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Each day from September 25 to November 20, 2009, the sermon(s) preached on that day in 1949 will become available to listen to here. So come back often and look for the "NEW" link. Then click the sound icon for each entry to listen.

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Date

Tape

Minutes

Speaker

Sermon and Text

Notes

9/25/49 afternoon

T5701

35

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First meeting of campaign. 3 pm service. Congregational singing led by Cliff Barrows, followed by comments by Barrows and Clifford Smith (president of the Christ for Greater Los Angeles Committee), followed by comments by Merv Rosell, followed by congregational singing of “What A Friend We have in Jesus,” followed by prayer led by Rev. Crossman, followed by hymns “I Will Sing the Wondrous Story” and “Yes, He Did” sung by George Beverly Shea, followed by announcements, followed by duet by Cliff and Billie Barrows “That’s Why I Love Him So,” followed by comments by Don Householder about the costs of the campaign. Concluded on next recording.

9/25/49 afternoon

T5702

53

Billy Graham

"Why a Revival?" Conclusion of previous recording. Trumpet solo, comments by Grady Wilson, Cliff Barrows' introduction of Billy Graham, who then preaches his first sermon (at the 5:40 mark).

9/25/49 evening

T5703


50


Billy Graham

"Prepare to Meet God" (Amos 4:12)


George Beverly Shea sings "Balm of Gilead."


9/26/49

T241

48

Billy Graham

-- Prayer by an unknown person, followed by "I've Got a Home in That Rock," hymns sung by George Beverly Shea, followed by instrumental music, followed by "I Like the Old Fashioned Way" sung by Cliff and Billie Barrows, followed by brief, truncated announcements and greetings by an unknown person, followed by a brief message by J. Edwin Orr, followed by the congregation singing of "Christ for Me," followed by a brief portion of the "I Will Sing the Wondrous Story" sung by an unknown female vocalist, followed by a violin and piano duet, followed by a medley of hymns sung by Shea, followed by a prayer by Dr. J. Vernon McGee, followed by brief comments and a violin piece by Wilmos Csehy (?), followed "Hear Those Bells" sung by Shea and Cliff Barrows, followed by “The Stranger of Galilee” sung by Shea, followed by brief comments by Grady Wilson talking about the support the Los Angeles campaign was receiving from the clergy, followed by "He Hideth My Soul in the Cleft of a Rock" played on the violin by Csehy.

9/26/49

T185

40

Billy Graham

Colossians 3:1ff

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9/27/49

T186

53

Billy Graham

"Victorious Living" (1 Timothy 6)

“Sweet Rose of Shannon” sung by George Beverly Shea. Graham’s sermon begins at the 3:00 minute mark.

9/28/49

T187

55

Billy Graham

"Sin in the Life of Believers" (Proverbs 28:13)

“Softly and Tenderly” sung by George Beverly Shea (beginning of hymn badly distorted). Graham’s sermon begins at 2:08 mark.

9/29/49

T188

53

Billy Graham

"The Greatest Sin a Man Can Commit" (Ephesians 5:18)

Violin and piano duet, followed by “Holy Spirit, Faithful Guide” sung by George Beverly Shea. Graham’s sermon begins at the 6:40 mark.

 9/30/49

T189

62

Billy Graham

"Home" (Colossians 3:17ff)

Prayer by J. Edwin Orr, followed by “O, That Old Fashioned Home” sung by George Beverly Shea. Sermon begins at the 3:35 mark.

10/1/49

T190

47

Billy Graham

"The Rich Young Ruler" (Mark 10)

Recording begins in the midst of some remarks by George Beverly Shea about the Club Time radio program of Chicago. He then sings “I’d Rather Have Jesus.” Sermon begins at the 4:05 mark.

10/2/49
Afternoon

T191

61

Billy Graham

"What's Wrong With the World" (Psalm 2)

“Jesus is the Sweetest Name I Know” sung by George Beverly Shea. Sermon begins at the 3:13 mark.

10/2/49 Evening

T192

40

Billy Graham

"Life's Most Embarrassing Moment" (1 John 5:13)

“I Saw One Hanging on A Tree” sung by George Beverly Shea. Sermon begins at the 3:10 mark.

10/3/49

T193

64

Billy Graham

"Third Round of the Biggest Boxing Match in the World" (Matthew 4:1)

Music begins with instrumental music, followed by Peter Deyneka Sr.’s testimony (with introduction by Billy Graham), a greeting and testimony from Don Muntz (?) of the Christian Businessmen’s Committee, followed by instrumental music, followed by “Wonderful Savior” sung by George Beverly Shea. Sermon begins at the 13:00 minute mark.

