1. Pray (verse 9a)
2. Pray for fullness (verse 9b)
3. Pray for a pleasing walk (verses 10-12)
A few weeks ago, I received a card in the mail. The card was addressed to
me, from the Master’s Seminary, which is where I attended seminary. The card was
obviously home-made by somebody. The outside of the card had an attractive design with
a leaf and several different contours, with three simple words: "Praying For You." On
the inside, Ephesians 6:18 was printed, "With all prayer and petition pray at all times
in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and
petition for all the saints." On the inside, there was a hand-written message that
said, "Steven, During ASB prayer the morning, we prayed for you! May God’s grace
be your encouragement -- today and always." And then, it was signed by 15 men, some of
these names I can’t read very well. Felix Ballon, Frans Alberts, Mark Haston,
Paul Straw, Bill Haney, Scott Basuro, Dan (?), Brent Whitman, Joey Newton, Matt
Voltoen, (?), (?), Andy Woodfense, Ray Mohron, Brian Pugh (?). I suspect that these men
are all students at the seminary, studying for the ministry. I don’t know these
men. Since they address the letter to "Steven," it is apparent that they don’t
know me. I’m not quite sure the context of this ASB prayer meeting. I suspect
that it is something to do with the student body gathering for prayer. But, I
don’t know whether or not this prayer was offered up during a gathering of the
entire student body or whether it was during a special prayer meeting with the leaders
of the student body. I don’t even know what they prayed for me. But, here is one
thing that I do know: This card was a great encouragement to me. It arrived at a
particularly difficult time for me. It lifted my spirits to know that others, whom I
had never met had prayed for me. I believe that a similar effect was made upon the
believers in Colossae, when Paul told them that he was praying for them.
Our text this morning will focus upon verses 9-12. Paul writes,
For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.
What is striking to me is that Paul had never met these believers
in Colossae. The only thing that he knew about these people was what he heard from
Epaphras. And yet, he prayed for them. In so doing, he gave us a model of how to pray
for those people whom we have never met. Are there believers whom you have never met,
but have heard a request to pray for them? Perhaps you have prayed for Christians in
foreign lands who you have never met. What do you pray for
these people? When those men at the Master’s Seminary
prayed for me, they must have prayed something for me. Our text this morning gives us
great guidance for how we should pray for fellow believers in Christ, especially for
those whom we have never met personally before.
My first point this morning is that you should
This is a very simple point. We simply need to pray. When you hear of
other believers, pray for them. If you hear that they just came to faith, pray for them
(1:4). If you hear that they are growing in their faith, pray for them (1:6). If you
hear that they are filled with love, pray for them (1:4, 8). If you hear that they are
being led astray, pray for them (2:4). If you hear that they are being condemned by
others, pray for them (2:16). If you hear that they are struggling with sin, pray for
them (3:5-11). If you hear that they need instruction, pray for them
This is what Paul did. Look at verse 9, "For this reason also, since the
day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you" (verse 9a). Last week, we saw how
Paul had heard of their faith from Epaphras (1:7), and responded by giving thanks to
the Lord in his prayers. We see the exact same thing here. Paul heard of the situation
in Colossae. From that day, he began to pray for them. His prayers hadn’t
stopped. They continued every day, all the time. He said, "We have not ceased to pray
for you" (verse 9a). Continual prayer was Paul’s practice. He was a spiritual man
who constantly prayed for other believers. To those in Corinth, he wrote, "I thank my
God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus" (1
Cor. 1:4). To the Philippians, he wrote, "I thank my God in all my remembrance of you,
always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all" (Phil. 1:3-4). To those
in Thessalonica, he wrote, "We give thanks to God always for all of you, making mention
of you in our prayers" (1 Thess. 1:2). To Philemon, he wrote, "I thank my God always,
making mention of you in my prayers" (Philemon 4). This is our example. We are called
to pray always.
