But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Monday, 15 October 2018 00:00

5 Encouraging Truths for When You’re Weary

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Just when you are about to finish one of the letters from the Apostle Paul, he hits you between the eyes with a one-liner that tells you how well he understands your Christian life. Have you ever experienced this?

Take 2 Thessalonians 3:13: “Do not grow weary in doing good.” Both Paul...

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Written by Sinclair B. Ferguson
Sunday, 14 October 2018 23:50

Scott Redd– The Wholeness Imperative: How Christ Unifies our Desires, Identity and Impact in the World

On today’s Equipping You in Grace Episode, Dave Jenkins and Scott Redd discuss the importance of the Christian’s identity in Christ, what it means to truly delight in the Lord and His Word, along with his book, The Wholeness Imperative: How Christ Unifies our Desires, Identity and...

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Sunday, 14 October 2018 23:37

Column: Why I call Joel Osteen a false teacher

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This column appeared at Fredricksburg.comWhy I call Joel Osteen a false teacherBy Adan BlosserOct 9, 2018
Joel Osteen recently spoke at an event in our area. I knew about the event ahead of time and took the time to listen to it on Facebook Live as it was taking place. I then read the article that...

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Written by Doug Evans
Sunday, 14 October 2018 23:34

The BGV Theorem: An Unexpected Asset for Christian Theism

By: Brian G. Chilton | October 15, 2018

Turn on the Discovery Channel or the Science Channel and you may find interesting theories pertaining to how the universe came to be. Some propose that an eternal multiverse gave rise to our modern universe. Others will hold that eternal wiggling dimensions or...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Sunday, 14 October 2018 23:22

The Dirty Dozen of Unbiblical Parenting

*This is the fourth, and final, post from Counsel with Confidence by Joel James.image

In family counseling, you will encounter many unbiblical approaches to parenting. Some common ones to keep your eyes open for are listed below.

  1. Permissiveness. Parents who follow this strategy never tell their children...

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Written by Paul Tautges
Sunday, 14 October 2018 23:18

1929 Or 2018?

You will have a battle, too, when you go forth as ministers into the church. The church is now in a period of deadly conflict. The redemptive religion known as Christianity is contending, in our own Presbyterian Church and in all the . . . Continue reading →

Authors: R. Scott Clark...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Sunday, 14 October 2018 23:12

Office Hours: Echoes Of Exodus

Few stories in the Bible are as important to understanding the rest of Scripture as the Exodus. Throughout the Old Testament and beyond, this event came to define the nature of salvation. It was paradigmatic. Thus, in order to understand Scripture on . . . Continue reading →

Authors: R. Scott...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Sunday, 14 October 2018 23:00

Is the Sabbath Optional? An Evaluation of Romans 14 and Colossians 2

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Wilhelmus à Brakel The Christian’s Reasonable Service Vol. 3, pp. 171-176.

Objection 4: The Sabbath Is Detrimental to the Gospel.

One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. He that regardeth the...

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Written by Paul J. Barth
Sunday, 14 October 2018 23:00

Their sins hang upon them.

“That’s the trouble with the sinners…they’ve turned against God, broken His Commandments, trampled His Law under their feet, and their sins hang upon them; until they show signs of repentance their sin will remain. But the moment they see their iniquity and come to...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Sunday, 14 October 2018 23:00

Regular Pastor Podcast (S2:E4) – When Is a Church Member Allowed to Leave Their Church

Sunday, 14 October 2018 22:34

“It is of no use building our churches”

The church is to be centered on this inspired sufficient, necessary, truthful, clear authoritative, and productive Word of God. As P.T. Forsyth urged “If we are not going to use our Bibles, it is of no use building our Churches.” …Paul emphasizes the preaching of good news (vv....

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Written by memoirandremains
Sunday, 14 October 2018 22:19

Video: Moving Mountains

Today’s question:

What is your interpretation of Jesus’ sayings about the prayers of believers “moving mountains”?

Within my discussion, I reference N.T. Wright’s interpretation from Jesus and the Victory of God.

If you have any questions for me, please leave them...

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Written by Alastair Roberts
Sunday, 14 October 2018 21:00

Why You Shouldn’t Neglect the First 39 Books of Your Bible

October 15, 2018 by: Jay Sklar

An Incomplete Narrative

Trying to understand the New Testament without the Old Testament is like trying to understand the last four chapters of a book without ever reading the first eight chapters of a book. In the Old Testament, the story that finds its...

