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Battle of Gog and Magog

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

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...

HEADLINES FROM THE BOOK OF JOB

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

DIVINE ENTRAPMENT

Pulpit Today Sermons DIVINE ENTRAPMENT Robert D. Pace Job 1:8-10 The book of Job issues incredible...

AMERICA’S SOCIAL DISORDER

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

ENTERTAINMENT OR TEMPTING GOD?

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

THE ACTS OF ANANIAS

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

WILL YOU LIVE UNDER THE SUN OR UNDER HEAVEN?

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

THE IMMUTABLE LAW OF SOWING AND REAPING

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

PREPARE THE WAY

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

AUTHORITY TO ASK!

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

“I AM THE WAY” — JESUS

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

CAN YOU WALK WITH GOD?

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

MANS’ ONLY HOPE

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

Checklist for Knowing You’re a Christian

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

The Parousia and Appearance of Antichrist (part 2)

Part II The Parousia of Christ The Appearance of the Antichrist 2 Thessalonians 2:1—12 by Robert D...

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...

A Workman Unashamed

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

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...

FIVE PROVISIONS OF CHRIST’S BLOOD

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

WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH FAITH?

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Hebrews 11:1-6 Faith is a premier aspect of the Kingdom of...

THE REWARD OF SACRIFICING

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

THE TRIUMPH OF GRACE

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

The Woman at the Well

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

THE CALL OF GOD

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

THE IMPARTATION OF PRIVILEGE

Robert D. Pace The Year of the Lord’s Favor The Impartation of Privilege While this message does...

How Then Shall We Live?

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

DIVINE ASSIGNMENTS, DIVINE ASSISTANCE

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

ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR YOUR GOOD

PULPIT TODAY SERMON By Robert D Pace   “All Things Work Together For Your Good!” Romans 8:28...

TEAR IT DOWN!

TEAR IT DOWN! Jeremiah 1:4--10 Robert D. Pace Before converting to Christ, Christians are at best...

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...

CHRONOLOGY OF HOLY WEEK

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

Indepth Look at The Diversity of Prayer Book

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

HOW TO OVERCOME TEMPTATION

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

MEN IN BROWN

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

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...

VOICES FROM THE GRAVE

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

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...

CHRIST YOUR DELIVERER

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

DESIRES OF A GODLY PARENT

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

God Said It; Now, You Settle It!

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

“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 The Inherent Power of Believers My message today is entitled:...

THE BEAUTY OF FORGIVENESS

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

JESUS: GOD & MAN

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

THE CHRISTIAN’S RESPONSE TO TERRORISM

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

PRAYER THAT WORKS!

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

Building on the Rock

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

CONQUERING THE SPIRIT OF CONTAINMENT

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

A Witch

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

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...

WHO IS JESUS CHRIST?

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

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...

CONQUERING THE DOUBTS OF SALVATION

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

FINDING THE TREASURES OF DARKNESS AND WEALTH OF SECRET PLACES

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Opening Remarks (Harbinger) Some years ago, I found myself...

CAN MAN LIVE WITHOUT MERCY?

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

THE MESSAGE OF CLOUDS

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

THE OASIS OF WORSHIP

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

Chronology of Holy Week

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

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 PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

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

THE LAW OF REVELATION (Part 1)

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

FULFILLED PROPHECIES OF THE LAST DAYS

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

SUCCESS WITH GOD

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

Communion Symbolizes Our Union With Christ

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

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...

PRACTICING THE PEACE OF GOD

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

MORE THAN CONQUERORS

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

BIBLE PROPHECIES OCCURRING NOW

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

BEGGARS OF MERCY

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

THE MYSTERY OF THE ANOINTING

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

WHAT’S SO FRIGHTENING ABOUT CHRISTMAS?

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

PROPHECY OF TREES FULFILLED IN ISRAEL’S DESERT

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

THE BEGINNING OF THANKSGIVING DAY IN AMERICA

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

DOES THE BIBLE CONTAIN ERRORS?

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

ZERUBBABEL’S TEMPLE

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

ARISE AND CLAIM THE BLESSINGS

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

FROM THANKSGIVING TO THANKS-LIVING

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

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...

A BIG WORD FOR A BIG LIFE

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

SECURING THE FAVOR OF GOD

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

LET’S BE THANKFUL!

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

YOUR APPOINTED TIME

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

World Cup and Christ’s Cup

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

MEN AS ANGELS

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

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...

