DAY 21 // CELEBRATE

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DAY 21 // CELEBRATE

DAY 21 // CELEBRATE

So the people shouted, and the trumpets were blown. As soon as the people heard the sound of the trumpet, the people shouted a great shout, and the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they captured the city. Joshua 6:20

How amazing has this fast been? 

Fasting is costly and it’s sacrificial, but God promises breakthrough on the other side. We can look at the story of Jericho and see how the Israelites were diligent in their obedience. It was costly for them to circle the city each day. But how worth it was it on that seventh day when the walls came down and the celebration began!?

We’re so excited to come together tonight and celebrate all God’s done in the life of our church over the last 3 years and during our fast over the last 21 days.

Our team is believing that any walls that need to be torn down and any breakthrough you’re still waiting on can happen tonight! Let’s celebrate all God’s done and anticipate all He’ll do as we march into new territory this year!

Mallory Corwin // Kids Team

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DAY 20 // THINGS ABOVE

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DAY 20 // THINGS ABOVE

DAY 20 // THINGS ABOVE

Colossians 3:1-3 "Since you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on the things above where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on the things above, not the things on earth, for you died and your life is now hidden with Christ in God."

What's your heart set on today? The word 'set' in the dictionary means fixed, firm, entrenched, inflexible. We all have things in our hearts that we can get set on, i.e. money, sport, career, a person (or lack of) social media, opinions of others ,maybe possessions? Whatever it is, one thing I have found is that anything you have to have, and your happiness depends upon it, can potentially end up being an idol in your life. Where your mind goes your heart will follow... That's why God wants are hearts and minds set on Him. So that we would follow Him. The best way to safeguard against having idols in your heart is to actively and daily look for ways and opportunities to take care of what's on Gods heart and in return I have found without exception- He takes care of what's on yours!

Tanya Cross // Pastor

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DAY 19 // SET GOD BEFORE YOU

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DAY 19 // SET GOD BEFORE YOU

DAY 19 // SET GOD BEFORE YOU

Psalm 16:8-9 “I have set the Lord continually before me; because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad and my glory [my inner self] rejoices; my body too shall rest and confidently dwell in safety.”

We all sometimes feel like the cares of life threaten to overwhelm and sweep us away, causing us to feel anxious and worried about our current circumstances and what the future holds. Perhaps you too are facing a situation that is leaving you feeling weighed down by concern and worry. I have found that focusing continually upon the circumstances and challenges I’m facing, only leaves me feeling more worried and anxious as I try and work things out through my own reasoning and understanding. Contrast this with what the Psalmist says about setting the Lord continually before you instead. By focusing upon Him- instead of the problems you may be facing- you too will not be moved, your heart will be glad, you will rejoice on the inside, your body will have rest AND you will confidently rest in safety! Whenever you find yourself feeling anxious or worried, it is a sure sign that you’ve taken your eyes off the Lord, and its time to stop and refocus on Him again.

Matt Cross // Pastor and Business Manager

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DAY 18 // HE GIVES US WORDS

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DAY 18 // HE GIVES US WORDS

DAY 18 // HE GIVES US WORDS

The Lord God has given Me the tongue of those who follow Him, that I may know how to give strength when I speak to one who is tired. He wakes Me up morning by morning. He wakes up My ear to listen as a follower. Isaiah 50:4

I love this scripture because it gives a glimpse of how we can live our lives everyday! He gives us the “ tongue" of those who follow him. As we become tuned in to Him he gives us words of wisdom! In another version of the word it promises us a "well instructed tongue- the tongue of a disciple." As our hearts become tethered to Him, we begin to speak like Jesus! Our thoughts become His thoughts. I love how the Holy Spirit drops thoughts and impressions into our spirit; we become richer in the things of Him, but also we begin to serve the body of Christ better! We start to give strength and encouragement to the “one who is tired." Our Holy Spirit inspired words help others stay the course, help them to not to give up and to keep looking at Jesus when life seems confusing or discouraging. 

