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Value the Kindness of God.


But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. —Titus 3:4-5

Gratitude may be defined simply as showing that one values the kindness of God. It is a feeling, but it is more than a feeling. Gratitude is also demonstrated by what we do; it may be a sacrifice in that we don’t have an overwhelming feeling. Sometimes we feel grateful; sometimes we do not. But we must always be grateful, whether or not we feel like it. We must do it, that is, demonstrate gratitude not only by words but also by deeds.

Gratitude shows that we set a value on God’s kindness. “In order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:7).

Sanctification is thus the process by which we are made holy. It is both a process and an experience. It is used in the New Testament, however, in more than one way. Sanctification is something that happens to every Christian.

Sanctification is progressive and is never completed until we are glorified. As Paul said, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Rom. 12:1-2).

Moreover, sanctification is a never-ending commitment. If we “got it” completely along the way, we could forget about it from then on! But only glorification will mark the end of this life commitment. In the meantime, we demonstrate our gratitude to God for His sheer grace by holy living, self-denial, and walking in the light. Not in order to make it to heaven, but in thankfulness because heaven is assured.

Excerpted from Just Say Thanks! (Charisma House, 2005).

By R. T. KENDALL.

Does Doctrine Matter?.


Doctrine is, quite literally, the teaching of the church – what the church understands to be the substance of its faith. It is no substitute for personal experience. Evangelical Christians have given clear witness to the necessity of personal faith in Jesus Christ, but that personal faith is based in some specific understanding of who Jesus Christ is and what He accomplished on the cross. After all, we do not call persons to profess faith in faith, but faith in Christ.

There is no Christianity “in general.” Faith in some experience devoid of theological or biblical content – no matter how powerful – is not New Testament Christianity. Those called to Christianity in general may believe nothing in particular. But faith resides in particulars.

Some churches seem to think that doctrine is a concern for those of a certain intellectual bent, but unnecessary for most Christians. Interest in doctrine amounts to something like an intellectual hobby. Others steer clear of doctrine for fear of argument or division in the church. Both factors indicate a lack of respect for the Christian believer and an abdication of the teaching function of the church.

Those who sow disdain and disinterest in biblical doctrine will reap a harvest of rootless and fruitless Christians. Doctrine is not a challenge to experiential religion; it testifies to the content of that experience. The church is charged to call persons to Christ and to root them in a mature knowledge of Christian faith.

Taken from “Why Doctrine Matters” (used by permission).

 

I Am a Great Witness… of Lesser Things.


We are hardwired to talk to other people about what impresses us the most. Unfortunately, too often our conversation indicates we are far too easily impressed by trivial things.

I have two toddler boys (aged 3 and 5) who love to share with me exciting happenings in their little world. My three-year old, for instance will come running into my office out of breath, telling me of his first successful attempt of buttoning up his own pants. My five-year old is learning to read and cannot wait to share with me the new words he has learned to spell. Those regular occurrences remind me that from our earliest years of talking, we were made to bear witness to others about what makes the biggest impression on us.

I must confess that I am a great witness of lesser things. I find it rather natural for me to talk with others about things like college football dynasty like Alabama football, or the latest political controversy, or the most interesting moment that recently occurred in my life. We want to have something to say, something to contribute to the lives of others around us, and in the end, the offerings of our daily witness have less weight and significance than we bill them to be in our conversation.

God has made me to be a witness of the biggest drama in all of history. The event that interprets history and delineates time is meant to explode off my lips. Nothing is to be more profoundly impacting for the purpose of natural overflowing than a bloody cross, empty tomb, and occupied throne. The scandal of the cross, the innocent for the guilty, the righteous for the unrighteous, the perfect Son for the rebellious traitor, the sacrifice for the scoffer–this scandal should sober my senses, awaken my affections, and transfix my thoughts that I am stunned by the greatness of such grace. Nothing in the world should get me sweetly talking like Him who remained silent and drank the bitter cup of God’s wrath for me.

