For many years the license plates of New Hampshire, bore the slogan, made famous by Revolutionary War general John Stark - "live free or die". The irony is that those great words were printed onto the license plates by inmates in the state prison. They could not leave their prison, but many of us stay in our prisons when we have the power to leave. We want to live free, but we do not want to do what the gospel says we need to do to be truly free.


J. Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati, OH.