Les Baux de Provence is one of the most visited places in southern France.
Overlooking the village are the remains of a once great castle and fortress. It
was built by the lords of Baux who claimed to be descended from King Balthazar,
one of the three wise men.

While it seems improbable it is possible that they were correct. In any case
they put the star of Bethlehem on their coat of arms.

Christians are not so much concerned about physical descent as they are about
spiritual descent. Every believer considers himself to be related to one more
significant than any of the Magi. Every Christian is regarded as a brother of
the Christ who was born at Bethlehem, and therefore a child of God.


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Robert Shannon, a retired preacher living in North Carolina, began preaching at the age of 16. He has preached in churches in Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, and Florida, his longest ministry at First Christian Church of Largo Florida. Now in semi-retirement, he has preached regularly for churches in North Carolina and Tennessee. He has also contributed to kingdom work as a missionary to Eastern Europe and as a Bible College professor. He is past-president of the North American Christian Convention. Bob is the author or co-author of several books.

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A preacher I know has a daughter who keeps a daily notebook. On one page she
had drawn a picture of her father and written carefully his name and address.
When asked why, she explained. She had been watching a movie, Amnesia. She
said, “If I ever forget who I am, I want everybody to know who I belong
to.”

We might like to improve the grammar, but we cannot improve the sentiment. In
fact, Christians need to remind themselves to whom they belong. Spiritual
amnesia is common enough in our experience.


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Robert Shannon, a retired preacher living in North Carolina, began preaching at the age of 16. He has preached in churches in Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, and Florida, his longest ministry at First Christian Church of Largo Florida. Now in semi-retirement, he has preached regularly for churches in North Carolina and Tennessee. He has also contributed to kingdom work as a missionary to Eastern Europe and as a Bible College professor. He is past-president of the North American Christian Convention. Bob is the author or co-author of several books.

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