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THE PROMISED GOSPEL

Romans 1:1-6; John 1: 43-51

1. God’s Promise

Romans 1:2 The gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures

Genesis 50:19-20 But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.

Luke 24:27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

2. Promise Fulfilled

Romans 15:12 And again, Isaiah says, “The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; in him the Gentiles will hope.”

Isaiah 11:10 In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his resting place will be glorious.

John 8:56 Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.”


Questions for Application

1. Which passage in the Old Testament made you love God more? Encourage one another by sharing your testimony of receiving God’s love.

2. How should we treasure this fulfilled promise (Gospel) witnessed by the Apostles? Share what are the ways of dis playing God’s love in our lifestyle, social media, and things that we own.

  • Sermon Date: January 17, 2021
  • Date Posted: January 12, 2021
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GODSPELL

Romans 1:1 & Mark 1:4-11

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.

Romans 13:13-14 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.

Romans 1:17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”

Romans 1:1 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God—

Luke 1:38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.

1. A Servant

2. An Apostle

3. Gospel of God

 

 


Questions for Application

1. Share what you understand it means to be a servant of Jesus Christ. Share what you plan to do to show that you are a servant of Jesus.

2. Share what you understand to be the gospel of God. What can you do to share the gospel with others?

 

  • Sermon Date: January 10, 2021
  • Date Posted: January 7, 2021
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GOD WITH US

Ephesians 1:3-14, John 1: 10-18

1. He was in the world

John 1:10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.

2. He dwell among us

John 1:14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Psalms 46: 1-11 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts. The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Come and see what the LORD has done, the desolations he has brought on the earth. He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire. He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.


Questions for Application

1. What was your respond when something new or special came into your life? What changes or adjustments did you make to your life?

2. How does God being with us mean to you as we enter into the New Year? What are the priority we need to give in my life knowing that God came into the world to save us?

  • Sermon Date: January 3, 2021
  • Date Posted: December 30, 2020
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Pastor's Message

A joyful Christmas and a blessed New Year from my family and I. Trials come to strengthen us. Hope gives us the will to strive for a better tomorrow. I want to congratulate you for coming out on top of an extremely challenging year. Give yourself a pat on the shoulder. We have made it through this year. We will do even better next year. Do not let a virus or natural calamities scare us and disrupt our lives.

It took the death of an innocent man to save the world. We who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death. We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. We will be different from the rest of the world that is wallowing in despair. ‘If we died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him….’2 Timothy 2:11-12. It is time for us to tell the world the goodness of the gospel of Jesus.

Our caroling is virtual and can be accessed from all around the world. Our Christmas Services will be online. Our usual Trilingual Thanksgiving Service will be rescheduled to the weekend online services on the first weekend of January 2021. Let us use this online tool to share with family and friends that may be reluctant to come to our physical services. Do your part to share our services on multiple platforms be it ilovefcc.online.church, our website, our Facebook page, our Instagram, or our YouTube posting. Our messages tell that there is only hope when we put our faith in a loving God – a God who is willing to send His one and only begotten son, that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. Let us share with the world the goodness of the gospel of Jesus.

 

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FEAR NOT

Galatians 4:4-7, Luke 2:1-14

1. Christmas dispels fear

Luke 2:10-11 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.

Luke 1:13 But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John.

Luke 1:30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God.

Matthew 1:20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.

2. Christmas brings Good News

Luke 2:10-11 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.

Matthew 1:23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).

Philippians 3:20-21 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.


Questions for Application

  • Sermon Date: December 27, 2020
  • Date Posted: December 23, 2020
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I am taking my holidays this year over Christmas. I will be spending my time with my family. I encourage all to take time for family and friends. We can take a lesson from Jesus who often took time to be with Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. At other times, he withdrew with his followers to spend time with them.

I do empathize with families who are separated due to the present circumstances. I think of many of our church families who have not been able to meet due to the restriction of flying and quarantine. We are hoping that these restrictions will be lifted soon.

The three persons of the Godhead existed in perfect union. This perfect God created men so that we can have fellowship with Him. Let us likewise extend a hand of fellowship to one another in the family and those who are out there. Reach out to those around us who have yet to come to know Jesus. Include them in our fellowship and celebration so that they will experience a warm Christian home. This is a season to bring the good news of Jesus to people we know both far and near. With Zoom and GoogleMeet and Church online platforms, NOTHING can stop us!

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25

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I AM THE LORD’S SERVANT

Romans 16: 25-27, Luke 1:26-38

1. The grace of the Lord

Luke 1:30-33 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will
conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

2. The power of the Lord

Luke 1:34-38 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.” “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.


