Rediscovering Christmas

Rediscovering Christmas


(Graham) CHRISTMAS IS A TIME
OF JOY; IT’S A TIME OF FUN. AND FOR OUR FAMILY GROWING UP MY MOTHER
MADE OUR HOUSE A VERY SPECIAL
PLACE. SHE DECORATED IT
AND SHE MADE IT SO CHRISTMAS-Y. “YE SHALL FIND THE BABE
WRAPPED IN SWADDLING CLOTHES “LYING IN A MANGER.” [Announcer] REDISCOVERING
THE TRUE JOY OF CHRISTMAS. WE’VE GOT THE AWESOME
RESPONSIBILITY OF GOING TO THE WORLD WITH
THIS GOOD NEWS OF GOD’S LOVE, HIS SON JESUS CHRIST. [man] JESUS CHRIST LOVES YOU. I’M TELLING YOU THAT
FROM THE HEART, MAN. [Announcer]
SPREADING THE MESSAGE OF HOPE
TO A HURTING WORLD. [man] YOU’RE HELPLESS
AGAINST THE WATER. YOU’RE HELPLESS
AGAINST THE WIND. IT WAS A DARK PLACE. IT WAS A REAL DARK PLACE. I’M LOST AND I’VE BEEN
LOST BEFORE AND I’M NOT GOING BACK
TO BEING LOST. [Announcer] THERE IS LIGHT
IN CHRIST’S LOVE. THAT WAS A TURNING POINT IN MY CHRISTIAN WALK. [Announcer] COMING UP NEXT. ♪ ♪ (Graham)
YOU KNOW, CHRISTMAS
IS A TIME OF JOY. IT’S A TIME OF FUN. AND FOR OUR FAMILY GROWING UP MY MOTHER
MADE OUR HOUSE A VERY
SPECIAL PLACE. SHE DECORATED IT AND SHE MADE IT SO CHRISTMAS-Y. BUT SHE WAS ALSO
A PRACTICAL JOKER. SHE LOVED TO PLAY A JOKE ON ANYBODY AND I WAS THE RECIPIENT
OF MANY OF HER JOKES FROM TIME TO TIME. BUT I REMEMBER ONE CHRISTMAS
I CAME DOWN AND ALL THE FAMILY–
WE’RE SO EXCITED. I GO IN THERE, I GO RUNNING TO
WHERE MY STOCKING WAS SUPPOSED TO BE… THERE WAS ASHES AND SWITCHES
IN MY STOCKING AND I WENT, “OH, NO, WHAT DID I DO?” AND MY MOTHER,
SHE HAD THIS TWINKLE IN HER EYE, AND SHE HAD MY STOCKING HID BEHIND THE COUCH
AND SHE BROUGHT IT OUT AND SAID, “OH, SANTA JUST WANTED
TO PLAY A LITTLE JOKE ON YOU.” ♪ IN OUR HOME,
WE NEVER LOST THE FOCUS AND EVERY CHRISTMAS
WE WOULD TAKE TIME TO READ THE CHRISTMAS STORY. MY FATHER WOULD GET
THE BIBLE OUT AND HE WOULD READ, AND I’D LIKE TO READ JUST A PART
OF THAT CHRISTMAS STORY TO YOU. “NOW THERE WERE
IN THE SAME COUNTRY “SHEPHERDS LIVING OUT
IN THE FIELDS, “KEEPING WATCH
OVER THEIR FLOCKS BY NIGHT. “AND BEHOLD, AN ANGEL
OF THE LORD STOOD BEFORE THEM “AND THE GLORY OF THE LORD
SHONE AROUND THEM, “AND THEY WERE GREATLY AFRAID. “THEN THE ANGEL SAID TO THEM,
‘DO NOT BE AFRAID, “‘FOR BEHOLD, I BRING YOU
GOOD TIDINGS OF GREAT JOY “‘WHICH WILL BE
FOR ALL THE PEOPLE, “‘FOR THERE IS BORN TO YOU
THIS DAY IN THE CITY OF DAVID, “‘A SAVIOR,
WHO IS CHRIST THE LORD.'” THIS WONDERFUL NEWS THAT THESE SHEPHERDS
HEARD FROM THE ANGELS; THIS GOOD NEWS IS THE FACT
THAT GOD WAS SENDING A SAVIOR, A SAVIOR FOR MANKIND, BECAUSE OUR SINS
SEPARATE US FROM GOD, AND THE GOOD NEWS IS NOW GOD
HAS PROVIDED A WAY, A SAVIOR, TO TAKE OUR SINS,
TO TAKE OUR BURDENS, SO THAT WE CAN BE SET FREE. I WANT YOU TO MEET SOMEONE WHO DESPERATELY NEEDED
