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.


The Sunday Message

I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. – Philippians 4:13 (NASB)

Have you ever heard someone quote a bible verse and wonder how they think that it fits in a certain situation?

In Relevant Magazine, they have an article that caught my attention about The 5 Most Misused and Abused Bible Verses.

Philippians 4:13 is one of them – check out the story HERE.

When I read articles like this, I automatically check for authorship. Basically, it is the author’s opinion. Of course, the author may also be highly educated in the subject area so I take that into consideration.

Nonetheless, the article does make some great points. Enjoy!



The Sunday Message

God helps those who help themselves.”

Do you remember that verse from the Bible?

I follow Relevant magazine on Twitter and try to read some of their articles from time to time. Recently I read an article titled, “Five Verses That Don’t Mean What You Think” that was posted on their website.

One of the verses listed was “God helps those who help themselves” which I have heard many times and probably used a few times. I’ve heard some people use it to condemn people who are having a tough go of it especially those who are getting public assistance.

The interesting thing is “God helps those who help themselves” is not a verse in the Bible.

Some attribute the quote to Benjamin Franklin. Some say there’s a variation of the quote in the Quran (13:11).

As Christians we should try to help those less fortunate than us – even if they can’t help themselves. Who knows when the tables might be turned and we’ll need help?

I was hungry, and you gave me food. I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink. I was alone and away from home, and you invited me into your house. I was without clothes, and you gave me something to wear. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’Matthew 25:35-36 (NCV)

Have a great week!

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