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of the Trumpet 492 Bessie Road Piedmont, SC 29673 Page 2 Taking Life Seriously To realize

Taking Life Seriously

To realize how short life really is, think of a life span of seventy years as a single day—from 7:00 in the morning until 11:00 at night.

If your age is:

15, the time is 10:25 A.M.

20, the time is 11:34 A.M.

25, the time is 12:42 P.M.

30, the time is 1:51 P.M.

35, the time is 3:00 P.M.

40, the time is 4:08 P.M.

45, the time is 5:16 P.M.

50, the time is 6:25 P.M.

55, the time is 7:34 P.M.

60, the time is 8:42 P.M.

65, the time is 9:51 P.M.

70, the time is 11:00 P.M.

This exercise reminds us that we don’t have a lot of time to serve God. Let’s get busy and make every day count for him.

TheTheTheTheThe Christian’sChristian’sChristian’sChristian’sChristian’s RoadRoadRoadRoadRoad MapMapMapMapMap

By Hollis Partlowe

IF YOU were traveling very far in your car, out of state for example, you would need a good road map or GPS system. It would not only be a convenience, but a necessity. Hardly anyone would think of making a long trip by car without one or the other.

think of making a long trip by car without one or the other. The Bible speaks

The Bible speaks of the Christian life as a long journey that leads to the kingdom of God. As it was with the saints of old, we are “strangers and pilgrims” in this world. “Here we have no continuing city, but we seek one to come” (Heb. 13:14). As it was with Abraham, we look for “a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God” (11:10). If we are to find that eternal city, we must carefully follow our road map, the Bible.

Jesus Christ declared himself to be “the way” that leads to God (John 14:6). Christianity is not merely a system of doctrines or a code of conduct. It centers in a person who is “the way.” “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Christ is the message; the church is the messenger.

In this world there are only two highways, and you are traveling one of them-the broad way that leads to destruction or the straight and narrow

way that leads to life eternal (Matt. 7:13, 14).

Moreover, one knows which road he is traveling. “The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day” (Prov. 4:18, RSV). This road is a lighted way which shines with an ever-increasing illumination. In contrast to this, “The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble” (v. 19). This road is one of increasing gloom and misfortune. Small wonder that the wise man says:

“Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by

it, turn from it, and pass

Ponder the

path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil” vv. 14, 15, 26,

27).

Doubtless, Christians need a dependable road map, and the Bible is that map. If we keep our eyes on our goal and follow the map we won’t be sidetracked. Those who think that they can travel without it are doomed to failure. The saying:

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“All roads lead to Rome, so all roads lead to the kingdom,” is not true. Our road map describes but one road to God’s eternal kingdom, but it points out many false ones that end in destruction and eternal ruin. Yes, the majority are traveling the broad way that leads to eternal death. Which road are you on?

Sincerity However sincere one may be, if he is on the wrong road, he won’t reach his goal. He cannot travel in the opposite direction and expect to reach his hoped-for destination. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12). As a road map demands diligent study, so does the Guidebook of life.

study, he is spiritually sick if not “dead in trespasses and sins” (Eph. 2:1).

The Bible is for You “The Bible is meant to be bread for our daily use, not just cake for special occasions.” The Bible is God’s Word to man. Without it we cannot understand why we are here and where we are going. Of course, no one understands all that God has said in his Word. Someone has said:

“Many things in the Bible I cannot understand; many things in the Bible I only think I understand; but there are many things in the Bible I cannot misunderstand.” That pretty well sums up the feelings of this writer. The things essential for salvation are simple, clear, and easy to comprehend.

Then, too, a map is an indication that others have gone ahead of us. Jesus, our Guide, has trod the path before us and has invited us to follow him. We are invited to “Come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb. 4:16) “Our Lord knows the way through the wilderness. All we have to do is follow.”

It is also wise to heed signs along the road such as: “Detour,” “Drive Carefully,” “Slow Down,” “Curve Ahead.” Only a fool would ignore them! Our scriptural road map is dependable and trustworthy. It should be studied more diligently as the days go by. Certainly it is safer to follow our map than directions of strangers. “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psa. 119:105). If one has no appetite for Bible

The recurring pattern of the Bible is this: God speaks, man hears and man replies. God has acted. We must react. Our Lord has spoken through the prophets and apostles with great clarity and certainty. Our Heavenly Father has a map for us to follow. We must realize how much of Scripture is devoted to pointing out the way, otherwise we may emphasize the kingdom and fail to point out the way to it. Make no mistake! God has a divine blueprint, and he has made every provision to enable us to follow it and arrive safely at our goal, God’s new-earth kingdom. If you have not followed it in the past, you can begin now—today.

