Devotional: LEANING OR LASTING?

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

A BRAND PLUCKED FROM THE FIRE

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

DISTINGUISHED BY THE ANOINTING

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

A BIG WORD FOR A BIG LIFE

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

MAGNIFICENT ATTRIBUTES OF GOD

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

EXPECTATIONS OF PENTECOSTAL WORSHIP

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

ENOCH’S REMARKABLE TESTIMONY

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

THE INSPIRING STORY OF HANDEL’S MESSIAH

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

LOOSED!

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

UNLOCK YOUR DESTINY

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

JESUS CHRIST HEALS!

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

Hosanna!

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

Six Steps For Finding God’s Will

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

BIBLICAL SUPPORT FOR “SIGNS AND WONDERS”

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

IMITATORS OF CHRIST

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

HOLY FIRE! WHERE IS IT?

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

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”...

YOU CAN BE A CHAMPION FOR GOD!

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

BOUNDARIES

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

“PATHSPERITY”

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

GOD REALLY IS GOOD!

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

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...

SHAPED FOR A HIGHER PLACE

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

CREATED IN GOD’S IMAGE

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

BLESSINGS OF REPENTANCE

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

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...

CARTE BLANCHE FAITH

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

A CHRISTMAS TRIP

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

DARE TO QUESTION GOD!

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

THE DECISION OF MOSES

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

SHAMGAR’S OXGOAD

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

The Ultimate Sacrifice

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

LET THE REDEEMED OF THE LORD SAY SO

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace The Bible is clear: There’s a pronounced command for an...

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...

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 REWARD OF SACRIFICING

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

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...

BEGGARS OF MERCY

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

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...

THE GLORY OF GOD

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

Developing a Prayer Ministry in the Local Church

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

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...

THE BEGINNING OF THANKSGIVING DAY IN AMERICA

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

WHO JESUS SAYS YOU ARE

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

GOD DEFENDS ISRAEL!

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

ZERUBBABEL’S TEMPLE

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

MOTIVATED BY LOVE

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

THE HOLY SPIRIT AND YOU

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

DISCOVERING UNSEARCHABLE THINGS

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

HALLOWED BE THY NAME

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

WHY THE MANNA STOPPED

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

PRAYING UNDER THE SPIRIT’S INFLUENCE

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

THE TRUTH ABOUT LIES

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

PRAY FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP

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

TEAR IT DOWN!

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

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...

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...

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 PROPHET’S SECLUSION

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

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 CHEMISTRY OF MIRACLES

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

PARTNERSHIP WITH GOD

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

BEHOLD, HE PRAYS!

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

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...

TREASURES OF DARKNESS

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

YOUR TIMES ARE IN GOD’S HANDS

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

The Power of Life and Death

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

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...

COMPASSION IN ACTION

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

DIVINE ENTRAPMENT

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

HOW TO MAINTAIN SPIRITUAL FERVOR

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

GOD AT WORK

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

“THE DAYS SHALL BE SHORTENED”

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

21 Ways the Holy Spirit Manifests Himself to Believers

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

Mountaintop Worship

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

Malchus

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

PARDON ME!

In Psalm 32, David proclaims the blessedness of the one whose sins are forgiven. And he does this in a unique way. He uses three expressions for sin and then employs three expressions of God’s pardon for sin. Here’s what I mean: David called one category of sins transgressions, which indicates “rebellion against God”; another he simply called sin, which describes “knowingly missing the mark”; and the third category he called iniquity, which speaks of a “vile perversion.” Those terms cover the entire gamut of our sinfulness—major and minor. But then after showing us three categories of sin he uses three expressions to show how God pardons our sins:

THE INCOMPARABLE CHRIST

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

Are You Ready for Jesus

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

ARISE AND CLAIM THE BLESSINGS

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

THIRTY FEET FROM TRIUMPH

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

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...

“SEEK ME AND LIVE”

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

THE PEACE OF GOD

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

THE INCARNATION OF CHRIST

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

HOW TO PRAY BIG!

