CAN MAN LIVE WITHOUT MERCY?

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THE PURPOSE OF VISIONS

  The Purpose of Visions Robert D. Pace Job 33:14–18 God has blessed Christians with two types of...

GOD’S APPOINTED TIME

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Galatians 4:4--7 I want to speak to you on the subject, “God’s...

WHO JESUS SAYS YOU ARE

PULPIT TODAY SERMON Robert D. Pace Matthew 5:13-14 What others say about us is important. The...

IS IT WORTH IT TO SERVE THE LORD?

Is it Worth it to Serve the Lord? Robert D. Pace Malachi 3:13--16 Malachi, whose name means...

Secrets of Gog and Magog

From Robert D Pace's stunning DVD which explains that Gog and Magog are not what, or who, you...

CHRIST DIED FOR THE UNWORTHY

Robert D. Pace During the Vietnam War, a West Point graduate marshaled a group of new recruits...

The Ultimate Sacrifice

Robert D. Pace Years ago, a pastor related the story of a father, son, and friend sailing off the...

Communion: The Total Sacrifice

Robert D. Pace The story is told of a dying girl whose only hope was to receive blood from someone...

THE GRACE OF JESUS CHRIST

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Ephesians 2:8-9 Years ago a convicted murderer was given a life...

HOW TO MAINTAIN SPIRITUAL FERVOR

How to Maintain Spiritual Fervor Robert D Pace Spiritual fervor is necessary to advance the...

REEMERGENCE OF DRAMATIC SIGNS & WONDERS

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D. Pace In the near future, the...

THE LION’S ROAR!

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace The Lion’s...

THE INCOMPARABLE CHRIST

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace John 3:31‑35 Today, I want us to focus our attention on Jesus...

Six Steps For Finding God’s Will

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS   George Meuller   A Teaching Outline by George Mueller (1805-1898)...

Born Again But No “Charismatic-type” Christian

Robert D. Pace It was not unusual for me to tune-in to the Rush Limbaugh Show, but this day was...

CONQUERING THE DOUBTS OF SALVATION

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 2 Timothy 1:12 (Illustration) I was twenty-three, had...

DIVINE ENTRAPMENT

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Job 1:8-10 The book of Job issues some everlasting truths...

Guarding Your Soul and the Souls of Others

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D Pace Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, or everything...

Speak Lord, But is it Really You?

Of all experiences that exhilarate people, chief among them is when God speaks directly to the human soul. One inspired word to a thirsty, hungry traveler can refresh and sustain more than a thousand meals. It was Elijah who heard God’s instruction to “rise and eat” that received nourishment to navigate 285 miles for the following forty days

THE VOICE OF GOD TODAY

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Hebrews 2:1-4 Does God speak to modern man? If so, how? For...

Biblically Woke!

Robert D Pace Biblically “Woke”! Matthew 1:24 says, “When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of...

Son of David, Son of God

This is a profound look at the lineage of Jesus from Robert D Pace's feature-length DVD "The...

JESUS FULFILLS MESSIANIC PROPHECIES (V)

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WHAT WERE THEY THINKING AT THE MANGER?

POINT OF INSPIRATION DEVOTIONAL   Robert D. Pace In 800 BC Isaiah prophesied: “Unto us a...

PROPHECY OF TREES FULFILLED IN ISRAEL’S DESERT

Robert D. Pace Isaiah's Prophecy Fulfilled! In Isaiah 41, the Bible discloses an odd prophecy...

Your Call to Rulership in Life

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Revelation 3:21 Jesus said in Revelation 3:21, “he that...

BLESSINGS OF REPENTANCE

PulpitToday.org Robert D. Pace Acts 17:30-31 John the Baptist is Scripture’s premier Prophet of...

HOW TO PRAY AN HOUR AND MAKE IT SEEM 15 MINUTES

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Opening Remarks In Matthew 6 Jesus disclosed the prayer of the...

TEAR IT DOWN!

Robert D. Pace Jeremiah 1:4-10 What we have to understand is this: Before converting to Christ,...

THE MINISTRY OF A PROPHET

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Hosea 1:1...

HOPE FOR A VEXED GENERATION

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D. Pace Scientists call the Second...

HEADLINES FROM THE BOOK OF JOB

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Pre-Scripture Remarks The Scottish historian Thomas Carlyle,...

INSIGHTS TO THE FESTIVAL OF TABERNACLES

PulpitToday Sermon Robert D. Pace Introduction The first question I want to answer about this...

THE OASIS OF WORSHIP

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Revelation 14:6-7 (Illustration) We live in a unique sphere of...

CARTE BLANCHE FAITH

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Mark 11:22-24 Mark 11:22-24 Most people are familiar with the...

Hosanna!

  Robert D Pace Hosanna! Passover. It was the week Christ was born to confront. Everything...

MOTIVATED BY LOVE

PulpitToday.org Robert D. Pace 2 Corinthians 5:11-15 The mandate for the Church is to spread the...

Malchus

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Most...

JUDAH MUST PLOW

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Isaiah 28:23-26 God addressed Israel clearly and pointedly in...

