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Commentary

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Having the Tools to Finish the Job -- Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a, Luke 4:14-21 -- Sandra Herrmann -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 2019
The word epiphany is from the Greek and refers to the experience of a sudden and amazing realization
Priority commitments -- Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a, Luke 4:14-21 -- David Coffin -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 2016
One theme of the Epiphany season is coming to the realization of what God is up to in any given comm
Group pictures -- Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a, Luke 4:14-21 -- David Kalas -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 2013
We've been part of a lot of group pictures over the years: family Christmas cards and team photograp
Primal urge -- Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a, Luke 4:14-21, Psalm 19 -- R. Craig Maccreary -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 2006
The texts set before us all have to do with encountering the primal and basic core of
Unity in Christ -- Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a, Luke 4:14-21 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 2001
What unites us as a country? The political campaigns are over for now.
The Church is one body -- Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a, Luke 4:14-21 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 1998
The obvious connection between the first and the third lessons for today is that both concern the pu
The written word and the living word -- Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a, Luke 4:14-21 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 1995
Out of the Old Testament reading for this day verse eight of the eighth chapter of Nehemiah leaps ou
Anatomy of a sermon -- Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a, Luke 4:14-21 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C
Here's a riddle. What is both common and precious? Both priceless and free?

Children's sermon

The Immediate Word

What are We Doing Here? -- Luke 4:14-21, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a, Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10, Psalm 19 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte, Dean Feldmeyer, Thomas Willadsen -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 2019
For January 27, 2019:
The State Of The Church Body -- Luke 4:14-21, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a, Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10, Psalm 19 -- Robin Lostetter, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 2016
When Paul addresses the fractiousness of the church -- and specifically of the Corinthian congregati
Why Now? -- Luke 4:14-21, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a, Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10, Psalm 19 -- Mary Austin, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 2013
A major theme in the lectionary texts for the Third Sunday after Epiphany is proclamation,
Interconnected And Interdependent For Good Or Ill -- Luke 4:14-21, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a, Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10, Psalm 19 -- Carter Shelley -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C
Dear Fellow Preacher,
Over The Line -- Luke 4:14-21, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a, Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10, Psalm 19 -- Scott Suskovic, Paul Bresnahan, Thom M. Shuman -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C
When do we have enough? Who decides if we have enough?

Devotional

SermonStudio

Epiphany 3 / Ordinary Time 3 -- Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 2009
This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn or weep.-- Nehemiah 8:9

Illustration

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Sermon Illustrations for Epiphany 3 (OT 3) Cycle C (2019) -- Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a, Luke 4:14-21 -- Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen, Bob Ove, Bonnie Bates, Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 2019
Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10
Sermon Illustrations for Epiphany 3 (OT 3) Cycle C (2016) -- Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a, Luke 4:14-21 -- R. Robert Cueni, Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen, Bob Ove, Bonnie Bates, Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 2016
Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10
Sermon Illustrations for Epiphany 3 (OT 3) Cycle C (2013) -- Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a, Luke 4:14-21 -- Cynthia E. Cowen, Mark Ellingsen, Bob Ove, Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 2013
Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10
Listen up, Jared, or you will fail your final test... -- Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 2013
"Listen up, Jared, or you will fail your final test," Ms. Borns warned.
How valuable can a book really be?... -- Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 -- Mark J. Molldrem -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 2013
How valuable can a book really be?
Can you imagine standing all day while someone read the Bible to you?... -- Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 -- Bob Ove -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 2013
Can you imagine standing all day while someone read the Bible to you? That in itself shows faith!
Elaine and her friends knew... -- Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 2006
Elaine and her friends knew that her family was strange. Elaine could tell by her friends'
One Sunday, sitting in worship... -- Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 2006
One Sunday, sitting in worship, I prepared for the reading of God's Word which I usually
A lifelong memory has stayed... -- Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 2006
A lifelong memory has stayed with me about a song sung at a youth rally that I attended
One of the characters in... -- Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 2006
One of the characters in Marc Conelley's Green Pastures says, "I think the Bible
The lumber truck backed into... -- Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 1995
The lumber truck backed into the doorway. Then the driver came to the door.
Most people are familiar with... -- Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 1995
Most people are familiar with the tale of the British ship, Bounty, and of its mutineers, Fletcher C
The mother began to straighten... -- Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 1995
The mother began to straighten her daughter's bedroom.
When I was a boy... -- Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 1995
When I was a boy in the 1950s, most of the calendars in our home had holidays printed in red, causin
Have you ever seen a... -- Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C
Have you ever seen a kite escape from its tether?
William Lamb Melbourne served as... -- Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C
William Lamb Melbourne served as British prime minister in 1834, and again from 1835-41.
The biggest swim meet of... -- Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C
The biggest swim meet of the year was just a week away.

