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In September of the year 1900, Frank Baum published a book. He entitled it, ''The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.'' They made a movie, as you know, from that book in 1939 just simply titled, ''The Wizard of Oz.'' And in that story you had really four main characters and they were all seeking the wizard because they had a need.
Dorothy had a need to go home. And so they said, ''Hey, follow the yellow brick road and go to the wizard, and the wonderful Wizard of Oz, he'll be able to take you home. And on the way she met the scarecrow. And he had a need for a brain. And then, on the way she and the scarecrow going to the wizard, they met the tin man. He had a need for a heart. And then, they met the most ironic character, a lion, but he was a cowardly lion. The lion is the king of all beasts. The lion roars and scares everyone, but this lion was a coward. He was afraid. He was a scared cat, and he had need of courage.
Now I want to ask you, in your life, have you ever felt like the cowardly lion? I mean we're talking, and we've been talking for the last several weeks, about brave heart, becoming a warrior for Christ. And you say, ''Boy I wish I could be like that. I wish I could take a stand for Jesus Christ. I wish I could take a stand for good and for God. I wish I could be the witness at work and at school that God wants me to be, but I get so afraid and I tend to want to stand up for the Lord, but I get afraid and I shrink back in fear. And boy, I'm so much like the cowardly lion.''
Nikita Khrushchev was the Premier of Russia, the Soviet Union, from 1953 to 1964. He followed Joseph Stalin. And Khrushchev used to talk about the terrible things that Stalin - his policies, his atrocities. He would speak, openly about those and talk, denounce them. And one time he was in a meeting with a, in a big group in a room and he was talking about the terrible things Joseph Stalin did. ...
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