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Saturday Snapshot: Ruth’s Attic

We started our week off with snow but ended with a couple of beautiful days! We had many guests this week and our Ruth’s Attic bookstore stayed busy! We wanted to highlight a few of our most popular items in the bookstore!

Ruth’s Attic located in The Training Center at The Cove carries some of Billy Graham’s most loved books, including his latest “Where I Am.”  This book focuses on heaven, eternity, and life beyond.

It is great to have daily encouragement in your home  to remind you and your guests of His Word. We have this beautiful wall-art with different encouraging scriptures.

These pottery mugs are hand-crafted and are wonderful for coffee, hot tea, or chocolate! Many of our guests take these home as gifts for their family and friends!

Another one of our most popular collections are our  Billy Graham lotions! There are many different scents to choose from and they are perfect for a guest bathroom or gift! This could be a great gift for Mother’s Day!

We also carry magnets that are perfect for your fridge or even to use as a drink coaster. These are creative and will add a little farmhouse feel to your home!

If you want to visit Ruth’s Attic, you can call for an appointment or can visit anytime you are here for an event, seminar, or retreat! You can also order any of these items over the phone!  These are great as gifts for family and friends!


Click here for a schedule of seminar, concerts, and retreats at The Cove in beautiful Asheville, NC.

Are you a Christian church or non-profit ministry looking for a place to hold your conference, retreat or ministry event?  Click here for more information on holding your event at The Cove.

Visit the Chatlos Memorial Chapel, Visitors Center, and Ruth’s Prayer GardenClick here for directions and operating hours. Tours are free.

 

 

Kendra Graham Online Bible Study: Isaiah 66:2

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s Online Bible Study! This is a place where we can come together and share in our journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity. We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!Make sure you don’t miss a post, just enter your email in the “Subscribe Via Email” box in the upper left-hand corner of our blog. It’s free and you’ll receive these posts straight into your email inbox.

KENDRA GRAHAM NOTES FROM ISAIAH 66:2

Be Humble. Be Faithful. 

For all those things My hand has made, and all those things exist,” says the LORD.
“But on this one will I look: on him who is poor and of a contrite spirit,
and who trembles at My Word.” (Isaiah 66:2, NKJV)

What Does it Say?
All things My hand has made, all things exist, BUT on this ONE I will look: him who is poor and of a contrite spirit and trembles at My Word

What Does it Mean?
As things are calming down in the family and in the media regarding the life of Billy Graham (“Daddy Bill,” to family), one thing consistently strikes me; one thing is constantly brought to the surface: Daddy Bill was faithful to the God he loved and remained faithful to the end. I have seen things on YouTube from the archives of the Billy Graham vault that I have never seen before: interviews he granted and shows on which he appeared, people he touched. I see God’s favor all over Daddy Bill’s life. What was his secret? IT was no secret at all; it is truly what God’s pleads for all of us to experience.

So God, in His love and mercy, gave us His Word to cling to, day in and day out.

I love this verse in Isaiah! God is saying in HIS WORD, which never fails or changes (See Numbers 23:19, Hebrews 13:8, James 1:17), that over everything He has created in the earth and in heaven, the ONE thing He looks upon is “him who is of a poor and contrite spirit.” We all want God’s hand upon our lives, do we not? Do we not pray that for our families, children, churches, nation and ourselves? Have you ever thought about that—really thought about it? The hand of God! Just how big is the hand of God? How heavy do you think His hand is? If the hand of God is upon you, can you even stand? These are just a few of the questions I’ve thought about with regard to the hand of God.

So God, by His grace, keeps me low, dependent and on my knees. This is NOT a bad thing, it is a gracious thing. In order for me to stay in God’s presence, He demands humility. (Ugh!) This is a HARD thing, absolutely; but it is the loving-kindness of a Father who does what it takes to keep me in His presence. In Micah 6:8 the Bible says that God requires of us to walk humbly with Him. It is not in us to be humble; it is in us to be proud and self-serving. Oh, we can sometimes be selfless, if it serves us better. The only way true humility is possible is through being in the Word of God daily and allowing God to keep His hand upon us, even when it hurts, even when our knees buckle—especially when our knees buckle.

