Dr. HL Champion

04/15/14

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -

Legislation that calls for the phrase “In God We Trust” to be displayed above the main Capitol entrances and behind the speakers’ podiums in both the House and Senate has been approved by the Senate.

The proposal sponsored by Republican Sen. Stacey Campfield of Knoxville was approved 21-0 on Monday.
Tennessee Capitol In God We TrustThe measure is different than the companion bill that’s scheduled for a House floor vote on Wednesday. It instructs the State Capitol Commission to study the feasibility of painting the national motto in the tunnel that connects the state Capitol and the Legislative Plaza.

The state adopted its official slogan “Tennessee – America at Its Best” in 1965. The words “Agriculture and Commerce” from the state seal were adopted as the official state motto in 1987.

Read more: http://www.myfoxmemphis.com/story/25198742/bill-seeks-in-god-we-trust-signage-at-tenn-capitol#ixzz2z0MvUPVM

 

 

Dr. HL Champion – Editor’s Introduction.

Dr Paul Chappell  is the senior pastor of Lancaster Baptist Church and president of West Coast Baptist College in Lancaster, California. His biblical vision has led the church to become one of the most dynamic Baptist churches in the nation. He sponsors Daily in the Word, a daily radio broadcast heard on over 450 stations across America. Dr. Chappell has four children who are married and serving in Christian ministry. He has been married to his wife Terrie for thirty-one years.

April 15, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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On Sunday, we celebrate the victory of the Resurrection of Christ. We remember His triumph, and we thank God for the hope that brings in our lives on a daily basis.

But remember, there could be no resurrection without the crucifixion. The empty tomb is a powerful reminder of the hope we have in Christ’s victory. But the cross shows us how to bear difficulties until victory comes.

From this Easter to last Easter, perhaps you’ve lost a loved one, faced difficult illness, encountered family challenges, lost your job or your home.  In the space of a year, surely every one of us have had times of trial.

During trials, it’s easy to lose perspective. Fear and anxiety can grip our hearts and cause us to lose focus.

And that is why we must look to Christ for an example. Consider Christ’s focus during the last hours before His crucifixion—what we call “the passion of Christ.” In the hours before His death He was in such intense agony of soul that he shed “as it were great drops of blood.” Judas betrayed Him. Peter denied Him. The Pharisees falsely accused Him. And the disciples abandoned him.

Jesus knows suffering. And from His example, we see how to endure trials.

In this two-part post, we’ll see ten truths to remember during trials. Each of these truths we see in Christ’s life in the hours before and during His crucifixion. Each of these can serve as an anchor point for our perspective during difficult times.

Here they are—ten truths to remember during trials:

1. Remember God is in control.

The calmness with which Jesus continued the Passover meal with His disciples just before He went to the Garden of Gethsemane is a lesson in itself. First Corinthians 22:44 tells us He even “gave thanks” as He distributed the elements to His disciples.

And when he had given thanks…—1 Corinthians 11:24

When difficulties enter our lives, we can face them with calm—even grateful—assurance when we remember God is in control.

2. Remember others are learning from you.

Christ could have been consumed with fear of the pain He would soon endure. But He remembered His disciples, and He purposefully seized the moment to teach them the meaning of His crucifixion.

… he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.—1 Corinthians 11:24–25

You and I must likewise remember during times of difficulty that others are watching and learning from us. Spiritual leaders cannot afford the luxury of despair. As Dr. David Gibbs once told me, “Your greatest sermon is you in the valley.”

3. Remember to examine your heart.

Christ never sinned, so this point is more of an application to what we need to do than it is an observation of what He did. But even as Jesus was sharing the Passover meal with His disciples, just before He distributed the bread and the cup, He instigated a moment of heart-examination among the disciples.

And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me. And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I?— Matthew 26:21–22

To this day, serious Christians take care to examine their hearts before partaking of the Lord’s table.

But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.— 1 Corinthians 11:28

But we don’t have to wait for the Lord’s Table for this self-examination. Trials themselves are powerful motivators to examine our hearts, confess sin to God, and ask God to cleanse our lives. Don’t get so caught up in the trial that you neglect to let it do a purifying work in your heart.

4. Remember to pray.

From the Upper Room, Christ went to the Garden of Gethsemane where He prayed passionately.

And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed…And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.—Luke 22:41, 44

Why in our times of greatest need do we neglect the powerful resource of prayer? We have access directly to the throne of grace! We can worry, or we can bring our needs to the One who understands, cares, and helps.

For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.— Hebrews 4:15–16

5. Remember to surrender to God’s plan.

As Christ drew near to the sufferings of the Cross, He prayed that there might be another way…but even as He did, He submitted to the will of the Father.

Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.—Luke 22:42

The Father’s plan in Jesus’ suffering was our redemption—I’m glad Jesus surrendered to it.

God has a plan in our suffering too, and that plan is our conformity to the image of Christ.

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.—Romans 8:28–29

In the midst of our pain, we sometimes forget that God has a purpose and that He promises to use every aspect of our lives for our good and His glory. Surrender to His plan. As Amy Carmichael once said, “In acceptance lieth peace.”

When we are in times of difficulty, it’s easy to allow our minds to spin out of control. We grasp for solutions as we worry, doubt, and fear the worst.

But Jesus showed us how to suffer:

  1. Remember God is in control.
  2. Remember others are learning from you.
  3. Remember to examine your heart.
  4. Remember to pray.
  5. Remember to surrender to God’s plan.