Questions for Application

1. Which areas of your life require the Lord’s mercy and kingdom to come and bring change?

2. Have you ever experienced the power of God? Share your testimony to encourage one another.

  • Sermon Date: December 20, 2020
  • Date Posted: December 17, 2020
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Pastor's Message

The Synod 2020 of the Diocese of Sabah was conducted online on the 4&5 December 2020. Our church is represented by Mr. Victor Lee, Ms. Irene Panjang, Mr. Lim Kee Lung, and me.

The Archbishop Melter reminded us that we are in the midst of the Decade of Evangelism, Year 2020 and 2021 is designated the Year of Reaping.

In times of turmoil such as the time we are in, the most important lesson is to trust and obey. Doing what the Lord says is always the best. When we trust in God, we do not need to fear man. God will take care of us. When we honor God, people around us can see the favor of the Lord upon us.

In conclusion, the Archbishop encouraged us to keep doing good works. Be involved in welfare work. Help the poor and the oppressed. In the Year of Reaping, we must continue to sow, do evangelism, and care for our members.

As we prepare to celebrate Christmas, let us look to the Lord to give us the wisdom to do evangelism in keeping with the times. Work with your cell leaders to reach out to people who have not come to know Jesus. Extend a loving response to the lonely and those who have been adversely affected by the present circumstances. Let us bring cheer and joy to brighten the lives of people that we come into contact with daily. Let us bring the good news of Jesus Christ to as many as we can this Christmas.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.” Proverbs 3:5-8

 

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A WITNESS TO THE LIGHT

1 Thessalonians 5:16-24, John 1:6-8; 19-28

1. I am not

John 1:19-20 Now this was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was. He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, “I am not the Messiah.”

John 1:21 They asked him, “Then who are you? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” He answered, “No.”

2. He is

John 1:27 He is the one who comes after me, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.”

John 1:22-28 Finally they said, “Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, “I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’ ” Now the Pharisees who had been sent questioned him, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?” “I baptize with water,” John replied, “but among you stands one you do not know. He is the one who comes after me, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.” This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing.


Questions for Application

1. Share how you resolve most situations that confront you in your life. How can John 3:30 “He must become greater; I must become less.” apply to your situation?

2. Discuss which scripture speaks to you of Jesus’ sovereignty. What do you propose to do to allow Jesus to use you?

  • Sermon Date: December 13, 2020
  • Date Posted: December 11, 2020
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Pastor's Message

We live in a very busy world. There is so much rushing around. There is never enough time. It is rare for us in our busyness to stop and think. What is life all about? We are all headed for eternity. How we live our lives today will determine our final destination.

In our journey as followers of Jesus, one of the most important thing He said that needs our attention is this: “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.” Matthew 10:37-39 “What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?”

We live in a world that is seeking instant satisfaction. We are not used to the idea of working long and hard. We need to recapture the proven spiritual disciplines of studying and meditating on the Word. We need to take time to pray so that we can comprehend the things of God. Spiritual disciplines make ordinary people live extraordinary lives.

As a result of the pandemic, we are blessed with the gift of more time at home. Let us practice the spiritual disciplines so that we can deepen our relationship with God who yearns to have time and intimacy with us. Let us also invest the time caring for people God has put in our lives.

 

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GOOD NEWS, NOT GOOD ADVICE

2 Peter 3:8-15a, Mark 1:1-8

1. The Good News

Mark 1:14-15 After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”

1.1 Kingdom of God

1.2 Forgiveness of sin

2. What is the Good News to me

Colossians 3:1-4;12-14 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.


Questions for Application

1. Share what you would think if Jesus Christ came into this world today as a baby, and lived among us. How would this news affect you?

2. Share how you would tell your family and friends about this news?

  • Sermon Date: December 6, 2020
  • Date Posted: December 3, 2020
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Pastor's Message

DREAM 2020 is happening on Church Online on Dec 4 at 7 30pm! It is the 10th Awards Night of Faith Anglican Academy (FAA). 2020 is the most extraordinary year. At the beginning of the year, our lives were turned upside down by the COVID 19 pandemic. From the complete lockdown to the ever-extending recovery mode, FAA has met every challenge by adapting to the situation. From running Virtual Learning Centre mode to Stay At Home Learning mode, the staff had risen to every occasion to provide effective supervision and support to ensure the students’ progress.

FAA students and staff has been working very hard on the graduation event. It evolved from a physical gala evening which they have been putting up each year and into an online production. FAA has overcome enormous obstacles to showcase the talents and capabilities of the students in a musical performance. It is an event not to be missed so mark it down in your calendar.

Parents will swell with pride as they watch their children. Not in their wildest dream will the parents imagine the accomplishments that their children attain. The music will lift your spirits and the score will challenge you. It should also fill us with pride how a school of humble beginnings can push its students and staff to such heights.

