Billy Graham’s message to us

Eternal rest grant unto him, oh Lord.

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As you may know, Billy Graham left this world today at age 99 years. He died at 8 a.m. EST at his home in Montreat, North Carolina. A counselor to many famous and powerful men and women, his message was always the same, to everyone.

According to Reuters,

In a rare trip away from his home in his later years, Graham had celebrated his 95th birthday on Nov. 7, 2013, at a hotel in Asheville, North Carolina, where some 800 guests, including Republican politician Sarah Palin, business magnates Rupert Murdoch and Donald Trump and television hostess Kathie Lee Gifford paid tribute.

The celebration featured a video of a sermon that his son Franklin said was Graham’s last message to the nation. Graham had been working for a year on the video, which was aired on Fox News. In it, he said America was “in great need of a spiritual awakening.”

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  1. Pam says:

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    • Meatzilla says:

      Rejoice with tears of joy! Hallelujah!

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    • kensme says:

      “But the one who perseveres to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” Matt 24:14. Did Billy Graham fulfill this prophecy.

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    • Mayo says:

      “Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead—don’t you believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God.” – Rev. Billy Graham

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      • Carrie2 says:

        Mayo, and be sure there is room for all believers, especially if we try our best to be decent Christians. Nevertheless, the hateful media immediately started castigating him for how his children turned out but nothing about their repentance but blaming him for not being with them enough. Well, with my father working days and then extra jobs on weekends, we did not see much of him either, but we grew up to be good citizens and not criminals. No one is perfect and that is why God sent Jesus to help us find our way. Sickos just can’t stand it but they will some day and hopefully before it is too late for their entrance to heaven.

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      • Carrie2 says:

        Mayo, which is what I believe for me and many others. Moving up in the world of heaven is a most inviting thing to pray for.

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  2. Meatzilla says:

    Spiritual Warfare (Ephesians 6:10-20)

    10 Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.

    14 Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, 19 and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

    Once a Commanding General in God’s earthly Army….. he now humbly serves at God’s will in Heaven.

    Rest in peace, Reverend William Franklin Graham Jr.

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    • rick says:

      Meatzilla, simply wonderful. We are blessed by the Lord to have such men as Billy Graham. He encouraged me and to all people.

      Thank you for quoting the holy word of God.

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      • Carrie2 says:

        rick, and so much like our recovering Pope Benedict informing me of God’s love and our future. The current non-pope is just the opposite, but he can take that up with God when he passes away. We are not his judges but we also don’t have to like him.

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  3. Pam says:

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  4. PatriotGalNC says:

    “…Let Fate do her worst, there are relics of joy,
    Bright dreams of the past, which she cannot destroy;
    Which come in the night-time of sorrow and care,
    And bring back the features which joy used to wear.

    Long, long be my heart with such memories filled!
    Like the vase in which roses have once been distilled–
    You may break, you may shatter the vase, if you will…
    But the scent of the roses will hang ’round it still…” –Thomas Moore (1779-1852)

    Reverend Graham will be missed, but his words–endless prayers for all people will be forever..like the scent of the roses. One does not have to be Christian to appreciate his work. His works will go on in our hearts.

    Rest In Peace, dear man.

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  5. Ziiggii says:

    Somber day here in Charlotte… location of BGEA and Graham Library. It’s been wall to wall coverage on the local news all morning.

    See you soon Dr. Graham!

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  6. Timmy-the-Ute says:

    Billy Graham kept the Bible in the Bible Belt. I grew up watching his revivals.

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  7. BHliberty says:

    Very ironic Sundance as I was just listening to the speech Governor Palin made on the Rev. Billy Graham’s 95th birthday celebration. Always impactful and heartfelt, the Governor tells her own story on how she came to have a relationship with the Lord Jesus:

    Thank you for this!

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    • Ziiggii says:

      SD didn’t post this – Menagerie crossposted from Stella’s

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    • Carrie2 says:

      BHliberty, sorry that her mother didn’t really understand Catholicism because as a Catholic I was always connected to God and Jesus during my growing up years from 10 yrs. of age when I was sent, thank God, to a Catholic school and continued on thru Catholic high school and my first university and all with the greatest nuns and learned even more about relating to God and Jesus through them along with great priests in those days. To date I am still a Catholic and continue my path to heaven. I have friends in other faith beliefs and find they, too, are on the path to heaven. Billy was important, did great things, but even Palin has received filthy and lying remarks about her and her family. Well, adults have the right to choose what they want to do and follow and any missteps on their part is for them to handle and look to, not hers, nor mine nor yours, but the media sure needs a check up from the neck up.

