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Developing a Prayer Ministry in the Local Church

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

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...

Six Steps For Finding God’s Will

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

WHY CHRISTIANS MUST NOT QUIT

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

“A NEW THING”

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

THE PROPHET’S SECLUSION

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

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 MAINTAIN SPIRITUAL FERVOR

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

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 GIFT GOD GAVE

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

WHEN A CHRISTIAN IS VULNERABLE

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

DARE TO QUESTION GOD!

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

THE CALL OF GOD

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

THE GOSPEL OF POWER

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

THE LION’S ROAR!

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

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...

JESUS: GOD & MAN

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

MEN AS ANGELS

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

ZERUBBABEL’S TEMPLE

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

EXPECTATIONS OF PENTECOSTAL WORSHIP

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

The Power of our Spoken Words

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

“I AM THE WAY” — JESUS

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

A BIG WORD FOR A BIG LIFE

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

DIVINE ENTRAPMENT

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

Mountaintop Worship

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

The Publican and the Pharisee

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

LIVING WITH GODLY INFLUENCE

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

DIVINE CONSCIOUSNESS OF CHRIST

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

THINGS TO REMEMBER

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

An Excellent Example of Leadership

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

MAGNIFICENT ATTRIBUTES OF GOD

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

A REVELATION OF GOD

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

A BRAND PLUCKED FROM THE FIRE

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

JUDAH MUST PLOW

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

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...

DISCOVERING UNSEARCHABLE THINGS

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

THE ACTS OF ANANIAS

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

JESUS IS ALIVE!

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

SON OF DAVID / SON OF GOD

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

THE BEGINNING OF THANKSGIVING DAY IN AMERICA

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

BEHOLD, HE PRAYS!

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

ENOCH’S REMARKABLE TESTIMONY

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

“BLESSED ASSURANCE” SALVATION IS YOURS!

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

WHY THE MANNA STOPPED

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

Battle of Gog and Magog

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

WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT FASTING

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

The Ultimate Sacrifice

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

The Spirit of Python

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

MAN’S QUEST FOR PEACE

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

HOW TO OPEN CLOSED DOORS

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

THE DYNAMIC MESSENGER

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

THE PROPHETIC VOICE

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

WHO JESUS SAYS YOU ARE

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

God Said It; Now, You Settle It!

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

PROPHECY OF TREES FULFILLED IN ISRAEL’S DESERT

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

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 Comfort of Communion

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

THE PEACE OF GOD

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

The Beauty of the Righteous

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

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...

America in Crisis!

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

Parousia of Christ and the Appearance of the Antichrist

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

THE PURPOSE OF VISIONS

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

THE QUEST FOR PEACE

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

A Man of God

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

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...

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...

PROPHECIES OF THE ENDTIME UNVEILED

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

THE WORD OF GOD UNLEASHED!

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

LIVING BY THE POWER OF REDEMPTION

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

LIVING WITH THE RIGHT ATTITUDE

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

LET’S BE THANKFUL!

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

CARTE BLANCHE FAITH

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

MORE THAN CONQUERORS

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

Son of David, Son of God

This is a profound look at the lineage of Jesus from Robert D Pace's feature-length DVD "The...

World Cup and Christ’s Cup

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

MOSES’ TREASURE CODE CRACKED!

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

HALLOWED BE THY NAME

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

JESUS—THE FIRST PROSPERITY PREACHER

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

Blessings of Waiting on the Lord

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

WHO IS JESUS CHRIST?

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

Hosanna!

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

SHAMGAR’S OXGOAD

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

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN CHRIST ARRIVES!

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

THE MIRACULOUS CATCH OF FISH

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

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...

Driving Out The Canaanites

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

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.

VANQUISHING FEAR

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

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...

