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February 21, 2019
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Matt & Laurie Crouch Celebrate the Life of Billy Graham.

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Praise | Remembering Rev. Billy Graham | 2/21/29

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  • - Matt: HONORING THE LIFE OF
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  • DR. BILLY GRAHAM, WELCOME TO
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  • CHARLOTTE.
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  • THIS PRAISE PROGRAM TODAY
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  • DEDICATED TO A LIFE WELL LIVED.
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  • A LONG TIME AGO, TBN AND DR.
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  • BILLY GRAHAM STARTED WORKING
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  • TOGETHER.
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  • I REMEMBER BACK IN EARLY 80'S
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  • CARRYING ONE OF THE RENO, NEVADA
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  • CRUSADES LIVE ON TBN.
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  • A GREAT EXPERIMENT THAT WAS SO
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  • SUCCESSFUL W ALL OF THE YEARS AE
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  • TIME AND TODAY, NOW, TO BE
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  • OFFICIALLY HONORING THE LIFE OF
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  • BILLY GRAHAM, WHAT AN AMAZING
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  • DAY, WHAT
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  • I THINK THE IMPACT THAT HE HAS
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  • HAD ON GENERATIONS OF PEOPLE,OND
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  • MILLIONS OF PEOPLE AROUND THE
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  • DR. GRAHAM'S LIFE IS ONE THAT SO
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  • MANY OF US CAN HARDLY PUT WORDS
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  • THANKFUL FOR THE LIFE THAT HE
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  • HAS LIVED AND SH
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  • CONTINUES.
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  • GOD BLESS YOU.
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  • YOU'RE GOING TO HILE.
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  • THE STATEMENT THAT DR. BIL
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  • THAT SOME DAY YOU'LL HEAR, READ
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  • THAT BILLY GRAHAM IS DEAD.
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  • DON'T BELIEVE A WORD OF IT.
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  • I SHALL BE MORE ALIVE THAN I AM
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  • NOW AND I WILL HAVAY?
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  • (LAUGHTER).
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  • HE IS ALIVE AND HE IS REJOICING.
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  • AND WE CELEBRATE THE LIFE OF DR.
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  • BILLY GRAHAM.
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  • "For the former things are all passed away,"
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  • and we enter a new world!
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  • I'm looking forward to that glorious day of going to heaven.
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  • (Voiceover) On February 21st, 2018,
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  • evangelist Billy Graham passed away.
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  • The following days were filled with unforgettable moments
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  • as millions celebrated his singular ministry,
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  • and the nation honored his extraordinary life.
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  • His funeral service was held in Charlotte, North Carolina
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  • on the grounds of the Billy Graham Library.
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  • Many have called it his final crusade.
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  • Thank you, you may be seated, please.
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  • Good afternoon and welcome to Charlotte, North Carolina.
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  • And the grounds
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  • of the Billy Graham Library.
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  • We've gathered in this very
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  • beautiful place for a service
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  • of thanksgiving and celebration
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  • for the life of William Franklin Graham, Jr.,
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  • better known to the world as evangelist Billy Graham,
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  • a preacher of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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  • For more than eight decades
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  • Mr. Graham preached the good news of the Gospel.
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  • In it he spoke the very words of Jesus
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  • who said of Himself, "I am the resurrection and the life,
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  • "he who believes in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.
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  • "And whosoever liveth and believeth in Me, shall never die.
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  • "I know that my Redeemer liveth
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  • "and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth,
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  • "and though this body be destroyed,
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  • "yet shall I see God,
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  • "Whom I shall see for myself
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  • "and mine eyes shall behold,
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  • "and not as a stranger.
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  • "We brought nothing into this world,
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  • "and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
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  • "The Lord has given, the Lord has taken away.
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  • "Blessed be the name of the Lord."
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  • Our service continues
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  • as Mr. Graham's longtime pastor, Dr. Don Wilton,
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  • pastor of the First Baptist Church of Spartanburg, South Carolina,
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  • reads Scripture and leads us in prayer.
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  • Dr. Wilton.
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  • Mr. Graham had a profound
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  • and deeply spiritual conviction
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  • concerning the Word of God,
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  • the Bible.
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  • He loved the Bible.
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  • It governed how he lived,
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  • and it governed how he died.
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  • He believed that the Bible teaches us the truth
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  • about God in Christ Jesus.
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  • And one of the passages that he requested
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  • that I read at his funeral service
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  • speaks most eloquently to the life and testimony
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  • of our beloved Mr. Graham.
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  • I'm reading to you from Ephesians chapter 2
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  • and verse four through nine.
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  • "But God, being rich in mercy,
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  • "because of His great love
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  • "with which He loved us,
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  • "even when we were dead
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  • "in our trespasses and sins
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  • "made us alive together with Christ,
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  • "and raised us up with Him
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  • "and seated us with Him in the heavenly places
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  • "in Christ Jesus so that in the ages to come
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  • "He might show the surpassing riches
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  • "of His grace in kindness toward us
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  • "in and through the Lord Jesus Christ.
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  • "For by grace you have been saved through faith
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  • "and that not of yourselves,
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  • "it is the gift of God,
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  • "not as the result of works,
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  • "so that no one may boast."
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  • Would you join me as we pray together?
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  • Our God and our Father, we lift high
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  • the name of the Lord Jesus Christ today,
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  • recognizing that You alone are Lord.
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  • You are God, You created us,
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  • and Your purpose for us would be that through
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  • the love of God in Christ Jesus,
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  • we would be reconciled
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  • to a holy and a righteous God.
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  • Mr. Graham would want us most desperately today
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  • to think of nothing other than lifting high
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  • the name of the Lord Jesus Christ,
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  • his Lord and Savior.
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  • We give you all praise and all glory.
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  • And as we celebrate the life of Your servant
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  • we pray, O God, that You would bless us today,
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  • that You would speak to us in our hearts,
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  • and that we as a people would rise up
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  • and be determined to live lives
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  • that would be well-pleasing
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  • in God's sight, just as Mr. Graham did.
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  • We pray these things in the wonderful name
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  • of the Lord Jesus Christ, and for His sake alone.
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  • Amen.
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  • And as we continue this wonderful celebration
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  • let me ask you
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  • to join in as we sing a great coronation hymn,
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  • All Hail the Power
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  • of Jesus' Name.
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  • The verses are in your program.
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  • I'll ask that we stand
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  • as we continue to rejoice in our Savior's love.
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  • All hail the power of Jesus' name
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  • Let angels prostrate fall
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  • Bring forth the royal diadem
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  • And crown Hm Lord of all
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  • Bring forth the royal diadem
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  • And crown Hm Lord of all
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  • Let every kindre, every tribe
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  • On this terrestril ball
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  • To Him all majesty ascribe
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  • And crown Hm Lord of all
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  • To Him all majesty ascribe
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  • And crown Hm Lord of all
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  • O that with yondr sacred throng
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  • We at His fet may fall
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  • We'll join the everlasting song
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  • And crown Hm Lord of all.
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  • We'll join the everlasting song
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  • And crown Hm Lord of all.
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  • You don't know how funny it makes me feel
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  • to stand here and look at my house.
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  • (LAUGHTER)
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  • And my husband and I
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  • just had an argument
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  • about which room was mine.
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  • (LAUGHTER)
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  • But thank you all for being here
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  • and you're here because you love him.
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  • But you don't love him like I do.
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  • And you haven't loved him as long as I have.
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  • When the President saw me today,
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  • he said, "My goodness, your family has good genes."
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  • (LAUGHTER)
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  • Well, he didn't know that my name is Jean.
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  • (LAUGHTER)
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  • My brother Billy, my sister Catherine,
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  • my brother Melvin and I
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  • grew up here in this house.
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  • We learned hard work.
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  • We learned to love the Lord.
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  • We learned to pray.
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  • We learned to love the scriptures.
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  • And that's never left any of us.
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  • My other brother and sister have gone on,
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  • and I was reminded when I heard
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  • that my brother died of the song
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  • that the choirs used to sing,
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  • heaven came down and filled my soul with glory.
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  • On February the 21st, heaven came down
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  • and took my brother from me.
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  • One day heaven will come down and take me
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  • and I know what he would want me to say today is
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  • heaven is coming again
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  • and would like to take you also.
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  • I'm the eldest.
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  • I tell people that I don't want to be called the oldest,
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  • or the eldest anymore of the family--
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  • I want to be called the one that Daddy loved the longest.
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  • (LAUGHTER)
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  • But you know, I read many, many articles,
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  • I've seen things on television.
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  • The cards that so many have written,
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  • and there's so many adjectives
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  • that have been given about Daddy,
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  • and they're all so wonderful.
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  • But you know, I wanted to read something,
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  • and I'm going to share--
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  • there's a little girl that was born many, many years ago
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  • on a faraway country.
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  • And I don't believe they probably ever heard
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  • of Charlotte, North Carolina.
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  • But she was born
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  • many, many years ago,
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  • a long time away.
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  • But you know, her parents
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  • had taught her
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  • to pray, even at that early age,
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  • for the man that God would prepare for her.
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  • And so, there was a little boy here in Charlotte,
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  • milking cows every morning, and every afternoon,
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  • and he had no idea that there was a little girl
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  • praying for him in China.
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  • But you know, Mother, many years after that,
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  • wrote, she was about thirteen when she wrote this little poem
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  • and I couldn't think of any adjectives
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  • that had been said that could do better than this poem.
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  • And I want to share this poem with you
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  • that many of you maybe had heard
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  • or heard quoted, but it's worth doing it again.
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  • Thirteen-year-old girl, remember.
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  • "Dear God, I prayed all unafraid,
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  • "as we're inclined to do,
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  • "I do not need a handsome man,
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  • "But O God, let him be like You.
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  • "I do not need one big and strong,
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  • "or so very tall.
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  • "Nor need he be a genius,
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  • "or wealthy, Lord, at all.
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  • "But let his head be high, dear God.
  • 00:17:54.070 --> 00:17:58.240
  • "And let his eye be clear.
  • 00:17:58.260 --> 00:18:02.190
  • "His shoulders straight whate'er his state,
  • 00:18:02.210 --> 00:18:06.290
  • "whate'er his earthly sphere.