It was in desperation that the disciples called out to Jesus who was asleep in the boat when they thought they were going to drown. Those disciples tried every sailing trick in the book before they went to wake Jesus; and honestly they did not ask Jesus to fix the situation, they demanded Jesus look at the situation that He sent them to (see Mark 4:35-41). If we were never desperate, we would never see our need for God. God loves us enough to allow us to be desperate.

Faithfulness is who God is (see Deuteronomy 7:9 and Psalm 86:15). It is His character. Faithfulness is something each of us must decide to embrace on a daily basis. Some of us think it’s too late; too many mistakes have been made. That is a lie. Start today—this very moment—one step at a time. Get into God’s Word. Allow the hand of God to burden you and bring you to your knees, contrite and poor in spirit. The lower we are, the more God is visible. Do we really want people to see us anyway? REALLY? Our failures and pitfalls become very small as we fall in the presence of Jesus; the grace and love of God who loves us with an everlasting love becomes very BIG and very visible. When this happens, it is not us they see, but it is Yaweah,  who has come desperate for His handmade creation to know Him and to walk in His presence.

SO…how heavy is the hand of God? It is so heavy that it keeps us low, and it is gracious enough to keep us in His presence; for if the hand of God be upon us, we will find ourselves at His feet.

Dr. Billy Graham led a life that mattered to so many people and touched so many lives because he was willing to be:
1. humble
2. faithful.

“Daddy Bill” had a life lived with God’s hand upon him, and he was willing to stay in a dependent, humble posture which allowed God to use whatever means necessary to keep him there. Now THAT is a hard prayer to pray! God, keep us a people of humble and contrite spirits.

What Does it Mean to Me?

What does it take for you to remain dependent upon God? Do you hate God for it? Do you raise your fist in bitterness and anger? Or do you bend your knees, allowing your spirit to be poor and contrite in the face of a God who loves you so much that He died for you? (See John 3:16.)

Does it bother you or encourage you that God looks upon the poor and contrite of spirit? How would your spirit be described by God? Are you willing to ask God to look upon you and place His hand upon your life?

LIVE IT OUT:

Today, allow the hand of God to keep us in His presence as we open His Word and allow it to transform us. Begin today to learn what it means to walk humbly with God as we learn more about Him in His Word, so that we too can say, “The Bible says,” when those hard questions are posed.

I LOVED that interview. So worth watching. A man who walked humbly with his God and loved people more than platform.


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Are you a Christian church or non-profit ministry looking for a place to hold your conference, retreat or ministry event?  Click here for more information on holding your event at The Cove.

Visit the Chatlos Memorial Chapel, Visitors Center, and Ruth’s Prayer GardenClick here for directions and operating hours. Tours are free.


 

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Cove Bible Verse for the Week of March 12th

Be filled with joy and peace this week!

This week’s verse is Romans 15:13

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.


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Saturday Snapshot: God is Faithful

The Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove is a place that Billy and Ruth Graham founded to train people in God’s Word to win others to Christ. We have remained committed to that vision for more than 30 years, and today we continue to see lives transformed and changed through what God is doing here.

This past week we held one of our Military Marriage Retreats led by Michael Easley. One of our favorite parts of this retreat comes at the end when couples share how their marriage has been impacted and what this time together meant for them.  Here are a few testimonies from couples who were at the retreat:

“We just celebrated our 10 year anniversary on March 1st.   We are here celebrating our anniversary at this retreat. A good part of the 10 years have been a struggle. There have definitely been more downs than ups.  We have really been struggling through those years. But, a few years ago, God placed on my heart that  the ten year mark would be the end of the struggle. This year has been better! But,  as we were walking through the woods, I was talking to my husband and shared with him that I still have doubts and fear that  it is not going to last. Even though God put on my heart years ago that the struggle would end, I kept in fear of not knowing. How could it be a  guarantee that it would last?  How will we keep this feeling? As I just finished sharing this with him, we walked past one of the verses in the garden.  It read  ‘Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.’ (Philippians 4:6-). I knew at that point that God was telling me that I did not have to worry, it will all be ok. I can trust Him.”

“My husband and I have been to four of these Military Marriage Retreats. The first time we were here, our marriage was in crisis. We had been through over a dozen deployments. Never before had we received help for our marriage.  The Vet Center in Ohio told us about The Cove and the Military Marriage Retreats. We submitted our application in July. The seminar was scheduled for September.  When we  submitted our application, I honestly did not know if we would even make it to September.  I prayed everyday for us to get accepted  to this program. When the acceptance came back saying ‘yes, you are in’, I saw that as a huge answer to prayer! I was just hoping we would make it to September. That first seminar literally saved our marriage. Since then, we have been to three more! I just want you all to know the power of this place, what you all do, and that you don’t know what we have been through before you see us walk in the door, you don’t know what we are going through.  I just want to thank you all at The Cove  and want you to know that we have been blessed.”


Military Marriage Retreats include free materials, meals, and lodging for active-duty, Guard, and Reserve military members and their spouses.  If you or someone you know would like to attend one of our Military Marriage Retreats or any of our seminars, click here. 


Click here for a schedule of seminar, concerts, and retreats at The Cove in beautiful Asheville, NC.

Are you a Christian church or non-profit ministry looking for a place to hold your conference, retreat or ministry event?  Click here for more information on holding your event at The Cove.

Visit the Chatlos Memorial Chapel, Visitors Center, and Ruth’s Prayer GardenClick here for directions and operating hours. Tours are free.

 

A Tribute to Jane Derrick

We have been blessed to have Jane Derrick lead our morning Women’s Bible Study for the past 22 years! We are so grateful for her years of faithfully teaching God’s Word and being a mentor and and encourager for so many women.

Jane is a longtime Bible teacher and Asheville resident. She became a Christian in 1976 while an Army wife, living in Germany. Since her husband’s death in 1994, Jane has spoken at women’s retreats and conferences throughout the U.S. and Romania. She formerly held teaching and other leadership positions with Bible Study Fellowship International for over 10 years. We have definitely been so blessed to have her with us these past 22 years at The Cove.

Yesterday, March 6th, marked Jane’s final Bible Study teaching at The Cove.  Men and women filled The Training Center Auditorium and  the morning began with beautiful worship led by Carole James.

Following worship, Will Graham addressed the group and shared his personal journey these past few weeks since the passing of his grandfather. He thanked everyone for their prayers and then gave an encouraging word reminding everyone that there is no reason to fear death,  because  “death is entering the presence of God.” He shared this with tears and with a thankfulness for the ministry of Billy Graham.

 Will Graham then called Jane Derrick to the stage and thanked her for her years of faithful service in teaching the Word of God and being part of The Cove family. He presented her with a copy of one of his favorite paintings called “The Sower,” explaining that this painting means a lot to him because it gives a true depiction of his grandfather’s faithfulness in sowing the seeds of the Gospel.

Following this sweet tribute by Will Graham, The Cove’s Program Staff also wanted to show her their appreciation. They presented her with beautiful flowers and a wonderful cake that everyone could share after her final teaching.

It was such a beautiful day honoring someone so special to all of The Cove.  We would like to end with Jane’s favorite scripture.  “For all things work together for good for those you love God and are called according to His purpose. “- Romans 8:28

If you would like to send Jane Derrick a thank you note or message, feel free to email Michelle Bachelor at mbachelor@thecove.org.


 

PRAYER NOTE — MARCH 2018

We hope you will enjoy our “Prayer Note”—an internal communication here at The Cove, created each month to remind and encourage our staff to pray. We share these with you at the beginning of each month in hopes that you, too, will be encouraged.

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Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord…that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.  (Revelation 13:14, NKJV)

One week ago yesterday the word came that our beloved founder Billy Graham had passed into the presence of the Lord. The days since have been a mixture of the heaviness of loss and the sweet and certain hope of heaven.

We’ve heard funny stories about Mr. Graham and chuckled. We’ve wept as we heard tender accounts of his kindness, humility and love for the Savior. We filed past his simple pine casket and later lined the Training Center entrance in solemn silence, hearing the bell toll as Mr. Graham’s earthly body exited the building for the final time. We watched in awe as the motorcade passed through miles and miles of North Carolina streets and highways lined with citizens standing quietly to pay their respects to a man they loved, although most had never known him personally. Flags flew. Homemade signs were held high. Respect was shown and love was poured out.

Prayers were lifted. As a staff we’ve prayed for comfort and strength for Franklin, Will and the entire Graham family. We’ve prayed for the memory of Mr. Graham to be honored and for God to be glorified in the events at The Cove, in Charlotte and in the U.S. Capitol. We’ve prayed for the many who have heard or will hear the gospel for the first time as Mr. Graham’s final and most powerful sermon is preached through his death.

