This Ghost Is Way Friendlier Than Casper!

2017 MercyMe Summer Song Series

Do you remember when there were only three TV networks (ABC, NBC, and CBS) and Saturday mornings were reserved for watching cartoons while eating a bowl of your favorite breakfast cereal?

One of my favorite shows was ABC’s Casper the Friendly Ghost.

Casper wasn’t like the other members of his family and his friends. He didn’t like scaring people at all.

In fact, his favorite book was Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People. (Smile.)

Today’s post is about a ghost. A ghost who is way friendlier than Casper.

And this Ghost, also known as the Holy Ghost, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God, and the Spirit of Christ, lives perpetually inside every believer in Christ.

In today’s post, I will be bringing this MercyMe Summer Song Series on their newest album, Lifer, to a close by sharing the message in its last track—“Ghost.”

Let’s begin by listening to Bart Millard, the band’s lead singer and songwriter, share the backstory behind this calming and comforting song:

I really like what Bart said:

A lot of people are wrapped up in being Spirit-filled and getting Spirit-filled.

My take is that if you’re a believer, you are filled with the Holy Ghost the day you call His name and there is no separation.

It’s more about being Spirit-led.

When you think about it, we (Christians) have a Ghost inside of us. If you’re not a believer, that’s a creepy thing to say.

The weird irony is that the only thing that keeps me from being afraid—the only thing that calms my fears—is the Ghost that lives inside of me.

The anthem for the album—the way to end the album—is “Holy Ghost, lead me through everything. Whatever You do, just lead me.”

I might step on some toes here, but I completely agree with Bart: If you are a believer, you are filled with the Holy Ghost the day you call His name and there is no separation.

I remember a season in my walk with the Lord where it was all about me trying to get more of Jesus, getting filled (and re-filled) with the Spirit, and constant introspection (Am I sinning? Am I not sinning?).

Frankly, I’m getting worn out just remembering it.

Thank God I don’t live there anymore!

If that’s where you’re living and you are completely exhausted and overwhelmed, then keep scrolling.

If you are a believer in Christ, then all of you (you are a spirit) is already united with all of the Spirit of Christ (the Ghost)! That just might be the best news you’ll ever hear as a burned-out Christian!

If you don’t believe me, let Scripture prove it to you:

“The one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him” (1 Cor. 6:17).

The believer in Christ is eternally fused together with Christ’s Spirit, never again to be separated from Him (John 10:28; 2 Tim. 2:13; Heb. 13:5).

“His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence” (2 Pet. 1:3).

Believers in Christ have already been given everything they need because of their eternal spiritual union with Him.

“You are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption” (1 Cor. 1:30).

In means “in”! It doesn’t mean a part of us is in Christ. Our entire spirit (who we are) is completely immersed into His Spirit. No separation. Ever.

Now, let’s listen the entire song:

Christian, the Ghost that lives inside of us 24/7/365 is our comforting Counselor, our forever Friend, our sustaining Strength, our relaxing Rest, our heavenly Hope, and our perfect Peace (John 14:16-17, 26; 15:26; 16:7). He is everything we need, our All-Sufficiency.

What I love most about “Ghost” and every other song on Lifer is that they all accentuate the truth of our eternal spiritual union with the Spirit of Christ. And it all started the moment we called on the Name of Jesus, believing into Eternal Life Himself.

In honor of this God-glorifying, grace-saturated, new covenant-focused album, I would like to close with this little saying that I put together that includes the name of every song on the album:

If you are one of many redeemed saints who can thankfully and enthusiastically shout to Jesus, “You Found Me!” then “Grace Got You,” and you are now a “Lifer” in Him. And it all started when you first heard and responded to the “Best News Ever”—the gospel of grace in Christ Jesus. That’s when you waved goodbye to your old life and shouted, “Hello Beautiful!” to your new life in Him. “Even If” you go through hard times on this earth, you can still do the “Happy Dance” because “Heaven’s (already) Here.” Yes, that’s right. The Holy “Ghost” lives inside you 24/7/365 and there ain’t no storm that can change how this ends: “We Win!”

If you click on the the link in each name, it will take you to the post on that particular song.

Dear reader, if you’re like me, you may already be looking forward to see what new covenant, grace-saturated songs MercyMe will write and produce next.

I thank God for MercyMe and their commitment to sharing the liberating truths of the gospel of grace in Jesus Christ!

I’m wondering, now that this series has come to an end, which song from Lifer do you like the best and why? 

 

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Bye-Bye Lies!

