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Devotion Text

Acts 16:25-26

About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s bonds were unfastened.

By all accounts, it was a really bad day. Paul and Silas had been attacked by an angry crowd. The city official had them stripped and beaten. Then they were severely flogged and thrown into the inner cell—for security and torture. But around midnight they started a prayer and praise service.

Don’t forget their condition. They had been severely beaten, but they prayed through their pain. They were in stocks, yet they sang. These men, needing rest, raised their voices in praise. Then…God delivered them.

No doubt some of you are reading these words today with a heavy heart. Circumstances have beaten you down. You feel imprisoned by things beyond your control. Another person has delivered an emotional blow and you feel your hands are tied. It’s not easy to sing in the darkness of your inner cell. But I encourage you to try. Pray through the pain that holds down your heart. Sing in spite of the chains that are holding you back. I can’t promise deliverance from your situation, but I can promise freedom within your situation. God will work in his way and in his time. But for now, pour out your heart in prayer and sing a hymn of praise to the God who is always worthy.

Talking to God

Father, I feel defeated. I feel pain and hurt because of (name the situation). I don’t feel like praying and I sure don’t feel like singing. But right now I am going to pour out my heart to you (let God know all that is on your heart). And I am going to sing my favorite song of praise (sing from the bottom of your heart). I wait for you and for your timing. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Fresh Faith

How do you come to the end of yourself…your striving for control and significance…and into a greater vision of God?

That’s Ron Moore’s focus in this broadcast.  Listen and see.

Devotion Text
 

Matthew 5:5

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

This word “meek,” often translated “gentle,” means to be humble, to be comfortable in your own skin, to be considerate of others. It starts in the heart, then spreads to a healthy identity. “Meek” describes a person who is not jealous, judgmental, boastful, or arrogant. A meek person is never a self-promoter.

Meekness is not a natural trait. Have you ever known a child who was not demanding? Have you ever heard a newborn say, “Hey, don’t worry about getting up in the middle of the night. Let’s just hold off the feeding and diaper change until morning”? By nature, we are selfish and want our own way. But Jesus transforms us.

Meekness is not weakness. It does not describe a lack of ability or confidence. It is best described as strength under control. It’s a life willing to submit to the direction of the Holy Spirit. Meekness flows from the heart and will inherit the good things that God has for his children.

Talking to God

Father, help me to be meek. Help me demonstrate strength under control. Help me put off selfishness. Forgive me for jealousy, judging others and arrogance. Point out the times when I try to promote myself. Control me with your Holy Spirit. Help me teach (show and tell) true humility to my children and grandchildren. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Under Attack: The Enemy – Part 3

Devotion Text
 

They inspired terror. They thought their strategic strongholds were impenetrable. They seemed to be in complete control. They had taken God’s people into captivity. But their pride deceived them. God said,

The horror you inspire has deceived you, and the pride of your heart, you who live in the clefts of the rock, who hold the height of the hill. Though you make your nest as high as the eagle’s, I will bring you down from there, declares the Lord.

-Jeremiah 49:16

Like these godless nations, we are tempted to build strongholds. We invest to make sure that our money is making money. We structure our lives so that we are secure in retirement. We build our nests as high as the eagles’. But the pride of our hearts deceives us. We learn, sometimes tragically, that we are not in control after all.

Jesus once told a story about a man whose ground produced a good crop. The man was already wealthy; his barns were full. But in his greed, he tore down his barns and built bigger ones. God’s message to him was stark, “You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you” (Luke 12:20 NIV).  At the end of the day security is found in God alone.

Talking Points

  • Ask God to reveal what you are relying on for security.
  • If it is bigger barns, take action to anchor your life in eternal things.

Father, help me not to put my security in possessions, power, or position. Help me to not be deceived by the world’s offering of confidence. May my trust be in you alone. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Rest

Devotion Text
 

Isaiah 30:18

Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.

