Offenses Will Come

Jul 20, 2022 | McRae, Chris, Sermons

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Last week, I started a new series called connect, and you gotta remember talking about it. We were talking about the fact that the Bible says for us as believers to endeavor to we are to work toward maintaining the spirit of unity in the bond of peace. That’s what God’s called us to do. And in a world where everything is trying to be divided, the outside world is looking at us and going, they used to be the United States of America, but they look like the divided states of America.

[00:00:27] Not only to the divider states of America, but also it’s one thing for it to be on the outside. But some of the dis the Discontentment, some of the division has snuck into the church house. Do you, can I say, can you say amen? It has, what I’m talking about Sunday is Sunday morning is one of the most diverse.

[00:00:43] And and some of the most divided times of the week, you go to your church. I could go to my church. We believe this, you believe that. And it’s divided and God is wanting to bring us together as the body of Christ in unity, because there’s work for us to do. Would you believe that. God has called us as work for us to do.

[00:01:00] And there’s division that tries to come in the enemy tries to come in and bring division. And one of the ways that he does that, he brings the brother against sister, father against he’s doing all these different things that try to divide us as the people of God. And if we are going to do what God’s called us to do, and if revival is something that we’re praying for, and revival is something that we’re wanting to see in the, in our, in.

[00:01:22] Our church and our homes. I’m not talking about here. I believe I thank God for the past moves, but I believe God is doing something new in the earth right now. Do you believe that? I believe that he’s doing something fresh and are new, even as I was praying for you this week, I was praying that God would reveal to you and you would have a fresh encounter with the living God, a fresh.

[00:01:44] And I appreciate you when I hear your testimony. I appreciate the fact that you’ll be like back in 1989, I came to the Lord and he was, and he came in and he changed my life and it was good. And I appreciate that, but I’m saying God is wanting to do something fresh and new in us and new and fresh in you and a new encounter, a fresh encounter where the date of the old will be a fresh, one of the new, when you be like that.

[00:02:07] I remember when he came in my life then, but I’m telling you right now, he’s doing something unprecedented. In my life, that’ll change me and change. Not only me cuz he changed me. He’ll change my family. If he changed my family, he’ll change the people I’m around change. The people I’m around. He can change the city.

[00:02:23] You can change the state, you change the state. You can stay and change the nation and you can change the whole world because that’s what God I believe is doing. Yes. At the molecular level. At the cellular level, God is doing something

[00:02:38] and I believe he’s doing something here at soldier in church. Yeah, I believe he’s doing something right here at sojourn church. Yes. I believe he’s doing something right now in you. Yes. If you’ll say yes to it and you believe that God will do something and you believe that. And I’m just telling you, I feel like the Lord sometimes are you feeling foggy, jump you feeling like you want to do something?

[00:02:57] Let’s go. Let’s just go and just change. Let’s change this world. Let’s change it. And it’s gonna take one person at a time, but we gotta walk in unity together. Amen. Amen. This past week, Vanessa and I were at a conference at Southwestern university. It’s a Baptist university in Fort worth and I was the keynote speaker.

[00:03:14] So I, I spoke every night this week, except for Wednesday night. I was in youth Wednesday night and I enjoyed that, but we were there and it was about as Baptist as they come. It was a, we sang every hymn that we ever sang in and in my life and my whole life I’m talking about, we sang hymns. We sang him for the hymn that the hymns that we had when we were Heming it was, we sang.

[00:03:35] And we were we and we sang HIMS and we sang him some more. And I love HS. I’m just saying right now, sometimes you, if you’ve ever heard me preach, I’ll break out in this song and HS, because I know I don’t want us to forget, but we I’m talking about it. It was about his Baptist and I’m telling you what.

[00:03:49] I and so I said I text pastor Terry, I go, Hey, I’m at the S I’m at this Baptist university. And I said, I feel the presence of the holy spirit. I go, you think they’ll kick me out of the SBC. You think they’ll kick me outta the Southern Baptist convention. He was like, you ain’t a part of it. So let ’em kick you out.

[00:04:05] So I just said, Just let, ’em kick you outta the Southern Baptist conventions. That’s right. I’m not a part of it. I’m a part of the body of Christ where the spirit of God moves and the power of God moves. And we believe in signs and wonders and miracles being released. So I’m just like, let her rip Lord, let do whatever you wanna do.

