February 22 2018 – Click here to listen
I received this e-mail from the special assistant to the President yesterday:
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THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 21, 2018
DEATH OF BILLY GRAHAM
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
As a mark of respect for the memory of Reverend Billy Graham, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that on the day of his interment, the flag of the United States shall be flown at half‑staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset on such day. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same period at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty‑first day of February, in the year of our Lord two thousand eighteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-second.
DONALD J. TRUMP
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I’m very happy that the President recognized Pastor Graham in such a manner, because he is truly one of the foremost spiritual heroes of modern times. He is regularly listed as one of the ten most admired people in the world and during his ministry met and provided spiritual counsel to every President including Obama.
It was refreshing to see this man follow his beliefs no matter the consequences,
something that is badly needed in today’s politically correct arena where people are afraid to stand by biblical truths for fear of being stigmatized. Billy refused to speak in segregated forums when it was anything but acceptable to do so. He loved everyone regardless of the color of their skin just like Jesus does. He refused to denigrate anyone but was not shy about speaking forcefully about the black sin in this country and world and its ugly consequences.
He preached the love of Christ and was one of the greatest evangelists who ever lived. He did not judge or condemn, and instead humbly stated that we are ALL sinners and in need of God’s forgiveness and mercy. Billy was charismatic. tall, and good- looking. He spoke forcefully but with a distinctive southern twang and is said to have persuaded more than 3 million people to follow Jesus. According to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, he preached in 185 of the world’s 195 countries,
I attended more than one of his crusades, and it was stunning to see the Holy Spirit speak through this man and then sweep through the massive audiences with thousands coming forward to make decisions to follow Christ.
I’m exceedingly glad that Billy has been promoted into heaven where he is in the presence of Christ whom he loved. No doubt he has been reunited with his wife Ruth and will be joined by the millions upon millions of people he has positively affected around the world.
One of my big disappointments in life was failing to meet with Billy one on one where I could pray with him. It was high on my bucket list and a couple of times I got close, but my stupid schedule just never allowed for it. I guess I can make up for it when Christ calls me home and more time will be afforded to us both.
Unbelievably some liberal, Lauren Duca, who writes for Teen Vogue magazine, has come out cursing Pastor Graham with some of the vilest language one could imagine and said she hopes he will go to hell. She is precisely the type person that Billy prayed for with Christ-like love. Such a pity so many are filled with so much hate.
Billy has been ailing with Parkinson’s disease and other health issues for some time. I have often wondered why God didn’t take him earlier and when I heard the news I wondered why He didn’t allow him to make it to 100 years old . . . LOL
God has a plan and it will be fascinating one day to ask Jesus all the “why’s” that I have swirling through my brain. I’m sure the Graham family is celebrating Billy’s promotion, but will grieve his loss as will the world. I’m praying for them in that regard.
We just don’t have that many heroes left in the world. Billy walked the walk. He didn’t preach to enrich himself; he didn’t have affairs with women; he remained humble throughout all his days and didn’t become an egomaniac; he just glorified the Lord throughout his life.
He fought the good fight and the Lord has already told him, “Well done good and faithful servant.” Make no mistake today we celebrate heaven’s great reception of a mighty man of God – Billy Graham 1918-2018.
2 Tim 4:7
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful.