Be the Light!

John 1:4
In him was life, and the life was the light of men.

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I am discovering more and more just how God can use YOUR story to add value to others lives. He can and will use your story to encourage, strengthen, and inspire others when you live a life fully devoted to him. My wife and I are currently on a much needed vacation. Our prayer even before we left was that God would use us to add value to other peoples lives while he added rest to ours. Man, has he given us opportunity after opportunity. 

We have been blessed, so therefore we worship Him for it. And as a result, it draws people. People want to know why we are the way we are and there is the doorway. The opportunity to share the Gospel and His goodness. To share how we do not just praise Him for when things are good. But how because we stand firm and praise Him when things are not so good, He rewards His children. He gives us hope. He gives us rest. 

I look forward to sharing these stories with all of you soon, but they are still being written with those people we have been given the opportunity to encourage, strengthen, and inspire with the gospel. So stay tuned in and ask God to use your story to add value to those people you come in contact with every single day!

Dan Ousley - Worship Leader - Stonebridge Baptist Church



What a great weekend! I am so thankful to our Praise and Worship Team for leading us in worship on Saturday night! We had a great turn out and people really seemed to enjoy themselves. 

Then, on Sunday, we celebrated together by roasting a Pig. We had approximately 160 people that attended the Pig Roast at Dorsey's Knob Pavilion. Special thanks to Dan Ousley for smokin' the Pig and for the amazing background music of Steve Mathess and Joe Hehnly. A good time was had by all! Oh, and by the way, Double J won the Cornhole Tournament. Who is Double J? Well, that would be none other than "Yours Truly" and Jason Turak. =)

This month (October) opened up (for me) with a little fender bender. I pulled out onto Earl Core Road on Monday night and rammed a '98 Chevy S10 pickup truck. Thankfully, everyone was okay, but my pride was hurt. Honestly, I was a little bummed, but it gave me an opportunity to share Jesus and invite three young men to our church (two from the vehicle and the young police officer). This may be one of the most expensive witnessing opportunities that I have ever had in my life. =) I'd like to thank several of our StoneBridgers for stopping by the wreck to make sure that I was okay. In a matter of seconds, I had four people stop to make sure that I was alright. It reminded me of the support and love that I have from our community. It also reminded me that Jesus never lets us go at it alone, even in the midst of our trials. 

I love you all!

Jason Sheffstall - Lead Pastor - StoneBridge Baptist Church



He is our Father!

We had a night totally focused on worshiping our God this past Saturday. I was totally blown away by how God moved in individuals. Standing on stage as I looked into the crowd of people, I was overwhelmed watching people worship. Even more so, as I scanned the room, I witnessed my youngest son, all of 10 years old completely focused on worship. His eyes closed, his arms stretched out, singing his face off. I have never seen him do that before. And in an instant, I was overcome with emotion. Thankfulness, gratitude, humility, & joy. My boy, worshipping the true and living God with reckless abandon. 

My thoughts quickly went to how God must feel when he sees his children worship Him in truth. I think I caught a glimpse of it. I think I felt just a little bit of what He must experience when the people He gave His life for, give Him the praise and adoration He so deserves. If you're a parent, you must know what it is like when your child looks at you with admiring eyes and gives you tender and loving embraces. Well I really think that is exactly what God feels when we give Him our all in worship and by how we live our lives devoted to Him.   

Dan Ousley - Worship Leader - StoneBridge Baptist Church



Cross the Street

Something Pastor Russell Knight said a couple weeks ago when he was with us, has stuck with me. A very simple phrase, command, or mandate. It was not deeply profound or said eloquently with big words. It was not particularly moving or something that necessarily hit you in the gut when he said it. It was just very simple.

He shared a very simple story about this one phrase. Reaching out to another person when you see a need. Moving out of your comfort zone in order to add value to another person’s life. Often, too often in this life, we tend to look inwardly and not outwardly. We get busy, run down, burned out, & grow tired. We tend to focus on what others are not giving us instead of focusing on what we can give to other people.

“Cross the Street”. That was the phrase. So this week I want you to ask yourself, “How can I cross the street this week”? Crossing the street to add value to other people, your family, and your church draws all of us to a place of thanksgiving and humility. It’s not just about doing good, but it’s about who you are doing good for. Crossing the street, draws me to a place of worship to a God who has counted me worthy enough to do good things despite all the wrong I have done in my past. To be a worker in His ministry. Adding value to others with the Gospel adds value to mine.

