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Senior Living - July 22

[Jesus said]: "Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men's bones and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness." --Matthew 23:27-28

At her launch in 1936, the Queen Mary was the largest ship to sail the oceans. She served faithfully for four decades, even through a world war, until she was retired in a Long Beach, California harbor.

After her retirement, she was transformed into a hotel and museum. During the conversion, she was given a complete facelift. Her three gigantic smokestacks were taken down to be scraped and repainted. But once on the dock, they crumbled as soon as the makeover began.

Nothing was left of the ¾-inch steel plates that had once formed the stacks. All that remained were more than thirty coats of paint, which had been applied over the 40 years she was at sea. The steel had rusted away and left the stacks without substance.

Similarly, when Jesus called the Pharisees "whitewashed tombs," He meant they had no substance. They were merely concerned with externals…how they appeared before others. Jesus said, "On the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness" (Matthew 23:28).

Oh that we, as followers of Jesus Christ, would never be compared to the Pharisees! As children of the King, we must "first clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean" (Matthew 23:26).

The Scripture says God does not look at outward appearances or the things that man looks at, but instead He looks at the heart (see 1 Samuel 16:7). Seek daily a pure heart and your outward appearance will reflect your inner beauty and God's love.

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Ask God to cleanse and purify your heart, removing anything unclean from your life. Pray that He would create in you the inner beauty of His love,shining through to a lost world.

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Love your message! When I get down, as we all do at times , I take my mind off my problems after giving them to The Lord, and I count my many blessings and this always lifts me up. Paulette



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Senior Living - July 19

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. --1 Chronicles 16:34

Most people recognize the names of Sherlock Holmes, the fictional detective, and his famous sidekick, Dr. Watson. Holmes, created by author Sir Arthur Conan Coyle, was the most famous literary character of the 19th and 20th centuries and made his first published appearance in 1887.

Holmes was known for his keen prowess and intense observation skills. At one point in The Adventure of the Naval Treaty, Holmes is studying a rose. Watson narrates as follows:

"He walked past the couch to an open window and held up the drooping stalk of a moss rose, looking down at the dainty blend of crimson and green. It was a new phase of his character to me, for I had never before seen him show an interest in natural objects.

"There is nothing in which deduction is so necessary as in religion. …Our highest assurance of the goodness of Providence seems to me to rest in the flowers. All other things, our powers, our desires, our food, are really necessary for our existence in the first instance.

"But this rose is an extra. Its smell and its color are an embellishment of life, not a condition of it. It is only goodness which gives extras, and so I say again that we have much to hope from the flowers."

What other "extras" should you be observing and thanking God for this year? How has God been good to you in the last few days or weeks? And what have you done to thank Him for His goodness and faithfulness demonstrated in your life?

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Today, take some time to thank Him for the "extra" blessings in your life—whether it be health, family, friendships, or something else.

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How true that we need to keep our eyes on our goal - in our spiritual life and in our journey to a healthier life style!

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I bless your name forever and ever!"
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"If you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul, you shall find Him!" (Dt. 4:29)


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Senior Living - July 15

I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. --Philippians 3:14

On July 4, 1952, a young woman named Florence Chadwick waded into the water off Catalina Island. On the fog-covered morning, she intended to swim the channel from the island to the California coast.

Florence wasn't a rookie when it came to long-distance swimming. She had been the first woman to swim the English Channel in both directions. But the water was numbing cold that morning and the fog was so thick she could hardly see two feet in front of her. Several times, sharks had to be driven away with rifle fire from the boats in her party.

She swam for more than fifteen hours before she asked to be taken out of the water. Her trainer coaxed her to swim on since they were so close to land, but all Florence saw ahead was the thick fog. She quit only half a mile from her goal.

Later she said, "I'm not excusing myself, but if I could have seen the land, I might have made it."

Florence didn't fail because of fear, exhaustion, or the cold water. It was the fog.

We often fail too—not because we're afraid or tired—but because we lose sight of the goal. This is surely why Paul wanted to remind believers to "press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called [you] heavenward in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:14).

Two months after her failed attempt at swimming the length of the channel, Florence waded into the water off the same beach on Catalina Island, swam the full distance, and set a new speed record—all because she could clearly see her goal.

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Ask God to clearly present you with the goals He wants you to strive toward. Pray that He would make your path clear in fulfilling His call in your life.

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Senior Living - July 14

What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. --Philippians 3:8

In a publication put out by Wycliffe Bible Translators called, In Other Words, a story was published about Sadie Sieker, a lady who served for many years as a house-parent for missionaries' children in the Philippines.

Sadie loved books. She would gladly loan out some on occasion, but there were others that she treasured and kept tucked away in a footlocker under her bed.

One night, when all had gone to bed and everything was quiet, Sadie heard a faint gnawing sound. She searched her room for the source of the sound, but then suddenly realized it was come from her footlocker underneath her bed.

When she opened it, she found only a huge pile of dust. All the precious books she had kept hidden away for herself had been lost to a band of termites. Sadie learned a valuable lesson that night—what we give away, we keep. What we hoard, we lose.

Matthew 6:19-21 says, "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven… For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

Jesus exhorts us not to value possessions or keep them selfishly locked away. If your heart is focused on possessions, money, security, friendships, or something else, the Lord will take it all away. He wants your full attention, offerings, and all of your possessions.

