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Homegoing of a Saint – Dr. J. Carlton Allen, Sr., San Antonio, Texas

Rev. Dr. J. Carlton Allen passed away on Sunday, August 23, 2015 at the age of 71.

Longtime community leader and San Antonio pastor preached the gospel of Jesus Christ over 55 years and for over 48 years, Allen has been pastor of New Mount Pleasant Baptist Church at 1639 Hays St.

Allen, 71, gave his first sermon as a 16-year-old before a reported 300 people at Greater Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Galveston. His late father pastored that church.

After attending Bishop College in Dallas, Allen filled several leadership roles in the National Baptist Convention of America, Incorporated International and locally in the Baptist Ministers Union of San Antonio.

He’s been chairman of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Commission, been inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers at Morehouse College in Atlanta, and is in the Who’s Who In Black San Antonio.
Funeral services are as follow, as announced by the Church:

As we mourn the passing of our beloved Senior Pastor Doctor J. Carlton Allen, Sr., we thank God for his life and legacy.

Viewing will be as follows:

Thursday, August 27th from 4pm-8pm at the New Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, 1639 Hays Street, San Antonio, Texas 78202.

The Celebration of Life Worship will be Friday, August 28th, 11:00am at the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 1001 N. Walters, San Antonio, Texas 78202, Doctor Kenneth R. Kemp, Pastor.

Doctor F. D. Sampson, Sr. of the Friendship Baptist Church, Houston, Texas will bring the sermon.

Please keep Dr. Allen’s family and Church family in your prayers.

Interment: Meadowlawn Memorial Park Cemetery


Arrangements entrusted to Lewis Funeral Home, 811 S W W White Rd, San Antonio, TX 78220 (210) 227-7281.

Doctor John Carlton Allen, Sr.
December 7, 1943- August 23, 2015

Doctor J. Carlton Allen, Sr, was born in Galveston, Texas to the parentage of the late Reverend Felder and Anjell Allen, and accepted the call to the ministry in August 1960, at Greater Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, in Galveston, Texas, Reverend F.A. Allen, Pastor.

Doctor Allen is a product of Bishop College, Dallas, Texas

Doctor Allen enjoyed forty-eight years of Pastoral Leadership at the New Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, San Antonio, Texas and fifty-five years of a national preaching ministry.

Doctor Allen was married to the late Alice Marie Geters Allen for forty-nine years who he loved and cherished.

He leaves: Three sons, Reverend Renard Darnell, Sr. (Debra), John Carlton II (Yvella), and Reverend Joel Christopher (Jacqueline), four grandchildren Reverend Renard Darnell (Jasmine), Dominique Ulishas, John Carlton III and Jordan Chere, and three great-grand children, Kennedy Anjell Denise, Renard Darnell, III. and Sydney-Marie.

A viewing will be held Thursday, August 27th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the New Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, 1639 Hays, San Antonio, Texas, 78202.

The Celebration of Life will be held Friday, August 28th at 11:00 a.m., at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 1001 North Walters, San Antonio, Texas, 78202. Doctor Kenneth R. Kemp, Pastor.

Servant of God WELL DONE!!!

Local Arrangements by Mainland Funeral Home, La Marque, Texas


So, You Think You Can Preach? Sigh . . .

by Robert Earl Houston

A buzz, a very annoying and disturbing buzz, has been created by the producers and crew of a proposed television series entitled, “So, You Think You Can Preach?”

Some of us are not amused.

The premise of this television series is to take ministers and have them compete before a panel of preachers (what preacher in his or her right mind that would participate on either side of the table is mind-boggling) and then, in reality television fashion, moves on to “the next round.”  The “big win” includes the opportunity to preach in a mega-pulpit (at least one) across the country (mind you, a mega-church in the USA is 2,000 members or more). It’s been called, by it’s hosts, as a “family show.”

Really?  This show should be shut down.  My problem with this is more theological.

