Iconic Christian evangelist Billy Graham, who has preached to more than 210 million people in 185 countries and prayed with every U.S. president since Harry Truman, had worried whether or not anyone would have shown up for his 95th birthday celebration last Thursday.
"Would anyone want to come to my party?" Don Wilton, the evangelist's close friend and pastor said last Thursday night, according to a report from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. "And he said this from the bottom of his heart," noted Wilton.
"He's afraid people have forgotten who he is," added Franklin Graham, the fourth of the Christian icon's five children who serves as president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) and Samaritan's Purse, an international Christian relief organization. more >>
Billy Graham delivered what may be his last address to America last night in a short video entitled "The Cross," in which the world-recognized preacher asked America: "I know where I've come from, I know why I'm here, I know where I'm going, do you?"
Graham's message aired Thursday evening as the pastor celebrated his 95th birthday in Asheville, North Carolina with an estimated 900 attendees, including former vice presidential candidate and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. The 30-minute message was later made available for viewers to watch online on the My Hope with Billy Graham website, and will be made available in select broadcasting networks this weekend.
At age 95, Graham's most recent message has been dubbed as possibly being his last; the evangelical leader and former spiritual advisor to multiple U.S. presidents has suffered a series of medical ailments, including Parkinson's disease, in his old age. Graham's message in "The Cross" was one of both sadness and hope; the pastor lamented over how greatly America has distanced itself from God, and how he believes the nation is in "great need of a spiritual awakening." more >>
More than 20,000 people have been invited into homes, businesses, and high school locker rooms in the North Texas area by members of Prestonwood Baptist Church to hear the Gospel message as presented by Billy Graham and his ministry association in an inspiring video shown during this entire week, which included the iconic preacher's birthday celebration on Thursday.
Prestonwood Pastor Jack Graham (no blood relation to Billy Graham) told The Christian Post that this aggressive, 6-month campaign in which he and his staff enlisted hosts from the Dallas-area congregations at three locations to share Graham's My Hope America video "Defining Moments" is not over.
"This is house-to-house witness and evangelism, book of Acts style," Graham explained. "We pray that it's not just a moment, but truly a movement in our church and we are asking God to send revival through our community as a result of this aggressive, proactive intentional sharing of Christ and the Gospel." more >>
Franklin Graham urges Christians to fulfill the Great Commission by telling their social media contacts to watch "The Cross."
Franklin Graham in his post, 'Go Around the World Digitally' writes:
I'd like to challenge you with the following verse and thought: more >>
SEATTLE, Wash. – On the eve of renowned evangelist Billy Graham's 95th birthday and his ambitious outreach event, "My Hope America," a 30-minute taped Gospel message by Graham to be broadcast nationally Thursday, several Christian leaders, including Pastors Rick Warren, Mark Driscoll, and James MacDonald, and "The Bible" TV series producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, gave their thoughts on the legendary preacher to The Christian Post.
"Every time I read an article or hear a report when somebody says, 'So-and-so is the next Billy Graham,' I just chuckle. There is no next Billy Graham," Driscoll, who is the lead pastor at Mars Hill Church in Seattle, told CP Tuesday during a break while hosting the Resurgence conference for Christian leaders.
When Graham was a younger man he took a lot of criticism about what he was trying to do evangelistically, said Driscoll, who is no stranger to controversy. However, Graham persevered and became a preacher with lasting, perhaps unparalleled influence. more >>
Famed evangelical preacher Billy Graham will be celebrating his 95th birthday in North Carolina next month, and his family has invited several well-known politicians and public figures to attend the celebration, including former President Bill Clinton, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and business magnate Donald Trump.
Graham's son Franklin told reporters this week that around 600 to 700 people have been invited to attend the Nov. 7 birthday bash in Asheville, North Carolina, near the town of Montreat, where the Grahams have their home.
The Grahams have previous ties to Palin, Clinton and Trump. In 2009, Palin traveled to Billy Graham's home in North Carolina to have dinner with the famed pastor. After the meeting, Graham released a statement saying it was an honor to meet the politician, adding that he was "impressed with her strong commitment to her faith, to family and love of country." more >>