DOES THE BIBLE CONTAIN ERRORS?

KINGDOM ISSUES Robert D. Pace Other than the Bible, no book claims to present the actual words of...

PREPARE THE WAY

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Mark 1:1-8 John the Baptist was no psychologist but he...

WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT FASTING

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace I. Types of Fasts Fasting can be broadly characterized in...

WHO IS JESUS CHRIST?

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Opening Remarks (Illustration) A Pastor and Deacon were...

AN ASSEMBLAGE OF KNOWERS

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime"   Robert D. Pace In recent days, it...

America in Crisis!

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D Pace The turmoil that America is experiencing is nothing new. It is...

CHRISTIANITY IN THE MARKETPLACE – DOES IT BELONG THERE?

Robert D. Pace Matthew 5:14-16 Awhile back I heard an alarming report on James Dobson’s, “Focus on...

GOD RAISES DEAD DREAMS

Scripture uses death to identify man’s greatest enemy and there’s nothing man fears more. When a person expires, losing all vital signs, doctors, medicine, and science stand powerless in its presence. Only God can resurrect. But this sermon doesn’t deal with the physical cessation of life, it deals with death of a different nature. The death of God’s divinely inspired promises and visions. I’m persuaded that many Christians are in the gestation stage of a specific promise God has given them. Perhaps years ago He planted a dream and you’re still awaiting its fruition. Maybe even hope has begged you to admit that promise is dead. But the God that resurrected Christ from the dead can resurrect your promise.

Don’t Overlook Jesus

Clarence R. Bolton John 6:1-14 I remember reading a story some time ago about a little boy having...

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE BORN AGAIN

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace John 3:1‑3 Today, four out of ten Americans claim to be Born...

A Man of God

Mark Hardgrove Ezekiel 22:30 INTRODUCTION A little boy was lost in a large crowd and was...

BIBLICAL SUPPORT FOR “SIGNS AND WONDERS”

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Signs and wonders are divine events that display God’s glory...

LIVING BY THE POWER OF REDEMPTION

LIVING BY THE POWER OF REDEMPTION Robert D. Pace Pre-Scripture Remarks In Christ’s Day, the word...

A Witch

Dr. Mark Hardgrove 1 Samuel 28:1 INTRODUCTION The nation of Israel wanted a king. Samuel had been...

THE RIGHT CHOICE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Proverbs 2:1-8 (Illustration) William was sixteen when he left...

PROPHECIES OF THE ENDTIME UNVEILED

Robert D Pace conducts "Discern the Days Prophecy Conferences" throughout America. The...

ENOCH’S REMARKABLE TESTIMONY

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Hebrews 11:5 It’s strange that an amazing man like Enoch has so...

JESUS IS LORD! OR, IS HE?

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Acts 2:34-36 The lordship of Jesus Christ is one of...

ZERUBBABEL’S TEMPLE

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Zechariah 1:14-17 Zechariah prophesied at the end of Israel’s...

YOU AND YOUR TWIN

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace “Created in...

SHAMGAR’S OXGOAD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Judges 3:31 Introduction The Book of Judges is intriguing...

THE BEAUTY OF FORGIVENESS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Matthew 18:21-35 Forgiveness is a word we both love and hate....

They Forgot the Works of the Lord!

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Psalm 78:11 From whichever version of the Bible you read, Psalm...

MEN IN BROWN

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace It’s Christmas...

DIVINE ASSIGNMENTS, DIVINE ASSISTANCE

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D. Pace Alone in my house, I...

THE PHILADELPHIA PROCLAMATION

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" The Philadelphia ProclamationRobert D....

THE LAW OF REVELATION (Part 1)

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D. Pace This is Part 1 of 2, in a...

THIRTY FEET FROM TRIUMPH

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Joshua 6:1-5 This is a tremendous story of triumph that Joshua...

THE WEAKNESS OF ANGELS, THE POWER OF BELIEVERS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Hebrews 2:5-8 The nature of angels is intriguing. When you...

God Said It; Now, You Settle It!

Dr. Mark Hardgrove Joshua 21:42-45 INTRODUCTION Reading these lists, whether it is a genealogical...

HOLY FIRE! WHERE IS IT?

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace 1 Chronicles 22:1 The 21st Century stands upon the shoulders...

Communion Symbolizes Our Union With Christ

Robert D. Pace The ushers have distributed the sacraments, no let us prepare our hearts to engage...

FROM THANKSGIVING TO THANKS-LIVING

Robert D. Pace Psalm 113:3 Consumer confidence is an important factor in maintaining a prosperous...

THE DECISION OF MOSES

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace A newly married couple decided how they would make their...

JESUS IS ALIVE!

Jesus is Alive! Robert D. Pace Matthew 28:1--10 (Illustration) Perhaps you've heard this familiar...

“PATHSPERITY”

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 1 Chronicles 14:8‑17 “Pathsperity” is a play on words. I’ve...

THE TESTIMONY OF THE CROSS

Robert D. Pace Colossians 2:13--15 If you’re familiar with the world’s major religions you know...

