The Christmas story is full of wonder—a virgin birth, angelic messengers, and mysterious visitors that travel hundreds of miles to worship a newborn baby. Amidst all of the unusual details of that night, some people simply didn’t care. Some even became hostile. The news of Jesus’ birth should’ve brought joy for everyone but, surprisingly, it didn’t.
Together, we’ll gain insight and learn lessons from the perplexing reactions by some key characters in the Bible’s most well-known story. Join us as we explore Christmas Portraits.
We will be gathering online only this Sunday at 9am and 11am, and will not gather in person at the church building located at 2223 Cheat Road through the end of 2020. We will continue to keep you updated as we navigate this time together.
http://www.chestnutridgechurch.com/hope Wednesday, December 9—As Christmas approaches, we may find ourselves burdened by stress, grief, finances and more. The Ridge is offering five FREE webinars focused on topics that challenge many of us during the holiday season. Each will include an informational session from hosts leading the webinar, followed by a time for questions and further discussion on each subject. Visit the website to learn more about each session and to register today!
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"Herod was a cruel and crafty man who permitted no one, not even his own family, to interfere with his rule or prevent the satisfying of his evil desires. A ruthless murderer, he had his own wife and her two brothers slain because he suspected them of treason. He was married at least nine times in order to fulfill his lusts and strengthen his political ties." –Wiersbe
"He had three of his own sons killed, and when he was himself near death, he left orders that one member of each family (throughout his kingdom) should be executed on his death so that the whole nation would really be in mourning." –Josephus
“King Herod’s reaction to Christ is, in a sense, a picture of us all. If you want to be king, and someone else comes along saying he is the king, then one of you has to give in. Only one person can sit on an absolute throne.” –Tim Keller
“…of course, what mattered most of all was my deep-seated hatred of authority, my monstrous individualism, my lawlessness. No word in my vocabulary expressed deeper hatred than the word interference. …Christianity placed at the center what then seemed to me a transcendental Interferer.” –C.S. Lewis
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