Looking Back at Billy Graham from His Autobiography — Part 1

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To commemorate Billy Graham’s life I will repost these articles I wrote back in 2013, having to do with his prayer life. Enjoy.

 50 Prayer Experiences from Billy Graham’s Autobiography, Just As I Am – Part 1

Posted on February 13, 2013by Stephen Nielsen

Billy Graham was a man of prayer. It seemed that he did nothing without praying about it. And he prayed with and for many people along the way. After reading his autobiography I thought it would be good to review his life in terms of his prayers. I think we could all learn something about prayer and faith from Billy Graham. Here is part 1 of 7 parts.

Part 1
His early life and ministry: 1918 – 1949

  1. Billy Graham learned how to pray from an early age. His mother and father made it a daily practice to read the Bible and pray together…

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Looking Back at Billy Graham from His Autobiography — Part 2

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To remember Billy Graham’s life I am reposting these articles I wrote back in 2013, having to do with his prayer life. Enjoy.

  50 Prayer Experiences: from Billy Graham’s Autobiography, Just As I Am – Part 2

Posted on February 15, 2013 by Stephen Nielsen

This is my review of Billy Graham’s autobiography in terms of his prayers. In this second part (from 1949 to 1950), I can’t believe all the things that were happening in Billy Graham’s life: he was the president of a Christian college; he was getting into films, and radio; and he was in the beginning stages of his crusade ministry. But he did it all with the help of prayer.

Part 2
Turning points: 1949 – 1950

  1. The Los Angeles crusade of 1949, in spite of ambitious efforts, was getting very little press and there was little hope of a good turn out. But…

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5 Reasons Why Every Christian Is Called To Reign With Christ in the Heavenly Places


In previous posts I have written about the Christian’s authority in Christ and about the heavenly places, which is the spirit realm, the place where we reign with Christ. In this post I want to give some reasons why God has called us to our high position.

1. To battle and be victorious. God has created us for battle and to be victorious over sin and Satan (Jud. 3:2).  Every person who is a believer is naturally an enemy of the devil (1 Peter 5:8) and desires in his spirit to take authority over him.

2. To rule with Christ over the nations. In the future all Christians will sit with Christ (bodily) on His throne and will rule with Him over the nations (Rev. 2:26, 3:21). In the light of this great future we must now be trained in conflict and in how to prevail over the enemy (Jud 3:2).  The heavenly places are now our training ground—the place where we go in prayer against the enemy.

3. To displace the demonic influence. The calling of every Christian, and really, of all believers together, is to fill up the heavenly places with the presence of Christ, therefore, to replace the darkness with light and to displace the demonic influence. According to Francis Frangipane,

…As the body of Christ on earth agrees with its Head in Heaven, the Spirit of Christ Himself displaces the power of darkness in the heavenly places.  In other words, when the church on earth is aggressive in its agreement with the will and Word of God, then the presence of God increases in the spiritual realm, proportionally displacing the influence of hell on earth.  Shortly thereafter, manifesting in the world of men, we see revivals…3

I can’t help thinking that this is what happened during the time of John the Baptist and Jesus Christ when such revivals and healings took place.  It also happened in the time of great men like Elijah and Moses, and also in more modern times during the days of Jonathan Edwards and Charles Finney and a host of others.

4. To save souls that are held captive. The purpose of the church’s reign in the heavenly places is to defeat the enemy in Satan’s dark domain. Says Silvoso,

By making Christ the ‘fullness of all in all’ [Eph. 1:22-23] in the church as it occupies the heavenly places, God has displaced Satan and his hosts and confined them under the feet of Jesus.  The church has now been placed as potentially in control of the heavenly places once ruled by the prince of the power of the air.  But the church must engage and defeat the enemy to retake the heavenlies in the name of her Lord, so that the eyes of those still being held captive by Satan will be opened.4

5. To show the glory of God. As we see in Ephesians 3:10, in the words of Ed Silvoso, “God established the church in the heavenly places as both an example and a witness to the principalities and powers.  God did this ‘in order that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places.’”5

In other words, we are on display in front of the angels and demons.  God wants them to see His glory through us—through how He has saved us.  What a great privilege we have to be His shining examples of His grace and wisdom.