MercyMe 2017 Summer Song Series

The first time I heard “Hello Beautiful,” the sixth track on MercyMe’s newest album, Lifer, was this past spring. I had my earbuds in, walking around my neighborhood and savoring the emergence of new life in its vibrant shades of green.

The familiar song just before it was “Even If,” the group’s debut hit single from the compilation. I wrote about the message in this it-is-well-with-my-soul-regardless-of-my-circumstances ballad in last week’s post.

I couldn’t help but speed up my pace as the intro started on “Hello Beautiful.” Its unique finger-snappin,’ folksy tune inspired me to race-walk. (I wanted to run, but was sure my almost-fifty-three-year-old knees wouldn’t comply.)

Let’s find out why this song is Bart Millard’s absolute favorite song on the album by watching the two-minute story behind the song:

Now, let’s enjoy the full track:

The song’s message: before we can say hello to the beautiful truths concerning our new lives in Christ, we are going to have to say bye-bye to the downright ugly lies that keep us from enjoying the freedom He died to give us.

Debilitating lies like:

  • No one will ever really love me for me.
  • My past is unforgivable.
  • I am alone.
  • I will never be good enough.
  • I am no different than I was before I accepted Christ.
  • Because of what they did to me, my life is forever ruined—with no hope for change.

I love the prison cell imagery in this song. It depicts a Christian who has fallen prey to all of the above life-draining lies carved into the walls of his or her unrenewed mind (Rom. 12:1-2).

But God.

God begins to call us out of that prison cell with absolute truth.

He says,

  • “I’ve never quit loving you and never will. Expect love, love, and more love!” (Jer. 31:3 MSG).
  • “I made you alive with Christ, and I forgave all your sins” (Col. 2:13).
  • “I will never leave you; I will never abandon you” ( Heb. 13:5).
  • “I have made you complete in Christ” ( Col. 2:10).
  • “You are a brand-new creation because you are in My Son; the old you is gone forever!” (2 Cor. 5:17).
  • “I have blessed you with every spiritual blessing that Heaven has to offer” (Eph. 1:3).

Knowing the truth about who God is and who we are in His Son will cause us to walk through the already-been-ripped-off-its-hinges prison cell door of our minds! (John 8:32).

Why don’t you join me today in saying, “Bye-bye lies! Hello beautiful!”

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m going to take next week off from blogging to celebrate God’s miraculous match-making abilities with my man.

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How God Spoke to Me through “Chicken Little”

Did you know that God can speak through anything, even animated children’s cartoons? I continually ask the Lord to keep my eyes and ears peeled for all the ways He wants to reveal Himself to me. I don’t want to miss a thing (I just heard Aerosmith singing in my head).

Not too long ago, I was watching Disney Animation Collection: Vol. 2: Three Little Pigs on Netflix with my grandson, Logan. This is one string of cartoons he loves to watch again and again. If they were on a VHS tape, it would be worn out by now.

I must admit, I usually doze off after the first few minutes, but for some reason, I was more awake than usual that evening. The episode that caught my attention was the 1943 version of “Chicken Little.” An entire library of theology books on how the enemy works in our thought lives could be summed up in this nine-minute episode. You know what they say: If a picture is worth a thousand words, a movie is worth a million. At least.

This cartoon was different than the Chicken Little I read and watched as a child. The moral of that story was to not be a chicken and to have courage. It had a happy ending. But this particular Disney cartoon’s ending was anything but happy. It was downright appalling! To say that it surprised me would have been a gross understatement. Even Logan acted baffled by the ending–although there is no telling how many times he’s seen it. Kid’s cartoons just aren’t supposed to end that way.

This particular Disney cartoon’s ending was anything but happy. It was downright appalling! To say that it surprised me would have been a gross understatement.

The story opens with a contented feathered community living inside a tall white picket fence. Its inhabitants are busy doing what fowl do: the hens gossiping, pecking people to pieces; the turkeys discussing the woes of the world; the ducks and geese drinking their day away; and their fearless rooster leader overseeing and protecting his territory.

The two main characters are Chicken Little, a puny pleasure-seeking yo-yo champion described as being “a little shy on brains,” and the only player in this story who lives outside the protective barrier–Foxy Loxy. Foxy Loxy is a cunning carnivore who would love nothing more than to consume the entire lot of unsuspecting birds.

Since it is impossible for Foxy Loxy to get inside the fence, he decides to get inside the minds of his potential prey through the power of suggestion. He does this by drilling small holes in the fence and whispering lies to them in order to lure them out of their safe haven. He starts with Chicken Little and then moves on, spreading his propaganda to the rest. (If you watch the nine-minute segment below, take special notice of how he speaks to each group of birds.)