Jesus' words strike at the very heart of human selfishness. We are all selfish by nature, so we must daily seek to give all that we have and our lives (see Luke 17:33, John 12:25) to Him, so He can fully use us for His glory and receive His blessings.

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Through prayer, seek to commit yourself and your things to the Lord for His use.

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This is a great message for all of us to follow. I love telling the story of Jesus to all I see. I love praying for my friends,family and even those I have never met.

We are all children of God! Let's not stay confined to the small tanks...Let's all get out and swim!

Praise God!

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Senior Living - July 13

[Jesus said:] "You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." --Acts 1:8

In his book, Pastoral Renewal, Charles Simpson wrote:

"I met a young man not long ago who dives for exotic fish for aquariums. He said one of the most popular aquarium fish is the shark.

"He explained that if you catch a small shark and confine it, it will stay a size proportionate to the aquarium. Sharks can be six inches long yet fully matured. But if you turn them loose in the ocean, they grow to their normal length of eight feet.

"That also happens to some Christians. I've seen the cutest little six-inch Christians who swim around in a little puddle. But if you put them into a larger arena—into the whole creation—only then can they become great."

Jesus commanded all believers to "go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything [he has] commanded" (Matthew 28:19-20).

There is no room to grow inside the walls of a Sunday School classroom, church building, or your own home. We have been called to go outside of those walls and reach out to the lost world that needs to know Jesus.

Get involved in doing missions and evangelism in your neighborhood, city, or state through your church, local seniors group, or Bible study class. If you are physically unable to get involved, become a prayer warrior for the cause of Christ. Your prayers are needed both on and off the mission field.

Get out of the puddle you've been swimming in, and take your faith to a larger arena—the world.

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Pray that God would open the doors for you to reach out to those who are lost in your Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the ends of the earth

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Senior Living - July 8

Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed—in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. --1 Corinthians 15:51-52

Winston Churchill, the great preacher of yesteryear, planned his own funeral that took place at Saint Paul's Cathedral. Included in the service were many great hymns of the church and the eloquent Anglican liturgy.

At his direction, a bugler, stationed high in the dome of the cathedral, was to play "Taps" after the benediction signaling that the day is over. Then immediately afterward, Churchill instructed another bugler, positioned at the other end, to play the tune "Reveille"—"It's time to get up. It's time to get up. It's time to get up in the morning!"

This was Churchill's testimony to all—though it was the end of his time on earth, it was a time of joy for he was getting up to go home to be with the Lord. At the end of history, the last note for all believers will not be "Taps," but instead "Reveille."

Believers can have hope for the day when death comes. When you take your last breath, know that your soul will go to be with Jesus in heaven and will one day be reunited with a new body when He returns. Death is not the end for the believer, it is just the beginning.

"We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. … For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air" (1 Thessalonians 3:14, 16-17).

Praise God! The worst things are never the last things.

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Thank God for the future you have with Him in heaven.

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Senior Living - July 7

As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins … But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. --Ephesians 2:1, 4-5

The Vietnam Veteran's Memorial is astounding for its simplicity and meaning. Etched carefully in the black granite wall are the names of 58,156 Americans who died in that gruesome war. And since its opening in 1982, the striking monument has stirred deep, and sometimes painful, emotions in many people.

Some visitors walk the length of the memorial slowly and reverently, but without a pause. Others stop before certain names to linger where they recognize the name of a son, sweetheart, or fellow soldier. They wipe away their tears and remember the legacy those lost lives left behind.

For Robert Bedker, Willard Craig, and Darrall Lausch—three Vietnam veterans—a trip to visit the memorial must be especially moving because each man can walk up to the long ebony wall and find their own names carved in the stone. Because of data coding errors, each of them was incorrectly listed as killed in action upon the monument.

Dead, but truly and completely alive—this is a perfect description of every believer in Jesus Christ. Just as Christ suffered death of the flesh and was made alive by the Spirit, so are we as Christians made alive in the Holy Spirit (see 1 Peter 3:18). And we are called to die to ourselves every day and walk in the Spirit of Jesus.

Every day we should thank God for raising us up from the mire and muck to live in glory with Him. Because of the death of Jesus on the cross, we can rest peacefully knowing that we will be alive forever with Him in heaven one day. Praise God!

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Thank God for making you alive in the Spirit as a believer. Pray that He would help you die to yourself and your sins every day, so that you can be more like Him.

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Senior Living - July 6

I do not hide your righteousness in my heart; I speak of your faithfulness and salvation. I do not conceal your love and your truth from the great assembly. --Psalm 40:10

Peter Cartwright was a nineteenth-century, circuit-riding Methodist preacher. But more importantly, he was known for being uncompromising in his faith.

One Sunday morning, as he was preparing to preach, he was told that President Andrew Jackson was in the congregation. Some of the elders warned him not to say anything out of line or there would be trouble.

So when Cartwright stood to preach, he said, "I understand that Andrew Jackson is here today. I have been requested to be guarded in my remarks. Andrew Jackson will go to hell if he doesn't repent."

