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Remember the old mellow rock song by the Doobie brothers written by Arthur Reynolds

Jesus is just all right with me
Jesus is just all right, oh yeah
Jesus is just all right with me
Jesus is just all right

I dont care what they may know
I dont care where they may go
I dont care what they may know
Jesus is just all right, oh yeah
Jesus is just all right

I could not tell you how many times I have had old rockers tell me how this is a christian song. I think I finally agree, it  is an American christian song suitable for most christian TV. 

 New Politically correct version

Jesus is just all right us

If You don’t agree we won’t make a fuss 

We won’t tell you what He said

We won’t mention His blood was shed

Here is the way the red hot lover’s of Jesus would sing it it “That includes me hope that’s you too” 

Jesus is more than just all right with me

He died on a cross to set me free

He loosed my chains now He rules and reigns

He healed my heart from all its pains

I think about Him when I wake

His love for me is never fake

Jesus you are more than all right with me

Jesus you are my all , Oh yeah

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While I was going to bible college at Grace training center in Kansas City I formed my doctrinal opinions. My Father is a southern Baptist pastor. I had not given much care to cultivating a personal walk with God. I had excepted Jesus Christ as Lord and savior early in life but had turned my back on God and walked away. At 21 through a dramatic experience I turned back to the Lord.

At that point I began to look at what I believed. Things like Grace and how that related to Christian’s who I knew who were in adultery and others serious sins. Can a christian do what Lucifer did and rebel with no intent of returning to a relationship with God still go to heaven. I had always believed that the people who  turn their back on God were never really saved to begin with. So here I am wrestling with Calvinism vs Armenianism. I had a professor named Sam Storm who was a full 5 point Calvinist and He shook what I believed to the core.

After I had returned to the Lord I had spent about 10 years in the Assemblies of God and had a theology somewhere in the middle of Calvinism and Armenianism. Sam had forced me to take a good hard look at what I believe and daily I wrestled through verses that seemed to imply both views how could both views be truth. I could laugh and say I am a two and half point Calvinist.

The relationship between what your view of God is will directly effect your end time view. Most Christians have no idea what they believe about the end time other than Jesus one day will come from the east. I have always held to the view my father has which is “it will all pan out” and “Be ready”. Be ready to go if Jesus comes today and be ready to be killed if the Antichrist comes and has everyone taking his mark. Either way be ready is the key.

Just recently over the last several years have I watched a switch with the end time views of many Christian’s. The language is beginning to change. It is like a red flag is waving in front of me. 

Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and for ever

God does not change

Is 43:2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

Historically God delivers through not out of. The three Hebrew children delivered through the fire yet those throwing them in were killed. The Children of Israel were delivered through the red sea yet the Egyptians were killed. Noah and His family were delivered through the flood yet the Waters that lifted Noah’s household up killed everyone else. 

Recently the Dominion mandate doctrine has been spreading through the American charismatic church. Many in the faith movement have held the view that the church is to take up the mantle that Adam lost due to sin which is to have dominion over the whole earth. That does not sound so bad up front. Here’s the problem, in history a thing called the crusades. The crusades where expanding the kingdom of God by the sword making the Kingdom of God a natural Kingdom.

 Dominion theology main proof text:

Genesis 1:26-28
26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all F2 the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

Then Luke 19:10  is applied saying what was lost due to Adams sin was dominion and it is that thing in which we should seek.

Luke  19:10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

Wow that seems like heresy to me it is the souls of precious men and women that are lost, please pray about these things if you hold to those thoughts. 

Psalms 22:27-28, 27 All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him, 28 for dominion belongs to the Lord and he rules over the nations.

It is not our mandate to dominate but the Lord’s

As we speak round tables are being formed to discuss how to strategically take the world for Jesus. That is great but there is also in the top circles of Christianity a merger with the privatized military. If your end time view is things get better and better until Jesus comes back to a kingdom made ready for Him then that all might sound good. But if the church is actually going through the great tribulation and there is coming a demonic mark, it could be seen as a seal of God and  many buy into it thinking its all part of the kingdom of God with some super apostle leading it all.