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      • MTeresa says:

        I too am a practicing Catholic and have felt that connection to Jesus Christ. So I understand your comment Carrie2 that many misunderstand Catholics and their relationship with Jesus.

        Perhaps “her mother didn’t really understand Catholicism” – that’s certainly possible. In my own experience, I have Catholic family/friends who were treated very shabily by representatives of the Church (Priests, Nuns, etc) and turned, like Palin’s mother, to listen to other godly voices like the Reverend Graham and away from the RCC. Was their judgement fair? I’d have to walk in their shoes to try to answer. Did it make ME turn away? No because I understand that Priests/Nuns and other representatives of the RCC are human and make mistakes (sometimes, I daresay unlawful mistakes/choices). Their shortcomings will not keep me from my relationship with Christ within my beloved Church.

        I honestly didn’t get the impression from Mrs. Palin that she was trying to take away anything from the Catholic Church. Just that the Reverand’s message reverberated with many many people and that in itself……….spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ……..was a blessing to all.

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      • BHliberty says:

        Yes Carrie, I agree in that the media needs a reboot but I’m in no position to judge Sarah Palin’s mother on her religious background. Whatever her background though, she found Jesus Christ & shared it with her family! I’m so happy to hear you have maintained your faith & it sounds like you had super parents who cared enough to provide you with a moral grounding! Not to mention you were surrounded with fantastic teachers/nuns! Thanks for the post! May you always find blessings in the Lord!

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  8. Ziiggii says:

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  9. Ziiggii says:

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  10. kallibella says:

    Thank you, Sundance. This is a beautiful tribute to Rev. Graham. The video on Stella’s Place was so moving.

    America has been blessed by God in so many way, and having people like Billy Graham among us for so many years is a blessing. I agree with Billy Graham: We need a spiritual awakening.

    We need the Lord. We need to return to Him as our maximum moral authority. Throughout the last several decades we have, as a nation, wandered away from the Lord, from His Truth. Look where we are now!

    Not too long ago, in December of last year, another of God’s great teachers/preacher went to glory, R. C. Sproul. I am so glad that he left behind extensive writings and teachings about the Gospel.

    May the Lord raise up new evangelists to remind this nation of our great founding, and above all to remind us that we are lost without the grace of God and that apart from Him we have no hope.

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  11. wolfmoon1776 says:

    Try getting through THAT with a dry eye!

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  12. FofBW says:

    Thank you again Menagerie and Stella.

    How can anyone, regardless of their belief, not be moved when listening to Billy’s last msg to us……..but not the last word.

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  13. Blue Moon says:

    Rest in peace Billy Graham. You are where we all hope and pray we can be someday.

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  14. Have Gun Will Travel says:

    May God bless him, and welcome him. A person, and a great American

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    • rick says:

      The greatest American is the servant of God. America is a land which from the beginning was cultivated as a prosperous ground to grow a fervent fellowship with our Creator and our brother.

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  15. My husband made a decision for Christ at a rally held at Nickerson Field in Boston in 1982. Chuck Colson was the featured speaker that night.

    My mom would listen to him on the radio and I overheard enough of what he said that eventually I became interested in reading the Bible for myself.

    We will forever be grateful for his faithfulness in ministry.

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    • Carrie2 says:

      Shelley, and my Catholic faith found me teaching the Jerusalem Bible in both English and Spanish and that was more fantastic for me than the listeners. We have all the books missing in other bibles so you get the whole thing in translation from Aramaic, Jesus’s language to English. It was a gift to me and what a gift it was and is.

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  16. Coast says:

    Incredible man of faith and love. So absent in today’s world.

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  17. distracted2 says:

    Every couple of years or so, Reverend Graham held a crusade in my hometown of Oklahoma City when I was a teenager. My youth group took a couple of buses of kids to at least six. They lasted about four nights in a row and there was never an empty seat.

    God changed many lives during those crusades through Reverend Graham. It was one of those rare times when every person present could feel God’s amazing love. I’ll remember it always.

    Rest in peace, Reverend Graham and may God continue to bless your family.

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  18. StanH says:

    RIP Mr. Graham. You were and are an inspiration.

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  19. Lucille says:

    We never know the day or the hour. The closer we get to what normally is the end for us elders, our thoughts turn to many things…what to leave each member of the family…instructions on who to notify…accounts to cancel…friends to inform of the passing.