First, What Signal Are We Sending To Young Preachers? It is bad enough that we’ve got a generation of preachers that run the gamut from gifted and skilled to uncommitted and untrustworthy. We are now telling young preachers, you no longer need the counsel and confines of your pastor and home church; You don’t need Elijah anymore; You don’t need a practicum of learning in a smaller, friendlier environment anymore; You don’t need personal interaction with your shepherd in a field anymore; You don’t need study you need style; You don’t need an outline you need a helluva close; You don’t need meat when gravy will fill a belly. We are saying now that your business card and marketing skills are more important than your apprenticeship and training. There is no way a pastor who really cares about his or her associate ministers would allow them to participate in this foolishness. Conversely, as Dr. Tolan Morgan once stated, this is a generation of preacher that not only has no father in the home, they reject having one in the pulpit.

Second, What Signal Are We Sending To Church Members? The “television-cation” of the black church is disturbing. This show, obviously targeted at the black church, is another device to make fun or poke fun or misinterpret the church. When you watch movies, the preacher is preaching while the choir stands throughout the sermon, or the preacher is some fried-chicken eating, Cadillac driving, individual with issues; They make fun of our shouts; They make our psalmists into artists; They take handfuls of preachers and lift them up as if they are the rule and not the exception; and our precious members come to church to hear our choirs compared to what they just heard on Sunday’s Best; they hear our preachers with the scenes from “The Real Preachers of (location)” still within their conscious; they watch our worship while Medea and ‘dem still dance like sugar plums in their heads. Our presentation to our church members should be that our worship is sacred and not stupid; That it’s spirit driven and not performance driven; And that we are not in a contest with each other in the spreading of the gospel.

Third, What Signal Are We Sending About Mega-Churches? Ahhh . . . the prize! We want these young, unseasoned, unproven, preachers to “win the opportunity” to preach at a mega-church – when the truth of the matter is that less than 5% of all churches are in the mega-church category. So, let’s say “Minister M.M.” wins the competition and preaches at a “mega church” . . . then what? OK, you’ve got that on your resume – but so what? Churches don’t look for pastors because of where they preached, they look for pastors because of WHO CALLED THEM to preach. I have applauded (and have dear friends) who pastor larger congregations, but I equally applaud (and have dear friends) with those men and women who pastor congregations, in the words of Dr. M.V. Wade, Sr. “they may not be mega, but they’re major.” The goal of young preachers is not to set your sights on being a mega-pastor, the goal is to be a servant.

I call upon my fellow pastors, denominational leaders, and the Body of Christ at large to insist that your sons and daughters in the faith refuse or recant their participation. The harm that this show will create is not worth it to the body of Christ. And then, let us get back to doing what the Lord called us to do – ministry that matters.

Vacant Pulpit – TRANSITIONAL INTERIM PASTOR – Ebenezer Second Baptist Church, Lincoln Heights, OH (Deadline: August 31, 2015)

Vacant Pulpit – Ebenezer Second Baptist Church

Lincoln Heights, Ohio (suburb of Cincinnati) 45215

Submission Deadline: August 31, 2015

Vacancy Announcement: Transitional Interim Pastor Position available

Ebenezer Second Baptist Church is seeking nominations and applications for the position of a Transitional Interim Pastor. This individual shall be called by God to be the spiritual and administrative leader of the congregation until the search for a Pastor is complete. The transitional interim pastor is responsible to God and the Church to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ, to preach and teach the Bible, to promote Christian leadership and to engage in pastoral care of the congregation.

The Transitional Interim will be accountable to the church through the deacon body and cannot be a candidate to become the pastor of the congregation. He will serve until either the church calls a new pastor or the congregation deems his services no longer needed. He will assist the Pastor Search committee upon request, which may include training and consultation; however he must neither interfere with nor unduly influence the work of the committee.

Ebenezer Second Baptist church was organized in 1928 by Bishop H. Smith. The church grew greatly over the years and has moved from its original location at Dorothy St. & Lockland Rd to its current location of 10054 Dixie Court in Lincoln Heights, Ohio. Ebenezer has been blessed to have had only eight pastors in its 87 year history.

