Because He Lives . . . conclusion

The Truth of the Matter

Those who have never accepted Jesus as their personal Savior don’t know what it’s like to walk with the Protector of our Souls. Jesus walks behind us to guard our backs, He walks beside us as our Friend, and He moves before us to guide us in the right direction, while pushing our enemies aside. And a Shepherd to His flock.

How awesome is that?

It’s rather difficult for those who don’t know Him as their personal Savior to understand what it’s like to be picked up when we fall down . . . to carry us when we’re not strong enough to walk . . . and to be a light unto our path when we’re going through dark and difficult times in our lives.

I don’t believe that society has a race problem or a division problem or even an envious of the wealthy problem. I believe our society has a heart problem–hearts filled with hate, resentment, envy, lying tongues, gossiping, and belief in the propaganda that the media grinds out on a daily basis.

Prescious time wasted.

There is an answer: hope in Jesus the Christ.

What exactly does this mean? It means that those who have accepted Jesus as their personal Savior know that real hope doesn’t end on earth. This world doesn’t own hope. Heaven owns hope, and because the final destination for the believer is in heaven to spend eternity with Jesus. The story of hope continues after death. This is the reason there will always be hope even though we may all experience hopelessness. There is always hope in Jesus.

So we can face the future because Jesus lives. Because of Him we have the good news of salvation to share with the world.

The most wonderful part is that this hope is for everyone and is offered to everyone if they  will accept Jesus as Savior. It is my prayer that the world would come to know Him as I do. It is my prayer that we as Christ-followers will not be ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ, “for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘But the righteous man shall live by faith'” (Romans 1:16-17 NASB).

Our enemies have no chance against us, and we can play a part to help change hearts and lives by guiding people toward Jesus.

I close this post with some of my favorite verses in the Bible:

Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peach; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, wich is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching there unto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me [the Apostle Paul], that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel. (Eph.6:13-19

 

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Because He Lives

“For the Lord your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you” –Deuteronomy 20:4

ENEMIES.

Our enemies are all around us; sometimes noticed, and sometimes unnoticed. Those we can see have faces. Those we can’t see lurk and hide in dark places. “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12).

These unseen forces wait for us to stumble, hoping that we take our eyes off Jesus. Some have no faces, but they do have names: Discouragement. Self-pity. Resentment. Hate. Jealousy. Envy. Depression.  Finger-pointing.

Many know these types of enemies because they can become relentless toward bringing us down. Our enemies try to rid the marketplace of Jesus, God’s one and only Son. They’ve tried to destroy our freedom of religion. Our enemies believe that once Jesus is taken out of the way, they will have won the battle, and they will believe they will be in control at last.

Evidently, they are not privy to Isaiah 59:19, “So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him?”

How awesome is this!

Our Enemies’ Goal.

Nehemiah’s enemies tried to prevent the wall around Jerusalem from being rebuilt. They said, “They will not know or see until we come among them, kill them and put a stop to their work” (Neh. 4:11 NASB). Although written a long time ago, this verse demonstrates how our enemies think.

Enemies of God’s people will cause as much havoc as they can, attempting to do whatever is necessary to steal our hope and stop us from doing His work. They want us to believe that they have won the battle before it’s even over in order to discourage us. Hope is a strong emotion; but when it has been lost, depression and discouragement fills the gap. One of the main goals of our enemies is to convince us that our situation is hopeless.

Hopelessness steals life from our hearts. It can destroy our emotions and cause people to do things they might never do otherwise. Hopelessness is a thief and tries to steal your soul.

But, there is always hope no matter how far off it seems.

Nothing or no one has the power to steal or destroy our hope unless we allow it. This is because Jesus lives and He gives us the strength to overcome! The song Because He Lives (one of my all-time favortie hymns) by Bill and Gloria Gaither is a song I hold close in my heart. It’s a song that has gotten me through some rough times, and whenever I hear it or sing it, I always know there is hope. It’s the song I still find myself singing now and then and fills me with joyful emotion. I know He lives, and I know I can face tomorrow. And you can, too.

Jesus does, indeed, make life worth living . . .

The Truth of the Matter . . . to be continued

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Walls

“Jesus said, ‘I am the light of the world: he who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.'”  John 8:12

Emptiness. Anger. Hate. Intolerance. Envy. Jealousy. Resentment. Depression. Broken hearts. Everyone has felt these emotions at one time or another. I’ve had good times and bad times. Some days shine bright, and some days the storm clouds can easily roll in.

And so goes the circle of life. When life takes a nosedive, something causes it. When this happens, if you peel back some layers you may discover the root cause of your dilemma.

