As so many people have, I grew up with Billy Graham. I cannot remember a time when he wasn’t on TV, preaching in those crusades. I remember listening with my family to some of them, and being impressed by his total certainty in what he was saying. He had no doubt about Jesus Christ, and no doubt about expressing the message of God’s Son to the rest of us. He was educated, forceful, and clear-cut in his sermons. And I have no doubt that whenever and wherever he preached, the Holy Spirit moved. Billy has always seemed as solid as a rock to me. Oh, I know he is human, and I’m sure he has made mistakes in life, but to my knowledge, they weren’t public mistakes. He never did anything to disgrace his ministry or God’s message. As Peter was the rock of the early church, Billy has been the rock of our lifetimes. I’m sure that the lives he has touched, and those who have come to accept and know God through Billy’s preaching, is a staggering number.
When I was around ten years old, and not long after I was saved, I took a correspondence course from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. I still have the certificate of completion, with Billy’s signature. It is one of my most prized possessions. That course not only added to my Christian education, but the memroy of it kept me seeking after God all my life. I’ve been a Christian for 46 years now, and I know the influence of Billy had a hand in that decision.
Billy has probably influenced this country and our world more than any other modern minister. Thank God for you, Billy! Thank God that you answered His calling, took courage, and stepped out in faith, so that so many could hear God’s Word.
I am sure that some day in Heaven I will come to a long line of people who are waiting to give you a hug. I will get in line and I reserve a GIANT HUG for you . May God Bless you now and forever!