“Billy Graham: The Journey” on Fox TV this Sunday at 7 pm, ET.

Billy Graham: An Extraordinary Journey
On FOX, 7–8 p.m. ET, THIS Sunday, March 4

Tune in to FOX for the premiere of a special broadcast about Billy Graham. Never-before-seen footage reveals this remarkable, yet humble, man and how God worked through him on the grand stage of history—and touched millions of lives around the world. We pray you’ll be inspired as you see what God can do through an ordinary life yielded to Him.

We encourage you to watch the broadcast with your friends and family who need to hear the Gospel message, and please pray that people across the nation will come to faith in Jesus Christ.

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P.S. Did God use Billy Graham to minister to you or your family? We’d love to hear your story, which you can share here.

“Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord … that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.” —Revelation 14:13

One Appointment We All Keep

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At the conclusion of his father’s funeral, Franklin Graham said, “Daddy, I won’t see you on this earth again, but I will see you again. I’ll see you maybe soon, but not yet. To God be the glory.”

Watching the Billy Graham memorial service online today reminded me of my Mother’s service in (2012) and my Dad’s in (2014). In the past eight years I’ve had to say, “See you later” to both of them. Fortunately, both knew Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and they went home to heaven’s glory. I will see them again, but I still miss them very much.

Then, all of this reminds me of my own human mortality, the fact that I have an appointment with death one day, just like you and every other person on the face of the earth, whether we are famous or not. This is one appointment none of us can change, reschedule or miss.

The Bible says, “It is appointed to man once to die and after this the judgment,” (Hebrews 9:27).

At the same the Scriptures tell us, “Prepare to meet your God,” (Amos 4:12).

Are you prepared to meet your God? Are you ready for eternity?

You know, eternity is a very long time to be wrong about how you stand with God. We can’t afford to hope or guess our soul is o.k. with God. We need to make sure our salvation is settled through Jesus Christ because there are no second chances to get it right once we enter eternity.  My Mother and Dad were ready. I am ready and I truly hope you are too.

If you don’t have total assurance, you can. Please email us and let us pray with you today.

When Christ comes into our hearts, He takes away our fear of death and replaces it with His peace. But, if we don’t have total confidence we are saved by Christ, we should never put it off or consider it normal Christianity.

In closing, at my Mother’s eulogy, my Pastor cousin read a famous poem written by Linda Ellis called, “The Dash.”

A man once spoke at the funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on the tombstone: the beginning to the end.

First, came his date of birth as he spoke of the ending date with tears.
Yet, what mattered most of all was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time we spent alive on earth.
But, we seldom realize how precious that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own, the cars…the house…the cash.
What matters is how we live, love and spend our dash.

So, think about this poem while you can,
Because life is slipping away faster than the hourglass sand.

Are there things in your life that need to change?
Priorities, decisions or attitudes to rearrange?

Slow down to discover what’s true and real,
And, always consider the way others feel.

Be slow to anger and show appreciation more.
Love God and others like you’ve never loved before.

Be kind to others, willing to walk the second mile.
Knowing that this dash might end in just a little while.

So, I ask you when your eulogy is finally being read,
What things about your life will be said?

My friend, our earthly treasures will one day crumble all to ash.
Yet what remains is how you spent YOUR dash?

“How I Want to Be Remembered”

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Billy Graham’s Final Column: How He Wanted to be Remembered

Question: “Mr. Graham, how would you like to be remembered?”

Answer: “I hope I will be remembered as someone who was faithful—faithful to God, faithful to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and faithful to the calling God gave me not only as an evangelist, but as a husband, father and friend.”

“I’m sure I’ve failed in many ways, but I take comfort in Christ’s promise of forgiveness, and I take comfort also in God’s ability to take even our most imperfect efforts and use them for His glory.”

“By the time you read this, I will be in heaven, and as I write this I’m looking forward with great anticipation to the day when I will be in God’s presence forever.”

“I’m convinced that heaven is far more glorious than anything we can possibly imagine right now, and I look forward not only to its wonder and peace, but also to the joy of being reunited with those who have gone there before me, especially my dear wife, Ruth. The Bible says, “Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face” (1 Corinthians 13:12).”

“But I won’t be in heaven because I’ve preached to large crowds or because I’ve tried to live a good life. I’ll be in heaven for one reason: Many years ago I put my faith and trust in Jesus Christ, who died on the cross to make our forgiveness possible and rose again from the dead to give us eternal life.”

“My friend, do you know for sure you will go to heaven when you die? Do you have any lingering doubts you would like to settle? You can, right now, by committing your life to Jesus Christ today. Don’t put this decision off a minute longer. Come to the cross of Jesus Christ and you will know the deep peace and assurance only God can give you.”

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

Put your trust in Christ today.

 

Why? Because He Loves Us.

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“Love is why God created us in the first place. We didn’t birth ourselves. God did not make us because He needed to or because He was bored or because He was lonely or because He had run out of things to do. The only reason why we are even here is because He loves us, plain and simple.” —-John Ortberg

You all know the Disney story, we learned it as children.

It’s a classic story, Gepetto the kind woodworker carves a little boy out of a lifeless block of wood. He deeply wishes he would become real and come to life. Surprisingly, his wish is actually granted! And, Pinocchio is transformed into a living, breathing, flesh and blood little boy with a independent mind of his very own.

Unfortunately, Pinocchio’s boyish ideas eventually land him into all kinds of trouble. He falls into the wrong crowd. He runs away from home. And, suddenly this sweet, little boy becomes a prodigal son. Of course, this senseless act of rebellion literally breaks his father’s heart. Gepetto weeps at night thinking about his lost boy as he experiences the painful ache of separation between himself and the child he created.

In a like manner, knowing full well that mankind would make a similar decision to choose their own way and rebel against their loving Creator, God decided to create us anyway.  If we were God, there’s little chance we would do what He did. But, He knew our outcome before he knelt down, scooped up the dirt He also created and blew His living Spirit into us, shaping us and making us His final, crowning work of magnificence, even reflecting His very image. Astounding!

Yet, we know what happened. The heartbreak of humanity was the fall of mankind. However, in the midst of this terrible tragedy a miracle happened: though our feelings changed turned against our Creator—His love never wavered for us even at the very height of our treason against Him!

And, the reason why I personally believe the Bible is real and tells the truth is because of what happened next; naked and ashamed beyond words, our first father and mother stood before God guilty and condemned. To their utter and complete shock, their loving Creator gave them a promise that He would send a Redeemer, He would come to them one day, in His Son Jesus Christ, and straighten out the cataclysmic mess they caused because of their sin, not only for themselves, but you and I and all of creation. Nobody writes stories like this in Hollywood.

Why?

Because God loves us.

Guess what? He still does. You. Me. And, the rest of humanity.

Please never let the familiarity or the repetition of hearing that wonderful truth become old hat to you. Because it is only when we deeply know and appreciate His love that we are able to finally love God, our neighbor and ourselves in the most healthy, healing and holistic manner possible. And, His eternal love doesn’t just end when we die, that’s only the beginning of the very fullness of the joy of His love which we can only barely imagine on this side of heaven.

In this cold, insensitive and selfish world,  this is Good News indeed, the love we can experience through Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God.

If God’s matchless, personal love for you does not move you like it once did, I pray you will go to the cross today, by prayer, and ask Jesus to help you re-experience the gift of His love for you.

God is not mad at you, He’s madly in love with you.

P.S. The revised version story of Pinocchio ends with the Fairy turning the puppet into a real boy and him and Gepetto being reunited and living happily ever after.

Billy Graham: A Great Man of God

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“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 (1918–2018)