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Billy Graham Offers New Message on 96th Birthday


Family and friends joined Rev. Billy Graham this weekend for a private celebration of his 96th birthday.

The Bill Graham Evangelistic Association also marked the milestone with a special video called, "Heaven: A New Message from Billy Graham."

The video includes a personal message from the celebrated evangelist, which was shot at his home in North Carolina.

It includes crusade footage from his younger days and the story of how his personal relationship with Christ began.

"For me, I was a member of a church, but I hadn't really come to Christ," Graham explains in one of the interview excerpts. "From the very beginning, I was raised in Christian atmosphere. My father and mother both were Christians."

"By the time I was a teenager, an evangelist came to town, named Mordecai Ham," he contines. "I remember I got under such conviction and one night, they gave the invitation to receive Christ and I reluctantly went."

"But I really meant business with the Lord," he said. "I came just as I was with all my sins and all my failures and the Lord received me and changed me. That has transformed me till this day. I have never been the same."

At the heart of his message Graham encourages people to ponder the question: What really happens when we die? It ends with a familiar call to accept Christ as savior.

"Because of the hope we have in Jesus, we can all be in heaven forever together someday," he said. "But first, there must be a decision here and now and in this life."

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