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DIVINE ENTRAPMENT

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

THE WORD OF GOD UNLEASHED!

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

UNCOVERING THE GIFT

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

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...

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 ACTS OF ANANIAS

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

DIVINE ASSIGNMENTS, DIVINE ASSISTANCE

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

“BLESSED ASSURANCE” SALVATION IS YOURS!

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

GOD AT WORK

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

ENOCH’S REMARKABLE TESTIMONY

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

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.

USAFORISRAEL

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ENTERTAINMENT OR TEMPTING GOD?

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

“SEEK ME AND LIVE”

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

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...

WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT FASTING

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

HOPE FOR A VEXED GENERATION

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

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...

YOU AND YOUR TWIN

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

YOU CAN KNOW!

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

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 GOODNESS OF GOD

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

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...

Six Steps For Finding God’s Will

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

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?

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

Mountaintop Worship

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

THE PHILADELPHIA PROCLAMATION

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

The Beauty of the Righteous

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

YOUR TIMES ARE IN GOD’S HANDS

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

DIVINE CONSCIOUSNESS OF CHRIST

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

LET’S BE THANKFUL!

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

COMPASSION IN ACTION

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

AN ASSEMBLAGE OF KNOWERS

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

FROM THANKSGIVING TO THANKS-LIVING

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

MORE THAN CONQUERORS

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

ARISE AND CLAIM THE BLESSINGS

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

YOU CAN DISCERN THE DAYS

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

THE GOSPEL OF POWER

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

AUTHORITY TO ASK!

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

THE PURPOSE OF VISIONS

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

Don’t Overlook Jesus

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

PARTNERSHIP WITH GOD

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

THE LOST AXE HEAD

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

WHAT WERE THEY THINKING AT THE MANGER?

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

DISTINGUISHED BY THE ANOINTING

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

Are You Ready for Jesus

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

SON OF DAVID / SON OF GOD

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

LIVING WITH GODLY INFLUENCE

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

WHO JESUS SAYS YOU ARE

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

THE GLORY OF GOD

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

CHRISTIANITY IN THE MARKETPLACE – DOES IT BELONG THERE?

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

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...

MEN AS ANGELS

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

GOD’S NAME REVEALS YOUR ASSIGNMENT

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

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN CHRIST ARRIVES!

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

MEN IN BROWN

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

THE CHEMISTRY OF MIRACLES

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

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...

The Woman at the Well

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

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...

The Scriptures, The Savior and Salvation

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

WHAT’S SO FRIGHTENING ABOUT CHRISTMAS?

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

HOW THE ANTICHRIST WILL RISE TO POWER

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

THE ONE-MINUTE CHALLENGE

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

THE END SHALL COME LIKE A FLOOD

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

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 LAND OF ISRAEL: WHOSE PROPERTY IS IT?

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

THE LION’S ROAR!

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

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 TRIUMPH OF GRACE

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

THE MINISTRY OF A PROPHET

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

WHAT IS ADVENT?

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

THE WONDER OF KNOWING GOD

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

THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

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

THE OASIS OF WORSHIP

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

“PATHSPERITY”

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

World Cup and Christ’s Cup

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

VISIONARIES FOR GOD

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

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...

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...

THE CHRISTIAN’S RESPONSE TO TERRORISM

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

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...

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”...

SHAMGAR’S OXGOAD

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

THE RIGHT CHOICE

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

DOES GOD KILL?

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

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 BLESSING OF FOCUS!

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

THE PROPHETIC VOICE

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

Water Baptism: A Post Conversion Experience

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

Son of David, Son of God

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

JESUS CHRIST HEALS!

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

JESUS IS LORD! OR, IS HE?

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

“I AM THE WAY” — JESUS

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

THE DECISION OF MOSES

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

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...

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...

REEMERGENCE OF DRAMATIC SIGNS & WONDERS

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

The Spirit of Python

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

A KING AMONG MEN

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

TRUSTING GOD WHEN IT’S DIFFICULT

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

BOUNDARIES

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

Devotional: LEANING OR LASTING?

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

THE NATURE OF THE CHURCH

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

WILL YOU LIVE UNDER THE SUN OR UNDER HEAVEN?

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

“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...

A Workman Unashamed

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

A CHRISTMAS TRIP

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

THE MESSAGE OF CLOUDS

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

If Jesus Says I Can, I Can!

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

THE TRUTH ABOUT LIES

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

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:

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...

IF GRACE IS THE EXPLANATION

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

TEAR IT DOWN!

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

THE PROPHET’S SECLUSION

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

JESUS IS ALIVE!

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

CREATED IN GOD’S IMAGE

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

“THE DAYS SHALL BE SHORTENED”

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

A BRAND PLUCKED FROM THE FIRE

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

SECURING THE FAVOR OF GOD

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

“DO NOT HARM THE OIL AND WINE”

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

LOOSED!

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

Hosanna!

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

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...

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...

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...

Building on the Rock

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

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...

LIVING WITH THE RIGHT ATTITUDE

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

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...

PROPHECY OF TREES FULFILLED IN ISRAEL’S DESERT

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

WHEN A CHRISTIAN IS VULNERABLE

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

UNLOCK YOUR DESTINY

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

JESUS, PRINCE OF PEACE

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

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...

THE BELIEVERS’ REST

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

THE COMING WINDS

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

MODERN-DAY IDOLATRY

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

ALWAYS GIVE THANKS

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

SACRIFICIAL LIVING

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

THE CALL OF GOD

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

DARE TO QUESTION GOD!

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

From Insects to Archangels God Controls Everything

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

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...

VOICES FROM THE GRAVE

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

Strangers and Pilgrims

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

PRACTICING THE PEACE OF GOD

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

A Witch

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

“A NEW THING”

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

PREVIEW A DISCERN THE DAYS PROPHECY CONFERENCE

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

IMITATORS OF CHRIST

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

AN ALTAR INVITATION

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

PRAYER THAT WORKS!

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

PRAY FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP

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

PREPARE THE WAY

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

THE BEGINNING OF THANKSGIVING DAY IN AMERICA

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

LIVING WITH GODLY INFLUENCE

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

Malchus

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

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...

THE MIRACULOUS CATCH OF FISH

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

GOD APPRAISES SUCCESS

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

DOES THE BIBLE CONTAIN ERRORS?

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

THIRTY FEET FROM TRIUMPH

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

America in Crisis!

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

THE IMPARTATION OF PRIVILEGE

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

THE GARDENER

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

THE ELEVENTH COMMANDMENT

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

WHY THE MANNA STOPPED

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

MAKING THE MOST OF LIFE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Ephesians 5:15-17 The Bible is a prophetic book that discloses...

21 Ways the Holy Spirit Manifests Himself to Believers

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

THE GIFT GOD GAVE

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

The Comfort of Communion

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

THE TESTIMONY OF THE CROSS

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

GOD’S APPOINTED TIME

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

IRREFUTABLE REALITIES

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

TREASURES OF DARKNESS

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

THE REWARD OF SACRIFICING

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

CHRIST DIED FOR THE UNWORTHY

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

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 INCOMPARABLE CHRIST

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

Supernatural Provision For Difficult Times

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

BLESSINGS OF REPENTANCE

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

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...

FIVE PROVISIONS OF CHRIST’S BLOOD

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

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...

CHRONOLOGY OF HOLY WEEK

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

CHRIST YOUR DELIVERER

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

THE GOD OF OUR PROBLEMS

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

SHAPED FOR A HIGHER PLACE

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

YOUR SUPPORT IS APPRECIATED!

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

CHRISTIAN BELIEFS UNDER ATTACK: THERE ARE ANSWERS!

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

A Man of God

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

POWER OVER SIN

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

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Pre-Scripture Remarks

The Scottish historian Thomas Carlyle, who wrote for encyclopedias, history books, and magazines said the book of Job was “one of the grandest things ever written.” He went on to say that no writing on earth held “equal literary merit.” Maybe Carlyle held this view because there’s something about Job that everyone can identify with. Suffering, insult, loss, pressure, betrayal—it’s all in the book of Job. And yet it’s about a person that overcame his difficulties.

Job 1:9-11

Let’s suppose that from the outset of this trial God assigned a News Reporter to cover Job’s dilemma. This would be a lengthy assignment because the Bible says the trial lasted for several months. I can assure you it would have been more worthy of news coverage than some stories that fascinate the media.

