Born_Again Christians who struggle with Homosexuality

 Lonnie Frisbee was a huge influence in the Jesus Movement


Lonnie Frisbee was considered by many as "prophet of the Jesus Freaks"
a "Paul" of the Early Jesus Movement and Lonnie helped Chuck Smith and Calvary Chapel get going.

Lonnie was filled with the Holy Spirit, Lonnie was real, Lonnie will be seen in heaven, but Lonnie could not conquer his sexual addiction and died from it years later.

Lonnie was a Born Again Christian who struggled with homosexuality all his life.

It was a sin only Jesus could take away and in this case it was conquered by Lonnie's death.
Many today forget Lonnie, many think we should accept homosexuality, many think it's:

Ok to be Gay.

No, it's not. It is a Sin, and like all sin, must be deal with.

This Blog below is about the Community of people that struggle to overcome addiction.
Calvary Chapel, behind the scenes, was one of the few I know of in the midst of the Jesus Movement to deal with people who just could not free themselves of sin, but still were with no doubt, Saved by Grace and freed from the penalty of a live with out God and a future in Hell.

These men knew Jesus, and Jesus sets them free. _ MjS


http://thom-signsofastruggle.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


Searching for My Inner Onion


I know the journey seems so long.
You feel you're walking on your own.
But there has never been a step
Where you've walked out all alone.

Troubled soul don't lose your heart,
Cause joy and peace he brings.
And the beauty that's in store,
Outweighs the hurt of life's sting.
There will be a day with no more tears, no more pain, and no more fears.
There will be a day when the burdens of this place, will be no more, we'll see Jesus face to face.
But until that day, we'll hold on to you always. 
-- Jeremy Camp, "There Will be a Day"



It seems like I have always worked, from walking neighborhoods door-to-door after grade school selling donuts, to roller-skating as a Sonic carhop, to re-writing a cattle-breeder's guide, to teaching school, to publishing newspapers, to two decades in management at AT&T, to the current borderline-starvation plan as a freelance writer.  Work.  It's what we do as people.

God worked.  He created the heavens and the earth, and in Genesis, it says His work was "very good."  Adam and Eve worked.  They tended the garden before the Fall and then worked a bit harder on the outside afterward, so I guess we can't blame "work" on "the fall,"  Noah worked hard building the Ark.  Moses worked like crazy and, more than once, probably thought "and this is the thanks I get?"

I've had a lot of jobs.  I think one of my favorites will always be as the onion ring maker at the Sonic.  I still have the recipe and I still make those rings at home, the old-fashioned Sonic way.  I remember the backbreaking work of hauling the huge bags of onions out of the pantry, sorting them out, peeling away the outer inedible layers, slicing the onions into just the right widths and then separating each layer of the ring, dipping the rings in the coatings, stacking them in neat rows on the trays, placing the trays in the walk-in cooler . . . dozens of trays, thousands of rings.  By the next morning, all would have hit the deep-fat fryer and then the waistlines of the frequent indulgers, and we'd start all over again.

I remember the big knife I would use to slice the onions and, more than once, my fingers, which would then burn from the onion juice.  I remember the flour and milk and water and cracker meal that would build up on my hands and apron and coat the table and everything nearby, making an incredible mess.  I remember a few burns from grease splashing as we'd toss the rings into the hot oil, turning mushy cold nothings into golden, brown, crunchy, addictive, near-perfect onion rings.  I remember trying to scrub the onion smell out of my hands at night, knowing it would still be faint in the morning when I went to school.

But I remember most of all the tears. You can't peel and separate the layers of hundreds of onions without crying a few tears in the process.  I would try.  I thought I might develop some immunity, but it never happened.  The sting of the onion's odor would bring me to tears every time.

My life is like one of those onions.  It has a lot of layers.  It has really smelled.  It's produced a lot of tears . . . and it's really hard to clean up the incredible messes. I more often resemble the un-assembled and unattractive ingredients -- the mushy cold nothings -- and fall far short of the golden rings.

