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What We Believe
 

THE HOLY SCRIPTURES

 

We  believe  in  the  verbal  and plenary  inspiration  of  the  Holy  Scriptures  of  the  Old  and  New

Testaments. The Scriptures are infallible, inerrant,  God-breathed, and compose the entire Word of God.   The  sixty-six books of  the Old  and New Testaments  are God’s  divine, complete  and entire Revelation to man, and therefore the supreme and final authority in all matters of doctrine, faith and  practice. The Scriptures  were penned  for us by  human authors, yet  divinely inspired and edited by the Holy Ghost, perfectly preserved, unbroken, and passed down by God to every generation. The Scriptures are to be interpreted according to  their normal grammatical-historical meaning. We accept the Textus Receptus manuscripts  as the foundational material from which we derive the 1611 King James Bible.  The King James Version of the Bible shall be  the official and only  English-language translation  used  by our  church.  (II  Timothy  3:16-17; II  Peter 1:20-21; John 10:35; Psalm 119:89; Psalm 12:6-7)

 


 

THE GODHEAD

 

We believe  in one Triune  God, eternally  existing in three  Persons—the Father, the  Son, and  the Holy Ghost—each  co-eternal in being, co-identical  in nature, co-equal  in power and  glory, and having  the  same   attributes  and  perfections. 

(Deuteronomy  6:4;   Hebrews  1:8;  Acts  5:1-3; Colossians 2:8-9; I John 5:7; Matthew 28:19)

 


 

CREATION

 

We believe  that God created the  universe in six  literal, 24-hour periods,  as stated in the  Genesis account  of  creation.  We  reject  evolution, the  Gap  Theory,  the  Day-Age  Theory,  and  Theistic Evolution as unscriptural theories of origin. Creation was a direct act of God, both instantaneous and miraculous.  Man  was created  in the  image of  God,  and all  reproduction was  “after  their kind.”

(Genesis 1-2; Exodus 20:11; Colossians 1:16-17; Job 26:7; Psalm 33:6, 9; John 1:3)

 

 

THE CREATION AND FALLEN NATURE OF MAN

 

We believe  that man  was created  in the  image and  likeness of  God, but  that in  Adam’s sin  the

human race  fell,  and inherited  a sinful  nature. Man  incurred not  only physical  death but  also spiritual death, including  separation from God.   All of humanity is now  born with a sinful  nature and totally depraved, sinful by birth and by choice. Man is of himself utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. For  those who reach moral  responsibility, each is a  sinner in thought,  word, and deed,  and  must be  born  again  to  be accepted  of  God  into  His  kingdom and  as  His  child.

(Genesis 1:26-27;  2:16-17; Ephesians  2:1-3;  Romans 5:12;  3:10, 23;  6:23; Job  15:16; Psalm 14:3; Genesis 6:5; John 3:1-21)

 

 

THE PRE-EXISTENCE, DEITY, INCARNATION, AND WORK OF JESUS CHRIST

 

We believe  that  Jesus Christ  ever existed  with  the Father  and the  Holy  Ghost, and  that in  His

incarnation was begotten  by the Holy Ghost  and born of the  virgin Mary in order  that He might reveal  God  and redeem  man.  His  birth  was miraculous,  totally  apart  from  sin, as  no  otherperson was  ever born or  can ever  be born of  woman. He  is both the  eternal Son  of God and God the Son. He  is the only begotten Son of God,  and the only man who ever knew  no sin. He proved His  deity by  His  character, His  miracles, His  influence, His  power to  forgive sins,  His ability to  deliver people from  Satan’s power,  and by His  resurrection from  the dead.  The Lord Jesus  Christ  accomplished  our  redemption   through   His   death   on  the   Cross   as   our representative,  vicarious  and substitutionary  sacrifice.  Our  justification  is  made  sure by  His literal, physical resurrection from the dead.  The Lord Jesus Christ is ascended to Heaven and is now exalted at the  right hand of God. He is  our High Priest, our Intercessor,  and our Advocate.