As we imagine this report let’s consider what some of the headlines could have been. And since the Euphrates River coursed nearby let’s imagine the reporter wrote for the “Euphrates Tribune.” Before I announce the headlines I need to briefly summarize Job’s experience because it will help bring understanding to the headlines we use.

(Summary of Job) Job came from the Land of Uz, not be confused with Oz (where Dorothy was from), and Uz was located between Babylon and Egypt. Job is minding his own business, caring for his kids, and not beating his wife. In fact, God calls him ‘perfect and upright and incomparable to anyone on earth.’ But suddenly, for no apparent reason, his world capsizes. He loses his health, wealth, possessions, children, and without moral support from wife or friends, winds up covered with boils. Ultimately, Job works past his insufferable tragedy and God rewards him two-fold for his faithfulness

(Transition) That’s sketchy but it gives us enough information to build upon and here comes the reporter ready to scribble his first headline. And it’s a familiar one: “Bad Things Happen to Good People.”

First Headline: “Bad Things Happen to Good People”

Do you recall what the Bible says about Job? Job 1:3 says he was the wealthiest and “greatest of all the men of the East” (1:3). Then God said in Job 1:8 he was blameless, upright and “no one on earth was like him.” I’m convinced the people of Job’s day understood the stature of this man. He was unequalled in integrity, wealth, and esteem. And yet, he suffered like no one they had ever seen.

Job 1:13-19

That’s surreal. If the reporter had used nothing but those seven verses of Scripture to write his article it would have appeared like a page from the Twilight Zone. Few people in human history have experienced such sudden devastation as this.

(Illustration) Some years back a couple in a church I pastored lost their teenage son in an automobile accident. Six weeks later they lost their other teenage son in a motorcycle wreck. I simply can’t imagine the agony parents would experience from such a loss. But Job experienced something worse than this. He lost ten children in one day!

Several weeks passed while Job and his wife mourned their losses, then suddenly he breaks out with sores from head to toe. They’re enflamed, tormenting, oozing boils (7:5). There’s no morphine pump or Demerol to ease the agony. Job moves outside the house and sits in a pile of ashes and you can almost see the flies swarm him. Perhaps that’s why Job 2:8 says he took a broken piece of pottery and scraped himself clean.

(Transition) It was a horrific experience for anyone. Yet, this happened to the world’s most godly person. “Bad things happen to good people.” And how do you think Job’s wife felt about all this? Well, she’s about to make her mark in history so let’s see how the reporter writes her words.

Second Headline: “Mrs. Job Urges Husband to “Curse God and Die””

Ladies, how would you like to leave your legacy with that quote? Four words that go down in infamy: “Curse God and die!” And then she disappears! When you think about it, it might not have been a bad suggestion. Who wants to see their loved ones suffer like that? But Job rejected her suggestion. He didn’t curse God; and he didn’t die!

There are several crucial points in this narrative and this is one of them. Have you ever read this saga and wondered where Job found faith toward God for this assault? Where did he muster his resolve? What basis did he have for hope? Someone says: “Job anchored his faith in the written Word of God.” But that’s not so. Do you realize that Job is the oldest book in the Bible? Job didn’t have the writings of Moses or the prophets to claim because there was no written Scripture! So what basis did Job have to trust God? God did for Job what He’s done for everyone. In some unique way God made Himself known to Job. And when God revealed Himself Job welcomed God into his life and developed a living relationship with Him. He totally committed himself to God and worshiped Him in “spirit and in truth.” Job made God the foundation and framework of his life.

This is the key to overcoming the crush of a crisis. You must have a solid foundation. And Jesus Christ is that foundation you need because He produces security like nothing else. Turn to Isaiah 28:16 and let me show you what I’m talking about. Isaiah 28:16 says: “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone, a costly cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed. He who believes in it will not be disturbed.” Let’s investigate that verse.

1.      First, notice the people that are pledged this promise. Isaiah said it belongs to Zion. It belongs to “him who believes”—the people of God. It doesn’t belong to the world. Only God’s covenant-people are pledged a solid foundation for life.