When I look back, I discovered that sometimes my greatest obstacle was me–not always, but sometimes. When we decide to get out of our own way and let go of our past then we begin to conquer our problems and begin tearing down the walls that have entrapped us.

Is Your Life Broken?…Are you in a place where you’d rather not be?

“I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” —John 10:10. This is a promise.

Do your troubled hours seem to blur into days, days into months, months into years without much change? Does depression seem to keep you a prisoner, leaving you feeling hopeless?

If this is where you are, take a breath, and take the first step to break the link in the chain. But you must change the way you think about about yourself and your life. If you feel that you need to get outside help then seek help. Maybe no one can help to change your situation but there are people who care about helping you.

Jesus cares.

I care.

I’m no scholar or college professor, I have no doctorate degree, and I’m not an ordained minister. I’m someone who’s faced the highs and lows of life, and I know what it’s like to go through endless trials. But trials help strengthen us to make us stronger. God never promised that we wouldn’t have trials, but He has promised us that He would walk through them with us. The New Testament says, “Consider it all joy, my brethern, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing” (James 1:2-4).

A perfect result. I think we’ve all felt like we’ve been kicked around and have had our hearts trampled by thoughtless words or deeds, which can force us to build walls to keep people out. But we don’t have to allow these circumstances to keep people out of our lives, or allow such circumstances to define us. What defines us is how we choose to deal with those trials.

By tearing down the walls that keep us from pressing forward, by taking deep breath, we will then be stepping in the right direction.

God is a God of many chances. His patience is great. He’s forgiving, and His mercies are new every morning. He’s there even when we don’t feel His presense. Turn to Him. Ask Him to give you the strength escape the valley so you can stand on the mountian again.

Begin your journey today. Evaluate your life. Then take the first step to change what isn’t working in your life, and begin a new plan: take a clean canvas and paint a new beginning. And through this process, and you will begin to discover your purpose.

If you feel you need a gentle nudge to begin a new journey, or you need to renew your hope, please check out my Hurting Hearts video here, https://www.debra-erickson.com/videos or, my latest book, here, “Hurting Hearts Need a Light.”

Be blessed.

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Are You Building A Foundation For Your Life?

I don’t like to write long posts anymore because people have a lot of things going on. So, I’ll keep this short and to the point. 🙂

This generation has been given a unique gift and wonderful opportunity to have a platform where we are able to communicate to the world in an instant.

Many years ago, missionaries were sent to the four corners of the world in order to spread the good news of Jesus Christ. When I was young, I thought about how hard it was for missionaries to have to pack up their families to go to the mission fields where they believed were God-led. This was really the best way to witness to the world.

While there is still missionary work being done today, there are mission trips available. Instead of moving families across the world for months, and sometimes years, people can now go with other groups for shorter periods of time.

Years later, we now have the internet and with the internet comes the technology of websites, Facebook, and Twitter as a means to communicate with people around the world in the blink of an eye, which makes it effortless by clicking “send”: our message is delivered.

However, as with most technology, along with the good comes the bad. The internet is being used to 1) exploit children, 2) people who inundate the web to entice hopeless women to get abortions, 3) people who spread satanism and pornogrophy, and, 4) those who are pansters who spread political fake news, lies, and propaganda, and the list goes on.

But on a bright note, the internet is also being used for good. Many Christians are able to spread the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ around the world in a split second. The Bible says that Jesus won’t return until every ear has been presented with the good news of the gospel, so with the internet, this is not as daunting a task as it once was when we sent out missionaries.

Therefore, wouldn’t it be great if we could use the internet as a tool to spread so much good that we could eventually choke out the bad? (I know, hopeful thinking) But for those of you who may be wondering what to do with your life, it wouldn’t take a lot of time to write a quick post–maybe a minute. Even if it’s once a week that would only add up to 52 minutes a year!

It would not only be good for others, wouldn’t it also be good for you? Giving you a sense of self-satisfaction in knowing that you’re encouraging others in order to make a difference in the world one small step (minute) at a time?

There is a huge mission field beond us, and we can use the internet as a tool to spread the good news.

Maybe this is the day to try something new. Give it a shot! You’ve got nothing to lose.

 

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Sheep Among Wolves (con’t) How Do We Overcome?

We’re reminded in Psalm 23 that Jesus is our Shepherd. David knew well who his Shepherd was, and he depended on God for strength and courage to go through “the valley of the shadow of death” (v.4)

We must do the same.

How do we overcome?

By accepting Christ as your personal Savior, and by relying on God’s strength and grace. By praying. By reading God’s Word. By having relationships with other Christians; being around those who love and care for you the way Christ loves and cares for His church. And then trusting Him to guide you and sustain you through life’s storms.

