The Journey with Ron Moore

Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” He proceeded to the cross as proof of his great love for us.

In today’s broadcast, Ron Moore explores that evidence and encourages you to offer the same kind of proof for your friends and family.

You can tear up the old, flawed agreement.  A fresh, lasting one has been signed in blood and it is very good news.

In this half-hour, Ron Moore examines the old document that condemned you and its replacement that was endorsed at the cross.

How do you mark significant spiritual advances, and what does that marker do for your continued journey toward heaven?

Ron Moore looks at those questions and the difference a simple memorial can make in a believer’s life.

In the higher land beyond today’s roiling torrent, there are stunning vistas and green pastures.  But to get there you’ll have to trust someone and cross the hammering current according to His instruction.

Ron Moore shares that instruction in this half-hour.  We’ll see you on the other side.

Devotion Text
 

Revelation 19:11-16

I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.

It started with the manger—Jesus a helpless baby. It moved to the cross—Jesus a sacrificial Lamb. But on that final day, He will come to judge with justice.

John saw heaven open with power. The One called Faithful and True; the One called the Word of God; the One dressed in a robe dipped in blood was riding a white horse. His eyes were ablaze! And many crowns adorned His head. The armies of heaven followed His lead and He came to make final restitution. Just in case His identity is unclear, written on his flowing robe is the name: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.

No longer contained in the body of a baby; no longer nailed to a cross; on that day He will come with the “fury of the wrath of God Almighty.” All who follow Him know His power and love. But that day when He comes riding the white horse…that day when He comes with His eyes ablaze…that day when He comes with a sharp sword…that day…you’ll be glad you’re on His side!

Lord Jesus, thank You that there is no judgment or condemnation for those who know You. Thank You for Your work on the cross that covers us on the day of Your judgment. In Your name, we pray. Amen.

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King David

The road from Heaven’s glory to Christ’s birth to Calvary’s Cross and on to victorious resurrection was paved in shame and heartache.

On today’s broadcast, Ron Moore leads us down the broken path Jesus walked when he came to make us whole.  It’s a story prophesied long before the first Christmas.

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The first Christmas was planned well before Mary was with child.  The reason for that birth was decided long before Calvary’s Cross.

In this half-hour, Ron Moore examines the first whisper of those events and the tragic Good News it foreshadowed.

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Devotion Text
 

Hebrews 2:3

How shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation?

Moving from room to room like a wild animal on the run, the fire swept throughout the home. For those trapped inside the inferno, it seemed there was no escape. But then the firemen arrived and bolted into action. One brave rescuer pushed through the front door. He made his way through the falling structure to those imprisoned by the flames. Knocking a hole in the wall where the family huddled, the fireman yelled, “Follow me!” The opening provided a way of escape, and, without hesitation, the family followed the rescuer to safety.

But what if those caught in the fire refused to follow? What if the trapped family decided a hole knocked in another wall would have been better? What if those awaiting certain death argued that the hole should have been bigger? What if those imprisoned criticized the narrow-mindedness of the rescuer for only providing one way out? What if the entombed ignored the fireman? The answer is an obvious one. If those in the inferno had ignored the rescuer and the escape route, they would have died a foolish and needless death.

Caught in the grip of sin, we were helpless and hopeless. There was no way out. But then the Rescuer came. Jesus died on the cross for our sins. He provided the way out of our past prison and the way into a relationship with the Father. This is the great salvation that the Rescuer provides. If we ignore it, there is no other way of escape. I invite you to follow the Rescuer today.

Dear Father, work in the hearts of all those reading this today. Help them see where they are—trapped in sin’s prison. Help them see what Jesus came to do. Help them today put their trust in the great Rescuer who leads them through this life and into life eternal. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Angelic Proclamation

Devotion Text

Romans 8:38-39

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

I grew up being taught that I could lose my relationship with God. I thought that you could be a Christian in the morning, sin at lunch, and be headed for hell in the afternoon. All sins were disqualifiers, but there were some “big ones” that carried a more serious threat, like dancing, drinking, swearing, and smoking. Movies were also on the list of things that ended one’s salvation. Anytime I wanted to see a movie with my friends, the standard line was, what if Jesus comes back while you are in the theater! No one could possibly be raptured from a theater. My understanding of having a relationship with God was based on my actions.

Then one day, studying this passage in a seminary class I finally understood that nothing could separate me from the love of God found in Christ alone! It was as if a heavy burden was lifted from my shoulders. That day, walking to my car on a hot parking lot in Dallas, I realized that I was a child of God and would forever be.

