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TRUSTING GOD WHEN IT’S DIFFICULT

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

The Woman at the Well

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace John 4:4 10 One of our most difficult duties as Christians...

THE MIRACULOUS CATCH OF FISH

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Private and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace In Luke 5, the...

A CHRISTMAS TRIP

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

THE ONE-MINUTE CHALLENGE

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

SHAMGAR’S OXGOAD

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

BEHOLD, HE PRAYS!

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

CAN MAN LIVE WITHOUT MERCY?

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

THE GOSPEL OF POWER

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

THE COMING REVIVAL IN AMERICA

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

“THE DAYS SHALL BE SHORTENED”

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

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...

MODERN-DAY IDOLATRY

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Exodus 20:1-6 It seems almost foreign to Americans that...

POWER OVER SIN

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Opening Remarks (Humor) Everyone wants mastery over various...

JESUS—THE FIRST PROSPERITY PREACHER

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

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...

BEGGARS OF MERCY

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

HOW TO OPEN CLOSED DOORS

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

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...

YOUR FOUNDATION: FIRM OR FLAWED?

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Matthew 7:24-27 The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of Seven...

DOES HELL OFFEND YOU?

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Hell. The word suggests an eternal abode that is void of God,...

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...

DESIRES OF A GODLY PARENT

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace DESIRES OF A GODLY PARENT Opening Remarks Our Scripture text...

YOU CAN DISCERN THE DAYS

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

Devotional: LEANING OR LASTING?

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

BIBLICAL SUPPORT FOR “SIGNS AND WONDERS”

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

An Excellent Example of Leadership

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

THINGS TO REMEMBER

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Ephesians 2:11-13 A sermon dealing with what should be...

THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

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

DIVINE ASSIGNMENTS, DIVINE ASSISTANCE

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

THE REWARD OF SACRIFICING

THE REWARD OF SACRIFICING Malachi 3:10-12 Robert D. Pace (Illustration) Years ago, an express...

THIRTY FEET FROM TRIUMPH

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

JESUS IS ALIVE!

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

THE PURPOSE OF VISIONS

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

HALLOWED BE THY NAME

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

LET’S BE THANKFUL!

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

BIBLE PROPHECIES OCCURRING NOW

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

THE GOD OF OUR PROBLEMS

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

YOUR SUPPORT IS APPRECIATED!

Dear Faithful Viewer, Greetings, in the Name of Christ Jesus! Since 2003, God has privileged me to...

PARDON ME!

In Psalm 32, David proclaims the blessedness of the one whose sins are forgiven. And he does this in a unique way. He uses three expressions for sin and then employs three expressions of God’s pardon for sin. Here’s what I mean: David called one category of sins transgressions, which indicates “rebellion against God”; another he simply called sin, which describes “knowingly missing the mark”; and the third category he called iniquity, which speaks of a “vile perversion.” Those terms cover the entire gamut of our sinfulness—major and minor. But then after showing us three categories of sin he uses three expressions to show how God pardons our sins:

COMPELLING EVIDENCE FOR CHRIST’S RETURN

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

PRACTICING THE PEACE OF GOD

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

GOD DEFENDS ISRAEL!

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

Are You Ready for Jesus

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

COMPASSION IN ACTION

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Matthew 9:35-38 What is Compassion? Let’s get to the heart of...

WHAT IS ADVENT?

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

WHY THE MANNA STOPPED

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

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...

YOU AND YOUR TWIN

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

HOW THE ANTICHRIST WILL RISE TO POWER

Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime Robert D. Pace It begins with...

Six Steps For Finding God’s Will

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

THE CALL OF GOD

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

A Witch

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

The Scriptures, The Savior and Salvation

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

PRAY FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP

Shortly after Donald J. Trump was sworn-in to office, the Lord impressed me that much prayer would...

GOD APPRAISES SUCCESS

Robert D. Pace Human nature drives people to succeed. While the pursuit of human achievement is a...

“SEEK ME AND LIVE”

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

THE HOLY SPIRIT: WHO HE IS AND WHAT HE DOES

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace John 14:15-18 Do you love God? I mean do you passionately and...

VISIONARIES FOR GOD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Acts 26:18-19 (Illustration) Andrew Carnegie was once asked...

MOSES’ TREASURE CODE CRACKED!

