Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Secret to Finishing Strong

1966-JANUARY 24-JOURNAL ENTRY~ There is no more rewarding experience in all of life than to stimulate men to new and fresh insight in their present surroundings and circumstances; I had the joy and privilege of presenting the lecture on devotional reading this morning to the City Evangelical Ministers Meeting. There was only a 30 minute slot available but I believe the Lord made the most of it.


It was not long before the men were on the edges of their chairs hurriedly taking notes and looking at God’s Word in new light. My main thought was simply, “I believe the ministry is the greatest calling in the world, thus we must give it our best by first feeding our own souls on the Word. Then we will be ready to feed those who come to listen and respond. We read, meditate and pray over what the Spirit says in the Word. We must read prayerfully for our own soul’s sake before we go sermon hunting.”

2008-OCTOBER 21-REFLECTION~Richard Foster from Life With God, “…the Church in the west is very much like those roses (a bouquet on his table) still some blossom showing but wilting because it has been severed from its roots. Prayer is the root system. And it is a life of prayer that needs to be reestablished in our lives. What we so desperately need today is not individualized prayer experiences that we can turn on or off at will like a faucet, but prayer as a constantly flowing life.”


One recent estimate reveals only 1 in 10 pastors are finishing strong. When asked how we have come through the past five plus decades, my answer is simply, our family and friends pray for us.” To our readers who are not pastors, may we remind you this October to intercede daily for your spiritual leaders, especially your pastor and wife. James reminds us, “The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with.”

SAYING YES TO GOD~bob and marilyn yawberg- Vol. IX # 19===>Click headline for website . . .



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Monday, October 20, 2008

Inner~View #49: The "Revisioned" 29:59 Plan


The "Revisioned" 29:59 Plan Released!

Praying Pastor ~ interviewed Daniel Henderson ... Daniel how did you become involved with Peter Lord, the original designer of this resource?

Daniel Henderson ~ An elder in my church suggested I contact Peter Lord. This man had been greatly helped in his prayer life by The 29:59 Plan, especially as a follow-up tool after the Prayer Summit experience. Not knowing if Pastor Lord had any plans for future distribution of this powerful prayer tool, we agreed that it would be worth a phone call.

In a subsequent meeting with Pastor Lord, he indicated that he had been praying for the right ministry to come along with the same heart as his own to take the 29:59 to a new generation. He felt we were the answer to his prayer. He was an answer to ours as well.


Praying Pastor ~ The original version has been revised several times and sold over 600,000 copies since 1976. This edition is "revisioned" - What does that mean and how is it different?

Daniel Henderson ~ We have maintained all the basic content of the original version with the same daily tabs and intercessory focal points. We reorganized his teaching on prayer to fit the “4/4 pattern of prayer” that I introduce in my books, Fresh Encounters and PRAYzing!(NavPress). We added some inspirational prayer quotes and, of course, gave it a whole new look.


Praying Pastor ~ Describe the focus and format of the 29:59 Plan...

Daniel Henderson ~ Peter Lord designed this three-ring binder prayer guide to help the people of his church spend 30 minutes a day in balanced, biblical prayer. However he did not want the 30-minute time suggestion to be legalistic, so he called it the 29:59 (one second short of 30-minutes). It is a clever name.

The prayer guide provides a worship-based approach with many tools for extensive intercession on a variety of vital subjects. The front part of the book includes basic instruction on how to use the guide, teaching on prayer and a guide to praying the scriptures. Then, the 8 tabs (one as a daily tab and the others representing the seven days of the week) provide powerful scripture-based prayers with sheets for interceding on a variety of issues each day. The tabs and sheets can be moved around because of the 3-ring format. It is very versatile but very practical.


Praying Pastor ~ This resources is valuable for any Christian but talk to us about how it can be strategically beneficial in the life of a pastor...

Daniel Henderson ~ Of course, the tool is vital in helping a pastor maintain a biblical, balanced personal prayer experience. Additionally, it will benefit the pastor because it provides strong encouragement for people to pray for church leaders. If a pastor can distribute the plan widely within his congregation he will also have his people praying in unity on the same issues every day. This is a great blessing.