  • 00:18:07.010 --> 00:18:10.130
  • "And O God, let his face have character
  • 00:18:10.150 --> 00:18:13.240
  • "and a ruggedness of soul
  • 00:18:13.260 --> 00:18:16.130
  • "and let his whole life show, dear God,
  • 00:18:16.150 --> 00:18:20.000
  • "a singleness of goal.
  • 00:18:20.020 --> 00:18:23.230
  • "And when he comes, as he will come,
  • 00:18:23.250 --> 00:18:26.160
  • "with those quiet eyes aglow,
  • 00:18:26.180 --> 00:18:29.100
  • "I'll understand that he's the man
  • 00:18:29.120 --> 00:18:31.210
  • "I prayed for long ago."
  • 00:18:31.230 --> 00:18:34.230
  • You know, the Lord answered
  • 00:18:34.250 --> 00:18:37.110
  • every single one of those prayers of Mother,
  • 00:18:37.130 --> 00:18:41.070
  • and many more.
  • 00:18:41.090 --> 00:18:42.170
  • And of course, that little girl,
  • 00:18:42.190 --> 00:18:44.140
  • my sisters and my brothers and I called Mama
  • 00:18:44.160 --> 00:18:48.090
  • and the little boy was Daddy.
  • 00:18:48.110 --> 00:18:50.040
  • And how grateful that God has now
  • 00:18:50.060 --> 00:18:51.270
  • brought them back together again for eternity.
  • 00:18:51.290 --> 00:18:54.240
  • When I was a girl growing up
  • 00:19:03.240 --> 00:19:05.230
  • Mother led us
  • 00:19:05.250 --> 00:19:07.160
  • in family devotions every day.
  • 00:19:07.180 --> 00:19:09.100
  • She read the Bible
  • 00:19:09.120 --> 00:19:10.290
  • and she prayed
  • 00:19:11.010 --> 00:19:11.290
  • and that was that.
  • 00:19:12.010 --> 00:19:12.270
  • When Daddy was home, he led in family devotions.
  • 00:19:15.030 --> 00:19:16.120
  • He read the Bible but he didn't just read it.
  • 00:19:16.140 --> 00:19:19.260
  • My daddy would stop and make a comment,
  • 00:19:19.280 --> 00:19:21.280
  • he would ask a question and we would discuss the scriptures.
  • 00:19:22.000 --> 00:19:24.280
  • So my mother taught me by her example
  • 00:19:25.000 --> 00:19:27.110
  • to love reading my Bible every day,
  • 00:19:27.130 --> 00:19:29.200
  • and my daddy taught me by his example
  • 00:19:29.220 --> 00:19:31.200
  • to think about what I was reading.
  • 00:19:31.220 --> 00:19:34.010
  • So about ten years ago, eleven years ago,
  • 00:19:34.030 --> 00:19:37.290
  • when my mother went to heaven,
  • 00:19:38.010 --> 00:19:39.150
  • my daddy started asking me
  • 00:19:39.170 --> 00:19:41.010
  • to read him the Bible.
  • 00:19:41.030 --> 00:19:42.130
  • And at first it was very intimidating,
  • 00:19:42.150 --> 00:19:44.110
  • and then it became such a joy.
  • 00:19:44.130 --> 00:19:47.110
  • And there were times when I would sit
  • 00:19:47.130 --> 00:19:49.020
  • in front of my daddy-- he was hard of hearing--
  • 00:19:49.040 --> 00:19:50.280
  • so I would sit in front of him, knee-to-knee,
  • 00:19:51.000 --> 00:19:52.260
  • and he would ask me to give him
  • 00:19:52.280 --> 00:19:54.250
  • a full sixty minute message,
  • 00:19:54.270 --> 00:19:56.250
  • and he never took his eyes off my face.
  • 00:19:56.270 --> 00:19:59.190
  • Once in a while he would interrupt me
  • 00:19:59.210 --> 00:20:01.090
  • and he would ask a question,
  • 00:20:01.110 --> 00:20:02.210
  • or we would discuss it,
  • 00:20:02.230 --> 00:20:03.240
  • but he loved to hear God's Word.
  • 00:20:03.260 --> 00:20:06.150
  • And then as he got weaker,
  • 00:20:06.170 --> 00:20:08.220
  • we went from sixty minutes,
  • 00:20:08.240 --> 00:20:10.210
  • to five-to-ten minutes,
  • 00:20:10.230 --> 00:20:12.030
  • but the pattern was always the same.
  • 00:20:12.050 --> 00:20:13.260
  • Whoever was in the house
  • 00:20:13.280 --> 00:20:15.180
  • was called to gather around,
  • 00:20:15.200 --> 00:20:17.020
  • and I would read a passage of Scripture
  • 00:20:17.040 --> 00:20:18.230
  • but before I did I would explain to him
  • 00:20:18.250 --> 00:20:20.220
  • why I had chosen that particular passage of Scripture.
  • 00:20:20.240 --> 00:20:23.070
  • Sorry.
  • 00:20:23.090 --> 00:20:24.100
  • (CHUCKLING)
  • 00:20:24.120 --> 00:20:26.100
  • I don't need them, those are all Kleenexes.
  • 00:20:26.120 --> 00:20:27.280
  • (LAUGHTER)
  • 00:20:28.000 --> 00:20:29.150
  • Well, I may need them, actually.
  • 00:20:29.170 --> 00:20:31.040
  • (LAUGHTER)
  • 00:20:31.060 --> 00:20:33.110
  • But we would gather around
  • 00:20:33.130 --> 00:20:35.070
  • and I would explain to him
  • 00:20:35.090 --> 00:20:36.140
  • why I had chosen that passage of Scripture
  • 00:20:36.160 --> 00:20:37.260
  • and then I would read the passage to him
  • 00:20:37.280 --> 00:20:40.060
  • and I would always end by saying,
  • 00:20:40.080 --> 00:20:41.230
  • "Daddy, I love you."
  • 00:20:41.250 --> 00:20:43.120
  • So I want to do that this time
  • 00:20:43.140 --> 00:20:46.200
  • when we're gathered around Daddy,
  • 00:20:46.220 --> 00:20:48.130
  • and I want to read a passage of Scripture
  • 00:20:48.150 --> 00:20:50.200
  • but I want to explain to you why I have
  • 00:20:50.220 --> 00:20:52.120
  • chosen this particular passage of Scripture.
  • 00:20:52.140 --> 00:20:54.130
  • And the reason is this:
  • 00:20:54.150 --> 00:20:57.040
  • I believe from heaven's perspective
  • 00:20:57.060 --> 00:20:59.030
  • that my father's death is as significant as his life.
  • 00:20:59.050 --> 00:21:03.150
  • And his life was very significant.
  • 00:21:03.170 --> 00:21:05.260
  • But I think when he died
  • 00:21:05.280 --> 00:21:07.170
  • that was something very strategic
  • 00:21:07.190 --> 00:21:11.040
  • from heaven's point of view.
  • 00:21:11.060 --> 00:21:12.230
  • And I know that before the foundations
  • 00:21:12.250 --> 00:21:14.210
  • of the world were laid, February 21st, 2018,
  • 00:21:14.230 --> 00:21:17.180
  • was the date God chose to take my father home.
  • 00:21:17.200 --> 00:21:20.120
  • Why?
  • 00:21:20.140 --> 00:21:21.260
  • And I had a sweet friend who urged me
  • 00:21:21.280 --> 00:21:23.200
  • to look that up on the web,
  • 00:21:23.220 --> 00:21:25.010
  • so I looked up what was significant
  • 00:21:25.030 --> 00:21:26.260
  • about that day, and I found out
  • 00:21:26.280 --> 00:21:28.050
  • that February 21st, 2018, is the day when Jews
  • 00:21:28.070 --> 00:21:31.240
  • focus on Scripture reading
  • 00:21:31.260 --> 00:21:33.220
  • that focuses on the death of Moses.
  • 00:21:33.240 --> 00:21:36.040
  • Moses was the great liberator.
  • 00:21:36.060 --> 00:21:38.070
  • He brought people, millions of people,
  • 00:21:38.090 --> 00:21:40.250
  • out of bondage to slavery,
  • 00:21:40.270 --> 00:21:42.260
  • got them to the edge of the Promised Land,
  • 00:21:42.280 --> 00:21:44.200
  • and God took him to heaven.
  • 00:21:44.220 --> 00:21:46.010
  • And then God brought Joshua to lead them
  • 00:21:46.030 --> 00:21:48.090
  • into the Promised Land to take them home.
  • 00:21:48.110 --> 00:21:50.180
  • And my father also was a great liberator.
  • 00:21:50.200 --> 00:21:53.150
  • He brought millions of people
  • 00:21:53.170 --> 00:21:55.030
  • out of bondage to sin
  • 00:21:55.050 --> 00:21:56.260
  • and he gets us to the edge of heaven,
  • 00:21:56.280 --> 00:21:58.270
  • the edge of the Promised Land,
  • 00:21:58.290 --> 00:22:00.150
  • and then God has called him home.
  • 00:22:00.170 --> 00:22:02.030
  • And then could it be that God is going to bring
  • 00:22:02.050 --> 00:22:05.170
  • Joshua to lead us into the Promised Land
  • 00:22:05.190 --> 00:22:09.050
  • to lead us to heaven?
  • 00:22:09.070 --> 00:22:10.230
  • And do you know what the New Testament name is for Joshua?
  • 00:22:11.190 --> 00:22:12.290
  • It's Jesus.
  • 00:22:13.010 --> 00:22:14.210
  • And I believe this is the shot across the bow from heaven.
  • 00:22:14.230 --> 00:22:19.050
  • And I believe God is saying,
  • 00:22:19.070 --> 00:22:20.250
  • "Wake up, church!
  • 00:22:20.270 --> 00:22:22.080
  • "Wake up, world!"
  • 00:22:22.100 --> 00:22:23.150
  • "Wake up, Anne!
  • 00:22:23.170 --> 00:22:24.240
  • "Jesus is coming!
  • 00:22:24.260 --> 00:22:26.090
  • "Jesus is coming!"
