Billy Graham passed away today.

I am sure by now, you all heard have about Billy Graham. He passed away today after a long illness. His crusades started in 1947 at the time when America was still deeply segregated. Graham’s first integrated crusade was held in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1953. After the ropes cordoning off the black section of the auditorium were removed, Graham told the ushers who threatened to put them back up, “Either these ropes stay down or you can go on and have the revival without me.” From then on, Graham permanently adopted the policy of holding only integrated revivals. Many may not know this but to have held an openly integrated crusade in those days, back in 1953 was a very dangerous thing to do. That move should have cost him his life.

On Suffering:

“Comfort and prosperity have never enriched the world as much as adversity has.”

“Mountaintops are for views and inspiration, but fruit is grown in the valleys.”

“When we come to the end of ourselves, we come to the beginning of God.”

“Someone asked me recently if I didn’t think God was unfair, allowing me to have Parkinson’s and other medical problems when I have tried to serve him faithfully. I replied that I did not see it that way at all. Suffering is part of the human condition, and it comes to us all. The key is how we react to it, either turning away from God in anger and bitterness or growing closer to him in trust and confidence.”

“Believers, look up – take courage. The angels are nearer than you think.”

“Quit beating yourself up. We all live under grace and do the best we can.” ~ Billy Graham.


 

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Billy Graham, spoke to over 2 million people on his 1956 UK ‘crusade’, including a young monarch named Elizabeth II. Graham’s London crusade was considered a triumph beyond all expectation. The 11,000-seat Harringay Arena in north London was packed every night; 120,000 turned up to his finale at Wembley Stadium.

Over the following three decades, Graham returned to the UK seven times, each time preaching to capacity audiences.

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Yes, I have read many things about him and his associations with many different political figures from Eisenhower to George W. Bush. He’s an excellent example of we are all flawed and under Grace we all do the best we can. 

 

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A. White, an award winning former librarian, who is also a long time member of Romantic Time and Publisher's Weekly. A. White has been writing for over fifteen years. She took classes in creative writing in college, specializing in ancient myths and legends. and later at a local community center while living in Chicago. In college she won the national contest to verbally list every country in the world, it's capital and ingenious language. Her works are mainly horror, fantasy, extreme, and sci-fi as well as, as some may says, "the truly strange predicament and puzzling." Books that I've written are "Clash with the Immortals, and eleven others which are part of the "Unholy Pursuit saga,". She has been working on the Chronicles since 2007. She wished to complete them all before introducing them to public so the readers wouldn't have to for the continuation to be written. The ideas of the book come from classic literature such as whose work greatly influence the world world such as Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Euripides, Socrates, Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and many more. The "Book of Enoch" influenced the usage of Azazael as a main character and love interest. I created the primary main character from the Chronicle of Saints. I wanted to show them as real flesh and blood with thoughts, desires and yearning as any human. Not as they are so often depicted. So I created one of my own to show her as a real human that everyone can relate to.
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8 Responses to Billy Graham passed away today.

  1. Ann Harden says:

    Alma, if you refuse to post my letter there are no hard feelings but I too have always liked the fact you are able to see a larger picture of things than most people. I noticed that the first time I met you. I’m an artists and is used to the erratic behavior and rarely talks to anyone because most people do not have anything worth listening to say but you caught my attention and that is a rare thing. Despite your young age you’re more intelligent than most people your age. That’s why I talked to you after reading that first book.

    What I have to say are my own words. Ms. White has nothing to do with how I think. I’m old enough to be her mother so I was thinking and doing long before she was born. Since you dumb young people refuse to read or try to learn anything about history and take hagtags to be history and the truth. Let me see can I clarify some things.

    Dr. King needed a broader audience and more influential audience than what he had in 1957 which is why Billy Graham invited him to share the stage with him in Madison Square Garden. Dr. King at the time was well-known among the African American community but not to the nation and world as a whole. He needed the support of the outside world to move the Movement forward because Eisenhower and congress was luke-warm to the plight of African Americans.