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Commentary by Dr. HL Champion

Dr. H.L. Champion, Editor - The following article from The London Times Newspaper is another reminder of how intolerant Islam continues to be toward anyone with opposing views. It would be good for those who are of this mindset living here in America to remember their faulty heritage.  While courts in other Islamic countries do not have legislative blasphemy laws as does Pakistan, it is evident that Muslims in general will not tolerate any distain toward their founding leader. The followers of Christ are diametrically opposite.
Islamic followers here in America have the same principles as does their foreign counterparts. We wonder and wait to see if they will protest this sentence in their publications and exhortations. We will not hold our breaths.

Let us pray for this Christian to be freed from this charge. And pray for the government to deal with the community response to this unjust charge.      -                                                               

Twenty Six year old Sawan Masih, who is father of three children, was convicted of uttering the insult during a conversation with a Muslim friend. A mob then burned two churches and dozens of Christian homes in the eastern Pakistani city.

Pakistani sentanced deathThe Times newspaper says that if this sentence is carried out, it will be the first execution under Pakistan’s blasphemy laws.

Masih maintains that he was falsely accused as part of a plot by Muslim businessmen to clear Christians from their Lahore neighbourhood and turn the area into a profitable industrial estate. He is expected to appeal against the ruling.

Pakistan has become infamous in recent years for mob violence and vigilantism in response to any perceived insult to Islam or the Prophet Mohammed.

Such is the stigma against anyone accused of blasphemy that the family of a Christian girl falsely accused of burning pages of the Koran was forced to leave the country, despite a Muslim cleric later being arrested for making the story up.

In 2011, the relatively liberal governor of Punjab was killed by his own body guard for suggesting the blasphemy law be repealed. A Christian politician who had also criticised the law was shot dead two months after.

Critics of the law say that it is often abused to settle personal disputes and that members of minority groups are especially vulnerable.

Pakistan is the only country where the punishment for blasphemy is death or life imprisonment.

Pakistani sentanced death02A Christian man has been sentenced to death for blasphemy by a Pakistani court  in a case that triggered rioting in a Christian neighbourhood of the eastern  city of Lahore last year.

Sawan Masih was convicted of insulting the Prophet Muhammad during a  conversation with a Muslim friend. A Muslim mob burnt dozens of Christian  homes and set fire to two churches in Joseph Colony in retaliation for  alleged insults.

 

Missions in Myanmar

by Dr. HL Champion on February 27, 2014

My Calling to the Burmese People Part I –  Dr. HL Champion

After two years of intercessory prayer from Samuel Lian a Burmese pastor in Kalamyo, Myanmar with his small church and college their request was granted from God. After being friended on Facebook from this insidiousness and persistent man of God, Pastor Lian rallied his prayer troupes every week in prayer for me to come and minister among his people.

After several exchanges of prayer emergences on both parts, his and mine. We grew to become true Pastor Friends. Yes, may online requests are made from third world preachers of the Gospel for those who have to come and minister to them who have little of this world’s goods. Many in other lands are fraudulent as the ministry of Christ is merchandised to receive funds mainly for the use of the ministry leader. Such as it is in America.

But, great numbers are legitimate. While many invitations come to most of the ministers on Facebook to ”come and see”.    This short page introduces to you a vast mission field so unlike other third world countries and the mission strategies of so many Christian groups. Bible Believing preachers of the Gospel have used the boarders surrounding Myanmar to cross over and provide a semi-underground evangelism. It is to the Glory of God for all that has happened in this manner.

God has allowed me to come into this Mission field directly as an American Independent Baptist by invitation which is developing into  life calling for the rest of my days! Blessings on you who follow Burmese Missions.

If you wish to participate with World Missions in any form or field contact Dr Champion at [email protected]

 

 

Dr. H.L. Champion, Editor Dr H.L Champion Editor


H.L. Champion presents the latest declarations

of the Houston Media Pastor, Joel Osteen.
“It is so clear now for all Bible Believers as to who this
man is. And it is clear as to he is not. “

Having pastored in Houston and following his father, John Osteen’s ministry, it is apparent that Joel Osteen is no progenitor of the his father John Osteen. While his dad did make a transition from Southern Baptist to Pentecostal of sorts, that change was nothing as how Joel has changed the message of Lakewood Church. Of course technology played a huge part in a ‘modern morph’ of production, but it was the doctrines of the Bible that has dramatically changed from the elder to the younger.

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According to Joel Osteen – Pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, these first century apostles are wrong and outdated and he has come out boldly to infer indirectly that Apostles Paul, Peter, and John whom wrote much of the New Testament were wrong and need to be corrected and rebuked.

When asked directly if people whom are openly practicing homosexuals are accepted into the Kingdom, Joel Osteen responded with “Absolutely, anybody is.”

We all need to listen carefully to the words that this “man of God” speaks as he goes on interviews so we too can find the errors in the preaching of the first century apostles.

Joel does acknowledge that some things are “sin” but says, “I don’t address these things from the pulpit. They only come up in interviews.” When asked if openly practicing gay/homosexual people will be accepted into heaven, Joel Osteen responded, “I believe they will.”

He makes no mention of the need for repentance. For none has sinned that bad as to have to repent.

Joel Osteen Brings Us Universalism

The doctrine of universalism is the belief that all people are “saved” no matter who you are or what you’ve done.

This is a new version of the “good news” that is MUCH BETTER than the message the Jesus and the Apostles preached 2,ooo years ago which was far too narrow according to the way Joel Osteen explains his “message.”

“I’m for everybody” says Joel Osteen, “I’m not into excluding people. Jesus can reveal himself to anybody.”

The idea is that since no one would be accepted if we are called to be “holy” then all have to be accepted. So goes this logic. This doctrine also believes that all roads lead to heaven so there is no one “way, truth, and life that leads to the father.”
According to Joel, “sin means to miss the mark” which, while technically correct, stands in contrast to the teachings of many writers of the Bible that teach that sin is violation of God’s Holy Laws so if by missing the mark Joel means violating God’s ways, then yes, sin is missing the mark.

