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in this issue “We just need to learn how to cut away the fat to get at the meat of what really matters now.”
3 Famine Charles R. Swindoll pressure points
6 What Matters Now Steve Johnson lifetrac
9 Captain Bible and the Fight for Truth Robyn Roste moment of insight
12 God’s Promises Charles R. Swindoll lifelines
13 Things That Strangle Us Charles R. Swindoll strong family
14 Training for Life—Raising Children to Love the Lord Eric Baesel laughing matters
16 Ten Commandments for Caregivers Phil Callaway 19 What’s it Worth? Ben Lowell
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Famine by Charles R. Swindoll
The word hangs like an awful omen in our heads. >
Mentally, we picture brutal, grotesque images. Cow’s ribs and hips protrude. Babies’ eyes are hollow. Bloated stomachs growl angrily. Skin stretches across faces tight as a trampoline. The outline of the skull slowly emerges. Joints swell. Grim, despairing stares replace smiles. Hope is gone . . . life is reduced to a harsh existence as famine takes its toll. Those who have seen it cannot forget it. Those who haven’t cannot imagine it. We are told famine is coming. “It’s only a matter of time,” declare the experts. There was a time when such predictions appeared only in science fiction books, but no longer. Prophets of doom are now well-educated economists, university profs, and official spokesmen for our culture, not to mention various authors who interpret our times as “threatening” and “terminal.” Of greatest concern is the enormous, everexpanding population explosion. The undeniable statistics tell their own tale. Our world reached one billion back in 1825. One hundred years later we had doubled in population—two billion. By 1975, we doubled again—four billion. Today we are nearing seven billion. The supply of food required to feed seven or more billion people is unbelievable. Worse than that, it’s unattainable in light of our cur-
rent agricultural system. We’re told the gaunt shells of humanity that now populate North Africa will someday cast their shadows across North America. One reputable authority predicts that there will come a time when the inhabitants of the world’s big cities will be living on bacon bits, fruit in a tube, recycled foods, protein pills and cakes, and reconstituted water. For us who are well fed, the idea of famine is foreign—virtually unimaginable. It’s what plagues India or Ethiopia . . . never us! Fear of famine doesn’t compute in a country where streets are lined with restaurants by the hundreds. My first rude awakening to the reality of hunger occurred early in 1958 when our troop ship full of U.S. Marines pulled into the harbour of Yokohama, Japan. We were so thrilled to see land, having been at sea for 17 days, we were initially unaware of the barges full of Japanese men and women that were soon tethered to our ship. I later learned that this was a common occurrence. They had come to paint the ship’s hull while we were at the dock for three days. Their pay in return? The garbage from our tables! The thought stunned me. Another kind of famine exists that is equally tragic . . . but far more subtle. God spoke of it through the prophet Amos.
“We may find physical
famine almost impossible to believe, but how about a
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Read his words very carefully: “Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord GOD, “When I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine for bread or a thirst for water, But rather for hearing the words of the LORD. People will stagger from sea to sea And from the north even to the east; They will go to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, But they will not find it.” (Amos 8:11–12) We may find physical famine almost impossible to believe, but how about a spiritual famine? You don’t have to wait another century for that! Take a trip across the United States. Or pick any country. Talk about a famine! It’s easy to misread the words of Amos. He didn’t predict a lack of churches or chapels, temples or tabernacles, seminars or Sunday church services. He spoke of “a famine . . . for hearing the words of the LORD.” Remember, a famine does not mean an absence of something . . . but a shortage of it . . . a scarcity that creates a starvation scene. In our enlightened, progressive, postmodern age, an ancient, dusty prophecy is fulfilled. Hearing the unadulterated truth of God is a rare experience. How easy to forget that! We have come upon hard times when those who declare and hear the Word of God are the exception. How easy to be spoiled . . . presumptuous . . . proud . . . ungrateful . . . when our spiritual stomachs are full! Funny thing—those who are full usually want more. We belch out increased demands rather than humble gratitude to God for our horn o’ plenty. Tell me, when was the last time you thanked God for the sheer privilege of hearing more of His Word than you could ever digest? And when did you last share just a crumb from your table? That’s why there’s a famine. Photograph of Chuck Swindoll © 2010 by David Edmonson