Let us not give the “wolves” the opportunity to wreak havoc in our lives because they’re out there, lurking about.

It is my prayer that we stand strong with the sword and shield of God’s Word. Our Lord provides for us, and He will keep the wolves at bay if we trust Him and ask Him to help us discern the good from the bad. God’s grace will help us if we lean on the Good Shepherd.  God’s grace will carry us through. He loves you. He loves me. He loves us enough to protect us from harm.

Jesus is the answer.

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Sheep Among Wolves

“I am the good Shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.”  John 10:11 NASV

Social media strives diligently to hijack our thoughts, feelings, and actions , especially those of our children’s. Propaganda is growing around the world and has become a boiling pot of lies with the soul intention of trying to deceive the weak and helpless.

Truth is becoming obscure. But there is hope.

How did we get to this point?

Take wolves. Wolves are social animals that travel in packs, and each pack has a leader called the alpha male. They are nocturnal; they sleep in the day and roam freely at night while seeking their prey. They are carnivores: meat eaters. They are stronger in numbers, and wolves assess their situation before leaping into action.

To make an analogy, sadly, we have human wolves roaming our country. They disguise themselves as social media pundits, wealthy politicians, college professors, Hollywood elites, and late night hosts who strive to promote their social and political agendas–not all but many. Many have changed our history.

Human wolves –many times dressed in sheep’s clothing–seek to prey on the sheep of the world, especially those who appear weak, and those who haven’t the strength to fight back will pay the price.

Like real wolves, human wolves don’t stay in one place too long. They’re known to travel up to twelves miles a day; but in our society they can travel the world in the blink of an eye through our modern means of communication. They communicate by howling, barking, growling, whining, and disrupting the calm, causing havoc wherever they go.

THE NEED FOR A SHEPHERD

On the tender side of the animal kingdom are the  sheep. Sheep must rely heavily on their master–the Good Shepherd–to take care of them. Some may think this is a sign of weakness when in fact it’s their greatest strength, because the Bible says, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” (Phil 1:13 NASV). A shepherd works day and night to protect his sheep because he knows the dangers that lurk.

Sheep need endless attention and the utmost care. Their masters must keep a vigilant watch. And because of the disproportionate weight of their bodies, they can fall down, roll over, which makes it impossible for them to get up without the help of their shepherd. They will flail, bleat, and fight to right themselves, but if their master doesn’t rescue them in time, gas collects in their four-compartment stomach, eventually suffocating them. This is the description of cast down sheep.

King David knew how it felt to be cast down (Ps. 42:11 NASV). Some shepherds go to great lengths to provide their flock with the best of everything: plentiful grazing of green pastures, unlimited water sources, keeping pests away, and so on. Just like Jesus does with those who belong to Him.

There are other managers who do little to care for their flock because all they care about is what’s in it for them: profit from the fleece. And as a result, the flock suffers and flounders among the thorns.  When a shepherd neglects his sheep, and doesn’t keep a vigilant watch, the sheep are subject to falling prey to wolves, dogs, cougars, or rustlers. Sheep are at the mercy of their keepers.

We are like sheep. We are easily distracted, and we can become unaware of what is going on around us as we rifle through life on a daily basis. We live in our little pastures, feeling safe and secure as we graze on the green richness of God’s blessings, unaware that there are wolves prowling about and trying to find a way to attack.

These wolves are not just at our back doors or looking through our fences, they’ve broken down the gates to our communities and are roaming free, seeking those whom they can devour. 

These are our true enemies, and we are their prey. They have crossed the line, filled with fury and rage because they are hungry for souls they can deceive in order to bring them to their side. They won’t stop until they devour the weak and helpless. Their only mission is to seek and destroy.

While the sheep have been asleep, the wolves have crept in and pillaged our towns, cities, and villages. It is time for all timid sheep to wipe their sleepy eyes, and realize that the wolves can no longer be ignored. They must be driven out of our towns and communities…

*to be continued

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Unexpected Crisis

Unexpected pregnancy.

There is no problem too big that you and God can’t handle together

It can’t shouldn’t be undone.

Life can and does get in the way of our hopes, dreams, and plans. Women in a crisis pregnancy walks into a clinic hoping to find a quick answer to her problem: she’s pregnant, and she feels there is no way of escape. Her world has been turned upside down as she faces the consequences of her actions. Planned Parenthood will most likely offer her only one option in spite of what many think: Abort. But, in the woman’s heart, she knows that she can either keep her baby or give it up for adoption.

