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Glenn Reynolds, Ross Douthat, And The Liberal Onslaught That Created Trump

Is Donald Trump's rise a backlash against liberal overreach? At the Atlantic, James Parker said Trump "has co-created a space in American politics that is uniquely transgressive, volatile, carniv

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2 Don't You Dare Laugh

So as the Independent reports, the “habit of the central authorities of blaming the wrong country when a problem’s cause obviously lies elsewhere has led citizens to mock the party.” Meaning that if something goes wrong, a North Korean might say, “It must be America’s fault.”

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We Are Peacemakers — Not Troublemakers | The Stream

In these days of social upheaval and violence in our cities, followers of Jesus need to rise to the occasion, tackling the controversies and confronting the challenges, but doing so in a way that produces light not heat, conviction not rage, and hope not despair.

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7 Proven Ways to De-stress Your Life

“This often causes stress and people begin to avoid the very object which is life-giving: their relationship with God in Christ. When this happens something that might be helpful is to set time with God having no agenda—no devotional book, no Bible, no verses to memorize, no music, etc. Only you and God with the assignment of listening. Without fail when I give this assignment people begin to share their need to re-organize their life—prioritizing it to become less stressful and more available to pursue the better way of living for God, others and self.”

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Your Testimony Isn’t About You

We were born to worship. If not God, then we worship someone or something else, like a cause. Or in a lot of cases, we worship ourselves pursuing a cause. It gives us a sense of purpose till we tire and move on to the next thing. We testify to the world about how this or that lifestyle has changed us and engulfed our entire selves. This is everywhere today.

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WORLD on Twitter

Charlotte latest: Family requests release of shooting video; protester shot Wednesday night dies in hospital https://world.wng.org/2016/09/police_shooting_prompts_violent_protests_in_charlotte … pic.twitter.com/ncFrSvLE2H

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Can We Trust the New Testament as a Historical Document?

"The historical trustworthiness of Luke has been attested by a number of inscriptions.  The ‘politarchs’ of Thessalonica (Acts 17:6, 8) were magistrates and are named in five inscriptions from the city in the 1st century AD.  Similarly Publius is correctly designated proµtos (‘first man’) or Governor of Malta (Acts 28:7).  Near Lystra inscriptions record the dedication to Zeus of a statue of Hermes by some Lycaonians, and near by was a stone altar for ‘the Hearer of Prayer’ (Zeus) and Hermes.  This explains the local identification of Barnabas and Paul with Zeus (Jupiter) and Hermes (Mercury) respectively (Acts 14:11).  Derbe, Paul’s next stopping-place, was identified by Ballance in 1956 with Kaerti Hüyük near Karaman (ASLuke 2:2) and to Lysanias as tetrarch of Abilene (Luke 3:1) have likewise received inscriptional support." (The New Bible Dictionary.) 7, 1957, pp. 147ff.).  Luke’s earlier references to Quirinius as governor of Syria before the death of Herod I (Luke 2:2) and to Lysanias as tetrarch of Abilene (Luke 3:1) have likewise received inscriptional support.

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Hugh Ross on Twitter

Gaia Space Observatory shows Large Magellanic Cloud indeed is a spiral galaxy. http://bit.ly/2d488wt  pic.twitter.com/KdqJb7ZyJ0

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Australian Salvation Army Major killed in Malawi - premier

The Salvation Army said that Malawi was one of many source countries where people were found to be trafficked into forced labour or sexual expolitation and earlier in the month Major Geoff Friend traveled there to speak at a number of events.

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The Already and Not Yet: Are We Living in the Last Days?

We live in an overlap of two ages: the present age of sin and death and the coming age of Christ’s complete reign. We are no longer merely in the age of fallen humanity because Christ has come and ushered in his kingdom into this age (Matthew 12:28, Luke 17:20–21). In other words, we no longer live in the winter of sin and death looking forward to summer, but because of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection, he brought spring, which totters on the brink of everlasting summer for his people.

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Is Free Will Illusory If Persons Are Fundamentally Material?

