The Bible may have saved a women’s life. Lindsay Wood, a young woman from Shelby, N.C., was returning from her Bible study when an invader broke into her home. News reports said he slit her throat for no apparent reason. She asked the attacker not to hurt her and said she loved Jesus and her son. She began reading the Bible to him and invited him to church. Finally, the man apologized and left. Wood, who was injured, was taken to a hospital for treatment. Those who study the Bible know it can change people and save lives.


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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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A book recently was released that utilized an interdenominational panel to determine the 25 books every Christian should read. Many books you would expect to be on the list were there: The Confessions of Augustine, The Imitation of Christ, Pilgrim’s Progress, The Cost of Discipleship, Mere Christianity and Return of the Prodigal. One book was missing that should have been there. No doubt the panel was told to suggest books other than the obvious—the Bible itself. Even so, we should all be reminded the one indispensible book for all Christians is the Bible.


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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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It has been said that the green sea slug survives by eating only once in its entire life. That doesn’t seem to work for any other creatures, especially humans. It wouldn’t be much fun either. We need regular meals to stay healthy, even to stay alive. It is especially true that spiritually we cannot survive or thrive in the Christian life without regular sustenance from the Word of God.


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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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