Billy Graham

Billy Graham (1919 – 2018) preacher
Even though he was not an Australian he made a considerable impact in Australia with his crusades.

‘America’s Pastor’ Billy Graham dies aged 99

The Rev. Billy Graham, the charismatic preacher who became a singular force in post-war American religious life has died aged 99.

Dubbed “America’s Pastor,” Graham was a confidant of presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history. He had suffered from cancer, pneumonia and other ailments and died at his home in Montreat, North Carolina.

More than anyone else, Graham built evangelicalism into a force that rivalled liberal Protestantism and Roman Catholicism in the US. His leadership summits and crusades in more than 185 countries and territories forged powerful global links among conservative Christians and threw a lifeline to believers in the communist bloc.

Tributes to Graham poured in from major leaders, with President Donald Trump tweeting: “The GREAT Billy Graham is dead. There was nobody like him! He will be missed by Christians and all religions. A very special man.”

Former President Barack Obama said Graham “gave hope and guidance to generations of Americans.”

A tall, striking man with thick, sweptback hair, stark blue eyes and a firm jaw, Graham was a commanding presence in the pulpit, with a powerful baritone voice.

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/americas-pastor-billy-graham-dies-aged-99/news-story/3ed9626a1f3faee06aada04e7550eb25


Billy Graham at the MCG 15 March 1959 record of 130 – 143 thousand people.

http://www.mcg.org.au/the-stadium/mcg-history/attendances

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melbourne_cricket_ground

 
Integrity in Ministry – Lessons from Billy Graham
https://billmuehlenberg.com/2018/03/08/integrity-in-ministry-lessons-from-billy-graham/

Fred Nile

Billy Graham: 1918 – 2018
https://www.cdp.org.au/media-releases/media-release-billy-graham-1918-2018/

Peter Jensen
I didn’t know much about what to expect.
We were taken to the Crusade; I don’t remember being asked, we were simply bussed to the Crusade. It was the first Sunday of the Crusade, if I remember correctly. I think it was around April 20 or 21.

Billy Graham, who preached to millions, dies at 99
Billy Graham wants to talk to you about Easter (no, seriously)
Happy 99th birthday, Billy Graham!
We were seated on the grass of the arena, and I didn’t quite know what to expect. We had never seen anything like it before – the great crowds of people at a Christian meeting, the choir made up of people from all the churches, and then eventually, Mr Graham. I had heard of him because there was a fair bit of publicity around. But I didn’t know much about what to expect.

What was it like?
From a distance, what struck me was that all the technology worked perfectly. It was the first time I’d ever been in church where the technology worked perfectly! The sound was excellent.

Mr Graham was, of course, good looking, enthusiastic, and obviously a man of great personal authority.

It was a very powerful moment; it was life transforming.
The thing that struck me was that he held the Bible in his hand and he preached the Bible. I already believed that the Bible was the word of God, so when he preached the Bible – and he preached that day from Noah and the Ark in Genesis – it seemed an inevitable thing to do to follow his invitation to come down the front, as a way of indicating that you wished to commit your life to Jesus Christ. It seemed inevitable to me that one would do that.

So I stood from among my friends and I went down the front. [My brother] Phillip followed me. He always says that he thought only alcoholics and criminals went forward, and he saw me going forward – so he thought he would as well. I remember looking back and thinking he was too young to make this decision; after all, I was 15, but he was only 13. But he went down the front and we were counselled there by a Dutch migrant, if I remember correctly.

It was a very powerful moment; it was life transforming. I then went back 17 extra times for the evenings and the Sundays to hear Mr Graham. My parents were beside themselves at this.

One of those times [Billy Graham] said we need people to go into the ministry, so then I decided to go into the ministry as well.

What was your impression of Billy Graham?
I once read a report about him that described him as “arrogantly humble.” He had immense power of his convictions. He was deeply centred on Christ and the need to make Christ known in what I would regard as a winsome way. But I regarded him as also strangely self-effacing.

He was himself. I thought he was a humble man, that was the impression he gave me.

What was the atmosphere like during those Billy Graham rallies in 1959?
People sometimes think that it was all manipulation and mind magic and that sort of stuff. I didn’t think so, I have to say.

We were in the open air, sometimes it poured with rain. It was usually in the evenings.

I don’t think it was intoxication, it wasn’t like that.
The thing that struck me was the coming together of all the churches. I couldn’t have put my finger on it at the time, but virtually all the Protestant churches got together and produced that choir, and got the people to counsel people down the front and all that sort of thing.

There was a unity in the gospel.

I don’t think it was intoxication, it wasn’t like that. It was appreciation of the work that had been put in to making this work.

It meant you were comfortable listening, you weren’t put off, but you were dealing with something really important because a lot of time and effort had been put into making it good.

Do you think the world will see someone like Billy Graham again?
I just listened to an interview of a historian who said that he didn’t think so because of the change in the mood and change of technology and so forth.

I’m not sure about that. God does different things in different times. You can never predict it, it doesn’t work like that.

But I tend to think that whether the technology will carry the message differently, it will still be a message carried by specially gifted and appointed people who stand and proclaim and there will be some. Every few decades, perhaps, there will be someone who speaks with extraordinary power and effect under the power of God’s Holy Spirit… but how, I don’t know.

Billy Graham, who preached to millions, dies at 99
Billy Graham wants to talk to you about Easter (no, seriously)
Happy 99th birthday, Billy Graham!
We were seated on the grass of the arena, and I didn’t quite klnow what to expect. We had never seen anything like it before – the great crowds of people at a Christian meeting, the choir made up of people from all the churches, and then eventually, Mr Graham. I had heard of him because there was a fair bit of publicity around. But I didn’t know much about what to expect.

What was it like?
From a distance, what struck me was that all the technology worked perfectly. It was the first time I’d ever been in church where the technology worked perfectly! The sound was excellent.

Mr Graham was, of course, good looking, enthusiastic, and obviously a man of great personal authority.

It was a very powerful moment; it was life transforming.
The thing that struck me was that he held the Bible in his hand and he preached the Bible. I already believed that the Bible was the word of God, so when he preached the Bible – and he preached that day from Noah and the Ark in Genesis – it seemed an inevitable thing to do to follow his invitation to come down the front, as a way of indicating that you wished to commit your life to Jesus Christ. It seemed inevitable to me that one would do that.

So I stood from among my friends and I went down the front. [My brother] Phillip followed me. He always says that he thought only alcoholics and criminals went forward, and he saw me going forward – so he thought he would as well. I remember looking back and thinking he was too young to make this decision; after all, I was 15, but he was only 13. But he went down the front and we were counselled there by a Dutch migrant, if I remember correctly.

It was a very powerful moment; it was life transforming. I then went back 17 extra times for the evenings and the Sundays to hear Mr Graham. My parents were beside themselves at this.

One of those times [Billy Graham] said we need people to go into the ministry, so then I decided to go into the ministry as well.

What was your impression of Billy Graham?
I once read a report about him that described him as “arrogantly humble.” He had immense power of his convictions. He was deeply centred on Christ and the need to make Christ known in what I would regard as a winsome way. But I regarded him as also strangely self-effacing.

He was himself. I thought he was a humble man, that was the impression he gave me.

What was the atmosphere like during those Billy Graham rallies in 1959?
People sometimes think that it was all manipulation and mind magic and that sort of stuff. I didn’t think so, I have to say.

We were in the open air, sometimes it poured with rain.

Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Graham

YouTube
https://m.youtube.com/results?q=billy%20graham&sm=1

George Beverly Shea
https://m.youtube.com/results?q=george%20beverly%20shea&sm=1

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