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Written by Jay Sklar
Sunday, 14 October 2018 20:53

Michael survivor says “We are all hurting down here”

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The missing steeple, which tore a nearly 8-foot-hole in the roof, only hints of the destruction inside the sanctuary.The gaping hole allowed rain and wind to enter the building, compounding the damage. The back brick wall collapsed in the storm. KEITH BOWEN/Special

DONALSONVILLE — At least two...

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Written by Joe Westbury
Sunday, 14 October 2018 20:30

Should you attend a Cursillo weekend? (Great Banquet/Walk to Emmaus/Tres Dias etc). These people did Featured

By Elizabeth PrataPart 1 here: The Cursillo TheologyPart 2 here: The Cursillo ExperienceThe plaudits and accolades and gushes of past participants of the many different Cursillo programs are readily available online. Many people have gone through a Cursillo Weekend (in their terminology, "made...

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Written by The End Time
Sunday, 14 October 2018 20:00

The New Testament: How Do We Know We Have an Accurate Copy? With Dr. Peter Gurry—The Alisa Childers Podcast #35

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How do we know we have an accurate copy of the New Testament? Why don't we have any original manuscripts? What about all the differences between the manuscripts we do have? How can we be sure that what we're reading is what they originally wrote? I was thrilled...

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Written by Alisa Childers - Blog
Sunday, 14 October 2018 20:00

The Mailbag: Potpourri (“Good Luck”, Miscarriage Funeral, Art Azurdia, JMac NOT partnering with false teachers)

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Recommendation on Art Azurdia, MacArthur NOT partnering with false teachers, Funeral for a miscarried baby?, Christian response to "good luck".

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Sunday, 14 October 2018 20:00

Social Engineering

In the mid-20th century we had some scary folks out there. We had the Soviet Communists. On the face of it they were really nice people who just wanted everybody to be equal and have an equal share, but the way they went about it was so terrifying that socialists like George Orwell desperately...

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Written by Winging It
Sunday, 14 October 2018 20:00

Why We Believe Our Political Opponents Hate Us

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I have learned something about the United States of America in the past month or so.

We believe that we hate each other, and that is a major problem.

I would like to say that I am not sure where this idea came from, but I’m pretty confident I know. We are constantly fed the line that the right...

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Written by Zak Schmoll
Sunday, 14 October 2018 20:00

If God Requires Atonement, Does He Lack Something? (Video)

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Is God really God if He needs something? Tim responds.

Authors: Tim Barnett...

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Written by Tim Barnett
Sunday, 14 October 2018 19:19

Please Do Please Don’t Assume Motives

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Though we boast of great things and take confidence in our knowledge, we are actually finite little creatures bound by a million limitations. In fact, our knowledge is so limited we don’t even really know ourselves. We often lack clarity about the motivations behind even our best or worst...

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Written by Tim Challies
Sunday, 14 October 2018 19:18

A La Carte (October 15)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a nice little list from our friends at Crossway.

(Yesterday on the blog: Letters to the Editor (Francis Chan and Prophecy))

How Can You Show Radical Hospitality as an Introvert?

Rosaria Butterfield: “God’s going to use you in all of your differences....

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Written by Tim Challies
Sunday, 14 October 2018 19:05

Does Calvinism Promote Victimhood? Featured

BTWN Responds to Leighton Flowers recent charge that Dr. John MacArthur’s form of Calvinism promotes the Social Justice victimhood mentality.
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Written by Tim Hurd
Sunday, 14 October 2018 19:00

What Bach Teaches Us About Work, Worship, and Service

Ask people who their favorite composer is, and you will get everyone from the “artist formally known as Prince” to Beethoven.

But ask who the best composer of all time is, and a majority of people who know anything about music will tell you it is Johann Sebastian Bach.

Bach lived in...

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Written by Hugh Whelchel
Sunday, 14 October 2018 19:00

Fear of God Devotional: Christ as the Bread of Life

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What does it mean when Christ says that He is the Bread of Life?

Mala Chindongo explains in this video that when Christ says that He is the Bread of Life, He uses that in a spiritual sense. He is what satisfies and fills our hunger for everything that our soul needs to continue life.

When He says...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Sunday, 14 October 2018 19:00

Four Implications of Martin Luther’s Theology

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What do the sovereignty of God, salvation by grace, justification by faith, and new life in union with Christ mean for the living of the Christian life? For Martin Luther, they carry four implications:

The first implication is the knowledge that the Christian believer is simul iustus et peccator, at...

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Written by Sinclair B. Ferguson
Sunday, 14 October 2018 18:47

Lessons from a Church Building Program

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A few years ago our church, for the third time since I have been a pastor, undertook a major building program. We finished a short time ago.  If you count the purchase of the property on which we now meet, it has been four major financial projects. In every one of these projects the prospects...

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Written by Kevin Schaal
Sunday, 14 October 2018 18:30

Quote of Note

imageEach Monday, we share quotes we found encouraging, convicting, thought-provoking, or all of the above.Rebecca:John Calvin was sure the book of Hebrews belonged in the Bible even though he was also sure it wasn’t written by Paul, but by some other unknown author. In this quote from the...

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Written by Rebecca Stark
Sunday, 14 October 2018 18:20

Mid-October 2018 Presuppositional Apologetics’ Links

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Here are the links related to Presuppositional apologetics gathered between October 8th-14th, 2018.  Enjoy!

1.) Beyond cage stage: Beware of being a Nurmagomedov rage phase Calvinist/Apologist

2.) Evidence for Moses and the Book of Exodus

3.) The Biblical Worldview Against All...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Sunday, 14 October 2018 18:00

Nuggets from Occult Invasion—Materialism Is Dead

October 15, 2018
Lilly was only one of many psychiatrists, anthropologists, and other researchers who realized the connection between drugs and the occult. Here was another powerful factor in the death of materialism. Psychedelic drugs open the...

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Written by tbc staff - bl
Sunday, 14 October 2018 18:00

The Differing Gods of Creation Theistic Evolution

October 15, 2018
Theistic evolution is more than just adding God to the theory of evolution. The picture of God presented by theistic evolution turns out to be very different than the God presented by the creationist view of creation. In fact,...

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Written by TBC Staff - EN
Sunday, 14 October 2018 18:00

The Throne of David

“And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.” (2 Samuel 7:16) No other ordinary human being, not even the greatest of ... More...

Authors: Days of Praise from ICR...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Sunday, 14 October 2018 18:00

The Pathology of an Apostate Church Featured

Churches can descend into apostasy on a wide variety of issues. They might succumb to mysticism, feminism, worldliness, works righteousness, or any of the myriad corrupting threats poised against the church. But there is a common thread uniting every church that turns from the truth after error....

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Written by Grace to You Blog
Sunday, 14 October 2018 17:01

How is God the Savior of all people? (in 500 words) Featured

image We looked last week at the question, If God desires all people to be saved, then why aren’t all people saved? I said I’d tackle this frequent follow-up inquiry:

How can Christ’s atonement be limited in extent to the elect when Paul calls God “the Savior of all people,...

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Written by Clint Archer
Sunday, 14 October 2018 17:00

When It Comes to Our Suffering, God “Gets It”

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In all human history, who has paid the highest price for evil and suffering? Poll a hundred people on this question and only a few would come up with the right answer: God.

“This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins”...

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Written by Randy Alcorn
Sunday, 14 October 2018 15:15

The Chocolate-ness of Chocolate and The Coffee-ness of Coffee

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“And Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the LORD your God; do not mourn or weep.” For all the people wept as they heard the words of the Law. Then he said to them,...

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Written by Jared C. Wilson
Sunday, 14 October 2018 15:10

Biblical Theology in Discipleship

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A number of years ago I was teaching a  study of Genesis in my church when one of the discussion group leaders, an older godly woman, came and sat down by me. “How come I’ve never been taught this before?” she said with tears in her eyes. She was beginning to recognize that,...

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Written by Nancy Guthrie
Sunday, 14 October 2018 15:05

October 15: What Is The Catechism?

What is the Catechism? An epitome of all the great truths and distinguishing doctrines of the Gospel. He who learns that, has the substance of the Old and New Testaments.

A few thoughts on the value of the Westminster Shorter Catechism,excerpted from THE CHARLESTON OBSERVER, 15 October 1836, p....

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Written by Wayne Sparkman
Sunday, 14 October 2018 15:05

Links For The Church (10/15)

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The Healthiest Order Of Our Loves

The love of Jesus helps us to arrange all our other loves. Scott Sauls writes that Jesus is the highest of our loves, and all other treasures fade away in light of his beauty.

