Pastor's Notes


March 13, 2018

King Henry II, in order to curb the growing power of the church, had a brilliant plan. He decided to nominate his good friend and chancellor, Thomas Beckett, to be archbishop of Canterbury. With Beckett as his puppet, Henry would control both church and state-or so he thought.

As the day approached for Beckett's consecration, a change came over him. When he clothed himself in the robes of the archbishop, he experienced an inner transformation. He resolved that he would not be archbishop in appearance only, but in fact-a decision that later cost him his life. He is considered a Saint and Martyr.

In Romans 13, Paul urges us to clothe ourselves with Christ, to resolve to be Christians not only in appearance but in the innermost parts of our being.

Questions for reflection based on that Chapter include: What do night and day, darkness and light stand for in this passage? What words does Paul use to emphasize the nearness of Christ's return? If Paul were writing today, do you think his list of deeds in verse 13 would be the same or different? What items in the list in verses 8-10 are most absent from your wardrobe? How does the dawning of Christ's return motivate you to "dress" differently than you might otherwise?

You may love to shop for clothes-or you may hate to. Yet clearly the Lord wants you to invest in a new moral wardrobe. I invite you to spend time asking God to show you what new clothes you should acquire and put on.

Shalom Richie

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