Creflo Dollar: Does God Allow Trials?

Does God Allow Trials? - Creflo Dollar - Creflo Dollar MinistriesHave you ever gone through a rough time in life, but later realized that God was actually trying to show you something about yourself through the experience? While it is true that God is love, He will sometimes use affliction and difficult situations to get your attention and cause you to focus on Him. Often, there is an area of your character that needs development. This may be a hard concept for some of us to accept, but even though God is a loving and merciful Father, He will allow us to go through things in order to discipline us and bring us into closer fellowship with Him.

Some people think that every trying circumstance is “from the devil” but this simply isn’t true. When I began to research the Word, I discovered there were people who went through trials and emerged better and more prepared to do God’s work. In the midst of challenges, they cried out to Him and learned to trust His sovereignty.

The prophet Jonah ignored God’s directions for His life, and had to go through a horrific situation before he acknowledged God and became willing to obey Him (Jonah 1–2). He cried out to the Lord in the midst of his affliction. God rescued him and he went on to fulfill God’s plan for his life. The Apostle Paul’s faith was strengthened and he learned the value of perseverance for the Kingdom of God through the things he suffered for the gospel (2 Corinthians 11:22–27; 2 Corinthians 4:8).

Trials also allow you the opportunity to exercise your faith. Just as a body builder cannot build bigger, stronger muscles without applying intense pressure to them, neither can you become a spiritual, faith giant unless you experience situations that force you to trust God’s Word. Psalm 119:71 says, “It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I might learn Your statutes” (The Amplified Bible). Our heavenly Father will allow us to go through things so that we can develop a relationship with His Word.

God allows trials in our lives because:

1. He loves us and wants us to be healed.

Many times our healing is in the midst of our challenges. It is there that we discover how and where we need to change, grow and be healed from past hurt and pain.

2. He wants our attention.

God loves us so much that when He sees us going in the wrong direction, He will allow something to happen that gets our attention and causes us to turn around. Then, He can show us a better way of doing things.

3. He wants every hindrance that keeps us from being fully yielded to Him, removed.

How do we know we have made certain things or people idols? We know when we are giving more attention to them than God. He will allow a trial to take place in your life to remove every hindrance that’s stopping you from focusing on your relationship with Him.

4. He wants us to love Him.

I know when rough times have occurred in my life, I was forced to increase my personal time with the Father and show Him I loved Him. At the end of the ordeal, I was much closer to God than I was before.

Don’t be so quick to blame every trial on the devil. Instead, examine your life and look for areas in which you may have let some things slip where your relationship with God is concerned. Allow Him to show you where you may have missed it and be quick to repent and turn around. Use trials as opportunities to grow spiritually and exercise faith. You will always come out the victor!

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Dr. Creflo Dollar: How Strong is Your Desire?

How Strong is Your Desire? - Creflo Dollar - Creflo Dollar MinistriesChange begins in your mind, and you have to desire it before it becomes a reality in your life. Napoleon Hill, author of the best—selling book, Think and Grow Rich, said “The starting point of all achievement is desire. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desires bring weak results, just as a small amount of fire makes a small amount of heat.” Even when we talk to God about our problems, we must have a true desire to see manifestation. The Bible says, “…What things so ever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them” (Mark 11:24).

In John, Chapter 5, the Bible gives an illustration of how important it is to have a desire to change our circumstances. There was a pool in Jerusalem, called Bethesda, and an angel would visit this pool during a certain season and trouble the water. Whoever stepped into the bubbling water was healed of whatever illness or infirmity he or she had. Many people flocked by the multitudes to this pool to be healed. Some of them were blind, impotent and crippled. These people would wait desperately by the pool for the angel to trouble the water; however, not everyone received their healing. It was their desire to be healed that made the difference.

