Redemption Through God Unbiasedness

One undeniable fact of God is His fairness. The root of this truth first surfaced after Adam and Eve’s great fall from His grace. Once God finished handing them their consequences for disobedience, He provided a way out (Genesis 3:22). It’s here, where God’s unbiasedness gave birth to faith and redemption.

The ensuing story is my experience with the Lord’s impartial interaction with me.

On the negative side, agnosticism fueled my disbelief of God and I spread its poison to anyone with open ears. Many times I argued God’s none-existent using the evilness of the world to point out His dislike for humanity.

How could God exist in a world riddled with death, hatred, and cruelty to children?

This outlook on God showed my misunderstanding of faith. I couldn’t grasp the idea those kinds of human actions in the world are not acts of God but the results from wicked people doing evil deeds. In my mind, I used those realities as a way to reject God. I didn’t know faith is an example of the inner changes God provides to remove sin’s corruption.

During this period of life, my thoughts became influenced by alcohol and drugs. This sent me on the road of self-destruction causing severe problems.

In fact, addiction almost killed me. One time I wrecked the car. It happened driving home from a bar. I became intoxicated from several hours of hard drinking and this impaired my ability to think. My drunkenness caused me to veer off the side of the road and crashed into a metal utility pole.

Then the next thing I remember is waking up in the middle of the road in the opposite direction from the flow of traffic. Even though I walked away uninjured, this incident put me in the path of death. This wasn’t enough to stop me ruining my life. I continued driving drunk.

Besides the substance abuse, I lived in fierce resentment, self-centered fear, and other unrighteous behavior. Sin ran wild, causing emotional, mental and physical harms to many people. My life continued to get worse, and along the way, suicide raised its ugly head.

Then one day in the spring of 1985 God got my attention. Alcoholism reduced me to one hundred and ten pounds, looked as if I was walking death and ended back home at mom’s house. This devastated her, and those tears she cried showed the terror behind her eyes. Now she experienced up close a frightening example of the horrors of an unsaved soul. With the agony of defeat prevalent and nowhere else to turn I heard God’s calling.

God took my hand and taught me the real meaning of life. His light overpowered the darkness hanging over my head. And nothing mattered except God. Over the next fifteen years, the relationship between God and me blossomed. He gave me the keys to the meaningful and purposeful life anchored in His purpose.

Even though God took hold of me, He understood I wasn’t ready for His way of living. And in the summer of 2000, I chose to distant myself from God. It began with complacency. You know those times when I believe my spiritual life is well but fail to rely upon Him. Well, this lack of faith cost me His grace, and three years later I returned to the nightmare of addiction.

It wasn’t a wise decision returning to alcoholism. But because of my dead faith and failing to recognize my error God’s voice fell on deaf ears. Under those circumstances, the day I drank, alcoholism returned with a vengeance.

Over the next eight years nothing I tried to ease the unnecessary suffering caused by my disobedience worked. My ability to make sound decisions ceased to exist, and this drove me deeper into despair. In my darkest days, I remember sitting on the couch with no electricity or running water with a cooler full of beer getting drunk. Self-pity filled my heart driven by my refusal to turn back to God.

I tried geographic changes to no avail. Every time I moved the lurking notion of impending doom never left my mind. Other ways included changing friends, hangout places and isolating myself at home. Nothing overtook the reality of my choice to walk away from God. And from my actions to live willful the quality of life continued to get worse.

Alcohol became my worst enemy and every time I drank the blackouts from abusing it became severe. It wasn’t uncommon for me to awaken from a blackout with black eyes or broken ribs because others told me I became violent. They had to manhandle me to stop me from causing more physical damage to property. And this led to more destructive drinking to drown out the embarrassment.

Not sure what happened. One day in the summer of 2011 I asked God for help. And within a few weeks, God’s Living Spirit became visible. He embraced me with His grace. God showed me mercy, and Christ entered my heart. This remarkable and unbelievable spiritual awakening changed me forever.

