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Terry Crews on His Former Porn Addiction: It Changes the Way You Think About People
Former NFL player and Brooklyn Nine-Nine star—and muscle man in basically every mid-2000s movie—Terry Crews recently released a video confessional to Facebook opening up about his addiction to pornography. After years and years of being a porn addict, Crews hit a low point. “If day turns into night and you’re still watching,” said Crews, “you probably got a problem.” For Crews, it was indeed a problem. The debilitating addiction forced him into rehab and nearly led to the end of his marriage.
"My problem with pornography is that it changes the way you think about people. People become objects. People become body parts. And things to be used, rather than people to be loved. You start to change the way you see people. You start to use people."
His point is not unfounded in the least. A study by The Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Germany found that not only does the consumption of porn correlate with a pronounced decline in percentage of young adult males who are married, but it might actually be contributing to the trend. And, according to Psychology Today, while studies are showing that porn-free relationships are stronger, with a lower rate of infidelity, the rate of people who believe porn doesn't negatively affect the watcher is alarming. Nearly 90 percent of men believed consumption of porn is acceptable—and just over 50 percent of women agree. But, as Crews experienced, the reality of porn in relationships is that it diminishes your view of people and deteriorates your ability to connect with them.
As he states in this video he calls "Dirty Little Secrets," Crews has made it his mission to help people who find themselves in the midst of a similar struggle. He encourages his followers to not suffer through porn addiction alone: "By not telling people, it becomes more powerful. But, when you tell and when you put it out there in the open ... it loses its power."
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Disney Is Making a ‘Wrinkle in Time’ Movie With the Director of ‘Selma’
The Golden Globe-nominated director of Selma , Ava DuVernay is going to direct a film adaptation of the acclaimed fantasy novel, A Wrinkle in Time . The novel, which first appeared in 1963 by Madeleine L'Engle, is featured on American Library Association list of the 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books because of the book's references to witches and crystal balls and the claim that it "challenges religious beliefs." In many ways, though, the work has overtly Christian themes including the fight of good against evil as a battle of light and darkness. L'Engle herself was the official writer-in-residence at New York City's Episcopal Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Her fantasy works are known to be highly expressive of her Christian viewpoint in ways reminiscent of C. S. Lewis.
Kathie Lee Gifford: How Billy Graham Led Me to Christ
When I first got there, I met for Bible study with about a dozen fellow Christians who felt called to serve God through arts and entertainment. We were chastised far more by Christians than by anybody else back then. They’d ask, “How can you say you’re a Christian and be in Hollywood?” I’d always respond, “How could I be in Hollywood and not be a Christian?” How could I put up with the work and rejection without the security of God’s faithfulness?
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J. Warner Wallace is a cold-case homicide detective, adjunct professor of apologetics at Biola University and author of Cold-Case Christianity and God's Crime Scene . J. Warner was a conscientious and vocal atheist through his undergraduate and graduate work in Design and Architecture (CSULB and UCLA); he always considered himself to be an “evidentialist”. His experience in law enforcement only served to strengthen his conviction that truth is tied directly to evidence. But at the age of thirty-five, J. Warner took a serious and expansive look at the evidence for the Christian Worldview and determined that Christianity was demonstrably true. After becoming a Christ follower in 1996, Jim continued to take an evidential approach to truth as he examined the Christian worldview.
Freedom of Expression in a Photoshop World
It is humility, after all, that goes hand in hand, and is the source, of true understatement. Understatement, as a figure of speech, has long had the technical title “tapeinosis,” which is Greek for humility. It is humble to understate something and allow your listener to experience the rare joy of discovering that something is more moving than was claimed. And it’s humble to understate things such that some listeners may never know the full force of it — because you are secure enough to have it go unacknowledged.
‘I’d like to punch him in the face': The incredible shrill of this election season
I’m calling on Christians to focus less on battling their enemies than on befriending them. If Christians are always thinking that it’s us against them, we won’t get very far. We can’t influence people who are our combatants. If we are unkind to those with whom we disagree, how will they ever see in us the profound, reconciling, unmerited, and sin-forgiving love of Christ? As a dear friend has reminded me, “You don’t have to see eye-to-eye to work shoulder-to-shoulder.”
