PARTNERSHIP WITH GOD

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The Service Jesus Never Conducted

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

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...

CHRISTIAN BELIEFS UNDER ATTACK: THERE ARE ANSWERS!

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

“I AM THE WAY” — JESUS

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

THE INCOMPARABLE CHRIST

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

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE RESURRECTION

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

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 COMING REVIVAL IN AMERICA

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

PRAYER THAT WORKS!

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

Jesus Fulfills Prophecy, Christ is the Messiah

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

Strangers and Pilgrims

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

VISIONARIES FOR GOD

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

JESUS CHRIST HEALS!

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

DELIVERANCE OVER STRONGHOLDS

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

A KING AMONG MEN

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

CONQUERING THE DOUBTS OF SALVATION

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

THE INSPIRING STORY OF HANDEL’S MESSIAH

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

DOES THE BIBLE CONTAIN ERRORS?

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

MOTIVATED BY LOVE

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

JESUS FULFILLS MESSIANIC PROPHECIES (V)

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IMITATORS OF CHRIST

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

WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT FASTING

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

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...

A STUDY OF DIVINE HEALING

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

Communion: The Total Sacrifice

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

YOU CAN KNOW!

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

PARTNERSHIP WITH GOD

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

USAFORISRAEL

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CHRONOLOGY OF HOLY WEEK

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

BEGGARS OF MERCY

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

ALWAYS GIVE THANKS

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

HOW TO PRAY BIG!

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

THE INHERENT POWER OF BELIEVERS

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

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.

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...

LIVING BY THE POWER OF REDEMPTION

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

THE MESSAGE OF CLOUDS

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

YOUR FOUNDATION: FIRM OR FLAWED?

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

THE GIFT GOD GAVE

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

DOES GOD KILL?

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

The Spirit of Python

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

AN ALTAR INVITATION

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

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...

HOW TO MAINTAIN SPIRITUAL FERVOR

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

THE ONE-MINUTE CHALLENGE

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

Six Steps For Finding God’s Will

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

HOPE FOR A VEXED GENERATION

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

HOW TO OVERCOME TEMPTATION

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

COMPASSION IN ACTION

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

MORE THAN CONQUERORS

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

POWER TO SHARE CHRIST

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

FIVE PROVISIONS OF CHRIST’S BLOOD

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

DESIRES OF A GODLY PARENT

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

MANS’ ONLY HOPE

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

Malchus

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

GOD APPRAISES SUCCESS

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

MEN IN BROWN

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

Arabs Claim Jesus was ‘Palestinian’

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

FROM THANKSGIVING TO THANKS-LIVING

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

THE TRUTH ABOUT LIES

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

“SEEK ME AND LIVE”

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

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”...

WHAT’S SO FRIGHTENING ABOUT CHRISTMAS?

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

REEMERGENCE OF DRAMATIC SIGNS & WONDERS

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

GOD REALLY IS GOOD!

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

SECURING THE FAVOR OF GOD

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

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...

HOW THE ANTICHRIST WILL RISE TO POWER

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

“DO NOT HARM THE OIL AND WINE”

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

Are You Ready for Jesus

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

THE REWARD OF SACRIFICING

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

A Workman Unashamed

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

THE OASIS OF WORSHIP

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

THE LOST AXE HEAD

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

Biblically Woke!

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

THE WONDER OF KNOWING GOD

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

The Scriptures, The Savior and Salvation

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

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 TRIUMPH OF GRACE

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

HOW TO OPEN CLOSED DOORS

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

THE COMING WINDS

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

THE LION’S ROAR!

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

LIVING WITH GODLY INFLUENCE

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

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...

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...

FULFILLED PROPHECIES OF THE LAST DAYS

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

VOICES FROM THE GRAVE

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

21 Ways the Holy Spirit Manifests Himself to Believers

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

THE GOD OF OUR PROBLEMS

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

WHAT WERE THEY THINKING AT THE MANGER?

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

THE DYNAMIC MESSENGER

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

THE LAW OF REVELATION (Part 1)

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

THE END SHALL COME LIKE A FLOOD

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

ZERUBBABEL’S TEMPLE

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

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...

