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06-01-20 Kevin Goins - The Church’s Ministry of Healing, John 9:10-12 pt 3

“Anatomy of an Illness: The Church’s Ministry of Healing”
John 9:10-12 (Part 3)

I First, sickness gets our attention and it gets the attention of Jesus (9:1).
II Second, sickness makes us uncomfortable (9:2).
III Third, sickness is caused by alienation (9:2).
IV Fourth, oftentimes our best theological or commonsense explanations for sickness are not good enough (9:3a).
V Fifth, sometimes sickness happens for a good reason, so that God can be glorified in our life (9:3b).
VI Sixth, all believers in Jesus are called to help sick people find health (9:4).
VII Seventh, sickness is a work of the kingdom of darkness; healing is a work of the Kingdom of light (9:5).
VIII Eighth, the how of healing is very important (9:6).
IX Ninth, sickness can be overcome by divine healing, but healing does not happen without some action on our part (9:7).
X Tenth, divine healing will always arouse doubt (9:8-9).
XI Eleventh, the response to the healing of sickness is often questions (9:10-12)

A. When the neighbors of the man born blind saw that he could now see, they immediately began to ask questions.

1. First, they ask, “How then were your eyes opened?”

2. Second, they ask, “W_____________ is this man who healed you?”

a. There are ______________ things we need to see about this question:

i. First, this question was ________________.

ii. Second, this question was ____________________.

A. Jesus is n____________ to be found from verse 8 through verse 35 – that is _____________ verses.

B. This is the __________ passage of Scripture in all four Gospels in which Jesus is absent.

C. There is good reason to believe Jesus disappeared i___________________________.

D. I believe Jesus did this, not only for the man born blind, but for _____________ as well.

iii. Third, this question is ___________ being asked _________________.

A. The church has been saying a lot of w__________________ things about Jesus.

B. The people of this world have heard all the wonderful things we have said about Jesus and now they are standing before us, and they are asking, “W__________ is ___________?”

C. And sometimes it is not only people ____________ the church who are asking that question; sometimes it is people ______________ the church.

D. Jesus did not want us to __________ from that question.

E. There are _________ ways that question can be used and both these ways are present in our text:

1. There are people who ask that question because they want Jesus to _________ them.

2. There are people asking where Jesus is, not because they want healing for themselves or for a loved one, but because they want to __________ Jesus from healing anyone else.

F. There are people in this crowd who want to arouse ______________ and ___________ about Jesus.

G. And the same is true for us today:

1. Some may ask, “Where is Jesus?” because their desire is to convince people that Jesus is ________ here.

2. But then, there are others who ask, “Where is Jesus?” because even though they cannot see him now in their circumstances, they ____________ to see him.

H. Those who ask, “Where is Jesus?” because their greatest desire is to see him, will be _____________ by him.

B. Now, in closing, we need to look at the man’s ________________.

1. When the neighbors and crowd ask, verse 12, “Where is this man?” the formerly blind man answers, “I ____________ know.”

2. Because I do not know the answers to crucial life questions, does not at all mean that there are ________ answers. It only means that we do not ____________ know the answers.

05-26-20 Kevin Goins - The Church’s Ministry of Healing, John 9:10-12, part 2

“Anatomy of an Illness: The Church’s Ministry of Healing”
John 9:10-12 (Part 2)

I First, sickness gets our attention and it gets the attention of Jesus (9:1).
II Second, sickness makes us uncomfortable (9:2).
III Third, sickness is caused by alienation (9:2).
IV Fourth, oftentimes our best theological or commonsense explanations for sickness are not good enough (9:3a).
V Fifth, sometimes sickness happens for a good reason, so that God can be glorified in our life (9:3b).
VI Sixth, all believers in Jesus are called to help sick people find health (9:4).
VII Seventh, sickness is a work of the kingdom of darkness; healing is a work of the Kingdom of light (9:5).
VIII Eighth, the how of healing is very important (9:6).
IX Ninth, sickness can be overcome by divine healing, but healing does not happen without some action on our part (9:7).
X Tenth, divine healing will always arouse doubt (9:8-9).
XI Eleventh, the response to the healing of sickness is often questions (9:10-12)

A. When the neighbors of the man born blind saw that he could now see, they immediately began to a________ q______________.

