WHAT IS ADVENT?

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

HOPE FOR A VEXED GENERATION

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

THIRTY FEET FROM TRIUMPH

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

JESUS FULFILLS MESSIANIC PROPHECIES (V)

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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...

Supernatural Provision For Difficult Times

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

PROPHECY OF TREES FULFILLED IN ISRAEL’S DESERT

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

CHRIST YOUR DELIVERER

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

MAKING THE MOST OF LIFE

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

The Power of our Spoken Words

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

The Scriptures, The Savior and Salvation

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

WHAT’S SO FRIGHTENING ABOUT CHRISTMAS?

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

THE BEAUTY OF FORGIVENESS

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

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...

YOU AND YOUR TWIN

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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...

YOU CAN KNOW!

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

CONQUERING THE DOUBTS OF SALVATION

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

GOD REALLY IS GOOD!

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

MAGNIFICENT ATTRIBUTES OF GOD

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Jesus Fulfills Prophecy, Christ is the Messiah

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

CHRIST DIED FOR THE UNWORTHY

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

DARE TO QUESTION GOD!

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

BEHOLD, HE PRAYS!

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

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...

JESUS: GOD & MAN

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A Man of God

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

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.

LOOSED!

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

USAFORISRAEL

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UNCOVERING THE GIFT

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

Checklist for Knowing You’re a Christian

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

How the Bible Affirms Israel’s Borders

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

THE ELEVENTH COMMANDMENT

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YOUR APPOINTED TIME

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MAN’S QUEST FOR PEACE

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

“THE DAYS SHALL BE SHORTENED”

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

THE LAW OF REVELATION (Part 1)

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THE GOODNESS OF GOD

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LIVING WITH THE RIGHT ATTITUDE

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

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...

GOD APPRAISES SUCCESS

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

TEAR IT DOWN!

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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...

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...

IMITATORS OF CHRIST

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

SHAMGAR’S OXGOAD

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

THE INSPIRING STORY OF HANDEL’S MESSIAH

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

SON OF DAVID / SON OF GOD

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America in Crisis!

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

CAN YOU WALK WITH GOD?

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JESUS IS ALIVE!

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THE MIRACULOUS CATCH OF FISH

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

Biblically Woke!

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PRAYING UNDER THE SPIRIT’S INFLUENCE

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ALWAYS GIVE THANKS

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

WHEN A CHRISTIAN IS VULNERABLE

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

THE MESSAGE OF CLOUDS

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

HOLY FIRE! WHERE IS IT?

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AMERICA’S SOCIAL DISORDER

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WHO JESUS SAYS YOU ARE

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GOD AT WORK

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

WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT FASTING

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

THE CHEMISTRY OF MIRACLES

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

THE ONE-MINUTE CHALLENGE

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BIBLICAL SUPPORT FOR “SIGNS AND WONDERS”

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

GOD DEFENDS ISRAEL!

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

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...

PARTNERSHIP WITH GOD

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

A Workman Unashamed

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

HOW TO OPEN CLOSED DOORS

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

THINGS TO REMEMBER

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

THE FEAR OF THE LORD

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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 IMPORTANCE OF THE RESURRECTION

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

LIVING WITH GODLY INFLUENCE

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

THE GRACE OF JESUS CHRIST

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

THE BEGINNING OF THANKSGIVING DAY IN AMERICA

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

THE CHRISTIAN’S RESPONSE TO TERRORISM

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

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...

DOES GOD KILL?

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

PREPARE THE WAY

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THE IMPARTATION OF PRIVILEGE

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

YOUR TIMES ARE IN GOD’S HANDS

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

MANS’ ONLY HOPE

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

FULFILLED PROPHECIES OF THE LAST DAYS

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

The Power of Life and Death

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

MEN IN BROWN

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

JESUS IS LORD! OR, IS HE?

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

Building on the Rock

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

ZERUBBABEL’S TEMPLE

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The Service Jesus Never Conducted

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

Arabs Claim Jesus was ‘Palestinian’

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

MOSES’ TREASURE CODE CRACKED!

