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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...

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...

YOUR SUPPORT IS APPRECIATED!

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

Six Steps For Finding God’s Will

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

“BLESSED ASSURANCE” SALVATION IS YOURS!

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

ACCORDING TO THE PATTERN

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

THE INCARNATION OF CHRIST

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

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...

CHRIST DIED FOR THE UNWORTHY

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

ZERUBBABEL’S TEMPLE

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

Your Call to Rulership in Life

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

THE RIGHT CHOICE

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

The Comfort of Communion

Communion Devotional Robert D. Pace World War II left London ravaged by Nazi bombs. The artillery...

THE END SHALL COME LIKE A FLOOD

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

Building on the Rock

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

THE MESSAGE OF CLOUDS

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

THE CHRISTIAN’S RESPONSE TO TERRORISM

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

The Power of Life and Death

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

WILL YOU LIVE UNDER THE SUN OR UNDER HEAVEN?

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

DOES THE BIBLE CONTAIN ERRORS?

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

NONE CAST ASIDE

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

“THE DAYS SHALL BE SHORTENED”

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

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...

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...

DOES HELL OFFEND YOU?

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

CONQUERING THE DOUBTS OF SALVATION

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

DISTINGUISHED BY THE ANOINTING

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

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...

THE PROPHETIC VOICE

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D. Pace Hosea 1:1 opens with these...

HOW TO PRAY BIG!

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

YOUR FOUNDATION: FIRM OR FLAWED?

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

An Excellent Example of Leadership

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

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...

DIVINE CONSCIOUSNESS OF CHRIST

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

Are You Ready for Jesus

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

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...

“SEEK ME AND LIVE”

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

THE PHILADELPHIA PROCLAMATION

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

Supernatural Provision For Difficult Times

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

SECURING THE FAVOR OF GOD

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

ARISE AND CLAIM THE BLESSINGS

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

God Said It; Now, You Settle It!

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

Hosanna!

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

GOD APPRAISES SUCCESS

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

THE LAW OF REVELATION (Part 1)

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

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...

THE REWARD OF SACRIFICING

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

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 Publican and the Pharisee

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

Strangers and Pilgrims

"Professor" William C. Linn Guest Contributor Napoleon was exiled twice in his life. His first...

JESUS FULFILLS MESSIANIC PROPHECIES (V)

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AN ASSEMBLAGE OF KNOWERS

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

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”...

HOW TO OVERCOME TEMPTATION

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

MEN IN BROWN

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

A CHRISTMAS TRIP

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

A BRAND PLUCKED FROM THE FIRE

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

THE ONE-MINUTE CHALLENGE

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

America in Crisis!

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

“PATHSPERITY”

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

CHRIST YOUR DELIVERER

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

THE INSPIRING STORY OF HANDEL’S MESSIAH

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

A Witch

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

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...

WHO OWNS WHAT?

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Luke 19:28-35 At times, Jesus borrowed things to emphasize...

SON OF DAVID / SON OF GOD

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

THE OASIS OF WORSHIP

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

POWER OVER SIN

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

AMERICA’S SOCIAL DISORDER

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

DOES GOD KILL?

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

CARTE BLANCHE FAITH

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

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:

Communion Symbolizes Our Union With Christ

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

WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT FASTING

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

CAN YOU WALK WITH GOD?

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Exodus 40:17‑19; 33-34 Introduction Years ago, cultural...

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...

MOTIVATED BY LOVE

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

WHAT IS ADVENT?

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

The Service Jesus Never Conducted

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

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...

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN CHRIST ARRIVES!

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

Communion: The Total Sacrifice

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

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...

IF GRACE IS THE EXPLANATION

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

CHRISTIAN BELIEFS UNDER ATTACK: THERE ARE ANSWERS!

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

LIVING BY THE POWER OF REDEMPTION

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

Jesus Fulfills Prophecy, Christ is the Messiah

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

THE PARABLE OF THE GOOD SAMARITAN

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Luke 10:30-37 The Parable of the Good Samaritan is the most...

ENTERTAINMENT OR TEMPTING GOD?

Robert D. Pace Nik Wallenda, a seventh generation funambulist, continues his acrobatics. He's a...

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...

THE TRUTH ABOUT LIES

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

THE WORD OF GOD UNLEASHED!

