Tuesday, June 30, 2009

You CAN Have Your Own Prayer Conference

Wish you could take your whole group or congregation to a prayer conference?

Now you can bring it to them.

Journey Into the Presence of God . . . a conference of prayer on DVD

Dear prayer leader,

Do you want desperately for your church to be a house of prayer, but even though prayer is emphasized and there’s an effective prayer ministry, you still feel something’s missing?

What’s missing in many churches is congregational prayer at the heart of worship and effective corporate prayer in small groups. The problem isn’t a lack of desire, but that the vast majority of ministers and laymen have never been taught the skills of group prayer.

Years ago I asked the Lord to show me how to engage every person in my congregation in prayer. He answered my prayer and led me to write an article about what He had taught me. An editor saw it and suggested I write the book, Prayer Guide – A Manual for Leading Prayer. The first printing sold in less than a year. Then God opened the door for me to lead this conference in churches across the country. Now He’s made it possible for you to have it all in this DVD Leaders Kit.

Friend, I’m no genius, but I do know what works. This material is Biblical and works in real churches with regular people. Please follow the link below. Watch some video. Read some testimonials. Check out the session descriptions. Then ask the Lord if this isn’t something He’s prepared for your group or congregation.

Thank you for your time,

Lowell Snow

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Monday, June 29, 2009

Praying For Schools: Covering ALL the Bases

Christian Educators Association International Resources for Christian Educators in Private & Public Schools


Pray for Students
To have a teacher whose godly life-style draw them to a life of faith in Christ.
To be a witness and demonstrate God’s love in their attitude, speech, and behavior.
To discern truth in subjects being taught.
To resist drug and alcohol use and sexual temptation.
To have a safe educational environment.

Pray for Teachers
To demonstrate a maturing, Christ-like life.
To be the salt and light at their school.
To live in a way that fellow staff will be drawn to their Savior.
To see the potential of every student.
To be aware of the impact they have upon students.
To make a life of prayer a priority and find at least one other educator to pray with.

Pray for Parents
To be involved in their child(ren’s) education.
To attend school activities.
To accept leadership roles in parent groups.
To become active on their school board.
To build relationships with and support their child’s teacher(s).

Pray for Administrators
To support their staff mentally, emotionally, educationally and spiritually.
To provide an atmosphere of religious freedom that will encourage teachers to relate truths behind our national holidays.
To make their campus one where Equal Access is encouraged for student initiated and student led Bible clubs.
To allow their building to be one where teachers may freely gather prior to and after the school day for prayer.
To provide a positive atmosphere for the potential drop out and at-risk students in order to alter their lives.

Pray for School Boards
To hire men & women of high moral standards.
To follow the law in regard to Equal Access.
To set a standard for religious liberty for students and staff.

Pray for Those in Higher Education
For students to have Godly wisdom to discern truth and not fall prey to false philosophies.
For students to live and respond in class so others might ask a reason for their faith.
For professors to allow academic freedom of expression and not demean a student’s faith.

Pray for Legislators
To encourage local control, limit legislation regarding home and private schools and to be positive role models.
To pass legislation that upholds traditional morals for home, school, and the workplace.

Pray for Churches and Faith Communities
To honor their educators and recognize the value of their contributions to youth.
To support educational institutions by praying for them and by individual volunteerism.
To make the home, school and church (worship congregations) a unit in the moral education of our youth.

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Praying the ABC Names of God

Praying the “ABC’s” of the Names of God

Because the Lord is our All Sufficient One, His name is all we need to be equipped for life. As we pray through and reflect on His names we are led to praise Him, trust Him, love Him, and depend on Him.

Almighty . Awesome . Advocate

Bread . Burden-bearer . Barrier-breaker

Counselor . Conqueror . Companion

Dwelling-place . Deliverer . Defender .

