Community in Action…Personal LGG Stories


For the last eight weeks, we have read, soaped, and discussed ‘Made for Community.’ Now we’d like to share about our Love God Greatly community of women! We connect with our Lord and each other by using our phones and computers.

The majority of the team behind Love God Greatly have never met in person. We communicate with each other via Skype, phone, email, text messages and private messages. Each one of us use the gifts God gave us to work as a team to bring Love God Greatly Bible Studies to women in 70+ countries. Our community consists of women tithing their time and gifts, so graciously. We have seen each other through tremendous joys and heartbreaking hardships. We’ve formed a unique bond by logging online to connect with each other!

“We need friends who will come along side us and hold up are arms as we grow weary…

We were not made to do battle alone.

We were made for community…

We were made to work together…

We were made to be the Body of Christ…

We each have an important role to play. No one’s role is more important than any one else’s.

We are a team and we need each other!” ~ Angela Perritt

Today, we would like to share a few stories and testimonies from our Facilitators…

“God is using Love God Greatly by allowing me to do what I feel God is calling me to do and that is minister to and lead other women to a closer relationship with God, and also building and growing my relationship with God.” Jennifer L.

“It has truly been one of the best studies. It has given me renewed enthusiasm for some of the things I used to do for outreach into the community and shown me how to share God’s love in so many additional ways. As our group shares I add things daily that would be so worthwhile as a way of showing the Love of God to our community.” Ellen B.

“Loving God Greatly in the Scottish Highlands! We are a group of 10 ladies from various church congregations in our area. We were brought together by our desire for more of God and at just the right time for each of us. We have laughed, cried, shared meals, prayed and supported each other. We have been greatly blessed by the studies, challenged by the daily messages and by the accountability of the group. This is our first study together, but are looking forward to the next one! Many thanks and love to you all out there who are our sisters in Christ.” Fiona T.

Fiona’s Group


“I have grown so much in my walk with the Lord during the LGG studies. The encouragement and accountability in my group is such a blessing to me. I am thankful for the leaders of LGG who are real and genuine, sharing their struggles along with us. I also now have a great friend and accountability partner I met through one of LGG’s leadership mentoring program sessions. We have been co-leading a group together for over a year and I am so thankful for her!” Jennifer T.


This isn’t so much a story but a beautiful picture of the international community a study like this provides. The 18 women in our group span 4 continents, 7 countries of residence (USA, Japan, Korea, China, Kenya, Indonesia, and Austria), and 9 time zones (hence, no group picture!) Many of us are serving in international Christian education, and for several of us LGG provides our only option for participation in group Bible study. We are able to share with and pray for one another confidentially and freely. On a personal note, I have lived in local Christian community with each of the ladies in our group at some point over the past 15 years, but only 2 of the members live in the same country as I do currently. Our group provides a way for many of us to reconnect on a deeply personal, spiritual level, while welcoming new friends in the Body of Christ. One of my group members posted this today. She (along with her husband and two girls) made 3 international moves (missions-related) over the past 4 years. ‘I want to praise God again for this entire study and all of you. I have felt my desire to more willingly and intentionally engage in my new community here in Indonesia increase over the last couple of weeks. Some would say that is just because I am getting used to things. I would say not! I would say God placed me in this LGG group to remind me, reteach me, and teach me new things about His desire for his children to be in community. He is so good. Thanks to each of you for your insights and encouragement…I love how members of my previous day to day communities (and their friends!) continue to be part of God’s plan and provision for my spiritual good now.’” Jeanelle F.


“We were a group of strangers. We all have special needs children. I am the redhead on the left. My current group secretary/unofficial co-facilitator is Stephanie, on the right. This pic (with my son photo-bombing) was taken in NC where I had stopped on a vacation trip, for the purpose of meeting her. This once stranger is now one of my dearest friends.” Karen A.