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

Communion: The Total Sacrifice

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

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace John 18:1-11 Most people don’t recall Malchus, but he was one...

The Service Jesus Never Conducted

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

CHRONOLOGY OF HOLY WEEK

CHRONOLOGY OF HOLY WEEK Palm Sunday: Day of Adoration Jesus makes his Triumphal Entry into...

THE NATURE OF THE CHURCH

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS 1 Peter 2:9 Introduction There’s never been a group of people comparable to...

JESUS, PRINCE OF PEACE

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

JESUS FULFILLS MESSIANIC PROPHECIES (V)

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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

ARISE AND CLAIM THE BLESSINGS

Arise and Claim the Blessings! ROBERT D PACE Matthew 7:7–11 Throughout the Bible Christians are...

Communion Symbolizes Our Union With Christ

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

THE CHEMISTRY OF MIRACLES

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

THE IMPARTATION OF PRIVILEGE

Robert D. Pace I find myself torn between labeling this post as a Point of Inspiration devotional...

LIVING WITH GODLY INFLUENCE

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

THE LION’S ROAR!

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

DOES GOD KILL?

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

The Beauty of the Righteous

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

HOW TO HEAR GOD’S VOICE

Robert D. Pace John 13:2-10 It’s estimated that people spend more time communicating than with any...

MAGNIFICENT ATTRIBUTES OF GOD

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

THE SONG OF MOSES

PULPIT TODAY SERMON Robert D. Pace Exodus 15:1-2 The Song of Moses is the first anthem recorded in...

The Publican and the Pharisee

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

CHRISTIAN BELIEFS UNDER ATTACK: THERE ARE ANSWERS!

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

FROM THANKSGIVING TO THANKS-LIVING

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

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...

THE BLESSING OF FOCUS!

Devotionals for Personal or Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Johann von Dannecker was the famed...

“BLESSED ASSURANCE” SALVATION IS YOURS!

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

DISCOVERING UNSEARCHABLE THINGS

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

THE INHERENT POWER OF BELIEVERS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace My message today is entitled: The Inherent Power of the...

THE WORD OF GOD UNLEASHED!

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

PREPARE THE WAY

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

“I AM THE WAY” — JESUS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace John 14:6 Introduction For years, Smith Barney has said: “We...

HOW TO MAINTAIN SPIRITUAL FERVOR

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

21 Ways the Holy Spirit Manifests Himself to Believers

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

Secrets of Gog and Magog

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

THE GRACE OF JESUS CHRIST

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

YOUR TIMES ARE IN GOD’S HANDS

Your TImes are in God's Hands Robert D. Pace Psalm 31:14--15 From the beginning, God ordained time...

IMITATORS OF CHRIST

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

GOD IS WITH YOU!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Judges 6:1-10 A while back a man heard an alarming rush hour...

THE DYNAMIC MESSENGER

Robert D. Pace Dynamic Messengers are rare, but desperately needed! They are prophetic people that...

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...

REEMERGENCE OF DRAMATIC SIGNS & WONDERS

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

WHO IS JESUS CHRIST?

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

CHRIST YOUR DELIVERER

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Daniel 3:8-12 What a story! It’s a page from Scripture...

THE END SHALL COME LIKE A FLOOD

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D. Pace The Second Coming of Jesus...

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...

LIVING WITH THE RIGHT ATTITUDE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Ephesians 4:17-24 The mind is incredible.  It can instantly...

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...

MEN AS ANGELS

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

IF GRACE IS THE EXPLANATION

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

SACRIFICIAL LIVING

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

HOW TO PRAY BIG!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 1 Chronicles 4:9-10 Nothing more is known of Jabez other than...

“PATHSPERITY”

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

The Power of Life and Death

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

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...

DARE TO QUESTION GOD!

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

THE LAW OF REVELATION (Part 1)

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

Mountaintop Worship

Dr. Mark E. Hardgrove Genesis 22:5-25 INTRODUCTION When you think of worship, what comes to mind?...

YOU ARE THE LIGHT

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

TREASURES OF DARKNESS

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace There is a...

The Spirit of Python

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

GOD AT WORK

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Pre-Scripture Remarks Many people, whether they are...

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...

