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, 18 February 2019 00:19

Do You Think Our Criticism of Russell Moore and Timothy Keller Is Too General? Read This.

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Some viewers of my interview with Judd Saul have asked why we didn’t go more into details and citing sources yet.

See the interview here:

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Written by Cody Libolt
Monday, 18 February 2019 00:01

What to Do with A Gay Priest

To be fair, Sam Allberry says there is a difference between same sex attraction and being gay. I just happen not to agree with him on this point.

There is a movement afoot in the evangelical churches to diversify. This diversity is coming at the churches in all shapes and sizes. The heartbeat of the...

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Written by eddingess
Sunday, 17 February 2019 23:50

Some Oklahoma Republicans Sidestepping Promises to End Abortion? Featured

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[Heather Clark | Christian News] A bill that would have outlawed abortion in the state of Oklahoma as an act of murder will not be brought up for a vote as per the decision of Senate Health and Human Services Committee Chair Sen. Jason Smalley, R-Stroud.

As previously reported, the...

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Written by Cherie Vandermillen
Sunday, 17 February 2019 23:11

Begs the Question: Is There A “Closet” in Evangelicalism? Featured

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Editor’s Note: The following article is an excerpt of Frederic Martel’s new book In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy. As I read through this article and others with regards to Homosexuality in the Roman Catholic hierarchy many questions have come to mind,...

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Written by Cherie Vandermillen
Sunday, 17 February 2019 23:00

Will the mainstream media correct their #FakeNews stories after they’re caught?

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So, we’ve had three stories that reported over and over in the mainstream media. The Trump-Russia collusion story, the Jussie Smollett hate crime, and the Covington kids hate crime. All three stories had doubts cast on them.  So how...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Sunday, 17 February 2019 22:45

What We Learn About God from An Old Testament Prayer

Do you treasure books of the Bible like 1 Chronicles? If you follow a Bible reading plan you’ll read through the Old Testament. But there’s a difference between having to read something and feeling like you get to read something. And for many, certain Old Testament books feel obligatory...

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Written by David Qaoud
Sunday, 17 February 2019 22:40

The Only Thing You Can Give To God

What is that feeling at the end of a short-term trip feeding the hungry, helping the poor, building houses in places ravaged by natural disasters, or playing with orphans in a third world country? That feeling that can sometimes come after giving generously at church or to another ministry? It can...

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Written by John K
Sunday, 17 February 2019 22:37

Knowledge without wisdom can be purposeless and sometimes dangerous

The accumulation of great knowledge does not necessarily make a great person. The key to a purposeful and fruitful life is in knowing God, because in Him “are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3). True wisdom is rooted in an understanding of our place...

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Written by Gerald Harris
Sunday, 17 February 2019 22:35

When You Fast

Matthew 6:16-18, “16 “And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 17 But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 tha...

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Written by Charlie Handren
Sunday, 17 February 2019 22:30

Why It Matters What We Write: A Case for the Importance of Writing in the Christian Life

My writing journey began in the summer of 1998 as a junior in high school at the age of 17 when I started writing for my friends in my high school youth group. To be honest, I wasn’t any good at writing, but I had a desire to help people grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus....

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Sunday, 17 February 2019 22:00

Objections to the Necessity of Prayer Answered

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William Perkins An Exposition of Christ’s Sermon on the Mount Works, vol. 1, pp. 407-408.

But sundry objections are made against the necessity of prayer:

1. First, it is said God knows our thoughts before we pray, and therefore it is needless to express them by prayer unto Him.

Answer. We pray...

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Written by Paul J. Barth
Sunday, 17 February 2019 22:00

A sword that divides.

Jesus quoted this verse in regard to the persecution that comes to those who live godly in Christ Jesus (see Matt. 10:35,36; Luke 12:53). The gospel is a sword that divides us from this evil world. When someone becomes a Christian, he is like an ex-criminal who has become a police officer. He has...

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Written by The Daily Evidence
Sunday, 17 February 2019 22:00

The English Reformation Study Tour: Early-Bird Ends Tomorrow

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Tomorrow is your last day to save on The English Reformation Study Tour.Secure your discount of up to $280 per person when you register now.

