Chestnut Ridge Church
True Story - Part 1
Tim Haring — Christmas - is it a 2000-year-old tale or, indeed, a true story?
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  • Chestnut Ridge Church [CRC]
    2223 Cheat Rd, Morgantown, WV 26508, USA
    Saturday 6:30 PM, Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 11:00 AM
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    Sunday 5:55 PM


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Music from today
Christmastime [Adam Etris (Special Vocal)], O Come All Ye Faithful, You Make Me Brave, Set Apart, Death Was Arrested [Adam Etris (Lead Vocal), Nicki Etris (Background Vocal)]

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Facing a holiday after a separation or divorce can be difficult. If you're wondering how you'll get through the emotions, social activities and experiences of the holidays, there is hope to be found. To register, or for more info on this free seminar and discussion, visit

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Jingle Jam is a high-energy, fun-filled, live-action, theatrical Christmas show and night out for kids and families to attend together! An optional dinner (5:45 pm) is available before the show (6:15 pm). There's more info at

High schoolers are invited to Wired Christmas Party. December 13, 7-8:30 pm, in the lobby at CRC. No cost, no registration, check it out at

Join other adult singles for the Swanky Christmas Party! There will be dinner, a gift exchange and prizes for the swankiest dressed. Just $5 gets you a ticket at

Plan to spend part of your Christmas at The Ridge. Invite family and friends, and chose from four service times.

True Story - Part 1 [November 26/27, 2016] Tim Haring

Joseph was the "third wheel" in the Christmas story.
We can trust God even though we don't have all the answers.
“The incarnation is the universe-sundering, history-altering, life-transforming, paradigm-shattering event of history.”
- Tim Keller
He genuinely loved Mary, and yet the word came that she was pregnant. His love for her was demonstrated by his actions. He chose not to create a public scandal by exposing her condition to the judges at the city gate. Such an act could have resulted in Mary’s death by stoning (Deut. 22:23–24). Instead he decided to divorce her quietly.[1]– I.S. Barbieri

[1] Barbieri, L. A., Jr. (1985). Matthew. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 2, p. 20). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

We can trust God even though we don’t have all the answers.
“There is a kind of doubt that is the sign of a closed mind, and there is a kind of doubt that is the sign of an open mind. Some doubt seeks answers, and some doubt is a defense against the possibility of answers.” – Timothy Keller, Hidden Christmas
We can trust God even though we don’t have all the answers.
Discussion Questions:

1. Did you have special Christmas traditions when you were growing up? What were they? Are there different traditions you have introduced into your own family?

2. What aspects of the Christmas story might be hard for some people to believe? Why would they be hard to believe?

3. Read Matthew 1:18-25. What do you think it was like for Joseph to hear that Mary was pregnant? What does his response to the news reveal about him?

4. Joseph must have had a lot of questions related to the angel’s message to him, and yet he readily did what he was asked to do. How do you think he was able to obey so readily?

5. After some Magi visited Jerusalem and revealed to King Herod that a baby king had been born, the baby’s life was in danger. Read Matthew 2:13-15. What doubts and fears might Joseph have had to this new directive to head to Egypt? Why did he readily obey?

6. Read Isaiah 7:14, Micah 5:2, and Hosea 11:1. These prophecies were made over 700 years before Jesus was born. What conclusions can we draw from this fact?

7. It turns out, everything unfolded for Joseph exactly as God had planned. How might this story help us to trust God more?

8. How might you apply this lesson to your life?

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