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later on he immigrated to Italy and played a pivotal role in Italy winning the 1934 World cup.MESSAGE FOOTBALL…FOOTBALL Absorbed with World up football? Well. in the same way. Let me vouchsafe for the fact that one can never “get sick of” of the “kick” of soccer’s “sorcery”! Amongst other things. God’s word enchants from eternity to eternity. In a way every Christian can identify with Luis Monti. We were misled and became slaves to many lusts and pleasures. too. one needs to be just a man to fall prey to its infinite charms”. I am one of those who gladly gets “infected” with Soccer fever contagion which “breaks out” once every four 4 years. he has a rare distinction of being the only player to have ever played in two World cup finals for two different teams! In 1930. were foolish and disobedient. weren’t we? Our lives were one of one big spiritual defeat. hockey etc which require their practitioners to use special equipments. isn’t it? To start with we were all “in a country of sin” playing in the losing side of Satan. cricket. Our lives were full of evil and envy. I intend to draw some spiritual lessons from the occurrences and matters related to the World of football. While football can fascinate for a season. the game of football requires just one air-filled leather sphere to go along with your juggling feet. It is sweeter than honey declared the Psalmist (119:103).” – Titus 3:3 (NLV) 2 . ever wondered what is so special about the game of football? Unlike other games like say tennis. EMIGRATION… Luis Monti – a famous International Football player of yore Ever heard of Luis Monti? Well. as the following Scripture portion so amply testifies… “Once we. Captivating chemistry eh? As one noted Sports analyst put it “you just need to be a man to play it. he played in the losing Argentine side. Oh the joys of reading and absorbing the Scriptural truths! In this essay. and we hated each other.

He washed away our sins. a manager sheds his “blood and sweat” in order his team 3 . Look at his touching testimonial to this effect… “For I am the least of all the apostles. he saved us.Titus 3:4-5 (NLV) Hey. you are playing for “Hell dwellers” (read Satan’s side)! Only. ONE CANNOT BE NEUTRAL. I’m not even worthy to be called an apostle after the way I persecuted God’s church. when he set out to Damascus to persecute Christians. giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. you would be able to better appreciate what follows in this Essay… INSTRUCTION… Football coach-Different moods While a football team plays on the field. remember consciously or unconsciously. yet it was not I but God who was working through me by his grace. it is all because God poured out his special favor on me and not without results. If you are not for “Calvary cavaliers” (read Jesus’ team). Right from training… to strategizing… to final team selection. It is he. In fact. he was “wrung out” of Devil’s outfit and “grafted” into the winning side of Christ (Acts 9:1-20) as an apostle. But whatever I am now. if you have this emigration experience. and are now playing in a new victorious team “When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love. but because of his mercy. unlike Cricket where captain holds sway. who spends countless hours molding his team into a winning combination.” – I Corinthians 15:9-10 By the way for “whose team” are you playing? IN THE SPIRITUAL REALM. the one who “holds the strings” in the game of football. he was playing for the Satan’s team but en-route thanks to God’s everlasting grace. not because of the righteous things we had done. what about the author of this epistle to Titus from which the above-mentioned Scripture portions’ have been extracted? Mr. Saul of Tarsus. For I have worked harder than any of the other apostles.But the Good News with a capital “G” now is we have thanks to His grace “emigrated” to God’s Kingdom as it were. is an unseen (in the field) manager or the coach. we are on the winning side! Then again.

