Steps 8 and 9


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unSTUCK! Step 8 & 9 Luke 19:1-19, Matthew 5:23-24

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Step 1 “We admitted we were powerless over _________ and that our lives had become unmanageable.”

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Step 3 Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

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Step 4 “We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves”

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STEP 5 Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs

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STEP 6 Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character

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STEP 7 Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings

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Step 8 Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all. “It is the beginning of the end of isolation from our fellows and from God” - Bill W

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Matthew 5:21-24 “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.

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“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.

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"Every[one] has found that he can make LITTLE headway in this new adventure of living until he FIRST backtracks and REALLY makes an accurate and unsparing survey of the human wreckage he has left in his wake. To a degree, he has already done this when taking moral inventory, but now the time has come when he ought to REDOUBLE his efforts to see how many people he has hurt, and in what ways.“ p. 77 Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions

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Step 9 Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

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Luke 19:1-10 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.

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When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”

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But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

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Step 9 Do no further harm Not about getting an apology in return Forgiveness – self and others Connection between loving God and loving people

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Step 9 Prayer God, I pray for the right attitude to make my amends, Being ever mindful not to harm others in the process. I ask for Your guidance in making amends. Most important, I will continue to make amends by staying abstinent, helping others & growing in spiritual progress.

Summary: 12 Steps: Steps 8 and 9 Teacher: Rev. Eric McCrea January 10, 2018 Pine Island UMC Bokeelia, Florida

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