John 5:5, in The Amplified Bible says, “There was a certain man there who had suffered with a deep—seated and lingering disorder for thirty—eight years.” Thirty–eight years is a long time to deal with a deep–seated and lingering disorder. It would be easy to take pity on the man. However, Jesus approached the situation differently. Having real compassion on the man, Jesus didn’t have a pity party with him but instead asked, “…Do you want to become well? [Are you really in earnest about getting well?] (John 5:6, The Amplified Bible).

What is the deep—seated and lingering disorder in your life? Is it a healing issue? Is it a habit from which you need deliverance? No matter what area of your life is affected by trouble, you must ask yourself today, “Do I really want to get rid of this? Do I really want to be set free from this problem that has haunted me for so long?” Just picture yourself at that pool. What would you say if Jesus asked you, “Do you really want to become well?” In John 5:7, the man replied that there was no one to put him into the pool when the water was troubled. Jesus told the man to get up, pick up his bed and walk. This man instantly became well and his strength was recovered when he took initiative and stepped out on his desire to change his situation.

Understand that excuses won’t get you anywhere. When you make excuses, you postpone your deliverance. Many times, you have to encourage and motivate yourself. You have to stir those desires in your heart and say to the Lord, “Yes, I really want it!” rather than make excuses. Consider these three reasons why people don’t desire to change:

1. They have a fear of change.

When you fear change, you believe you can’t change. You think your efforts are in vain and your endeavors will eventually fail. But in 2 Timothy 1:7, you will discover that God has not given you a spirit of fear. He has given you the power to change your circumstances.

2. They don’t want to admit their weaknesses.

Some people are simply too prideful or too embarrassed to admit they need to change in a certain area. Instead of confronting the issue, they refuse to admit they are weak in an area.

3. They don’t want to unsettle things.

Sometimes you have to shake things up a bit in order to see results. To become successful in life, you must realize it is necessary to come out of your comfort zone and do something different to get a different result.

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Creflo Dollar: The Heart of a Servant

Author: Creflo Dollar

Do you know what makes you successful in God’s Kingdom? Being a servant. Servant hood must be the distinguishing mark of every Believer. Jesus came to this Earth to serve mankind and demonstrate how to live a supernatural life. Even though He worked great miracles, raised the dead, healed the sick and set the captives free, He had no problem washing the feet of His disciples. He demonstrated what it meant to have the heart of a servant. God wants you to cultivate a servant’s heart as well. When you do, you position yourself for the promotion and increase that only comes from God.

Even though Jesus was God in the flesh, He was a servant. He put His feelings aside to meet the needs of others. He was totally committed to God. Your heavenly Father requires you to serve Him with everything you have; this includes your resources, time and money. Serving God will require a change in attitude, and a shift of focus from you to someone else. It challenges your flesh, but develops character.

A servant is not selfish or self–absorbed. He or she is concerned with serving others and the Kingdom of God, more than they are with serving themselves. A true servant is someone who makes himself available to God, even if it means he is inconvenienced. Servants look for opportunities to help someone else.

One area where people often withhold their servanthood is in their finances and wealth. Whether you realize it or not, God blesses you with prosperity so that you can be a blessing to others. Yes, He does want you to live a prosperous lifestyle and enjoy the things He has given you; however, the ultimate goal of your material prosperity should be to serve God.

When God speaks to you to give something to someone, it shouldn’t even be a question. Can He trust you to give when He tells you to, even if it requires you giving something that is precious to you? Too many times, people are selfish with their “things,” and are misled into thinking their prosperity is just for them. It’s not. It is important to understand that prosperity is directly connected to servanthood. The only way to prosper is to have a servant’s heart. This way, God can always trust that He can put more into your hands because you are not afraid of releasing it back to Him.

A true servant rejoices in his prosperity because he knows that it greatly impacts his ability to serve the Lord. Psalm 35:27 explains it clearly saying, “… Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.” When you are a servant of God, He takes pleasure in prospering you. He will increase you so that you can use what He has given you to advance His purposes on Earth.