According to the out of date writers of the Bible, the “wages of sin is death” for which blood is required and for which a sacrifice was presented.

It sounds a lot more harsh to say SIN is TREASON punishable by death than to say it is “missing the mark” which is a bit incomplete. Sin is also “to incur guilt, incur penalty” which according to the scripture is death.

Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

When asked about people who live in open sin, Joel smilingly said, “I’m not going to bash those people. I’m not going to be against those people. They’re good people.”

So by contrast, Apostle Jude is “bashing people” when he said:

Jude 1:14-16 “And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him. These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.”

Joel’s wife recently said to Piers Morgan. “It’s the people that we’re after. We’re not trying to judge their sin. We want to encourage them and love them. You’re only going to win people by reaching out to them.”

Isn’t that so awesome! They are all about the people! They want you and I be accepted without having to discuss anything like repentance or righteousness. These are “judgmental” subjects that we just don’t need.

These modern day ministry giants have gone on national television to essentially correct Apostles Peter, John, and Paul to say … they are wrong … if you listen to Joel Osteen. So many across the nation are so proud of this Pastor and his courage in confronting the church fathers!

According to Joel Osteen, Apostle Paul erroneously stated to the Corinthians …

1 Corinthians 6:8-10 “Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren. Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”

In saying this, according to Joel Osteen, Apostle Paul is being “exclusionary” and should be rebuked and corrected. He is obviously wrong and should never have said these things to the Corinthian church.

Corinth was known for its sexual openness and promiscuity so for Paul to “condemn” all these “good people” was completely out of order and he needs to be rebuked.

When Paul wrote to the Romans he also was in complete error in stating the following in the first chapter of his letter, according to Joel Osteen.

“And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.”

According to Joel Osteen, Paul was absolutely incorrect and to state that being a homosexual is a sin is being “judgmental” and should not be tolerated. It is just wrong according to Joel Osteen. Many people agree with Joel Osteen today and so, Apostle Paul is apparently misguided and incorrect in his letter.

Joel goes on to point out the additional errors in the words Apostle Paul wrote.

“Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.” Paul went on to write in the first chapter of Romans, which according to the words of Joel Osteen, he is deeply misguided and mistaken.

Apostle Paul should repent for saying such things according to Joel Osteen. A growing number of people in America agree with Joel that Apostle Paul should be rebuked for ever saying such things because Paul isn’t accepting of people like Joel Osteen is.

Equally misguided and incorrect according to Joel Osteen is Paul’s words to the Galatian church. In his writings, Apostle Paul made stunning comments that were clearly exclusionary statements concerning the Kingdom and those whom are accepted, and in so doing has made grave error according to Joel Osteen.

joel-osteen 67See if you can detect the absolutely false statements that Apostle Paul made to the Galatian church according to the stated doctrine of Joel Osteen.

Galatians 5:19-21 “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

You can clearly see what has Joel Osteen so unhappy that he’s gone on national television to correct this! It is this type of rhetoric, according to Joel Osteen, that is completely false and misrepresents the God he serves.

Joel Osteen’s God loves everybody and there are no exclusions because then, according to Joel, “none of us would be saved.” So again, Apostle Paul was completely incorrect and should never have written such harsh and insensitive words to the Galatian church according to Joel.

I imagine Joel Osteen would say “shame on Apostle Paul for ever writing such hateful words!”

Now, not only is Joel out to correct the misguided Apostle Paul, but Apostle Peter was also brought into serious question for clearly being exclusionary when he wrote these words.

1 Peter 1:14-16 “As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”

According to the doctrine Joel Osteen has now shared with us all as “his message,” being clearly more evolved and enlightened than the archaic Apostle Peter, no one can be holy. We are left to conclude that Peter is misguided and is being judgmental. What a terrible yoke and condemnation Apostle Peter is trying to put on the good people he is writing to.

Additionally, Apostle Peter goes on to say things that are completely against the Lakewood Church Pastor’s God when he stated the following.

2 Peter 2:6-8 “And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)”

According to Joel Osteen’s public comments, one could conclude that Apostle Peter was in complete error and deceived when he wrote such things. What a terrible condemnation. He clearly did not know the doctrine that Joel Osteen preaches or he would never have said such awful and critical things.

Joel Osteen indirectly implies (subtly) that these apostles were false and were critical and judgmental and should NOT be listened to in America today. We all need to listen instead to Joel Osteen and Oprah Winfrey.

Now Apostle John made even greater errors if the benchmark is Joel Osteen’s “message” when he stated some of the thing that he wrote which, according to Joel Osteen, is just plain and simply not true.

Additionally, in his letter, Apostle John says things like …

1 John 3:8-10 “He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.”

Now according to Joel Osteen and the thousands that agree with his “message,” this entire passage should be removed from the pages of the bible and no one should be saying such things. In fact, Joel goes on to share that it is this exact kind of preaching that will hinder “church growth.”

Apostles Paul, Peter, and John listen up. Joel Osteen rebukes you all.

Now listen, Joel Osteen and his ministry in Houston are all about people. He is standing up for your rights! He is taking a REALLY BIG RISK because … if he’s wrong, and Apostle Paul is right … then he stands to be cursed! So he needs your support in prayer NOW!

Galatians 1:9 “As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.”

Instead, you all need to listen to his message of universal acceptance and lawless living without any condemnation so we can all “lift our spirits” and be “encouraging and loving” to all people no matter what lifestyle or choices they make. After all, according to Joel, God loves us all and everyone is going to heaven so lighten up!

There is no exclusive path to the Kingdom. According to Joel Osteen, we need to hear this message because it’s the right message and anyone that says that there is an exclusive path to God is wrong.