Hiding from God
“We hide; God seeks. That’s the Bible. He’s relentless in his pursuit.”
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River City Christian presents its first Apologetics Conference in partnership with Biola University. During this 2-day event you will learn to answer the tough questions from some of the leading Christian thinkers of our day. Join us as Craig Hazen, J.P. Moreland, Clay Jones and Dena Davidson tackle some of today’s most commonly asked questions. Questions like: Why does God allow evil? Is there evidence for the resurrection? We hope you’ll join us as we explore why we believe what we believe as Christians.
Critical Conversations Book by Tom Gilson
Note: This book is intended to help Christian parents help teens successfully confront the challenges of gay advocacy in our culture. If your teen is confused, struggling, or needs help regarding his or her own sexuality, this book is not intended to meet that specific purpose, although it will help you understand some of the issues and answer some of your teen’s questions.
Kanye West’s Work-in-Progress
It’s the latest entry on a lengthy timeline illustrating Kanye’s use of Christian themes and imagery in his work. Occasionally such efforts have been viewed by believers as an earnest search for truth. The song “Jesus Walks” from his debut album was nominated for a 2004 Stellar Gospel Music Award.
Is Belief In God A Rational Position?
These three arguments combined show us the need we have for a cause, an intelligent designer, and a moral law giver. There is no possible way that our universe could begin to exist, be intricately designed, and have objective moral laws without God. These scientific and philosophical arguments make a very strong case that belief in God is a rational position. The odds of having what we have without God would be too large to count. Even if life could be possible, without God it would be meaningless. The best explanation for all of the evidence that we have is that there really is a God and therefore it is a rational position to believe that God exists.
God's Crime Scene: A Cold-Case Detective Examines the Evidence for a Divinely Created Universe - Kindle edition by J. Warner Wallace. Religion & Spirituality Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.
Every thinking person at some point in their life instinctively asks the question, “Where did it all come from?” What is it that produced the universe, ourselves, and all of the things that we observe, experience, and marvel at? Do the things that exist give us any indication or answers that will tell us how they got here in the first place? How do we go about answering such questions? What are the most important categories of existence that need to be examined? What is the most current scientific information and corresponding analytic/philosophical arguments on the topic? What are the essentials tools one must use to infer the best explanation to the most important question one could ever ask – does God exist? In God’s Crime Scene J. Warner Wallace gives you the relevant info and the investigative tools of a cold-case homicide detective to accurately assess eight key areas of evidence that to God’s existence well beyond a reasonable doubt. This book will strengthen the intellectual certitude of those who already believe in God and equip them to confidently share their faith with a new sense of conviction.
Sorry. Kevin Durant’s Custom 'Bible Servant' Nikes Won’t Be Available to the Public
The custom, Bible verse-inscribed signature shoes Nike created for Kevin Durant won’t be sold to the general public. In the fall, the NBA superstar posted images of his “Bible Servant” KD8 shoes that feature scripture on the inside "Take my yolk upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls,” a reference to the verse “M11:29" on the inside of the tongue, and is decked out with angels on the outside as a nod to KD’s Christian faith.
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We Need to Do More Than Talk About Race
Putting our faith into action looks like loving our neighbor, serving, stepping out of our “comfort zone” to serve those who are not like us. It also requires listening. We want to be slow to speak, and I think what is hard in this topic is to listen. So we want to be good listeners so we can enter into the pain of others, so we can be empathetic of others. We want to really love people. Part of loving people is to listen, to listen to their sorrows. God says we “mourn with those who mourn and rejoice with those who rejoice.” Part of acting is to mourn. Physically mourn, pray and really engage with those who are struggling in this area.
How to Respond to the “All Religions Basically Teach the Same Thing” Slogan | Think Christianly
With that in mind, the first thing to do when encountering this claim is simply ask a question—“That’s interesting; in what specific ways are all religions basically the same?” And then wait for a response. Fight the temptation to answer for them. Often, this will be enough to expose the superficial slogan so that you can have a more productive spiritual conversation.
