THE TRUTH ABOUT LIES

All Topics, Forgiveness, Salvation, Sin

YOU ARE THE LIGHT

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

AUTHORITY TO ASK!

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

From Insects to Archangels God Controls Everything

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

VANQUISHING FEAR

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

WHAT’S SO FRIGHTENING ABOUT CHRISTMAS?

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

GOD’S NAME REVEALS YOUR ASSIGNMENT

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace God has an...

THE TESTIMONY OF THE CROSS

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

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.

BEGGARS OF MERCY

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

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 CALL OF GOD

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

PRAY FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP

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

HOW TO OVERCOME TEMPTATION

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Genesis 22:1-14 Life is full of temptations and tests. Everyone...

MAKING THE MOST OF LIFE

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

THE OASIS OF WORSHIP

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

THE IMPARTATION OF PRIVILEGE

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

THE RIGHT CHOICE

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

GOD RAISES DEAD DREAMS

Scripture uses death to identify man’s greatest enemy and there’s nothing man fears more. When a person expires, losing all vital signs, doctors, medicine, and science stand powerless in its presence. Only God can resurrect. But this sermon doesn’t deal with the physical cessation of life, it deals with death of a different nature. The death of God’s divinely inspired promises and visions. I’m persuaded that many Christians are in the gestation stage of a specific promise God has given them. Perhaps years ago He planted a dream and you’re still awaiting its fruition. Maybe even hope has begged you to admit that promise is dead. But the God that resurrected Christ from the dead can resurrect your promise.

DARE TO QUESTION GOD!

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

WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT FASTING

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

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...

SHAMGAR’S OXGOAD

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

DIVINE CONSCIOUSNESS OF CHRIST

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

CARTE BLANCHE FAITH

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

Malchus

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

THE CHEMISTRY OF MIRACLES

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

THINGS TO REMEMBER

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

JESUS CHRIST HEALS!

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

YOUR TIMES ARE IN GOD’S HANDS

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

THE DYNAMIC MESSENGER

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

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...

MAN’S QUEST FOR PEACE

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

CHRIST DIED FOR THE UNWORTHY

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

ZERUBBABEL’S TEMPLE

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

The Beauty of the Righteous

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

PRAYING UNDER THE SPIRIT’S INFLUENCE

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

POWER OVER SIN

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

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...

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:

Strangers and Pilgrims

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

THE LION’S ROAR!

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

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...

AMERICA’S SOCIAL DISORDER

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

GOD AT WORK

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

THE ONE-MINUTE CHALLENGE

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

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”...

BLESSINGS OF REPENTANCE

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

YOU CAN DISCERN THE DAYS

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

YOUR APPOINTED TIME

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

Driving Out The Canaanites

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

VOICES FROM THE GRAVE

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

ENOCH’S REMARKABLE TESTIMONY

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

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 IMPORTANCE OF THE RESURRECTION

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

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 QUEST FOR PEACE

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

JESUS IS ALIVE!

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

THE LAND OF ISRAEL: WHOSE PROPERTY IS IT?

Robert D. Pace Should Christians Support Israel’s Rights to the "Holy Land"? In recent years, the...

PRACTICING THE PEACE OF GOD

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

THE PURPOSE OF VISIONS

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

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...

INSIGHTS TO THE FESTIVAL OF TABERNACLES

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

THE REWARD OF SACRIFICING

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

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...

A STUDY OF DIVINE HEALING

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

Are You Ready for Jesus

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

UNCOVERING THE GIFT

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

A Workman Unashamed

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

HOW TO MAINTAIN SPIRITUAL FERVOR

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

“THE DAYS SHALL BE SHORTENED”

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

LIVING WITH GODLY INFLUENCE

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

MOTIVATED BY LOVE

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

AN ASSEMBLAGE OF KNOWERS

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

CAN YOU WALK WITH GOD?

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Exodus 40:17‑19; 33-34 Introduction Years ago, cultural...

IRREFUTABLE REALITIES

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Psalm 111:7--9 It is said that the only things certain in life...

The Spirit of Python

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

FIVE PROVISIONS OF CHRIST’S BLOOD

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

“PATHSPERITY”

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

A CHRISTMAS TRIP

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

WHAT IS ADVENT?

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

CHRISTIAN BELIEFS UNDER ATTACK: THERE ARE ANSWERS!

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

The Comfort of Communion

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

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...

