Chestnut Ridge Church
Christmas Portraits—Part 3
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.
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  • Chestnut Ridge Church [CRC]
    2223 Cheat Rd, Morgantown, WV 26508, USA
    Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 11:00 AM

Hello from The Ridge!

Thank you for gathering with us today! You can find out more about The Ridge on our website, and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram!

http://www.chestnutridgechurch.com/
Online Service Only // 9am / 11am

We will continue to stream services online at 9am and 11am. Sunday's service will be available to watch on our app, at www.theridge.church/live, on Facebook and YouTube at 9am and 11am.

http://www.chestnutridgechurch.com/box Bring a little bit of the experience into your home this Christmas! If you’ll be tuning in and inviting loved ones to watch with you, the Christmas box will come in handy. You’ll receive invite cards, candles, and a few fun surprises—there’s enough for the whole family to enjoy! Find more info and reserve your box at the link.

http://www.chestnutridgechurch.com/meal If you and your family are experiencing hardship, we would like to offer you a blessing by providing the necessities to prepare a Christmas dinner at home. You will receive a ham, a 5lb bag of potatoes, a box of stuffing, two jars of gravy, two cans of corn, two cans of green beans, rolls, butter, cranberry sauce, a pie, and whipped cream. You will be able to pick up your Christmas dinner meal kit at Chestnut Ridge Church on Saturday, December 19th between the hours of 10am and noon. Request a meal at the link above.

Download the app that makes it easier for you to connect with The Ridge wherever you are! You can download it in the iOS and Android app stores, and on AppleTV, AndroidTV, Amazon Fire, and Roku. It's simple, easy, and best of all, it's FREE! Create a profile, share content straight from your phone, tune in to livestreams, watch past content, set a reminder for upcoming services, and build your own watch list—it's all at your fingertips!

http://www.chestnutridgechurch.com/give During this season, your gifts to support what God is doing at The Ridge are more important than ever. You can continue to give online at theridge.church/give, by texting a dollar amount to 304-470-4078, or mailing your check or cash to 2223 Cheat Road, Morgantown, WV 26508.  We appreciate your support and generosity!

Today's Music
Hark the Herald Angels Sing, O Come All Ye Faithful, Living Hope
Christmas Portraits—Part 3
[Tim Haring]
Problem | God came humbly, and only the humble will find Him
Solution | We don’t realize how much God wants a relationship with us








"While the lamb would probably cost about one dollar and seventy-five cents, the doves would cost about sixteen cents." –Dr. Vincent
"The ancient tradition, that our Lord was born in a grotto or cave, is quite consistent with…the country being rocky." –R. Jamieson
Today's Takeaway | God came humbly, and only the humble will find Him
“In that day, shepherds were considered to be at the lowest rung of the social ladder.” –Dr. Warren Wiersbe
“Among the occupations, shepherding had a lowly place. Shepherds were considered untrustworthy and their work made them ceremonially unclean.” –Dr. W.L. Liefeld
“Thus, the most obvious implication is that the gospel first came to the social outcasts of Jesus’s day.” –W.L. Liefeld
"The question is still asked skeptically as to why these shepherds should have been selected for the angel’s announcement. The answer is as simple to the believer as it ever was: because God found them the kind of people to whom he could communicate such news." –Lenski
Today's Takeaway | God came humbly, and only the humble will find him

Discussion Questions

Ready to take a next step in your personal or group study time? Follow the link below for printable discussion questions about today's message. You'll also find links to this Sunday's audio, video and weekend program.

http://www.chestnutridgechurch.com/ChristmasPortraitsPart3

The Ridge Weekly

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http://www.chestnutridgechurch.com/podcast

Weekly Devotional

Get More From the Message | Each week, a new devotional will be available on Tuesday and Thursday. These devotionals are based on the previous Sunday's message, and aim to take the message further and help you dive deeper into the topic. You can find the devotionals at the link, or sign up to receive weekly emails.

https://www.chestnutridgechurch.com/devotional/

Miss a weekend?

You can watch or listen to past messages online!

http://www.chestnutridgechurch.com/messages/