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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#PrayForMarawi

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Yanan Melo’s post on Facebook:

Please pray for the Philippines. I was chatting with some friends and family in Manila, Marawi City, and my very own Cagayan de Oro City. ISIS flags are being raised in Marawi City, and they have been burning hospitals and schools. There is a lot of pain, anxiety, and fear. President Duterte has declared martial law in Mindanao, and many of my dear friends have become even more anxious because of this news. In all of these bad news, may God have mercy and shed the light of his good news in Christ to the Philippines.

18582151_732448366927291_1176234162220297133_n“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
– Isaiah 41:10

The following is from Haron Ar-Rashid S. Dima:

THEY DIMMED THE LIGHTS TO BURN US DOWN

I was told my school is being burned to the ground. I was informed the city jail is on fire. I was messaged the local hospital is taken over by these men in black hoods.

Roads were blocked, fire trucks were seized, and everyone is questioned of religion. If you can’t prove you are a Muslim, you are “taken care” of.

I have received a message that my high school principal is taken as hostage. Along with her are many non-Muslims who strive to give education to young minds of Marawi. My sisters’ classmates and their families are on their way to our house; they are running away from the threat of fire and bullets.

18582422_1758560337493695_6985797985541146333_nBlack flags are raised to claim dominion of the city.

Hope is frail as of the moment.

I haven’t heard from the local government since the mayor’s interview with CNN where he is still yet to validate and collate information. “No casualties reported” he said.

Churches are torched. This ignorance of religious respect is on an all time high. This is taking away the culture and the history of Marawi, or my memory of it at least.

I grew up with non-Muslim friends and educators. I am where I am right now because of them. All the people who grew up from where I did are successful because of the community we were raised in.

18581782_1434359036623070_6798981304383156983_nInstead of our homes, our schools, our hospital, and our jails, burn your ignorant and false extremist beliefs.

We are being burned down. Help us.

I stand with Marawi City and all of the people therein. Please stay strong. Lend a prayer if you can. Open your homes to those in need if you can.

Religious leaders, Ulamas, and people of high regard and influence, step in and negotiate!

Lock your doors. Keep your windows low. Stay strong.

In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful, and the Most Beneficent, light a candle and pray.

#PrayForMarawi

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Aymi at Iligan Mission

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18485900_1547006252037350_812287025150291455_nBy Glem Melo

Aymi and her mom Lilia were able to visit and worship with our brothers and sisters in Christ at our mission congregation in Iligan, southern Philippines. And it was mother’s day!

18447164_1547006935370615_8111667220999425532_nWhat a blessing to see all those happy faces!

Praise the Lord!

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PCA Great Lakes

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By Pastor Glem Melo

Thankful for the opportunity that the Lord has given me to share our vision to the pastors and elders of the Presbyterian Church in America (www.PCAnet.org) in Michigan and Eastern Indiana (Great Lakes Presbytery).

18221664_10213659341422918_4460839424644194897_nPlease pray for these faithful brothers’ evangelism and church planting work in the Metro Detroit area.  Lord willing, my family and I will visit the PCA Mission to North America (PCAMNA.org) teams there this month. Our goal is to learn more about the existing work there as well as plans to reach the multi-ethnic families and communities in the area.

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PCA Chicago Metro

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By Pastor Glem Melo

Last Wednesday, April 19, 2017, the pastors and elders of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) Chicago Metro Presbytery formally accepted me as a candidate for Gospel and pastoral ministry.  Previously, I was under the Potomac Prebytery (Washington DC area).

18033308_10213497048205689_7930192272691086692_nNext step: licensure.

I rejoice in the Lord’s mercy, grace and hand upon me, my family, and our vision for the 10/40 Window.  And I continue to rest in Christ’s Person, life, death, resurrection, kingdom rule and intercession for us.  Relying on His Holy Spirit’s grace and power alone, we press on.

PCA LogoPlease continue to remember to pray for me, my family and the pastors and elders who are supervising, counseling and mentoring me.

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Theological Training and Church Planting

By Pastor Glem Melo

This is my video interview at Mid-America Reformed Seminary, where I am a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) student and scholar. In it, I share about my family’s reformed journey, need for theological training and practical mentoring, and vision for cross-cultural evangelism and church planting.

May the Lord to guide and direct me, my family and Open Eyes Mission to the city/country where he wants us to serve and glorify Him through the proclamation of Christ and the establishment of His church among unreached people groups worldwide.

Credit: The video was produced and directed by Jared Luttjeboer for Mid-America Reformed Seminary.

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Creator, Re-Creator, New Creation

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A 2-part Gospel feast on Genesis 1:1-3 from Pastor Glem Melo

Preached at First Church (PCA) in Lansing, IL, U.S.A.

Listen to the sermons:

Part 1: http://firstchurchpca.org/sermons/sermon/2017-03-19/-creator-re-creator-new-creation

Part 2: http://firstchurchpca.org/sermons/sermon/2017-04-02/-creator-re-creator-new-creation-part-2:-the-spirit-the-word

17309779_10213194528042874_7026902757645035325_nCreation:

– Out of nothing

– Earth was formless, empty, and dark

– The Holy Spirit hovering

– God speaking

New Creation:

– We are nothing, formless, empty, and dark.

– In his incarnation, life, death, and burial, Christ became nothing, formless, empty, and dark in order to save us from nothingness, formlessness, emptiness, and darkness.

– Because of His atoning sacrifice and death, we are saved and free from the curse and bondage of nothingness, formlessness, emptiness, and darkness.

– Because of His atoning sacrifice and death, God gave us the Holy Spirit.

– Because of Jesus, by His Spirit and word God forms, fills, and “lights” us.

17424856_10213194527722866_6154311034271571792_nApplication:

1. Humility and Repentance – We are nothing without God.

2. Faith and Gratitude – Christ died for our sins and to gave us His Holy Spirit.

3. Devotion to God’s word – The Holy Spirit uses His word to save the unsaved and to nurture and grow the saved.

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