Recently, the world lost one of the most influential pastors and evangelists, Billy Graham. He went home to be with the Lord Jesus Christ on February 21, 2018, at the age of 99. You can’t stream the funeral service live at www.billygraham.org on Friday, March 2, 2018. The coverage begins at 10 a.m., ET.
When I begin to think of the heroes of the faith, especially in our generation, I think of Reverend Billy Graham. I would say Graham is one of my most favorite people and someone I highly admire and desire to be like. He has reached millions of souls for eternity through Christ, and has spoken to presidents (including speaking and reciting a Bible verse at President Nixon’s funeral), filled dozens of stadiums with thousands of people and has impacted this generation much like a Moses in our day.
Graham would preach with such passion and truth, and thousands would not only gather, but would also come forward at the altar call to receive Jesus as their personal savior. He was one of the first people to host stadium evangelistic events, much like Pastor Greg Laurie’s Harvest America, or Harvest Crusades in Southern California.
“Are you frustrated, bewildered, dejected, breaking under the strains of life? Then listen for a moment to me: Say yes to the Savior tonight, and in a moment you will know such comfort as you have never known. It comes to you quickly, as swiftly as I snap my fingers, just like that.” —Billy Graham
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Graham is reunited with loved ones such as Ruth Graham, his beautiful wife, who passed in 2007. He is also reunited with those he impacted, such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Johnny Cash and millions of souls he won by sharing the message of the Gospel, the good news. Graham was uncompromising in his sermons and would always preach, “repent and be born again.” He would speak to the hearts of the millions he reached.
Graham also authored a number of books that were impactful, such as How to Be Born Again (1977), The Holy Spirit (1978), Facing Death and the Life After (1987), Just As I Am (1997), The Heaven Answer Book (2012) and The Reason for My Hope (2013). He was certain he knew where he was going when he passed on from this earth to eternity. Here’s one memorable quote from him:
“Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God.” —Billy Graham
According to The New York Times, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association “estimated that he had preached the Gospel to more than 215 million people in more than 185 countries and territories since beginning his crusades in October 1947 in Grand Rapids, Mich. He reached hundreds of millions more on television, through video and in film … Mr. Graham began taking his ‘Crusade for Christ’ on the road. In 1957, he drew more than two million people to a series of rallies, extended to 16 weeks, at Madison Square Garden in New York. The crusades became international: One, in West Germany, was televised live in 10 other European countries. In 1966, he preached to nearly one million people in London … [He] is survived by his sons, the Rev. William Franklin III and the Rev. Nelson Graham, known as Ned; three daughters, Virginia Tchividjian (known as Gigi), Anne Graham Lotz and Ruth Graham McIntyre; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.”
Billy Graham was truly one of a kind. He really had a zeal for Christ and the Word of God, and after being born again at 16, stepped out to begin his calling as a spokesman and evangelist for God. Graham always remained humble and avoided controversy. He remained faithful to his wife, Ruth, throughout their marriage (over 64 years), and was someone who lived what he preached and believed. He was a rare man of God in our generation and will be truly missed.
To go to the official memorial page, click here.
PI Girls, have you heard of Billy Graham and do you know about the ministry of his son, Franklin Graham? Franklin is following in his father’s footsteps and does Operation Christmas Child annually, and has Samaritan’s Purse, a philanthropic evangelistic outreach that helps people in crisis or in need.
Keep the Graham family in your prayers and let us all carry on his legacy with the sharing of the good news of Jesus (Yeshua), the awaited Messiah. Amen?
Comment below if you would like to leave a special prayer or if Billy Graham impacted your life. God bless you.