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How to stop bad habits and start good habits

Monday Matthew 10:7-8 (NRSV)
As you go, proclaim the good news, 'The kingdom of heaven has come near.' Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without payment; give without payment.

Jesus gave his disciples other instructions at the same time as this. Some of these other instructions no longer apply to us (like don’t go to anyone except Jews). (See Acts 10 and 11 as an example of this change.) But the verses quoted here are a short summary of a mission that is still incomplete. Jesus first modeled how to do these things, then he had his disciples imitate his actions. After the resurrection, the disciples continued doing these things, as evidenced in Acts.

There are five instructions:

1) proclaim the good news
2) cure the sick
3) raise the dead
4) cleanse the lepers
5) cast out demons

Which ones are you good at?

Which ones do you need more practice at?

Which ones do you need to find someone who can model how to do it for you?

Tuesday Romans 7:15-19 (NRSV)
I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good. But in fact it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do.

What are some bad habits you need to get rid of?

Of all your bad habits, which would make the biggest difference if you got rid of it?

Do you think it is possible to get rid of it? What would help?

Some tips for how to stop bad habits and start good habits, from
Awaken the Giant Within by Anthony Robbins.

1) Identify what you want. Be very clear and specific.
2) Link intense pain to not changing and intense pleasure to immediate change.
3) Interrupt the bad habit when it is occurring.
4) Replace the bad habit with a new, good habit.

Think about your life: What do you want to change?


Who will you get to help you?


La Jolla Lutheran Church sign: How to start a good habitThursday
Some tips for how to stop bad habits and start good habits from Change Anything: The new science of personal success, by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, David Maxfield, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler.

Changing persistent and resistant habits always involves learning new skills. 16
Get immediate feedback against a clear standard 74
Bad habits are almost always a social disease. [Get new friends.] 16
Keep good things close and convenient and bad things distant and difficult. 120
(From their book Influencer: Watch others taking the action you desire and then copy their behavior.)

Review your lists from Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
What do you want to change? When will you start?


Friday James 4:17 (NRSV)
Anyone, then, who knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, commits sin.

What are some things you know you need to start doing? When will you start doing them?


What are have you done this week because of Jesus?

What do you want to do next week because of Jesus?

What do you need help with?

Check out other Bible Studies and videos for 2013 or messages for 2012 or messages for 2011.

La Jolla Lutheran Church is a member of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ, a fast-growing association of churches that believe the Bible. Other LCMC churches in the San Diego area include Penasquitos Lutheran Church at 14484 Penasquitos Drive; and St. Timothy Lutheran Church at 2602 Reo Drive. Check the list of more than 800 congregations to find an LCMC church near you.

For Monday: The Scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible (NRSV), copyright, 1989, by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S. A. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

For Tuesday through Friday: Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers.

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La Jolla Lutheran Church
7111 La Jolla Blvd, La Jolla, California, 92037
14 miles north of downtown San Diego.


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