I’m not going tell you the remainder of this story. You can see for yourself how it plays out.

Earlier, I mentioned that an entire library of theology books on how the enemy works in our thought lives could be summed up in this nine-minute episode. Believer in Christ, it is vital for you to realize that not everything you hear in your mind originated with you–in your new heart. In other words, Don’t believe everything you hear! The enemy of your soul is trying to hoodwink you into accepting his lies.

In my soon-to-be-published book, His Banner Over Me Is Pursuing Love, I spend two full days of the study exposing the enemy’s strategies in the battle going on in our minds. If you would like to learn more, you can read my post, “Catch the Foxes.”

Dear reader, I would love to interact with you concerning today’s post content by asking you a couple of questions:

  1. Has God ever spoken to you through a movie, television show, or book on how the enemy works in the battle going on in your mind? If so, what was His message to you?
  2. What does the statement, “Don’t believe everything you hear,” mean to you?

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Ready or Not, Here I Come! (Part 2)

Are Believers in Christ Already Heaven-Ready ... or Not?

In last Wednesday’s post, “Ready or Not, Here I Come! (Part 1), I addressed a concern I have about well-meaning Bible teachers and authors (I used to be one of them) telling Christians what they need to be doing to get themselves ready for His return.

I shared how in my search for answers I came to the conclusion (I believe with the Lord’s influence) that there is nothing more the bride of Christ has to do to be ready for His return (or physical death–whichever comes first), for she was made Heaven-ready the moment she believed in (into) Him.

I also explained that, while we are Heaven-ready already, this does not give us a license to act ungodly (see Titus 2:11-13). In retrospect, I would like to add that the deepest desire of the Christian’s new heart (whether he or she realizes it or not) is to express Christ’s love and life, not to sin:

But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed, and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. (Rom. 6:17-18 NASB)

Today we are going to take a closer look at what the Bible says about Christ’s bride making herself ready for His return:

Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.” It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. (Revelation 19:7-8 NASB)

The New American Standard Bible (NASB) is usually my study translation of choice, but not in this case. The wording here could easily be misinterpreted because it implies that Christ’s bride “makes herself ready” for her marriage to Him by clothing herself with “righteous acts,” i.e., performing righteous deeds. This flies directly in the face of grace.

I was disappointed to find that all but 15 percent of the English translations of this passage at BibleGateway.com referred to righteous acts or deeds performed by Christ’s bride as being the necessary ingredient for making herself ready for her marriage to Him.

The 21st Century King James Version (KJ21); the Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC);  the Blue  Red and Gold Letter Bible (BRG); the 1599 Geneva Bible (GNV); the Jubilee Bible 2000 (JUB); the King James Version (KJV); the Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV); and The Message (MSG) were the only translations that described the fine, bright, and clean linen as the “righteousness” rather than the “righteous acts” of the saints. Since you are probably more familiar with the King James Version than any of the others listed, let’s look at this passage in that translation:

Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saintsAnd he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God. (Rev. 19:7-9 KJV)

What exactly is the “righteousness of saints”? I believe we can find the answer by looking at a Scripture from Paul’s second letter to the Corinthian church:

He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (2 Cor. 5:21 NASB)

Jesus became sin on our behalf so that we could become the righteousness of God in Him. The “righteousness of saints” is the very righteousness of God. This verse does not say that believers in Christ possess the righteousness of God; it says they are the righteousness of God!

When did we become the righteousness of God? When we believed in Jesus. We were made righteous not by our righteous acts, but the one righteous act of Christ (offering Himself on the cross) on our behalf:

For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men. (Rom. 5:17-18 NASB)

If you are a believer in Christ and you are having trouble accepting the truth that you are the righteousness of God, asked Him to give you revelation concerning this seemingly-too-good-to-be-true news (it’s the best news ever!).

And speaking of the best news ever, MercyMe recently released their newest album, Lifer, which has a wonderful song titled, “Best News Ever” on it. Go ahead, take a listen, and by all means, let go of every wrong notion you have ever entertained that you aren’t Heaven-ready already!

Dear reader, I would like to close by asking you a few questions:

  1. Do you believe you are Heaven-ready already?
  2. If yes, go ahead and celebrate! Singing, shouting, and dancing are permissible.
  3. If no, why don’t you believe you are Heaven-ready already?

Until next time,

 

 

 

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A Book Review on Peter Lord’s “Turkeys & Eagles”

How God Used a Thirty-Year-Old Book to Cause My Heart to Soar

Just because a book has been in print for almost thirty years doesn’t mean it packs a less powerful punch for those who read it today.

