GOD IS LOOKING OUT FOR YOU

“The safest place to be is in the center of God’s Will.” ~ Corrie ten Boom

DOES GOD CARE?

Many look upon Christianity as harsh, hard to believe, oppressive and no fun. Many think that they can live quite well without Jesus Christ and the Bible. The Bible teaches that God is our Creator, and that he loves us. God gives strength to those who believe in him. God is the source of goodness—without him we live in darkness! He teaches us and even chastises us for our welfare. We expect rulers with all the power to seek what’s best for their people. However, we have many tyrants in our world today, only looking out for themselves. God  condemns tyrants, who look out for themselves at the expense of those who over whom they rule. Adolf Hitler is an example. He had no faith in God. He led Germany and all of Europe into destruction and ordered thousands of Jews executed. Know that their sin will be punished. 

Consider the present scene in Bashar al-Assad’s rule over Syria, where more than one hundred thousand were killed. His leadership demonstrates he cares more for himself than for his people. Another example is Venezuela with President Nicolas Maduro presiding over a country terribly troubled. It is quite evident that he is more concerned for himself than for those under his care.

GOD HATES LYING

The scriptures make it plain that lying is contrary to the will of God. We are all to prefer truth and not to lie:

“He [The Devil] was a murderer from the beginning, refusing to uphold the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, because he is a liar and the father of lies.” ~ John 8:44 

“But the king shall rejoice in God; all who swear by him shall glory; for the mouths of liars will be stopped.” (Psalm 63:11)

 “If anyone says,“I know Him,” but does not keep His commandments,he is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” (I John 2:3-5)

“Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the new nature with its practices and have put on the new nature,” (Colossians 3:9,10)

GOD WANTS US TO HAVE GOOD LIVES

It is encouraging that many in the United States believe in the Bible and in Jesus Christ. Thanks to the Gallup surveys: 80% believe that the Bible is the actual or the inspired word of God; 65% claim to belong to a Church or a Synagogue; almost 40% claim to read the Bible at least once a week.

God is looking out for us that we may have good families and avoid thievery. He wants us to receive and tell the truth. He wants us to be kind and thoughtful of others. The parable of the “Good Samaritan” (Luke, chapter 10) encourages us to be of help of others even it is a cost to us. We certainly do not want murder.

“When a man’s ways please the Lord, he make even his enemies to be at peace with him.” (Proverbs 16:7)

The Bible makes it plain that we live in a moral universe. God is the Creator; he has made human beings in his own image; we have a sense of right and wrong. We call this our conscience. God gives us an abundance of guidelines to live by, because he loves us. Are we to say that it is nice to have these teachings, but they really do not matter, since we can live our lives as we please? The Bible teaches us that the consequences of such attitudes are formidable.

HOW DO WE KNOW HIS WILL?

From the beginning of the world, God has given us guidance. An example is the Ten Commandments, found in Exodus 20:1-17.

Here is an abstract:

1. You shall have no other gods before me.

2. You shall not make for yourself a graven image—you shall not bow down to them or worship them.

3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.

4. Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.

5. Honor your father and your mother.

6. You shall not murder.

7. You shall not commit adultery.

8. You shall not steal.

9. You shall not bear witness against your neighbor.

10. You shall not covet.

The above are for our well-being

The Bible correctly analyzes and resolves the most pressing problems of human beings. God wants us to have healthy lives, thus his teaching and commandments are given that we may be happy, and that we may make others happy. When people believe in the Bible, they find that it works. Their lives are better, and the lives of those around them are better.

The resurrection of our Savior is a great example. There would be no Christianity, if it were not for the resurrection. The disciples were wonderfully changed by the reality of the resurrection.

GOD WANTS YOU TO HAVE A GOOD LIFE.

THESE RULES ARE VERY HELPFUL!

Foster H. Shannon
More about Foster… Foster H. Shannon, Brief Biographical Note Dr. Foster Shannon received his degree from the University of California, Berkeley in Political Science, and went on to obtain a Master of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary, with emphasis on church growth. The Interim Pastor of True Light Presbyterian Church in Alhambra, CA until recently, he is the author of seven books and a Sunday School curriculum. As the President of Green Leaf Press, a non-profit Christian publishing company, established in 1981, he publishes and markets Christian books with special emphasis on Bible Study, Church Growth, and Christian Evidences.
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LISTEN TO GOD!

by Dr. Foster H. Shannon

HOW CAN WE LISTEN TO GOD? 

Should we just ignore the things in the world that clamor for our attention today? To our dismay, we see it filled with all kinds of evil: Thievery, deceit, cheating, murder, warfare, adultery, and licentiousness.

This is where the Bible has a lot to say that makes sense. It exposes all the evil in the world for what it is. It lays out a path for us to follow so we may have a good life, despite the evil in it. The message from beginning to end tells us what we are and why we are and who we are meant to be. 

HOW DO WE LISTEN TO GOD?

