Monday, January 09, 2006

Passion Now

we have left Nashville, thankfully we are still under the cross of Christ! The Uncontainable Creator of the entire Cosmos has sent for us through His Son and we are His.

The Passion Ho
use is closed today as our staff team is taking a deep breath, but for many of you class begins today and you find yourself back in the rhythm of campus life.

To that, I say "right on." As you guys make your way back to
1000 campuses across the nation and around the world, Passion 06 lives on! Passion is now as we tell and show the world that He Is Glorious!

"And whatever you do, whether in word or in deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

So, today...

Love Jesus supremely.
Engage culture with exce
Stay connected to the community of faith.

We'll be back up to speed tomorrow with more!



  • Louie - thanks for connecting so many of us through this blog and actually updating so often. It is great. I am one of those who heads back to classes today - only one class today, but my week will be full. I hope to meet some people tomorrow at 722 who went to Passion and here what they experienced as well. Thanks for your faithfulness

    By Blogger Christina in ATL, at 1/09/2006 11:11 AM  

  • I cannot thank you (Louie) enough for being obedient to the call God placed on your life. My freshman year, you kicked off my college experience at Louisiana Tech. Last week, you also closed it out-- I graduated with a M.S. right before Christmas. Know that you and all involved with Passion will forever be in my heart and prayers. I learned so much during Passion '06, and every time I open my notes, the words seem to leap off the page. So much more was written on my heart that I am still unable to transcribe. So, while He alone makes all things possible, thank you for making yourself available. Be blessed.

    By Blogger Courtney, at 1/09/2006 11:35 AM  

  • After never being to Passion before, and it's been years since I've been to a "Christian retreat"- I am still left without words. Encouraged beyond measure, I felt I was able to focus and really desire and grow closer to God in the short period of Passion.. and unlike most "filling" experiances I know this one is going to last. Family groups and deeper relationships with friends who were there and are also determined not to return to class this morning the same acting as accountability to eachother... all 18,000 + united under ONE GOD.. WOW.. living for the real PARTY.. and desiring to take as many ppl there with me as I can!
    Thank you to PASSION and Louie for all you've done with this growing movement.. I'm excited for 2007 and will bring friends~

    "You are the Lord- You're the FAMOUS ONE, FAMOUS ONE
    Great is your name in all the earth"
    "God is most glorified in me, when I am most satisfied in Him!"-Louie

    Praise God for what he did and continues to do!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/09/2006 11:42 AM  

  • I am so NOT into this blog thing...but how can I keep silent!
    Firstly, Louie - your Father says to you, "I AM WELL PLEASED."
    Secondly,as an intercessor at Passion reading through these students' comments, I marvel once again at His faithfulness. Tears well up as I read phrases that directly line up with the things being spoken in that prayer room!
    I am cautious with how I use the word awesome, but walking into that arena after 3 hours on "watch", only to see & hear the answers to our prayers was AWESOME! Hallelujah!
    Many blessings on all the lead worshippers & speakers.
    Louie...May Yah, the Lord, who rides on the clouds & calls the stars by name, be your strength & your song & give you rest, replenishment, renewal & encouragement. See you in Atlanta!
    "EVERYTHING He does reveals His glory & majesty. His righteousness NEVER fails. Who can forget the WONDERS He performs?" Ps.111:3-4

    By Anonymous phoebe, at 1/09/2006 11:56 AM  

  • Louie and the Passion '06 staff, I want to say thank you for what you've done and I hope you enjoy your day off. Louie, I thank God for blessing you. I came to Passion as a Christian, but was "digging" a hole that was always empty. Through your messages, God was telling me to stop digging, and I have. I feel so much closer to God and I am going to continue growing with Him by spreading his word and reading his word. Now that classes are back in session, I see so many people who are digging their whole and I pray that I can bring my Passion '06 experience to them so they can stop digging and let God fill their life for everylasting joy. Louie, thank you again and I'll see you in a few weeks when you come to Auburn, AL. Hey when you come, give us a War Eagle! Love in Christ. -MC

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/09/2006 11:57 AM  

  • Thank you and thank God for an amazing worshipping and learning time at Passion 06. I know for sure I was meant to go to this conference, and you just helped bring it all together. Although I LOVED your indescribable message, I very much appreciated your message on how to bring God back to our campuses and how to fit our career goals into our faith. It's something I feel hasn't been addressed very thoroughly in my life. Thank you. Hopefully, I'll be able to hear your indescribable talk one more time when you guys come to Raleigh, NC! I'd love to show you guys around the UNC-Chapel Hill campus if you're around town! haha! Happy New Year!