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

MEN AS ANGELS

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

BIBLE PROPHECIES OCCURRING NOW

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

THE GOSPEL OF POWER

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

THE WONDER OF KNOWING GOD

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

ONE-WORD DESCRIPTIONS OF GOD’S LOVE

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

JESUS, PRINCE OF PEACE

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

THE SONG OF MOSES

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

JUDAH MUST PLOW

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

DIVINE ASSIGNMENTS, DIVINE ASSISTANCE

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

JESUS FULFILLS MESSIANIC PROPHECIES (V)

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THE CHRISTIAN’S RESPONSE TO TERRORISM

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

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...

VISIONARIES FOR GOD

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

THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

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

AUTHORITY TO ASK!

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

THE MIRACULOUS CATCH OF FISH

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

Don’t Overlook Jesus

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

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 TESTIMONY OF THE CROSS

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

POWER OVER SIN

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

PROPHECIES OF THE ENDTIME UNVEILED

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

CHRONOLOGY OF HOLY WEEK

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

THE QUEST FOR PEACE

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

GOD APPRAISES SUCCESS

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

PREPARE THE WAY

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

Your Call to Rulership in Life

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

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 PHILADELPHIA PROCLAMATION

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

A Call to Corporate Prayer for USA Elections

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

THE CALL OF GOD

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

THE ELEVENTH COMMANDMENT

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

Building on the Rock

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

DOES HELL OFFEND YOU?

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

PREVIEW A DISCERN THE DAYS PROPHECY CONFERENCE

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

CONQUERING THE SPIRIT OF CONTAINMENT

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

WHY CHRISTIANS MUST NOT QUIT

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

Supernatural Provision For Difficult Times

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

“DO NOT HARM THE OIL AND WINE”

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

TRUSTING GOD WHEN IT’S DIFFICULT

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

If Jesus Says I Can, I Can!

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

THE ACTS OF ANANIAS

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

MODERN-DAY IDOLATRY

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

YOUR FOUNDATION: FIRM OR FLAWED?

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

THE BLESSING OF FOCUS!

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

CHRISTIAN BELIEFS UNDER ATTACK: THERE ARE ANSWERS!

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

LIVING WITH GODLY INFLUENCE

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

THE ONE-MINUTE CHALLENGE

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

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE RESURRECTION

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

THE LION’S ROAR!

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

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...

LIVING BY THE POWER OF REDEMPTION

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

DOES GOD KILL?

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

A STUDY OF DIVINE HEALING

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

A Workman Unashamed

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

THE GARDENER

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

THE COMING REVIVAL IN AMERICA

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

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...

IF GRACE IS THE EXPLANATION

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

An Excellent Example of Leadership

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

YOUR SUPPORT IS APPRECIATED!

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

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.

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...

YOU CAN DISCERN THE DAYS

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

SON OF DAVID / SON OF GOD

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

FULFILLED PROPHECIES OF THE LAST DAYS

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

MAN’S QUEST FOR PEACE

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

The Power of our Spoken Words

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

WHO OWNS WHAT?

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Luke 19:28-35 At times, Jesus borrowed things to emphasize...

CAN MAN LIVE WITHOUT MERCY?

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

MAKING THE MOST OF LIFE

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

JESUS: GOD & MAN

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

YOU CAN KNOW!

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

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...

A KING AMONG MEN

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

“I AM THE WAY” — JESUS

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

COMPELLING EVIDENCE FOR CHRIST’S RETURN

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

Indepth Look at The Diversity of Prayer Book

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

America in Crisis!

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

FROM THANKSGIVING TO THANKS-LIVING

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

MEN IN BROWN

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

HOW THE ANTICHRIST WILL RISE TO POWER

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

THE BELIEVERS’ REST

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

SHAMGAR’S OXGOAD

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

THE BEAUTY OF FORGIVENESS

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

MOSES’ TREASURE CODE CRACKED!

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

THE GIFT GOD GAVE

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

FIVE PROVISIONS OF CHRIST’S BLOOD

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

Communion Symbolizes Our Union With Christ

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

MORE THAN CONQUERORS

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

THE GRACE OF JESUS CHRIST

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

SACRIFICIAL LIVING

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

THE IMMUTABLE LAW OF SOWING AND REAPING

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

SECURING THE FAVOR OF GOD

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

AMERICA’S SOCIAL DISORDER

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

PRACTICING THE PEACE OF GOD

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

HOW TO OPEN CLOSED DOORS

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

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...

