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Billy Graham preached to over 200 million people in 185 countries and brought tens of thousands of people to Christ. His son Franklin and grandson Will carry on the legacy of spreading the Gospel. Owensboro was blessed enough to have Will Graham spend a weekend in our lovely town to preach to our residents.
I grew up Pentecostal, so my idea of a preaching is people rolling in the floor, possessed by the Holy Spirit, and speaking in tongues. I knew Will’s sermon wouldn’t be anything like this, but I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I did know that Aaron Shust would be leading worship and The Afters would be performing a concert afterwards, and I was excited. I have both of their CDs in my car, and I’ve been listening to them on YouTube at work for days leading up to the concert.
Local Christian rapper Colt Graves kicked off the show, followed by another Christian rapper Dae-Lee. Then, Aaron Shust lead us in worship– “Cornerstone” and “Jesus Paid It All.”
Will Graham came out to preach about purpose. He joked about a few things that didn’t have purpose, like those tiny little ketchup packets at restaurants and chiggers. Man’s purpose is to have a relationship with God. He explained that the purpose of a pen is to write, but it can’t write unless the Master does something. We couldn’t fulfill our purpose of being one with God because of our sin, but God sent his son Jesus to pay the price so we can spend eternity with him.
Will then asked the people who wanted to accept Jesus into their hearts to come down to the front so we could pray over them. It was so beautiful to witness. People were sobbing because they realized they are a sinner and deserve Hell, but God sent Jesus to pay the price for us. Honestly, just thinking about it makes me tear up.
Since Friday night was Student Night, Christian band “The Afters” performed. Four years ago, I was a sophomore at Murray State on a first date with a guy named Colby at a Casting Crowns concert, and The Afters was one of the opening acts. Hearing them perform brought back so many memories! I have their CDs in my car and on my iPod, and they’re some of the songs I listen to when I run. (Run. Hah.)
I met the band and told them my little story, and they said I should rekindle things with that guy. If it works out, they’ll play at the wedding. (If it’s in Hawaii. And I pay for their hotel and airfare. Haha.) (I did end up Facebook messaging Colby, and we made amends, although we’re not Facebook friends or anything like that.) Seriously though, the guys in the band were so cool and down to earth. They’re one of my favorite Christian groups to listen to.
The Ohio Valley Celebration was so great, in fact, that I decided to go back Saturday night. More on that tomorrow.