IS IT WORTH IT TO SERVE THE LORD?

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DELIVERANCE OVER STRONGHOLDS

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

The Power of our Spoken Words

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

THE GOODNESS OF GOD

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

THE MESSAGE OF CLOUDS

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

PRAYER THAT WORKS!

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

The Scriptures, The Savior and Salvation

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

THE GOSPEL OF POWER

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

“BLESSED ASSURANCE” SALVATION IS YOURS!

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

EXPECTATIONS OF PENTECOSTAL WORSHIP

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

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...

MEN AS ANGELS

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

WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT FASTING

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

THE CHRISTIAN’S RESPONSE TO TERRORISM

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

PROPHECY OF TREES FULFILLED IN ISRAEL’S DESERT

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

The Publican and the Pharisee

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

DOES GOD KILL?

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

“SEEK ME AND LIVE”

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

DISCOVERING UNSEARCHABLE THINGS

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

DIVINE ASSIGNMENTS, DIVINE ASSISTANCE

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

CAN MAN LIVE WITHOUT MERCY?

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

Biblically Woke!

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

YOU ARE THE LIGHT

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

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...

GOD DEFENDS ISRAEL!

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

BOUNDARIES

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

WHY CHRISTIANS MUST NOT QUIT

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

CHRONOLOGY OF HOLY WEEK

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

YOU CAN KNOW!

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

JESUS IS LORD! OR, IS HE?

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

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

CHRIST DIED FOR THE UNWORTHY

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

HOW THE ANTICHRIST WILL RISE TO POWER

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

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

YOUR TIMES ARE IN GOD’S HANDS

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

IRREFUTABLE REALITIES

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

YOU CAN DISCERN THE DAYS

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

THE MIRACULOUS CATCH OF FISH

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

THE DYNAMIC MESSENGER

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

POWER TO SHARE CHRIST

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

YOUR SUPPORT IS APPRECIATED!

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

SHAMGAR’S OXGOAD

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

BIBLE PROPHECIES OCCURRING NOW

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

Are You Ready for Jesus

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

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN CHRIST ARRIVES!

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

AN ASSEMBLAGE OF KNOWERS

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

CHRISTIAN BELIEFS UNDER ATTACK: THERE ARE ANSWERS!

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

SUCCESS WITH GOD

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

THE LOST AXE HEAD

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

THE INCOMPARABLE CHRIST

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

Communion: The Total Sacrifice

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

THE LAW OF REVELATION (Part 1)

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

HOPE FOR A VEXED GENERATION

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

REEMERGENCE OF DRAMATIC SIGNS & WONDERS

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

USAFORISRAEL

    You Can Purchase   USAforIsrael.com   Please Make Your...

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”...

JESUS CHRIST HEALS!

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

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 MAINTAIN SPIRITUAL FERVOR

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

ENOCH’S REMARKABLE TESTIMONY

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

NOAH’S IMPOSSIBLE ASSIGNMENT

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

Strangers and Pilgrims

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

THE NATURE OF THE CHURCH

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

A Witch

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

THE QUEST FOR PEACE

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

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 MYSTERY OF THE ANOINTING

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

MORE THAN CONQUERORS

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

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...

CARTE BLANCHE FAITH

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

MOSES’ TREASURE CODE CRACKED!

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

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 PEACE OF GOD

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

VANQUISHING FEAR

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Revelation 1:17-18 Today’s subject is universal in...

THE BLESSING OF FOCUS!

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

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...

PROPHECIES OF THE ENDTIME UNVEILED

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

THE INCARNATION OF CHRIST

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

THE HOLY SPIRIT AND YOU

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

WHAT WERE THEY THINKING AT THE MANGER?

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

PARTNERSHIP WITH GOD

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

America in Crisis!