God created the universe, the world that we live in. He created the plants and the animals, and he created men and women in his image to follow him.

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters.” (Genesis 1:1,2)

If we are to grow in the grace of God, we must keep close to Him in Spirit.  He speaks to us through His Word in the Bible and through the Holy Spirit. 

“THY WORD have I hidden  in my heart that I might not sin against You.” ~Ps 119:11

 It is essential for us to be studying it every day to see what God wants to teach us, and what he wants us to do. When you read the Bible every day, it will come back to you, just when you need it, through the Holy Spirit. This is one of the promises God makes to us in His Word:

JESUS PROMISES THE HOLY SPIRIT

“All this I have spoken to you while I am still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have told you. Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled; do not be afraid.” ~John 14:25-27

The more you read the Bible, the more you will appreciate its valueIt is guidance for life. If you haven’t been reading it every day, choose a plan for every morning or afternoon or evening and hopefully set aside one-half hour for your reading.

“O Lord in the morning, you do hear my voice; in the morning, I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch.” (Psalm 5:3)

“…For You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; You take no pleasure in burnt offerings. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.” ~Ps. 51:17

It is God who teaches us right and wrong, so that we may know how we should live. Indeed, he has embedded a conscience in us , so that we may be convinced of what is right and what is wrong. The conscience is exceedingly valuable. We are warned not to corrupt our consciences.

“… the aim of our charge is LOVE that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and sincere faith.” (I Timothy 1:5)

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” ~Ps 51:10

God has given us the teachings of the prophets, the teachings of Jesus, and the teachings of his disciples. His authority is written on our hearts.

GOD SEEKS OUR WELLBEING

He wants us to have a good life. He wants us to be healthy. He desires what is good for us. To those who forsake the Lord he gives this warning:

“Therefore thus says the Lord God: “I spoke and you did not listen; you did evil in My sight and chose that in which I did not delight. Behold, my servants shall eat, but you shall be hungry; behold, my servants shall drink, but you shall be thirsty; behold, my servants shall rejoice, but you. shall be put to shame; behold, my servants shall sing for gladness of heart, but you shall cry out for pain of heart, and shall wail for anguish of spirit.” ~ Isaiah 65:12,13,14

When we pray, we speak to God. When we meditate, we LISTEN to Him.

“This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it, for then you shall make your way prosperous and then you shall have good success.” (Joshua 1:8)(Matthew 11:28-30)

We need to be in harmony with God to have the life and life “more abundantly”, that Jesus promises. We need to sit at his feet and learn from him. We must be students, drinking deeply of the truth He gives for our good.

The Bible teaches us what is right and warns us against what is wrong. We are to love God first, and love our neighbors as ourselves.

“Do nothing from selfishness or conceit, but in humility count others better than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:3,4)

“So whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them; for this is the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 7:12)

Foster H. Shannon
More about Foster… Foster H. Shannon, Brief Biographical Note Dr. Foster Shannon received his degree from the University of California, Berkeley in Political Science, and went on to obtain a Master of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary, with emphasis on church growth. The Interim Pastor of True Light Presbyterian Church in Alhambra, CA until recently, he is the author of seven books and a Sunday School curriculum. As the President of Green Leaf Press, a non-profit Christian publishing company, established in 1981, he publishes and markets Christian books with special emphasis on Bible Study, Church Growth, and Christian Evidences.
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JESUS AND FORGIVENESS

CAN WE BE FORGIVEN?

Those of us who believe in Jesus want to live lives that are in harmony with his teachings, and in our study of the Bible. We know that we cannot live without God. We listen to preachers and teachers—and are enlightened. We want to please our Savior. However, it is not unusual for Christians to feel that we have gone astray and have not pleased God. Though we do our best, we have to recognize that we shall not achieve perfection. We struggle with our sins. Therefore it is not unusual for any of us to feel guilty before God.

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” ~Romans 3:23

WHY ARE WE AFRAID?

Why do we fear? Are we afraid of being ‘found out’ as the imperfect people we are? God knows everything about us already! He wants us to receive the forgiveness and grace he offers through Jesus Christ.

“… no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” ~Heb 4:13

NOWHERE TO HIDE

God has given us the Ten Commandments, the teachings of the prophets, and the disciples of the Saviour. The Bible encourages us to grow in grace. It also reminds us that God forgives our sins.

“He that covers his sins shall not prosper: but whoever confesses and forsakes them shall find mercy.” ~Proverbs 28:13

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross despising the shame and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Romans 12:1,2)

“To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness because we have rebelled against Him, and have not obeyed the voice of our God by following his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets.” (Daniel 9:9,10)

COMMUNION

“Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and broke it and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them saying, “Drink of it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” (Matthew 26:26,27)

A holy God seeing human sins sends his Son to the cross so that we might be forgiven. John the Baptist declared: “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.” (John 1:29)

GOD FORGIVES OUR SINS IN JESUS CHRIST

1. The Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world

2. On the cross Jesus paid the penalty for our sins

a. He had no guilt or sin

b. He had no need of forgiveness

c. “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”~ II Corinthians 5;21, 

d.“And you, who were dead in trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God make alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, having canceled the bond which stood against us with its legal demands; this he set aside, nailing it to the cross.” ~Colossians 2:14, 

“Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us . . . and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross” ~Colossians 2:14

God never asks us to forgive more than he has forgiven us. One may ask why does God condemn some for eternity; why does God exclude some from his presence? Because God is holy and we are not—and if we are to have fellowship with him, we must accept the forgiveness and the new and holy life that he offers.

