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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Thursday, 12 December 2019 23:38

Your Life Isn’t Over, A life Is Just Beginning

Imagine for a second that you’re a 27 year old woman. You’re married to a bad husband and bad father. You have one child—a seven year old boy. And you all live in poor conditions in a poor country.One morning you discover you’re pregnant. And you worry you barely have enough...

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Written by Samuel Sey
Thursday, 12 December 2019 23:00

Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says Jesus was a refugee: is she right?

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I keep hearing that Jesus was a refugee from people on the left like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. In fact, things have gotten so bad, that even my Southern Baptist pastor told us the same thing in a recent Wednesday night Bible study! I think we...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Thursday, 12 December 2019 22:49

A.W. Tozer | Knowing with the Heart

. . . there is at the root of true religion an inward witness, an awareness of God and Christ at the farthest-in core of the renewed Christian?s spirit given to him by the Spirit of God. This experience results from faith in and obedience to the Scriptures. It is the end result of Bible […]

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Written by admin
Thursday, 12 December 2019 22:49

Andrew Fuller Friday: On Abraham’s Sacrifice of Isaac

A few remarks on the general design of the whole will conclude this subject. Though it was not the intention of God to permit Abraham actually to offer a human sacrifice, yet he might mean to assert his own right, as Lord of all, to require it, as well as to manifest the implicit obedience of faith...

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Written by Staff
Thursday, 12 December 2019 22:00

How Was the Gospel Lost Prior to its Rediscovery in the Reformation? Featured

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Four of our teaching fellows consider how the gospel was obscured prior to the Reformation and consider how we can avoid obscuring it today.

When you have biblical and theological questions, just ask Ligonier. Visit Ask.Ligonier.org.

Authors: Nathan W. Bingham...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Thursday, 12 December 2019 21:30

Jen Wilkin of Village Church Says Women’s Periods are a Parable of the Crucifixion

In one of the most asinine things I’ve ever heard come from the lips of a proclaimed “Bible teacher,” Jen

The post Jen Wilkin of Village Church Says Women’s Periods are a Parable of the Crucifixion appeared first on Reformation Charlotte.

Authors: Jeff Maples...

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Written by Jeff Maples
Thursday, 12 December 2019 21:00

What Makes the Cumulative Case for God So Powerful? (Video)

Most criminal cases are prosecuted based on cumulative evidence. J. Warner Wallace, author of God’s Crime Scene, was interviewed by Bobby Conway (The One Minute Apologist) and discussed robust, cumulative case for the existence of God. How does this type of case demonstrate that something is...

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Written by J. Warner
Thursday, 12 December 2019 21:00

№ 102: Inspiration, Inerrancy and Translation

Q. At a Bible conference recently teaching on the subject of inspiration of translated scriptures, the statement was made “Inspiration is not inerrancy.” To me I thought they went together. Can you shed any light on this for me?

William

A. Hello William,

Thank you for your question....

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Written by John Van Gelderen
Thursday, 12 December 2019 20:00

The Joy of Self-Denial

December 13, 2019 by: John W. Tweeddale, Derek W. H. Thomasimage

Costly Discipline

Denial of the self was a staple in the ascetic theology of the Middle Ages, the means by which the spiritual elite could ascend to perfection. By mortifying the flesh—that is, practicing celibacy and poverty...

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Written by John W. Tweeddale, Derek W. H. Thomas
Thursday, 12 December 2019 20:00

Christmas: Christ Our Redeemer Has Come!

The months of November through January are a hectic blur. All the extra commitments on the calendar: parties, church socials, choir specials. Toys, lights, decorating a tree. Family gatherings – which frequently involves a bit of traveling. Even just shopping for weekly groceries seems...

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Written by M. Ashley Evans
Thursday, 12 December 2019 19:01

The Collected Best Christian Books of 2019

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For the past couple of weeks my RSS feeder has been humming with list after list of the best books of 2019 (or, if not the best, the favorite books of 2019). It seems that just about every avid reader I follow is eager to share his or her picks for the year that was. I love these lists and decided...

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Written by Tim Challies
Thursday, 12 December 2019 19:00

Your Family and the Internet

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What are some things parents must consider in regards to letting their children access the Internet?

Carlton McLeod explains in this video that children need accountability when they use the Internet. In fact, everyone needs accountability.

There are certainly significant risks to allowing your...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Thursday, 12 December 2019 19:00

Top 10 Best Christmas Songs of All Time ~ 2 Featured

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My top 10 picks for the best Christmas songs of all time, volume 2.