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

IF GRACE IS THE EXPLANATION

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

TRUSTING GOD WHEN IT’S DIFFICULT

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

PREVIEW A DISCERN THE DAYS PROPHECY CONFERENCE

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

BLESSINGS OF REPENTANCE

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

THE CHEMISTRY OF MIRACLES

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

THE INHERENT POWER OF BELIEVERS

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

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...

THE TESTIMONY OF THE CROSS

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

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...

THE GIFT GOD GAVE

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

HOW TO OVERCOME TEMPTATION

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

THINGS TO REMEMBER

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

JESUS FULFILLS MESSIANIC PROPHECIES (V)

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THE BELIEVERS’ REST

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

WHO OWNS WHAT?

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

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...

WILL YOU LIVE UNDER THE SUN OR UNDER HEAVEN?

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

ENTERTAINMENT OR TEMPTING GOD?

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

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...

GOD’S NAME REVEALS YOUR ASSIGNMENT

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

THE BEAUTY OF FORGIVENESS

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

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...

GOD APPRAISES SUCCESS

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

“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...

MOTIVATED BY LOVE

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

DISTINGUISHED BY THE ANOINTING

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

CREATED IN GOD’S IMAGE

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

Hosanna!

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

BIBLICAL SUPPORT FOR “SIGNS AND WONDERS”

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

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...

PRAY FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP

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

Don’t Overlook Jesus

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

COMPASSION IN ACTION

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

IMITATORS OF CHRIST

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

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...

JESUS: GOD & MAN

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

A STUDY OF DIVINE HEALING

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

A Man of God

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

WHEN A CHRISTIAN IS VULNERABLE

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

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...

THE ACTS OF ANANIAS

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

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...

AUTHORITY TO ASK!

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

DESIRES OF A GODLY PARENT

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

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...

THE IMMUTABLE LAW OF SOWING AND REAPING

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

WHAT IS ADVENT?

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

The Woman at the Well

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

THE TRUTH ABOUT LIES

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

SACRIFICIAL LIVING

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

THE ONE-MINUTE CHALLENGE

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

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 Spirit of Python

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

HALLOWED BE THY NAME

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

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...

Devotional: LEANING OR LASTING?

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

HOW TO PRAY BIG!

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

THE CHRISTIANS’ CROWN TODAY

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

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...

The Service Jesus Never Conducted

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

“A NEW THING”

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

Indepth Look at The Diversity of Prayer Book

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

AMERICA’S SOCIAL DISORDER

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

SHAPED FOR A HIGHER PLACE

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

Developing a Prayer Ministry in the Local Church

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

COMPELLING EVIDENCE FOR CHRIST’S RETURN

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

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...

LIVING WITH GODLY INFLUENCE

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

ACCORDING TO THE PATTERN

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

PREPARE THE WAY

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

MAKING THE MOST OF LIFE

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

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...

CONQUERING THE DOUBTS OF SALVATION

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

If Jesus Says I Can, I Can!

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

VOICES FROM THE GRAVE

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

LOOSED!

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

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 ELEVENTH COMMANDMENT

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

A Workman Unashamed

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

WHAT ABOUT THE “WRATH OF GOD”?

Robert D. Pace The book of Revelation describes the last days as a time when the "wrath of God" is...

Your Call to Rulership in Life

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

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...

YOUR APPOINTED TIME

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

A Call to Corporate Prayer for USA Elections

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

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...

INSIGHTS TO THE FESTIVAL OF TABERNACLES

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

CONQUERING THE SPIRIT OF CONTAINMENT

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

FULFILLED PROPHECIES OF THE LAST DAYS

by Carl Worline The following article provides an insightful description of the Bible’s depiction...

THE GLORY OF GOD

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

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE RESURRECTION

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

Malchus

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

LIVING BY THE POWER OF REDEMPTION

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

AN ALTAR INVITATION

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

NONE CAST ASIDE

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

Supernatural Provision For Difficult Times

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

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...

JUDAH MUST PLOW

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

THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

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

THE TRIUMPH OF GRACE

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

YOUR FOUNDATION: FIRM OR FLAWED?

