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Billy Graham the Preacher

Billy’s nervousness before preaching, how he recovered after preaching, and his utter reliance on prayer to overcome spiritual opposition.

Billy Graham the Preacher
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Editor’s Note: If you missed part one of this interview with Leighton Ford, Billy Graham’s brother-in-law, be sure to check it out. In this part Leighton and Matt discuss how Billy found his preaching voice, the nervousness Billy felt before preaching, how Billy recovered after preaching, and his total reliance on prayer for his ministry.

At Preaching Today, we talk sometimes about finding your preaching voice, that God has wired you uniquely for your preaching ministry, and you can learn a lot from other preachers, but ultimately God has a preaching voice for you. How would you describe Billy's preaching voice?

Well, I've already referred the fact that at that beginning they call him God's machine gun, because it was very quick, very dynamic. My wife, Jeannie, remembers the first time she ever heard him preach. She was probably five-years-old and it was in a Presbyterian church in Charlotte. She went with her mother and the maid from their home, and she said Billy ...

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