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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Sunday, 20 January 2019 22:40

Elyse Fitzpatrick– Doubt: Trusting God’s Promises (31-Day Devotionals for Life)

On today’s Equipping You in Grace episode, Dave Jenkins and Elyse Fitzpatrick discuss how the local church can help Christians learn to deal with doubt with the Word of God, along with her book, Doubt: Trusting God’s Promises(P&R, 2018).

What you’ll hear in this episode

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Sunday, 20 January 2019 22:36

Justified Before God

Guest post by Jeff Mindler. [Jeff graduated from Lancaster Bible College in 2014 with a B.A. in Biblical Studies, as well as an M.A. in Counseling. He currently works as the Event Coordinator for the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals in Lancaster, PA. His wife, Joe’l, and he worship at...

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Written by Mark Farnham
Sunday, 20 January 2019 22:25

On Becoming a Daddy

Some of you, observant types, would have noticed that last week I didn’t publish an article on this site. It’s the first time I haven’t done so in a while. Well, I think I have a pretty good reason why I didn’t, and that reason is this: I was in the hospital spending time...

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Written by David Qaoud
Sunday, 20 January 2019 22:19

Bible Q A with Phil Johnson and Mike Riccardi

A new MP3 sermon from The GraceLife Pulpit is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:
Title: Bible Q&A with Phil Johnson and Mike Riccardi
Subtitle: Bible Q&A
Speaker: Phil Johnson
Broadcaster: The GraceLife Pulpit
Event: Question & Answer
Date: 1/6/2019
Length: 64 min.
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Written by The GraceLife Pulpit
Sunday, 20 January 2019 22:00

Natural Worship and Instituted Worship

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William Ames Marrow of Sacred Divinity, Book 2, ch. 5 § 1-8 & ch. 13

Natural Worship.

1. The parts of religion are two; natural worship, and voluntary or instituted worship.

2. This distinction is grounded on Exodus 20:6, those words of the second commandment: “who love me,...

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Written by Paul J. Barth
Sunday, 20 January 2019 22:00

Two lists.

“Every person in your personal world is on one of two lists: saved or lost. First John 5:12 says, ‘He that has the Son of God has life. He that does not have the Son of God, does not have life.’ There are two destinations for everybody we know. Think of the people you know...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Sunday, 20 January 2019 22:00

Three Days Only: Save 50% on over 50 Teaching Series

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From Genesis to Revelation, from apologetics to prayer, our video teaching series apply biblical truth to a broad range of topics.For three days only,you can save 50% on over 50 teaching series.

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Sunday, 20 January 2019 21:57

Despite Proof to the Contrary, SBTS Student, Kyle Howard Continues Anti-White Narrative

Kyle Howard is a student at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary who has made himself famous by being an outspoken critic of “whiteness” and prides himself on being a “racial trauma counselor.” Howard first became popular when he was depicted at a lunch event with Russell...

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Written by JeffMaples
Sunday, 20 January 2019 21:55

Links For The Church

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5 Myths About Complementarianism

Andreas & Margaret Köstenberger write about ways that complementarianism is misunderstood. There are false understandings about this doctrine and the Köstenbergers debunks some of these.

Practical Applications of the Doctrine of Justification

"When we...

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Written by Staff
Sunday, 20 January 2019 21:51

The Mod | Why Language Is Everything

Everyone has a window, a lens through which they see the world around them and organize their understanding of it.    I began looking through it when I was studying the work of Kenneth Pike and Vern Poythress, and by continual observation have seen more of who God is, who we are, and what...

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Written by Brooke Ventura
Sunday, 20 January 2019 21:49

The Karen Pence Rule (Adam Parker)

Recently it was announced that Karen Pence - a private citizen who is not even occupying an elected office in the United States of America - is going to resume her teaching career at a Christian school. Part of this school's beliefs is that homosexual behavior is a sin, and they require their...

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Written by Reformation21 Blog
Sunday, 20 January 2019 21:40

Engage Your Mind

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Most of the hospitals in our country are named after religious people or holy places. This was an observation made by a comedian who asked the question of whether you would feel comfortable going to a supposed place of science which had its roots in religion. His point was that a place named after...

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Written by Adam Kareus
Sunday, 20 January 2019 21:24

Is America Experiencing its “Romans 1” Time?

