Pray for the Philippines

 

Drug killings

LAMENTATION A weeping Jennelyn Olaires hugs partner Michael Siaron, 30, a pedicab driver and alleged drug pusher, who was shot and killed by motorcycle-riding gunmen near Pasay Rotonda on Edsa. He was one of six killed in drug-related incidents in Pasay and Manila yesterday. RAFFY LERMA, Philippine Daily Inquirer

by Pastor Glem Melo

“Asia’s ‘shoot-to-kill’ republic? The rising body count of the Philippines’ ‘war on drugs.’”

Screenshot 2016-07-22 08.51.08So goes an news article from The Conversation.

ABS-CBN News puts the “number of drug-related fatalities” from May 10 to July 22, 2016 at 544 — 358 in police operations, 14o by unidentified gunmen, and 46 “as salvage” victims.

Human Rights Watch Asia Deputy Director Phelim Kine  calls it “the surge of extrajudicial killings of suspected criminals and drug offenders” in the Philippines.

Screenshot 2016-07-22 08.52.51Edre Olalia, secretary general of the National Union of People’s Lawyers, said in an interview,

keys“The drug menace must stop … Yet the apparent serial summary executions of alleged street drug users or petty drug lords which appear sudden, too contrived and predictable must also stop.The two are not incompatible.”

I agree.  And and so with the Human Rights Watch that “a credible and independent inquiry into the alarming increase in police killings is urgently needed, and the findings made public.”

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Rembrandt, The Return of the Prodigal Son, 1662–1669 (Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg)

Most of all, I plead with professing Christians worldwide.  Pray for the Philippines.

“But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” (Amos 5:24)

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8)

“This is what the LORD Almighty said: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another.” (Zechariah 7:9)

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Happy Mothers’ Day

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From Pastor Glem Melo

Greetings and blessings to all mommies, mamas, nanays… on your special day.  May Christ give you all the greatest gift of all: HIMSELF.

Art: Gerbrand van den Eeckhout – Hannah presenting her son Samuel to the priest Eli, ca. 1665

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Missions Conference

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By Pastor Glem Melo

2016-03-13 19.23.03I am greatly honored, blessed, and pleased to have served the Lord and His people at New Covenant Presbyterian Church in Abingdon, Maryland, during their 2016 Mission Conference.  The theme was “One Culture to Another… It’s Not Just for Missionaries.”

  1. I gave an update on our Bible Training and Church Planting Mission Work in the Philippines, Friday night.
  2. I taught during two (2) break-out sessions on Saturday morning and noon.
  3. I taught missions to Sunday school kids.
  4. I was a part of a question and answer panel on Sunday evening.

Screenshot 2016-03-09 22.30.37My break-out sessions were on Biblical, Presbyterian, and Cross-cultural Church Planting.

Description:

If we are to advance the fulfillment of the great commission, we must focus on, be more intentional and strategic about, and labor relentlessly towards the planting and multiplication of new churches, at home and abroad.  But we must do so according to the Bible, consistent with our Reformed Confessions, and “decently and in order” as set forth in our Presbyterian Church Order.

Screenshot 2016-03-09 22.31.08Main points:

  1. The Lord Jesus Christ: the Great Church Planter
  2. All the Apostles were Cross-cultural Church Planters (Jerusalem was not their native home)
  3. The Ministry of the Word, Sacraments, and Discipline
  4. Presbytery Formation and Action in the Gospels and Acts

Please pray that the Lord would continue to nourish, grow, and expand the missionary work of His church worldwide.

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The Bible

THE BIBLE

“Behold Your God” – Part 1
A Basic “Faith and Life” Theology Series

By Pastor Glem Melo

2016-03-06 09.17.20

Text: “In the beginning, God created…” (Genesis 1:1a)
Confession: Westminster Confession of Faith, Chapter 1

  • No foreword, introduction, or prolegomena.
  • Straight up, the Bible presents itself as truth.
  • The Bible is God’s word.
  • The Bible is authentical.
  • The Bible presupposes God.
  • The Bible is all about God.
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Out of Impotence

OUT OF IMPOTENCE

Genesis 1:2a

by Pastor Glem Melo

1. The Omnipotent’s heart and focus

a. His love for the earth: God created the earth.

b. His love for man: God created the earth for us.

c. His love for His Son: God created the earth and man for Christ.

Screenshot 2016-02-29 07.02.06Application

– Thank, praise and worship God. He created the universe for you.

– Glorify Christ with your life. God created you for His Son.

2. The impotence of what the Omnipotent’s heart and focus is on

a. The earth was a desolation, and emptiness, and darkness was deep and pervasive.

b. Desolation, emptiness and darkness are symbols of God’s judgment for sin.

c. In His sufferings, death, and burial, Christ came under God’s curse of desolation, emptiness, and deep, pervasive darkness.

Screenshot 2016-02-29 07.35.23Application

– Confess your spiritual impotence before the Lord, and repent.

– Thank, praise, and worship Christ, the omnipotent God the Son, who came under the curse of desolation, emptiness, and deep, pervasive darkness to save and re-create us.

3. The Omnipotent’s lighting, forming, and filling work for the impotent

a. Both creation and new creation are out of desolation, emptiness, and deep, pervasive darkness.

b. The successful accomplishment of God’s work of creation guarantees the successful accomplishment and consummation of His work of new creation in Christ.