I end with this. It’s the last line of one of our favorite songs here at StoneBridge. “Bear your cross (cross the street) as you wait for the crown. Tell the world of the treasure you found”.

Dan Ousley - Worship Leader - StoneBridge Baptist Church



What do you do, when you don't know what to do?

Dear Friend,


 So, what DO you do when you don't know what to do? This is a question that so many people have asked since the beginning of Adam and Eve's fall. When Adam chose to disobey God, he realized that he was naked and his eyes were open to his spiritual state. 

So, what did he do next? 


He immediately found leaves to cover his nakedness and decided that he and Eve would hide from the Lord as He made His way through The Garden of Eden. 

One of the problems with making it up as you go along, is that it often lends to trouble. When we "fake it until we make it"; we usually realize (before too long) that this mentality usually doesn't work out too well for us. 

So, what should we do? 


Prayer is vital to knowing what we should or shouldn't do. Not only should we spend time talking to the Lord, but we should spend time in talking to wise counselors. Don't talk to people who will tell you what you want to hear, talk with people who will give you the genuine "skinny" on whatever it is you are trying to find the answer to. Then, you should patiently wait on the Lord to reveal Himself to you through the circumstances around you. When you start to see a pattern of things happening (most of the time you'll never be 100% about the decisions) you start to move toward your answer. 


Once you make the decision you may find out that you made the wrong decision. If this happens, don't cry over spilled milk, simply move forward to make the situation as positive as you possibly can. If you are walking in faith, the Lord will see you through and HE WILL FINISH HIS perfect work in you!

Jason Sheffstall - Lead Pastor - StoneBridge Baptist Church





1 John 1:3-4

We proclaim to you what we ourselves have actually seen and heard so that you may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We are writing these things so that you may fully share our joy..

Definition of Fellowship: The quality or state of being comradely meaningful communication for building trust and fellowship. The whole point of fellowship with others is to build each-other up. To support one another, and to give of your self for the betterment of your fellow man/ woman.

I would be able to talk to you for hours about this, because fellowship is what helped bring me out of the darkness. God used the fellowship of others to affirm and demonstrate the power of His word in my life. Fellowship is what talked me off the ledge in times when I felt there was no hope. And fellowship is what persuaded me, through the example of those I fellowshipped with; how to worship and praise the true and living God with not just song, but through everyday living. 

Proverbs 27:17 "As iron sharpens iron,
    so a friend sharpens a friend."  No man or woman is an island. If they try to be, well then they are lonely and probably failing at most everything. I was given a shirt as a gift last Christmas. I know it was just a joke or a funny "ha ha" kind of gift. But I have been unable to wear it. Because it says, "I use to be a people person, but people ruined it" The reason I have not been able to wear it, is because its not true and on the contrary my fellowship with other PEOPLE, the right people, have not only added value to my life, but propelled me to live a life unlike I have ever lived before. A life where Christ is the center.

Dan Ousley - Worship Leader - StoneBridge Baptisit Church



Count Your Blessings

Dear Friend,

Have you ever stopped and counted your blessings? Well, if not, let me encourage you to do so! Our God is always at work; even when it may seem like He is not. 

He is faithful when we are faithless! He is dependable when it seems all hope is lost! Please don’t allow the circumstances around you to dictate your character. Step up to the plate and be ready for the curve ball that you may face and remember that God will help you step “toward the ball” instead of away from it! 

Remember that you are loved and appreciated no matter what trial or difficultly you may be facing!

May God strengthen you as you serve Him! 

Jason Sheffstall - Lead Pastor - StoneBridge Baptist Church



The Weapons of our Warfare

Ephesians 6:12

Our war is not with flesh and blood but with the rulers, the principalities, and with the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

A.W. Tozer said, “Many Christians view this world as a playground rather than a battleground.” The less we engage in the battle against Satan and his kingdom, the less we experience real victory. And if we never experience the thrilling victories of being on God’s side of the war (the winning side!), there’s not nearly as much to praise Him for. This is one underlying cause of the lethargic worship you see in many churches – not much victory is being experienced. Maybe mostly defeat, or just plain apathy (which is defeat by default – a forfeit). When there’s so little victory, there’s little cause for celebration. And certainly not much cause for enthusiasm!

We often don’t “get the Psalms” because we often choose not to live on the front lines of the spiritual war like David and Moses did. We therefore miss out on the exhilarating highs and dejecting lows of the battle as it rages on. The Psalms are set in a culture rife with opposition and dangerous enemies, where opting out of the battle wasn’t an option (no police officers, no court systems…even these would be laughably insufficient remedies for the ruthlessly implacable armies overrunning the region). If we want our worship to be a God-glorifying feast of celebration, we need to enlist in the battle (2 Timothy 2:4), accept its risks, and let our praise arise out of the thrill of Yahweh’s endless string of victories, just as it does in the Psalms.

