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« on: March 25, 2004, 06:53:42 PM »

Well, I'm new to this forum so I guess this is a good place to post this (I mean, in the prayer requests.)
I have a friend, and she's a really good person. She's had a troubled past, and she never really grew up in any sort of Christian home. She has been baptized, but she's lost. lately she's been talking about going to the middle east and becoming Islamic. Sometimes she says she's Christian, and acts like it, and other times she says she's not Sad. I think she's searching for God, but in all the wrong places. Can anyone give me advice on how to help her find what she's looking for? Huh
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« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2004, 11:10:05 PM »

Ooooo - TW,
Tough situation.  It sounds like she has been baptised in water but not the Holy Spirit.

My only advice - take her to church with you every chance you get.  Get her invloved with Christian friends.  DON'T LET HER GO!  Don't lose her to the devil!

I'll be praying!  (Do you have a first name I can use in prayer?)

(TW - by the way - WELCOME to C-Unite!)
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« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2004, 08:27:29 PM »

Her name is Tara
Yeah I get you when you say she was baptized in water but not in the spirit. I'm planning to give her a book by Michael W Smith "Friends are friends forever" because it's chock-full of bible verses for situations.
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« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2004, 10:12:07 PM »

good advise try to be thier for her support her and expose her to as much christianity as you can, bring her to a light but interesting bible study , that can get her thinking. if she gets lost , this doesnt meen she wount be back shell never forget what you expose her to and this will help her come back. god works in strange  ways it might not be her that is being worked on it might be you.   Wink
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« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2004, 10:18:49 AM »

Yeah I try to get her to some youth group stuff, but since she lives with a foster family she can't get to youth group. its like every time i try to get her to somethiing at Church theres something that interferes.  Angry
And BUTCHA, you're so right. Just a while ago I realized that the reason I've become more of a Christian is because of my wanting to see HER become christian.
Whoa. Thats pretty deep.  Grin
thanks a lot you guys.
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« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2004, 08:09:13 PM »

Not knowing the particulars... I'd say get her to a real bible preachin', Spirit filled, Jesus-love-filled Pastor/Preacher asap...
(the "how" God has put into YOUR hands).

God's speed...
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« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2004, 03:58:15 PM »


And BUTCHA, you're so right. Just a while ago I realized that the reason I've become more of a Christian is because of my wanting to see HER become christian.
Whoa. Thats pretty deep.  Grin
thanks a lot you guys.
Pretty deep!  Grin
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« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2004, 04:16:00 PM »

Islam, uh? Sounds like your friend is the kind of person that sits in front of a blank TV screen for 10 minutes then declares there is nothing on. She expects God to come down and rain her with blesses while she does whatever see wants. It doesnít work like that. You have to turn on the TV. You have to seek the kingdom of God. Donít worry, this is normally a stage most young people go thru. They think it is something God is doing, it is really that he is waiting for them. They pretend to join other faiths. Most of them get over it. The most you can do is pray for her, and show that you understand. Donít be demeaning and donít tell her she is wrong. She will not listen to you, only get mad at you. Just be there for her, and pray for her.

Well, that is my best guess at least. That is what it sounds like. Pretty common phase for most teens. A lot of kids have there alternative lifestyle of religion they think about joining. Mine was Buddhism Grin and Wiccanism after that. Grin I know some highschoolers who start saying they will worship Greek Gods now. In the 80's Satanism was popular. It wasn't real Satanism, just a cheap rock-and-roll gimmick.  lol, it is common for a lot of kids. I wouldn't be too worried. Just pray for her and be there for her.
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« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2004, 06:24:11 PM »

Well, the problem with these religion fads is that they really do open up the door for spiritual trouble. Even if the satanism of the 80s was a gimmick, I'm certain the devil took advantage of that. Because, even if they leave the practices, they are still accountable for those behaviors on the last day. And who knows how many will suffer harder spiritual battle if they ever do return to Christ. It's one thing to abandon false practices, but it's another to embrace Christ and take up the cross and follow after Him.

Wanderer, were there any reasons why she's doing this? Did she say why she turned away from Christ?

Praying.
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« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2004, 08:20:43 PM »

Well actually I have something great to tell 'yall.
SHe came to youth this week, and she's going to come to church on sunday. And when she was at youth.....she really acted like she liked it a lot. I really think the problem lies in who she hangs out with. She even told me that she puts on a "front" when she's around her (unsaved) friends. But little by little, ever since I posted on this forum theres been changes in her.
You guys, I cant thank u enough!
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« Reply #10 on: April 02, 2004, 05:31:31 PM »

We will keep praying... you keep working on her!

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« Reply #11 on: April 02, 2004, 06:49:36 PM »

Praying for your friend.  Cheesy
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« Reply #12 on: April 06, 2004, 07:54:50 PM »

But little by little, ever since I posted on this forum theres been changes in her.

Oh, good!  Cheesy Lord, thank you for the subtle ways you have been changing Wanderer's friend! Help her to be able to stay focused, and to not be afraid of what her unsaved friends will think of her!
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« Reply #13 on: April 12, 2004, 02:19:41 PM »

Me again. Well, its going great, you guys.
God is really working this year. Lately I've gotten her to youth, church, and actually she was talking about getting baptised.......again. (I mean, ACTUALLY baptised.)
I think it would be too big of a step this early but only God knows whats best Grin. Its good to know theres good Christian people out there, thanks you guys. You bring light into this big, dark internet.  Tongue
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« Reply #14 on: April 13, 2004, 07:05:51 AM »

Would it be possible to get this friend's first name... it makes prayer easier (at least it does for me)...

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