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The longest blessings ever recorded (Luke 24:44-53, 2 Kings 5:15, Acts 1:1-11)

Vicar Justin ClarkeVicar Justin Clarke, May 21, 2020
Part of the Feasts and Festivals series, preached at a Evening Service service

Tags: Ascension


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About Vicar Justin Clarke: Vicar Justin Clarke grew up in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, Canada. He is a graduate of Crandall University in Moncton New Brunswick Canada, where he received a BA in Biblical Studies. He is currently an MDiv student at Concordia Theological Seminary Fort Wayne Indiana serving his one-year vicarage at Catalina Lutheran Church from July 2019 to July 2020. While at Crandall University he met his wife Joy who grew up in San Diego California. They have two sons Alastair and Declan. They lived in South Korea teaching ESL. Vicar Clarke has a wide experience with other Christian groups, have been in Baptist and Presbyterian Churches before joining the Lutheran Church. When he is not serving at CLC he enjoys international travel, reading and writing fiction, and enjoys all things Scandinavian.
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Luke 24:44–53 (Listen)

44 Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46 and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, 47 and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”

50 And he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them. 51 While he blessed them, he parted from them and was carried up into heaven. 52 And they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, 53 and were continually in the temple blessing God.

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2 Kings 5:15 (Listen)

15 Then he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and he came and stood before him. And he said, “Behold, I know that there is no God in all the earth but in Israel; so accept now a present from your servant.”

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Acts 1:1–11 (Listen)

1:1 In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.

And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10 And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, 11 and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

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