Chuck Norris
How much power does the president actually possess?

That is a question at the heart of most debates about the federal government. Declaring war, writing executive orders, legislating, allocating taxpayers' money and even influencing what your children learn and eat are just a very small sample of subjects hotly under dispute right now.

Well, I know a position more powerful than the presidency.

I wholeheartedly believe in the Spanish proverb that says, "An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy." But I also believe that men and fathers hold a unique role and power to restore our homes and country.

I believe that as families go, so goes the nation. And men possess three specific keys (powers) that can draw them, their spouses and their children nearer to one another and God, as well as make them all better citizens.

Before I reveal those three keys, I need to tell you where I learned them -- from a dearly departed saint who greatly influenced me: Dr. Edwin Louis Cole. I owe what I know to him.

Dr. Ed Cole is called the "Father of the Christian Men's Movement" because he influenced millions of men worldwide, including many leaders who lead the movement today. His mission statement was simple and powerful: "I have been called to speak with a prophetic voice to the men of this generation and commissioned with a ministry majoring in men to declare a standard for manhood."

My wife, Gena, and I first met Ed and his wife, Nancy, in 1998 at a banquet honoring "Walker, Texas Ranger." Over the next four years, there would be many choice moments between Ed and me.

One night in that period, Dr. Cole drove across Dallas through a thunderstorm simply to deliver a message that God had laid on his heart to encourage us to get grounded in the Bible in order to discern between the genuine and the counterfeit in life. What a great lesson. What a great man!

As I shared in my autobiography, "Against All Odds," in 2002, Ed called our home and asked us to pray for him because he was very ill. After we prayed with him over the phone, we decided to fly to Dallas to see and pray with him personally. It was one of the most moving moments of our lives. It wasn't long after that when he passed to his heavenly home.

God loved me through Ed Cole, and I thank God for him. And I look forward to thanking Ed again when I see him one day in heaven.

Chuck Norris

Chuck Norris is a columnist and impossible to kill.