JUDAH MUST PLOW

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

FINDING THE TREASURES OF DARKNESS AND WEALTH OF SECRET PLACES

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Opening Remarks (Harbinger) Several years ago, the Lord spoke...

ACCORDING TO THE PATTERN

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

Your Call to Rulership in Life

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

PROPHECY OF TREES FULFILLED IN ISRAEL’S DESERT

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

WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT FASTING

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

A Voice in the Wilderness

Dr Mark Hardgrove Matthew 3:1-6 INTRODUCTION In Luke chapter 1, verses 1-15 we read of the miracle...

ENOCH’S REMARKABLE TESTIMONY

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

THE BEAUTY OF FORGIVENESS

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

MAN’S QUEST FOR PEACE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Pre Scripture Remarks John 20:21 If you could concoct a...

THE HOLY SPIRIT AND YOU

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

A BIG WORD FOR A BIG LIFE

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

THE MESSAGE OF CLOUDS

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

HOLY FIRE! WHERE IS IT?

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

“A NEW THING”

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Isaiah 43:18-21 Through the years, I have heard people make...

Don’t Overlook Jesus

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

MORE THAN CONQUERORS

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

PARTNERSHIP WITH GOD

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

PRAYING UNDER THE SPIRIT’S INFLUENCE

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

JESUS: GOD & MAN

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

THE PHILADELPHIA PROCLAMATION

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

JESUS IS LORD! OR, IS HE?

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

THE ELEVENTH COMMANDMENT

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace When reading this account of the man with the withered hand...

Arabs Claim Jesus was ‘Palestinian’

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

WHEN A CHRISTIAN IS VULNERABLE

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

ALWAYS GIVE THANKS

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

World Cup and Christ’s Cup

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

THE MINISTRY OF A PROPHET

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

USAFORISRAEL

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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...

Malchus

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

AN ALTAR INVITATION

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

“DO NOT HARM THE OIL AND WINE”

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

A BRAND PLUCKED FROM THE FIRE

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Near the close...

THE FEAR OF THE LORD

The Fear of God Robert D. Pace Revelation 14:6--7 We don’t hear much talk about “the fear of God”...

Developing a Prayer Ministry in the Local Church

Robert D. Pace The following article was taken from "The Evangel" magazine where Robert D. Pace...

THE BELIEVERS’ REST

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

SON OF DAVID / SON OF GOD

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

TEAR IT DOWN!

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

THE INCOMPARABLE CHRIST

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

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.

LIVING WITH GODLY INFLUENCE

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

Hosanna!

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

THE TRIUMPH OF GRACE

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

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE RESURRECTION

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

AN ASSEMBLAGE OF KNOWERS

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

ZERUBBABEL’S TEMPLE

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

The Power of our Spoken Words

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

AUTHORITY TO ASK!

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

Driving Out The Canaanites

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace As we discuss Driving out the Canaanites I want you to...

HEADLINES FROM THE BOOK OF JOB

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

WILL YOU LIVE UNDER THE SUN OR UNDER HEAVEN?

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Pre-Scripture Remarks (Illustration) Billy attended the Los...

THE DECISION OF MOSES

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

PROPHECIES OF THE ENDTIME UNVEILED

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

CARTE BLANCHE FAITH

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

MEN IN BROWN

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

THE COMING WINDS

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

THE QUEST FOR PEACE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace John 20:21 If peace could be packaged and marketed sales would...

CHRIST DIED FOR THE UNWORTHY

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

THE INCARNATION OF CHRIST

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace John 1:1‑4, 14 Awhile back, I asked several Christians what...

THE INSPIRING STORY OF HANDEL’S MESSIAH

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

Book Review: How to Read the Bible Like a Seminary Professor

Mark E. Hardgrove, PhD I recently received a book entitled How to Read the Bible Like a Seminary...

WHO JESUS SAYS YOU ARE

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

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...

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.

The Ultimate Sacrifice

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

DELIVERANCE OVER STRONGHOLDS

Deliverance Over Strongholds Luke 11:14--22 Robert D. Pace (Definition) What is a stronghold? A...

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN CHRIST ARRIVES!

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

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...

THE OASIS OF WORSHIP

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

“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...