Karen and Stephanie


“One of my email groups has been together for over a year now. They are at different stages in their lives, ranging from newlyweds and young mothers, to grandmothers. For the first few months, they did really well as posting their SOAP each day and encouraging one another. Then during a “break” study, I started asking for prayer requests on Monday and challenging them to type out prayers for the needs of the group. Wow! what a difference! We have connected in amazing ways as issues like weight struggles, prodigal children, raising grandchildren, and being Godly wives started being shared. Now they share birthdays, adoption days, baptisms, inspections, and tax headaches like true “Sisters of the SOAP” (their nickname for the group). This week they have set a time to pray for the group’s husbands, children, and other needs at 6:45. That’s local time for the member and each chooses am or pm – because really, 6:45am in North Carolina is 3:45am in Washington state and 12:45am the next day in New Zealand.

“Here are some of the members thoughts about the group:
‘We each have different posts each day which highlights something God wants us to learn – some things hit us more than others – it sharpens us, encourages us, gets us off our backsides, keeps us in his Word.’
‘This is God at work. He knew we would lift each other up, He trusted us to let go of what we thought others might think of us in this group. He gave us the courage to share with people we didn’t even know. We are a community and we love each other and we look out for each other. We pray for each other. He knew that we needed to connect with others that share the same concerns. This is all God!!!! There is no way this just happened. There is no way this is a coincidence. This is God!!!’” Amy A.


“’Woman of Faith – Builders of Community’ was the name our group selected for this study. Our group of ladies has been together since last Easter – at least 5 of us. Then about 10 more joined us last fall. We have formed great bonds of love and trust amongst ourselves. We’ve seen illnesses, job stress/loss, personal battles, and even miracles over our year together. In our prayer requests, we all grew to know this was a powerful God-filled place to ask to be remembered. If you asked, you knew that you would be prayed for until something happened. The government paperwork that had been stymied for months came through. The job that was in such discord became a place of peace and accomplishment. The illnesses were given a reprieve and hearts were mended from pain and doubt. Not once, not twice, but multiple times did we see God’s hand at work in our lives. We all knew, with no doubt, that we gathered in His name, thousands of miles apart, but as close as a whisper in prayer.


“This study brought a financial issue that touched our hearts – the need for extensive oral surgery for the teen daughter of a member. We read a mother’s hurting heart plea for comfort for her child. For wisdom to know what to do next when it appeared all options had been taken. But, out of faith, we just decided we had to do something. And so, we asked for $5.00 if possible and along with the request, another to share the email about Abbye’s need for the oral surgery to our own personal friends outside our study group. We prayed about it, we shared God’s love and our request, and we waited… expectantly. In less than 10 days, the full amount of $2400.00 had been received, and God even supplied more, as He always does! By now, Abbye has had her surgery and is doing much better. Her mother’s faith never wavered and neither did ours. God tells us to bring our concerns to him in prayer and faith. To wait patiently and to be expecting his response. He certainly brought to each of hearts and minds His living power to still work miracles in 2015! And through the studies, we have become the hands and feet of Christ. What a joy! The mailman may have brought the envelopes, but God himself moved the hearts and hands of each person who read our messages and responded. We shared with family, friends and then they in turn shared. Checks were from people known only to God. In summary, ours is but one of the many wonderful communities with LGG that God has blessed. Just had to share this awesome handiwork of God! All praise and glory to Him!” Sheila M.

Sheila’s Group –Paid Bill

“The Love God Greatly Bible study for women has helped me and encouraged me to study God’s Word in such a way that is easy, and amazing. I have been with them for a year, sprouting from a group member to facilitator. It has and still is an awesome way for women from around the world to learn about God and His word that is freely given to us. The free online materials, and easy study groups have helped me to have a daily accountability to study God’s word, and change habits, thoughts and actions. Through this ministry I have been able to grow into God’s love, His forgiveness, and seek His help on a daily basis. My faith has sprouted through answered prayers, His promises, and encouragement from others. In addition, through Love God Greatly, I have become a better wife, a better mom, and a better sister in Christ. Anything is possible through Jesus Christ, it’s an indescribable joy, peace, and patience in my life. Because now I know God’s got this!” Stephany C.


