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The film Eugene Peterson and Bono made on the Psalms is finally here. In the 21-minute short film, the two recount the backstory of their friendship as well as engage in conversation about their common love of the Psalms. And, since Eugene Peterson has devoted much of his life to examining the profundity and interpreting the Psalms for the Message Bible, and Bono has brought the passion and depth of the Psalms to life for listeners of U2, there is arguably no pair better suited for the conversation. The film is produced by Fuller Theological Seminary's Fuller Studio. Take time to watch it now. You'll not regret it.

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Target, Transgender, and the Use of Bathrooms and Fitting Rooms

Target recently stated: "We welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity. Everyone deserves to feel like they belong." Here are my quick thoughts about their comments and this question.

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An international Christian charity has set up a fully functioning mobile hospital in Ecuador, days after a devastating earthquake hit the region. 

Target, Transgender, and the Use of Bathrooms and Fitting Rooms

Target recently stated: "We welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity. Everyone deserves to feel like they belong." Here are my quick thoughts about their comments and this question.

Watch: The Avett Brothers Paid Tribute to Prince Last Night

At their show in Chicago last night, the rather clean-shaven and freshly barbered Avett Brothers paid a special tribute to the late Prince at the end of their song "Pretty Girl from Annapolis." About four minutes in to the video, the folk artists cover Prince's hit "When the Doves Cry." It's short, but so incredibly sweet:

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One of this year's most banned books, among world's scariest: Eric Metaxas

One of this year's most banned books, among world's scariest: Eric Metaxas The biblical teaching that all people are created in the image of God terrifies tyrants. Check out this story on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1SxPwTq

2 Grace to You Radio

It’s John MacArthur’s most popular study—laying out a biblical pattern for strengthening and improving family relationships. Learn how to make your home one of stability, love and joy, not a breeding ground for strife, in The Fulfilled Family .

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Porn Addiction Is Now Threatening an Entire Generation

A growing number of young men are convinced that their [physical, in-person] sexual responses have been sabotaged because their brains were virtually marinated in porn when they were adolescents. Their generation has consumed explicit content in quantities and varieties never before possible, on devices designed to deliver content swiftly and privately, all at an age when their brains were more plastic–more prone to permanent change–than in later life. These young men feel like unwitting guinea pigs in a largely unmonitored decade-long experiment in sexual conditioning. The results of the experiment, they claim, are literally a downer.

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Give Us Eyes for the Lonely

Nearby sit the parents of a child who’s run away. Their home is broken in a different way, but it’s no less broken. They call. She doesn’t answer. They pray. She doesn’t come home. Every time she updates her Facebook they are flooded with emotion — joy that she is alive, sadness at what’s been lost, anxiety about what lies ahead. Sunday is their respite as they fight for faith in God’s goodness.

7 Preview Day | Boyce College

Boyce Preview Day allows us to roll out the “red carpet” for our guests to get a first-hand look at our college. From hearing the testimonies of our students to listening to professors in the classroom, you will see how we seek to do all things for the glory of God.

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Advice for Better Bible Memory

Many of us know how valuable it is to memorize God’s word. But we often don’t know where to start. We get discouraged. We burn out quickly and move on to something less taxing. I’ve wrestled with these frustrations for years now. As a performer and worship leader, I’ve had to develop techniques so that I don’t drop the ball when I take the stage. I want to share a few of the methods I use regularly when memorizing God’s Word. More could always be said, but I have come back to these principles most often to help make the words stick.

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Harriet Tubman Will Be Featured on New $20 Bill

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Beautifully True

God opens our eyes to his unique beauty on the canvas of Scripture.

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The Real Meaning of 7 Christian Symbols You've Probably Seen

You’ve probably noticed the Chi-Rho incorporated into church ornamentation, pulpits and even crosses. That’s because it’s a “Christogram” used to abbreviate the name of Jesus Christ. In Greek, the first two letters of the word Christ are Chi (the character “X”) and Rho (the character “P”). After fourth century, the Roman emperor Constantine decided to use the emblem on his soldiers' shields following what he said was a vision from God. After that, the symbol became even more widely recognized for its religious associations.