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In Romans Chapter 1 Paul talks about how since men reject the truth of God that he turns them over to a reprobate mind to think and do evil in astounding ways.  Their rejection and hatred of God fuels them to believe and do unthinkable evil.  Sixty million murdered children in the womb;...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Sunday, 20 January 2019 21:13

The Process Journey of Becoming an Elder

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The Process of Becoming a Leader of Christ Fellowship Bible ChurchGeoffrey R. KirklandChrist Fellowship Bible ChurchThe church belongs to Jesus Christ! He resides as the sovereign Head over His Body, the church and He has spoken clearly and sufficiently in His Word, the Bible. What He says has...

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Written by Geoffrey Kirkland
Sunday, 20 January 2019 21:00

Bible study for Jan. 27: When circumstances overwhelm

Psalm 42:1-3, 6-8; 43:3-5Jim Duggan, PastorBellevue Baptist Church, Macon

The Book of Psalms provides a look at handling the raw emotions of the human experience. In these psalms we find expressions of joy and depression, calm and anxiety, contemplation and celebration. After even a casual...

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Written by Jim Duggan
Sunday, 20 January 2019 21:00

3 Reasons Definite Atonement is Basic to Biblical Missions Featured

“Sit down, young man. When God decides to save the heathen, he will do it without your help.”

These were the words of John Ryland to a passionate, young English Particular Baptist named William Carey, now known to us as the father of the modern missionary movement.

Since them, the...

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Written by Alex Kocman
Sunday, 20 January 2019 20:38

Resources: How to Spot a False Teacher Featured

By Elizabeth PrataI'm helping a new believer. She is hungry for the word and wide eyed with wonder at everything being new and shiny. She started watching TV Preachers and we in our local body (I) have the sad job to let her know that not all that glitters in the Christian world is gold. We have to...

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Written by The End Time
Sunday, 20 January 2019 20:00

An Open Letter to the Timid Evangelist

January 21, 2019 by: Brian G. Hedgesimage

This article is part of the Open Letters series.

Dear Fellow Christian,

I’ve never felt gifted at evangelism. That’s why my knees were trembling. My coworker’s name was Colleen, and I felt burdened to share the gospel with her. I had no...

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Written by Brian G. Hedges
Sunday, 20 January 2019 20:00

Scientific Evidence for the Personhood of Unborn Children

January 21, 2019 by: Wayne Grudemimage

Gametogenesis and Fertilization

Alongside the biblical testimony about the personhood of the unborn child, scientific evidence also indicates that each child in the womb should be considered a unique human person.

Dianne Irving, a biochemist and biologist...

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Written by Wayne Grudem
Sunday, 20 January 2019 19:55

Bible Absurdity? Jesus cursed figs to show how much God hates figs?

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For today’s post we will tackle an issue the Skeptic Annotated Bible raised: Did Jesus cursed figs to show how much God hates figs?

Here’s the passage the Skeptic thinks is absurd:

 Seeing at a distance a fig tree in leaf, He went to see if perhaps He would find...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Sunday, 20 January 2019 19:53

Answering the alleged “95 Catholic Verses” – Pausing to note a paradox

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Since early-August, we’ve been examining the 95 Bible verses presented by Catholic apologist, Dave Armstrong, in his book, “The Catholic Verses,” that allegedly validate Catholicism and “confound Protestants.” This week, I thought we’d take a break from the...

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Written by Tom
Sunday, 20 January 2019 19:41

MLK Day, THE Day, and Our Day

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“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you,

so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my Disciples, if you love one another.”John 13:34-35

Let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!Amos 5:24

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Written by Scotty Smith
Sunday, 20 January 2019 19:10

Fascinating Facts about Aimee Semple McPherson

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History is packed full of fascinating figures. Some of these are men and women who were raised to lay claim to great positions—Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy, Queen Elizabeth II. Some of these are men and women who come from nowhere and nothing but still rose to great prominence. Among...

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Written by Tim Challies
Sunday, 20 January 2019 19:00

The Mailbag: Potpourri (Todd Friel on Rick Warren, Enneagram, Should I stay or should I go?…)

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Todd Friel on Rick Warren, Sharp rebukes - gently, Enneagram, Resources vs. conversations/counseling, Leaving a doctrinally unsound "Bible" study

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Sunday, 20 January 2019 19:00

Want to Share the Gospel? Start with This Question (Video)

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Greg explains the first step in a tactical approach to sharing your Christian convictions with others. Look out for more Mentoring Moments from Greg in the coming weeks! 