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Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Thursday, 12 December 2019 19:00

Be Killing Sin – Part 2 Featured

Last time, we looked at God’s rebuke of Cain and the exposure of his sin (Genesis 4:6-7). In this post, we want to dive a bit deeper into a better understanding of sin. In this gracious rebuke from the Lord, we also learn some important truth about sin and a warning about sin. Sin is...

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Written by Allen Nelson IV
Thursday, 12 December 2019 18:56

A La Carte (December 13)

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It seems to be a bit of a slow day for Kindle deals with only a couple added. I’ll continue to look and see what else I can find.

I know many friends of my family read this blog and are wondering about funeral arrangements for my father. The service will be held on Wednesday morning...

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Written by Tim Challies
Thursday, 12 December 2019 18:44

Rebutting a Catholic apologist, #2: “No Other Foundation but Jesus”

Today, we continue our series responding to “Meeting the Protestant Challenge: How to Answer 50 Biblical Objections to Catholic Beliefs” (2019), written by Karlo Broussard. The Catholic apologist continues his six-part section on church hierarchy and authority with a chapter countering...

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Written by Tom
Thursday, 12 December 2019 18:36

Thirty Days of Jesus Repeat: Day 18, The Highest King Featured

By Elizabeth Prata
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Further ReadingThough the verse is literally speaking about King David, the relation of David to Christ means the verse also prefigures the preeminence of King Jesus. The throne, through David's line, would last forever through Christ.Gill's Exposition says,
Also I will make...

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Written by The End Time
Thursday, 12 December 2019 18:35

Thirty Days of Jesus Repeat: Day 17, Jesus' Preeminence Featured

By Elizabeth Prata
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Further Reading
Grace To You sermon: The preeminence of Christ
Institute for Creation Research devotional: Preeminence of Christ 11 verses on the preeminence of Christ

 

Background and Introduction, Thirty Days...

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Written by The End Time
Thursday, 12 December 2019 18:34

A Christmas as Big as Jesus and God’s Promises

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“Look! I am creating new heavens and a new earth,

and no one will even think about the old ones anymore. Be glad; rejoice forever in my creation! And look! I will create Jerusalem as a place of happiness. Her people will be a source of joy. I will rejoice over Jerusalem and delight in my...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Thursday, 12 December 2019 18:08

Enfield Miscellany (Part 2)

(For an explanation of what this series is about, see part 1 here. I'll cite Maurice Grosse and Guy Playfair's Enfield tapes below. I'm using "MG" to refer to a tape from Grosse's collection and "GP" to refer to one from Playfair's. MG13A refers to tape 13A in Grosse's collection, GP44A refers to...

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Written by Jason Engwer
Thursday, 12 December 2019 18:00

Tracing the Story of Christmas Featured

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In order to understand the story of Christmas, we have to go back. Not back just a few thousand years to the birth of Jesus, but all the way back, back to our first parents, Adam and Eve. God placed them in the lush and perfect garden of Eden. They had everything they needed. It was perfect. Then...

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Written by Stephen J. Nichols
Thursday, 12 December 2019 18:00

Fatal Compromise

"You're on the wrong side of history," they tell Bible-believing Christians. These days it's typically on the matter of homosexual and transsexual morality, but it's been there before. When the likes of John Newton and William Lloyd Garrison and Theodore Weld and more opposed slavery in a land...

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Written by Winging It
Thursday, 12 December 2019 17:54

Celebrating God given victories: Psalm 21

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Psalm 21

Establishing the Need: How do you relate to the spiritual leaders in your life?

Purpose: In this study we shall see two imperative from Psalm 21 so that we are thankful of what God is doing and will do.

  1. Rejoicing in past victories from God (v.1-6)
  2. Anti...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Thursday, 12 December 2019 17:00

The Forgotten Message of Advent: Your Work Matters

Many Christians this last week attended an Advent service. What does the Advent Season have to do with our work? Everything. This connection is part of the forgotten message of Advent.

The Forgotten Message of Advent May Be the Most Important

The Advent season reminds us of two things:

  • To celebrate...

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Written by Hugh Whelchel
Thursday, 12 December 2019 17:00

Nuggets from Occult Invasion—Trapped by “Guardian Angels”!

 
December 13, 2019
Lenny and Diana Goldberg learned to contact their very own “angels.” “We were looking for the next step in our [spiritual] growth,” says Lenny, “when we found a book that...

