THE CHRISTIANS’ CROWN TODAY

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

HOW TO OPEN CLOSED DOORS

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

CONQUERING THE DOUBTS OF SALVATION

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

PREPARE THE WAY

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

The Power of Life and Death

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

SUCCESS WITH GOD

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

DISCOVERING UNSEARCHABLE THINGS

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

21 Ways the Holy Spirit Manifests Himself to Believers

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

THE COMING WINDS

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

WHAT IS ADVENT?

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

Gaza and the Palestinians in Bible Prophecy

By Dr. Bob Thiel, COGwriter The Palestian-dominated Gaza has been in the news a lot. Where exactly...

SON OF DAVID / SON OF GOD

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

A Workman Unashamed

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

“BLESSED ASSURANCE” SALVATION IS YOURS!

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

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...

“A NEW THING”

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

THE GRACE OF JESUS CHRIST

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

THE GOSPEL OF POWER

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

ALWAYS GIVE THANKS

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

The Service Jesus Never Conducted

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

NONE CAST ASIDE

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

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...

COMPASSION IN ACTION

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

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...

YOUR APPOINTED TIME

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

Driving Out The Canaanites

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

POWER OVER SIN

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

THE END SHALL COME LIKE A FLOOD

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

CHRONOLOGY OF HOLY WEEK

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

WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT FASTING

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

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 BLESSING OF FOCUS!

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

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:

Guarding Your Soul and the Souls of Others

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D Pace Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, or everything...

THE MYSTERY OF THE ANOINTING

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 1 Peter 4:10-11 Anointing! There’s a mystery to that word. In...

CONQUERING THE SPIRIT OF CONTAINMENT

PulpitToday.org Robert D. Pace Genesis 12:1-3 Abraham is one of Scripture’s greatest men. As the...

DIVINE ENTRAPMENT

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

The Ultimate Sacrifice

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

LET’S BE THANKFUL!

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

THE TRUTH ABOUT LIES

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

THE NATURE OF THE CHURCH

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

“PATHSPERITY”

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

THE DYNAMIC MESSENGER

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

Strangers and Pilgrims

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

The Spirit of Python

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

AN ALTAR INVITATION

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

THE GIFT GOD GAVE

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

THE IMPARTATION OF PRIVILEGE

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

THE TESTIMONY OF THE CROSS

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

GOD DEFENDS ISRAEL!

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

Don’t Overlook Jesus

Clarence R. Bolton John 6:1-14 I remember reading a story some time ago about a little boy having...

HOLY FIRE! WHERE IS IT?

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace 1 Chronicles 22:1 The 21st Century stands upon the shoulders...

Hosanna!

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

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 RIGHT CHOICE

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

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 WORD OF GOD UNLEASHED!

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

DESIRES OF A GODLY PARENT

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

JESUS—THE FIRST PROSPERITY PREACHER

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

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.

DOES THE BIBLE CONTAIN ERRORS?

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

THE BELIEVERS’ REST

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

MAN’S QUEST FOR PEACE

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

JESUS CHRIST HEALS!

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

THE INCARNATION OF CHRIST

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

PROPHECIES OF THE ENDTIME UNVEILED

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

“SEEK ME AND LIVE”

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

THE INSPIRING STORY OF HANDEL’S MESSIAH

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

VANQUISHING FEAR

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

MEN IN BROWN

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

DIVINE CONSCIOUSNESS OF CHRIST

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

I WILL SHOW YOU GREAT AND UNSEARCHABLE THINGS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D Pace Jeremiah 33:1-3 Opening Remarks I want to examine one verse of...

TRUSTING GOD WHEN IT’S DIFFICULT

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

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 DON’T WANT TO CHANGE, I’M HAPPY LIKE I AM!”

“I DON'T WANT TO CHANGE, I’M HAPPY LIKE I AM!” Robert D. Pace 2 Corinthians 5:17 Alvin Tofflier...

THINGS TO REMEMBER

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

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace John 18:1-11 Most people don’t recall Malchus, but he was one...

THE MESSAGE OF CLOUDS

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

THE CALL OF GOD

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

YOU CAN DISCERN THE DAYS

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

THE COMING REVIVAL IN AMERICA

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

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...

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...

Mountaintop Worship

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

Building on the Rock

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

THE LAW OF REVELATION (Part 1)

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

Indepth Look at The Diversity of Prayer Book

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

A BIG WORD FOR A BIG LIFE

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

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...

THE OASIS OF WORSHIP

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

NOAH’S IMPOSSIBLE ASSIGNMENT

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

LIVING WITH THE RIGHT ATTITUDE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Ephesians 4:17-24 The mind is incredible.  It can instantly...

