The Publican and the Pharisee

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

HOW TO MAINTAIN SPIRITUAL FERVOR

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

YOU AND YOUR TWIN

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

SACRIFICIAL LIVING

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

THE SONG OF MOSES

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

VANQUISHING FEAR

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

The Spirit of Python

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

YOUR TIMES ARE IN GOD’S HANDS

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

FULFILLED PROPHECIES OF THE LAST DAYS

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

THE COMING REVIVAL IN AMERICA

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

Biblically Woke!

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

PRAY FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP

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

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...

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...

Six Steps For Finding God’s Will

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

Communion: The Total Sacrifice

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

BEGGARS OF MERCY

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

THE LAW OF REVELATION (Part 1)

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

The Comfort of Communion

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

“BLESSED ASSURANCE” SALVATION IS YOURS!

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

SHAMGAR’S OXGOAD

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

GOD’S APPOINTED TIME

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Galatians 4:4--7 I want to speak to you on the subject, “God’s...

The Ultimate Sacrifice

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

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 NATURE OF THE CHURCH

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

CHRIST DIED FOR THE UNWORTHY

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

THE TESTIMONY OF THE CROSS

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

Hosanna!

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

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...

JESUS IS ALIVE!

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

THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

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

NONE CAST ASIDE

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

DIVINE ASSIGNMENTS, DIVINE ASSISTANCE

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

TREASURES OF DARKNESS

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

COMPELLING EVIDENCE FOR CHRIST’S RETURN

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

HALLOWED BE THY NAME

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

THE ONE-MINUTE CHALLENGE

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

THE QUEST FOR PEACE

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

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?

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

THE LION’S ROAR!

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

A CHRISTMAS TRIP

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

DISTINGUISHED BY THE ANOINTING

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

YOUR FOUNDATION: FIRM OR FLAWED?

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

BEHOLD, HE PRAYS!

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

YOUR APPOINTED TIME

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

VOICES FROM THE GRAVE

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

Mountaintop Worship

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

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...

WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT FASTING

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

JESUS CHRIST HEALS!

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

The Power of our Spoken Words

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

PRACTICING THE PEACE OF GOD

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

GOD DEFENDS ISRAEL!

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

WHY THE MANNA STOPPED

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

TRUSTING GOD WHEN IT’S DIFFICULT

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

YOU ARE THE LIGHT

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

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...

BOUNDARIES

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

FROM THANKSGIVING TO THANKS-LIVING

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

Devotional: LEANING OR LASTING?

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

The Power of Life and Death

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

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...

From Insects to Archangels God Controls Everything

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

THE CHRISTIANS’ CROWN TODAY

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

ENOCH’S REMARKABLE TESTIMONY

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

“A NEW THING”

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

HOLY FIRE! WHERE IS IT?

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

PRAYING UNDER THE SPIRIT’S INFLUENCE

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

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:

AUTHORITY TO ASK!

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

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 IMPARTATION OF PRIVILEGE

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

AN ASSEMBLAGE OF KNOWERS

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

THE GARDENER

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

NOAH’S IMPOSSIBLE ASSIGNMENT

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

THE GOSPEL OF POWER

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

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...

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...

ONE-WORD DESCRIPTIONS OF GOD’S LOVE

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

MAGNIFICENT ATTRIBUTES OF GOD

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

Strangers and Pilgrims

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

GOD’S NAME REVEALS YOUR ASSIGNMENT

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

The Beauty of the Righteous

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

MORE THAN CONQUERORS

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

THE BELIEVERS’ REST

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

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.

BLESSINGS OF REPENTANCE

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

JESUS, PRINCE OF PEACE

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

MOTIVATED BY LOVE

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

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...

THE MESSAGE OF CLOUDS

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

DIVINE CONSCIOUSNESS OF CHRIST

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

LIVING BY THE POWER OF REDEMPTION

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

Developing a Prayer Ministry in the Local Church

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

SON OF DAVID / SON OF GOD

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

THE RIGHT CHOICE

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

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...

YOU CAN BE A CHAMPION FOR GOD!

