"In the darkness, men can shine flashlights on a sundial and make it tell any time they want. But only the sun tells the true time. The flashlights are the changing and fleeting opinions of men. The sun is the eternal Word of God. Only God makes truth. Men either discover it or fail to discover it. They either interpret it rightly or interpret it wrongly. But they have no power to make truth or change it. For truth is no man's servant. Ultimately, the truth must become each person's friend or his enemy, his master or his judge." From Deadline by Randy Alcorn.
Are you shining your flashlight on the sundial of truth? Or letting the Son tell you what truth is?
The Billy Graham Training Center organized a few trips to the Billy Graham library for the employees of the BGTC. I guess it was kind of our Christmas gift from them. Usually we have some sort of potluck dinner for Christmas, but someone always has to work it, so I think we all liked this option better.
I signed up for the same day as most of the hostesses I work with on a regular basis. Nevada, Gloria, Glenda, and Shirley had signed up for November 18th. We didn't know who else had. Turns out, Linda and Kory, a couple who works the buffet line, and Linda's son, Scott, had signed up. So it was just us dining room people.
We got there at 7:45 to make sure we didn't get left. The bus was leaving at 8:00 sharp.
Turns out we had to wait just a while. And while we did, this flock of turkeys came waltzing through the parking lot!
We counted 17 total.
Here's Nevada, Gloria, Glenda and Shirley. We had a fun time on the trip over.
There's the goofballs in the back.
And here it is. The beautiful Billy Graham Library.
And here's the Graham Family Homeplace. They moved it here from where it once stood since the 20's.
It's a nice little home.
This is the front sitting room.
And here's the office off the living room. Love the color scheme throughout the place.
A bright little kitchen. Notice the built in ironing board. I could use one of those.
And now we are in the Library. This is Bessie the cow giving us our introduction. Talking about "Billy Frank" coming to milk them at 5 in the morning with icy cold hands, and practicing his sermons while he milked them.
Here's a replica of the fireplace at their home in Montreat.
And this is Ruth Graham's wedding dress. What a beautiful bride she was.
Here's the ring Billy offered Ruth.
And I thought this was so cute. Click the picture so you can read the telegrams. Priceless.
Ruth grew up in a missionary family in China.
Billy Graham had all sorts of things given him, including this motorcycle.
The simple, but central, message of the cross.
Outside, there's a beautiful garden. And in it, they have Ruth's burial plot. This is also where Billy Graham will be laid to rest.
Love it: "End of construction. Thank you for your patience."
A beautiful blossom.
The first wife of Cliff Barrows is also buried there.
The group admiring the peaceful location.
Love this picture.
A letter to Billy Graham from a Jesus Freak : )
It was a really fun trip, getting to just enjoy the people I work with. Also it was a great reminder of who it is we are working for, both Billy Graham and God.
It's really amazing what God has done through Billy Graham. All the people that have heard the gospel because if his willingness to be a mouthpiece for the Lord. And I know you can't trust the statistics about the people who have made 'decisions' for the Lord. To some, they say the prayer, and they've got their ticket, never to think twice about living for God. But to others, when they hear the gospel, the Holy Spirit convicts them, changes their hearts and they repent and turn to Christ.
It causes tears to well up in my eyes!
I really am thankful to be a part of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, even if it's a small part.