    Long before this finality, though, is the decision of what to do with our souls. Rev. Graham was faithful in relating what the Bible says about our souls, faithful in living out his beliefs, faithful to the Lord he loved. May each one of us seek and find the truth.

    “I’ll Fly Away” By Alan Jackson

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  20. Pam says:

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  21. alliwantissometruth says:

    RIP

    I’ve always told non-believers (when pressed into conversation) that was their right not to believe, but what is wrong with bringing up children to believe in a higher power, a higher entity, something other than themselves & something that represented the good & the moral?

    What is the harm in that? They can ultimately decide when they’re old enough

    You don’t need to be a believer to take something good out of God & use it to guide & nurture children

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    • Alligator Gar says:

      As I tell my students, you believe in something. You plug in your electronic device *believing* that they will have power. You *believe* that there is no God. All emotional responses. All beliefs. Some of us have been called to *believe* in our Creator God Who has revealed Himself to us in the Person of our Savior Jesus Christ.

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  22. Mindy Newman says:

    Reverend Graham, so much divine love was given to you and you gave to the Lord, and to all of us. Thank you.

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  23. rsanchez1990 says:

    Rest in peace Billy Graham. Kind words from the President and First Lady:

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  24. Guyver1 says:

    Had a hard day at work last night. Exhausted.
    But after only 3 hours of sleep, I was suddenly wide awake at about 8:00 AM.
    And I mean wide awake.
    Tossed around in bed for about half an hour, finally gave up and got up.
    And then as soon as I checked the news, I realized why I had waken up…
    I had not just woken up, I had been awakened.
    Reverend Graham was truly a man of God.
    He is now home. Rest in peace, Reverend Graham. We will see you again, at the proper time.
    Lux æterna (Eternal Light):

    Lux æterna luceat eis, Domine:
    Cum Sanctis tuis in æternum:
    quia pius es.
    Requiem æternam dona eis, Domine:
    et lux perpetua luceat eis.
    Cum Sanctis tuis in æternum:
    quia pius es.

    May light eternal shine upon them, O Lord,
    with Thy Saints for evermore:
    for Thou art gracious.
    Eternal rest give to them, O Lord,
    and let perpetual light shine upon them:
    With Thy Saints for evermore,
    for Thou art gracious.

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  25. Alligator Gar says:

    General Graham, a Commander of the Church Militant, has been promoted by King Jesus to a position at Headquarters in the Church Triumphant.

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  26. Mr. T. says:

    Thank You, Rev. Graham for all the good things you have done here on earth. As you begin your new life in The House Of Our Lord, please shine some divine light and wisdom down on those whose only agenda, is to undue the good works of Our Lord. Amen.

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  27. Joe Blow says:

    A truly great man of God. May his reward in heaven be even more so.

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  28. Publius2016 says:

    We gather not to bury but to praise remember and rejoice!

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  29. Binkser1 says:

    What a truly great and faithful servant of the Lord!! Thank you, Rev. Graham for all you have done to save the lost. Although sad to hear of his passing, I rejoice because he is receiving his just rewards in Heaven. Enjoy all those crowns, Reverend Graham!!!

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  30. Bitcoin & Stock Market Timing says:

    This man’s sermons shake my soul every time I hear his message about Christ Jesus’ as the Truth, the Way, & the Life… 1 John 4:10

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  31. NC Nana says:

    Thank you Heavenly Father for the work of Billy Graham.

    Billy Graham was not only a great preacher but a great leader too. In the 80’s we had a chance to work at one of his crusades at Anaheim Stadium in Southern California. Members of his organization came to our church several weeks (maybe months? ) before the crusade to train people to provide support to people going forward in response to the alter call.

    Every row had at least one volunteer at each end of each row. We were trained to lead a person to the stadium field during the alter call and to stay with them during their faith prayer of salvation as it was led by Billy Graham.

    It was a wonderful, memorable experience. Today as I look at news pictures from his crusades it gives a warm feeling to know that he allowed so many to be a part of that great awakening. Billy Graham was a great preacher. Well done. Hallelujah!

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    • Carolina Kat says:

      I also worked with the Crusade before it came to Denver back in 1986. Six months in advance prayer groups were established in neighborhoods all over Denver to pray for those who would work with us, those who would come forward, and those who would help the young Christians to grow. We prayed for eyes to be opened, and hearts to be healed. During this work I made friends that would sustain me through very difficult times – God’s tender mercy was a great reward in life, too. I learned that preparation through prayer is one key to success in any of life’s endeavors. Billy Graham taught me that. He also taught me that God sends His angels to us through our work for Him.

