Easter Quotes – John Piper: Ten Results of the Resurrection

April 30, 2012

Desiring God recently reposted a short article / list by John Piper originally written in 1986 about “the results” of the resurrection – i.e. the blessings we enjoy as a result of the fact that Christ is risen:

1) A savior who can never die again. “For we know that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again.Romans 6:9

2) Repentance. “The God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom you killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel.Acts 5:31

3) New birth. “By his great mercy we have been born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” 1 Peter 1:3

4) Forgiveness of sin.If Christ has not been raised, your hope is futile and you are still in your sins.1 Corinthians 15:17

5) The Holy Spirit. “This Jesus God raised up, and of that we are all witnesses. Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this which you see and hear.” Acts 2:32-33

Here’s the link to read the remaining 5 “results” of the Resurrection

Matthew 5:1-10

April 30, 2012

And seeing the multitudes, he went up on a mountain, and when he was seated his disciples came to him. (Matthew 5:1)
      Help us walk in your footsteps, Jesus.

Then he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: (Matthew 5:2)
      Holy Spirit, give us ears to hear what Jesus is saying to us.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:3)
      Father, there is nothing we have brought into this world and nothing we can take out of it. Help us remember each day that everything we have comes as a free gift from you.

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4)
      Jesus, thank you for those intercessors who grieve over the sins of our fallen world; please comfort them.

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5)
      Father, please help us look to you for all that we need.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” (Matthew 5:6)
      Holy Spirit, raise up men and women in politics and government, in business, and in your church who will hunger and thirst for your righteousness.

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” (Matthew 5:7)
      Jesus, please help us daily show forth the same mercy to others which you have shown to us.

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” (Matthew 5:8
      Holy Spirit, bring me to purity of heart so that I may see God.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” (Matthew 5:9)
      Father, please help us to be peacemakers in our families, our communities, in our parishes, and throughout your church.

“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:10)
      Jesus, you were persecuted for righteousness sake, help us to walk with you in this and enter into the kingdom prepared by your Father for us. Thank you.

Monday: 41,52 * 44; Exod. 32:1-20: Col 3:18-4:6(7-18 ): Matt. 5:1-10
Tuesday: 45 * 47,48; Exod. 32:21-34: 1 Thess. 1:1-10: Matt. 5:11-16

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for next Sunday so that you can receive all that God has for you (Psalm 66:1-11 or 66:1-8; Acts 8:26-40 or Deuteronomy 4:32-40; 1 John 3:(14-17)18-24 or Acts 8:26-40; John 14:15-21).

***** Date: Sun, 29 Apr 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily quote
      One word has been expanded to twenty-one words. Discussed at a conference of sociologists in America in 1977, “love”was defined as “The cognitive-affective state characterized by intrusive and obsessive fantasizing concerning reciprocity of amorant feelings by the object of the amorance.” Try remembering that and whispering the in the ear of your loved one. Hey, let me know what happens! Jesus I love you, so glad I don’t have to say all of that!

Date: Sun, 29 Apr 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Quote
      Some like to read the bible in Greek. Some like to read the bible in Hebrew. I like to read the bible in the Holy Spirit. Smith Wigglesworth.

***** Christ Church Schenectady, Chuck and Theresa Rinaldo, Neighborhood Meal Prayer Table, Sunday, April 28, 2012
+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
1.      +Sharon–Peace and patience towards neighbors upstairs. Deliberately stomping on floor to disturb her throughout the day and night. Ask that the neighbors be convicted of their wrongdoing and stop.
2.      +Marion–She didn’t need prayer, but said she was blessed and we gave thanks to the Lord. Gave her a cross for her friend.
3.      +Nicole–for all the details, which the Lord knows about, to work out for the good in her life.
4.      Julie–Her apartment has been sold and she needs to find a new one before June.
5.      +Peter–In a program to get off of drugs; prayed for him to stay clean and seek the Lord to keep him on the right path. He desperately wants to have his 2 year old triplets back in his life.
6.      +Alexis fractured her elbow. Pray for complete healing so she won’t need a soft cast.
7.      +Larry–Protection and provision for his family who is in NYC.
8.      +Evelyn–Provision for another place to live…soon.

Albany Intercessor

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