The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on March 6, 1956 · Page 5
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, March 6, 1956
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TUESDAY, MARCH 6,1958 BLTTHEVTLLB (ARK.) COURIER NEW* PAGEFIV1 OvtrMoi with BILLY GRAHAM By George Burnham (Chaitonooft News-Free Press Writer) HONOLULU — Billy Graham's 40,000 mile speaking tour of seven countries in the Far East have proved that th« heart and soul of man is the same among all races. The tour has shown beyond all question that people react the same way to the message of God even though they may have skins of different color, speak many languages and live in cultures centuries apart. Billy preached one message, with little variation, to an estimated 1,000,000.people of India, Thailand, Philippines, China, Formosa, Japan and Korea. He' had been warned there would be little re- iponse in most of these countries where dominant religions are Hinduism, Buddhism and Shintoism, Over 30,000 responded. There seemed to be no difference in re- actlon to that seen when he preached at Chattanooga, St. Lou- Is, Toronto, London, lln , ui Bei' What was the message with such strange powers? What text could produce such results? Readers are likely to be amazed with its simplicity. His text for. every major address was John 3:16, the most familiar verse in the Bible: "For God so loved the World, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." Billy explained it in a language a child could understand, but adults were gripped with attention. Here are the highlights of the sermon just as delivered by Billy: "AH of you know about this verse but few of you know what it says. It begins with these words 'Fod God'. Who is God, some of you may ask. I'm going to tell you what the Bible says about Him. "God is the one who created the universe. He made the sun, the moon and the stars; He made you. Now God does not have a body like .us. Qod is a spirit. He is in Russia. He is in Africa.' He is in India. He is here tonight. There's something else I want you to understand about Ood. He is an impartial God. He is no respector of persons. You can't' pull any strings with Him. He loves Russians just as much as He loves Americans. He is holy, pure and righteous. "There are some people In the Far East who have the idea that Christianity is a Western religion. That is not true. Christianity was In the East long before it was hi the West. Christ was born between the East and West. His skin was not as light as milie nor was it as dark as some of the people who live in the East. I like to picture Christ as one who can stretch oul Kis arms to the East and West. "But God gave man a great gift. He didn't create him like we do an automobile with push button control He gave ireedom of choice. He didn't want man to love Him because he had to do it. He wanted man to love Him by choice. So He gave man a test. "He told him there was one fruit in the garden that he should not eat. If you do, God said, you shall die. Man ate the fruit. He disobeyed God. He rebelled against Ouu. With Ih4l leiielllon into the world. Every person since tnat time has been bom in sin. But, you say, wait a 'minute, Billy. Surely you aren't going to say that all of us will be punished because of Adam's sin. That's not all of it. When you reached the age of accountability — an age when you could make decisions for yourself — you became a sinner by choice. You disobeyed God because you wanted to. "Now you ask, What is sin? I'm going to tell you. You have a body. Vou have eyes, ears, nose, hands ano feet. One of these days your not stand to Rli presence. Tour soul longs and hungers for Ood but cannot make contact because ot sin. * «* * "Wouldn't it b* wonderful if the whole human race could go to a doctor and get an injection that would cure all bitterness and hatred in the world? Wouldn't it be great if such an injection could make us love everybody? The world doesn't offer such a serum but God does. He has provided a way for our sins to be forgiven. He has made it possible for you to have peace and joy instead of misery and pain. "God loves you. He cares for you He knows everything about you. Don't ever think this is such a big world that God doesn't have time, for you. He has the hairs of your head counted and He has a name for every hair. He knows where you live. He knows every thought of your head and heart. 'I was walking along one day and accidentally stepped on an ant hill. : of the ants were killed. Scores were hurt. Their home was wrecked. I felt very sorry for the ants. I wanted to tell them how .simjLj-was and help them rebuild their home but I couldn't do it. I was too big and they were too lit- Ue. We couldn't talk to each other. "God looked down from heaven one day. He saw all the unhappi- nesf and trouble in the world. He loved us and wanted to help us; , But He was too big and we were ! too little. We couldn't understand. What did God do? He did the most astonishing thing ever done. God decided to become a man. That man Was Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is God. He walked among us. He spoke our language. He healed the sick. He made the blind to see, the boV^o^t°'d£ ^/placed ^ s ™ d "" Iame to walk - :_ .I.