    During this time is when African Americans demanded to stop being called ‘Negroes’ because it was a derogatory Spanish term for people of African descent.

    During this time the KKK was killing anyone who dared to oppose them and their agenda and their agenda was to get Jim Crow alive and well. It didn’t matter if you were black, white Jewish or whatever. All ministers of all every race and denominations who stood with those who were trying to spearhead the Civil Right Movements was threaten. After the incident in Tennessee, the man became a target for the KKK and later moved his headquarter to Canada.

    So you young people who keep belittling Christianity and religious little do your naive behind knows that’s how you enjoy the freedom to sit and belittle these people. Let all the real one leaves and you will see just what we have left. I’m talking about the real ones not those who do what they do to have it said they’re a good person but yet spit hate and venom all over the place.

    It’s the real Christians who had advocated for all the major changes for the betterment of all mankind from everything from the operation of the Underground Rail to the Abolishment of slavery to the fair treatment of Women and Children.

    No, not everyone who say they are a Christian are truly one but you need to grow and distinguish the difference. Like it or not, the real world doesn’t operate in clear black and white. Never has and never will. Knowing this is part of growing up and removing the blind folds from your eyes.

    Now, how did Billy Graham get into Russia back in 1982 and preach in Moscow and Kremlin didn’t kill him. I don’t know. Knowing a little about spiritual gifts and knowing one when I see one. I could tell he had the gift of shout and so did Dr. King. Now, getting into Moscow, that within itself is a miracle. The Communist Party expelled all forms of religion, Christianity included. Some believe he may have spearheaded the way for the talk between Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, where Mikhail Gorbachev agreed to reunification of Germany which also helped led to the freedom of some satellite nations. The Iron Curtain since the days of Lenin and Stalin had been virtually impenetrable. Only the Red Cross and Billy Graham made it through that curtain.

    I was old enough to know about the conversation on the tape. It was played over and over before Congress in 1972 when the incidents begin and continued until 1974. Anyone who lived through Watergate knows what I’m talking about. So, that book written in 1984 told no one anything they hadn’t already heard. I don’t care what they are saying nowadays about when Watergate started and ended. It was a very long tedious trial where nothing else was on television all day long for months after months and there were no other channels but ABC, NBC, and CBS. Public television wasn’t available everywhere and cable, hobo, internet and etc. didn’t exist. So you watched Watergate or nothing at all.

    Those who didn’t live through the 60’s and 70’s have no right to say what everyone else went through to get (YOU) society to the point it is today. The freedom you enjoy today didn’t just happen. A whole lot of people gave the ultimate measure for you to sit on your sorry-never-done-anything-behind and judge them. Untold number of others died beside Malcolm X and Dr. King and the other publicized names and all they got was a tomb stone and many didn’t get that for no one knows what happened to them. And many was harassed, arrested and many are still being harassed about their involvement with the Civil Right Movements to this very day.

    Many of you young people have never seen the full face of racial hatred. You think you have. What you are seeing today is on a small scale. It was once far worst. Many aren’t aware of in the early days of the SCLC Dr. King was arrested and the bail sat so high to make sure he didn’t get out to stir up trouble again. Many aren’t aware that Billy Graham bailed Dr. King out of jail to save his life. Jail was a very dangerous place for a black man back then. Those days are making a full circle around.

    What the man was talking about is a lot and I mean a lot of movies and shows back then had a lot of nudity in them when the nudity played no relevant to the story. And no one can contest to the fact that most of the producers in Hollywood was Jewish. And several religion sects in America asked them to stop making these pornographic movies passing them off as art.

    Just because someone disagree with a view about something doesn’t necessarily mean they are racist. I disagree with people all the time on what’s art and what’s pornography and get sick of people trying to say the two are the same when they aren’t.

    I don’t go to church and nor am I affiliated with any religion but I had enough sense to see where this mentality these movies were fostering was harming women and girls and the Feminist Movement wasn’t strong enough to combat it.