Criminals Need God’s Mercy and Love, Too
Sex crimes done against children are considered to be some of the worst crimes one can do. People are generally more willing to work with victims, who might not have anyone representing or loving them, than they are with the perpetrators, who are just as broken but in different ways. As Christians, we know that God’s love can permeate anyone’s heart, but as a society we classify sins, calling some worse than others. God, however, is clear that all are in need of his love, grace, and compassion.
Theological Study Is for Everyone
Every Christian must be a theologian. In a variety of ways, this is something I tell my church often. And the looks I get from some surprised souls are the evidence that I have not yet adequately communicated that the purposeful theological study of God by lay people is important.
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Why Do We Need Religion?
Volf didn’t need to answer all these questions, but he did need to show more awareness of how intractably divisive they are and how widely diverse the forms of “globalization” are as a result. At one point he affirms that religion shouldn’t be merely supportive or oppositional toward globalization, since globalization comes in many forms. He should have remembered this when writing the passages of the book that attack globalization (in all forms) for a variety of moral failures—imposing a materialistic view of life, setting rich against poor, despoiling the environment, and so on. As Volf himself acknowledges in other passages, not all forms of globalization do these things!
Of Scarcity and Sanctity
Excess is the word for my (rented) Jeep. All these luxurious features cost money that could be better spent on other things, such as on overseas missions or on pro-life groups at home. Putting that aside, though, being too comfortable is dangerous. Being excessive or an extremist for pleasure insolates one from life as commonly lived. I don’t put air conditioning in this category. Pampering body and soul as a way of life is, ironically, poisonous and unhealthy. Peevishness accompanies excess, since everything must please. It is not easy to step out of your Jeep Cherokee into a clunker car when it is called for. The love of pleasure for its own sake is incompatible with the love of God and man. The Apostle Paul warns of this snare in a list of vices:
The False Reality of Social Media
What would our spouse say about us if he or she were off the iPhone? How would our children say we treat them if their mouths could talk in our Instagram photos? What would the telemarketer and saleslady Tweet about us? Would our flesh and blood neighbors say we are as good as social media says we are? Whether on social media or in real life, we tend to seesaw back and forth between false realities of ourselves. We either put on the mask of thinking too much or too little of ourselves. And in turn we portray this image to others.
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Doctrine of God: Excursus on Natural Theology Part 3 | The Role of Arguments and Evidence
For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org Defenders is Dr William Lane Craig's weekly Sunday school class on Christian doctrine and apologetics. This video is part 3 of an excursus on natural theology under the section on the doctrine of God. Be sure to check out more doctrines as well as the audio of Defenders: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/defend... We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/forums/ Be sure to also visit Reasonable Faith's other channel which contains short clips: http://www.youtube.com/drcraigvideos Follow Reasonable Faith On Twitter: http://twitter.com/rfupdates Like the Reasonable Faith Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/reasonablefa...
Pray Together, Stay Together
And attending connects men and women to other people who are “living family-centered lives” and who pray together. And did you know that prayer “is one of the best predictors of higher relationship quality”?
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Renewing Your Mind | Igniting a Bible Study Reformation | February 24, 2016
Having recently written for and edited a study Bible ( The Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible ), I can say from firsthand experience that, joined with prayer and the Spirit's illumination, God blesses study Bibles as important means for our spiritual growth. The most important way to use any Bible, regardless of whether it has notes or other helps, is to read it in order to know, trust in, and love Jesus Christ better and to become conformed to His image (Rom. 8:29). The Pharisees turned Bible study into an art, yet it was a perverse art of avoiding the Savior. Christ rebuked them, saying, "Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me" (John 5:39). May all our Bible study cause us to "grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ" (2 Peter 3:18).
