Graham Caps a Life of Faith

By: Nancy Weiner
By: Nancy Weiner

The Rev. Dr. Billy Graham is on what may be his last American crusade. Tens of thousands of people heard the 86-year-old deliver his message of faith in New York City this weekend.

Known as "America's preacher", the frail 86-year-old Billy Graham made his way to the podium. He received a standing ovation.

"It's great to be back in New York," he said.

Graham delivered a 30 minute sermon, his once-booming voice weakened by illness and age. But his time tested message, about the need for redemption, was clear and direct.

The man considered the father of American evangelism urged the crowd to open their hearts to the Bible's teachings.

"I'm asking you tonight to be born again into God's family," said Graham.

For more than five decades, since 1949 in Los Angeles, Graham has inspired Christians and counseled presidents. Knowing this would likely be his final U.S revival, followers traveled to New York from across the country.

"I don't think any living man has brought as many souls to Christ as this man has," said one.

"I just love him. I wanted to come down and see him one last time," said another.

Twins Michael Megan Fida came all the way from Dallas. They say the elderly pastor's words resonate with their generation, too.

"Every teenager has a void in their heart. Billy Graham is able to preach that God is there to fill our void," said Megan.

It's a message Graham has preached to more than 200 million people in 185 countries. But he says he believes his end is near.


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