The Journey with Ron Moore

Do the things you own, in truth, own you?  And did you know that you never really own them anyway?  But if you view them as God does you can enjoy them, and at the same time, be rich toward Him.

In this half-hour, Ron Moore shows us how that’s done.

Devotion Text

2 Corinthians 8:9

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.

In the beginning, was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God! The Word – God the Son – is eternal. There was never a time when He did not exist, and there will never be a time when He does not exist. God the Son is omnipotent. He is limitless in power. God the Son is omniscient. He knows everything there is to know about everything there is to know. God the Son is omnipresent. He is everywhere at the same time in His full being. In one word . . . God the Son is . . . rich!

Yet for our sakes, the eternal Word took on flesh and moved into our neighborhood. The omnipresent God confined Himself to a human body. The all-powerful God submitted Himself to die on the cross. Jesus came to give His life as a ransom for our sins. And it was through that poverty of His submission that we have become rich.

Now, in Christ, we are rich with spiritual blessings. We have been redeemed. We stand justified – declared “Not guilty!” We have been adopted as God’s children. The Holy Spirit lives in us. We are free from condemnation. We can never be separated from God. We have direct access to the throne of grace. We are God’s workmanship. We know that God is working through all the circumstances of our lives. We are confident that God will complete the good work He has started in us. In one word . . . we, the sons and daughters of God, are . . . rich!

Lord Jesus, thank You for becoming poor . . . all the way to the cross . . . so that I could have all the spiritual blessings of eternity! I want to thank You with my life. In Your name. Amen.

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Fishers of Men

Jesus began his ministry with a miracle rich in depth and meaning. And because we too often miss that richness we’re, sadly, less intimate with our Lord.

In this broadcast Ron Moore explores the depths of Christ’s first sign so that you can see him more clearly and closely.

Devotion Text

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?

Devotion Text

Matthew 19:16-22

Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”  “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.”  “Which ones?” he inquired. Jesus replied, “You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honor your father and mother, and love your neighbor as yourself.” “All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?”   Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”  When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth. 

The young man began with the right question: How can I have eternal life? Inherent in his query was a desire for the eternal. He longed to live beyond himself and sought the right person for counsel. It’s hard to find fault with his credentials. Murder, adultery, theft, and lying were appropriately absent in his life. He had treated his parents with respect and honor. He had reached out to his neighbors. If I’m Jesus, I’m saying, “Let’s ditch the fishermen, tax collector, and zealot. Follow me. Let’s go change the world!” But Jesus, always able to peer deep into the messy heart, saw a clogged spiritual artery – a little problem with the god of money. When Jesus pinpointed the issue, the rich young man dropped his head and walked away from the Giver of eternal life.

I wonder what happened to that young man. If he continued on the journey away from Jesus, by all human accounts he lived a rich full life. I am sure he and his beautiful wife lived in the big house on prime property barely visible from the road. He gave his kids everything they wanted, including the best education available. He traveled to exotic places, stayed in extravagant hotels, and ate exquisite foods. The cars he drove were the envy of many. He continued to make money. It seemed everything that he touched turned to gold. Financial advisors drooled to have him as a client. He retired in luxury to a beautiful island, spending his days swinging in a hammock, fanned by servants, and fed grapes the size of tangerines. Yet people wondered why there was such sadness in his eyes.

He had everything . . . and nothing . . . at the same time. And then one day, the sad old man died. They said he experienced a rich full life . . . as he experienced an empty hellish eternity. He gained the world and lost his soul.

Father, help us not make the same mistake as the rich young ruler. May we be willing to give up anything . . . everything . . . for You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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The Church at Philadelphia

They were plain and dusty clay jars.  Fragile from centuries of extremely dry storage.  Placed at auction among ornate Ming dynasty vases and bowls these earthen vessels would have garnered scant attention if any at all.  Yet within them was a treasure beyond bidding…the Dead Sea Scrolls.  So it is with people made in the image of God.  Whether dusty and dirty or rich and famous, both are beyond price.

In keeping with that image, today Ron Moore helps us look past the external to see the treasure within.

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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Welcome to the Life of Significance

Devotion Text

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.”

It was a long way from Nazareth to that Bethlehem stable, especially for a woman in the last days of her pregnancy. No doubt she had to withstand the rough terrain on the seventy-mile trip. When they arrived, every room was occupied. They could secure only a cave where animals were kept. It was not the best place to birth a child, but by that point, Mary could not be picky. It was warm and dry. There in the cave, the baby was born. What emotions did she feel that night? Surely there were tears of joy and a deep sense of amazement. 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 a son be crucified, but Mary could not leave. She longed to hold Him. She longed to wipe His bloodied face. She longed to comfort her son, 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. But God loved us so much that He sent Jesus to that awful death in order to pay sin’s penalty. But death could not keep Him there. 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 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. I am sorry for my sins. Thank You for paying the penalty 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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Do the things you own, in truth, own you?  And did you know that you never really own them anyway?  But if you view them as God does you can enjoy them, and at the same time, be rich toward Him.

In this half-hour, Ron Moore shows us how that’s done.

God has made many American believers “Rich in this present world.” Unfortunately, this present world often uses those riches to draw us away from the God who blessed us with them in the first place.

So today Ron Moore and men’s minister Tunch Ilkin share ways to counter the world’s attack and thereby truly enjoy the wealth God has given us.

Matthew 9:23-26

When Jesus entered the synagogue leader’s house and saw the noisy crowd and people playing pipes, he said, “Go away. The girl is not dead but asleep.” But they laughed at him. After the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took the girl by the hand, and she got up. News of this spread through all that region.

