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October 28, 2019
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Don Wilton

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A Life Considered

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  • male announcer: Welcome to "The Encouraging Word," where
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  • we're gonna discover how God has an encouraging word for each of
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  • us through the Bible-based preaching of Dr. Don Wilton,
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  • and today's message, "A Life Well Considered."
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  • Dr. Don Wilton: There's a song that we sing,
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  • "I Stand Amazed in the Presence."
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  • I often think of many illustrations of people coming
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  • into God's presence.
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  • I think of Moses out there in the wilderness,
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  • and the burning bush, and God saying to Moses,
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  • "You need to take the shoes off from your feet,
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  • because you're standing on holy ground."
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  • Like most of us, even yesterday I enjoyed watching snippets
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  • of a few football games.
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  • And I love going to football games,
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  • and athletic events, and I've noticed how quickly
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  • I stand to my feet.
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  • I notice how the crowd does, too.
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  • It doesn't take too much.
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  • And some very irritating fans, when you go,
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  • actually stand up in front of you for the whole game,
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  • not realizing that you don't want to stand
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  • for the whole game.
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  • It's not about standing, you can stand,
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  • sit, kneel, lie down, there's something special about being
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  • in the presence of the Lord.
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  • Today, God has put something in my heart.
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  • I'm going to be speaking to you on "A Life Considered,"
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  • and you're gonna be considering your life,
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  • and I love you very much.
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  • I, like you, have my life to consider,
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  • and I wanna just pray for us.
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  • Father, right now, I take great, humble privilege in praying
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  • for all of us, the thousands upon thousands who worship
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  • with us by way of television and "The Encouraging Word,"
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  • those who are present here today in this beautiful sanctuary.
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  • We want to consider our lives before you,
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  • just as Paul did, and as countless thousands upon
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  • thousands of men and women, and boys and girls have done
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  • throughout the ages.
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  • We want to consider our lives measured against what it is
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  • that you have done for us.
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  • And Lord, even in the next few moments,
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  • you're going to speak to some people,
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  • precious people in the midst of many people who have and are
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  • considering their lives.
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  • May your most wonderful grace come down upon us all as we
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  • consider our lives before you, in Jesus's name, amen.
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  • Please be seated.
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  • Before I even open our text today,
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  • I'm surrounded by people, I think,
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  • that have considered their lives in amazing ways.
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  • So, I want you to open your Bibles today to the book of
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  • Acts, and I'm going to be in chapter 20 and just one verse.
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  • Acts chapter 20 and verse 24.
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  • Some may consider this your life verse.
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  • If it isn't, you might want to consider this
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  • being your life verse.
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  • I'm just going to read it to you.
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  • This is Paul speaking, he said this,
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  • "I do not consider my life of any value,
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  • nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and
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  • the ministry that I receive from the Lord Jesus to testify to the
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  • gospel of the grace of God."
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  • Now, I'm going to read that again.
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  • "I do not consider my life of any value,
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  • nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and
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  • the ministry that I receive from the Lord Jesus,
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  • which is to testify to the gospel of the grace of God."
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  • I always hesitate to call out people,
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  • but I am surrounded by people that when I read what Paul said,
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  • I see this in people's lives.
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  • We have visiting with us today Pastor Buddy Mullinax and his
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  • precious wife, Miss Anne.
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  • They are from Hendersonville, North Carolina,
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  • and have served the Lord with remarkable
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  • faithfulness for decades.
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  • Now retired, but their testimony reverberates everywhere they go.
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  • This past Friday, I had the privilege of participating in
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  • the funeral service of a most-remarkable man.
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  • Many of us here remember Mr. Randy Bradford with
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  • deep love and affection.
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  • And it's hard for me to talk about Mr. Bradford's life
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  • without talking about Miss Jo Jo.
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  • I see them always in this congregation.
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  • Mr. Randy went to be with Jesus at the age of 97 this week,
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  • and as I sat and I listened, especially to his son,
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  • Sloan, I was moved to the core of my being.
