A REVELATION OF GOD

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

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...

SON OF DAVID / SON OF GOD

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INSIGHTS TO THE FESTIVAL OF TABERNACLES

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

MODERN-DAY IDOLATRY

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LAW OF REVELATION (Part 2) “The Principle of Connection”

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The Days of Noah Return

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JESUS CHRIST HEALS!

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

THE TESTIMONY OF THE CROSS

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

REEMERGENCE OF DRAMATIC SIGNS & WONDERS

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Developing a Prayer Ministry in the Local Church

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

“DO NOT HARM THE OIL AND WINE”

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

THE SONG OF MOSES

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

Six Steps For Finding God’s Will

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

THE TRUTH ABOUT LIES

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I WILL SHOW YOU GREAT AND UNSEARCHABLE THINGS

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WHAT’S SO FRIGHTENING ABOUT CHRISTMAS?

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

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THE PHILADELPHIA PROCLAMATION

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

YOU AND YOUR TWIN

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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...

Russia Ukraine and the Coming Tribulation

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D Pace The Russia-Ukraine War Is the Tribulation is Near? Introduction...

SHAPED FOR A HIGHER PLACE

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

CARTE BLANCHE FAITH

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The Publican and the Pharisee

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

Chronology of Holy Week

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

ONE-WORD DESCRIPTIONS OF GOD’S LOVE

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

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...

LIVING WITH THE RIGHT ATTITUDE

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

MEN IN BROWN

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DISCOVERING UNSEARCHABLE THINGS

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

MANS’ ONLY HOPE

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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...

CAN YOU WALK WITH GOD?

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

God Said It; Now, You Settle It!

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

THE VOICE OF GOD TODAY

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Your Call to Rulership in Life

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JESUS—THE FIRST PROSPERITY PREACHER

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

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...

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...

They Forgot the Works of the Lord!

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ENOCH’S REMARKABLE TESTIMONY

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THE HOLY SPIRIT AND YOU

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FIVE PROVISIONS OF CHRIST’S BLOOD

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DIVINE ENTRAPMENT

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HOW TO OVERCOME TEMPTATION

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YOU CAN DISCERN THE DAYS

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DARE TO QUESTION GOD!

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THE BELIEVERS’ REST

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THE DECISION OF MOSES

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

GOD AT WORK

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YOUR TIMES ARE IN GOD’S HANDS

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BIBLICAL SUPPORT FOR “SIGNS AND WONDERS”

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

THE IMPARTATION OF PRIVILEGE

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

World Cup and Christ’s Cup

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

THE PROPHETIC VOICE

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CHRIST YOUR DELIVERER

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POWER TO SHARE CHRIST

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A Man of God

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

Don’t Overlook Jesus

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

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 DYNAMIC MESSENGER

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

VANQUISHING FEAR

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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...

The Power of Life and Death

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IRREFUTABLE REALITIES

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MAKING THE MOST OF LIFE

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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 HOLY SPIRIT: WHO HE IS AND WHAT HE DOES

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS THE HOLY SPIRIT: WHO HE IS AND WHAT HE DOES John 14:15-18 Robert D. Pace Do...

GOD DEFENDS ISRAEL!

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

RED FLAGS: Don’t Ignore Them

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WHAT IS ADVENT?

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

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE RESURRECTION

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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...

CAN MAN LIVE WITHOUT MERCY?

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PREVIEW A DISCERN THE DAYS PROPHECY CONFERENCE

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A Witch

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SAVIOR’S CHURCH Domain for Purchase

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THE BLESSING OF FOCUS!

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HOW THE ANTICHRIST WILL RISE TO POWER

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THE LAW OF REVELATION (Part 1)

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A Workman Unashamed

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

COMPELLING EVIDENCE FOR CHRIST’S RETURN

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

WHEN A CHRISTIAN IS VULNERABLE

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

“SEEK ME AND LIVE”

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

An Excellent Example of Leadership

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

ALL MY FOUNTAINS ARE IN YOU

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POWER OVER SIN

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

If Jesus Says I Can, I Can!

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

“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...

THE CHRISTIAN’S RESPONSE TO TERRORISM

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

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...