When an order of rings arrives at the window of the car, the diner doesn't know or think or really care about the process that went on to create the finished product, beginning with peeling of that first layer of dead, dry, flaky onion skin.  And I realize that when God completes His work in me that few will know of the painstaking process.  Some will because they will have personally partaken of it.  They will have experienced the tears that came with the peeling away of the layers.

I don't feel too golden today.  I feel a little bit like the little middle part of the onion that is too small to be an onion ring and gets chopped up and tossed on a burger instead, slimed with mustard and ketchup, buried beneath a pickle and a tomato, producing bad breath.  No oohs and aahs.  No one fights over the last bit of chopped onion.

I would rather be an ice cream sundae, but I turned out to be an onion.  Doesn't mean I can't be sanctified.  Our position on the menu doesn't determine our significance in God's plan.

I know that people are looking at my life day-to-day -- and have been for a good long period now -- for evidence.  Evidence of repentance.  Evidence of true faith.  Evidence of obedience.  Evidence of eradication. Evidence of resistance.  Evidence of a changed heart.  Evidence of His presence in my life. Evidence that I love God more than I love the world.  Evidence that I truly love them.

Evidence convicts . . . and evidence frees.  Evidence can be uncovered one layer a time, as life is peeled away and we are revealed as we truly are.  It's a painful process, but there seems to be no other way to become than to first be pulled apart, at least for me.

Peel away the past.  Peel away the excuses.  Peel away the justifications.  Peel away the anger.  Peel away the blaming.  Peel away the neediness.  Peel away the self-absorbed reflection.  Peel away the woefulness.  Peel away the emptiness.  Peel away the desires.  Peel away the stubbornness.  Peel away the hate . . . the fear . . . the self-loathing.  Gee whiz . . . no wonder it takes me so long to get down to the bare inner onion.  I built a lot of layers before I got tossed into the bag for processing.

Maybe I'm just hungry and that's lead me to all these tasty metaphors.  Or maybe, just maybe, I still hope and pray that God will take this mushy mess and make something golden out of it, building new layers out of repentance and redemption and restoration and truth and hope and faith and love and self-control and joy and peace and patience and kindness and goodness and faithfulness and gentleness.  I don't know . . . can an onion be a fruit?

His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. -- 2 Peter 1:3-4

I know that God truly has provided everything I need.  And many of the things I have given away through my sinfulness, He may yet restore.

I am hungry . . . 

I'll always remember the tears.

God Bless,

Thom

Ameicans Idol "I's" thier Idols


Idolatry Prevalent in American Culture, Says Seattle Pastor

The Ten Commandments may seem like archaic laws that need a little updating but they are as relevant today as they were several millennia ago, one pastor suggested.

"Let's Scrap the Ten Commandments," says John Weeks, a writer for San Bernardino County's The Sun. "Some of them are plain silly, based, as they are, upon ancient obsessions with farm animals and statues that most of us have moved well beyond.

"We don't work our oxes or donkeys on the sabbath, nor do we covet our neighbor's oxes or donkeys. And very few of us worship statues any more."

Though that may be true, many people today do not keep the Sabbath and some have replaced statues with pop icons, food or beauty.

Mark Driscoll, preaching pastor at Mars Hill Church in Seattle, defines an idol as something or someone that occupies the place of God in a person's life.

"[It's] preeminent, prominent, the center of your life, gives you identity, meaning, value, purpose, love, significance, security," he told ABC's Nightline. "When the Bible uses the word 'idol', that's what it's getting at."

"If you worship alcohol you become an alcoholic. If you worship food, you become a glutton. If you worship pleasure you become a sex addict," Driscoll continued. "All the modern vernacular is really not dealing with the root issue of idolatry: Something or someone is preeminent other than God."

The second commandment that "thou shalt have no other gods before me" may be the most relevant commandment of all, the Seattle pastor told ABC, which is doing a series on the Ten Commandments and how they apply to modern life.

Idolatry, he said, "shows itself in our culture in how we idolize celebrities, athletes, food, family, sex, money, relationships, and achievement – or rather, what we call American culture."