  • 00:22:26.110 --> 00:22:28.100
  • And Jesus said, when the Gospel
  • 00:22:28.120 --> 00:22:30.260
  • is preached to the whole world,
  • 00:22:30.280 --> 00:22:32.070
  • as it is today in this service;
  • 00:22:32.090 --> 00:22:33.210
  • as it is through churches,
  • 00:22:33.230 --> 00:22:34.290
  • missionaries, ministries,
  • 00:22:35.010 --> 00:22:36.140
  • Jesus said in Matthew 24:14,
  • 00:22:36.160 --> 00:22:38.200
  • "When the Gospel is preached
  • 00:22:38.220 --> 00:22:40.120
  • "to the whole world, then the end will come."
  • 00:22:40.140 --> 00:22:43.110
  • I would like to read to you
  • 00:22:43.130 --> 00:22:45.150
  • First Thessalonians chapter 4,
  • 00:22:45.170 --> 00:22:48.010
  • beginning with verse 13.
  • 00:22:48.030 --> 00:22:49.160
  • I'm going to read it to you the way my mother taught me.
  • 00:22:49.180 --> 00:22:51.160
  • I'll put my name in, make it personal,
  • 00:22:51.180 --> 00:22:53.040
  • then I'll read it to you the way my daddy taught me.
  • 00:22:53.060 --> 00:22:55.060
  • I'll make a comment here or there.
  • 00:22:55.080 --> 00:22:56.130
  • (AUDIENCE LAUGHING)
  • 00:22:56.150 --> 00:22:58.130
  • And it says, "I do not want you to be ignorant, Anne,
  • 00:22:58.150 --> 00:23:01.030
  • "concerning those who have fallen asleep."
  • 00:23:01.050 --> 00:23:03.030
  • And "fallen asleep" is just the biblical term
  • 00:23:03.050 --> 00:23:05.100
  • for when God's children die.
  • 00:23:05.120 --> 00:23:07.260
  • It's just the falling asleep.
  • 00:23:07.280 --> 00:23:09.080
  • It's when you close your eyes to this life,
  • 00:23:09.100 --> 00:23:11.040
  • you open them to the face of Jesus.
  • 00:23:11.060 --> 00:23:12.210
  • It's when your faith becomes sight.
  • 00:23:12.230 --> 00:23:14.200
  • So "I don't want you to be ignorant, Anne,
  • 00:23:14.220 --> 00:23:16.110
  • "concerning those who have fallen asleep
  • 00:23:16.130 --> 00:23:18.000
  • "lest you sorrow as others who have no hope.
  • 00:23:18.020 --> 00:23:20.290
  • "For if you believe that Jesus died
  • 00:23:21.010 --> 00:23:23.090
  • "and rose again," and I do,
  • 00:23:23.110 --> 00:23:25.120
  • "even so, God will bring with Him
  • 00:23:25.140 --> 00:23:27.110
  • "those who sleep in Jesus.
  • 00:23:27.130 --> 00:23:29.100
  • "For this we say to you by the Word of the Lord,"
  • 00:23:29.120 --> 00:23:31.180
  • this is God's Word.
  • 00:23:31.200 --> 00:23:33.020
  • It's not fantasy, it's not wish,
  • 00:23:33.040 --> 00:23:34.130
  • it's not a "hope so."
  • 00:23:34.150 --> 00:23:35.250
  • "This we say to you by the Word of the Lord
  • 00:23:35.270 --> 00:23:37.250
  • "that we who are alive and remain
  • 00:23:37.270 --> 00:23:39.150
  • "until the coming of the Lord
  • 00:23:39.170 --> 00:23:40.240
  • "will by no means precede those
  • 00:23:40.260 --> 00:23:42.230
  • "who are asleep, for the Lord Himself,"
  • 00:23:42.250 --> 00:23:45.040
  • Joshua, Yeshua, Jesus!
  • 00:23:45.060 --> 00:23:48.200
  • "...will descend from heaven with a shout,
  • 00:23:48.220 --> 00:23:50.230
  • "with the voice of an archangel,
  • 00:23:50.250 --> 00:23:52.150
  • "and with the trumpet of God,
  • 00:23:52.170 --> 00:23:53.260
  • "and the dead in Christ will rise first."
  • 00:23:53.280 --> 00:23:56.100
  • That's my daddy, that's my mother,
  • 00:23:56.120 --> 00:23:58.040
  • that's my husband.
  • 00:23:58.060 --> 00:23:59.190
  • "Then you and I who are alive and remain
  • 00:23:59.210 --> 00:24:01.250
  • "shall be caught up together with them
  • 00:24:01.270 --> 00:24:03.140
  • "in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air,
  • 00:24:03.160 --> 00:24:05.150
  • "and thus we shall always be with the Lord.
  • 00:24:05.170 --> 00:24:08.040
  • "Therefore, comfort one another with these words."
  • 00:24:08.060 --> 00:24:11.040
  • And this is the comfort,
  • 00:24:11.060 --> 00:24:12.200
  • there is hope for tomorrow.
  • 00:24:12.220 --> 00:24:14.210
  • This life is not all there is.
  • 00:24:14.230 --> 00:24:16.280
  • The best is yet to come.
  • 00:24:17.000 --> 00:24:18.180
  • So I want to make a pledge to my daddy.
  • 00:24:18.200 --> 00:24:20.250
  • And I pledge to you, Daddy,
  • 00:24:20.270 --> 00:24:23.150
  • that in view of His appearing,
  • 00:24:23.170 --> 00:24:25.170
  • and in front of all these witnesses,
  • 00:24:25.190 --> 00:24:27.190
  • I will preach the Word.
  • 00:24:27.210 --> 00:24:29.160
  • I will do the work of an evangelist.
  • 00:24:29.180 --> 00:24:31.210
  • I will share the Gospel.
  • 00:24:31.230 --> 00:24:33.040
  • And I will run my race and live my life
  • 00:24:33.060 --> 00:24:35.240
  • so that five minutes before I see Jesus
  • 00:24:35.260 --> 00:24:38.180
  • I have no regrets.
  • 00:24:38.200 --> 00:24:40.070
  • I will live my life to exalt and glorify
  • 00:24:40.090 --> 00:24:42.090
  • the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • 00:24:42.110 --> 00:24:44.080
  • So I love you, Daddy.
  • 00:24:44.100 --> 00:24:46.270
  • (APPLAUSE)
  • 00:24:46.290 --> 00:24:55.170
  • (Ruth Graham) I have followed her all my life.
  • 00:24:55.190 --> 00:24:58.070
  • (LAUGHTER)
  • 00:24:58.090 --> 00:25:09.100
  • I want to thank each one of you for being here today.
  • 00:25:11.120 --> 00:25:14.050
  • From those in the very back here
  • 00:25:14.070 --> 00:25:16.150
  • in the tent,
  • 00:25:16.170 --> 00:25:17.160
  • to the very front row.
  • 00:25:17.180 --> 00:25:19.010
  • We are blessed and honored
  • 00:25:19.030 --> 00:25:20.250
  • that you are here. Thank you.
  • 00:25:20.270 --> 00:25:22.170
  • And I have learned this week as never before
  • 00:25:22.190 --> 00:25:25.110
  • that everybody has a Billy Graham story.
  • 00:25:25.130 --> 00:25:28.090
  • But I have my own Billy Graham story,
  • 00:25:28.110 --> 00:25:31.020
  • so I'm going to tell you that one.
  • 00:25:31.040 --> 00:25:32.200
  • And I've told it many times,
  • 00:25:32.220 --> 00:25:34.070
  • and some of you have maybe heard it many times,
  • 00:25:34.090 --> 00:25:36.030
  • but it bears repeating because, to me,
  • 00:25:36.050 --> 00:25:39.090
  • it speaks to the essence
  • 00:25:39.110 --> 00:25:40.200
  • of who my father was and is.
  • 00:25:40.220 --> 00:25:43.110
  • After twenty-one years, my marriage ended in divorce.
  • 00:25:45.270 --> 00:25:48.170
  • I was devastated.
  • 00:25:48.190 --> 00:25:50.080
  • I floundered.
  • 00:25:50.100 --> 00:25:51.170
  • I did a lot wrong.
  • 00:25:51.190 --> 00:25:53.140
  • The rug was pulled out from under me.
  • 00:25:53.160 --> 00:25:56.200
  • My family thought it'd be a good idea
  • 00:25:56.220 --> 00:25:58.130
  • for me to move away,
  • 00:25:58.150 --> 00:25:59.240
  • to get a fresh start somewhere else.
  • 00:25:59.260 --> 00:26:02.080
  • So I decided to live near by older sister and her family
  • 00:26:02.100 --> 00:26:07.020
  • and near a good church.
  • 00:26:07.040 --> 00:26:09.080
  • The pastor of that church
  • 00:26:10.200 --> 00:26:11.230
  • introduced me to a handsome widower.
  • 00:26:11.250 --> 00:26:13.200
  • And we began to date fast and furiously.
  • 00:26:13.220 --> 00:26:16.230
  • My children didn't like him,
  • 00:26:16.250 --> 00:26:18.280
  • but I thought, you know, they were almost grown.
  • 00:26:19.000 --> 00:26:20.270
  • They couldn't tell me what to do.
  • 00:26:20.290 --> 00:26:24.030
  • I knew what was best for my life.
  • 00:26:24.050 --> 00:26:25.270
  • My mother called me from Seattle.
  • 00:26:25.290 --> 00:26:28.260
  • My father called me from Tokyo.
  • 00:26:28.280 --> 00:26:30.180
  • They said, "Honey, why don't you slow down?"
  • 00:26:30.200 --> 00:26:32.280
  • "Let us get to know this man."
  • 00:26:33.000 --> 00:26:34.240
  • They had never been a single parent.
  • 00:26:34.260 --> 00:26:36.170
  • They had never been divorced.
  • 00:26:36.190 --> 00:26:37.230
  • What did they know?
  • 00:26:37.250 --> 00:26:39.000
  • So being stubborn, willful and sinful,
  • 00:26:39.290 --> 00:26:45.070
  • I married this man on New Year's Eve.
  • 00:26:45.090 --> 00:26:49.200
  • Within twenty-four hours I knew I had made a terrible mistake.