Joel would know, look at the size of his church! He is clearly telling you the truth more than anyone in history.

John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

Exactly how much error is too much?

Sources:

  • Overview of Joel Osteen/Oprah deceptions:http://youtu.be/weEWl52wevI
  • Joel Osteen meets with Larry King … Here’s the link: http://youtu.be/KwL1DThtxYg
  • Joel Osteen meets with Piers Morgan … Here’s the link: http://youtu.be/tgCpRNfBzys
    • To his credit, in this interview Joel does call out sin, however, he softens it and backs away from talking about repentance … and when he is asked “what would you say” his comment is that he doesn’t understand. You’re leading the largest church in America and you don’t understand REPENTANCE?

The quotes are taken right from what Joel himself has spoken. He positions himself on his own without being told how to answer. On the one hand he wants to appease his Christian followers by saying “the bible says” but on the other he clearly fellowships with darkness and facilitates those whom deny the power thereof.

2 Timothy 3:1-7 “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

It takes a lot of courage for Joel to stand against these writings but he believes strongly in his “uplifting and encouraging” doctrine that does not endorse such harsh and judgmental statements as written by these ancient Apostles. But, for the Bible Believer, Joel is just another false prophet, albeit the most successful one to come along in a long time.

Baptist. org stands against the Lakewood Church and their Pastor’s teaching. We encourage participants to  . . .”come out from among them . . . .”

 

Tennessee Temple For Sale

by Dr. HL Champion on September 20, 2013

Dr. H.L. Champion, Editor

Dr. Jeff Amsbaugh has summarized the history and current shift in ministry of America’s greatest Bible College ministries. His link is at the bottom of this article.

 

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Days after announcing exploratory discussions of moving its campus to a site adjacent to Woodland Park Baptist Church, a Southern Baptist Church, in the Greater Chattanooga area, officials with Tennessee Temple University have listed most of the 65-year-old school’s 21-acre site for sale. In order to practice full disclosure, I must admit that I am emotionally attached to the Highland Park campus of TTU, for it was here that I received my ministerial education and here that I met my wife.

Benjamin Pitts, a listing agent with Herman Walldorf Commercial Real Estate, has announced the university had hired the firm to assist with a sale. The campus is listed at $19.6 million. ”I think the market will respond well to the offering, which includes over 21 acres and more than 470,000 square feet of improvements in an urban setting near downtown Chattanooga,” Pitts said in a news release. “We think there are a number of potential uses for the property, including continued school-related use.”

Despite reporting a 47 percent growth in student enrollment, officials with Tennessee Temple acknowledged earlier this week having “exploratory discussions” with Woodland Park Baptist about a possible relocation. The college has no specific plans for its current campus but is open to options, according to Herman Walldorf.

Walldorf has been involved in past transactions concerning Tennessee Temple. Recently, the firm brokered the sale of 7 acres of land adjacent to the school’s property from the former Highland Park Baptist Church to Redemption Point Church and also helped broker the lease and eventual sale of Tennessee Temple Academy to the Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy. A total exit of Tennessee Temple will mean big changes for Highland Park, which surrounds the campus on all sides.

As an alumnus, I would like to offer several observations. First, not all relocations are bad. The Bible is clear that demographics is not the predominant consideration in deciding where to worship. When the woman at the well was struggling with her own demographical issue, Jesus told her that the condition of the heart in worship is more important than the physical location where worship occurs (John 4:21-24). Many solid, independent Baptist ministries have changed locations, leaving behind some precious memories for the sake of future growth. If we were married to locations, then most of our churches would still be meeting in store front structures.

Second, God is able work in spite of demographics. The two most significant church success stories in the independent Baptist movment, in terms of numerical growth, within my lifetime are First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana and Highland Park Baptist Church of Chattanooga, Tennessee – both of such suffered from terrible demographics. We must be honest that even in the days of Lee Roberson, Highland Park was not the most desirable part of Chattanooga to live. But in spite of its poor demographics, God blessed the ministry. Indeed, as I understand it, Lee Roberson purposefully stayed in Highland Park, despite its poor demographics, in order that he might be centrally located within Chattanooga and reach a community that had largely been abandoned by others. I wonder how much faster Highland Park would have deteriorated without the manifested presence of Highland Park Baptist Church and Tennessee Temple University. In an age when most ministries are abandoning the inter-city for the suburbs, some attention must be given to the cities and the effect upon them when ministries pull up roots and move elsewhere.

Third, evidently students did not come to TTU in the past because of its plush, serene surroundings. Though there is nothing wrong with these features, and Christian ministries should strive for excellence, students from around the world came to TTU to sit in classrooms that were less than desirable. Evidently, fully-carpeted air conditioned classrooms is not always the draw that we feel it is. The touch and the anointing God is something that all ministries should seek.  For 13 years, I had the privilege of being the pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Columbus, Georgia, and to be quite honest, the demographics were not the best. One of my beloved predecessors, Walter Lee Hodges, was able to build a strong, vibrant church in a deteriorating neighborhood, however, because he had the touch of God upon his life. I have spent the last year at Greater Rhode Island Baptist Temple, which has marvelous demographics. I cannot and must not, however, trust in these demographics. I need the touch of God or all is vain.  Without him, I can do nothing. We can aspire to better demographics, but we cannot trust those demographics for growth. It is by God’s Spirit, says the Lord (Zechariah 4:6).

