Trinity PCA, DeMotte, IN


By Pastor Glem Melo

I have been honored and pleased to preach Christ during both the morning and evening services of Trinity Presbyterian Church (PCA) in DeMotte, IN, last Sunday.

Morning Service
Genesis 1:1

Evening Service
Genesis 1:2-3

  • God’s work (in Christ by His Spirit and word) of creation and new creation are both out of nothing.  Let us give Him all the glory in all things.
  • The total completion of creation guarantees the total accomplishment of God’s covenant promise and plan of salvation and new creation in Christ.  Let us stand on His word of promise with unshakable faith and assurance
  • Believe in the Holy Spirit and His life-giving power, and yield to His full control.
  • Be filled with God’s word.  Be filled with Christ.

May the Lord sustain and grow this dear congregation of Christ. May He bless and prosper their evangelism and disciple-making plans.

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Pray for the Philippines

Drug killings

LAMENTATION A weeping Jennelyn Olaires hugs partner Michael Siaron, 30, a pedicab driver and alleged drug pusher, who was shot and killed by motorcycle-riding gunmen near Pasay Rotonda on Edsa. He was one of six killed in drug-related incidents in Pasay and Manila yesterday. RAFFY LERMA, Philippine Daily Inquirer

by Pastor Glem Melo

“Asia’s ‘shoot-to-kill’ republic? The rising body count of the Philippines’ ‘war on drugs.’”

Screenshot 2016-07-22 08.51.08So goes an news article from The Conversation.

ABS-CBN News puts the “number of drug-related fatalities” from May 10 to July 22, 2016 at 544 — 358 in police operations, 14o by unidentified gunmen, and 46 “as salvage” victims.

Human Rights Watch Asia Deputy Director Phelim Kine  calls it “the surge of extrajudicial killings of suspected criminals and drug offenders” in the Philippines.

Screenshot 2016-07-22 08.52.51Edre Olalia, secretary general of the National Union of People’s Lawyers, said in an interview,

keys“The drug menace must stop … Yet the apparent serial summary executions of alleged street drug users or petty drug lords which appear sudden, too contrived and predictable must also stop.The two are not incompatible.”

I agree.  And and so with the Human Rights Watch that “a credible and independent inquiry into the alarming increase in police killings is urgently needed, and the findings made public.”

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Rembrandt, The Return of the Prodigal Son, 1662–1669 (Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg)

Most of all, I plead with professing Christians worldwide.  Pray for the Philippines.


“But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” (Amos 5:24)

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8)

“This is what the LORD Almighty said: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another.” (Zechariah 7:9)

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Christ and Covenant – 1

By Pastor Glem Melo

The Message of Genesis 15:1-20
Preached at the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Bowie (PCA), Maryland, U.S.A.

In Genesis 15, the Lord comforted and strengthened Abraham with His covenant word and covenant ceremony. And we see that the covenant ceremony (verses 7-17) is sandwiched by God’s reaffirmations of His promise of offspring (verses 1-6 and 18-20). This tells us that the substance of the covenant is the offspring that God promised to give to Abraham. The Lord Jesus Christ is the promised offspring (John 8:56; Galatians 3:6-8; Galatians 3:16). He is the the fulfillment, substance, and blessing of the covenant. In Him, we have eternal and undying comfort and strength amidst all trials and tribulations.Transfiguration2

“Your father Abraham rejoiced y that he would see my day.  He saw it and was glad.” – – The Lord Jesus Christ, John 8:56

“And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, ‘In you shall all the nations be blessed.’ … Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring. It does not say, ‘And to offsprings,’ referring to many, but referring to one, ‘And to your offspring,’ who is Christ.” – Paul, Galatians 3:8 and 16

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Pray for Church Planting


Children pray at their church after arsonists burned it.

PATON-John-G.Pray for the work of patient and enduring church planting worldwide.

“Plant down your forces in the heart of one tribe or race, where the same language is spoken. Work solidly from that center, building up with patient teaching and life-long care a Church that will endure. . . Rush not from land to land, from people to people, in a breathless and fruitless mission. Kindle not your lights so far apart, amid the millions and wastes of Heathendom, that every lamp may be extinguished without any of the others knowing, and so leave the blackness of their night blacker than ever. The consecrated common sense that builds for eternity will receive the fullest approval of God in time.” – John Patton

That is what we pray and hope to do… from Manila (as center) to the Middle East!

Watch Mark Dever’s “Endurance Needed: Strength for a Slow Reformation and the Dangerous Allure of Speed”:

“Endurance Needed: Strength for a Slow Reformation and the Dangerous Allure of Speed” — Mark Dever (T4G 2016) from Together for the Gospel (T4G) on Vimeo.

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Congratulations, Dr. Coleman


Congratulations to Dr. Stephen Coleman, his wife and children, and proud parents!   Dr. Coleman is a pastor of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), teaches at both Westminster Theological Seminary and Reformed Theological Seminary, member of the Open Eyes Mission international oversight committee, and son of Pastor Glem’s pastor, Rev. Mike Coleman of the Reformed Presbyterian Church  of Bowie (PCA) in Maryland!

13246323_1166072190104395_2944826432682714137_oDr. Coleman earned a  Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures from Catholic University of America.  His dissertation was on “The Biblical Hebrew Transitivity Alteration in Cognitive Linguistic Perspective.”

Praying for and looking forward to more fruitful labors in Christ for Dr. Coleman in pastoral ministry, theological education, and missions.  Praise the Lord!

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Happy Mothers’ Day


Hannah Gerbrand_van_den_Eeckhout_-_Anna_toont_haar_zoon_Samuël_aan_de_priester_Eli

From Pastor Glem Melo

Greetings and blessings to all mommies, mamas, nanays… on your special day.  May Christ give you all the greatest gift of all: HIMSELF.

Art: Gerbrand van den Eeckhout – Hannah presenting her son Samuel to the priest Eli, ca. 1665

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Training More Students to Reach Muslims


2016-04-05 20.01.05-1By Pastor Glem Melo

On April 5, I had the joy and privilege of teaching “A Ministry of Mercy: Sharing Christ to Muslims” to more student leaders of the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) at Purdue University Calumet, where more than 80 Middle-Easterners are studying.

2016-04-05 20.29.12-3Please pray that the Lord would open more opportunities for me to teach and help mobilize churches and ministries to be more committed and intentional in reaching and evangelizing Muslims in the U.S., the Philippines, and all over the world.

“Right now, there are about 75,000 students from Saudi Arabia, a country closed to missionaries and the Gospel. This opens a mission field to us like never before. We now have untold opportunities to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with foreigners here in the USA who previously could only be reached by long-term missionaries…

“Right now, one fourth to one half of the future leaders of the world are on American campuses. The greatest potential for world evangelism lies in the international students studying in America. God has truly brought the whole world to our doorstep. This is one of God’s most effective strategies for world evangelism.”

– Global Frontier Missions

“God is at work and has brought more foreign students to college campuses in the United States than to any other nation.  We respond to God’s work and obey God’s Word by welcoming students from all nations and equipping kingdom ambassadors for Christ’s worldwide church.” – Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) Reformed University Fellowship

“Our vision is to see international students come to faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, that they might be built up in faith to serve him joyfully during their college years, and when they return they will reach their home countries and the world with the Gospel. Through leadership development here and friendships with local Christians, international students can find help developing a strategy to reach their home for Christ. They can be used by God to make disciples of all nations as His ambassadors to the world.” – IVCF U.S.A.

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