There is a wonderful cartoon out there that shows an elderly couple looking at the star of Bethlehem. The man says, “What’s that?” His wife replies, “Hopefully a light to the next sale.” However enjoyable gift giving is, we all know Christmas means so much more to those who believe in Christ.

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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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