Although I have read and recommended many books to others, this is the first review I’ve ever written. If you are a seasoned book reviewer, I am apologizing ahead of time.

Throughout my years in Christendom, I have heard pastors and Bible teachers share brief anecdotes on the theme of this enlightening and inspiring book. But it wasn’t until a few months ago while I was at my mother-in-law’s (a fellow Christian book-lover), that I spotted the original source for all of these stories–Peter Lord’s Turkeys & Eagles, published in 1987 by Christian Books Publishing House in Auburn, Maine.

I was so excited when she said I could borrow it. I took it home with the intention of reading it right away, put it on a shelf in my library, and quickly forgot about it in the midst of every other item on my to-do list.

It wasn’t until last week while I was editing a portion of my Bible study, His Banner Over Me Is Pursuing Love, that, out of necessity, I pulled it from the shelf and began devouring it. Have you ever had the thought, “I can’t believe I’ve had this treasure within my reach all this time without enjoying its contents!”

Sometimes I think that and then I realize God’s timing is always perfect. He knows the best time to call our attention to something when we will receive the most benefit.

Turkeys & Eagles is a quick and easy read (I read it in a couple of hours), containing all of 101 pages. The first two sentences in the preface were enough to lure me in: “We are all in danger of falling into the same trap that Adam and Eve fell into. They were tempted to become something they already were.”

I emphasized the word already in this quote because God has used this word again and again in my life to cause me to experience the liberating truths of the finished work of Christ. In fact, one of my blog categories is titled “Done Deal” because  this topic is near and dear to my heart. I have already written several posts concerning this eternal reality for believers in Christ.

Lord begins the book by inviting his readers to take a short test consisting of nine true and false and four short answer questions. He lets his readers know that they will revisit their answers after they are finished reading the story to see how well they scored.

Turkeys & Eagles is about two newborn sibling eaglets, Hagen and his sister, Selin, who have been unintentionally abandoned by their eagle parents. You may be wondering how parents could unintentionally abandon their children. That’s something you will find out when you read the book. (Notice I said when, not if.)

Afraid they are going to starve to death, Hagen and Selin leave the comfort of their aerie to find food. They soon encounter a flock of turkeys, whose confident and compassionate leader, Brant, decides to adopt these two “little turkeys” into his family.

For awhile, Hagen and Selin are elated over their being taken in by these odd-looking birds. There is plenty of turkey food (though not very satisfying) to eat and they are no longer alone.

As time passes, Selin seems to readily adapt to the turkey way of life. But something deep within her brother’s heart tells him there’s got to be a more to life than gobbling (turkeys can be pretty noisy at times) and hunting for turkey food. Sometimes he gets this overwhelming desire to flap his wings and soar above the clouds, but then quickly realizes how ridiculous the idea seems. After all, turkeys don’t fly.

The rest of Hagen’s journey entails how his discontent drives him to seek real answers to his nagging questions. And with the guidance of a wise old bird, he is able to find the truth about who he really is and the kind of life he is meant to live.

While I was unable to locate an audio version of this book, I was able to find two messages that Lord gave on it at DiscipleshipLibrary.com, titled Eagles and Turkeys and Fly with Eagles While Living with Turkeys.

Dear reader, I hope my review of Turkeys & Eagles has sparked within you a desire to read it. I would like to close by asking you a couple of questions:

  1. Have you read Turkeys & Eagles and/or heard messages related to its general theme? 
  2. If so, how has this theme affected your life? If not, would you like to read Turkeys & Eagles now?

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Catch the Foxes

His Banner Over Me Is Pursuing Love - Excerpt 6

Christian, have you ever been stupefied over some of the thoughts that go through your mind? Even worse, have these thoughts caused you to feel condemned and wondering, “If I am a brand-new creation in Christ, how could I possibly think such things?” I know I have.

In today’s excerpt from my soon-to-be-published Bible study, His Banner Over Me Is Pursuing Love, we are going to discuss the daily battle going on in the believer’s mind and the battle plan Christ gives us in His Word so that we can walk in daily victory.

The verse we are going to focus on today is Song of Solomon 2:15:

“Catch the foxes for us,
The little foxes that are ruining the vineyards,
While our vineyards are in blossom.”


Catch the foxes for us

An entire library could be written on the importance of following our Beloved’s command to catch the foxes. These foxes are the lies being fed to our minds by our enemy, and it is our responsibility to “catch” them.

These foxes are the lies being fed to our minds by our enemy, and it is our responsibility to catch them.

