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 is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati,
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