1. First, they ask, “H______ then were your eyes opened?”

a. In general, when people use questions to express their doubt, they often ask about b_________ things.

b. In our text, however, we see that people can also use questions about g_____________ things to express doubt.

2. Why did they ask the question, “How, then, were your eyes opened?”

a. First, they wanted a r_________________ explanation for what had happened to the man.

b. Second, they were looking for a s_____________________ explanation.

i. When a supernatural power is involved, the question that must be asked is, “Is it the r__________ kind of supernatural power or is it the w___________ kind of supernatural power?

ii. Today people are not concerned about the source of supernatural power because typically our culture d______________ all supernatural power.
iii. It seems that the more people turn away from God and the Bible, the more they are driven to f________________ supernatural powers.

iv. Why do people express doubt about divine healing today? People realize that if there is a God who can and does heal, then that God must have a______________ power. If there is a God with awesome power then I would be the worst kind of f____________ to ignore him.

B. That is the first question his neighbors asked the formerly blind man, and to the neighbor’s question the man gives an a___________.

1. There are _____________ things about this man’s answer that I believe are significant:

a. First, his answer is very f________________.

i. All the formerly blind man gives are the b_________, b___________ facts.

ii. When we want to tell people how Jesus healed us, we do not need to first prove to them that God e__________, and we do not need to give them e_______________ that miracles happen.

b. Second, his answer is non-t___________________.

i. This man, at this point in time, has ________ idea who Jesus is.

ii. There may actually be more meaningful theology in just the bare facts we share than there is in our attempts to e________________ on what happened.

c. Third, his answer is __________-focused.

i. The first thing the man does is to n_________ the one who healed him.

ii. People may feel uncomfortable when we give credit to Jesus, but people need to hear that name being used to identify a ___________, rather than as an o________ or as p_____________.

2. Being ready for God’s healing power to work in our life not only requires faith, it also means being ready to be a w____________ afterward.

05-22-20 Kevin Goins - The Church’s Ministry of Healing, John 9:10-12, part 1

“Anatomy of an Illness: The Church’s Ministry of Healing”
John 9:10-12 (Part 1)

I First, sickness gets our attention and it gets the attention of Jesus (9:1).
II Second, sickness makes us uncomfortable (9:2).
III Third, sickness is caused by alienation (9:2).
IV Fourth, oftentimes our best theological or commonsense explanations for sickness are not good enough (9:3a).
V Fifth, sometimes sickness happens for a good reason, so that God can be glorified in our life (9:3b).
VI Sixth, all believers in Jesus are called to help sick people find health (9:4).
VII Seventh, sickness is a work of the kingdom of darkness; healing is a work of the Kingdom of light (9:5).
VIII Eighth, the how of healing is very important (9:6).
IX Ninth, sickness can be overcome by divine healing, but healing does not happen without some action on our part (9:7).
X Tenth, divine healing will always arouse doubt (9:8-9).

XI Eleventh, the response to the healing of sickness is often __________________ (9:10-12)

A. This whole episode in the ministry of Jesus began with a question in John 9:___.

1. In John 9: ____-____ there is a second question.

2. It appears that by the end of verse 9 the neighbors and the crowd realize that they cannot ___________ from the truth.

B. What do they do? They resort to _______________.

1. We put questions to people for a _______________ of reasons:

a. First, we ask people questions because we are genuinely in search of i______________________.

b. Second, we ask questions to d______________ ourselves.

c. Third, we use questions to s____________ people.

d. Fourth, we also use questions to c_____________ doubt.

2. People who do not believe in God often try to use questions, both to shame believers, and to create doubt. They have this idea that if they can ask a question which a Christian cannot answer, that somehow proves that Christianity is ________________.

3. One of the favorite tactics of people who disbelieve the Bible is to ask a Christian to explain what the non-believer thinks is a c_______________ in the Bible.

4. In Mark 2:26 Jesus explains to the Pharisees why it was not wrong for his disciples to ___________ grain to eat on the Sabbath day. Jesus says in Mark 2:25, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need? In the days of Abiathar the high priest, he entered the House of God and ate the consecrated bread which is lawful for only priests to eat.”

i. The problem here is that, according to 1 Samuel 21:1-6, when David and his men did that, it was _________ Abiathar who was priest, but Ahimelech.

ii. So, the argument goes, Jesus, or Mark, or someone, made a __________________.

iii. If, then, the Bible has e_____________, it must not be God’s Word as Christians claim it to be.

