12 Inspiring Billy Graham Quotes for His 99th Birthday

Evangelist Billy Graham will go down in history as one of the great spiritual giants of the Christian faith. Millions have come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ thanks to his preaching, teaching, and calls for discipleship. On Tuesday, Graham turned 99, and Christians are celebrating the beginning of his 100th year.

Franklin Graham, the evangelist's son and president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA), announced that the family will serve his father his favorite cake, "a lemon cake with lard icing." The Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, N.C., which opened 10 years ago Tuesday, will serve birthday cake for everyone who comes by.

Billy Graham has met with every U.S. president since Harry Truman, and President Donald Trump celebrated his birthday.

To celebrate the occasion, PJ Media compiled this list of inspiring quotes from the great evangelist and follower of Jesus Christ.

1. Growing old in grace.

"When granted many years of life, growing old in age is natural, but growing old with grace is a choice. Growing older with grace is possible for all who will set their hearts and minds on the Giver of grace, the Lord Jesus Christ." — Description of the book Nearing Home: Life, Faith, and Finishing Well.

2. Hope for the future.

"Everywhere I go I find that people ... both leaders and individuals ... are asking one basic question, 'Is there any hope for the future?' My answer is the same, 'Yes, through Jesus Christ.'" — Statement on his 95th birthday in 2013.

3. Changing the world.

On the disciples who followed Jesus Christ: "The men who followed Him were unique in their generation. They turned the world upside down because their hearts had been turned right side up. The world has never been the same. History took a sharp turn for the better. Men began to behave like human beings. Dignity, nobility, and honor followed in the wake of Christianity. Art, music, and science, sparked by this new interpretation of life's meaning, began to progress and develop. Man began at long last to resemble again the 'Image of God' in which he was created." — The Secret of Happiness.