It is said that William Pitt the Younger, when he was dying, said, “My
country! How I love my country!” Shakespeare put these dying words on the
lips of Hamlet, “the rest is silence.” William Saroyan telephoned to
the AP before he died in 1981: “Everybody has got to die, but I have always
believed an exception would be made in my case.” Of course there are no
exceptions. Even Jesus died. And His dying words are best of all: “Father
forgive them for they know not what they do.

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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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