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

FROM THANKSGIVING TO THANKS-LIVING

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

PRAY FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP

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

ENTERTAINMENT OR TEMPTING GOD?

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

Are You Ready for Jesus

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

VANQUISHING FEAR

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

THE DECISION OF MOSES

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

THE TRIUMPH OF GRACE

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

THE ACTS OF ANANIAS

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SECURING THE FAVOR OF GOD

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COMPASSION IN ACTION

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

AN ASSEMBLAGE OF KNOWERS

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NONE CAST ASIDE

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

VISIONARIES FOR GOD

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A REVELATION OF GOD

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

“BLESSED ASSURANCE” SALVATION IS YOURS!

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

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:

TREASURES OF DARKNESS

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

DISCOVERING UNSEARCHABLE THINGS

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THE GARDENER

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INSIGHTS TO THE FESTIVAL OF TABERNACLES

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

The Publican and the Pharisee

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

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

THE BLESSING OF FOCUS!

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

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 Woman at the Well

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World Cup and Christ’s Cup

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

THE LAND OF ISRAEL: WHOSE PROPERTY IS IT?

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

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...

THE IMMUTABLE LAW OF SOWING AND REAPING

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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...

THE NATURE OF THE CHURCH

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

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...

YOU CAN BE A CHAMPION FOR GOD!

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

“SEEK ME AND LIVE”

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PRACTICING THE PEACE OF GOD

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

AFFIRMING THE BIBLE AS GOD’S INSPIRED WORD

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From Insects to Archangels God Controls Everything

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UNLOCK YOUR DESTINY

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

DIVINE ENTRAPMENT

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I WILL SHOW YOU GREAT AND UNSEARCHABLE THINGS

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THE HOLY SPIRIT AND YOU

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DOES HELL OFFEND YOU?

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MOTIVATED BY LOVE

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NOAH’S IMPOSSIBLE ASSIGNMENT

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God’s Final Message to Mankind

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

GOD IS WITH YOU!

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

ACCORDING TO THE PATTERN

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

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...

Devotional: LEANING OR LASTING?

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BIBLE PROPHECIES OCCURRING NOW

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

THE HOLY SPIRIT: WHO HE IS AND WHAT HE DOES

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WHY THE MANNA STOPPED

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A CHRISTMAS TRIP

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

“PATHSPERITY”

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CAN MAN LIVE WITHOUT MERCY?

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

Communion Symbolizes Our Union With Christ

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

THE TRUTH ABOUT LIES

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DOES THE BIBLE CONTAIN ERRORS?

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THE WEAKNESS OF ANGELS, THE POWER OF BELIEVERS

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DIVINE ASSIGNMENTS, DIVINE ASSISTANCE

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If Jesus Says I Can, I Can!

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

THE INCOMPARABLE CHRIST

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JUDAH MUST PLOW

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A Voice in the Wilderness

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THE LION’S ROAR!

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AUTHORITY TO ASK!

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THE PHILADELPHIA PROCLAMATION

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

BOUNDARIES

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COMPELLING EVIDENCE FOR CHRIST’S RETURN

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

THE CHRISTIANS’ CROWN TODAY

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Unmasking the Spirit of Antichrist

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THE GIFT GOD GAVE

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Hosanna!

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DELIVERANCE OVER STRONGHOLDS

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

HEADLINES FROM THE BOOK OF JOB

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POWER OVER SIN

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

ARISE AND CLAIM THE BLESSINGS

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Indepth Look at The Diversity of Prayer Book

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AN ALTAR INVITATION

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THE DYNAMIC MESSENGER

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

THE PROPHETIC VOICE

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CONQUERING THE SPIRIT OF CONTAINMENT

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

The Ultimate Sacrifice

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

An Excellent Example of Leadership

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

THE GOD OF OUR PROBLEMS

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LIVING BY THE POWER OF REDEMPTION

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A STUDY OF DIVINE HEALING

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DIVINE CONSCIOUSNESS OF CHRIST

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

“A NEW THING”

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

ONE-WORD DESCRIPTIONS OF GOD’S LOVE

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THE WONDER OF KNOWING GOD

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THE INCARNATION OF CHRIST

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Mountaintop Worship

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Driving Out The Canaanites

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Battle of Gog and Magog

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THE LOST AXE HEAD

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“Pathsperity” is a play on words. I’ve combined the words path and prosperity to illustrate what God offers to those that conform to His ways. Pathsperity involves positioning yourself in the path of God’s blessing. That path isn’t always widest or necessarily the smoothest, but it’s always the right way.

