Who can understand his errors?
Cleanse me from secret faults.
Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins;
Let them not have dominion over me.
Then I shall be blameless,
And I shall be innocent of great transgression.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer. Psalm 19.12-14
Resources for Shepherds
Nicholas of Cusa (1401-1464) was a favorite theologian of C. S. Lewis, who recommended that we read old books and new ones as of equal value. A little hard to read at times, but Nicholas has some great insights into how we relate to Jesus. Read a review of his The Vision of God by clicking here.
One of the first hymns in the English language was written by the Venerable Bede (672-735). Its great value lies in reminding us to set our minds – and hearts – on the things that are above, where Christ is seated in heavenly places. My favorite stanza in it is:
May our affections thither tend,
And thither constantly ascend,
Where, seated on the Father’s throne,
Thee reigning in the heavens we own!
Here’s the poem (you can sing it to Truro: Jesus Shall Reign Wher’er the Sun).
Some advice for what to do with the wait times of your life are summarized in this review of a Jason Farman article, and in this edition of The InVerse Theology Project.
The Ailbe Seminary
What is the Kingdom of God? What is its status? Prospects? Make-up? Design? How can we seek the Kingdom of God more consistently? These and many other related questions are addressed in our Ailbe Seminary course, “The Coming of the Kingdom.” Watch this brief introductory video, then register at the Seminary and enroll in the course for free. You study at your preferred level or pace. This is a great course for leaders to study together, or for use in a weekend workshop.
Ailbe Resources and Opportunities
The Ailbe Bookstore
The Kingdom of God is like a natural ecosystem. It has many features, and they are all related together in precise and fruitful ways. Our book Kingdom Ecosystems explains the interrelated aspects of life in the Kingdom of God, and how you can make best use of these in seeking and advancing the rule of King Jesus. Order your copy by clicking here.
Another book that can help church leaders in guiding and equipping their churches is Understanding the Times. Like the sons of Issachar (1 Chron. 12.32), church leaders need to see the whole horizon of issues clearly, so that they can equip the saints for effective Kingdom living in these difficult and uncertain times. What is secularism? How is it like religion? What is God doing in the world? What’s the nature of His economy? What should we be doing in our times? These are just a few of the questions addressed in Understanding the Times. Order your copy by clicking here.
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The latest edition of The Ailbe Podcast features an interview with Ailbe Board member Dr. Stan Gale on what it means to abide in Christ. Listen by clicking here.
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. Check out this week’s workshop to learn how singing can help to fill your Personal Mission Field with the fragrance of Jesus.
Who was St. Patrick? In the current edition of The InVerse Theology Project, we begin to meet the saint as he explains his ministry – in heroic couplets.
Check out the various columns of our regular writers, John Nunnikhoven, Mike Slay, Stan Gale, Bruce Van Patter, and Dale Tedder. There’s plenty here to enlarge your vision and help shape your walk with and work for the Lord.
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 19 reminds us that there are two “books” of divine revelation – Scripture and creation – and we must learn to read from them both:
Psalm 19 (St. Christopher: Beneath the Cross of Jesus)
The heav’ns declare God’s glory, the skies His work proclaim!
From day to day and night by night they shout His glorious Name!
No speech, no words, no voice is heard, yet all across the earth,
the lines of His all-present Word make known His holy worth.
Behold, the sun arises, a bridegroom strong and bright,
rejoicing as he runs his course from morning unto night.
From east to west across the skies his circuit he completes,
and none can hide their sinful eyes or shelter from his heat.
The Law of God is perfect, His testimony sure;
the simple man God’s wisdom learns, the soul receives its cure.
God’s Word is right, and His command is pure, and truth imparts;
He makes our eyes to understand; with joy He fills our hearts.
The fear of God is cleansing, forever shall it last.
His judgments all are true and just, by righteousness held fast.
O seek them more than gold most fine, than honey find them sweet;
Be warned by every word and line; be blessed with joy complete.
Who, Lord, can know his errors? O keep sin far from me!
Let evil rule not in my soul that I may blameless be.
O let my thoughts, let all my words, before Your glorious sight
be pleasing to You, gracious Lord, acceptable and right!
From the Celtic Revival
The ancient fortresses of the pagans, to which title had been gained by long habitation,
are empty and without worship like the place where Lugaid dwelt.
The little places that were settled by twos and threes
are Romes, with assemblies of hundreds and thousands.
Though it was far-flung and splendid, paganism has been destroyed:
the Kingdom of God the Father has filled heaven, earth, and sea.
- Oengus mac Oengobann, Féilire Oengusso, Irish, 9th century
Oengus was explaining how the Gospel overpowered all pagan opposition to become the defining worldview of medieval Ireland. Read more about this in today’s edition of Crosfigell, our twice-weekly peek into writings from the period of the Celtic Revival (ca 430-800).
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, pp. 190, 191.