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I would like to illustrate what I mean with two different family studies: Family One—which we will remain unnamed is traced back to criminal ancestor. “Out of 1200 of his descendants, 400 wrecked themselves physically through drugs, drinking or sexual diseases; 310 were beggars; 130 convicted criminals; 60 of them were thieves; 7 were murderers; and 20 learned a trade—in prison.”

The second study was done on a man we all have heard of but I am going to save his name ’til the end. He was a great preacher and an early president of what is now called Princeton University. From him came 100 college professors, 100 ministers, 100 lawyers and judges, 60 doctors, 24 authors and editors, and 14 college presidents.” Would you know who I am talking about? (Jonathan Edwards) “Legacy—the...

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