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A Journey Through the New Testament Letters

Eric Hassfurther

Eric Hassfurther

Good morning, friends! My name is Eric Hassfurther, and this is my first official Journey entry!

After completing this, I can't figure out which was more intimidating -- trying to write a truth-filled, coherent, grammatically correct Journey entry, or trying to figure out something funny to say here. (Galatians 1:10, anyone?)

So, that said, how about I just list a few of my favorite things:

• Mac 'n cheese
• Bacon
• Mac 'n cheese with bacon in it
• A clean car
• College football
• Playing sports
• Mac 'n cheese

August 22, 2014

DO YOU GET THROUGH THE WORD, OR DO YOU GET THE WORD THROUGH YOU?

James 1:19-27
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James 1:19-27

Hearing and Doing the Word

19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.

22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 25 But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.

26 If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless. 27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. (ESV)

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  1. William Lawson

    Aug 22, 2014 09:59

    Thanks for this reminder today Eric. Keep walking well man.

  2. Melissa Myers

    Aug 22, 2014 09:54

    Great passage. Study abide do. Through out life's ups and downs, I try to run to The Lord and read and reflect in His Holy Scriptures. All I have to do is prove to God that I am a doer of His Word. When I remember this as my first priority, the rest of the "messes" in my life seem to just kind of work themselves out.

  3. Patti

    Aug 22, 2014 08:21

    Your approach helped me to personalize this section of James in a positive way. I want to S(tudy), A(bide), D(o). S.A.D. so I will not be sad, that I missed all that The Lord has for me each day. So, I just Studied, I choose To Abide all day in His thoughts & I am about to get up & Do what he has for me today! Thanks!

  4. William Daly

    Aug 22, 2014 08:11

    How aprapos that as my wife and I set out on chapter two of our lives in a new land called Dallas, we read this entry capturing the desire the Lord has placed in our hearts to do just this: Study and read the word of God - learn; Abide and meditate; Be doers of the word. Thanks Eric!

  5. Stephen Yeargan

    Aug 22, 2014 07:41

    Eric- great stuff! I too realized that I had spent too many YEARS being a "hearer" and not a "doer." Membership was just a small example for me. I had been coming to Watermark week after week for years and never considered going through membership until Todd/JP said, "you will always be a guest and a taker until you decide to dive in and spread the Word as the church." The fruit from taking the step and being a 'doer of the word,' as James said, has radically changed the direction of my life.

  6. Susan M. Baehman

    Aug 22, 2014 07:34

    You handled your intimidation very well. James certainly not pull any punches. He is candid which I find so refreshing and strengthening. I feel the opposite though. In the "down" seasons, I go to get my cup filled even more and find it is the only thing that helps. If things are smooth, I get more complacent. This is how God works. When we struggle, we get into Him and the Word more and more, and this is how He refines us continually. What is He trying to teach me in this trial? For one thing I know it is always a reminder to keep Him in the number one spot. The Word will remind us of that. Great write up. Thank you.

  7. Lindsey Eickma

    Aug 22, 2014 07:20

    Eric, thanks for your wisdom this morning. I appreciate your emphasis on quality over quantity. For it's the quality time I spend in the Word meditating and memorizing that enables me to do what the word says.

  8. HopeH

    Aug 22, 2014 07:13

    Love the acronyms Eric! As I read the passage this morning there is lot there to be said . I think the main point is learning to examine what drives my heart. for the majority of my life I was very driven by anger. It was a human anger and it didn't produce righteous at all. I had to look at was driving that anger and allow God to deal with a myriad of unresolved issues to get to the freedom God was offering me.

  9. Scott Jones

    Aug 22, 2014 07:08

    Love this passage. What a great reminder that we are not to be merely passive Bible students, but to be active in informing and transforming the sphere of influence God has given us. I like your 3-step approach. Here's ous: Pray fervently, Stand firmly, Act courageously.

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