(John 1:1-19; I Timothy  3:16; Isaiah 7:14; 9:6; Matthew  1:20; Luke 1:30-35; II Corinthians  5:19-

21;  Galatians 4:4-5;  Philippians  2:5-11;  Colossians 1:15;  Mark  12:6;  John 5:22-23;  Matthew

26:63-64;  John 14:9;  Hebrews  1:8; John  20:26-28;  Romans 9:5;  I John  1:1-5;  Acts 2:18-36;

Romans 3:24-25;  I Peter 2:24;  Ephesians 1:7; I  Peter 1:3-5; Acts  1:9-10; Hebrews  7:25; 9:24;

Romans 8:34; I John 2:1-2)

 


 

THE DEATH, BLOOD ATONEMENT AND RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST

 

We believe that Jesus  Christ suffered, shed His blood, and died  as the substitutionary sacrifice for the sins of the whole world.  He died for the sins of every man, bearing  our sins in His own body on the  Cross. Without Jesus’ shed  blood, there would  be no remission of  sin and therefore  no hope of salvation for  the sinner. His blood does  not merely cover man’s sins,  it cleanses man’s sins. He arose bodily from the dead  on the third day in the same body in which He suffered  and was crucified. Our Lord ascended  into Heaven in His glorified body, sprinkled  His own blood on Heaven’s mercy  seat, and  is now  seated at  the right hand  of God  the Father  as Head  of the Church, making intercession for the saints as our High Priest. By  His finished work on the Cross of  Calvary,  Jesus  Christ  has procured  for  every  believer  the  one  and  only  way of  eternal

redemption, eternal salvation, and  everlasting life. (Isaiah 53:5-6; I  Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans

5:8-10; II Corinthians  5:21; I Thessalonians 5:  9-10; I John 2:2; Hebrews  2:9; 9:22; 13:12; Acts 20:28;  Romans 6:10;  I  Peter  3:18; I  John  1:7; Revelation  1:5;  I  Corinthians 15:12-28;  John 20:27;  Acts  1:9-11;   Luke  24:51;  Mark   16:19;  Hebrews  7:25;   8:1;  9:12;  Colossians  1:14; Ephesians 1:7;  Romans 3:24; I  John 2:1;  Hebrews 5:9; Ephesians  1:20-23; I  John 5:11; John 3:16)

 


SALVATION

We believe that salvation is  the gift of God brought to man by His  grace, and received by personal faith in  the finished  work  of the  Lord Jesus  Christ on  the Cross.  Christ’s precious  blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins. Man is lost, and in order to enter the Kingdom of God,  must  be  born  again;  that  the  new birth  is  a  new  creation  in  Christ  Jesus;  that  it  is instantaneous and  not a process. No  man cometh unto  God except through  Jesus Christ. The most  important  truth from  God’s  Word  for  each individual  is  that  he must  have  a  personal salvation of  his own  soul. Salvation  is all  of  God’s grace,  and then  our works for  God  are to follow salvation because  He first loved and gave  Himself for us. God’s  divine order is salvation and  then works.  (Ephesians  2:8-10;  Titus 3:5-8;  John  1:12;  Romans 10:9;  Ephesians  1:7; I

Peter 1:18-19; Matthew 18:11;  II Peter 3:9; Romans 3:23;  5:12; John 3:3-7; II Corinthians  5:17;

John 5:24; 14:6;  20:29-31; Acts 4:12; I  Timothy 2:5; Matthew 16:26; Romans  11:5-6; Galatians

2:20; I  John  4:19; I  Peter 1:8-10;  Romans 4:2,  6;  Galatians 2:16;  3:2; Ephesians  2:10; Titus 2:14)

 

 

THE ETERNAL SECURITY AND ASSURANCE OF THE BELIEVER

 

We  believe  that  all  the  redeemed,  once  saved,  are  kept  by  the  power  of  God  unto  eternal

salvation,  and  sealed unto  the  day  of  redemption, thus  secure  in  Christ  forever. The  Bible teaches that  once a  sinner is  saved, he  is always  saved, secure forever  in the  hand of  God. Salvation is an eternal  state; once one is truly saved,  born again, he is passed from death  unto everlasting life, which cannot  be taken away from him. It  is the great privilege of all  believers to rejoice in the assurance of their  salvation. However, the Scriptures also clearly forbid the  use of Christian liberty  as an occasion  to the flesh.  (John 5:24;  10:27-30; Romans 11:29;  Philippians 1:6;  Ephesians 1:13;  4:30; I  Peter  1:3-5; Romans  8:35-39;  John 6:37-40;  Romans 13:13-14; Galatians 5:13; Titus 2:11-15)

