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...

PRAY FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP

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

THE TRIUMPH OF GRACE

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

WHAT IS ADVENT?

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

THE MIRACULOUS CATCH OF FISH

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

THE LOST AXE HEAD

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

JESUS—THE FIRST PROSPERITY PREACHER

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

THE GARDENER

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

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...

MODERN-DAY IDOLATRY

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

LET’S BE THANKFUL!

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

“PATHSPERITY”

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

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...

PRAYER THAT WORKS!

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

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.

GOD DEFENDS ISRAEL!

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

Hosanna!

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

YOU CAN KNOW!

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

VISIONARIES FOR GOD

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

THE MINISTRY OF A PROPHET

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

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...

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...

BIBLE PROPHECIES OCCURRING NOW

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

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...

BEHOLD, HE PRAYS!

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

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...

SHAMGAR’S OXGOAD

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

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,...

SUCCESS WITH GOD

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

YOUR FOUNDATION: FIRM OR FLAWED?

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

POWER TO SHARE CHRIST

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

THE DYNAMIC MESSENGER

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

REEMERGENCE OF DRAMATIC SIGNS & WONDERS

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

VOICES FROM THE GRAVE

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

WHY CHRISTIANS MUST NOT QUIT

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

THE PROPHET’S SECLUSION

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

DOES THE BIBLE CONTAIN ERRORS?

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

“I AM THE WAY” — JESUS

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

MAGNIFICENT ATTRIBUTES OF GOD

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

IMITATORS OF CHRIST

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

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 WONDER OF KNOWING GOD

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

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...

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 TRUTH ABOUT LIES

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

World Cup and Christ’s Cup

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

WHAT’S SO FRIGHTENING ABOUT CHRISTMAS?

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

The Service Jesus Never Conducted

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

THE TESTIMONY OF THE CROSS

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

Communion Symbolizes Our Union With Christ

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

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 CHRISTIAN’S RESPONSE TO TERRORISM

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

DELIVERANCE OVER STRONGHOLDS

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

YOUR TIMES ARE IN GOD’S HANDS

Your TImes are in God's Hands Robert D. Pace Psalm 31:14--15 From the beginning, God ordained time...

FROM THANKSGIVING TO THANKS-LIVING

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

THE GOSPEL OF POWER

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

CAN YOU WALK WITH GOD?

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

DARE TO QUESTION GOD!

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

THE RIGHT CHOICE

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

CONQUERING THE DOUBTS OF SALVATION

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

THE END SHALL COME LIKE A FLOOD

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

ARISE AND CLAIM THE BLESSINGS

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

The Power of Life and Death

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

DOES GOD KILL?

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

SHAPED FOR A HIGHER PLACE

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

SHAMGAR’S OXGOAD

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

THE SONG OF MOSES

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

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...

The Scriptures, The Savior and Salvation

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

BIBLICAL SUPPORT FOR “SIGNS AND WONDERS”

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

Indepth Look at The Diversity of Prayer Book

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

THE IMMUTABLE LAW OF SOWING AND REAPING

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

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE RESURRECTION

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

THE GOODNESS OF GOD

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

COMPASSION IN ACTION

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

YOU CAN DISCERN THE DAYS

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

AMERICA’S SOCIAL DISORDER

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

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...

Are You Ready for Jesus

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

DIVINE CONSCIOUSNESS OF CHRIST

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

The Ultimate Sacrifice

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

BEGGARS OF MERCY

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

ENTERTAINMENT OR TEMPTING GOD?

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

JESUS, PRINCE OF PEACE

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

Don’t Overlook Jesus

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

Six Steps For Finding God’s Will

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

HALLOWED BE THY NAME

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

MAKING THE MOST OF LIFE

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

WHO OWNS WHAT?

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

YOUR SUPPORT IS APPRECIATED!

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

A Witch

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

The Woman at the Well

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

THE BELIEVERS’ REST

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

THE BLESSING OF FOCUS!

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

HOW TO OPEN CLOSED DOORS

Opening Closed Doors Revelation 3:8 Robert D. Pace Introduction (Illustration) In the 1990’s I...

PREVIEW A DISCERN THE DAYS PROPHECY CONFERENCE

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

The Power of our Spoken Words

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

Malchus

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

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...

“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...

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...

LIVING WITH THE RIGHT ATTITUDE

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

LIVING BY THE POWER OF REDEMPTION

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

YOU ARE THE LIGHT

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

God Said It; Now, You Settle It!

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

Secrets of Gog and Magog

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

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...

ZERUBBABEL’S TEMPLE

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

CONQUERING THE SPIRIT OF CONTAINMENT

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

WHO IS JESUS CHRIST?