A New Testament parallel to this verse is found in Paul’s second letter to the Corinthian church. In this epistle, he was responding to the accusations of false teachers who had infiltrated the church and were attacking his integrity and authority as an apostle. Rather than viewing this conflict as a battle against flesh and blood, Paul recognized that it was a spiritual battle and described it in the language of military warfare:

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5 NASB).

Please notice that Paul is not referring to walking by the flesh (in dependence on the flesh), but walking in the flesh in this passage. This means that we live in a physical realm experienced through our physical senses of sight, hearing, taste, touch, and smell. Paul is pointing out that the battle he is experiencing is one in which the real culprits are hidden from his natural radar. His battle is against the unseen spiritual fortresses of “speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God.”

Paul is pointing out that the battle he is experiencing is one in which the real culprits are hidden from his natural radar.

The Greek words used for speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God refer to thoughts that are hostile or antagonistic to Christ and His Word. These thoughts can rightfully be described as enemies of Christ because they oppose Him and His Word. And Paul instructs us to take every one of these enemy thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ.

Practically speaking, what does it mean for us to take these enemy thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ? First, the obvious must be stated. Soldiers capture their enemies, not their fellow soldiers. These enemy thoughts cannot originate within the new heart of a believer. I will say that again, just in case you didn’t catch it the first time. These enemy thoughts cannot originate within the new heart of a believer. They are introduced through sources outside the new heart. One of these sources is the flesh—the patterns stored in our physical brains that are rooted in deception and interfere with our dependence on Christ’s Spirit. Let’s take a look at a diagram of “The Flesh.”


Please notice that these patterns are not part of, but are outside our new man (our spiritual hearts). A commonly held misconception is that the thoughts of man are generated in the brain. Yet scripture describes them as being formed in the heart or spirit (Matt. 15:19; Mark 7:21; Luke 1:51; Heb. 4:12).

Our brain is a computer where information is received, processed, and stored. Information received from our environment through our physical senses of sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch will either reflect truth or lies, depending on its original source. Information that comes from our new hearts (the union of our new spirit with Christ’s Spirit) will always reflect truth. All truth ultimately finds its origin in Jesus (John 14:6). At the opposite end of the spectrum is Satan, the father of lies (John 8:44). The word father in Greek means “generator.” All lies are generated by our enemy.

Information, whether in the form of truth or lies, enters our brains as thoughts. These thoughts could be classified as godly (truth), neutral (factual truth), or ungodly (lies). The believer’s brain can receive ungodly thoughts from outside sources, but ungodly thoughts cannot be generated in his or her new heart. Further evidence of this can be found when we examine what it means to take ungodly, enemy thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ. Let’s look at Philippians 2:8 to find out what the “obedience of Christ” was:

“Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Phil. 2:8 NASB).
 The obedience of Christ was “death on a cross.” Let’s look at Romans 5:19 to see what the obedience of Christ accomplished:

“For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous” (Rom. 5:19).

Through Christ’s humble obedience in laying down His life on the cross, He caused all who would believe in Him to become the righteousness of God through their co-crucifixion and co-resurrection with Him (2 Cor. 5:21; Gal. 2:20; Rom. 6:6; 1 Pet. 1:3). Those who are “the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ” cannot generate unrighteous (ungodly) thoughts. They have “the mind of Christ,” which means they possess His thoughts, feelings, and purposes (1 Cor. 2:16 AMPC). To “take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,” then, means to judge the thoughts we experience in light of the truth of our righteous identity in Christ.

To “take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,” then, means ‘to judge the thoughts we experience in light of the truth of our righteous identity in Christ.’

If the thoughts we experience are ungodly, they didn’t come from our new hearts but from sources outside of it, which ultimately find their genesis in Satan. If they are godly, they either came from our new hearts (new spirits united with Christ’s Spirit) or godly outside sources, such as the Bible. If they are neutral, they came from factual outside sources.

When we first become aware of an ungodly thought, we must acknowledge that it did not originate with us but with Satan, the generator of all lies. Then, we need to take it captive by saying out loud, “That is not my thought! I refuse to own it, meditate on it, or act on it! I am the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ, and I have the thoughts, feelings, and purposes of His heart.”

We can enjoy many days of peace when we understand that the ungodly thoughts infiltrating our minds are foreign trash and we don’t have to accept them.

Dear reader, I hope you enjoyed today’s excerpt from my soon-to-be-published Bible study, His Banner Over Me Is Pursuing Love. I will be sharing more of Satan’s strategies in the battle going on in our minds in future posts, so please stay tuned.

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  1. Prior to reading this post, did you realize that not every thought you experience (hear in your mind) comes from you?
  2. Now that you have been made aware of how your enemy, Satan, can put thoughts in your mind, what is your battle plan? 

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