February 21, 2018
"Billy Graham's Children Have a Message to Us – on This Day of Their Father Passing to Heaven"
Franklin Graham and Anne Graham Lotz
From the Desk of Steve Shultz:
I cannot even imagine a greater Hero of the Faith in my lifetime than Billy Graham.
I've made a mental list and no one else measures up to his stature— it's not even close.
He had one sharply focused goal and that was to present Jesus Christ and Him crucified—to a lost and dying world.
Millions have been led to the Lord by Rev. Graham and his ministry. His children have also followed in their dad's footsteps, having entered full-time ministry themselves many years ago.
A couple of them (see below) have that same focused goal—to TELL or SHOW others about Jesus Christ!
I've not met any of the Graham's but I love them in Christ—I just do!!
We are sharing statements today by both Franklin Graham and Anne Graham Lotz, the children of Rev. Billy Graham about the passing of their father today.
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"Billy Graham's Children Have a Message to Us – on This Day of Their Father Passing to Heaven'"
My father Billy Graham was once asked, "Where is Heaven?" He replied, "Heaven is where Jesus is and I am going to Him soon!"
This morning, at the age of 99, he departed this world into eternal life in Heaven, prepared by the Lord Jesus Christ—the Savior of the world—whom he proclaimed for nearly 80 years. He will be missed by our family, his colleagues, faithful ministry partners, and, yes, many around the world. But what joy he has to be welcomed by God the Father, and be reunited with my mother in the presence of Jesus who speaks peace to eternal souls.
What about you? When you depart this world do you know with certainty where you will spend eternity?
You can know this today. Jesus said, "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16).
The One who comforts weary souls has given us this promise, "Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me...I go to prepare a place for you...I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also" (John 14:1-3).
Source: Franklin Graham Facebook Page
"Statement Today by Anne Graham Lotz Regarding the Death of Her Father, Billy Graham: Daddy is Home!"
My Father's legacy is one that encompasses the world...and engulfs my own life. When I think of him, I don't think of Billy Graham, the public figure. I think of my Daddy. The one who was always a farmer at heart. Who loved his dogs and his cat. Who followed the weather patterns almost as closely as he did world events. Who wore old blue jeans, comfortable sweaters, and a baseball cap. Who loved lukewarm coffee, sweet ice tea, one scoop of ice cream, and a plain hamburger from McDonald's. Who was interested in everything and everyone, from the small to the great. Whose mind remembered details that even a computer would have trouble recalling.
But when I think of him, I also think of his message because he was immersed in it. Saturated in it. He was his message...a simple man who had responded to God's love by placing his faith in Jesus, receiving the assurance that his sins were forgiven, that he would not perish, but would have everlasting life. Simple faith. Faith that now matters more than anything else.
For years, over his head as he preached was the banner that quoted the words of Jesus: I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Jesus completed that sentence by saying that no one comes to the Father but by Me. Based on what Jesus said, Daddy is safely with the Father. In Heaven. Daddy not only claimed Jesus as the only Way to God, he lived by the Truth publicly on platforms and privately behind closed doors, and is now enjoying real Life.
I have often stated that I was raised by a single parent because ministry took my father away from our family—for weeks and months at a time. Daddy estimated that he was gone from home approximately 60 percent of his children's growing-up years. Now, he has left again. This time, he will not be coming back. At least, not until Jesus does, too.
While he may be physically absent and his voice silent, I am confident that his message will continue to reverberate throughout the generations to come. My prayer on this day of his move to Our Father's House is that his death will be a rallying cry. That tens of thousands of pastors, teachers, evangelists, and ordinary men and women will rise up to take his place. That they will take up his message like a baton being passed in a relay race and faithfully pass it on to those with whom they come in contact. Because Daddy's message is God's message. And it's a message of genuine hope for the future, of love for the present, of forgiveness for the past.
It's a message, when received, that brings a fresh beginning, unshakable joy, unexplainable peace, eternal significance, meaning and purpose to life, and opens Heaven's door.
It was this message, which Daddy carried to the world, that penetrated my own heart as a young girl and has created in me a personal, passionate resolve to communicate it myself to as many people as possible. And so, even as my tears seem to be unending, I silently rededicate my life to picking up and passing on the baton. Would you do the same? (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
Source: Anne Graham Lotz Facebook page.
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