Be warned be very careful if you hold to that view. Jesus said many terrible things would happen before He returned. He even raised the question would there even be faith when He returned.

Luke 18:8   I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

Please don’t get me wrong I totally believe we take our faith into every aspect of life. That we should pray and be aggressive to see the kingdom of God break in against the kingdom of darkness. We need to be careful not to loose sight along the way that the kingdom of God is a spiritual kingdom. That Christianity does not over come Islam by the power of the sword or guns as the case may be but by prayer and fasting. The new Testament uses leaven or yeast to both describe sin “kingdom of darkness” and the kingdom of God. To me that makes it clear both kingdoms increase with time one become more dark the other more light.

 Mat 16:11-12 11 How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees? 12 Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

Mat 13:33   Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.

Luke 13:20-21 20 And again he said, Where-unto shall I liken the kingdom of God? 21 It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.

I think we are under a salt and light mandate not a dominion mandate.

Mat 5:13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

Mat 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

We the children of God should be salt and light both a preserving agent and light bearer and leave the dominating to Jesus.  

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Are Apostles for Today?

Even asking that question will polarize the readers. I will be hard pressed to find someone who has been in the faith for anytime at all that is not strongly opinionated one way or the other.

I think it is safe to say that if we are defining an apostle as one who in the natural saw with their eyes and can testify of the resurrection of Jesus Christ its NO.

If a vision or supernatural encounter could be included, such as happened to Saul with blinding light its Yes.

Apostolos: 80 uses in the New Testament King James translates as apostle or messenger . Strongs # 652 defined as a delegate, messenger, one sent forth with orders That is a very vague definition that’s sounds like what we call a missionary today. Of course missionary is not part of the five fold. NOW I will step on all our toes. No translation uses the term missionary except “the message” and “God’s Word” and if you check on the verses and take them over to greek lexicon you will find no word similar to missionary.  

If Missionaries are not mentioned in the Bible then I suggest since every Christian denomination or inter-denomination has them. Our terms must be off. Are missionaries pastors? Yes. Are they evangelists? Yes. Are they teachers? Yes. Do they give up every thing for the gospel? Yes. Do they Birth or multiply churches? Yes. Do they work with their own hands? Yes

I then would say they are messengers sent forth with orders that came from heaven. IF I must use a title found in scripture I’ll use Apostolos. If its ok I’ll just continue to call them missionaries.

 So why does everyone have Bishop or Apostle on their business card? God knows. Here is the real question and the one burning in my heart and I will never, never apologize for it. It is this, where are the fathers. In Paul’s own words     1 Cor 4:15 For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.  

HAVE YE NOT MANY FATHERS

When I was young in the faith I cried out for God to give me a mentor. God answered me a little differently than I expected. He made one out of me through 40 years in the wilderness condensed into 20 years.

 I am borrowing this definition from someone I just don’t know who. A spiritual Father is someone who wants his spiritual child to go further than they themselves will ever go. Putting faith to those words by sowing into their lives carrying them before the thrown of grace until one day the child is walking out their calling in humility, grace and power and the father has no jealousy and bless’s them to move out on their own. I have been put to the test with my natural children and was noticed by some and have been asked to mentor their kids.

I have had great opportunity and with humility I say there is no greater calling. I love to remain hidden and to see others go places I used to dream of. I say YES Go be all that God has called you to be and nothing less. 

The Bottom line we don’t need more men and women with Bishop and Apostle on their business cards but what we need are spiritual MOTHERS AND FATHERS.  Malachi 4:5-6  5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: 6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.     