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

A Man of God

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

WILL YOU LIVE UNDER THE SUN OR UNDER HEAVEN?

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

DOES HELL OFFEND YOU?

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

World Cup and Christ’s Cup

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

IRREFUTABLE REALITIES

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

GOD REALLY IS GOOD!

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

DARE TO QUESTION GOD!

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

THE GRACE OF JESUS CHRIST

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

Jesus Fulfills Prophecy, Christ is the Messiah

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

Driving Out The Canaanites

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

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...

WHO OWNS WHAT?

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

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...

CREATED IN GOD’S IMAGE

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

Supernatural Provision For Difficult Times

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

ENTERTAINMENT OR TEMPTING GOD?

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

EXPECTATIONS OF PENTECOSTAL WORSHIP

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

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...

INSIGHTS TO THE FESTIVAL OF TABERNACLES

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

Born Again But No “Charismatic-type” Christian

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

THE INSPIRING STORY OF HANDEL’S MESSIAH

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

The Woman at the Well

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

The Scriptures, The Savior and Salvation

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

A Witch

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

AMERICA’S SOCIAL DISORDER

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

REEMERGENCE OF DRAMATIC SIGNS & WONDERS

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

CAN MAN LIVE WITHOUT MERCY?

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

JESUS FULFILLS MESSIANIC PROPHECIES (V)

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CHRIST YOUR DELIVERER

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

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...

THIRTY FEET FROM TRIUMPH

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

THE MINISTRY OF A PROPHET

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

GOD AT WORK

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

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...

JESUS IS LORD! OR, IS HE?

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

WHO JESUS SAYS YOU ARE

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

MEN AS ANGELS

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

DOES THE BIBLE CONTAIN ERRORS?

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

THE ACTS OF ANANIAS

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

A BRAND PLUCKED FROM THE FIRE

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

ALWAYS GIVE THANKS

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

God Said It; Now, You Settle It!

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

THE REWARD OF SACRIFICING

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

THE CALL OF GOD

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

Arabs Claim Jesus was ‘Palestinian’

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

Malchus

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

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...

A STUDY OF DIVINE HEALING

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

GOD IS WITH YOU!

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

A Workman Unashamed

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

THE DYNAMIC MESSENGER

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

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...

THE INCARNATION OF CHRIST

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

A KING AMONG MEN

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

DOES GOD KILL?

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

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN CHRIST ARRIVES!

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

SHAPED FOR A HIGHER PLACE

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

MODERN-DAY IDOLATRY

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

MOSES’ TREASURE CODE CRACKED!

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

HOW TO OPEN CLOSED DOORS

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

PRAYER THAT WORKS!

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

YOUR SUPPORT IS APPRECIATED!

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

SECURING THE FAVOR OF GOD

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

LIVING WITH GODLY INFLUENCE

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

Your Call to Rulership in Life

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

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...

THE GOODNESS OF GOD

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

THE WEAKNESS OF ANGELS, THE POWER OF BELIEVERS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Hebrews 2:5-8 The nature of angels is intriguing. When you...

YOU CAN KNOW!

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

America in Crisis!

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

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...

WHO IS JESUS CHRIST?

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

MANS’ ONLY HOPE

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

UNCOVERING THE GIFT

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

THE COMING WINDS

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

ZERUBBABEL’S TEMPLE

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

THE OASIS OF WORSHIP

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

THE VOICE OF GOD TODAY

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Hebrews 2:1-4 Does God speak to modern man? If so, how? For...

WHAT IS ADVENT?

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

Are You Ready for Jesus

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

DIVINE ENTRAPMENT

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

VISIONARIES FOR GOD

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

WHAT WERE THEY THINKING AT THE MANGER?

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

Secrets of Gog and Magog

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

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...

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.

IMITATORS OF CHRIST

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

LET’S BE THANKFUL!

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

CONQUERING THE DOUBTS OF SALVATION

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

HEADLINES FROM THE BOOK OF JOB

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

THE BEAUTY OF FORGIVENESS

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

THE GIFT GOD GAVE

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

THE PEACE OF GOD

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

PARTNERSHIP WITH GOD

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

IS IT WORTH IT TO SERVE THE LORD?