Your attitude is just as important, if not more important, than your acts of service themselves. Many people think they’re serving God just because they do a good deed every now and then. However, if you are serving with the wrong attitude or motive, you are merely going through the motions. It takes more than just actions to be considered a servant of God. A servant has a great attitude, and serves the Lord with joy (Psalm 2:11, AMP).

A servant’s heart is revealed in the little things he or she does. A servant is true to the Word of God, and serves Him first and foremost by being obedient to His Word. He serves his employer, pastor and others as though he is serving God (Ephesians 6:5 – 8). He understands that the Lord is his rewarder, and expects promotion to come from God.

Greatness in the Kingdom is determined by servanthood. Matthew 23:11 (The New Living Translation) says, “The greatest among you must be a servant.” Jesus, our champion, was a servant (Philippians 2:7). He came to the Earth to serve, not to be served. With Jesus as our great example, we should aspire to develop a servant’s heart. We should always be asking what we can do for others, rather than what others can do for us.

When you walk in love, and purpose to serve others, you demonstrate the character of Jesus. God has empowered us to serve others in the same capacity as Jesus did. Pay attention to others’ needs and make yourself available. Put serving God above your schedule, and allow Him to use you to be a blessing to someone else.

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Creflo Dollar: Becoming a Servant

Author: Creflo Dollar

Being a Christian is more than just coming to church. You can wear a Christian t–shirt, but that doesn’t mean you are demonstrating the character and qualities that God desires to see in your life. Being a Christian is about relationship and living a lifestyle of love. It is about laying your life down and becoming a servant. Getting rid of selfishness should be the distinguishing mark of every Believer. It is about learning to take up your cross, as Jesus said, and following Him wholeheartedly. When you let your will die, God’s will is expressed through you.

Servant hood requires a mental shift. It means moving from a self—focused life to a God—focused life. The servant is the person who is willing to be inconvenienced for the sake of furthering the Kingdom of God by helping someone else. Learning to practice a servant hood mentality builds your character and cultivates the love of God in your heart.

Jesus is our Lord and Master, but He was also a master servant when He walked the Earth. Jesus knew the value of servanthood and He demonstrated it to His disciples. Before Jesus was crucified, He showed His love for the disciples by washing their feet. John 13: 3–5, 12–14 describes the scene:

Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded…So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.

This demonstration of servanthood was done to show us how we are to treat one another. Jesus had no problem taking on a servant role, even though He was God in the flesh!

God has always served man because His heart is love. His ultimate act of servanthood was sending Jesus to die for our sins (John 3:16). This great act of serving mankind is why we, in turn, should serve Him and others. As His children, we are to model His behavior.

Jesus talked about servanthood in the Gospels. In Matthew 23:11 He says, ” But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.” And Mark 10:44 says, “And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.” Clearly, being a servant is the path to being elevated.

So what exactly does it mean to die to self? Very simply, it means to put God’s plans, purposes and pursuits above your own. It means to turn away from those thoughts, emotions and temptations that go against God’s Word. When you have a servant’s heart, you will be more concerned with pleasing God than you are with pleasing and gratifying yourself.

Jesus could have chosen His will over the Father’s will when He faced His crucifixion. In fact, the Word says that He was so troubled at what He faced, that He wanted to die in the Garden of Gethsemane (Mark 14:33, 34). But at the end of the day, Jesus chose the will of God for His life over His own feelings (v. 36). As a result, we can now enjoy the many benefits of salvation.

Selfishness is the mindset that says, “Me first.” But servanthood says, “You first.” Here are some characteristics of a servant’s heart that we should strive for:

Servants make themselves available to God to serve.

Servants do what is needed, even when it is inconvenient.

Servants see interruptions as opportunities to practice serving others.

Servants pay attention to others’ needs.

No task is beneath a servant.