MANS’ ONLY HOPE

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

A KING AMONG MEN

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

INSIGHTS TO THE FESTIVAL OF TABERNACLES

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

HOW TO OVERCOME TEMPTATION

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Robert D. Pace

Opening Remarks

When Scripture says Man is “created in God’s image” it means we possess attributes no other creature manifests. Qualities totally unique to the human race. I want to discuss those qualities that have crafted us into God’s likeness because there’s great significance in them. Let’s read our text in Genesis 1.

Genesis 1:27-28

God created man unlike anything else in the universe. Moses says mankind was created in God’s “image and likeness” and that makes us uniquely different from all creation. Animals, vegetation, the environment, or the constellations weren’t stamped with God’s image. It also means we have an unparalleled connection and relationship with God. We’re called to worship Him, converse with Him, and knowingly participate with His plan of redemption. Being created in God’s image distinguishes us from the rest of creation.

When we understand we’re created in God’s image, and we’re not the capricious product of primordial slime, it instills a sense of dignity and worth before God. It encourages us to rise to higher dimension of living.

People must understand that there is a detrimental consequence as they embrace evolution. The belief in evolution causes people to lose their identity with God. And when we lose our identity with God we lose our sense of dignity among men. We feel unimportant, unwanted, and without respect; even cheap! We reduce ourselves to the estate of an animal.

Throughout the world, people attend seminars on self-esteem and self-improvement. These seminars teach people how to recover a sense of dignity and worth. But remember: the only way to reclaim our dignity and worth is by recognizing we were made in God’s image and by allowing the Holy Spirit to divinely restore us into the image of Christ.

How we are Created in God’s Image

I’ve asked people what the Bible means when it says Man was created in God’s “image and likeness” and the responses have been similar. People tend to make the comparison with physical appearance. There’s the assumption that God has a body because He created us with eyes, ears, hands, and feet. However, a bear has eyes, ears, hands, and feet but the Bible doesn’t say bears were created in God’s image. The Bible refers to something beyond physical attributes when it says we were created in God’s image. We know this because Jesus said in John 4 that “God is Spirit.” And Paul said in Colossians 1:15 that Jesus “is the image of the invisible God.” Note that: God is invisible!

When you think about it, being invisible, or “Spirit,” is the only way God could express His infinite nature. It’s impossible for an infinite, omnipresent God to be contained in a material body. That’s why our physical shape cannot fully express God’s image.

So what are the ways we express His likeness by being created in His image? The Bible reveals four attributes God has given to everyone. Like God: man (1) communicates, (2) possesses creativity, (3) is a moral being, and (4) is comprised of an eternal spirit. Everyone contains these divinely imparted attributes. Even though sin has disfigured and impeded God’s image within us, these four qualities are present.

(Transition) I want to discuss these four attributes that God infused within mankind. The first way we’ve been created in God’s image involves our ability to communicate.

Like God, Man Communicates

One of the Bible’s first attributes God revealed about Himself is His ability to communicate. In Genesis 1, we hear the Lord speaking the world into existence when He says, “Let there be.” From there, God spoke with Adam “in the cool of the day.” Thus, language is a defining skill that separates men from animals.

(Example) I don’t mean to offend the animal lovers because I know some people are convinced that pets can communicate with people. And while we know animals can make sounds and send signals, they cannot do so with any degree of intelligence. Animals have never convened summits to discuss educating their offspring or transferring their knowledge among the other species. Animals don’t conduct roundtable discussions to settle disputes either. Their method of resolving conflict often involves their instinct to devour their adversary! Yes, mankind has warred, but at least we’ve been known to settle international disputes with Peace Treaties.

Man’s ability to communicate serves obvious purposes. God invested man with communicative abilities so we could transfer knowledge, live civilly, and improve our welfare. But most importantly, our communicative ability serves to glorify God. Our tongue is meant to praise and worship God and tell others of Christ’s grace. It’s obvious too why Satan seeks to impugn this aspect of God’s image upon mankind. Jesus said, “The thief comes not but to steal, kill, and destroy.” Satan’s purpose is to disfigure and distort all the goodness that God originally designed for the tongue to accomplish.

Unfortunately, we live in a society of crass, unfiltered insolence! Words, figures of speech, and expressions have wormed their way into today’s culture that would have been unimaginable a few decades ago. Stop and muse upon this Saints of God: God is not sanctioned this reprehensible babble!