It is important that we choose God.

“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive good or evil, according to what he has done in the body.” (II Corinthians 5:10)

We must elect to belong to him! If we ignore him—if we live as if God does not matter—if, indeed, we disrespect him and dishonor his name and persist in sin, what hope remains for us? His creative work should make it clear to every human being that God exists, and is incredibly mighty and powerful. Every human being is accountable to God.

“Therefore you have no excuse, O man, whoever you are, when you judge another; for in passing judgment upon him you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, are doing the very same things.” (Romans 2:1)

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and wickedness of those who by their wickedness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. Ever since the creation of the world his eternal power and divine nature, invisible though they are, have been understood and seen through the things he has made.” Romans 1:18-20)

GOD IS LOVE

“When we all reach the end of our earthly journey we will have just begun!” ~Billy Graham

He wants us to come to Him.  

 “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” ~1 John 4:18

Let us rejoice and sing “Glory Be To God”!

Foster H. Shannon
 
More about Foster… Foster H. Shannon, Brief Biographical Note Dr. Foster Shannon received his degree from the University of California, Berkeley in Political Science, and went on to obtain a Master of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary, with emphasis on church growth. The Interim Pastor of True Light Presbyterian Church in Alhambra, CA until recently, he is the author of seven books and a Sunday School curriculum. As the President of Green Leaf Press, a non-profit Christian publishing company, established in 1981, he publishes and markets Christian books with special emphasis on Bible Study, Church Growth, and Christian Evidences.
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KEEP THE LIGHT ON!

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“I am the Light of the World. He that followeth after me shall not walk in darkness.” ~John 8:12

By Dr. Foster H. Shannon

Bring light to your life with scripture. . . And keep it burning all year!

“Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Never worry if you can pray. If you CAN’T pray, THEN you have something to worry about!

How can we not be concerned? No anxiety—no worry? Wow! Don’t we have problems to spare? Things don’t always go well. Where do we get the idea it is possible to live without worry?

GOD’S MESSAGE IS CLEAR

It is possible not to worry. 

How? By trusting in God’s promises.

“Every word of God is Pure. He is a SHIELD unto them that put their trust in Him.” ~Proverbs 30:5

Put your trust in Jesus Christ and know that His word is pure. He keeps His promises.

YOU ARE LOVED

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

“But God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

Believing in Jesus Christ we have forgiveness of sins, and are enfolded into God’s family.

“For all who are led by the Spirit are sons of God.” (Romans 8:14)

“It is the Spirit himself bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.” (Romans 8:16,17)

GOD HAS A PLAN

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, that you may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” (I Peter 2:9)

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.”

GOD GIVES YOU A GIFT

“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of working, but it is the same God who inspires them all in every one. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” (I Corinthians 12:4-7)

GOD’S WILL IS FOR OUR GOOD

“And my God will supply all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” ~Philippians 4:19 

“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him.” I Corinthians 2:9)

God wants your good. He provides. Ask and it will be given. 

“Thou dost show me, the path of life; in thy presence there is fullness of joy, in thy right hand are pleasures for evermore.” (Psalm 16:11)

“One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple.” (Psalm 27:4)

Jesus promised in Matthew 7:7: “Ask and it shall be given.”  

“Ye have not because ye ask not”.

Ask for what you need. Receive it. 

And take His Joy and Blessings in the New Year!

Foster H. Shannon

 

More about Foster… Foster H. Shannon, Brief Biographical Note Dr. Foster Shannon received his degree from the University of California, Berkeley in Political Science, and went on to obtain a Master of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary, with emphasis on church growth. The Interim Pastor of True Light Presbyterian Church in Alhambra, CA until recently, he is the author of seven books and a Sunday School curriculum. As the President of Green Leaf Press, a non-profit Christian publishing company, established in 1981, he publishes and markets Christian books with special emphasis on Bible Study, Church Growth, and Christian Evidences.
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CHRISTMAS IS A BLESSING!

by Dr. Foster H. Shannon

Christmas IS a blessing! On the day we call Christmas, we celebrate Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem.

Though he was born a baby in the flesh, He was the Son of God.  

GOD GIVES THE GIFT OF HIMSELF

Through the remembrance of Jesus’ birth and Life at Christmas time, we are greatly encouraged.