  • 00:26:49.220 --> 00:26:53.090
  • After five weeks, I fled.
  • 00:26:54.170 --> 00:26:56.220
  • I was afraid of him.
  • 00:26:56.240 --> 00:26:58.180
  • What was I going to do?
  • 00:26:58.200 --> 00:27:00.220
  • I wanted to go talk to my mother and my father.
  • 00:27:00.240 --> 00:27:03.130
  • It was a two-day drive.
  • 00:27:06.040 --> 00:27:07.220
  • Questions swirled in my mind.
  • 00:27:10.170 --> 00:27:12.180
  • What was I going to say to Daddy?
  • 00:27:12.200 --> 00:27:15.160
  • What was I going to say to Mother?
  • 00:27:15.180 --> 00:27:17.200
  • What was I going to say to my children?
  • 00:27:19.010 --> 00:27:21.050
  • I'd been such a failure.
  • 00:27:21.070 --> 00:27:22.080
  • What were they going to say to me?
  • 00:27:23.190 --> 00:27:25.110
  • "We're tired of fooling with you."
  • 00:27:25.130 --> 00:27:27.020
  • "We told you not to do it."
  • 00:27:29.060 --> 00:27:31.130
  • "You've embarrassed us."
  • 00:27:31.150 --> 00:27:33.030
  • And let me tell you,
  • 00:27:33.050 --> 00:27:34.120
  • you women will understand,
  • 00:27:34.140 --> 00:27:35.260
  • you don't want to embarrass your father,
  • 00:27:35.280 --> 00:27:37.090
  • you really don't want to embarrass Billy Graham.
  • 00:27:37.110 --> 00:27:39.070
  • (LAUGHTER)
  • 00:27:39.090 --> 00:27:41.160
  • And many of you know, we live on the side of a mountain.
  • 00:27:44.040 --> 00:27:45.070
  • As I wound myself up the mountain,
  • 00:27:45.090 --> 00:27:48.050
  • I rounded the last bend in my father's driveway
  • 00:27:48.070 --> 00:27:50.220
  • and my father was standing there, waiting for me.
  • 00:27:50.240 --> 00:27:53.160
  • As I got out of the car,
  • 00:27:59.070 --> 00:28:01.260
  • he wrapped his arms around me,
  • 00:28:01.280 --> 00:28:04.240
  • he said, "Welcome home."
  • 00:28:04.260 --> 00:28:06.100
  • There was no shame, there was no blame,
  • 00:28:07.160 --> 00:28:09.210
  • there was no condemnation,
  • 00:28:09.230 --> 00:28:11.140
  • just unconditional love.
  • 00:28:11.160 --> 00:28:12.290
  • And you know, my father was not God,
  • 00:28:14.230 --> 00:28:17.210
  • but he showed me what God was like that day.
  • 00:28:17.230 --> 00:28:20.280
  • When we come to God with our sin,
  • 00:28:21.000 --> 00:28:22.220
  • our brokenness, our failure,
  • 00:28:22.240 --> 00:28:25.110
  • our pain and our hurt,
  • 00:28:25.130 --> 00:28:28.040
  • God says, "Welcome home."
  • 00:28:28.060 --> 00:28:30.160
  • And that invitation is open for you.
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  • Thank you and God bless you.
  • 00:28:34.050 --> 00:28:35.120
  • (APPLAUSE)
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  • And I have followed her my whole life.
  • 00:28:45.200 --> 00:28:47.290
  • (LAUGHTER)
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  • I was told we have three minutes
  • 00:28:51.080 --> 00:28:52.270
  • to try to sum up the life
  • 00:28:52.290 --> 00:28:56.140
  • of my father Billy Graham.
  • 00:28:56.160 --> 00:28:58.150
  • I'm going to take less than three minutes
  • 00:28:59.250 --> 00:29:02.050
  • because my siblings took a little more.
  • 00:29:02.070 --> 00:29:04.010
  • (LAUGHTER)
  • 00:29:04.030 --> 00:29:05.240
  • I just want you to know that my father was F-A-T.
  • 00:29:05.260 --> 00:29:09.150
  • He was faithful, he was available,
  • 00:29:10.260 --> 00:29:14.040
  • and he was teachable.
  • 00:29:14.060 --> 00:29:16.130
  • I want each one of you to remember that.
  • 00:29:16.150 --> 00:29:19.090
  • Faithful, available, teachable.
  • 00:29:19.110 --> 00:29:22.150
  • May we all be that way.
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  • And thank each one of you for coming
  • 00:29:24.180 --> 00:29:26.230
  • and giving us this honor,
  • 00:29:26.250 --> 00:29:28.050
  • and the honor to my father.
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  • Thank you.
  • 00:29:29.260 --> 00:29:30.280
  • (APPLAUSE)
  • 00:29:32.220 --> 00:29:36.280
  • We are here
  • 00:29:42.090 --> 00:29:43.180
  • to celebrate and honor
  • 00:29:43.200 --> 00:29:45.260
  • the life of Billy Graham.
  • 00:29:45.280 --> 00:29:47.290
  • When we talk about
  • 00:29:49.000 --> 00:29:50.280
  • Billy Graham in the Middle East
  • 00:29:51.000 --> 00:29:52.130
  • we describe him like this:
  • 00:29:52.150 --> 00:29:55.120
  • We say he is a faithful man.
  • 00:29:55.140 --> 00:29:58.100
  • He is faithful for the Word of God.
  • 00:29:58.120 --> 00:30:00.290
  • He has never preached his own opinion
  • 00:30:01.010 --> 00:30:04.150
  • or his ideas or philosophy,
  • 00:30:04.170 --> 00:30:07.230
  • but he preached the Word of God.
  • 00:30:07.250 --> 00:30:10.220
  • When we talk about Dr. Graham in the Middle East
  • 00:30:10.240 --> 00:30:14.110
  • we don't say he is only a great evangelist,
  • 00:30:14.130 --> 00:30:17.290
  • but we say he is a great teacher.
  • 00:30:18.010 --> 00:30:21.010
  • And Dr. Graham has used the best method of teaching.
  • 00:30:21.030 --> 00:30:25.260
  • He has taught by example.
  • 00:30:25.280 --> 00:30:29.060
  • He's never used a computer
  • 00:30:29.080 --> 00:30:31.030
  • or a Facebook or a blackboard,
  • 00:30:31.050 --> 00:30:33.230
  • but he taught by example.
  • 00:30:33.250 --> 00:30:36.270
  • And when Paul wrote to Timothy,
  • 00:30:36.290 --> 00:30:39.200
  • he said to him, "Be an example
  • 00:30:39.220 --> 00:30:42.070
  • "for the believers in conduct, in love,
  • 00:30:42.090 --> 00:30:45.110
  • "in faith, in purity."
  • 00:30:45.130 --> 00:30:47.080
  • And this is exactly what Dr. Graham has told us.
  • 00:30:47.100 --> 00:30:51.060
  • He lived a holy life.
  • 00:30:51.080 --> 00:30:53.120
  • When he spoke about holiness,
  • 00:30:53.140 --> 00:30:55.060
  • he lived a holy life, a blameless life.
  • 00:30:55.080 --> 00:30:58.140
  • And when he spoke about prayer,
  • 00:30:58.160 --> 00:31:00.280
  • or he spoke about humbleness,
  • 00:31:01.000 --> 00:31:03.250
  • he was a humble man, and his greatness,
  • 00:31:03.270 --> 00:31:07.000
  • really, is from his humility.
  • 00:31:07.020 --> 00:31:09.290
  • One time I was in Amsterdam in 1971
  • 00:31:10.010 --> 00:31:14.060
  • and Mrs. Graham said "Have you made
  • 00:31:14.080 --> 00:31:17.150
  • "an appointment with Dr. Graham?"
  • 00:31:17.170 --> 00:31:19.050
  • And I said, "No, I am a little man
  • 00:31:19.070 --> 00:31:22.120
  • "and he is a great man,
  • 00:31:22.140 --> 00:31:24.040
  • "and I was afraid to go and see him
  • 00:31:24.060 --> 00:31:26.210
  • "or make an appointment with him."
  • 00:31:26.230 --> 00:31:28.230
  • But she took me to the prayer room
  • 00:31:28.250 --> 00:31:31.230
  • and she opened the room so slowly,
  • 00:31:31.250 --> 00:31:35.030
  • and here I saw a giant on his face before God,
  • 00:31:35.050 --> 00:31:39.240
  • praying and crying before he went to preach the Gospel.
  • 00:31:39.260 --> 00:31:44.170
  • He was dependent completely on God.
  • 00:31:44.190 --> 00:31:48.150
  • And one time he said to me,
  • 00:31:48.170 --> 00:31:50.240
  • "Do you want to be successful in your ministry?"
  • 00:31:50.260 --> 00:31:53.190
  • I said, "Of course I want to be."
  • 00:31:53.210 --> 00:31:56.000
  • He said, "Sami, people, they all want to talk about themselves.
  • 00:31:56.020 --> 00:32:00.150
  • "They love it, they want to talk about themselves,
  • 00:32:00.170 --> 00:32:03.070
  • "but don't talk about yourself,
  • 00:32:03.090 --> 00:32:06.010
  • "talk about Jesus, lift him up
  • 00:32:06.030 --> 00:32:08.220
  • "and when we lift Jesus up,
  • 00:32:08.240 --> 00:32:10.220
  • "he will draw all men to himself."
  • 00:32:10.240 --> 00:32:14.000
  • He said, "Remember what Paul said,
  • 00:32:14.020 --> 00:32:16.130
  • "We don't preach ourselves,
  • 00:32:16.150 --> 00:32:18.200
  • "but we preach Christ as Lord
  • 00:32:18.220 --> 00:32:21.020
  • "and ourselves as slaves for you
  • 00:32:21.040 --> 00:32:24.210
  • "for the sake of Christ."
  • 00:32:24.230 --> 00:32:26.170
  • He was a great man
  • 00:32:26.190 --> 00:32:29.060
  • and he was really a humble man.
  • 00:32:29.080 --> 00:32:31.180
  • And he has made a great effect
  • 00:32:31.200 --> 00:32:34.290
  • in the Middle East for all believers.
