025 The Green New Deal – How Christians Should Care for the Environment

The Green New Deal – How Christians Should Care for the Environment

This week Sandy and Elisabeth discuss the now defunct Green New Deal, it’s importance to National politics, to the next generation and to God. And they dive deep into what it looks like to interact with the Earth in a Biblical way.

GENESIS [1:26]; 28 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image and after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over everything that creeps over the Earth”….and God blessed them and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the Earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the Earth.”

God tells us twice within three verses to have dominion. This repetition commands attention and emphasizes the importance. Aaron Armstrong from the Gospel Project put it very well: As God’s image bearers in Creation, we were intended to act as His representatives. We were designed, in a very real way, to show the world what God is like. So when God gave us the command to rule over the earth, the expectation was to do so in a way that reflected His character.

We were created to care for God’s creation and we were commanded to do so. But if we refuse, and we do the opposite, will we kill the planet? The short answer is No. The long answer is that God designed all of His creation with a perfect balance. If we push that relationship out of balance then God’s creation will no longer supply what we need to survive and the people will be scattered. We can see many examples of this in the Bible itself. From natural disasters such as the Great Flood to the direct hand of God in the Tower of Babel. And we can see more recent examples in the fall of the Mayan empire and the subsequent reclaiming of the land by nature.

The point: As Christians, we know how the story ends. We aren’t going to surprise God by ending things before His plan is ready to be executed. He is infinitely patient and His timing is perfect. He will not be rushed. He will not be scrambling. But if we do not follow His commands, we will be waiting, we will suffer and we will be scattered. Just ask the Israelites.

2 PETER 3:8 But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years is as one day.

So why does the Green New Deal matter to Christians? The short answer is because people matter to Christians. And while the Green New Deal is extreme and misguided in some areas and completely unattainable in others, the heart of the document is trying to save people in the only way the world knows how.

As Christians, we should care about the earth because it was our first commission. And there are some really easy ways that we can help our environment that will make very little impact to our daily lives.

Check out the full episode for lots of fun and easy ways that you can follow God’s command to care for the earth and be a witness to those around us by honoring God’s creation.

PROVERBS 31:8-9 Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.

PSALM 1[40:12] I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and will execute justice for the needy.

PROVERBS 22:2 The rich and the poor meet together; the Lord is the maker of them all.

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024 Contentment-Because You Can’t Always Get What You Want

CONTENTMENT – BECAUSE YOU CAN’T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT

This week Sandy and Elisabeth talk about contentment, including the difference between the Biblical definition and the modern American definition, the difference between our needs and wants, and choosing contentment in good times and in bad.

LESSONS FROM PAUL

PHILIPPIANS [4:11]-13 Not that I am speaking of being in need for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I now know how to be brought low and how to abound. In any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.

Paul is writing this from prison. He has by all standards every reason to be discontented and yet the message he sends back to the church is not to tell them how good they have it but to remind them that in all circumstances we must find contentment through Jesus.

LESSONS FROM SOLOMON

ECCLESIASTES [5:19]-20 God gives some people the ability to enjoy the wealth and possessions He gives them, as well as the ability to accept their state in life and enjoy their work. The do not worry about how short life is because God keeps them busy with what they love to do, the little pleasures are distractions from the meaningless world

Solomon uses Ecclesiastes chapter 5 to warn us that money does not buy happiness but more importantly he goes on to tell us that the ability to enjoy life and be content is a blessing from God. The little things are the most important things and give meaning to a meaningless world. Pay attention to the little things. Choosing contentment will lead to a joyful life.

LESSONS FROM JESUS

LUKE [12:25] And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his life.

Here again we find another example of Jesus giving us a bit of science. It’s almost as if He knew how our bodies were supposed to work.

If you find yourself constantly having a negative attitude and feeling anxious every single day start a thankfulness journal. Every day write down 3 good things that happened that day. It doesn’t have to be life changing or profound just 3 things that were positive in your day. Your brain will begin to look for these good things and focus on them and slowly your whole perspective will shift and you will find yourself seeing things in a different light. A positive light.

