Serfing America by Sue Ann Thielke & Roger Ball

Serfing AmericaThielke, Sue Ann, Roger Ball. Serfing America: The Progressive Destruction of the American Dream. CreateSpace Publishers, 2014. 242 pp. $9.98. Purchase at Amazon and on Kindle for less.


Sue is a co-founder of Framework Productions, a company that seeks to publish “works that foster, encourage, promote, edify and educate the world from a perspective built on a Biblical Worldview.” Roger Ball currently serves as pastor of Freedom Church in Vero Beach, FL.  Sue is a member of Chuck Colosn’s Centurions Entrepreneurial Discipleship Training Program.


Divided into 12 chapters over 200 plus pages, Sue and Roger introduce the American experiment and show how a progressive agenda has corrupted what we know as the American Dream. They define a Progressive as a Liberal with a new name.

Throughout they show what the Progressive game plan is, how they have attacked the country at it’s moral roots. Chapter seven offers the real hope of America – Jesus Christ. From here on, they offer some practical suggestions concerning what we can do now. Specifically, what the church’s role ought to be in the return to founder’s hopes of the American Experiment. In the end, they argue that the hope is found in a genuine Christian revival and an American renewal.


While I do not typically like to wade into the political waters, especially on this website or social media, I found this work to be well researched and very Christ-centered. Sure, there is political talk and finger pointing, but they do so in order to juxtapose what is going on now as compared to the original vision for America.

They do not necessarily call out one particular political party though, as it is currently situated, the party we know as the Democrats are largely in their cross hairs. They do not, however, give a free pass to Republicans or any other political faction.

Perhaps what makes this book so worth reading is their understanding that while the Christ as revealed in Holy Writ is our savior and Lord, we must also seek to cultivate a worldview consistent with His revealed will. We must always remember that our battle is not against flesh and blood, that is, not against Democrats, Republicans, or Muslims or anyone else. Rather, our battle is “against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”

This is a battle for the souls of man. This is a battle for the minds of men.  We have the Lord of Hosts on our side. On the other side is a defeated foe who is on a short leash.


I am grateful to Sue and Roger for publishing this book. I am grateful for their willingness to step out of line and speak against what is transpiring right before our eyes. I pray more Christians read this. I pray the call to action is heeded. I highly recommend this well-researched resource.

The Beatitudes by Thomas Watson

The BeatitudesWatson, Thomas. The Beatitudes: An Exposition of Matthew 5:1-10. Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth Trust, 2014. 352 pp. $27.00. Purchase at Westminster for less or for Kindle for $0.99.


This work was first published in 1660. It was first republished by the Banner of Truth Trust in 1971 and has since been reprinted seven times leading up to this edition which has been re-typeset. Thomas Watson (c. 1620-1686) wrote a number of books invaluable to the 21st century Christian as they were to the 17th century Christian.

I have reviewed one of his Puritan Paperbacks, All Things for Good, from the Banner a number of years ago.


Divided into twenty-two chapters, Watson exegetes each beatitude exhaustively. The first three chapters are merely introductory material to the beatitudes themselves.Chapter four and five look at the first beatitude, “blessed are the poor in spirit” while six through eleven look at the the second.

Only one chapter discusses the meek Christian and two chapters deal with spiritual hunger. A lengthy chapter fifteen looks at what it means to be merciful. Sixteen and seventeen look at the pure in heart while eighteen through twenty look at peacemakers and the children of God.

Chapter 21 concludes with a discussion on persecution while chapter twenty-two serves as an appendix.


Wow! That may be all I need to say about this resource. While most books on the beatitudes consist primarily of eight chapters (one per beatitude), Watson leaves no stone unearthed in his treatment of these glorious foundational truths of the Christian life.

Even though he published this work nearly 400 years ago, his work applies to the Christian still today. Perhaps a case could be made that this is true even more today given our current culture. Whereas Watson was fighting a theological battle between the Protestant and Catholic churches, the church today is fighting not only within herself due largely to a watered down message but also with a culture that no longer believes in God as Creator, sustainer, and savior of life.

