Celebrating Billy Graham's Life


As the Bible describes death for the believer, today Billy Graham went to be "at home with the Lord."

To me Dr. Graham represents a lifetime of commitment to Christ resulting in integrity, humility, boldness, and amazing world-wide influence.

As a teenager, I went to Madison Square Garden in 1957 to hear Billy Graham speak. It was a life-changing experience because Dr. Graham gave me a new sense of the potential of effective communication, a vision for a world in need of gospel, and the power of Jesus Christ to radically change lives.

Look back on your life. Who influenced you the most? When I reflect on that question, three men come to mind: my father, William A. Swets, a man who lived his belief; C.S. Lewis, a British novelist, literary critic, and Christian apologist; and the Rev. Dr. Billy Graham.

Here are a few quotes of Billy Graham:

  • My home is in Heaven. I'm just traveling through this world.

  • Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion - it is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ.

  • When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.

  • Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.

  • A child who is allowed to be disrespectful to his parents will not have true respect for anyone.

  • God has given us two hands, one to receive with and the other to give with.

A video on YouTube, called "Billy Graham's 99th Birthday: Notable Reflections," includes comment from Tony Dungy, Ricky Scaggs, and Larry King.

May we all experience the peace of Christ that enables a person to look forward to the coming glory.

Paul W. Swets

dr.swets@gmail.com

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