What Does Your Liturgy Celebrate?

Josh Hedger writes that far too many of our worship...

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Written by Staff
Sunday, 14 October 2018 15:00

A Case for Cessationism, Part 3

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From Maranatha Baptist Theological Journal, Vol 3, No. 2, Fall 2013. Reproduced with permission. Read the series so far.

Approaching the Issue

The issue whether the sign gifts continue or have ceased is closely tied to the question of continuing revelation. Is God giving us Scripture today? Are the...

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Written by Fred Moritz
Sunday, 14 October 2018 14:30

Baptism in the Early Church

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Some conclusions from historian Everett Ferguson’s magisterial 975-page tome, Baptism in the Early Church: History, Theology, and Liturgy in the First Five Centuries (Eerdmans, 2009):

Is there evidence for infant baptism exist before the second part of the second century?

“T...

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Written by Justin Taylor
Sunday, 14 October 2018 14:00

Luther s Antisemitism: We are at fault in not slaying them!

In their article, "Martin Luther and antisemitism," Wikipedia currently links to my old article, Martin Luther's Attitude Toward the Jews.  While I appreciate their nod to my paper, there is a quote used that I would like to explore and demonstrate misuse, Luther's antisemitic comment, "we...

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Written by James Swan
Sunday, 14 October 2018 14:00

Daily Bible Readings: Oct. 16-31

Tuesday, October 16 Jeremiah 28:1-29:32 1 Timothy 1:1-20 Psalm 86:1-17 Proverbs 25:17

Wednesday, October 17 Jeremiah 30:1-31:26 1 Timothy 2:1-15 Psalm 87:1-7 Proverbs 25:18-19

Thursday, October 18 Jeremiah 31:27-32:44 1 Timothy 3:1-16 Psalm 88:1-18 Proverbs 25:20-22

Friday, October 19 Jeremiah...

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Written by christianindex
Sunday, 14 October 2018 13:20

Conflict part 1: conflict when needed

Current research shows that conflict is bad for our health (presumably especially for us sensitive people). Recently I have read that marital conflict even correlates with earlier mortality in men.

Of course, there is conflict and then there is conflict. Some conflict is inevitable, or at least...

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Written by Craig Keener
Sunday, 14 October 2018 12:54

Timeout 7: Warning against false teachers/teachings is not being legalistic, a Pharisee or a stumbling block

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I recently shared an article by Costi Hinn on social media. The article is as follows:

http://www.forthegospel.org/should-your-church-sing-jesus-culture-bethel-music/

Someone commented on it. The comment is below, edited for grammar and punctuation:

This sounds very much like the pharisees. It is very...

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Written by C.T. Adams
Sunday, 14 October 2018 12:54

Satanism at the United Nations and the Coming Antichrist

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“Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any...

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Written by Geri Ungurean
Sunday, 14 October 2018 11:09

Christian News Weekly Recap Oct 8 – 13, 2018

Christian News Weekly Recap Oct 8 – 13, 2018 This is a recap of the past week’s daily news items from our Christian News Section. Monday Oct 8, 2018 Pakistan postpones ruling on Christian woman Christians Slam ‘Dear Bigots’ Scottish Govt. Campaign for Accusing Them of...

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Written by Alesia Cengia
Sunday, 14 October 2018 10:35

Clueless Christians and the Rainbow Trojan Horse Featured

I must say, about the only thing I find more troubling and disturbing than all the constant assaults on the faith by its various enemies is when folks who claim to be believers basically run with the same ideas, beliefs and rhetoric that the secular leftists do.

That the church of Christ should be...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Sunday, 14 October 2018 10:02

Derogation

Dale [Tuggy]The tone of contempt in the post is obvious. The subject is a direct insult. The first sentence is a passive-aggressive insult in pseudo-question form, which in effect asserts (again) that Dr. Rauser is dumb. Sadly, this is a habit for Steve Hays. And it's exactly the sort of thing...

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Written by steve
Sunday, 14 October 2018 09:19

Video: The Mark of the Beast

Today’s question:

What does the mark of the beast in Revelation refer to historically?

Within this video, I reference Peter Leithart’s recent commentary on the book, Revelation 1-11Revelation 12-22.

If you have any questions for me, please leave them on my Curious Cat...

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Written by Alastair Roberts
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