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Getting in the Habit James 2:1-10, 11-13, 14-17

Getting in the Habit

How do we avoid the charge of hypocrisy as Christians? By habitually putting our faith into action.

At a Glance

We're creatures of habit, and that's not a bad thing. It's the way we're made. And no one is going to learn to do something well unless some habits are involved. The problem is bad habits and habits that are not good enough. The apostle James sees something that is habitually happening in the church and he says that it's time to change!


Editors' Pick

For material based on today's gospel text, see "JesusMeister," September 10, 2006, at HomileticsOnline.com.


A man said to his friend, "I can't break my wife of the habit of staying up until five in the morning."

"What is she doing?" asked the friend.

"Waiting for me to get home."

Bad habits!

A woman walked up to a little old man rocking in a chair on his porch.

"I couldn't help noticing how happy you look," she said. "What's your secret?"

"I smoke three packs of cigarettes a day," he said. "I drink a case of whiskey a week, eat fatty foods and never exercise."

"That's amazing," said the woman. "How old are you?"

"Twenty-six."

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