The Power of Empowerment

This is a sermon I gave at my parents church one Sunday, many years ago…

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“Be without fear in the face of your enemies. Be brave and upright that God may bless thee. Speak the truth always, even if it leads to your death. Safeguard the helpless and do no wrong. That is your oath.”

Bishop, Patriarch of Jerusalem:  Who do you think you are? Will you alter the world? Does making a man a knight make him a better fighter?

Balian of Ibelin: Yes

WOW.  What a line: does making a man a knight make him a better fighter?  Yes. Continue reading

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Your Soul is Your Own

“A king may move a man, a father may claim a son, but that man can also move himself, and only then does that man truly begin his own game. Remember that howsoever you are played or by whom, your soul is in your keeping alone, even though those who presume to play you be kings or men of power. When you stand before God, you cannot say, “But I was told by others to do thus,” or that virtue was not convenient at the time. This will not suffice. Remember that.” ~ King Baldwin IV, “Kingdom of Heaven”

There is so much good stuff to unpack in this quote, but I’m going to pull out probably the two biggest to talk about. Continue reading