Love Lansing

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By Pastor Glem Melo

21765776_1861999230491882_532360530331394823_oLast Saturday, Aymi and I were blessed and privileged to serve and help paint a house with Love for Lansing volunteers. The homeowner was blessed and encouraged and so were we and all who served in the outreach.

Love for Lansing is the effort of First Church (PCA) to serve some of the needs of our community.  We assist people in very basic ways such as yard clean up, housing projects, etc., as a way of showing the love of Jesus to the people of Lansing. – FirstChurchPCA.org/service-opportunities

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Please pray that the Lord will use this great church and ministry to bless and encourage many who are needy and destitute in the community.

Photo credit: First Church (PCA), Lansing, IL

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Chicago Incubator

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By Pastor Glem Melo

Incubator 2017-09 bI was tremendously blessed, encouraged and edified to attend our very first Chicago Incubator session held at the downtown facility of Holy Trinity Church last September 9.

Chicago Incubator Urban Planter training is based on time-tested, gospel-centered curriculum developed over the last 15 years by leaders at Redeemer City to City in New York and adapted for Chicago’s specific context.

[It is] a 2-year… program that focuses on process, relationship and reflective practice instead of merely understanding new content. Each of the 16 Incubator learning module includes time for sharing issues, personal spiritual formation, and hands-on training that combines both theology, church planting theory and insights from adult learning theory.

Incubator 2017-09 cEach learning module addresses the specific needs of urban planters, including skills in thinking theologically about ministry and growth in the various areas of urban ministry. Church planters go through the program during the critical phase of launching their congregations. They get practical help on writing their action plan, the philosophy of ministry, crucial ministry development and preaching, among other topics. Ideally, this training is accompanied by coaching to encourage the planters to reach the maximum extent of their giftedness.

Our model is to train ‘IN’ ministry, not ‘FOR’ ministry. To be invited into the Incubator program, each Chicago participant is involved in actual urban church planting ministry so that the learning can be applied immediately and be ‘proven’ in real situations. Instead of saying, “This material will be on your next exam,” we say, “You will find out how you are doing next week when you lead or face this issue.”

– https://www.chicagoincubator.net

Looking forward to our next training session with great excitement and eagerness.

Praise the Lord!

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Crete Church (PCA) in Crete, IL

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By Pastor Glem Melo

Last Sunday, I had the joy and privilege of preaching and ministering to God’s precious people at Crete Church (PCA) in Crete, Illinois. After losing their beloved pastor to brain cancer, they are now praying and looking for a new servant of Christ to teach and lead them. Please include these dear brothers and sisters in the Lord in your prayers.

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Power to Witness

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By Pastor Glem Melo

We need the Holy Spirit.  Christ died on the cross to pay for our sins, and to baptize and fill us with the Holy Spirit.  Indeed, He wants us to be baptized and filled with the Holy Spirit over and over again.  And everyday, we must ask Jesus to baptize and fill us with the Holy Spirit.

Listen to my whole sermon: http://www.peaceinfrankfort.org/mediaplayer.cfm?id=1934#item1934

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POWER FOR WITNESS

Acts 1:8

1. We need the Holy Spirit.

2. Jesus empowers us through the Holy Spirit.

3. The Holy Spirit empowers us to witness for Christ.

Preached at Peace Community Church (PCA) in Frankfort, Illinois, U.S.A. on July 23, 2017.

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God’s Message, God’s Power

By Pastor Glem Melo

Christ is telling us, “Everything went as planned and will continue to go as planned. I will use you to accomplish the final phase of the plan. Therefore, be clothed by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Westminster ElginTo advance and fulfill the great commission, we need “power from on high” (Luke 24:49).  The good news is that, believer united to Christ by faith, you are already clothed with the power of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:13).  Ask Him to set you on fire for God, make you more and more like Jesus, and use you to lead others to Him. “[B]e filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18).

God’s Message, God’s Power
Luke 24:46-49

  1. Jesus fulfilled God’s promise and plan of salvation.
  2. Jesus sends us to proclaim His message of salvation to all people.
  3. Jesus empowers us to proclaim His message of salvation to all people.

Preached at Westminster Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Elgin, Illinois, U.S.A. on July 9, 2017.

Artwork by P. Solomon Raj (Indian, 1921–), Pentecost, 1980s. Batik.

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Blessed Ones

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In the Beatitudes, Christ proclaims the gospel of salvation by grace through faith. The heirs of kingdom are not those who claim to be spiritually rich in and by themselves. Instead, they are those who acknowledge their spiritual poverty and lack before God.

LISTEN to the sermon: http://cretechurch.com/content.cfm?id=213&download_id=261

KINGDOM CITIZENS
Matthew 5:1-12
Preached at Crete Church (PCA),
Crete, IL, on June 25, 2017

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Great Provider, Great Provision

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By Pastor Glem Melo
Christ is both the Great Provider and the Great Provision for our salvation and well-being.

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GREATER MOSES, GREATER MANNA
Bible Text: John 6:1-15
Preached at Spring Valley Presbyterian Church, Roselle, Illinois on May 28, 2017.
Art from Eric Feather, “Christ Feeding 5000”
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