THIS GOOD NEWS BUT HAD NO IDEA
OF WHERE TO FIND IT. (Bethea) AS A KID GROWING UP,
CHRISTMAS WAS ABOUT ME AND THE GIFTS
THAT I WOULD RECEIVE. CHRISTMAS WAS JUST ALL ABOUT
SANTA CLAUS AND GETTING GIFTS. I’LL NEVER FORGET AT THE AGE OF
FOURTEEN OR FIFTEEN, MY PARENTS
HAD A DIVORCE. MY MOTHER, SHE ASKED ME
TO STEP UP AND BE THE MAN OF THE HOUSE. BUT INSTEAD OF STEPPING UP
AND BEING THE MAN, I ACTUALLY STEPPED OUT
INTO THE STREET LIFE AND RAN THE STREETS
WITH MY FRIENDS. IT LED ME DOWN THE WRONG ROAD AND EVENTUALLY
I WAS ARRESTED FOR ARSON,
SHOPLIFTING, POSSESSION OF
FIREARMS, FIGHTING AND
DISORDERLY CONDUCT. [siren blares] AND FROM THE AGE OF FIFTEEN-AND-A-HALF
TO TWENTY-SIX, I WAS IN AND OUT
OF JAIL 29 TIMES. AT THE AGE
OF TWENTY-SIX WORKING AT A LARGE
RETAIL STORE I HAD A CONVERSATION
WITH SOME FELLOW
CO-WORKERS ABOUT THE DEATH
PENALTY. AND I DIDN’T AGREE WITH THE DEATH
PENALTY. I DIDN’T BELIEVE IN
THE DEATH PENALTY. I THOUGHT IT WAS
INHUMANE, BUT MY CO-WORKERS
BELIEVED IN
CAPITAL PUNISHMENT. AS I WAS LEAVING
OUT OF THE STORE I NOTICED IN
THE SNACK BAR AREA THERE WAS THIS
OLD PASTOR. I SAID, “LEMME GO
OVER THERE AND “ASK THIS PASTOR
WHAT HE HAS TO SAY “ABOUT CAPITAL
PUNISHMENT.” HE EXPLAINED TO ME
THE OLD TESTAMENT: “EYE FOR AN EYE;
TOOTH FOR A TOOTH.” BY ONE MAN’S BLOODSHED ANOTHER MAN’S BLOOD
WAS REQUIRED. THEN HE EXPLAINED
TO ME THE NEW TESTAMENT, “THE LAMB OF GOD, “JESUS CHRIST, “WHO TAKES AWAY
THE SINS OF THE WORLD.” AND I’LL NEVER FORGET HE ASKED ME
WHAT I CALL A TRILLION DOLLAR
QUESTION: IF I WAS TO DIE AND I STOOD
BEFORE A HOLY GOD AND GOD ASKED ME: “SAM, WHY SHOULD
I LET YOU
INTO MY KINGDOM?” WHAT WOULD YOU
TELL HIM? SO I JUST TOLD HIM,
“I KNOW I’VE DONE
A LOT OF WRONG “BUT I BELIEVE
IN GOD, “AND I BELIEVE
THERE’S A HEAVEN, “AND I WANT TO
GO TO HEAVEN, “AND I HOPE HE JUST
LETS ME COME IN.” I’LL NEVER FORGET HIM
LOOKING ME IN MY EYE AND RESPONDING,
“BY THE WORDS “OUT OF YOUR MOUTH “YOU’RE GONNA
GO TO HELL. “YOU’RE TRYING “TO GO TO GOD
THE FATHER “WITHOUT ACKNOWLEDGING
HIS SON JESUS CHRIST.” AND WHEN HE SAID THAT,
I GOT THE MESSAGE. I UNDERSTOOD JESUS CHRIST
AND WHAT HE DID
FOR ME PERSONALLY. IN THAT RETAIL STORE I ACCEPTED
JESUS CHRIST AS MY LORD
AND SAVIOR. I HAD A RADICAL
CHANGE. I KEPT TALKING
ABOUT JESUS. [preaching on street]
GOT GOOD NEWS, BRAH. JESUS CHRIST
LOVES YOU. HE LOVES YOU, BRAH. HE GOT A PLAN
AND A PURPOSE
FOR YOUR LIFE. AND I’M TELLING
YOU THAT FROM
THE HEART, MAN. THE SAME LOVE THAT
HE SHARED WITH ME, I WANT TO JUST FREELY
GIVE IT TO OTHERS. CAN I PRAY WITH YOU
BEFORE YOU LEAVE? DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER,
LORD GOD, WE DO THANK YOU
ONCE AGAIN FOR
THIS GLORIOUS EVENING, AND FATHER, I PRAY
THAT HE’LL BECOME A BROTHER IN CHRIST
