Relatives and friends of Coptic Christians beheaded by ISIS terrorists mourn upon hearing the news on February 16, 2015. I mourn with them. I am sure that you do, too.
Let us all remember to pray for them and the work of the gospel in the Middle East.
“O God, the creator and preserver of all mankind, we humbly beseech You for all sorts and conditions of men; that You would be pleased to make Your ways known unto them, Your saving work unto all nations. More especially we pray for Your holy Church universal; that it may be so guided and governed by Your good Spirit, that all who profess and call themselves Christians may be led into the way of truth, and hold the faith in unity of spirit, in the bond of peace, and in righteousness of life. Finally, we commend to Your fatherly goodness all those who are in any ways afflicted or distressed, in mind, body, or estate; [especially those for whom our prayers are desired]; that it may please You to comfort and relieve them according to their several needs, giving them patience under their sufferings, and a happy issue out of all their afflictions. And this we beg for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.” – Book of Common Prayer
Pictures from Time Magazine.
Last Sunday was a most special day at Kagay-an Reformed Church as we celebrated God’s love and grace in Christ for His covenant children, specifically for Lovely Rian Eve, daughter of our brother Bryan Ranalan and his wife Mighty Love. There was and still is much rejoicing and thanksgiving in our hearts. We give all the praise and glory to God our Savior and King.
Please continue praying for our church family here in Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines.
Lord’s Day 48
Question #123: What is the second petition [of the Lord’s Prayer]?
Answer: Your kingdom come. That is: So rule us by Your Word and Spirit that more and more we submit to You. Preserve and increase Your church. Destroy the works of the devil, every power that raises itself against You, and every conspiracy against Your holy Word. Do all this until the fullness of Your kingdom comes, wherein You shall be all in all.
I am thankful to have been given the opportunity to visit, listen to and offer words of comfort to the bereft loved ones of Philippine National Police-Special Action Force personnel who died in what is called the “Mamasapano Carnage” (http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/focus/01/30/15/fallen-44).
Let us continue to remember to pray for all the wives, children parents, siblings and relatives left behind.
I am deeply encouraged to learn that our partner church of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in the Middle East continues to study and benefit from our Online Bible Training Program. The message on the picture that they sent to me yesterday says,
Thank you Pastor Melo for teaching us online about “Covenant relationship with God.” God Bless you and your ministry. Amen! God bless all the Covenant keepers! Amen!
Praise the Lord!
After Baguio, we spent a day partying with our Melo family in our clan’s native town, Masantol in the province of Pampanga. It was a combo celebration: a despida for our cousins from the U.S. and my youngest Rosh’s 6th birthday!
What can I say?
It’s more fun deng kapampangan! :)
To view more pictures, visit my Facebook albums here and here.
Right before Christmas, dear cousins from the U.S. treated us to 3 days of unforgettable mega fun in our nation’s Christmas capital, Baguio. It was our kids’ first time, and they had a blast!
To view more pictures, visit my Facebook album here.
Praise the Lord!
By the Lord’s grace and work, our month-long outreach in Iligan City, Mindanao, Philippines, is advancing. Last Saturday, we continued our studies on the following core, essential doctrines/teachings of the Christian faith:
- The Bible is the inerrant, infallible, authoritative Word of God for faith and life.
- There is one God in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- Jesus Christ is 100% God and 100% man.
- Salvation is by faith alone.
Session #5 will be conducted this coming Saturday. Lord willing, we will hold our first worship service there in a week or two.
Please pray that the Holy Spirit would continue to cause these precious ones to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus.