The Sunday Message

The Reverend Billy Graham died this week. He was 99 years old.

When I was a child I remember watching the “Billy Graham Crusades” on an old black and white television. He ended many of his sermons with the choir singing “Just As I Am” for the altar call. He would tell the folks in the upper decks of the stadium to start coming down now because it was a long way. The televised portion of the “crusade” lasted about an hour. My parents liked that!

Over 58 years, the Rev. Billy Graham preached at 417 crusades in 185 countries and territories worldwide, reaching 84 million people face to face and a total of 215 million by satellite feeds. You can see the list HERE.

When doing some research for this column, I stumbled upon a 2014 video by Michael W. Smith honoring Billy Graham. I thought it was appropriate to share with my Sunday readers.

Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind;
sight, riches, healing of the mind,
yea, all I need in thee to find,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come

Just as I am, thou wilt receive,
wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
because thy promise I believe,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, thy love unknown
hath broken every barrier down;
now, to be thine, yea thine alone,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.