5. This argument, however, has serious weaknesses:

i. First, Jesus did not actually say that this incident happened ___________ Abiathar was high priest. He said it happened “in the ___________ of Abiathar the high priest.”

-Abiathar was ___________ at that time and very much involved in what was happening, which means it is still __________ to say that when David and his men ate the special consecrated bread, it was in the days of Abiathar.

ii. Second, when Jesus says this happened “in the days of Abiathar the high priest,” what the original Greek text ___________ says is that this happened epi Abiathar.

A. Epi Abiathar could refer to t________, meaning “in the days of Abiathar,” but it could also refer to p__________.

B. Since Abiathar is more _______-__________ in Israel’s history than Ahimelech, if you could not refer people to 1 Samuel 21:1-6, then a good way to do it would be to say, “in the p____________ about Abiathar.”

iii. Third, if Jesus had only used Ahimelech as an example of someone who was not enslaved to the law, but who put the welfare of people above the law, the Pharisees could have r________________ the argument because Ahimelech was only a priest at Nob.

C. The next time someone questions us about what they suppose is a c_______________ in the Bible, what should we do?

1. First, try to remember w______ they are asking the question. It is likely that what they really want to do is to create _____________.

2. Second, even though they are not asking to get r_________ information, remember that we can use their question as an o_________________ to give them genuine information about the passage in question.

3. Third, we can very politely ask them how much they have ____________ the text which they think is proof of a contradiction. If they admit that they have not done much study, then we can politely suggest that they may not have e______________ information to make a valid judgment.

4. Fourth, we can remind them that the biblical writers were not ________________________.

05-19-20 Kevin Goins - Church’s Ministry of Healing, John 9:8-9, part 3

“Anatomy of an Illness: The Church’s Ministry of Healing”
John 9:8-9 (Part 3)

I First, sickness gets our attention and it gets the attention of Jesus (9:1).
II Second, sickness makes us uncomfortable (9:2).
III Third, sickness is caused by alienation (9:2).
IV Fourth, oftentimes our best theological or commonsense explanations for sickness are not good enough (9:3a).
V Fifth, sometimes sickness happens for a good reason, so that God can be glorified in our life (9:3b).
VI Sixth, all believers in Jesus are called to help sick people find health (9:4).
VII Seventh, sickness is a work of the kingdom of darkness; healing is a work of the Kingdom of light (9:5).
VIII Eighth, the how of healing is very important (9:6).
IX Ninth, sickness can be overcome by divine healing, but healing does not happen without some action on our part (9:7).

X Tenth, divine healing will always arouse doubt (9:8-9).

A. The first thing this text teaches us is that miracles that transform people’s lives get noticed and these miracles arouse either faith or doubt.

B. The second thing this text teaches us is that when a miracle arouses doubt, Jesus can seem to be far away.

C. The third thing this text teaches us is that when a miracle occurs, some will believe.

D. The fourth thing this text teaches us is that when a miracle occurs some will ___________ believe.

1. The neighbors said, “This man who can see _____________ be the man who was blind from birth.”

2. Why did they make the statement, “It only looks like him,” without even bothering to ___________ the man ___________ he was?

3. The people who are giving the most critical assessments of the Bible today are most often the people who have the _____________ knowledge of the Bible.

4. If you want to witness creative thinking in the extreme, show someone the evidence for a miracle and watch how their mind works to e___________ it all a________.

5. What is true for c________________ is also true for m_______________, there will always be people who will not believe.

E. Lastly, this text teaches us that despite the fact that some believe and some do not, the one who experiences a miracle of healing has the opportunity to be an i_______________ w_____________ for Jesus.

1. If a miracle had not occurred, no one would have been saying that the man born blind was _______ the man born blind. They only said that because if this man who can now see was the man born blind, then they would have to a_____________ that a miracle had actually occurred.

2. The blind man was, on this occasion, the only one who could speak as an e______________.

3. This man offered proof that a miracle had taken place, and he did not have to be a s_______________ or a p_______________ or a religious expert to do that.