CONCLUSION

EPHESIANS [2:10] For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Since we have eternal hope in Jesus we can be content with our circumstances in the here and now and we can do all things through Him because He created us to do good things and prepared those things for us so that we could walk through life according to His plan.

So find the good you were created for and know that He will give you the strength to do it.

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023 Adulting and Jesus – Because We’re All Just Winging It

Adulting and Jesus – Because We’re All Just Winging It

In this weeks episode Sandy and Elisabeth talk about their favorite tips to surviving life in general. Food prep, time management a little of everything in this listener requested episode.

INTRO

Life is like a buffet. Not everything on the table is for you. Use discernment to choose what is beneficial to your life and what will just add more stress and make life feel even more overwhelming.

FOOD PREP:

Cook your meat. Ground beef, grilled chicken, taco meat, BBQ, whatever it is if you open your freezer and you see a week’s worth of already cook meat to throw together a dinner you get back at least 30 minutes of your day in prep time and the busiest part of the day becomes more relaxed and enjoyable for everyone.

Use Pinterest for good. There’s tons of great recipes for quick dinners, crock pots and insta pots if you can stay away from the home decor, crafts and birthday party ideas long enough.

Cook extra. Plan for leftovers. Sometimes heating it up in the oven instead of the microwave is all it takes to get your family excited about that leftover casserole.

Preheat/Pre-chill coffee mugs, travel cups and kids thermos containers to increase the amount of time your food and drink will be at proper temperatures.

Check your recipe before you start. That Pinterest meal will be a big Pinterest fail if you don’t have baking soda so check the list and check your pantry before you set yourself up for disappointment or failure.

TIME MANAGEMENT:

If mornings are stressful for you pick out clothes and shoes the night before and have everything laid out and ready to go. No arguing over what to wear, no missing shoes, no trying to find two matching socks that are clean slowing down your morning.

Leave the shoes at the door. If they get past the front door who knows where they’ll end up. Get a basket or box and leave the shoes in one spot.

If getting dressed is not a big deal in the mornings then think about what the biggest stressors of your morning are and spend 5 or 10 minutes getting those things ready. Set up the coffee pot, fill sippy cups and snack cups, get your grocery list written down, check the traffic patterns and the map for best directions.

GETTING THERE:

If there’s one thing I learned in my 10 years of commuting in Nashville traffic it’s that the fast lane is not any faster it’s just the place where people want to drive the fastest. Drive steady and go with the flow. Playing lane change leap frog is not only slowing you down it’s making everyone less safe.

Love the zipper. Especially if you’re in the South can we please exchange “manners” for following the rules of the road. You don’t need to merge at the sign that says road work 10 miles ahead and you don’t need to let 7 people over in traffic. Go to the merge point alternate every other car with the lane that’s merging. Everyone will get there faster if you learn to zipper.

Know how a 4 way stop works. If a stoplight is out it becomes a 4 way stop. It’s not a game of chicken.

CLEANING TIPS:

Norwex cloths work better than anything for stainless steel without any cleaners or polishes needed.

Silicone scrapers aren’t just for dishes. They work on wood and tile floors or just about any solid surface that kids or dogs leave remnants.

If you even get stuck with a vinyl floor that seems ruined. Grab some vinyl siding cleaner from Lowes and go to town on those floors. You’ll be shocked how well it works and makes a nasty floor like new (or at least tolerable until you get to replace it.

Fragrance free cleaning options: Seventh Generation, Biokleen, Charlie’s Soap and Method

The most important part about keeping a clean home is habits and pacing yourself.

Some times you’re house is just not gonna be your biggest priority and that’s okay. Take care of people first and then stuff. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and depressed about the state of the chaos try and get one thing accomplished from start to finish each day. If you can complete one task, clean one area, tidy up one room you will feel encouraged and successful.

