Portsmouth Island is uninhabited. It is one of the barrier islands off the North Carolina Coast. It has been so ravaged by storms that the last three residents left in 1971. A few houses remain, along with a church. From time to time, a man rows over from the mainland, cleans the church and mows the lawn. He said he does it so that when Jesus comes back, His house will be presentable. That is a kind and noble thought, but it is far more important that when Jesus comes back He will find us presentable.

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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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