Today, Ebenezer Second Baptist church has limited ministries to serve the many needs of the members and the large African American community that surrounds the church.

Our mission is to exalt the Savior, to edify the saints, to evangelize sinners, and to elevate society.

Our congregation believes the successful transitional interim candidate must possess the following qualifications:

  • Must be ordained and knowledgeable in the Baptist doctrine
  • God fearing and devoted in the ministry
  • A spirit filled speaker and presenter of the Gospel 1Timothy 3:1-7 & Titus 1:5-9
  • Able to provide a teaching and learning experience to the congregation
  • Skilled in church management and supervision
  • Demonstrate visionary leadership to grow church membership
  • A capable counselor
  • Interested in youth and senior oriented programs
  • Possess strong written and oral communication skills
  • Value interpersonal relationships with the various ministries of the church
  • Aspire to establish, foster and maintain a strong sense of community
  • Recognize and actively promote the gifts and talents of the church body
  • Be above reproach in personal character and financial standings both  inside and outside the church
  • The equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered on an individual basis.

The preferred candidate will have obtained a degree from an accredited college or university; and have experience as an Associate or Assistant Minister, with related progressive experience and/or training.

The ideal candidate will have seminary training and be committed to continuing education to maintain and enhance ministerial and management skills.

Interested applicants should submit the following:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Updated resume (detailing listing of ministerial and pastoral experience and accomplishments)
  3. Picture
  4. Media sample of a sermon presented within the past three months
  5. Copies of diplomas, degrees, ministerial license, ordination certificate with the appropriate seal
  6. Four references – 2 from a Pastor/Clergy, 1 Lay person, 1 Personal

Completed application packets must be received by August 31, 2015 to be considered.

Submit to:

Ebenezer Second Baptist Church – Pastor Search Committee

10054 Dixie Court

Lincoln Heights, Ohio 45215

Attn: Search Committee

Vacant Pulpit: Mount Zion Baptist Church, Pleasantville, NJ (Deadline: August 19, 2015)

350 South New Road (Route 9) • Pleasantville, New Jersey Telephone: (609) 641-4337 • Email:



The Senior Pastor is the spiritual leader and overseer of the church, demonstrates biblical integrity and character, and is a person after God’s own heart. The Senior Pastor preaches, disciples, evangelizes, leads in the ordinances (Baptism and Holy Communion), and counsels those in need. The Senior Pastor leads the congregation in achieving the mission and vision of the church. In cooperation with the official boards, the Senior Pastor will have primary leadership of all church ministries, and communities, as well as overall responsibility for providing leadership in all financial, business and related affairs of the church including serving as the CEO of the WinSan Center. The Senior Pastor is accountable, first and foremost, to God and God’s Word, and secondly to the Board of Deacons and the membership of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. This person is willing to relocate to the general Atlantic County community. The Senior Pastor’s position will be evaluated annually by the Church Boards and Membership using available tools such as church surveys and standard evaluation forms.


  •   Must have a Master’s Degree or equivalent from an accredited seminary and/or college or university.
  •   Must be an ordained minister of the Gospel by a recognized, accredited and/or established ministerial

    association or approved denomination.

  •   Must have three (3) to five (5) years of prior pastoral or professional ministry; strong desire to have

    pastoral experience in a Baptist Church.