God Cares for You Personally God shows a personal interest in each of us. The hairs of our head are numbered; he knows our sorrows, records our tears. He takes note of our downsittings and up- risings. All of our

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thoughts and words are known to him (Psa. 139:1- 6). He will never leave us or forsake us (Heb. 13:5). “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shall go: I will guide thee with mine eye” (Psa. 32:8). An individual pathway is in view here, not a general one. God’s pathway, moreover, is for believers only. His promise of guidance is given only to those “whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered” (v. 1). That’s right! Non-Christians have no claim to the promises of God. The cloud that directed the people of Israel brought nothing but confusion to the Egyptians. “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way” (Psa. 37:23).

The Need of the Hour I’m constantly amazed how up to date the Bible is. It’s truly the Book for our time. Our world is littered with confusion and disillusionment. Some are crying out for sanity in a world gone mad. If man ever needed light and guidance from above, he needs it today. The Bible is our road map. We need to study it diligently and follow it closely. I’d like to encourage you to consult your road map each day.

Read the Bible to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it to be holy. It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and direct the feet. It is bread for the hungry, water for the thirsty, a lamp to the straying, a friend to sinners, and a sure guide to all.Amen!”

a friend to sinners, and a sure guide to all.Amen!” What We Believe 1. There is

What We Believe

What We Believe 1. There is One God, Who is the Creator and Father of all

1. There is One God, Who is the Creator

and Father of all mankind. Isa. 44:6-8; Eph. 4:6; I Cor. 8:6

2. Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that he

died for our sins, was buried and rose again from the dead. John 20:31; Acts 8:37; I John 5:5

3. The Holy Spirit is the power of God work-

ing in believers through Jesus Christ. Rom.

8:9,14

4. The Bible is God’s inspired Word which

shall be the guide and practice of the Chris-

tian. I Pet. 1:21; II Tim. 3:16,17

5. Man is wholly mortal and only through

Christ can man receive the gift of immortal- ity. I John 5:12; Rom. 5:12; Rom. 6:23

6. God’s love and grace offers to man a

plan of salvation through Jesus Christ in- cluding complete forgiveness of sin and im- mortality at the return of Jesus Christ. John 3:16; Phil. 3:20,21; John 1:7-9

7. Man’s response to God through Jesus

Christ will be: believe the gospel, confes- sion of faith, baptism by immersion in the name of Jesus, growth in Christian life. Rom. 6:4-6; Acts 2:38

8. Jesus Christ is coming again to resur-

rect the dead, bestow the gift of immortality upon all believers, and establish the King-

dom of God. I Thess. 4:13-18; I Cor. 15:51- 57; Rev. 11:15

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FutureFutureFutureFutureFuture HomeHomeHomeHomeHome ofofofofof thethethethethe SaintsSaintsSaintsSaintsSaints

By J. C. VanZant

JUST where our eternal home will be is, and should be, an interesting subject among Christians, and we should know the truth concerning it.

Jesus said: “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth” (Matt. 5:5). The only use the meek will ever have for the earth is for a home. A large percent of the meek do not own one inch of it now, neither do they control it; for it is largely owned, and almost entirely controlled, by sinners; hence, this verse refers exclusively to the future.

David said: “Evildoers shall be cut off: but those that

wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight

.For such

The

righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever” (Psa. 37:9, 11, 22, 29). The wicked are not cut off now, and the righteous do not now permanently dwell in the land; hence, these verses refer to a future age. When will the righteous permanently dwell in the land? Verse 34 tells us:

“Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.” The saints will not get their inheritance until the wicked are cut off, and that will not be until Jesus comes again. Then, and not until then, will we get our inheritance— the land—and

remain therein. If we inherit the land and dwell permanently therein, how much time will we have to make our home in heaven? The verses just cited repeatedly say we shall inherit the earth the land- but there is not one verse in the Bible which says we shall inherit heaven.