If you register, you’ll travel across London, Cambridge, Windsor, and Oxford and visit the places where the Reformation took hold in England. Visit the...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Sunday, 17 February 2019 21:28

What actually is time?

When we speak of time as a realm, ... we denote simply the created order which is populated by beings that are subject to and undergo change and thus are measured temporally. (James E. Dolezal, All that is in God, 79 footnote 2) Accordingly, the essential nature of time is ... that it encompasses a...

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Written by Daniel C
Sunday, 17 February 2019 21:28

5 Things Every Christian Should be Doing with God’s Word

Psalm 119 is an amazing Psalm.  Not only is it the longest Psalm (176 verses!), but it is also the Psalm that deals the most directly with the topic of Scripture.  Virtually every verse, in one way or another, refers to God’s Word.

David (who is most likely the author) uses a variety...

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Written by Michael Kruger
Sunday, 17 February 2019 21:22

The Mod | Is Reality Secular? An Interview With Mary Poplin (Part 1)

One of the greatest weapons in the secular arsenal is its claim to objectivity—unlike the religious adherents or political activists of the day, the secular humanist is epistemologically pure, untainted by the psychological manipulations of one ideology or another.  In part one of this...

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Written by Brooke Ventura
Sunday, 17 February 2019 21:19

Democrat Arrested After Pulling Gun On People Wearing MAGA Hats

TWITCHY — Meet James Phillips from Tennessee. He was arrested after allegedly pulling a gun on a couple who dared

The post Democrat Arrested After Pulling Gun On People Wearing MAGA Hats appeared first on Reformation Charlotte.

Authors: Reformation Charlotte...

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Written by Reformation Charlotte
Sunday, 17 February 2019 21:03

An Unclear Battle Cry from Church Leadership

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Make no mistake as Christians we are at war with this world.  No, we do not use the world's weapons or tactics, but Paul says in 2 Corinthians 10 that we have divine weapons able to to destroy arguments and lofty opinions of this world that are opposed to God. But many are wondering why a...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Sunday, 17 February 2019 21:00

NCFIC Internship Deadline - Feb 28

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Application Deadline: February 28th

Since 2009, the NCFIC has conducted an internship program that is designed to fortify young men in order to prepare them for ministry in the family and in the local church. We pray that they will become dedicated parents and church members as a result. And,...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Sunday, 17 February 2019 21:00

Covenantally and Spiritually Generated Featured

The Bible is an organic whole that reveals the one plan of God for the salvation of His people, through the person and work of His Son. God desires us to worship Him through practicing and enjoying His blessings. A question may arise about how God purchases these saving blessings under the New...

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Written by Brandon Ash
Sunday, 17 February 2019 21:00

Weekly Podcast Roundup (2/17)

image Veracity Hill Ep 136: Explore God: Is the Bible Reliable? In this episode Kurt chats with Ted Wright on the reliability of the Bible. Trinity Radio S10E3: Brief Thoughts on Current Issues We discuss the recent Houston Chronicle article which covers sexual offenses in the Southern Baptist...

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Written by Richard Porter
Sunday, 17 February 2019 20:58

Harvest Bible Chapel Members React to James MacDonald’s Firing

In the wake of the firing of James MacDonald, the founder of the megachurch Harvist Bible Chapel with several locations

The post Harvest Bible Chapel Members React to James MacDonald’s Firing appeared first on Reformation Charlotte.

Authors: JeffMaples...

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Written by JeffMaples
Sunday, 17 February 2019 20:00

Apologetics = Scripture + Unbelief

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I love this quote from John Frame. There are three major schools of apologetics: (1) Evidentialism, using historical and scientific (and perhaps personal testimony) evidences, (2) Classicalism, using rational and philosophical proofs, and (3) Presuppositionalism, using Scripture. Really,...

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Written by Joel Settecase
Sunday, 17 February 2019 20:00

The Song of Songs: A 7-Day Devotional

February 18, 2019 by: Crossway

This article is part of the ESV.org Reading Plans series.

We Love Love

There is no shortage of love stories in books, movies, and songs. Culture loves love. But the greatest of all tales is told in Scripture itself.

In The Love of Loves in the Song of Songs,...

