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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