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LAKEVIEW MISSIONARY CHURCH

Weekly Update for December 8, 2021

GOD’S TRANSFORMATION

When I became a Christian at the age of twenty-two I started studying my Bible, regularly attending church, and spent time with other Christians. Those activities started to change my thinking and behavior. I didn’t realize it a first, but my mind was being transformed by God.
            Paul told the believers in Rome, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:2, NASB).
            The instruction to “not be conformed to this world” is something all Christians must heed. The world’s entertainment, advertisements, and sports all direct our attention anywhere other than God. (I’m not saying those things are terrible and that we shouldn’t participate in them, but they often direct our attention away from God.)
            Instead Paul tells us to “be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” The word “transformed” here is a continual process of change from the inside out. The same Greek word is used in Matthew 17:2 when Jesus took Peter, James, and John to a mountain and Jesus “was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light” (emphasis added). Paul tells us we need to be completely changed and in effect be reprogrammed to think and act differently.
            The best way I know to “be transformed” is by memorizing Scripture. It can be hard to memorize Scripture if there is no context for it or need, therefore to successfully memorize Scripture you must incorporate it into your life. For example, I have always struggled with not feeling important and valuable. I have been trying to memorize Ephesians 1:4-7. Every time I feel discouraged and not important I recite those verses as a reminder that my worth comes from God, not from how others treat me or from the ministry I do as a pastor.
            Scripture memory can help us with various situations we face. Perhaps you know you need to reconcile a relationship with someone but find it difficult to restore the relationship. Consider memorizing Romans 12:18. Or you feel that you are being spiritually attacked, then you need to memorize Ephesians 6:12. If there are people you find yourself constantly judging and you want to stop, then memorize Philippians 3:9. Maybe you want to talk to people about God, but you aren’t sure how to share the Gospel, then memorize Romans 10:9-10.
            Are we being “conformed” or “transformed?” I hope and pray we can memorize Scripture and be transformed because it is the “will of God . . . which is good and acceptable and perfect.”    
Pastor Christopher 

PRAYER REQUESTS
-Church missionaries: Nickel, Futch Family, and Tice Family
-Marci and her recovery
-Judy's sister, Orma
-Denny's comfort and strength
-First responders in our city, county, and nation. 
-Persecuted church in the world
-For Judy's health and recovery
-Strength for those battling depression as the holidays arrive
-For Nancy's son, Joey
-Joe and Judy who both are sick
-For Connie's brother, Bill, with health issues
-Rueben and his family as he recovers from COVID
-Family of Paul Harder 
-Healing for Kendra's mom, Vicki
ANNOUNCEMENTS
-Church Potluck, December 12. Please bring a dish to share and enjoy some food and fellowship after the service.
-Church Board Nominations. If you would like to nominate someone please make sure he or she is a church member and is willing to serve. The nominations committee consists of Shirley Scott, Carolyn Schell, and Pastor Christopher.
-Christmas Eve Service, 3pm. Join us as we sing Christmas carols and celebrate the birth of our savior Jesus Christ.
-Annual Church Business Meeting, January 30. Details coming soon. 
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LAKEVIEW MISSIONARY CHURCH
810 S. Evergreen Dr.
Moses Lake, WA 98837
509-765-5270
www.LakeviewMissionaryChurch.com

Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE, © Copyright The Lockman Foundation 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995. Used by permission.

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