From the Psalms Project Blog - Shane Heilman



God Continues to Grow Us for His Work!

One of the things you will hear us say around StoneBridge is “We love kids!” We believe ministering to children (and their parents) is one of the most important things we do! We have so many volunteers that work faithfully to provide a safe, fun, learning environment for our children every week in KidsBridge. Thank you to all of you!

We are so excited to announce the newest member of the StoneBridge staff, Roy Schneider. Roy is coming on board part-time as our Children’s Ministry Coordinator. Roy, Nikki, and their 4 children have been attending StoneBridge for several months and recently joined our membership. Roy is a full time Bible teacher at Trinity Christian School. We praise God for bringing people to our church at the right time for His purposes!


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I Corinthians 12:18 “But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired.”
Matthew 19:14 “But Jesus said, “Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
Ben Smith - Executive Pastor - StoneBridge Baptist Church



Resolved to Worship

Mark 14:3
 While He was in Bethany at the home of Simon the leper, and reclining at the table, there came a woman with an alabaster vial of very costly perfume of pure nard; and she broke the vial and poured it over His head.

This perfume was not cheap, this was an extremely expensive bottle which could have been sold for a massive amount of cash. Some of the disciples of Jesus saw this as a waste because the money from the perfume could have gone to help the poor.  However, the sacrifice was received by Jesus. Jesus welcomed the woman’s worship of Him in that moment and even commended her in front of those looking on.

Genuine worship of Jesus is never a waste. In fact, when we hold back and don’t give to Jesus true worship, the Lord is not impressed. 

“I hate, I reject your festivals, nor do I delight in your solemn assemblies. Even though you offer up to Me burnt offerings and your grain offerings, I will not accept them; And I will not even look at the peace offerings of your fatlings. Take away from Me the noise of your songs, I will not even listen to the sound of your harps.” (Amos 5:21–23)

Could you imagine the Lord looking at your worship and saying something like this? That is quite sobering. Probably one of the most recognized worshipers of the Scripture is King David. He would strip down into nothing but his linen ephod and dance before the Lord. He did that even with his wife mocking him. On one occasion, David said he would not offer something to the Lord that didn’t cost him something. That is a picture of true worship. True worship always costs you something. Think about your worship…are you giving your best?

Dan Ousley - Worship Leader - StoneBridge Baptist Church




Dear Friend,

We begin a new series this Sunday entitled Resolved. I’m really excited about preaching through this series. 

This series will help us become more determined to fulfill our goals and achieve the purposes that God has set before us as a church!

The topics for the month of August are:  1.) Resolved to have a positive attitude in all situations. 2.) Resolved to keep score in the game of life. 3.) Resolved to develop the art and science of friendship. 4.) Resolved to develop the art and science of conflict resolution.

Please pray for your pastors as we preach God’s Word! May you have a blessed week!

Jason Sheffstall - Lead Pastor - StoneBridge Baptist Church



He Gives Power to the Faint.

Isaiah 40:28
 “Have you not known?  Have you not heard?  The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.  He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.” 

The truth is, life is tiring.  It is difficult.  And sometimes we find ourselves utterly exhausted. I have found myself here. The past couple of months have been exhausting for me. As we travel along, the demands of our time and energy steadily increase and before we know it, we can feel like we are walking along life’s highway utterly depleted.  This road often leads to the feeling of being “defeated.” 

Yet, in the midst of all of our weariness, I am convinced that God has more for us than mere survival. Weariness is an opportunity to worship the everlasting God. Next time you are weary and fainthearted, remember this simple thought and let it help you turn your weariness into worship:  God never feels this way.  Let that thought sink in and amaze you.

God doesn’t grow tired and he never faints.  He is never exhausted and nothing can deplete His energy.  He is infinite in his power and wisdom. Aren’t you grateful that God is not like us?  We can worship Him for his power! Unlike God, we are not self-existent and we are not self-sufficient.  We are dependent creatures, and we depend on his strength.  The good news is that the infinite, self-existent, all-powerful God gives strength to the weary:

“He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength” (Isaiah 40:29).

What a promise!  Weary mom, there is strength for you in the power of your All-mighty God.  Weak and worn-out husband, God can make you strong.  Faint-hearted and fatigued believer, let your exhaustion be an occasion for exulting in the energy of God.  Turn your weariness into worship and find your strength in Him this week and always.

“Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:30-31).

Are you weary?  God never is.  Wait upon the LORD.  Renew your strength. Turn your weariness into worship and fly like eagles out among the stars.

Dan Ousley - Worship Leader - StoneBridge Baptist Church



Our Days are but a breath

Dear Friend,

"I waste away; I will not live forever. Leave me alone, for my days are but a breath." (‭Job‬ ‭7‬:‭16‬ NASB)

As Job lie on his mat (bed) wasting away, three friends came to “comfort him”.  For one full week, they mourned with Job and remained silent before him. This first full week (having his friends present) was probably a week of encouragement for him. He had lost everything. His children had died, his livestock was gone, his land was ruined and his wife had chastised him for retaining his integrity and steadfast love for the Lord!  Now, his three friends (after a full week of silence) finally unload on Job. They remind him that God “doesn’t punish” the innocent; he had surely fallen into iniquity and wasn’t willing to repent. Therefore, God was punishing him.

This was the furthest thing from the truth! Job was enduring the attacks of Satan; and God had allowed it! Sometimes we think we are doing others a good thing by offering our opinions to our friends when they are going through some difficult trial or hardship, but many times we do more harm than good.  This was the case for Job and his friends. Job’s response says it all. All people are wasting away. Sin has a hold on our mortal bodies. None of us will make it out of here alive. This is why we need Jesus so desperately! 

Our days are but a breath! Therefore, let us remain steadfast in our love for God and our love for others! May we understand that we are here for only a short time, so let us run with endurance the race that is set before us!

Jason Sheffstall - Lead Pastor - StoneBridge Baptist Church



Pride vs Humility Part 5

Mark 10:43-45

Whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many

When Paul wanted to cultivate humility in the members of a local church, he took them straight to the gospel. In fact, Philippians 2:5-11, Paul describes the humility of Jesus in His incarnation, obedience, and death. And when Jesus taught His disciples servanthood, He pointed them to His own vocation as Servant, to be both their highest example and deepest motive for serving others. Our humility is the fruit of, and a response to, the humility of Christ Himself. The only way we’ll be freed from the pride of boasting in ourselves is if we find a more worthy object in which to boast and to worship. That’s why the wisdom of Scripture never simply says, “Do not boast, but be humble”; instead it directs us to “boast in the Lord” (Psalm 34:2; Jeremiah 9:23-24; 1 Corinthians 1:26-31) and to “boast in the cross.” As Paul wrote in Galatians 6:14, “Far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.”

Note the three things people tend to glory in. Some people boast in wisdom, whether in the form of education, natural intelligence, practical know-how, or wit and cleverness. Others tend to boast in might—a sharp physique, physical strength, fitness, muscle tone, beauty, & AWESOME BEARDS. Still others are proud of riches—wealth, prosperity, success, affluence. But God says we should glory in understanding and knowing God, not in our own human distinctions and accomplishments. One of the most important keys to humility is a sight of the satisfying God who is infinitely greater than we are.

Dan Ousley - Worship Leader - StoneBridge Baptist Church



May God be your Ebenezer

 I Samuel 7:12, says,  "Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, saying, “Thus far the Lord has helped us.”"

I want to key in on the words, "Thus far the Lord has helped us." These words define the word, "Ebenezer". Often times in the Old Testament God's people would set up altars that would remind them of the blessings and the provisions of God. They would erect these altars and make sacrifices to the Lord in remembrance of all the great things God had done for them.

In this passage, the Philistines had continually threatened, and attacked the Israelites. But Samuel prayed for Israel. The Israelites had rid themselves of their idol worship; had put away their Baals and Ashtoreths, and served the Lord only. Because of their devotion and commitment to the Lord, the Lord delivered them from the hand of the Philistines. God was their help in time of need. 

Even so today, we may not have the Philistines fresh on our backs, but yet, there are times when situations in our lives seem hopeless. We must come to the same conclusion as the Israelites did; they put away their idols and served the Lord only. If we want to experience God's best, we too, must put away our idols and serve the Lord only. The question that I have for you is, what or who is standing in your way of complete surrender to the Lord? Why not surrender your idols to the Lord and serve Him alone?

May God be your Ebenezer not only this week, but all the days of your lives.

Jason Sheffstall - Lead Pastor - StoneBridge Baptist Church



Pride vs Humility Part 4

Jeremiah 9:23-24
Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.”