â€œPreachers say the Bible is relevant and applicable to life in the 21st century, yet for many there is a huge disconnect.â€? 6
NOW by Steve Johnson
One of my first after school jobs was working in a butcher shop. I learned to trim fat and cut meat, how to wrap and freeze properly, sharpen knives, and, as a corollary, how to stop bleeding quickly. As good as these things were they were about as relevant to my life as a high school student as knowing the price of rice in China. There was no connection between the world of high school and that of the butcher shop. Only later in life when I became a hunter, had to choose meat at the grocery store, and owned knives of my own, did I see the relevance of that knowledge. My experience with the butcher shop job is like that of many Christians who struggle to relate to Scripture. Preachers say the Bible is relevant and applicable to life in the 21st century, yet for many there is a huge disconnect. This disconnect exists because of difficulty we have relating to the world of the Bible. The times were different in every way. People we never knew did things we don’t comprehend, in places we’ve never been, in times we never lived. It really was a different world. Or was it? One reason we might not see Scripture’s relevance is because we focus on the discontinuity between the world of the Bible and our world and conclude Scripture is irrelevant. Instead we need to look at the points of continuity. It is these that provide the relevance for us. Here are three of them. The first point of continuity showing Scripture’s relevance today is God does not change. He says, “For I, the Lord, do not change” (Malachi 3:6). His character and attributes are eternally the same. The God Bible characters related to is the same God we relate to. There is continuity in that. What about all that horror and bloodshed we see in the OT? Is God still like that? The short answer is yes. But we have to understand that Christ’s coming ushered in an age of grace. We are in a time when God is patiently withholding judgment and giving people a chance to 7
repent (2 Peter 3:9). So although He hasn’t changed, His way of relating has changed. The second point of continuity showing Scripture’s relevance today is that God’s Word has not changed. Our eternal God breathed His Word so it too stands eternal. “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever” (Isaiah 40:8). It is always able to speak to anyone’s situation because it “…is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). But because Scripture was written when and to whom it was means we have to bridge the gap to our world today. We do that by asking, “What is the theological truth of this passage? What does it teach about God, man, and the world?” It is the theology that we apply to our lives today. The final point of continuity showing Scripture’s relevance today is that another main character of the Bible, mankind, is the same now as then. Human nature has not changed. We live in a different era, with different languages, cultures, and technology, but human nature is not different. As long as mankind exists, human nature will always be the same.
The Bible characterizes basic human nature as proud, self-centred, and independent of God, which it calls sin. It is this separation from God that leads to all kinds of ungodly behaviour. We like to think we are morally superior to our ancestors, but we’re not. We sin like they did because we are sinners. Just as putting a pig in a tutu doesn’t make it a ballerina, so changing language, culture, and technology doesn’t change human nature. We are born separated from God and until, and unless, God intervenes in our life, we stay that way. Forever. This is why we can relate to Scripture: Bible characters are just like us! We see ourselves in their actions and attitudes. Also, the same Word that commanded, encouraged, rebuked, or corrected is the same Word speaking to us today. And finally, the same God who dealt with them in judgment, or grace, is the same God we deal with today. My butcher shop job taught me some of the most practical skills I ever learned. What I thought was totally irrelevant turned out to be totally applicable. And Scripture is the same. We just need to learn how to cut away the fat to get at the meat of what really matters now. Steve Johnson is the communications director at IFLC.