God’s people were not acting like God’s people. They were “heaping sin upon sin” (Isaiah 30:1 NIV). They were rebellious, deceitful, and unwilling to listen to God’s instructions. They formed an alliance with Egypt, looking to Pharaoh, instead of God. They rejected the prophets and told them, “Do not prophesy to us what is right…let us hear no more about the Holy One of Israel.”

Yet…look at today’s passage…God desires to pour out his grace. God can’t wait to demonstrate his great compassion. Certainly, he is a God of justice and there are consequences for sin. But like a loving father, God holds us tight and reminds us how much he loves and cares for us.

Too often our sin occurs because things aren’t happening the way we think they should or as fast as we think they should. Our impatience moves us to take matters into our own hands. We like it when we are in control…or at least feel like we are in control. But God blesses those who wait for his will and his way to be revealed. “Blessed are all those who wait for him.”

Talking to God

Father, thank you for your great grace and compassion. Thank you for desiring to pour out your grace and love on me. Thank you for your gracious discipline when I play on the dangerous road of sin. Give me patience to wait on your will in your time. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Real Life – Sacrifice for Others

Devotion Text
 

Psalm 94:18-19

When I thought, “My foot slips,” your steadfast love, O Lord, held me up. When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.

Sometimes we can feel it coming on. Like a person who loses their footing on a steep climb, we can feel our emotions slipping. The waves of anxiety build until they crash into our hearts and drench our souls. Here it comes, the fear of uncertainty.

  • Our teenager is late coming home on a stormy night.
  • Our boss wants to see us first thing in the morning.
  • The doctor wants to run more tests.
  • Our mind swirls in the waiting room for news from the surgery.
  • The doctor says, “I’m sorry. There is no more we can do.”
  • The savings are gone.
  • He walks out the door.

Life is filled with circumstances that cause uncertainty. The stuff of life is beyond our control and it’s the lack of control that causes our emotions to implode. So, what do we do when we feel the fear mounting? The psalmist instructs us to turn hard toward God.

It is our loving Father who comes to our aid. As we take on the crashing waves of uncertainty, he keeps us standing. When our feet begin to slip, he grabs us and holds on tight. His peace passes human understanding. His comfort brings joy even in the midst of stormy trials. When we know God as our Father, certain help is always present with us.

Talking Points

  • Ask God to help you turn to him when fears take hold.
  • Thank God for his comfort in the midst of the emotional storms.

Father, some are reading this with a heart saturated by anxiety. Allow them right now to feel the calming comfort of your Spirit. Give them the certainty of your presence that always provides a deep peace. Let them know that since you are for us, nothing can stand against us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 


 

This Week on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Romans

Devotion Text
 

Job 36:26

Behold, God is great, and we know him not; the number of his years is unsearchable.

How can those trapped in a changing world understand the One who never changes?

How can those who measure life by birthdays comprehend the One who has never had one?

How can one who stumbles in sin understand the One who stands in perfection?

How can people who need stepladders to hang pictures on a wall comprehend the One who hung the stars in the sky?

How can those who don’t know what they are going to eat for lunch understand the One who knows what you are going to have for lunch on May 8, 2027, or if you’ll even be needing lunch that day?

How can one who is powerless understand the One who is all-powerful?

How can those who can’t control their two-year-old understand the One who has sovereign control over world leaders?

“Behold, God is great, and we know him not!” The starting point of wisdom is standing in awe of God.

Talking Points

  • Father, I acknowledge your greatness. You are sovereign over all.
  • Help me teach my children of your greatness. Let me start by acknowledging your sovereign control over all things.

Father, we bow before you the incomprehensible God. Although we can’t fully understand you, thank you for revealing all we need to know about you in your Word. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 


 

This Week on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Romans

Devotion Text
 

Job 12:13-14

With God are wisdom and might; he has counsel and understanding. If he tears down, none can rebuild; if he shuts a man in, none can open.