    By Blogger Tony, at 1/09/2006 12:12 PM  

  • I want to send a big thank you to our team of arena volunteers who so willingly gave all their energy and so passionately served the students. You were amazing to work with. Thank you to our leaders in the touch team who equipped us to serve completely! And yet another BIG thank you to the students who inspired us to live BIG for God and to let his light shine. I am completely inspired by the whole experience and forever changed!


    By Blogger Emily Harrell, at 1/09/2006 12:39 PM  

  • To the Passion06 Team:

    I'm still having a hard time putting words together to express my Passion experience. I want to say thank you, first of all. Thank you for letting God use you to work in the lives of so many students. I don't think that I have ever been in an atmosphere that has allowed me to so easily come face to face with our Great and Glorious Creator. Thank you for creating that atmosphere where I could feel comfortable and be open to meeting my God.

    In the past few days I have tried to explain to my friends and family what my Passion experience was like... and I just can't. God has begun to do a mighty change within my heart to draw me ever closer to Him. I'm so excited!

    Again... thanks Passion team for being used by God... may he continue to bless your faithfulness to His call on your lives.

    Get some rest in the Lord! I'll see you in February when you are here in Wichita!

    For HIS gloy,

    By Blogger Andra Lynn, at 1/09/2006 12:56 PM  

  • My wife and I had the honor of leading the arena volunteer team and we just might have been more blessed than the attendees! We want to thank all of you so much for showing Nashville the love of Christ and especially for showing the arena staff His love. A student told us how she had a conversation with one of the arena staff people and that person accepted Christ for the first time because of what was going on inside the arena doors. All of the students were such a blessing to us volunteers and I want to thank you all! In the workplace since returning from Passion doors have been opened to share Christ with people after they have been asking where I was last week so praise God for that! We can't wait to see you next year!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/09/2006 1:10 PM  

  • Thank you guys so much for what you do. Because of your faithfulness and obedience to God, I experienced an amazing, mind-altering, and life-changing event. I'll truly never be the same. I'm sitting in class right now in the midst of a battlefield, yet I'm so in love with Christ. I've never been able to experience that feeling before, and it's incredible.

    By Blogger Kristen Valentine, at 1/09/2006 2:03 PM  

  • Man.... Passion is awesome, but even more awesome is that we can be filled by the same God when we get home! Thanks to you and all those who helped lead us into a more intimate relationship with The One! As always what He did was excedingly abundantly above what I had prayed and thought!(Eph3:20)

    By Blogger His adopted son, at 1/09/2006 2:45 PM  

  • I truly loved my first experience at Passion! Everyone was truly a blessing to me... i mean EVERYONE! I want to thank all the volunteers, musiscians, and speakers, but mostly importantly God. Without Him this would not have been possible. He is moving in us and is calling us to far bigger things than our campuses, but that is a good place to start. May God bless you all as you go out and spread the good news to your campuses!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/09/2006 3:04 PM  

  • i was encouraged by one of my Campus Crusade staff members with a charge at the end of our Winter Conference a few weeks ago. He said to us,

    "Don't doubt in the darkness what you have clearly seen in the light."

    Wow, that floored me. It'll be my mantra for this semester back to school. I'm sure that many students left Passion06 with new revelations, lessons, experiences. Empowered, refreshed, recommitted, more passionate. But now as we're returning to our campuses, in a sense, we are returning to a place of 'darkness.' Yet we are to be the light, salt and light in Jesus' name.

    So as we're pumped to live this semester with power and purpose, it is inevitable that we'll become discouraged and challenged along the way. But don't doubt in the darkness what you clearly saw in the light; what was revealed to you, what you were convicted of at Passion 06. Continue to live it out. Beyond emotions, beyond what we merely feel. But let's choose with our WILL, to say, Yes Lord, i will live out your truths with Christ's power. No matter what. Though we may stumble, we'll persevere.