The congregation was shocked by Cartwright's bold sermon and wondered how the President would respond. However, after the service, President Jackson walked by to shake hands with Cartwright and said, "Sir, if I had a regiment of men like you, I could whip the world."

As Christians, we are not called to be "guarded" when it comes to sharing the Gospel message with the world. Instead, we are to be bold and outspoken in proclaiming the truth.

In Psalm, King David wrote, "I proclaim righteousness in the great assembly; I do not seal my lips, as you know, O LORD" (Psalm 40:9).

Scripture says that we are a "chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that [we] may declare the praises of Him who called [us] out of darkness into His wonderful light" (1 Peter 2:9).

The world needs more Christians who will be uncompromising in their faith. Will you be that kind of Christian—just as Peter Cartwright was? Won't you be bold enough to declare the faithfulness and salvation of God today (Psalm 40:10)?

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Pray that God would give you the opportunities to boldly share your faith. Ask Him to give you the right words at that time that will bring others to Christ.

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AMEN!

"I lift up my eyes to the hills-where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of Heaven and Earth."
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Senior Living - June 24

[Jesus said]: "If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. … If they persecute me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. --John 15:18-20

What is a Christian? In the Letter to Diognetus, dating back to the second century, an anonymous writer described Christians:

"Christians are not differentiated from other people by country, language, or customs; …they do not live in cities of their own, or speak some strange dialect. … They live in both Greek and foreign cities….They follow local customs in clothing, food, and the other aspects of life. But at the same time, they demonstrate to us the unusual form of their own citizenship.

"They live in their own native lands, but as aliens. … They marry and have children…but they do not kill unwanted babies. They offer a shared table, but not a shared bed. They are passing their days on earth, but are citizens of heaven. They obey the appointed laws and go beyond the laws in their own lives.

"They love everyone, but are persecuted by all. They are put to death and gain life. They are poor and yet make many rich. They are dishonored and yet gain glory through dishonor. … They are mocked and blessed in return. They are treated outrageously and behave respectfully to others.

"When they do good, they are punished as evildoers; when punished, they rejoice as if being given new life. They are attacked by Jews…and are persecuted by Greeks; yet those who hate them cannot give any reason for their hostility."

If you are a believer, the Bible commands you "…not [to] conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…" (Romans 12:2). And you can expect the world to hate you as a result (see 1 John 3:13). Continue to be sanctified by the truth of God's Word and be in the world but not of it (see John 2:15).

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Pray that God would empower you to always be set apart, even when the world hates you, so that others can see the difference Jesus has made in your life.

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Senior Living - June 22

Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. --Romans 5:3-4

The Bible exhorts over and over again to be filled with godly virtues and the Holy Spirit. But what does this mean exactly? How do we know if we are full of goodness when we are full of sin, for example?

Think for a moment about a sponge. Let's say you pushed down with your finger ever so slightly on a sponge and water came running out. You could immediately assume that water filled the interior pockets of the sponge, right?

The same is true of people in general. You can tell what fills a person on the inside by what comes out under pressure and in every other situation. As believers, we should always fill our hearts and minds with goodness, godly virtues, and the Holy Spirit.

Paul said, "I myself am convinced…that you yourselves are full of goodness, complete in knowledge and competent to instruct one another. I have written you quite boldly on some points, as if to remind you of them again…" (Romans 15:14-15).

If someone were to push a pressure point in your life, what would come spilling out? Would it be filth and ungodly characteristics or holiness and goodness?

Always be filled with the Holy Spirit and demonstrate godly virtues in every situation. Be prepared for the Lord to test your heart from time to time (see Proverbs 17:3). "…We speak as men approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please men but God, who tests our hearts" (1 Thessalonians 2:4).

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Thank God for demonstrating His love and holiness to you, so that you can be a witness to others. Pray that He would fill you with goodness and saturate your heart and mind with His Word, so that your life will pour out godliness to others—even when the pressure is on.

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Senior Living - June 21

The path of the righteous is level; O upright One, you make the way of the righteous smooth. --Isaiah 26:7

For many years, The Wide World of Sports television program broadcast the "agony of defeat" by showing a painful ending to an attempted ski jump. The skier was in good form as he headed down the jump, but for no apparent reason, he tumbled head over heels off the side of the jump and bounced off the supporting structure.

What viewers didn't know was that the skier chose to fall. He explained later that he started going too fast down the ramp. Midway down, he realized that if he completed the jump, he would land beyond the safe landing area, which could have been fatal. Because of his change in direction, he only suffered a headache from the tumble.

To change one's course in life can be a dramatic and sometimes painful experience. And no matter your age, life will always bring about changes in your path. But sometimes a change of course is better than a fatal landing in the end.

For the believer, Scripture says "the path of the righteous is level" (Isaiah 26:7). The Bible lists numerous verses on following in the footsteps of the Lord and His righteousness.

Proverbs 16:9, "In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps." And Psalm 37:23:24 states "If the LORD delights in a man's way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand."

When it happens, change may come as a shock to you, and it may be perceived as defeat to others. But if you are following the course the Lord has called you to, then you will ultimately experience victory.

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Ask God to guide your steps in the way of righteousness—even if it involves a change of direction.

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Senior Living - June 20

Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. --Psalm 68:19

In the Philippines, the driver of a carabao wagon was on his way to the market when he came upon an older man carrying a very heavy load. The younger fellow took compassion on the older man and invited him to ride in the wagon. Gratefully, the old man accepted.

