Archive for February, 2018

Just Up the Hill

Many of us are heartbroken over the news of the passing of Billy Graham.  Yet, we can also rejoice knowing that he is with his beloved wife Ruth and in the presence of the Lord whom He served so faithfully for decades.  If I were to write all of my thoughts about Billy Graham, this article would be too long and most of you might not read all of it.

Those of my generation grew up with Billy Graham being a household name.  Whenever one of his crusades was being televised, you can be sure that was the program our family would be watching.  As I grew older and knew that the Lord was calling me into the ministry, Billy Graham became one of my heroes and main role models for life and ministry.  One of the greatest privileges of my life was to serve as the Operation Andrew director for Franklin Graham’s Festival in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  Lisa served as a secretary in the Festival office for a year.  During that time, we met so many of the Graham team members and learned even more about the man for whom we had so much love and respect.

His ministry literally impacted the world.  One of the first times we went to Romania, our mission team was sharing the Gospel in a large park.  We were using the Billy Graham tract, “Steps to Peace with God.”  Many of the people saw the name of the author on the front of the tract and said with a smile, “Ah, Billy Graham!”  This was almost twenty years after Billy Graham had last visited Romania.

For years, our family vacation was spent in Montreat, North Carolina.  That was our place to relax, be refreshed and recharge our batteries.  The home we always rented was literally just down the road from the Graham’s home which was at the top of the mountain.  One year we found a DVD about the life and ministry of Billy Graham.  As we watched the DVD, Lisa’s and my eyes were filled with tears as it showed scenes from his meetings in Romania and Hungary, places which had become so dear to us.  We were especially moved as we watched hundreds of people responding to the Gospel.  I looked over at Lisa and said, “We’re sitting here watching this and he (Billy Graham) is just up the hill!”

Many people are asking, “Who will be the next Billy Graham?”  Friends, there will not be another Billy Graham.  There may not ever be another minister with the same worldwide influence and impact.  This is a time for us to remember that as Christians, we are all ministers and that God has a ministry for each of us and that He has called all of us to be witnesses to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Billy Graham was a faithful servant and witness of the Lord.  More than ever before, let us be resolved to be faithful and to be loving and bold witnesses of the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Dr. Graham has moved into his new home “just up the hill” from the rest of us.  In the time that we have left here on this earth, by the grace of God and for the glory of God, let us make everyday count for the Kingdom of God.  Let us daily walk with the King and ask Him to use us to be a blessing to others.  “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 15:58 NKJV)


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