Praying Pastor ~ Explain the four "strokes" of praying and does the sequence make a difference?

Daniel Henderson ~ The “4/4” pattern as a simple, powerful and memorable approach to using the pattern Jesus gave in his landmark prayer instructions in Matthew 6:9-13. It is very similar to the 4/4 time in music.

  • The Upward Stroke is a focus on “Reverence” (worship) in keeping with the instruction “Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be Your name.”
  • The Downward Stroke is an emphasis on “Response” (surrender) in line with the phrase “Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
  • The Inward Stroke represents our “Requests” as we consider what it means to say, “Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” This involves trusting the Lord in the areas of resources and relationships.
  • Your browser may not support display of this image.The Outward Stroke represents “Readiness” for the spiritual battles of everyday life in keeping with the idea, “and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.”

Praying Pastor ~ Along with the explanation of this method of praying, the book is divided into daily sections with many journal pages. What should the user expect to see aside from space to write their prayers?

Daniel Henderson ~ The daily divider tabs are probably my favorite part of the 29:59. Peter Lord did a wonderful job in creating scriptural prayers of worship to kick-start the daily prayer time. Then the balanced approach of the areas of intercession is so powerful. Obviously, we are encouraged to pray for personal needs, family members, our church, fellow believers and our nation. But, we are also challenged to pray for things like our enemies, missionaries, the peace of Jerusalem and suffering Christians around the world. I have loved the urging to keep a comprehensive and balanced prayer strategy based on the scriptural promptings to do so.



Praying Pastor ~ Praying Scripture is a large section of the guide book - Why is that so vital and is there a one-size-fits-all approach to praying scripture?

Daniel Henderson ~ I believe the best way to talk to God is in His own words. Not only does the 29:59 offer a regular array of scriptural prayers, but the user is shown how to create their own scripture-based prayer time from the Psalms, using the 4/4/ pattern. This provides a lot of inspiration and many choices.


Praying Pastor ~ Aside from their personal use of the 29:59 Plan, how can a pastor implement this resource into their congregation?

Daniel Henderson ~

  • I think a pastor would be wise to get this tool into the hands of as many people in his church as possible, allowing them to grow in their prayer lives – but also helping them pray in powerful agreement based on the daily themes of the 29:59. This would bring great blessing to the church. As the New Year approaches, it is an ideal time to get this into the church.
  • Intercessors, prayer coordinators and church leaders will find that this tool brings a fresh depth and balance to their prayers. It is easy to get stuck in a rut – or only focus on those areas that are naturally interesting to us. This tool broadens our focus and keeps us well-rounded in our intercession.
  • Pastors' Prayer Groups could also benefit by praying in agreement by using the tool daily in praying for their people, one another and their city.


Praying Pastor ~ Daniel, please write a prayer for every pastor or praying person who senses the Spirit prompting them to investigate this resource...

Daniel Henderson ~
Father, we confess that we are so good at talking about prayer – but often fall short in actually practicing this wonderful spiritual discipline. As pastors we are skilled at telling our people to pray –but often fall short in providing the tools that actually show them how to do it. I pray that you will allow this wonderful, classic guide to be used in increasing the prayer level in our churches. Teach our people to pray in systematic and strategic ways. Bless Pastor Peter Lord in his retirement years with the joy of knowing that his legacy of teaching prayer will continue for many years to come. Use this tool to ignite fresh vision for seeking your face and experiencing the power of your hand of blessing and provision. Because of Christ, and in His name, I pray . . . AMEN.

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

National Prayer Leader on 2 Chronicles 20:1-23

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GOD HELP US FOR WE DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO (Doug Metzger)

Text: 2 Chronicles 20: 1-23

Let me begin by asking a dumb question. Someone said there is no such thing, but I am about to prove them wrong.

Do you ever like to see trouble invade your life?

DUMB RIGHT? Kind of like asking do you like having a root canal? Do you enjoy it when the waitress dumps your dinner in your lap at the restaurant? All of us would agree that we don’t like to see trouble come because it is like an enemy invasion.

