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Connections

Connections A space for pastors. We are the primary connection point between Texas Baptist pastors and the vast array of resources and ministries of the BGCT. Whether providing direct resources for pastoral leadership development, or acting as a connecting guide to other resources provided by the BGCT, we are here to serve our pas...

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Give

Give Deeply rooted in faith. Cooperative Program Your gift to missions through the Cooperative Program allows individuals and church bodies to be actively involved in mission, evangelism, education, discipleship and human care in Texas and around the world. By participating in a missions co-op an individual or church is able to re...

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Community Resources

Community Resources 2-1-1 Texas 2-1-1 Texas delivers efficient access to the most appropriate sources of help and information. Anywhere in Texas, anyone can call 2-1-1 for free information and referrals to health and human service agencies, nonprofit and faith-based organizations, disaster relief resources, and volunteer opportuni...

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River Ministry

River Ministry/ mexico missions Connecting churches to projects along the Texas/Mexico border We connect churches to specific projects along the Texas/Mexico border and in the most populous Mexican cities. Considering the possibility of a mission trip to the border or Mexico? Daniel Rangel can work with you to provide logistical i...

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Counseling Services

Counseling Services We exist to offer hope and encouragement to Texas Baptists struggling with difficult life issues. Our Services Include Confidential assessment, counseling and referral services for ministers and their families. Counseling resources for all Texas Baptists. Group presentations on mental health topics to promote o...

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Human Care

Human Care [ Child & Family Care Institutions ] [ Medical Centers ] [ Retirement & Aging Care ] Child & Family Care Instructions Through foster care, adoption, disaster response, international orphan support, children’s homes and aging care facilities, Texas Baptists take care of and build strong families that in...

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions Frequently Asked Questions Will my information be kept confidential? What is subsidy? How many times can the client use subsidy assistance? Does the subsidy assistance expire? What if I’ve already been seeing a counselor? Do I have to come to Dallas? How are counselors selected? Is there a chance that...

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Substance Abuse

Substance Abuse Almost every family and church is impacted in some way by substance abuse. The BGCT’s Christian Life Commission addresses the issue of substance abuse primarily through prevention and education strategies. Pathways to Prevention Youth today are bombarded daily by messages that normalize ideas and actions that are...

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Abortion

Abortion The Baptist General Convention of Texas has taken repeated stands regarding the sanctity of life. Messengers to BGCT annual meetings have clearly stated their position regarding related issues, including abortion. 1980: The BGCT reaffirmed the view of Scripture on the sacredness and dignity of all human life, both born an...

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Ministry & Substance Abuse

Ministry & Substance Abuse Because of the stigma attached to abuse and addiction, Christians who experience the ravages of substance abuse often do so in shameful isolation, afraid to share their burdens with fellow church members. The litany of issues related to substance abuse are familiar and formidable: family dysfunction...

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Organ Donation

Organ Donation Organ transplants have the potential to bless persons with the gift of extended life. As stewards of the gifts of grace and life, Christians can interpret and utilize transplant technology to serve God’s purposes. Organ donation can give redemptive, life-giving meaning to a tragic death. Advances in medical te...

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Pathways to Prevention

Pathways to Prevention Introduction to Learning Activities Youth today are bombarded daily by messages that normalize ideas and actions that are harmful to their emotions, bodies, and spiritual walk. Materialism, casual sex, and the abuse of drugs, alcohol and tobacco have become an accepted expression of popular culture as portra...

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Pathways to Prevention: Learning Activities

Pathways to Prevention: Learning Activities Sixth to Eighth Graders Your Opinion Please This activity will help youth examine their knowledge and beliefs about substance abuse and provide them with accurate information about the effects of using drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. Focus Scripture: John 10:10. Learning Activity... Anti-Dr...

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Your Opinion Please

Your Opinion Please Learning Activity for grades 6 – 8 Expected Outcome: This activity will help youth examine their knowledge and beliefs about substance abuse and provide them with accurate information about the effects of using drugs, alcohol and tobacco. Focus Scripture: John 10:10 (NRSV) “The thief comes only to steal and...