When the family is healthy, when the job is secure, when you are enjoying a great stretch of life, then it is easy to say, “With God are wisdom and might….” But when Job uttered these words, he was on a zipline headed down with no end in sight. He was mourning the loss of his children and his health. Job’s wife had told him to curse God and die.

And yet…read Job’s words. Reread them. In the midst of grief and suffering, Job can still acknowledge God as sovereign. His ways are certain. When he tears something down, no one can rebuild it. When God binds something up, no one can release it. Wisdom, might, counsel, and understanding belong to him.

I don’t know your situation. I don’t know if you are enjoying a great ride or if you are barely hanging on as your life spirals downward. But I do know this. Whatever your situation God is in control. He has not left you alone or forgotten you. Somehow (and I know this might be hard for you to believe right now) he is working all things together for your good. Can God be trusted? Yes! Can you trust God? I will let you answer that question.

Talking Points

  • Tell God exactly what you are thinking and feeling. Prayer is simply talking to him.
  • Thank God for being trustworthy. Ask him to help you trust him.

Dear Father, you are close to the brokenhearted. Please make your presence known to those going through difficult times. Remind them that no matter what it “feels” like, you are in control and at work for their good. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Sanctifying Sexual Desire in Men – Part 2

When it seems your world is spinning out of control where is the handle to steady yourself? What truth is there that will make it all bearable?

In the next half-hour, Ron Moore offers that handle through the true story of a man who knows your pain.

Devotion Text
 

Genesis 28:20-22

Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat and clothing to wear, so that I come again to my father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God, and this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, shall be God’s house. And of all that you give me I will give a full tenth to you.”

A vow is a conscious and deliberate promise based on a condition—if…then. Jacob’s vow is the first of nearly thirty in Scripture, most occurring in the Old Testament. There are two interpretations of Jacob’s vow. Some believe that Jacob was bargaining with God, saying, in effect, “God I will hold up my end of the bargain if you hold up yours.” Others say that Jacob was demonstrating faith, for the Hebrew word can also be translated “since.” “Since you will be with me and keep me then you shall be my God.” One commentator says it is likely both are true. He writes, “Jacob believed God’s Word, but there was still enough of the ‘old man’ in him to try to bargain with God the way he bargained with Esau and Isaac. He was so accustomed to ‘scheming’ that he tried to scheme his way into God’s blessing!” [1]

I can relate to believing and bargaining, can’t you? We know God is God and that he always has our best interests at heart, but the desire for control, for skin in the game, leads to the bargaining. God, if you do such-and-such for me, then I’ll do such-and-such for you. Real prayer is bargain-less. Dependence on ourselves is antithetical to dependence on God. How can we make a deal with the One who has already given us everything? What do we have to offer him but our humble worship?

Talking Points

  • Ask God to forgive you for making bargains with him. Thank him for providing you everything you need. Tell him the desires of your heart expressing your full dependence on him.
  • Ask God to help you teach your children of his unconditional love—that God who did not spare his own Son will give them everything they need

And…keep the bargain-less communication going throughout the day.

 


[1] Wiersbe, W. W. (1993). Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines on the Old Testament (Gen. 28:16–22). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

 

 

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Adam and Eve

Devotion Text
 

Genesis 14:19-20

And he blessed him and said, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand!”

After Abraham rescued his nephew, Lot, he met Melchizadek, the priest of El-Elyon, God Most High. El-Elyon means, “Highest” or “Exalted One.” The name describes

God’s sovereignty and supremacy. He is the “possessor of heaven and earth” and supreme over all our enemies. In the New Testament Jesus is called the “Son of the Most High.” The Holy Spirit is called “the power of the Most High.” And true believers are called “servants of the Most High.”

A child of God does not have to live a hand-wringing life filled with fear and anxiety. Our Father is one whose power cannot be matched. He is in control of all things. Nothing catches him off guard or takes him by surprise. You can trust him with your life, along with all your issues and concerns. He gave Abraham victory over his enemies. He can handle your challenges as well. Nothing is too hard for El-Elyon.