    Praying for us all..!

    -steph =D

    By Blogger steph hsieh, at 1/09/2006 3:15 PM  

  • Great Pictures! Thanks for posting. I'm happy that you all are taking a "break" after last week so that you can have study time and lots of time to reflect.

    Since Passion I have made a lot more time to just reflect on Him more and more. Its become so important to me. Expecially to just sit somewhere or in my car and have loooong conversations with God. Its been so completely awesome!

    I have strongly been praying Louie, for you and Shelley and everyone in your ministry. Mainly that God continue to work heavily in your life.

    I am really excited about all of our futures!! God is so faithful!!! The Party will be so worth it...


    By Blogger Kelli, at 1/09/2006 3:58 PM  

  • I thank God for allowing me to attend a passion conference! (which
    I never even knew existed until this year.) I was completely changed by the messages, the worship, and the prayers! God made it clear to me at Passion that He has called me into the ministry.I have been praying about it for months! There are no words to use to describe what passion meant to me! All I can say is that I have a renewed love and passion for Jesus Christ, my Saviour!!!! Satan really attacked me when I got back!! So just a word of warning to others, watch out! He knows how God can use a surrendered christian with a renewed love for Christ and he is gonna hit you with everything he's got! Just remember our God is bigger!!

    By Anonymous Lauran Clark, at 1/09/2006 4:10 PM  

  • Thank you so much Louie! Thank you so much for everything you have done with Passion! And thank you for updating all of us! Heres to one more semester at my school and to see what Christ is going to do!
    Lisa Gardiner

    By Anonymous Lisa, at 1/09/2006 4:32 PM  

  • wow....passion left me floored by our great god. and in our first day of class today, i was in my english class, and was amazed. my teacher starts introducing the theme: interrogating the american culture. wow. what an amazing mission field, i almost sort of laughed, because i had realized that what god was speaking to me about last week at passion,going back to campus on fire, has been thrown into my world. as i hear the prof bashing christianity in small ways, here and there, and completely closed minded. he asks my classmates questions and no one even cares if there is or is not a god. we have a mix of catholics, atheists, agnostics, and people who could care less. i am so eager to see whats going to happen and am jsut utterly amazed by what god is doing here. thank you louie and everyone from passion for really drilling into my head how real, big, incredible our god truly is, and how unworthy i am for everyhting he throws my way, that he directs my paths with his grace adn love

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/09/2006 4:56 PM  

  • My husband & I were some of the loud shouting South Africans at Passion. Our God is so BIG! Thank you for showing us How Big Our God Is! There is a little hope in my heart for my country; I want to believe that there can be life on campuses in South Africa! We did not run away from our country, we do Conferences with a company called Christ IN Youth (ciy.com). Sometimes though the USA, starts looking very Blinky-Blinky to an African. May God be our FOCUS!

    By Blogger Jani, at 1/09/2006 5:29 PM  

  • Like everyone else, I want to thank you Louie. But not just you, I want to thank God as well - thank Him for opening my eyes to all that I have been denying, thank Him for creating people like you and the other leaders of Passion, but most of all just thank Him for being God. It's true what you say about explaining Passion to others. I feel as though everything I say belittles the entire experience. There's no way to get across to anyone that was not there the awesomeness of those four days.

    One more thing, the Indescribable Tour with you, Chris Tomlin, and Matt Redman will be here in Fayetteville in less than ONE month and I'm so stoked about that. Be looking for a big group of us that fell in love with you guys at Passion!

    By Blogger whitney_k, at 1/09/2006 6:21 PM  

  • Just read the comments left here one finds encouragement and whatnot. I found myself as I drove home from work today thinking about Passion. I thought about the time that it was and the encounter that was there. It amazes me the attack that I have fallen under since returning on Thursday night. I know that this point, the beginning of the semester, is a very crucial point for me. Some ministry things may be changing and things must be different. I feel the darkness pulling at me to choose comfort and mediocracy instead of change.

    Stand behind me Satan, The Lord Almighty Has dominion here, and He reigns supreme.

    I encourage all of you to press on to know Him! Thinking of that "PARRRRTTTYYYYY!!!!!!!!!"

