A Minnesota pastor reflects on Billy Graham's legacy

A Minnesota pastor reflects on Billy Graham's legacy

MONTREAT, N.C.-Evangelist Billy Graham passed away this morning at 7:46 a.m.at his home in Montreat.

'When it comes to spiritual things, my wife has had the greatest influence on my ministry, ' Graham said of Bell, who died in June 2007. His autobiography, "Just As I Am", appeared simultaneously on the three top best-seller lists in one week.

While he tended to steer clear of endorsing candidates, he ended up becoming close friends with a number of presidents, in particular Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon.

Abbott ordered all Texas flags to be lowered to half-staff when Graham is buried, which is to be determined by the Graham family.

Host Mike Collins is joined by religion writers and experts to talk about the life and legacy of Reverend Billy Graham. "I have warm friends among Jewish leaders and Catholic leaders and the various Protestant denominations that in the earlier years of my ministry, I thought I was a heretic or something if I went out of my way to greet them". We send out deepest condolences to the Graham family.

"And the fact is, that's what he preached, is that there is life beyond this one because of Jesus Christ and his message never wavered from that", he continued.

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"And the Queen has a very solid traditional Christian faith, and so what you see in this series, you know that Billy Graham came to Britain on his "Crusades" - not a word you could use these days - and they gave over hours of radio time". There was nobody like him!

During the week of his 95th birthday in 2013, Graham delivered his final message via more than 480 television stations across the US and Canada.

"Rep. Diane Black tweeted Wednesday the" world lost a champion of the Gospel".

At a time of racial segregation in the US, Graham said he would not speak before segregated audiences in the 1950s, and often spoke of the need for inclusion.

"Billy Graham was one of the kindest and most authentic men I ever met".

Archbishop Charles Chaput, of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, said Graham's ministry inspired millions across denominational lines.

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A local pastor says he attended a Graham crusade in the 70s as well.

His message and service to United States presidents from Dwight Eisenhower to George W Bush earned him the nickname "America's Pastor". Truman was upset the next day when he saw a photo in which Graham had posed kneeling in prayer on the White House lawn and read that Graham had discussed their conversation with reporters.

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".

Remembering his encounter with Rev. Billy Graham, Dr. Ryken remarked on how the world famous evangelist always pointed to his time at Wheaton College. His faith in Christ and his totally honest evangelical spirit inspired people across the country and around the world.

I was visiting with his son Franklin a few months ago, and I asked him how his dad was doing. He would come to Maine to visit with Barbara and me, and he was a great sport.

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