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October 28, 2021, 6:23 PM

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PHILIPPIANS

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PHILIPPIANS 1:1-2 – THE TEAM

Philippians – Partnership in the Gospel #1

If you are a Christian, you are part of a very special partnership.  It is called the church.  Matthew 16:18, Matthew 28:19-20

The church in Philippi was founded by Paul and Silas. Acts 16:6-40

Paul was thankful for their partnership in the Gospel from the very beginning.  Philippians 1:5, 27

So, what is the Gospel? 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, Romans 1:16-17, Romans 10:9-10

When there is a team, there are team members with various duties. In Philippians 1:1-2, Paul introduces us to the team.

SLAVES (Servants) – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Philippians 2:5-8, Exodus 21:1-6

SAINTS

A saint is set apart, holy, “in Christ Jesus”.  In Christ, I have the ability to live the Christian life that God wants me to live. Philippians 4:13, 1 Peter 1:13-19

SUPERVISORS (Overseers, Bishops, Elders)

1 Peter 5:1-4, Titus 1:5-9, 1 Timothy 3:1-7

SERVANTS (Deacons, Ministers)

Acts 6:1-4, 1 Timothy 3:8-13

SUPERIORS

We have great superiors who provide all we need for the sake of partnering in the Gospel. They provide:

Grace – Ephesians 2:8-9, 1 Peter 5:10, 2 Peter 3:18

Peace – Romans 5:1, Hebrews 13:20-21

HOW DO YOU FIT ON THE TEAM?

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PHILIPPIANS 1:3-8 – THANKFUL FOR THE TEAM

PHILIPPIANS – PARTNERSHIP IN THE GOSPEL #2

THE WHO OF THANKSGIVING - Vs. 3, 4

Romans 1:8, 1 Corinthians 1:4, Colossians 1:3

THE WHEN OF THANKSGIVING - Vss. 3-4

1 Timothy 2:1-4, Thessalonians 5:16-18

Remember the joy is not so much in the person prayed for, but in the Lord! Philippians 2:29, 3:1, 4:4, 4:10.

THE WHY OF THANKSGIVING - Vss. 5-8

Paul gives three reasons for giving thanks for the Philippians.

1. FELLOWSHIP - Vs. 5 - They were Paul's partners in Gospel ministry.  Galatians 3:26-28

2. FAITHFULNESS - Vs. 6 - God began a "good work" in each believer. 

John 10:27-30, Romans 8:29, 1 John 3:2-3

3. FERVENCY- Vss. 7-8 

Romans 12:15, Hebrews 13:3

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PHILIPPIANS 1:9-11 – FIVE FOR LIFE

PHILIPPIANS – PARTNERSHIP IN THE GOSPEL #3

Christian, you only have one life before you will be judged by your Lord and Savior! What are you doing with it?

Thinking of the phrase “Only one life, ‘twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last”, I see in Paul’s prayer for the Philippians, five qualities for us to develop so that we can live a life that will bear fruit forever. We can call them “Five for Life”.

ABOUNDING LOVE – Vs. 9

Matthew 22:37-40, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Romans 5:5, John 4:7-8, 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a

Knowledge – John 15:4-5, Philippians 3:10

Discernment – Psalm 97:10, 1 John 2:15-17

EXCELLENT CHOICES – Vs. 10

Romans 12:1-2

INNER PURITY – Vs. 10

Philippians 4:8

OUTWARD INTEGRITY – Vs. 10

1 Corinthians 10:32-33, Colossians 3:4-10

FRUITFUL RIGHTEOUSNESS – Vs. 11

Galatians 5:22-23, Matthew 6:14-16, Ephesians 2:8-10, Proverbs 11:30, Philippians 4:13

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PHILIPPIANS 1:12-18 – YOU ARE HERE!

PHILIPPIANS – PARTNERSHIP IN THE GOSPEL #4

You’ve seen them at shopping malls – those big maps of the facility.  One of the most helpful features of such a map is the little arrow or marker that says, “YOU ARE HERE!”

2,000 years ago, a map for the Apostle Paul who was a prisoner in a rented house, might have said, “You are here. You have been a prisoner for about 5 years. You have been in Rome for almost two years and you don’t know whether you will be acquitted or be executed.”

