The Journey with Ron Moore
Devotion Text

Revelation 22:1-4

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads.

Over the past years, I have had the opportunity to travel and minister in many places throughout the world. The sights, sounds, and smells are different. I have been schooled on what to eat and what not to eat. I am told by my hosts that there are things to do and not do. When I am in a different country, I stand out as a foreigner in a foreign land. And while I love to travel, the best part of every trip is to be back home!

Christians are citizens of heaven. Our life is simply a journey as foreigners in a foreign land. The sights, sounds, and smells of the world are not the things our hearts beat for. The language around us is strange at times. The customs are often in opposition to God’s Word. Disease strips away strength. Death brings unimaginable pain. Divorce leaves shattered souls with broken hearts. We know that this is not the way it’s supposed to be. We yearn for something different. We yearn for home.

When Christ comes again or when we make that last journey from death to life, we will finally be home. When we arrive, we “will see his face.” We will be with God, and he will wipe every tear from our eyes. Death will be a thing of the past. Mourning will be no more. Crying will not be a part of our resurrected emotions. And pain will never be experienced again. Life in the “old country” will be over. We will be home, at last, in the indescribable place that Jesus has prepared just for us. C. S. Lewis wrote, “There have been times when I think we do not desire heaven, but more often I find myself wondering whether, in our heart of hearts, we have ever desired anything else.”

Talking to God

Father, thank you for the certain hope and reality of heaven. We look forward to the day when you welcome us home and wipe every tear from our eyes. Then we will know that in our heart of hearts, we have never desired anything else. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

CHANGED: Resolved to Stand Alone

The first Christian martyr demonstrated that life is only worth living if what you have is worth dying for. And so, Stephen did both. He found a life worth living in Christ and was stoned to death for his faith.

Today Ron Moore challenges us to live as Stephen lived, with courage, confidence, and the peace of mind that through it all Christ will be with us.

Devotion Text

Revelation 15:3b-4

Great and amazing are your deeds, O Lord God the Almighty! Just and true are your ways, O King of the nations! Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.

Today let’s take some time to reflect.

Our passage is “the song of Moses, the servant of God and the song of the Lamb.” The title reminds us that the song is for us. Like Moses, we experience great miracles and trying desert experiences, great highs, and devastating lows. But it also reminds us that this is a song about the Lamb. Regardless of where we are on our spiritual journey the Lamb is right there with us. He never abandons us. He never disowns us.

So, here is what I would ask you to do. Pray today’s passage to God. Through your joy or through your tears, proclaim that his deeds are “great and amazing.” Regardless of your circumstances, tell him that his ways are “just and true.” Bow before him in a posture of worship and say, “Father, you alone are holy.” He is the “King of the nations!” Acknowledge him as your King. And remember, our King invites us to call him Father, even Daddy. He is the omnipotent Creator who comes to meet us right where we are. I pray that you take the time to meet with him. He is waiting to meet with you.

Talking to God

Dear God, you are the Lord God Almighty! And you are my Father. Today I acknowledge you as my King, and I readily admit that I need to feel the warmth of my Father’s presence. Thank you for meeting with me wherever I am and whatever I’m going through. I desire to walk close to you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


 

This Week on The Journey Broadcast:

 

The Great Adventure

Devotion Text

Revelation 7:17

For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.

The Revelation describes many things that will be in heaven and the beauty that will surround us. But one human experience will not be there—tears. The Lamb will wipe every tear from our eyes. In heaven, there will be no reason to cry.

  • There will be no more death.

In heaven, there will be no more disease. No more surgery. No more car accidents. No more drunk drivers. No more murders. No more suicides. Everything that summons our last breath will cease to exist. The last enemy will be finally and forever defeated.

  • There will be no more mourning.

In heaven, there will be no more calls in the middle of the night to announce a tragedy. No more moms and dads gathered around their dying child. No more children walking away from their parent’s grave. No more goodbyes. No more waves of grief washing over an exhausted soul.

  • There will be no more crying or pain.

In heaven, there will be no need for crying. The tearful emotion brought about by pain will be a thing of the past. No one will ever hurt you again. You will be protected in the presence of God who has destroyed the author of evil.

Today pain barges in like an intruder but…hold on! One day there will be no reason for your tears!

Talking to God

Lord Jesus, thank you for being the perfect Lamb, dying on our behalf. Thank you for being our Shepherd, leading us to springs of living water. Thank you for the promise of no more tears, and for a place specifically prepared to enjoy you forever. In your name. Amen.

 


 

This Week on The Journey Broadcast:

 

The Great Adventure

Devotion Text

Jude 1:22

And have mercy on those who doubt.