leave alone petty (relatively speaking that is) ideological differences? Consider this verse …In my first book I told you. Nehemiah made men of different professions work side-by-side (a goldsmith and a perfume maker – Nehemiah 3:8) but Christ is greater for he accomplished a far more difficult task of making men of TOTALLY DIFFERENT IDEOLOGIES work shoulder to shoulder. Imagine a Taliban terrorist and US marine sinking their differences for a common cause and playing in a same team in a football field in Kabul! Preposterous? Well. he fashioned them into a winning unit. they were amazed and realized WHAT BEING WITH JESUS HAD DONE FOR THEM” – Acts 4:13 (TLB). and could see that that they were obviously uneducated non-professionals. Though in the sidelines. LIKE A TRUE RATIONALIST Thomas pointed 4 . which he himself would not do before (from the foreword “They call me coach”… thanks Bill Walton)! He also trained up His mostly unschooled disciples in a way that the religious leaders of his day simply marveled… “When the Council saw the boldness of Peter and John. about everything Jesus began to do and teach.post Pentecostal experience.Matt 9:9-13) and Simon the Zealot (violently opposed to Roman government.Mark 3:18) together putting their shoulders to the “Gospel wheel”. Oh yes. Do you know one more secret. Only a rationalist like Thomas could have logically expounded the sound Biblical precepts to men who were well founded in matters of religion (Indians as always were quite religious in I century AD also). who would now play with a single goal in mind. ever pondered why Jesus chose ‘doubting Thomas’ of all apostles -a person whose name is dubiously synonymous with cynicism to minister.Acts 1:1. as it were… How could Christ do it? By his own exemplary uncompromising lifestyle. While on the subject. from anxiety to relief when TV camera’s zoom in now and then to show the global audience his varying emotions. Tradition says that having studied the Vedas and seen them speaking about the “coming Lamb of God” . Right? He would not ask his men to do anything. when we see Matthew (a pro-Roman government tax collector before becoming a disciple. during the game his involvement is total! Do not we see the whole gamut of emotions registering in his countenance…from agony to ecstasy. that exactly is the picture which comes to the fore. which was all about of being willing to lay EVERYTHING at the altar for the glory of the Father.for Him in India (a country with a deep religious mindset). DO precedes TEACH. Theophilus. during the key moments of the match? Could there have been a greater manager than Christ? Though the disciples were in some cases from diametrically opposite backgrounds. Look at the sequencing of the words.and its supporters taste “sweet success”.in spirit he was now WITHIN them…? Further a look at his strategies would convince us that he put the right men in the “right position”.

disciples’ accomplishment thanks to Christ’s enablement was not merely about winning the World cup but the World itself for the Master!!! By the way Christian leader are you faithfully following your Master’s footsteps in being an example to people around you (Titus 2:7)? CAPITALIZATION… The “Bomber” bombing away… “Dribbling and dodging”.at all the Vedic proofs relating to Christ with conviction to religious men of his day. Kerala! For more on the Vedic Christ-related proofs.com/vadic.asp This pond and statues at the Palayur church represent St. He is one of the very few players of 50 or more caps to score more goals than the games he has played. this German footballer was aptly nicknamed the ‘Bomber’. Thomas baptized in his ministry in India were orthodox namboodhiri Brahmins in Palayur. you may click on this link… http://www. What made him so effective in goal 5 . Thomas baptizing the Brahmins Finally consider the unwitting compliment that the enemies (I repeat not friends) of the Christ’s disciples paid to them “THESE MEN HAVE TURNED THE WORLD UPSIDE DOWN” – Acts 17:6 and the picture of the HISTORY’S GREATEST COACH emerges with no shades of grey! Boy. Is it any wonder then. Gerd Muller? Does it ring a bell? With national record of 68 goals in 62 international appearances.jandsmministries. lets speed away into one more lesson from Soccer. that the very first persons.

when it is convenient and when it is not…” – II Tim 4:2 (TLB) Didn’t somebody say if we do not evangelize. even today claim the Banks presence could have made all the difference on that day. we fossilize! If we realize this truth and work sincerely. in season and out. with both feet… opps…I mean…hands! “They all rushed out in amazement to Solomon’s Colonnade. where the man was holding tightly to Peter and John. In the Church also “good guardians of the Biblical truths” are required lest the apostates and heretics score a goal on devils behalf (Jude 1:3/ I Thess 5:21). Be on the go when it comes to looking out for an opportunity to share the Gospel. Old English football commentators bemoaning his absence (taken ill before the match) in a critical quarter-final encounter against ole’ enemy Germany. Peter saw his opportunity (emphasis mine) and addressed the crowd. whenever you get the chance.. how do we guard ourselves against their subtle machinations? The answer is to be well-grounded in the Scriptures. Now coming to “Gospel action”.mouth action? His uncanny ability to capitalize on even a small opportunity and convert it into a goal. So a good guardian of the goal can indeed spell difference between the Victor and the Vanquished in a Football match. we get the PRIZE (I Thess 2:19 NKJV)! PROTECTION… Gordon Bank’s “save of the century” of a Pele header – Mexico WC 1970 In Football. When a chance it arises. winning is not only about goal-scoring but also goal-defending! You can bank upon Gordon Banks (of England) anytime old timers would say of World’s greatest goalkeeper. With several wrong doctrines and cultists on the prowl. Ditto in the Spiritual realm too! Didn’t somebody also 6 .” – Acts 3:11-12 “…Preach the Word of God urgently at all times. A banker (Banks again eh!) would say the best way to detect a counterfeit currency is to know well how the original one looks. so we can immediately detect their wrong teachings. it needs to be grabbed.. which England lost despite leading 2-0 at one time.

