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Dr. Billy Graham

If you’re like me, you miss Dr. Billy Graham already. I find it deeply painful and sad that this wonderful man of God, who because of radio, television, word of mouth, and books, has been a part of my entire life, is no longer here to help guide us along the way. Praise God for the hope of a Heaven that welcomes those who have given their hearts and lives to Jesus Christ, their Savior. So, I can rejoice that Dr. Billy isn’t just gone from here…he’s arrived into that Heaven he so eloquently and personally preached about all his adult life.
I heard it said… “He really did believe the message of Jesus, and folks believed him when he told them how much God loved them.” My questions to myself, and perhaps to you, “Do people believe me when I talk about Jesus? Do they believe I really know WHO I’m talking about?”
This is just one of hundreds of examples dear Billy Graham left us to think on as we interact with our brothers and sisters all over the world. Do they believe we really do know WH…
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Face-plant In Gratitude

I’ve said it often and it bears saying again……..
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