99 Thought-Provoking Quotes By Billy Graham, The Celebrated American Evangelist
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William Franklin Graham Junior, better known as Billy Graham, is a Christian evangelist from the United States. He went on to become a celebrity in the country at around 1949 through his rallies that appealed to relatively well off Protestants. Graham delivered sermons on a regular basis and they were all broadcast to a large audience on both television and radio that made him one of the pioneers of the phenomenon of ‘televangelist’. Graham was educated at the Florida Bible Institute and then went on to study anthropology at Wheaton College. During his days at a student at Wheaton College, Graham was convinced of the divinity of the Christ and eventually embarked on a career of an evangelist. He started his show Billy Graham Crusades, which was broadcast once a year, in 1947 and remained one of the longest running shows in television history when it finally concluded in 2005. Needless to say, he was a gifted orator and spoke his mind over a range of subjects. Here are some of the most famous thoughts and quotes from his life and times on religion, worship, Jesus, prayer, faith, salvation, sincerity, selflessness, adversity, pride, hope, heaven and missionary.
The will of God will not take us where the grace of God cannot sustain us. God never takes away something from your life without replacing it with something better. It is the Holy Spirit's job to convict, God's job to judge and my job to love. I've read the last page of the Bible, it's all going to turn out all right. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened. Tears shed for self are tears of weakness, but tears shed for others are a sign of strength. My home is in Heaven. I'm just traveling through this world. Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion; it is like a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ. God has given us two hands--one to receive with and the other to give with. We are not cisterns made for hoarding; we are channels made for sharing. We are the Bibles the world is reading; We are the creeds the world is needing; We are the sermons the world is heeding. A real Christian is the one who can give his pet parrot to the town gossip. Women need a reason for having sex, men just need a place 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.
Billy Graham End of Construction. Thank you 'for your patience. " Inscription on Ruth Bell Graham's grave -- inspired hy a road sign she saw. Sincerity is the biggest part of selling anything -- including the Christian plan of salvation. Many invest wisely in business matters, but fail to invest time and interest in their most valued possessions: their spouses and children. Christ not only died for all: He died for each. Self-centered indulgence, pride and a lack of shame over sin are now emblems of the American lifestyle. Comfort and prosperity have never enriched the world as much as adversity has. God proved His love on the Cross. When Christ hung, and bled, and died, it was God saying to the world, 'I love you. Heaven is full of answers for which nobody ever bothered to ask. Your faith and hope are in god. Worship leader George Beverly Shea kidded Billy Graham that the latter would be unemployed in Heaven -- while Shea would still have a job leading worship. Joy cannot be pursued. It comes from within. It is a state of being. It does not depend on circumstances, but triumphs over circumstances. It produces a gentleness of spirit and a magnetic personality. He lives in the hearts of those who trust in Him. Our confidence in life after death comes from these very truths. Reading God’s Word and meditating on its truth will have a purifying effect upon your mind and heart, and will be demonstrated in your life. Let nothing take the place of this daily privilege. Golden years' must have been coined by the young. It is doubtful that anyone over seventy would have described this phase of life with such a symbolic word. Heaven gives us hope—hope for today and hope for the future. No matter what we’re facing, we know it is only temporary, and ahead of us is Heaven. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord I have never known anyone to accept Christ’s redemption and later regret it. Man cannot control himself, and if he will not be controlled by Jesus Christ, then he will be controlled by Satan. I'm in a win-win playoff. " Response of a Christian dying of cancer at thirty on the prospect of miraculous healing. With a twinkle in his eyes, my friend says that his favorite prayer is, “Lord, give me patience—and give it to me right now! Strengthen your commitment to Christ—now. Don’t wait until the storms of temptation, or sickness, or old age threaten to blow you off-course; now is the time to strengthen your faith. Believe that Christ died for you. He suffered for you. He won the battle over sin for you. He rose from the grave and was victorious over death so that you can live forever. Don’t miss what the Lord has in store for those who love Him and are willing to let Him be the Master of their lives. Sin is the second most powerful force in the universe, for it sent Jesus to the cross. Only one force is greater—the love of God. The great comfort in knowing that angels minister to believers in Christ is that God Himself sends them to us. We are not cisterns made for hoarding, we are channels made for sharing. Make sure of your salvation by turning your life over to Him now. The resurrection blasts apart the finality of death, providing an alternative to the stifling
settling dust of death and opens the way to new life. No matter how dark and hopeless a situation might seem, never stop praying. Most of us know about God, but that is quite different from knowing God. You can have religion but not know Christ. It’s having Christ that counts. Don’t conform to those who have been overwhelmed by the tide of immorality sweeping our country! The ground is level at the foot of the cross. Why is it that the cross has become the symbol of Christianity? It is because at the cross Jesus purchased our redemption