Prayer may be the most fitting way to honor the memory of Billy Graham. His ministry was birthed in prayer, and his entire life was bathed in it…

A FAR-REACHING PRAYER

In May of 1934, the prayer of a Charlotte businessman during a day-long men’s prayer meeting held at the edge of the pasture on the Graham’s dairy farm was prophetic, as he petitioned the Lord “that out of Charlotte the Lord would raise up someone to preach the Gospel to the ends of the earth.”

Just 15 years old at the time that petition was voiced, young “Billy Frank” had not yet come to have a personal relationship with Christ. He would later write with regard to that prayer, “At that time, in 1934, it certainly wasn’t obvious that that someone might be me.”

 A PRAYER OF SALVATION

Later that same year, traveling evangelist Mordecai Ham arrived in Charlotte and began an 11-week revival meeting. It was at this tent revival that Billy Graham walked forward, knelt in the sawdust and prayed, confessing his sins and accepting Christ’s gift of salvation. When he rose to his feet “a new creation,” only God knew the incredible journey of faith that lay before him.

In his autobiography, Just As I Am, Mr. Graham described the prayer he prayed in his room at home later that night. “For the first time in my life I got down on my knees without being told to do so. I really wanted to talk to God. “‘Lord, I don’t know what happened to me tonight,’ I prayed. “You know. And I thank You for the privilege I’ve had tonight.’”

 A PRAYER OF SURRENDER

The next pivotal prayer took place in Billy’s college years during a solitary, late-night walk on the greens of a Tampa, Florida, golf course. There Billy knelt in the moonlight and surrendered completely to God’s call on his life.

“I got down on my knees at the edge of one of the greens. Then I prostrated myself on the dewy turf. ‘O God,’ I sobbed, ‘if You want me to serve You, I will.’”

 A PRAYER OF FAITH AND TRUST

In the late summer of 1949, a young Billy Graham knelt before a tree stump at Forest Home retreat center, settling once and for all an intellectual, spiritual and emotional struggle with regard to the truth and validity of God’s Word. In the shadowy moonlight, with an open Bible in front of him, he poured out his heart to God. “Father,” he prayed, “I am going to accept this as Thy Word—by faith! I’m going to allow faith to go beyond my intellectual questions and doubts, and I will believe this to be Your inspired Word.”

Mr. Graham would later write in his autobiography, “When I got up from my knees at Forest Home that August night, my eyes stung with tears. I sensed the presence and power of God as I had not sensed it in months. Not all my questions were answered, but a major bridge had been crossed. In my heart and mind, I knew a spiritual battle in my soul had been fought and won.”

He went on to speak as scheduled at Forest Home and saw 400 individuals make commitments to Christ. Weeks later he would begin his historic 1949 Los Angeles Crusade. Scheduled to last three weeks, the engagement ended up running for eight weeks as the huge tent was packed night after night. This would be the beginning of a worldwide ministry that would take him around the globe and allow him to preach the gospel to in person to more than 200 million people.

THE RESULT OF A LIFE OF PRAYER

And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’”  (2 Corinthians 12:9, NKJV)

At the age of ninety-nine Billy Graham was physically weak and had a desire to “depart and be with Christ” and his beloved Ruth; yet God saw fit to prolong his earthly life until Wednesday, February 21, 2018. While we do not know the reasons why, we are grateful God allowed Mr. Graham to see the beginning of his hundredth year. We can only imagine that perhaps it was for such a time as this.

It’s been said by many that Mr. Graham’s whole life was a sermon. Yet the final sermon he is preaching after his death may bring more individuals to Christ than were seen in his largest crusade. From the earliest Hour of Decision broadcasts, technology has advanced to the point that Billy Graham’s preaching is now available around the clock, around the world. The clear and compelling message of the gospel is being proclaimed to millions, and Christ’s strength is indeed being made perfect in the ultimate and final weakness of this North Carolina farm-boy–turned-preacher.

In an age of selfies and self-absorption, Billy Graham shines as an example of quiet humility and selflessness.

In a time of bitterness and rancor, he remains a kind and gentle voice for humanity.

