InterVarsity Remembers Billy Graham | InterVarsity

•February 21, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Billy Graham partnered with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship many times during his life in order to bring the gospel message to college students.
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‪”You cannot wait upon the faculty.‬

‪ ..upon older leaders. It is time for students to exert their leadership with all the enthusiasm and tremendous power they have. Give it all to Christ.”‬

‪—The Rev. Dr. @BillyGraham‬


‪@UrbanaMissions ’57‬

As his legacy is now to be remembered upon entering into eternity with dearly loved ones in heaven, today I want to express gratitude, giving thanks to the praise of God’s glorious grace for the life, person and ministry of Billy Graham.

After college in NYC as an engineering student having participated with InterVarsity on campus, I felt led to rededicate my life to Christ at a Billy Graham Crusade. Later on while employed as a systems analyst doing business in the corporate workplace, I received training and was honored with the opportunity to volunteer in service as an evangelism and prayer counselor at another Billy Graham event rally in Pittsburgh.

When the invitation came toward the end of his message that day, the sight of thousands of people gathered and coming forward as they sensed the Spirit’s leading to commit their lives to Jesus was an awesome experience—such a blessing and privilege to personally share and bear witness to the love of the Lord our Savior and walk alongside person after person prayerfully receiving the free gift of God that is eternal life in Christ Jesus. To God alone be the glory.

‪—Rex Espiritu


The Great Ache

•June 8, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Joan Didion, in The Year of Magical Thinking, captures it: 

“Grief is different. Grief has no distance. Grief comes in waves, paroxysms, sudden apprehensions that weaken the knees and blind the eyes and obliterate the dailiness of life.” 

(Pamela Cytrynbaum) @pamcyinjustice 

The Great Ache

For we have this hope

•March 1, 2017 • Leave a Comment

As an anchor for our soul
You are with us
We will never be alone

Into every life a little rain must fall

•February 27, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Into every life a little rain must fall
And losing one you love is like a storm
But storms are passing

Silencing the voice of mortal tragedy
Listening to whispers of the soul
All is peaceful

(Wayne Kirkpatrick and Michael W. Smith)

“Why are the nations so angry? Why do they waste their time with futile plans? The kings of the earth prepare for battle; the rulers plot together against the LORD and against his anointed one. “Let us break their chains,” they cry, “and free ourselves from slavery to God.” But the one who rules in heaven laughs. The Lord scoffs at them. Then in anger he rebukes them, terrifying them with his fierce fury. For the Lord declares, “I have placed my chosen king on the throne in Jerusalem, on my holy mountain.” The king proclaims the LORD’s decree: “The LORD said to me, ‘You are my son. Today I have become your Father. Only ask, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance, the whole earth as your possession. You will break them with an iron rod and smash them like clay pots.’” Now then, you kings, act wisely! Be warned, you rulers of the earth! Serve the LORD with reverent fear, and rejoice with trembling. Submit to God’s royal son, or he will become angry, and you will be destroyed in the midst of all your activities— for his anger flares up in an instant. But what joy for all who take refuge in him!”

•January 1, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Psalms 2:1-12 NLT

“Speechless” album by Steven Curtis Chapman on Apple Music

•August 14, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Listening to “I Do Believe” by #StevenCurtisChapman on @AppleMusic. @stevencurtis:-> @StevenCurtisChapman #instagram

A Lament in the wake of the Bastille Day terror attack in Nice.

•July 16, 2016 • Leave a Comment

We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed…. 

2 Corinthians 4 

God, whose presence we yearn toward in the stillness after our shaken, broken voices and the fires of violence fall silent: we have no words left.

The words others have said: “horrific” “worst” “unspeakable” “impossible”

have been spoken so many times that we can no longer hear them.

Our hearts have broken so often, we cannot feel.

Our hope has been tried, and, we confess in sorrow,

has been found wanting.

There has been too much terror, and not enough answers

too many lost lives with too little time to grieve them all

too much violation of the ordinary and not enough glimpse of the holy to hold us fast.

But You, oh God: beyond our words, beneath our hope:

be the creative breath that orders our chaos

the mercy and justice that compels us to action

the Love that is stronger than death.

We ask you again, for we have nowhere else to turn—

Hold us fast, when we cannot hold on any longer.

Walk with us through the valley of the shadow

Turn us away from despair, that we may not grow weary in well-doing

Triune God, grant us liberté, égalité, fraternité:

    …the liberty of your love that conquers fear and evil

…the mind of your Son, who did not consider equality with You a thing to be exploited, but emptied himself

…the fraternity of your Spirit, beyond our divisions, to bind us together as one family in your kindom of mercy and peace. Amen. 

The Rev. Dr. Laurie A Kraus 

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