  •   Skilled in Pastoral counseling (confidence and discretion in giving biblical counsel)
  •   Demonstrates a high level of effectiveness in preaching and teaching
  •   Possesses leadership vision, well developed vision for the church
  •   Develops leaders and builds teams to accomplish goals
  •   Committed to the growth of the Church membership
  •   Promotes congregational benevolence, mission and stewardship
  •   Demonstrates a record of community involvement and mission focus through ongoing support and

    meeting community needs as they arise

  •   Oversees and executes the administration of the church, ensures the completion of ministry, business,

    facility, and logistical support functions, supervises the office manager, as needed, for the effective

    functioning of the front office

  •   Demonstrates business skills to serve as the CEO of the WinSan Center and other related business and

    community affairs

  •   Proficient in the use of 21st Century technology



  •   Christ-like disciple and servant as well as a developer of disciples
  •   Approachable; good listener; and ability to encourage diversity
  •   Ability to engender confidence in others
  •   Open to new ideas

    Interested candidates should submit:

  •   An updated resume with at least three professional references and a personal reference
  •   Copies of degrees from an accredited College, University, or Seminary, ordination certificate and other

    certificates or documentation

  •   A recent DVD and/or CD of the candidate preaching a sermon

    Please submit above documentation to:

    Mount Zion Baptist Church
    350 S. New Road, Pleasantville, NJ 08232 Attention: Pastoral Search Committee Or, electronically to

    All responses must be postmarked or received by Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Vacant Pulpit: First Baptist Church, Lexington, NC (Deadline: July 31, 2015)

The First Baptist Church of Lexington, North Carolina has officially opened its pastoral search process. First Baptist is seeking a pastor who will serve as the spiritual leader and overseer of the church and demonstrate the qualities of I Timothy 3.1-7 and Titus 1.5-9.

The church was organized in 1867 and continues to thrive today. Worship, outreach and community involvement are a few of its strengths. The membership consists of approximately 430 members.


• A minimum of five years pastoral experience.
• Candidate should be married.
• Should have at least a Bachelors Degree; Masters Degree is preferred.
• Starting salary will be determined based on educational level and experience.
• Each candidate must consent to a criminal and background check.
• Candidate should be able to effectively preach the Gospel, but also possess effective people skills.

These qualifications are preferred, but interested persons who do not meet all of these qualifications may still to apply!
All interested persons should mail a resume’ or curriculum vitae, along with a recent preaching video and three references to:

First Baptist Church
P. O. Box 589
Lexington, NC 27293


Any materials received after July 31, 2015 will not be considered.

Homegoing of a Saint: The Reverend Clementa Carlos Pinckney, Charleston, South Carolina

In a tragedy that has been well documented in the media, the Reverend Clementa Carlos Pinckney, senior pastor of the historic “Mother” Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church of Charleston, South Carolina, will be laid to rest today at 11:00 a.m. Several news organizations, including PBS.ORG will be live-streaming/broadcasting the service. The President of the United States, Barack H. Obama, will be delivering the eulogy. 

The official obituary:

 Funeral Services for The Honorable Reverend Clementa Carlos Pinckney will be held Friday, June 26, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the T.D. Arena at the College of Charleston, 301 Meeting Street, Charleston, South Carolina, with burial in the St. James A.M.E. Church Cemetery, 5344 Highway 41, Marion, South Carolina.

Senator Pinckney will lie in state in The Rotunda of the South Carolina State House, Columbia, South Carolina, on Wednesday, June 24, 2015, from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. He will also be viewed on Thursday, June 25, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the St. John A.M.E. Church, 2740 Tillman Rd., Ridgeland, SC. A family visitation will be held Thursday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church, 110 Calhoun St., Charleston, SC. Leevy’s Funeral Home, Columbia, SC is in charge of arrangements.

The Honorable Reverend Clementa Carlos Pinckney, was born on July 30, 1973, the son of Mr. John Pinckney and the late Theopia Stevenson Aikens of Ridgeland, South Carolina, and was educated in the public schools of Jasper County. He departed this life on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, along with eight other saints of God, studying the Word of God at the Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church, in Charleston, South Carolina.

The Honorable Reverend Pinckney graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Allen University, Columbia, South Carolina. While at Allen University, he served as freshman class president, student body president, and senior class president. Ebony Magazine recognized the Honorable Reverend Pinckney as one of the “Top College Students in America.” He earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina and a Master’s of Divinity degree from the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, South Carolina. The Honorable Reverend Pinckney was actively working on a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C.