      Billy Graham’s message was not just to those whose heart’s were softened to hear the Word of God, but also to those who worked in the vineyard that the harvest would be sweet and good.

      Thank you God for the wonderful and comforting soldier of faith you sent us to teach us well. As you welcome him home, please say thank you from me for the gifts he brought into my life through You.

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  32. Sandra-VA says:

    A great man who changed the hearts and saved the souls of many who heard his voice.

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  33. Kaco says:

    God Bless Billy Graham, a wonderful servant of God who brought so many to Christ.

    My family and I always watched his crusades, and have his books, I know my oldest brother wrote to him before he died back in ’81 and he replied back. He touched us all so deeply spreading the gospel of Christ. A true man of God. At our last church’s worship service we sang “Just as I Am” which always reminds of of Reverend Graham’s crusades when he called on people to come forward to accept Christ. I know he lived a full and giving life, and that he was not well these later years, but I can’t help crying today for the loss for this country and also for the thankfulness of God blessing us with the works of this man to spread God’s word. I also pray for a spiritual awakening across this country. We will miss him greatly but I know he has a great reward in Heaven awaiting him. Thank you to Reverend Graham for helping us all.

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  34. cdnintx says:

    2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Can you imagine the rejoicing this morning in Heaven when Rev. Graham was received by his Lord and Savior? Perhaps Rev. Graham Earthly battle was done but he has been called home to help in the Heavenly battle going on.

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  35. GrandpaM says:

    Rest in Peace, Rev. Graham.

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  36. Bull Durham says:

    When I was a child, attending Catholic School, K-12, we were warned never to go to his rallies, never to listen to him.

    Being the outlaw that I am, thinking for myself, I wondered why the warning?
    He preached Jesus Christ from the Bible. What was the scare to the Church teachings?

    As he became a force for Christianity, the dissonance seemed incredible. He was a giant threat. But I never could perceive what threat.

    And who did we, the Roman Catholics have as exemplars?
    Pope Pius XII, who cavorted with the Nazis and fascists, turned away the Jews when they were in need.

    Cardinal Spellman, a transvestite and abuser of altar boys.

    There was Bishop Sheen, but he was a devotee of Mary, his theology very narrow. But he was a star on TV.(His eyes bothered me. I wouldn’t go near the guy, I thought.)

    There was no one the Church had who mattered.

    And all the while, as we have found out, the priests were molesting girls and boys.
    The Cardinals bankrupted their dioceses paying out coverup money.
    The exemplary Catholic School system is destroyed nationwide because there was no money to run them.
    The good nuns were abandoned without payment and no pensions.

    And I see the 60 years of Billy Graham’s life and work to compare with.

    I was right when I was seven years old. The man was doing the work of a disciple. He was clean. He was generous. He was charitable. He saved souls and mended lives. Atop all his religious work, he was a great American. He possessed wisdom good enough for every President.

    God blessed America with Billy Graham. A saint in heaven today.

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    • Lepanto says:

      Bull, I always enjoy reading your posts. But with all due respect this one seems a bit off the mark. Would Mr. Graham want disparaging remarks about others within an intended tribute to him?

      Some of what you say might be true, but also might better be said elsewhere, and not about his friend. Indeed, Mr. Graham himself recalls meeting Archbishop Sheen: ‘One night on a train from Washington to New York,’ he wrote, ‘I was just drifting off to sleep when a knock came on my apartment door. I was too tired to answer it. In daytime I would have happily obliged, but this was the middle of the night. The knocker persisted. I finally unlocked the compartment door and opened it a crack. There, greeting me, was one of the most familiar faces in America, not just to Roman Catholics, but to everyone else. It was Bishop Sheen.
      “Billy, I know it is late, but may I come in for a chat and a prayer?” I was in my pyjamas, but I was delighted to see him and invited him in. We talked about our ministries and our common commitment to evangelism, and I told him how grateful I was for his ministry and his focus on Christ. We talked further and we prayed; and by the time he left I felt as if I had known him all my life. We became good friends.’

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      • oldschool64 says:

        Thanks for mentioning Bishop Sheen. My late grandmother was probably the most devout Catholic in the history of the Church(only the slightest exaggeration). She practiced every tenet of the Faith, stuff I bet today’s Catholic clergy haven’t even heard of!