It takes joy and turns it into sorrow; peace and calm and turns it into turbulence.

No one better captured the turbulent nature of life better than did Max Lucado in his book In The Eye of the Storm when he told the story of Chippie the parakeet getting sucked into a vacuum cleaner, being washed clean by cold running water and blown dry by a hot blow dryer. It was a turbulent experience to say the least. When the owner was called and asked how Chippie was doing following the experience she responded: “Chippie doesn’t sing much anymore, he just sits and stares…..” Not hard to understand why?

Your story may be different from Chippie’s, but admit it: we don’t like to see trouble come.

What we like is life free of troubles.

Surely this was true for King Jehoshaphat whose troubles started when 3 enemy armies are poised to invade his peaceful land. He looks out to discover trouble with a capital “T” is staring him in the face. Life is suddenly threatened.

QUESTION: What can we learn from King Jehoshaphat’s example that could benefit us when trouble invades? What we can learn will be greatly beneficial in moving someone here tonight from experiencing the pain of trials to the glory of revival.

    1. WE MUST GET REAL WITH THE REALITY OF TROUBLE

    2 CHRON.20: 3a “And Jehoshaphat was afraid….”

When word comes that there is trouble in the land, note that he did not bury his head in the sand and hope it would go away…

He didn’t hold a pity party and say: Why is this happening to me?

He got real with reality by recognizing that things were not right &and by the way, the reference to being afraid is not alluding to a cowering fear, but rather a recognition of trouble.

The NIV uses the word “alarmed”. Picture an alarm clock going off. Does it bring fear?

No! It says it’s time to wake up….

Why is that significant for us today?

If there was ever a day when the church of the Lord Jesus Christ needed to get real with reality it is today. Alarms are going off all around us and we cannot afford to sleep through them.

While many of us have been asleep and too comfortable, America’s been invaded by powerful, pervasive enemies. Let me mention 3:

  • A new paganism that is taking immorality to new depths. It’s unreal what can be seen on TV and elsewhere today. The spread of filth and garbage is beyond imagination!
  • Post-modernism that is challenging all absolute truth and belief systems ultimately seeking to make truth relative as opposed to absolute.
  • A rampant liberalism is stretching us way beyond the boundaries of the Biblical standard we hold dear far beyond anything we thought possible.

HOW DOES THIS ALL AFFECT US?

Well, not very well! Why so?

For some time now, Biblical Christianity in America, the spiritual roots upon which our nation has been founded, have been under attack from these enemies. We have seen the Bible, prayer and the Ten Commandments removed from our schools.

Additionally we have seen Biblical marriage come under attack by those who would make it other than a relationship between one man and one woman. By doing so, we see the family structure as society has known it since God established the home set to be destroyed.

We see abortion continue to take lives of millions of innocent babies. The holocaust is great and sad!

And one could go on & on about attacks on morality and Christianity and all we have held dear in America.

But to make matters worse, the church of the Lord Jesus for the most part appears to be oblivious or blind to the reality of it all.

We are much like the church at Sardis in Revelation 3: 1-3. Read text! Like Sardis, we have reputations, but in many cases we are dead and if not dead, we’re asleep and need to wake up to reality.

George Barna’s book, The Second Coming of the Church, contains a scary statement about the condition of today’s church:

“At the risk of sounding like an alarmist, I believe the Church in America has no more than 5 years – perhaps even less to turn itself around and begin to affect the culture, rather than be affected by it…we must re-kindle our passion for God, recapture a sense of urgency about ministry, and respond strategically to the challenges before us.”

That statement was made in 1998 and we are now some years removed from that declaration.

Has the church heeded those words? Sadly, most of the church does not even know they were spoken and if they did, my fear is that they would likely not care.

Jimmy Draper said something about the church in recent years that says it all: “We don’t care and we don’t care that we don’t care.” The picture is one of an alarm clock ringing, but no one heeding. At best we hit the snooze button and go back to sleep.