 


 

THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST

 

We believe  in that “blessed  hope”, the personal,  pre-tribulation, pre-millennial, imminent  return of our Lord and  Saviour Jesus Christ to rapture  His Church. The saved of  all ages will then  stand before  the   Judgment  Seat  of   Christ  and  enjoy   the  Marriage  Supper   of  the  Lamb.   The unbelievers will be left  behind and go through the seven years  of Tribulation.  At the end  of this Tribulation, Christ  will personally,  visibly, and  gloriously return  to this  Earth with  His saints  to establish  His earthly  Messianic Kingdom  promised  to the  nation  of Israel.  This phase  of  His coming is known  as the Revelation  of Jesus Christ.  He will at this  time establish His  millennial kingdom and  reign for one  thousand years.  After this, the  unbelievers of  all ages will  stand at the Great White Throne to be judged and cast into the Lake of Fire, separated from God forever,

while all  believers spend  eternity in the  fullness of  joy in Heaven  with the  Lord. (I  Corinthians

15:51-57; Titus  2:13; I  Thessalonians 1:10; 4:13-17;  John 14:3;  Acts 1:11;  Matthew 24:29-42;

Romans 14:10;  II Corinthians 5:8-10;  Matthew 19:7-10;  Revelation 3:10; Psalm  89:3-4; Daniel

2:31-45; Zechariah 14:4-11; Matthew 25:31-34; Revelation 19:11-21; 20:1-15; 21:1-22:5)

 


 

THE ETERNAL STATE: HEAVEN AND HELL

 

We  believe in  the bodily  resurrection  of all  men—the saved  to  eternal life,  and the  unsaved  to judgment  and  everlasting  punishment.  We believe  that  Heaven  and  Hell  are  real,  literal,  and physical places. Heaven is a place  of conscious, indescribable beauty, glory, and joy for all who receive  Jesus  Christ  as their  personal  Saviour.  Hell  is  a  place  of conscious,  indescribable torment and punishment  for all who reject  Jesus Christ as  their personal Saviour. The  souls of the redeemed are at death absent  from the body and present with the Lord, where in  conscious bliss they  await  the first  resurrection, when  spirit,  soul, and  body are  reunited to  be glorified forever with the Lord. The  souls of unbelievers remain after death in conscious  punishment and torment until  the second resurrection,  when, with soul  and body reunited,  they shall appear  at the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be  cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to  suffer everlasting conscious punishment  and torment.   (John 14:1-3; Luke  10:20; 23:43;

John  11:25-26; Revelation  20:4-6;  Psalm 16:11;  II  Corinthians 5:8;  I  Thessalonians 4:13-18;

Philippians 1:21, 23; 3:20-21;  Matthew 13:41-43; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:19-26;  Matthew 25:41-46;

John 5:28-29; II Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Revelation 14:9-11; 20:10-15)

 

THE PERSON AND WORK OF THE HOLY GHOST

We believe that there is one true and living God, Creator of Heaven and Earth, and that in the  unity of the  Godhead there  are three  Persons—the  Father, the  Son and  the Holy  Ghost—equal in divine  perfections  and  exercising  distinct   but  harmonious  operations  in  the  great  work  of redemption. In  the Scriptures, the  Holy Ghost and  the Spirit of  God are the  one and selfsame Person.  (Deuteronomy 6:4;  I  John 5:7;  Matthew 3:13-17;  Luke  4:1; John  7:39;  I Corinthians 12:3).

