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Follower of One : Missions For The Rest Of Us
21 minutes | 12 hours ago
Blessings from God in a Digital Age with Rick Boxx, #79
In this week's episode of the Follower of One podcast, Mike brings back Rick Boxx. Rick is the Founder & CEO of Unconventional Business Network. Unconventional Business Network is a nonprofit focused on building and training a network of Unconventional Business Leaders to learn and model biblical principles in their workplace. Please welcome him back to our community! Episode Breakdown 1:05 - Unconventional Business Network & Rick Boxx 3:50 - UBN turning Digital 8:50 - UBN Events Update 13:35 - Choosing to Make the Network 18:50 - Mission Field at Home 19:30 - Connect with Rick at UBN Going Digital Can be a Blessing in Disguise We are at the tail end of the pandemic. A lot has changed and for many of us, that means things are even more digital than they were last year. This means that most of our work is either remote or becoming more digital every day. One of the main things that Rick discusses with Mike is the switch from in-person meetings to digital ones. Unconventional Business Network was built upon regional meetings where everyone would get together and share ideas and processes to help grow in their faith and business at the same time. This quickly became an online meeting space and to Rick's surprise, some people even wanted more frequent meetings now that everyone was not in a central location. Some of the obstacles we face, even through our work, can be blessings in disguise. When God shuts one door, he always opens one more, if not several others! How have you proven to be flexible in your work? Can this be applied to your faith as well? Churches, companies, people, businesses, and organizations, have all been affected the same way. How can you be a part of the solution? Interview Quote " It's been a fun journey to be able to work with business leaders around the globe, and see what God is doing to help people integrate their faith in their day to day work" Connect with Rick Unconventional Business Network Upcoming Virtual Events Business Leader Groups LEADING Assessment Connect With Follower Of One Join us over in our Online Community, get social with us; Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn and subscribe to our YouTube channel. Listen to our podcast on your way to work and subscribe using your favorite podcast app. Be a part of our next Marketplace Mission Trip!
5 minutes | 2 days ago
Humility and Caution 1 Peter 3:15
If the Lord washed our feet, and possibly even the feet of the one who would betray him, then We talked Wednesday about preparing how we will answer when someone asks us why we're serving them. Today, let's talk about how we Speak for Ourselves. This is our fifth daily activity. We've been talking about them all week. They are 1) Pray, 2) Appreciate others, 3) Know what we believe, 4) Serve others and 5) Speak for ourselves. In 1 Peter 3:15 is where I get the idea. We're told to give a reason for our hope, but with gentleness and reverence in the New American Standard Bible. Other translations have the word respect, or fear. I think it means both. That's why I think about being cautious. I respect the opportunity and the consequences. I respect what's at stake. If I get a chance to explain to someone why I have served or appreciated or gone beyond what others might expect, this is a chance to bring Jesus into the conversation. That's why I practiced on Wednesday. I want to have thought through what I say. And today, or whenever I get the opportunity, I speak for myself. I'm no biblical authority. But I do know some of how God has worked in my life. So when I speak, I talk about what happened to me. This keeps me from telling others what they have to do. I don't know. That's between them and God. I just know what I did and what I experienced as a result. That's my version of being cautious. I don't want to overstep my opportunity or my responsibility. So today, let's focus on what God has done for us. Then we're free to live a life that is given away so that others might see Jesus. When they ask, we speak in the first person, with humility and caution. The rest is above my pay grade. It's God's job.
5 minutes | 3 days ago
Who Must We Serve? John 13:14
where can we draw the line? Are there people we just wouldn't be expected to serve? It seems like we must serve people we suspect might hurt us. It seems like there's no job that is beneath us, either. What will it take for you to serve others? Do you need it to be warmer, or do you need more time? Are you too busy or should you have more money in the bank? What things must be "right" before you will go out of your way to serve someone else? Jesus washed the disciple's feet and it's possible that the man who betrayed him was in the room. So what kind of a challenge crosses your mind. I prayed for you. I pray you will have an idea right now of a way to serve someone. Then, please send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what you did. Did you take action? What happened? What would you do differently? What kind of idea did you implement. Let's get busy serving others today. That's what ministry is: service. You can become a full-time minister the moment you decide you will serve others full-time. So what are you waiting for?
