Throughout his life, Graham preached the gospel of Jesus Christ to some 215 million people who attended one of his more than 400 crusades, simulcasts and evangelistic rallies in more than 185 countries and territories.
While his health had changed during the interim years, Graham's essential message of salvation through Jesus Christ hadn't. In 2003, the association was moved to North Carolina to be based in Charlotte, Rev.
The following weekend, Brown flew to Montreat, North Carolina, where he not only was a guest of Graham and his wife - also named Ruth - in their mountain home, he performed an hour-long acoustic concert for the couple in that lovely but cozy cabin.
"Frail and tentative, the 87-year-old Graham shuffled behind a walker toward the pulpit set at one end of the New Orleans Arena as a crowd his organization estimated at 16,300 stood in a sustained roar of applause". In recent years, he also suffered from cancer, pneumonia and other ailments. More than anyone else in his day, Moody, the rough-hewn shoe salesman turned evangelist, had motivated Christians on both sides of the Atlantic for the work of evangelism. Though he was entirely respectful of the church, he blasted through its walls, reaching millions of people in his crusades and in his writings, who may not have ever entered a sanctuary.
A Catholic bishop in North Carolina - and a fellow Charlotte native - said Rev.
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Rev. Graham made common cause with popes later in his life on matters of morality, but in August 1960, he played a role - though behind the scenes - in the efforts of a group of Protestant ministers, a lot of them Baptists, to oppose on religious grounds the election of the Catholic Democratic nominee, John F. Kennedy. May the Father of mercies now receive Dr. Graham led with love. "The whole House sends its condolences to the Graham family at this time of loss". Graham's break-through crusade was held in 1949 under a large tent in Los Angeles. That same year, then-Msgr.
"I feel there is a great outpouring of the holy spirit behind bars at this time", said Clifford Bowman.
John Paul II are seen at the Vatican in 1990. For almost 50 years, Graham was the closest we had to a national preacher and pastor. "May he now rest in peace". Graham from that same meeting in St. Louis. At noon, there will be a private funeral service at the Billy Graham Library. He talked J.C. with everyone from the gangster Mickey Cohen to the self-described "C-plus Christian" Johnny Cash, an ardent friend of Graham's. He was always speaking about Christ and always speaking about who he is. We can celebrate what God has done in and through that faithful life and thank the Lord for the anointed witness he was. Graham is a figure of the post-World War II era, a time of optimism and a time of Christendom, when Christian values were predominant in public discourse. "I'm saddened. Not many like him left".
Graham passed away Wednesday morning at the age of 99.
On Thursday, Gigi greeted people who gathered at the Cove to remember her father. "(I) came to appreciate even more the tremendous role he played in the American evangelical movement". No one came to the door and I suspect that Shea and his wife didn't make a practice of opening their door to strangers.