Skip to comments.Billy Graham, a spiritual beacon
Posted on 11/18/2013 6:39:09 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Last Thursday, on November 7th, Billy Graham celebrated his 95th birthday. When his family suggested the idea months ago, he said Who would want to come to my birthday? nobody remembers who I am.
Well a guest list of 800 headed by Donald Trump, Rupert Murdock, Sarah Palin and many other household names remembered and came.
But in typical Billy Graham style, he said I dont want it to be about me; I want it to be about the cross. So the whole party started with a global broadcast of a multimedia event that he called MY HOPE AMERICA. It was a 30 minute presentation that was not only shown to his 800 guests but was broadcast live around the world. If you didnt see it you can catch it on the internet at http://myhopewithbillygraham.org/programs/the-cross/.
No matter what your spiritual bent is, you have to admire this 95-year-old senior who had a vision and a calling in his early twenties and never looked back. In fact he was guided in part by a 6-word phrase written in the Bible of an heir to the Borden milk fortune, William Borden, who died in Egypt on his way to the mission field: "no reserves, no retreat, no regrets". He often used this phrase to challenge students in setting the course for their lives.
He was called in the latter years of his ministry Pastor to the Presidents because he met personally with each president since Dwight Eisenhower, with whom I understand he had a close personal relationship.
Even when tempted by lucrative offers he stayed true to his calling. Wikipedia says Graham was offered a five-year, $5 million contract from NBC to appear on television opposite Arthur Godfrey, but he turned it down in favor of continuing his touring revivals because of his prearranged commitments. Im sure glad he did. Graham had missions in London, which lasted 12 weeks, and New York City in Madison Square Garden in 1957, which ran nightly for 16 weeks. I remember personally going to one of his crusades in Philadelphia back in the 50s. Hes been a spiritual beacon of America for my entire life.
If our government leaders and court justices had heeded his message instead of those who want to exorcise God out of every corner of our public life we may have had a different track record. Instead, since we have as a nation largely ignored his message, we have:
Gone from being the worlds largest creditor to being the worlds largest debtor
Seen some of our largest national institutions, including General Motors, declare bankruptcy
Seen the decline of our public educational system
Killed over 50 million of our would-be American Citizens before they were born. Is it any wonder there are not enough workers paying into the Social Security system to sustain it?
I wonder what America would be like today if we had heeded his message as a nation? While time is running out quickly, Billy Graham is still trying to show us the way with MY HOPE AMERICA. Thanks, Billy!
See you next week!
Happy birthday, Rev. Graham! God bless you!
Bump for the morning
I wonder how so many women fell into that EVIL way of thinking...that abortion was okey-dokey? I guess Satan had his hellish legions out working double time.
Imagine if Beethoven's mother just didn't want to have any more children when she conceived Ludwig. Here in the U.S.A. she could have aborted one of the shining stars of music.
Christ is the spiritual beacon.
Billy Graham is at best a reflector.