Such apathy begs a question: How long will God be patient with us? God’s word to the church at Sardis was to wake up or else. Verse 3.

Let us not forget that the Bible is full of stories of God dealing with His people in judgment when they went astray? We see it in the case of Northern Kingdom of Israel and the Assyrians in 722 B.C. The Babylonian army under King Nebuchadnezzar did same to Southern Kingdom about 100 years later even destroying Jerusalem in 586 BC.

For 70 years the people that God desired to bless, prosper and use suffered in captivity in a foreign land. Like much of what we see in our day, they had been going through the outward motions of religion, but spiritually their hearts were not where they needed to be.

I believe we can summarize the state of the church with this description: we have swapped a Biblical world-view for a “believe whatever you want world-view.”

Why is that important? It is important because it is your world-view that determines what you value and how you respond to your culture when it seems to be going haywire.

Sadly, it is not just the general population that is off-base in a non-biblical worldview, but this is seen even among many, many people who call themselves Christians.

The situation grows worse and worse. The alarm clock is ringing, but we let it ring unheeded. Traditional values and Judeo-Christian morality is fast slipping away and we remain asleep.

Is there an answer? Certainly and King Jehoshaphat demonstrates for us what it is.

  1. WE MUST BE WILLING TO ADMIT OUR HUMAN LIMITATIONS

“And Jehoshaphat turned his attention to seeking the Lord” V. 3b…

Note v.12… “We are powerless.”

Let me tell you something about this King lest you think he was a wimp: Jehoshaphat was one of those rare kings that had lot on the ball. He had a great track record and yet there comes a time and place that this great man has to confess he wasn’t sufficient of himself for the reality that had come his way.

With what we are facing in our culture today as we face the reality of our enemies and the inroads being made and as we look at the church and its failure to be salt and light in making a difference, we must recognize that we don’t have it either! We are certainly not adequate for what we are up against. Agreed?

I remind you that Jesus never said: Without me you can do many things or some things or even a few things. He said without me, you can do nothing.

What do you suppose nothing means in the Greek???? Zero/ Zilch/ nothing!

    1. WE MUST GET FOCUSED ON THE ONE WHO ALONE CAN HELP

      V. 12 b

“O our God, won’t you stop them? We have no way to protect our-selves against this mighty army. We don’t know what to do, but we are looking to you.” V. 12 (Living Bible)

What we see here in a word is trust... absolute dependence. He was trusting God to step into action because human action wasn’t going to be able to handle it. Here was a man who recognized that though the troubles were big, they were not bigger than God!

I have good news for you today: God is bigger than our problems too.

What we see next is God go into action and provide glorious victory as the 3 enemy armies turn on each other and not one Israelite dies in conflict! Totally a God thing!

Would you not like to see God by His Spirit change the landscape in America in the days ahead? How in the world would we ever hope to see that happen?

The same way it always happens as seen with Jehoshaphat and with others in this book and in history: Serious believing prayer.

The only hope for the church and the culture in America is for a movement of God that brings revival to our churches and spiritual awakening to our nation.

Every time God did that in the past, He did it in response to a movement of repentant, united, fervent, dependent prayer.

May I remind you today of the glorious promise given in 2 Chronicles 7:14 that says it all: “If my people, who are called by my name shall humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin and heal their land.”

If we took that seriously, what would happen? Let me offer a history lesson:

America has had 2 Great awakenings in times of dire need… 1 in the beginning of the 1700’s and then in the late 1700's and early 1800’s.

Sadly, the last great movement of God happened in late 1850’s, but, my what a movement it was: called The Layman’s Prayer Revival. It came at a time when the nation was beset by grave problems: Slavery, financial prosperity making money god and religious extremism giving Christianity a black-eye along with a spiritually anemic church.

What happened? Layman Jeremy Lanphier, on Manhattan Island in NYC called for a prayer meeting at Fulton Street on Sept. 23, 1857 at noon hour. He and 6 others came together. Then in the weeks and months following, hundreds then thousands came together for prayer and before long they were meeting 5 days a week. It is believed that as many as 50 thousand were praying together in NYC at the height of the movement!