10/4/49

T194

 63

Billy Graham

"Be Filled With the Holy Spirit" (Ephesians 5:18)

“Balm in Gilead” sung by George Beverly Shea. Sermon begins at the 3:38 mark. Graham starts by talking about his experiences at the Forest Home conference at the end of August.

10/5/49

T195

48

Billy Graham

"A Simple Message" (Luke 10:46)

“When Jesus Comes” sung by George Beverly Shea. Sermon begins at the 3:36 mark.

10/6/49

T196

66

Billy Graham

"Born to Die / The Blood of Christ"

Testimony by Ruth Graham, followed by instrumental music, followed by “Tell me the Story of Jesus” sung by George Beverly Shea (started in mid-verse). Sermon starts at the 8:46 mark.

10/7/49

T197

57

Billy Graham

"The Home" (1 Corinthians 7:49) [message is incomplete]

“O, That Old Fashioned Home” sung by George Beverly Shea. Sermon, beginning at the 3:25 mark, is incomplete.

10/8/49

T198

52

Billy Graham

"Man in Chains" (Luke 8:22-40)

Youth for Christ night. Graham begins his sermon by talking about Youth for Christ and its work internationally.

10/9/49
Afternoon

T199

60

Billy Graham

"Final Judgment" (Matthew 24:37 and Hebrews 11:7)

“Are You Ready” sung by George Beverly Shea. Sermon begins at the 2:43 mark.



10/9/49
Evening



10/9/49
Evening

T200

9




40

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Billy Graham

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"The Second Coming of Christ"

“So High” sung by George Beverly Shea, followed by “This Little Light of Mine” by Cliff Barrows and George Beverly Shea, followed by instrumental music, followed by “I Shall Know Him” sung by George Beverly Shea.

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10/10/49

T201

13




47

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Grady Wilson

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"The New Birth" (John 3:1ff)

Instrumental music, followed by “God Leads Us Along” sung by George Beverly Shea, following which he describes how he came to write “I’d Rather Have Jesus,” which he then sings.

--

10/11/49

T202

57

Billy Graham

"Judgment" (Acts 17:30ff)

Used in broadcast on 11/22/49 after the end of the campaign.



10/12/49

T203

 8





 52

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Billy Graham

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"The Point of History" (I Corinthians 1:18, 2:2, Galatians 6:14)

Brief comments by Grace Fuller, followed by Charles Fuller leading the audience in singing “Heavenly Sunshine,” after which he gives his own testimony, followed by “I Saw One Hanging on A Tree” sung by George Beverly Shea.

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10/13/49

T204

52

Billy Graham

"The Living Among the Dead" (1 Corinthians 15:1ff)

“So High” sung by George Beverly Shea, “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?” sung by George Beverly Shea. Sermon begins at the 4:39 mark. Graham begins by talking about his appreciation of Shea, but the recorder was apparently turned off at this point and turned on when he started his sermon.

10/14/49

T205

54

Billy Graham

"Weighed in God's Balances and Found Wanting" (Galatians 6:7 and Daniel 5:27)

“Tell Me the Story of Jesus” sung by George Beverly Shea. Sermon begins at the 3:12 mark.



10/15/49

T206

45



21

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Billy Graham

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"Youth's Heroes" (Psalm 16:1)

Youth for Christ night with testimonies by Wilmos Csehy, Cliff Barrows, duet and dialogue by Cliff and Billie Barrows, testimony by T. W. Wilson.

Recording ends shortly before the end of the sermon.






10/16/49
Afternoon




10/16/49
Afternoon

T207

21





44

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Billy Graham

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"The Challenge of 1950" (Joel 3:13)

“Didn’t Know Who You Was” sung by George Beverly Shea, followed by instrumental music, testimony by Robert Evans about the work of the European Bible Institute, followed by “I’d Rather Have Jesus” and “Jesus Paid It All”sung by George Beverly Shea.

Mid-portion of recording is missing.






10/16/49
Evening




10/16/49
Evening

T208

15





49

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Billy Graham

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"Fire and Brimstone" (Luke 16:19ff)

Instrumental music, testimony by W. Cameron Townsend about the work of Wycliffe Bible Translators, followed by “Give Me That Old Time Religion” sung by George Beverly Shea, followed by a brass solo, followed by “Zion Hill” by George Beverly Shea.

Recording ends shortly before the end of the sermon.




10/17/49

T209

13




28

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Cliff Barrows

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"So Great a Salvation" (Hebrews 2:3)

“An Angel Brought It Down From Heaven” and “On a Rugged Hill”sung by George Beverly Shea, followed by an unknown speaker talking about the offering, followed by “No One Ever Cared Liked Jesus” sung by Shea.