Communion Symbolizes Our Union With Christ

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

Strangers and Pilgrims

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

WHAT WERE THEY THINKING AT THE MANGER?

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

LET’S BE THANKFUL!

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CHRISTIAN BELIEFS UNDER ATTACK: THERE ARE ANSWERS!

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

JESUS IS ALIVE!

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

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...

HOW TO OPEN CLOSED DOORS

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

Driving Out The Canaanites

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

PARTNERSHIP WITH GOD

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

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...

THE FLOATING AXE HEAD

Robert D. Pace The Floating Axehead 2 Kings 6:1--7 Introduction Whatever else can be said about...

THE REWARD OF SACRIFICING

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CONQUERING THE DOUBTS OF SALVATION

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

THE OASIS OF WORSHIP

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

SECURING THE FAVOR OF GOD

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

PRAYING UNDER THE SPIRIT’S INFLUENCE

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YOU ARE THE LIGHT

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

A STUDY OF DIVINE HEALING

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

WHY THE MANNA STOPPED

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THE INSPIRING STORY OF HANDEL’S MESSIAH

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

Devotional: LEANING OR LASTING?

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NOAH’S IMPOSSIBLE ASSIGNMENT

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The Service Jesus Never Conducted

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

GOD IS WITH YOU!

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

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 ONE-MINUTE CHALLENGE

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

AUTHORITY TO ASK!

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

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...

THE CALL OF GOD

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

JESUS, PRINCE OF PEACE

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

Corporate Acclamation

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

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 our Spoken Words

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

THE GARDENER

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THE END SHALL COME LIKE A FLOOD

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WHO OWNS WHAT?

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

THE INCOMPARABLE CHRIST

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

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...

HALLOWED BE THY NAME

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

WHY CHRISTIANS MUST NOT QUIT

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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...

DIVINE ASSIGNMENTS, DIVINE ASSISTANCE

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ARISE AND CLAIM THE BLESSINGS

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GOD APPRAISES SUCCESS

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

The Scriptures, The Savior and Salvation

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

Son of David, Son of God

This is a profound look at the lineage of Jesus from Robert D Pace's feature-length DVD "The...

THE ELEVENTH COMMANDMENT

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

THE IMMUTABLE LAW OF SOWING AND REAPING

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“I AM THE WAY” — JESUS

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TRUSTING GOD WHEN IT’S DIFFICULT

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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 WORD OF GOD UNLEASHED!

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

MAGNIFICENT ATTRIBUTES OF GOD

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

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN CHRIST ARRIVES!

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HOW TO MAINTAIN SPIRITUAL FERVOR

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

God has Prepared His Word to Work for You!

Pulpit Today Sermon by Robert D Pace God’s Word Works! God has Prepared His Word to Work for You!...

DISTINGUISHED BY THE ANOINTING

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

VISIONARIES FOR GOD

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

THE NATURE OF THE CHURCH

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

A BRAND PLUCKED FROM THE FIRE

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

Blessings of Waiting on the Lord

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D Pace Blessings of Waiting on the Lord Psalm 27:13—14 I want to start...

JUDAH MUST PLOW

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HEADLINES FROM THE BOOK OF JOB

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

The Spirit of Python

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

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...

LOOSED!

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

MEN AS ANGELS

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PRACTICING THE PEACE OF GOD

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

PRAY FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP

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

THE BEGINNING OF THANKSGIVING DAY IN AMERICA

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

THE MESSAGE OF CLOUDS

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

PROPHECY OF TREES FULFILLED IN ISRAEL’S DESERT

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

THE CHRISTIANS’ CROWN TODAY

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

TREASURES OF DARKNESS

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

FULFILLED PROPHECIES OF THE LAST DAYS

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

Jesus Fulfills Prophecy, Christ is the Messiah

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

GOD REALLY IS GOOD!

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

UNCOVERING THE GIFT

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

THE COMING REVIVAL IN AMERICA

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THE MIRACULOUS CATCH OF FISH

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SHAMGAR’S OXGOAD

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

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

THIRTY FEET FROM TRIUMPH

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

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

“A NEW THING”

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

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“THE DAYS SHALL BE SHORTENED”

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EXPECTATIONS OF PENTECOSTAL WORSHIP

Kingdom Issues In 2003, Robert D. Pace was interviewed by the Evangel magazine, the Official...

