Associated Press recently released a story about a pair of sisters in Tokyo,
Japan that became concerned that something was wrong with their father.  They
reported him missing.  The police found the man and something was definitely
wrong.  The man was dead-his body lying on a couch.  The tragic twist to this
was that the man had been dead for ten years!  One can only question the tragedies
or difficulties that caused a family to miss their father only after he had
been dead for ten years.  A story like this surely motivates us to heal the
rifts that may exist in our families and to keep close to those we care about.



Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati,

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About The Author


A third generation preacher, Mike Shannon is Professor of Preaching at Cincinnati Bible Seminary of Cincinnati Christian University. He has served as a preaching minister, church planter, and college professor. His most recent preaching ministry was at the historic First Christian Church of Johnson City, Tennessee. In his nearly two decades at Cincinnati Christian University, Mike has served as both professor and Dean of the Seminary. He has also been an adjunct professor at Milligan College and Northern Kentucky University. Mike is the author or co-author of several books.

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