BUDGET:

Online grocery shopping keeps you from impulse buying and makes price comparisons much easier.

Budget realistically. Look at your actually expenses. Cut back where you need to, plan for what you really spend and be honest with yourself.

Talk it over with your spouse. Not for permission but so that you can both be responsible for your financial well being.

Dave Ramsey isn’t for everyone. Find a budget style that works for your life and your family.

LIFE IS SHORT:

Don’t participate in mommy wars. You don’t know everyones personal, financial, emotional and medical needs. These decisions are as individual as the people making them. Just because something is the right choice for your family doesn’t mean that it’s the best choice for every family.

Read more. Read for yourself. Not just self help but also for entertainment. Read to your kids. It may be the most impactful (and easy) thing you can do for their developing brain.

Communicate what you need. To your spouse (and yes that includes sexual needs), to your kids, to yourself.

Make big changes in small steps. Taking longer to reach a goal is 100% better than giving up after a week because you set unrealistic goals for yourself.

Be patient. With yourself, with your kids, with your spouse.

CONCLUSION:

Growing up is hard and it’s something we never finish doing. And for Christians, in this life, we will never stop striving to be more Christ like.

ZECHARIAH [4:10] Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin.

HEBREWS 12:1-2 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that has been set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

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022 You Can’t Pour From an Empty Cup – And God Doesn’t Want You To

You Can’t Pour From an Empty Cup – And God Doesn’t Want You To

This week Sandy and Elisabeth discuss living life filled and overflowing, what Christian culture and popular culture want you to believe about it and how that compares to Scripture.

020 The Truth in Love

THE TRUTH IN LOVE

This week Sandy and Elisabeth dig deeper into the topic of speaking the truth in love.

GOD IS LOVE

1 JOHN [4:16]b God is love. Those who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.

This is a concept that Christians are pretty comfortable with but how often do we really think about what that means in the context of speaking the truth.

God is love. He is the originator of love, and it is an enduring attribute of His nature.

LOVE IS A COMMANDMENT

MARK [12:29]-31 The Lord our God is the only one Lord. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all you mind and all your strength. The second command is this: Love you neighbor as you love yourself. There are no commands greater than these.

So when we say it’s important to love. It’s REALLY REALLY important.

LOVE COMES FROM GOD

1 JOHN 4:7 Love is from God; and everyone who loves others is born of God and knows God through personal experience.

We were created in His image; in the image of love. Do not forget that even those who are not believers were still created by God and they too love because He first loved them. The ultimate common ground between Christians and non-Christians is love. It is the one thing that connects all of creation.

SPEAK IN LOVE

1 CORINTHIANS 13:4-8 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trust, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

CONCLUSION

Before you speak, and specifically before you speak the truth in “love”. Use 1 Corinthians as a scale to weigh your words and your intention.

Always choose love. Love never fails.

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019 Conversations for Christ – Speaking the Truth of Abortion in Love

CONVERSATIONS FOR CHRIST – SPEAKING THE TRUTH OF ABORTION IN LOVE

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT, COMMON ABORTION ARGUMENTS AND RESPONSES:

Argument: It’s just a fetus.

Response: Fetus is latin for offspring or little one. It literally means baby.

Argument: It’s just a clump of cells.

Response: We are all just clumps of cells what we are arguing about is the point of dependency that it should be okay to terminate a human life.

Argument: Well if you don’t like it just don’t have one.

Response: I believe that the unborn are unique human beings so what kind of person would I be if I didn’t speak out against their mass murder. It’s no different to me than sitting silently while someone caused you harm and justify it by your perceived worth.

Argument: But all GOP’ers are pro-war and pro-death penalty.

Response: I don’t know anyone who is “pro-war”. Appropriate punishments for convicted criminals and appropriate treatment for innocent victims is a completely different conversation. I am anti-murder at any stage in human life. I would be happy to discuss my views on the death penalty another time but for the sake of this argument lets just say that I agree death by lethal injection is cruel and inhumane and should be outlawed.

