He Holds us in the Palm of His Hand

As we were traveling back from prayer meeting last night, our situations didn’t miraculously change, nor did the heavens part to reveal the answer to our prayers; but we did see a double rainbow in the sky. It reminded me that God has everything under control and although we may be uncertain about our next steps to take in our journey, the Lord is not at all phased by the turmoil in our lives. You see he knows the beginning from the ending. He has already ordered our steps in his will and we must be obedient and trust him to work out all things for our good.

He has never seen the righteous forsaken, or his seed begging for bread. Don’t misunderstand what I’m saying: I am truly blessed more than I could ever deserve, and I don’t take it for granted, although I admit that sometimes I do get comfortable with my lifestyle and the abundance that the Lord has blessed me with. I may even forget to thank him for the blessings that he has bestowed on me, because I have grown so accustomed to his goodness.

It wasn’t always this way. I remember being in fervent prayer for even the small things that may be considered just your basic needs to others. For me, I knew that without prayer I would never have survived the early years of my life. Now, I wonder if being so abundantly blessed, has caused me take everything I have for granted? Will it always be there? If God chose to remove things from my life would I be able to accept his will?

We need the Lord in every aspect of our lives, especially during this season. I pray that I will always filter every voice that I hear through the Word of God. People have their own opinions about how things in this life should play out, but my life is in the Lord’s hands and because he is my guide, listening to his voice is the only one that can keep me on the path to life and hope. The bible tells us in Psalms 118:24-9,

This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. 25Save now, I beseech thee, O LORD: O LORD, I beseech thee, send now prosperity. 26Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the LORD: we have blessed you out of the house of the LORD. 27God is the LORD, which hath shewed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar. 28Thou art my God, and I will praise thee: thou art my God, I will exalt thee. 29O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

His promises are sure. He never fails and he reminds us every day that we can talk with him and he will listen to our petitions. What are you waiting for? The time to trust God is, now.

In this week’s Lattereign we look at the time, and my question is, What time is it for you?(Click on the link to the newsletter. It will open in a new window.)

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Look up! Your Redemption Draweth Nigh.

Look up. These two words can keep you from running into problems. In our day it seems that everyone is hopelessly distracted by social media or the latest news cycle. Everyone has their own opinion, and many times, it is just that: their opinion. The problem with opinions: they are not always cold hard facts, but embellished so that they can easily be misinterpreted.

As a Christian, we must learn to filter all the voices that we hear competing for our attention, through the word of God. For me, the bible is the only true account of facts. If the Lord doesn’t lead me to a scripture that resolves my confusion, immediately, then, I have learned to wait for the answer through prayer. The bible is our guide to move forward through the seasons of our life, and when we fail to read it, we find ourselves frustrated and fearful of the uncertain future.

Today, in 2 Timothy 1:7, I find this, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” I don’t have to be uncertain and fearful.

When we lose our focus; we lose our balance. Proverbs chapter 4 shows us how to apply God’s word to our lives. It ends with, Proverbs 4: 24-27:

“Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee. 25Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. 26Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. 27Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.”

We can let the word of God speak to us, for such a time as this. It is the authority, but too often we wait until dire circumstances before we see what the bible has to say about it. If you are one to ask for directions or instructions only after you have exhausted all of your own resources, then you know what I’m talking about.

For example, if you are taking a trip, you need to be sure you are traveling in the right direction or you’ll never get there. There are no real substitute ingredients in some recipes, although there may be some happy mistakes made, like the time my mom decided to make a homemade pecan pie, but the end result was pecan brittle. Although she was never able to repeat that delicious mistake, we did not complain.

We can find a peace that passes all understanding when we trust in the Lord. Everything will be alright. I have confidence in Jesus Christ and he continues to order my steps.

In this week’s Lattereign we are reminded that no matter how confusing life gets for us we must learn to  Stay Focused on Your Purpose. (Click on the link to open the newsletter in a new window.)

 

 

 

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Lord, Light my Path as I Follow You.

