MANS’ ONLY HOPE

Advent, All Topics, End Times, Prophecy

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...

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...

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 WORD OF GOD UNLEASHED!

PulpitToday.org Robert D. Pace Hebrews 4:12 Hebrews 4:12 uses powerful phraseology to illustrate...

TEAR IT DOWN!

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

THE INCOMPARABLE CHRIST

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

ENTERTAINMENT OR TEMPTING GOD?

Robert D. Pace Nik Wallenda, a seventh generation funambulist, continues his acrobatics. He's a 35...

GOD REALLY IS GOOD!

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

GOD APPRAISES SUCCESS

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

HOW THE ANTICHRIST WILL RISE TO POWER

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

Indepth Look at The Diversity of Prayer Book

Prayer is not a “one-size-fits-all” approach to God. Prayers do not look alike, sound alike, or...

The Comfort of Communion

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

THE GRACE OF JESUS CHRIST

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Ephesians 2:8-9 Years ago a convicted murderer was given a life...

The Beauty of the Righteous

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

America in Crisis!

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

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 PURPOSE OF VISIONS

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Job 33:14–18 God has blessed Christians with two types 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 FEAR OF THE LORD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Revelation 14:6‑7 We don’t hear much talk about “the fear of...

THE IMPARTATION OF PRIVILEGE

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

DOES THE BIBLE CONTAIN ERRORS?

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

PRAY FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP

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

THE LION’S ROAR!

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

JESUS—THE FIRST PROSPERITY PREACHER

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

JUDAH MUST PLOW

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

MANS’ ONLY HOPE

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

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...

CHRONOLOGY OF HOLY WEEK

This outline can be used as a day-to-day devotional guide to follow Christ from Palm Sunday to His...

GOD DEFENDS ISRAEL!

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

THE PEACE OF GOD

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

BLESSINGS OF REPENTANCE

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

“SEEK ME AND LIVE”

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

THE INCARNATION OF CHRIST

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

THE MYSTERY OF THE ANOINTING

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

THE CALL OF GOD

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

CARTE BLANCHE FAITH

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

Don’t Overlook Jesus

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

THE GOSPEL OF POWER

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

THE CHEMISTRY OF MIRACLES

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

Strangers and Pilgrims

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

DESIRES OF A GODLY PARENT

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

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...

THE GOD OF OUR PROBLEMS

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

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...

POWER OVER SIN

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

YOU ARE THE LIGHT

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

THE ELEVENTH COMMANDMENT

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

MAKING THE MOST OF LIFE

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

Mountaintop Worship

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

IF GRACE IS THE EXPLANATION

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

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE RESURRECTION

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

The Publican and the Pharisee

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

BIBLICAL SUPPORT FOR “SIGNS AND WONDERS”

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

THE ACTS OF ANANIAS

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

THE GARDENER

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

JESUS IS ALIVE!

Robert D. Pace Matthew 28:1-10 (Illustration) Nicole was three years old and as eager for Easter...

FIVE PROVISIONS OF CHRIST’S BLOOD

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Revelation 12:11 Introduction My text is from the last book of...

VANQUISHING FEAR

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

A BIG WORD FOR A BIG LIFE

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

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...

LIVING WITH THE RIGHT ATTITUDE

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

“DO NOT HARM THE OIL AND WINE”

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

Developing a Prayer Ministry in the Local Church

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

“PATHSPERITY”

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

THE MINISTRY OF A PROPHET

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

DISTINGUISHED BY THE ANOINTING

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

THE SONG OF MOSES

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

World Cup and Christ’s Cup

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

ENOCH’S REMARKABLE TESTIMONY

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

DELIVERANCE OVER STRONGHOLDS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Luke 11:14-22 (Definition) What is a stronghold? A stronghold...

WHAT NEVER HAPPENED ON THE DAY OF ATONEMENT

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS A Message for Holy Week Robert D. Pace Hebrews 10:1-14 Let’s journey back...

HOW TO OVERCOME TEMPTATION

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

BEHOLD, HE PRAYS!

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Acts 9:10-19 I find it interesting that God assured Ananias, a...

THINGS TO REMEMBER

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

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...

