Updates: February 21, 2018
A private family prayer service will be held Saturday morning. Beginning Monday, for at least two days, Graham’s body will lie in repose at the Graham family home. Then next Friday, a 90-minute funeral will be held at which his son Franklin Graham will speak, in addition to his other children. The hymns chosen for the funeral are some of Graham’s favorite. In fact, he personally approved the details of the service years ago. Source: ABCnews.go.com
Billy Graham’s final journey underway in North Carolina
Billy Graham “Set an example for your children by committing your life to Jesus Christ”
Answer: … How can you help your son? The most important step you can take is to turn your own lives over to Jesus Christ, and become His followers. After all, how can you expect God to be important to your son if He isn’t important to you? Begin your journey of faith today by committing your lives to Christ and making Him the center and foundation of your lives.
Mission San Diego 2003 Crusade with Billy Graham
Note: I attended the Military Appreciation Night at the Billy Graham Crusade 2003 in San Diego.
May 11, 2003
A couple of days ago (Friday) I had the pleasure of attending one day of a four day major Christian event held in a stadium in San Diego Ca. The main speaker stepped up to the microphone and proclaimed that “God is the God of Judgment and that one day God is going to judge the world. But that day is not today! Today is another day! Today is another Day of God’s Mercy and of God’s Grace given to us from God for our Salvation.” As I sat there listening I realized that indeed this is a testimony of God, Heaven, and of good things through Christ Jesus both now and yet to come. The speaker was Billy Graham.
We then, as workers together with Him, beseech you also that ye receive not the Grace of God in vain. For He saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succored (helped/aided) thee: Behold, now is the accepted time; Behold, now is the Day of Salvation. ~ 2 Corinthians 6:1-2
Billy Graham looked and seemed in great shape. Based on current news articles I half expected him to struggle up to the podium in a walker but he was fine, he told a couple of funny stories and gave a Superb message. His message was being broadcast to all of the military troops world wide on ship and on land including Iraq, Afghanistan and Korea so the theme was military oriented and the guest speaker was an Army General. Billy Graham used the current events and interwove it with the Biblical message of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32), he truly does wonderfully preach with the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other. His message was one of the best that I have ever heard, the stadium was mostly packed and it was really pleasing to see many young and squirming kids in attendance and it was truly amazing to sit in the crowd and feel the Holy Spirit calm the hearts of everyone around so Billy could give his message. I don’t think that I have ever sat in such an amazing event, when Billy Graham began to speak, (after a long applause and standing ovation that he was visibly not happy about receiving), the crowded stadium entered into an incredible silent hush, you could literally hear a pin drop as the message was given and the invitation was enthusiastically met by an emptying of much of the stadium as people filled the field around the stage in an act of acceptance of the message given. Billy Graham showed once again that he truly is America’s Preacher.
God Bless you!
Let us continue in praying for and the building up of one another in the Faith and Love of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior!
Have a Jesus Day! :o)
God Bless you,
David Anson Brown
Also Note: The next year in 2004 I attended a pre-crusade event as a blogger at the coming Billy Graham 2004 crusade at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. I was out of town and didn’t make it to the actual Pasadena Crusade. At the Rose Bowl pre-crusade event it was Billy Graham’s birthday and Billy Graham couldn’t make it to the pre-event but they had birthday cupcakes for everyone when we left the stadium.