3 Francis Frangipane, The Three Battlegrounds (Cedar Rapids, IA: River of Life Ministries, 1989), p. 86.

4 Ed Silvoso, That None Should Perish (Ventura, Calif.: Regal Books, ND), p. 116-117.

5 Ibid., p. 114.

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Vice President Pence Gave Message of Hope to the Knesset

Pray for Israel!

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America’s Vice President Mike Pence spoke to the Knesset in Israel on 1/22/18. His speech was brilliant, pleasing, and praise worthy. He captured the hearts of all that were in the room. It was a short speech, but so on point.  It was …

A wonderful message of hope for Israel.

A message that was thankful to God for His promises to Israel.

A message that gave remembrance to Israel’s survival and God’s faithfulness over the centuries.

A message that confirmed America’s friendship with Israel.

A message that confirmed the moving of America’s embassy to Jerusalem, Israel’s capitol.

A message that condemned ISIS and all terrorists that hate and seek to destroy Israel, America, Jews, Christians, and peaceful Muslims.

A message that reached out to Israel’s neighbors and to the world in peace.

A message that promises prayer for Israel.

A message that seeks the blessing of God on…

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What and Where are the Heavenly Places? – Ephesians 1:3, 1:20, 2:6, 3:10, 6:12


Ephesians 2:6 tells us that all believers reign together in Christ in the “heavenly places.”  The book of Ephesians mentions these heavenly places five different times (Eph. 1:3, 1:20, 2:6, 3:10, and 6:12).  Here are some observations I have made about these places:

1 . The heavenly places are the spirit realm where all spirits dwell. The triune God dwells there (Eph. 1:20); the angels and the demons dwell there (Eph. 6:12); and all human spirits are there too.

2. Since both God and Satan dwell in the heavenly places we know that it is a place of both good and evil, where both light and darkness exist.

3. It is the place where Christians are reigning with Christ (Eph. 2:6), taking authority over sin, Satan and the demons, because they trust in Him and remain in His domain of light.

4. Likewise, it is also the place where many (non-Christians) are held captive to sin because they harbor sin and choose to dwell in darkness under Satan’s rule. For the Bible tells us that when Satan and one-third of the angels rebelled against God, they were allowed by God to live and rule in their own domain of darkness on this earth, and to hold captive all who harbor sin (Rev. 12:4, Eph. 6:12, 2 Tim. 2:26, 2 Cor. 4:4).

5. It is the place where there are great spiritual blessings. Ephesians 1:3 tells us that God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.  But we are privy to them only if we abide in Him, and thus remain in His domain of light.


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Prayer for Devin Nunes — Proverbs 12:19

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Proverbs 12:19

Truth stands the test of time; 

Lies are soon exposed.

Please pray with me for Devin Nunes, Chair of the House Intelligence Committee. Pray that God would protect him and his team as they investigate any obstruction of justice in the U. S. government.  Pray that the truth would be revealed and that lies would be exposed.

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Why the Democrats Were So Resistant To the SOTU Address

Pray that the Democrats would stop resisting God.

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Though President Trump gave an excellent SOTU address, everyone noticed that none of the Democrats (except Joe Manchin a couple times) stood and applauded anything he said.  In fact 12 Dems didn’t attend and some of them wore all black as a sign of protest.  It seems clear that no matter what the President would have said they would have resisted against it.

Here are a few of the accomplishments the President reported on the SOTU, and for none of these things the Dems stood and applauded.

  • Many new jobs
  • Unemployment at an all-time low
  • The stock market way up
  • Almost 100% of ISIS defeated
  • Our motto is “In God we trust”

And there are many more good things the President spoke about, which all the Republicans stood for and applauded.

Now the question is why? Why are the Democrats so resistant to anything Trump says or does? They all…

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