Argument: Well if you don’t like abortion why don’t you adopt every child, pay for every expense and give ALL the free things to babies.

Response: Because I believe that women are intelligent enough to know that choices have consequences and not rut like bitches in heat. We live in a time when women are more educated, more in control of their own lives and bodies as they ever have been. But I also understand that life happens and I personally support pregnancy crisis centers, local food pantries and domestic abuse shelters and have no problem with the government giving someone limited welfare to help them get back on their feet.

SIDE RANT FOR THE CHURCH:

Christians sometimes to a TERRIBLE job with young mothers in their own midst. When their own children make a mistake and get pregnant they compassion not punishment ya’ll. And if you are a Christian you are called to help the poor, the orphans, the widows and those who are sick and disabled so if you have a few buck left over every month you should be supporting pregnancy crisis centers and local charities whether you think they “deserve” it or not. Because if the church had done a better job over the years assisting people who are hurting and in need in their own communities we wouldn’t need (at least some if not all) public welfare programs.

WHEN TO STOP ARGUING:

Some people you literally can’t argue with. They will not trust any source that isn’t Planned Parenthood or a liberal site whose statistics are skewed in favor of abortion.

Do not lose your ability to witness to a non-believer because you disagree on a sin. You cannot be surprised when sinners live like sinners.

There will be times when people are not ready to listen to the Word but that is not a reason to walk away from them and it is not a reason to push them to the point that they will no longer listen to anything you say. That is the time to step back and love them the way Jesus loves them and pray that there will be another chance for you to speak the truth and their hearts would be ready to receive it next time.

Some people take years to come to Christ. CS Lewis was an example being raised in a Christian home but not coming to Christ until he was 33.

CONCLUSION:

1 PETER 3: 15 ALWAYS BEING PREPARED TO MAKE A DEFENSE TO ANYONE WHO ASKS YOU FOR A REASON FOR THE HOPE THAT IS IN YOU; YET DO IT WITH GENTLENESS AND RESPECT.

Even if we sin differently we are not better. We are equals. We are equal in our fallen nature, we are equal in our need for Jesus and we are equal at the foot of the cross.

You can’t punch people in the face for Jesus and expect immediate repentance, conversion and reformation. Instead, let us treat each other with the immeasurable value they have within the eyes of Jesus Christ.

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018 Non Religious Arguments Against Abortion (Part 2)

NON-RELIGIOUS ARGUMENTS AGAINST ABORTION – USING HISTORY, SCIENCE, AND SOCIOLOGY TO DEBATE NON-BELIEVERS…part 2

WHY DO WE KEEP TALKING ABOUT MARGARET SANGER?

It’s really important to know, understand and not deny historical context. You can’t just take an idea or movement founded by evil, wait a few decades, and say it’s suddenly not evil because you supposedly have better intentions. Every villain is the hero of their own story.

PLANNED PARENTHOOD GOES ON THE OFFENSIVE

A ruling in favor of planned parenthood in PP vs Casey in 1992 had the unintended side effect of the courts acknowledging the age of viability was significantly earlier than it was at the time of Roe vs Wade, allowing states to put restrictions on abortions earlier in the pregnancy. The results were that small independent clinics and physicians who performed abortions were run out of business by the new restrictions.

So planned parenthood seized the opportunity and created surgical abortion mega-centers. The Walmart of abortion providers.

The results? By 2011 they performed 2.5 times more abortions than they did in 1990 even though the overall abortion rate dropped from 1.6 million to 1.1 million and their market share increased from 8% to 33% with a revenue increase from 400 million to 1.3 BILLION.

PLANNED PARENTHOOD CREATES THEIR OWN CLIENTS

More than half of women who have abortions give contraceptive failure as the reason for the pregnancy. Contraceptives that Planned Parenthood passes out with very little information beyond use this and you won’t get pregnant.