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

THE MIRACULOUS CATCH OF FISH

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

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...

“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...

The Woman at the Well

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

THE WONDER OF KNOWING GOD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Philippians 3:7 11 It is said that St. Augustine, of the Fifth...

MANS’ ONLY HOPE

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

DIVINE ASSIGNMENTS, DIVINE ASSISTANCE

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

The Scriptures, The Savior and Salvation

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

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...

JUDAH MUST PLOW

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

THE HOLY SPIRIT AND YOU

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

PREVIEW A DISCERN THE DAYS PROPHECY CONFERENCE

This is the trailer for Robert D. Pace's Discern the Days Conference which teaches deep prophetic...

MEN AS ANGELS

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

From Insects to Archangels God Controls Everything

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS ROBERT D PACE   From Insects to Archangels God Controls Everything...

CONQUERING THE SPIRIT OF CONTAINMENT

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

UNLOCK YOUR DESTINY

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

HOW TO OPEN CLOSED DOORS

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

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...

JESUS CHRIST HEALS!

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

DIVINE ENTRAPMENT

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

UNCOVERING THE GIFT

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Luke 2:8-17 For several weeks, I planned a different message...

PROPHECIES OF THE ENDTIME UNVEILED

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

FIVE PROVISIONS OF CHRIST’S BLOOD

Five Provisions of Christ’s Blood Revelation 12:11 Robert D. Pace Introduction My text is from the...

THE LAND OF ISRAEL: WHOSE PROPERTY IS IT?

Robert D. Pace Should Christians Support Israel’s Rights to the "Holy Land"? In recent years, the...

BEGGARS OF MERCY

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

If Jesus Says I Can, I Can!

Dr. Mark Hardgrove Philippians 4:11-13 INTRODUCTION When I was in high school wrestling, my coach...

PRACTICING THE PEACE OF GOD

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

JESUS—THE FIRST PROSPERITY PREACHER

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

PARTNERSHIP WITH GOD

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

SACRIFICIAL LIVING

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

THE COMING REVIVAL IN AMERICA

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

YOUR TIMES ARE IN GOD’S HANDS

Robert D. Pace From man’s perspective “time” is uncontrollable. Even with all the advances of...

GOD’S NAME REVEALS YOUR ASSIGNMENT

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace God has an...

TREASURES OF DARKNESS

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

BLESSINGS OF REPENTANCE

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

PREPARE THE WAY

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

WHY CHRISTIANS MUST NOT QUIT

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 1 Corinthians 15:1 2 The Bible describes Christianity as...

The Ultimate Sacrifice

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

A Call to Corporate Prayer for USA Elections

Robert D Pace You know the turmoil that has imbibed our country—a worldwide pandemic, anarchy in...

Secrets of Gog and Magog

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

HOLY FIRE! WHERE IS IT?

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

A STUDY OF DIVINE HEALING

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

YOU ARE THE LIGHT

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

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 CHEMISTRY OF MIRACLES

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

AUTHORITY TO ASK!

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

THE GOODNESS OF GOD

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

YOUR KEY TO SUCCESS AND OTHER BIBLE FORMULAS THAT DON’T WORK

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Psalm 16:7-11 Our generation has a formula for whatever need...

THE GIFT GOD GAVE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Luke 2:8-14 Christ’s birth in Bethlehem is the greatest...

YOU CAN KNOW!

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

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...

NOAH’S IMPOSSIBLE ASSIGNMENT

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Genesis 6:9-22 Five chapters had been written in Genesis and...

THE ACTS OF ANANIAS

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

CREATED IN GOD’S IMAGE

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

THE DYNAMIC MESSENGER

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

BOUNDARIES

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Psalm 16:15-16 I want to talk about “boundaries.” Maybe you’re...

THIRTY FEET FROM TRIUMPH

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

THE MYSTERY OF THE ANOINTING

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 1 Peter 4:10-11 Anointing! There’s a mystery to that word. In...

THE CHRISTIANS’ CROWN TODAY

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

DESIRES OF A GODLY PARENT

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

PRAYING UNDER THE SPIRIT’S INFLUENCE

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

World Cup and Christ’s Cup

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

LIVING WITH GODLY INFLUENCE

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

AN ALTAR INVITATION

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

YOU CAN DISCERN THE DAYS

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

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...

