What the Wizard of Oz Can Teach Us About Truth

Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz have a profound message to teach about truth – particularly God’s truth. It’s not hard to relive the wizard of Oz. After all, how many times have you seen it? I have viewed it so many times I feel I can quote most of the lines along with Dorothy and the other characters. It’s …

More Martyrs: “The People of the Cross”

Last week evil struck again in the form of (at least) 28 Ethiopian Christians being executed by ISIS. A week ago, ISIS released a propaganda video showing two different executions, one on the beach in eastern Libya where an estimated 15 men in orange boiler suits were beheaded by masked militants in camouflage, and the other in a desert area …

Joy and Sorrow Mixed

Saturday I experienced joy and sorrow back to back. As I reviewed my email correspondence overnight Friday, I read two emails back to back. The first had to do with a news article giving details of the execution of dozens of Ethiopian Christians in Libya. Ethiopia is one of the first countries where the Gospel was taken and preached. Acts …

The Governor’s Prayer Breakfast

Yesterday morning I had the privilege to rise early (can you say 4:00 AM?) and attend the Governor’s Prayer Breakfast in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The prayer breakfast is held each year at the beginning of the Louisiana legislative session. This was the 51st year for elected leaders and faithful pray-ers to join together. God commanded us to do this. Not …

It’s April Fools’ Day, But You Don’t Have to be One

Martha’s grandmother pulled off the greatest April Fools’ joke ever for me. When Martha and I dated, her grandmother lived with them. She was a somber woman who rarely spoke and didn’t seem remotely concerned about April Fools’ Day. I suppose that’s what made it work so well. On April Fools’ Day, I came by Martha’s house. We were on …

Slowness Rage

There’s a syndrome for everything. Amazingly, there seems to be a syndrome to cover every kind of fault or sin. For example, the latest syndrome I have heard about is called “Pedestrian Aggressiveness Syndrome.” It makes us have ”slowness rage.” “Slowness rage” describes what happens when we get angry and upset when other people around us are not moving as …

Is God Speaking to You?

Years ago I had an unusual encounter with someone who believed God had done a miracle in his life. By the way, I don’t doubt miracles or that God enters into the lives of individuals. I do have questions about encounters which do not reflect the truth of Scripture. My friend told me of his experience. He was attending a …

What Your Crisis Can Do For You

No one wants a crisis, but God’s Word shows us God works all things together for our good (Romans 8:28; Philippians 1:12). I was reminded of the power of those words this week as I looked at a New Testament owned and cherished by Martha’s uncle. In 1917, Elmer Layton, of Route 4, Brantley, Alabama, shipped out to West Virginia …

Having Coffee with God

This morning I had coffee with God. This is the way it happened. I deliberately sought God in my life, looking at Scripture and spending time in intense and intentional prayer. I call this time “Having Coffee with God.” My den is set up perfectly. Martha and I have stuffed chairs with an ottoman. Between the chairs is a round …