Authors: Greg Koukl...

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Written by Greg Koukl
Sunday, 20 January 2019 18:59

A La Carte (January 21)

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There are several Kindle deals from Crossway that merit your consideration today. Also, the whole Word Biblical Commentary series has been heavily discounted.

(Yesterday on the blog: A Pastoral Prayer about Joy)

Be Patient with Your Slow Spiritual Growth

Being patient is not the same as...

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Written by Tim Challies
Sunday, 20 January 2019 18:00

Quotes of Note

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Each Monday, we share quotes we found encouraging, convicting, thought-provoking, or all of the above.Kim:In doing research for an Apologetics paper, I came across John Frame's newest apologetic work, Christianity Considered: A Guide for Skeptics and Seekers. I really like John Frame. Our class is...

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Written by Kim Shay
Sunday, 20 January 2019 18:00

4 Christian Influences on Martin Luther King, Jr. (2019)

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As we celebrate Martin Luther King Day, few are aware of the legacy of four believers whose courageous lives influenced his life. Today we learn the rest of the story.

Influence #1: Rosa Parks: A Woman of Great Conviction

In the words of the U.S. Congress, Rosa Parks (1913-2005) was the “Mother...

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Written by Bob
Sunday, 20 January 2019 18:00

Against Suffering

We debate and discuss a variety of issues in the faith, but one thing we are all agreed upon: suffering is not God's will. It's something bad that happens and God helps us through it, but He doesn't will it, because that would just be cruel. We all know that.Well ... mostly all.I would suggest that...

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Written by Winging It
Sunday, 20 January 2019 18:00

Rejoice Always

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Do you know what the shortest verse in the New Testament is? The obvious answer is John 11:35: "Jesus wept." It is the shortest verse in our English translations of the Bible. But the shortest verse in the Greek New Testament is 1 Thessalonians 5:16: "Rejoice always." It is a little verse with big...

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Written by Rev. H.B. Charles Jr.
Sunday, 20 January 2019 17:10

Quick Shot: “Who created God?”

image Our “Quick Shot” series offers brief answers to common objections to the Christian worldview. Each response is limited to one paragraph. These responses are designed to (1) answer the objection as concisely as possible, (2) challenge the objector to think more deeply about his or her...

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Written by J. Warner
Sunday, 20 January 2019 17:00

Christian Parents in Canada See Foster Application Rejected Over Beliefs on Homosexuality, Spanking

January 21, 2019
A Canadian Christian couple says they've been barred from being foster parents because of their religious beliefs on raising children. Ontario's Levi denBok explained in a series of...

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Written by TBC Staff - EN
Sunday, 20 January 2019 17:00

Nuggets from Occult Invasion—A Call to Reason

January 21, 2019
It was the unnatural act of reason opposing the natural processes of nature that brought under control a host of formerly fatal diseases, that lowered the death rate in infants, and that has extended the average life expectancy. The...

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Written by TBC Staff - CR
Sunday, 20 January 2019 17:00

What Martin Luther King Believed about Persistence and Change

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is an opportunity to celebrate the life of a man who worked tirelessly against racial segregation. It’s a time to remember how the persistence of determined individuals completely changed society.

Martin Luther King’s era marked the beginning of another great...

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Written by Kristie Eshelman
Sunday, 20 January 2019 16:10

3 NEW LifeLine Mini-Books

As the consulting editor of the LifeLine Mini-Books from Shepherd Press, it is my joy to tell you about the three newest titles created for your personal growth, small-group discussion, and counseling/discipleship ministries.

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HELP! I’m Anxious – An increasing number of us are worrying...

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Written by Paul Tautges
Sunday, 20 January 2019 16:01

Seasoning your Speech Featured

image One treat I discovered in America was the Jelly Belly jelly bean. I was astounded that the beans tasted exactly like the product whose flavor they mimicked – so the blueberry jelly bean tastes just like an actual blueberry, as with the buttered popcorn, peanut butter and jelly, cherry-cola,...

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Written by Clint Archer
Sunday, 20 January 2019 16:00

The Good We Never Ask For: What God Does for Us in Suffering

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Christian slaves in America sometimes were forbidden to sing—even to God. So when they went to the river, they would hang wet blankets around themselves, then sing into pots filled with water to absorb the sound. “Sorrowful, yet always rejoicing” (2 Corinthians 6:10), they...

