When Harland Sanders began his Kentucky Fried Chicken business, he had little
capital and no money for advertising. So he grew a little beard, got a white
suit, and as a Kentucky Colonel he became a walking advertisement for Kentucky
Fried Chicken.

As Christians each one of us is a walking advertisement of the Christian
religion. We would prefer not to be that, but it is unavoidable. So Paul wrote
to the Colossians, “Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility,
gentleness and patience” (Col. 3:12).


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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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Many doctors have shown the faith they had in their discoveries by first trying
them on themselves. Jonas Salk, whose polio vaccine virtually wiped out that
disease, often tested serums on himself. The German surgeon Forssman, who
developed the procedure of heart catheterization, did it first on himself. Who
would go to a doctor who refused to take his own medicine?

We who prescribe purity of life must ourselves be pure. We who urge honesty
must ourselves be honest. We who recommend truthfulness, must ourselves tell
the truth. The world expects Christians to take themselves the medicine they
prescribe for others. They expect us to live by the rules we recommend.


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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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