"He wakes me up morning by morning!" Thank God our relationship with Him is fresh every day! He has something new to say to us. He has new mercies, new things to reveal to us, even new instructions! 

"He wakes up our ears to His voice!" One of the many benefits of fasting is that our spiritual ears become tuned in to what the  Holy Spirit is saying. Our spiritual senses are sharpened. Have you ever felt those situations where you knew exactly what to say to someone needing encouragement? Or ever felt like Holy Spirit dropped in your heart the exact thing that you needed to do in a situation. Did he give you divine strategy? Well that’s how we need to live everyday! That’s how we CAN live everyday!

Don’t you just love Jesus! Keep drawing closer to Him as you continue to fast xx

Joy Starling // Connect Groups Pastor

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DAY 17 // NOT MY WILL, BUT YOURS

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DAY 17 // NOT MY WILL, BUT YOURS

DAY 17 // NOT MY WILL, BUT YOURS

Luke 22:42Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done. And there appeared to Him an angel from heaven, strengthening him.

Have you ever stopped to ponder the word ‘will’? By definition it means, ‘a deliberate or fixed desire or intention’ or another definition says, ‘the power of control the mind has over its own actions’.

In order to gain victory over death, Jesus actually had to sacrifice his will in all areas, physical, mental and spiritual and release it to the Father when he went to the cross. It was through this sacrifice of His will that we are now able to receive the gift of salvation, breakthrough in our lives and have the freedom to have a relationship directly with God the Father.

As we as a church believe for breakthrough and give up our desires in the physical, a fast is the perfect opportunity to once again examine and reflect on the will of our heart and our spirit. Are there desires or plans in our lives that we need to sacrifice to the Lord and follow the lead of Jesus by saying, ‘Not my will, but yours be done’ in order to see breakthrough? Do we have desires or intentions that the Lord is asking us to lay down, in order to be aligned with His perfect will?

It is a bold prayer to bring before the Lord, ‘Not my will, but yours, be done’, one that often requires the sacrifice of even good-hearted, well-intentioned dreams, plans and desires. You can be assured, His will for your life is far greater then you could ever imagine or dream. And as we obey and surrender our will to the Father, not only will He strengthen and sustain us through the Holy Spirit - just like He did Jesus, but we will begin to see victory and breakthrough in our lives.

Steph Sohnchen // Assistant to Henry and Alex

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DAY 16// YOU WERE CALLED

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DAY 16// YOU WERE CALLED

DAY 16 // YOU WERE CALLED

1 Corinthians 1:26-28 "Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards. Not many were influential, not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of this world to shame the wise. God chose the weak things of this world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things and the things that are not- to nullify the things that are."

In my younger years, I struggled to see how God would use my life. If I had to be honest, I certainly wasn't the best advertisement for the Christian walk, always feeling like I was taking three steps forward and two steps back. Maybe you feel the same? Convinced there are far more worthy candidates who look like they have the perfect Christian life going on... But God, in His absolute kindness, would often show me throughout  scripture how time and time again that He actually specializes in using very 'ordinary' people. People with ordinary fears, ordinary trials, all manner of family issues, insecurities- people who felt like they had little if anything to offer. The big difference being... Deep in their hearts... they all chose to hold on tight to God, believe Him at His word no matter what and allow Him to navigate their lives through their circumstances... The outcome...  Giants were slain... enemies conquered... waters walked on ... promised lands fulfilled...  God was the Hero to their story!... The same way He wants to be the Hero to your story!

Tanya Cross // Pastor

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DAY 15 // GIFT OF SALVATION

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DAY 15 // GIFT OF SALVATION

DAY 15 // GIFT OF SALVATION

Isaiah 61:10 “I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul will exalt in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks herself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.”

