LET’S TALK ABOUT REWARDING ACHIEVEMENT……..


I’ve been thinking for some time about the ideology of the left-wing, progressive, ideologues and their philosophy of punishing the successful, redistribution of wealth, creating a class warfare environment, and building hatred for ALL corporations and EVERYONE who has been successful in their life. I began to think about a parable in the Bible that illustrates the fallacy of that philosophy on all levels and especially a spiritual one.

Let me quote the parable so you can follow my thinking:

Matthew 25:14-30 – “For it is just like a man about to go on a journey, who called his own slaves and entrusted his possessions to them. 15 “To one he gave five talents, to another, two, and to another, one, each according to his own ability; and he went on his journey. 16 “Immediately the one who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and gained five more talents. 17 “In the same manner the one who had received the two talents gained two more. 18 “But he who received the one talent went away, and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

19 “Now after a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. 20 “The one who had received the five talents came up and brought five more talents, saying, ‘Master, you entrusted five talents to me. See, I have gained five more talents.’ 21 “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’

22 “Also the one who had received the two talents came up and said, ‘Master, you entrusted two talents to me. See, I have gained two more talents.’ 23 “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’

24 “And the one also who had received the one talent came up and said, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow and gathering where you scattered no seed. 25 ‘And I was afraid, and went away and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.’

26 “But his master answered and said to him, ‘You wicked, lazy slave, you knew that I reap where I did not sow and gather where I scattered no seed. 27 ‘Then you ought to have put my money in the bank, and on my arrival I would have received my money back with interest. 28 ‘Therefore take away the talent from him, and give it to the one who has the ten talents.’

29 ” For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away. 30 “Throw out the worthless slave into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” NASU

If Jesus thought that success should receive punitive action from government, society, the church, and believers this parable would not have been given. In fact, it illustrates that He thought exactly the opposite. Through this parable we are able to illustrate this truth in every facet of life and should, yet it is so easy to “hate” or be “envious” of someone who has achieved a measure of success and “blame” everything except ourselves for our “failure” to do the same. I do not suggest that all playing fields of life are level, there is no mention in the Bible that God ever said it would be. Yet, we have untold accounts of people who dug themselves out of abject poverty to the penthouse through their ingenuity, work ethic, willingness to take risks, frugality, and many times through a rock solid faith in God. The believed before they could see and dreamed dreams that most thought impossible but they clung to them with everything in their hearts and were driven to achieve that lofty prize of success.

Not to laude any man, but I read that Steve Jobs said that “Can’t” wasn’t part of their vocabulary. He stated the Obama was a “Can’t do” President because every time Mr. Jobs and other business leaders would suggest a solution to the POTUS he would tell them, “We can’t do that for one reason or another.” He is visionless when it comes to an America of excellence but driven to fulfill the “Dreams from his father” in destroying capitalism, implementing global anti-colonialism, and creating a world society where EVERYONE is “completely” dependent upon government for their livelihood. I’ve been called so many names because I don’t support him that are both untrue and unfounded that I’ve stopped counting and stopped letting it have any impact upon me and my pursuit of informing people of the danger he poses for not only America but the world and the church.

Look at the parable for just a moment:

Let’s set the scene and filter it through my premise that God wants to reward success and achievement rather than punish it. The man (corporation or individual) distributed “talents” to three people and made them aware that they would be held accountable for what they did with those talents. One was given five (5), another two (2), and the last one (1). The one with five (5) became incredibly industrious and doubled his. He could have lost all five (5) and would have had to account for his failure but he took the risk and achieved success. Likewise the one with two (2) talents did the same. He began with less but he still forged ahead taking the risk and doubled his. The person with one (1) sat on his holdings unwilling to take a risk or make any attempt to achieve a measure of success. His mentality was “status quo”.

