Historic My Hope Event Preempts Hour of Decision

By   •   November 2, 2013

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For the first time in almost exactly 63 years, the Hour of Decision, featuring Billy Graham will not air in its regular time slot next weekend.  

Instead, a special My Hope America with Billy Graham program called Defining Moments, will be broadcast in its place on the nearly 600 radio stations nationwide and XM/Sirius that air the weekly program featuring timeless Billy Graham messages. American Family Radio, Salem Broadcasting, Moody Broadcasting and the Bott Broadcasting Network are all scheduled to air the My Hope America program on Nov. 9 and 10.

“Substituting the Hour of Decision for another outreach is not something we go into lightly,” said Jim Kirkland, director of radio at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. “But we felt Defining Moments was wholeheartedly consistent with the mission of ‘Hour of Decision.’ ”  

Not to be confused with the My Hope America TV program Defining Moments, which has been aired as a CTV special earlier this year and has been available for months on DVD and online streaming. The video “Defining Moments” has been used by many of the 25,000 involved churches from all 50 states to present a clear message of the Gospel through relationship evangelism.

The radio version of Defining Moments, still part of the greater My Hope America project, centers around the same three subjects as the video program — illusionist Jim Munroe, former NFL player David Tyree and singer Lacey Sturm.  

But instead of inviting friends, family and neighbors over and showing this powerful video, in a living room setting after a meal or chips and salsa, the audio “Defining Moments” is intended for those searching for hope, driving in their car or who come across it while hitting seek on their dial. 

“It is designed specifically for what we refer to as God’s ‘Divine Appointments,'” Kirkland said. “Folks who just happen upon the program, or people who haven’t heard of My Hope America.”

More than 30 other Christian radio stations, who don’t normally air the Hour of Decisions, will be running “Defining Moments,” including some who have all-music formats and several in Top 20 markets.

The program will air next weekend, just days after Billy Graham’s 95th birthday on Nov. 7, and almost 63 years to the day from its first program.

“To the best of our knowledge, it’s the first time since it’s debut on Nov. 5, 1950, that Hour of Decision has stepped aside for any other program,” Kirkland said.

But he’s confident airing Defining Moments is the right decision for this moment.

“The “Divine Appointment’ aspect is one reason why we encouraged stations to air the program at a variety of times around the clock,” Kirkland said. “We’ve been blessed by the large number of stations who are generously making the airtime available. And more are committing to do so every day.”

Contact your local Christian radio station to find out when Defining Moments will be airing in your market.

My Hope America culminates with a new message from Billy Graham, called “The Cross,” airing nationwide on Nov. 7. For local and national TV listings, click here.

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  1. Patti says:

    Thank you sir for serving God and doing His will all of these years. Without you the world would have fallen apart so much faster and so many people would not know Jesus. God bless you!!!!

  2. Sherry says:

    To me you are the GREATEST man on earth since the Disciples. Impressive n Wise. I thank God for your Knowledge n Love n Devotion. You are so loved n appreciated for the work you have done for so many! Respectfully Yours, Sherry Craddock

  3. Marilyn says:

    You have let your light shine to all the world to come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. You have been an inspiration and hope showing us that that we must have a righteousness that comes through faith in Christ! Thank you!

  4. sus says:

    may god bless u…

  5. Dolores says:

    You are such as inspiration. Prayers and blessings to you and the BGEA.

  6. Joyce says:

    May God bless you with many more years of service to him. We really need you and thank you for your words of guideance from our Lord through his Word. We thank you sir and Love you.

  7. Judy says:

    Billy Graham, you str one of my favorite people. I've always admired yout walk with Christ and your and Ruth's marriage. I Love You and God Bless You!

  8. Jeannette says:

    52 years ago at one of Billy Graham’s rallies in Fresno, CA, I accepted the Lord. I was 15 and a friend and I rode up by train from Bakersfield, California to see him. Rev Graham touched my life and heart that night. Prayers are with him!

  9. Leigh says:

    God knows we need to hear from you Rev. Graham, especially now. Thank you for being a faithful servant to him for so many years!

  10. violet says:

    There has never been another evangelist to bring so many souls to Jesus You will surely be rewarded when your time comes to meet the lord god bless you Rev Graham