Searchlight Christian Resources 

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NOW OPEN DAILY AT 10:30 AM — Making cutbacks now for long-term sustainability later.



WELCOME to Searchlight Christian Books. We’re located at 884 Division Street in Cobourg which is about halfway between Oshawa and Belleville, just 2 minutes (four quick traffic lights) south of the 401. Our store is a full service Christian Bookstore, that is, we carry everything the big stores have, maybe just not so many copies.  We recently celebrated 20 years in Cobourg, but the business history of Searchlight goes back another 20 years before that.

But we’re also a Christian book outlet store. About 80% of the books we receive are red-tagged bargain books, consisting of a mixture of publisher overstock and remainders. That means about half of our sale books are actually still in print at regular price elsewhere. To make the deal even more sweet, we offer an instant rewards program of Buy-4-Get-1-Free (lowest price items in each grouping of five drops out.)

What to expect: Cobourg is a small town, so two aisles at the front, three in the middle and one at the back, BUT our store is packed with books. Specialty areas include fiction, family life, marriage and family issues, apologetics, children’s picture books; and we also have giftware, DVDs greeting cards, boxed cards and a very up-to-date selection of various styles of Christian music on CD.

PHONE: Give us a call at 905 372 5519 during business hours and we’ll talk you through! Out of area call us on our dime at 800 210 5661.

Free Delivery now available to Belleville, Trenton and Brighton. 

Cobourg Store

GPS = 78.1727202,43.9758635,0

4 traffic lights south of westbound 401; 3 traffic lights south of eastbound 401; on left side: 884 Division Street, Unit 102, Cobourg K9A 5V3

Cobourg Ontario

Store Hours (Winter 2016)

Monday  10:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Tuesday 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Wednesday 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Thursday  10:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Friday  10:30 to 5:00 PM
Saturday 10:30 – 4:00 PM

Off hours use the contact form below

~ Evenings by appointment ~

Limited handicapped access due to the building design; ramp at north end of sidewalk then please knock on the front window for assistance.

For up to date store info visit us on Facebook, look for “Searchlight Christian Books”

This page also contains our Online Notice Board and Events Listings. (Click the banner at the top and scroll down for both sections) For those who came looking for directions to the bookstore, or were re-directed from here’s a map showing where we are at 884 Division Street in Cobourg. We’re at the very front of the building.


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ONLINE INQUIRIES & PRAYER REQUESTS (Type something random into the required field for prayer requests. If you have a shared email account and don’t wish other people to know about this, type “Do Not Reply” into one of the required fields. Type a random number into the quantity required field. We’re working on a separate form/page for this for February.)


Bargain Bibles — Exclusive for visitors to our website — ASK for this offer:

20% off all reg. price NavPress ESV Bibles,

20% off all reg. price NavPress Message Bibles,

20% off all Nelson NKJV Bibles

**valid through end of February 2016.

Heading East of Toronto

WAR ROOM DVD NOW AVAILABLE: Special Christian bookstore edition with extra features, not sold in general retail stores.

Searchlight Chart Summer 2015 B&WRecent Releases


  • Casting Crowns – Live Worship Experience
  • Jesus Culture – Let it Echo (coming end of January 2016)
  • Bill Gaither – Best of Homecoming 2016 
  • Paul Baloche – Christmas Worship vol. 2
  • Jon Foreman (of Switchfoot) – Wonderlands: The Darkness and The Dawn (2 CD set)
  • Amanda Cook (of Bethel Worship) – Brave New World
  • Matt Maher – Saints and Sinners
  • Finding Favour – Reborn 
  • Ruth Wilkinson – Then and There
  • Previously announced:
    • Open Heaven / River Wild by Hillsong (available in a regular edition and CD/DVD combo)
    • Songs for the Journey vol 2 by The Shiyr Poets (Brian Doerksen’s band)
    • Trees, Chapter 2 by Jon Neufeld (limited inventory)