I knew God answered my cry for help because He removed my obsession with alcohol. No longer was I consumed with constant thoughts of getting drunk. Those became non-existent and God replaced them with a peace of mind unlike any other I had every experience. And God freed me from the bondage of self and as the result of His intervention, my thoughts shifted from the alcohol to thinking on Him.

I am grateful the Lord gave me another chance. Today I keep my faith active. For example, once awaken the first thoughts of the day begin with glorifying God. Prayer is where it starts and throughout the day a conscious effort made to rely upon Christ. And every night a sincere thanking for His daily bread.

God didn’t give up on me nor will He for you. His unbiased treatment of me keeps me seeking Christ and I look forward spending time with Him. I cherish His Spirit. I hope your experience is one full of His love and filled with His presence!

God’s Astonishing Fairness

God is fair and throughout the Old Testament, many examples attest to this truth. One of the finest is in the Book of Exodus.

When God chose Moses to free the Israelites from Egyptian slavery, He shows us fairness. Here the Lord gave Pharaoh ten chances. Those ten plagues bear witness to God’s righteousness. Every time Pharaoh refused to listen the severity of God’s wrath increased. And the Lord’s final action brought the king of Egypt to utter submission!

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I have firsthand experienced with the way God shows unbiased judgment.  In the spring of 1985 and for the first time I noticed God’s voice. The will to live became lost, and I wanted to die, but God had other plans. Christ made His presence known, and an undeniable connectedness with the Father emerged. The Lord left no doubt for His Living Spirit overtook everything in my life.

God delivered me from prideful ambitions, alcoholism, sexual immorality and blasphemy. My sinful ways caused harm to others, and I reacted to life in unpredictable ways. Selfishness ruled my actions, and I always wanted something in return for my services. I became a phony, and this caused people to turn away. Every day the loneliness of living in spiritual darkness became unbearable.

Even though God showed me His Spirit, He knew I wasn’t ready to conform to His will. I fell from His grace and returned to a life anchored in sin. It took years of troubling circumstances before I became willing to surrender my life to Him. But when He called on me again, giving me a second chance it changed my life forever. I’m grateful for Christ and God’s astonishing fairness.

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Today, living for Christ is my number one priority. I don’t take God’s justice for granted. Every day I give my best to live for His glory. I’m not perfect, and sin creeps in, but with Christ as my spiritual guide, a great decrease in unrighteous behavior results from God’s Living Spirit.

Sin is no longer my nemesis. Christ awakened me to God’s light and cleansed my soul from too many transgressions. Eternal life is serious and without an active faith in Christ my afterlife is destined for damnation. I can’t afford to live apart from God.

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Regardless of humanity’s reaction to God, He never changes the way He judges a person. Every man, woman, and child know of God since He shows everyone His existence. No matter if you are a new believer or a seasoned veteran our faith allows us to understand God is righteous in His judgment.

Do you believe in God’s fairness?

The Irrefutable Proof Of God

God’s proof is irrefutable. No matter how a person tries to deny God, it doesn’t change the fact of His existence. The Lord left His mark on every continent. God designed His awesome creations as a way to notice His creations. God is the creator!

Even unbelievers are amazed by their natural surrounding but fail to give God glory and stay in darkness.

Many scientists use their intelligence to disprove God. They come up with theories to explain how life emerged. But their facts have limitations because they fail to understand the complexity of God’s incredible organized design. The debated Big Bang Theory and Darwinism is flawed. No one gives birth to themselves.

One of my friends shared with me an amazing story attesting to God’s invisible attributes. Chris’s sister sustained a horrific head injury. She fell down a flight of stairs causing severe skull trauma. Her physical condition was serious, and most people don’t recover without major problems.

The doctors shared with Chris and his family her poor prognosis. Those physicians became surprised because she made a full recovery with no speech, cognitive or mobility problems. And because of her miraculous healing, it drew other well-respected doctors to witness her unexplained recovery. These men of medicine marveled over her extraordinary outcome from a devastating accident.

