The Victory

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Gratitude - 1 Corinthians 15:57 - The Cross - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Gratitude – 1 Corinthians 15:57 – The Cross – Growing As Disciples

But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57 (NIV)

Victory

What does the victory that I have secured for you look like in your daily life? That is quite a thought provoking question. That’s exactly what I want to hear, your thoughts. Everything thing about my life has been changed since you are my Savior and Lord. How so? I no longer fear death. I am looking forward to the day that I will come to live forever in heaven with you. Every day I keep my heart and mind and life focused on you. How are you doing that? I am drawing near to you. I am listening carefully to you. I want to live the life that you have called me to live. I want to go where you guide me. I want to do what you ask of me. It is my pleasure and joy to do what is pleasing to you. That’s good.

Your victory is both here and now and not just there and then. What do you mean by that? You haven’t just given me victory over death and eternal life in the future. That is quite an amazing gift for which I will always be grateful and can never give you enough thanks and praise. But, you have also given me victory over sin and temptation and evil in this life. You have made me able to live my life with and for you now. You have broken the power of sin over my life right now. So, in a sense, my eternal life with you has already begun. Yes, it has. The eternal life I have with you guides the thoughts of my mind, words of my mouth and deeds of my life as I love, follow and serve you. That is very good.

I have also realized something about time. What’s that? I do and don’t have forever. Explain that. I have come to understand that my time on this earth is very brief. I am like a visitor passing through this short life. I have a very limited time in which I can bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. You have given me this life to live. You have purposes and plans for me to accomplish. You have work for me to do for you. Yes, I do. My life should have some urgency about it. So, I am asking you to help me to number my days. By that, I mean I want to know how to best use all the gifts, talents, abilities and resources you have given to me. I want to be steadfast and immovable in the work that you have given me to do for you. One day, from eternity, I want to be able to look back with you over my life and know that it was well used in your service. That will be very good.

Lord, thank you for securing victory over sin and death for me. I know my eternal future in heaven with you is being kept and guarded by your power. Help me to live each day with my heart and mind and life focused on you and the life you have given me to live. Amen

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Received The Word

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Gratitude – 1 Thessalonians 2:13 – Received The Word – Growing As Disciples

And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe. 1 Thessalonians 2:13 (NIV) 

Received

That is a very important word. What’s that? Received, is a very important word. How so? I will ask you a few questions to help you understand the importance of the word, received. Go ahead, I’m listening. It is very good that you are listening. Here are my questions. How are you receiving my word into your life? How has receiving my word into your life allowed me to use my word to work in your life? How have I used my word to change your heart, transform your mind and guide your life? How are your thoughts, words and deeds different because my word has been working in you? How has the entire course of your life changed because my word has been working in you? What will happen to your life if you do not continue to receive my word into it? You have asked a lot of questions. You can start answering them now.

I will start by answering your first and last questions. That’s great. I am meeting with your word. I have set apart a time and a place to meet every day with you in your word. I am meditating on your word day and night. I am letting your word dwell in me richly. How so? I am reading your word. I am studying your word. I am meditating on and memorizing your word. I am praying your word. I am proclaiming your word to others. I am taking a firm hold of your word so that it takes a firm hold of me. What do you mean by that? Well, in every way possible I am receiving your word into my life and then I am putting it into practice as I love, follow and serve you. That is very good. What would happen if you didn’t receive my word into your life and then put into practice? That was your last question. Yes, it was. Your working in my life will be hindered and short circuited if I don’t receive your word into my life and then put it into practice. That’s true.

What kind of work has my word been doing in you? Your word has been changing my heart, transforming my mind and guiding my life. How so? Your word has broken me free from bondages that once entangled my life. Your word has made me able to stand against evil and resist temptation. Your word has given me new thoughts to think, words to speak and deeds to do. Your word has set me on fire to want to know and do your will. Your word has given me a passion to want to do what is pleasing to you. Your word has changed the entire course of my life. Yes, it has.  Keep on receiving my word into your life. Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.

