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10Jul
How to disagree and still communicate love
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People don’t have to agree with you to genuinely love you. If agreement is your prerequisite for love, you will never find true love.

In fact I believe that some (not all) of the people who vehemently disagree with you, are those who love you the most.   

One of the big problems we have as human beings is that we are control freaks! This is so evident when there is a disagreement. The silent treatment, the violence, the harsh words etc are often our attempt to coherce the other party to agree with us! The more they resist, the more intense the cohersion.

How to disagree and still communicate love
1- WHEN/IF ASKED be clear about your position. It is not real love if your friends, those who often provide a sounding board, are not clear. 

Proverbs 15:22 Where there is no counsel, purposes are frustrated, but with many counselors they are accomplished. 

Good friends are God sent because good friends provide the counsel that helps our lives work. When asked, good friends have s responsibility to give clear counsel. 

2. Don’t try to control, try to give the advantage!! We all face this challenge with the ones we love. When we are convinced about our position, especially when our loved ones are not standing in the same position, we are so desperate that we often resort to all types of schemes to get them to agree with us. 

This is one of the areas that having faith in an all knowing God who has the hearts of kings in His hands makes such a difference. Because I have Jesus, I can afford to deliberately give up the attempt to coherce loved ones into going on the “right” path according to me. 
Instead of trying controlling the outcome, pray hard for them and look for a way to give them the advantage. Don’t take a stance that says “you will soon fall flat on your face and I’ll be there to say I told you so!”. Take a stance that says, “you know I don’t think this is the way forward, but you make must also know that as your friend, you never need to doubt that I’m here for you!”. Take ever opportunity to communicate the latter through words and deeds. 

Communicate your disagreement appropriately. But never communicate your disagreement stronger than you communicate your love. Speak the Truth…IN LOVE

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10Jun
HE RESTORES MY SOUL
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By simply living in this fallen world, our souls inevitably get damaged. The mistake of a well meaning but ill informed parent. The harsh and terrible break up you went through. That soul destroying custody battle for your beloved children following that divorce from your spouse of many years. The bankruptcy. The abuse. The rejection. The disappointment. The unexpected loss of a loved one. We have all experienced one or more of these things. Truth is these experiences damage our soul.

With our soul we feel and choose. Our soul is the seat of our emotions. Our emotions influence our decisions. A damaged soul is a skewed soul. One definition of the word skewed is something that has been made biased or distorted in a way that is regarded as inaccurate, unfair, or misleading.

A skewed soul will produce skewed emotions. Skewed emotions lead to skewed decisions. Skewed decisions leave you in dodgy places in life!! 

Check out this scripture: 

He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. (‭Psalms‬ ‭23‬:‭3‬ NKJV)

Jesus is that good shepherd who can restore your soul. He can fix every distortion of your soul. He is THE restorer of our souls. It doesn’t matter how bad the abuse was, or how deeply hurt you were by that disappointment you faced. He can restore your soul. 

I faced some big disappointments years ago and recently realised that I was terribly afraid of bad news. I realised that I made so many decisions, particularly in my early twenties under the influence of this distortion of my soul. He is restoring my soul. Since I found out that He can restore my soul, I have become less limited by the life experiences that left me messed up! Im not where I used to be. He has restored my soul. He is restoring my soul. 

Here’s how one translation puts Psalm 23:3  

He can refresh your soul, and then guide you along the right paths. If you let Him, He will fix your soul and save you from every skewed decision. We don’t have to walk down the wrong paths that our skewed souls often lead us to take. He restores our soul and leads us along the right paths…not for our sake, but for His sake. 

When God does anything for His name sake, it means that it is guaranteed as it is not dependent on imperfect you and me, but on a perfect God! 

I’ll write about How He restores our soul in another blog. You’ve done well to read up until this point, so I won’t take up any more of your time…(I’m nice like that :))

Say this after me: SHEPHERD OF MY SOUL, I YEILD MY SOUL YOU. GO AHEAD, RESTORE MY SOUL. THANK YOU LORD THAT YOU RESTORE MY SOUL AND GUIDE ME ALONG THE RIGHT PATHS FOR YOUR NAME SAKE

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11Nov
#MylesMunroe: Tributes are good, but not enough
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Today I join with millions around the world to pay tribute to the awesome gift that is Dr Myles Munroe. I choose to celebrate your life and the life of your wife today Sir. I pray for his family and church. I pray that they experience the soothing, peace passing comfort of the Holy Spirit.