“This study has been such an inspiration! The ladies seem so excited about what they are learning, being real with how they have been in the past, and their need for real community in their lives. I believe this study has been God’s perfect timing to kick off the year and get everyone’s focus on what is truly His heart… people. This world screams “everyone for themselves,” which has put people in “survival mode,” but this study has slowed us down, and made us see the Father’s heart for us – it was never one against the other but together, in unity, one body – loving one another as He has also loved us. This study is truly empowering us all to take what we learn and go out and reach people, connect, build relationship and see a community develop. Life isn’t about what we can get but what we can give… Jesus came for people and this life is about community. Thank you LGG for this eye opening study! God bless you all!” Sheila M.

Sheila and Keri


“The LGG study has made a huge impact on my life, helped me stay focused on God during hard times, and helped push me out of my comfort zone. We were homeless in November 2013 and the LGG study sure kept me focused when we were going through the hardest time we have ever faced. I logged in regularly and still kept up with the study amidst our tough time; I even included my family in the study. Also, the LGG study helped push me out of my comfort zone and I am now leading a group of teens through these studies, including my kids as well. I absolutely love these studies, and am so grateful for them! I have also been able to interact with other women through these studies and that is awesome because I lost a lot of friends when I quit drinking, etc, and became a Christian. Thanks again for all you do, and God bless you all!” Jaime M.


“This is a picture of me (and my daughter) running with a group member, Ruth. Last year, I introduced her to the Intentionally Focused study. When she went to register she asked about joining a group, and that’s how our group started. Six studies later, and more than a dozen ladies are getting into His word daily!” Brandi C.

Brandi and Ruth

“We scheduled a Girl’s Day Out, getting tickets for a matinee theater production in the city (an hour away). Two of us work and are full time caregivers for our moms with dementia. During the performance received a call that her mom had taken the car keys and driven off. Although her daughter was orchestrating things at home, we all walked out, two minutes before the curtain call, and headed back. Thankfully, God brought her back home safely. We laughed on the way home that it really does take a village, whether you’re raising kids or your parents! We are also planning what we’re calling Homemade Community. A gathering to invite friends, to share their talents and make homemade items and gifts.” Barbara HS


“Thank you for your awesome Bible Studies and the online tool! I am a pastor’s wife, home school mom, women’s ministry leader and caretaker of my mom (who lives with us while battling pancreatic cancer.) Love God Greatly has been a great blessing to the women in our church to help us stay connected during this season in our church when we are not meeting face to face in Women’s Bible Study. The group has allowed us to stay connected in the Word and also in sharing our lives and encouraging one another! Thank you! I feel like I know each one of you, you are precious! Thank you for taking the time to pour into the lives of women, it is greatly making a difference! I also pray for your families!” Heather R.

“My real life LGG group from my church! We gathered for brunch at my house last Saturday. Oh, how I love these girls and the accountability and pure joy they bring to my life!” Whitney Cain Daugherty

Whitney’s Group

This is my personal LGG group! We’ve been together since our oldest were babies! I have been so blessed to have these sweet friends in my life! We have weathered many storms of life together from the loss of parents, cancer and divorce. I love doing life with them and am so thankful for the community God has given to me! We are not meant to do life alone….and I’m forever thankful!

Angela’s Group

{Week 8} We Need Others…Putting God’s Word Into Action


This week here at LoveGodGreatly, we are having a special time of sharing how God has been working through our study in our LGG community groups! It’s going to be a fun filled week of celebration and we can’t wait to share all our stories with you!


We need others.

We need others. We do. Sometimes we think we are better by ourselves, but in these past seven weeks God’s Word has been showing us that He made us to live in community with others, to share life with other people.

I love the way women at LGG Spanish have displayed our need for others during this study. Here there a few pictures and testimonies:

Group “A los pies del Maestro” in Dominican Republic.

Group from Venta Grande, Mexico

I could tell you beautiful stories of women being encouraged by other women, of women praying for women, of women helping women…

But today I want to share with you the story of Juan.

Juan is a part of a whatsapp group in Barcelona Spain. Now, how can this be possible if our studies are made for women? This wonderful group was made of only women until one of them passed away in October 2014. She was Juan´s wife. Juan knew how important her LGG group had been for his wife during the months she was sick, how they prayed for her, how they supported her…how they loved her in every way they could.

