The first week in our “God, Money, and You” series we talked about stewarding wisely.    We established that it is God in fact who owns it, and it is our responsibility to care, develop and enjoy. The second week we talked about living appropriately. How to budget and getting out of debt. Last week we talked about saving wisely.  Even a little bit of investing and planning.

This week we are closing out our series by discussing how we need to give generously. Let’s look at Malachi 3:6-12 ““I am the Lord, and I do not change. That is why you descendants of Jacob are not already destroyed. Ever since the days of your ancestors, you have scorned my decrees and failed to obey them. Now return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. “But you ask, ‘How can we return when we have never gone away?’ “Should people cheat God? Yet you have cheated me! “But you ask, ‘What do you mean? When did we ever cheat you?’ “You have cheated me of the tithes and offerings due to me. You are under a curse, for your whole nation has been cheating me. Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test! Your crops will be abundant, for I will guard them from insects and disease. Your grapes will not fall from the vine before they are ripe,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. “Then all nations will call you blessed, for your land will be such a delight,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.”


Don’t be a Cheater: Vs 8

  1. Tithe=10%
    Consistent, Generous, cheerful)
  2. Offering = inspired gifts
    Feel inspired to say thanks, the Holy Spirit quickens your heart
  3. Motivated by love (Joy) not guilt or duty (bitterness)
  4. We can’t give because we are focused on getting


The Why: Vs 10

  1. Enough food in the house (church)
  2. Staff, Facilities, Ministries


The Test You Can’t Fail: Vs 10-12

  1. Give God a try (90 day challenge)
    there is no judgement for those who do not, but blessing for those who do
  2. Giving is For you, not From you


Tithing is Not

  1. Paying your dues (you don’t have to pay to belong here, were a family)
  2. A get rich quick scheme (the reality of God’s blessing comes in different ways and different forms)
  3. A few bucks to make God happy (I threw in a $20, see that God?)
  4. Religious greed (I am not preaching this because I or the church need it )


Tithing Is

  1. Stewardship of God’s resources
  2. An exercise of faith and trust
    What if God doesn’t come through? Tithing has less to do about money and more to do with my faith. As I get older I am more and more convinced of this. (be consistent with your tithe, work your budget around it, and stretch yourself where it is an act of faith again)
  3. A gateway to God’s blessing
  4. An act of worship

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There are around 700 references to money in the Bible, 2/3 of parables told are about money.  That means 1 in every 6 verses is about money.  God knew money would be a crutch for us all. In itself it is not evil,  but to love it is the root of evil.  A study was done that showed only 40% of Americans save. 42% of Americans break even, and 18% spend more than they make. They also found that if you live on a plan or budget you are twice as likely to save money.

Week 1 we talked about who really owns our money and how we are supposed to care for it. We will be judged on what we did. Week 2 we talked about living appropriately. Making sure we have a proper perspective on money. We need to be living on a budget, paying off debt, and freezing our assets.


This week we will be talking about saving wisely. Let’s look at Proverbs 21:20 “The wise have wealth and luxury, but fools spend whatever they get.”

Let me give you some background on Solomon. He was a very wise man (remember he asked for wisdom). However in his later years, he turned from God. The book of Ecclesiastes is his search for the meaning of life. Solomon was incredibly wealthy, built elaborate buildings, and he didn’t spare himself from any pleasures.
Let’s look at 1 Kings 11:1-6 “Now King Solomon loved many foreign women. Besides Pharaoh’s daughter, he married women from Moab, Ammon, Edom, Sidon, and from among the Hittites. The Lord had clearly instructed the people of Israel, “You must not marry them, because they will turn your hearts to their gods.” Yet Solomon insisted on loving them anyway. He had 700 wives of royal birth and 300 concubines. And in fact, they did turn his heart away from the Lord. In Solomon’s old age, they turned his heart to worship other gods instead of being completely faithful to the Lord his God, as his father, David, had been. Solomon worshiped Ashtoreth, the goddess of the Sidonians, and Molech, the detestable god of the Ammonites. In this way, Solomon did what was evil in the Lord’s sight; he refused to follow the Lord completely, as his father, David, had done.

His indulgent lifestyle certainly caused him to lose his way. Now this is not the character study on spiritual health and growth, but there is wisdom we can learn and it is God given wisdom.