Is it Worth it to Serve the Lord? Robert D. Pace Malachi 3:13--16 Malachi, whose name means...

THE PURPOSE OF VISIONS

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

ARISE AND CLAIM THE BLESSINGS

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Everybody has a destiny. So much so, that God himself has taken a personal interest in it. The Bible says God has “chosen our inheritance for us”! That means he’s providentially tailored it just for you. It doesn’t mean that humans are manipulated like a dangling puppet. But constrained by his infinite love and perfect wisdom, God has crafted a beautiful future for those that entrust their lives to him.

I want you to open your Bibles to that familiar passage of promise found in Jeremiah 29:10—14, and let’s read the destiny that God offers.

Jeremiah 29:10–14

This passage discloses how God’s amazing grace is offered to his chosen people—Israel. But it’s not because they had done anything meritorious or grand. Not at all! Here they were rebellious, spiritually calloused, and even idolatrous! They had rejected the Prophets’ warnings and chosen their own course. As you read the Old Testament, you’re unable to ignore the numerous accounts of Israel’s rebellion. On one occasion, God said their sins were greater than any other nation on the planet! Ultimately, God used Jeremiah to prophesy how he would exile them into 70-years of Babylonian Captivity. But in keeping with his nature, he promised Jeremiah that he would extend mercy and restore them to their land.

I love the words God used to comfort Israel. Look again at Jeremiah 29:10, because it describes God’s loving disposition toward his people:

“When the seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you. . . .” Let’s stop reading again. God’s loving thoughts toward Israel couldn’t be forgotten no matter how they had failed him! That’s the wonder of God’s grace!

But God not only remembered his people, he “remembered” His promise. Let’s continue reading in verse 10. 

The Lord said, “I will come to you and fulfill my gracious promise to bring you back to this place.” God promised to forgive their waywardness and even restore their losses! Isn’t it wonderful to know that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob that we serve offers restoration to his people? The Lord knows how to restore what the enemy has stolen!

God’s thoughts toward us are sovereign, certain, and steadfast.

Listen to the first portion of verse eleven: “For I know the plans I have for you. . . .” That simply means God doesn’t operate haphazardly. His plans are wonderfully predetermined. We can botch and bungle life, but God’s foreknowledge always accounts for it, and that means he knows how to bring order out of confusion!

And then finally, let’s continue reading this verse 11:

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” His plans offer peace and prosperity. He has your best interests in mind. Even when we shove God from our thoughts and schedule he doesn’t cast us aside and treat us as his enemy. He continues to love us.

This doesn’t mean God doesn’t correct and reprove rebellious people. He does! Jeremiah was disclosing God’s corrective process. And when people repent of their wickedness God is always willing to move in redemptive ways. His compassion simply cannot ignore the repentant!

That’s why Paul asserted in Romans 8:28: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” God, in his foreknowledge and love, somehow decrees a destiny of goodness for us. Just remember: your key to claiming God’s grace is humility and repentance.

Two Types Of Destiny

When the Bible speak of destiny it presents it two ways: First, there is the predetermined, fixed destiny of God, and second, there is the alterable destiny of God. For example:

Christ’s Second Coming is unalterable and certain. Men may deny it, scoff it, or ignore it but Jesus Christ is coming again!

Man will also unalterably appear before God’s Judgment Seat and no one will be absent! It’s an appointment when God scrutinizes every human action. And the only ones that will escape with a clean slate are those that have Christ’s Blood applied to their heart. They will hear those joyous words, “Well done, good and faithful servant, enter into the joys of the Lord.” But those that never gave their heart to Christ will hear him say: “depart from me you workers of iniquity, I never knew you,” and they’ll be thrown into Hell, forever banished from God’s presence!

This unalterable destiny! But Scripture also demonstrates an alterable, flexible destiny—one that man can affect positively or negatively. For example: many people have bowed before God in prayer with a promise from his Word and witnessed a wonderful miracle to their problem! You see, their faith in God’s Word altered their destiny.