“A NEW THING”

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

THE MINISTRY OF A PROPHET

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

THE GOD OF OUR PROBLEMS

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

JESUS IS LORD! OR, IS HE?

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

“BLESSED ASSURANCE” SALVATION IS YOURS!

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

THE LOST AXE HEAD

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

Secrets of Gog and Magog

From Robert D Pace's stunning DVD which explains that Gog and Magog are not what, or who, you...

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...

PROPHECY OF TREES FULFILLED IN ISRAEL’S DESERT

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

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...

“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...

Biblically Woke!

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

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...

ENTERTAINMENT OR TEMPTING GOD?

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

AN ASSEMBLAGE OF KNOWERS

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Revelation 14:6-7

(Illustration) We live in a unique sphere of our galaxy. The Milky Way spans 100 million light years. There are billions of suns, planets, and moons, but Earth’s uniqueness is it’s the galaxy’s only place containing just one drop of liquid water. Scientists tell us that there are huge bodies of ice in space and even vapors that surround planets, but earth is the only known place to have water in liquid form. That’s because there’s such a small difference between freezing and vaporous temperatures. Water freezes at 32 degrees and vaporizes at 212 degrees. It’s no accident that God, in His infinite wisdom, knew the perfect distance to position the earth from the sun.

In one sense, earth is a tiny oasis in this immense dusty and dry galaxy. At creation, Genesis 1:9 says God drew the land from the waters. And Peter confirmed this when he said: “by God’s word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water” (2PE 3:5).

When we think about an oasis we understand it’s a flourishing, fertile spot that appears in deserts or wastelands. It’s interesting that oases vary considerably in size, ranging from several square feet to huge oasis cities.

    The largest oasis city in the world is in Tashkent, Russia with a population of over 2,000,000.

    The Holy Land’s most notable oasis city is Damascus with a population over 1,000,000. It’s possible that Damascus is the oldest continuously occupied city in the world, because history reveals it was inhabited 2000 BC.

    America’s premier oasis city is Palm Springs, California.

Think about the purpose of an oasis: It sustains life, refreshes, brings fruitfulness, and attracts life. All this is made possible for one reason: The presence of water. Without the life-giving nature of water there’s no oasis. And it’s interesting that water is one of Scripture’s significant metaphors for Christian worship:

    John the Baptist initiated the coming of Christ and His Kingdom by a baptism with water (MAT 3:11).

    Jesus associated worship with water when He said in John 7:38, “Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.”

    And then John the Revelator showed a picture of Heavenly worship taking place by “the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, [flowing] from the throne of God and of the Lamb.”

God has associated our worship experience with water. And that’s because worship is like an oasis in the world’s desert. It blesses, refreshes, and invigorates us deep down to the soul. In truth, there’s no such thing as boring worship! If worship is boring something is wrong with the worshiper not God.

(Illustration) Some time ago, a boy asked his mother the highest number to which she had counted. The mother couldn’t remember so she asked her son the highest number he had reached. Without hesitation, he said, “7475.” The mother said, “That’s fabulous, but why did you stop there?” Her son responded, “Because church ended!”

Let me reiterate, true worship isn’t boring. It may correct us or challenge us; it might be corrective and penetrate to the core of our soul; but if we permit it, worship will always enrich us!

(Transition) I want to use the word oasis as an acrostic to illustrate the purpose and enrichment that worship brings to Christians. First, let’s note that God ordained the worship experience.

I. God Ordained Worship

The act of worship originated with God. It was his grand design and serves as the chief purpose of men and angels. It does not matter how wondrously gifted a person may be, our ultimate purpose involves glorifying our Creator and Redeemer. Nothing is more important–nothing! I know that’s hard to understand because life is filled with demands:

    We have spouses and children to provide for

    We have businesses to maintain, and;

    We are tasked to fulfill schedules and obligated to appear at social events,

    But despite life’s obligations,the Believer’s
    call to worship God remains our non—negotiable activity.