  • Owlegories – The Sun The Seed and the Water (Children’s; watch a free trailer at this video link) Volume 2 coming late January
  • AD: The Bible Continues (4 DVD Mini Series set)
  • Previously announced:
    • Galaxy Buck: Return to Sector Nine by What’s In The Bible featuring Phil Vischer
    • We Will Stand by CCM United various artists, 40 song DVD


  • Amplified Bible Updated Edition (3 styles)
  • Zondervan NIV Study Bible (this is brand new; don’t confuse with NIV Study Bible which remains available)


  • Thin Ice -Irene Hannon
  • Face of the Deep – Paul J. Pastor
  • A. W. Tozer – Delighting In God (never before released material)
  • Sally Lloyd-Jones – The Story of God’s Love For You (a long-awaited adult edition of The Jesus Storybook Bible)
  • Priscilla Shirer – Fervent
  • The Comeback – Louis Giglio
  • Happiness – Randy Alcorn
  • Joyce Meyer – Closer to God Each Day (Devotional) 
  • Joseph Prince – Grace Revolution (special order only)
  • Timothy Keller – The Songs of Jesus
  • Previously announced:
    • Why Suffering: Finding Meaning and Comfort When Life Doesn’t Make Sense by Ravi Zacharias (now in paperback)
    • Of God and Men by A. W. Tozer
    • Born After Midnight by A. W. Tozer
    • Five Minutes with Jesus by Sheila Walsh
    • The Photograph by Beverly Lewis
    • Come Rain or Come Shine by Jan Karon
    • Where I Am by Billy Graham (International Paperback Edition)
    • Planet Middle School by Kevin Leman (may require a special order)
    • Evenings with Tozer by A. W. Tozer

Books about ISIS and related topics.

We have a number of books related to the situation in the Middle East; some of these are now located on our Apologetics shelves.
** The ISIS Crisis – Charles Dyer & Mark Tobey – Moody Press $16.50
** Killing Christians – Tom Doyle – Thomas Nelson – $19.50 (temporarily out of stock)
** Rise of ISIS – Jay Sekulow – Howard Publishing $15.50
** No, We Can’t – Robert Stearns – Baker Books – sale $12.99
** The Gods of War – Mike Pearse – IVP Books – sale $8.99
** Ex-Muslim – Naeem Fazal – Thomas Nelson – sale $13.99 (we are currently sold out, but expecting new stock soon)
** The Man Next Door Wears a Dress – Raymond Balland – 12.99
** Is the Father of Jesus the God of Mohammad? – Timothy George – Zondervan $15.99
** Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus – Nabeel Qureshi – Zondervan $20.99 (waiting for more stock to arrive)
** Face to Face with Jesus – Samaa Habib & Bodie Thoene – Chosen Books sale $13.99

+ 5 other titles from our biography section.

Support Independent Bookstores

Did you know that getting the cheapest deal sometimes isn’t the best deal? At Searchlight, we work hard to keep prices low, but we work even harder to ensure you have an amazing experience with us. We want to see your life changed by God’s power and that’s why we run this bookstore, and quite frankly, that’s something that Amazon, iTunes or Netflix can never offer.

While we too appreciate the convenience and low cost that many big corporate retailers can provide, there are some incredible things that happen when you shop locally. Consider the following:

  • We are passionate about transformation and have become experts in the kinds of teaching and music that can bring change in your life.
  • The products we sell are filtered before they hit our shelves, and if something isn’t right for your doctrinal perspective, we’ll let you know ahead of time.
  • You get to see, touch, feel; interact with the product before you buy. 
  • We’re also customers. Each of our staff are readers and music buyers.
  • We enhance the community, by providing distinctive options in our part of the world.
  • We support the local economy, your money stays here in Canada, and we hire local staff and use local tradespeople. 
  • Surprise! You never know you’ll meet at the store.  You never know what resources you’ll find.
  • The owners don’t take a salary.  No one’s pockets are being lined when you shop here, we just sow everything back into the store. We also frequently bring in products that are 100% fundraisers such as God Enters Stage Left.

Please consider supporting Searchlight as your local Christian bookstore, and encourage others to think about the many benefits of buying local.