Dream 2020 will be an evening reflecting a message of hope amidst trials and tribulation. The choice to continue dreaming from a place of faith while surrounded by uncertainty. Let us learn to recognize, encourage, and inspire dreams. Let us build a platform for students to express and achieve their dreams. Let us remind one another that dreams do come true when God is in control.

Set aside Dec 4, 7 30pm for Dream 2020 on Church Online. Link will be available on FCC and FAA social media platform nearer the date.

 

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WATCH FOR HIS COMING!

1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Mark 13:24-37

1. A comforting event

Mark 13:24-31 “But in those days, following that distress, “ ‘the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; 25 the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’ “At that time people will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. And he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens. “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that itis near, right at the door. Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

Matthew 21:18-22 Early in the morning, as Jesus was on his way back to the city, he was hungry. Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!” Immediately the tree withered. When the disciples saw this, they were amazed. “How did the fig tree wither so quickly?” they asked. Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”

2. An unexpected event

Mark 13:32-37 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with their assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch. “Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’ ”


Questions for Application

1. What are the things/persons in our lives that defines our identity and hope? How would we cope with our loss when those things/persons are taken away?

2. Jesus’ coming is surely unexpected, how can we encourage one another to not “fall asleep” in our own ambitions, desires, and sins?

  • Sermon Date: November 29, 2020
  • Date Posted: November 25, 2020
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Pastor's Message

We will be entering the Advent season. It is a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the coming of Christ at Christmas. It is also a timely reminder of the return of Christ at the second coming. In our Anglican tradition, Advent is the beginning of the liturgical year.

This year, the Christmas celebration will be guided by the theme that A Child is Born. He is the Savior of the world. He brings light to a dark world. This is the message of hope we are to proclaim. The world is gripped in fear and despair. We will share with them an unshakeable message that we need not fear when we have Jesus in our lives. We celebrate because we trust in God who is in control of all that is happening in the world. We celebrate because He has made us His children as we put our faith and trust in His Son. He came into the world as a man to save man from sin.

Isaiah 9:6-7 tells us ‘For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be upon his shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace, there will be no end.’

This is summed up in John 3:16, ‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son. Whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.’

Let us tell the world – Jesus is the reason we celebrate Christmas.

 

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FAITHFUL STEWARD

Ephesians 1:15-23, Matthew 25:14-30

1. Faithful with what we have

Matthew 25:20-23 The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’ “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’ “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

2. Faith in God

Matthew 25:29 For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.

Hebrews 6:12 We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised


Questions for Application

1. What are the gifts and talents that God has given to you? Share how you have used it for His kingdom.

2. Have we ever doubted God because the talents that He gave us are not comparable with others? How can we overcome such doubts?

  • Sermon Date: November 22, 2020
  • Date Posted: November 19, 2020
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Pastor's Message

We are now entering into another round of CMCO that will take us to the 6th of December. We must learn to look at the effects of the pandemic and commit to prayer daily. Much is said about how this is going to affect our lives into the middle of next year. Many refer this to be the new normal. While we may have differing views on how we could have fared better, we must give thanks to the Lord for the leaders in our nation. We must acknowledge the frontliners and the sacrifice they made. Let us continue to pray for the frontliners and the leaders of our nation.

As a church, we need to discern the way forward, to adapt to the new norm. We cannot dwell in the past and hope that we can return to the preCovid 19 times. I am so grateful for the leaders in our church. The transition to go online for all our weekly services has been a journey of dedication, faithfulness, and perseverance. Constantly they have overcome challenges and obstacles to bring ministry to the people.

I am also proud of Faith Anglican Academy as they too are gearing to have their annual Awards Night online. We are also preparing to celebrate Christmas differently. Get behind our leaders as they mobilize this event.

I am asking all of you to let the Holy Spirit to transform our thoughts and our attitudes. Let us do church in ways that are new and refreshing yet personal and evangelistic. What can we do for our cell group that will bind us together in love? How can we continue to develop the care and concern while we keep the social distance and comply with the ever-changing SOP. We are reminded this week that the most important commandment is to love.

“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” 1 John 3:16-18

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KEEP WATCH

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11, Matthew 25:1-13

Matthew 24:36-39 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.

1. Virgin

2 corinthians 11:2 I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him.

a. Preparedness
b. Priority

2. Lamp

Matthew 5:14-16 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

a. A source from the source
b. Light for others, light for self

3. Oil

John 7: 37-39 On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.

a. Love and good works

1 Peter 4:7-8 The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.


Questions for Application

1. Share how you have loved during this pandemic? What can we do to encourage those who have grown disheartened with worry and doubts?

2. Share a time when you felt God’s for you. Discuss how we can continue to keep loving God.

  • Sermon Date: November 15, 2020
  • Date Posted: November 11, 2020
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