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T.M. Moore

T. M. Moore is principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He and his wife, Susie, make their home in the Champlain Valley of Vermont.
Books by T. M. Moore

The Law of Liberty (17)


Your testimonies are my heritage forever, for they are the joy of my heart. I incline my heart to perform your statutes forever, to the end. Psalm 119.111,112

In Scripture, the heart is the centerpiece of the soul, the seat of our affections, the wellspring of attitudes, emotions, aspirations, hopes, and desires. Both Solomon and Jesus warned us to keep a close watch over our hearts, because the primary issues of life flow from that source, and it can corrupt and mislead us, if we do not attend to it continuously.

This is why God requires that we love Him with all our hearts. He knows that the heart is deceitful and desperately wicked, prone to lead us into false affections, misleading desires, unwholesome attitudes, and vain hopes. When we refuse to love God with all our hearts, our hearts will bend toward mere self-interest. That may seem the thing to do just now, but it usually ends up not as satisfying as we

Free to Think God

March 09, 2010

The Law of Liberty (16)


Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart. Lead me in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it. Psalm 119.34, 35

At times, when I was a kid, I found my parents to be somewhat unreasonable and hard to live with. Whenever I wanted something with which they didn

Celtic Christians worked hard at building communities dedicated to the pursuit of holiness. Not just monks and other clergy, but lay men and women from all walks of life joined in the effort to grow out of all sinful practices into the liberty and love of God’s Law.

Although the devil has been bound, and certain limits imposed on just how much he may be free to tyrannize humankind (Matt. 12.22-29), still, he’s out there, and we know it.

Free Forever

March 21, 2010

Over the more than 40 years that I’ve been a Christian, a good many “fads” and “movements” have wafted in and out of the household of faith.

James referred to the Law of God as the “law of liberty.” We have seen how the Law liberates us as people to be all that God intends us to be in soul and body, growing in grace and sanctification, that we might be pleasing to Him in all things.

Free to Know Truth

March 23, 2010

Fundamental to the tactics of the devil is casting doubt on God’s Word. So we see him in the Garden, challenging the certainty with which Eve explained God’s laws. He does the same thing yet today, causing believers to question the reliability of Scripture by a number of ways.

The devil loves to sow perplexity into the ranks of men. He creates confusion and uncertainty concerning our purpose in life – why we are here and what we can expect to accomplish – and leaves many people thrashing against the unknown in search of something meaningful.

Free to Be Pure

March 25, 2010

I recall reading an article some time ago that explained the difference between guilt and shame. Both are equally yucky feelings. Either makes us feel dirty, embarrassed, and even a little threatened. The devil loves it when we feel this way, almost as much as when, having become hardened to sin, we don’t feel anything at all.

Free to Be Clean

March 26, 2010


The Law of Liberty (26)

 It’s curious that David would insert an observation concerning the fear of the Lord into the midst of this meditation on the Law of God. Quite probably “fear” is another way of referring to the Law, since, keeping the Law issues from love for and fear of God (Deut. 10.12).

Free from the Lie

March 27, 2010

The latest philosophical fad that has won the hearts and minds of unbelieving speculators and ethicists is that there is no truth. No abiding truth, anyway. Instead, everyone needs to discover whatever “works” for him, to help him get what he wants out of life. Now, to be sure, you can’t just go bullying your way around.

“Too much of a good thing isn’t good for you.” We all heard that as kids from parents who didn’t want us to overindulge on food or TV or whatever. This principle, applied, say, to those little orange candy corns, is certainly sound.

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