 

The  Holy  Ghost  convicts  the  world  of   sin,  of  righteousness,  and  of  judgment.  He  is  the Supernatural  Agent of  the Trinity  Who ministers  to  the Christian  in regeneration,  baptizes all believers  into  the  body  of   Christ,  and  indwells  and  seals  every  believer  until  the   day  of redemption. (John 16:7-11; John  3:5-6; I Corinthians 12:12-14; Romans 8:9;  I Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:30)

 

The Holy Ghost is the Divine Teacher Who  assists believers in understanding and appropriating the Scriptures.  It is  the privilege  and duty  of all  the saved  to be  filled with  the Holy  Ghost.                          (I Corinthians 2:10-13; I John 2:20, 27; Acts 4:31; 13:52; Ephesians 5:18-21)

 

God  in His  sovereign  will and  plan,  through the  Holy Ghost,  bestows  spiritual  gifts to  every believer. He  uniquely uses evangelists,  pastors, and  teachers to equip  believers in each  local church in order  that they may  do the work of  the ministry. (Romans  12:3-8; I Corinthians 12:4- 11, 28; Ephesians 4:7-16)

 

The Holy Ghost is  not the author of confusion concerning the  tongues movement of this church age. Certain gifts  of the Holy  Ghost, such as speaking  in tongues and the  gift of healing,  were temporary gifts given and used as sign gifts to the unbelieving nation of Israel, and to spread the Gospel  to  every  nation  under  Heaven,  as  seen  in  Acts  2:1-21.  These  tongues  were  real languages  the early  church  disciples  could  not speak,  but  as  they preached  in  their  native tongue, the unsaved from every nation under Heaven who had gathered in Jerusalem were able to hear  the Gospel  message of  salvation in  their tongue.  Speaking in  tongues was never  the common or  necessary sign  of  the baptism  or filling  of the  Holy Ghost.  In regards  to  healing, ultimate  deliverance  of  the  body  from  sickness  or  death  awaits  the  consummation  of  our

salvation  in the  Resurrection,  though God  does  frequently choose  to  answer  the prayers  of

believers for  physical  healing. (I  Corinthians 1:22;  14:33;  13:8; 14:19-22;  Ephesians 5:18-21;

 Acts 2:1-21; Philippians 3:21; Revelation 21:4; James 5:14-15)

 

THE CHURCH

We believe that the body and espoused bride of Jesus Christ is the local  church, and began during the earthly ministry  of Jesus. It  is composed solely of  born-again, baptized believers who  have been called  out from among  the Jews and  Gentiles to assemble  and covenant together  under the New  Testament for  the purpose  of carrying  out the Great  Commission. Christ,  glorified in Heaven, is its Head, and the Holy Ghost, on Earth, is the active agent of the Godhead, who ever seeks to bring about  conformity within its ranks, and obedience to  the Word of God and the will of God. The  local church unites believers to each  other, and all to Christ.  (Matthew 16:18; Acts 2;  Romans 1:16;  Acts 15:14;  Matthew  28:18-20; Mark  16:15; Acts  1:8;  Ephesians 5:23-24;  I Corinthians 12:12-13; II Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:25-27)

 

Every local  church is  to be  active in  the establishment  and continuance  of local  churches as clearly taught and defined in the  New Testament Scriptures. (Acts 14:27; 20:17-32; I Timothy 3;  Titus 1)

 

The  local church  is  to be  autonomous,  free of  any  external authority  or  control. It  is  a self-governed independent  body. On  all matters  of membership,  policy, government,  discipline, or benevolence, etc.,  the will  of the  local church  is final.  (Acts 13:1-4;  15:19-31; 20:28;  Romans 16:1-4; I Corinthians 5:4-7, 13; I Peter 5:1-4; Revelation 1:18-3:22)

 

The only scriptural offices of  the local church are that of bishop  (pastor) and deacon. (I Timothy 3; Titus 1)

 


BAPTISM AND THE LORD'S SUPPER

We believe  that water  baptism and the  Lord’s Supper are  to be  recognized as the  two scriptural ordinances  of obedience  for the  local  church in  this age.  Believer’s  baptism is  to take  place

immediately  after  salvation,  and the  Lord’s  Supper  is  to  be administered  “as  often  as”  the leadership  of  each  local church  chooses  to  administer  this  ordinance  in  accordance with I Corinthians  11:26

The  Lord  would  be  most  pleased  when  a  church body  remembers  the sacrifice of His shed blood and broken body regularly and consistently.

