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I WILL SHOW YOU GREAT AND UNSEARCHABLE THINGS

  Robert D Pace I Will Show You Great and Unsearchable Things Jeremiah 33:1--3 Opening Remarks I...

IRREFUTABLE REALITIES

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

NOAH’S IMPOSSIBLE ASSIGNMENT

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

JESUS—THE FIRST PROSPERITY PREACHER

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

DISTINGUISHED BY THE ANOINTING

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

MAGNIFICENT ATTRIBUTES OF GOD

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

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...

REEMERGENCE OF DRAMATIC SIGNS & WONDERS

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D. Pace In the near future, the...
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The Days of Noah Return

The Days of Noah . . . RETURN! by Robert D Pace Moses’ staff parts the Red Sea. Manna falls in the...

THE GIFT GOD GAVE

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

Six Steps For Finding God’s Will

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

FROM THANKSGIVING TO THANKS-LIVING

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

THE WONDER OF KNOWING GOD

The Wonder of Knowing God Philippians 3:7--11 Robert D. Pace It is said that St. Augustine, of the...

The Ultimate Sacrifice

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

THE PROPHET’S SECLUSION

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

THE GOSPEL OF POWER

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

A Man of God

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

NONE CAST ASIDE

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

MODERN-DAY IDOLATRY

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

A REVELATION OF GOD

  Robert D Pace A Revelation of God God has an assignment for you and you should never doubt...

WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH FAITH?

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Hebrews 11:1-6 Faith is a premier aspect of the Kingdom of...

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.

COMPELLING EVIDENCE FOR CHRIST’S RETURN

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

VISIONARIES FOR GOD

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

DISCOVERING UNSEARCHABLE THINGS

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

DOES HELL OFFEND YOU?

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

THE DECISION OF MOSES

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

A KING AMONG MEN

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

JESUS: GOD & MAN

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

The Spirit of Python

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

“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...

Biblically Woke!

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

Jesus Fulfills Prophecy, Christ is the Messiah

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

How the Bible Affirms Israel’s Borders

Pulpit Today Sermons How the Bible Affirms Israel’s Borders Why this is Important for Christians...

The Woman at the Well

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

YOU CAN DISCERN THE DAYS

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

“DO NOT HARM THE OIL AND WINE”

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

ENOCH’S REMARKABLE TESTIMONY

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

PRACTICING THE PEACE OF GOD

Robert D. Pace Practicing the Peace of God I want to begin our lesson with a question. Which...

GOD REALLY IS GOOD!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Genesis 1:1 (While this is a standalone message, it can also...

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...

PRAYER THAT WORKS!

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

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE BORN AGAIN

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace NICODEMUS It’s About Regeneration! Opening Remarks I want to...

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...

THE IMMUTABLE LAW OF SOWING AND REAPING

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

THE NATURE OF THE CHURCH

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

JESUS IS ALIVE!

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

SHAMGAR’S OXGOAD

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Born with the...

INSIGHTS TO THE FESTIVAL OF TABERNACLES

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D Pace Festival of Tabernacles Sukkot, Booths, Ingathering...

WHO JESUS SAYS YOU ARE

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

A CHRISTMAS TRIP

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

Indepth Look at The Diversity of Prayer Book

Prayer is not a “one-size-fits-all” approach to God. They...

WILL YOU LIVE UNDER THE SUN OR UNDER HEAVEN?

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

THE GLORY OF GOD

Robert D Pace The Glory of God Revelation 21:22--24 (This is Part 1 of two messages on The Glory...

God’s Final Message to Mankind

  God's Final Message to Mankind Robert D Pace Introductory Remarks I want to begin with a...

CHRISTIAN BELIEFS UNDER ATTACK: THERE ARE ANSWERS!

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

Parousia of Christ and the Appearance of the Antichrist

(Verse-by-verse Teaching) The Parousia of Christ And the Appearance of the Antichrist 2...

PURCHASE APOCALERT DIRECTLY FROM OWNER

APOCALERT .com  (&) .org For Sale from Owner! Contact Robert D. Pace for asking price....

World Cup and Christ’s Cup

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

PROPHECIES OF THE ENDTIME UNVEILED

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

BOUNDARIES

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

THE WORD OF GOD UNLEASHED!

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

The Comfort of Communion

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

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...

Supersign of Prophecy

  The Supersign of Prophecy The Final Countdown by Robert D Pace The best way to help prepare...

THE TESTIMONY OF THE CROSS

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

WHO IS JESUS CHRIST?