And this was not all that Paul had been through.  2 Corinthians 13:24-28.

You might expect some bitter person who was rotting away as a prisoner. Not so! In Philippians 2:12-18, Paul shows you what to do in whatever situation you find yourself.

You are here. Do your best.

You are here. Inspire others!

You are here. Remember that people’s motives vary.

You are here. Rejoice when Christ is proclaimed!

As you look at the map of your life and it says “You are here!” you should have the same reaction as the Apostle Paul.

You are here. Do your best. Vss. 12-13

Philippians 4:11-13, Acts 28:30-31, Philippians 4:22

2 Corinthians 5:20

You are here. Inspire others! Vs. 14

1 Timothy 4:12, 1 Corinthians 11:1

You are here. Remember that people’s motives vary. Vss. 15-17

It is not our job to pronounce judgment on people’s motives.

1 Corinthians 4:5

You are here. Rejoice when Christ is proclaimed! Vs. 18

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PHILIPPIANS 1:21 – A FORGOTTEN VERSE!

PHILIPPIANS – PARTNERSHIP IN THE GOSPEL #5

Philippians 1:21 (KJV) - For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

“Life is to be as Christ, for Christ, by, in, and from Christ.” Alexander MacLaren

(Alexander MacLaren was a great preacher and author of the multi-volume set, Expositions of Holy Scripture. If you use his outline, give him credit!              You do not have to give me credit if you use my outlines!)

AS CHRIST – 1 John 3:1-3, 1 John 2:1-6, John 15:18-20

FOR CHRIST – 2 Corinthians 5:14-15, 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

BY CHRIST – Galatians 2:20, Philippians 4:11-13

IN CHRIST – John 1:10-13, Romans 8:1, 1 Corinthians 1:30, 2 Corinthians 5:17

FROM CHRIST – John 14:13-14, Ephesians 1:2

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PHILIPPIANS 1:27-30 – IN IT TOGETHER

PHILIPPIANS – PARTNERSHIP IN THE GOSPEL #6

Church and church activities are viewed by many as optional, as “Take it or leave it”.  “If I miss church for something more important, it’s no big deal. No one will miss me!”   Matthew 16:18, 28:19-20, Acts 14:21-23

Church is a big deal! Hebrews 10:24-25

The Faith of the Gospel - Philippians 3:20, 1 Corinthians 15:3-5, Romans 10:9-10,  2 Corinthians 5:17, John 13:34-35

We serve Christ together! We are in this church together!

NOT SPLINTERED – Vs. 27

  • Standing Firm 
  • One Spirit – The Holy Spirit produces one spirit of unity
  • One Mind Striving Side by Side 
  • For the faith of the Gospel – To live out that faith and to share that faith together  Acts 2:42-47

NOT FRIGHTENED – Vs. 28

2 Thessalonians 1:4-8

BUT PRIVILEGED! – Vss. 29-30

  • To Believe – Ephesians 2:4-8
  • To Suffer – Luke 9:23-24, Matthew 10:24-25, 2 Timothy 3:12

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PHILIPPIANS 2:1-4 – IN IT TOGETHER

PHILIPPIANS – PARTNERSHIP IN THE GOSPEL #7

 

I. WHAT WE HAVE IN CHRIST – Vs. 1

 

A. Encouragement

In Christ, there's the Encouragement of:

  • Sins forgiven - Colossians 1:14, Ephesians 1:7
  • Eternal security - John 10:27-28
  • Christ's continual presence - Hebrews 13:5-6                
  • Answered prayer - John 14:13-14
  • Christ's Second Coming - Titus 2:11-14

 

B. Comfort of Love - Ephesians 1:6, 1 John 4:10-11

C. Partnership in the Spirit - 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

D. Affection and Sympathy - Jeremiah 31:3, Psalm 103:14, Lamentations 3:22-23

II. WHAT WE NEED IN CHRIST – Vs.2

Psalm 133:1, John 15:12

The Same Mind - Romans 8:3-5, Philippians 2:5

The Same Love - John 17:26, Ephesians 3:16-19

In Full Accord

Of One mind - Matthew 22:37-39, Matthew 28:19-20, Philippians 3:10

III. HOW IT LOOKS IN CHRIST – Vss. 3-4

 