The Comfort of Communion

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JESUS: GOD & MAN

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DOES GOD KILL?

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

The Woman at the Well

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

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KINGDOM ISSUES Robert D. Pace Water baptism, in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is a...

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  The Supersign of Prophecy The Final Countdown by Robert D Pace The best way to help prepare...

BEHOLD, HE PRAYS!

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

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 CHEMISTRY OF MIRACLES

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

MOSES’ TREASURE CODE CRACKED!

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JEHOVAH-NISSI, The Lord My Banner

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D Pace JEHOVAH-NISSI The Lord My Banner Exodus 17:8—16 The Amalekites...

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DELIVERANCE OVER STRONGHOLDS

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HOW TO PRAY BIG!

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PULPIT TODAY SERMONS

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THE RIGHTEOUS AS TREES

God’s love for trees is evident in Creation. Botanists assert that more than 60,000 varieties of trees exist. Of the sixty-six books of the Bible, each one incorporates the concept of a tree. And they often appear at decisive moments! To give you an idea of their importance in Scripture, here are some examples: 

The story of mankind begins among the trees of the Garden of Eden—most notable, is the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

The Bible shows that numerous people had divine encounters with God or angels near trees. They marked where the Lord disclosed special revelation.

The Old Testament prophets likened the entire nation of Israel to a fig tree.

When the Prophet Daniel interpreted Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of an enormous tree towering into the sky, he said: “Your Majesty, you are that tree” (4:22).

And then the ministry Christ was often associated with trees: he taught about trees; told parables of trees; sought food from a tree; cursed a tree that didn’t bear fruit; and he prophesied about an abundance of trees filling the land of Israel in the last days. Ultimately, the chief mission of Christ was his crucifixion upon a tree.

Why has God ordained historic moments to occur at trees? It’s because they are emblems for life. It’s interesting that the Bible’s two chief metaphors for life are (1) trees and (2) water. It’s not coincidental that the Old Testament Prophets portray the coming Lord and Messiah as, “The Branch.”

Here is how I want to apply this message. We know that Jesus likened Christians to “salt and light,” but, as the title of this message suggests, the Bible also chooses the tree to represent the Christian’s state-of-being. And just as trees are stately, flourishing objects—simply being what God designed them to be—in like manner has God created Christians. Without ignoring any other duty of the Christian life, God also wants you to simply “be.” As Psalm 1 says, “like a tree planted by streams of water” (1:3).

(Transition) With that in mind, let’s begin with God’s first assessment of trees and then apply that assessment to us. Our text is found in Genesis 2:8—9.

Genesis 2:8—9

Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. (9) The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food.” In the middle of the garden were the Tree of Life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Did you notice God’s appraisal of trees? It is in the middle of verse 9. God says they are “pleasing to the eye and good for food.” I don’t find it coincidental that God’s original, distinctive design for trees was beauty and bounty. Remember, I’m comparing this to what our state-of-being should be in Christ—and that is, it should reflect loveliness and it should offer provision.

(Transition) With that noted, I want to first correlate the beauty of trees with the beauty God wants for the Righteous.

The Beauty of the Righteous

I realize this overstates the obvious, but leaves are those flickering wonders that make trees beautiful. I want to illustrate that with some pictures. These trees are considered to be among the most beautiful in the world.

First, there is the ornamental Wisteria tree that blossoms with majestic purple leaves.

Second, look at Brazil’s orange-leaf Flamboyant Tree. That’s a great name for this tree!

Third, most Americans know of Washington DC’s Blooming Cherry Tree, which is stunning!

Fourth, let’s notice the sub-tropical Jacaranda tree. I love those flowers of blueish purple.

In the Far East there is the Chinese Ginkgo tree with its golden yellow leafs.

I have always been lured by tropical trees whose fronds sway and wave in the wind.

Can you imagine a tree without leaves? There would be no beauty! … In fact, did you know it is impossible for most trees to exist without leaves? They die! It is because leaves, working with the sun, create photosynthesis, which in turn provide the tree with life. Thus, when you see a tree without leaves during Spring and Summer you can reliably conclude, that tree is dead!

