People pay final respects to Reverend Billy Graham

People pay final respects to Reverend Billy Graham

People pay final respects to Reverend Billy Graham

He accepted tributes from a trio of them - Carter, Clinton and the elder Bush - at the dedication of the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Graham died February 21 at his mountain home in Montreat, North Carolina. Graham grew up in a house on a dairy farm in Charlotte on Park Road.

Phillips' favorite part of the library takes visitors behind the iron curtain, along Graham's travels. "The people of western Europe were so oppressed, suppressed, that they were not even allowed to speak what they thought was the truth", he said.

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Members of the public are being invited to visit Billy Graham's casket on Monday and Tuesday at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, before it later lies in honour at the US Capital government building in Washington D.C.

It was preserved and painstakingly reassembled, brick by brick and board by board on site.

Read our obituary of Billy Graham here. Please join us as we honour his life and ministry and proclaim the same Gospel he shared for almost 80 years, said Lee.

"He told me about one of the Bible's most fundamental lessons: One should strive to be better, but we're all sinners who earn God's love not through our good deeds, but through His grace", Bush wrote.

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"It really is a destination spot".

"I think he'd say, 'It's not about me". Well, we came here. "Well i'm not going anywhere else", Phillips said.

Making the announcement, Lee Searle, Director of Ministry, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association UK, said: "Throughout his ministry, Billy Graham was a pioneer in the use of technology to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ by every effective means available".

Dr Graham will be buried in a plywood coffin made by local prison inmates and laid to rest next to Ruth, who died in 2007. "That's the way it was designed", Phillips said.

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