Reverend Pinckney answered the call to preach at the age of thirteen and received his first appointment to pastor at the age of eighteen. He loved the Lord, the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and the people of God. He served the following churches: Young’s Chapel A.M.E.-Irmo, SC, The Port Royal Circuit-Beaufort, SC, Mount Horr A.M.E.-Yonges Island, SC, Campbell Chapel A.M.E., Bluffton, SC and also served as the Presiding Elder of the Wateree District. He was serving with distinction as the pastor of the historic Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina at the time of his untimely death.

The Honorable Reverend Pinckney was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1996 at the age of twenty-three. In the year 2000, at the age of twenty-seven, he was elected to the South Carolina State Senate. He was the youngest African-American in South Carolina history to be elected to the South Carolina State Legislature. He represented Jasper, Beaufort, Charleston, Colleton, and Hampton Counties. As a community servant, he served on the Board of Directors of Southern Mutual Church Insurance Company and was a distinguished member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

The Honorable Reverend Clementa Carlos Pinckney leaves behind: his beloved wife, Jennifer Benjamin Pinkney; daughters, Eliana Yvette and Malana Elise Pinckney; his maternal grandmother, Gracie S. Broome, of Mullins, South Carolina; his fathers, John Pinckney and Lyneair Aikens, Sr., both of Ridgeland, South Carolina; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Frank Bejamin and Cleo M. Benjamin, both of Jackson, South Carolina; six siblings: Ralph Stevenson, of Lacey, Washington; Carmelleana Dupont, of Ridgeland, South Carolina; Kenya (Arica) Pinckney, of Grafenwoer, Germany; Lyneair (Lynea) Aikens, Jr., of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; Johnette (Dexter) Martinez, of Irmo, South Carolina; Marvin Aikens, of Savannah, Georgia; one brother-in-law, Eric (Leila) Benjamin; his grand aunts Lee and Louise Pollins, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; his grand aunt and uncle, Donald and Emma Stevenson, of Ridgeland, South Carolina; four long-time friends who were as close as brothers, the Reverend Dr. Kylon Jerome Middleton, the Reverend Chris Vaughn, the Honorable Reverend Joe Neal, and the Honorable Gerald Malloy; a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

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Vacant Pulpit: Christian Fellowship of Love Baptist Church, Detroit, Michigan (Deadline: May 29, 2015)

Holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict.” Titus: 1-9 (NKJV).

Christian Fellowship of Love Baptist Church

Detroit, Michigan


Christian Fellowship of Love Baptist Church of Detroit, Michigan established in 2006 is seeking a spirit filled licensed Ordained Baptist Minister to serve as a full time Pastor for our congregation.

Christian Fellowship of Love Baptist Church

Vacant Pulpit: Second Baptist Church, Dowagiac, Michigan (Deadline: May 31, 2015)

April 21, 2015


The Pastoral Search Committee, representing the membership of Second Baptist Church in Dowagiac, Michigan, is seeking a Pastor, called by God to serve as the spiritual leader of the congregation.  We seek a visionary with strong leadership skills who will preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, teach sound Bible Doctrine, engage in Pastoral Care Ministries, and provide spiritual leadership, development, and training.

Second Baptist Church has been a pillar in Southwest Michigan for the past 147 years.  During that time, this congregation has accomplished many tasks and led even more souls to Christ.  We would like the Pastoral Candidate to hold the potential of continuing on in this tradition…and much more!

Overview of Position and Responsibilities:

The Pastor is the spiritual leader of our flock; therefore, applicants must fulfill the requirements of a Pastor, teacher, leader, and caregiver.  The Pastor must be called by God, and the ideal candidate for the position of Pastor is one who:

  • Teaches, preaches and leads the church toward continued spiritual growth.
  • Serves as a model leader in worship, evangelism, discipleship, stewardship, missions, and ministry.
  • Interacts effectively with our multi-generational congregation.
  • Has a deep desire to serve.
  • Enables persons to learn and understand deep spiritual truths.
  • Builds relationships in which people are connected and care for one another.
  • Provides leadership, a clear vision, and a compelling plan for the future of the church.
  • Lives a lifestyle characterized by moral integrity.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of church management.
  • Provides Pastoral Counseling.
  • Performs other duties that may be required.