THE GARDENER

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace God’s work on...

WHAT ABOUT THE “WRATH OF GOD”?

Robert D. Pace The book of Revelation describes the last days as a time when the "wrath of God" is...

DARE TO QUESTION GOD!

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Jesus knew the...

JESUS—THE FIRST PROSPERITY PREACHER

Robert D. Pace The boast of the Laodicean Church was, “I am rich!” (Revelation 3:17) Gloating over...

YOU CAN BE A CHAMPION FOR GOD!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS (Note to reader: This message is presented as an outline, with only portions...

WHEN A CHRISTIAN IS VULNERABLE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 1 Corinthians 10:12 (Illustration) It was a frigid February in...

MANS’ ONLY HOPE

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Romans 5:1-5 Charles Dickens wrote the book, A Tale of Two...

A BIG WORD FOR A BIG LIFE

POINT OF INSPIRATION: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Many people...

PARTNERSHIP WITH GOD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Introductory Remarks Throughout Scripture, we see people that...

I PRAY ALL GOES WELL WITH YOU

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 3 John 2 John was the apostle filled with God’s love and...

TRUSTING GOD WHEN IT’S DIFFICULT

Trusting God When It's Difficult Isaiah 12:2 Robert D. Pace Introduction (Definition) The word...

THE CHEMISTRY OF MIRACLES

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Perhaps you...

“I DON’T WANT TO CHANGE, I’M HAPPY LIKE I AM!”

“I DON'T WANT TO CHANGE, I’M HAPPY LIKE I AM!” Robert D. Pace 2 Corinthians 5:17 Alvin Tofflier...

WHAT NEVER HAPPENED ON THE DAY OF ATONEMENT

Let’s journey back several thousand years to Jerusalem during Passover week. This was the holiest of the seven Hebrew festivals that attracted thousands of worshipers. Some traveled hundreds of miles to attend this celebration in the religious capital of the world—Jerusalem. What a sight it must have been! For seven days the Priests appeared in their royal apparel, led the people in worship, offered sacrifices, and blew shofars (2 Chronicles 30:21). Everything was leading to the Day of Atonement when the High Priest would present the blood of a Passover lamb for the people’s sins. Not only was Jerusalem sightly its aroma was pungent.

THE LOST AXE HEAD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 2 Kings 6:1-7 Introduction Whatever else can be said about...

LEARNING TO WORSHIP FROM WICKED MEN

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Mark 3:1-5 Here in Mark 3, we find a lesson on how to worship...

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE RESURRECTION

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Despite...

The Spirit of Python

Dr. Mark E. Hardgrove Genesis 16:16-34 INTRODUCTION This particular account takes us out of the...

An Excellent Example of Leadership

Dr. Mark E. Hardgrove Genesis 7:1-10 INTRODUCTION I lived in Maine for several years while I was...

DISTINGUISHED BY THE ANOINTING

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Television commercials are aimed at convincing the public...

Arabs Claim Jesus was ‘Palestinian’

Robert D. Pace "Jesus was a Palestinian!" That’s now the official pronouncement of the Palestinian...

Are You Ready for Jesus

Mark E. Hardgrove John 11:45-53 INTRODUCTION Are you ready for Jesus to move in your life? Before...

DOES GOD KILL?

KINGDOM ISSUES Robert D. Pace The sixth of the Ten Commandments forbids murder. Does God violate...

THE GOSPEL OF POWER

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Mark 16:15-18 Opening Remarks I believe many Christians have a...

Jesus Fulfills Prophecy, Christ is the Messiah

This is an excerpt from Robert D Pace's feature-length DVD, "The Scriptures, The Savior and...

Gaza and the Palestinians in Bible Prophecy

By Dr. Bob Thiel, COGwriter The Palestian-dominated Gaza has been in the news a lot. Where exactly...

The Publican and the Pharisee

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS >Robert D. Pace Luke 18:9-14 (Humor) A minister received a Christmas card...

PRAYING UNDER THE SPIRIT’S INFLUENCE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Ephesians 6:17-18 In Christ’s day few men demonstrated a...

“THE DAYS SHALL BE SHORTENED”

Robert D. Pace Jesus often spoke of the Endtimes and the signs the people of that day would...

IF GRACE IS THE EXPLANATION

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace The Grace of...

THE CALL OF GOD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace PulpitToday.org Opening Remarks Today we will examine the life...

PRACTICING THE PEACE OF GOD

Robert D. Pace Teaching I want to begin our lesson with a question. Which command of Scripture,...

LIVING WITH GODLY INFLUENCE

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Pre-Scripture Remarks Open your Bibles to 1 Timothy 4 and let’s...

SUCCESS WITH GOD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace PulpitToday.org Luke 5:1-7 Today’s society places much...

HALLOWED BE THY NAME

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Exodus 20:7 The chief concern of the third of the Ten...

IRREFUTABLE REALITIES

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Psalm 111:7--9 It is said that the only things certain in life...

EXPECTATIONS OF PENTECOSTAL WORSHIP

In 2003, Robert D. Pace was interviewed by the Evangel magazine, the Official Publication of the...