Excessive pride is a tell-tale sign of an unforgiving spirit. When we encounter people who are very prideful, we can quickly see that they suffer from un-forgiveness. In my opinion, people with excessive pride have often been deeply wounded in the past by someone they trusted. They have never learned humility, because they are terrified of getting hurt again. By seeing themselves as superior to everyone else, they come to the mistaken conclusion that they are invincible. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Proverbs 16:18 reminds us, Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. We can see by this Scripture reference that pride does not make us invincible. In fact, it makes us vulnerable to destruction. Pride becomes a wall around a person that does not allow others to get close. It's a very high wall that can even keep God at a distance. The wall must come down before forgiveness can take place.

In thinking ourselves far greater than we really are, we see great things far smaller than they really are. The lie of pride causes us to see God smaller, less important than he is. And in trying to make truly great things subservient to our false su­premacy, pride shrinks our capacity to experience joy and wonder and we learn to only value what satisfies our appetites.

The lie of pride is that it promises us happiness through God-usurping self-exaltation, which turns out to be the very thing that kills our happiness. The more highly we think of ourselves, the smaller our capacity for wonder and worship over what is most worthy. Have you ever heard someone say, “The last place I want to be is in church” or “I just don’t feel like worshiping, reading my bible, or praying.”  How about, “I don’t feel like doing the right thing, they don’t deserve it” or “I deserve to do this, I have earned it”. How often have you used an excuse to do the wrong thing that somehow justifies it in your way of thinking? That’s pride at work!

Dan Ousley - Worship Leader - StoneBridge Baptist Church





When pride lives in our hearts, we’re far more concerned with others’ perceptions of us than the reality of our hearts. We fight the sins that have an impact on how others view us, and make peace with the ones that no one sees. We have great success in the areas of holiness that have highly visible accountability, but little concern for the disciplines that happen in secret.


An immediate defensive posture when you are challenged, confronted, or advised of hurting someone is a sure sign of pride. . If someone is criticized, they lash out and deny any wrong-doing. They may even turn the tables on the critic and criticize them. They say things like “Well if you didn’t do this, I wouldn’t have done that”.

True humility is not knocked off balance and thrown into a defensive posture by challenge or rebuke, but instead continues in doing good, entrusting the soul to our faithful Creator. I love this quote from Johnathan Edwards, “For the humble Christian, the more the world is against him, the more silent and still he will be, unless it is in his prayer closet, and there he will not be still.”

Desperation for Attention

Pride is hungry for attention and worship in all its forms. Maybe it’s being unable to say “no” to anyone because we need to be needed. Maybe it looks like obsessively thirsting for or fantasizing about a better marriage because you’re hungry to be adored. Maybe it looks like being haunted by your desire for the right car or the right house, the right kitchen, or the right title at work: all because you seek the glory that comes from men, not God.





You know, there’s really nothing like family. My family has been in Texas for the past week and a half; I have missed them terribly! 

Yet, I am thankful that Kristie and the kids (besides Josiah) were able to visit their Gran and Pap. Pap had a procedure done and they did not find any blockages, just a weak heart. Please pray for him. 

When you think of being away from family; it is true that absence does make the heart grow fonder. I can’t help but think about loved ones and family members who have passed away, and yet, one day (if they knew Jesus), we will get to see them again. And, what a reunion that will be!

If you have yet to put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ, please do it today! 

Realize that your sins have separated you from a loving God who desires nothing more than for you to call on his name and seek his forgiveness. Once you have been forgiven, God has a great plan in store for your life. So, hang on, it’s only going to get better!

Jason Sheffstall - Lead Pastor - StoneBridge Baptist Church




Identifying the Spirit of Pride:

The spirit of pride grows from the root of bitterness in the heart. It often originates in self-righteousness and makes one wise in his/ her own eyes. Pride is based on falsehoods and prevents us from admitting any wrong in ourselves. Often when one is prideful, there are things they don’t like about themselves or know things they have done wrong but will never confess it and instead take on the mantle, everyone else is wrong but you. The proud feels he/ she is the standard that everyone else must come up to. Pride is also “Yeah I know I am wrong when I do this, but I am unwilling to change it”.

In the Hebrew, pride means to lift up self to be equal to. It is puffed up, stiff necked (stubborn) and stuck up. It is to act arrogantly and is the idolatrous worship of self.

  • The spirit of pride gives in to greed when self feels it does not have enough.
  • The spirit of pride gives in to envy when self feels someone less worthy has received the honor it deserves.
  •  The spirit of pride gives in to acting out in anger when self is offended. 
  •  The spirit of pride gives in to a critical spirit when self’s esteem has been injured.
  • The spirit of pride gives in to resentment when self has been threatened.