themselves in the abundance of

as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth

In Psalm 2:8 Jehovah said of Jesus: “Ask of me,

uttermost parts of the

earth for thy possession.” This justifies us in believing that Jesus will yet take possession of the “uttermost parts of the earth’’ to use as his kingdom.

and I shall give thee the

When speaking of what will take place when the seventh angel sounds, Revelation 11:15 says: “The seventh angel sounded; and there followed great voices in heaven, and they said, The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord, and of his Christ: and he shall reign for ever and ever” (ARV). There is not a word here about anything in heaven becoming the kingdom of Christ. It is the kingdoms of this world, the kingdoms which are now located in and to the uttermost parts of this earth, that will be turned over to Jesus when he comes again, and then he will reign to all eternity. Such is not so now, hence, he has not yet received his kingdom.

An angel said of Jesus: “He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David; and he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end” (Luke 1:32, 33). More than a thousand years after David died, Peter said: “David is not ascended into the heavens” (Acts 2:34). As David was never in heaven,

he has never had a throne there. His throne was on earth; hence, if Jesus ever reigns on David’s throne,

it will be on earth. “His dominion shall be from sea

even to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth” (Zech. 9:10).

Revelation 5:10 says, “we shall reign on the earth.” It will not be in heaven, but on the earth! We are not so reigning now; hence, this verse refers to a future age.

Christians in general expect to live with Jesus in his kingdom. Where will his kingdom be? We will see.

Daniel 7:9-13 speaks of the second coming of Jesus, and verse 14 says: “There was given him

dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.” Notice: When he comes he will be given

a kingdom that will include all nations and

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languages-the uttermost parts of the earth—a kingdom which shall never come to an end. Here

languages-the uttermost parts of the earth—a kingdom which shall never come to an end. Here is proof that his kingdom will be on earth, and is not set up yet. Daniel 7:27 is further proof: “The kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.” From this we learn that the kingdom will not be in, but under the whole heaven; that all dominions—the uttermost parts of the earth-will serve and obey our King. Reader, how much time will you have to make your home in heaven if you live with our King in his endless kingdom, which is not to be in, but under, the whole heaven?

When speaking of Abraham being called to leave his home and enter the land of Canaan, which he should later receive as an inheritance, Hebrews 11:8, 9 says: “By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise.” He entered Canaan and lived therein, and was to receive it later as an inheritance. Did he ever so receive it? Verses 12 and 13 say of him and others, heirs with him of the same promise: “Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable. These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.”

The foregoing verses are irrefutable proof that Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and many others who were to be heirs of Canaan, entered and lived in it, and that they all died without having received it as the promised inheritance.

When speaking of the same affair, Stephen said:

“He gave him [Abraham] none inheritance in it, no, not so much as to set his foot on: yet he promised that he would give it to him for a possession, and to his seed after him, when as yet he had no child” (Acts 7:5). Abraham saw the promises “afar off,” beyond the resurrection, and embraced them by faith, but died without having received enough land to “set his foot on”; hence, if he ever receives it, it will have to be after the, resurrection. Here is irrefutable evidence that God’s people will inherit land, and not heaven, for their future home.

Just before Jesus ascended to heaven, he said to his disciples: “Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye can not come; so now I say to you” (John 13:33). Reader, Jesus put a “not” between you and heaven, and you cannot pass through it to make your home in heaven. Do you think this refers to us before, and not after, death? After David had been dead more than a thousand years, Peter said: “David is not ascended into the heavens.” As David is unable to get through the “not,” how do you expect to get through it to make your home in heaven? If Jesus and Peter had left the “not” out of these verses, they would have taught that David did ascend into heaven and that we also may do so at death. But as they now read they present absolute proof that David has not ascended, and also that we cannot go there to make our home.

Abraham is called the father of the faithful. When speaking to him concerning his death, God said:

“Thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace” (Gen. 15:15). Was Abraham’s father a good man? “Thus saith Jehovah, the God of Israel, Your fathers dwelt of old time beyond the river, even Terah, the father of Abraham, and the father of Nahor, and they served other gods” (Josh. 24:2, ARV). Abraham’s father served other gods. He was an idolater, and cannot enter the kingdom of God (Gal. 5:19-21), yet when Abraham died he went to his idolatrous father-who was dead-where he will remain until the resurrection. Then he will arise from death and receive his everlasting inheritance of land, and all the faithful will be with him.

