Hope / Faith / Joy / Peace

Journey with us through Advent and anticipate, rather than dread, this busy season. Christmas comes each year with great hope and promise... But often, we are distracted and consumed by commitments, pressure and mixed emotions, and we barely experience the wonder of it as we rush through. It's in the slowing down, contemplation and reflection that we find our answer — it’s in the waiting season of Advent that we prepare our hearts with hope, faith, joy and peace for December 25 and the celebration of our newborn King.

Hardcopies of An Advent Journey will be available at Chestnut Ridge Church, beginning November 20. Additionally, you can follow along online with devotions posted daily, or by subscribing to our devotional email.
Advent: Dec. 08 // Faith Alone in Christ Alone
December 8th, 2022
Ephesians 2:8-10 provides one of the clearest explanations in the entire Bible as to how we are transformed when we place our faith in Jesus Christ: we are “saved,” we become a “new creation,” and we become doers of “good works.” These verses also answer the question, “How do sinful people get right with God?” ...
Advent: Dec. 07 // Obedience
December 7th, 2022
As I sit here listening to the song Mary, Did You Know?, I am led to think about the moment when Gabriel came to deliver news to Mary. I envision her in the kitchen, doing her normal evening routine, and suddenly, this angel appears. I imagine Mary jumps from being startled and stares with disbelief that there is an angel in her kitchen. Then, she hears Gabriel say in Luke 1:30-33:...
Advent: Dec. 06 // The One Behind Everything
December 6th, 2022
Faith is a biblical concept that is described in scripture but it is not defined. To be defined, faith needs to have evidence that establishes a fact or the truth. We are able to discover the truth only as we review what happened in the past and how it has affected the present and future. To look at faith in regards to Advent, we can look at the Book of Ruth in the Old Testament....
Advent: Dec. 05 // Choose to Believe
December 5th, 2022
In 1981, the rock group Journey had a massive hit called Don’t Stop Believin'. The writer of the song, Jonathan Cain, felt called to music but was struggling, barely making it. On a call with his dad, he wondered aloud if he should just give up. His dad said, “You gotta stay put…Son, don’t stop believing.” The rest is history. Cain wrote the song, Don’t Stop Believin', it was one of their biggest ...
Advent: Week Two // Faith
December 4th, 2022
During this season of Christmas, we are bombarded with the celebration and culture of Christmas that tells us to Believe. It is very materialistic. It is a belief that if you wish for it, you will get it. We are expected to believe in what is seen and actuated....