God’s Eyes Saturday, Sep 23 2017 

When you look at the back of a dollar bill there is a circle to the left with a pyramid in it. At the very top of the pyramid is an eye peeking through. That is the “all seeing eye of God.”

Around the circle are the Latin  words “Annuit Coeptis Novus Ordo Seclorum” which mean: “Undertakings The New World Order clan.”

This is a part of the Great Seal of the United States.

In the very center above the “one” you will see “In God We Trust”.

In the book of Luke chapter 16 we find:

15 And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves [a]in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable [b]in the sight of God.

God’s eyes are capable of peeling back the layers of our hearts as if they were an onion. He sees right through to our true motives.

When Peter and John were before the Sanhedrin being questioned about their speaking in the name of “Jesus” it says in Acts 4:19-20:

19 But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to give heed to you rather than to God, you be the judge; 20 for we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.”

As Christians we are called to “heed God”.

Now what does this mean? Well, it means that it is right “in the sight of God to give heed to Him rather than to man”. When God sees what we are doing he puts it into our hearts to either continue if it is His good will and pleasure or to STOP if what we are doing is bad. i.e. the conviction of the Holy Spirit.

And finally in the book of Hebrews Chapter 4 verse 13 it says:

13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.

It is what God sees in our hearts that puts Him into action; to either convince or convict. He is the one who makes the changes in us as a part of our “new birth”. It is the resurrected Christ that is doing the work in us. But there is more than that. He is doing the same thing to every converted Christian in the entire world. And it is this combined work that changes nations so seek after the living God.

The fate of our world is in the balance.

As of the year 2017 there are 7,530,103,737 people living on earth and God has numbered all 1,129,515,560,550,000 hairs give or take 50 thousand being pulled by frustration.

Conclusion: Philippians 1:6

Philippians 1:6New American Standard Bible (NASB)

For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.

 

 

 

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God’s Path Wednesday, Jan 25 2017 

Getting around from place to place these days is a lot easier than it used to be. As we all know, the shortest distance between two places is a straight line. This is true in the physical world and in the spiritual world. Walking in the Spirit means walking the “straight and narrow”. There is no wavering or wandering off of the path. If you are following more than one leader you become inconsistent and easily get “off course.”

Getting off course can cost lots of time and energy.

Remember how it took 40 years for the Israelites to make it through the desert? Have you ever looked at a map of the area? From the bird’s eye view, it is hard to even imagine how it could possibly take so long.

The Spirit of God is not only a disciplining parent but also a demanding coach who pushes us to our limits and requires our lives to be disciplined. Although we may not feel strong enough to push on to victory, we will be able to accomplish it as we follow Christ and draw on his strength. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phil 4:13. Then we can use our growing strength to help those around us who are weak and struggling.

Remember this is true in the spiritual and in the physical world.

God said it through the prophet Isaiah this way:

Isaiah 40:3-5 Isaiah 40:3-5New International Version (NIV)

A voice of one calling:
“In the wilderness prepare
    the way for the Lord[a];
make straight in the desert
    a highway for our God.[b]
Every valley shall be raised up,
    every mountain and hill made low;
the rough ground shall become level,
    the rugged places a plain.
And the glory of the Lord will be revealed,
    and all people will see it together.
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

God said it through the book of Hebrews this way:

Hebrews 12:1-13

12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

God Disciplines His Children

In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says,

“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline,
    and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,
because the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
    and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”[a]

Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! 10 They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. 11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

12 Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. 13 “Make level paths for your feet,”[b] so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.

Whatever doesn’t line up with your calling, faith, convictions, and purpose you eliminate from your life. Eliminate it from your actions, words, and thoughts. In other words, “don’t go there.”

When you walk in the Spirit, everything lines up; your actions, faith, life and heart. Because of this you become good, upright, pleasant, and prosperous. Both you and the world see the change. You become the shining light that gives the example for good for others to follow.

God’s Universe Saturday, Jan 14 2017 

When I was younger, I made dolls for three of my nieces from a pattern. I carefully cut out the arms, legs, heads, and bodices; sewed all the sides of each part but one side, stuffed them with cotton, sewed the pieces together and embroidered eyes, nose, and mouth. As I recall, I used yarn for the hair of the doll.  I tried to match the hair and eye color to each girl so they could always tell which doll was theirs. I made black felt shoes and little dresses for each of them. It was a labor of love.

