Christ Presbyterian Church (OPC)

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By Pastor Glem Melo

17342177_10154404273528671_557019661_oJesus is the Vision (Genesis 15).

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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The Church is One

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By Pastor Glem Melo

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

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Pastor Glem’s #First2PurdueNW Apologetics class at First Church (PCA) in Lansing, IL

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By Pastor Glem Melo

In 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?”

screen-shot-2017-02-13-at-4-22-12-pmTo 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?”

Atheists don’t have a true answer to those questions.  With their permission, I then show them that our Biblical Christian worldview can better account for and explain the beginning and continuing existence of the universe.

To those who hold to the “Steady State Theory” and others also as, by the Lord’s grace and help, I see fit and appropriate, I talk about the following:

  1. The Second Law of Thermodynamics  — that every form of energy, closed to itself or contained in itself without outside interference or influence, tends towards atrophy and disorder.
  2. The motion of the galaxies
  3. The echo of cosmic radiation
  4. Science’s law of causality
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Class picture (minus Aymi and Yanan)

Evolutionary theories cannot account for and explain these scientific facts.  But our Biblical, Christian worldview can.

Finally, I talk about the following and ask my evolutionist/ic friend/s for an explanation:

  1. Irreducibly complex biological systems
  2. The fine-tuning of the laws of Physics
  3. Complex, detailed and specific information in DNA

Again, evolutionary theories cannot account for and explain these scientific facts.  Even Atheist intelligent design theories does not really hold water at this point because of their total lack of valid proof for the existence of aliens, higher intelligent life forms, and/or the like.  But where they all fail, our Biblical, Christian worldview can and does provide the true and deeply satisfying answer: GOD.

Older blogs on Apologetics:

What is Reality? – https://glemmelo.com/2016/12/17/apologetics101/

The Big WHY – https://glemmelo.com/2017/01/19/why/

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Super Bowl Party for International Students

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By Pastor Glem Melo

Last 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!

From my Facebook page: 

고민정 Hi~im min😄it was nice to meet you guys~

5 February at 23:10

Patty De Boer It was great meeting you all!

5 February at 23:20

홍소명 thank you for inviting us!!

5 February at 23:19

Patty De Boer Your welcome, blessing to you on your continuing travels.

5 February at 23:20

김다솜 thank you 😁😁😁

I’m som. I will miss you 😂

5 February at 23:47

Patty De Boer It was great meeting you, enjoy the rest of your time in America!

6 February at 07:33

Awara Fernandez You are all such delightful young people! It was a great pleasure meeting you 🙂

6 February at 09:05

JangHo Park It was really great time! I’ll never forget you

6 February at 10:46

Patty De Boer We won’t forget you either!

6 February at 11:20

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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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