The Sunday Message

Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

We are 23 days from Election Day 2018. Please vote!

Back in 2016, a man wrote to Billy Graham saying he and his wife were “fed up with politics” and they had “decided not to vote.”

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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.

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Thursday Numbers

Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened. – Billy Graham

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re a first-time visitor, this is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm.

This week’s topics include the Powerball jackpot, unemployment, Billings Police Department, Billy Graham, assault weapons, gun laws, Trump’s job performance, Mike Patrick, U.S. Women’s Olympic hockey team, Montana candidate filing, Greg Gianforte, and much more!

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The Sunday Message

My home is in Heaven. I’m just traveling through this world. – Billy Graham

Christian evangelist, the Rev. Billy Graham turned 99 years old this week (Nov. 7). I think Rev. Graham has been one of the most important Christian leaders of my lifetime.

I’ve written this before, but it’s worth sharing again:

I remember as a child watching the Billy Graham Crusade on a local television station (we only received three stations). I would sit on the floor and listen closely to what Reverend Graham had to say. It seemed before you knew it, the song “Just As I Am” would be playing, people would be walking forward to get prayer and ask God to come into their lives, and then the show would end.

I think my dad liked to watch Billy Graham on television because he knew that the whole thing would be over in an hour – plus he did not need to get dressed in his Sunday best to watch the show on TV.

Graham did not go through his 99 years without some controversies. I think he handled those controversies as well as he could.

He’s met with and has been called the “spiritual advisor to American Presidents.” I read somewhere that he had met with every President from Harry Truman to Barack Obama.

In honor of Graham’s 99th birthday, the online Christian magazine “RELEVANT” has a story posted called, “14 Billy Graham Quotes That Help Shape American Christianity.”

Read it HERE.

It is the Holy Spirit’s job to convict, God’s job to judge and my job to love. – Billy Graham

Happy Birthday, Billy Graham. Thank you.

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The Sunday Message

He will wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying, nor pain. All of that has gone forever.”Revelation 21:4 (TLB)

A quote from Reverend Billy Graham goes like this: I’ve read the last page of the Bible. It’s all going to turn out all right.

Amen to that. I think of all his quotes, I remember that one most.

I remember as a child watching the Billy Graham Crusade on a local television station (we only received three stations). I would sit on the floor and listen closely to what Reverend Graham had to say. It seemed before you knew it, the song “Just As I Am” would be playing, people would be walking forward to get prayer and ask God to come into their lives, and then the show would end.

I think my dad liked to watch Billy Graham on television because he knew that the whole thing would be over in an hour – plus he did not need to get dressed in his Sunday best to watch the show on TV.

Some religions believe that you have to ask Jesus to come into your life and ask for forgiveness of your sins (repent). You can do this by praying something like this prayer from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association:

Dear Lord Jesus,
I know I am a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness.
I believe you died for my sins and rose from the dead.
I trust and follow you as my Lord and Savior.
Guide my life and help me to do your will.
In your name, amen.

Go to THIS WEBSITE if you have questions or want more information.

Have a great week!

 

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The Sunday Message

Every day is a gift from God, no matter how old we are. – Billy Graham

When I was younger it seemed that the hours, days, weeks and months were very long especially when I was looking forward to something (recess, birthday, Christmas, summer vacation, etc.).

Now that I am older, it seems that those same days, weeks, and months fly by. Here we are at the end of another February. This month always seemed to go by quickly (fewer days), but even more quickly since I am older.

A few years ago an “older” friend told me that when his feet hit the floor each morning he thanks God for giving him another day. I try to do that each morning because like Billy Graham said, “Every day is a gift from God…”

The good news (maybe it is good news) is that we are living longer – Reuters recently reported that the average life expectancy will rise in many countries by 2030, breaking through 90 years in some places.

So for those of us who are 45 and older, we have reached the time when we probably have fewer days left than we have lived. It’s like we have a countdown clock ticking toward to the end of life.

How will you use your remaining days? Tick, tick, tick…

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The Sunday Message

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)

I happened to see that the Decision America Tour 2016 is coming to Helena, Montana, next week (August 9). The event will be held at the state capitol at noon.

The Decision America Tour is part of Christian evangelist Franklin Graham’s ministry. Franklin Graham is the son of famed evangelist, Billy Graham.

I have not always agreed with some of the tactics used or things said by Franklin Graham, but I do believe it’s always a good thing to pray for our leaders and our nation. I think it’s important to vote.

According to an article in the Great Falls Tribune, the Decision America Tour will not endorse political candidates or legislation, and no candidates or current public officials will speak at any of the rallies.

That’s a good thing.

According to the Decision America Tour website:

Franklin Graham is traveling to all 50 states in 2016 to hold prayer rallies, to preach the Gospel, and to challenge believers to take a stand and take action. He’ll be urging Christians to vote, to live out their faith in every part of their lives, and to pray for our nation just as Nehemiah cried out to God to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem and restore hope to His people.

You can visit the Decision America Tour website HERE.

 

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