Eternal . Encourager . Enduring . Enabler

Father . Friend . Faithful . Finisher

Guide . Great . Gracious . Giver

Holy . Humble . Hiding-place . Hope

I AM . Instructor . Indwelling . Intercessor

Jehovah . Just . Joy . Jesus

King . Keeper . Kind . Key

Lamb of God . Lord . Light . Leader

Master . Mighty . Merciful . Mindful

Nigh . Needed . Nearest . Nourisher

Omniscient . Omnipresent . Omnipotent

Prince of Peace . Provider . Praise-worthy

Quickener . Queller-of-storms . Quietnes

Redeemer . Refresher . Ruler . Rock

Savior . Strength . Shield . Sovereign

Transformer . Teacher . True . Tower

Unchangeable . Unfailing . Upholder

Vine . Vindicator . Vanquisher . Victory

Way . Word . Wonderful . Worthy


Yearning . Yearned-for . Yoke-follow


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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Praying God's Postivie Answers

>>>Note: Use this as a format for your next corporate, large or small group, prayer session. Distribute the list (or show on a screen) ... Ask individuals to select, as they are led by the Spirit, one of the "You say" statements to pray over ... Ask each person to begin by stating the negative, then the positive, then launch their prayer after reading the Scripture.



You say: 'It's impossible'

God says: All things are possible

(Luke 18:27)

You say: 'I'm too tired'

God says: I will give you rest

(Matthew 11:28-30)

You say: 'Nobody really loves me'

God says: I love you

(John 3:1 6 & John 3:34 )

You say: 'I can't go on'

God says: My grace is sufficient

(II Corinthians 12:9 & Psalm 91:15)

You say: 'I can't figure things out'

God says: I will direct your steps

(Proverbs 3:5- 6)

You say: 'I can't do it'

God says: You can do all things

( Philippians 4:13)

You say: 'I'm not able'

God says: I am able

(II Corinthians 9:8)

You say: 'It's not worth it'

God says: It will be worth it

(Roman 8:28 )

You say: 'I can't forgive myself'

God says: I Forgive you

(I John 1:9 & Romans 8:1)

You say: 'I can't manage'

God says: I will supply all your needs

( Philippians 4:19)

You say: 'I'm afraid'

God says: I have not given you a spirit of fear

(II Timothy 1:7)

You say: 'I'm always worried and frustrated'

God says: Cast all your cares on ME

(I Peter 5:7)

You say: 'I'm not smart enough'

God says: I give you wisdom

(I Corinthians 1:30)

You say: 'I feel all alone'

God says: I will never leave you or forsake you

(Hebrews 13:5)

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

10 Ways to Pray for Children on “Children’s Day”

Children’s Day logo

10 Ways to Pray on “Children’s Day”

• National Prayer Leader Offers Special Ideas

America’s church played a vital role in the birth of both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. So it should be no surprise that the revival of “Children’s Day” on the second Sunday in June (this year June 14, 2009) also embraces a spiritual component.

The website, www.nationalchildrensday.us, and its mirror www.childrensday.us, are offering 10 ways to pray on “Children’s Day” as complied by the Rev. Phil Miglioratti, national facilitator of city and community ministries for Mission America. He also leads the National Pastors’ Prayer Network and writes a prayer column for Pray Magazine.

“10 Ways to Pray on Children’s Day”
1. Sit on your porch or patio and pray for children in your neighborhood.
2. Take your family (including children!) or a few friends and pray at a nearby school.
• At the flagpole
• Around the perimeter
• In each parking slot (for the faculty, administration, called-in parents...)
3. Picnic in the park ... and pray for:
• Children and parents in the playground
• Teens on the field or the courts
• Gangs that may be in your community
4. Alert your pastor and ask that a special prayer for children take place on Children's Day (invite parents to bring their children to the front for a prayer of blessing).
5. Hand deliver "I/We prayed for your kids" cards (homemade is fine) to family acquaintances.
6. Call a grandchild, niece, or nephew, and ask if you can pray for them over the phone.
7. Secure a yearbook from a nearby school and pray for several of the students each day for the next month (or longer).
8. Become a secret chaplain of a child's sport team - Use the team roster as a daily prayer list.
9. As you peruse the daily newspaper, stop each time a child is included in a story and pray.
10....and when you pray, ask the Lord to bless them, body (health), soul (hope) and spirit (heaven).