4. We do not have to ____________ scientifically that God does miraculous things in our world today. We do not need to ___________ that there is philosophical justification for believing that God does miracles. We do not have to q____________ Bible verses to support the fact that God does today what people would call miracles. All we have to do is to _______ our story of what Jesus did for us.

5. John says that when this man acted as a witness to the miracle-working power of Jesus, it was as if he was s________________ in the s_________ of Jesus.

6. When the “I am” saves us or heals us or delivers us in some way, we should do as the Psalmist says: We should proclaim his salvation from __________ to __________.

 

05-15-20 Kevin Goins - The Church’s Ministry of Healing, John 9:8-9 Part 2

“Anatomy of an Illness: The Church’s Ministry of Healing”
John 9:8-9 (Part 2)

I First, sickness gets our attention and it gets the attention of Jesus (9:1).
II Second, sickness makes us uncomfortable (9:2).
III Third, sickness is caused by alienation (9:2).
IV Fourth, oftentimes our best theological or commonsense explanations for sickness are not good enough (9:3a).
V Fifth, sometimes sickness happens for a good reason, so that God can be glorified in our life (9:3b).
VI Sixth, all believers in Jesus are called to help sick people find health (9:4).
VII Seventh, sickness is a work of the kingdom of darkness; healing is a work of the Kingdom of light (9:5).
VIII Eighth, the how of healing is very important (9:6).
IX Ninth, sickness can be overcome by divine healing, but healing does not happen without some action on our part (9:7).

X Tenth, divine healing will always arouse doubt (9:8-9).

A. The first thing this text teaches us is that miracles that transform people’s lives get noticed and these miracles arouse either faith or doubt.

B. The second thing this text teaches us is that when a miracle arouses doubt, Jesus can seem to be f____________ a_______________.

1. This seems strange to us, but, at this point in time, Jesus is n__________________ to be found.

2. This is important because if Jesus had not disappeared the chapter would have been completely d______________.

3. What we are going to see is that the once blind man becomes a r_________________, a v___________ for Jesus.

4. Jesus _________ came back to defend the formerly blind man against the accusations of the religious leaders.

5. And, what is so important about this is that this situation is often played out in o_______ o______ lives.

6. Jesus’ purpose for our life is not to makes things __________ for us, but to put us into situations that will enable us to ____________.

C. The third thing this text teaches us is that when a miracle occurs, some ________ believe.

1. It is important for us to be clear about what is taking place in verses 8 and 9: This is not a question of i________________.

2. What the crowd is really debating is this: Is it p____________ that any man born blind could suddenly have eyes that can see?

3. And, notice, this crowd, which includes the man’s neighbors, is d___________________.

4. A miracle speaks very loudly, so loudly that it will inevitably d_______________ people.

5. When I accept the possibility of miracles I am also making a claim that there must be a power greater than _______, greater than h___________ b______________.

6. My desire to be the only lord of my life, the only director of my life, also makes it necessary for me to ____________ the healing miracles of Jesus.

 

05-02-20 Kevin Goins, John 9:7, Part 3

“Anatomy of an Illness: The Church’s Ministry of Healing”
John 9:7 (Part 3)

I First, sickness gets our attention and it gets the attention of Jesus (9:1).
II Second, sickness makes us uncomfortable (9:2).
III Third, sickness is caused by alienation (9:2).
IV Fourth, oftentimes our best theological or commonsense explanations for sickness are not good enough (9:3a).
V Fifth, sometimes sickness happens for a good reason, so that God can be glorified in our life (9:3b).
VI Sixth, all believers in Jesus are called to help sick people find health (9:4).
VII Seventh, sickness is a work of the kingdom of darkness; healing is a work of the Kingdom of light (9:5).
VIII Eighth, the how of healing is very important (9:6).
IX Ninth, sickness can be overcome by divine healing, but healing does not happen without some action on our part (9:7).

-This verse makes four key points:

A. First, Jesus told this man to go.

B. Second, Jesus told him to ____________.

-What is the significance of this instruction by Jesus?

1. First, some believe that what Jesus is doing here is simply to repeat an _________ ________________ miracle of healing.

a. N_______________ went to see E______________ in 2 Kings chapter 5.

b. While there is some s______________ between the Old Testament miracle and John chapter 9, the circumstances in our text are too d_____________.

i. First, Jesus is not a _______________ like Elisha, he is M________________.

ii. Second, the man born blind is not a _______________, as Naaman was.

iii. Third, Naaman ___________ to be healed.

iv. When the man born blind is told by Jesus to go and wash in the Pool of Siloam, he does not ___________ at all.