BIBLICAL SUPPORT FOR “SIGNS AND WONDERS”

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

A BIG WORD FOR A BIG LIFE

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

LET’S BE THANKFUL!

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

CHRONOLOGY OF HOLY WEEK

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

THE LOST AXE HEAD

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

DISCOVERING UNSEARCHABLE THINGS

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

THE IMPARTATION OF PRIVILEGE

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

JESUS: GOD & MAN

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

A KING AMONG MEN

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

FROM THANKSGIVING TO THANKS-LIVING

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

THE TESTIMONY OF THE CROSS

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

JESUS, PRINCE OF PEACE

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

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 ELEVENTH COMMANDMENT

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

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...

YOU CAN BE A CHAMPION FOR GOD!

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

PRAY FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP

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

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...

EXPECTATIONS OF PENTECOSTAL WORSHIP

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

THE SONG OF MOSES

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

LAW OF REVELATION (Part 2) “The Principle of Connection”

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D Pace (This is part 2 of The Law...

GOD AT WORK

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

MAGNIFICENT ATTRIBUTES OF GOD

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

SHAMGAR’S OXGOAD

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

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE RESURRECTION

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

TRUSTING GOD WHEN IT’S DIFFICULT

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

THE BELIEVERS’ REST

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

The Power of our Spoken Words

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

POWER TO SHARE CHRIST

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

INSIGHTS TO THE FESTIVAL OF TABERNACLES

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

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...

DARE TO QUESTION GOD!

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

THE QUEST FOR PEACE

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

WHAT’S SO FRIGHTENING ABOUT CHRISTMAS?

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

MOSES’ TREASURE CODE CRACKED!

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

WHO JESUS SAYS YOU ARE

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

REEMERGENCE OF DRAMATIC SIGNS & WONDERS

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

THE IMMUTABLE LAW OF SOWING AND REAPING

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

“I AM THE WAY” — JESUS

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

A Man of God

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

USAFORISRAEL

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JESUS IS ALIVE!

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Let me break down those numbers: Since eighty million Americans claim to be Christians this means 53-million Christians consider it unnecessary to express their Faith outside the sphere of the sanctuary. Only 26-million Christians strongly believe their Faith belongs in the marketplace—that’s only one-ninth of America’s population.

I’ve tried to exercise caution in drawing conclusions from this disturbing statistic, but “conclusions” are necessary. Thus, I’ll offer three. When Christians find it unwarranted to share their Faith it means:

First, they are either unaware of Christ’s command to evangelize the world or they flatly ignore that command.

Second, it means many churches are preaching “another Gospel”; a Gospel that places a dim view on being “the light of the world and the salt of the earth.”

Third, it means most American believers don’t recognize the Bible, with its loving and sure guidance, is the infallible ultimatum for living.

The critical question facing this nation today is the question Pontius Pilate wrestled with 2000 years ago: What is truth? And America is experiencing a moral crash because it has abandoned that which was once its standard of truth—the Bible. When the Bible is banned from society there’s no compass to guide us and there’s no conscience to control our thinking. Everyone does what’s right in his own eyes.

When we ignore the Bible it means defining truth is left to the Supreme Court, educators, the media, or, worse yet, Hollywood. And when society seizes control of defining truth it always insists that absolute truth doesn’t exist! What was truth 6000 years ago, 2000 years ago, or even fifty years ago isn’t necessarily truth or even relevant today. That means each generation crowns itself as “god” and defines morality by its own terms.

The apostle Paul had something to say about people like this. He said they are “ever speaking but never able to come to the knowledge of truth.” And it’s frightening when you consider two-thirds of America’s Christians have bought into this. It’s like somebody poked a hole in hell and unleashed this lie directly into the church!

(Transition) How did the American Church adopt this misconception that their Faith doesn’t belong in the marketplace?

I. Why Christians Conclude their Faith Doesn’t Belong in the World

A. One reason two-thirds of America’s Christians believe this is because they have adopted the mindset of the world! Unfortunately, Christians have permitted the world to define their perception of truth and pressure them into adopting secular values.

You see, here’s the myth that secularism proposes: Secularism tells Christians it’s wrong for Christianity to impose its values upon others. They insist that our convictions should stop at the edge of the sanctuary and they shouldn’t infringe on another’s beliefs. They insist Christianity should be kept personal and private. Do you realize what the world is proposing here? They are suggesting a standard by which they refuse to live!

