“I have been asked hundreds of times in my life why God allows tragedy and suffering. I have to confess that I really do not know the answer totally, even to my own satisfaction. I have to accept, by faith, that God is sovereign, and He’s a God of love and mercy and compassion in the midst of suffering.”
—Speaking for the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance, September 14, 2001
Evangelist Billy Graham died today at 7:46 a.m. at his home in Montreat. He was 99.
Throughout his life, Billy Graham preached the gospel of Jesus Christ to some 215 million people who attended one of his more than 400 Crusades, simulcasts and evangelistic rallies in more than 185 countries and territories. He reached millions more through TV, video, film, the internet and 34 books.
Born Nov. 7, 1918, four days before the armistice ended World War I, William Franklin “Billy” Graham Jr. grew up during the Depression and developed a work ethic that would carry him through decades of ministry on six continents.
“I have one message: that Jesus Christ came, he died on a cross, he rose again, and he asked us to repent of our sins and receive him by faith as Lord and Savior, and if we do, we have forgiveness of all of our sins,” said Graham at his final Crusade in June 2005 at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in New York.
I wish I could have heard heaven this morning. This earth is now lacking his presence in the body but it pines and rings with the eternity that his life and words were the containers of, until this place is made whole again. Long live Billy Graham.#billygraham pic.twitter.com/XCMlcZXkN9
— David Crowder (@crowdermusic) February 21, 2018
— T.D. Jakes (@BishopJakes) February 21, 2018
We are deeply saddened to hear of Billy Graham’s passing, but we are overjoyed at his awesome legacy of sharing Jesus! It has been an honor to know him and his family. The Lord is hugging him so tightly now! ❤#BillyGraham
— Kutless (@kutless) February 21, 2018
— Danny Gokey (@dannygokey) February 21, 2018
“Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.” Matthew 25:23
— Mandisa (@mandisaofficial) February 21, 2018
— for KING & COUNTRY (@4kingandcountry) February 22, 2018
Today we honor the life and legacy of one of the greatest evangelist the world has ever known, Billy Graham. Thank you Dr. Graham for the life you lived and the millions you led to Jesus. Your life was an example of true love and your legacy will live on forever. #BillyGraham pic.twitter.com/QQfBfBvtP5
— LightWorkers (@LightWorkers) February 21, 2018
I was invited to do many festivals alongside Dr. Billy Graham (though he told us to call him Billy)… it was my honor to have gotten those opportunities and I was always so moved by the way in which he operated. Humility and class and focus and grace … https://t.co/6AYq08x2Z0 pic.twitter.com/CpuUjWlwPh
— TobyMac (@officialtobymac) February 22, 2018
Reverend Graham’s legacy will live on for generations to come. I feel blessed that my children were able to meet such a mighty man of God. Our family honors his life, and we offer our love and prayers to the Graham family. pic.twitter.com/QZRhhkudzB
— Victoria Osteen (@VictoriaOsteen) February 21, 2018