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With 21,000 YouTube subscribers, Cobourg's DAVID WESLEY has a worldwide following. On this album as on the videos, he sings every track creating a multi-layered sound texture that is rich in harmony. This album cuts across generational lines and therefore makes a great gift. Get one for yourself and one for a friend. $14.99 CD

With 31,000 YouTube subscribers and over 5 MILLION views, Cobourg’s DAVID WESLEY has a worldwide following. On this album as on the videos, he sings every track creating a multi-track, layered sound texture that is rich in harmony. This album cuts across generational lines and therefore makes a great gift. Get one for yourself and one for a friend. $14.99 CD 


New promotional titles:
** God or Godless – 20 Atheist/Christian debates reg. 16.99 now 8.99
** Signature of God – Brennan Manning reg. 17.99 now 9.99
** Success Over Stress – Norman Wright reg 15.99 now 11.49
** 40 Most Influential Christians reg. 17.99 now 8.99
** The Jesus Way – Eugene Peterson reg. 20.00 now 13.99
** Questions of Life – Alpha Course – Nicky Gumbel reg 10.99 now 7.99
** Born to Win – Kevin Leman reg. 16.99 now 8.49
** Queen Esther’s Secrets of Womanhood – Ginger Garrett reg 13.50 now 9.49
** Wake Up Generation – Paige Omartian – reg. 15.99 now 7.99
** You Can’t Take it With You – John Ortberg reg. 10.79 now 5.99
** Loving Your Mother Without Losing Your Mind reg 7.99 now 4.99
** I’m Too Young to be This Old – Poppy Smith reg 13.99 now 7.99
** Heavenly Cat Tales reg. 15.99 now 9.99
** Truly Devoted (dogs) reg 15.99 now 9.99 


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STAIRCASE SPECIALS UNDER $10 (limited supply):

Cloud & Townsend – It’s Not My Fault 9.99 (compare at 27.99)
R. T. Kendall – Unashamed to Bear His Name 9.99 (15.99)
Franklin Graham – The Name 9.99 (19.99)
Brennan Manning – The Signature of Jesus 9.99 (17.99)
Karen Kingsbury – Like Dandelion Dust 9.99 (17.99)
John Townsend – Handling Difficult People 9.99 (15.99)
Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove – Awakening of Hope 9.99 (16.99)
Mark Galli – God Wins 9.99 (15.50)
Kevin Leman – Way of the Wise 8.99 (17.50)
Kevin Leman – Born to Win 8.49 (16.99)
Thom Rainer – I Am a Church Member 8.49 (16.99)
Thom Rainer – I Will: 9 Traits 8.49 (16.99)
Alpha Course – Questions of Life 7.99 (10.99)
Bill & Pam Farrell – Marriage Code 7.99 (17.99)
David Gregory – Dinner with a Perfect Stranger 7.99 (10.99)
Christianity 101 – James 7.49 (9.99)
Steven James – Story 6.99 (14.50)
Steven James – Flirting with the Forbidden 6.99 (15.50)
Betty Malz – The Glory of Heaven 6.99 (15.50)
Message Bible Studies – Living the Letters: Philippians 6.99 (12.99)
Message Bible Studies – Living the Questions: John 6.99 (12.50)
John Ortberg – You Can’t Take it With You 5.99 (10.79)
Our Daily Bread – Mart DeHaan – Been Thinking About 5.99 (16.99)
Kathy Peel – Busy Couples Guide 5.99 (21.99)
Bartel & Eding – Redeeming Church Conflicts 5.99 (19.99)
Picture Book – Church Signs Across America 5.99 (18.50)
Christianity 101 – Galatians 5.99 (9.50)
Amy Gaither (daughter) – Collections of Wednesday 5.74 (22.99)
Alpha Course – Gospel of John 4.49 (6.99)
Tyndale Publishing – NLT Ministry Ed. 3.99 or less (4.99)
• plus a number of fiction titles and too many 2.99 and 3.99 to list

Wow Hits 2016

NOW AVAILABLE. Choose from  either the regular or deluxe edition of what is sure to be our #1 CD of the year!