2. Second, some believe that Jesus sends this man to wash in order to symbolize being _____________ from _______.

a. The Bible has a lot to say about the cleansing power of ______________.

b. This would mean that Jesus is not only planning to heal the man’s b______________, but he is also going to heal the man’s s____________.

c. But that does _______ fit here:

i. First, Jesus has already made clear in the f_________ three v_____________ of this chapter that the man’s blindness has nothing to do with sin.

ii. Second, if the washing symbolizes being cleansed of sin, and the need to be washed is because Jesus put _______ in the man’s eyes, that would make Jesus the s_____________ of the man’s sin.

3. Third, the washing could represent what we would call c_______________ or r______________ cleansing.

a. Ritual cleansing is using water to represent something which is true in the _________________ world.

b. Ritual cleansing was very important to Nazirites. A Nazirite was a person who was consecrated, or s_________ a__________, to serve God in a specific _______ for a specific period of _______.

c. I believe this man is told by Jesus to immerse himself in the Pool of s______-ness. He is to leave behind his old life, a life in which he did n___________ but sit and beg all day.

d. This man becomes, not just a happy healed person, but a powerful a_________________ for Jesus.

e. This miracle shows us that we must stress the fact that Jesus does not heal us simply to make us f__________ g___________ again.

f. We need to remind people that when God heals, he heals to take us from a place of l_____________ availability for service to a place of g_________________ availability for service.

04-04-20 Kevin Goins - The Church’s Ministry of Healing, John 9:5 pt 2

“Anatomy of an Illness: The Church’s Ministry of Healing”

John 9:5 (Part 2)

I First, sickness gets our attention and it gets the attention of Jesus (9:1).
II Second, sickness makes us uncomfortable (9:2).
III Third, sickness is caused by alienation (9:2).
IV Fourth, oftentimes our best theological or commonsense explanations for sickness are not good enough (9:3a).
V Fifth, sometimes sickness happens for a good reason, so that God can be glorified in our life (9:3b).
VI Sixth, all believers in Jesus are called to help sick people find health (9:4).
VII Seventh, sickness is a work of the kingdom of darkness; healing is a work of the Kingdom of light (9:5).

This verse makes 4 very important points:

A. First, Jesus came to this world to be our light.

B. Second, healing is a work of the kingdom of _____________.

1. If we looked at all the occasions in the Gospels when Jesus healed the blind, we would be doing Bible study for ____________.

2. Some argue, not without reason, that Jesus actually spent _______ time _____________ than doing anything else.

3. If healing was a major component of the work of the Kingdom of Light 2,000 years ago, it must ___________ be a major component of the work of the Kingdom of Light ___________.

4. What we need to state clearly is how _______________ the work of “faith healers” is from what Jesus did.

For example:

a. Jesus healed ________________ individuals. There is a tremendous difference between “___________ healing” and _____________ healing.

1. Divine healing is healing that is carried out by __________ in accordance with his ________. “Faith healing” is healing instigated by a human being who claims to somehow be the _________ of God in healing people.

2. Divine healing depends on the power of _________, while “faith healing” is said to depend on ___________.

b. Jesus never asked a person to stand and give a testimony about a healing that had _______ _______ happened.

c. The people Jesus healed never had to worry about their sickness _____________________.

d. Jesus never attempted a healing which was __________________.

e. Jesus never ____________ or asked for ___________ to heal people.

5. There is a d________ s__________ to the ministry of healing. Or, there is a dark side to the _________________________ ministry of healing.

6. For everything that is real and genuine, there will always be the ______________________.

7. We should not put our hope in ______________; we should put our hope in __________.

03-01-20 Kevin Goins - Anatomy of An Illness, part 2

“Anatomy of an Illness”
John 9:1-38

Last Sunday we said that John 9 gives us an anatomy of illness. An anatomy is a study of how something works. This chapter shows us how sickness works and how people respond to it. What does John 9 teach us about sickness?

I First, sickness gets our attention and it gets the attention of Jesus (9:1).
II Second, sickness makes us uncomfortable (9:2).