“A NEW THING”

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

DISTINGUISHED BY THE ANOINTING

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

World Cup and Christ’s Cup

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

PRAY FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP

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

MAKING THE MOST OF LIFE

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

WHAT IS ADVENT?

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

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...

THE ACTS OF ANANIAS

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

YOUR SUPPORT IS APPRECIATED!

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

COMPELLING EVIDENCE FOR CHRIST’S RETURN

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

MOSES’ TREASURE CODE CRACKED!

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

An Excellent Example of Leadership

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

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...

YOUR TIMES ARE IN GOD’S HANDS

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

THE LAND OF ISRAEL: WHOSE PROPERTY IS IT?

Robert D. Pace Should Christians Support Israel’s Rights to the "Holy Land"? In recent years, the...

Driving Out The Canaanites

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

THE PROPHET’S SECLUSION

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

God Said It; Now, You Settle It!

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

CREATED IN GOD’S IMAGE

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

The Beauty of the Righteous

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

A Call to Corporate Prayer for USA Elections

Robert D Pace You know the turmoil that has imbibed our country—a worldwide pandemic, anarchy in...

THINGS TO REMEMBER

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

SHAPED FOR A HIGHER PLACE

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

JESUS IS LORD! OR, IS HE?

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

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...

MEN AS ANGELS

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

PRAYING UNDER THE SPIRIT’S INFLUENCE

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

ENTERTAINMENT OR TEMPTING GOD?

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

LEARNING TO WORSHIP FROM WICKED MEN

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

THE TESTIMONY OF THE CROSS

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

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.

DIVINE ASSIGNMENTS, DIVINE ASSISTANCE

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

FINDING THE TREASURES OF DARKNESS AND WEALTH OF SECRET PLACES

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Opening Remarks (Harbinger) Several years ago, the Lord spoke...

BLESSINGS OF REPENTANCE

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

GOD’S APPOINTED TIME

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Galatians 4:4--7 I want to speak to you on the subject, “God’s...

YOU AND YOUR TWIN

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

PRACTICING THE PEACE OF GOD

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

THE DECISION OF MOSES

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

“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...

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...

THE SONG OF MOSES

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

WHY THE MANNA STOPPED

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

ARISE AND CLAIM THE BLESSINGS

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

Indepth Look at The Diversity of Prayer Book

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

SHAMGAR’S OXGOAD

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

THE PURPOSE OF VISIONS

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

Communion Symbolizes Our Union With Christ

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

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...

A Witch

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

THE HOLY SPIRIT AND YOU

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Luke 11:11-13 Before His ascension into Heaven Jesus carefully...

DISCOVERING UNSEARCHABLE THINGS

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

INSIGHTS TO THE FESTIVAL OF TABERNACLES

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

NONE CAST ASIDE

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

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...

THE PEACE OF GOD

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

THE GRACE OF JESUS CHRIST

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

PREPARE THE WAY

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

THE IMPARTATION OF PRIVILEGE

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

EXPECTATIONS OF PENTECOSTAL WORSHIP

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

AUTHORITY TO ASK!

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

The Woman at the Well

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

JESUS, PRINCE OF PEACE

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

THE MIRACULOUS CATCH OF FISH

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

WHY CHRISTIANS MUST NOT QUIT

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

MAN’S QUEST FOR PEACE

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

Devotional: LEANING OR LASTING?

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

TEAR IT DOWN!

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

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...

A CHRISTMAS TRIP

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

YOU CAN DISCERN THE DAYS

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

DIVINE CONSCIOUSNESS OF CHRIST

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

THE GLORY OF GOD

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

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

Mountaintop Worship

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

BOUNDARIES

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

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 BEAUTY OF FORGIVENESS

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

The Power of our Spoken Words

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

AN ASSEMBLAGE OF KNOWERS

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

CAN MAN LIVE WITHOUT MERCY?

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

JESUS IS ALIVE!

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

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...