ONE DAY, VERY SOON, THAT YOU
WOULD SHOW HIM… THIS SAME PASTOR THAT
LED ME TO CHRIST INVITED ME
TO THE BILLY
GRAHAM LIBRARY. AS SOON AS
I CAME OUT I JUST FELT
THE PRESENCE
OF THE LORD ON THE GROUNDS. I SEE
BILLY GRAHAM STANDING
ON A PULPIT WITH
AN INTERPRETER RIGHT BESIDE HIM AND THEN
AS I LOOK IN THE PICTURE I’M SEEING
ALL THESE LITTLE HEADS,
A SEA OF SOULS, AND I READ THE CAPTION
AND IT SAYS, ONE MILLION,
ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND SOULS THAT BILLY GRAHAM GOT
TO MINISTER TO, AND IMMEDIATELY
I WAS JUST CONVICTED
THINKING ABOUT, WHAT AM I DOING FOR THE KINGDOM
OF GOD? AND I JUST REMEMBER
JUST CRYING. FOR ME, THAT WAS
A TURNING POINT IN MY CHRISTIAN WALK. ASKING GOD JUST
TO USE ME, AND HERE I AM TODAY, VOLUNTEERING
AT THE LIBRARY. HOW YOU DOIN’,
SIR? I’M DOIN’ GREAT, AND YOU? DOIN’ WELL. BEFORE YOU LEAVE, IF THERE’S ANYTHING
I CAN PRAY
WITH YOU ABOUT I’D BE HONORED
TO PRAY WITH YOU. AS A KID, CHRISTMAS WAS
ALL ABOUT SANTA, AND THE GIFTS
THAT I WOULD GET. NOW AS A CHRISTIAN, CHRISTMAS IS ALL ABOUT
GOD’S GREATEST GIFT, HIS SON. AND AT CHRISTMASTIME,
AT THE LIBRARY, IT’S A BEAUTIFUL
OPPORTUNITY, WITH THE THOUSANDS,
TENS OF THOUSANDS
OF PEOPLE THAT COME INTO
THIS LIBRARY, TO SHARE THAT LOVE
THAT GOD SO FREELY
GIVES US. NOW WE GET
AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE THAT PERSON TO SHARE THIS LOVE
WITH OUR GUESTS. (Graham)
AT THE BILLY GRAHAM
LIBRARY WE CELEBRATE
CHRISTMAS, AND PEOPLE COME
FROM MILES AROUND
TO COME TO BE AT THE LIBRARY
TO TAKE PART IN ALL THE CELEBRATIONS
THAT WE DO
AT THE LIBRARY. BUT YOU KNOW,
IT’S NOT ABOUT
BILLY GRAHAM. AT THE LIBRARY
WE CELEBRATE
THE MESSAGE THAT BILLY GRAHAM
PREACHED. AND THAT’S THE GOSPEL,
THE GOOD NEWS. THE GOOD TIDINGS
THAT A SAVIOR HAS BEEN BORN. IF YOU’VE NEVER
BEEN THERE, I HOPE YOU WILL COME. IT’S A WONDERFUL
MINISTRY, AND IT’S A MINISTRY
THAT’S ABOUT THE GOSPEL
OF JESUS CHRIST. [Announcer] SINCE 2007,
OVER A MILLION VISITORS HAVE BEEN TO
THE BILLY GRAHAM LIBRARY, WHERE THE GOSPEL IS PROCLAIMED EVERY DAY. THOUSANDS HAVE COMMITTED THEIR LIVES TO JESUS CHRIST AT THIS ONGOING CRUSADE. BRING YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY AND TAKE THIS INSPIRING
JOURNEY OF FAITH. [Announcer] COMING UP… [man] THIS WATER
COME UP SO FAST, IT WAS UNBELIEVABLE. IT WAS RUNNING
THROUGH MY HOUSE. [Announcer]
FLOODING FROM HURRICANE HARVEY
LEAVES DISASTER BEHIND. I GET VERY
EMOTIONAL… [Announcer] AND LATER… [woman] I BROKE DOWN IN TEARS
‘CAUSE I KNOW IT’S THE TRUTH. [man] I WILL NEVER
FORGET THAT MOMENT. [Announcer] NEXT. [Announcer]
THERE’S A PLACE NEARBY
WHERE TRADITIONS LIVE ON. [man] CARRIAGE RIDES…
SINGING THE CHRISTMAS CAROLS… HOT CHOCOLATE. [Announcer]
A PLACE WHERE CHRISTMAS IS