Human sacrifices during the Old Testament time may be equivalent to millions of people today sacrificing their health for their job, income or a certain lifestyle, he noted. Worshipping statues may be equivalent to the millions who mourned the death of pop star Michael Jackson this past summer.

"When his face is on your T-shirt and when you listen to his music for hours, when you give large sums of money to him personally, when his death causes you to go into a steep depression and you have a collection of memorabilia – I think if you walked in from another culture, you would say that's a very curious god they've chosen," Driscoll said to ABC.

Idolatry, he warned, ultimately destroys because the idols invariably disappoint. "They aren't perfect. They aren't continually faithful. They don't' endure forever," he said.

Offering Jesus as the answer to all of the idolatry, Driscoll said Jesus gives while idols take; Jesus gives new life while idols destroy life; and Jesus redeems and heals while idols break apart people and relationships.
ABC kicked off its Ten Commandment series last month with a debate between Pastor Ed Young of Fellowship Church in Grapevine, Texas, and AshleyMadison.com founder Noel Biderman on the topic of adultery. The segment on idolatry aired Monday.

Commit to your marriage ~ Mike MacIntosh

Commit to your marriage ~ Mike MacIntosh


Then He arose from there and came to the region of Judea by the other side of the Jordan. 

And multitudes gathered to Him again, and as He was accustomed, He taught them again. 

The Pharisees came and asked Him, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?" testing Him.

And He answered and said to them, "What did Moses command you?" They said, "Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce, and to dismiss her." And Jesus answered and said to them, "Because of the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept. But from the beginning of the creation, God 'made them male and female. 

For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate."
Mark 10:1-9


God hates divorce.

Why? 

Because He hates the pain that it brings into the heart of the wife and the husband. He hates the pain it brings into the spouses' parents. 

He hates the pain of the little boy or little girl crying, "

Is daddy ever coming home again?" 

He hates the pain it brings to the teenage son when he starts smoking, or drinking, and getting rebellious. He hates divorce because He knows that it brings pain. 

He doesn't hate you. He hates the fact that divorce rips apart something that was once joined together.

Satan knows that if he can get families to be torn apart, then the churches will be torn apart. The enemy knows that if he can keep hatred in the family, then there will be hatred in our nation and our world.

But on the flipside, if the home can be turned around towards God, then our churches, nation, and our world could all be turned around. 

If the littlest guy on the pecking order of our society could turn his own home around, then we know that all the working class could be turned around.

If the professors on the campuses would turn their homes around, then the classes they are teaching could be turned around, too. 

It starts with the heart of the home. 

What leaves your front door in the morning is what is going to affect our society.

Marriage is under attack and is losing ground by the day. 

Many now walk into marriage asking, 
"
How can he or she fulfill my needs?" 

With that kind of attitude and perspective, our marriages fail before they even start. We need to start fighting to restore love back into our relationships. 

Remember the marriage vows: "for better and for worse, richer and poorer, in sickness and in health." 

Nowhere does it say, "as long as we're both fulfilled." 

Self-fulfillment has become an underlying principle for the reasons people do many things in our society. So until we can crucify those thoughts, there cannot be revival in the body of Christ and in our nation.

Seek the Lord and His will for your marriage. 

For some, this may be a difficult task, but you need to start reading the Scriptures with your spouse. You need to be in the Word and praying together every day. The only thing that will fix marriages is the Lord Himself. God doesn't want to see your family in pain and misery. 

Be committed to your marriage.

Why hasn’t Jesus come yet? ~ Ron Graff

Sometimes, after a big event that awakens our interest in prophecy, people are very excited about the return of Jesus to take believers out of this world. It happened in the ‘50’s after Israel had become a nation against all odds, and in direct fulfillment of the predictions of Ezekiel chapters 36 and 37. 


It happened again in the ‘70’s when Calvary Chapel led the way in the “Jesus People” movement from the hippie culture to mature Christianity. We remember the bumper stickers of that era that said “In case of Rapture, this car will be unmanned!” 