ARISE AND CLAIM THE BLESSINGS

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

WHY CHRISTIANS MUST NOT QUIT

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

The Woman at the Well

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

JUDAH MUST PLOW

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

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...

“DO NOT HARM THE OIL AND WINE”

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

THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

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

“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...

BOUNDARIES

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

LIVING WITH GODLY INFLUENCE

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

THE ELEVENTH COMMANDMENT

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

VISIONARIES FOR GOD

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

THE BEAUTY OF FORGIVENESS

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

FROM THANKSGIVING TO THANKS-LIVING

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

JESUS IS LORD! OR, IS HE?

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

THE WONDER OF KNOWING GOD

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

YOU CAN KNOW!

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

ALWAYS GIVE THANKS

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

SHAMGAR’S OXGOAD

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

THE PROPHET’S SECLUSION

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

HEADLINES FROM THE BOOK OF JOB

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

NOAH’S IMPOSSIBLE ASSIGNMENT

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

Born Again But No “Charismatic-type” Christian

Robert D. Pace It was not unusual for me to tune-in to the Rush Limbaugh Show, but this day was...

Supernatural Provision For Difficult Times

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

MORE THAN CONQUERORS

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

THE GOSPEL OF POWER

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

DISTINGUISHED BY THE ANOINTING

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

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...

“BLESSED ASSURANCE” SALVATION IS YOURS!

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

America in Crisis!

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

HOW TO PRAY BIG!

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

Arabs Claim Jesus was ‘Palestinian’

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

PREPARE THE WAY

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

Don’t Overlook Jesus

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

The Publican and the Pharisee

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

IF GRACE IS THE EXPLANATION

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

“SEEK ME AND LIVE”

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

PRAYER THAT WORKS!

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

JESUS FULFILLS MESSIANIC PROPHECIES (V)

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WHEN A CHRISTIAN IS VULNERABLE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 1 Corinthians 10:12 (Illustration) It was a frigid February in...

Mountaintop Worship

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

DOES HELL OFFEND YOU?

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

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 INCOMPARABLE CHRIST

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

THE INSPIRING STORY OF HANDEL’S MESSIAH

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

WHY THE MANNA STOPPED

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

HOW THE ANTICHRIST WILL RISE TO POWER

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

An Excellent Example of Leadership

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

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...

LET’S BE THANKFUL!

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

HALLOWED BE THY NAME

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

YOU AND YOUR TWIN

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

Hosanna!

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

THE LAW OF REVELATION (Part 1)

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

UNLOCK YOUR DESTINY

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

AN ALTAR INVITATION

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

LIVING BY THE POWER OF REDEMPTION

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

REEMERGENCE OF DRAMATIC SIGNS & WONDERS

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

A Call to Corporate Prayer for USA Elections

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

COMPASSION IN ACTION

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

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...

DOES GOD KILL?

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

SACRIFICIAL LIVING

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

ONE-WORD DESCRIPTIONS OF GOD’S LOVE

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

MOSES’ TREASURE CODE CRACKED!

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

WILL YOU LIVE UNDER THE SUN OR UNDER HEAVEN?

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

“A NEW THING”

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

PROPHECIES OF THE ENDTIME UNVEILED

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

ACCORDING TO THE PATTERN

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

THE ACTS OF ANANIAS

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

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...

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...

HOW TO OPEN CLOSED DOORS

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

Jesus Fulfills Prophecy, Christ is the Messiah

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

THE CHRISTIANS’ CROWN TODAY

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

YOUR 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...

THE GLORY OF GOD

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

THE PHILADELPHIA PROCLAMATION

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

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...

CHRIST YOUR DELIVERER

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

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 BELIEVERS’ REST

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

CONQUERING THE DOUBTS OF SALVATION

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

Indepth Look at The Diversity of Prayer Book

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

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...

DIVINE ENTRAPMENT

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

GOD REALLY IS GOOD!

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

ENTERTAINMENT OR TEMPTING GOD?

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

SUCCESS WITH GOD

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

GOD IS WITH YOU!

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

THE COMING REVIVAL IN AMERICA

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

MAGNIFICENT ATTRIBUTES OF GOD

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

WHO IS JESUS CHRIST?

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

THE BLESSING OF FOCUS!

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

THE INCARNATION OF CHRIST

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

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...

A BIG WORD FOR A BIG LIFE

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

“I AM THE WAY” — JESUS

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

THE WORD OF GOD UNLEASHED!