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Remembering Prince: A Pop Music Priest in a Secular World

Some will remember Prince mostly for his early work, when he roared into the music scene with raunchy, funky pop hits that featured a collision of funk, R&B, New Wave, and psychedelic rock. The disparate styles intermingled to create the monstrous sounds of Prince’s guitar and his roaring rhythm section. Prince himself danced and sang on top of the beast with a deft voice, howling and wailing and leaping into impossibly high falsetto. The essence of his sound—the power and the agility, the deep grooves and rock riffs, the rumble, that falsetto—never changed.

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Will People Spend Eternity in Hell?

So even if we talk about an eternity in Hell, I have no idea what that actually means. We can't understand non-linear existence. For me yesterday is past and tomorrow is future. I have no clue what eternity actually means outside the realm of time. Spending eternity in Hell may not be what I think, just like sitting around playing harps all day is a ridiculous view of Heaven.

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Faith and Fear Produce Love

If God is the safest place in the world for sinners, why does the Bible tell us to fear him? God’s sovereign justice and Christ’s sacrifice should cause us to fear ever doing anything to make the cross look cheap. In twenty minutes, John Piper explains the strength and safety of godly fear and calls us to join the sovereign God in bringing salvation to others.

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Should We Expect More Extra-Biblical Sources For Jesus?

For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org The week following Easter in 2015, Dr Craig flew to Dallas, Texas, where he spoke in a downtown bar for the Bible and Beer Consortium. This ministry holds outreach events in this large, dark Dallas bar on a regular basis. Apparently, the bar is only too happy to do so because of the large crowds the events attract. There were several hundred who came out to hear Dr Craig give a talk on the resurrection of Jesus as an event of history. It was a delightful time defending the heart of the Gospel, and Dr Craig really liked the way the BBC is taking the Gospel to where the people really are. 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 full-length clips: http://www.youtube.com/reasonablefait... Follow Reasonable Faith On Twitter: http://twitter.com/rfupdates Like the Reasonable Faith Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/reasonablefa...

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Celebrity deaths: 3 lessons our culture must learn in 2016 - Premier Christianity

As musical icon Prince joins a growing list of well-known people who have died in 2016, David Robertson asks whether our secular culture is ready to face its own mortality

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How Do You Think of Your Heavenly Father?

The first is our projection of our earthly father upon our heavenly Father. Every one of us have had an imperfect earthly father. Even if he was great and better than most (like my dad) he is still imperfect. Still others have had far worse experiences with their dad. Wherever they land on the scale, all are imperfect. And here is the danger: we can project our earthly father’s strengths and weaknesses upon our heavenly Father. Was your dad a tough guy? Then you may think God lacks compassion. Was your dad a workaholic with little time at home? Then perhaps you see God as too busy and willing to leave you on your own. Was your dad abusive? Then you may have a hard time trusting your heavenly Father.

21 The Briefing 04-27-16 – AlbertMohler.com

The arrival of this story from Great Britain, timed interestingly decades after the American divorce revolution, leads you to wonder if people in Great Britain are even looking at American history and understanding that they don’t have to take a risk on discovering where no-fault divorce will take them. All they have to do is look at American culture. They need to look at the fact that marriage has been breaking down and it has not led to a more humane society, it has not lead to greater flourishing in a more humane context for raising children, it has made the lives of untold millions of children more vulnerable and has brought great harm. It also tells us something about the pace of moral revolution when you consider that Great Britain is considering, by this argument, moving from an understanding of divorce based upon marriage as an objective institution to no-fault divorce, and virtually at the same time to what is described in this article as “conscious uncoupling.” What you have here in Britain is a fast race to go from a traditional understanding of marriage and divorce to so-called no-fault divorce to conscious uncoupling all in a matter of weeks and months.

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The Eric Metaxas Show - The Show About Everything

The Beam Family talks about their hit film Miracles From Heaven and the incredible true story behind it. Listen here....

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Um, What?! North Korea Says Billy Graham Thought Kim Il Sung Was God

Sounds like classic Billy. Well, not surprisingly, representatives of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association expressed bewilderment over the alleged comments. "While Billy Graham made two trips to North Korea and knew the elder president Kim Il Sung, Mr. Graham has not said anything like this," said Jeremy Blume, a spokesman. "These words do not even remotely resemble Mr. Graham's theology or his language."