Recording ends shortly before the end of the sermon.




10/18/49

T210

25









40

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Billy Graham

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"Laughter" (Luke 6:21)

“I Know My Savior Cares” sung by Kay Stewart, instrumental music, brief message by Gregorio Tingson about evangelism in the Philippines, testimony by evangelist Jack Shuler, followed “Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho" sung by George Beverly Shea, followed by “Every Time I Feel the Spirit,” sung by an unknown male vocalist, followed by instrumental music played by Wilmos Cshey, followed by “I Know” by an unknown female vocalist.


Recording ends before the end of the sermon.

  10/19/49 No recording of sermon.






10/20/49

T211

11






35

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Billy Graham

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"Sin" (Romans 10:9, John 13:13)

Brief message by George T. Stephens, introduced by Billy Graham. Graham praises Stephens as an evangelist he heard when he himself was a new Christian.




Recording ends before the end of the sermon.

10/21/49

T212

70

Billy Graham

"Lordship of Christ" (Romans 10:9, John 13:13)

“Search Me, O God” sung by George Beverly Shea. Sermon starts at the 3:35 mark. Recording includes a lengthy period after the sermon during which Graham encourages inquirers to come forward and the choir sings “Just As I Am.”

10/22/49

T213

62

Billy Graham

"The Only Sermon Jesus Ever Wrote" John 8:1ff)

Accordion music, followed by “There is a Balm in Gilead” sung by George Beverly Shea. Sermon begins at the 7:37 mark. (After the prayer and before the sermon, Graham reads off the license plate of someone in the audience who needs to move their car!)

10/23/49
Afternoon

T214

70

Billy Graham

"Why God Allows Communism to Flourish and Why God Allows Christians to Suffer" (Psalm 94:3-4, 35:17, 7:9)

“Search Me, O God” sung by George Beverly Shea. Sermon starts at the 3:35 mark. Recording includes a lengthy period after the sermon during which Graham encourages inquirers to come forward and the choir sings, “Just As I Am.”

10/24/49

T215

18

Cliff Barrows

--

Recording starts in the middle of a story by Barrows about a Christian pilot, followed by an invitation for inquirers to come forward, followed by a prayer by an unknown person.

 

10/25/49

T215

17

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Brief introduction by George Beverly Shea, who then sang “Beyond the Sunset,” followed by some comments by evangelist Jack Shuler, followed by brief comments by an unnamed member of the Christ for Greater Los Angeles Committee, followed by a testimony by Stuart Hamblen, followed by “What Will You Do With Jesus,” sung by George Beverly Shea.

10/25/49

T215, T216

58

Billy Graham

"Elijah" (James 5:16-17)

The first half of the sermon is on one reel, the second half is on the next, so there is a gap at the 29:10 mark at which a brief portion of the sermon was lost.

10/26/49

T216

22

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“In the Garden” sung by George Beverly Shea, followed by a prayer by Rev. Leroy Cox (?), followed by “I’ll Meet You at the Judgment Day;” followed by the testimony of Los Angeles evangelist, Paul Meyers, followed by several hymns sung by the quartet Crew of the Good Ship Grace, including “My Anchor Holds,”“The Old Rugged Cross,”“What is Your Answer Today,” followed by “I’d Rather Have Jesus,” sung by George Beverly Shea.

10/26/49

T217

48

Billy Graham

"Repentance" (Acts 20:17-21)

Recording begins in the middle of Graham’s opening prayer.

10/27/49

T218

58

Billy Graham

"Faith" (Acts 20:21)

“Didn’t Know Who You Was” and “Come Into the Shelter” sung by George Beverly Shea. Sermon starts at the 7:30 mark.





10/28/49

T219

11





45

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Billy Graham

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"Holy Spirit" (Ephesians 5:18)

“I will Sing the Wondrous Story” sung by George Beverly Shea, followed by a testimony by Harvey Fritts, “Hear Them Bells” sung by George Beverly Shea and Cliff Barrows, and “Holy Spirit, Faithful Guide” sung by George Beverly Shea.

Recording ends before the end of the sermon.

 

10/29/49

No recording of sermon.




10/30/49

T220

21



45

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Billy Graham

--



"Heaven" (Revelation 21:1)

Testimony by Stuart Hamblen, followed by “Zion Hill” sung by George Beverly Shea . Recording ends before the end of the sermon.

--

 

10/31/49

No recording of sermon.

 

11/1/49

No recording of sermon.





11/2/49

T221

11




53

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Billy Graham

--




"Justification" (Job 9:2ff)

“There is Joy in Serving Jesus,”“Standing in the Need of Prayer;” medley of hymns, followed by “There’s a Peace in My Heart,” all sung by the quartet Crew of the Good Ship Grace.