[00:04:23] Them Baptist came running out of the back of the deal, getting prayed for, and I’m telling you what? Cause Vanessa was like, can we pray for people? I’m like, I don’t know. I don’t know. And so I was like, I had to ask somebody, I was like are we allowed to pray for people? They go, yes. We pray for people.

[00:04:34] I’m like, okay, good. That’s good. She just never know, you know what I’m saying? But I hear that time now for us to stop worrying about the dividing lines and let’s just run through ’em, Just run through ’em whatever dividing law walls that you have. Let’s run through ’em God is saying I’m doing something new.

[00:04:51] That’s crossing over denominational lines. That’s crossing over racial lines, that’s crossing over political lines cuz he don’t ride the backs of donkeys or elephants. He rides the wings of the spirit of God and therefore he comes in and he’s doing a new thing and I want him to do a new thing in you.

[00:05:07] And I want us to be able to hear and cooperate in the freedom of God. So if you have your Bibles, I’d like for you to turn to Matthew chapter 24. Matthew 24. We’re gonna read a couple of scriptures in your hearing and Matthew 24. We’re gonna start at the beginning, everybody. All right. You feel good? Yes, God’s good.

[00:05:30] All the time. All the time. God is good. That’s right. All. Verse one. Then Jesus went out and departed from the temple. I’m reading outta the new king James version. And his disciples came up to show him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said to him, do you not see all these things? Surely I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another.

[00:05:48] That shall not be thrown down. Now. As he sat on the Mount of olives, the disciples came to him privately. I love the disciples. They weren’t gonna come to him in openly could to show their ignorance. They came to us privately. I do that sometimes when I’m in class or something, I go teacher. I know the answer, but because everybody else does it, once you go ahead and tell the answer so that they’ll know it and know, and everybody’s just I really didn’t know the answer, but I didn’t want them to know that I didn’t know the answer.

[00:06:11] So he came to him privately saying, tell us, when will all these things be that you just talked about and what will be the sign of your coming into the end of the age? And Jesus answered instead of them take heed that no one deceives you. That’s one thing that the enemy tries to do to come into the body of crisis deception for many will come in my name saying, I am the Christ.

[00:06:31] and we’ll deceive many, know, there’s a lot of deception going on and you can go on YouTube and find any doctrine. As I said, last week, there was a pastor saying that God was pro-choice and I’m like, he is not pro-choice. He is pro-choice in that he chose you before the foundation of the world. And also those that are in the womb.

[00:06:48] But he says that he’s many will say I’m the Christ and we’ll deceive many verse six and you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you’re not troubled for all these things. We must come to pass. But the end is not yet for nation will rise up against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and pestilence and earthquakes in various places.

[00:07:08] And all these are the beginning of sorrows. Then they’ll deliver you up for tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for my name sake. And then many will be, and then many will be, and many will be. Offended will betray one another and we’ll hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.

[00:07:35] And because all S will abound, the love of many will grow gold, but he and endures to the end shall be saved. And thus, and this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to the, all the nations. And then the end will come and he continues to talk about tribulation. But this morning, as we’ve been talking about being connected, and being connected as the body of Christ, the enemy of being connected is being offended.

[00:08:02] I wanna talk about being offended. Tim’s like, why would you talk about being offended? Because many will be because many will be because many will be hitting me. Skipping many will be offended this past week when I was preaching at the conference. I was, like I said, sometimes I’ll break out in song or whatever.

[00:08:21] But there’s. There was a time where the sound went, bonkers went crazy. So I, that’s why I appreciate our sound guys and our media team. Can you give them a hand? They do a great job. They do such an amazing job, love them, but it went crazy and they couldn’t find out what was going on. And so one guy goes, I have no idea.

[00:08:39] I have no idea what’s going on. He goes, everything was connected. And so the guy with the long hair, who’s a technician came in and he goes, I know exactly what happened. He goes, everything was connected. He goes, but there was a short in one of the wires. Here’s what I wanna tell you. The body of Christ has a short, there’s a short that’s going on.

