Thu, Jul 31st - 2:30PM
1At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn and to eat.
2But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day.
3But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him;
4How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests?
5Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?
6But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple.
7But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.
8For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.
9And when he was departed thence, he went into their synagogue:
10And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him.
11And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out?
12How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days.
13Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other.
14Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him.
There are some Christians who will argue that we are still under the law. I don’t believe so. Christ fulfilled the law on the cross. Christ right here in these verses points right one of the biggest flaw in following the law. The Pharisees were more interested in legalism than worship. Even though they tried to follow the law their hearts were not in the right place. They didn’t have a personal relationship with God. A personal relationship with God comes only from having a personal relationship with his Son. Because no one can know the Father without knowing the Son. Christ is our perfect high priest. Our mediator between us and the Father. No man can ever fulfill that role. You can only get to God through Christ. The law won’t get you there or any other religion. Only through the blood of Christ do we have access to God.
Wed, Jul 30th - 3:58PM
25At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.
26Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight.
27All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.
28Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
You won’t find God in a science book. Atheist deny God because they say there is no evidence of God. Well there is plenty of evidence of God they just look for him in the wrong places. God lives in our heart and believing in him is a matter of faith not intellect. The only way to know the Father is through the Son. There is no other way to the Father. He is the only way to true to peace. A lot of people try to find peace in their own way and never truly find it. You want find it through yourself, through mediation or any other religion. God is the only true rest for our souls.
Tue, Jul 29th - 5:35PM
20Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not:
21Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.
22But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you.
23And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.
24But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.
Jesus is warning what awaits those who have rejected his message. There are many today that preach that God is a God of love and that he would never punish us. They are basically saying we can reject him and live what ever life we chose and still go to heaven. Well God is a God of love but he is also a God that is going to judge the world for their sins. Those who have rejected him will have to answer for their rebellion and anybody that says otherwise is preaching falsehood and deceiving their believers.
Fri, Jul 18th - 11:30PM
17But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues;
18And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.
19But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.
20For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.
21And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death.
22And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
23But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come.
24The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord.
25It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household?
Christ is telling the Disciples how much they will suffer for the Gospel. Jesus promised us an award in Heaven, he never said we want have hard times here on earth. What he said is that he will be with us through those hard times. You can be assured there are people who will resist the teaching of the Gospel and they will hate and attack you for proclaiming the Gospel but we know who we serve and the award we are striving for.
Thu, Jul 17th - 10:49PM
1And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.
2Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother;
3Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus;
4Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.
5These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:
6But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
7And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
8Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
9Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses,
10Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat.
11And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, enquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence.
12And when ye come into an house, salute it.
13And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you.
14And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.
15Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.
16Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
Jesus sends the Disciples out on their first mission. They are to go to the House of Israel. He came to his own first and then the message was to be bought to the Gentiles after his death. He instructs them to preach that the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand and to heal the sick and cast out devils. Whatever city will not receive them they are to shake off the dust from that city and move to the next city. Whoever doesn’t receive the message will answer for it on Judgment Day. They are instructed to be as cunning as serpents but as innocent as doves.
We have the same mission today. To preach the gospel to whoever will receive it, if they refuse the message of God they will answer for it, we have done our part. We are to be wise but blameless in our witness to the world.
Wed, Jul 16th - 9:38PM
35And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
36But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.
37Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;
38Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.
The harvest are unbelievers and we are the laborers. God expects us as Christians to bring in this great harvest by spreading the word of God. These verses go along with the Great Commission later on in the Gospel.
We are to be a light in this dark world. A light that cannot be hidden. A light that shines into the darkness that leads the way to Christ. Some would say we shouldn’t be trying to force our beliefs on other people. Well there is a wrong way and a right way to do it. We should be showing the true way to God without being overbearing and judgmental. We know how annoying it can be when someone is trying to force their beliefs on you. A recent study showed that most people came to Christ by having a personal relationship with a believer. In other words through a family member, friend, coworker or a neighbor. As the saying goes “the only Bible some people will ever read is you”. In other words the only thing some people will ever know of Christ is how you represent him to those around you. Are you being a bright shining light for Christ or is your light dim. Are we are doing our part to bring in the harvest? I am asking this of myself just as much as of those who will read this.
Tue, Jul 15th - 5:45PM
27And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou son of David, have mercy on us.
28And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord.
29Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.
30And their eyes were opened; and Jesus straitly charged them, saying, See that no man know it.
31But they, when they were departed, spread abroad his fame in all that country.