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

The Power of Life and Death

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

DELIVERANCE OVER STRONGHOLDS

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

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...

World Cup and Christ’s Cup

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

TRUSTING GOD WHEN IT’S DIFFICULT

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

Biblically Woke!

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

A Witch

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

THE NATURE OF THE CHURCH

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

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 TRIUMPH OF GRACE

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

Building on the Rock

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

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...

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Introductory Remarks

(Quote) A USA Today poll found that only 56% of Americans teach honesty to their children. Awhile back a noted physician announced the following on a television talk show: “Lying is an important part of social life, and children who are unable to do it are children who may have developmental problems.” We’ll, that’s not what God says about lying. Let’s read Ephesians 4:25.

Ephesians 4:25

“Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you

speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.”

The question people ask is the age-old question that Pilate asked Christ in the Judgment Hall: “What is truth?” They want to know if there’s an absolute, unwavering standard of truth. This is important because there’s great danger when people are led into error. What we have to understand is this: There are two sources that claim to be the fountainhead of truth—God and Satan. God has given us the Bible as the reference-point of truth while Satan uses the secular world system as his reference point.

(Transition) I want to clarify something at the outset of this message. And I ask the younger generation to take special note of this.

Facts About Lies

A. It doesn’t matter how compassionate the world appears, it does not contain the truth nor does it have your best interests in mind! God has carefully chronicled the dangers of getting too friendly with the world:

    Isaiah 59:14 when it says: “truth has stumbled in the streets, honesty cannot enter.”

    In Ephesians 6:12 Paul said that this planet is ruled by “powers of this dark[ness] . . . and spiritual forces of evil.”

    The apostle Peter emphasizes that the world is filled with “corruption” (2 Peter 1:4). And that corruption contaminates everyone that attaches themselves to it!

    1 John 5:19 says: “the whole world is under the control of the evil one.” That doesn’t mean God has lost His sovereignty. It means there’s a profane world system that Satan controls and it’s diametrically opposed to God and His goodness.

    Jesus went on to say in John 8:44 that this “evil one” that is manipulating events on earth is “a liar and the father of lies.”

When you understand these Scriptures you see that there is no way that Satan has your welfare in mind. He’s perpetrated nothing but chaos and corruption, and death and disease.

B. The world not only fails to have your best interests in mind, it’s totally incapable of handling truth! Government, enterprise, secular journalism, news-casting, and much of secular education can’t handle truth. That’s the meaning of Isaiah 59:14 when it says, “truth has stumbled in the streets, [and] honesty cannot enter.” The world doesn’t always welcome or want truth. And history verifies this: When God sent His spokesmen to the world it stoned the prophets, crucified the Lord, and fed the Christians to the lions. The world hates truth!

That’s why there’s nothing wrong with Christians maintaining a healthy skepticism toward the world’s claims. 1 John 4:1 says: “do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” Think about some of the world’s lies:

    Politicians insist that nothing is more important than our economy. Not morality or national security or soundly educating our children. “It’s the economy . . . !” But Paul said: “The love of money is the root of all evil” (1 Timothy 6:10).

    The social engineers maintain that all cultures are equally valid. They insist that even cultures rooted in atheism, Satanism, or a Religion that that contradicts the grand truths of the Bible are equally valid cultures. But God said: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Psalm 33:12).

    The “truth” according to Science insists that man evolved from primal “goo” that somehow spawned all forms of life: plant life, animal life, and human life. But Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

    Then there’s truth according to consumerism. The lie here says our contentment comes through material possessions. It says, “Greed is good. Get all you can and “can” all you get!” But Jesus said in Luke 12 that those infested with nothing but a greed will suffer eternal loss.

    And don’t forget the lies we tell ourselves. Many people become a law unto themselves and determine what’s right and wrong by personal fiat. To these people, the Bible doesn’t matter; civil law doesn’t matter; and the innate law of nature doesn’t matter. But the first of the Ten Commandments says, “You shall have no other gods before Me.” And that means don’t make yourself a god! Jehovah is the ultimate authority at every point of life.

I am convinced the Antichrist will rise to power and mislead the world once man cannot discern truth from error; right from wrong. And the Bible strongly implies this when it warns of the mass, worldwide spread of deception in the last days. This warning is threaded throughout the New Testament when it characterizes the Endtime:

    In Matthew 24:4 when Jesus answered the Apostle’s question about the “Terminal Generation” the first thing He said was, “Watch out that no one deceives you.”

