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November 2010

A Way Through

This is the time of year when the leaves change and begin to fall; a visual reminder of the transition into another season. Along with the color changes come bright orange pumpkins, ready for carving, decorating, or other uses. The corn stalks in fields become dry and are ready for harvesting. Before all the fields of corn are plowed though, some enterprising farmers create elaborate corn mazes that attract those adventerous souls that want to navigate them. Since I have never experienced this adventure, I can't tell you if there is anything to help you find the right path to the end, but I would like to think so.
I believe this analogy can be applied to our spiritual path. When we begin our quest for spiritual truth and further spiritual growth, we are not able to fully grasp the enormity and scope of the journey ahead of us. We start out, usually by taking classes or being led to certain books to help us understand what we are undertaking, and we travel a a little further along our particular path. Ahead though, is a crossroads. Which way do we turn? One way may lead us to a dead end; the other will allow us to continue on. This is the time in our walk where trust really becomes an important part of our spiritual life. There are so many facets to having trust that are too numerous to mention here, but suffice it to say, you cannot have an active and vital spiritual connection with God without it. We seek this trust when we listen to our “gut feelings”, from someone we trust to help us with our understanding, but ultimately from God, knowing His will for us is only for our highest and best good.
We continue on, with the assurance we are taking the right path. But things happen in our lives that can shake that confidence, and we are left to question ourselves as to just how strong our faith is in the face of adversity. “Why did God allow this to happen, whatever 'it' may be?” “How do I know I'm doing the will of God?” “Why hasn't God answered my prayers?” These are some of the questions every seeker of the Truth has asked at one time or another, as we search our way to a closer relationship with our Father.
Another obstacle on our way through the maze is listening to too many voices, each with their own interpretation of the truth; or reading many books in our quest for understanding that the real purpose of our journey is lost in the confusion of so much seeking. In itself, seeking is necessary, because it helps define our spiritual path, and we need to use every tool at our disposal. The danger of this is, we can make the seeking the goal, rather than the results of our seeking, which is a clear, as much as is possible, understanding of our relationship with God, and what our spiritual purpose and path is, according to His plan for each of us.
As we become more and more conscious of our own particular gifts and talents He has blessed us with, and have begun to glimpse how God intends for us to use them to serve Him, we travel ever closer to the end of the maze.
There are bound to be more twists and turns along the way, because our spiritual walk is never in a straight line. At times, we wish it were, but then, where would the life lessons we all have to learn come from? Spiritual growth is a series of lessons; some are repeated over and over before they are finally learned, but are necessary for our development.
The length of time it takes to complete the trek through the maze is different for each individual. Some may feel their whole life has been spent wandering along endless paths, never quite finding the right ones to the understanding they are seeking. Others may take a quicker way through, with an inner guidance giving directions.
All of us are on different levels of spiritual growth. We are all seekers, each in our own way. May we all find the truth that resonates within each of us that enables us to reach the end of the last path of this maze, and step into the Light. “. . .I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but me.” John 14:6 KJV. “And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free”. John 8:32 KJV. “Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you; For everyone that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened”. Matt 7:7&8 KJV.
Love and blessings to all.