6 minutes | 4 days ago
What Has God Done for You? Luke 8:39
Know what you believe - Here's a man who was formerly possessed by an army of demons. They just left the man, went into a herd of pigs and the pigs all rushed into the sea and drown. This man has only been with Jesus less than a day, maybe only a couple of hours. And he wants to go with Jesus, but Jesus gives him a job. Notice here and in Mark 5, which I also discuss, Jesus tells the man to tell others what Jesus did for him. That's what Jesus asks us to do, too. Has Jesus changed you? Has following Jesus changed your life? Remember it like it was this morning. Think about the things Jesus has done in your life. Our minds are full of so much stuff, our to-dos and our commitments and our desires. Imagine Jesus saved you this morning and your life from then until now has taken place in time warp. How would you summarize what Jesus has done for you? Cook it off to one or two sentences. You want to give a curious coworker or customer just enough info to challenge them to ask for more. We don't want to be the type of people who give a ton when we were asked for a couple of ounces. If people want to know more, they'll ask. Point your brain today. Bring it under your control. Think about the great things Jesus has done for you and how he had mercy on you. You'll have a better day at work, but you'll also have a great answer to this question when someone asks. Practice saying it out loud. Write it down. Get a friend and take turns asking one another, "Why are you doing this?" Then listen to the answer. Help someone else with this. This answer is key to opening the door to Jesus for your coworkers, customers and friends. Tomorrow, we'll talk about how to make our lives more inviting, too.
5 minutes | 5 days ago
We Appreciate What We Treasure Matthew 6:19-21
Appreciate Others - Our heart follows our treasure. If we place value on others, we will appreciate them, and love them. Jesus talks about laying up treasure in heaven. The only thing we can do that will last forever is the impact we have on others. If they live forever, we can hope that our service to them lives. I focus on laying up treasure in heaven by appreciating people. Do we need to give away everything we have to gain treasure in heaven? I don't think so. But I want to be willing to give up treasure on earth for treasure in heaven. I hope to help others move one notch closer to Jesus every chance I get. That's how I see laying up treasure in heaven. If they draw nearer to God, and live forever, I hope my work matters. That's why I want to invest my time and energy in others. This is my way of spending my life toward a noble goal? What's your treasure? Are you focused on your treasure to the exclusion of others, or does your treasure include the people God brings across your path. It's no accident you're alive now, hearing this. The people you work with and for are no accident either. When I decided to believe God is almighty, then I realized I had to believe he was in control. I want to represent him in every relationship, and since Jesus came to love people, I can work on loving them too.
5 minutes | 6 days ago
Why Pray When God Knows? Matthew 6:7-8
Pray - Today we begin our mission trip with prayer. Prayer needs to be first in everything. Jesus makes this plain statement. God knows what we need before we ask him. How should that inform our prayers? What should we pray when we know God already knows? We talk about 3 kinds of prayers on the Mission Trip, but there are others. We focus first on punching in, saying "Here I am!" to God. Then we pray for others. Ask God to guide you to confirm to his will in their life. He loves them and he died for them. Ask God to give you ideas of things to do or say that will cause them to move one notch closer to Jesus. One way others will see God in me if if I'm grateful even for the negative things that happen to me. I'm so selfish, I tend to interpret everything by how it affect me. But I'm not at the center of God's universe. He is. When I remember who he is and how powerful and good he is, I should be able to be thankful for everything that happens. We're told in Romans 8:28 that God causes everything to work together for good to those who are called according to God's purpose. There are other types of prayer. Ask God to make you someone who prays more than you ever have during these 2 weeks and see how God changes your workdays.
