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10 Great Quotes from Billy Graham

Billy Graham, referred to as "America's Pastor," will be celebrating his 100th birthday this year. It's hard to condense a lifetime of sermons and thoughtful words to ten quotes, but I thought I'd share ten of my favorite.

He feels moments of discouragement like the rest of us...
The Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes, and say, 'O God, forgive me,' or 'Help me.'

He uses a simple lesson like our hands to remind us to share...
God has given us two hands - one to receive with and the other to give with. We are not cisterns made for hoarding; we are channels made for sharing.

When growing older, we can do it gracefully...
When granted many years of life, growing old in age is natural, but growing old with grace is a choice. Growing older with grace is possible for all who will set their hearts and minds on the Giver of grace, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Time changes; the Gospel doesn't...
Each generation faces different issues and challenges, but our standard must always be measured by God's word.

On reminding us that we don't get into Heaven because we're good... 
I am not going to Heaven because I have preached to great crowds or read the Bible many times. I'm going to Heaven just like the thief on the cross who said in that last moment: 'Lord, remember me.'

On what He'd like written on his gravestone...
I haven't written my own epitaph, and I'm not sure I should. Whatever it is, I hope it will be simple, and that it will point people not to me, but to the One I served.

On following Jesus daily...
Make sure of your commitment to Jesus Christ, and seek to follow Him every day. Don't be swayed by the false values and goals of this world, but put Christ and His will first in everything you do.

On suffering...
'Suffering should not make us bitter people,' my mother once said, 'it should make us better comforters.' Young people need to hear this from those who have walked before them, because someday they'll be walking those same steps, but there may not be anyone following behind.

The proof of God's love for us...
God proved His love on the Cross. When Christ hung, and bled, and died, it was God saying to the world, 'I love you.'

On his death...
Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God.

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