Pulpit Today Sermons Who is Jesus Christ? Robert D. Pace Opening Remarks (Illustration) A Pastor...

IF GRACE IS THE EXPLANATION

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

A BRAND PLUCKED FROM THE FIRE

Point of Inspiration devotionals A Brand Plucked from the Fire Robert D. Pace Near the close of...

PARTNERSHIP WITH GOD

  Robert D Pace Partnership with God Throughout Scripture, we see people that obtained unique...

MOTIVATED BY LOVE

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

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”...

God Said It; Now, You Settle It!

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

MOSES’ TREASURE CODE CRACKED!

MOSES' TREASURE CODE CRACKED! Robert D. Pace Four thousand years ago Moses conveyed a cryptic...

LOOSED!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Introductory Remarks Burdens. Constraints. Traps. When you...

Strangers and Pilgrims

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

SON OF DAVID / SON OF GOD

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

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:

THE PEACE OF GOD

Reverend Bud Leonard John 14:27 Introduction Peace means, “Quietness or rest,” and it’s a word...

Mountaintop Worship

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

Malchus

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

YOU ARE THE LIGHT

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

THE BLESSING OF FOCUS!

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

THE ELEVENTH COMMANDMENT

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

IMITATORS OF CHRIST

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

HOW TO MAINTAIN SPIRITUAL FERVOR

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

PREPARE THE WAY

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

YOU AND YOUR TWIN

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

Blessings of Waiting on the Lord

  Robert D Pace Blessings of Waiting on the Lord Psalm 27:13—14 I want to start by sharing...

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...

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

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...

HOW TO OVERCOME TEMPTATION

Robert D. Pace How to Overcome Temptation Genesis 22:1--14 Life is full of temptations and tests....

THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

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

THE MESSAGE OF CLOUDS

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

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...

SECURING THE FAVOR OF GOD

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

THE BELIEVERS’ REST

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

THE TRUTH ABOUT LIES

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

CARTE BLANCHE FAITH

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

PRAYING UNDER THE SPIRIT’S INFLUENCE

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

YOUR APPOINTED TIME

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

LIVING WITH GODLY INFLUENCE

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

Devotional: LEANING OR LASTING?

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

BEGGARS OF MERCY

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

DELIVERANCE OVER STRONGHOLDS

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

FIVE PROVISIONS OF CHRIST’S BLOOD

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

BIBLICAL SUPPORT FOR “SIGNS AND WONDERS”

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

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...

HALLOWED BE THY NAME

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

THE TRIUMPH OF GRACE

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

THE LOST AXE HEAD

Robert D. Pace The Lost Axehead 2 Kings 6:1--7 Introduction Whatever else can be said about this...

THE DYNAMIC MESSENGER

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

MANS’ ONLY HOPE

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

WHAT’S SO FRIGHTENING ABOUT CHRISTMAS?

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

UNCOVERING THE GIFT

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

AUTHORITY TO ASK!

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

ARISE AND CLAIM THE BLESSINGS

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

SHAPED FOR A HIGHER PLACE

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

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...

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 Beauty of the Righteous

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

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 END SHALL COME LIKE A FLOOD

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

Don’t Overlook Jesus

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

ZERUBBABEL’S TEMPLE

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

HOPE FOR A VEXED GENERATION

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

21 Ways the Holy Spirit Manifests Himself to Believers

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

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...

DOES GOD KILL?

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

YOUR TIMES ARE IN GOD’S HANDS

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

ENTERTAINMENT OR TEMPTING GOD?

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

“THE DAYS SHALL BE SHORTENED”

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

Your Call to Rulership in Life

Robert D. Pace Your Call to Rulership Revelation 3:21 Jesus said in Revelation 3:21, “he that...

THE PURPOSE OF VISIONS

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

THE OASIS OF WORSHIP

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

TEAR IT DOWN!

TEAR IT DOWN! Jeremiah 1:4--10 Robert D. Pace Before converting to Christ, Christians are at best...

CAN YOU WALK WITH GOD?

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Can You Walk With God? Exodus 40:17‑19; 33--34 Introduction...

DIVINE ASSIGNMENTS, DIVINE ASSISTANCE

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

LEARNING TO WORSHIP FROM WICKED MEN

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

THE MINISTRY OF A PROPHET

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

AMERICA’S SOCIAL DISORDER

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

MAN’S QUEST FOR PEACE

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

THE BEAUTY OF FORGIVENESS

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

“A NEW THING”

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

CHRIST DIED FOR THE UNWORTHY

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

Battle of Gog and Magog

  Secrets of Israel’s Battle of Gog and Magog Ezekiel 38:14–16 by Robert D Pace The epic...

