My father turned 95 this past November 7, and I am pleased to say that my family was able to be with him as he celebrated another milestone in his long and productive life. Joined by many colleagues and friends from around the nation and the world at this celebration, he spoke briefly of these friendships and did not fail to point people to the Lord Jesus Christ. This will forever be his legacy which is, as the Bible says, a testimony to the faithfulness of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Since that night a few short weeks ago, he has had another bout with a respiratory infection and was hospitalized briefly before returning home to recuperate. He is extremely weak but his vitals are good. Our family would appreciate your prayers for him that the Lord would strengthen him. He has been so encouraged by the release of his most recent book “The Reason for My Hope—Salvation” that he immediately began work on another book about a subject that he feels that God has laid on his heart. Only the Lord knows what is in store as we move forward in service to Him.
To all who have stood with us—some for sixty years—supporting us financially and undergirding through prayer, thank you for your faithful support. We are encouraged with how God has blessed the proclamation of the Gospel through My Hope. This evangelistic outreach will continue for the next five years as the Lord is using it so effectively in people’s hearts. We are thankful that He is touching hearts as tens of thousands have responded to the invitation to confess their sins and receive Christ as Savior.
We value your prayers—in fact, we depend on them. We find words of comfort and praise in the psalms, “Oh, bless our God…and make the voice of His praise to be heard, who keeps our soul among the living, and does not allow our feet to be moved. Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will declare what He has done for my soul. Blessed be God, who has not turned away my prayer” (Psalm 66:8-9, 16, 20 NKJV).
Remember last year before the presidential elections Billy Graham and his Evangelical group sponsored a prominent newspaper ad promoting both Biblical principles and marriage? Interestingly, shortly after these ads were published, the Billy Graham Association received notice they would be subject to an immediate audit by the Internal Revenue Service.
Today, following the scandalous news that the IRS did indeed target organizations who may have been outspoken during the election, Reverend Franklin Graham penned a letter to President Obama.
Read his letter and decide. Was it coincidence or was the IRS specifically targeting this well respected, but outspoken Christian group?
The Reverend Billy Graham is encouraging us to vote based on biblical values. Rev. Graham placed ads in the Wall Street Journal and Ohio newspapers this week launching a national advertising campaign.
“We are at a crossroads and there are profound moral issues at stake,” Graham said in the ad. “I strongly urge you to vote for candidates who support the biblical definition of marriage between a man and woman, protect the sanctity of life, and defend our religious freedoms.”
“The legacy we leave behind for our children, grandchildren and this great nation is crucial,” he continues. “As I approach my 94th birthday, I realize this election could be my last. I believe it is vitally important that we cast our ballots for candidates who base their decisions on biblical principles and support the nation of Israel.”
The campaign comes on the heels of a supportive meeting with Mitt Romney. Romney’s Mormon religion has been seen by Evangelical Christians as a cult and not a true Christian religion. Last week the GEA website removed Mormonism from their list of cults paving the way for an evolved relationship.
While not a direct endorsement of Mitt Romney Billy Graham’s statements are reflective of a growing concern of the leftist policies promoted by the Obama administration.
Billy Graham was released from an Asheville, North Carolina hospital today after a two-day stent there, while being treated for bronchitis.
Reverend Billy Graham, was recently released from a hospital in Asheville, North Carolina
“Mr. Graham had a quick recovery and responded very well to his treatment,’’ said Daniel Fertel, a pulmonologist at the MissionHospital in Asheville, N.C. “Despite this illness, he remains remarkably healthy for a 93-year-old man.’’
He has since returned to his home in the small western North Carolina mountain town of Montreat. Upon his release, Graham thanked all of his supporters for their letters, cards, and prayers.
“Such an outpouring of love and support is always a blessing but was especially appreciated during my hospitalization,’’ Graham said in a statement.
Graham’s spokesman, A. Larry Ross, said that Graham will resume his normal activities of ministry, physical therapy, and writing his next book which is due to be released next year.
This was the second time in eight months that Graham was admitted to a hospital. Last November, Graham was admitted and treated for pneumonia.
Ninety-three years ago the world was changed forever. November 7, 1918- William Franklin Graham, Jr.- known to all the world as the Reverend Billy Graham, came into this world.
He was born to Morrow and William Franklin Graham I, on a dairy farm near Charlotte, North Carolina. Though he was raised in the Presbyterian Church by his parents, at the age of 16 he converted and became an evangelical Southern Baptist.
America’s Preacher, as he is now known, was not always looked so fondly upon. In his teenage years, he was not allowed to become a member of the local youth group because he was “too worldly.” He later went to college, but found himself facing expulsion. He was warned by administration staff not to throw his life away, and was told: “At best, all you could amount to would be a poor country Baptist preacher somewhere out in the sticks…. You have a voice that pulls. God can use that voice of yours. He can use it mightily.”
Indeed, God has used Billy Graham’s voice. He has preached the Gospel of Christ to more people than any other person in history, with more than 3.2 million accepting invitations to accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior at Billy Graham Crusades. As of 2008, his lifetime audience was more than 2.2 billion people. His evangelism career spans more than half a century- six decades, in fact- actively preaching the gospel.
He has been a trusted spiritual adviser to most of the last 12 Presidents, and has met personally with every President, starting with Harry S. Truman, up to our current President Barack Obama.
Today is his birthday. Happy Birthday, Billy Graham! You have truly changed the world! May God bless you sir!