If you are feeling uncertain today about decisions you need to make; or, maybe you feel that your strength is already gone, be encouraged by these words:

“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Corinthians 12:9).

It is comforting to know that when we are weak, that the Lord is strong, and mighty in battle. We may be fighting a battle, today, but we will be victorious. I can see that the Lord is in complete control of our situation. It is in his plan for us so that he will get the glory. When we get to the other side of this pandemic, people will know that Jesus Christ has never failed us.

He is directing our steps, because in spite of rules and confusion, we have chosen to keep being Christlike and living a testimony. When the world chooses to be afraid, we can know, as it tells us in 2 Timothy 1:7:

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

By taking this stance when we see a weary cashier who is forced to wear a mask to keep a job, we can be the one who shows compassion instead of contempt, because the attitude we display, could be the only time that they will see that Jesus’ loves them.

When all hope is lost as a result of the stress that is caused when we are thrown out of our routines, we can look to Psalm 121:

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.

He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.

Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.

The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.

The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.

The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

In this week’s Lattereign we find that we have been chosen to carry the Name. (Click on the link and it will open up in a new window). Who is this King of Glory?

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Freedom of Choice in America–I Choose Christ

Living in a free country is a privilege that cost so many people their lives, yet too often we take our freedoms for granted. Just because we have always been able to go and do as we please, doesn’t mean that it will always be that way for us. In a nation that has not learned to trust in God, I am burdened for our country and our very way of life: however,  I serve notice on the enemy, today, I will not bow to any other gods but the one true and living God, Jesus Christ. He is the only one worthy of my praise, because he willingly gave his life to purchase my salvation.

We do have a choice. We have freedom of worship, and no matter how restrictive it may get, no one will be able to separate us from the love of God. It is time for the church to take a stand for what is right. We are free to make a choice, today, and as the scripture has said, I will choose to serve the Lord.

 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).

It is true that our land needs to be healed, and the first step to getting that to happen is to humble ourselves and pray. The Lord is waiting for us to realize that he is in control and willing to turn this scenario around on our behalf, but we must be willing to trust him, and seek his face for it to happen.

I am thankful that I can call on the name of the Lord. In this week’s Lattereign we are reminded that it is not only our choice, but our duty to be separate from the world.  Separate by Choice

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Put Your Trust in Jesus Christ who Always Causes us to Triumph

I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause:

Which doeth great things and unsearchable; Marvelous things without number.

Who giveth rain upon the earth, and sendeth waters upon the fields:

To set up on high those that be low; that those which mourn may be exalted to safety.

( Job 5:8-11)

As we celebrate the fourth of July we are reminded of the blessings that we have to live in a free country. My prayer today is that we will not surrender our freedom, instead that we will put our faith in Jesus Christ who always causes us to triumph.

It may seem that life is spiraling out of control, but we can be assured that Jesus Christ knows what we need, and he has ordered our steps. We must trust him.

“Hast thou not known? Hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? There is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:28-31).

Have we forgotten the God that we serve? There is nothing impossible with God. No situation is out of his control. When the storms come, we must learn to trust him. Sometimes we can get so overwhelmed with the pain and frustration of delayed answers from God, that we forget that he has already answered our prayer. It takes faith and perseverance to continue to pray until the answer is delivered. I’m here to serve notice on the enemy that would try to shake my faith in prayer: God is still in control and he will have the victory. I will not stop praying and believing, because I know that he answers prayers in the time frame that is best for me. He will work out all things for my good. Do I understand it? No, Do I have doubts? Sometimes, if I entertain the rebuke of the devil, but I have a peace that passes all understanding and I choose to stand, and wait for the Lord to rain righteousness down on me as the noonday sun.

When I face the storm, I find him in my prayers. Sometimes, I don’t even know how to pray I am so consumed with the problem, but if I’ll remember all of the times that he has shown his power in my life. The many miracles that he has performed on my behalf, the comfort that I found in seeking him, I can feel his peace that passes all understanding. I can wait on him and praise him with my whole heart and not worry. He is a great big God with everlasting resources, that are waiting to be delivered to the people who desire to worship him.

