Chestnut Ridge Church
Down to Earth—Part 1
Though Jesus was the Son of God and Creator of the universe, He chose to enter this world under amazingly modest circumstances—as a baby, born to an ordinary couple, and placed in a trough. The angels even announced His birth to the humble shepherds, not to civic or religious leaders. Although the details are simple, the birth of Jesus is remarkable. Join us for the December series, Down to Earth, as we explore how this extraordinary event has had an impact in all of our lives.
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    2223 Cheat Rd, Morgantown, WV 26508, USA
    Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 11:00 AM


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Welcome the Healer, Fullness, Reckless Love Friday, December 6–Jingle Jam is a high-energy, high-spirited, interactive Christmas event, geared towards kids and families! Everyone is invited to have a jolly time celebrating the holidays at The Ridge! We’ll have concessions available beginning at 6pm, and the show starts at 6:30pm. Enjoy music, dancing, comedy, and videos! It’s a FREE show—all are welcome! Friday, December 13–Let’s Deck the Halls at The Ridge! Invite your friends and join us for the annual Christmas event for singles! Deck the Halls will take place on Friday, December 13th at 6:30pm in The Ridge lobby. All adult singles are welcome to join us as we celebrate the holidays in style, so dress in your holiday best! We’ll have delicious food, fun photo opps, live music, and giveaways! Sign up online! Sunday, December 15–Students in middle school and high school are invited to the Ridge Students Christmas Party on Sunday, December 15th at 4:30pm! Enjoy food, fun and games with your friends! Dress in your best Christmas gear—ugly sweaters and Santa hats are welcome! Bring a friend with you and don’t miss out on this holiday fun! Let us know you’ll be there at the link.

Problem: We don’t take the time to bow before the King of kings.
Solution: The Magi humbly bowed before the King of kings or they searched for him until they found him.
Magi: A priestly caste among the Persians and Medes, which occupied itself principally with the secrets of nature, astrology, and medicine. –Dr. Vincent
Conjunctions of constellations, appearances of comets, and the appearance and disappearance of stars were all at times believed to herald the rise and fall of monarchs…. –Dr. Nolland
[He was] 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
Herod here is Herod the Great, who ruled as king from 37 to 4 B.C. He was a figure of heroic proportions, whose rebuilding of the Jerusalem temple represented a major feat of ancient architecture, but whose rule was tyrannical, ruthless, and cruel. –J. Nolland
How does this story relate to the theme, Down to Earth?
• The Magi were humble enough to seek out Israel’s Messiah.
How does this story relate to the theme, Down to Earth?
• The Magi were humble enough to seek out Israel’s Messiah.
• The magi had a humble regard for the Word of God.
How does this story relate to the theme, Down to Earth?
• The Magi were humble enough to seek out Israel’s Messiah.
• The Magi had a humble regard for the Word of God.
The Magi humbly worshipped Christ through their homage and their gifts.
Giving to God is a way of expressing thanks to Him.
Giving is a way of acknowledging that He is worthy.
Giving is a way to exercising faith in Him.

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