Is giving up ever the right thing to do?  Yes.  Listen as we consider the one time when throwing in the towel is the wise decision.

Scriptures and Keywords:  Romans 5:10, Throw in the towel, Surrender, Salvation, Personal relationship with Jesus

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Direct download: GCC20071223.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 6:58pm CST

Sometimes finding the peace of Christmas is our own fault.  Sometimes we fail to accept the truth that Christmas brings to the world.  This Christmas let’s deal with ourselves and take back the peace of Christmas.

Scriptures and Keywords:  Luke 2:14, Genesis 38-50; Philippians 3, Guilt, Forgiveness, Sin, Grace, Jesus, God, Pain, Peace, Christmas

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Direct download: GCC20071216.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 1:29pm CST

Christmas was intended to bring peace to the world, but sometimes it’s anything but peaceful in our lives this time of year.  Could the broken relationships of our past play a part in keeping us from the peace Jesus’ birth is intended to bring?

Scriptures and Keywords:  Luke 2:14, Matthew 18:21, Matthew 18:22, Matthew 18:35, Matthew 6:14-15, Hurt, Pain, Divorce, Forgiveness, Anger, Reconciliation, Jesus, Mercy, Grace, Forgive

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Direct download: GCC20071209.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:25pm CST

Ever wondered why Christmas is so hectic?  God said Christmas was about peace.  In this message, we will consider just how we lost Christmas...and how to win it back.

Scriptures and Keywords:  Isaiah, 9:6, Matthew 1:21, Luke 2:14, Luke 2:11, Luke 2:30, Peace, Christmas, Prince of Peace, Materialism, Cifts

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Direct download: GCC20071202.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 6:51pm CST

Does God expect us to give grace to others the same way He gave us grace?  If so, maybe we need to look at an old practice to discover a new way of life.

Scriptures and Keywords:  Leviticus 25, Freedom, Slavery, Debt, Grace

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Direct download: GCC20071125.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:15pm CST

We have hearts that are created to be generous.  Something in us wants to be generous.  But something gets in the way.  That something is fear.  In this message, we will explore the source of that fear and the consequences of letting that fear control our thinking.

Scriptures and Keywords:  Generosity, Giving, Money, 2 Corinthians 8:7, Matthew 25:28-29, 2 Corinthians 9:11, 2 Corinthians 9:7, Tithe, Tithing, Stewardship

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Direct download: GCC20071118.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 5:22pm CST

The world is changing fast. That’s the Next Generation way.  One thing stays the same. God’s standard for how we are to use our time.  As we follow the heart of God and the example of Jesus, we’ll find ourselves living more Biblical lives and experiencing more real joy.

Scriptures and Keywords:  1 Peter, 4:10, Matt 20:26, Philippians 2:3-4, Luke 5:11, Ephesians 5:5-16, 1 Corinthians 10:24, Ephesians 6:7-8, Time, Resources, Giving, Generous, Generosity, Jesus

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Direct download: GCC20071111.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 7:41am CST

Solomon lived a lot of life. He was the wisest, wealthiest man of all times.  His concluding thoughts can help us make better decisions in life and insure we are on the right path.

Scriptures and Keywords:  Ecclesiastes 10:1; Ecclesiastes 11:7-10; Ecclesiastes 12:1-8, Ecclesiastes 13, Path, plan, road, God’s way, Fear God, Ecclesiastes, Solomon, wisdom, direction, hopes, dreams, goals

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Direct download: GCC20071104.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:25pm CST

When we want directions, we want the fastest and most direct routes.  God doesn't plan our trips that way.  Today's message helps us understand why He doesn't.

Scriptures and Keywords:  Ecclesiastes 4:4, God's plan, Purpose, Ecclesiastes, Envy, Jealousy

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Direct download: GCC20071028.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 5:01pm CST

Last week, we considered why we need help with our journey.  In this message, we will consider where this journey is taking us and why it's not as satisfying as the Bible makes it out to be.

Scriptures and Keywords:  Ecclesiastes 1:14, Ecclesiastes 3:11, Fulfillment, Peace, Satisfaction, Meaning, Purpose, Ecclesiastes, Eternity

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Direct download: GCC20071021.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:37pm CST

Some of us have hard time following directions.  That carries over into the plans we make for our life.  We often have great goals for our life, but we never realize them because we aren’t heading in a direction that will get us there.  Solomon, the wisest man of all times, tries to help us with this dilemma.

Scriptures and Keywords:  Ecclesiastes 1:12-13; 16-17; 7:11-12, GPS, Direction, Path, God’s way, Success, meaningless life, goals, dreams


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Direct download: GCC20071014.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 4:22pm CST

Jesus gave stern warnings to the disciples not to fall into the legalistic trap of religion or false teachings. Those same warnings apply to us as a church today.  Be warned!