Establish an Emergency Fund

If you are not used to working off of a budget, everything is an emergency. Once you get a few months on your budget, you need to start planning for car repairs, home repairs, etc. This will keep you off of the plastic bail out system.

a. If you fail to plan, plan to fail.

b. Minimum of $1,000 (emergency fund)

c. Only pull money out if it is: unexpected, necessary and urgent


Proverbs 21:5 “Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.”

a. You have to say no, to say yes

b. Small denials, have big returns



Ecclesiastes 11:2 “But divide your investments among many places, for you do not know what risks might lie ahead.”
Do you save or do you invest? Recognize the age and risk you are comfortable with. If all your saving is in bank, it’s very safe but very low yielding. There are other options that are equally safe, with better returns.

a. Be careful what you “invest” in. When you invest in something you are supporting it. Be careful what you support.

b. Pray for your investments


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Last week we talked about Stewarding Carefully. We saw that 40% of Americans save, 42% break even, 18% spend more than they make. This week we are talking about Living Appropriately. Matthew 6:19-34 “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. “Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is! “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money. “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”


Proper Perspective

a. What we value – vs.19-21
What we value takes priority in our heart, makes sure our value system is right.

b. What you see – vs. 22-23
Coveting, keeping up with jones, etc. Look at the context, if all we see is the greener grass on the other side of the fence, we have a vision problem.

c. Who you serve – vs. 24
Manage your money or it will manage you

d. Who you trust – vs. 25-34
The passage spends more time here about worry than on anything else. It all comes down to faith. Do you trust God to provide?


Proper Planning Proverbs 21:5

a. Why some don’t plan:
Appearance (want to keep up an image), Contentment (purchasing to fill a void), Uninformed(never been trained)

b. Manage your money or your money will manage you
If you don’t tell it where to go you will be asking where did it go? Money should be your servant, not your master

c. Talk about it
There is always one saver in a relationship and one spender. Who does what better? I took over one time and made a mess of everything. We still work on our finances together but Robin does the planning.

d. Put the dream in the budget


Proper Understanding of Credit Cards Proverbs 22:7

a. Be honest with yourselves
My mom had $17,000 in debt and my dad didn’t know about. It messed them up when it came for retirement planning.

b. Freeze your assets
Literally, put them in a cup with water and freeze your cards. It keeps you from impulse buying and you have to talk about it.

c. Consolidate
There are multiple companies out there that will put it all on one loan and negotiate a pay off.  Do your homework though on what company you chose.

d. Debt pay-off plan
Pay your smallest off first, then when that is done you can add that payment to the next. But it only works if you stop spending.


Close with Prayer of Jabez – 1 Chronicles 4:10

1. Bless Me

2. Increase my responsibility

3. Be with me, stay close

4. Keep me free from harm and pain

5. God granted His request


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There are 700 references to money in the Bible. 2/3 of parables told are about money. As well as, 1 in every 6 verses is about money.  God knew that money would be a crutch for us all. Money itself is not evil,  but to love it is the root of evil.  A recent study was done that showed 40% of Americans save. 42% of Americans left only break even and 18% spend more than they make. They have also done some research that if you live on a plan or budget you are twice as likely to save money.

Our new sermon series we are focusing on is ‘God Money and You’. This week though we will be focusing specifically on stewarding carefully.

Let’s take a look at 1 Corinthians 4:2 “Now, a person who is put in charge as a manager must be faithful.”


1. Who does it all belong to? Psalm 24:1 “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him.”

a. Understand your role, owner or manager.  What do you mean it’s God’s? I earned, I bought it, it’s mine. But who got you the job?  Deuteronomy 8:18 tells us that it was He who gave us the ability to produce wealth.

b. Steward = God’s blessings, Gods way, for God’s glory. How we treat the things that God has trusted us with

2. How do I take care of it?  Luke 18:11-12 ““If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities. And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven?”  Worldly wealth is not wealth in heaven.   What do you think is the highest value to God?

a. Responsibility

b. Care, development, enjoyment


3. You will give an account for your care.   Matthew 25:14-30

a. Time, Talent, Treasure and Touch- Relationships

b. Don’t be like the third servant


4. You will be rewarded for your care. Colossians 3:23

a. Faithful with little, faithful with much

b. At the end of the parable he says, take it from this guy, the one who didn’t steward well, and give it to the one who did. It all comes back to how we care for what God has trusted us with.


