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Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - STYLE - BILLY GRA­HAM Write to Billy Gra­ham in care of Billy Gra­ham Evan­ge­lis­tic As­so­ci­a­tion, 1 Billy Gra­ham Park­way, Char­lotte, N.C. 28201 or visit the web­site at

DEAR REV. GRA­HAM: My fam­ily isn’t reli­gious or any­thing, but last week I went with some friends to a sum­mer camp that their church spon­sors, and I asked Je­sus to come into my life. What do I do now? I haven’t told my par­ents, be­cause I’m not sure they’ll un­der­stand it.

— C.S. DEAR C.S: I’m very thank­ful you have given your life to Je­sus Christ; it is the most im­por­tant de­ci­sion any­one can ever make. You are now God’s child; all your sins have been for­given, and some day you will go to be with Him in Heaven for­ever. The Bi­ble says, “See what great love the Fa­ther has lav­ished on us, that we should be called chil­dren of God. And that is what we are.” (1 John 3:1).

What do you do now? First, if you haven’t al­ready done so, tell some­one about your de­ci­sion to fol­low Je­sus. Not only will it strengthen your com­mit­ment, but it will be an en­cour­age­ment and a wit­ness to oth­ers.

Then take time to be alone with God ev­ery day. Just as we need food to keep our bod­ies strong, so we need spir­i­tual “food” to keep our souls strong. And God has given this “food” to us. Take time to pray, and also to read the Bi­ble, which is God’s Word. (You may want to start read­ing in one of the Gospels — such as John — which tell us about Je­sus’ life, death and res­ur­rec­tion.)

In ad­di­tion, God has given you friends who are also be­liev­ers. They (and their church) can be a great help to you. Pray too for your par­ents, and ask God to make you an ex­am­ple to them of Christ’s love and peace. Even if they don’t be­lieve your words, they can’t ar­gue with your changed life. God bless you. bil­ly­gra­ham.org

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