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Where Are the Nine?

ByJ.R. LeCrone

Where Are the Nine? ByJ.R. LeCrone ON ONE occasion, you will recall, as Jesus was about

ON ONE occasion, you will recall, as Jesus was about to enter into a certain village, he was met by ten lepers, “which stood afar off: and they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.”

Jesus responded to this plea by saying, “Go shew

yourselves to the priests.” As they were on their way

to the temple, there to submit to examination and tests

by the priests to determine whether or not they were still leprous, “they were cleansed,”

what we have received. Thankfulness, for most people, is not a natural virtue. It must be learned.

Professor of Ecclesiastical History, at the Divinity School in Philadelphia, Nelsen Waite Rightmyer, tells a story which illustrates this. A young mother and her six-year-old had been walking down the street when they met an old friend of the mother. Pausing in their conversation to admire the child, the man pulled a nickel from his pocket and gave it to the boy.

One of the ten, when he saw that he was indeed

healed of this dread disease, “turned back, and with

a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face

at his feet, giving him thanks.” The other nine never returned. We have no doubt that Jesus was pleased with the response of the one man who returned, but there must have been a distinct note of sadness in his voice when he said, “Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.” (Read Luke 18:12-19.)

Our natural inclination is to be very severe in our judgment of the nine who received such great blessing, but were not moved by it to thank and praise their Benefactor. A bit of self-examination, however, may serve to temper our judgment of them with mercy. We may find ourselves faced with the realization that we have, on occasion, without intending to do so, aligned ourselves with the nine. Intent upon what we want next, we often forget to express our thanks for

From where Professor Rightmyer stood, he could see the child’s face light up, his eyes sparkle with pleasure and gratitude at the gift. The thanks had been silent, yet apparent to anyone looking for it. But the child was inarticulate. No word of thanks escaped his lips.

Then the mother, a bit ashamed of herself because of the child’s silence, began to prompt him. “Say ‘Thank you’ to the nice man, Johnny.” The advice was not only futile, but it took the look of gratitude from the child’s face. Instead of joy and happiness there appeared a look of despair and bitterness. In vain the mother prompted while the child grew more silent and stubborn. Where a little face once expressed joy and gratitude spontaneously, it now showed only tears and hate.

Professor Rightmyer’s analysis of the situation: “The fact of the matter was that the child was being stubborn and refusing to give thanks, not because he was ungrateful, but because it was such a new experience to him. He was not in the habit of thanking

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people for the little courtesies of the day; he didn’t know how to go about expressing the gratitude which showed in his face. Johnny ought to have been used to expressing himself in private, among his intimates, and then he would have found no difficulty about expressing thanks to the stranger for the nickel.”

We would hazard the guess that the good professor had no children in his home. Every parent knows that the most carefully trained child may rebel at the most inopportune moments. The fact remains, however, that the vast majority of children, when they reach adulthood, seem to accept God’s gifts quite casually. They find pleasure in them and very probably feel some gratitude, but they seldom or never think to say “thank you” to the Giver. For everyone who offers sincere thanks to God, he may well say, as did Jesus, “But where are the nine? Didn’t I bestow my blessings upon them too?”

Had this man been, instead of a Pharisee, a devout Christian, we like to think that he would have thanked God for the opportunity to witness to the publican concerning the way to true righteousness, and then have followed through by doing just that! His impulse to thank God was out of focus. Or more accurately, it was focused on the wrong reasons for doing so. If ever we see fit to thank God that we are not like other men, let it be in the deepest humility, recognizing that naturally, we are like other men. The only thing that makes us different is our acceptance of the sacrifice of Jesus and our dedication to his service.

of the sacrifice of Jesus and our dedication to his service. Sometimes we may get the

Sometimes we may get the feeling that if our present situation were only altered a little, and made more to our liking; it would be very easy to be thankful. But until this comes to pass, we can’t think of a single thing for which to give thanks to God. This is a childish attitude which, unfortunately, dwells in the hearts of many adults. We forget that our Heavenly Father is not at all interested in what we would do if all of our desires were granted, but in what we are doing in the situation in which we find ourselves. The Apostle Paul was pointing out an important spiritual principle when he told the brethren at Corinth that “if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not” (2 Cor. 8:12).