5. The ultimate goal

a. Steward Carefully

b. Live Appropriately

c. Give Generously

d. Save Wisely


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I have been reflecting on our year of thanksgiving. As I did so, I realized that we had been through 4 significant trials since July 1st, monumental life trials. The good news is that I didn’t die and I didn’t kill anyone. The bad news is that I saw things in me that I am not proud of, deficiencies in my character. Things I thought I had mastered like anger, gossip, and vengeance. I was at lunch with a Pastor friend and shared my challenges (problems). He was more concerned with how I was even standing, knowing it was a work of the enemy. While I didn’t come out unscathed, I am better because of them and they could have been a lot worse.
So this Thanksgiving, I am thankful for grace. It not only brought me through, but it also helped me grow. I am growing in grace. I am learning what it means to in all things give thanks. When I drive onto our Church property I am humbled by the sacrifices made by so many to get us here. You are to be commended and I am thankful for you

Today we will be talking about 5 kernels, an offering and a cup. Let’s look at Ephesians 5:20 “And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”


5 Kernels

  1. A time that most people would want to forget, the pilgrims chose to remember
  2. They turned their adversity into thanksgiving


The Thanksgiving offering

Leviticus 7:11-18 “These are the instructions regarding the different kinds of peace offerings that may be presented to the Lord. If you present your peace offering as an expression of thanksgiving, the usual animal sacrifice must be accompanied by various kinds of bread made without yeast—thin cakes mixed with olive oil, wafers spread with oil, and cakes made of choice flour mixed with olive oil. This peace offering of thanksgiving must also be accompanied by loaves of bread made with yeast. One of each kind of bread must be presented as a gift to the Lord. It will then belong to the priest who splatters the blood of the peace offering against the altar. The meat of the peace offering of thanksgiving must be eaten on the same day it is offered. None of it may be saved for the next morning. If you bring an offering to fulfill a vow or as a voluntary offering, the meat must be eaten on the same day the sacrifice is offered, but whatever is left over may be eaten on the second day. Any meat left over until the third day must be completely burned up. If any of the meat from the peace offering is eaten on the third day, the person who presented it will not be accepted by the Lord. You will receive no credit for offering it. By then the meat will be contaminated; if you eat it, you will be punished for your sin.”

  1. A type of peace offering symbolizing worship and fellowship
  2. It had to cost you something and required action
  3. Bring both leaven (yeast) and unleavened bread, symbolizing being thankful for the good and the bad.
  4. Meat had to be eaten on the same day, symbolizing you can’t rely on yesterdays thanksgiving.


The Thankful cup

  1. Given as worship
  2. It will cost you something
  3. 100% to Women’s Pregnancy Care Clinic (4 babies) Foursquare Missions Press. (5,000 children) Church building in Myanmar.

How many are thankful for Starbucks? If you skipped one starbucks a week and put it in your thankful cup you willl give about 30$.
What if you drank water instead of soda one time a week at a restaurant? You would give about $15, and a family of four would give $60.
Skipped the breakfast burrito you buy every Friday and put that in your cup? You would give about $20.
Eat chicken instead of steak $20.
Chick fil a instead of red robin $40.


The reminder is to be thankful of the plenty that we have and sacrifice so we can be a blessing to others. Let’s sow seeds of faith this years for Gods blessing next year.

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Inspiring Thanksgiving in Others

Posted: January 24, 2018 in Uncategorized

Have you ever received a gift that was so amazing, so awesome that you just didn’t know how to say thank you?  You might have said the words, but it just didn’t seem to match the awesomeness of the gift. Do you write a note? Send a gift card?
Or have you ever been out and maybe saw the kid selling candy for the school fundraiser in front of the movie theatre. Everyone keeps passing them by until you stop and now there is a line. It’s like you started a trend, everyone wants to be like you.
This passage addresses both of these ideas. If I️ had to summarize this passage it would be, your generosity inspires thanksgiving in others

2 Corinthians 9:1-15 “I really don’t need to write to you about this ministry of giving for the believers in Jerusalem. For I know how eager you are to help, and I have been boasting to the churches in Macedonia that you in Greece were ready to send an offering a year ago. In fact, it was your enthusiasm that stirred up many of the Macedonian believers to begin giving. But I am sending these brothers to be sure you really are ready, as I have been telling them, and that your money is all collected. I don’t want to be wrong in my boasting about you. We would be embarrassed—not to mention your own embarrassment—if some Macedonian believers came with me and found that you weren’t ready after all I had told them! So I thought I should send these brothers ahead of me to make sure the gift you promised is ready. But I want it to be a willing gift, not one given grudgingly. Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. As the Scriptures say, “They share freely and give generously to the poor. Their good deeds will be remembered forever.” For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you. Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God. So two good things will result from this ministry of giving—the needs of the believers in Jerusalem will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanks to God. As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ. And they will pray for you with deep affection because of the overflowing grace God has given to you. Thank God for this gift too wonderful for words!”



