Billy Graham was born on November 7, 1918 in Charlotte, North Carolina, and was raised on a family dairy, and was raised in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church by his parents and was of Scots-Irish descent. He became a follower of Christ at the age sixteen in 1934 at a revival meetings in Charlotte. He known as American evangelical Christian evangelist and ordained as a Southern Baptist minister.
Billy attended Bob Jones College located in Cleveland, Tennessee. At the time, he was heavily influenced and inspired by Pastor Charley Young from Eastport Bible Church. He was almost expelled, but Bob Jones Sr. warned him not to throw his life away: “At best, all you could amount to would to be a poor country Baptist preacher somewhere out in the sticks. In 1937 Graham transferred to the Florida Bible Institute in Temple Terrace, Florida, near Tampa. He preached his first sermon that year at Bostwick Baptist Church near Palatka, Florida, while still a student. He had a felt strong yearning by God to preach the Gospel and be Evangelist.
In 1939, Graham was ordained by a group of Southern Baptist clergymen at Peniel Baptist Church in Palatka, Florida. In 1943, Graham graduated from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois with a degree in anthropology.
While attending Wheaton College he had accepted the Bible as infallible word of God, and became pastor of the United Gospel Tabernacle also had other preaching engagements. He also served briefly First Baptist Church in Western Springs, Illinois. After few failed attempts radio ministry.
One night in 1938; however, while taking one of many nighttime walks around the golf course, Billy got down on his knees at the edge of one of the greens, prostrated himself before the Lord, and prayed, “O God, if You want me to serve You, I will.”
In 1947, at age 30, he was hired as president of Northwestern Bible College in Minneapolis – at the time, the youngest person to serve as a sitting president of any U.S. college or university.  Graham served as the president from 1948 to 1952.
He intended to become a chaplain in the armed forces, however contracted the mumps while recuperating he hired as full-time evangelist of the new Youth for Christ along with Charles Templeton.
In 1949 in Los Angeles, he erected circus tents in a parking lot where he became a national figure with heavy coverage from the wire services and national magazines and the rest history.
The message he brought was simple one Jesus died on the cross for our sins, and there was only two roads one was the road to hell the other was through Jesus Christ would lead. Billy felt he selling the greatest product in the world; “why shouldn’t it be promoted as well as soap.”
His message was preached to the great and small alike
Both the Protestant and the Catholic love him respected him
Billy Graham reached more than 210 million ever nation, tribe, people, and language preaching the gospel. He stated. “Racial or ethnic prejudice is a sin in the eyes of God, and no Christian should allow his or her heart to be filled with prejudice. God created [each race] and gave them their unique identity. God wants us to learn to accept each other and love each other.” As scripture declares
Furthermore states,” I would not call myself today a fundamentalist. I have changed. I fellowship with all groups who claim to know God. I have warmed 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.”
As Scripture declares, “God who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things. And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their pre appointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings…”
In 1988 from December one until four Billy Graham team had a Crusade Copps Coliseum roughly 100,00 people came
During that time I work three part time working at St Cuberts, Our Lady Lourdes as custodian and my brother Peter watering plants it low point in my life where God was stripping away some of my bad habits yet also reminding Jesus still loves me and purchases my sins. CS Lewis wrote,” We can ignore even pleasure. But, pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” Or I suggest to you that it is because God loves us that he gives us the gift of suffering. Pain is God’s megaphone to rouse a deaf world. You see, we are like blocks of stone out of which the Sculptor carves the forms of men. The blows of his chisel, which hurt us so much are what make us perfect.”
While working at Our Lady Lourdes several women who attended the church spoke highly of Dr Billy Graham and plan to attend the rally while others volunteer their services at rally. My sister in law who is a devout Catholic also spoke highly of him as well.
What in impress me was how many churches and local Christian organizations such as Navigator and One Hundred Huntley Street work along side Billy Graham team make this work.
The staffs spend a whole year training in area of counselling, security, and sing in the Choir another six months in follow ups they relied on the local churches to equip the saints. Much of the work did was behind the scene. At one, meeting made clear that needed million dollars for operating expensive And they did want to be in debt when leaving Hamilton. Much what learned help me further down the road such as prayer partner, memorizing scriptures underling scripture passage and circling words in the Bible.
In early 2000 with interview with Larry King and, Robert Schuller Billy appeared to have soften his view on the atoning work of Christ and seems to embrace universalism theology. When his son Franklin was concern and address this matter to his father, he assured him that Jesus is still the way only way to heaven and no other way he also repented. CS Lewis wrote, “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.”
Lastly Billy Graham stated,” I am not going to Heaven because I have preached to great crowds or read the Bible many times. I’m going to Heaven just like the thief on the cross who said in that last moment: ‘Lord, remember me.’
The GREAT Billy Graham is dead. There was nobody like him! He will be missed by Christians and all religions. A very special man. Donald J Trump
Billy Graham was a humble servant who prayed for so many – and who, with wisdom and grace, gave hope and guidance to generations of Americans. Barack Obama
George W. Bush stated “He has no political agenda. He has an agenda of the Lord.” In his book Decision Points.wrote. helped him overcome his struggle with alcoholism and helped him give up drinking in 1985 long before he took the oval office. :
Laura Bush stated, ” A great man, a humble servant, and a shepherd to millions has passed on. Billy Graham was a consequential leader. He had a powerful, captivating presence and a keen mind. He was full of kindness and grace. His love for Christ and his gentle soul helped open hearts to the Word, including mine