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PROCLAIMING GODS TRUTH EVERYDAY

PROCLAIMING GODS TRUTH EVERYDAY

Created by Faith (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Created by Faith (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Go after a life of love as if your life depended on it—because it does. Give yourselves to the gifts God gives you. Most of all, try to proclaim his truth everyday. If you praise him in the private language of tongues, God understands you but no one else does, for you are sharing intimacies just between you and him. But when you proclaim his truth in everyday speech, you’re letting others in on the truth so that they can grow and be strong and experience his presence with you.

The one who prays using a private prayer language” certainly gets a lot out of it, but proclaiming God’s truth to the church in its common language brings the whole church into growth and strength. I want all of you to develop intimacies with God in prayer, but please don’t stop with that. Go on and proclaim his clear truth to others. It’s more important that everyone have access to the knowledge and love of God in language everyone understands than that you go off and cultivate God’s presence in a mysterious prayer language—unless, of course, there is someone who can interpret what you are saying for the benefit of all.

Think, friends: If I come to you and all I do is pray privately to God in a way only he can understand, what are you going to get out of that? If I don’t address you plainly with some insight or truth or proclamation or teaching, what help am I to you? If musical instruments—flutes, say, or harps—aren’t played so that each note is distinct and in tune, how will anyone be able to catch the melody and enjoy the music? If the trumpet call can’t be distinguished, will anyone show up for the battle?

So if you speak in a way no one can understand, what’s the point of opening your mouth? There are many languages in the world and they all mean something to someone. But if I don’t understand the language, it’s not going to do me much good. It’s no different with you. Since you’re so eager to participate in what God is doing, why don’t you concentrate on doing what helps everyone in the church?

So, when you pray in your private prayer language, don’t hoard the experience for yourself. Pray for the insight and ability to bring others into that intimacy. If I pray in tongues, my spirit prays but my mind lies fallow, and all that intelligence is wasted. So what’s the solution? The answer is simple enough. Do both. I should be spiritually free and expressive as I pray, but I should also be thoughtful and mindful as I pray. I should sing with my spirit, and sing with my mind. If you give a blessing using your private prayer language, which no one else understands, how can some outsider who has just shown up and has no idea what’s going on know when to say Amen“? Your blessing might be beautiful, but you have very effectively cut that person out of it.

I’m grateful to God for the gift of praying in tongues that he gives us for praising him, which leads to wonderful intimacies we enjoy with him. I enter into this as much or more than any of you. But when I’m in a church assembled for worship, I’d rather say five words that everyone can understand and learn from than say ten thousand that sound to others like gibberish.

Therefore, I say to each of you, go on and proclaim God’s clear truth to others everyday, and allow everyone to have complete access to the love and knowledge of God.

Now may God’s love, truth and peace, rest and abide in each of you, in Jesus name, AMEN!

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HOW DO YOU DISCIPLINE YOUR CHILDREN AND TEACH THEM RESPECT PART 2

HOW DO YOU DISCIPLINE YOUR CHILDREN AND TEACH THEM RESPECT PART 2

PARENT’S HAVE THE GREATER RESPONSIBILITY

THE JOY OF WATCHING MY GRAND CHILDREN GROW UP (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

THE JOY OF WATCHING MY GRAND CHILDREN GROW UP (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

In part one of this four part series we talked about the role parents play in raising loving and respectable children.  We asked you to share your thoughts on what you would do to raise your children up in the right way that would make them a more responsible and productive adult in this society.  Several of you responded and I will share a couple of your response here.

One of our own Ministers, Sister Shirley wrote, “What we as adults, leaders, and parents must understand is that children are a gift from God, one to be cherished. They are our future leaders, doctors, teachers, etc., therefore our responsibility should be to teach and guide them now or pay the price in the future. Life is about choice and chance.”  

When I was a youth living in a small town, everyone knew everyone and no one was ever afraid to correct us if they saw us doing something wrong.  Today, if you correct a child when you see them doing wrong, you will have the parents knocking at your door for chastising their child.  You might even have the police come calling on you, if you are lucky that the child has not shot and killed you.  There is something badly wrong with this picture, but it is a true one today.

