the use of "had to"

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mery smith

Senior Member
Hi, all.
There are several sentences:
1. When I heard what Pastor Li had to say, I thought to myself....
2. When they heard what I had to say they left in a huff.
3. When the witness fellowshiped about the truth concerning the Bible, everything he had to say was very practical, clear, and the believers found it to be much to their benefit.

Could you please explain for me what the phrase had to mean in these sentences?
Thank you.
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