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Anti-Drug Ads that Tell the Truth

Anti-Drug Ads that Tell the Truth Learning Activity for Grades 6 – 8 Expected Outcome Youth will identify the purpose of advertising and how it works. They will then use these ideas in a fun activity to develop advertising posters that tell the truth about drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. Focus Scripture: Matthew 6:24 (NRSV) “No o...

texasbaptists.org/ministries/connections/counseling-services/substance-abuse/pathways-to-prevention-learning-activities/anti-drug-ads-tell-truth


What's There to do Around Here?

What's There to do Around Here? Learning Activity for Grades 6 – 8 Expected Outcome: Young people will identify a variety of activities that are fun, safe, and legal which do not involve drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. Focus Scripture: Matthew 6:33 (NRSV) “But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all the...

texasbaptists.org/ministries/connections/counseling-services/substance-abuse/pathways-to-prevention-learning-activities/whats-there-to-do-around-here


Top Ten Ways to Say No

Top Ten Ways to Say No Learning Activity for Grades 6 – 8 Expected Outcome: Youth will learn new and creative ways to say “No” to drugs, alcohol and tobacco and resist negative peer pressure. Focus Scripture: Matthew 10:32 (NRSV) “Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Fathe...

texasbaptists.org/ministries/connections/counseling-services/substance-abuse/pathways-to-prevention-learning-activities/top-ten-ways-to-say-no


What Makes a Good Friend?

What Makes a Good Friend? Learning Activity for Grades 6 – 8 Expected Outcome: Each young person will identify qualities he or she brings to a friendship and the qualities he or she looks for in a friend. Focus Scripture: Proverbs 17:17 (NRSV) “A friend loves at all times, and kinsfolk are born to share adversity.” Materials...

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Friendship & Conflict

Friendship & Conflict Learning Activity for Grades 6 – 8 Expected Outcome: When conflict over moral and ethical issues puts stress on a friendship, the results can be very hurtful. This exercise will help kids learn and practice ways to resolve conflict with their friends while maintaining their own integrity. Focus Scriptur...

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Resisting Peer Pressure

Resisting Peer Pressure Learning Activity for Grades 6 – 8 Expected Outcome: This activity will help children identify how peer pressure affects them, and how to say “No” to behaviors that would hurt them. Focus Scripture: Ephesians 6:10 (NRSV) “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. Put on the wh...

texasbaptists.org/ministries/connections/counseling-services/substance-abuse/pathways-to-prevention-learning-activities/resisting-peer-pressure


What's Okay To Do and What's Not

What's Okay To Do and What's Not Learning Activity for Junior High and High School Students. Expected Outcome: Young people will increase their knowledge of alternative behaviors by identifying reasons why some young people choose to use drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. Focus Scripture: John 15:10-11 (NRSV) “If you keep my commandme...

texasbaptists.org/ministries/connections/counseling-services/substance-abuse/pathways-to-prevention-learning-activities/whats-okay-to-do-whats-not


Why Some People Make Poor Decisions

Why Some People Make Poor Decisions Learning Activity for Junior High and High School Students. Expected Outcome: Young people will increase their knowledge of alternative behaviors by identifying reasons why some young people choose to use drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. Focus Scripture: John 15:10-11 (NRSV) “If you keep my comman...

texasbaptists.org/ministries/connections/counseling-services/substance-abuse/pathways-to-prevention-learning-activities/why-some-people-make-poor-decisions


Feeling Good About Taking a Stand

Feeling Good About Taking a Stand Learning Activity for Junior High and High School students Expected Outcome: Youth will think about their beliefs regarding drug, alcohol and tobacco use, and they will learn what some adults in their congregation believe about these topics. They also will discover what the Bible teaches about the...

texasbaptists.org/ministries/connections/counseling-services/substance-abuse/pathways-to-prevention-learning-activities/feeling-good-about-taking-stand


Marijuana Game Show

Marijuana Game Show Learning activity for Junior High and High School Expected Outcome: Youth will learn facts about marijuana to counter common myths and misconceptions. Focus Scripture: 2 Timothy 2:22 (NRSV) “Shun youthful passions, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a p...

texasbaptists.org/ministries/connections/counseling-services/substance-abuse/pathways-to-prevention-learning-activities/marijuana-game-show


Laying Down the Burden of Lies

Laying Down the Burden of Lies Learning activity for Junior High and High School Expected Outcome: Young people will feel some of the emotional and spiritual burdens brought on by lying about drug or alcohol use. Focus Scripture: Proverbs 15:14 (NRSV) “The mind of one who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouths of fool...

texasbaptists.org/ministries/connections/counseling-services/substance-abuse/pathways-to-prevention-learning-activities/laying-down-burden-lies


Media Images. Friend or Foe?