Children’s Day observations in the United States date from the 1860s and earlier.

The Methodist Episcopal Church at the Methodist Conference of 1868 recommended that the second Sunday in June be observed annually as Children’s Day. The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in 1883 designated the “the second Sabbath in June as Children’s Day.”

The Children’s Day website offers help and challenges parents, individuals, churches/houses of worship, schools/places of education, government/community and businesses to sign commitment cards directed at affirming America’s children. They pledge to “commit myself(ourself), in the coming year, to love, cherish, nurture (physical, mental, emotional, & spiritual needs), and affirm...” They can also make a commitment beyond America to the world’s children.

In 2007 and 2008, Illinois proclaimed the second Sunday in June as Children’s Day. Several Illinois towns also issued proclamations.

Currently Chase’s Calendar of Events cites Children’s Sunday and notes that The Commonwealth of Massachusetts issues an annual proclamation for the second Sunday in June.

Numerous churches and denominations, including the African Methodist Episcopal Church, African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church and the Church of the Nazarene, now observe the second Sunday in June as Children’s Day.

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(630) 879-2583 (home)

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Monday, June 15, 2009

Wise Guidelines for the New Testament Gift of Prophecy

>>>Note from Phil: Avoiding the extremes of prohibiting or promoting prophetic giftings is essential on a corporate, small group or individual ministry basis. Both pastor and prayer leader must be theologically (1 Corinthians 14:3) and practically prepared . . .

Picking Up The Pieces
A Pastor’s Role When Prophecies Go Amiss
By Eddie and Alice Smith
A ministry asked a well-known speaker to take up an offering for them during one of its gatherings. After taking the microphone, the man announced to the group, “The Lord told me before I left my hotel room tonight that the offering tonight will be $225,000! Can I hear an ‘amen’?” The loyal crowd, of course, resounded in agreement with a great “amen!”
The overly confident prophetic guest insisted that the offering be counted so they could celebrate. When it was reported that the offering from approximately 500 people was roughly $34,000, the prophet berated the people for their unfaithfulness to the Lord and their failure to hear and obey Him. The hosts, grateful for what they thought was a generous offering, were horrified yet unwilling to embarrass their guest by stopping him.
The man preached at the people a few more minutes and then offered them another chance to “obey the Lord.” He insisted that another offering be received. When only an additional $6,000 was received, the nationally known speaker sat down with disgust.
Following the event, the hosts were overwhelmed with calls from pastors to businesspeople upset by the prophet’s arrogant behavior. They forwarded some of the complaints for the prophet to answer—he did not. The hosts wrote him for an explanation and instruction on how they should handle the matter. He didn’t acknowledge their concern, answer their correspondence or apologize to them. He ignored all.
From the failed Y2K disaster prophecies to “Jesus is coming back on September 20” to “God told me He’s going to heal everyone here tonight with back trouble,” congregations and individuals are often left feeling betrayed and dishonored by the prophetic. Many pastors have been burned by an itinerate minister rolling into town, dishing out grand prophecies and then leaving them to deal with the messy aftermath.
Their natural instinct is often to remain wounded, bitter and closed to further involvement with the prophetic—at least for a period of time. Yet the prophetic gifts, when used correctly under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, can usher in the blessings of God. Even the apostle Paul says for us to “not despise prophecies” (1 Thess. 5:20). But is that possible for pastors whose flocks have been injured, even abused, by misguided “words from the Lord”? What can leaders do to pick up the pieces?
Don’t Throw the Baby Out With the Bathwater
Resolution often begins with a reminder. And in the case of questioning the overall purpose of prophecy after a misguided prophet hurts your congregation, it helps to remember God’s original intention for this beautiful but powerful gift. A pastor’s nature is to protect the sheep, which is why many leaders respond to major “prophetic messes” by shutting down prophetic ministry in the church and forbidding people from exercising their gifts. It’s understandable, yet unnecessarily extreme.
Keep in mind that the gift of prophecy is the only gift that appears in all three “gift lists”: Rom. 12, 1 Cor. 12 and Eph. 4. God has called each of us to prophesy
(1 Cor. 14:5,39; Acts 2:17-21). This supernatural expression of the Holy Spirit is to be the natural experience of every believer. For this to be so, we must sincerely desire to prophesy (1 Cor. 14:1) and be equipped for this as we would be for any other ministry.
Prophecy isn’t an optional ministry; it’s an essential ministry for equipping the church (Eph. 4:11-12). To forbid it is to undermine the very foundation of the church (Eph. 2:20). Delivered in the right way, at the right time, in the right spirit, a prophetic word can be used by God to bring healing, restoration and deliverance. It can set churches and people in order, and it can evangelize the lost.
Proceed With Parameters
There is, of course, the negative side of prophecy that can cause incredible destruction. Even the early church had a problem with the prophetic. Yet Paul warned them that to despise the prophetic is to quench the Holy Spirit. He told them not to be gullible, but to test every good word and hold on to the truth (1 Thess. 5:19-21). Or as the proverb says, “Eat the fish and spit out the bones.”
If the prophetic always seems to come with a host of potential problems, why bother guiding your people through the healing process? Why establish and publish guidelines for the prophetic? Because there will never be a day when you or your people don’t need to be built up, encouraged and comforted (1 Cor. 14:3). We live in difficult days and can expect even harder times ahead. People need the confirmation, edification, exhortation and encouragement the prophetic offers.
To ensure that this occurs rather than hurt, discouragement and confusion, we encourage pastors and regional ministry leaders to establish prophetic guidelines for words of knowledge and prophecy. Here are a few thoughts in that regard.

