JULY 30, 2021 – A Promise Is A Promise

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A Promise Is A Promise 

JULY 30, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

2 Kings 13:23 And the LORD was gracious unto them, and had compassion on them, and had respect unto them, because of his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and would not destroy them, neither cast he them from his presence as yet.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

       I AM NOT A LIAR! These are words that all of us want to be able to say. In fact, for someone to call us a liar is about one of the worst things we can be called. It means we are untrustworthy. Not just in our speech and what we say, but it is also true then that we cannot be trusted in the things we do. Moreover, for the most part, most of us intend to tell the truth. However, there are those times when you say, I will be there at 10:00 and you get there at 10:05. We have all heard the excuses that there was a train which blocked the road, three dogs ran in front of the car, there was a new detour which was just put in, and the slow semi driver you could not get around. Nevertheless, the fact remains; you said one thing and did another. It was not because you wanted to, but because things seemed out of your control what you said, did not come to pass.

     It is so great to know that God never ever, ever, ever, tells a lie? In today’s verse, we find God had made a promise with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and nothing could cause Him to break His Word. The reason is that there is never anything out of His control.

   

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

  What promises did God’s Word reveal to you today? Whatever they are; you can take them to the bank. God will never make a promise He will not keep. NEVER! Including the one in Hebrews 13:5, which says, “…I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” NEVER!

GOD TALKING TO ME:  JULY 30, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
2 Kings 13, 14     /     Psalm 27     /     Proverbs 30     /     Mark 7

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Job 26-29           /  Acts 22

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Hebrews 2:12

JULY 29, 2021 – Be Not Afraid!

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Be Not Afraid! 

JULY 29, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Mark 6:50 For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

  Troubles seem to come at terrible times. But then, when is a good time to have troubles? However, problems still always seem to take us by surprise. Sometimes starting out small with a minor situation, and then the problem gets bigger and bigger. Or it may be that instead of that particular problem getting bigger, more and more problems add up on top of the problem you already have. The pressure often seems too much to bear. We try, scheme and work at fixing them, but many times the harder we try, the worse the situation gets. Then old Satan causes us to start believing we must have done something terrible for all this to be happening to us. Because why else would God allow all this to happen? In addition, we often become afraid to go to Jesus with problem.

     Well, it is possible that there is an area of your life that you may still need to yield to Him. However, it could just as well be that He wants you to learn to rely on Him more. It could be that you have not spoken with Him in a while, and He simply longs to hear your voice! Possibly, He is trying to tell you something, but you have not opened the pages of your Bible in so long you do not hear Him speak. It may be He wants to deliver into your life the peace that only He can bring. In any case, the last three words of today’s verse ought to bring us comfort. Whatever the reason for our situation, God is still in control. He says to you Christian, “Be not afraid!”

   

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

      To be afraid of Jesus make no sense at all. He loves you more than you can ever know. He wants only what is best for you. To be so ashamed of what we may have done that we will not reach out to God is the Devils way of keeping you from real joy. Remember, all sin has been taken care of in His love for you on the cross. Confess it and He will restore the fellowship you had before. What He wants most with you and what you should want with Him is an everyday, personal, one-on-one relationship. “Be Not Afraid.”

GOD TALKING TO ME:  JULY 29, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
2 Kings 11, 12v     /     Psalm 26     /     Proverbs 29     /     Mark 6

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Job 21-25           /  Acts 21:18-40

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Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

JULY 28, 2021 – Just Keep Looking Over Your Shoulder

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Just Keep Looking Over Your Shoulder 

JULY 28, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Proverbs 28:1 The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

     Most of us who are old enough to drive are familiar with the feeling we get when driving down the highway, not paying attention to our speed, and then we see a police car pass us on the other side of the interstate. Immediately we check our speedometer to see if we are going over the speed limit. If so, our next glance is in the rear-view mirror to see if the police car has turned around and is now coming to get us. However, you realize that you have gone too far to be able to see. So, for the next 5 miles or so you keep glancing back, just to see if they were coming. After a while, you finally relax realizing there has been no one following you after all.

     That is one example of what it is like to live a sinful life. Always wondering, “am I going to be caught?” Looking over your shoulder to see who is watching or who may have heard what you said. Always wondering if the lie you told yesterday is going to catch up with you today. Always running, and never being able to get away from the constant uneasy guilt. Knowing in your heart, one day it will all catch up with you.