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Here we see how God created the human body with an ability to heal itself. Now if doesn’t prove God as a Creator, then I sorry for you. Scientists find themselves baffled over this unbelievable cleverness of God’s unique planned design.

The greatest experience with God is His remarkable Living Spirit. Once God saves a soul, then He showers the individual with an undeniable love. This astonishing awakening to His presence leaves no doubt since nothing the world offers matches God’s grace.

Connecting with God isn’t our choice. Remember, God saved us by His grace. This is a special privilege not given to everyone. When God opens the door to His kingdom through Christ, then we know He is the sole Creator of everything. Our eyes become full of spiritual light, and we understand the difference between physical and spiritual death. This wisdom isn’t by mistake but from Christ.

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Another impressive God consciousness is the peace we find in Christ. Adam and Eve’s disobedience caused everyone to experience sin. And this real and painful truth can’t be denied.

No one is without sin.

God wants to love His creations and provided faith as a way back into His grace. God designed everyone with the same emotional DNA and Christ relieves us from our darkened souls. Our devotion to Christ gives testimony to God as the Creator because without salvation freedom from the bondage of sin stays elusive. We are blessed to experience God’s mercy!

God makes His existence known. He didn’t limit us to those visible signs where we see His creations. He allows us to experience His Living Spirit. This inner-connectedness makes living in a world riddled with corruption a temporary existence since our spiritual inheritance is in heaven.

It doesn’t matter if you are a new believer or a seasoned veteran; we agree God isn’t dead. He is alive in us with Christ, and our salvation bears witness to God’s creations.

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Worry

Worrying is a human tendency and hard to break. Life terms are full of anxiety. Most people struggle to survive and live. The financial demands imposed by the world are unavoidable. Everyone needs to pay bills.

When I worry, it affects my spiritual equilibrium. I become unbalanced in my Christian walk. This places me in an unsafe place, and I make unwise decisions. Those irrational actions cause my life unnecessary suffering. Every time I fail to rely on Christ the outcome doesn’t turn out fruitful.

Worrying takes away my spiritual effectiveness. When I become uneasy over a circumstance out of my control, it prevents me from being useful. I become self-centered and use my will to solve problems reserved for Christ’s intervention. And the more I hold onto the trouble it makes my life miserable.

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God is subtle in the way He corrects my weaknesses. He uses my times of indecisions to show me relying on Christ in my daily affairs is best. When I leave God out of the mix, it doesn’t turn out right. Without Christ, as the centerpiece, I’m lost and exposed to emotional problems. But when I humble myself to Him remarkable results emerge.

Christ is there for us, and God is watching how we react to the circumstances of life. Jesus is our mightiest warrior against anxiety. And when we turn to Him in times of worrisome predicaments, then He brings us inner peace. This serenity in times of distress calms our spirits and uplifts our hearts.

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Times get hard, but our devotion to God gives us the strength to move past trouble. Christ is our greatest asset to the woes of the world. Place your trust in God and find the solutions to your problems. And remember God works on a different timeline so don’t give up before He responds.

Faith in action cures anxiety caused by too much worrying. God takes care of those who trust in Christ. When we rely on Christ at the early stages of troubles, then we are better suited to overcome them quicker. Don’t forget God gave us the gift of salvation and are accountable to the way we handle life.

The power of prayer is indisputable. Our personal experience with building a strong prayer life is proof of God’s faithfulness. And the way of overcoming uncertainty begins with prayer.

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Faith teaches us Christ is the way we adjust our lives to meet every circumstance. The more we give our lives over to God it becomes easier to side-step worry and become better servants to our Messiah.

How do you overcome worry?

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A Deadly Three Letter Word

The problems we are facing in today’s world isn’t new. Throughout humanity’s history; defying God is well recorded. In Biblical times the way society rejected God’s call and in the New Testament, the Pharisees killed Jesus are facts.