    2 Thessalonians 2:9 characterizes the Endtime this way: “The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, (10) and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. (11) For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie.”

    Did you hear those sinister words? “Counterfeit,” “deception,” “delusion,” “lies.”

    Paul said in 1 Timothy 4:1, “The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. (2) Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.”

    The Bible says the Endtime will be rife with deception. Every layer of society will be permeated with deceit and falsehood.

I want to tell you something about lies. It doesn’t matter how crafty the lie or how slick the liar, each one will eventually be exposed! In the end, nobody will escape the consequences of lying. Even Satan and the Antichrist will be exposed! Revelation 12:9 says: “The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray.” Praise God! Satan will be judged and doomed to an eternity in the lake of fire and it will all happen in full view of humanity.

(Transition) But if lying is such a heinous and pervasive sin, why is it we are tempted to lie?

The Temptation to Lie

1. One reason we lie is because they’re so easily told!

(Illustration) I know a man that struggled for years to keep down his weight. He bounced from one diet to the next. Awhile back he found a diet he really liked. It was a high protein low carbohydrate plan. As he explained the concept to me he said it allowed a person to eat large portions as long as the carbohydrates are minimized. So, shortly after he started the diet he phoned me. “Hey man, this diet is fabulous. I went to an “all you can eat” buffet today and ate sixteen pork chops!” I said, “Sixteen? Why so many?” He said, “They went down so easily!”

You see, some people tell lies because they are so easily told. They are convenient. We tend to mimic Simon Peter’s actions at Christ’s crucifixion, where it was easier for him to deny Christ than risk suffering with Him. Peter wasn’t ready for a death-sentence.

It doesn’t matter if you are a man, woman, boy, or girl, everyone will be held accountable for their words and actions. The Bible says we will stand before Christ and give account for every word we utter! God has our words on record and that’s why we need to walk in truth!

(Transition) That leads us to the next fact about lying.

2. Another reason we’re tempted to lie is to avoid the pain or discomfort of truth. We do something we shouldn’t and we immediately start fabricating a story to avoid the consequences that truth brings.

(Illustration) I heard the story of four students that decided to skip a few classes. For hours they cruised the streets and had a great time. When they checked into school they told the teacher they had a flat tire and the excuse was accepted without hesitation. There was only one requirement. They had to take the makeup quiz. And to take it the teacher had each of them sit in a different corner of the room. When they were seated she said: “This is a one-question quiz. If you each write the correct answer you’ll get an ‘A’ . . . Which tire was flat?’”

You see, some lies are exposed now, but be assured, all lies will eventually be exposed!

And let me say another thing about lying. Dishonesty doesn’t always occur through skillfully crafted words. Sometimes it happens by saying nothing. There are times when we can conspire with another’s dishonesty by remaining silent when we should speak. I realize what I am about to say can’t be characterized with a strong black or white assertion so I want to speak cautiously.

There are times when the Holy Spirit will lead us to expose waywardness regardless of how we feel. And if we don’t the prophet Ezekiel says we’re held accountable (33:6)! This doesn’t imply that Christians should go on “witch hunts” or sneak around trying to expose others. Absolutely not! There’s a loving, gentle, way to help others deal with sin. And it starts with a gentle, personal, private face-to-face approach! Employing this approach has a higher success rate of bringing reconciliation rather than separation. Ephesians 4:15 says to “speak the truth in love.” Be kind when you have to impart truth, especially to unbelievers.

(Illustration) One of my favorite stories is related by John Maxwell in his book, Be A People Person. He tells of Mr. Myrick that went to Chicago on business who had to persuade his brother to care for his cat. Although his brother hated cats he agreed to help. When Myrick returned home he phoned to check on the cat. But his brother blurted out: “Your cat died!” and hung up. The news crushed Myrick, but equally as disturbing was his brother’s insensitivity. So he called again. “Brother, there was no need for you to be so blunt.” “What was I supposed to say?” asked his brother. “Well, you could have broken the news gradually,” explained Myrick. “You could have said, ‘The cat was playing on the roof.’ Then, later in the conversation, you could have said, ‘He fell off.’ Then you could have said, ‘He broke his leg.’ And then when I came to pick him up, you could have said, ‘I’m so sorry. You’re cat died during the night.’ You have to learn tact.” “Now by the way, how’s Mom? After a long pause, his brother replied, “She’s playing on the roof!” He was a fast learner!

