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Restoring the World, Joy to Your World, Watch Out for Drift, and More

How's your Personal Mission Field?

Lift up your heads, O you gates!
And be lifted up, you everlasting doors!
And the King of glory shall come in.
Who
is this King of glory?
The L
ORD strong and mighty,
The L
ORD mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, O you gates!
Lift up, you everlasting doors!
And the King of glory shall come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The L
ORD of hosts,
He
is the King of glory. Psalm 24.7-10

Resources for Shepherds
Should Christians care about the environment? What do the Scriptures say about this subject? And how should it fit into our calling to restore the reconciled world? Sandra L. Richter addresses these questions and more in her fine little book, Stewards of Eden. You can read a longer review here.

What do we mean “restore the reconciled world”? Our ReVision series on that topic would make a good study for your Bible teachers and other leaders. You can download the entire series for free by clicking here.

Christians are – or should be – a missional people. We are made in the image of God, and God is missional, as Torrey Teer argues in the current issue of JETS. Read a summary of his article here. By the way, did you know that you can access almost all the archives of JETS journals, simply by clicking here?

Check out our weekly Personal Mission Field Workshop. Each week we offer ideas for helping your people take the Good News – lived and shared – into their own callings, wherever they are, whatever they’re doing, whomever they’re with. The workshop is available on audio as well as for reading right here, where the focus is on helping believers learn to give thanks in all things. Have you mapped out your own Personal Mission Field? Or led the people you serve in doing so? Here’s a brief video and worksheet to get you going in the great adventure of making disciples.

The Ailbe Seminary
Looking for resources to train your leaders for Kingdom vision and Kingdom leadership? The courses at The Ailbe Seminary are all focused on that common objective. Our course, The Coming of the Kingdom, provides the Biblical foundation for the Kingdom and shows how the Kingdom is a kind of spiritual ecosystem. It’s free, and you can study at your own pace or set a schedule with your group. Watch this brief introductory video, then register at The Ailbe Seminary (upper right hand corner) and enroll in the course.

 Ailbe Resources and Opportunities
The Ailbe Bookstore
Looking for a small but useful gift for church leaders? Our book, Joy to Your World!, shows you how to bring the message of Isaac Watts’ great hymn into everyday life, so that we become joy-bringers to our world, our Personal Mission Field. Buy a bunch of them for your leaders, then take them through the Personal Mission Field video and worksheet (included at the end of Joy to Your World!).

Come pray with us!
Would you like to gather a group of men to seek the Lord for revival? Write to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and let’s get together and talk about it. I’d be glad to help you create, launch, and lead a weekly meeting of your men. If you’d like to know more about this movement, when you write to me, ask for a PDF of our book, Restore Us! This lays out the rationale and method, and provides prayer guides from the psalms, for leading men in praying for revival. And, oh yes, we meet each Tuesday morning at 10:00 Eastern to seek the Lord for revival. Want to join us? Just let me know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

At The Fellowship of Ailbe website
Our writers are pounding away at the keys, coming up with plenty of fresh insights to feed your soul. Check out the teaching letters of John Nunnikhoven, Mike Slay, Dale Tedder, Stan Gale, and Bruce Van Patter. Each offers a bit of a different take on issues of discipleship, and you can subscribe to any or all of them for free.

And don’t forget to listen in to Rusty Rabon’s The Ailbe Podcast. Some great interviews about timely subjects with the Brothers of The Fellowship.

If you need a little Scriptural refreshment on the Lord’s Day, our summary of the week’s Scriptorium series (currently on Jeremiah) is available with the Sunday installment. Here is the message on Jeremiah 18-21 from last week. And if you’re not a subscriber to our daily studies in Scriptorium, use the pop-up button to update and add it free to your list.

Did you know that Scripture uses dust more than 120 times to reference our lives and our relationship to God? In this week’s InVerse Theology Project we explore the problem of drift, a meditation inspired by watching dust drift through a beam of light.

Our current ReVision series focuses on seeing, looking upon, fixing our minds on, and considering Jesus. If you need to sharpen your vision of the unseen Christ, here’s a study that can be of help.

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 24 celebrates the exaltation and coming of our Lord and King, Jesus Christ:

Psalm 24 (Foundation: How Firm a Foundation)
The earth is the Lord’s, as is all it contains;
the world and its peoples He daily sustains.
He founded it fast on the seas long ago,
and bid gentle rivers throughout it to flow.

Oh, who may ascend to the Lord’s holy place?
And who may appear to His glorious face?
All they who are clean in their hearts and their hands
and true in their souls with the Savior shall stand.

A blessing all they from the Lord shall receive
who seek Him and on His salvation believe.
For these are His people, the children of grace,
who earnestly, eagerly seek for His face.

O lift up your heads, all you gates of the soul,
for the Savior would enter and render you whole!
The Lord strong and mighty in battle draws nigh;
He rules in His glory above us on high.

O Who is this King, Who approaches our gate?
His might is before us, His glory is great!
This King is the Lord of all glory above,
Who comes to indwell us in mercy and love!

From the Celtic Revival
He was a burning light, but he did not burn with his own light. He was the morning star, but he did not receive his light from himself. The grace of Him, before Whom he came, burned and shone through him. He was not the Light, but a participant in the Light. What gleamed in and through him was not his.

  - Eriugena, Homily on John 1.1-14, Irish, 9th century[1]

My favorite Eriugena story: When the Carolingian king summoned him from Ireland to be court scholar, he set a table between them for their initial discussion. When John Scotus arrived and sat, the king asked, trying to get an advantage on the newest member of his court (in Latin), “What separates a drunkard (sotus) from an Irishman (Scotus)? Without looking up, Eriugena replied, “Tabula tantum” – “only a table”. You gotta love that.

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T. M. Moore

A Thanksgiving Challenge
A generous friend of The Fellowship is offering a $5000 challenge gift for new donations and donations over and above regular giving. Will you join us to give thanks to God for this, and to ask Him whether you should participate in this opportunity? If the Lord moves you to give, you can use the Contribute button at the website to give with a credit card or through PayPal, or you can send your gift to The Fellowship of Ailbe, 360 Zephyr Road, Williston, VT 05495.

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.

 

[1] Bamford, pp. 98, 99.

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 Essex Junction, VT.
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