by Steve Wagers

From the Mire to the Choir!
Steve N. Wagers
Psalm 40: 1-5
December 10. 2006

Sermon Outline
1. A Condition So Grievous!
A) The Sin that Haunted Us
B) The Sin that Held Us
2. A Condescension So Gracious!
A) A Descent into the Pit
B) A Deliverance from the Pit
3. A Change So Glorious!
A) Marvelous Blessings
B) Multiple Blessings

Over the past couple of years, the word Christmas has become a word of controversy. Many retail stores refuse to greet their customers with the traditional greeting, "Merry Christmas" for fear of offending those of other religions.

In Illinois, state government employees were forbidden from saying the words "Merry Christmas" while on the clock. In Rhode Island, local officials banned Christians from participating in a public project to decorate the lawn of City Hall.

A New Jersey school banned instrumental versions of traditional Christmas carols. In Arizona, school officials ruled it unconstitutional for a student to make any reference to the religious history of Christmas in a class project.

In our day and time it would be hard for someone who is not a Christian to find the true meaning of Christmas. Christmas has become a time of widespread commercialization instead of a time of worshipful celebration.

Politically correct or not, allow me to go on record today and tell you what Christmas is all about. Let me sum it up in the words, God came to us and took out of the mire and put us in the choir. It is about God giving His Son. It is about the Lord Jesus Christ coming to this earth.

Someone has well said, "Had our greatest need been information, God would have sent an educator. Had our greatest need been technology, God would have sent a scientist. Had our greatest need been money, God would have sent an economist. Had our greatest need been pleasure, God would have sent an entertainer. However, our greatest need was forgiveness, so God sent a Savior."

In Psalm 40, we are reminded of the re ...

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