I know that sounds so right on paper, but living a life of surrender takes faith. The good news is that you don’t need much faith; and more importantly, when you are weak in the struggle to believe God, he is strong and he will help us to see it through, so don’t be discouraged; keep moving towards the light of his presence, and he will bring it to pass.

In the still of my night, I find him embracing me. I shall not fear the darkness. Although every sign tells me that it’s hopeless, I still hold on to hope that he is sovereign and he has already answered my prayer even before I speak the problem in prayer. When I feel so impatient waiting for your promise, and I long for simplicity—life before schedules and deadlines—remind me that you are with me through the storm.  Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever. Life is too short to spend lamenting over what might have been, by looking back; so for today, I want to say thanks for always being faithful. I am free because of you.

We do have the privilege to celebrate our freedom. In this week’s Lattereign, we look at how to keep our focus on Jesus Christ. Click on the link that follows to access the newsletter. It will open in a new window. I Will Lift up mine eyes unto the hills

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Keep the Faith! This Too Shall Pass.

But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. (James 1:6).

If I a tiny wind-tossed seed, never left the safe strong reed

Could I, stand alone? It was in the plan for my chaff to be blown:

When I’m discouraged, and my hope begins to wane,

and all the world’s mocking becomes too much to bear;

When I doubt God’s promises are really true for me,

and my shield of faith becomes weak.

When the day to day routine, robs me of my joy:

I’ll lift my hands to the Lord, and Stand.

I will stand still and know that he is my God.

His grace is sufficient and his promises are true

And if I don’t faint, I’ll see his glory, soon.

How often have we prayed for a mighty outpouring of God’s spirit and found that our own minds were wondering how the Lord would be able to pull it off? Are we truly committed to our belief that God can answer our prayers? Sometimes, we allow our finite thinking to hinder the depth of our commitment. Will we be willing to get out of the boat and walk on the water to meet Jesus or will we continue to struggle while paddling our way around the troubled seas?

If only we could take a step of faith, we’d see the greatest miracles unfold before our eyes! Our vision would start with just one thought or dream. Then, we’d witness seeing things that are impossible with man, become possible. Nothing that we can imagine will be impossible with God. If you are believing God for something that seems too big even for God, you can relax and simply hand it over to God who will honor your requests because he loves us.

What have you been believing God for lately? Financial miracles? Get out of the boat. Salvation for lost loved ones? Get out of the boat and stand. Peace of mind? Trust him enough to get out of the boat. Can you even comprehend what the Lord desires for your life? Then, it’s time to walk away from your safety zone, and look to Jesus who is right there within reach, in case you start to slip. He will never leave you nor forsake you. With God, there is no failure. Stay on the winning team, love Jesus.

But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles (Isaiah 40:31).

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience: And patience, experience; and experience hope: (Romans 5: 1-4).

And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. For when we were yet without strength, in due time, Christ died for the ungodly  (Romans 5:5-6, 8) The Lord has been faithful to come to our rescue in the time of great challenges. In this week’s Lattereign we are reminded that God has all the power we need. Trust in him. Click on the link below and it will open up in a new window.

This too shall pass away

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About My Father’s Business

What greater way to be a light in this world than to know when to be still. Psalm 46:10 reminds us that God is in control of the storms in life. I have a choice to focus on the confusion and chaos of this present world, or to listen to God and put my trust in him. He has already won the battles that we face, and if we will allow him, he will direct our steps in his will. We must learn to think for ourselves and filter everything through God’s word. A true test of our strength is when we have a strong opinion about issues of the day, but we choose to be silent.

It is not a sign of weakness or uncaring when I remain silent. Believe me, I could shout my opinion from the rooftops, and it would probably be dismissed or dissected by others who have equally strong opinions from another viewpoint. So, what is the ultimate goal for me: to be known for how loudly I voice my concerns, or to be truly heard? The bible tells us in James 1:19-20 to, “Let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.”