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Written by Crossway
Sunday, 17 February 2019 19:41

Review: The Lord’s Supper as the Sign and Meal of the New Covenant

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Guy P. Waters. The Lord’s Supper as the Sign and Meal of the New Covenant.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, January 31st 2019.  128 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

This is the sixth book I read from the “Short Studies in Biblical Theology”...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Sunday, 17 February 2019 19:29

On USA President’s Day 2019

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Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, or to governors,

who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Sunday, 17 February 2019 19:09

Book ReviewShots: Disciplines of a Godly Woman; Can I have Joy in my Life?; Amy Carmichael; The Machine Stops Featured

By Elizabeth PrataCrime novel writer James Patterson issues books in a series called "BookShots." These are novellas, short books he writes in beteeen the longer ones. I like the idea. I've been participating in Tim Challies' annual Christian Reading Challenge. I'm keeping up pretty well, and...

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Written by The End Time
Sunday, 17 February 2019 19:03

A La Carte (February 18)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a few solid titles from Crossway.

This is going to be an “A La Carte only” week at the blog. I finished up the first draft of a book last week and am in a lot of pain from doing so (context). So I’m going to mostly stop typing for the week and...

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Written by Tim Challies
Sunday, 17 February 2019 19:00

You Are The Work of His Hands

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Your child is created fearfully and wonderfully by God—and they should know that truth! To help them understand their uniqueness, Dr. Jennifer Rivera of AiG, a forensic scientist, and our Education Specialist, has written a brand-new children’s book called The Work of Your Hand, and...

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Written by Ken Ham
Sunday, 17 February 2019 19:00

The Mailbag: Potpourri (Prayer quilts, Discouraged husband, Jesus Calling at the CPC…)

imagePrayer quilt ministries, a discouraged husband, Jesus Calling at a pregnancy center, nursing home ministry

Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Sunday, 17 February 2019 19:00

Bible Study for Feb. 24: When false religions deceive

1 John 2:18-29Gregg Potts, lay ministerEmerson

Back in the early nineties, I was pastor of a church in Mississippi. One day while making some prospect visits, I met a lady who was a member of a cult, a false religion. I asked her how she had gotten involved with the false religion. The lady told me...

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Written by Gregg Potts
Sunday, 17 February 2019 19:00

Is Faith Just Wishful Thinking? (Video)

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What is faith according to the Bible? Are science and faith at odds? Tim explains in this clip from the 2018 reTHINK Apologetics Student Conference.

Authors: Tim Barnett...

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Written by Tim Barnett
Sunday, 17 February 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.
Persis:The foundations on which sanctification is built from 1 Peter 1 in Devoted to God by Sinclair Ferguson. (pg. 29)
  1. God the Holy Trinity, is devoted to it;
  2. God the Holy Father has commanded us to...

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Written by Persis
Sunday, 17 February 2019 18:00

Judging a Cover by its Book

To "judge a book by its cover" is to determine the quality of a book (inside) by evaluating the book sleeve, that "marketing" method where the publisher puts "cool pictures" and fancy lettering on the front and maybe a picture of the author and reviews or a bio on the back to get you to buy the...

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Written by Winging It
Sunday, 17 February 2019 18:00

Satan Intended it for Evil—God Intended it for Good

Yesterday I had the privilege of preaching Romans 7:7-12 in our series through Romans. The key to understanding this passage is to understand Paul’s previous life before Jesus and the intended place of the law of God in our life.

Becoming a great pitcher is a difficult task. You must take the...

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Written by Josh Buice
Sunday, 17 February 2019 18:00

God's Good Pleasure in Election

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If we are going to take the Bible seriously, we have to have some doctrine of predestination. The idea of predestination wasn’t invented by Calvin or Luther or Augustine. Paul says in Ephesians 1:4–6 that in love, God “predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus...

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Written by R.C. Sproul
Sunday, 17 February 2019 17:10

Quick Shot: “If God exists, he wouldn’t be so hidden”

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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, 17 February 2019 17:01

God's Book God's Voice Featured

image Not many people see heaven and live to tell about it. In Scripture, those who may have (Lazarus, Paul, and the girl we call Talitha), never recorded a word of what they saw. Only John’s Revelation was given for the church. But among certain Christian circles, extraordinary claims of a trip...