  • 00:32:35.010 --> 00:32:37.230
  • Dr. Graham, rest in peace.
  • 00:32:37.260 --> 00:32:40.270
  • You have a wonderful family.
  • 00:32:40.290 --> 00:32:43.030
  • You have wonderful children and grandchildren.
  • 00:32:43.050 --> 00:32:45.120
  • And I am sure they are going to take
  • 00:32:45.140 --> 00:32:48.060
  • the light of the Gospel to all the world.
  • 00:32:48.080 --> 00:32:51.090
  • American people, I thank you
  • 00:32:51.110 --> 00:32:53.280
  • in the name of Jesus for standing behind this great man
  • 00:32:54.000 --> 00:32:57.290
  • to fulfill the mission which was given to him by God.
  • 00:32:58.010 --> 00:33:01.240
  • And I do pray that God will bless America
  • 00:33:01.260 --> 00:33:05.220
  • for giving the world such a great man like Billy Graham.
  • 00:33:05.240 --> 00:33:09.230
  • Glory and honor be to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
  • 00:33:09.250 --> 00:33:14.050
  • (APPLAUSE)
  • 00:33:15.230 --> 00:33:19.220
  • Mr. Graham, on behalf of the millions
  • 00:33:21.200 --> 00:33:25.110
  • of international Christians,
  • 00:33:25.130 --> 00:33:27.130
  • around the world,
  • 00:33:27.150 --> 00:33:29.030
  • those who have heard you
  • 00:33:29.050 --> 00:33:30.250
  • proclaim the Gospel message
  • 00:33:30.270 --> 00:33:32.240
  • and were touched,
  • 00:33:32.260 --> 00:33:34.130
  • challenged and saved.
  • 00:33:34.150 --> 00:33:36.160
  • I join all of them to say thank you.
  • 00:33:37.230 --> 00:33:40.130
  • Thank you for bringing the salvation message
  • 00:33:40.150 --> 00:33:44.090
  • to our part of the world.
  • 00:33:44.110 --> 00:33:46.000
  • Since the news of your home going
  • 00:33:46.020 --> 00:33:48.060
  • hundreds of letters and phone calls came to me
  • 00:33:48.080 --> 00:33:52.100
  • to bring condolences to your family and friends.
  • 00:33:52.120 --> 00:33:56.020
  • Indeed, you have had an impact
  • 00:33:56.040 --> 00:33:58.220
  • on millions of lives, including kings,
  • 00:33:58.240 --> 00:34:01.200
  • presidents and vice presidents,
  • 00:34:01.220 --> 00:34:04.220
  • and common people around the world.
  • 00:34:04.240 --> 00:34:07.140
  • Mr. Kim Jong-pil,
  • 00:34:07.160 --> 00:34:09.070
  • the former prime minister,
  • 00:34:09.090 --> 00:34:11.040
  • Republic of Korea has to say this:
  • 00:34:11.060 --> 00:34:14.080
  • "The crowd attracted were unprecedented in our history.
  • 00:34:14.100 --> 00:34:19.010
  • "But more than mere size and scope of the meetings
  • 00:34:19.030 --> 00:34:22.070
  • "I am convinced radiated an intensity
  • 00:34:22.090 --> 00:34:25.220
  • "that amounted to an outpouring of the Holy Spirit
  • 00:34:25.240 --> 00:34:28.250
  • "which will change the lives of each and every participant
  • 00:34:28.270 --> 00:34:32.210
  • "and plant a sacred message of scriptures
  • 00:34:32.230 --> 00:34:35.200
  • "in the hearts of all those
  • 00:34:35.220 --> 00:34:37.260
  • "who are within the sound of your voice.
  • 00:34:37.280 --> 00:34:40.180
  • "The fruit of the righteous
  • 00:34:40.200 --> 00:34:42.190
  • "is a tree of life and he that wins souls is wise.
  • 00:34:42.210 --> 00:34:46.230
  • "You have done that all your life in all the world."
  • 00:34:46.250 --> 00:34:50.110
  • On a personal note, you impacted my life
  • 00:34:50.130 --> 00:34:53.190
  • far greater than one can imagine.
  • 00:34:53.210 --> 00:34:56.240
  • My wife, Trudy, when she was twelve years old,
  • 00:34:56.260 --> 00:34:59.280
  • went to the crusade that you had in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
  • 00:35:00.020 --> 00:35:05.090
  • After your preaching, when you gave the invitation,
  • 00:35:05.110 --> 00:35:08.040
  • she gave her heart to Christ
  • 00:35:08.060 --> 00:35:10.080
  • and dedicated to become a missionary.
  • 00:35:10.100 --> 00:35:12.170
  • She has kept that decision until now.
  • 00:35:12.190 --> 00:35:15.130
  • During the Seoul crusade,
  • 00:35:15.150 --> 00:35:17.180
  • my family went every night.
  • 00:35:17.200 --> 00:35:19.180
  • At the final meeting with an estimated
  • 00:35:19.200 --> 00:35:22.050
  • 1.1 million people attended,
  • 00:35:22.070 --> 00:35:25.180
  • all of our children dedicated their lives to serve the Lord.
  • 00:35:25.200 --> 00:35:29.180
  • The church I pastored at that time
  • 00:35:29.200 --> 00:35:31.230
  • attendance was a mere 300.
  • 00:35:31.250 --> 00:35:34.100
  • Now, after your crusade,
  • 00:35:34.120 --> 00:35:36.260
  • there are more than 20.000 members.
  • 00:35:36.280 --> 00:35:40.040
  • The rapid growth of the megachurch
  • 00:35:41.250 --> 00:35:44.070
  • movement in Korea have started,
  • 00:35:44.090 --> 00:35:46.270
  • we have more churches and missionaries
  • 00:35:46.290 --> 00:35:50.080
  • than any other country in our region,
  • 00:35:50.100 --> 00:35:53.260
  • all because you came to preach the Word to our people.
  • 00:35:53.280 --> 00:35:59.070
  • Last time I saw you when Gigi took me...
  • 00:35:59.090 --> 00:36:03.020
  • your eyesight and hearing was not too good.
  • 00:36:06.230 --> 00:36:12.020
  • Gigi said, "Daddy, your favorite Korean preacher is here."
  • 00:36:12.040 --> 00:36:16.160
  • (LAUGHTER)
  • 00:36:16.180 --> 00:36:18.290
  • You said, "You're kidding."
  • 00:36:19.010 --> 00:36:20.150
  • (LAUGHTER)
  • 00:36:20.170 --> 00:36:22.110
  • I said, "Dr. Graham, I'm here to thank you."
  • 00:36:22.130 --> 00:36:25.080
  • Then you said, "Billy, let's have
  • 00:36:25.100 --> 00:36:29.080
  • "one more crusade in Korea."
  • 00:36:29.100 --> 00:36:31.180
  • To conclude my remarks,
  • 00:36:33.130 --> 00:36:35.020
  • you and Mrs. Graham have been such
  • 00:36:35.040 --> 00:36:37.150
  • an inspiration and encouragement
  • 00:36:37.170 --> 00:36:39.120
  • and your family, a wonderful friend in the ministry.
  • 00:36:39.140 --> 00:36:42.250
  • Your journey has ended on this earth,
  • 00:36:42.270 --> 00:36:45.290
  • but may the Lord give you perfect rest
  • 00:36:46.010 --> 00:36:49.090
  • in the presence of our Heavenly Father.
  • 00:36:49.110 --> 00:36:51.270
  • You have fought a good fight.
  • 00:36:51.290 --> 00:36:53.230
  • You finished the course.
  • 00:36:53.250 --> 00:36:55.170
  • You have kept the faith.
  • 00:36:55.190 --> 00:36:57.230
  • Henceforth, there is laid up for you a crown of righteousness.
  • 00:36:57.250 --> 00:37:02.140
  • God bless you all, thank you.
  • 00:37:02.160 --> 00:37:04.240
  • (APPLAUSE)
  • 00:37:06.000 --> 00:37:09.240
  • Shall we pray?
  • 00:37:09.260 --> 00:37:11.060
  • Almighty God, our Heavenly Father,
  • 00:37:12.140 --> 00:37:16.260
  • we have come together here
  • 00:37:16.280 --> 00:37:20.040
  • and joined with millions of Your people
  • 00:37:20.060 --> 00:37:23.130
  • around the world
  • 00:37:23.150 --> 00:37:24.250
  • to praise You
  • 00:37:26.010 --> 00:37:28.070
  • and to worship You.
  • 00:37:28.090 --> 00:37:29.150
  • Open the gates of heaven, O God,
  • 00:37:31.030 --> 00:37:33.120
  • and pour Your Holy Spirit upon us.
  • 00:37:33.140 --> 00:37:36.230
  • We've come, O God, to thank You
  • 00:37:36.250 --> 00:37:39.290
  • for a life that has been so precious.
  • 00:37:40.010 --> 00:37:45.200
  • And will always be very precious to all of us.
  • 00:37:45.220 --> 00:37:50.190
  • God, You had foreordained
  • 00:37:50.210 --> 00:37:55.010
  • for Jesus Christ to shed His blood
  • 00:37:55.030 --> 00:37:58.230
  • on the cross and who died
  • 00:37:58.250 --> 00:38:01.000
  • for our sins, and You raised Him up
  • 00:38:01.020 --> 00:38:04.040
  • on that day that He might be our Savior.
  • 00:38:04.060 --> 00:38:08.200
  • You who God had also foreordained
  • 00:38:08.220 --> 00:38:13.220
  • that your servant, Billy Graham,
  • 00:38:13.240 --> 00:38:16.070
  • might be the champion of the proclamation
  • 00:38:16.090 --> 00:38:20.200
  • of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • 00:38:20.220 --> 00:38:24.150
  • O God, at this time, we know that it was You,
  • 00:38:24.170 --> 00:38:30.090
  • You who brought the countless souls
  • 00:38:30.110 --> 00:38:33.110
  • to the foot of the cross,
  • 00:38:33.130 --> 00:38:35.200
  • for this is what your servant would say, O God,
  • 00:38:35.220 --> 00:38:38.180
  • "Not me, not me, but God did it."
  • 00:38:38.200 --> 00:38:45.070
  • We rejoice, O God, at this time.