A BRAND PLUCKED FROM THE FIRE

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Near the close...

“DO NOT HARM THE OIL AND WINE”

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

Malchus

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

THE PROPHET’S SECLUSION

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

HOW TO MAINTAIN SPIRITUAL FERVOR

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

WHY THE MANNA STOPPED

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

HOPE FOR A VEXED GENERATION

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

INSIGHTS TO THE FESTIVAL OF TABERNACLES

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

LIVING WITH GODLY INFLUENCE

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

THE HOLY SPIRIT AND YOU

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

BEHOLD, HE PRAYS!

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

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...

TREASURES OF DARKNESS

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

HALLOWED BE THY NAME

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

WILL YOU LIVE UNDER THE SUN OR UNDER HEAVEN?

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

THE LION’S ROAR!

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

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...

Your Call to Rulership in Life

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Revelation 3:21 Jesus said in Revelation 3:21, “he that...

THE INCOMPARABLE CHRIST

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

MAGNIFICENT ATTRIBUTES OF GOD

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

Biblically Woke!

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

Supernatural Provision For Difficult Times

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

YOU CAN KNOW!

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

USAFORISRAEL

    You Can Purchase   USAforIsrael.com   Please Make Your...

ONE-WORD DESCRIPTIONS OF GOD’S LOVE

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

PREVIEW A DISCERN THE DAYS PROPHECY CONFERENCE

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

HOW THE ANTICHRIST WILL RISE TO POWER

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

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...

THE ACTS OF ANANIAS

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

World Cup and Christ’s Cup

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

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...

THE HOLY SPIRIT: WHO HE IS AND WHAT HE DOES

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace John 14:15-18 Do you love God? I mean do you passionately and...

THE GOD OF OUR PROBLEMS

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

PRAY FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP

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

IF GRACE IS THE EXPLANATION

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

THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

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

The Beauty of the Righteous

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

CREATED IN GOD’S IMAGE

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

HEADLINES FROM THE BOOK OF JOB

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

The Power of our Spoken Words

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

WHO JESUS SAYS YOU ARE

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

THE ONE-MINUTE CHALLENGE

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

WHAT’S SO FRIGHTENING ABOUT CHRISTMAS?

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

PRACTICING THE PEACE OF GOD

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

A Man of God

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

BIBLE PROPHECIES OCCURRING NOW

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

ARISE AND CLAIM THE BLESSINGS

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

THE PURPOSE OF VISIONS

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

MOSES’ TREASURE CODE CRACKED!

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

THE INHERENT POWER OF BELIEVERS

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

A KING AMONG MEN

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

THE REWARD OF SACRIFICING

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

THE PEACE OF GOD

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

SHAMGAR’S OXGOAD

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

THE MINISTRY OF A PROPHET

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

GOD REALLY IS GOOD!

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

REEMERGENCE OF DRAMATIC SIGNS & WONDERS

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

PROPHECY OF TREES FULFILLED IN ISRAEL’S DESERT

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

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...

SHAPED FOR A HIGHER PLACE

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

ENOCH’S REMARKABLE TESTIMONY

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

THIRTY FEET FROM TRIUMPH

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

The Comfort of Communion

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

“THE DAYS SHALL BE SHORTENED”

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

Arabs Claim Jesus was ‘Palestinian’

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

MOTIVATED BY LOVE

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

A CHRISTMAS TRIP

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

Devotional: LEANING OR LASTING?

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

PRAYER THAT WORKS!

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

JUDAH MUST PLOW

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

BEGGARS OF MERCY

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

A STUDY OF DIVINE HEALING

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

FIVE PROVISIONS OF CHRIST’S BLOOD

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

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...

JESUS: GOD & MAN

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

GOD APPRAISES SUCCESS

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

JESUS IS LORD! OR, IS HE?

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

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...

CARTE BLANCHE FAITH

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

THE MIRACULOUS CATCH OF FISH

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

YOU CAN BE A CHAMPION FOR GOD!

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

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...

VOICES FROM THE GRAVE

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

FULFILLED PROPHECIES OF THE LAST DAYS

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

THE ELEVENTH COMMANDMENT

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

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...

LIVING BY THE POWER OF REDEMPTION

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

AUTHORITY TO ASK!

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

ZERUBBABEL’S TEMPLE

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

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...

MANS’ ONLY HOPE

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

YOU ARE THE LIGHT

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

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

America in Crisis!

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

UNLOCK YOUR DESTINY

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

THE PROPHETIC VOICE

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

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...

LOOSED!

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

WHO IS JESUS CHRIST?

