Billy Graham – Evangelist (from e-mail I received)

Posted on February 21, 2015 by theharvestprinciple

Billy Graham is now 94 years-old, and has Parkinson’s disease.

In January, leaders in Charlotte, North Carolina, invited their favorite son, Billy Graham, to a luncheon in his honor.

Billy initially hesitated to accept the invitation because he struggles with Parkinson’s disease. But the Charlotte leaders said, We don’t expect a major address. Just come and let us honor you. So he agreed.

After wonderful things were said about him, Dr. Graham stepped to the rostrum, looked at the crowd, and said:

“I’m reminded today of Albert Einstein, the great physicist who this month has been honored by Time magazine as the Man of the Century. Einstein was once traveling from Princeton on a train, when the conductor came down the Aisle, punching the tickets of every passenger. When he came to Einstein, Einstein reached in his vest pocket. He couldn’t find his ticket, so he reached in his trouser pockets.

It wasn’t there. He looked in his briefcase but couldn’t find it. Then he looked in the seat beside him. He still couldn’t find it.

“The conductor said, Dr. Einstein, I know who you are. We all know who you are. I’m sure you bought a ticket. Don’t worry about it.

“Einstein nodded appreciatively. The conductor continued down the aisle punching tickets. As he was ready to move to the next car, he turned around and saw the great physicist down on his hands and knees looking under his seat for his ticket.

“The conductor rushed back and said, Dr. Einstein, Dr. Einstein, don’t worry, I know who you are; no problem. You don’t need a ticket. I’m sure you bought one.

Einstein looked at him and said, “Young man, I too, know who I am. What I don’t know is where I’m going.”

Having said that Billy Graham continued, “See the suit I’m wearing? It’s a brand new suit. My children and my grandchildren are telling me I’ve gotten a little slovenly in my old age. I used to be a bit more fastidious.

So I went out and bought a new suit for this luncheon and one more occasion. You know what that occasion is? This is the suit in which I’ll be buried. But when you hear I’m dead, I don’t want you to immediately remember the suit I’m wearing. I want you to remember this: “I not only know who I am. I also know where I’m going.”

So do I. How about you?

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Short him and her conversation

Him: I love you, and want to spend my life with you. Will you marry me?
Her: We don’t need to get married. We have everything we want. We can live our lives
together just like this.
Him: That’s called shacking up. I don’t want to spend my life with someone who wants
free sex. I want to spend my life with someone who loves me enough to commit to
me, and take an oath before God to stay with me forever.
Her: And 50% of those who marry, divorce.
Him: That’s what some people want us to believe, but the actual figure is about 35%, and
in marriages of committed Christians, the figure is less than 25%.
Her: You want me to risk a 25 to 35% chance of divorce?
Him: No. I want us to be 100% committed to each other, loving each other, supporting
each other, raising a family, and growing old together. I don’t want to live my life
as a companion or temporary convenience. I want someone who will stand with
me – someone I can trust to be there forever. That’s what I want to be to that
special person, and that’s what I need from them.
Her: But how can I maintain my independence if I submit myself 100% to another
person?
Him: How can you say that you’re completely independent when you are dependent
on some one giving you a job, on having a government that truly has your interests at heart, on an economy that won’t crash, on grocery stores having food on the shelves,
on the medical profession to rescue you in times of need, or in all your friends
who support you when they need you, but who are loyal only to themselves?
The Bible says that “Whoever Christ frees, is free indeed” It means that if we
accept him, we are free from the traps of the world that seeks to destroy us.
It means that we are FREE to love and be loved.
Her: How can I trust in a God that lets so much suffering in the world?
Him: It isn’t God that causes the suffering in the world. It is mankind that commit
horrendous atrocities to each other in the name of one Satanic or human philosophy or
another. God doesn’t say that He will destroy all evil in the world and create
heaven on earth. He does promise heaven to those who free themselves from
the world and follow Him.
Her: I’ve always considered myself a Christian. I believe in God, but I’m so caught up
in everything, I haven’t had time to think about Him like you have.
Him: That’s kind of like saying that you love your dog, but keep him tied up in the
back yard, with a little food and water, but no personal contact or interaction
with him.
Her: You’re right. But you’re going to have to help me.
Him: That’s what I’ve been trying to tell you. I want to spend my life helping you,
supporting you, and loving you. I just want the same commitment from you.
Her: What you’ve been saying makes a lot of sense. I think I’ve been so caught up
trying to live up to what others say that I want, that I haven’t had time to
think about what is best for me. I think I’d be getting the most out of a
commitment with you.
Him; No. God created marriage so that both the man and woman gets the most
from it When we both love each other and try to make the other happy and
and complete, then our happiness is doubled in our commitment.
Her: My answer is yes. I will marry you.
Him: With God as my witness, I will never hurt you, and I will always lift you up. And
i will strive to keep that beautiful smile on your face.
Her: And with your help and with God’s help, I promise the same to you.
Him; I love you.
Her: I love you, too.