Notice what happens when the master returns and does his accounting of what each of the three had done with that which he had entrusted them. To the one with five (5) who had doubled his holdings he was rewarded with more responsibility, more opportunity, and yes more wealth. Likewise the one with two (2) also received compensation, reward, and was given recognition. But, to the one that took no risk and could only offer back to his master the talent he had received with no further achievement, not even interest on the talent, he received chastisement from his master. The master called him a “wicked and lazy person.” Not just lazy but he classified this type of action and thinking as “wickedness”. Therefore, the master took his talent and rewarded the one with ten (10) with that talent also. Then he makes a most compelling statement: “For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will have abundance; but from the one who does not have (because of his negligence), even what he has shall be taken away.” [Emphasis mine] He then has him thrown out as one would refuse. Does that sound like Jesus is suggesting taking from those who achieve to give to those who do not, or have a mind-set that they should share in the wealth of the successful without having earned it, worked for it, or contributed to it? HARDLY – He suggested no such rewards program.

To say that the “rich” do not pay their fair share is ludicrous on so many levels that I won’t even take time to address them. We have a country were over 47% of the populace pays ZERO TAXES and possibly over 50% receive some kind of welfare or subsistence from the government paid for by those of us who actually produce and pay taxes. The rich pay most of the taxes. The “so-called” middle class carries a heavy burden to support those who produce nothing and many of which have willingly accepted their state as an acceptable if not desirable lifestyle. That’s why I’ve said before and say again with the apostle Paul:

2 Thessalonians 3:10-13 – “For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either. 11 For we hear that some among you are leading an undisciplined life, doing no work at all, but acting like busybodies. 12 Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to work in quiet fashion and eat their own bread. 13 But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary of doing good.” NASU

Charity and compassion have always been a part of Christianity and should always be. Helping those who either cannot help themselves or temporarily are unable to provide for their own is an endeavor that I have long been involved in and will always be and support. But, for those who “choose” to sit on their backsides and take from those who produce and think it is somehow their right, my compassion wanes dramatically and from what I read in Scripture, so does the Lord’s. Jesus clearly told us that we would never see a poverty-less society prior to His Eternal Rule. Likewise, the Bible set some specific guidelines for giving aid to those in need.

Deuteronomy 15:7-8 – “If there is a poor man with you, one of your brothers, in any of your towns in your land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart, nor close your hand from your poor brother; 8 but you shall freely open your hand to him, and shall generously lend him sufficient for his need in whatever he lacks.”
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Luke 3:11 – “…The man who has two tunics is to share with him who has none; and he who has food is to do likewise.” NASU

Proverbs 22:9 – “He who is generous will be blessed, For he gives some of his food to the poor.” NASU

Proverbs 19:17 – “One who is gracious to a poor man lends to the LORD, And He will repay him for his good deed.” NASU

James 1:27 – “Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.”
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1 Timothy 5:3-8 – “Honor widows who are widows indeed; 4 but if any widow has children or grandchildren, they must first learn to practice piety in regard to their own family and to make some return to their parents; for this is acceptable in the sight of God. 5 Now she who is a widow indeed and who has been left alone, has fixed her hope on God and continues in entreaties and prayers night and day. 6 But she who gives herself to wanton pleasure is dead even while she lives. 7 Prescribe these things as well, so that they may be above reproach. 8 But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” NASU

So, taking care of the truly needy is the responsibility of the church, the local community, and the families of those in need not the Federal government. It should be done through “Christian Charity” or just plain compassion upon our fellow-man. But, to push the majority toward being totally dependent on the government for their existence is foreign to everything that I understand from scripture, foreign to what I find in the writings and documentation of the Founding Fathers of this country, and foreign to reason. If we would stop punishing the successful, they would continue to venture into new spheres and thereby create opportunity for EVERYONE, at a minimum, the ability to provide for their own. I’ve been jobless and penniless not knowing where my next meal was coming from. I’ve had to live with family members because I could not afford housing but I NEVER adopted it as a permanent state and never lost my dream, drive, and vision to, through the help of God, attain independence and ablity to give to those less fortunate than myself. That being said, when someone “expects” a handout and believes it is their right to receive it without any work whatsoever, I find that most reprehensible. That reminds me of a situation my dad shared years ago.