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In times like this, out of the hearts of those of us whose lives have been impacted by people like Dr Myles Munroe flows heartfelt tributes. It is right and it is fitting. However, it will be a terrible shame if that’s all we do!

God places people in the earth as vessels or carriers of different gifts, messages and instructions for the benefit of the rest of the World. Ultimately, God’s desire is that these things which He deposited in us will be handed down to others who come after us. In Genesis 18:19a God, speaking about Abraham said: For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord to do justice and judgment…notice that God chose Abraham because He knew He will pass on what he learnt from God to those who come after him. In fact I believe that a key to being released into a higher dimension of influence, particularly in the things of God, is to be willing to continually empty yourself of what you have received, and to keep a heart that is always ready to receive more. In other words, learn to teach and to be teachable!

Dr Myles Munroe has learnt, and poured out what he learnt. The tributes from all around the world are a testament to how much of his contents he poured out on this earth. Whilst we pay tribute to him, here are 2 things i believe will be more honourable to do:

1: Stand at your post in the kingdom! God used Dr Myles Munroe to communicate the Kingdom of God because He (God) is passionate about the establishment of the Kingdom of God on the earth! Every time God sends us His Word, He doesn’t just do it to show us how profound He is, He does it because in time, after you hear the Word, you will get the opportunity to “Work Out” the Word that He “Worked in” using people like Dr Munroe. We will truly honour Dr Munroe’s work when we look out for opportunities to “work out” what God “worked in” you. Serve the purpose of the kingdom fiercely in the market place! Serve the purpose of the Kingdom fiercely at your local church. Don’t be missing in action on any of those fronts. That is how to pay a lasting tribute!

2. Teach somebody what you know! Pass on the Baton! I don’t want to say much on this because I believe Dr Munroe articulated it so well in this short clip. Click here to watch. Your assignment is not complete when you build the church in your heart or run the business or social enterprise of your dreams. It is complete when the next generation have enough inspiration and instruction from you on running the next leg!

Please do not be distracted by how Dr Munroe and his wife passed. The enemy, the devil, can and is using the “how” they passed on from this earth to distract you from the truth that his passing means that it’s now your turn to run with what they passed on to you! How they went is not nearly as significant as the truth that it’s our turn!

To my generation, my prayer is that in 30, 40 or 50 years time (if Jesus has not to yet returned), there will be so many of us making the same impact that Dr Munroe and his lovely wife made in this world! Today, I believe that it’s our turn be teachable. It’s our turn to be consistent. It’s our turn to be faithful. It’s our turn to be grounded. It’s our turn to stop running from pillar to post. It’s our turn to be focussed. I know it’s our turn for all those things because when God calls a Moses home, the assignment is not finished, it is just Joshua’s turn!

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04Sep
NO SUBSTITUTE FOR FIRST HAND KNOWLEDGE OF GOD!
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Hebrews 8:11 None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them.

God in His wisdom has set up a covenant with mankind. A covenant is a binding agreement that outlines the basis of the relationship between 2 parties. In Hebrews 8, God tells us about the covenant that is currently in effect between God and man. A key part of this relationship is that we will all have the privilege of a personal relationship with God. Which means we get to have a first hand experience of Him!

I believe we are living in times when the only thing that will set you apart from the rest is YOUR personal knowledge of Him! There so many perplexing things happening in the World, and even in the body of Christ. I believe the only thing that can keep you in peace in the times we live in is a FIRST HAND experience of God.

I’ve been friends with my wife now for about 10 years and we’ve been married for 5 of those years. I have spent A LOT of time with her in these years! We haven’t been apart for long at all. So it’s safe for me to say I know her! My relationship with her is not based on how anyone else sees her, but it’s based on my personal, FIRST HAND knowledge of her.

Most Christians have a second hand experience of God. This means that what we know of God is what someone else said about Him.

Thank God for people he uses to teach us about God. I believe that preaching and teaching about God is indispensable to the health of our relationship with God. Just like learning about women and marriage is indispensable to the health of my relationship with my wife. But those who teach me about relationships are still not my wife! I will run into BIG trouble if I treat them in that way!

Those who teach you about God and His ability are NOT GOD! They will never be God! A relationship with them will never be a substitute for a relationship with God! We honour those who teach us about God, but we WORSHIP GOD! Real worship comes out of a first hand experience of God.

Every one has an opinion about God! With the internet, every one can voice their opinion, and with social media you can even get opinions about God that you didn’t ask for! Delivered direct to you door! Without a personal knowledge of God, you will be open to the torment that comes when you inevitable come across someone who says “you’re doing it ALL wrong!”