CONQUERING THE SPIRIT OF CONTAINMENT

Robert D. Pace Conquering the Spirit of Containment Genesis 12:1--3 Abraham is one of Scripture’s...

BLESSINGS OF REPENTANCE

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

POWER OVER SIN

PULPIT TODAY SERMON by Robert D Pace POWER OVER SIN Opening Remarks (Humor) Everyone wants mastery...

Are You Ready for Jesus

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

THE GOD OF OUR PROBLEMS

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

THE LAND OF ISRAEL: WHOSE PROPERTY IS IT?

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

GOD APPRAISES SUCCESS

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

PREVIEW A DISCERN THE DAYS PROPHECY CONFERENCE

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

The Parousia and Appearance of Antichrist (part 2)

Part II The Parousia of Christ The Appearance of the Antichrist 2 Thessalonians 2:1—12 by Robert D...

Hosanna!

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

THE MYSTERY OF THE ANOINTING

  Robert D Pace The Mystery of the Anointing 1 Peter 4:10--11 I want everyone here to say the...

JESUS, PRINCE OF PEACE

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

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...

UNLOCK YOUR DESTINY

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

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...

YOUR FOUNDATION: FIRM OR FLAWED?

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

THE GARDENER

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

HOW TO PRAY BIG!

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

MORE THAN CONQUERORS

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

DARE TO QUESTION GOD!

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

THE INSPIRING STORY OF HANDEL’S MESSIAH

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

VOICES FROM THE GRAVE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Romans 14:7-9 The Holy Spirit, the inerrant Author of...

HOW TO OPEN CLOSED DOORS

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

A Workman Unashamed

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

Checklist for Knowing You’re a Christian

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D Pace Checklist for Knowing You’re a Christian 2 Corinthians 13:5...

TREASURES OF DARKNESS

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

THE CHEMISTRY OF MIRACLES

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

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...

WHO OWNS WHAT?

Robert D. Pace Who Owns What Luke 19:28--35 At times, Jesus borrowed things to emphasize important...

Building on the Rock

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

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...

Unmasking the Spirit of Antichrist

Pulpit Today Sermon Unmasking the Spirit of Antichrist by Robert D Pace My topic today is...

THE IMPARTATION OF PRIVILEGE

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

TRUSTING GOD WHEN IT’S DIFFICULT

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

PROPHECY OF TREES FULFILLED IN ISRAEL’S DESERT

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

ACCORDING TO THE PATTERN

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

If Jesus Says I Can, I Can!

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

DESIRES OF A GODLY PARENT

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

WHAT WERE THEY THINKING AT THE MANGER?

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

The Service Jesus Never Conducted

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

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...

From Insects to Archangels God Controls Everything

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

THE LAW OF REVELATION (Part 1)

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

HOLY FIRE! WHERE IS IT?

Robert D. Pace HOLY FIRE: WHERE IS IT? 1 Chronicles 22:1 The 21st Century stands upon the...

GOD AT WORK

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

SUCCESS WITH GOD

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

Arabs Claim Jesus was ‘Palestinian’

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

Communion Symbolizes Our Union With Christ

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

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Exodus 20:7

The chief concern of the third of the Ten Commandments deals with our speech. That is, how we use God’s name. And what we verbalize is important! The Bible says God takes account of every idle word and at Judgment Day He will judge not only our works but every word we have uttered. That means it is especially important how we treat the most Holy name in the universe. One reason I’m preaching this message is because many Christians don’t realize how they’re breaking this commandment and employing the Lord’s sacred name. Let me explain it this way:

(Illustration) I’ve read a little about how our Air Force pilots are trained for their high altitude adventures. One aspect involves learning about hypoxia, or, “oxygen starvation.” The cadets are given masks, placed in an altitude simulation chamber, and taken to a simulated condition of 30,000 feet. One cadet is required to de-mask and answer simple questions on paper. A brief time later, the students asking the questions quickly re-mask their partners that have been writing their answers. After inhaling several breaths of normal air the cadets are astonished at what they’ve written. Their notes are unreadable although they were certain they wrote legibly and intelligently. In reality they were only semi-conscious and about to black out.

I’ve found that Believers also need assistance from fellow Christians or they can experience spiritual hypoxia. Without realizing it, their behavior can become secular and unchristian. This is especially true as it regards how we employ God’s name. Christians assume they’re treating it appropriately but, in truth, they’re abusing it!