Driving Out The Canaanites

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

YOU CAN BE A CHAMPION FOR GOD!

The Disciplines of Champions

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 Publican and the Pharisee

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

LIVING WITH THE RIGHT ATTITUDE

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

Are You Ready for Jesus

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

THINGS TO REMEMBER

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

IRREFUTABLE REALITIES

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Irrefutable Realities Psalm 111:7--9   It is said that...

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE BORN AGAIN

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

HOW TO OPEN CLOSED DOORS

Pulpit Today Sermon Opening Closed Doors Revelation 3:8 Robert D. Pace Introduction (Illustration)...

THE QUEST FOR PEACE

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

POWER TO SHARE CHRIST

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

AN ASSEMBLAGE OF KNOWERS

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

THE GOSPEL OF POWER

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

THE WORD OF GOD UNLEASHED!

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

HOW THE ANTICHRIST WILL RISE TO POWER

Robert D. Pace It begins with deception—mass, unbridled deception! It is the infamous Endtime...

The Ultimate Sacrifice

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

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...

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...

Mountaintop Worship

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

TRUSTING GOD WHEN IT’S DIFFICULT

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

WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT FASTING

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

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...

NOAH’S IMPOSSIBLE ASSIGNMENT

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Noah's Impossible Assignment Genesis 6:9-22 Five chapters had...

“THE DAYS SHALL BE SHORTENED”

The Endtime Mystery of "The Days Shall be Shortened" Robert D. Pace Jesus often spoke of the...

The Spirit of Python

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

PURCHASE APOCALERT DIRECTLY FROM OWNER

APOCALERT .com  (&) .org For Sale from Owner! Contact Robert D. Pace for asking price....

Your Call to Rulership in Life

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

DOES HELL OFFEND YOU?

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

WHAT WERE THEY THINKING AT THE MANGER?

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

A STUDY OF DIVINE HEALING

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace A Study of Divine Healing The following study is an outline...

I PRAY ALL GOES WELL WITH YOU

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace I PRAY ALL GOES WELL WITH YOU 3 John 2 John was the apostle...

A BRAND PLUCKED FROM THE FIRE

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

RED FLAGS: Don’t Ignore Them

Pulpit Today Sermons RED FLAGS: Don’t Ignore Them! Introduction The reason I’m addressing red...

THE ONE-MINUTE CHALLENGE

  THE ONE-MINUTE CHALLENGE Robert D Pace Have you ever wondered or asked whether Jesus is the...

The Service Jesus Never Conducted

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

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...

ENOCH’S REMARKABLE TESTIMONY

Pulpit Today Sermon ENOCH'S REMARKABLE TESTIMONY Robert D. Pace Hebrews 11:5 It’s strange that an...

THE PROPHETIC VOICE

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

LIVING BY THE POWER OF REDEMPTION

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

BEHOLD, HE PRAYS!

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

NONE CAST ASIDE

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

THE RIGHT CHOICE

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

REEMERGENCE OF DRAMATIC SIGNS & WONDERS

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

MOTIVATED BY LOVE

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

CARTE BLANCHE FAITH

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

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...

DELIVERANCE OVER STRONGHOLDS

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

GOD IS WITH YOU!

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

Developing a Prayer Ministry in the Local Church

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

CHRISTIAN BELIEFS UNDER ATTACK: THERE ARE ANSWERS!

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

COMPELLING EVIDENCE FOR CHRIST’S RETURN

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

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...

GOD DEFENDS ISRAEL!

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

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...

UNIQUE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE LAST DAYS

What makes the Last Days unique? As the Prophets and Apostles described them, they included dark sayings, foreboding warnings, and coded messages. Did you know that the dispensation known as the Last Days has a definite starting point? But equally important, Jesus and the Apostles embedded a dynamic “Call to Action” to Christians for these days that must not be ignored! Additionally, there is a primary message, along with an overriding objective, for all people to recognize. Finally, the Bible includes a preset day of termination for the Last Days.

THE CHRISTIANS’ CROWN TODAY

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

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...

THANKSGIVING LIVING

God has given us boundless opportunities to exhibit gratitude? So much so, that these endless occasions present, “Thanksgiving without Borders!” Each step we take provides another opportunity to bless the Lord. I’m thankful that God has blessed mankind with medical and scientific  breakthroughs unknown to civilization back to Adam.

