ARISE AND CLAIM THE BLESSINGS

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

MOTIVATED BY LOVE

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

YOUR TIMES ARE IN GOD’S HANDS

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

BIBLICAL SUPPORT FOR “SIGNS AND WONDERS”

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS BIBLICAL SUPPORT FOR "SIGNS AND WONDERS" Robert D. Pace Signs and wonders are...

The Service Jesus Never Conducted

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

DISCOVERING UNSEARCHABLE THINGS

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

LET THE REDEEMED OF THE LORD SAY SO

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace The Bible is clear: There’s a pronounced command for an...

THE END SHALL COME LIKE A FLOOD

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

YOU CAN BE A CHAMPION FOR GOD!

The Disciplines of Champions

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...

ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR YOUR GOOD

PULPIT TODAY SERMON By Robert D Pace   “All Things Work Together For Your Good!” Romans 8:28...

Building on the Rock

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

THE GARDENER

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

GOD REALLY IS GOOD!

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

Supersign of Prophecy

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

The Ultimate Sacrifice

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

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...

THE PURPOSE OF VISIONS

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

THE OASIS OF WORSHIP

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

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 INCOMPARABLE CHRIST

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

DIVINE ASSIGNMENTS, DIVINE ASSISTANCE

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

MODERN-DAY IDOLATRY

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

TRUSTING GOD WHEN IT’S DIFFICULT

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

Six Steps For Finding God’s Will

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

PURCHASE APOCALERT DIRECTLY FROM OWNER

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

THE TRIUMPH OF GRACE

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

TEAR IT DOWN!

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

ACCORDING TO THE PATTERN

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace “According to the Pattern” I typically open my message by...

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 DECISION OF MOSES

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

Communion Symbolizes Our Union With Christ

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

A BRAND PLUCKED FROM THE FIRE

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

INSIGHTS TO THE FESTIVAL OF TABERNACLES

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

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”...

THE BLESSING OF FOCUS!

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

IF GRACE IS THE EXPLANATION

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

BEGGARS OF MERCY

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

THE IMPARTATION OF PRIVILEGE

Robert D. Pace The Year of the Lord’s Favor The Impartation of Privilege While this message does...

JESUS, PRINCE OF PEACE

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

The Power of Life and Death

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

RED FLAGS: Don’t Ignore Them

Pulpit Today Sermons RED FLAGS: Don’t Ignore Them! Introduction The reason I’m addressing red...

WHAT IS ADVENT?

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

WILL YOU LIVE UNDER THE SUN OR UNDER HEAVEN?

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

GOD AT WORK

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

Checklist for Knowing You’re a Christian

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

PROPHECY OF TREES FULFILLED IN ISRAEL’S DESERT

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

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...

MAN’S QUEST FOR PEACE

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

The Spirit of Python

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

LIVING WITH GODLY INFLUENCE

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

A KING AMONG MEN

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

MOSES’ TREASURE CODE CRACKED!

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

LIVING WITH THE RIGHT ATTITUDE

Robert D. Pace LIVING WITH THE RIGHT ATTITUDE Ephesians 4:17--24 The mind is incredible.  It can...

CHRIST DIED FOR THE UNWORTHY

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

A STUDY OF DIVINE HEALING

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace A Study of Divine Healing The following study is an outline...

Indepth Look at The Diversity of Prayer Book

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

UNCOVERING THE GIFT

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

Your Call to Rulership in Life

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

JESUS IS LORD! OR, IS HE?

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

COMPELLING EVIDENCE FOR CHRIST’S RETURN

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

ALWAYS GIVE THANKS

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

THE BEAUTY OF THE RIGHTEOUS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D Pace THE BEAUTY OF THE RIGHTEOUS God’s love for trees is evident in...

“THE DAYS SHALL BE SHORTENED”

The Endtime Mystery of "The Days Shall be Shortened" Robert D. Pace Jesus often spoke of the...

YOUR FOUNDATION: FIRM OR FLAWED?