    This era was the height of the Sexual Revolution and the sexual revolution did very little for the advancement of women. It was more so about men having more free access to our bodies under the disguise that it was offering us freedom. That revolution didn’t turn out too well for women. It resulted in hundreds of thousands people being born and raised by their grandparents, their mother’s family for there was no law back then to make a man accept a child born out of wedlock. If she was into the free love lifestyle. Then the child was just screwed out of everything.

    Yes, I do believe his son Franklin is a racist.

    You young people aren’t mature enough to understand why the older people are upset this man is dead. It’s for your sake and the future of the nation that we are worried about. None of you were alive during the Cuban Missile Crisis but yet think you know more than those of us who lived through these eras. It has nothing to do with the petty things you think. The fact is the last person Trump ‘might’ listen to if he told him not to start World War III is dead. And I said ‘might’ listen to. Trump doesn’t respect anyone else enough to listen to them and not to press that code if Kim Jong-un keeps pissing him off.

    You don’t even understand that Russia and China are North Korea’s allies and if we attack North Korea these two nations may attack us. And they both have nuclear weapons.

    I’m not saying things will escalate to this point and hope they do not but they are something to think about. Most of you didn’t live through the Cold War where we were under the constant umbrella of a nuclear attack every since day.

    A lot of the same atrocities from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s have returned. Many of these ideas were propelled back into the American mainstream in the past 15 years (not that they ever really died. They simply retreated to the shadows to lick their wounds because the real Christians jumped up and beat the pure living hell out of them back in 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s ) but now it is the younger generation time to shine. Now is the time for the younger generation to pick up the torch and carry it on from where the older generation left off.

    A Movement isn’t something accomplished with a few marches, posts, yelling curse words, accusing innocent people and posing selfies all over the internet. It a hard steady fight but low, down dirty fight. Because the opposing side is going to hit back and hit back hard. And you have to be strong enough in your conviction to withstand those blows. It isn’t about running to the comfort of home or to Mom and Dad when the going get hard. Because it’s going to get hard. Very hard. It’s about being willing to lose everything which may include your life for the betterment of others. Are you prepared to do that?

    On Wed, Feb 21, 2018 at 9:03 PM, The Novel: UnHoly Pursuit: Devil on my Tra

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    • Thank you. I learned a few things I didn’t know. Millennials listen up. This lady knows a lot of interesting stuff. 🙂

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    • I thanks those like you who went before me and paved the way. I thanks all of them for standing up for a brighter future and not bowing down to the norm of their day. I thank them for the horrendous sacrifices they made so that we would be able to sit on our rumps and gripe about them. I can’t imagine the horror they must have endured for the changes to come about which we enjoy today. Yes. it is very sad that these horrible atrocities of the past are rearing their ugly heads again. But like you so poetically said, “It the younger generation’s turn to pick up the torch and carry it forward.”

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  2. Ann Harden says:

    Alma, I read your statement about who you privately supports. They have been trying to get you to say that for over a year. Why? Only to have something negative to say about you. But I want you to know you don’t have to justify your reason for posting anything on your blog. It’s your blog. Don’t let the hatemongers who have never accomplished anything other than spreading hate influence who or what you post about. There are always going to be people waiting in the right wing who will try to tear you down by saying “Look at here! She supports So and So.” so let your work speak for itself.

    You aren’t a politician, you aren’t an evangelist, you’re not trying to be role model. If you were, I would say you would make a very good one. You are an author. A creator of fictional works.

    Most people if they had half the genuine goodness in their heart you have in yours they would be doing well.

    Ann Harden.

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  3. Lisa Warner says:

    I read all the posts online about how much a racist the man was.People need to research before they write things because a true racist wouldn’t have done anything to help a black man further his agenda. Did you know he even paid the bail for Dr. King to get out of jail. I’m sorry but the bible does say a man shouldn’t lie with another man as he would a woman. A minster can not pick and choose which parts of the bible he will talk about. It doesn’t mean you hate someone because you repeat what’s written in the bible.

    On Wed, Feb 21, 2018 at 9:03 PM, The Novel: UnHoly Pursuit: Devil on my Tra

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