I just heard that Cotton Ivy, former TN Commissioner of Agriculture, was promoted to glory. Read how when I was in college, Cotton helped free me up to love Jesus more!
Cotton Ivy was the Commissioner of Agriculture for the state of Tennessee from 1989-1995. The building in the picture is named after him: the L.H. “Cotton” Ivy Laboratory at Ellington Agricultural Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
Once when I was a student at the University of Tennessee Martin, Cotton Ivy asked me and a few of my friends if we would like to go to church with him one night. We said yes, and he drove us to a Pentecostal church in Kennett, Missouri.
I had never been to a Pentecostal church before and had no idea what to expect. (I grew up Presbyterian.) The small building was packed with people. Cotton led my friends and I down to the front row.
To begin the meeting, the preacher stood up and passionately quoted a Bible verse: The God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. Then…
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