Results were awesome in NYC, but similar movements happened simultaneously across this nation. The result was the conversion of 1 Million people. If we had such a movement today, it would be the equivalent of 20 million saved.

And it all happened through a movement of prayer!

It is fascinating to me today that we see God birthing an exploding Christianity in Latin America, in persecuted China and in Africa?

Why not America? Could God not so move in America?

Yes, but we must have 3 things occur:

1. Get a proper motive: the glory of God. Henry Blackaby told me one day at lunch that he believes that Southern Baptists want a revival. He said our problem is that we want it so we can have more success and God is not going to give it to us with such a selfish motive.

2. We must get honest enough to deal with our sins through repentance. Sadly, we don’t even want to acknowledge sin let alone repent of it. So much more could be said at this point.

3. We must get desperate enough to cry out to God with a heart that yearns for His activity in our behalf.

There is really a bottom line issue: do we believe that prayer makes a difference?

Let me in closing speak to that from personal experience: As many of you know, 7 years ago, a tumor was found in my neck. Two surgeries followed with news I had a rare form of Thyroid cancer that had gone into lymph nodes (6 of 16). 35 radiation treatments were to follow.

I put out a plea far and wide for prayer for healing and to suffer minimal side effects of treatments. They could be harsh from what I read in 3 areas: major swallowing problems/ severe dry mouth/ vocal cord damage.

I did so well with the treatments that my Radiation Doctor commented. I told her that I had 1000’s praying for me. I wish I could tell you she jumped for joy and praised God. She made no comment; in fact she changed the subject. What she could not change was the fact that something was at work, or should I say “Someone was at work.”

But the real miracle in my battle with cancer, though I understand God doesn’t always work the same in everyone, is that prior to radiation, I asked for my blood marker for cancer called Calcitonine be checked.

It’s to be between 0-10 and mine was near 6000 prior to my 2nd surgery… off the chart. She said it was a good idea. Hold onto your seat belt, because it went from near 6000 to undetectable in the blood before I had one treatment as a result of prayer and it has remained 8 or less over the past 6 years.

When at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston for a check-up, my specialist looked at the before and after results and said: “Sir, I need to tell you something: you are a very lucky man.”

I said “Doctor, I need to tell you some-thing. Luck had absolutely nothing to do with it. It was the power of God working through the power of prayer.”

In closing: If we are ever to see revival come and we desperately need it, I can assure you, that luck will have nothing to do with it.

Only a movement of God brought about by the desperate sincere prayers of His people will bring God to display His glory and bring revival!

Would it not be awesome if He began that right here in this church? It has to begin somewhere!!!

The question is, are you ready to face the reality of our problem and then admit that you are inadequate for the problem? If so, will you then begin to focus on God intervening by seeking Him and His healing for the church and the land like never before?

Doug Metzger has been a Pastor in PA, NJ, GA and CA and has served nationally on the staff of the North American Mission Board in Personal Evangelism and as Director of Strategic Focus Cities and as Director of Prayer. He is a graduate of the US Naval Academy and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has a passion for preaching the Word and prayer.

He can be contacted at 909-693-9114 or at 36464 Byron Trail, Beaumont, CA 92223




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Calling Pastors to Call-in & Pray

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Pastors:

The Concerts of Prayer of Greater New York is hosting a series of Pastors’ Prayer calls as a part of the "40 Days of Passionate Prayer!" prayer focus. (See below) This week’s speaker is Dr. Henry Blackaby.

The next call is THIS Friday, October 17 at 8am EST (5am Pacific). Make plans join the call and to hear from the man of God – followed by fervent prayer with 100 fellow pastors from across the nation.

As with Nineveh in the Book of Jonah, the cry of our nation is great. On the Oct 3 call, Dr. Blackaby called the state of our nation the judgment of God. As pastors and leaders, have we responded with God’s remedy for His judgment?:

2 Chronicles 7:13-14:
"If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

If we say we are “His people,” the only responsible action to take in the face of God’s judgment is to humble ourselves, pray, seek His face, and turn from our wicked ways. Respond to God’s call to prayer for our nation by joining this important prayer call. Instructions are below.