SACRIFICIAL LIVING

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

THE END SHALL COME LIKE A FLOOD

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

Are You Ready for Jesus

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

YOU ARE THE LIGHT

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

LIVING WITH GODLY INFLUENCE

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

THE IMPARTATION OF PRIVILEGE

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

COMPELLING EVIDENCE FOR CHRIST’S RETURN

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

PARTNERSHIP WITH GOD

  Robert D Pace Partnership with God Throughout Scripture, we see people that obtained unique...

TRUSTING GOD WHEN IT’S DIFFICULT

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

Building on the Rock

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

THE NATURE OF THE CHURCH

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

PREPARE THE WAY

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

THE LAW OF REVELATION (Part 1)

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

God’s Final Message to Mankind

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

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...

THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

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

SHAMGAR’S OXGOAD

Robert D. Pace Shamgar's Oxgoad Judges 3:31 Introduction The Book of Judges is intriguing because...

FULFILLED PROPHECIES OF THE LAST DAYS

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

CHRIST YOUR DELIVERER

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

CONQUERING THE DOUBTS OF SALVATION

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

WILL YOU LIVE UNDER THE SUN OR UNDER HEAVEN?

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

SECURING THE FAVOR OF GOD

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

CAN YOU WALK WITH GOD?

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

MEN IN BROWN

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

How the Bible Affirms Israel’s Borders

Pulpit Today Sermons How the Bible Affirms Israel’s Borders Why this is Important for Christians...

FROM THANKSGIVING TO THANKS-LIVING

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

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...

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...

THE COMING WINDS

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

Unmasking the Spirit of Antichrist

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

UNCOVERING THE GIFT

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

DOES THE BIBLE CONTAIN ERRORS?

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

THE CHRISTIAN’S RESPONSE TO TERRORISM

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

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...

PRAYING UNDER THE SPIRIT’S INFLUENCE

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

YOU CAN KNOW!

Pulpit Today Sermons How to Know the Bible is true; Jesus is the Messiah;And Salvation is Yours! 1...

CHRONOLOGY OF HOLY WEEK

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

VISIONARIES FOR GOD

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

“SEEK ME AND LIVE”

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

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...

DOES GOD KILL?

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

DISTINGUISHED BY THE ANOINTING

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

BIBLICAL SUPPORT FOR “SIGNS AND WONDERS”

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

A CHRISTMAS TRIP

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

WHAT’S SO FRIGHTENING ABOUT CHRISTMAS?

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

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...

Your Call to Rulership in Life

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

MAKING THE MOST OF LIFE

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

THIRTY FEET FROM TRIUMPH

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

THE CHEMISTRY OF MIRACLES

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

THE TRIUMPH OF GRACE

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

IRREFUTABLE REALITIES

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

SHAPED FOR A HIGHER PLACE

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

Communion: The Total Sacrifice

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

CONQUERING THE SPIRIT OF CONTAINMENT

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

NOAH’S IMPOSSIBLE ASSIGNMENT

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

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE BORN AGAIN

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace John 3:1‑3 Today, four out of ten Americans claim to be Born...

WHAT WERE THEY THINKING AT THE MANGER?

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

NONE CAST ASIDE

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

Supernatural Provision For Difficult Times

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

THE COMING REVIVAL IN AMERICA

Vision of Coming Revival to America by Robert D Pace (Recently, I felt directed to re-post this...

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...

ONE-WORD DESCRIPTIONS OF GOD’S LOVE

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

PREVIEW A DISCERN THE DAYS PROPHECY CONFERENCE

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

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...

DELIVERANCE OVER STRONGHOLDS

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

HOW TO PRAY BIG!

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

COMPASSION IN ACTION

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

“THE DAYS SHALL BE SHORTENED”

Robert D. Pace Jesus often spoke of the Endtimes and the signs the people of that day would...

Communion Symbolizes Our Union With Christ

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

WHO OWNS WHAT?

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

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...

ACCORDING TO THE PATTERN

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

THE RIGHT CHOICE

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

CHRIST DIED FOR THE UNWORTHY

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

DOES HELL OFFEND YOU?