Since many people can’t identify appropriate jargon, let’s discuss this a moment. And since the word “cool” is an expression that’s survived since the 1950’s, let’s employ this expression:

    1. Reality Shows, with their swearing, ill-behavior personalities, aren’t cool!
    1. Pro wrestlers, with their middle finger pointed in the sky, aren’t cool!
    1. Professional athletes that curse and fistfight, aren’t cool!
    1. Foul-mouthed disk jockeys or talk show hosts aren’t cool!

It impugns the “image of God” stamped upon us when we abuse our God-given communication skills. God did not grace mankind with the gift of dialect for us to malign, abuse, and curse others. It doesn’t matter how prevalent the practice is; it’s wrong!

Awhile back, thirty of the “Top 40” secular songs contained lyrics with profanity, sex, drugs, and violence. What’s really disturbing is that many Christians have accepted this attitude, joined the fray, and lowered their standards of speech. And folks, it matters how you talk. It matters because there’s no part of your nature that can more quickly dishonor God.

Have you ever caught yourself lashing out verbally and thought: “Where did that come from?” James 3:6 answers that question. The Apostle says, “The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.” The tongue is dangerous it can corrupt everything about us and that’s why we have to guard it. Jesus said in Matthew 12:37, “by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”

Some people think they have-a-right to express themselves, or to “cop an attitude,” or occasionally use crass words. But folks, the Bible says to “season your speech with grace.” And when you give your tongue unbridled liberty to injure and insult others you are also maligning the stamp of God’s image upon you too! You’re disrespecting God’s grace for your life. And ultimately, the one that suffers most is the one with the unruly tongue!

    1. That’s why 1 Timothy 4:12 says: “set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.”
    1. It’s why Titus 2:8 says we should model “soundness of speech that cannot be condemned.”
    1. It’s why 1 Peter 3:10 says: “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech.”
    1. And it’s why David said in Psalm 19:14: “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.”

(Transition) Another unique imprint of God’s image upon us is the characteristic of creativity. This involves man’s inspiration to imagine, invent, design, and create. This is a wondrous gift God invested upon mankind! Let’s talk about it:

Like God, Man Possesses Creativity

Genesis 1 reveals God’s creative nature when it shows Him creating “the heavens and the earth,” the sun and the moon, nature and vegetation, and then man. Everything around us testifies to God’s incredible imagination. Can you imagine how this planet appeared before Adam and Eve sinned? It was immaculate!

(Illustration) I heard the story of the girl that came home from Church telling her parents the story of Creation. She said: “God first took some dirt and made Adam. But Adam was lonely and needed someone to talk with so God put him to sleep. While Adam slept God took out his brains and made a woman.” . . . On the other hand, I heard the story of the boy that went to Sunday School and heard the story of Adam and Eve. That afternoon he got sick and when his mother asked him what was wrong he said, “My side is hurting mom. I think I’m about to have a wife.”

Anyway, God shared His creativity with man; not to the same degree, but we do possess creativity: We have genius for designing architecture, composing symphonies, developing medicine and technology, engineering scientific breakthroughs, or improvising on the mission field. Creativity is displayed in the way we decorate our home or how we implement a recipe to whip up dinner. Even toddlers reveal their imagination as they stack blocks or build castles in the sand.

It really gets difficult to deny that man has been created in God’s image when you consider modern ingenuity and the incredible achievements of recent centuries. It’s a direct fulfillment of Daniel’s prophecy of knowledge exploding in the last days.

Notice what David said in Psalm 8:5. “You made him [man] a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. (6) You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet: (7) all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, (8) the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.” God empowered man to take dominion and govern the earth! He enabled us to reason and conceptualize and conceive solutions for problems. And no other part of creation can do that!

    1. Birds fly but they’ve never designed an aircraft.
    1. Fish swim but they’ve never manufactured a ship.
    1. No dog has created a computer or discovered a cure for disease.
    1. Only humans have the creative nature to help them master life.

While unredeemed man has perverted the gift of creativity, God wants and even expects you to exercise your imagination You may have an ingenuous vision just waiting for God to bless if you would but step out in faith! Remember, creativity is God’s divine image that works within men. And the quickest way to incarcerate yourself into mediocrity is to shut down your creativity. Just wrap your imagination in unbelief, bury it, and your future will be confined!

