The Journey with Ron Moore

Sexually speaking, when you’ve driven off the road and into the darkness how do you find your way back? What hope is there to travel again down a lighted and narrow way? Such a U-turn is possible, but you’ll need directions and a guide.

In this broadcast, Ron Moore will be that guide for those caught in homosexuality. He’ll offer clear and compassionate directions from God’s Holy Word.

The road is lonely when we travel outside God’s clearly marked lanes. The solid lines are there, not to restrict our freedom, but to keep us in fellowship with Him. They warn us away from the ditch and the dark woods that lie beyond.

Perhaps the loneliest of our fellow travelers are those who have left “the narrow way” and driven into the darkness of homosexuality. Today Ron Moore shares a compassionate look at God’s way while offering a new direction for those caught in the gay lifestyle.

Devotion Text

Genesis 37:1-2

Jacob lived in the land where his father had stayed, the land of Canaan. This is the account of Jacob. Joseph, a young man of seventeen, was tending the flocks with his brothers, the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives, and he brought their father a bad report about them.

Sir Walter Scott wrote, “Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.” I don’t know if he was thinking of Joseph’s brothers, but he could have been. Jealous of their father’s favorite son, the brothers threw Joseph in a cistern and then sold him into slavery. In order to cover up the deed, they dipped Joseph’s multi-colored robe in goat’s blood and told Jacob that his son had been torn to pieces by a ferocious animal. A pretty busy day for the brothers!

“Sin” is bad enough in the singular, but it normally shows up in the plural. One sin is added to another to cover for the one before it. When we play the sin game, we dig deeper and deeper into a dark hole.

But even if you are living in the lonely sin-hole of your own digging, you don’t have to stay there. “The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love” (Psalm 145:8). Don’t run from him; run to him! God promises that if we confess our sins, he “is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). It’s time to come out of the darkness into the wonderful light of God’s grace.

Father, give the person living in the dark, lonely pit of the hole they have dug the courage to cry out to you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

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Psalm 145:8-13  

The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made. All your works praise you, LORD; your faithful people extol you. They tell of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might, so that all people may know of your mighty acts and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The LORD is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does.

God is gracious! He gives us what we don’t deserve and could never earn. His gift of salvation was purchased in full by Jesus on the cross and is offered to all. The gift is presented free of charge without condition.

God is compassionate! He saw our need and did something about it. He sent His Son to pay the penalty of sin. In compassion God stooped down to do for us what we could not do for ourselves. He cleanses our hearts and gives us a fresh start.

God is slow to anger! God does not treat us as our sins deserve. He is patient with our human failure and stubbornness. He welcomes us home when we leave for a time and do regrettable things. He wishes that none perish but all would repent and come home. 

God is rich in love! God loved the world in this way: He sent His Son to die on our behalf on the cross. Jesus came to bear our sin in His body at Calvary. He took the wrath of sin for us.

Lord Jesus, how can I ever begin to thank You for Your great love? Words cannot express my gratitude. Help me thank You with my life. In Your name. Amen.


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Psalm 41:1-9  
For the director of music. A psalm of David.

Blessed are those who have regard for the weak; the LORD delivers them in times of trouble. The LORD protects and preserves them—they are counted among the blessed in the land—he does not give them over to the desire of their foes. The LORD sustains them on their sickbed and restores them from their bed of illness. I said, “Have mercy on me, LORD; heal me, for I have sinned against you.” My enemies say of me in malice, “When will he die and his name perish?” When one of them comes to see me, he speaks falsely, while his heart gathers slander; then he goes out and spreads it around. All my enemies whisper together against me; they imagine the worst for me, saying, “A vile disease has afflicted him; he will never get up from the place where he lies.” Even my close friend, someone I trusted, one who shared my bread, has turned against me.

The proverb says, “Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done” (Proverbs 19:17). David echoes that truth in today’s passage.

David was poor in body and the Hallmark cards were not stacking up on his desk. His enemies were looking forward to hearing the news that the disease had overtaken him. Even a close friend had written him off. But someone stayed to care for the king when he was down. He reminded those who are compassionate to the weak that God sees and rewards.

Do you know someone who is ill? Today is the day to reach out to them. Make a personal visit. Make a phone call. Send a card of encouragement. Remember, God blesses “those who have regard for the weak; the LORD delivers them in times of trouble.”

Father, help me to reach out today to a person in need. Give me the words to say that will encourage a suffering soul. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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