God has given each of us the greatest gift of all, something that ALL of the world’s riches combined could not buy- Salvation! it is a gift beyond measure, and He has also clothed us in righteousness. Regardless of what the circumstances of your life may look like right now, it all pales in comparison to what you have been given. If ANYTHING in this life is worth rejoicing over, it is the gift of salvation and eternal life through Christ Jesus. If you too have received this incredible gift, rejoice with all your heart for you will receive nothing of greater value this side of eternity!

Matt Cross // Pastor and Business Manager

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DAY 14// GOD OF HOPE

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DAY 14// GOD OF HOPE

DAY 14 // GOD OF HOPE

Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all the joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

He is the God of Hope! As you pray and seek God, he desires that you put your whole trust in him.  As you wait for answers, he is able to bring you all the peace and joy that will sustain you in the waiting.  Don’t get distracted by the wavering thoughts your flesh might try to bring up.  His Spirit is with you in every moment of doubt and fear to reaffirm that He is good and you can trust him. He is the God of impossible.  When you put your trust in him, you are able to keep your hands and heart open for things that are even greater than we can ever imagine.   You walk out every season with an unexplainable amount of hope because you know he is with you and for you.  Keep your trust in God and his word because He is forever faithful!

Stephanie Lacorte // Office Administrator

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DAY 13 // SET YOUR EYES ABOVE

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DAY 13 // SET YOUR EYES ABOVE

DAY 13 // SET YOUR EYES ABOVE

Colossians 3:1-4 “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.  When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”

What a joy it is to be set free in Christ! No longer bound by the things of our old self, we are now empowered by Holy Spirit to run after the things of God.  Keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, it becomes natural to seek after His heart and to walk with Him daily. Like money handlers who are trained to spot counterfeit bills, not taking the time to study the wrong ones, but rather getting to know the real ones by heart, if we keep our eyes fixed on Christ, the rest will fade away.  Be encouraged today, set your eyes on the things above. We’ve been made alive in Christ! “The old is gone and the new has come!"

Ben Crosson // Media Team Leader

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DAY 12 // GOD'S WORDS ARE FLAWLESS

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DAY 12 // GOD'S WORDS ARE FLAWLESS

DAY 12 // GOD'S WORDS ARE FLAWLESS

PSALM 12:6 (Passion Translation)

“For every word God speaks is sure and every promise pure.  His truth is tested, found to be flawless, and ever faithful.  It’s pure as sterling silver, refined seven times in a crucible of clay.”

How good is it to have a God who’s words are flawless? We live in a world where the words of man can so often be dishonest and untrustworthy. But we worship a God who's words are perfect, and they always come at the right time, in the right way, and in the right season. We were created and designed to be the carriers of God’s word, just like the “crucible of clay” that David references in this scripture which was something used to refine and pour precious metals like silver and gold into because it could hold them and not melt, God longs to pour his flawless words into our heart, he wants to trust us with his deepest insight and revelation. So be encouraged today that as you make time to spend alone with God, and step away from the words of the world surrounding you, that he is going to download the truth that only he can speak into your heart. 

Andrew Holt // Worship Team Leader

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DAY 11 // SEEK + FIND

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DAY 11 // SEEK + FIND

DAY 11 // SEEK + FIND

Jeremiah 29:13 “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart” 

Our God is always accessible. Even when you don’t feel or sense Him, I can promise that He is there; Waiting for you to press in and seek Him with everything. If you want the fullness of God, you need to give fully of yourself. Maybe you are still waiting for that breakthrough or promise to unfold and have grown a little tired and weary. In those moments, cling to His word because His promises are always true. Seek Him and you will find Him. And with Him, there is rest, joy, peace, and so much more. In His presence is where you will find your answers and your breakthrough. So just press in a little more, seek Him a little more, and I promise you, it’ll be worth the sacrifice. He will always be worth it.