Heavenly Father, thank you for your word. Daily I am receiving your word into my life. Use your word to do your work in my life. Use your word to change my heart, transform my mind and guide my life. Thank you for molding and shaping me with your word. Amen

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Forget Not All His Benefits

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Gratitude – Psalm 103:1-5 – Forget Not All His Benefits- Growing As Disciples

Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits– who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Psalm 103:1-5 (NIV)

Remember 

This is more than a little troubling. This is where I dramatically fall short. Here is miss the mark by a wide margin. How so? I seldom take time to remember all that you have done for me. I don’t often stop to consider how you have so richly blessed my life. Why is that a problem? I know that ungratefulness is a sin. I know that failing to give you thanks and praise is not pleasing to you. I suspect that being ungrateful and unthankful is rooted in pride. How so? If I think that I have worked hard and earned something by my own efforts, why would I bother to give you thanks for receiving it? If I have come to expect good things to come to me because you owe me something, why would I bother to give thanks to you for what I deserved? If I am self-absorbed and in a flurry of self-centered activity, why would I ever find time to give you thanks and praise? None of these thoughts are true. Why not? Every good gift comes from you. I could start listing your good gifts to me and never stop. You have richly blessed my life. I have nothing that has not come from you. I am nothing that has not come from you. I will accomplish nothing that has not come from you. All that I am and all that I hope to be has come to me as a gift from you. Like what? For starters, you created me. You gave me life. You gave me a desire to love and follow and serve you. But, I screwed that up. I wandered away from you. I lived my life as if I didn’t want or need you. I walked on a path that led away from you. I led a bruised and battered and broken life. But, you redeemed me. You forgave my sins and cleansed my unrighteousness. You healed my bruised and battered and broken life. You pulled me from out a pit. You set my feet on solid ground. You rescued me from a life without you. You showed me your compassion. You showered me with your love. You restored me into a new relationship with you. You renewed me. You refreshed me. You revived me. You set my life on a new course of loving, following and serving you. Now, there is no place I would rather be than in your presence. Now, there is nothing I would rather do than serve you. That is very good.

What else do you want to do? I want to make it my regular pattern to stop to remember all that you have done for me. I want to regularly give you all my thanks and praise for all that you have done, are doing and will do for me. That will be very good.

Heavenly Father, I will never forget all you have done for me. You have forgiven my sins and redeemed my life. You have renewed me and healed my diseases.  You have crowned me with love and compassion. You have generously satisfied me with good things. Amen

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My Disciple

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Be – Matthew 9:9 – My Disciple – Growing As Disciples

As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Matthew got up and followed him. Matthew 9:9 (NLT)

Your Journey

Do you want to be my disciple? Yes, I want to be your disciple. What must I do since I want to be your disciple? That is a very good question. I have a very simple answer for you. If you want to be my disciple, you will follow me. Follow you, where will I follow you? You will follow me to wherever I lead. Will I know in advance where we are going? No, you will not. That will be a challenge. Why is that? I like to know where I am going. I like having a road map. I like to know my destination before I start my journey. You will have all those desires fulfilled as you follow me. How so? You are going to wherever I lead you. I will be your guide. I will be your road map. Your destination will be sure and certain. What is my destination? Your journey of following me will end in heaven. Heaven is your destination. Heaven is where you will come to live forever with me. That will be fantastic. You have no idea. It will be far better than you could possibly ever begin to think or imagine. I will be looking forward to that day. Yes, you will and that will be very good.

Being my disciple will require more than just following me. What else will being your disciple require of me? In addition to following me, you must also do what I ask of you. What will you ask of me? I will ask you to do thousands of things as you follow me. Some things, I will ask of you will be simple and easy to do. Other things, that I ask of you will be complicated and difficult to do. There will even be times when I will ask you to do what is impossible. Why would you do that? I want you to learn to trust me. I want you to place all your faith in me. I want you to come to rely on me rather than on yourself. I want you to live in a moment by moment intimate relationship with me. I want you to know that I am working in and through your life. I want you to know that I am allowing you to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name. Will you do whatever I ask of you? Will you allow me to work in and through your life? Yes Lord, I will. You will be my follower. You will be my disciple. You will be my witness in the world. I am looking forward to my journey of following and serving you. That will be very good. 