PREVIEW A DISCERN THE DAYS PROPHECY CONFERENCE

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

DIVINE ENTRAPMENT

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

THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

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

YOUR APPOINTED TIME

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

“PATHSPERITY”

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

The Comfort of Communion

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

THE BEGINNING OF THANKSGIVING DAY IN AMERICA

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

ACCORDING TO THE PATTERN

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

A BIG WORD FOR A BIG LIFE

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

THE GARDENER

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

CHRIST DIED FOR THE UNWORTHY

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

“THE DAYS SHALL BE SHORTENED”

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

IF GRACE IS THE EXPLANATION

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

BIBLICAL SUPPORT FOR “SIGNS AND WONDERS”

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

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...

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PULPIT TODAY SERMONS

Robert D. Pace

Introductory Remarks

Throughout Scripture, we see people that obtained unique favor from God. This favor allowed them to prevail with God’s blessing and accomplish a special purpose in their generation. Divine favor is important to understand because it provides the recipient with access to partner with God in a special way! That’s what I want to discuss today. I want you to understand that God has favored you through Jesus Christ to partner with Him and achieve divine purposes.

Let’s read our text in Genesis 28.

Genesis 28:10-22

It’s really important to have the right connections in life; being in the right place at the right time and knowing the right person. Like someone said: “It’s not who you know that’s important, it’s whom you know.” That’s right! Knowing the right person has advantages:

When an opportunity to advance arises we want to be associated with someone of position and power so they can influence of our chances.

We want a close, honest friend as our auto mechanic so we won’t get “taken.”

When we want to attend a concert we want connections with someone that can get us front row seats.

We want to know someone that lets us vacation in their beachfront condominium.

I’m unsure who or where those power-brokers are because most of us accomplish things the old-fashioned way. That is, we have to plow our way through life until we unearth God’s purposes! We stand in long lines and pay the full price. But guess what? From the beginning, God’s intention was more than just rugged individualism. Man was designed for partnership:

Our original partner was God Himself. He’s the ultimate power-broker!

That’s what marriage is about—man and woman participating in a cooperative relationship.

It’s what the Hebrew community was about—Prophets, Priests, and twelve tribes partnering for everyone’s welfare.

And God’s objective today aims at bringing people into special partnership with Him. That’s what Calvary discloses.

The ultimate intention of Christ’s sacrifice aims at bringing people into the closest possible relationship with God. That’s what Paul said in Ephesians 2:12: “Remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. (13) But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.” Jesus is always the key to our richest blessings! He is “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 10)10).

(Harbinger) Here’s the objective of today’s message. God desires to partner with people so they can manifest His purposes in the earth. And the Bible says this is possible if we would seek to “know Him.” Daniel 11:32 says: “the people who know their God will be strong and do exploits.” The NAS version puts it this way: It says the people that know their God would “display strength and take action.” This means a special relationship with God is available if we will seek to claim it! Look at men of Scripture that lived in partnership with God:

Noah’s partnership with God saved his family from the Flood and preserved the human race.

Abraham’s partnership with God also made a global impact. His faith secured the Promised Land for the Hebrew people and brought spiritual blessings to every nation.

Jacob’s partnership with God brought him multiplied wealth even while laboring with his conniving father-in-law.

Moses experienced “face to face” fellowship with God (Deut. 34:10). And he liberated two million Jews from Egypt!

And Joshua secured a military alliance with God that conquered the Canaanites and settled the Hebrew tribes in the Promised Land. Joshua’s partnership with God was so phenomenal, that without earthly assistance, the angels flattened Jericho’s impregnable walls!

(Transition) Wouldn’t you like to live this way? Wouldn’t you like to claim such a close posture with God that he dispatched angels to work in your behalf? Well, it is possible! You can claim partnership with God in a unique and powerful way!  This is what I want to discuss in my first point.  Partnership with God begins by discerning your spiritual birthright.

I.    Discern Your Birthright

(Definition) Jewish birthrights were significant in Old Testament days. That is because firstborn son’s claimed the family’s preeminent privileges and inheritance. In fact, Deuteronomy discloses they were double-beneficiaries of family estates.