Finally, I suggest to all TTU alumni that the greatest pain with regard to our alma mater should not be the moving of the campus. Indeed, most of us while we were there would probably have voted for a move to better demographics. The greatest pain is the move from the historical principles on which the school was founded. A shift in philosophy should hurt us more than the shift in location. There was a time when TTU and its 4000 students made an impact on the city of Chattanooga and from there the world. There was distinctiveness about the Christianity that was practiced there. There were noticeable differences between the student body population and the culture that it was called to reach. Separation from worldly practices and associations was the rule of the day, and Dr. Roberson was not trying to be relevant as much as he was trying to be righteous.

Indeed, I would argue that the watering down of this distinctive heritage has led in part to the diminished population of TTU resulting in the inability to sustain its 21-acre campus. I suppose a move in location is inevitable, but I am more pained by the move in philosophy that has preceded (and probably mandated) this real estate decision. I do, however, remind all alumni who graduated in the Roberson era that the TTU that we experienced never will be or can be sold. It exists today in the hearts of thousands who preach and practice Christianity that is “distinctively Christian.”

http://www.jeffamsbaugh.com/2013/09/20/tennessee-temple-for-sale/

by Dr. HL Champion on August 30, 2013

 

 

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Published by Robert Laurie – August 30, 2013

Reporting on the Iowa Democratic Pro Abortion Rally
http://www.caintv.com/iowa-democrats-join-abortion-a

 

‘We give thanks, oh Lord, for the doctors, both current and future, who provide quality abortion care’

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If your political goal is to murder as many of the unborn as is humanly possible, no one should be surprised that you’re constantly taking the rhetoric to new depths.  Today’s sick twisting of religion comes to us from a pro-abortion rally in Iowa.  There, Des Moines activist Midge Slater delivered one of the creepiest prayers you’re ever going to hear.

In attendance were Iowa Democrat gubernatorial candidates Jack Hatch and Tyler Olson.  We can only presume that their grasp on religion is tenuous at best, since they apparently support praying for things like this:

“We give thanks, oh Lord, for the doctors, both current and future, who provide quality abortion care.”
“We pray for increased financial support for low-income women to access contraception, abortion and childcare.”
“Today, we pray for women in developing nations, that they may know the power of self-determination. May they have access to employment, education, birth control and abortion.”
“We pray for women who have been made afraid of their own power by their materialistic religion. May they learn to reject fear and live bravely.”
“Today we pray for the families who have chosen. May they know the blessing of choice.”

Just …wow.  Obviously, we get that the left loves to mock the faithful and warp Christian beliefs into a derisive weapon, but this is pretty vile stuff.  The fact that two major Democrat candidates were willing to stand there, fold their hands, and bow their heads speaks volumes about how low they’re willing to sink.

Video of the complete “prayer” appears below.

Be sure to ”like” Robert Laurie over on Facebook and follow him on Twitter. You’ll be glad you did.

 

 

In most Baptist Churches, as in others, Pornography has it’s tentacles clutching the lifeblood of  marriage relationships among its members. From the pulpit to the pew Lust has an ally from the world of online lewd images of every conceivable sexual deviations.  Christians, especially men, are under the bombardment of millions of opportunities to commit the sin of ‘lust in the heart’ with a click of a computer. Kay Adkins has written for Baptist Press a synopsis of the tragedy and triumph over porn in the life of a man of God.

LAKELAND, Fla. (BP) — Bonnie Hicks had known for years something was wrong in her marriage. At times it seemed good. At other times, although Allen was physically present, she felt he was emotionally absent. From time to time she was certain he was having an affair but she lacked proof.

In December 2010 the truth was unveiled. Allen, a youth pastor at the time, was caught in an adulterous relationship, which seemed to doom their 22-year marriage. Over time, however, the truth cleared the way for the couple to build an authentic marriage and set Allen on a new path toward freedom from a long-term sexual addiction.

The Hickses are now members of First Baptist Church at the Mall in Lakeland, Fla. The church’s senior pastor, Jay Dennis, is leading a movement to battle pornography and sexual addictions among Christian men. Since the “One Million Men” campaign began at Church at the Mall in 2011, Dennis said the church has experienced a new “awareness and openness to deal with those issues.”

The campaign — to be set in motion nationwide during the Southern Baptist Convention’s June 11-12 annual meeting in Houston — is named “Join 1 Million Men,” on the Web atwww.join1millionmen.org.

“As long as men suffer in silence and secrecy, the enemy has a stronghold,” Dennis said. “However, once the secret is revealed by the light of God’s Word, Satan loses much of his power to keep Christian men in bondage.” By openly addressing pornography in the church, Dennis said,

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those ensnared in sexual sin can begin to understand they are not alone in their struggle and that they will be supported and encouraged by other Christians as they repent and do the hard work necessary to break free.

Allen and Bonnie indeed have worked hard to deal with painful issues on their journey to freedom and healing. Bonnie was pierced with the reality of Allen’s betrayal first via a text message from the other woman. “I went into a rage,” Bonnie recounted. “I groaned and moaned, like an animal almost. I hit him — I was physically abusive at this point as a reaction.”

That night at Bonnie’s request, their pastor at the time and his wife, George and Margaret, met Allen and Bonnie at their church. “At 10:30 we met in George’s office to begin to deal with this nightmare,” Margaret recalled. “Allen was denying most of it. Bonnie was beside herself.”

George requested Allen’s resignation as the church’s youth pastor. But George and Margaret, who had once survived a similar trial, did not abandon Allen and Bonnie. Instead, they walked with them through it, George working with Allen and Margaret working with Bonnie.

The other woman continued tormenting Bonnie for weeks. Brokenhearted and defeated, Bonnie kicked Allen out of their house just before Christmas Eve. But the other woman’s harassment persisted for nearly a year, and Margaret helped Bonnie endure the agony. The woman, Margaret said, “was doing anything she could do to hurt them.”

