Jeff’s brother Jim returned from military service for the holidays. He slept in Jeff’s room, and so they would talk at night. Jim was saying some things that caused Jeff to be concerned about his brother’s spiritual condition. Jim questioned whether God answered prayer or if going to church really mattered in the grand scheme of things. For the most part, Jim wasn’t angry at God, but just seemed to be searching and doubting. Jeff is too young to know what it is like to have to be ready to go to war. He doesn’t worry about much more than whether pimples will break out or whether he will score points in the basketball game. He doesn’t feel as if he has a right to say anything to his brother but wants to encourage him to keep talking to God. How do you think he should go about doing that? What kinds of things would you say to be encouraging? What would you avoid saying?
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