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Will God Raise Up Another Billy Graham?

A Tribute to Billy Graham

Billy Graham impacted the world with the gospel of Christ in a tremendous way. Will God raise up another Billy Graham to impact our world once again? I am sure only heaven has the true records of how many people were changed by Billy Graham's life, as was mine. I believe God used him like a John the Baptist, preparing people to receive Jesus before Jesus came into His ministry. Today we await the return of Christ and we need another move of the Spirit of God through a minister like Billy that will prepare people for Christ's return.

So this brings us to the question, "Will God raise up another Billy Graham? Who will replace the influence he had on the world? Before answering this question, I think we must all understand where Billy Graham's power and influence came from. What caused millions of people to respond to altar calls in huge stadiums over the years? The answer to this is: it was the work of the Holy Spirit working through Billy Graham. The Spirit of God moved on the hearts of people to respond to the message of the cross and the Bible. Billy Graham was simply following the command of Jesus in

Mark 16:15 "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature."

Mark 16:20 "And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen."

God has always sent mighty men and women of God over the centuries to minister to people because He has always cared about the people in the world He created. He is still doing this today through the many evangelists, pastors, teachers, prophets and apostles in the earth (the five-fold ministry).

Ephesians 4:11-13:

11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.

From the above scriptures we see it is God who works with His people who have responded to the call on their lives.

Billy Graham's Life and Death

Evangelist Billy Graham died on February 21, 2018, at his home in Montreat, North Carolina of natural causes and is now home with Jesus. He was 99. Throughout his life, Billy Graham preached the gospel of Jesus Christ to some 215 million people who attended his more than 400 Crusades, simulcasts and evangelistic rallies in more than 185 countries and territories. He reached millions more through TV, video, film, the internet and 34 books. Yet, he always deflected any credit to God: "If anything has been accomplished through my life, it has been solely God's doing, not mine, and He—not I—must get the credit."

Billy and Ruth Graham
Billy and Ruth Graham

Born November 7, 1918, William Franklin "Billy" Graham Jr. grew up during the Depression and developed a work ethic helping his dad at his dairy farm. It would carry him through decades of ministry on six continents. Graham was a man of human frailty and had his faults as any other man, but he had great humility and integrity as his personal life never brought any shame on the name of Christ during his ministry spanning over decades, as his moral life was exemplary. No other Christian minister in our generation has had as many accolades bestowed upon him from the world and the church as this one man.

His wife, Ruth Bell Graham, was the daughter of missionaries in China. Billy always credited Ruth as his helpmate in the ministry and declared he could have not accomplished all he did without her. She indeed, will receive the same rewards as Billy in her supportive role. He had 3 daughters and 2 sons: Virginia "Gigi" Graham Leftwich, Anne Graham Lotz, Ruth Graham, Franklin Graham, and Nelson Edman "Ned" Graham with 19 grandchildren and 41 great-grandchildren. His oldest son, Franklin, will continue to head the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association as they continue to reach out to the world. The numerous accolades of Billy Graham cannot all be listed here, but he was known as America's Pastor and the President's Pastor. Graham was only the fourth person to lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda before being buried by his wife's side at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.

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Burning the American Flag is an Act of Rebellion

Burning the American Flag is an Act of Rebellion

Burning the American Flag is, at the least, an act of blatant rebellion against our government, and at the worst, could even be classified as anarchy. In my opinion, as a Christian, the burning of the American Flag should be counted as an act of treason, as well as anarchy. However, since treason has a death penalty attached to it, there could be a lesser punishment for it, but to me it definitely should be treated as a crime. When one burns our flag they are making the statement that they are against our country and everything it stands for. At the present time, in the name of freedom of speech, our country has allowed people to do this. However, I believe flag burning should be considered as a crime, because it is a statement of renouncing our country's beliefs and laws. It is also an act of desecration against the sacrifices of the many men and women who gave their lives and spilled their blood to protect our freedoms for which that flag stands! Now I believe in the rights and freedom of our populace to be able to oppose certain things, such as we have done in times past, like slavery; but, burning our flag to me is opposing our entire country's belief system because the flag represents all we are as a nation. Even the words of our national anthem declare what we believe. I believe in free speech, but free speech does have its limits and boundaries. What are these boundaries? They are the laws and beliefs that our nation has established since the founding fathers wrote out the constitution and defined what, we as a nation, would corporately believe and support. It also includes the laws that we have passed in our nation's capital that should be upheld. When lawlessness is allowed anarchy follows.

When people defy our national laws there is also a penalty that goes with that defiance. What has happened in our country, in many areas, is that we have good laws on the books, but we have not enforced them. This is one reason we are having so many problems with illegal immigration. The laws associated with immigration have been violated for years and the lawbreakers were not held accountable on both sides of this issue. The illegal immigrant who was allowed to stay here and was given benefits of our legal citizens, along with the corporations and businesses who hired them for cheap labor, are both guilty of breaking the law. Guilty as well, are the legal authorities and agencies who allowed both parties to get by with doing this. If businesses had not hired the illegals, there would be no jobs for them in this nation, so those people who did the hiring are guilty of not keeping the law, just as the immigrants are guilty of coming here illegally. This has created enormous problems for all of our citizens. The root problem is one of dishonesty and lawlessness, plus the irresponsibility of officials who failed to enforce our laws. Motives on both sides were not right, but both were wrong.

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