(Example)
Have you considered the moral of Christ’s Parable of the Talents? It’s this: “If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it!” The man given five talents designed a way to multiply them and when Christ returned he was rewarded. The man given two talents figured out how to multiply his talents and he too was rewarded. But the man with one talent shut down his imagination. He dug a hole, buried his talent, and when Christ returned he lost everything!

God wants you to realize He planted creativity within you. It’s not there to remain dormant; it’s there to be loosed! Paul said we are “co-laborers with Christ,” and that means everyone is called to utilize their talents and bless others.

(Transition) Thirdly, man possesses another communicable characteristic of God: The Bible says God created man as a moral being. People can make moral determinations and distinguish between good and evil. We don’t always make the right choices, but the potential is there to do so.

Like God, Man is a Moral Being

When we imagine the attributes of God we tend to picture his attributes of sovereignty, omnipotence, omnipresence, and eternality. And this is correct. But God’s character is not limited to these incommunicable characteristics. God also possesses relative attributes which include His holiness, justice, righteousness, love, and grace. In other words, God is a moral being. This too is one of Scripture’s first attributes revealed about God.

Genesis opens with the words, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Moses then lists the creation of light, stars, sun, moon, and so forth. But embedded within the story of Creation, God also pronounces a moral judgment upon His creative works. He repeatedly assesses His works with the phrase: “And God saw that it was good.” However, notice God’s moral determination after the creation of Adam. The Lord said: “It is not good for the man to be alone.” Man needed a companion, so he created a woman. (Men, aren’t you thankful for God’s assessment here?)

God expresses moral determination throughout the pages of Scripture: “Good,” “very good,” “not good” “and it displeased the Lord,” “and Israel did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord.” God is a moral being! And God created man with the ability to make moral determinations, too. Think about your life. Practically everything you do involves a moral choice: Should I say that? Should I go there? Is that movie appropriate to watch? Am I driving too fast? It is impossible to separate moral determinations from life! Every part of our culture, society, government, and nation involves morality and moral determinations.

How many people have heard society assert say, “Government should not legislate morality”! That statement is itself a moral contradiction! Common sense reveals that every law of government is based on moral determination. It’s based on what man “ought” to do. And everybody operates from some base of morality. Atheists, agnostics, pantheists, and even those that embrace moral relativism pronounce things “right” or “wrong.” The people that propose “Government should not legislate morality” are those that maintain values hostile to the Bible. They have already determined that Christian values should be eliminated from our culture!

(Example)
In college I took a Western Civilization course. Part of that study included a description of the ancient Babylonian Empire that existed 1700 BC. It was a civilization predating Moses and the Ten Commandments. Interestingly enough, King Hammurabi developed a sophisticated set of laws that outlined right and wrong for the Babylonians. What’s amazing is, Babylon is known for its idolatry and perversion, but even that ancient pagan civilization lived with certain codes. From the furthest reaches of civilization man has expressed ethical judgments. This is innate and natural to mankind.

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “rule of thumb.” Did you know that expression comes from an ancient British law that restricted a man from beating his wife with anything wider than his thumb? Was that law correct? Was it incorrect? One thing is certain: Right or wrong the Brits adjudicated a moral standard for a man disciplining his wife.

(Illustration) Awhile back, I read about a pro-abortion coalition that lobbied the government to issue a Life Certificate for all births. This certificate would legally determine the viability of a newborn child. Perhaps a “Life Certificate” sounds good, but there’s more to it than a superficial glance because this certificate wouldn’t be issued for all live births! The coalition only wants doctors to issue a Life Certificate after administering a battery of tests upon the infant. If the infants are determined to be “non-productive” (which involves a moral assessment) doctors could extinguish the life of the child.

Folks, we must realize the Bible says man has been “created in God’s image.” Notice that! We are “created in God’s image.” Babies aren’t created in the “image of government.” They aren’t created in the “image of a national constitution.” Every human has been created in the “image of God” and that means God has formatted a Biblical Code of Ethics for our existence. Men will never understand their dignity and worth until they recognize how God crowned them with His divine nature. To state it another way: “Without divine identity there’s no human dignity.” We must always pursue Biblical values and set them as our standard for living.

