The Rev. William Franklin “Billy” Graham Jr., born Nov. 7, 1918, will mark his 95th birthday this week with a special message to America entitled “The Cross.” The highly anticipated program, set for television and online broadcasts, may very well be the venerable evangelist’s final message to the U.S.

Graham, who has counseled many U.S. presidents, including Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard Nixon, and was a friend to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., revealed last month that his “timeless message of hope and redemption through Jesus Christ” was finally ready to be shared with Americans.

In a letter published Monday on the BGEA website, the Rev. Graham writes, “I’ve recently prepared what may well be my last message to our nation. I have prayed a great deal about this.”

He adds, “With all my heart, I want to remind Americans of God’s amazing love and, as simply and clearly as I can, call people to ‘a repentance that leads to salvation’ (2 Corinthians 7:10, ESV).”

According to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA): “Woven within Graham’s message are the faith stories of two popular musicians: rapper LeCrae Moore and former Flyleaf lead singer Lacey Sturm. You will be blessed by their testimonies and the original music that serves as the background to a simple and relevant explanation by Billy Graham of the saving power of the cross.”

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