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If Jesus Says I Can, I Can!

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

VANQUISHING FEAR

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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...

JUDAH MUST PLOW

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

LIVING WITH GODLY INFLUENCE

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

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...

THE LAND OF ISRAEL: WHOSE PROPERTY IS IT?

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PARTNERSHIP WITH GOD

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

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...

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...

DOES HELL OFFEND YOU?

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

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...

COMPASSION IN ACTION

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

ARISE AND CLAIM THE BLESSINGS

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PRAYING UNDER THE SPIRIT’S INFLUENCE

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

THE MINISTRY OF A PROPHET

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

A REVELATION OF GOD

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

THE INCARNATION OF CHRIST

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

PRAYER THAT WORKS!

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YOUR POWER TO DISCERN THE DAYS

Pulpit Today Sermons Your Power to Discern the Days Matthew 16:1–3 by Robert D Pace Jesus was...

SUCCESS WITH GOD

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

MOTIVATED BY LOVE

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

DIVINE CONSCIOUSNESS OF CHRIST

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

The Beauty of the Righteous

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

WHY CHRISTIANS MUST NOT QUIT

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SHAPED FOR A HIGHER PLACE

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

THE DECISION OF MOSES

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

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:

IF GRACE IS THE EXPLANATION

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

Building on the Rock

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

ALWAYS GIVE THANKS

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The Days of Noah Return

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“SEEK ME AND LIVE”

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A BRAND PLUCKED FROM THE FIRE

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

TREASURES OF DARKNESS

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YOUR FOUNDATION: FIRM OR FLAWED?

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

FIVE PROVISIONS OF CHRIST’S BLOOD

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

HOW TO PRAY BIG!

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Arabs Claim Jesus was ‘Palestinian’

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

PREPARE THE WAY

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The Parousia and Appearance of Antichrist (part 2)

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THE PHILADELPHIA PROCLAMATION

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HOW THE ANTICHRIST WILL RISE TO POWER

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POWER OVER SIN

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

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

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DOES GOD KILL?

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

AUTHORITY TO ASK!

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

THE INHERENT POWER OF BELIEVERS

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

THINGS TO REMEMBER

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

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 TRIUMPH OF GRACE

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

THE HOLY SPIRIT AND YOU

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Unmasking the Spirit of Antichrist

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“A NEW THING”

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

The Power of Life and Death

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

Parousia of Christ and the Appearance of the Antichrist

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

WHAT IS ADVENT?

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

America in Crisis!

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

THE CALL OF GOD

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

THE CHRISTIANS’ CROWN TODAY

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

THE LAW OF REVELATION (Part 1)

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MAN’S QUEST FOR PEACE

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

HOW TO MAINTAIN SPIRITUAL FERVOR

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

THE MIRACULOUS CATCH OF FISH

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

TRUSTING GOD WHEN IT’S DIFFICULT

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GOD DEFENDS ISRAEL!

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

HOW TO OVERCOME TEMPTATION

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NONE CAST ASIDE

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ENTERTAINMENT OR TEMPTING GOD?

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

THE CHEMISTRY OF MIRACLES

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ONE-WORD DESCRIPTIONS OF GOD’S LOVE

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

JESUS, PRINCE OF PEACE

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

DISTINGUISHED BY THE ANOINTING

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

LIVING WITH GODLY INFLUENCE

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

MODERN-DAY IDOLATRY

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

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 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 Spirit of Python

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

DIVINE ENTRAPMENT

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THE INCOMPARABLE CHRIST

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

THE PROPHETIC VOICE

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

JESUS—THE FIRST PROSPERITY PREACHER

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

YOUR TIMES ARE IN GOD’S HANDS

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

Six Steps For Finding God’s Will

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

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE RESURRECTION

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

THE PEACE OF GOD

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

THE DYNAMIC MESSENGER

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

The Ultimate Sacrifice

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

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...

WHEN A CHRISTIAN IS VULNERABLE

Robert D. Pace When a Christian is Vulnerable 1 Corinthians 10:12 (Illustration) It was a frigid...