What Can the Righteous do When the Foundations are Destroyed?

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Psalm 11:3 When crisis appears so do questions. It has always...

DIVINE CONSCIOUSNESS OF CHRIST

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Years ago, I...

THE ACTS OF ANANIAS

PulpitToday.org Robert D. Pace Acts 9:10-19 Which great Christian do you admire? Which Bible...

YOU CAN DISCERN THE DAYS

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D. Pace Jesus was surrounded by...

ACCORDING TO THE PATTERN

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace I typically have a single passage as my “message text,” but...

WHAT’S SO FRIGHTENING ABOUT CHRISTMAS?

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Luke 2:8-14 When the general populace describes Christmas they...

SON OF DAVID / SON OF GOD

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Have you...

Supernatural Provision For Difficult Times

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Psalm 78:11 As the Endtime draws nearer the needs of mankind...

WHAT IS ADVENT?

By Dennis Bratcher Advent is the beginning of the Church Year for most churches in the Western...

THE INSPIRING STORY OF HANDEL’S MESSIAH

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Edited by Robert D. Pace In a...

THE HOLY SPIRIT AND YOU

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Luke 11:11-13 Before His ascension into Heaven Jesus carefully...

GOD DEFENDS ISRAEL!

by Robert D. Pace In recent weeks, Hamas has launched thousands of rockets into Israel, yet...

THE ONE-MINUTE CHALLENGE

Have you ever wondered or asked whether Jesus is the "only way” of salvation? It’s a fair question...

I WILL SHOW YOU GREAT AND UNSEARCHABLE THINGS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D Pace Jeremiah 33:1-3 Opening Remarks I want to examine one verse of...

LIVING WITH GODLY INFLUENCE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 1 Timothy 4:11-16 At some point everyone decides what shapes...

POWER TO SHARE CHRIST

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D Pace Each year more...

THE BEGINNING OF THANKSGIVING DAY IN AMERICA

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace In the early...

BIBLE PROPHECIES OCCURRING NOW

By Robert D. Pace For centuries, ministers have preached the message of Christ’s Return to earth....

ONE-WORD DESCRIPTIONS OF GOD’S LOVE

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal or Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace One-Word...

THE PROPHET’S SECLUSION

"Disclosing Prophecies, Inspiring Hope for the Endtime Robert D. Pace The Prophets of Scripture...

THE GOD OF OUR PROBLEMS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Mark 2:1--11 (Illustration) For many years the cinema and...

PRAYER THAT WORKS!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONSRobert D. Pace What was true about Jesus 2000 years ago is still true today....

FULFILLED PROPHECIES OF THE LAST DAYS

by Carl Worline The following article provides an insightful description of the Bible’s depiction...

HOW TO OPEN CLOSED DOORS

Opening Closed Doors Revelation 3:8 Robert D. Pace Introduction (Illustration) In the 1990’s I...

The Scriptures, The Savior and Salvation

The pillars of Christianity are under attack! From within and without Christians are witnessing an...

USAFORISRAEL

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YOUR APPOINTED TIME

PROPHETIC INSIGHTS Robert D. Pace Your Appointed Time Released from Babylonian captivity, the...

The Power of our Spoken Words

Mark E. Hardgrove PhD, DMin Genesis 15:22-23 INTRODUCTION: There is no denying the importance of,...

A CHRISTMAS TRIP

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Luke 2:13-20 The Bible discloses two groups of people that...

CREATED IN GOD’S IMAGE

PULPIT TODAY SERMON Robert D. Pace Opening Remarks When Scripture says Man is “created in God’s...

BEHOLD, HE PRAYS!

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Acts 9:10-19 I find it interesting that God assured Ananias, a...

THE WORD OF GOD UNLEASHED!

THE WORD OF GOD UNLEASHED! Robert D. Pace Hebrews 4:12 Hebrews 4:12 uses powerful phraseology to...

NONE CAST ASIDE

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Isaiah 42:1-4 This message is for those that have, at some...

JESUS: GOD & MAN

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Teaching Outline The nature of Jesus Christ has been debated...

BEGGARS OF MERCY

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace The story is...

AUTHORITY TO ASK!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 1 John 5:13--15 There’s a huge difference between the God of...

COMPELLING EVIDENCE FOR CHRIST’S RETURN

Robert D. Pace For centuries, ministers have preached the message of Christ’s Return to earth, but...

“BLESSED ASSURANCE” SALVATION IS YOURS!

Robert D Pace Assurance of Salvation People often face inner conflict concerning their salvation,...

Building on the Rock

Mark E. Hardgrove Matthew 7:24-27 INTRODUCTION This particular parable is included in a series of...

A STUDY OF DIVINE HEALING

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace The following study is an outline that provides Biblical...

World Cup and Christ’s Cup

People are excited about their team claiming the World Cup. While that’s great, ultimately, only...

AFFIRMING THE BIBLE AS GOD’S INSPIRED WORD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 2 Timothy 3:15-17 (NOTE: This Teaching provides an overview of...