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9 Marks of Healthy Biblical Complementarianism

I remember years ago hearing a pastor describe his position on homosexuality as theologically conservative and socially progressive. I could tell by the way he was speaking that everything in him was leaning with the wind. He was holding on to orthodoxy by a thin string. So I wasn’t surprised a few years later when he announced the he had changed his mind on homosexuality and now saw nothing wrong with same-sex sexual relationships. In the same way, we must be careful that our complementarianism is deep, thoughtful, rooted, biblical, and utterly at home with being despised, misunderstood, and counter-cultural. Faithfulness does not mean making as many enemies as possible, but it does mean that for the sake of the good, the true, and the beautiful, we are fine with facing opposition when it is impossible to avoid.

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http://rickwarren.org/devotional/english/god-is-working-for-your-good

It’s one of God’s great promises that he’s given to believers: We know that in everything that happens to us, God is working for our good — if we love God and are fitting into his plans (Romans 8:28). If you’re a believer, the Bible says all things are working together for good — not that all things are good — but working together for good.

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886. 66 Books: What Is The Message Of 1 John?

Bobby dives into the first of John's three epistles which tells us the marks of a true believer.

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The Bondage of the Will, the Sovereignty of Grace, and the Glory of God

At the heart of Martin Luther’s theology was the conviction that human beings are totally dependent on God’s omnipotent grace to rescue us from the bondage of the will by creating and decisively fulfilling every inclination to believe and obey God. The debates of the sixteenth century about the freedom of the will versus the bondage of the will were not peripheral to the Reformation. They were at the heart of the issue. At least Luther believed they were.

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Why 'Mere Christianity' Won't Go Out of Style

It’s the book that crushed a political hatchet man , led a world-renowned scientist to faith, and robbed a prideful entrepreneur of billions of dollars. The politician was Chuck Colson of the famed Watergate scandal; the scientist was Francis Collins, nominated by President Obama as director of the National Institutes of Health; and the businessman was Thomas Monaghan, founder of Domino’s Pizza.

29 The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily

The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily, by Greg West: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.

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In this post , Natasha Crain offers 50 Apologetics Resources for parents wanting to teach their kids how to defend their faith. If you are not familiar with her work, you can check it out here .  I highly recommend it! Courage and Godspeed, Chad

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Donald Trump Is Not Your Protector: A Warning to Conservative Christians

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Should States Honor the Bible as a Historic But Not Sacred Book?

“While I respect the spirit behind the governor's decision, we can at the same time acknowledge the Bible’s historic importance and cultural influence without diminishing its spiritual value. There is no question that the Bible has informed centuries of literature, government, philosophy and social behavior, both here in the United States and around the world. Part of ensuring the continued place of the Bible in American life is highlighting its contributions to many different aspects of our society, most importantly our individual spiritual lives.” ~Roy Peterson, president and CEO, American Bible Society

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What Reconciliation Sounds Like

It’s also difficult to take seriously our own culpability. If we do acknowledge it, we try to mitigate it: “Yes, many black youth are violent, but it’s systemic racism that makes them that way.” “Yes, many police are excessively brutal, but it’s the pressure of dealing with lawless criminals that prompts excessive force.” In the end, many narratives are self-justifying and Manichean: we imagine the world as divided between good and evil, and we thank God we are not like the evil other.

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What Righteous Anger Looks Like

Over 25 years ago, I began to study Jesus’ anger. One of the several things that struck me most in my observations was this: Every time Jesus was angry, He was the only person who seemed to be bothered. No one else but Jesus railed against the Pharisees’ hypocrisy (Matthew 23). Likewise, no one else but Jesus overturned the tables when the sellers and moneychangers turned God’s house of prayer into a “den of robbers” (John 2:16; Jeremiah 7:11). It was Jesus, no one else, who looked at around “with anger” when the Pharisees so heartlessly cared nothing whatsoever for a man with a “withered hand” who was there in the synagogue with them (Mark 3:1-5). Furthermore, only Jesus raged at the tomb of Lazarus (John 11:33, 38). Before I did my research, I had no idea that Jesus “snorted like a horse” as he raised Lazarus from the dead. I was also unaware that Jesus expressed anger when He rebuked the apostle Peter saying, “Get behind me, Satan!” (Matthew 16:23).

