Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST/TELEVISION - 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 bil­ly­gra­ham.org

DEAR REV. GRA­HAM: I’d like to start go­ing to church, but I’ve never been be­fore (ex­cept for wed­dings and fu­ner­als), and I’m afraid I’ll do some­thing wrong and make a fool of my­self. Can you un­der­stand this?

— K.W.W. DEAR K.W.W.: Your con­cern is cer­tainly un­der­stand­able; no one likes to be em­bar­rassed, re­gard­less of the rea­son. But I sin­cerely hope this won’t keep you from dis­cov­er­ing the en­cour­age­ment and friend­ships you can find in a church which has Christ at its cen­ter.

What steps can you take to over­come your wor­ries? First, if you have a friend who is ac­tive in a church, tell him or her of your fears, and ask for help to over­come them — per­haps by tak­ing you to a ser­vice. Other friends may know of churches in your area that have a rep­u­ta­tion for wel­com­ing guests. Re­mem­ber: there is no sub­sti­tute for tak­ing that first step — and once you do, you’ll be sur­prised how easy it will be to re­turn.

While I en­cour­age you to be­come in­volved in a church, I strongly urge you to take an even more im­por­tant step — and that is to turn to Je­sus Christ and by faith com­mit your life to Him. Our great­est need is to have our sins for­given — and that is why Je­sus Christ came into the world. By His death on the cross He be­came the fi­nal sac­ri­fice for our sins, and by His res­ur­rec­tion He opened Heaven’s door for us.

By a sim­ple prayer of faith ask Christ to come into your life to­day — and He will. Then ask Him to guide you to a church where you’ll be able to grow in your faith. God’s prom­ise is for you: “To those who be­lieved in his name, he gave the right to be­come chil­dren of God” (John 1:12).

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