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Living In Grace

Grace is a difficult concept for many people to understand, as it has a variety of meanings and applications. In art, grace provides beauty to be seen in refined form and proportions that pleases the viewers mind. Music uses grace notes as a leading embellishment preceding a note one step above or below the note and as an ornamentation by using a smooth trill. Dance views grace as fluid effortless movement that is charming to watch. Society has standards for grace that entail set formalities for providing proper etiquette, actions, and speech. Gracing a table is simple courtesy dignitaries can do as an honor or favor simply by being present at the table of a special occasion.
We live in a world where hurrying up is a commonplace event that overrides grace. Applause begins before live music ends and when credits begin rolling at the end of a movie people rush towards the exits. Courtesy and grace are often replaced by give me that now and get out of my way. Time is short and there is so much to do. A grace period is an extension of a policy or debt that goes beyond the time period that was previously specified. This grace usually comes with an expectation of completion of a contract or late payment to be received. Saving grace is seen as a redeeming quality or factor that compensates for shortcomings.
Being graceful is acting in a smooth and soothing manner. Grace in actions also involves goodwill, being helpful, and showing generosity. Rendering a grace is going out of ones way to provide an often unexpected favor or kindness. Grace can be used to offer mercy or give a reprieve.
Before or after a meal grace is a short prayer, which is spoken or thought, that pertains to a blessing or provides thanksgiving. In religion, grace is divine Love that provides protection and blessings. God can bestow grace freely on deserving people; making their lives happier and more comfortable, so they can go about doing His work. Grace is a recognized courtesy or honor. Grace brings with it a comfortable and joyous feeling.
Grace is earned through beneficial thought and actions. Something learned is of little use unless it is applied in real situations or it is shared. Practicing grace requires cooperation, as grace is not just a solitary 'gimme' situation. Karma with its principle of what goes around comes back around is found in the actions of grace, where goodness brings more goodness.
Grace provides security, safety, warmth, and comfort that is found by living in the light of God. Living in grace is accomplished by kindness that is practiced everyday and through diligence in acting in ways of respect for everything. Grace is a great service provided to or by others. Courtesy and politeness show the gentleness of grace. Being graceful can be as simple as holding you tongue instead of blurting out a hurtful truth. Being a moral and spiritual person brings comfort in a tumultuous world. Grace is a form of synchronicity where life happens in a smooth and rhythmic fashion. The state of grace is one of peace and serenity that should be practiced as often as possible. Tranquility can be found in living smoothly, continuously flowing through life like a gentle brook. Finding, making, and living in grace produces inner peace.
May Grace Fill Your Days,
Dennis Dunk


How To Hold A 'High' Seance (Part 3)

