The Light of the Gospel in Dark Days

By   •   January 20, 2013

Franklin

As we begin 2013, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is preparing for one of the most significant events in our 63-year history.

In November, we will celebrate my father’s 95th birthday with My Hope with Billy Graham, an unprecedented  evangelistic event in the United States and Canada.

The timing for this event could not be more urgent. The U.S.—the leader of the free world for decades—is in grave danger if it keeps turning its back on God. The Lord is patient, though. He has brought revival in before, and I believe He is ready to do it again.

These are challenging times, to be sure. Remember, though, how Jesus Christ remained focused on His mission, even when He was coming face to face with the misguided religious and political authorities who were ready to kill Him in order to silence Him. “He steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem” (Luke 9:51, KJV).

We Christians today need the same bedrock conviction as we confront sin and tell others—starting with our families and neighbors—how they can have the hope of eternal life through repentance and faith in our Lord and Savior.

Right now, we are working to lay the groundwork—training believers, mobilizing churches and taking advantage of new media that allow us to spread the Gospel in ways we could not have imagined even a decade ago.

My Hope with Billy Graham will be far bigger than any stadium Crusade. It will be happening in thousands of homes in cities and towns throughout the U.S. and Canada, as believers just like you invite neighbors and loved ones into their homes, where they can hear my father present the Gospel.

My Hope is a program the BGEA has implemented in dozens of countries over the past 10 years, and God has used it in a mighty way.  Millions of people around the world have given their hearts to Christ through the witness of their friends and neighbors.
This will be the first time we have presented My Hope in the United States and Canada. Your prayers and participation are vital.

God’s people know better than to think that elected leaders can solve all our problems. Their values simply reflect those of a population that largely does not honor God or know Jesus. If we want to see change in our nation, we need to start at the grassroots—by introducing those we know and love to our wonderful Lord and Savior.

The media tell us that our nation is hopelessly divided, and it is. But the Bible assures us that believers can be united despite our ethnic backgrounds, economic standing or gender. “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28, NIV).

As for these great nations? “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:14, NIV).  ©2012 BGEA

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19 Comments

  1. Gloria says:

    I pray for all in this country and others who don't know the Lord. I especially pray for the young people still in high school. There a lot of them going around boasting about being bisexual and they don't know anybetter for they don't know Jesus.

  2. Nancy says:

    this country is DESPERATE for CHRIST and doesn't even know it!!! HE is more real to me today than in the 27 years I've been walking with HIM. WAKE UP AMERICA — turn to HIM!!!! The USA needs HIM more than other countries. We are deceived here!!

  3. Robin says:

    I watched Billy Graham on TV when I was a little girl…There were times when I was tried as a young lady….I always thought…what if Billy Graham were here….would I do this? Thank you Billy..for reminding me of my Lord Jesus!

  4. Shelly says:

    Our world is in Great need for Jesus Christ. He has opened my heart to accept his love. I can only pray that people of this world can do the same. Thank you for planting the seed. God bless you all. I will pray for you.

  5. Anna says:

    We love and appreciate all. Of you, and pray for you daily

  6. Learning to be His cup says:

    glance today at anyone …. and imagine tomorrow looking at them paralyzed forever….would that help our hearts Love Today…

  7. Patricia says:

    The seeds of faith planted in the retired teacher's living room, really took root and I've loved God ever since. That living room Bible study led to all of us going to church/youth group. We do need hope in these dark times. Thank You!

  8. Patricia says:

    This project touches my heart because when I was 9 years old, some neighborhood kids and I learned about the love of God and Jesus because a retired school teacher in our neighborhood began a Saturday afternoon Bible study in her living room.

  9. Bob says:

    My heart aches for our nation,many young and old are focused on the things of the world, they are lost. I want peace for our nation, peace with God for this is the only real peace.

  10. Bob says:

    The name of Jesus stretches the muscles of my heart;and anyone evangeliing is a natural and immediate friend of mine. I am 81 years young and still long for more days' like I had traveling from place to place while driving a semi.