What is the Top Priority in Your Life?

You need to decide what comes first in your life…..

A devotion by Ann Elaine Broughton

“You shall have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3 NIV)

It seems as if there are many distractions now in our lives that can take top priority instead of doing God’s will. It is very easy to let activities take over our lives so that anything related to God gets put on the back burner. It is time for you to reflect on what takes up most of your time and thoughts. Is God still the one you are giving top priority to in all you do?

I am reading a wonderful book called Gods At War: Defeating the Idols that Battle for Your Heart by Kyle Idleman. It is a very convicting book. It makes you face what is first in your life and really take a look at how much time you spend doing things like: scrolling Facebook, playing video games, watching tv, checking the internet,  or even letting your work take up most of your time. Is something taking up so much of your time that you are neglecting serving the Lord in a way that He wants you to? Has something else taken first place in your thoughts other than the Lord? Are you obsessing over something that can be very harmful to you? Has something taken up so much of your time that you are neglecting reading the Bible and praying? These are all pretty difficult questions, but need to be asked so you can stop some pretty harmful behaviors.
Jesus said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37 NIV). God does not want you to have any idols in your life that you worship over Him. He wants to be number one in your life. So you need to decide what comes first in your life and if it isn’t God, you need to take some time praying about that. Then make the changes you need to make to draw closer to Him and do His will.

Dear Lord,

It is very easy to get so busy that we forget to put you first in our lives. Help us to truly take stock of the time we spend on unnecessary things and commit ourselves to stop putting these things first instead of you.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen

Church News for Sunday, June 17, 2018

Rev. Susan Kronbach will share from Matthew 5:1-12 – “Living in God’s Ways”

Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist

Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist will celebrate the 4th Sunday after Pentecost and Father’s Day on June 17, with worship beginning at 10:15 a.m.  Rev. Susan Kronbach will preach “Living in God’s Ways!” from Matthew 5:1-12.  Sunday School for adults and youth (middle school and older) is held at 9:15 a.m.; Sunday School for children is off for the summer.  Please plan to join us as you are able.

Other activities at the church this week include Women of Faith on Thursday, June 21, at 9:00 a.m. at the Iron Skillet Restaurant.

We will be observing Father’s Day by honoring our fathers, by birth or by choice, with gifts to the Church World Service “Tools of Hope” project, and then sharing in “Donuts for Dads” after worship.

Bairdstown United Methodist Church

The Bairdstown United Methodist Church will celebrate the 4th Sunday after Pentecost and Father’s Day on June 17, with worship beginning at 9:15 a.m.  Rev. Susan Kronbach will share from Matthew 5:1-12 – “Living in God’s Ways”  Sunday School class is held immediately following worship.  Please plan to join us as you are able!

 

St. Luke’s (NB) and St. John’s (McC) Lutheran Church News

Pastor Ralph Mineo will share a message “Renewed Day After Day” …….

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, North Baltimore

Sunday, June 10, Pastor Ralph Mineo will share a message “Renewed Day After Day” based on 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in North Baltimore at 10:15 a.m.

Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:00 a.m.

St. John’s Lutheran Church, McComb

Sunday, June 10, Pastor Ralph Mineo will share a message “Renewed Day After Day” based on 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in McComb at 8:00 a.m. A joint adult Sunday School class with the McComb United Methodist Church begins at 9:15 a.m.

Church News for Sunday, June 10, 2018

Rev. Susan Kronbach will preach “Be the Church!” ….

Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist

Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist will celebrate the 3rd Sunday after Pentecost on June 10, with worship beginning at 10:15 a.m.  Rev. Susan Kronbach will preach “Be the Church!” from Matthew 16:13-18.  Sunday School for adults and youth (middle school and older) is held at 9:15 a.m.; Sunday School for children is off for the summer.  Please plan to join us as you are able.

Bairdstown United Methodist Church

The Bairdstown United Methodist Church will celebrate the 3rd Sunday after Pentecost on June 3, with worship beginning at 9:15 a.m.  Rev. Susan Kronbach will share from Matthew 16:13-18 and Acts 4:32-35 – “Be the Church!”  Sunday School class is held immediately following worship, after which we will gather for fellowship dinner at noon.  Please plan to join us as you are able!