Scriptures and Keywords:  Matthew 16, Pharisees, Sadducees, Yeast, Leavin, Warning, Legalism, Righteousness, Traditional, Evangelism, Gospel, Religion


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Direct download: GCC20071007.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:49pm CST

Is Jesus intimidated by our bad reputations?  What role then should our bad repuations play as we relate to God?  Does it even matter to God?

Scriptures and Keywords:  Zacchaeus, Luke 19, Reputation, Evangelism, Servant


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Direct download: GCC20070930.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:46pm CST

Rahab had an old profession.  She earned money selling her body to strangers.  She was outside the family of God.  Through her faith and obedience, God made her a hero in the Christian faith and gladly welcomed her into the family.  Learn how the power of God can turn a loser into a winner.


Scriptures and Keywords:  Joshua 2, Rahab, Prostitute, Joshua, Jericho, Spies, Grace, Forgiveness, Power, Christ


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Direct download: GCC20070923.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 1:09pm CST

Have you ever noticed how God can change a life?  He can take someone who the world has given up on and turn them into one of His greatest servants.  God is still changing lives of people around us.  Let's look at one such story from God's perspective.


Scriptures and Keywords:  Philemon 1:6, Philemon 1:11,Philemon, Paul, Onesimus, runaway, useless, useful, slave, free, forgiveness


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Direct download: GCC20070916.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:33pm CST

Regardless of who our heroes are, they all have one thing in common:  they are winners.  In this series, we will examine the lives of revolutionaries and world changers.  Each had one thing in common:  they were losers.  Could it be that history’s greatest heroes were history’s biggest losers?


Scriptures and Keywords:  John 14, Acts 4, Disciples, Unqualified, Loser, Hero


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Direct download: GCC20070909.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:43am CST

Following God from a distance is easier.  It creates less stressful provides more comfort.  This message examines why Jesus frightens us...when He gets up close and personal.

Scriptures and Keywords:  Mark 5, Matthew 8, Luke 8, Worship, Personal Relationship, Jesus, demon. tombs

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Direct download: GCC20070902.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:56pm CST

A part of the strategy of Grace Community Church is to help people find a place to serve.  We serve because we want to make an investment in the people around us, so that ultimately we have a better opportunity to share our faith with them. Jesus gives us the example of a true servant.


Scriptures and Keywords:  Matthew 23:1-11, Matthew 20:28, Mark 4:30-32, Service, Serve, Volunteer, Servant, Commitment, Kingdom, Dedication, Strategy
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Direct download: GCC20070826.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 5:17pm CST

We believe that life change takes place in relationships.  At Grace we have community groups that give everyone an opportunity to develop authentic relationships with other believers.   In this message we want to communicate our passion for small groups and why we believe they are so important in the life of every follower of Jesus.


Scriptures and Keywords: Hebrews 10:23-25, John 10:10,Life Change, Community Groups, Small Groups

Direct download: GCC20070819.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 7:03pm CST

Why is a weekend gathering such an important part of our lives? Today, we will examine why we place such a priority of Sunday services, and why we design the services the way we do.


Scriptures and Keywords: 2 Chronicles 6,7, worship, gathering, solomon, temple, church
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Direct download: GCC20070812.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:29pm CST

Each day we need to be aware of "the others" that surround us.


Scriptures and Keywords: Matthew 19:13-15, Luke 8:1-3, Luke 15:1-2, Others, Love, Serve, Care, Minister, Jesus
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Direct download: GCC20070805.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 5:35pm CST

God is shaping a people who are totally committed to Him, willing to walk by faith, even when they have more questions than answers.  Sometimes life can be uncertain and it appears God is nowhere to be found.  We may not feel we have the strength to go forward.  Even in those times we can and should trust Him completely.  Such is the story of Gideon.


Scriptures and Keywords: Judges 6-7 Gideon, God, Trust, Faith, Faithfulness, Perseverance, Direction, Strength, Mighty Warrior, Insufficient
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Direct download: GCC20070729.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 6:09pm CST

Joshua was a replacement leader.  He took over from a most powerful leader named Moses.  He was to lead a people who were tired, frustrated and who had been unsuccessful for 40 years.  He needed courage to follow God's plan.  Life is full of discouragement and we can learn from Joshua how he handled these difficult days.


Scriptures and Keywords: Joshua Chapters 1 and 3, Joshua, Moses, Leadership, Courage, Discouragement, Frustration, Fear, Steadfast, Commitment, God's Plan, Challenges
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Direct download: GCC20070722.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:29pm CST

What would it be like to live each day like it could be our last?  Elijah's life could be characterized as risky business.  Could risk be the one thing your life is missing?