  (Editor's Note:  This teaching was received by Johannes Greber from a spirit sent from the highest realm in the spirit world.  It can be found in pages 133 - 138 in the book, "Communication with the Spirit World of God", or pages 134 - 139 in the free download.  Parts 1 & 2 can be read on our Facebook pages or on our website.)
     “The closer man's soul approaches to God, the greater his share in the power that emanates from Him, and the greater and more wonderful the gifts which the Lord bestows upon him for the benefit of his fellow men. Thus the aim of every séance in which God's spirits are active is: “Nearer my God to Thee!”
     “In the early stages of the medium's education, when the first written messages from the Beyond are received, it is usually only your departed kin and friends who are allowed to communicate with you, provided that they are on the road to God in the Beyond and do not belong to the evil spirits. They too will earnestly exhort you to believe in God, and will not wary of telling you that in communicating with the good spirits, you have chosen the right path. They will also express their regret that this path was not pointed out to them while they were among the dwellers on earth.
     “As the training makes further progress, the messages from departed relatives and friends cease entirely, and the higher spirit-beings make themselves manifest. This, however, presupposes that the participants strive for spiritual perfection and that their intentions are pure. If anyone who attends such gatherings would be lacking in good intentions or should lose interest, and if he should fail to heed repeated admonitions addressed to him by the good spirits, he will be excluded from future gatherings by order of the controlling spirit. This is necessary, not only because he himself is making no progress, but because he is a detriment to the rest, forming, as he does, a rallying-point for the evil spirits which follow him to the meeting and exert their baneful influence upon the others present. Furthermore, the odic force is adversely affected by the discord which he introduces into the assembly, as a result of his inward obstructive attitude.
     “Gatherings held for the purpose of communicating with the spirit-world without the supervision of one of God's spirits, do not enjoy His sanction. They may have all the external features of a divine service; nevertheless, the entire trend which spirit-communication takes under these conditions will not be toward God. They contribute nothing toward the purification and upliftment of the soul. Wherever the divinely appointed control is lacking is not the place for the spirits assigned to the service of those who seek salvation. To save the souls of the communicants is the only lawful purpose of spiritistic meetings.
     “Therefore, although many of the so-called 'spiritist churches' of today go through the outward form of offering prayer and singing hymns at their gatherings, the real object of what takes place at these is far removed from serving any divine ends.
     “The persons acting as leaders or collaborators of these churches are generally gifted with clairvoyance, clairaudience and clairsentience, and through these gifts are able to communicate with the spirits which accompany the members of their congregations. The odic radiation of these spirits establishes contact with that of the mediumistic servitors, male and female, of these churches, who thereby not only obtain a person impression of the spirits present and of their relations to the persons whom they attend, but are enabled to receive the messages brought by the spirits for the good of their friends among the living.
     “The chief feature of these ecclesiastical assemblies is the delivery of messages relating almost exclusively to the worldly fortune and trouble and to material success, and this is the principal inducement for the attendance of the majority of the participants. They look upon such churches as so many information bureaus, where, on payment of a given admission-fee, they can learn something about their won worldly future from the spirits of departed friends or relatives, through the clairvoyants connected with the church. Because of this, the leaders of churches of this type are careful to see to it that no one shall leave the service without having received a message of the kind mentioned.
     “Inasmuch as God's spirits keep away from meetings of this character and hence exercise no control over them, the low spirit-world is left free to do as it pleases. Even if the spirits which do attend them are not necessarily evil ones, the communications delivered are of a nature which can be of small benefit to the soul.
     “If it should happen further that the clairvoyants who officiate at these churches are also 'part-trance mediums', they act like open windows through which the low spirit-world can enter at will, since there is no controlling spirit on hand to keep them out or to maintain order. Hence the spirit-messages are jumbled together in a fashion which cannot fail to be repugnant and which is bound to reflect most unfavorably on good, divinely-sanctioned spirit-communication, for because of the religious cast given to the service at these churches the impression is created the spiritism as it is practiced there is of the kind that is pleasing to God.
     “The leaders of these churches therefore have a heavy responsibility toward God for anything that may happen at their meetings. It is their duty to devote their gifts entirely to the service of God, unselfishly and regardless of worldly considerations. They must pray for 'spirit-control', which will gladly be granted them, and having received it, they must obey it implicitly. If they will do this, their meetings will become divine service in fact and will inure to the edification and the spiritual welfare of their congregations. Then the higher spirit-world will become active and the low spirits will be denied access.
     “If the meetings are held according to my directions, they will bring you untold blessings, much joy and true peace of soul.