A KING AMONG MEN

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

BIBLICAL SUPPORT FOR “SIGNS AND WONDERS”

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

CHRONOLOGY OF HOLY WEEK

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

DISCOVERING UNSEARCHABLE THINGS

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A Witch

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Supernatural Provision For Difficult Times

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

YOU CAN BE A CHAMPION FOR GOD!

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

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 BELIEVERS’ REST

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

HE WHO SITS ABOVE THE CIRCLE OF THE EARTH

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace I want to preach to you on the subject: He Who Sits Above the...

CONQUERING THE DOUBTS OF SALVATION

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

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...

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...

World Cup and Christ’s Cup

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

THE ELEVENTH COMMANDMENT

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

“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 CHRISTMAS TRIP

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

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...

THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

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

THE GOSPEL OF POWER

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

WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT FASTING

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

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...

SON OF DAVID / SON OF GOD

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UNCOVERING THE GIFT

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

A STUDY OF DIVINE HEALING

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

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...

THE LOST AXE HEAD

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

God Said It; Now, You Settle It!

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

CHRIST DIED FOR THE UNWORTHY

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

DOES THE BIBLE CONTAIN ERRORS?

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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 Power of our Spoken Words

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

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 BLESSING OF FOCUS!

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

COMPELLING EVIDENCE FOR CHRIST’S RETURN

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

Malchus

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Devotional: LEANING OR LASTING?

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

ENOCH’S REMARKABLE TESTIMONY

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

CONQUERING THE SPIRIT OF CONTAINMENT

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

VOICES FROM THE GRAVE

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

MAKING THE MOST OF LIFE

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

GOD AT WORK

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

PRAY FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP

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

THE REWARD OF SACRIFICING

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

THE ONE-MINUTE CHALLENGE

  THE ONE-MINUTE CHALLENGE Robert D Pace Have you ever wondered or asked whether Jesus is 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...

Mountaintop Worship

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

Biblically Woke!

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

BIBLE PROPHECIES OCCURRING NOW

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

HEADLINES FROM THE BOOK OF JOB

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

SECURING THE FAVOR OF GOD

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

UNLOCK YOUR DESTINY

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

LIVING BY THE POWER OF REDEMPTION

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

THE PURPOSE OF VISIONS

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

Indepth Look at The Diversity of Prayer Book

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

AMERICA’S SOCIAL DISORDER

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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 Scriptures, The Savior and Salvation

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

PROPHECIES OF THE ENDTIME UNVEILED

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

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

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

THE WORD OF GOD UNLEASHED!

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

“DO NOT HARM THE OIL AND WINE”

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

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 TRUTH ABOUT LIES

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

GOD APPRAISES SUCCESS

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

Hosanna!

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

A Workman Unashamed

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

VISIONARIES FOR GOD

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

“I AM THE WAY” — JESUS

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

HOPE FOR A VEXED GENERATION

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

WHO OWNS WHAT?

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

THE GOODNESS OF GOD

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

AN ASSEMBLAGE OF KNOWERS

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APOCALERTS OF THE ENDTIME: How God Shows the World Its Days are Numbered

Pulpit Today Sermons APOCALERTS OF THE ENDTIME: How God Shows the World Its Days are Numbered...

Your Call to Rulership in Life

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THE COMING REVIVAL IN AMERICA

Vision of Coming Revival to America by Robert D Pace (Recently, I felt directed to re-post this...

THE RIGHT CHOICE

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

Driving Out The Canaanites

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

WHY THE MANNA STOPPED

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

THE IMPARTATION OF PRIVILEGE

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

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...

POWER TO SHARE CHRIST

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

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...

IMITATORS OF CHRIST

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

From Insects to Archangels God Controls Everything

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

BLESSINGS OF REPENTANCE

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

GOD’S APPOINTED TIME

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

THE GRACE OF JESUS CHRIST

Pulpit Today Sermon THE GRACE OF JESUS CHRIST Ephesians 2:8--9 Robert D. Pace Years ago a...

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...