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Truth by Robyn Roste
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Aesop (620-564 BC) in his fable Hercules and n the mid-90s I played a computer game the Waggoner. In this tale, Hercules tells the called Captain Bible in Dome of Darkness. Waggoner “the gods help them that help Although a superhero with no special themselves.” Not really biblical. What does powers, Captain Bible is able to overcome all the Bible say? Proverbs 28:26 says, “He who deceptions and lies of darkness through the trusts in himself is a fool, but he who walks skilful application of Scripture. in wisdom is kept safe,” (NIV), and in Jeremiah To win, Captain Bible must free the city from 17:5, “This is what the Lord says: ‘Cursed is the the Tower of Deception, which has trapped one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh the citizens in lies. To do this Captain Bible for his strength and whose heart turns away needs to speak with the people and meet the from the Lord.’” Actually, the Bible disagrees lies with the truth found in the Bible. with the idea that God helps those who help As the game progresses the lies become themselves, and instead urges us to trust fully harder to recognize and Captain Bible rein God and not our quires more and own strength. more protection “Knowing what God And what about from deception means and says is the “Cleanliness is next and traps through to godliness?” Well, prayer, Bible versfirst step to effectively the earliest records es, and the supcommunicate with Him.” of this quote pointport of those alto the Methodist ready rescued. founder John Wesley, who lived from 1703I beat this game a few times in my early 1791. Although this could be the citing of teens but didn’t notice the impact it made in a biblical concept from Leviticus, which frehow I read and apply Scripture until now. It quently speaks of cleanliness and impurity, taught me to really listen to what was said, and or the idea of cleanliness in relation to the to double-check it against what the Bible says. cleansing of a believer’s life found throughWhen you hear something nearly true, or out the New Testament (1 John 1:9, John partly true, it’s easy to accept it as true. That’s 15:3, 2 Corinthians 7:1, Ephesians 5:26-27), the thing about deception: sometimes it’s this exact quote is never found in Scripture. hardly noticeable, as small as uneasiness or “Money is the root of all evil,” is trickier. For, something not sitting quite right. For examyou see, the expression derives from 1 Timople, how often do you hear or say, “God helps thy 6:10a, which says: “For the love of money those who help themselves,” “Cleanliness is a root of all kinds of evil.” Close but no ciis next to godliness,” or “Money is the root gar. You could say this boils down to mere seof all evil,” and attribute it to the Bible? Do mantics, but it’s an important distinction. By you ever stop and wonder where it’s found? changing the subject of the sentence from Knowing what the Bible says is critically imthe love of money to money, the meaning portant in order to be confident in your faith changes. The Bible isn’t saying money itself and strong in the face of the world’s chaos. is evil, but the love of it, which is a root of all The phrase “God helps those who help kinds of evil. themselves,” is largely attributed to Benjamin Semantics studies words and phrases and Franklin’s Poor Richard’s Almanac, published what they stand for. Last month, Readers Diin 1757. But the concept seems to come from
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gest1 collected a list of words and phrases North Americans often misuse. For example, using less when you might mean fewer, saying you could care less when you really couldn’t, and saying we want to try and do something instead of trying to do it. Words are easy to mix up, and you may be tempted to think it’s irrelevant because most people know what you mean anyway. But what if what you mean isn’t getting across? And what if you don’t Hebrews 4:12 understand how your “For the word of God is living and active and word choices change the sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercmeaning of your sening as far as the division of sould and spirit, of tences? Knowing what both joints and marrow, and able to judge the you mean and meaning thoughts and intentions of the heart.” what you say are the first steps in effective communication. Knowing what God means and says is the first step to effectively communicate Growing in Grace and with Him. Responsibility Digging into the Bible is a Do you remember a great teacher you had? simple concept, but it isn’t easy. When people are given the space to make It takes a commitment and dismistakes and grow at their own pace, it cipline many of us would rather makes a lasting impact. avoid. Learning to not only read Subscribe or listen free online at the Scripture, but to understand insightforliving.ca/life-trac and apply it properly is something to be taken seriously and with a humble heart. It is always easier to not do, but when you don’t, all you’re actually doing is The phrase “close but no cigar,” is of US origin and making it easier for deception to is thought to have gained notoriety due to carnival take hold of your life. skill-testing games, which once gave out cigars as DeMeo, Melissa and Silverman, Paul. 24 Things You Might Be Saying Wrong: Reader’s Digest Version of all those confusing words and seemingly random rules you missed in English class. Readers Digest, September 2010. 1
prizes. Contestants who shot for but missed the bull’seye were told “Close, but no cigar.” “Almost but no giant plush toy for you,” doesn’t have the same ring to it.
