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Blessed Forever

We are a part of God's royal family, because we share in the heritage of Christ.
This sermon is part of the sermon series "Remembering Who We Are (part 2)". See series.


In his book Leaving Home, Garrison Keillor tells a fictional story about a family from Lake Wobegon, Minnesota. Grace Tollefson married Alex Campbell, who turned out to be a ne'er-do-well. They had three kids: Earl, Marlys, and Walter. Then he left her, took all the money, and she was forced to move back home and live off the kindness of folks there, enduring the relentless I-told-you-so's of her mother. It was humiliating. Then, "One day they got a letter from a man in Philadelphia doing research on Scottish nobility who asked who their ancestors were, so he could look it up." Grace wrote back, and a few days later another letter came.

She opened the envelope. It was addressed to Mrs. Grace Campbell, but the letter began with "Your Royal Highness." He wrote: "Today is the happiest day of my life as I greet my one true Sovereign Queen," and went on to say that their branch of the Campbell family was first in the line of succession of the House of Steward, the Royal Family of Scotland.

Another letter soon came with a complicated genealogical chart with a line in the corner leading right straight to them: Earl, Marlys, and Walter. The Royal Family of Scotland living in Lake Wobegon in a green mobile home, furniture donated by the Lutheran church. They were astounded beyond words. Disbelieving at first, afraid to put their weight on something so beautiful, afraid it was too good to be true, and then it took hold—this was grace, pure grace that God offered them. Not their will but his. Grace. Here they were in the same dismal place, but everything had changed. They were different people. Their surroundings were the same, but they were different.

Ultimately, years later, the youngest son, Walter, finds out the ...

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Lee Eclov recently retired after 40 years of local pastoral ministry and now focuses on ministry among pastors. He writes a weekly devotional for preachers on Preaching Today.

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I. We rejoice with David in the exalted privilege of being God's servants.

II. We rejoice with David that God redeemed us for himself.

III. With David, we are utterly committed to God's promise.