We Set Personal Agendas Aside - Vs. 3a

 

We Make Others the Priority - Vs. 3b

Ephesians 3:8

We Pitch In and Help! - Vs. 4

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PHILIPPIANS 2:5-11 – A GOOD ATTITUDE

PHILIPPIANS – PARTNERSHIP IN THE GOSPEL #8

 

Psalm 40:7

SURRENDER - Vss. 6-7a

Vs. 6 - John 1:1-2, 2 Corinthians 2:8-9

Vs. 7 - Luke 9:23

  • We need to surrender our right to wealth. Matthew 6:24
  • We need to surrender our right to do as we please. Ephesians 5:15-17   
  • We need to surrender our right to put other things and people ahead of God. 1 John 5:21
  • We need to surrender our right to be happy in our own plans in order to be happy in God's plans. Romans 12:1
  • We need to surrender our right to please men. Isaiah 2:22
  • We need to surrender our right to have our own way. Philippians 2:2-4

SERVICE - Vs. 7

Matthew 23:11, 2 Timothy 4:21

SUBMISSION - Vs. 8

SACRIFICE - Vs. 8

Philippians 3:8-10

SATISFACTION - Vss. 9-11

1 Corinthians 4:5, 2 Corinthians 5:10

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PHILIPPIANS 2:12-16 – AN INFLUENTIAL LIFE

PHILIPPIANS – PARTNERSHIP IN THE GOSPEL #9

Every one of us has been influenced by our family and friends either for good or bad.  I see some of the same good qualities in my parents alive and well in me.  I see some of the bad qualities of my parents alive and well in me.

We should want to be a positive influence for our Lord Jesus Christ through our words and deeds. In our text Paul shows us how to be a positive influence to both saved and unsaved people.

EXERCISE - work out your own salvation - Vss. 12-13

Notice that Paul does not say "work for" but "work out". It carries the idea of seeing something through to its conclusion.  Paul is talking about practical, holy, living.

EXTRACTION - no murmurings or disputings - Vs. 14

EXCELLENCE - blameless, harmless, without rebuke - Vs. 15

EXPOSURE - shining as lights in this world - Vs. 15

EXPLANATION - holding forth the word of life - Vs. 16

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PHILIPPIANS 2:17-30 – POURED OUT!

PHILIPPIANS – PARTNERSHIP IN THE GOSPEL #10

PAUL WAS POURED OUT AS A SACRIFICE – Vss. 17-18

Luke 9:23, Romans 12:1, 2 Timothy 3:12, Romans 10:13-17

TIMOTHY WAS POURED OUT AS A SHEPHERD –  Vss. 19-24

John 10:11, Galatians 2:20

EPAPHRODITUS WAS POURED OUT AS A SERVANT – Vss. 25-30

Matthew 25:14-30 – Parable of the Talents

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PHILIPPIANS 3:1-3 – TIMELY ADVICE!

PHILIPPIANS – PARTNERSHIP IN THE GOSPEL #11

REJOICE – Vs. 1

Actually the word translated “finally” could also be translated “furthermore”, or “so then”. Why rejoice?

  • Paul, Timothy, and Epaphroditus all made sacrifices.   Philippians 2:19-30
  • Jesus paid the ultimate sacrifice.  John 10:15-18
  • We are assured our sins are forgiven.  1Peter 1:18-19
  • The Lord made salvation simple.  1 John 5:11-12
  • We have an ultimate home.  John 14:1-3
  • Jesus never leaves or forsakes us.  Matthew 18:19-20
  • Jesus intercedes for us.  Hebrews 4:14-16
  • Jesus is coming again.  1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

LOOK OUT – Vs. 2

Ever since there’s been the Gospel, there have been people who pervert, change, and misrepresent the Gospel.

The Dogs – Not your household pets

The Evil Workers – They were adding to the Gospel.  Galatians 1:6-9

Mutilate the flesh – Taken a sign of faith and made it into a work – Genesis 17:9-14, Romans 2:28-29

KNOW THAT – Vs. 3

We are the Circumcision – Of the Heart – Deuteronomy 10:16, Ezekiel 36:26-27

  • We worship God in the Spirit.  John 16:14  “He will glorify me”
  • We rejoice in Christ Jesus.  Revelation 5:12-13
  • We have no confidence in the flesh.  Ephesians 2:8-9

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PHILIPPIANS 4:1-8 – STAND!

