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Weekly message from Neighborhood Church: Together is better

Ecclesiastes 4:9 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil.

The Marvel Avengers have been a great source of entertainment from comics to cartoons, to movies, to toys, to action figures, to costumes, to merchandise, to the new Avengers Campus at Disneyland. It has been so fun to learn of characters like Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, Arrow, Spiderman, Hulk, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Vision, and more. We love to see them battle evil and overcome their personal issues. But one lesson that we can learn from the Avengers is found in the phrase ‘ONE is better than one.’ It’s the idea that a team that is together and unified is better than one individual. Especially if it is against some evil out there. To be ONE or together takes setting aside ego and wanting things done our distinctive way. Being ONE involves trust, both earning trust and being willing to trust others, because together is better.

Solomon, the wisest person who ever lived, besides Jesus, said this about togetherness:

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

The Bible has a lot to say about togetherness, for together is better.

Proverbs 27:17 Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.

Hebrews 10:24-25 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

Psalms 133:1 Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!

The Bible also instructs us on how to gain togetherness. For together is better.

Colossians 3:12-14 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these, put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

The word, ‘put on’ means to clothe yourself. So, togetherness is found as we take the initiative to intentionally dress ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness (power under control), patience, bearing with one another, forgiveness, and love. Wow – that’s quite a wardrobe! Which one of these qualities could you dress up in today? It will enhance your togetherness with others.

ONE is better than one, for together is better. Too much through this pandemic we have been isolated and alone. Maybe it’s time to take the initiative and be intentional with doing those things that bring on togetherness. What could you do?

Attending church and being involved with the people at church is a great place to foster togetherness. If you don’t already have a church, you regularly attend, we would like to invite you to view or visit Neighborhood Church. Our websitehas all the information you need for times and locations of all our Sunday gatherings. We would love for you to join in. You can also find us online at neighborhoodchurch.com. As well, if you would like to view any of our past worship gatherings or videos, visit our YouTube channel, or just search Neighborhood Church Cypress or Neighborhood Church Los Alamitos on their YouTube site.

Seeking togetherness along with you,

Mike