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Missouri Governor Charles Henry Hardin: Perhaps no better example of the governor’s style of leadership occurred than when the state faced the devastation of the 1875 grasshopper plague. Thousands of Missouri farmers, saw their crops eaten away by insects. State Entomologist C. V. Riley, in a letter of May 18, 1875, urged the governor to at least promote the killing of the grasshoppers by authorizing a bounty for them: “Have you not power to offer a small premium on the part of the State for every bushel of young grasshoppers destroyed? Such a premium would be a powerful incentive to the more destitute of the people in those districts to destroy the pests and thus avert future injury; and, at the same time give them the means of earning a living until the danger is past.”
Hardin, however, was unwilling to spend any tax money for such a venture, and he responded by proclaiming June 3 “a day of fasting and prayer that Almighty God may be invoked to remove from our midst these impending calamities, and to grant instead the blessings of abundance and plenty.” No doubt Hardin felt vindicated in his approach when, soon after, the grasshoppers left the state and headed north to Iowa.

Ok, that is a good start, when is the last time your heard of one of our nations governors call a day of fasting and prayer. That’s history do a google search or go to to your local library and you will find it is true.

 Show me bible prophecy:

Show me state, show me what? Well it comes from us as a people being stubborn as a Missouri mule not believing anything but, it must be proven. Listen I am Missouri to the core born in Independence in 1961. I still recall my father telling me Harry S Truman used to drive by our house on Truman road. Old Harry from Missouri had that buck stops here show me attitude. He himself was used by God to help the Jews return to Israel and become a nation after 2000 years of not being one.

“The Man From Missouri” Alfred Steinberg writes: The aftermath was, of course, war between the Arabs and Jews. But the new nation held its own. A year later, the Chief Rabbi of Israel… wanted to meet Truman and thank him. [Dave] Niles recalled:”Rabbi Herzog told Truman,”God put you in your mother’s womb so you would be the instrument to bring about the rebirth of Israel after two thousand years.” I thought he was overdoing things, but when I looked over at the President, tears were running down his checks.”

While all these things are true. It is the biblical show me I want to address.

Exodus 33:12-23
12 Moses said to the LORD, “See, thou sayest to me, ‘Bring up this people’; but thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Yet thou hast said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found favor in my sight.’ 13 Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found favor in thy sight, show me now thy ways, that I may know thee and find favor in thy sight. Consider too that this nation is thy people.” 14 And he said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” 15 And he said to him, “If thy presence will not go with me, do not carry us up from here. 16 For how shall it be known that I have found favor in thy sight, I and thy people? Is it not in thy going with us, so that we are distinct, I and thy people, from all other people that are upon the face of the earth?” 17 And the LORD said to Moses, “This very thing that you have spoken I will do; for you have found favor in my sight, and I know you by name.” 18 Moses said, “I pray thee, show me thy glory.” 19 And he said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you, and will proclaim before you my name ‘The LORD’; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. 20 But,” he said, “you cannot see my face; for man shall not see me and live.” 21 And the LORD said, “Behold, there is a place by me where you shall stand upon the rock; 22 and while my glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with my hand until I have passed by; 23 then I will take away my hand, and you shall see my back; but my face shall not be seen.”

Many people including myself believe that Missouri has a destiny to be a place where people come with the “I can not go on with out you God” attitude. The Lord replies with a “I will show you my glory” even as He did Moses, when we take the posture of humility that He did. We are known as a family vacation state with many lakes, caves, bike trails and of course theme parks. They come burdened down and leave exhilarated. Here in Kansas City there is a place called International House of Prayer IHOP. We locals have a saying “dieing to live in Kansas city” people from all over the world come here to experience 24 hour prayer. What actually happens is people come with all their issue and the Lord says this one thing

Galations 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

People either find out to see the Glory of the Lord you have to die, “die to self” or say no I have to much to live for and go on about their busy lives. I have been hanging around here most of my adult life and I find the more I let the Lord deal with kill my evil desires lust pride etc. the more I see His Glory.

Governor Hardin saw the need for our state to pray and fast yet while he is dead his call is still bearing fruit. BELIEVE it or NOT. Harry S Truman is dead and just a few miles away from his old home is a place that is devoted to 24 hour prayer and much of it is for Israel and God end time purposes. I myself live about 2 miles from Truman’s boy hood home and I think about him often. This is what I think, Truman was just a man he was not perfect in fact he was involved in the masonic lodge in all their secrets and who knows what else but this I know, God used Him. I meet Truman’s niece Mary Truman Gracey and she personally told me Truman firmly believe God had raised him up to help establish Israel as a nation.