HOW TO MAINTAIN SPIRITUAL FERVOR

Spiritual fervor is necessary to advance the Kingdom of God! His Kingdom is propelled by...

The Power of Life and Death

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

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...

MAGNIFICENT ATTRIBUTES OF GOD

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

THE INHERENT POWER OF BELIEVERS

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

THE COMING WINDS

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

Building on the Rock

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

TRUSTING GOD WHEN IT’S DIFFICULT

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Introduction Isaiah 12:2 (Definition) The word trust is a...

LEARNING TO WORSHIP FROM WICKED MEN

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

THE NATURE OF THE CHURCH

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

AN ALTAR INVITATION

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

ALWAYS GIVE THANKS

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

SECURING THE FAVOR OF GOD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Introduction (Definition) In its simplest terms, divine favor...

If Jesus Says I Can, I Can!

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

FULFILLED PROPHECIES OF THE LAST DAYS

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

DOES HELL OFFEND YOU?

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

PARDON ME!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace "Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin...

THE BEAUTY OF FORGIVENESS

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

UNLOCK YOUR DESTINY

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Pre-Scripture Remarks Everybody has a destiny! The Bible says...

CHRISTIAN BELIEFS UNDER ATTACK: THERE ARE ANSWERS!

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

Secrets of Gog and Magog

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

DIVINE ASSIGNMENTS, DIVINE ASSISTANCE

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

JESUS IS LORD! OR, IS HE?

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

HOW TO PRAY BIG!

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

ZERUBBABEL’S TEMPLE

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

THE BEGINNING OF THANKSGIVING DAY IN AMERICA

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

Driving Out The Canaanites

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

THE TRIUMPH OF GRACE

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

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...

Jesus Fulfills Prophecy, Christ is the Messiah

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

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...

DISCOVERING UNSEARCHABLE THINGS

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

Communion: The Total Sacrifice

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

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...

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...

YOU AND YOUR TWIN

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

THE DECISION OF MOSES

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

REEMERGENCE OF DRAMATIC SIGNS & WONDERS

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

“I AM THE WAY” — JESUS

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

A CHRISTMAS TRIP

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

WHAT WERE THEY THINKING AT THE MANGER?

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

THE LOST AXE HEAD

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

IMITATORS OF CHRIST

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

THE HOLY SPIRIT: WHO HE IS AND WHAT HE DOES

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace John 14:15-18 Do you love God? I mean do you passionately and...

IS IT WORTH IT TO SERVE THE LORD?

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Malachi 3:13-16 Malachi, whose name means “Messenger,”...

THE MIDWEEK PULPIT

THE PREACHING OF ROBERT D PACE AND THE MIDWEEK  PULPIT WILL...

YOUR TIMES ARE IN GOD’S HANDS

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

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...

CAN YOU WALK WITH GOD?

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

God Said It; Now, You Settle It!

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

THIRTY FEET FROM TRIUMPH

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

Devotional: LEANING OR LASTING?

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

JESUS CHRIST HEALS!

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

THE BELIEVERS’ REST

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

THE PROPHETIC VOICE

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

BEGGARS OF MERCY

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

WILL YOU LIVE UNDER THE SUN OR UNDER HEAVEN?

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

WHAT IS ADVENT?

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

SACRIFICIAL LIVING

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

CONQUERING THE DOUBTS OF SALVATION

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

MORE THAN CONQUERORS

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

CHRIST YOUR DELIVERER

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

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...

A Man of God

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

SHAMGAR’S OXGOAD

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

THE MESSAGE OF CLOUDS

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

LIVING WITH GODLY INFLUENCE

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

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 CHRISTIANS’ CROWN TODAY

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

AMERICA’S SOCIAL DISORDER

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

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN CHRIST ARRIVES!

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

YOUR APPOINTED TIME

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

A STUDY OF DIVINE HEALING

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

ACCORDING TO THE PATTERN

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

THE GIFT GOD GAVE

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

The Power of our Spoken Words

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

GOD AT WORK

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

SHAPED FOR A HIGHER PLACE

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

ONE-WORD DESCRIPTIONS OF GOD’S LOVE

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

HOLY FIRE! WHERE IS IT?