Natalie Brown // Youth Pastor

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DAY 10 // MORE THAN CONQUERORS

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DAY 10 // MORE THAN CONQUERORS

DAY 10 // MORE THAN CONQUERORS

Romans 8:37-39  No, in all these things, we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

How many times do we believe that the things we have done change the way that God feels about us?  How often do we get stuck believing that God could never love us because of the mistakes we have made?  This is a snare of the enemy.  It drives us away from the love of the Father and keeps us from repentance and restoration.  If the enemy can convince us that we are ‘too far gone,’ his work is done and we drive a stake between ourselves and God.  This verse speaks truth into that lie.  There is nothing that you can do to change how God feels about you.  Nothing.  And the even better news is, you are more than able to CONQUER any of these sins because of God’s great love for you.  You aren’t a victim of sin any longer.  You have the authority and ability to CONQUER the sin and walk in the truth.  Jesus bought victory for us on the cross, now it's your decision to walk in that victory!

Jess Tinnesz // Kids Pastor

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DAY 09 // ACCELERATION

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DAY 09 // ACCELERATION

DAY 09 // ACCELERATION

AMOS 9: 13-15 "Yes indeed, it won't be long now." Gods decree. "Things are going to happen so fast your head will swim, one thing fast on the heels of the other. You won't be able to keep up. Everything will be happening at once- and everywhere you look, blessings!"

Can you sense there is an acceleration on things? You might be thinking, "but the darkness seems so dark right now..." But have you noticed the light is shining so much brighter then ever before? There is a hunger for the things of God in people, God given dreams are coming to pass at a new pace, people are surrendering their lives to Jesus, the favor of the Lord is upon His people in a new way and things that have felt dormant are coming to LIFE.

He holds the seasons and the timing on it all and we get to partner with God and simply BE READY for the overflow of blessing that is coming.

During this time of pressing into the Fathers heart, seeking His face and fasting from things that deny our flesh there is an extra sensitivity to Holy Spirit and what He is speaking to us. Press into those promptings that might not even make sense and follow His leading.

What if all that has been in your heart, the breakthroughs and all the blessings, do happen at once?

Are we ready? Let's ask God today to prepare us in the natural and in the Spirit for all He is about to unleash in our lives, our church, and our city so that we steward all the BLESSINGS well.

Jaime Jamgochian // New Believers Pastor

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DAY 08 // AN UNDIVIDED HEART

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DAY 08 // AN UNDIVIDED HEART

DAY 08 // AN UNDIVIDED HEART

PSALM 86:11 Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.

We live in a world where there's many distractions constantly vying for our time and attention. In the midst of the clutter and noise our hearts can easily become divided, leaving our lives fragmented and uncentered. Jesus wants our whole heart not just parts of it. I love how David prayed 'Give me an undivided heart.' Wow! What a prayer! What a request! As we drown out the chaos and focus our whole hearts solely on Jesus, the things of this world truly become strangely dim! We once again find ourselves in His presence,surrendered, undivided and ready for Him to speak.

Charles Starling / Creative & Production Pastor

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DAY 07 // MAKE ROOM FOR GOD

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DAY 07 // MAKE ROOM FOR GOD

DAY 07 // MAKE ROOM FOR GOD

1 COR 10:23  Someone may say, "I'm allowed to do anything", but not everything is helpful. I'm allowed to do anything, but not everything encourages growth.

There are so many things that crowd our lives. Not necessarily bad things, but nevertheless, things that are literally crowding God OUT of our lives. This year I'm so challenged to make more room for Him, and as a result, some sacrifices are needed. We may need to lay some things aside. Like this scripture says, not everything is helpful for our walk with Him. Not everything encourages growth. There are many things in our lives that we feel are ok, but can we ask ourselves "does this draw me closer to Him? Is this just 'filling the gaps in my life’?"

So come away from the noise. He is not in the noise. He is in the whisper.

Jesus withdrew to the wilderness and fasted for 40 days. He went hungry so he could be "bread" for others. He didn’t eat so we could "eat" of Him. He always took time away from the craziness to get alone with the Father.

So take a step towards him. Turn off the TV, turn off the radio, step away from your phone and draw near to Him. He’s waiting for you!