 

Scriptural baptism  has no saving  merit. It is  the very first  step of obedience  the Christian  is to take after  salvation in order  to portray  to the world  his union  with Christ and  His death,  burial and resurrection. Baptism  is administered by the  authority of the local  New Testament Church, and is prerequisite to the  privileges of church membership and the Lord’s Supper.  Baptism is to be observed  but  once after  salvation as  a sign  of  identification, and  as a  testimony to  one’s newness of life. The  scriptural method of water baptism is that  of immersion. (Matthew 3:13-17; 28:18-20; Acts 2:41-42; 8:38-39; 10:48)

 

Jesus Christ instituted  the Lord’s Supper  to commemorate His sacrificial  death until He  comes again.

The Lord’s  Supper is to  be observed by  each local church as  a memorial of  the broken body and the shed blood of  our Lord Jesus Christ, according to the individual examinations  and teachings of  I Corinthians  11. The  unleavened bread  and fruit of  the vine,  grape juice,  are to commemorate the dying  love of Christ.  This is a local  church ordinance. Non-church  members do not participate. (Matthew 26:17-30; Mark 14:12-26; Luke 22:7-20; I Corinthians 11:17-34)

 


 

GIVING

 

We believe  that every Christian,  as a steward of  that portion of  God’s wealth entrusted  to him, is obligated to  support  his local  church financially.  God has  established the  tithe as  a basis  for giving,  but that  every  Christian  should give  other  offerings  sacrificially and  cheerfully  to  the support of  the  church, the  relief of  those in  need, and  the spread  of the  Gospel. A  Christian relinquishes  all rights  to direct  the  use of  the  tithe or  offering once  the  gift has  been made.

(Genesis 14:19-20; Leviticus  27:30, 32; Proverbs  3:9-10; Malachi 3:7-11; Matthew  23:23; Luke

11:42; Acts  4:34-37; I  Corinthians 16:2;  II Corinthians  9:6-7; Galatians  6:6; Ephesians  4:28;

I Timothy 5:17-18; Hebrews 7:1-4; I John 3:17)

 

 

MISSIONS

 

We  believe that  God  has given  the Church  a  great commission—to  proclaim  the Gospel  to  all nations  so that  there  might be  a  great multitude  from  every nation,  tribe,  ethnic  group, and language group who believe  on the Lord Jesus Christ.  As ambassadors of Christ, we  must use all available means  to take the  Gospel to the  uttermost. We are  not to wait  for the unsaved to come to us.

 (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-48; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; II  Corinthians 5:20)

 

 

THE TWO NATURES OF THE BELIEVER

 

We believe that  every believer possesses two  natures, with provision made  for victory of  the new nature over the  old nature through the power of  the indwelling Spirit of God.  Any and all claims to the  eradication of the old  nature in this  life are unscriptural.  (Romans 6:13; 7:14-25;  8:2-13;  Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 4:22-32; Colossians 3:10; I Peter 1:14-16; I John 1:5-10; 3:5-9)

 

THE SEPARATION AND SANCTIFICATION OF THE BELIEVER

We believe that the Scriptures clearly teach  non-conformity to the world for all believers; that born- again people should  be separated from the world  and unto Christ; that it  is clearly commanded by God that all believers are to live lives of separation from all religious apostasy, all  worldly and sinful pleasures, lusts, sinful practices and  associations, and to be holy as He is holy. Positional sanctification  occurs  at   the  moment  of  regeneration,   and  practical  sanctification  is  to  be progressive throughout the entire  life span of a believer  here on Earth. God’s provision  for holy living is in the believer’s identification with Christ in His death, resurrection and ascension. Every Christian is to yield to  the indwelling person and power of  the Holy Ghost, and the power  of the Word  of God.  All  believers are  to  live  in a  manner  that does  not  bring reproach  upon  their Saviour  and Lord,  and  are to  separate from  things  that are  unclean  to things  that  are holy,

clean,  and  sacred.  (John  17:11-19;   Romans  6:1-14;  8:5;  12:1-2;  I  Corinthians  6:19-20;  II

Corinthians  5:17; 6:14-7:1;  Galatians 5:16-25;  Ephesians  1:15-2:6; 5:25-27;  Colossians  1:13;