The spirit of pride promotes self-sufficiency. It says I can do it myself, I don’t need anyone’s help. God does not honor our self-made lives. He measures success based on obedience to His Word, plan and purpose PERIOD.

(Galatians 5:25)

Pride and Haughtiness is the opposite of love. It is self-interest, while love is selfless interest in another.

  • The Spirit of pride is easily offended and joy departs when pride is upset.
  • The spirit of pride robs us of our peace with ourselves and others.
  • The spirit of pride is unforgiving and says I don’t have to put up with this.
  • The spirit of pride is rough and abrasive and the opposite of gentleness.
  • The spirit of pride is good only to itself.
  • The spirit of pride is faithful only to itself.
  • The spirit of pride gives back handed comments in order to injure another and manipulate them.

The spirit of pride will not be limited by anything, anybody or even the Word of God. For it asks itself, why can’t I have, why can’t I do? It tells us that we are doing the best we can, even when our walk does not show it...

Two chapters later in Acts, the apostle Paul experiences people praising him and Barnabas  after God healed a crippled man using Paul and Barnabas as vessels, “When the crowds saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying, ‘The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men!’” (Acts 14:11). How does Paul respond to their praise? “We also are men, of like nature with you, and we bring you good news, that you should turn from these vain things to a living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them” (Acts 14:15).

Instead of soaking up the attention and basking in the glory, Paul and Barnabas grieved over it (Acts 14:14). And they used their new platform to proclaim all that God had done (Acts 14:15–17). Whenever people are under the impression that we have done something impressive, we have a golden opportunity to teach them we never do anything impressive or meaningful in our own wisdom or strength or ability. God and God alone gets all the glory and praise!

Dan Ousley - Worship Leader - StoneBridge Baptist Church







Scripture Reference: Proverbs 6:16-19

The words “Haughty” and “pride” are synonymous in meaning. A haughty spirit is the result of a spirit of pride.  It is to be disdainfully proud, snobbish, and arrogant. God hates the spirit of pride, for the spirit of pride kills our ability to obey God’s word, follow His plan and purpose. Pride is anti-God. It is the turning away from God to seek satisfaction in or for one’s self.

Do you know how the apostle James, brother of John, died?

James was one of the very first disciples, one of Jesus’s closest friends, and he was the first apostle to be killed for his faith. James and his brother were fishermen before Jesus called them into the ministry. He watched Jesus raise a 12-year-old girl from the dead (Luke 8:51). He stood with Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration (Luke 9:28). He went with Jesus to the garden of Gethsemane the night Jesus was betrayed (Luke 22:39). And then King Herod had him killed with the sword simply to entertain angry Jews (Acts 12:1–2).

Herod hated the apostles, but mainly he seemed to simply love himself. He killed James, and then, “when he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also” (Acts 12:3). He couldn’t murder Peter that day because of the Jewish Passover celebration. But he planned to execute him publicly within the week (Acts 12:4).

An angel came and rescued Peter from captivity (bound with chains, a soldier sleeping on each side, and two more guards by the door). When Herod came the next day to kill Peter, and realized he was gone, he killed the sentries instead (Acts 12:19).

One of the greatest tragedies of the spirit of pride is self-deception, for the one trapped by this spirit is unable to see himself or herself as he/ she really is. Our view of ourselves must align with how God views us. Our view of others must be in line with God’s view of others.

This offensive spirit infects our purity, character, and our relationship with God and with our sisters, brothers, spouses, family, and our children even.  It is the root of most of the problems within the church and marriage. Pride is always in competition with others and often times with God’s plan and will for your life.

Because we are talking about the ugliness of pride, let’s go back to Herod again in Acts chapter 12. Herod turns his anger against the people in Tyre and Sidon, so they plead for peace and mercy. “On an appointed day Herod put on his royal robes, took his seat upon the throne, and delivered an oration to them” (Acts 12:21). The people shouted, “The voice of a god, and not of a man!” (Acts 12:22). He killed for praise. He dressed for praise. He performed for praise. And then he received his reward.

Luke writes, “Immediately an angel of the Lord struck him down, because he did not give God the glory, and he was eaten by worms and breathed his last” (Acts 12:23)

God’s final hammer fell when Herod took pleasure in being exalted by people, when he plagiarized the power and authority of God, presenting himself as wise in his own eyes, as strong in his own strength, as great in his own greatness.