In Reed, North Carolina, you will find the Reed gold mine. It was first excavated in 1799 when Conrad Reed discovered a strange rock on the Reed farm. In 1802, a jeweler in Fayetteville offered Reed $3.50 for the rock. It turns out the rock was gold and was actually worth $3,600 dollars. What did Reed do with the rock for three years? He used it as a doorstop at his house. How often are we oblivious to the true value of things?

 

 


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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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Two teenagers were arrested. After booking them, the police sergeant told them they were entitled to a phone call. Some time later a man entered the station and asked for them by name.

The sergeant said, “I suppose you’re the lawyer?”

“Nope,” the man replied. “I’m just here to deliver their pizza.”

-PreachingNow Vol. 3:21


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A
wonderful little piece has been making the rounds on the Internet.
Perhaps you have seen it. It is a list of things God will not ask
you on the day you meet him:

1. God won’t ask what kind of car you drove. He’ll ask how many people you drove who didn’t have transportation.
2. God won’t ask the square footage of your house, He’ll ask how many people you welcomed into your home.
3. God won’t ask about the clothes you had in your closet, He’ll ask how many you helped to clothe.
4. God won’t ask what your highest salary was. He’ll ask if you compromised your character to obtain it.
5. God won’t ask what your job title was. He’ll ask if you performedyour job to the best of your ability.
6. God won’t ask how many friends you had. He’ll askhow many people to whom you were a friend.
7. God won’t ask in what neighborhood you lived, He’ll ask how you treated your neighbors.
8. God won’t ask about the color of your skin, He’llask about the content of your character.
9. God won’t ask why it took you so long to seek Salvation. He’ll
lovingly take you to your mansion in heaven, and not to the gates
of Hell.

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


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Maybe you read in the paper about Cincinnati Bengal’s quarterback, Jon Kitna.
Kitna was credited with being a part of the Cincinnati Bengal’s dramatic turnaround.
But also, Kitna was fined for wearing a hat with a cross on it at a post game
interview. The fine was imposed because players aren’t supposed to wear anything
other than NFL approved gear. Kitna was willing to pay the fine but the NFL
later suspended it. Fans began wearing cross hats like Kitna’s at home games.
Standing up for the cross is not new for Jon Kitna. In an interview in a local
paper Kitna was asked what he was most thankful for. He replied, “The first
thing is that whenever I breathe my last breath, the next moment I am going
to be looking at Jesus. I’m just thankful that 10 years ago, in October 1993,
God grabbed my heart and changed my heart and opened my eyes to what life is
really meant to be.”

______________________

Michael Shannon,
Preaching May/June 2004


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Maybe
you read in the paper about Cincinnati Bengal’s quarterback, Jon Kitna. Kitna
was credited with being a part of the Cincinnati Bengal’s dramatic turnaround.
But also, Kitna was fined for wearing a hat with a cross on it at a post game
interview. The fine was imposed because players aren’t supposed to wear anything
other than NFL approved gear. Kina was willing to pay the fine but the NFL later
suspended it. Fans began wearing cross hats like Kitna’s at home games. Standing
up for the cross is not new for Jon Kitna. In an interview in a local paper
Kina was asked what he was most thankful for. He replied, “The first thing
is that whenever I breathe my last breath, the next moment I am going to be
looking at Jesus. I’m just thankful that 10 years ago, in October 1993, God
grabbed my heart and changed my heart and opened my eyes to what life is really
meant to be.”

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


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In Des Moines,
Iowa, a woman who is an airport worker has reported to federal officials the
theft of her peanut butter and jelly sandwich from the lunchroom. Local police
didn’t want anything to do with it, so it is now in the hands of the Transportation
Safety Administration. While stealing a sandwich is wrong, is there wisdom in
spending time and money on a sandwich with all the concern over war and terrorism?
Life is easier when we keep our priorities in order.

__________________________

Michael Shannon,
Preaching July/August 2003


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In Des
Moines, Iowa, a woman who is an airport worker has reported to
federal officials the theft of her peanut butter and jelly sandwich
from the lunchroom. Local police didn’t want anything to do with it,
so it is now in the hands of the Transportation Safety
Administration. While stealing sandwich is wrong, we must wonder about
the wisdom of spending time and money on a sandwich with all the
concern over war and terrorism.

_______________

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


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