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SEARCHLIGHT CHRISTIAN BOOK OUTLET We’re the store that other stores get their bargain books from! If you’re into Christian books, it’s definitely worth the drive to Cobourg. Over 80% of our book intake is sale priced titles, all of which are hand-picked just for you.

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While other stores like ours are no longer around, somehow we’re still here! If you love books, come for a visit; you never know what you’ll find.


We are an extension of the local Church; the Church in the marketplace.

For church libraries we have a program called 20/200/20 which saves your church money on purchases of 20 in-stock books or $200 worth of in-stock books; or on orders for 20 titles or orders of $200 or more. For our local churches, we have a program called WebMatch which competes aggressively with the best online sellers have to offer.

For book reviews, scroll down to the bottom of this page and click on “older entries.”

For Paul’s blogs visit Thinking Out Loud and Christianity 201.

HOMESCHOOLERSThe company that Searchlight gets many of its books from is also the parent company of You can order as little as ONE BOOK, not pay shipping charges when you place the order THROUGH US. Searchlight is able to order materials from the following key homeschool publishers, and nearly 100 others!  Note: Use the drop-down menu to select the subject area you wish to search, i.e. Math, etc.

homeschool vendors

Not a homeschool parent, but got kids struggling with certain subjects? We can also get you titles from Sylvan Learning Systems and hundreds of other publishers of grade-specific, subject-specific workbooks and supplements. Contact the store by phone or email for more information.

Store News from our Facebook Page:

Recently we began a trial period of offering fulfillment for orders carts at CBD for those of you who are familiar with them.  (Hey, if they’re going to run ads on our website, it seems only fair…)

You can add items to a CBD cart, and then have the order completed by Searchlight. Simply add items and when you’re ready, instead of clearing the order through them, copy and paste the entire cart into an email and forward it to and we will do the rest.

Remember, CBD’s shipping cost to Canada is 25% and the current exchange rate on the U.S. dollar at the bank is about 38%. This means the CBD price in Canadian dollars is 72.6% higher than what you see on-screen. In some cases, Searchlight everyday pricing may work out cheaper, and if that happens, we’ll give you the lower of the two prices.

Be sure to add a phone number where we can reach you when your order is complete. Also, please note that some CBD specials are limited time offers; let us know if you know that to be the case.


Michael Card - Biblical Imagination Series - IVPSinger Michael Card has written a series of commentaries on the gospels which are both easy to read and insightful. There’s also a series of music CDs that matches each book. Mention this online note to request an extra 10% off either books or music. (No time limit.) Click this link to learn more.

Custom greeting cards are now available for only $7.50 — Email or drop off a picture along with what you want printed either beside, under or above the picture. The cards are blank inside and come with a quality matching envelope. Sample artwork:

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Although we follow a business model, we consider ourselves one of several parachurch ministries operating in our community. PRAYER is always needed, and while you’re remembering us, pray for these ministries operating in our area:

* Northumberland Youth For Christ
* Christian Horizons
* Salvation Army Family Services
* Northumberland Christian School
* UCB Radio 90.7
* Beginnings Crisis Pregnancy Centre
* Lakeshore Pentecostal Camp
* New Life Girls Home
* The Gideons
* Love in Action
* Camp IAWAH (two hours away, but used by area churches for retreats)

DAVID WESLEY is known worldwide, with over 31,000 YouTube followers and over 5 MILLION video views. Now you can own his new album BASEMENT PRAISE on CD for only $14.99 available at Searchlight. Also read his cover story in Northumberland Go magazine, click here.

Make a day of it in Cobourg: Here’s the town’s official tourism website, and the municipal website. (And two for neighbouring Port Hope: tourism, municipality.)

For those of you whose browser is indicating you’re almost at the bottom of the page, click here for the Searchlight Christian Events listings.

For the Jesus Music — History of Contemporary Christian Music page at YouTube sponsored by Searchlight, click here.

For Paul’s Twitter feed: Click here.

Our Brockville location is now closed.