STILL ABOUT A MIRACLE. KING JESUS, AND MARY AND JOSEPH. [Announcer] ENJOY CHRISTMAS
AT THE BILLY GRAHAM LIBRARY AND RETRACE THE STEPS
OF A FARM BOY WHO BECAME A WORLDWIDE
AMBASSADOR OF GOD’S LOVE. IT’S NOT ABOUT BILLY GRAHAM. IT’S ABOUT
THE MESSAGE OF CHRIST. [Announcer] CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS
AS IT WAS MEANT TO BE AT THE BILLY GRAHAM LIBRARY. [Announcer] BILLY GRAHAM, AN EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY IS NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD AND DIGITAL HD. CHRIST BELONGS TO ALL PEOPLE! HE BELONGS TO THE WHOLE WORLD! [Announcer] THIS DOCUMENTARY
FILM OFFERS A UNIQUE LOOK INTO THE LIFE OF BILLY GRAHAM,
EVANGELIST TO THE WORLD. IT CONTAINS EXCLUSIVE NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN
FOOTAGE AND INTERVIEWS, INCLUDING INTIMATE MOMENTS FROM
PERSONAL FILM COLLECTIONS. THE DVD CONTAINS NEARLY
TWO HOURS OF BONUS FEATURES INCLUDING REFLECTIONS FROM BILLY GRAHAM’S FINAL INTERVIEW. WE ARE TO LIVE A LIFE IN WHICH WE LOVE ONE ANOTHER. [Announcer] ALSO INCLUDED BILLY GRAHAM’S
INSPIRING FUNERAL SERVICE. I CAN ONLY IMAGINE WHAT IT WAS LIKE FOR MY FATHER TO STEP INTO HEAVEN. [Announcer] THIS DVD IS SUBTITLED IN NINE LANGUAGES AND MAKES A GREAT HOLIDAY GIFT. IT’S ALSO A WONDERFUL WAY TO SHARE THE GOSPEL WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS. (Graham) HAVE YOU OPENED
YOUR HEART TO JESUS? HAVE YOU REPENTED OF YOUR SINS? [Announcer] OWN THESE UNFORGETTABLE MOMENTS FROM AN EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY. GO TO BILLYGRAHAMFILM.COM TO GET YOUR COPIES TODAY. AT CHRISTMAS,
FOR MANY PEOPLE, IT’S JOY AND
IT’S EXCITEMENT, BUT THERE ARE
MANY OUT THERE, IT’S A TIME OF
LONELINESS
AND HEARTACHE AND DESPAIR. SUICIDE RATES,
IN SOME AREAS, GO UP BECAUSE PEOPLE JUST,
ARE SO DESPERATE, SO HOPELESS AND SO LONELY
THEY DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO. WELL, YOU KNOW,
JESUS UNDERSTANDS. IN LUKE CHAPTER FOUR HE SAID, “THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD
IS UPON ME, “BECAUSE HE HATH ANOINTED ME
TO PREACH THE GOSPEL “TO THE POOR; “HE HATH SENT ME TO HEAL
THE BROKENHEARTED; “TO PREACH DELIVERANCE
TO THE CAPTIVES, “AND RECOVERING OF SIGHT
TO THE BLIND, “TO SET AT LIBERTY
THEM THAT ARE BRUISED.” THAT’S THE REASON JESUS CAME. HE CAME FOR THOSE
THAT WERE BROKENHEARTED. FOR THOSE THAT
WERE LONELY. FOR THOSE THAT
WERE IN DESPAIR. FOR THOSE THAT
HAD NO HOPE. HE UNDERSTANDS PAIN. HE UNDERSTANDS
SUFFERING. HE UNDERSTANDS
HUNGER. HE UNDERSTANDS
THIRST. ALL OF THESE THINGS THAT HE HIMSELF
EXPERIENCED SO THAT HE COULD
IDENTIFY WITH
YOU AND ME AS WE GO THROUGH
OUR PAIN, AS WE GO THROUGH
OUR SUFFERING. HE KNOWS;
HE’S BEEN THERE. AND HE’S THERE FOR US. WHEN I THINK OF
PEOPLE SUFFERING