It doesn’t matter which version you read this commandment in it comes across loud and clear:

The NIV says: “You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God.”

The ESV, KJV and NAS are nearly verbatim when they read: “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.”

The AV says: “You shall not use or repeat the name of the Lord your God in vain [that is, lightly or frivolously, in false affirmations or profanely].”

The NRSV says: “You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God.”

The Lord’s holy and unsearchable name isn’t to be used glibly or disrespectfully. We are called to handle it sacredly and never in an empty or meaningless way.

(Illustration) Years ago, when my son was young, I taught him the dangers of swear-words. He said, “Dad would you use God’s name in vain for a million dollars?” I said, “Davi, I wouldn’t use His name in vain for a billion dollars.” And I meant that.

(Transition) Since God does not want us to abuse his glorious name, I want to mention several ways his name is wrongfully employed.
How God’s Name is Misused

A. The most obvious way God’s name is misused is when it’s used as slander or as a curse. When someone says: “G.D. you!” God’s name is shamed and reduced to a swear word.

Do you realize when people say, “G.D. him” they’re asking God to curse someone that Christ came to die for? Words do have meaning. And it’s blasphemous to decree God’s eternal wrath against someone when the Bible says “God is not willing that any should perish.” People that employ this phrase reveal the depravity of their heart.

B. Another way God’s name is taken in vain is when it’s invoked as a mere idiom or glib expression. I believe most here would give a hearty “Amen!” to that, but you might be surprised how even Christians are guilty of this practice. Let me show you what I mean:

(Example) When God’s name is invoked as a grammatical punctuation such as: “Oh God!” or, “My God!” or, “Jesus!” or “Jeez” this is taking God’s name in vain. I don’t think most Christians that speak like this are purposely attempting to corrupt or impugn God’s name by speaking that way; in fact, they may not even be aware of what they are doing. But once God’s commandment to reverence his name becomes evident to a person they must drop all excuses for violating it. And Christians can be experts at excuse-making!

They excuse their verbiage by noting it’s “just an expression” or “figure of speech.”

Maybe they grew up hearing God’s name misused and it’s become a habit.

Perhaps they misuse God’s name because “everyone else does it.”

But the Bible doesn’t make exceptions for expressions, figures of speech, or parochial sayings. To trivialize God’s name regardless of our explanation is wrong! Perhaps someone has talked like this for twenty or thirty years and the habit is hard to break. Just remember, Moses didn’t place the prohibition against treating God’s name with disrespect 30 or 40 years ago; he presented it 3500 years ago!

When we use God’s name in a disrespectful or trite manner it diminishes the stature of our holy, sovereign, Creator. And God doesn’t want us treating His name as something insignificant.

While we’re discussing God’s name being used in casual conversation let me mention another caution here. As harmless as it may appear some people feel that God’s name can be used as a playful salute. For example, how many times have you seen this birthday announcement in the newspaper: “Lordy, lordy look who’s forty”? You say, “But that’s just a lighthearted birthday wish.” Yes, I must agree. But it’s also invoking the most holy, reverent, awesome name in the universe and it shouldn’t be treated as a fanciful byword.

(Transition) I understand this message is creating discomfort for some people. Maybe you’ve never considered how you’ve treated the Lord’s name. My intent is not to condemn or injure anyone’s feelings. Not at all! My intention is to bring Biblical light godly instruction to the third of the Ten Commandments. And I’m certain that the wise, discerning, sensitive hearer will seek to guard their lips and please God regarding the treatment of His name.

C. God’s name can be misused when it’s taken as an oath.

How many times have we heard statements like these: “As God is my witness,” or, “I swear to God,” or, “May God strike me dead!” or, “By God, I’ll finish that by Friday or else”? Do you know what’s happening here? These expressions indicate that God guarantees your pledge. And you’re putting God on the line for something He may not be willing to support. We can’t control circumstances, only the Lord knows what He will and won’t do—we don’t!

That’s why Hebrews 6:13 says, “since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself.” God is the only One authorized to swear by His name. We can’t be certain of anything good occurring when we employ God’s name as an oath.