    D <><

    By Blogger David B, at 1/09/2006 7:27 PM  

  • Passion looks like an amazing expereince. It's one of my goals to go to a conference. I've heard Louie at the Chris Tomlin tour this fall, and his passion for Christ is unreal.

    By Anonymous Kara, at 1/09/2006 7:36 PM  

  • Not sure how to find the words to say all that's in my heart. I truly believe my life has been changed forever by the One who met us at Passion 06.

    Anyone know when the iTunes songs are coming?? Can't wait!

    By Anonymous kristina, at 1/09/2006 7:48 PM  

  • Thank you all for your hearts for the Glorious One! It has been a pleasure to serve the Lord, as He called at Passion '06!
    As I headed back into the world today, I was welcomed by new students that will be in my class.
    Seth, Jacob and Aaron... yes all their names are in the bible. Yet each one struggles with drugs or drugs in their family, parent(s) in jail, and one last year said that he couldn't touch a bible because it would "burn". Yet, now he owns one and desires to take a bible class offered at school.
    I am remindeed with groanings, that these are the people and more, in their various cultures that need this Truth. One of the young men said that he was taking this Bible class to check out God. He called himself agnostic, but was open to seeing what the Bible had to say.
    I am more than grateful that like the arena staffers and others who came to Passion to just check out God, were more than welcomed by a Presence that is all out INDESCRIBABLE!
    Lord, thank You for providing a place where hurting people can meet You! Send us out Lord, to take this Gospel and a vessel that carries Your love. Break us to shine the One and Only True Light into a dark world. Send us out, O God, in power! In Jesus' name!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/09/2006 8:01 PM  

  • Thank you so much to the Passion team for working to make last week happen. I was challenged and encouraged in so many ways through being there. You all did everything with excellence and I left refreshed. I went with the hope of being refreshed and also to gather information about missions since I believe that is what I am called to. But once I arrived it was if the Lord told me I just needed to know Him and He would lead me to what I need to do in due time. I was truly blessed to have the opportunity to dance, worship and listen with all of you!
    ~Melody in Oklahoma

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/09/2006 8:02 PM  

  • Love the pictures! Does anyone know if there's a list of all of the schools represented at Passion '06??

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/09/2006 8:23 PM  

  • Emily & Jason,
    Right back at ya with the thanks! You guys (and your respective spouses) were awesome to work with and, if any of you ever run into Walt, please let him know that his prayers totally set the stage for our service each day. And, I have to echo what Jason said about the arena volunteers being so blessed. Just seeing so many students united for HIS RENOWN is a blessing ...

    By Blogger Tammie, at 1/09/2006 9:16 PM  

  • Passion continues!

    Wow! I went back to work today, and everyone asked how my vacation was (LOL!)... Seriously, are there words? So, they just saw my face (or should I say, smile), and were all intrigued... I must have mentioned God's name more today than ever!

    So I had my plans (I always have plans) to reach out to one of my friends, but instead another searching soul wanted to know about what exactly I had gone to... so I gave him a ride home and told him all about passion... until he asked a key question: "Yeah, but what was the theme?" And I'm just so thankful that Louie made it SO CLEAR: Yes, Lord, walking in the way of your truth, we wait eagerly for you, for your name and your renown are the desire of our souls. Isaiah 26:8; and I started talking just how big God is and how little we are and how everything just only exists to give HIM glory... and that had my friend, well... baffled.

    Now I'm hoping to drag both of them to Milwaukee on Feb 2nd to see for themselves...

    By Blogger Silke, at 1/09/2006 10:16 PM  

  • Rachel, Emily, Jason, and Rad, and Wendy, Kristin, and Mike,

    THANKS for keeping all of us "smirfs" focused on our "job" at passion... I learned so much!

    Louie, and all you "famous" people who were on stage; I refused to believe it at first, but you ALL are really living your lives for God's glory; and it is OBVIOUS in you all... Charlie... thanks for doing your "dances" during sound checks... they still make me smile; David, thanks for being different (God also laughs with you), Matt, we'll have to teach you football next... Louie, again, thanks for everything, especially the "ultimate college message" -- I needed to hear that one even 6 1/2 years after college (uh-oh, I'm getting old)...

