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Graham, America's most famous preacher, turns 93
WRAL ^ | November 6, 2011 | TOM BREEN

Posted on 11/06/2011 5:17:25 PM PST by NCjim

RALEIGH, North Carolina — For the Rev. Billy Graham, America's most famous evangelist across a career that lasted some six decades, the prospect of old age and death was for a long time something he tried not to think about, despite his convictions about the eternity that awaits human beings.

"I fought growing old in every way," Graham, who turns 93 on Monday, writes in the newly-published "Nearing Home," a book that ranges from Scripture quotations about the end of life to basic advice on financial planning. "I faithfully exercised and was careful to pace myself as I began to feel the grasp of Old Man Time. This was not a transition that I welcomed, and I began to dread what I knew would follow."

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: billygraham; graham
May God bless you, Billy Graham, for all you have done and all that you stand for.
1 posted on 11/06/2011 5:17:28 PM PST by NCjim
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To: NCjim

I though he died in the ‘90’s.


2 posted on 11/06/2011 5:18:24 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (Hail to the Thief)
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To: NCjim

Read “Unbroken” by Laura Hellinbrand. He meant a lot to Louis Zamporini whose story needs to be heard.


3 posted on 11/06/2011 5:22:38 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: NCjim

What an amazing journey this man has had.


4 posted on 11/06/2011 5:24:03 PM PST by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: NCjim

I have the utmost respect for Dr. Graham, but was somewhat surprised that someone with that amount of faith, and that at age would dread death that badly.


5 posted on 11/06/2011 5:27:23 PM PST by catfish1957 (A politican with a heart usually means they have one hand in our pocketbooks!!!)
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To: NCjim
Rev. Graham has spoken before more people than any person in history. He is just a wonderful man and a devoted follower of Jesus Christ.
6 posted on 11/06/2011 5:34:29 PM PST by libertymaker
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To: NCjim

He preached basically the same sermon all his life. Ye people still came to hear him preach.


7 posted on 11/06/2011 5:35:47 PM PST by ThomasThomas ( If you can't laugh at your self, I will for you.)
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To: catfish1957
I have the utmost respect for Dr. Graham, but was somewhat surprised that someone with that amount of faith, and that at age would dread death that badly.

He may fear dying more than fearing death. Dying is scary to me but not being dead.

8 posted on 11/06/2011 5:41:48 PM PST by Graybeard58 (Of course Obama loves his country but Herman Cain loves mine.)
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To: catfish1957
I have the utmost respect for Dr. Graham, but was somewhat surprised that someone with that amount of faith, and that at age would dread death that badly.

I had the same thought. I watched my dad go through brain cancer and he embraced Christ and died with the knowledge that he was forgiven.

We were never a church-going family, but were brought up with Christian principles and we pray to Him and try to follow his Commandments.

My father was at peace when he died.

9 posted on 11/06/2011 5:51:27 PM PST by mplsconservative (Impeach Obama Now!)
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To: ThomasThomas

He preached the same sermon because there is only one message: without Christ we are lost and dstined for hell. What other sermon is there??


10 posted on 11/06/2011 5:54:06 PM PST by Outlaw Woman (Hello, Hello...Remember me... I'm everything you can't control...)
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To: mplsconservative

Graham did a great deal by simply avoiding scandal, sticking to his primary work (evangelism),
and being accountable with money.

(would that others had followed this pattern...)


11 posted on 11/06/2011 5:55:36 PM PST by CondorFlight (I)
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To: NCjim

Happy Birthday Rev. Graham!


12 posted on 11/06/2011 5:59:37 PM PST by South40 (To Tear Down Herman Cain is to aid Mitt Romney)
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To: NCjim
Here's one of the things Billy Graham chose to tell the world about Bill and Hillary Clinton, who he had sitting on-stage next to him as he preached about a Savior their lives show no hint of having embraced:

"They're a great couple," he said. "I told an audience that I felt when he left the presidency he should be an evangelist because he has all the gifts and he'd leave his wife to run the country."


13 posted on 11/06/2011 6:02:12 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: catfish1957

He has Parkinsen disease. It is not a pretty disease.


14 posted on 11/06/2011 6:08:01 PM PST by johngrace (1 John 4!- declared at every Sunday Mass.)
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To: Revolting cat!