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

PRAY FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP

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

THE GOODNESS OF GOD

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

HOW TO OVERCOME TEMPTATION

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

DIVINE ASSIGNMENTS, DIVINE ASSISTANCE

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

HOW TO HEAR GOD’S VOICE

Robert D. Pace John 13:2-10 It’s estimated that people spend more time communicating than with any...

POWER OVER SIN

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

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE RESURRECTION

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

Supersign of Prophecy

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

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...

THE INCARNATION OF CHRIST

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

Arabs Claim Jesus was ‘Palestinian’

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

IF GRACE IS THE EXPLANATION

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

THE BELIEVERS’ REST

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

HOLY FIRE! WHERE IS IT?

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

ENTERTAINMENT OR TEMPTING GOD?

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

AN ASSEMBLAGE OF KNOWERS

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

The Scriptures, The Savior and Salvation

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

GOD DEFENDS ISRAEL!

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

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...

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...

YOUR APPOINTED TIME

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

THE HOLY SPIRIT AND YOU

Robert D. Pace THE HOLY SPIRIT AND YOU Luke 11:11--13 Before His ascension into Heaven Jesus...

JESUS IS LORD! OR, IS HE?

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

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...

“DO NOT HARM THE OIL AND WINE”

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

THE INHERENT POWER OF BELIEVERS

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

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Revelation 3:8

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Introduction

(Illustration) In the 1990’s I twice travelled to Russia to plant churches. It was a team effort where American Pastors would rent theatres or large auditoriums in Moscow and, by use of translators, present the message of Christ. After several days we would then install a Russian Pastor to lead the Church. This was happening immediately after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The Russian Christians from the Underground Church told us horror stories of persecution. During the reign of Communism it had forbidden parents from even reading the Bible to their children so you can imagine the spiritual starvation of the Russians. You could preach a simple Gospel message and nearly everyone in the congregation would walk forward to accept Christ. On one of my visits a Russian told me something. She said, “We have a saying here. “We love to lock doors.”” Here’s what she meant. You can approach a theatre or large arena that has thirty or forty doors of entrance, but only one set of doors provides passage into that building. It’s really frustrating, especially when a mass of people is trying to squeeze through. But it’s all by design. It was Communism’s way of controlling its citizens. Locking doors is a means of “crowd control” and shows that Government is in charge!

Everyone here faces closed doors. Not necessarily closed by a Communist regime, but you face closed doors. Most often, it’s Satan that’s impeded your way. But that doesn’t mean he’s in control! It doesn’t matter if the doors are shut, locked, and guarded. God has provided you with keys and a divine grace that lets you pass through them. And that’s what I want to talk about—how to open closed doors.

We have to be careful which doors we choose because they don’t all lead to safe places. Sometimes you can bolt through a door and immediately realize you’re in the wrong place. That’s why we need to stay sensitive to the Holy Spirit. It is always appropriate to pray for God to bolt and barricade every door that is not designed for your passage.

While we understand the dangers of choosing ill-fated doors, I want to focus on passing through doors that enrich your welfare; doors that liberate you from a place of bondage and release you to a place of blessing. Imagine where you would be without open doors.

What if you had nothing but closed doors to friendship, education, or employment? What if doors of opportunity were always closed? Worse yet, image not being able to access God during a time of crisis and doors of prayer were barricaded?

I want to make something expressly clear: You need open doors! In fact, you can’t live without them. If you are locked behind closed doors you are incarcerated! You are merely existing; not thriving. Prisons confine and prevent people from passing into places of freedom. That’s why they’re built with thick cement walls and cold steel doors. But know this: There is no door so thick, none so strong, none so securely locked that the Lord Almighty cannot simply speak His Word and unhinge before you! The power of Christ opens doors that seem impenetrably shut!

That’s what Isaiah 45:1 means when it says, “[I will] open doors before you . . . I will shatter the doors of bronze and cut through their iron bars.” When the sovereign Lord speaks, no door can remain shut!

