RUSH OF FOOLS

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RUSH OF FOOLS

Rush of Fools is a Christian rock/contemporary Christian music band from Alabama, U.S. They are known for their 2007 hit single "Undo", co-written with producer Scott Davis, which was the most played song of 2007 on Adult Contemporary Christian Music radio stations according to R&R magazine.[1] It was the No. 1 Christian song for five consecutive weeks from June 4 to July 2, 2007 on 20 The Countdown Magazine's charts. Their second single "When Our Hearts Sing" was the seventh most played song of 2007.[1] The band's name was taken from the Biblical passage, 1 Corinthians 1:26-31.

The band's second album, Wonder of the World, was released on September 16, 2008. It features their hit song "Lose it All".

For their third album, the band changed to the record label eOne Christian Music. The album is titled We Once Were and was released on September 27, 2011. The lead single, "Grace Found Me" was released June 24, 2011.

StoneBridge is excited to have Rush of Fools with us on April 30, 2017, 10 AM! The band will lead our hearts in worship starting at 10 AM and going no later than 10:45 AM. After the worship set I (Pastor Jason Sheffstall) will be the main speaker for the day; encouraging our guests to look to Jesus for the answers to life's biggest problems. After the short talk, Rush of Fools will come back up for another 30 minutes or so to conclude our worship set for the day. 

After the worship gathering, everyone is invited to stick around for lunch. This is a big day for our church! it is our Friends and Family Day. John and Ynita Swomley will also be with us painting faces and developing creative balloon arts for the kids! We will have our annual Cornhole tournament, as well as, many kid-friendly games in the parking lot of the Morgantown Commons. Be prepared to invite a friend and come on out! We'd love to see you!

I am excited to inform all of you that the many StoneBridgers who are coming to this event are looking for more volunteers to lead their teams. If you can clean, serve food, direct people in the parking lot, that would be much appreciated! Have a great day!

 

Serving Him,

 

Jason Sheffstall

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EASTER SERVICES - APRIL 16, 2017 - 8:30 AM & 10 AM

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EASTER SERVICES - APRIL 16, 2017 - 8:30 AM & 10 AM

EASTER SERVICES AT STONEBRIDGE

I am so excited to celebrate Easter services this coming Sunday! Last year, we broke an attendance record with a total of 277 people present in two services. This year, we are praying for God to exceed our expectations and help us break another record, but most importantly, we desire to see lives changed by the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ!

We have been promoting Easter at the Mall, on Billboards, Social Media and on Invite Cards. The most effective way to get new people to attend StoneBridge is for OUR  people to personally invite their friends, family, and even their frenemies to worship with us on EasterHave you taken time out of your schedule this week to invite someone to church with you? I have been inviting strangers, as well as neighbors to be our guest at StoneBridge Baptist Church. Our two services will take place on Sunday, April 16, 2017 at 8:30 am and 10 am! I hope to see you there!

 

 

 

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Are You Ready For 2017?

Fireworks. Celebrations. Kissing. Dick Clark, well, it used to be Dick Clark, but now it's Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest. All of these things cause a deep sense of nostalgia for those of us who grew up in the last several decades. 

We remember the times that we have sat in awe as we watched the giant ball (over New York City)  drop to bring in the New Year. And with each New Year we get another chance to start over! Possibly to start over with our relationships, finances, health, work, and God. 

If you feel like there are areas in your life that you are ready to drop (like a bad habit), then, why not join us this Sunday as we begin a brand new series entitled: GET FIT! It's time to Get Fit in all of these areas so that we can be both productive and effective for our Savior. 

If you have yet to begin a relationship with Jesus, then, let me encourage you to look to the cross. Jesus stands ready to intercede for you (on your behalf) so that you can begin a relationship with God through the Lord Jesus Christ. Simply, repent of your sins and call on Jesus to save you!

If you do this, this is the FIRST STEP in being ready for 2017!

May God bless you!

Pastor Jason Sheffstall

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How To Change The World In 3 Easy Steps

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How To Change The World In 3 Easy Steps

1.) Lavish the love of Christ on the next person you encounter.

We most often think of “changing the world” in numerical terms. Sold out stadiums, seven digit bank accounts, at least 20,000 Twitter followers. Something big and brash and bold.

Before we accept this as the standard model for world change, we need to consider God’s strategy for global revolution. Jesus didn’t go out seeking large crowds and celebrity status.

He began and grew His entire ministry by loving one person at a time.  

At any moment He wanted, Jesus could have called down fire from Heaven bright enough for the whole world to see, commanded all the nations to come and worship Him, and they would have come.

Instead, He stopped and had lunch with a vertically-challenged, tax collector who was spying on Him from a tree. Got down in the dirt to give sight to a lone blind man. Stopped a procession of thousands to speak to a single, unclean woman. Went out of His way to encounter the town harlot at the community well. Wrapped Himself in a towel and washed one pair of stinky, disciple, feet at a time.

If He wanted to, Jesus could have healed entire crowds at once with a whisper, or a single nod of His head. Instead, He beckoned the sick and the dying to come and encounter Him one by one.

Why?  We serve an intensely personal God whose goal is to establish an intensely personal relationship with us. Jesus didn’t die for the concept of changing the “whole world.” He died to change you, and me, and your hair dresser, and the man stuck in front of you in traffic, and the woman taking forever to use her food stamps at Walmart.

What if we understood what Jesus understood--

We change the world when we change one person. 

Heaven throws a party not when we gain a bigger audience, but whenever a single lost soul crosses the threshold from darkness to light, and becomes a child of God.