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Written by TBC Staff - CR
Thursday, 12 December 2019 16:03

THE FUNDAMENTALS: Who Is God? Theology Proper

November/December 2019 | VOLUME 29 | NUMBER 6image

THE FUNDAMENTALS: Who Is God? Theology Proper

Charles Spurgeon said,

The highest science, the loftiest speculation, the mightiest philosophy, which can ever engage the attention of a child of God, is the name, the nature, the person, the work, the doings,...

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Written by Mark Herbster
Thursday, 12 December 2019 16:02

#29: To Kill David[Sermon]

Join Dave as he continues our 1 Samuel series looking at 1 Samuel 19:1-24.

The post #29: To Kill David[Sermon] appeared first on Servants of Grace.

Authors: Dave Jenkins

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Thursday, 12 December 2019 16:01

Theological Retrieval for Evangelicals: Why We Need Our Past to Have a Future – Gavin Ortlund

Interest among evangelicals in the Protestant Reformation has been on the rise for several years. With the recent quatercentenary commemoration of the Reformation, interest continues to blaze hotter than ever. Gavin Ortlund, himself a student of the Reformation, argues in his recent book,...

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Written by David Steele
Thursday, 12 December 2019 16:00

Friday’s Featured Sermon: “The Word Became Flesh” Featured

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The gospel of John has never been a prominent part of most Christmas celebrations. It contains no birth story, no manger scene, no shepherds or wise men, and Mary doesn’t appear until Christ’s first miracle—turning water into wine—at the wedding in Cana (John 2:1). We rely...

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Written by Grace to You Blog
Thursday, 12 December 2019 16:00

Zechariah's Visions: Horns and Carpenters

“Then lifted I up mine eyes, and saw, and behold four horns. And I said unto the angel that talked with me, What be these? And he answered me, These are the horns which have scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem.” (

Authors: Days of Praise from ICR...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Thursday, 12 December 2019 16:00

Ten Ways Materialism Brings Us to Ruin

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God created us to love people and use things, but materialists love things and use people. Materialism drives not just the “bad apples” of society; it drives “the best and the brightest,” those from the finest homes and schools, those who become government and business...

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Written by Randy Alcorn
Thursday, 12 December 2019 14:05

December 13: For Christ’s Crown Covenant

ALEXANDER HENDERSON’S TEXT — GLASGOW, DECEMBER 13, 1638.

The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand until I make thine enemies thy footstool. Psalm 110:1.

Before me lies a manuscript history of the memorable Scottish General Assembly of 1638, open at the sermon which Mr....

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Written by Wayne Sparkman
Thursday, 12 December 2019 14:00

Isaiah 9:6-7, the Hebrew Text the Ancient Versions

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Reprinted with permission from As I See It, which is available free by writing to the editor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Of Old Testament prophecies of the birth of the Messiah, among the most famous and well-known (in part because Handel included its words in his magnum opus, ”The Messiah”)...

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Written by Douglas K. Kutilek
Thursday, 12 December 2019 13:19

This ‘n’ That

We’re less than two weeks away from Christmas and I don’t know about you, but it seems like every year the holidays get more and more hectic. In my life, it’s not even a holiday-based busyness, but just a general “it’s the end of the year and all the things need to be...

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Written by E Benz
Thursday, 12 December 2019 13:10

The Cajun Night Before Christmas

If you have never heard of The Cajun Night before Christmas by Trosclair, well, you’re about to! It’s a mainstay where I am from, and my dad read it to us every year on Christmas Eve when I was growing up. Even now, he reads it to my children whenever the family is together for...

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Written by Denny Burk
Thursday, 12 December 2019 13:00

$5 Friday: Scripture, The Ten Commandments, Christian Worldview Featured

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It’s time for our weekly $5 Friday sale. This week’s resources include such topics as Scripture, the Ten Commandments, Christian worldview, God's will, holiness, Joshua, and more.

Sale runs through 12:01 a.m. — 11:59 p.m. Friday ET.

View today’s $5 Friday sale items.

Authors:...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Thursday, 12 December 2019 13:00

What To Pray For Featured

Men ought always to pray, and not to faint. — Luke 18:1

You cannot intercede if you do not believe in the reality of the Redemption; you will turn intercession into futile sympathy with human beings which will only increase their submissive content to being out of touch with God. In...

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Written by Classic RSS Feed | My Utmost For His Highest
Thursday, 12 December 2019 12:15

Errant doctrinal points of the Federal Vision

The Federal Vision started out as a biblicist reformed program. Over time, it began to systematize its thoughts, and the final document (at least that I know of) that showed its main doctrines is the 2007 Joint Federal Vision Profession. So what exactly does the Federal Vision believe? While there...