Some reasons for choosing abortion can vary:

  • Incest or rape
  • Fetal abnormalities
  • Doctor advised against it due to health
  • Didn’t want to be a single parent
  • Couldn’t afford a child
  • A child would interfere with plans for the future.

Many women facing a crisis pregnancy can become confused, fearful, angry, guilty, depressed, suicidal, hopeless, and in most cases feel worthless. These emotions are understandable, but many women aren’t given the opportunity to know all their options, or to even receive an ultrasound. 

Women who find themselves in this situation need help. We need to offer hope, reduce their anxiety, and reassure them that there is no problem too big for God. As we listen to their stories and their fears, allowing them to speak, we can encourage them to save their baby.

ADOPTION IS AN OPTION

Tim, an adoptive father, says, “As an adoptive father myself, it hurts me every time I hear and know of an abortion, because that is one less baby to go to a childless couple, like we were, who desperately want one.”

Teri, an adoptive mother, says their adopted son, Pat, “has been such a joy for us . . . he makes us laugh . . . and we’re so grateful his birth parents didn’t abort him.” Their son is now 32 years old.

Heidi, who is not only an adoptive parent but also an adoptee, says, “Adoption for me is everything that I am, everything that I was meant to be and what my children will see as who we are as a family. It has unfolded not only the gift of life for me as an adoptee, but gave me the gift of motherhood 35 years later.”

There are organizations who are ready to help women who find themselves in an unwanted pregnancy. And many childless couples pray and are waiting to adopt so they can feel  the joy of a child to love.  Each adoption is unique and the process time may vary from one adoption to another, but it is worth the wait not only for the adoptive parents, but for a precious child.

Some places who can help

Texas Christian Adoption Agency. 817-491-2367. In a lot of cases, the birth parent(s) can stay abreast of their child’s development through the years.

Bethany.org

Adoption Accociates.net

If you live in or around the Michiana area, you can contact Lifeplan at 269-684-6200 in Niles, Michigan, or visit their website at LifePlan. They offer pre and post assistance for those wishing to keep their baby by providing material goods and emotional support throughout the pregnancy not only for the woman, but also for the father. They will also help to guide you with the adoption process.

These places may also supply adoption information in your state.

If you are in a crisis pregnancy, or if you know someone who is, please help by passing this information along to let them know that their situation isn’t hopeless. Encourage them toward adoption.

There is no better time or greater time than to go see the movie, Unplanned, that will hit theaters March 29th, 2019. It’s the heartwarming story of Abbey Johnson, former Director at Planned Parenthood. “What she saw changed everything.” She walked out and devoted her life to help women make the right choice through compassion and love to keep her child. Hopefully, her message will resonate throughout this great land and the world.

You can listen to her story here on the Lucas Miles Show when he had an opportunity to sit down with Abbey to hear her heartwarming story.

Also, please watch the movie trailer of Unplanned by clicking on the link below:

https://www.facebook.com/UnplannedMovie/videos/745417559178190/?v=745417559178190

If we are ever to come together as a civilized nation again, this is the time, and this is the event. Please go see the movie. Take someone with you. Stand on the side of life. Please, make your voice heard. God will honor even a quiet voice. Be part of saving the life of a baby.

Pray for our nation. Pray for our children.

“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” ~ Philippians 4:6 KJV

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Free Monday

Hurting hearts also need hope

Do you feel as though there is no light at the end of your tunnel? You’ve lost joy? And hope?

When darkness clouds your days, and you feel as though life isn’t worth living, look up. We aren’t just taking up space for no good reason. We were born with a God-given purpose; a purpose that gives hope to a weary heart, which then gives us joy.

Hurting Hearts Need A Light isn’t a step-by-step guide to instant success, but it’s to help turn you in a direction that offers hope and encouragement so you might find your purpose.

Take a deep breath, step onto a new path, and take a step toward a brighter future.

As promised, I am offering my free ebook, Hurting Hearts Need a Light, on Amazon today, Monday, December 3, 2018.

Get your copy today. If you think someone could benefit from it, it would make a wonderful Christmas gift to give.

Also available in paperback for $5.99

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Hurting Hearts Need a Light

Have you lost light at the end of your tunnel? There is hope.

If you’ve been following my 4-part series on this site I announced at the end of series IV that I would be offering my latest ebook, Hurting Hearts Need a Light, for free on Monday, December 3, 2018 on Amazon.

If you feel as though there is no light at the end of your tunnel, or you’ve lost hope and joy, this book is for you.

When darkness clouds your days, and you feel as though life isn’t worth living, remember, we are not just taking up space for no real reason. We were born with a God-given purpose; a purpose that gives hope to a weary heart, which then gives us joy. Even you. There’s a plan for everyone who is willing to step in a new direction.