  • Wonderful Christmas music lifts our spirits with joy and truth. 
  • We celebrate Jesus and rejoice in the good news that He brings. 
  • The close relationship between God and people is seen in a tiny baby needing the nurture and protection of parents. Our Heavenly Father watches over us.
  • The presents we give hearken back to the three Magi who came to Bethlehem from Persia offering gifts to the newborn king. A life is worth honoring, no matter how small or humble to the outside world.
  • How much God loves us! The celebration of God’s Love can unite us as families; refresh us in our Churches and bring us into a closer relationship with God through the personal relationship we have with our Saviour. 

LAW AND GRACE UNITE IN THE GOSPEL 

The NEW is in the OLD, CONCEALED, and the OLD is in the NEW, REVEALED!

Jesus was called Yeshua in his day. Yeshua means: ‘SALVATION’. He is spoken of in the OLD and NEW Testaments.  He was anticipated by the prophets in the Old Testament and recognized by his followers as the Messiah in the New Testament. 

Whether you call Him Jesus or Yeshua is not the point, though, as long as you realize who He IS:

He is your Savior! 

THE OLD TESTAMENT PREDICTED HIM

“The oracle of him who hears the words of God, and knows the knowledge of the Most High who sees the vision of the Almighty falling down but having his eyes uncovered; I see him, but not; I behold him but not neigh” ~Numbers 24:16

“The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you from your brethren – him you shall heed—“Deuteronomy 18:15

“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth from me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose reign is to be of old from ancient days whose origin is from of old, from ancient days.” Micah 5:2

“Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come and rain salvation upon you.” Hosea 10:12

THE NEW TESTAMENT REVEALED HIM

”And (Mary) gave birth to her first born son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger (probably a barn or a place in a house). In that region, there were shepherds with their flocks— “an angel of the Lord appeared to the shepherds, and they were filled with fear”. (from Luke, chapter 2) 

John the Baptist first recognized him as the Messiah. In his gospel, John wrote about Jesus, the Man and the Saviour:

“In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” ( John 1:1-5)

WE GIVE BY FOLLOWING HIM

As we are encouraged to follow Jesus’ teachings of faith and loyalty to God, we are guided into a better life and learn to clearly recognize the difference between good and evil. As we read the word of God in the Bible we see the right way to live and are lead to tell the truth and relate with others kindly.

HOW CAN WE SERVE?

We live in a time when goodness is precious.  The grace of God produces inner happiness, healing and the willingness to reject evil. And yet we see around us the sadness caused by violence and deaths by those who kill themselves and others. It is evident that substantial numbers are unhappy, hate themselves, and want to give up. In the USA there are approximately 38,000 suicides and 1.2 million abortions each year. God loves us and wants to bless us to avoid things that mislead and harm us. What can we do?

A person’s inspiring presence can change another, as it did William Wilberforce, after hearing the former slave trader John Newton, who wrote the song Amazing Grace“Amazing Grace how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now am found, was blind, but now I see.” 

The world desperately needs the light and love we carry within. 

Let your light shine to others!

Foster H. Shannon

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Foster H. Shannon, Brief Biographical Note Dr. Foster Shannon received his degree from the University of California, Berkeley in Political Science, and went on to obtain a Master of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary, with emphasis on church growth. The Interim Pastor of True Light Presbyterian Church in Alhambra, CA until recently, he is the author of eight books and working on number nine! As the President of Green Leaf Press, a non-profit Christian publishing company, established in 1981, he publishes and markets Christian books with special emphasis on Bible Study, Church Growth, and Christian Evidences.
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WHAT DO WE WANT OUT OF LIFE?

“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no Law.” Galatians 5:22

WHAT DO WE WANT?

Do we want to be healthy, to have strength and good health? If so, we must WANT to take good care of ourselves.

WHAT SHOULD WE DESIRE?

To truly enjoy life we must avoid bathing ourselves in the nonsense that is all around us! We need to desire Goodness:

  • What is right and what is reasonable.
  • To keep our houses in order.
  • To be thoughtful of others.
  • To give and expect truth.

WHAT DO WE EXPECT OF THIS WORLD?

This world is not perfect. We need to recognize both the goodness of the world in which we live – and also reckon with its failures.

We are offended by those who lie to us in our families, our schools, our work and in our government. When people do not receive and understand the truth, they become corrupted. Don’t follow the liars! We must beware of believing half-truths, or building a picture of life that rests on silliness, but understand clearly what we are seeing – whether is good and reliable – or not. That is why we pray for those who have been elected to govern – and hope that they will tell the truth for the good of our cities, our states, and our nation.

Belief in God and faith in Jesus Christ will strengthen us and encourage us to know what IS good and wise. 

“I appeal to you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no dissensions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.” (I Corinthians 1:10)

HOW CAN WE OVERCOME?

We live in a world that is dangerous, unjust and to be reckoned with. The percent of the world’s population under the control of despotic regimes has been increasing, with present day despots obvious in Africa and Asia and South America as well, far worse than those of a Caesar or a medieval monarch. The world’s tyrants exaggerate their own wisdom and power and run their lives and nations as if people are their servants. Many observers warn that the growing restlessness and lawlessness of today may someday make the former American frontier look like a model society!