(Transition) The focus of today’s message deals with unlocking God’s wondrous destiny that he has for you. And one practice you must implement is this: you must persevere toward your destiny.

I. Persevering Toward Destiny

The perseverance of Believers is a recurring thought in Scripture and it’s been a focal point of theological discussion for centuries. By and large, the court of religious opinion has been divided into two camps. One camp holds humans highly responsible for their destiny, while the other camp attributes God as being the sole factor of human destiny.

I don’t subscribe to either argument. I believe our highest destiny is achieved when there’s a coordinated effort between Creator and creature. A person reaches their highest destiny when they willingly humble their self and submit to God’s plan. It’s Abraham cooperating with God; Moses cooperating with God; David cooperating with God; and the Apostles cooperating with the Holy Spirit. God has plans for his people, but their highest blessings emerge when they obediently collaborate with God.

(Bible Illustration) Let’s illustrate this divine-human relationship that elicits God’s blessings from Luke 5. The Apostle had fished all night without catching anything. Then, Jesus appeared on the shoreline and commanded them to “let down the nets for a catch.” Notice Peter’s response: “Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing.” Peter wanted Jesus to know that they hadn’t simply fished all night, they fished “hard all night.” Nevertheless, he was willing to untangle the nets and recast them.

There is a common factor that avid fishermen share. They “work hard” at fishing! Perhaps their typical demeanor includes neglecting their lawn or not repairing the house, but as fishermen they’re life’s most persevering people! Think about it: when they are in the boat and the fish aren’t biting, they will do whatever is necessary to have a successful day. They will change sites, change poles, or change bait. Fishermen, on the water, are life’s most persistent people. They don’t want to come home empty-handed! So it’s understandable why Peter was willing to obey Jesus and recast the nets. He didn’t want to go from ship-to-shore without a catch! He thought: “We’re exhausted from working all night, but let’s not be outwitted.” 

That’s how you optimize destiny—you persevere! You have to ‘work like fishermen’ if you want to claim immense blessings! And perhaps, like Simon Peter, you’ve “worked hard all night.” You may not have much energy left and don’t feel like obeying another directive from the Lord. But folks, don’t let fatigue or excuses preempt a blessing that the Master is trying to send your way! Recast, retool, reload, or do whatever is necessary to claim God’s rich destiny of blessing!

Now, in order to achieve this it means you’ll have to do something. That is, you will have to commit to perseverance! For the average person, resignation is normal when there aren’t quick results. And there’s never been a generation more acclimated to instant gratification than today’s generation. We are truly the “now generation!” That’s why we must not get trapped by the world’s thinking! We must constantly live with our minds being renewed and transformed by the Holy Spirit—the Spirit of Life!

Farmers know their harvest can’t be reaped from seed planted yesterday. Harvesting comes by patiently tending a crop that was planted weeks and months earlier. That’s why God said in James 5:7, “Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains.” The “Laws of the Harvest” do not offer instant results. They reward those that are patient and persevering.

(Transition) I want to make another notation about perseverance, and it’s this: perseverance goes the “extra mile.” God always reserves a special blessing for those doing more than is expected. Turn to Luke 6 and let’s read.

Luke 6:2735 

God’s richest blessings are accessed by traveling the extra mile; they’re claimed by pushing and persevering past the point of what’s merely acceptable. Continue to help others, continue sharing your Faith, continue to love, and continue giving. This is the key to securing a destiny of blessing.

(Transition) The second practice that must consume you as you unlock your destiny involves “acquiring the desire” for destiny. There must possess deep desire within your heart in order to unlock God’s highest destiny for you.

II. Acquire Desire to Achieve Destiny

God doesn’t bless the wistful, happy-go-lucky, complacent Christian. As Jesus said in Matthew 5:6, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” And here, again, is a quality that Simon Peter exhibited. He had tremendous desire to accomplish things for God.

While Peter, James, and John were on the Mount of Transfiguration with Jesus it was Peter aspiring to build three worship centers in response to what he witnessed.

