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What do waffles and worship have in common?

They are both better when they are HOT!

Join us to fire up our breakfast and our spiritual walk.

It's time to ignite revival in your life and it starts with a posture of authentic worship and a sound of high praise.

You're Invited to the 1st Soul of Worship Ministry event of 2023!
All are Welcome to Join us for WAFFLES & WORSHIP!

TOP YOUR OWN WAFFLE BUFFET

Followed by:
Bible Study Teaching for Teens & Adults

  • Taught by Sara-Marie Puopolo, Author of WORSHIP: Are You Making a Sound?

Dedicated PRAISEKIDS Class for Children 3 - 12

  • Taught by Sister Ashley Lopez, Kids Ministry Leader

WHEN: Saturday, March 11 @ 10am

WHERE: Pentecostal Christian Church Mission of Love
4 Jory Avenue, Pen Argyl, PA 18072

WHAT: Come and enjoy freshly-made waffles with all of the fixins' (think fruit, chocolate, whipped cream...) and then feast on a Biblical teaching on the power of worship and praise!

Have kids? Bring them along!

Let's raise up our children to be worship warriors, just like we are!

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David's Great Song of Deliverance - Part 1

Worship through song is a powerful way to experience the liberating, chain-breaking power of Almighty God.

If you know me for any time at all, you know this is a constant theme I speak about and live by - WORSHIP CHANGES THINGS!

While it can be easy to sing praises to God after a victory, we know that David often worshiped before, during, and after the battles that he faced.

Because of David's genuine and constant state of worship through prayer and praise, David experienced God's ground-shaking deliverances time and time again.

David wrote many songs of deliverance and in fact said in Psalm 32:7 that God would surround him with songs of deliverance.

But Psalm 18 is something special.

Psalm 18 is one of the most powerful songs of deliverance sung by King David and is the longest Psalm of Book One.

It is also fully captured in 2 Samuel 22.

When God repeats Himself in Scripture, we ought to pay attention!

We broke down just the first half of this psalm in our online Bible study this...

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The Walk of Faith - And Why It Doesn't Have to be So Scary!

bible study psalms worship Dec 13, 2022

Hebrews 11:6 states that without faith it is impossible to please God.

We discussed during our Online Bible Study last night that David's worship through prayer and praise pleased God, because David expressed complete trust and confidence in the LORD, no matter what he was going through.

David had faith to TRUST God to fulfill His Word.

And David had faith to TRUST God's character.

David wrote in Psalm 9 verse 10,

"And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You."

 

When we break this verse down, we can conclude the following:

1. Because I know God and He knows me, I can have unwavering faith that He will never leave me nor forsake me.

2. Because I walk by faith, with purpose and in pursuit of His presence, I can put my complete trust in YHWH!

I can confidently trust in the totality of God's character - in everything that His Name represents!!

The Great I AM is reliable and totally trustworthy!

And when we...

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Is Passionate Worship Your Standard?

Wow, what a Bible study we had last night!

As we dissected verse by verse of the second half of Psalm 3, we uncovered so many keys to unlocking the power of God.

The first thing we talked about last night in our Zoom discussion is found in Psalm 3:4 which says:

I cried to the Lord with my voice,

And He heard me from His holy hill.

                                                           Selah

This verse gives us a glimpse into the way that David worshiped God through prayer and praise: DAVID CRIED OUT TO THE LORD WITH HIS VOICE!

This was not a silent prayer or passive song.

David was PASSIONATELY VOCAL!

The MSG translation says, "With all my might I shout up to God..."

David let out a MIGHTY SHOUT!

With ALL HIS MIGHT!

And this moment of worship wasn't an exception.

David always worshiped God with EVERYTHING that he had.

WITH ALL...

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Come, let us worship and bow down!

praise psalms worship Nov 11, 2022

"Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker." Psalms 95:6

In this one verse, there are 3 unique Hebrew words used to describe this invitation to worship the LORD our Maker.

worship = shâchâh = to depress, to bow down, or to fall down flat.
bow down = kâraŹ» = to bend the knee; to sink, to prostrate
kneel = bârak = to bless God; to bow down and kneel in humble reverence

This verse alone is a picture of humility before Yahweh.

It is meant to inspire us as worshipers to bring ourselves low before God, not just physically bowing down but humbling ourselves before Him.

Bending down shows reverence, expresses honor, submission, and allegiance to His high authority.

We bow down because there is no greater or more powerful being and He is worthy of our complete surrender.

So come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker! 