What does the Government do when you disagree with their standards of military service, paying taxes, or traffic laws?

Science, psychology, and social education certainly have views concerning evolution, the inception of life, and gender-based issues.

And what about the entertainment industry? Is Hollywood open-minded about the Christian view of morality?

Sometime back the rock group, 2 Live Crew, cut an album entitled, As Nasty As They Wanna Be. A Florida court ruled they didn’t violate obscenity laws despite using the “F” word 226 times, referred to sex or sex organs 246 times, made 163 references to the “B” word, and made more than 100 other references too vulgar to mention from the pulpit. Does anyone really believe that “convictions” and ethical standards should be kept private and personal? Of course not! And that’s why the standard by which the world judges Christians is contrary to the standard it uses for itself.

But it’s no wonder the world does this. 1 John 5:19 says: “the whole world is under the control of the evil one.” In other words, the Bible says culture and society, in large degree, has been indoctrinated by Satan himself. Satan is the invisible, yet certain, force that infuses society with a bias against Christians and the Bible. Satan is responsible for the unbiblical propositions of science, psychology, and sociology. And no matter where you look the spirit of antichrist and deception saturate this world.

Look how the New Testament writers appraise the world’s values. And let me pause here to assure you this wasn’t the arbitrary assessment of the Apostles! They wrote the New Testament under the guiding influence of the Holy Spirit! They said the world consisted of: “false knowledge,” “false science,” “false words,” “false testimony,” “false witnesses,” “false apostles,” “false prophets,” ‘false teachers,” and “false brothers.” There’s no ambiguity here! Deceit permeates this planet.

The notable distinction of the generation that will witness Christ’s Return to earth is that it will experience pandemic deception! The apostle Paul warned us about the last days when he said in 1 Timothy 4:1: “the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons” (NASU).

The world believes as it does because Satan influences its thinking. But that doesn’t mean Christians should wave a white flag and surrender their Biblical mandate. Christians that wilfully remain silent against the world’s assault of Truth makes them accessories to the crime. In unwitting fashion they partner with society’s attack against Truth and justice.

Why am I so passionate about Christians holding firmly to God’s Word and withstanding this attack on Truth? Because Christians are tampering with man’s eternal destiny when they adopt the assumption that the Bible is anything less than holy, unalterable, and divine.

Solomon said in Proverbs 14:7: “Leave the presence of a fool or you will not discern the words of knowledge.” Folks, we must recognize that it’s more important to be familiar with the words of this Book than the philosophies and of the world. The Bible is more than literary genius. It’s more than stimulating stories. Jesus is more than a philosopher or miracle-worker. He’s man’s Savior.

There are some beliefs that are non-negotiable. And it’s not just a mistake if we accept the world’s view about the Bible and Jesus Christ. We’re not talking about 1 + 1 = 3; or 5 – 4 = 2. That’s a miscalculation without any eternal consequences. When it comes to calculating eternal life any equation minus Jesus equals death!

For Christians to suggest Jesus is merely one of many ways to heaven is wrong regardless of what society believes. Our duty isn’t to be “politically correct” our job necessitates being “eternally correct.” Saying “Jesus is the way, the truth, and the Life” isn’t like saying: “Coke tastes better than Pepsi.” Eternal life isn’t based on a preference of taste! It’s based on what “Thus says the Lord.” And God has prescribed man’s way of salvation. And the Bible doesn’t ask anybody to use “blind faith” to assume Christ is man’s Savior.

The Old Testament provided over 300 prophecies that would directly relate to what man’s true Messiah would look like. It outlined prophecies regarding Christ’s genealogy, birthplace, the events surrounding His birth, His manner of ministry, His death on the Cross, and His resurrection. And they all came to pass! All these reasons are why Christians can confidently say, “Jesus Christ is the only way to eternal life to the exclusion of all other ways!”

(Transition) But there’s another reason Christians keep their Faith from the marketplace.

B. Christians don’t take Christ into the marketplace because they are reluctant to fully identify with Christ. It’s easier to blend in with society than confront it. There’s always the risk of isolating ourselves from certain ranks of society—even being ridiculed or persecuted—when we fully identify with Christ. The appropriate word for this behavior is “fear.”

