Billy Graham laid to rest in Charlotte

Billy Graham laid to rest in Charlotte

Billy Graham laid to rest in Charlotte

The Rev. Billy Graham's casket has arrived at the U.S. Capitol for a rare salute by the nation's political leaders.

21 at his home in Montreat, N.C., at the age of 99. According to McConnel, Graham was just a happy instrument in the hands of his creator. No one was with him except a nurse.

Christianity Today will be reporting from today's funeral, and this post will continue to be updated with dispatches from the event, which will be streamed live starting at noon EST.

Warren said Graham was a major influence on how he learned how to preach. "I got the impression they're reaching out toward other nations for some friend".

"He was faithful. He was available and he was teachable", son Nelson "Ned" Graham told the service.

"On February twenty-first, heaven came down", Ford said. The scripture reads: "Jesus answered, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life". His funeral was no different. "His journey is complete". While serving his country in the Vietnam War in 1967, fellow evangelist Don Wesley White invited him to a Billy Graham crusade in Japan. Don't you believe a word of it! No man has ever taken the Gospel to as many people. In 1965, we attended a crusade at Bears Stadium in Denver, and as a teenager, I traveled by bus to Texas for a candlelight service at the Cotton Bowl.

Franklin Graham, who delivered the main funeral message, said all of those qualities were part of the whole.

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His eldest son, Franklin Graham, president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) and Samaritan's Purse, will offer the eulogy message from the podium Graham used for crusades during the 1990s. Dr. Bruce served for 23 years as Mr. The funeral, which is expected to begin at noon, is expected to last almost 90 minutes.

President Donald Trump and Melania Trump and Vice President Mike Pence and Karen Pence are scheduled to attend.

Other notable guests included television host Kathie Lee Gifford, musician Ricky Skaggs, evangelist Rick Warren and politician Rudy Giuliani.

Trump landed about 30 minutes later, around 11 a.m.

The Gaither Vocal Band performed at Billy Graham's funeral. There was a man to my right with a large cardboard sign with pictures of Billy Graham. But as Tom Gjelten has reported, over the course of a more than six-decade-long career, Graham grew to become the most famous minister of his time, changing "the face of evangelical Christianity in America".

This week, North Carolina Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr praised the life and legacy of Reverend Billy Graham on the Senate Floor following the ceremony held in the U.S. Capitol.

"And it was something very special", Trump said.

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Graham is the fourth private citizen to lie in honor at the Capitol, following Rosa Parks and two Capitol police officers who died in the line of duty. "I am deeply touched and grateful".

Graham's body was flown by private jet to Washington, D.C., to lie in honor Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.

He says that's just who his grandfather really was.

"Everywhere he went he gave the same lovely message". All of this will play out beneath the quasi-religious ceiling painting "The Apotheosis of Washington", in which George Washington sits in heaven among the angels - another example of American civil religion. Graham's casket will be escorted from the Library to the gravesite by a procession of pallbearers, made up of members of Graham's family. Eleven years ago, in May 2007, three former presidents attended the dedication service for the Billy Graham Library. Earlier in the week, former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush visited Graham's Charlotte-area home, according to the Associated Press.

"I pledge to you, Daddy, that in view of His appearing, and in front of all these witnesses, I will preach the Word!" I can't be the next Billy Graham and neither can you.

- A 40 foot tall, dark-glass cross frames the entrance of the Billy Graham Library that will provide the backdrop of the service.

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