Chestnut Ridge Church
Locations & Times
  • Chestnut Ridge Church [CRC]
    2223 Cheat Rd, Morgantown, WV 26508, USA
    Sunday 8:00 AM
  • Chestnut Ridge Church
    Sunday 5:55 PM


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Today's Music
Beautiful Day, Hallelujah for the Cross, On My Heart, Fullness Sunday, December 2nd—Are you interested in getting involved and investing in the next generation? Attend the Family Ministry Preview during the 11am service, take a look at the Sunday morning environments, and find your best fit! Sunday, December 2nd—Head to the gym right after the 11am service to hang out with other college students, get connected, and enjoy FREE food! All college-aged students and their friends are welcome! Friday, December 7th—The Flannel and Frost Singles Christmas Bash will be on Friday, December 7th! All adult singles are welcome to join us in The Ridge lobby at 7pm for a fun time celebrating the holidays in style! Enjoy live bluegrass country music by Logantown and delicious food! Invite your friends, coworkers, or small group to join you! Reserve your spot online!

https://www.theridge,church/divorcecareholidays/ Wednesday, December 12th—Facing the holidays after going through a separation or divorce can be difficult. Join others who understand and learn how to find help, discover hope, and experience healing. Sign up on the website!

Thankful (Tim Haring)

Problem: It’s hard to be thankful under some circumstances.
Solution: Be thankful right now.
[Paul] employs…a technical term taken from the vocabulary of the mystery religions, to describe the initiatory rites of a devotee who wished to enter their secrets and privileges.3 – P.T. O’Brien
In the mystery religions it was a technical term meaning “to initiate (into the mysteries).” Paul used it here to suggest a kind of “initiation” (by his experiences) into being content…4 – R.P. Lightner
[“Content” is a] stoic word, expressing the favorite doctrine of the sect, that man should be sufficient to himself for all things; able, by the power of his own will, to resist the shock of circumstance. – M.R. Vincent
[The word “content”] literally expresses “independent of others, and having sufficiency in one’s self.”– R.R. Melick
Thus, Paul expressed a crucial paradox. He was strong when he was weak! He was independent (self-sufficient) only when he was dependent! Although Paul realized the necessity of living in a Christian community, he also knew what it meant to face life’s problems alone and still triumph through them.5 - Melick

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