Let’s admit it, it’s much safer to bridle our Faith and confine it to our homes or sanctuary. But when Christians platform their convictions in the public arena they face being stereotyped as intolerant, narrow-minded, or a hyphenated phobic!

Jesus didn’t pull any punches. He said there was a cost to discipleship. And the cost involves, “denying yourself, bearing your cross, and following Him daily.” If we’re going to impact our generation with Christ we have to risk being identified with Him. But Christ’s great promise is this: If we would testify of Him before a perverse generation He would testify of us before His heavenly Father. And that’s worth the tradeoff! I’ll take Christ’s approval before God’s throne any day!

(Transition)
There’s another reason Christians keep their Faith from the marketplace.

C. Christians are reluctant to take Christ to the marketplace because they have lost their “hallelujah” experience. Does that sound strange? When we lose our joy and child-like excitement about Christ our testimony always wanes.

Christianity is doctrine, but it’s more than doctrine. Christianity is a Sunday morning corporate worship experience. But it’s more than that. The catalyst for spreading the Good News into the world is the Spirit’s passion and joy about Jesus! Wesley was once asked how he attracted great crowds. He replied, “I set myself on fire, and the people come to see me burn.” President Thomas Jefferson said he went to hear George Whitefield preach because “he preached like his coat tail was on fire.”

Several years ago Grant McClung, a Church of God minister, wrote the book, Azusa Street and Beyond. The book examines the impact the Pentecostal outpouring made and continues to make in the world. Grant relates an interesting story of a 1956 meeting of ecumenical leaders. Among the attendants was a Spirit filled preacher, David du Plessis, known as “Mr. Pentecost.” du Plessis traveled around the world with great success introducing nominal Christians and evangelicals to the baptism in the Holy Spirit. While attending this conference the Ecumenicals asked him this question about the Pentecostal churches:

What is the difference between you and us? We quote the same Scriptures you do, and yet when you say those words they sound so different. We say the same things that you do, but there seems to be a deeper implication in what you say. You have said nothing with which we want to differ and yet there seems to be a distinct difference somewhere. [du Plessis replied:] Gentlemen, comparisons are odious, and I do not wish to injure anyone’s feelings or hurt your pride. But the truth as I see it is this: You have the truth on ice, and I have it on fire.”

A passionate, joyous, “hallelujah experience” keeps our Faith alive! And you can only maintain a “hallelujah experience” as you live with a pronounced presence of the Holy Spirit upon your life! Saints of God, our power and persuasion don’t lie with skilled words or crafty arguments. It’s not determined by electing a Christian into political office. (And I’m eager to see Christians serving in politics.) The power that changes the world and wins souls is the power of the Holy Spirit. And Jesus said the Holy Spirit should saturate our lives.

(Transition)
I want to change gears here. I want to ask something else. Just how much difference can Christianity really make in the marketplace? Can we make a difference? Allow me to examine this by rehearsing the history of 19th Century Great Britain.

II. Christianity’s Force in the World

History reveals that Christianity played a foremost role in reviving their depressed and depraved society and ushering its golden years. When you examine 19th century Britain you’ll find:

The Revolutionary War loomed as a shaming reminder of its inability to control the United States.

Britain was morally bankrupt as prostitutes combed the streets.

Philosophy, secular humanism, and Darwin’s theory of evolution had corrupted their thinking. Christianity was lampooned and under constant attack and ridicule.

In 1818, more than 200 felonies carried the death penalty. The impoverished were disenfranchised and shoved from the main flow of society.”

But the British Parliament or humanitarian agencies didn’t respond. Do you know what changed Britain? The Church! Revival swept through the church and it addressed every issue that secular society had failed to fix. And when the Church rose to its calling the nation surged to its destiny. Great Britain emerged as the governing empire of its day. Its Navy ruled the waters, the Industrial Revolution exploded and London became the financial capital of the world. The population of Britain virtually quadrupled during the 19th century from 8.9 million to 32.5 million. Immorality diminished while evangelism and missions ran unrestrained. Secular historians won’t admit it, but the turn-around Britain experienced is directly attributed to Christians in the marketplace! Here’s how Lewis Drummond described the Christians of that day:

    1. The Victorian Christians, gripped by a deep commitment, sought to bring religion and its benefits to . . . society. They sincerely strove to integrate the spiritual into the secular. [Christians] . . . entered virtually every segment of society and attempted to touch it with a relevant ministry . . . It is a mistake to underestimate the importance of the church in the life of early nineteenth-century England.” (Drummond, IBID, page 34-35.)

