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  1. Richard J Harris
    July 10, 2018 @ 6:16 am

    Thank you for posting this article. I am a committed follower of Jesus. I also have 19 years in 12 Step program(s). What puzzled me at first was why my “church” didn’t produce spiritual and emotional maturity in my life. But I found it in 12 Step rooms. For a season, I didn’t attend a local church. But then, in taking, once again, a third step, I realized I needed to turn my will and my life over, in complete surrender to Jesus, because of a very settled understanding of who God is. The thing is,12 Step is entirely based on the Sermon on the Mount, the Book of James and 1 Cor 13. The “new design for living” that the AA Big Book talks about is nothing less than a practical program of living out what Jesus told us about our role in cooperating with the Holy Spirit, The no-nonsense denial smashing perspective of James, and the portrait of agape love that Paul draws in first Corinthians. If you haven’t read Dick B.I think you may be pleasantly surprised http://silkworth.net/dickb/index.html

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    • Rebekah Simon-Peter
      December 17, 2018 @ 9:08 pm

      Thanks for sharing Richard. I get it! I haven’t read Dick B…I’d like to check it out sometime.

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  2. Ernie Farrar
    July 12, 2018 @ 4:05 pm

    An Episcopal colleague had a 12 step group in his church almost 30 years ago for everyone. It was a SA group, Sinners Anonymous. He based on scripture and experience. The scripture was centered on Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” His experience was overflowing with daily examples inside himself and all around him.

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    • Rebekah Simon-Peter
      December 17, 2018 @ 9:08 pm

      Sounds like that was a good take on the 12 steps, Ernie.

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