In an age when many refuse to accept the concept of absolute truth, the voice of this powerful preacher still rings with the firm declaration, “The Bible says.”

In a world wracked with hatred, violence, and hopelessness, Billy Graham’s lifelong message is still being declared:

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him  should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16, NKJV)

As we enter the month of March, we do so in a spirit of gratitude and prayer: grateful for the privilege of serving in this remarkable ministry at “such a time as this” and prayerful that God’s strength will be made perfect in our weakness.

Keep praying and seeking…

—Donna Riesen


We appreciate you joining us in prayer for the following events taking place on The Cove property during the month of March:

Women’s Bible Study — Tuesday Morning, March 6
(Teacher: Jane Derrick; Worship Leader/Emcee: Carole James)
Living the Blessed Life (Matthew 5:1-12)

Michael Easley — March 2-4
(Emcee: Bill Wolfe; Worship Leader: Marty Goetz; Pastor-in-Residence: John Parrish)
Military Marriage Retreat — Living Like Heaven is a Real Place

Crawford Loritts — March 5-7
(Emcee: Glynn Bachelor; Worship Leader: Marty Goetz; Pastor-in-Residence: John Parrish)
Navigating Life’s Challenges   

An Evening at The Cove with The Collingsworth Family – March 14
(Emcee: Michelle Bachelor)

Jennifer Rothschild — March 22-23
(Emcee: Patty Stump; Worship Leader: Michael O’Brien)
Women’s Event — Unshakeable: The Keys to an Unbreakable Faith

 

Cove Bible Verse for the Week of March 5th

Let’s put on the full armor of God this week!

This week’s verse is Ephesians 6:10-18

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.  Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.  For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.  Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.  Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,  and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.  In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one;  and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,  praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints.


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Saturday Snapshot: A Week of Remembering Billy Graham

The Cove was founded by Billy and Ruth Graham  and has been a special place not only for instruction and training in God’s Word but also a place to relax and be refreshed. These past two weeks, we have shared in both joy and tears  honoring the life and legacy of Billy Graham.

On  Feb. 22, Morris Funeral Home brought the body of Billy Graham to The Training Center at The Cove. The weather could not have been any better as the sun was shining so brightly with hardly a cloud in the sky.

The hearse carrying the body of evangelist Billy Graham arrives at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove, where some Graham family members have gathered in Asheville, North Carolina. February 22, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake

His body was placed in the auditorium of The Training Center with one of the most beautiful backdrops of the mountains that he loved. Flowers surrounded the casket, and family members gathered in the room.

On Feb. 24,  BGEA chaplain Preston Parrish led a room full of family members, dignitaries, and Cove staff in a beautiful prayer after offering words of comfort and encouragement. Then the guests slowly walked outside under the portico to await the procession. Some held hands and shed tears as the pallbearers escorted the casket to the hearse. Family members followed behind.

The family of Billy Graham watched as the pallbearers loaded his casket into the hearse.

As the funeral motorcade left The Cove, there was a feeling of sadness that Billy Graham would never be on this property again. There was also a feeling that we must all carry on his legacy and share the Good News of Jesus Christ with our community, city and world. We hope that you will not only visit this beautiful place that Billy and Ruth loved but that you will invite your friends to experience it with you.

Visit Billy Graham’s memorial page. 


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Are you a Christian church or non-profit ministry looking for a place to hold your conference, retreat or ministry event?  Get more information on holding your event at The Cove.

Visit the Chatlos Memorial Chapel, Visitors Center, and Ruth’s Prayer GardenClick here for directions and operating hours. Tours are free.

 

 

Ten Life-Changing Lessons Billy Graham Taught Ron Hutchcraft

Today we are sharing a reflection from The Cove speaker Ron Hutchcraft on life lessons Billy Graham taught him over the years.

By: Ron Hutchcraft

I was privileged to touch just the edges of Billy Graham’s life. He touched mine all the way to its core. There are many who knew him intimately. What he taught me often came just by watching his life. And sometimes through connections at Billy Graham events where I had the opportunity to speak over the years.

But the Jesus-power and Jesus-presence reflected in Billy Graham’s life radiated far and wide. I probably learned more about a Christ-honoring life from him than any other single person I’ve known. Sometimes you have to see it to be it. In Billy Graham, I got to see it.