    (Example) Look at it this way. The houses we live in have one primary purpose—they provide shelter. Architects design them in various shapes, sizes, and degrees of elegance. Some are formed with brick, others with wood, and others with plaster. In some parts of the planet houses are matted together with mud. But regardless of their constituency, a house is worthless if it can’t provide shelter.

    And when it comes to God’s creative purpose for this tabernacle of flesh, we need to understand this: God has blessed men with various talents, degrees of intelligence, and shades of skin. According to Acts 17, God has situated people-groups at precise locations on the globe. But regardless of who we are or where we live, our preeminent purpose is to worship God. That’s what Peter meant when he said: “you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9-10).

    Throughout the Bible, God calls man to worship Him. But what is worship? Can you define it?

    (Definition) One Hebrew word for worship describes it as “bowing, either by bending the knee or lying prostrate.” Another Hebrew word for worship has its etymology connected with kissing. (I know that gets some people excited, especially the teenagers, but let me explain.) In ancient times people kissed rulers, and even the earth, to express reverence. Kissing was considered an act of worship. That means bowing, prostrating one’s self, and kissing have a common denominator: they are deliberate acts of reverence. They are purposed gestures. In other words, worship is something we do intentionally not accidentally! This is what God has ordained for us!

      1. When we publicly gather at church it’s a deliberate act, and it’s worship.

      2. When we pray, (3) praise God, or (4) read the Scriptures it’s something we purposely do, and it’s worship.

      5. When we are baptized, (6) take communion, (7) give offerings, or (8) testify of Christ, it’s worship.

    I just listed eight ways that worship occurs. And these eight activities can be summed up by putting it this way: When we purposely obey God’s written Word we are worshiping him. I’ve never known anyone to accidentally get baptized or pay their tithes, or take Communion. They may have done these things insincerely, but they didn’t do them accidentally.

    (Application) This means, worshiping God is anything we deliberately do in “spirit and truth” that ascribes worth to God. Again, this is what we were created to intentionally do! We are created to exalt the One, true and holy Creator. And when we fulfill our destiny to worship, it becomes an oasis that refreshes us and honors God. God designed worship to water our soul with a refreshing that cannot come any other way.

    (Transition) So first, worship is ordained of God. It’s your reason for being. The second letter in our Oasis acrostic is, ‘a’. Worship is not only ordained of God, it’s an experience of awe.

    II. Worship Involves Awe

    Hebrews 12:28 29 says: “since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, (29) for our “God is a consuming fire.” To really understand how to worship God in “reverence and awe” we need to consider this Scripture’s context. And Hebrews points back to Mount Sinai where Moses received the Ten Commandments. When Moses ascended Sinai to secure the Commandments God wanted Israel to witness the drama. So He called them to the mountain to observe, firsthand, the power of His presence.

      An ominous thick cloud enveloped the mountain.

      Fire and lightning leaped out from its summit.

      A gale-force wind swept around the mountain.

      And when God spoke from the mountain the earth literally shook!

      The Bible says even Moses trembled with fear.

    There was a reason God displayed Himself like this.

      He wanted Israel to understand He wasn’t some puny Mediterranean god shaped by human hands. He wanted them to know He was no fragile idol that could be toppled from its perch.

      The real God can shake the earth.

      He can walk in the fire.

      He can stand calmly in class-five winds.

      When the real God speaks, creation reels and falls to its knees. That’s the God of Israel!

    God wanted Israel to remember these things when they worshiped Him. He wanted them to stand in “reverence and awe” and understand He is an uncommon God that is sovereign, majestic, and omnipotent. And that’s what He wants us to do. We must never lose sight of God’s greatness.

      The Bible describes Him as being invisible, yet larger than the universe.

      His voice is quiet and tender; yet it’s strong enough to crack apart the cedars.

      He dwells beyond the constellations, yet He controls every activity of earth.

      He is our loving Savior that pardons our sins, but He is also the fearful Judge to whom all men will give account.

    God is to be reverenced, respected, and awed! We need to live with holy reverence toward God. The Bible calls this “the fear of the Lord.” And Proverbs 9:10 says: “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.” When you live this way, I can assure you that it will become a delightsome and refreshing experience! How do I know that? Because the Bible says it was for Christ, our Example. Isaiah 11:3 says: “He will delight in the fear of the LORD.” Christ delighted in “the fear of the Lord.”