29 minutes | 8 days ago
Ecosystems that Matter with Thomas Carlson, #78
In this week's episode of the Follower of One podcast, Mike speaks with Thomas Carlson. Thomas is the founder of ECatalyst. ECatalyst helps entrepreneurial ecosystems in the developing world to launch businesses, create jobs, grow economies, and generate sustainable solutions to local problems. Please welcome him to the community! Episode Breakdown 1:00 - Meet Thomas & ECatalyst 4:45 - Ecosystems in Entrepreneurship 10:10 - Developing World & ECatalyst 12:35 - Creating Ecosystems 15:25 - Open Networks Working with Everyone 19:45 - Thomas' Story to Christ 22:05 - Tips to Marketplace Christians Ecosystems Matter to Business Local surrounding systems matter to Entrepreneurship. You are a part of one right now, whether it is in your current job or your local community, you are a part of something bigger than just yourself. This is true to our faith as well! Do you want to start your own business? Do you have an idea? Do you think it has a very particular impact on society? Who, what, how, and when you choose to do business matters! Starting a business might be the solution. If you create the right ecosystem, you can sustain yourself for the foreseeable future. Mike and Thomas talk about how ECatalyst creates this for aspiring clients and this just might be what you need to take the next step. Work with Everyone that Matters It doesn't matter what faith people around you have in your support system. What matters is using your faith to direct your efforts, and the rest will come. You have an obligation to God to act with passion. True evangelism isn't about converting, it is about speaking the truth and using our faith to make everyone around us better for it at the same time! You need to love people, bless people and treat them as your own. We are all ministers! Interview Quote "You as business people, are minister. We are all ministers, and that has to be at the core of everything we do! I challenge you to see what is beyond right in front of you and see what else is out there." Connect with Thomas Thomas' LinkedIn ECatalyst Website ECatalyst Facebook Connect With Follower Of One Join us over in our Online Community, get social with us; Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn and subscribe to our YouTube channel. Listen to our podcast on your way to work and subscribe using your favorite podcast app. Be a part of our next Marketplace Mission Trip!
6 minutes | 9 days ago
On Leaving Everything Luke 5:11
What does it take to follow Jesus. Here Peter, Andrew, James and John are called to leave everything and follow Jesus. But are we all called to leave everything? What is it about this call to these men? How can we make an application here? Is this one verse sufficient? What about what Paul's instruction to Onesimus (Philemon 10)? Onesimus was a slave of Philemon. He apparently escaped and ended up in prison with Paul. Paul gives him a letter to take to Philemon where Paul asks Philemon to forgive Onesimus. This is a great story of redemption, but it also shows the calling of different people. I think most of us are called to stay where we are. Mike said that was his story, too. His career took him to a number of places, but he never went to work for the church until he started Follower of One. How can this apply to us today? Reflect on Mike's definition of ministry. You can leave your ambitions and your goals and stay in your present job as a fully-funded missionary - someone who lives on-mission with Jesus. Want to try? Head over to MarketplaceMissionTrip.com and sign up for the next Marketplace Mission Trip where you can try this out. There's a trip starting this Sunday and if you don't hear this message when it goes live, there will be other trips. Just check the dates at MarketplaceMissionTrip.com.
5 minutes | 10 days ago
Imitate God Ephesians 5:1-2
How would you imitate God? First, we would need to study him. We would need to read what he wrote and examine what he's done. We would even have to sort through some writings and actions of the people who claim to follow God. Paul sums up this whole section and begins another one with these 2 verses. What does it mean to imitate God? Mike gives us some ideas today. We take the initiative to be loving and just. God is loving and just. He is so much more than we are, it's hard for us to grasp. Sometimes we think he loves without regard for justice. And other times, we think he is just without regard for love. He is more than we can ask or imagine, but we can imitate him. Otherwise Paul's instruction would be a waste. We walk in love, like Christ did. That's enough. Jesus even gave us the great commandment which is to love God and love people. Ask God to show you how to love him and others today. He will guide you. Let's practice our 5 daily activities, praying for others, appreciating others, knowing what we believe, serving others and speaking for ourselves. That is one way we can love God and others. We can practice even more. Go to MarketplaceMissionTrip.com and put in your email address. You'll spend the next 2 weeks practicing these daily activities in your workplace. You'll see how you're in a position to be a missionary, making an eternal difference in the lives of others, right now. Head on over and check it out. The next Trip starts this Sunday at 3 PM Central. Join us?