2.      Second, notice the security of this promise. “I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone, a costly cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed.” The only foundation Isaiah could possibly be referring to is Jesus Christ—it’s the “foundation of foundations.” There’s no other like it!

(Interaction) I need you to interact with me for the next few minutes. Whenever I say, “Are you standing on the rock?” I want you to respond by saying: “Amen.”

(Illustration) Imagine a rock. With that picture in mind imagine you’re standing on that rock. You probably need to readjust your vision, so, imagine a large rock. Perhaps you’re thinking of a rock the size of this sanctuary. That’s still not big enough, so enlarge your vision again. The world’s largest exposed granite rock lies outside Atlanta, Georgia. It’s called, Stone Mountain. Its exposed base is approximately five miles in circumference and it rises 1683 feet above sea level. It’s so large that half of Georgia and part of North Carolina rest on its base. It’s estimated that Stone Mountain descends ten miles beneath the surface. That means our eyes see only a fragment of this majestic mountain that has stood 6000 years of human history. This helps us understand the Rock-solid Foundation Isaiah referred to—Jesus Christ. Are you standing on the Rock?

3.      Third, notice the blessing of this promise. The King James Version renders blessing of this promise this way: “He that believeth shall not make haste.” That’s not the best translation and it’s why for years I didn’t have a clue what that phrase meant: “He that believeth shall not make haste.” But when you blend together several versions of the Bible it begins to express its meaning. You see, when you place your trust in this Rock, who is Christ, the Rock you’re standing on right now:

  • The NIV says: “you shall never be dismayed.”
  • The NAB says those that put their faith in this Rock “shall not be shaken.”
  • The NRSV says the one that trusts in this Rock “will not panic.”
  • The Phillips version says: “the man who trusts in . . . [this Rock] shall rest unmoved.”
  • I love how Fenton’s version renders it. It says the one who trusts in this Rock shall be “immovably fixed in the Truth.”
  • And then the KJV says: “He who believes in . . . [this Rock] shall not make haste.” “Shall not make haste” to do what? You won’t make haste to run from that Rock of security. You’ll stay there and reside there and you’ll rely on that Rock that’s more secure than Stone Mountain. Are you standing on the Rock?

The reason Job wouldn’t “curse God and die” is because He trusted in the “foundation of all foundations.” He knew God wouldn’t let him down. And that’s why you can trust Him. And let me make one more point here. You can weather any storm that assails you not only because Christ is your Rock, but because you are a rock. That’s what Isaiah 51:1 commands Believers to recognize. Isaiah said: “Look to the rock from which you were hewn and to the quarry from which you were dug.” In other words, God made you out of something permanent. You don’t have to be like a “reed wafting in the wind” during trouble because rocks don’t do that. I know the Bible says your flesh was scooped out of the “dust of the earth” but the part of you that’s a “new creation in Christ Jesus” was hewn from a rock and you can stand secure.

(Transition) It’s time to read the next headline. After several days, Job’s friends read the Euphrates Tribune and came to sympathize with him. But when they arrived they were so appalled at his condition that they couldn’t speak. They literally sat silent for seven days watching him writhe in pain. On the eighth day the reporter captured another headline.

Third Headline: “Job’s Friends Break Silence. Bring Indictment: “Job Suffers Because He Sinned!””

Isn’t that the pat answer? Unfortunately, that headline doesn’t come from the world when people suffer; it comes from the Christian community! We need to understand something about suffering. Suffering is not necessarily a sign of sin in someone’s life. And suffering is not necessarily a sign of God’s displeasure with someone. God allows suffering for many reasons. Some reasons we understand while others will always remain a mystery.

What we do know is that the apostle Paul said there is a “fellowship of suffering” that is part of the Christian life. I know we aren’t prone to welcome a theology of suffering into our experience, but there is a reason God ordains suffering. One reason we suffer is because certain blessings can only be obtained that way.

Hebrews 12:7-11 says, “It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? (8) But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. (9) Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live? (10) For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness. (11) All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.

God has a purpose for all testing. We may not understand what He’s doing during a trial—I don’t believe Job did—but God has a grand design for everything He allows us to suffer. What we should know is this: God doesn’t send difficulty to petrify your life He sends it glorify your life. He wants you to look more like Jesus! He wants to mature you and cause you to manifest His temperament of love, mercy, truthfulness, and kindness; He wants you to exhibit the fruit of the Spirit.

