The LORD is my strength and my shield;
My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped;
Therefore my heart greatly rejoices,
And with my song I will praise Him. Psalm 28.7
Resources for Shepherds
When the progress of the Gospel is threatened, where do we as Christians turn? Hopefully, not to politicians and courts, but to prayer. The apostles show the way we ought to follow.
Jesus is exalted in glory. But He promised to be with us always. How can He be both? Peter C. Orr explains in his book on the exaltation of Jesus. Read my longer review here. And if you’re not currently reading the present ReVision series, We Would See Jesus, you can catch up on past installments by clicking here, and get current by subscribing in the pop-up.
If you’re looking for a basic outline to understand climate change, you can’t do better than William Levin’s article in National Review Online. Here is a summary and link.
Have you discovered The InVerse Theology Project yet? There’s a really bad character waiting there for you (click here).
The Ailbe Seminary
Colum Cille, the first great missionary/leader of the Celtic Revival, trained his disciples to be “ladders against the city” – the City of God, that is. He wanted his students to lay down their lives and lead the way for others into the fullness of God’s Kingdom and glory. Our Laddership Curriculum takes a similar approach, as we explain in this brief video.
Ailbe Resources and Opportunities
The Ailbe Bookstore
There’s still time for you to order copies of A Mighty Fortress for your Christmas gifts. We’re extending the deadline 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! You might get the books a bit late, but better late than never.
The sons of Issachar were “mighty men” because they understood the times and knew what Israel should do (1 Chron. 12.32). If you’re looking for a concise overview of our times, and some very encouraging words about what we should do, order a copy of our book, Understanding the Times (click here).
Come pray with us!
At The Fellowship of Ailbe website
The Personal Mission Field Workshop is a weekly training session to help you learn to realize more of the presence, promise, and power of the Kingdom in your own life sphere. You can listen to last week’s Workshop, “Each One Teach One,” by clicking here. If you have not yet mapped out your Personal Mission Field, well, there’s no time like the present. Watch this brief video, then download the accompanying worksheet and get started.
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 28 leads us into the shelter of God’s strength:
Psalm 28 (Angel’s Story: O Jesus, I Have Promised)
I cry to You, our Savior, O, be not deaf to me!
Lord, speak to me with favor, lest I should dying be.
Hear now my supplications when for Your help I cry.
Receive these, my oblations, before Your throne on high.
Lord, count me not among those who walk in sinful ways.
With words of peace their tongue glows while evil fills their days.
Your works they disregard, Lord, while evil fills their hands.
Destroy them by Your Word, Lord, and let them no more stand.
Blessed be the Name of Jesus, for He will hear our prayer.
His strength protects and shields us with mercy and with care.
In You our heart rejoices; You help us by Your Word.
To You we raise our voices to praise and thank You, Lord.
Our strength are You, O Savior, our strong defense and sure.
Anointed with Your favor, we rest in You secure.
Save us, and bless us, Jesus, upon us turn Your face.
With shepherd’s care, Lord, keep us forever in Your grace.
From the Celtic Revival
The Celtic Revival, which lasted nearly 400 years, began with one man’s prayer:
More and more the love and fear of God came to me, and faith grew and my spirit was exercised, until I was praying up to a hundred times every day, and in the night nearly as often. So that I would remain in the woods and on the mountain in snow, frost and rain, waking to pray before first light.
- Patrick, Confession, Irish, 5th century
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.
 Da Paor, p. 99.