But the Pharisees of the First Century were clever. They were masters of ‘straining the gnat and swallowing the camel.’ They figured out how to make oaths in God’s name without technically misusing it. They figured out how to swear to tell the truth in God’s name and then deceive without legally lying. Here’s how they did it:

(Example) The Hebrews of the Old and New Testaments considered God’s name to be so holy many of them wouldn’t even speak God’s Name—Yahweh or Elohim. Instead they referred to God as simply, “the name.” When they were asked which God they served they would say, “We serve “the name.”” When they took oaths they took a double-step back and swore by “the name of the name.” They did this because they thought the only irrevocable oaths were those connected directly with God’s name. So when they swore in “the name of the Name” they could weasel out of anything because God wasn’t immediately connected to their pledge.
Is it any wonder that Jesus taught the people of His day: “don’t swear by heaven or earth, just let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no”? (Matt. 5:34—37).

D. God’s name shouldn’t be used as some magical incantation. Let me explain.

(Example) In Eastern cultures people would often pray with an incessant repetition of their God’s name. Remember in Acts 19:34 the Greeks “shouted in unison for about two hours: ‘Great is Artemis of the Ephesians.’” This is what the prophets of Baal did when Elijah brought them to a showdown on Mount Carmel. For a half day the false prophets repeated Baal’s name trying to coax him into sending fire. It’s what the worshipers of the demon gods Dagon and Diana did.

There’s a reason people practiced this. By incessantly repeating a God’s name the worshipers thought they could attract power from their god into themselves. We have to understand that God’s name cannot be magically invoked to produce a display of power. He’s name doesn’t work like, “Abracadabra” or “Hocus-pocus domin-ocus.” The practice of Christianity is completely opposite of many of the worldly and Satanic cults. Nowhere in the Bible does it exhort believers to employ Christ’s name in rapid-fire succession to achieve results.

Repeating the name Jesus like a mantra over and over a thousand times won’t save anybody. The Bible says: “Whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Repeating the name Jesus until you blackout won’t heal anybody. The Bible says: “The prayer of faith heals the sick and raises him up.”

That’s why Jesus said in Matthew 6:7 when you pray don’t “keep on babbling like the pagan, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.”

Now don’t misunderstand what I’m saying here. I’m not suggesting, whatsoever, that anyone that repeats the Lord’s name more than two or three times successively is guilty of misusing His name. As a little boy I remember walking down the halls of my church hearing one of the dear saints whispering: “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus. . . .” That’s why I say, “I can’t judge when anybody is guilty of trivializing God’s name here.” But we must learn to invoke Christ’s name with the utmost respect!

(Illustration) Years ago I golfed with perhaps the worst golfer I’ve ever been on the course with. His game would have made a typical duffer look like a PGA expert. He had recently been baptized in the Holy Spirit and he was bonkers for Jesus. Well, part of his golf strategy involved invoking Christ’s blessing into his swing. Listen, if there’s one place the Lord doesn’t show up, it’s at the golf course. You’re on your own there. The Lord will help baseball players hit 500 foot homeruns and He’ll help football players run over 300 pound defensive lineman and score winning touchdowns, but the Lord doesn’t go to the golf course! Well, this guy thought he could coax the Lord into showing up. He would tee-up his ball and before drawing back his club he would repeat about twice: “Alright ball, in the name of Jesus, go straight!” It didn’t work one time all day! He lost more balls than I’ve ever seen.

Was he using God’s name in vain? Not purposely. But had he considered just how holy and awesome that name is I don’t think he would have trivialized it as he did.

(Insight) Something happens when we treat the Lord’s name frivolously or as an incantation or as common or as a swear word. And it’s this: The Lord’s name loses its power for us when we really need it. God’s name can’t be used all day as a byword and then later attached to prayers hoping to bring power and authority.

When God says don’t misuse His name He means don’t use it in a meaningless way; don’t trivialize it; don’t use it as an incantation; don’t swear or curse with it.

(Transition) I want to switch gears here and show you why God doesn’t want us abusing His name.

Why God’s Name Should Not Be Misused

Look at Exodus 20:7 again: “You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.” In other words, Moses most certainly affirmed that there would be negative consequences to abusing God’s name. Violating this command always invites trouble. How does He reprove us? I can’t determine that. Just know this: Moses said there were consequences! Turn to Deuteronomy 28 and let’s read:

Deuteronomy 28:58-61

I understand this reading comes from the Old Testament. But Paul said in Acts 13:40 that Christians must “Take care that what the prophets have said does not happen to you.” We are never held guiltless when we misuse God’s name. Never!

In Exodus 34 God called Moses to Mount Sinai to receive the Ten Commandments. When the Lord appeared to Moses He descended in a thick cloud and the Bible specifically says He “proclaimed his name, the LORD” to Moses. That’s interesting. God could have revealed to Moses the secrets of the universe. But when Moses was face-to-face with God the Bible says “God proclaimed His name to Moses”! God was saying: ‘Moses, My name is represented in every word of these Ten Commandments. And that means, in a very technical sense, that God’s name is as holy and awesome as His Word! Psalm 138:2 says, “you have exalted above all things your name and your word.”