Media Images. Friend or Foe? Learning activity for Junior High and High School Focus Scripture: Ephesians 6:10 (NRSV) “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. ” Expected outcome: Youth will learn critical th...

texasbaptists.org/ministries/connections/counseling-services/substance-abuse/pathways-to-prevention-learning-activities/media-images-friend-or-foe


Taking the Sting Out of Stress

Taking the Sting Out of Stress Learning activity for Junior High and High School Expected Outcome: Youth will identify sources of stress, recognize the effects of stress, and learn new ways to manage stress. Focus Scripture: John 14:27 (NRSV) “Peace, I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world giv...

texasbaptists.org/ministries/connections/counseling-services/substance-abuse/pathways-to-prevention-learning-activities/taking-sting-out-of-stress


If I Don't Drink, What's In It For Me?

If I Don't Drink, What's In It For Me? Learning activity for High School students Expected Outcome: Youth will identify the benefits and wisdom of not drinking alcohol. Focus Scripture: Matthew 6:19-21 (NRSV) “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume, and where thieves break in and steal; bu...

texasbaptists.org/ministries/connections/counseling-services/substance-abuse/pathways-to-prevention-learning-activities/if-i-dont-drink-whats-in-it-for-me


Giving Others a Helping Hand

Giving Others a Helping Hand Learning Activity for High School Students Expected Outcome: Young people will learn a process for helping and supporting a friend or family member whose use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco concerns them. Focus Scripture: Proverbs 27:6 (NRSV) “Well meant are the wounds a friend inflicts, but profuse ar...

texasbaptists.org/ministries/connections/counseling-services/substance-abuse/pathways-to-prevention-learning-activities/giving-others-helping-hand


Drug Prevention in Our Community

Drug Prevention in Our Community Participants: Junior High, Senior High, and Adults Materials needed: A large candle should be burning in the center or front of the room when participants arrive. You will need small candles for each participant.Flip chart and markers Focus Scripture: Matthew 5:14-16 (NRSV) “You are the light of...

texasbaptists.org/ministries/connections/counseling-services/substance-abuse/pathways-to-prevention-learning-activities/drug-prevention-in-our-community


Parent Helps

Parent Helps Parents – The Number One Anti-Drug Have you ever questioned just how much influence you have with your children, especially their decisions about use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs? You hear about peer pressure and see all the beer commercials on television and the question arises. How can parents ever compete...

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Building a Positive Self-Image in Teens

Building a Positive Self-Image in Teens Building Positive Self-Image in Teens When, as parents and youth leaders, we talk about a person’s self-concept, we are talking about the total perception an individual has about himself or herself, that is, being able to answer the questions “Who am I?” and “Who am I in relation to...

texasbaptists.org/ministries/connections/counseling-services/substance-abuse/pathways-to-prevention-learning-activities/building-a-positive-self-image-in-teens


Developing Good Communication with Kids

Developing Good Communication with Kids Because interpersonal communication directly influences the very foundation of our existence and potential growth, it is important that our young people learn the appropriate skills to become good communicators. It is important for them to learn that people com­municate both verbally and no...

texasbaptists.org/ministries/connections/counseling-services/substance-abuse/pathways-to-prevention-learning-activities/developing-good-communication-with-kids


Hard Facts About Drugs

Hard Facts About Drugs Alcohol: Ethyl Alcohol, Ethanol Drug group: Depressant Street names: Booze, brew, juice hooch, liquor, beer, wine or the product brand names Appearance: Liquid Packaging: Bottles and cans Method of use: Oral Paraphernalia: Flasks and fake IDs Duration: 4-12 hours Dependence: Moderate to high Possible effects...