It is okay to have differences of opinion, but I am learning to go to the word to find help. When I spend more time praying and less time analyzing a situation I can be at peace knowing that God is working out all things for my good. Dare to be a beacon of hope in this present world.

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16).

We honor fathers, today, so it is only appropriate for us to give honor to God, our heavenly father, who always causes us to triumph.

“Will a man rob God?  Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee?  In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts. And all nations shall call you blessed for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the Lord of hosts” (Malachi 3:8-12)

The Lord wants to bless us abundantly, but he is waiting on us. We’ve been given the authority to take back everything that Satan has tried to steal from us: our joy, our victory, our faith, our finances, our salvation. When we entertain Satan’s accusations and begin to believe that what he says is true, we need to realize that it is a lie, because he can’t tell the truth. So, if he says that you are sick, you know that it’s just more of his lies because the Word says: “by his stripes we are healed.”

When he tells you that you can’t make it; look him square in the eye and tell him the truth: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13). When you feel like you can’t go another mile in your walk with God because you’re so weary from battling Satan day after day, remember that the battle belongs to the Lord. He goes before us, and he has already won the victory. Do not doubt the promises that he has told you, because God can not lie, and he does not fail. He said that he would meet your needs and you can depend on it. “Have faith in God.”

 How many times has the Lord commanded us to put him first in our lives? Instead, we busy ourselves living our lives, working, worrying about how to pay for everything that we have acquired: somewhere along the way if we don’t watch ourselves, we’ll begin to lose some of our momentum in our walk with God.

Maybe we become apathetic and struggle to pray with the same fervency as we used to.  The same could be said about our faithfulness to the house of God, or our zeal in serving him. We get so tangled up in the cares of this life that we forget that we are missing the primary keys to unlock our spiritual, physical, and financial blessings for all eternity: obedience; faith; and trust.

“And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” (Luke 12:29-32).

“I have showed you all things, how that so laboring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). Let’s seek him with our whole heart today.–

“Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon” (Isaiah 55:6-7).

In this week’s Lattereign we take a look back on a sermon from Brother Jim Wood from 2015, in honor of Father’s Day. (Click on the link, and it will open up in a new window.)  A Message to Men.

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Are you Struggling for Life? “I Give You Jesus”

We could get our eyes on the chaos of the world we live in, but that wouldn’t serve any purpose but to get us discouraged. I refuse to live as a victim; I choose to be victorious. With man it is impossible but with God all things are possible. The world gives us a grim outlook on what to expect our lives to be like; but thankfully I know enough that I choose to look up for our redemption draweth nigh. I am blessed beyond what I could ever deserve.

It is because God loved me enough to robe himself in a fleshly body,  Jesus Christ, who laid down his life at Calvary. He went to a cruel cross to offer up the supreme sacrifice: his life, so that I could be saved from sin. The beauty of this story is that he not only did it for me, but for every person who draws a breath. It doesn’t matter where you were born, who your family is, whether you have money or not, or even the color of your skin: Jesus died for all. Unfortunately, our world tries to divide us into groups. The Lord brings hope to the darkness and he is no respecter of persons.

If I were the only person who was alive, he would still have died for me. He didn’t require that we like him; he even died for the ones who crucified him. My Lord didn’t pick and choose who could meet the specific criteria to be saved; he died for all.

It is only through his mercy that we are not all judged. Maybe today you are feeling like every thing that you have tried to do has been put on hold, and it seems that you have lost your vision for a future. Have faith in God. He is working it all out for our good. Instead of looking around you in fear, why not look up and think about the God of heaven and earth, who moved everything around to make sure that you would be able to have salvation. Not only did he do it for you, but also for everyone who walks the earth. The following song has been on my mind lately. Try Jesus.