[00:09:01] That’s causing the sound, the harmonious sound to to arise. And he merged from the body of Christ. And it’s because we have a short, we have a short in the fuse and the power and the connector switch. And that is that people are offended. And some of you, even right now, the reason why there’s the enemy has kept you from being able to walk in the total peace and joy that God has for you is because you’re offended.

[00:09:30] You’ve been offended at somebody’s done you wrong. Somebody said some things about you. Somebody’s done some things you’re offended because some of you are offended into a place where there’s no freedom in your life. And God is wanting you to walk in freedom that he’s called you to walk in and you can’t walk in.

[00:09:46] And because you’re still holding onto some offense. I know that doesn’t, that’s not one of those shot me down. Hallelujah, praise the Lord messages. But I’m gonna tell you, anyhow, because I believe God has called us as a body of Christ to come together. And walk in unity and Jesus is the rock of offense.

[00:10:05] And he said that offenses must come. And because he said, offenses must come. Then you realize that you walk in fence. We there’s people they’re gonna offend you. There’s gonna be a fence. My wife said to me, she goes, honey, can we, can you preach about something else? Like love and money, or something like that.

[00:10:23] Because every time you preach on something, we get tested with it. So that means that probably before today is. I’m gonna be offended. Somebody’s going, I’m gonna have an opportunity to walk in forgiveness and love, right? Yep. And sometimes we sit there and when we, and I know y’all looking at me, like I’m crazy, it’s true.

[00:10:39] You hold on to stuff and all of a sudden you hold onto an offense. And here’s what I found out. I have offended more people and trying to help ’em than I have and not trying to. I have a gift I have a gift to be able to offend people. I’m tell you what if, whether somebody goes, they said you they, and they usually, it starts off this way.

[00:11:01] I just wanna ask you, I just, I’ve been holding unforgiveness towards you. I’m like really? What is it this time? Because I, I don’t, that’s a plethora stuff that I’ve done. What is it this time? Just you just ignored me, when you’re out in the foyer and you’re talking to everybody and you just ignore, and then you just walk off.

[00:11:17] I’m like, I had to go to the restroom, can I, you know what I’m saying? Cuz somebody’s offended. And sir, I just want you to know that I’ve forgiven you. I’m just like, thank you. I appreciate it. I’m so glad that you released me and I didn’t even know that they were offend. Some of you are holding on stuff and holding on offense from somebody else.

[00:11:32] They don’t even know that you are upset with them. They’re off living their life. And you’re still holding onto a fence. God is saying, it’s time to let that go. That’s what he says time, like many will be offended and then a love will grow cold because they’re offended. So God is saying, I’m not, I’m telling you, he’s saying today to release that some of you are offended.

[00:11:58] at Jesus because you prayed for something and it didn’t happen the way you wanted it to happen. It didn’t turn out the way you wanted it to turn out. You thought it was gonna be this way. And God said, I had a, another way you thought God, if I’m just telling you, Lord, if you would just do this, God said, I don’t need no help.

[00:12:15] I’m God, all by myself. I don’t need any help. And my way is better. It’s not just a song. It’s not just a cliche. It is. His way is better. So I’m just telling you that some of you offended at him. Here’s what he said. The promise is this, that he will work all things together for your good, he didn’t promise you that he was gonna work it out the way you wanted it to work out.

[00:12:43] God, if you would just do this in my child, if you would just do this in my husband, you would just, what if the way that he wanted to work it out is he was gonna change you. what if the way he was gonna work it out, he was gonna cause you and your mind to change and your heart to change and the transformation to happen to you first.

[00:13:01] And then all of a sudden it’ll change the rest of your family. Lord, if you would just change it, Lord says, ah, my ways are not your ways says the Lord.

[00:13:14] So some of you need to stop being offended at Jesus. oh, there have been so many times where I’ve just prayed and asked the Lord to do some things in my life to do some things for me. And he, how many else he’s done it, a totally different way. Anybody else? Other than me did it a totally different way.

[00:13:29] And then it was better than expected. It was better than expected. And so God is saying if you’ll release that and you won’t walk in the fence for Jesus, he’ll cause you the freedom to come into your. holding onto it. Some of you’re holding onto offense. And then that offense turns into unforgiveness.