Once again, interest was high from the beginning of the new millennium until a few months after the 9/11 attacks in New York and Washington D.C. 

Unfortunately, as time goes on, and Jesus has not yet returned, many people lose interest in prophecy. They often ask one another, “Why hasn’t Jesus come yet?”


The Apostle Peter addressed this same question in the First Century. Christians from every age have had this “blessed hope” (Titus 2:13), and some have become skeptical. He wrote:
First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, "Where is this 'coming' he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation."
- 2 Peter 3:3-4 (NIV) 


Peter reminded his readers about a similar situation thousands of years earlier, in the days of Noah. 

But they deliberately forget that long ago by God's word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.
-2 Peter 3:5-7 


Noah had spent about 100 years building the Ark, and all that time he was a “preacher of righteousness” calling his generation to repentance (2 Peter 2:5). But the longer the project took, the more disinterested the people became. 

Peter then explained that we can never know God’s timing, but we can be sure He will keep his promise as He always has! After all, the Lord is showing His goodness to wait until the very last person who would believe has had that opportunity.


But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 
-2 Peter 3:8-9 


Personally, I am just as excited about the Rapture as I was when I first learned about it as a teenager. We can’t know the date He will return, but one thing is certain: It is a lot closer now than it was when we first believed! 

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It’s almost over. Yes, Jesus IS Coming again. ~ Chuck Smith


After the long night—

And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: 
for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
The night is far spent, the day is at hand:
let us therefore cast off the works of darkness,
and let us put on the armor of light.

Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness,…not in strife and envying: but put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof (Romans 13:11–14). Jesus Christ never intended for His people to be taken by surprise at His coming. He intends for you to be totally aware of the time of His return, so that you would be watching, waiting, and ready when He comes again. Scriptures that refer to His coming again as “a thief in the night” do not refer to the way the church will experience His return, but to the way the world will see it.

The coming of Christ will take the world totally by surprise—but not the Christian.

Paul said, “But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that
the day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children
of the light” (1 Thessalonians 5:4, 5).

“Knowing the time.”

The children of the light know that the coming of the Lord is very near. We know we live
near the end, because God has placed so much evidence and proof in the world events around us—signs that are intended to alert us to the hour and the day in which we are living.

If the Jews of Jesus’ day had only known the time of His coming, they would never have rejected Him. They would have received Him.

Actually, the Jews should have been looking for their Messiah to come the very year Jesus Christ entered Jerusalem.

If they had been reading their Scriptures and had been properly taught the Word, they would have known exactly when the Messiah was due to appear.

Daniel had revealed that it would be 483 years from the time the commandment went forth to restore and rebuild Jerusalem to the coming of the Messiah the Prince. Since the commandment went forth in 445 B.C., the Jews should have been looking for their Messiah precisely when He arrived 483 years later. Daniel received this prophecy when he had been studying the Word of God. He knew that a dramatic year was arriving.

Daniel knew through studying the Scriptures that the 70 years of the Jews’ captivity in Babylon were about over, according to the prophecies of Jeremiah. Jeremiah 25:11 said, “[They] shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.” After some basic mathematics, Daniel knew the time of Israel’s repatriation had come. He started praying and seeking the Lord concerning any special part He had for Daniel in the return of the people to the land.

Because Daniel was familiar with the Scriptures, he was aware of the world events around him. If you’re in the Scriptures and studying the Word of God, then you should also be aware of the events that are happening in the world around you. You’ll be privileged to know what they really mean!

The problem with the Jews in Christ’s day was their lack of knowledge of the Scriptures. When Christ came they weren’t expecting Him. They were expecting their King to come with regalia on a white charger or in a great chariot. But the Scriptures had said, “Behold, thy King cometh unto thee…lowly, and riding upon a [donkey]” (Zechariah 9:9).

So, when Christ came riding on a donkey, they turned up their noses.

Today, we see people who are versed in so many areas of understanding, but they’re totally oblivious to the fact that we’re coming to the end of the line!

There is no reason why any believer should be taken by surprise when Jesus returns. Even as the Word of God gave so many signs and indications concerning His first coming, it also gives us many signs and indications of events that will be a forewarning of His second coming.