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

HEADLINES FROM THE BOOK OF JOB

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

How the Bible Affirms Israel’s Borders

Pulpit Today Sermons How the Bible Affirms Israel’s Borders And Why it's Important for Christians...

MEN AS ANGELS

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

THIRTY FEET FROM TRIUMPH

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

TREASURES OF DARKNESS

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

I PRAY ALL GOES WELL WITH YOU

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace I PRAY ALL GOES WELL WITH YOU 3 John 2 John was the apostle...

“DO NOT HARM THE OIL AND WINE”

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

The Comfort of Communion

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

WHAT ABOUT THE “WRATH OF GOD”?

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

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...

VOICES FROM THE GRAVE

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

SHAMGAR’S OXGOAD

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

LIVING BY THE POWER OF REDEMPTION

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

NOAH’S IMPOSSIBLE ASSIGNMENT

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Noah's Impossible Assignment Genesis 6:9-22 Five chapters had...

JUDAH MUST PLOW

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

Chronology of Holy Week

Chronology of Holy Week Palm Sunday: Day of Adoration Jesus makes his Triumphal Entry into...

FIVE PROVISIONS OF CHRIST’S BLOOD

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

God’s Final Message to Mankind

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

WHEN A CHRISTIAN IS VULNERABLE

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

THE COMING REVIVAL IN AMERICA

Vision of Coming Revival to America by Robert D Pace (Some years back, the Lord gave me a vision...

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...

Malchus

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

CAN MAN LIVE WITHOUT MERCY?

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

JESUS CHRIST HEALS!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Jesus Christ Heals! Acts 9:31--35 Robert D. Pace If you opened the medicine...

Battle of Gog and Magog

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

THE SONG OF MOSES

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

PROPHECIES OF THE ENDTIME UNVEILED

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

AMERICA’S SOCIAL DISORDER

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

Driving Out The Canaanites

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

Strangers and Pilgrims

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

THE LION’S ROAR!

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

Unmasking the Spirit of Antichrist

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

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE VIRGIN BIRTH

Robert D. Pace THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE VIRGIN BIRTH Isaiah 7:14   I want to begin by defining...

BLESSINGS OF REPENTANCE

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

THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

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

HOW TO HEAR GOD’S VOICE

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace John 13:2-10 It’s estimated that people spend more time...

WHAT WERE THEY THINKING AT THE MANGER?

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

HOPE FOR A VEXED GENERATION

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

LIVING WITH GODLY INFLUENCE

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

CONQUERING THE DOUBTS OF SALVATION

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

LET’S BE THANKFUL!

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

Hosanna!

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

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

IRREFUTABLE REALITIES

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Irrefutable Realities Psalm 111:7--9   It is said that...

POWER TO SHARE CHRIST

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

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...

VANQUISHING FEAR

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

YOU ARE THE LIGHT

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

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ABOUT HEAVEN

Pulpit Today Sermons Questions and Answers about Heaven (Parts 1 & 2) John 14:1—3 by Robert D...

A CHRISTMAS TRIP

Luke says as these shepherds watched their flocks during the night, the glory of God shined all around them. Now can you imagine that? It’s pitch black and then, suddenly, all is illuminated! Afterward, an angel appears and announces that the awaited Savior of the world has been born and is lying in swaddling clothes in a manger in Bethlehem. But it’s still not over. Besides this angelic messenger and the glory of God that is all around them, a vast, multitude of angels appears praising God, saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests” (2:13).

Don’t Overlook Jesus

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

JESUS—THE FIRST PROSPERITY PREACHER

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

THE CHEMISTRY OF MIRACLES

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

DIVINE ENTRAPMENT

Pulpit Today Sermons DIVINE ENTRAPMENT Robert D. Pace Job 1:8-10 The book of Job issues incredible...

Parousia of Christ and the Appearance of the Antichrist

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

IMITATORS OF CHRIST

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

The Power of our Spoken Words

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

DELIVERANCE OVER STRONGHOLDS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D Pace Deliverance Over Strongholds Luke 11:14--22 (Definition) What...