Occasionally you may see advertising in this space that does not originate with us…

Christian Events in South Central Ontario

This page IS KEPT CURRENT, ignore the posting date. Click the top of the page if you were looking for information about the bookstore.

The Church Works Best When We Work Together

Welcome to the Events section (part two) of our online service to our customers and friends.  Searchlight Christian Resources is located at 884 Division Street, Unit 102 in Cobourg, Ontario. K9A 5V3


**PARENTS: Camp IAWAH in Westport, Ontario has completely revamped their summer schedule to allow you to send multiple children (different combinations of male/female, younger/older) to camp at the same time. Registration for Summer 2016 is now open at and also check out their WINTER FAMILY CAMP running mid-February.**

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Canadian Christian Business Federation next meeting is Saturday, February 6th; Breakfast 8 a.m., Buttermilk Café, 44 King Street, Cobourg; You’re invited. Just show up! Only cost is the price of whatever meal you order. [Note: There is also a CCBF chapter started in Bowmanville.]

Beginnings Art and Poetry Sale

MEN: Did you miss out on the the Promise Keepers conference? Monday nights the men’s ministry of Cobourg Alliance is offering you an opportunity to watch DVDs of the top speakers from the Toronto event. This is open to anyone regardless of church affiliation. 7:00 – 8:30 PM. (For planning purposes, let the church know if you plan to attend.) 1333 Ontario Street.

Hope Conference

Early Bird Registration is now open for The Hope Conference, a one day focus on mental health, April 9th in Cobourg. Speakers are Amy Simpson, whose family knows the trauma and bewilderment of mental illness and author of the book Troubled Minds; and Victor Shepherd, Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at Tyndale, and Adjunct Prof. of Theology at University of Toronto. More information at

Searchlight is a drop-off point for Christian Salvage Mission of Hamilton, Ontario. Right now overseas missionaries are particularly interested in hymnbooks you or your church are no longer using.

  Coming Events from our Searchlight Christian Books page on Facebook:

Ongoing events

CANADIAN CHRISTIAN BUSINESS FEDERATIONThe CCBF invites all business men and women to breakfast at 8:00 am (to 9:30) at the Buttermilk Café, the first Saturday morning of every month. Connect with other Christian men and women involved in business or other professions to meet and discuss business leadership from a Christian perspective. The only cost is the price of your breakfast. For more information please visit 

not to be confused with:

FULL GOSPEL BUSINESSMEN’s FELLOWSHIP – Breakfast 2nd Saturday of each month at the Cobourg Best Western Hotel. $12. For info call 905 438 1191.


CELEBRATE RECOVERY – Ongoing program for people dealing with hurts, habits and hangups at The Salvation Army. Tuesdays at 6:30. Running now.
DIVORCE CARE, DIVORCE CARE for KIDS (D4K), GRIEFSHARE and SINGLE & PARENTING will not run during the Winter 2016 semester. Check with Fellowship Baptist Church about possible spring or summer sessions.



Visit the project website at to learn how you can get involved or support the project financially.


Support These Locally Owned Businesses

** Herb’s Plumbing — For home and business plumbing and heating needs- 905 372 8344

** Don Bickle Electric — For residential and commercial electrical needs — 905 342 3200

** Penzoil & Skylight Car Wash — Home of the ten minute oil change! Division Street, Cobourg — 905 377 9632

** Creative Carpentry — Kitchens, baths, decks, small renovations. — 905 377 9318

Got old TV sets, telephones, speakers or computers lying around? You can reduce e-waste and support Northumberland Youth For Christ at the same time. Bring your electronic assortment to the Cobourg Canadian Tire weekdays from 7:30 AM to 9:00 PM, Saturdays from 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM, and Sundays from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Bibles for Missions

Cobourg’s BIBLES FOR MISSIONS Thrift Store is at 975 Elgin Street West, in the old Dollarama store in the shopping plaza on the southwest corner of Burnham and Elgin St. W. Donations of gently used clothing, toys, small appliances, housewares, etc., are needed on an ongoing basis. Volunteers are also always needed. (289) 252-2299

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Beginnings Pregnancy Care Centre offering a wide range of programs and services throughout Northumberland County.  For more  info please call 905 373 4575 or visit 700 D’Arcy Street, Cobourg

SEARCHLIGHT ON FACEBOOK — Check out our SEARCHLIGHT FACEBOOK PAGE. This page is keeping our regular customers aware of major new releases as they arrive on the sales floor, as well as special promotions. (More people visit us on FB each week than come to this page, but the info is often different on each.) To “friend” our page, simply click “like”! When you’re logged into Facebook, search for “Searchlight Christian Books.”