THIS CHRISTMAS, I THINK OF THOSE
WHOSE LIVES WERE SHAKEN BY THESE HURRICANES
THIS YEAR. IT’S THINGS LIKE THIS,
TRAGEDIES LIKE THIS, THAT BRING PEOPLE
TO THE BREAKING POINT. [thunder rumbles] ♪ (Lay)
I ALWAYS THOUGHT THAT
WHEN I LEFT VIETNAM THAT THAT WAS GONNA BE
THE WORST PART OF MY LIFE. THE STRESS WAS UNBELIEVABLE. BUT THIS FLOOD HERE… IT WAS THE MOST
DEVASTATING THING I’VE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE. I’VE NEVER, I NEVER WITNESSED
ANYTHING LIKE THIS. WELL…THE FLOOD, THERE’S NEVER BEEN WATER HERE. WE’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE IN
A LOW LYING AREA. AND WHEN YOU HAVE
FORTY HORSES AND THREE OR FOUR
HUNDRED HEAD
OF CHICKENS, YOU CAN’T JUST
UP AND LEAVE. THEY’RE GONNA DIE. YOU HAVE TO STAY. [thunder rumbles] THIS WATER
CAME UP SO FAST IT WAS UNBELIEVABLE. IT WAS TEN FOOT
FROM MY HOUSE
AT ONE O’CLOCK AND 1:30 IT WAS
RUNNING THROUGH
MY HOUSE. I WADED OUT AND
GOT THE TRACTOR AND TOOK IT
UP BY THE HOUSE, CHECKED ON
MY CHICKENS AND IT WAS
A LOST CAUSE. THE LITTLE DONKEY
OUT IN FRONT WAS SWIMMING AND I WALKED
OUT THERE, I WADED THE WATER
OUT THERE
AND CALLED HIM. WELL, THE LIGHTNING
WAS POPPING
PRETTY GOOD AND WATER WAS ALREADY
IN THE HOUSE SO WHAT IS HE GONNA
TEAR UP? SO I TOOK THE DONKEY
IN THE HOUSE AND TIED HIM
TO THE PIANO. I’VE BEEN PRETTY
ROUGH AND TUMBLE
ALL MY LIFE. I’VE DONE EVERYTHING,
I GUESS, THE HARD WAY. BUT THIS RIGHT HERE,
YOU’RE HELPLESS. YOU’RE HELPLESS
AGAINST THE WATER. YOU’RE HELPLESS
AGAINST THE WIND. IT WAS A DARK PLACE. IT WAS A REAL
DARK PLACE. I WAS OUT IN THE YARD JUST LOOKING AT
THE DAMAGE AND THINKING,
IT WAS JUST TOO BAD,
TOO AWFUL. ALL THESE CHICKENS
RIGHT HERE THAT I MOVED DOWN,
WERE UP HERE. BUT ALL THE REST
OF THEM DIED. LOST THREE HUNDRED. IT WAS UNBELIEVABLE. AND TWO CHAPLAINS
DROVE UP AND I NEVER… I KNOW WHO
BILLY GRAHAM IS, I’VE WATCHED HIM
ON TELEVISION, BUT I’VE NEVER HEARD
OF THIS ASSOCIATION, THIS ORGANIZATION HE HAS. THESE CHAPLAINS
WALKED UP IN MY YARD AND ASKED ME
COULD THEY HELP. AND THEY WERE LIKE
A SHINING LIGHT. IT WAS UNBELIEVABLE. SO I WANTED TO COME OUT, SEE HOW YOU’RE DOING. (Lay) WE TALKED
FOR HOURS. I DON’T KNOW
HOW LONG WE TALKED. WE TALKED A LONG TIME. ON THE BACK OF
A PICKUP, OUT UNDERNEATH
A TREE. ♪ AND IT JUST MADE
SO MUCH SENSE. THEY TALKED ABOUT, ALL THE BURDEN
WASN’T MINE TO BEAR. THAT JESUS CHRIST
WOULD HELP ME
THROUGH IT. I GET VERY
EMOTIONAL… WE ALL PRAYED
AT MY HOUSE AND I HAVEN’T
PRAYED TOGETHER
WITH ANYBODY IN THIRTY YEARS. AND I GAVE MY LIFE
TO JESUS CHRIST RIGHT THERE
ON THE BACK
OF THAT TRUCK. [chaplain] YOU KNOW,
THEY TALK ABOUT, THE BIBLE TALKS ABOUT
WHAT GOES ON IN HEAVEN WHEN A SINNER REPENTS AND GIVES HIS LIFE
TO THE LORD. AND THE ANGELS SING. OVER WHAT?