He and my mother had been fishing and caught several fish. They were bringing them home to clean and eat but he was moved to give them to a neighbor who was a single woman with children that were in their teens. He stopped and asked if she would like to have the fish for her family. She then asked, “Are they cleaned?” He was shocked and even angered at that statement and said, “No they are not, do you want them or not?” She didn’t because it meant that she or her teenage children would have to dress the fish and prepare them for cooking. Dad always reached out to the needy but he found laziness intolerable in us (his children) or anyone else. I believe that is the basis of Paul’s statement in Thessalonians and Jesus’ representation in the parable I used as a springboard to say what I have said.

AMERICA we have to return to our roots and stop the insanity of creating a dependent society. Our dependence must be on God and our ability and/or willingness to produce rather than receive a handout from the government. Therefore, as for me and my house when November 2012 rolls around we will vote to remove from office every candidate that we have opportunity to vote for that supports the “welfare state”, “redistribution”, “progressive”, “socialist”, “class warfare” ideology and cast our ballots for those who support RESTORING THIS GREAT LAND TO WHAT IT WAS ESTABLISHED TO BE! As stated many times before, my commitment is to prayer for this nation, to work to see her restored, and staying energized and engaged in informing people as to what the real issues are and where we need to go as a nation and a people. You follow your heart and conscience. May God bless you and may God bless America!

LEST WE FORGET THEIR COURAGE……


I’ve been thinking about the conditions of our country and world and the upcoming elections. I’ve been thinking about my grandchildren and their fate if America is not restored to what the Founding Fathers established and brought forth. I’ve been thinking about the conditions of the world if the present course continues unchecked, and it disturbs me to the core of my being. I know the biblical passages regarding the “End Times” and fully believe that we are living in the LAST DAYS! However, I do not find anything in scripture that suggests to me that we are to passively sit back and watch it happen and say, “Whatever will be, will be.” NO! Instead I find example after example in scripture of God calling mortal man to have “courage” and “do the right thing.” This was often in the face of incredible odds, obstacles that seemed insurmountable, and often without the full support of the masses. Yet, He called upon them to “stand up” and “step up” to the task at hand and each time gave them a promise that HE WOULD BE WITH THEM. I believe that is what our Founding Fathers felt when they gathered to determine the course of action that would take the colonies into war with a far superior power and birth a New Nation Under God With Liberty and Justice For All!

For biblical reference let me call you attention to what Moses and then what God said to Joshua as Moses was departing the scene and the mantle and mandate to take Israel into the Promised Land fell upon Joshua. I find God’s expansion and emphasis very interesting. Moses said:

Deuteronomy 31:6 – “Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.” NASU

Then God expanded it by saying:

Joshua 1:5-7 – “…Just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you. 6 ” Be strong and courageous, for you shall give this people possession of the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. 7 “Only are strong and very courageous…” NASU

Did you catch the subtle difference in each statement? Moses said be strong and courageous. God said be strong and very courageous. When I read things like this or hear the Lord speaking things to me that calls for courage or identifies opposition I often ask, “Lord what are you not telling me?” Here, Joshua had to totally depend upon the promise that God would be with him. God didn’t tell him all he would face. He didn’t identify all the hardships. He didn’t detail the problems that would be faced. He simply said this is your task and it takes a lot of courage and determination.

I believe that on July 2, 1776 when the Continental Congress voted 12-0, with New York abstaining, in favor of Richard Henry Lee’s resolution “that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States.” Then on July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence drafted largely by Thomas Jefferson and heavily edited by Congress and adopted without dissent. On July 8, 1776, the Declaration was publicly proclaimed in Philadelphia. On July 15, 1776, the Congress learned that the New York Legislature had decided to endorse the Declaration and on August 2, 1776, a parchment copy was presented to Congress for signature. <strong>Most of the 56 men who signed the document did so that day. That was a day that changed their lives and ultimately changed the world, and I believe with the blessing of God on the side of the colonist.

