WHY BLACK PEOPLE KILLING BLACK PEOPLE PISSES ME OFF JUST AS MUCH AS RACISM…

This short piece isn’t a debate on the validity of calling crime in the Black community ‘Black on Black crime’.

It’s simply coming from a Black man with a wife, a daughter, two sons and a granddaughter.

Every time I hear a headline about someone who looks like me senselessly killing someone else who looks like me, it pisses me off!

Does poverty breed violence? Yes.

Are there some residual affects of decades of institutional racism that contributes to violence? Yes.

But, that is absolutely no excuse. Every culture has to address its internal threats as well as external. While some communities must face their own pride and arrogance, others must address the violence within their subcultures.

God demands excellence from all of His children no matter what situation they are in. Look at what He told Israel and Judah when they were exiled in Babylon…

Jeremiah 29:4-14  (NKJV)

4 Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all who were carried away captive, whom I have caused to be carried away from Jerusalem to Babylon:

Build houses and dwell in them; plant gardens and eat their fruit. Take wives and beget sons and daughters; and take wives for your sons and give your daughters to husbands, so that they may bear sons and daughters—that you may be increased there, and not diminished. And seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captive, and pray to the Lord for it; for in its peace you will have peace. For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Do not let your prophets and your diviners who are in your midst deceive you, nor listen to your dreams which you cause to be dreamed. For they prophesy falsely to you in My name; I have not sent them, says the Lord.

10 For thus says the Lord: After seventy years are completed at Babylon, I will visit you and perform My good word toward you, and cause you to return to this place. 11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back from your captivity; I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you to the place from which I cause you to be carried away captive.

They were exiles in a foreign land who had lost their freedom. But, God still expected them to thrive and live up to His standards. He expected them to pray for the peace of the city in which they lived, not contribute to it’s destruction.

I encourage everyone who hates racism, don’t give ammunition to a racist’s argument or hatred with the bullets that come from YOUR gun.

Matthew 26:52 (NKJV)

52 But Jesus said to him, “Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will [a]perish by the sword.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

WHEN PEOPLE ACT AS THOUGH HOMOSEXUALITY & ABORTION ARE THE ONLY TWO SINS IN THE BIBLE…

Shame on those who claim to be in the Body of Christ but ‘cherry-pick’ the sins they feel are important.

Is homosexuality a sin? YES!

Is abortion a sin? YES!

Are these the only two sins that God prioritizes. NO!

Look at what God said through the prophet Isaiah…

Isaiah 10  (NKJV)

“Woe to those who decree unrighteous decrees,
Who write misfortune,
Which they have prescribed
2 To rob the needy of justice,
And to take what is right from the poor of My people,
That widows may be their prey,
And that they may rob the fatherless.

What will you do in the day of punishment,
And in the desolation which will come from afar?
To whom will you flee for help?
And where will you leave your glory?
Without Me they shall bow down among the prisoners,
And they shall fall [a]among the slain.”

For all this His anger is not turned away,
But His hand is stretched out still.


For those of you who require New Testament support, notice what Yeshua told the Pharisees and religious leaders. He rebuked them sharply for their hypocrisy…

Matthew 23:23  (NKJV)

23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the WEIGHTIER matters of the law: JUSTICE and MERCY and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.

The spirit of the Pharisees is alive and well in many of those who claim to be Christians who act as though Jesus dies and gave them ONE NARROW NARRATIVE.

If you are a Christian, and have never spoken out against social injustice…

If you are a Pastor and have never preached against social and racial inequality and inequity…

If you don’t have compassion for the poor in the land…

Not only are you are not being true to the entire message of Yeshua the Messiah, Jesus Christ, but the spirit of the Pharisees, Sadducees, Scribes and High Priests during the Lords earthly ministry still lives in you today.

You prove on which side of history you would have stood by your heart and attitude today…HOW YOU PROVE WHICH SIDE YOU WOULD HAVE CHOSEN IF YOU LIVED IN BIBLE DAYS BY YOUR ATTITUDE TODAY…

I pray that God softens your heart through peace to submit to His love, His will and His entire word.

WHY ARE EVANGELICALS SO QUIET ABOUT SOCIAL JUSTICE & CIVIL RIGHTS…

BE BLESSTIFED!

