THE BELIEVERS’ REST

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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...

VOICES FROM THE GRAVE

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

RED FLAGS: Don’t Ignore Them

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

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.

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...

SON OF DAVID / SON OF GOD

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

THE BELIEVERS’ REST

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

THE INCARNATION OF CHRIST

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

WHAT WERE THEY THINKING AT THE MANGER?

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

BIBLE PROPHECIES OCCURRING NOW

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

YOU ARE THE LIGHT

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

PRACTICING THE PEACE OF GOD

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

HOW THE ANTICHRIST WILL RISE TO POWER

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

COMPELLING EVIDENCE FOR CHRIST’S RETURN

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

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...

A BRAND PLUCKED FROM THE FIRE

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

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...

LIVING WITH THE RIGHT ATTITUDE

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

THE GOD OF OUR PROBLEMS

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

ACCORDING TO THE PATTERN

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

POWER OVER SIN

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

PRAYER THAT WORKS!

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

MANS’ ONLY HOPE

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

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:

“BLESSED ASSURANCE” SALVATION IS YOURS!

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

THE PURPOSE OF VISIONS

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

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...

JESUS IS ALIVE!

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

GOD IS WITH YOU!

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

WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT FASTING

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

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...

DISTINGUISHED BY THE ANOINTING

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

THE INCOMPARABLE CHRIST

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

Developing a Prayer Ministry in the Local Church

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

“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...

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...

Battle of Gog and Magog

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

FULFILLED PROPHECIES OF THE LAST DAYS

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

YOUR APPOINTED TIME

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

HOW TO OVERCOME TEMPTATION

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

THE CHRISTIANS’ CROWN TODAY

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

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 CHRIST HEALS!

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

THE MINISTRY OF A PROPHET

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Hosea 1:1...

CHRONOLOGY OF HOLY WEEK

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

God Said It; Now, You Settle It!

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

THE BLESSING OF FOCUS!

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

A Workman Unashamed

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

Building on the Rock

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

EXPECTATIONS OF PENTECOSTAL WORSHIP

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

TREASURES OF DARKNESS

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

“A NEW THING”

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

MODERN-DAY IDOLATRY

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Exodus 20:1-6 It seems almost foreign to Americans that...

A KING AMONG MEN

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

JESUS FULFILLS MESSIANIC PROPHECIES (V)

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DIVINE CONSCIOUSNESS OF CHRIST

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

The Comfort of Communion

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

THE IMPARTATION OF PRIVILEGE

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

VANQUISHING FEAR

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

THE GOODNESS OF GOD

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

WHO OWNS WHAT?

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

THE TRUTH ABOUT LIES

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

If Jesus Says I Can, I Can!

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

21 Ways the Holy Spirit Manifests Himself to Believers

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

DOES THE BIBLE CONTAIN ERRORS?

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

America in Crisis!

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

LIVING WITH GODLY INFLUENCE

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

CAN MAN LIVE WITHOUT MERCY?

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

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...

MOTIVATED BY LOVE

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

The Power of Life and Death

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

THE COMING WINDS

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

SUCCESS WITH GOD

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

YOU CAN KNOW!

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

SHAMGAR’S OXGOAD

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

“SEEK ME AND LIVE”

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

Communion: The Total Sacrifice

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

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...

God’s Final Message to Mankind

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

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE BORN AGAIN

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

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...

A Voice in the Wilderness

Dr Mark Hardgrove Matthew 3:1-6 INTRODUCTION In Luke chapter 1, verses 1-15 we read of the miracle...

IF GRACE IS THE EXPLANATION

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

THE MIRACULOUS CATCH OF FISH

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

CARTE BLANCHE FAITH

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

Are You Ready for Jesus

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

Biblically Woke!

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

MORE THAN CONQUERORS

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

ONE-WORD DESCRIPTIONS OF GOD’S LOVE

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

FROM THANKSGIVING TO THANKS-LIVING

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

HOW TO HEAR GOD’S VOICE

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

How the Bible Affirms Israel’s Borders

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

WHO JESUS SAYS YOU ARE

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

HOLY FIRE! WHERE IS IT?

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

DOES GOD KILL?

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

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.