Salvation, from beginning to end, is of the Lord. When we trust in Christ – when Jesus calls us to Himself—we are His forever! Once we are truly saved, we will always be saved! Because Jesus paid all of our debt on the cross, we are eternally secure! We can live with the assurance of our salvation! Nothing can snatch us out of His hand. We will pass from death to life. Does that give us a license to sin? Absolutely not! This truth gives us the freedom to respond to God’s amazing grace in loving obedience. Is that the life you’re living?

Father, thank You for Your amazing love. Thank You that nothing can separate me from You. Thank You for the confident security that is found in Jesus. Help me respond by following hard after You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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#Jesus

Devotion Text

Romans 5:8

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

God loves us.

That’s an amazing truth, isn’t it? The eternal God has deep affection and affinity for us. He wants us to be His children. He longs to know us and have a relationship with us. He desires to bless us and show us His great love. But there is a problem.

Man is a sinner.

We are not sinners because we sin; we sin because we are sinners. We are sinners by nature and our sin separates us from God. There is a great chasm between us and God that cannot be bridged by our own efforts (good works). All of us have sinned and fall short of God’s holy standard. Trying to get to God on our own would be like trying to jump across the Grand Canyon. You might jump farther than me, or I might jump farther than you, but the rescue workers will not be measuring the distance when they pick up our bodies off the rocks. Since we can’t get to God, God came to us.

Christ died for us.

God loved us so much that He did something about our predicament. He sent His Son to do for us what we could not do for ourselves. Jesus came to pay the penalty for our sin by dying on the cross. Jesus was fully God and fully man. Being God, He was sinless, so He didn’t have to die for His sins. He went to the cross as a sinless sacrifice. Being a man, He died in our place. He died as our substitute.

Being a Christian is simply this: I come to the point where I realize that I am a sinner and cannot have a relationship with God on my own. I know that God loves me so much that He sent His Son to die for me. And I trust in Jesus as the One who died on my behalf. I trust in Jesus as the only way to have a relationship with God, experience new life now, and live with Him forever. Would you like to have a relationship with the heavenly Father who loves you with that kind of love? Use the following prayer as your guide to trust in Jesus.

Dear heavenly Father, I admit that I am a sinner and cannot earn my way to You. I thank You for loving me so much that You sent Jesus to die on the cross for my sin. I thank You for raising Him back to life. Today, I trust in Jesus alone as the One who paid the penalty for my sin on the cross. I trust in Jesus as the only way to have a relationship with You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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John 19:25-27

Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother . . . When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.

It was a long way from Nazareth to that Bethlehem stable . . . especially long for a woman in the last days of her pregnancy. No doubt she felt every bit of the rough terrain on the seventy-mile trip. And then they arrived to find every room occupied. They could only find a cave where animals were kept. It was not the best place to birth a child, but by that point, Mary was not picky. It was warm and dry, and the baby was on the way. What emotions did she feel that night? She was a young girl holding her firstborn. Surely there were tears of joy and wonder as she reflected on the visit from the angel. She was a virgin holding her baby! She felt the little heart beating against her chest and a mysterious wonder beating in her heart.

It was a long way from that Bethlehem stable to the cross. Most mothers could not bear watching their son crucified, but Mary could not leave. She longed to hold Him. She longed to wipe the blood from His beaten face. She longed to give Him a drink. She longed to comfort Him, but He was beyond her reach. She cried tears of agony. Her son was on a cross. She watched His chest expand as He labored to breathe. She felt a crushing pain in her heart. Finally, mercifully, the end came.

It was a long way from heaven to the cross. But there hung God in the flesh. Beaten. Spit upon. Mocked. Flogged. Stripped. Crucified. A “kingly crown” of thorns mockingly thrust onto His head. God loved us so much that He sent His only Son to go through that awful death in order to pay sin’s penalty. But death could not keep Him there. And now the resurrected Lord brings His cross work to meet you wherever you are. Rich . . . and empty. Poor . . . and needy. Successful . . . and searching. Fallen . . . and struggling to get up. Jesus meets you where you are with His once-for-all sacrifice and carries you all the way to eternity.

If you have not trusted in the completed work of Jesus, please pray this prayer:

Lord Jesus, I cannot imagine the pain of the cross. But I know You died there for me. Thank You for paying the penalty for my sins. I am sorry for them. I seek Your forgiveness. I want to stand clean before You. I trust in You as the risen Savior. Thank You for accepting me as Your child. In Your name I pray. Amen.

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Fear: What Are You Afraid Of?

God has scratched a line in the sand of human behavior and the thoughts that drive it. It is a line of love that protects and also warns.

On today’s program, Ron Moore looks at what happens to those who cross that line, even a little, and how they can move back to safe ground.