Scriptures and Keywords: Risk, Danger, 1 Kings, Elijah, Elisha
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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 5:55pm CST

Children aren't the only ones who pout.  Some adults have a the same tendency.  As we look at the story of King Ahaba's pouting problem we see that pouting can be a major problem and lead to bigger problems.  If we can learn better ways to handle disappointment we can build better relationships with others.
Scriptures and Keywords: 1 Kings 21:1-4, Pouting, Sulk, Disappointment, Reactions, Emotional Vanipulation, Power play, Children, Silent treatment
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Direct download: GCC20070708.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 6:27am CST

Sometimes in order to follow God's plan for our life we have to get rid of our own pride and self dependence. Naaman is a great example for us of coming to a place of complete trust in God.
Scriptures and Keywords: 2 Kings 5, Faith, Trust, Leprosy, Naaman, Surrender, Healing, God's way, plan, pride, independence
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Direct download: GCC20070701.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:05pm CST

Noah - "Beach Boys" series 06/24/2007
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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:13pm CST

Key - "Love is in the House" series 06/17/2007

How do we get back to God?  When we've experienced his love and then walked away, how do we get back home?  Who says you can't go home!


Scriptures and Keywords:  Luke 15, Prodigal Son, Repentance, God, Family

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Direct download: GCC20070617.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:37pm CST

Roof - "Love is in the House" series 06/0102007

It is important for us to understand the difference between a need and a want.  God has promised to meet our needs, but not necessarily give us everything we want.  As parents, it is our responsibility to lead our children to that same understanding. 


Scriptures and Keywords: Philipians 4:19, Mattew 6:8, Ecclesiastes 5:10, Psalm 37:4, Money, Resources, Provision, God, Responsibility, Parenting, need, want, necessity, pleasure, desires

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Direct download: GCC20070610.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:32pm CST

Time-Out Chair - "Love is in the House" series 06/03/2007

How can love and discipline co-exist? If God is a God of grace and mercy, why would he ever discipline his children? This message addresses the place discipline has in our homes, and in God's family.


Scriptures and Keywords: Discipline, Family, 1 Corinthians 5, 2 Corinthians 2, Hebrews 12, Heavenly Father
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Direct download: GCC20070603.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:00am CST

Table - "Love is in the House" series 05/27/2007

God is the source of all wisdom. The Father God wants to share His wisdom with His children. In the same way, one of a parent's greatest responsibilities is to impart wisdom in the home. Join Pastor Ron for a candid interview with his sons about their own system of raising a family wisely with grace. 


Scriptures and Keywords: Jeremiah 33:3, Wisdom, Children, Parents, God, Father, Grace parenting
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Direct download: GCC20070527.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:35pm CST

Couch - "Love is in the House" series 05/20/2007

Is it possible to be friends with God? How can we develop a friendship with an all-powerful, and invisible, God? Listen to find out.


Scriptures and Keywords: Moses, Exodus 33, John 15, Friendship, Father
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Direct download: GCC20070520.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 4:28pm CST

God loves us and adopts us into His family through Jesus Christ. With that same intensity of unconditional love, we are to love our own children. Listen to a powerful personal illustration from Pastor Ron.
Scriptures and Keywords: Galatians 3:10, Galatians 4:4-7, Love, God, Adoption, Children, step-children, accepting, choosing to love, blended families, unconditional love
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Direct download: GCC20070513.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 6:10pm CST

Baptism - "Image is Everything" series 05/06/2007 What is the big deal with baptism? Why do some people sprinkle and some dunk? Today, Chad Rowland addresses your questions about baptism.
Scriptures and Keywords: John 12:42-43, Hebrews 2:11, Baptism
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Direct download: GCC20070506.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:27pm CST

The Way - "Image is Everything" series 04/29/2007

We're all looking for the path to happiness, fulfillment, and meaning. Right? Could it be that the thing for which we're searching has been right in front of us all the time?


Scriptures and Keywords: John 4:6, Jesus, Salvation, Search, Evangelism
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Direct download: GCC20070429.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:34pm CST

Sufficiency - "Image is Everything" series 04/22/2007

Having problems with doubt? Are the circumstances of your life confusing? Jesus is the Bread of Life. That means He is more than enough to meet our every need.


Scriptures and Keywords: John 6, Bread of Life, Sufficiency of Christ, Sufficient, Adequate, Trust, Faith, Certainty, Jesus, God
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Direct download: GCC20070422.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 1:03am CST

Desperado - "Image is Everything" series 04/15/2007

Jesus had an encounter with the woman at the well that changed her life forever. He pursues us seeking the same result.