(Illustration) Years ago a man planted a huge field of corn and sent his sons out to manage it. In truth the man didn’t even need this crop, but the boys plowed and tilled, sowed, watered, and weeded. Day after day they labored in the fields—and they loved their work (sic)! Finally, a friend came by and said: “Jones, why are you growing that corn? You don’t need it?” Jones looked back at his friend and said: “I’m not growing corn, I’m growing boys!”

Have you ever considered that some of the pain and difficulty God ordered for your life was designed to grow you into the full measure of the stature of Christ?

(Transition) God loves you so much He intends to deal with you in ways that cause discomfort. But it’s always designed to reveal God’s glory. Many times we fail to understand that and the reporter from the Euphrates Tribune certainly doesn’t see it this way. Look at his next headline: “If God is Good, How Can He Permit Suffering?”

Fourth Headline: “If God is Good, How Can He Permit Suffering?”

There are people that won’t accept Christ because they can’t come to terms with the issue of suffering in a world that is governed by a sovereign God. Their question is, If God is all-wise and all-powerful and completely good to the core, then how can He permit evil, injustice, and anguish? Several years ago the Barna Research Group reported that if Americans could ask God one question and they knew He would answer them it would be: “Why is there pain and suffering in the world?” (Strobel, IBID, page 29.) It’s a legitimate and burning question people have. And you can’t say people don’t have a right to ask the question.

I have to admit that we preachers (especially Pentecostal/Charismatic) haven’t given the issue of suffering our best consideration. And it’s no wonder because it is an outright perplexing issue. But we can’t ignore it. If we ignore it we leave people to question God’s goodness. Think about something. God never once tried to hide any supposed flaw in His character by sidestepping the issue of suffering. As I mentioned earlier, chronologically Job is the oldest book in the Bible, and what is the first issue that God tackles? It’s the issue that most perplexes and frustrates mankind: the issue of suffering!

Let me be very bold here. Ultimately, because God is all-powerful He is responsible for allowing, not causing, but permitting all the sin, evil, pain, injustice, and turmoil in the world. There’s no other logical, coherent conclusion available! The only way to take God off the hook is to strip Him of His sovereignty and say that Satan lords over areas that God can’t control. But you can’t say that. Satan is not superior to God. That means God’s takes responsibility for allowing suffering and inequity. And here’s why (And this is far from an exhaustive answer):

Thousands of years ago God ordained to create a race of people that would serve Him out of love. That meant man needed a “free will,”—the power to choose. It would have been a contradiction of reason for God to create man with a ‘free will’ yet unable to rebel. ‘Free will’ isn’t authentic if you can’t choose; and Adam did that. He disobeyed God, ate the forbidden fruit, and that brought sin, suffering, and evil.

(Fact)I want you to consider the magnitude of suffering. Did you know this world contains one billion people that are destitute? One billion people that are impoverished, without medical care, and living in squalor. Besides that, babies are born deformed and diseased and they’ve done nothing to deserve it. People suffer strokes, heart attacks, and contract deathly illnesses. And God allows it all! Maybe some of you are feeling uncomfortable right now. You don’t like the thought that God’s character might be called into question—even impugned—or that something might actually count against God. But let’s not stop here. Take your mind and imagine all the suffering, disease, and injustice that have ever existed.

    Imagine Hitler’s genocide against the Jews and the millions of innocent lives that he snuffed out in torture chambers.

    Imagine killer storms, earthquakes, Tsunamis, floods, and draughts that have swept people away from their families.

    Imagine brutal dictators that tortured their citizens; or rapists that preyed on young girls.

    Imagine properties being illegally seized.

How could a loving, good God permit such atrocities, knowing before He created anything what would befall men? Well, if God knew all this before the beginning of creation and then left us to our evil devises and walked away without even shrugging His shoulders then God’s goodness might be suspect. But that didn’t happen. What God did was unimaginable! When man rebelled against God, God Himself assumed the consequences of our disobedience.

    He took every sin, all the evil, murder, injustice, birth defects, rejection, and pain upon His own divine—yet incarnate—self.