- TJ,,* l./MI'^a mnro f>13n KC Wai \-JVJU. in the grave. But you're more than a body. You're a living soul. Your soul is your intelligence. It has memory, hopes and fears. Those are things that are characteristics of the soul. Your soul was created to live forever. It is going to live forever whether you like it or not. I know a man who took a revolver and Mew his brains out. He only killed his body — not the soul. "And there is something wrong sease. It is worse than cancer or soase. tl is worse than cancer or leprosy. The thing that is wrong with the soul has caused all of the troubles and wars we have ever had. It has caused .every difficulty in your personal life. Do you want to know what it is? The disease is an ugly word that God called sin. "All of us are afflicted with it. You're a sinner. I'm a shiner. The Bible says all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. And the Bible says the wages of sin is death — eternal separation from God in a place that Jesus called hell. "The disease of sin is everywhere. You can go to the headwaters of the Amazon River in South America where savages live. I You will 'find these savages lying, "let's see what else the verse! cheating, hating and filled with his to say! It says 'For God so lusts. You can go to New York loved'IjJome may ask, Why, was the~liurnan face created? Were^we- created to have all these, troubles, of living the world has ever frustrations and fears? No. . God | known. You will find the people of City where there is great culture with one of the highest standards created man to love Him. God is a God of love. In order for there to be love there has to be an ob- New York lying, cheating, hating and filled with lusts just .like the savages. jeot to love. God created man and. "Your soul was created in the placed him in walked together in the cool of eve- image of Almighty God. but sin "Christ did something about the sinful condition of man. He went to the cross and died. The cross is a symbol of Christianity. On every Protestant and Catholic church there is a cross^ Why? Because it was on the cross that Jesus paid the penalty for sin. He died in youi place. They put spikes in His hands and feet. They put a crown o? thorns on His head. They spat in His face. But the greatest suffering that Christ did on the cross was in the moment He cried, 'My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?' It was in that moment that every sin you have ever committed was laid on Christ. He died and was placed in the grave. But He didn't stay in the grave. In three days He rose again. He is now sitting at the right hand of God the Father in heaven to make intercession for you. "Christ died in order that your sins could be forgiven. He took the hell that you and I deserved. That's what God did. But you have to do something if you are ever going to he.aven. There are three things that you must do. Listen carefully. These are the requirements of God — not Billy Graham. "The first thing you have to do is repent. The Bible says unless ye repent ye shall likewise perish. What does repentance mean? Repentance means that you must confess your sin. You must confess you have failed God. That's not eusy to do. None of us like to humble ourselves but we must do It. That isn't-all repentance means. It means that you must renounce your sins. You must be willing to turn your back on them. It doesn't do any good to confess your sins unless you are willing to renounce them. You can't have your sins and Christ at the same time. "The second thing you have to do is receive Christ. How do you do that? You receive Christ when you invite Him into your heart as Lord and'Master and Saviour. You can't understand it all. I don't. You have to trust Him by faith. Faith goes beyond understanding. Faith goes beyond reasoning. 'Suppose I KO out to tile airport Manila to catch a plane for ong Kong. I buy a ticket. The lane is standing there ready to oke off. It is a beautiful plane. I ave faith in the plane. I believe . can take me to Hong Kong. I ave a ticket, but the plane goes n down the runway and takes off «thout me. Why? I failed to do ne thing. I failed to get on board, "ou must take the positive step oi ctting on board with Christ and elieve by faith He will take you .0 heaven. "The third thing you have to do s obey Christ. You must live for Christ. I have searched the Bible rom cover to cover and no place an I find where it says you can be Christian and live any kind of lie you want to live. How do you bey Christ? You obey Christ by reading your Bible every day. The Bible is food for your soul. It helps you to grow. You obey Christ by spending time in prayer every day. You can pray anywhere — walking down the street, sitting in your tome or driving your car. God will iiear your prayers and answer them. You obey Christ by witnessing for Him. How do you witness? You witness, first of all, by the way you live. People will see you are different and begin to ask questions. Then tell them about Christ. Another way you obey Christ Is by being faithful in your church. Christ is the head of the church 'and He nas commanded you to worship and serve Him Sun Vertikal Panel Drapes Linen-Nylon-Plasric Phone 3-4863 For Free Estimates Hope Young Blytheville, Ark. has separated your soul from God. RARE MOUNIJUN COFFEE! 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