Pastor Thad Gifford is the founding and lead pastor of the Crossroads Community Church, 2343 U.S. Route 42, London, one mile west of Kirkwood Cemetery.
I have revered and respected Billy Graham my entire life, from the time my mama sat me down on the linoleum rug of our living room, in front of the tiny space heater that provided warmth for our little mill house and made me watch the young preacher sermonize on our little black and white television set.
CP VOICES do not necessarily reflect the views of The Christian Post. The Graham family requested no upgrades to the plywood casket, only a few modifications to allow the casket to be transported easily.
To the end, his family said, he saw his North Carolina heritage as an essential part of who he was.
He seemed to answer all such calls not with the pomp and arrogance of a man of great power, of great influence, a man who had the ears of presidents and queens, but as a humble man, a compassionate man, a man of God who had a remarkable human touch.
Turns out, the idiom "feet of clay" was coined for people like Billy Graham and others who are revered but who are not flawless. "A very special man". No one is, of course, but we like for our heroes to be as flawless as possible. "Absolutely not. But they loved and served a ideal God".
Both Graham and King were certainly champions for Christianity.
The one time he spoke publicly was December 9, 1982, at Evangel University (then-College) for a special convocation in its new campus chapel. How do you feel about the way that he's being depicted? And then he said, Ive been asked How do you feel when you stand up to preach? Do you feel that's being taken away? He began by quoting Paul's letter to the Corinthians: "Make no mistake: no fornicator or idolator, none who are guilty either of adultery or of homosexual perversion ... will possess the kingdom of God" (1 Corinthians 6:9). He did what most of his contemporaries could not do, which even so many people forgot. It was not his pitch.
"Franklin's evolution is illustration of the way in which the religious culture changed between his father and himself", Leonard said. "What was the force and the strength of the twentieth-century civil rights movement? Son God. Holy Spirit God".
After next week, Cooper said he will give the book to the Graham family. "I know not how to aid you, save in the assurance of one of mature age, and much severe experience, that you cannot fail, if you resolutely determine, that you will not" (his italics).
DeMoss said Graham spent his final months in and out of consciousness.
DeMoss says invitations will be extended to President Donald Trump and former presidents. I thank God for it, and for all He has given me in this life. When the transcripts of the Oval Office conversations in the wake of Watergate were released, he said: 'The thing that surprised and shook me most was the vulgar language he used.
It can not be doubted that his well-established sense of integrity and personal humility were traits that model for us today the gentle, yet passionate spirit of one called of God.