CONQUERING THE SPIRIT OF CONTAINMENT

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

BIBLE PROPHECIES OCCURRING NOW

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

HALLOWED BE THY NAME

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

The Parousia and Appearance of Antichrist (part 2)

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

“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 Witch

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

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 WORD OF GOD UNLEASHED!

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

SACRIFICIAL LIVING

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

THE BIBLICAL PURPOSE OF EARTHQUAKES

Pulpit Today Sermons MegaQuake! The Biblical Purpose of Earthquakes by Robert D Pace Earthquakes...

THE INSPIRING STORY OF HANDEL’S MESSIAH

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

EndtimeAlerts for Sale

EndtimeAlerts .com Is for Sale! Contact Robert D. Pace for asking price.   [forminator_form...

THE GOSPEL OF POWER

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

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 BEAUTY OF FORGIVENESS

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

CHRISTIAN BELIEFS UNDER ATTACK: THERE ARE ANSWERS!

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

THE PHILADELPHIA PROCLAMATION

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

HOLY SMOKE! WHERE’S THE FIRE?

Robert D. Pace HOLY SMOKE! WHERE'S THE FIRE? 1 Chronicles 22:1 The 21st Century stands upon the...

ZERUBBABEL’S TEMPLE

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

“PATHSPERITY”

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

THE MIRACULOUS CATCH OF FISH

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

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE RESURRECTION

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

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...

The Scriptures, The Savior and Salvation

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

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...

HOW TO PRAY BIG!

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

Devotional: LEANING OR LASTING?

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

From Insects to Archangels God Controls Everything

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

A REVELATION OF GOD

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

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...

DARE TO QUESTION GOD!

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

WHO OWNS WHAT?

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

WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT FASTING

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

If Jesus Says I Can, I Can!

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

THE PARABLE OF THE GOOD SAMARITAN

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Luke 10:30-37 The Parable of the Good Samaritan is the most...

God has Prepared His Word to Work for You!

Pulpit Today Sermon by Robert D Pace God’s Word Works! God has Prepared His Word to Work for You!...

DOES THE BIBLE CONTAIN ERRORS?

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

HOW TO OVERCOME TEMPTATION

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

THE IMMUTABLE LAW OF SOWING AND REAPING

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

Russia Ukraine and the Coming Tribulation

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D Pace The Russia-Ukraine War Is the Tribulation is Near? Introduction...

THE REWARD OF SACRIFICING

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

God Said It; Now, You Settle It!

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

PREPARE THE WAY

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

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 PEACE OF GOD

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

PRACTICING THE PEACE OF GOD

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

THE TESTIMONY OF THE CROSS

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

YOU AND YOUR TWIN

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

21 Ways the Holy Spirit Manifests Himself to Believers

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

I 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...

“A NEW THING”

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

DIVINE CONSCIOUSNESS OF CHRIST

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship The Divine Consciousness of...

VISIONARIES FOR GOD

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

THE PROPHET’S SECLUSION

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

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN CHRIST ARRIVES!

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

CREATED IN GOD’S IMAGE

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

THE THRONE NAMES OF JESUS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace THE THRONE NAMES OF JESUS Isaiah 9:6--7 Christ’s birth in...

SON OF DAVID / SON OF GOD

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

Are You Ready for Jesus

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

World Cup and Christ’s Cup

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

WHAT NEVER HAPPENED ON THE DAY OF ATONEMENT

Let’s journey back several thousand years to Jerusalem during Passover week. This was the holiest of the seven Hebrew festivals that attracted thousands of worshipers. Some traveled hundreds of miles to attend this celebration in the religious capital of the world—Jerusalem. What a sight it must have been! For seven days the Priests appeared in their royal apparel, led the people in worship, offered sacrifices, and blew shofars (2 Chronicles 30:21). Everything was leading to the Day of Atonement when the High Priest would present the blood of a Passover lamb for the people’s sins. Not only was Jerusalem sightly its aroma was pungent.