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Opening Remarks (Illustration) A Pastor and Deacon were...

THE GLORY OF GOD

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

From Insects to Archangels God Controls Everything

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS ROBERT D PACE   From Insects to Archangels God Controls Everything...

If Jesus Says I Can, I Can!

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

BLESSINGS OF REPENTANCE

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Mark 10:17-21

(Illustration) I remember “the good old days” when I was a kid. I had wonderful parents but their philosophy of child development included administering an incessant series of whippings. They thought the primary purpose of the posterior wasn’t to sit but to instill discipline. I got so many whippings that I wondered whether the Bible was correct when it said this was the Age of Grace. When I got in trouble, compromise or negotiating weren’t options. Sitting in “time out” hadn’t been invented. Anyway, I said all that to say this: As a ten year-old I remember saying to my mom, “Mother, I’ve been really good. I haven’t had a spanking all week!” I told you I got a lot of whippings!

Think about that statement. “I’ve been really good. I haven’t had a spanking all week!”

    I was good enough for what—good enough for my parents? Perhaps, but I might have done something another parent would have nailed their kid for!

    Did it mean my goodness was angelic? No!

    Or did it mean I wasn’t caught red-handed at doing something that really deserved a spanking?

(Example) That word good is relative because the standard of goodness for one isn’t necessarily the standard of goodness for another. For example, how many here think fried chicken is good? What about filet mignon? Alright, who likes snails? What about pizza? How about sushi? Anchovies?

That’s the problem in determining what is good. What you consider good isn’t good to somebody else. In Haiti people eat what’s called, “Goat head soup.” Guess what’s in that! To Haitians Goat head soup is wonderful, but how many here want that for lunch?

    To Americans football is great and soccer is boring. To Europeans soccer is great and football is boring.

    To Americans it’s appropriate to imprison people that steal. To Saudi Arabians it’s appropriate to chop off the hand of a thief.

    In parts of Africa it’s culturally acceptable for a man to have several wives. In America . . . that’s not good!

Obviously, many here think this church is good. Others in this city have committed to churches that emphasize a totally different worship experience. Some people enjoy a liturgical service where everything is neatly structured and predictable. As a Pentecostal I personally enjoy a measure of spiritual freedom and the possibility of something going wrong during church!

(Transition) But when it comes to moral goodness, what is the standard? What is the unalterable, absolute paradigm of goodness? And who decides what is and what isn’t good?

I.    God Sets the Standard of Goodness

When the Bible talks about goodness it shows that God sets the standard of goodness. And that standard is God Himself. In other words, the One who sets the standard is the Standard. When Psalm 100:5 says, “the Lord is good,” it means He’s supremely good; He’s perfectly, completely, absolutely, and eternally good. He’s no more or less good today than He was ten trillion years ago. And since there’s no higher standard of goodness than God, everything must be measured against Him.

Maybe some of you are thinking. I’ve been good lately. I haven’t blown up or cursed or looked at anything vulgar. I haven’t kicked the dog recently. When you compare your recent behavior with your past behavior you might be good. But compared with God’s unfailing, perfect, unblemished goodness . . . no one is supremely good! We’re good compared to Charles Manson, Adolph Hitler, and Mussolini. But God doesn’t let us compare ourselves among ourselves. If there were no Bible to furnish a standard for goodness then comparisons would be alright; but there is a Bible and there is a standard. And when we compare ourselves with someone it should always be with Jesus Christ!

Well, the man in our text wanted to know how he measured up and where he stood with God. He asked in verse seventeen: “Teacher what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said, ‘You know the commandments: do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.’” The young man said, ‘I’ve done that from my youth. I’m a good guy!’ The problem this man reveals is the tendency to overrate our moral decency. People think they’re in good standing with God because they don’t get arrested, they pay taxes, and they give to charities. They figure the dread of Judgment Day is for drug dealers, ax murderers, and child abusers. And since they aren’t guilty of those things they’re safe!

But on four separate occasions the Bible says “there is none good, no not one” (Psalm 14:3, 53:3, Romans 3:10 & 12). Let me explain something about that declaration. It doesn’t mean nobody is capable of doing a good deed. Even rank sinners occasionally perform remarkably benevolent acts. The statement, “none is good,” means that we aren’t born morally perfect and on our own we can’t measure up to God’s inherent goodness. It means, unlike God, nobody is “good to the core”—not Moses, not David, not Simon Peter; nobody! Sometimes we think we have every part of our character completely controlled but then, something happens, and boom, we discover we’re human. Moses strikes the rock, David falls into sin, and Simon Peter denies Christ.