In order for Christians and churches to have an impact in society they must take a stand. Here is a good summary of the stand we need to take.

STAND FAST! – Vs. 1

Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.

STAND TOGETHER! – Vss. 2-3

I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord. And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life.

STAND JOYFULLY! – Vs. 4

Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.

STAND WISELY! – Vs. 5

Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

STAND PRAYERFULLY! – Vs. 6

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

STAND PEACEFULLY! – Vs. 7

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

STAND THOUGHTFULLY – Vs. 8

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

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PHILIPPIANS 3:4-9– UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT

PHILIPPIANS – PARTNERSHIP IN THE GOSPEL #12

 

We see the sign on businesses all the time: “UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT”.

When Paul met Jesus on the Road to Damascus, he immediately became a person “Under New Management”. Acts 9:1-22

Indeed, every Christian is “Under New Management” the moment they are saved!     1 Corinthians 6:9-11

Here’s Paul’s personal testimony about his salvation.

THE PAST – EARNING IT! – Vss. 4-6

Psalm 147:19-20, Romans 9:3-5, Acts 26:9-12, Romans 3:10-18

THE PARTING – REJECTING IT! – Vss. 7-8

Ephesians 2:8-9

THE PRESENT – ACCEPTING IT – Vs. 9

Romans 5:1, 6-9

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PHILIPPIANS 3:10 – THERE’S MORE!

PHILIPPIANS – PARTNERSHIP IN THE GOSPEL #13

Philippians 3:10 - That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

Last time – “Under New Management” – Philippians 3:4-9

THE PAST – EARNING IT! – Vss. 4-6

THE PARTING – REJECTING IT! – Vss. 7-8

THE PRESENT – ACCEPTING IT – Vs. 9 – Romans 5:1, 6-9

This time – “There’s More!”

KNOWING HIM

  • Speaks of intimacy
  • Speaks of desire and commitment
  • Speaks of time to pray, read, learn, memorize, meditate, and fellowship
  • Speaks of Enoch – Genesis 5:24, John 15:1-7

KNOWING HIS POWER

  • Over sin – Romans 6:11-14, 22, Galatians 5:16
  • To live – Ephesians 5:18-21
  • To witness – Acts 1:8

KNOWING HIS SUFFERING

Acts 9:1-6, 16, 1 Peter 5:12-14

KNOWING HIS DEATH

Matthew 26:36-39, Philippians 2:5-7

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PHILIPPIANS 3:15-17 – TO BE MATURE

PHILIPPIANS – PARTNERSHIP IN THE GOSPEL #14

As Christians, we need to work towards being perfect or mature. Here are some ways to accomplish this:

What to think – Vs. 15

  • Renounce everything to have Christ. Vss.7-9, 1 John 3:2-3
  • Renounce everything to be like Christ. Vs. 10
  • Know you haven’t made it. Vss. 11-12
  • Press on! Vss. 13-14

What to do – Vs. 16

  • Keep in line by faith. Hebrews 11:6
  • Keep in line by Scripture. 2 Timothy 3:16
  • Keep in line by taking God literally. Hebrews 3:18-19
  • Keep in line by prayer. Hebrews 3:14-16

Where to look – Vs. 17

  • Look to Jesus. Hebrews 12:1-4
  • Look to Biblical examples – Paul and others. Hebrews 11 
  • Look to the Godly examples you know.

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PHILIPPIANS 3:18-21 – ON THE WATCH!

Philippians – PARTNERSHIP IN THE GOSPEL #15

Watching is something all Christians should be doing.

Matthew 25:13 (KJV) - Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

1 Thessalonians 5:6 (KJV) - Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

In our text, the Apostle encourages us to do some serious watching.

