Evangelist Franklin Graham once revealed that his father, world-renowned North Carolina preacher Billy Graham, had a Bible verse posted in large letters all around his house, and he called it his “Life Verse.” “.
He once explained that his father Billy Graham had “a Bible verse pinned to his bedroom wall, printed in VERY large letters.”
He said he was pinned “in the dining room, his bathroom and several other places around the house!”
“Before his 95th birthday, he was working on a sermon based on this key scripture. It was his passion to memorize it, to saturate the heart and mind with it. He made it his life verse,” Graham said. .
He revealed the verse to be Galatians 6:14, which reads: “But God forbid me to boast except of the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world was crucified for me, and me for the world.”
Graham called it “a great verse for us to live in”.
A January 2013 article on the Billy Graham Library website noted that the evangelist identified John 3:16 as his favorite Bible verse in 1995, which reads: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
Billy Graham said at the time that this is the only verse he always preaches on his evangelistic crusades.
“There are only 25 words in its English translation, but it’s the Gospel in one word. Someone called it a miniature Bible,” he said.
He also urged Christians to make an effort to understand the Bible, which he said is more important than any other book.
Offering advice on how to start exploring the Bible, he said in 2016 that novice readers can start with the Gospel of John.
“I suggest you start with the center or focal point of the Bible, which is Jesus Christ. The whole Old Testament points to Him, and the whole New Testament tells us about Him. He came down from Heaven to forgive us and we become part of his family forever – and through the Bible we discover this great truth,” Graham wrote, adding a reference to John 20:31 which states that the Holy Book was “written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”