  • 00:38:45.090 --> 00:38:48.120
  • As we gather together,
  • 00:38:48.140 --> 00:38:50.290
  • the seed that Your servant has planted
  • 00:38:51.010 --> 00:38:56.060
  • will multiply, O God, that the whole world
  • 00:38:56.080 --> 00:39:00.270
  • may hear of the Gospel.
  • 00:39:00.290 --> 00:39:03.090
  • That we as sinners, O God, should repent
  • 00:39:03.110 --> 00:39:07.240
  • before the cross and invite Christ into our lives.
  • 00:39:07.260 --> 00:39:11.230
  • We thank you for the Gospel, O God.
  • 00:39:11.250 --> 00:39:14.180
  • And at this time, Lord,
  • 00:39:14.200 --> 00:39:17.000
  • we pray for the children of Dr. Graham--
  • 00:39:17.020 --> 00:39:22.010
  • for Gigi, for Anne,
  • 00:39:22.030 --> 00:39:26.020
  • for Ruth, for Franklin, and for Ned.
  • 00:39:26.040 --> 00:39:31.210
  • We pray for their families, O God,
  • 00:39:31.230 --> 00:39:34.280
  • and the wonderful ministries to which they're involved in.
  • 00:39:35.000 --> 00:39:38.270
  • But Lord at this time we pray very specially
  • 00:39:38.290 --> 00:39:42.070
  • for Franklin and for Will as they continue
  • 00:39:42.090 --> 00:39:47.210
  • to uphold the legacy that your servant Billy Graham had,
  • 00:39:47.230 --> 00:39:52.160
  • to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ
  • 00:39:52.180 --> 00:39:56.020
  • to the nations of the world.
  • 00:39:56.040 --> 00:39:59.030
  • May this day, O God, be a dawn
  • 00:39:59.050 --> 00:40:04.040
  • of a new era in the proclamation
  • 00:40:04.060 --> 00:40:09.160
  • of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • 00:40:09.180 --> 00:40:12.190
  • Father, at this time,
  • 00:40:12.210 --> 00:40:16.020
  • we pray for a fresh anointing
  • 00:40:16.040 --> 00:40:20.080
  • upon Thy servant, Franklin Graham.
  • 00:40:20.100 --> 00:40:24.170
  • As he comes, O God, to share from his heart,
  • 00:40:24.190 --> 00:40:30.000
  • as he comes, O God, to share from Your Word,
  • 00:40:30.020 --> 00:40:34.200
  • the message, Lord,
  • 00:40:34.220 --> 00:40:37.070
  • the message that your servant has lived his life for.
  • 00:40:37.090 --> 00:40:43.220
  • Lord, prepare our hearts that at this moment
  • 00:40:43.240 --> 00:40:49.060
  • we might respond to your love and your forgiveness.
  • 00:40:49.080 --> 00:40:54.040
  • For we pray in Jesus' name, amen.
  • 00:40:54.060 --> 00:40:59.110
  • Mr. President,
  • 00:41:12.090 --> 00:41:15.010
  • First Lady Melania Trump,
  • 00:41:17.100 --> 00:41:20.140
  • Vice President Pence,
  • 00:41:20.160 --> 00:41:24.020
  • Karen,
  • 00:41:24.040 --> 00:41:26.100
  • to my family,
  • 00:41:26.120 --> 00:41:28.150
  • government leaders,
  • 00:41:28.170 --> 00:41:32.050
  • notable guests,
  • 00:41:32.070 --> 00:41:34.180
  • my father's friends
  • 00:41:34.200 --> 00:41:37.050
  • and pastors
  • 00:41:37.070 --> 00:41:39.150
  • and church leaders,
  • 00:41:39.170 --> 00:41:40.170
  • and the wonderful supporters
  • 00:41:41.170 --> 00:41:43.150
  • who stood behind him with their prayer
  • 00:41:43.170 --> 00:41:45.090
  • and support all these years,
  • 00:41:45.110 --> 00:41:47.070
  • and to my father's incredible staff,
  • 00:41:47.090 --> 00:41:52.010
  • we have come here today to honor a man of God.
  • 00:41:52.030 --> 00:41:58.000
  • The Library in back of us tells about the journey
  • 00:41:58.020 --> 00:42:01.200
  • of faith that my father traveled his entire life.
  • 00:42:01.220 --> 00:42:06.160
  • My father preached on heaven,
  • 00:42:06.180 --> 00:42:09.180
  • told millions how to find heaven,
  • 00:42:09.200 --> 00:42:12.080
  • he wrote a book on heaven,
  • 00:42:12.100 --> 00:42:15.080
  • and today he's in heaven.
  • 00:42:15.100 --> 00:42:19.020
  • His journey is complete.
  • 00:42:19.040 --> 00:42:21.130
  • You may wonder how I best remember my father.
  • 00:42:21.150 --> 00:42:26.120
  • Well, I cannot remember my father
  • 00:42:26.140 --> 00:42:29.020
  • without remembering my mother.
  • 00:42:29.040 --> 00:42:31.260
  • She loved my father.
  • 00:42:31.280 --> 00:42:34.270
  • He loved her, he adored her.
  • 00:42:34.290 --> 00:42:39.020
  • She was his soul mate in life,
  • 00:42:39.040 --> 00:42:42.200
  • and when she passed away
  • 00:42:42.220 --> 00:42:45.020
  • eleven years ago this coming June,
  • 00:42:45.040 --> 00:42:47.020
  • it was a big hole in his heart.
  • 00:42:47.040 --> 00:42:49.230
  • He missed my mother.
  • 00:42:49.250 --> 00:42:52.070
  • He had a big picture of her
  • 00:42:52.090 --> 00:42:55.040
  • at the foot of his bed on the wall,
  • 00:42:55.060 --> 00:42:57.020
  • and he could lie in bed
  • 00:42:57.040 --> 00:42:59.160
  • and look at that picture of my mother.
  • 00:42:59.180 --> 00:43:02.110
  • Sometimes I'd come in there to see him
  • 00:43:02.130 --> 00:43:04.250
  • and he'd say, "Franklin, I miss your mother more today
  • 00:43:04.270 --> 00:43:07.030
  • "than I've ever missed her in my life."
  • 00:43:07.050 --> 00:43:10.160
  • The last few years of my mother's life
  • 00:43:10.180 --> 00:43:12.110
  • my mother was sick in bed
  • 00:43:12.130 --> 00:43:13.270
  • and she would lie in bed on her side
  • 00:43:13.290 --> 00:43:15.280
  • and my father would come in
  • 00:43:16.000 --> 00:43:17.130
  • and he'd sit beside her and the two of them
  • 00:43:17.150 --> 00:43:19.160
  • would look at each other.
  • 00:43:19.180 --> 00:43:21.060
  • Just look at each other, eye-to-eye for hours.
  • 00:43:21.080 --> 00:43:25.120
  • And if I sat in the room,
  • 00:43:26.270 --> 00:43:29.080
  • I felt a little uncomfortable,
  • 00:43:29.100 --> 00:43:30.210
  • like I was intruding.
  • 00:43:30.230 --> 00:43:32.060
  • (LAUGHTER)
  • 00:43:32.080 --> 00:43:33.190
  • He loved her, and she loved him.
  • 00:43:37.030 --> 00:43:42.010
  • My mother was a part of my father's life at every turn.
  • 00:43:45.110 --> 00:43:50.270
  • When I think about my father,
  • 00:43:52.150 --> 00:43:54.100
  • I can sit quietly and I can still hear his voice.
  • 00:43:54.120 --> 00:43:57.230
  • A word of encouragement.
  • 00:43:57.250 --> 00:44:00.090
  • Sometimes a word of caution.
  • 00:44:00.110 --> 00:44:04.050
  • There were quite a few of those.
  • 00:44:04.070 --> 00:44:05.290
  • I can recall him at home just laughing
  • 00:44:06.010 --> 00:44:09.210
  • with our children, he had a great sense of humor.
  • 00:44:09.230 --> 00:44:12.080
  • He loved his grandchildren,
  • 00:44:12.100 --> 00:44:13.230
  • great grandchildren, all of his family.
  • 00:44:13.250 --> 00:44:15.260
  • And I remember we would take walks together
  • 00:44:15.280 --> 00:44:18.100
  • along the mountain trails above his log home there in Montreat.
  • 00:44:18.120 --> 00:44:22.200
  • But the Billy Graham that the world saw on television,
  • 00:44:22.220 --> 00:44:27.090
  • the Billy Graham that the world saw in the big stadiums,
  • 00:44:27.110 --> 00:44:32.230
  • was the same Billy Graham that we saw at home.
  • 00:44:32.250 --> 00:44:36.220
  • There weren't two Billy Grahams.
  • 00:44:36.240 --> 00:44:39.090
  • He loved his family, he stood by us.
  • 00:44:39.110 --> 00:44:42.190
  • He comforted us.
  • 00:44:42.210 --> 00:44:44.160
  • He left us an enduring legacy.
  • 00:44:44.180 --> 00:44:47.060
  • His uncompromising testimony of God's great love.
  • 00:44:47.080 --> 00:44:51.000
  • All of us children came to see the world
  • 00:44:51.020 --> 00:44:55.030
  • and our Father in heaven through my father's eyes.
  • 00:44:56.230 --> 00:45:01.190
  • I think the most compelling vision
  • 00:45:03.150 --> 00:45:06.290
  • that I have engrained in my memory,
  • 00:45:07.010 --> 00:45:10.000
  • is my father, the preacher, the evangelist,
  • 00:45:10.020 --> 00:45:13.010
  • standing behind this pulpit right here.
  • 00:45:13.030 --> 00:45:16.290
  • In stadiums around the country and around the world.
  • 00:45:19.010 --> 00:45:23.000
  • And his voice booming.
  • 00:45:23.020 --> 00:45:25.040
  • Proclaiming the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • 00:45:28.060 --> 00:45:32.160
  • He has often said that "Someday you'll read
  • 00:45:34.150 --> 00:45:37.120
  • "that Billy Graham is dead."
  • 00:45:37.140 --> 00:45:39.010
  • He said, "Don't you believe one word of it."