After a few minutes, the driver turned to see how the man was doing, but to his surprise he found the older man still straining under the heavy weight of his load in the bed of his wagon. He had not taken the burden off his shoulders.

Christ offers rest to all who will trust in Him completely. How simple is that? Any burdens, worries, or fears can be handed over to Jesus. However, so many times we refuse to give up our heavy loads and, as a result, constantly strain underneath the weight of it.

Jesus said, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls" (Matthew 11:28-29).

Scripture also teaches us to help carry the burdens and ease the loads of our brothers and sisters in Christ (see Galatians 6:2). If you know someone who is carrying weighty burdens, then show him or her compassion and help bear the weight by praying with and ministering to that person.

If it's you that's carrying a heavy load of burdens today, then hand them over to Jesus and fully accept the rest that He offers. Don't let Satan add more weight to your pack. Simply trust Jesus and give it to Him.

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Ask God to take away the burdens that are weighing you down today. Pray that He would empower you to help remove the burdens from others' lives as well.

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Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. --Psalm 68:19

In the Philippines, the driver of a carabao wagon was on his way to the market when he came upon an older man carrying a very heavy load. The younger fellow took compassion on the older man and invited him to ride in the wagon. Gratefully, the old man accepted.

After a few minutes, the driver turned to see how the man was doing, but to his surprise he found the older man still straining under the heavy weight of his load in the bed of his wagon. He had not taken the burden off his shoulders.

Christ offers rest to all who will trust in Him completely. How simple is that? Any burdens, worries, or fears can be handed over to Jesus. However, so many times we refuse to give up our heavy loads and, as a result, constantly strain underneath the weight of it.

Jesus said, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls" (Matthew 11:28-29).

Scripture also teaches us to help carry the burdens and ease the loads of our brothers and sisters in Christ (see Galatians 6:2). If you know someone who is carrying weighty burdens, then show him or her compassion and help bear the weight by praying with and ministering to that person.

If it's you that's carrying a heavy load of burdens today, then hand them over to Jesus and fully accept the rest that He offers. Don't let Satan add more weight to your pack. Simply trust Jesus and give it to Him.

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Ask God to take away the burdens that are weighing you down today. Pray that He would empower you to help remove the burdens from others' lives as well.

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Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. --Colossians 3:12

A man waiting in between flights at an airport went to a store and bought a small package of cookies. He then sat down in the waiting area to read his newspaper. Gradually, he became aware of a rustling noise next to him. From behind his paper, he was shocked to see a neatly dressed woman helping herself to his cookies sitting in the next seat.

Not wanting to cause problems or make a scene out of the situation, the man leaned over and took a cookie himself from the package. A couple of minutes passed and then came more rustling. The woman was helping herself to another cookie!

By this time, the man was so angry he had a good mind to tell her off for digging in his things. Then, as if to add insult to injury, the woman broke the last cookie into two pieces, pushed half across to the man, ate the other half, and left.

Still fuming when his flight was announced, the man opened his briefcase to get his ticket. And to his embarrassment, there he found his package of unopened cookies!

How wrong our assumptions can be sometimes. Christ has called us to demonstrate kindness and love toward others in all situations—even those such as the one mentioned above.

"‘Let…the wise man boast…that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,' declares the LORD" (Jeremiah 9:23-24).

If the Lord delights in kindness, so should we. In any situation, remember to take hold of and possess the qualities of kindness and brotherly love that our Lord demonstrates so you can be an effective witness to others (see 2 Peter 1:5-8).

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Ask the Lord to remind you to practice kindness toward others and to be an effective witness in all situations.

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Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. --Psalm 68:19

In the Philippines, the driver of a carabao wagon was on his way to the market when he came upon an older man carrying a very heavy load. The younger fellow took compassion on the older man and invited him to ride in the wagon. Gratefully, the old man accepted.

After a few minutes, the driver turned to see how the man was doing, but to his surprise he found the older man still straining under the heavy weight of his load in the bed of his wagon. He had not taken the burden off his shoulders.

Christ offers rest to all who will trust in Him completely. How simple is that? Any burdens, worries, or fears can be handed over to Jesus. However, so many times we refuse to give up our heavy loads and, as a result, constantly strain underneath the weight of it.

Jesus said, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls" (Matthew 11:28-29).

Scripture also teaches us to help carry the burdens and ease the loads of our brothers and sisters in Christ (see Galatians 6:2). If you know someone who is carrying weighty burdens, then show him or her compassion and help bear the weight by praying with and ministering to that person.

If it's you that's carrying a heavy load of burdens today, then hand them over to Jesus and fully accept the rest that He offers. Don't let Satan add more weight to your pack. Simply trust Jesus and give it to Him.

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Ask God to take away the burdens that are weighing you down today. Pray that He would empower you to help remove the burdens from others' lives as well.
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As apostles of Christ we could have been a burden to you, but we were gentle among you, like a mother caring for her little children. We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us. --1 Thessalonians 2:6-8

From 1986 to 1990, Frank Reed was held hostage in a Lebanon cell. For months at a time, he was blindfolded, living in complete darkness, and chained to a wall, kept in absolute silence.