When I looked at the paper the other day, six of the seven articles on the front page were of prophetic significance!

They were prophesied in the Scriptures as events at the time of the return of Jesus Christ. All around us are signs and indications that the coming of the Lord is at the door. It’s amazing to me that so many Christians are planning their lives as if they’ll be here for at least another 20 years.

Do I believe the Lord will return within 20 years? You bet your life I do!

I don’t want to be around 20 years from now, anyway.
If what the ecologists say is true, it’s going to be avery unpleasant world 20 years from now!

Alerted

A young girl came up to me the other day and showed me her arm. There was a rash all over it. She said, “This is a fulfillment of Bible prophecy! I went to my doctor, and he said that this rash is a result of ultraviolet radiation. He said there are many cases of skin irritation due to ultraviolet radiation, because of the depletion of the ozone in the atmosphere.”

If those who have been warning us about the dangers of aerosol propellants are correct and we continue to deplete the ozone blanket, 20 years from now you won’t dare walk outside in the sun. If you decide to go to the store, you’ll have to travel in a little mobile cubicle with protective shields (See Revelation 16:8–9).

But you’re going to have a hard time propelling that little vehicle because, according to estimates, we’ll be out of fossil fuels by then. And the experts haven’t developed anything else which is even close to replacing fossil fuels as our major energy source.

According to an interesting book about these crises, scientists fed various factors and data regarding the world, its population, the food supply, the ability to grow food, etc., into a computer.

Each time this information was fed into the computer to find out what the world would be like 20 years from now, the computer said, “The world can’t last that long...there’s not enough fuel to take you there...the ozone will be depleted to the point where life will be totally endangered…the population will be so large that you’ll be unable to feed it.”

Actually, 15 million people are dying of starvation this year. Two out of three people being born will suffer permanent brain damage from lack of protein in their diets during the developmental years.

There are the exotic super-weapons that are being developed. How much longer can we go until one of these is released by accident or on purpose? The terrorists in Europe are now talking about stealing a nuclear device and using it as their next threat of blackmail.


There are devices that might even be worse than the nuclear weapons.

Our forces in Europe have been trained concerning a new nerve gas that has been developed by Russia. We have already received a kit with an anti-toxin for this gas. It contains a spring loaded needle. Hit yourself in
any part of your body and the needle will go right through your boots or your clothing and inject this serum into your body.

You have fifteen seconds from the time of exposure to the gas to inject the anti-toxin, or you’ll be too late. You have ten seconds to analyze and determine whether or not you’ve been exposed to the gas. If you use the anti-toxin when you haven’t actually been exposed to the gas, the antitoxin will kill you.

What kind of a world are we living in when we have only ten seconds to judge, and if we make a mistake we lose our life? What kind of world will it be 20 years from now? And who wants to try to exist in that kind of world! When you talk about the coming of the Lord, the world says, “You’re a prophet of doom!” If you ask me, a gloomy message is what the ecologists are saying about our future.

As I look around the world, I take great comfort in knowing that it won’t be long until the Lord comes!
I look around and see the turmoil. I see, as the Scripture says, “distress of nations, with perplexity” (Luke 21:25). The word “perplexity” translated from the Greek actually means “no way out.”

We don’t know what to do!
The economic experts are as confused as the public.
 They don’twant to admit it, because they’re afraid we’ll panic.

The Bible says that the night is far spent and the day is at hand (Romans 13:12a).

The night of evil, the night of misery, the night of darkness of man’s history is about over!

When I woke up just before dawn this morning, I looked outside. I could see vague outlines. I could make out the nearby trees. It was getting a little light in the eastern sky, just enough to see my way around. I knew that it wouldn’t be very long before the sky would be getting brighter and brighter. And then the day would dawn. Now there was a sign and evidence. The faint light in the eastern sky told me that the day was at hand.

When my wife and I were awaiting our first child, we came to the day the doctor said would be the probable date of birth.

