From
time to time we read stories that prove to us that money doesn’t buy
happiness. Recently, newspapers carried the story of Mack Metcalf
and Virginia Metcalf Merida who won 65.4 million dollars in the
lottery. They quit their jobs and bought large homes, but five years
later they were both dead. Mack had never been able to conquer his
drinking problem andVirginia died alone and was not noticed for
days. Another lottery winner named Jack Whittaker, who won a 314.9
million dollar jackpot, later was convicted of assaulting and
threatening a bar manager and had to undergo counseling for substance
abuse after a drunk driving arrest. The adage is true that money
can’t but happiness. Sometimes it seems it can even buy trouble.

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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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It
may look like a fortune to us, but to a beaver it is just building material.
A few weeks ago the Associated Press circulated the story of the discovery of
a beaver dam in Louisiana in which had been woven money from a stolen bag of
currency. The bills, mixed in with sticks and brush, were still whole. The money
recovered from the dam amounted to about 40,000 dollars. It appears to be part
of a stash of money stolen from a casino. For reasons not yet known, the money
was thrown into the creek. Police think they will eventually find the rest of
the money.
How valuable is money? It all depends on how you look at it – and what you do
with it!

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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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A
teacher was trying to teach a group of college students how to deal with some
“story problems” when she said, “If you had $23 in one pocket
and $56 in the other pocket, what would you have?” One student said loudly,
“I’d have somebody else’s pants.”

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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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