On being asked how he acquired the habit of good cheer, the late Bishop Burt, of the Methodist Church, told the following story: “Maybe the remark of a little child whom I once overheard helped me to learn to

It seems obvious, when we stop to give it some thought, that unless we have had some experience with God, we are in danger of thanking him for the wrong things. We may put too much trust in our own righteousness. Jesus illustrated this with a story: “Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.” But in spite of his confidence that he ought to be deeply appreciated by God for his righteousness, Jesus commented that he did not go down to his house justified in the sight of God.

by God for his righteousness, Jesus commented that he did not go down to his house

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complain and grumble as little as possible. While I was studying at Wilbraham Academy, I spent a few days with this little girl’s father, a good man, but a chronic growler. We were all sitting in the parlor one night, when the question of food arose. This little girl told cleverly what each member of the household liked best. Finally it came to the father’s turn to be described. ‘And what do I like Nancy?’ he said, laughing. ‘You,’ said the little girl slowly, ‘well, you like most anything we haven’t got!’”

As should be expected, it was Jesus who gave the perfect example of thanksgiving. Faced with the problem of feeding five thousand or more people with only five barley loaves and two small fishes, Jesus “took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes, as much as they would” (John 6:11). Obviously, it was foolish to attempt to feed so many with so little, but when Jesus had given thanks for them, and decided to start with them, the multitude was fed. There was even a basketful left over for each of the disciples!

was even a basketful left over for each of the disciples! The words of Jesus’ prayer

The words of Jesus’ prayer of thanksgiving are not recorded. We can well imagine that he gave thanks to God for the generous heart of a little boy who was willing to share what he had.

heart of a little boy who was willing to share what he had. The Fable of

The Fable of “THE NINE”

The Fable of “THE NINE” Ten willing workers heard God’s call Divine; One departed hastily, that

Ten willing workers heard God’s call Divine; One departed hastily, that left only nine.

Nine willing workers—they could hardly wait; But father needed one at home, and that left only eight.

Eight willing workers, headed straight for Zion; One got to making money, that left only seven.

Seven willing workers—if only each one sticks;

But one dropped out completely, that left only six.

Six willing workers for the Lord alive, One fell heir to worldly wealth—that left only five.

Five willing workers, waiting at the door; One grew tired of waiting, that left only four.

Four willing workers, happy as could be; One went off to join a friend, that left only three.

Three willing workers—for the work how few! One became dejected, that left only two.

Two willing workers, a daughter and a son; One forgot his calling, that left only one.

This one willing worker let not the vision dim; Whatever others said or did, could not make him sin.

Body, soul and spirit he to the Lord did yield; Willingly he labored in the Master’s field.

Then one day spoke the Master: “You blessed child of mine, I’m grateful for your labor—but what about the nine?”

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Memorize Isaiah 53:3.

While the common people for the most part were ready to accept their King, those in authority, the scribes, Pharisees, and chief priests, rejected Him. Pilate asked them, “Shall I crucify your King?” They answered, “We have no king but Caesar.” (John 19:15.) In Matthew 21:42; Acts 4:11; and Psalm 118:22, He is spoken of as one rejected, “The stone which the builders rejected.” Read Matthew 21:42-46. Jesus Himself realized fully that He would be rejected. In Mark’s record, 8:27-31, after Peter had confessed, “Thou art the Christ” (Messiah, Anointed King), Jesus began to teach them that the Son of man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and by the chief priests and scribes. And they did reject Him and demanded that He be crucified. According to the custom a superscription was placed over the one crucified to declare the crime for which he was put to death. As Pilate took up the pen to write, there is no doubt but that the Spirit of God directed his course, for he wrote, “JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.” The rulers further rejected Him when they demanded that the superscription be changed to, “He said, I am the King of the Jews.” But the answer, “What I have written, I have written,” was not because Pilate realized there was truth in the superscription, but because God Himself had announced again a King—rejected. Read Luke 9:22; 17:24, 25.

And thus the kingdom was presented, but not received. “He came unto his own, and his own received him not.” There was no room for Him in the inn, no room for Him in the hearts of His people: “We have no king but Caesar.” He was “despised and rejected of men.”

Why did the Jewish rulers reject Jesus?

Are you glad or sorry that He was rejected?

Did the fact that the King and kingdom were rejected cause God to change plans for further work?

He was rejected? Did the fact that the King and kingdom were rejected cause God to

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