Owen Chadwick said in his Book, The Victorian church: “throughout the mid-Victorian age the evangelical movement was the strongest force in British life.” Not the Whigs, not the Tories, not Parliament, [it was] the evangelical movement! [Owen Chadwick, The Victorian Church, 2 Volumes, (New York: Oxford University Press,, 1966), Volume 1, page 5.]

Prime Minister William Gladstone said of that epoch: “I have known 95 of the world’s great men in my time, and 87 of these were followers of the Bible.” [William Gladstone, No Greater Love, (Wheaton, Bibles for the world, 1967), see back cover.]

And the record translates the same for America. Finney was the great American revivalist of the 19th century, but he was also instrumental in joining forces with Abraham Lincoln and combating the evils of slavery and promoting women’s rights.

Everyone here has heard the Scripture in Proverbs 13:4: “righteousness exalts the nation but sin is a reproach to any people.” While “righteousness exalts the nation” it is only true as righteous people emerge from hiding inside the sanctuary, enter the marketplace, and swarm society. Placid, un-disturbing Christianity affects nobody! We have to realize that Christianity is more than praise and worship. It’s an army Jesus organized to march into every sector of society. And Christians of every generation are responsible for impacting their generation.

Folks, you can learn the principles of God’s Word in private. Nicodemus listened from a living room; Peter, James, and John received revelation atop the Mount of Transfiguration when Jesus spoke with Moses and Elijah. But Jesus said: “What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, [shout] from the housetops.” (Matthew 10:27). In other words: Take your faith to the marketplace.

Christians are meant to be “difference-makers!” The only way a senator, congressman, philosopher, or activist reshapes the cultural landscape is by stepping out and challenging the norms. And the same holds true for Christianity. Imagine what would have happened had Christ confined His message to the synagogues or private settings:

Bartimaeus, waiting along the roadside, would have never seen.

The ten lepers, waving from the field, would not have been healed.

The 5000 on the hillside would have gone home hungry.

The demonized would have remained tormented.

And the greatest miracle of Christ’s ministry, the Resurrection, would have been without verification had He not presented Himself to the masses.

The majority of Christ’s miracles were worked in public settings. As a matter of fact, this Book reveals God’s Kingdom exploding in the secular arena.

For 100 years Noah warned the world of a coming Flood from a shipyard.

Moses’ and Elijah’s worked miracles before the king.

Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego stood their ground in the presence of every other Babylonian citizen.

The Spirit’s infilling presence and power poured from Heaven and directly onto the streets of Jerusalem.

The Apostles were commanded to refrain from using Christ’s Name, but they ignored the edict, and Acts says the outcry was that they “turned the world upside down” with the Gospel.

Folks, expressing our Faith isn’t optional; we must take it to the marketplace because the majority of mankind doesn’t have a clue of how to connect with God!

(Transition) And that’s the purpose of Christianity in the marketplace—“connecting” people with God.

III. The Purpose of Christianity in the Marketplace is to Connect People with God

But how do we make the connection? We know judgment awaits this world and everyone in it. We know Jesus is the answer. But how do we go about “connecting” people with God?

(Illustration) In 1992 my dad led a relief team to Miami and assisted the displaced victims of hurricane Hugo. He organized a food bank during his nine day stay. I talked to him the week following his relief efforts. Other than the devastation of mangled homes and businesses, here’s what amazed him: The people were wide-open to hearing the Gospel message! It was unlike anything he had seen in America. They readily accepted tracts and Bibles. Here’s what he told me: “This place is ready for evangelism because in a short while things will be back to normal and they will be unreachable.”

As it so frequently occurs, the people easiest to reach with the Gospel are those that hurt the most. That’s why Jesus took His ministry public! In His first sermon of record He said: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed” (Luke 4:18). Jesus came to reach hurting, hopeless, helpless people. And there are people just like that all around you. The purpose of Christianity in the marketplace is to rescue these people. Make up your mind to reach them today!

 

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