Robyn Roste is the LifeTrac coordinator at IFLC.
God has given us His written Word and the promise of His light to all His children.
When will we ever learn to believe it and live in it and use it and claim it? I often wonder how many of His personal promises to His people exist in His Book unclaimed and ignored. ~ Charles R. Swindoll
Adapted from â€œLight & Truth.â€? Swindoll, Charles. Wisdom for the Way. Nashville: J.Countryman: 2001 (146)
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While reading through Mark’s Gospel recently, I was drawn into the scene of chapter four. 1. Some seeds fell beside the road . . . the birds gobbled them up. 2. A few seeds fell on rocky ground . . . the sun scorched the rootless growth and they withered and died. 3. Other seeds fell among thorns . . . which choked out the growth so severely there was no crop to harvest. 4. Still other seeds fell into good soil . . . bumper crop.
irst, the seed represents “the word.” The Scriptures, yes, but also the insights, the perspective, and the wisdom that grow in us when the seed takes root. Second, the different soils represent people’s varied responses to that “word.” All four “hear” but not all reap a harvest. That’s significant. Hearing guarantees nothing. Next, the results are directly related to the condition of the soil . . . not the quality of the seed. Same seed, different soil. If you look closely, the first two groups lack roots and only in the last two groups does Jesus mention fruit. The third group hears, but only the fourth group “hears the word and accepts it,” resulting in strong, healthy growth. It’s the third group that intrigues me.
These people hear everything, but those truths are not really accepted, allowed to take root, and grow. Instead, the thorns “choke the word and it becomes unfruitful.” Choking thorns are identified: “the worries of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things (Mark 4:19). Worry, like a thin stream of fear, trickles through our minds and cuts a deeper channel into which other thoughts are drained, often God-given thoughts gleaned directly from His Book. The same is true of “the deceitfulness of riches.” What a consuming passion, yet how empty, how unsatisfying! But this third species of thorns is the killer—“the desires for other things.” Better think that one through. It’s the picture of discontentment, the plague of pursuit: pushing, straining, stretching, relentlessly reaching while our minds become strangled with the lie, “enough just isn’t enough,” which makes great thorn fertilizer. But the good news is this: Listening—I mean really giving heed to the seed—results in deeper roots and greater fruit . . . and thorns can’t strangle such healthy growth. Jesus is still communicating, but if we’re not careful we’ll let our mental strangulation drown out His voice. 13
Swindoll, Charles. Adapted from “Things that Strangle Us,” Think it Over, n.d.
for Life Raising Children to Love the Lord by Eric Baesel
y wife and I have almost finished preparing for what I am sure will be the challenge of a lifetime. Since we don’t know what we’ll face, our plan is just do the best we can. I expect we’ll face obstacles along the way: disgruntled natives, changes in plans, enemy alliances, unforeseen setbacks, and wanting to give up and turn back. But we’re not quitters. And the prize is so big it’s worth it. No, we’re not headed for some television reality game show. We’re just about to start
homeschooling our five-year-old daughter. We’re as ready as we’ll ever be and yet, there is nothing that can make a parent feel more inadequate for a job than to remind him of his obligation to “train up a child in the way he should go,” (Proverbs 22:6). Figuring out what God expects of parents when it comes to teaching our children His ways is simple, but not necessarily easy. We can take a systematic approach to educating our children in “the three R’s,” reading, writing and arithmetic. We
can send them to excellent schools and joyable part of our day. The routine helps provide them tutors and mentoring. But it us focus our attention on the Lord and seems that God never intended for parents also teaches the importance of worship. to relegate “training in righteousness” to Our daughter’s bedtime routine includes just a half-hour of Bible stories each day talking about the day and sometimes more or once-a-week Sunprayer. We usually “Figuring out what God day school lessons. If end with listening to expects of parents when it Deuteronomy 6 is our an episode of Paws guide, it’s clear that & Tales. The theolcomes to teaching our God has lifestyle train- children His ways is simple, ogy taught in each ing in mind. We read episode is a wonderful but not necessarily easy.” in verses 6-7, “These springboard for more commandments that I give you today are meaningful conversations. As you can tell, to be upon your hearts. Impress them on casual conversation is at the