[00:13:53] Then an unforgiveness turns into bitterness and then that bitterness turns into just death and you’re drinking poison and hoping that the other person dies and it’s not gonna work. That’s what unforgiveness is. But if you’ll let, ’em go. and if you’ll forgive and the only reason why you wouldn’t forgive, and this is, I’m just, I know I’m saying some hard stuff this morning, but I want you to hear it.

[00:14:17] The only reason why you wouldn’t forgive is because you do not realize how much you’ve been forgiven. Yes.

[00:14:26] Yeah. If you realize how much you’ve been forgiven, man, COVID caused some issues. They realized in families because everybody was at. And I talked to Vince, he goes, we gotta start getting all these domestic calls. And we were going to domestic disputes and stuff. Why? Because everybody was at home, wasn’t used to being at home and all of a sudden the leaving the clothes on the floor.

[00:14:47] I don’t do that by the way, leaving the clothes on the floor. where’s the van cam they were leaving the clothes on the floor. Got exponentially. Yeah, there it is. The band camp. That’s right. Leaving the clothes on the floor. And all the stuff I do around the house, fix it and all that, anyway, they started calling because we weren’t used to being home and families had to work things out and fence came and arguments came because they had to learn how to work it out.

[00:15:14] I’m telling you guys, ladies and gentlemen, boys, and girls, we gotta learn how to work things out in the body of Christ. If we’re gonna be a family in the family of God, we gotta start working it out. You offended. I’m offended. If we can’t get along, let’s get it on. Let’s come on. Let’s work it. So that God can work in our lives and bring the unity that needs to happen.

[00:15:32] This is good news. I know y’all don’t this is good news. It is good news. Don’t be offended at Jesus. Don’t be offended at others. Somebody just, you walk walking in the fence and the enemy loves to try to bait you so you can bite on this on the lure of deception and lies. It’s a lie, Steven. It’s a lie used to try to bite on it.

[00:15:53] He uses lures. I’m a Fisher. Some of my good friends are fishermen and they love to fish. And I’m gonna show you a picture. I love fishing with my best friend that I fish with is there. She is right there. She’s the love of my life, the love of my life. And she caught this fish.

[00:16:09] That’s not a bad fish, but she, what I love about it is I had her hold it for just a second, but usually I’m the one taking the hook out of the fish. So I’m gonna show you something that happened so we can go to the next hill. You see this fish right here. We caught this fish twice.

[00:16:20] If you see the back of the throat of the fish, there’s a hook and the worm in it. And then was it Uve Vanessa or I did, I had the worm. Okay. I’m the one that had the worm that it broke off. It broke my line. What? You can’t see the camera didn’t get it. That’s actually Moby Dick y’all didn’t y’all don’t y’all can’t see it, but that’s actually Mo the camera kind of got a slant.

[00:16:40] You know what I’m saying? Got a little slant. And so you really can’t see it, but that’s a movie. So I called it and it broke my. And then Vanessa caught it with the second hook. She barely caught it, but she caught it. And here’s what I was thinking about as I was preparing this message. That’s how the enemy works.

[00:16:54] Leave it up to how the enemy works. You’ll bite on the offense one time and the enemy will cast it again and you’ll bite on it again to get hooked on the offense. And then the enemies got you again, he sets the hook. So I know exactly. And even some of my friends, I know exactly what time of year it.

[00:17:14] I know exactly what to use. That’s my favorite worm is the tequila sunrise right there. I use that and I know exactly the temperature of the water, so I can, I know exactly what’s going on. And so that, that red part of the lip of the bass, that’s where they’ve been digging for. I know exactly what’s going on.

[00:17:30] Here’s what I wanna tell you. Look up here at me. the enemy knows exactly the place of loneliness that you’ve been going through. He knows exactly the place of rejection that you’ve had. He knows that this is a part of the year where there’s nobody that’s coming to visit you. There’s no that part of the year where you’re all alone and you’re isolated and you’re, and there’s things you’re vulnerable.

[00:17:48] He knows that. So he tries to upset the, put the lure in front of you for you to bite and walk in a fence toward each other and you’ll bite it. And then he is got you. Lemme tell you what I did. I got that fish. I pulled the hook out of the back of the fish’s throat. I pulled that worm out and I pulled the other hook out and I set it right back in the water.