Reed was beaten, made ill, and tormented, but he felt the most hopeless because it seemed that no one cared. He said in an interview with Time magazine, "Nothing I did mattered to anyone. I began to realize how withering it is to exist with not a single expression of caring around [me]…. I learned one overriding fact: caring is a powerful force. If no one cares, you are truly alone."

Christians are never truly alone because we are fortunate to have God's gracious watch care over our lives, as well as that of the Church. This type of caring can provide the strength needed for a believer to endure anything.

Do you know someone who feels as though no one cares for them? Can you think of a few people right now who are living in loneliness? We have been called as believers to minister to those who are lonely. And in turn, we never have to be lonely because there are other believers who will care for us.

Remember the promise of Jesus: "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me" (Matthew 25:40).

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Ask the Lord to open the doors of opportunity for you to pour out love, care, and concern for someone who needs it, just as Jesus did.

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He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. --John 1:10

Actor Cary Grant once told a story of how he was walking along a street when he met a man whose eyes locked with his. The man immediately got excited and said, "Wait a minute, you're…you're…I know who you are. Don't tell me! Uh…Rock Hud…no, you're…"

Grant thought he'd help the man out, so he finished the man's sentence: "Cary Grant."

The fellow responded, "No, that's not it! You're…"

Cary Grant was clearly trying to identify himself to the man by plainly giving his name, but the fellow had someone else on his mind. The man couldn't accept who Grant was even though he clearly offered his identity.

John said of Jesus: "He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him." Even when Jesus identified Himself as the Son of God—the Messiah—the response was not a welcomed recognition. Instead, it led Jesus to the cross on which He was crucified for the sins of man.

Today, people are being fed the various identities of Jesus by religious experts, false prophets, and church historians—who at times skew the spiritual perceptions of even believers. The world does not recognize or know Jesus, and they are feeding anyone who will listen to their so-called definitions of who He is.

However, the Word of God plainly states who Jesus is. As believers, it is our responsibility to share with the lost world the truth and identity of Jesus Christ. Determine today to make the name and personhood of our Savior famous!

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Ask the Lord to make solid your knowledge of who Jesus is so that you can give firm answers to those who do not know Him. Pray that God would empower you to make His name famous in all that you say and do, so that you can make an impact.

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Be merciful to me, O Lord, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and my body with grief. --Psalm 31:9

Author Edgar Jackson describes grief:

"Grief is the silent, knife-like terror and sadness that comes a hundred times a day, when you start to speak to someone who is no longer there.

"Grief is the emptiness that comes when you eat alone after eating with another for many years.

"Grief is teaching yourself to go to bed without saying good night to the one who has died.

"Grief is the helpless wishing that things were different when you know they are not and never will be again.

"Grief is a whole cluster of adjustments, apprehensions, and uncertainties that strike life in its forward progress and make it difficult to redirect the energies of life."

Few things are as painful as grief—especially when having to adjust to the loss of a spouse. Even though we all know that death will one day come to each one of us, we still can never be prepared enough to deal with the sense of loss and intense sadness that comes when death takes a loved one.

If you are dealing with grief, then you can find healing in a grief recovery group through your local church, senior center, or hospital. There are others out there who have dealt with grief and mended from the loss of a loved one before. Begin searching for that person with whom you can share your thoughts, feelings, and tears.

Finally and above all, seek healing in the arms of the Lord and His Word. It's only natural to ask Him "Why?" and "How come?" when someone we love passes away. But He is the ultimate Healer of our hearts and sovereign in His timing.

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Ask God to give you strength to take steps forward toward healing if you are experiencing grief. Pray that He would give you someone to share with in your journey.

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Who can discern his errors? Forgive my hidden faults. Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then will I be blameless, innocent of great transgression. --Psalm 19:12-13

Time-lapse photography compresses a series of events into one picture. A photo such as this was published in National Geographic once. The photo was taken from a Rocky Mountain peak during a heavy thunderstorm, and the picture captured a brilliant lightning display that had taken place throughout.

The time-lapse technique created a fascinating, spider-like web out of the individual bolts. They all looked interconnected, but you could definitely see each bolt as it was in its uniqueness.

In such a way, our sin presents itself before the eyes of God. Where we see only isolated or individual acts, God sees the overall web of sin. What may seem insignificant—even sporadic—to us and passes with hardly a notice creates a much more dramatic display from God's panoramic view.

The psalmist wrote, "Who can discern his errors? Forgive my hidden faults. Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then will I be blameless, innocent of great transgression."

Sin is truly deceptive (Heb. 3:13), divisive (Isa. 59:1-2), and deadly (Rom. 6:23). And it is destructive to the believer if not recognized (John 8:24).

Sin is sin—no matter how big, small, or sporadic it may seem. We must constantly remain pure and holy before the Lord, asking Him to forgive our transgression every day—those that we know and those that we don't. Thank God He sent his Son, Jesus, to cover those sins by His death on the cross so that we might have freedom through salvation in Him!

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Ask God to make you aware of every sin in your life, so that you can strive to rid yourself of it by the blood of Jesus Christ and live holy before Him. Thank Him for salvation and forgiveness of sins through His death on the cross.

