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Billy Graham

Geburtstag: 7. November 1918

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Billy Graham, eigentlich William Franklin Graham, KBE ist ein US-amerikanischer Baptistenpastor und Erweckungsprediger, der dem Evangelikalismus zuzurechnen ist. Er wird in den Vereinigten Staaten nicht nur von konservativen Theologen als einer der einflussreichsten Christen des 20. Jahrhunderts bezeichnet. Allgemeine Bekanntheit erreichte er in der frühen Zeit des Kalten Krieges, als er neben US Senator Joseph McCarthy und dem christlichen Fundamentalisten Carl McIntire zu den führenden Stimmen des amerikanischen Antikommunismus gehörte.

Graham hat mit seiner Frau Ruth Bell Graham, die als Tochter von Missionaren in China und Korea aufgewachsen ist, drei Töchter und zwei Söhne, die ebenfalls in amerikanischen evangelikalen Kirchen aktiv und überregional bekannt sind. Sein Sohn Franklin Graham führt die Geschäfte der Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Graham lebte bis zum Tod seiner Frau, die am 14. Juni 2007 im Alter von 87 Jahren starb, mit ihr zusammen in Montreat, North Carolina.

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„Derjenige, der Jesus Christus als seinen Retter annimmt, empfängt im selben Augenblick als Geschenk Gottes die Vergebung seiner Sünden […] Das bedeutet: man steht vor Gott, als habe man niemals eine Sünde begangen.“

— Billy Graham
„Eine Generation entdeckt Jesus”, Brockhaus R. Verlag GmbH, Witten 1982, S. 105. ISBN 3417003784, ISBN 978-3417003789; Übersetzer: Wolfgang Steinseifer

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„your faith and hope are in god.“

— Billy Graham, Hope for Each Day: Words of Wisdom and Faith

„Moral courage has rewards that timidity can never imagine.“

— Billy Graham
Context: I feel sorry for the man who has never known the bracing thrill of taking a stand and sticking to it fearlessly. Moral courage has rewards that timidity can never imagine. Like a shot of adrenaline, it floods the spirit with vitality. "A Time for Moral Courage", Reader’s Digest (July 1964)<!-- Reprinted in [http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=757&dat=19641029&id=rIcwAAAAIBAJ&sjid=lEQDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6379,1764784 The Virgin Island Daily News (29 October 1964)] with the permission of Reader's Digest -->

„In my travels, I have found that those who keep heaven in view remain serene and cheerful in the darkest day.“

— Billy Graham
Context: In my travels, I have found that those who keep heaven in view remain serene and cheerful in the darkest day. If the glories of Heaven were more real to us, if we lived less for material things and more for things eternal and spiritual, we would be less easily disturbed by this present life. A friend told me about stopping on a street corner in London and listening to a man play the bagpipes. He was playing "Amazing Grace" and smiling from ear to ear. My friend asked him if he was from Scotland, and he answered, “No sir, my home is in Heaven. I'm just traveling through this world.” Hope for the Troubled Heart: Finding God in the Midst of Pain (1991); the last statement of this anecdote has often become quoted as if it originated with Graham: "My home is in Heaven. I'm just traveling through this world."

„Time moves so quickly, and no matter who we are or what we have done, the time will come when our lives will be over. As Jesus said, "As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work" (John 9:4). … Life is short, and every day is a gift from God.“

— Billy Graham
Context: "What is the greatest surprise you have found about life?” a university student asked me several years ago. "Its brevity" I replied without hesitation. … Time moves so quickly, and no matter who we are or what we have done, the time will come when our lives will be over. As Jesus said, "As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work" (John 9:4). … Life is short, and every day is a gift from God. Just As I Am : The Autobiography of Billy Graham (1997) co-written with Cliff Barrows

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„I don’t know the future, but I do know this: the best is yet to be! Heaven awaits us, and that will be far, far more glorious than anything we can ever imagine.“

— Billy Graham
Context: I don’t know the future, but I do know this: the best is yet to be! Heaven awaits us, and that will be far, far more glorious than anything we can ever imagine. I know that soon my life will be over. I thank God for it, and for all He has given me in this life. But I look forward to Heaven. I look forward to the reunion with friends and loved ones who have gone on before. I look forward to Heaven’s freedom from sorrow and pain. I also look forward to serving God in ways we can’t begin to imagine, for the Bible makes it clear that Heaven is not a place of idleness. And most of all, I look forward to seeing Christ and bowing before Him in praise and gratitude for all He has done for us, and for using me on this earth by His grace — just as I am. Just As I Am : The Autobiography of Billy Graham (1997) co-written with Cliff Barrows

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