I can recall a time when I was in a vacation bible school; my wife at the time was teaching a Bible Study class with one of our Associate Ministers.  I had been called outside to break up a disturbance.  When I came back into the church, this young man’s sister was standing in the middle of the church cursing my wife and the pastor out using all sorts of foul language.  I escorted her outside and attempted to talk with her to no avail.  She left and within a few minutes, just after things had gotten back to normal within the church class, the doors swung open with a loud bang and a loud voice began to roar from the rear of the church.  It was the mother of the two teenagers yelling and screaming at me with language worst than her children had used, telling me what she was going to do to me if I ever put my hands on her children again.

Now this mother was the chairman of the usher board within the church.  Not only were her children wrong, but she was wrong for the way she handled the situation.  Her children went home and lied to her about what had taken place at the church.  She was willing to believe the worst from them, and instead of coming to find out what was going on, she came in accusing me and others of striking her children when no such thing had taken place.  If this had happened when I was a youth, I would have gotten my butt whipped before I left the church, then I would have been taken home to my parents and they would have whipped my butt again.  But you see, in today’s political correctness society, there are too many parents who refuse to correct their own children and will not allow anyone in the churches, schools or the community to do so.  Therefore, the youth’s attitude is you are not my parents and you can’t tell me what to do.  This is a sad commentary for our youth and it is a factor that is contributing to the youth violence in America today.

Another part of this problem of correcting children is some of the abuse that some parents have perpetuated upon their children that has caused the government to get more involved in our daily lives.  We parents are responsible for our children and we must shoulder that responsibility with love, understanding and patience.  Children can be a problem.  There is much peer pressure on them.  They want to fit in with their friends, therefore as a parent, we must try to understand their changing life style, and the growth hormones as they experienced adulthood.  We must treat them with respect, try and understand that they too do have problems and they may not always share those problems with us.  But we must always be willing to put our arms around them and daily tell them that we love them, even though we may not be having the kind of conversation we would like to have with them.  But I tell you that there is power in love.  When our youth can feel within themselves that they are loved, it brings a much different kind of respect from them.

Another one of our readers wrote and shared her story with us as to how she as a single parent is raising her daughter and preparing her for adulthood and to become a creative and productive member of this society.  Here is what she had to say; “I am trying to be here during my daughter’s childhood and teen years. I have chosen to sacrifice a more materialistic living in favor of being a stay at home mom. I’m available to my child when she comes home from school and stay available until she’s in bed at night. I find this helps immensely in our communication and the trust being built between us. We still have immense challenges, as I’m a single mom, but I’m so glad I made the decision to put her before materialism in our lives.”  (The Warrioress  Life of a female Blogger)  We encourage you to go by and read her writings.  You can reach her by clicking on this link:  http://lifeofafemalebiblewarrior.wordpress.com/

We also encourage you to share your story with us and we will include it in Part 3 of this series which we will post next week on Tuesday June 25, 2013.  Your story just might be the one that helps to encourage another parent to become a better parent or perhaps improve their parenting skills and even save a child’s life.

 

 

 

FAITH IN HUMAN SUFFERING WILL PROVIDE HEALING TO THE HUMAN BODY

FAITH IN HUMAN SUFFERING WILL PROVIDE HEALING TO THE HUMAN BODY

CATHEDRAL CHURCH OF ST.PAUL EPISCOPAL ANGLICAN OF DETROIT MI. EMPOWERING YOU WITH SPIRITUAL KNOWLEDGE (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

CATHEDRAL CHURCH OF ST.PAUL EPISCOPAL ANGLICAN OF DETROIT MI. EMPOWERING YOU WITH SPIRITUAL KNOWLEDGE (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Our message today is a direct response to one of our readers and fellow bloggers that was posted on an article written a few days ago title:  “YOU ARE CREATED WITH POWER AND FOR A REASON!” You can go back and read the article and all the comments by clicking on this link: http://wp.me/pf75v-2F8/   

After Diana, My Dear Sister in Christ proposed this question to us; “When was the last time you had to remedy a situation with a weak link, in your family or Church? [Refresher….because you talk with so many….I wrote the Question of Human Suffering?”