Is doubting a sin? Is wavering a sign of weakness? Does spiritual confusion call into question one’s spiritual commitment? Do we write off a person who has questions?  Is there room for doubters in the church? Is the church a safe place to ask questions?

Thomas followed Jesus for three years. He heard the Lord’s sermons, witnessed his miracles. He knew Jesus had predicted his death and promised his resurrection. But Thomas had a hard time getting over the cross. Even when the other disciples said that Jesus was alive, Thomas stuck by his skeptical guns. He said, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.” Thomas lived with his doubt until Jesus appeared to the disciples. Jesus sought out the doubter and said, “Put your finger here and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” Instead of scolding him for his doubt, Jesus mercifully showed him the truth.

Be merciful to those who doubt. That’s the instruction of Jude and the example of Jesus. Find the doubters. Seek out those wavering. Pursue those who are confused. Show them the truth with the same mercy Jesus showed to you.

Talking Points

  • Talk to your children about areas of doubt.
  • Ask God to give you the wisdom and discernment to study and present the answers in a gentle and compassionate way.

Father, may we be strong, passionate, vibrant followers of Jesus—tempered with mercy. Put doubters in our path. Help us mercifully point them to the truth. Give us patience when it takes more than half an hour! In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

My Money: Making It Count

Is money a burden on your heart? You see, whether you have little or much of it, how you use it can weigh you down and make you its slave.

Ron Moore shares biblical instruction for lightening the load on the journey to financial freedom.

Devotion Text

3 John 1:1-4

The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth. Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul. For I rejoiced greatly when the brothers came and testified to your truth, as indeed you are walking in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

In John’s second letter, he addressed the problem of people showing hospitality to those they shouldn’t. In this, his third letter, the problem was with people not showing hospitality to those they should. Diotrephes, the church’s dictatorial leader, was excommunicating those that housed John’s messengers. But John had a friend named Gaius who was faithful to the truth, even in the face of persecution.  Gaius walked in the truth.

“Walking in the truth!” What a great description of a true believer! Gaius was a man of integrity. When he spoke, his words were accurate. He neither exaggerated the facts nor conveniently left out important information. In business, his actions were honest. He did not cut corners or promise things that could never be delivered. At home he was genuine. His character didn’t change when he interacted with his family. He was a faithful and loving husband.

“Walking in the truth!” What a great description of a true believer! Does it describe you? Are you walking in the truth? It gives God no greater joy than to see that his children are walking in the truth.

Talking Points

  • Ask God to show you where you are not walking in the truth.
  • Ask God to give you the desire and strength to change direction.

Father, may we be those who live according to your Word, not according to the world. May we be faithful to the truth in every area of our lives, always walking in the truth. For Christ’s sake. Amen.

 

                                                      HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Thanksgiving: A Response of the Heart

Does the “toss-off” phrase “Praise the Lord” truly reflect a thankful heart or must there be more? What does authentic giving-of-thanks look like and what difference will it make in your spirit and your world?

That’s Ron Moore’s focus in this half-hour. At its end may you be truly thankful.

Devotion Text

1 John 5:11-12

And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

I am sitting in my church office. Bookshelves—from floor to ceiling—line one entire wall. Another large floor-to-ceiling case takes up space on an adjacent wall.  Many more books are in my office at home, not to mention all the theological information stored digitally on my Bible study software. More information is only one Google search away. In short, I am sitting in a virtual ocean of information about God. But all the content in the volumes that surround me and stored on my computer can be summed up in today’s passage!

Dr. Karl Barth was a brilliant, if not sometimes controversial, theologian. Among his writings is a twelve-volume work on the Christian life and doctrine. A reporter once asked Dr. Barth if he could summarize the message of the Bible. Dr. Barth thought for a moment and then said, “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.”

We are sinners and our sin separates us from God. The penalty of our sin is death. But driven by perfect love, “God gave us eternal life.” Being fully God, Jesus was the only one who could provide a sinless sacrifice. Being fully man, Jesus was the only one who could die on our behalf. Life—now and forever—is found in Jesus alone. There is really only one question: Do you have the Son?

Talking to God

Father, thank you for keeping the questions of life and eternity simple. Help us not  make them confusing. Confirm in our hearts that we have Jesus. Give us the courage to tell others and help us keep the message clear with our lips and lives. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

CHANGED: Turned in the Right Direction

In the shadows of our sin-darkened heart, there is a desperate desire for light. We grope through its depths for the eternal and pure, and only occasionally glimpse the image of God there. Who, then, will rescue us from this body of death?

Today Ron Moore tells us who and how.