YES/NO: HOMOSEXUALITY & OTHER SINS IN THE CHURCH…

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YES, of course homosexuals are welcome in the church.

Matthew 11:28 (NKJV)

28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

NO, it does not excuse nor condone that particular sin. All sinners must repent and work on turning from lifestyles displeasing to God.

Romans 1:26-27 (NKJV)

26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.

YES, there are fornicators and adulterers in the church…

1 Corinthians 5:1 (NKJV)

5 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and such sexual immorality as is not even named[a] among the Gentiles—that a man has his father’s wife!

NO, their sins are not excused or condoned either.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 (NKJV)

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals,[a] nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.

YES, we are to speak out against homosexuality as any other sin…

Ezekiel 3:19 (NKJV)

19 Yet, if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul.

NO, speaking out against it doesn’t equate to hate speech or judging.

Hebrews 3:13 (NKJV)

13 but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

YES, the church isn’t perfect…

1 Corinthians 11:18 (NKJV)

18 For first of all, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you, and in part I believe it.

NO, that doesn’t make the church as a whole bad. We are all works in progress.

Ephesians 5:26-27 (NKJV)

26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.

YES, some people are passionate in their feelings against this sin…

Romans 10:2 (NKJV)

For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge.

NO, that’s not an excuse to call people derogatory, hurtful, mean-spirited names.

Galatians 6:1 (NKJV)

Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.

YES, people are born with innate desires they didn’t ask for…

 Psalm 51:5 (NKJV)

Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
And in sin my mother conceived me.

NO, that doesn’t necessarily make them okay.

Romans 1:29-32 (NKJV)

29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality,[a] wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving,[b] unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them

Romans 2:1 (NKJV)

Therefore, you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things.

YES, this post is to provoke healthy, respectful dialogue.

Isaiah 1:18 (NKJV)

18 “Come now, and let us reason together,”
Says the Lord,
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
They shall be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They shall be as wool.

NO, I know everyone won’t agree with me.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

IS YOUR FAITH FICKLE OR FAITHFUL…

“Hosanna!” is the praise the crowds shouted as Jesus triumphantly entered Jerusalem, but by the end of the week the crowds were shouting “Crucify Him!”

That’s why the Gospel of John reminds us…

John 2:23-25 23 “Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name when they saw the signs which He did. 24 But Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He knew all men, 25 and had no need that anyone should testify of man, for He knew what was in man.”
Jesus knew (and knows) that we as people are fickle. We care about what you can do for us. People want to know, “What have you done for me lately?”

People believed because of the signs, because of the miracles, because they were fed, but when Jesus told the people that we had to ‘eat His flesh and drink His blood many left him to follow Him no more (John 6:22-66). This happened right after miraculously fed over 5000 people.

Fickle people will leave when the going gets tough.

Fickle people will leave when the money is gone.

Fickle people will leave when the relationship isn’t fun anymore.

Fickle people will leave when they are given the truth about themselves that they don’t want to accept.

Fickle people will lay you off work when they feel someone they see as smarter, or younger, or quicker, or more talented comes along.

People can be fickle with God when He seems to be moving too slow, or not moving at all. You get the picture. All that being said, we need to remember…

  1. We need to strive to please God and not man.

  2. We need to be thankful for, and nurture our closest relationships (Even Jesus had an inner circle that He leaned on more…Peter, James and John)

  3. We will be sometimes be fickle with those closest to us… (Peter denied Jesus and they all scattered)

  4. In our relationships with God and one another we must move from being FICKLE to FAITHFUL. (Eventhough they sometimes doubted Jesus, Eventhough their faith was sometimes weak, Even though Peter denied Him, Eventhough they scattered when Jesus was crucified…the disciples went on to suffer for and spread the Gospel!

The disciples went from FICKLE to FAITHFUL! Have you?

BE BLESSTIFIED!!!

WORRIED ABOUT LOSING YOUR FREEDOM? LOOK AT YOUR OWN PRIDE FIRST…

The crisis and calamities going on globally today are of a biblical proportion. As many people struggle to understand why, I ask you to consider this…

When and where did it become acceptable for those who believe in God through Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) to have pride?