Courage – – Too often we give little thought to what it meant to actually put you name on a document such as this. Under British Law it was an act of treason with the punishment being death. To publicly accuse King George III of “repeated injuries and usurpations,” and to announce that Americans were therefore “absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown,” was a move that required more than a little courage and forethought. These men knew that by putting their names to this document it could well mean the end of their earthly lives and brought their families into great jeopardy, yet they had the intestinal fortitude and faith to do that very thing – BECAUSE IT WAS RIGHT! They were risking everything and knew it. That is the clear meaning of the Declaration’s last sentence:

“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm Reliance on the Protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”

History has many different versions of what happened to each of them, some things we know for certain and some is legend but regardless they were willing to “stand up” and “step up” at a time when their country needed them and put it all on the line for the cause of RIGHT! I believe that is where we are today. I believe that the need of the nation and the call of our God is to “stand up” and “step up” and put everything on the line to save America. Our resistance will not prevent God from accomplishing His purposes and will not stop the spread of evil in the world but it can buy some time for the Gospel message to enjoy further propagation, give our children and grandchildren hope for a future, and bring some order back to the world in what I perceive as a battle with radical Islam that they declared and we must not sit back in passivity or our existence is over. I personally do not want to stand before God and have Him ask me “Why?” Why I didn’t do what I could to save this nation. Why I didn’t do what I could to maintain a Christian base for world evangelism. Why I didn’t answer the call to courage. You can disagree with me and that’s fine, but that is my conviction and belief that we are, this day, being called to PUT EVERYTHING ON THE LINE for the cause of RIGHT and the KINGDOM in trying to save America from the demonic powers that are operating now in this world and are heavily influencing the decisions coming out of the Whitehouse and Washington.

My only question today is: “What will you do?” I have not seen the perfect candidate, but I have seen the drive and desire of multitudes of normal, average, everyday Americans through organizations such as the “Tea Party” and other groups that want to and are willing to stand in the gap and make up the hedge to save our beloved nation. I’ve talked to hundreds of people, some who supported this President, that have concluded that the course we are on is a course to the end of America as founded and as we have known it. Some continue in their ideological or racial biases and blindly follow the pied-piper waiting for their next hand-out and expecting the few to provide for the masses. It’s time for the masses to stand with the few and take back this nation. It can happen if:

1. We return to God with repentant hearts and cry out to Him.
2. Actively become involved in the political process not only voting but encouraging other to register and vote.
3. Make whatever sacrifices needed to support the candidate chosen to oppose the present occupant of the Whitehouse and his radical ideological agenda.

I believe deeply in my heart that God has issued the call to “courage” and the ball is now in our court. Many of you are currently involved, engaged, and active but some are sitting like the proverbial ostrich with your heads in the sand. If you are truly a patriot who loves this nation and wants it to remain a Free and Christian Nation then you must get your head out of the sand and become involved. It is a choice that only you can make. If the current present President wins America a Memory! If you are comfortable with that do nothing. If that alarms you then answer the call to “courage” and “stand up” and “step up” and link arms with those of us who feel as Patrick Henry – “Give me liberty or give me death.” I cannot make it any stronger than that. I have made my choice and hope that you have or will also. AMERICA needs you more than ever!

God bless America and God bless you!

THE QUESTION OF THE BIBLE AND POLITICS:


Overall the Bible has little to say regarding politics per se but an enormous amount to say about doing what is right, speaking what is right, and taking positive action to bring about right and expose evil.

While the Bible does admonish us to submit to governing authority (Romans 13:1, 3-4, 6; 1 Peter 2:13-14) and when the Pharisees tried to trick Jesus and cast Him in an anarchist light (Luke 20:20-25) by asking if people should pay taxes to Caesar He astutely addressed that by saying, “Render to Caesar that which is Caesar’s and unto God that which is God’s.” In (John 18:36) He addressed His overriding message and thought by telling those listening that His kingdom was not of this world, if it had been his servants would have taken up arms and fought.