But our child wasn’t born.
We waited another day.
Still, she wasn’t born.
We waited a third day, and she wasn’t born.

I didn’t throw down my hat and yell at my wife, “You deceived me! I don’t think you’re going to have a baby!”

No. I still believed that our baby was coming.

There were positive signs and evidences. I couldn’t tell you the day or the hour. I didn’t become an unbeliever just because it didn’t happen the day we thought it was going to happen. In fact, with every day that went by we knew that the baby’s arrival was more and more imminent. The Lord must be coming any time now.

We know that we’re getting closer with each passing day. That’s what Paul meant when he said, “Now is our salvation nearer than when we believed” (Romans 13:11).

Prepared

Realizing that the Lord’s coming is due at any moment, how should we live in these final days of grace?

First of all, Paul says that we should cast off the works of darkness.

These works are described as rioting, drunkenness, chambering (sexual immorality) and wantonness (sexual immorality with no shame), strife and envying. Christians living in this polluted world are under tremendous pressure. My mother used to say, “Son, any dead fish can float downstream with the current. It takes a live
fish to swim upstream against the current.”

She said, “You’ll be faced with a tide of evil, and the easy thing is to flow with it. But that only proves that you’re spiritually dead.” She said, “Be alive unto God. Be alive unto Jesus Christ. Dare to go against the tide!”

Thank God for mothers who give that kind of advice to their sons.

Every once in a while, I hear my wife quietly sobbing. I go into the room to see what’s wrong, and her hands will be over her face. She’s a very beautiful and sensitive person.

The newspaper will be in front of her. She’s so sensitive to people and to suffering that, when she reads some of the things that are happening today, it just tears her up inside. My wife has too much empathy for the tragic victims of this crazy world in which we live. She cries for that little child who’s been beaten or cruelly tortured and who doesn’t even know why.

Sometimes, I have to get up and turn off the television because her reaction is just too great. The stuff that people are doing is just so shocking that a sensitive person is completely torn up by it. It’s sad to me that our children, being exposed to it for so long, have somehow built up an immunity to the violence of these days.

In light of these things, how should a Christian then live?

“Let us put on the armor of light.” The literal phrase in the Greek is “weapons of light.”

Did you know that there are weapons of light?

Truth is a powerful weapon of light. What a power the man has who uses the weapon of light in a dark and evil world, the man who will not bow his knee to Molech, the god of the flesh, but who stands strong in the face of the corrupt society around him.

Another powerful weapon of light is love. We’re to put on love and let God’s love fill our hearts and our lives.

What is destroying our whole system? Greed. We want someone else to make the sacrifices. Let someone else quit their driving. I’m not willing to sacrifice. Look at the whole economic upward spiral. Why? Because the laborers are demanding higher wages in order to buy the higher priced goods.

The manufacturers are saying, “We’ve got to put higher prices on the merchandise so we can pay the higher
wages.” Greed drives inflation even higher.

Where’s it going to end?
It’s almost over!
The night is farspent.
The glorious day of the Lord is at hand!

Paul next exhorts, “Put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ.” He is the Light. Oh, that we will walk in His strength, His ability, and His power! It’s only through Him that we have any chance at all in this world in which we’re living.

If you don’t appropriate the power and strength of Jesus Christ, you’re a goner!

If you believe you’re only a product of accidental circumstances, a series of evolutionary changes, then life for you is meaningless. But life is real. Life is earnest. The grave is not the Christian’s goal. Dust thou art, to dust returneth was not spoken of your soul!

God has a plan and a purpose for you.

Put on the Lord Jesus Christ and discover the glorious life that God has for you.

Life with meaning, a life of beauty, a life of joy, a life of love, as we walk in the Spirit, and as we, through Him, become a light in this black, darkened world.

Make no provision to fulfill your flesh’s desires. Don’t give it an opportunity. If you do, it can take over and bring you under its power and control.

Knowing the time, it’s high time that we wake up.

It’s almost over.

The cry goes forth. “Behold, the bridegroom cometh” Jesus said to be ready!—for they that were ready went in to the marriage supper! (Matthew 25:6).

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