That’s a little vomit inducing. I hope, a little bit, that he had some sort of dementia when he said that.


15 posted on 11/06/2011 6:09:09 PM PST by mplsconservative (Impeach Obama Now!)
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To: CondorFlight

That is a good thing. I remember my grandparents watching the Reverend Graham back in the 60’s. What a walk down memory lane. That and Lawrence Welk, gosh I’m old!


16 posted on 11/06/2011 6:17:45 PM PST by mplsconservative (Impeach Obama Now!)
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To: mplsconservative

I can remember when people in Black Mountain N.C. said his Son Franklin was pretty wild.

Interestingly he turned out more conservative than his Father.


17 posted on 11/06/2011 6:20:29 PM PST by yarddog
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To: libertymaker

I was lucky to go to the same college that he did -
Wheaton College. I was there after he was a student, but he returned every so often, and I worked with his sister-in-law on the school magazine. I have the greatest for him. He was the same in person as people saw him on T V.


18 posted on 11/06/2011 6:39:35 PM PST by MondoQueen
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To: MondoQueen

I missed a very important word in that last sentence. It should have said that I had the greatest respect for him.


19 posted on 11/06/2011 6:41:52 PM PST by MondoQueen
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To: NCjim

I met him about 20 years ago. Great sense of humor.


20 posted on 11/06/2011 6:43:05 PM PST by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead.)
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To: Free Vulcan

I went to one of his revivals when I was a young girl. He was so impressive. I always remembered that event. We went with a church group to see him.


21 posted on 11/06/2011 6:59:07 PM PST by flaglady47 (When the gov't fears the people, liberty; When the people fear the gov't, tyranny.)
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To: CondorFlight

“Graham did a great deal by simply avoiding scandal, sticking to his primary work (evangelism),
and being accountable with money.

(would that others had followed this pattern...)”

Amen to that!


22 posted on 11/06/2011 7:08:09 PM PST by lquist1
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To: MondoQueen

I was lucky to go to the same college that he did -
Wheaton College. I was there after he was a student, but he returned every so often, and I worked with his sister-in-law on the school magazine. I have the greatest for him. He was the same in person as people saw him on T V.

Isn’t there some story about him turning sheep loose in one
of the buildings for a prank?


23 posted on 11/06/2011 7:34:35 PM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: NCjim

Happy Birthday, Mr. Graham!

I remember attending one of his crusades held at the Astrodome when I was about 8-9. Our church had gotten a group to attend and some had actually volunteered for the event.

I made an impact on many around us that night. As the offering plate was passed down our row and the person next to me handed it over I didn’t get a firm grasp on the plate, and I dropped it. It loudly banged against the cement floor and change went everywhere. My poor mother got on her knees in the dark looking for the money to try to put it back into the offering plate.


24 posted on 11/06/2011 7:39:33 PM PST by Texas56
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To: NCjim

I will be praying for his pain to be relieved. What a great Christian. He never had a scandal. He always had a chaperone when woman were around in the ministry.


25 posted on 11/06/2011 8:52:30 PM PST by johngrace (1 John 4!- declared at every Sunday Mass.)
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To: libertymaker

I think Pope John Paul II spoke to ten times the amount of people that Mr. Graham has hosted. A million here, a million there: that’s two weeks worth of his pontificate.


26 posted on 11/06/2011 9:00:05 PM PST by Falconspeed ("Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others." Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94))
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To: Falconspeed

I found an interesting statement on Wiki: “According to his staff, more than 3.2 million people have responded to the invitation at Billy Graham Crusades to accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.” Awesome. I bet Mr. Graham doubled that number to 6.4 million (which is the size of JP II’s audience in Manila on 15 January 1995).


27 posted on 11/06/2011 9:06:48 PM PST by Falconspeed ("Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others." Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94))
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To: Falconspeed

And what did he preach?


28 posted on 11/06/2011 9:53:04 PM PST by Bellflower (Judas Iscariot, first democrat, robber, held the money bag, claimed to care for poor: John 12:4-6)
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To: mplsconservative

No dementia, just a lot of grace. Eph. 4:26


29 posted on 11/06/2011 10:06:22 PM PST by Wallop the Cat
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Oops. I meant Eph. 4:32


30 posted on 11/06/2011 10:08:58 PM PST by Wallop the Cat
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