3:1-10;  I  Thessalonians  5:23;  II  Thessalonians  2:13;  II  Timothy  2:19; 3:1-5;  Titus  2:11-15;

Hebrews 4:12; I Peter 1:14-16; 2:9-10; II Peter 3:18; I John 2:15-17; II John 9-11)


 

THE PERSON AND WORK OF THE DEVIL OR SATAN

 

We believe  that Satan is  a person, the  author of  sin, and the  cause of the  fall of  man. He is  the open and declared enemy of God and man, the father of lies, Beelzebub, the  chief and prince of the devils,  the god of this  world, the great  deceiver of the  nations, the adversary  of Christ and His people, and the  accuser of the brethren.  He is the fallen angel  Lucifer, who was once holy, and enjoyed heavenly honors. Through pride and ambition, to be as the Almighty, Satan fell and drew  after  him a  host  of  angels.  He is  the  author  of  all  false religions,  the  chief  power  of darkness—destined, however,  to judgment  of an eternal  justice; first in  Hell, a  place prepared for him and his  angels, and finally, eternal torment in the  Lake of Fire. (Job 1:6-7;  Isaiah 14:12- 17; Ezekiel  28:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11;  12:24; 25:41;  Luke 11:15, 18;  John 8:44;

II  Corinthians 4:3-4; I Peter 5:8; Revelation 12:10; 20:1-3, 7-10)

 

 

UNCHASTE CONDUCT

 

We believe  that God has commanded that no intimate physical activity  be engaged  in outside of marriage  between a  man and  a  woman. Any  form  of homosexuality,  lesbianism,  bisexuality,  bestiality, incest,  fornication, adultery, and  pornography is a  sinful perversion  of God’s original intent for a  physical relationship between a husband  and wife. (Genesis 2:24;  19:5, 13; 26:8-9; Leviticus 18:1-30;  Romans 1:26-32; I  Corinthians 5:1;  6:9-11; I Thessalonians  4:1-8; Hebrews 13:4)

 


 

DIVORCE AND REMARRIAGE

 

We  believe that  God hates  divorce  and intends  marriage to  last  until one  of the  spouses  dies.

Although divorced and remarried persons or divorced persons may hold positions of service in a church and  be greatly  used of  God for  Christian service,  they may  not be  considered for  the offices of  pastor or  deacon in  a church. 

(Malachi 2:14-17;  Matthew 19:3-12;  Romans 7:1-3;  I Timothy 3:2, 12; Titus 1:6)

 


 

ABORTION

 

We believe that human life  begins at conception, and that an unborn child is  a living human being. Abortion constitutes the unjustified, inexcusable taking of unborn human life. Abortion is murder. We reject  any  teaching that  abortions of  pregnancies  due to  rape, incest,  birth  defects, gender selection, birth or population control, or the mental well-being of the mother are acceptable. (Job 3:16; Psalm 10:8; 51:5; 139:14-16; Isaiah  44:24; 49:1, 5; Jeremiah 1:5; 20:15-18; Luke 1:39-44; Acts 3:1-16; 14:8-11)

 


 

LAWSUITS BETWEEN BELIEVERS

 

We believe that Christians are prohibited from bringing  civil lawsuits against other Christians or the church  to  resolve personal  disputes.  The  church  possesses all  the  resources  necessary  to resolve personal disputes between members.  However, a Christian may seek compensation for injuries from  another  Christian’s insurance  company as  long  as the  claim is  pursued without malice or slander. (I Corinthians 6:1-8; Ephesians 4:31-32)

 


 

CIVIL GOVERNMENT

 

We believe  that God has  ordained and  created all authority  consisting of three  basic institutions:

(1) the home, (2) the  Church, and (3) the state. Every person is subject  to these authorities, but all (including the authorities themselves) are answerable to  God and are governed by His Word. God  has   given  each   institution  specific  Biblical   responsibilities  and   has  balanced   those responsibilities with the understanding that no institution  has the right to infringe upon the other. The  home, the  Church,  and  the  state are  equal  and  sovereign in  their  respective  Biblically assigned spheres  of responsibility  under God.

  (Romans  13:1-7; Ephesians  5:22-24; Hebrews  13:17; I Peter 2:13-17)

 

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