1. If prophetic words are allowed in a public worship service, consider designating a senior staff member to hear them and grant permission before they’re shared publicly. Some churches establish a prophetic council for this purpose. The word may not be from the Lord or the timing may not be right.
Some prophetic types may view this as “pastoral control.” They reason that no one approves the pastor’s sermons—-why should their word require approval? They overlook the pastor’s role, responsibility and authority. God doesn’t hold the prophet accountable for the pastor’s sermons, but He does hold the pastor accountable for the prophetic words he allows to be spoken into the lives of his people.
2. Design a “revelatory form” for those who have a word for the church outside of a public service. Include a place on this for their name, telephone number, e-mail address and the date. Include small boxes they can check to indicate whether theirs is a dream, a prophetic word, a vision or a Scripture. Have them write the word they’ve received and explain their interpretation (if they have one), along with how they think it should be applied.
Also, explain to your people that once they submit the form their assignment is finished. The pastoral/ministry staff will pray over their revelation and ask the Lord for confirmation and direction.
3. Encourage those who prophesy not to give directional words to individuals in your church or ministry without pastoral approval. (These would be words such as “quit your job,” “sell your house,” etc.) Remember, the primary purpose for prophecy is to build up, encourage and comfort one another.
A Voice From Within
The day of the Old Testament prophet is over. In the Old Testament, the prophet was the voice of God to the people. The people and their leaders were dependent upon the prophet hearing God’s voice. A false prophet was not someone who was inaccurate but someone who led people astray (Deut. 18:15-22).
As New Testament believers, the Holy Spirit now lives in us and, according to Jesus, His sheep hear His voice (John 10:27). Those with prophetic gifts typically confirm and clarify what God is already saying to us. For this reason, we encourage those giving prophetic words to:

• Speak in third person, not first person. Rather than say, “Thus saith the Lord: I, the Lord thy God, sayeth unto thee my child ...” interpret what you think you hear and say, “I feel the Lord would say to you ...” To give a word as if it’s word-for-word from the mouth of God leaves recipients no room to judge the prophecy. After all, who would dare judge God’s words?!

• When offering prophetic words, follow up with something like, “I encourage you to seek a confirmation from the Lord concerning what I’ve just said to you.” This isn’t a sign of a prophet’s weakness but of gentle strength.