(Transition) So how do we escape a place of bondage and unhinge the doors that have us trapped? There is definitely a secret to opening locked doors and I want to investigate it.

Pray For Open Doors

(Illustration) Awhile back I was seeking God when the Holy Spirit said, “Pray for open doors.” It was that simple. But it wasn’t inconsequential! Those words struck my heart and reverberated for weeks. I kept hearing, “Pray for open doors.” The Lord made clear to me that prayer unlocks impasses. When you read the Book of Colossians you realize the Apostle Paul understood this too. He literally penned Colossians from behind bars when he said, “pray for us that God will open a door for the Word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ” (4:3).

(Insight) It’s ironic that the Apostle God used to unveil the need for open doors was often locked up, imprisoned, drifting at sea, or chained to a Roman guard! It’s because God requires His servants to personally experience the revelation He discloses to them. And when people prayed for Paul, as he was locked behind prison doors, he became an uncontainable force and launched churches all over Europe and Asia Minor.

(Application) If you have an assignment from God, you need to pray for open doors because Satan will try to impede your way. You can’t expect them to burst open like you’re walking through an automated door at a supermarket. Let’s try some deductive reasoning. Jesus said, “I am the door (John 19:9). Since Jesus is the Door, what does this make Satan? It makes him the Door Closer!

That’s why Jesus said in Matthew 7:7, “Ask and it shall be given to you; seek and you shall find; knock and the door will be opened.” Some doors won’t budge until you pray! And they won’t budge until you pray boldly, intensely, and with faith!

James 5:17 says, “Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months. (18) Then he prayed again, and the sky poured rain. . . .” Elijah’s praying sealed the skies so tightly that not even a trace of dew could lick the ground without his permission! And when he prayed again, the floodgates of heaven opened and soaked the earth with rain. Prayer has power.

(Bible Example) Look what happened when the Christians prayed for Peter who was arrested, jailed, and awaiting execution. Acts 12:5 says they “earnestly prayed for Peter.” That Greek word for “earnestly” means “they pleaded with all their heart; they stretched themselves out in prayer.”

God can’t ignore that kind of praying! When those Christians got locked-in at Mary’s house, God ordered a breakout at the prison house. And before the guards could move a muscle, an angel had snapped Peter’s chains, opened the prison gates, and hustled him to safety.

Folks, when you get locked-in with God, He will give you a breakout! That’s why Colossians 4:2 says to “devote yourself to prayer.” Doors open when you pray! When Believers pray, angels arise to “shatter doors of bronze and cut through gates of iron.” What door do you need opened? Identify it. Be specific:

I need open doors to preach the Gospel (2 Corinthians 2:12).

I want to walk through the doors of soul-winning.

I want what the Psalmist prayed, “Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things in your Law” (119:18).

I want a portal of revelation opened, like the prophets, so I can know things that are “freely given to me of God.”

I want an open door to the gifts of the Spirit so I can minister to others.

Jesus is the incontestable door opener and He is waiting to unlock, unhinge, or shatter any door that needs opening—doors to relationships, healing, restoration, and finances.

(Transition) Maybe someone here is thinking “Lord, I’ve twisted every key in the Kingdom and still can’t unlock a door. I’ve lowered my shoulder and rammed until there’s no ramming left in me.” That’s okay! Maybe God doesn’t want you passing through that door! Maybe He has a better, more mysterious plan for you. Let me explain:

Christ Makes Trips for You

(Insight) Awhile back, the Holy Spirit whispered something to me: “Jesus can walk where no one else can walk” (8/8/10). In other words, when doors are closed to us it doesn’t mean Christ is locked out. Jesus can access places nobody else can access. That’s why it isn’t always necessary to board a plane and rush around the globe to solve a problem. You may not even have to cross the street, phone someone, or send an email. All that’s necessary is lifting your voice and praying to the One who “rides on the wings of the wind.” Christ can enter places totally unreachable for everybody else. And he can do it in a moment’s time! Let me illustrate it this way:

On one occasion God said to Moses, “Moses, it’s time to confront Pharaoh. Get your staff and prepare for a showdown.” When Moses obeyed, he entered Pharaoh’s court, waved his staff, and plagues of all nature befell the Egyptians. But on another occasion God said, “Moses, stay where you are. I’m sending my angel through the land to do my bidding.” And while Moses sat in his tent, the angel of God released God’s power against Egypt.