In this card that I received from the Master’s Seminary, the verse
at the bottom of the card reads, "With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the
Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for
all the saints" (Eph. 6:18). In 1 Thessalonians 5:17, we are told to "pray without
ceasing." Now, obviously, this doesn’t mean that we are on our knees all day
every day. It doesn’t mean that our every thought is only prayer. But, it does
mean that our lives are to be lived with the consciousness of God being ever before
Nehemiah, the king’s cupbearer, was a great example of this sort of
prayer. When he heard about the devastation of Jerusalem and the current state of the
city, he was saddened (Neh. 1:3-4). One day, he came into the presence of the king with
a sad countenance. The king noticed it and asked him, "Why is your face sad though you
are not sick? This is nothing but sadness of heart" (Neh. 2:2). In fear, Nehemiah
responded, "Let the king live forever. Why should my face not be sad when the city, the
place of my fathers’ tombs, lies desolate and its gates have been consumed by
fire?" (Neh. 2:3). The king then asked him, "What would you request?" (Neh. 2:4).
Nehemiah records for us that he "prayed to the God of heaven" and then asked the king
if he could take leave from his job and return to Jerusalem to rebuild the city (Neh.
2:5). Here was Nehemiah, in conversation with the king, offering up a quick prayer in
the midst of conversation. The prayer was short enough to last for the duration of a
pause during conversation. It’s not too difficult to imagine the prayer that he
offered up to God during this pause. It must have been something like the following:
"God, help me now!" "God, give kindness and boldness!" "God, soften the king’s
heart!" "God, grant my request!" or "Lord, It's for Your glory! It's your city!" This
is the idea of how we are to live as followers of Christ. Our minds ought always to be
in tune with the directions of God. We ought to be offering up prayers like this on
But, this isn’t fully what Paul was talking about in verse 9 (of
Colossians 1). He wasn’t merely talking about praying to God constantly for your
own personal need. Look closely. He said, "since the day we heard, we have not ceased
to pray for you" (verse 9). It’s not merely that Paul
didn’t cease to pray. But, he didn’t cease to pray for those in Colossae.
In verse 3, he said that he prayed "always" for the Colossian believers. What an
example this is to all of us. We are to live our lives in constant intercession for
As I reflected upon the state of my constant, throughout-the-day prayers
to God, I’m encouraged that I live in close communion with Him. Certainly, I have
much room to grow in this area. But, I know what it is like to be in constant prayer to
God, asking for wisdom as I walk through my day. I know what it is to find myself in a
difficult situation and pray, almost subconsciously, for strength to make it through. I
know how to go about my day with the thoughts of God on my heart, lifting up praise to
Him. But, as I thought about verse 9, I was convicted this week of how few of my daily,
constant prayers are for other people. My life is easily self-consumed with my own
problems that I have rather than praying to God on behalf of others.
And yet, here was Paul, praying for believers whom he had never met. He
had heard that they had come to the faith, so he prayed for them (1:4). They were
growing in their faith, so he prayed for them (1:6). They were filled with love, so he
prayed for them (1:4, 8). They were being led astray, so he prayed for them (2:4). They
were being condemned by others, so he prayed for them (2:16). They were struggling with
sin, so he prayed for them (3:5-11). They needed instruction, so he prayed for them
(3:12-14). And so, I ask you, "How much of your day is filled with constant
intercession to God on behalf of others?"
In a few moments, we are going to look further at some of the things that
you ought to pray for others. But, most of all, I believe that our battle is right here
with the need to simply pray. It’s not "what we pray" that needs help. It’s
getting to the point where we pray that needs help. Much of it has to do with getting
out of our self-centered world in which we are the kings. If you ever want to pray like
Paul, with a constant intercession for others, you need to get your mind off of
yourself and onto others. Plain and simple. But once you have undertaken the privilege
of prayer, what should you pray for? That's the focus of my second point this morning,
When you pray for others, ...
