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21 Things You Don’t Know About Billy Graham by creative11(m): 9:43am On Feb 22, 2018
21 Things you don’t know about Billy Graham

Rev. Billy Graham, who rose to prominence in the 1940s as a charismatic orator with a heart for sharing his faith in Jesus Christ, was best known for his crusades that drew crowds that packed stadiums and other large venues for more than a generation.

Graham’s role as a spiritual advisor was well documented but what might not be well known was how much of an impact he truly had on modern political history.

With his death today at exactly 99 years, this piece portrays many things that you may not know about the famous preacher.

1. While his relationship with presidents has differed, Graham has met personally with a dozen American presidents — from Harry S. Truman to Barack Obama.

2. According to a CNN compilation on Graham’s life, the renowned preacher has spoken to more than 215 million people in more than 185 countries and territories.

3. At a Jackson, Mississippi, revival in 1952, Graham removed the ropes that separated black and white sections of his audience. When the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. rose to prominence, Graham became a close ally.

4. He had five children, all of whom have gone on to form of ministry. The oldest of the Grahams’ children is Virginia (1945), followed by Anne Morrow (1948), Ruth Bell (1950), William Franklin III (1952), and Nelson Edman (1958).

5. Case in point: He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In fact, Graham was the 1,000th person to have a star installed.

6. Other signs of his influence are, perhaps, best represented by the fact he received an honorary knighthood by Sir Christopher Meyer at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C., in 2001.

7. Graham also has been recognized frequently as one of the 10 most admired men in the world by the Gallup organization.

8. For example, he founded the long-running Christianity Today magazine — one of the most influential publications in the evangelical sphere.

9. Additionally, Graham served as president of Northwestern Bible College in St. Paul, Minnesota.

10. Graham’s life and legacy are also represented at the Billy Graham Library, a popular museum in Charlotte, N.C., near his hometown. The 40,000-square-foot library and museum opened its doors in 2007.

11. Billy Graham’s illnesses include fluid on the brain, prostate cancer, and Parkinson’s disease.

12. A recording of a 1972 conversation between Graham and President Nixon, in which they both make anti-Semitic remarks, is released. Graham later apologizes.

13. In 1983 – Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom

14. 1943-1945 – Takes over a Chicago radio program, “Songs in the Night”.

15. 1934 – Graham becomes “born again” after hearing an evangelist preach in Charlotte, North Carolina.

16. Graham has been listed by Gallup as one of the “Ten Most Admired Men in the World” more than 50 times.

17. June 24-26, 2005 – Graham leads “his last crusade” at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, New York, speaking to more than 230,000 people

18. May 31, 2007 – The Billy Graham Library and Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina, is dedicated. Former Presidents George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter attend.

19. August 2007 – Graham is hospitalized for 11 days to treat intestinal bleeding.

20. August 12, 2012 – Admitted to Mission Hospital in Asheville for treatment of a pulmonary infection believed to be bronchitis. He is released two days later.

21. On the 21st of February, he died at the age of 99 years.

Re: 21 Things You Don’t Know About Billy Graham by creative11(m): 9:43am On Feb 22, 2018
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Re: 21 Things You Don’t Know About Billy Graham by MichaelBukamzy(m): 9:46am On Feb 22, 2018
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Re: 21 Things You Don’t Know About Billy Graham by TheDigitalEvang: 10:36pm On Jul 18, 2021
Evangelist Billy Graham took Christ literally when He said in Mark 16:15, “Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature.”

Mr. Graham preached the Gospel to more people in live audiences than anyone else in history—nearly 215 million people in more than 185 countries and territories—through various meetings, including Mission World and Global Mission. Hundreds of millions more have been reached through television, video, film, and webcasts.

Beginning with the 1949 Los Angeles Crusade, which vaulted Mr. Graham into the public eye, he led hundreds of thousands of individuals to make personal decisions to live for Christ, the main thrust of his decades-long ministry.

Born November 7, 1918, four days before the Armistice ended World War I, Mr. Graham was reared on a dairy farm in Charlotte, N.C. Growing up during the Depression, he learned the value of hard work on the family farm, but he also found time to spend many hours in the hayloft reading books on a wide variety of subjects.

In the fall of 1934, at age 15, Mr. Graham made a personal commitment to Christ through the ministry of Mordecai Ham, a traveling evangelist, who visited Charlotte for a series of revival meetings.

Ordained in 1939 by Peniel Baptist Church in Palatka, Fla. (a church in the Southern Baptist Convention), Mr. Graham received a solid foundation in the Scriptures at Florida Bible Institute (now Trinity College of Florida). In 1943 he graduated from Wheaton College in Illinois and married fellow student Ruth McCue Bell, daughter of a missionary surgeon, who spent the first 17 years of her life in China.

After graduating from college, Mr. Graham pastored The Village Church of Western Springs (now Western Springs Baptist Church) in Western Springs, Ill., before joining Youth for Christ, an organization founded for ministry to youth and servicemen during World War II. He preached throughout the United States and in Europe in the immediate post war era, emerging as a rising young evangelist.

The Los Angeles Crusade in 1949 launched Mr. Graham into international prominence. Scheduled for three weeks, the meetings were extended to more than eight weeks, with overflow crowds filling a tent erected downtown each night.

Many of his subsequent early Crusades were similarly extended, including one in London that lasted 12 weeks, and a New York City Crusade in Madison Square Garden in 1957 that ran nightly for 16 weeks.

Today, Mr. Graham’s ministry is known around the globe. He preached in remote African villages and in the heart of New York City, and those to whom he ministered have ranged from heads of state to the simple living bushmen of Australia and the wandering tribes of Africa and the Middle East. Beginning in 1977, Mr. Graham was given the opportunity to conduct preaching missions in virtually every country of the former Eastern bloc, including the former Soviet Union.

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