    He knew His Father was the awesome God of all creation, so He sought to always do His will—and He was delighted by worshiping God obediently!

    (Transition) Worship is ordained of God and involves awe, but thirdly, the next letter in our oasis acrostic is, ‘S’. Worship involves sincerity.

    III. Worship Involves Sincerity

    Anything God commands should be done correctly—especially worship. That’s what Jesus told the Samaritan woman. True worship is executed “in spirit and truth”—honestly and sincerely. Is that how you worship God?

    (Illustration) Years ago I read the story of a young man that wanted to work at a zoo. And he was immediately hired when he applied for employment. But there was a problem. The zoo’s gorilla had died and its replacement hadn’t arrived. Since bus-loads of school children were scheduled for tours that week, the young man was asked to wear a gorilla costume and play the part. He figured he could last a week so he arrived the next morning, outfitted himself, and began roaming his territory next to the lions. The kids came and he entertained them by eating bananas, lurching along the hillside, and swinging on limbs. All of the sudden he looked to the back of the corral where a lion had passed through an unlocked gate. It was coming straight toward him. Without hesitation he panicked and began yelling for help as onlookers stood near. And his cries intensified when the lion prowled closer. Finally, the lion pinned him against the wall and with his hot breath panting in the man’s face the lion opened his mouth and said: “If you don’t hush we’ll both lose our jobs.”

    A person may entertain the crowds wearing a costume, but nobody will please God in worship if they wear a religious costume. You have to be honest and sincere and worship God “in spirit and truth.”

    (Example) Several years ago a friend told me of his struggle to approach God with pure, honest worship. The conversation went something like this: “Sometimes I’m angry with how life treats me. I have unmet needs, some of my bills are unpaid; and I’m struggling with disappointments. Here I am trying to worship but I’m battling anger, hurt, and confusion and I feel like a phony.”

    We all have our set of problems and frustrations we bring to the House of Worship. God knows you better than you know yourself. And he wants you to be honest with Him. If you hurt tell Him. If you’re mad at Him tell Him. He can handle it. You can’t wait for things to smooth out to worship because you’ll always wrestle with life’s mysteries and misfortune. But on the other side of our confusion there is our confidence we have in God.

      And our confidence in Him tells us we can trust God regardless of how mixed up life gets because He has steadfast, unfailing love for us.

      Our confidence in Him tells us He loves us with an everlasting and unfailing love and “if God is for us who can be against us?”

    It’s alright to acknowledge your confusion as long as you trust God! The fact is, we will never decipher some mysteries or make sense of every circumstance. Romans 11:33 says: “God’s ways are past finding out.” But what we can do is understand that He has never “left or forsaken” anybody and He will never “leave nor forsake” us either!

    And while we’re talking about sincere worship let’s make one more observation. Don’t cover your sin! Confess it. David said: “If I regard iniquity in my heart, God will not hear me.” If you’ve sinned, confess it to Christ and accept His cleansing. The Prophet Micah said God “delights in mercy.” And when you confess your sins you will delight in God’s forgiveness! You’ll worship Him with joy and rejuvenation!

    (Transition) Worship not only involves sincerity, fourthly, it involves identification. God wants to identify with His people.

    IV. Worship Involves Identification

    (Example) Imagine something for a moment. What if you had lived during Old Testament days when King Solomon governed Israel? Further, let’s suppose you personally knew Solomon and he gave you the opportunity to meet with him on a regular basis. I know this is all hypothesis but let’s imagine this had been true. Would you want others to know you could be identified with Solomon, the king of Israel? The obvious answer is, “Yes”! It would be an honor to personally identify with one of Israel’s greatest kings.

    Do you realize that worship is the primary way Believers identify with God? It is our connection with Him. From the beginning of time, God has sought to develop a relationship with man and fellowship with him. Moreover, the practice of worship makes this connection possible. For example:

      Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob associated with God at altars.

      When God identified with Old Testament Israel He met them at the Tabernacle and the Temple.

