PHOTOS: Decision America Tennessee Tour in Clarksville

By Tommy Berry and Earl Davidson   •   May 19, 2017

Crowd sitting on lawn
Two hours before the event, cars were lined up outside the venue. An estimated 4,600 came out to Liberty Park in Clarksville, Tennessee, to hear Franklin Graham and sing along with Jeremy Camp. Thursday marked the second stop on Franklin Graham’s four-city Decision America Tennessee Tour as he urges people to repent of their sins and lead godly lives.
Franklin Graham at podium, holding Bible
The Bible tells the story of Bartimaeus, a blind beggar who cried out to God, asking for God's mercy on him. Bartimaeus probably had other needs—like a bath and haircut—Franklin Graham said, "but one need surpassed them all." Have you asked for God’s mercy?
Crowd at the front of the stage, both arms raised
"Many Christians in today's churches are in a spiritual fog," Franklin Graham said. They often trust feelings more than what God's Word says, he continued. He urged the crowd to set God's Word as their foundation for living.
Jeremy Camp facing crowd, singing
"The same power that rose Jesus from the grave, the same power that commands the dead to wake lives in us," Jeremy Camp sang.
Woman holding child
No one is beyond God's forgiveness if they earnestly seek Him. Franklin Graham read from Psalm 103:8: "The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love."
Dennis Agajanian smiling, playing guitar
Dennis Agajanian warmed up the crowd with some old hymn favorites.
Teen boys holding hands in prayer
"Are your sins forgiven?" Franklin Graham asked the crowd pointedly.
Woman smiling, two fingers pointed up
As the sun went down behind the stage, just a short distance from the Cumberland River, Franklin Graham talked about a different kind of light—the light of Christ, which should shine through those who follow Him.
Franklin Graham smiling
Pride can plague us all and destroys us from the inside, Franklin Graham said, but Christ followers should be different—seeking godliness in everything they do.
Rows of people holding hands under night sky
Thousands joined hands in the outdoor amphitheatre, praying to God to forgive their sins, the sins of our nation and for those in all levels of government. Franklin Graham was in Chattanooga Monday and will be in Jackson and Memphis, Tennessee, this weekend as the Decision America Tour continues.
Woman with eyes closed, one arm raised in crowd
Many may doubt that God can forgive them, Franklin Graham said, but "that's exactly why God sent Jesus Christ to earth," to offer forgiveness and life. Franklin Graham offered 1 John 1:9 as proof of God's mercy: "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
Jeremy Camp at the mic
Losing his first wife to cancer "shook me to my core," Jeremy Camp said, but added that God's presence also became more real to him during that time. He shared with the crowd about a God who identifies with our suffering and comforts us in the hard times.
fireworks lighting up the sky
Fireworks ended the night as children squealed with joy and adults were captivated by the lit up sky.

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  1. Mabel Semler says:

    This is what I needed to spur me on today. To be Christ’s messenger and lead others to Him. Encouragement for my soul as well. As a Pastor of a small congregation I often feel discouragement and think of quitting. Then God sends His messengers. Praise God and thank you Franklin Graham for answering God’s calling!

  2. Vadith Blankenship says:

    I would love to attend one or more of your meetings. Pray for my family. My husband is seriously ill. Thanks.

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