(Definition) Let’s begin by hearing what the Bible says about prosperity. Let’s interpret it from Scripture’s most famous prosperity passage—3 John 2. “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” John didn’t want anything left outside the parameters of God’s blessing. That’s why he said: “I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health.” John wanted prosperity for the body, soul, and spirit. And that’s in agreement with everything the Bible teaches about our welfare. Christ’s death at Calvary affects every dimension of life; not just our soul. But it’s amazing what we can manufacture from this passage. Some people would insist that it says:

    “Beloved, I pray that you may become wealthy.”

    “Beloved, I pray that you may obtain all your dreams and aspirations.

    “Beloved, I pray that you become world-renowned.”

    “Beloved, I pray that you may never get sick.”

There is no question that it is God’s will for men to abide under God’s blessing; but everyone won’t become wealthy or world-renowned or free from all pain. The word prosperity means: “to succeed in reaching a goal.” The apostle John defined it as a continual, on-going lifestyle of victory with Christ.

    He wants us continually pushing forward and conquering in life.

    He wants us conquering sin and breaking away from Satan’s traps.

    He wants us claiming all the grace that is ordained for us.

(Transition) And how is that accomplished? That’s what I want to discuss—how we can claim the pathsperity that God has ordained for us. The first point I want to make is this: seeking God about all things brings pathsperity.

I.    Seeking God Brings Pathsperity

There is no better person in the Old Testament than King David that teaches us this. David faithfully sought God’s will. I know David failed God, but for the most part he faithfully pursued the will of God. If I were to give David a nickname, I would call him, The National Enquirer. I’m serious. Some of you may be thinking of that weekly tabloid, but I’m not using it in a negative way. As Israel’s national leader he often inquired as to how God would have him respond to needs and crisis. He wanted to know exactly how God wanted situations handled. And David needed to know God’s will because he was always fighting the enemy. Can you relate to David?

    When he was a young shepherd he fought lions and bears.

    During his teens he withstood Goliath.

    As a young adult in the palace David dodged Saul’s spear.

    And as King of Israel, David repeatedly repelled the Philistines.

I want us to look at the first two battles David faced after his coronation as King of Israel:

1.      The first battle was launched immediately after David assumed his kingship. This was a quick-strike attack the Philistines launched to overthrow David. They hardly gave him time to appoint Joab as his Secretary of Defense. This is exactly what Jesus said Satan does. In John 10:10 Jesus said Satan comes to “steal, kill and destroy.” And Satan doesn’t always wait until he acts. Jesus said in Mark 4:15 that when the Word is sown into our lives, Satan comes immediately to “take away the word.

That’s why we need to emulate David’s masterful counter-response to an attack. As hastily as the Philistines mustered an invasion David quickly turned his heart heavenward and “enquired of God” (10) as to what his response should be. He didn’t first consult his military advisors; he “enquired of God.” And his prayerful strategy brought an incredible victory!bWhen David sought God, the Lord sent an answer, and the Bible says the Philistines were utterly routed! It was such a decisive victory that David renamed the battlefield Baal Perizim, which meant: “as waters break out, God has broken out against my enemies” (11).

This is a great word picture that David gives us when he calls the battlefield, Baal Perizim. David pictured God as a mighty torrent of water that swept away the Philistines as Israel’s army advanced against them. Their victory resembled a deluge of floodwaters that leveled everything in its path. Have you ever needed God to give you a Baal Perizim victory—a decisive overwhelming victory against the enemy of your soul? David is not the only one that said God gives us this type of victory. The prophet Isaiah said in Isaiah 59:19 that the Holy Spirit “will come like a pent up flood that the Lord’s breath drives along.” And the enemy is no match for that! If that’s what you need, then start praying that God will give you a Baal Perizim victory against the enemy.