      God instituted a specific day for worship called the Sabbath for His people to identify with Him. Then He called for them to identify with Him at those seven annual worship festivals: Passover, Pentecost, Tabernacles.

      And in the New Testament the Holy Spirit continued the emphasis. Believers met at the Temple, in Synagogues, in houses, the public squares, and even prisons.

    Here is what God wants you to understand about all this: God uses your worship to distinguish you as belonging to Him. It’s His way of scripting His signature upon your life. We are so unworthy of our Lord becoming like us and dying on the cross for our sins. Why would the perfect, pure Lord of Heaven want to take upon Himself flesh and identify with crooks, prostitutes, thieves, and even worse? He identified with us and died for our sins because He wanted to redeem us. And when we worship Him it testifies that we are willing to identify with the most wonderful, loving, forgiving, compassionate, and gracious God imaginable.

    (Transition) There’s another benefit of identifying with God through worship. It reminds us of who we are and what our destiny is.

    (Illustration) When Arnold Schwarzenegger was campaigning to become California’s Governator in October of 2003 I heard his wife Maria Shriver say this about Arnold: “He doesn’t care how people ridicule him; whether they belittle his bulging muscles or his thick Austrian accent. He remains confident for two reasons: One, he knows who he is and, two, he knows where he’s going.” I don’t know Arnold’s spiritual condition or anything about his personal relationship with Christ. That’s for God to handle. But let’s not miss his wife’s statement: “he knows who he is and where he’s going.” When I heard that, I instantly knew that’s what worship does for Christians. People that faithfully worship the Lord know they are an heir of Almighty God and their destiny is to spend eternity with Him in Heaven. True worship keeps us on track!

    Remember, once again the words of the apostle: “you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”

    (Illustration) Awhile back I read a humorous story about Albert Einstein. He was the twentieth century’s foremost scientist but Einstein tended to have an absentminded nature as well. He would often mismatch his clothes or forget to comb his hair. One day Einstein traveled by train for a speaking engagement. After boarding the conductor checked for tickets and when he came to Einstein he was already engrossed in his work. Einstein turned his jacket and briefcase inside out looking for his ticket but to no avail. He had misplaced it. The conductor said, “It’s alright Dr. Einstein, we all know you, I’m sure you bought a ticket. There’s no problem.” But a few moments later the conductor looked back and Einstein was on his hands and knees still searching for the ticket. The conductor walked back, “Dr. Einstein, don’t worry about it. I know you who you are.” Einstein looked up and said, “I know who I am also, the problem is, I don’t know where I’m going.”

    Do you see what worship does? It is a spiritual compass that keeps us pointed toward our heavenly destination where we will worship Him before His glorious throne.

    (Transition) Worship involves obedience, awe, sincerity, identification, and fifthly, satisfaction.

    V. Worship Brings Satisfaction

    This final point actually summarizes the entire oasis of worship experience. If our ultimate purpose in life is to worship God, then true worship should satisfy us like an oasis satisfies a weary desert traveler. One of my favorite designations the Bible assigns to the Israelites that wandered forty years in the wilderness is in Acts 7:38. Luke calls them “the assembly in the desert.” I love that phrase, “the assembly in the desert,” because it not only described Israel it describes the church. How could anyone survive without water in the desert? And yet God supplied water for both Israel and their livestock for four decades! David said in Psalm 105:41, “He opened the rock, and water gushed out; like a river it flowed in the desert.” A miraculous river of water coursed its way through the wilderness during Israel’s desert experience!

    And Christ is with the church today—the assembly in the world’s desert—as a River of Life, to sustain, bless, and refresh it. Don’t you feel refreshed after a good worship experience? When the early Believers worshiped the Bible says they rejoiced, they gladdened, they were healed, delivered, and blessed.

    I love gathering with Believers to worship. And I especially enjoy Pentecostal worship: audible praise, vibrant singing, uplifted hands, and exercising spiritual gifts. It’s a thrilling experience and that’s the way God intended it.

      Isaiah 43:19-20 says: “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. (20) . . . I provide water in the desert and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to my people, my chosen.”

      Isaiah 44:3 says: “For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.”

    Have you experienced the oasis of worship?

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