It was Peter jumping onto the waves and leaving the eleven in the boat as he endeavored to walk with Jesus.

Simon Peter was the person desiring to liberate Christ from the Cross. He unsheathed his sword and severed Malchus’ ear the night of Christ’s arrest.

And on the Day of Pentecost it was Peter that leaped before that multitude to preach. That’s why 3,000 souls were saved and hauled toward Heaven’s shores. Peter had desire!

(Example) Let’s take this one step further by rehearsing the story of Christ and Peter walking on water. You’ll have to read between the lines and think like Simon to make the most of this story. But late one night the Apostles struggled to cross the Sea of Galilee when out of nowhere Jesus came walking atop the waves. In amazement, the disciples leaned over the boat thinking, “Can you believe that? He’s circumventing nature and walking on water. Look at him stepping over those waves.” But Peter’s thoughts went beyond the thoughts of the eleven others. They went beyond the mystery of Christ walking on the water. Peter wanted out there too! And before the others could stop him he jumped from the boat and joined Christ.

Some people watch a football game and see the superstars grip the ball, crack through the line, and race sixty or seventy yards for a touchdown. They scream and jump in exhilaration. Others aren’t content doing that. They imagine making the moves with the running back, and wish it was them.

(Illustration) I think this type of desire runs in my family. My grandfather, a retired minister, somehow acquired a passion for professional wrestling of the late 1960’s. (Before wrestling became so vulgar!) My grandfather unwittingly entertained others in the living-room as he watched this sport. He would sit before the television, wiggling and wobbling, as if he were in center-ring with those wrestlers. When one wrestler gripped the other in a headlock, my grandfather displayed a headlock. If the wrestler hamstrung his opponent with a half-nelson, he demonstrated a half-nelson. Honestly, I’ve seen him tumble from the chair during a wrestling match! (Perhaps I embellished the story somewhat!)

Well, this was Simon Peter. He wasn’t content watching Jesus walk on water, he jumped out of the boat to join Him. I wonder how many have that same consuming desire to participate with the accomplishments of other Christians? Are you impassioned to participate when you see others fulfilling the Great Commission, or ministering to the youth, or the elderly, or the needy? Kingdom living is more than listening and learning, it’s yearning and participating. And this is what claims a blessing!

Honestly folks, it’s time to re-emphasize our place in God’s Kingdom. For years now, the church has spotlighted support groups, recovery groups, and encounter groups. And there’s legitimate need for them. There’s a valid place for Christian therapy. But let’s remember what we are: Jesus used the Greek word ekklesia to describe the Church. Ekklesia was a term used to describe armies. They were comprised of men that had been called out from the ordinary ranks to serve the king. This means God’s mighty army that’s been “called out” from the unsaved masses to serve the “King of kings and Lord of lords”! We have and been commissioned to pillage the world of its sinners and show them salvation through the Blood of Jesus!

It’s difficult to mobilize soldiers when they’re barricaded in support groups. While the church must continue its ministry of self-restoration, our battles will not be won by focusing on ourselves. Battles are won after we lick our wounds, put on God’s armor, and head for the souls that Satan holds captive! The cold, hard truth is this: the church must shift from nursing ourselves and seizing lost souls.

(Transition) But in order to unlock your highest destiny you need to add one more practice to perseverance and desire: it’s always appropriate to claim a “heavenly vision” for seizing your destiny. Visionaries are great accomplishers for God!

III. The Vision for Destiny

When the Apostle Paul stood before King Agrippa, his testimony this: “I have not been disobedient to my heavenly vision” (Acts 26:19). Paul maintained unblinking focus upon the mission that Christ assigned to him. Consequently, he accomplished great feats for the Kingdom of God!

(Illustration) The story is told of Abraham Lincoln writing General George McClelland about his “waiting campaign.” As a 21st century American I’m not thoroughly familiar with a “waiting campaign.” But what I do understand is that General McClelland’s army waited to attack while the opposing troops waited, too. They were poised, but waiting. Armed, but waiting. Ready, but waiting. While they were engaged in this “waiting campaign” Lincoln wrote McClelland and said, “Dear General McClelland, if you won’t use the army, I should like to borrow it for a while.”

