JESUS, PRINCE OF PEACE

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

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...

THE REWARD OF SACRIFICING

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

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 INSPIRING STORY OF HANDEL’S MESSIAH

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

SECURING THE FAVOR OF GOD

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

THE TESTIMONY OF THE CROSS

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

GOD IS WITH YOU!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Judges 6:1-10 A while back a man heard an alarming rush hour...

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...

DOES HELL OFFEND YOU?

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

DIVINE ENTRAPMENT

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

HOW TO HEAR GOD’S VOICE

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

REEMERGENCE OF DRAMATIC SIGNS & WONDERS

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

JESUS: GOD & MAN

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

MOSES’ TREASURE CODE CRACKED!

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

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...

SHAPED FOR A HIGHER PLACE

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

AN ASSEMBLAGE OF KNOWERS

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

CAN YOU WALK WITH GOD?

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Can You Walk With God? Exodus 40:17‑19; 33--34 Introduction...

Hosanna!

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

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.

Blessings of Waiting on the Lord

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D Pace Blessings of Waiting on the Lord Psalm 27:13—14 I want to start...

Water Baptism: A Post Conversion Experience

KINGDOM ISSUES Robert D. Pace Water baptism, in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is a...

THE END SHALL COME LIKE A FLOOD

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

THE MYSTERY OF THE ANOINTING

  Robert D Pace The Mystery of the Anointing 1 Peter 4:10--11 I want everyone here to say the...

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

CHRIST YOUR DELIVERER

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

DELIVERANCE OVER STRONGHOLDS

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

INSIGHTS TO THE FESTIVAL OF TABERNACLES

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

Chronology of Holy Week

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

DISCOVERING UNSEARCHABLE THINGS

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

VISIONARIES FOR GOD

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

WHAT IS ADVENT?

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

BOUNDARIES

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

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, everything around them is illuminated! Then 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).

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...

ENTERTAINMENT OR TEMPTING GOD?

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

Biblically Woke!

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

PREVIEW A DISCERN THE DAYS PROPHECY CONFERENCE

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

COMPELLING EVIDENCE FOR CHRIST’S RETURN

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

ONE-WORD DESCRIPTIONS OF GOD’S LOVE

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

Arabs Claim Jesus was ‘Palestinian’

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

Driving Out The Canaanites

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

JUDAH MUST PLOW

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

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...

THE BEAUTY OF FORGIVENESS

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

WHY THE MANNA STOPPED

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

HOLY FIRE! WHERE IS IT?

Robert D. Pace HOLY FIRE: WHERE IS IT? 1 Chronicles 22:1 The 21st Century stands upon the...

THE PEACE OF GOD

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

Strangers and Pilgrims

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

SACRIFICIAL LIVING

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

THE RIGHT CHOICE

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

Unmasking the Spirit of Antichrist

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

HOW TO PRAY BIG!

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

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...

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...

Indepth Look at The Diversity of Prayer Book

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

YOUR APPOINTED TIME

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

A REVELATION OF GOD

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

UNLOCK YOUR DESTINY

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

THE OASIS OF WORSHIP

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

HOW TO OVERCOME TEMPTATION

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

WHO JESUS SAYS YOU ARE

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

The Power of our Spoken Words

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

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:

WHO IS JESUS CHRIST?

Pulpit Today Sermons Who is Jesus Christ? Robert D. Pace Opening Remarks (Illustration) A Pastor...

THE LION’S ROAR!

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

THE GRACE OF JESUS CHRIST

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

AUTHORITY TO ASK!

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

If Jesus Says I Can, I Can!

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

WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT FASTING

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

YOUR TIMES ARE IN GOD’S HANDS

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

YOUR TIMES ARE IN GOD’S HANDS

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

LIVING WITH GODLY INFLUENCE

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

MANS’ ONLY HOPE

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

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!...

JESUS—THE FIRST PROSPERITY PREACHER

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

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...

MOTIVATED BY LOVE

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

AN ALTAR INVITATION

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

NOAH’S IMPOSSIBLE ASSIGNMENT

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

How Then Shall We Live?

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D Pace How Then Shall We Live? A Christian's Response to Days of...

SAVIOR’S CHURCH Domain for Purchase

SaviorsChurch.com (&) .org For Sale Directly from Owner Contact Robert D. Pace for asking...

THE TRIUMPH OF GRACE

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

THE CHRISTIAN’S RESPONSE TO TERRORISM

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

THE INHERENT POWER OF BELIEVERS

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

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...

An Excellent Example of Leadership

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

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN CHRIST ARRIVES!

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

PRAY FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP

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

THE BLESSING OF FOCUS!

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

FULFILLED PROPHECIES OF THE LAST DAYS

Pulpit Today Messages by Carl Worline The following article provides an insightful description of...

THE MIRACULOUS CATCH OF FISH

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

THE PHILADELPHIA PROCLAMATION

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

THE LAW OF REVELATION (Part 1)

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

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...