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

WHO JESUS SAYS YOU ARE

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

Driving Out The Canaanites

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

TREASURES OF DARKNESS

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

Secrets of Gog and Magog

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

THE WORD OF GOD UNLEASHED!

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

HEADLINES FROM THE BOOK OF JOB

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

FROM THANKSGIVING TO THANKS-LIVING

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

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.

ONE-WORD DESCRIPTIONS OF GOD’S LOVE

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

LET’S BE THANKFUL!

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

MANS’ ONLY HOPE

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

The Beauty of the Righteous

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

THE IMPARTATION OF PRIVILEGE

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

TEAR IT DOWN!

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

ZERUBBABEL’S TEMPLE

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

WHO IS JESUS CHRIST?

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Malachi 3:13–16

Malachi, whose name means “Messenger,” proclaimed God’s last Old Testament prophecy to Israel. He calls his prophetic utterance an “oracle of the word of the LORD.” This would be the last Covenant communication God would have with Israel for the next 400 years, until the New Testament would unfold. Imagine that—400 years of silence from God!

We never know when we will lose a loved one. When someone dies, our mind quickly returns to our last conversation with that person. What did we say? How did we say it? What would we have said had we known it was the last chance? A thousand thoughts flood our mind. Since God is omniscient, He could have told Israel this was their last opportunity to dialogue with Him for the next four centuries; but He didn’t! Once Malachi’s oracle ended, God’s Words fell silent, deafeningly silent.

It’s interesting how Malachi communicated this Old Testament epilogue, because it’s presented in the form of a dialogue between God and Israel: God spoke; Israel replied. But instead of Israel acknowledging God’s words as true, Israel countered them with disbelief. They answered each of God’s statements with an attitude that insisted: “Lord, you are wrong! Those charges can’t possibly apply to us”! Notice this discourse:

Malachi 1 opens with God assuring Israel of His concern for them when He says, “I have loved you.” But Israel retorts, “You love us; how?” In other words, “If You love us, where is the proof?”

Then in Malachi 2:17 God says to Israel: “I’m wearied with how you talk to Me [You are indicting Me].” Israel says, “What? How has our talk wearied You?” God then proceeds to list their accusations against Him.

In chapter 3, their scorn continues. God says, “Israel, you have robbed Me.” Again, Israel says, “Robbed You? That’s ridiculous! How have we robbed You” (3:8)? So God shows them their failure to tithe.

This verbal exchange occurred not just three times, as I mentioned, but six times! Ultimately, Israel’s behavior exasperated God, so He summoned His messenger Malachi, stood him before Israel, and delivered a scathing rebuke. Here’s a summary of God’s message from verses 13-14: “Your words have been prideful against Me. And even though you have said, ‘What have we spoken against You?’ (14) You have said, ‘It is vain to serve God; and what profit is it that we have kept Your charge?” Then, with only a few verses left in the book, God terminates the dialogue, and that’s the conversation Israel left ringing in God’s ears for the next 400 years: “It’s vain to serve You. You are unfair, indifferent, and unresponsive.” Then, without warning . . . silence! Think about how absurd Israel was!

Here is the God who parted the Red Sea when He freed Israel from Egypt. He sent them deliverers like Moses, Joshua, Samson, David, and a host of others to repel their enemies. He freed them from seventy years of Babylonian captivity without one Israelite lifting a sword. Yet, it was vain to serve Him.

God gave Israel promises that no other nation possessed—the promise of healing, prosperity, and protection. Yet, it was vain to serve Him.

He pledged to bless Israel above all nations of the world. Yet, it was vain to serve Him.