OVER YOU! (Ray) MY LIFE IT WAS
JUST, IT WAS LIT UP. I DON’T UNDERSTAND IT AND ALL OF A SUDDEN IT WASN’T SUCH A DARK
AND DANK PLACE ANYMORE. IT WAS LIKE,
IT WAS JUST A RELIEF. IT’S A PRIVILEGE FOR ME TO BE HERE AND TO PRAY WITH HIM. (Lay) IF YOU HELP ME,
YOU CAN HELP ANYBODY, I RECKON. [Announcer] THE BILLY GRAHAM RAPID RESPONSE TEAM SENDS CRISIS-TRAINED CHAPLAINS TO THE FRONT LINES OF DISASTERS AROUND THE WORLD. THIS YEAR THEY HAVE MINISTERED TO TENS OF
THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE IN THE WAKE OF HURRICANES, WILDFIRES, TERRORIST ATTACKS AND OTHER TRAGEDIES. THANK YOU FOR YOUR ONGOING PRAYERS AND SUPPORT AS THEY DEMONSTRATE THE COMPASSION OF CHRIST IN TIMES OF CRISIS. [Announcer]
COMING UP… (Graham)
GOOD EVENING! [man]
DECISION AMERICA IS A THRILL
BEYOND MEASURE. [woman] TWO OF MY FRIENDS GAVE
THEIR LIVES TO JESUS TONIGHT. THAT’S AN ANSWER TO
20-PLUS YEARS OF PRAYER. [Announcer] COMING UP NEXT. [Voiceover] TOWARD THE BATTLE… INTO THE DARKNESS… ANYTIME…ANYWHERE. THIS IS OUR MISSION: SHARING HOPE. [whispers] JESUS. THE BILLY GRAHAM EVANGELISTIC ASSOCIATION. ALWAYS BRINGING GOOD NEWS. YOU KNOW, CHRISTMAS
IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE OUR FAITH WITH FAMILY,
FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS. EVEN SOMEONE
AT THE CHECKOUT LINE AS YOU GO TO A STORE TO GET A PRESENT. HI, GUYS! CHRISTMAS IS ABOUT
GIVING. IT’S ABOUT GOD
GIVING HIS SON. WHEN THE ANGELS
APPEARED TO
THE SHEPHERDS, AGAIN, THESE GUYS
WERE AFRAID,
THEY WERE SCARED. REMEMBER THEY WERE
WATCHING THEIR SHEEP. ALL OF A SUDDEN
HERE COME THE ANGELS AND THE GLORY
OF THE LORD
SHONE AROUND THEM AND AFTER THE ANGELS
HAD DEPARTED THESE SHEPHERDS,
THEY LEFT THOSE SHEEP. AND IT SAYS, “NOW WHEN THEY HAD SEEN HIM, “THEY MADE WIDELY KNOWN
THE SAYING WHICH WAS TOLD THEM “CONCERNING THIS CHILD. “AND ALL THOSE WHO HEARD IT
MARVELED AT THOSE THINGS “WHICH WERE TOLD THEM
BY THESE SHEPHERDS.” THEY WENT OUT,
NOT JUST IN THE FIELDS, BUT THEY WENT THROUGH
THE TOWNS AND THE VILLAGES SHARING WHAT THESE ANGELS HAD SAID TO THEM, THAT CHRIST THE LORD
HAD COME. I WANT YOU TO
THINK ABOUT YOUR FAMILY AND
YOUR FRIENDS
THIS CHRISTMAS. SHARE WITH THEM
GOD’S LOVE. ASK THEM: DO YOU
BELIEVE THAT JESUS
CAME FOR YOU? AND THEN JUST PRAY,
GOD HELP ME NOW AS I SHARE THIS STORY
WITH MY LOST FRIENDS. WATCH WHAT GOD WILL DO. YOU SEE, IT’S URGENT THAT
WE PROCLAIM THE GOSPEL MESSAGE. THIS YEAR, I HAD THE PRIVILEGE
WITH MY TEAM OF GOING ACROSS THE WEST COAST
SHARING THE GOOD NEWS OF JESUS CHRIST TO
SMALLER TOWNS. [applause] (Graham) DECISION AMERICA TOUR
IS BUILDING ON WHAT HAPPENED IN 2016 WHEN WE WENT TO
ALL FIFTY STATE CAPITALS. WE HAVE CHANGED OUR FORMAT
A LITTLE BIT BY GOING TO SMALLER CITIES AND HOLDING MEETINGS
TO PROCLAIM THE GOSPEL. (Graham) YOU GO INTO
LOS ANGELES OR SAN FRANCISCO YOU KIND OF GET LOST