Look again at verse 9, "... we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask
that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and
understanding." The idea here is that they would be full of (1) knowledge, (2) wisdom,
and (3) understanding. The prayer here is for their mind and heart to fully grasp what
it means to be a follower of Christ. These Colossian believers had come to faith
through the message of the gospel that Epaphras had preached to them (Col. 1:6-7).
Their lives proved to be fruitful (Col. 1:6). But, Paul knew the reality of the
difficulties that the Colossian believers would face in their following Christ. He knew
that they would be confronted by the culture of the day that would attempt to persuade
them away from their faith (Col. 2:4). He knew that other teachings would try to wedge
their way into their minds (Col. 2:8). He knew that there would be temptations to fall
into placing trust in traditions (Col. 2:8), rituals (2:16), self-discipline (2:18),
spiritual experience (2:18), or legalistic laws and regulations (2:21). These things
could easily pull them away from their faith. And so Paul prayed that they would fully
understand the truth they believed.
In verse 9, Paul used three terms: (1) knowledge, (2) wisdom, and (3)
understanding. It’s difficult to fully grasp the difference between these
different terms. To be honest, I’m not sure that Paul had any great difference in
mind between these terms. They all describe a cognitive understanding of spiritual
realities. If we were to make distinctions between these terms, we might point out that
the "knowledge of His will" focuses upon an applicational knowledge of how to conduct
your life. We could point out that "spiritual wisdom" focuses upon knowledge that works
itself out in the daily choices of life. And we could say that "spiritual
understanding" focuses upon discerning the truth from error so that your life would be
based upon truth, not error. But, I think the important thing is that each of these
terms expresses the same idea of understanding the truth in Christ and its implications
for your life.
Paul wanted them to stand firm in their faith, not simply because they
had heard some teaching from Epaphras, but because they fully understood it for
themselves. Notice that his prayer here isn’t so much that they would come to
some special understanding as if what they already knew wasn't sufficient. Rather, his
prayer is that their understanding would blossom and fill up. He prayed that they would
be "filled" with these things. The Christian life is like a journey toward the cross on
Calvary. When people first come to faith in Christ, it’s as if they see the cross
from afar. Their faith is genuine. Their faith is real. Their faith is saving. But,
being so far away, they can’t quite discern all of the details about it. As they
continue to live their lives, as they continue to think about the cross of Christ, they
find themselves walking closer and closer to the cross. Where once it was merely an
object in the distance, placed upon a hill, it soon begins to take on more clarity. The
color of the wooden beams come into focus. The shape of the beams begins to be
discerned. How the wooden beams were connected to each other is understood. As you get
closer, you can see how high above Calvary the cross was stationed. You can look back
and see the scenery that Jesus witnessed as He died. You can read the sign above the
cross. As you come closer still, you can look into the hole where the cross was placed.
You can see the stakes that held Jesus upon the cross. You can see the blood that
splattered upon the cross. As you look at the cross, you are amazed at the size of the
cross. You never realized that it was so big! When you first came to faith, the cross
was important, but now you understand how important it is! As you walk around the cross
and view it from the back, you can see how the people mocked Him as He was dying. You
can see how God viewed the cross. It was the most horrible thing that could be done to
His Son. But, it was the most wonderful thing that could be done for us! You can see
how great was the sacrifice.
This is what Paul was praying for. He was praying for those in
Colossae to fully grasp the spiritual realities of the faith that had saved them.
It’s not that they needed some extra special knowledge and understanding.
It’s that they needed to fully grasp what they had already believed. His prayer
was the same as his admonition in chapter 2, verse 6-7, ... "Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been
firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you
were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude."
He told them to continue to walk in the same path that you began to walk
down. In chapter 1, verse 9, Paul was praying that they would fully grasp the meaning
of their faith in Christ. It’s not a special knowledge that they need. As we see
in Paul's letter, that was part of the heresy that came along, seeking to entice the
people with "special knowledge." Rather, it is a full knowledge of what they have
already believed that they need to grasp. This was the greatest need that those in
Colossae had. It is our greatest need as well. Now let me ask you, when you pray for
others, what do you pray for? Typical prayer requests are often of these
These are all good prayer requests. And we ought to pray for such things.