5 minutes | 11 days ago
Bring Kindness to Work Ephesians 4:32
If you listened yesterday, you know we have some new room in our wagon. We were challenged yesterday to get rid of bitterness, anger, wrath and malice. If you got rid of them, you've got place for something new. Today, can you take some kindness to work? Do you ever dread going to work? Mike did. He talked about how he could get wound up before he ever got there. Often the days turned out like Mike expected. If he anticipated misery, he got it. But often, when he was excited, looking forward to seeing people he appreciates, he often found joy at work. If you're low on workplace joy, change your method using this verse as a guide. Put kindness, compassion and forgiveness in your tool-belt rather than the 6 things we talked about yesterday. Almost everyone would like there to be more kindness, compassion, and forgiveness in the world. But often, we want someone else to bring it. We can't control others, but we can certainly regulate the amount of kindness, compassion and forgiveness we distribute every day. Why not ship double the kindness today? I don't think you'll run out. Try it and see. And speaking of trying it, sign up for the Marketplace Mission Trip. It starts with a kick-off call this Sunday at 3 PM Central. Join us for 2 weeks of practice bringing kindness, compassion and forgiveness to work. Let's see if your workplace changes when you do! Learn more and sign up at MarketplaceMissionTrip.com.
6 minutes | 12 days ago
Put These Away Ephesians 4:31
Bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, slander and malice. Those sound like social media, don't they? Why do we jump to these levels when we argue or disagree with people but we have the separation of social media. Could it be these are a trap. Mike mentioned each. There is little good here. Do you catch yourself harboring any of these. Some translations say we put them away, and other say we let them be put away. Either way, we make a choice. We either take part in this list of nasty activities or we don't. Can you catch places where you start down this road? Paul warns us to stay away from these 6. Don't forget next week is our new Marketplace Mission Trip. Learn more at MarketplaceMissionTrip.com. We're working to get a new tool built that will enable people to lead their very own trip rather than just going with us. We hope this tool will allow us to reach more marketplace Christians and make a difference in many more lives. Please join us, and even if you can't, why not consider making a contribution to help with the cost. This isn't free, but we don't charge. Voluntarily join us and watch God's people become more visible, and make a difference in every workplace.
5 minutes | 13 days ago
Grieving the Holy Spirit Ephesians 4:30
What does it mean to grieve the Holy Spirit? While Mike isn't terribly certain, he presents some challenging ideas. Some of those ideas come from what we talked about last week, which are the verses that precede this verse. Others may include those in the verses following. Do you examine yourself to see if you line up with the will of God? Every place we miss the mark may be a place where we grieve the Holy Spirit, especially when we know better. Our problems often aren't that we don't know what to do. Rather we don't do what we know. Ask God to show you today how you can cooperate with as he works in the life of every person you know. What can you give away today that put you on mission with the Holy Spirit? What can you do to be more like Jesus? Listen to God? Get to know Jesus better in the word of God and by attending a church. Everything we do to grow our knowledge of Jesus, seeking his wisdom can be used by Jesus to make himself known to others. Our job is to help others move one notch closer to Jesus. And don't forget, if you'd like to practice, sign up now for our next Marketplace Mission Trip. You can find out more and sign up at MarketplaceMissionTrip.com.
30 minutes | 15 days ago
Digital Faith at Work and Mindfulness with Ladey Adey, # 77
In this week's episode of the Follower of One Podcast, Mike talks with Ladey Adey. Ladey is a publisher and together with her daughter Abbirose, they provide mentoring to Authors who are looking to write their books. They work across multiple genres and believe that everyone had a book inside them! Please welcome her to the community! Episode Breakdown 1:15 - Meet Ladey Adey 3:05 - Book Publishing by Ladey 6:40 - Successful Business Networking Online, Book by Ladey 9:20 - Tips for Networking w/ Marketplace Christians 10:45 - The Follow Up 13:20 - Digital Fatigue 15:29 - Remote Jobs and Faith at Work 21:55 - Stay True to Your Faith 27:45 - Connect with Ladey Digital Faith at Work We are in a new age. After the pandemic, the world has changed and new challenges arise. As Christians, many of us might not work in a traditional workplace anymore but there is still work to be done. Ladey and Mike talk about her book "Successful Business Networking Online" and this is important to us today. How do we integrate faith at work remotely? The answer is the same as before! Faith has to be apart of you. The difference is how you show your faith over a Zoom call rather than in person. Subtle differences make the biggest impact. We highly suggest you pick up Ladey's book for practical advice on how to use your faith in a remote workplace! Stay True To Yourself Our relationship with Christ is our foundation of how we should live. Ladey talks about staying true to herself in how she conducts business. What does this mean for you? You have certain values that you hold dear and should be held above work. When meshing the two together, it is important to stick to your faith and know that if the other person does not share the same values, there might be a point at which you know the relationship will not work out. This isn't to say you can't work with them but in Ladey's example - as a book publisher, she will not work with someone who wants to use swear words in their books. Do you have something similar in your business process? Let us know in the comments! Interview Quote "You have to make the Faith part of You, You have to stand up to the point where you acknowledge that you are a Christian" Connect with Ladey Ladey's Website Ladey's Twitter Books Available Connect With Follower Of One Join us over in our Online Community, get social with us; Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn and subscribe to our YouTube channel. Listen to our podcast on your way to work and subscribe using your favorite podcast app. Be a part of our next Marketplace Mission Trip!
