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Rick Warren, author of the New York Times bestseller "The Purpose-Driven Life" and pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., led in prayer at the Billy Graham crusade in Pasadena Nov. 21. Photo by Tobin Perry
"People have said this could be the last sermon I will ever preach," Graham told the largest non-sporting event crowd in the stadium's history. "And it may be. But I don't know. That's all in God's hands."
He then jokingly reminded the audience that his long-time friend George Beverly Shea -- who had just sung "Softly and Tenderly" -- was nearly 10 years older than he.
"And it is certainly not the last time he is going to sing!" Graham said to an audience that was both laughing and clapping by that point.
Some 12,000 people made decisions for Christ during the four-day crusade. The crusade had been originally scheduled for July but was postponed after doctors decided he needed more time to heal from a fall he suffered in May.