foundation of your children. Talk about them when you our approach to teaching spiritual things. sit at home and when you walk along the Our best teaching times are when we’re road, when you lie down and when you talking in the car about the beauty of a sunget up,” (NIV). In other words, we should set or when we’re disciplining our children, always be in training mode. It is in everydiscussing how God brings His children to thing we do as we go about our daily tasks, repentance, restoration, and forgiveness. teaching our children by living lives of I think it’s important to note that you obedience to God. don’t have to be a spiritual giant or a Bible The idea is that more is caught than scholar in order to teach your children taught. Formal instruction is important of theology. We aren’t either of those things course, but our kids will ultimately learn by a long shot. Demonstrating a genuine more from us if we have a vibrant spiritual desire to share your spiritual life with life, one not hidden from view. Integrating your kids, being authentic in how you spiritual discipline into a family’s routines live, and being consistent between what is helpful as well. What that looks like dayyou say and how you live will speak volto-day will be different for every family. umes. By showing our children what our Most evenings, our family enjoys a time own relationship with God looks like and of family worship. We have a simple serbeing purposeful about creating a family vice, which includes singing hymns and environment that prays, reads the Bible, talking about their words and meanings, worships, and enjoys talking about the reading Bible stories and discussing their things of God together, we are fulfilling applications, and singing Scripture verses the parents’ mandate in Deuteronomy 6. set to music. Singing Scripture is a fun, And all the while my children are learning easy way of memorizing—even our two theology in a natural way. It’s not always year-old twins are learning phrases from easy, but it’s easily the most important the songs. We also have a short time of thing we can teach our children. prayer where we practice praising God, Eric Baesel is the creative manager of Creative Productions for Insight for Living US and the prothanking Him, and sharing our requests ducer for Paws & Tales. He lives in north Dallas, TX before the Lord. It seemed awkward when with his wife Laura and their three children, Keira, we first started but quickly became an enCarter, and Connor. 15
Ten Commandments for
by Phil Callaway
How to care for those you love, while staying sane yourself
ecent studies conclude that almost one in three middle-aged Canadian women are supporting unmarried children and elderly parents at the same time. Caregivers are often exhausted, broke, and in need of a few reminders of what can keep all of us relatively sane in the midst of life’s challenges.
1. Laugh a little each day. Before I was born my dad worked in a psychiatric ward. He would come home at night and describe some of the sad events of his day to my mother, often interspersing his dialogue with a good belly laugh. She couldn’t believe it at first, but it was his way of finding the pulse of sanity in a dark place. I found myself doing the same as I cared for my father who battled Alzheimer’s disease. One summer day while I was visiting the hospital, a lady who serves as part-time chaplain pulled me aside. Her forehead was scrunched up and I wondered what awful thing my father had done or said. “You told me he had been faithful to your 16
mother all these years,” she said. “Today he was watching TV and holding hands with a complete stranger.” Of course I laughed. So did she. There are times we cry, but sometimes laughter is our most effective weapon—perhaps the only one we have. And it sure beats Prozac. 2. Find a confidante. Miles Franklin said, “Someone to tell it to is one of the fundamental needs of human beings.” You don’t need to give everyone you meet an organ recital, but who can put a price tag on the value of sharing our story, thoughts, feelings, and sometimes tears with a trusted other? Some communities have caregiver sup-
port groups. If you can’t find one, start one. If you can’t start one, get a pet. Sometimes my dog is my support group. She’s the only one who will listen without interrupting. It’s like the old Swedish proverb: “Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow.” 3. Carve hurry from your life. I wish someone had informed me earlier that there is nothing noble about a nervous breakdown and nothing selfish about taking care of your own needs. When I discovered that “no” is a complete sentence, I freed time for pursuing my gifts. When I learned to enjoy things without owning them, I forgot about the Joneses. When I