and provided a righteousness which we could not ourselves earn. The heart of the Christian Gospel with its incarnation and atonement is in the cross and the resurrection. Jesus was born to die. By a simple prayer of faith, you can give your life to Him today. Knowing we will be with Christ forever far outweighs our burdens today! Keep your eyes on eternity! Bible teaching about the Second Coming of Christ was thought of as “doomsday” preaching. But not anymore. It is the only ray of hope that shines as an ever brightening beam in a darkening world. The most important events in human history were the death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The highest form of worship is the worship of unselfish Christian service. The greatest form of praise is the sound of consecrated feet seeking out the lost and helpless. Every area of our lives is to be under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. And that means the searchlight of God’s Word must penetrate every corner of our lives. Jesus Christ is God in human flesh, and the story of His life, death, and resurrection is the only Good News the world will ever hear. Evil is real—but so is God’s power and love. Neither the devil nor the world, nor even our own evil heart can compel us to sin. It must be by our own consent and will. The devil will try to discourage you, to divert you; he will seek to dilute your testimony; he will attempt anything to destroy your relationship to Christ and your influence upon others. Christ’s nail-pierced hands are beautiful beyond measure, for they tell us of His love and His willingness to save us regardless of the cost. We have largely lost sight of the holiness and purity of God today. This is one reason why we tolerate sin so easily. Do you want to know what God’s will is for you? It is for you to become more and more like Christ. This is spiritual maturity, and if you make this your goal, it will change your life. Only the Lord Jesus can redeem the soul that is steeped in guilt and shame. This baggage weighs us down until we accept Jesus’ gift—the gift that liberates souls from sin’s power. Sin then is not a toy with which to play but a terror to be shunned. If evil were not made to appear attractive, there would be no such thing as temptation.
It is in the close similarity between good and evil, right and wrong, that the danger lies. [Jesus] asked [His followers] to count the cost carefully, lest they should turn back when they met with suffering and privation. He told His followers that the world would hate them. So be steadfast in your commitment to Christ, and be a real VIP—a person with vision, integrity, and God’s presence. Our relationship must be right with God before it can be right with man. In John 6 we read that when great multitudes went after Him, He told them three times that unless they were willing to pay the price, they could not be His followers. We . . . do not cease to pray for you. COLOSSIANS 1:9 As long as Satan is loose in the world and our hearts are dominated by his evil passions, it will never be easy or popular to be a follower of Christ. God’s followers need to know the truth He sets forth in His Word so that we can confidently discern between His truth and Satan’s lies. But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles. Preach with authority. The authority for us is the Word of God. Preach with simplicity . . . Preach with urgency . . . heaven and hell are at stake. Preach for a decision. God’s strength is made perfect in weakness. The weaker I became, the more powerful became the preaching. Preachers are not salesmen, for they have nothing to sell. They are bearers of Good News. Jesus tells us not to be misled by the voices of strangers. There are so many strange voices being heard in the religious world of our day. We must compare what they say with the Word of God. Without the resurrection, the cross is meaningless. I’m not a great preacher, and I don’t claim to be a great preacher . . . I’m an ordinary preacher, just communicating the Gospel in the best way I know how. Don’t argue with [a professor], but test everything he says in the light of God’s Word. We need to fortify ourselves with the Word of God. The Bible differentiates clearly between true faith and mere religiosity. Many people have just enough natural religion to make them immune to the real thing. Today . . . when Satan worship is increasing at an alarming rate, we had better be aware of him, his origin, his aims, his abilities, and his limitations. For centuries mankind has been on an incredible journey, taking him across every generation and through every conceivable experience in his search for God. God promises no easy life or days without troubles, trials, difficulties, and temptations. He never promises that life will be perfect. He does not call His children to a playground, but to a battleground. The Bible tells us that the state of the world will grow darker as we near the end of the age. Idolatrous beliefs have eroded the foundations of truth. Whether ancient or modern, all have posed alternatives to the biblical way of approaching God. [Christians] are commanded to warn the nations of the world that they must repent and turn to God while there is yet time. Man suppresses the truth, mixes it with error, and develops the religions of the world. Religion can be anything! But true Christianity is God coming to man in a personal relationship. Man seeks to excuse himself of sin, but God seeks to convict him of it and to save him from it. Sin is no amusing toy—it is a terror to be shunned! Learn, then, what constitutes sin in the eyes of God! Popularity and adulation are far more dangerous for the Christian than persecution. It is easy when all goes smoothly to lose our
sense of balance and perspective.
Students today want to know about the devil, about witchcraft, about the occult. Many people do not know they are turning to Satan. They are being deluded.
The only sin God cannot forgive is the sin of rejecting Christ. Turn to Him in repentance and faith—and He will forgive.
Repentance is mentioned seventy times in the New Testament . . . the Bible says God commands repentance . . . it is a command . . .
God says, “Repent! Or perish!
From compromise to deceit is a small step.
People, especially the young, wanted to hear about God and not man. Only God knows the future and that we are to look to Him—not to the stars or the tea leaves or the lines on the palms of our hands—for our confidence in the future.