For more resources visit: http://www.reasonablefaith.org On Friday, February 21st, 2014, philosopher and theologian, Dr William Lane Craig, was invited by the Greer Heard Forum to debate Dr Sean Carroll, an atheist theoretical physicist. The topic of debate was, "God and Cosmology: The Existence of God in Light of Contemporary Cosmology." The rigorous debate was concluded by a lengthy question and answer period with the audience. We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/forums/ Be sure to also visit Reasonable Faith's other channel: http://www.youtube.com/reasonablefait... Follow Reasonable Faith On Twitter: http://twitter.com/rfupdates Add Reasonable Faith On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/reasonablefai...

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Why Are There Four Versions of the Sign on Jesus’ Cross? | Cold Case Christianity

Recognize the Perspective of Each Eyewitness Every witness offers a view of the event from his or her unique perspective. I’m not just talking about geographic or locational perspectives here, but I am also talking about the personal worldview, history and experience every witness brings to the crime. All witness testimony is colored by the personal interests, biases, aspirations, concerns and idiosyncrasies of the eyewitnesses. In this particular case, an important clue was recorded by John to help us understand why there might be variation between the accounts. John said, “Then many of the Jews read this title, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin.” The sign was written in a variety of languages and we simply don’t know how much variation occurred between these translations. The perspective and life experience of each author now comes into play. Which translation was the author referencing? Even more importantly, what were the concerns of the author related to the event? Some witnesses are more likely to repeat a victim’s name than others (if, for example, they knew the victim personally).

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It's Time to Rethink How We Fight Poverty

Our experience of downward mobility allows us to relate to people in poverty in other parts of the world, and exposes the sometimes slightly condescending attitude Westerners unwittingly have toward the Global South. Similarly, some of our baby-boomer elders tell us that we are poor because we’re lazy, spending too much time on Facebook and not working enough. Those of us who live it know that’s not true, so some of their assumptions about helpless people living in poverty don’t hold up for us either.

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How Do You Develop a Public Speaking Ministry? | CrossExamined.org

2. Learn how to communicate effectively . Unless you are a rock star, movie star, famous politician, or sports star, you probably won’t get invited to speak unless you can actually communicate effectively. Or if you do get invited, and you don’t perform well, you won’t get invited back! Don’t skip this step. And like anything else, learning the craft of speaking takes time. I have taken years to develop my speaking abilities, and I still look for ways to improve. If you want some tips on speaking well, check out the post “ Nine Tips for Public Speaking .” Read books on speaking. Watch good speakers critically. Essentially, the way to become a good speaker is to practice and get feedback. There’s no shortcut.

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The "Coming Out" of Christian Professors on Secular Campuses

The “Coming Out” of Christian Professors on Secular Campuses by Julie Loos (Ratio Christi Boosters Director) For years, Christian professors who teach at secular universities have been pressured to keep a closet kind of faith. The waves of political correctness and subtle or overt bias against Christians creates an environment of uncertainty as to what a professor can or cannot and should or should not say and do in the classroom and laboratory. This uncertainty has lead to isolation and fear as professors are sometimes concerned about the advancement of their hard-won academic credentials and tenure or even about losing their jobs.  Despite the squelching of religious freedom and free speech on the college campus, Christian professors are coming out and speaking out about how their faith impacts their worldview and therefore their teaching. Because their Christian worldview gives them a diverse perspective on their academic discipline, compared to secular professors, they are bringing about a renaissance in Christian thinking on the campus. They are rightly restoring the original principle of the university to bring unity in diversity of thought and opinion.

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Are You 'Waiting on God' or Just Making Excuses?

Our connection with God is a two-way street, and like it or not: We have a role in this relationship. We have a choice. We have a will. And with that will we can either say yes, or no. We can stop, or we can go. We can stay the same, or we can grow. Live in the old, or awake to the new.

19 Anthropocene Pandas

That’s precisely the scene one group of experts seemed to have in mind at this summer’s meeting of the International Geological Congress. The group’s chair, a professor at the University of Leicester, argued that human beings have so profoundly altered our planet that we have entered a new geologic era. The so-called “Anthropocene,” or “era of man,” will be easy to recognize in future rock layers by its distinctive strata of garbage, radioactive fallout, carbon pollution, and yes—chicken bones. At least, that’s what these scientists claim.

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Book Preview: Making Sense of God by Tim Keller

About the Author Timothy Keller is the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, which he started in 1989 with his wife, Kathy, and three young sons. For over twenty years he has led a diverse congregation of young professionals that has grown to a weekly attendance of over 5,000. He is also Chairman of Redeemer City to City, which starts new churches in New York and other global cities, and publishes books and resources for faith in an urban culture. In over ten years they have helped to launch over 250 churches in 48 cities. More recently, Dr. Keller’s books, including the New York Times bestselling The Reason for God and The Prodigal God , have sold over 1 million copies and been translated into 15 languages. About the Book Skepticism is healthy if it leads us to question the assumptions of our age. But our modern culture has elevated skepticism to such an ultimate value that belief in anything seems faintly absurd. Yet human beings cannot live without meaning, satisfaction, freedom, identity, justice, and hope—and these things all require a faith dimension.

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Give debt-laden families breathing space, says Christian charity - premier

Families in the UK facing the prospect of bailiffs at their door or mounting interest payments need a breathing space to take control of their debt, according to a Christian charity.

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Jeffrey Tambor: ‘Arrested Development’ Is Going to Start Filming in January

It isn’t a huge revelation, as show creator Mitch Hurwitz has previously said he was at work on new season, at one point, saying he hoped to have it done by November of this year. Though that’s not happening, it does appear that more AD is in officially on the way.

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Can We Prove God Without the Bible?

But if the universe were just a random cosmic accident, there is no reason for it to follow certain laws, nor should there be any reason we could understand any of it. There is no way for a naturalist to explain why these laws exist or where they came from. And to just say, “That’s just how it happened” is to take a great leap of blind faith. Thus, both the Christian and the non-Christian must place their faith somewhere as a starting point; we choose to put our faith in God’s revealed, perfect Word. For more information on this topic, see Atheism: An Irrational Worldview ; God & Natural Law ; and A Reader Challenges Our Claim of a Logical, God-Created Universe .

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'It's an answer to prayer', says Christian family allowed to stay in the UK - premier

A Christian family who won their battle against deportation back to Australia from the UK, has told Premier it is an answer to prayer they have been allowed to stay.

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Appeal for prayers for aid workers in Syria after convoy bomb - premier

Syrians are still without any aid supplies as the United States and Russia continue to point the finger of blame over the bombing of a convoy.

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A Life of Repentance – R.C. Sproul Jr.

Our theme, our approach for this year’s conference was a little bit odd. We’re looking at the dawn of the Reformation, and we’re doing so because we’re fast approaching the 500th anniversary of the occasion of Luther nailing his 95 theses on the church door in Wittenberg. But that doesn’t happen till next year, so it’s a little bit odd to be stopping to celebrate the 499th anniversary of the start of the Reformation. So our approach was to say “What was going on in the leadup?” My last talk, I looked specifically at what was going on in the life of Luther, and it was an opportunity to speak on a theme that was near and dear to my heart. I have, I confess, if you ever come to a Ligonier conference, if you want to know what’s going through my mind while I’m up there talking it’s not “All those people are looking at me!” I’m actually quite comfortable. I don’t like when one person looks at me, but I’m quite comfortable with a big crowd. What I’m thinking about is what I’m trying to do. What I’m trying to do is to bless and help the audience with respect to their sanctification.

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Divorce Is Heartbreaking. It Shouldn't Be a Spectacle

If you know someone whose relationship is struggling (or who has recently divorced), maybe you need to reach out to them. Just as we can become spectators to a celebrity divorce, we can also sit idly by as our loved ones suffer. Neither should be the case. You may not be able to fix anything, but you can be present. You might even be able to help them to more clearly see God and His best during a time when their vision might be a bit blurry.

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Remember, the Bible Never Mentions A Building Called ‘Church'

This helps me because my son has a medical condition that prevents us from attending church. We have been all in at our church, volunteering in various areas where and when we can...all the time. But, right now we can't. And we're disconnected and out of sight out of mind...through no one's fault. It's just human nature. And we've all struggled with feeling like nothing anymore in the kingdom. But, every morning I pray for that church because I still love it and the people. Every week, very early in the AM when no one is around, I walk around it and pray. So, we're part of it that way, even though we can't meet when the church meets. Hopefully one day, his condition will approve and we can assemble like the Bible tells us. But, for people like us, this article helps, reminding me I am saved, part of the Kingdom, in my day to day living. Thank you.

