Matt 25:23 – ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
In the days before 24 hour cable and channels dedicated to full-time religious programming the only place to see Christian preachers on television was Sunday morning – except when Billy Graham would buy prime time.
The ads would appear in the newspaper (ink on paper) to let us know the day and time. We would cut the ad out and put it on the fridge. Billy Graham was must see tv at the Warehouse.
Our family would gather to hear Cliff Barrows introduce the deep-bass voice of George Beverly Shea.
“Bev” would sing and Barrows would intro some celebrity. Johnny Cash and June Carter were almost full timers.
Then Mr. Graham would take the stage with his message of Christ’s love for all sinners. Whosoever shall come will be saved.
Billy Graham lived a life of moral clarity and pristine integrity.
The world loved him. Left and right. Democrat and Republican. Every President since Harry Truman valued his counsel.
He embodied a statement I use frequently, “God loves you, and so do I.”
It’s true. He does.
I think the best way to honor Mr. Graham’s incredible life would be to seek the Lord Jesus Christ today. Ask Him to visit us with His Spirit and heal our land. Ask Jesus to lead us in the ways He wants us to go.
Dr. Graham said, “One day you will hear I have died. Don’t believe it because on that day I will be more alive than I am right now.”
That day has come, and Billy Graham is fully alive, and sharing in His Master’s happiness.