Billy Graham’s Three Regrets

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Dr. Billy Graham’s 3 Regrets

It is not uncommon to have a few regrets when you look back on a life that is lived and decisions that were made.  It is hard to imagine that Dr. Billy Graham would have regrets when reflecting on his life, but he does.  Honestly we all do.

At age 95 Dr. Graham shares three of his.

Here, in his own words, are the three biggest regrets of Billy Graham’s life and ministry.

“Although I have much to be grateful for as I look back over my life, I also have many regrets. I have failed many times, and I would do many things differently. For one thing, I would speak less and study more, and I would spend more time with my family.

When I look back over the schedule I kept thirty or forty years ago, I am staggered by all the things we did and the engagements we kept. Sometimes we flitted from one part of the country to another, even from one continent to another, in the course of only a few days. Were all those engagements necessary? Was I as discerning as I might have been about which ones to take and which to turn down? I doubt it. Every day I was absent from my family is gone forever. Although much of that travel was necessary, some of it was not.

I would also spend more time in spiritual nurture, seeking to grow closer to God so I could become more like Christ. I would spend more time in prayer, not just for myself but for others. I would spend more time studying the Bible and meditating on its truth, not only for sermon preparation but to apply its message to my life. It is far too easy for someone in my position to read the Bible only with an eye on a future sermon, overlooking the message God has for me through its pages.

And I would give more attention to fellowship with other Christians, who could teach me and encourage me (and even rebuke me when necessary).

About one thing I have absolutely no regrets, however, and that is my commitment many years ago to accept God’s calling to serve Him as an evangelist of the Gospel of Christ.”

Well those are Billy Graham’s regrets, but they do not have to be ours. As our lives, calendars, families and churches lean into Thanksgiving and Christmas, let us learn from the many things Dr. Graham has done right, and let us learn from his admitted regrets.

Value Bible study. Invest in the lives of other Christians. Nurture your family.  – Adapted from The Wardrobe Door


Opportunities To Grow Your Generosity

We’re glad we can send you the Gift Legacy eNewsletter with Savvy Living, Gift Planning Stories and Washington Update.  We hope you find the newsletter helpful, enjoyable and motivating as you express generosity and stewardship through your church and the ministries of the Berean Fellowship.  God is doing great things and your giving helps make that possible.

As always, we’d be glad to assist you with estate planning and gift planning.

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Give From Your IRA


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How You Can Make Gifts from Your IRA

On January 1, 2013, Congress passed legislation to avert the fiscal cliff. The law includes several important provisions that will allow you to support the causes you believe in using your Individual Retirement Account (IRA). 

Extension of the IRA Charitable Rollover
If you are 70½ or older, you can make a gift of up to $100,000 to your church and to the Fellowship from your IRA to meet your annual distribution requirement. By making an IRA charitable rollover gift, you are able to avoid taxes on the IRA distribution while supporting ministries in the Fellowship.

How to Make an IRA Rollover Gift in 2013
Contact your IRA custodian to make a gift from your IRA for 2013. The IRS will treat the amount of the cash gift as if you had made a direct rollover to charity and you can then avoid federal tax on the amount of the gift. 

Don’t wait! Contact me today to learn more about how you can convert your taxable IRA distribution and potentially reduce your taxes.

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Who Is Millard Fuller?

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Who Is Millard Fuller?

I must confess, before his death, I had never heard of Millard Fuller. However, I have heard of Habitat for Humanity.

Mr. Fuller was founder and former long-time leader of Habitat for Humanity.  He died three years ago at age 74.

By the time Millard Fuller turned 29, he had earned his first million dollars.  But as his finances flourished, his health and marriage crumbled.  Millard and his wife Linda sold all they owned, gave the money to the poor and began a journey that would lead them to founding Habitat for Humanity in 1976.  Their generosity saw the charity expand from rural Georgia into a global enterprise that has helped house more than a million people allowing more than 300,000 families to move from deplorable housing into simple, decent homes that they helped build and can afford to buy and live in.

The organization’s mission statement:  “Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with God and people everywhere, from all walks of life, to develop communities with people in need by building and renovating houses so that there are decent houses in decent communities in which every person can experience God’s love and can live and grow into all that God intends.”

The Fuller Legacy reaches around the world leading a movement of likeminded servants who are willing to make a difference.

Your legacy could make a difference in your church, your community and around the world.  Give me a call.  I’d be honored to speak with you and share how this could happen.

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Legacies Are More Than Money

What really matters?

Historically, legacy planning is usually linked with what one leaves behind instead of how one lives.  What should we leave to our children, grandchildren and other family members?  How shall we remember the Lord’s work?  A true legacy is more than just money and possessions.  Instead, your legacy should become an ongoing testimony to the life you have lived.  It becomes a living memorial to your family, interests, compassion and generosity.

“If you follow your bliss, you will always have your bliss, money or not. If you follow money, you may lose it, and you will have nothing.” – Joseph Campbell

Bob Springborn, founder and president of Czone Legacy Consulting states, “Thus legacies are so much more than money. The sense of pride to being an heir to a legacy that will carry family members through all of life’s challenges is a great place to begin. Renewing the sense of family, its core values and the support true family brings is a very helpful way to start to recover from the grief a loss of money can bring.”

At Berean Gift Legacy we offer professional advice and expert counsel to those who are creating, evaluating, revising and implementing their estate plan.  We are here to help.  To schedule your free personal consultation you can contact us immediately!

Hal Lentz