Lord, I will leave everything to be your follower. There is nothing from my old life I desire more than you. I will go wherever you guide me. I will do whatever you ask of me. Change my life and make me to be your disciple as I follow you every day of my life. Amen

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Sure

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Be – James 1:5-8 – Sure – Growing As Disciples

If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do. James 1:5-8 (NLT)

Just Ask

If I need wisdom? Is that a joke or a trick question? Why do you say that? There is no “if” about it. I desperately need wisdom. I don’t need just a little bit of wisdom here and there. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t need wisdom. What has convinced you of that fact? I have made so many mistakes. I have taken so many missteps. I have gone left when I should have gone right. I have stayed put when I should have moved forward. I have started when I should have stopped. Life and all it difficulties and trails has shown me one thing. What’s that? I desperately need wisdom. I don’t need the best wisdom that the world offers either. What’s wrong with worldly wisdom? I have more than enough worldly wisdom. My abundance of so called worldly wisdom is what has led to my many mistakes and missteps. Worldly wisdom stands in direct opposition to you. Worldly wisdom is sinful, self-centered, and self-sufficient. Worldly wisdom has led me to think that I can rely on myself. Worldly wisdom has convinced me that I don’t need to come to you to ask you for your wisdom. That is a terrible mistake. Yes, I know that now. At least you have learned that you need my wisdom. Yes, I have no doubts about that. That’s good.

So, I’m going to live my life differently. How so? I am not going to rely on myself. I am not going to proudly think that I have all the wisdom that I need. I am going to confess and admit that I desperately need your wisdom. That is a good start. I’m not stopping there. Tell me more. I am going to come to you every day to ask you for your wisdom. Some days I’m even going to ask you to show me what kind of wisdom I need. What do you mean by that? There will be days, I’m sure, when I won’t even know how to pray for wisdom. I will need your wisdom to even know how to pray. Yes, you will. I will guide your prayers. I believe that you will guide my prayers. What else do you believe? I believe that you will hear and answer my prayers. I believe that you will generously give me all the wisdom I will need when I come and ask you for it. Yes, I will. You can be sure of that. Thank you so much for hearing and answering my prayers for wisdom.

Lord, the difficulties and trials of life have clearly shown to me that I lack wisdom. I cannot rely on myself. I desperately need your help. I do believe that you will hear and answer my prayer. I do believe that you will generously give me all the wisdom I need. Amen

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Given

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Be – Matthew 13:11-12 – Given – Growing As Disciples

He replied, “You are permitted to understand the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven, but others are not. To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them. Matthew 13:11-12 (NLT)

Listening 

Do you want to grow in your understanding of the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven? Do you want to have an abundance of knowledge? Do you want to be someone who has or has not received what I want to teach them? Yes, I want to know all that I can about the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven. Yes, I want to have an abundance of knowledge. I want to receive all that you want to teach me. How can I receive all that you want to teach me? How can I learn of the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven? How can I have an abundance of knowledge that you want to teach me? Those are good questions.

You have made the right assumption. What assumption? I do want you to know the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven. I do want you to have an abundance of knowledge. I do want you to receive everything I want to teach you. That’s good. That’s exciting. Something depends on me, doesn’t it? Yes, something does depend on you. What depends on me? How badly do you want to know the secrets of the kingdom? How desperately do you want to receive an abundance of knowledge from me? How determined are you to receive all that I want to teach you? I’m not sure how to answer that question. I desperately want to know the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven. It is my passionate desire to receive an abundance of knowledge from you. I persistently want to receive all that you want to teach me. That is very good. I am glad that you are uncertain how to answer my questions. You have given good answers to my questions with your words. But, that is not how I want you to answer my questions. How do you want me to answer your questions? I want you to answer my questions with your actions. What action of mine, will answer your questions? That is a very good question. Sitting down, and listening to me, will answer every one of my questions. If you are persistently willing to come and sit down to listen to my teaching then I will know that you really want to receive all that I want to teach you. Will you set aside a special time and sacred place to meet with me? Yes Lord, I will. Then you will receive all that I want to teach you. You will receive an abundance of knowledge from me. You will understand the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven.