32As they went out, behold, they brought to him a dumb man possessed with a devil.
33And when the devil was cast out, the dumb spake: and the multitudes marvelled, saying, It was never so seen in Israel.
34But the Pharisees said, He casteth out devils through the prince of the devils.
In verse 29 Jesus tells the blind men it is because of their faith that they have been healed. There were a lot of blind men at this time but who among them were healed? The ones that sought out Jesus in faith that he had the power to heal them. While the multitudes marveled at the miracles of Jesus the Pharisees still refused to believe. They even called him a servant of Satan. Their hearts were still harden to the truth. So much of the world today still have the hearts harden to the truth.
Mon, Jul 14th - 4:17PM
18While he spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live.
19And Jesus arose, and followed him, and so did his disciples.
20And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment:
21For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.
22But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.
23And when Jesus came into the ruler's house, and saw the minstrels and the people making a noise,
24He said unto them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn.
25But when the people were put forth, he went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose.
26And the fame hereof went abroad into all that land.
People of the world will often laugh at our faith in a God they don’t understand. They don’t understand believing is a matter of faith. The people in these verse had faith that Jesus had the power to heal and were awarded for their belief. There was plenty of people who doubted Jesus was who he claimed to be even after seeing him perform miracles in front of them. The people of today doubt even more because they can’t see Jesus first hand but we know Jesus is the true way to God.
Sun, Jul 13th - 10:10PM
14: Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not?
15: And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.
16: No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse.
17: Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.
When we become Christians we are to become new creatures. We are to die to our sinful selves and become alive again in Christ. That can’t happen if we continue to hang on to our old sinful lifestyle.
Sat, Jul 12th - 4:26PM
9And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him.
10And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples.
11And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners?
12But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.
13But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
This is the story of Jesus calling Matthew to follow him. Matthew was a tax collector for the Roman government a very despised position. Tax collectors had a reputation for being corrupt. I doubt Matthew was corrupt or else I doubt Jesus would have called him. In verses 12 and 13 Jesus sums up part of his mission, to call sinners to repentance. That is the very idea of evangelism to call sinners to repentance and to accept Jesus as their savior. The church will never grow if we spend our time preaching to the choir. The message of salvation has to get out to nonbelievers.
Fri, Jul 11th - 5:02PM
1: And he entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into his own city.
2: And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.
3: And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth.
4: And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?
5: For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk?
6: But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.
7: And he arose, and departed to his house.
8: But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men.
When Jesus saw their faith he healed the man of palsy. The world doesn’t understand faith. They want visible proof of everything. To truly believe in God is a matter of faith. These men had probably heard of the work of Jesus and believed he could heal the sick. The multitudes believed because they seen the miracle he had performed. I believe it takes greater faith to be a believer in today’s world then any other time. You have scientist and historians trying to discount everything written in the Bible and a large percentage of the western world has walked away from following Christ. Christianity today is often mocked in the media as an outdated fantasy but we know the truth because we believe Christ is the son of God and that he will return someday.
Thu, Jul 10th - 9:25PM
28: And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way.
29: And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?
30: And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding.
31: So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine.
32: And he said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters.
33: And they that kept them fled, and went their ways into the city, and told every thing, and what was befallen to the possessed of the devils.
34: And, behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus: and when they saw him, they besought him that he would depart out of their coasts.
There are many that deny there is a devil or demons but here Jesus cast out two of them and they knew who Jesus was. Now look at verse 34, the whole city came out to meet Jesus and what did they ask him? They asked him to leave. Why do you think they asked him to leave? Many seem to think they were more interested in their lost herd of pigs than meeting Jesus the Savior. Maybe they didn’t believe Jesus was who he said was or maybe they really were more interested in possessions then the things of God. Well today there are plenty of people who know about Jesus but or more interested in the world then in serving God.
Wed, Jul 9th - 9:03PM
23: And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him.
24: And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.
25: And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.
26: And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.
27: But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!
The disciples were traveling with the Son of God and still they were afraid. Verse 27 suggest they still didn’t understand who he was since they ask what kind of man was he that the winds and the sea obey him. How many Christians today don’t really understand who Jesus is all because they don’t take the time to get to know him.
Tue, Jul 8th - 9:27PM
18: Now when Jesus saw great multitudes about him, he gave commandment to depart unto the other side.
19: And a certain scribe came, and said unto him, Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.
20: And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.
21: And another of his disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.
22: But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.