Yet, the Bible is equally clear that there are times when one MUST disobey this world’s authority or government and not only take action, but speak out in protest:
(Acts 4:19) – Peter addressed his oppressors and accusers by saying, “You yourselves judge which is right in God’s sight, to obey you or obey God.” He confirmed that in (Acts 5:28) saying: “We must obey God rather than men!”

(James 4:17) – instructs that “the one that knows to do right and does not do it, to him it is sin.” I would contend that when we see governmental action, policies, principles, and ideologies that are anti-Christian, anti-moral, and embrace things that God calls abominable and we fail to speak out we are committing sin by “omission” if not “commission.”

(Acts 20:28-31) – – Ministers have a God-given charge to give oversight and protection for their flocks. If they see the wolf coming to ravage the flock they must do whatever is in their power to defend that flock. That speaks to every level of life, spiritual, physical, moral, and does not omit the political. It is my strong conviction that we must speak out against things that go against the basic foundational principles of the Bible regardless if those are in the political, secular, or religious arenas. It is at that time the Ministers and Churches MUST SPEAK OUT.

(Matthew 10:28-29) – – Brings the issue to the forefront our attitudes regarding standing for right and truth always. Jesus said: “Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”

In the Old Testament we find numerous examples of men of God speaking out against and even to civil authority in opposition and using their influence to direct the people:

1. Moses challenged Pharaoh over the enslavement of Israel and his misguided politics.
2. Elijah challenged Ahab the King and even called him the “troubler of Israel” (1 Kings 18:17). He preached against Jezebel and her false prophets. He preached against the practices of Ahab.
3. (Judges 7:20) – Gideon took action against the authority of his day that was leading away from the principles of God and from here we get the phrase: “The sword of the Lord and of Gideon” as a rallying cry.

There are many others.

In Colonial America there were ministers who publicly preached and acted to inform and influence people in the “rebellion” against the Crown of England and encourage the American Revolution:

Although the American Revolution was not fought over religious matters per se (except for the principle of insuring religious freedom), religion played a major role in the process.

EXAMPLE:

When understood in its own times, the American Revolution was first and foremost a religious event. This is especially true in New England, where the first blood was shed.
By 1775 the ranks of Harvard and Yale-educated clergymen swelled to over 600 ministers, distributed throughout every town and village in New England. Clergymen surveyed the events swirling around them; by 1775 liberals and evangelicals, Congregationalists and Presbyterians, men and women—all saw in British actions grounds for armed resistance. In fact, not only was it right for colonists to resist British “tyranny,” it would actually be sinful not to pick up guns. How did they come to this conclusion?

They fastened on two arguments.

First, they focused on Parliament’s 1766 Declaratory Act, which stated that Parliament had sovereignty over the colonies “in all cases whatsoever.” For clergymen this phrase took on the air of blasphemy. These were fighting words not only because they violated principles of representative government but even more because they violated the logic of sola Scriptura (“Scripture alone”) and God’s exclusive claim to sovereignty “in all cases whatsoever.”

From the first colonial settlements, Americans—especially New England Americans—were accustomed to constraining all power and granting absolute authority to no mere human being.
For Reformed colonists, these ideas were interwoven into their historic, covenant theology. At stake was preservation of their identity as a covenant people. Not only did Parliament’s claims represent tyranny, they also represented idolatry. For colonists to honor those claims would be tantamount to forsaking God and abdicating their national covenant pledge to “have no other gods” before them.
In a classic sermon on the subject of resistance entitled A Discourse Concerning Unlimited Submission, Boston’s Jonathan Mayhew, a liberal (he favored Unitarianism), took as his text Romans 13:1-6, in which Paul enjoins Christians “be subject unto the higher powers.” The day he picked for this sermon was portentous—it came on the anniversary of Charles I’s execution, when Anglican ministers routinely abhorred the Puritan revolution, and Puritans routinely kept silent. Mayhew would not keep silent. For centuries, rulers had used this text to discourage resistance and riot. But circumstances had changed, and in the chilling climate of impending Anglo-American conflict, Mayhew asked if there were any limits to this law? He concluded that the law is binding only insofar as government honors its “moral and religious” obligations. When government fails to honor that obligation, or contract, then the duty of submission is likewise nullified. Submission, in other words, is not unlimited. Rulers, he said, “have no authority from God to do mischief. … It is blasphemy to call tyrants and oppressors God’s ministers.” Far from being sinful, resistance to corrupt ministers and tyrannical rulers is a divine imperative. The greater sin lies in passively sacrificing the covenant for tyranny, that is, in failing to resist.