And they lived happily ever after. Oh, they had their share of problems and even some disagreements. But, they always knew that they could count on each other’s love and support regardless of what obstacles they helped each other over. And they did find heaven – together, and then in the next world.

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Minions of Satan

A minion is defined as: minion – definition of minion by the Free Online Dictionary …
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/minion
An obsequious follower or dependent; a sycophant. 2. A subordinate official, especially a servile one. 3. One who is highly esteemed or favored; a darling.

Soon we will celebrate the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ; which to Christians means the defeat of condemnation, death, and Satan. Yet, Satan keeps on fighting. He knows that he is defeated, yet he, also, knows that he can convince millions of people to follow him and lose their souls to him. He attacks us from all sides trying to get us to disobey God and to sin. He uses our environment, our society, and our circumstances to trip us up and turn from God. He even uses those who have already sold out to him, to convince us to serve death and destruction. They are his minions. We call them our peers, and they pressure us to do what we know is wrong, and to do what we are afraid to do. Not all of our peers have sold out to Satan, but those that have pressure us relentlessly. They attempt to convince us that we are wrong in fearing certain acts, and we, in turn, want to please our peers. And so we force ourselves to go against our better judgment and do things that scare us, in order to please or appease them. And every time we commit an act that we know is wrong, we condition and program ourselves to accept the unacceptable, and to embrace the unthinkable.
Jesus voluntarily gave his life so that we could live a life cleansed of sin, and lead a life that was not destructive to ourselves. He rose from his tomb, defeating death and offering eternal life to those who would accept him and his teachings. Will we follow a dummy that pretends to care for us, or will we follow the greatest man who ever lived and who proved his love for us by giving his life for us? If we will stop and think long enough, we’ll know who we should follow. It is Jesus the Messiah, and Son of the Living God. The answer is obvious for all, except for those who have sold their souls for an empty promise of happiness. “Choose you this day, whom you will serve. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. (Joshua)”

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Our only weapon — The Word

We must educate the enemies of America to the will of God for all mankind, so that they will condemn themselves as they continue to defy God. Paul said that he would not have known sin except for the law. The law condemns us. Only Christ can save us. So let us all pound them with the Word, and wait for our enemies to destroy themselves. If they want to silence and destroy us, they will be silenced and destroyed. Our only weapon is God’s Word, and it is no good unless it is relentlessly used against the enemy. Our only hope is in God, who has given us the weapon that will defeat our enemies and save us. Keep pounding with the word until we find victory, and God returns to His rightful place in our society as our protector, provider and Lord of all.
To be silent is to be defenseless So let your voice be heard and the word of God be spread throughout the nation. The enemies of God and America are made defenseless by the Word. Use it and assure victory. Use it and assure salvation for us, our nation and the world. Use the word as God created it to be used.

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love your enemies?

Jesus said, “love your enemies. Bless those who curse you, and pray for those who despitefully use you and persecute you.”

All kinds of psychological conclusions can be made on this subject, including “returning good to an enemy can cause them to rethink their actions and possibly change” Or “the person’s desire to vent or engage in confrontation may be defused.” The Bible tells us that “returning good for evil is like pouring hot coals on their heads.”

The fact is: Jesus said, “Whatever we want done to ourselves, do to another person”. Simply put: whatever we want for another will be done to us. It would, therefore, really be stupid to want harm, misfortune or physical pain to come to anyone -including an enemy – unless we wanted a double dose of harm, misfortune or physical pain to come to ourselves.

How then do we forgive or wish blessings for an enemy? The Bible (and Jesus repeated it) tells us that we must “love our God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength” and to “love our neighbor as we love ourselves.” We can’t love someone if we don’t know them. We have to understand why the person acts a certain way, or what psychological pain from the past is working inside of them. It is important to understand the person if we are ever to have any empathy for them, or develop a desire to pray to God to help that person with the pain that is causing them to harm themselves, harm others, and separate themselves from God. When we can do that, then we will, not only avoid harm to ourselves from our own desires, but we will receive a double blessing by blessing or praying for them.