God has made it very clear that pride is one of the deadliest sins… That He hates it…and that He resists it!


Proverbs 6:16-19  (NKJV)

16 These six things the Lord hates,
Yes, seven are an abomination to [a]Him:
17 A[b] proud look,
A lying tongue,
Hands that shed innocent blood,
18 A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that are swift in running to evil,
19 A false witness who speaks lies,
And one who sows discord among brethren.


James 4:6  (NKJV)

But He gives more grace. Therefore He says:

“God resists the proud,
But gives grace to the humble.”


God resists THE PROUD and He resists THAT OF WHICH WE ARE PROUD OF!

God has not given us permission to be proud of ANYTHING!

Race,

Nation,

Accomplishments,

History,

Heritage,

Children,

Family,

Education,

Any monument,

Any statue,

Any flag,

ANYTHING!

From pride comes arrogance, hatred, racism, exclusion, supremacy, and the idolatry self-worship or worshipping the institutions we have established.

God does not allow us to be proud to be Black, White, Latino, American, European, or African. He doesn’t give us permission to be proud of any institution that we have established.

Pride is the source of many of the problems in our society today. You do know it’s the devil that’s convinced us this is okay…right?

The problems we are TOO PROUD and NOT THANKFUL enough. Think about it, God has commanded that we be thankful and not proud…

1 Thessalonians 5:18  (NKJV)

18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.


Anytime we use the word ‘PRIDE’ or ‘PROUD’, the word ‘THANKFU’L is always more appropriate! Try it!


“I’m proud of my race”…. “I’m thankful for my race.”

“I’m proud of my country”…”I’m thankful for my country.”

“I’m proud of my accomplishments… “I’m thankful for my accomplishments.”

“I’m proud of my heritage… “I’m thankful for my heritage.”

“I’m proud of my children,,,”I’m thankful for my children.”

Once we claim we are proud, we’ve opened the door for the devil to pervert that pride into idolatry. Remember, you don’t have to bow to a graven image to commit idolatry…that’s why God said that covetousness (greed) is idolatry…

Colossians 3:5  (NKJV)

Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.

Israel was exiled from their land and lost their freedom, not because of the sinners in the land, but because of their own PRIDE, ARROGANCE, COMPROMISE, COMPLA ASSIMILATION, and SPIRITUAL ADULTERY! That’s why God said…

2 Chronicles 7:14  (NKJV)

14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

Many Americans are afraid of losing their freedom and pointing their fingers at many causes. Before you blame the potential loss of your freedom on anything…look at your own pride.

If you don’t agree, just look at what God said Himself…

Proverbs 16:18 (NKJV)

18 Pride goes before destruction,
And a haughty spirit before [a]a fall.

Maybe, just maybe God is tearing down the idols of our hearts (Economy, Sports, Politics, Heritage). The real enemy ‘within’ is the enemy within us.

WHY GOD’S JUDGEMENT CAN’T BE BLAMED ONLY ON UNBELIEVERS & ‘SINNERS’…

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5 REASONS RACISM WILL NEVER GO AWAY UNTIL THE RETURN OF CHRIST…

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John 4:9 (NKJV)

9 Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.

Even though Jews and Samaritans were all the seed of Abraham, because the Jews felt the Samaritans were ‘less pure’ they detested them and did not associate with them.

Sound familiar?

Racism and prejudice have been around long before then though. But, let me first clarify that you can’t equate God’s prohibition from the Jews ‘mixing’ with other people as the equivalent to racism. This was purely spiritual because the nations around them served other Gods… It was a matter of faith and not race…

ENCOURAGEMENT FOR INTERRACIAL MARRIAGES: GOD DOESN’T FORBID ‘RACE MIXING’, BUT DOES FORBID ‘FAITH MIXING’…

FAITH, NOT RACE…
Deuteronomy 7:3-4 (NKJV)
3 Nor shall you make marriages with them. You shall not give your daughter to their son, nor take their daughter for your son. 4 For they will turn your sons away from following Me, to serve other gods; so the anger of the Lord will be aroused against you and destroy you suddenly.