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Opening Remarks (Illustration) A Pastor and Deacon were...

NONE CAST ASIDE

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

An Excellent Example of Leadership

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

JESUS IS ALIVE!

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

THE GOD OF OUR PROBLEMS

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

EXPECTATIONS OF PENTECOSTAL WORSHIP

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

VANQUISHING FEAR

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

IRREFUTABLE REALITIES

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

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...

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 PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

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

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.

INSIGHTS TO THE FESTIVAL OF TABERNACLES

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

GOD APPRAISES SUCCESS

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

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...

JUDAH MUST PLOW

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

Communion: The Total Sacrifice

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

“BLESSED ASSURANCE” SALVATION IS YOURS!

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

THE COMING WINDS

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

THE REWARD OF SACRIFICING

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

THE BEAUTY OF FORGIVENESS

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

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...

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...

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...

Devotional: LEANING OR LASTING?

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

ACCORDING TO THE PATTERN

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

DISCOVERING UNSEARCHABLE THINGS

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

“SEEK ME AND LIVE”

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

PROPHECIES OF THE ENDTIME UNVEILED

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

THE BEGINNING OF THANKSGIVING DAY IN AMERICA

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

WILL YOU LIVE UNDER THE SUN OR UNDER HEAVEN?

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

A BIG WORD FOR A BIG LIFE

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

UNCOVERING THE GIFT

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

IF GRACE IS THE EXPLANATION

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

THE DECISION OF MOSES

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

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...

MEN IN BROWN

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

WHAT WERE THEY THINKING AT THE MANGER?

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

LIVING WITH GODLY INFLUENCE

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

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...

A KING AMONG MEN

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

THE PHILADELPHIA PROCLAMATION

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

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...

MAN’S QUEST FOR PEACE

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

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...

A CHRISTMAS TRIP

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

LIVING WITH GODLY INFLUENCE

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

THE OASIS OF WORSHIP

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

WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT FASTING

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

PROPHECY OF TREES FULFILLED IN ISRAEL’S DESERT

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

CHRIST YOUR DELIVERER

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

TEAR IT DOWN!

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

THE LAW OF REVELATION (Part 1)

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

USAFORISRAEL

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

HEADLINES FROM THE BOOK OF JOB

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

YOUR TIMES ARE IN GOD’S HANDS

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

GOD’S NAME REVEALS YOUR ASSIGNMENT

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

SECURING THE FAVOR OF GOD

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

THE QUEST FOR PEACE

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

THE PROPHETIC VOICE

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

CHRIST DIED FOR THE UNWORTHY

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

TRUSTING GOD WHEN IT’S DIFFICULT

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

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...

WHY THE MANNA STOPPED

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

UNLOCK YOUR DESTINY

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

PREPARE THE WAY

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

THE GLORY OF GOD

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

YOU AND YOUR TWIN

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

THE CALL OF GOD

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

BOUNDARIES

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

Mountaintop Worship

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

YOU CAN BE A CHAMPION FOR GOD!

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

PRAYING UNDER THE SPIRIT’S INFLUENCE

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

CAN MAN LIVE WITHOUT MERCY?

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

CHRONOLOGY OF HOLY WEEK

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

ALWAYS GIVE THANKS

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

AUTHORITY TO ASK!

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

DISTINGUISHED BY THE ANOINTING

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

GOD REALLY IS GOOD!

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

PARDON ME!

In Psalm 32, David proclaims the blessedness of the one whose sins are forgiven. And he does this in a unique way. He uses three expressions for sin and then employs three expressions of God’s pardon for sin. Here’s what I mean: David called one category of sins transgressions, which indicates “rebellion against God”; another he simply called sin, which describes “knowingly missing the mark”; and the third category he called iniquity, which speaks of a “vile perversion.” Those terms cover the entire gamut of our sinfulness—major and minor. But then after showing us three categories of sin he uses three expressions to show how God pardons our sins:

COMPELLING EVIDENCE FOR CHRIST’S RETURN

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

WHEN A CHRISTIAN IS VULNERABLE

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This message is for those that have, at some point in their Christian experience, had the wind knocked from their sails and felt useless for Kingdom work. It’s for those that have been hurt or disappointed and frankly just wanted to bail out and become a spectator. It’s for those that believed a failure disqualified you from service. If you have never suffered these frustrations you won’t get much this morning. But if you have there’s something here for you!