THE IMMUTABLE LAW OF SOWING AND REAPING

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

THE GOD OF OUR PROBLEMS

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

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...

BOUNDARIES

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

An Excellent Example of Leadership

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

YOUR SUPPORT IS APPRECIATED!

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

WHO JESUS SAYS YOU ARE

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

MAGNIFICENT ATTRIBUTES OF GOD

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

A Call to Corporate Prayer for USA Elections

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

CHRISTIAN BELIEFS UNDER ATTACK: THERE ARE ANSWERS!

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

YOU CAN DISCERN THE DAYS

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

SHAMGAR’S OXGOAD

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

THE OASIS OF WORSHIP

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

CAN MAN LIVE WITHOUT MERCY?

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

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?

Pulpit Today Sermons   "Can You Hear Me Now? John 18:1--11 by Robert D Pace Most people don’t...

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE BORN AGAIN

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“PATHSPERITY”

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

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN CHRIST ARRIVES!

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YOU AND YOUR TWIN

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Water Baptism: A Post Conversion Experience

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Luke 12:13-21

(Illustration) A young executive pulled his new Jaguar in front of the office to show his colleagues. As he exited a speeding driver swerved toward him and ripped off the door. The executive grabbed his cell phone, dialed 911, and in less than five minutes the police arrived. Before the policeman could ask a question the executive went into a hysterical outrage. “That crazy driver, I just spent $120,000 on this vehicle and now it’s ruined. The body shop can’t possibly match this car’s color onto another door.” The officer stood in disbelief and then intoned: “I can’t believe how materialistic you are. “You’re so focused on your possessions that you can’t notice anything else.” The executive replied: “How can you be so insensitive when my luxury car has been mutilated?” The officer replied, “Don’t you know your left arm has been ripped off at the elbow?” The executive jerked around his head and in absolute horror began screaming, “Oh no, I’ve lost my Rolex too!”

I know that’s fictitious, but it does help illustrate the undue attention we place on our material riches. I’m preaching, “I Want To Be Happy, But I Don’t Know How,” And right here, top, front, center, and one minute into the message I want to answer that: In order to be content you have to understand what is most important and focus on it. And Jesus Christ is most important. The earth’s purpose is to revolve around the sun and nothing else. Man’s purpose is to revolve around the Son of God.

That’s the bottom line to this message. You have to sell out to what’s important in life or you’ll never be content—you’ll never be happy from the depths of your being. The reason that’s so, is because God created you like nothing else in the universe. You are “created in His divine image.” And nothing but seeking Christ and His Kingdom satisfies.

That’s the meaning of Christ’s statement: “a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions” (NIV). Life consists with Who possesses us, not the materialism we possess! When we rush toward materialism it cheapens our dignity and demeans our purpose from worshiping God to worshiping “things.” Materialism destroys people because it poisons the root of their being. This is what Solomon so powerfully stated in Proverbs 27:20 when he said “Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of men are never satisfied” (NIV).

We can never satisfy our desires by obtaining the world’s goods. Because the moment we obtain something we begin setting our affection on something else. We’re always thirsty for more!

When Jesus attended the Feast of Tabernacles in John 7 He said: “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. (38) Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him” (NIV). Think about that statement: “If anyone is thirsty?” Jesus knew the crowds were thirsty! Thirst is man’s most dominate instinct. Thirst isn’t like hunger that can be suppressed for days. We’re driven to quench a dehydrated body. Dry, parched thirst overwhelms us. That’s why liquid refreshment products are some of the most prosperous of all products.

(Example) There are cola dispensers on every corner; and there’s never just one, single choice: There’s coke, diet coke, cherry coke, caffeine free coke and caffeine free diet coke. And Pepsi duplicates that. Then there’s RC, Sprite, 7-Up, Dr. Pepper, Mountain Dew, Surge, Orange and Grape soda, fruit drinks, juice drinks, and you-name-it drinks. Why all these choices? Because the Cola industry knows it can capitalize on those that constantly need liquid refreshment. Think about it: you don’t sustain refreshment by drinking one cup of water each morning. Your body constantly demands rejuvenating.