     Even if the world never catches you, God is always watching and sees every sin. Romans 6:23 says, “the wages of sin is death.”

     Death comes to every person eventually. In Heb 9:27 it says, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” On that day, it will be one day too late. On that day the wages of sin are more than just physical death, it will be eternal death. An eternal separation from God.

   

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

  Oh, how wonderful and freeing it is to know, that when I took my sin to the cross of Calvary, Jesus paid the price for them all. They are all washed away. No more looking over my shoulder, no more wondering about my life. The life I live, I now live for Him.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  JULY 28, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
2 Kings 9, 10     /     Psalm 25     /     Proverbs 28     /     Mark 5

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Job 17-20           /      Acts 21:1-17

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Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

JULY 27, 2021 – They Are Not Chew Toys You Know!

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They Are Not Chew Toys You Know!  

JULY 27, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Psalm 24:1 The earth is the LORD’S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

  “Mine, mine it is all mine.” Children, at an early age often get this attitude with their toys. This often applies to first-born children especially. However, put yourself in the firstborn’s shoes for just a moment. Imagine what they might be thinking. Something like, “I have grown up with all the toys being mine. I could play with them when I want and then just leave them and not worry about anybody touching them. (That is unless mom puts them away.) Then it happens. Mom and dad were so happy as they announce, “You are going to have a baby brother or sister.” At first, the idea seems great. Then what they have called the big day arrives. This bundle of noises and smells has now joined our family. So far, not too bad, but he is stealing away some of the attention I use to have. Oh well, at least I still have all my toys.” Then a few months later, this little addition to the family has violated everything that is sacred. “He is chewing on my toy! It is my toy. I had it first and it is not a chew toy. It is mine, mine, in fact their all mine. You gave them to me! MOM….” Does this scene sound too familiar? The problem is some people have never grown out of this “mine, mine” attitude. So, what might be one of the causes?

     For the baby it was the idea of, “you gave them to me first.” That is probably the problem with adults too. We forget someone had it before us. In the case of the baby, the toy was bought by the parents and was theirs to give to whom they choose. In addition, children should learn to share and enjoy what is given by their parents. For adults it is the same thing. Today’s verse says the earth and everything on it belongs to the Lord. Our heavenly Father has given things to us. We need to remember everything is God’s, and always has been. Not just everything, but everyone also!
   

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

  Everything and everyone belong to God. We should be gentle with His things. They are not chew toys you know!

GOD TALKING TO ME:  JULY 271, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
2 Kings 7, 8     /     Psalm 24     /     Proverbs 27     /     Mark 4

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Job 13-16           /  Acts 20

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Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

JULY 26, 2021 – I’ll Believe It When I See It. Really?

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I’ll Believe It When I See It. Really?  

JULY 26, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

2 Kings 6:17,18 And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha. And when they came down to him, Elisha prayed unto the LORD, and said, Smite this people, I pray thee, with blindness. And he smote them with blindness according to the word of Elisha.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

      I know people who have the attitude “I will believe it when I see it.” Many people are like that. In fact, if we will be honest, most of us feel this way. We want to see evidence to believe something. Visible evidence seems best. However, sometimes, visible evidence can get us into trouble. What we see is not always real. While in Wisconsin Dells one year I saw a magician, who had some of the best illusions I have ever seen. Nevertheless, they were just that, illusions, or sleight of hand. My eyes were deceiving me. Today, just like in Bible times, there are people preying on true seeking believers. Showing them tricks, illusions, and calling them miracles from God. They will gain a following and then empty the pocketbooks of these people, but it is all deception.

     In today’s verses, God opened the eyes of one seeking the truth, but blinded the eyes of those following a man. The servant of Elisha’s eyes was opened to what God was doing around him. However, the men following the orders of the King of Syria, God blinded. Jesus warned the disciples of deceptive sight in Mark 13:22. He said, “For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall show signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.” You see it is not about what we see; it is about who we are focused on. Are your eyes focused on God or man?
   

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

  In Hebrews 11:1, it says; “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Our faith needs to be in Jesus, not in miracle workers. Faith is God’s miracle in your heart.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  JULY 26, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
2 Kings 4-6     /     Psalm 23     /     Proverbs 25-26     /     Mark 2-3

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Job 9-12           /  Acts 19:23-41

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       “Getting people into the Word of God…
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Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

JULY 24 & 25, 2021 – IS THE HORSE PUSHING OR PULLING?

