LISTEN NOW! Or WATCH FULL PROGRAM! The nation and world mourns and celebrates at the recent passing of Reverend Billy Graham as he has gone to be with the Lord. So many lives have been touched by Graham. We can be encouraged as we are reminded that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. So many are now responding on how much Billy Graham meant to them. Kathie Lee Gifford was one of those lives, and she recently shared with Megyn Kelly on the TODAY Show about the close friendship she had with Graham, and the impact he had on her family.
When Gifford was asked about how she responded to the news of Graham’s passing, she describes how it caused her to raise her hands and give thanks to God; “because he has been lingering and languishing”. Gifford has much to be grateful for because of what the Lord did through Graham. “My whole family came to faith in Jesus through the Billy Graham Organization.”
Some may be wondering why people would celebrate the death of someone. As Gifford explains, this is a time to celebrate those who were in Christ. “Everybody that dies in Christ goes immediately into the arms of Christ, for eternity. That is the hope of the Christian faith.” It was this understanding that allowed Gifford to joyfully hold her husband even in reality that he had died.
Just as someone with the cure for cancer would be told to tell the world what they have, Gifford explains why she is so bold for Jesus Christ. “I have the cure for the malignancy of the soul, and He has a name, and His name is Jesus.” For some, as soon as they hear the name “Jesus”, the thoughts of religion come into their mind. But, as Gifford explains, this is not what she is talking about. “I’m not talking about a religion. I’m talking about a relationship with the Living God. They’re so different. They’re so different. We don’t need more religion. We need more Jesus.”
Gifford goes on to share a personal story of how Billy Graham came to her personal home for her first Christmas Special. It was in this meeting that Graham read the Book of Luke to her children. Before the shoot, it was a surprise to hear the one request that Billy Graham had before he started to share the Gospel.
As Billy Graham went to be with the Lord this year, in 2018, he was 99 years old. Even in the passing of Billy Graham, his life continues to preach a message to this world. As Matthew 18:12 shares, the Shepherd will leave the ninety-nine, in order to go out in search for the one that is lost. This may be the first time you’re hearing about eternity and the Good News of Jesus Christ. Are you wondering where you will spend eternity? Maybe you are away from God. Are you wondering what sin is? Sin is anything that Jesus wouldn’t do. You may be overwhelmed, feeling condemned and beat down. You need to get right with God by repenting for your sin and confessing your sin to God. Jesus isn’t a ‘get-out-of-hell-free-card’. He is Lord of lords and King of Kings. He knew you in your mother’s womb and has an awesome plan for your life. God wants to have a relationship with you. You can begin your new life with Jesus Christ today, right now.
You will be deeply encouraged as you hear the full heart-warming story from Kathie Lee Gifford, how Billy Graham blessed her family, how you can receive Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, and so much more. Also shared in this segment: Megyn Kelly TODAY, Kathie Lee Gifford, Reverend Billy Graham, Billy Graham, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, eternity, Heaven, repentance, how do I find Christ?, how do I have a personal relationship with God?, how do I talk to God?, does God talk?, what does God’s voice sound like?, does God hear me?, and hope. Greg and John shared in this segment.
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Jesus Leaves the 99 to Go after the One