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Sherwood Pastor reflects on passing of Billy Graham

23 February 2018, 02:04 | Bernice Figueroa

Evangelist Billy Graham marched with Rev. Martin Luther King at Selma

Evangelist Billy Graham marched with Rev. Martin Luther King at Selma

"As a lifelong Baptist, Billy Graham was part of my family".

He had better luck with Truman's successor, Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower.

"He covenanted then to never ride alone in a vehicle with a woman who wasn't his wife", Barrows recalled of Graham.

Over the course of his career, he was consulted by presidents Dwight Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy.

"In the 1960s and 1970s, some people tried to persuade him to run to be a North Carolina senator, and some others wanted him to try to be president", Deryl Graham said. "When I face Him I want Him to say to me, 'Well done, thy good and faithful servant.' I'm not sure I'm going to hear it, but that's what I would like to hear".

President Reagan presenting Presidential Medal of Freedom to Bill Graham in 1983.

Graham's relationship with Nixon was complex and ultimately painful. "He really valued people and knew how God valued people", Shively said. "I'm just promoting the Gospel".

As executive director of the center at Wheaton College named after Graham, I am cognizant of carrying on his legacy, of pointing people to Jesus.

In a world in which troubled young men go into schools and gun down innocents, when loud mouths spew hate and some assassinate for a flawed cause, preserving love for one another might be our last hope for preservation.

Billy Graham preached a true Biblical gospel, but he never used abstract, rather he addressed important questions of the day and current events. He urged President Gerald Ford to pardon Nixon and supported Jimmy Carter on the SALT disarmament treaty with the Soviet Union. "We're not supposed to divide people". "In some ways, he became even more political".

Garcia was lucky, he said, to experience that evangelism in person twice, the first time at a crusade in the Los Angeles Coliseum and again in
the 1970s in the (now-
demolished) Seattle Kingdome.

He was close to Richard Nixon and George H.W. Bush, and President George W. Bush has credited a talk he had with Graham in the 1980s with inspiring his faith in God and helping him quit drinking. The two went for a walk that launched Bush's rejection of alcohol and embrace of Christianity.

But I feel like a regular Billy Graham when I start talkin' bout my Jesus, and all that he's done for me. "He made it his life verse", Graham added.

It will lie in repose Monday and Tuesday in the Charlotte house where Graham grew up, which was moved from its original location to the grounds of the Graham library.

On Graham's 94th birthday in 2012, Billy's daughter Anne Graham Lotz invited Ortega to the Graham home in Montreat, North Carolina, to join a low-key celebration.

His death was confirmed by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, the religious organization headed by his son.

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