The following duties are the ultimate responsibility of the Pastor but may be shared or delegated to others:

  • Preach and teach the gospel by preparing and delivering relevant spirit-filled sermons.
  • Plan and conduct the worship services
  • Lead in administering the Holy ordinances of Baptism and Communion
  • Lead and teach Bible studies and classes
  • Provide Pastoral ministry to those experiencing illness, bereavement, or incapacitation or other conditions.
  • Officiate at funerals, weddings, and baby dedications.


  • Candidate must be filled with and led by the Holy Spirit.
  • Candidate’s personal character and financial standing must be above reproach both inside and outside the church.

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Candidate should:

  • Be born-again, baptized believer in Jesus Christ with qualities and characteristics reflected in

1Timothy 3:1-7, Galatians 5:22-23 and Malachi 3:10.

  • Be a Licensed/Ordained Minister in accordance with Baptist Doctrine and Procedures.
  • Demonstrate sound knowledge of Biblical Doctrine.
  • Be a visionary, strategic thinker and planner with sound judgment and discernment.
  • Must be ethical, possess strong faith, integrity, and dedication, and live a lifestyle that reflects God.

The Application Process

Pastoral candidate should submit the following information:

  • Cover Letter
  • Current resume with a summary of any relevant ministry, professional and educational experiences
  • Copies of awarded degrees from Accredited Institutions (if applicable)
  • Copies of ministerial license and ordination certificate
  • Letters should be from Clergy(2) , Lay person(1) and a personal reference from someone

who knows you well.

Please mail the required documents above to:

Second Baptist Church

Attention:  Pastoral Search Committee

P.O. Box #892

Dowagiac, MI 49047

Or email to

The appropriate information from all interested and qualified persons should be received before May 31, 2015.

If you have any questions please email to

Yours in Christ,

Second Baptist Church

Pastoral Search Committee

203 S. Paul St. ~ Street Address

P.O. Box #892 ~ Mailing Address

Dowagiac, MI 49047


Homegoing of a Saint – Pastor Melford J. Elliott, Akron, Ohio

Elliott, Pastor Melford J.,

51, transitioned to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday May 10, 2015.

He served as the proud Pastor of The Greater Bethel Baptist Church in Akron, OH for over fourteen years.

He is survived by his loving wife and best friend for 31 years, Jacqueline Elliott; sons, Earnest Maxwell (LaTonya) and Melford Elliott; his mother, Annie Christine Elliott-Summers; sisters Mary Ann Clark-Bivens (Bill), Ruth Caffey (Darrell) and Angela Elliott, brother William Nash (Vanessa); three grandchildren, Christopher Maxwell, Jazmine Collins and Tiffany Cone; one great-grandson, Isaiah Maxwell and special godson, Jewan Surles III; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral is noon Saturday at King Solomon Missionary Baptist Church, 1620 Anderson Street, burial Green Meadows Cemetery, visitation 10 a.m. – 12 noon Saturday.
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Vacant Pulpit: Greater Liberty Baptist Church, Lexington, Kentucky (Deadline: May 31, 2015)

Greater Liberty Baptist Church is accepting resumes at this time for any candidates who are interested in pastoral leadership, ordained, and Baptist minister that demonstrates a committed life to God that reflects the qualities listed in 1 Timothy 3:1-7, to pastor our church. All interested candidates, please submit a current resume to:

The Pulpit Search Committee
Greater Liberty Baptist Church
330 Chestnut Street
Lexington, KY 40508.

The church will not be responsible for travel expenses.

Resumes must be received no later than May 31, 2015.

Any questions, please contact The Pulpit Search Committee at (859) 252-2495


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