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Bring It On-Line: - June 27, 2017

WE'VE BOTH PRAYED ABOUT OUR RELATIONSHIP. HE FEELS GOD HAS TOLD HIM THAT WE WILL EVENTUALLY MARRY; I HAVEN'T RECEIVED SUCH A CLEAR ANSWER. WITH THAT SAID, WE ARE BOTH "BORED." I DON'T FEEL LIKE I AM MY FUN-LOVING SELF AROUND HIM ... Read Transcript


This first one comes from Beverly Gordon who says,

"I am a mother and grandmother.

My children profess they are born-again by the blood

of Jesus.

But my son and daughter are getting further away

from God and the church.

They believe because they tithe, everything is good.

My 16-year-old grandson that was raised

in church and a Christian school is into drugs.

His parents would rather jet-set everywhere

than address the issue.

And even if they do address it, they never follow through.

Please pray for my family.

Is there anything I can do?"

Beverly, I think you're hitting the number one thing

you can do, which is pray.

And pray for both your children and your grandchildren.

And realize the effective, fervent prayer

of a righteous person avails much.

And so do that.

And pray specifically that their hearts are turned back

to God, that they would become once again on fire or for him.

For your grandson, the warnings about drugs

are all over the place.

I would bring those to his attention

and let him know the new medical research showing

how drugs literally rewire the brain to create cravings

for even more.

It's tough for a 16-year-old to understand

the permanent implications they are taking with their brain

chemistry when they're taking these things.

But there is a reason they're habit-forming.

And the reason is in the chemistry

within the drug itself.

It rewires your brain so that you now have a craving for it.

Get him educated on what he's doing to himself.

And don't let bad company spoil him.

Get him educated.

He has to make the decision, though, to stop.

It's got to come from him.

It can't come externally.

There's no prison you can create that will stop him.

So realize, he's got to come to that conclusion.

And he needs prayer.

And he needs you.

OK.

This is Ren who says, "My boyfriend

and I've been dating for a while.

I'm only 17 years old.

My boyfriend is a great person.

He's a Christian.

He treats me well.

And we read the Bible together and pray together

on a regular basis.

We've both prayed about our relationship.

He feels God has told him that we will eventually marry.

And both sets of our parents feel the same.

I haven't received such a clear answer.

With that said, we are both, quote, bored.

I don't feel like I'm my fun-loving self around him

anymore.

In groups, we are fine.

But when we're alone, we aren't content.

Is this a sign that I shouldn't consider a future with him?

Ren, yeah.

I would say, if you're bored at 17 with your boyfriend, OK.

You know, if it can't last at this point in your life,

start thinking about your 50th anniversary.

What's that going to mean?

And what's that life going to be like?

You're 17.

You have your whole life in front of you.

You don't really find out who you really are until you're 30.

So wait.

Get educated.

And I would-- if I were you, I'd wait.

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