When God created us, He put eternity into our hearts.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet[a] no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

God sees us in the womb.

Psalm 139:13-15 13 For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.

We are hidden in Christ.

Colossians 3:3  For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.

In Christ, we are reconciled.

Colossians 1:22 22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation—

God’s thoughts and ways are higher than ours.

Isaiah 55:8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.

God’s word is alive.

Hebrews 4:12 12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

God’s law is written in our hearts.

Romans 2:15 15 They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.

God predestined us.

Romans 8:29-30 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.

God distributes gifts.

Hebrews 2:4 God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.

God puts the seasons into the birds.

Jeremiah 8:7 Even the stork in the sky
    knows her appointed seasons,
and the dove, the swift and the thrush
    observe the time of their migration.
But my people do not know
    the requirements of the Lord.

God makes all tremble.

Ezekiel 38:20 20 The fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the beasts of the field, every creature that moves along the ground, and all the people on the face of the earth will tremble at my presence. The mountains will be overturned, the cliffs will crumble and every wall will fall to the ground.

God gives kings dominion.

Daniel 2:37-38 Daniel 2:37-38

37 Your Majesty, you are the king of kings. The God of heaven has given you dominion and power and might and glory; 38 in your hands he has placed all mankind and the beasts of the field and the birds in the sky. Wherever they live, he has made you ruler over them all.

God puts the weather forecast in the sky.

Matthew 16:2-3 He replied, “When evening comes, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,’ and in the morning, ‘Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.[

We are God’s handiwork.

Ephesians 2:10 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

God makes a donkey speak.

Numbers 22:28 28 Then the Lord opened the donkey’s mouth, and it said to Balaam, “What have I done to you to make you beat me these three times?”

We must remember our position before the eternal, holy, incomprehensible God. The Lord Speaks. Job 38:1-41:34

What do you think? I hope you’ll forgive me for the long posts. His universe is big.

 

 

Over, Under, or Through Friday, Aug 26 2016 

Now we all have options when it comes to how we get from place to place, how we accomplish our goals, how we get through this journey called life.

Romans 8:5-9Amplified Bible (AMP)

For those who are living according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh [which gratify the body], but those who are living according to the Spirit, [set their minds on] the things of the Spirit [His will and purpose]. Now the mind of the flesh is death [both now and forever—because it pursues sin]; but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace [the spiritual well-being that comes from walking with God—both now and forever]; the mind of the flesh [with its sinful pursuits] is actively hostile to God. It does not submit itself to God’s law, since it cannot, and those who are in the flesh [living a life that caters to sinful appetites and impulses] cannot please God.

However, you are not [living] in the flesh [controlled by the sinful nature] but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God lives in you [directing and guiding you]. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him [and is not a child of God].

If you are “in the flesh” then often times you are either go “over” or “under” something.

Overbearing: to get your way, you keep harping at everybody; yelling, screaming, throwing a fit. It is your way or the highway as they say.

Overeating: you know you are not suppose to eat that but you eat it anyway.

Overspending: you know you are not suppose to charge all those things but you do it anyway.

Overanalyzing: you know what you should be doing but instead of stepping out in faith, you analyze every aspect of it until the devil has you convinced you shouldn’t do it.

Over-talking: This is not talking over everybody, this is  discussing something so much everybody is getting sick of it, and nobody wants to listen anymore. It’s gossiping, complaining, murmuring, whining. Everybody hates a whiner.

Over-catering: You think you are the only one that can do things right so you do things your children should be doing for themselves. Let them pick up their own toys so they can learn how to do things for themselves.

Oversensitive: You get offended by everything everybody says. The slightest hint of something that doesn’t fit just right and you are in a huff about it. Not everything everybody says is about you. People know they can’t talk to you about their problems because you’ll just blow up at them instead of really listening and trying to help the situation.

Under-obedient: You know what you should do in a certain situation but you don’t do it. That still small voice says, “uh-oh”, and you go right on ahead and do it anyway.

Underwhelming: This is apathy, an “I don’t care” attitude. You just don’t give a hoot.

Underinvesting: The reason you are underinvesting is because you are probably also overspending. God wants us to be good stewards. We have a responsibility to make hard choices right now in order to have a benefit later. That’s called “Wisdom”.

Under-standing: That is not knowing something but rather not standing on your convictions and speaking out when you know that something someone else proposes to do is wrong.  Speaking the truth into the situation. “If we do that, we are going to be causing trouble in the future.”

