One of the most famous preachers in American history, if not world history, the Rev. Billy Graham is 99 today.
For decades, Graham has preached to large crowds and written many advice columns and books, contributing a vast wealth of spiritual wisdom.
Here are 12 inspirational quotes from Graham. They include the themes of God’s love, the Bible, current events, and the Kingdom of Heaven.
1.“God proved his love on the Cross. When Christ hung, and bled, and died, it was God saying to the world, ‘I love you.'”
2.“World events are moving very rapidly now. I pick up the Bible in one hand, and I pick up the newspaper in the other. And I read almost the same words in the newspaper as I read in the Bible. It’s being fulfilled every day round about us.”
3.“Scripture is filled with examples of men and women whom God used late in life, often with great impact. For the most part they were ordinary men and women, but individuals who possessed extraordinary faith.”
4.“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.”
5.“I’ve become an old man now. And I’ve preached all over the world. And the older I get, the more I cling to that hope that I started with many years ago, and proclaimed it in many languages to many parts of the world.”
6.“The story does not end with the Cross, for Easter points us beyond the tragedy of the Cross to the empty tomb. It tells us that there is hope for eternal life, for Christ has conquered evil and death and Hell. Yes, there is hope.”
7.“Our country’s in great need of a spiritual awakening. There have been times that I’ve wept as I’ve gone from city to city and I’ve seen how far people have wandered from God.”
8.“I think we’ve taken the meaning of Christmas out. People don’t stop and think about Jesus or the birth of Jesus. When they think of Christmas, they think of Santa Claus and — for the children, and they think of giving gifts and out-giving the next person of spending their time looking for the right thing for somebody who has everything.”
9.“I think where political issues invade moral situations, spiritual leaders have to speak out. But I do not intend to use what little influence I may have on secular, non-moral, non-religious issues like the Panama Canal.”
10.“The time has come for all evangelists to practice full financial disclosure. The world is watching how we walk and how we talk. We must have the highest standards of morality, ethics and integrity if we are to continue to have influence.”
11.“I look forward to Heaven. I look forward to the reunion with friends and loved ones who have gone on before. I look forward to Heaven’s freedom from sorrow and pain. I also look forward to serving God in ways we can’t begin to imagine, for the Bible makes it clear that Heaven is not a place of idleness.”
12.“I’ve read the last page of the Bible, it’s all going to turn out all right.”