Southern Baptists Lose Almost 1,000 Missionaries as IMB Cuts Costs
“God is not surprised by these financial realities,” stated IMB on its website. “He has reigned sovereign over the IMB for 170 years, and He will continue to reign sovereign over the IMB for years to come. … IMB leadership believes that, without question, God will continue to lead every one of its personnel on mission. It is expected that the 600-800 people who step aside from the IMB in the next six months will not be stepping ‘onto the sidelines of mission,’ but instead will be moving into a new phase of involvement in mission.”
Move over, 2 Corinthians: Proverbs takes center stage in latest Bible flap of GOP campaign
Already fighting accusations of underhanded campaigning, Cruz asked his communications director, Rick Tyler, to resign after Tyler posted a video on social media and claimed that the senator from Florida could be heard disparaging the Bible. The allegation was false and Tyler apologized.
“Answering Jihad: A Better Way Forward”- Book Review – Sustaining Her
The book is broken down into 18 questions, the chapters are short (which I always appreciate), and each page compels you to read more. If you don’t know much about Islam, Jihad, and Sharia Law, the book gives a brief but valuable overview. If you wonder why Islam is referred to as a “religion of peace” when it seems so violent, he answers this. If you want to know if terrorists are truly practicing Islam, he explains. Maybe you wonder if Allah and God are the same? He clarifies. He also gives insight into “the crusades,” and answers 14 other questions most of us have wondered in regard to the relationships between Islam, radicalism, and Christianity. Finally, he proposes the key approach in the way forward.
Democrats changes immigration rules to admit people with multiple STDs
The important thing (to Democrats) is not that the American public is protected, it’s that immigration of big-government supporters increases. That’s why the Democrats want to let in more and more unskilled immigrants – they are future Democrat voters. They have to change the electorate so that people who behave morally, understand the Constitution, and believe in the free market system become a minority. Skilled immigrants are bad because they won’t look to bigger government to save them from their own poor decisions. But unskilled immigrants – especially ones who need free health care for their sexually-transmitted diseases – are perfect Democrat voters. And they can infect other people, some of whom will also need free health care.
Ted Cruz Wants to Actively Look for Illegal Immigrants to Deport
Ted Cruz made a statement to Fox News' Bill O'Reilly about actively looking for illegal immigrants to deport. "Of course you would," Cruz told O'Reilly. "That's what [Immigrations and Customs Enforcement] exists for. We have law enforcement that looks for people who are violating the laws that apprehends and deports them." O'Reilly then laid out a hypothetical scenario for Cruz: A father who "overstays his visa — and he's got a couple of kids." O'Reilly asked Cruz whether he, as president, would "send the feds to his house, take him out and put him back on a plane." To which Cruz responded, "You better believe it."
A Toddler in Egypt Has Been Sentenced to Life in Prison
A 3-year-old boy has been sentenced to life in prison for a crime he allegedly committed when he was 16 months old. Kids these days. In an apparent case of mistaken identity, a toddler was among the 115 people a military court in Egypt found guilty of killing three people and sabotaging public and private property. The crimes took place during the protest supporting ousted President Mohamed Morsy in 2014. Ahmed Mansour Qorany Sharara, who was 16 months old at the time, was also sentenced to additional three years for related charges by a civilian misdemeanor court. When police arrived at Ahmed's home to arrest the young criminal, authorities realized he was a toddler and took his father, Mansour Qorany Sharara, instead. He was detained for four months before a judge released him.
If You’re A Christian Parent, You Need to Read This Book | Cold Case Christianity
When Natasha Crain, the author of the popular blog, ChristianMomThoughts.com , first told me about her idea for a book, I knew I had to do whatever I could to help her make it a reality. Why? Because Natasha understood what was at stake: the next generation of believers. As a Christian blogger, she had been engaging skeptics and aggressive atheists for some time, and as a Christian parent of three young children, she had been readying her kids for the skepticism she experienced online. Natasha took this mission seriously. She devoured every apologetics book she could get her hands on, and now, she’s written one of her own. If you’re a Christian parent, you need to read this book, whether you’re interested in Christian “apologetics” or not.