Talking Points

  • Thank God for who he is. There is no one like him; he is supreme over all. He is in control of all things; he is sovereign over all. Tell God you trust him with all the challenges of your day.
  • Ask God for a special teaching moment with your children or grandchildren today, where you can tell them in an age-appropriate way about the God Most High.

And…keep talking to God throughout the day.

 

 

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Anchor in the Word

Devotion Text

Acts 16:25

About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.

By all accounts, it was a really bad day. Paul and Silas had been attacked by an angry crowd. The city official had them stripped and beaten. Then they were “severely flogged” and thrown into the inner cell with stocks – used for security and torture – locked to their feet. The godliest saint would have been calling it an unfortunate day but not these two. Around midnight, they started a prayer and praise service.

Don’t forget their condition. They had been severely flogged, but they prayed through their pain. They were in stocks, yet they sang. These men, needing rest, raised their voices in praise. Then . . . God delivered them.

No doubt some of you read these words today with a heavy heart. Circumstances have beaten you down. You feel imprisoned by things beyond your control. Another person has delivered an emotional blow, and you feel your hands are tied. It’s not easy to sing in the darkness of your inner cell. But I encourage you to try. Pray through the pain that holds down your heart. Sing in spite of the chains that are holding you back. I can’t promise deliverance from your situation, but I can promise freedom within your situation. God will work in His way and in His time. But for now, pour out your heart in prayer, and sing a hymn of praise to our God who is always worthy.

Pray with me.

Father, I feel defeated. I feel pain and hurt because of (name the situation). I don’t feel like praying, and I certainly don’t feel like singing. But right now I am going to pour out my heart to You (let God know all that is on your heart). And I am going to sing my favorite song of praise (sing from the bottom of your heart). I wait for You and for Your timing. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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This Week on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Fear: What Are You Afraid Of?

Sex in the backseat has you imprisoned, looking at the road behind, as you travel farther and farther from home. It’s taking you for a ride you think you control when you don’t. But there’s someone closing fast. Someone who wants a word. Someone who loves you.

Ron Moore is here to tell you about it in this half-hour.

Sometimes we drive, sometimes we are driven and sometimes we know the difference. Lust of the eyes and the heart frequently take us on a ride that we think we control. And when we fall into that line of thinking, lust has wrestled the wheel from our hands.

Men, you know the struggle. Women . . . you too. So what do you do? That’s Ron Moore’s focus in this half-hour. He’ll share biblical and practical solutions to regaining control of your life in the war against lust.

Sexual expression is like a sleek racecar…beautiful, powerful, hard to ignore, and hard to stop when out of control.  To be skillfully handled, it requires mastery of the inventor’s directions. And if not driven precisely—if not kept on the right course—it will crash and burn, injuring driver and bystander alike.

Today, in view of its wonderful and yet potentially destructive power, Ron Moore begins a series that speaks to sexual expression from the instructions of its inventor.

We all experience anger . . . sometimes for good, sometimes in sin. And sometimes it hurts. . . it hurts others, it hurts us and it hurts those we love.

Ron Moore and Men’s Pastor Tunch Ilkin conclude their series on biblical manhood. They share scriptural instruction for dealing with the harmful emotions that want to control us.

Devotion Text

Jeremiah 49:16

“The terror you inspire and the pride of your heart have deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rocks, who occupy the heights of the hill. Though you build your nest as high as the eagle’s, from there I will bring you down,” declares the LORD.

The godless nations thought that they were in charge. They inspired terror. Their hearts grew proud. They thought their strategic strongholds were impenetrable. They seemed to be in complete control. They had taken God’s people into captivity. But their pride deceived them. Even from their “nest as high as the eagle’s,” God said, “from there I will bring you down.”

Like these godless nations, we are tempted to build strongholds. We work to make sure that we can acquire all we want. We invest to make sure that our money is making money. We structure our lives so that we are secure in retirement. We build our nest as high as the eagle’s. But the pride of our hearts deceives us. We learn, sometimes tragically, that we are not in control after all.