And Juan asked to join the group instead of his wife. These women have been supporting him since then. They have helped him to go on. Some days ago the group gathered together to share dinner and celebrate their fellowship.

1 John 3:18 encourages us to love “in deed and in truth”. We are made to demonstrate our love in actions, not no merely talk about love.

We are made for deeds, not intentions; for facts, not ideas; We are made to display practical love.
1John 3:17 – But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?

I know that God has spoken to your heart during this study. Maybe He has spoken to you in regards of your relationship with your family, with your church, with the unsaved. Maybe He has shown you new ways of stepping out of your comfort zone and reach others. Maybe He has asked you to welcome others in your life.

Whatever the way He has spoken to your heart, take action. Open your heart. Share. Live in true fellowship with others.
We can love because God loved us first. He demonstrated His love by sending Jesus Christ to die for us and to give us eternal life. How are you going to love others “in deed and in truth”?

Content in His service,
Necesitamos a otros


Necesitamos a otros. De verdad. A veces pensamos que estaríamos mejor solas, pero en estas semanas la Palabra de Dios nos ha mostrado que Él nos creó para vivir en comunidad con otros, para compartir nuestra vida con otras personas.

Me encanta la manera en la que las mujeres de ADG han mostrado nuestra necesidad de otros en este estudio. Aquí te dejo algunas fotos y testimonios:

Grupo “A los pies del Maestro” en República Dominicana
Grupo en Venta Grande, México
Podría contarte historias hermosas de mujeres siendo animadas por otras, de mujeres orando por otras, de mujeres ayudando a otras.

Pero hoy quiero compartir contigo la historia de Juan.

Juan es parte de uno de nuestros grupos de whatsapp en Barcelona, España. Seguro que te preguntas ¿Cómo es esto posible si nuestros grupos son para mujeres? Este hermoso grupo estaba formado solo por mujeres hasta que una de ellas falleció en octubre de 2014. Era la esposa de Juan. Juan sabía lo importante que el grupo de ADG había sido para su mujer, cómo oraban por ella, cómo la apoyaban…como la amaban de todas las formas posibles.

Y Juan pidió unirse al grupo y tomar el lugar de su esposa. Estas mujeres lo han acogido en su grupo desde entonces y lo han ayudado a seguir adelante. Hace unos días, se reunieron para compartir una cena y celebrar su hermosa relación.

1 Juan 3:18 nos anima a amar “de hecho y en verdad”. Hemos sido creadas para demostrar nuestro amor con nuestras acciones, no solo con nuestras palabras.

Hemos sido creadas para acciones, no intenciones; para hechos, no ideas; hemos sido creadas para demostrar amor de manera práctica.

1Juan 3:17 – Pero el que tiene bienes de este mundo y ve a su hermano tener necesidad, y cierra contra él su corazón, ¿cómo mora el amor de Dios en él?

Sé que Dios ha hablado a tu corazón durante nuestro estudio. Quizás te ha hablado sobre tu relación con tu familia, con tu iglesia, con las personas inconversas con las que convives. Quizás te ha mostrado nuevas formas de salir de tu zona de comodidad y alcanzar a otros. Quizás te ha pedido que des la bienvenida a tu vida a otras personas.

De cualquier forma que Él haya hablado a tu corazón, pasa a la acción. Abre tu corazón. Comparte. Vive en verdadera communion con otros.

Podemos amar porque Dios nos amó primero. Él demostró Su amor al enviar a Jesucristo a morir por nosotras y darnos vida eterna. ¿De qué manera vas tú a amar a otros “de hecho y en verdad”?

Contenta en Su servicio,


Week 8 Memory Verse


Week 8 Reading Plan

week 8 reading plan

(Week 7) For God So Loved the World…And We Should Too!

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Oh friends, this is the message I so desperately want to get out into our communities… and our world.

We live in a world that tells us we can somehow “earn” our way to heaven….as if we can ever come close to being “good enough” through our own strength, our own works…compared to a Holy God.

Yet the Bible tells us differently.

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith -and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

For God so LOVED the world that He GAVE…

And so should we.

God LOVED the world so much that He gave what He loved the most….His one and only Son.

