Church Plant in Iligan, Philippines

“To God’s word, fellowship, prayer, and outreach, let us devote ourselves, trusting and relying on the Lord to cause and enable us.” – Pastor Glem Melo

New Hope

By Pastor Glem Melo

I was honored and privileged to preach on Acts 2:42-47 via Skype during the 2nd anniversary of our mission congregation in Iligan City, Mindanao, Philippines.

17265169_10213102304337339_3946011067093960724_nBecause of Christ’s life, death, resurrection, ascension, rule, and intercession, God the Father sent the Holy Spirit to build His New Testament Church.  By His enabling grace and power alone, God’s renewed people “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers… And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.”  To God’s word, fellowship, prayer, and outreach, let us devote ourselves, trusting and relying on the Lord to cause and enable us.

Praise the Lord!

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Love as Worship

God is love (1 John 4:8), and His church must be characterized by love (1 John 3:10-18).

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15774940_10212380713138010_7257104284298775642_o1. God is love (1 John 4:8).

2. The church must be characterized by love (1 John 3:10-15).

3. Our love for one another must characterized by self-sacrifice (1 John 3:16-18).

a. According to the heart and example of Christ (verse 16)

b. In practical ways (verses 17-18)

I am tremendously encouraged by pastor Ben Kappers. He posted on his Facebook page,

Thanks go out to Glem Melo for the captivating gospel message tonight at First Church – PCA. Thank you for reminding us of who we are in Christ and challenging us to love each other.

Deb Meeter Van Laten commented,

I hear lots of love! Thank you Glem , I needed that one.

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Children’s notes were also posted by Melissa Vander Woude.

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What a joy, blessings, and privilege it is to be a member of, love, and serve such a great (though imperfect) church family!…

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HTC Chicago Youth Winter Retreat 2017

“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” – 3 John 1:4

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sqwad-_3So blessed to see Yanan and Giona so blessed through this God-blessed ministry. Thank you, Lord, for my brutha Decipha, his team, and the Holy Trinity Church Chicago family.

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
the fruit of the womb a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
are the children of one’s youth.
Blessed is the man
who fills his quiver with them!
He shall not be put to shame
when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.
(Psalm 127:3-5)

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The Church is One

“Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.” – 1 Corinthians 12:12

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2017-01-29-18-25-19Christ lived a perfect life, died to pay for our sins, and rose again for our salvation.  He went up to heaven to pray and ask the Father to give us the Holy Spirit.  And on the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit was poured out and the New Testament Church was created.  And the Church that the Holy Spirit created is one.

Listen to the whole sermon at:

http://firstchurchpca.org/mediaPlayer/#sermonaudio/198

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Critiquing Evolution

Apologetics 101: How to (1) help non-believers see the foolishness of unbelief and (2) share the gospel of Christ to all kinds of people faithfully and lovingly

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screen-shot-2017-02-13-at-5-00-20-pmIn reaching out to Atheists, I move from the friendship and prayer phase and begin the “internal critique” phase (helping them see the problems and foolishness of the Theory of Evolution) by asking the question of whether they believe that the universe is finite (has a beginning) or infinite (has no beginning)?  If they say that the universe is finite or has a beginning, I ask, “How did it all (i.e. the universe) begin?”

To those who believe that the universe is infinite (has no beginning) and hold to the Big Bang Theory, I ask, “Where did the bang that created what is called the ‘Big Bang’ come from?  Moreover, where did the law of physics (which, you believe, is responsible for the ‘Big Bang’ ending up becoming the complex but well-ordered and fine-tuned universe) come from?”

screen-shot-2017-02-13-at-4-22-12-pmAtheists don’t have a true answer to those questions.  With their permission, I…

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Super Bowl Party for International Students

All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations shall worship before you. – Psalm 22:27

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firstchurchpcaLast Sunday, our #First2PurdueNW team at #FirstChurchPCA enjoyed a time of fun, fellowship, and prayer for 5 international students from #PurdueUniversityNWHammond.

I thank the Lord for the Fernandezes, the DeBoers, the Kooys, and Jon Key for serving Christ through this outreach of love, friendship, and prayer.

Everyone was engaged.

Including #RoshThePresbyterian! 😉

I love my kids.

I love my wife.

I love JESUS!

I love His church.

Praise HIM!

All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations shall worship before you. – Psalm 22:27

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Rejoice! The Curse-Breaker has Come

“Even as a fetus, Christ bore the sins of and God’s curse upon David’s evil descendants. But not just theirs! We are all wicked like them; but from the womb to the cross, Christ bore our sins and broke the curse. In Him, we are free and made new.” – Pastor Glem Melo

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misery-michael-anthony “Misery Painting” by Michael Anthony

If you are like me, there are areas in your heart and life that need deeper cleansing, healing, and renewal.  The same is true of my family and yours, and the churches that we are members of.  There is a great deal of fixing and, if you and I would get real and be honest about it all, a lot of “rotten bones coming to life” kind of change that still needs to happen.

Take heart.  The gospel of Christmas says that you and I… We can all rejoice.  Despite of, in spite of.  Because the promised Curse-Breaker for all bound-up and bleeding people, like you and I, has come!

Dr. Luke tells “most excellent Theophilus” (Luke 1:3-4), who was most probably a high-ranking government official, and us that God sent the angel Gabriel to Mary, “a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was…

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