Do you get the message: “Speak the truth in love”!

3. Another reason people lie is to further their selfish purposes. Sometimes people use lies to empower themselves; to create a sense of importance.

    “Oh yes, I have met the Senator”! I have been inside the White House. I have been there and done that!”

    “Yes, I had three Rolex’s, but I gave away two of them.”

    “I have made a six-figure salary since graduating from college.”

    Lies are so self-serving. We use them to make ourselves look good.

(Insight) Here’s the problem with lying. Genesis 1 reveals that we’ve been “created in God’s image.” And one of His great attributes is this: “God is truth.” There’s no shadow of His turning. He never equivocates. There’s not a hint of impropriety with God. He’s the essence and epitome of truth. And when we lie we distort God’s image that’s been stamped upon us. Lying strikes against the very attribute of truth that God wants radiating from our lives. Moreover, lying causes us to conform to the image of Satan, “the father of lies”!

Ultimately, lies aren’t self-serving; they’re self-destructive! Unless corrected, lying will destroy your soul! While one white lie won’t consign you to Hell one white lie makes it easier to tell a more crass and damnable lie. That means we need to esteem truth above ego; truth above personal gain; truth above comfort and accept whatever opinions are formed about us for living in truth!

That means cheating on a test or on the job is wrong!

Embellishing a story or resume is wrong!

Exaggerating or stretching the truth just to make an impression on others is wrong!

That’s why the Apostle John said: “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth” (3 John 1:4).

(Illustration) Years ago a grouchy old man boarded a train, took the best seat, and tried to reserve another for himself by piling his luggage on it. The train was crowded and just before leaving, a teenager jumped aboard and claimed the seat. The old man barked: “This car is full and the luggage belongs to a friend that’s grabbing a sandwich.” The youth ignored him and said: “It’s All right, I’ll stay here until he returns.” And he scooped up the luggage while the old man glared. The “friend” didn’t appear, and the train began its departure. As it glided from the station, the boy rushed to the window and hurled the bags outside. He looked at the man and said: “Apparently your friend missed the train. We can’t let him lose his luggage too!”

Let me tell you something about lying: ultimately, lying will cost you your soul. Revelation 21:8 says: “all liars—[will have] their place . . . in the fiery lake of burning sulfur.” And the lake of fire is the ultimate place of loss because everything perishes—including your soul!

4. A fourth reason people are attracted to lies, especially widespread cultural lies, is because they furnish people with a sense of acceptance. In other words, when the masses believe a lie, we would be odd if we didn’t accept the lie, too.”

If you really examined yourself you might be surprised at what cultural lies you believe. Some of you may be saying to yourself, “I don’t believe any cultural lie that’s wrecking lives.” Are you ready to find out?

(Illustration) It’s my guess that when secular history records the world’s most respected woman of the twentieth century it will be Mother Theresa. She was a selfless person that ministered to lepers, the impoverished, and the needy. As far as benevolence is concerned, she demonstrated devotion, sacrifice, and good works. We’ll never know how much good she did until Heaven’s records are disclosed. But guess what? If Mother Theresa never personally accepted the Lord Jesus Christ into her heart and was born again by God’s Spirit, despite all those good works, she’s not in Heaven today!

Some people don’t believe that. They say, “How narrow-minded. My God wouldn’t treat people that way.” And they are right. Their god wouldn’t send a “good” person to hell that was never Born Again. But their God isn’t the God of the Bible! Their god is a figment of their imagination. They’ve dreamed him up because they’re a law unto themselves and want to feel good about what they believe.

I know what some of you are wondering: Why, of all people, did I choose Mother Theresa to illustrate this? I chose her because she is a public icon with worldwide respect. There’s hardly a more qualified person of the 20th Century to help illustrate this point.

You see, there’s nothing wrong with benevolence. God expects Christians to practice good deeds. But Isaiah said our ‘works of righteousness’ are as “filthy rags” if we try to get to Heaven with them. Our salvation depends on what place Jesus has in our heart; not the good works we do with our hands. We must accept Christ as our sacrifice for sin and trust Him alone to transform us and forgive us.

    Good works have no ability to convert the soul.

    Good works can’t regenerate our defiled human spirit.

    Our good could never pay the redemption price for sin’s penalty.

    Good works can’t cleanse our soul or liberate our guilty conscience. The Lord Jesus Christ is our only hope of salvation!

