Month: November 2015

 
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Step 1: Paul Explains Powerlessness: Romans 7

STEP 1: We admitted we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors, that our lives had become unmanageable. I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. RomansRead More

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Step 2: Paul’s Call to Humility: Philippians 2

STEP 2: We came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. Philippians 2:13 Philippians is a letter from Paul to the followers of Christ in PhilippiRead More

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Step 3: A Commitment to God’s Will: Romans 12

STEP 3: We made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God. Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God -this is your spiritual act of worship. Romans 12:1Read More

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Step 4: Examine Our Ways: Lamentations

STEP 4: We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord. Lamentations 3:40 Lamentations, the book of the Bible that the Biblical comparison for Step 4 is found, was written by the prophet JeremiahRead More

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Step 5: Confessions of Wrongs to Another: James

STEP 5: We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. James 5:16 James, the author of the book where the Biblical comparison forRead More

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Step 6: Transformation Through God: James

STEP 6: We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. James 4:10 Step 6 seems to be a paradoxical statement—something that is seemingly contradictory, but nonetheless possibly true. After all, who wouldn’t want defectsRead More

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Step 7: Living in the Light Remove Shortcomings: 1 John1

STEP 7: We humbly asked Him to remove all our shortcomings. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 John wrote this letter which later became 1 John early in the new church when manyRead More

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Step 8: Love Your Enemies Willingness: Luke 6

STEP 8: We made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all. Do to others as you would have them do to you. Luke 6:31 After having taken our personal inventory and humbled ourselves to remove our shortcomings, we are setRead More

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Step 9: Making Peace Through Amends: Matthew 5

STEP 9: We made direct amends to such people whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you; leave your gift there in front of the altar.Read More

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Step 10: Lessons from Israel: 1 Corinthians 10

STEP 10: We continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it. So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 1 Corinthians 10:12 I don’t want you to forget, dear brothers and sisters, about our ancestors in the wilderness longRead More