  • 00:45:39.030 --> 00:45:41.130
  • He said, "I'll be more alive than I am now.
  • 00:45:41.150 --> 00:45:46.090
  • "I will have just changed addresses, that's all."
  • 00:45:46.110 --> 00:45:49.090
  • Every Sunday that I was home
  • 00:45:51.040 --> 00:45:55.040
  • I went to visit my father.
  • 00:45:55.060 --> 00:45:56.180
  • He'd love to walk, when he could.
  • 00:45:57.180 --> 00:46:01.160
  • I'd share things that we were doing.
  • 00:46:01.180 --> 00:46:04.170
  • He would ask questions.
  • 00:46:04.190 --> 00:46:06.020
  • We'd talk about the Bible.
  • 00:46:06.040 --> 00:46:08.120
  • He liked to talk about politics, sports,
  • 00:46:08.140 --> 00:46:12.140
  • but the last few years he became rather quiet.
  • 00:46:12.160 --> 00:46:15.260
  • In this last year of his life
  • 00:46:17.150 --> 00:46:18.250
  • he said very little at all,
  • 00:46:18.270 --> 00:46:20.020
  • and I believe that his mind was on heaven.
  • 00:46:20.040 --> 00:46:22.090
  • He often said, "I'm not afraid to die
  • 00:46:22.110 --> 00:46:24.060
  • "for I know the joys of heaven are waiting."
  • 00:46:24.080 --> 00:46:26.180
  • If he could speak to you today, he would ask,
  • 00:46:26.200 --> 00:46:32.160
  • "Will you be making this journey to heaven someday?"
  • 00:46:32.180 --> 00:46:38.080
  • My father's greatest longing has been granted.
  • 00:46:38.100 --> 00:46:43.060
  • He's in the presence of God.
  • 00:46:43.080 --> 00:46:46.000
  • There are a few things my father would want me
  • 00:46:46.020 --> 00:46:48.080
  • to share with you today and I'll take just a moment.
  • 00:46:48.100 --> 00:46:51.010
  • My father would want you to know
  • 00:46:51.030 --> 00:46:53.150
  • that he believed the Bible to be
  • 00:46:53.170 --> 00:46:55.100
  • the infallible Word of God.
  • 00:46:55.120 --> 00:46:57.130
  • He didn't understand it all,
  • 00:46:57.150 --> 00:47:00.090
  • but he sure believed it all.
  • 00:47:00.110 --> 00:47:03.010
  • The Bible was his sole authority.
  • 00:47:03.030 --> 00:47:06.260
  • When he preached he always took the Bible to the pulpit with him,
  • 00:47:06.280 --> 00:47:11.120
  • and for most of his messages,
  • 00:47:11.140 --> 00:47:13.030
  • he would hold the Bible in his hand,
  • 00:47:13.050 --> 00:47:15.070
  • and he would quote scripture after scripture.
  • 00:47:15.090 --> 00:47:19.000
  • His sermons were filled with scripture.
  • 00:47:21.130 --> 00:47:23.280
  • And when he would quote the scripture,
  • 00:47:24.000 --> 00:47:25.170
  • he would always say, "The Bible says."
  • 00:47:25.190 --> 00:47:28.200
  • Why?
  • 00:47:29.150 --> 00:47:31.120
  • Because it was his authority.
  • 00:47:31.140 --> 00:47:34.010
  • My father believed in heaven.
  • 00:47:34.030 --> 00:47:36.080
  • He also believed in hell.
  • 00:47:36.100 --> 00:47:39.040
  • You see, Jesus preached on hell.
  • 00:47:39.060 --> 00:47:41.170
  • Hell is reserved for the wicked.
  • 00:47:41.190 --> 00:47:44.080
  • For those who refuse to repent of their sins
  • 00:47:44.100 --> 00:47:47.110
  • and acknowledge God's son Jesus Christ
  • 00:47:47.130 --> 00:47:49.070
  • as their Lord and Savior.
  • 00:47:49.090 --> 00:47:51.170
  • The Bible says that God doesn't want anyone to perish,
  • 00:47:51.190 --> 00:47:55.170
  • but all should come to repentance.
  • 00:47:55.190 --> 00:47:59.200
  • This motivated my father to preach the Gospel with urgency.
  • 00:47:59.220 --> 00:48:06.060
  • He wanted to warn men and women
  • 00:48:06.080 --> 00:48:08.250
  • of the consequences of their sins.
  • 00:48:08.270 --> 00:48:11.130
  • That one day we would all have to stand
  • 00:48:11.150 --> 00:48:14.030
  • before God to give Him an account of our lives,
  • 00:48:14.050 --> 00:48:17.230
  • that there was a judgment coming.
  • 00:48:17.250 --> 00:48:21.040
  • The Bible tells us that man has been
  • 00:48:21.060 --> 00:48:23.110
  • separated from God by sin,
  • 00:48:23.130 --> 00:48:26.000
  • and sin is a disease of the human soul,
  • 00:48:26.020 --> 00:48:29.060
  • the human heart, and it has infected
  • 00:48:29.080 --> 00:48:31.070
  • the entire human race.
  • 00:48:31.090 --> 00:48:33.090
  • The Bible tells us that we have all sinned
  • 00:48:33.110 --> 00:48:36.140
  • and we've all come short of God's standards, His glory,
  • 00:48:36.160 --> 00:48:41.150
  • and the penalty of sin is death.
  • 00:48:41.170 --> 00:48:46.040
  • Not just physical death but spiritual death for eternity.
  • 00:48:46.060 --> 00:48:51.020
  • The best news ever declared
  • 00:48:51.040 --> 00:48:53.120
  • is that "God so loved the world
  • 00:48:53.140 --> 00:48:55.280
  • "that He gave His only begotten Son
  • 00:48:56.000 --> 00:48:59.090
  • "that whosoever believeth in Him,
  • 00:48:59.110 --> 00:49:01.210
  • "should not perish but should have everlasting life."
  • 00:49:01.230 --> 00:49:05.150
  • This verse was probably in every message
  • 00:49:07.260 --> 00:49:10.270
  • my father ever preached because it demonstrates the love of God.
  • 00:49:10.290 --> 00:49:14.280
  • It gives hope to the lost world.
  • 00:49:15.000 --> 00:49:17.290
  • When one reads the papers,
  • 00:49:18.010 --> 00:49:19.210
  • or listens to the news,
  • 00:49:19.230 --> 00:49:20.260
  • we wonder what hope is there.
  • 00:49:20.280 --> 00:49:23.030
  • But 2.000 years ago, God broke through the darkness of sin
  • 00:49:23.050 --> 00:49:26.210
  • and sent His Son down from heaven to this earth
  • 00:49:26.230 --> 00:49:29.150
  • to identify with us, to bring us the light of salvation.
  • 00:49:29.170 --> 00:49:33.030
  • The man Christ Jesus came to seek and to save that which was lost.
  • 00:49:33.050 --> 00:49:37.270
  • The Bible says, "For it's by grace that you have been saved,
  • 00:49:40.220 --> 00:49:43.260
  • "through faith, and it's not of yourselves,
  • 00:49:43.280 --> 00:49:46.060
  • "it's the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast."
  • 00:49:46.080 --> 00:49:50.190
  • And Jesus said, "I'm the way, the truth, and the life.
  • 00:49:50.210 --> 00:49:53.260
  • "No man comes to the Father but by Me."
  • 00:49:53.280 --> 00:49:58.160
  • Millions today are searching for the way.
  • 00:49:58.180 --> 00:50:02.120
  • Where do I go?
  • 00:50:02.140 --> 00:50:04.020
  • What do I do?
  • 00:50:04.040 --> 00:50:06.090
  • Jesus said, "Follow me."
  • 00:50:06.110 --> 00:50:07.250
  • He said, "I am the way."
  • 00:50:07.270 --> 00:50:10.010
  • Just a few days ago my father followed Jesus all the way to heaven.
  • 00:50:10.030 --> 00:50:14.230
  • Most of his life was spent traveling the world,
  • 00:50:14.250 --> 00:50:17.150
  • but the last week, he embarked on a journey
  • 00:50:17.170 --> 00:50:19.290
  • he had been looking forward to all of his life.
  • 00:50:20.010 --> 00:50:23.080
  • The journey from earth of heaven.
  • 00:50:23.100 --> 00:50:27.040
  • How 'bout you?
  • 00:50:28.040 --> 00:50:30.060
  • If this were your funeral,
  • 00:50:30.080 --> 00:50:32.170
  • would you be in heaven?
  • 00:50:32.190 --> 00:50:35.100
  • Are you sure?
  • 00:50:36.290 --> 00:50:38.050
  • Jesus still calls us to follow Him today.
  • 00:50:40.210 --> 00:50:44.230
  • Jesus said, "I'm the truth."
  • 00:50:44.250 --> 00:50:47.120
  • Many ask today, "What is truth?
  • 00:50:47.140 --> 00:50:51.090
  • "With all the lies and false information, what is the truth?"
  • 00:50:51.110 --> 00:50:55.280
  • Jesus said, "I am the truth,"
  • 00:50:56.000 --> 00:50:58.100
  • and all truth is found in Him.
  • 00:50:58.120 --> 00:51:02.110
  • He said, "I'm the life."
  • 00:51:02.130 --> 00:51:05.010
  • Most people spend their wages
  • 00:51:05.030 --> 00:51:06.260
  • improving and trying to have a more comfortable life.
  • 00:51:06.280 --> 00:51:11.000
  • If we follow Him and trust Him
  • 00:51:11.020 --> 00:51:13.080
  • and believe Him to be true,
  • 00:51:13.100 --> 00:51:15.080
  • He will give us, not a better life,
  • 00:51:15.100 --> 00:51:17.170
  • He doesn't promise that.
  • 00:51:17.190 --> 00:51:19.010
  • He doesn't promise us a more comfortable life,
  • 00:51:19.030 --> 00:51:22.040
  • but He does promise us eternal life.
  • 00:51:23.190 --> 00:51:26.160
  • Jesus tells us that no one comes to the Father
  • 00:51:26.180 --> 00:51:28.290
  • except through Him.
