Trinity School for Ministry: Lent 2012 Devotionals Online

February 28, 2012

As in years past, Trinity School for Ministry (TSM) in Ambridge, PA has a Lenten Devotional series with daily reflections by students and faculty posted online.

Apologies for not posting this sooner, it just occurred to me to check and see if Trinity was making Lent Devotionals available again this year.

Here’s the link for each day’s devotional.

There is a calendar at the bottom of each entry allowing you to scroll through additional entries.

Lent quotes: John Piper on our desire for other things versus our hunger for God

February 28, 2012

“Desires for other things”—there’s the enemy. And the only weapon that will triumph is a deeper hunger for God. The weakness of our hunger for God is not because he is unsavory, but because we keep ourselves stuffed with “other things.”  Perhaps, then, the denial of our stomach’s appetite for food might express, or even increase, our soul’s appetite for God.

What is at stake here is not just the good of our souls, but also the glory of God. God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him. The fight of faith is a fight to feast on all that God is for us in Christ. What we hunger for most, we worship. (A Hunger for God, page. 10)


Christian fasting is a test to see what desires control us.  What are our bottom-line passions? (p. 19)


Fasting proves the presence [of a hunger for God], and fans the flame, of that hunger. It is an intensifier of spiritual desire. It is a faithful enemy of fatal bondage to innocent things. It is the physical exclamation point at the end of the sentence: “This much, O God, I long for you and for the manifestation of your glory in the world!”

One might think that those who feast most often on communion with God are least hungry. They turn often from the innocent pleasures of the world to linger more directly in the presence of God through the revelation of his Word. And there they eat the Bread of Heaven and drink the Living Water by meditation and faith. But, paradoxically, it is not so that they are the least hungry saints. The opposite is the case. The strongest, most mature Christians I have ever met are the hungriest for God. It might seem that those who eat most would be least hungry. But that’s not the way it works with an inexhaustible fountain, and an infinite feast, and a glorious Lord. (p 22 – 23)

A Hunger for God is available as a free download here.

Mark 1:14-18

February 28, 2012

Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1:14-15)
      Holy Spirit, help us respond to Jesus’ message:
            “The time IS fulfilled, and
            The kingdom of God IS at hand, and
            We should REPENT and BELIEVE the gospel.”
      Please help each of us respond to his message.

And as he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” (Mark 1:16-17)
      Holy Spirit, help us FOLLOW Jesus.

      Jesus, MAKE US fishers of men.

They immediately left their nets and followed him. (Mark 1:18 )
      Father, so fill us with your Holy Spirit and with love toward Jesus that we will be disciples who IMMEDIATELY respond to his call. Thank you.

      Holy Spirit, give us a sense of urgency to respond to Jesus’ call and move out of the pews and into our communities with the gospel message.

Tuesday: 45 * 47, 48; Gen. 37:12-24: 1 Cor. 1:20-31: Mark 1:14-28
Wednesday: 119:49-72 * 49, [53]; Gen. 37:25-36: 1 Cor. 2:1-13: Mark 1:29-45

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for Sunday so that you can receive all that God has for you (Mark 8:31-38; Romans 8:31-39; Genesis 22:1-14; Psalm 16 or 16:5-11).

***** Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: daily quote
      Sometimes words suddenly and unexpectedly catch me off guard. I could be reading the bible, and something I have read a thousand times, makes new sense read in a different light. I saw a quote the other day, “Have you prayed about it as much as you have talked about it?” and the light went on… Stop talking, start praying. To quote a modern phrase, “Hello.”

Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Thank you…
      My father The Rev. David Mumford is home. Thank you all so very much for your prayers… Turned out to be an infection… Both he and my mother are now on antibiotics and are doing much better… You are all so kind to pray. The POWER OF CORPORATE PRAYER is something to behold. Your prayers saved my life… I believe that your prayers truly helped my dad. Thank you. Keep praying dear souls…

***** Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2012
From: Susan Plaske
Subject: Cathedral Prayer Table Report
Prayer table report February 15, 2012, Over cast, sprinkles Linda Davis, Paula Sutcliff, Beth Collum and Hilda Hardy bag and crosses have been stolen
Lady walking by – pray for her peace and harmony
Rachida pray for her mom Dorothy
Diane — pray for health, up for job promotion
Carl — staying at the Mission, homeless, pray that things would turn around and get better
Jonathan — stress, feels that people are treating him cruelly when he has been nice to them. (took a Bible)
Fulaine J. Prayer for life itself
Kelly – has problems – God knows the details
Jim -(joking) did not want to bother the Almighty! We prayed for his strength, safety and contentment in the Lord.
Hilda – for wisdom in every area of life
Linda – for wisdom in retirement financial plans<
Carol for her job search
Brother Ken led us in prayer for His grace and mercy, to meet us and our loved ones at our point of need. Thank you Lord!

February 22, 2012 Beth Collum, Dcn Sue Plaske, Hilda Hardy and Tricia McCrossan, Ash Wednesday a bit over cast an d windy
Mary — prayer for her family and Jim for continued, healing and strength
race – friend Louise dying of MS on hospice. Prayer the Lord’s comfort and mercy
Wendy that she would come to know you
Ken — Dr. Appt today, results of tests performed
Mary and Zoe – relationship healing mother and daughter Mary was crying
Linda — healing of dizziness
Mike — Great aunt Kate and Great aunt margaret pray for their health, physical, mental and spiritual
Man walking by – pray for snow!

A special Thank you to Torre and Jean and Hilda for supplying a Spanish Bible. Conseula’s smile was just beautiful when she received this Bible.

Albany Intercessor

Lent Quotes: JC Ryle

February 28, 2012

Will at Prydain posted the following quote last week as a reminder not to try to be holy in our strangth this Lent. It’s a good reminder!

I pity those who try to be holy without Christ! Your labor is all in vain. You are putting money in a bag with holes. You are pouring water into a sieve. You are rolling a huge round stone uphill. You are building up a wall with untempered mortar. Believe me, you are beginning at the wrong end. You must come to Christ first, and He shall give you His sanctifying Spirit. You must learn to say with Paul, “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.” (Phil. 4:13)

– JC Ryle

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