Scriptures and Keywords: John 4, Samaritan woman, Desperate, emptiness, Desperado, Hurting, Seeking, Grace, Woman at the well, Religion, Forgiveness, Acceptance, Jesus, friend of sinners
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Direct download: GCC20070415.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:06pm CST

I Am...the Resurrection - "Image is Everything" series 04/08/2007

The Resurrection is the central theme of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It's what separates us from every other religion. Our Savior lives and because He lives, we, too, may have eternal life!


Scriptures and Keywords: John 11:25, Resurrection, Jesus, Easter, Savior, Eternal Life, Christianity, Religion
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Direct download: GCC20070408.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 5:32pm CST

Shepherd - "Image is Everything" series: 04/01/2007

What image do you have when you think of Jesus? In the first part of this series, Chad Rowland speaks of Jesus in the image of a shepherd.


Scriptures and Keywords: John 10, Good Shepherd, Good Friday, Crucifixion, Sheep
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Direct download: GCC20070401.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 4:51pm CST

Wolf! - "Storytime" Series 03/25/2007

What's the best method of talking to someone about faith? Too many Christians are simply crying, "Wolf!" In this message, Chad Rowland teaches on how to tell your story of faith.


Scriptures and Keywords: Evangelism, Witnessing, 1 Peter 1:11-12, Lifestyle, Relationships
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Direct download: GCC20070325.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:23pm CST

Red Slippers - "Storytime" Series 03/18/2007

Even if God has given us all a story to tell, who will listen? In this message, Chad Rowland talks about one of the greatest gifts we have been given...the gift of influence.


Scriptures and Keywords: Influence, Evangelism, John 1, Disciples
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Direct download: GCC20070318.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 6:37pm CST

Arthur and the Boys - "Storytime" Series 03/11/2007

Followers of Jesus have a story to tell. In this message, Chad Rowland teams up with King Arthur to address our need for storytelling.


Scriptures and Keywords: Faith, Witness, Evangelism, Joshua, King Arthur, Numbers 32:20-24, Joshua 1:14-15, Joshua 22:3-4, Hebrews 4:8-9
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Direct download: GCC20070311.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:17pm CST

Sex: God's Idea - "Whatever" Series 03/04/2007

The Bible really does say to do "Whatever" to the glory of God. Since that's true, this message discusses the connection between our sexual life and our spiritual life. How pure are you sexually speaking? 


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1 Corinthians 10:31, God's plan for sex, ontrolling passion, sex, pornography, purity
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Direct download: GCC20070304.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 7:30pm CST

In A Hurry - "Whatever" Series 02/25/2007
Are you exhausted?  Are you suffering from symptoms of ill health?  Do you feel like busyness has become your way of life?  Well, God has prescribed a Rhythm of Life as the answer to our busy lives.  Since Creation, God built in to the created order a way of life.  He modeled it and then He commanded it.  In this message you will hear the Scriptures challenge you to trust God and rest.  He has given the answer to our busy lives.

Scriptures and Keywords:
Stress, Rest, Sabbath, Busyness, Health, Exodus 20: 8-11, Leviticus 25:1-7, Leviticus 25: 8-12, Leviticus 25:20-22, Colossians 1:15,17
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Direct download: GCC20070225.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 7:54pm CST

Twenty-Two Cents - "Whatever" Series 02/11/2007
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Direct download: GCC20070211.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:56pm CST

The Office - "Whatever" Series 02/04/2007

What is the relationship between my faith and my workplace? They may be more closely connected than you realize.


Scriptures and Keywords: Daniel, 1 Corinthians 10:31, Ephesians 4:28, 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12, Occupation, Office
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Direct download: GCC20070204.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:09pm CST

Health - "Whatever" Series 01/28/2007

The Bible says that whatever we do, we should do it to the glory of God.  To begin this "Whatever" series, Ron Edmondson looks at the link between our physical life and our spiritual life.


Scriptures and Keywords:

Health, Spiritual well-being, Energy, Productivity, Exercise, Eating habits, diet, 1 Corinthians 10:31, Romans 12:1-2 
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Direct download: GCC20070128.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:52pm CST

Your Move - "Next Steps" Series 01/21/2007

The next move in our Next Step series is yours.  Where are you in the spiritual growth process of life?


Scriptures and Keywords:
Philippians 3:10-15; 2 Samuel 24:24; Spiritual Renewal, Discipleship, Growth
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Direct download: GCC20070121.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 4:38pm CST

    Here's a twist in the normal GCC routine. Both pastors, Chad and Ron discussing "Next Steps"; theirs, yours, and ours. We get to listen in as they think out loud.

Scriptures and Keywords:  Discussion, Next Steps, Round Table

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Direct download: GCC20070114.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 7:46pm CST



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