     “The training of a medium and the other particulars relating to communication with the good spirits may however be carried out in other ways than at 'communal seances'. Any individual may, by himself alone, devote a definite time, such as half an hour or even less daily, or perhaps several times a week, to mental concentration. When so engaged he must proceed in the same manner as that prescribed for seances held in common. He must begin with a brief prayer, read a passage from the Scriptures and reflect upon it. Thereupon he must take a pencil and lay his hand on a sheet of paper lying before him, and wait patiently, in a state of perfect relaxation. If he is impelled to write down thoughts which are very insistently urged upon him,he should commit them to paper. If his hand is set in motion by an external force, he should yield to its impulse.  
     “At the end of the time which he has allowed himself for his devotions in private, he should conclude these with a prayer. He may rest assured that from the first moment at which he seeks contact with the good spirit-world, it will begin its work on him and create all the conditions prerequisite to such contact. In fact, this work will often be begun as soon as a person turns his thoughts seriously to this subject. It often happens that mediumistically gifted persons experience what to them is an inexplicable sensation during the first serious conversation about the spirit-world and its contact with mankind in which they take part. This sensation arises from the fact that the spirits of the Beyond, of whom some are always hovering about you, immediately begin to exert their influence on such persons who, on account of their mediumistic tendencies, are highly susceptible to any odic action on the part of the spirit-world. But until a person knows at least something of the possibility of communicating with the spirit-world it would serve no purpose for the spirits about him to begin to work on him, and not only that, but it might have very unpleasant practical consequences, for neither he nor any of those about him would be capable of understanding the mediumistic symptoms which he would develop. He would be thought to be suffering from some nervous disorder and would be put under the care of a physician or sent to a sanatorium. Hence the good spirit-world begins its work only when there is some prospect of success, but not otherwise.
     “In connection with these teachings I shall answer a question which many persons ask, reasonably enough: 'Does spiritism have an injurious effect on the health of mediums or of persons who frequent spiritistic seances?' My answer to this is : 'No', and 'Yes'.
     “If a meeting at which spirits appear is held under God's auspices; if everything done at that meeting is done in His name; if you will put yourselves under His protection, and if you will love Him and seek only what is good, contact with the spirit-world can never harm you. On the contrary, you will be strengthened physically and spiritually, and above all, the mediums who fall into a deep trance will be benefited, because sleep, which you require to refresh you, is not needed by them while they are in that state. All this, of course, holds true only provided you are serving the good cause and keep the evil spirits at a distance. So long as mediums are in a state of trance, their bodies are resting and are thereby invigorated. Even though we, the good spirits, my be at work on them or through them, they are in no way harmed. On the contrary, they enjoy physical repose, and feel better at the end of a séance than they felt before it. The odic energy taken from the mediums and other participants at the séance is replaced by the good spirit-world with fresh od. Furthermore, during a medium's training, any internal defects of his which might interfere with or prevent a deep-trance state are removed through the good offices of the spirit-world, so that the medium in question is in a better state of health after he has been trained as a deep-trance medium than he was previously thereto.
     “On the other hand, spiritism is certainly injurious if, in its pursuit, God is disregarded; if everything is done under evil influences; if, indeed, amusement is sought from such contact with evil and if prayer is neglected. In this way, step by step, you fall into evil ways, all the worse because not only are you led by the evil spirits to stray from the path of truth and righteousness, but because you suffer serious bodily harm, since the odic force taken from you by those spirits is never again replaced by them. In consequence the health of all participants and particularly that of the mediums is greatly impaired and in time, utterly ruined. There is, therefore, a grain of truth in the popular belief that he who makes a league with the Devil must pledge his own live as a forfeit, for his odic force is gradually sapped by evil and his body loses its power to retain life. Many mediums who engage in the lower forms of spiritism suffer mental and physical breakdown.
     “Hence spiritism is injurious and dangerous only, if followed not for the sake of learning the divine truth and of growing in inward grace, but merely to satisfy curiosity and a craving for the marvelous, or to obtain information relating to material affairs or of purely scientific interest.
     “Therefore, warn your fellow-men against participating in spirit-communication which serves no higher ends. Instruct them in spirit-communication of a good, divinely sanctioned nature, for this should be practiced by everyone. It is man's only path to the truth, and is the shortest road that leads to God.
     “But even those who have not fought their way through to a belief in God should practice spiritism in its good form, if they have honestly resolved to accept the truth as soon as it is convincingly presented to them. Truth-seekers who follow this path in such a frame of mind will find the truth, and that freedom that is the heritage of the children of God. They will come to know the true meaning of religion. It was of such that Christ said, 'Seek and you will find.'
     “Those who have not yet learned to believe in God should nevertheless pray to Him, if only conditionally. They may adapt their prayer to the immediate exigencies of the occasion. The following supplication may be uttered by an unbeliever, if his intention is good and if he is ready to accept the truth”
     'Oh God! If it is true that Thou dost exist, I pray Thee with all my heart to guide me to the right path. Amen.'
     “His prayer will surely be granted, for God is merciful to all who mean well. As to the particular religious denomination to which a man may belong, this has no bearing whatever upon his attendance at spiritistic meetings of the right kind.