On one occasion, God told Abraham to gather his men and attack the king of Elam. When Abraham obeyed he won a mighty victory. On another occasion the Lord said, “Abraham, sit tight. Don’t worry about the king violating your wife. I’m going to walk into his dreams and forbid him from touching Sarah.” And God’s appearance in the king’s dream was so frightening that when he awoke he didn’t dare touch Sarah or Abraham!

You see, Christ can go where no one else can go, and that means God doesn’t expect you to take every mission. But He does expect you to “ask, seek, and knock” for the door to be opened. And when you obey His command, He might personally make the trip for you!

(Transition) Notice something else about opening closed doors.

Keys Open Doors

Jesus said, “I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven” (Matthew 16:19). What did Jesus mean by that statement? Well, it’s important to understand that keys represent authority. They determine what gains entry and what is forbidden entry. And Christ has divinely vested everybody here with a set of keys for this purpose. One key is prayer, as I have emphasized, but there are other keys that unlock doors:

God has given you faith. And nothing can impede faith! Jesus said, “If you can believe, all things are possible.”

Then there is the key of God’s Word that you can speak over your situation. And God promised that His Word would “never return void.”

You have the power of the Holy Spirit to clear the way for you. And He is incontestable.

There are also keys of love, forgiveness, mercy, and gentleness that will open doors.

Paul said in 2 Corinthians 10:4, “The weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh; they are mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds.”

If doors are bolted before you, don’t complain, use the keys of the kingdom. They open doors!

You Are A Doorkeeper!

Let me show you something about the “keys of the kingdom” that Christ bestows. Each Christian is given specific keys, according to God’s grace. But these keys don’t fit all doors! Just as a locksmith tumbles keys for specific doors, Christ has cut your Kingdom keys accordingly! That means your set of Kingdom keys represents your divine assignment! In other words, God has authorized you to manage doors and you are a doorkeeper! With keys to the Kingdom in your possession, God has granted you authority to unlock and pass through doors that would otherwise remain shut. And as a benevolent doorkeeper, he wants you to open doors for others that are struggling to get through difficult places in life.

(Illustration) I shared earlier how God dealt with me about this message for several weeks. During that time, my wife and I visited a Methodist church. Several hundred people attended that church, which needed an automated door system to allow elderly worshipers to enter the building. The pastor appealed for donations by playing a video that featured a little old lady with a cane struggling to get through a locked door. The video showed her bumbling and fumbling and pounding on the door with her cane, but without a doorkeeper she couldn’t gain entrance. After the video, the pastor asked for a love-offering. The service continued, and just before the dismissal we heard what sounded like a hammer pounding loudly outside. Although it was distracting, we didn’t think much of it. Just before the pastor prayed the benediction we left the sanctuary and exited the building. As I shoved open the exterior door we stood before a little old lady with a cane struggling to enter the church. She was the one that had been pounding on the building during the worship service! Then, she pointed her cane directly at me and said, “Hold open that door! I’ve been standing out here twenty-two minutes waiting for somebody to let me inside.” I was stunned! I wasn’t a Methodist! I was a visitor! But by divine Providence, God ordered the drama of that video to literally play-out before us in real life. We knew God had spoken to us.

It makes perfect sense that David said, “I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of God than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.” Israel’s great king knew the grand role of opening doors to God’s presence!

Are you directing people to God’s house?