WHEN A CHRISTIAN IS VULNERABLE

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

Strangers and Pilgrims

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

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE VIRGIN BIRTH

Robert D. Pace THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE VIRGIN BIRTH Isaiah 7:14   I want to begin by defining...

THE PURPOSE OF VISIONS

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

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...

HOLY SMOKE! WHERE’S THE FIRE?

Robert D. Pace HOLY SMOKE! WHERE'S THE FIRE? 1 Chronicles 22:1 The 21st Century stands upon the...

DISTINGUISHED BY THE ANOINTING

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

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...

Communion: The Total Sacrifice

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

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 COMING WINDS

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

Arabs Claim Jesus was ‘Palestinian’

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

CREATED IN GOD’S IMAGE

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

THE COMING REVIVAL IN AMERICA

Vision of Coming Revival to America by Robert D Pace (Some years back, the Lord gave me a vision...

UNCOVERING THE GIFT

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

DOES GOD KILL?

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

JESUS CHRIST HEALS!

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

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...

JESUS FULFILLS MESSIANIC PROPHECIES (V)

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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...

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:

VISIONARIES FOR GOD

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

Six Steps For Finding God’s Will

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

DIVINE CONSCIOUSNESS OF CHRIST

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

WHO JESUS SAYS YOU ARE

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

Biblically Woke!

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

HOW TO MAINTAIN SPIRITUAL FERVOR

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

THE INCOMPARABLE CHRIST

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

A REVELATION OF GOD

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

CHRIST DIED FOR THE UNWORTHY

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

THE NATURE OF THE CHURCH

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

POWER OVER SIN

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

THE ELEVENTH COMMANDMENT

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

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.

SHAMGAR’S OXGOAD

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

A CHRISTMAS TRIP

Luke says as these shepherds watched their flocks during the night, the glory of God shined all around them. Now can you imagine that? It’s pitch black and then, suddenly, all is illuminated! Afterward, an angel appears and announces that the awaited Savior of the world has been born and is lying in swaddling clothes in a manger in Bethlehem. But it’s still not over. Besides this angelic messenger and the glory of God that is all around them, a vast, multitude of angels appears praising God, saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests” (2:13).

THE BIBLICAL PURPOSE OF EARTHQUAKES

Pulpit Today Sermons MegaQuake! The Biblical Purpose of Earthquakes by Robert D Pace Earthquakes...

THE MIRACULOUS CATCH OF FISH

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

SHAPED FOR A HIGHER PLACE

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

CORPORATE ACCLAMATION

Pulpit Today Sermon The following Corporate Acclamation was prayerfully written by Robert D Pace...

IF GRACE IS THE EXPLANATION

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

Unmasking the Spirit of Antichrist

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

THE TESTIMONY OF THE CROSS

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

PARTNERSHIP WITH GOD

Pulpit Today Sermons Partnership with God Robert D Pace Introductory Remarks Throughout Scripture,...

THE BEAUTY OF THE RIGHTEOUS

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Hebrews 4:1-11

(Illustration) Some years ago, two artists painted their conception of peace. One artist drew a placid ocean with a sailboat wafting along. The sky was blue with a few lazy clouds, while children played along the shore. In contrast, another artist painted dark and stormy skies venting their fury. The sea was heaving its waves against the shore and the wind was bending the trees nearly double. Nobody was outside braving the elements. Only one sign of peace emerged from this picture. It was a bird that sat, undisturbed by it all, in the cleft of a rock.

It’s this second portrait that captures the Biblical meaning of peace. That’s because God wants Christians to demonstrate repose even during chaotic circumstances. While we can’t always control life externally we can control it internally. And that’s what The Believer’s Rest is all about—an internalized repose even when everything is turbulent.

I know a message about “The Believer’s Rest” is important because some people are never at rest. They’re nervous, frazzled, and live at warp speed all the time. Have you ever known someone that gulped down meals in twelve bites, could never stay longer than ten minutes, and turned street corners on two wheels? On the other hand, you have people that handle the visible aspects of life at the opposite end of that spectrum. They are experts at concealing their inward nervousness. That’s why Hebrews 4:11 says, without distinction, that Christians should “make every effort to enter that rest.”

From the beginning of creation, God instituted a day of rest for Man. And it’s no wonder, because God knew the limitations of the human body. Our body wears down after hard work. Rest rejuvenates exhaustion, cures fatigue, and clarifies confusion and we can’t function properly without it.