CAN MAN LIVE WITHOUT MERCY?

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Titus 3:3-7 One of Christ’s great commands is for Christians...

UNLOCK YOUR DESTINY

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Everybody has a destiny. So much so, that God himself has taken a personal...

21 Ways the Holy Spirit Manifests Himself to Believers

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D Pace (This message is presented in Outline form, describing numerous...

WHY THE MANNA STOPPED

Why the Manna Stopped Robert D. Pace Joshua 5:10--12 For forty years the Israelites awakened with...

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE VIRGIN BIRTH

Robert D. Pace Isaiah 7:14 I want to begin by defining the Virgin Birth. In the simplest terms, it...

HOW THE BIBLE SHOWS THE WORLD ITS DAYS ARE NUMBERED

PULPIT TODAY SERMON Robert D. Pace Introduction I want to talk to you on the subject of How the...

THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 2 Peter 1:2-4 Introduction (Illustration) Years ago, in...

THE GOODNESS OF GOD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Mark 10:17-21 (Illustration) I remember “the good old days”...

IMITATORS OF CHRIST

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace A boy caught a...

DISCOVERING UNSEARCHABLE THINGS

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Jeremiah 33:3...

MEN AS ANGELS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Matthew 22:30 It’s almost inconceivable that the Bible would...

SACRIFICIAL LIVING

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace “Then Jesus...

THE MESSAGE OF CLOUDS

Robert D. Pace 1 Corinthians 10:1-5 The study of clouds in Scripture is fascinating. Most...

THE IMMUTABLE LAW OF SOWING AND REAPING

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Galatians 6:7-10 (Illustration) Years ago, a mother and...

AMERICA’S SOCIAL DISORDER

Disclosing Prophecies, Inspiring Hope for the Endtime Robert D. Pace [AUTHOR’S NOTATION: The...

CHRISTIAN BELIEFS UNDER ATTACK: THERE ARE ANSWERS!

Imagine the perfect Endtime strategy designed to dispirit Christians and turn them from their...

The Beauty of the Righteous

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D Pace God’s love for trees is evident in Creation. Botanists assert...

JESUS, PRINCE OF PEACE

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace In Isaiah 9,...

HOW TO OVERCOME TEMPTATION

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Genesis 22:1-14 Life is full of temptations and tests. Everyone...

A KING AMONG MEN

Robert D. Pace In ancient days, Persia was governed by a benevolent, loving king. In order to...

Water Baptism: A Post Conversion Experience

KINGDOM ISSUES Robert D. Pace Water baptism, in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is a...

MOSES’ TREASURE CODE CRACKED!

Disclosing Prophecies, Inspiring Hope for the Endtime Robert D. Pace Four thousand years ago Moses...

LET THE REDEEMED OF THE LORD SAY SO

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace The Bible is clear: There’s a pronounced command for an...

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN CHRIST ARRIVES!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Zechariah 9:9-17 In Zechariah’s days a king’s arrival was...

YOU CAN KNOW!

How to Know the Bible is true; Jesus is the Messiah;And Salvation is Yours!1 Peter 3:15 Imagine...

THE TRIUMPH OF GRACE

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace The Pharisees...

CONQUERING THE SPIRIT OF CONTAINMENT

PulpitToday.org Robert D. Pace Genesis 12:1-3 Abraham is one of Scripture’s greatest men. As the...

THE GLORY OF GOD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Revelation 21:22—24 (This is Part 1 of two messages on The...

THE TRUTH ABOUT LIES

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Introductory Remarks (Quote) A USA Today poll found that only...

AN ALTAR INVITATION

Robert D. Pace "THE BOOKS" An Altar Invitation The Bible speaks of two books being opened at the...

ALWAYS GIVE THANKS

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Introductory Remarks The name of today's message is “Always...

MAGNIFICENT ATTRIBUTES OF GOD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace An attribute of God is any quality or characteristic that is...

MORE THAN CONQUERORS

PulpitToday.org Robert D. Pace Romans 8:35-39 There’s an expression used in our culture that says,...

I Want To Be Happy, But I Don’t Know How

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Luke 12:13-21 (Illustration) A young executive pulled his new...

LET’S BE THANKFUL!

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D Pace The ability to...

THE CHRISTIAN’S RESPONSE TO TERRORISM

Prophetic Insight Robert D. Pace The safety of mankind is at stake! Isis, Al-Qaeda, Hamas,...

A Workman Unashamed

Dr. Mark E. Hardgrove INTRODUCTION I realize that the phrase referring to “a workman . . ....

THE BELIEVERS’ REST

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS  Robert D. Pace Hebrews 4:1-11 (Illustration) Some years ago, two artists...

THE CHRISTIANS’ CROWN TODAY

PULPIT TODAY SERMON Robert D. Pace How would you like to wear a crown today? You can! And we will...

JESUS CHRIST HEALS!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Acts 9:31-35 If you opened the medicine cabinet of the average...

SECURING THE FAVOR OF GOD

Securing the Favor of God Robert D. Pace Introduction (Definition) In its simplest terms, divine...