I don’t want to discourage you from praying for any these things. But, may I
suggest that such things are of secondary importance. Now, secondary importance is
still important, especially if you are the one in the hospital! Or if you are the one
losing your job! But, of primary importance in our lives is that we would grow in our
spiritual lives. Or, to use Paul’s language, "that you may be filled with the
knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding" (Col. 1:9). It is as
we are filled with spiritual wisdom and understanding that we will respond correctly to
some of these difficulties we may face. So, when others come to mind, I would suggest
that you get in the habit to pray this type of prayer. How great would this be if we
all would continually pray this prayer for one another, as Paul did for those in
Colossae? Could you imagine what sort of place Rock Valley Bible Church would be if we
all did this? I believe God would bless the church tremendously!
3. Pray for a pleasing walk
This comes in verses 10-12. Paul writes, ...
"so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in
all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;
strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all
steadfastness and patience; joyously giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us
to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light." (Col 1:10-12)
The prayer in verse 9 for knowledge and understanding and wisdom
wasn’t at all a prayer for a knowledge-only Christianity. It was all for a
purpose. It’s purpose is for application. That’s the thrust of verse 10.
Paul prayed that they might know these things. He prayed "so
that you would walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all
respects" (verse 10). The pattern of this prayer is the pattern of our lives. It's a
pattern of knowledge and then action. To love God, you first need to know God. To serve
God, you first need to know His ways. To obey God, you first need to know His commands.
You may remember from Exodus 20, "I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the
land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall not have any gods before me" (Ex.
20:2-3). This is why so many of the New Testament epistles begin with a theological
foundation. All application must first come from a proper theological understanding.
And theology is meant to be practical. But, to stop at knowledge only is hated by God.
It short-circuits the entire process of why he instructs us in the first place. When
Jesus walked upon the earth, His greatest condemnation came upon those who knew the
most about God, but didn’t follow up their knowledge with action. Such people are
Jesus said, "The scribes and the Pharisees have seated themselves in the
chair of Moses; therefore all that they tell you, do and observe, but do not do
according to their deeds; for they say things and do not do them" (Matt. 23:2-3). Jesus
also said, "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill
and cummin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy
and faithfulness" (Matt. 23:23). And he said, "You blind guides, who strain out a gnat
and swallow a camel!" (Matt. 23:24).
When people know much and don’t obey, the Lord will not look
favorably upon them. James said, "Faith without works is dead" (James 2:26). Dead faith
is a faith that only exists in the mind. It has failed to travel the 12 inches down to
the heart. It has failed to connect to the neurons of the feet to do anything. Again,
you need to hear it. Your works and your actions will never justify you. But, should
you have faith, then there will be works and actions that are present and identifiable
in your life. God has saved us by grace through faith (Eph. 2:8-9), so that we cannot
boast in anything that we have done. But, God has made us His workmanship, that we
might walk in the good works that He has prepared for us to do (Eph. 2:10). Believers
in Christ don’t obey to earn anything. They obey because it is the fitting thing
And this is why Paul prays as he does. Look again at verse 10, "so that
you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects." The idea
here is like a weight balance. On one side of the balance you have the fact that God
saved us. On the other side you have the fact that our lives ought to reflect His
saving of our souls.
Think about the blessings that have come upon those who believe in Christ. We were once dead in our sins and on our way to suffer eternally. But Christ, through the shear mercy of His grace, came into time. He lived a perfect life for us. He died a sin-bearing death so that through faith we might be forgiven of our sins and receive more than mere forgiveness of sins. We actually inherit the kingdom of God. We are fellow heirs with Christ (Rom. 8:17). It is unbelievable what we will receive in glory. Any suffering and any pain and any hardship that you will endure as a believer in Christ is not worthy to be compared to the glory that will be revealed to us (Rom. 8:18). This is exactly the situation which Paul describes in verses 12-14. Paul tells us that the Father, "has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light. For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. "
How is it that we ought to respond to such kindness from God? Ought we
not to live in a manner consistent with His kindness to us? Ought we not to express our
thankfulness to Him? Ought we not to treat Him with the utmost kindness and respect?