  • 00:51:29.010 --> 00:51:31.000
  • The world, with all of its political correctness
  • 00:51:31.020 --> 00:51:33.290
  • would want you to believe
  • 00:51:34.010 --> 00:51:36.030
  • that there are many roads to God.
  • 00:51:36.050 --> 00:51:38.100
  • It's just not true.
  • 00:51:38.120 --> 00:51:40.290
  • How could Jesus make these claims?
  • 00:51:41.010 --> 00:51:44.010
  • How could He say that He's the way, the truth, and the life,
  • 00:51:44.030 --> 00:51:46.190
  • and no man comes to the Father but by Him?
  • 00:51:46.210 --> 00:51:49.030
  • You see, Jesus was God in the flesh.
  • 00:51:49.050 --> 00:51:53.170
  • Because He is the only one in history to take our sins
  • 00:51:53.190 --> 00:51:58.030
  • and pay the debt of sin.
  • 00:51:58.050 --> 00:52:00.090
  • And my father would want me to share this with you today--
  • 00:52:00.110 --> 00:52:02.210
  • that God sent His son, His only Son,
  • 00:52:02.230 --> 00:52:04.230
  • from heaven to this earth to take our sins,
  • 00:52:04.250 --> 00:52:07.060
  • and He took our sins to the cross,
  • 00:52:07.080 --> 00:52:09.080
  • and He died in our place.
  • 00:52:09.100 --> 00:52:11.150
  • He shed His blood for each and every one of you.
  • 00:52:11.170 --> 00:52:14.120
  • And when He hung on the cross,
  • 00:52:14.140 --> 00:52:16.090
  • God poured out the sins of mankind on His Son.
  • 00:52:16.110 --> 00:52:20.140
  • The sins past, present, future.
  • 00:52:20.160 --> 00:52:23.170
  • He shed His blood for our sins.
  • 00:52:23.190 --> 00:52:26.070
  • He was buried for our sins.
  • 00:52:26.090 --> 00:52:28.070
  • And on the third day, God raised His Son to life.
  • 00:52:28.090 --> 00:52:32.230
  • Jesus is not dead, He's alive and He's here today.
  • 00:52:32.250 --> 00:52:37.070
  • Are you trusting Him?
  • 00:52:40.180 --> 00:52:42.200
  • He will come into each and every heart that invites Him.
  • 00:52:42.220 --> 00:52:46.090
  • And if we repent of our sins,
  • 00:52:46.110 --> 00:52:48.270
  • and by faith believe on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ,
  • 00:52:48.290 --> 00:52:53.000
  • the Bible says we will be saved.
  • 00:52:53.020 --> 00:52:56.100
  • Are you saved? Are you forgiven?
  • 00:52:56.120 --> 00:52:58.290
  • Are you trusting Jesus as your Savior?
  • 00:52:59.010 --> 00:53:02.060
  • Are you following Him as your Lord?
  • 00:53:02.080 --> 00:53:04.240
  • If you're not sure, there'd be no better time than right now
  • 00:53:04.260 --> 00:53:07.250
  • at Billy Graham's funeral,
  • 00:53:07.270 --> 00:53:11.010
  • to settle this once and for eternity.
  • 00:53:11.030 --> 00:53:14.160
  • It's simply by faith, simply by believing.
  • 00:53:14.180 --> 00:53:18.110
  • And if you were just to pray a simple prayer like this,
  • 00:53:18.130 --> 00:53:21.230
  • just say, in your heart, just say this in your heart:
  • 00:53:21.250 --> 00:53:24.260
  • God, I'm a sinner.
  • 00:53:24.280 --> 00:53:27.060
  • I'm sorry for my sins.
  • 00:53:27.080 --> 00:53:29.130
  • Forgive me.
  • 00:53:29.150 --> 00:53:30.230
  • I believe that Jesus Christ is your son.
  • 00:53:30.250 --> 00:53:33.140
  • And I want to trust Him as my Savior
  • 00:53:34.260 --> 00:53:37.220
  • and I want to follow Him as my Lord.
  • 00:53:37.240 --> 00:53:41.050
  • If you just pray a simple prayer like that,
  • 00:53:41.070 --> 00:53:44.010
  • God will forgive your sins,
  • 00:53:44.030 --> 00:53:46.020
  • and you can have that hope of eternal life.
  • 00:53:46.040 --> 00:53:49.020
  • My last visit with my father
  • 00:53:50.030 --> 00:53:51.220
  • was Sunday, February the 18th,
  • 00:53:51.240 --> 00:53:53.190
  • and on the 21st of February
  • 00:53:53.210 --> 00:53:55.280
  • he was escorted by God's angels
  • 00:53:56.000 --> 00:53:58.200
  • to the throne of God.
  • 00:53:58.220 --> 00:54:01.000
  • And I can only imagine what it was like
  • 00:54:01.020 --> 00:54:03.270
  • for my father to step into heaven,
  • 00:54:03.290 --> 00:54:07.190
  • and there was the Lord Jesus Christ to say,
  • 00:54:07.210 --> 00:54:10.150
  • "Well done, good and faithful servant."
  • 00:54:10.170 --> 00:54:13.240
  • There was the throne of God.
  • 00:54:13.260 --> 00:54:15.210
  • Can you just imagine that?
  • 00:54:15.230 --> 00:54:17.030
  • My mother, his mother,
  • 00:54:17.050 --> 00:54:20.160
  • father, friends, clapping, cheering.
  • 00:54:20.180 --> 00:54:23.270
  • Bells ringing, trumpets blowing.
  • 00:54:23.290 --> 00:54:25.290
  • Not because it was Billy Graham.
  • 00:54:28.200 --> 00:54:31.130
  • It's just another child of God had come home.
  • 00:54:31.150 --> 00:54:33.240
  • Another child of God.
  • 00:54:33.260 --> 00:54:35.240
  • Daddy, I won't see you on this earth again,
  • 00:54:37.250 --> 00:54:43.290
  • but I will see you again.
  • 00:54:44.010 --> 00:54:45.250
  • I'll see you, maybe soon,
  • 00:54:45.270 --> 00:54:48.070
  • but not yet.
  • 00:54:48.090 --> 00:54:51.030
  • To God be the glory.
  • 00:54:51.050 --> 00:54:53.030
  • (APPLAUSE)
  • 00:54:55.160 --> 00:54:58.280
  • (Tom Bledsoe) Thank you, Franklin.
  • 00:55:01.030 --> 00:55:02.250
  • And those last words that he said
  • 00:55:02.270 --> 00:55:04.210
  • is something that we all should leave with today.
  • 00:55:04.230 --> 00:55:07.030
  • As we sing a wonderful hymn,
  • 00:55:07.050 --> 00:55:08.290
  • To God be the glory
  • 00:55:09.010 --> 00:55:10.200
  • great things He hath done,
  • 00:55:10.220 --> 00:55:13.000
  • great our rejoicing through Jesus His son.
  • 00:55:13.020 --> 00:55:16.120
  • Will we stand together as we sing
  • 00:55:16.140 --> 00:55:18.020
  • this wonderful hymn for the benediction?
  • 00:55:18.040 --> 00:55:20.180
  • Everyone sing, join in, lift your voice.
  • 00:55:20.200 --> 00:55:23.030
  • Let it be heard.
  • 00:55:23.050 --> 00:55:25.060
  • To God be the glory
  • 00:55:25.080 --> 00:55:29.130
  • Great thins He hath done
  • 00:55:29.150 --> 00:55:32.170
  • So loved e the World
  • 00:55:32.190 --> 00:55:35.150
  • That He gave s His Son
  • 00:55:35.170 --> 00:55:39.010
  • Who yieldd His life
  • 00:55:39.030 --> 00:55:41.230
  • An atonemet for sin
  • 00:55:41.250 --> 00:55:45.110
  • And opened the life-gate
  • 00:55:45.130 --> 00:55:48.240
  • That all may go in
  • 00:55:48.260 --> 00:55:52.160
  • Praise the Lor, praise the Lord
  • 00:55:52.180 --> 00:55:55.280
  • Let the earh hear His voice
  • 00:55:56.000 --> 00:55:59.140
  • Praise the Lor, praise the Lord
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  • Let the peope rejoice
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  • O come o the Father
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  • Through Jess the son
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  • And give Hm the glory
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  • Great things He hath done
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  • (Rev. George Battle, Jr.) Let the church say, "Amen."
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  • (AUDIENCE) Amen.
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  • Let us say it one more time for the Father.
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  • (AUDIENCE) Amen.
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  • And the Holy Ghost.
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  • (AUDIENCE) Amen.
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  • I had the privilege of praying
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  • as Dr. Graham dedicated
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  • the highway out there.
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  • So I have the privilege now
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  • my great honor to give this benediction
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  • to this great service.
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  • Hasn't it been a great service?
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  • Let's give God the praise.
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  • (APPLAUSE)
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  • Celebration, celebration.
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  • (APPLAUSE)
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  • And now...
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  • may the grace of God,
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  • the sweet communion of His Holy Spirit,
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  • may it rest, rule, and abide with us
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  • henceforth and forevermore,
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  • and the church said?
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  • Amen.
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  • (Amazing Grae playing)
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  • 00:58:32.230 --> 00:58:42.230
  • 00:58:42.250 --> 00:58:48.190
  • 00:58:48.190 --> 00:58:56.100
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  • I've been asked so many times lately,
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  • Do I fear death?
  • 00:59:03.180 --> 00:59:05.010
  • No, I look forward to death with great anticipation.
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  • As I look back over my life,
  • 00:59:16.280 --> 00:59:18.270
  • it's full of surprises.
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  • And here he is, Billy Graham.
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  • Dr. Billy Graham.
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  • Billy Graham.
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  • (APPLAUSE)
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  • I never thought I would
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  • become friends with people
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  • in different countries
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  • all over the world.
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  • As a child, I didn't understand
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  • all the difficulties.
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  • (Billy Graham) A lot of times
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  • I would go down
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  • this driveway here
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  • with tears in my eyes.
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  • I didn't want to go.
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  • He was a giant.
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  • He was unparalleled.
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  • "For God so loved!"
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  • It was just so powerful to me.
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  • (George H.W. Bush) The preacher who helped
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  • change the world
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  • Is a spiritual gift
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  • to all of us.
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