Recording begins in the midst of Graham’s announcements.

11/3/49

T223

25

Billy Graham

"Naaman the Leper" (2 Kings 5)

Recording begins in the midst of Graham’ sermon and ends while he was giving the invitation.

11/4/49

T224

41

Billy Graham

"Gamaliel, Felix, Agrippa & the Ethiopian Eunuch" (Acts)

--

11/5/49

T225

61

Billy Graham

"Vanity" (Ecclesiastes 1:2)

Youth for Christ night.







11/6/49
Afternoon

T226

19






40

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Billy Graham

--






"When Casey Struck Out -- God's Judgment" (Hebrews 9:27)

“‘Tis Jesus” and “Tomorrow” sung by George Beverly Shea, followed by a comments from Rev. Porter Barrington in Van Nuys about the effects of the campaign and the activities of his own church, followed by the offering followed with instrumental music, perhaps by several church groups.

--

11/6/49
Evening

T227

55

Billy Graham

"Life's Greatest Choice" (Mark 17:10ff)

--

11/7/49

T228

55

 J. H. Hamblen

Jeremiah 8:22

Testimony by Stuart Hamblen. This evening there was also a celebration of Graham’s 31st birthday.

 

11/8/49

No recording of sermon.






11/9/49

T229

10





46

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Billy Graham

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"Victorious Christian Living" (Colossians 3:1ff)

Prayer by unknown person, followed by “Jesus Will Walk With Me” sung by George Beverly Shea, “The Old Rugged Cross" sung by a trio (possibly Cliff and Billie Barrows and Shea), and “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say” sung by Shea.

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11/11/49

T231

13




43

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Billy Graham

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"New Birth" (John 3:1ff)

“I Will Sing the Wondrous Story” by Charles Turner, testimony by Louis Melton, “Over in Glory” sung by sisters Kay Stewart and Ellen Elsner (The Collins Twins), followed by a challenge by Rev. Bob Shuler.

--

11/12/49

T232

49

Billy Graham

"Songs of the Bible" (Psalm 40:1ff)

Youth for Christ night. “Heaven in My Heart” by Kay Stewart and Ellen Elsner (The Collins Twins), followed by “The Stranger of Galilee” sung by George B. Beverly Shea, greetings by Bob Jones, Jr.who is introduced by Billy Graham, “I Am Satisfied With Him” by Kay Stewart and Ellen Elsner . Sermon starts at the 10:40 mark.

11/13/49
Afternoon

T233

49

Billy Graham

"How to Live the Christian Life" I (Timothy 6:1ff)

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11/13/49
Evening

T234

49

Billy Graham

"Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God"

Testimony by Stuart Hamblen, followed by the recitation of and commentary by Graham of Jonathan Edwards' sermon

11/14/49

T235

40

Billy Graham

"Amos the Hillbilly" (Amos 7:14ff)

--

 

11/15/49

No recording of sermon.

11/16/49

T236

12




55

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Billy Graham

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"David and His Slingshot" (Deuteronomy 20:1 and 1 Samuel 17)

“Peace, Peace, Wonderful Peace” sung by George Beverly Shea, followed by “Jesus Has Promised My Shepherd to Be” sung by Cliff and Billie Barrows, followed by a medley of hymns sung by George Beverly Shea.

--

 

11/17/49

T237

 12






43

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Billy Graham

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Isaiah 53

“I am Hiding in Thee” by Kay Stewart and Ellen Elsner (The Collins Twins), followed by areport from Billy Graham on the Los Angeles ministers meeting held in the morning of the same day, and the plans for the close of the campaign and activities afterwards, followed by “Oh, What a Wonderful Savior” sung by George Beverly Shea.

--

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11/18/49

T238

14




46

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Billy Graham

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"The Whirlwind" (Nahum 1:3)

A medley of hymns sung by George Beverly Shea, followed by “The Haven of Rest” sung by a trio (?) including George Beverly Shea and Cliff Barrows, followed by “Jesus is the Sweetest Name I Know” sung by Shea.

--

 

11/19/49

T239

12





32

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Billy Graham

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"I Know" (1 John 5:13)

A performance of whistling (and possibly musical birds), followed by “Heaven in My Heart” sung by Kay Stewart and Ellen Elsner (The Collins Twins), followed by “So High,” “God Leads Us Along,”and “Balm in Gilead,” sung by George Beverly Shea, followed by instrumental music.

--

11/20/49
Afternoon

T240

39

Billy Graham

"God's Warning" [archivist's title] (Psalm 142:4 and 2 Peter 3:9-10)

Before preaching his final sermon, Graham gives announcements about follow-up events after the campaign.

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