HOMESCHOOLERS: The company that Searchlight gets many of its books from is also the parent company of You can order as little as ONE BOOK, and not pay shipping charges when you place the order THROUGH US. Searchlight is able to order materials from the following key homeschool publishers, and nearly 100 others!  Note: Use the drop-down menu to select the subject area you wish to search, i.e. Math, etc.

homeschool vendors

Not a homeschool parent, but got kids struggling with certain subjects? We can also get you titles from Sylvan Learning Systems and hundreds of other publishers of grade-specific, subject-specific workbooks and supplements. Contact the store by phone or email for more information.

LOVE IN ACTION — Love In Action is a group of Christian women who show God’s love by serving others through tangible acts of kindness, both at home and abroad. Contact us for more information on how to connect.

Individual, Marriage and Family Counselling
“Helping people with life’s most precious relationships”

200 Dundas Street East, Belleville • Telephone: (613)-848-7698

Toll-free: 1-866-292-3223  •  Fax: (613) 475-2820

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RADIO GUIDE — Pick up a print copy of the Cobourg radio guide at the store.

88.3 — FAMILY LIFE NETWORK (Buffalo, NY)

89.3 — LIFE 100 (repeater station in Peterborough, ON)

90.7 — UCB COBOURG — This is a freestanding UCB station with a slightly different schedule from Belleville.

99.5 — WDCX-FM (Buffalo, NY)

100.3 — LIFE 100 (Barrie main signal)

100.5 — UCB (Kingston repeater station)

102.3 — UCB  (Belleville, ON)

104.9 — KLOVE  (If you’re west of Belleville, try also 90.1 FM)

970 (AM) — WDCX-FM (Buffalo, NY) AM simulcast of FM station.

1250 (AM) — JOY 1250 (Toronto)

For even more Christian music from around the world, direct your computer browser to and select a country and then select Christian as the broadcast format.


COBOURG: If you have younger kids, Wednesday is “the” night. Check out AWANA at Fellowship Baptist and KidZone at Church on the Hill. For Junior High age kids, consider RIOT at Cobourg Alliance or CHAOS at Church on The Hill on Tuesdays. For High School teens, The Crave at Church on the Hill or MERGE at Cobourg Alliance are both recommended.

Both Port Hope and Cobourg have chapters of Created 2 Create, sponsored by Northumberland Youth For Christ, but note that enrollment is now full for the winter season. Plan on attending the summer program.

PORT HOPE:  Grace Missionary Church has a program for younger kids on Wednesday nights; contact the church for details.

S E A R C H L I G H T  —  Now in our 21st YEAR IN COBOURG — Over 80% of our book intake is (a) publisher overstock and (b) remainder books.   Each title is hand-picked.   Despite this, with the other 20% we’re still able to stock almost all of the Top 100 Christian Fiction and Top 100 Christian Non-Fiction titles. Our marriage and family section is huge, and our “house specialty” is apologetics!  Click here for some current specials.


If a search engine brought you directly to the page “The Events” URL, click here to see the other half of Searchlight Events including store hours and directions.   Scroll down past this point. 

Please note that some advertising you see here may not originate with Searchlight Books or Thinking Out Loud blog network.

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Searchlight is two stores in one: A full service Christian bookstore AND a Christian book outlet store! We're at 884 Division Street in Cobourg (the Highway 45 exit) just four quick stoplights south of Highway 401. We're open 10:30 AM to 5 PM (hey, it's a small town) weekdays and 10:30 to 4 on Saturday. Wholesale by appointment. Not local? Call us on our dime at 800 210 5661.
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