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Written by Clint Archer
Sunday, 17 February 2019 17:00

A Christian Student Stands by Her Faith

February 18, 2019
A Christian student senator at the University of California, Berkeley, is refusing to back down from her beliefs about marriage and sexuality even as she continues to weather intense backlash from her fellow students and others. Isabella Chow,...

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

The Glorious Image of Christ in You

My friends, God, by his Spirit, is at work restoring his likeness in you, the way it once was in Eden, except even better. Adam and Eve gave their allegiance to the Serpent instead of God. But when the image of God is fully restored in you, affection for and adoration of God will consume you. Old...

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Written by Nancy Guthrie
Sunday, 17 February 2019 16:38

Why a Fellowship Beyond the Local Church is Vital

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So, why does the FBFI exist?  It’s a fair question. If I cannot answer that question I should probably quit my job as FBFI President! Let me explain why the ministry of the FBFI is essential in the landscape of ministry today.

Fellowship.

Pastors need fellowship.  There are pressures...

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Written by Kevin Schaal
Sunday, 17 February 2019 16:00

What Happens When Youth Are Given the Opportunity to Help a Child in Need

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Today’s blog is about a nonprofit that’s making a big difference in the lives of kids with medical needs, and also in the lives of youth in local schools. Our ministry has the joy of being a part of this through sponsorship! Here’s more from Laura Queen, the Portland program...

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Written by Randy Alcorn
Sunday, 17 February 2019 16:00

What Should Christians Think About Abortion? (Part 2)

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Read the rest of the series.

In the first installment, we looked at two very different ideas of what constitutes “personhood.” The Christian perspective teaches people are “humans” because of what they are; it’s a structural concept. This is why elderly people, folks...

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Written by TylerR
Sunday, 17 February 2019 16:00

The Ordinances of Men

“Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.” (More...

Authors: Days of Praise from ICR...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Sunday, 17 February 2019 16:00

The High Cost of Cowardice Featured

When you think of courageous Christians, your mind likely runs to the heroes of church history. You think of the men and women who endured imprisonment, torture, and even martyrdom for the sake of their faith. And certainly there are many places around the world where believers still face similar...

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Written by Grace to You Blog
Sunday, 17 February 2019 15:31

Evangelical Apocalypse | Dale M. Coulter | First Things

It was only a matter of time before journalists dove into an evangelical institution to find skeletons of sexual abuse in locked file cabinets. In the wake of revelations last May surrounding Paige Patterson, the former president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Al Mohler warned the...

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Written by Kevin Schaal
Sunday, 17 February 2019 15:04

Differentiating Between Two Kinds of Shame

Shame may follow sinful actions, or it may arise from accepting blame or failure. Whether guilt is real or imagined, shame holds a person hostage with the condemning declaration, “You are bad!” Shame generally takes two forms. “I am bad because of what I have done.” In this...

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Written by Paul Tautges
Sunday, 17 February 2019 15:00

On Heb 11.11 and Not Making a ‘Fetish’ of Longer/Shorter Readings

imageWhile doing some work in Hebrews this week I learned two new things: (1) Heb 11.11 has a number of knotty problems, several of them textual and (2) Herman Hoskier has a textual commentary of sorts on Hebrews. In reading his comments on this verse, I noted this little gem of a line at the end.Here&rs...

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Written by Peter Gurry
Sunday, 17 February 2019 15:00

Making Good Laws, Then and Now

imageTo make and evaluate laws, one must always consider the circumstances.  Viewing former ages from the perspective of our own narrow slice of time, it is easy to overlook this fact.  Consider, for example, the legal rule in the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy that if a man seizes an...

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Written by jbudziszewski
Sunday, 17 February 2019 14:15

What the Popularity of 'NCIS' and 'Blue Bloods' Tells Us About Ministering to Senior Adults

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Despite a short roster of popular sitcoms aimed at younger audiences, there is a reason TV network CBS has carved out a niche among older viewers. Owing largely to the success of forensic procedurals like the various iterations of “CSI” and “NCIS,” the network has become...

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Written by Jared C. Wilson
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