 

 

 

 

NB Food Pantry Needs Some Help

The North Baltimore Community Food Pantry is a ministry facilitated by The Bridge in cooperation with the North Baltimore Area Cooperative Ministry (Good Shepherd, Holy Family, St. James, St. Luke’s, & Praise Chapel); other local churches (Basic Truth & Church of Christ); other organizations (The Boy Scouts, NB Schools, Briar Hill & Millstream Credit Union), plus other local citizens. The list continues to grow.

The Food Pantry is open Tuesday’s and Friday’s through the 17th of each month. The hours are Tuesday’s from 6:00 – 7:30 pm and Friday from 9:00 – 11:00 am.

No appointment necessary!

Closed for Level 2 snow emergencies and up.

The Food Pantry is located on the corner of East Broadway and North Tarr Street in Downtown NB (123 E. Broadway – in  the rear). Call 419-857-8177 for info.

The Bridge website

CURRENT NEEDS:  We are always low on Fruits (peaches, pears and fruit cocktail), Canned meats (tuna, chicken, beef, etc), Spaghetti sauce and spaghetti, soup (chicken noodle and Tomato), Laundry soap and Dish Soap.

“Are You Content? ” A Devotion by Ann Elaine Broughton

It is possible to learn how to be content. Pray that God will give you the strength to carry on during the tests in life……

“I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all things through him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:11-13 NIV)

Are you content? Can you say you have been content in every situation? It sounds impossible doesn’t it? But according to Paul contentment can be learned. Let’s review the different situations Paul is referring to. “I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again.” ( 2 Corinthians 11:23 NIV).

This is only the beginning of a long list of things Paul endured as a servant of Christ, but yet said he was content.No matter what your circumstances are, I’m thinking they couldn’t compare to the hardships of Paul, and he learned to be content. I believe he wrote all of these down to encourage us. If he could find strength in God to help him through all these tough times, we too can ask God to help us and be assured that He will come to our aid. The reason Paul could do all things through Christ who gave him strength was because he gave his all to the cause of Christ. He surrendered all of his life to doing the Lord’s will and the Lord helped him to be content. He trusted in Jesus to give him peace.

Jesus said …”Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you, I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27 NIV).   No matter what our circumstances are we can know that we can have the peace that Jesus spoke of as long as we surrender everything into His hands. It is possible to learn how to be content. Pray that God will give you the strength to carry on during the tests in life. Rest in His love and feel His peace envelop you. Take time out of your busy day to just concentrate on His peace.

Dear Lord, Help us to be like Paul and learn how to be content in all circumstances. We know that you can give us peace that the world cannot give. In the midst of our busy lives, help us to take time to just bask in your love and find peace.

In Jesus’ name, Amen

Church news for Sunday, June 3, 2018

Rev. Susan Kronbach will share from Psalm 139:1-10 – “Be You!”

Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist

Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist will celebrate the 2nd Sunday after Pentecost on June 3, with worship beginning at 10:15 a.m.  Rev. Susan Kronbach will preach “Be You!” from Psalm 139:1-10.  Sunday School for adults and youth (middle school and older) is held at 9:15 a.m.; Sunday School for children is off for the summer.  Please plan to join us as you are able.

We will also be celebrating with our graduates this Sunday – hearing about their dreams and offering them our blessings!

Bairdstown United Methodist Church

The Bairdstown United Methodist Church will celebrate the 2nd Sunday after Pentecost on June 3, with worship beginning at 9:15 a.m.  Rev. Susan Kronbach will share from Psalm 139:1-10 – “Be You!”  Sunday School class is held immediately following worship.  Please plan to join us as you are able!

 

St. Luke’s and St. John’s Lutheran Church Worship News

Sunday, June 3, Pastor Ralph Mineo will share a message “We Have This Treasure”……..

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, North Baltimore

Sunday, June 3, we celebrate our graduates. Pastor Ralph Mineo will share a message “We Have This Treasure” based on 2 Corinthians 4:5-12 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in North Baltimore at 10:15 a.m. A reception celebrating our grads will follow worship.

Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:00 a.m.

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St. John’s Lutheran Church, McComb

Sunday, June 3, Pastor Ralph Mineo will share a message “We Have This Treasure” based on 2 Corinthians 4:5-12 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in McComb at 8:00 a.m. A joint adult Sunday School class with the McComb United Methodist Church begins at 9:15 a.m.