For the Christian today, we must gird up our loins and prepare for the eventual onslaught against individuals in addition to the church. Watson’s work on the Beatitudes will help today’s Christian to stand firm on the foundation of the hope in Christ. As I read and re-read Watson’s words, I was taken to a deeper understanding of the importance of these eight truths as foundational to the Christian life.


To read Watson is to read a surgeon of both the Scriptures and your own soul. While you can purchase the Kindle edition, I would recommend this one largely in print as it will be one of those resources you want to hold in your hands and write in and underline and be able to hand off to another (and hope you get it back!) to read and introduce them to the riches of the Word of God. I highly commend this book to you.


Covenant and Commandment by Bradley G. Green

Covenant and CommandmentGreen, Bradley G. Series Editor, D. A. Carson. Covenant and Commandment: Works, Obedience, and Faithfulness in the Christian Life. Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2014. 208 pp. $22.00. Purchase at Amazon for less.


New Studies in Biblical Theology is a series of books addressing key issues in the church today. Bradley Green is Associate Professor of Christian Studies at Union University. He has written a number of other books dealing with theology.


Divided into seven chapters with numerous subsections in each chapter, Bradley dives straight into the discussion of grace and works. His first chapter looks at the reality and necessity of works, obedience and faithfulness as found in the NT.

The second chapter offers a look at the bridge between the Old and New Testaments while chapter three offers the umbrella of the covenant keeping God throughout all of the Bible. Chapter four takes us to the cross and moves us to union with Christ in chapter five. The final two chapters look at justification and judgment and the conclusion that works, obedience, and faithfulness are necessary for every Christian.


One might be surprised at the necessity of this conversation today, but it seems as though grace is being misapplied all over the evangelical spectrum. From full acceptance of same-sex marriage as being gracious in liberal churches to antinomianism (lawlessness) in some Reformed circles, the truth is, this conversation is happening and we need a biblically balanced understanding of what is expected of the Christian.

Bradley does so in a theologically astute yet very easy to read way. Sure, he is discussing some deep theology, but he does so in a way that anyone can understand what he is saying if they have a rudimentary understanding of their Bibles as well as the doctrines of the church.

He is saturated with Scripture as well as others throughout the history of the church. Men like Geerhardus Vos and Jonathan Edwards and N.T. Wright and John Owen. In other words, he shows that he is not writing anything necessarily new. Rather, he is bringing together a general consensus of orthodoxy for a new generation.



Covenant and Commandment is a great introduction to any Christian wanting to understand the importance of obeying the law by the grace of God. I commend this resource to you whether you are a pastor or layman. Today’s church needs this resource.


Grief Undone by Elizabeth W. D. Groves

Grief UndoneGroves, Elizabeth W.D., Grief Undone: A Journey with God and Cancer. Greensboro: New Growth Press, 2015. 224 pp. $17.99. Purchase at Westminster Books for less or for Kindle.


Elizabeth Groves teaches Hebrew at Westminster Theological Seminary. She has written Becoming a Widow. She also has four children and four grandchildren.


With eighty-nine chapters in only 224 pages, one quickly realizes this is more like a diary of the author’s journey that emphasizes her husband’s battle with cancer. The book is divided into a number of subsections such as life before (the cancer), winter ’06, spring ’06 until his death in winter ’06-’07.

The largest portion of the book is Elizabeth’s immediate life following the home going of her soul mate and husband (chapters 61-83) and then a final section looking back on this most difficult period in her life (chapter 84-89).


Grief Undone is a diary chronicling all the human emotional, mental, physical and spiritual struggles every human faces in life. In this case, it was the all too common battle against cancer. To that end, it must be noted how difficult it is to critique one’s raw emotions and their own personal experiences since it is so personal and private.

Perhaps that is what makes this work so valuable. On every page, you see the struggles of the flesh. You witness first hand the life of a believer in the midst of terrible strife. And on every page you see God-given faith and perseverance. You see humility. You see courage to face the world with a satisfaction of knowing that the God you worship is sovereign over cancer and other illnesses. Further, you see that there is a comfort in knowing that though this cancer may take your life in this world and, as is the instance for Elizabeth, leave you “by yourself” to await your own home going, it is not the end by a long shot.

The faith and hope poured into these words on the pages in this book are a comfort to the believer today. Why? Because we all must struggle with sin and the effects of sin in this world. Elizabeth Groves has written a wonderful and transparent book that will be an aid to all pilgrims striving to get to the Celestial City.