(Transition) With these facts evident, let’s talk about the divine “rest” God makes available for the body, the spirit, and the soul. Let’s begin with the body:

I.    The Believers Rest for the Body

Exodus 23:12 says: “Six days you shall do your work, but the seventh day you shall rest and keep Sabbath.” That Scripture couldn’t be clearer. God ordains work as well as “rest.” In Genesis, God decreed that man would earn his living from “the sweat of his brow” and in Exodus He told us to balance each week with a day to rest. God didn’t create us to operate like a nuclear clock—something that can operate for centuries without stopping. The human body grows weary! And the God that ordained man to work “by the sweat of the brow” also commands man to “rest.” Notice Exodus 20:11. “For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day [Saturday]. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.” Even God participated in a Sabbath rest. But leave it to the Pharisees to implement the “laW oF diStoRtiOn.” The Pharisees completely vexed the one specific day God designed for man’s rejuvenation.

(Example) To show how absurd the Pharisees made it, Luke recounted a Sabbath that Christ and the Apostles violated the tradition of the elders. The Apostles entered a cornfield, plucked its substance, and rubbed away the husk for the kernels (Luke 6:1). Normally, this would have been no problem, but because this occurred on the Sabbath the Apostles had broken rabbinic writings. According to the Talmud, three violations occurred:

    The Apostles were guilty of reaping when they plucked the corn.

    They were guilty of threshing when they rubbed off the husk to get to the kernel.

    And then they were guilty of winnowing when they dusted their hands.

This merely begins to reveal how the Pharisees distorted God’s day of rest. In fact, Jewish tradition even made it unlawful to wipe a wound on the Sabbath.

Do you understand why the book of Revelation warns not to add or take away from Scripture? Adding to Scripture always leads to legalism. It yokes people with burdens and oppression. And this is the fundamental difference between religion and Jesus. Religion, especially cults, weary people by writing complex and burdensome rules. Religion oppresses; Christ liberates!

I want you to consider the major tenets of the Bible: Which of the Ten Commandments is not easily understood? The Sermon on the Mount is without the least theological entanglement. After the resurrection, when the apostles convened to decide whether the Gentiles should abide by the OT Law, they decided the answer was, No! The basic commands of the Bible don’t lay cumbersome burdens on Christians. They aren’t too heavy to handle. There is a liberating simplicity to Christianity. And Jesus summarized the primary objective of keeping the Sabbath when He said: “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath” (Mark 2:27).

(Application) So how do we handle the Sabbath Rest? Easily: take one day each week to relax. That’s honoring and benefiting from the Sabbath. Typically, Christians have worshiped and rested on Sunday because it marked Christ’s resurrection but, as Paul taught, any day can function as a Sabbath. He said in Romans 14:5, “One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced.”

(Participation) How many here would like to take this opportunity to “preach” to your spouse? I mean, right now! Well, here’s the opportunity. I want everyone that is sitting by a workaholic to turn to them and say: “God commands you to honor the Sabbath.” Do it now. If they are burning the candle at both ends and sleeping 5 hours a night, then say to them: “Slow down!” In fact, if they haven’t vacationed recently, then tell them to plan one next week!

Folks, there is no need to feel guilty about “resting” if you work hard all week. God wants you refreshed externally and internally; spiritually and physically; mentally and emotionally. He wants you to maintain an underlying current of composure. “Rest” is the reward God provides the righteous.

(Insight) Did you realize that God uses restlessness to afflict unbelievers? Isaiah 57:20‑21 says: “the wicked are like the tossing sea, which cannot rest, whose waves cast up mire and mud. (21) “There is no peace,” says my God, “for the wicked.” Agitation, uneasiness, weariness, and exhaustion naturally afflict unbelievers. And the weariness of unbelievers is most vividly illustrated when the Gospels describe the demonized: They are depicted as wild and terrorizing. They leap into fires, roam around naked, and are prevented from securing rest. Remember: Alienation from God always deprives men of rest—spiritually and physically. Do you know Christ? Are you living in the company of Christ that provides peace and rest? You can!

(Transition) Not only is physical repose found by honoring the Sabbath, God also offers a spiritual rest to men.

