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Just As I Am

Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.

Billy Graham

 

 

 

Something for the weekend.  On the week in which Billy Graham died there can only be one song:  Just As I Am.  In his crusades Graham used his hymn in his altar calls.  Written by Charlotte Elliott in 1836 the hymn powerfully conveys the humble dependence of all Christians on the power, grace and mercy of Christ:

 

Just as I am – without one plea,
But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bidst me come to Thee,
-O Lamb of God, I come!

Just as I am – and waiting not
To rid my soul of one dark blot,
To Thee, whose blood can cleanse each spot,
-O Lamb of God, I come!

Just as I am – though toss’d about
With many a conflict, many a doubt,
Fightings and fears within, without,
-O Lamb of God, I come!

Just as I am – poor, wretched, blind;
Sight, riches, healing of the mind,
Yea, all I need, in Thee to find,
-O Lamb of God, I come!

Just as I am – Thou wilt receive,
Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
Because Thy promise I believe,
-O Lamb of God, I come!

Just as I am – Thy love unknown
Has broken every barrier down;
Now to be Thine, yea, Thine alone,
-O Lamb of God, I come!

Just as I am – of that free love
The breadth, length, depth, and height to prove,
Here for a season, then above,
-O Lamb of God, I come!

 

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Requiescat in Pace: Billy Graham

Billy Graham has died at age 99.  My sainted mother, uber Catholic that she was, used to watch his crusades on TV in the Sixties.  In his prime, Graham was on a par with Ronald Reagan as a spell-binding orator, but more than that  he was a voice crying out for Christ in a dark world.  If only we, blessed with the True Faith, had a fraction of his passion for Christ.  I will miss him and may he now be enjoying the Beatific Vision.

 

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IRS Scandal: Billy Graham

Billy Graham and the Pope

 

 

Among non-Catholic Christian leaders, there is none that I respect more than Billy Graham.  My sainted mother, and if there was ever a woman more Catholic than the pope it was she, used to watch his crusades on television back in the Sixties.  To me, he has always been a voice crying out in a dark world for Christ.  Lacking the True Faith, he has still been a force for good in this world.  Now retired from day to day management of his organization, he still commands near universal respect in this country.  It therefore takes a special type of stupid to want to pick a fight with him.  That is the cue for the minions of the IRS under the current administration.

In a Tuesday (May 14) letter to President Obama, Graham said the two organizations he leads were notified last September that the IRS would review their records for the 2010 tax year.

The IRS inquiry, he noted, occurred months after the BGEA ran ads in April 2012 supporting a North Carolina amendment that banned same-sex marriage, which passed in May. The BGEA also ran ads last fall urging voters to consider candidates who make decisions based on “biblical principles and support the nation of Israel.”

Graham noted that the ads were bought with designated funds given by ministry donors for that purpose.

Go here to Religion News Service to read the rest.  Here is the text of the letter of Franklin Graham:

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