General Douglas MacArthur left the Philippines in the early part of World War
II, he made a short speech: “I will return.” Later on in the war,
he came back to the Philippines in victory. Cameras recorded his wading ashore.
He made another speech: “I have returned.” The first speech would
have been worthless without the second, which gave it force and meaning.
Jesus promised to rise from the dead. How hollow that would sound if He had
not come back from the dead. But what a note of victory it sounds now that He
is risen!

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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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