People
in East Tennessee talk often about the “lost state of Franklin.” The
area of upper East Tennessee formed a state, named it after Benjamin Franklin
and petitioned to be made a part of the Union. Because of political considerations
for North Carolina, the petition was rejected. Later, the region came into the
Union as part of Tennessee. But, are there any “lost states” in your
life? Is there a lost state of security, a lost state of joy or a lost state
of contentment in your life?

 

_______________
J.
Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati,
OH.


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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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People in East
Tennessee talk often about the “lost state of Franklin.” The area
of upper East Tennessee formed a state, named it after Benjamin Franklin and
petitioned to be made a part of the Union. Because of political considerations
for North Carolina, the petition was rejected. Later, the region came into the
Union as part of Tennessee. But, are there any “lost states” in your
life? Is there a lost state of security, a lost state of joy or a lost state
of contentment in your life?

__________________________

Michael Shannon,
Preaching March/April 2004


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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 man said that he received a letter from the company that manufactured his
electric clothes dryer. The letter noted that the warranty on his dryer had
expired. They wanted to sell him an extended warranty. The letter said,
“We want you to continue enjoying the peace of mind that comes from knowing
you are protected.” He thought, “What a wonderful company! Just think
of it: a huge firm like this is interested in my peace of mind.” Of
course, he was not sincere when he said it. He was certain that his peace of
mind was not at all what the company was interested in. He was certain they had
very material considerations in mind. In fact, it is only in the realm of the
spiritual that anyone worries about your peace of mind. And it is only
spiritual things that can give you peace of mind. But that peace of mind is so
large and so strong the Bible calls it the peace that passes understanding.


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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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