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Weekly message from Neighborhood Church: See good – do good

Psalms 37:3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.

About a month ago, our church took a team to help a faith-based nonprofit show kindness to refugees on the island of Lesvos, Greece. It was a great time. Each day we were able to bless, encourage, help, show kindness, and do good to people who have found themselves in a refugee situation. These displaced people have been through much difficulty. It was an honor to help and bring a bit of goodness into their life. Doing good is a good thing. Many articles express benefits of doing good. Doing good decreases stress, brings on better physical health, infuses a positive outlook, increases happiness, promotes mental health, and some articles say it makes us more attractive! Doing good is a good thing. It also helps us move out of or keep us from a victim mentality. That mindset where we blame others, believe the world is against us, run from responsibility, and take on an entitlement stance where we feel we are owed much. Seeing good and doing good can help us not to slip into that attitude.

These days it’s rare to see and hear of people and companies doing good. One of the reasons is because bad news and fostering that victim mentality is both popular and attracts followers on both social media and mainstream media. Yet there is good happening all around us. I found this fun website all about good people doing good things, goodnewsnetwork.org.

God encourages us to be those good people doing good.

Galatians 6:9-10 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

2 Thessalonians 3:13 As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good.

Hebrews 13:16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

So, let’s be people who see good and do good. It will change our world and maybe even you!

Church can be a great place to encourage us to do good. If you do not already have a church to attend, we would like to invite you to view or visit Neighborhood Church. We are a welcoming church and would love for you to connect with us! Our website has all the information you need for times and locations of all our Sunday gatherings. 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.

Looking for good and seeking to do good along with you,

Mike McKay, Lead Pastor of Neighborhood Church

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