Billy Graham passed away on February 21, 2018, at the age of 99. While he may be gone from our presence, few Christian leaders would deny the influence his preaching and his character have had on their lives and ministries.
One of them is Willow Creek Founder Bill Hybels.
“I have admired Billy Graham my whole life,” said Bill. “I have vivid memories of my dad asking me to sit next to him on the leather couch in our home to watch him preach. Even as a young boy, I sensed that he was in a league of his own when it came to making the Christian faith make sense to the masses. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would have the privilege of meeting him.
“When he and Ruth invited Lynne and me to their home on a mountain near Montreat, North Carolina, we would have walked to get there. Over a home-cooked meal and later in front of a roaring fire, we talked world affairs, the state of the Church and family matters. As we neared the time of our scheduled departure, Billy handed me his Bible and asked me to read a passage from it. I told him that I was the one who needed more Scripture in me, not him. But he insisted, so I read my favorite Psalm to him, Psalm 34. When I reached verse 8, ‘Oh taste and see that the Lord is good,’ Billy tilted his head back, closed his eyes and said softly, ‘So good, soooo good.’
“I will never forget those hours with Billy and Ruth. I count it as one of the great honors of my life.”—Bill Hybels
Billy Graham leaves a legacy of faith, leadership and integrity that has had an impact on hundreds of thousands over his 70-year ministry.
How did he touch your life?