What
is the smallest country in the world? Some would answer Monaco and others would
answer Vatican City. Even though it is disputed some would answer “The
Sovereign and Military Order of Malta.” The SMOM does have some characteristics
of an independent nation and many countries recognize them as such. Its entire
land area is the size of half a football field and it has only one street address.
The population is about 80. This “country” is home to what remains
of the Knights Hospitalers. They operate hospitals and other benevolent works.
There are some “nations” even smaller than that. Some people live
in their own world with no concern of anything larger than themselves. These
“nations” need to be annexed into the Kingdom of God.

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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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