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).

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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

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– 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.

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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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Christ Presbyterian Church (OPC)

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By Pastor Glem Melo

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In Genesis 15:1-6, God spoke to Abraham about His promise of an offspring. Then in verses 13-20, God spoke to him again about the promised offspring. This tells us that the covenant is all about the offspring.

That offspring is Jesus.  He is the substance of the covenant. The covenant is all about Him!

Listen to the sermon: http://christ-opc.org/2017/03%2012%202017%20-%20Glem%20Melo%20-%20Covenant%20Vision.mp3

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Church Plant in Iligan, Philippines

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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

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By Pastor Glem Melo

Listen to my sermon at http://firstchurchpca.org/mediaPlayer/#sermonaudio/206
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1. 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.

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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! Praise the Lord!!!

* Artwork from www.freetastesgood.com

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HTC Chicago Youth Winter Retreat 2017

Pastor Glem Melo

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.

Please pray that the Lord will continue to nurture and grow them all in the grace and knowledge of Christ.

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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