Learn all you can from those who teach about God. But prioritise a PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP with Him. He is available to us. I define worship as any intimate interaction you have with God. You can’t be tormented by different winds of doctrine if you worship I.e interact with God personally. Seize every opportunity you have to relate with God. It’s an awesome privilege made available to EVERYONE by & through Jesus.

How about right now, just talk to God. Say hello. He’s waiting. Fear of every kind dissipates when you have a FIRST HAND experience of God. We live in times when there is NO SUBSTITUTE FOR A PERSONAL, FIRST HAND KNOWLEDGE OF GOD!

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08Aug
Don’t be silent! Speak about your Hope!
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I’ve been deeply moved by the terrible things going on around the world, particularly in recent weeks. It’s been heart breaking to see people suffer terribly, sometimes as a result of Man’s depravity, but also as a result of a world that is literally decaying.

On the surface or in the natural, it looks as if there is no hope. In the natural there is no reason why anyone should have any concrete hope of good, either in our personal lives or collectively as humans.

This is where those who believe the bible come in…1 Peter 1:3 Amplified Bible (AMP) says 3 Praised (honored, blessed) be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah)! By His boundless mercy we have been born again to an ever-living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

If you believe in Jesus as the Lord of your life, you have an ever-living hope! A hope that is always alive! A hope that means that in the darkest, most confusing of times, you still have a positive expectation of good! A hope that means that even when you’re down, you still don’t expect to stay down! A hope that means that even when you can’t articulate the answer you need, you’re still comforted by the truth that the Lord of your life is all knowing, well able and absolutely trustworthy!

If you have the “YouVersion” Bible App, you probably received 1 Peter 3:15 as the verse of the day…here’s what the latter part of that verse says “…And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it”

 

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There has never been a better time for those who have this ever-living hope (by virtue of their faith in Jesus ALONE)…to talk about this hope we have. There is no hope in the worlds media…which is the primary source of information for our world…but there is hope in Jesus! It will be a complete injustice for us to be silent about this hope!

 

Firstly, this means that in our personal lives, regardless of what we are dealing with: small or great, in plenty or in little, we need to exercise our blood bought right to be hopeful. If you’re sick, expect healing! If you need money, expect provision! If you need wisdom, expect bucket loads! If you’re threatened with death, expect life! Expect the goodness of God in your life without apologies! Faith gives substance to what we hope for!

Secondly, make a decision to become a witness to this hope! A witness is someone who is qualified to give an account of something or someone because they have a personal experience of the thing, event, or person. You cannot be an effective witness to anything that you don’t have a personal experience of! Being a false witness was punishable by death according to the law!(thank God we are no longer under the Law!).

This is one reason why it is imperative that as a follower of Jesus, you don’t let religious folk talk you out of believing God for every thing! From a painful bunion on your toe to an incurable disease BELIEVE GOD! From the smallest physical material need to the deepest Spiritual need, BELIEVE GOD WITHOUT APOLOGIES!

Our world needs witnesses to the hope that we have! People who can talk about hope for healing because they have seen God heal them. Or freedom from the cycle of depression, debt or addiction, because they have experienced that freedom through Jesus. People who are not afraid of death, because they have a personal experience of the faithfulness of Jesus that they are confident that He will receive them on the other side, just like He promised!

Finally if you do have any experience of Jesus (I believe as a believer, you do), there is no better time to look out for opportunities to give an explanation for the hope we have! Jesus is literally the hope of the World. He is in you! Don’t be silent about Him! 1 Peter 3:15 in the amplified says we are to do this “…courteously and respectfully.” We are not looking to win points, we are looking to give others the solution to life, that God lovingly gave us in the person of JESUS.

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15May
Stop preparing to act. Just act!
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2 Kings 7:3 Now there were four leprous men at the entrance of the gate; and they said to one another, “Why are we sitting here until we die? If we say, ‘We will enter the city,’ the famine is in the city, and we shall die there. And if we sit here, we die also. Now therefore, come, let us surrender to the army of the Syrians. If they keep us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall only die.” 

There comes a point in your life when you will need to make a decision about your current state. We can’t afford to stay in a place of indecision or to live an un-examined life. These guys where stuck between a rock and a hard place, and they had to make a decision. Our decisions are the door way to our future. 

Unfortunately most of us don’t move because of the fear of the unknown. Forget the unknown for a second…what do you know? What do you know about going back? what do you know about staying where you are? what do you know about going forward? Often times, just like the lepers at the gate the only place where there is a possibility of the life you want is in going forward. 

