A tragic story was carried by the media about a Shelton, Washington
woman who was found smothered under a pile of clutter-clutter of her
own making. Sixty-two year old Marie Rose suffered from
obsessive-compulsive hoarding. Things were so cluttered that
searchers heads touched the ceiling and they had to search twice to
find her. The police chief reported that it was the most cluttered
residence he had ever seen. Authorities believe she had been hoarding
for fifteen years. Many of us do things almost as tragic. We let
our spiritual life suffer by allowing all kinds of clutter into our
lives. Eventually that can lead to tragic results as well.

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

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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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