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In This Issue:

A Way Through
Living In Grace
How To Hold A 'High' Seance (Part 3)
Our Mission
Cooking Soup
Biblical Spiritualism - Dream Visions and Interpretation
Prayer Requests
Affirmation For November
Laugh Of The Month

Our Mission

The Flint Spiritual Church is an independent, progressive, non-traditional, Christian Church and is founded upon the sacred teachings of the Holy Bible; to bring mankind the understanding of spirituality according to the fundamentals of Spiritualism. 
Our Prayer 
We pray to the God of our lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that he may give you a spirit of wisdom and insight, and so enable you to understand His divine nature.  May He open your spiritual eyes so that you may see what hope is yours by virtue of His call, and how rich in His glory is the inheritance that you will share with His faithful, and also how vast is His Power, as manifested in us who believe in Him.  Amen. 
Rev. Rick Root - Editor 

Articles Of Faith


Cooking Soup

For years I have teetered
on the edge of the learning curve
of life lessons that extend
beyond the known balancing acts.
The “ahas” have been replaced by
I knew that, so what’s new?
Why revisit over and over…?”
No answer needed.
I would say I suffer from
a profound stubbornness
that keeps the split pea pot
boiling on a continuous flame.
I refused to believe things
wouldn’t change without
lowering the heat or
adding water to open up
the space between the peas,
allowing things to float up
so they can be read like
the patterns of tea leaves.
The breaking point is near
when refusal produces scars on
the soul, black bottomed pots
that have lost their use for soup.
I no longer resist but yearn
to be burned away, so new
beans may be washed and
set to simmer on spirit’s stove.
Rev. Margie Kivel
26 February 2010

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Biblical Spiritualism - Dream Visions and Interpretation

In this scripture reference, Joseph acknowledges that he does not have any natural ability at dream interpretation.  It is a gift of God and he gives God the glory for it.
Genesis 41:1-57 KJV And it came to pass at the end of two full years, that Pharaoh dreamed: and, behold, he stood by the river. (2) And, behold, there came up out of the river seven well favoured kine and fat fleshed; and they fed in a meadow. (3) And, behold, seven other kine came up after them out of the river, ill favoured and lean fleshed; and stood by the other kine upon the brink of the river. (4) And the ill favoured and lean fleshed kine did eat up the seven well favoured and fat kine. So Pharaoh awoke. (5) And he slept and dreamed the second time: and, behold, seven ears of corn came up upon one stalk, rank and good. (6) And, behold, seven thin ears and blasted with the east wind sprung up after them. (7) And the seven thin ears devoured the seven rank and full ears. And Pharaoh awoke, and, behold, it was a dream. (8) And it came to pass in the morning that his spirit was troubled; and he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt, and all the wise men thereof: and Pharaoh told them his dream; but there wasnone that could interpret them unto Pharaoh. (9) Then spake the chief butler unto Pharaoh, saying, I do remember my faults this day: (10) Pharaoh was wroth with his servants, and put me in ward in the captain of the guard's house, both me and the chief baker: (11) And we dreamed a dream in one night, I and he; we dreamed each man according to the interpretation of his dream. (12) And there was there with us a young man, an Hebrew, servant to the captain of the guard; and we told him, and he interpreted to us our dreams; to each man according to his dream he did interpret. (13) And it came to pass, as he interpreted to us, so it was; me he restored unto mine office, and him he hanged. (14) Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon: and he shaved himself, and changed his raiment, and came in unto Pharaoh. (15) And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I have dreamed a dream, and there is none that can interpret it: and I have heard say of thee, that thou canst understand a dream to interpret it. (16) And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, It is not in me: God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace. (17) And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, In my dream, behold, I stood upon the bank of the river: (18) And, behold, there came up out of the river seven kine, fatfleshed and well favoured; and they fed in a meadow: (19) And, behold, seven other kine came up after them, poor and very ill favoured and leanfleshed, such as I never saw in all the land of Egypt for badness: (20) And the lean and the ill favoured kine did eat up the first seven fat kine: (21) And when they had eaten them up, it could not be known that they had eaten them; but they were still ill favoured, as at the beginning. So I awoke. (22) And I saw in my dream, and, behold, seven ears came up in one stalk, full and good: (23) And, behold, seven ears, withered, thin, and blasted with the east wind, sprung up after them: (24) And the thin ears devoured the seven good ears: and I told this unto the magicians; but there was none that could declare it to me. (25) And Joseph said unto Pharaoh, The dream of Pharaoh is one: God hath shewed Pharaoh what he is about to do. (26) The seven good kine are seven years; and the seven good ears are seven years: the dream is one. (27) And the seven thin and ill favoured kine that came up after them are seven years; and the seven empty ears blasted with the east wind shall be seven years of famine. (28) This is the thing which I have spoken unto Pharaoh: What God isabout to do he sheweth unto Pharaoh. (29) Behold, there come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt: (30) And there shall arise after them seven years of famine; and all the plenty shall be forgotten in the land of Egypt; and the famine shall consume the land; (31) And the plenty shall not be known in the land by reason of that famine following; for it shall be very grievous. (32) And for that the dream was doubled unto Pharaoh twice; it is because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass. (33) Now therefore let Pharaoh look out a man discreet and wise, and set him over the land of Egypt. (34) Let Pharaoh do this, and let him appoint officers over the land, and take up the fifth part of the land of Egypt in the seven plenteous years. (35) And let them gather all the food of those good years that come, and lay up corn under the hand of Pharaoh, and let them keep food in the cities. (36) And that food shall be for store to the land against the seven years of famine, which shall be in the land of Egypt; that the land perish not through the famine. (37) And the thing was good in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of all his servants. (38) And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is?(39) And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art:(40) Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou. (41) And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt. (42) And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put it upon Joseph's hand, and arrayed him in vestures of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck; (43) And he made him to ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried before him, Bow the knee: and he made him ruler over all the land of Egypt. (44) And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I am Pharaoh, and without thee shall no man lift up his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.