Cultural Elites | Soul Friend
If you can stay, I’ll begin by telling you about the night talkshow host Dick Cavett and I went to see Mickey Rooney perform. This is not a joke. Before the show I got to meet Mickey, along with the photographer Richard Avedon. It was a trip. But the point of this is what happened later that evening, in a Park Avenue bistro, where Cavett and I bumped into a Catholic priest friend of mine. Suddenly, as though it had been eating at him for years, Cavett asked the priest where the Golden Rule came from. The priest, knowing Cavett to be brilliant and well-educated, reached way back and came up with the actual Hebrew passage from the Old Testament, which Jesus would have been referring to when he so famously spoke it in the New Testament. But that’s not what Cavett was after. He didn’t know Jesus had given us the Golden Rule. That’s what he was asking! It was an odd moment watching the priest and the pundit missing each other, and realizing that my favorite smartguy didn’t know what most American fifth-graders know. Why? Because for the last fifty years he had been living among the intellectual and cultural elites of Manhattan – folks like Woody Allen and Susan Sontag and Pauline Kael, people so secular when compared to the rest of the country that they wouldn’t have known it was Jesus either.
Be Nice or Else
They gathered 600 people from around the world representing different faiths—including Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, animism, and ancestor worship—with “widely varying attitudes to divine retribution.” They asked the participants to play a game “where they could offer a limited number of real coins to their own community, or to a group of fellow believers in a distant place who they had never met.”
8 Biographies Everyone Should Read
In today's intellectual climate of specialization, I would like to see more biographies like the Metaxas book. What exactly is Bonhoeffer scholarship standards? If a Bonehoeffer scholar wrote a book about Bonehoeffer, it might not be accessible to the public. My question is--------why aren't there more writers like Metaxas who will make important figures understandable to the public? I read half of the Metaxas book (I had to give it back to my friend) and I found it to be weighty and researched. I especially enjoyed the part of Metaxas book about Bonehoeffer's time in America and his dilemma about what to do here. Maybe you could explain why it is not up to par or better----tell us what we should read that would match your scholarship standards.
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The Meaning of Manhood
As I grew in my understanding of biblical manhood, I discovered that true manhood demanded more of me. As a single man, I had failed to put into practice what I knew marriage would require. I secretly thought that marriage would miraculously change me and make me a better man. I didn’t drink from the fountain of true manhood as a single guy, so I’m now drinking from a fire hose as a new husband. Now I'm learning the hard way about the high and hard calling of manhood.
Why are you a Christian? | New York Apologetics
J. Warner Wallace is interviewed by Leon Fontaine of the Leon Show and talks about the kinds of answers we typically give when someone asks us, “Why are you a Christian?” Are our answers to this question based on the evidence for Christianity or our emotional experience as Christians?
A Hospital Is Paying $1 Million in Settlement with Eric Garner's Family
The hospital that treated Eric Garner, the New York man who died after a policeman placed him in a chokehold, has agreed to pay $1 million to the family, according to The Associated Press . The video of an officer taking down Garner went viral last year and was the subject of considerable outrage across the country. The AP reports that the settlement with Richmond University Medical Center is confidential and not part of the $5.9 million agreement announced by the city. According to court documents, "the EMTS did not conduct the appropriate examination" of Garner and "failed to provide him with the necessary life-saving procedures."
Understanding Islam Part 2: View of Jesus
While Muslims think Jesus was only a man — a prophet superseded by Muhammad — at the same time the Qur’an teaches that Jesus Christ was the Messiah, the Word of God, a speaker of truth, and a sign unto men of mercy from God. It teaches that Jesus was virgin born, sinless, performed supernatural miracles (including raising people from the dead), and bodily ascended into heaven. All of this is affirmed of Jesus Christ in the Quran. The crucial thing Muslims don’t believe is that Jesus died on the cross for our sins and rose from the dead. However, the Jesus of the New Testament claimed to be God, not just a prophet. Jesus said, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). In John 8:58 Jesus said to some Jews, “Before Abraham was, I am,” thereby claiming to be God (cf. Exod. 3:14). He received worship on many different occasions. One of His disciples bowed before Him and said, “My Lord and my God” (John 20:28), acknowledging His full deity. Jesus forgave sins, which only God can do (Mark 2:5-7). Jesus resurrected people from the dead, which only God has the power to do (John 11:38-44).