began hanging out with positive people, I topped off my energy tank. When I began taking care of myself, I found I was better equipped to take good care of others. Stillness is rejuvenating. Sometimes the most pressing thing you can possibly do is take a complete rest. 4. Exercise three times a week. Of course, exercise didn’t help my mother. She started walking a mile a day when she was 60. She’s eighty-four now and we don’t know where she is! 5. Enjoy the right food and take longer to eat it. My philosophy on eating is the same as Miss Piggy’s: Never eat more than you can lift. But middle age 17
informs me that my philosophy is flawed. Pants that fit last Thursday are malfunctioning. So I need to acquaint myself with salmon, tomatoes, broccoli, nuts, and blueberries. And never pass up an opportunity to savour dessert. A recent study conducted by the dark chocolate industry indicates that dark chocolate is good for you and may constitute a food group. 6. Run away from home. Find a way to get away. If the budget is low, develop a great imagination. Close your eyes and imagine that your bath is at
a spa in the Himalayas—without the monkeys. Never just listen to your favourite music. Pretend you’re at a concert, or giving one. When you can’t take what you’ve been taking any longer, take a vacation. 7. Take care of the home front. Who we are and what we are able to accomplish come directly from the foundations we build. So work on the relationships inside your tightest circles. 8. Worry less. Worry steals everything worthwhile from today and adds nothing worthwhile to tomorrow. Worried people see problems; concerned people find solutions. I know of no greater worry buster than regular quality time in God’s Word and on my knees. 9. Remember you’re more amazing than you think. In a selfish age, those who care for others make God smile. So never underestimate the power of a kind word, a touch, a smile, a tear, or a compliment. You are the answer to someone’s prayer. Be assured that there will be resistance, but the rewards are out of this world. 10. Go looking for the blessings. Don’t worry, you’ll find them. They’re everywhere.
Phil Callaway is a best-selling author and speaker. Visit him at www.philcallaway.com
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What’s it Worth?
by Ben Lowell
Early in our work in Cuba I learned a vital lesson I’ve never forgotten. The people of Cuba are in need of virtually everything and nothing is taken for granted. Things most Canadians can simply reach for—heat, water, food, and medicine—are rare commodities to the average Cuban. With that knowledge we decided to do what we could for those we came into contact with. Armed with extra clothes, a variety of medicines, and a few copies of our Spanish God’s Masterwork Bible study guides, we met with one pastor couple. After they shared a time of fellowship and a modest meal we gave them the gifts we had brought. Their response was unlike anything I had imagined. First, we presented badlyneeded clothing for distribution to those most in need in their church family. They were delighted and grateful. Smiles spread across their faces. Next, we gave them the medicine. We were able to bring approximately 10 pounds of varied medicines into the country. Health care products that are basic to us are as rare as gold for them. We pulled out the medicines believing that these would delight them, and they did. Again, they were grateful and gracious. Finally, we presented the study guides of Chuck Swindoll’s God’s Masterwork series, a teaching survey of all the books of the Bible in five paperback volumes. I gave them to the pastor saying, “We brought a few books along as well, hoping that they might encourage you.” His response put a lump in my throat. The pastor looked at me, then at the books. Then he looked at his wife and again looked back at the books. They both looked back at me and began to cry. They were overwhelmed with the blessing of being given a few books that would enable them to learn and teach the Bible more effectively to the people in their church. Clothes were a blessing, medicine almost a miracle, but books that taught God’s Word—priceless. Does God’s Word appear in the list of things you value? Just a thought. Ben Lowell is the executive director of IFLC.
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In spite of the devastating erosion we’ve seen so far, Christ has declared that He will build His Church, and nothing—not even the powers of hell—can stop Him. In truth, the battle has already been won. Christ will be triumphant in the end, and those of us who stand with Him and live for Him will be victorious. In this powerful new series, Chuck Swindoll calls for a return to solid biblical principles to re-establish a life–altering church with Christ as Lord and Master.
Upcoming messages include:
The Church: Let’s Start Here Challenges, Struggles, Solutions, Priorities Worship: A Commitment . . . Not a War How Should the Church React?
October 22, 25-26 October 27-29 November 3-4 November 12 & 15
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