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

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Six Steps For Finding God’s Will

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

LIVING BY THE POWER OF REDEMPTION

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Pre-Scripture Remarks In Christ’s Day, the word redemption was...

JESUS, PRINCE OF PEACE

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

Communion Symbolizes Our Union With Christ

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

YOU CAN BE A CHAMPION FOR GOD!

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

HEADLINES FROM THE BOOK OF JOB

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

The Woman at the Well

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

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...

DOES GOD KILL?

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

PROPHECIES OF THE ENDTIME UNVEILED

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

THE MIRACULOUS CATCH OF FISH

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

THE TESTIMONY OF THE CROSS

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

YOU CAN KNOW!

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

DIVINE ENTRAPMENT

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

INSIGHTS TO THE FESTIVAL OF TABERNACLES

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

WHO OWNS WHAT?

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

PRAYER THAT WORKS!

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

NONE CAST ASIDE

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

MEN AS ANGELS

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

AN ASSEMBLAGE OF KNOWERS

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

MOSES’ TREASURE CODE CRACKED!

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

DIVINE CONSCIOUSNESS OF CHRIST

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

“A NEW THING”

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

Your Call to Rulership in Life

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

THE RIGHT CHOICE

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

THE LAW OF REVELATION (Part 1)

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

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

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

HOPE FOR A VEXED GENERATION

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

BOUNDARIES

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

HALLOWED BE THY NAME

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

THE ONE-MINUTE CHALLENGE

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

PRAYING UNDER THE SPIRIT’S INFLUENCE

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

PARTNERSHIP WITH GOD

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

THE INSPIRING STORY OF HANDEL’S MESSIAH

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

JESUS FULFILLS MESSIANIC PROPHECIES (V)

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SUCCESS WITH GOD

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

Arabs Claim Jesus was ‘Palestinian’

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

PRACTICING THE PEACE OF GOD

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

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Romans 5:1-5

Charles Dickens wrote the book, A Tale of Two Cities. His composition began with the famous words, “It was the best of times, and it was the worst of times.” That statement characterized nineteenth century Europe and they explicitly describe America today. As “the best of times” our technology is extraordinary. The inventions, discoveries, and medical breakthroughs have taken a quantum leap. For example, consider the achievements birthed during the twentieth century that were unknown to preceding centuries:

    In unwitting fashion 1902 cooled the climate by constructing the air conditioner.

    In 1903 the Wright brothers launched their first successful flight with the airplane.

    The automobile was mass produced from assembly lines in 1908.

    In 1917 freezing was developed as a means of preserving food.

    Perhaps the most important year of this century was 1924 when the television was created.

    1937 brought the development of photocopying.

    1942 witnessed the construction of the nuclear reactor.

    The 1990’s brought worldwide use of mobile phones and computers.

From the start of the 21st Century the communications industry has continually improved. From desktop computers, to iTablets, smartphones, and mobile devices designed to slip into your pocket. It’s an industry whose emerging technology runs ahead of its assembly line. This is a post-modern generation that lives with unparalleled comfort and affluence. Yet this century, which was to birth an age of Utopia, is riddled with distress. Somehow these achievements have been plagued by considerable calamity. These “best of times” have incurred “the worst of times.”

America employs 800,000 law enforcement workers but despite this enormous workforce the number of arrests for criminal infractions continually rises. Listen to some statistics furnished by the F.B.I. reflecting what happened in 2007:

    1,400,000 violent crimes
    15,700 murders
    78,600 forcible rapes
    422,200 robberies
    789,200 aggravated assaults
    11,000,000 arrests each year.
    State and federal institutions house 800,000 inmates
    Each day, 89 Americans commit suicide. That equates to 32,600 suicides annually. Reports estimate there are 400,000 unsuccessful attempts.

Crime isn’t the only American scourge. Sexually transmitted diseases ravage the world. The HIV virus was unknown until 1981. HIV neutralizes the body’s immune system and makes it impossible to counteract viruses and diseases. It’s been described as the most dreadful disease of the twentieth century because, to date, science has no cure for it. In 1981, eighty-three HIV Positive cases were discovered in the U.S. Today, it is estimated that 1,000,000 Americans live with HIV. And it’s a global problem. AIDS is in more than 162 countries and some experts believe some African nations are underestimating their accounts as much as 90%. The World Health Organization estimates that ten million people are carriers of the AIDS virus.