THE COMING WINDS

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D. Pace The presence of wind...

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Titus 3:3-7

One of Christ’s great commands is for Christians to extend mercy. And the fact that mercy is called for indicates people are imperfect. We struggle, err, tire; get sick, lonely, and needy. These are the constraints of being human. There are times we look within ourselves and discover we don’t have the strength, or fortitude or whatever it takes to survive without help from another. We need outside assistance for our weaknesses. And that’s why Jesus said: “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful” (Luke 6:36). Christ called us to live with more than an awareness of other’s needs. He called us to intervene. And that’s what mercy is. It’s compassion in action. It’s love without a leash. And yet extending mercy is what’s so difficult to do!

(Illustration) Some years back a photographer that worked for a Christian journal was assigned an overseas project. He was commissioned to photograph someone that characterized the wretched condition of humanity; a real life picture that would demonstrate man’s need for mercy. It took a while but after searching the photographer captured his picture. It was a hungry beggar, lying on the curbside, with his hand stretched toward a storefront displaying bread. The editor agreed that it perfectly depicted humanity’s need for mercy. After congratulating the photographer the editor asked: “And what assistance did you give the beggar after the photograph?” The photographer confessed he did nothing. The editor then responded: “You got the picture but you didn’t get the message.”

But there’s more to mercy than simply supplying answers to needs. We may see a stray animal and in a cavalier manner throw it a leftover scrap from dinner. That’s not God’s mercy. God doesn’t supply our needs in a high-minded manner. When you read of God’s mercy in Scripture it’s linked with sympathy, emotion, and love. God’s mercy issues from the depths of His soul. Paul said in Ephesians 2:4 that “God is rich in mercy.” Imagine that! He’s rich in wanting to enter our lives and release us from sin, sickness, and disappointment and offer His marvelous supply!

We find it difficult to deal with others tenderly, in part, due to the constant bombardment of tragedy, violence, and misery that assaults us through television.

We’ve repeatedly watched those planes slam into the Twin Towers and have seen them crumble into a pile of mangled steel and smoldering wreckage.

Real life TV shows us wild police chases, car crashes, and crooks menacing innocent civilians.

Even the Weather Channel shows killer storms that create chaos.

Because these images are unpleasant we try to tame our emotions by developing a thick skin. But the danger is, instead of developing a thick skin we’re inclined to develop a hard heart and a hard heart invites indifference.

That’s precisely what Jesus—the Man of Mercy—opposes. Ephesians 4:32 says: “Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Let’s look at that passage for a moment.

A Call to Compassion

Do you know what I hear Paul requesting here? When He says: “Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you” I hear him saying: “Act like God. God is kind, gentle, forgiving, and merciful. Act like God.”

When you study Scripture, you see God extended mercy when we weren’t worthy of mercy. The incredible aspect of our relationship with God is “while we were yet sinners Christ died for us!” He died for us, not after we repented and got right, but “while we were yet sinners,” and deserved nothing! That’s why God requires mercy from us. He wants us to take the same grace we received and share it with others (just like us) that don’t deserve it! I know that’s sometimes difficult but let me remind you of its reward, because there’s a payoff for extending mercy. As flawed mortal men, always in need, those showing mercy are guaranteed that God will reciprocate His mercy! You give mercy, you get mercy!

That’s why Jesus promised: “blessed are the merciful, they will obtain mercy.” It’s God’s guarantee! I like Psalm 41:1 that says: “Blessed is he who has regard for the weak; the LORD delivers him in times of trouble. (2) The LORD will protect him and preserve his life; he will bless him in the land and not surrender him to the desire of his foes. (3) The LORD will sustain him on his sickbed and restore him from his bed of illness.” What a promise! When we help the needy we lay up Heavenly stock. God promises to protect and preserve our life and deny Satan from ruining us. That’s why we should apportion as much as possible!

(Transition) I want us to consider Christ’s Parable of the Unmerciful Servant as we look at our need to give and receive mercy.

The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant

This Parable describes a servant owing his master 10,000 talents. A talent is a measurement of weight, that, when converted into its U.S. equivalent is seventy-five pounds. That means 10,000 talents of gold equals 9,000,000 ounces. 10,000 talents of gold at $400.00 per ounce equals $3,000,600,000,000. A debt that’s impossible for anybody to pay! The man owing this sort of debt doesn’t have many options. All he can do is plead for mercy and hope his creditor doesn’t imprison him. And that’s what happened. In sheer mercy the creditor wiped the slate clean, dropped the charges, and freed the man. But that same debtor, forgiven of $3,000,600,000,000, was also owed money. Someone owed him approximately $20.00. And when the poor guy didn’t have ready cash this creditor seized him by the throat and demanded payment. But it was no use, he couldn’t pay. And he was thrown into prison. When the original creditor discovered what happened he was angered at the ungrateful servant threw him into prison until all he owed was paid. Jesus closed the parable by warning: “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart” (Matthew 18:35).