This same principle applies to people. Where there is no evidence of Christ’s loveliness—no leaves of love, joy, affection, mercy, or compassion—there is no real life. God created you to tower in the world with the colorful, living adornment of Christ. God designed you to be striking and magnificent objects of his glory! Do you perceive yourself like that? You can! This is what can happen when you are rooted in the soil of God’s Word and watered by his Spirit—you become radiant figures of righteousness!

(Example) There is a reason beauty is highly valued. It is because beauty is instinctively loved by all people. For example: In the late 1800s, Western Europeans began what is now called Aestheticism. The core philosophy of the aesthetics enshrined beauty as the center of life. They taught that it should be evident in architecture, interior decoration, the arts, and personal appearance. Some reverenced beauty to where they worshiped it and viewed it as the very meaning of life.

You and I know that beauty is important, but we certainly aren’t going to worship it! So, the question we as Christians have is this: How does the Bible appraise beauty? Well, let’s consider what the wisest man of history said about it in Ecclesiastes 3:11.

Solomon said: “[God] has made everything beautiful in its time.” How do we translate that statement? It means, God is in the process of gathering all Creation and moving it toward a moment of total beautification. That makes beauty important!

Here’s how the Apostle Peter captured the concept of beauty in Acts 3:21. He said: “Heaven must receive him [Jesus] until the time comes for God to restore everything.” That word restore/restitution is interesting because Greek lexicons translate the word this way: It means God will restore Creation to a more perfect state than existed before the fall of humanity.

Can you imagine that? God will one day restore Creation to unimaginable beauty. He won’t leave anything mundane or unattractive. And why will he do this? It is because God himself is inherently beautiful. He is the essence of beauty. The Bible describes him as glorious, lovely, holy, perfect, and wondrous. This is why Solomon could say of our Lord, “He is altogether lovely” (SOS 5:16).

(Example) There are times when we focus on someone far away. From a distance, they are beautiful and create the desire to draw nearer. But as we do, we start noticing flaws. Flaws of the flesh; flaws of personality; flaws that are even repugnant and push us away. But not so with God! Each aspect of him that we learn also presents another expression of his beauty. And it’s the perfection of God’s beauty that pulls us in and elicits our praise. This explains  why men and angels shall eternally count him worthy of worship—his beauty calls for it!

When I was writing this message I was inspired by the words of Augustine of the fourth century. I am not quoting Augustine, but I have incorporated his words with mine to express the loveliness of Christ:

As the eternal Word of God, he was the most beautiful among the angels of heaven. As the Son of Man, he was beautiful on Earth.

Submitting to his Heavenly Father at John’s baptism he was beautiful. Empowered by the Spirit, he was beautiful in working miracles, feeding the multitudes, and curing the incurable.

His words to the brokenhearted are of un-surpassing beauty: “Come unto me all that are burdened and heavy laden and I will give you rest . . . I will never cast you out”!

Even the last days of his life on Earth were beautiful:

He was beautiful on the Cross.

Beautiful in the sepulcher.

Beautiful in his resurrection.

And when he returns in glory and power at his Second Coming he will be beautiful beyond description!

Saints of God, it’s Jesus Christ that we must emulate! God has planted Christians around the globe to be objects of beauty and to represent him. And the reason for it is to have sinners look, draw near, and ask, “What’s different about you? What makes you radiant no matter what happens?”

Have you told a fellow Christian how beautiful they are, lately? I’m talking about bragging on their spiritual radiance. Maybe we ought to remind some true, Christ-like disciples how beautiful they are! Christians that we admire don’t accidentally look lovely. They are beautiful because they have intentionally consecrated themselves to Christ and have applied spiritual disciplines.

This beauty is something we can take to old age. Think about it: some of the most beautiful people in the Kingdom are elderly people—those who have been creased and crippled by time. But even with arched bodies they appear as magnificent, stately trees fulfilling Psalm 1, that even in old age their ‘leaf has not withered’ (2—3).

(Application) I have another question: As you look at Christ’s beauty radiating from a fellow Christian how does it affect you? I trust I can answer that for you. It inspires you to live beautifully! And when your state-of-being is beautified, you also influence others to be more like Jesus.

(Transition) Before I move from this point, I want to mention a byproduct of these leaves of beauty.