Hurting Hearts Need A Light isn’t a step-by-step guide to instant success, but rather a vehicle to help turn you in a direction that offers hope and encouragement so that you may find your purpose.

None of us are free from pain. We all experience ups and downs in life. Sometimes we just need an encouraging word. 

Take a deep breath and take a step toward a brighter future.

If you or someone you know is facing a difficult situation, reach out to them and offer  them the opportunity to take advantage of my free ebook available all day on December 3, 2018. This is an easy read and will also be available in paperback to give as a gift to someone who might be hurting during this time of year, and would make a lovely Christmas gift. 

May God’s light shine upon you and your family, and may you feel His presence throughout this holiday season.

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Part IV Fathers Who Love Their Unborn Child

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Anyone who knows me knows that abortion does not set well with me. It angers me. We’re living in a society who feels no remorse to committing heinous crimes upon unborn children: Tearing a baby limb from limb is savage and those who do it are void of compassion.

I believe when God sees what men are doing to His creation, He would have to wonder why more people aren’t speaking out against it.

But I don’t think that just being angry is enough to stop these horrendous acts of abortion. Anger hasn’t stopped abortionists yet.

I’m not only concerned with abortion-minded women, but I’m just as concerned with fathers who have suffered at the hands of an abortionists and who would’ve loved to save their child from abortion.

“Each father experiencing deliverance from the pain of abortion loss knows the radical difference of being in bondage and the restoration of life in Christ as a redeemed son.” ~Care Net (Check this article out HERE)

Fathers who have lost their unborn child to abortion are just as susceptible to the harmful psychological, spiritual, and emotional effects, and  emptiness that mothers experience. They, too, can have thoughts of suicide knowing they will never be able to see or hold their baby in their arms. Some men, despite what we may hear on social media or in the news, love their unborn child and feel that they should have a say in their child’s future, but they have been silenced. Their voice doesn’t matter.

Most women who step into an abortion clinic or a Pregnancy Care Center feel scared. They don’t know which way to turn, who they can trust, and most of them have little hope for a better future. Consequently, many men feel the same, the only difference is that men have little say in choosing life of their unborn child if their partner/spouse wants an abortion.

Women who make the choice to have an abortion have been told for years that it is their choice and only they have a right to make it, while the father is denied that choice even though it is his child, too. Denied. The Right. To Choose Life. For His Child.

Being denied such an important decision can send a man into depression and grief. Who do they tell their story to? There is no tangible grave marker to kneel in front to gaze at the name of their unborn child. Their grief can be unending. Their story has ended prematurely and it isn’t a happy ending.

What is the answer?

It is time for fathers and men who oppose abortion to speak out and fight for your right to be heard. You can’t remain passive or silent. I believe that men and the fathers of aborted children may have a greater impact on the abortion debate than any other group–you can  change hearts and minds of abortion-minded women and men by telling your stories.

When Fathers are being denied the right to choose life for your child, then you should have the right to sue for paternity and for the life of your child even if the child hasn’t been born yet. Fathers should be able to choose life for their unborn child.

The time is now. Abortion has gone on too long. Lives are being destroyed. It’s time to begin the process of taking your story all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary. It’s a father’s role to protect his family. It’s a father’s role to protect his children. Men have an obligation and a natural instinct to protect their own. You should not be denied this important decision. You should have every right to keep your unborn child and give your child the love they deserve.

Father’s, please fight for your right to choose life for your child. Guilt and grief are real. Maybe it will take a few men who’ve lost a child to abortion to fight for those who are unable to fight for themselves. You deserve to experience fatherhood. You deserve to hold your baby in your arms.

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Don’t be silent. Don’t succumb to grief without speaking out. Begin the process of having a pro-life wave cross over America.

Marriage. Family. Children. Life. Choose you this day what you will fight for.You have rights, too. It takes only one small spark to start a fire.

Men suffer, too. But there is hope. There can be healing. In their book, Fatherhood Aborted, by Guy Condon and David Hazard, they bring healing to men who have suffered at the hands of abortion.

This book reveals what Jesus can do for men who have been the victims of abortion. Consider this book.

Do you feel that there is no light at the end of your tunnel? You’ve lost joy and hope? When you feel like life isn’t worth living, look up and discover your God-given purpose so you can begin fresh and step toward a bright future.

I will be offering my ebook, “Hurting Hearts Need a Light,” free on Amazon on Monday, December 3, 2018. If the path before you is bleak, and you need hope; or if you need something that will give meaning to your life, then I invite you to get your free copy.

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