Your giving inspires others to give (vs 1&2)-
One year we just didn’t know what to get my mom for Christmas. So we decided to get that world vision catalog where you can by animals for people in different parts of the world, whether for food or to help them start a small business.  We looked through the book and realized in our price range we could buy a goat for a family in India. The goat would provide milk and cheese, they can breed it, and eventually have meat. So we wrapped the catalog and circled the page and my mom was ecstatic. Most moms would not be excited about a goat in India in your name. But my mom like it so much that she took the catalog and started buying goats and chickens for all her friends. Your giving inspires others to give

Your giving should flow from generosity not duty (vs 3&5)-

This is the one that hits a little closer to home, it’s the attitude behind giving. We are taught from day one to work hard for the American Dream. The American Dream is about more, that what you have is not enough. So we work hard for more things, nicer things. We want our kids to have more than we had. My first car was a 1967 Baja bug. I️ wanted my kids to have more so when Jessica turned 16 she got a 1969 Volkswagen. I️ was so excited to give it to her. Every Christmas one of my kids always says “open mine first” because they are so excited. Then we come to church and it is our opportunity to give. Do we carry that same enthusiasm, that same excitement, that same generosity?   Generous giving is the direct opposite of our flesh, which is about me and mine.   Redeemed living is about God and others which ultimately becomes generous giving.

Your generosity is matched by God’s generosity (vs 6&10)-

It’s not like the lottery where you spend 5 bucks and hope to get a million. Scripture in multiple places teaches this principle, ‘Give, and it will be given back pressed down, shaken together to make room for more’. Our giving activates Kingdom giving which is always larger in proportion to ours. He explains it like a farmer, plant one seed, get several apples on a tree.  Plant several seeds, multiple trees with multiple apples.

Your generosity causes others to:

  1. Thank God
  2. Glorify God
  3. Pray for you


Here is where we have given in the last 5 years:

Foursquare Missions International- $15000 (841 = 1800 people disciples). They are thanking God for you.

Foursquare Missions Press-  $31000 last year alone we reached 5000 kids through children’s gospel boxes we provided.  They are printing tons of literature in Sri Lanka because we bought them a mobile print shop.  They are thanking God for you

Womens Pregnancy Care Clinic-  $1200 saves 1 baby, we have saved over 20. They are thanking God for you

Soboba Reservation- We have done an extreme church makeover for them. Now they are a growing church with multiple buildings. They are thanking God for you

Kasaan, Alaska-  I️ got pictures this week of them building another canoe for the b9g race right outside the building we built for them, next to it there was a totem pole they were carving. They are thanking God for you.

Operation Santa- over 1200 families you have completely provided Christmas presents for. They are thanking God for you.

Watts- we have given several hundred backpacks filled with gifts to the kids in Watts.  They are thanking God for you.

Texas- we just sent a group of men over to help replace, rebuild, and restore over in Texas


Thank you for your generosity.

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An Attitude of Gratitude

Posted: January 24, 2018 in Uncategorized

In Luke 17 Jesus enters a town and 10 men with leprosy cry out to him. If you don’t know, leprosy is a horrible disease. When you are diagnosed with it you have to leave everyone you love, live outside the city and yell unclean. One of the worst parts is body parts would randomly fall off. It was a death sentence. In that day and age people thought you got it because you sinned. So not only are you dying, you’re labeled, banned, wounded and shunned.
Now let’s get back to the story. Jesus tells them to go and show themselves to the priest, which is the process they have to go through when they want to return back to normal life. As they go they are healed, yet only one comes back to say thank you. When the one comes back Jesus asks, “didn’t I heal 10? Where are the other nine?” Have you ever done something over the top for someone, gone out of your way and not received a thank you?  Communion is a time to remember but also a time to say thank you.

This week we are beginning a series on Thankfulness, focusing on ‘An Attitude of Gratitude’. Proverbs 17:22“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.”

