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The following words were written on the tomb of an Anglican bishop in the crypts of Westminster Abbey:

“When I was young and free and my imagination had no limits, I dreamed of changing the world. As I grew older and wiser, I discovered the world would not change, so I shortened my sights somewhat and decided to change only my country. But it, too, seemed immovable.

“As I grew into my twilight years, in one last desperate attempt, I settled for changing only my family, those closest to me, but alas, they would have none of it.

“And now as I lie on my deathbed, I suddenly realize: If I had only changed myself first, then by example I would have changed my family.

“From their inspiration and encouragement, I would then have been able to better my country and, who knows, I may have even changed the world.”

From Christopher Surber’s Sermon: Obligation or Love?

Henry H. Williams wrote, “A great deal of what passes for current Christianity consists in denouncing other people’s vices and faults.” Christianity is not the sum of its doctrine; it is a vibrant relationship with Christ.

From Christopher Surber’s Sermon: Obligation or Love?

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