Evilness is held together by a reprobate mind anchored in sin. Often the talk of sin is discounted and swept under the table, but our witness to its destruction is unavoidable. Unconfessed sin and the lack of repentance are the tools God’s enemy uses to destroy a human’s relationship with God. The three letter word sin kills the spirit and without God’s grace leads to damnation.

No one wants to look at the sinful side of their existence. It is painful, full of guilt and a relentless advisory. When Adam and Eve’s sin caused their great fall from God, everything changed. From that point forward every human is born into sin (Romans 5:19). This unpalatable truth permeates the hearts of people and without God’s forgiveness, it kills the soul.

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I know a life centered in darkness. In the past, before God shed His grace on my life, sin dominated my heart. Sin consumed my behaviors causing others to avoid me. My language full of filthiness and my actions cemented in selfishness. Dishonesty, resentment, and fear destroyed my heart leading to a hopeless existence. I hated living and wanted to die.

God saved me and opened my eyes to a life beyond sin. Once Christ took my spirit, then I saw the world through faith’s eyes. God awakened me to the fruitlessness of sin and into the eternal hope of salvation. Now I understand Christ’s outlook on sin and the significance for repentance. I’m grateful for God’s mercy and the sacrifice Christ made so I can live an eternal life.

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Unbelievers are quick to defy God because they watch Christians living in sin. They use this to disprove God’s existence. God’s chosen ones understand the subtle ways of sin.

Real faith knows sin is always present. A Christian life isn’t the absent of sin. It’s by God’s grace a sinner is saved and given Christ the conqueror of evil. And once Christ opens the door to God’s kingdom then repentance keeps sin from taking over the heart of a believer. Remember spiritual warfare never ceases because God’s enemy always searches for a weakness in a believer’s armor. Trust in Christ and see the impossible- the remission of sins.

A Christian’s life may appear to full of sin. To a degree, it’s true, but God doesn’t leave us without a way to live free from its bondage. Our Father gives us the opportunity to take from His Tree of Life (Genesis 3:22). He anoints us with Holy Spirit and allows Christ to wash clean the spiritual filth sin leaves on a person’s soul. This great revelation isn’t without responsibility for we must be active in repenting and live a holy life.

God’s good news is Christ gives us eternal hope. The way to stay in remission from sin is picking up our cross and walking with Christ. The Lord takes notice when our cross is heavy, and we turn to Christ’s strength for the strength to overcome its burdens. With Christ’s courage, we never lack the spiritual muscle necessary to turn away from sin. Remember we are never alone!

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Sin is necessary to understand. God wants me to know how disgusted He is with disobedience. But His mercy leads me to the freedom Christ brings to His faithful believers. Unconfessed sin causes friction between God and us. It’s imperative for me to repent the moment I realize my sin. No matter how I try to side-step sin, it always circles back. I’m grateful God showed me my sins!      If-we-say-that-we-have

Joyful Deliverance

In my past, a joyful existence was elusive. I lived apart from God and in total darkness. Life involved chasing after short-lived experiences grounded in personal pleasures. Sin dominated my soul causing nothing but trouble.  Self-searching motives a normal occurrence anchoring a life of selfishness. No matter what the world offered, it couldn’t fill the emptiness inside my spirit.

Living life on my willpower caused unrelenting suffering. I thought happiness came from a whisky bottle but the more I got drunk an unshakable despair unfolded. Sexual immorality brought the same results. Everything I used to fill the spiritual void in my life drove me deeper into the black hole of hopelessness. This reckless lifestyle brought me to my knees.

It brings me great joy to share God saved me. I no longer live in sin and Christ delivered me from evil. Freed from the bondage of self and into God’s grace. This connection with God is a joyous occasion. The Lord makes life a happy and enlightening experience.

Since hearing God’s calling and repenting for my sins, a new outlook on joy emerged. I can’t find a better enjoyment of life than the one I receive from devoting myself to Christ. His presence brings me the greatest satisfaction. This profound spiritual consciousness keeps me seeking God and continues making me joyful!

Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (Luke 15:10)

Have you found joy in God?

Humanity’s Greatest Joy

God brings the greatest joy known to humanity. His incredible way of delivering us happiness in a world full of tragedy is uplifting. He sends serenity in times of distress and through Christ we find inner-peace. Even though we may become disturbed the hope God gives keeps us spiritually balanced. Behind every blessing, we find God’s joy.

The connection between Christ and enjoying life isn’t an accident. God’s designed plan included receiving joy in His spiritual gifts. Since our Father placed Christ as His centerpiece, then real happiness radiates through our personal relationship with His Son. The joy Christ brings isn’t short-lived but never ending.

I’m grateful for God because Christ has changed my life. Every day is a new beginning and God is watching the way I awake to its opportunity. I try my best upon awakening to focus my thoughts on God. This gives me the best start to the day and leads me to a joyous beginning. I’m not perfect. I stumble and drift away. But the moment I realize it, humble myself before God then Christ steps in and showers me with God’s love.

The link between spiritual life and joyfulness is God’s powerful way of showing us the treasures of heaven. Christ makes following God an enjoyable and exceptional experience. Nothing the world offers comes near the happiness God gives to His faithful followers.

My lips will shout for joy when I sing praises to you; my soul also, which you have redeemed (Psalm 71:23).

Are you experiencing God’s joy?

Divine Privilege

Being chosen by God to join His Kingdom is a divine privilege (Ephesians 2:8-10). God invited us into an elite family. He included us with His most trusted servants and wanted us to live with Him forever. And God made Christ the head of His family.

When I meditate over the remarkable company God has placed me in I’m astonished. His list of faithful people is extraordinary. I’m grateful to be included with God’s chosen people; Abraham, Moses, Ruth, Peter, Paul and many other biblical ancestors. It is exhilarating  knowing one day I will be able to meet them in heaven.

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One of the most stunning revelations from God is experiencing the same Living Spirit as those people we find in the Bible. Our Father doesn’t show favoritism (Galatians 3:28), and once He saves a soul, then Christ begins teaching God’s way. We are blessed to have the same path to eternal life as our predecessors.

God’s divine privilege of salvation separates us from spiritual death. Our Father united us together through Christ to plan for His new heaven and earth (Revelation 21:1-7). And God’s gift of Christ secures our inheritance for eternal life.

The Lord’s infinite wisdom of everlasting life doesn’t come without responsibility. We must be active in carrying Christ’s message and learning to live holy. The most efficient way of sharing God’s promise of salvation is through living life through faithful examples (2 Corinthians 5:7).

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This means we need to show others the impact Christ makes in our lives by responding to the world’s injustices through love, forgiveness, and devotion. It isn’t easy but not impossible because the Christ in us provides a strength beyond ours.

Remember God saved our souls, and this means we are no longer living for ourselves but His glory. And glorifying God can’t be accomplished without Christ. To glorify God is picking up our cross, walking in Christ footprints and living in God’s purpose.

When I lived outside of God’s kingdom, my life wasn’t useful. I knew nothing of living holy and relied on myself for the answers to life’s riddle. My outlook on life was grim, and I was skeptical towards God. I became agnostic, and this was an empty and lonely existence. Even though I denied God, He had plans to save me. I’m grateful He introduced to Christ and snatched me out of the darkness. I owe everything to Him.

For-the-grace-of-God Today I’m honored to hear God’s voice. Christ has taken away any excuses for me not to humble myself before God. Even though I’m not perfect, Christ doesn’t abandon me because He has shown me the way of repentance. And this allows me to grow in God’s image.

One of God’s greatest privilege is enabling us to be called His sons and daughters. To be chosen by God and recognized as one of His children isn’t to be taken lightly. Remember, we didn’t save ourselves. And this holds us accountable to live in Christ and give Him our undivided attention. We must give Christ our best efforts because the result from a complacent faith has fatal consequences.

