The only survivor of a shipwreck came upon a small, uninhabited island. He prayed repeatedly for God to save him and everyday scanned the horizon for his answer. Even though he was exhausted and in despair, he eventually managed to build a little hut to keep him out of the weather and to store his provisions.

Then one day, after searching for food, he came home to find his little hut on fire. The worst thing that could have happened had happened. Everything he had was consumed. In his grief he cried out, “God, how could you do this to me!” Early the next morning, however, he was awakened by the sound of a ship that was approaching the island. They had come to rescue him. “How did you know I was here?” asked the castaway. “We saw your smoke signal,” they replied.


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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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The only survivor of a shipwreck came upon a small, uninhabited island. He prayed
repeatedly for God to save him and everyday scanned the horizon for his answer.
Even though he was exhausted and in despair, he eventually managed to build
a little hut to keep him out of the weather and to store his provisions.

Then one day, after searching for food, he came home to find his little hut
on fire. The worst thing that could have happened had happened. Everything he
had was consumed. In his grief he cried out, “God, how could you do this
to me!” Early the next morning, however, he was awakened by the sound of
a ship that was approaching the island. They had come to rescue him. “How
did you know I was here?” asked the castaway. “We saw your smoke signal,”
they replied.

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Michael Shannon,
Preaching May/June 2002


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The story is told
of a king in Africa who had a close friend with whom he grew up. The friend
had a habit of looking at every situation that ever occurred in his life (positive
or negative) and remarking, “This is good!” One day the king and his
friend were out on a hunting expedition. The friend would load and prepare the
guns for the king. The friend had apparently done something wrong in preparing
one of the guns, for after taking the gun from his friend, the king fired it
and his thumb was blown off. Examining the situation the friend remarked as
usual, “This is good!”

To which the king
replied, “No, this is NOT good!” and proceeded to send his friend
to jail.

About a year later,
the king was hunting in an area that he should have known to stay clear of.
Cannibals captured him and took them to their village. They tied his hands,
stacked some wood, set up a stake and bound him to the stake.

As they came near
to set fire to the wood, they noticed that the king was missing a thumb. Being
superstitious, they never ate anyone that was less than whole. So untying the
king, they sent him on his way.

As he returned
home, he was reminded of the event that had taken his thumb and felt remorse
for his treatment of his friend. He went immediately to the jail to speak with
his friend.

“You were
right,” he said, “it was good that my thumb was blown off.” And
he proceeded to tell the friend all that had just happened. “And so am
very sorry for sending you to jail for so long. It was bad for me to do this.”

“No,”
his friend replied, “This is good!”

“What do you
mean, ‘This is good’? How could it be good that I sent my friend to jail for
a year?”

“If I had
NOT been in jail, I would have been with you!”

 – The Daily Dilly


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