People in East Tennessee talk often about the "lost state of Franklin." The area of upper East Tennessee formed a state, named it after Benjamin Franklin and petitioned to be made a part of the Union. Because of political considerations for North Carolina, the petition was rejected. Later, the region came into the Union as part of Tennessee. But, are there any "lost states" in your life? Is there a lost state of security, a lost state of joy or a lost state of contentment in your life?


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