Wanting revenge for another is asking that we suffer the revenge upon ourselves from the act of another. Pretty dumb, isn’t it. Yet, loving, blessing and praying for blessings for another person ensures that God will pour out His blessings on us. This is an impossible task for the natural man, but the more that we love God with all our hearts, minds, soul and strength, the easier it is to love our neighbors and our enemies as we love ourselves. Do we fight the world as secular people, or do we bring love into the world as Godly people? Do we seek revenge and find pain and misfortune in our lives. Or do we heap blessings upon ourselves by serving God and blessing others?

If we have trouble with this choice then we need to walk closer to God. “I John 4:20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?”
John 8:12, “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”

Walk then, in the light. Lay aside your anger and find time to bless and pray for others – even your enemies.

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The only thing is Love

If I were to place importance to one subject it would be love.
I have been to Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Scotland, Ireland, Newfoundland, Labrador, thirty something states of the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Hawaii. But when I try to relive my travels, I stir up no more emotions or feelings than if I had simply watched a documentary. I think back on my physical prowess or sex life that I thought to be important at the time, but I can stir up no feelings or emotions that I originally had. It is as if I had simply been told of an experience or read of it somewhere. But life doesn’t erase all emotions or feelings. When I think of seeing the tears well up in a man’s eyes when I handed him my last five dollars, I feel it all over again, and I am moved to tears. When I think of my children and other family members that I loved at one time, I find that I still love them as much as I ever did, and the pain of losing them is as strong as it was the day that they died. I can look at a picture and remember a person’s smile and I am moved to the core. No, love and the compassion it brings are forever. It is for this reason that we stop focusing on the things that have no lasting meaning, and focus on that which is eternal. Love will encourage you,  move you forever and will never leave your memory or your heart.
1 Corinthians 13:13 13And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
1 John 4:16 – And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. 1 John 4:8 – He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. 1 John 4:19 – We love him, because he first loved us.
Psalm 136 “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever.”
Forget the things of the world, accumulate the things of God. God is love. Love endures forever.”
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A real president speaks (video)

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Jesus is with you (video)

http://www.godvine.com/Jesus-Is-With-You-in-Every-Moment-a-Touching-Video-2921.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=3-3-2013

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The Star Spangled Banner

Many years ago, I was standing with a small group of friends, and the subject of music and songs came up. After a couple of people confessed that different songs caused them to tear up, one asked me, “What song makes you cry?” I had to think for a minute until I remembered that the only song that caused my eyes to well up in tears was The Star Spangled Banner. At the time I really didn’t understand exactly why that song had such an effect on me; but over the years I have learned the reason. The Star Spangled Banner symbolizes very important facts for me and for the rest of America:

THERE IS NO GOD LIKE OUR GOD.
THERE IS NO LAND LIKE OUR LAND, AND NO
PEOPLE HAVE SACRIFICED MORE TO BRING FREEDOM TO
THE WORLD, THAN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

I AM PROUD OF MY FELLOW AMERICANS, I AM PROUD OF OUR NATION, AND I AM PROUD OF OUR GOD WHO HAS PROTECTED AND PROSPERED US MORE THAN OTHER NATIONS, BECAUSE WE HAVE EXALTED HIM IN OUR LIVES AND HUMBLED OURSELVES BEFORE HIM.

May God bless America and all generations of Americans, until Christ returns to us.

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Who am I? Who are you?

Since I accepted Christ and was baptized, I am no longer the person that I used to be, nor am I guilty of those things that I used to do. I was born again of water and the spirit. My old self died on the cross along with all my past sins. That which is dead is irrelevant today. I won’t allow others to continue to put a dead man’s label on me. I am a new person. I have been given the power to become a child of God, an heir of God and joint-heir with Christ. I am filled with God’s spirit and His love. As a new person, I love God and I love mankind. I will not be labeled by the mistakes of the past, but only by an everlasting promise of the future. Who am I? I am a born-again Christian. And you can be, too. Dump the baggage of the past, and start over as a new person in Christ. Only then will you be free.  God said, “I will forgive their sins and remember them no more.”  “Whom Christ has freed, is free indeed.”

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