We must not follow the fallacies of those in higher positions, but examine everything we see and hear.

“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and turning to a different gospel—not that there is another gospel, but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ” (Galatians 1:6,7)

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God.” 1 John 4:1

We may not have the power to control nations, but we can control ourselves. We find great help from God and the Bible. He who made us, understands our situation. When we follow the Ten Commandments and the prophets in the Old Testament: Jesus, and the apostles in the New Testaments, we continue with the purpose and wisdom of God. And we are grateful for good Christians who inspire us, in spite of what is wrong with the world.

MANY LOOK FOR LOVE IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES

We live among people who sell dangerous answers, ideas and medicines that will not help in the end. Many fall for drugs that temporarily please and satisfy them or make them proud. And thousands die from them. As of October 2017 in the USA, there were 52,404 lethal drug overdoses due to the use of opioids alone, and even more since then.  May God give people the wisdom to recognize the dangers that attract them to ‘false hope’. And sadly, more than 32,000 people lose all hope and commit suicide each year in the USA. Unhappy and distraught when things don’t go well, they dislike themselves and don’t know where to turn. If we spot the warning sign in others let us turn to them and encourage them to get helpThere are many Suicide Prevention Resources available. 

WHERE CAN WE FIND GOODNESS?

We need the authority that comes from God. We suffer from a Secularism that wants crosses destroyed, Bibles excluded from schools, and ‘In God We Trust’ removed from our Currency. Thankfully, there are many good Christians who show us the way. And we can be disciples ourselves, regularly reading the Bible and in Church on Sunday learning from the teaching of faithful preachers. Indeed, we can serve where needed and positions open up. And if you have the opportunity to teach, you will grow even stronger. There IS good in the world, if YOU will allow it to be in YOU. 

“For it is impossible to restore again to repentance, those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come.” (Hebrews 6:4,5)

WE NEED TO STUDY

We don’t know everything. We need to keep learning.

“Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15

As you prepare for sharing the Word of God you will blossom. We grow objectively by reading good Christian books that are appropriate to Christianity. Is there a better alternatives than Judeo-Christian thoughtAppreciate men and women of integrity— those who inspire us – who care for and help people in need. 

Therefore, the key to a good life is to follow the teachings of our Savior: that we are to “love one another”. We are not to be selfish or thoughtless and uncaring. We are to sit at the feet of Jesus Christ. We are to be concerned with the welfare of others and to be generous and thoughtful.

Jesus said:

“Owe no one anything except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law. The commandments, you shall not commit adultery. You shall not kill. You shall not steal. You shall not covet, and any other commandment are summed up in this sentence: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” Romans 13:8, Galatians 5: 14

“Love does no wrong to a neighbor, therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” (Romans 13:8-10)

“Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way, it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” (I Corinthians 13:4) “So faith, hope, love abides, these three, but the greatest of these is love.” (I Corinthians 13:7)

By Loving God we can trust that we will surely grow in His Grace:

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:1,2)

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Good Reading!

Foster H. Shannon
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Foster H. Shannon, Brief Biographical Note Dr. Foster Shannon received his degree from the University of California, Berkeley in Political Science, and went on to obtain a Master of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary, with emphasis on church growth. The Interim Pastor of True Light Presbyterian Church in Alhambra, CA until recently, he is the author of eight books and working on number nine! As the President of Green Leaf Press, a non-profit Christian publishing company, established in 1981, he publishes and markets Christian books with special emphasis on Bible Study, Church Growth, and Christian Evidences.
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HOW DO WE KNOW THERE IS A GOD?

“The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows his handiwork.” ~Psalm 19:1

by Dr. Foster H. Shannon

We all know that there are religions other than Christianity. Many in the world are attracted by these other religions. In the United States and elsewhere there are atheists, who deny the reality of God. How can we be assured that faith in Jesus Christ will lead us to righteousness and a good life? Can an atheist be assured that there is no God?

The God of the Bible has created us in his image. We are his children, with choices to make. We have the freedom to choose another religion, or even deny that there is a God who created the world. But none of the other religions have hope and offer such goodness as Christianity. The path that God sets for us in the Bible will lead us to joy in the magnificence of our God and the universe. The study of the Bible will lead us to the best life in this world and the presence of almighty God in eternity. Your presence in Sunday worship indicates your loyalty to God.

The order and symmetry of the universe is evidence for the existence of God. Only by the most strained hypotheses, can the universe be explained without God.  Although many prominent scientists patronizingly dispose of the biblical world-view as irrational, Dr. A. E. Wilder Smith, former professor of pharmacology at the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago, convincingly contends that it is their systems that are irrational and indefensible.

The United States of America would not exist without a Bible and many who have been convinced of its truth are assured of the reality of God.