 I told her that rather than just responding to her question with a short note, I would write an article title: “FAITH IN HUMAN SUFFERNG WILL PROVIDE HEALING TO THE HUMAN BODY!” The title came to me instantly while reading and meditating on her question, I said My God, My God how marvelous you really are, thank you, thank you. You are truly my provider, and you will provide to all of us all we need at the very moment and time we need it.

WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT, MI. THE INSTITUTE FOR HIGHER LEARNING KNOWLEDGE AND POWER (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT, MI. THE INSTITUTE FOR HIGHER LEARNING KNOWLEDGE AND POWER (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Let me begin by adding a few points to the first part of her question.  Because our employer is Jesus Christ and our Mission is to make Disciples, daily we are confronted with situations where people have fallen by the way side and find it difficult to pick themselves up and turn their lives around.  They have become one of the weak links in the Church, the Community as well as their family, and our job is to help restore them back to the right relationship with Jesus Christ.

Recently I met a man who was living in a homeless shelter; he was married with three young children.  He had a Master Degree in Business, and had worked for several years in the automotive industry.  His company was downsized and he lost his job, his home and now he was about to lose what matter to him the most, and that was his wife and young children.  This man had become the weak link in his family, as well as his community, and was having a very difficult time with all that was happening to him.  His health was failing and his spirit was broken.  What he needed most was Jesus and at that very moment he could not see it.  At this point, my job is to help restore him back to the right relationship with Jesus, by encouraging him to walk by faith and not by sight.  Sometimes God has to break us in order to make us.

In analysis of faith, suffering, healing and the human body we are able to relate to spirituality in combination with mortal (flesh). Combining these elements we bring into subjection mind over matter, our thought process, the passageway to wholeness.

The physical body is just that, physical, subject to the elements that surrounds it in its natural state.  The spirit that inhabits the human body is God given, he has breathed his breath into it; therefore, suffering develops faith within human suffering. Faith that is centered and focused brings healing and health to the physical body, it serves as a stimulus to the cells, and tissue that makes up the human entity of who we really are. You can speak to the cells in your body, command them to heal, and they will obey your command.

We often think of life here on this earth as all that there is and we hesitate to venture into the unknown simply because we have not allowed the process of thought to lead us. Even when we experience an altered state in our health, we focus on what is happening within the physical body rather than the spiritual where healing is plentiful. Without faith we are not able to comprehend the awesome power of God in reality.

If we think for a moment and consider the teachings of Jesus (his words are truth) we will understand how he has given the authority and power to his followers, remember what he said to his disciples, “Go, preach, heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils, freely you have received, freely give” (Matthew 10:5-8).  When his “hour” had come, Jesus prayed to his Father for his followers, “The glory which you gave me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one. I in them, and you in me, so that they may be made perfect in one,” His teaching of Love is an avenue for healing. Consider the infirm woman talked about in scripture (Luke 13:10-17) bound by the Devil for eighteen years, unable to walk straight. She allowed her past to rob her of her strength and vitality, her will to move forward in life. This lady had to struggle to get to Jesus and when she made contact she was set free of her infirmity. There will come moments in life when we must release things and people in order to be free.

Christ suffered for us in the flesh; we are to arm ourselves with the same mind toward one another and life. 1Peter 4:12-13 reminds us this way, “beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trials which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you, but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s suffering, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.” We are freely given, wisdom, knowledge, strength and understanding, it’s up to us to make the choice.

Now I encourage each one of you, when you talk the talk and say that you have “FAITH,” don’t let it be just another word you say to make others believe you truly do know what you are talking about, learn to walk the walk and know without an ounce of doubt that, “FAITH IN HUMAN SUFFERING WILL PROVIDE HEALING TO THE HUMAN BODY!”

