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23 February, 2018, 02:03 | Author: Essie Rivera
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Lifelong friends Dr. Leighton Ford, founder of the Leighton Ford Ministries, and retired pastor Dan Goldsmith, were teenaged members of the Youth For Christ movement that invited Graham to speak in Chatham on January 27, 1949 at the former Chatham Vocational School auditorium, where the Kiwanis Theatre is located today.

An evangelical minister who became one of the most influential preachers of the 20th century, Graham also served as a counsel to 12 consecutive USA presidents, from Harry Truman to Barack Obama.

Rev. Graham spread the gospel through the word of his crusades, filling massive arenas with the faithful.

Reflecting on the legacy of Billy Graham in the afterword to the book "Billy Graham: American Pilgrim", historian Margaret Bendroth observed, "Evangelicals do not choose their leaders lightly".

The late reverend is well known worldwide through his evangelistic work.

Then, in 1957 in NY, the crusade originally slated for six weeks lasted 16 instead.

Tributes to Graham poured in from major leaders, with U.S. President Donald Trump tweeting: "The GREAT Billy Graham is dead". They would eat together, take walks together and plan music together.

"I look forward to death with great anticipation", he said. "You'd just feel warmth of fellowship".

But I won't be in heaven because I've preached to large crowds or because I've tried to live a good life. "As I was starting to leave, her mom came up to me crying and said, 'My daughter is never going to get married and she's never going to have kids, but tonight she felt like a princess.' That made it all worth it".

Shea was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award during the 2011 Grammy Awards.

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More than anyone else, Graham built evangelicalism into a force that rivaled liberal Protestantism and Roman Catholicism in the U.S. His leadership summits and crusades in more than 185 countries and territories forged powerful global links among conservative Christians and threw a lifeline to believers in the communist bloc.

I, too, am a product of Graham's ministry.

Graham reportedly died from "natural causes". Graham urged Eisenhower to run for president and counseled him about the afterlife.

Another tenet was humility, even in the face of pastors who weren't supporters, such as some fundamentalist preachers.

"He has always engaged whole communities", McCollum said.

Graham dealt with a lot of illnesses in the last few years. "Graham", he recalled. "He said he didn't deserve it because his doctorate's were honorary and that would take away from those who had actually earned it". Miller said he lived in Atlanta in his early 20s.

Ford's relationship with Graham would deepen over the years, beginning with him following the evangelist's advice to attend Wheaton College in IL, where Ford would meet and marry Graham's younger sister Jean.

Graham's son Ned, 11 years old at the time, suffered only a superficial wound from Broyles' German shepherd Lady.

"In fact, he did not like to be called "reverend" either", Rowland said. Details of that plan ranged from having volunteers pray "over every seat" before a crusade started to helping those who made a commitment to affiliate with a local congregation.

But on the calendar, it seems like an eternity itself, for it was that long ago when a lanky, tall North Carolina farm boy came to Cleveland, Tennessee, seeking out schooling to help him spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. "That's been a hallmark of what Mr".



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