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Yes there are so many unknowns in the future, but are you really ready to live with what you know about where you came from and where you presently are? See what happened when these guys decided to move in the direction of possibility: 

And they rose at twilight to go to the camp of the Syrians; and when they had come to the outskirts of the Syrian camp, to their surprise no one was there. For the Lord had caused the army of the Syrians to hear the noise of chariots and the noise of horses—the noise of a great army; so they said to one another, “Look, the king of Israel has hired against us the kings of the Hittites and the kings of the Egyptians to attack us!” Therefore they arose and fled at twilight, and left the camp intact—their tents, their horses, and their donkeys—and they fled for their lives.

Notice that these guys made a decision to step out at TWILIGHT, when they honored that decision…when they showed enough commitment to the decision by actually stepping out, God caused the enemy to run out at TWILIGHT

When we choose to step out, when we stop preparing to act and taking courses about acting and praying about acting, God moves stuff around in our future. On the TWILIGHT that you choose to act on God’s Word in spite of the unknowns, God is disarming any enemy that might be in you place of blessing. 

I pray that you receive the grace to act now. I pray that you go far enough into the enemy territory to see that the victory that God has prepared for you. 

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26Apr
Secured By His Love
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We often believe that there is something we can do to ensure that our relationship with God is secure. This is why we often have a list of do’s and don’ts that we look to adhere to. In this message we look at the thing that secures the believer’s right standing before God: HIS LOVE. Check it out! Hope it blesses you.

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18Apr
IT MIGHT BE FRIDAY, BUT SUNDAY IS COMING
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I found this awesome video by Dr SM Lockeridge and I couldn’t wait to share it with you! check out the link below.

Can you imagine what it would have been like on that first Good Friday? The disciples would have been completely disheartened because it appeared that their hope, the one they believed would spear head the revolution was killed!

On that Good Friday, one man looked up at Jesus and said, ”

He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! He’s the king of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him.

can you imagine being a disciple who has been preaching Jesus hearing that? After the events of that faithful Friday, they’d be struggling not to agree a with that statement!

Mary the mother of Jesus would have been completely heart broken as her son has just died a cruel death! And to to make things worse it now turns out that the relatives in from Nazareth, who reduced Jesus to an illegitimate son who thinks he is something when he isn’t might have been right about Him.

A lot of times when you look at the physical evidence in front of you, it looks different to what you expected God to do. Please remember if God said it He will do it! If your life looks like a really bad, Good Friday…don’t worry, SUNDAY IS COMING!!

Click the link below to watch that awesome video!

Sunday’s Comin – Dr SM Lockeridge

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07Apr
How to get promoted
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Getting promoted is not something that is set aside for others. It is literally within your grasp. The nature of the environment doesn’t even need to hinder your progress because your success is an inside job!

The story is told about a man called Daniel who was a prisoner of war and a slave. He was in a place where by virtue of the type of environment he was in, he was supposed to be one of those who should not be noticed.

He was not supposed to be someone who had anything to say about anything in this environment, because the facts & figures from the standards, stereotypes and statistics were stacked against him.

But Daniel was a man who had the Spirit of Excellence, and it was this spirit of excellence that caused the king to begin to plan things things for Him…

There is something about excellence that causes kings (people in authority) to find you out…you begin to register on the radar of those who can help you when you become excellent at what you do…

Please never forget that most of the time, opportunity watches you before opportunity shows up at your door. Kings watch you before kings speak to you.

In Daniel 6, the king first noticed Daniel, and based on His observation of the kind of person that Daniel was, He began to make plans for Daniel’s promotion.

Right now there is somebody making plans for your promotion because there is always room for you to be promoted, but the question still remains, what is it about me that should cause them to call off their search when the find me?

Here is a short list of several things you could do at work today to put you on the radar of kings.

How to get promoted

1. Learn to leave your personal baggage at Home! Step away from being that person who is always going through something. Don’t be that person that always has a need that is not being met.

Those who get promoted are those who don’t always come to the table with their need…they are those who come with a seed. Kings love people who bring something to the table.

2. Check your attitude. Are you are problem spotter or a problem solver? What is your attitude at Work.

Don’t complain about problems at work! You’re not doing your boss a favour, they pay you to be stressed by the companies issues.

If you will get promoted you’ll need to be that one with a good attitude. And the good thing is that irrespective of what you’re facing, you can always choose your attitude.

Attitudes can be changed by changing what you believe!

3. Understand why you are paid to do what you do. You will never be effective if you don’t know why you are there.

Why did they put you on the pay roll? How does that contribute to your company? You will get disillusioned when you don’t understand why you do what you do. People who know why will always be promoted over people who just know how.