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God gives us many spiritual privileges. Life in the flesh is temporary, but heaven is forever. If I don’t experience God’s Living Spirit then something wrong. The Holy Spirit is the way God lets us know our faith is real. Without it, we can’t live in Christ, and the door to God’s kingdom stays closed.

Have you found God’s promises?

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The Wisdom of Fearing God

Fearing God is found throughout the Bible. The Old and New Testaments tells us to fear God. And for good reason. Contained within God’s Book are many examples of the way he disciplines disobedience.

God wrath isn’t subtle. He gives us every opportunity to repent. The Old Testament is full of God’s patience in allowing the Israelites to change their sinful ways and live in obedience. The Lord was fair with them before acting on His judgment for their defiance. And God has given us their recorded history to remind us the penalty for disobedience.

When God delivered Christ to the world, this changed the way He deals with unfaithful actions. Jesus is God’s last covenant with humanity and without believing in Christ, no one will enter heaven. Once a believer places faith in Christ; then the wisdom of fearing God becomes understood.

The fear of God isn’t one that pushes us away from Him. It draws us closer to Christ because the knowledge of God’s judgment becomes real. Christ is the one who teaches us the way God will handle unbelievers, and the Book of Revelation is the blueprint to God’s final judgment. Don’t be mistaken; everyone one will face Christ’s verdict.

The good news is fearing God paves the way for our eternal inheritance. God shows us through Christ the rewards for following His commands. Our Father makes sure we have a place in heaven. We are fortunate to be chosen by God!

Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. (Proverbs 3:7)

Do you fear God?

A Troubled Celebration

Today, the United States of America celebrates its independence from Great Britain. Two hundred forty years ago they ratified their Declaration of Independence. They paid a heavy price (war) to break free from English rule. This wasn’t easy and took many human casualties to win against their mighty opponent. Their relentless pursuit of freedom secured the victory.

I’m grateful to live in the United States of America. My entire life this country has allowed me to make personal choices with little government interference. I know other countries don’t rule the same way, and this shows me how fortunate I am to live in a nation with good intentions. Even though the USA has problems, it still attracts people to its borders.

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I try to avoid discussing what’s wrong with our nation, but many of my family and friends ask me my views. So, I took this opportunity to share them with you.

The founding fathers of the USA incorporated a set of Christian standards as the way to rule their citizens. Their faith in God helped shape the way this country conducted themselves. They wanted to show their citizens a new and improved government where expressing spiritual beliefs matter.

It’s sad but over time the U.S. moved away from acknowledging God to a nation anchored in secularism. This subtle shift started when they overtook the Native Americans (Indians) and stripped them their freedom. Civil war, capitalism, mistreatment of citizens (African Americans) and liberalism give evidence to the spiritual decline it shows, and a nation centered in ungodliness.

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In Biblical times we see how God treated nations who reject His rule. The  Old Testament gives excellent examples of God’s justice. Many ancient empires came into contact with God’s wrath. Egypt, Assyria, Babylonia and Persia couldn’t defeat God and experienced His mighty power (Psalm 9:17). And now the U.S.A. is showing God the same rejection.

God’s enemy is cunning and uses leaders to help separate people from Christ. Unbelievers are blinded to the devil ways because they live in spiritual darkness and believe government can solve cultural problems. Their deception keeps them from knowing God. This outlook is shallow since it blocks them from understanding Christ solves humanity’s problems.

The United States has forgotten their roots. Abortion (murder), same-sex marriages and transgender behavior are accepted and glorified. Racial hatred, incarceration of innocent people and poverty continue to make national headlines reminding us the ungodliness this nation has become. These are the facts and no matter how much someone denies them the truth stays the same. No country can change without God.

Don’t misunderstand me. God uses this nation to do well, and I’m grateful to notice the kind acts it shows. But my salvation isn’t contingent on governments. I must stand firm on my faith and live according to Christ’s will or face spiritual death. This means sharing my faith and help spread the Gospel. Every time I live in God’s purpose, the rewards are remarkable. Christ is amazing!

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