Bonnie’s brokenness was compounded further when her 16-year-old son rejected her. “He didn’t want anything to do with me,” Bonnie said. “It nearly put me over the edge.”Allen recalls how Bonnie often ended their phone calls by declaring, “I hate you.”

Though the year was, in Bonnie’s words, “hell on earth” for them, Allen said that is where the story begins of God’s grace working in their lives. Bonnie sought out counseling and support groups right away, and through a chance encounter she found L.I.F.E. Recovery International (“Living in Freedom Everyday,” www.freedomeveryday.org). Her L.I.F.E. group guided her through a process of grieving. “Then God started working in me, showing me things that were in my own life that I would not have recognized,” Bonnie said. “Emotionally, your anger, the ways you cope…. I was so negative and critical, and I had lived that way in my marriage and as a mom.”

Not long after Bonnie began going to a women’s L.I.F.E. group, Allen began to attend a men’s L.I.F.E. group. Recalling his initial response to being exposed, he said, “I had lived these two lives for so long. Part of me was relieved that it was out because it was treacherous holding all that in. But instead of being remorseful, I was very angry with everyone except myself.” His motive in the L.I.F.E. group, he admitted, had nothing to do with trying to get any better; he just wanted to get his family back.

“But,” he said, “Bonnie’s thought was, ‘We can’t go back to what it was.’” Bonnie sometimes called Allen at work, and he was encouraged that they had had some good talks. “I was just hanging on. Hanging on,” Allen said. But one day Bonnie called and announced that God was leading her to divorce him.

“At first I didn’t accept that,” Allen said. “Then I talked to some guys in my group, and I realized that I had to change my focus. I had to fix what was wrong with me to be a good husband. I had to put the marriage on the sacrificial altar and just work on me, and who I was. I accepted the fact that she was going to divorce me and signed the paperwork.”

Allen added, “When the anger subsided, I could see the destruction I had caused in all of these lives — Bonnie, the kids, the youth at church.”That’s when the remorse came.”

In working on himself, Allen said, a key to change was identifying the sources that started him on an addictive path. His home life growing up was “teeming” with alcohol and tobacco addiction, “lots of addictions,” anger, co-dependency and verbal and emotional abuse. Lacking a positive male role model in his life, Allen said he learned to be more comfortable in relationships with women. “Porn,” he said, “helped me carve out a fantasy world where I was in control and was never rejected.”

In his L.I.F.E. group, Allen found many who could relate to his experiences, several of whom were in ministry.

Dave, a former worship minister, became one of Allen’s accountability partners, and their stories had much in common. Both grew up in church, yet both also grew up in the midst of alcoholism and pornography. Additionally, Dave suffered physical, verbal and sexual abuses that ultimately gave way to sexual addictions.

At age 20 Dave married Barbara, the daughter of a Baptist preacher. “She knew about the abuse,” he said, “but we thought she could fix me.” Like Allen, his addictive cycles continued.

Dave lamented that the times he sought help from church leaders or men in ministry, he felt condemned by some and exploited by others. Those hurtful experiences left him too fearful to be honest with his pastor. Dave told himself, “You are 48 years old and this is just how you are.” He lost hope that he could be different and for 14 months walked away from his family.

“Then,” Dave said, “through counseling, and the help of our three boys, our close friends and our awesome church family, for the first time in 29 years we began walking this journey together.” Dave and Barbara renewed their wedding vows on Sept. 7, 2009.

In 2010, Dave discovered L.I.F.E. Ministries online and began participating in a group. Now he serves as a L.I.F.E. group facilitator in Orlando and coordinates the groups in central Florida. ”Allen works right-hand with me. We have a Tuesday night conference call that is worldwide. We minister to men from everywhere who are dealing with these addictions and we encourage, empower and equip them to Live in Freedom Everyday. It is a lifelong journey to walk out of. That is why I live by Jeremiah 29:11 — ‘God’s Plan’.”

As Bonnie was wrestling with her decision to divorce Allen, God spoke to her in several ways. At a marriage conference the couple had attended the previous year, Bonnie had prayed that God would give her a real marriage. “When I was wondering if I wanted to be married [after Allen's betrayal], God reminded me of my prayers at that conference,” she said.

One day she tried to fax the signed divorce papers to the paralegal, only to be thwarted three times by the oddly malfunctioning fax machine. That “coincidence” and some other seemingly odd happenings, plus some friends who were asking her “the hard questions,” prompted Bonnie to slow down and give marriage counseling a chance.

The Hickses began working with a licensed marriage and sexual addiction counselor in August 2011. Both of them lacked hope for their relationship, but Bonnie recalled, “It was a step of faith and saying, ‘I trust You, God, and if You want me to go back into this marriage….” As they began to reveal all of the secrets they had hidden from each other, a new relationship began to develop.

During a 2011 Christmas Eve celebration, Allen and Bonnie renewed their marriage vows. Among the witnesses were many who had supported them throughout their restoration process, including Dave and Barbara and George and Margaret. This year the Hickses will celebrate their 25th anniversary. ”God performed a miracle,” Bonnie said.

“It’s a journey — it’s still a journey,” Allen said. “We had to start all over. We were lousy communicators. We had so much hidden from each other. But we’ve come a long way.”

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Kay Adkins is a writer in Mountainview, Ark. Allen and Bonnie Hicks reside in Lakeland, Fla., where he is a sales manager for a car dealership. The couple, parents of two sons and a daughter, are committed to ministering to others struggling with issues related to sexual addiction. Allen helps facilitate a L.I.F.E. support group for men struggling with sexual addictions. Bonnie has written a devotional guide for women titled “Where Can Broken Hearts Go? A 31-Day Journey Towards Healing” (https://www.ebookit.com/books/0000002695/Where-Can-Broken-Hearts-Go.html0), available at Amazon.com and other online retailers. Her blog is at http://hope4brokenhearts.com. Get Baptist Press headlines and breaking news on Twitter (@BaptistPress), Facebook (Facebook.com/BaptistPress) and in your email (baptistpress.com/SubscribeBP.asp).


