Evangelical preacher the Rev. Franklin Graham recently visited a Make-A-Wish recipient days before the 18-year-old passed away, saying he "looks forward" to meeting the teen in heaven.
Graham, who is president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, shared his inspirational experience in a February 1 Facebook post, writing that he was fortunately able to visit Make-A-Wish recipient Jaxson Breazeale at his home in Oregon late last week, shortly before the teen passed away on Monday.
"Life is so short. I just met Jaxson Breazeale through Make-A-Wish America on Friday, and he passed away this morning. He was 18 years old," Graham wrote on Monday. more >>
Angels have been the object of man's fascination since the beginning of time. In an effort to shed some light on these celestial entities, the Rev. Billy Graham offers his thoughts on the supernatural beings that never fail to captivate.
In a Q&A series published in The Kansas City Star last week, Graham expounds upon the mystique, power and purpose of angels.
"Angels are real. Just as real as you and I, " said Graham, explaining that the invisible beings exist in large numbers, as evidenced by Hebrews 12: 22 (KJV): "But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels." more >>
The Rev. Franklin Graham says that beside Saeed and Naghmeh Abedini themselves, only God knows the details surrounding the issues between them.
"While we rejoice at his (Saeed Abedini's) new freedom, we now lift him and his wife, Naghmeh, to the Lord for healing in their marriage. Other than God, no one knows the details and the truth of what has happened between Saeed and Naghmeh except them. There's an old saying that there are at least two sides to every story," Graham, the CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, wrote in a Facebook message on Thursday.
Graham added that he is trying to be a friend and assist both, and said that there is a great need for prayer for their relationship. more >>
Pastor Saeed Abedini, the American citizen who was released from prison in Iran earlier this month, has opened up about the torture he suffered while in captivity and his constant prayer to God in his first post-release interview.
Abedini told Greta Van Susteren of Fox News that interrogators tried to get him to sign confession papers to crimes he didn't commit during his more than three years in prison, but he refused each time.
"In interrogation, once they beat me very badly," the pastor said, noting how one beating caused him stomach bleeding. He was also threatened of being beaten to death, and told that even after his release, he would still be followed closely. more >>
The Rev. Franklin Graham says he's "deeply concerned" about reports that the Faculty Council at Wheaton College has made a recommendation against the move to terminate a tenured professor who suggested that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.
"Both my father Billy Graham and my mother attended Wheaton College in Illinois — in fact that's where they met. I'm surprised and disappointed that the faculty council there is now recommending the college drop their plans to terminate a professor who published that she believed Islam and Christianity worship the same God in December," Graham wrote on his Facebook page on Saturday.
"This is no minor issue that should be debated. Islam denies that God has a Son. They deny that Jesus is God," he added. more >>
Leading evangelist Franklin Graham praised the Anglican Communion's decision last Thursday to suspend the entire U.S. Episcopal Church over its embrace of same-sex marriage, calling it a "major scolding they deserve."
In a Facebook post issued Sunday morning, Graham, the president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the humanitarian aid group Samaritan's Purse, argued that the three-year suspension and sanctions put in place by the Archbishops of the Worldwide Anglican Communion last Thursday during their meeting in Canterbury, England, should help the Episcopal Church realize that they have moved in a direction "contrary to the Bible."
"The Episcopal Church in the U.S. has just received a major scolding. The worldwide Anglican Communion voted to suspend the entire U.S. Episcopal Church this week because it has embraced same-sex marriage, allowing the election of homosexual priests and allowing same-sex marriages to be performed," Graham wrote. "They deserve to be called out for this — it is wrong and is against what Almighty God clearly teaches in His Word." more >>