Life is filled with decisions, some inconsequential and some momentous. It is not always easy to determine which is which. Joseph Stalin originally wanted to be a priest. He entered the Tiflis Theological Seminary at the age of 14 on a scholarship. He stayed there five years until his political activities and devotion to Karl Marx caused him to miss exams and be expelled. His biggest problem was deciding he was an atheist. Of course, he later became the dictator of Russia. He is thought to be responsible for the death and imprisonment of approximately 20 million people. How different history might have been and how many lives would have been different had he become a priest, devoted to 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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