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Is The Horse Pushing Or Pulling? 

JULY 24 & 25, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Proverbs 24:27Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

    My dad had another way of saying what verse 27 says. He would say, “Don’t get your cart before your horse.” In other words, do things in order. I guess a horse could push a cart, but not too fast, not too far, and not very often. In life, we often want to get ahead of ourselves. Before we have taken the time to get ourselves well equipped for something, grounded with knowledge and truth, we run off half-prepared. We at times can still do it, just as a horse can push a cart, but it is harder than it was meant to be.

     This happens at times in churches with new Christians who want to help. Because churches need helpers, these young believers are often allowed to fill positions they are not prepared for. This also occurs in business, when people dream today, but do not envision the hurdles of tomorrow. It happens in marriages as well. A man who is unstable in his morals, manners, money, and with his Maker wants to lead a home. However, he has not prepared himself to stand on his own two feet before he takes on the responsibility of building a home.

     I am not trying to say we need to have all the answers to all of life’s questions before we do anything. If that were true, no one would be doing anything. However, we need to have the important issues of life covered. Such as…
• Who is the real leader in your life?
• Where do you go for direction, especially when things seem to get out of whack?
• How are decisions made?
• What or who is the final authority?
• Or, when I make a mistake, where do I need to go to fix it?
• Then finally, if someone asked me these questions, can I show them where to find the answers in writing?

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

    The answers to all the questions above are, “God and His Word.” God is the final authority in everything. He has written the answers to life in the Bible. Now it is up to us to study to show ourselves approved unto Him.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  JULY 24, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
2 Kings 1–3     /     Psalm 22     /     Proverbs 24     /     Mark 1 

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Job 5-8           /  Acts 19:1-22

 

WHAT TO DO ON SUNDAY:

There will not be a Daily Devotion sent out on Sundays. Instead we encourage you to attend your church and listen intently to what God has prepared in the heart of your Pastor. Write down all the scriptures he uses in that message, then when you get home re-read those passages for today’s reading. God has given to your Pastor exactly what He desires for you on that day.  

GOD TALKING TO ME:  July 25, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
NO READINGS ON SUNDAY

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
NO READINGS ON SUNDAY

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Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

JULY 23, 2021 – Here Is My Wish List God

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Here Is My Wish List God 

JULY 23, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Psalm 21:2 Thou hast given him his heart’s desire, and hast not withholden the request of his lips. Selah.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

      Oh my, what a promise this verse has for us to claim. That God would give us all the requests of our lips. Whatever our hearts desire we could have. A new car, new house, better health, fancy clothes, jewelry, or just anything we might toss out into the throne room of Heaven. God will pick up our shopping list, fill it, and send it back. You might be saying to yourself, “This is not how my prayer life always works.” Yea, well not mine either. However, this is what all too many preachers seem to be saying today. So, what is the difference? Where is the problem?

     The difference is our understanding of the who, what, where, and when of the text of the verse. Before you can understand this verse, you need to understand about whom it was written. This was David. A man described as someone after God’s own heart. David was not requesting earthly possessions to consume upon his own fancy. So, what was God giving to David? He would give all the things David would ask for according to God’s Heart. Too often, we get our eyes on us and ask for things for us. However, David wanted only what God wanted. Therefore, God was glad to provide it.

   

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

     Do you desire the things God desires? Things such as people to be saved, lives to be changed, the helpless to be helped, Missions to be taken care of, disciples to be made, and churches to be filled with people to praise and worship God. Are these the major parts of your desires? If so, God might love to give you the desires of your heart too.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  JULY 23, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Obadiah     /     Psalm 21     /     Proverbs 23     /     Matthew 28 

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Job 1-4           /       Acts 18

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Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

JULY 22, 2021 – Sound The Alarm, This Is Important

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Sound The Alarm, This Is Important 

JULY 22, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Joel 2:1 Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand;

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

     God told the children of Israel decades before the Tribulation Period to be prepared. Was God’s time clock off? Why in the world would He have them ready way before Jesus had even been born, before Jesus had died on the cross of Calvary and rose, before He even ascended back into heaven?

     He was telling them exactly what He is telling us, watch and be ready to see what I will do. He wanted them to be ready to leave at a moment’s notice. To be vigilant, for His hand is always at work. He wanted them to be ready to serve Him at a moment’s notice. To continually watch to see how they might be a willing and joyful servant. He knew this is how they would want to be found, watching and serving as He might return at just anytime.

