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One of my earliest memories is watching a televised crusade sermon by Billy Graham. Dr. Graham has been one of my heroes since then.

He became a national figure as a result of a series of revival meetings in Los Angeles in 1949. He erected a circus tent in a parking lot, appealed to youth and patriotism, clearly called people to faith in Christ. The meeting was scheduled to go three weeks. It went eight weeks.

One of the most influential new moguls. William Randolph Hearst, who sent a telegram to his newspapers with two words: “Puff Graham.” The result was increased media exposure – including the cover of Time Magazine.

A fellow evangelist accused Graham of setting religion back 100 years. Graham replied, “I did indeed want to set religion back, not just 100 years but 1,900 years, to the Book of Acts, when first century followers of Christ were accused of turning the Roman Empire upside down.”

Happy Birthday, Billy!

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