Billy Graham left his earthly home today, February 21, 2018, to join the multitudes in eternity. It didn’t take long this morning for that news to make its way around the world as one of the most well-known, well-liked, and well-admired Gospel preachers took his final breath.

It will not take a great deal of effort today to find articles honoring the life of one of the greatest evangelists to ever walk this planet. Graham was different. I realize that this label seems elementary or even lazy, but that is the best summary I can provide.

Billy Graham was admired by most as shown over the last six decades where he was listed as one of the top ten most admired men in the world. His impact flourished in rural communities, on city streets, and in suburban households. He counseled foreign leaders, celebrity entertainers, and those that called the White House home. He preached to the masses as he told everyone that would listen about his Jesus.

Billy Graham believed that the Testaments he carried in his pocket contained news so great that one couldn’t possibly keep it to himself. Graham was a warrior for the vulnerable, the maligned, and the mistreated. Graham was gifted with the ability to speak the truth with boldness and fervor while remaining gentle and humble.

Billy Graham’s impact on this world cannot be measured. I am quite certain that there are millions of people that would joyfully say that God used Dr. Graham to bring them the good news of the Gospel.

Today we mourn for the Graham family, but we rejoice to know that these words of Dr. Graham’s favorite hymn still ring true,

And can it be that I should gain
an interest in the Savior’s blood!
Died he for me? who caused his pain!
For me? who him to death pursued?
Amazing love! How can it be
that thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

Posted by Andrew Wood, Executive Director