These are “the best of times, and . . . the worst of times.” Technology has made life easier but not better. Flight has given man speed but not direction. We have convenience without contentment. Never has an age of such modernism combated such overwhelming problems. And this is the precise picture Christ and the Prophets painted of the Endtime. Jesus said the last generation would be marked with dilemma, discord, and despair.

    Matthew 24:21 says: “For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again.”

    Notice what Solomon said would happen when knowledge escalated: “with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief” (ECC 1:18).

We can’t expect a world cursed and impaired by sin to correct itself. Scripture says conditions will worsen before they improve. Jesus said immediately before His Return that “nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places” (7) . . . the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken” (MAT 24, NIV). What a foreboding of earth’s last days! Despite these perplexities there’s good news! The Bible promises hope and help for this troubled world. And there are valid, biblical reasons for this hope. That’s what I want to talk about today.

(Transition) First, there is hope because Jesus overcame the world.

I. There is Hope because Jesus Overcame the World

Jesus said in John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Here’s the Pace Translation: “I’ve told you that life will be chaotic and perplexing. But be encouraged! I’ll infuse you with peace and power that conquers all you confront.” The reason we know this promise is true is because we have the record of how Jesus handled life:

    He never succumbed to temptation.

    He cured every sickness confronting Him.

    He calmed every sea raging before Him.

    He ended every controversy aimed at maligning Him.

    He conquered every demon contesting Him. As the Captain of our salvation He was unacquainted with defeat.

    At His crucifixion, He faithfully died for our sins and three days later rose from the grave to offer us eternal life.

Christians have hope today because Christ conquered life yesterday! That’s what Jesus meant when He said “I have overcome the world.”

    When life is without direction “lean not unto your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.”

    When friends and loved ones abandon you He “will never leave you nor forsake you.”

    When sickness strikes remember: “By his stripes you were healed.”

    And when death knocks at your door remember that Jesus Christ conquered the grave by rising from the dead. And “because He lives we will live also.”

(Illustration) The story is told of Joseph Screven who was engaged. Unfortunately, she drowned the day before the wedding. For months this young man was bitter and discouraged, but during that time someone shared the message of Christ and he became a Christian. An unusual peace flooded his soul and under divine inspiration he composed these words:

“What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and grief to bear;
What a privilege to carry,
Everything to God in prayer.”

(Transition) There is hope for every circumstance because Jesus has overcome the world. But not only is there hope because Christ overcame the world, secondly, the Word of God offers hope.

II. The Living Word of God Offers Hope

Many extraordinary books have been written, but the Bible is the book of the ages! The writer of Hebrews describes the Bible as “living and active and sharper than any double-edged sword.” Isaiah said “Heaven and earth would pass away, but the Word of the Lord would not return void” (55:11). No other literary manuscript rivals this Book! It offers hundreds of promises, the assurance of guidance, the surety of salvation, and the hope of heaven.

The grand feature of Israel’s Old Testament heroes is this: The placed firm, confident faith in God’s Word! Abraham, Moses, Job lived with total reliance in God’s Word. King David is no exception. There was no king of Israel that placed higher affection and hope on God’s Word than David. And though David’s biography reveals extraordinary character, talents, and genius, one of David’s most notable qualities was his ability to hope in God’s Word.

As a youth he slew a lion, bear, and a Philistine giant. He was a superlative military leader—even fearless in battle! Unknown to many people is David’s benevolence. As a philanthropist, he donated a billion dollars to the construction of the Temple. But David’s greatness did not rest in his natural qualities. The grand superlative of David’s life was his whole-hearted devotion to God and His Word. And the Word that sustained and empowered David is the Word that does the same for us. It answers every dilemma and circumstance. Isaiah 55:11 says: “so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” The sheer power of God’s Word can transform any situation:

    One word from Christ’s lips exorcised 6000 demons from a man name Legion.