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  • Here's a man, an ordinary man by anyone's standard,
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  • from our own community, and from this church.
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  • A man who considered his life, actually,
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  • not precious to himself, but only in light of testifying
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  • to the gospel.
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  • Probably one of the most-gifted photographers that we've ever
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  • had in our part of the world.
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  • He served in so many different capacities in his own church.
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  • He was instrumental in "The Encouraging Word" broadcast
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  • ministry and the television ministry of this church
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  • from its inception.
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  • Just believed with profound dedication that testifying to
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  • the gospel was paramount.
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  • And he devoted his life to serving his fellow man,
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  • to making a difference, rolling up his sleeves,
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  • faithful, he and Miss Jo in every regard.
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  • It didn't matter to them, they were always on time,
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  • in place, and on active duty for the Lord Jesus,
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  • and they passed that heritage onto their family.
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  • And they're both with Jesus now, and I read that verse again.
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  • And it just so happens that over these past weeks,
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  • we've been studying the Apostle Paul,
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  • and this is what he said.
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  • You know what Paul said?
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  • He said this, he said, "I consider my life
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  • of really no value.
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  • In fact, I don't consider my life precious to me," and the
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  • word "precious" there literally means that when I consider my
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  • own self, I do not see that anything that pertains to me
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  • measures up even in any way compared to the ministry to
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  • which God has called me and the assignment that God has given to
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  • me, which is pure and simple, to testify concerning the love
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  • of God in Christ Jesus.
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  • It's to tell people about the Lord Jesus Christ; it's to share
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  • this love, because this love of God is about being forgiven.
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  • It's about being made brand new.
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  • It's about purpose and meaning.
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  • It's about standing on a solid rock.
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  • It's about a love that none of us can possibly even imagine.
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  • It's the greatest message we could ever share with anybody.
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  • Paul wasn't in any way inferring or suggesting that that would
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  • mean that he himself would be robbed of the joy of life,
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  • in fact, the very opposite is true.
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  • If you take someone like Mr. Randy Bradford,
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  • look at his life, the joy, the wonderful times he had with his
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  • family, the places they went, the grandchildren,
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  • the fun, the laughter, the sense of humor.
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  • But at the core of all of it was this consideration.
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  • C.T. Studd, the great English missionary statesman said it,
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  • and we quote it all the time, because,
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  • ultimately, there is only one life to live,
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  • and that will soon be past.
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  • It's only what is done for the Lord Jesus
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  • Christ that will last.
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  • I even find, I can't imagine why,
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  • but from time to time, people, especially of the younger
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  • generation, ask me what it's like for me.
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  • Now, can you imagine that, to be so old?
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  • This really will confound the critics.
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  • What's different if I was to ask Mr. Randy Bradford and Buddy
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  • to stand here?
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  • If I was to bring up great men that I respect,
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  • like Mr. Bill Jeffords and Grady Steward,
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  • and Neil Phillips, and I could go on down the line of godly
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  • men at whose feet I've sat and said to them,
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  • "Now that you're in your senior years, what has changed?"
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  • Something somehow changes the older you get.
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  • Just gradually, you begin to place far more value on the
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  • things considered than perhaps when you're younger.
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  • Don't wait to consider your life.
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  • Paul made it very clear: "I have considered my life,
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  • and in consideration of my life, I want you all to know that with
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  • all the things that matter to me,
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  • it doesn't matter if I meet under a tree or under a bush,
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  • or whether I go north or south, or east or west,
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  • I just want you to know that the things pertaining to me
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  • are not precious.
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  • What is of major consideration and of esteemed value is this
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  • ministry that God has given to me,
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  • and that is to bear testimony to the love
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  • of the Lord Jesus Christ."
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  • What does it mean?
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  • A life considered essentially means three things.
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  • A life considered means a life that is born in.
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  • It is born in.
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  • My wife and I, this week, were privileged to have our youngest
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  • granddaughter staying with us for five days.
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  • She is three.
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  • Alright, let me move on to the next subject.
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  • Her name is Gabby, and we just love Gabby, little Gabby-Gabby.