Ought we not to do anything that He requests of us? Of course! Such was the prayer
request of Paul: "so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him
in all respects"(Col 1:10).
When such things don’t take place, we know how strange it is. We
can easily detect it.. One day when Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem, He encountered
10 lepers, who raised their voices together saying, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!"
(Luke 17:13). Jesus said, "Go and show yourselves to the priests" (Luke 17:14). "As
they were going, they were cleansed" (Luke 17:14). When one of them "saw that he had
been healed, [he] turned back, glorifying God with a loud voice, and he fell on his
face at [the] feet [of Jesus], giving thanks to Him" (Luke 17:15-16). Jesus, aware of
the incongruity, said, "Were there not ten cleansed? But the nine--where are they?"
Jesus once told a parable of a man who was forgiven a debt that was
absolutely impossible for him to ever repay, simply because he pleaded for mercy. And
yet, this forgiven man went out and refused to show forth similar mercy to one who owed
him a much smaller debt The absurdity of this man’s actions is clear for all to
see. Jesus said that the man who refused to show mercy would be handed over to the
torturers until he repay the impossible debt. This is how it is with the followers of
Christ. Because God has done so much for us, there are certain ways that are
appropriate for us to respond. We ought to walk worthy of the Lord (1:10). We ought to
seek to please Him in every respect (1:10).
Paul then gives four ways in which a life of willing obedience that
pleases the Lord will manifest itself. It will be ...
1. Bearing fruit in every good work (verse
This simply means that the believers in Christ are to demonstrate fruit of their repentance. This fruit can take all different shapes and forms and sizes. It might be as simple as offering up genuine worship to God, as the leper did (Luke 17:15-16). The writer to the Hebrews speaks about the fruit of our lips that gives thanks to God (Heb. 13:15). It might be in forgiving others with the same type of forgiveness that you have experienced from the Lord (Col. 3:13). It might be in your general actions and attitudes. "The fruit Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control" (Gal. 5:22-23a). It might be in demonstrating your repentance through specific actions (Luke 3:8-14). When the Pharisees came to John the Baptist, wanting to be baptized by him, he refused them, saying "Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Therefore bear fruits in keeping with repentance" (Luke 3:7). People later came up to John, and they asked him "Then what shall we do?" (Luke 3:10). John replied, "The man who has two tunics is to share with him who has none; and he who has food is to do likewise" (Luke 3:11). When some tax collectors asked John the same question, he told them to "Collect no more than what you have been ordered to do" (Luke 3:13). When some soldiers asked what they should do, John said, "Do not take money from anyone by force, or accuse anyone falsely, and be content with your wages" (Luke 3:14). Bearing fruit might be in reproducing yourself through winning another convert to Christ. Jesus told us to go and make disciples of the nations (Matt. 28:18-20). This is reproduction.
But, the bottom line is this: bearing fruit is the byproduct of saving faith. Jesus said, "My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples" (John 15:8). Fruit is the evidence of a transformed life. Is there visible fruit in your life? A pleasing walk will be a fruit-bearing walk. The second way that a life of obedience will work itself out will be in ...
2. Increasing in the knowledge of God (verse
The Lord is pleased when we long to know more and more about Him. It’s a demonstration of love and affection. The man who loves his wife will delight in spending hours with her, seeking to know her more and more.The woman who loves her beauty will spend hours in front of the mirror, learning about ways in which to make herself more beautiful. The man who loves his sports will read the sports section every day, studying the box scores. The one who loves music will amass a large collection of CD’s (or files on an iPod) and spend much time listening to them and studying them.
