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It seems a bit morbid to start the Christmas season off with skull and cross-bones. But that's where we begin—the depravity of man. Yet, it's that very truth that makes the season that more glorious. A holy and perfect God comes to fill the whole earth with His glory. God comes to be with us.

Here are the readings for the first day of Advent:

Isaiah 64:6

"We’re all sin-infected, sin-contaminated. Our best efforts are grease-stained rags. We dry up like autumn leaves— sin-dried, we’re blown off by the wind. No one prays to you or makes the effort to reach out to you Because you’ve turned away from us, left us to stew in our sins."

Romans 3:10-12

"Scripture leaves no doubt about it: There’s nobody living right, not even one, nobody who knows the score, nobody alert for God. They’ve all taken the wrong turn; they’ve all wandered down blind alleys. No one’s living right; I can’t find a single one.”

Romans 3:23

"we are utterly incapable of living the glorious lives God wills for us"

Isaiah 6:3

"And they called back and forth one to the other, Holy, Holy, Holy is God-of-the-Angel-Armies. His bright glory fills the whole earth.”


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