I’ve known people that I wouldn’t recognize without a soda or coffee mug in their hand—they’re always slurping on something. And when Jesus said, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink,” He meant He was the only true thirst-quencher! And we should drink from Him all day! The reason people chat for hours online and dizzy themselves in social clubs and weary themselves with entertainment and seek out the latest fashions is because they’re looking for happiness—but “in all the wrong places!” To be happy we have to guard against becoming secularized and understand our purpose is to enthrone Jesus at the center of life. Otherwise, we worship at the Altar of Materialism and succumb to greed.

The Danger of Covetousness

Let’s pause and take a deep breath, because I know this message has created tension. That’s because secularism has so masterfully convinced us that “greed is good.” It has appealed to our indulgence and suggested that we can’t be content without the latest “whatever.”

Do you know who is most aware of our propensity toward materialism? Marketers—the advertisement industry! They are constantly brainstorming to devise commercials that arouse a desire for their product. Advertisers are fully aware of our compulsion to obtain more and they know exactly how to get us dissatisfied with our possessions. It’s immaterial whether we need their product, their goal is to make us want it and buy it.

In one night of watching television you can be bombarded with more than 250 messages that suggest you’re missing something. And this marketing strategy works because man’s natural instinct craves “things.” Again, remember what Proverbs 27:20 says: “Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of men are never satisfied.”

(Example) Think about how marketers hook you: Imagine a technology corporation named, “Cunning Computers.” Cunning Computers advertises its latest device by offering a plan that you “Buy and pay no interest for six-months.” It’s a deal you can’t ignore. So thirty minutes later, you’ve succumbed to the charm of that commercial and you’re inside the showroom of Cunning Computers purchasing its offer. For the moment, you feel good all over. But here’s my question: How long will that warm, fuzzy feeling last? A day . . . week . . . a month . . . maybe two months? Then what? Do you upgrade to another one?

(Quote) Mark Twain said: “There is no such thing as material covetousness. All covetousness is spiritual. . . . Any so-called material thing that you want is merely a symbol; you want it not for itself, but because it will content [you] . . . for the moment. . . . It is so with all things . . . while they content . . . they are precious, when this fails, they are worthless.”

Good sermon, Brother Mark! Don’t misunderstand me. I’m not suggesting that we throw away modern devices and revert to primitivism. This generation is blessed with developments unknown to any other generation. The Bible never condemns technology or fashion or conveniences. We should delight in using technology but nobody should be consumed with consuming because that’s greed and greed destroys!

You see, cramming life with unnecessary “things” crowds out God and enshrines possessions. And that’s why Colossians 3:5 calls greed “idolatry.” It’s idolatry because we make things our object of affection and it crowds out God!

    You’ll have to decide when enough is enough—when the car, carpet, or computer needs replacing.

    You’ll have to decide whether to keep the one year-old device or purchase the newer one.

    You’ll have to determine when it’s time for a new wardrobe or a different style of sunglasses or even another toothbrush.

The reason I’m being so specific is because Jesus said; no, He “say,” He “shouted”: “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed.” Jesus understood greed’s destructive power! He knew the continual pursuit for more ruined people.

Greed Separates People From God

Covetousness wrecks, ruins, and destroys our relationship with the Lord because it always separates us from God. It separates us by getting us preoccupied with something other than God. Our affection is divided and we’re consumed with managing “things” rather than fulfilling our destiny of worshiping God and seeking first His Kingdom.

Did you see how greed destroyed the foolish landowner in our text? He thought: “I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. (19) And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry. (20) But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’” (NIV)

Jesus didn’t mind this man building bigger barns. He wasn’t condemning wealth. Jesus condemned this man’s selfishness! The man thought of nobody but himself and it destroyed him. The Bible condemns selfishness because, in the end, it leads to eternal separation from God. That’s why 2 Peter 2:14 calls the greedy “an accursed brood.” Think about that: Peter said that greedy people live under a curse that will eventually seal their fate! I’ve never known anyone to be happy that “hoarded.” Sharing is the only path to contentment! You’re going to wither with loneliness if you succumb to a self-indulgent, miserly lifestyle.