Under-praying: Instead of going to God with your problems, you get on the phone and tell anybody that will listen your woes. This is just another form of complaining. Most people can’t help you the way God can. You have to learn to trust that God is good, that he wants what is good for you too. “You have not, because you ask not.”

Under-diligent: You see something going on that might cause trouble in the future like a leaky faucet, or a child bully, or not locking your car because you are just going in for a minute. There is a cost that will need to be paid when you are not diligent. Procrastination is an example. You know that there is a battle going on in the spirit world but nobody can see it going on so who will even know if I’m not doing my best.

Under-disciplined. You let yourself and others have their own way rather than being consistent in guiding and directing the steps. You are just too tired to deal with it now. ” Raise up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.”

Through the Spirit: A much better choice is to walk in the Spirit. The benefits of going through rather than “over” or “under” are enormous. We have the Spirit of Christ “in” us. That is the hope of glory. Trust His discernment-gut instinct. Trust His leading-step out in faith. Trust the fruit you see that comes from His direction, counsel, and comfort.

 

Greatness of God Tuesday, Aug 16 2016 

1 Chronicles 16:25-36Amplified Bible (AMP)

25 
For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
He is also to be feared [with awe-filled reverence] above all gods.
26 
For all the gods of the peoples are [lifeless] idols,
But the Lord made the heavens.
27 
Splendor and majesty are [found] in His presence;
Strength and joy are [found] in His place (sanctuary).
28 
Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples,
Ascribe to the Lord glory and honor and strength.
29 
Ascribe to the Lord the glory and honor due His name;
Bring an offering [of thanksgiving], and come before Him;
Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.
30 
Tremble [reverently] before Him, all the earth;
The world is firmly established, it will not be moved.
31 
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
And let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns.”
32 
Let the sea roar, and all the things that fill it;
Let the field rejoice, and all that is in it.
33 
Then the trees of the forest will sing for joy before the Lord;
For He comes to judge and govern the earth.
34 
O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness endures forever.
35 
Then say, “Save us, O God of our salvation;
Gather us together and rescue us from the nations,
That we may give thanks to Your holy name,
And glory in Your praise.”
36 
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
Forever and ever.

And all the people said, “Amen,” and praised the Lord.

Light of God Monday, May 16 2016 

Light is not merely the absence of darkness. No, it is something more than that. John 8: 12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

When we are born, we emerge from a place of darkness into the light of the world. When we are “born again”, we emerge from a world “full of spiritual darkness” into the light of life. Jesus said He was the light of the world. He is the light of the world that will not end.

Ephesians 3:

20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

This is eternal life, that we may know Him. We know that we know Him if we keep his commandments.

John 1:3-5King James Version (KJV)

All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

Genesis 1King James Version (KJV)

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

It is the life of Christ that is the light of men. Not the sun, but the Son. When we know the light of God, we know Christ. When Jesus dwells in us then we become the light of life to those who see us.

“Let your light so shine before men that they will glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

This is our call, our heart’s desire, to live for Him, with Him, and in Him. To live in the light of life.

 

Keys Wednesday, Mar 2 2016 

There is really nothing we can do about the things we are taken to or from in this life.

Some of the objects we possess or which may possess us have keys which lock out intruders. In some instances the keys are used to protect the innocent from harm as in a gun safe or medicine cabinet.

There is a purpose in our locking out the children for their own good.

As a mother, I find we tend to do that with the “world” in a way with our kids. We want to protect them from the influence of harmful input from the “world.” Be it movies, or the internet, or magazines, or that neighbor kid that is nothing but “trouble”, we just don’t want them exposed so we try to protect them with restrictions, rules of behavior, and curfews.

But sometimes keys get lost and children wander off.

So when our efforts to control fail, we resort to pleading with the Almighty. “Oh, dear God!”

Recently, my two year old grandson said those exact words with all the emotion of a parent searching for a lost child. His little face showed the agony of needing help from something bigger than himself.

It made me think of how we as Christians are here to come along side one another with love and support like when Peter began to sink when he stepped out of the boat and was walking on the water and he cried out, “Jesus, save me!” Jesus reached out for him to lift him up.

If we don’t  find within ourselves the ability or skill or knowledge to do anything else, we can do this one thing for each other. Be someone’s shelter in the storm. Be a friend to hear their cry. Shine your light to light their way.  Give a word of encouragement when your friend is low today.