Let me encourage you to go and visit our fellow blogger’s blog that inspired us to write this article, you can contact her at:

http://aholisticjourney.wordpress.com/2013/05/15/faith-and-suffering/

We thank each of you for reading and studying with us daily.  You are truly a disciple of Jesus Christ and we have Ministered this lesson to you today from a position of Peace, Power, Purpose and Prosperity.

 

HOW THE ENEMY ATTEMPTS TO DESTROY YOU WHEN YOU ARE MINDING YOUR OWN BUSINESS

HOW THE ENEMY ATTEMPTS TO DESTROY YOU WHEN YOU ARE MINDING YOUR OWN BUSINESS

FREEDOM-A LESSON FROM THE BIRDS OF HOW TO MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

FREEDOM-A LESSON FROM THE BIRDS OF HOW TO MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Today is a brand new day, and the beginning of a brand new week.  You attended the Church of your choice and you were fed the spiritual bread of life by your Pastors that spoke the word of truth and sent you back out into the world to serve that others may be saved from their sins and torment of the old devil.  But now you are standing at the gate being falsely accused of crimes against humanity that have no barreling on your life.  And you ask WHY?  Why me, I am a child of God, I am His Servant, I have not done any of those things that others are accusing me of?  I have been minding my own business and doing what has been commanded of me.  But still I stand falsely accused of wrong doing, when I am out and about doing the will of God.

Hostile accusers appear out of nowhere; they stand up and badger me. They pay me back misery for mercy, leaving my soul empty. When they were sick, I dressed in black; instead of eating, I prayed. My prayers were like lead in my gut like I’d lost my best friend, my brother. I paced, distraught as a motherless child, hunched and heavyhearted. But when I was down they threw a party! All the nameless riffraff of the town came chanting insults about me. Like barbarians desecrating a shrine, they destroyed my reputation.  God, how long are you going to stand there doing nothing? Save me from their brutalities; everything I’ve got is being thrown to the lions. I will give you full credit when everyone gathers for worship; when the people turn out in force I will say my Hallelujahs.

 Don’t let these liars, my enemies, have a party at my expense. Those who hate me for no reason,

winking and rolling their eyes, No good is going to come from that crowd; They spend all their time cooking up gossip against those who mind their own business.

They open their mouths in ugly grins, Mocking, “Ha-ha, ha-ha, thought you’d get away with it?
We’ve caught you hands down!” Don’t you see what they’re doing, God? You’re not going to let them get by with it, are you? Not going to walk off without doing something, are you?

Please get up—wake up! Tend to my case. My God, my Lord—my life is on the line. Do what you think is right, God, my God, but don’t make me pay for their good time. Don’t let them say to themselves, “Ha-ha, we got what we wanted.” Don’t let them say, “We’ve chewed him up and spit him out.” Let those who are being hilarious at my expense be made to look ridiculous. Make them wear donkey’s ears; Pin them with the donkey’s tail, who made themselves so high and mighty!

But those who want the best for me, Let them have the last word—a glad shout!— and say, over and over and over, “God is great—everything works together for good for his servant.” I’ll tell the world how great and good you are, I’ll shout Hallelujah all day, every day. (Psalm 35:11-28 MSG)

BE ENCOURAGED, do not allow the enemy to still your joy, keep your hands in Gods’ hand and allow Him to fight your battles.  Stay focus on the prize, and always MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS!

 

TIME TO CELEBRATE MAUNDY THURSDAY

The Holy Seapulchre Church, Jerusalem. Catholi...

The Holy Seapulchre Church, Jerusalem. Catholic Holy Mass on Maundy Thursday / Crkva Svetoga groba u Jeruzalemu. Katolička sveta misa na Veliki četvrtak. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

TIME TO CELEBRATE MAUNDY THURSDAY

Tomorrow we will begin to celebrate Maundy Thursday together.  Maundy Thursday is also called Holy Thursday; it is the beginning of the three day celebration of EASTER the most important time in the year for Christians. This period (‘The Triduum‘) is one big celebration, remembering the last supper, the crucifixion and the death of Jesus, and the Resurrection to new life.