5 minutes | 16 days ago
No Unwholesome Words Ephesiand 4:29
Do you speak unwholesome words. In my self-talk and in some of my regular speech, I'm a bit casual and can talk more like our culture than I care to admit. So this verse is a particular challenge and a prayer for me. Fortunately, God still allows me to be a part of his kingdom. He has grace for me, but in the areas of anger, my choice of words and my diet, these are areas where I struggle. In this verse, we're told what to do. I need to block these words. I need to be someone who ships grace, all the time. My selfishness dictates more than I care to admit. Rather I need to take every thought under control (2 Corinthians 10:5). I've been careless with my thoughts for too long. Let's not give ourselves a pass here. Rather, ask God to show you how to stop your thoughts. Don't let the word escape your mouth, but rather replace it with grace. I can't just stop the words, I must replace them with something else. May I be a grace-speaker. When we transform our own way of talking and thinking, Jesus will become visible to our coworkers, customers, vendors and friends. And don't forget to head over to MarketplaceMissionTrip.com and sign up for the next mission trip. It starts a week from Sunday. And this will be the first trip using our new Mission Trip tool. Check this out and help us refine it for future groups!
5 minutes | 17 days ago
Stealing Versus Sharing Ephesians 4:28
Do you steal? Mike gave several examples of things we may do that could be considered stealing. But in the end, this question us up to you and your employer. Do you make sure your employer gets a great value out of hiring you? If you're in business for yourself, do you make sure your customers get excellent value? Every cut corner is theft. Sure, you don't want to give away too much, but can you give away too much when Jesus died in place of the very people who killed him? As you are sharing, remember to also sign up for the Marketplace Mission Trip. Head over to www.MarketplaceMissionTrip.com to learn more and sign up. Even if you've taken the trip before, this trip will be the first one using our new tool which makes it easier to collaborate with others and pray for one another. Try it out with us.
5 minutes | 18 days ago
Anger Without Sin Ephesians 4:26-27
Mike talked about how this passage is something he feels unqualified to discuss. What's the difference between sinful anger and not-sinful anger? And how can we keep our anger in check? What is the object of your anger? Mike said he thought selfish anger was sinful. Remember sin is simply missing the mark, or coming up short of God's plan and expectations. We all miss the mark (Romans 3:23). But we don't have to. Can you contain your anger and limit your anger to injustices, primarily for others? We should be angry when we see sin in the world. When someone takes advantage of someone else, or when someone in power harms people under their authority. But all anger can be given to God. When we give it to him, and do it quickly, we cooperate with God. Our separation from God in anger doesn't fill us, nor is it an opportunity for the devil to drive a wedge into our life. Verse 27 literally says we give the devil a place when we harbor anger. We make room for him. Today, focus on giving God your anger. This is another way of putting off the old self and putting on the new one. And don't forget to check out the Marketplace Mission Trip. Our next trip begins April 11 with a kick-off call that afternoon. Learn more and sign up at MarketplaceMissionTrip.com.
5 minutes | 19 days ago
Speaking Truth at Work Ephesians 4:25
How often do you lie? I'm afraid I do it much more than I want to admit. I withhold parts of the truth and I exercise discretion in some areas. Granted, all are not lies. All truth doesn't need to be known. But this passage suggests we must begin by telling the truth. Can you judge yourself on how truthful you really are? Listen to yourself today. Put off falsehood and put on truth. Ask God to show you where you bow up because you are trying to tell someone what they want to hear. Then ask him to show you what you need to do. Ask God to give you truthful ways you can share bad news with love and empathy. Also, check out the Marketplace Mission Trip. This is a 2-week exercise that will equip you to integrate your faith into your moment-by-moment day. Over time, you'll get where you think about and pray for people more and your faith will be more real during your working hours. Learn more and sign up for the next trip at MarketplaceMissionTrip.com.