Leaves of Beautification Create Peace

At some point, everyone wrestles with maintaining inner peace. We are familiar with a burdened heart and what the Bible calls “a spirit of heaviness.” And there are some Christians that constantly battle a troubled heart. It’s awful to live that way! But God has provided a way to reverse this! And the answer is in-keeping with what I’ve said: When you beautify yourself with Christ it results in the peace of God resting upon your soul. Does this concept seem strange? Let me illustrate it on a natural/physical level.

(Example) Men, you go to the barber to spruce up; some walk, jog, or workout at the gym. Ladies, you exercise, too; you visit the salon, recolor your hair, and get a modern hairstyle. Then, at home, you bedazzle yourself with Revlon, Maybelline, nail polish, eyeliner, jewelry, and colorful apparel. And what is the end result? You look better! And ultimately, deep, down inside you feel better about yourself!

This practice that works on the natural level also operates on the spiritual level. You can claim true, inner peace by emulating the beautiful life of Christ Jesus—by presenting yourself as a tree of loveliness! The Apostle Paul described “The Beautiful Life” in Philippians 4:8—9. He said:

“Whatever is true . . . noble . . . right . . . pure . . . lovely . . . admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. [The sum of all these virtues is beauty! But let’s not forget the next verse.] (9) Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”

When your life branches out with beautiful, living leaves it chases away anxiety and fills you with peace. Just like leaves enliven a tree, your spiritual beautification enlivens you! Solomon said in Proverbs 14:30, “A heart at peace gives life to the body.”

I want you to consider how God has even interwoven the health of our soul to the beauty of Nature:

Over the decades, I have visited the Gulf of Mexico. And it never fails that sunset draws people out from their condos and hotel rooms and onto the shoreline. People are fascinated as they watch the sun cast its peaceful hues of color over the waters. It’s a tranquilizing sight!

How many here have witnessed the wonder of the Grand Canyon, or the Rockies, or the Alps of Switzerland? They are magnificent!

When I was a child my family visited Niagara Falls. I’ll always remember that profuse stream of water that cascaded hundreds of feet into its basin. You can’t help but think, When will the water run out? But it doesn’t! I love what God says in Psalm 65:9, “The streams of God are filled with water.”

How do such stunning scenes affect us? While our eyes are astonished, something happens deep inside, too. God uses the beauty of Nature to create profound pleasure and feelings of emotional well-being. God’s glory is imbued within Nature in a way that can chase away negative emotions and restore our energy. The Great Creator ordained it this way!

The Tree of Life

(Explanation) There is a reason God has planted what he calls the “Tree of Life” in Heaven. This is the most magnanimous, incredible tree God has created! When John described it in Revelation 22:1—2, he showed it spanning and towering over the River of Life. It’s a river unlike any on Earth! It’s wider than the Amazon, longer than the Nile, and more majestic than the Rhine. He then saw the tree producing new fruit every month. And what is one of the chief purposes of the tree? John said, “The leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.”

Those magnificent leaves of the Tree of Life ensure that the nations coexist in everlasting peace. Folks, if leaves of beauty from the Tree of Life can heal nations, then imagine what the leaves of Christ, appearing on you, can do! They can keep you in a perpetual place of peace in your soul.

(Prayer) Before I continue this message, I want to pause to pray for you: “Heavenly Father, I pray for beautification of your people. Cause them to bring forth loveliness. Make your people trees of splendor that you may be glorified in them. Cause this to circulate life and peace within them. Let them understand the joy that comes from manifesting the virtues of our Savior to others. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

(Transition) Now let’s move to the next point of today’s message. And the next way Christians are to resemble trees regards fruitfulness.

The Fruit of the Righteous

Not all trees bear fruit, but those that do teach us that Christians have been planted in God’s vineyard so others can partake of the fruit that flourishes from their branches. What a fabulous opportunity this is! God designed you to be a fruitful tree for others to enjoy. We get to nurture others with the “fruit of the Spirit” that burgeons through us. Have you ever considered that? 