Devotion Text

Jeremiah 6:16

This is what the LORD says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.’”

Sooner or later every person stands at a crossroad and must choose which path to take. It may be a mental crossroad, and you will have to decide which direction to let your mind go. It may be an emotional crossroad, and you’ll have to determine where your heart will travel.

At each crossroad, there is a decision between two paths. One path appears most inviting. It offers quick fixes, instant gratification, and downhill terrain. It also offers much fellowship along the way. But around the bend, out of sight from the point of the crossroad, there is a disaster. The inviting path is strewn with brokenness – broken lives, broken families, and broken hearts.

The other path, the right path, is often the hardest. It involves a disciplined journey with adventuresome challenges. There are swift rivers to cross and hills to climb. There are some dark clouds and powerful storms. But all along, there is One who walks with you. He lightens the load and gives a constant helping hand. He assures you that you’ll reach the destination, even when you feel like calling it quits. And when you are out of strength, He’ll carry you. This path is the good way. Walk in it and find rest for your soul.

Father, for all those standing at a crossroad today, open their minds to think clearly, their eyes to see far, and their hearts to make the right decision. Help them walk in the good way and find the rest that only comes from You. In  Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

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Biblical Manhood

Devotion Text

Psalm 111:2

Great are the works of the LORD; they are pondered by all who delight in them.

The word “ponder” means to “seek with care, consider something deeply and thoroughly, meditate upon.” There are many of God’s great works we could ponder, but for today let’s consider one aspect of God’s great creation – the stars.

Our sun, powerful enough to burn our skin and draw oxygen from every plant on earth, is a mere wimp among the stars in the sky. If the giant star Antares was positioned at the same location as the sun – 93 million miles away – Earth would be inside it! And our sun and Antares represent just two of 500 billion stars that swim around the vast galaxy of the Milky Way. A dime held out at arm’s length would block 15 million stars from view if our eyes could see with that power. One other galaxy, Andromeda, lies close enough (a mere 2 million light-years away) to see with the naked eye. It showed up on star charts long before the invention of the telescope. It is twice the size of the Milky Way and home to a trillion stars. Get this – the Milky Way and Andromeda are only two of a hundred billion galaxies all swimming with stars.

Take some time to go outside tonight and look at the stars. And remember, the same God who created the stars loves you so much that He sent His Son to die on the cross so that you could be His friend forever. Ponder that!

Father, all Your works are great. We are in awe of Your power and the power of Your love that allows us to know You, love You, and live for You. Slow us down to ponder Your great works in the universe and in our lives. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

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Can You Hear Me Now? Believing the Bible

Devotion Text

Psalm 89:48

Who can live and not see death, or who can escape the power of the grave?

Several years ago there was a Time magazine with the cover story, How To Die. Describing the last days of his mom and dad, the story was written by Joe Klein, I have no problem with the topic. But I do find it tragic that Time is explaining how to die without addressing what happens next.

Scripture is clear that everyone is going to die. The writer of the Hebrews tells us that everyone is destined to die (Hebrews 9:27). No one has power over the time of their death (Ecclesiastes 8:8). But Scripture is also clear that death is not final. Following death, judgment comes (Hebrews 9:27). And for the believer, the Judge is our Savior, who is there to welcome us home.

If you are walking through the last days with someone whom you love, I encourage you to talk openly and honestly about Jesus. Let them know how much Jesus loves them. Let them know that Jesus died for their sins on the cross. Use the time to explain how they can know Jesus and be sure of what happens when they close their eyes in death. Let’s not leave it to our culture to teach us how to die. God’s Word is the only place we find the promise of eternal life. Here are some passages to read and reflect upon.

John 5:24

Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.

John 8:51

Very truly I tell you, whoever obeys my word will never see death.

John 11:25-26

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.”

Father, thank You that even when we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, we don’t have to fear. Thank You for being with us to give us the courage and comfort we need to cross over from death to life through Jesus. In His name we pray. Amen.

 

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The Great Adventure of Prayer – Part 3

Devotion Text

Psalm 19:1-3

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them.

For some reason, I am impressed with the magnificence of the heavens each summer when we visit our family in Oklahoma. Maybe my awareness is due to the big Oklahoma sky. Maybe it’s because we are away from the city lights. Or maybe it’s because, during our time away, I slow down enough to look up. Often Lori and I stand outside and gaze at the stars. We check out the Big and Little Dippers, the Seven Sisters, the North Star, and other constellations that we try to locate based on our star locator app. But one thing’s for sure, the heavens declare the glory of God.

