The LORD sat enthroned at the Flood,
And the LORD sits as King forever.
The LORD will give strength to His people;
The LORD will bless His people with peace. Psalm 29.10, 11
Resources for Shepherds
Advent, that wonderful season of life, is also a reminder that we all must die. David Sincerbox explains.
In case we forgot, Richard Dawkins reminds us that science “is the gold standard of truth” and that all other “truths”, well, they really don’t matter. Here’s a review of his defense of scientism and a link to his Spectator article.
Dane Ortlund has written a very fine book to remind us how much we are loved by Jesus. You can find my review of Gentle and Lowly here.
In Volume 3 of The InVerse Theology Project we continue our survey of the theological disciplines. In the first issue we listened to Solomon explaining the mysteries of what we can know from Ecclesiastes 3; and in the second issue – coming up on Monday – we will meet a little-known Spanish theologian from the fourth century, with a great vision of the day of salvation.
The Ailbe Seminary
For too many Christians, “the Kingdom of God” is a spiritual term, but not a spiritual reality. Jesus placed the highest priorities of prayer and life on seeking the Kingdom, but how many of us could actually explain what that means? Our course, “The Coming of the Kingdom”, shows how the idea of the Kingdom develops throughout all of Scripture, and how the Kingdom is, in many ways, a spiritual ecosystem which we must seek and care for with all diligence. Here’s a preview of the course. To enroll in this free course at The Ailbe Seminary, first register at the Seminary (upper righthand corner of the home page), then enroll in the course by clicking on it.
Ailbe Resources and Opportunities
The Ailbe Bookstore
If you have not yet ordered your copy of The Church Captive, may I urge you to do so now? For the remainder of December and throughout January, we’re offering The Church Captive for just $2.00 (plush shipping). Is the Church today captive to its times? Is your church captive to its times? The Church Captive shows you that falling captive to the times is a bad habit churches have fallen into since the beginning. But it also shows you how to recognize if your church is captive, and, if so, what you can do about it. Order your copy of The Church Captive by clicking here.
Come pray with us!
Don’t forget to download and pass along your free copy of our audiobook, If Men Will Pray. Here’s a great tool for enlisting men to greater consistency and accountability in prayer. You can download it by clicking here.
Check out all the Ailbe teaching letters at our website, www.ailbe.org. Our writers cover a wide range of subjects, and each one focuses on Christ and His Kingdom as the defining motif of our lives.
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. This week’s workshop, “Think Little,” is available 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 29 rejoices in the sovereignty and glory of God:
Psalm 29 (Toulon: I Greet Thee Who My Sure Redeemer Art)
Give praise to God, you children of the earth!
Tell of His strength, proclaim His glorious worth!
Give to the Lord the glory due His Name!
Worship in holiness; His grace proclaim!
Over the waters, over thunder’s roll,
God’s voice creation’s mighty pow’rs controls!
Cedars collapse at His majestic Word;
nations are shaken by our mighty Lord!
God speaks and lightning streaks across the sky;
by His decree He shakes the desert dry.
Speak, Lord, and life to beasts and men is giv’n.
Forests dissolve, and glory rings in heav’n.
Sovereign, the Lord sat o’er the raging flood;
sovereign forever rules our gracious God!
God will His people bless with strength and peace:
Lord, may Your holy Word to us increase!
From the Celtic Revival
That St. Gall – he really had some gall:
When they were come together, Gall cleared his throat and poured out into their ears and hearts, mellow words entreating them to turn to Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who would reveal to poor lukewarm human nature the approach of the kingdom of heaven. Then in the sight of all he raised the images of their gods and threw them into the lake.
- The Anonymous Monk, Life of St. Gall, German, 8th 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
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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.
 Bispham, p. 15.