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June 19, 2013 / dcwisdom

The Billy Graham Library

There are very few men who God elevates to worldly status and recognition.  Many times, men elevate themselves through their own efforts only to be torn down at some point in their ministries, or perhaps I should clarify and say “ministry.”  I dare to say that Billy Graham is perhaps the purest of hearts toward God the world has ever known, because God certainly looks upon his ministry with great love, passion, and power.  I cannot remember even a hint of scandal through the years, and I heard once that he took great lengths to protect himself against such accusations and temptations.  I bet that in history’s annals of the kings, Billy Graham’s name is there among names like Moses, Abraham, and Paul, being the spiritual giant he is.

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Yes, my friend Sue, we took more than half a day to see the Billy Graham Library.  You are correct:  It’s certainly worth the visit.

Rabbit Chase:  I remember when Texas A&M built George H. W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.  What a monstrosity! with sculptures, flags, all the hoorah…an ostentatious monument built to a man (which the world expects) for the simple reason that man, by his position and worldly influence, is elevated above God.  That’s called idolatry.  Remember the Tower of Babel?

But we’re all infatuated with world figures and want to know them and their families, travels, habits…mercy!  Look at Hollywood.  Just because people act on the world’s stage, they are elevated to god-like stature and worshiped.  Bless Brangelina.  They have ungodly images to live up to and pressures beyond what we commoners are exposed to.  They, most likely, will never experience “normal” life.

So, of course, by his convictions and simple but eloquent preaching to an estimated 220 million people world-wide, people want to know Billy Graham.  God allowed the world’s pastor to be touchable and examined, but Billy Graham’s life is not about himself.  Billy Graham always, without fail, points us to God.

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The library grounds are on the western side of Charlotte (I think), and the grounds are easily accessible.  Billy Graham’s boyhood home was disassembled and moved to this site a few years ago, and Ruth Bell Graham and George Beverly Shay are buried here.

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Inside the barn-themed library building are several areas including a walk-through tour of room after room with videos, audios, displays, pictures, posters, and memorabilia of Billy Graham’s life, family, and friends.  Naturally, at the end is the commitment and prayer room for those wanting prayer and for those who want the life-changing experience of knowing Jesus Christ personally.  That is what Billy Graham is all about.

The café (a large area inside the library building) is a fun place.  The menu offers soups and sandwiches and Mrs. Graham’s pound cake, made from his mother’s scratch recipe.  Since it was my birthday, we all split a piece of pound cake, and my bite-sized piece included a fork candle, which I “blew out” after a rousing rendition of the Happy Birthday song joined in by the folks at the nearby tables.  And let me say that the ladies’ room should be given a proper tour before use.  I was blown away!

And speaking of the library, I can only imagine what Billy Graham’s library looks like.  We, somehow, didn’t see the actual library.  I don’t know how we missed it.  However, I certainly was not disappointed with what we did see.

Before we left the grounds for our eight-hour drive into Alabama, we visited the gorgeous prayer garden and had prayer together.  It was beautiful time spent in an almost heavenly place.  Makes me wonder how the Garden of Eden must have looked.

Peace and love.  Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.  God bless Israel.  God help America and have mercy on her.

 

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4 Comments

  1. Sue / Jun 24 2013 5:45 PM

    So very glad you got to visit the library!!! If the wandering bug ever brings you back to NC,shoot me an email. I’d love to take you all to lunch!

    • dcwisdom / Jul 2 2013 8:56 AM

      Hello Sue…will do! 🙂

  2. Rustic Recluse / Jun 19 2013 9:27 PM

    Barn-themed library? I was sold at that. Wow!

    • dcwisdom / Jul 2 2013 8:56 AM

      Very unique…

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