    1. The reason people have lost their sense of shame and practice same-sex marriage is because they have not embraced the Genesis account of creation and they don’t understand the blessing of being “created in God’s image.”
    1. The reason people deceive and cheat is because they ignore the stamp of God’s image.
    1. Those that imbibe harmful substances are not treating their body as the “temple of the Holy Spirit” and have lost view of “God’s image” being upon them.

And let’s take this one step further: Christians that slander and malign others are injuring those that were “created in God’s image.”

(Application) You say, “How do we properly reflect God’s image?” The Apostle Paul said this involved two practices: You (1) “rid” and you (2) “renew”; you (1) “release” and you (2) “revive”; you (1) “relieve” and you (2) “replenish.” Paul stated it this way in Colossians 3:8. “Rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. (9) Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices (10) and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.” That’s what it means to: “rid” and “renew”; “release” and “revive”; “relieve” and “replenish.” It involves discharging harmful, sinful practices and implementing the righteous acts of Christ.

(Transition)
Finally, let’s consider one more attribute that God implanted to man. While God is an eternal being, with no end to His past or future, God has created man with an indestructible spirit that will live forever.

Like God, Man Possesses an Indestructible Spirit

This is the most noteworthy attribute we received from God. We are body and soul, but most importantly we’re “spirit.” Our spirit is the essence of who we are—the real us. And it gives us an awareness of our worth before God. I tells us life has meaning and will continue forever. You see, God created the vegetative kingdom with shape, form, and substance. But plants don’t have a soul or spirit. But the animal kingdom exists one dimension higher. Unlike plants, animals have a body and soul. But there’s yet a higher dimension. Man, “created in God’s image,” has been given a body, soul, and spirit. God infused us with what He is—spirit! And the spirit of men is the immortal, unending part of our existence.

This is why Solomon said eternity is “fixed” in man’s heart. We are created with an indestructible spirit and we feel that eternal, undying spirit pounding within us. No matter how people try to push God from their thoughts they know He’s there because they possess this divine attribute nature that cannot be invalidated. Even atheists and agnostics are hounded with the conviction that life continues beyond time and space. Deep within their being, they sense the unbounded stretch of eternity beyond this life. That’s what Ecclesiastes 3:11 means when it says: God “has also set eternity in the hearts of men.” Everybody has an innate awareness, an undeniable conviction, that life isn’t over when their heart stops beating.

That’s why the Bible emphasizes the plan of redemption so strongly. God wants man, with his indestructible spirit, prepared for eternity. Jesus said, “unless a man is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Conclusion

(Illustration) There’s a story in Greek mythology about a champion fighter that never lost one bout. One opponent after another, regardless of their size and strength, was crushed. On this particular occasion, he fought his number one contender and after an unusual struggle managed to retain his crown. The spectators erupted in cheers. And as the champion left the arena and pushed passed the masses he was hailed as the greatest fighter ever. The crowds were still cheering as he walked through the city square where an old man, eighty years-old, was standing by a statue of a champion. When the fighter reached the statue the old man grabbed him by the arm and arrested his attention. He said: “When I was young I watched this man fight many times. And I’m convinced that if you two fought in your prime he would break you like a feeble stick. In my opinion, he’s the greatest champion of all time.” At that moment, though the crowds were cheering, their adulation fell deaf on his ears and all he could hear was, “I’m convinced that if you two fought in your prime he would break you like a feeble stick. He’s the greatest champion of all time.” All he could do that night was toss and turn—hounded by that old man’s words. Suddenly he jumped from bed and bolted toward the City Square. He ran and stood trembling before the statue pointed his finger toward that past champion and began shouting. “I’ll tell you you’re not the greatest champion of all time. I am. And if you were here today in your prime I would break you like a feeble stick and crush you. I am the greatest of all time!” By now he was shaking the statue in rage when it was toppled, falling directly on him, and killing him.

Folks, you must be careful about the images you embrace. In the end, any image other than Christ will destroy you. The foremost objective of Christianity involves Christians conforming to Christ’s image. Nothing supersedes that. That’s what the Sermon on the Mount emphasizes—our need to demonstrate Christ’s temperament of love, humility, mercy, and peace. In Galatians 5, it’s what the fruit of the Spirit seeks to develop. And in Romans 8:29 Paul said our ultimate destiny is “to be conformed to the likeness of his Son.”

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