II.   The Believer’s Rest for the Spirit

You can travel to every continent on the globe and discover one common factor. Men of every nation and tongue seek God. They may not have found the God of Scripture, but there is no tribe that does not seek God. But the reason people seek God is not just to worship Him, they want to find peace with Him. People want God to accept them. And that’s because we suffer from a guilty conscience. We instinctively know that sin separates us from God. Thus man has always sought to repair the damage and reclaim peace with God through human works and sacrifices. But none of this has ever satisfied the soul. No quality or quantity of human labor can restore peace with God. The Lord accepts us because of Christ’s work of righteousness; not ours.

We couldn’t live the perfect life. As sinners we couldn’t attract or earn God’s love. Only Jesus could live the perfect life. But what you and I can do is accept Christ’s perfect life and death on the Cross for our sins. We can accept God’s love toward us. And this is where Christianity differs from other religions. Other religions teach that God accepts men as they keep rules or perform in certain ways. But this is not the God of Scripture. The Bible says our Heavenly Father loves us despite our sin and rebellion. And He doesn’t love us because we somehow please Him or “measure up” with our works of righteousness. God loves us from the perfection of His being. As John said: “God is love.”

(Transition) Let examine this from one other angle.

Human Works Cannot Affect our Destiny

(Illustration) For years I thought obedience and works of righteousness could affect our earthly destiny. I understood human works didn’t affect God’s love toward us, but I honestly thought our earthly destiny could be influenced. I thought huge chunks of prayer or prolonged, gut-wrenching fasting could coerce God into expanding my achievements or juicing-up the anointing. But I was so wrong! And I persisted in these failed efforts for years, despite not experiencing the desired results. I figured I didn’t pray fervently enough or fast long enough and so I would start the cycle all over. I didn’t understand that God had a predetermined plan and all He needed from me was to obey Him and pursue that plan. But after a series of events, the Holy Spirit broke in with liberating grace. And it culminated when I read Romans 9:15 where Paul said: “It does not, therefore, depend on man’s desire or effort, but on God’s mercy.” Did you hear that? Paul said God’s plan for us is totally separated from our “desire or effort.” It is God’s wise, sovereign counsel that chooses, anoints, and positions us. That means no quantity of prayer, fasting, or human effort determines our destiny in life, God’s wisdom does that! I felt so foolish that I hadn’t understood this principle earlier in life. However, I also discovered many people in Scripture also misunderstood this principle:

When Abraham was given the Messianic Covenant he hoped to pass it to Ishmael. Abraham even cried out to God: “Oh, that Ishmael will live in your presence.” But God had other plans. Despite all that Abraham desired God foreordained Isaac to claim the Covenant rights. And later, Isaac misunderstood God’s plan and presumed that his firstborn son, Esau would claim the Covenant of Abraham. But again God’s counsel had determined that Jacob would receive it. When you realize your calling and achievements are anchored directly to Christ’s grace and not your “desire or effort,” you can “cease from your labor,” and rest in God’s predetermined blessing for you. You can “let go and let God!”

I know this principle sounds strange for some people, so I want to pause long enough to explain something: I am not suggesting that God will accomplish His will through your life without your obedience. That’s contrary to Scripture! Jesus said, “Occupy until I return” (Matthew 25).

    There will be times God wants you to labor long and hard to accomplish His will.

    He awakens intercessors at 2:00 a.m. to pray or leads them to pray deep into the night.

    He often asks us to make great sacrifices for His kingdom in order to accomplish His purposes.

    What I am saying is this: It’s not your self-conceived desires or human efforts that determine your destiny; it is God’s wise counsel and sovereign grace that determine it!

    This is why Paul said in Ephesians 1:11 that you and I were “chosen in him . . . [and] predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will.”

(Example) I have a different perspective than most others concerning Jacob’s wrestling match with the angel at Bethel. I’m not so certain that Jacob wrestled with the angel at Bethel to convince God to bless him. I believe it could be that the angel wrestled with Jacob to make him take God’s blessing! Jacob was minding his own business when he arrived at Bethel. As night drew near he set up camp and fell asleep trying to recover from exhaustion. But then, God opened the Heavens and dispatched an angel to wrestle Jacob. Everything unfolded at God’s initiative. In one respect, the angel appeared to make Jacob take God’s predetermined plan!

(Transition) That leads me to point three. We have talked about rest for the body and rest for the spirit, now let me mention rest for the soul.

III.  The Believer’s Rest for the Soul

There are few things as distressing as when our heart or soul is unnerved and without rest. The Psalmist David once said: “My soul within me is troubled” (42:6). Why do you think David expressed his anguish by saying: “My soul within me is troubled”?