The frequency of contraceptive failure is not discussed and in both camps (Planned Parenthood and the Church) they are not giving comprehensive sex education. So Planned Parenthood is shouting the virtues of “safe sex” knowing good and well that if they encourage sexual activity they will gain new customers.

PLANNED PARENTHOOD TARGETS POOR URBAN AREAS AND MINORITIES

Despite Planned Parenthoods increase in access to “women’s healthcare” and birth control in 2011 at the peak of their new business plan the unintended pregnancy rate for black women was 79 in 1000, the highest of any race or ethnicity, compared to 33 in 1000 for white women.

From 1990-2008 the abortion rate for black women increased by 9% and for hispanic women by 7.6% while during the same period the rates for white women DROPPED by just over 11%.

Blacks and Hispanics make up less than 30% of the population but they account for 55% of all abortions.

You cannot ignore this disparity! These statistics are the exact same numbers you see when you compare the percentage of people incarcerated in our prison system. Just over 30% of the population in the country accounts for over 50% of the population in our prisons. We are (much too slowly) acknowledging that this is a result of predatory lawmaking, sentencing discrepancies and lack of other options for rehabilitation and support for the minority community.

We have to see that the same exact thing is happening to women of color at the hands of Planned Parenthood. They are not “meeting a need” they are creating it by aggressively pursuing their target and then profiting from their desperation.

SIDE TOPIC: SEX ED – TEACH IT!

The only method of sex ed that has proven to delay the age of the first sexual experience AND increase the use of condoms/contraceptive AND be less likely to choose an age-discrepant partner is COMPREHENSIVE sex education including abstinence AND condoms/contraceptives.

PLANNED PARENTHOOD ATTACKS OTHER AT RISK PEOPLE GROUPS

Gender and disability are widely used around the world as justification for abortion.

Down syndrome is probably the highest on the list because we now have easy access to screening tests. Countries like Iceland, Denmark and Western Australia boast that they have “eradicated” Trisomy 21 from their populations when in actuality very few cases are inherited while the vast majority are spontaneous so there is no eradicating a genetic mutation there is only eradicating people with a genetic mutation.

Margaret Sanger had the same vision for the world as Adolf Hitler she was just much more effective in achieving it.

PLANNED PARENTHOOD SKEWS STATISTICS TO JUSTIFY THEIR WORK

In order to keep them from looking like they are targeting minority communities they published their own results about the number of clinics in urban areas using zip codes instead of mileage radius to make it appear that many of their clinics are not in minority communities when really they are within walking distance.

They also use every occurrence of patient contact as a “service provided” and rank them equally to skew the percentage of their business that comes from abortions. For example, a woman receives a physical exam, a pregnancy test, a PAP smear, an ultrasound, an abortion and birth control and she has received 6 services. Only one sixth of her service was abortion.

More information about Planned Parenthoods skewed statistics can be found here and here on the Test Everything blog by Rev Matthew Newsome.

CONCLUSION:

Child sacrifice is an ancient and hungry evil that existed long before Planned Parenthood.

We must acknowledge that our sisters in Christ are being attacked, pursued and lured by this evil.

We must fight for them as well as their children.

We must be the pro-life generation.

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017 Non Religious Arguments Against Abortion

Non-Religious Arguments Against Abortion – Using History, Science, and Sociology to Debate Non-Believers…part 1

Tonight Sandy and Elisabeth step away from the Scripture to discuss the evidence and defend the pro life position against abortion to help you strengthen and refine your argument when debating people who are not believers.

KNOW YOUR BELIEFS

To someone who is not Christian, or of any other faith for that matter, “because the Bible says” is not a strong enough reason to combat thousands of years of lies to women and to families.

You must know WHY you believe what you believe in order to defend why you believe it. And you must also know what the opposite side believes and be able to empathize with them as human beings before you will be able to speak to their hearts on such passionate issues as abortion.

