By CHELSEA TYSON
Asst. news editor
Billy Graham was the speaker at the University’s inaugural “Religious Emphasis Week” on Oct. 30, 1963 when the University was still known as Houston Baptist College. (Watch some clips from Graham’s visit here.) Almost exactly fifty years later, Graham has released a video which is rumored to be one of his last addresses to the nation.
The 30 minute message was released on Graham’s 95th birthday, Nov. 7 and is now available for anyone to watch online. A few national channels are broadcasting the message through Nov. 10. The video is a part of an effort led by Billy Graham called “My Hope America” which strives to spread the message of the Gospel throughout the nation.
The program, titled “The Cross,” opens with clips from Grahams past as he talks about God’s guidance throughout his life. He also talks about the need for a spiritual awakening in America.
“Of all the things that I’ve seen and heard, there’s only one message that can change people’s lives and hearts,” Graham says in the video. “I want to tell people about the meaning of the cross.”
The video also features Christian rapper, Lecrae Moore, and former lead singer of Flyleaf, Lacey Sturm. Both, now successful performers in the Christian music industry, share their testimony about how the message of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross radically transformed their lives. Moore came from a life involving drugs and Strum came out of a period of serious depression and doubt in God. However, through understanding the power and freedom found through the message of the cross, they realized that despite their past, they could live life free from sin.
“God no longer sees your sin. He no longer sees your own heart,” Graham explains. “He sees Jesus.”
Visit My Hope America for more resources, clips, and information.