My prayer is that our state would show the Jewish people the complete revelation of the glory of God that is no longer hidden behind a Vail but can be seen in the person of Jesus, Yeshua. Unlike the message of some popular preachers Jesus was the messiah and is the messiah and one day ALL ISRAEL will know it. God Bless Israel with the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation to Know Him. Amen

I had the privilege to Travel with Regina Shank of Carthage Missouri to a handful of nations and have seen God’s hand move in supernatural ways. It is here in Missouri that I saw Regina who has been the leader of State wide prayer for several National Ministries touch the historic destiny of Missouri. I watched and participated as groups went to the literal places in the state and nation where monstrosities had previously happened. At those geographic locations extensive prayer and repentance for the sins of our forefathers was given. There is a weight that lifts as we stand in gap an own the sin of the Nation and put our trust in God that he is good and can heal our Land. We are in an hour where we desperately need God to intervene.

From the heart of the nation, the Bible belt, the bread basket, the land we call Missouri, we Love Jesus, yes we do, we love Jesus, how about You?      SHOW ME!

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Relationships

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Relationships           

 Jesus declared that He and the Father were one and even prayed that His followers would be one as He and the Father are one. So where does that leave us, what options do we have? Jesus also said His sheep knew His voice, that He makes clear. What is not clear is why we as sheep keep wandering off on our own trails leaving the rest of the fold behind. That is the struggle and that is why Jesus time and time again leaves the 99 and goes after the one. Like the old saying goes” He who fails to learn the lessons in the failures of history is doomed to repeat them”.

Ok I am waving a red flag every body listen “NO LONE RANGERS” “NO ONE MAN SHOWS” those days are over its about relationships. First comes our relationship with the Lord, and then with each other. Iron sharpens Iron and as we are in the hand of the Lord and He works us together, what a weapon is formed. There is a greek word Sunarmologevw  used only two times in the entire New Testament and both are found in the book of Ephesians. The word is a verb and has the following meaning:1. to join closely together, 2. to frame together, 3. parts of a building, 4. the members of the body. It is translated as the word together in the KJV. Together is a common English word that has a vast meaning so we know there are many times it is used in scripture but not being the greek word at hand. The first is: Eph 2:21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: The second being:Eph 4:16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love               

Who has God placed around you and what is God building in your life as you relate to one another. If we could be honest we would admit its character and integrity. We have to get out of this mentality that we have to fix every one else. I need fixing and the lord uses those around me to help at the same time it works both ways. If we can allow this to work out in a small group setting then we can begin a kind of spiritual networking. A huge net, I am a knot with strings connecting to five other knots and so on and so on. Before long we have a big net. Let the net be consumed with the Lords presence while we live, pray and worship and see what use the Lord will find for the net.               

 Back in 1987 while I was living in the little town of Adrian Missouri. We were very poor and with no college degree it was hard to make much money. But I had developed a prayer life and began building relationships in the Assembly of God Church with whom I still have great friends. That was our home for over 12 years and during that time I began to journal. I would have strong encounters with the Lord about His heart for His bride and the nations. For years I prayed and waited and continued building relationships as God developed my character. There were simple things I was involved with that helped in that process. Teaching Sunday school, serving as elder, jail ministry, intercession but mostly waiting on the Lord.           

Then Shortly after the year 2000 the Lord began to open doors of ministry including five missions trips to Uganda East Africa through my friend and brother Kato, and several of our friends have gone also. Again it is my goal here to demonstrate the importance of relationships in our Christian walk. In December I will be taking my 6th mission trip to Uganda looking into thr prospects of helping start an orphanage.

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Darkest Hour

In my darkest hour my faith had soon failed

Yet trusting God, though all seemed derailed

My eyes saw no hope, as they closed in dismay

I was but blind, now God lead the way

I found that blindness was the friend that I’d always longed for

He taught me trust was dependence in God no matter what’s in store

And faith with evidence that is seen is not faith at all

Now I see clearly that God is so big when we are found small

No one can see as clearly as a man who was once blind

He won’t take for granted the great things he will find

There is a lesson to learn when you can’t see whats ahead

Just close your eyes and trust in what God has said

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Fear-of-God will be all his joy and delight.