C.H. Spurgeon wrote that “the book of nature has three leaves, heaven, earth, and sea, of which heaven is the first and the most glorious, and by its aid, we are able to see the beauties of the other two” (C.H. Spurgeon, The Treasury of David, Volume 1, Hendrickson Publishers, 1984). True, isn’t it? When we look up into the skies we see God’s glory displayed in the stars.

The same God, whose glory shines in the sky, desires to shine in you and through you. Paul says that He wants us to “shine like stars in the universe” (Philippians 2:15). Maybe you don’t feel much like shining today. In fact, some circumstances in your life are making you feel rather dull. I encourage you to look up. God loves you so much that He sent His only Son to die on a cross just for you. Through Christ, you can let your light shine in such a way that people see God at work in your life. Ready? Time to shine!

Father, thank You for revealing Yourself in the heavens. I pray that You would reveal Yourself personally to all who are reading these words. Through Christ allow each of us to “shine like stars in the universe.” In His name. Amen.

 

 

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Understanding Worship

Devotion Text

Psalm 2:6-7

“I have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain.”   I will proclaim the LORD’s decree: He said to me, “You are my Son; today I have become your father.”

Written by David, 1,000 years before Christ, this Messianic psalm proclaims that the Anointed One is on the way. The psalm describes a coronation ceremony where the Ruler is crowned. The psalm exhorts the pagan nations to abandon their rebellious plans and submit to the Son.

God sent His Son to earth in a way that caused many to miss Him. Born to a poor young Jewish girl, Jesus grew up with the stigma of illegitimacy. His three years of ministry were seemingly cut short by a humiliating death on a Roman cross. His credentials were hardly that of a king.

Yet it was because of His humility and obedience to death that “God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name.” (Philippians 2:9). Jesus is the King installed on Zion, God’s holy mountain. One day every knee will bow and every tongue confess that He is Lord . . . Ruler of all! Don’t wait until it’s too late. Confess Jesus as your Savior, Lord, and King today!

Father, help us surrender to the King each day. May we serve Him with our whole heart and demonstrate that He is indeed the Lord of our lives. In His name. Amen.

 

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Grace!

Devotion Text

Job 14:16-17

Surely then you will count my steps but not keep track of my sin. My offenses will be sealed up in a bag; you will cover over my sin.

Forgiveness. It’s an area where many of us struggle. When someone hurts you, it’s hard to let it go. We like to take the pain and coddle it, mull it over, and relive the hurtful conversation or action. Soon the infection turns to bitterness. And bitterness turns the heart hard and away from God.

Sometimes the hardest person to forgive is ourselves. When we hurt others, the pain often ricochets. The disappointment turns inward. We are devastated by our own actions and words.

Look at today’s passage. Job reminds us that God will not keep track of our sins. He seals it up in a bag, buries it in the ground, and covers it over. He puts it behind His back. He throws it in the sea of forgetfulness. He puts it out of sight and out of mind. But be sure God does not take sin lightly. He sent His Son to pay sin’s penalty on the cross.

God forgives us completely. We need to forgive others . . . and ourselves.

Father, thank You for Your complete forgiveness. Help us show our gratitude by offering forgiveness to someone today. In Jesus name. Amen.

 

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1st John: Testimony

Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” He proceeded to the cross as proof of his great love for us.

In today’s broadcast, Ron Moore explores that evidence and encourages you to offer the same kind of proof for your friends and family.

Devotion Text

Joshua 1:10-11

So Joshua ordered the officers of the people: “Go through the camp and tell the people, ‘Get your supplies ready. Three days from now you will cross the Jordan here to go in and take possession of the land the LORD your God is giving you for your own.'”

God is omnipotent! Nothing can thwart his plan. Yet, at the same time, he gives us the privilege of participating in his work on earth. He allows us to be used as instruments to carry out his plan. We can’t do it without him; he chooses not to do it without us. I love the way Jerry Bridges explains this. Comparing our partnership with God to farming he says, “Farming is a joint venture between God and the farmer. The farmer cannot do what God must do, and God will not do what the farmer should do.[1]

In our verses today, it is clear that God is the One giving his people the land, but he instructs them to get the supplies ready. He gives them a timeline to physically cross the Jordan. He will be with them as they go into the new land and do the physical work of taking possession.

Are you doing your part in the joint venture with God? Certainly, you must follow God’s direction and depend on his strength, but he expects you to get the supplies ready. It’s time to move forward and cross your “Jordan.” It’s time to take possession of the great things that God has for you. What are you waiting for? Get up and get going! There are some great things in store on the other side of the Jordan!

Father, give me the confidence to know that I am following you and your plan. Then give me the strength and courage to get up and get the job done. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


[1] The Pursuit of Holiness, NAV Press, 1966, p.9

 

 

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