5 minutes | 20 days ago
Our Part in Spiritual Transformation Ephesians 4:22-24
Paul challenges the Ephesians (and us) to walk differently, and live differently. But how can we? What must change first? Do our actions change first, or does God change our mind first? Mike talks about the 3-steps of transformation in this passage. We put off the old self (vs. 22) and we put on the new self (vs. 24). But in the middle, we must be renewed. Our renewal is passive. God renews our mind. We have to break some of our old habits. We have to allow God to change us. We begin that process by taking off the old self and putting on a new self. What does that look like? Check out the next few episodes and see. Also, consider joining us on the Marketplace Mission Trip. You now can join us on a 2-week activity to practice 5 simple daily activities that put us on mission with Jesus. Check it out and learn more at MarketplaceMissionTrip.com.
16 minutes | 22 days ago
Measuring our Truth with Elizabeth Urbanowicz, #76
In this week's episode of the Follower of One Podcast, Mike talks with Elizabeth Urbanowicz. Elizabeth is the founder of Foundation Worldview, LLC. Foundation Worldview provides research-based Christian Apologetics curriculums for kids and provides pivotal analytical skills at the same time. Please welcome her to the community! Episode Breakdown 1:10 - Meet Elizabeth & Apologetics 2:55 - Foundation Worldview Growth 7:10 - Foundation Worldview Curriculum 9:05 - Customer Stories & The Truth Matters 12:40 - Measuring What We Know Through Scripture 15:10 - Connect with Elizabeth Faith is The Only Truth How do you know something is true? Mike and Elizabeth discuss what truth is as it pertains to faith and children. There are some really interesting results when you ask children questions about truth (I'll leave that for your listening pleasure in the episode). Per our faith, the only truth is the scripture. Culturally we have been told that the truth is relative. This is a lie that is being told. In our Christian faith, truth is constant across everything we have in this world. Use scripture to support yourself! Measuring Our Knowledge We just outlined how truth is not relative and constant in our faith. What do you point so that you understand what the truth is? Scripture plays an important role here. Elizabeth discusses why her Worldview Curriculum is so important to the development of children's analytical skills. You need a basis to compare what you hear around you and be able to understand where it is coming from. We measure this using our faith (scripture) and take into account world views at the same time. This is such an important process that even adults need to use this moving forward. If we can't tell what the truth is through our faith, then we can't address the breadth of our knowledge. Interview Quote "The truth is different for different people, and this highlights the cultural lie that our children have bought into" Connect with Elizabeth Foundation Worldview Website Foundation Worldview Twitter Foundation Worldview Instagram Foundation Worldview Facebook Connect With Follower Of One Join us over in our Online Community, get social with us; Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn and subscribe to our YouTube channel. Listen to our podcast on your way to work and subscribe using your favorite podcast app. Be a part of our next Marketplace Mission Trip!
5 minutes | 23 days ago
Finding Wisdom James 1:5
Could you use more wisdom? James says that we can ask God. But if you're like Mike, often you want to generate wisdom on your own. We think if we read enough books, and even study the bible enough, we can somehow get what we need. When we go to the world for wisdom, it's like washing our clothes in mud. Our environment is broken so our environment can't possibly give us great wisdom. It's broken already. God is the source of wisdom. And Jesus is the way we see God. Go to him for wisdom. Ask him in prayer, and in his word. and when you're interacting with other Christians. Listen to pastors, search the scripture. Test one thing against another. Every way you can think of to search is valid as long as you're doing it to ask God. He is the source of wisdom. So if you'd like to be wise today, start asking. Wisdom also comes with time. The best time to ask God for wisdom was years ago. But the second best time to ask him is today! Sometimes we also gain wisdom from acting on what God tells us. Often the test precedes the lesson. That's why we do the Marketplace Mission Trips. You can learn more and sign up at MarketplaceMissionTrip.com
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