This Easter, Share the Hope of Jesus with ‘The Cross’

By   •   March 26, 2014

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My Hope America, featuring Billy Graham's message of hope, is available via download or free DVD at

For those who follow Jesus, Easter is about as good as it gets.

It’s a time when Christians around the world celebrate the most important moment in history—the moment when Jesus Christ rose from the grave, defeating death once and for all.

It’s a time to be joyful, a time to be thankful, a time to be—above all else—full of hope.

But what about those who haven’t encountered God’s radical love? For them, this Easter may be just another Sunday. Or, it could be life-changing.

This year, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) is encouraging believers to celebrate the true meaning of Easter by sharing the hope of Christ with friends, family and neighbors.

To help, BGEA is providing free copies of the My Hope video “The Cross” to anyone who plans to share it.

“We want to provide a resource to the Church and encourage the church to pray, to look for the lost and to ask God to open a wide door of opportunity to share the Gospel,” said Steve Rhoads, BGEA’s vice president of My Hope.

As the Easter outreach commences, BGEA is still hearing stories of how God moved during last November’s My Hope America with Billy Graham.

Centered around Mr. Graham’s 95th birthday on Nov. 7, My Hope gave believers a chance to share the Gospel by using one of three 30-minute videos. The flagship video, “The Cross,” featured a new message of hope from Billy Graham, along with the powerful stories of singer Lacey Sturm and rapper Lecrae.

Millions watched “The Cross” on Fox News and multiple network channels. Thousands shared the message through the internet or on DVD.

“One of the main lessons that we learned in November is that Christians are resourceful and creative,” Rhoads said. “We had people that were emailing links to their friends. They were sharing it on an iPad one-on-one. We had pastors who were opening up their churches to do an evangelistic outreach. We had individuals who hung a sheet in a public park and projected “The Cross” for people who walked by.”

Rhoads is excited to see believers come up with new ideas for the Easter season.

“We want to put the resource in their hands and say, ‘We have all kinds of creative ways to do this, but you don’t have to do it our way,’” Rhoads said. “Just do something. Share it at church or at home over coffee, but find a way to share the Gospel at Easter.”

For those who find themselves on the shy side, Rhoads points out that Billy Graham, Lacey Sturm and Lecrae can do most of the talking.

“Mr. Graham is loving and articulate,” Rhoads said. “And in combination with Lacey and Lecrae’s testimony, it brings a person to a point where they have to make a decision.”

Click here to learn more about sharing “The Cross” this Easter, including information on how to download the video or order a free DVD copy.

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  1. marilyn mcclintock says:

    I have shown The Cross 3 or 4 times with individuals in my home. Two were after decisions had just been made for Christ. The Cross was like solidifying what they had already done, and really made an impression on them. Most recent was a Catholic lady who had never heard of you! Hard to believe!

  2. dr.Nawal Rizkalla says:

    God bless you. I dont know if you remember Mr. Billy once you visited Egypt in the sixties and you went to our home to dr. Fouad Rizkalla . You took lunch with us and sing hymn khatayaya taht el dahr wa eblisss la yozini. Our lives made a lovely way with our Lord . I am his daughter medical doctor at university and never forgets your presence and faith

  3. Vicki Lessert says:

    Praying for the Ministry Daily…God is Good.
    All the Time.. Thank You!

  4. PEGGY MORAGNE says:

    God bless you Billy Graham through your ministry my father found Jesus about 50 years ago which changed our famllys life

  5. robert key says:

    have wondered many times if GOD looks down and says where can he find one more man such as billy may GOD keep blessing him and give thim the strength he needs day by day i b rekey