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1. papa - 10/07/2009 6:03 pm CDT

Bethany, great thoughts. Talk to your dad about this. He will give you good insight on this.
I will be happy to talk to you about this when we are together again.
Love you.

2. Molly - 10/07/2009 10:37 pm CDT

Well, if we really did genuinely LOVE our friends... we would not stop sharing the Gospel with them, and tell them that they ARE going to Hell if they aren't broken and saved by His grace. Because if we love them, we want them to be saved.

Of course, this is rather hard to apply :). I know exactly what you mean, and think about this a lot, too. My advice would be this: pray fervently for your lost friends, and pray that God would break your heart more and more for them. Because whenever your heart is truly BROKEN for those around you, you start to see them in a new way, as people who need Jesus. I mean, that sounds trite... but it's hard to actually grasp. Whenever your heart is broken for them, sharing the Gospel with them and living it out will come second nature. Just be honest with your friends. Be real to them; don't wait for them to come to church to hear about Jesus (because they may never come). And don't be scared! :) God has you, and wants to use you. In my opinion, again (and I'm constantly having to do this), the first step would be to pray for them, and that God would help you see them as He sees them... before anything outward can happen, inward change needs to happen.

Love you sister! Proud of you! :)

3. papa - 10/08/2009 3:24 am CDT

You sisters are amazing.
Love you both.

4. MaMa - 10/08/2009 6:34 am CDT

Beth: As you read the word more and more I think you will see better how to witness and what to say. Like Molly said prayer is always first and foremost. Look in the Gospels how often Jesus prayed and Paul prayed for those he had shared the Good News with. When our hearts are overflowing with the love of God and what He has done for us thru Jesus Christ it will flow onto those around us, witnessing will become natural our life will be a sweet aroma. Our mindset has to be different than the world in our actions, thoughts, and words. Praying God will give you someone you can walk closly with to share the truths of His word.

5. Dad - 10/09/2009 7:40 pm CDT

All the comments are so good. I have very little to add, other than that I know exactly what you're talking about. One of the toughest things about this is to be fully authentic with our friends, and not to have ulterior motives. That's why what's already been said is so good. You simply can't go wrong with prayer for and love for your friends, and allow God to open things up for you.

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