Have you been guilty of indicting God or lamenting it was vain to serve Him? Maybe you prayed, attended church, tithed, and yet you watched others get far more recognition. Maybe there were times when the bills mounted, the creditors camped on your doorsteps, and despite all the praying you levied against Heaven you languished like Job. Maybe you labored to live honestly and “play by the rules” while others cheated, schemed, and surged past you. If these things ever happened to you, were you ever tempted to say, “What’s the use of serving God, it probably won’t make any difference. I doubt things will improve.”

Take caution, because it’s important to guard your words! Isaiah knew this and that’s why he said, “Woe to him who quarrels with his Maker. (11) ‘Does the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you making?’ ’ . . . (12) “It is I who made the earth and created mankind upon it. My own hands stretched out the heavens” (Isaiah 45:9, 11-12). Do you hear what God is saying? He states it loudly and clearly! He says: “I’m the Architect and Creator of the universe. You are the clay. Who are you to indict me?” You see, as the lump of dirt fashioned by the Creator, we don’t always have the total picture. And there is something you can do to maintain a right perspective of God when life unfolds with difficulty and pain.

(Insight) Always remember two facts about God: One, remember that God is good; and two, remember that He is infinitely wise. If you will always acknowledge God’s moral goodness and infinite wisdom, you will conclude that the Creator is shaping you for the wondrous praise of His glory. This doesn’t mean you can decipher life’s inscrutable mysteries, but it does mean you can trust the goodness and wisdom of God to work things appropriately.

The Bible says God loved us so much that He sent His only begotten Son to die on the Cross and pay the penalty for our sin. And that alone says, “It’s worth it to serve God”!

After Christ’s death on the Cross He sent the Holy Spirit to be our ever-present Partner. And with the Holy Spirit on our side, “It’s worth it to serve God!”

But it doesn’t stop there. God has personally penned His signature to 1500 promises in this Book to which Christians can say, “Amen . . . that belongs to me!”

But it doesn’t stop there either. The Bible says Jesus is preparing Heaven as our place of eternal reward.

• It’s where every wrong will be righted and every sorrow will be recompensed.

• It’s a place so magnificent that its most inexpensive component is a road system comprised of lucid gold.

• It’s a place where peace is everlasting, joy is eternal, and laughter is forever.

• Besides that, you’re promised a new name, a new body, a golden crown, and an inheritance that never fades.

• And the Book of Revelation promises: “he that overcomes has the right to eat of the tree of life” and that means we will never grow old, wrinkled, or weary!

With these everlasting promises awaiting, I can confess: “It is worth it to serve the Lord”!

(Bible Example) I’m reminded of Joshua’s farewell speech to Israel. Joshua was Israel’s five-star General that brought them into the Promised Land. Just before he died, he assembled Israel and exhorted them with some incredible words. Listen to Joshua 23:

“The Lord has driven out before you great and powerful nations; to this day no one has been able to withstand you. (10) One of you routs a thousand, because the Lord your God fights for you, just as he promised. . . (24:13) So I gave you a land on which you did not toil and cities you did not build; and you live in them and eat from vineyards and olive groves that you did not plant.”

Do you hear what Joshua is saying? He noted that Israel had done nothing to deserve these blessings. God had blessed them strictly from His mercy and grace. And with the tribes of Israel teeming around him, his speech crested to its historic climax: “If serving God is objectionable to you, then [fine] choose for yourselves whom you will serve . . . But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (JOS 24:15). In other words, “It’s worth it to serve God!” That’s the confession God wants from His people!

We aren’t going to elude trouble in the life because Jesus said, “in the world you will have tribulation.” We exist in the arena of conflict where good and evil are opposing forces. The question is, are you going to confront difficulty trusting wholly in God’s goodness and wisdom or succumb to the doubts that would rob God of His glory? Let’s take Christ’s hand and trust His unfailing mastery of life.

Malachi’s “Oracle”

(Definition) I have been careful to refer to Malachi’s prophecy as an “oracle.” That’s because Malachi himself called it an “oracle.” That’s an interesting word because it’s associated with something that’s “weighty, burdensome, and heavy.”