Lord, here I am. I have set aside this special time. I am sitting down in this sacred place. I’m making myself fully available to you. I will attentively listen to everything you want to teach me. Open my ears. Help me to grow in understanding as I listen to you. Amen

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Now No Condemnation

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Romans 8:1-2 – Now No Condemnation – Growing As Disciples

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:1-2 (NIV)

Set Free

You have been set free. You have been forgiven of all your sins. There is no now condemnation for you because you are in Christ. Is that hard for you to believe and accept?  I know that Jesus Christ died on the cross for my sin. I know that I have turned from sin and given my life to Him. I know that you have given me a new and completely different life in Him. You have changed my heart and are transforming my mind. I love you with all my heart and mind and soul. I now want to live in ways that please you. I have been born again to a new life in you. You haven’t really answered my question, at least not directly. I’m getting around to it. I have no doubt that I have been forgiven and cleansed of all my sins. I know that I have been adopted into your family. You love and accept me. Yes, I do. I will say that all that you have done for me is so wonderful. I am so thankful for all that you have done for me. I accept all that you have done for me. Is it hard for me to believe and accept that I have been forgiven of all my sins and that there will be no condemnation for me because of my sins? Yes, that was my question. If I said that this was hard to believe and accept it would not be because of doubt or a lack of faith. I have learned to believe that everything you say is completely true. I don’t doubt your word. I have complete faith and trust in you. What you have done for me is so wonderful. It seems like it will take my lifetime and maybe a good part of eternity to fully comprehend all that you have done for me. I will never be condemned for my sin. I will always be forgiven and cleansed of all my unrighteousness because of what Jesus Christ has done for me. This is a gift that I didn’t deserve and couldn’t earn. No, you could not. I believe and accept your gift. Help me to understand and live in all that you have done for me everyday as I follow you. Yes, I will. Let’s talk a little more about that.

There is a way that you can know for sure that you have been forgiven. There is a way that you can know that you will never again live under condemnation. How is that? My Spirit now lives inside of you. You are now being led and guided by my Spirit. You said that you want to do everything that pleases me. Yes, I did. That desire and your ability to live in ways that please me comes from my Spirit living in you. If my Spirit were not living in you, you would not have that desire. If you were not forgiven and cleansed of your sins and free from condemnation my Spirit would not be living in you. But now my Spirit is leading you. Yes, he is. There is now no condemnation for me. I have been forgiven and cleansed of all my sins. That’s right.

Lord, all my faith is in you. I have turned from my old life of sin to follow you. You are my Savior and Lord. Thank you for giving me a new life of being led by your Spirit and free from any condemnation over my sin now and forever. Amen

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She Said To Herself

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – The Mind – Matthew 9:20-22 – She Said To Herself – Growing As Disciples

Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.” Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed from that moment. Matthew 9:20-22 (NIV)

What Are You Thinking? 

What are you thinking? What are you telling yourself? I’m not sure what you mean. What am I thinking about what? What am I telling myself about what? Are you telling yourself that you can live life under your own power and strength? Are you thinking that you don’t want or need my help? I am certainly not thinking or telling myself those thoughts. I need all the help I can get. I need all the power and strength and help and healing that you will give to me. I don’t have all I need. I am not all I need. I desperately need you. Really, I would not have guessed that by your actions. Not that I need to guess about anything. I know you desperately need my help. It just surprises me that you don’t ask for my help and healing very often. I don’t? No, you don’t.

So, let’s go back to my questions. Ask them again. What are you thinking? What are you telling yourself? Do you think I may too busy to hear and answer your prayers? Do you not want to trouble me? Do you think that your small prayers are too small for me to consider? Do you think that your large prayers are too big for me to grant? No, I know you are not too busy to hear and answer my prayers. No, I know that both my small and large prayers are ones that you are ready and willing and able to hear and answer. There is no prayer that is too small or too large to bring to you. I know that I can never bother you by asking for something from you. You delight to meet with me in prayer. That’s right. It is your joy to hear and answer my prayers. That’s true. You are my God and Father. You know how to give good gifts to me. Yes, I do.

Is there something that you would like to do differently? Yes, there is something I would like to do differently. What’s that? With a heart filled with faith, I will bring all my prayers to you. There will be no prayer that is too small or too large to pray to you. That’s right. I will come to you to ask for all your help and healing. That will be very good. 