Billy Graham has left some priceless lessons as a legacy in my life. By embodying some powerful principles of a Christ-honoring life.

  1. Never encumber the Gospel.

Serving as chairman of the 1991 Northern New Jersey Crusade, I saw reporters relentlessly trying to get a Billy Graham quote on the hot button issues of the day. He never would go there. In one press conference, pursued by politically divisive issues, he smiled and said, “Back home in the mountains, we have lot of kinds of birds. But I’ve noticed one thing about all of them—they all have a right wing and a left wing. And it takes both left and right for them to fly.” A knowing smile. Then back to Jesus.

You could not get Billy off on a detour—not political, not theological, not religious, not cultural. Appropriately, this evangelist, who had once wanted to be a baseball player, always kept his eye on the ball. The Gospel. Unedited. Unencumbered. Uncompromised.

  1. Be all about Jesus.

It didn’t matter where you put him—a Larry King interview, The Tonight Show, a press conference, commenting on a natural disaster, speaking to the nation after the attacks of September 11, 2001. With wit and charm and warmth, Billy Graham would always bring it back to Jesus and His cross. Because that’s the only message that can enable a person to “cross over from death to life” (John 5:24). And because we are called to “make the most of every opportunity” (Ephesians 5:16) to tell about Jesus.

  1. Always make it about others, not about you.

Any time I was with Billy Graham personally, he just wanted to talk about me, never about himself. He was that way with everyone. No sense of self-importance. He embodied how to “in humility consider others better than yourselves” and how to “do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit” (Philippians 2:3).

  1. Never steal the glory.

“I am the Lord; that is My name! I will not give my glory to another” (Isaiah 42:8). I sometimes joked that Billy must not have gotten the memo about how important he was. He just always seemed amazed that God was using him. The word you keep hearing from people who knew him intimately or just casually is: “humble.” He really was. In a world obsessed with celebrity and stars, Billy Graham refused to be one.

  1. Never compromise your integrity.

It was a stroke of godly brilliance that motivated Billy Graham and his key leaders to commit to what they called their “Modesto Manifesto.” Prayerfully developed in a motel room early in their ministry, it committed them to the high road in everything from how they handled money to avoiding even the appearance of inappropriate behavior with the opposite sex. And for more than half a century, “the integrity of the upright” guided them (Proverbs 11:3). When the wife of a dear friend came to pick him up at the airport, he politely declined because of their rule to never be alone with a woman. Again and again, journalists tried to find financial wrongdoing in Billy Graham’s ministry. Again and again, all they could find was an evangelist who would not get in a position where it would even be possible for him to be out of bounds financially.

  1. Never be afraid to use new things to tell the old, old story.

When radio was new, Billy Graham grabbed it as a Gospel multiplier. When TV was young, Billy Graham began televised crusades. Internet evangelism—he was there with the Gospel. “That by all possible means I might save some” (1 Corinthians 9:23). When Billy became concerned that they weren’t reaching enough young people, he accepted the counsel of younger staff to move from a conventional “youth night” program to a contemporary music concert. Where Billy Graham would speak for just twenty minutes between the Christian bands. The new format—controversial to some—broke venue attendance records and brought amazing harvests.

Two weeks after their first such “concert for the next generation,” I heard him tell about it to a gathering of some 2,000 evangelists, many of whom were quite conservative in their methodologies. He said: “When the first group was playing, I was in my trailer, listening with the printed lyrics they had provided me. And I said to myself, ‘This may not be my style of music, but I recognize this message. This is the Gospel of Christ I’ve been preaching my whole life!'” Billy Graham wasn’t afraid to change the package to reach more people—so long as the Message was Christ’s unchanging Gospel!

  1. What unites us is far greater than what divides us.

I saw the power of that when Billy Graham convened 10,000 evangelists from 200 countries for Amsterdam 2000. Virtually every language, every culture, every denomination imaginable—together under the banner of our crucified and risen Savior. I doubt any other person on earth would have been able to convene such an historic gathering. But Billy Graham knew it was the cross and the resurrection that was the ground on which all true Christians meet. And that’s the ground where he chose to stand his whole life.

  1. Prayer is the deciding factor in any work for God.

When Billy checked with his Crusade directors for a progress report on an upcoming Crusade, his first question was always the same: “Are they praying?” He told us that the three keys to an effective Crusade were as follows: #1—pray; #2—pray; #3—pray! Sometimes associates wondered why he was taking so long to make a ministry decision. The reason was simple: Billy Graham would pray until he had God’s answer.

