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In the 11th Century, King Henry III of Bavaria was fed up the set up of being King. He applied to be a contemplative at the local monastery, via Prior Richard. The King told the Prior of his struggle, personal battles.

The Prior said, "My King, do you understand that the pledge here is one of obedience? That will be difficult for you because you have been a King."

King Henry respond, "Yes, I understand. I will live the rest of my life being obedient to you as Christ leads you."

"Then I’ll tell you what to do. Go back to your throne and serve faithfully in the place God has placed you."

When the King died, it was written of him, "The King learned to rule by being obedient."

(From a sermon by Mike Fogerson, "Obedience: Putting the D-I-E in Obedience" 2/23/2009)

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