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Advent, Naming, Luther's Hymn, Life as Journey, and More

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The LORD is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the strength of my life;
Of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27.1

Resources for Shepherds
We don’t think about Advent as a time for repentance, but David Sincerbox says we should. Check out his Insight contribution here.

Christians pioneered the work of scientific taxonomy, because they understood we must name the creatures before we can exercise proper dominion over them. Read my review of Michael Ohl’s very interesting book, The Art of Naming, by clicking here.

Jeremiah’s message to the captives in Babylon contains timeless advice for believers everywhere. You can download our free ReVision study, “Bringers of Peace”, by clicking here.

The Ailbe Seminary
Pastor, do you have staff members who need some additional training? Or elders who need to brush up on their shepherding skills? We can help you lead your staff into a deeper spiritual life, a more responsible and fruitful ministry of the Word, and a shepherding life of making disciples. For more information, or to talk about how The Ailbe Seminary can help with staff or leadership development, contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To learn more about the curriculum of The Ailbe Seminary, watch this brief video.

Men, will 2021 be the year you begin to add writing as part of your ministry? We can help. Our course, The Writing Pastor, is aimed at helping you discover ways to use writing to enhance and expand your ministry. You can watch an overview of the course by clicking here. If you have questions, drop me a line at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Ailbe Resources and Opportunities
The Ailbe Bookstore
Don’t miss this opportunity to order copies of A Mighty Fortress for your Christmas gifts. Until Monday, we’re offering this book-length exposition of Luther’s hymn at a greatly reduced price. Use this book to get the word out about Christ and His Kingdom!

We are considering starting a Men’s Book Group for pastors and church leaders who want to read and study together. We would meet twice a month, reading and discussing a book in detail, in our online forum. If you’re interested, drop me a line at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Come pray with us!
We’re calling men to join us in seeking the Lord for revival. Watch this brief video, download the resources, and join us as we gather each Tuesday morning at 10:00 Eastern to pray for revival. If you’d like to be included in our Men’s Prayer Movement, write to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

At The Fellowship of Ailbe website
Did you know that free Ailbe resources have been downloaded nearly 3,000 times this year, by people in over 100 countries? Check out the various resources that you can use in your ministry to encourage folks in their walk with the Lord. At the website, click the Resources tab to see the various studies, tools, and other items available to download. 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.

Do Christians use time as a precious gift from God? At The Inverse Theology Project, we’re exploring that question in a broadcast entitled “Vantage Point, Part 2”, and you can listen in by clicking here.

What’s an “awareness walk”? Bruce Van Patter explains that it’s a way to discover God along the daily paths of life. Click here for his 8:18 column.

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 27 shows us the various ways David experienced God.

Psalm 27 (Joanna: Immortal, Invisible God Only Wise)
Lord, You are our Light and our Savior most dear!
You guard us with might; therefore, whom shall we fear?
Though evil surround us, our enemies fall;
No harm shall confound us when on You we call.

One thing we request but to dwell with You, Lord.
Your beauty to test and to think on Your Word.
In trouble You hide us secure in Your grace;
No foe may o’erride us: We sing of Your praise!

Hear, Lord, when we cry and be gracious, we pray!
Lord, do not deny us Your favor this day!
Our help, our salvation, though others may fall,
Preserve our good station when on You we call.

Lord, teach us; Lord, lead us because of our foes!
Hear, Lord, when we plead for release from their woes.
Had we not believed all Your goodness to see,
Our heart sorely grieved and in turmoil would be.

Wait, wait on the Lord; persevere in His grace.
Hold fast to His Word; seek His radiant face.
Be strong, set your heart to abide in His Word;
His grace He imparts; therefore, wait on the Lord.

From the Celtic Revival

Columbanus reminds us to keep our focus on the City which is to come:

It is for travelers to hasten to their homeland, likewise their part is anxiety upon the roadway, and in their homeland peace. Then let us, who are on the way, hasten home; for our whole life is like the journey of a single day.

  - Columbanus, Sermon VIII, Irish, 7th century[1]  

Read more from the leaders of the Celtic Revival (ca. 430-800 AD) in recent issues of Crosfigell by clicking here.

T. M. Moore

It is our privilege to provide resources and opportunities to equip and encourage church leaders in building the Lord’s Church and advancing His Kingdom. Please pray that God will move many of those we serve through this ministry to share with us financially in its support. 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] Walker, p. 95.

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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