Arabs Claim Jesus was ‘Palestinian’

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

PRAYER THAT WORKS!

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

SHAPED FOR A HIGHER PLACE

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

HOW THE ANTICHRIST WILL RISE TO POWER

Robert D. Pace It begins with deception—mass, unbridled deception! It is the infamous Endtime...

COMPASSION IN ACTION

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

The Woman at the Well

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

THE CHRISTIAN’S RESPONSE TO TERRORISM

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

The Publican and the Pharisee

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

POWER OVER SIN

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

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

WHO IS JESUS CHRIST?

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Genesis 22:5-25

INTRODUCTION

When you think of worship, what comes to mind? Is it a grand building, beautiful music, powerful preaching, people falling at the altars? And what about mountaintop worship? Isn’t that worship where we ascend to the peak of ecstatic spiritual expression? Isn’t that the place were we find God in His fullness empowering us to worship Him? If there is such a thing as mountaintop worship, then it follows that the ascent up the mountain will require holy sweat, a work of faith, and a labor of love.

I grew up in West Virginia. I grew up wading creeks and climbing hills. And I remember as a young boy seeing what’s called a right-of-way that had been cleared up the side of the hill. The green path, wider than a two-lane highway, looked like a stairway to heaven. I remember telling my mother and my aunt that I wanted to climb that hill. Seeing how high and steep the hill was they declined. I never forgot that scene and the desire I had to climb that hill. Years later I worked with a crew that cleared those right-of-ways for the gas companies whose gas lines ran through the middle of the right-of-ways. We traveled to the mountainous parts of the state and with gasoline powered brush cutters and chainsaws we climbed and cut. It was hard, hot, dangerous work and one summer spent cutting right-of-ways made me realize that getting to the mountaintop is hard work.

Let’s turn to our text and work our way through it, because at the end of the story there is a mountaintop experience. By looking at Abraham we can learn the principles for ascending to mountaintop worship.

I) UNCONDITIONAL AVAILABILITY

1 And it came to pass after these things, that God did tested [nacah (naw-saw’); to test] Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” and he said, “Here I am.”Abraham knew the voice of God. People who worship God on a consistent basis will know God’s voice when He speaks. People who have spent time in the presence of God will not be fooled by another. Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (Jn. 10:27).

Abraham responded to God’s voice with unconditional availability. He said simply, “Here I am.” This is the response of great men throughout Scripture:

In Gen. 46:2 God spoke to Jacob in a vision of the night and said, “Jacob, Jacob.” And he said, “Here I am.”

In Ex. 3:4 God called to Moses out of the midst of the burning bush, saying, “Moses, Moses.” And Moses said, “Here I am.”

In 1 Sam. 3:4 the Lord called Samuel, and Samuel answered, “Here I am.”

In Isaiah 6:8 Isaiah heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then Isaiah said, “Here I am; send me.”

The songwriter wrote, “Yes, Lord, yes. To Thy will and to thy Word I’ll say, “˜Yes, Lord, yes.” This is the answer of great men and women of faith, “Here I am.”

II) UNBELIEVABLE DEMAND

The reason we seldom get to ascend the mountain peaks of worship is that we so often fail to recognize the voice of God inviting us to ascend to a higher level in our walk with Him. It is easer to circle the mountain on the plateaus than it is to press upward and onward. Too often when God speaks a word of correction, or a word of challenge, or when God speaks of sacrifice and self-denial we cannot, or will not, hear His voice. But look in verse 2 at what God asks of Abraham:

2 And He said, “Take now your son, you only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”

Abraham responded to God’s call with unconditional availability, no strings attached, just, “Here I am, I’m available to You Lord.” How did God answer Abraham? God answered with an unbelievable demand.