BE SINCERE AND EMPATHETIC

You can start empathizing by not calling women who have had an abortion a murderer. That is not speaking in love and it will do nothing to change minds and save babies.

Kimberly Ross from Redstate: Ben Shapiro says we shouldn’t prosecute women who have had abortions and he’s right.

I am…someone who desires and strives to speak the truth while not forsaking compassion and most of all, a listening ear. Love is truly louder.

The beauty of the gospel is that not only are we created equally in the image of God, but we are also equal at the cross. And because of that we can, and should, have compassion and empathy towards other sinners, even if their sin is very different from our own.

RECOGNIZE THE HISTORY

This lie is not new. It is an ancient and powerful lie. Infanticide is not new it is just wrapped up in a shiny new package called women’s healthcare. And sadly it will very likely exist in another form even if we are successful in creating legislation to protect life in our generation.

There is new information that ancient cultures may have practiced infanticide simply to control the size of their families (Yewden Villa archaeology discovery)

ACKNOWLEDGE THE SCIENCE

Yes the “S” word that so many Christians fear. Science is on our side! We have so much more evidence now to establish that babies in the womb are very much alive, can process their environment and feel pain than we did when Roe V Wade was decided. And while we can’t force the courts to hear the case again in light of these advancements we can certainly make sure our friends and family are aware.

HIGHLIGHT THE VIOLENCE

Abortion is a violent procedure. There is no way around that. It is invasive and it ends a life. There are many people who care nothing for the word of God but will passionately demand that no violence against women should be tolerated. We have common ground with these people and we need to bring light to that and agree that violence against women should not be tolerated in any form.

EXPOSE THE PREDATORS

Did you know that North Carolina was still performing forced sterilization procedures as a way to control welfare spending until 1977.

Abortion and eugenics proponents, including but not limited to, Margaret Sanger used programs just like this one to try and exterminate those with mental illness, low IQ, physical handicaps, low income and brown skin from the gene pool.

They worked with the Ku Klux Klan, politicians and community socialites such as the heir to the Proctor and Gamble fortune (you know the company who owns Pampers).

Organized charity itself is the symptom of a malignant social disease. -M Sanger

Join us next week as the discussion continues and we move into the modern leadership, growth and mission of Planned Parenthood.

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016 Welcome to 2019!

Welcome to 2019!

Sandy and Elisabeth are back for 2019. The first episode of the year is a discussion of how the modern tradition of New Year’s Resolutions stacks up against Scripture.

DO NOT DESPISE HUMBLE BEGINNINGS

ZECHARIAH [4:10] The people should not think that small beginnings are unimportant.

Zerubbabel was instructed by God to rebuild Solomon’s temple but the project sat uncompleted for 17 YEARS. That is a long time to complete a “mission from God”. But an angel came to him to give assurance and let him know that he should not discouraged because of this unimpressive start because the temple he builds will be even greater than Solomon’s.

LET GO OF THE PAST

PHILLIPIANS 3: Brothers and sisters, I know that I have not yet reached that goal but there is one thing I always do. Forgetting the past and straining towards what is ahead.

Paul says that he counts the past as lost. Because we don’t need to dwell on our failures anymore than we need to rest on our successes. Our mission is not complete until we are in our final home with Jesus. So do not let the accomplishments of today keep you from achieving even greater things tomorrow. And do not let the failures of today keep you from trying to succeed tomorrow.

DO GOOD

EPHESIANS [2:10] For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

We were created to do good. Not so that we could be prideful of our accomplishments or so that we could somehow save ourselves from condemnation but so that we could bring glory to our Father and so that others may see and know that He is God.

CONCLUSION

God’s grace, the forgiveness offered through Christ, is not a result of your works – your failures OR your successes.

You WERE created to do good and God prepared this beforehand.

We want to encourage you to acknowledge the progress you’ve made, the progress you make this year and praise God for and in every small step.

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