If you have cancer or know someone who does, I highly recommend this resource to you. If you struggle with the trials and tribulations of life, I highly recommend this resource to you. While Elizabeth is certainly someone we can all learn from in dealing with cancer and death, she ultimately points us to the One who helped her and will help you.

A Theology for the Church Edited by Daniel Akin

A Theology for the ChurchA Theology for the Church – Revised Edition edited by Daniel Akin. Nashville: B&H Publishing Group, 2014. 770 pp. $54.99. Purchase at Amazon or Kindle for less.


Daniel Akin is the President of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has written 1, 2, 3 John in the New American Commentary series and is also collaborating with David Platt (President of the International Mission Board of the SBC) and Tony Merida (the founding pastor of Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, N.C. and as Associate Professor of Preaching at Southeastern Baptist Seminary) on the Christ-Centered Exposition commentary series.

Other contributors include Chad Owen Brand, Mark Dever, David S. Dockery, Timothy George, R. Albert Mohler, Russell D. Moore, and Paige Patterson among others.


Divided into eight sections with fourteen different chapters, this revised edition of retains its original structure, organized under these traditional theological categories: revelation, God, humanity, Christ, the Holy Spirit, salvation, the church, and last things.

Only Russell Moore contributed more than one chapter (chapter 2 – Natural Revelation and 14 – Personal and Cosmic Eschatology) which means that each contributor writes in his particular area of expertise.

For this revised edition, two new chapters were added: theological method from a missional perspective (Bruce Ashford and Keith Whitfield) and theology of creation, providence, and Sabbath that engages current research in science and philosophy (Chad Owen Brand).

Each chapter seeks to answer four main questions: What does the Bible say? What has the church believed? How does it all fit together? and How does this doctrine impact the church today?


A Theology for the Church is a distinctly Southern Baptist systematic theology.  While it can (and should) be used across denominational lines, this must be understood up front as there will most certainly be secondary and tertiary doctrinal disagreements.

A further strength of this resource, as mentioned above, is that the various contributors wrote on their specific area of expertise. Also, each chapter and subsection is heavily footnoted introducing the reader to further resources for study.

One of the weaknesses is that when the chapter ends, it ends. There are no suggestions for further reading (save the footnotes) or questions to engage the material similar to the ever popular Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem.

Regardless, this work is both scholarly and accessible for the layman looking to study more in depth the doctrines of the church.


While I am not systematic theologian, I do own a number of systematic theologies. Aside from J.L Dagg and James Boyce, this is arguably one of the best Southern Baptist systematics I have read. I highly recommend it to all, including my non-SBC brothers and sisters.

Experiencing the New Birth by Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Experiencing the New BirthLloyd-Jones, Martyn. Experiencing the New Birth – Studies in John 3. Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2015. 400 pp. $30.00. Purchase in print at Westminster books for less or on Kindle for $9.59.


I have reviewed a number of Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ works published by Crossway Books in the last few years. You can read those reviews here as well as a number of other notifications and news.  Also, one of my personal highlights was my interview with Jonathan Catherwood, MLJ’s grandson.


Experiencing the New Birth is a compilation of Lloyd-Jones’ twenty-four sermons from John 3:1-30 preached at Westminster Chapel from 9 January – 10 July 1966. Until  now, as I understand it, these sermons have yet to appear in print though they are available at the MLJ Trust.

These sermons are fairly straight-forward and hit home as most all of the Doctor’s sermons do. His exposition of this most familiar passage in the gospel of John brings a strange newness to the passage. It is remarkable how a sermon from nearly fifty years ago still speaks to the Christian today.

Further, after having read these sermons, the Christian will challenged by the black/white theology of the apostle John in that you are either a new Christian or you are not. You are either Nicodemus…a man full of knowledge but not Christ or you are a born-again believer in Jesus Christ.

This work is meant to be read one chapter at a time as they were preached one sermon at a time. To that end, these twenty-four chapters serve as a devotional meant to be meditated on and applied by the Christian. Of course, you will not agree with everything ML-J writes, but the reality is you will be confronted with a great God who through His resurrected Son, Jesus Christ, is completely sovereign over your life.