(Humor) As the firstborn in my family, I would have enjoyed an Old Testament birthright and its double privileges. But America doesn’t operate that way. Americans use Wills. And a Will is designed to operate this way: Upon the death of the maker of the Will, his/her estate is distributed to the duly appointed beneficiaries. That’s a simplified, idealistic policy for estate disbursement. But realistically, Americans operate another way: When parents die, with or without a Will, the children fuss, fume, and fight, over who gets what!

Do you know why families feud over inheritances? It’s because they have discerned the estate’s value. People don’t pay lawyers enormous sums of money to make certain worthless goods are distributed. Nobody wants to wrangle over trinkets that couldn’t be sold at a flea market. People argue and fight to possess items of value.

The reason people don’t secure more from God is because they haven’t properly evaluated Christ’s covenant. The Lord is willing to disburse it, but we must discern it! Jesus pointed out this when He said, “It is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” (Luke 12:32).

As I impress this point upon you today, I will repeatedly reference Jacob and Esau. That’s because the Holy Spirit highlights them in regard to claiming God’s blessings. You remember how the story of their lives began with a wrestling match within their mother’s womb. When Rebekah felt that prenatal disturbance she asked God what was happening. God told her two nations were struggling inside her and the younger would rule the older. God’s foreknowledge observed Esau’s disdain for his birthright and predetermined it for Jacob, the man of faith. Let me show you.

When Esau matured he became an outdoorsman and hunted game. One day, he returned home famished from a long, fruitless day of hunting. No doubt God had orchestrated Esau’s vain attempts just to test his character. When Esau smelled Jacob’s stew cooking over the fire, he asked for a bowl. That’s when Jacob asked Esau to buy his meal by signing over his birthright. And listen to Esau’s reply, “Look, I am about to die . . . What good is the birthright to me?” (Genesis 25:32).

In one sentence, Esau exposed his character. Think about it. Have you known anyone to die by missing one meal? There is no way anybody can feel sorry for Esau because he wasn’t a victim. Jacob was certainly wrong for scheming, but Esau deliberately rejected God’s blessing that was promised through his father Isaac and his grandfather Abraham! Both Jacob and Esau knew of the covenant blessings God had given to their grandfather, Abraham. But in one sentence Esau repudiated those grand promises. Hebrews 12:16 captures the moment when it says: “for a single meal [Esau] sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son. (17) Afterward, as you know, when he wanted to inherit this blessing, he was rejected.”

Esau knowingly traded the most significant covenant available for a measly bowl of stew. And in so doing, he deliberately repudiated that special relationship that belonged to firstborns. What discernment!

But Jacob was different. He wasn’t morally perfect, but he longed for God’s blessings. He was a discerning, God-conscious Believer that understood the import of Abraham’s promises and he determined to secure them. The difference is, Jacob connived for the blessing while Esau renounced the blessing. There was error on both counts, but Esau totally abandoned his faith and rejected Abraham’s covenant. When you turn to the book of Hebrews in the New Testament you discover a chapter-by-chapter warning from God:

Chapters 1 and 2 warn to acknowledge Christ lest one drifts from the blessings of salvation.

Chapters 3 and 4 warn Christians not to harden their hearts with unbelief and forfeit God’s promises.

Chapters 5 and 6 warn Believers to avoid the trap of backsliding.

Chapters 7 -10 command us not to forsake the new and better covenant that Christ has mediated.

Chapter 11 is fully devoted to urging Christians not to abandon Faith.

Chapter 12 commands us not to ignore the God’s majestic voice that shakes the heavens and the earth.

And chapter 13 reemphasizes the urgency of faith toward God.

Each of the 13 chapters of Hebrews instructs Christians, in one way or another, to maintain spiritual vigilance, press forward, and live a faith-filled life.

But now, let’s return to Jacob and Esau. As I mentioned, for many years, Jacob exhibited cunning and deceitful ways. Even though God had destined for him for blessing, he stirred the stew and fanned its aroma as a means of manipulating his brother to surrender his birthright. Jacob knew he could secure a special relationship with God if could claim Esau’s birthright. And his plan worked! But all this fleshly maneuvering was unnecessary! Jacob should have trusted God to fulfill His promises. Consequently, all his “sowing to the wind” caused him to “reap the whirlwind.”