The Immediate Word

What are We Doing Here? -- Luke 4:14-21, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a, Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10, Psalm 19 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte, Dean Feldmeyer, Thomas Willadsen -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 2019
For January 27, 2019:
The State Of The Church Body -- Luke 4:14-21, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a, Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10, Psalm 19 -- Robin Lostetter, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 2016
When Paul addresses the fractiousness of the church -- and specifically of the Corinthian congregati
Why Now? -- Luke 4:14-21, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a, Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10, Psalm 19 -- Mary Austin, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 2013
A major theme in the lectionary texts for the Third Sunday after Epiphany is proclamation,
Interconnected And Interdependent For Good Or Ill -- Luke 4:14-21, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a, Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10, Psalm 19 -- Carter Shelley -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C
Dear Fellow Preacher,
Over The Line -- Luke 4:14-21, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a, Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10, Psalm 19 -- Scott Suskovic, Paul Bresnahan, Thom M. Shuman -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C
When do we have enough? Who decides if we have enough?

Preaching

The Immediate Word

What are We Doing Here? -- Luke 4:14-21, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a, Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10, Psalm 19 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte, Dean Feldmeyer, Thomas Willadsen -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 2019
For January 27, 2019:
The State Of The Church Body -- Luke 4:14-21, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a, Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10, Psalm 19 -- Robin Lostetter, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 2016
When Paul addresses the fractiousness of the church -- and specifically of the Corinthian congregati
Why Now? -- Luke 4:14-21, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a, Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10, Psalm 19 -- Mary Austin, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 2013
A major theme in the lectionary texts for the Third Sunday after Epiphany is proclamation,
Interconnected And Interdependent For Good Or Ill -- Luke 4:14-21, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a, Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10, Psalm 19 -- Carter Shelley -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C
Dear Fellow Preacher,
Over The Line -- Luke 4:14-21, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a, Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10, Psalm 19 -- Scott Suskovic, Paul Bresnahan, Thom M. Shuman -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C
When do we have enough? Who decides if we have enough?

SermonStudio

Third Sunday After The Epiphany -- Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a, Luke 4:14-21 -- Carlos Wilton -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 2006
Theme For The Day
Third Sunday after Epiphany -- Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 -- Elizabeth Achtemeier -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 2003
We live in a society in which right and wrong have become largely a matter of personal opinion.
Third Sunday After The Epiphany -- Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a, Luke 4:14-21 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 2003
Seasonal Theme
Third Sunday After The Epiphany -- Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a, Luke 4:14-21 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 2000
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS

Sermon

The Immediate Word

What are We Doing Here? -- Luke 4:14-21, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a, Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10, Psalm 19 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte, Dean Feldmeyer, Thomas Willadsen -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 2019
For January 27, 2019:
The State Of The Church Body -- Luke 4:14-21, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a, Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10, Psalm 19 -- Robin Lostetter, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 2016
When Paul addresses the fractiousness of the church -- and specifically of the Corinthian congregati
Why Now? -- Luke 4:14-21, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a, Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10, Psalm 19 -- Mary Austin, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 2013
A major theme in the lectionary texts for the Third Sunday after Epiphany is proclamation,
Interconnected And Interdependent For Good Or Ill -- Luke 4:14-21, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a, Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10, Psalm 19 -- Carter Shelley -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C
Dear Fellow Preacher,
Over The Line -- Luke 4:14-21, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a, Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10, Psalm 19 -- Scott Suskovic, Paul Bresnahan, Thom M. Shuman -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C
When do we have enough? Who decides if we have enough?

SermonStudio

The Winning Word -- Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 2009
Tom Barnard tells of his great love for sports stories, especially where an athlete survives an ugly
Home At Last -- Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 -- Mary S. Lautensleger -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 2006
One of the more colorful eras of our country's past is the old Wild West.
The Good News And The Bad News -- Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 -- Steven E. Albertin -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 2003
Have you ever had someone come up to you with a message and then introduces it by saying, "I've got
Light From The Word -- Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 -- Harry N. Huxhold -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 2000
In the Sundays of the Epiphany we are reminded in our worship how God continually reveals God's Pers

The Village Shepherd

Evangelism -- Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 -- Janice B. Scott -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C
Here in Norwich diocese we've been exploring a national initiative set up by the last Archbishop of