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Written by Daniel C
Thursday, 12 December 2019 10:05

No Museum Piece

“On the contrary, [Scripture] is a living word to living people from the living God, a contemporary message for each generation”

Stott, The Challenge of Preaching, p. 18

The post No Museum Piece appeared first on Blog & Mablog.

Authors: Douglas Wilson...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Thursday, 12 December 2019 10:00

And There Are Quite a Few of Those

“She wasn’t really going to church anywhere, but she remained a contemporary evangelical to the back teeth. She had lost her faith while still managing to hang on to all the platitudes.”

Evangellyfish, p. 104

The post And There Are Quite a Few of Those appeared first on Blog &...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Thursday, 12 December 2019 09:44

Blasphemy Against The Holy Spirit

        The promised Jewish Messiah was said to have the ability to perform miraculous deeds by the power of the Holy Spirit (Isaiah 35:5-6).        The Pharisees attributed the power of Jesus Christ to demons (Matthew 12:24; Mark 3:30). In other words, the...

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Written by Jesse
Thursday, 12 December 2019 09:26

Warfield’s Christmas

While we’re on the subject of Christmas:

I noted in my most recent post that Geerhardus Vos fancied himself something of a poet; at the link you can see his poem on Christ’s Nativity. Vos was not unique in this predilection. One of his Princeton colleagues, B.B. Warfield, also wrote a...

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Written by E.J. Hutchinson
Thursday, 12 December 2019 09:00

Coping with Catastrophe

-Episode 2591-

Coping with Catastrophe

Segment 1 (00:00) Todd uses a faulty sermon illustration as a means to discuss how God comforts us in times of distress. He then quotes Thomas Watson, and explains the issue with the previous illustration.

Segment 2 (09:03) Todd discusses God’s love –...

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Written by Rebekah Pruett
Thursday, 12 December 2019 08:14

Christmas Combat: Luke 2:1-18 in Codex Bezae

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           It’s time for another round of hand-to-hand combat! Since it’s almost Christmastime, our combatants will square off in Luke 2:1-18, a passage which contains the accounts of the birth of Christ and the angels’...

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Written by James Snapp Jr
Thursday, 12 December 2019 08:06

Group of Black Kids Ruthlessly Beat White Kid Because He Likes Donald Trump

While we’re constantly hearing about the supposed racism rampant in all the white-on-black violence that is supposedly happening in every

The post Group of Black Kids Ruthlessly Beat White Kid Because He Likes Donald Trump appeared first on Reformation Charlotte.

Authors: Jeff Maples...

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Written by Jeff Maples
Thursday, 12 December 2019 07:56

Covenant Influences in Zechariah (Pt. 5) Featured

Part Four

The Times of the Coming King[1]

     The last three chapters of the book of Zechariah document circumstances surrounding the advent of the coming Ruler, the Messiah.  The oracle opens with a battle against Jerusalem (Zech. 12:1-9).  The text indicates that Jerusalem...

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Written by Paul Henebury
Thursday, 12 December 2019 07:53

10Rs to Memorize Scripture

MEMORIZATION METHOD OUTLINE

Memorize 2 verses of a passage or book of the Bible a weekday

5 minutes in the Morning and 5 minutes in the Evening (if necessary)

MORNING – 5 MINUTES

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1. Readthe verse allowed 3 times.

2. Resaythe verse out loud once with out looking at the scriptures (1x). Do not...

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Written by Glenn Leatherman
Thursday, 12 December 2019 07:36

Big Win for Boris and Brexit Featured

Thoughts on the big win for Boris Johnson in the UK:

According to exit polls, it looks like Boris Johnson has won the UK general election and has won it massively. The early Christmas election was as much a referendum on Brexit as anything else, with Johnson promising to finally get it resolved by...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Thursday, 12 December 2019 07:22

We the People of the Presbyterian Church

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Lately, I’ve been lending a helping hand to a congregation who are looking for a new pastor. This can be exciting, but it can also be difficult. It’s a process that requires self-evaluation and honesty about strengths and weaknesses. It takes patience as the wheel often turns slowly,...

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Written by Kyle Borg
Thursday, 12 December 2019 07:17

A 9 Marks Reading Plan for 2020

The post A 9 Marks Reading Plan for 2020 appeared first on Gospel Growth.

Authors: Glenn Leatherman...

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Written by Glenn Leatherman
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