Maundy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles.  It is the day before Good Friday, and it is the lesser known days of the Christian calendar.  On this day, Christians remember the Last Supper. During the meal Jesus took bread and wine and shared them with his disciples.

Christians from around the world will continue to share bread and wine as part of their worship services in their individual local church.  We share this message with you in order to help you prepare for your day of celebration.  When we all join together in these moments of great celebration, it enables us to remember just how much we truly are one in Christ.  He gave His life that we may live, love and share with each other.  Know that on this day, you are truly BLESSED and HIGHLY FAVORED, because GOD said you were.

Let me remind you and encourage you to think globally and work locally, reaching out to your brothers and sisters and giving of yourself that others may live, lifting up our Holy Hands towards heaven in prayer.  I remain your brother in JESUS CHRIST, PASTOR DAVIS/MASTER TEACHER!

SCRIPTURE READING PREPAIRING FOR THE PASSOVER MEAL

SCRIPTURE READING PREPAIRING FOR THE PASSOVER MEAL

THE UPPER ROOM WHERE THE LORD'S SUPPER IS SERVED (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

THE UPPER ROOM WHERE THE LORD’S SUPPER IS SERVED (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

 On the first of the Days of Unleavened Bread, the day they prepare the Passover sacrifice, his disciples asked him, “Where do you want us to go and make preparations so you can eat the Passover meal?”

He directed two of his disciples, “Go into the city. A man carrying a water jug will meet you. Follow him. Ask the owner of whichever house he enters, ‘The Teacher wants to know, Where is my guest room where I can eat the Passover meal with my disciples?’ He will show you a spacious second-story room, swept and ready. Prepare for us there.”

The disciples left, came to the city, found everything just as he had told them, and prepared the Passover meal.

After sunset he came with the Twelve. As they were at the supper table eating, Jesus said, “I have something hard but important to say to you: One of you is going to hand me over to the conspirators, one who at this moment is eating with me.”

Stunned, they started asking, one after another, “It isn’t me, is it?”

 He said, “It’s one of the Twelve, one who eats with me out of the same bowl. In one sense, it turns out that the Son of Man is entering into a way of treachery well-marked by the Scriptures—no surprises here. In another sense, the man who turns him in, turns traitor to the Son of Man—better never to have been born than do this!”

“This Is My Body”

In the course of their meal, having taken and blessed the bread, he broke it and gave it to them. Then he said,

Take, this is my body.

Taking the chalice, he gave it to them, thanking God, and they all drank from it. He said,

This is my blood,
God’s new covenant,
Poured out for many people.

 “I’ll not be drinking wine again until the new day when I drink it in the kingdom of God.”

They sang a hymn and then went directly to Mount Olives(Mark 14:12-26 MSG)

 

GODLINESS WITH CONTENTMENT IS GREAT GAIN

GODLINESS WITH CONTENTMENT IS GREAT GAIN

Now listen to how the Scriptures teach us on this subject matter; it says, “But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world.  But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.  But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction, (1 Timothy 6:6-9)!”  Now pause your thoughts right here for a moment and click on this video for our introductory summary of what this lesson is about and we will meet you on the other side.

Our lesson today is taken from Paul’s letter that he wrote to his son Timothy, known as the book of 1st Timothy.  In this closing section of his instructional letter, Paul returned to discussing how Timothy should handle the false teachers.  Paul main concern was not about the form of the instruction they were providing to the people, but that the false teachers disagreed with what Jesus Christ had taught and demonstrated.  They erred in contradicting and discounting Jesus.

Therefore, Paul told them that false teaching is ungodly teaching; it cannot result in a godly life.  Our applications of God’s word will always depend on how accurately we have understood the teaching of God’s word.  But these false teachers were not merely mistaken in their doctrine; their evil went deeper.  Or rather, it originated in deeper problems.  They were not well intentioned teachers who had made unfortunate mistakes.  Their basic motivations were evil.

Paul told Timothy to stay away from those who just want to make money from preaching, and from those in the Church who stray from the sound teachings of the gospel into controversial arguments.  Paul was exposing these false teachers by revealing their real character behind their veneer of prestige.  These are not very flattering words for a group of teachers who apparently thought very highly of themselves!