George Whitefield was a great preacher in the Church of England, who became one of the greatest of Christian Evangelists. He made seven ocean trips from England to the American Colonies, sharing with many preachers in The Great Awakening and building a foundation upon which the Constitution of the United States was established. The Colonies and the nations in Europe were greatly influenced by George Whitefield, Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Knox, and John Wesley.

Have you ever sought directions from someone who helped you? If you follow the directions and find the place which you had been looking for, you are thankful that you were given good directions. If you cannot find the place you’d wanted to go—you then realize you were misled and given bad directions (or misunderstood them). In the same way, as we believe in God and follow His directions, we find the goodness in our lives we were seeking. God proves himself to us by showing us the results of living a good life. We can see the reliability of the teachings of Jesus: To live in truth and honesty, to respect each other and be unwilling to hurt others. It becomes reasonable and not our imagination that He is revealing himself to us.

Most of the religious and sacred writings of the world do not claim to be divine revelation. Rather they claim to be a form of spiritual insight.  In contrast, the Bible shows God revealing himself through divine revelation, authentically giving commands to many people.  What the Bible has to say about the nature of man and the condition of man rings true. As one of the more compelling reasons for belief in the Bible it accurately assesses the nature of human beings. When a person reads of Abraham, Moses, David, Peter, and Paul, we are confronted with real people in real situations. The biblical accounts of human experience are just as relevant today as when they happened. We understand that the information in the Bible recognizes both our sin and our goodness. God calls upon us to trust God, to recognize his teachings, to change our ways and to have faith in Him.

People intuitively understand that God will give us better days— that we we can be delivered from the torches of sin and grow in the grace of God. And He is calling you. 

Jesus said: “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears my word and believes him who sent me, has eternal life; he does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.” (John 5:24)

”I rejoice over you, I would have you wise as to what is good and guileless as to what is evil;” (Romans 16:19)

“O the depth of the riches, both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!” ~Romans 11:33

“…learn of Me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” ~Matthew 11:29

Read the Bible every day!

Peace,

Foster H. Shannon
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CAN WE LIVE WELL WITHOUT JESUS?

old illustration of a man killing another

The Ten Commandments declare: “You shall not kill.” Exodus 20:7-17

We are all sinners in need of a savior. God has provided forgiveness for our sins through Jesus Christ. Can we live well without Jesus? Many have tried and failed.

Man has gone against the word of God since the beginning of time

“You have neither listened nor inclined with your ears to hear, although the Lord persistently sent to you all his servants the prophets, saying, ‘Turn now everyone from his evil way and wrong doings and dwell upon the land which the Lord has given to you and your fathers from of old and forever.” Jeremiah 25:3

The Ten Commandments declare: “You shall not kill.” Exodus 20:7-17

Several recent examples of evil come to mind:

  • On Wednesday, 28 October 2018, in the Jewish Synagogue of Life in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania—a man who hated Jews brought a rifle and a pistol—sprayed the sanctuary with bullets; 11 eleven were killed; many had serious injuries.
  • We were startled by the slaughter of members of the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh PA eleven Jews were killed Monday, 29 October. The killer expressed delight in killing eleven Jews. He had given himself into the hands of Demons!
  • Stephen Paddock collected weapons in his hotel room in Las Vegas, Nevada. He unloaded the weapons from the balcony of his Las Vegas hotel. In October, 2017, he sprayed a shower of bullets in a park outside where many people were gathered enjoying themselves; 59 people were killed; 500 were injured.
  • San Bernardino shooting, On December 9, 2015, Syed Rizwan Farock and Tashleen Malik, a married couple open gun fire at a holiday party at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino; 14 people were killed. Where did they get the authority to kill 14 people? Did they consult God? They did not care about God!
  • And recently, the world was stunned by the murder of journalist, Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudia Arabia Counsalent in Turkey.

Where does evil come from? Where did it arise?

In the Old Testament we read how Adam and Eve raised two sons, Cain and Abel. In a fit of jealousy, Cain killed his brother Abel, and God condemned Cain for what he had done.

God created the Universe. It is his work. He created humanity in his own image and teaches us how to relate to one another, but man has disobeyed God’s will from the beginning.

  • Evil is ignoring God.
  • Evil is deliberate disobedience before God.
  • Evil is deliberate harming another person.
  • Evil is deliberately refusing to save a person from drowning, when we have the ability to save them.

God warns us about evil through the prophets, Jesus Christ, and the teachings of the apostles.

“Now the works of the flesh are plain: immorality, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger, selfishness, dissension, party spirit, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and the like.” Galatians 5:19-21

“For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, slander.” Matthew 15:19

“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” Isaiah 5:20

How are we to deal with it?

Those who enter into the rooms of the Devil will not prosper. Their future is darkness. There is no joy, only regret. But we have free will to choose life and not death.

“Put off your old nature which belongs to your former manner of life and its corrupt through deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on the new nature, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” Ephesians 3:22-24

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control: against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:22,23

“Repay no one evil for evil, but take thought of what is noble in the sight of all…Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:17 & 21

What can we do in the society in which we live?

Let us believe the solemn words God has given to us and teach others the guidance we’ve received from the Bible and the forgiveness we have through Jesus Christ. 

“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world but he who believes that Jesus is the son of God!?” John 5:4,5

Do not fear man:

“When the servant of the man of God rose early in the morning and went out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was round about the city. And the servant said, ‘Alas, My Master! What shall we do?’ He said, ‘Fear not, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” II Kings 6:16

“Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you; and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all men, as we do to you, so that he may establish your hearts unblamable in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.” I Thessalonians 3:11-13

Peace,

Foster H. Shannon
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THE WELFARE OF THE USA

The Declaration of Independence

By Dr. Foster H. Shannon

It is wonderful to recognize the truth that God cares about us. He wants us to live in harmony with our Savior and each other. He cares about the USA (and, of course, other nations). The United States affirmed our dependence upon God in the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” “And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.” ‘And, for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!” ~Psalm 33:12

“First of all , then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all men, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life, godly and respectful in every way.” I Timothy 2:1,2

“The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, Take a census of the sons of Kohath from among the sons of Levi, by their families and their fathers’ houses, from thirty years old up to fifty years old, all years old up to fifty years old, all who can enter the service, to do the work on the tent of meeting. This is the service of the sons of Kohath in the tent of meeting: the most holy things.” Numbers 4:1-4

ABORTION IS MAN’S WILL, NOT GOD’S

The Slaughter of the Innocents, Getty Images

I recognized that what follows is difficult, but I cannot ignore the matter of abortions. I must respond to what the Bible teaches about God’s concern for children. We find that concern in both the New Testament and in the Old Testament. God excoriates those who dispose of their children by offering them as sacrifices. “You shall not give any of your children to devote them by fire to Molech, and to profane the name of your God.”

Leviticus 18:21 “There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering,” Deuteronomy 18:10

“Little children, you are of God, and have overcome them; for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”

The Ten Commandments, number six is, “You shall not kill.”

Babylonian seal of child sacrifice

Sacrificing life on the altar of financial concerns is what they did in Babylon with the killing children in order to please or appease a supernatural being in order to achieve a desired result.  Planned Parenthood performed more than one million abortions in 2016 receiving more than 27 million dollars in US government grants in 2015 and 2016. Is it for ‘social good’, as they declare? What does this program do for children that might have lived? Do they kill children at three months, or four months, or five months, or six months, or to nine months? What drives a person to take the life of an unborn but living child? Is it killing in ‘self defense’ to save the life of the mother? Or because the child would be in the way of career plans, or cause an extra expense of money or labor? Planning your life is one thing. Sacrificing someone else’s so yours will be easier is quite another. Who gives life in the first place?

GOD BEGETS US

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1

“It is I who by my great power and my outstretched arm have made the earth, with the men and animals that are on the earth, and I give it to whomever it seems right to me,” Jeremiah 27:5.

“[Jesus] was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world knew him not.” John 1:10

GOD TEACHES US

The Ten Commandments

His words to the prophets

The teachings and examples of Jesus

He gives us churches and teachers and pastors to lead us to salvation in Jesus Christ, and to encourage us in living a life in fellowship with our Saviour

GOD FORGIVES AND SAVES US

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God sent the Son into the world , not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.” John 3:16,17

“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses according to the riches of his grace which he lavished upon us.” Ephesians 1:7,8

GOD COMMISSIONS US

“Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you; and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another, and to all men, as we do to you, so that he may establish your hearts unblameable in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.” ~II Thessalonians 3:11-13

“In your hearts reverence Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, yet do it with gentleness and reverence and keep your conscience clear,” ~Hebrews 3:15

“Thou hast loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; therefore God, thy God, has anointed thee with the oil of gladness beyond thy comrades.” ~Hebrews 1:9

Let us praise God for his goodness to us and for our hope for the world. Let us read the Bible and pray every day. Let us sing to his glory! If you are on the Lord’ side, you are on the right side!

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” ~Hebrews 12:1,2

Blessings to YOU!

Foster H. Shannon
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Foster H. Shannon, Brief Biographical Note Dr. Foster Shannon received his degree from the University of California, Berkeley in Political Science, and went on to obtain a Master of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary, with emphasis on church growth. The Interim Pastor of True Light Presbyterian Church in Alhambra, CA until recently, he is the author of eight books and working on number nine! As the President of Green Leaf Press, a non-profit Christian publishing company, established in 1981, he publishes and markets Christian books with special emphasis on Bible Study, Church Growth, and Christian Evidences.
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WHAT IS OUR ASSIGNMENT?