say in the same context “You can recognize a crooked line. when it comes to be used by the good Lord. unexpectedly the least are used of the Lord for achieving great ‘goals’. Do not underestimate your own capacity. only when you know how a straight line looks”? UNDERESTIMATION… A Goalie taking a goalkick So we think that a goalkeeper is merely ‘the last line of defence’ with an important role to play in saving goals but with no role to play in scoring goals and basking in the limelight subsequently. AND CAN YOU BELIEVE IT (STRAIGHT FROM RIPLEY’S BOOK OF BELIEVE IT OR NOT) GOOLKEEPERS CAN EVEN TAKE THE BALL ALL THE WAY TO THE OPPOSITION CITADEL AND SCORE A GOAL… How like in the Christian realm! In His kingdom.” – Matt 19:30 (NKJV) Not in the frontline? Dear brother/sister do not get discouraged. your goal AND IF THE LORD INSPIRES YOU TO COME TO THE FRONTLINE. John 4:29. A crafty goalie while taking a routine goal kick does not look at it as one long aimless punt ‘into the middle’ but rather as an opportunity to pass the ball the aerial way to some unguarded teammate to seize the opportunity on the moment. DO IT BOLDLY… 7 . and many who are last will be first. Make taking the ‘goal kick’ whole-heartedly and meaningfully for the Lord. Nay! A shrewd guardian of the citadel is actually the ‘first line of offence’ say Sports analysts. captures the scene of the most unlikely ‘woman missionary’ in action. For instance. so much so our Lord remarked in the context of rewards on the judgment day that there shall be plenty of surprises… “But many who are first will be last.

praise God. Holy Spirit wrought it and though devil fought it. splitting devil’s defense that is. but it is the same God who does the work in all of us. What is a football team without teamwork? A BIG ZERO! To win. the midfielders and forwards with a goalie in tow. There are different kinds of service. A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. AMAZING ISN’T IT? THE OTHER-CENTREDNESS IN TRINITY! If this does not inspire us to play for each other. I have got it”! Hallelujah! Also have we ever praised the Trinity for absolute selflessness within themselves? The Son was willing to die an excruciating death on the cross to obey His Father’s will (Luke 22:42) and the Father selflessly exalted the Son’s name above ALL names. Son shed his blood on the cross as a ransom to purchase us from sin’s grasp and the Holy Spirit convicted us at the right time and made us accept the Divine Redemption plan and would keep the sanctification process going till we reach the heavenly shores or the Bridegroom comes first to receive us (I Peter 1:2). The defenders. then nothing else will! 8 . the team needs to work like a well-oiled machine with each part playing its role to perfection. spoken in the context of much needed “teamwork” in the Corinthian church… “There are different kinds of spiritual gifts. Didn’t somebody say in this context of Salvation “God thought it. but we serve the same Lord. Consider Apostle Paul’s wise words here. God works in different ways.Philippians 2:9 (including His own names such as Elohim.” – I Cor 12:4-7 Best example of team work? You do not have to look beyond the Trinity working in unity to procure our salvation. Adonai etc) and the Holy Spirit when we are worshipping the Father in Son’s Name helps us but never calls attention to Himself.CO-ORDINATION Now let’s play a defense -splitting pass. but the same Spirit is the source of them all. Christ bought it. HAVE THEIR OWN SPECIALIZED ROLES TO PLAY TOGETHER IN CONSONANCE WITH THE GOAL OF THE TEAM TO SCORE A GOAL! By the same token what is a Church with several “gifted individuals” without proper co-ordination amongst themselves? A non-entity! Team work in its noblest form is not only about playing with each other but playing for each other. God chose us. El-Shaddai.