Is It Intolerant to Claim Christianity Alone Is True?
A couple of years ago I visited Canada to record television interviews about my book Christian Endgame . Prior to the recording, some of the Christians in the green room told me to be cautious about saying that Christianity is the exclusively true religion. When I inquired why, I was told that it is considered intolerant in Canadian society to claim Christianity is the only way to God. The Christian program executives were concerned about receiving legal reprisals from the Canadian government for broadcasting “intolerant” religious statements.
Truthbomb Apologetics: Albert Mohler Offers Advice on How to Organize Your Reading
Prior to becoming a Christian I mainly read Marvel comics. I rarely read for enjoyment and when I did, it was normally tennis or hockey magazines. Then I became a committed follower of Jesus Christ and my mind was almost immediately transformed. I began to read philosophy, theology, history and more. I couldn't get enough and that still remains true. My books shelves are currently overflowing with books. If I could read for a living, I would!
In this featured article, Albert Mohler , President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, offers 6 tips to help you organize your reading.
1. Maintain Regular Writing Projects
2. Work Through Major Sections of Scripture
3. Read All the Titles Written by Some Authors
4. Get Some Big Sets and Read Through Them
5. Allow Yourself Some Fun Reading and Learn How to Enjoy Reading by Reading Enjoyable Books
6. Write in Your Books; Make Them Up and Make Them Yours
In the article Dr. Mohler briefly unpacks each tip. You can check it out here .
Why Does God Call Them Shepherds?
The Eastern shepherd was, first of all, a watchman. He had a watch-tower. It was his business to keep a wide-open eye, constantly searching the horizon for the possible approach of foes. He was bound to be circumspect and attentive. Vigilance was a cardinal virtue. An alert wakefulness was for him a necessity. He could not indulge in fits of drowsiness, for the foe was always near. Only by his alertness could the enemy be circumvented. There were many kinds of enemies, all of them terrible, each in a different way. At certain seasons of the year there were floods. Streams became quickly swollen and overflowed their banks. Swift action was necessary in order to escape destruction. There were enemies of a more subtle kind—animals, rapacious and treacherous: lions, bears, hyenas, jackals, wolves. There were enemies in the air; huge birds of prey were always soaring aloft ready to swoop down upon a lamb or kid. And then, most dangerous of all, were the human birds and beasts of prey—robbers, bandits, men who made a business of robbing sheepfolds and murdering shepherds. That Eastern world was full of perils.
Are Our Hymns Too Warlike?
More importantly, though, the warfare imagery is derived not from our hymnbooks but from our Bibles. I realize that some from McLaren’s theological tribe cast doubt on the authority of the Old Testament narrative, but if one starts cutting away the warfare imagery from the Bible one will end up with a tiny set of scraps. The Apostle Paul writes to the churches that the Christian life is one of spiritual warfare, requiring spiritual armor (the clear inspiration for “Onward, Christian Soldiers”). Jesus himself speaks in war language, telling us that he is binding the strong man in order to plunder his house. When Jesus reveals to John the whole sweep of cosmic history, he does so with the imagery of a dragon at war with a woman and her child (Rev. 12). To do away with spiritual warfare imagery is to do away with the Bible, with Jesus, with the gospel.
Speaking Up When the Culture Wants Silence (Part 1 of 2)
And our great parental urgency is to make sure we taught them everything they need to be taught, everything that is our responsibility to teach, but what we really hope and pray is that when they land on that college or university campus, they know themselves to be Christians. And they are ready to trust Christ for this in a way that is going to shape the future of their lives in every way. But it also points to the fact that our work is not done and I think this is something really important. Our work is not done at age 18 as parents. In a lot of ways, and this surprises parents, I tell parents of college students, you might be surprised, but you may have more influence with your son or daughter in the next four years than you did in the past four years. Be careful stewards of that.
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