Billy Graham, renowned evangelist, dead at 99

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The Rev. Billy Graham, whose sermons were broadcast in churches around the country, died Wednesday morning at his home in Montreat, North Carolina, his nonprofit organization announced. He was 99.

President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence took to Twitter to note Graham’s death.

“The GREAT Billy Graham is dead,” Mr. Trump said. “There was nobody like him! He will be missed by Christians and all religions. A very special man.”

Pence said he and his wife Karen were saddened by the news.

“We send our deepest condolences to the Graham family,” the vice president said. “Billy Graham’s ministry for the gospel of Jesus Christ and his matchless voice changed the lives of millions. We mourn his passing but I know with absolute certainty that today he heard those words, ‘well done good and faithful servant.’ Thank you Billy Graham. God bless you.”

In the summer of 2005, Graham preached at what he called his “Final Crusade.”

Graham said: “Deep inside we need something else. And that something else can be brought about by Jesus.”

“When I touch the podium, I can feel a new strength and a new power come and it’s a thrilling thing for me to preach the gospel at this age,” Graham said.


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