Philippians 3:14 This heavenly prize (too beautiful to describe). Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church. the expectations of countless fans. players’ personal dreams all suffuse in that one ethereal moment …when the cup is handed over to the team. the evangelists. it has been proven that if the Church is to take wing… all the wings of the Church have to work in harmony. the body of Christ. isn’t it…? I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God. praising Him! Hallelujah! Suresh Manoharan 9 . . the prophets. Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles. Oh the joys of lifting the cup in full media glare! Hey. tonnes of sweat shed in training.. mind you won’t slip away from our hands after say 4 years like the earthly World cup does at times.Historically. All the hard work. OURS is for keeps! So press on …and land the prize. and the pastors and teachers.Eph 4:11-12 Remember the good ole’ definition of the word TEAM? TOGETHER EVERYONE ACHIEVES MORE! Do I need to say MORE? DESTINATION What is the ultimate goal of any player/team in the World cup competition? To win the cup that matters. is calling us. Christian you are pursuing a loftier goal. through Christ Jesus.

POEM SECTION GOD’S FACEBOOK… In enhancing contacts. we say with pride But do you go know before modern technology made its advent The Creator brought the right resource in connection with His many a Servant Remember the Earth is made of Sky. which is oh-so-fine We observe there Blind Paul in a sorry plight And yonder there comes Ananias on Lord’s instructions to restore Paul’s sight Friend is your face there in God’s Facebook If it is there the Cosmic crook can do no harm to you by hook or by crook At your disposal. all for God’s glory Then what about Jonah and Big Fish of the sea Contact by Providence is there for all to see When Daniel was thrown into the lion’s den The predators became like sheep in a pen They became friends with the Lord’s prophet The term “Friend of Lions” has since become an epithet Ethiopian Eunuch reading Isaiah 53 (in Acts 8) never knew Phillip before But on the Lord’s leading there was this Apostle at hand to explain the Scriptures of yore As Phillip expounded the Scripture. the High Official was by God’s love mesmerized And before long he accepted the Lord and was baptized Now let’s go visiting the City of Damascus in the Book of Acts Chapter nine We see an another instance of network established between total strangers. We see the amazing “Sky connection” at work. Let’s rewind and go to the Elijah and Ravens’ story. there will be many a contact Believe me my friends. Social media has given people especially the young the boost The likes of Facebook. Sea and Sod In all the three spheres’ we see the working of “a Divine I-Pod”. that is a solemn fact Suresh Manoharan 10 . ready to help. Linked in now rule the roost You can have contacts far and wide Oh the Earth has shrunk thanks to technology. Twitter.

without a will to be delivered from it. You must undertake something so great that you cannot accomplish it unaided.. but to one person. while for eternal life. Many times disillusionment comes simply because our circumstances don’t fit our concept of who God is and how He works. For a small reward. To the world. You must not lose confidence in God because you lost confidence in your pastor. directed. and restrained by the truth of God’s Word and God’s Spirit. let us once and for all hand them over to His infinite wisdom. you may be one person. many will hardly take a single step. we would be on shifting sand. desire to please Christ. since confession was instituted for no other end. We never become truly spiritual by sitting down and wishing to become so. Faith brings the man to God. Lord revive Your church and begin with me. It is an abuse to confess any kind of sin. in order to occupy ourselves only with Himself and what belongs to Him. If God led you to it. Above all. The noble love of Jesus impels a man to do great things. Trials are not enemies of faith but are opportunities to prove God’s faithfulness. If our confidence in God had to depend upon our confidence in any human person.“CATCHY QUOTES” Thinking Christianly’ is thinking by Christians about anything and everything in a consistently Christian way — in a manner that is shaped. love brings him to men. 11 . Since God offers to manage our affairs for us. a man will hurry away on a long journey. you may be the world. and stirs him up to be always longing for what is more perfect. dread his disapproval above everything else. He will lead you through it. mortal or venial. The whole being of any Christian is Faith and Love..