It’s dangerous to ignore God’s call to extend mercy. We jeopardize our covenant relationship with Him when we ignore it. This is what Zechariah prophesied to Israel. Zechariah 7:9 says: “This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. (10) Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the alien or the poor. In your hearts do not think evil of each other.’ (11) “But they refused to pay attention; stubbornly they turned their backs and stopped up their ears. (12) They made their hearts as hard as flint and would not listen to the law or to the words that the LORD Almighty had sent by his Spirit through the earlier prophets. So the LORD Almighty was very angry. (13) “When I called, they did not listen; so when they called, I would not listen,’ says the LORD Almighty. (14) ‘I scattered them with a whirlwind among all the nations, where they were strangers. The land was left so desolate behind them that no one could come or go. This is how they made the pleasant land desolate.””

And listen to Christ’s words to the Pharisees in Matthew 23:23: “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. (24) You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.” The people Jesus most severely rebuked were those that left no provision room for extending mercy. And people like this are the most miserable people in the world!

(Illustration) Several years ago Constance Mitchell’s son was murdered, along with five others, when a man went on a shooting rampage. The murderer was convicted and faced the death penalty. But that’s when Mrs. Mitchell stood before the court with an unusual plea. She requested that her son’s murderer not face the death penalty. That took courage because Mrs. Mitchell was black and her son’s killer was white. Later, when questioned why she would plea for mercy, she gave the following statement. “I did it for my sake. [I knew it was] . . . the only way you can be healed.”

There will always be offenses in life. We’re going to get insulted, betrayed, and wounded. Jesus said: “It’s inevitable that offenses will come.” But that’s when we have to reach for mercy, discharge the offense, and free ourselves. And when we do that we discover mercy has a double blessing. It not only blesses God, it blesses the one issuing the mercy!

Hear me Saints of God. Love, forgiveness, and mercy remove the pain from a bad experience! It’s the path to freedom, peace, and joy in Christ. You say: “I’m justified in my feelings.” Feelings of what? Animosity? Bitterness? Resentment? Anger?” Do you really want to harbor these things? People without mercy live in a vicious cycle of retaliation, hatred, judgment, and prejudice—things that pollute and destroy the soul! God wants us to understand something: He will deal with our enemies; it’s our duty to love them. Romans 12:19 says: “Do not take revenge . . . but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.”

(Illustration) Scientists have theorized that if an object the size of a B-B were heated to a temperature equivalent to the sun and placed on earth it would kill every man within 1000 miles. Now do you think Jesus could walk up to that sun-hot B-B and swallow it without suffering harm? Of course! If you could trust Him to swallow a B-B filled with such intense heat you can trust Him to quench the fire of your flesh and deal with your enemies. Mercy doesn’t mean we condone deviate behavior in others, but it does mean we won’t seek revenge toward people that slander us or hurt us or whose actions oppose everything Scripture says is decent.

(Transition) Let’s look at that familiar Parable Jesus told of the Good Samaritan.

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

This parable is perhaps the Bible’s most familiar Parable. It reveals three distinct personas. There’s the character of the thieves, the character of the Priest and Levite, and the character of the Samaritan.

A. When the thieves came along they found a stranger, “stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead.” These men were brute beasts without any sympathy for human life. To them people were simply objects of exploitation and gain. They were takers of mercy.

B. And with the man lying half dead along came a Priest and then a Levite. As apathy would have it, both men intentionally averted this mortally wounded traveler. Jesus said, “[They] passed by on the other side.”

When you hear Jesus describe their actions you know exactly His charge against them: They were filled with cold-hearted indifference and completely apathetic toward this man’s misery! They weren’t takers of mercy they were talkers of mercy. Oh, they were familiar with the word eleos. They could parse it and preach it but they couldn’t practice it. And they were as sinful as the thieves! They weren’t as brutal but equally as guilty. One group abused while the other ignored.

If we’re going to adorn the name, “Christian” we need to do more than sing and testify. We have to have to roll up our sleeves and enter the arena of agony. How often have we scrambled to avoid a drunk, a beggar, or somebody that just didn’t measure up to our standard? And these are the very ones Jesus told us not to avoid! As a matter of fact, He told us to pursue them. When Jesus authenticated His ministry to John He said in Luke 7:22, “Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor.”

Jesus said in Luke 14:13, “when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, (14) and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” I thank God for the community of believers. My closest friends are those within the house of the redeemed. We’re called especially to minister to those sitting in these pews. But Christ has also commissioned us to minister to those that don’t look right, smell right, or act right!

When Jesus gathers the sea of humanity before His Judgment Seat one indictment that will be leveled against unbelievers will be indifference! The Bible says Jesus will say to those standing at His left: “I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me” (Matthew 25:42-43).

C. God wants us to translate our compassion into action! And that’s what the Samaritan did. He went the extra mile. He bandaged the beaten traveler’s wounds, poured in the medicine, and transported him to a recovery room. And it didn’t stop there. He not only paid the innkeeper to care for the traveler he offered to reimburse whatever additional expenses would be incurred for his rehabilitation. You see, real Christianity translates compassion into action. The Good Samaritan wasn’t a taker of mercy, or a talker of mercy, he was a giver of mercy.