Let’s begin by examining what Isaiah says in verse one. It’s almost missed in the NIV but if you’re reading from another version the first word is probably “Behold.” The NAS says: “Behold, My Servant, whom I uphold; My chosen one {in whom} My soul delights. I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the nations.” This is a Messianic Scripture that instructs believers to contemplate Christ. That word “Behold” tells us to do more than cast a casual glance toward Him, it instructs us to take a sustained gaze Him; it requests a discerning, investigative, penetrating study of Him.

(Example) Have you seen someone and said, “That’s an attractive person!” but when you looked closer you noticed they weren’t as attractive as you thought? They had crow’s feet around their eyes or age had begun to crease the skin or perhaps they were scarred from an accident.

(Humor) Ladies, you can rejoice in this. The Bible says, “love covers a multitude of sins,” but Revlon covers a multitude of blemishes.

But then, for some people it’s not the outside that needs constant management it’s the personality. From a distance, they appear likeable and compassionate, but when you engage them you discover glaring character flaws. In essence, the closer you look at some people the more earthly they become. But that’s not so with Christ. You can study Him from any angle and never find a fault! He’s unblemished! And Isaiah challenges us to take a deep, probing gaze when he says, “Behold, My Servant.” He wants us to study His character and attributes. He wants us to parse Christ’s words and scrutinize His actions under the most sensitive spiritual microscope. Isaiah wants us to analyze every aspect of His nature. This is what we’re called to do—learn more of God. Put Him up to Gandhi, Confucius, Mohammed, or Buddha. When you do this you’ll understand He’s perfect in every way—flawless! Like the soldier at the cross, you’ll “find no fault in Him.”

    1. When you study Christ, you’ll understand He is perfectly good and His plan for you operates for your highest welfare.
    1. When you contemplate Christ you’ll realize that He loves you unconditionally!
    1. And during the process of learning more about Jesus you will discover how He dealt with hurting people.

(Illustration) When I first began my ministry, my dad told me: “Son, people are hurting. They listen to cursing and filthy language all week. They see scheming and deceit. When you stand in the pulpit don’t browbeat the people. Encourage them.”

That’s what this passage in Isaiah 42 is about. It reveals the Messiah’s disposition toward flawed flesh. When Isaiah foresaw the social skills of Christ he was certain the Man of Compassion would never “break a bruised reed,” or extinguish “a dimly burning wick” (42:3). Had we been a contemporary of Isaiah we would have readily understood His analogy here. But since this is the twenty-first century, it needs some amplification. Let’s try to decipher what Isaiah had in mind.

(Example) Hebrew children would often play by the river. And growing along the riverside were thick straw reeds that could be cut in half, hollowed out, and used as flutes. There were thousands growing along the riverbank. But many of these reeds were imperfect. And when the kids found one cracked or frayed they would thoughtlessly break it into and discard it. That’s because a flute required a perfect reed. A broken reed was worthless and insignificant. People trampled on them and ignored them.

When the Holy Spirit impressed Isaiah to write these words he knew these reeds symbolized people—multitudes of people. And He also understood the word “bruised” referred to those that were oppressed, defeated, and discouraged. People that just didn’t feel they had much to offer.

Then Isaiah said Jesus wouldn’t extinguish a “burning wick.” And this phrase referred to those exhausted or burned-out in their Christian walk; people that have failed; the misfits, the outcasts, and those that don’t have their lives together. And the great revelation Isaiah conveyed when he cast that prophetic gaze toward Christ was this. Jesus never treats broken or exhausted people with contempt. Even with six billion people populating this planet He doesn’t sift and sweep aside the broken and wounded people and call them “useless” or “worthless.”

There are multitudes of people that are bruised and flickering out. People that have suffered defeat, setbacks, or heartache; people that feel their setback disqualifies them from service in the kingdom. And while others are quick to dispense of these folks, Isaiah says Jesus will never “break” or “extinguish” them. He’ll stand by them and reassure them of His restoring grace.

The Gospels are full of people that Jesus dealt with that were “bruised reeds” or “smoldering wicks.”

    1. What about the tax collectors with whom Jesus associated? They were crooks! And the Jews hated them. They hated the very people Jesus dined with. But Jesus wiped their slate clean and commanded them to leave their life of sin.
    1. What about the man born blind in John 9? The Pharisees condemned him as a sinner simply because he had a birth defect! Here was this blind man with his life smoldering away until Jesus embraced him and opened his eyes.
    1. Then there are the unapproachable lepers that had to live outside the camp. But Jesus found them, touched them, and healed them.
    1. How about the man who’s existence had been defined simply by a number: “Legion”? He was possessed with 6000 demons? Nobody wanted near him, but Jesus found him, delivered him, and let him sit at His feet.
    1. And what about Matthew 15:30-32? Here’s who Jesus associated with. Matthew said: “Great crowds came to him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them. (31) The people were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled made well, the lame walking and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel. (32) Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion for these people.”