In an atmosphere of “gain is godliness,” of easy believism and cheap grace, we are being taught only to hear God when He speaks of blessings. We are not so accustomed to hearing things like:

“If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it” (Matt. 16:24-25)

We are not accustomed to hearing God say:
“One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross and follow me” (Mk. 10:21).

But Abraham was already familiar with the voice of God. He had heard and obeyed the voice of God when the Lord said:
“Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee” (Gen. 12:1).

We’re being told that we can have power without persistence. We are being told that we can have the anointing without the purity. We are being told that we can have the blessings without commitment. We are being told that we can have mountaintop worship without having to climb the mountains. But Abraham knew that he had to respond to the challenge, he had to prove his faithfulness before he would experience his fruitfulness.

What did God ask Abraham to do? God told him to sacrifice his only son, the son of promise, Isaac. This was the son upon whom all the hopes and dreams of Abraham had been placed. Isaac, whose name means, “laughter,” was the one who had brought joy to the house, laughter to the lips of Sarah, and love to the home of an aging couple. And Isaac is the one whom God told Abraham to sacrifice; not the bullocks, not the rams, not the sheep��”God told Abraham to give Isaac. No doubt Abraham would have sacrificed every living creature in his possession to save the life of his son of promise. God demanded Abraham prove his love by being willing to give that which he loved most.

The test wasn’t to show God something He didn’t already know. God is omniscient, He knows all things, and He knew the heart of Abraham. The test was to prove to Abraham how far he could go with God, how much he could trust God and find that God is faithful.

Our trials in life do not prove anything to God that He doesn’t already know about us. Our trials prove to us much we can trust God. And how much we can give to God and find, at the end of the day, that He has given us much more than we could ever give Him.

God asked of Abraham the best that he could give. The very things that we hold back from God will be that which He demands of us. It is only when we give Him everything that He can begin to bless us, as He really desires to. Jesus told the rich young ruler, “You only lack one thing, sell all that you have give it to the poor, and come and follow me.” But it was that one thing which prevented this good man, this moral man, this religious man, from being a redeemed man. When we choose to hold back from God we are not robbing Him, we are robbing ourselves of the blessings He would pour out on us.

Abraham knew that he could not fool God, he could not trick God, because God sees all things. Even the night is as the day in the sight of God. Abraham knew he could not fake obedience, could not deceive God with an imitation. God said, “Bring you son, your only son to the place where I where I say and offer him there as a sacrifice to Me.”

Several hundred years later David would buy this very piece of ground from Araunah (2 Sam 24:21) to worship God at the end of God’s judgment upon him. Later, Solomon would build the temple on this spot. Today the Dome of the Rock, a Muslim mosque, is built over the great rock that formed the altar upon which Abraham was prepared to offer Isaac. Even now Jews await the day when they can again build the temple and begin to worship Yahweh with the sacrificing of bulls, rams, lambs and goats.

III) UNQUESTIONING FAITH

3 So Abraham rose early in the morning, and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him.

How did Abraham respond to the unbelievable demand? He responded with unquestioning faith. The demand was unbelievable, but because it came from God Abraham believed. That is the essence of faith. When everything around you says it can’t be so, faith says, “If God said it, that settles it, I believe it.”

Notice the swiftness and deliberateness with which Abraham obeyed. It says, “Abraham arose early in the morning . . .” It is likely that the Word of the Lord came to Abraham in the night, so without delay he obeys. When our heart is fixed on God, when our will becomes lost in His love, then that which God demands we will do without delay.

Also, notice that Abraham prepares. He saddled up the donkey, he split the wood and bundled it, and then he set out with two of his servants and with Isaac. He moved with unquestioning faith to obey an unbelievable demand.

IV) UNFALTERING STEPS

4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.

Though the place lay far off, a three days journey during which Abraham had time to contemplate and meditate upon the severity of the actions he must take, Abraham with Isaac at his side, took unfaltering steps toward the mountain.