        Well, I can tell you, she absolutely ADORED Billy Graham(and Bishop Sheen as well)! She encouraged members of our family to listen to his revivals when ever we could. She often said that she wished our local priests could preach like Billy.

        Kinda cool to know that this day she gets to meet him in Paradise!

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        • Oldschool
          SPOT ON! I don’t recall EVER been told to “not go to a Billy Graham Crusade”. And it IS those very tenets of the Faith that helped bring me back home in 2006.

          And “yes”, I even read several Rev. Billy Graham books while in the process of returning. I even have an autographed copy of his “Angels Angels Angels”

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    • Menagerie says:

      There is always one disgusting person who can’t resist trying to ruin a thoughtful, prayerful, grateful tribute to a fine man with anger and incorrect accusations.

      I feel sorry for you. Did you add anything here? Did you make anyone feel better about Reverend Graham? No, such a life as his needs nothing added.

      But you look pathetic.

      Read up on Pius XII.

      And if you post again on this thread I will moderate you.

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    • stella says:

      In the task of bringing people to Christ, all hands are welcome. As humans, they (and we) are all flawed and sinful. If Bishop Sheen or his fellow priests were able to bring even one soul to Christ (and I am certain that they did), then their ministry was worthwhile. Billy Graham may have had doctrinal disagreements with other men of faith, but I am sure that he welcomed the fellowship.

      Today on this day of the loss of a good man, let’s concentrate on the positive, not the faults and sins of SOME members of the clergy.

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    • Mr. T. says:

      Bull, as someone who was raised as a Catholic, baptized in the Catholic Church, as well as having my first Holy Communion and Confirmation in the church, I can honestly say that some of the things you stated about the Catholic church aren’t true.

      I have a cousin who is a retired nun, who not only receives a small pension, but lives in a convent for retired nuns. While many churches have endured financial hardships because of scandals, they are still around today. Some parish churches and schools were closed, mostly due to the decline of people in that area.

      Today, many Catholic parochial schools have waiting lists for enrollment. It’s a well known fact, that students receive a much better education in many of those parochial schools. I have another cousin who recently retired as a teacher for a parochial school. That school is but one of many parochial schools who offer a quality education. My cousin is currently substituting for several public school districts, and has stated that while many of those schools have some good teachers, they are teaching far left liberal garbage. My cousin won’t be back next year to sub in public schools because of that. It’s rather apparent that many public school districts, prefer to indoctrinate instead of educating, one of the big reasons for why we have so many young snowflakes in our country who are absolutely clueless about life.

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  37. hoghead says:

    It is often said “you can’t take it with you”. Not true.

    This man of God is taking lots of souls with him…all those who responded to the Holy Spirit’s call through Rev. Graham and repented and turned away from the destruction we all deserve. The Rev. Mr. Graham is taking plenty with him!

    Godspeed, sir!

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  38. Rip Tide says:

    I would have to say that Billy Graham walked with God as much as anyone has in our lifetimes. Look at the ministry and impact he had worldwide! You will be missed in this world Mr. Graham, but you are really HOME now. I look forward to the day when I can meet you in heaven, praising and worshiping our Savior together. Thank you for being a shining example of Christianity, and modeling that for us through your preaching. Blessings to everyone,
    Rip

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  39. Sylvia Avery says:

    What a blessing this man has been to this world, our nation, and my family. My father accepted Christ after hearing Reverend Graham. His rallies were always on the TV in our household when we were growing up. His guidance was always on point and delivered with the certainty and power of truth.

    I admit to feeling a bit of personal sadness that Reverend Graham has left us, but I know that is my own worldly selfish heart. I am so glad for him that he gets to be with his Lord and Savior free from the cares of this world, and I hope my parents get to greet him and thank him for his faith and guidance.

    The US would sure benefit from being blessed with a faith leader like this again. The need is eternal.

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  40. NJF says:

    RIP. He was an example to all regardless of faith.

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  41. Rynn69 says:

    RIP Billy Graham and our prayers and thoughts go out to Franklin and your beautiful family.

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  42. boogywstew says:

    I lived in Fairview NC in the 90’s, not too far from Black Mountain which is where Billy Grahm lived. I met folks that worked in the Graham house and on their property and dealt with them in all aspects of life and I never heard any disparaging comments about the Grahams, ever, but I sure heard tons of complimentary comments from people from all walks of life and from all sides of the political spectrum. I heard from numerous long time residents that Ruth, Billy Graham’s wife, rode a motor scooter, or motorcycle, across the countryside wheeling and dealing in purchases of old barns for building materials which makes her ultra cool in my book. My lifelong love of motorcycles did not prejudice my opinion.

