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My Tribute To Billy Graham

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

As a young man with a strong sense of calling to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Billy Graham was like “THE- TEN-TIME-SUPER-BOWL-MVP-QB-OF-EVANGELISM!” After reading John Pollock’s biography on Billy’s life, I felt that Billy was a kind of “Christian super star” of humility, authenticity, and love. The real deal! And this was not primarily because of his prophet-like oratorical skills. His unique phrasing, timing, clarity and content which was exceptional! All so appropriate for what he was doing — which was proclaiming the greatest revelation of God to man: Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection!

If the question is, “What should a preacher of the Gospel to the masses look like?” Or, “What should a man who brings the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world look like?” Billy modeled godly character and a powerful charisma. A charisma of genuine interest in others, empathy and love.

I first met Billy Graham at the age of 21. It was after his Anaheim Crusade in 1985. A few of us had been invited to a private hanger at John Wayne Airport to meet him before he left Orange County. It was surreal. I remember a long handshake, with him looking me in the eyes and taking an interest in who I was and in the ministry I was involved with at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. I was able to ask him how his wife Ruth was doing, because I had heard she had suffered a terrible fall from a tree. In the following years I would meet him three or four more times. I even had the privilege to lead two national conferences at the Billy Graham Conference Center in Asheville, North Carolina. And when Greg Laurie was unable to speak at a Billy Graham sponsored Crusade in India due to vocal surgery- myself and a few others spoke at the Crusade in his absence.

I’ll never forget a unique moment that I had with Billy. I was backstage at a Billy Graham Crusade in Sacramento and I made my way up the ramp from behind the stage where he was preaching. The spotlight was on him. No one else was on stage but me, in a dark corner behind the greatest evangelist in modern history preaching the Gospel and giving an invitation where thousands responded to follow Jesus. As he walked off stage we met face to face and I told him, “I love you Mr. Graham..” And with such warmth, gentleness and sincerity he answered, “I love you!” He proceeded down the backstage ramp where Stephanie was standing and holding our daughter Sarah. Billy graciously slowed to say hello and kissed Sarah’s forehead. When I think of Billy Graham – yes, I think of a great communicator of the Gospel but mostly I think of, love. I think of a man who loved Jesus and I think of a man who embodied love to others!

I’ve been told that since Ruth’s death, Billy has longed to be reunited with her and to hear the Lord say, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” As Greg Laurie penned, “Now, he is with both Ruth and Jesus. So we celebrate for him, and we mourn the loss of a godly influence on our nation and the world.”

Jesus said that the Harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few. Billy was a faithful laborer of the Gospel that impacted the entire world. And I am reminded today of what he said that “The evangelistic harvest is always urgent. The destiny of men and of nations is always being decided. Every generation is crucial; every generation is strategic. But we are not responsible for the past generation, and we cannot bear full responsibility for the next one. However, we have our generation! God will hold us responsible. . . .”

Thank you Billy! And Lord help us in these urgent times …

The Jesus & Hanukkah Connection

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

Merry Christmas From The Denham’s

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

Denham CHristmas Family

Wondering How God Works It All For The Good? Hear This!

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Sarah & Lily with Greg Laurie Premier Steve McQueen Movie

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Our daughter’s Sarah and Lily with our dear friend, pastor and great evangelist that we are so proud of! Taken at the Steve McQueen Movie Premier in Newport Beach.

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Getting Ready For Harvest Crusade This Weekend (Harvest Band, Sarah Denham & Brennley Brown(Runner Up “The Voice!”))

Monday, August 14th, 2017

I could not be more proud of our wonderful daughter Sarah for who she is and for using her gifts in the highest expression to the glory of the Savior King!

Sarah and Brennly Brown

Feel Like Giving Up? Hear This! (Adrenaline For The Soul To Keep Moving Forward)

Sunday, July 16th, 2017

The Unsung Heroes of Today?

Monday, June 12th, 2017

The “unsung heroes” of today are the fathers who love the Lord, love their wife, and love their children. These are the men who are more influential than any sports figure, Hollywood celebrity or government official!

However, if you are a father who perhaps has not started well – be encouraged that ultimately, it is not how you start, but how you finish that matters most. And it’s not too late for you! By God’s grace you can finish well and here’s how: behind the Gospel is a Father. And just as we cannot produce life without someone else. We cannot produce our own meaning in life without someone else. The Heavenly Father purposed our lives to have companionship with Him- that’s why Jesus came. Jesus demonstrated the Father’s love for you through His death (conquering sin), and bodily resurrection (conquering death) and He stands ready to comfort, heal and empower your life…

What burden, pain or brokenness are you carrying today? Bring your pain to THE Father. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life and no man comes to the Father except it be through me!” (John 14:6). Your children need you. Your children’s, children need you. Yes, you are on the “front lines” of life, but don’t even think about deserting – because the Heavenly Father madly loves you, fights for your highest good and nothing is too hard for Him.
Be that hero today by making the decision to follow Jesus!

Happy Father’s Day to all the Father’s!

Great Trip To Israel

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Had a wonderful Hanukkah service at CCSB (An evening of Renewal, Revival & Rededication) that exceeded expectations! The next day flew to Israel and experienced Hanukkah in, Jerusalem! This picture taken at the Southern Steps of the Temple.
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(Lily, Stephanie, Me, Sarah)

With Some Great Preacher’s Greg Laurie and Will Graham (Billy Graham’s grandson)

Monday, December 19th, 2016

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