Add this to your library. Read it. Devour it and chew on it. We are indebted to Crossway Books for bringing to print these sermons for the modern Christian today.

What’s Up? by Deborah Harrell & Jack Klumpenhower

What up SGHarrell, Deborah and Jack Klumpenhower. What’s Up? Discovering the Gospel, Jesus, and Who You Really Are. Greensboro: New Growth Press, 2015. 152 pp. Student Guide – $15.99. Teacher’s Guide – $19.99.


Jack Klumpenhower is the author of Show Them Jesus – Teaching the Gospel to Kids also by New Growth Press. Deborah Harrell is the Overseas Educational Advisor for Serge. She has also written a children’s novel, Pinto’s Hope.


This is a study designed for middle school students (5th-8th grade) to encourage them to believe the good news of Jesus and to also live it out in their lives. There is an accompanying teacher’s guide.

The workbook is divided into three parts with fifteen different lessons. The curriculum guides middle-school age students in discovering Jesus through fifteen 90-minute lessons that can be expanded to cover twenty-seven weeks.


This is a practical, down to earth, Bible study designed to “hit the children where they are.” Deborah and Jack masterfully teach doctrinal truths of Christian character in a way that most every child can understand. What sets this curriculum apart, however, is that it is not moralistic as most. Rather, this study on Christian character traits is gospel-centered and points to the necessity of Jesus Christ every day in the life of a child and an adult.

Perhaps the best aspect of this particular study is that it shows the middle-school child that faith in Christ is not a church only deal. It must, of necessity encompass one’s entire life. Unit one lays this foundation with an intensive look at the gospel while unit two shows how the gospel alone changes your heart. The third unit shows how the gospel changes your life.

Each week, the youth will be challenged by the gospel. They will see that there is no gray. You are either a Christian or you are not.

While there is quite a bit of prep time for the teacher as well as quite a bit of “homework” for the student, this is a comprehensive approach to student ministry that, Lord willing, will have lasting impact on the child, the teacher, and the local church.


I am always looking for solid study materials for children…especially as a father of 5! What’s Up?  is gospel saturated, Christocentric and will prove to be a wake-up call to both the youth and the instructor. I highly recommend this resource to anyone with children or looking to instruct children.

Commentary on Hebrews by Thomas R. Schreiner

Commentary on HebrewsBiblical Theology for Christian Proclamation – Commentary on Hebrews. Thomas R. Schreiner. General Editors, T. Desmond Alexander, Andreas J. Kostenberger, and Thomas R. Schreiner. Nashville, B&H Academic, 2015. 400 pp. $39.99. Purchase at Amazon for less.


Thomas R. Schreiner is the James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation and Professor of Biblical Theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY. He serves as Associated Dean of the School of Theology.

Dr. Schreiner joined the Southern faculty in 1997 after serving 11 years on the faculty at Bethel Theological Seminary. He also taught New Testament at Azusa Pacific University. Dr. Schreiner, a Pauline scholar, is the author or editor of several books and commentaries.

Introduction to the Series

The Biblical Theology for Christian Proclamation Commentary series explores the theology of the Bible in considerable depth, spanning both Testaments. Authors come from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives, though all affirm the inerrancy and inspiration of Scripture. United in their high view of Scripture, and in their belief in the underlying unity of Scripture, which is ultimately grounded in the unity of God himself, each author explores the contribution of a given book or group of books to the theology of Scripture as a whole. While conceived as stand-alone volumes, each volume thus also makes a contribution to the larger whole. All volumes provide a discussion of introductory matters, including the historical setting and the literary structure of a given book of Scripture. Also included is an exegetical treatment of all the relevant passages in succinct commentary-style format. The biblical theology approach of the series will also inform and play a role in the commentary proper. The commentator permits a discussion between the commentary proper and the biblical theology that it reflects by a series of cross-references.

The major contribution of each volume, however, is a thorough discussion of the most important themes of the biblical book in relation to the canon as a whole. This format allows each contributor to ground Biblical Theology, as is proper, in an appropriate appraisal of the relevant historical and literary features of a particular book in Scripture while at the same time focusing on its major theological contribution to the entire Christian canon in the context of the larger salvation-historical metanarrative of Scripture. Within this overall format, there will be room for each individual contributor to explore the major themes of his or her particular corpus in the way he or she sees most appropriate for the material under consideration.