WATCH OUT FOR PHONIES! – Vss. 18-19

  1. Who deny the necessity of the cross – 1 Corinthians 1:18 
  2. Who deny the power of the cross – Romans 1:16-17
  3. Who deny the transformation of the cross – Galatians 2:20
  4. Who deny the sacrifice of the cross – Luke 9:23
  5. Who deny the Godliness of the cross – Vs. 19, Matthew 7:15-20, 1 John 2:15-17

WATCH FOR CHRIST’S RETURN – Vss. 20-21

  1. Because of our citizenship in Heaven – Vs. 20, Revelation 21:1-8, 22-27
  2. Because of our coming transformation – Vs. 21, Titus 2:11-14
  3. Because of the One we serve – Vs. 21, Philippians 2:9-11

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PHILIPPIANS 4:1-5 – STANDING IN THE LORD

Philippians – PARTNERSHIP IN THE GOSPEL #16

A FIRM STAND IN THE LORD – Vs. 1

We are to stand firm in the Lord, striving to be like Him. Galatians 3:26, 1 John 4:16, 20-21, 1 John 4:8-9, 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20, Philippians 3:10-16

A UNITED STAND IN THE LORD – Vss. 2-3

Romans 12:14-21

A JOYFUL STAND IN THE LORD – Vs. 4

  • Because of who He is – Hebrews 1:1-4
  • Because of what He has done – 1 Peter 2:22-25
  • Because of who we are – Galatians 4:4-7

A GRACIOUS STAND FOR THE LORD IS NEAR – Vs. 5

Proverbs 15:1-4, Matthew 11:28-30, Galatians 5:22-23

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PHILIPPIANS 4:6-9 – HELP LINES

Philippians – PARTNERSHIP IN THE GOSPEL #17

You might be familiar with help lines or help desks where you can call for assistance.

Philippians 4:6-8 are lines written in the Bible that help us.  Therefore, they are “help lines”.

HELP FOR THE HEART – Vss. 6-7 – PRAY!

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. [7] And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

HELP FOR THE MIND – Vs. 8 – THINK!

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

HELP FOR THE LIFE – Vs. 9 – IMITATE!

Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

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PHILIPPIANS 4:10-13 – SIGNS YOU ARE GROWING UP

Philippians – PARTNERSHIP IN THE GOSPEL #19

You’ve probably said to other people, “Why don’t you grow up?”  And it is true that all people, at one time or another, start acting like responsible adults.

This is also true for us as Christians. As Paul winds down his letter to the Philippians, he shows his own Spiritual maturity as he acknowledges a gift of support that the Philippians had sent while he was in jail.  His words lead us to evaluate our own Spiritual maturity. Are there signs in our lives that we are growing up Spiritually?

  • ARE YOU JOYFUL? – Vs. 10

Philippians 1:4, 18, 2:17-18, 3:1, 3:3, 4:4, 10. Romans 5:3-5

  • ARE YOU APPRECIATIVE? – Vs. 10

Philippians 4:10

  • ARE YOU CONTENTED? – Vs. 11

      2 Corinthians 6:4-10, 1 Kings 21:1-5, Hebrews 13:5-6

  • ARE YOU EXPERIENCED? – Vs. 12
  • ARE YOU RELIANT? – Vs. 13

      2 Corinthians 5:17, John 15:4-5

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PHILIPPIANS 4:14-19 – HEAVENLY BANKING

Philippians – PARTNERSHIP IN THE GOSPEL #20 (Last of Series)

This message this morning will not tell you how to get to Heaven.  There is only way to Heaven and that's through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  John 14:6, 2 Corinthians 5:21, John 3:36

This message will help you make wise choices in the use of your money. Matthew 6:19-21

HEAVENLY BANKING REQUIRES INVESTMENTS -  Vss. 14-16, 18

Luke 21:1-4, 2 Corinthians 9:6-7

HEAVENLY BANKING YIELDS INTEREST - Vs. 17

Proverbs 11:25, Proverbs 19:17, Proverbs 22:9,

2 Corinthians 9:8

HEAVENLY BANKING IS FULLY INSURED - Vs. 19

Matthew 6:33

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PHILLIPIANS 4:14-19 - MISSIONS GIVING

PAYMENTS OF SUPPORT

Philippians 4:14-16 - Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction. [15] Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only. [16] For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity.

PURPOSE FOR CONCERN

Philippians 4:17 - Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.

PATTERN OF GIVING

Philippians 4:18 - But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God.

PROVISION FROM GOD

Philippians 4:19 - But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

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