I believe he stated it that way because the soul—the heart, mind, and emotions—are the deepest part of our being. The soul is our center of gravity. And there is no place to go when the center of our being is troubled. The pain and anguish remain wherever we go. Our “soul within us” is always present. When our soul is stressed out, it even makes its presence known in our sleep. We toss and turn and even dream distressing thoughts. But God wants our soul to be at rest. And our soul finds rest when we trust God.

(Illustration) When I attended college I became close friends with the New Testament professor. When he prayed he often thanked God for His providence. At nineteen years old I hadn’t determined the significance of providence but I could tell by this professor’s reverence for it that he understood its value. As our friendship grew through the years I realized that for him jockeying for position wasn’t overly important. He had learned spiritual repose from God’s providence. Since that time, I too have learned to take great solace in God’s providence. I know that the God who “calls” is also the God who “guides.” And you can trust His guidance.

(Definition) The word providence combines two Latin words (pro and videre), which mean, “to look ahead and plan in advance.”[i] It’s God’s planning, ordering, and working for our welfare—the best welfare system in the world. And there’s coverage without payment or taxes because God’s grace allows everyone to participate.

(Illustration) Years ago, when I was studying, my son Davi, who was seven years-old, looked over my shoulder into my theology book. I asked him to read a few lines. He was reading pretty well until his eyes fell upon the word “Providence,” and he hesitated. Taking an extended look, he slowly pronounced it: “Pro-vide-dence.” I thought, “What a definition”! Providence is God’s “Provide-dence.” It’s God’s provision for His creation. He’s always planning, ordering, and working for our welfare.

Here’s how the Westminster Confession of Faith defines providence. “God, the great Creator of all things, doth uphold, direct, dispose, and govern all creatures, actions and things, from the greatest even to the least, by His most wise and holy providence, according to His infallible foreknowledge, and the free and immutable counsel of His own will, to the praise of the glory of His wisdom, power, justice, goodness and mercy.” Now, I have a question: Which definition do you prefer, the Westminster Confession of Faith or the definition by my seven-year old boy?

Do you know why I love God’s providence? I love it because it means we can never get trapped in a situation without God beside us.

    Providence anticipates the unexpected and handles everything.

    Providence takes the past, present, and future and somehow work them “together for the good for those that love God.”

    Providence takes our choices, whether they were wise or unwise, and lets us know that a “man may plan his way but the Lord directs His steps.”

    Providence is unfazed by traps set for us or schemes plotted against us, because God never loses control.

The primary proclamation of providence is this: God never loses control! Providence never let’s you get trapped in a place where God can’t rescue you!

Conclusion

Maybe you feel you have missed the lucky breaks. You may assume that chance hasn’t come your way. But I want you to understand something: providence doesn’t leave room for luck or chance. To believe in chance suggests there’s a venue that even God can’t enter. Proverbs 16:33 says: “The lot is cast into the lap but its every decision is of the Lord.” That’s why chance doesn’t exist.

I admit there are occasions when everything seems totally out of control and no volume of prayer or fasting can change anything. But remember, God always has a plan; and there is nobody in Scripture that illustrates this like Joseph!

(Bible Example) He was misunderstood, maligned, and sold into slavery. Once in Egypt he was slandered, accused of sexual assault, and hauled off to prison where he was forgotten about for years. And God seemed to step back and view it all from the shadows. There was no volume of prayers or tears that could persuade God to change the circumstances. And we’ve all experienced a similar turn of events. But everything was divinely ordered. Eventually Israel and Egypt were on the verge of starvation and Joseph was exactly where God wanted him in order to deliver two nations from famine. And it was all because of God’s Providence! You can trust God’s providential mastery!

(Illustration) Let me close with this illustration. I love the ocean. After spending most of my vacations by the Gulf of Mexico I am aware of the high and low tides. Those tides don’t govern themselves. The oceans’ tides are governed from above. When the earth, moon, and sun are rightly aligned, their tides crest to their fullest. But when these spheres appear in varying angles, the tides sink to their lowest. In other words, the heavenly constellations affect earthly movements. That’s how it is with our human achievements. When man, on earth, submits to God above, wondrous things occur in our lives.

Take heart in God’s love, power, and providence. And find rest in your body, spirit, and soul, in Jesus’ mighty Name. Amen!



[i].              Basic Christian Doctrines, Andrew K. Rule, Pub., Rinehart, Holt, Winston.

 

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