Devotion Text

1 Peter 5:6-7

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

It was a particularly hot day in Dallas, and I was driving around the city looking for an apartment. Having just graduated from seminary, Lori and I needed to move from the condo we had rented for four years. I had resumes scattered throughout the country, but was getting no response; or rather, I was getting a response— “No.” We thought we would be looking for a place to live and minister in another part of the country. But, for the time being, we were staying in Dallas. It was a discouraging stretch of my journey.

These were the days before God blessed us with children, but for some reason, there was a Psalty the Singing Songbook cassette in our car, left after a visit from Lori’s sisters or my nieces. The Psalty series was a children’s Christian “musical.” I inserted the tape and heard Psalty sing, “I cast all my cares upon you. I lay all of my burdens down at your feet. And anytime I don’t know what to do; I will cast all my cares upon you.” With tears in my eyes, I kept playing that song, based on today’s passage. I had just finished four years of Greek, Hebrew, Bible, and Theology courses, but it was a child’s song that delivered a needed promise of Scripture right to my heart.

I will never forget that day. God cared enough for me to orchestrate a tape being left behind to point out that I could throw all my frustration, fear, and anxiety on him. So, if you are on a discouraging stretch of the journey, you must know what I was reminded of that day—God really does care for you…he really does.

Talking to God

Father, thank you for reminding me of your care that hot day in Dallas. Remind those reading this of your care as well. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

CHANGED: Identified with Christ

Wouldn’t you like the world to know you’re living a spiritual adventure with a band of like-minded travelers?  Well, there is a public initiation for this exclusive body. One that brands you forever as being in the company of heaven’s King.  One that’s required if you’re to travel well.

Ron Moore gives us the biblical “when’s” “why’s” and “how’s” in this half-hour.

Devotion Text

1 Peter 4:19

Therefore, let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.

One by one they died. James, the brother of John, was beheaded. Church history says that Thomas was killed in India. Simon was crucified in Egypt. Mark, the first bishop of Alexandria, was burned and buried in Egypt as well. Bartholomew was beaten, crucified, and beheaded. Andrew, Peter’s brother, was crucified in Rome. Matthew was killed with a spear. Phillip was stoned then hung on a cross. James, the brother of Jesus, was beaten to death after it was learned that his being thrown from the temple didn’t kill him.

Two years after writing his first letter, Peter was put to death in Rome. The records of the early church indicate that he was crucified. Eusebius—the “Father of Church history,” cites the testimony of an eyewitness named Clement who said that before Peter was crucified, he was forced to watch the crucifixion of his wife. As he watched her being led to a terrible death, Peter called her name and said, “Remember the Lord.” When it was his turn, he pleaded to be crucified upside down because he wasn’t worthy to die in the same manner as Jesus. Peter was nailed to the cross head downward.

The apostles followed hard after Jesus during their lives and in their deaths. They “entrust[ed] their souls to a faithful Creator.” They are not only great teachers; they are great examples of suffering according to God’s will.

Talking Points

  • Thank God for the amazing examples of the apostles and others who have died for Jesus.
  • Ask God to give you the strength to live for him today.

Father, give us the courage to die for you if need be. For only when we are willing to die for you can we truly live for you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

CHANGED: Ignited by the Fire – Part 2

We love glittering things. And in our getting of them, we celebrate the beautiful thing while too often missing its creator. The One who longs to know us and be known.

With that in mind, today Ron Moore redirects our focus from the glittering gift to the Giver.

Devotion Text

James 1:13-14

Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 

James was clear that temptation does not come from God. God “cannot be tempted with evil,” and “he himself tempts no one.” So, what is the source of temptation that shows itself so strongly in our lives?

  1. The world around us is at odds with God. It presents a culture that puts people in charge and God at the back of the line. It hits us with wanting what we don’t have and having what we don’t need.
  2. Flesh. We want to blame temptation on the tempter or on someone else. But sometimes the mirror reflects the source. As believers, the penalty of our sin is gone, but the propensity to sin will remain until the day we die. We are tempted by our “own desire[s].” When we give in, we are “lured and enticed.”
  3. Satan. Finding Jesus in a weakened physical state, the tempter showed up to test Jesus in the desert. The same tempter comes roaring after us, like a hungry lion seeking to devour us. He works to drive a wedge of disobedience between us and the Father. Satan desires to destroy our witness before others.

Here’s the hard truth. Whether the source is the world, the flesh, or the devil, at the end of the day we own our disobedience. God will always provide a way out of temptation (1 Corinthians 10:13). Are you willing to take the escape routes?

Talking to God

Father, I am in desperate need of your help. On my own, I am no match for temptation. The world, the flesh, and the devil hit me from all sides. But I know that you are greater.  Please give me your strength that keeps me from being enticed by my own desires. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

 


 

This Week on The Journey Broadcast:

 

The Great Adventure

Devotion Text

Hebrews 10:23

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.