Crying out to God with you for mercy on our country and healing of our land, Thomas Bush

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Blessings, Thomas Bush, Prayer Ministry Director, Vision San Diego, 7220 Trade Street, #105, San Diego, CA 92121 Cell (Primary): (619) 742-8694 Office (Secondary) (858) 444-4407

www.visionsandiego.com

From: Tom Nolan
Sent: Tuesday, October 14, 2008 2:35 PM
To: tbush
Subject: FW: To All Pastors: Dial In to Hear from Henry Blackaby!

Hi Thomas, this is the call in information for a broader prayer call with Henry Blackaby. You can feel free to pass this on to any national prayer leaders you may know.

Tom



A Call to All Pastors: Hear from Henry Blackaby!

In the midst of the current financial crisis on Wall Street and in America, as Pastors what should our response be?

What is God saying to His pastors and His church?

Although he is now officially retired, Dr. Henry T. Blackaby continues to provide consultative leadership in the life of the Christian community. His long-range goal is to encourage revival and spiritual awakening in the United States, Canada, and across the world through speaking, praying, enlisting, writing and mentoring. Dr. Blackaby is the coauthor of Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God (1990), which has sold 4 million copies and has been translated into more than 45 languages.

Sponsored by Concerts of Prayer Greater New York

Please join us on Friday, October 17 from 8 am - 9am am EST
by calling 219-509-8020 Code #392295.

Henry Blackaby will be sharing what God is saying to Him during this challenging time.

There will be a prayer response with a few leaders praying immediately after from 8:30 am - 9 am EST.

Pastors who have been on the prayer calls held October 3 and 10 are saying:

"These times of prayer have been influential in the messages I have been preaching." Rev. Gary Frost

"I have been strengthened by hearing what God is saying through His people, as we as pastors are His watchmen and God has given us a message to tell His people." Rev. Bob Johansson.

Please join us also for the remaining prayer calls on Friday, October 24 and 31 at 8 a.m. EST.

Thank you for your ongoing participation in the "40 Days of Passionate Prayer." We look forward to hosting you next Friday morning.

Sincerely in Christ, Rev. Bob Johansson
Chairman, Board of Directors, Concerts of Prayer Greater New York

40 Days of Passionate Prayer

This weekly prayer call is a part of the "40 Days of Passionate Prayer!" Pastors and leaders are praying daily for the 40 Days between September 25- November 4 (Election Day) for:

- Revival for our city and nation, for repentance, for hearts to be open and turn to God.
- Churches to be revived to bring hope and light into this economic darkness.
- Pastors to be messengers of truth and hope.
- Congress and the President to have wisdom to make wise financial decisions.
- Christians in the Financial Community to be salt and light to their friends and colleagues.


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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Pray for a Praying Pastor

Phil,
For several years, I've shared a few things with you, mostly about job hunting, the situation at the church I'm pastoring, and on really good days, for revival at the church.

Yet, there's one more thing I feel led to share with you.

The Lord called me to the ministry in 1992, and in that week-long encounter with Him, He led me to Jeremiah 1.5, "'...for I have appointed you as a prophet to the nations.'"

This call and the verse have been sounding loudly throughout my mind the past six to seven months. The itch to preach and the urge to fulfil this call are getting louder and stronger.

Yes, I know clearly that the Lord's timing is perfect and He will fulfill these things in His time--no doubt.

Yet I would like to ask you to send out this note in a prayer request. I feel the tug on my heart to seek to preach overseas. I have several legitimate contacts with pastors of churches in Japan and in India. Would you pray with me that the Lord will raise up people to support a preaching tour, to preach the Gospel in Africa, India and of course, the nation to which the Lord has given me a very special calling, Japan?

Thanks for your prayers and support for the past seven years. There are a few moments when reading some of the testimonies on your site were among the few positive things I was receiving.

Thanks again.
Sincerely in Christ,
Rev. Michael Carl

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