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Written by Randy Alcorn
Sunday, 20 January 2019 16:00

Saving Faith and True Creation

“Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” (Hebrews 11:3) This is the very first object a... More...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Sunday, 20 January 2019 16:00

A Church Not Forsaken Featured

Christ’s departure from this planet was not a departure from His church. He promised His disciples before He ascended to heaven, “I am with you always” (Matthew 28:20). And in spite of the scandal, compromise corruption, and rebellion that often threatens to overrun the church,...

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Written by Grace to You Blog
Sunday, 20 January 2019 15:42

Orthodoxy is Not Enough

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Dead orthodoxy is still dead. It is not worth having. I am serious. A church that takes all the right positions, sings all the right songs, dresses just the right way, but has no true spiritual life might as well be liberal in its theology. In fact, it might be worse. If you want to inoculate your...

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Written by Kevin Schaal
Sunday, 20 January 2019 15:00

Desiring God and Dompanine

Over the past few weeks we’ve been studying James Clear’s Atomic Habits through the lens of a Christian worldview (see list of previous posts here). The author’s approach to habits can be summed up in his four step analysis of good habit formation (to break bad...

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Written by David Murray
Sunday, 20 January 2019 15:00

Are Souls Made of God-Stuff?

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Having seen the "Query" posts on your blog, I was hoping you might take one from me!  I have an unshakable sense that we are all endowed with immortal souls.  However, I’m puzzled.  Our souls are immortal in a future-facing direction, but are understood to have...

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Written by jbudziszewski
Sunday, 20 January 2019 14:15

Mister Rogers's Deathbed Confession

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I went with my family last summer to see the new Fred Rogers documentary, Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Overall it was an excellent film, and we enjoyed it very much. As I said in my night-of tweet thread, you and I could quibble with portions of it—the filmmaker seems intent...

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Written by Jared C. Wilson
Sunday, 20 January 2019 14:05

January 21: Rev. William Scribner [1820-1884]

Currently I’m building a database of our biographical files in the PCA Historical Center and came across this interesting item, a privately published edition of These Little Ones: What God Has Commanded Touching Their Church Membership, and What He has Graciously Promised Concerning...

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Written by Wayne Sparkman
Sunday, 20 January 2019 14:00

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3 Reasons We Don’t Preach Gospel-Centered Sermons “It’s just a theory, but perhaps the reason so many preachers who read all the gospelly books and blogs, listen to all the gospelly podcasts, and follow all the gospelly Twitter accounts still struggle to preach gospelly...

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Sunday, 20 January 2019 14:00

Can We Be Discerning Without Being Judgmental?

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Good judgment is a function of wisdom, and exercising it—in the form of discernment—is a Christian duty. The Psalmist prays for discernment (Psalm 19:12), Proverbs exalts it (Prov. 14:8), and Paul prays that believers will abound in it (Phil. 1:9).

Tim Challies’ definition of...

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Sunday, 20 January 2019 13:25

Sale: Word Biblical Commentary eBooks

Right now, save up to 77% on Word Biblical Commentary (WBC) eBooks that deliver biblical scholarship at its best. Get the deals today because sale prices end soon (January 27, 2019).

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Written by ZA Blog
Sunday, 20 January 2019 11:23

What does revival look like? Part I: The Spirit Speaks

Many of us pray for revival, but what are we expecting? How would we recognize that God is answering our prayer?

Since our usual definitions of revival are largely shaped by movements of the past few centuries, rather than from a particular passage in Scripture, it’s possible that we are...

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Written by Craig Keener
Sunday, 20 January 2019 10:42

No, Halal and Kosher Are Not the Same Featured

In an age where truth matters little, where image trumps substance, and where widespread ignorance in so many areas reigns supreme, it is not surprising to find people totally clueless about Islam and its agenda in general, and the issue of halal foods and products in particular.

Part of that...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Sunday, 20 January 2019 10:26

Weekly Podcast Roundup (1/20)

image Veracity Hill Ep132: Explore God: Is there a God? In this episode, Kurt speaks with Tyler McNabb on approaches to the knowledge of God. Trinity Radio 3 Things Paul Had: A Sermon From Acts 17 Live from Australia! Braxton Hunter speaks at the Overseas Christian Fellowship Convention (OCF) on the...

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Written by Kurt Jaros
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