You know what these passages announce? Jesus cares! God won’t give up on you! With all your flaws, He’ll love you, accept you, put you on the Potter’s Wheel, and fashion a work of marvelous restoration. Christ will take a “bruised reed” that’s worthless in the world’s eyes and create beautiful music. He will take a smoldering wick that is annoying to others and make it radiant.

(Illustration) There’s a story of a boy that wondered where babies came from, so he asked his mother. “Mom, how did I get here?” She wasn’t quite prepared so she told him a tall tale about a stork delivering him. Without further questions, he ambled upstairs to see his grandmother. “Grandma, where did my mom come from?” Her story deviated slightly but she painted a tale of a beautiful white bird that delivered her from a remote island. Later that afternoon his mother overheard Johnny’s conversation with a friend. He said, “You know Billy, I asked my mom and grandma about my family history today and I’m worried. There hasn’t been a normal birth in our family for three generations.”

(Illustration) Awhile back, the New Yorker ran a cartoon about a father scowling at his son’s deficient grades on a report card. In defense, the boy was pictured standing there asking his father: “So what do you think it is, Dad? Heredity or environment?”

Folks, do you want to hear something that will liberate you? Everybody in this sanctuary, everyone in this world, regardless of your pedigree or position, everyone has an area of your life that’s cracked or bruised. If you are a mature adult, your life at some point almost flickered out! That’s because you are human! Abraham was like that. Moses was bruised and nearly flickered out. So was Elijah, David, Simon Peter, and all the Apostles!

(Example) Years ago, in a church I pastored, a man testified that he never experienced a “down day” since the moment he was born again. Now, that’s not just ridiculous, he was living in denial! The reason I know his statement was indisputably ridiculous is because I knew his wife and children, and if I had even lived across the street from them they would have driven me crazy!

If you’re confused, broken, or hurting it’s alright to be honest with God and admit it. It’s OK to say, “Heavenly Father, things are out of control! I’m perplexed about decisions. I’m hurting. I have been slandered and betrayed. Or, I’ve blown it.” Hear me, Dad: it’s alright if you’re not Superman! Mom: it’s alright if you aren’t Wonder Woman! The Good News is, there’s more than a Superman available to help you. There is a Supernatural Man available to help you! And His grace, and power, and ability to restore your life are greater than your weaknesses and failures!

The Apostle Paul said in 2 Corinthians that there would be times we would be overwhelmed, crushed, and almost snuffed out. But if you will remain faithful during seasons of trouble you will be able to minister to the needs of others. You see, it is impossible to relate to hurting people if you have never been touched by adversity. That’s why Jesus suffered. He suffered so He could fully identify with our shortcomings.

Hebrews 2:17 says: “For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God . . . (18) Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.”

Saints of God Jesus, our Example, led the way. And He wants us sympathetic to the need and pain of others! The last thing we should do is display a cavalier spirit toward those that aren’t on top or snub people that are discouraged and confused. We’re here to show mercy and compassion. If you want God’s mercy for your times of brokenness and smoldering, you need to extend mercy. Matthew 5:7 says, “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.”

(Transition) Turn to Luke 18 and let’s read the Parable of the Publican and the Pharisee.

Publican and the Pharisee

(Read: Luke 18:9-14)

The Pharisee began his prayer by alluding to the faults of others and thanking God those faults weren’t his. Look again at verse eleven. He smugly “stood up and prayed . . . ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector.”

He thanked God he wasn’t like other men, but he should have thanked God other men weren’t like him! He continued praying with the boast of his self-righteousness reminding God of his fasting and liberality.

The Pharisee rambled on about everything that didn’t matter when all that mattered was the condition of his soul. When you need God’s grace, it’s not time to expose the sins of others. It’s time to humble yourself and ask for mercy.

The reason Jesus railed on the Pharisees and the religious elite is because they operated without mercy. It’s why He couldn’t forgive them. You say, “Now wait. How does that square with Isaiah’s prophecy that the Messiah wouldn’t “break a bruised reed”?

The Pharisees weren’t “bruised reeds.” Jesus said they were “vipers.” He called them “open graves full of dead men’s bones.” There’s a difference between sincere, but broken seekers, and those that are arrogant, stubborn, and hostile to Christ’s ways.

God is full of compassion but He can only minister compassion to the humble. He’s in the business of mercy and forgiveness but it’s impossible for Him to break past prideful and calloused hearts. You have submit to Christ if you want Him to work!

