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Radical: An Advent Devotional

Anticipation. Repentance. Hope. Joy. These words characterize the Advent season, a season in which Christians focus their attention on Christ’s advent, or “coming.” On the one hand, we reflect back on Christ’s first coming and His fulfillment of God’s Old Testament promises of a Messiah who would deliver His people by laying down His life. At the same time, we look forward to Christ’s second coming, when He will put an end to sin and death and bring God’s redemptive purposes to their glorious consummation.

The goal of this Advent guide is to help individuals and families reflect on and respond to these important truths. Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve, December 24. This guide provides twenty-five days of readings so that you can begin on December 1 and finish on Christmas Day.

In addition to each day’s Scripture reading and devotional reflection, you’ll find a suggestion for how you and your family might pray in light of the truths that you’ve read. You’ll also notice a variety of activities scattered throughout the guide that are aimed at helping families respond to these truths in ways that are interactive and engaging for children. Feel free to adapt, supplement, or skip these activities depending on the particular needs of your family.

This guide is adapted from David Platt’s “Pray the Word” podcast and has been created with the help of McLean Bible Church in Washington, D.C. To download or listen to these episodes, go to

Hope for the Hopeless

Day 1

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Walking By Faith

Day 2

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Looking and Living For Our Future Reward

Day 3

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The Privilege of His Presence

Day 4

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Look and Live

Day 5

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I Will Put My Words In His Mouth

Day 6

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Breaking the Cycle of Sin

Day 7

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Find Refuge Under His Wings

Day 8

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Kiss the Son

Day 9

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A Sufficient Sacrifice

Day 10

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The God Who Remembers

Day 11

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Longing for His Justice

Day 12

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He Came to Set Us Free

Day 13

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A Desire Fulfilled

Day 14

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Redeemed by God

Day 15

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Wonderful Counselor

Day 16

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Mighty God

Day 17

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Everlasting Father

Day 18

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The Prince of Peace

Day 19

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The Spirit Shall Rest on Him

Day 20

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His Mercies Never End

Day 21

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From Bitterness to Blessing

Day 22

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He Has Spoken to Us By His Son

Day 23

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Love on Display

Day 24

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God With Us Forever

Day 25

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