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Drug Misuse and Abuse

Drug Misuse and Abuse What is the difference between drug use, misuse and abuse? We use drugs daily in our lives. Whether it is drinking a cup of coffee to help us wake up or taking an aspirin to relieve pain, the important con­sideration is how and why people use drugs. Almost every drug created has a medicinal purpose. It is pe...

texasbaptists.org/ministries/connections/counseling-services/substance-abuse/pathways-to-prevention-learning-activities/drug-misuse-abuse


Laws Regarding Underage Drinking

Laws Regarding Underage Drinking Zero Tolerance Bill Automatic Driver’s License Suspension for Age Laws The zero tolerance bill, Senate Bill 35 authored by Royce West and the Senate Committee on Juvenile Driving While Intoxicated Laws, took effect September 1, 1997. What does the passage of this bill mean for Texas? It significa...

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Biblical Perspectives on the Use of Alcohol and Other Drugs

Biblical Perspectives on the Use of Alcohol and Other Drugs T. Furman Hewitt, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary Prepared for the North Carolina Dept. of Human Resources Pages 11-30 reprinted with permission. I. Attitudes Toward Alcoholic Beverages in the Bible The Production and Use of Wine and Beer in the Near EastThe use...

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Foundational Virtues

Foundational Virtues The Meaning of Community For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body–Jews or Greeks, slaves or free–and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. . . .But God has...

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The Bible and the Twelve Steps

The Bible and the Twelve Steps STEP 1: We admitted that we were powerless over alcohol and that our lives had become unmanageable. Proverbs 23: 29-35Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Those who tarry long over wine, at the last it bites like a serpent, and stings like an adder… “They stuck me,” you will say “but...

texasbaptists.org/ministries/connections/counseling-services/substance-abuse/pathways-to-prevention-learning-activities/bible-and-the-twelve-steps


Risky Business

Risky Business Learning activity for Junior High and – High School Expected Outcome: Youth will explore risky situations and the consequences of their actions and consider ways they might respond if they are ever in a similar situation. Focus Scripture: Matthew 10:32-33 (NRSV) “Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before oth...

texasbaptists.org/ministries/connections/counseling-services/substance-abuse/pathways-to-prevention-learning-activities/risky-business


TraffickStop

TraffickStop Every country is either a provider, pass-through or consumer of the sex-trade. Some countries' leading export is young women. This is a global problem, which requires multi-level tactics to fight. Texas Baptists are involved in toughening laws and their enforcement, as well as providing education and skills to women f...

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Human Life

Human Life Messengers to BGCT Annual Meetings have clearly stated their position regarding the issues involved in the sanctity of human life. 1980: The BGCT reaffirmed the view of Scripture on the sacredness and dignity of all human life, both born and unborn, and supported legislation prohibiting abortion except to save the life...

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Resources

Resources Abuse Children's Advocacy Centers of TX National Coalition Against Domestic Violence OAG – TX Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network Report Abuse or Neglect in TX Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) Texas Council on Family Violence Mental health National Institute of Mental Health National Alliance...

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World Crafts

World Crafts Marketplace At WMU of Texas, we love the ministry of WorldCrafts. Our hope is to create experiences to not only sell products but teach about the importance of fairtrade and the hope it brings to people around the world. WMU of Texas is committed to WorldCrafts and offers a variety of opportunities to promote its arti...

texasbaptists.org/wmu/engage/world-crafts


Success Stories

"Speak up for those who have no voice, for the justice of all who are dispossessed. Speak up, judge righteously, and defend the cause of the oppressed and needy." Proverbs 31:8-9 Bikeout Hunger Going Fast Makes the Climb Worth It SAN SABA – Today was a great day of riding! The team traveled from Fredericksburg to San Saba, a...

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MinistrySafe

Dear Texas Baptists, Texas Baptists takes very seriously the safety of children at church.  Therefore, we are taking a proactive approach in providing you and your church the proper training in ensuring a safe environment for children.  We have partnered with an organization called MinistrySafe and are hosting regional t...