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Trump vs. Muhammad: Part 1 (A Reply to Craig Considine)

http://www.answeringmuslims.com Rice University sociology lecturer Dr. Craig Considine has tweeted: “Prophet Muhammad protected ethnic and religious minorities with all his might. A far, far cry from Trump's approach.” Is Dr. Considine correct that Muhammad treated religious minorities better than Donald Trump? In this video, David Wood examines the evidence.

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Use These Three Things To Judge The Trump Versus Hillary Election

When it comes to preserving the Constitution, a key question remains: Which of the two candidates would more likely be checked by Congress or challenged by the press corps? Even if only out of self-interest, Congressional Democrats would stand up to Trump if he were to exceed his constitutional powers. Republicans would stand up to him as well. Clinton, meanwhile, could count on roughly the same degree of resistance that Obama has received from Republicans (little) and Democrats (none). As for reporters, the gusto with which they would cover either administration can be ascertained by their coverage of the presidential campaign.

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Found: the Oldest Version Ever of Leviticus

But researchers in Israel, using a new scanning technology, recently uncovered a portion of the book of Leviticus that is, in fact, pretty much the same version we read today, according to the Associated Press . And the portion—found on a charred bit of a scroll that had been sitting in an archaeologist's storeroom for decades—dates to over 2,000 years ago, or right around the time of Jesus.

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Lay Aside the Weight of Thanklessness

In parents like these, we see an image of God’s heart for us. God does not command and exhort us to thank him because he loves to hear the “magic words” or watch us perform a mere divine courtesy. He’s after our spiritual health and prosperity. He does not want us to be spiritually sick and poor. He tells us that thanklessness is a sign of unbelief (Romans 1:21). But thankfulness is a sign of faith, evidence that we really see his grace and feel its effects. That’s what he wants for us.

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Ravi Zacharias on Twitter

Please continue to join us in prayer for @NAQureshi as he faces this challenging journey. May God give him strength and peace at each step. https://twitter.com/NAQureshi/status/779071342834429952 …

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A Cold-Case Detective Writes an Apologetics Book for Kids

WALLACE: There are many great resources on the market, so we wanted to do something different and complimentary. Cold-Case Christianity for Kids (CCC4K) has been written as an interactive experience. CCC4K has an accompanying interactive web Academy, designed to help readers learn good detective skills. Kids will join the three young characters in the book as they begin a Cadet Academy. Readers will be trained by Detective Alan Jeffries and if they watch the videos for each chapter, download and complete the fill-in sheets and activities, they’ll be able to earn an Academy Certificate. This Academy experience was inspired by my own involvement in the Police Explorer Academy as a teenager. Readers of CCC4K will become trained detectives as they investigate the evidence for Jesus.

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Christian Leaders React to This Week's Police Shootings

And as for the Charlotte incident, both sides of the case agree that they have evidence that he was armed with a gun and refused to put it down. They cannot release the footage until a judge orders it to be released because it is evidence. The suspects family does not want the video released because it exposes the real narrative.

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What are the Toughest Ethical Issue Facing Christians Today? Interview with Dr. Scott Rae.

RAE: This idea of work and vocation is crucially important. The Bible teaches that since our work was ordained before the entrance of sin, it has intrinsic value, which means that it is good in and of itself. Of course it has instrumental value, in that it is useful for accomplishing other things, such as supporting a family, being able to give to the poor, having a platform for the gospel, etc. But work itself is an arena of service to God. Your work is part of your ministry. This means that the work you do is actually part of your service to God. I often ask people in the workplace to tell me about their ministry there--they almost always mention things that they are doing when they are not doing their jobs! The work itself is part of someone's service to Christ and and most prominent place where they can love their neighbor and be spiritually formed.

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An Urgent Prayer Request

Bobby asks us to lift up in prayer apologist Nabeel Qureshi who has recently been diagnosed with advanced stomach cancer.