(Insight) Let me summarize this door-keeping assignment you have. One, King David was a doorkeeper. Two, Jesus, the “Son of David” was “the Door.” And then three, the Lord said to all Believers, “I give you the keys of the kingdom.” That means you have a kingly assignment! It’s an assignment of both Jesus and David. God has deputized you to manage doors. And just as you need open doors, you are the person God has deputized to open doors for another person’s breakout.

And here’s what can happen when you help someone through their shut door: Jesus said, “Blessed are the merciful, they shall receive mercy.” Paul said, “Whatever a man sows, that shall he also reap.” That means when you use your “keys to the kingdom” for someone else, God can return a breakout blessing to you!

(Illustration) (Woman that ministered to Senator Barry Goldwater. Man at bus station gave her money for her ticket. He was her doorkeeper for travel. In Washington DC, the secretary was her doorkeeper to Senator Goldwater.)

Whenever you need an open door, either use the keys God has invested to you or pray for Him to grant favor with the doorkeeper He has assigned and authorized for your passage.

(Transition) One final point about the doors we encounter.

Turn From Doors that God Closes!

Sometimes it may appear that God closes more doors than He opens. He probably does. But if God is omniscient, why shouldn’t He know how to manage our doors? When God posts a “No Trespassing” sign it’s time to turn away.

(Example) In Acts 20, the Apostle Paul decided to minister in Asia. But for no apparent reason the Holy Spirit “forbade Paul from going to Asia” (20:6). Paul then tried to minister in Bithynia, but again the Bible says “the Spirit of Jesus did not permit them” (20:8). That probably didn’t make sense to Paul, but he listened to the Lord. A few nights later, God gave Paul a dream of a man begging him to come to Macedonia. He finally detected the door that God had chosen for him.

But notice what happened when Paul obeyed God and walked through that  door:

He became the focal point of a riot!

The city authorities threw him in jail!

Then an earthquake struck!

So much for following God’s advice in a dream! But then the doors of God’s goodness and grace really swung opened. It started with the angels shaking open those prison doors! And once Paul and Silas shook free they opened the door of salvation for the Jailer and both he and his family were born again. And before leaving town, Paul founded the Church at Philippi! It is this very church that Jesus addressed in our opening text when He said, “Behold, I have set before you an opened door that no one can shut.” Praise God!

You can’t predict what will happen when you obey God, but you can trust Him. Just remember that God will always meet you at the entryway of your assignment. When you arrive at your door, Christ will have already arrived! And He will have supplied a superabundance of grace for your mission.

Conclusion

Some years ago, I contacted the US government and secured an international passport. That tiny 3” X 5” booklet, stamped with the seal of the USA, has made it possible to travel the world and get passed the closed doors of many international borders. Without that passport, doors to those nations would have been closed.

(Illustration) But more remarkable, some years ago, the Lord gave me the idea to launch the website, PulpitToday.org. Since its inception, it has received millions of hits and in the past year it has been viewed in 180 nations! Through the Internet, God has granted me the grace to enter nations, hostile to the Gospel, which would have never let me evangelize them in person. What a passport Pulpit Today has been for spreading the Gospel! And God has given everyone here a passport for Kingdom work:

Some people have intellectual skills and as educators they can open doors of understanding to students.

Others have inventive or scientific minds, which open doors to technology and medicine.

Some people have unusual favor and they have access to City Hall, or places of government, or to influential people.

Others are mighty in prayer, and as intercessors they can compel God to impact the world in mighty ways!

Use the passport God has given you. Use the “keys to the kingdom.” Use prayer. These things will “shatter doors of bronze and cut through gates of iron.” You can’t thrive without open doors.

Evangelistic Appeal

For a moment, let me speak to those that do not know Christ as Savior. I’m not asking you to pray for an open door, I want you to ‘walk to the door.’ Jesus said in the last book of the Bible, “I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and answers the door, I will come in.” He is knocking now; will you let Him into your heart?

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