In which areas of your life do you need to develop more of a servant’s heart? With your spouse, children or on the job? Maybe it is in the area of giving financially or being willing to be inconvenienced when a friend or loved one needs your help. We can all improve when it comes to dying to selfishness and letting the love of God reign in our hearts.

God will never forget what you have done to serve Him and others. By making a quality decision to walk in His love and place His agenda before your own, you will be a genuine demonstration of the character of Jesus.

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Dr. Creflo Dollar: Heaven Bound

Heaven Bound - Creflo Dollar - Creflo Dollar MinistriesIs God real? What about Satan? Is Heaven a literal place of existence? What about Hell? Everyday millions of people ponder these same questions. Struggling to gain truth of this matter is a reality for Believers and unbelievers alike. Millions of people believe life ends at death. They’ve concluded that death means sleeping and existing in a state of nothingness. However, the reality according to God’s Word is the grave is not the end!

As humans, we’re born into this physical world. We’re educated in this physical world, and therefore we only understand the things of this world. However, physical training does not equip us with the ability to comprehend spiritual things like the reality of life after death.

In order to understand this complex topic we must explore and understand the anatomy of man. Man is a spirit being—he doesn’t have a spirit, he is a spirit. He possesses a soul, where his emotions and intellect reside; and he lives in a physical body.

Because we live in a physical world, we’ve been trained to believe the physical body we see is our entire existence, but that’s untrue. The spirit of man is eternal—it lives forever. When we die, our spirit and soul separates from our physical body. Once that happens, we separate from the physical world, and are immediately born into the spirit world, where our spirit and soul will live forever.

Heaven, Hell, angels, and demons exist in the spirit realm, and when we depart from this physical realm and enter the spiritual realm, we will see the reality of this truth. The Bible says to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. However this is only true for the person who is born again. For the person who is not born again, being absent from the body is to be present in Hell.

So what happens to the person who refuses to accept this truth, and dies having been bewitched by the world into thinking that Heaven and Hell aren’t real? The harsh reality of their self—made reservation to Hell will quickly set in, and the truth they’ve heard and rejected will torment them for eternity. Don’t let this happen to you!

I urge you to decide to make Jesus the Lord of your life now! Don’t allow another day to pass without knowing with certainty that you’re Heaven bound. Now is the acceptable time. You can be born again right now, wherever you are, by realizing and admitting that you are a sinner. Repent and ask God to forgive your sins; change your heart, your mind, and your direction. Then, confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead. Once you complete these simple steps you’re saved and on your way to Heaven. Get connected to a Bible—based church, and allow the power of God to transform your life. You’ll be glad you did!

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Creflo Dollar: Do All Religions Lead to God?

Do All Religions Lead to God? - Creflo DollarChristianity, Scientology, Buddhism, Hinduism, Calvinism, Mormonism, Islam, what’s the difference? With great sensitivity, I embark on answering the age—old question many have pondered for centuries—Do all religions lead to God? As a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, most of the world already knows my stance on this subject. Yet in this article my aim is not to bombard you with my personal thoughts, but rather give you information to consider if you or someone you know is struggling for a conclusion on this matter.

Rick Warren, a pastor and best—selling Christian author, offers an interesting interpretation to this highly debated inquiry. In response to the question, Do all religions lead to God, Warren answers: “Can I go into a phone booth and dial any phone number and get home? No, there’s only one number that’ll get me home. I could be sincere, but I could be sincerely wrong. The truth is, all roads don’t lead to Rome and all roads and all religions don’t lead to God“.

What a powerful statement! For those of you who need a reason to believe the Word, this statement will most certainly give you one. Although somewhat simplistic, Warren’s statement accurately supports the factuality of there being a solitary way to connect with God.

So how does one decide what’s the way to God? Should he or she research what religion has the best philosophies, or compare each religion to see which one makes the most sense? While some of my more theologically—inclined colleagues might applaud you for such efforts, I believe such research will subject you to the reasoning of men, and ultimately lead you away from the truth.

