State mottoes often give us insight into the thinking of a particular state’s founders. The motto of the state of Hawaii was officially adopted in 1959, but has been used unofficially since 1825. The motto is, Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono. Translated into English it means, “The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.” There is a debate as to the origin of the slogan, but it is certainly not a bad slogan for any state, society or nation.

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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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