IN ALL THE SHUFFLE, YOU KNOW? BUT HERE IN A SMALLER TOWN
WE CAN HAVE MORE OF AN IMPACT. (Graham) GOOD EVENING! THANK YOU. BOY, THIS IS INCREDIBLE,
WHAT A NIGHT! (Rob) PUBLICLY PROCLAIMING
THE GOSPEL IS CRITICAL. AND FRANKLIN’S PUT
IT ALL OUT THERE FOR US TO BE
A PART OF. DECISION AMERICA IS
KIND OF SPREADING IT OUT– USING VOLUNTEERS. IT’S NOT PURELY
FRANKLIN– IT’S YOU, IT’S ME,
IT’S ROBIN. IT’S ALL OF US. (Robin) GO INTO ALL THE WORLD
AND PREACH THE GOSPEL, AND MAKE DISCIPLES. THAT’S OUR COMMAND. (Rob) THERE’S SOME
NERVOUSNESS THERE FOR ME, BUT HE CALLS US
TO SPREAD THE WORD. AND THAT’S WHAT WE’RE DOING. TO BE OVERFLOWING… LET’S PRAY
IT’S OVERFLOWING. (Rob) CHRIST CAME HERE
AND DIED FOR OUR SINS. WE NEED TO SHARE THAT. IT’S OBVIOUSLY NOT
SHARED ENOUGH HERE IN
THE NORTHWEST. SOME OF THE LEAST-
CHURCHED PEOPLE
IN THE WHOLE NATION. [applause] THANK YOU! GOOD EVENING! I LOVE OREGON. [applause] (Graham)
WHEN WE COME INTO
A CITY, WE WANT TO
TRAIN COUNSELORS, TRAIN PEOPLE
WHO CAN RESPOND TO THOSE
THAT COME FORWARD TO RECEIVE
JESUS CHRIST TO COME INTO
THEIR HEARTS,
INTO THEIR LIVES. THEY GAVE US
MATERIALS, AND THEY TOLD US
TO PRACTICE IT. REMEMBER, I WAS ACTUALLY READING DIRECTLY OUT OF… (Robin)
MY MOTHER-IN-LAW
WAS HERE AND I SAID,
WILL YOU HELP ME? I’M JUST GONNA
READ THIS. AND WE’RE DOING
THE PRAYER AND SHE SAID, I WANNA PRAY
THAT PRAYER FOR REAL. AND I SAID,
YOU’VE NEVER
PRAYED THAT PRAYER BUT YOU’VE BEEN
BAPTIZED? SHE GOES, YES,
I WAS BAPTIZED
WHEN I WAS LITTLE. (Rob) MY MOTHER
WANTED TO PRAY THE PRAYER
OF SALVATION. WE WALKED THROUGH IT
WORD FOR WORD. AND SHE GOT
REALLY EMOTIONAL AND IT WAS ONE OF
THE GREATEST MOMENTS
IN MY LIFE. THAT’S AN ANSWER
TO 20-PLUS YEARS
OF PRAYER FOR ME. WHAT A GIFT
THAT TRAINING WAS. EVEN IF WE NEVER
ATTENDED ANY EVENT WHAT AN AMAZING GIFT. HE DIED IN YOUR PLACE. HE WAS BURIED
FOR YOUR SINS. BUT ON THE THIRD DAY, GOD IN HEAVEN SAID,
IT’S ENOUGH! THE DEBT’S BEEN PAID. IT’S PAID IN FULL. AND JESUS CAME
UP OUT OF THAT GRAVE AND HE’S ALIVE,
HE’S HERE! [applause] HE’S HERE. [applause] BUT YOU’VE GOT TO
COME TO GOD THROUGH FAITH
IN HIS SON
JESUS CHRIST. WHERE DO YOU
STAND BEFORE GOD? GOD’S JUDGMENT
IS COMING. ARE YOUR SINS
FORGIVEN? ARE YOU SURE? ARE YOU ABSOLUTELY
ONE HUNDRED PERCENT SURE THAT YOUR SINS
ARE FORGIVEN? WHEREVER
YOU’RE SEATED I WANT YOU TO
STAND TO YOUR FEET AND ACCEPT CHRIST
BY FAITH, AND BY STANDING YOU’RE SAYING TO GOD, I BELIEVE JESUS CHRIST
IS YOUR SON. I WANT TO TRUST HIM
AS MY SAVIOR AND I WANT TO
FOLLOW HIM AS MY LORD FROM THIS DAY FORWARD. ♪ (Rob) I’M VERY
THANKFUL FOR THIS EVENT BEING HERE. (Robin) THE PEOPLE
BEHIND ME, THEY WERE CRYING AND I LISTENED TO THEM
PRAY THE PRAYER. IT WAS JUST BEAUTIFUL
TO SEE GOD MOVING. [woman]
I FEEL VERY HUMBLE
AND THANKFUL THAT GOD LOVED ME ENOUGH
THAT HE DIED FOR ME. [applause] [woman]
I NEED JESUS– AND I NEED THAT PERSONAL
