Dec 29, 2011

Billy Graham's Short Fires - The Evangelist of the Century

Preaching the Gospel to more than 215 million people in 185 countries, Bill Graham is one of the world’s most well-known and respected preachers.

He burst on the scene in 1949 at a Los Angeles crusade and has been instrumental in spreading the word of God for more than 75 years. His crusades have drawn millions, including his Madison Square crusade that lasted 16 weeks. Graham has been featured on radio and television programs, is a featured newspaper columnist and bestselling author. His memoirs, Just As I Am, appeared on three bestseller lists at the same time.

He has been ranked by Gallup as one of the 10 Most Admired Men in the World..51 times since 1948.

Some of the Quotes from his Sermons:

The test of a preacher is that his congregation goes away saying, not, 'What a lovely sermon!' but 'I will do something.'"  

“Believers, look up -- take courage. The angels are nearer than you think."

They asked her (Ruth Graham) did she ever think about divorce and she said, 'No, I've never thought of divorce in all these 35 years of marriage, but,' she said, 'I did think of murder a few times"  

My prayer today is that we will feel the loving arms of God wrapped around us, and will know in our hearts that He will never forsake us as we trust in Him."

“Only God Himself fully appreciates the influence of a Christian mother in the moulding of character in her children."

There is nothing wrong with men possessing riches. The wrong comes when riches possess men.

"For a married couple to expect perfection in each other is unrealistic."

The number one problem in our world is alienation, rich versus poor, black versus white, labour versus management, conservative versus liberal, East versus West . . . But Christ came to bring about reconciliation and peace.

Because President Clinton has been a friend for so many years, I feel like it is very difficult after he became President, because I led the Inaugural prayer, and when I stepped down I said, "Mr. President," and I almost said, "Bill," because I'd called him Bill so long.
 And I feel like calling him Bill again tonight after those warm words of a brother."  

While our world is shaking and crumbling, we need to realize that one thing will never change, and that is God. He is the same today as he was ten million years ago, and will be the same ten million years from today.

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

A real Christian is a person who can give his pet parrot to the town gossip.

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.

Comfort and prosperity have never enriched the world as much as adversity has.

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

Give me five minutes with a person's check book, and I will tell you where their heart is.

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

God is more interested in your future and your relationships than you are.

God proved His love on the Cross. When Christ hung, and bled, and died, it was God saying to the world, "I love you." 

God will prepare everything for our perfect happiness in heaven, and if it takes my dog being there, I believe he'll be there.

God's angels often protect his servants from potential enemies.

I just want to lobby for God.

I've read the last page of the Bible. It's all going to turn out all right.

If a person gets his attitude toward money straight, it will help straighten out almost every other area in his life.

If we had more hell in the pulpit, we would have less hell in the pew.

It is not the body's posture, but the heart's attitude that counts when we pray.

Man has two great spiritual needs. One is for forgiveness. The other is for goodness.

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

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