Tragically, I find myself far too easily impressed with lesser things. I bear witness of things that cannot satisfy, of idols that cannot save, of moments that are quickly forgotten. I want my words and witness to count for the biggest event in all of history performed by the greatest person who ever lived. I am not as impressed in the law-fulfilling life of Jesus as I should be. I am far more gospel inoculated than I admit. I am not as awakened to the majesty of sovereign mercy in the sacrificial death fo Jesus. I suffer more from gospel amnesia than I realize. And I am not conscious of the fact that Jesus right now has all authority over all things in heaven and earth, including every person I will ever encounter and every heart He has yet to conquer through the gospel. And yet I am succeeding in bearing witness in matters that do not matter in the scales of eternity.

When I behold the majestic mountaintops, the expanse of the wide oceans, the enormity of the universe, I am daily reminded I was made to speak of awesome realities. But nothing is more awesome than sins forgiven, washed in blood, nailed to the cross, taking away all condemnation and curse! Nothing is more awesome than divine favor and acceptance that comes from being dressed in the righteousness of Jesus, hidden in His embrace, and loved because of His merits. Nothing is more awesome than fellowship with the Father who is for me, the Son who is with me, and Holy Spirit who is in me. I was made to tell the world of this. To bear witness of His majesty and mercy, of His greatness and grace, of His unapproachable light and never-ending love.

I am a witness. You are witness. The question is what are we witnesses of? What is making the biggest impression and evoking the great commentary and reaction? I am, you are, made to bear witness of glory. Not just any glory. The glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. Let’s behold Him with fresh eyes of faith, and then respond with Spirit-led, grace-laced, jaw-dropping, life-transforming testimony of the beauty and power of King Jesus.

By Tim Brister

Eddie’s Steps to Freedom.


12-Step Program – Christian Testimony

Like many of us, Eddie struggled with life-controlling addictions. Although he knew about Jesus, Eddie had not yet come to understand God‘s grace. Condemnation, guilt and rebellion made him run from God into a prison of fear and substance abuse. Eventually, after losing everything, through a 12-step recovery program Eddie found the steps to freedom and a new life in Christ.

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Eddie’s Steps to Freedom

As I try to express all that my Lord has done for me throughout my life, I realize it does not do him justice. His unconditional and unfathomable love far exceeds these few words I use to describe my spiritual rebirth, my life struggles and continued growth towards spiritual maturity.

As I wrote out my fourth step while in a 12-step recovery program, I came to see on paper the patterns of destructive behavior I had developed throughout my lifetime. These behaviors had their roots in feelings, emotions and defective beliefs. I did not like who I was, the environment I lived in and the deep-seated feelings I had about myself.

I did not fully realize these truths about myself until I had suffered enough, to the point of complete and absolute surrender (humility) of my whole life.

At an early age I heard the gospel of Jesus Christ and the little bit of truth I understood was enough to plague my entire existence, no matter how far I ran, hid or justified my sinful rebellion.

Needing God’s Grace

Even though I had heard of salvation through Jesus, I was also exposed to church doctrine that instilled fear, condemnation and guilt. I was torn because I knew in my heart that Jesus did in fact die for my sins, but I had no understanding of his grace. I found myself needing to be saved again and again every time I sinned. I literally went to every alter call at every church I attended.

After many years struggling with my Christian faith, I could not bear it any longer. I abandoned myself to what temporarily seemed to bring comfort. I would later become addicted to alcohol, drugs and sex.

But God was still at work, as promised in Philippians 1:6, ” … being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ …”(NKJV)

Losing Everything

I ended up suffering the loss of many precious and wonderful gifts God had given me, and eventually in prison, I was stripped of my freedom. I had to be afflicted so that God would receive my undivided attention. If God can’t get a hold of us through his Spirit, he will do it through the flesh.