(Illustration) I remember when my wonderful daughter Kristen was about 4 years old. My family was going out to eat and as we walked toward the street to get in the van a car came whizzing through our subdivision. Kristen was running around the van and could have been easily struck by a driver that appeared to be traveling about 100 miles per hour in a residential zone. As soon as we loaded up and turned the corner I noticed the driver had pulled into a nearby driveway. Unfortunately, I was still upset so I turned into the same driveway, got out of the van, and scolded the driver—too harshly I might add!

Despite what we would like to believe about ourselves, we don’t always respond perfectly! We are sinners by nature and we’re saints by vigilance! It takes constant, unrelenting attention to maintain our Christian testimony. And Jesus was showing us just how fragile our goodness is when He dealt with the Rich Young Ruler. Let’s get back to that story.

The Rich Young Ruler

Remember, this young man had just defended his moral goodness by testifying to his allegiance to the Ten Commandments—he had walked a straight line. But I want you to notice Christ’s response: In a vivid and graphic way Mark says in verse twenty-one that Jesus “looked” [note that word] at the Rich Young Ruler. This wasn’t a casual or superficial glance. The Greek word for “look” here means that Jesus peered into his soul and discerned everything about him. Without anything hidden from view Jesus instantly evaluated his life. And the assessment was, despite how remarkably this man kept the commandments, and despite his moral decency, he fell infinitely short of God’s standard of goodness. Jesus saw that he had an inordinate attachment to his possessions. And when Jesus asked him to surrender them, he refused!

You see, Hebrews 12 says that everybody has a sin “that easily besets” them. And this was the Rich Young Ruler’s sin. But look what the Bible says in verse twenty-one. The same verse that shows Jesus penetrating the depths of his soul also says Jesus “loved him.” Jesus not only “looked at him” He “loved him.” He loved this young man despite his selfishness and greed. I am glad to know that Jesus loves me despite my many imperfections. He has unconditional and infinite love for everyone here. Thank God, He cares for us despite our flaws.

(Transition) Next, God’s very Name testifies to His goodness.

II.   God’s Name Testifies to His Goodness!

Do you know when God first reveals His moral goodness to us in the Bible? In the first five words of the Bible! Moses wrote in Genesis 1:1: “In the beginning God created.” The Hebrew Name for God here is Elohim and it’s special because it carries a dual meaning. It means, “(1) Infinite strength and (2) absolute faithfulness.” God’s name not only defines His omnipotent creative power it also testifies of His willingness to faithfully manage His creation. He’s the almighty God that created us, but He’s also the benevolent Sustainer that pledges to uphold us!

When Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth,” God was essentially saying: “What I have created, I’ll faithfully love, nurture and tend. I’ll give it my highest attention. That describes our God of goodness! God loves us and is totally committed to our welfare. And Psalm 145:9 affirms this when it says: “The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.”

(Illustration) Let me explain it this way. The love-commitment a mother expresses toward her newborn is amazing. When a woman gives birth to her child she instinctively nurtures, caresses, and protects that child. Her baby may be the ugliest, bald-headed, floppy-eared, toothless wonder ever born; the nurses may scamper from the delivery room. But that mother will instantly reach out and embrace that child and smother that “beautiful” child with unrestrained love.

(Illustration) By the way, I just described myself at birth. My dad tells me when I was born I was screaming out my lungs. I had a cone-head and one ear was plastered against my head—just stuck there! But guess what? Mamma loved me. You see, the love a mother displays toward her baby says more about her character than the baby’s! The child’s appearance isn’t important. And the same is true with God’s disposition toward us. His unconditional love for us says more about His character than ours.

    Acts 14:17 says:“[God] has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fill your hearts with joy.”

    Nehemiah 9:17 says: “You are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love.” He loved us enough to rescue us from our sins and save us from the wrath of Hell.

(Illustration) Some years ago a pastor told the story of a father, son, and his son’s friend that were sailing off the Pacific Coast. In an instant the ocean was turned into a tempest and they were prevented from returning to shore. The father was an experienced sailor but the waves were so high that he had no control over the vessel and it was swept deeper into the ocean. As the storm increased both the boys were thrown into the water. The father grabbed a rescue line and realized he had the most excruciating decision possible. Which boy would he throw the line to? With only seconds to decide the father yelled, ‘I love you, son!’ and threw the line to his son’s unsaved friend. Before he drew in the line and could re-throw it his son had disappeared into the waters. His body was never recovered. The father had sacrificed his son, a devoted Christian, because he couldn’t bear the thought of his son’s friend going to hell. There were two teenagers in the congregation that day that heard the pastor tell this story and they were doubtful that such an event had happened. So after the service they challenged the minister. One of the boys said: “That was a nice story, but it’s not too realistic for a father to give up his son’s life in hopes that the other boy would become a Christian.” The pastor replied, “You’re right. It doesn’t seem real. But the fact is, I’m standing here today as a witness to those facts because I was the one rescued from the waters.” —Author unknown.