Because we also notice how God punished Moses’ brother and sister when they protested his marriage to an Ethiopian woman and began to murmur against it…
Numbers 12:1-10 (NKJV)

12 Then Miriam and Aaron [a]spoke against Moses because of the [b]Ethiopian woman whom he had married; for he had married an Ethiopian woman. 2 So they said, “Has the Lord indeed spoken only through Moses? Has He not spoken through us also?” And the Lord heard it. 3 (Now the man Moses was very humble, more than all men who were on the face of the earth.)

4 Suddenly the Lord said to Moses, Aaron, and Miriam, “Come out, you three, to the tabernacle of meeting!” So the three came out. 5 Then the Lord came down in the pillar of cloud and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam. And they both went forward. 6 Then He said,

“Hear now My words:
If there is a prophet among you,
I, the Lord, make Myself known to him in a vision;
I speak to him in a dream.
7 Not so with My servant Moses;
He is faithful in all My house.
8 I speak with him face to face,
Even plainly,[c] and not in [d]dark sayings;
And he sees the form of the Lord.
Why then were you not afraid
To speak against My servant Moses?”

9 So the anger of the Lord was aroused against them, and He departed. 10 And when the cloud departed from above the tabernacle, suddenly Miriam becameleprous, as white as snow. Then Aaron turned toward Miriam, and there she was, a leper.

It’s clear here that God did not have a problem with Moses’ marriage, but He did have a problem with their prejudice. That has not changed.

So, where does this come from, the hatred for others because of their race, heritage or culture?


To make it simple, racism is sin. It’s an old tool of the enemy to divide those created in God’s image.


Racism is a sin that is the fruit of and birthed from other sins. This is not definitely not exhaustive, but here are 5 reasons why I feel racism won’t go away until Jesus returns…

PRIDE

“I’m proud of my race.” “White power” “Black power” etc., can cause people to think their race is better, smarter and entiltled. The devil has even manipulated some to feel they are entitled by God. Even when God calls the Jews, ‘His people’, it’s not because they are better. He just ‘chose’ them to be the people He would use to introduce reveal Himself and His plan to the world, but this also came with great responsibility. In fact, Abraham already had a race. God didnt raise up a race, He raised a faith…FAITH, NOT RACE….

We must remember that God forbids pride. Anything good we accomplish is only because God did it thorugh us or allowed it. It is never of our own, so anything you find yourself being saying you’re ‘proud of something’ would be better expressed, ‘I’m thankful for…’.

Racial pride always leads to racism. Humility always leads to respect and love.
Proverbs 16:18 (NKJV)

18 Pride goes before destruction,
And a haughty spirit before [a]a fall.

FEAR

Much of racism comes from the fear of other races. Fear of sterotypes and quite frankly fear from those who chose to live their lives to validate some sterotypes. However, those stereotypes never represent an entire race. Yes, we all have some cultural norms and tendencies, but the truth is that we all have much more in common that goes beyond race.

When you find yourself being afraid (if you’ll admit it to yourself) of another race or culture even if you feel that other race is more violent, more manipulative, more ‘dangerous’ for what ever reason…remember everyone isn’t the same and…
2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)
7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

JEALOUSLY

Many times racism is provoked by jealousy. Isn’t it amazing how God uses all things for His purpose. He even uses this jealousy to provoke ‘His people’ to accept Yeshua, Christ Jesus as LORD and Savior, while bringing salvation to the Gentiles…
Romans 11:11-12 (NKJV)
11 I say then, have they stumbled that they should fall? Certainly not! But through their [a]fall, to provoke them to jealousy, salvation has come to the Gentiles. 12 Now if their [b]fall is riches for the world, and their failure riches for the Gentiles, how much more their fullness!

GREED

Throughout history nations and races have lusted after the resources of another, then decided for themselves that the other nation or race is inferior, incapable or unable to manage their own resources. They have decided that God has entitled them to the the resources, land and even to own others. I feel this is the main justification for colonization, and conquering throughout history. People have even tried to justifying their lust and pursuit of others’ resources by comparing their missions to that of Isreal conquering the lands around them in the book of Joshua. But, THAT was God fulfilling His promise to Abraham, while pronouncing judgment on the surrounding nations as an example…totally different.

Think of how much the enemy has used racism to even allow those within the church to justify their predjudices. The church is still largley segregated, mainly because of culture. There’s no harm in this unless a particular church excludes those of other races.