It may seem that the mountaintop worship we wish to express and experience is so far from where we are today. It may seem as though the journey is too far and the demand too great, but when we “keep on keeping on,” when we refuse to be dismayed, when we make up our mind that worshipping God, honoring God, and obeying God is the most important thing we can do in this life or the life to come, then and only then, will our steps become unfaltering. But when worship and obedience are seen as options then our commitment stumbles. The road to mountaintop worship is strewn with the drying corpses of those who never understood the imperative of God to worship Him with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind, and with all our strength.

V) UNCONVENTIONAL WORSHIP

5 And Abraham said unto his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come again to you.”

Not everyone will make this journey. Abraham told the servants to stay back. No doubt they would not have understood the faith of this old man and might have tried to prevent him from following through in obedience. If those around us cannot make it to the mountaintop we must press on. The old spiritual said, “If you don’t want to praise, don’t hinder me!” Abraham said, “You fellows stay here, the lad and I are going to go and worship.” This was the hardest thing Abraham had probably been asked to do in his entire life, and yet he refers to it as worship. Sometimes worship isn’t about goose bumps and shouting. Sometimes worship is about blood, sweat, and tears. Notice the faith of Abraham. He said, “we will come back to you.”

I wonder if our modern definitions of worship would fit the circumstances Abraham was facing. No sound system pumping out toe-tapping music, no singers singing, no padded pews, no air-conditioning, no preacher jumping and spitting . . . just a big rock upon which Abraham was prepared to offer to God the most precious thing in his life. What Abraham himself would probably have admitted was that God had called him to express unconventional worship. It goes against everything he thought he knew about God.

Too often we come to worship with our spiritual wish list in hand. We come to the altar and say, “God I want this and I need that.” But when Abraham was on his way to do what he called worship, he was going to give. We will never know God as Jehovah-jirah, “the Lord Who Provides,” until we learn to worship Him with giving��”giving praise, giving time, giving treasures, giving our best to Him.

VI) UNDAUNTED RESOLUTION

6And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.

John Wesley said, “Isaac’s carrying the wood was a type of Christ, who carried His own cross, while Abraham, with a steady and undaunted resolution, carried the fatal knife and fire.”

7 But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” Then he said, “Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?”

Isaac’s question is understandable, “Where is the Lamb?” Perhaps we would do well to ask the same question of our worship services. “We see the sanctuary, we hear the music, we know the preacher, and we greet the people, but where is the Lamb?”

We can go through all the motions, we can appeal to the emotions, we can jump up and down and roar like an ocean, but there is no worship without the Lamb. We cannot be content with what we call church until we can honestly say to the world with John the Baptist, “Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world” (Jn. 1:29).

8 And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together.

Could any words have been more prophetic? Abraham told Isaac, “God will provide for Himself the lamb . . .” That was faith talking. Abraham was coming up the rough side of the mountain. He could have stopped short and quit at the things he did not know. He did not know why God would ask him to offer his son as a sacrifice. He did not know how God was going to allow him to kill his son and yet through this same son provide offspring. There were many questions that could have stopped Abraham. But the thing that kept Abraham pressing onward and upward were the things he did know about God. Abraham knew the voice of God. He knew what God had instructed him to do. But he also knew that God had promised to raise up a nation out of Isaac.

When you attempt to ascend the mountaintop of worship there may be many things that you do not understand. But what keeps you going is that you know God.

Abraham said, “God will provide for himself a lamb.” Why did Abraham say this? It must have been Abraham’s prayer for the entire journey. “God, provide a lamb so that I will not have to give my son.” Surely Abraham must have been praying for God to provide the sacrifice.

VII) UNRESERVED OBEDIENCE

9 Then they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood. 10 And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11 But the angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.”

For the second time Abraham recognized the voice of God and again he answers with unconditional availability, “Here I am!” If we don’t know God’s voice in the call to service, we may miss His voice in the time of deliverance.