You connect with God by faith, not reasoning, which is why many people find it hard to understand me or accept my style of teaching. I don’t reason with the Bible, I just believe it. No one else in history, besides Jesus, died an agonizing death so I could be spared from Hell’s fire. Mohammad, Buddha, or the Dalai Lama did not give their life for me, so why should I follow them?

The one thing I want you to get out of this article is an understanding that Heaven is real, and so is Hell; when we die, we’re going to one or the other. So it’s time to stop the endless debates, and listen to Jesus—the only One who has died, went to Hell, and came back to tell about it! If you’re reading this article, I urge you to open your heart and let Jesus in. He’ll give you answers you’ve desired. Receive Him today, and allow Him to prove Himself to you; not because He has to, but because He loves you.

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Creflo Dollar: The Woman You’ve Always Wanted to Be

The Woman You've Always Wanted to Be - Creflo Dollar - Creflo Dollar MinistriesBeing a woman in our current society is tough. TV shows, magazines, movies, and other media outlets attempt to convince women to measure themselves according to society’s standards. However, doing so limits the beauty of a woman. According to the world, you have to be a certain size, height, skin tone and have a certain type of hairstyle or clothing style to be considered beautiful. What does a woman do to uphold her self-image in a world where advertisements are flooded with influences that promote worldly beauty? That’s where she draws the line by refusing to conform to society’s image of beauty and renews her mind with the Word of God.

Due to impossible worldly standards, countless women have developed a poor self–image. Fear of not measuring up has caused them to develop harmful habits to prove their beauty and self—worth. For example, some women may spend all their money trying to keep up with the latest styles in beauty, fashion, and nearly starving themselves just to be thin. However, this type of behavior almost always leads to self-destruction.

Women who have problems with their self–image are often bitter, angry and attitudinal. When a woman doesn’t know how to treat herself, she will most likely mistreat others. The Bible tells us to love our neighbors as ourselves. However, if you’ve never learned to love yourself, you can’t possibly love anyone else.

Proverbs 31 is an excellent guide for all women, because this woman doesn’t suffer from a poor self—image. Interestingly, the proverb doesn’t describe this woman’s physical appearance, yet by her works we see her beauty radiated from within. I’m not saying run yourself into the ground trying to do everything this woman did! However, take note of how she lived her life and became a woman who was celebrated above all women. She was a woman of elegance and extraordinary intelligence because she honored God.

Proverbs 31:10 says the price of a virtuous woman is far above rubies. She is rare, precious, and esteemed above treasured jewels. As a woman, you have to understand your worth according to God’s Word. You can be the woman you’ve always wanted to be when you begin to see yourself as God sees you.

Make a quality decision to define your standard of beauty by the Word of God. When your self–confidence comes as a result of a personal relationship with God, you’ll realize that you’re loved, precious, and beautiful in His sight!

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Creflo Dollar: Changing, Growing, Becoming!

Changing, Growing, Becoming! - Creflo Dollar - Creflo Dollar MinistriesI came across a quote today that profoundly impacted me. The quote, from Charles Dubois, epitomizes the life of a Christian. It says, “The most important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.” Wow! I can’t think of a better quote that precisely and insightfully captures the true calling of Christianity.

Are you willing to sacrifice what you are now, in order to become what God has called you to be? If you’re a Christian, this is a question you need to honestly ask yourself. If your answer is no, you’ll remain stagnant in your current state—never experiencing the result of change or the beauty of growth.

For a born—again Christian, change is a necessary and perpetual facet of life. In order to become everything God has called us to be, not only do we have to embrace change, we have to learn to love it. God makes masterpieces on the canvas of our lives; and everyday we have the opportunity to work with Him in creating a work of art. By the leading of His Spirit, we must be willing to make the necessary adjustments so God can continue the work He started in us.