[00:18:12] God wants you to be free today. He wants to pull out all those hooks of fence that you’ve been biting on so that you can be free. He wants you to be free. He wants you to walk in freedom, that hook of offense. That hook of unforgiveness, that hook of bitterness, that hook of rejection, that hook of all the things that the enemy he’s, that he’s hooked you on.

[00:18:34] And some of your mouths are sore, cuz you’ve been hooked on so many things. The Lord said, I’m gonna free you from that bitterness. I’m gonna free you from that offense. I’m gonna free you from that lie, that the enemy, and I’m gonna set you right back into place that I’ve made for you so that you can walk in freedom.

[00:18:48] That’s good. So don’t be offended in Jesus. Don’t be offended at others. And I’m saying this last one, don’t be offended. at yourself. Some of you need to release yourself. Some of you hold on to bitterness. You can’t re you can’t forgive yourself for your past. You can’t forgive yourself for the things that you’ve done.

[00:19:06] He’s if you really knew who I was PC, if you really knew who I really was, you wouldn’t talk to me. You wouldn’t have, you wouldn’t do this. You wouldn’t come to, and I’m telling you what, I don’t know who you are. And it doesn’t even that doesn’t even necessarily matter. I do wanna know who you are, but God knows who you are and he loves you anyway.

[00:19:22] And he’s forgiven you and he’s blessed you and he’s cleansed you and he’s washing you and he’s purifying you, he’s purified you and he’s justified you. And he knows exactly what you’ve gone through for you to release yourself, release your past, to release those things that have kept you and kept you bound.

[00:19:41] If you knew who I was, sounded like somebody at the well, Jesus said, if you knew who this was here at the well, you would ask me for a drink. Yeah. God says, if you really knew who I was, you wouldn’t ask me that question because he’s made room. Here’s what I’m gonna say to you. Don’t be offended in Jesus.

[00:20:05] Don’t be offended at yourself. Don’t be offended. I’m sorry. Don’t be offended in Jesus. Don’t be offended at others and don’t be offended at yourself. What’s that? What’s that? don’t, I’m say it again. This is class. Don’t be offended in Jesus. Don’t be offended at others. Don’t be offended at yourself.

[00:20:25] Joy. Some of you need your joy back and the only way you’re gonna get it is in Jesus. And the joy of the Lord is your strength. During this time, the joy of God is gonna come into your life as you release others. That’s why we pray that prayer father. Forgive me or my trespasses is I forgive those who have trespassed against us forgive and release so that we can be connected and walk and do what God’s called us to do.

[00:20:54] Don’t let offense keep you from walking in the freedom of God. Amen. Amen. Don’t let it, don’t let it. wouldn’t let it. I’m telling you offended. That’s why I love the fact that when I’m as a Vanessa and I obviously we’ve been married for 24 years. And one of the things that the enemy tries to come in said this last week enemy tries to come in sometimes and bring division.

[00:21:15] And there’s already some differences between Vanessa I, Vanessa. And I don’t know if you noticed it or not. There’s already some differences between us. She being a white girl from New Hampshire. I’m an African American guy from from Arkansas. Oh my gosh. Anyway you got two people coming together and not only that you got cultural differences as a black man and as a white man.

[00:21:34] And a white, no. Now I used to be a white and anyway, no, I’m just kidding. As a white. Vanessa would make, she makes spaghetti and different things like that. I like fried food. You know what I’m saying? Southerner. So we had clashes. So we had to come together in unity.

[00:21:45] God had to work in our lives. Can y’all anybody else know what I’m talking about? Y’all sitting next to the person that that you, that I’m talking about, but can I get a witness this morning? Yeah. Y’all know what I’m talking about. I had to work in our lives. She had to, and so when we would have conversations, we learned how to talk to each other.

[00:22:02] Sometimes we’d talk to each other in code, but she would, but we’d learn how to talk to each other. The unity would come about. She would come to me and she goes, honey, I love you. I go, I know she goes, but I want to tell you something and I would go, oh no, you know what I’m saying? So

[00:22:19] I had to learn that’s puck her up buttercup. You know what I’m saying? She about to tell you something. So then she changed the language. She was saying, listen, I’m on your team. I love you. I want the best for you. I’m telling you what, as nobody gonna love you. Like I am, I love you. And so I’d be like, yes, I know that, but I knew something was gonna happen.

[00:22:37] She was gonna say but she learned how to diffuse me because I would be so defense. I get so defensive about stuff. She would tell me until she goes, I’m on your team. Don’t get mad at me. I’m on your team. I’m the messenger. I love you, honey. I want you, I want the best for you. So here’s what I want to tell you.

[00:22:53] That message that you preached on Sunday. I don’t know what you was talking about. I have no idea what you were saying. You were all over the place. What’s wrong with you? Why? No, she doesn’t say that, but I had to learn. I had to learn that she’s on my team. She’s on my team. You know what I’m saying?

[00:23:07] So I would go to her. I’d go, honey. I love you. She’d be like, I wanna. I’m just I’m just kidding. cause she’s perfect. Anyway, so I’m just kidding. But the truth is that some of you need to learn how to communicate. Some of you need to learn how to communicate the language of love. And here’s what God has said from heaven.

[00:23:25] I love you. I have died for you. I paid the price for you. I’ve given you everything that pertains to life and godliness. I bless you with every spiritual blessing and the heaven places I’ve given you the mind of Christ. I’ve given you my word. I’ve given you my spirit. I’ve empowered you by my spirit.

[00:23:41] I’ve given you everything that you need to be able to fight the enemies of your. Soul, not only that I’ve seated you in heaven places, I’ve given you everything that you need to be, who I’ve called you to be. I have gone before you, I’ve blessed you in the city, bless you in the country. Bless going in.

[00:23:55] Bless coming out. I have given you everything that you need. I love you do not walk in the fence and walk in the unity that I’ve called you to so that you can be who I’ve called you to be and step into the place that he has for you during this time. Now, during this time, I’m gonna tell you right now, Everything is offensive.

[00:24:16] Everybody’s offensive. Everybody’s got some offense. People are offended, everybody’s offended, and there’s, they got a new word. Now, the young people got a new word. Now, you know what it is triggered. The young people said, I didn’t know what triggered was, I’m, I’m a hunter.

[00:24:30] I know what trigger he is, but I don’t, I, but they’re trigger. And everybody’s offended and everybody the straight people offended and at the homosexuals and the LGBTQ and everybody else got all this different things, everybody’s offended. And here’s what, here’s a picture of what it looks like there, we everybody’s offended everybody.

[00:24:46] a picture video. People being offended. This is a group of con

[00:25:05] everybody’s is offended. Now I wanna say to you, Jeremiah, our media guy got that picture. There were no black people in that picture. I want you to notice that there were no black folks in that picture. . We’re great. we’re having a great time. No, I’m just kidding. I’m just kidding. So you need to laugh.

[00:25:29] here’s the truth would all the stuff that’s going on in the world, how much more does a body of Christ need to come together and walk in unity? Amen. Do you believe that? And I know he is a heart pill to swallow, but I can’t go into other places. We cannot. Go in talking about connect and unity. If you’re walking in the fence, some of you walking in the fence today, you know that there’s somebody right now that have said some things have done.

[00:25:53] Some things have pictured some things. Some of you may be offended of somebody in this room. Some of you may be offended at me. Some of you offended at God, some of you offended at circumstances or corporations or some kind of business or some kind of business deal that you in. You’re still holding on to unforgiveness and holding on to bitterness.

[00:26:10] So maybe your spouse could be, your kids could be your kids towards you. It could be whatever it is. Get rid of it today in Jesus name.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Chris McRae

Lead Pastor, Elder
In his high school years, Chris was set free from anger and depression after an encounter with the Holy Spirit, and a passion was stirred in him to preach the good news of Jesus Christ to the broken and the lost. Chris is passionate about people- leading people to encounter the love of the Father, the truth of Jesus Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit. A second generation Pastor, Chris has a heart for equipping the body of Christ.
Chris is a graduate of Christ for the Nations and The King’s University. Chris first joined staff at Sojourn Church in Carrollton, Texas in 1996, and has served as Pastor of Children’s Ministry, Youth and Families. In January 2020, Chris began serving as Lead Pastor. Chris and Vanessa have been married since 1998 and have four children.
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