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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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.

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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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Jesus is Your King

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By Pastor Glem Melo

We live in a universal Christocracy.

Screen Shot 2019-05-21 at 8.10.20 PMJesus came to his disciples and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” (Matthew 28:18)*

And so, Christ  is the fulfillment of all the prophecies in the Old Testament about the Messiah or “the anointed,” i.e. the God-chosen king of the world. And so, Psalm 72:13-14 comforts and strengthens us:

Jesus “rescues the needy who cry out to him
and the afflicted who have no one to help them.
He has pity on the weak and the needy,
and saves the lives of those in dire conditions.
He rescues them from oppression and violence,
because their lives are precious to him.”

Are you suffering and need help?  God is real, and Jesus is King.  Ask him to help and rescue you, and he will do it.

If you need someone to talk to and pray with, you can call the Billy Graham Center at 1-877-247-2426.  You may also e-mail me at glem@glemmelo.com.

* All Bible translations are mine.

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Trust the Bible?

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By Pastor Glem Melo

Two weeks ago, I preached on the trustworthiness of the Bible at Park Community Church’s South Rogers Park location. The main point: The Bible is reliable because God is reliable.

Listen to the whole message:

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Following are presentation slides of key quotations and diagrams:

 

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