    Oh, I've already invited my college-age friend from Germany to passion for any of the next 4 years... if her semester schedule allows (the Europeans are a little off compared to this continent).

    I hope any of you people that this is written to will read this one day...

    By Blogger Silke, at 1/09/2006 10:25 PM  

  • passion- my husband and i are 25 and still experiencing the feelings that you discribed in your blog! this week as we prayed and talked about what was going on in Nashville, people were confused by our zeal and radiance with not many words than "you just have to check it out." Thank you for continuing the work in this generation of colleg students. we are excited about being old enough if God wills, to voulunter @ passion07. Live unto Life

    By Blogger amberburger, at 1/09/2006 10:28 PM  

  • Oh, new music will be on itunes on Jan 24th; but feel free to wait until the 25th, so that they can be swamped with us for 2 days:)

    By Blogger Silke, at 1/09/2006 10:32 PM  

  • i wasn't able to go to Passion this year (i'm a senior in HS) but it would be awesome to see a list of the schools!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/09/2006 10:38 PM  

  • thanks for being so obedient to his call. What an amazing week. When we take that deep breath, how amazing it is to know that God is that close to us...in a breath. Thanks again for everything.

    On another note, i checked out Dr. Piper's website, and noticed his announcement of prostate cancer. For anyone who reads this...lift him up, his minisitry, and this unbelievable chance to glorify God in his present situation. May our thoughts and prayers be with him...

    By Anonymous Andrew, at 1/09/2006 11:09 PM  

  • hey friends. if you have a heart for toronto, i encourage you to check out a book called GOD IN THE ALLEY: being and Seeing Jesus in a broken world by Greg Paul. it is a powerful book about the crap that goes on in the lives of people living in the inner-city of toronto. its real and raw and a great glimse of just one of the ways God is working! i just finished it a few minutes ago. here is a sweet quote from the book:
    "Jesus is found in brokenness...The surprise of brokenness is not just that the Almighty allowed himself to be broken, and the he invites me to touch him there in that brokenness. It’s also that my own brokenness—that hidden ugly twisted stuff that I had expected would disqualify me forever for his friendship, and that, if it were known, would torpedo all my other relationships too—is precisely the place where de desires to touch me, and it is the place where I am most able to truly connect with other people."

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/09/2006 11:46 PM  

  • Hey, Louie, are we allowed to download some of the pics you put up? I like the cross and candles one...

    By Blogger Silke, at 1/10/2006 8:43 AM  

  • This was my first passion conference...and yeah the words are hard to formulate. One of my students has gone for the last two years and has always told me it was amazing--so this year we went. Perhaps what took my breath away the most was the immense focus on God. Typically the "conferences" I have attended have left me more in awe of people and less consumed by God. However, at Passion, that last day when the team came on stage to pray for us I began to weep. The hummility and compassion exibited by your team was...holy.
    I left Passion meditating on the Glory of our God. I feel like the Lord has given my team and I purpose centered on His Glory. But I struggled with that because of Dr. Piper's message. I asked the Lord why wasn't He speaking to me about suffering. As I shared with my students I remembered John's version of Glory. In the book of John Jesus' Glory is synonomous for the cross--i.e. suffering. Then it hit me...His Glory is revealed in our suffering--just as it was in Our Lord and Savior.
    My team and I are passionately coming after Christ that we might deny ourselves and take up our cross daily...to follow after Him. Mmmm, Oh that His Glory be revealed at our college, in our neighborhood, in our city and state--and OH God let this nation see Your Glory!

    By Blogger kindra, at 1/10/2006 12:09 PM  

  • We left passion weary from worshipping. Not weary OF worshipping, mind you, but weary from worshipping so hard, so full on, fully, completely, withholding nothing, pressing in close, drawing nearer. It was amazing to be able to say, I am weary from worshipping and NOT working. Sometimes we get caught up in the work and are too tired to worship. I was amazed that as my body was weary from worship, my soul pressed in closer and deeper, climbing higher and further-because it was in the weariness that the things that keep me away were laid down. Thanks be to the GREAT I AM who rescues us from darkness so that we might serve and worship Him. May we all come home and learn to weary ourselves from worshipping the Lord-that is where the glory will be seen! In a people who give all, live all, love all, lay all and sacrifice much so that His name will be seen and known!