This format, in itself, would already be a valuable contribution to Biblical Theology. But there are other series that try to accomplish a survey of the Bible’s theology as well. What distinguishes the present series is its orientation toward Christian proclamation. This is the Biblical Theology for Christian Proclamation commentary series! As a result, the ultimate purpose of this set of volumes is not exclusively, or even primarily, academic. Rather, we seek to relate Biblical Theology to our own lives and to the life of the church. Our desire is to equip those in Christian ministry who are called by God to preach and teach the precious truths of Scripture to their congregations, both in North America and in a global context.

It is our hope and our prayer that the 40 volumes of this series, once completed, will bear witness to the unity in diversity of the canon of Scripture as they probe the individual contributions of each of its 66 books. The authors and editors are united in their desire that in so doing the series will magnify the name of Christ and bring glory to the triune God who revealed himself in Scripture so that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved—to the glory of God the Father and his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, under the illumination of the Holy Spirit, and for the good of his church. To God alone be the glory: soli Deo gloria.

Summary of this Commentary

In his volume on Hebrews, Thomas R. Schreiner says, “The words of Jesus on the cross, ‘it is finished’ (John 19:30) capture the theology of Hebrews.

“My aim in this commentary is to focus on the biblical theology of the letter. The emphasis on biblical theology shows up especially in the introduction and conclusion where theological structures and themes are considered. In the introduction I will examine four different structures that are woven into the entire letter: 1) promise/fulfillment; 2) eschatology; 3) typology; and 4) spatial orientation (which can also be described as the relationship between heaven and earth in the letter). The commentary will conclude, after presenting an exegesis of each chapter, with a discussion of some major theological themes in Hebrews.”


As with any commentary, you have your front matter to the book of the Bible being considered (author, date of writing, genre, purpose, etc.). You also have your exposition of the text of the particular book. What sets this commentary apart is it emphasis on the biblical and theological themes found within the text. Furthermore, the Introduction looks at the book of Hebrews and where it fits in with the story line of the Bible as a whole.

The strength lies in the focus. Whereas other commentaries look at the books largely from a single unit perspective, Schreiner here strives, and succeeds, in showing how (negatively) the Bible would not be complete with the omission of the book of Hebrews. Positively, he shows how the book of Hebrews not only fits well in the Bible and largely explains how the Old Testament ought to be interpreted in light of Christ but how the book of Hebrews is necessary for our understanding of Christ.


What better commentary to begin a series on biblical theology than the book of Hebrews? Schreiner nails it with this commentary and whets the appetite for pastors and Christians devoted to studying the Word of God. If Schreiner writes it, it is worth reading. This commentary is no exception. I highly commend this to all Christians.


We Choose Virtues


Note: This is not a typical book review per se. Rather, this is a curriculum review for We Choose Virtues.


Heather McMillan started We Choose Virtues out of her love for children and her desire to see them reach their personal potential. As a preschool teacher and a children’s pastor, it concerned her how often she came across children whose lack of self-control, honesty and perseverance was almost debilitating. How could they succeed in life without the skills that come from good character?

Many grade school teachers she knew admitted that it sometimes takes from September to winter break for their students to follow even the simplest classroom instructions. This crisis in personal character seemed to be obstructing the learning process for their entire classrooms.

As her passion continued to grow, she realized that she wanted to teach children how to change. Not just a momentary change of actions, but a more lasting change in their attitudes as well. Her observation is that children needed to be inspired by simple, positive and consistent instructions, and parents and teachers needed an effective language with which to communicate these instructions.

It was out of this necessity that Heather created the original list of virtues and their unforgettable catchphrases. She used them at home with our four children, taught them in her own Preschool classroom, and introduced them to fellow teachers, parents, and professional counselors. They were enthusiastically received and the results were outstanding.


Our system uses 5 effective teaching methods to help you Introduce, Inspire and Integrate virtue into the lives of the children you teach.