Do you know what happens to a person who becomes so complacent in their current existence they refuse to change? They never grow, and in extreme cases, they live their entire life with unfulfilled greatness. Don’t let that be your story!

Jesus was a great example of what it means to sacrifice what we are, for what we can become. He embodied change, and allowed His entire life to be a sacrifice. As a result, He now sits at the right hand of the Father. Notice, however, what He ultimately achieved began with His willingness to lay down all for God’s will.

Just think, if Jesus hadn’t willingly sacrificed His life, you and I would not have unrestricted access to the Father. I don’t know about you, but the sacrifice Jesus made motivates me to sacrifice what I am, so I can grow and become what God has destined me to be.

Do you really want to grow into the person God’s called you to be? Because if you do, then change is the order of business! Don’t be consumed with what you are right now; submit your life to God as a sacrifice, and focus on what you will become.

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Dr. Creflo Dollar: Your Way out

Your Way out - Creflo Dollar - Creflo Dollar MinistriesYour deliverance from negative situations lies in your refusal to neglect what God has spoken to you through His Word. Whether it pertains to your health, finances, or church attendance, it is important that you heed the directions God gives you. To neglect is to “treat without regard or attention.” When you neglect the Word of God, you reduce its importance. Instead of it being the final authority in your life, it now becomes just another book you pick up every now and then. Hebrews 2:1-3 says: Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. For if the word spoken by angels was steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward; How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him. The Greek word for salvation is soteria, which means protection, provision, wealth, wisdom, soundness, and health. In other words, it includes total life prosperity. The Bible admonishes us to pay attention to the covenant rights we have received through salvation. How do you keep from neglecting your salvation? Look at Romans 8:1. “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”

When you diligently practice and meditate on the Word, you are able to put to death the desires of your flesh. By obeying God’s instructions, you maintain wholeness in every area of your life. Satan wants you to disregard the salvation Jesus purchased for you. Neglect is a tool he uses to accomplish his mission. However, 1 Timothy 4:14, 15 says, “Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.” Remember, neglect never allows you to resolve your dilemma. In order for you to rise above obstacles, you must maintain your stance in Christ by practicing the truths you learn. Revisit the areas in your life that have been neglected, such as prayer, reading God’s Word, and so on. Once you get back on track, you are sure to experience the abundant life promised in John 10:10!

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Creflo Dollar: Grace and the Law

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by: Creflo Dollar

When we struggle with issues that are too big to handle on our own, maybe it’s time to turn them over to God. Many of us have a tendency to do everything ourselves, and then get frustrated when things don’t improve. On a spiritual level, this is called operating under the Law, instead of under grace. You may have heard the term “Let go and let God,” which simply means having the wisdom to allow Him to handle our problems as only He can.

God’s wisdom is not the world’s wisdom, and we can’t begin to understand His comprehensive plans and purposes. Instead of trying to force things to happen through our own works, relying on His grace yields better results. By their very nature, our works are dependent on the Law. Jesus is Grace, and trusting in Him empowers our lives.

During the time of Moses, the people didn’t have grace yet; they only had a pair of stone tablets to govern their actions. Anyone not following the Law was condemned to death. But when Jesus came and fulfilled the laws of old, He breathed life into them (Hebrews 10:16, NIV). Jesus’ laws are based on life, not death, and they govern our hearts.

It takes courage to step out in faith and trust that God’s grace will be sufficient to carry us through. But when we reflect on the implications of Jesus’ finished works, we can begin to see the big picture. God is love, and Jesus was the Father’s love in human form. His entire ministry on earth was about His love for us.

God’s love is big and powerful, victorious and all-encompassing. The world operates under the Law in fear and defeat, but under the Law the magnitude of His grace is not recognized. Jesus is Grace Himself, but the world doesn’t know Him or realize the need for Him in all situations. When we take Him into our hearts and realize that we no longer have to live in fear of condemnation, we also are set apart from the world (John 14:17, AMP).

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