Kings are always looking for people who understand why they are where they are and what their role is.

4. Learn to be flexible to change. Kings are looking for people who are willing to be flexible…willing to change. Don’t be one of those that just resist change for the sake of it.

Most people just resist change because change always requires something of you.

If you don’t change, you’ll stay where you are…that’s why eventually people who resist change become:-
a) Passive – and real leaders don’t need passive people…real leaders need to know exactly where you stand…
b) Aggressive…could it be that opportunity is by-passing you because you are trying to control the situation by being aggressive!

So learn to embrace change…the most sure thing here on earth is change!

Hope you found that helpful. Congratulations on your promotion!

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20Mar
Sometimes I am ashamed of Christianity
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If I’m really honest, I am sometimes ashamed to be associated with Christianity…the religion! 

I feel ashamed because for the most part our voice is only heard loud and clear condemning something or someone

I feel ashamed because for the most part we are always looking for new recruits, but once they sign up, we begin to hold them to spurious standards which we haven’t really kept ourselves. And like an abusive spouse, every time they inevitably fall short of those standards we beat them down with our Words, our silences and our glares. 

I feel ashamed because for the most part we have become a hospital that doesn’t like sick people. We talk much more than we do. 

I feel ashamed because for the most part we who are supposed to be a refuge have become the last place that our world will consider seeking refuge in. 

In spite of the shame i sometimes feel, as a result of the above (I’m sure you can think of more reasons) I know that the state of the RELIGION is only a reflection of the fact that mankind is still very sick. Sick with the nature of sin. Christianity, the Religion,  is man made. What else do you expect from something that is made by sick sick men (mankind).

In spite of the shame I sometimes feel, I am also very thankful for Christianity, the Religion. I am so thankful because this man made, thing…this religion, introduced me to the most awesome person I know. Yes at the time of introduction they didn’t do a very good job of announcing who He really was. However I still got to meet Him. His name is JESUS! 

I heard that He was a hard task master who wanted to make me a slave. I heard that He had a long list of things that I needed to do in order to be accepted by Him. But when I met Him, I found that He didn’t demand anything from me. Truth is, He gave EVERYTHING for me. In fact it is the nature of His sacrifice for me that demanded a response. The more I learn about His sacrifice & His mercies, the more I see that the only fitting response to Him is to lay my whole life down for His cause. In meeting Him I have also learnt that I can only do this with His help. 

I heard that He was a tough judge who was writing down everything that was wrong with me, and seizing every opportunity He could get to remind me of them. When I met Him, I found that in the multitude of everything that was wrong with me, He was/is the only thing that was RIGHT with and about me. 

Religion made Him the lead vocalist in the sound track of shame, which played loud on the stage of my life. But when I met Him I found out that He was really the only voice that spoke words that preserved my dignity. When I met Him I found out that He is not ashamed to call me His brother! 

Religion put a limit on His acceptance of me. Religion told me that even after meeting Him, I could do something thing that causes Him to change His mind about me. But when I met Him, I found out that His love for me was scandalous & illogical! His love for me was just plain crazy! In spite of my messy, messy life, He voiced His resolve to stick with me. In Hebrews 13:5b he said – I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless norforsake nor let [you] down ([f]relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]

There are so many more things I could say about Him, but let’s leave it there for now. I’ll say this though.. He is NOT THE PERSON RELIGION SAID HE IS. He is kinder, more patient, more accepting, more real than anyone could have described.

Yes, Christianity, the religion is messy…very messy. That’s because it is man made, and man is still very very sick. I pray that you can look past religion, and meet Jesus. The journey of discovering Him is a life time thing, but it starts with a simple decision. A decision you can make right now. No priest, pastor, bishop, christian is even needed to make this decision valid. You can make a decision to discover Him today, by yourself. Right where you are, you can speak to Him. In case you weren’t sure what to say, you can say something along these lines: 

“Heavenly Father, thank you for sending Your son Jesus to die for me. The Bible says if I say with my mouth that Jesus
is Lord and believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead, I will be saved. Jesus, I now confess you as my Lord and believe in my heart that You raised Him from the dead. I welcome you into my life. Right now I believe that I am saved. I am born again. Thank You Father.”

It will be great to hear from you if you made this decision. Speak to someone who knows and loves Jesus. Look for a church where they are more interested in Jesus than they are in Religion. Welcome to the Jesus adventure! 

if you didn’t feel to make that decision today, I’m praying you get another opportunity to consider Jesus, despite what religion says. 

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