Regardless of what anyone says, it’s faith in Jesus that brings salvation. It’s Jesus and His death on the Cross that brings eternal life! Jesus said: “straight is the gate and narrow is the path that leads to eternal life and few enter through it.” So you see, a widespread cultural belief doesn’t necessarily mean the belief is true.

(Transition) Turn to Judges 16:22 and let’s illustrate this.

Judges 16:22 says “But the hair of his head began to grow again after it had been shaved. (23) Now the lords of the Philistines gathered to offer a great sacrifice to Dagon their god and to rejoice, and they said, “Our god has given Samson our enemy into our hand.” (24) And when the people saw him, they praised their god. For they said, “Our god has given our enemy into our hand, the ravager of our country, who has killed many of us.” (25) And when their hearts were merry, they said, “Call Samson, that he may entertain us.” So they called Samson out of the prison, and he entertained them. They made him stand between the pillars.”

The Widespread Belief of the Philistines

Judges 16 examines a widespread, convenient lie that thousands of Philistines believed about Samson. Here was a man that led Israel with sheer supernatural brawn for twenty years. He was unassailable in battle. And as God would have it, his strength pertained to his hair being unshorn. But in a weak moment Samson revealed the secret of his strength, his hair was cut, his eyes were gouged out, and the Philistines conscripted him to a treadmill. That brings us to Judges 16 where we see the mainstream lie of the Philistines. Let’s examine this passage.

Judges 16:22-25

“However, the hair of his head began to grow again after it was shaved off. (23) Now the lords of the Philistines assembled to offer a great sacrifice to Dagon their god, and to rejoice, for they said, “Our god has given Samson our enemy into our hands.” (24) When the people saw him, they praised their god, for they said, “Our god has given our enemy into our hands, Even the destroyer of our country, who has slain many of us.” (25) It so happened when they were in high spirits, that they said, “Call for Samson, that he may amuse us.” So they called for Samson from the prison, and he entertained them. And they made him stand between the pillars.”

Here was a coliseum of Philistines amazed by Samson’s performance. How do you think he performed? Do you think he juggled wooden balls or walked a tightrope? No, this wasn’t a circus act. Samson performed heroics! His hair had re-grown and he had regained a great measure of his strength. And everyone in the arena witnessed it.

Now here’s the lie that the thousands in that arena believed: according to verse twenty-three they assumed their god Dagon had captured Samson and subdued him. That was the widespread cultural misgiving of this spiritually dulled nation. But remember something: the popularity of a lie never validates a lie! It doesn’t matter how widely accepted it is! Believing what the masses believe may keep you standing among your peers today but the world’s pillars are about to collapse and crush the crowds. And the lies will be exposed when that happens!

The Bible says a boy led Samson between the pillars of that coliseum and with one fierce shove destroyed the Temple of Dagon and killed more people in his death than in all his previous exploits. Thank God for the grace and forgiveness of the Lord!

Conclusion

You see, lying is destructive because it contaminates your character and injures your soul. And one day you will account for every word you speak. The Bible teaches that God will bring all men before His Judgment Seat and scrutinize their life. That’s what Romans 14:12 means when it says: “each of us will give an account of himself to God.” While Christ appeared 2000 years ago as our Savior He’ll return as our Judge. And the writers of Scripture have graphically detailed that dreadful Day of Judgment when Christ will determine man’s fate.

Two sets of books will be opened at that judgment. One set is called, “The Books,” and everyone’s name is recorded there. It’s an exhaustive second by second, minute by minute biography of your life. Everything you ever did, every thought that passed through your mind, and even your intentions are written in “The Books.” Some people will try to deny their sentence but “The Books,” will have the final word and attest to everything you did—exposing your whole life. And there won’t be any mistakes because years ago God assigned a scribing angel to write about you with unerring accuracy. That’s when the Bible says many will bow and exclaim, “My Lord and my God.” But it’ll be too late!

Then there’s another Book Scripture calls “the Book of Life.” That Book contains the names of every person that acknowledges Christ as their Lord. If you accept Christ as your Savior, God will blot out your sins from “The Books” and remove every trace of them. Think about that. Completely blotted out! God will discharge and erase your trespasses because of Christ’s work at Calvary.

But the Bible says, “whoever’s name is not written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, will be cast into the Lake of Fire.” Are you certain your name is written in the “Book of Life”? You can be certain now. 1 John 1:9 says: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”