BLAME

Here’s a big one. People love to blame! Blame the problems and issues of this world on others. Hitler used this to blame the problems of Germany, Europe and the world on the Jews. Unfortunatley, people are doing the same thing today. They are blaming the limited resources, crime, social issues etc. on other races and cultures.


But here’s the good news, just like any other sin and weakness we can win our personal battles and tendacies towards racist behavior IF WE REALLY WANT TO DO SO.


Too many Christians work on their other sins, but find reasons to justify their racism. This is when this scripture is most powerful…
Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)
13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

In the meantime, the enemy will still continue to use this effective tool to divide us. He will continue to use it to make fools of us
Galatians 3:27-28 (NKJV)
27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.


The truth is that racism won’t go away until the return of Yeshua, Christ Jesus, and we all become citizens of the kingdom that He is establishing right now on the earth…


Philippians 3:20 (NKJV)
20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,

Please don’t let the current political, social and economic climate allow the devil to manipulate you with racism.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

WHY WE SHOULD BE THANKFUL TO LIVE IN A COUNTRY THAT ALLOWS YOU TO PROTEST…

Even though it’s not perfect I’m thankful to God to live in a country, The United States of America, that allows you to protest…allows you to hold leaders accountable…allows you the freedom to help this country grow into being the country that God has called it to be.

Psalm 33:12  (NKJV)

12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
The people He has chosen as His own inheritance.

The United States was born through protest. The colonists felt they were being oppressed by England and their protest resulted in the USA.

We all know there are nations where if you speak out against the leader, you will be killed. There are many nations today where if you attempt to publicly protest, you will be imprisoned. That’s why it’s dangerous when you see a leader who fires or tries to discredit those who disagree with him or her, because if conditions were right, they have the potential to be a dictator.

When you think about it, part of America’s character and turbulent history is the protests. The southern states rebelled because they felt they were being oppressed by the Federal government. Even though they seceded, they were welcomed back in after losing. The United States fought for freedom around the world during WWI and WWII, while many it’s own citizens had second class citizenship. Many soldiers went to war, fought for freedom and were ‘put back in their place’ when they returned home. This is unfortunate.

Not long after that brave Americans who wanted equality and equity began to protest in what became known as the Civil Rights Movement. Many were killed because some Americans did’t want them to enjoy the same freedoms they enjoyed.

The right to protest peacefully is one of our most precious rights, and should never be taken for granted.

As you’re thanking God for the freedom to…

Come and go as you please…

Own your own weapons…

Pursue your own success…

Say what you want to say (with boundaries of course)…


In the words of Prince Rogers Nelson,

“Be glad you are free,

free to change your mind,

free to go most anywhere, anytime,

be glad you are free,

many a man who’s not,

be glad for what you have and what you’ve got.”


Stop and thank God for allowing you to live in a country that allows you to say what pisses you off, and work towards change with like-minded people.

As long as you do it peacefully and in a way that does not dishonor God, the Father of your Lord and Savior Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ).

Protesting peacefully doesn’t mean you don’t appreciate America.. It means you are exercising one of your most sacred rights.

1 Thessalonians 5:18  (NKJV)

18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

WHY THE DEVIL IS NOT A PYROMANIAC…

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

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Many people picture the enemy on a throne, ruling all those who are condemned to Hell. That is not the case.

He doesn’t love fire. He doesn’t rule fire, and he will not ‘rule’ Hell.

Hell is his condemnation…

Hell is his punishment…


HELL WILL BE HIS PRISON, NOT HIS KINGDOM!


Hell is his future, along with those who reject God through our Lord and Savior, Yeshua, Christ Jesus.

John 3:36 (NKJV)

36 He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

The enemy doesn’t have the keys to the abyss. He does not control the intensity of the flames. He will not be the ruler of those who share his condemnation. He will be stripped of all power that was granted to him for a season.

Matthew 25:41  (NKJV)

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WHY DOES MY FAMILY KEEP SAYING THAT I CAN’T SING?

My family always says I sing in the key of ‘U-flat’. My wife calls my highest register ‘falsetto-NO’.

What do y’all think?

Maybe singing isn’t my thing, but if it made you smile, and glorified godly marriage then mission accomplished😀

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