Keep Your Eye On the Comic Book


Community-Building: Cooperation


Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.

Ecclesiastes 4:9

Two people are better than one. They can help each other in everything they do.


Excellence and productivity are a natural result of healthy community, dynamic collaboration, and energizing teamwork. (Al Hsu,

Some people choose Ecclesiastes 4:9 for a wedding verse. And it is a good one. Instead of one, there are now two to share the joys and challenges of living. But this verse has more applications than just marriage. In life, two people are better than one: writers need other writers to help them shape their work; architects need other architects to help them perfect their design; parents need other parents to give advice and assurance, etc. The input of a variety of people will inevitably make a project better than it could be with the ideas of only one person.

The same is true for following Jesus. There is no such thing as a Lone Ranger Christian. Christians need other Christians to learn, to encourage, to bless, to admonish, and to love and be loved. Parents can demonstrate this in their own lives with friendships, church membership, and service projects. When we serve together we can accomplish more than if we serve alone. Parents can teach this by giving their children tasks they must cooperate with each other to accomplish.

Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their labor:

If they fall down,
they can help each other up.
But pity those who fall
and have no one to help them p!

Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
But how can one keep warm alone?

Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.


How well did you listen to the story?

Q. What comic book did Morrie, Scooter, and Liz buy together?
A. Mutant Lizard

Q. Where did they hide it?
A. In the Kids Corner clubhouse.

Q. Who did they think took it?
A. Skink, Spike, or Teddy.

Q. Who did it turn out to be?
A. Mr. Clumptoes.

Q. Who solved the mystery?
A. Lucille.


This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.


Why can’t we be Lone Ranger Christians?


While some people may prefer to be lone disciples, that is not how God designed human beings or the community of Christians that we call the Church. When Jesus was on earth he had companions who supported him, were trained by him, and helped him in his ministry (Luke 8:1-3). Jesus said that our witness to the world would be our love for each other (John 13:35). After Jesus returned to heaven believers met together and shared their resources (Acts 2:42-47). The writer of Hebrews uses the phrase “let us” to encourage Christians to grow and serve together (Hebrews 10:23-25).


How can you cooperate with your brothers and sisters to accomplish a project this week? Maybe you can work out a plan for putting away your toys, or helping with after dinner clean up. Or, maybe you can make a gift for your parents—something that you think up and make together. Whatever it is, practice cooperation at home this week.
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