Call of God Monday, Feb 22 2016 

Lord, be with us as we study your Holy WORD. Open our spiritual eyes and ears that we might hear and know your WORD for us today. That the bread of life that Christ is might become a part of who we are in you, LORD. In Jesus’ name.

Now Uzziah was one of the ancient kings of Judah that we find written about in the second book of Chronicles chapter 26. He began to rein at the age of 16 and he reined 52 years. His dad’s name was Amaziah and his mother’s name was Jecoliah. The name Uzziah means “My Strength is in Yahweh.” Amaziah means “Yah has been Mighty.” Jecoliah means “Yah will Prevail.”

Like his father, Uzziah did what was right in the sight of the LORD. Zechariah taught him to fear the LORD and as long as he sought the Lord, God gave him success. Now Uzziah was a warrior who won many battles with the help of God. He had success in farming, building cities, towers, and the building of vast armies. He provided them with shields, spears, helmets, coast of armor, bows and slingshots. We was well known throughout the land.

But then after he became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. He went into the temple and did the job of a priest. THIS WAS NOT HIS CALL.

He became angry when asked to leave. While he was raging, leprosy broke out on his forehead. The priests led him out willingly. King Uzziah had leprosy until he died.

Each of us when we are born are given a gift. If we listen to the LORD, we will be called to use that gift in our journey through life. But if we seek to go our own way there will be dire consequences. We must heed the call of God and that right early, otherwise we will find we hate our job, that it is a burden, unfulfilling, and just plain not “right” for us. In order to be “right” with the LORD we have to follow his call on our lives whatever that might be.

It reminds me of the verse, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and all else will be added unto you.” And too the verse, “Seek the LORD with all your heart and lean not unto you own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path.”

Forgiveness of God Wednesday, Feb 17 2016 

Forgiveness is not just something we have, it is something we do.

The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant

21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”

22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.[g]

23 “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold[h] was brought to him. 25 Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.

26 “At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ 27 The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.

28 “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins.[i] He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded.

29 “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’

30 “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. 31 When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened.

32 “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 33 Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ 34 In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.

35 “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”

Dear Friend, it is my sincere hope that you will forgive me for all of the things I have done or said that hurt you in the past. As in the LORD’S Prayer, “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.” May we, as Christian brothers and sisters forgive one another in Jesus’ name.

Romans 13:7-9King James Version (KJV)

Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.

Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Forgiveness is a free gift that God gives each of us. But it isn’t something we have and keep and hoard, it is to be re-gifted. It is to be used. Make your forgiveness a verb instead of a noun. Not something you have but something you do.  God Bless you.

Love of God Monday, Feb 15 2016 

Love of God

 

Understanding the “Love of God” comes directly to us through the scriptures. The more you read the scriptures, meditate on the WORD, the more you begin to see and understand God’s love for you.

Let’s begin with prayer: Father, we come before you in adoration and love to learn your will and way. We come to know more of you, LORD. Teach us to be grateful for your presence in our lives, for your love for each one of us. We know you have numbered every hair on our head, LORD. We know we are that precious to you. Open our spiritual eyes and ears to what you want us to know. In Jesus’ name.

Romans 8:38-39New International Version (NIV)

38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

We need to be “convinced” just like Paul was here. We need to know the love of God in our hearts, in our minds, in our very souls. We need to know that absolutely nothing can separate us. He is our God, our Father, our Creator, our LORD, and our King.

Titus 3New International Version (NIV)

Saved in Order to Do Good

3 Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.

At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.

Because of God’s love we have been changed. These changes make it possible for us to live eternally with Him both now and in the world to come. We are saved in order to do well. We need to remind one another. This same love with which God has adored us through gentleness, kindness, goodness and mercy, we are to be obedient to his example toward one another. They will know we are Christians by our love.

1 John 3:16-18New International Version (NIV)

16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

Here once again, we are reminded of our call to love your neighbor as yourself. It is the original commandment only here we are held to an even higher standard. It is no longer philia (warm friendship) but rather agape (love for everyone). We are to love even our enemies. Love becomes transformed from a noun to a verb here. It is no longer something you have it becomes something you do.

 

2 Corinthians 13:11-14

Final Greetings

11 Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.

12 Greet one another with a holy kiss. 13 All God’s people here send their greetings.

14 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

What a wonderful promise, that God would be with us and in us. Paul has prayed for the Corinthians here but God meant it for us all.

 

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