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Consider the lives of two men. One of them Max Jukes, lived in New York. He did not believe in Christ or give Christian training to his children. He refused to take his children to church even when they asked to attend. He had 1,026 descendants- 300 of whom were sent to prison for an avergaae term of thirteen years. Some 190 were public prostitutes and 680 were admitted alcoholics. His family members cost the state in excess of $420,000 –thus far- and they have made no known positive contributions to society.


Jonathan Edwards lived in the same state and at the same time. He loved the Lord and saw that his children were in church every weekend. He served the Lord to the best of his ability. Of his 929 descendants, 430 were ministers, 86 became university professors, 13 became university presidents, 75 wrote positive books, 7 were elected to the U.S. Congress, and one served as vice –president of the United States. His family never cost the state one cent but contributed immeasurably to the common good.


Ask yourself: if my family tree began with me, what fruit might it bear two hundred years from now? (extracted from God’s Little Devotional Book for Dads

(c)2002 Honor Books, Inc p. 90)

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