    Three of God’s Words, “Lazarus, come forth,” rattled the grave, unhinged its gates, and snatched a dead man from the clutches of eternity.

    Four of God’s Words, “Let My people go,” crushed the repression of Egypt and liberated Israel.

    One sentence from Elijah’s lips sealed the heavens and for three and a half years the ground cracked and shriveled with a draught.

    Christ’s Word opened the blinded eyes of a Jericho beggar and it shut the eyes of a sorcerer in Paphos.

    And God’s unchanging Word offers hope and help today and no other book matches it.

(Illustration) The words of hope inscribed on the Statue of Liberty provide a sharp contrast with the hope God’s Word offers. Its inscription reads: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe freely; The wretched refuge of your teeming shores; send these. The homeless, tempest toss to me.” That sounds hopeful and certainly American democracy with its system of free enterprise offer more than most nations offer. But need I reiterate the turbulence and pain America presently experiences?

I appreciate the welcome America has offered to impoverished and suffering people. This nation has been exceedingly benevolent and compassionate. But the truth is, the world’s real hope does not reside in America! Man’s ultimate source of help and well-being doesn’t come from earthly institutions; it comes from God and His Word.

(Illustration) Shortly after the United Nations was established the eminent German theologian Karl Barth addressed that organization. Since 1948 the primary pursuit of the United Nations has been world peace. It has expended billions of dollars towards this goal. But it forfeited any chance of appreciable success at its inception. In an effort to appease atheistic countries the United Nations refused to invoke God’s Name in its charter. That was a doomsday decision because Jesus said in John 15:5, “apart from me you can do nothing.” Realizing the U.N.’s flawed foundation Karl Barth prophetically remarked, “This international organization [the U.N.] could be an earthly parable of the heavenly kingdom, but real peace will not be made here on this earth, although it may seem to approach it.” The United Nations has floundered for 65-plus years at harnessing hope.

In contrast to the world’s offer of hope Christ says in Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (29) Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (30) For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Unlike many of the world’s failed promises, Christ’s promises are not vain. They are sure, steadfast, and eternal! You can rely on them.

(Transition) Thirdly, not only is there hope because Jesus overcame the world and through the power of God’s Word, finally, Christ’s Coming offers hope.

III. Christ’s Return to Earth Offers Hope

Titus 1:2 says Christians have “a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time.” Titus 2:13 stresses that Christians should “wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.” The Church’s unrivalled hope is Christ’s Return. That’s why Paul called it the “blessed hope.” It marks the day when the enervations of life will be subsumed by Christ’s glorious Appearance and His Reign of Peace will begin. Love, peace, joy, and the “knowledge of the Lord will cover the earth as the waters cover the sea.”

(Illustration) Some years ago one noted Gospel composer wrote the song: “If Heaven Was Never Promised To Me. Listen to the words:

If Heaven never was promised to me,
Neither God’s promise to live eternally,
It’s been worth, just having the Lord in my life,
Living in a world of sorrow,
He came along and brought me new life.

I believe the composer meant well, but he failed to understand the purpose of suffering and th promise of heaven. Notice what the Apostle Paul said about this in 1 Corinthians 15:19. “If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.” Paul said the struggles and pain of life would not be worth it without the promise of Heaven. Heaven is the place of a Christian’s crowning reward.

Notice how John the Revelator viewed heaven: “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. (2) I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. (3) And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. (4) He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (5) He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”

Amen! The New World Order won’t come through Peace Pacts, Peace Agreements, Peace Organizations, or an international military. Peace Pacts are broken before the ink has time to dry! Real hope will be realized when Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, returns to this earth and establishes His eternal kingdom.

Conclusion

Regardless of civilization’s progress life remains exacerbated with problems. But when your soul is anchored in Christ there is hope. The Apostle Paul prayed that “the God of hope [would] fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13). One day, the redeemed of the Lord will hear God’s words: “Well-done, good and faithful servant, enter into the joys of the Lord.” In that day, Heaven will no longer be a hope, it will be a reality “and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” If you have not accepted Christ as your Savior, do so now. He’s waiting to infuse you with the hope of eternal peace and happiness.