1 Peter 1:6-7 Devotional


Billy Graham: All For The Sake of the Gospel

February 21, 2018

     As I write this article the world has just learned the news that Billy Graham died at the age of 99. I am moved to honor Graham’s life of service. His passion in life was to proclaim the good news. Graham believed that man’s sin separates him from God. He taught that anyone can be reconciled to God through faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Anyone could come to Jesus “just as they were.” He believed that Jesus totally and completely changed lives. Millions of people around the world were impacted by Graham’s message of hope.

     I remember after the terrorist attacks on 9/11, the nation held a memorial service at the Washington National Cathedral. There were many speakers and Graham was last to speak. He could barely make it up to the pulpit because of his Parkinson’s disease. He then proclaimed in a booming voice a powerful message by the strength of the Holy Spirit. He spoke of the hope that we have in death, which is eternal life for all who believe in Jesus.

     On this day we meditate on the shortness of life and our only hope in death, Jesus Christ. Billy Graham stated: "Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God." 

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.” Romans 1:16

(article for February 28 edition of Signal American)