She told me to make a fist. I did. She attached a tight bandage to my upper left arm. I let her. She swabbed my arm with brownish liquid. I watched. She was wearing a blue nurse-like jacket and rubber gloves and a name badge that looked official to me. I was there to give blood; she was there to take it. She said, “This is going to pinch and burn,” as she inserted the needle into a vein. She was right. Why wouldn’t I believe her? She had done this hundreds of times before (I hoped).

Why wouldn’t I believe him? He has been there from eternity past. He is the Creator of all and put this whole world into motion. He breathed into mankind the breath of life. He chose a people and then protected and nourished them. Through his people, he sent Jesus who loved us all the way to the cross and paid the penalty for our sin. God raised Jesus from the dead, demonstrating his approval and showing us our future. Then, he sent his Spirit to reside in us.

I will not always understand what happens in this life. Some things will shake my world. But who else is there to cling to? Where else is there to run? What else is there to trust? When my world is shaking, I can hold on for dear life to the certain truth he proclaims, and I profess. Even amidst my fears, doubts, and questions, he will always keep his promises.

Talking Points

  • Ask God for an opportunity today to teach your children about his faithfulness.
  • Confess your trust in God’s work even when you don’t understand.

Father, thank you for your faithfulness. Help me to always trust you and trust in you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


 

This Week on The Journey Broadcast:

 

The Great Adventure

Devotion Text

Hebrews 5:7-9

In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence. Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered.  And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him.

What comes to your mind when you picture Jesus? Stoic expression? Unflappable focus? Amazingly, he was able to resist Satan’s temptation after prolonged fasting. He walked through life, eyes set on the cross, only pausing long enough to do some needed teaching and gracious healings. Then I read this passage.

This passage tells us of our Lord’s great emotion. His prayers and petitions were made “with loud cries and tears” to the only One who could save him from the cross. Even within the tears and requests, there was a reverent submission. And through it all Jesus—the Son of God— “learned obedience.” At the point of perfect submission, he “became the source of eternal salvation.”

So, here’s the question: Is Jesus your personal source of eternal salvation? By your own efforts, you cannot have a relationship with God, no matter how hard and how long you try. Your baptism and religious classes do not save you. You cannot work your way to the Father. It is by grace through faith that we place our confident trust in Jesus. I plead with you to trust in the work that he has already done for you.

Taking to God

Lord Jesus, I confess that I am a sinner. Try as I might, I cannot save myself. So right now, I trust in your work on the cross. I trust that you died in my place. Today I trust in you alone to forgive my sins and place me into an eternal relationship with the Father. In your name I pray. Amen.

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

CHANGED: Ignited by the Fire – Part 1

Living with boldness, and beyond yourself, is living as God intended. But that life will require His power and His presence. Without that the quest will fail.  With it, you can turn the world upside down.

Today Ron Moore shares that power and how you can walk in it day by day. It’s an adventure on the far side of understanding, with a person who lives inside your heart. Listen and be changed.

Devotion Text

Hebrews 4:14-16

Since then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Jesus knows what it is like to live in human flesh. He can sympathize with our weaknesses. He understands our temptations because he has fully endured it.

Suppose for a moment, that you are standing behind one of those big diesel-powered tractors. You are holding a rope attached to the back of the gigantic machine and your job is to keep the monster tractor from moving. That’s right… as the engine revs the smoke bellows from the stack, and as the gears engage, your job—in this man against machine moment— is to stand strong and keep the tractor from moving forward. Think you can do it? Yeah, I know it’s a foolish question. In one nanosecond, you will be pulled along behind the tractor. You will feel a fraction of the power before you go down. Now suppose that you could keep the tractor from moving. As the tractor engaged all its power, you held your ground. If you could keep the tractor from moving, you would feel the full power of the machine.

Jesus felt sin’s entire power, its total force. He was tempted but never gave in. He was tempted to the max, yet he never yielded. That’s why we can approach God’s throne with confidence. There we find grace and mercy in our time of need.

Talking Points

  • Tell God your greatest temptation, the one that keeps knocking you off your spiritual feet.
  • Thank Jesus for enduring the full extent of sin’s power.
  • Ask for strength when temptation rears its ugly head.

Lord Jesus, thank you for the promise of grace and mercy to help in my times of need. Too often, the waves of temptation seem to bowl me over. Help me stand strong in your strength. In your name. Amen.

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

CHANGED: Captivated by the Resurrected Christ

The Christian life is a spiritual “hall of wonders” with adventures down every corridor. And no one knows that better than those who first lived it. Every day held new experiences based on one, compelling motivation: their love for the risen Christ.

Today Ron Moore invites you to join them in that great adventure story.

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