Ask yourself something: what has God called you to do? How has he gifted and anointed you? What spiritual passion has he placed in your heart? Whatever it is, I urge you to stay focused upon God’s call upon your life! Answer your passion for God and his Kingdom!

David and Goliath

1 Samuel 17 discloses a “waiting campaign” between Israel and the Philistines. Saul and his army were poised in the Valley of Elah against Goliath and his troops. Both armies were too fearful to attack the other. Israel wouldn’t attack Goliath because of his towering stature and the Philistines wouldn’t attack Israel because they were God’s covenant-people. But along came a shepherd boy with a slingshot. Boys with slingshots aren’t prone to participate in “waiting campaigns.” Boys carrying slingshots look for targets. They hunt birds, frogs, squirrels, anything moving. That’s why God chose David to deliver Israel—he carried a slingshot.

Boys with slingshots also have enormous courage too. David said to King Saul, “Why are the troops hesitating? I don’t understand this “waiting campaign.” Don’t you know Jehovah fights with us? I’ll fight that giant.” For some reason, young David, with a slingshot, convinced the King—with all his armor—to let him fight Goliath!

The first thing David did when he galloped toward Goliath was call him a name. (Boys with slingshots have big mouths!) “You uncircumcised Philistine, God has delivered the lion and the bear into my hands and now he will deliver you to me.”

There’s incredible significance in this “uncircumcised Philistine” name-calling. Circumcision was the chief mark of identification between God and his covenant people. It signified the favor and protection he offered Israel. And when David looked at Goliath he saw 9’6’’ of unprotected brawn. David saw Goliath standing totally devoid of God’s covenant-relationship:

He saw Goliath’s breastplate but no covenant protection.

He saw Goliath’s shield but no covenant protection.

He saw Goliath’s headgear but no covenant protection.

He saw Goliath’s spear and armor-bearer but no covenant protection.

That’s why he boasted: “You uncircumcised Philistine”! David saw Goliath isolated from God’s promises and protection. And that’s why David boasted that he was about to feed Goliath’s carcass to the vultures. And with that, David reached into his pocket, grabbed a stone, loaded his sling, and hurled it toward the giant. And with one fell swoop David leveled Goliath and ended Saul’s “waiting campaign”!

Saints, I’d rather use David’s slingshot than wear Saul’s clumsy armor any day! The church doesn’t have time for “waiting campaigns.” The Church is called to charge and conquer. And it’s people with vision that accomplish God’s glorious destiny for the Kingdom. Scripture is filled with visionaries:

Paul envisioned taking the Gospel to Gentiles and his undying focus helped him blaze a trail into the capitol city of Rome.

Joseph envisioned delivering an entire nation from starvation. For nearly two decades he incubated that vision as a slave, and prisoner. Finally, with unblinking vision and God’s assistance, Joseph accomplished it.

Abraham walked with destiny deep down in his heart for over fifty years. And God gave him every square inch of real estate his feet touched.

Martin Luther of the 1500’s had vision. Luther said professional priests couldn’t absolve sins but “the just shall live by faith.”

Charles Wesley, Billy Graham, Pat Robertson were all men of vision. And there are people in this service whom God has given vision. Keep it, cooperate with it, trust God, and the vision will come to pass.

Conclusion

If we believe:

The Bible is God’s inspired, unerring Word;

The Great Commission is the preeminent, second-to-none ultimatum given to mankind;

And that every man is appointed to appear before Christ’s Judgment Seat . . . then what restrains us from launching out in bold faith for God?

Folks, I have no fear of missing Heaven. With the Apostle Paul “I am persuaded the Lord is able to keep that which I have committed to him against that day.” My concern is that I could allow complacency or negligence to minimize my heavenly rewards! Let each of us pray for passion, perseverance, faith, and focus to help fulfill our destiny!

 

Author:

Robert D Pace