     He is telling us the same thing today. Blow the trumpet. Let everyone know. Sound the alarm. The churches need to preach the gospel. Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble. Share with everyone about the power and might of God and His judgment to come. For the day of the Lord cometh, yes friend it will not be long until He returns for His own. He knows this is how we would want to be found, watching and serving at the moment of His return. He might return at just anytime. Watch and be ready.

   

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

     Today might be the day He comes. Are you really prepared? Have you told everyone you need to tell? His return very well might be today.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  JULY 22, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Joel     /     Psalm 20     /     Proverbs 22     /     Matthew 27     

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Esther 5-10           /  Acts 17

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Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

JULY 21, 2021 – Monkey See, Monkey Do

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Monkey See, Monkey Do 

JULY 21, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Matthew 26:35 Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

     Oh, how easy it is to get caught up in the moment. We want so much to do what is right, and yet sometimes we find ourselves doing just the opposite. Our desire as Christians is to do what is right in the eyes of God, but we find ourselves being deceived at times into doing something else. Satan often uses subtle trickery to confuse us into doing the wrong thing. His craftiness is so clever that at times it may even appear as though we are doing what is right. Especially if we see other believers that we trust doing the same thing. It is like a Christian version of monkey see monkey do.

     In our verse today we find Peter telling Jesus that there was absolutely no way he would ever betray or leave Him. Even though Jesus had plainly told Peter, in the presence of all the disciples, that this is exactly what was going to happen. Peter’s human logic said no way. In addition, when the other disciples heard Peter’s statement, it seemed to make sense to them also. Why would they ever leave the Lord of Lords? Why would they walk away from someone who had proved Himself to be the Son of the Living God? Leaving just did not make sense. However, Jesus said it would happen, just before they said it would not.

     No matter what we seem to understand with our logic, if God has said different, believe God. He is never wrong. However, if we find ourselves deceived and on the wrong side of the fence, it is good to know that when we repent, God forgives and restores our fellowship as if it never happened. In Acts 1, just before Jesus ascends back into heaven, Peter and all the other disciples were together. Jesus gave all the disciples, including Peter, the responsibility to carry on His ministry. It is obvious that our loving Saviour had totally forgiven them.

   

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

  As we go through this day, let’s pray God will help us to walk by faith and not only by sight. Walking and talking with the Lord as He, through the Holy Spirit, guides our steps.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  JULY 21, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Ecclesiastes 10-12     /     Psalm 19     /     Proverbs 21     /     Matthew 26

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Esther 1-4           /       Acts 16:25-40

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Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

JULY 20, 2021 – But It Is Only One!

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But It Is Only One!  

JULY 20, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Proverbs 20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

     I have heard people describe others who were just cutting up and having fun, “those people are acting like they are drunk!” Why would they use such a term to explain their carefree actions? It is because that is exactly what alcohol will do to you. You do and say things you normally would not do or say. Only with alcohol, you have very little control of your behavior.

     In our verse today it says, “Wine is a mocker.” A mocker is something or someone that teases and makes fun of others. They make promises that cannot be kept. Wine and all alcohol do just that. It will promise a good time and deliver dulled senses. It promises happiness and delivers headaches of every kind. People say you can drink, just not get drunk. That is the tease of sin. Alcohol says come on try me. Then when you have drunk too much, Opps too late. Then people ask, “How did that happen? I never intended to get drunk!” It happened because they fell for the lie. The mocker of life.

     Strong drink referred to is fermented grain which was stronger than wine. It tells of what it does. It causes an uncontrolled will. Feelings that range from extremely happy to extremely sad in just minutes. It causes emotions to be way out of ordinary and not in control. In addition, if alcohol is drunk regularly, over time it can become addicting. There is not one alcoholic who ever lived that started out by saying “I think I will drink so much that I will someday feel I have no choice.” They all began with, “It is only one drink, what can that hurt?” There is not one drug ever, which has done more harm than the drug of Alcohol. NONE!

   

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

     The good news is this. God said He is greater than all things. The Bible says I can do ALL things through Christ. This includes turning over any habits with which Satan has ensnared us. Do not be fooled by the lies and lures of the world and Satan. Alcohol is a snare. Do not get caught in it.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  JULY 20, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Ecclesiastes 8, 9     /     Psalm 18:37-50     /     Proverbs 20     /     Matthew 25

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Neh. 13           /  Acts 16:1-24

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Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

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