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Georgia goes after Christian medical doctor over the content of his sermons

Pretty every day now I am getting a message from someone who is asking me how to have an alias, whether they need an alias, and so on. I hope that these cases show you that no amount of excellence in education or ability or work history will protect you from the fascists of the secular left. They don’t care whether you are the best at doing this job or that job – it’s more important to them that you share their personal opinions on moral issues. Specifically, it’s more important to them that you believe that when it comes to sexuality, there are no rules. That is, that the selfishness of the adults must override all moral rules, especial moral rules around sexual behavior. There are no marriage rules, there are no children’s needs, there is no chastity, there is no fidelity, there is no self-control.

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Evolution in action detected in Darwin's finches

The most characteristic feature of Darwin's finches is the diversification of beak morphology that has allowed these species to expand their utilization of food resources in the Galápagos archipelago. A team of scientists from Uppsala University and Princeton University has now identified a gene that explains variation in beak size within and among species. The gene contributed to a rapid shift in beak size of the medium ground finch following a severe drought. The study is published in Science .

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Presenting an Awkward Chat Between Sammy Rhodes and Jon Acuff

Awkward is the new normal, or even the new cool. Over the past several years, a young, self-deprecating generation has declared everything awkward: their favorite TV characters, family photos, uncomfortable interactions, themselves. “Socially awkward,” “that’s so awkward,” and “that awkward moment when…” have surged in Google trends as common (and overused) catchphrases.

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WORLD | Police still searching for killer of Ohio family | Lynde Langdon | April 23, 2016

UPDATE:  Police worked through the night on the slayings of eight family members who were shot dead in homes in a rural southern Ohio county. They released audio from a 911 call made by a woman who discovered two of the bodies, but they have not caught the person or people responsible for the killings.

40 Our Identity Is in Christ

Eric has highlighted that as Christians our identity is in Christ. The old man is gone; we've become new creations, seeing every aspect of who we are as a part of the big picture in God's plan and purposes. Read more of how Archbishop Justin Welby views his identity in the resources linked below.

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There's a Biting New Missionary Barbie Instagram

Well, there's a new Barbie in town and her name is Barbie Savior : she's "20 years young," she goes to Africa, she's not qualified; she's called. And she's basically saving the world one Instagram at a time. It's not about her ... but it kind of is. Of course, the sad part is that there's an embarrassing amount of truth to our tendency to make God's work about us. Though, in fairness, there’s also a danger in cynicism toward mission work and projects that are legitimately making an difference in the world.

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New study: couples that delay sexual activity experience higher quality relationships

They discovered that the negative association between sexual timing and relationship quality is largely driven by a link between early sex and cohabitation. Specifically, sexual involvement early in a romantic relationship is associated with an increased likelihood of moving more quickly into living together, which in turn is associated with lower relationship quality. This finding supports Norval Glenn’s hypothesis that sexual involvement may lead to unhealthy emotional entanglements that make ending a bad relationship difficult. As Sassler and her colleagues concluded, “Adequate time is required for romantic relationships to develop in a healthy way. In contrast, relationships that move too quickly, without adequate discussion of the goals and long-term desires of each partner, may be insufficiently committed and therefore result in relationship distress, especially if one partner is more committed than the other” (p. 710).

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Pascal’s Method for Presenting the Christian Faith

Only then will most people sit through any kind of substantial presentation of the evidence and reasons for the truth of Christianity. Now Pascal says to “show that it is [true].” If they have not been brought through stage 1 (being disarmed and surprised by the lives and speech of believers) and stage 2 (seeing the great and attractive promises of God in Christ), their eyes will simply glaze over if you begin talking about “the evidence for the resurrection.” They will still expect Christianity to be at best useless and at worst a threat. But if Christianity has begun to make emotional and cultural sense they may listen to a sustained discussion of why it makes logical and rational sense. By “emotional sense” I mean that Christianity must be shown to be fill holes and answer questions and account for phenomena in the personal, inward, heart realm. By “cultural sense” I mean that Christianity must be shown to have the resources to powerfully address our social problems and explain human social behavior.

