The Journey with Ron Moore

Just hearing the names Abraham & Isaac together summons images of the greatest act of faith in Abraham’s, and perhaps anyone’s, life.

On today’s program, Ron Moore outlines the heart of that faith-act. Listen so you can imitate the extent of Abraham’s belief in the trustworthiness of God.

Luke 20:37-39

But in the account of the burning bush, even Moses showed that the dead rise, for he calls the Lord ‘the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.

The Sadducees did not believe in the resurrection of the dead so they tried to catch Jesus in a contradiction. They created a hypothetical situation in which the custom of the day left a woman childless after the death of seven brothers. They asked Jesus whose wife the woman would be in heaven. Jesus explained to them that they were ignorant of Scripture and rejected the power of God.

In today’s passage, He reminded the religious leaders that their ancestor Moses believed in the resurrection. Moses referred to patriarchs in the present tense. Even though Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had passed from the earth, they were still alive in heaven and waiting for a bodily resurrection.

Do you believe this present world is all there is? Sometimes we live as if we do.

Certainly we have to tend to the here and now, but believers place the present in the context of eternity. We are citizens of heaven simply passing through town on the way home. Belief in eternity changes our perspective.

Father, thank You for the promise of eternal life. Thank You that our lives don’t end after these few short years on earth. Help me live with an eternal perspective. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Drifting Away

Mark 2:21-22

No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. Otherwise, the new piece will pull away from the old, making the tear worse. And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins.

A relationship with Jesus is fresh. Jesus calls us to leave the old and embrace the new. We cannot drag our past sin or worn out beliefs along behind us. Jesus makes us new creations. He allows us to begin again.

Using the illustrations of a garment and a wineskin, Jesus explains this new life we have in Him. No one sews an unshrunk cloth on an old garment to repair a tear. When the new cloth becomes wet it will shrink and pull away. New wine in a worn out wineskin is a recipe for disaster. When the new wine ferments and expands it will burst the old wineskin, which has lost its elasticity.

A relationship with Jesus is fresh. Is there any past baggage you are dragging along? Are you trying to fit Jesus’ teaching into an old belief system? Are you willing to embrace the new life that Jesus has for you? If anyone is in Christ the new has come; the old is gone (2 Cor. 5:17).

Father, help me embrace this new life with Jesus. By Your Spirit, help me cut ties with my past baggage which is dragging me down. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Jacob and Esau

Mark 2:15-17

While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

It was big news when Levi (also called Matthew) left his tax-collecting booth and followed Jesus. The Jews despised tax collectors for siding with the Roman government. No doubt some of Jesus’ own followers were miffed that Levi had joined them. But there they were together, Jesus and the disciples—among them a tax collector— sharing a meal.

The religious leaders saw this group and questioned Jesus’ actions. How could He even think about eating with such sinners? The Pharisees’ spiritual pride placed them above any association with those “below” them. But Jesus reminded them that the sick, not the healthy, were the ones who really needed a doctor. The irony of this story is that the leaders who thought they were righteous were just as sick as the tax collectors.

The spiritual pride of the Pharisees was just as deadly as the greed of the tax collectors. The belief that you don’t need God is just as damaging as the belief that He really needs you. Sin makes us sick and in need of the Great Physician.

Father, please don’t let me be blinded by pride. Don’t let me think others are bigger sinners than me. Help me always remember that I am spiritually sick and Jesus is the Great Physician. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Abraham Tested

Ours is a historic faith.  As Paul said to King Festus, regarding the resurrection:  “What I am saying is true and reasonable…it was not done in a corner.”

Ron Moore explores our faith and offers a firm foundation for belief.

At work and school, do you sometimes stand cold and alone in a storm of conflicting beliefs and values? A place where none have gone with you and still you follow?

Well today, Ron Moore has words of comfort and encouragement from the lips of the One for whom you stand. In His words you’ll feel your heart warmed.

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