Thankful: Feeling, one expressing gratitude

Gratitude: The feeling of being grateful

Grateful Attitude – Gratitude


When you look for the wrong and the bad you will find wrong and bad. And a path continuing that way will poison your soul. When you look for the good and the right you will find it and it will nourish your soul.  I am not talking about being a glass half full or half empty type of person. That is a character trait.  I am talking about finding the good in your life. Finding what cultivates a cheerful heart. The way you find good is to find things to be thankful for. By doing that you will develop an attitude of Gratitude.


Let’s look at Psalm 136. “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods. His faithful love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords. His faithful love endures forever. Give thanks to him who alone does mighty miracles. His faithful love endures forever. Give thanks to him who made the heavens so skillfully. His faithful love endures forever. Give thanks to him who placed the earth among the waters. His faithful love endures forever. Give thanks to him who made the heavenly lights— His faithful love endures forever. the sun to rule the day, His faithful love endures forever. and the moon and stars to rule the night. His faithful love endures forever. Give thanks to him who killed the firstborn of Egypt. His faithful love endures forever. He brought Israel out of Egypt. His faithful love endures forever. He acted with a strong hand and powerful arm. His faithful love endures forever. Give thanks to him who parted the Red Sea. His faithful love endures forever. He led Israel safely through, His faithful love endures forever. but he hurled Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea. His faithful love endures forever. Give thanks to him who led his people through the wilderness. His faithful love endures forever. Give thanks to him who struck down mighty kings. His faithful love endures forever. He killed powerful kings— His faithful love endures forever. Sihon king of the Amorites, His faithful love endures forever. and Og king of Bashan. His faithful love endures forever. God gave the land of these kings as an inheritance— His faithful love endures forever. a special possession to his servant Israel. His faithful love endures forever. He remembered us in our weakness. His faithful love endures forever. He saved us from our enemies. His faithful love endures forever. He gives food to every living thing. His faithful love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of heaven. His faithful love endures forever.


God is Good- It is who He is, it’s His character. James says every good and perfect gift comes from the father above.

  1. Who is on the throne of your heart?- There is only one throne in your life, who/what is sitting on it? There are many ‘little g’ gods but only one big G. There are other things that get our affection, even our worship. The 10 commandments state that there is to be ‘no other gods before me’. Only one can sit on the throne of your heart.
  2. Is God the Lord of your life?- This is about control, who is in charge? Many will say Savior, but that is just like fire insurance. Lord is about surrendering your life.

God does Mighty Miracles (Large, intense, beyond ones power)

  1. Miracle of creation-  He created the life cycle of creation. Plants need sun and water. Air needs plants, animals eat plants, people eat animals and plants. I am fascinated by how much thought creation took. I am not a biologist or geologist or chemist or scientist. But I wish I would have paid more attention in those classes.  The design and creativity behind our earth is astounding. The seasons, gravitational pull, air, water, food chain, etc. We have an architect in the church. I’ve walked the property with him to discuss changing our front sign. What I thought would be a simple discussion turned into a discussion of the shape of building, the angles, the style of our neighborhood. Imagine the thought that went into creating a whole world.
  2. Miracle of Water- Water covers 71% of the earths surface. Three days without it and your body starts to shut down. Fish, that only live in water, are the largest source of worlds protein. When you go to the hospital, one of the first things they do to help you is to get fluid in you.
  3. Miracle of Sun and Moon- The moon controls our evening light and tides but also our tilt. The Earths tilt would go to 45* without Moon. The Sun provides stability to our liquids and solids. Water alone is a liquid, solid and a vapor,  we have all three.  If the sun were to move 10% closer to the earth our temperature would go up an average of 27degrees. That would make our oceans inhabitable causing more evaporation and humidity which will drive our temp even higher.
    Both the sun and the moon are the perfect distance to provide for us what we need.

God Delivers

  1. Provision – God gives us deliverance from bondage and slavery (has God gotten you out of a jam, got you out of a tough spot?)
  2. Direction – God gets us out of the wilderness (have you ever been lost? Not just physically lost, but at a point in life where you didn’t know where to go)
  3. Protection – God protects us from our enemies

God Remembers us in our weakness.   Compensated

God Saves us from our enemies.

God Gives us food.

The Gratitude Challenge

Everyday for the next 19 days write something you are thankful for. Really think of the things God has done for you. Trace the miracle working power of God over the course of your life. Provision, protection, direction, healing. Cultivate an attitude of Gratitude.

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