That’s what our loving, good Heavenly Father did for us. We were hopelessly lost in a storm of sin but instead of letting us drown and suffer the due penalty of our sin, He sacrificed His only begotten Son and threw out the lifeline to save us.

    Isaiah 59:16 says, “He saw that there was no one, he was appalled that there was no one to intervene; so his own arm worked salvation for him.”

    Titus 2:13 says it was “our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, (14) who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness.” What goodness. What a Savior! God Himself!

(Transition) And yet despite all this people tend to doubt God’s goodness. Why?

III.    Why People Doubt God’s Goodness

Some people look at all the world’s pain and suffering and immediately conclude a good God wouldn’t create such conditions. And He didn’t. I don’t want to get bogged down here but consider this. When God created the world everything was perfect. You remember the words of Genesis 1:31, “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.” But man’s rebellion ruined everything! God had nothing to do with it! Jesus said Satan came, “to kill, steal, and destroy” (John 10:10). God has tried to reveal His goodness and get man back on track ever since Adam rebelled.

There are several reasons people doubt the goodness of God.

1.      One reason people question God’s goodness is because life gets uncomfortable.

When we’re confronted with heartache, disappointment, sickness, correction, or bitter experiences we automatically think God is against us. But while God is good, that doesn’t mean He always makes life comfortable! Life often gets tough, but the fact that God allows us to suffer and hurt and get lonely doesn’t mean He is evil. It means He has higher purposes that we may not ever understand until we reach heaven.

If you’ll learn to trust God even when you hurt; if you can learn to praise Him when everything is against you and when no one believes in you; you will ultimately see that God will “make all things beautiful in His time” (ECC 3:11). If we will trust God to deal with us during tough times, Hebrews 12:11 says it will “produce a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”

We sometimes question God’s goodness because He is simply being true to His nature. And Jeremiah 18 says He is a Potter. And as the Potter, He always seems to be shaping and crafting and refining some portion of our life. Because God is a loving Heavenly Father he is going to “perfect that which is lacking in you.” As Max Lucado says, God accepts you, with all your imperfections, just as you are, but “He loves you too much to leave you that way.”

2.      There’s another reason people question God’s goodness.People doubt God’s goodness because they haven’t taken the challenge of Psalm 34:8 to “taste and see that the Lord is good.” God says, If you want proof that I’m good, “taste and see.” You’ll never know of God’s goodness without pulling up to the table and partaking.

Have you ever noticed that people are more than willing to indulge in worldly vices? They’ll sample whatever is set before them and gaze at whatever comes into view. Sin is so easy to indulge in. It looks good, feels good, and tastes good. But in the end its poison always kills. On the other hand, a sinner’s hardest task is to indulge in the things of God. When they’re challenged to believe on Christ a wall goes up, a barrier comes down, and a chasm goes out. When you try to witness to someone they bombard you with questions. They are afraid of a religious commitment. They get analytical. They judge Christians as being too sanctimonious or too hypocritical. But none of this ever happens when Satan offers people worldly vices! There’s a double-standard!

Listen, if there’s one thing certain in life it’s that God will never disappoint anybody! Psalm 100:5 says, “the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.”

The task God has given Christians isn’t that difficult. We don’t have to convince anybody of God’s goodness. God will do that! He just wants us to make the offer, He’ll do the rest.

Philip Makes “the Offer” to Nathaniel

There’s a great story in John 1 that illustrates this. After John baptized Jesus He left the Jordan River and began revealing Himself to the world. Philip was among the first converts. Shortly thereafter Philip saw Nathaniel and said: “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth.” Nathaniel said: “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?”

Notice how Philip handled this cynicism. Rather than fall into the trap of a dead-end argument or getting defensive about the disdain of Nazareth, he simply said: ‘Nathaniel, you want proof that we have found the Messiah?’ “Come and see” (John 1:46). Just “come and see.” And before Nathaniel’s first conversation ended with Christ He declared: “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.”

See, if you’ll make the offer Christ will take over and finish the task!

    He can answer the skeptic.

    He can meet the expectations of the cynical.

    He can deliver those bound by addictions.

    He can heal hurting hearts.

    He can calm troubled minds.

    Psalm 145:9 says, “The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.” And Jesus said in John 6:35, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.” Jesus knows how to satisfy!