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Who can discern his errors? Forgive my hidden faults. Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then will I be blameless, innocent of great transgression. --Psalm 19:12-13

Time-lapse photography compresses a series of events into one picture. A photo such as this was published in National Geographic once. The photo was taken from a Rocky Mountain peak during a heavy thunderstorm, and the picture captured a brilliant lightning display that had taken place throughout.

The time-lapse technique created a fascinating, spider-like web out of the individual bolts. They all looked interconnected, but you could definitely see each bolt as it was in its uniqueness.

In such a way, our sin presents itself before the eyes of God. Where we see only isolated or individual acts, God sees the overall web of sin. What may seem insignificant—even sporadic—to us and passes with hardly a notice creates a much more dramatic display from God's panoramic view.

The psalmist wrote, "Who can discern his errors? Forgive my hidden faults. Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then will I be blameless, innocent of great transgression."

Sin is truly deceptive (Heb. 3:13), divisive (Isa. 59:1-2), and deadly (Rom. 6:23). And it is destructive to the believer if not recognized (John 8:24).

Sin is sin—no matter how big, small, or sporadic it may seem. We must constantly remain pure and holy before the Lord, asking Him to forgive our transgression every day—those that we know and those that we don't. Thank God He sent his Son, Jesus, to cover those sins by His death on the cross so that we might have freedom through salvation in Him!

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Ask God to make you aware of every sin in your life, so that you can strive to rid yourself of it by the blood of Jesus Christ and live holy before Him. Thank Him for salvation and forgiveness of sins through His death on the cross.

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And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. --Romans 8:28

One afternoon, a teenage girl joined her mother in the kitchen. The young lady began explaining to her mom everything that was wrong with her life—she had failed an algebra test, her boyfriend broke up with her, and she just found out her best friend would be moving away soon.

All the while, the mother was baking a cake as the young girl talked. Finally, the girl's mother interrupted to ask if she wanted a snack. The daughter replied, "Absolutely! I love your cakes!"

"Here…have some cooking oil," her mother offered.

"Yuck!" the girl responded. "That's gross."

"Well, how about a couple of raw eggs?" asked the mother.

"Gross, mom!" was the girl's response.

"How about a cup of flour or a teaspoon of baking soda?" the mother then offered.

"Mom, those are all disgusting!" the girl said. "I don't want those things for snacks."

After a long pause, her mother finally said, "Dear, all these things seem bad by themselves. But when they are put together in the right way, they make a wonderfully delicious cake!"

God works the same way in the lives of believers. Not everything in life is a piece of cake. Sometimes tragedy or hardship strikes and leaves you wondering, "What did I do to deserve this?" or "Why did God do this to me?" Many times we wonder why He would even let us go through such difficulties.

However, what we oftentimes don't realize is that when God puts all these things in His order, they always work for good! We must simply trust Him that each of life's events, combined by His hands, will turn out to be something deliciously wonderful!

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Thank God for the good and bad "ingredients" He allows to come into your life. Thank Him for working all things together for your good and His glory.


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In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has. --Proverbs 21:20

Over 30 years ago, Ron England of Los Angeles, California, bet his brother he could save a million pennies. Twenty thousand rolls of pennies, 13 boxes, a full garage, and 30 years later, England won that bet.

As a result, he now has $10,000 in pennies, and that's the good news. The bad news is that England couldn't find anyone to take his 3.5 tons of accumulated copper without costing him a "pretty penny," so to speak. Now, England is stuck with a million pennies.

Saving your money is a good thing, although you might not want to use the approach mentioned above. The bottom line is that in our country, most people actually spend more each month than they earn. Some people can operate under these circumstances because of their wealth. But this is not true for most of us.

Proverbs 21:20 says that a wise man or woman saves, but a fool gets paid and spends everything he or she has. Or a wise person keeps his or her valuables safe in their home, but a fool puts everything out in the yard to sell.

Whether your income is large or small, it's wise to save a portion. That rainy day will probably come when you need it most in for a car repair, doctor visit, or something else.

Be prepared for what may come so that you can have "stores of choice food and oil" in your house when the need arises.

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Thank God for taking care of you in your time of need. Dedicate to Him your tithes and offerings, and ask Him to bless the money you save for a "rainy day."

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Get rid all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. --Ephesians 4:31-32

Isn't it amazing how often we kick the devil out of our lives, only to let him leave his bags behind? Think about it. Maybe you once made up with a friend or family member after an ugly fight, but you were still resentful and angry. Well, you let the devil leave his bags!

Perhaps you once said, "I forgive you," but you couldn't seem to forget what had happened and have peace in that relationship. So you let the devil leave his bags.

At one point in time, perhaps you decided to release past hurts and disappointments caused by loved ones, yet you forgot to dig up the bitterness in your heart that had taken root. You let the devil leave his bags.

When even one small piece of the devil's baggage is left behind in your heart and life, you continue to be captive in his embrace. If you want him out of your life, then make sure he takes his bags with him when he goes.

Instead of holding on to old stuff, the Bible encourages you to escape the trap of Satan who has taken you captive (see 2 Timothy 2:26). If you stay rooted in prayer, faith, and God's Word, then you can fully release any baggage in your life that belongs to Satan and live in the peace of God.