    He called for a crooked trial—for betrayers and false witnesses.

    He called for a cross that included nails, a spear, and a crown of thorns. And when He hung there He called for insults, scorn, spit, and flies to buzz around His brow.

    Isaiah 53 says: “He was a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief. We esteemed Him smitten and stricken of God.”

God helps us answer the question of suffering by entering into it Himself and bearing the sin for which we are responsible. And then, He says: “If you’ll accept My sacrifice, I’ll know the proof of your love for Me and give you a glory that far exceeds this suffering.”

(Transition) Yes, there are times God not only allows suffering He sends it! And that’s our next Headline: God Announces He Sent the Trial!

Headline Five: God Announces that He Sent the Trial!

This is precisely what Job 42:11 says. The Scripture says that Job’s family and friends “comforted him for all the adversities that the Lord had brought on him.”

(Illustration) Years ago I spoke with another minister about the source of Job’s suffering and pointed out that God took responsibility for sending the trial. He wasn’t about to believe that. So I read him Job 42:11 that says: “the Lord brought [these adversities] on him.” He stared at that verse and said: “That’s not what that Scripture means!” In all honesty, I think that’s our first response when pain enters our life: “God isn’t in this!” While we can’t be certain God sent the problem we can’t necessarily be certain He didn’t send it!

You know what happens when we feel the first tinge of pain? We medicate it! And if that doesn’t work we renounce it or rebuke it and command it to leave. And let me say there’s nothing wrong with this approach.

    That’s why the Bible says we should anoint the sick with oil.

    It’s why Jesus taught us to pray: “Lead us not in to temptation but deliver us from evil.”

    That’s why there are spiritual gifts like healing and miracles.

But there’s a problem when we pray, fast, confess, and rebuke and the suffering isn’t alleviated. We start grasping for reasons we aren’t relieved. And there are plenty of explanations:

    “I must not have enough faith.”

    “Maybe there’s sin in my life.”

    “Am I harboring unforgiveness?”

    “Maybe I didn’t plant enough “seed” in the offering.

Then the frustration mounts when we come clean with all the answers but the suffering hasn’t abated. Here’s the danger: Unless we understand that there’s a theology of suffering that’s woven into this life we could face grave spiritual consequences. It can lead to depression, anger, serious doubts toward God, or even renouncing the Faith.

Sometimes we need to get quiet before God and ask this question: “Lord, are you sending this trial?” And if He is sending it, and He wants you to walk through it, then ask Him for grace to bear it, because you aren’t coming out until He’s finished! That means there are occasions when we don’t need out of a trial, we need grace to endure it. In fact, we need to understand that God is sovereign and He is controlling your circumstances to the point that He has you right where He wants you. There’s a reason God ordained the natural and spiritual laws that govern our surroundings. God has fixed the present conditions of earth to test us and prepare us. We are being tested and prepared to reign with Christ throughout eternity. When we don’t understand that, we get hung up on achieving it all now. But God has fashioned us to reach for another life—eternal life.

(Illustration) Sometime back I read the story of a minister that lost his family in a fire. The burden of death seemed almost unbearable as he was gripped with deep depression. But it’s ironic how God comforted this pastor. It happened as he walked past a construction crew building a church. As he observed their work he noticed a mason carving a stone. He watched the mason, skilled in his craft, crack his hammer against the chisel while chunks of rock fell to the ground. The rock slowly took shape. When the stone was crafted into a precise measurement of a triangle— representing the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—the crew lifted it high on the church and carefully placed it. Literally, the stone had been hammered on earth so that it would fit up higher. And God had conveyed His message to that bereaved pastor: God’s carving and sculpting on us down here helps us fit up there.

I know this sermon, much less a story like that, doesn’t fully explain the issue of suffering, and evil. But what we do know is there is purpose every time God strikes His divine chisel against our lives. God’s carving on us down here helps us fit up there.

Conclusion

I want to close with Paul’s words in Romans 8:18: “I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” In other words, ‘Our suffering, regardless of its oppressive burden, is not a worthy comparison to the eternal weight of glory that will one day be granted to us.” Our suffering doesn’t even register on the scale when you try to balance it against what God ultimately has for us.

Are you standing on the Rock?

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