I wonder, despite our divine election, if God hasn’t chosen Jacob to reveal a similar character flaw that plagues many Christians? It’s interesting that the Old Testament repeatedly refers to God’s elect as “Jacob’s portion.” That is, Believers are the spiritual sons and daughters of Jacob. And as “Jacob’s portion,” God wants us to beware of corrupt and salacious acts that might impugn our lives. He knew we would constantly war with “the flesh,” even when we wanted to claim God’s blessing.

But Christians don’t have to malign, undermine, or bake half-truths in order to secure favor from God. Remember, with or without Jacob’s chicanery, God promised Rebekah that Jacob would rise above his older brother. And it would be faith not craftiness that would secure this promise. Faith always claims the promises! John said it is “the victory that overcomes the world.” We don’t have to manipulate, or pull strings when we’re in partnership with God.

Do you know where the real temptation comes from when Christians are tempted to operate “in the flesh”? It’s when a friend or loved one suggests a manipulative scheme for us to employ. The scheme can even sound like it is the “spiritual” way to handle it and make certain the right thing occurs!

(Example) Just before Isaac’s death, when he was ready to pronounce his blessings upon his sons, Rebekah—Jacob’s mother—concocted a plan for Jacob to steal his brother’s birthright and hence claim a great blessing! Rebekah urged Jacob to pose as Esau and steal his father’s blessing. And it worked! But that only exacerbated the conflict between the brothers. It brought resentment and separation that lasted for many years. It’s never advantageous to practice wicked ways. It always festers into more problems!

Even Jesus endured this temptation. After a great day of working miracles in John 6, the crowd tried to lure Jesus into accepting his kingly crown (John 6:15). But Christ knew it wasn’t God’s will to accept his kingship by avoiding the Cross. In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus had already taught that special partnership with God and His blessings come through humility before God. He said, “Blessed are the humble; they shall inherit the earth” (MAT 5:7). Humbly accepting God’s will and ways always secure a divine inheritance!

Whenever you are tempted to behave contrary to God’s standard, never forget that you will face the law of sowing and reaping. Jacob thought he masterminded the art of deception until he encountered his father-in-law. Laban out‑smarted, out‑deceived, and out‑connived Jacob for fourteen years. Jacob found the woman of his dreams but Laban was a nightmare. But if you will accept partnership with God on God’s terms, you will understand that “the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord.” That’s something you can trust!

(Transition) Second, partnership with God often emerges through acts of devotion toward God.

II.   Partnership with God Emerges through Acts of Devotion toward God

The Bible identifies several ways to express devotion. Making a vow is one significant way. When they’re made under the Spirit’s direction they bring profound blessing. I asked at the beginning of this message how many wanted to walk in God’s favor. This is how you can place yourself into the path of His blessing. Let God inspire you with a vow/commitment toward Him and fulfill it. That’s why Psalm 76:11 says: “Make vows to the LORD your God and fulfill them.” Scripture references vows 74 times, and they are ‘binding promises’ made for one of two reasons:

First, they’re made in response to God’s blessings. For example, when the storm was quelled after Jonah was thrown into the sea the mariners responded by: “offer[ing] vows and thanksgiving unto God” (Jonah 1:16).

Second, vows are made to God in order to procure His blessing. Let’s illustrate that:

(Illustration) Eddie, a longtime friend, related this story to me. When Betty, Eddie’s older sister, was a young child, she fell into convulsions and became semi-conscious. Nothing the doctors did could improve her condition. In desperation, Eddie’s father bent over Betty and prayed, “Lord, if you’ll heal Betty I’ll preach your Word.” Instantly, she opened her eyes and said, “I want Mamma!” Isn’t that ironic? Dad prays the prayer that snatches his daughter from the jaws of death, she wakes up, and the first person she asks for is Mamma! But Eddie’s dad made a vow and fulfilled it. And God blessed him! He went on to pastor for twenty-seven years and Betty later became a missionary.