 
 
 
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New Online Bible Study Series: THE PSALMS - Unlocking the Power with Prayer & Praise

THE PSALMS - UNLOCKING THE POWER WITH PRAYER & PRAISE!

Bring about permanent and radical change to your life and daily worship through an intimate, personal relationship with God.

Since they were written, the Psalms have been a powerful source of personal inspiration and spiritual strength.

When we lack the words to say, we can often open up to the Psalms and find that the psalmists seem to relate very well to our emotional pleas and deepest thoughts. 

When we apply a psalm to our lives, often it becomes the first step towards our own deliverance. 

A song of deliverance from the Psalms can bring words that are like honey to our souls. The Holy Spirit inspired words bring comfort, strength, healing, and remind us to keep our eyes up toward our Creator. 

Let's unlock together the Holy Spirit's power through prayer and praise, by studying:

  • each of the 5 unique collections that make up The Psalms,
  • the anointed songwriters who wrote them
  • the common...
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Are you allowing your testimony to be heard?

sing a new song worship Jun 10, 2022

Are you allowing your testimony to be heard?

A lot of the time, the enemy tries to put shame on our hearts and make us want to suffer in silence or not be transparent about the things we’ve gone through or places where God has pulled us out of.

But let us be like David - he was honest and transparent about all of his flaws, emotional stresses, and about his sin.

Yet, David always turned to God.

David sought God as the only solution, every single time.

And every single time, God delivered him!

And after every single deliverance, David released a new song.

Those songs are still testimonies that YOU AND I rely on to encourage us to keep pushing forward in the name of Jesus.

THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING of what we are going to be covering in the free virtual class I am hosting on Tuesday, June 14th at 8pm ET: SING A NEW SONG!

Learn how to release and offer to God the authentic worship that only you can bring, and perfume His throne with your unique song of praise.

Register here and...

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Cover those Irritants with Praise - Video Clip

How do pearls form?

The creation of a pearl is the result of a biological process. It is the oyster’s way of protecting itself from foreign substances. When something foreign slips into the oyster, it is immediately irritated. The oyster’s natural reaction is to cover up the irritant to protect itself. It covers the irritant over and over again until it eventually forms a pearl.


When an “irritant” enters our lives, we can either allow it to harm us, or we can cover it with praise as a form of defense.


We can say to that irritant, “You have come to try to steal my joy, but I know that the joy of the Lord is my strength. So, I will praise God anyway with joyful lips, and by His supernatural strength, you will have no effect on me!”

As we continue to cover that irritant with praise, it becomes a pearl, a precious gemstone of testimony.

In Week 9 of the WORSHIP: Are You Making a Sound? 12 Week Bible Study, we talk about how WORSHIP is a gateway...

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WORSHIP Prepares the Heart to Hear - Video Clip

We have all experienced the calming effects of a good song.

Whether it is your favorite song coming on the radio after a tough day at work, or watching a mother sing a soft lullaby to calm her baby to sleep, we have seen and experienced how music has the power to pacify and soothe a troubled spirit.

Do you think this is just a coincidence?
The Maker of all things certainly knew what He was doing when He gave musical sounds the ability to turn the soul from distress to the harmony of peace and love.

In the same way, our worship and praise have the power to soothe our aching souls and to clear our hearts and minds from all of the clutter and noise.

In Week 10 of the WORSHIP: Are You Making a Sound? 12 Week Bible Study, we talk about exactly this topic and how worship prepares our heart to hear clearly from the Father. 

This 12 Week Bible Study on the power of worship and praise is now available as an online course! Watch this clip below from Week 10: Worship Prepares the Heart to...

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[PODCAST] "Celebrate Me!"

podcast worship Oct 05, 2021

PODCAST EPISODE: "CELEBRATE ME!" 

In this episode, let's chat about how beautifully David worshiped God with "all of his might" in celebratory gladness and how we too can delight the heart of God by releasing a joyful sound unto the throne.

Over the last few weeks, God has really been pressing on my heart the following words, “CELEBRATE ME!”.

It started around the same time as the Jewish calendar celebrates their New Year and I couldn’t help but be reminded that God is a God that never changes…And if He thousands of years ago established feasts and seasons of celebration, then that is what He still desires from His children, even today.

The most common expression of praise that say all of the time is Hallelujah.

The root word is Halal which generally means to boast, brag, celebrate, or rave about God.

Halle-lu-YAH - When we say Hallelujah we are celebrating Yahweh.

We are bragging about how awesome and powerful He is - how great is His love and grace...

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