THE CHEMISTRY OF MIRACLES

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

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...

JESUS, PRINCE OF PEACE

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

WHAT IS ADVENT?

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

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...

HOW TO OPEN CLOSED DOORS

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

BLESSINGS OF REPENTANCE

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

AUTHORITY TO ASK!

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

A BIG WORD FOR A BIG LIFE

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

POWER TO SHARE CHRIST

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

THE INSPIRING STORY OF HANDEL’S MESSIAH

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Edited by Robert D. Pace In 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 Power of our Spoken Words

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

IMITATORS OF CHRIST

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

THE BEGINNING OF THANKSGIVING DAY IN AMERICA

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

SACRIFICIAL LIVING

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

Malchus

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

THE LION’S ROAR!

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

FIVE PROVISIONS OF CHRIST’S BLOOD

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

THINGS TO REMEMBER

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

EndtimeAlerts for Sale

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DARE TO QUESTION GOD!

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

PURCHASE APOCALERT DIRECTLY FROM OWNER

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

Mountaintop Worship

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

SHAPED FOR A HIGHER PLACE

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

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...

THE TESTIMONY OF THE CROSS

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

SAVIOR’S CHURCH Domain for Purchase

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

PROPHECY OF TREES FULFILLED IN ISRAEL’S DESERT

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

JUDAH MUST PLOW

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

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...

GOD APPRAISES SUCCESS

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

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN CHRIST ARRIVES!

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

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...

BIBLICAL SUPPORT FOR “SIGNS AND WONDERS”

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

A REVELATION OF GOD

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

WHEN A CHRISTIAN IS VULNERABLE

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

Checklist for Knowing You’re a Christian

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

Indepth Look at The Diversity of Prayer Book

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

HEADLINES FROM THE BOOK OF JOB

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

HOPE FOR A VEXED GENERATION

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

YOU CAN BE A CHAMPION FOR GOD!

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

“PATHSPERITY”

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

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE RESURRECTION

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

THE WONDER OF KNOWING GOD

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

THE PHILADELPHIA PROCLAMATION

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

SHAMGAR’S OXGOAD

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

YOU AND YOUR TWIN

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

YOU CAN DISCERN THE DAYS

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

A CHRISTMAS TRIP

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

ENTERTAINMENT OR TEMPTING GOD?

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

DELIVERANCE OVER STRONGHOLDS

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

YOUR FOUNDATION: FIRM OR FLAWED?

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

DOES HELL OFFEND YOU?

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

THE CHRISTIAN’S RESPONSE TO TERRORISM

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

NOAH’S IMPOSSIBLE ASSIGNMENT

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

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 PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

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

TEAR IT DOWN!

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

Six Steps For Finding God’s Will

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

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...

PARTNERSHIP WITH GOD

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

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 HOLY SPIRIT AND YOU

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

Strangers and Pilgrims

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

BOUNDARIES

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

THE GRACE OF JESUS CHRIST

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

AN ASSEMBLAGE OF KNOWERS

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

LIVING WITH GODLY INFLUENCE

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

THE LAW OF REVELATION (Part 1)

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

AN ALTAR INVITATION

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

Devotional: LEANING OR LASTING?

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

AMERICA’S SOCIAL DISORDER

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

What Can the Righteous do When the Foundations are Destroyed?

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Psalm 11:3 When crisis appears so do questions. It has always...

THE ELEVENTH COMMANDMENT

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

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”...

HALLOWED BE THY NAME

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

THE PEACE OF GOD

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

The Spirit of Python

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

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 REWARD OF SACRIFICING

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

ZERUBBABEL’S TEMPLE

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

A STUDY OF DIVINE HEALING

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

ARISE AND CLAIM THE BLESSINGS

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

THE GOSPEL OF POWER

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

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...

GOD AT WORK

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

Parousia of Christ and the Appearance of the Antichrist

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

BEGGARS OF MERCY

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

NONE CAST ASIDE

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

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...

JESUS—THE FIRST PROSPERITY PREACHER

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

THE WORD OF GOD UNLEASHED!

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

TRUSTING GOD WHEN IT’S DIFFICULT

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

MAKING THE MOST OF LIFE

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(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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