Throughout the past 15 years I have struggled to know Christ like others had known him. This wouldn’t come until I truly got into his Word and sought him wholeheartedly, like Jeremiah: “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13 NIV)

I began to discover for myself who Christ is through reading Paul’s letters, discovering David’s relationship with God and God’s covenant with Abraham. I began to understand God’s grace towards me. This was the beginning of the end of my self-destructive behaviors.

Finding Hope

When I was at the end of my rope, there I found hope. I knew that nothing outside of Christ was going to bring me genuine comfort, peace, acceptance, love and forgiveness – things I had sought all my life. As I look back I see where I allowed the enemy to influence my life with fear, shame and condemnation, especially regarding my many failures at serving God.

When I completed my fourth step and felt the true weight of my sin and separation from God, I was forced to carry it for a time. It hurt me in my inner most self. I cried for a time and as I looked back. They were true tears of repentance.

When I took this in depth look at my behavior and the pain I had caused those I loved, I knew that I could no longer live this way. So, as I worked through the sixth and seventh steps, I began to see the underlying reasons for my behaviors. They were the results of something deeper. It took the hand of God to reveal these things to me and give me the courage and strength to overcome the thoughts and perceptions which had influenced and controlled my life.

A Daily Journey

It is a never ending journey which begins each and every day with seeking God’s will for my life. It takes courage, patience, love and perseverance to press on towards the goal set before me.

I work the twelve steps, which I believe are spiritual in nature in my daily life. I have finally come to be fully alive in Christ. I see how much time I wasted, but I am now convinced God had a plan for me even before my parents were born. I went through what I did to be a witness of God’s grace, love and mercy towards mankind and those he puts in my path.

I didn’t know God was all I needed until he was all I had. I had to lose everything so that I would not have any obstacles between him and me. I had to give up my life in order to gain a new life in him.

Stepping into Freedom

I could go on talking about the steps, but what I need to say is this: In order for the steps to truly work and give me genuine peace, I had to be totally honest with myself and with God, because only he was able to comfort me through the painful process. Only God could help me make sense of it all.

Today I have freedom I never believed I could have. I am convinced that everything I have experienced has become an asset in reaching others who are struggling in similar areas. The gospel of Jesus Christ is not chained like our brother Paul stated, it is for all men, women and children.

“I became all things to all people so that I might gain some for Christ.” (1 Corinthians 9:19-23, Paraphrase)

It is all about him …

From Eddie T. Flores

My Powerful Judge.


I had sinned. Despite my efforts to convince myself that I hadn’t really failed God, guilt whispered quietly, and then more loudly when I ignored its protests. It didn’t matter if anyone else was aware. I knew. That self-knowledge made it terrible to bear.

During that period, I read every day from the Psalms. Although I didn’t speak quite as dramatically as the poet, I understood his words on an emotional level: “When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me; my vitality was drained away as with the fever-heat of summer” (Ps 32:3-4, NAS).

I had sinned.

To make it worse, it wasn’t what the Old Testament refers to as a sin of ignorance. I had deliberately gone astray. Before I sinned, I told myself that I was protecting my rights, standing up for myself and being faithful to my convictions. At other times, I’ve told myself that I had technically sinned, but I had really been overwhelmed by temptation (as though that made it a lesser offense).

The point is, I had sinned.

No matter how much I tried to push that truth away from myself, it refused to vanish. Finally, I gave up trying. Once I stripped away the self-deceptions and bowed my head before God, I admitted, “God, I have rebelled. I knowingly, willfully failed you.”

As I came into the Divine Presence, the guilt overwhelmed me. Like David of old, I wailed, “Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight” (Ps 51:4, NIV). I prayed that way even though my actions had hurt others-some of them indirectly. Right then, I committed myself to make things right with them later.

I couldn’t focus on others at that moment, though, because ultimately, it was against the Powerful God of Heaven that I had sinned. My immediate concern involved my relationship with God. In my mind, I saw myself standing with bowed head before the Powerful Judge who sees all and knows all.