By Dr. Foster H. Shannon

We are privileged to know about Jesus. He is our Savior, our teacher, our master. Jesus Christ came from Heaven to Earth that we might be enlightened. Although there are many appealing and significant aspects to the life of Jesus Christ, the most important is that he is the Savior of the world. His suffering and death on the cross for the sins of mankind was as significant as his marvelous life. A person may become a follower of Jesus, and approach in lifestyle and knowledge of the standards Christ represented or accomplished. The prophets reveal many truths regarding the nature and purposes of God. Jesus Christ died on the cross for the sins of the world, and scripture proclaims that he is the only Savior. Christianity is not correctly classified as one road to God among several that are available. In spite of the urges of the eminent historian, Arnold Toynbee and others, Christianity cannot be mixed in a bowl with the other religions of the world, and baked in a syncretistic oven to produce a more refined religion that will unite all of mankind.

“For the Son of man came to seek and to save the lost.” (Luke 19:10)

GOD MADE THE WAY TO SAVE US – IF WE LET HIM

The claims of Christianity and the other religions of the world (with the possible exception of Judaism) are mutually contradictory in this one most vital matter: How we establish a living relationship with God. Other religions appeal to the ability of people to do something about their situation so that they might merit favor of the god they worship.

The New Testament clearly states the absolute teachings regarding our own salvation and that of others, that it is not by our own deeds that we obtain righteousness, but because of what Jesus has done for us.

“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his MERCY he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost…”~ Titus 3:5 

It is through Jesus’ sacrifice on our behalf that our forgiveness is found. We are washed clean and find mercy, grace and new life in Jesus Christ.

Mercy is when we DON’T get what we DO deserve. Grace is when we DO get what we DON’T deserve.

EACH ONE MUST DECIDE

Each one must decide whether Christ is one man among many great men, or whether his contribution is unique—of absolute importance.

Some might be most impressed by his ministries of healing, while others would be inclined to emphasize his stature as a theologian and explicator of the Old Testament. The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew,ch,5) is the very pinnacle of the summaries of the moral and ethical teachings of the Old Testament. Jesus’ influence upon the literature of the world—cannot be ignored. No other man has had so pervasive an influence upon the essays, philosophical treatises, novels, and ordinances. The same is true of music, art, and even legal and cultural affairs. Without question, the total impact of the life of Jesus Christ is unsurpassed.

Nothing will deaden the church of Jesus Christ so quickly as the idea, that after all, God will somehow, in some way, reach everyone and bring them to Heaven. This erroneous concept is debilitating in efforts to expand the gospel. It is important to follow Jesus in this life, and to trust God for the forgiveness of our sins that is found in repentance and faithfulness. Jesus is our teacher and example. If our understanding of the Bible is strong, and our lives are faithful to our God, we will be happy and encouraged. This is a matter of ultimate importance. Subtle changes may occur in the direction of the Christian community. The edge may lose its vitality, esprit de corps, and devotion—not because Christians are happy that any one is separated from God, but because the significance of their call to be witnesses for Jesus Christ has been greatly reduced. The Christian church must not sacrifice its convictions. Christians will not give of themselves, as they should, unless they are profoundly convinced by the Holy Spirit through Biblical teachings that it is vitally important for a person to know Jesus Christ as Savior.

God will not compel anyone to believe. On more than one occasion, the Pharisees demanded a sign from Jesus. They wanted a demonstration so powerful that if what Jesus said was true, they would be absolutely compelled to believe. And Jesus replied to them,

“An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign.” 

God has created us as moral and responsible beings who have the freedom of choice to either love, serve and follow him — or to outright reject him. Jesus never performed a miracle that would force those who witnessed it to believe. However, he gives great evidences of his existence.To those who are honestly open to the spirit of God, it is evident that the power of God works through the miracles of Jesus Christ. 

ALL OF US WHO BELIEVE IN JESUS ARE CALLED TO SERVE HIM

Our Savior, Jesus Christ, calls us to himself. When we understand the teachings of Jesus it will lead us to happiness and well being. How can we do this? We are to sit at his feet and learn from him. We are to follow him and obey him. Parents are to teach their children to believe in Jesus—and to live as he would have us live. We are encourage by Hebrews 12:1-2:

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings to closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith…”

“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of working, but it is the same God who inspires them all in every one. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one who is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterances of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.” (I Corinthians 12:4-10)

Jesus gave us this promise, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst.” (John 6:35)

God wants us to use our gifts to serve Him and bring the good news of Jesus Christ to the world in which we live. 

Jesus Christ can bring peace to each one of us – to the family, to the nation, and to the world.

Find out by reading what He is saying to you every day in the Bible!

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Foster H. Shannon
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Foster

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Foster H. Shannon, Brief Biographical Note Dr. Foster Shannon received his degree from the University of California, Berkeley in Political Science, and went on to obtain a Master of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary, with emphasis on church growth. The Interim Pastor of True Light Presbyterian Church in Alhambra, CA until recently, he is the author of seven books and a Sunday School curriculum. As the President of Green Leaf Press, a non-profit Christian publishing company, established in 1981, he publishes and markets Christian books with special emphasis on Bible Study, Church Growth, and Christian Evidences.
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