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Blessed Are the ‘Man-Boys’

“Man-boys” are the next generation of Christian men. And Scripture either has a full enough picture of masculinity to capture both aspects of masculinity, or it demonizes the “boy” and worships the “man.” God does neither by requiring both. Blessed are the man-boys, for theirs is the kingdom of God.

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Albert Mohler on Twitter

Sign outside First Baptist Church, Charleston, SC. As in FIRST Baptist Church. pic.twitter.com/MagFghHwfz

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2016 Fall Conference at Reformation Bible College: Audio and Video Now Available

Last week, people from across the country gathered on the Ligonier campus in Sanford, FL for our 2016 Fall Conference at Reformation Bible College. The theme was “The Dawn of the Reformation” and R.C. Sproul was joined by Albert Mohler, Stephen Nichols, and R.C. Sproul Jr. to explore the lessons of the Reformation and their continual relevance for today.

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Questions About Inerrancy: A Review of the Andy Stanley Controversy

Drs. Turek and Howe highlight a very important component to the sermon preached by Andy Stanley. This is likely due to the sensitivity both have to apologetic methodology since Dr. Turek is a professional apologist and Dr. Howe is a professor of Apologetics. However, helpful observations from Drs. Howe and Turek aside, the presentation of the sermon was ambiguous enough that certain points ought to be questioned. There are three statements from the sermon in particular that raise serious red flags: (1) “if the Bible is the foundation of our faith, here’s the problem, it is all or nothing,” (2) “what your students have discovered, and if you read broadly you have discovered, it is next to impossible to defend the entire Bible,” and (3) “Christianity made its greatest strides during the 282 years before the Bible even existed.”

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Challenge Response: You Don’t Really Believe Life Begins at Conception

Here's Alan Shlemon's response to this week's challenge. Read the challenge here: http://www.str.org/blog/challenge-you... Connect with us: Twitter: https://twitter.com/STRtweets Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/standtoreaso... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/standtoreason/

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The Satanic Temple comes to Salem and the Boston Globe does a puff piece

Dating back centuries, Satanism has been misunderstood by wide swaths of American society, Greaves said. Satanists do not worship an Antichrist, or any other deity. Rather, Satanism preaches independent thought and using evidence-based science as a basis for understanding the world, and views Satan as a literary figure representing an eternal struggle against authoritarianism.

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ReThink Apologetics | reTHINK Orange County Conference

Jonathan Morrow (D.Min, M.Div., M.A.) is a sought after speaker and teacher who has a gift for explaining challenging topics in ways the rest of us can understand. He is the author of several books including Questioning the Bible and Welcome to College and is an adjunct professor of apologetics at Biola University. As the Director of Cultural Engagement for Impact 360 Institute Jonathan trains high school and college students in their 2-week summer Immersion experience and 9-month Gap Year. As the founder of ThinkChristianly.org, Jonathan speaks nationally on worldview, apologetics, and culture and is passionate about seeing a new generation of Christ-followers understand why they believe, what they believe.

47 Sola Fide: Lady Jane Grey & the Rediscovery of Justification by Faith by Stephen Nichols | September 22, 2016

After witnessing the remarkable deliverance of Paul and Silas from his prison, the Philippian jailer cried out to Paul, “What must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30). They responded, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household” (v.31). Their exhortation to the Philippian jailer demonstrates that salvation comes through grace by faith alone. The Word of God is replete with similar assertions, and these instances enabled Lady Jane Grey to confront death with confidence that the salvation of her soul rested in the hands of her Savior and not her own.

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59 The Electoral College, Voting Down-Ballot, Honoring the Flag, and Remembering Rich Mullins
60 Albert Mohler on Twitter
61 North Carolina Declares State of Emergency Following Another Night of Protests in Charlotte
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71 Every Immigrant Without High School Degree Costs US $640,000
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73 “The Atheist Delusion” – Why Millions Deny the Obvious
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75 Crossway on Twitter
76 On My Shelf: Life and Books with Alastair Roberts
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80 The Dictatorship of Relativism
81 Five Questions to Ask Before You Start Dating
82 Reasonable Faith on Twitter
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