The Inscription on Billy Graham’s Grave is Remarkable

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Franklin Graham, the eldest son of the Rev. Billy Graham, who died last month at the age of 99, shared with his followers on social media what’s written on the “simple” marker on his father’s grave.

On Twitter, Graham wrote that his father “was laid to rest on the grounds of @TheBGLibrary” beside his wife, Ruth, and the etching on the marker reads:
Billy Graham
Preacher of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ
John 14:6
The verse reads, “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'”

In another tweet, Graham wrote that his father has said, “I’m prepared to die, in fact I’m looking forward to it—And when you’re prepared to die, you’re also prepared to live.”
Earlier, he explained on the Today show the reason behind the epitaph: “When my mother passed away, we knew…

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The Art of Appreciation

Musings by Ellen

(Phillippians 1:3-4)  

I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy.

The month of October has evolved into Pastors’ Appreciation Month here in South Africa, and around the world. In fact, it has fast become a tradition to celebrate the second Sunday of this month with special services or programmes honouring clergy and ministers at local churches.

Today, we had the joy of celebrating with my dad at his local home-church. A minister for many years, and now semi-retired he shares alongside another seasoned minister to tend to a loyal and local flock. I like to joke and say that my brothers and I kept my dad in business, but those are tales for another journal, a diary maybe, preferably with a closed lock and double pin-codes. Anyway, I detract. The morning was fill of tribute…

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An Open Letter to John Piper

The Ministry of JC

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John.

The reason for this letter is ultimately to thank you. Your words have had a profound impact and a solidifying effect on my faith. And yet, I have never met you. So it would make sense for me to outline how you fit into my story.

When I consider the people in the closest sphere of influence in my life, you do not sit among the parents, grandparents, pastors and friends that have come alongside me. Such people have, and will continue to have, a huge impact on my walk with Jesus.

My early life really set up the kindling. And a fire for God was definitely going by around Grade 10. But then a couple of years later, you waltzed into my life brandished with a flamethrower. And by the grace and power of God, began to ignite a passion in me.

It all started in early 2015. I listened to my first sermon by…

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