2.      But just a short time later, the Philistines launched a second attack against Israel (1CH 14:13‑17). This is precisely how Satan operates. Just because you defeat him in one battle doesn’t mean he rolls over and dies. He’s relentless!

Jesus endured 3 successive temptations during His forty day fast in the wilderness. Persecution and hardships followed Paul everywhere. The prophets were constantly assaulted. This second attack against David and Israel was typical of Satan’s agenda. And when the Philistines repeated their invasion David duplicated his course of action—He sought God’s face.

Fortunately, David didn’t hastily reason: “Well, we whipped them the first time; Joab round up the troops, we’ll pulverize them again.” David realized his successes weren’t in his military genius or because Israel’s troops outnumbered their enemy’s troops; he related his successes directly to the Lord! And God had an altogether different battle-plan this time. Look at 1 Chronicles 14:13-15: Once more the Philistines raided the valley; so David inquired of God again, and God answered him, “Do not go straight up, but circle around them and attack them in front of the balsam trees. As soon as you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, move out to battle, because that will mean God has gone out in front of you to strike the Philistine army.”

When David inquired and obeyed, the Bible says the Philistines were routed from “Gibeon to Gezer.” That was a distance of about 33 miles! Folks, God always has the strategy to defeat the devil. That’s why it’s imperative to seek Him. And remember, the plan God uses the first time may not be suggested the next time. Never presume God wants to repeat a particular battle plan. Always consult!

Do you want to be like David—a man that is described as being “after God’s heart”? Then seek him in all things. Let me tell you the difference between King David and King Saul. God said He was grieved that He enthroned Saul as King of Israel. Here is why: God said: ‘Saul doesn’t listen to Me. He chooses his own course.’ What a commentary! But if you want to pattern your life after David and enjoy his pathsperity, then listen closely to God.

(Transition) Second, let’s mention that trusting God brings pathsperity. Turn to Genesis 13:8-12 and let’s read:

II. Trusting God Brings Pathsperity

Read: Genesis 13:8‑12

Whenever you study the life of Abraham it’s easy to see that excelled in faith and obedience, but something else brought him pathsperity. Abraham knew how to trust God with whatever hand was dealt to him. Look what he told Lot in verse 9: “Is not the whole land before you? Let’s part company. If you go to the left, I’ll go to the right; if you go to the right, I’ll go to the left.” That’s trusting God! God had told Abraham to search for the Promised Land, and he hadn’t located it to this point. But Abraham was perfectly confident that whichever land Lot chose, it wouldn’t be the land God destined to be the Promised Land.

(Application) Have you ever become envious of someone because they got all the “breaks,” promotions, or privileges? Did you ever have to fight off feelings of jealousy because the other guy always seemed to get all the attention or because he/she had things you wanted? When we do this, it reveals that we haven’t learned to trust God’s grace for our lives.

(Illustration) I’m sure most people in this city remember when NASA invited, for the first time (1985), a civilian to fly in the Space Shuttle. Hundreds of applications poured into NASA and the finalists were narrowed down to six school teachers and from the six only one would be chosen to make the flight. The nightly news televised the drama with the teachers standing poised to hear their name. Maybe you’ve seen the footage of that event and how Kristie McAuliffe was chosen for the trip. Have you ever wondered how the five un-chosen teachers might have felt that moment she stepped forward to accept her nomination? They had to be disappointed; that’s a natural reaction. Some of those five teachers might have even been jealous or quite resentful, especially when she got all that media attention during her months of training. But not one of those five un-chosen teachers had even an ounce of resentment toward Kristie McAuliffe two minutes after takeoff when they witnessed that terrible explosion. In fact, they might have never been more thankful about anything in their lives than for not being chosen for that trip.

