Robert Shannon
tells the story of the Waldensians, a small Protestant group greatly persecuted
in Europe in the seventeenth century. In 1686 they were exiled to Switzerland
where they remained until 1689. Then they crossed the mountains, going 128 miles
in 8 days over treacherous terrain. Village by village they made their way back
to the valleys of their homeland in France. They arrived back in May 1694. Eventually
the Duke of Savoy changed his mind and granted them religious liberty and the
right to remain in their valleys. They called that May Day in 1689 “The
Glorious Return.” Descendants on the Waldensians live in Valdese, North
Carolina. Every year on August 15 they celebrate “The Glorious Return.”
But those who celebrate it were never persecuted in Europe. They were never
in exile in Switzerland, and never saw the valleys their ancestors called home.
Still they celebrate “The Glorious Return;” just as Jews celebrate the return
of their ancestors from exile though they themselves were never in Babylon and
never saw Jerusalem. We do the same thing in reverse when we come to Communion.
We commemorate the Lord’s death “until He comes.” We celebrate an
event that has not yet occurred and in which we ourselves may not live long
enough to participate.

_______________________

Michael Shannon,
Preaching January/February 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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Robert
Shannon tells the story of the Waldensians, a small Protestant group greatly
persecuted in Europe in the seventeenth century. In 1686 they were exiled to
Switzerland where they remained until 1689. Then they crossed the mountains,
going 128 miles in 8 days over treacherous terrain. Village by village they
made their way back to the valleys of their homeland in France. They arrived
back in May 1694. Eventually the Duke of Savoy changed his mind and granted
them religious liberty and the right to remain in their valleys. They called
that May day in 1689 “The Glorious Return.” Descendants on the Waldensians
live in Valdese, North Carolina. Every year on August 15 they celebrate “The
Glorious Return.” But those who celebrate it were never persecuted in Europe.
They were never in exile in Switzerland, and never saw the valleys their ancestors
called home. Still they celebrate “The Glorious Return;” just as Jews
the return of their ancestors from exile though they themselves were never in
Babylon and never saw Jerusalem. We do the same thing in reverse when we come
to Communion. We commemorate the Lord’s death “until He comes.” We
celebrate an event that has not yet occurred and in which we ourselves may not
live long enough to participate.

_______________
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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In the United States lightning strikes 21.7 million times each year! Across the
world there are 8 million lightning strikes every day! They tell us a storm is
coming. They warn us to take cover. They show us the power of nature. The
average strike has 50,000 amps of electricity. (Your home carries 15!)

The most important lesson from lightning is yet to come. Someday lightning will
strike for the last time. It will be a bolt that runs from east to west. It
will tell us that time has ended; eternity has begun, and the Lord Jesus Christ
has returned!


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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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