• Speak in 21st-century, not 15th-century, English. Why would God speak to any of us today in Shakespearean English? Surely God knows that’s not how we speak.
Don't assume that speaking in King James English adds an additional ounce of credibility to your word.
Speak Up!
Pastor, if you are uneasy about a prophetic word given to your congregation, stand up and say so. The longer you wait, the more it will cost you. Say something like, “We should each judge the prophetic word just given to us. Let’s submit what we’ve heard to the Lord and ask Him for clarification and confirmation if it’s truly from Him.”
We’re convinced that greater damage has been done from pastoral failure to correct prophetic abuses than from the prophetic abuses. If you hear a word being offered in the wrong timing or in the wrong spirit, gently interrupt the speaker with grace and humility. You might say, “I feel that this word isn’t for us at this time, thank you.” By doing this, you communicate how much you love your people. Most prophetic problems could be avoided—-or at least quickly resolved-—if pastors and prophets had relationships of honor and respect.
It’s also crucial that prophets understand their place in the church. When we were pastors we made sure that our people knew that “none of us is as important as all of us.” It is better that you err on the side of protecting the sheep than protecting the prophet.
If your people have been wounded by a prophetic word, don’t sweep the incident under the rug. That only communicates your lack of leadership. Instead, lovingly explain that we (including the one who wounded them) are all saved sinners, prone to error, who miss the mark at times and are growing in the prophetic. Even if you weren’t the one who disappointed them, apologize for the misuse of the gift.
In Part
While the prophetic realm can be intimidating, pastoring it within a congregation can be overwhelming! Yet God has designed His church to include prophets, along with other essential functions. Learning to include this body part in a healthy manner often requires taking risks. At times, it will be difficult. After all, prophets (as Paul wrote about himself) “see through a glass darkly” and “prophesy in part.” We’re all prone to error. Although God spoke face-to-face to Moses, even to the best of us He speaks in riddles (Num.12:8).
Given that, we who purport to speak for God should always do so thoughtfully and humbly. And as leaders, we must encourage those who receive prophecies to offer grace and forgiveness when others-—including we, their leaders-—disappoint.
Matthew 24 warns that false prophets in the end times will lead people astray and even deceive the elect, if possible. We need to be discerning, accountable and weigh every word purportedly from God by the Word of God. James encourages us to ask the Lord for wisdom. As leaders, we would do well to follow his advice. Because in the tumultuous days ahead, proper use of the prophetic will have immeasurable impact on the cutting-edge church or ministry that stewards it correctly.

How to Help Your Church Heal
From Prophetic Abuse
There’s no quick fix when it comes to recovering from a damaging, misguided prophecy. Yet here are a few steps to take in leading your congregation through the aftermath.

1. Repent for the prophetic abuse. Even if you’re blameless, consider some “identificational repentance” on behalf of those involved. You can do this without condemning or demeaning the prophet. (Explain that leaders are prone to error, too, and express your sorrow for the matter.)

2. Tell them exactly how they should view the person who delivered the word. For example, “He was sincere, but in my opinion was misguided in the word about ... We all miss it from time to time, and we learn from our mistakes.” Of course, if the event was more grievous a more serious and direct explanation may be required.

3. Explain the importance of forgiving, and lead them to forgiveness.

4. Lead them in a prayer of blessing for the prophet.
5. Remind them that they’ll always be ultimately responsible to judge prophetic words.
6. Encourage them in the future to always hold such words loosely and await confirmations from the Lord.

7. Pray a pastoral blessing over them.
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This article was written by Eddie and Alice Smith, both of whom are Christian writers and conference speakers, live in Houston, Texas.
Their ministry URL is: www.EddieAndAlice.com
Their resource URL is: www.PrayerBookstore.com
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Friday, June 12, 2009

Prayer Patrol

Ministry Tip: Prayer Patrol

by Rhonda Weese

Hundreds of citizens in our city have found a way to help our police force and firefighters without ever leaving home. How? By joining the Prayer Patrol.

This prayer program began more than a year ago through the efforts of a local minister. After praying for a police officer at a National Day of Prayer gathering, the minister contacted other churches and prayer groups to see if they'd be interested in joining an ongoing prayer effort for police and firefighters. They were.

City police and firefighters have embraced these prayers with open arms. At least one officer now believes more strongly than ever in the power of prayer. Just days after 3,000 people had prayed for this man's protection, he survived five gunshot wounds.

