When the renowned little nun called Mother Teresa died, half a million people
gathered in the streets outside the Netaji stadium where her funeral was held.
Twelve thousand were inside to attend the funeral of the woman they called
“The Saint of the Gutters.” She had devoted her life to the poor and
the order she founded grew to 600 centers in 126 countries. In 1979 she was
given the Nobel Peace Prize.

In Calcutta they erected a huge billboard. It gave her name, Mother Teresa, and
1910, the year of her birth. But they did not put the year of her death as we
commonly do. They put 1910 — Eternity. It was an unusual way to a mark a
person’s life. Yet we could have the same thing written over our graves — the
year of our birth and instead of the year of our death there could well be
written “– Eternity”.


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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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The oldest living things on earth are the bristlecone pines in the Iyno
National Forest in California. They have endured for 4,800 years. The oldest
dates from 2900 B.C. These trees were growing when Moses was given the Ten
Commandments on Mount Sinai. They were already ancient when Christ was on
earth. Remarkable they still produce seeds that germinate and grow. But man
will live longer. Eventually the bristlecone pines will die, but the human soul
was made for eternity.


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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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