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 DYNAMIC MESSENGER

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

YOUR FOUNDATION: FIRM OR FLAWED?

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

JESUS IS ALIVE!

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

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...

Devotional: LEANING OR LASTING?

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

Born Again But No “Charismatic-type” Christian

Robert D. Pace It was not unusual for me to tune-in to the Rush Limbaugh Show, but this day was...

THE CALL OF GOD

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

LOOSED!

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

THE NATURE OF THE CHURCH

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

BIBLICAL SUPPORT FOR “SIGNS AND WONDERS”

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

HALLOWED BE THY NAME

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

CHRIST DIED FOR THE UNWORTHY

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

THE HOLY SPIRIT: WHO HE IS AND WHAT HE DOES

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS THE HOLY SPIRIT: WHO HE IS AND WHAT HE DOES John 14:15-18 Robert D. Pace Do...

JEHOVAH-NISSI, The Lord My Banner

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D Pace JEHOVAH-NISSI The Lord My Banner Exodus 17:8—16 The Amalekites...

THE CHEMISTRY OF MIRACLES

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

JESUS CHRIST HEALS!

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

MORE THAN CONQUERORS

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

The Power of Life and Death

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

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...

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...

YOU CAN BE A CHAMPION FOR GOD!

The Disciplines of Champions

HOW TO OPEN CLOSED DOORS

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

Jesus Fulfills Prophecy, Christ is the Messiah

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

CARTE BLANCHE FAITH

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

THE DECISION OF MOSES

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

DIVINE CONSCIOUSNESS OF CHRIST

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

DIVINE ASSIGNMENTS, DIVINE ASSISTANCE

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

YOU CAN DISCERN THE DAYS

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

“PATHSPERITY”

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

EXPECTATIONS OF PENTECOSTAL WORSHIP

Kingdom Issues In 2003, Robert D. Pace was interviewed by the Evangel magazine, the Official...

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

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

THE ELEVENTH COMMANDMENT

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

A Workman Unashamed

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

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...

THE PROPHET’S SECLUSION

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

ENOCH’S REMARKABLE TESTIMONY

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

THE CHRISTIANS’ CROWN TODAY

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

CREATED IN GOD’S IMAGE

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

A BRAND PLUCKED FROM THE FIRE

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

THE QUEST FOR PEACE

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

THE SONG OF MOSES

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

COMPASSION IN ACTION

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

PREPARE THE WAY

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

MEN IN BROWN

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

THE WONDER OF KNOWING GOD

The Wonder of Knowing God Philippians 3:7--11 Robert D. Pace It is said that St. Augustine, of 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...

DARE TO QUESTION GOD!

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

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 Comfort of Communion

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

Developing a Prayer Ministry in the Local Church

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

EndtimeAlerts for Sale

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

21 Ways the Holy Spirit Manifests Himself to Believers

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

“A NEW THING”

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

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...

ZERUBBABEL’S TEMPLE

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

TREASURES OF DARKNESS

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

The Spirit of Python

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

God Said It; Now, You Settle It!

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

TRUSTING GOD WHEN IT’S DIFFICULT

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

The Days of Noah . . . RETURN! by Robert D Pace Moses’ staff parts the Red Sea. Manna falls in the...

HOW TO MAINTAIN SPIRITUAL FERVOR

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

The Scriptures, The Savior and Salvation

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

BIBLE PROPHECIES OCCURRING NOW

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

SUCCESS WITH GOD

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

LIVING WITH GODLY INFLUENCE

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

AMERICA’S SOCIAL DISORDER

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

THE GOSPEL OF POWER

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

CONQUERING THE DOUBTS OF SALVATION

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

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

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

The Ultimate Sacrifice

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

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE BORN AGAIN

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace NICODEMUS It’s About Regeneration! Opening Remarks I want to...

A BIG WORD FOR A BIG LIFE

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

LEARNING TO WORSHIP FROM WICKED MEN

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

HOW TO PRAY AN HOUR AND MAKE IT SEEM 15 MINUTES

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Opening Remarks In Matthew 6 Jesus disclosed the prayer of the...

ACCORDING TO THE PATTERN

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

PROPHECIES OF THE ENDTIME UNVEILED

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

CHRONOLOGY OF HOLY WEEK

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

THE TRUTH ABOUT LIES

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

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 COMING WINDS

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

THE PURPOSE OF VISIONS

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

“DO NOT HARM THE OIL AND WINE”

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

Russia Ukraine and the Coming Tribulation

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

POWER TO SHARE CHRIST

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

WHY CHRISTIANS MUST NOT QUIT

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

THE WORD OF GOD UNLEASHED!

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

THE INCARNATION OF CHRIST

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

The Service Jesus Never Conducted

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

THE GOD OF OUR PROBLEMS

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

Six Steps For Finding God’s Will

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

Mountaintop Worship

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

LET’S BE THANKFUL!

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

THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

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

A Witch

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Isaiah 42:1-4

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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