In remarks given at Liberty University, the Rev. Franklin Graham explained to students gathered that there are "costs" to following Jesus.
Graham, who is president and CEO of Samaritan's Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, focused his remarks at a Liberty University's regular event Convocation about "what it means to give your life to Christ."
"What does that mean? To say 'God here is my life, take it and use it'? Because there are some costs associated with this," said Graham, who read from Luke 14 to illustrate his point. "You have to be willing to give up everything…If you are going to follow me, if you are going to be my disciple you have got to understand the cost. You have to put me first." more >>
The "My Hope with Billy Graham" campaign has reached over 57 countries with the Gospel and is set to culminate in November of this year to mark the preacher's 95th birthday.
"My Hope" began 10 years ago and was intended to teach Billy Graham's message of hope to the world in places where the aging evangelist could not physically travel. In December, the movement hosted eight information sessions at locations around America, and those efforts are only set to increase in January and the months leading up to Graham's birthday.
"The important point is that, all together, 'My Hope with Billy Graham' is building momentum as an unprecedented nationwide, grass-roots movement of caring Christians reaching out with the love and Good News of Christ in their network of relationships," Joe Mott, of "My Hope with Billy Graham" communications, shared with The Christian Post. "The purpose of the information sessions is to equip pastors to recruit and train their church members to follow the example of the Apostle Matthew from the Bible." more >>
A group of crisis-trained chaplains deployed by the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team announced that it has officially completed its ministry in Newtown, Conn., the community where 26 lives were taken during the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
The announcement came last Friday, three weeks to the day when one of the most horrific tragedies this country has ever seen took place. The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team had chaplains on the ground within hours to minister to the emotional and spiritual needs of the first responders, teachers, family members and the community at-large.
Officials for the team report that 830 people were prayed with and comforted by the chaplains. more >>
Franklin Graham says America is living in "dark days" morally and spiritually as more same-sex couples get married, marijuana cigarettes are lit up in public places, and television is awash in blatant immorality.
The "sin-sickened" state of America will have far greater consequences than a "fiscal cliff," the evangelist warned.
"For the past few weeks, the media has been focused on what has been termed as the nation's 'fiscal cliff.' Our country's financial problems, however, are nothing compared to the spiritual and moral cliff that is far more destructive to our nation than any economic concerns," Graham said in a public letter last week. more >>
A new Gallup poll shows that President Barack Obama and his once presidential rival and now outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are the most admired man and woman of 2012.
But this was by no means a first for Clinton. It was her 17th year to take the top spot.
The USA Today/Gallup poll conducted between Dec. 19-22 is somewhat unique in that it asks respondents an open-ended question that allows them to choose anyone as opposed to most polls that ask a specific question and offer a list of options for the respondent to select from. more >>
VIENNA, Va. – The latest project by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association that emphasizes interpersonal relationship as a means to spreading the Gospel was presented at a D.C.-area megachurch on Tuesday afternoon.
The presentation, called "My Hope With Billy Graham," was given to a small but attentive group of ministers and laity at McLean Bible Church. William W. Conard, executive director of the My Hope project, told The Christian Post that "My Hope" was wrought out of international evangelism efforts begun in 2001.
"Franklin Graham asked us to carry his father's message around the world," said Conard, who had 20 years of experience as a missionary in Latin America. "He asked me to take it around the world. We started in Central America, small countries and then went on to other Latin American countries," continued Conard, who noted that other countries like Russia and India were also involved. more >>