Second – Who determines whether government is “moral and religious”? In the Revolutionary era, the answer was simple: the individual. There were no established institutions that would support violent revolution. Ultimate justification resided in the will of a people acting self-consciously as united individuals joined in a common cause. Where a government was found deficient in moral and spiritual terms, the individual conscience was free to resist. http://www.christianitytoday.com/holidays/fourthofjuly/features/50h010.html

1. Clergy in the Revolutionary period reminded the parishioners people were not only fighting against, tyranny which they saw as involving idolatry, but they were also fighting for freedom to worship as the dictates of their hearts declared and for the moral rights of individual people.
2. Freedom & Liberty – – were both political and religious terms and the clergy of that era believed that to lose those politically was also to lose them spiritually and something they had a moral obligation to speak against in obedience to the principles of the Bible to “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness…” (Matthew 6:33)
3. Ministers like George Whitefield, Jonathan Edwards, Cotton Mather, Samuel Sherwood and scores of others preached and wrote politically as well as spiritually in their desire to see “Freedom & Liberty” preserved and gained. Sherwood’s sermon in 1776 – “The Church’s Flight Into The Wilderness” concluded that American Christians were the “church in the wilderness” and had to stand against oppression of all godliness, principles that were morally wrong and challenged “Freedom & Liberty” and declared that the Monarchy of England was not only an oppressor and it was the church and believer’s right and responsibility to stand in open opposition.
4. Thomas Paine wrote almost sermonic pamphlets decrying the King of England and stated that the British government as “a form of government which so impiously invades the prerogative of heaven.”
5. William Emerson (grandfather of Ralph Waldo Emerson) a 32-year-old minister declared the American struggle as the greatest event in modern history and preached a sermon based on (2 Chronicles 13:12) urging people to prepare to resist using the words of this passage, “And behold, God Himself is with us as our captain…. O children of Israel, fight ye not against the Lord God of your fathers, for ye shall not prosper.” He told his congregation that they would be called on for “real service” and encouraged them to not only prepare but be involved in the resistance to the civil authority of the British Crown.

In our more modern times men such as Martin Luther King, Jr. certainly used the pulpit to speak out politically for “civil rights”. It is amazing how many times a church or minister who holds a left-wing view is able with impunity to speak out politically and nothing be said or done by the government but if someone on the right speaks out, their status is in danger of legal opposition.. In fact this current President’s pastor of more than 20 years spoke politically for years, as has Lewis Farrakhan, Jesse Jackson and many others. Pat Robertson and men on the right are summarily vilified for speaking out but those on the left have been able to do so with no threat and at times the blessing of the government.

The question becomes: Are we to stand for what is right, moral, ethical, biblical, and godly no matter what it costs us or are we to bury our heads in the sand and adopt the stance that “whatever will be will be” and absolve ourselves from the moral responsibility to “stand for God” and “right”. I not only believe that history concludes that we must STAND but so does the Word of God. There will come a time, in our lifetime, when we must choose to STAND FOR RIGHT or become subservient to the tyranny of the Left-wing radical, progressive, socialist, Marxist dictatorial government that being forced upon us. We stand at a cross-roads both “spiritually” and “politically” and we must PRAY as never before, COMMIT as never before, LABOR as never before, and determine the level of sacrifice we will make for “Freedom & Liberty”. The decision is yours and yours alone. I cannot make it for you, but I have made it for myself. May God bless you and may God bless America!