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Summary: Is when we are thrown into the pit, sold as a slave and shoved in the slammer that you not only must digger deeper but look higher On occasion the world bottoms out. In Genesis 39 - we find Joseph is led down to Egypt. lets learn and grow from his life.

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FROM SLAVERY TO THE SLAMMER!

INTRO

When we are looking at someone who has everything going for them, our first general assumption is we are looking at someone who has every received all the breaks in life and was born with a silver spoon in their mouth.

• From the distance, they’ve got the charm, the looks, the money, the wealth, the health, friends, happiness, love, name it and they claim it!

Reba McEntire – sings a song entitled “The Girl Who Has Everything”

I just got the wedding invitation

There's gonna be a celebration

Like you've never seen

Just fit for a queen

She's got her mom and daddy's blessing

She's got a long white wedding dress

And his wedding ring

Oh, what can I bring

What do you give the girl who has everything

Oh, what can I bring

What do you give the girl who has everything

She'll hear his promise of forever

She'll hear him say what

I could never get him to say

Oh, he'll say it today

She'll hold his hand and throw the flowers

Drink champagne till the morning hours

The queen has her king

And the world on a string

So what do you give the girl who has everything

The other day I was headed to the office and was listening to some current country and there was a song that was describing a women that a country boy would

consider to have everything going for her. Most people would say the girl in the song is highly successful.

• She had looks, money, education, everything the song writer was looking for.

Part of the lyrics to the song says,

“She’s got her daddy’s money, her momma’s good looks.

More laughs than a stack of comic books.

A wild imagination, a college education.

Add it all up it’s a deadly combination.

She’s a good bass fisher. A dynomite kisser.

Country as a turnip green.

She’s got her daddy’s money. Her momma’s good looks, and look who’s looking at me!”

Do you every quietly look at people like this and think, “If only I could have THEIR advantages. If only I had their family, their money, their education – I could be accomplish great things with my life.”

In a famous study by Victor and Mildred Goertzel, entitled Cradles of Eminence, the home backgrounds of 300 highly successful people were investigated. These 300 people had made it to the top. They were men and women whose names everyone would recognize as brilliant in their fields such as Franklin D. Roosevelt, Helen Keller, Winston Churchill, Albert Schweitzer, Clara Barton, Gandhi, Einstein, and Freud. The intensive investigation into their early home lives yielded some surprising findings:

• Three fourths of the children were troubled either by poverty, by a broken home, or by being rejected, or having over possessive, or dominating parents.

• Seventy-four of 85 writers of fiction or drama and 16 of the 20 poets came from homes where, as children, they saw tense psychological drama played out by their parents.

• Physical handicaps such as blindness, deafness, or crippled limbs characterized over one-fourth of the sample.


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