George Whitefield said, “Man’s extremity is God’s opportunity.” It is when we come to the place of no return, when we have fully committed to God, when we can truthfully declare, “I have decided to follow Jesus,” when we have counted the cost, when we have picked up our cross, when we have count it all but loss that we may win Christ . . . that is where God steps in and meets with us most powerfully and personally. That is where we find mountaintop worship. When we can give unreserved obedience in the face of life’s most difficult trials we are ready to worship from the mountaintop of God’s provision. That is mountaintop worship and it doesn’t come cheap.

VIII) UNSEEN ANSWER

12 And he said, “Do not lay your hand upon the lad, nor do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld you son, you only son from Me.”13 Then Abraham lifted his eyes, and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son.

Mountaintop worship is usually a path up the rough side of the mountain. It is blood, sweat and tears that keeps us seeking the voice of God, the will of God and the heart of God. The path is usually traversed in persistence, patience and prayer. There will be a thousand reasons why we should quit and settle down on the plateau. There will be a thousand temptations to stop short of the summit and settle for second best. But what Abraham could not see as he was coming up the rough side of the mountain, was that God was sending the answer to his prayers up the other side of the mountain and the he would only meet the answer at the top of the mountain.

There are some people who have climbed that mountain. Others don’t understand why you shout like you do. Others don’t understand why you cut loose with a dance and lift your hands in the air. But what they don’t know is that you’ve climbed the rough side. You stood at an altar prepared to give God your very best, even if it was the last dollar in the bank. And then you’ve seen the answer coming running up over the horizon to meet you just when you needed it most. People who’ve made up their minds to climb the mountain and to get to the place of God’s provision can’t help but worship God. And if you don’t want to praise, it won’t hinder them. They’ve come to far to let wet blankets put out their fire or silence their shout.

Some of you here today may feel like quitting. Some of you may feel like it’s all been uphill with no end in sight. But my brother and my sister, there is a place where your needs and God’s provision meet. You can’t see the other side of the mountain. You can see what God is sending up the other side to meet you at the top. But with the faith of Abraham you’ve got to keep on, keeping on. Satan doesn’t want you to meet your blessing. Satan doesn’t want you to experience your provision. I believe Satan can see the blessing coming up the other side to meet you at the top and he will do his best to keep you from meeting your blessing. But Satan cannot stop you from reaching the top, if your refuse to stop.

14And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.

Jehovah-jireh, or Yahweh-Yuri, literally means, “the Lord will see to it,” or, “the Lord will provide.” When we learn to make it to the mountaintop for worship, the place seen of God, we find that God will see to our needs. We don’t have to fret or be anxious about anything, God will see to it. If you’ve climbed the mountain in faith, God will get the answer to you when you need the answer most.

Not only did God provide the immediate need of a ram for sacrifice, God went on to bless Abraham and his seed. The promise is repeated to Abraham because Abraham once again had been proven by God and found to be faithful. Neither passage of time nor the birth of Isaac had caused Abraham to grow spiritually lax. Abraham believed, Abraham obeyed, and Abraham was blessed.

15Then the Angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time out of heaven, 16and said: “By Myself I have sworn, says the LORD, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son– 17blessing I will bless you, and in multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. 18 In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.” 19 So Abraham returned to his young men, and they rose and went together to Beersheba; and Abraham dwelt at Beersheba.

CONCLUSION

Do you want to express and experience mountaintop worship? Do you want to come to the place where Jehovah-jireh sees your needs? Are you tired of form and formality? Are you weary of religion and ritual? Are you hungry for a move of God so powerful that you hear His voice, see His hand, feel His touch? Are you ready for mountaintop worship? If you are, then:

You have to answer His call with unconditional availability.

You have to respond to His voice with unquestioning faith.

You have to learn to walk toward the goal with unfaltering steps.

You have to face the trials of life with undaunted resolution.

You have to give to God in unreserved obedience.

And you have to trust God for the unseen answers.

You may feel as though you are coming up the rough side of the mountain, but don’t stop short of the goal, don’t quit before you get the answer you’ve been praying for. On the other side of the mountain God is sending the answer to meet you at the top.
Mark Hardgrove