Those of us who grew up satisfying ourselves with the bland News coverage of DD were swept off the feet literally in late 1980s’ & mind you it was an enjoyable experience getting ‘swept off the feet’ when one suave bearded gent answering to the name Pranoy Roy appeared in the TV screen as an anchor for a programme which claimed to encapsulate all the World events of a week. Away went this freakish goalie dribbling and dodging his way past hostile. The icing on the cake as it were in this program was. so what was New about that News? Its slick presentation…Ladies and Gentlemen!!! Honestly it would not be an understatement if one were to affirm that the ‘The World this week’ with the creative flair of its producers oozing. News is News is News.WHEN GOALKEEPER SCORES A GOAL… Rene Higuita’s coming up with his famous Scorpion kick. there was that rare clipping of that maverick Colombian goalkeeper Rene Higuita (of the scorpion kick. it would invariably end with clippings of bizarre events…like for instance of a goalkeeper scoring a goal & what a goal it was! If I am not mistaken in late 80s’. frustrated legs of the defenders and cutting into the box with a masterly gymnast-like-turn and slotting the ball in past the hapless goalkeeper.in the dying minutes of the game setting out on an undulating run. this kind of title is bound to raise many eye-brows & any media mogul with a nose for sensationalism is bound to capitalize on News as odd as the Goal keeper scoring a goal in this month. Now why did I introduce this interlude in my message? The reason 12 . like none before it. The News coverage would never be the same again in the History of Indian Electronic media. when the football fever globally has touched its peak what with the curtains going up on the Mega event in Brazil – Football World Cup 2014!!! Keeping the core content of my message in suspense let me continue to dwell awhile on the media or to be more specific on the Indian electronic media. scored a goal going on a solo foray himself Needless to say. flashy attire fame et al) in a local league encounter with his team staring right down the barrel-a goal down. revolutionized News presentation in the Indian Electronic media.

it can be said of our hero that he “got back his seal (to transact business on his father’s behalf). lest a mistaken view emerge in our minds that the Creator has become weak. danced the reel and ate the veal”. most of which I ought to add here are those. touching story which throws up new insights every single time we study it. fallible. I go any further I would like to make it abundantly clear. it can be said our principal actor went with the dogs (his friends).. some imaginary postures of God float in & out of our mind’s eye. Now under the “Madness scene”. let us never lose sight of the symbolic roles of each one of the characters in this memorable parable. so how would we with refined spiritual sensitivities categorize a scene where God entreats puny. rebelled and travelled and under that of Sadness. If to the prodigal 13 . mostly clothing) and ate with the hogs and finally under the climactic. Mind you since any complete Scripture exposition (thanks Inductive Bible Study) entails observation. interpretation and application of the same.is the stunning theme for our meditation GOD ‘PRAYING’ (permit me to unveil the theme) would sound just as bizarre to some of us with fixed mindsets. first let’s get done with the observation part. Some wise souls have creatively related this evergreen “Lost and Found” story thus: The parable can be divided into 3*3 parts…firstly Madness. ROLE-REVERSAL…Even while pondering at the turn of events of this popular parable. would He ever lower Himself to such a level of pleading with flesh and blood man? Do we see such a scene in the Bible? If so. This witty and creative observation apart. Yes. it can be said that the Prodigal Son… caviled (raised unnecessary objections).Welcome once again to the good ole’ Prodigal Son parable (Luke 15:11-32)! Welcome once again to this timeless. where? RELATE. which are ‘acceptable’ to the majority. irreverent man. lost his togs (property. I would like to herald that God condescends to this level only in order we -the faithful lot‘accept a rescued sinner’ and NOT FOR ANYTHING ELSE. the very purpose of me expounding this “rare” theme is to bring to the fore ‘the infinite love of God for his most cherished creation…Man’. While on the subject of ‘God in action’. is that all there is to this oh-so-insightful parable? NO.. Sadness and Gladness. No one would object to a poster depicting God in the posture of answering prayers to a man on his knees or for that matter to any poster which would portray Him as superior to man… which anyway is an undeniable truth. culminating third scene-Gladness . Even given His boundless love to man. FAR FROM IT!!! Now let’s go to the interpretation and application parts which go hand in hand and may even appear inter-twined. Before.

