Enok My Brother

Patrick Melson on November 24, 2015

I waited for pigs to cross the road before turning into Hosana’s driveway.  Waving children lined the fence, most smiling and laughing, a few distracted by others I couldn’t see.  Hosana Baptist Church is nestled along a ridge in the Asaro valley, about fifty minutes from the Bible College, if it wasn’t raining.  The last 10-15 minutes snake and climb over dirt and clay, with two creeks and wooden bridges.  It was dry so I did not have to use 4-wheel drive.     I could see Pastor Abol standing and talking with a group of people in the distance.  He...

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Pulled Over

Patrick Melson on July 3, 2014

I was glad the policeman pulled me over.  It was 11:30 p.m., nearing the end of June 8th, which by my reckoning was 54 hours long.  We have been moving, so after church in the morning we drove the 40 minutes back to the old house, running up and down the stairs, moving furniture, vacuuming, packing boxes, cleaning and scrubbing followed by scrubbing and cleaning, packing boxes, vacuuming, stairs, loading the van, driving 30 minutes to the new place, unloading the van by about 10:00 p.m., but by then, who cares?  I was returning to our new place after a...

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Songs in the Night

Patrick Melson on September 23, 2013

Thanks to my brothers in the boy's dorm at GBBC, who sang these words of encouragement last night. They were having dorm devotions, and their voices carried these words of truth, beautiful words and melody to my hurting heart. (It also happens to be one of my favorite Pidgin songs based on the English "I don't know about tomorrow.") There is something powerful in Christian voices singing about the hope we have in Christ! Mi no save long tumora; mi wokabaut long tude. Mi no wari long ol traim; Jisas helpim mi long prea. Bihain mi ken go long heven,...

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Sermon Organization: Eating a Whole Cow!

Patrick Melson on March 22, 2012

In the preaching class I taught the other day, we were discussing the need for organization in the sermon, how it was important to have structure, variety, order and even short breaks in your message.  The Scriptures themselves have order and structure, the authors followed conventional rules of language and writing; thoughts were written in sentences, extended into paragraphs, organized in minor and major headings, bound together in individual books.  Not to mention the obvious "The mind can only absorb what the seat can endure."  The sermon has parts, I explained, so that its thoughts, one at a time, can be understood and absorbed.  No one...

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Life Goes on Whether the Witchdoctor Comes or Not

Patrick Melson on December 5, 2011

Pray still, a village meeting is scheduled for December 6th, but it probably will not be the final one. The sorcery accusations against our Christian brother Kure are still ongoing, "that he killed another Christian young man Lalo by working poison (sorcery) on him by looking at him in the mirror while they were together in our clinic ambulance."  Let me get this straight, you're thinking, they are claiming one Christian killed another Christian using sorcery while they both were engaged in a clinic ministry helping sick people get to the hospital?  That's correct, and "No, it doesn't make sense to a Christian."...

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