I’m ready for the Judge to pronounce the sentence. What do I do now? Should I say anything? Remain silent? Once I would have perceived God as the one whose eyes swept across the land, watching me at every turn, ready to leap in front me, and with pointed index finger, cry out, “You are the guilty man!”

Today, I think of God the Powerful Judge from the perspective of Romans 8:1-2 (CEV): “If you belong to Christ Jesus, you won’t be punished. The Holy Spirit will give you life that comes from Christ Jesus and will set you free from sin and death.”

Those two verses make me feel as if I am in front of the bench and the Powerful Judge has spoken those liberating words to me. Joy fills my heart! The Powerful Judge says I won’t be punished!

This is in such contrast with the idea of judgment with punishment I used to have: “commit-the-crime-and-pay-the-penalty” kind of living. I wouldn’t want to deny that aspect. After all, I am responsible for the wrongs I do and must face the consequences of my actions.

Yet God the Powerful Judge is so much more merciful.

In my student days at seminary, I learned that the basis for the Greek word judge means “to set in order.” It can eventuate in punishment, corrective action, or an admonition. When God sets us in order, it’s so that we don’t have to live in a state of punishment or have a “G” for guilty engraved on our foreheads for the world to see.

The Powerful Judge makes us aware of our wrongdoing or our wrong attitude. We lower our eyes as we approach God’s pureness and holiness. The closer we get, the more acutely we grasp our sinfulness. Then we stop and repeat the wail of Isaiah, who saw his sinfulness in contrast to the holiness of God: “I am a man of unclean lips” (see Is 6:5).

“I’m too wicked to come close to you,” is what my heart used to cry out. Yet since I turned Romans 8:1-2 into a personal experience, I approach God differently.

“You have broken my eternal laws,” I can hear the Powerful Judge say. “How do you plead?”

“Guilty,” I say, saddened by the stupidity of what I’ve done. “And please, your honor, I want to say I’m sorry.”

As that scene stays before me, I hear the Powerful Judge say, “Guilty as charged. Now, child, go, and sin no more.”

The Powerful Judge may tell me that Someone has paid my fine, or I may hear, “Who can stand against you when I am on your side? Nothing can separate you from my love, which I show you in Christ Jesus.”

Instead of dread, I can now face the Powerful Judge with peace.

God is the Powerful Judge, chastening us when we need it, prodding us when we deserve it, but the purpose is to get our feet walking straight and staying straight. God is not only a Powerful Judge, but the Powerful, Loving Judge.

As we pray, we not only confess our failures, but we give thanks to God that those sins are now out of our lives. The Powerful Judge has set them aside with these words, “Go, and sin no more.”

If you belong to Christ Jesus, you won’t be punished. The Holy Spirit will give you life that comes from Christ Jesus and will set you free from sin and death…. God set you free when he sent his own Son to be like us sinners and be a sacrifice for our sins. —ROMANS 8:1-3, CEV

Powerful Judge of All Life,
Forgive me because I have sinned against you.
Forgive me for losing sight of right living
and compassion,
and for not loving others the way I love myself.
Powerful Judge,
I accept your forgiveness with joyful thanksgiving. Amen.

For more from Cec, please visit www.cecilmurphey.com.


Cecil Murphey has written more than one hundred books on a variety of topics with an emphasis on Spiritual Growth, Christian Living, Caregiving, and Heaven. He enjoys preaching in churches and speaking and teaching at conferences around the world. To book Cec for your next event, please contact Twila Belk at 563-332-1622.

Faith Without Works: Are You Really a Christian?.


Patrick Morley
Patrick Morley

Recently I taught through Matthew 10 at our Friday morning Man in the Mirror Bible study. I described the chapter as “Jesus Pilot Tests the Great Commission.”

After spending two years with his disciples, Jesus selected the 12 men he wanted, then sent them to pilot test his strategy for total global conquest. The Great Commission is for us too. In praying for his disciples, Jesus said, “As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world…. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message” (John 17:18, 20, NIV).