Jesus once told a story about a man whose ground produced a good crop. The man was already wealthy; his barns were full. But instead of generosity, he practiced greed. He tore down his barns and built bigger ones. He was focused on his own security. But God said to him, “You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you.” (Luke 12:20) Sometimes we can deceive ourselves in our seeming security. At the end of the day, the only safety is found in God alone.

Father, help me not put my security in possessions, power, or position. Help me not be deceived by the world’s offering of confidence. May my trust be in You and You alone throughout this life and as You take me home. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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A Man and His Addictions – Anger (Part 1)

Devotion Text

Isaiah 30:18

Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!

God’s people were not acting like God’s people. They were “heaping sin upon sin.” They were rebellious, deceitful, and unwilling to listen to God’s instructions. They formed an alliance with Egypt, looking to Pharaoh, instead of God, for help. They rejected the prophets and told them, “Give us no more visions of what is right . . . and stop confronting us with the Holy One of Israel!”

Yet look at today’s passage, God desires to pour out His grace. God can’t wait to show His great compassion. Certainly, He is a God of justice and there are consequences for sin. But like a loving father who disciplines his child for playing on the street, God holds us tightly and reminds us how much He loves and cares for us.

Too often we sin because things aren’t happening the way we think they should or as fast as we think they should. Our impatience moves us to take matters into our own hands. We like it when we are in control . . . or at least feel like we are in control. But God blesses those who wait for His will to be shown, His way to be revealed and His path to be illuminated. “Blessed are all who wait for him!”

Father, thank You for Your great grace and compassion. Thank You for desiring to pour out Your grace and love on us. Thank You even for Your discipline when we play on the dangerous road of sin. Give us the patience to wait on Your will in Your time. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

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A Man and His Identity – Part 1

Devotion Text

 Job 12:13-14

To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are his. What he tears down cannot be rebuilt; those he imprisons cannot be released.

It is one thing to make a statement like this when things are going well. When the family is healthy, when the job is secure, when you are enjoying a great stretch of life, then it is easy to say, “To God belong wisdom and power.” But when Job said these words, he was on a zip line headed down with no end in sight. He was mourning the loss of his children, possessions, and health. His wife had told him to curse God and die. To make matters worse, three friends had come to “help.”

Yet read Job’s words. Reread them. In the midst of grief and suffering, Job can still acknowledge God as sovereign. His ways are certain. When He tears something down, no one can rebuild it. When He binds something up, no one can release it. Wisdom, power, counsel, and understanding belong to Him.

I don’t know your situation. I don’t know if you are enjoying a great ride or if you are barely hanging on as your life spirals downward. I do know this. Whatever your situation, God is in control. He has not left you alone or forgotten you. Somehow (and I know this might be hard for you to believe right now) He is working all things together for your good. Can God be trusted? Yes! Can you trust God? That’s the question that needs to be answered.

Dear Father, You are close to the brokenhearted. Please make Your presence known to those going through difficult times. Remind them that no matter what it feels like, You are in control and at work for their good. In Jesus name. Amen.

 

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1st John: Re-Born

What’s the best way to keep a weather-eye on your spiritual climate?

That’s Ron Moore’s focus in this half-hour. Through his counsel, you’ll learn how to control your internal climate and enjoy sunny days of spiritual maturity.

Faith: Dead or Alive

How do you know when your faith, or that of a friend or loved one, is a living faith? Is it proved by a walk down a church aisle, praying a salvation prayer or attending catechism classes?  Or is there other evidence that must be displayed?

That question is asked and answered in Ron Moore’s PDF booklet titled: “Faith: Dead or Alive.

In “Faith: Dead or Alive,” Ron outlines the characteristics of genuine belief and how you can perceive their presence animating your life.  It’s the most important waypoint on the spiritual journey.

“Faith: Dead or Alive” is yours, as a digital download, for a gift of any amount.

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