God gave what was the most precious to Him…Jesus.

Jesus in turn gave His life.

And yet somehow we continue to live in a world that doubts and questions God’s love for us!

Not only does God tell us how much He loves us, He went ever further….He demonstrated it!

But God demonstrated his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)

How can we continue to doubt His love?

When are we going to stop believing the lies Satan whispers into our lives? Satan in his crafty, yet predictable ways has spoken these lies over us since Eve and yet we continue to bite into the lies and allow them to poison our lives.

So many of us walk through life feeling unloved (including me) and yet God couldn’t love us any more than He already does!

THIS is the message we need to share and live out in our communities…We are loved by Almighty God, salvation is only found through Jesus and He came not to condemn us, not to make us work harder for our salvation…Jesus came to save us….to rescue us….what an amazing love story that is!

 Next time you feel unloved, look to the cross. No one can love you more than Jesus already has!

This is the message that we need to share with those in our lives who do not know God…and maybe even remind those in our lives who do. We all need to be told from time to time that we are deeply loved by God. 

Friends, this message of God’s love fires me up and drives me to try and get our studies into as many languages as God sends us translators. This is why we give our Bible study materials away for free! We desperately want to get our studies into as many women’s hands as possible and help them dig into God’s Word, many of them for the first time, and discover for themselves how much they are loved!

Let’s Talk:
I LOVE hearing from each of you and learning together through our studies! Today, share some practical ways you’ve shared the knowledge of God’s love to those in your community or around the world! Who knows, your testimonies might inspire someone else to do the same thing!:)


Love God Greatly!

Angela- Love God Greatly





Week 7 Challenge

This week, join us in reaching the nations with God’s Word! You can do that a number of ways:

1. Forward our studies on to your mission directors at your churches or colleges.
2. Email them to friends in other countries or who are involved in ministries who serve our sisters in Christ in other countries.
3. Share our images on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and tag your friends or family who might know of women who could benefit from our studies. We each have a part to play in spreading the good news of God’s love to the ends of the earth!


Week 7 Reading Plan
Love God Greatly Weekly Reading Plan


Week 7 Memory Verse





Different Gifts…Same Purpose

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“Jesus works in community. For that reason, you find no personal pronouns in the earliest description of the church.”- Max Lucado

Dare I say it?

You. Me. Us…..we were made for this….

Each of us purposely unique, specially designed with certain gifts and abilities to serve, encourage and strengthen the body of Christ, our community…the church.

Ohhh dear friend, YOU are wanted and needed.

We can’t do this alone.

The church is not a solo act, but rather a beautiful orchestra.

Each one of us needs to play our music with the gifts, skills, talents that God designed us to play.

TOGETHER…we can play the most majestic of songs….but only when we are working together, focused on our “conductor” as He directs our song.

A few points to focus on today from our text:

  1. God is the giver of our gifts and the purpose of our gifts is to build up the church…not individuals. We need to realize all gifts and abilities come from God. There is no reason to “think of ourselves more highly than we ought.” In Romans 12:3 Paul is not saying we need to have poor self-esteem, but rather that our identity should not be in who we are or what we can do, but in Christ alone.
  1. God has gifted each of us with certain gifts to help strengthen the church. We are not called to be sideline spectators, instead we are to use the gifts God has given us to build up His church.

“…the main thing in being the church is every member growing in the ability to minister a unique grace to others in the body and a unique witness to those outside and a unique tribute to God in heaven.”- John Piper

  1. Do what you do best…God has uniquely gifted YOU to play a special part in His story, in His orchestra. Together, we can make beautiful music.
  1. Use our gifts for God’s glory…not our own. When we live our lives for God’s glory, God takes what He has done through us and ripples it throughout the next generations.
  1. Be thankful. Instead of wishing God had given you a certain gift, be thankful for the spiritual gifts He has given you and use them to the best of your ability to bring glory to God.