God’s dealings with others, their promotions and their privileges, and their good “breaks” do not mean God has slighted you! God simply has a different plan for your life.

Notice what God said to Abraham after Lot made his choice in Genesis 13: “Lift up your eyes from where you are and look north and south, east and west. (15) All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever. (16) I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted. (17) Go, walk through the length and breadth o f the land, for I am giving it to you.”

Do you see what the Lord is showing us from this passage? He’s showing us that even when other people make decisions that affect our lives—when the decisions are totally out of our hands and others call the shots—God is still in control! If you have committed your life to God and you are walking in faith and obedience, then you can know, for certain, that it is impossible for anyone to intrude upon God’s sovereign plan for your life. That is what Psalm 37:5 means when it says: “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: (6) He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.”

(Transition) When you and I trust God, it brings pathsperity. But third, working with God brings pathsperity.

III.  Working With God Brings Pathsperity

I hope this point sounds familiar to you. That is, “We must make ourselves available to God and work with Him if we want our labors blessed.”

I want to illustrate this from the widow of 2 Kings 4. Her husband, who was probably 35 – 40, died leaving her with a sizeable debt. The prophet Elisha had mentored this man in the School of the Prophets, but Elisha’s prophetic teaching did not include an economics class. The man died broke! So when this middle-aged man died, the creditor crouched at this widow’s doorstep with threats to seize her two sons. Moses’ Law stated that unpaid creditors could conscript the borrower’s family into slavery in order to collect their debt. (That puts teeth into balancing the budget!) After losing her husband, this woman couldn’t bear the thought of losing her sons as slaves. But under a flash of inspiration, she remembered that the prophet Elisha had been promised a double-portion of God’s power. So she made her case to him.

Here is what Elisha instructed her to do in 2 Kings 4:3: “what do you have in the house?” And she said, “Your maidservant has nothing in the house except a jar of oil.” (3) Then he said, “Go, borrow vessels at large for yourself from all your neighbors, {even} empty vessels; do not get a few. (4) “And you shall go in and shut the door behind you and your sons, and pour out into all these vessels, and you shall set aside what is full.” (5) So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons; they were bringing {the vessels} to her and she poured. (6) When the vessels were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.” And he said to her, “There is not one vessel more.” And the oil stopped. (7) Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debt, and you {and} your sons can live on the rest.”

That’s quite a miracle. And you know, it’s possible that the Lord has never repeated that exact strategy to pay off somebody’s indebtedness. So how do we apply this miracle to our lives? I believe God wants us to understand that there are times He wants us working hand-in-hand with Him in order to claim a miracle. He doesn’t want us sitting on the sidelines, He wants us believing and participating with Him. If this woman and her sons had not followed the command to borrow empty vessels from their neighbors, this miracle would have never occurred. And I know this was a strange, even weird, request that God gave this woman, but she understood that God’s ways, odd as they are, prevail!

Conclusion

(Example) This past week I received an email from a pastor asking me to evaluate a statement. It read: “If something is not practical, it is not spiritual.” So I responded by saying I disagreed with the statement. There are many propositions from God’s Word that are impractical, yet deeply spiritual.

    Was it practical for the Shunamite widow to give her last meal to Elijah? No, but it was spiritual. It even led to her family’s physical preservation during a protracted famine.

    Was it practical for one man, Moses, to assume he could deliver the entire unarmed nation of Israel from Egypt—the mightiest monarchy on earth? No, but God’s power through Moses’ Rod was greater than all the military might of Egypt.

    Was it practical for the 3 Hebrews to defy the king’s command to bow to the statue and risk being hurled into the fiery furnace?

    When bills are tight, is it practical to give away a tenth of your income and expect your entire welfare to be enriched?

Proverbs 11:24 says: “There is one who scatters, and {yet} increases all the more, and there is one who withholds what is justly due, and yet it results only in want. (25) The generous man will be prosperous, And he who waters will himself be watered.” If it is impractical to live by the principles of God’s Word, then impractical is the highest level of living!