Unlike today’s primetime prophets, Malachi took no pleasure in delivering this message to Israel. This “oracle” troubled and burdened Malachi. And it’s because of what the prophecy exposed about God’s people. The ultimate sin God exposed through Malachi is the sin of selfishness. Selfishness says, ‘Despite all God has done, I deserve better. God just doesn’t treat me well enough.’ This is the terrible self-centered belief circulating today. It’s the notion that suggests God exists for man rather than the fact that man exists for God. And here’s the problem that arises when you think that God exists for man. You no longer have doxology—something that glorifies God—you have idolatry—something that glorifies man.

Saints of God, the kingdom of God does not revolve around us! We aren’t “the pearl of great price” or the “Chief among ten thousand” or the “Bright Morning Star.” Christ is! We may be the “apple of His eye,” but Jesus is the “Tree of Life” from which we grow!

I have to be honest. I don’t like discomfort any more than you. I don’t like it when life twists me into a pretzel or I’m surrounded with clouds of darkness. But we have to understand that whatever happens to us; whichever prayer gets answered or goes unanswered, everything is designed to redound to the glory of Jesus Christ, not us!

When we assume life revolves around us and then don’t get our way, God can become a target of scorn and it’s easy to lash out at Him. But when we acknowledge that everything—good and bad, painful or delightful—works “for the praise of His glory,” it becomes doxology.

(Insight)
I want to show you how God imparts blessing to us, because if we aren’t careful we will expect an immediate reward for all our sowing. There is no question that God ordains blessings for today, and I’ve received from Him many times. But that’s not always the case! While some sowing gets rewarded here on earth, some seeds we sow never touch earth’s soil. [Selah] Some of our praying, and giving, and benevolence is sown directly on the banks of Heaven’s River of Life and is deriving its nourishment from “living water.” And when we arrive there, we will reap a harvest that is immeasurably beyond anything earth could have produced! That alone says, “It’s worth it to serve the Lord.

(Transition) But why would Christians be tempted to say, “It is vain to serve God”? I believe Asaph helps us understand this temptation.

Why Christians say, “It is Vain to Serve God”

Consider Asaph’s biography for a moment:

King David appointed Asaph as the chief the musician who played before the Ark of the Covenant (1CH 16:5). Imagine the privilege it was to minister before the crowning artifact of God’s glory.

Then, Asaph possessed prolific writing abilities. He, along with David and Moses, penned the Psalms.

2 Chronicles 29:30 reveals Asaph was a skilled musician. We don’t know how many instruments he could play, but as the chief composer and director he probably mastered many.

However, in Psalm 73, Asaph admits he nearly lost faith! He nearly lost faith when he saw how wicked men could ignore God, live as they pleased, and yet prosper. He noticed that the ungodly weren’t plagued with the problems that troubled the righteous. They were prideful, they defied God, they injured others, and yet they seemed to enjoy life (Psalms 73:4-12). These matters so disturbed Asaph that he concluded there was nothing beneficial about turning from evil and obeying God. He didn’t see any reason to suffer the reproach of serving God if people could break His laws and prosper.

Have these things ever troubled you? I am sure they have. It’s easy to fall into the trap of comparing your lack with the prosperity of others. This so gnawed at Asaph that his “feet nearly slipped.” He nearly lost out with God! And Asaph ministered before the Ark of the Covenant! He led Israel in worship and wrote Psalms. So how did Asaph succumb to this lie? Asaph nearly cast aside his Faith when he viewed life from a worldly perspective and not the Word’s perspective. And when you look through the lens of the world it’s going to show you that that the winners are those who capture it all now, possess it all now, and enjoy it all now!

Fortunately, God opened Asaph’s eyes and used him to solve the riddle that suggests that the wicked are the real winners. Listen to Asaph’s words in Psalm 73:16: “When I pondered to understand this, it was troublesome in my sight. (17) [But then] . . . I came into the sanctuary of God; [and] then I perceived their end.”