PRAYER CHALLENGE: If you have let Satan keep his bags and hold captive some area in your life where you don't have peace, then pray and release that baggage to God and experience joy and freedom from the grasp of the devil.

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Yet, O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand. --Isaiah 64:8

During the Great Depression, a good man lost his job, used up all his savings, and forfeited his home. His grief was multiplied by the sudden death of his wife just weeks later. The only thing he had left was his faith, and it had been weakened.

One day, the man walked about looking for work when he stopped to watch some men doing stonework on a church building. One of the men skillfully chiseled a triangular piece of rock that didn't seem to fit in the formation they were creating. So the man shouted to the artist, "Where are you going to put that?"

The man pointed toward the top of the building and said, "See that opening up there near the spire? That's where it goes. I'm shaping it down here so it will fit up there."

Tears filled the poor man's eyes as he walked away. The worker's words rang clear and spoke deeply to his heart giving new meaning to his difficult situation.

You may be reading this and going through a difficult time yourself right now. It may be something even too troubling to talk to anyone about. But you can know for certain "that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose" (Romans 8:28).

Each blow of the hammer and chisel in your life may hurt.

But have faith. These difficulties are only temporary! Sometimes the most painful blows bring about the greatest inner strength. Keep praying and believing that the Master is shaping you down here so you will be fit up there.

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You will be his witness to all men of what you have seen and heard. --Acts 22:15

Many years ago, a new preacher moved to a large city. One day, he rode the bus from his home to the downtown area. After taking his seat, he noticed the driver had accidentally given him a quarter too much in change.

He thought about it and finally told himself, "You'd better give the quarter back. It would be wrong to keep it."

Then he thought, "Oh, it's only a quarter. Who would even notice? Besides, the bus company will never miss it. Just accept it as a ‘gift from God' and keep quiet."

When the bus came to his stop, the preacher paused at the door, then he handed the quarter to the driver and said, "You gave me too much change."

The driver smiled and replied, "Aren't you the new preacher in town? I've been thinking lately about going to your church. I wanted to see what you would do if I gave you too much change. I'll see you at church on Sunday."

When the preacher stepped off the bus, he grabbed hold of the nearest light pole. As tears filled his eyes, he prayed, "Oh God, I'm so sorry. I almost sold your Son for a quarter."

Just as John was sent to testify to others about Christ, so are believers to be a witness "so that…all men might believe" (John 1:7). Your life is the only Bible some people will ever read. People are always watching to see how you live. Be on guard and remember that you bear the name of Jesus on your shoulders when you call yourself "Christian."

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Ask the Lord to help you walk upright with Him every day, so that others will come to know Jesus as a result of your life and testimony.

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They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green. --Psalm 92:14

There was a couple who had been married for over 50 years. One day, the wife said to her husband, "Things really have changed. You used to sit close to me."

The husband said, "I can take care of that," and he moved closer to her on the couch.

The wife continued, "And you used to hold me tight."

He gave her a big hug and said, "How's that?"

The wife finally said, "Do you remember when you used to nudge my neck and nibble on my ears?"

The husband jumped up from his cozy seat and left the room. "Where are you going?" she said.

"To get my teeth!" the husband shouted back.

So many people dread old age because it is associated with loneliness, physical deterioration, and a retreat from inactivity. But once a senior, there's no need to lose that excitement in your life. And there's no need to spend all your time reminiscing about days past.

Just to sit and think is no way to grow old. God doesn't expect us to cease to live before we die. History tells us there are so many people who have made great contributions to society after the age of 65—after retirement!

Here are some seniors who did remarkable things in their old age:

· At age 73, Galileo made his greatest discovery, the pendulum clock.

· At age 69, Hudson Taylor was still working on the mission field, opening up new territories in Indochina.

· And at age 85, Caleb took on the great giants (Joshua 14:10-15).

We are never to retire from spiritual activity. God would not keep you here on this earth, if His purpose for you were fulfilled. So, get out there and continue serving Him!

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Ask God to reveal to you His continued purpose for your life.

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A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. --Proverbs 18:24

There was a "Ziggy" cartoon recently that pictured the short, pudgy guy sitting alone in a boat. He was drifting on the water toward a tunnel with a sign above it that read, "Tunnel of Meaningful Relationships."

Loneliness plagues so many people in our society. Surprisingly, a study by the American Council of Life Insurance revealed that the loneliest group of people in America is college students. Then come those who are divorced, welfare recipients, single mothers, rural students, housewives, and the elderly.

Chuck Swindoll, noted author and preacher, pointed out how lonely people can be from an ad posted in a Kansas newspaper. It read: "I will listen to you talk for 30 minutes without comment for $5.00."

The person who placed the ad wasn't joking either…because there were those who actually answered the ad. It was only a matter of time before the person who placed it was getting 10 to 20 calls a day. The sharp pain of loneliness was so intense that some were willing to do anything just for 30 minutes of companionship with someone else.

Life may seem lonely for you, but there is a friend we have that sticks closer than a brother—Jesus. Lean on Him in your darkest hours. Jesus experienced loneliness on the cross. While He was perfect as God, He also experienced the same things we do as human beings. And even though Christ felt abandonment on the cross, God was there the entire time, seeing Him through it all.

If you are lonely, know that Jesus is constantly holding your hand as you walk through life. You will never be lonely with Him by your side.

