strategy to glorify God. Be bold in speaking up for what’s right, even if your flesh feels it will fall on deaf ears. The Holy Spirit is at work and He is using you to fulfill the word of the Lord.
     
    “The LORD said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled.” Jeremiah 1:12
     
    Prayer: Heavenly Father, use me to be a facilitator of the fulfillment of Your word.
     
    Related Readings: 2 Chronicles 11:4; Ezekiel 12:28; Acts 13:27; Romans 15:18
     
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  • God is Present

    Posted on June 24, 2012 by Family Christian

    There they are, overwhelmed with dread, for God is present in the company of the righteous.Psalm 14:5

     

    God is present in your predicament. You do not have to pray, “God be with us.” He is there already. He is there because He cares. He is there because you are extremely valuable to Him. God’s cherishes His children. He loves to give His own good gifts (Matthew 7:11). His presence alone is a present. He is present to give wisdom. He is present to give you direction. He is present to give you courage. In His presence there is peace. Yet we sometimes act as if our God is distant and disconnected from our discouragement. We would never say there is no God; that would be foolish. But our unbelieving behavior makes us look like atheists. We fret and we fear when our faith comes under fire. We are fragile. However, God is near; we have no need to fear. He is ever present.
     
    God’s presence is there to give us calm and conviction. His peace is what propels us forward by faith. Do not give up on doing the right thing. Sinful compromise for short- term satisfaction never ends well. Why put your family at risk by running after forbidden fruit? God has not left you. He does not wink at wicked deeds. He is right by your side to see you through this sinful temptation. Indeed, the fear of God is the fruit of His presence. When we walk with Jesus we want to obey Him. The bed of adultery is repulsive when accompanied by the Almighty. He is present, so don’t go there. Being in the presence of holiness causes us to blush in the face of sin. His presence is a protection against foolish decisions. Just knowing the Lord is watching is a wake-up call to wisdom.
     
    His presence is made manifest in a company of Christ followers. It is in community that the Body of Christ is in full form. Sin pushes us to seclusion. It is an illusion to think we can isolate ourselves from Almighty God. But in authentic community there is nowhere to hide. It is in the presence of committed Christ followers that we feed our faith. Do not fight temptation alone. Tell someone. Re-engage with the righteous. Early repentance rests in community, but is deferred outside the caring confrontation from those who care. Community goes after its own. It does more than pray. It pursues. The presence of the righteous is God personified. This keeps us accountable. This keeps us pure. This keeps our perspective in reality. This keeps us encouraged.
     
    Therefore, by staying in the presence of God-fearing followers, we stay engaged with God. This time of engagement with others facilitates our alone time with our heavenly Father. Stay hard after your heavenly Father in solitude and prayer. His presence is inviting you into intimacy. Design your life around a daily retreat into His presence. Look into His face and feel His love. Listen to His voice and follow His instruction. Be broken by His holiness. Be mended by His grace. Be rebuked by His righteousness. Be encouraged by His wisdom. In His presence we are made whole. In His presence He provides. He provides just what we need in the moment. His presence is in real time. Therefore, persevere in prayer without ceasing (I Thessalonians 5:17). Be present in His presence.

    Taken from Reading #10 in the 90-day devotional book, “Seeking God in the Psalms”… http://bit.ly/bQHNIE
     
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