Hear a just cause, O LORD,
Attend to my cry;
Give ear to my prayer which is not from deceitful lips.
Let my vindication come from Your presence;
Let Your eyes look on the things that are upright. Psalm 17.1, 2
Resources for Shepherds
Hebrew poetry can be a delight to read; it can also challenge us, especially since we may have lost sight of how poetry works, and why Hebrew poetry can have such power. Samuel T. S. Goh has written an excellent book on the poetry of the Old Testament, and it can refresh and enlarge our understanding of how to handle these texts. Ready my more complete review of The Basics of Hebrew Poetry by clicking here.
Is the cosmos fundamentally just a higher form of consciousness? That’s what panpsychism believers, as explained by Philip Goff. To me, it looks like one more instance of secular thinking borrowing on Biblical truth. Read a fuller analysis here.
I don’t know anyone who has been more energetic and creative in continuing to build the church during this time of pandemicthan Ailbe Brother Rusty Rabon. I asked him to prepare a brief summary of what he and Grace Chapel have done and are planning. It’s a helpful checklist for effective ministry in these trying times.
In a recent JETS article, J. P. Moreland explains how Christian philosophers can help theologians and pastors in their work of handling the Word of God. See more here.
The Ailbe Seminary
Let us help train your leaders for Kingdom living and Kingdom leadership. The courses at The Ailbe Seminary are free, and people can study at their own pace and level. More than 300 students have already enrolled with us, and we’re looking for more. Visit The Ailbe Seminary website, and watch this brief video explaining the overall design and purpose of our curriculum.
Ailbe Resources and Opportunities
The Ailbe Bookstore
What’s at stake in the coming national elections? What is the Christian’s role in government? Does God have a plan for civil government? And what might our place be in that plan? These and more questions are addressed in our book, The King’s Heart. Read a summary and order your copy by clicking here.
Download a free copy of our ebook, If Men Will Pray, and share it with the men in your church. Click here to get your copy.
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At The Fellowship of Ailbe website
We’re pleased to offer three new resources to encourage and equip you in your walk with and work for the Lord.
The Ailbe Podcast, hosted by Pastor Rusty Rabon, is a bi-weekly production offering ideas for ministry and opportunities for growth.
The Personal Mission Field Workshop is a weekly offering designed to help us fulfill our calling to the Kingdom and glory of God in all the daily activities of our lives.
And The InVerse Theology Project will provide regular incursions into the territory of theological studies, using the medium of poetry to focus our attention. Hear the introduction to this new podcast by clicking here.
Psalm of the Week
We are happy for you to use our weekly psalm for personal or corporate worship. All psalms for singing are from The Ailbe Psalter. Psalm 17 reminds us that God tests our hearts, calls us to wait patiently on Him, and is ready to rise to our defense:
Psalm 17 (Park Street: All You that Fear Jehovah’s Name)
Hear a just cause, O God the Lord! Gladly receive my plaintive word.
I cry with lips of purity: Look on my case with equity!
Look on my case with equity!
Let judgment from Your throne proceed; You have discerned my every need.
Let naught of sin in me be found, and from my tongue let truth resound!
And from my tongue let truth resound.
As for the deeds of sinful men, I will not walk those paths again.
My feet hold firm from first to last: Help me pursue Your righteous path;
help me pursue Your righteous path!
When I have called, You answered me, Lord;
hear now my fervent, pleading word!
Let kindness flow by Your command. Keep and preserve me by Your right hand,
keep and preserve me by Your right hand.
Treasure me in Your holy eye; shelter me from a troubling sky.
Around me all my enemies eager would despoil me,
eagerly would despoil me.
They their unfeeling hearts have closed, while with their mouths they loudly boast.
They set their eyes to cast us down, roaring and lurking all around,
roaring and lurking all around.
Rise up, O Lord, and bring them low! Brandish Your sword, and save my soul!
With children they are satisfied; treasures fulfill their hope and pride,
treasures fulfill their hope and pride.
But as for me, Lord, save and bless! Let me behold Your righteousness.
Your face in glory I would see, and thus forever blessèd be,
and thus forever blessèd be.
From the Celtic Revival
Sechnall on Patrick
A faithful minister of God, and a splendid messenger,
he gave to the good the example and form of an apostle,
preaching to the people of God with both words and deeds
so that he might with a good act inspire the one whom his words did not move.
- Domnach Sechnall, Audite Omnes Amantes, Irish, 5th century
Read more excerpts and commentary on resources from the Celtic Revival (430-800) by subscribing to our twice-weekly teaching letter, Crosfigell.
T. M. Moore
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Except as indicated, Scripture taken from the New King James Version. © Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved. All Psalms for singing are from The Ailbe Psalter.
 Carey, p. 153.