  1. Be transparent about your shortcomings.

When his relationship with President Nixon compromised his witness for Christ, he openly confessed his mistake and his commitment to never wander into politics again. In explaining one of his main reasons for building the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove, he expressed his lifetime regret over not having studied the Bible more seriously and deeply when he was younger. We respected him even more because of a humility that wasn’t afraid to say, “I was wrong.”

  1. Share Christ boldly, but always with gentleness and respect (1 Peter 3:15).

At a time when Jesus’ followers are often perceived to be angry and condemning, Billy Graham leaves us a model that builds bridges, not walls. However lost, however hostile a person might be, he always treated them with dignity and respect. And that is probably why so many people from so many backgrounds respected him. And listened to his eternity-deciding Message.

A man who has been one of the most powerful men in Washington shared his memory of meeting Billy Graham. As a young man, this man’s job was to guide Mr. Graham through the passageways of the state Capitol and to the inauguration at which Billy was to speak. It was only a few minutes. Seemingly, nothing very special. But this young leader, who would come to great political power, said: “I know I was just with a human being. But I felt like I was in the presence of the Eternal.”

What more could any follower of Jesus ask than that? To walk so close to Jesus that, when people have been with us, they feel like they’ve been with Him.

Yes, Billy Graham talked with presidents. More importantly, he walked with Jesus. And brought countless millions with Him.

Thank you, Lord Jesus, for this life well-lived. From whom we still have so much to learn.

And as we remember Billy Graham’s life, it’s important that we take a moment to look at the impact of our own life. Not on multitudes, but on the people in our personal world.

Because our mission from Jesus is the same as Billy’s—to be “Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us” (2 Corinthians 5:20).

And our message is the same. God loves you. So much that He sent His Son to do the dying for our sin.

We all know someone who doesn’t know our Jesus. For them, you are God’s chosen messenger. In these turbulent, divisive, disturbing times, you have the Anchor someone close to you desperately needs.

And the life and death of God’s best-known messenger of His love is opening doors and hearts for you to tell them about your Jesus.

This is a moment of opportunity, my brother or sister! Opportunity to help change someone’s eternal destination.

If you’re ever going to tell them about your Jesus, do it now.


Ron Hutchcraft will be speaking at The Cove May  9th-11th. Click Here to Register


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Billy Graham Has Finished Well: A Tribute by Quinn Graham

This week has brought many beautiful and sweet tributes to honor the life and legacy of Billy Graham. One of the most heart-warming comes from one of his great grandchildren, 12 year-old Quinn Graham.

Billy Graham Has Finished Well: By Quinn Graham

 

It’s an old picture of Daddy Bill

He is preaching to hundreds, maybe even thousands of people.

With his eyes looking straight at you,

And his Bible in his left hand.

He is pointing to you with his right hand

And preaching the Word of God to you.

This black and white picture

Shows Daddy Bill doing what he loved to do

What God called him to do:

Preaching the Truth of Jesus Christ.

We have lost a loved one,

Loved by millions

Because he loved millions –

Billy Graham.

 

He has done an inspiring job of preaching God’s Word.

He never took a break from God’s Word,

He never gave up on trying to reach people across the world.

He went everywhere to preach the Word of God . . .

If there was one person across the world who didn’t know the Word of God

Billy Graham would do anything to get him saved,

Because one person saved could mean that his whole family gets    saved.

No matter what happened to Billy Graham

He would never give up on God’s purpose for him;

He has preached in person to over 200 million people.

That means 1/30th of the whole world has heard him . . .

Today we dedicate this day to Daddy Bill,

For he is now with his Lord and Savior,

For he has finished well . . .

For more of Quinn Graham’s writing, click here. He has some beautiful psalms to bless you.


Click here for a schedule of seminar, concerts, and retreats at The Cove in beautiful Asheville, NC.

Are you a Christian church or non-profit ministry looking for a place to hold your conference, retreat or ministry event?  Click here for more information on holding your event at The Cove.

Visit the Chatlos Memorial Chapel, Visitors Center, and Ruth’s Prayer GardenClick here for directions and operating hours. Tours are free.