Stories

StoryShare

The Challenge to be Humble -- Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10, Psalm 19 -- Keith Wagner -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 2019
Contents “The Challenge to be Humble” by Keith Wagner
Sign Me Up! -- Luke 4:14-21, Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a, Psalm 19 -- Frank Ramirez, Keith Hewitt -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 2016
Contents "Second Opinion" by Keith Hewitt "Sign Me Up!" by Frank Ramirez
Hippos, Hands, And Feet -- Luke 4:14-21, Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a, Psalm 19 -- Keith Hewitt, C. David Mckirachan -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 2013
Contents"Hippos, Hands, and Feet" by Keith Hewitt
Spirit Walker -- Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a, Luke 4:14-21, Psalm 19 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C
Contents
The Gift Of Seeing -- Luke 4:14-21, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a, Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10, Psalm 19 -- John E. Sumwalt, Gregory L. Tolle, Sandra Herrmann -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C
ContentsWhat's Up This Week "The Gift Of Seeing" by John Sumwalt

SermonStudio

The Head Light -- Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 -- Timothy F. Merrill -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 2003
Every once in a while, I hear from friends I had in college and seminary.

Worship

The Immediate Word

What are We Doing Here? -- Luke 4:14-21, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a, Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10, Psalm 19 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte, Dean Feldmeyer, Thomas Willadsen -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 2019
For January 27, 2019:
The State Of The Church Body -- Luke 4:14-21, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a, Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10, Psalm 19 -- Robin Lostetter, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 2016
When Paul addresses the fractiousness of the church -- and specifically of the Corinthian congregati
Why Now? -- Luke 4:14-21, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a, Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10, Psalm 19 -- Mary Austin, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 2013
A major theme in the lectionary texts for the Third Sunday after Epiphany is proclamation,
Interconnected And Interdependent For Good Or Ill -- Luke 4:14-21, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a, Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10, Psalm 19 -- Carter Shelley -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C
Dear Fellow Preacher,
Over The Line -- Luke 4:14-21, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a, Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10, Psalm 19 -- Scott Suskovic, Paul Bresnahan, Thom M. Shuman -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C
When do we have enough? Who decides if we have enough?

SermonStudio

Epiphany 3 / Ordinary Time 3 -- Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a, Luke 4:14-21, Psalm 19 -- Julia Ross Strope -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 2009
A single song is being inflected through all the colorations of the human choir.
Third Sunday After The Epiphany -- Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 -- Frank Ramirez -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 2006
First Lesson: Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10Theme: The Meaning, With Interpretations
Third Sunday After Epiphany -- Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a, Luke 4:14-21 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 2003
Theme: The Joy Of The Lord Is Your StrengthCall To Worship
By The Other Water Gate -- Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 2000
Call To Worship
The joy of the Lord is our strength -- Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 -- James R. Wilson -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 1997
Call To Worship
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Bethany Peerbolte
Christopher Keating
Ron Love
Mary Austin
Dean Feldmeyer
George Reed
For June 23, 2019:
  • Faith Outside the Box by Bethany Peerbolte — Boxes are convenient. In the home, they make moving easier, they hide our clutter, and they separate one thing from another. But if the boxes we put people in are inflexible they prevent us from coming to know someone’s divine worth.
  • Second Thoughts: A Zero Sum Gospel? No Way! by Dean Feldmeyer — Life need not be a zero-sum game, despite how the swineherd feels.

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Wayne Brouwer
Raw power is stunning, but rarely is it warm and personal in the way we think of strength. Power explodes, while strength is channeled energy. Power unleashes force, but strength controls ability in very specific ways.

Someone has even defined the gentle concept of meekness as “strength under control.”
Bonnie Bates
Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
Bob Ove
Ron Love
Mark Ellingsen
1 Kings 19:1-4, (5-7), 8-15a

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C. David Mckirachan
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“Legion” by C. David McKirachan
“Runaway” by Keith Hewitt

Legion
by C. David McKirachan
Luke 8:26-39

This passage invites us on so many contemporary journeys. ‘Legion’ is an appropriate name.

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Arley K. Fadness
So he went his way, proclaiming throughout the city how much Jesus had done for him.” (v. 39b)

Good morning boys and girls,

I love seeing you here today. Are you happy to be here in God's holy house? (children respond) Great! I have a scary, wild story from the bible to share with you. Are you ready to hear it? (children respond)

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Praxis had a problem. It wasn't a problem shared by any of the other pixies, it was his alone. And it was often very embarrassing.

SermonStudio

Richard A. Jensen
This week's text concerning the exorcism which set a captive Gerasene demoniac free is the only text appointed from Luke 8 in this year's lectionary readings. David Tiede points out that the material in Luke 8:3„9:50 sets forth the substance of Jesus' ministry in Galilee as Luke tells the story. There is a theme to the stories in Luke 8, and it is the theme of the power of God's word. We touched upon some of this material in Chapter 13 when we discussed the general theme of hearing and doing God's word.

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