During one of several messages on Matthew 10, I told the men I had a couple of hard things to say. First, “If you are getting better treatment than described in Matthew 10, are you sure you are on the right path?” Second, “You either need to do the work (of making disciples), get trained to do the work, or admit that you’re not really in the deal.”

One of my dear friends told me that he thought I was too harsh. I thought a lot about that. The next week, I explained to the men at our Bible study that I would rather give men false doubt about their salvation than false assurance. Actually, I said I would rather not make an error in either direction! I would rather be able to walk the tightrope and neither cause men to wrongly doubt their salvation when they are saved, nor wrongly believe they are saved if they are not.

Oversimplifying the Gospel
If you were going to err—and I hope you don’t—would it not be better for some men who are saved to wrongly doubt their salvation? Here’s the problem. All the risks of false doubt are temporal, but all the risks of false assurance are eternal. Again, I would rather not make a mistake at all. But if I do, God save me from oversimplifying what the gospel must cost a man—”easy believism.”

Actually, I am struck by how blunt Jesus is. For example, in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven” (Matt. 7:21). Authentic discipleship is more than professing faith.

We Are Created for Good Works
In the famous passage Ephesians 2:8-9, Paul made it clear that we are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, and not because of anything we do. Yet in verse 10, he goes on to say, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

Good works, deeds, or bearing fruit are integral to Christian faith. James wrote, “What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds?… Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead” (James 2:14, 17). Martin Luther’s chief lieutenant, Philip Melanchthon, said, “Justification is by faith alone, but not by a faith that is alone.”

So What Does It Mean?
If a man has truly and earnestly repented of his sins and put his faith in Jesus Christ alone for his eternal salvation, then the matter is settled.

However, if a man professes faith and produces no fruit, he would be wise to question the authenticity of his faith. Better to risk false doubt than false assurance.

Someone who has been walking with Christ for a long time will usually produce more fruit than someone who has recently made a profession of faith. If a man doesn’t produce fruit early on, that doesn’t mean he will not do so as he matures spiritually. Yet if a man produces no fruit after many years of professing faith, he would be wise to be concerned.

Nevertheless, it’s biblical for the quality of our service to Christ to differ from person to person. We see that in Matthew 25 in the parable of the talents. In 1 Corinthians 3:11-15 we’re told, “For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.” In other words, no good work can improve on your salvation.

However, the text goes on to say, “If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light … If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames.”

So the message is: If you have genuinely repented of your sins and received Jesus as your Savior, then you are saved for all eternity. However, if you are of “weak faith” and don’t apply yourself, your salvation will be like “escaping through the flames.”

The Incomparable Love of God
Every single human being on the face of the planet was created by God, is known intimately by God, and is taken care of by him. He knows our thoughts from afar. He knows every breath we take. He knows every word before it forms on the tip of our tongue. He knit us together in our mother’s womb (see Ps. 139).

He watches everyone closely, examining every person on earth (see Ps. 11:4). Every hair on our heads has been counted (see Matt. 10:30). He has determined how long we will live and the exact places where we will live (see Acts 17:26).

You are very special to God. God loves you very much. Nothing you do will ever make you good enough for God to love you. Nothing you have done will ever make you bad enough for God not to forgive you. Your salvation does not depend on doing good works, yet genuine salvation results in good works. Good works don’t earn merit. Good works don’t lead to the cross, but are the evidence that you have the cross.

Make Your Salvation Sure
Let’s not take salvation for granted. Let’s not tell men who sit on their thumbs, “That’s okay. Don’t worry about it. God loves you anyway.” Instead, let’s exhort men to faith and the good deeds that demonstrate faith. That was Paul’s message, “I was not disobedient to the vision from heaven. … I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds” (Acts 26:19-20).

You and I are of infinite value to the One who created us, sustains us and, if we turn to him in humble, repentant faith, will redeem us. To be a Christian is to be a disciple of Jesus. To be a disciple of Jesus is the highest honor to which a human being can aspire. How does that happen?

God loves you very much, and he wants you to repent of your sins, put your faith in Jesus, and then give evidence of your repentance by doing the work for which you have been created. That’s the simple, beautiful message of the gospel.

If anyone has been relying on “easy believism,” they can make their salvation sure by faith and repentance, then do the work—or get trained to do the work. Our great God has something very special he wants each of us to do.

Source: CHARISMA MAGAZINE/ NEW MAN.

Pat Morley is the Founder and CEO of Man in the Mirror. After building one of Florida’s 100 largest privately held companies, in 1991, he founded Man in the Mirror, a non-profit organization to help men find meaning and purpose in life. Dr. Morley is the bestselling author of The Man in the MirrorNo Man Left BehindDad in the Mirror, and A Man’s Guide to the Spiritual Disciplines.

Pride and Prejudice Remain Classics Among Sins.


f-Strang-MakingDisciplesJoey Bonifacio

The problem of prejudice is real. Sadly, even heroes of the faith like Peter have been guilty of it.

Prejudice is defined as “preconceived opinion(s) that causes one to dislike, be hostile to or behave unjustly toward others.”

We continue to find it along racial lines, social standing and religious background, and even among gender, age and sexual orientation. All too often, even Christians are guilty of prejudice.

“When Cephas [Peter] came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. For before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles.” (Gal. 2:11-12a, NIV)

Paul saw prejudice as sin, regardless of who was guilty of it. A telltale sign of prejudice is who you are eating or not eating with.

“But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision group.” (Gal. 2:12b)

Prejudice is about drawing back and separating oneself from people who may not belong to our group or clique. This tendency is generally rooted in fear and insecurity. It eventually morphs into pride that says, “These people don’t belong to our group.”

Whether it’s racial prejudice or social cliques, the message is “You don’t deserve us.” But the worst case is religious prejudice that declares, “You are too dirty—too far gone—and we’re too holy and pure for you.”

We alienate, if not isolate, sinners because of our religious prejudices. This is a vicious sin that prevents people from receiving the gospel of Jesus Christ.

“The rest of the Jews joined also played the hypocrite with him, so that even Barbabus was carried away with their hypocrisy.” (Gal. 2:13).

What empowers prejudice is hypocrisy—the claim of having a higher standard of being, belief or behavior. It is basically a pretense and a deceptive view of one’s race, relations, religion or recognition. The danger with hypocrisy is it leads others astray and causes division rather than promoting love and unity.

“When I saw that they were not acting in line with the truth of the gospel … ” (Gal. 2:14a)

Prejudice is always visible in the way one acts toward others. It squelches the gospel. And Christians (like Peter) can be guilty of it. Actually, it is just pride in one of its ugliest and cheapest forms.

“I said to Cephas in front of them all, ‘You are a Jew, yet you live like a Gentile and not like a Jew. How is it, then, that you force Gentiles to follow Jewish customs?’” (Gal. 2:14b)

There is no way around prejudice other than to violently confront it for what it is, just as Paul did. It is a pagan practice that is not the way of a disciple of Christ. The first person to confront is yourself. Frankly, we are all guilty of prejudice at various levels.

Then: “We who are Jews by birth and not sinful Gentiles know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. (Gal. 2:15-16a)

Prejudice will hinder us from helping people become followers of Christ. Here’s what to do when you see it in your own life: Acknowledge that you are not any more special than anyone else—not by your race, background or achievements—but that you are welcome before God because you have simply trusted in the finished work of Christ that is still working in you. We are all unfinished business in our journey of faith.

As you search your heart, simply repent and ask God to expose any prejudice and hypocrisy. Then ask Him to make you see that each person is an amazing creation made by God.

Written by Joey Bonifacio

Joey Bonifacio is the senior pastor of Victory Fort, one of 15 congregations that make up Victory Church in the metro Manila area of the Philippines. He is also the author of The LEGO Principle, which draws parallels between the famous toymaker and core discipleship elements. Visit Joey’s website at joeybonfacio.com, or follow him onFacebook or Twitter.

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