(Insight) Let me share a “general” way to enjoy material blessings: Whatever you acquire—clothes, vehicles, houses, technology, furniture, piano, etc. . . . God wants you to use it, share it, expire its usefulness, and then replace it, because there’s more where that came from. When we treat “things” this way, we understand what Paul meant in 1 Timothy 6:17 when he said, “[God] richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment” (NIV).

(Example) And remember this, too. Share your material enrichment with others! How would you feel if you searched for the perfect gift for a friend, gave it to them, and a year later discovered them hawking at a yard sale? Well, how do suppose God feels when He blesses us with gifts and we don’t enjoy them and share them with others?

    When the house carpet is too plush to walk on there’s a problem.

    When our money feels so good that we can’t share it or tithe it greed has jeopardized our spiritual footing. And the Barna Research Group reports that only 3% of Christians tithe.

    When the china is too nice for dinner guests there’s a problem! What good are cups and saucers hiding in the cabinet?

Take your possessions and use them, wear them out, and move on! Get happy about your blessings. Don’t let selfishness choke your contentment.

Greed Destroys Faith in God

There is another way greed injures us: Greed destroys our trust in God. The landowner in this parable planned to build bigger storehouses because he couldn’t trust God to supply anything beyond what he had accumulated that season. That’s what greed does. It’s never sure that God will supply anything more than what you presently possess. It inhibits trust in God and creates fear. Remember, the Bible says, “without faith it is impossible to please God.”

    If God can rain manna in the desert for over a million people He’ll supply for you.

    If He used birds to deliver bread to Elijah He’ll supply for you.

    If Jesus could feed 5000 people from one lunch basket you have nothing to fear. God will provide!

    And He’ll provide for whatever you need.

Hear me saints of God. Never cling to anything out of fear. If you can’t hold your possessions with faith, let them go! If you’re holding onto something out of fear then you’re doubting God can supply anything more than what you’re so desperately clutching! Some of you may be clinging to a boyfriend or girlfriend that’s not a Believer, or, you know the person you’re dating isn’t God’s choice for you. And it all boils down to that gnawing fiend of doubt that makes you wonder whether God has somebody to rescue you from your loneliness. That’s the sin of fear and it destroys faith in God to supply for the future!

I’ve seen people entrenched in a compromised means of moneymaking because they couldn’t trust God to supply any other way. The reason God can’t move for some people is because they operate from fear and not faith. Listen, if God provided for your needs today He’ll supply tomorrow!

Conclusion

Let’s go back to the beginning—the very beginning. When you examine man’s original estate in the Garden you’ll discover Satan struck at contentment. He taunted Eve with the thought, “You’re missing something. You need more. Eat the fruit or you’ll be deprived!” Satan hurled that temptation at Adam and Eve despite the perfect conditions of their environment!

The Garden of Eden was filled with opulence. There was absolutely no lack. And yet, Adam and Eve bought into the greed-filled lie that said, “Enough isn’t enough.” And for centuries since that time man has repeatedly fallen prey to that lie. The great breakthroughs of the 19th and 20th centuries brought convenience but not contentment. There’s been an explosion of knowledge, which Daniel prophesied would exist in the last days. The technology is astounding that’s arisen from the Industrial Revolution, science, space, medicine, computers, communications, etc. There has been an unparalleled utilization of natural resources. We have the ability to harvest precious metals and crude oil, to purify water of all types, and to turn desert land into fertile fields—things unknown to preceding generations.

But despite the luxuries of modernism, men still live without contentment. The God that created us and fully understands human nature gave the command, “Thou shall not covet.” He issued it because covetousness is the opposite of contentment and it always leaves us unfulfilled. Our toys and gadgets will always tarnish and deteriorate leaving us empty. So what’s the prescription for happiness? How can we guard against greed? Make absolutely certain that Jesus is your focus. Then make your material pursuits in light of four questions: Does this glorify God? Is it a need? Can I share it with others? And will it distract me from God?