Christians of many years. practical epistle ‘Dear Brothers. WE SHOULD TAKE HIS WORD FOR IT! WHO ARE WE TO HOLD OUT AGAINST GOD’S GRACE! Sadly. hold for us today? More than anything else. When the self-righteous elder son. who presumed inadvertently that he was the very definition of filial fidelity. Mind you. and someone helps him understand the Truth again. who though living “physically close” (in the same house) to his father. Shame on us. we can make out that the penitence of our contrite brother in faith is genuine. rather than giving him a cold shoulder. RETENTION…Now let’s take a loop line and look at a lesson within a lesson. if anyone has slipped away from God and no longer trusts the Lord. refused to accept his penitent younger brother. we are often the stumbling blocks as it were. would he not have shared the same sentiments his father had for his repentant brother? One litmus test for knowing that we are retaining the First love (so precious to the Lord – Jeremiah 2:2/2 Cor 11:2/Rev 2:4) or not is to reflect deeply as to whether our priorities are same as that of our Lord or not. sometimes we can be even in Ministry but yet lose out on our First “honeymoon” love for the Lord!!! RESPONSIBILITY…Now coming back to the main track of accepting the repentant brethren…let’s look at the earnest plea of the James in the closing verses of his down-to-bootstrap. that person who brings him back to God will have saved a wandering soul from death bringing about the forgiveness of his many sins’ (James 5:19-20-TLB). Period.son belonged the role played by many a contrite sinner. If by using our God-given common sense. how much more it is binding on 14 . if we play the contemptuous elder brother! The fact that God himself is pleading with us on behalf of the errant one should melt our stony hearts. let us freeze this frame. what did the father do? HE PRAYED ENTREATINGLY TO HIM TO WELCOME HIS ERRANT BUT NOW PENITENT SIBLING (Luke 15:28)! Now. it screams that if GOD FORGIVES A SINNER. being the very last ones’ to reconcile with him. If so high a responsibility rests with the faithful lot of seeking & saving their strayed brethren. in his heart of hearts was living “miles away” from him? If his heart had been one with that of his father. when a penitent Christian comes back onto the right track & wants to make amends for his mistakes. then that of his forgiving father was representative of a loving God Himself. we ought to welcome him with open arms. Do not we see the regular Church goers’. What does it teach us? What lessons does this moving picture of an infinitely superior God pleading with His followers’ harboring a holierthan-thou disposition. the ones’ of who have lost their “first love” for the Lord (forgetting that they too were once forgiven and received into the Divine family) All personified in the Elder Son.

worse we compound their woes by emotionally head butting them for the troubles they have apparently caused the Lord by their erroneous ways! REMAIN…Now coming back to enduring image of God “praying” which would forever remain in our hearts…it melts my heart when the truth contained in the closing verses of Luke 15:28-32 strikes home. how our shepherd had to suffer?’ when ironically the shepherd himself would not have any complaints on that score! How this defines our relationship with our contrite brethren! They need to be built-up lovingly after a fall with all the care a nurse would muster whilst bandaging the fractured limb of a tender child (II Cor 2:5-8)! But how ironic it is that when our Lord himself has no complaints. exhibiting in the process ‘an animal streak’ in them. let our stony hearts melt at the scene of God ‘praying’…. do you know. when it comes to immediately accommodating a rueful brother-in-faith. (Suresh Manoharan) 15 .them to accept the strayed brethren once the latter come back on their own! Should we not celebrate along with angels on ‘the lost being found’ (Luke 15:7)! Christians. now. where this remorseful one would be welcomed not by warm hugs but by head butts of its scolding mates bad mouthing all the while ‘because of you. The story ends with the picture of the father STILL PLEADING WITH HIS ELDER SON WHO IS NOT BUDGING AN INCH as though to re-emphasize the point that our Heavenly Father for some thousands of years. carried his precious rescued one to his ‘home’ (verse 6) rather than releasing it amongst its mates in the pinfold? Biblical scholars assert that he wanted to ‘build it up by showering more love & care’ which would not be the case in its pinfold. is ‘still reasoning out’ with the stubborn louts like us. on the paramount issue of welcoming back our rueful brethren! Oh. Just to elaborate on the ‘animal streak’. even the devout lot amongst them unfortunately display a steely heart rather than the one of flesh. we make a huge fuss of welcoming them with a reconciliatory hug. has it ever occurred to us why the Shepherd (Luke 15:1-6) of the Lost & Found sheep.

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