I Give you Jesus

If the ship of your life,
Is tossing on the sea of strife;
You need someone.
And if you feel so all alone,
And your house is not a home;
You need someone.
If it seems life isn’t fair,
And there’s no one left to share;
All those lonely days and nights,
And things just won’t turn out right;
And you need someone to care,
And someone to just be there;
You need someone.

I give you Jesus,
He’s the peace that passes all understanding;
I give you Jesus,
He’s the perfect love that casteth out all fear;
I give you Jesus,
He’s the water that you drink and never thirst again;
I give you Jesus, my friend,
I give you Jesus,

If the pressures all around,
Keep your spirits to the ground;
You need someone.
And If your body is in pain,
And your health you can’t regain;
You need someone.
And If at times when you have tried,
With all the strength you had inside;
And it seems that you have failed,
Remember on the cross He nailed
All the bitterness and grief,
To give you peace and sweet relief
He is that someone that you need.

So I give you Jesus,
He’s the peace that passes all understanding;
I give you Jesus,
He’s the perfect love that casteth out all fear;
I give you Jesus,
He’s the water that you drink and never thirst again;
Oh I give you Jesus, my friend,
I give you Jesus,

He’s everything, everything you’ll ever need
Oh I give you Jesus, my friend,
I give you Jesus

In this week’s Lattereign (Click on the link below. It will open in a new window) we invite you to take steps toward a blessed life.  Desperate for a Change? Try Jesus

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“Whatsoever things are true….Think on These Things.”

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you. (Philippians 4:6-9).

In this season of our lives it is good to allow the Lord to guide our steps. I know that we all have opinions about issues of the day, and the good thing is that the Lord helps us to pause before we say things that can be misinterpreted. Being slow to speak has been a blessing in my life, so I have made it part of my daily routine. Instead of being hopeless, I have learned to take my petitions to the Lord, and bind them on the altar. The Lord is well able to intervene. Leaving it at the altar brings peace instead of uncertainty about the direction you need to take.

I used to take my petitions to the altar and pray about them, then gather them up and carry them with me when I left. It was so hard for me to allow the Lord to have full reign in the decisions that I needed to make. Then, one day, I realized that I was not putting my full trust in God when I wasn’t willing to surrender all of my life to him. It seemed that no matter how much I prayed, that I felt defeated and lost when I left the throne room, and it was because I was trying to pick up all of the things that I had just laid at the feet of Jesus.

We must learn to surrender all to him. The words of this old song are clear:

All to Jesus I surrender
All to Him I freely give
I will ever love and trust Him
In His presence daily live

All to Jesus I surrender
Humbly at His feet I bow
Worldly pleasures all forsaken
Take me Jesus take me now

I surrender all
I surrender all
All to Thee my blessed Saviour
I surrender all

All to Jesus I surrender
Make me Saviour wholly Thine
Let me feel the Holy Spirit
Truly know that Thou art mine

I surrender all
I surrender all
All to Thee my blessed Saviour
I surrender all

In this week’s Lattereign, we learn to enter into his gates with praise. Click on the link to open the Lattereign in a new window. Wall of salvation gates of praise

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Freedom of Choice

It matters what you believe and the stand you are willing to take to preserve the most important parts of our existence. These men held up the American flag and defended it. Do we have enough faith to believe God? So much depends on our willingness to take a step of faith and trust God to work out all of the details. It is important that we keep our rights that were fought for by those veterans who willingly gave of themselves to defend them.

Maybe I’m too old-fashioned, but the Lord gave me good common sense. You don’t surrender your freedom, just because someone orders you to do so. Consider what the Lord says. He gave us a free will. I am so thankful that the President classified churches as essential. We do have freedom to worship. If you mix that with good common sense we can get through anything.

Like much of the world we have experienced something that we never thought we would have to face. Yet, we are still the church of the living God. Nothing can separate us from the Lord.

More than Conquerors

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Psalm 44:35-39)

Never forget the sacrifices that have been made so we can be free to worship.

In this week’s Lattereign we celebrate and remember the ones who fought to give us this freedom. Click on the link below. It will open in a new window.

Memorial Day 2020

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