To receive daily emails from Breaking Christian News to your inbox CLICK HERE


SHARE THIS ARTICLE Printer friendly version of this page

"My whole family came to faith in Jesus" through Billy Graham-Kathie Lee Gifford Reveals How Graham's Life Impacted Hers

Kelsey Straeter : Feb 21, 2018 : Faithit.com

"I think the value of a life is if you can look back and say you impacted one person's life for eternity-how awesome is that? Well, Billy can look back on his life and be absolutely assured that he has impacted millions of lives for eternity." -Excerpt from a tribute to Billy Graham written by Kathie Lee Gifford

[Faithit.com] Iconic American evangelist Billy Graham passed away today in his Montreat, North Carolina home at the age of ninety-nine. (Screengrab via NBC TODAY)

The renowned Christian figurehead has evangelized to 215 million people over a span of sixty years and prayerfully counseled our nation's presidents from Harry Truman to George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

On 'Megyn Kelly TODAY,' anchor Kathie Lee Gifford reflected on her 50-year friendship with Graham and the Kingdom impact his preaching had on her own family.

"My whole family came to faith in Jesus through the Billy Graham Organization," said a tearful Gifford with heartfelt gratitude that radiated through the TV screen.

She explained that her initial response to finding out about Graham's death while 'in make-up' this morning was to throw up her hands in praise.

"I said, 'Thank You Lord. Thank You.' Because he has been lingering and languishing," shared Gifford.

She reminisced about the very last time that she saw a frail Graham four years ago at his 95th birthday party while her husband Frank was still alive.

"I knew in my heart it'd be the last time I'd see him," she said, and thus took the opportunity to tell him 'Thank you' for all he's done in poising her and her family's hearts toward Jesus.

The TODAY host explained that she personally came to Christ through going to the first movie the Billy Graham Organization ever released called "The Restless One."

"It's like God met me in my heart right where I lived," said Gifford. "I wanted to be an actress, so where does God meet me? In a movie theater."

And that was only the beginning of the lifelong impact Graham would have on her life. Through preaching the 'joy of belief,' the evangelist infused a newfound hope and peace in her that she never knew existed.

"That's why I could hold my dead husband in my arms and rejoice because I knew where he was, and it gives you the peace that passes all understanding," shared Gifford. "And if we've ever needed peace in this world, we need it now right?"

[To watch a clip of Kathie's interview on the TODAY Show, click here and scroll down]

In the reflective interview, both Kelly and Gifford agreed that Graham was a man who took redemption as seriously as he took sin, which is why his impact has been so profound. Graham led powerfully through grace, truth and love, rather than guilt or shame-and it gave Gifford the courage to live out her own faith with a similar boldness.

"If you had the cure for cancer, would you keep it a secret?" Gifford asked. "I have the cure for the malignancy of the soul, and He has a name, and it's Jesus." (Screengrab: via NBC TODAY)

She closed in encouraging America that though a great Christian leader may have passed, "God's people are everywhere." Look for them in your plumber, your co-worker, or even a neighbor down the street; and most of all, use every opportunity to lose religion and instead dive into relationship with the living God, the way that Graham so graciously exemplified.

"I think the value of a life is if you can look back and say you impacted one person's life for eternity-how awesome is that?" wrote Gifford in a beautiful tribute. "Well, Billy can look back on his life and be absolutely assured that he has impacted millions of lives for eternity."







SHARE THIS ARTICLE Printer friendly version of this page

To receive daily emails from Breaking Christian News to your inbox CLICK HERE

 
Other Recent Articles from Breaking Christian News
     
 

Search the Articles Archives

Keyword  
Author  
Words Posted on
Day Month Year
 

Not all search fields are required


To Order by Phone Call: 1-866-354-5245 (1-541-926-3250 outside the U.S.)

BCN Plus
Register TODAY for Our 2019 Israel Tour
An BCN Paid Advertisement

An BCN Paid Advertisement
A BCN Paid Advertisement
A BCN Paid Advertisement
BCN Store
Follow BCN on Twitter
Are You Praying for Our Government Leaders?
BCN Staff

Steve Shultz
Steve Shultz, Managing Editor
Founder and Owner


Aimee Herd
Aimee Herd, Editor


Teresa Neumann
Teresa Neumann, Reporter

BCN Plus
Are You Praying for President Trump?
 
An ElijahList Paid Advertisement
 
BCN Contact Info

All articles on this site and emails from BCN are copyrighted property of Breaking Christian News. Permission is given to link to, or share a BCN story if proper attribution is given to both the original writer and summarizer of the story. Breaking Christian News 2005-2017. All Rights Reserved.


Breaking Christian News is a division of Elijah List Publications, Inc. All Rights Reserved


Disclaimer: Articles and links, as well as the source articles linked to; do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Breaking Christian News.

541-924-3906