So also, the one who loves God, will pursue after Him. The great saints
have always done this. Jacob wrestled with God and longed to know His name (Gen.
32:29). Moses said, "Let me know your ways that I may know You" (Ex. 33:13). He had an
insatiable desire to know God more and more intimately. Isaiah told the Lord, "My soul
longs for You, indeed, my spirit within me seeks You diligently" (Is. 26:9). The Psalms
are filled with a desire and a yearning to know the Lord more and more intimately. Let
me list a few:
Psalm 63:1 - "O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly. My soul
thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You."
Psalm 63:8 - "My soul clings to You."
Psalm 73:25, "Whom have I in heaven but You? And besides You, I desire nothing on earth."
But nobody has pursued God like the apostle Paul. I suspect that the
apostle Paul knew more about God than many people who have ever lived. And yet, he
cried out, "That I may know Him" (Phil. 3:10). This was his prayer for those in
Colossae. He wants them to be ever-increasing in their knowledge of God. When people
pursue the Lord with great diligence, God is well-pleased. Do you have a desire to know
more and more about God? A life of obedience that is pleasing to God will also be,
3. Strengthened with all power (verse 11).
If you think that you have the power within yourself to live the Christian life, you are wrong. The Christian life isn't to be lived on our own strength. We are to live in dependence upon God at all times. Oh, how easy it is for us to trust in our own strength. "Some trust in chariots, and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God." (Ps. 20:7) God ought to be the source of our strength. Jeremiah 9:23 says,
When you trust in your own strength, your obstacles in life will appear
to be insurmountable. You will only be able to do what you can do. But when you trust
in the Lord, your ability to persevere, endure, conquer and live victoriously increases
Let's suppose that someone gave you a shovel and said, "I want you to dig
a foundation and basement for house that will soon be built." After a day of digging,
you are completely spent. Your muscles ache. Your hands hurt. You are tired. And, you
have produced only a small hole in the ground. The next day, you return and begin
digging again. Your hole gets a little bigger, but not that much. The prospect of
completely digging out an entire basement is overwhelming and you could easily give up.
But, suppose you look off in the distance and see a back-hoe coming to help. Suddenly,
the prospects don't seem so overwhelming. You can driver's seat of the back hoe and
simply move a few levers, which control the great power of the bucket diggers. And
within a day, the entire job is finished!
This is what it is like to be strengthened by God. Isaiah spoke about how "young men grow tired and weary" (Is. 40:30). Yet, "those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles. They will run and not get tired. They will walk and not become weary" (Is. 40:31). God says that those who wait on the LORD will fly! The point isn't to be take literally. However, it is an image of doing something impossible. Such is the reality of trusting in the strength of the LORD. Isaiah points out how even the strongest among us (i.e. young men) will grow tired and weary. They will stumble. However, for those who wait upon the LORD will gain such strength that they will not grow fatigued. It is God alone, who will strength us to be steadfast and patient.
4. Joyously giving thanks to the Father (verse
6. C.S. Lewis
11. the ability to do a heal flip
13. things to do
14. the churches in Nepal
18. a brain
19. my bow
20. a voice box
23. Jesus Christ
25. I woke up in America
|26. I don’t live in Nepal
27. Air planes
28. k’nex roller coaster
30. I can go on and on about what I’m thankful for.
32. the sun
33. big car
34. lawn mower
35. hike for life
36. a big home
38. my talent of skateboarding
39. my sisters
41. rich family
43. big yard
44. the Bible
46. Grace to You
48. Plenty of food
49. Mom and dad
Perhaps the greatest thing for us to be thankful for is our salvation in
Christ. Paul continues in verses 12-14 describing this salvation. He says, "giving
thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in
Light. For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom
of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins." Next week,
Lord willing, we will examine these verses to unpack the riches of our
This sermon was delivered to Rock Valley Bible Church on May 7, 2006 by Steve Brandon.
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