Joy Starling / Connect Groups Pastor

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DAY 06 // GOD'S PLANS FOR YOU

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DAY 06 // GOD'S PLANS FOR YOU

DAY 06 / GOD'S PLANS FOR YOU

JER 29:11-12  For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you."

It's so easy to compare stories and callings, but it's amazing to think of how God purposes each of us for something specific. I've found myself asking Jesus recently, "When you were making my eyes, what did you make them to see? When you made my mouth, what were you creating it to say? What about when you made my hands, what were you making them to do?"
Spend some time asking God about the plans He's made just for YOU. They're specific to you and different than anyone else's. His plans are purposeful and powerful and He's excited to take each step alongside you!

Mallory Corwin / TBCØ Kids Team

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DAY 05 // HIS PRESENCE IS WITH US

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DAY 05 // HIS PRESENCE IS WITH US

DAY 05 / HIS PRESENCE IS WITH US

PSALM 139:7-8 "Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there."

Have you ever felt like God is a million miles away? Have you cried out to Him only to feel like the heavens are like brass? This scripture clearly shows us that there is nowhere we can go that the Lord is not there. God promises to never leave us or forsake us. The reason we feel He is distant is not because He has gone anywhere, but because we have moved away. Perhaps we have been disappointed, or a prayer is yet to be answered, and because of that we begin to believe that God is not close by. His Spirit is living inside of you, and you are a carrier of His presence so be encouraged today that He is with you! Lean in to His presence. Why don’t you take a moment to put some worship on and focus your attention on Him. Allow him to speak to your heart and remind you that He is for you always!

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DAY 04 // GOD'S WISDOM

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DAY 04 // GOD'S WISDOM

DAY 04 / GOD'S WISDOM

PROVERBS 2:1-5 "My Son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding - indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God."

What a promise! That you will find the Knowledge of God. The Lord longs to speak to his children and give us wisdom and understanding to live a successful life. I have found that the word of God has so much insight into everyday issues. When I am stuck with a problem, instead of looking in the natural for an answer, I have chosen to seek after the truth found in the word of God. As I have inclined my ear to hear and called out to Him earnestly, God has always revealed treasures to me. God wants to unlock hidden treasures of truth and encouragement as you seek Him. He will reveal wisdom and understanding as you spend time with Him, so as you spend time with Him today, why not begin to ask Him for His wisdom and understanding for whatever you are facing right now.

Alex Seeley

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DAY 03 // PRAY FOR OUR GOVERNMENT

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DAY 03 // PRAY FOR OUR GOVERNMENT

DAY 03 // PRAY FOR OUR GOVERNMENT

1 TIM 2:1-3 "I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people - for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This (kind of praying) is good, and pleases God our Savior."

Today is a significant day in the life of our country.  Today marks the beginning of a new season, and regardless of your political views, we have a responsbility as followers of Christ to lift up our nation's leaders and pray for them... Pray for wisdom, pray for guidance, but most of all that they would have a life-changing encounter with Jesus.  As Christians, our hope is not in a political system... not in a financial system... it can ONLY be found in God.  So as you spend time praying today, pray with HOPE!  Let's put our personal views aside and begin to intercede for our nation - that God would have His way here in our land.

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DAY 02 // HUNGER AND THIRST

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DAY 02 // HUNGER AND THIRST

DAY 02 // HUNGER AND THIRST

MATT 5:6 [NIV] "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled."

What is righteousness? Why should we hunger and thirst for it? In simple terms, righteousness is an attitude in our heart that wants to do what is right to honor God. Righteousness is living in a loving relationship with the Father that causes our heart to want to please Him. If the posture of our heart is to please God, then we will seek after what He loves and in turn will do what He does. There is such blessing that comes from having an attitude that WANTS to do the right thing, rather than following a list of rules simply out of obligation. As we set out to pray and meditate on this scripture today, rather than focus on all the things you feel you have to do, focus on how good our Father is. As you do, you will begin to discover what He loves, which in turn will stir a hunger to do what is right as you learn what really pleases Him.

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