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Ask the Lord to take away your loneliness, and thank God for His constant presence in your life.



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Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven… --Matthew 5:12

There was a woman diagnosed with a terminal illness and given three months to live. So, as she was getting the last days of her life "in order," she contacted her pastor to come to her house in order to discuss certain issues regarding her final wishes.

After their discussion of what she wanted for her funeral service, she said to the pastor, "There's one more thing that's very important. I want to be buried with a fork in my right hand."

The pastor looked bewildered at the woman, and she quickly responded, "Does that surprise you?"

The pastor said, "Honestly, I am a little puzzled by your request."

To which the woman replied, "In my many years of attending church socials and potluck dinners, I always remember that when the main course dishes were being cleared, someone would lean over and say, ‘Keep your fork.' It was my favorite part because I knew something better was coming…like rich chocolate cake or a deep-dish apple pie. Something wonderful! So, I want people to see me in the casket with a fork in my hand and when they ask, ‘What's with the fork?' then I want you to tell them, ‘Keep your fork…the best is yet to come.'"

As believers, we don't usually envy people who've died, unless we know where they're going. Christians never say goodbye for the last time. That's the joy of being a born-again believer…we will see the ones we love again and we will meet Christ Jesus for the first time. Challenge yourself to be an everyday witness to those around you who are lost, so they will also have the chance to experience what is to come.

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Thank God for salvation and that death is not the end for Christians, but just the beginning.



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But seek first his kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. --Matthew 6:33

Our Daily Bread published a story about a missionary, Hudson Taylor, who wrote in his journal about his trust in God's faithfulness to provide. It said:

"Our heavenly Father is a very experienced One. He knows very well that His children wake up with a good appetite every morning… He sustained 3 million Israelites in the wilderness for 40 years. We do not expect He will send 3 million missionaries to China; but if He did, He would have ample means to sustain them all… Depend on it, God's work done in God's way will never lack God's supply."

You may be concerned whether or not you are going to have enough to live for the next year, month, or even week, but God promises to take care of all of our needs. His provision was sufficient in Genesis 22:1-14 for Abraham.

God tested Abraham by asking him to sacrifice his only son, Isaac. Abraham surely was tormented by the Lord's request, but he obeyed God and took his son to the altar anyway. Tied up and bound on the altar, as Abraham prepared to sacrifice his son, God provided a ram in the thicket. And Abraham called the place, The Lord will Provide.

Abraham was obedient to God, and in return He provided. If you are wondering whether or not God will provide all your needs—rest assured. "Don't worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food, drink, and clothes. Doesn't life consist more than food and clothing? … And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won't he more surely care for you? … Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs" (Matthew 6:25,30,32; NLT).

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Thank God for providing all your needs and begin to put your complete trust in Him from this day forward.


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What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? --Mark 8:36

Around 200 years ago, the tomb of the great conqueror, Charlemagne, was opened. The workmen were shocked by what they saw.

His body, sitting upright, was clothed in the most elaborate kingly garments, with a scepter in his bony hand. And on his knees lay the Holy Scriptures, with a lifeless, bony finger pointing to Mark 8:36: "For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?"

Amazing, right? So often, people place more emphasis on what is gained in this world, how successful one becomes, or how much is achieved, rather than focusing on their spiritual relationship with Jesus Christ.

Martin Luther once said, "I have held many things in my hands and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God's hands, that I still possess."

What are you holding onto today? It may be someone or something, but remember that material things we hold on to in life will eventually pass away. Nothing that we ever gain in this world will last. Only two things shall endure forever: the Word of God, and the souls of the men and women who put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ as their Savior.

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, "Don't store up treasures here on earth, where they can be eaten by moths and get rusty, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where they will never become moth-eaten or rusty and where they will be safe from thieves. Wherever your treasure is, there your heart and thoughts will also be" (Matthew 6:19-21, NLT).

What are you investing in right now?

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Ask God to help focus your heart and mind on the things above and witnessing to those around you who are lost.

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By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures. --Proverbs 24:3-4

There may be times when you ask: How do I handle my financial needs? Do I need to plan for the days to come?

One thing all Christians need to understand is the basics of simple, commonsense financial planning using God's principles. We should always have faith and depend on God for our finances, but it doesn't mean waiting on Him to deliver manna to us each and every day.

God is our Provider, but He expects us to help ourselves as well. If you can develop some financial goals, then you'll be on the right track. Ask yourself: Where am I financially? How do I get to my destination?

In your plan, write down visible objectives and measurable goals you can work toward. Start by committing God's portion to Him first—tithes and offerings. Then, design a strategy to control and eliminate the use of credit (if applicable). And last, you'll want to determine in your heart and mind that you will be content in the goals God has for you financially.

It is wise to seek Christian counsel in the financial decisions you make. But, everyone has an opinion, and only you and God know your needs best. If you need someone to help you with you financial goals, then look within your own church for someone you trust that can give godly advice. If needed, they may even help you balance your checkbook, prepare your finances for the future, and help you pay your bills.

It is never too late to get started with a financial plan for your life. There are people in your life who want to help you.

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Seek wisdom from God in planning your finances for the future. Ask Him to lead you in developing a plan—even through the guidance of a fellow believer.

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