The Spirit of Billy Graham

Laura Ingrahm’s FaithZett has a timely article by Michael Anthony on what we can we learn from the life of Billy Graham. You can read the article here, but the important takeaways are listed below.

First, Billy Graham had an unwavering commitment to speaking the truth in love. He was a master at this dying art.

Second, Billy Graham never saw people as the enemy. He knew how to love the sinner and hate the sin.

Third, the source of Billy Graham’s humble courage was not his own. It was the byproduct of spending time with his Savior, Jesus.

Fourth, there were far better orators than Billy Graham. Yet, Billy Graham was used above them all. Why was this?

Finally, Billy Graham believed that truth was not relative. It was and is absolute.

It’s up to each of us to carry on the work of Billy Graham.


Michael Anthony is author of “A Call For Courage,” a speaker and blogger at CourageMatters.com, and the lead pastor of Grace Fellowship in York, Pennsylvania.

I remember Billy Graham

He has been such an influence on my life that I am proud to say, “I came to the Lord through Billy Graham.”

Pastor Billy Graham

Here’s my story.

I was 8 years old when Billy Graham came to NYC for the 1957 Crusade. My mom and I sat on the balcony for one of the afternoon sermons.

The place was full—wall-to-wall. We were up so high, Billy Graham was the size of a pinpoint standing at the lectern. Yet, it was emotional to see and hear someone so on fire for Christ.

When Pastor Graham invited everyone to come forward and commit to the Lord, I turned to my mom, hesitated, and then said, “Let’s go.” I still shake a bit when I think back to that day, to that minute.

We took the elevator to the basement where hundreds of people were standing around. I wondered when I would get to see Billy Graham up close. After a while, we were moved to a room and met by a young man who prayed with us and gave us some literature.

I didn’t meet Billy Graham that day, but that wasn’t the point. I did make a public commitment to Christ.

Best day of my life.

If you have a Billy Graham experience you would like to share, please contact me. I will work with you to publish your story here,

John Russo


BCBC Presents Carolina Blue

Brevard, NC based Carolina Blue. Bobby Powell, guitar; Tim Jones, mandolin; Reese Combs, upright bass; Seth Rhinehart, banjo; and Emma Best, fiddle.

Brevard, NC based Carolina Blue. Bobby Powell, guitar; Tim Jones, mandolin; Reese Combs, upright bass; Seth Rhinehart, banjo; and Emma Best, fiddle.

Sunday, August 30th, at 5 pm BCBC will sponsor a tailgate party.

Our neighbors in the Bent Creek community and surrounding communities are invited.

Special bluegrass gospel group, Carolina Blue will provide entertainment.

Bring your own food and chairs for a great early evening of fun, entertainment, and fellowship.

A Fulfilled Life Based on Grace, Mercy, and Forgiveness.

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)

The good news is that it’s okay not to be perfect. Jesus Christ taught us that a fulfilled life is based on grace, mercy, and forgiveness. Each comes from the Lord for us to spread among our friends, family, everyone we meet.

Life fulfilled starts by asking God to forgive your sins as you place your faith in Jesus Christ as your Savior.

If you’ve tried other options, why not consider the first option – Jesus Christ?

Our pastoral staff and congregation would love to meet you and share our love for Christ. Join us every Sunday morning at 11 am as we thank the Lord for his love and forgiveness.

Pastor Tommy with the future of our faith.

Also, feel free to contact Pastor Tommy today to schedule a one-hour appointment to counsel with him about your life, your marriage, and other issues affecting you. Call 828-667-9818 or email Tommy@bentcreekbaptist.org.


Happy Mother’s Day From BCBC

Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her. (Proverbs 31:28)

Meet Tatiana Guerra. She lives in Brazil and looks forward to the moment she can hold her son for the first time.

But Tatiana is blind. She can’t see the ultrasound of her baby boy named Murilo, in her womb.

Watch Tatiana’s reaction to the special gift from her doctor


Mom with the 3D printed ultrasound of Murilo.

The 3D print out sculpture is accompanied by a message in braille, “I am your son.” When Ms. Guerra reads it, she  laughs and weeps at the same time.

“I’m very happy to meet Murilo,” she says. “Thanks, doctor.”

Happy Mother’s Day from everyone at Bent Creek Baptist Church.

Joanna Gaines: Testimony of Faith

The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time. (Psalm 145:15)

Joanna and Chip Gaines

Joanna Gaines and her husband Chip host the HGTV program, Fixer Upper. Perhaps you’ve seen it. In each episode they fix up, remodel, and flip homes. The show started its second season in January.

In this brief 4-minute video Ms. Gaines shares her faith and describes how, in his own time, the Lord guided and fulfilled her life in a way she never expected.


Bible Study With Jane Derrick

UntitledOn January 6th, 2015, the BCBC Women’s Bible Study group will travel to “The Cove” for bible study with Jane Derrick (photo) at 9:45 am.

After being widowed in 1994, Jane was led by God into a retreat ministry. She held teaching and other leadership positions with Bible Study Fellowship International for more than 10 years. She is in her 14 year of teaching the Women’s Bible Study at The Billy Graham Training Center.

Please join us for this one day retreat. Contact Lynn Bridges at 828-665-4815 for more information.

A New Church for Cuba

And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (Matthew 16:18)

Artist’s rendition of the first new church in Cuba in 55 years.

Cuba has allowed construction of the country’s first new Catholic church in 55 years, according to the Associated Press.

The church will seat 200 and is funded by donations from Catholics in Tampa, Florida. It will be built in Sandino, a citrus and coffee-growing town in the far-western province of Pinar del Rio.

Starting with the 1959 revolution, Castro’s Communist government placed restrictions on religious expression in Cuba. Yet the Cuban church has survived.

“The construction of a church is a clear demonstration of a new phase, of an improvement, in relations between the church and the state,” said Enrique Lopez Oliva, a professor the history of religions at the University of Havana.

It’s another example of how faith in Christ concurs all.