    By Blogger Treehousegirl, at 1/10/2006 4:15 PM  

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    By Blogger Kimmer, at 1/10/2006 8:46 PM  

  • Passion 06...to think that God created the whirlpool galaxy yet died on the Cross!! The group I was with decided soon after hearing this the national championship game remained entirely insignificant!! what a night! the group of friends i came with are from 3 different states and we are already planning a time to meet in february because in some way, shape, or form we feel it might in some small way recreate the amazing peace and joy we all felt at Passion...God is Good...Amen.

    By Anonymous Mark Nicolet, at 1/12/2006 2:16 PM  

  • Hello all you volunteer coordinators and participants,

    It's back to work after getting home Wednesday night from driving back from Nashville. I have to express that I almost missed out from the Passion 06 experience by a hair's breadth.
    First I had to fight the prevalent paradigms of work-and-deadline addiction at my job to get just two days off, which by a miracle I managed to get. Then last Sunday had me scrambling to finish writing mini-essays for my Perspectives final exam and being assailed by the season obligatory head-cold and stuffy nose. After putting my finished exam in the mail and lying on my futon about mid-afternoon, I was ruminating that God didn't need my works nor my effort in order to accomplish His plans, and surely Passion would be a success with or without my participation-- after all I was feeling pretty exasperated and under the weather, and all of the other minutiae of life from family issues to work to whatever to justify sitting this event out. I even called Wendy and told her that I was going to be a no-show. Then, about 3pm I decided against all measure of sensibilities to gather up some travel accessories and clothes, plopped them in my car, and prayed that I could get up to Nashville without drowsing off.

    Well, by the grace of God, some Motrin and Airborne Defense tablets, I arrived at Nashville and checked in at the volunteer booth around 7:30, and then promptly found a hotel lobby couch and zonked out. As the Passion event geared up and progressed, I managed to eventually get better, stepped in and contributed wherever I was asked to be, and was very grateful I decided to head up to the capitol of country music and witness first-hand what God is doing.
    When Louie addressed the volunteer teams Monday and acknowledged that we had all made a sacrifice to be there, he was literally right on the money and then some.
    Nevertheless, as I saw all the faces of the college kids and the precious lives and hearts of each one that God so very much cares about and loves, it was a sacrifice that became a grateful giving-up. My two younger brothers are in the age ranges of most of the Passion conference's audience and one could not find anyone more further and rebellious personas from God than my brothers, despite my best efforts to be a witness and praying for them. Of course when I was about their age, I was rather distant from anything near Christ too-- to put it mildly.
    Seeing an audience of 18,000 college kids all praying together at the same time was a very inspiring spectacle, and an encouragement, in what a genuine, relevant and alive revival in our nation could be like. In the number of universities represented there, may Christ increase the numbers of believers in them exponentially.

    John Calvin said that human beings are idol making factories, meaning that if we are not worshipping God we are most certainly worshipping something else. Having seen such flagrant idolatry and spiritual darkness both in college and earlier when I was enlisted in the Air Force, from drinking to worshipping music artists and whatever sophistry or deception their lyrics promote, words are inadequate to convey the joy and refreshing buoyance seeing that many fellow Christians, in such a huge gathering all focused on Him, has been.

    Thanks Wendy, Renee and all of you other volunteer coordinators I interacted with; it was great working with all of the Passion Vols (as opposed to just the Tennessee variety) and getting to know all of you. And thanks Carolyn for providing some great conversation on the trip back to the ATL.

    The trip was indeed a sacrifice, but considering that, one has to also consider the legions of Christians who have made infinitely much greater sacrifices to spread His name and proclaim His glory in the past. In Perspectives, we learned that there have been more Christians martyred for their faith this past century than in all of the preceding centuries combined. In so considering, what I gave at the conference is what I should be doing all along.

    Thanks for allowing me to participate. In Christ's love,


    By Blogger Lee Johnson, at 1/16/2006 10:16 PM  

  • I was totally moved by the different people dispersed throughout the GEC reading the bible in their different languages . What an amazing way to view how vast God is! It was way cool!

    By Blogger Randy, at 1/22/2006 3:54 PM  

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