(Transition) There’s another reason God asks us to extend mercy. It’s a marvelous tool that helps us win lost souls to Christ.

Sharing God’s Mercy Helps Convert Sinners

(Illustration) How many here have noticed the logo plastered on some cars of a fish that’s grown feet and Darwin written in across it? It’s an obvious backlash to the fish Christians place on their cars. Several years ago in California a Stanford professor pasted Darwin’s fish on her vehicle but it was ripped off and thrown inside her car—not once but twice. Because of this experience she’s convinced Christians are intolerant toward those that disagree with their beliefs. And she has a point! (Author unknown.)

I admit, as a Bible-believing creationist, my emotions are stirred when I stare at a fish growing legs while I’m stopped in traffic. But we don’t have to get hostile about it! We won’t change one person by shaking a fist, cursing the darkness, or being intolerant. It only drives sinners further from the truth. We will convert sinners when we can compassionately “speak the truth in love.”

Contrary to my wish, our American culture grows more depraved every day.

We’re told to accept same sex marriages.

We’re told: “It’s narrow-minded to assume Jesus is the only way. It’s many paths that lead to God.”

We’re told that life is designed primarily for pleasure and it’s OK to do whatever we want as long as nobody else is hurt.

I don’t believe Christians should ignore or condone the world’s values. But we won’t change anybody by demonizing them or by merely crafting a more skilled argument than they can. Mercy doesn’t mean we lack convictions, it means we’re willing to approach people where they are and help them find the truth regardless of their lifestyle or how they think. That’s the essence of what mercy does. It reaches out to people that are bound by sin and offers Christ’s transforming power in a non-condemning manner. That’s what God did for us. Titus 3:5 says: “He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy.” Mercy . . . undeserved favor rescued us!

I love the way the Apostle Paul illustrated this in Colossians 2:13: “When you were dead in your sins . . . God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, (14) having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross.” Here’s the graphic picture Paul paints. When he says our sins were nailed to the cross he refers to a First Century custom that created a list of charges for someone accused of a crime. But when a nail was driven through that list it cancelled the charges and cleared the offender. No accusation could be leveled against that person. When Jesus went to Calvary He bore the charges of sin against us, all that we couldn’t repay, and made full payment of them to His Heavenly Father. And the nails piercing His hands and feet declared that no charges could stand against us. We were completely acquitted of the written code condemning us.

And God’s mercy toward us doesn’t end at the moment we accept Christ as our Savior. His mercy, that unmerited favor, continues to sustain us each day of our lives. Lamentations 3:23 says: “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his mercy never fails, it is new every morning, great is your faithfulness.” The Psalmist knew that and that’s why he said: “Do not withhold your mercy from me, O Lord may your love and your truth always protect me” (Psalm 40:11). “If you, O Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness.” (Psalm 130:3).

The Adulterous Woman

One of the most stirring examples of Christ’s compassion is in John 8 when the Pharisees laid a trap for Jesus by bringing a woman caught in adultery before Him. Besides the crucifixion this is perhaps the most sinister plot the religionists contrived against Christ. The Pharisees had publicly exposed her transgression, convicted this woman, and prepared to stone her. What’s so devious about this scenario is they honestly thought they had Jesus trapped in a no-win situation. Moses’ Law called for stoning her . . . but, if Jesus corroborated with the Law they could charge Him with hypocrisy, because here was the Man nicknamed, “The Friend of sinners” willing to kill her. But if He acquitted her they could accuse Him of opposing Moses’ Law and being soft on sin. But Jesus knew this was an ambush. And what a reply He fired at these cold-hearted Pharisees! Jesus said: “whoever is without sin can throw a stone” (8:7). And His answer disarmed everybody. In one phrase Jesus unloaded their hands but without condoning the woman’s wrong. But let me show you where the real act of compassion is here.

When the Pharisees brought this woman public where did they put her? They stood her right beside Jesus. When Jesus bent down and wrote on the ground as they plied Him for an answer where was the woman? She stood right beside Jesus. When Jesus invited the crowd to stone the woman where was she standing? Correct, right beside Jesus! Do you think every rock hurled from that mob would have struck only that woman? No! These were Christ’s enemies not hers! This entire episode was devised against Him. But Jesus fully identified with this woman, even to the point of being stoned with her! Do you understand that when you suffer today the Man of Compassion fully identifies with you? He’s willing to enter your pain and failure and disappointments just as He did for this woman in Luke 8. Jesus cares!

Evangelistic Conclusion

Do you know what lies ahead for every person on this planet? Every human is unavoidably headed toward an appointment with judgment. At that Day of Judgment one of two destinies will be pronounced upon each individual standing their Creator Judge: (1) Eternal life with Jesus Christ or (2) the sentence of Hell. That’s why James 2:13 says: “judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful.” When God settles the accounts of men mercy will be our best ally against judgment. We will have needed Christ’s mercy to receive forgiveness of sins and we will have needed it to extend Christ’s compassion to others. Mercy through Jesus Christ will save us in that dreadful Day of Judgment. Are you extending His mercy?