(Example) Now let’s investigate a vow made in Scripture. Once again, it is Jacob that Genesis 28 shows enacting a vow as a means of securing God’s blessing. Jacob is traveling when he stops to spend the night in Bethel. During the night the Lord gave him a vision. After the vision Jacob said: “Lord, I’ve surely met you here. I’ve seen angels ascending and descending to Heaven. You have just promised to bless me and I want to agree with you. “I vow, that if indeed you bless me, I will give you a tenth of all of my increase.”” Consequently, God honored Jacob’s vow and blessed him many times over—even while working with his father‑in‑law Laban. Years later, an angel appeared to Jacob and reminded him how he gained a great measure of his prosperity. Genesis 31:11 says: “Look up and see that all the male goats mating with the flock are streaked, speckled or spotted, for I have seen all that Laban has been doing to you. (13) I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed a pillar and where you made a vow to me.” In essence, the angel said: “Jacob, look at your wealth. You are blessed because of your courageous vow at Bethel. I accepted that vow and entered special partnership with you and gave you all you see.”

Perhaps the Holy Spirit is leading someone here to walk in special partnership with God. He may be prompting you to enter a special covenant-relationship with Him that includes a vow. If that’s the case God is trying to richly bless you.

(Example) Despite the abundance of Scripture on the issue, some people don’t believe in making vows. But they wouldn’t hesitate in purchasing a $75,000 automobile and financing it for 60 months! And this is nothing short of a vow! It was simply made with a lending institution.

Here’s the difference between secular and spiritual vows. That automobile vow incurs up to 60 months of indebtedness, and with interest too! But the good news is, while spiritual vows require a sacrificial act of faith from Believers, it also releases the supernatural blessing from Almighty God! It literally obligates God to the vow-maker. This is what Psalm 50:14‑15 means when it says, “Sacrifice thank offerings to God, fulfill your vows to the Most High, (15) and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.

(Illustration) A Christian named R.G. Latournea knew the benefits of vows. In the middle of the 1930’s depression, his business endeavors profited him $35,000. That was good money for those lean days of the early twentieth century. Earlier that year, he had pledged $5,000 to his local church but estimated he could make $100,000 profit by foregoing the $5,000 vow and reinvesting the money. So he amended his commitment and said: “Lord, I am going to skip my $5,000 pledge this year because I have discovered that a reinvestment of that amount will produce $100,000. And Lord, when I give $10,000 tithes later, it will far exceed giving you $5,000 tithes now.” But rather than making $100,000 profit that next year he lost $100,000! Realizing his mistake, he repented and made another pledge. He said, “God, regardless of my $100,000 deficit, I will repay the $5,000 and give an addional $5,000.” Upon doing this, his business grew and prospered enough to absorb the $100,000 deficit and prospered another $100,000 besides that! Before dying in 1969, he contributed ninety percent of his income to God while keeping only ten percent. Latournea financed missions throughout the world and at one time his missionary foundation alone was worth $40 million. IT was largely due to his special partnership with God.

(Illustration) There’s one final illustration. Stanley Tam owned a silver reclamation business. He tithed from the beginning. After apparent failure he prayed: “God, I don’t understand. I’m a tither and it looks like I’ve failed.” Then he felt God speak to him: “Give me your silver reclamation business and you won’t fail. For have I not said in My Word ‘my God shall supply all your needs’?” Upon that encounter with God, he surrendered his business to God and it immediately prospered. Later he told his wife that giving ten percent to God wasn’t enough. Thus, he increased his giving by committing fifty percent of the company’s stocks to the Lord’s work. But God’s blessings upon his labors continued to grow! He later increased his giving to sixty percent and only accepted 40% for personal usage. Ultimately, he accepted a company salary and gave 100% of the profits to God!

Conclusion

You see, there is untold blessing for those that dare to enter special partnership with the Lord. What about you? Is God offering the opportunity of partnership with Him? Let God into your life in a more dynamic way and He will prove to be more than you expected!

NOTE TO READER: You can read the companion sermon to this message entitled, “Can You Walk With God?”.

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