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  • And she's been in my house.
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  • Do you know that I forfeited my TV yesterday afternoon,
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  • because we had to watch "Bunny Bugs" and something else?
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  • Just the most precious little thing.
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  • She is born in.
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  • She's just three, and she lets me know,
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  • "Chief, I'm just three," and she's just so beautiful.
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  • I just want to talk to her and be around her and have her
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  • sit on my knee, and she's just three, she's been born in.
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  • In just a little while, we're going to dedicate a beautiful
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  • baby boy to the Lord Jesus, born in, born into what?
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  • Born into a pretty touch world, I might add, excuse me.
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  • Oh, I love those little babies.
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  • I can't get enough of them.
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  • Do you know that God made you? He's the giver of life.
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  • When we are born, we are created in his image,
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  • that's why we have no business taking away that same life,
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  • even from the womb of a mother.
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  • How can we do this to God?
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  • God is the giver of life, and he made us,
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  • and we are born in, we're born into this world.
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  • He's given us to this world.
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  • He gave me to this world, and he has a purpose for me.
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  • And when I was born, those years ago,
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  • and when you were born, and for every baby born this week,
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  • God gave to them life.
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  • They were born into this world and look at us.
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  • We're a people desperately in need to consider our lives.
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  • Born into what?
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  • I find myself from time to time with somewhat of a mixed emotion
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  • when I consider my grandchildren.
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  • I look into the face of my sweet little Gabby-Gabby and I'll say
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  • to myself, "Oh, Chief just loves you," and then,
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  • in the back of my mind, I say to myself,
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  • "What kind of world is she living in?"
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  • If she's just three, what will the world look
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  • like when she's 13?
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  • I consider my life.
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  • Considered life is a life born into this world,
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  • but a considered life is a life born again of the Spirit of God.
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  • We're not just born in, a considered life in Christ is
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  • a life born again.
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  • You'll remember how Nicodemus came to Jesus and said,
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  • "What must I do?"
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  • and Jesus said, "Oh, you've been born in,
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  • but you need to be born again."
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  • When you're born in, you're born lost in
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  • your trespasses and sins.
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  • Because of the sin of Adam, all die,
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  • but a considered life is a born-again life.
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  • I have my story and you have your story.
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  • Paul, that he was on the road to Damascus, a blasphemer.
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  • Oh, I love those stories, don't you?
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  • I love your story.
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  • I love looking out across groups of people that I love,
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  • and I see you there.
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  • I see men and women, and young people,
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  • and I hear your story.
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  • And your story is about a considered life that has been
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  • born again when you met Jesus.
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  • And the Spirit of the Living God came down upon you,
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  • and God, by his Spirit, revealed to you your sinfulness,
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  • and your total and complete separation from a holy and a
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  • righteous God, and right there, you repented of your sin,
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  • according to the Scriptures, and you received Jesus into your
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  • heart and life, and you were born again of the Spirit of the
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  • Living God, and your life became a changed life.
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  • I'm a changed man.
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  • You're a changed person, because you're born again of the Spirit
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  • of Living God.
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  • You march according to a different drumbeat.
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  • You are one of the called-out ones.
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  • That's why you stand up like you do.
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  • That's why you live like you do.
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  • That's why Randy Bradford lived the life that he did.
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  • That's why Pastor Buddy gave his life to serve the Lord Jesus.
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  • It's because you and I are born again of the
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  • Spirit of the Living God.
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  • I consider my life.
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  • You, my friend, are no ordinary person.
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  • You don't march according to the humdrum of the born-in life,
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  • you march according to the drumbeat of the born-again life
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  • of those who have been called out to stand up and to serve
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  • Jesus with all your heart and with all your soul and
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  • with all your mind.
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  • You, my friend, are a difference-maker.
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  • A considered life is a born-in life,
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  • and it's a born-again life.
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  • But most of all, a considered life is a bowed-down life.
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  • You see, when you and I meet Jesus,
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  • my friend, we stand in his presence,
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  • but then it's so hard not to just bow down...