Individual PEOPLE are the big deal to God.

If you wanna go big, start “small.” What if the biggest, bravest, thing you could do for the world was to show Jesus to the next person you encounter, even if you get no recognition for it?

2) Lavish the love of Christ on the next person you encounter.

Admit it. You’re kind of disappointed that point two is the same as point one. Perhaps you were looking for something more exciting, adventurous.

Understand that God is not asking you to shrink the size or scope of your dreams for changing the worldHe is simply asking that they take a different shape. 

Rather than looking like a faceless globe, charity project, or one million hits on youtube, let your dream take the shape of the people God has placed in your life.

Ambitious Christians quickly fall into the trap of disillusionment when our plans for making a difference fail to reach more than a handful of people. Our enthusiasm withers as we discover that hardly anyone wants to read our blog posts, listen to our music, or help enact our grand ideas.

We might be devastated, but rest assured that God is not. Perhaps He is simply holding back the floodgates until we grow to understand what is most important.

Only when we make loving people a priority, can God begin to use us in the “big” ways He intends. 

We will NEVER outgrow our calling to love people. Our individual giftings are merely outlets meant to be used to love people better.

The next time you feel frustrated that you don’t have a current platform to reach millions, remember you have something much more precious--you have the people around you. 

3) Repeat Steps 1-2 Indefinitely.

You know you saw this coming.

God’s plan for changing the world hasn’t evolved since Jesus left. He is an excellent Strategist. His call to love selflessly, which was originally given to 12 people, has turned into a global phenomenon that now includes over 2 billion followers.

We are mistaken, however, if we believe this means that we can leave the responsibility of spreading His message to a handful of “super” Christians. His plan for touching and transforming individual souls only works when Christians everywhere choose to actively participate in this strategy of loving on one person at a time. 

The whole system crumbles when we choose to leave the hard work up to other people, or try to skip over this “small” business of loving people for more glamorous forms of ministry.

If you are in Christ, God has placed a supernatural line up of people in your path who are in need of His touch. Can you imagine what would happen if Christians across the globe began to take seriously the call to love their little corner of the Kingdom into life? 

...I think we could change the world.  

Even the gates of hell wouldn’t stand against us.

How will you change the world todayWho will you love? 

Please like and SHARE if this was inspiring to you! :)

FURTHER RESOURCES:

  1. Jesus' call to love others' selflessly-John 13:1-1734

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Whatever...

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Whatever...

"Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people." -Colossians 3:23 (NLT)

 

What you do matters! People are constantly watching how we respond to others. They are looking at our work ethic, and they are examining our social media sites to see if they can find the Jesus that we so often promote! 

 

Let us work diligently and willingly. We must remember that ultimately our work is for the Lord! When we understand that God has a plan for each of our lives, and part of that plan is to see lives changed. When we understand God's greater vision for people is to see them partner with Him and add value to others; our lives will experience true joy! 

 

Have a great weekend!

Jason Sheffstall, Lead Pastor

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ARE YOU RUNNING ON EMPTY?

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ARE YOU RUNNING ON EMPTY?

Proverbs 11:25 (NLT) says,

 

The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.

 

This past Tuesday morning Pastor Kyle Hamlin and I were blessed with some great fellowship among our I-79 Corridor Pastors. We traveled to Washington, PA to spend some time with Pastors Aaron Johnson, Jonathan Woodring, Todd Calaway, Scott Bates, Russell Knight and our honorary member, Brother Richard "Woody" Woodruff. These men have truly helped me over the years to remain steadfast in the faith, as well as remaining on the wall (of ministry) when I want to come down.

 

Friendships that we share in this life are so vital to our spiritual well-being. If you do not have a group of people to refresh you when you're tired, then, you're likely to fall off the wagon of ministry. Let me encourage you to be the kind of friend that refreshes others. The writer of this Proverb said that the generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.

 

Our church has been truly blessed this year with new people, new church members, and new family members. As of September 6, 2015, we have had 141 first time guests at StoneBridge. We have baptized twenty-three people so far, and have added several new members to our family. We pray for God's continual blessings to flow through our body as we seek to share His love with the people of Morgantown and the world in such a way that they have the best opportunity to become fully developing followers of Jesus Christ.

 

May God bless you as you REFRESH others!

Pastor Jason Sheffstall

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Alpha Summer Course

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Alpha Summer Course

What is Alpha? It’s a course on the fundamentals of Christian faith shared by all Biblical churches where people can feel comfortable and safe to ask questions about anything.

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Make The Ask

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Make The Ask

The other day I was visiting a restaurant in Morgantown and had an opportunity to invite a young lady to our church. This was not an unusual act for me, because I usually invite people to worship with us at StoneBridge! 

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5 Stones

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5 Stones

This coming Sunday we begin a brand new series entitled: 5 STONES. These five stones represent the story and life of David. David's story began in the sheep field; the field prepared David for the throne room. 

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Anticipating a favorable outcome

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Anticipating a favorable outcome

Sunday was another day of Snow. When we left church there was two or three inches of snow that had already fallen. There were a couple of times while traveling up a few hills that we were not able to make it. 

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Better than I deserve

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Better than I deserve

It's good to be alive! I truly appreciate all of you for praying for me during this week's bout of sinusitis. I laid in bed most of the week due to a headache, sore throat, fever, achy body and all the other extras that go along with not feeling well...

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Core Values Are Important

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Core Values Are Important

Core Values are an important part of any organization. If you look at companies who are thriving, you have to examine their Core Values or Philosophy of Ministry to locate some of their secrets to success.

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