Fear of God , those words alone tend to stop people in their tracks maybe one of the most misunderstood truths of scripture. See what the word says and you may be surprised! Please look at a Hebrew word related to the Fear of the Lord below and all the places in the old Testament where it is used. The word usage will be in bold and underlined. I define the fear of the Lord as this : The intersection between the Holiness of God and us in our Sin as we die to self put on Christ and are excepted as Righteous in Him. See if you agree!

Prof text : Is 11:3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:

Strongs 7306 Ruwach (Hiphil) to smell, scent, perceive odour, accept

Gen 8:21 And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done

Gen 27:27 And he came near, and kissed him: and he smelled the smell of his raiment, and blessed him, and said, See, the smell of my son is as the smell of a field which the LORD hath blessed:

Ex 30:38 Whosoever shall make like unto that, to smell thereto, shall even be cut off from his people.

Lev 26:31 Whosoever shall make like unto that, to smell thereto, shall even be cut off from his people.

De 4:28 And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men’s hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.

Jud 6:9 Now there were men lying in wait, abiding with her in the chamber. And she said unto him, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he brake the withs, as a thread of tow is broken when it toucheth the fire. So his strength was not known.

1 Sam 26:19 Now therefore, I pray thee, let my lord the king hear the words of his servant. If the LORD have stirred thee up against me, let him accept an offering: but if they be the children of men, cursed be they before the LORD; for they have driven me out this day from abiding in the inheritance of the LORD, saying, Go, serve other gods.

Job 39:25 He saith among the trumpets, Ha, ha; and he smelleth the battle afar off, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.

Ps 115:6 They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not:

Is 11:3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:

Amos 5:21 I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies.

Is 11:3
NLT He will delight in obeying the LORD. He will never judge by appearance, false evidence, or hearsay.

NAS And He will delight in the fear of the LORD, And He will not judge by what His eyes see, Nor make a decision by what His ears hear;

ASV And He will delight in the fear of the LORD, And He will not judge by what His eyes see, Nor make a decision by what His ears hear;

RSV And his delight shall be in the fear of the LORD. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide by what his ears hear;

The Message Fear-of-God will be all his joy and delight. He won’t judge by appearances, won’t decide on the basis of hearsay.
There we have it the idea is smell and in particular the smell of an excepted sacrifice as it is being consumed by fire. Isaiah chapter 11 :1-10 speaking of the messiah Yeshua”Jesus” would minister under the anointing of Holy Spirit. There is a picture of the 7 fold Spirit of God which simple means manifold “one Spirit”. As Jesus walked this earth literally as a young man He grew in wisdom and stature laying down His will and surrendering to the moment by moment leading of Holy Spirit. These verses in Isaiah give depth and insight into what that was like. Not judging by the natural but moving by the Spirit Of God. This I think was an example to us to be lead by the Spirit and to walk in the Spirit. Here is Isaiah’s revelation from God.

1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: 2 And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; 3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: 4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. 5 And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins. 6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. 7 And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den. 9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.10 And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.

I have underlined the 7 Manifold natures of Holy Spirit. Notice how they are in pairs only the Spirit of the Lord is listed alone. You get the picture of a menorah with the Spirit of the Lord being the center shaft and each pair balanced out on each side of the center making a 7 fold lamp stand. We get a clear picture of Jesus being the light of the world as His sacrifice on the cross was a sweet smelling savor to the father. Being excepted consumed by the fire of the Spirit. As we are in Christ our lives also are a sweet smell to the father as seen in 2 corn 2:14-16 .14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place. 15 For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: 16 To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?

Below is a copy of the cover of a recorded music CD which demonstrates the above idea. I co-wrote the music with Mikki Olson. Maybe one day we will get the files of it up on the web.

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