RELATIONSHIP– BECAUSE WITHOUT
HIM I’M LOST. AND I HAVE BEEN
LOST BEFORE AND I’M NOT
GOING BACK
TO BEING LOST. I KNOW GOD
FORGAVE ME, AND ALL
THE THINGS THAT I LEFT
HERE TONIGHT IS NOT GOING
HOME WITH ME. [applause] (Rob) I WAS STUNNED
BY THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE
HERE TONIGHT. IT WAS FULL ALL THE WAY TO THE BACK. THAT’S IMPRESSIVE. (Robin) IT WAS JUST BEAUTIFUL
TO SEE GOD MOVING. THOSE WHO ARE LOST
CAN BE FOUND. AND HE’S SHOWING UP
TO DO THAT. THE WHOLE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS CAN BE SUMMED UP
REALLY IN ONE VERSE
JOHN 3:16: “FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD “THAT HE GAVE
HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON “THAT WHOSOEVER
BELIEVETH IN HIM “SHOULD NOT PERISH
BUT SHOULD HAVE “EVERLASTING LIFE.” THIS YEAR AT THE BILLY GRAHAM
EVANGELISTIC
ASSOCIATION WE’VE GOT SO MANY
OPPORTUNITIES
THAT ARE AHEAD OF US TO TAKE THE GOSPEL THROUGH VIDEO,
THE INTERNET,
SOCIAL MEDIA, AS WELL AS GOING TO
BIG STADIUMS
AND ARENAS TO PREACH
THE GOSPEL. BUT WE CAN ONLY
DO THIS IF WE HAVE
OUR PARTNERS THAT STAND WITH US
FINANCIALLY. AND SO IF YOU FEEL
THAT THIS IS SOMETHING THAT GOD IS LEADING YOU
TO BE A PART OF, WE WISH YOU
WOULD BE A PART
OF THIS WITH US AND HELP US
AS WE TAKE THE GOSPEL TO THE ENDS
OF THE EARTH. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH,
GOD BLESS YOU. [Announcer]
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19 thoughts on “Rediscovering Christmas

  1. those who claim celebrating christmas is akin to idolatry are ever so increasing. youtube videos explaining the pagan roots of the holiday abound. what are we to believe? granted, the scriptures never tell us to commemorate the Messiah's birthday, but rather to prepare for His soon return. for me, christmas time is an opportunity to proclaim the gospel,resurrection, and the soon return of Jesus when many people are not as heart-hardened and slightly more open to the message.

  2. I am so torn right now! I have been born again for about a yr now. I have been bombarded with things either on fb or yt saying im a pagan for celebrating Christmas! I believe its an amazing time to share Jesus because i think people are more open to it. God bless❀️

  3. I LOVE YOU ALL GRAHAM FAMILY AND TEAM KNOW MYSELF AND FAMILY ARE PRAYING FOR YOUSE ALL AND YOUR MINISTRY IN BRINGING MORE PEOPLE TO CHRIST TO BRING OUR ABBA FATHER AND OUR SAVIOUR EXCEEDING GLORYπŸ™πŸ™πŸ™β€β€.TO GOD BE THE HIGHEST MOST GLORYπŸ™πŸ™β€

  4. 2020 Mike Pence…
    #MSC2019: US Vice President Pence rebukes European leaders for stance on Iran, Venezuela
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xM7fQptU1Go&t=130s

  5. Amazing!πŸ˜‡ This information is from PCH App. Sweepstakes! Thank you! GBY Forever in Jesus name, Amen!πŸ˜‡ Vnomar!πŸ˜‡

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