Dr. H.L. Champion, Editor

Christians everywhere are watching with bated breath as to what is going on near our beloved Israel. The events in Egypt have especially caused us to focus upon the explosiveness of the Muslim Brotherhood. While there is only one Baptist ministry in the following list of Christian ministries which have reportedly been burned out. We at Baptist.org are deepy aware of the implications of  ’Islamic Cleansing’ of Coptic and other Christian groups of which now have affected evangelicals and Baptist ministries in Egypt.

The following report from AsiaNews is alarming. Take heed, it’s all about positioning of Allah’s army against Jehovah’s emerging presence in His beloved Land.

Cairo (AsiaNews) – At least 58 Christian churches, schools, institutions, homes and shops have been attacked, looted and torched over the last three days by the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of Mohamed Morsi, the former Egyptian president who was deposed on 3 July . On August 14 the army has tried to evict the sit-in of the Islamists in Rabaa El Nahda Square and Adaweya. In a wave of devastating violence, over 600 people were killed and thousands injured. But violent attacks were also carried out on Catholic, Orthodox, Evangelical churches as well as the homes and shops of Christians, as we have documented

The representatives of the Christian Churches have drawn up a list which we publish below. The list was handed over to AsiaNews by the Press Office of the Catholic Church in Egypt.

Catholic churches and convents

  • 1. Franciscan church and school (road 23) – burned (Suez)
  • 2. Monastery of the Holy Shepherd and hospital – burned (Suez)
  • 3. Church of the Good Shepherd, Monastery of the Good Shepherd – burned in molotov attack (Asuit)
  • 4. Coptic Catholic Church of St. George – burned (Minya, Upper Egypt)
  • 5. Church of the Jesuits – burned (Minya, Upper Egypt)
  • 6. Fatima Basilica – attacked – Heliopolis
  • 7. Coptic Catholic Church of St. Mark – burned (Minya – Upper Egypt)
  • 8. Franciscan convent (Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary) – burned (Beni Suef, Upper Egypt)
  • 9. Church of St. Teresa – burned (Asuit, Upper Egypt)
  • 10. Franciscan Church and School – burned (Asuit, Upper Egypt)
  • 11. Convent of St Joseph and school – burned (Minya, Upper Egypt)
  • 12. Coptic Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart – torched (Minya, Upper Egypt)
  • 13 Convent of the Sisters of Saint Mary – attacked (Cairo)14. School of the Holy Shepherd – attacked (Minya, Upper Egypt)

 

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    Orthodox and Evangelical Churches
  • 1. Anglican Church of St. Saviour – burned (Suez)
  • 2. Evangelical Church of St Michael – surrounded and sacked (Asuit, Upper Egypt)
  • 3. Coptic Orthodox Church of St. George – Burned (Minya, Upper Egypt)
  • 4. Church of Al-Esla – burned (Asuit, Upper Egypt)
  •  5. Adventist Church – burned, the pastor and his wife abducted (Asuit, Upper Egypt)
  •  6. Church of the Apostles – burned (Asuit, Upper Egypt)
  •  7. Church of the Holy renewal – burned (Asuit, Upper Egypt)
  • 8. Diocesan Centre Coptic Orthodox Qusiya – burned (Asuit, Upper Egypt)
  • 9. Church of St. George – burned (Arish, North Egypt)
  • 10. Church of St. George in al-Wasta – burned (Beni Suef, Upper Egypt)
  • 11. Church of the Virgin Mary – attacked (Maadi, Cairo)
  • 12. Church of the Virgin Mary – attacked (Mostorod, Cairo)
  • 13. Coptic Orthodox Church of St. George – attacked (Helwan, Cairo)
  • 14. Church of ??St. Mary of El Naziah – burned (Fayoum, Upper Egypt)
  • 15. Church of Santa Damiana – sacked and burned (Fayoum, Upper Egypt)
  • 16. Church of St. Theodore – burned (Fayoum, Upper Egypt)
  • 17. Evangelical Church of al-Zorby – Sacked and destroyed (Fayoum, Upper Egypt)
  • 18. Church of St. Joseph – burned (Fayoum, Upper Egypt)
  • 19. Franciscan School – burned (Fayoum, Upper Egypt)
  • 20. Coptic Orthodox Diocesan Center of St. Paul – burned (Gharbiya, Delta)
  • 21. Coptic Orthodox Church of St. Anthony – burned (Giza)
  • 22. Coptic Church of St. George – burned (Atfeeh, Giza)
  • 23. Church of the Virgin Mary and father Abraham – burned (Delga, Deir Mawas, Minya, Upper Egypt)
  • 24. Church of St. Mina Abu Hilal Kebly – burned (Minya, Upper Egypt)
  • 25. Baptist Church in Beni Mazar – burned (Minya, Upper Egypt)
  • 26. Church of Amir Tawadros – burned (Minya, Upper Egypt)
  • 27. Evangelical Church – burned (Minya, Upper Egypt)
  • 28. Church of Anba Moussa al-Aswad- burned (Minya, Upper Egypt)
  • 29. Church of the Apostles – burned (Minya, Upper Egypt)
  • 30. Church of St Mary – arson attempt (Qena, Upper Egypt)
  • 31. Coptic Church of St. George – burned (Sohag, Upper Egypt)
  • 32. Church of Santa Damiana – Attacked and burned (Sohag, Upper Egypt)
  • 33. Church of the Virgin Mary – burned (Sohag, Upper Egypt)
  • 34. Church of St. Mark and community center – burned (Sohag, Upper Egypt)
  • 35. Church of Anba Abram – destroyed and burned (Sohag, Upper Egypt)Christian institutions
  • 1. House of Fr. Angelos (pastor of the church of the Virgin Mary and Father Abraham) – burned (Minya, Upper Egypt)
  • 2. Properties and shops of Christians – Burnt (Arish, North Egypt)
  • 3. 17 Christian homes attacked and looted (Minya, Upper Egypt)
  • 4. Christian homes – Attach (Asuit, Upper Egypt)
  • 5. Offices of the Evangelical Foundation – burned (Minya, Upper Egypt)
  • 6. Stores, pharmacies, hotels owned by Christians – attacked and looted (Luxor, Upper Egypt)
  • 7. Library of the Bible Society – burned (Cairo)
  • 8. Bible Society – burned (Fayoum, Upper Egypt)
  • 9. Bible Society- burned (Asuit, North Egypt).