(Illustration) The story is told of a boy watching an elderly man plant a tree. Understanding that the man will die before the tree matures to offer shade and fruit, the boy enquired: “Mister, why are you planting that tree? You will never eat from it.” The elderly man responded, “Son, I’m not planting this tree for me. Years ago, my father planted trees that he never partook of; but I have often eaten from them. I’m doing what one generation should do for the next. I am planting this tree for you and others to enjoy.”

That is why it is important to bear fruit: It provides others with what is rightfully theirs. It is why Jesus and John the Baptist imposed such grave admonitions against spiritual barrenness. When we fail to produce fruit those around us remain undernourished. Here is what John said in Matthew 3:9—11.

“Produce fruit, then, in keeping with repentance. (9) And do not presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. (10) The axe lies ready at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.”

You see, the day is coming when God will treat us like trees. He will hold us accountable for the type of fruit we bore. It’s what God designed us to do! And he even told us what type of fruit to bear. It is in Galatians 5:22—23.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, (23) gentleness and self-control.”

That is the fruit that should appear on every Christian’s life.

Planted in God’s House

It’s interesting that David, in Psalm 92, isolated the two trees that best represent the righteous. In so doing, he also revealed the ground that is most fertile for our planting. Here’s what he said in Psalm 92:12—15. 

“The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; (13) planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. (14) They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green.”

The Bible promises that you will flourish when you are planted in the house of God! . . . I know that your ‘personal devotions’ are important. But every Christian needs to be firmly rooted and grounded in a Word-centered, Spirit-filled church! That is where the fertile ground is! Do you know why the ground is so fertile in God’s house? Because it is the place of God’s presence! And when you are planted where God resides, you will thrive!

Conclusion

I want to read the story of Jesus healing the blind man of Bethsaida. It’s recorded in Mark 8:22—25, and it is the only miracle of Jesus that implemented two stages to bring recovery. Let’s read the text:

They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. (23) He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?” (24) He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.” [How peculiar!] (25) Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.

The most curious aspect of this story is why it took Christ two “touches” to heal this man. Some critics would argue that Jesus failed here. And when you read the four Gospels, you  do find all the other miracles of Christ occurred upon his first action. So what happened here? I want to offer three explanations:

When you read this text closely, you will discover that Jesus did not command the man’s eyes to be opened on his first touch. Verse 23 explains that Jesus put spittle on the man’s eyes, laid hands on him, and then merely asked a question: “Do you see anything?” Jesus didn’t say, “Be made whole.” If Jesus wanted the man’s eyes opened the first time, it would have happened!

Secondly, the actions of Jesus coincided with what the people of Bethsaida requested of him. Did you notice that the people told Jesus how to work the miracle? Verse 22 says they “begged Jesus to touch him.” They directed Jesus to lay hands on the blind man; so, Jesus followed their instructions! Folks, if you need a miracle, don’t tell God how to do it. It may take him twice as long to work it. Simply present your need to God and let him determine the course of action.

Third, despite the two stages to work this miracle, Jesus was still able to teach a wonderful lesson and present a grand truth. Notice the blind man’s answer to Christ’s question in verse 24. When Jesus asked him what he saw the man said: “I see people; they look like trees walking around.” I am convinced that this is exactly how Jesus wanted the man to see people! As this blind man was in the process of regaining his sight, Jesus wanted him to know that mankind was created to resemble treesbeautiful, fruitful, life-giving trees!

That is the lesson from today’s message: God created you to be beautiful and fruitful. Like trees, Christians are givers more than takers. I hope this describes you! Perhaps it is appropriate for Christians to examine themselves and ask: How do others look at me? Do they see me beautifying my surroundings? Do they partake of Christ’s goodness from me?

What kind of tree are you?

Addendum

Dad and Mom, some of you have tender shoots—children—that have begun to grow at your feet. Some of you have but one tender sprig to attend to now. Others have a garden of saplings. And still, other parents have a forest of sprouts around them. Whatever the case, God wants you to take special care of them. You have fertilizing to do. You’ll need to do some pruning. But supremely important is to make certain they are planted in the house of the Lord.

And just as there are varieties of trees, God wants you to recognize which type of tree your child may be. Some will be stately cedars; others mighty oaks of stability; others will be kind and gentle palms; and still others will be fragrant balsamic trees. Don’t force your child to be something he/she is not. But help them grow into what God has ordained them to be.

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