Park Community Church (North Rogers Park location)

By Pastor Glem Melo

Today, Giona and I began serving in the worship team of Park Community Church in its North Rogers Park location, Chicago, IL.

IMG_8482Please pray for this dear, replanting congregation of the Lord. They are worshipping, doing life together, and serving in one of the most diverse neighborhoods of the United States, with residents that speak 87 language from 70 nations… and counting!

Let us sing and proclaim with them:

#GodRobbedTheGrave

#HisNameIsVictory

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#Preparing2Gather

 

#CookinNepalese

#JamminHindi

#Jaimasee

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He Arrived, Let’s Return

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St. John the Baptist Preaching, c. 1665, by Mattia Preti“Can you think of something in your life, family, church, and/or country that needs a fresh start? The message that John the Baptist preached is the gospel of new beginning — the arrival of the kingdom of God in Christ who brings lasting transformation and empowerment to all who turn to Him in faith and repentance.

“This the message on Matthew 3:1-3 (He Arrived, Let’s Return) that I preached last Sunday. I pray and hope that the Lord would use it to bless, transform, and empower your life for His kingdom and glory.

“In Christ, God’s kingdom has already come, and He grants salvation and blessings to all who believe in Him. Therefore, He calls us to return to Him and live lives of faith and repentance. Because they alone are saved and blessed who are of true faith. And true faith is known by its fruit of repentance.”

– Pastor Glem Melo

Listen to the whole message:

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Happy Easter, Christ’s World!

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Melo Family

Devon/Little India, Chicago, U.S.A, 2017

#JesusIsAlive

#BelieveTheResurrection

#HaveHope

#HeForgives

#HeHeals

#HeProvides

#HeIsLifeFromTheDead

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First worship and fellowship gathering in our apartment

– Pastor Glem Melo

Photo by Giona Melo

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First Worship #ChurchPlanting #DevonChicago

By Pastor Glem Melo

In the evening of March 8, we worshipped together for the first time as Park Community Church‘s multiethnic evangelism and church planting team in the Devon/Little India area of Chicago.  Our vision: A network of gospel-centered, contextualized house churches among Hindus, Muslims, and other unreached people groups in the Devon/Little India neighborhood of Chicago

My family and I was blessed and privileged to host it in our home. And my kids led worship.

#GionaLeadsWorship #HerFirstTime

#GionaOnTheGuitar #AlsoHerFirst

#RoshOnTheCajon

#YananOnTheKeys

#HappyDad #ThankYouJesus

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We were also happy to celebrate Giona and Phil’s birthday that night!

#WhataBlessedDay #GottaLoveGod

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Iligan Mission @ 3

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Blessed and privileged to preach Christ’s word (via video call) to our church family in Iligan during their 3rd anniversary celebration.

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Please include these dear Christian brothers and sisters in your prayers.

May God be gracious to us and bless us
and make his face to shine upon us,
that your way may be known on earth,
your saving power among all nations.
Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you!
(Psalm 67:1-3)

Amen.

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King of Exiles

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By Pastor Glem Melo

We are all exiles because of sin.  Jesus is the only one who is good, faithful, and free from the curse of sin and exile.  And it is only by His grace and through the gift of faith that the Holy Spirit has given us that we are united to Christ and saved from sin and judgment. But even as Christians, we remain as exiles in this world. We are blessed, but at the same time we are needy because the sinful nature remains in us and we live in a fallen world. And so, we humble our sins and cling to Jesus, the King and Deliverer of exiles.

Listen to my whole sermon:

King of Exiles
Matthew 1:1-17

1. Jesus is King.

a. He is the new genesis, new creation, and new Adam.

b. He is the new Joshua.

c. He is our Spirit-empowered King and Deliverer.

d. He is God’s blessing for all nations.

IMG_78112. We Are Exiles.

a. All non-believers are under the curse of sin and exile.

b. Believers in Christ are free from sin and judgment, but remain as exiles in a fallen world.

Application

1. Let us repent of sin, pride, and arrogance, and humble ourselves before God.

2. Let us receive Christ’s free gift of forgiveness and salvation by faith.

3. Let us ask Christ to change our hearts and lives by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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