Lord, I know that you hear and answer prayer. I never want to be telling myself or believing anything different than that. Help me to come to you with a heart and mind that are filled with faith to ask for help and healing not only for myself but also for others. Amen

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So Is He

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – The Mind – Proverbs 23:7 – New Thoughts – Growing As Disciples

For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. “Eat and drink!” he says to you, But his heart is not with you. Proverbs 23:7 (NKJV)

New Thoughts 

What thoughts are you allowing your mind to think? That seems like an odd question to me. Why is that? Your question seems to imply that I can control what I allow my mind to think. You do have the power to control what you allow your mind to think. Your mind is not held captive to whatever thought comes into it. You can decide to think or not think about something. That hardly seems possible to me. Why is that? In deciding I will not think about something won’t I be thinking about it? No, you can decide to leave unwanted and unhelpful, worldly and sinful thoughts behind you. I would like to do that.

Let’s be very clear about something. What’s that? The thoughts that you allow your heart to think will guide the entire course of your life. Your thoughts will become your words and your words will become your deeds. Your thoughts and words and deeds will add up to be the quality and character of your life. Your thoughts and words and deeds will determine all that you will think, say and do. So, what I allow my mind to think is a very important issue. I will need to take control of all my thoughts and words and deeds. Let’s talk more about that. I would like to do that.

You said that seemed hardly possible that you could decide what you will and will not think. Yes, I did. You were almost right about that. Why was I not completely right. You should have said, it is impossible for me to control the thoughts of my mind. Then I would have agreed with you. Now, I am confused. On your own, with your own power, using your efforts alone, you will not be able to control the thoughts of your mind. That’s what I thought. But, didn’t want to say it. Why is that? I didn’t want to admit defeat. Don’t admit defeat. Admit that you need my help. Come to rely on me. Let me change your heart, transform your mind and guide your life. Let me give you new thoughts to think. I would like that.

How will you change my heart, transform my mind and guide my life? How will you give me new thoughts to think, words to speak and deeds to do? I will use my word. Let my word dwell in your heart and mind. Allow my word to guide your life. Meditate on my word day and night. My word will be like a sword to fight in you, with you and for you. My word will make you able to think my thoughts and walk in my ways. My word will make you able to think thoughts, speak words and do deeds that are pleasing to me. Will you allow my word to dwell in your heart and mind and life? Yes Lord, I will. Then you will become the person I have called you to be. Then you will live the life I have called you to live. That is what I want. That is very good. 

Lord, help me to think thoughts that please you. I want your thoughts to guide the thoughts of my heart, words of my mouth and deeds of my life. Transform my thoughts so I will think and speak and act in ways that are consistent with your will and ways. Amen

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The Greatest Commandment

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – The Mind – Matthew 22:36-40 – The Greatest Commandment – Growing As Disciples

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:36-40 (NIV)

I Love You

I know that you love me. Of that, I am certain. Why is that? You sent your one and only Son into the world to die for me. You made it possible for my sins to be forgiven and my unrighteousness cleansed. You rescued me from a life without you. You pulled me off the path that led away from you. You broke down the barrier that separated me from you. You made it possible for me to live and walk in an intimate relationship with you. You restored my soul. You have revived and refreshed my life. You have given me a hunger and thirst for you and the life that you have for me. You put your Holy Spirit within me as a deposit guaranteeing that I have a future in heaven with you. You have given me your word so that I can know your will and walk in your ways. You have filled my life with hope and meaning and purpose. You have given me gifts and talents and abilities with which I can bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Throughout all the twists and turns and ups and downs of life you have been with me to comfort and encourage me. You have kept me moving forward with you. You are molding and shaping my life so I will  become the person you have called me to be. You draw near to me as I draw near to you. You hear and answer my prayers. For all of these things and for much more I give you all my thanks and praise. That is every good.

Is there something else that you want to give to me? I want to give you myself. I am all yours. I am at your disposal. I am fully devoted to you. I now love you, because you first loved me. It is my joy to say that I love you with all my heart and mind and soul. I will go where you guide me, to do what you ask of me. Not because, I should or must, but because I love you. I want to do what is pleasing to you. I want to live my life with and for you. It is the desire of my heart to know and love you. It is the goal of my life to follow and serve you. Use me for your purposes. Help me to fulfill your plans. Yes, I will.

Heavenly Father, I love you because you first loved me. You loved me when I was unlovable. Now, I do love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. Help me to better and more fully express my love to you as I follow and serve you every day. Amen

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