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Our Bodies Are Important to God

Simply put, how we treat our bodies is an act of worship, and can be a core component of redemptive living. We are a creation, a design. And that means that they we’re set to not only work, but flourish within a created order. Stepping outside of that order is not only bad for our health, it fuels an autonomous view of human life—that can be traced all the way back to the Garden.

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CNN on Twitter

Road signs posted in Danish city point migrants back toward Mideast http://cnn.it/1VVEBGM  pic.twitter.com/48mQwb90do

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C.S. Lewis Institute on Twitter

In the legacy of C.S. Lewis, the Institute endeavors to develop disciples who will articulate, defend and live their faith in Christ in personal & public life.

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The Parable of the Rich Fool

You can be spiritually poor toward God, though financially rich. That’s what Jesus is saying. How do you be poor toward God? Well, you could be poor toward God spiritually. See, when we sin against God, we accrue a debt. That’s why Jesus prays, “Forgive us our debts.” Every time we sin, we accrue a debt to God. So imagine if every month—I’ve said this before, but I think it bears repeating. Imagine if every month God sent us a bill like the utility company, or like the credit card company. And there was a column, okay, here’s all your thoughts that were unacceptable. “Oh boy. You were paying attention to that? You’re up that late? Oh no.” Here are all your words. Here’s everything you said. “Oh boy, yeah, oops.” Here’s all your deeds, the bad stuff you did. “Oh man.” Here’s all the misdeeds, the things you were supposed to do but you didn’t do. “Oh, you’re kidding me.” Sins of omission, commission, thought, word, deed. And here’s your list of motives for everything you did. “Oh, you’re kidding me.” Imagine getting that bill every month. And at the bottom, it just said, “Equals hell to pay.

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Can Good Come From Suffering and Evil?

The Problem of Evil - How Can A Good God Allow Suffering? - William Lane Craig

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5 Levels of Christian Faith

We often use the word “faith” to describe the core of someone’s beliefs—but people of differing religions use the term in very different ways. This has challenged me to more carefully probe the distinctive features of the word “faith” from the perspective of historical Christianity. Faith is much more profound than simply recounting our personal conversion story. Rather, Christian faith entails at least five parts, each building on top of the next.

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Asking Questions and Calling Bluffs

Once you understand what the non-Christian believes, restate his position in simple terms. This is an important step, because once he affirms that you properly understand him, you can move on to the next step. For example, if he says that he believes that evolution explains everything in the universe, clarify by saying something like, “So you are saying that everything comes about randomly through time and chance?” This helps him see that if he wants to hold to Darwin’s theory of evolution, there are intellectual consequences. This is an important step, because once he affirms that you properly understand him, you can move on to the next step…

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58 I Lay Down My Life for the Sheep by Steven Lawson | April 23, 2016
59 The 5 Views of Morality | CrossExamined.org
60 "Father, Forgive Them"
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65 When Discomfort Is Definite Evidence | Cold Case Christianity
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68 The Bread of Life
69 Learning to Love in a Disordered World
70 Moms, Your Secret Sacrifices Matter
71 The Briefing 04-27-16 – AlbertMohler.com
72 Going Overboard: How Our Panic Betrays God's Peace
73 Responding to Christians Who Oppose the Target Boycott | The Stream
74 How I Discovered True Masculinity
75 2016 Summer Courses
76 Practical questions to ask before entering church revitalization
77 A Ray of Gospel Hope in Northern Iraq
78 Reach Out—God Is Closer Than You Know
79 Sunday Quote!- You are a Theologian
80 Evangelism Isn't Enough to Change the World
81 The Greatest Gift Is God Himself
82 BreakPoint This Week: Taking Sexual Abuse Seriously
83 12 Simple Ways to Improve Your Marriage
84 The Bible & Beer Consortium
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86 New study: cohabitation produces far inferior outcomes to marriage
87 Albert Mohler on Twitter
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