If your church or prayer group would like to try a police and firefighters protection program, here are some suggestions.

Present your plan to other churches and prayer groups in your city, and solicit their involvment.

Find out how your town's police and fire departments are set up. Our Florida county is divided into several patrol areas, so each prayer group gets the names of all police and firefighters in its zone.

Divide up these names for placement on the monthly prayer calendar for your zone. The calendar will need to be updated and distributed regularly.

Stop by the police and fire stations in your zone to post the prayer calendar. Police and firefighters often check to see whose names are listed for prayer each day....

(Please click here to read, print, or email this article from DJ's online archives. Issue 109, January/February 1999)

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Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Quote; Unquote

The congregation should pray for their pastor and church leaders with great consistency and passion.  

Prayer will not only be a channel of spiritual power and encouragement for the pastors – it will keep the church members’ hearts warm to the will of the Lord and the needs of the leadership. 

Daniel Henderson

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Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Global Day of Prayer; Assessing the State of the Church

Where Are We?
By Eddie Smith
My father once asked me, "Son, if you were to open a map for the purpose of traveling to Chicago, what would you look for first?"
Cautiously I said, "Chicago?"
He smiled and said, "No, Son. You first look for where you are. Until you are certain where you are, you can't possibly find your way to your intended destination."
May I suggest where I think we are? I'll spare you the details.
1. Prayer
  • More Christians pray today than ever before.
  • Christians pray more today than ever before.
  • Christians pray together more today than ever before.
  • "Prayer has left the building!"
    Marketplace prayer
    On site prayer
    Prayer journeys
    Schools of prayer
    Prayer Summits
    Pastors' prayer groups

Yesterday we celebrated the 2009 Global Day of Prayer which involved all of the 220 nations on earth! As many as 500 million Christians participated.

2. Integrity
  • Ethics as well as doctrine and talent are on the front burner.
  • Humility is an emerging quality in today's Church.
  • Spiritual pride is being confessed and renounced.
  • Repentance is becoming a lifestyle.
  • Turfism is tumbling to the side.
  • Godly people are "seeing through" the manipulation of human personalities and soulish ministry techniques.
  • Servant leaders are replacing "spiritual superstars".
3. Accountablity
  • This is the worst time in history to be a know-it-all.
  • Rather than hold others accountable, Christians are selecting accountability partners; and establishing accountability systems to hold theirselves accountable.
  • Christians today seek clean hands and pure hearts.
  • God is exposing sin and judging evil.
  • Wise Christians are unwilling to "flirt with" evil.
4. Unity
  • Two thousand years ago with His death, His resurrection, and the Gift, His Spirit, Christ made us one. Unity was accomplished.
  • Today we see the greatest manifestation of our spiritual unity since Calvary.
  • Reconciliation of all kinds is a high priority today.
5. Power
  • People being raised from the dead is commonplace in many nations today.
  • God is pouring His Spirit out on mankind.
  • Muslims are responding to the Gospel as a result of angelic appearances.
  • The greatest harvest of souls in history is happening today.
6. "Doing Church"
  • Markeplace ministry is commonplace.
  • Every member ministry is prevalent.
  • Around the world, God is releasing women in ministry.
  • House churches, underground churches, indigenous churches, cell churches, youth and post-modern churches are arising.
7. Responsibility
  • Christians are becoming "doers" of the Word.
  • Rather than just pray for those in need; Christians today meet each other's needs.
  • Prayer and evangelism, once estraged, have "kissed and made up".
  • Those who pray for the lost, witness to them!
  • Today, with Jesus, we're asking the Father for the nations--our inheritance! (Psa 2:8) And the Father is giving the nations to us--Christ and we his joint-heirs.
  • We're the first generation in history that can actually know the progress of world evangelism!
8. Leaders From Third-world or Developing Nations Are Emerging
  • Before the 1990s Western Christians "ran everything".
  • Today's Church leaders and world evangelists come from every nation, tribe and tongue!
And yes, God is moving in America too!
Good news!
There IS a light at the end of the tunnel.

It's the King upon His throne!

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