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Minister burnout and depression: Proactive steps

Related articles: Depression in a world of faith | Symptoms of depressionBurnout or depression can happen to any minister under certain circumstances. Katie Swafford, director of Texas Baptists Counseling Services, suggest ministers and churches look at the following proactive steps to ensure ministry - and ministers - remain stron...

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Symptoms of depression

Related articles: Depression in a world of faith | Minister burnout and depression: Proactive stepsWondering if your suffering from depression? If you're feeling several of these symptoms, you may be fighting depression, according to the Mayo Clinic. Feelings of sadness or unhappinessIrritability or frustration, even over small mat...

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Depression in a world of faith

Across this state, ministers are smiling on the outside while withering inside. Many don't know what to call what they're experiencing. They struggle even to put it into words.Related articles: Symptoms of depression | Minister burnout and depression: Proactive stepsCounseling professionals know precisely what to call it: depressio...

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Bringing God to soldiers and soldiers to God

FORT SILL, OK - Twenty-four soldiers dressed in PT uniforms sat on the chapel stage on Quarry Hill before Spiritual Formation classes began. From varied backgrounds and more than 20 states across the country, the soldiers had little in common. This day, Sept. 29, however, would be a day they would each remember - it was the day the...

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Because of where you have been

This story is 1 of a 3-part series addressing the effects of sexual abuse and the power of healing through Jesus Christ. Tricia Martin* was a fun-loving preacher's kid in the 1970s who played outside constantly and never met a stranger. Though she was small for her age, she never felt inferior or out of place, that was just the wa...

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Where the healing begins

This story is 2 of a 3-part series addressing the effects of sexual abuse and the power of healing through Jesus Christ. Sexual abuse is a sensitive subject and many times hearing about the pain and struggles loved ones have experienced through this type of abuse can be extremely difficult. Many people can be prone to want to gloss...

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Connections

Department: Connections Team Explain your ministry: The Connections Team builds relationships with pastors and church leaders, connecting them to the resources, programs and ministries available through the Texas Baptists. What are the different aspects of Connections? Pastor/Church Connection, directed by Joe Loughlin Building re...

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Good Legal Stewards

Once my wife and I were engaged we decided to attend premarital counseling. Years later, my misconceptions about counseling are still prevalent in society. I viewed counseling as unnecessary for healthy relationships. Inaccurate images from television and movies caused me to believe I should only attend counseling if there was a p...

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The best filter ever

Google "best selfie filter apps" and you will find over 2 million results in under a minute. You'll also find which filters are best for the perfect selfie. You can find apps to add phrases to your selfies, cartoon yourself, make your selfie look surreal, make cosmetic changes like hide blemishes or change the tone of your skin, ma...

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Grief is a journey – just be present

This is the first article in a three-part series from our Director of Counseling Services on loss which will address how to deal with the emotional impacts of loss through grief, compassion fatigue and finding life in death.I've always heard losses come in "threes." Well, the past few weeks have gone way beyond that number in my wo...

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How to choose the perfect ministry outfit

One spring afternoon in Fort Worth, Texas, I roamed aimlessly around Dillard's, focused intently on finding the perfect "ministry outfit." I was one of five women who won a contest at seminary to go on a shopping spree to get a new outfit for our ministry positions and roles. The five of us were all admittedly excited about winnin...

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5 Ways to spiritually fight for your kids

"Where is my wedding ring?" My heart started racing in panic.I noticed my ring was missing and immediately started to look around, thinking quickly about where it could be and why it wasn't on the ring holder like usual. My thoughts went to my then 4-year-old daughter, Rachel Beth. Immediately I questioned her. "Have you seen my we...

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Executive Board approves preventative education and training regarding clergy sexual misconduct

DALLAS - In a proactive approach to address clergy sexual misconduct through prevention education and training, the Executive Board of the Baptist General Convention of Texas voted to revise current policy at the recent February 22-23 board meeting.Vernon Stokes, chairman of the Administration Support Committee, presented the recom...

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Where to turn when ministry is hard

Ministry can be wonderfully fulfilling. It can also be incredibly taxing. Statistics concerning ministers are staggering! According to Life Recovered, 75 percent of ministry leaders report they’ve had a significant stress-related crisis at least once in their ministry. Thirty-three percent confess “inappropriate&rd...

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