Many people have taken offense at Jesus not letting this man bury his father but more than likely this man’s father was dead but on the verge of dying but whatever the case this is a lesson in following Jesus. If we truly want to follow Christ we have to all things behind us and put Christ first in our lives.
Mon, Jul 7th - 5:00PM
14: And when Jesus was come into Peter's house, he saw his wife's mother laid, and sick of a fever.
15: And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them.
16: When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:
17: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.
A lot of people claiming to be Christian will argue rather Jesus was actually the divine son of God. They believe Jesus was just a person that did good things or maybe just another prophet. Well here Jesus shows some of his divine power by casting out demons and healing the sick.
Verse 17 is a reference to Isaiah 53:4. Isaiah 53 is a prophecy of the coming Messiah.
Sun, Jul 6th - 4:08PM
5: And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him,
6: And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.
7: And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.
8: The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.
9: For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.
10: When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.
11: And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.
12: But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
13: And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.
The centurion was a Roman officer and a Gentile. In Jesus day a Jewish leader would never socialize with an Gentile and especially an Roman officer. But because the centurion came to Jesus in faith that he had the power to heal Jesus was willing to heal his servant. This verses contain an hint at the message Jesus was bringing. The salvation Jesus was bringing was not just for the Jewish people but for the Gentiles also. Verse 12 even proclaims what is awaiting the Jewish people for rejecting Jesus.
Sat, Jul 5th - 12:46PM
1When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him.
2And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
3And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
4And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.
Jesus healed several lepers during his time on earth but did he heal all the lepers? No. Did he destroyed leprosy altogether? No. Which lepers did he heal? The ones that came to him in faith that he had the power to heal them. I think we can compare this to salvation. Who is saved? Those who come to him in faith that he is the Savior.
Fri, Jul 4th - 11:51AM
24Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
25And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
26And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
27And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
28And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:
29For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
Any structure is only as good as its foundation. Without a good foundation the structure will fall when storms rise up against it. This is what Jesus is telling us here. He has to be our foundation for us to stand strong in the storms of this life. Without him as our foundation we are weak and will fall apart when hard times hit. To many Christians reject the very foundation of their faith and lack the faith to be strong in their beliefs.
Thu, Jul 3rd - 3:21PM
15Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
16Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
17Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
18A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
19Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
20Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
21Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Not everybody that claims to be a Christian is truly a Christian. There are a lot of false teaching in the church that rejects the Bible and rejects Jesus as the only way to God. There is a lot of religious leaders that tell people everyone is going to heaven rather you repent of yours sins and accept Jesus or not. That sounds good but it aint true. Not everyone is going to heaven only those who have accepted Jesus will go to heaven. It says right here in verse 21 “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven”. To tell anybody they can live a sinful live with no consequences is just pure deceit. Political correct or not Jesus is the one and only way to God.
Another falsehood going in the church that I have seen is calling certain parts of the Bible false. There are people trying to prove that Paul was a false teacher. Then they go on to try and prove that Peter and Luke were under the influence of Paul. They have even attacked parts of the Old Testament. Either the Bible is true or false it can’t be both. They claim God intentionally put false teaching in the Bible to test us. This is just pure blasphemy. God is not the author of confusion, Satan is. And that is what they are trying to do sow confusion in the church.
Wed, Jul 2nd - 5:09PM
13Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
14Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
The way of the world is the wide gate and the way of the world leads to hell. The world teaches to live for the day, to live for yourself. The way of the world has plenty of twist and turns. The way that leads to God is straight and narrow. Straight because there is only one way to get there with no twists and turns. Narrow because it is a path most choose not to follow. Only a few find because only a few actually look for it. They don’t want to look for it because they are having to much fun on the broad path.
There a lot of doctrine out that says everyone is going to heaven and there is no need to repent or accept Jesus. That is the path that leads to death. Jesus is the way to heaven and if you want to get there you must repent of your sins, accept him as your savior and join him on the path to heaven.
Tue, Jul 1st - 3:30PM
7Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
8For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
9Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?
10Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?
11If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
12Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
God wants us to come to him for our needs. As our Father he knows our needs and will provide us our needs. Notice I said needs not wants. To many people want to turn God into some kind of magical genie that’s grants everything we request. God knows what is best for us and will provide what he thinks is best for us.
Now look at verse 12 this is the verse commonly called the Golden Rule. If you are rude and bitter toward people should you get upset when you get the same attitude in return. The way we treat others says a lot about who we are. People should be able to see the love of Christ in us. As the saying goes “the only Bible some will every read is us”. The way we live our life is the biggest witness of all.
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