#PrayForOurFuture

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By Pastor Glem Melo

It is always a joy, privilege, and blessing for me to spend time (no matter how brief) and encourage budding, young servant-leaders of local churches.  Normally, I simply remind them that the goal is for each and everyone of us to remain faithful in doctrine, the Christian life, and the ministry.  That can only happen if, by the Holy Spirit’s grace and power, we keep feeding ourselves on the gospel and God’s word, stay close to and keep walking with Jesus, work and serve in reliance to and by practicing the living presence and power of the Spirit, and never give up in the work of the Lord.

Please remember to keep praying for the next generation of pastors and church pastors in every church, city, and nation.

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Clean and Free

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By Pastor Glem Melo

Only King Jesus can truly heal and set us free. There is no illness that he cannot heal.  There is no addiction, no bondage, no chain that he cannot break.  There is no bad situation that he cannot turn around and make good.

They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law. Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an impure spirit cried out, “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”

“Be quiet!” said Jesus sternly. “Come out of him!” The impure spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek.

The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, “What is this? A new teaching—and with authority! He even gives orders to impure spirits and they obey him.” News about him spread quickly over the whole region of Galilee.

As soon as they left the synagogue, they went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew. Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they immediately told Jesus about her. So he went to her, took her hand and helped her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them.

That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed. The whole town gathered at the door, and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was.

Mark 1:21-34

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Better Non-Believers

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By Pastor Glem Melo

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Researchers at LIGO’s observatory in Livingston, Louisiana. Credit: Michael Fyffe/LIGO

Why are non-believers so much better, more excellent, and more advanced in arts, science, business, etc., compared to Christian believers? Of course, without faith in the God of the Bible, they err in many ways and end up being fools.  Yet it remains undeniable that, in arts, science, business, non-believers generally are just better than us, Christian believers. I thought that, perhaps, it is because all they have is general revelation, which makes them solely focused and concentrated on it, as compared to believers who are focused and major on special revelation. It is like how blind persons are so much better and benefited by their use of their functioning senses, i.e., hearing, smell, taste, and touch. Therefore, while continuing to prioritize and major on the study of the Bible and theology (special revelation), we, believers in Christ, must also study the fruit of general revelation, i.e., scientific research and studies.

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This is connected to the fact that there are many (not all) non-believers and liberal Christians who are better persons than Christian believers.  I perceive that many of those “better” non-believers and liberal Christians are recipients and beneficiaries of much common grace from the living God, who is benevolent to all.  On the other hand, most Christian believers are mindful of and affected by the antithesis (Genesis 3:15).  Therefore, while continuing to be mindful of and affected by the antithesis, we, believers in Christ, must also study, be mindful of and be moved by the equally biblical and important doctrine of common grace.

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Blown away at Adler Planetarium in Chicago, IL

 

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The Oppressed Set Free

 

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By Pastor Glem Melo

It was such a blessing for Aymi and I to visit Nayome, a neighbor from South Asia.  She was oppressed and suffered greatly for decades because of an abusive relationship, depression and poverty, in her home country and also here in the United States.  By the Lord’s grace, we were able to help and minister to her spiritually and also holistically.  Today, she is free from oppression, has a good job and lives in her own studio apartment.

Please join us in praying for our dear fellow immigrant friend as she continues in the path of healing, restoration and discipleship.  And ask the Lord to continue leading, enabling and using us to reach out to her and to so many more like her who need Jesus’ love, salvation and curse-breaking ministry.

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The Spirit of the Lord is on [Jesus],
because [the Lord] has anointed [him]
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent [him]
to proclaim release to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to set free the oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.
(Luke 4:18-19)

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#FilipinoLeaders of #SiliconValley

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By Pastor Glem Melo

The past weeks, I spent considerable time with Filipino leaders in five churches and eight cities of the San Francisco  Bay Area, also known as Silicon Valley. I am blessed and encouraged beyond words to see the Lord working in and through them for His kingdom and glory. Please pray that the Lord would continue to bless, keep, grow, empower, and use them all to advance the great commission both locally and globally. And from and with them, may the Holy Spirit form and build a house church planting team that we can work with in order to reach the unreached people groups in their area with the love and gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Pray for California’s Homeless

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By Pastor Glem Melo

IMG_1032There are 4,500+ homeless persons here in San Jose, California.  All over the San Francisco Bay Area (also known as Silicon Valley), their number is 28,200.

IMG_1026Please pray for churches and ministries that work among and for them.  May they all hear the good news of God’s love and grace in Christ, and be set free from sin and the many, complex difficulties and challenges that beset them.  Ask the Lord to send more churches and ministries to reach and serve them.

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Church Plant in Utah

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By Pastor Glem Melo

Last Sunday, I had the joy, honor and privilege of preaching and encouraging a new church plant in South Jordan, Utah, near Salt Lake City. Please join me in praying that the Lord would cause our Christian brothers and sisters there to grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ.

“Everliving God, whose will it is that all should come to you through your Son Jesus Christ: Inspire our witness to him, that all may know the power of his forgiveness and the hope of his resurrection; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.” – Book of Common Prayer

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