When you attend the House of God, you can see things you could never otherwise see. God made it a place of revelation that would provide an altogether different perspective on life. That’s why the apostle Paul called the church “the pillar and ground of the truth.” It’s literally the reservoir of truth in the world. When Asaph entered the House of God, the Spirit of Revelation dispelled his confusion. In an instant, the Holy Spirit showed Asaph that the path of the ungodly was leading them straight to destruction and hell. People that defy God, and yet prosper, are living with one foot on ice and the other on a banana peel. At times, it seems God is indifferent to their arrogance and rebellion; it seems He’s taking a nap. But one day, when His patience expires, the ungodly will suffer the penalty of their sins, and they will pay for eternity.

The world hadn’t told Asaph that. His hurt feelings hadn’t revealed it. His psychologist hadn’t deciphered the dilemma. He discovered the truth when he entered God’s House! And unless we grasp what God says about the destiny of wicked men, their estate will seem envious. We would gladly trade for their position and prosperity. But don’t be deceived; their position is perilous! The Bible says Christ holds a scepter. And that scepter is more than a polished ornament to adorn His hand. It’s an object that represents authority and judgment, and one day each of us will stand before that scepter and account of our life. Malachi 4:1 says: “the day is coming, burning like an oven, and all the proud, yes, all who do wickedly will be stubble. The day which is coming shall burn them up that will neither leave them root nor branch.”

You see, wicked men are not in such a secure and envious spot after all! But the promise is altogether different for Christians. “To you who fear My Name the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings . . . (3) You shall trample the wicked, for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet” (4:2-3).

The God-fearers and “The Book of Remembrance”

I’ve used the bulk of this message to deliver a word that asks us to examine our disposition toward God. But let me take a moment to transition to a positive aspect of Malachi 3. In the midst of Israel’s apostasy, there was a remnant of people that distanced themselves from the sacrilege of indicting God. While one group denounced God, another group defended God. They wouldn’t stand idly by and let God’s name suffer reproach without standing up for Him. Malachi 3:16-17 says: “Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another, and the Lord gave attention and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who feared the Lord and who esteemed His name.”

I can’t speak with infallibility here, but it appears this “Book of Remembrance” is written for God-fearing believers who won’t let God’s name suffer impunity. They refuse to be silent when God’s name is maligned and they visibly distance themselves from those that would mock God’s character. The Bible says when this group took righteous note of God, God took note of them. He honored them by inscribing their names and memorializing their actions in “The Book of Remembrance.” I don’t know about you, but I want my name recorded in “The Book of Remembrance” . . . because, it’s worth it to serve God!

Conclusion

From my study of Scripture, there appears to be four books the Bible memorializes for eternity.

First, there is this scroll Malachi calls, “The Book of Remembrance.” It will always have a sacred and permanent place in heaven.

Second, there is the Word of God itself—the Bible. It will always be our guide and law.

Third, there’s the “Book of Life,” which records the names of everyone that accepts Christ as their Savior.

And fourth, there is a set of books Revelation calls, “The Books.” “The Books” are a comprehensive moment-by-moment biography of every person that has ever lived. Everything you ever did—all your actions—are recorded in “the books.” Everything you have spoken, even in secret, is in “the books.” Your thoughts that you have not shared with anyone have been recorded in the book.” Even your intentions, things that you would have done but didn’t get the chance, are recorded in the books.”

The Apostle wrote in Revelation to a day of judgment when God will open “the books.” I believe it’s here, at the Judgment Seat of Christ, that the books are opened and Paul’s words find their fulfillment when he says: “every knee shall bow and every tongue confess, that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of the Father.” But it will be too late for many! When God opens “the books” and our life is exposed before Heaven’s court, our only defense from all that would indict us will be Jesus. Are you ready to face God at His Judgment Seat? You can be. Invite Jesus Christ into your heart today. His grace and mercy are available.

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