Application

– Be comforted and strengthened in Christ crucified and raised from the dead. Your salvation and re-creation is secure because of His omnipotent grace for us, impotents.

OUT OF IMPOTENCE

Genesis 1:2a

by Pastor Glem Melo

1. The Omnipotent’s heart and focus

a. His love for the earth: God created the earth.

b. His love for man: God created the earth for us.

c. His love for His Son: God created the earth and man for Christ.

Screenshot 2016-02-29 07.02.06Application

– Thank, praise and worship God. He created the universe for you.

– Glorify Christ with your life. God created you for His Son.

2. The impotence of what the Omnipotent’s heart and focus is on

a. The earth was a desolation, and emptiness, and darkness was deep and pervasive.

b. Desolation, emptiness and darkness are symbols of God’s judgment for sin.

c. In His sufferings, death, and burial, Christ came under God’s curse of desolation, emptiness, and deep, pervasive darkness.

Screenshot 2016-02-29 07.35.23Application

– Confess your spiritual impotence before the Lord, and repent.

– Thank, praise, and worship Christ, the omnipotent God the Son, who came under the curse of desolation, emptiness, and deep, pervasive darkness to save and re-create us.

3. The Omnipotent’s lighting, forming, and filling work for the impotent

a. Both creation and new creation are out of desolation, emptiness, and deep, pervasive darkness.

b. The successful accomplishment of God’s work of creation guarantees the successful accomplishment and consummation of His work of new creation in Christ.

Application

– Be comforted and strengthened in Christ crucified and raised from the dead. Your salvation and re-creation is secure because of His omnipotent grace for us, impotents.

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Out of Nothingness

 

OUT OF NOTHINGNESS

Genesis 1:1

by Pastor Glem Melo

Introduction

  • Creation foreshadows the new creation.
  • Christ is the new creation.
  • All true Christian believers are new creations in Him.
  • The successful accomplishment of God’s work of creation guarantees the successful accomplishment and consummation of His work of new creation in Christ.

1. God our Creator and New Creator is infinite in bigness, greatness, and power.

a. God is Elohim in Hebrew. It is plural.

The plural Elohim reveals our Creator and New Creator’s infinite immensity and power.

b. Jesus is Elohim. (John 1:1)

Christ, the New Creation and our New Creator, is infinite in bigness, greatness, and power.

c. Creation was “very good,” perfect, and complete because, and only because, of the infinite bigness, greatness, and power of our Creator and New Creator.

d. The infinite bigness, greatness, and power of our Creator and New Creator guarantees the perfect accomplishment and consummation of the new creation in Christ.

Glem MeloApplication

  • In our Triune God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—we have everything that we need.
  • Live, pray, and serve the Lord with unwavering faith and confidence.  Because of our Creator and New Creator’s infinite immensity and power, Christ’s work of new creation in you, in your family, in the church, and in the world is guaranteed to be successfully accomplished and consummated.

2. Both creation and new creation are out of nothingness.

a. “Beginning” = the start of all things, including time and space

b. “In the beginning” = creation was out of nothing

c. Both creation and new creation are monergistic, i.e. the work of God alone.

d. In the same way that creation was out of nothing, God’s work of new creation is also out of nothing.

e. God the Son became nothing in His incarnation, life, crucifixion, death, and burial for us.

f. In God the Son who became nothing for our salvation and re-creation, the new creation has begun.

g. God saved and re-created us out of nothing, i.e. monergistically, by grace alone, without our help and works.

g. The consummation of God’s work of new creation in Christ on His second coming, will also be out of nothing, i.e. monergistic, by grace alone, without our help or works.

Application

  • Confess your nothingness before the Lord.
  • Thank, praise, and worship Christ for becoming nothing in His incarnation, life, death, and burial in order to become both the New Creation and our New Creator through His resurrection, intercession, and kingdom rule.
  • Live, pray, and serve the Lord with unwavering faith and confidence.  Despite of our nothingness and that of our families, church, and society, because of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection, God’s work of salvation and new creation shall surely be accomplished and consummated.

Picture: Cosmic pairing of the star Hen 2-427 — more commonly known as WR 124 — and the nebula M1-67, captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

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Yanan Evangelizes 2 More Internationals

2016-02-23 14.49.19by Pastor Glem Melo

2016-02-23 14.48.42Last Monday, Yanan (16), Giona (11) and I volunteered to serve for 2 hours at the outreach table of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Purdue University Calumet.  Called The Story Project, it is “a visual conversation starter meant to reach out to creative persons and artists through a mural display of art depicting the stories of Jesus and of artists creating story through visual art, writing, dancing, music, and more.”

At first, we did not know what to do.  We just watched the IVCF  student leaders do it.  Then, came the time for us to do it ourselves.  I approached passersby and asked them if they have 5 minutes to checkout the artwork.  Many opted not to do so, but there were a few who did and whom I turned over to the student leaders.

2016-02-23 13.46.04Soon, it was time for Yanan to do the sharing.  A middle-easterner agreed to check out the artwork.  I introduced him to Yanan, who then went on to interact with the international student about the artwork, leading to a conversation about Christ and His redeeming work.

After that, Yanan saw a Chinese student who attends the IVCF “All Nations” Bible Studies.  He also shared Christ to him using the artwork.

Meanwhile, Giona was greatly encouraged to see his brother share Christ to others.  It is now her goal to also learn how to evangelize and do it.

I am happy and thankful beyond words.  Praise the Lord!

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