III Third, sickness is caused by _________________________ (9:2).

A. Alienation comes from the word alien which means s____________ or o____________. Alienation is the act of ____________ someone into a stranger or an “other.”

B. There are _________ forms or kinds of alienation that we see in Genesis:

1. First, there is ________________ alienation.

a. Why was there a tree of the knowledge of good _____ evil? Why didn’t God __________ allow them to know good?

b. To be good you must be able to choose good, but you cannot choose good unless you can also choose __________.

c. Because of their sinful choice, Adam and Eve were __________ from the Garden of Eden, which was the place where God used to walk and talk with them.

2. Second, there is __________________ alienation.

-What does social alienation do? It creates ______________; it leads to crime and war and hatred and racism and acts of violence, and it endangers our _____________.

3. Third, there is _________________ alienation.

a. Before the fall Adam and Eve didn’t fight animals or eat animals – instead they ______________ the animals.

b. Now, because of sin we are alienated from the ___________ kingdom and from the _____________ earth, and that alienation has made us __________.

4. Lastly, there is _______________ alienation.

02-23-20 Kevin Goins - Anatomy of An Illness

“Anatomy of an Illness”
John 9:1-38

In 1979 Norman Cousins wrote a groundbreaking book entitled, Anatomy of an Illness. He wrote that book because he was suffering from a connective-tissue disease which had crippled him and he had to try and make sense of it. We may not be at the mercy of such a disease, but sickness is so common that we must make sense of it. The Bible can enable us to do that.

I John devotes an entire chapter to the healing of a blind man so that we can see an illness in all its d________________.

A. You and I cannot afford to see the healing miracles of Jesus in a shallow and superficial way because sickness is a terrible _____________ to everyone.

B. Two decades ago the U.S. ranked eleventh in terms of life expectancy, but we have now fallen to __________-_____________ in the world.

C. There is another statistic we cannot ignore: the mortality rate, and the mortality rate still stands at ___________ percent.

II What do we learn about sickness in this chapter?

A. First, sickness gets our __________________ (9:1).

1. The disciples noticed the blind man, but what John emphasizes in verse one is that Jesus noticed ___________.

2. Why would Jesus go to the trouble of noticing another sick person? Because that was his God-given _______________.

3. According to Isaiah, the work of Jesus in saving us from sin, and his work as healer, are somehow ____________ _________________.

4. That means that just as Jesus could not help but notice s____________, so also he could not help but notice the s___________.

B. Second, sickness makes us ________________________ (9:2).

1. The disciples needed an explanation for the man’s blindness that could keep them from seeing him as a _____________.

2. We are so threatened by the idea that terrible imperfection can exist in our world that we try to find someone to ____________.

3. We feel that something is wrong with a world in which people are born blind and children die of cancer, and the Bible says we are _________.

09-22-19 - Kevin Goins - My Grandpa Was a Baptist Preacher, part 2

“My Grandpa Was a Baptist Preacher!” John 8:37-59

What is it that people who do not have Jesus in their life depend on to make themselves feel secure about Judgment Day? One of the things people lean on is their pride in their godly ancestors. In our text today
Jesus lets us know that our forbearers, as wonderful as they may have been, cannot save us from the consequences of our sin.

I Jesus says that actions speak louder than our family tree (8:37-38).
II Jesus says we all have an ancestor in our family line we would rather ignore (8:39-41).

III There is a spiritual ______ test which can determine whether we are truly children of God (8:42-59)
A. There is the l_______ test (8:42).
B. There is the b__________ test – Can we ______ God speak to us through his Word? (8:43, 47).
C. There is the t________ test (8:44-47).
1. Whatever language we learn first becomes f__________ to us.
2. When we are born the language of s________ l______ is our native and natural language.
3. When we experience new birth by trusting Jesus, we can then begin to speak and comprehend the language of s_________ t_______.
4. Those without the ________ of _______ in them cannot grasp or recognize spiritual truth.
D. Lastly, there is the J_________ test (8:48-59).
1. Stoning was the penalty for b__________, which means the religious officials understood Jesus was claiming to be _____ in the _______.
2. The Pharisees allowed what o___________ them about Jesus to blind them to who he really was, and the same thing happens today.
3. If you are a real child of God then you ______ Jesus for _____ he is.


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