Archbishop Chaput comments on Billy Graham's death

Bruce Hamilton recalls Rev. Billy Graham's deep Jacksonville ties

"Hillary and I are saddened by the passing of our friend Billy Graham, one of the most important religious leaders in American history", Clinton said in a statement. In his autobiography, "Just as I Am", he wrote that in mid-November he began to feel "such a burden" about the trip that he tried to warn Kennedy through a third party and tell him "Don't go to Texas!"

Messages from the leaders of Methodist Central Hall can be found at https://methodist-central-hall.org.uk/billy-graham-methodist-central-hall/ - the photo right shows the evangelist preaching there in 1964.

"My father Billy Graham was once asked, "Where is Heaven?"

"He leaned over to me and said, 'I'm getting old". Graham preached for her and the Royal Family on a number of occasions. I am eternally grateful that God sent Billy Graham to us and that he answered God's call and became the greatest messenger for the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ since the Apostles.

"Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead". There was nobody like him!

His mission to bring millions around the globe closer to Christ is one of the major tenets of the faith and something that helps set evangelicalism apart from other religious branches and its Protestant origins. "A very special man" around 8 a.m. "A counselor to many US presidents - including those from Texas - he forever impacted the lives of everyday people around the world".

According to a December 8, 1969, article in The Tennessean, they first met on December 7 when Graham came to the Cash home in Hendersonville, Tenn., for Sunday dinner.

"While the critics came and went, Billy Graham never turned to the right or left, but kept his eye on the Cross", Huckabee said.

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Archbishop Charles Chaput, of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, said Graham's ministry inspired millions across denominational lines. "He took a considerable risk in doing that, but it is an experience I will always remember".

President George H.W. Bush invited him to pray at the White House in 1991 for guidance through the first long day of the Gulf War. Hearst was so impressed that he ordered his massive press machine to "puff up" the then young Christian evangelist Billy Graham.

Carter described Graham in a personal tribute as "broad-minded, forgiving, and humble in his treatment of others, he exemplified the life of Jesus Christ by constantly reaching out for opportunities to serve".

Graham spread his message of God's love to the world through his crusades in every major USA city and the world over, from Europe to Africa, Asia and South America. Personally I am profoundly grateful to God for the life and ministry of this good and faithful servant of the gospel; by his example he challenged all Christians to imitate how he lived and what he did.

"You do speak with such wonderful clarity and certainty", she tells him, later adding, "Above all things, I do think of myself as just a simple Christian". He would come to Maine to visit with Barbara and me, and he was a great sport. "We will miss our good friend forever". This honor is roughly equivalent to the Presidential Medal of Freedom from past administrations.

Graham looked ahead to the end of his life with enormous faith. He was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1989, felled by broken bones, bouts of hydrocephalous and rounds of pneumonia.

But Graham did take a stand on social issues such a race and poverty, said the Rev. K. Marshall Williams Sr., senior pastor of Nazarene Baptist Church in Philadelphia, one of 5,000 predominantly African American congregations affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention.

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