Paul said, “CONCEITED,” describes the trait of a person having an excessively favorable opinion of his own ability or importance.  The false teachers showed all that and more, yet Paul confronted that conceit by explaining that they were actually “ignorant.”  The utter falsehood of both the content and the conclusions of their teaching was worthy not of pride, but shame.  They did not agree with the truth, but instead had an unhealthy desire to quibble over the meaning of words that promoted speculation and led to arguments about ideals that came not from Scripture, but from the minds of the false teachers.

The controversial ideas and the disputes about words had a devastating effect in the church.  With the believers embroiled in arguments over meaningless theories and false doctrine, relationships began to deteriorate.  Jealousy is followed by fighting, meaning competition and or violent and bitter conflict.  Slander and evil suspicions surely follow.  The seeds of false teaching in Ephesus were yielding a harvest of bitterness.

Here are some more characteristics of false teachers: they always cause trouble because they all had corrupt (debased, depraved, tainted) minds.  Not only were they ignorant, but their minds were so corrupt that the truth (God’s truth) was completely absent.  They were motivated by getting rich.  While Paul instructed the church about the Christian leader’s right to be paid for their service, he made it clear that they should not be greedy and should not consider their ministry as a way to get rich.  Those who did clearly could not be serving the Lord Christ with pure motives, but instead were serving their selfish desires.

The false teachers thought religion was a means to get rich; instead, true religion is great wealth in itself when accompanied by contentment.  One’s religion does not come and go with the uncertainties of material wealth; faith in Christ, with contentment, is the wealth, independent of one’s bankbook and possessions.  The false teachers had it backward.

True religion (faith in Christ) requires training and develops inner spiritual qualities, while at the same time being apparent in the way we relate to others.  It exhibits true character exemplified in the way we serve others.  Contentment grows from our attitude toward living God’s way.  To have contentment in Christ requires four decisions about the events and possessions of our life:

1.     We must focus on what God has already allowed us to have.

2.     We must disregard what we do not have.

3.     We must refuse to covet what others may have.

4.     We must give thanks to God for each and all of his gifts.

If we fail to make these decisions, our contentment will diminish.

Finally, the great wealth that motivated the false teachers was neither lasting nor escapable of bringingcontentment.  Their earthly profits would be left behind.  What brings great wealth has to do with eternal values.  When material treasures become our focus, we quit contributing to our eternal account.  Whatever gains we may experience in this life mean nothing if they cause us eternal bankruptcy!

This statement provides the key to spiritual growth and personal fulfillment.  We should honor God and center our desires on him, and we should be content with what God is doing in our lives.

Paul followed up his statement about the true source of contentment by discounting any hope of ultimate contentment based merely on this life.  The correct perspective on material possessions—money, houses, clothing, vehicles, jewels, land, etc.—remains eternally the same.  They cannot last forever.  We can lose, break, or ruin them in this life.  We didn’t bring them with us when we were born, and we cannot carry anything with us when we die.

Human beings have basic needs.  Believers and unbelievers alike require food and clothing (also implying shelter) for survival.  The difference should be that when believers’ basic needs are met, they ought to be satisfied and content, requiring nothing more.  In contrast, unbelievers are driven by society’s standards and desires, they cannot be content with only basic needs being met because they must always strive for more.

After stating the simple plan for living faithfully, Paul challenged the world’s view by showing the outcome of trying to gain contentment through the pursuit of wealth.  The desire to be rich is, by its very nature, a desire that cannot be satiated.  People who long to be rich cannot understand contentment because they can never have enough money.  The temptation of money feeds their greed.  Soon their passion plunges them into ruin and destruction.  Therefore, let us feast on these words, “GODLINESS WITH CONTENTMENT IS GREAT GAIN!”  Today, I have ministered to you from a position of PEACE, PURPOSE, POWER and PROSPERITY.  May the Lord bless each one of you abundantly and provide you with His Peace and Contentment.  I remain your brother in Jesus Christ, Pastor Davis/Master Teacher!

 

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