In You, O LORD, I put my trust;
Let me never be ashamed;
Deliver me in Your righteousness.
Bow down Your ear to me,
Deliver me speedily;
Be my rock of refuge,
A fortress of defense to save me.
For You are my rock and my fortress;
Therefore, for Your name’s sake,
Lead me and guide me. Psalm 31.1-3
Resources for Shepherds
The first of the year is a good time for a strong dose of Wendell Berry. You may not agree with everything he says, but he’ll make you think Biblically about the world we live in and the abundant grace and goodness of God. Here’s a brief review of his The World-Ending Fire.
What’s happening to freedom of speech in America? Martha Bayles has some insights. Here’s a brief review of and a link to her article in The Hedgehog Review.
How big is your vision for ministry? Does it merely extend to your church, or does it reach all the way to the Kingdom of God coming on earth as it is in heaven? That’s the question Ailbe Brother David Sincerbox considers here.
The Ailbe Seminary
Ailbe Resources and Opportunities
The Visible Unity of the Church Project
The Church Captive?
Our newest audiobook, The Gospel of the Kingdom, is now available at no charge by clicking here. If you need a refresher on the Gospel or a jumpstart for your witnessing, this free book can help.
Personal Mission Field
Every believer has a Personal Mission Field. This is where God sends us, like He sent Jesus (Jn 20.21) to bring the Kingdom of God near to the people in our lives. Have you identified your Personal Mission Field? Have you led your leaders and church members to do so? Watch this brief video, then download the worksheet and get started.
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At The Fellowship of Ailbe website
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.
Our Scriptorium daily Bible study is packaged as a weekly download for your use, or to share with your Bible study group. We’re just about to finish up the book of Jeremiah, then we’ll be heading into Deuteronomy. Each Sunday, in addition to the daily emailed study, you can listen to a brief audio summary of the previous week’s study. Click here for Jeremiah 46-49. You can also download for free all the weekly studies in this series on the book of Jeremiah by clicking here.
Our ReVision series is studying the various “ill winds” that seek to fill the sails of our soul and drive us off course with the Lord. Good stuff here for preaching and leadership training. Download all the available installments in this series by clicking here. Click here to read ReVision three times a week. Update your subscriptions and get ReVision every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, right on your desktop.
Psalm of the Week
Please feel free to use Psalm 31 in your personal or corporate worship (all psalms for singing are from The Ailbe Psalter, available here):
Psalm 31 (Brother James’ Air: The Lord’s My Shepherd, I’ll Not Want)
In You, O Lord, I refuge take; let me not come to shame!
In righteousness deliver me, according to Your Name.
Incline Your ear, my prayer to hear, my Fortress strong to save!
For You my Rock and Fortress are; in Your Name lead and guide.
You rescue me from ev’ry net which wicked men might hide.
My Refuge strong, my spirit long in Your hand shall abide.
I hate all those who idols serve; I trust in You, O Lord.
Your steadfast love fills me with joy, You see my every hurt.
In my distress You reach and bless, and plant me in Your Word.
Be gracious to me, Lord! I cry in deep distress and grief.
No rest my body knows and my poor soul finds no relief.
In sorrow I shed tears and sigh; my bones are filled with grief.
Reproach and dread they heap on me who see me in the way.
I am forgotten, like a vessel smashed and thrown away.
I hear their schemes and terror seems to stalk me ev’ry day.
But I will trust in You, O Lord; You are my God and King!
My times are in Your hand; from those who hate me rescue me!
Shine down Your face on me with grace; let Your love on me be!
Let me not come to shame, O Lord, for on Your Name I call.
Let wicked men to hell be cast, let shame upon them fall.
Their lies and plots shall come to naught; to silence send them all!
How great the goodness You reserve for those who fear You, Lord,
Who rest in You and boldly stand before men in Your Word.
You cover them from plots of men; You shelter them, O Lord!
Blessed be the Lord, for He has shown His steadfast love to me!
In my alarm I cried to Him; He heard my fervent plea!
In fear and dread with You I pled; You heard and rescued me!
O love the Lord, all you, His saints! He keeps us faithfully.
But all who act in sinful pride His wrath shall surely see.
Be strong and let your heart not fret; wait on Him constantly!
From the Celtic Revival
Columbanus on “the best thing in the world”:
What is the best thing in the world? To please its Creator. What is His will? To fulfill what He has commanded, that is, to live rightly and dutifully, to seek for the eternal; for duty and justice are the will of Him Who is dutiful and right.
- Columbanus, Sermon III, Irish, 7th century
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.
 Walker, p 73.