  • Clear Explaination
  • Memorization
  • Demonstration
  • Conversation
  • Personal Application

The 12 Virtues covered in this system are: I am Diligent, I am Kind, I am Helpful, I am Obedient, I am Forgiving, I am Perseverant, I am Gentle, I am Patient, I am Self-Controlled, I am Content, I am Honest, I am Attentive

Our product line includes teaching cards, flash cards, posters, awards and sticker charts and printable hand-outs.


Note: I am reviewing the Christian pack. They also have a “secular” pack that does not include the Scripture verses but everything else remains the same.

As a parent of five children, my wife and I have invested in numerous virtue teaching systems. We have used a number to decent success and still use many of the principles we have learned from these various resources.

My question now, is why didn’t I know of We Choose Virtues before now?!

To understand and be able to see what I am referring to, check out this link that shows one of the cards.

Clearly stated on the card is the particular virtue being taught. “I am __________” followed by another positive statement like “I can do it even when it is tough.” Below that in a slightly smaller font is what you are NOT. For example, on the card for helpful, it reads, “I am Not…selfish, lazy, or unwilling to serve, and I don’t have to be asked!” On the Christian cards there is a text of Scripture from the NIrV.

These are extremely colorful and work well with children of all ages. Furthermore, they have corresponding coloring pages that help the children to remain attentive to the teaching.

On the back of the card is a plethora of advice for teachable moments. Furthermore, the teacher’s handbook is so well written that anyone and everyone can be prepared and equipped to teach their children the important (and yes, Biblical) core values that lead to boys and girls becoming not only thriving and flourishing citizens, but, will ultimately point the entire family to the Lord Jesus who alone lived a perfect virtuous and sinless life.

There is much more information I could share with you, but if you perused the website, We Choose Virtues, for any length of time, you will quickly discover how well crafted this program truly is.


The caveat for me personally, is that we have not been using this very long as we just discovered this program. The truth is, the potential is profound and the foundation is built on the Word of God (even if I am going to have my kids still memorize out of the ESV!).

To that end, I heartily endorse We Choose Virtues and highly recommend it to anyone who is a parent, a teacher, or has influence over children and want to see them grow up into well-rounded, responsible citizens here on earth, and, Lord willing, citizens of heaven.




The Serpent Beguiled Eve by Acacia Slaton

Serpent Beguiled EveSlaton, Acacia. The Serpent Beguiled Eve: Healing the Wounds of Abandonment, Betrayal, and Shame. CreateSpace, 2014. 148 pp. $13.99. Purchase at Amazon and on Kindle for less.


Acacia has written a children’s book entitled, Mommy, Am I Still Your Princess. This one, however, is deeper and more biographical.


A young married woman with two daughters deals with her husband’s infidelity and his struggle with homosexuality. She seeks spiritual counsel, but when he refuses to cooperate with spiritual leaders-other than on a surface level-she has to make the most important decision of her life.


From the start,  you know this book is going to be a tough read given the sensitive nature of the topics discussed. From adultery to divorce to homosexuality, the reader is confronted with real-life in this ever changing culture of what is acceptable behavior.

I need to qualify this review with a note that there is much I disagree with in terms of ecclesiology (church stucture), some of the teachers that influenced the main character (Joyce Meyer, etc.) and the evident charismatic (see TBN-esque Pentecostalism) influences in her life. That being said, I am also aware that a blind squirrel finds a nut every now and then.

I struggled with the life story of betrayal as both a husband and father and perhaps as a pastor myself. I hated to read what was going on in her life as well as how he failed to lead both himself and his family. The warning was clear, however, we must always be on guard and must continue to put our faith in Christ alone.

Slaton pours her heart and soul into this work and explains how it was (and is!) only God’s grace that brought her through this horrendous storm. Furthermore, near the end of this book, I think she best summarized why she, as a Christian, must strive to forgive as imperfect as she might be able to do. She realized that because God had forgiven her so often in her unfaithfulness to Him, she in turn, must seek to forgive her ex-husband despite the pain and her unwillingness. Her transparency in her struggles is to be commended and modeled.


In the end, I found this book to be genuine and God-honoring though I personally disagree with many secondary (albeit, important) issues theologically. The heart of the book is one of our need of God’s grace each and every day. To that end, and understanding one must read with discernment, I recommend this book to those who are hurting.

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