“I believe God intends to create a perfect a people for himself not ready made as immediately perfected individuals; rather he intends to create and perfect a people for himself by having them use their gifts toward each other so that they join God in the process of helping each other grow in knowledge and faith and hope and love.”- John Piper

  1. Let’s do this together…

 “God works through different men/women in different ways, but it is the same God who achieves his purposes through them all” (1 Cor.12:6). God uses all types to type his message. Logical thinkers. Emotional worshippers. Dynamic leaders. Docile followers. The visionaries who lead, the studious who ponder, the generous who pay the bills. Action-packed verbs. Rock-solid nouns. Enigmatic question marks. Alone, we are meaningless symbols on a page. But collectively, we inspire. “All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a separate and necessary part of it” (1Cor 12:27).- Max Lucado

Let’s Talk: 

In your church, how have you seen the importance of God using different people with different gifts to bring Him glory?


We would LOVE to begin sharing how God is working through your life and in your LoveGodGreatly groups here on our site!! Do you have a story to share with us? If so, we’d love to hear it! Click on the image below and share your story with us today!

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Love God Greatly!

Angela- Love God Greatly

We Were Made For Each Other (Week 4: The Body of Christ)

Love God Greatly

I LOVE these girls…

I’ve had the pleasure… no, the blessing of being their DG Leader (Discipleship Leader) for five years!

I have seen them grow from adorable pre-teens in the seventh grade to beautiful teenagers now in the eleventh grade…right before my eyes.

Time is going too fast.

And I cry just thinking about them heading off to college soon and only having one more year left of them coming into my home one night a week…

I have so treasured our time together…

And so have my own daughters… they look forward to “DG” night in our home and can’t wait to see the girls.

Five years ago I set out to be a blessing to them and here my family and I are the ones blessed.

It has been wonderful for my own daughters to see their mom and my discipleship girls open God’s Word together, pray together and witness the importance of sharing life’s ups and downs… together.

Years of tears and laughter have been shared around my kitchen table and I wouldn’t have it any other way… along with all kinds of yummy treats their moms would send with them each week.

It has been a joy.

There are many things in life that I’m passionate about… God’s Word, translated Bible study resources for our sisters in Christ around the world… and THIS… reaching the next generation.

Love God Greatly

We need each other.

The older generation mentoring the younger generation… sowing seeds of faith and wisdom for the future… trusting God with the harvest.

We see this relationship in our text for today between Moses and Joshua.

Moses invested in Joshua’s life and when the time came for battle… and as Christians we are always in a battle, whether seen or unseen, Joshua responded with obedience and action.

Moses said to Joshua, “Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands”…so Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered… Exodus 17:9-10

The importance of the Body of Christ comes into view as we begin to read this story further…

To win this battle, it was going to take more than one person.

More than just Moses.

More than just Joshua.

It was going to take a whole community.

EACH person was equipped to play a very important role to win this battle against the Amalekites.

And the Amalekites were not an easy group to go into battle against.

They were the descendants of Amalek, a grandson of Esau. They were a nomadic tribe who made part of their living by raiding other tribes and carrying off the plunder. My Bible commentary states that these people killed for pleasure… not the sort of group you’d want to go against if you know what I mean.

But here in this story, we see the beauty of the Body of Christ in action.

Joshua physically goes into battle with his chosen men.

Moses spiritually goes into battle praying.

BOTH are needed to win this war…

One without the other and the Israelite nation is doomed.

And as Moses battles through prayer… his arms grow tired… that’s when Aaron and Hur step in.

As faithful friends, they both come along side Moses, each holding up one of his arms.

Without them and the support they offered their tired leader… the battle would have been lost.

Ohhh friends… we need each other. We CANNOT win these battles alone! We need God and we need the Body of Christ to help hold up our arms. We need men and women who will go to the hill top and pray over us. We need friends who will come along side us and hold up are arms as we grow weary…

We were not made to do battle alone.

We were made for community…

We were made to work together…

We were made to be the Body of Christ…

We each have an important role to play. No one’s role is more important than any one else’s.

We are a team and we need each other!

Let’s Talk:

Who has been a Moses, Joshua, Aaron or Hur in your life? How has God used them to help you endure and win some of your battles? How have your LGG groups helped you as you’ve went through your own personal battles in life?


Love God Greatly!

Angela- Love God Greatly





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Week 4: Memory Verse

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Week 4: Reading Plan

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