Billy Graham’s Early Influence on My Life & an Excellent Recent Talk by Rev. Billy Graham

by Steve Ray on February 21, 2018

I have a soft spot in my heart for this man because he has had a PROFOUND impact on our family.

It was his message over the airwaves in 1953 When Billy Graham was doing a crusade in Detroit that first brought my mom to Christ. She tells me even today at 96 years old that she fell to her knees in tears that day and asked Jesus to save her.

Screen-Shot-2014-03-13-at-10.19.31-AMMy dad followed her conversion and is life was totally changed, My mom and dad then brought us boys to a living and vibrant knowledge of Jesus Christ.

[Link to My conversion story with Billy Graham woven in]

Then when I was 17 years old Billy Graham had a huge impact on me — so much so that after hearing him on the radio in about 1969 I slipped out the back door of our country home and with my long hair and bell bottom jeans walked down the dirt road with tears in my eyes.

Screen-Shot-2015-04-26-at-9.57.18-AMIt was a — if not THE, defining moment in my life. I have great respect and admiration for this good Baptist preacher and will some day in heaven look him straight in the eyes and thank him for reaching a rebellious 17 year old kid for Christ.

In the family picture, I am the top row left with the plaid jacket :-)

Below is a video of Billy Graham, now old and weak, giving a talk to the scientists in Silicon Valley. He may be fragile with age but his words are powerful, precise and ever so pertinent to our society today. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Screen-Shot-2014-03-13-at-10.19.15-AM Below is a video of Billy Graham, now old and weak, giving a talk to the scientists in Silicon Valley. He may be fragile with age but his words are powerful, precise and ever so pertinent to our society today. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Steve Wilson May 8, 2015 at 7:17 AM

Very nice blast from the past. We have a lot to be thankful for. And today having found the fullness of the Gospel in the Catholic faith. I am thankful for my past that taught me to love the scriptures and to follow the lord. I just started today readying you book on the Book of John. Just making my way through the introduction on how to study the Bible.. Thank youl
Steve W.

pj December 27, 2015 at 7:56 AM

My 100% Catholic parents loved Billy Graham. We woulwould watch his Crusade sermons on TV. He is a great man, and a wonderful Christian voice. Love him!

Abel December 27, 2015 at 2:02 PM

A great man with works that can be laid at Jesus feet.

sandi November 7, 2017 at 12:29 PM

Happy Birthday, Billy Graham! He is a great man who has brought thousands of people to belief in Jesus Christ. He has truly been a disciple and evangelist for Jesus; may this good and holy man receive a great reward in heaven, and may he hear “Well done, good and faithful servant!”

Sandi February 21, 2018 at 3:37 PM

Rest in peace, Billy. There are many ‘non Catholic’ saints and this man is one of them. May He be welcomed by Jesus himself and Saint John Paul II as he enters heaven today.

Tom Govern February 21, 2018 at 10:37 PM

What a dedicated and talented evangelist. He brought many people to Jesus. He would have made a great Catholic and now he is one!

Michael Poulin March 4, 2018 at 10:41 AM

I disagree. Mr Graham taught a false gospel : once saved always saved, NO MATTER WHAT YOU DID. So in his mind, if you commit what we would call a mortal sin, you would still be saved. Sorry to break your sympathetic bubble, but Billy Graham also led lots of people to hell. He eased up on his anti-Catholicism in his later years as the Catholic Church itself became more indifferent. Time to put the emotion aside and face the truth.

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