Burned buildings owned by Christians

 •1.       58 houses.    2.       85 shops.    3.       16 pharmacies.    4.       3 hotels (Upper Egypt)     5.       75 buses and cars.

7 Victims (killed) 17 kidnapping and hundreds injured.

The Washington bureau chief for Baptist Press, Tom Strode, gives an excellent review of this moral act from the House of Representatives. Pray that Americans will regain their sanity about sanctity of life. Rep. Trent Franks, R.-Ariz is to be commended as a faithful Christian, and member of the North Phoenix Baptist Church. In this article Strode reports that 32 Baptists voted for the Ban on Abortion after twenty weeks and two voted against it! We at Baptist.org commend this action although it does not go far enough according to the Word of God!.
Posted on Jun 19, 2013 | by Tom Strode
WASHINGTON (BP) — The U.S. House of Representatives has approved landmark legislation that would prohibit abortions during the last half of pregnancy.In a roll call Tuesday (June 18), the House voted 228-196 for the Pain-capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 1797), which would ban abortions nationwide on babies 20 weeks or more after fertilization. The ban is set at the developmental stage based on scientific evidence that a child in the womb experiences pain.

The House’s support of the bill, however, is unlikely to translate into approval by the Senate or endorsement by President Obama. The measure will face stronger opposition from senators, and Majority Leader Harry Reid may not bring it to the floor for a vote. The White House has threatened a veto if the bill were to reach Obama’s desk.

Nonetheless, pro-life advocates applauded the House’s passage of what some see as the most important legislative protection for unborn children in years.

“Unborn children aren’t issues to be debated. Issues can’t feel pain and issues can’t die. Unborn children are persons, our neighbors,” said Russell D. Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.

“A compassionate society would demand mercy and justice for those in the dawn of life,” Moore said. “The House was right to recognize such compassionate justice, and I pray our senators and our president will as well by passing and signing this legislation.”

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The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Trent Franks, R.-Ariz., said the vote “marks the first time in history, in either chamber of the U.S. Congress, that affirmative protection has been extended to unborn children. It is my prayer that today also marks a day when America finally opens her eyes to the humanity of these little victims and the inhumanity of what is being done to them.”

Douglas Johnson, legislative director of the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), called it “the most significant piece of pro-life legislation to come before the House since the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, which the U.S. Supreme Court upheld in 2007.”

The White House, however, issued a policy statement expressing its strong opposition to the bill. Senior advisors would urge Obama to veto the bill if the Senate passes it, according to the statement.

“This bill is a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade and shows contempt for women’s health and rights, the role doctors play in their patients’ health care decisions, and the Constitution,” the Obama administration said.

The Supreme Court’s 1973 opinion in Roe, coupled with a companion ruling in Doe v. Bolton, had the effect of legalizing abortion throughout the country for any reason at any point in pregnancy.

Franks’ bill would alter the dynamic regarding abortion, calling on the courts to consider whether the pain experienced by an unborn child should receive some weight in deciding on a woman’s right to an abortion.

Supporters of the legislation frequently cited the trial of Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell in advocating for the bill. In mid-May, a jury convicted Gosnell of the first-degree murder of three born-alive babies, as well as 21 counts of violating a state ban on abortions after 24 weeks of pregnancy. Gosnell, 72, received three consecutive life sentences without parole for the murder convictions.

Four days after Gosnell’s conviction, Franks announced he would expand the effect of his bill to the entire United States. Prior to that action, Franks’ legislation affected only the District of Columbia, which the U.S. Constitution has granted Congress authority over. Last year, Franks sponsored a similar ban in D.C. but it failed to gain congressional approval. The House voted 220-154 for his measure but it required a two-thirds majority under the rule by which it came to the floor.

The latest House vote on the proposal broke down nearly along party lines. Only six Democrats voted for it and only six Republicans opposed it.

Among Southern Baptist members of the House, 32 voted for the bill, while two voted against it and one was unable to vote. A Southern Baptist, Franks is a member of North Phoenix Baptist Church.

The bill provides exceptions for endangerment to the mother’s life, rape and incest.

A public opinion survey in March by The Polling Company showed 64 percent of American voters would support a law that fits Franks’ proposal with only a threat to the mother’s life as an exception.

Nine states have enacted bans similar to Franks’ bill, according to NRLC.

In the Gosnell case, the three children whom he was convicted of murdering were only some of hundreds at least six months into gestation who were killed outside the womb after induced delivery at a clinic criticized for its unsanitary and unsafe conditions, according to a 281-page report issued by a grand jury in 2011. Gosnell, who destroyed the records in most of those deaths, or a co-worker typically killed the living children by a technique he called “snipping” — jabbing scissors into the back of a baby’s neck and cutting the spinal cord.
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