The religious leader needed Jesus. He wasn’t worried about what his colleagues were saying. He didn’t care about breaking protocol. He wasn’t even worried about losing his position. His daughter had died and there was only one person who could help.

When Jesus entered the house, he told the professional mourners to leave. Their wailing turned to mocking laughter when Jesus told them that the girl was only sleeping. And then He raised the girl back to life. Just like that! Jesus took her by the hand and she got up!

It’s time to turn to Jesus and let Him raise you up. Stop worrying about what others may think. Turn to Jesus as the only one who can give you eternal life. Turn to Jesus as the only one who can cause your spiritually dead heart to start pumping again. God, who is rich in mercy, can make you alive in Christ even though you are dead in your sins. You need Jesus!

Father, thank You for Jesus who can raise me to life. Thank You for the gift of new life, which is available to me by trusting in Him. Thank You for making me alive in Christ. In His name. Amen.

 


 

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Joseph Sold into Slavery

Luke 4:18-19
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

I grew up in a small town where everybody knows everybody and everybody knows (or think they know) everybody’s business. This was certainly the case of Jesus growing up in the small village of Nazareth. More than likely the synagogue was just down the street from the carpentry shop and home where Jesus worked and lived.  Most certainly everybody knew everybody in Nazareth.

It was Jesus’ habit to worship each week and on this particular Sabbath He had the Scripture reading. The scroll of Isaiah was handed to Him. Jesus found Chapter 61 and read verses one and two. Then He rolled up the scroll and told the worshipers that Isaiah was writing about Him. Tomorrow we will consider the reaction of the people. Today let’s consider the significance of the passage.

The Messiah would come empowered by the Spirit of the Lord. Along with His physical miracles, He would proclaim good news to the spiritually impoverished, set the prisoner free from sin and open the eyes of the spiritually blind. He would release those held down and held back by sin. Because of “the year of the Lord’s favor” we live with overflowing spiritual blessings.  We are spiritually rich. We have been set free. Our blind eyes have been opened. We have been released from sin’s oppression. Jesus has come and changed everything.

Father, thank You for Your Son, Jesus Christ, who has come to change my life now and for eternity. Help me to live in thanksgiving and praise. In His name. Amen.


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Living With the Consequences of Sin

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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Do the things that you own, in truth, own you? And did you know that you never really own them anyway? But if you view them as God does you can enjoy them, and at the same time, be rich toward Him.

In this half-hour, Ron Moore shows us how it’s done.

Jesus began his ministry with a miracle rich in depth and meaning. And because we too often miss that richness we’re, sadly, less intimate with our Lord.

In this broadcast Ron Moore explores the depths of Christ’s first sign so that you can see him more clearly and closely.

Psalm 49:16-20  

Do not be overawed when others grow rich, when the splendor of their houses increases; for they will take nothing with them when they die, their splendor will not descend with them. Though while they live they count themselves blessed—and people praise you when you prosper—they will join those who have gone before them, who will never again see the light of life. People who have wealth but lack understanding are like the beasts that perish.

Andrew Carnegie, Henry Frick, and Thomas Mellon were three Pittsburghers that made lots of money. Do you have any idea how much these three left collectively when they died? All of it. They left behind every last penny! 

Today’s passage is a needed reminder. Don’t be impressed by wealth and big houses. Don’t be impressed with position and power. The rich and poor will join those who have gone before them. They will “never again see the light of life.” The will “take nothing with them when they die.” Wealth without spiritual understanding is useless.

Spiritual understanding, however, changes everything. When we have a relationship with God through Jesus we gain a proper perspective of money. We learn that God owns everything. Everything we have is a gift from Him. Everything He gives us should be used for Him. The believer doesn’t love money. The believer loves the great blessing they can be by using God’s gifts for God’s purposes.

Father, remind me often of this truth. Help me not be impressed by money and all that money buys. Help me use the resources You provide for Your purposes. May I be a good and faithful manager of your money. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Psalm 49:10-15  

For all can see that the wise die, that the foolish and the senseless also perish, leaving their wealth to others. Their tombs will remain their houses forever, their dwellings for endless generations, though they had named lands after themselves. People, despite their wealth, do not endure; they are like the beasts that perish. This is the fate of those who trust in themselves, and of their followers, who approve their sayings. They are like sheep and are destined to die; death will be their shepherd (but the upright will prevail over them in the morning). Their forms will decay in the grave, far from their princely mansions. But God will redeem me from the realm of the dead; he will surely take me to himself.

Death is the great equalizer. The poor who lived their lives in homeless shelters and the rich who lived in mansions will both meet the same end. The person no one knew and the one who had lands named after them will both end up in a grave for their final resting places. 

Eternal death is the “fate of those who trust in themselves.” Regardless of their earthly wisdom or wealth they will end up as fools. Death “will be their shepherd.” It will lead them like dumb sheep to an eternity without God.

For those who claim the Lord as their Shepherd, everything changes. When we trust in Jesus, instead of ourselves, we will be redeemed from the grave. Jesus died so that we can live. When we close our eyes in death we will pass from death to eternal life. If you desire God to take you to Himself when you die, use the following prayer as your personal guide.

Heavenly Father, I want You, not death, to be my shepherd. I do not want to be led foolishly to the grave. I want to be led to an eternity with You. I trust in Jesus alone as the One who came to pay my debt and redeem me from the realm of the dead. Through Jesus, I trust in You to take me to Yourself when I die. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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