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  • and to say, "Lord Jesus, what would you have me to do?"
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  • Father, I consider my life of no value,
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  • of no consequence to you.
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  • There is nothing that I can imagine that could be precious
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  • to me, except in the ministry to which you have called me.
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  • And that is to testify concerning the very same thing
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  • that you've done for me, that you will do for all
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  • who seek his face.
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  • The question is this: are you bowed down before a holy
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  • and a righteous God?
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  • The Lord's gonna use you, he is using you.
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  • I could call up here another 150 times 150 people,
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  • because I'm surrounded by you, and you inspire me, thank you.
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  • You ready to join in? You ready to say yes?
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  • Are you willing to say, "I count my life of no value,
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  • not precious to me except in this ministry," what is it?
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  • Will you help some child?
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  • Would you take a little trip?
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  • Would you come with me overseas?
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  • Would you say, "Lord, I know God's calling me to full-time
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  • gospel ministry, and I'm gonna surrender my life to him?"
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  • Would you do that?
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  • Let's stand together, you come as we sing.
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  • Savior, he can move the mountains.
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  • My God is mighty to save, he is mighty to save.
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  • male: It's been an exciting time of hearing God speak
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  • through our pastor and through that simple challenge
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  • of "A Life Well Considered."
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  • A life that we formulate to say, "Okay,
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  • it's no longer my life, God, but show me what you built me for."
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  • Think about it, he is the manufacturer.
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  • We ought to go to the manual, the Bible,
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  • and discover what we were really built for.
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  • You have a purpose, a purpose that is unique to you,
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  • and God wants you to be the best you can.
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  • I pray that you would understand that,
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  • to do that, to be our most-fulfilled self;
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  • our most-happy self and sometimes it does mean going
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  • around the world, but maybe it just means changing a life right
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  • where we are, in this world in which we live,
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  • where you're gonna go to work or go to school.
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  • It all starts with saying yes to Jesus as Savior and Lord.
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  • You can do that right now with a simple prayer.
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  • Matter of fact, you can repeat right after me:
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  • "Lord God, I realize that I need your direction.
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  • You made me and I'm grateful for the opportunity now to turn away
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  • from my own way, my own sin, and say yes to you, Jesus.
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  • I believe you are the Son of God.
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  • I believe you died on the cross of Calvary for my sins,
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  • and I ask you to save me.
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  • In Jesus's name I pray, amen."
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  • You know, God is ready to change your life,
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  • ready to do something that you never dreamed possible.
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  • We believe more is possible than you could ever imagine as we
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  • submit and surrender to Jesus.
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  • If you'd like to have some help doing that,
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  • pick up the phone, give us a call,
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  • store that number that's on the screen right now in your cell.
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  • It'll connect you with us not just now,
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  • not just during the broadcast, but 24 hours a day.
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  • We'd love to talk, to listen, to pray,
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  • and connect with recourses that will help
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  • you grow in your faith.
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  • Again, until next time, thank you for sharing this time
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  • together, but let's stay connected online
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  • at TheEncouragingWord.org.
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  • Don: Hello, my friends, I want to speak to you personally
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  • today from my heart to yours.
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  • I don't think there is ever a better or more important time
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  • for us to respond to our world by standing
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  • up for righteousness.
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  • Now, with this in mind, I would like to invite you to become an
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  • Encourager ministry partner.
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  • You see, together we can impact lives both now and for all time
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  • and all eternity.
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  • "The Encouraging Word" is a viewer and listener-supported
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  • ministry, and to know that you are standing with me financially
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  • enables me to move forward with confidence to do the work God
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  • has called me to do.
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  • So, please call the number on your screen and just simply say,
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  • "I want to become an Encourager."
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  • Thank you so much for helping me.
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  • male: Our time is gone for now, but let's stay connected
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  • at TheEncouragingWord.org,
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  • and be sure to join us next week.
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  • Dr. Wilton is sitting in the studio with a very special guest
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  • about a very unique book.
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  • Join us then.
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