And that’s what the Publican did. When he entered the sanctuary, he couldn’t even lift his eyes heavenward. He stood at the back and the only prayer he could muster was: “God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” And Jesus said the Publican went home justified while the Pharisee went home dignified. I’d rather go home justified any day!

(Transition) Let’s talk about the most familiar “bruised reeds” of Scripture—Simon Peter. He experienced a miserable failure.

Simon Peter, the “Bruised Reed”

Simon was an accident waiting to happen. He was impulsive and quick to speak. On the eve of the crucifixion Peter went so far as to deny Christ with curses. He couldn’t even tell a mere servant girl that he knew Jesus. Moments later, he realized he’d woefully failed. The Bible says Simon left that place and wept bitterly. You know he felt worthless and wanted to die! But Jesus had different plans. Can you image it? You’ve just denied the Son of God! Three days after the crucifixion Jesus fulfilled prophecy and rose from the grave. When He appeared to the women He said: “Go tell the disciples and Peter that I am alive.” Jesus singled out Simon Peter because He understood how Simon humiliated himself for vehemently denying his master.

One of the last conversations Jesus had with Simon was at the beach. He pulled Peter aside and asked: “Peter, Do you love me?” And when Jesus employed that word love He used that strong, unfailing word agape,—“the God kind of love.” The apostle heard Him ask, “Peter, do you have that love for me that never fails?” But when Peter replied he didn’t answer with the word agape. He was still reeling from his shameless denials and like a “bruised reed,” he answered with a lesser word than agape. He said, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love (phileo) you.” You know I’m you’re friend, Lord.’ But Jesus wouldn’t let him off. As a matter of fact, Jesus structured the sentence with yet stronger terminology. He said: “Simon, son of Jonah, do you truly [agape] me?” And again, Peter replied with the same verb when he said: “Yes, Lord, you know that I love (phileo) you . . . [You know I’m your friend!”] He still refused to use that unfailing term, agape.

What’s interesting about the third time Jesus pressed Simon with this question is Jesus switched and employed Peter’s terminology. In essence, Jesus said: “Alright Peter, you want to talk about friendship love? We’ll do it. Forget the unfailing love for a moment.” So Jesus rephrased the question: “Simon, Son of Jonah, do you love (phileo) me?”

That’s when Peter knew the word games were over. Peter wasn’t just anxious and uneasy, he was exasperated and ready to end the conversation. Peter’s final answer began: “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love (phileo) you.” I believe when Peter said, “Lord, you know all things” the implication was, “Lord, if You are pressing me because I denied You, You know I failed You. My cursing and denials were reprehensible! I can’t shake it from my memory. I’m a marked man.” Every time Jesus said: “Do you love Me?” Peter recoiled remembering his denials. But that’s not the point Jesus was trying to make in this relentless exchange. Do you recall what Jesus said after every answer that Peter gave Him? Jesus said, “[Peter] Feed my sheep.” Jesus wasn’t trying to shame Peter or make certain he never forgot his guilt. Jesus was re-commissioning Peter! He was renewing His purpose in the kingdom. He was taking a cracked, ‘bruised reed” and saying, it’s alright that you failed. I want you in My orchestra anyway! I’m not even going to take back “the keys of the kingdom” that I handed you.”

And it was at that moment that Simon’s life started over. And the man that couldn’t testify to a servant girl at the crucifixion fearlessly stood before a multitude at Pentecost and preached a sermon that converted 3000. The “bruised reed” had been repaired!

Do you know why God believes in you, commissions you, and uses you despite your failures? Because His plan isn’t contingent on the frailty of your flesh, He’s based it on the super-abounding power of His grace! His grace can work past failures, disappointments, tragedy, loss, confusion. I’m talking about, “Grace, grace, God’s great grace”!

Do you know what God wants? He wants you to let Him reassemble your life. He’s waiting for you to say, “Father, I’m a “bruised reed . . . a smoldering wick.” I’m probably more of a nuisance to others than a blessing. But would you heal me?”

Maybe some of you can’t even admit that you want your place back in the kingdom—you’re without any desire to participate. But you know Romans 11:29 says, “God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable” and it’s time to re-enter the ranks.

    1. Maybe you haven’t been the perfect dad. You can start over today.
    1. If you’ve been offended, it’s time to let it go.
    1. If you self-destructed years ago, it’s time to let God reassemble you.
    1. If the burden of life broke you there’s life after brokenness.
    1. If you were crushed by tragedy it’s time for God’s healing.

“Behold, My Servant, whom I uphold; My chosen one {in whom} My soul delights . . . A bruised reed He will not break, and a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish.” He’ll cast none aside!

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