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  43. treehouseron says:

    He was a fascinating guy. An interesting story involving him and Jim Bakker hasn’t been mentioned today that I’ve noticed, so I’ll kind of summarize it… I live in Charlotte right down the road from where Jim Bakker had his PTL ministry and of course Billy Graham’s library is here as well.

    So back in the 80’s, they were going to widen a road or something and destroy the house that Billy Graham lived in for awhile as a kid. This news got to Jim Bakker who had basically turned Heritage USA into kind of a theme park… so he really wanted this house to be on the property.

    So he put together a group of people who bought the house for $1 (I believe), and then slowly disassembled the house, brick by brick, and moved it 20 miles or so to Fort Mill, SC and rebuilt it, painstakenly, on the property of Heritage USA. It was just after you drove in the front entrance, on the left. It took years.

    The one elderly gentleman who was in charge of the project, passed away during the reconstruction. He asked, and was granted, permission to be buried behind the house.

    ————————————–

    So years later, Jim Bakker has his fall, the whole place goes to crap and the house is just sitting there. Eventually, the Graham library had it moved at great expense to the new library location on the property there. The gentleman’s grave is still located at Heritage USA behind where the house stood!

    —————————————

    In his book, Bakker told about what happened after he got out of prison. He claims (I never saw it but didn’t look for it) that shortly after getting out of prison, Franklin Graham called him and told him he was going to come pick him up, Billy and his wife wanted him to attend service with them. He protested, and said he thought it was a bad idea and would look bad, but they went through with it.

    So after he got to the venue, they sat him right on the front row, right beside Mrs. Graham! He couldn’t believe it. She told him, “You were our friend before you went to Prison, and you’re still our friend now that you’re out of Prison.”

    Not one ounce of Fake in anybody with the last name Graham, apparently.

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  44. Sorry to hear about your personal experience but such a statement sounds like a blanket covering all such Catholic schools and diocese. Sorry, but that is way off the mark if it is.

    I can attest from personal experience about the cover ups that happen in non-denominational as well as other denominational churches that FAR exceed what has happened in the Catholic Church. They just don’t get the national press and television coverage time because they don’t have the money that the Catholic Church does nor the notoriety.

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  45. bo3441 says:

    May I humbly and respectfully request the owners and moderators of The Conservative Treehouse to place this video of Dr. Graham’s last message as a permanent place in the ‘Open Thread’ directly underneath the picture of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier?

    How could any soul view that video and not be moved?….not be changed?

    May Eternal Joy be yours Dr. Graham and God’s peace to your family.

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  46. M says:

    End of a truly great era of American life.

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  48. A2 says:

    So many tributes to Rev Graham pouring in from all parts of the world. I believe the Queen had a special relationship with that exceptional man, with Christ.

    “The Queen will send her condolences to the family of American evangelist Billy Graham, who has died aged 99.

    The preacher met the Queen while visiting the UK during his missionary work, and she awarded him an honorary knighthood in 2001.

    A Buckingham Palace spokesman confirmed the Queen will be sending a private message of condolence to Graham’s family, including his son and fellow evangelist Franklin Graham.

    The Archbishop of Canterbury said Graham was an example to Christians worldwide and had “few equals”.

    Read more at https://www.expressandstar.com/news/uk-news/2018/02/21/queen-sends-condolences-to-family-of-evangelist-billy-graham/#pQJ8cRuhkygdqczf.99

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  49. I did not know that Billy Graham suffered excruciating pain in last years….

    “Billy had neutral pressure hydrocephalus, which fill the vacuals of the brain with fluid and creates enormous pressure in the cranium. It makes for unbelievable pain and for the corruption of body movement, destroying the spinal cord etc. Almost zero treatment. He himself said that it was the most horrible disease any human being can have….Usually, people die of this right away. He lived on and on. That’s a lot of pain….In other words, he went through hell and still insisted that Jesus loves us so very much. That’s a lot of faith”

    The above excerpt is from the following tribute:
    https://ariseletusbegoing.com/2018/02/21/billy-graham-rip-99-jesus-loves-us/

    RIP, Billy Graham, you have suffered through your Calvary, and now, may you experience the joyful resurrection, and be forever with Him, Whom you so faithfully followed and proclaimed.

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