Let’s take a moment to consider the wonders of his name:

The Bible says the power of His name saves us from the wrath of hell.

His name keeps us from the world’s evil and from falling into the hands of Satan.

His name supplies our needs and answers our prayers.

The shepherding power of His name leads us into paths of righteousness.

And His name brings comfort and peace.

Everything we need is found in Him. Why would we want to misuse His name? Why would anyone want to abuse the name of the sovereign Lord of the universe? God’s character can’t be diminished though it’s dragged through the mud or beaten like an anvil. Ultimately, the damage isn’t to God; it’s to us! We forfeit His grace.

(Transition) Moses wasn’t the only prophet to teach us how to treat God’s name. Jesus taught is how to invoke that name. He taught us to invoke it with hallowed reverence.

God’s Name Should Be Hallowed

When Jesus taught His disciples to pray he taught them to say, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name” (MAT 6:9). That word hallowed means ‘to honor and treat as holy.’ It means that we should “recognize God’s name is sanctified, set apart, and marked as unordinary.” It’s transcendent—completely separate and “wholly other” from creation.

God’s name is so different from anything of this world that it can’t even be compared to the most glorious magnificent part of creation. It’s infinitely above anything we could imagine!

We need to see him like Isaiah saw Him—“high and lifted up.”

We need to see him like Moses witnessed him—as a “consuming fire.”

The more we make of God the more he will make of our lives! The less we make of God the less happy and fulfilled we will be. This is why there are so many unhappy people in the world, and especially in America.

The reason our American culture, prosperous as it is, is so unhappy and spending billions of dollars to find happiness, is because people have lost a sense of the sacred. People are trying to find happiness by filling their lives with polluted, un-sanctified things. That’s why we need to reclaim an understanding of which parts of life are sacred and which parts are profane. Without this realization, people will lose the true meaning to life. Life doesn’t make sense when we can’t identify the sacred.

(Illustration) Ravi Zacharias noted America’s moral decay in his book, Can Man Live Without God? He illustrated it by noting a “personal ad” from a newspaper. It read, “I am a 58 year-old woman looking for something meaningful, interesting, and fun. I like C-span, Bill Moyers, Times crosswords, Mario Cuomo, [and] Nevada. I don’t like George Will, R.J. Reynolds, computer talk, fundamentalists, [and] California. I have limited stamina and resources, and looking for ideas for my life.”

Did you notice what was absent from her list? A desire for anything sacred and sanctified. Guess what? Johnny Bravo could knock on her front door embodying all her wishes, but she would not find true happiness. A life filled with Christ is the only means of contenting the soul.

(Illustration) Years ago, when paper news was delivered to your doorstep I would occasionally read the “Want Ads.” Let me read my favorite “personal ads” that I found years ago in the Atlanta Constitution: “Christian female seeks Holy Ghost-filled male.” I love that! What a theologically robust statement! She understood that marital bliss depended on her partner being totally absorbed with and overflowing with God. She didn’t want to merely comply with God’s command “not to be unequally yoked,” she wanted to be “Holy Ghost yoked” too!

The most important relationship of your life involves fellowshipping with the holy and sacred God of the Bible. Moreover, your added blessings and happiness will emerge as you ask God to sanctify your relationships, ambitions, purpose, and material objects.

Conclusion

Now for a final word about today’s message: Treat God’s name as it is—holy! Don’t use it as a glib byword or figure of speech or punctuation. Take it upon your lips with hallowed respect.

(Illustration) I recently read the story of a boy that was the first in his family to attend college. After arriving someone offered him drugs . . . but he wouldn’t accept them. The dealer said, “Come on, nobody will know.” The boy said, “That’s not the point. The point is that my mother cleaned houses and washed floors to send me to this college. I am here because of her. I am here for her. I wouldn’t do anything to demean her sacrifice for me.” Do you see his point? The young man was hallowing his mother’s name by refusing the drugs.

What about you? Do your words and actions bless the Lord in every way? He made the ultimate sacrifice for you!

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Footnotes:

Dennis E. Hensley, May–June, 1994, The Christian Reader, submitted by Jay Martin of Manistique, MI.
William H. Willimon & Stanley Hauerwas with Scott C. Saye, Lord Teach Us To Pray (Abingdon Press, 1996), pages 48-49.