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In John 14:21, Jesus promises to reveal himself unto us.  Tell us how the Lord and Master Jesus has manifested himself unto you by whatever way you experienced it. (We know the reality of His promise)
We would also like you to share how contact with spirits and angels have blessed and changed your life.  Have you been saved from calamity due to their intervention?  Have you received guidance that turned your life around?  Have you received a physical, emotional, mental or spiritual healing?  Please share your experiences for possible inclusion here.  Send your submissions by email to


Prayer Requests

“It is for us to pray not for tasks equal to our powers, but for powers equal to our tasks, to go forward with great desire forever beating at the door of our hearts as we travel toward our distant goal.” Helen Keller
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A Spiritualist Healing Prayer
I ask the great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health. I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part. I ask this great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health. I put my trust in the Love and Power of God. Amen

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Affirmation For November

I expect the best and I receive the best as I greet each day with joy and enthusiasm.  Unlimited good and untold blessings are mine to claim, and I am grateful.
By Rev. Edee Root

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Laugh Of The Month

Job Quality
There was a tradesman, a painter called Jock, who was very interested in making a penny where he could, so he often would thin down paint to make it go a wee bit further.
As it happened, he got away with this for some time, but eventually the Spiritualist Church decided to do a big restoration job on the painting of one of their biggest buildings. Jock put in a bid, and because his price was so low, he got the job.
And so he set to erecting the trestles and setting up the planks, and buying the paint and, yes, I am sorry to say, thinning it down with turpentine.
Well, Jock was up on the scaffolding, painting away, the job nearly completed when suddenly there was a horrendous clap of thunder, and the sky opened, the rain poured down,washing the thinned paint from all over the church and knocking Jock clear off the scaffold to land on the lawn, surrounded by telltale puddles of the thinned and useless paint.
Jock was no fool. He knew this was a judgment from the Almighty, so he got on his knees and cried: "Oh, God! Forgive me! What should I do?"
And from the thunder, a mighty voice spoke, "Repaint! Repaint! and thin no more!"

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